Thursday, May 31, 2012

what we wore

this is how i feel right now. 

get ready for total randomness. which i think i said last time. which leads me to believe this is becoming normal. ugh.

1. i'm discovering that i'm an emotional eater. more and more i find myself seeking comfort in food. after an especially difficult day with my second born (which is also happening more regularly) all i want to do is have a red velvet cupcake. or a lightly toasted sesame seed bagel with cream cheese. or buttered sour dough toast with a fried egg. these things bring me joy right now.

2. i've officially fallen off the paleo bandwagon. if i cook or meal plan it's all paleo, but the cheats are no longer cheats. they are part of my new everyday. 

3. churros are magical. like a unicorn horn, covered in cinnamon and sugar. crunchy AND chewy. with the power to make it all ok.

4. i think i'm spiraling into hysteria. i just said churros are magical, people. i need help. 

5. today, after my daughter threw a crazytown fit at a friend's house, then started kicking me as i carried her to the bathroom to discipline her, i went straight to Costco and downed a slice of cheese pizza and a churro. don't judge. now i have grumble gut. 

my daughter is a precious gift straight from the Lord in heaven. but she doesn't always act that way. and God must really think i am an exceptionally strong person to give me a daughter with her temperament. but i certainly don't feel that way. 

but i will not give up. i love her too much. now is the time to put the hard work in. 

even if i gain 10 pounds in the process. 

this is my life.

pray for me.


Friday, May 25, 2012

font love friday + what we wore


this week has been FUNKY COLD MEDINA. 

that's why this post will be a little funky too. i didn't design anything this week but am super inspired by fonts and typographical illustrations all over the web so i thought i'd share some with you and give you a little eye party. i also took some pictures of us wearing clothes for a what we wore wednesday post but never posted about it... so i'm including them. 

happy long weekend. 

this is my tattoo inspiration. as soon as my husband approves, and we have extra cash, i want to get something similar to this on my back.

i'm over my mexican hair. this was wednesday and it was looking pretty unspectacular... so i washed and straightened it today and love it. 

no more mexican. at least for a while. like Christmas when we make tamales. that's the only other time i'm really mexican. 

little a is loving the leotards lately. that's a funny word. leo-tards. LEEEEOOO TAAAAAARDS. hahaha. i'm totally tripping out. 

if anyone wants to get her some leotards i would be one grateful mama. that's all she wants to wear lately and she only has TWO. fun times.

this guy.

he got to pick out his own shoes and is very excited about it. 

"mom! take a picture of the bottom of my shoe!". yes, very excited. 

here are lots of pictures of my silly kids. you're welcome.

ok. great. 

sorry i didn't tell you where any of our clothes are from. i hope to be back to normal brain functioning levels next week. 

but i can't promise anything. 

love tara.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

i made a quilt!

all by myself! for the first time!

(can you tell i'm excited? just a little...)

oh man. this project was so much fun, and i learned a TON about sewing embarking on something i know very little about: the world of quilting. i sort of made a quilt one other time, but had the constant aid of my best friend, Bekah. she is an expert. the quilts she has made are beautiful and perfect. when i was pregnant with my son we took on making him a mini quilt. we picked out the pattern, the material, cut, sewed, and pinned everything together. then she finished all the binding since it was so close to my due date with him. 

but i can't really take any of the credit because she did all the hard work. since she lives 8 hours away now, this time around i was on my own. 

i tend to be a self-starter, in the sense that if i see something i try to figure out how to make it. thank goodness for online tutorials because i wouldn't have gotten very far without them. i did want to choose a simple pattern and color palette so it could grow with her and become a timeless treasure (hopefully!). sticking with solid colors also helped ease my worry of making any mistakes, since they wouldn't be so visible. 

i chose a solid cotton in pale gray for the top, and a solid flannel pale pink for the bottom (for extra softness. also, my daughter doesn't like the feel of sheets, she says they're too crunchy and cold), with an all white binding. i also chose to machine stitch the entire thing. i just DO NOT have the time or patience to hand stitch anything this large. 

for the pattern on top made 4 1/2"x69" strips (twin quilts are 68x86, and by doing horizontal strips that meant i needed LOTS of fabric since a bolt of fabric typically runs 44" in width). then i just sewed them all together. for the bottom, since i wouldn't be seen as much, i made the strips as large as possible to cut back on sewing. i think they're something like 22"x69".

then i used a really thin cotton batting and spent FOREVER pinning that sucker on my living room floor. it was a BEAST! due to time and children running around, i had to roll it up and put it away a few times before finishing all my pinning. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. my fabric shifted every. single. time. and i had to almost start over pinning. frick. i suggest pinning it all at once if you can. after all that pinning and re-pinning i finally got to sew all the layers together. 

i'm pretty impressed with the binding, if i do say so myself. i used this tutorial for cutting the binding, and this one for machine stitching the binding. 

now that little a's bedding is complete i just need to work on getting her ghetto mattress off the floor and giving her an actual headboard! here are some of my inspirations for what i want her bed/headboard to look like:

Source: via Tara on Pinterest

i love this one made out of pallette wood! only i think i would white wash it. 

this one is my number one fav. i've been scouring Craigslist trying to find one for months with no luck! boo.

i just love how pretty and rustic this little bed looks.

i'm down with painting an old wooden bed in my favorite high gloss colors!

all in all i would totally do this again. in fact, i plan on make two more quilts for my son's bunk beds this summer. i will now be accepting gift cards to Joann's. wink.  


Friday, May 18, 2012

font love friday

hello! happy friday!

today for font love friday i'm gonna share the entry way wall art i made recently. my entry way has been looking pretty cluttered lately and i have been feeling the need to simplify it. it previously had a charging station (that was not plugged in because there is no outlet on this wall, so it wasn't charging anything), random books that needed to be put away, a change jar, art work and posters from the kids that needed to be put away, "treasure's in heaven" treasure boxes where the kids earn marbles when doing an act of kindness, and some clothes or hair clips from friends that forgot them here. that's A LOT of stuff for such a small area. and since it's the first thing people see when they walk in, i wanted it to make a much different statement. 

the quote actually comes from lyrics of a Watermark (Christy Nockels band with her husband) song. i just love that it makes such a bold statement, that we desire Jesus to INVADE our home, with his truth and light. and we want to proclaim that to all who enter our home. 

Come, come in
Invade all You see of us
Any man, who'd walk Your road is welcomed here
And You're the only one

Jesus, come and walk the halls of this house
Tread this place and turn it inside out
With Your mercy...
Jesus, teach us the prayers that open these doors
Until Your light floods in and illuminates these floors
And let Your truth be on our steps and in these rooms
Jesus invade...

Reach, reach in
With the hand that heals all our suffering
Conquer all that is not of You
Bring Your spirit throught
As we fill these walls with Your praise


I call for angels
I call for mercy
I call for freedom
In the name of Jesus
In the name of Jesus

to make this i spray painted a canvas with chalkboard paint, made lines across every 2.25" apart with regular chalk, then traced a Helvetica 2" stencil with a white chalk pen.

Helvetica is such a classic type, i love how this turned out. 

have a great weekend!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

what we wore

you're about to get some randomness. don't mind me. 

i am so tired lately. my routine is off and it's really starting to affect my day-to-day functioning. i have my coffee every morning, and as soon as it's done i wonder if i can have another. then again in the afternoon! i think it has to do with the fact that 3 days a week i'm waking up earlier than normal to do crossfit (at 5:30am!). 

i usually wake up between 6-6:30am, and take my showers at night, but on the days i work out i am waking up at 5am and showering after my work out. my body is out of rhythm! do any of you work out early some days? what do you do to keep your routine in check? should i just wake up at 5am everyday so i can feel normal again? that does not sound awesome, but i'm over being sleepy ALL THE TIME. 

shirt gifted / jeans chor from Marshall's / sandals TJMaxx / what i did nothing exciting.. just a walk around the block so the kids could ride their vehicles

i am really starting to like my natural hair. this is the third time in a row i've styled it this way after washing it. i only wash it every 7 days, so i've been wearing it like this for a while. straight out of the shower i just comb it with a wide tooth comb, blow dry my roots with my head upside down, and while my ends are still moist i add a mixture of leave in conditioner and coconut oil. then i let it air dry. soooooooo EASY!

sidenote: my sweet boy is having bully trouble, and it's breaking my heart! there's a boy in his gymnastics class that has been punching him repeatedly while they wait for their turn to work on a skill.  we've only been to two classes, but it's already pretty concerning. we want to make sure we're teaching Big A how to respond in a biblical way, while protecting his confidence and tender heart. 

{Big A}
sunnies target dollar bin / shirt target / shorts hand-me-downs / shoes children's place gifted / what he did demonstrated his sweet scooter skills while "jumping" off the "ramp" he found (raised sidewalk crack)

he has his next gymnastics class tomorrow night, so we're praying over how to coach him for when it happens again. if you think about it, will you join us in prayer? thanks.

{little a}
dress old navy / jellies old navy / what she did figured out that she can ride super speed on her bike

i love these shoes, i wish i has some in my size.

little a is getting so big. she'll be 4 this summer. most of the time she seems 3 going on 4, in every shape and form... but sometimes, like in this picture, i still see glimpses of her from when she was a baby. (must be the cheeks) i miss that. i miss my babies. they're growing up too fast. 

i'm not sure that i'm ready for these guys to be dealing with hard concepts like bullies, and being physically capable of riding their bikes faster than i can run... but these are the things that we are being handed right now, and it is making my heart ache. 

i just want to make sure i'm capturing their innocence, and holding it closely to my heart. i want to never forget these stages, or the ones they've grown out of. 

second sidenote: holding your coffee in one hand and your camera in the other hand is not the wisest choice while your children are riding their bikes, because when they fall it's really awkward running with your hands that full... 

just saying. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

paleo cereal

guys. if you know my family well you will know that cereal is our downfall. since my husband and i have been married (almost 9 years) we've probably had cereal EVERY NIGHT before bed. that is, until we started trying to eat healthier about 6 months ago. 

did you read that right... ? 6 months. no cereal. 

for reals. 

until last week. (!) my friend Glen is doing paleo and he took an instagram picture of some cereal he ordered, and after he listed the ingredients i thought, i could make that!!!

so off i went to trader joe's and filled up my basket with goodies. it did not disappoint. i'm so happy with how it turned out. 

8 oz. raw pecan pieces
4 oz. raw almond slices
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup golden flax seeds
1.2 oz. freeze dried strawberries
1.2 oz. freeze dried raspberries
1.2 oz. freeze dried blue berries 

i topped mine with a drizzle of honey and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 


i hope you try it and love it as much as i do!


p.s. beware: it's pretty pricey. and filling (thankfully). you'll want to eat one scoop at a time to make it last a little longer. no more giant bowls overflowing with captain crunch paleo cereal!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

font love friday

i've stumbled upon some typography that just made me gasp! this is my favorite font of the week.

ok, so i know it's Saturday... i meant to post this yesterday but got super busy. better late than never?

i love intro! such a fun font for a little boy. i knew it was perfect for the second in line of my bestie's kids, Ethan. he is such a sweet little ball of energy. he loves to be active and riding bikes is one of his favorite things, so i made sure to include one in this design. he also loves the color green so i went with a vibrant kelly green color. hopefully he likes the poster!

two down, two to go! Bekah, one of my best friends, has four kids and i'm working on a namesake poster for each one. such a fun project! 

what do you have going on today? i already did some crossfit and we're gonna take the kids to open gym to burn off some of their energy. it should be fun.

i hope you have a good saturday! 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

what we wore wednesday

purple jeans? mmmyes.

i recently swung by Plato's closet here in Fresno and found this pair of purple jeans. i was pretty unsure about how practical they were and what to wear them with and had to ask two of the people who worked there for advice (they happened to be indifferent young girls, next time i'm taking a friend shopping with me!). i love the colored jean look right now, and they fit really good, so i decided to go ahead and grab them. 

top marshall's / cami marshall's / jeans piper & blue from plato's / shoes target, last summer / hair mexican / what i did still trying to embrace my messy natural mexican hair, ie: wavy only in the back. this is HARD for this perfectionist. but also really easy because of the wash and partially defusing styling process involved.  

i love the bright jeans pairs with the neutral top and shoes. but i think it would also look great paired with a red or coral shirt. 

{Big A}
shirt gifted / shorts target / flip flops rainbow's / what he did worked the ninja pose, below.

this guy needs to be in theater. he's so animated and makes the best faces. the only trouble is that he doesn't like attention. as soon as anyone cheers for him, he shuts down and won't do it anymore. we're still trying to figure out how to encourage him to work through it, without forcing him to be our little dancing monkey. 

{little a}
dress old navy / sandals target / what she did a trip to the library (where she did a GREAT job not throwing fits!)

yep. she's doing much better. sure, she still has her moments... she will always be strong willed. but i definitely see a heart change in her. we've succeeded in going to the library several times now without any fits, even after i ask her to turn the computer games off. this is a big deal. 

she asked me to give her two braids, tied together in the back. it was pretty challenging since her hair is so short right there. she didn't care, even though she had a little sprout poking out the back. 

she's a girl who knows what she wants. 

and it's my job to make her want Jesus. 

i'm trying.

love, tara