weekend in pictures: a real-life mess, magic wands, and a closet sneak peek

We had a restful weekend- it was raining and nasty here, so we took it easy and it was wonderful. Here are some snapshots from the last few days... :)

Lest you think that my house is clean all of the time, I now have even more photo evidence of what life looks like around here some weeks. :) It's way more fun to take pictures of clean, beautiful kitchens, but sometimes, this is our reality... or what we call the aftermath of "mommy let us make our own lunch"...


Why yes, that is a paper plate full of salsa, soggy chips stuck to the table, a knife immersed in a bottle of mustard, and diaper rash/eczema cream right in the middle of it all.  ;)

I was feeding the baby and picking up what I could while they were eating, so lunch for me didn't come until way.too.late. for a nursing mama:


After lunch, we made bibbiddi bobbbidi boo sticks from the girls' Disney cookbook^:



And I cleaned up my desk clutter somewhere in there:


And I finally ordered a rod to hang my thrifted PB calendar on:


If you're wondering how I got the time to even do that with a 5-month-old {I would be}- it was because this little guy hung out with his dad:


On Saturday, we launched a new release of BODYPUMP at the gym, and I took a 2.5 hour nap in the afternoon. It was amazing. I haven't slept that soundly in months. :)

And we finished the weekend off with lunch with the family and a bagel run to Panera:


Yes, I was nursing a baby while we took this photo...hahaha
And this week, I hope to have a little pop-up sale! :D Lord-willing, I am going to be listing leather coats, designer jeans, a Boden coat, Lucky Brand, Cole Haan, and Frye boots, and Fossil purses. :) I'll be sharing some of my deals with you on Instagram so if you want to follow me over there my IG name is bhomemaking! :D I've never done anything like this before so I'm interested to try it! :)


Some items will be on the blog for those of you who don't do IG. :)



How was your weekend? :)

Do you ever let your kiddos make their own food too? :)


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31 comments

Anonymous said...

Our messes are quite often similar to those in your home too, albeit we have only 3 kiddos! I think after the 2nd child the quality/quantity of the messes stays the same...lol. Glad you all had a relaxing weekend! It's great when you can just let the kids be kids and take the time to just "be." Beautiful family you've got there! (and I envy the stand mixer...haha)

Anita Ashley said...

I love your page on Face Book and your Blog. You have a beautiful family. I have a daughter and worked for 14 years, my house stayed much cleaner,when I worked, then now. I am a stay at home wife and still have trouble keeping everything caught up. GOD has blessed me abundantly with a beautiful, successful daughter, so-in-law, a 3 year old grandson and another grandbaby on the way, that is due in July. My daughter is organized and knows exactly what she wants and does not stop until she succeeds. I smile and thank GOD, for she is my mini me at her age. I have just became older and mellowed out. May GOD Bless you and your family.

Ashley said...

Does your little one have eczema? My 4-month old has it on his face pretty bad and we have tried everything, including that Burts Bees, but nothing seems to give him more than a day or two of relief before it flairs up again. If so, wondering if you find anything that works for you.

r dees said...

I'll be watching for that brown bag! Pretty!

Penny said...

I love seeing other people's messes. Makes my life feel more normal!!

extraordinarilyuniquelyme said...

Try NAET treatments for the eczema. Find a naturopath doctor. They really work, the younger the better, and the expense far outweighs a lifetime of itching and pain.

Kreative Kidd said...

I let my kids make their own food sometimes and it always results in a mess! But they have to learn, right? This weekend was spent at home with sick babies. :( What do you use for eczema?

Kisti said...

Mandy, I continue to follow your blog because you offer hope to young moms & a realistic but biblical view of life & mothering. That is true inspiration, and I applaud your desire to remain authentic AND true to God's Word. Love, an old mom. ;)

Jenna said...

Ok whatever you had for lunch looks amazing!!!! Details please?!??

Mandy said...

we finally figured it was mostly that I was eating lots of almonds and other nuts and his skin was manifesting the reaction. :( He also seemed to be very sensitive/allergic to coconut oil that I was constantly rubbing on it.

Mandy said...

I agree! :)

Mandy said...

oh thank you! I am with you for sure- after the second one, your cleaning expectations change too, LOL!

Mandy said...

it was cabbage mix with chicken, feta, croutons, and tomatoes and Olive Garden dressing. I love it so much I eat it all the time! :D

Mandy said...

oh thank you so much for your kind words! what a sweet compliment! I can promise you if there is anything good or any inspiration here it is from the Lord and not from me! He is so good to me!!

Elizabeth Taylor said...

I have those Frye boots!!!! I love them. Thrifted them for $8, talk about a score :)

Melony said...

I, for one, love seeing other people's "real" messes. It makes me feel like I'm not alone on this crazy ride called Mommyhood. Your family is just beautiful!

Deb Moffatt said...

HI Mandy :) I am also a homeschooling mom and its hard to balance it all, but God does provide a way & its beyond rewarding! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Its fun, inspiring, fun and creative & REAL! :) I want the brown purse and those boots if they are a 9 ;) Inbox me on FB and let me know if you wanna sell early. Thanks for being such an inspiration & don't think that your little blog doesn't motivate people, because it does and God has Blessed you with a voice & a talent...keep on using it :) Blessings to you sweetie..Deb Moffatt

k said...

I want that brown bag! Sooooo nice!

k said...

I want that brown bag! Sooooo nice!

Stephanie Toepel said...

I'm ready to make a purchase! lol. I love your blog. You and your bestie have inspired me to shop at Goodwill for so much stuff. I think (know) that it is a real blessing to have found your blog and the idea of taking care of my home thru the use of thrifting is being a good steward. Thanks! P.S. I'll take the Fossil bag(s)!!!!!

Vanessa Zahel said...

I really, really, really enjoy your blog! It makes more feel like I'm not alone as a Mom....I have 4 kids and I'm mostly on my own because my husband is an OTR truck driver who's home only once a month. Hopefully that will change soon. He's going to be switching to another company in a few weeks and he's supposed to be home twice a month. You're blog is so very encouraging to me. My children aren't very young. I have 13 year old twins (they'll be 14 in July, both girls and NOT identical in anyway, especially looks), a 12 year old boy (who will be 13 in Nov.) and my "baby" girl will 10 next month. I let them make their own meals often! I don't work outside the home (thank the Lord) but I am a writer, a deacon's wife, the head of the church's drama department and I have kids who are fairly active (2 in band, 3 in science club, 1 in cheer, and all in public school) so I stay fairly busy. When my husband isn't home, weekends are the times I don't cook. My son does dinner on Saturday night (usually omelets) and we kind of ffy it the rest of the time---that is "fend for yourself". I know it sounds terrible, but I do have a menu written out for the week so they follow that.

Our weekend was kind of busy--my three older kids went to an ice skating birthday party (which is funny because we live in North Florida), my youngest was getting her hair cut and having a hair-do "try-out" for a pageant she's going to be in in a couple of weeks. I fought the pageant thing for a long time, but it's something she's been wanting to do and now that she's older and can understand things better, I'm letting her. I told her it's more about poise than beauty and I'm teaching her about beauty from the inside out. For her, it's just fun because she's always liked to play dress-up. Church was on Sunday, then we just rested the rest of the day. We needed it also! Last week we had a "snow day" here and schools were closed for 3 days! The weather was wacky! We had ice everywhere for atleast 2 days and it started clearing up by the 3rd.

Thank you again for this blog. I'm now following you on Instagram.

Nicole Beard said...

Love seeing snapshots - such a beautiful family! Panera has some awesome coffee drinks, I went to a MOPS Moms-Night-Out there recently. Relaxing weekends are good!

Nest Full of Birds said...

I am so grateful for this posting and the reminder that it's OK to have messes and it's OK to be late making lunch and it's OK to enjoy time with kiddos even when cleaning "needs" done. I'm having a hard time letting some things go and just being in the moment with my kids. I feel sooo guilty for every.little.mess! I'm parenting on my own for the next few weeks while my husband is away for work and I keep thinking I *have* to do it all right now, and do it perfectly, but no....I don't. I can love my kids and allow some sticky messes to sit for a bit while I take care of the important things - my kids.

Sophie from France said...

Last summer, my kiddos cooked one day each (for lunch) ... They had to do the menu, prepare the meal ... well, I helped the little ones! But it was very nice and pleasant! Now they have school so, they don't have time .... except breakfast: they sometimes cook porridge alone...but it's ok! And it's messy too here, after the week-end!

Jody Dake said...

Real life messes are what makes life the most fun, isn't it? It's good to see we all live that way.

Ok, Mandy, what size are your frye boots, cause there are 3 in our home that wear a size 8, and one wears a 9, and we are interested in them! One daughter has been searching and searching for decent, well, good prices, and haven't seen anything, and our GW doesn't have the best things, good, but not like this. We still loooove our GW!
We are only on the blog, so can't see them any other way.

I hope your day is wonderful, even in the midst of all this rain. Go make some great adventures with those blessings of yours, and enjoy it!!!

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Beatriz Magana said...

Mandy,
I love to see other real life messes, other than my own. I know I am not alone and that families are just busy and messy and it is ok. I am trying to focus on quality family time now more than ever. I only have two more years before my daughter is off to college and four more years before my son, the baby, is off to college. I really want to make our home about memories, love, fun stuff, eating good food, laughing, and giving them my best. Thank you for allowing us to peek into your life!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

I have followed you for a while, but rarely comment. Thank you for your sharing and teaching.
And Zane is gorgeous.

Stephanie Hunter dell said...

Try an oatmeal bath. I just started giving my 14month old one after trying over the counter soaps, lotions and such. The oatmeal does wonders! Just grind about a cup of steel oats until it becomes a very fine powder. Pour it in the bath while water is running. I noticed a difference right after I dried her skin. Then I topped off her skin with aveeno eczema cream. Try it and see if it helps.

Sabrina Matthews said...

Very interested in the Fossil bag...hopefully I can see when it's posted! Love the blog <3

Sylvia Rose Woodfork said...

Hi so I just found your blog, and have a kind orandom question, I know your fitness instructor, and I think you said something in a post that lead me to believe you homeschooling, so u was just wondering if you brought all of the kids with and how does that work? I plan on being a fitness instructor soon and only have a two year old now, but hope (God willing) to have lot babies in the future, and I just want to know if it's feasible to homeschool and have many children and bring them all to the gym for an hour, sorry it's a long awkwardly phrased question but I honestly don't know who else I'd be able to ask.

Mandy said...

oh they are 8.5 and 9s :D I hope you get a pair!! :D