I was asked to participate in a link-up by the amazing Fawn over at Happy Wives Club, and was honored to be invited. Although I was asked if I would only include a small list of reasons I love my husband at the bottom of a regular post, I just couldn’t do that. I felt like my husband needed his very own post on my blog. Since I rarely talk about our family specifically on here, you know it is kind of a big deal. But you know what? He’s kind of a big deal.
If you follow me on Twitter (@rhianapfaff), you’ve probably seen us tweet SHMILY to one another, or rib each other about something or another. If not, then I will tell you, he is the amazingly talented Gary Ray (shameless promotion). So, without further ado …
I love my husband because …
He is a leader, our leader.
He books our workouts with the trainer at 8:30am (instead if the 7:30 or 8am he would rather do)
He is an amazing father!
He volunteers at our church, and is so awesome with those kids.
He works hard so I can be home with our kids.
When I said I wanted to home school our kids, he supported it fully – and he continues to support and encourage me.
This was me on Mother’s Day. Oh, and Saturday morning. What got into me?!? I NEVER sleep late or take naps. I woke up from my unintended nap on Sunday afternoon feeling guilty and confused. How could I fall asleep on Mother’s Day? I didn’t have to do anything! And why? I haven’t taken a nap quite some time – why all of a sudden?
Late last night, it finally hit me! Duh! I have been running like a crazy person! The past 3 weeks have been insane.
My mother’s helper had been ill and has just moved back to her hometown for the summer. I have no help, y’all! None.
My husband was out of town for a solid 7 days.
I am organizing 2 events – 1 for the church middle school kids, and 1 that is a little bigger (a fundraiser for a health organization).
I am planning for next school year’s curriculum. I will be home schooling BOTH my kids and am trying to get it all organized now.
I am house hunting. I hate it. But it has to be done, and it is so dang time consuming.
More of the same …
All this amongst the daily duties of life – cleaning, cooking, Bible study, etc. The other day, the family and I took the afternoon off from our life and helped plant a garden in memory of our late pastor. It was hard labor, but lots of fun being outside, doing something good (the food will go to local needy families), and having great fellowship. While there, a friend said to me: “Honey, you can’t be Superwoman every day!” To which I responded: “You can’t?”
If anyone saw the last two episodes of The Rachel Zoe Project, you are distinctly aware of the “push present” that she received from Rodger. And in case you didn’t see either episode, here is what I’m talking about …
It is ONLY a 10 carat cushion cut ring! I mean, seriously Rodge, you couldn’t do better than that? Ugh.
Ok. In all seriousness, I think that this is the most obscene thing I have seen in a while! Who the hell needs a 10 carat “thanks for pushing my baby out” gift? Who needs a “push present” anyway? What happened to the BABY being the gift?
For all you who say “well people have been doing it for hundreds of years” – um, no. ROYALTY has been, but last I checked neither you nor I (nor Rachel Zoe) fit that qualification.
I have lots of friends who have received “push presents” – diamond earrings, a tennis bracelet, an upgraded ring … I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it is ridiculous. Requesting (nay, demanding) a gift for pushing a baby out of your netherregions seems to go against what God intended. Eve didn’t give birth to Cain or Abel and then ask Adam, “Honey, where is my diamond?” Our original design WAS to give birth – that was it! Why are we now expecting a present for doing what we have been designed to do all along? And, in case anyone forgot it is all Eve’s fault we have pain doing it anyway …
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16)
In all honesty, it seems to me that the push present is yet another example of entitlement for the rich and wannabes.
If you follow my blog regularly, you have probably noticed a severe lack of posts. If you follow me on Twitter, then you know why … for those who don’t, here is a quickie catch-up:
Our neighbors have become some of our closest friends. Our oldest girls are the same age, we both home schooled, and we go to the same church. Our faith has connected us, and I have gained one of the best friends that I have ever had (besides my husband). We do a lot of things together. Well, a few weeks ago while eating lunch by her pool, she got a call from her hubby that he was on the way to the hospital. His doctor’s office had blood tests back (he went from feeling exhausted and like his heart was overworking) – he needed a blood transfusion. I grabbed the kids and brought them all home with me, and she went to meet him at the hospital.
Three hours later, she called me with an update. He was diagnosed with leukemia. WHAT?!? That was most unexpected. He was immediately transferred to the Cancer Center and began treatment.
So that she could be by his side, and the kids didn’t need to worry, I kept them. And so it has been – I have had 4 kids in my house almost non-stop since then until the last few days. I will admit, the last few days have been overwhelmingly quiet here … it is kind of crazy how fast you get used to the noise and excitement and insanity of twice as many kids as you’re used to!
So, that’s a quick recap of why I’ve been too busy for blogging. I am following this with some recipes. Hope you enjoy!
I normally do not like photo holiday cards. I don’t know why, but I have always had something against them. Maybe it is just that I often find the posed shots “fake” or maybe it is just that I can’t imagine anyone wanting pictures of my family in their house. Either way, when Tiny Prints approached me about reviewing their cards, I thought “why not?”
I scanned their site thinking I would have a hard time finding something that I loved. WRONG. I had a hard time choosing just one! Their selection of holiday photo cards is incredible, and there are so many different styles to choose from. There is certainly something for everyone!
Our cards turned out so cute, that I decided I would share with you!
After much debate, I chose the Fanned Stripes card in brown. There are other colors but I loved the brown with our sepia-toned photo. I personalized below the “Peace * Joy * Love” section as well.
Since we also just moved, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out Tiny Prints for our new address cards, too. Again, I had a difficult time choosing just one of their moving announcements. Alas, I finally chose Neighborhood Nests and I loved the way they turned out!
My husband even liked the way our cards turned out so much that he just told his office staff that they should order their holiday cards from Tiny Prints.
I had the privilege of meeting Jaime McKee IRL a few years ago at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. At the time, I was handling my husband’s PR and she was reviewing his concert. Several years later, we have reconnected via our blogs and Twitter. And although I don’t like running, or cats, I love her blog and her!
For Christmas, I received two copies of “Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home.” (I gave one of the copies to a friend, since I missed the return deadline by a few days.) I had high hopes for this book. My mom has owned a copy for years, and has been making her own cleaning products since I was in college. I used to think she was a little weird for making her own cleaning products. I mean, it’s SO much easier to just buy stuff at the store.
Then my husband and I bought a house. I started realizing just how many chemicals were in our household products, and it made me sick. At times, I was literally sick. (Like the time I poured a bottle of bleach in our shower to try and clean it? Yeah. Had to open the windows for a few hours in the middle of winter to let that one air out. We’ve since figured out that a little bit of vinegar goes a long way – and is less harmful to our health.) My husband, in the past several years, has developed an allergy that we’ve tracked down to certain soaps. We started looking into alternatives for soaps, which led to alternatives for cleaning products.
I digress. Back to the book. I was really excited about this book, and it has different alternatives for making your own cleaning products, including laundry soap. The “recipe” for laundry detergent is:
1 part borax
1 part washing soda
That’s all there is to it. I had bought bars of washing soda in New York last summer, and I finally had the chance to use them. (Turns out, Ace Hardware sells the bars I was looking for in my town. Go figure.) I used a grater to grate the washing soda (we had it in bars, not the powder form), and then added borax to a container. I shook the container to mix it all, and I was done! To make things easier, and to reuse the measuring cup from our old bottle of detergent, I cleaned the cup and threw it into the container with the new laundry powder.
The best part about the laundry soap is that I don’t have to worry about touching it. I know what’s in there and I don’t have to stress out about it being on my hand after pouring it into the washer, or the cat getting into it (because she’s curious.) It’s natural. Our clothes are clean, and nobody has had an allergic reaction to the new soap. It also cost very little ($1 for a bar of washing soda, $4.29 for a box of borax on < a href="http://alice.com"> alice.comand we can make our own detergent when we run out. No more trips to Target on the other side of town to buy it.
We’re about three months into using our homemade laundry soap, and I am always wondering why we didn’t think of it sooner.
Just because they’re going back to school, that doesn’t mean you should skip the sun protection! It is just as important to protect your little one’s skin from outdoor playtime during and after school as it is for a day at the pool. And protecting their little bodies from harsh chemicals is always a must. Organic sun protection from Soleo Organics (sold by Nature’s Basin) is the answer.
A little of this sunscreen goes a long way! It goes on quick & easy, and doesn’t leave that sticky feeling most do.
The folks at Nature’s Basin get it – selling all the body care products us moms need, with a commitment to quality, organic products.
Using organic skincare products, like sunscreen, save both the environment and our bodies. (See why organic skincare is important for you and for baby.)
FROM THE COMPANY:
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I am a HUGE fan of babysoy (as you may already know)! So, when they told me about their new Oh Soy collection, I had to check it out! And I’m glad I did … BabySoy did it again! This collection is an adorable set of illustrated bodysuits, playsuits and shirt. The Oh Soy collection also has pants and knotted hats that go with just about anything. There are even matching reversible burpies and blankets. These folks know what a mom needs!
As always, the clothes are the softest I’ve ever felt. Given the choice between other pants and her new babysoyOh Soy brown pants, the baby chooses the babysoy. She really knows how to pick the best of the best.
Buying clothing for your tot (newborn – 4t) from babysoy saves the environment and money. Not only is their clothing some of the most environmentally-friendly you’ll find, but it is so reasonably priced you’ll wonder why they aren’t sold in stores everywhere!
FROM THE COMPANY:
Babysoy is the 1st company in the world to use soybean protein fiber to create a soft and natural newborn wardrobe. The eco-friendly fiber uses leftover non-gmo soybean pulp from tofu and/or soymilk production as raw material for the fiber. Babysoy’s layette line promotes a green environment by reducing and recycling while bundling babies in the softest eco clothing and accessories. Each piece is designed by co-founder Amy Liang and tested with her daughter for comfort, style, and ease to dress.