what’s in my….


All the cool kids are doing it. Ok, not really, but the majority of my favorite bloggers have covered this topic at least once (they usually have really cute and fancy stuff though, unlike me). After a trip to the grocery store today, and after being attacked by a parade of garbage , I decided my purse needed purging. So let’s take a glimpse into this abyss known as my handbag.

Alright, so here’s what I’m packing around these days.


I love a good vintage bag. I found this treasure at a local thrift store, for $8! Right up my alley. I change bags like I change my underwear, every few days. Ha. Just kidding guys. But I really do change out bags at least once a week so I never spend more than $20 on one. On to the innards.

First up, the usual.

first set

1. Target wallet

2. Thrift store sunnies. I’m ruthless on sunglasses, so spending $5 is a must.

3. Lip coverage for every occasion.

4. Keys, duh. I enjoy that I have two house keys on there.

5. Random change. The great part? I had no idea I even had that. The quarters would have really come in handy at Old Navy today when Hayden asked 74,000 times for a bouncy ball out of the machine.

second set

6. A sweet nail file combo I got from my gym.

7. Measurements for curtains and a high chair cushion. I’m a bit of a project dreamer. I feel like I have a lot of good plans and ideas, it just takes me a while to complete them. Case in point, I’ve had this note in my purse for a couple weeks and haven’t even looked at fabric yet. I’ll get there.

8. A card for my next prenatal checkup. What’s awesome is what the back says. Tues- 11 am- May. I suppose I get 4 guesses on that one.

9.  Doc McStuffins leap pad cartridge

10. Tiossan hand crème. I got this sample in my Birchbox a few months ago, and love it!

11. Bath and Body Works lotion, Sweet Pea. It’s not fancy, but it’s always been my favorite.

Now we’re getting into the good stuff.

third set

12. Reese’s Minis. I need these for medical purposes alright. A pregnant lady needs to keep her blood sugar levels balanced.

13. Feather earrings.

14. Fabric coffee sleeve. I made a bunch of these for the members of my book club and had a few extras, so of course I kept one for myself. So easy to make, and then your triple shot white chocolate mocha is uber cool and fashionable.

15. A pair of Hayden’s dirty socks. I can’t even remember when she wore these. Or why they are in my purse. Don’t worry, they are no longer in my purse. They’re on the counter now.

16. Berry Tums. Remember those Reese’s I need to regulate my blood sugar level? Well after leveling it out, I get heartburn. *sigh*

17. A tiny yellow fork. This would be the work of the three year old. But hey, you never know when you will run into an unattended meatball that needs eaten, so really she’s doing me a favor.

18. Princess hair tie. I’ve had to use these on occasion. I’m not to proud.


The culprit. This paper monster is what attacked me today. It’s now long gone. Give it a few more days though….

There you have it people. Except my chocolate stash was hijacked. She’s lucky she’s cute.


sunday renditions

I’m a lover of music. Who isn’t though? Your just strange if you don’t enjoy music. I love to find new music. New artists. New unheard songs by my favorites.

Now, anyone that knows me also knows that I’m a lover of Grey’s Anatomy. Not only is it a FANTASTIC show, it has one of the best scores out there. I would love to meet the people in charge of picking their music for each episode. Lately, most of the music has been renditions of older songs. New music is always exciting, but when an artist takes a spin on a older song, it’s gold to me.

Which leads me to this list. These episodes had me thinking of all my favorite musical renditions. Here you have a compilation of my top 5 song covers I’ve been crushing on.

1. Vancouver Sleep Clinic featuring GXNXVS- Hold On We’re Going Home ( Drake cover)

I love Drake and I love this song. This version is slow and sultry and I just can’t get enough. It’s on BIRP!’s March Playlist, clink on the link to take a listen. BIRP! puts out a HUGE playlist of songs every month. You can download it or just listen to the playlist online. This is such an easy way to discover up and coming artists.

2. Young Summer- Don’t You Want Me (The Human League cover)

Young Summer is one of the current bands that I have been crushing on a lot. Check out their album Fever Dream on ITunes. This song is not part of the album, but no worries, you can download the single.

3. Jimmy Fallon As Neil Young- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air  (You should all know what this song is from. C’mon)

If I could choose one person, no matter how famous, to be my forever best friend, it would be Jimmy Fallon. He’s the best. Ever. He does hilarious covers and this is one of the best. You can get it when you download his album Blow Your Pants Off, which you should do. Right meow.

4. Maxence Cyrin- No Cars Go  (Arcade Fire cover)

Arcade Fire is a spectacular group and if you haven’t heard any of their music, I strongly urge you to check them out. No Cars Go is at the top of my list of all time favorite songs. This cover of the song is instrumental, just piano to be specific, and is just magical. I can listen to it over and over. You can get the album or just the single on ITunes. This album also covers the Pixies song “Where is my Mind”. Bliss, pure bliss.

5. J2- The Man in the Mirror ( Michael Jackson cover)

I’m a Michael Jackson fan. Musically, that is. A few of his songs are also on my list of all time favorites. This one though, does not make the cut. The message is great, the music, not so much. Which makes this cover the ultimate. It’s so dark and twisted and nothing like the original. James Morrison also covered this song. So if you like the original and just want something a little more modern, check out this version. Or if you want something totally different and unique, be sure you get an earful of J2’s take on it, it won’t disappoint.

diy: chocolate mint ice cream

I have an almighty sweet tooth. Like diabetes inducing, colossal, no resisting it, craving for sweets. And with my second pregnancy, all I want is chocolate. Well, that’s not all I want but normally I’m not a big chocolate eater, so this time around it’s a doosy.

The remedy for that? Homemade chocolate mint ice cream.

Here’s all you need:

Whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, peppermint extract, chocolate syrup, and chocolate mint candies of your choosing.

Oh yeah, and your ice cream machine…


I personally love York peppermint patties and wanted something more in my ice cream than chunks of just chocolate. All those patties got chopped up and set aside for later. Simply mix all your other ingredients in a bowl, until combined, about 2-3 minutes.


If you follow the recipe exactly, your ice cream will be pretty minty. I wanted a more chocolate flavor to mine so I upped my chocolate measurement by another 1/4 cup or so.

Pour that immediately into your ice cream machine, and turn on.

(Disclaimer: Be sure to follow proper instructions with your machine. Ours for instance, requires that the insert be frozen solid before mixing. Or else you’ll just have chocolate milk and you don’t need a machine to make that. Hopefully.)


(Little people hands may not necessarily be included in your process)

This will churn in your machine for 25-30 minutes. I’ve found it works best to incorporate your add ins after it’s completely done. In the past when I’ve added it in the mixer it only really mixes into the top half of the ice cream. I turned my machine off, added my peppermint candies and divided into freezer worthy containers.


Right out of the machine it will be in soft serve form, which is still delicious. But I think it tastes best when you’ve let sit it in the freezer overnight.

The next step is to scoop yourself up a tasty treat and kick back and pretend it’s already summer!


Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

 1 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup chocolate syrup ( I used about 1 cup)

3 tbsp. sugar

3 cups heavy cream

1 tsp. peppermint extract

I cup chopped chocolate mint candies

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except candy. Mix together milk, chocolate syrup and sugar for a few minutes until sugar is dissolved. Then add in heavy cream and extract, stir.Pour into freezer bowl of ice cream machine and churn for approx. 25-30 minutes. Mix in candies, and serve immediately, or freeze overnight for a firmer texture.

a day with a lakeview

We have been having some amazing spring days lately. The snow in our yard is completely melted and little bits of green are starting to pop up everywhere. We’ve been doing our best to work hard and get our yard summer ready. The warm spring air makes yard chores a whole lot more enjoyable. But sometimes you need to give yourself a break and just enjoy the fresh air. Which is exactly what we did yesterday.

It was sunny in the morning so we opted for a quick bike down to the park that’s below our house.


tire swing


Andy helped out and did a little spring clean up.


And then attempted to cheat on the ride back home. He let go though and toughed out the upcoming brutal hill with his pregnant wife. Such love.


We got back home, ditched the bikes and loaded up the crew to head up to Eklutna Lake for a hike. In the short distance to the trail head, our sunny weather abandoned us. The scenery was just so gorgeous though we all agreed, the spring showers and cold breeze would be well worth continuing on.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.



 The lake is glacier fed and really is that bright blue. It’s amazing.




On top of the driftwood that Andy packed out for me, such a sweetheart, he managed to find some treasures of his own. A few classic pop cans to add to his collection.


Hayden had the hook up of the day. With blankets and snacks in her ride, even a bear stick to boot.


The rest of us used what God gave us.




The trail goes 13 miles back ending at the mouth of the glacier. Our crew wasn’t quite prepared for that, myself included. Another day perhaps. We made it several miles in, enjoyed the views and company, then made our way back to the truck. Spring seems to really suit this bunch.

family pic


The Earth!

April is host to Earth Day. Coming up real quick on the 22nd. I had one last gift card from my set of three and decided I wanted to look into donating the funds towards Earth conservation. Let’s be real for a second. We can all do better. There are a few of us out there who are like uber awesome at being green. Collecting rain water, growing all their food and livestock, sewing all their clothing out of ferns, making homemade chemical free deodorant out of soil, and baking pinecone cookies on a rock in the afternoon sun. Ok, a few of those might be made up. But some people really are extreme and it’s spectacular and more power to them. What can I be better about? Not being so picky and eating leftovers instead of throwing away so much uneaten food. Getting off my lazy rear and turning off that light I left on in my closet. Turning the water off when I brush my teeth. I am the worst at this and I have no idea why. Probably because I don’t brush my teeth long enough. Whatever, don’t judge me.

Want to do more, or need some ideas? Check out this site. You can make pledges and learn ways to help your community take action in earth conservation.

A Billion Acts of Green

Want to do more? Like help save endangered Leatherback Turtles?


Travel to the Himalayas and study the pollination patterns of bees and butterflies to better understand climate changes?


Perhaps your more of a rainforest person. You could travel to Borneo and help scientists make strides in restoring one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.


Your in luck my friends because you TOTALLY CAN!

Enter Earthwatch Institute. You can go almost anywhere in the world on an expedition. How cool is that?!?

A certain someone I know wants to be a marine biologist. She basically can be, part time. For $2775 she can go to the Bahamas for 10 days, accommodations included, and literally swim with sea turtles. Your “job” is to snorkel with the turtles and observe where they choose to make their habitat, especially in their juvenile years. We know where they choose to make their habitat but not why. If we can research and pin point the reasons they choose certain areas to live as young, we can then protect those areas, better preserving a future for these cute little fellas. SIGN ME UP!


Until the day I can enjoy researching tropical waters or observing caterpillars in Costa Rica, I’ll do what I can. Like making a donation.

I chose to make a one time donation, but you have the option to make a monthly donation if you wish. Even as small as $5 a month. I’m pretty sure I lose at least $5 a month in the bottom of my purse. Just that small amount will plant 120 mangroves a year, regenerating a vital coastal ecosystem in Kenya. ( A mangrove is a tree by the way, in case you were wondering.)

You don’t need to make a donation to make a difference. Trying planting a little garden this year. I swear mint is like the most abundant herb you can grow, and all your friends will love you because you’ll make them mojitos all the time. Recycling is pretty easy too. Keep all your toilet and paper towel rolls and you can Pinterest the shiz out of ideas of repurposing them. Jelly jars can be washed up and the labels scrubbed off and you have glasses for your little people to drink out of. Lights can easily be turned off promptly and small appliances unplugged when not in use. Carpooling is a quick fix and who doesn’t enjoy extra company?

Let your imaginations run wild and be on the lookout for ways you can help keep our planet green.

slush cup

While all the rest of you in the lower 48, well most of you, are enjoying warm weather and flowers blooming, we here in Alaska are surrounded by snow. Still.

I shouldn’t complain because majority of it has melted and the temperatures are rapidly rising. But I will complain, just because I can. I’m over winter, like seriously done with it. I want lush green grass in my front yard. I want to fill my flower beds and pots with bright colored flowers. Even though I’m in major need of a tan and a pedicure currently, I could really go for a day in a sundress and flip flops.

I’ll wait patiently, somewhat, with everyone else and in a few short weeks we’ll be there. In the mean time, April in Alaska means Alyeska’s spring carnival. Spring for us means longer days (it currently stays light until close to 10 pm) and warmer temperatures which is a dream for winter sport enthusiasts. I should perhaps join that crowd and make my life easier up here. Until that happens, I’ll do things like check out Slush Cup.


We were hoping for a sunnier day but it actually turned out to be fairly warm and didn’t snow or rain on us. I’ll take it. The slopes were filled with skiers and snowboarders, and even the wee ones were taking advantage of some open hillside.



I on the other hand, sat on my toosh and waited for the event to start. All while snacking. Of course.

black and white me

The munchkin practiced some selfies. She’s getting really good as you can tell.


Slush Cup is a three day event. Friday usually involves a concert and a costume party in which part of the winners get an entry ticket for the next days event. Saturday is the main event where contestants dress in costume and ski or snowboard down the slope and try and make it across a 90 ft pool. This event is excellent for people watching, last year was fantastic and this year proved to be just as entertaining. Case in point.fur2

These two were my favorite. The one in orange is a lady with a fantastic mustache. So hilarious.


This guy wore silver stretch pants and a leather jacket like no one has ever worn them before. Nailed it.

silver pants

I forgot my sunglasses and found that I squinted for majority of the day. If I had planned better like this fellow, I would have faired better.


I even had a celebrity sighting. I wouldn’t actually say celebrity, but I’ll take what I can get. I’ll apologize now for the bad photo. I feel for paparazzi, it’s hard to get a face shot when someone is so close.

willow“Oh hey, Willow Palin. How’s it going? Just caught on you on a rerun of celebrity Wife Swap the other day. Good work with that sticker board.”

I imagine I would say something stupid like that.

Once the event starts, it goes by quick. I wished I would have remembered an actual camera but the IPhone sufficed for the day. faceplant

That water, ladies and gentlemen, is a chilly 31 degrees. So as a contestant you REALLY hope you make it all the way across without face planting. Most were not so fortunate.




Here piggy, piggy.


This year brought great costumes to the mix. Jesus, an eagle, a monk, chicken, ballerina, cave woman, and my personal favorite. A giant tooth.

I’ll still have my bouts with our never ending winter, but at least for this day I can say I made peace with our Alaska style spring.

a beautiful mess

We each have our own daily rituals of social media. Mine include only a few things. Email first. Then Instagram. Post Secret is new every Sunday. Each day I check on a few of my favorite blogs. Some are updated with new posts a few times a week, others less. My all time favorite has several new posts a day and is included in my morning, not even out of bed, barely on speaking terms, ritual.


It’s everything I can only dream my blog would be one day. Most of the blogs I follow are from a single writer, which I actually really love. This is my “fancy” blog though. They have a staff of writers, because they are super cool like that, and seriously write about EVERYTHING! Well everything that I love anyway. Like food, fashion, DIY projects, product reviews, and beauty tips. If you don’t need help or ideas with any of these subjects, well then your obviously perfect. But if your like me, you need a little assistance with your life.

All their recipes look so marvelous. So far I’ve tried out the Gummy Bear Cookies. They barely made it into the bag because I basically ate majority of the batch. I just picked up the ingredients to try out the Broccoli Pasta Salad, and the Blueberry Bagels. Bagels are a god send, and if I can manage to find a good recipe, I’ll probably make them a part of every single one of my meals, daily.

I’ve been on a craft kick lately. ABM has been my inspiration. Easter is fast approaching and I told myself I would try and make majority of my décor and Hayden’s basket fixings myself. I’d like you all to meet Sandra.


She’s quiet and down to earth. Is a great listener, and just really wants to be your friend.

The reality of this project is that it was a real *bleep*. Doll making is not my calling. Of course the instructions made it seem like a breeze. I almost don’t want to show you the link to what she’s really supposed to look like. Plus this was actually my second attempt. Projects this small are time consuming. I’m assuming the woman who gave the tutorial has nimble ninja fingers also, because it took my Vienna Sausages a few weeks to finally get this accomplished. But at least I can say I finished and Hayden will hopefully have a memory of her first homemade doll. Sandra most likely will only be a memory as I’m predicting she will be annihilated by the end of the day.

Want to see what she’s supposed to look like? Fine, here.

We’re hosting dinner this year also, so I thought this fantastic paper flower centerpiece would be perfect. This project went a lot smoother than the doll.


I found that the smaller flowers turned out looking better, and were easier to assemble. The tutorial video goes by fast so I just kept it handy and referenced it through my crafting session. Make up a bunch of these and you can do a fancy wreath, make a darling present for a friend, or just use them to spruce up your home décor without having to worry about a vase of dead flowers in a few days.


My current project is the most adorable felt garden box I have ever seen. If you have little ones, and have any trace of sewing capabilities you totally need to make one of these.

All these projects have helped kick start our creativity and our weekend was also filled with making our own tutus. We of course needed some new head garb too. bubb;e

Posing for pictures didn’t really seem to suit her today. This was the best we could come up with.


 Care Bear was much easier to work with after being adorned with her new tutu. She didn’t even complain once.

care bear

Hayden’s deal for the morning was that she would put the skirt and headband back on for pictures as long as she could wear them outside. Without socks. All while blowing bubbles. I caved.


So be sure to check out ABM on the reg and hopefully it will help make yourself, your home and your life a little sweeter.