Berry Choco Muffins — September 18, 2019

Berry Choco Muffins

Today was a good day. My girlfriend and I went to look at a house built in 1900! It was a mess, but a beautiful one. So much potential and overall MAGICAL. It’s in the uptown area of our historic city. Plus my friend is a creative genius so it would be transformed and given all the love it needs.

Afterward, we went to a little market and had lemonade and quiche. She has 2 kiddos and is well versed in needing non-mommy time. I accidentally invited my hubs and son to join us at the market and she reminded me that it was “Girl Time”. I was grateful that she helped me protect that time. I’m not so good at that.

Let’s keep the good going…

Berry Choco Muffins

Stuff

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Sparkling Sugar

Steps

  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour (1.5 c), white sugar (1/2 c), coconut sugar (1/4 c), baking powder (2 tsp), cinnamon (1/2 tsp) and salt (1/2 tsp).
  • In a separate bowl, add almond milk (1/2 c), vegetable oil (1/3 c), vanilla (1/2 tsp) and 1 egg. Pour into flour mixture.
  • Add in strawberries (1 c) & chocolate chips (3/4 c) and mix until just combined.
  • Fill each muffin cup ¾ full. Sprinkle sparkling sugar (as much as you like!) on top of muffins.
  • Bake for 22 minutes, or until done.

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Inspired by: https://sugarspiceandfamilylife.com/2017/03/strawberry-muffins-recipe.html/amp
D13 — August 14, 2019

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Dylan started school today! It’s only twice a week for 3 hours a day, but it’s still a big deal to me. As we approached dropping him off, the butterflies in my stomach began to grow. We brought him in and he clung to me. I did not want to let him go. Hubs peeled him off of me and placed him on the mat with the other kids and he was hooked. We slowly and swiftly escaped. Of course I had to peek in through the door window to see him before we left. Walking back to the car without him was hard. Tears streamed down my face. Then coming home without him it was so weird. I went to the bathroom and had another good cry. Maybe it’s a mom thing, I don’t know, but today was a bit tough for me. Some more details and prayers/praises:

P – My kid started school today! And besides falling on the way in and scraping his knee (he didn’t even cry so I didn’t even know!), he did really well. I am relieved. Thank you Lord! Also, thank you for Holly visiting today.

R – Please forgive me for worrying so much.

A – I ask for protection of my son. I also ask for Holly to return home safely as she drives North.

Y –

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. – Psalms 121:8 (NLT)

Friday Focus — August 2, 2019

Friday Focus

Today has been a busy day. I received some work for a freelance project I’m working on (yay!) and I got to spend some time with my tater tot.

So let’s dive into our second day…

P – Praise
Thank you God for work. For providing for us. For allowing me to be a mom and designer 🙂

R – Repent
Please forgive me for doubting and fearing the future. I am struggling and wanting financial security. Again…You will provide!

A – Ask
Lord, I pray for my faith, family and this weekend. Help us to make the most of it and to include you every step of the way.

Y – Yes

God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. – 1 Corinthians 12:6

fitness friday — July 19, 2019

fitness friday

Worked out with my neighbor today. I am proud of myself! First of all, working out is not my idea of fun. I’m not one of those people that feeds off others energy at the gym. I usually just want to get through my workout and leave as soon as possible. I really just want to fit in my pants. That’s my goal. I know there are many other benefits to working out, but I tend to lose site of them when I actually have to do it.

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So we went, we did about 20 minutes of cardio, weights and lots of talking. The talking was probably my favorite part. Lots of stuff to be grateful for today. Exercise, hubs working, swim with my tot, and it’s Friday! Enjoy your weekend my friends. It’s gonna be a good one.

Fri-YAY — July 12, 2019

Fri-YAY

Friday’s aren’t always fun for me. Coming from the corporate world, I did adopt the Friday fun day mentality, but now that I’m a stay-at-home mom and freelance graphic designer, I still appreciate Friday, but for other reasons. I don’t work for the weekend anymore (sometimes I have to work on weekends now 😑). However, I am trying to set some healthy boundaries. Such as:

  • Check-in on computer, but don’t respond to emails unless necessary.
  • No looking or applying for jobs.
  • Start an inbox/to-do list for Monday vs. tackling it asap.
  • Slow down.

The last one is for every day, but I especially don’t like to feel rushed on the weekends. They are meant for rest. God gave us 6 days to get our stuff done. Time to take a breath and be.

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Mother’s Day — May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day

This used to be a hard day for me. Still is in some ways. I remember thinking how cool it would be to announce that I’m pregnant on Mother’s Day. But year after year I wasn’t. At church this morning they prayed for all the women (new moms, moms of teens, moms who have lost children, caretakers of moms, desiring to be a mom). Tears rolled down my cheeks as I held out my hands to receive the blessing. Our fertility journey was a hard time in our lives and motherhood holds it’s own challenges. But I’m grateful for the following:

  • Being with my mom this morning as we ran to the bagel store and coffeeshop before anyone else was awake in the house.
  • Seeing my 2-year old run out of his room with a Lionel Richie t-shirt with my Mother’s Day card in his hands.
  • For church. The message this morning was phenomenal! https://subsplash.com/discovery/messages
  • Floating in the pool with my neighbors, mother-in-law, son and husband.
  • For the long bath I took as my son and husband napped this afternoon.

I’m also grateful to be blogging/writing again. This is freeing. I hope all the women out there know how cherished and special we are. We are in this together. We all need connection and each other. Not having a child doesn’t mean you’re not a mom or nurturer to someone. We are loved!

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2018 — May 10, 2019

2018

Somehow I managed to fall off the blog map for an entire year. I used to love to write. I think 2018 just got away from me. Let me catch you up:

  • Continued raising our now 2 year old (what?!)
  • Lost a cat (died from lymphoma)
  • Moved/bought a new house
  • Took a new job and left a job of 19 yrs
  • Lost new job (recently – budget cuts)
  • Became a stay-at-home mom and working with the hubs as a freelancer

Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind. After we moved last year (about 10 months ago) I hit a wall of sorts. It was such an adjustment for me. I grieved my old house, job, friends, and being close to family. It was so hard. Now, with my current job situation, I’m in that flux again. I’m riding the wave of uncertainty and partying with the grief monster. Grieving more change…

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Due Date — May 11, 2017

Due Date

So today is my due date, but the boy decided to come a bit early 🙂

Introducing Dylan Thomas:

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My water broke on Holy Saturday and he arrived the day after Easter. It was the best 35 hours of my life. Bringing this kid into the world is something I will never forget. It felt surreal. I was emotional, excited and terrified. I stalled out at 7cm and eventually they decided a C-section was the best way to go. So here he came, 6lbs 12oz and 21in long. He was beautiful. I cried as they showed him to us through the sheet and then placed him on my chest. He is our little miracle man.

Dylan just turned 3 weeks old and every day has been an adventure. We had a jaundice scare, our first visit to the ER and lots of nursing. Nursing has been the hardest part for me. It’s so hard to know if you’re feeding your kid enough and if you’re doing enough for them. I’ve already had a few mini breakdowns on days where he cluster feeds. But all in all, it’s the best job in the world. I definitely question whether or not I can keep it up. It’s exhausting. But God gives me strength, minute by minute and I hold on to that.

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