Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warm Breezy Walks (part 1) with Barbie, Liv and La Dee Da

As you guys know, I'm a bit behind in my photos/posts as I have this crazy habit of taking a million photos all the time and they usually get a bit backed up.  It's a charming little habit I have, I like to think ;) 
We are supposed to get 6-12 inches of snow tomorrow (just in time for Thanksgiving-which is luckily being hosted here at our house this year, so no slippery roads for us!) 
I wanted to continue on with my happy, sunny, shiny photos for now if you all don't mind.  Summer makes me really happy. 

You all know Millie, our porch chicken.  As an update, she is now fully integrated and accepted into the roost of other hens and lives out her days happily foraging away and sleeping in her cozy hen house at night. 

Tropical Barbie 
So after tending the beautiful Hawaiian gardens on the farm, Tropical Barbie decided a lovely walk out to the field was in order.  

Tropical Miko
Miko agreed.  Miko's an easy-going gal like that.

Liv-It's My Nature Hayden

Liv-It's My Nature Katie

La Dee Da Garden Party Sloan 

Hayden, Katie and Sloan were busy climbing trees, but totally agreed that a walk would be good for the soul and great for the legs.  
They love it when we drag them around and pose them in the wilderness. 

Enjoying a quick rest break.  Little legs make it hard to keep up!

Enjoying the August sunshine...

Cute little Sloan prefers the shade :) 

 You got it girl, it's too hot up there! 

Barbie was really enjoying the lush greenery and the lulling flow of the creek. 

Miko was wondering when it was time to jump in the water...

Sloan was perfectly content sipping her tea and enjoying the butterflies. 

Ah..feet in, life is good. 

I love it here...let's never leave...

Barbie and Miko decided to stay in the lush and refreshing creek, while the rest of us gals moved on to the tree.   

Back in the trees for Hayden and Katie..can't keep them on the ground for long. 

Sloan's enjoying the warmth and golden afternoon sun. (So was I!)

So did Pumpkin Pie. :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Feel Good Friday-John Butler's Ocean

I know I am not the most up to speed person on popular music.  This particular video has been viewed over 12 million times, so this is nothing new (haha), but I came across this last night and it really inspired me.

First of all, I've always loved a man that plays guitar.  Just one of my things :)
Second of all, I love seeing the incredible energy flowing through him as he's playing and his finger-picking is just incredible.

I seriously watched him, in a trace, for 12 minutes playing this beautiful song.

Tonight I listened to it again with my eyes closed as I try to do some sort of feel-good mediation every night before bed.  While listening, I envisioned myself completely free and happy and felt inspired to share this video with the rest of you.

I hope you enjoy (if this style of music is your thing) :)  xo

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rahel-Hearts for Hearts Doll

Hi everyone!
Meet of the newest members of our ever-growing collection of dolls here on the farm.

Hearts for Hearts Rahel

If you've been reading my blog for few months, you may recall that I did a Hearts for Hearts review already on the first one I got, Dell.  Since then, I have been pretty interested in starting a collection of these pretty little dolls.

Rahel has been on my list for a while and I was so excited when I finally saw her on Amazon at her original price of $27.99.  Such a treat compared to most of the over-inflated prices on Ebay I was coming across.  If you like her, she is still listed at this price!

Rahel is a doll made to represent a 10 year old girl living with her family in Ethiopia.  She dreams of growing up to be a doctor as her mother currently works as a community health provider and she adores helping other people.
Such a sweet little heart in this one :)

Here's a look at her packaging.  I won't go into too much detail, but I will say, it is really easy to get her out of the box. The only thing that struck me was how different her eyebrows looked in the photo.

Rache is 14 inches tall and comes with a blue comb, child-sized bracelet and a little storybook going into greater detail about her story.

Faces first as always!  My favorite feature of these dolls are their eyes.  Rahel's are gorgeous amber-colored and clear as well as round with natural, smokey brown eye shadow which creates a nice depth of field.

Her top is a mustard colored leotard paring with a woven, pretty red skirt, which is embroidered and fringed near the bottom. She wears beige slip on sandals, which actually stay on very well (those plastic ties have since come off and they still stay on pretty well ;})

As you can see, Rahel has a vinyl face and body with multi-colored plastic beads, a set of 4 blue bracelets on one arm and 2 red woven bracelets on the other.  

Her eyebrows are a little higher arched and rounded then Dell's, and her cheeks have a lovely, flushy, glow.  Her lips are beautifully scuplted and painted in a glossy, dusty maroon.   Her hair is very nice quality, appears deeply rooted and generously placed around her head.

Rahel also has tiny amber colored earrings. 

She has 5 points of articulation (neck, shoulders and hips.)  The only way she can balance while sitting is in this very wide position (my hips hurt just looking at this..ha!)

Enjoying the creek with little buddy Dell. 

Behind the scenes with Little Button xo. 

The girls wanted her to try on Misha's cute bear hat.  QUITE cute, if I say so myself!

Of course, trading clothes was in order . 

Seriously...could this doll be ANY CUTER? 

Here's another style we thought suited her little personality.  

Here she is next to our Karito Kid-Araceli (Pita-21 inches) to show as a size comparison.

Overall, we all love little Rahel.  Pumpkin Pie thinks she's "just so beautiful" and I do as well.  I am so pleased with this doll line and have been hearing rumors that 2 more will be released, but until then, I will keep my eyes open for deals for the other ones I am hoping to add to my collection. Luckily, I was also was able to purchase Lilian from Amazon at her normal price (still there!) so hoping for a photo shoot with her soon, as well.

In real life, I did my first maternity photo shoot today and even though I was pretty nervous, I think it came out very well.  I have always loved photography and am hoping this may be the start of something more.  Goodbye nursing and hello photographer extraordinaire!  ;)

Wishing a great rest of the weekend to you all and thanks for stopping by.  xo xo xo