My Mommy Mind

  • Did you have a great weekend? We celebrated with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law over Wallace Farms brats, fruit and kale chips. Is there a better way to celebrate the men in your life other than classic summer staples? The day continued with naps, a long phone chat with my dad, and FaceTime laughs between the kids and Grandma and Grandpa. This summer is shaping up to be fantastic!
  • Last night after a rushed dinner I realized we were fresh out of almond butter, lovingly called “Super Butter” in our house. EEK! We do, however, have oodles and oodles of raw almonds. So what did we do? Pulled out the Vitamix and made fresh almond butter! I can’t begin to tell you how easy this was to make and AMAZING the flavor. So easy and amazing I took it off my shopping list and added “more almonds.”
  • I have 6 webpages pulled up for homemade Larabars recipes. I can’t figure out which flavor to kick-off the party. Do you have a favorite?
  • I’m considering buying a used Broyhill dresser for Evie (excellent condition) to up-cycling for her big girl room. I’m thinking a cream color and updated hardware. Am I out of my mind?
  • Our friends hosted their annual karaoke party Friday night. Do you love karaoke? Justin sang two songs, both highly inappropriate, both hilarious to watch! Do you have a “go-to” song? I was lame. My kids beg me to stop singing, so I’m certain I would have been boo’ed off stage :)



Fantastic Fridays

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! There’s no one quite like dad, right?

My dad grew up outside of Boston. I remember growing up watching Boston-based sports on TV constantly. The Celtics, the Red Sox. I even remember using my boom box to record the Boston Bruins on cassette so my dad could listen to the games later. My dad and I are alike in more ways than you could ever imagine and I’m so lucky to call him my POPS! Happy Father’s Day, DAD!!


Also, a super Happy Father’s Day to the best dad possible to our kids. These kids honest to goodness have no clue how lucky they are!


No matter where and how you are celebrating this weekend, let’s raise a glass to all our dads!  And after you’ve sipped on that, check out the most fantastic online finds. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.

Fantastic YUM: Color never looked so good! This is so simple and so insanely drool-worthy. I guarantee we will be making these over the weekend!


Fantastic Look: There are people in the world who are just amazing at design. If I had a million dollars, I would pay someone to put everything in its perfect place like this. Simple and sweet.


Fantastic Mix: We are a pretty green smoothie family, but the color of this smoothie makes it a perfect candidate for turning into popsicles! And since monthly popsicles are on our summer bucket list, this will be added to the rotation. Plus, Finn is the best helper in the kitchen. He’ll eat up the chance to help make these!


Fantastic Hang-up: Evie is very much ready for a big girl bed. She pretty much snuggles herself into Finn’s bed at prayer and story time each night and then ever-so-polietly says, “bye bye” to me as if she’s found the coziest spot in the world. I’ve been thinking about what we will do in her room and then saw this picture. I just love it! (Although that “f” word tends to be a no-no when there’s more than one child in the house.  Hmmmm….)


Fantastic Truth: Nothing more real than building from the ground up!


Fantastic Setting: We just purchased the blue set of outdoor plates to go with our patio/pergula. All the glass in and out of the house made me nervous, especially with the kids. I love this set so much I almost want to throw my glass away! Our chairs have cushions the green color and we’ve added some overhead paper lanterns. A perfect setting!


Fantastic Reminder: It’s summer and we love the grill as much as the next guy, but everytime we grill hot dogs for the kids, I’m reminded to limit the amount they eat, even the “cleaner” versions. Let’s help our kids develop a healthy, diverse palette!


Fantastic Activity: Finn’s quiet time routine lately has involved transforming into Batman which involves jumping off his bed 900 times in the matter of an hour. I’ve been thinking of these revolving activity boxes for months and just need to pull the trigger. It’s such a great way to get their minds engaged in something quietly for a short time in the afternoon while mom gets some quiet in, too!


Fantastic Nautical: I love nautical things. Anchors. Tall ships. Seashells. Lobsters. May Designs sent me two books last month that I want to frame! I received the 2014 weekly agenda book, as well as the dot grid blank notebook. May Designs actually individually stitches down the spine of each book for an eco-friendly binding solution that’s durable and water-resistant. If you’re not in the market for a notebook, check out their notecards. They are simply divine! I love the Stella & Dot and Radiant Orchid styles for the notecards.


Fantastic Arm Candy: All I can say is: YES PLEASE! How adorable to have your kids little handwriting cover your wrist?! Finn has started making me pictures or writing notes and shoving them under his door during quiet time so when I come to get him, there’s a pile of “Dear Mommy” letters waiting for me. It cracks me up every time I see a little piece of paper outside his door!


Fantastic Convos: Please tell me you’ve seen these. If you need a mood lifter, these videos are IT! They are now up to season 3 so there are hours of fun to enjoy :)

Have a FANTASTIC weekend! What’s on tap?

Whole30: Overall Review (Part 2)

May 30 I completed my first Whole30. This involved 30 full days without dairy, sugar, grains, gluten, soy, processed foods, MSG, GMOs, and on and on. While last week I shared some overall thoughts on the details of my Whole30 journey, today I want to share with you some broader lingering thoughts.

Be sure to also check out my weekly recaps: week 1week 2, week 3, week 4.

Overall Review

Without hesitation, Whole30 is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The connection was so tangible during this process between what I ate, what I was able to give, and how I felt. Truly, it starts with food is such a fitting phrase for this journey and our bodies, in general.

I believe something is shifting in people in their late 20s to 40s. I believe life is catching up with all of us. Years of abuse and misuse of our bodies is finally starting to kick us in the face. We are a generation who survived on bagel bites, pizza rolls, microwave dinners, processed cheese, GMOs, hormone-filled milk, and medication after medication. As a result, we are now living with the consequences. We are a generation with serious gut issues and massive inflammation. No matter what we look like on the outside, we are wickedly unhealthy on the inside.

However, I believe we will be the catalyst for change in this nation. It will take us changing what we eat, how we eat, and the companies we support to change the landscape of food in this country for ourselves, and most importantly, for our children. I strongly believe we can prevent this type of generation-based sickness from happening to our children. In fact, I believe we are the only hope our children have as lobbyists and politicians are more interested in the bottom line than the long-term health of this country.

Roughly 70-80% of our entire immune system is based in our gut. When our gut does not function properly, our immune system is suppressed and cannot do the intended job for our body. I’ve talked with at least a dozen friends in recent weeks, mostly those in their 30s, working to solve their gut health issues.

  • Two friends are dealing with Hashimoto’s disease, one with a massive thyroid cancer scare.
  • A good friend was given a nasty pharmaceutical protocol for H Pylori. He instead decided to try essential oils. After day one of oils, he woke up and told his wife, “something is happening.” Following 10 days using oils alone, he was again tested for H Pylori and the test came back negative. The bacteria was gone, but his gut started hurting again. He is realizing the massive amount of inflammation from years of harm to his body has caught up with him. Now that the H Pylori is gone, he is determining the best plan to heal his gut.
  • A friend stopped having terrible stomach aches when she switched from “regular” ground beef (corn and soy fed, likely GMO), to grass-fed beef from a local farmer. Stomach aches just gone from one small food-based change.

I could tell you at least 12 more stories of friends or acquaintances who are starting to realize something is not right in their system. Some are making changes, and some are too scared or too overwhelmed to change, but I believe they will. We are too young to feel this sick.

Look, I’m not an expert. I’m not a dietician nor a doctor nor medically trained in any way. I am simply a mom and a wife who wants to be the healthiest I can be for me and for my family. And I want that for you, too. I know that most doctors poo-poo the link between food and health, and I simply cannot stand by any longer and be told what we eat does not impact our health. It does. I believe it is where health starts and sometimes, it is where it ends.

I was tired of stomach aches after most meals. I was tired of breakouts in my 30s. I was tired of dermatitis plaguing my skin. I was tired of knowing something wasn’t right, and only being offered a steroid or other prescription to “fix it,” instead of any medical doctor willing to help me determine the root cause.

I get nothing out of you trying Whole30. I have nothing to gain from encouraging you to say YES to this process. I simply want us all to be the healthiest we can be so we can change the landscape of food and health in our country for ourselves and our kids. You are worth feeling good, resting well, and living nutrient-filled and medication-free. Whether that’s Whole30 or another plan or other changes, just jump. However I can help along the way, I am happy to do so.

For those wanting to start Whole30, be sure to read It Starts With Food and dig into the Whole30 website. Also, please join the facebook group our initial group started as we went through Whole30 in May.  You can also read more Whole30 posts about my journey. Let’s do this together.

We are better together!

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