Monthly Archives: August 2011


Hey Friends, We are having tons of fun with family and cousins this week, so I will not be blogging a ton in the next week. We’re just trying to soak up all of the fun we can before school starts! I hope you all are doing the same!

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Amanda N - August 16, 2011 - 8:19 pm

So that’s why I haven’t been able to get a hold of you! Have fun and call me when you can. Unfortunately, I start work tomorrow. Boo hoo.

kara - August 21, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Amanda, I will call you in the next few days!!

Ear Piercing and Tooth Growing

Check out the new tooth. We have one losing teeth and one growing teeth. Miriam is growing and changing so much right now. Here is what’s going on with our little Miram berry. She is almost 7 months old and 22lbs. She has her first tooth and another one coming in. She is trying a […]

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Kelly - August 13, 2011 - 8:22 am

What a cutie! Her eyes are just amazing.

kara - August 13, 2011 - 11:52 am

Thanks Kelly! We think that they are pretty lovely as well :).

Amanda N - August 13, 2011 - 10:40 pm

Jeff vetoed me from piercing Sophie’s ears so I will get back to you on that one. Miriam is adorable…she’s looking so much bigger.

juliette - August 15, 2011 - 7:01 pm

Cute! I love baby girls with pierced ears but I forgot to stick it to Noel. Now I can wait and use it as a major bribe (if she wants to do it someday).

adrienne w - August 16, 2011 - 10:24 am

She’s so cute! I have pretty sensitive ears and had a lot of infections from pierced ears when I was a kid, so I want to wait until my girls are old enough to care for them. When my daughters show an interest we will discuss it. I do think babies look cute with them, though.

Amy Swor - August 17, 2011 - 10:27 am


Was searching for my GF’s blog and came across yours. Started reading and came to the entry where you pierced your dd’s ears and asking other moms about what age they did their dd’s. Think you’re a smart mommy for piercing your girls early. Promise they’ll thank you later when the other little girls in preschool see their pretty earrings and are envious of theirs.

When I took our dd to her 2 mos appt and shots, her pediatrician asked me if we were getting her ears pierced…I was thinking maybe around 2 or 3. She then told me that the best time is now or when she is out of the toddler/preschool stage. She said that little toddlers and preschoolers come in with infections because they constantly play with them and it is harder for them to sit still to let the parents clean the ears.

Admittedly, I hadn’t even thought about it so I called dh who said if the ped recommended it, then it was fine to go ahead and have it done now after her DTap shots. Subconsciously, I secretly knew I wanted her ears pierced, but didn’t think dh would want it done so young. Also, I had been admiring some of the babies and cute little girls in the ped’s waiting room with little earrings and wondered how Sandi would look with them. In a spur of the moment decision, I told the ped’s nurse I wanted to have her ears pierced today!

So….we decided to do it at 2 months. She cried when we got them done, but as soon as I stood up with her and we walked to the register she had stopped!! She is even more adorable with little earrings in her cute little ears! :-) Our dd is now 4 and loves her earrings.

Am having a second dd soon and plan to pierce her ears at 4-6 wks.

If any moms would like our ped’s tips, write me an e-mail.

Ask Kara-Tips from a garage sale queen

I am often asked about how I score such amazing finds/deals at garage sales. I buy a large majority of our stuff second hand, and I thought that I would share some tips for buying and selling at garage sales. Tips for buying: I usually look on Craigslist and at the Gazette Times online to […]

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Wendy M. - August 11, 2011 - 9:06 am

Oh, Kara- I just want you to be my garage sale personal-shopper. :-) I’m always impressed with your success in finding great items! I haven’t had any luck with the few sales I’ve visited this year (although I do feel pretty good about the items I’ve found at the Furniture Share benefit sales- you *have* to go with me next time!)

EmmaJ - August 12, 2011 - 4:06 am

I wish I lived near you so we could go to yard sales together and I could learn from your wisdom. I don’t go to yard sales, I have just never had good luck so I stopped going. I have had great luck at the REI Attic sale though.

kara - August 12, 2011 - 1:31 pm

Give me a list!! I really do want to make it with you to the furniture sale. Keep asking me, and eventually I will be able to go :)
My sister just scored for us at the REI attic sale. She got each of my kids brand new looking keens in the next size for $8!!

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Summer Harvest

The bounty that I harvested from my garden yesterday! Gabe lost in our jungle that some might call a garden. It is seriously getting crazy in there. Who knows where anything is at, but enter the jungle, and you may step on a yummy treat :). Fresh tomatoes and carrots from the garden I think […]

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Sarabeth - August 10, 2011 - 12:06 am

All my tomatoes are still quite green and I’m not sure they’ll turn red at all this summer…

And if you get the chance, will you send me your zucchini bread recipe? The stuff you gave us was amazing! Hope you enjoyed the coast!

kara - August 10, 2011 - 8:32 am
This is the recipe. I made a few modifications. I cut 3/4 cup sugar and replaced it with applesauce. I also used half whole wheat pastry flower. We had fun at the coast, and it was so good to see you me dear, even if it was just an hour. Your kids are too adorble!

Amy Mayfield - August 10, 2011 - 12:31 pm

We have lots of basil, green beans, arugula, yellow zucchini and sungold tomatoes coming out of the garden right now. We have harvested exactly ONE large tomato so far. :-)

I love making a big pan of fried brown rice with lots of garden veggies. Your saute with cheese sounds really good!

EmmaJ - August 12, 2011 - 4:15 am

We have had so much zucchini and summer squash this year (our first garden year!). Some of my favorite zucchini recipes are putting it small diced into chilli and shredding it and putting it in quesadillas. We have also added it with spinach to omelets, grilled it, sauteed it, and made zucchini and squash au gratin.

I have an ask Kara question. Can you show me the layout to your garden, where the different plants are located. Our zucchini shaded our carrots and so I don’t think they will grow, and our melons have taken over a whole box.

EmmaJ - August 12, 2011 - 4:19 am

We have had so much zucchini and summer squash this year (our first garden year!). Some of my favorite zucchini recipes are putting it small diced into chilli and shredding it and putting it in quesadillas. We have also added it with spinach to omelets, grilled it, sauteed it, and made zucchini and squash au gratin.

I have an ask Kara question. Can you show me the layout to your garden, where the different plants are located. Our zucchini shaded our carrots and so I don’t think they will grow, and our melons have taken over a whole box.

Chrissy - August 12, 2011 - 6:27 am

I’m a new reader of your blog and a first-time poster.
Love your photos, witty writing, and great topics!
Our garden is pretty pathetic this year — all green tomatoes so far, though we do have kabocha that should be harvestable come fall…
Thanks for sharing the zucchini bread recipe, though!

Also, in regards to your post from not too long ago, I have a question for “Ask Kara”:
Your kiddos are of preschool age (and beyond?), right?
I was wondering what your opinion is of all the local preschooling options, and maybe what you’ve chosen yourself. Or are the homeschooled/unschooled~?
I’d love your input! Thanks! :)

kara - August 12, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Oh Emma,
The layout of my garden is insane. I definitely tried at first to prioritize which things need the most sun etc… but then I just kept adding stuff, and what I have now is literally a jungle. It really is crazy. I should find someone to do a guest post on that as I am sure that there are a lot more strategic gardeners!!
Lots of green tomatoes here as well! I looooove you question!!! That is going to be my post for next week. Thank you so much for the idea!!

Sara Egbert - August 14, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Oh wow!!!! Your garden looks incredible! I wish I could have come over to your place and seen it when I was down in July. Maybe next time?? Seriously, I wish we lived in the same city. I think we would have some good times together :)

kara - August 15, 2011 - 10:36 am

Please do come and hang out the next time that you are in town!! We will have lots of fun letting the kids run around! My garden is looking great, but it is also completely filled with weeds that I have no time to deal with :).

Cream Hair Remover

It is a lot of work being a woman. I am a pretty low maintenance kind of gal, but still, a woman just has work to do just to even look average. Let’s talk a bit about hair removal shall we? I’m definitely no Frida Kahlo when it comes to being hairy, but I definitely […]

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Amanda W. - August 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Waxing – it’s a way of life! ;-) Srsly, I go to get waxed regularly for brows, lip, and bikini, but can’t stand the thought of waxing my armpits. I shave the legs and pits. Oh, and since pregnancy, every so often have to pluck the hair on my chinny-chin-chin. I won’t deny it! The feminist in me thinks that this is all a BS double-standard, but I don’t have the guts to go natural. So it goes.

Amy - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

I do facial waxing at a salon, but I want to save up money for laser hair removal. It sounds really appealing from an “I’m too lazy to shave” viewpoint. I’ve never tried the creams or wax at home – just something that I don’t want to do!

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Amanda, thanks for telling the truth :). I think that a lot of women are embarrassed, but it is just life for lots of us :). I also do upper lip and brow. I’m hairy, but not super hairy, so one wax job holds me over for a long time. If I get my eyebrows waxed, then I can follow the shape with tweezers, but I’ve tried to shape my eyebrows myself, and it was not pretty! Where do you go?? Haa… even if it is a double standard, I’m not quite ready to see all women walking around like hairy men. I’m definitely not someone who has nicely shaved legs all of the time, but as a very non high maintenance woman, it is the least I like to do :).

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:15 pm

I too like the idea of laser hair removal, but I have to admit, that it seems a little embarrassing to grow hair out long enough to get the treatment done (not as bad as Frida Kahlo… but not pretty). It does sound like a nice option, though! I’d definitely need to save up for it too! We don’t have a hair removal budget :).

EmmaJ - August 5, 2011 - 3:26 pm

So I don’t mind being hairy… maybe it is the European in me. I do shave for skirts and shorts and swimming, but in the winter I use my hairiness as an insulation layer. I have used cream hair removal and I want you to know it can be painful. If left on too long it can burn your pores and cause you to bleed from them. That happened to me once in high school when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. I shave my legs and pits now and that is it. I’m married, my husband doesn’t notice if I pluck my eyebrows, so I don’t bother unless we are taking family pictures.
Now, the wrinkles that are appearing under my eyes, I take a lot of care (and spend a lot of money) to try and minimize those.

Kara - August 5, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Haa.. yes it very well may be the European in you. I also have to clarify that I am not thinking women should totally be hair free, but a swipe with a razor in the armpits every month just takes a few seconds, right :)? Thanks for your insight on cream gone wrongs, and I can totally see how a woman could have a horrible reaction to the cream. Oh, and wrinkles… I am just starting to think about those…I’d be interested to hear what you use for that!

Afton - August 8, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I have been all natural since I was about fifteen– I decided that itchy red bumps and ingrown hairs were much less sensually attractive than soft fair on by body. I like my armpit hair. This is a little out of the ordinary in our culture, but, since I am a woman who has passed through puberty, I feel like it is part of being an adult woman. I am of childbearing age, and I have body hair. If I want to feel like my legs are beautiful and presentable, I prefer to go for a run and put on some really luxurious lotion. And when it comes down to it, I’ve never had a boyfriend complain- not once. So relax! No one really cares but us.

Kara - August 8, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Afton, I respect you and your ways (even your hairy ways). I can see your side, and you are a babe and wonderful… hairy or not :).