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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Friday, January 20, 2017

Seriously, the midwest in the winter is so gloomy. It has been rainy, cloudy and cold. I feel like if it doesn't start to show the sun soon, I'm going to need to invest in one of these.

Finally reading this book.

If your daughter likes dinosaurs, I found these for the girls and a matching one for everett.

I read a study that said that 90% of these users were most likely to stop after a year. Do you use yours? I know I use mine, but I am bad about charging it.

Beautycounter has a new Valentine gift. I am really into a safer nail polish as my nails do not like most brands.

You know we adore hair bows over here. I am really excited that fancyfreefinery and Zo Zu Baby are pairing up! Look for it February 2nd.

And if you need a one of a kind gorgeous girls dress for easter or a wedding, Blu Monet, is the place to shop. Opening Jan 27. Just look at this beauty!

I'm excited to try some cast iron recipes this weekend. (I needed to review on how to clean one too. I once sed a brillo pad on my friends. WHOPS!) We finally bought one after our much loved pan had to get the boot. It was old and burnt! Plus Ive been reading all about safer ways to cook.

This recipe is calling our name. Because hello, when the sun is gone, eating sugar just sounds better! Plus, gimme any of gimmesomeoven recipes. She's the best! But I think we need to make a pot pie this winter, and this weekend sounds like the perfect time.

We will see how much cooking we get done, since our kitchen is starting the process of painting the cupboards. Thinking of using these these or these as the hardware. But Hardware Hut has some good options too.

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Valentine Mini and Mommy Style

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I am not sure we need anything new or red for valentine's day. I am really trying to live more simply, but some of these items are just too cute not to share! Gymboree has some really great prices and adorable clothes. Janie and Jack's little red cardigan is very jackie O and I want one myself. The gap's heart hat and mittens I saw last year and was excited they have it listed again. 

Here are some Heart Jammies for your little loves!

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Breakfast Pineapple Bowls Kids Will Enjoy

Monday, January 16, 2017

breakfast bowl

This Christmas I participated in the 20 days #sugarlessholiday and it seemed pretty easy at first. The first couple of days I felt like I could totally do this the rest of my life. I noticed my energy at kids' bedtime was incredibly different. I wasn't falling asleep in their beds. My nighttime tea with some Michigan orange blossom honey satisfied my desire for sweets. My face stopped breaking out everywhere! Then, by day four when the kids were making gingerbread cookies, and neighbors were handing us their holiday cookies, I started to really want chocolate specifically. Too satisfy my sugar, I had berries on hand all the time which I think was really, really helpful.

pineapple breakfast bowl

whole 30 breakfast

pineapple bowl

breakfast bowl

The new year, I tried to do the Whole 30 diet, but I didn't realize you could not have any natural sugars either. That was a BIG game changer for me. I can do without processed food, candy, rice, but damnit I need honey or maple syrup. Also Beer. I might try another time this year... Until then, this breakfast bowl is my typical breakfast around here. I made my own banana pudding with coconut milk and banana blended together. I topped it with chia seeds. The berries, kiwi, pineapple, and pecans make things feel like I am enjoying breakfast on an island somewhere. (the pineapple was inspired by this blogger).

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5 Articles to Make You Feel Like a Good Mom & Dad

Friday, January 6, 2017

When you think you're the only one that remembers the toilet paper is almost gone or that you need the special milk, you know you're a parent. Sometimes the constant worries can be maddening. These articles below might help you get through your day a little easier. 


1. Dear Pre-Mom Self: It's Time To Let You Go

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Happy New Year

Monday, January 2, 2017

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2017! Fresh starts and new beginnings. Instead of listing resolutions, or making promises that will be hard to keep all year we are going to pick #onelittlewordas a family. My One Word is an experiment designed to move you beyond resolutions. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. It's easier to remember every day.


We will seek out the quiet, the positivity, the adventures. We will be on the lookout for God in our daily life. We will ask for help instead of trying to do things alone. We will actively try to be more peaceful with our words and actions. We will attempt to find the good in everyday. We will search for healthier ways to live (on a budget) and be open to new things. We will talk less and listen more - seeking more lessons along the way. 👓🌺⭐️ What is your new years plans or goals?

Here are some more interesting New Years ideas.

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Detroit's Original Vinyasa

Saturday, December 31, 2016

baby yoga

Yoga class this week with my teacher, Johnny Kest's son, Jonah was really nice.  I really like how he incorporated the part about how his first day of Teacher Training there was a pop quiz. (That's right we had pop quizzes with teacher training). All the students were given a white piece of paper with a black dot. They were asked to write about what they saw. Everyone concentrated on the black dot instead of the vast white space. Thinking about the new year, people focus on so much of what they don't like about themselves, instead of the big picture. Even in a yoga class, people spend time thinking, "I'm not flexible enough" "I and not strong enough". But unlike other sports, you don't have to score a basket in order to succeed. You can get into the postures as much or as little as you want to get some benefit. You're breathing for one and your sensuality.

Here is his flow.

Opened the glass in pigeon on the right. Held this yin pose for a minute, came up to right forearm and opened up the left arm and then arm went to the left leg. Switched sides.
Down dog.
Walked hands back to feet, grabbed opposite elbows and hung out there.
Sun A x 5
Sun B's x 5

Held a yoga squat for probably ten breaths
A one breath Childs pose

Sun C
Knee to opposite elbow
Knee to same elbow.
 Open to the back and Lung on the left
Dragonfly twist
Reverse Crescent, (bend knee)
Siwthinc to the back of the mat in Crescent twist
Dancing Shiva
One sided plank
Lighting Bolt
(I played around with Warrior 3)

Three rounds of Bicycle Kicks
(I did one round of mountain climbers)
Counter pose (Bridge, Shoulder stand)
Boat Pose x 3 of going back half way (we held hands with our neighbors)

Standing Wide Leg Splits
L & R splits

Savashana (He said "Modern medicine says that if you see something enough, you start to believe it") He had us think of three things we were grateful for. It was quite lovely.

This is my new favorite top I got for christmas. Kit and Ace is a sister company to lulu. It's so soft!

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Donuts for the New Year

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hold me closer tiny donuts...

new years kid food

new years food

all that glitters

If you're staying in with the kids this year, I have some fun donuts for you to make with them. It's always fun to have a little something friend on new years right? Last year, we made mini corn dogs, popcorn, carrot sticks and veggie dips. This year, we might actually go out and have my parents hang with the kids. She is bringing some poppers, which I'm sure Amelia and Eleanor will eat somehow. (Fancy poop)

I made a purchase of these milk glass bottles on Boxing Day. I knew that it would be so fun for the kids! I probably could have made them myself, but this was easy. 

Donut Recipe
2 in worth ofVegetable oil 
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 Tbsp butter
3/4 cups almond milk

For rolling

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix all the dry ingredients. Then add milk. Fold into the cold butter.
Roll into little balls. (you could add some fruit, jam, nutella or pudding inside for extra sugary fun). Fry for 3-5 minutes in oil at 350F. (you might need to adjust as you go). Only dropping 4 in the oil at a time. Use a slotted spoon to place on a paper towel before rolling in the cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!

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