the land of ozmabomb: the shop

i am very eager and happy to announce my new shop's opening!

the shop will primarily feature vintage goods and some handmade.
i am always adding more, so feel free to stop by whenever you want!

to celebrate the grand opening, i will be offering 20% off the entire store!
use coupon code:  GRANDOPEN20

shop link

hope you find something you love.......


the fabulous fall: randall park & some other favorites

i adore this park in the fall.
i adore most any park in the fall.
the fall just makes anything exponentially better.
am i right, or am i right?

this park is in the heart of eau claire.
there are beautiful houses surrounding the perimeter of it, and a gorgeous stone church. 
it's a park college students cut through to get to the university. 
there are many signs of life all around this park, but still so naturally beautiful and peaceful.

my camera died right when we got there, but i had my iPad as a backup.
i laid out a blanket, took out my art supplies, and was even able to draw some while the kids ran around, teetered on a small legde, and pushed each other and laughed and laughed.
i even got to read them some library books I've been needing to for school.

then we got up.  there were colorful, beautifully ripe-and-not-yet-crispy leaves adorning the grass.
we went over to one of the most beautiful trees and started collecting some to bring home with us and make wax paper transparencies with.
and then the mosquitos attacked.  fiercely. 
so we ran.  to the car and got the heck outta there.
molly, whom bugs of any species flock to, only ended up with one bite.  on her foot.  the size of an egg.  not kidding.

nature was beautiful until nature got in the way.
ha!  this is sounding like our time was dismal, but i'm just happy we were able to enjoy ourselves for a little while in one of my favorite places in eau claire. 

take in the beauty that cameras of any kind can never fully capture!

the shedding of my favorite tree in my neighborhood.  this dumb capture doesn't do justice at all.  not even close.

my favorite.  i mean, the contrast against the bright blue sky.  the flaming-orange leaves - there isn't a single one that isn't orange.  the perfect halloweenesque branches.  ugh!  too much!  i die every time i drive by this thing.

genuine laughter in a photo is my favorite thing ever.  this will probably be our next canvas print.

so, clearly, i've already decorated for fall.  that i made sure i did on september first, naturally.  i'm still holding out for halloween.  if i put anything out too early it just ruins the whole seasonal cheer.  so we'll see.
target finally has all of their halloween crap out.  that took waaaaaaay too long, targs.  i mean, it's nearly october and they're just getting to the halloween d├ęcor?  at their normal rate there should be Christmas stuff out already.  btw, their dollar spot is stocked with some of the best crap i've seen in a long time.  and i know cartwheel just had a deal for 30% off of everything at the dollar spot.  not sure if they still do, but wow - just when you think you can't be anymore of a cheapskate you unashamedly add that to your cartwheel, hand it over to the cashier to scan, and smile your way out the door. 
love it.



this girl.  my goodness, she is so sweet. 
a lot of the time she can be just as rotten as she is sweet, but those sweet moments are priceless.

after lunch today molly was watching frozen.  well duh.
and, as always, she and i were singing along together at the top of our lungs to let it go.

when the song was over molly said,
"mom, when i grow up i want to be just like elsa."
"ooohhhh," i replied, "that's cool."
".......and i want to be just like you, too.  you first, then elsa."
"really?!"  i asked in astonishment.  "what do you like about me so much??"
"um, mostly your hair and your face.  and you cook dinner for your kids."

a few hours later, my heart is still oozing.
in a time where my biggest insecurities in life are attacking me from all angles, relentlessly invading myself, my heart, my soul. 

and then, this.


us lately

 a good morning:  a full cup of coffee & the BEST homemade pumpkin bread.

catchin' a flick at the downtown retro cinema. 

 cuddle-bug staying up waaaaaaay past his bedtime.  i can't help it.

a few new things added in the kitch.  my favorite is all of them.

ripe for the pickin'!

my new 2015 katygirl calendar.  i know it's early but these are in high demand.  i still cannot believe i was blessed enough to get one.  woo!

school was rough for him this day.  so we took a break and instead i taught him how to make from-scratch beef stew.

eric and i went to see pomplamoose in the cities tuesday night.  and i forgot my camera.  i'm still recovering from that small LARGE mistake.  anywho, he took the next day off so i got to have a midweek lunch date with these two goofs.

and we strolled around banbury place.


i love where i live.

fall porch lovin'.

"mom, can we take a walk and give some embalotes to our neighbors?" 
she kills me. 


the fabulous fall: a trip to the corn maze

a few years ago when we were living in new york, my sister took me to a corn maze.  it was fun.  muddy, but fun. 
but you know, the mud and the discomfort don't matter because the memory of that fall outing is so nostalgic.  it was definitely cool and crisp that day.  and on this particular day we must have gone sometime in the early evening because by the time we got over to see the animals it was almost dusk.  the sky was grey.  there was a huge barn on the property that was warm and cozy, the lighting inside was as beautiful as candlelight.  there was a display case of fall treats including caramel and candy apples, and cute pumpkin pie tarts.  from the outside you could see the orangey yellow glow of the windows contrasted against the dusk-dark sky. 
outdoors away from the corn maze was a great area where there were farm animals.  there were rabbits and chickens running around.  there were those painted sheets of ply wood painted all silly or with a fall scene complete with circular cut-outs so you could poke your head through.  cheesy but not cheesy because those things are part of my childhood memories from fall, too.  so i don't mind them.  they're nostalgic so the cool factor doesn't matter whatsoever.
it was wonderfully refreshing to be there; the outing itself being somewhat of an escape, a vacation if you will, from the unsettlement within me and reality of moving my one-and-a-half year old and newborn baby from the midwest to the atlantic coast. 
so corn mazes have come to symbolize an element of comfort for me.  the thought of them brings happiness and excitement.  sure, it could have everything to do with the season they coincide with.  but the sense of comfort that i felt in getting lost and found in my first one six falls ago plays a huge role in that.
so this fall, with my sister living here, i thought that this would be an excellent way of celebrating each other and the season.