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Who doesn’t love a great sale! Only one more day left to save big and make a big difference in the life of a child in Kenya.
To shop, go to www.matildajaneclothing.com to save 35-50% on the entire site. Go to www.matildajaneplatinum.com to save 70% on the entire site. Kindly enter my Trunk Keeper ID #629 to enable me to track your order for delivery. Thank you and have a Happy New Year!

Who doesn’t love a great sale! Only one more day left to save big and make a big difference in the life of a child in Kenya.

To shop, go to www.matildajaneclothing.com to save 35-50% on the entire site. Go to www.matildajaneplatinum.com to save 70% on the entire site. Kindly enter my Trunk Keeper ID #629 to enable me to track your order for delivery. Thank you and have a Happy New Year!

SPOOKTACULAR KINDER-HALLOWEEN PARTY … {healthy post monday}

So being the first class party ever, of course, I had to sign up to help! Decorations? Check.

Entertainment? Matt’s day off! Check.

Costumes? Check.

Healthy Halloween party food? Check-double-check-check-check.


I borrowed a costume from Matt’s co-worker and he was in charge of finding himself a wizard hat and a beard. Weird Waldo the Wizard evolved
instead. He brought his guitar and played silly Halloween songs, we played games, did a craft, and ate some yum yum food. My heart melted when I saw several of the boys with their cupcake toppers and mummified juice boxes, put them in their backpacks to take home. I wanted each child to feel celebrated and special, as if this party was for them alone. They are worth every ounce of energy and goofiness expended. I look forward to many more parties with these little goblins for the next five years. :)

I love all the magic of Halloween; the transformation of little people into princesses, heroes, critters, and all the creativity that goes into making the costumes. The one magical night you can be anything or anyone you want! We loaded up all our magical party junk on this serving cart …

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and rolled in our supplies and food to set up outside her classroom.

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Of course, all the treats were healthy and fun.  I scoured pinterest and found some really cute and healthy ideas!

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Banana Ghosts with organic chocolate chips …

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Mummified organic apple juice boxes …

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After the stage set up, it was costume time! My hubby was in charge of finding a beard and a wizard hat for himself. This is what he came home with … Waldo, THE WEIRD Wizard.

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I transformed into Glenda, the good witch … who apparently does not have enough magical powers to stupefy her son for a quick photo.

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Promptly at 9:00 am, we marched our horse and pony show into the classroom and began a little singing with Weird Waldo. Glenda’s bubbles were a huge hit.  A little too huge. They drew quite the crowd.  It got claustrophobic very quickly …

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After we got them all hyped up (they didn’t need much help), we sat them down for a little craft time …

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Ooey, gooey, sticky fingers!

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Little bubby got his craft on too …

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Senor Jorge gets into the festivities and serenaded the ninos and ninas with a little Spanish cantata!

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Everybody loves a game of bean bag toss! Another classroom mom made an awesome CD of Halloween music and played it during the party. Everyone got a copy as a party favor!

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Loving her face! I will dress up and act like a fool anytime to get this sweet reaction. :)

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Our big, weird, happy family!

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And here is the Spooktacular theme products available to order from the McClure Couture Facebook page… invitations, straw flags, banner, cupcake toppers, and bottle wraps. Have a hooky spooky time, until next year!

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SPOOKY FACEBOOK DRAWING GIVEAWAY!

Like McClure Couture FB page (link at the top of this page) and share the post on your FB wall for a chance to win a set of 12 cute Spook-tacular water resistant bottle wraps! Contest will end tomorrow at 2:00 pm CST and winner will be announced here on the FB page. Wraps will go in the mail when the winner messages me her address! Good luck!!! I love giveaways!! :)

PALEO AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS {healthy post Monday} …

I am so glad to finally be able to share on this little blog a tiny piece of God’s goodness in our lives! I have survived the first month of being a Kinder-parent, but it has not been easy! Transitioning to full-time school has been harder on Matt and I than it has been on our girl! She has not cried one tear or had any objection at all so far, thank you, Jesus! She pops out of bed every day, with a smile on her face and when we pick her up in the afternoon, she has the same wide smile and big a exclamation that she has “had the BEST day ever!”  I am daily learning more about my girl as I watch her grow and learn. She is more of a Pollyanna than I ever realized. I guess I have shed enough tears for both of us these last few weeks, so I certainly won’t complain. I think if she had squeezed out one tear at the door of her classroom, I would’ve scooped her up and started homeschooling immediately. I could not bear it. I am so thankful for this peaceful transition and blessings we have received from relationships made on this new and exciting journey. And I am extremely thankful for the privilege and blessing it is for her to learn Spanish at this incredible immersion school. Last week they were voted a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education! What an honor! Plus, it has been so fun to hear her sing songs, say colors, and count in Spanish. She tells us her teacher only speaks Spanish in the classroom and she understands everything he says?! Crazy.

Of course, the first day of school (ever, might I add, as she has never attended preschool or Mother’s Day Out), was quite a celebration. The natural alternative for me was just not an option. Plus, focusing on making it fun and exciting her for took the edge off my natural instincts to wail and despair in a grand pity party.  It began with the fun tradition of presenting both my kids a Schultüte, a giant paper cone filled with school supplies and gifts. It was SO fun! I will post photos and a DIY tutorial on another day. I spent the rest of the day baking, praying, crying, and preparing for her homecoming that afternoon. I made several gluten free treats, including brownies upon her request. I think this is a funny request because she had never had a brownie before. I do not think she even knew what a brownie was!  The kitchen help was excellent, albeit dramatic when asked to wait on his sister before he taste tested the cupcakes.  All my recipes came from two of Elana Amsterdam’s cookbooks, The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten Free Cupcakes. I use both of these cookbooks and have had great success with her recipes. Plus, I love that I can feel good about giving my kids treats knowing it is beneficial to their health, completely grain-free and processed sugar free, with real, organic, ingredients that are not genetically modified.  This means when they ask for more, they can have as much as they want. :)

Yay! Click on the photo link to go to the Platinum site of Matilda Jane Clothing for a great weekend SALE! There are some awesome pieces featured that I have loved for myself and my daughter! Christmas is around the corner so now is a great time to grab those cute items at a great price!  Please kindly use my Trunk Keeper ID #629 when you check out. Thank you!

Yay! Click on the photo link to go to the Platinum site of Matilda Jane Clothing for a great weekend SALE! There are some awesome pieces featured that I have loved for myself and my daughter! Christmas is around the corner so now is a great time to grab those cute items at a great price!  Please kindly use my Trunk Keeper ID #629 when you check out. Thank you!

HOW TO MAKE RAW BUTTER {healthy post Monday} …

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It’s been too long. I’ve missed my little blog, sharing our family adventures and our quest for living brighter and healthier. So much has been happening. So much change in our little family. A summer packed full of adventure and growth. A new job addition to my schedule. Preparing myself for the biggest parental rite of passage since the days of potty training … kindergarten.  10 more days until I release my oldest into the world of public school, a classroom of 29 five-year-olds and two Spanish speaking adults I know nothing about, with whom to spend two-thirds of her waking day. The concept is so foreign and strange to me now that I am a parent.  She, nor my son, have ever attended pre-school or a mother’s day out program.  Homeschooling was definitely on my radar. But after labored prayer and studying God’s Word for specific answers, we know this is God’s plan for her.  Believe me, I will be clutching the hem of her little uniform dress all the way into the front door and will leave most likely in a straight jacket, rocking myself in a fetal position until Matt drags me home. I know she is ready and will absolutely love every second. I will be counting every second until she is back in my arms sharing every detail about her day. My baby girl. I could cry right now writing about it.

Ok. No more tears.  In the meantime, we are in the throes of health food boot camp to make sure her immune system is supped up and ready to fight all the sniffles and bugs that plague school classrooms. Probiotics are one of the best forces to fight off illness and homemade raw butter is a great source. I joined a local raw dairy co-op so that we could buy raw milk, raw cream, and raw cheeses. This morning, I made this beautiful butter from two pints of raw cream. I love how it naturally turns this pretty bright yellow, with no chemicals, additives, food coloring, or other unidentifiable junk you might find in margarine or butter substitutes, which are not real food. There are also no hormones or antibiotics in the raw cream used to make this butter.

If I would’ve stopped short, before the cream turned into curds, I could’ve made a beautiful, fluffy, white whipped cream. I have added maple syrup, organic powdered sugar, and even xylitol to sweeten it and to top cupcakes and fruit parfaits. I LOVE whipped cream. :)

When you leave your food processor running for awhile, the cream eventually turns into butter! You then scoop it out, squeeze and rinse it under running water to remove the butter milk. You can reserve the buttermilk in a glass jar for future baking purposes, or if you’re like my father-in-law, you can pour it on top of cornbread and eat it like cereal. :)

Store your raw butter in a glass container in the refrigerator. Some like to mix in a little salt, but I kept mine unsalted. Yummy goodness on top of gluten free pancakes! Enjoy!

New past season pieces have been uploaded to the Good Luck Trunk at the Matilda Jane Platinum site!

You can shop the collection by clicking here.

Please kindly enter my Trunk Keeper ID #629 at the time of checkout.

As always, I appreciate your business! :)

I can’t believe I start this new adventure tomorrow!  And a double bonus is that it is TAX FREE SHOPPING in Oklahoma this weekend!  Extra savings on the weekend of my launch! If you would like to place an order, go to www.matildajaneclothing.com and E-mail your Wish List and contact information to melissam@matildajaneclothing.com. You can even host an online show to earn free clothes and half-price items! E-mail me and I will show you how easy it is.

It still seems so unreal. I have been to a training conference in Indiana and met the most wonderful group of girls. I will have to share about it on another post. Oh, and I also want to share all the amazing things Matilda Jane is doing to better the lives of folks in Fort Wayne, Indiana through Habitat for Humanity and to give hope to a group of about 100 orphan girls in Africa. It is all so very awesome.

You won’t want to miss this amazing sale … and you can even shop directly from MatildaJaneClothing.com! Only from July 10th through July 14th will there be a special  summer clearance sale.  The sale will only be operated through the web site.  Don’t forget to show me some love and enter my Trunk Keeper ID #629 at checkout!

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