Favorite calendars of 2016

Call me crazy, but for some reason this year, I have multiple calendars around our home. I guess I need them. Maybe, I just really like the aesthetics of them. Anyway, I found some good ones and wanted to share them with you, before it’s too late.

We do use multiple calendars to help us stay organized for home, work and social activities. It helps us with keeping some sort of structure in our home.  Plus, it’s nice to see all of the pretty pictures.

Cheers to 2016!

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Christmas 2015

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Christmas was so special this year. Eleanor was at the age, that she kind of knew what was going on. We began by reading her a few Christmas stories, leading up to Christmas, and cheated a bit, and gave her presents to open the week leading up to.  She loved all of the bows and wrapping. We probably could have just wrapped wrapping, and we would have been good. It’s so fun to watch those little eyes light up at everything, and watch those little hands pull at all of the bows.

Now, it’s time to get back to all of the healthy eating, and staying on track. My body wasn’t feeling so hot after putting stuff in it that I normally don’t eat. Of course, at the time it seems like an awesome idea, but I paid for it later.

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season!

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Holiday Baking

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The baking continues over in our household. I came across this amazing vegan sugar cookie recipe (yes, it’s amazing), and wanted to share it with you.

I hope everyone is enjoying this season as much as I am. Having a little one, really makes it that much more special.

Also, I made a promise to myself, that I am hitting the gym after the holidays. UGH! I have never liked the gym, like not even a little bit. Send some good gym juju my way, please. Ha!

On that note, here is the amazing vegan sugar recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup soft but not melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, soymilk, or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut, soy, or almond milk
  • sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed to combine. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and cream of tartar until blended. If dough is too crumbly, add a little more milk until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray. Divide dough in half. Roll each dough half to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface cut out with cookie cutters. Dough may need to warm up a little before it’s easy to roll out. Place shapes on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake 7-8 minutes until edges just begin to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. To make icing, place powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spread on cooled cookies or use a piping bag to make designs. Use sprinkles or sanding sugar to decorate. adapted from Betty Crocker

Yield: 12 cookies depending on size 
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook time: 8 mins.
Total time: 18 mins.

Recipe from here.

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Family Photos

 

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A few weeks ago we did the yearly family photo session. That’s always a fun thing to get ready for. (insert sarcasm)

Eleanor and I had had a few photos taken a week prior. I always seem to need a photo of myself, or Eleanor, for work. So, we snapped a few on a friends property. It was easy, probably took ten minutes, Eleanor was all smiles, and it went smoothly. For our family photos, different story.  Eleanor had just woke up from a nap, and we thought she had enough time to warm up, but instead, she wanted nothing to do with any photo. Ha! We did our best, and managed to get a few anyway.

Now, off to make those holiday cards.  They may not make Christmas, but, I promise, everyone will have a New Year’s card from us.

We chose to use Tiny Prints this year for our holiday cards. They are super helpful, and we love that a ‘professional’ always looks them over, to make sure they come out perfect.

Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season!

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Gingerbread cookies + essential oils

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We have finally been getting into the groove of Christmas around here. I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we like to start early. Who doesn’t?!

We’ve been trying to engage Eleanor in the kitchen a little more.  She loves the refrigerator, and she loves to get out all of the pots and pans, but, we’re trying to engage her in the cooking aspect of it all. She’s still a little young, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

The other morning I had a huge craving for gingerbread cookies, and of course, if you know me, you know that they had to be healthy. I remember a while back looking on the internet and coming across a somewhat healthy, and a very easy recipe, via My New Roots.

Here is the recipe I followed…

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread
Makes at least 2 dozen medium-sized cookies

Ingredients:
2 ½ / 350g whole spelt flour
¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ground ginger (or less if you prefer more mild gingerbread)
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
½ cup / 70g coconut sugar
½ cup / 125ml unsulfured blackstrap molasses
3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Sift the dry ingredients together.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then whisk in the molasses, applesauce, and vanilla.
3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and fold to combine – you may need to use your hands to mix this, but don’t overwork the dough. Fold just until the ingredients come together evenly. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, make a ball, then flatten into a large disc. Wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Remove dough from the fridge, unwrap and cut in half. Wrap one half and return it to the fridge. Place the other half of the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it warm up just slightly). Remove top half of the paper and cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter or a knife. Slide a knife or thin egg lifter under each shape and place on a lined baking sheet. Ball up the scraps of dough, roll it out between the parchment and start again. Once the dough becomes too warm, return it to the fridge and repeat the entire process with the other half of the chilled dough.
5. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes (7 minutes produces a softer, chewier cookie, while 10 minutes produces a crispier one). Remove from oven and let cool on pan.

For the frosting, that I drizzled lightly across each cookie, I used a recipe adapted from here.  I really wanted to incorporate essential oil some way. We used orange for this recipe, and it was divine!

Enjoy!

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Dream Bedding

 

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To continue on with our design décor series, we have found the dreamiest of dreamy bedding. Cariloha,

I’ve spent countless dollars on good bedding, because I firmly believe in, if you spend a little extra money you can have a quality product.  Not all of the time, but sometimes. Cariloha, is my new favorite brand. Their product is amazing.  The sheets and duvet both washed up nicely, and both are extremely soft.

On a side note, Cariloha has amazing customer service. The gentleman I dealt with couldn’t have been any kinder, and in today’s world, kindest to me means everything.

If you have a minute, go check out their products, I know you’ll love them.

We have this duvet, and this pair of sheets. Love them both!

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the perfect rug company

 

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As many of you know, we have been doing a series on home décor. We all love to decorate, but sometimes on todays budget,  it can be hard to find your new favorite piece, and actually be able to afford it. We are finding some of the best companies that you can turn to, and get what you actually want.

Our next featured company is ecarpetgallery.com. They have everything you will ever want in a rug, plus more. And right now they are offering 33% off all of their rugs, with the code instarug. I mean, this pretty much makes it possible for anyone to get the perfect rug!

We chose a serapi rug, and I’ll tell you, it’s honestly the nicest rug we’ve ever had.  We have purchased lots and lots of rugs, and nothing compares to the quality of our serapi from ecarpetgallery. Another wonderful thing about this company is that they have such a wide selection, for everyone’s style. HUGE BONUS, FREE SHIPPING IN THE US AND CANADA!!! So basically we’ve found the best kept secret for all of you rug lovers.  Go check out this amazing company, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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finding the perfect home decor

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Have you spent countless hours surfing the web, and on Pinterest, looking for that perfect pillow? I’m sure you have, we all have. I came across a wonderful company, full of fabulous rugs and pillows, and definitely felt it was worth sharing with you. If you’re anything like me, I always have to have the ‘perfect’ pillow. I’ve been looking for over a year, and can honestly say, this company nailed it!

Loloi, a company that specializes in rugs, pillows, throws, and more. Instead of spending countless hours going from site to site, grab a seat and spend hours cruising their site, and I promise you, you will find what you are looking for.

I went with a hand woven, 100% cotton, down-filled, indigo patterned pillow, and a hand woven, wool/cotton blend, ivory shag pillow. Both can be purchased here.  They compliment each other nicely. I even love how versatile they can be, moved from room to room for multi purpose decorating, if need to be.

There you have it, one of my number one picks for home decorating! Go stalk their site, you’ll be so happy!

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spaces

Does anyone else sit on Pinterest and dream about different spaces in your home and what to do with them? We all do, right?! I have so many different styles, and would love to one day have them all under one roof. Ha! You know, each room decorated completely different. I know, kind of weird.  Below are a few room inspos that caught my eye.

In the coming weeks, we have a few, fun home sites to share with you.  I know you will love them all! Until then…

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Keeping it simple

Hey!

Sorry it’s been a little quiet over here, just trying to stay up on life. (wink wink)

We have been adding so many arrivals to the shop, and loving every single one of them. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, that I tend to pick out the more simple pieces for my wardrobe. I also seem to gravitate towards black and white.  Anyone else feel this way?

Below is one of my favorite pieces that we just received. It’s our Park Slope sweater, lightweight, and so comfy.

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