Saturday, February 4, 2017

Our favorite books for Black History Month!

February is Black History Month so even though we include learning about people of color all year round we are spending a lot more time recognizing black Americans and their contributions to our country this month. We have books that range from slavery to the civil rights movement, touching on topics like peaceful protest, segregation, the integration of schools, and beyond. I asked my kids to pick out their favorite books from our Black History Unit and these are the books they chose :

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow recommended!)

The Montgomery Story Comic 1957

What was the March on Washington?

I am Martin Luther King Jr. (Ordinary People Change The World)

One Crazy Summer (Newbery Honor Winner)

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

A Kid's Guide To African American History (has over 70 activities included)

If A Bus Could Talk: The Story Of Rosa Parks

The March Series by Senator John Lewis (these are great for older kids, graphic novels!)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down

It was really hard narrowing down our favorites, but we love these books so much! They each have their own unique and beautiful artwork and they tell stories that are deeply touching and motivating.
Looking for some great Black History Month activities for you kids to do at home? Check out this Martin Luther King Jr. Activity Pack over at Educents! It's filled with great activities for all ages!
Do you have any book recommendations for Black History Month? Leave them for me in the comments!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1/52

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2017.” 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Surviving the Icepocalypse

 This weekend the Midwest was supposed to be hit with one of the worst ice storms we've seen in ten years so we planned a weekend inside away from the elements. We've seen  a little ice and some chilly temperatures but nothing worthy of the hype it got all week...still waiting though! I've been spending as much of my free time as possible knitting lately so when the little babe went down for a nap you better believe I got out my yarn and settled with with a cup of coffee and a project or two. I'm hoping I can wrap up the piece on my needles by the end of the long weekend because I have new yarn on its way to me and I'm excited to use it. Yarn can be so addicting! I have so many skeins lying around and it is always so hard to decide what project to tackle with it. The woes of a crafter!
 I love cozy weekends in with no plans and plenty of time to dedicate to my hobbies. I rush around all week long so when I have the time and the backup in the form of my lovely husband I try to treat myself and take advantage! If there is a positive to dreary weather it's that it gives you an excuse to stay in your pj's and enjoy some down time!  Here's a little peek at my long weekend:
 CURRENTLY //
spinning - Rage Against The Machine

knitting - I've been whipping up these easy knit wash cloths a lot lately!

diffusing - Peppermint and Citrus Fresh Young Living Essential Oils

eating - I saw this quick and easy artisan bread recipe on Facebook and it's been our go-to snack all weekend. Add Asiago cheese on the top, you won't be sorry!

drinking -  Sumatra Dark Coffee

enjoying - A little peace and quiet, a little self care goes a long way!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Real Food // Breastfeeding Fuel.

I have been exclusively breastfeeding Luna for three and a half months now and if I've learned anything it's that water and supply/energy boosting snacks are a must have for any nursing momma. This is my third time breastfeeding and it has definitely been my most successful attempt thanks to these little bites full of supply boosting ingredients like flax seeds, oats, and healthy fats. Breastfeeding in itself is a hard task, so whipping up a snack that also ups your supply should be super easy! While nursing I don't just get hungry, I get hannnngryyyyyyy and snack time cannot wait. These no-bake treats are easy to prepare in under ten minutes and everyone in the whole family will enjoy them. My kids love helping me mix all of the ingredients together and I love that they are enjoying a healthy snack disguised as desert. Everyone is happy!
The best part about these bites is that they are so easy to customize! You can add all kinds of mix-ins to really make them your own. My kids have named these the pb&j flavor because of the peanut butter and dried berries, but you could add dates, nuts, and even almond butter to name a few.  
WHAT YOU'LL NEED //
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup dried berries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl mix all of your ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Roll 2 tablespoon sized balls out in your hand and then place on parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator to set or enjoy right away. I know sometimes snacking can't wait! After your bites have set transfer them to an airtight container and enjoy for up to two weeks...if they last that long!
If you try out this recipe let me know what you think!
Have you ever tried lactation cookies or bites? Did they help increase your supply?