• Resolutions

    Resolutions Recap, Week 1

    I thought, in order to keep my focus on moving forward and sticking to my New Years Resolutions, I would try to recap what actions I’ve taken towards my goals each week. My hope is that it helps to keep me accountable and who knows what other fun things may come out of all this…. 🙂 So, without further adieu, let’s recap where things rest after the first week of 2018: Improve Bedtime Routine.  I have been mostly faithful with eliminating that dreaded before-bed-TV. I did fall asleep to it last night b/c it was noisy and was soothing. Otherwise, I’ve been listening to meditations before bed to help me fall…

  • Resolutions

    A clean fridge is a happy fridge.

    Our week is trudging along quite nicely. Boys got home late yesterday and we had just enough time to talk to them for a few minutes and then get them showered and to bed. My morning routine (waking up at 5am, journaling/meditating) is going so well – I am intensely enjoying that sacred time I have in the morning where no one else is around. Yesterday, I used my morning to do some extra reading. This morning, I found myself with an abundance of time (as no one woke up until after 8am this morning [an unheard luxury in these parts!]) so after completing my morning list, I reorganized the…

  • Resolutions

    On Meditation (and a few apps to help you on your way, too!)

    My resolutions are off to a good start so far. If you read my last post, one of my first goals this year was to improve both my morning and evening routines and so that’s where I’ve started. I thought I would share some free phone apps that I’m using to help towards my goal of creating a healthy meditation practice: Meditation & Relaxation: Guided Meditation – I’ve tried meditating before and always failed because I didn’t have anyone helping me along. This app is great because it includes a 7-day meditation “starter” course where there is someone directing you throughout each meditation. While my goal is to meditate for 20 minute…

  • Rhythm

    The Next Year.

    Of course, the last few days of any year are an invitation for reflection, an opportunity to dream and to imagine what life would be like if we somehow managed to finagle the dedication and excitement we felt on the first of the year to the very end of that same year. How could things be different this time next year? How can I be sure that the disappointments and frustrations of this year END this year and don’t carry into the next? The last few weeks here have been really challenging. The week before winter break our oldest caught the flu which led to me getting the flu (worse than…

  • Baking,  Christmas,  Desserts,  Recipes

    Homemade Peppermint Bark

    Remember that just the other day I mentioned I had been on an unexplained baking frenzy the last few weeks? Here is some small proof of my efforts – homemade peppermint bark. I’m addicted to the Williams Sonoma peppermint bark but luckily now, I can make it at home all the time and no longer need to avoid Williams Sonoma around the holidays! (Jury is still out on whether that’s a good thing or not.) What I hadn’t realized before is how extremely easy this stuff is to make. I literally made it in between cooking a batch of homemade waffles for the freezer and putting together eight other freezer…

  • Baking,  Homemaking

    The tourtiere.

    I was very recently tasked with baking a tourtiere, a French-Canadian meat pie. (And by very recently, I mean like, it’s in the oven as I am typing.) It’s been 20 years since I’ve tasted meat and cooking it always involves a lesson in trust. Because it’s been so long since I’ve eaten meat, I’ve learned to rely on my sense of smell to be a judge of how things should taste. Enter R, my partner, who grew up in French-Canadian Montreal with a Lebanese grandmother. His memories of food are steeped in the smells and tastes of food that predates recipes – the kind of recipes that are handed…

  • Baking,  Christmas,  Homemaking

    Holiday Baking.

    For the first time in perhaps my entire life, I am embracing the idea of holiday baking. I’ve always said that I’m a better cook than a baker (and it’s true – I lack that certain je n’ais se quoi that most bakers seem to instinctively have) but for some unknown reason (I’ll blame Christmas), I’ve found myself whipping up cookies, bars, cupcakes, etc faster than you can call all the reindeer. Do you have any favorite holiday recipes? Please share!  

  • Clean Eating,  Halloween,  Room Mom Life,  Uncategorized

    Healthy Halloween Class Treats

    I don’t know about you, but all the candy surrounding holidays like Halloween makes me want to try even harder to find fun, healthy ways we can celebrate holidays like this one with less refined sugar. (Plus, did anyone see the recent study about the connection between sugar and cancer?) Technically, Halloween isn’t a “recognized” class party day for our school district which means that all snacks need to be healthy (no cookies, candy, cake, etc) which is just fine with me! I found these two ideas – one on Pinterest (of course) and one by just searching healthy snack ideas for Halloween. The kids LOVED both of them though…

  • Autumn,  Crafting,  Halloween,  Service

    The Star Money Fairy Tale Trunk or Treat

    Our school hosted its annual Trunk or Treat this past week and I was in charge of one of the grade’s trunks. The ToT coincides with the school’s book fair, so I piggybacked off their theme (fairy tales) to create this unusual, fairy-tale inspired trunk. It’s based off the Grimm’s tale, The Star Money, about a little orphan girl who wanders into the woods and ends up giving away all her possessions to people less fortunate than herself. At the end of the story, she looks up at the sky to find that the stars are raining money on her. You can’t tell in the photo but I wound LED…

  • Autumn,  Clean Eating,  Meal Planning

    Meal Plan October Week 3 (Behind the Scenes!)

      Yes, I am still busy over here meal planning! I haven’t shared lately because by the time I get my meals laid out, groceries ordered and picked up and back home, I’m wiped. And let’s be honest, too. Infant twins are a lot to handle. I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but there are many times where… I just don’t have time. So, instead of typing out the list, I thought it would be fun to share it as I write it (and see it) all week long. At the end of most lines, there’s an abbreviation and number in parenthesis. Those are noted so I know which…