Thursday, February 27, 2014
I asked The Sportsman to grab baby girl's hot pink hat out of her top dresser drawer. The Sportsman opens the drawer, digs around and yells back all distressed... "But everything in here is hot pink!"
On being mom to a girl? It feels like things have come full circle and I am beginning to re-experience things through her little life. In that moment when I was waiting for the hot pink hat time stood still and my imagination raced ahead to defining moments I hoped she would get to experience.
Becoming a woman, finding her life passion, getting married, having babies of her own.
She already makes me want to be a better woman myself in order to be a worthy role model to her as she experiences these moments in her own way and time. She has softened our family's edges and made things more beautiful. Feminine. I love it. We need it.
Dr. Kelly Flanagan wrote these words to his own daughter. I can't help but adopt this message and speak it over every woman out there.
“Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.”
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It has just plain old been a brutal winter for us.
Usually I can tolerate being out in the cold, but having a newborn has us more homebound. Plus the recent ice storms made it actually unsafe to be outside. Imagine 3inches of ice on your entire driveway... and every store being sold out of any kind of salt, cat litter, and sand. And huge tree limbs all over just waiting to drop on your head at any second.
Don't worry, I am done complaining now. And here to share with you my new favorite recipe.
I like a little crunch with my coffee or tea. Around here hot drinks are an hourly occurrence. My "crunch" usually ends up being some kind of cookie, granola bar or store bought biscotti. Why have I been so intimidated to try making my own biscotti? Lord knows... its super easy and can be as ordinary or fancy as you like. Plus my little guy eats them like candy and if your sneaky sneaky like me you can add a ton of healthy power food and the kiddos wont even know it is good for them.
I modified and combined a few different recipe's to come up with this great base for nutritious biscotti.
The biscotti "log" before baking.
The cut biscotti pieces going in for baking round two.
And the yumminess at the end. Served up with some spicy chai tea? Yes please!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour (can be subbed for almond or rice flours)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs (1 separated)
1/4 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup blue agave nectar
1/4 cup turbinado (or brown sugar)
Choice of stir-ins... craisins, almonds, choc chips, pistachios whatever sounds good!
For a traditional biscotti flavor add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flours, germ, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. Mix together 1 egg and the yolk from the other egg. Set separated white aside to brush on top of dough later. Mix in oil, nectar, milk and sugar. Gradually combine dry ingredients to wet stirring just enough to combine. If dough is dry and crumbly, add a few more splashes of milk until it is sticky. Add choice of nuts (I used 1/4 cup slivered almonds and 1/2 cup of craisins for the picture above). Scrape dough out onto floured surface and lightly knead and shape into a 1 inch thick by 3 inch wide log. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush egg white over log and sprinkle with a pinch of turbinado. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned and slightly cracked. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes, cut slightly diagonal and place slices back on cookie sheet. Reduce oven temp to 325 and bake for another 10 minutes until crunchy
And a little happy face to brighten your day. I can't believe this cutie patooty is 4 months old!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Yup, it's January. Time to shed those holiday pounds that attached themselves to my waist. Yup, you too baby weight. It has been two months of justifying your existence. My big 3-0 birthday is in six months and those extra pounds are just not invited to the party. My problem? I am so addicted to sugar. I have some form of sugar every single day. It's terrible. Since I have a newbie that I breastfeed, I have been conscious of the way sugar can affect her so have been able to at least limit the kinds of sugars I intake to fruit and honey... and maybe 2T of brown sugar in my morning oatmeal. Naughty! This girl needs to work harder at being healthy.
We all have a different version of what "healthy" means to us. For me the definition at this stage in my life is to deliver the right nutrients to my little babe. Also to be able to keep up with my three year old without feeling like I need a nap mid-day. And fitting into my pre-prego clothes would be nice as well... So to define:
SO as they say... identifying the problem is the first step. Next step? Plan of action!
Eating cleaner... no brainer. More whole foods, less processed and less food in general. New rule? No more sugar in the oatmeal and only occasional honey in tea and fruit allowed.
Develop endurance... the fun one! Have you all heard of The Daily Hiit?? I'm addicted. My past attempts at working out at home have mostly ended due to boredom. No more excuses, with The Hiit there are bazillions of FREE exercise videos to keep me interested. Check it out! I also have gotten into some Jillian yoga for those days when I just need some more "me" focused exercises.
And to lose weight... I have found lots of great healthy food swaps that have gotten me through those days when all I wanted to do was gobble up a pan of brownies and homemade whipped cream. Check this site out for lots of fresh ideas on mommy dieting. There are ideas safe for breastfeeding moms specifically.
|Lose Baby Weight|
Staying healthy is such a mental thing for me. I easily fall into the negative glass half empty mentality so putting all this out there is my attempt at being positive in my weight loss journey. I forget that I lost 34 pounds from last day of pregnancy to this morning and tend to focus on the 18 I have left to lose. Eek!
Today's workout if you care to join me. It's only 12 minutes people, we can do it! It takes me longer to drink my morning coffee, ha!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year folks!
I'm going to break the mold and not talk about resolutions or any real profound thoughts from 2013.
Nope, I'm talking about hair.
Let me start by saying, I don't "speak" hair in the sense that a beautician might. I have never had good luck with getting a fabulous haircut, which I take full responsibility for since I think I fail to communicate what I want when I go to the beautician. And just have thin unattractive hair in general. In fact I have had my share of regrettable cuts, starting with the infamous "shag" everyone got to match their corduroy suspenders in the eighth grade. I have yet to go to the same beautician more then three times in a row. Shame on me... but I have never seen any real difference between spending $18 at Holiday Hair or $80 at a nice boutique. And forming any kind of relationship with my beautician didn't seem to impact the outcome.
I do enjoy seeing the transformation others receive from a fun new do and thought you might too! So I call this my mom cut. All I do is spray in some sea salt texture, tousle and (if I have time) blow dry with a round brush. It is the shortest my hair has ever been but I love it and think it is a keeper. I took in these pictures found on pinterest.
I went to Holiday Hair at the crack of dawn. Because I have a newborn that sleeps best at that time. And yes, I was the youngest person there by at least 30 years, it was fun! I got my cute new cut in under 30 minutes and did my own crème gloss color at home. And this was the result.
And the back...
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
My favorite gift of all? These two tots of mine. Love them to pieces.
Sportsman-in-Training was a very good little boy this year. What more could a guy ask for then his backhoe and fire truck!?
Merry Christmas everyone! May the Joy of giving remind you of the true gift God gave that first Christmas so long ago.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
My little guy has been super perceptive lately of emotions and feelings. While I am not "sick" I realize just how contagious my attitude can be, especially towards him. He came up to me the other day and said "are you happy now momma?". It cut me wide open to think he thought I was upset with him when I was letting something else entirely get to me. Honestly, the holidays can have their moments of pinched sadness. It is hard not being near my extended family this time of year, and that on top of all the other expectations the holidays bring can lead to some not so pretty moments in parenting. Thankfully the pendulum swings both ways. It is amazing how fast his attitude can turn around when I choose to induce happiness and joy during our day. Often it bounces right back off him and before I know it we are all having a blast. It's not rocket science... just a good reminder. Our little family Christmas' keep getting better each year. And I am realizing more then anything the best gift that we can give our little tots is a happy home environment.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
My baby girl is one month old today.
She has already taught me so much. I feel like the word surrounding her is "be brave". It has been hard not to be paranoid this second time around. Expecting my epidural to not work and knowing the pain that was to come... "be brave" (and it did work by the way, and what a gift to have a beautiful birth experience!). I thought for sure this little one would be allergic to dairy and soy like her big brother, so I braced myself for the news. I just kept thinking to myself "be brave" you did it once you can do it again (so far no symptoms). When the doctors were concerned about our blood types being different and the jaundice issues... deep breath... "be brave". Waiting on hearing test results back for her little tummy scan... "be brave". Up until midnight every night trying to soothe her little tummy aches... "be brave". I know these are small things compared to what some parents face, but they have been my very real little battles the last month. And I wouldn't trade them for anything. I am hopelessly in love with this little human with crazy dark hair and the most kissable little cheeks ever.
Introducing our precious baby girl.
Born 11-6-2013 @ 6:00PM
9lbs 6 oz
20 1/4 in long