Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Things I'm Loving Lately

Happy Tuesday! 

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start. We are having a pretty rad morning over here. And when I say rad, I mean that the little napped just long enough that I could eat my eggs and toast and drink my coffee without tiny, dimply hands trying to grab everything from me. Looking forward to the day when she gets her own little plate of delicious breakfast foods :)

Ok, here are a few things that I'm LOVING lately, or have brought back into my life and am loving all over again... :)




Find a list of foods that are verified Non-GMO! Great to have during those weekly grocery shopping trips.




NOTHING beats those bright orange yolks.


Short Hair


I have had long/ish hair for....ever....so this last Friday, after one too many hair pulls by my stronger-than-she-looks daughter, I decided to take about 9 inches off. 

Best.decision.ever.




Add one of these packets to your smoothie. You're welcome.




I will shamelessly say that I am addicted to this show. I think it's because I secretly wish that my job was to be a brand ambassador for a major fashion designer, BUT who knows. The grass is always greener on the other side. HOWEVER, I think it is a verifiable fact that it is always greener in Central Park. Just sayin'...




I went though a Bon Iver stage a few years ago and just recently brought it back into my life. Not sure why, but I couldn't be happier. I could (and do) listen to this Pandora station all day if I'm just hanging at home doing the mom thing. The best.




Sooo, you probably already know this, but Kate Hudson has a workout line and the deal that you get on your first order is worth checking out. Yep, you read that right. $19.97 for all three items plus free shipping. Do it.


Christmas Budgets

This year the family and I decided to set a $50 budget for each person for Christmas which has really been great. It has also forced me to put more thought into the gifts I'm giving rather than just buying a bunch of things and usually spending more than I should. Budgets, man. Gotta love 'em.




I started with Honest brand diapers, wipes, etc when Kennedy was a newborn, then decided to venture out and try other products that might be just a great but not quite as expensive. Well, after trying 5 different types of diapers and countless brands for wipes, I am back on the Honest train. Especially since she is sleeping longer now during the night, I found that the Honest diapers are the only ones that don't leak during long stretches without a diaper change. I will pay a premium price if it means I don't have to change my baby's pajamas and bedding at 3 AM. Yes.

Let's make it a great day!!!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Letter To Our Little: 6 Months

To my precious Kennedy,
 
Today you are 1/2 of a year old. For 186 days, I have been honored to be your mom.
 
To blissfully snuggle you, even when it is impossible to hold my eyes open.
 
To watch you enjoy your first foods and get more on yourself than in your mouth.
 
To think about you every single second when I am away from you.
 
To watch you become stronger and more inquisitive every day.
 
To learn that your preferred method of bathing is just taking a shower with me.
 
To find out that you laugh the hardest when I sing George Michael's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
 
To know that loud sounds scare you.
 
To see your bottom right tooth start to poke it's little head out.
 
To giggle at you during tummy time, when you plant your face in the blanket on the floor and wiggle your bottom in the air to try to roll over. No rush little, we'll get there.
 
Thank you for allowing me these gifts for the past 6 months. You are my life's greatest blessing and I still can't believe that you are mine. I don't deserve you, but I can't imagine life without you.
 
This life is a good one.

 
Happy 6 months, little chickadee.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Sprinkled Pumpkin Donuts!

Yep. You read that right. I whipped us up a sassy little batch of chocolate sprinkles donut beauties today, just because.


Well, really they are for my mom's birthday tomorrow. She watches my daughter two days a week while I'm at work, and tomorrow is one of those days, so I'm hoping to surprise her tomorrow morning with these as well as a few other little surprises :) Hopefully she doesn't read this blog post until tomorrow.


These are also baked, not fried, so don't feel guilty if you eat the whole batch...like I've definitely done more times than I would like to talk about today.
 
Ok, you might bang your head against the wall for a few, asking yourself why you couldn't just stop at 4, but you'll get through.


These are super simple to make and you probably already have the ingredients on hand. Oh, and if you don't already have a donut pan, you'll want to go pick one up. It's a game changer.
 
Happy Tuesday!
 
 
Chocolate Sprinkled Pumpkin Donuts
(makes 18 donuts)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • cooking spray, for pan
  • 1 container chocolate fudge frosting (I used Pillsbury)
  • Rainbow sprinkles, for topping
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin puree.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt, and flour.
  4. Add flour mixture to batter and stir until smooth.
  5. Lightly spray the donut pan with cooking spray and pour batter into the 6 donut wells, filling about 3/4ths of the way.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes in pan before removing.
  7. Repeat two more times to make 18 donuts.
  8. While the donuts completely cool, place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, or until you can easily stir it.
  9. Dip the tops of the donuts into the melted frosting and sprinkle with the rainbow sprinkles before the frosting sets. Place donuts on a cooling rack while frosting sets.
Enjoy!
 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Days of Thankful Wrap-Up + 101 Christmas Decorating Ideas

We have been going nonstop since Thanksgiving, so I have had zero time to hop on here for my 30 Days of Thankful! Let's wrap it up. I can't believe today is the last day of November!

November 25th: I am thankful for the farmers, ranchers, stores, and everyone in between that work tirelessly to make sure that I, the consumer, have the ability to just run down the road and pick up delicious, organic proteins and vegetables.
 
I often walk around the grocery store and think about the fact that if you invited anyone from the other side of the world to go to the grocery store with you, they would be BLOWN AWAY by the options and amount of food we have available to us here in the US. So the next time you're rushing around the store, annoyed that they are sold out of strawberry Poptarts, or frustrated that the person in the line in front of you is taking too long, just remember how blessed we are to have every food we could imagine just a few miles away.

November 26th: I am thankful for the reminder to be present.
 
I am the worst at always looking for what's next. Our next trip, car, house, meal, etc. Especially when it comes to Kennedy. I keep mentally growing her up. Thinking about who she will be when she's one, two, five. I have to remind myself DAILY to just be present. To soak up today. Because these days are just a means to an end and I never want to be an old lady in my bed thinking..."I missed it". BE PRESENT.

November 27th: I am thankful for my sister.
 
We have been through some pretty crazy life stuff together and I cannot imagine doing life with anyone else. She is the only one who will honestly tell me the straight up truth, even when it cuts me to my soul. She is also the only person who I feel like really gets me sometimes. I feel like I can talk to her about anything and everything without judgement. Wherever I am, it always feels like home if she's there. She is my best friend and I am so incredibly thankful for her.

November 28th: I am thankful that I have a handyman as a husband who can truly fix ANYTHING.
 
I cannot tell you how much money we have saved on not having to hire electricians, lawn men, car repair techs, etc. That guy...

November 29th: I am thankful for family.
 
I have been ridiculously blessed with an amazing immediate family and with the family that I married into. Just great great people. So thankful.

November 30th: I am thankful for Christmas decorations.
 
I really am. I know it is not what the season is about, but Christmas decorations make everything magical. It's a fact.
 
Speaking of Christmas decorating, I came across this link recently for 101 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Southern Living and had to share! I LOVE decorating for Christmas (almost as much as my husband...really he loves it) so I hope you enjoy these fresh ideas as much as I did! Three weeks until Christmas!
 
Happy Sunday!
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

30 Days of Thankful + Monday Confessions

November 23rd: I am thankful for prayer. 

I find myself praying much more frequently than I ever have before since becoming a mom. I have found that if I am not constantly calling on the Lord to make me braver, stronger, and more confident, my fears and anxiety about life can EASILY take control of me. I pray for anything and everything, but I do mostly pray for my child. 

A long-time friend read a passage from The Confident Mom by Joyce Meyers to me a few weeks ago, which basically reminded us as moms to not fear for our children. That worrying for them is NOT a what we are called to and is sinful. Letting go of my fears for Kennedy is not an easy task, but at the same time, I feel a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders when I say the words "Lord, I trust you and have faith that you have the best intentions for my daughter". I know that the Lord hears my prayers and I am so thankful to serve a Savior who knows me and loves me just as I am.

November 24th: (On a less serious note) I am thankful for recipes! 

Whoever thought that it would be a good idea to start documenting delicious creations was a genius and I am forever thankful. Especially during the holidays! I mean, can you imagine if no one had recipes? Everything would taste like wood chips.



Monday Confessions: Let's be real here. It's a safe place.

My favorite time of the day to eat sweets/candy is after breakfast. I have probably eaten a mini snickers every day after breakfast for the last 4 months.

I love to eat yogurt and cottage cheese on toast.

I daydream that I am the singer/rapper/girl in the music video when I hear certain songs.

I want to become a celebrity JUST SO I can be on Dancing With The Stars.

I feel that if I started now, I could still become an elite runner and actually compete in a marathon, not just survive and get awarded with a "free" Chick-Fil-A sandwich (which I still look forward to).

If I ever saw Kate Middleton in real life, I think I would faint.

I love living in the city where I grew up but would jump at the chance to live somewhere else.

I watch the Food Network while I do circuits in my living room. Totally counterproductive.

I love tattoos and the stories that are behind them. I have two and feel like I could easily have 20 if I didn't lock down my love for them. I just think they are such a cool expression of individuality and personality. My mom does not share my sentiments but loves me just the same :)

HAPPY MONDAY! I love you guys and hope you have a fantastic week! Gobble Gobble!


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