Productive Weekend!

The Kellers had a very productive weekend!  The weather shifted from being unseasonably cool to unseasonably warm, and we were all feeling good about it!  It’s amazing how much more active and happier we all are when the weather is great!.

We started Friday out with soccer practice for the Kicking Kellers.  The whole team (7 little pre-k kids) was feeling frisky!  They were running all over and more than a little hard to control.  When practice was over, I left with my crew feeling more than a little concerned that they were scheduled to have a game the next day, but they sure didn’t seem too interested in actually playing soccer!  Of course, they are all between the ages of 3 and 5 so how much can you really expect?

Saturday morning dawned clear and beautiful.  So beautiful, in fact, that I opened the windows for the first time all year!  Mr. Keller had to work, unfortunately, but the Keller Kids and I got ready for their first soccer game!  The game was at 10:15, and the kids rarely sleep in so we had plenty of time.  We even ran up to Casey’s for donuts and to the post office before soccer.  Both Keller Kids were being exceptionally well behaved even though they were psyched about their upcoming game.

Game time brought very different feelings for BK and MK.  BK was ready to go and excited!  MK wasn’t too concerned about the game and wanted to sit and visit with her Papa Keith.  We did finally convince her to go out on the field.  She had a great time playing in the dirt.

BK, on the other hand, looked like he had been playing soccer for years out there!  I was actually really impressed with him.  He seems to be showing a lot of raw talent (yes, I know that he’s 5–I promise, I am fully aware of this fact!).  He dribbled the ball from end to end and kept it very well controlled, and he made several moves that were impressively natural looking.  He even scored 4 goals.  Maybe soccer will be his sport… or maybe not.  Only time will tell!

After the game, Papa Keith and I had to take the Keller Kids to McDonald’s.  After all, it was one of the things that I attempted to bribe MK with as I tried to convince her to play.  I think it came as I escorted her back to the soccer field from the pine trees where she had gathered quite a collection of pine cones.  Truly, you should have seen her team flock to the pine tree after they saw her collection.  It was hilarious!

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BK Scores!

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MK & her Papa

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This how MK plays soccer!

Papa Keith even bought the kids ice cream cones at McDonald’s!  It was only lunch time, but the Keller Kids’ day was going pretty darn well!

Next, we came home and played outside!  Well, okay, the Keller Kids did while I cleaned the house like a crazy lady.  The kids were thrilled to be able to play outside again.  They may have been more excited than I as with the weather.

I was able to get a mountain of laundry done, bathrooms cleaned, hard floors dry mopped, and the windows all cleaned!  I have to say, I am thrilled with how easy Norwex has made cleaning windows.  I use to hate cleaning them (I still don’t love it), but it’s so easy now!  The EnviroCloth and the WindowCloth have eliminated the need for paper towels and Windex, and they do a great job!  My windows are shiny clean now, and we live out in the country so they were absolutely filthy before I washed them. I even used my same EnviroCloth to clean out the window sills.  After I finished cleaning, it was the most wonderful feeling to just sit down in the living room (while folding laundry, of course!), and look around to see the sunshine coming through the windows.  It was really truly very rewarding.

After Mr. Keller came home Saturday afternoon, he even tilled up my garden!  I ran out to Big R’s and picked up seeds and plants, and Sunday MK and I planted the garden!  It may be a little early yet for the bean seeds that we planted, but we can always replant if necessary.  It was really just wonderful to play in the dirt.  I absolutely adore gardening.  I love nourishing the plants and then harvesting the results.  I also love that I can get food from my family in my backyard!  We should even have ripe asparagus and rhubarb in the next few days.  Spring has truly sprung!

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Rhubarb!

Mr. Keller and BK spent Sunday at the Keller Farm.  I can’t really speak to what they were doing other than to say that they were getting the equipment ready to go for planting.  Both came home looking  like they had spent the day in the sun, and BK was pretty darn tired!

MK and I went to church.  I let her sit in the congregation with me as opposed to the nursery.  She had begged to sit with me, and I thought it would be all right.  It was certainly a lesson in patience.  She had to use the restroom twice, and on her return the second time she walked in and said “Hello!” which caused the pastor to look up and grin at her.  She didn’t notice, which is a good thing or it may have encouraged her further.  She also took the colored crayons and paper that a very nice man gave her to use, and laid in the center aisle to color and listen.  Because she was staying quiet and still, I let her stay there.  Really, the congregation didn’t seem to mind her behavior, and I think she provided more than a few with entertainment.  As her slightly mortified mom, though, I’m hoping that next week goes a little bit smoother.

We finished the weekend off by celebrating Mr. Keller’s mom’s birthday.  We enjoyed pizza and ice cream cake.  The evening couldn’t have been any better!

It was a beautiful, busy, and productive weekend!  I wouldn’t have changed any of it!  The house is clean, the garden is planted, laundry done, and I hear the tractors are ready to go!  Life is good.

And, happy 25th Birthday to my sister, Maria!  Wish we could have celebrated with you, but we’ll see you soon!

Stitch Fix #7 Reveal

I recently received my 7th Stitch Fix box.  I had taken a break from Stitch Fix, as, well, it’s not a very frugal service; however, it is a lot of fun!

You might be wondering what Stitch Fix is!  Stitch Fix is a women’s fashion subscription box service.  It’s fun and easy!  You just go to Stitch Fix’s website and fill out a style survey.  They ask you what colors you would like to receive, your sizes and proportions, and they offer two opportunities to offer notes for your stylist.  After you complete the survey and sign up for a date, you are assigned to a stylist.  The stylist then puts together a box containing 5 women’s fashion items.  They have clothing, shoes, and accessories so every box is unique and styled just for the recipient!

I make sure that my stylist knows what I would like to receive!  I’m very up front about wanting only petite sizes or items that run small.  I also have a Pinterest board that contains my favorite Stitch Fix items and other women’s clothing items linked to my Stitch Fix profile.  I make sure to note on each of my pins’ descriptions what it is that I like about each item, too!

This fix was a lot of fun!  I had asked for spring items that I can wear to work.  I did let my stylist know that my work is business casual (with an emphasis on casual as we can now wear jeans).  I prefer items that can do double duty:  work and daily wear.

I was so excited, I actually met the mail man in the driveway when he pulled in on Saturday!  I ripped into the box and opened up my stylist’s note right away.  My stylist this time was Laila.  I was impressed with how hard she tried to match up my Pinterest board with the items that she sent me.  She even sent me the one item on my board that I had really hoped to receive:  the Market and Spruce Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt.

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My stylist sent this cute note!

I tried on that Market and Spruce Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt right away!  As I pulled it out of the box, my first thought was that it was going to be too long.  BK and MK even said they thought it would be too big, too, but we were wrong!  It fits perfectly!  I love it!  In fact, I wore it Saturday evening and Sunday!  It’s cute and casual!  It’s a keeper!

Stitch Fix Market and Spruce Xander

Each piece comes with a style card!

Market and Spruce Stitch Fix Market and Spruce XanderThe next item I tried on was the Papermoon Verner Crochet Collar Top.  This is a blue, sleeveless top with a red and green floral design.  To be honest, I wasn’t prepared to like it.  I had requested floral designs, but I didn’t really care for the material of the top; however, I tried it on.  I still wasn’t thrilled, but then I added a grey cardigan over the top, and I loved it!  It just needed some styling!  I’ll be keeping this top, too!Papermoon Verner Style Card Papermoon Verner

I was anxious to try on the Kensie Tayah Boyfriend Blazer.  I really need a cute blazer, and I had wanted this blazer!  Unfortunately, it’s not petite, and it’s huge.  It’s several inches too long and probably a little too loose, too.  This one will be going back.  Maybe next time, they can find a blazer in petite.Kensie Tayah Boyfriend Style Card Kensie Boyfriend

The Gilli Lolita printed skirt felt really nice.  It fit just right, too.  In fact, it’s even a petite!  I just don’t care for the colors.  As fair skinned as I am, an off white skirt didn’t seem like a good idea.  Although it looks good, I’m not keeping this.  I just know that I won’t wear it enough to justify the price.Gilli Lolita Print Style Card Gilli Lolita Print Gilli Lolita Print1

I wanted the London Times Darlena Lace Dress to fit so badly!  Unfortunately, it’s not petite, and it’s just too big all over.  It’s a beautiful dress, and the color was very complimentary on me.  If they had sent a petite, I would have kept it for sure!London Times Darlena Lace Dress Style Card London Times Darlena Lace Dress

Overall, this fix is a 2/5, but I was impressed with Laila!  She picked out items that were either on my Pinterest board or very similar to items that were on it.  Unfortunately, she ignored my petites only request, but, otherwise, I was happy.  I’ll be signing up for another fix soon!

Wondering about the damage to my wallet?  The total damage for the two items is $102.  It’s a little bit more than I would normally spend for just two items, but the most expensive item was the one I fell in love with (the Market and Spruce Xander top).  If I had kept all 5 items, I would have received a 25% discount, and I may yet get that discount.  I’ll list the 3 items that I’m not keeping on a Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook to see if there’s any interest in them.  It’s a great way to help others obtain their “unicorns” and for me to get the 25% discount.The Damage

Interested in trying Stitch Fix?  Follow this link.  If you sign up using my link, I’ll earn a $25 credit towards my next Fix.  I’d really appreciate it!

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Mr. Keller loves broccoli salad!  When I was asked to bring  a salad to his family’s Easter celebration, it was an absolute no brainer what that salad should be!  I think Mr. Keller would eat broccoli salad daily if it were left up to him!

I don’t actually like broccoli salad as I don’t like mayonnaise, but I have always found plenty of other things to eat at family potlucks.  If I can make Mr. Keller happy by making one of his favorite dishes, well, I suppose it’s worth it!

My recipe is slightly different from others, but that’s because I made up my own recipe!  After making it my way several times, I actually looked up the standard recipe, and I realized that people usually put vinegar in their broccoli salad dressing.  This was news to me!  I thought about adding the vinegar, but most of the compliments that I have received were because my dressing is a little bit different.  I thought, “why conform?”

Broccoli Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Broccoli Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a salad bowl, mix chopped broccoli, raisins, sunflower seeds, celery, and bacon
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk mayonnaise, and sugar together. The sugar should break up the mayonnaise and nearly double it.
  3. Pour dressing over chopped veggies and mix. Chill until ready to serve
Recipe Notes

The salad is better if you use real bacon that you must fry first.

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