Wildflowers, Wild Turkeys, and Barn Owls. Oh My! (A.K.A. What I’ve Been Up To Lately)

You may or may not have seen my Facebook update. We moved! We bought our first house out here in La Grange, California. I keep saying “Home, home on La Grange”. Also this theme song keeps coming to mind…

Needless to say, we’ve been super busy the last month and a half, packing, unpacking, decorating and setting up our home. I actually had a very hard time the first couple of weeks and I had to go to the doctor because my anxiety was getting out of control. Luckily my mom and dad came to stay with us for a week and that was such a blessing. For those of you who have similar struggles with anxiety, I want to share with you what my dad told me which really empowered me. I was worried that if I tried to do my normal duties I would get worse. But he told me that the fight to normal is a battle. That I couldn’t crawl into a shell. That I had to do the things I normally do. From that moment I started to feel a lot better. I found comfort in the normal.

What I’ve Been Doing in the Kitchen

I found an awesome book at the library about prepping breakfasts and lunches and I’m thinking of buying it. I hate making lunch and I never know what to make. Up until now I only plan dinner and breakfast and lunch always end up being whatever we have on hand. But this book is inspiring me to take it up a notch.

I’ve made baked oatmeal, cauliflower fried race, muffins, cajun ranch chicken salad, salmon with berries and raspberry vinaigrette, and rhubarb crisp. I have also rediscovered my Dr. Weil cookbook and I made a vegetarian shepherd’s pie. We celebrated my mother in law’s birthday , and one of our friend’s daughters birthdays so I made a bundt cake for each occasion. Note to self: don’t add too much milk to the glaze! (Otherwise it will drip everywhere including your dress. Oops!) I also made some pierogis…so delicious! Maggieothevalley inspired me.

Cauliflower fried rice.
Birthday cake with a glaze that dripped everywhere. But it still tasted good!

Mise en place for the vegetarian shepherd’s pie.

Lots of veggies.
Lining the dish with zucchini.
Filling for the shepherd’s pie.
Onion and potato pierogi.

Homemaking Progress

I have been enjoying setting spaces and hanging up artwork in our home. Take a look!

Kid’s playroom.
Living room
Corner in the kitchen
Playroom decor
Dining room. This display is my favorite.
Closeup of this cute greeting cards that I decided to hang up.
Got a piece of mudroom furniture

New Adventures

We have been enjoying exploring the area near our house. We often see wild turkeys and occasionally deer done the road. There are many wildflowers in bloom now, especially by the river, where we picked some. Besides La Grange, we have been exploring Coulterville, Waterford, and Sonora. And I felt like I was initiated into this country lifestyle when an owl met it’s end on my windshield, poor thing. I also had a Mother’s Sabbath where I enjoyed coffee with Maggieothevalley and shopped in downtown Turlock.

Sonora’s amazing library. It’s like Barnes and Noble!
Story time circle at the Sonora library.
Beautiful mural in the Sonora library.
The kids got haircuts!
From Ash Wednesday!
At an awesome park in Waterford.
Beans coffee in Waterford…love how they have a few toys and puzzles for kids. A real lifesaver!
Someone found mommy’s lipstick…! Ha ha
Tire swing at the park here in La Grange.
Wildflowers found near the river.
Cute stuff found on my day off
Window shopping downtown Turlock
Love this
Beautiful lavender latte from Cafe La Mo.

So yeah I’ve been busy…

Even though it’s been especially stressful the last two months with moving, and the kids being sick twice, and just trying to adjust to living further away, there is still much beauty to be found and writing a post like this helps me to see that. Praise God!

Best 80s Movie Dance Scenes To Get You Dancing Around Your Living Room

Why I unapologetic-ally love the 80’s

Anyone who knows me knows I love the 80’s. There’s just something about it that speaks to my soul. And I don’t care if you think I’m a weirdo or a dork. Listen to what you like, I don’t care, but I love 80’s music and movies. I want “Don’t You Forget About Me” played at my funeral, people, and if I had it my way I would  have worn the ballroom dress from Labyrinth for my senior prom.

I haven’t always loved the 80’s though, in fact, the music kind of scared me before I became a teenager. It sounded like it was from a different planet. Ha! I love the spunkiness, funkiness and creativity of the 80’s. Once, I cut my hair to channel David Bowie in Labyrinth. I love style, but to me true style isn’t always what’s current, its what speaks to YOUR soul. The same goes for taste in movies and music. As my good ol’ drama teacher used to say, sometime’s you gotta “suspend your disbelief”.

I even designed a mug.


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With all that said, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dance scenes from 80’s movies. Getting up and dancing around your living room for even 10 minutes has the power to boost your mood and add some fun to your day.  Let’s get to it!

Favorite 80’s Dance Scenes

I love this movie and the scene makes my heart happy.

I first watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in high school. It’s just such a fun movie. Just look at Sloane’s white fringe jacket. I even bought white fringe boots just so I could feel like her.

My husband introduced me to this movie, I had never seen it until I met him. I love this song.

Why doesn’t she choose Duckie? I would have, he is super dorky but super cool and genuine. Look at those moves!

Love. her. dress. I have watched this movie so many times. It’s just epic.

My Dad and I laughed about this movie all the time. “Be excellent to each other, and party on dude!” I even re-enacted the beginning in Spanish for my high school Spanish class. Ha! See, I told you I’m a big 80’s movie fan. I love this scene, especially the part with Joan of Arc.

I have never seen this movie, and honestly I don’t think I will watch it, but this dance scene is super powerful and epic. And I love this song. My husband and I play it whenever something epic happens like graduating college or paying off a credit card. Ha ha

I know, this isn’t a dance scene but it’s so sweet I had to include it.

And yes, I know this movie was made in the 90’s but it’s such a cool scene I had to share! Random fact: I used to tap dance as a child and then I took a class in college. It was so much fun.

What are your favorite movie dance scenes? Let me know in the comments below!