31 Days of Beach Living: Day 15 Living with C.D.S.

31days day 15

C.D.S. is a very serious affliction. It affects moms worldwide daily about 10 minutes before the school bus arrives. It makes us cranky. It makes us wish that the bus wouldn’t be so punctual. It makes us pine for an I.V. of Sumatran Roasted brewed deliciousness. And, even in our fatigue-induced delirium want Earl Grey…


Yep, I suffer from it most days. Especially today. 

I even opened the fridge to see if there was any iced coffee… There was but not enough to fill up my reusable Starbucks cold cup. The bus was due in less than five minutes. Not even enough time to brew a fresh pot. Bummer.

What to do?

1. Take ten minutes in the kitchen to whip up one of my favorite home made coffee add-ins, e.g. pumpkin spice or coconut cream.


2. Take two boys in the car to buy a coffee, and thus have to bribe them with a doughnut or cookie to get them into said car. And, run the risk that I might buy myself a treat and lose bonus points in my Clean-Eating Challenge. 

Option #1 is the clear winner. Dragging my boys anywhere in the car immediately after school lets out is torture. Plain and simple torture. Pretty sure its against all Geneva Convention Regulations.

I got my pumpkin spice cream recipe from my good friend Gabrielle over at I Get It From My Mamma Blog. Her recipe is made from scratch— pumpkin roasting and all. I, in all my greatest wisdom, decided today was not the day to roast a pumpkin. No patience. Hence the change to the recipe with organic canned pumpkin puree. I highly recommend organic when using canned pumpkin. The taste difference is noticeable. I also replace the warm water with almond milk or coconut milk. I like the creaminess the two other options offer. I also just use a pumpkin pie spice blend. It makes me nostalgic and remember baking during the Holidays with my mom.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe:

1 can organic pumpkin puree

1/2 cup coconut/almond milk (unsweetened)

2 tbsp Grade B Organic Maple Syrup

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

2-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth with a wire whisk. Place creamer into a glass mason jar to store in the refrigerator. Use within 1-2 weeks. 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer


The coconut creamer was made out of necessity during a strict-Paleo challenge back in January. I searched many recipes, blogs, and Pinterest pins to find a recipe and ended up using those ideas as starting point.

Clean-Eating Coconut Coffee Creamer Recipe:

1 can coconut cream (or full fat coconut milk)

1 large farm fresh egg, raw

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled

2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients into your Vitamix (or high speed food processor). Combine until smooth. Place creamer into a glass mason jar and store in the refrigerator. Use within 1 week. This creamer may leave an oil layer on top of your coffee. If this bothers you, just stir to reincorporate or drink faster:)

Coconut Coffee Creamer. And, yes that egg is raw, so it if grosses you out use the pumpkin recipe.

Coconut Coffee Creamer. And, yes that egg is raw, so it if grosses you out use the pumpkin recipe.


I quickly whipped up both creamers while a 1/2 pot of coffee was brewing. I chose the coconut creamer for the first cup. Best decision of the day, besides the hamburger with my husband for lunch.

Sweet nectar of the gods... coffee!

Sweet nectar of the gods… coffee!

31 Days of Beach Living: Day 14 Book Page Garland

31days day 14

Once again, I turned to trusty ole Pinterest to get creative. I already had my sewing machine out and felt like making a garland for the mantle out of book pages.

pinterest book garland

Here is my inspiration. I was drawn to the garlands that looked full and gathered. A great project to keep you occupied between texts of your new nieces birth!

If you have any sewing experience – even just a little- this project is a piece of cake. All you need to know how to do is sew a straight line and fold paper.

I checked out my bookshelf for the materials. I wanted an old book and one that had sentimental value to it. Not just any book from a thrift store, but that could certainly be the perfect place to find one. You also have to have nerves of steel to rip pages out of a book, especially if you love books. I found the perfect pages for my garland. I had a diary as a pre-teen. I only used 4 pages. I took those pages out carefully and placed them in my childhood photo album. Then, I went to ripping. Ripping is important for this project. No neat lines needed. It is also supposed to be quick, like less than 45 minutes quick. Rip away!

My diary!

My diary!

Here are the ripped out pages and how I folded the pages.

Here are the ripped out pages and how I folded the pages.

The longest part of this project was folding all the pages. I decided to fan fold it in thirds length-wise. I did this knowing that I would then fold it in half when I got to the sewing. I choose brown thread and a quilting needle on my machine. I set the tension at about 4 and used a medium length stitch.

I had no real plan for the garland… I didn’t even count how many pages I had. Just began sewing and putting it together as I fed it through the machine. Let the fun begin!

Left to Right: Sewing finished just crinkling and opening the fanned pages. Garland mid-way through. Garland in progress.

Left to Right: Sewing finished just crinkling and opening the fanned pages. Garland mid-way through. Garland in progress.

This project did not take long and the results were fabulous and just what I needed to spur the Halloween decorating.

I even went back to Trader Joe’s for more pumpkins!

Mantle complete. I had everything on hand except for the pumpkins.

Mantle complete. I had everything on hand except for the pumpkins.

31 Days of Beach Living: Day 7 Coastal Pumpkins

31days day 7


Halloween decoration will begin in T-minus 4 days here at Casa de Green. I love decorating for Halloween. I don’t go crazy with it, but I enjoy how much the two younger Green boys love helping. We are the family that even decorates the inside of the house too. Yep, that’s us! Our neighborhood is the best place to Trick-or-Treat. Hands down! There are several haunted houses, an adult Tiki Bar with adult treats, and the neighbors go all-out with candy.

This year I have decided to decorate the inside of the house with some small vignettes. Maybe even a few outside as well. I love painting on pumpkins. My kids love carving pumpkins, but let’s be serious, I do most of the carving.  I have found some super cute pumpkin painting ideas and plan to incorporate them in this year’s decorations.

Here is some of my inspiration:

pumpkins-intro-l halloween-home-decor-pumpkins-country-living-tuvalu coastalvignette

Now, I gotta get the boyos to agree to some of these carving ideas. They tend toward the dramatic and scary instead of the cute and fashionable.

I will post pics and an unveiling once it’s all up and looking good.