down by the river

Friday, July 29

I feel like Idaho is underrated by most. Not that it has a bad rap. More like it has no rap. Nine times out of ten, if I'm out of state and tell people that either A) I went to school here or B) now live here, the reaction tends to lean towards "where again?" and "why?"
And I get it, I do. I would've never seen myself here for the long haul. But I genuinely love it. My sister (another recent Idaho transplant) and I laugh when remembering our childhood dreams of growing up and settling in a big city somewhere, and how the older we get, the more our dreams transform into wide open spaces and giant backyards for our kids to play.
Tyson and I love taking our kids anywhere where we can let them run wild, get as dirty as they please, and then have them fall asleep at the end of the night with very little effort on our part haha. They're at their happiest exploring trails, throwing rocks, wading through various bodies of water, and here, we have a plethora of options just right down the road.
 Dusty bums, and band-aids, and the sweetest cheeks you've ever kissed in your life.
This messy bessy is by nature, much less particular than her brother about a lot of things, but especially when it comes to getting all up in whatever environment she happens to be in. No wipes, no problem. Hand her the dirt.
Case in point.
 Which brings me to my laundry room. Ahh laundry room, sweet laundry room. How thou dost clean all of my kid's cheese and dirt stained clothes with care.
This is probably the dumbest picture known to man but I cannot help myself. I have a laundry room and there is a washer and dryer in it and I cannot be cool about it. In order to fully appreciate this, you have to understand that the last "laundry room" I had, was outside my apartment, down the stairs, through the parking lot, and around the corner, in a basement. I had a toddler and a newborn at the time, so obviously I could not leave them alone upstairs. And it took quarters. SO! While it may not look like much right now, to me it is the most glorious little space I've ever seen, and I have big plans for it as I start to put our house together. You just wait washer and dryer, I will treat you right.
One of the best parts of doing laundry in my own house (!) is that it's so easy for my kids to help. Isla is very much in the stage of wanting to do everything that I'm doing. Sweeping the floors, loading the dishwasher, she's right there every time grabbing the broom handle and helping with the forks. You guys already know that we've been using Seventh Generation in our home for a while now, so I was super excited when I found out about the release of their new bio-based laundry packs, cause it's seriously one less thing to think about when it comes to keeping a product on a shelf away from my kids. I mean listen to how great these things are. They have the EPA Safer Choice certification which means that every ingredient in the laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health and environmental criteria, they're super effective in hot and cold water (I've tested!), and they're made for sensitive skin with no dyes or fragrances.  The best part is that they're contained in nice, neat, little pods, which means my mini helper gets to participate even more in one of her favorite activities.
Give us alllllll the messes.

This post has been in partnership with Seventh Generation, a company we have loved using in our home for years.


Jordanecdotes said...

I'd like to know where you got that laundry basket!

hannahannah said...

Where is Isla's little orange outfit from ?! My friend who's having a baby needs it!!!

Joelle said...

How do you edit your photos? They're absolutely stunning!

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