Friday, September 22, 2017

Sprinkle Your Bestie (& Baby!)

Sprinkle for Your Bestie- Life with the Hawleys 3Have you heard of a sprinkle? When a woman is having her first baby she is thrown a big baby shower.  But when she has subsequent children her friends may throw her a smaller, maybe more intimate "sprinkle". And when your bestie is having a baby you do everything you can to make her feel special & celebrated.  Sprinkle for Your Bestie- Life with the Hawleys 5
Sprinkle for Your Bestie- Life with the Hawleys 4My bestie is due any day now (my phone is glued to my body folks!), and I took her out for coffee and cake as a little sprinkle a few weeks ago.  People always assume that when mama is having a 2nd or 3rd child that she has everything.  And honestly she really might have all that she needs (diapers & a swaddle), but there are some things that you can add to her collection to help her & also help her feel celebrated at the same time.  These are my favorites and what I highly recommend giving to your bestie....so much so that I gave this all to my bestie!
Sprinkle for Your Bestie- Life with the Hawleys 21. Kashi Cookies- These are awesome for increasing lactation!
2. Plush animal.....because every kid needs one!
3. Natural Pacifier- a pacifier with all natural fibers that is also designed to be exactly like the breast to decrease nipple confusion.
4. Cozy Cover- I was gifted this as a hand-me-down and it is awesome, especially for babies born in the winter.  Not only does it keep strangers away from the baby carrier but it also is lined with fleece so it is excellent at keeping baby warm.  It has a nice elastic edge so that it will fit onto any baby carrier.
5. Robe- Every mama deserves a nice fresh robe for those initial postpartum days when life is difficult and all you want to do is wear jammies but sometimes you need something to feel like a real person.
6. Nursing gown- Again in those early days you need easy access so a nursing gown is so helpful!
7. Solly wrap- This is hands down my favorite baby wrap/carrier (and I have 8 so this is very telling!).  This is the most natural wrap I've ever experienced.  Baby can be held so close & secure in the most natural way but the fabric is so thin so you wont get hot and stretchy so that you can get the most secure wrap.  I used this, and still do, with Ellis.
8. Nursing pads.....obviously, right?
9. Clothes- Even if this is baby number 20, it's nice to have a few new pieces of clothing for them.  Personally I love Burt's Bees organic line so I always purchase that for my own kids and others.
10. Wooden Teether/pacifier clip-  We all know I love everything wooden for babies and this was perfect because it also matched his nursery, so I had to get it for him.
11. Natural Nipple Cream.....I think this is another obvious one.
12. Natural Bottom Spray....well if you've had a baby before you know that this is also a very necessary product
13. Mother's Milk Tea- This is just awesome to have in the hospital bag so as soon as baby is born mama can start working on her production.
14. Little Unicorn- When I was pregnant with my first everyone was all about Aden & Anis swaddles.  Even I thought they were great, until I discovered these organic muslin blankets.  These are awesome.  Not only are they organic but they are bigger, which is better for swaddling and covering the baby carrier.  Not to mention they are perfect for baby pictures. Ellis' Fresh 48 Pictures were done with one of these.
15. Sippy cup- After older brothers/sisters terrorize the sippy cups, they will most definitely need new ones lol
16. Books- A few new special books that this new little one can call their own.  I love this edition of this organic collection.

So here ya go, this is what I gave my bestie who is due any day now.  I would highly recommend all of these tried-and-true products to your bestie too!
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Not Yo Grandma's Meatloaf

Nope.  Not Granny's recipe!  I remember the brick that my grandmother would put on the table for dinner & call meatloaf when I was a kid.  Ewwwwwww! This recipe I have been tweaking for a little over 10 years, and honestly I don't think I can do anything to make it better at this point.  It's fairly healthy, easy, and fast.....that's a recipe for success.  Growing up I never liked my Granny's version of meatloaf, but my dad made a mean meatloaf! I've been meaning to write this recipe down for y'all for a while, but a phone call with my dad recently finally got me to write it down.  We were comparing our meatloaves, & since you sent me yours Dad, this one is for you!Meatloaf 1- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
2 tbs unsalted butter (I use grass-fed, or coconut oil)
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 16 oz. beer (This is a key ingredient, so don't skimp here!  It could be dark or amber.  I've used: St. Arnold's Christmas, Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer, Newcastle, Blue Moon, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown, & DFH Indian Brown.... they're all worked great!)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup bread crumbs (whole wheat, regular, panko, or 2 slices of bread...I've used them all & they all work)
Sprinkle of dried parsley
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 cups ketchup
1 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp (heaping) dried mustard
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
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Directions:
Take your rings off for this recipe! You're get'n messy!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a skillet, y'all know I used cast iron, combine butter/coconut oil, onions & pepper.  When they start to soften (about 5 minutes), add in the beer. It will smell amazing! Then add in the thyme, mustard, sea salt & pepper as the beer begins to evaporate.  Then turn off the skillet.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together beef, pork, bread crumbs, parsley, & eggs with your fingers (you might start with a spoon, but you will abandon that plan quickly; I promise ;-).  Then add the onion/green pepper mixture.  Toss it all together just until mixed.  You don't want to over-handle the meat.
3. Line the bottom layer of a broiler pan with foil (you'll thank me later when you're doing dishes).  Then form your meat into a loaf on the pan.  Cook for an hour.
4. While the meat is cooking, mix the sauce: ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, & Worcestershire sauce.  After the meatloaf has cooked for an hour, turn the oven up to 475 degrees and apply this sauce to the top & edges and then cook for another 45 minutes.
5. Enjoy!DSC_0047
Meatloaf 2- Life with the Hawleys
xoxo Darby

Monday, September 18, 2017

Five FREE Counting Activities

I'm taking a little shift today, but just a little one hehe  I know lately I've been sharing a lot of our alphabet activities.  Today I want to share FIVE FREE activities that we used the in the spring to practice our numbers.  My kiddos enjoyed them and I bet yours will too!Five Free Number Activities- Life with the HawleysHawley Homeschool
First up, and proof that we actually did these activities in the spring noted from the length of Dutch's hair (Ha!), is this Dump Truck Counting.  What you do first is download this dump truck mat & number cards and then laminate it (I promise you're going to want to reuse this).  You place the number card on the truck and your child gets to "fill" the dump truck.  I used blocks (this kind and this kind) as well as snacks as "filler".  Your little student will have a lot of fun counting with this dump truck.Dump Truck Counting- Life with the HawleysDSC_0536
The next one I want to share with you makes me laugh a little.  My kids have NO idea what a gumball machine is in real life lol  But I do!  So this is exactly like the dump truck idea above, but with a gumball machine.  You download this gumball mat & numbers (and laminate of course!) and let your child fill the gumball machine with gumballs (I use these discs) according to the number card they draw.DSC_0546
Dutch loves the Pittsburgh Penguins so I try to bring penguins into our home classroom as much as possible.  These penguin snowflake cards you can print off (and laminate) and get so creative with.  The student counts the snowflakes and then covers the correct number.  For covers I've used these bears, transparent discs, & these glittery pom poms.  You could also use whatever you have for snack time.DSC_0547
These counting stripes are the most basic, but in being the most basic leaves you with a lot of room for creativity.  Download the counting stripes, laminate, & start counting.  You could easily just count the dots, or you could cover them with snack, coins, transparent discs, counting bears, or pom poms.DSC_0550
These bumblebee cards I could NOT resist!  Being a former yellow jacket, and loving all things black and yellow (Go Steelers!), I just had to have these.  Go ahead and download these Bumble Bee Counting Cards & laminate.  Your child counts the items and puts a clothes pin over the correct number.  If you don't have clothes pins you could use snack, or anything that I've linked above.DSC_0553
So there you have it, five FREE and fun number activities to keep your preschooler engaged & excited about learning!  Mamas, please share some of your fun activities that you use with your preschooler :-)
xoxo Darby

Friday, September 15, 2017

From the Need to be Accepted

I Shall Not Want
From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God
From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God
And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
From the fear of serving others
From the fear of death or trial
From the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God
And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
No, I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Marble Jug Motor Skills

I really feel like everywhere you look there are opportunities for learning.  Even in the trash lol  My husband surprises me with gallons of tea from Chick-fil-A every now and then, and the other day I was about to throw an empty gallon jug out when I had an idea.Marble Jug Motor Skills-Life with the HawleysHawley Homeschool
All you need is an empty gallon jug, toddler-sized tongs, & marbles and you've got a great set of activities at your finger tips. Let me tell you about all the ways we used this activity:DSC_0239
I put the marbles in a dish and we focused on colors, counting, numbers, math.....and then music! And obviously fine motor skills also.DSC_0243
As you ask your toddler to add marbles to the jug with the tongs, you could work on color recognition & identification.  They could only add yellow marbles or blue marbles or whatever color you ask.  As they add the marbles to the jug with their tongs they will be working on some fine motor skills AND their colors.DSC_0247
If you've got a really young child you could count each marble that is dropped into the jug.  As they advance you could start asking things like, "How many blue marbles are in the jug?"  Later you can begin with some math problems like, "You need six blue marbles, but you only have four in the jug.  How many more blue marbles do you need to add to the jug?"  So with this you've added numbers, counting, and math to your fine motor task.  And notice that this task can progress as your kiddo grows.  That is my kind of task lolDSC_0245
I think it would be ludicrous of me to not think that once all of those marbles get added to the jug it wont be shaken.  It absolutely will be shaken like a loud maraca. lol Embrace it!  Start talking about rhythm and beats. Your child will love to mesh together fine motor skills and marbles.  I know that mine have enjoyed this.DSC_0246
See isn't that a super fun & easy task that you can just pull together really quick, but have great impact?  What activities do you have like this that you can share with me???
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post.  I just really like these products.
xoxo Darby

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bacon & Mushroom Quiche

It's 11:30pm & I am eating this right now as I write this post! Yum! Sure wish you were here to have a slice with me :-)  This just might be my new breakfast for Thanksgiving & Christmas this year.  This is dag-on good y'all!  Here's the recipe, because I know you're going to want to try this!Bacon & Mushroom Quiche- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
8 stripes of good thick bacon, chopped
pie crust
1/4 white onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, chopped/sliced
1 tbs thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
gouda, 1/2 in. chunks
4 eggs
1 cup cream
1/2 tsp paprika
side salad (optional)
lemon vinaigrette dressing (optional)
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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook bacon in skillet (I use cast iron) until nice and crispy.  While the bacon is cooking, roll pie crust into pie pan.  When the bacon is done, go ahead and create a layer of bacon at the bottom of the pie crust.
2. Add onions, mushrooms, thyme, salt, & pepper to the same skillet you cooked the bacon in (with the bacon grease).  Cook on high for a few minutes until the onions begin to soften.  While the mushrooms are cooking, top the bacon with the chunks of gouda.
3. In a bowl, mix together eggs, cream, & paprika.  When the mushroom/onion mixture is ready, layer it over top of the bacon and gouda.  Then pour the egg mixture over top.  The eggs and cream will begin to fill in all of the nooks and crannies.  Bake for 60 minutes, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
4. Enjoy!
I served my quiche with this side salad, asparagus, tomatoes, & basil with this lemon vinaigrette dressing.DSC_0088DSC_0094
xoxo Darby

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's YOUR Turn!

I am burdened.

There is a phrase that we use that goes something like, "every time I turn on the news, I see something else bad".  There are so many versions of this, but it isn't a phrase.  It is real life. Every morning I do wake up I turn on the Today Show and they are reporting another tragedy that happened while I was sleeping.  It's not a phrase.  It isn't something that we just say.  It is something that happens in real life. So we do we stop watching the news?! Because we can't handle it? Because it brings you down? Because you want to ignore it? Because you're scared to step out in faith?

I know I'm not the only one who noticed Facebook on Mother's Day & Father's Day this year.  Did you see how oddly sweet it was? Did you notice what a pleasure it was to scroll through and see people expressing gratitude and loving words?  Does this mean life is perfect? Absolutely not, but it was unfortunately strange how kind the words were.  I made a comment about how I wish Facebook, and honestly our world, could be that kind every day.  Someone commented "well that isn't how our society is".  This makes my heart even heavier.  Just because that isn't how we are, doesn't mean that we are stuck in this pit.  It doesn't mean that we all can't work together to change the direction for good. The state of our society isn't an excuse, but the complete motivation. 

We are commanded to love our neighbors.  Do you know who your neighbor is? The person you least want to be your neighbor & love is the one you are commanded to love.  It is EASY to love your friends and family (mostly), but it is hard to love your enemy.  It is hard to love someone who is different from you, or someone who takes you out of your comfort zone, but that is the second greatest commandment.Matthew 22-36-39- Life with the Hawleys
We can't complain about the state of our world if we have no intention of whole-heartedly participating in turning the negativity ship 180 degrees.  Do not leave it up to someone else.  Do not think that this responsibility lies on the shoulders of someone else.  It's your turn.  It's my turn. DO SOMETHING!
advocate for the helpless
love
listen
smile
hug
be less focused on your problems & your agenda; instead, put yourself last....which is not the norm for our society but that doesn't mean that it isn't possible
love
adopt
laugh
be the salt of the earth
give
feed the hungry
be different
don't take everything so personally; not everything is a personal offense
forgive
don't just sympathize, empathize
smile at strangers.....they're not that different from you
communicate like you speak to your best friend
give grace
love
be different
offer the benefit of the doubt
console
act
heal
love
love
love
STOP shaking your fist and DO something!
Its Your Turn Be the Salt of the Earth- Life with the Hawleys

                         "Do Something"
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Day in the Life VIDEO

I mentioned on my Instagram stories last week that I was taping a day in the life.....well here it is!!!!  I am not a videographer by any stretch of the imagination, and honestly I'm not trying to be.  I just used my phone & recorded our day. I didn't even pull out my big fancy camera.  Just trying to capture the sights & sounds of our day to day.  I've done these types of posts before with still pictures, but this is the first with video.  I think I like this a lot more...I think I will try to do it again. Maybe quarterly? With young littles it's so neat to see how much they change in just a few months.

xoxo Darby

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Watch Out World!

Watch out world! 
Houston may have physically been devastated this week, but after joining, hand in hand & on our knees to pray on Sunday, this city is on fire! The rains came down, but could not prevent the fire that sparked; the Church will rise in love. 
In a world that has been focused on hate, the conversation has shifted & love will fill those spaces.  
I'm crazy excited to see God at work after rescue, as we provide relief and rebuild this city.
 
xoxo Darby

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Headache

In light of the hurricane, as you may have noticed, I am not active around here but I just want to give you a quick update.

The rain stopped today and we saw the sun around 7 tonight. It was glorious! The Mr. and I have reflected on how blessed we have been during this storm and how the Lord has provided and protected us. We do NOT take it for granted! The waters have gone down on our street and we were able to get to the grocery story for some basics. The stores don't have much but I imagine as the water begins to decrease in other areas delivery trucks will be able to get through to get food back into the city. Our city is pretty much closed & on mandatory curfews through next Tuesday, so we're praying that the waters will continue to decrease. I can't thank you enough for reaching out to us, and covering us in prayer. We were *very* fortunate, while others, right next door to us, were not. It was truly by His grace that the waters moved past our home. I genuinely thank you for covering our family in prayers. I ask you to continue lifting up our city as it continues to flood, and that those who do not know the Father will become believers.

I will be back next week with the regular LWTH schedule!  Much love to all of you, and stay dry!
xoxo Darby

Monday, August 28, 2017

Is This Thing On?

September for me has always been like "New Years".  A time to reflect on how the first part of the year went and how to finish out the year strong.  So I'd like to hear from YOU!  I'm trying to gather some information about what you do or don't like about Life with the Hawleys.  So I've created this anonymous survey and I would really appreciate it if you would give me some feedback. Thanks!!!
xoxo Darby

Friday, August 25, 2017

Do You Think They’re Related?

Any time, every time, I get a chance to put pictures of these babies next to each other I do it! And if they’re both wearing the same outfit....well I just get so giddy.  Thank goodness they tolerate me well, at least for now.

Here is Dutch in this onesie at about a year 
and then Ellis in the exact same onesie at a little over a year.  
So what do you think: do they look related??
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xoxo Darby

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Christmas in July...in August

My bestie & I love Christmas, like LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  If it were Christmas all year long we would be happy campers.  Last year we had our first Christmas in July" party.  We had a blast last year & knew that we wanted to make this an annual thing.  This summer was cra-zy packed so we were really looking forward to this celebration.  We decided that to a certain extent Christmas in July is much more enjoyable than Christmas: it's relaxing & not rushed.  Also, when you live in the south & summers are brutally hot so you're stuck inside trying not to burn up, this is a fun way to have fun inside.  This is what our party includes:
Wore our jammies
Had quiche & coffee for breakfast
Listened to Christmas music
Read Christmas books
Decorated (and of course ate) Christmas cookies
Did a Christmas craft; built a nativity scene
Exchanged Christmas gifts (everyone gets 1 small gift)
Had a visit from Sheldon (our Elf on the Shelf)
Drank hot cocoa
And just played!!!DSC_0287DSC_0289DSC_0293DSC_0299DSC_0320DSC_0322DSC_0325DSC_0327DSC_0336DSC_0342DSC_0345
So after our Christmas party, it's officially Christmas time... at least in my mind ;-) 
Have you ever had a Christmas in July party? What do you do at yours?
xoxo Darby

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pretend You’re Fancy Chicken

You know those moments in life where you feel like a rock star; like you’ve made it and you’ve got this life thing under control? Yeah I have absolutely NO idea what that feels like hahaha But this dish, when I serve it, I imagine myself dropping the mic at the dinner table.  This one is a winner.  Everyone likes it. And it looks like a lot of effort when in reality there is no prep, no chopping, and not extra dishes.  If you need a “drop the mic” moment at the dinner table, try this one!Pretend You're Fancy Chicken- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
8 stripes of good thick bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces (I cut mine with scissors)
8 chicken thighs, bone-in
sea salt
ground pepper
2-15 oz. cans garbanzo beans, un-drained
Italian parsley, roughly chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Cook bacon until crispy in a cast iron skillet (I use a 15-inch skillet).  Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel to drain.
2. Place chicken in the hot cast iron skillet with the bacon grease.  Season with sea salt & pepper.  Put in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
3. Add the chickpeas (with the juice) to the skillet and top with the crispy bacon.  Roast for 20-25 more minutes.  Add the parsley before serving.
4. Enjoy!
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xoxo Darby

Friday, August 18, 2017

I Just Can't Stop

The Holy Spirit has encircled my heart with this song lately, and I just wanted to share it with you.  I'm grateful that the words of this melody are playing over & over again lately.  I need to hear it and remind myself.  I hope that this song rolls through your heart as it has for me.

Your glory lights the stars and rising sun
Your power raises mountains like the dawn
How could I not worship
How could I not worship
You knew my name before my life began
My very days were carved by your own hand
How could I not worship
How could I not worship
You are my God
You've rescued my heart
And I can barely breath when I see
How great you are
You are my king
and none can compare
You took the crown of thorns
that no one else could wear
I just can't stop my hallelujahs
I just can't stop my hallelujahs
There's nothing in my heart that I won't give
And it's by Your grace
that I know what mercy is
How could I not worship
How could I not worship
You are my God
You've rescued my heart
And I can barely breath when I see
How great you are
You are my king
And none can compare
You took the crown of thorns
That no one else could wear
I just can't stop my hallelujahs
I just can't stop my hallelujahs
All splendor, all glory, all praise be yours Lord
All blessing, all honor, all praise be yours
All splendor, all glory, be yours Lord
All blessing, all honor, all praise be yours
All splendor, All glory, All praise be yours Lord
All blessing, All honor, All praise be yours
You are my God
You've rescued my heart
And I can barely breath
When I see how great you are
You are my King
And none can compare
You took the crown of thorns
That no one else could wear
I just can't stop my hallelujah's
I just can't stop my hallelujah's
I just can't stop my hallelujah's
I just can't stop my hallelujah's
xoxo Darby
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