Fall and Slowing Down

Simultaneously - I can't wait for fall, AND, I don't want summer to ever end! I love this time of year. The slow mornings, beach days, long nights, and backyard harvesting have been so fun. For us this year - fall means welcoming this new baby, which is going to mean seriously slowing down. I'm not always good at this and it's hard for me.

baby update

We made it to 37 weeks. Almost there! I don't know that anyone is ever "really" ready to have a baby, but we've been working hard to get close. Everything big is done, and that feels good. This second time around, we are deep into a minimalism journey, and prepping for baby was pretty simple.

With my first, I seriously overbought on the baby stuff. Way too many clothes, blankets, pretty much everything. We had a super nice crib with an organic mattress, that has never actually been used for sleeping. It's currently disassembled and under the guest bed. While I'm open to using it if we have a need, we ended up being a crunchy family of co-sleepers and it just didn't work out. In reality, babies need very little. So this time around, we skipped the swings and rockers and all the gadgets. I splurged on a Plum and Sparrow baby basket for fun. I swapped out some of our synthetic all-in-one cloth diapers for some super cute new ones

Fall Things to do

If we get time before baby, here's what we're working on!

  • Making Elderberry Syrup...I still need to do this! I have a tiny bit leftover, but definitely need to stock up. I swear by this stuff for staying well in the fall/winter seasons, which we really need this year with our new baby.
  • Replanting the garden. Time to take out the summer plants and put some fall stuff in. I am so happy to live somewhere we can garden year round! It's been so nice this summer to have a constant supply of tomatoes, all sorts of peppers and herbs. The watermelon and pumpkin haven't done so well, but I think that's because of the dog eating them!
  • Austin is working on building some stuff for Zula. A shelf for all of her toys. A platform bed. Maybe some other things. Fun stuff:) 

Mostly - we are just enjoying this sweet time before baby. Soaking up all the slow family time. Enjoying the cooler evenings. Hope you're having a beautiful time with the seasonal transition! 

Pumpkin Pie Spice

YES - I'm one of "those people"...it's never too early for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. Especially here in San Diego right now, where it's been unusually cool for a little while. I love fall, and I'm soaking all of it up! I know there are still some heat waves left before it's really fall.

Today I was making granola for Zula and she requested Pumpkin Spice Granola. Hard to argue with that! Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend is super easy. There are lots of different variations, here is how I make mine: 

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Fermented Chiles

Spoiled in San Diego, our little garden is producing a ton of great veggies! After spending 8 years in Arizona and having mediocre success despite a lot of effort growing some of our own stuff, I'm still just amazed every season here. Not only do we have the ability to grow something year round, but it's just so EASY. Which resulted in having an abundance of serranos and Fresno chiles. Yum!! I'm using them everyday in guacamole, black beans, tacos, everything! But I still had way too many and didn't want to waste them. I stumbled upon this recipe from Mommypotamus and replaced the jalapeños with Fresnos in the first batch, and a combo of serranos and Fresnos in the next. We didn't waste a single chile and Austin is loving putting these on nearly everything. 

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Natural Mama Pregnancy Must Haves

Natural Mama Pregnancy Must Haves


This pregnancy is flying by. I am thankful that I feel (mostly!) great, and things have been pretty easy. It's definitely a different experience this time around than it was with my first. Self-care was a whole lot easier before having a 4 year old! My first pregnancy it was much easier to figure out prenatal yoga a few times a week, regular acupuncture, massage, meditation, etc etc etc. While YES I am still doing all those things this pregnancy, and recommend them, it definitely hasn't been as frequent or as easy. Which led to - what are the MOST important things for a natural pregnancy?! Here you go!

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