A Day in the Life of Me and Mine

Wife. Mom. Ambitious Crafter and Cook.

Great Pins October 4, 2012

Filed under: Food,Life — cmcoker1 @ 11:34 am

Am I the only Pinterest user who pins all day, everyday, but never uses the things I pinned?!  Well, I decided to try a few things out today.

1. Vinegar for Vinyl: I, unfortunately, have vinyl floors in my kitchen.  I usually mop them with a Swiffer Wet Jet, but today I found my solution bottle to be empty…shoot.  I decided to try a Pin that suggested mopping vinyl with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bucket of hot water.  It actually cleaned my floors super well!  I was very impressed with the degree of clean that I was able to obtain.  Buuuuutttt…now my house smelled like a pickle factory.  BLAH.

on to my 2nd Pin

2. Vanilla in the Oven (a deodorizer): I was assured that realtors use this little “trick” when showing a house.  I put 2 cap-fulls of vanilla extract in a ramekin and popped it into a 300 degree oven.  They were right! In about 15 minutes, my house no longer smelled like vinegar and now smelled of baked goods.  Buuuuuutttt…I didn’t have anything yummy to look forward to.  *tears*

and now for the 3rd Pin

3. Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake: This one deserves a picture.  I haven’t made it yet, but I plan to do just that for us to enjoy during Bible Study tonight.  I’ll let you know how it goes!


– care


1st Birthday Party September 10, 2012

Filed under: Life,Parties — cmcoker1 @ 10:41 am

There is a lot of pressure in planning your first baby’s 1st birthday party.  With the birth of Pinterest and extremely talented and rich mothers, I was feeling a  little overwhelmed.  There were several points where I screamed, “I’m throwing in the towel! No party for you, Little Mister!”  But that was just one low point. Honest.  All in all, we had a very successful and fun birthday party.  I’ll tell the tale through some pictures.  Enjoy!

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My Baby is One! August 28, 2012

Filed under: Life — cmcoker1 @ 10:28 am

When we found out we were pregnant, we were ecstatic!  We had only been married for 5 months, but we were ready to start our family.  This was the first peek we had at our little peanut.  I was convinced it was a girl, but I was corrected a few weeks later when we discovered we were pregnant with a little boy.

I immediately started thinking about all of the fun we would have playing outside, watching him play sports, and the new wardrobe of cargo khakis and Tevas I would need to buy for myself.

(23 weeks)

I really loved being pregnant.  I had a wonderful pregnancy, and I loved loved loved maternity clothes.  That elastic panel is genius.

(32 weeks)

Eric was so wonderful while I was pregnant. He let me complain, sleep in til noon, and eat everything in sight.  It was so fun when he could finally feel the Little Guy start to move around.

(34 weeks)

Then the big day came.  On August 28, 2011, I was introduced to my sweet baby boy.  When the doctor put him up on my chest, I was more in love than I ever thought possible.

We knew our lives would never be the same again.  We were parents.  Whoa.

Happy 1st Birthday, Reese Daniel!!  I love you so so much.

And thank you, Daddy, for my wonderful birthday sprinkle pancakes!



The New Me July 12, 2012

Filed under: Life — cmcoker1 @ 11:33 am

I am blogging again! For those who actually read my blog in the past (dad), I apologize for my absence.  I have a 10 month old, which should explain my 10 month sabbatical.  I decided that with my comeback, I would change everything.  So, here I am on WordPress, just trying it out.

I have decided to do more of a topical blog to show you that I can sometimes be organized.  Ha.  We’ll see how long that lasts.  I would love to share with you the comings and goings of our family of 3.  We live a simple life, but we have fun.  The Big Mister and Little Mister are my entire world, and I am excited to show them off again!

This time around, my blog will show some of the daily happenings around here.  Now that I am staying home, I am trying to cultivate a few creative saplings that I have found buried deep down in my brain.  My sewing machine has become a renewed acquaintance, and I am enjoying my attempts at being crafty.  I also have decided there is no reason to not use my kitchen.  I have no more pregnancy excuses or “my baby still doesn’t sleep through the night” …yes, my friends. After 9 and 1/2 extremely long months, the Little Mister is a real sleeper. (More on that later.) So, I look at food blogs daily and search my small collection of cookbooks to find something exciting to cook…and eat.

This blog will be a place where I share “What I Made Today”, good books I am reading or have read, products I have either tried or want to try or never will again try, and the funny stories that make up my day.  So, here we go again!  I hope you enjoy experiencing A Day in the Life of Me and Mine.



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