September 23, 2014
by nakia

to do.

life of kamm | to do

My to-do list is

Out. Of. Control.


I chronically over-commit.
And I chronically procrastinate.
I love projects. I love lists.
I just have trouble when it comes to prioritizing and executing.
I can’t really even point at motherhood as being the culprit – I’ve always been this way to some extent.

I took time off this summer to spend my days out in the garden, running through the sprinklers and just enjoying the kids.

Now that fall is here, the cooler weather will be keeping us indoors more often. When the weather is bad, we craft. The boys paint and glue and draw. I sew and sew and sometimes crochet but almost always sew – although I’m not sure how much will be happening now that Ame is mobile and less apt to hang out in the sling without trying to make a grab for anything that comes within a few feet of her.

This isn’t a complete project list, but its close.

The To-Do List

Things for me

Things for others

  • Mr. Incredible costume - Miles – Store bought Bumblebee costume
  • Captain America costume – Kaleb – Store bought Optimus Prime costume
  • TBD costume – Amelia
  • Toddler quilt & pillow cases – Sophie
  • Crib/Toddler quilt & pillows – Amelia
  • Cosi swimsuit, nylon spandex in mint & magenta – Amelia
  • Kitten dress – Amelia
  • Family photo dress – Amelia
  • “Stuff” bag for little toys – Miles
  • Fabric storage bings – Kaleb, Miles & Amelia
  • Flannel pj pants, – Kaleb, Miles & Amelia
  • Various Christmas gifts for family

Things for our home

  • Autumn dinner place mats
  • Throw pillow covers

I’m going to spend the next couple of months busting through this massive to-do list while still cooking, cleaning, being mom and wife. Eek! See? Chronic over-comitter. My goal is that by the end of December, I’ll have a stack of finished things to show off rather than an “Oh, I’ll get to that one day” pile.


September 3, 2014
by nakia

those days of summer


Summer is still hanging around for another few weeks, but in my mind its pretty much over. Kaleb starts his first day of fourth grade today and last night we had our first real rain storm in quite some time.

The days of playing in the sprinklers, eating dinner on the back patio and snatching strawberries fresh off the vine will have to be saved until next year. We’ll look forward to next summer’s road trips, family reunions and baseball games. Until then, I’m ready to enjoy pumpkins, scarves, boots and apple picking.

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May 21, 2014
by nakia

happy list: seven

Its been such a long time since I’ve visited this little space and even longer since I’ve thought to sit down and write something here.

Life with three children has been wild. Chaos, noise, laughter and tears reign supreme.

We’ve had so much going on lately that it would be impossible to recount each and every thing.

Prepare yourself for the massive happy list ahead…

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1. A most handsome lunch date | 2. Using whatever tools he can to do what he loves
3. Nothing better than surprise treats in the mail | 4. Heroic work requires ice cream
5. Booties made by a great-great-great aunt | 6. Adoptions are best celebrated with dessert
7. Looking way too grown up with his new haircut | 8. Chocolate to ring in his 9th year
9. Plant starts almost ready to be put in the ground | 10. Work + Coffee

11. Proud yellow belt | 12. This is what they do while mommy is exercising
13. Mustaches on babies are hilarious | 14. CarbLove
15. My new sewing spot is comfortable and relaxing | 16. Sunshine & warmth
17. SPRING | 18. Kaleb’s first meal request when Nana got into town was gumbo. Of course
19. All three Kamm Kids smiling and looking in the same direction is a rarity | 20. My favorite doll so far

March 19, 2014
by nakia

miles & amelia: TWO(years) & TWO(months)

*Um, so life with three kids is CUH-razy! I’ve been trying to write separate counting time posts for Ame and Miles for over a month. I decided to combine them to save time otherwise they’d never get done. Kinda like those birth announcements I’ve been meaning to send out for the last two months. ;)

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life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)Its completely unfathomable to me that Miles is two. And when I say unfathomable, I mean that my mind is totally blown.

This boy of ours is a whirlwind. If there was a recipe for Miles V, it would be to take equal parts of fire and spirit and fun and noise and laughs, mix them in a bowl and enjoy. 

Miles is loving and affectionate but quick to stand up for himself (usually to Kaleb) when he feels its necessary. He’s friendly but still cautious around adults that he doesn’t know. He’s adventurous with a side of daredevil. He wants to climb, jump, and run all the time. He love to save the day a few times each day in full on superhero garb. He’s talkative and inquisitive. I find myself answering questions that I didn’t imagine he’d be asking at two years old. 

We’re moving into tantrum territory and even that has been more funny than frustrating. He likes to push and push and test but not so much until he gets his way, but more to make us laugh.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

This year, his birthday celebration was done on a much smaller scale than last year but there was no less love and excitement. Candles, cake, mariachi, and his closest loved ones (along with some new toys, of course) were what marked his special day.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

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life of kamm | miles & amelia: TWO (years) & TWO (months)

life of kamm | miles & amelia: TWO (years) & TWO (months)

Amelia’s list of accomplishments for a two (haha, now almost three) month old is quite impressive. She’s rolling over from her belly to back about 80% of the time. She’s grabbing at things and shoving them into her mouth. She finally found and figured out how to chew on her own hand without assistance from anyone else.

She smiles and coos and even meows whenever she sees one of us. She doesn’t mind the grabby hands of her big brothers when they want to hold her. She naps in her bunny chair to the sounds of the dishwasher going. She snuggles happily into whichever arms are holding her. She endures multiple outfit changes with grace and a smile. She holds onto her favorite dolly with her fists clenched and a smile in her eyes.

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As un(or non?) eloquent as the word awesome is, it pretty much sums up my feeling of all three of my children. They’re awesome.

chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

February 25, 2014
by nakia

chewy, melty chocolate chip cookie goodness

melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

I cannot even begin to explain my love of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve got a crazy sweet tooth and love most desserts but there has always been a special place in my heart for a chewy, melty, chocolate chip cookie. I’ve been on the hunt for a good recipe for years.

My default has always been the Nestle Toll-house recipe because its simple, easy, tried and true. Then I ran across this blog post while browsing Pinterest one day. I’ve never given much thought as to what the different components such as baking soda, baking powder, eggs, etc mean in a baking recipe. I just follow the instructions and use the measurements listed because I’ve always heard that not following a baking recipe exactly results in disaster.

I took Baker Bettie’s recipe for chewy choc chip cookies and made a few adjustments. The results were the most delicious cookies that I’ve ever made. This recipe is going in the family cookbook folks. I’m envisioning my grandkids (far, far into the future) begging me to “Please make another batch, grandma!” Haha. :)

melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

Chewy, Melty Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from Baker Bettie)

2 ¼ cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until combined. Set aside.

Melt the butter on low heat in the microwave. Combine brown sugar and melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until mixed. Add egg, milk and vanilla to bowl and continue to mix. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips completely.

Let dough rest for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or 1tbsp measuring spoon, scoop dough onto pan. I usually go with 9 per cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on desired done-ness.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.


melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm