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Kids, teasing, and a pink sweater dress

Here are my babies on school picture day. This picture melts my heart. See the cat sweater dress Sebbie is wearing? It’s her favorite. But when she wore it to school last week, she got teased for wearing “pajamas”.

So on the morning of class picture day, she hemmed and hawed about wearing that very pink dress again. (In her opinion, it’s her “dressiest” dress.)

Well, she bravely wore it to school knowing she was taking a chance at being teased again. She even put a (very young-ish IMO) princess pin in her hair just because it was fancy. My husband said he hopes she never outgrows her “Sebbie-style”.

I’m so proud of her.



Background info: This is the first FULL year I am not teaching at school. It is the first full year Sebbie has to eat all of her meals in the cafeteria (instead of my classroom) and blend in with the population at every recess. When I was working, no kid dared to do anything to her. I’m scary strict – that’s why.


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Current project: Wool Dryer Balls 

I love having soft laundry but I strongly dislike dryer sheets. They are expensive and the smell gets to me. Plus, the scent in any softener is totally artificial and probably bad for Sebbie’s allergies.

So, I finally decided make dryer balls. Dryer balls are yarn balls made of pure wool. When added to your laundry load in the dryer, they basically pummel your clothes to softness. They also soak up moisture in your laundry load, shortening drying time. Bonus: you can add 1-2 drops of ESSENTIAL OIL so they will give your laundry a light scent. (You mean it saves energy AND uses oils? No brainier.)

To make them, you will need pure wool yarn. I got mine on Amazon for $7. (Make sure it doesn’t have ANY acrylic and DOESN’T say “super wash” or “machine washable” or it won’t “felt”.)


I followed the instructions here:

If you are in a rush, here’s a quick recap:

1. Roll the yarn into tennis ball-sized balls.
2. Insert the balls into the leg of an old panty hose and tie off.
3. Wash on hot and dry on high a couple times. You will know they are ready when the strands of the ball start to “felt” (mesh) together.
4. Remove from panty hose, add a 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil, and pop them in the dryer with your next laundry load!

PS. If you’re really lazy (or intimidated), you can buy some ready made ones on Etsy here:


 PSS. If you want me to make you a set, text me now so I can add to the gang of yarn I’m ordering on Amazon. (1 skein makes 2.5 small baseball-sized balls.)

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Measles weigh-in

I don’t publicly take sides on subjects like vaccination, fluoride, or politics because I don’t like confrontation. It’s a really good thing that people can make their own choices about whether or not to choose —. But here’s one side of the story:


Baby picture to lighten up the post.


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Brazilian Cheese Bread – YUM

A couple years ago, my Brazilian friend made these for me. They remind me of a combination of mochi, bread, and pop-overs. You have to eat them fresh – meaning you can’t make a double batch for the next day.

Here is the recipe I follow:
1 egg
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup milk
1 2/3 cups tapioca flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
*1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste)
Pour into non-stick muffin tin and bake at 400 for 15 min.

Excuse my badly lit photo. I made them at night and had to hurry and take a pic before they were all eaten up! It’s obviously one of those foods that might not look good but taste amazing.