This year, my mom asked us if we would be willing to go to Disneyland with her for her birthday. Let’s just say it didn’t take a whole lot of arm-twisting. We knew it would be a challenge to take Luca but it was so worth it! We just took it slow and went with the flow. It was pretty fun to take him on rides and to see his reaction. My favorite ride was It’s a Small World because his reaction was adorable! The other rides (and the parade) seemed to be either boring or over-whelming for him. Thank goodness I had the Beco Soleil with me that day, it was perfect for keeping him cozy and calm. He took a couple of naps in it. It definitely made the day run smoothly. Here’s a glimpse into our fun day!
This delightful treat has become my favorite breakfast. I got the idea from the popular local hangout, “Gypsy Den.” They make a similar parfait but it’s a little more complex than this one. I decided to name this the ‘Gypsy Mama Parfait’ because oats are beneficial for increasing milk supply. If you wanted to really make this a lactation booster, add brewer’s yeast and walnuts. Prepare this the night before so that the oats have time to soak. Here it is, just four ingredients to breakfast bliss: Read the rest of this entry
Well, it’s National Donut Day so of course we just had to hit up Sidecar Doughnuts. My mom just happened to fly into town this morning so she joined us (actually, if I’m being honest, this was all her idea). The flavors today were pretty tempting… Cinnamon Crumb, Bavarian Cream, Green Eggs & Ham (poached egg with ham, hollandaise sauce and basil), huckleberry, and more. But just for today they released a special Donut day flavor: Peach Cobbler with Cornmeal Crumb & Thyme Topping and a dollop of freshly made vanilla bean whipped cream! If that sounds like a mouthful, it is, but what a delicious mouthful it was!
I have been having such a great time preparing whole food meals this week (I can’t believe I’m saying that!). Ok, so I’m not really a food blogger but I wanted to share some of the tasty treats that I’ve been cookin’ up. I’m all about making things that are easy, healthy, and tasty. Here is a very healthy and delicious salad that uses only 4 ingredients and takes only 4 steps. Read the rest of this entry
In May, I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day! You’ll notice that a couple of these items are related to Mother’s Day gift-giving although I’m sure they would work well as birthday gifts too. Here are some of the things I gladly stumbled upon in May:
This shop offers sweet, minimalistic, personalized jewelry such as this necklace that my mom bought for me.
I made out pretty well this Mother’s Day. Caleb got me a beautiful vintage locket from Audrey Sparrow’s Etsy shop and then put a photo of Luca inside of it.
My sister-in-law found this awesome toy for Luca and I can’t wait to get more of their products! They are made out of “Sprigwood” which is a biocomposite of recycled plastic and reclaimed wood chips. The toy is light weight and easy for Luca to play with. Each piece is a rattle and also has shapes that need to coordinate for stacking. This toy will be around for a while at our house!
Awww, Minnesota, you do this to me every time… On second thought, so do most places I visit on vacation. Maybe I need to stop traveling. From Old Dutch Dill Pickle Potato Chips to fried cheese curds to rhubarb crisp to mayo infused “salads”… the list goes on and on. My tummy was happy at times and hurting at others. Either way, I have an extra inch around my waist that’s not welcome here. And, if I’m totally honest, I’m just kinda over it. For me, overindulgence results in a major desire to eat clean for a while. In doing so, I usually reset my palette (i.e. Eliminate my desire for dessert after EVERY meal) and I feel more energy. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve been having a grand old time here inPreston, Minnesota! Preston is a sweet, quaint town in Southeastern Minnesota. This is where Caleb’s family is from. I’ve only been here once before and it’s so nice to be back. I wish that we could come more often.
Luca has been getting lots of love out here in Minnesota from family who hadn’t met him yet. From great-grands to cousins to old family friends- everyone wants a piece of sweet Luca Bear. Luckily, he’s been great about being passed around. I think he loves all the new playmates!
I’ve been eating way too much but hopefully we’re making-up for it with all of the beautiful nature walks.There’s a beautiful bike trail that runs next to the town and into another small town nearby. Each summer the trail brings tourists looking for some country serenity. It really does feel like another world out here. I’ve had spotty cell and Internet service- a nice reprieve from my frequent Facebook, email, and text checking. Here are some photos from our trip thus far…. You’ll see my favorite MN guilty pleasure (Old Dutch, you need to come to Cali!!), a view of the countryside, our trip to Lanesboro, playtime with Gigi & Papa, and Luca with his Great Grandma Hanson. Life is good.
I’ve mentioned before that at times, the state of the world can really bring me down. It seems that the best remedy for feeling downtrodden is to turn to a source of hope. For me, that source of hope is Jesus. He insisted on the importance of bringing light into this dark world. One of the ways that God has brought hope and light into my life is through the organization “Compassion International.”
I have been sponsoring Noyon Roy from Bangladesh for 6 years. It has been such a joy to receive letters from him. Seeing the photos of him as he grows-up are so special to me. Compassion International provides food, schooling, life skills, vocational programs and more for each child who is sponsored. They are also backed by “Charity Navigator” a national charity evaluator.
Today, I received a letter from the President and CEO of Compassion International. Every sponsor received this letter, I’m sure, but it still touched me. Currently, there are 4,400 older children who are need of sponsors. Either they have been overlooked by new sponsors or they lost their original sponsors.