SATURDAY MORNING TRADITION

07/20/2016

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Saturday mornings are one of my favorite times to spend together with my family. After a long, crazy week of work, school, and activities, we get woken up by the little kids, bright and early for breakfast and Saturday morning cartoons—yes, we still watch them. We watch the classics like Tom and Jerry, Loony Tunes, Garfield and Friends, or the old Micky Mouse episodes on the computer in our kitchen, since the networks no longer air the nostalgic Saturday lineup we adults loved as kids. When I grew up, there wasn’t access to 24-hour, on-demand cartoons and Saturday mornings were really special. I still want that for my kids, even though times have changed, so this small tradition is one that we look forward to and it always starts the weekend off right.

We usually make a bunch of different breakfast foods to cater to each of our likings or cravings week-to-week—eggs, pancakes or waffles, french toast, biscuits, sausage and bacon, skillet potatoes, and cereal and milk. We stay in our pajamas and powwow around the kitchen, talking about our weekend plans, watching cartoons, telling jokes, and playing this Q&A/trivia game that our family loves. Early morning bed-heads, tired eyes, giggles, the smell of fresh coffee, kids helping crack eggs and stirring batter, the sizzle of bacon, an ice-cold bowl of crunchy cereal, drinking the milk out of the bowl—it’s so incredibly simple, but to us this is the good life.

This past Saturday we watched Chip and Dale classics over a bowl of our favorite new cereal from our friends at Annie’s. The kids love the fun bunny-shaped varieties and the cocoa and fruity flavors (as parents, we’re thrilled we found a line that’s certified organic and free from artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives. Pancakes and fruit were part of the lineup, as well as frozen juice pops that we made the night before. We filled molds with oj, apple juice, and chocolate milk. They were the perfect after-breakfast treat. Even Bijou got in on this weekend’s breakfast party—Birdie poured her a tiny saucer of milk.

This upcoming Saturday the big kids fly home from their summer break in Florida, so it’ll be an extra-exciting day for us and our weekly morning tradition will be even better with everyone here.

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952101611131731212737385358645661bThis post is in partnership with Annie’s Homegrown, a brand we support and have loved for many years. Birdie and Sailor’s pajamas are from Mabo Kids.

DATE NIGHT IN

07/19/2016

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This Date-Night-In involves making homemade pasta, opening up a bottle of your favorite vino, and enjoying a mellow night right at home, eating by candlelight. I recently purchased a hand-crank pasta machine, and love the process of making it from scratch. It’s a lot easier than you’d think, but definitely requires two people. So, grab your special someone, pick out your go-to sauce (I prefer pesto with fresh grape tomatoes), and enjoy a fun and delicious Italian dinner.

What to do and wear in no particular order… Dust-off your pasta maker (you can always hand-roll and cut your pasta if you don’t have one) and take a quick trip to the grocery store to buy any missing ingredients for your dough and sauce. Throw on your favorite summer dress and sandals, and add a little glow around your eyes with a dewey face highlighter and pull your hair back with a beautiful barrette. Uncork a bottle of red wine, light a candle, listen to a summer playlist on a portable speaker, and then get down to business. Bon Appétit!

For more Date Night In ideas, click here.

AROUND HERE

07/18/2016

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A few photos from around our home lately…

1. My baby boy. I can’t believe he is turning four in a couple of months.
2. Sunday cat nap.
3. Summer dress details.
4. Barefoot.
5. Books I love.
6. My Grandpa’s bell.
7. Living in dresses this summer.
8. On my nightstand.
9. A piece of Marfa in our home.

TEN THINGS

07/15/2016

sprinklesEight days until my big kids come home from Florida! I can’t wait. I’ll be working most of the weekend, but looking forward to some down time. Hope you all have a great one! Here are this week’s ten things…

1. You can go swimming in a pool of sprinkles at the upcoming Museum of Ice Cream.

2. Disney unveils a sneak peek of new ‘Star Wars’ land.

3. Sesame noodle salad with seared mushrooms and scallops. Yum!

4. Pokemon Go was an April Fool’s joke before it became a huge hit.

5. Take a look at this quirky midcentury home.

6. Watch this drunk dad face-swapping with his baby on snapchat. LOL!

7. Samuel L. Jackson’s uncensored recap of ‘Game of Thrones’ is a must-watch.

8. This new machine lets you shape clouds.

9. Make this raspberry lemon refresher this weekend.

10. Swing by Two Son tomorrow for a fun event with Heritage Bicycles!

Photo above via Hypebae.

HERBS & SUPERFOODS

07/12/2016

4s 2sSpeaking of feeling good, I’ve been really into learning more about superfoods, supplements, and my health lately. Perhaps somewhat of a freak-out about my upcoming birthday, but I’ll take it. I remember my mother going through a similar 180 when it came to our health when I was little. All of the sudden I was eating tofu hotdogs with whole-wheat buns that were full of nuts and oats. I mourned my Oscar Mayer and eventually got semi-used to the taste, but I also learned quickly to take advantage of being at a friend’s or my grandparents’ house and ate as much of the good stuff, while I had the chance. Now that I am a grown-up, I can appreciate my mom’s efforts in this area. I definitely try to get my kids (and husband) on-board the healthy eating train with me, when possible, but I don’t force them, especially since I live with quite a few picky eaters and the battle is just not worth it. When they are open to trying something I make that is healthy and they like it, I just sit back and smile silently—a win!

I like to start my mornings off with a good smoothie, tea, or coffee with a little extra love from Sun Potion and Moon Juice. I also try to have a tea before bed to help unwind and calm my body. These herbs and powders have various health benefits, antioxidants, vitamins, and healing properties that can aid in so many things naturally and organically like battling fatigue, anti-stress, immune system support, beauty nourishment, blood building, anxiety relief, etc. Some of my favorites include: He Shou WuAshwagandha, Maca, Bee Pollen, and Pine Pollen. I have noticed a positive change in energy and how I am feeling day to day. Plus, it’s been fun experimenting with new potions and recipes.

Do you use herbs & superfoods? I would love to hear about your experience, favorite recipes, and tonics if you’d care to share.

Footnote: I am not affiliated with either Moonjuice or Sun Potion, but because I am a frequent customer, you and I can both receive 20% off Moonjuice purchases using this link. Not too shabby!

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