Disney Christmas Scavenger Hunt

On Christmas this year, we created a fun little scavenger hunt for the boys to find their final gift.

They had a series of clues that I hid all over the house leading them from area to area.  (I took these pictures before bed so the light wasn’t the best)

Disney scavenger hunt

Finally they landed on a golden box that was hidden.

disney christmas gift


Inside the box were two Disney Trading Pins.  We shared the news with them at that time that in January we were going to go to Disneyland for two days!

disney pins for christmas

We thought trading pins would be fun since they have loved pin trading at the parks.  You can read about that HERE.

They were excited, however, they spilled that they had overhead and already knew about the trip so we didn’t get the surprised reaction we had hoped for.  Oh well.

I will share some details about our trip soon!

December Happenings

I am just going to shove a whole lot of fun into one post here!  December is always a hard time for me to get on here and write because it is just so busy.  In fact I have been having a hard time for a number of months because the time just isn’t there.  In any case I wanted to share some of the fun we had this holiday season.

Our elf, Jingle, returned to have some holiday fun.

elf fun

The boys invited their cousins over for gingerbread house decorating.

ginger bread houses


We made some diy ornaments by dipping pinecones in diluted paint.  I am sure I got this idea from Pinterest, but I couldn’t find the pin to share.

diy ornaments

We visited Santa at his cabin downtown.

santa visit

Ezra made a pie for his wonderful teacher.  (Lucas gave his kindergarten teacher a owl dishtowel since that is her favorite animal and a bar of Moonstruck Chocolate.)

pie baking

I helped with Lucas’ kinder class party by bringing snowman themed goodies.  Lucas loved helping me cut the carrot noses and tie the scarves on the cheese sticks.

snowman themed treats

We took a day trip to Telluride (our favorite and most lovely nearby ski town).  We ice skated and shopped in the Mountain Village.

ice skating

The we headed down to town to check out the lights.  I love Telluride!  Only there would you see a light display like this!

telluride lights

We then hit the local rec rink to watch Dad play some hockey!  He is back on the ice after his injury last year and feeling great.

hockey night

While in Telluride we hit one of our favorite spots, Siam.  Ezra was brave and ordered Scallops with Duck Liver Pate.  Being an aspiring chef, he enjoys trying new things.  He doesn’t always like them but we try to support his ambition!  HAha!


I tried my hand at Gluten Free Sugar cookie dough.  They turned out great!  If I get a chance I will share my recipe.  It was awesome!

sugar cookies

The day after Christmas we took a family trip to the local sledding hill outside of town.  There I am, actually in a picture!  I am getting more comfortable being on this side of the lens.


Our final fun day was in Ouray (remember when I wrote about Ouray here), where we spent the afternoon ice skating on their free rink.  Lucas is a natural hockey player (which makes me nervous) and loved being on the ice.


We had a lovely December with many family activities!  You may have noticed that all of the pictures were iphone quality. I made a conscious decision to put my camera away for most of the season and simply enjoy the time with my kids.  I see them growing up so fast and I want to saver these last few years of childhood before they slip away.  I enjoyed this season so much and love looking back at the images to remember how fun it was!



We spent a wonderful Christmas together with both sets of in laws and my brother, niece and nephew.  It was a wonderful day.

Both boys received wonderful gifts and their wishes from Santa were fulfilled!

christmas morning

Lucas received many wooden toys, playsilks and animals.  He has been having a great time creating little worlds with his items.

wooden castle

Ezra trying out his built in mittens in his new Loki Coat!

loki coat

I hope your Christmas was Merry as well!


Chalkboard Christmas Wrap

I had a brilliant idea to wrap some of our Christmas presents in chalkboard wrapping paper this year.  I thought the idea of having the neutral lace and burlap printed paper I picked up at Hobby Lobby mixed in with the black would be pretty.  When I went online to try to find it, I was so disappointed.  The only place I could find it was Anthropologie and it was $15 (plus shipping) for a teeny tiny roll that would only cover 2 gifts.

I was so happy to finally find some on Etsy for much more affordable.!

chalkboard wrapping paper



Here are my gifts all wrapped up under the tree.  I love love love the chalkboard paper.  It is so pretty!

chalkboard wrap




Its the small things I tell ya!


Christmas Tree Hunting

We took our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm.  The boys continually insist that we get a real tree (part of me things a fake tree would just be easier).  I have to admit I am rather fond of our tradition.

tree farm

We picked a Blue Spruce this year.  It is gorgeous, but a little prickly.

christmas tree hunting

I love the quaint feel of the tree farm.

tree farm

The boys love the hay ride out to pick the tree and the hay bail tower.

hay ride

hay bail tower

The boys had so much fun decorating this year.

christmas tree

The family ornament we went and picked out today was a Patience Brewster Mouse King from a local boutique.  I love how whimsy he is!

mouse king ornament

mouse ornamnet


tree with pendant


Advent Calender 2014: LEGO

This year we diverged a bit from our usual Advent.  I used the same pegboard I had used for all the other years.  However, both boys were asking for a LEGO advent.  When I looked in the stores I decided $39 for an advent would not be so bad except that we would need two of them so they each had an item for the day bringing the bill to $80.  THAT would be ridiculous!

 I love how the finished product turned out this year with little baggies on the board!  What is in those baggies you ask?



advent 2014

This is what I did to incorporate Legos to make our own Lego Advent.

I decided to hit Ebay to see if I could find packages of lego minifigures affordably.  I was lucky I did this early because I was able to snag about 4 lots of minifigures for about $4-8 each.  My total cost on the Lego minifigures was $23 including shipping!

 Lego minifigures

I dropped the Lego guys in the little burlap bags.



The boys had no idea that the advent was going to have Legos and were so happy. Each baggie has two Lego minifigures for them to choose from.  (We are taking turns who gets first choice each day and they are cooperating very well).

 advent lego


advent calender


Simple Kitchen Pendant

When we moved into our new home it had some interesting lights in the kitchen.

Here is the image from the first day we moved into the home.





There was just so much hanging down from the ceiling in that kitchen!  Big heavy pot racks are not my thing and those lights were a bit too heavy and track light style for my taste!

I really wanted to take that ornate track style light down but I wasn’t sure what we wanted to put up.

We finally took the plunge and put up a simple farmhouse/industrial style pendant.

 kitchen pendant

I love how much more simple it looks.  I can’t wait to see how it looks once we do a bit more updating in our kitchen!

 kitchen pendant

We have a lot more to do in this kitchen to start making it feel like  “us” and I finally feel ready to start chipping away at our list!

More to come as we start making progress!


Great Little Girlfriend Gifts: Mommy in the Mountains Picks

Need a few little girlfriend gift ideas?  I have you covered!  Here is a list of my go to gift ideas for girlfriends and ladies in your life.


Girlfriend Gifts


1.  Ecofriendly Wool Dryer Balls- this may not be the most glamorous gift but whomever you give them to will LOVE them.  Fabric softener is one of the most toxic items in our homes, with these there is no need to use it.  Toss these little guys in your dryer with  your clothes and they will bounce and soften your clothes as well as eliminate static.  The best part is that they are a one time investment and last forever!  They also claim to lower the amount of time that you need to dry your clothes.  I love mine and everyone I have given them to loves them!  These ones are on Amazon for $20.95.  If you have a girlfriend who is on the fence about adding some more natural solutions to her home, these are a great way to get her started.

2.  Essential Oils-  This blend called Serenity is one of my favorite blends.  For us women, who go go go without stop, Serenity is a great blend to help us relax.  It also smells amazing, I often will wear it as perfume!  I often will give little bottles of oils to friends.  This would be a great companion to the dryer balls as you can drop a few drops on a couple balls to have your laundry coming out smelling sweet and fragrant.  Find Serenity HERE for $40.

3. Little kitchen accessories-  Whether it be some sweet engraved measuring spoons, some fun ramekins (you can never have too many of those) or an adorable measuring cup like this one, everyone loves a sweet touch to their kitchen.  Who wouldn’t love to replace their big plastic measuring cup with a pretty like this one?  I love the sweet vintage look to it!  Find it on Anthropologie for $24.

4.  Cookbooks-  I have been known to give great cookbooks to friends, especially if I know what type of food they are into.  This one is one that I personally have on my list this year and I have many friends who would love to receive it also.  YUM!  Find it on Amazon for $19.19.

5. Raven and Lily-  We have a local boutique in our town that carries Raven and Lily.  I quickly fell in love with how beautiful the pieces are.  Raven and Lily jewelry are made by women in war torn countries and each purchase helps them.  The jewelry is interesting and beautiful!  Find them on Raven and Lily’s site for $38.

6.  Turkish towels are one of my favorite things.  I have a couple that I use in the kitchen and a couple I use in the bathroom.  They are a great weight, made from natural fibers and are super absorbent!  These ones are found on Etsy for $30 for a set of 3.

There you have it!  My 2014 Great Girlfriend Gift Guide!  I hope you find the perfect item for those lovely ladies in your life!


Putting the Garden to Bed

winter garden


We made it through our first garden season at the new house and I have to admit, I am very impressed with us!  We had so much fresh produce that we ended up giving much of it away to friends and family.

We were able to put up a lot of shredded zucchini and roasted peppers for the winter which I know we will enjoy all season long.

Once the irrigation system was blown out for the year and the frost came, I knew we had to put our garden to bed.

We pulled out all the plants and put them in the compost.

Then Paul mulched up leaves with our riding lawnmower and we bedded the garden beds with those to help keep nutrients in the soil for the winter.

mulched garden


We learned so much from our first year of gardening.  Here are somethings we may do differently.

1.  Plant pumpkins far away from the rest of the garden so it doesn’t take over.

2.  Plant the tomatoes on the North side so that they get the most sun possible.

3.  Build a larger pepper bed.

4.  Plant less zucchini and more butternut squash and acorn squash as we enjoy those more.

5.  Two cucumber plants are plenty for our family, no need for more.

6.  Try some new items.  Maybe green beans, carrots or radishes.

fall garden

For now, all we can do is wait and let the garden rest.


Little Boy Christmas Wish List

To follow the post on Ezra’s big boy Christmas list, we are going to share the main items on Lucas’ Christmas list this year.  I love hearing about what they desire to have.  It is so telling of their personality.

One story that makes me smile is from a few days ago.  We receive many toy catalogues in the mail this time of year.  We received a new one a few afternoons ago and Lucas quickly went to flipping through it hoping to see something interesting.  He quickly tossed it aside proclaiming “I don’t want anything out of there, it is all just plastic toys!”

My heart was so happy to hear these words.  I have been spending the last year (since beginning our journey Waldorf homeschooling) weeding out and getting rid of the plastic toys in our home.  We decided a few things were ok, especially if they were quality, like Legos.  But other than that we try very much to buy natural materials for Lucas.

When he began public school in the fall I was concerned the commercialism would worm its way back in and he would be drawn to the plastic cartoon oriented toys.  I am so glad to see that is not the case!  He loves his wooden toys.  He says they last longer and are more fun to play with.  His list consists very much of lovely Waldorf approved toys, with out my push at all!  He just desires quality over quantity now.

Here is his wish list!



Lucas Christmas List




1.  Playsilks-  Lucas received his first set of playsilks last Christmas in his stocking.  I wasn’t sure how they would be received or if he would know how to use them.  He did!  He uses them imaginatively while pretend playing, making rivers or fields or wrapping them around items.  He quickly added playsilks to his list this year asking for larger ones than he has. (These ones are HERE)

2.  A wooden castle.  He had a pretty yucky plastic castle that made noises and began falling apart.  He likes to play pretend with his little gnomes and men with castles boats and his gnome treehouse.  A wooden castle would be something we know would get a lot of action.  (This one HERE)

3.  Beatrix Potter Books- I have a few Beatrix Potter books from my childhood that Lucas loves.  Somehow the rest of the set never made it through all those years.  I would love to build him a little Beatrix Potter library.  He seems to enjoy the stories about the little animal characters.  So far The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin seems to be his favorite.  (Find them HERE)

4.  Wooden animals-  He loves his woodland animals from last years Advent Calendar.  He also received some wooden dinosaurs for his birthday.  He is hoping to get more wooden animals, like horses for his pretend play.  Holztiger animals HERE

5.  Budkins-  If you have not heard of Budkins and you have small children, you must go check them out.  They have all kinds of little characters.  We are looking at the pirates and the knights, but they have all sorts for any sort of play your child enjoys!  (THese HERE)

6.  Wooden Pirate Ship- this is what he says he is asking Santa for this year.  He really wants a lovely wooden pirate ship to play with.  He likes to create little worlds with his playsilks, gnome tree house, and little men.  I think a wooden ship would fit in perfectly to his games.  (Find it HERE)

7. Grimms  Element Stacker-  He has a handmade rainbow stacker from last year.  This year he says he wants the “cave” as he calls it.  There are all sorts of things one can do with little stackers!  HERE

I am so happy we have a lovely toy store in our town that specializes in quality toys.  We have been able to find much of what we need locally this year rather than doing shopping online.  I really am pleased that not only can we buy quality but we can buy locally!