Cocoa Daisy's April Kit : Central Park


I am in love with April's kit and am feeling the hopefulness that only Spring can bring along with it! I've had my kit here for a bit now and have just been patiently waiting for Zoey and I to feel better so that I can play with it (she has been sick for the better half of the month here and I got a bit of it too it seems...ah the perks of being mom!). Zoey's back at school now and is eating again and acting like herself and today I am finally joining her in feeling better as well. Happy days ahead! Looking forward to the weekend now when I know I'll have the time to create.

Be sure to get yours early this month as I have a feeling the kits and the add-ons (which are amazing as well) will be going quickly again this month.

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Music Love


Boombox Series // Jessie J from on Vimeo.

Here's another crazy good song that gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. The singer is just 22 years old...

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My Head + My Heart...

have truthfully been elsewhere lately. This blog has been neglected partly because of this. It's a compilation of health issues (ours + loved ones), politics (Wisconsin's Budget Bill to be exact) and other day to day life things that's been working at wearing me down. In the time frame of less than a month we as a family have experienced some pretty extreme highs and lows. Today, I am finally feeling a slight burden lift from my heart. Part of this being possible is the idea that we can change what it is that "life" will look like. We can mold "the dream" and create "our dream" and make it work for us. I'm tired of being here in this place that I've been mentally lately and I've just decided to let some things take flight and to replace them with those things things that truly fill me up. I'm thinking new beginnings. I'm thinking of planting something green (intrigued by this little planter). I'm thinking with my head + my heart.

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The Spring Break from "H-E-double tooth-picks"

It started with Zoey missing school on the friday before spring break started. She had a low grade fever with a nasty, nasty cough so I kept her home from school thinking that she should rest so we that we could ensure getting to enjoy our break together as a family. Saturday I awoke with the nasty cough and fever. We are sick, together (how sweet) through Sunday...which is when I finally decide to call and postpone our reservations (we had plans to skip out of town) by one day. She starts perking up and has seemingly more energy so I'm definitely thinking that I'll be feeling better soon too. Monday we head out of town and spend most of the day driving to our destination. I am still not feeling too hot at this point, Zoey seems to be on the mend, though still is with her cough. Upon attempting to check-in at the hotel we are told that our room will not be ready for another half an hour or so (we were already past the check-in time). We waited. (This should have been the point in time when a light bulb went off in our heads and we think to ourselves that maybe things are not going to go as we might have had planned). Light bulbs do not go off. We check in and finally start unloading the car...once the bags are in the room I take a look at Ethan and he's got hot pink stains all over his pants. At first we think that he was bleeding and didn't know it, but it isn't blood. After a bit we realized that Zoey's bottle of children's liquid tylenol must have leaked through one of the bags and sure enough, that was what it was. I then (after cleaning sticky, pink goo off of pants and luggage) proceeded to take a nap (still not feeling so hot) and Ethan and Zoey headed to the pool. After they returned from the pool we all get ready and go out for dinner where we ended up waiting (again) for a table. Another bonus...turns out that the clock in the hotel room was not set to reflect the recent time change so we are actually eating later than normal and it kind of starts to make sense as to why everyone is a bit more hungrier (and crankier) than usual. (This also means I will miss the season finale of the Bachelor, which is silly I know, but an added annoyance to the evening so I just had to be sure to add it in the mix).  Fast forward to the evening hours...we finally are back in the room, tuckered out from traveling and not feeling so well so we get ready for bed. Lights are finally out and we all drift asleep. And that's where the story really get's fun...about 1am Ethan and I pop our eyes open to the most awful, grating, groaning noise ever. Turns out we were right next the mechanical room for the entire hotel. It sounded as though pipes were going to explode in our walls and in the ceiling. These noises occurred like clock-work approximately every 15 minutes or so, all through the night. I saw Only to have morning arrive with Zoey sleeping in waaaaay longer than she ever does and finally awaking with a raging fever. Cruel, cruel joke I tell you. We packed our bags and packed the car and made our way home where we've been sleeping and snuggling and coughing ever since. I feel like I am living in a Petri dish.

Thanks for letting me vent.

[Sidenote: as of today, Thursday, March 17th Zoey and I are both up and about...I'm thinking we just may luck out and get to enjoy a couple of days from our spring break after all.]

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