On The Side

Whew, life has been busy lately! Remember how I mentioned I’ve been getting orders for challah? I’ve gotten a few more and I’ve been having so. much. fun.


I’ve even experimented with new flavors like cinnamon raisin, cheddar jalapeno, and feta and sun-dried tomato. I have about a million more ideas floating around my head. I’m also hoping to make my first sourdough starter soon 🙂

Ready to hear about another super random side job I’ve gotten into? Sampling demos! I got hired by a company that sends people to stores like Wamart, Target, and local grocery stores to hand out samples for companies like Starbucks, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Chex Cereal, and more.

StarbucksStacy's Pita Chips

I know it’s totally random, and maybe a little goofy, but I seriously have a blast handing out samples and talking to customers!

Since I spend most of my days with an almost 14-month-old, it’s fun to talk to adults for a few hours, even if it’s just to ask if they want to try Starbucks Holiday Blend or Stacy’s Pita Thins! Plus, it’s nice to make a few extra bucks on the side.

Other fun things of note lately:
-Sadie is now using sign language! Thanks to everyone who told me to stick with it. The first time she signed “more” I got so excited! We’ve been enjoying this book on sign language (<–affiliate link) since she was a newborn, and I guess it has really helped!
-Jimmy and I are still trucking along with our kitchen renovation! We painted our back kitchen door yellow over the weekend and I love it.
-All the pets and Sadie love climbing on me when I sit on the couch and it’s so sweet!

Cat and baby on mom

Okay, one last fun thing of note. Sadie’s hair is long enough for pig tails! Never mind the fact that it took me about ten minutes to put them in her hair while she ran around the house 😉

Baby with pigtails

Do you do anything “on the side?”

A Busy Weekend + Sick Sadie

I knew the day would come, and I’ve been dreading it. Sadie has her first cold and it’s breaking. my. heart.

Our little gal woke up with a scratchy throat and some congestion. She’s just the most pitiful little thing when she cries. There’s not much we can do to treat a cold besides try to alleviate her symptoms, watch for a fever, and snuggle.

Family picture with baby on mom's shoulders

She seems to be in good spirits despite the sickness, so that’s good news! I think this is harder for mama than Sadie, but that’s probably the way tough things will go as she grows up 😉

Our weekend was a fun and busy one! It kind of felt like it started on Thursday because we were able to see my parents and hang out for a bit! Here’s the rundown of our fun!

  • Thursday: my mom and I took Sadie to the mall (we had a great experience in Altar’d State–they were super accommodating and let me nurse Sadie in the dressing room and even gave my mom and I bottles of water!) and my dad came over in the evening and we ordered pizza. After they left I wrapped up a work project, which was a relief.

The Christmas decorations were up at the mall!

  • Friday: Sadie and I visited Jimmy at work! This has started to become a weekly occurrence and we’re loving it. My father-in-law and his wife came over in the evening to visit and they gave Sadie a bath. So cute!
  • Saturday: I worked a little in the morning and we went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and swung by our favorite grocery store to grab some chocolate. Amy recommended this brand, so I had to check it out!

My sweet sister-in-law walked around At Home with Sadie in her carrier!

  • Sunday: we went to church and our friends from church (Hi Miss Laura and Mr. Dave!) graciously baby sat Sadie while Jimmy and I visited our friend in the hospital. After evening church, there was a fellowship and we also trained my sister and her husband to do some church duties.

Jimmy and Sadie before church!

It was a great mix of family time, getting out and about, and even a little bit of productivity sprinkled in between!

I’ve been back into the swing of real estate work, though my schedule looks different these days. It’s a balancing act of fitting in work here and there, but I feel so thankful to have such a flexible schedule and the ability to work for my family’s business. God has been so good to me.

Sadie was reviewing my work 😉

We also did some reading over the weekend, which included Sadie’s first sign language book, this book that I can’t read without crying, and the first draft of my book! More on all of that in another post, though!

Tell me about your weekend!