Rosie's Ramblings

Bedtime Routine

Bedtime around here used to bed pretty random, but now that we've entered into the world of two children I've realized that no matter how loosely we follow it we really need to have some sort of schedule at bedtime. 
Here's what we've been doing lately, and so far it seems to be working pretty well, although I'm quite sure that things will switch up as soon as Summer hits.

5:00pm (or around then-whenever we are done with dinner) I take the girls upstairs and it's tubtime. Adri soaks for a while, and Piper either sits in her seat or lays in the DockATot. Then I pop Piper in with Adri for a bit as well. 

5:30pm I get both girls out and p.js on. Adri brushes her teeth. We've been loving the piggy brush that The Brushies sent over. It used to be such a pain brushing Adri's teeth and she hated it, but no more! Read more about The Brushies here.
{Adri has Pinkey the Pig}

6:00pm we get in bed and read some stories and hang out for a little bit. Piper get her Zen Sack on as well. This thing is amazing and has really been helping her sleep better at night. The front is weighted so it feels like there is a hand on her chest and helps to sooth her. 

6:30pm we head downstairs and Piper nurses to sleep. Once she's asleep I lay her down in the DockATot and then nurse Adri Rose (she only nurses for a few minutes)and then hold her and rub her belly 'til she falls asleep. 

7:00pm Adri gets carried up to her room and when I head up to bed I take Piper with me. 

And that's it! I'm trying to keep it simple and, most importantly, consistent. Same things around the same time each night. I find that early (or no) naps for Adri Rose help with the the early/smooth bedtime routine as well. 

 (I received the Zen Sack compliments of Nested Bean. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone).

 (I received The Brushies Set compliments of The Brushies. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone).

after the weekend notes

+this week is is supposed to be in the 40's and 50's and we are super excited about it.

+I found a new favorite book at the thrift store (see below) and it's the cutest.

+another thrift store score was this great floor puzzle.

+tomorrow we are going to the library. I have a ton of stuff ready to be picked up. 

+both my children woke up this morning at 3:30am. Now both are sleeping, and have been sleeping for the past two hours.

+both children sleeping means I'm getting a ton of work done.

+we celebrate birthdays this past weekend with my family, and played this game (it was one of Adam's stocking stuffers).

+it's a gray, rainy day here and we are spending it reading books and taking things easy.

+I'm off to hang laundry and make a pot of tea. 

I found this sweet little book at a thrift store on Saturday. I grabbed it because I saw the illustrations were by Garth Williams (one of my favorite illustrators) but after looking at it a bit more realized the story is precious as well. It's a nice way of introducing children to the changing seasons, holidays, and the days of the week+months of the year.
Just look at the illustrations! Aren't they beautiful? The one below is making me long for Summer.

Lately with the cold weather my go-to meal has been some sort of chunk of meat baked with lots of veggies. Simple, easy, and makes my man happy.
{my apologies to any vegans or vegetarians reading--please skip over this photo}

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! 

Valentine's Day 2018


So, being totally honest here. I actually forgot that yesterday was Valentine's Day. Yup, I only figured it out late morning, and then had to rush to think up some sort of "festive" thing to do. Adri and I made heart shaped sugar cookies, and read some books, I made meatballs, pasta, sauce (from tomatoes harvested from our garden last year), and breadsticks for dinner. When Adam got home we all hung out, ate dinner, and watched a movie. Just a slow, take-it-easy day. 

On another note. Is anyone else ready for Winter to end? At the end of the month we are going away for a weekend and I spent most of the other morning looking at Airbnb for a place to stay. I found some awesome looking cabins, but then was like, who are we kidding, we'll probably just end up getting a hotel room. lol

Our rabbit Pepper had her babies! She had them on Monday afternoon and there seems to be about 8 of them (we are waiting a few more days to actually move things around and count them, since we don't want to disturb the nest). Adri is SO excited. 

Today I am trying to get all the domestic stuff done early and go shopping. Our fridge is pretty bare right now, and since I've been putting off the grocery shopping for too long. 

Happy Thursday! 

When God Made Light {book review}

A wonderful, whimsical approach to teaching children about God's creation of light. This book is easy to read, and for little children to follow along with it's lyrical verses and colorful characters.

We received the book in the mail the other other day and Adri and I have already read it a few times through. She's even been reading it on her own as well.

This is perfect naptime or bedtime read. The story is simply written, but has deep truth. The beautiful illustrations make it delightful for not only children, but adults to read as well.

"And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light." Genisis 1:3

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

This is also a companion book to When God Made You, and I have that one on it's way to add to our home library. If it's anything like this one I'm sure it'll be a favorite as well! 

**I was provided this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for my free and honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Every year for our birthdays (they are three days apart) I make Adam and me a cheesecake. You'd think after all this time I'd have my recipe perfected, but after last year's flop I was a bit worried about the final results of this year's cake. It turned out perfect though. So maybe, after almost four years I have it down? 

Here's my recipe. It's easy, quick to make, and (at least this year) delicious.

Easy Cherry Cheesecake: 

You will need:

1 cup of white sugar.

2 T. of white flour.

1/4-1/2 cup of half and half.

3 large eggs.

2 eight ounce blocks of cream cheese.

1 can of cherry pie filling.

1 1/2 cups of crushed graham cracker crumbs.

1/4 melted butter

To make:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, and the melted butter together. Press mixture into the bottom of one 9 or 10 inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mix until smooth. Add the white sugar, the flour, and the half and half. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn oven temperature down to 200 degrees and  continue baking for 1 hour, or until filling is set. Let cheesecake cool, then refrigerate.

Before serving pour cherry pie filling on the top.

what i've learned after living almost a year at deer pond farm

It's been almost a year since we unexpectedly packed up our apartment and moved way out here to the country. We've added another child and a whole bunch of animals to the family, along with learning and growing a lot as people (for both Adam and me). 
Looking back on this past year there are definitely a few things that really stand out to me that I've discovered since moving to this big white farmhouse, and (since I tell you guys everything) here they are.

+It IS possible in this day and age to live without cell reception.

+A four bedroom house is NOT too large for four people and a slew of pets.

+You literally can never have too big of a garden.

+Living across the road from an old empty prison is awesome.

+Being in the middle of the state forest means that you can walk out your door and be hiking almost right away.

+There are almost as many dirt roads as there are paved around here.

+Sunny kitchens are like breath for me. I need them in my life.

+Our plants love their south facing windows and have doubled in size since we've moved.

+A guest room is a wonderful thing. 

+In drafty old farm houses robes and slippers are a must-have.

+After a surprisingly short amount of time you can get used to having to gigantic sump pumps in the basement and eventually tune out the noise of them kicking on every hour.

+Driving 25 minutes to get to a grocery store means that when you go shopping you grab literally everything you can think of that you'll need for the next 100 years (just kidding. well, sort of).

+Amazon Prime and free shipping from Target are where it's at #bestthingsinlifearentactuallyfree

Country life may be a pain at times but both Adam and I love it!

The canvas in the photo above was kindly sent to me from a Swedish Based company called Photowall, and I have to be honest here, when I selected the size I think I hit one that was a bit larger than I thought it would be. Because although I really, really love it, it's also HUGE.
Adri laughs and giggles every time she walks by it, and it's the cutest. I'm thinking I might move it to either her room, or above the stairs, but for now that is where it will stay (update: since writing this it's been moved to the landing).

The canvas itself is wonderful. The process to order is super simple and easy (it took me about 10 minutes to place my order) and it came nicely package. Do be aware that you have to put it together (mount the canvas on the frame), but that was not difficult at all and Adri helped me with it while Piper napped.

Also, can I just say, look how clear it is for being so large! The photo quality is great, and it's super, super sturdy.

Photowall has also given me a coupon code to share with you all! Use code: RosieRamblesCampaign2018 for a discount.

{many thanks to Photowall for sending the canvas to me. All opinions are mine alone}

the man behind the blog+wooden watch giveaway!

 (I received this watch compliments of Jord Wood Watches. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone).

Let's be honest here. If it wasn't for my man's hard work, making it possible for me to spend the bulk of my days at home, I'd be far too busy to write on this little ole' blog. We'd be back to some every-few-weeks-a-quick-hello-post and that would be it.
Anyway, I don't talk a whole lot about Adam on here, and that's a shame. Mostly because I love him dearly, but also because (at least I think so) he's a pretty cool guy.
Besides, with Valentine's Day fast approaching I don't know a better time to gush about my man ;)

He's a welder by trade, and a very good one at that. He works at a big place (they have over 2500 employees) about 25 minutes from us.
For the past two years he has spent almost every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night watching Adri Rose (and now Piper) while I'm at work. This is after a long day at work, often having gotten up before 4:00am that morning.
He loves anything outdoors. Hiking, gardening, fishing, and hunting. His dream life is a little farm with some animals and being totally self-sufficient, where he'd happily live without a phone or internet  (ha. good luck with that one though-he's living with ME).

He also loves the solar system, marine life (he's obsessed with sharks), and science. I'll often find him watching some obscure show about one of those on Netflix.

He also has the best long term memory, remembering things from way back in his childhood, and even the names of (literally) everyone he knew, but also has the worst short term memory and can't remember where he put his hat 20 minutes ago. I often joke and tell him he'd lose his head if it wasn't attached to his body.

Releated: My Man's Birthday.

He's not a Mr. Fix-it sort of guy by any stretch of the imagination (he'd tell you so himself) but every once in a while he'll surprise me and do something like fix the bearings or starter on the truck. So maybe he's handier then even he knows ;)

He loves to cook, read Stephen King, is a perfectionist, a talented artist, hates the rain, loves animals, brews beer, and is way more sensitive than me.

People always talk about how hard it is to find gifts for "the guys", and I swear there must be thousands of gift guides online. However, I've never had a trouble finding or thinking of gifts for Adam. Actually, for me it's always been the opposite-there's too many things I can think to get him. That's why when Jord wanted to send over a watch I was so excited. Adam hasn't had a watch since I met him, and I knew was something he's been not only needing, but wanting.  Honestly, these are the most beautiful watches I've ever seen. The natural quality of the wood makes it unique and stylish. They can also be engraved, which adds such a personal touch.

Seriously, if you are looking for something special for the man in your life (or anyone at all, for that matter, since Jord has wooden women's watches too) this is THE way to go.

Go here to shop men's watches.

This is the watch that Adam is wearing: Luxury Wooden Watch

NOW. Here is the very best part (saved for last). Jord has kindly offered to give a watch to one of you guys! Just go here: GIVEAWAY: to enter! 

*giveaway ends 02/25/2018*