Sunday, September 6, 2015
A few weeks ago we took the little ones on a super secret homeschool field trip. We have been learning about different land-formations in our science class and wanted to plan a little weekend getaway so the kids could experience how amazing the earth is first hand. Caves had been a popular topic though the week and Missouri is a cave state so we took full advantage and headed down to the Meramec River for a weekend of learning and outdoor adventures. The kids had no idea where we were heading and that made for a car ride full of very imaginative guesses! When we finally arrived and our destination was revealed they were so excited to start exploring. We took two cave tours, panned for crystals and minerals, explored a few state parks, and enjoyed a night in a hotel room. I think the kids were more excited about our hotel stay than learning about cave formations but at least they had fun! When we came home we set up a cave corner that the little ones filled with cave drawings, dioramas, a grow your own stalactite experiment, and a bunch of cave vocabulary sight words! It was fun bringing a little cave atmosphere to our home classroom and making our lesson very hands-on. All in all, it was such a great experience and I'm excited to see where our next homeschool field trip takes us!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Friday, June 26, 2015
I wanted my bath tea to be moisturizing and energizing so I used rolled oats and citrus peel, boy does it smell great! I try to use this tea once a week for a little me time and for its detoxing properties. So whip up this yummy bath tea, light some candles, run a warm bath, and enjoy!
WHAT YOU"LL NEED //
1 cup rolled oats, finely ground
1/4 cup dried white sage
1/4 teaspoon fresh mint
1 cup lavender buds
1/2 cup dried green tea
10 drops Orange essential oil
2 ml Vitamin E oil
Dried peel from one medium size lemon and orange
Bowl for mixing
Small cotton or linen satchels for storage
Thursday, June 25, 2015
It's no secret, I'm a lover of the beet. I talked recently about incorporating beets in the little one's diet in my Operation Veggie series and now we are going to talk about incorporating them into the grown up's diet too! A lot of adults are turned off by beets but they are an amazing super food full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and are wonderful for fertility thanks to their high levels of vitamin B!
Recently I picked up some Purple and Golden beets from my local organic produce section and decided to try something new! I wanted to see if I could make every part of the beet count, while making something yummy that I could share with my beet loathing husband.
My first thought was a beet hummus (pictured above). I had seen it all over Pinterest so I decided to use my golden beets instead of the purple for something different. I was so impressed by the results and the husband and little ones were so pleased and weren't turned off by the beet flavor at all! First success!
GOLDEN BEET HUMMUS //2 medium golden beets
2 Cups cooked chickpeas
3 cloves Garlic
⅓ Cup Olive Oil
¾ Teaspoon Sea Salt
½ Meyer Lemon, juiced
½ Teaspoon Cumin
½ Teaspoon Turmeric
¾ Teaspoon Tahini
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and trim your beets and then wrap them in foil and roast them for around an hour. Do not toss your beet greens! Keep them for later, we will be using them!
After beets are done roasting let them completely cool and then remove their skin and cube them.
Add your beets, garlic, olive oil, salt, cumin, turmeric, chickpeas, and tahini to your food processor. For the smoothest hummus is suggest taking the extra time to take the skin off of all the chickpeas. The difference is life changing. Puree the mixture and then add in your lemon juice! You can adjust the consistency of the hummus by adding more or less lemon juice. I garnished my hummus with a little drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of chipotle chili powder, and a few little pieces of beet and beet green.
ROASTED BEETS WITH A BALSAMIC GLAZE //
3 medium-sized golden beets, tops removed
3 medium-sized red beets, tops removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
As with before, keep those beet greens for later!
Preheat your over to 350 degrees F. Remove the skins from your beets and cube them up. Toss your beets in a light drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper and then place them on a foil covered baking sheet. Roast them for around an hour or until your beets are soft when poked with a fork. Let beets cool a little. While your beets are cooling combine your vinegar, and honey or maple syrup to a sauce pan and heat it on medium high until it reaches a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer and let the glaze become a little thick. Drizzle this mixture over your beets and then serve!
BEET GREEN PESTO //
Beet greens - from about 6 beets
½ cup light packed fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
½ cup sliced unsalted almonds
½ cup olive oil (more or less depending on taste and texture)
A squeeze of lemon juice
Fresh cracked pepper
Blanch beet greens and then squeeze out all excess water. Add greens, basil, garlic, and almonds to food processor and combine until mixture is fine. Then drizzle in olive oil and lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency. Add fresh ground pepper and salt to taste and then pulse once more to combine! Serve with your favorite pastas, veggies, or proteins.
I hope that these great recipes inspire you to eat your veggies and utilize every part for optimal nutritional benefits! Let me know if you try any one these yummy treats and tag me on social media if you share your efforts! Enjoy!
Monday, June 15, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
I see a lot of interest in holistic living popping up everywhere from my Internet friends to my friends and neighbors here in the Midwest and the shift is so exciting to me. Starting down a holistic path can be so overwhelming and confusing for someone who is beginning to change their habits or lifestyle. It can be so hard to abandon the thought processes of the past and embark on a new journey on your own so I decided to compile a list of all my favorite sources to help anyone out there sorting through the muck. I hope this can help those already on a holistic path or motivate those who haven't to take the leap! Hop on over and check out these amazing places and spaces around the web and become inspired!
The Kitchy Kitchen
Real Food Whole Life
TRIBE de MAMA
Free + Native
The Wellness Wonderland
The First Mess
Mind Body Green
The Well-Oiled Life
This Rawsome Vegan Life
The Simple Veganista
Rachel Brathen Blog
Photos shared from: // The First Mess // The Minimalist Baker // It's Me, Charlotte! // Free + Native
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Today I just wanted to update you all on what I have planned for this space in the next month or so! I've been focusing on better food and the importance of gut health so I'll be sharing my journey into lacto-fermenting veggies like radish as well as great tips on how to incorporate more veggies into your little one's diet with my Operation Veggie Series. Health and wellness are super important to me so I'll be sharing a list of my favorite bloggers, You-tubers, and Instagramers that help me keep my mind and body on track and inspire me to keep chugging along on this holistic journey.
I've also been keeping a motherhood journal and I would love to share it here in hopes that other mothers can relate and connect here in a safe place. I've been documenting life with my littles, the struggles and beautiful moments of motherhood, life post miscarriage, and our journey to conceive again after loss. I love to be honest and raw about navigating through this difficult time and I've gotten an amazing response from women who felt like they had to travel this long road alone. I'm hoping that my motherhood journal can spark a positive conversation and help us all to connect and support each other when we need it most.
I'll also be keeping up with my Childhood Project, updating you on my doula journey, sharing some great tips on living essentially and my favorite ways to use essential oils, and sharing all my favorite real life moments in between.
There are a lot of great things to come here and I hope that you all join me and follow along on this crazy ride! Have a topic you would like to see discussed here on my blog? Leave a comment and let me know!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Lately I've been talking to a lot of my mommy friends lately and they all have the same dilemma, "How can I get my child to like veggies?"
Toddlers and young children can be really picky eaters! They love really simple flavors and textures and their diets end up becoming bland and let's face it not very nutritious. Goldfish crackers and ketchup can only sustain them for so long. As mothers we always want to see our kids at their best and we know that veggies provide so many amazing benefits that will have our little one's brain and body working in tip-top shape. Introducing new foods, especially when they're green and leafy or brown and spongy can be difficult but with a little consistency and delicious kid friendly recipes we can make it happen! Right mommas?
Welcome to Operation Veggie! I've asked a group of moms what veggies their kids think are icky and I'm going to use the top picks to create toddler and kid friendly foods, snacks, and sweet treats! I'll be having my little ones taste test everything and I'll share the results here!
I love using vegetables in different and unique ways, so if nothing else OP VEG will get you and your family to try something new or to tackle a veggie that you've been a little afraid of!
If you try any of the recipes featured let me know how they go over with the little ones! Good luck!
Our first vegetable is the beet! I know a lot of adults are even turned off by beets so I really loved this challenge! Beets have a beautiful vibrant color which benefits us in two ways! The purplish color of the beet is produced by phytonutrients called betalains; this pigment has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties that protect cells from damage. Beets are also full of potassium, folates, and fiber and help protect against heart disease and even cancer! These guys are a must have in every one's diet! Plus, the color is also what makes the beet so fun! It's the perfect all natural way to color food red/pink/purple!
Six organic medium sized apples
1/2-1 whole organic beet
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp clove
1 tbs organic cane sugar
pinch of ground ginger
1/2 cup water
Peel, core, and roughly chop apples and peel and chop the beet. Place all of your ingredients into a medium sauce pan over medium/low heat. Let the mixture simmer for 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally.
Once beets and apples are soft remove from heat and add it to your food processor or blender. You can make it as chunky or smooth as you'd like! I stored my apple sauce in mason jars and popped them in the fridge to cool. Now I have plenty to add to lunches and snack time! I added a little sliced apple as garnish and the kids loved dipping the pieces in their colorful sauce!
Have a veggie your kid despises that you want to make "kid friendly"? Leave it in the comments and I may feature it on Operation Veggie!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
1. White Lace Dress
2. Tassel Necklace
3. Karen Walker Sunglasses
4. Aromi Orange Vegan Lipstick
5. Gold Stacking Bangles
6. Emerald Leather Sandals
7. Charlotte Olympia Taco Clutch
8. Gold Hammered Studs
Monday, May 4, 2015
Happy Star Wars Day!
"There are many realities in the universe, some of them quite harsh. One reality that is inescapable is that there is nothing more valuable than a friend. More than food, more than shelter, and more than weaponry, an ally can save your life."
- Qui-Gon Jinn
Sunday, May 3, 2015
2. This week marks one year since Peggy Sue joined our family!
3. Little hands and little sprouts in the garden.
4. New digs in the back yard thanks to one pretty great aunt!
5. My crew.
6. Our Earth Day treats paid off! We now have three beautiful eggs waiting to hatch!
7. Tree talk.
8. Wonton taco night, that's how we celebrate an early Cinco De Mayo!
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