Sunday, February 22, 2015

52 Adventures | Sand in My Pockets

We've been to this place twice in the last few weeks -- it's been glorious. Sunny and fun. So happy to have found it.

Have you been adventuring lately? Post photos on Instagram or Facebook with #52adventures!
To see other adventures we take, click here. We try to do lots of fun stuff. :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentines and Sick Days | Weekending

weekend sharing::
What Your Husband Really Wants This Valentines Day by Quatro Mama
Trust. Respect. Admiration. Self-confidence. Let him love you. :)

How to Roast Beets by Oh My Veggies
I've always boiled beets. This sounds like it could be a good idea. I have beets in the fridge as we speak waiting to be roasted.

Learning To Walk Without an Agenda by Emily Freeman 
"Walking without an agenda offers the soul room to emerge. I know the directive be still and know that I am God is good for me. But I have to be honest and say sometimes the best way to still my soul is to move my body. He comes more fully alive in me as I walk."

Eating | our favorite cornbread with applesauce
Enjoying | the bunnies and baby owl we see on our morning walks this time of year
Listening | It Is Well With My Soul by Daniel Martin Moore
Pinning | these swinging Nerf targets and this list of summer fun ideas
Tweeting | so happy my husband put up pretty lights in our backyard
Planning | to play walkie-talkie sardines out in the sunshine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Real Life | Creativity is a Muscle

I'm probably not the first mom who has told her kids to get off the screens and be creative! I try to model it for them, but truth be told, I'm playing Hay-Day in spare minutes here and there and checking social media in between chores. Creativity is a muscle, my friends, like a lot of other really important things, and we've gotta practice flexing it.

So -- we get ready for the popsicle stick bridge building contest and pull out the pneumatic Legos and yes, the hose in the backyard with a collection of PVC pipes. And when they are on screens, we encourage TV and apps that develop brain cells rather than eat them up.

This time of year is hardest. Soon the days will be longer and so much warmer and we'll be outside a lot more. Our five weeks of fog seems to have burned off [maybe? fingers crossed!] and the sunshine is making me very very happy.

My top advice? Don't give up. Don't throw the screens out the window. Keep talking to your kids about their brains and how addiction happens and what things are going to develop their creativity and what things probably won't. Sometimes give them choices about how they will spend their time and other times enforce an hour or two of screen free time. But what do I know? I'm in the middle of this mess hoping my kids will turn out alright. We're making choices one day at a time. It's really not as easy as these photos make it look. #couragetousall

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
inspired by [stolen from?] a friend

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 cup applesauce
1 cup soy milk

2 apples, chopped tiny

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Combine wet ingredients, then mix wet and dry together carefully with the chopped apples. Don't over-mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 18-20 really yummy muffins.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Idealism + February Goals

We're already half-way through this month and I'm not sure it's even worth listing my monthly goals this time around! I've had a hard time completing goals from previous months. I think it's because I tend to be too ambitious -- getting excited about the possibilities and thinking of all the things we could do. Then reality hits and I end up disappointed with myself. It's the realist and idealist fighting inside me.

So I'll try to be more realistic with this month's goals -- listing things I know will happen and a couple wished-for things.

February Goals:
{last month's goals which were pretty ambitious}

For the blog:
+ an Etsy round-up showcasing yellow and gray
+ a spring food inspiration post
+ better photos for the baked oatmeal recipe
+ post about our favorite apple muffins

For the family:
+ go mountain biking at the lake
+ participate in the popsicle stick bridge contest
+ get into a worship time habit
+ read The Tale of Despereaux

For me personally:
+ add more running miles each week
+ read Mere Christianity and Every Bitter Thing is Sweet
+ get a haircut
+ play my mandolin with songs online

Do you set goals that are too extravagant and out of reach? What wins in your life? Realism or idealism?