September 1, 2014

Make it Monday

Happy September friends! Fall is on it's way and I couldn't be more ready. I love the summer and it's carefree schedule, but the teacher/mom side of me is beyond ready for a regular routine!

I'm beginning fall with a new routine myself. I start my day around 5:00am with some "me time." I used to wake up early and go straight to work. Now I make my cup of coffee and sit down at the computer to blog. I love this little space and I am determined to spend more time here. So stick around for a fun, blog-filled September!

Enough jabber, let's get to blogging. To kick things off I have a yummy and healthy Make it Monday!

I'm always looking for something relatively healthy, protein-packed and fast for my breakfasts. This gluten-free, sugar-free pin fit the bill. They're equally easy and tasty. This recipe will definitely be on repeat in our house!

Power Muffins
2 cups oats (I used old fashioned oats)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 bananas (mine were ripe but not overly ripe and still worked well)
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
optional add-ins: anything else you choose!
(I just happened to have a cup of white chocolate chips hanging around. Yes, it slightly defeats the whole 'sugar-free' thing, but I couldn't resist!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all of your ingredients together.

(I first mashed my bananas with a fork before adding the remaining ingredients. 
This recipe is a great one for those of you with little helpers!)

3. Divide the mixture between twelve regular-sized muffin cups and bake for 12-15 minutes. (13 minutes seemed to be just right in my oven.)

 4. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

A Few Notes
* I lined my muffin pan with paper cups. BAD IDEA. Though the muffins release from the pan easily, the muffin itself sticks to the liners terribly. We had to scrape the muffins from the liners with a spoon to eat them! Next time I'll spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray instead.

*Due to the high moisture content of these, they spoil quickly. We found that it was best to keep them stored in the fridge.

July 7, 2014

not a Make it Monday...but I bet it will make you laugh

I know why you're here today. You're hoping for another

But you're just going to have to wait another week. Simply stated, this past weekend was AWESOME. Three days where John was home, the weather was gorgeous (think mid-80s, low humidity and a cool breeze) and most of our awake time was spent at the pool. It was wonderful. 

So that little craft project I was working on for today's Make it Monday post? Yea, I never took the time to finish it this weekend, and I'm just fine with that. You'll get it next Monday, so be sure to come back.

Instead today I thought I'd share some of the recent funnies I've found on Pinterest. These eecards are geared towards all my mom readers. And after a long holiday weekend, who couldn't use a laugh?!

July 4, 2014

a favorite Etsy shop

Monogrammed bonnets are the newest trend for preppy babies. These precious bonnets are the perfect summer hat for your wee one, boy or girl. Unfortunately these sweet baby accessories are so expensive! After searching for a more affordable option I discovered an affordable alternative, my favorite new Etsy shop, 

Anita of Sew You Monograms is the talent behind these precious bonnets. Anita was so helpful and simply a doll to work with. Georgia Kate's bonnet was a gift from my mom, and between her and myself, we flooded Anita with countless Etsy messages! She not only answered each one promptly, Anita was gracious in her response and even sent me different images of what Georgia Kate's monogram would look like in different fonts. 


Let's talk about the bonnet itself. I chose the white broadcloth bonnet in a size small (approximately 6-12 months) with a medium pink thread. The fabric itself is a nice, heavy weight; it holds it's shape without being too heavy for the summer heat. The monogramming is beautiful and obviously done with a commercial machine. There is not a single loose thread or pulled fiber. Next time I would order a size up. Though this bonnet fits her head beautifully now, the brim isn't quite as large as I had hoped. Next time I would order a size up to get more sun coverage for her face.

I cannot say enough good things about Anita's shop. Not only is she a fraction of the more popular bonnet brands, she's a mom to four, a believer and simply a kind-hearted soul. I encourage you to check out her shop and give her some business. I'm betting once you do, you'll be a repeat customer like myself!

 This post is not sponsored in any way. 
I did not receive items or compensation in exchange for my review.
I'm simply a big fan of Anita and wanted to share her shop with you!

July 3, 2014

Luke's 3rd Birthday Wish List

My baby boy turns three this month. THREE! I know it sounds cliche but childhood really does fly by. In keeping with tradition I decided to create a wish list for Luke's birthday.

(1) Thermos FunTainer Bottle. I have so many friends who swear by these children's stainless water bottles. With Luke starting preschool in the fall this will (hopefully!) be our go-to bottle for his backpack. And this one has Thomas, so of course it had to find it's way onto the wish list. 

(2) All-Aboard Train Puzzle. Luke was given a big Melissa and Doug firetruck floor puzzle about a year ago. He LOVES it and we do the puzzle no less than once everyday. every day people! I'm looking to add more large floor puzzles to our collection.

(3) A fun sprinkler. Luke LOVES the water. Whenever we are outside he begs to play with the hose. I think he would love a fun sprinkler to play in during the hot summer months. This one looks fun.

(4) Take-Apart Toys. My sister-in-law passed down one of these "Take-Apart" toys and Luke loves it! Our speech therapist uses the take-apart bulldozer in every session and recommended getting more to help with different skills. I think this airplane looks cute!

(5) Big Joe Bean Bag Chair. These are the coolest chairs. Walmart carries them and we've also seen them in our local ROSS stores. One of these in red or blue would be perfect for Luke's playroom.

(6) Books! Luke is such a great little reader. He loves nothing more than to grab a book, fall into your lap and have you "wead" to him. Here are a few of the books on my wish list for Luke's library.

July 1, 2014

a gentle and quiet spirit

I've been reading the book Housewife Theologian as part of a book study with some ladies at my church. The last chapter we read focused on beauty. Truth be told, I think about my own personal beauty very little these days. I rarely leave the house with makeup anymore and spend little to no time putting effort into what I'm wearing. It's not that I don't care about my appearance, but rather that I have two little people that consume my primp time instead! And if I'm really honest, it's actually very freeing to not be consumed with my appearance. 

But back to the book study. Instead of focusing on our own beauty, the author encouraged me to focus on what God defines as beautiful. This verse has been marinating in my mind for a month now and I find myself repeating it over and over again.

Though I don't struggle with a desire to be outwardly beautiful, I don't necessarily have the gentle and quiet spirit that God defines as true beauty. Especially in my role as a mom I find myself quick to anger, yell and lose my temper. This verse is a wonderful reminder for me- for all of us as women- to focus our efforts on the beauty of our hearts.