Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wild and Free

 "In its complexity and sensuality, nature invites exploration, direct contact, and experience. But it also inspires a sense of awe, a glimpse of what is still "un-googleable" . . . life's mystery and magnitude." - Kim John Payne

"As soon as children find something that interests them they lose their instability and learn to concentrate."
- Maria Montessori

"There is nothing in the way of direct teaching that will ever have so wide an effect as the atmosphere of the home."
-Charlotte Mason
"Home is the best place for teaching many things, first and most important of which is how to think for one's self."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Kids need time to be bored; that is how creativity is born."
- Melanie June Juneau

"The things a child sees are not just remembered; they form a part of her soul". -  Maria Montessori


 "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education."  -David Polis

All quotes found at  #wildandfree.co on Instagram. 

Family Walk: Neck Point

Our Saturday afternoon family walks have become the highlight of our week. Watching the children engage with nature is so satisfying.  Here are few photos from our family walk at Neck Point.






Friday, April 1, 2016

These Days: March

  planning what to plant in our vegetable garden this year
(peacock beans, heirloom tomatoes and arugula are at the top of my list)

powder blue shorts from bootlegger, a sunny yellow shirt ( I refer to as my daffodil top) from ZARA, a necklace I ordered off Etsy and a navy cardigan from a  thrift store

knowledgeable enough to start beekeeping
I AM WOMAN: A Native Perspective  on Sociology and Feminism by Lee Maracle, A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel,  For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Expert's Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich, Raising Godly Tomatoes by Elizabeth Krueger (reading this with a large grain of salt).

Planning to read
Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: and Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt by Leslie Leyland Fields
the new outdoor lights I purchased at Costco the other day.
about acreage and a HUGE garden

Pillows for my outdoor couches

cottage cheese and berries

The Wondrous Cross by Christy Nockels and trying to learn how to play it on my guitar

How to spend time with my husband in the evening instead of obsessing about everything else I "should be doing".
 to get to the gym more than twice a week
to plan Levi's 2nd birthday

about an article I read in Macleans's Magazine entitled "Did Jesus REALLY Exist".
to build a booty by working on my Gluteus Maximus muscles
The Expandable's  On HGTV


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Best Muffins EVER!

Blueberry Steel Cut Oat Muffins
1 cup Rogers Steel Cut Porridge Oats
1 cup water, boiling
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups Rogers All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup blueberries (if frozen, do not thaw)
* I used frozen mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)

Pour boiling water over steel cut porridge oats in a bowl; stir. Let stand 10 minutes or longer if you have time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with  nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine steel cut porridge oats, buttermilk, melted butter, egg, vanilla extract and brown sugar.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in blueberries to coat. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, stirring until just combined (do not overwork the batter). Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake 20-25 minutes, until tops spring back lightly when touched. Cool slightly in muffin tin before transferring to racks to cool completely.
 Nutritional Information per 1 muffin

 204 calories, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g sugars, 5 g protein.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Fitness Friday: Documenting

I love the idea of documenting my fitness journey with something similar to what one blogger named  Cathy Zielske came up with. Each week I plan on taking a photo and jotting down my measurements so that I can chart my progress. I think it will help keep me on track and motivate me to keep going when I feel discouraged. I have to keep reminding myself that change takes TIME. Hopefully having visual evidence of my journey will  remind me that change is taking place even if the number on the scale is not budging (which is often the case).
I am finally going to the gym on a regular basis and I feel as though I am getting stronger, but I think that I am going to need to take things to the next level and start prepping my meals for the week if I want to start seeing more fat loss. I am terrible about meal planning. And I mean TERRIBLE! I have been trying for years to use a meal plan and have failed miserably.  After watching a handful of YouTube videos of people prepping food for the week, I have managed to carve out some time during one of Levi's naps to cook a pot of brown rice, bake a pan of  baked yams, chop veggies, and cook a bunch of lean protein. Having healthy options on hand makes staying on track MUCH easier.
I feel the need to explain, once again, that I am not trying to loose weight and get fit because I hate my body or because I am not comfortable in my skin.  I simply want to see what my body is capable of.  I am always curious what my body can do. It's part of the reason I gave birth naturally, ran a marathon, and have competed in triathlons. I love challenging my body and this is just a new "challenge".
I have always seen myself as "voluptuous", and "curvy", but for the first time in my life I actually believe that there is a firmer, stronger body under my curves and I would like to see what that looks like. I happen to like my curves, and I can always welcome them back if the "hard body" look I am trying to adopt is too hard to maintain or limits my lifestyle too much. It's simply an exciting new journey, especially since my days of growing and birthing babies is OVER!!!!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

This life

Oh this life, this beautiful life. It is filled to the brim with the mundane as well as the extraordinary.
Today I was standing at our window with Levi, watching the city trucks collect our recycling, and found myself serenaded by the sweet movement of his body as he inhaled and exhaled with excitement. It was probably the only moment in the entire day where I found myself truly "in the moment" and reveling in its richness. I found myself marveling at the roundness of his cheeks, the way his hands clutched my shirt, the softness of his skin, and the shape of this little lips. Finding myself thinking "this is what makes life meaningful", "this is why I had this sweet boy in the first place". Seconds later, life came crashing in again, like an expected wave that still catches you off guard. A scraped knee, a wailing child, a lost toy, a hungry belly, an overturned dish, a phone call. All too quickly I found myself swept back into the frenzied, distracted pace that pre-occupies much of my day.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

These Days: February

a purple knit cardigan from Bootlegger and my favorite pair of black yoga jeans (my momma was kind enough to mend them for me during her recent visit)

honored to have been asked to serve on the board for our local pregnancy crises center
Blog Loving
 lifestyle photographers Jenny Jimenez and Logan Cole

STRONG fitness Magazine

that I was better about carving out time with my hubby
my clean vehicle (thanks momma!)
half a cup of coffee every couple of days (when I need extra energy)
about the day that Claire goes to Kindergarten (is that terrible?)

lots of frozen blueberries and plain Greek yogurt

to "Inspirational Rhymers" on Spotify when I am working out at the gym
irritated at the clutter in my house

to let myself crash once awhile
to be productive after the children go to bed

to train with a personal trainer once every two weeks
to prep healthy meals for myself  (today I made spinach and Havarti stuffed chicken breasts, roasted sweet potatoes and brown rice). Hopefully it will last me all week.
YouTube videos about women who have transformed their bodies with weightlifting.
about how to be more efficient with my time