French Macarons

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

...little Miss LaBelle, enjoying the cookie of her french ancestors on a Sunday morning.

Papa Billy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

matchy-matching Kindred in that pink shirt today!

Summer Bucket List #17 Rootbeer Floats

Sunday, June 24, 2018
...not a fan of root beer floats.

Summer Bucket List #5 Grow Flowers

Saturday, June 23, 2018
...the girls grew these sunflowers from seed!

Summer Bucket List #14 Fly a Kite

Friday, June 22, 2018

...even the big kids had to come fly the kite with the Littles.

Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 21, 2018 today and celebrates the longest day of the year. Although, it is probably met with less fanfare in America since every single day of 2018 so far has seemed like the longest day of the year. These times we are living through are not for the faint of heart.

Today is overcast with periods of downpours. The ferns are outside to enjoy the false narrative that they have been returned to their native jungle. Speaking of habitats, I texted Berg earlier this week that I could thrive in the desert. I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN. I love the heat. I am in the only car in traffic with the windows down and I am not uncomfortable. I am mindful of my traveling partners, I am not anti-air conditioning...but I can bake in the sun and not break a sweat. The only hangups are that Berg had a heatstroke as a young man so he can't handle the heat and I cannot grow a succulent. I over-hydrate and they die. I guess I care too much.

Kaypacha says we are collectively in the cosmic soup right now. All the feels, hitting us all... Aspects, eclipses, and Mars in retrograde, oh my! Break on through to the other side, my friends. The sun is in Cancer now (as is Mercury) opening us up to really "see" our past and future. We want to transcend our boundaries, our mistakes from the past and dream a new way of life for ourselves. Get into your heartspace, people. It ain't easy, considering the trauma we see daily, but it is necessary to co-create a kinder, more inclusive Earth.

Any big solstice plans? Just gonna set some intentions, make some goals, and hang with my family. Happy solstice to you!!

Balloon Glow

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coconut Blueberry Muffins

Monday, June 18, 2018

Muffins are the best... You can bake them the night before and be super lazy about breakfast the next day. I saw this recipe on the back of a new coconut flour we got in at work. I'm always trying to find a way to add iron to Kindred's diet, as she runs slightly low and we have to supplement. Between the coconut flour and chia seeds this one calls for, it has the iron base covered.

You can really smell the coconut in the flour...which is great for me because I love coconut! The amount of batter it yields is way more than the 3/4 cup per muffin cup the recipe calls for. It pretty much filled them completely up, which made me nervous, but luckily they don't really swell out too much.

They started to get really brown on top during the last 5 minutes or so. I just cut the heat off and kept a close watch. They taste great and are plenty moist...but that comes from all the extra coconut oil. These are pretty oily muffins. Next time, I will definitely try to cut some of the oil down. The kiddos love them so I'm calling these a win!!

*We also substituted hemp seeds for the chia, as those were the ones I had on hand...

Purty Red Dress

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last week, the kiddos and I popped into the mall to get a quick haircut for Dylan. Thank goodness for Mastercuts when you are in a rush but the man-curls are outta control. In our mall, Mastercuts happens to be right across from Boot Barn. When Kindred saw these two mannequins in the window, she excitedly shared that me and her daddy would look FANTASTIC in those outfits. Now, I wasn't sold on Berg wearing flannel cut-off sleeves, or a cowboy hat, but I did agree that the red dress would probably look super fantastic on me. I loved the high-low style! Believe it or not, this was actually my first purchase from a Boot Barn even though I grew up an hour from Nashville!

My style is really just all over the place. I don't know what you'd call it...boho moto, maybe...haha! I love a white v-neck tee with ripped jeans. I also love gray and black in an assortment of styles. To be honest, anytime I buy something overly colorful or flowy...all hippie earth barely gets worn until it winds up stored in the attic or given away. My 'Style Inspo' Pinterest board shows more cohesion than my closet I the only one?

But, back to the red dress...

I also bought a pair of tan cowboy boots with turquoise/aqua accents to match the colors in the dress. I went all in, guys. Dylan said it looked like "Country threw you up." He's so sweet to me. Ash was in favor of the pairing of the two, but Kat was not. She said I should lose the boots. I was also advised to leave my hair curly next time I wear the ensemble. Never before has an outfit elicited so much advice!! Since there was no place to go square-dancing, we just went to Ruby Tuesday's and then had ice cream at Bruster's afterward to check out all the classic cars in town.

All in all, it was a fun time! I make a halfway decent Country Barbie. If you're interested in buying the dress, click here. I bought the large, though the medium fit just fine. The large hangs down about an inch or two lower, and there was a little more room in the shoulders for an off the shoulder look if I decide to do that.

UPDATE 1/06/19: So, I wore it once. Same for the boots. Been in the closet ever since.
UPDATE 2/15/20: I'm not even sure if I still own this dress?? I'll check my summer box in the attic.

Summer Bucket List

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  1. Go out for ice cream.✔
  2. See classic cars.✔
  3. Make S'mores.✔
  4. See a movie at the Drive-In.✔
  5. Plant flowers.✔
  6. Play with sparklers at dusk.✔
  7. Attend an outdoor concert.✔
  8. Go to the Farmer's Market.✔
  9. Paint our nails a bright color.✔
  10. Visit the library for storytime.✔
  11. Bake pink cupcakes for Brooklyn's birthday.✔
  12. Ride the carousel.✔
  13. Watch fireworks.✔
  14. Fly a kite.✔
  15. Water balloons.✔
  16. Blow bubbles outside.✔
  17. Drink a rootbeer float.✔
  18. Cousin sleepover.✔
  19. Eat a watermelon.✔
  20. Go to the county fair.✔
  21. Catch a baseball game.✔
  22. Picnic in the park.
  23. Buy something from a garage sale.✔
  24. Find dinosaurs.✔
  25. Take a picture in front of a mural.✔
  26. Family kickball at Grandma's.✔
  27. Play freeze tag.
  28. Get local-made candy from Mary Jane's.✔
  29. Sip lemonade.✔
  30. Eat a peach.✔

In The Summertime...

Thursday, June 07, 2018

We are just in heaven around here...

I cannot get enough of being outdoors, in the sunshine, listening to the birdbath fountain and the sounds of the girls having fun.

Working up a summertime bucket list as we speak! What's on yours?

Backyard Reno, In Progress...

Monday, June 04, 2018

Recently, we ran to Lowe's to get a patio rug and firepit. I have since developed a theory that people rarely go into places like Lowe's or Target and walk out with nothing but the items they went in for. We came out with a mower and plans to turn our backyard into THE summertime place to be for the girls. No rug. No firepit. Almost a pagoda.

That particular Friday was 'Spring Black Friday' in case you aren't aware this is a thing we are all doing now. So, they were having this great sale and this really cool pagoda was $100 off. It sparked a conversation about how Ash & Naiya had stopped by to visit the day before and Naiya had to wear a wide-brimmed hat because she is at risk for getting sunburned this summer due to chemotherapy. Our back patio has zero shade during the morning and middle of the day. There's a huge tree in our neighbor's yard that shades us from about 4pm on, but our trees are located at the back of the yard and are too small to offer shade. So, we got thisclose to buying the pagoda, but decided to go home, research the reviews or alternatives, and come back in the next day to get it, if we didn't see anything else we liked. We have patio furniture that includes chairs, a loveseat, a table & umbrella, but it doesn't provide enough shade for anyone not sitting in the immediate vicinity. We decided on a 13x11 metal gazebo over the 9x9 pergola so that we can have even more space for the girls to play. I ordered 2 boho styled shower curtains to use as curtains for more shade, as I figured the shower curtains would be less likely to mildew from being out all night. Since the gazebo barely fits on the patio, we had to angle it so that I needed to order 2 more of them to provide maximum coverage. We added patio lights and now the girls have a cute little space to play. I skipped the patio rug because I figured they would want to color the concrete with chalk.

Next on the agenda is a small pool, sandbox, water table, and more raised beds for organic veggies!