Monday, November 16, 2015


 Oh, hey there! I'm still here. The last couple weeks have been batshit crazy, so blogging was one of the things that had to be pushed to the side. Priorities sometimes shift, and I have been trying to give myself the grace to accepted that I cannot do everything all the time. It's a struggle for me.
 Let's catch up a bit, shall we?

 November is here and I'm taking a moment everyday to reflect on being grateful. I made this chalkboard art to decorate my front porch.
We had a long weekend the first week of November, so we flew home to California. I ate Mexican food. Every. Single. Day. I also got to meet my best friend's new baby (sweetness overload) and spend some much needed time with our families. The kids were beside themselves getting to see their grandparents, and all their cousins and "hometown" friends. This military family life is amazing, except when it's not. Where we grew up and were lucky enough to be stationed for 3 years is our village. There, not only do we have our parents, but we also have our dearest friends. Part of living close to home that was such a blessing was that our kids had lots of adults-family members and non-family members-that they could go to for help and love. We miss that.
Leaving on a jet plane.
Dylan turned 9 (!!!!) this week. We had a HUGE birthday party for him. It was a bit stressful for the husband and me (what kind of working parents plan a birthday party for Friday night?? Ones who aren't thinking, apparently.), but the kids had a blast. It was Minecraft themed, which I seriously just don't understand at all. Dylan tried to explain all the games to me, but I still don't get it.
 I did like how the cake turned out though. Easiest birthday cake I've ever made, hands down. I usually reserve a half hour for every birthday cake to have a freak out; this year I stayed calm. Rice Krispie treat cakes for the win.

This kid, all on his own, decided to forgo presents at his party this year and asked all his friends to bring items that could be donated to the local animal shelter. I couldn't be more proud of him. We ended up donating a huge amount of stuff from his generous friends!
Paris. I do not have words to express the sorrow I feel over what happened in this beautiful city. I can only send my thoughts and prayers.
Our poor dog tore his ear on a thorn bush this weekend. He looks a lot worse here then he does in real life. Also, he's been freed from the cone head.
After the craziness of the past two weeks, we finally sat down to a family Sunday Supper last night. We all cooked together, which I love. It was such a relief to have this important part of our family life back this week, we've been really hit or miss with it lately.
Hope you've had a lovely November so far!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Let's talk about things you want to eat ALL THE TIME. Naan, a traditional Indian flat bread is one of those things. While this recipe is not a traditional naan (meaning there is a taste difference if you've eaten a lot of "regular" naan), it's a healthy delicious naan that you will want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Confession: I have eaten it for all three. And I'm not sorry.)
This naan is amazing. AMAZING. Gluten free and dairy free and delicious. It is SO GOOD. It works awesome as a flatbread for sandwiches or as a tortilla for fajitas or breakfast burritos and it's equally good all by it's self. And it only has three ingredients!
I found this recipe on the awesome blog My Heart Beets. She has a ton of both northern and southern Indian recipes, all of which are gluten and soy free, and paleo. I've been scrolling through her pages since I found her blog a couple weeks ago and bookmarking all sorts of recipes to try. Check her out!
And now go make this naan. And eat it.

3 Ingredient Paleo Naan

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


It's dropped into the 30's more than once now. There's frost in the mornings, and all my summer flowers have died. It's truly fall here on the East Coast. So that means jackets and short boots.
I've had this fleece jacket forever. It's feels like a sweatshirt but is cut like a peacoat. This jacket can be dressed up or down and is lightweight but warm. It's also extra comfy, something I often overlook and then regret when buying pieces. And these boots? How I love them. A pair of short, lace up boots will take you places. I get compliments on these every time I wear them.
Fall it up with your fashion, friends!
Fleece Peacoat, Roxy (8 years ago), similar here
Black Stripes long sleeve tshirt, H&M
Black Pixie Pant, Old Navy
Desert Lace Up Boots, Lucky Brand
Hand Painted Wooden Bead Necklace, Sparkly Chic Jewels, Etsy

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Currently on my Night Stand:

Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery. The Anne books are always what I pick up to read in between books. I've read the entire series multiple times. I love these stories and can't wait to pass them down to my children. I sort of try to live by the mantra "What Would Anne Shirley Do?"

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo. I read this book this past spring and was completely inspired by it. I've already done the clothes part of the book (we ended up with about 20 bags of clothes between the four of us!) and plan on going through the rest other steps this winter and spring. I don't thank my shoes everyday, but the idea of only having things that "spark joy" is amazing.

Dorthea Lang, A Life Beyond Limits, Linda Gordon. I've admired Dorthea Lang since I was a teenager and am excited to get into this biography of her. I read the introduction and I'm saving it for holiday reading!

Masterminds and Wingmen, Rosalind Wiseman. This book is written by the same author of Queen Bees and WannaBes. It talks about how boys think, the struggles they are facing, and how we can help them through it. I've been continually reading this along with whatever else I'm reading (I read more then one book at a time.) and love the ideas it presents about rising a son.

What are you reading?

Monday, October 26, 2015


We had another busy, fun weekend! Here's a few highlights:
I was honored to be asked to make flag for a Gold Star Mothers Memorial Ruck. Gold Star Mothers are mothers who have lost a son or daughter in combat. This ruck (a 10K with a loaded backpack) was made up of 21 teams, each who carried one of these flags with the name of a service person who gave their life. I hand cut each of the Gold Star and thought of each of those Mothers as I made them.

My Saturday mornings are devoted to meal planning, grocery shopping, and food prep for the week. I'll be writing a more indepth post about my process soon.
The kids went to a birthday party at Sky Zone. We'd never been there, but will defiantly be going back, especially with the cold winter days that are coming! So fun.

On Sunday we headed to Philadelphia for Boo at the Zoo! We're members of the Philadelphia Zoo, and I highly recommend that if you're ever in Philadelphia that you check it out. It's the oldest zoo in America and the setting for The Trumpet of the Swan.
 Love these three.

 The leaves were on point this weekend! We've at the peak for fall foliage.

My baby girl got her first haircut this weekend. I wanted to take her to my salon, but the husband pointed out that $50 for a trim wasn't a smart financial decision. So she went with daddy to his place.

 She looks so big now. And extra sassy.

 An outtake from some family photos I took this weekend. This one pretty much sums up our kids.
We had oven baked ribs for dinner on Sunday. SO yummy! I served them with dairy free mashed potatoes, a big salad with a Dijon vingarette, and kamala olives.
Hope you had a great weekend! Grab a cup a coffee and get after this Monday.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Have you tried chia seeds? They're these odd, little black seed-like nuts that you can get in the health food section of your grocery store. They're gluten free, full of antioxidants, and just over all pretty good for you. They also swell up and make a sort of gel like substance when mixed with liquid. They make a great pudding when prepared properly! The first time I tried to make chia pudding, it was an epic failure. I used unsweetened almond milk and it tasted awful. Kind of like sawdust and tapioca. Bravo to the people who can happily eat chia that way, you go on with your vegan, paelo self. If I'm going to eat something like this, I want a taste of sweetness. Enter: coconut milk.
Since doing my Whole 30 I have become a huge fan of coconut milk. It's delicious and rich and can be used in so many ways! It made a huge difference in the taste of this chia pudding. Adding the pumpkin seeds and cranberries give this pudding a fall feel. You could even add a dash of cinnamon or a dollop or pureed pumpkin to really fall it up!

Chia Seed Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cranberries

Makes 2 servings
1/2 cup Chia Seeds
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 tablespoon roasted pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds)
Place chia seeds in a mason jar (or other container with a lid). Add coconut milk, stir. Place lid on and refrigerate for a least two hours or overnight. To serve, divide pudding into bowls and top with dried cranberries and pepitas. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


I work at a school, so the dress code is kind of all over the place. You can wear a pencil skirt and heels or sneakers and a tshirt and be okay.  I try to balance being professional yet able to scale playground equipment should it be necessary. This outfit includes a polished blazer and sneakers. It's all about balance, my friends.
Black Blazer: Forever 21
Split Back Chambray Button Down: Cloth and Stone, Anthropologie
Burgundy Tapered Fit Slacks: H&M
Gray Chambray Dotted Canvas Sneaker: Mossimo, Target
Watch: Target
Have a fun and stylish day!