CLIFTON + PARK REOPENING SOON

Good morning!  Today’s beautiful weather has got me up and running! I have had several asks about Clifton +Park opening back up after having moved. I am happy to say that I just finished organizing my things and as soon as I have my hubby help me hook up my printer I will be back to taking orders!

If you’re new to Clifton+ Park,  here is how it came about and how it helps Parents!

The Story Behind CLIFTON + PARK

As many of you know, I am the mother to three-Landen &  Caroline (5) and Parker (1).  I decided to step away from teaching kindergarten  in effort to spend more quality time with my children and husband-really get back to the basics of life and slow down. While being a stay-at-home mom is certainly fulfilling, I really felt a need for something more. Unable to put my finger on what it was I wanted to do, I continued to run my parent website,bblissful, as my only hobby.
During this time I was pregnant with our third child, Parker. After being at Good Sam on bed rest for three months with Landen and Caroline, I was excited to be experiencing more of a ‘typical’ pregnancy.  Parker was born at 37 weeks and was perfectly fine until about an hour after delivering him. He began grunting and they found he was in respiratory distress. So off to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) he went for what felt like the longest 10 days in our life.
After having gone through the experience of having a child in the NICU and settling in to our family of five, I still felt the need to do something more. I wanted to go beyond sharing encouraging stories about parenthood from behind a desk and physically do something that would fulfill a creative need but would also brighten someone’s day. Which is when I came up with the Clifton+ Park  project idea for parents in the NICU.
Every time a parent leaves the hospital when visiting their child in the NICU, their heart is still there when they walk out the door. Even after their child graduates from the NICU, the hospital/nurses/doctors hold a special place in their heart. So with that in mind, I’ve created a coordinate necklace to help NICU parents feel connected when they can’t physically be with their child(ren) in the NICU but then after graduating it serves as a way to remember their journey.
I have named these necklaces the ‘Clifton+Park Collection’ after my two pregnancies. Clifton because the window of the room I first stayed in with my twins looked out to Clifton Avenue  and ‘Park‘ because our nurse that delivered us kept calling Parker ‘Park’ out of habit because her grandfather was named Park (she even inadvertently wrote it on his little baby book birth certificate 🙂
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It is my hope to sell my hand stamped necklaces in order to fund the Clifton + Park NICU Project.  Each item is $18.00. This covers the cost of the item made and shipping and provides necklaces/key chains to Good Samaritan NICU parents.  Having taught at a Jewish day school for 8 years, I learned that in Hebrew, the related word chaya means “life” or “long life.”  I find the meaning behind the number 18 very fitting since so many babies are fighting for their “life” while in the NICU and all that the NICU parents, nurses, and doctors want for the babies in the NICU is to have a “long and healthy life. “
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to give back to something that has left a mark on our family. If you are interested in having one of my hand stamped pieces, please visit my page where you can make your personalized purchase. If you would like to support this project, feel free to email me directly at cliftonandpark@gmail.com.  Sharing this is always appreciated!
xo
Danielle

The latest from the farm

 

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What a day…this picture pretty much sums up how life feels right now-but it’s all okay, we’re getting closer to being more functional a little each day.

🛠Typically we start and finish one project at a time but laundry has become more of a need so the kitchen is back on hold and Aaron is working on running all new plumbing and electric for our washer and dryer….I don’t know how he’s doing it but he’s a champ.

As many know from my personal posts, I hate laundry. I like to put it in and switch it to the dryer, but that’s it. I have enjoyed the break from it, but I’m looking forward to getting those machines back to running. Hauling laundry around makes doing laundry at home look at that better 😂 you won’t be hearing a complaint from me for awhile about it.🧦👖👚

You know we’ve been here for going on four weeks. Today was the first day that I felt more at home. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I needed this place to grow on me, it’s just getting more used to a place that isn’t what I last knew home as. Its a really good feeling 💜

If house projects aren’t enough, the kids are sick again (they had the flu the other week 😫). Apparently they had fifths and so the red burning and itching skin had appeared on both Landen and Caroline at the end of last week but if that’s not enough Caroline tested positive for strep today😩 I feel so bad for them.

Trying to stop and snuggle with all three kiddos (Parker is teething something fierce) when there are plenty of things that need tending to makes it hard to make progress around here, but I remind myself that these projects are bigger than an afternoon of snuggling…so the projects have to wait.

The snuggles were needed in probably more ways than one…God truly has a way of making sure things stay ‘in order’ according to his plan.

I hope y’all have a wonderful week and I hope I can report on having a kitchen sink installed by Friday! I’ll be happy to put that grocery list together too this week

 

To see more frequent updates and photos of our journey with our new home head over to Facebook and search The Federal Farmhouse.

xo

Danielle

Snowy day at the Farm

Another ❄️ day! With having just moved in, it’s really easy to stay inside and work, but keeping in mind that there is more work than what can get done in a day, I told the kids to throw their ❄️ gear and to head outside and enjoy the winter weather.

We got a little shoveling done (we have to make sure Amazon has a clear path 😆), ventured out to see the pond, found one of the original windows from the house out in the barn (yes,I’ll be cleaning it up to decorate with!), and we helped a bird that was caught in the screened in porch.

Snowballs were thrown, smiles were big, and a little outdoor work was completed. The fresh air was needed as well as the peacefulness of the snow falling.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our to-dos…be sure to enjoy rare moments like a snowy day💜

xo danielle

Federalist Fixer+Upper

We’re headed in to town (more on that in a second) and thought I should write while I have service. If you ever wonder why you haven’t got a text back right away I can honestly say I haven’t been ignoring you-promise. We will have a house phone soon😉

I think I mentioned (☝🏼) by the title above that we bought a fixer+upper and so our trips to the hardware store have begun-and not for little things 🤪. Our priorities kinda changed this morning from putting our bedroom together to shopping for an entire kitchen package, bathroom package and things in between. I think demoday is on the horizon. Oh and none of things can really be installed until we really tear some things up.

The kiddos learned how good cold pizza is last night. We tried to warm some pizza in the microwave and let’s just say there were sparks a flying… the night before we found a puddle in the kitchen😬. Things we knew would need done, a little sooner than expected.

While some may totally have a freak out over all of this, we’re handling it in stride. The kids are are really having fun, they love their imperfect but perfect cozy bedroom and I love how they don’t “expect” fancy. They’re excited to be a part of fixing up our new old home. So my hopes of good quality family time and lessons in how to fix things have already begun….so while it’s a big ol’ mess right now, it is our dream come true (I know we’re crazy 🤪).

We’re at Lowe’s!

Let the fun begin!

Xo

Danielle

Are you PRESENT this Christmas?

Hi guys! Before this week…ugh, I hate admitting this… I wasn’t really feeling Christmas. We’ve got a lot swirling around and for some reason I just wasn’t in the mindset this year…which I completely hate.  In effort to pause and really focus on the reason for the season, I decided to close my Etsy shop for the holidays with my family and friends as well as stop packing for our big move next year.

I have to say, so far I’ve stuck with my promise..I’ve been  focused on the kiddos and we have done fun things like make and deliver reindeer food to our neighbors,  take a drive to look at Christmas lights complete with a peppermint milkshake from Chick-fil-a, and we did some homemade ornament making and baking.  I can’t tell you how nice it has been to mentally put everything else on hold to really enjoy this time.

Have you been present or have you been trying to find a way to connect and enjoy the season? Below are some ways you can get in spirit of Christmas-yes, even when it’s TWO days away! 

Right now I’m in the middle of breaking out those boxes of hidden gifts and I’m going to

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get them under the tree ready! I wanted to share with you these adorable tags I have been using since the twins were born. They are just precious and the detail just makes them realistic and certainly convincing that the gifts are in fact from the North Pole.

 

Having fun and making memories DOESN’T have to cost a dime!  Take a drive to look at Christmas lights in neighborhoods around you. If there is a downtown near you-small or large- you’re sure to get a glimpse of some beautiful window displays and lights through the city.

At a meal time when you’re altogether,  ask a question about the season and have everyone share their answer. Questions like, if you were Santa what would you travel in. What is your favorite Christmas song? What is your favorite Christmas movie? If you could only get one gift this year, what would it be? If you were an elf where would you work in Santa’s shop?  What is your favorite Christmas past time? What is a symbol or word that reminds you of Christmas? What is your favorite Christmas cookie or treat?

I’m sure you get the idea…

Want to make a last minute gift that will be loved? Handmade ornaments are always a treasured piece by family and friends. You can grab a box of candy canes,

wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners to make that classic reindeer, break out some simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry to make homemade hand print ornaments.     While you certainly can, but probably don’t have time for running to the store to buy supplies just start looking at things you have around your home-you’ll be surprised what kind of gems you can make out of things that are buried in that junk drawer or space where you keep all the kids art and drawing things.

Have you had the chance to bake? I found a great recipe that was approved by 20 some kindergartners this week…and that’s saying

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something!  With having a little one, I have to make the most of nap time and I didn’t have time to deal with dough that needed to chill. Here is a fantastic recipe for some delicious sugar cookies that are perfect for throwing a little icing on (Pillsbury has red and green already mixed for you at the store along with sprinkles attached to the lid!) and sharing with your family and friends.

 

When it comes down to it,  keep things simple. Conversations around this special time of year can be the best way to get into the spirit of Christmas.  There is no need to stress yourself out with buying this or buying that or trying to make Christmas just like that Hallmark movie (oh to live in a Hallmark Christmas world…).  All we need to be is PRESENT and everything else will fall into place.  Now hit the pause button on all the things that can wait for the next 72 hours and just enjoy the spirit of Christmas!

Merriest Wishes to you!

xo

Danielle

P.S. As a former kindergarten teacher, please do a snow dance for me-if ya know one! We’re hoping for snow here in Ohio on Christmas! Maybe this Christmas will be like those Hallmark movies after all 😉