9.17.2014

Saturday Adventure

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About once or twice a year, we get together with the Smith’s for a day in the mountains. I’m not sure why we don’t do it more often, it’s one of our favorite weekends of the year. We spend the day rock climbing digging in the dirt, and chatting for hours, and we all return home covered in dirt from head to toe. We ventured up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and boy, was it the perfect day. The weather was fabulous, minus a few sprinkles here and there that quickly passed, and being up in the mountains was glorious. I always forget how much I love rock climbing. I have a slight fear of heights (don’t look down!) but when I make it to the top and see the view, it’s a rush!


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This girl belongs outside. She had dirt caked to her eyebrows and ripped a hole right through her pants, but couldn’t have cared less. She was wild and free! Later, when we gave her a bath, I about died. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen bathwater so brown! ;)


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I struggle keeping headbands in my hair, they always slide and pull and I end up attempting to fix my hair all day long. I tried out Coco Bands for the first time while rock climbing, and I’m hooked! They’re non-slip headbands, they don’t leave an indent in your head, and they actually stay in all day. And I mean ALL DAY. Not to mention, they’re adorable and come with mommy & me sets. Can’t beat that! For the next three days you can get 15% off with code HEANDI15.

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My camera was near dead when we arrived, so I opted for a few video clips. I wished I could have captured more before it died, but alas, this quick video will have to do. Here’s a little one minute snippet of our Saturday adventure. XO
 

9.16.2014

Peach Crisp and Homemade Ice Cream

Peach Crisp and Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Am I the only one that prefers to eat dessert for breakfast? I swear it tastes better. Peach crisp and ice cream? It’s like eating fruit, oatmeal, and milk, right? ;) Brian and I have been on a homemade ice cream kick this summer. We have this ice cream maker and let me tell you, it is ahhh-mazing. It makes ice cream making incredibly easy and fast. So fast! Pair it with fresh peach crisp and you’ve got the perfect end of summer dessert.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
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1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.


Peach Crisp

Filling:
6-8 peaches
1/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Topping:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
6 tablespoons cold butter
Pinch or two of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Peel, pit and slice peaches into wedges and place in medium sized bowl. Add sugar, salt and cinnamon. Place into an 8x8 greased pan. Cut butter into small slices. Stir butter with topping ingredients and crumble over peaches in pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm with ice cream.

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Do you have a favorite summer/fall treat? As soon as the weather starts cooling down slightly, I always find myself in a major baking mood. I’d love to hear some of your favorites!

9.15.2014

My “Momiform” + a Giveaway!

Momiform.
As in, Mom Uniform.
Have you heard of them?
I used to think I didn’t really have one, but I totally do!

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My momiform used to consist of sweats and a t-shirt. Every single day. After I had Ellie, I started having a hard time finding clothes that fit my style and my new post-baby body. I didn’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning and let's face it, yoga pants and a baggy t-shirt were the most convenient items to throw on. They were less than flattering and didn’t do much for my self confidence. I’m a big believer in dressing the way you want to feel, and wearing sweats everyday wasn’t helping. So after a few months, I decided something needed to change.

I started searching local and online shops to freshen up my new mom wardrobe. I feel like I’m finally starting to redefine my style. Here’s my top five essentials for a mom uniform. And stay tuned for an awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Black Chiffon Tunic c/o PinkBlush

1: LONG AND LOOSE. After having Ellie, I haven’t been as comfortable wearing really tight shirts. They feel confining and I still feel slightly self conscious about my tummy area. I also don’t like having to pull and tug on my shirts if they’re shorter, so I invested in a few longer, slightly looser shirts. This chiffon black tunic from Pink Blush is one of my weekly favorites. It’s long and flowing, but belts at the waist for a flattering figure.

2: LEGGINGS. That black, flowing shirt above pairs perfectly with a pair of leggings. It feels like I’m wearing a baggy tee and sweats, but it looks ten times better. I picked up a pair of black leggings at Target recently, and I won’t tell you how many days I wear them in a row. :)


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Ivory Lace Gray Blouse c/o Pink Blush

3: NOTHING BUT COMFTY. In the morning, I need something easy and convenient to throw on. I used to wear my baggy, old, workout tees all day, they were so comfy! I tried replacing them with items equally as cozy, but much more cute. This lace shirt from Pink Blush gives the illusion that you actually spent more than ten minutes getting ready, but feels like your favorite oversized sweatshirt.

4: SKINNY JEANS. I’m all about finding that perfect pair of jeans. I resisted wearing skinny jeans for so long, but I seriously live in this pair from American Eagle. They’re are my go-to jeans, anytime of the week (and if we’re being honest, I wear them multiple times a week! Saves on laundry, right?)


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5: MASCARA AND LIPSTICK. I don’t always have time for a full makeup routine, but I can vouch that even a swipe of mascara and lipstick can do wonders for your momiform.  If you have any suggestions for a good lipstick, send them my way. I’ve just been trying out whatever is on sale. ;) I’ve also tried a few fancy, not-so-cheap, brand name mascaras, but I always end up coming back to this one. It’s my favorite (and oh so affordable!)

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Do you have a daily “uniform” and if you’re a mom, momiform? I’d love to hear what you wear! Speaking of uniforms, if you need to update yours, Pink Blush is offering one lucky reader a $25 e-gift card. Be sure to check out all the new arrivals for fall, I can’t wait to order a few new pieces. You can enter the giveaway below, it ends on Saturday, September 20. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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9.14.2014

Happy Sunday!

Remember Prayer - thomas s monson

“There will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift. You worry that you walk alone. Fear replaces faith. When you find yourself in such circumstances, I plead with you to remember prayer.”

9.12.2014

Mom’s Famous Summer Salad

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The air is getting crisp and some of the trees high up in the mountains are turning bright, bold shades of reds and yellows. With autumn just around the corner, Brian and I are clinging to summer for just a tiny bit longer. Lately we’ve been eating our dinner on the front porch, while Ellie takes a few bites of hers, then runs around and plays. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the last of the summer evenings while simultaneously wearing Ellie out for bed. ;) One of our favorite, and super easy, summer meals has been my mom’s famous spinach salad with poppy seed dressing. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve eaten it in the last few weeks. Delicious! My mom so graciously let me spill her recipe on the blog today. Trust me, you’ll want to try this one!

 

Amy’s Spinach Salad & Dressing

Salad Ingredients: Spinach, Leafy Lettuce, Red Onion, Sliced Mushroom, Shredded Motzerella Cheese, Sliced Strawberries or Maderin Organges, Candied Slivered Almonds, and Bacon or Chicken.

Dressing:
3/4 TBSP Poppy Seeds
1/3 c. white vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
3/4 TBSP onion flakes
3/4 c. oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 c. yellow mustard

Shake well before using.

Amy's famous Spinach Strawberry Summer SaladAmy's famous Spinach Strawberry Summer Salad

9.11.2014

Toddler Activity | Rock Painting

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There’s a tiny patch of dirt in our front yard that happens to be Ellie’s favorite. Sure, she loves to paint her nails, dress up, and all things girly, but man, this girl loves the dirt! One rainy, gloomy day, we remembered the forgotten pile of rocks in the yard and decided to give them a little spruce up. My favorite activity growing up was painting “ladybug” rocks and I thought doing something similar would keep Ellie and I entertained for awhile.  After rinsing off all the dirt, we got our our acrylic paints and got to work. Ellie, the rather expressive artist, managed to cover her few rocks in paint, along with the table, chair, her arms and belly. ;)

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After letting all our rocks dry, we delivered them back to Ellie’s favorite dirt patch. I’d thought she’d play with them for a minute or two and forget about them, but no! She loves them! Especially the little dog and mermaid. A few days later we had a slew of neighborhood girls playing in our little dirt pile with all the rock people. It was a hit! I’m now scheming for a village of rock people and mermaids. I think we need just a few more if we are going to share with so many friends! And maybe I just really want to paint a few more. ;)

9.10.2014

On Motherhood

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I’ve been thinking a lot about motherhood as of late. And how I’m doing in my role of mothering. Perhaps it’s because my once six pound baby is soon turning two. Two! She’s growing and learning and I’m just trying to keep up with her. Yesterday, she said her first prayer. We knelt by her bed, folded our arms, and with a little help, she said a sweet and tender prayer to our Heavenly Father. My heart about burst! I was doing something right. ;) I’m not always the most patient mom, or perfect by any means. Sometimes Ellie watches one too many episodes on TV while I finish packaging orders Sometimes I’m not calm, not patient, and completely stressed out. And sometimes we stay in our pajamas well past noon. But, I’m trying. I’m trying to teach her the things that matter the very most. And in return, she teaches me so much more.

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I’ve read a few fabulous articles on motherhood recently that I thought I’d share.


This article by Ashlee Gadd was so sweet. “Can you remember the first time you saw a sunrise? …. Five minutes before those experiences happened, you were just cruising right along, thinking life was great as is. But then, you saw that stunning orange sunrise and you felt that warm sand between your toes and you tasted that delicious piece of chocolate and you just knew. You knew life had just become better in every way because you'd experienced magic. And motherhood is kind of like that, only a million times better.”


I want to be this type of mother (like my own mom!) “Mothers who know are nurturers. This is their special assignment and role under the plan of happiness. To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes..”


Jeni writes about prayers and motherhood.Praying for talents and abilities to be a happy mother has worked, and that tells my most present story of faith: God hears and answers our prayers. Every last one of them.”


This message was incredibly touching and uplifting. “Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work.” And here’s a video to go with it!
 

And last, my very favorite quote of them all:
There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else. -Elder Russell M. Ballard