Listen up, ladies - did you know that we tip the scales on suffering more with insomnia than men? Stress (sleepless kiddos, anyone?) and traumatic events can trigger an acute case of insomnia, while longer struggles with difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep can be stem from some medications, substance use, hormone imbalance or medical conditions.
“Hey, hey, Mae: I struggle with getting my kids to even try new foods, so they're stuck on their favorites and those contain loads of what we may need to try an elimination for. How can I make this work for our family?” Implementing food changes can be easy...until our feelings and our kids’ opinions get involved, right?
“Hey, hey, Mae: I heard you stay away from dairy and am curious as to why?” Before we get moving on some dairy education, I want to recognize that stealing someone’s cheese is about as serious to Americans as removing apple pie from the fall dessert lineup.
“Hey, hey, Mae: How exactly DO you eat and why? How did you go gluten-free and dairy-free with kids?” Grandma’s brownies, chips, family-recipe chocolate chip cookies and pouches of fruit punch Capri-Sun were the high, yummy points of my childhood.
Mindfulness can feel like a big mountain to climb, then you throw kids in the mix and it seems like a lofty goal: a far-and-away idea that is less than possible. However, the research doesn’t lie - mindfulness and meditation combat stress, poor moods and anxiety.
These Sweet Sunday Afternoon Chocolate Chip Chewies are both gluten free and dairy free. They’d even fit the paleo cookie lineup, too! This one-bowl paleo cookie recipe makes 8 chewy cookies and comes together quickly. Almond flour, butter, maple syrup and a farm fresh egg can pack some nutrients in to a sunny, Sunday treat spot.
While you don’t have to shape these immune-boosting gummies into various sized Lego-men and bricks, I do quite enjoy these lego gummy molds, and my little men go bananas for them! I grabbed these molds off of amazon and use a turkey baster to fill them up. Use a baster for gummy making - it’ll change your life! So much easier.
Frozen waffles are our go-to, and often still are, but I'm trying to mix in a good bit of other easy and quick morning bakes to balance things out, give some variety and keep things interesting (and portable!). The muffins are the perfect, quick fix.
Summertime in the garden and around the house has the sweetest of evenings and the loveliest of mornings. The boys’ contagious joy is addictive and we have just loved soaking up our playground and yard, together.
Knock back a cold or enjoy a cozy cup of soup with this comforting Lemon Chicken Turmeric Ginger Soup.
It's been a tricky, wintry month here in the bluegrass and I feel like it's left a lot of friends with stuffy noses, allergies and colds. If that's you, this is my go-to soup to help patch me up, get a lot of nutrition into my body with a side of anti-inflammatory boost.
The soup is paleo, gluten free, dairy free & anti inflammatory.
2017 was the year I turned 30, and I suppose this book list reflects that. Looking back, I weathered a tough year with two littles - 3 & 1 and kept my heart growing in the midst. I completed 26 books and this list isn't exhaustive, rather a highlights reel of the notables. To see my whole list, click here. Also, if we're not friends on GoodReads, WE SHOULD BE! I love seeing what friends are reading and I obviously need to grow in reading some more happy books and some more fiction, so help a sister out.
Last week a sweet little package arrived with a return address for Freely Give Co, a company unfamiliar to me. After taking a quick naptime peek around their site and looking through their gift box options that give back, my excitement for my own package jumped up quite a bit.
Last fall I grabbed a giant bag of mini Play-Dohs from Costcos' Halloween offerings to keep around for playdays and when I realized Tru needed Valentines for school, I whipped up this quick little printable. Our house is gluten and dairy-free for the time being, so this treat option is perfect. Plus, no one needs a preschooler high on life AND sugary candy.
You're growing by leaps and bounds and you're just so fun. The mullet is in full force and I keep willing it to curl around your ears, though I'm not sure it'll work before it's time for a trim. I love how hard you work at your new tasks - walking, drinking from cups, drinking smoothies.
Woke up the little, smiling babes yesterday and headed to the state fair with their Nana. We got to have giggles in the morning, a car ride of songs, watched the mule show, pretended to be bees, had a milk moment and even got pulled over by the state police...for a photo.
...Because life with these two is too sweet, pictures are a joy to my heart and they do no one any good on a harddrive all in the name of waiting until I'm caught up and getting to things chronologically.
Getting back to this sweet place that I love as our sweet, second son gets to growing and I get to sleeping more. Excited to hop back on board and share a backlog of images, miles of words and a bucket load of favorites, which can maybe benefit my reading/lady/mom/human friends.
This year I wanted to use my last months with just little Truman to grow my brain and my heart. In working through my powersheets (love!) I determined that I wanted to be more intentional about reading, moving my prego bod, spending time in my gardens with my boys, spend less time scrolling and establishing more tools to study the bible in my tiny windows of time.
A quick little recap from last spring when my sister and I threw our other sister a baby shower for her little adventure baby. The idea came from the fabrics and theme our sister, Sara, chose for her baby's room.
One of my most faves lately has been Grove Collaborative. It's been a few months of receiving their shipments and I have to say after being super leery of mail order, scheduled household stuff, I'm hooked.