picking, eating, sunshine and friends

Sometimes the best days are the unplanned ones. When you wake up and decide to go to a berry farm with a couple of friends and bunch of kids. Nothing says summer like the warm sun in your face, picking and eating berries straight off the bushes. Now what to do with all of these berries? I think their is a summer tart and fresh berry sorbet in my future.

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Maverick and his two favorite girls
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He likes to taste before he buys
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What’s better than a wagon ride?
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My little guy is always happy (when he’s eating)
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We may have eaten more berries than picked them
Wow, that’s a flattering photo of me!
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Working hard to fill his basket
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Yummy Strawberries
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Strawberry faces and baskets filled… the end to perfect day!
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Superfood Juices (on my lazy days)

I love my juicer. I think I’ve mentioned that several times in the past, but like so many things in my life, juicing gets interrupted and let’s face it there are days when I don’t feel like washing, peeling and chopping. Lucky for me, I recently tried the superfood juices and smoothies by Sambazon and they are as close as I’ll get to juicing on my lazy days.

Sambazon juices

If you haven’t tried their juices and smoothies I suggest you change that… like today! If you feeling lucky, you should head over to the crazy cool people at Mason & Matisse for a chance to win all three Sambazon juices at their Sambazon giveaway!

Happy Mother’s Day

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My mom is an incredible human being. Every day I am reminded of her strength, love and unbelievable beauty. I strive every moment to be like my mother and to impart to my children the same wisdom, kindness and courage she has given me. I am so grateful to have been born into such a remarkable family with my mom always at the helm.

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day!

on the eve…

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It’s my birthday tomorrow (hold the applause). I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s not the age, because I consider myself young and still in my prime (of what I have no idea). I’m not quite sure how to describe the way I feel. A little melancholy and fortunate at the same time. I don’t have anything planned for my birthday… no dinner, no party, no cake anywhere in sight, not seeing any friends, pretty sure my kids haven’t bought or made anything for me, but my husband did buy me an iPad Mini, which he gave to me yesterday. Not really what I expected. It’s like my iPhone just larger and now I have two of everything: email accounts, apps, photos, music and double the dinging! You know that annoying sound anytime anyone emails, texts, or mentions you on some social media outlet. Now that I’m writing about it I’m actually annoyed that he got me an iPad, because the last thing I needed was to be even more connected. Oh well, it could have been worse.

With my iphone in my back pocket, my iPad on my lap, I sit in front of my Mac typing on my keyboard… someone shoot me! I guess I’ll go downstairs and make the kids dinner, turn up some music, have a glass of wine, take a deep breath and feel really blessed.

Hope you guys have a great night!

by the by, thanks to my 3 1/2 year old son for the photo. he took about 100 of the exact same photo of the top of his head using my new iPad.

Yummy Brownies

Sometimes you just need a brownie! A little sweet tooth never hurt anybody. So , here’s our little mocha brownie recipe and it’s gluten-free, if that matters. What is your favorite dessert recipe?

Brownie Ingredients
15 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
¼ cup water
9 T raw cocoa
¼ cup agave syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, soft, not liquid
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
4 eggs
½ tsp baking powder
2 T espresso, ground fine

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Blend dates (in a blender) and ¼ cup water on high until it becomes a paste
3. Add eggs, cocoa, agave, coconut oil, baking powder and espresso; blend until smooth
4. Add garbanzo beans; mix on high until entire mixture is well incorporated, thick and smooth
5. Evenly distribute mixture into mini muffin tins (fills 30-32)
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test); remove and cool on a wire rack

All grown up

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Amazing what a simple haircut can do. All of a sudden he looks so grown up and handsome. I don’t really associate that word with my little man. I so desperately want to hold on to the cuteness of his baby years. All these days, every single moment, slipping through my fingers and moving to quickly. Before I know it, fifteen years will have passed and my little man will be leaving for college. No one ever tells you how heartbreaking it is to raise children. You spend all this time trying to enjoy every precious moment, but as you get older time moves faster.

I love you so much Maverick and you are so very handsome!

keepin’ it local… essential oils

812661_481334855263916_1964000573_oI recently discovered this amazing line of essential oils, Anoush through Ellwood Thompson’s. Have you tried it? Anoush makes incredible essential oils and aromatherapy products for the body and home, and sells her line exclusively to local shops. These oils are all handmade with organic and natural ingredients and they smell absolutely divine! They would also make a sweet gift for kids with her new soothing kid’s line.

Do you love essential oils? Do you use aromatherapy? I have a small collection of essential oils and I absolutely love their healing effects. It makes me so happy!

try and try again

Craftsy.com Mini CoursesI think I have mentioned this before, but I am not a crafty person (see example A). However, I’m also not one to give up so easily and thankfully I have found a website that will allow me to fail gloriously at crafts in the privacy of my own home! Not that I mind the ridicule of going to a class, I have a rather stellar self-deprecating sense of humor, but let’s face it I just don’t have the time these days to go dedicate to a “real” class. Lucky for me I’m going to test out Craftsy and a couple of their free mini-courses (the operative word being free). I can’t guarantee I’ll improve in any meaningful way, but the little kid inside of me just won’t give up! There must be one craft I can be successful at, because cooking and interioir design don’t count in the eyes of my children. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears?