Category Archives: Family

It’s Been Awhile

Hello there!

Oh my goodness it has been so long since I have posted anything! Although I must admit that part of that has been due to a lack of writing inspiration the main reason for my absence is that I have a beautiful, rambunctious 9 month old baby girl!

Last time I posted (last summer) I was still pregnant, so a lot has happened since that time! Life has been a wee bit crazy and due to the craziness, I kind of lost my footing on blogging and well, doing a lot of my hobbies. My time has been quite focused on being a new mom.

Regardless, I’m so excited to be back! And it’s really the perfect time of year to get into the swing of things again! It’s November which means that all the wonderful, Christmas festivities will start soon! Which means tons of decorating, food, parties, and beautiful family moments! I can’t wait to share this holiday season with you!

 

Bethany

 

Eating Real Food…. Or Trying To..

Now that you have a little background on my journey of trying to be more healthy, I thought it was only fair that I share some of the ways that I’m trying to make being a healthy a way of life.

Over the last few months, I’ve become more conscious of what I’ve been putting in my body. I’ve noticed more and more that the majority of the food that I eat is highly processed! The more I realized how fake many of the of the foods that I’ve been eating are, the more I thought that I should try to eliminate as many of these things as possible.

So, I started looking into something called, “clean eating”. As with most things, there was a lot of information to go through and a lot of research to be done before I fully understood what it meant to “eat clean”.

The jist of this particular way of eating is, to eliminate as many foods that are boxed, prepackaged, or highly processed. and filled with refined sugar.

So that’s what I’ve been trying to do! Over the past few months, I’ve taken a good look at what I put in my mouth, and have chosen a few things to start  eliminating. And hopefully, depending on how this goes, I’ll be able to say that the majority of what I eat in a day is healthy, whole and “clean”!

One of the first things that I knew that I could make instead of buying is bread. I love homemade bread! So, instead of going to the store and spending like 4$ on a not-so-appetizing loaf of bread, I made the decision to always make my own. and it tastes soooo good!

And it’s not just bread. I’ve been trying to make all bread products. Like tortillas, hamburger buns, pizza dough and bagels! (yes bagels!)

A few other things I’m trying to make are salad dressings, sauces (spaghetti, bbq etc)

And of course, desserts! It is far more satisfying to sink your teeth into a gooey, warm, homemade cookie than to eat a stale store bought one!

Of course, at times living this lifestyle is difficult, and time consuming, and sometimes a little annoying to just not be able to go out and buy whatever food I feel like eating!

But it’s definitely worth it! Again, homemade food tastes waaay better than store bought, but more than that, I know that I’m taking better care of my body by putting real food in it! I feel better overall, and when I eat homemade food I don’t have to be so concerned with how many calories I’m eating, because, again I know that I’m putting real, healthy food in my body!

It’s also been very helpful in managing Dylan’s diet. He has to be more aware of what goes into his food because of Crohn’s. Specifically corn and corn by-products. So making my own food helps us better control what he is eating and therefore keeps him more healthy!

Over time, hopefully, I’ll be able to add more things to my “real food” list! Things like: Crackers, pasta, chicken fingers (Dylan’s favourite) and ice cream!

But in the meantime, I’ll stick to what I’ve been working with so far, and I’ll post some of the staple recipes that I’ve been loving on this real food journey!

Being a Housewife is Hard



As Web-141I said in my very first post, I am a housewife.

Almost as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a housewife. I mean, when I was like 13, I wanted to be a vet or a horse trainer, but that’s beside the point. When I actually started contemplating what I wanted to do in life and where I wanted to go, it always came back to the fact that I wanted to stay at home, take care of my husband and eventually, my kids.

Well, the opportunity came for me to fulfill my dream much sooner than I thought it would.

shortly after we got married I was still working at Wal-Mart, but I had approached them about changing my work hours to accommodate a bus schedule, but they were unwilling to work with me. Which is unfortunate as I am not able to drive due to my vision loss.

So, after discussing the whole situation with Dylan,  we decided that it was time for me to move on from that chapter of my life.

So that’s where my housewife journey began! I was so excited to start doing what I felt I was meant to do!

But, never. Not in a million years, did I imagine that doing what I love would be SO hard!

I know how strange that must sound. I mean all I do is stay at home and do whatever I want, right? Right? Well it would seem that life would be that simple, but the fact is, being a housewife is really hard!

It’s not the work itself that I’m talking about here. Aside from doing dishes, which is my least favourite task, I really quite enjoy puttering about the house cleaning, tidying, and making food for my amazing husband. The part that I find hard, is that I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to stay motivated to do the things that I love.

I’ll admit, that there are definitely days when there isn’t a ton to do around the house. But there is ALWAYS something to do. But all too often, on the days where there isn’t a whole lot of jobs to be done, I find myself sitting on my couch doing one of three things: sleeping, sitting on my phone, or watching tv. Sometimes all three! And if I spend one afternoon doing this, I find it hard to not repeat the same thing the next day.

And lately, I’ve found that more and more I’m sitting on the couch watching the time go by until Dylan gets home from work. Which is not ok! Of course there is nothing wrong with taking a day to just relax and have fun, but it’s not acceptable to just sit and waste the entire day on electronics!!

So over the last week, I’ve been mulling over what to do about my issue of laziness. I started thinking about all the things that I still want to accomplish in life, and aside from all the work that I need to be doing in a week, what kind of hobbies I could get into, so that when I am bored during the day, I will have something to fall back on!

So I made a list of a few things to choose from when boredom strikes!

  1.  Exercising! I’ve been wanting to get back into regularly exercising and taking care of my body.
  2.  Reading! I have a  rather large pile of books that I’ve been meaning to read but have always made some excuse about why I didn’t have time to read.
  3.  Knitting! I LOVE knitting!! and it only seems appropriate to  work on something that I love, especially since I have so many projects to finish!
  4.  Education! For months I’ve been contemplating going back to school, so I’ve been researching several different certificate programs that I’m hopefully going to take later in the year!
  5. Blogging! I’ve really enjoyed writing and sharing my journey with people via this blog, so I really hope to get more involved in writing posts and keeping you all up to date!
  6. Baking! Since I was about 15 I have loved baking! It’s a great pass-time, and the benefits of baking is that there are tasty things to eat at the end! Plus, I’ve been wanting to experiment more with recipes!

On top  of all these hobbies, to distract me from the temptations of technology, I’m going to try my best to make lists of the tasks that I need to complete around the house on a daily and weekly basis. Hopefully this will keep me more on track!

So, I have my work cut out for me, that’s for sure! But I wanted to share some things that I’ve been struggling with for the past few weeks, and I wanted to just share some of my hopes for the future, in order to keep myself accountable and to be more effective in fulfilling my dreams of being a great housewife!

I’ll try to keep you all posted on my progress!

Knitting Noah’s Ark

DSC_0203

 I’m pretty sure that most people are quite familiar with the story of Noah’s Ark.

How God told a man named Noah to build a giant boat, and fill it with two of every kind of animal, (seven of a few special ones) in preparation of a world-wide flood.

Of course, that was my abridged version, but you get the idea. We’ve all heard the story, and have all seen the cute animations of it. With the over-sized animals stuffed into a little ark, all adorable and corny…

And that’s what got me. The adorable, corny, cute little animals all shoved into a little ark, only this time they were knitted! That’s right, I found a knitting book on Noah’s Ark! How could I have passed that up?

Now, I didn’t just buy this book for fun. Well, I mean, I did, but I also had an idea in mind when I saw it! My twin nephews are turning one this year! And I really wanted to knit them something special for their birthday, but also something that they could play with. So I thought that this would be perfect! A good excuse to buy more knitting things for me, and a super-cute gift for my nephews!

Had I known how long this project was going to take, I probably wouldn’t have bought the book…

But, I’m the type of person who, buys first, and asks questions later!

Right after I bought the book, I went to Starbucks (because coffee and knitting are a match made in heaven) to see what materials I needed to complete this rather large task. Upon looking through the book, I realized that there were many different yarn colours that I would need for the various animals listed, which meant that I needed a shopping buddy! A.K.A. someone who could pick out colours for me because I’m colour-blind!

Luckily, my husband is usually up for the task! We went to Michael’s, and picked through, what seemed like, endless amounts of yarns! But eventually we found what we needed and moved on. We went to Wal-Mart to buy stuffing, and then proceeded home so I could start knitting….

I started with the ark. I figured that I should start with the biggest part of the project and work my way down. I originally thought that the ark would only take about a week, and each pair of animals, a day or two… Needless to say, that was not how it went at all… The reality was, it was a lot harder than I anticipated! Not hard, I guess. Just time-consuming! It took me about a month to finish (most of) the ark! And honestly, I still haven’t sewn it together….

Because the ark was taking so long, I decided to start some of the animals. I decided to start with the rhinos. For two reasons: One being that, rhinos are grey, and Dylan wasn’t home to help me pick out the colours for the other animals, and two, because I thought they were really cute!

They went pretty well! They were more finicky than time-consuming, but it was still a bit of a challenge getting them done, mostly because I get bored pretty easily.. and because, I may have taken a few weeks off of knitting… (sometimes I’m hopeless at getting things done..) But even after I came back from my lull, I have only managed to get a pair of zebras done.. sigh…

I can’t exactly remember when I started this project… I believe it was in February… So you would think, February to May would be enough time to finish this project…. Oh no! Somehow I ran out of time! As I stated above, I’m terrible for getting bored with big projects.. and I should have expected no less from this one…

At any rate. I’m nowhere near finished, and the boys turn 1 in a week exactly! So my life right now is all about knitting this ark and getting as much of it done as possible before their birthday!

So far I have done: Rhinos and Zebras and the ark should be done tomorrow.

What I hope to get done before Saturday: Elephants (which I have started) alligators, lions and toucans!

At this point I figure, worst case scenario, I’ll give them the ark with what animals I get done, and just add more to their collection as I finish them! At least they’re still too young to notice that their aunt left out some of the animals from the story!

As I finish the ark and animals, I’ll post some pictures for you all to see!