Monday, September 15, 2014

what we've been up to + a quick healthy lunch idea

hi friends!

since i last posted on here 
we've gone on vacation,
we got the never ending cold
(seriously, went strong for two weeks!)
we've moved
we've spent lots of time with my in-laws who are in town
and i second shot my first wedding
(more on that later)

it's safe to say we've felt overwhelmingly busy
but, busy or not, a gal's got to eat!
and despite caving to take-out more than i'd like to admit
i did manage to throw together this salad last week
it was so quick and so easy to make, i just had to share! 
Quick Pad Thai Salad
gluten free / dairy free / vegan / paleo
serves 1


- 1 small zucchini, julienned 
- 3 broccoli florets, chopped tiny
(my trick:  start at the stem and chop towards the top of the "tree". as you move up, the florets get smaller. stop when you've reached a size you like)
- a handful of baby carrots, julienned 
(or just regular carrots, those are just what i hand on hand)


- 1 tbsp almond butter
- garlic powder, to taste
- ground ginger, to taste
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- himalayan pink salt, to taste
- 1 drop honey (seriously, it makes a difference!)
- 1/4 tsp almond meal (optional, for "grit"...i'm a texture eater!)


- prep salad veggies and place into a bowl
- whisk dressing ingredients together
- pour dressing over veggies and top with a handful of crushed walnuts

Friday, August 8, 2014


6 years ago...
...i woke up exhausted, but ready to face the day
...i held gorgeous flowers in my arms
...i put on a dress that i spent months picking out
...i spent hours getting ready the end of the day, i drifted off next to the man of my dreams and my best friend

...i woke up exhausted, but ready to face the day
...i held gorgeous babies in my arms
...i put on clothes that i picked out of a pile on my bedroom floor, and hoped they were clean {enough}
...getting ready?  what's that? the end of the day, i'll drift off next to the man of my dreams and my best friend
so...there may have been a few changes, but i wouldn't trade them for the world
today, we celebrate 6 years of being us
and i am thankful for everything the Lord has done in our lives
for the man that he has given me
for the children that he blessed us with
for the trials we've worked through
for the joys we've shared
God is good

happy anniversary, love!

*photos by the amazingly talented (and hilarious!) James Moes*

Monday, August 4, 2014

a good start to the week

hello friends - happy monday to you!
as you've probably noticed, i finally got around to a bit of updating around here
nothing too crazy - just freshened up with a new header + adjusted fonts / colors etc

i guess i was in a catch-up-on-things-that-are-long-overdue kick over the weekend
because not only did i spruce up my little corner of the internet, 
i also caught up on some vacation photos from our last trip to florida
(briefly blogged about here and here, but that was about it)

exactly 3 months ago we were smack-dab in the middle of our fabulous time there
and for some reason, i just flipped through our photos and decided it's high time i shared some
so here's a batch from our last morning there

the water was rough, but we figured it was our last chance to get out in it
to our surprise, the girlies loved it!
and they weren't the only ones
i mean, what's not to love?
their contagious squeals of joy, the sound of the waves crashing, salty air and good company
my heart was full

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Annual Camping Trip, Part 2

this post has been a long time coming
let's just say i had a hard time picking my favorite images
so excuse me for a moment while i photo vomit...
the end!

Friday, July 25, 2014

mojito water

a few things you should know:

1)  we drink a lot of water at our house
2) we love water
3) sometimes water can get kind of boring on its own, especially in the summer when there are so many fresh flavors in season
4) infused water is our favorite way to remedy #3
5) mojito water is a current favorite
(thanks to my friend Nicki, who came up with the brilliant idea!)

aaaaaand, with that said, here's the recipe
because i know you're dying to try it too (right?)

mojito water
- a few leaves fresh mint, chopped
- 1 lime, sliced into wedges or coins
- ice
- fizzy (or regular) water

- place lime in a cup, squeezing a bit of juice out as you go
- add mint and mix / muddle together
- top with ice and water

and just like that, you've kicked your water up to a whole new level

Monday, July 21, 2014

wonderful wonder all around

i have a couple blog posts in the works right now
that were supposed to be up last week,
buuuuut, they're not quite ready so for now they remain in my drafts pile

instead of leaving you empty handed though, 
i thought i'd share a quote i heard over the weekend
as soon as i heard it, i thought of this exact picture i took on our way home from camping
(more camping pics coming soon, by the way)
and this morning i put the two together and came up with this:

"be aware of wonder"

there are so many wonderful and awe-inspiring things in our every day lives
so much to be thankful for
little evidences of grace all around us
we just need to make ourselves aware of it all

i often catch myself taking  for granted my life / kids / family / all the good things that i enjoy every day
then remind myself to notice them, savor them

so today i'm encouraging you to do the same:
take a look around, 
make yourself aware of the little things that make life wonderful
(and hey, if there are big things too, all the better!)

can't think of anything?  here are some examples to get you started:

- sunshine
- loved one's smiles
- nature
- berries
- children laughing
- the salty ocean breeze
- a good friend
- love
- sacrifice
- redemption
- dark chocolate
- coffee
- big life events (weddings / births / graduations / etc)

now it's your turn
what wonderful thing(s) do you want to take the time to become more aware of (and thankful for) today?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

my current favorite green smoothie

i buy a big tub of organic baby spinach every week
partly to force me to eat my greens (true story!),
but also partly because spinach is super versatile:
i can throw it in a salad,
stuff it into an omelette, 
wilt it with some spices for a super easy side dish,
...or, one of my favorite it's-3pm-and-i-still-haven't-had-lunch "meals," 
blend it into a green smoothie!

i've posted a couple green smoothie (or "green monster") recipes here before
(here and here), 
but this is the one i've been going back to over and over lately
and even though i have it so often, i still find the flavor really interesting
plus it's dairy-free / sugar free (date sweetened) / perfectly paleo
and it's got a boost of hemp protein in it!

yes, it's that good
the kids even love it*
you're welcome.
*(bear in mind, these same kids chose a thai broccoli salad and a kale superfood salad for lunch the other day...i've been told those aren't your typical two year old choices!)

at any rate, here's the recipe
try it for yourself - let me know what you think!

2-4 ounces coconut milk
(i use trader joe's light coconut milk because it's free of additives)
 1 heaping tbsp vanilla flavored organic hemp protein powder
(i sometimes just sub raw shelled hemp seeds)
1-2 medjool dates
1 cup (packed) organic baby spinach
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups ice

- place ingredients in a blender or mini food prep
- blend until well combined
- drink up
(it turns out pretty thick so i often start with a spoon then switch to a straw)
like i mentioned earlier, i often have this as a late lunch to get me to dinner without filling up too much
it works great as a light breakfast, a snack any time of day or even an add-on to a meal!
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