Nursery Reveal

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Ok so it is less of s nursery reveal, and more of a “corner of my bedroom” reveal. Either way, I wanted to show you all how we made room for our new little girlie despite not having an actual, available room for her sat the moment.

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Working on this little project has helped me to live in the moment, and suspend my worries and anxieties about the future. Yes, we are house hunting, and yes we may have to move with a newborn… but maybe we won’t. Maybe some thing will fall through, and that’s all apart of God’s plan for our little family. My husband reminded me that I can’t live my life preparing for every little “what if” because the possibilities are exponential and there is no way to prepare for them all. What is most important, is that you do your very best to prepare for what’s happening now.

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What’s happening now, is that I could logically go into labor at any moment. I’m 2 weeks away from being “due” but this baby can come whenever she feels she’s ready. I’m trying not to get my hopes up for that either, and at this point I’d actually prefer if our Little Miss would wait and come while my mother is out for a visit.

Again, numerous possibilities on how this labor could go down… So instead, I’ll lay some sheep skin under the cradle, clear the top of my dresser so that is can function as a changing table, and try to make room for the rocking chair.

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I also had fun making this cute little collage of things that represent our family on this little cork board. I wanted the baby stuff to still blend in with our current bedroom, while still personalizing the space for our newest addition.

DIY Kale Crackers

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My daughter loves cheddar bunnies. Yes, I am a mom who will pay $2 more for ORGANIC cheesy crackers vs the little orange fish. As parents, we try try try to do our best, and that includes what we’re giving our kids for consumption. I’m not a complete hippie ok, so just hear me out. These are easy, don’t involve a lot of effort, and are an easy way for YOU to give your kid an extra veggie throughout the day. Because of my daughter’s love for cheddar bunnies, we always seem to be out of them. She eats them in fistfuls and for some reason, she prefers savory tastes to sweet. Once upon a time my husband bought me these spinach+kale tortilla chips and I gave one to Sugar Plum because she would not leave me alone. Well, giving her a chip only intensified her clingy-ness because then she wanted to eat the whole bag. SO, I decided why not make my own kale crackers to satisfy her? Not only could I relax about the ingredients, but it saves me from going through $5 boxes of cheddar bunnies.

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What you need:

  • ⅓ cup of frozen kale  (loose leaf spinach works too though!)
  • ¼ cup oil (I use avocado oil)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt ( I use pink Himalayan salt)
  • 1 and ½ tbs water
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat flour)

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Sugar Plum was concerned at first, that it wasn’t cheddar bunnies that made their way into her mouth… She eventually asked for “more” of these kale starts, though!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Puree the kale, oil, salt, baking powder and water in a food processor or blender. (In my case, I used my nutribullet)
  3. Combine the flour and the spinach mixture in a mixing bowl.
  4. Knead the dough and form it into a nice ball.
  5. Roll the dough out on a well floured surface. The dough should be rolled out very thin for best results.
  6. Put the dough on a floured baking sheet or silicone baking mat.
  7. A cute cookie cutter, like my star, works well for cutting our the crackers from dough (a pizza cutter or knife will do if you don’t have one)
  8. Prick each cracker with a fork.
  9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  10. Crackers should be put directly on a kitchen towel to cool, to maintain their crispness.

Enjoy!

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Health-ify Unheathy Meals

I LOVE Chinese food. I especially craved it when I was pregnant, and I still love it now while I’m nursing. Of course there are a lot of fried, msg things involved in Chinese food, but if you do it yourself at home, you can make some of your favorite dishes a little less horrifying.

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One of my favorites is orange chicken. Battered chicken, fried, and the smothered in a sugary orange sauce. Also fried rice [noticing a theme yet?]

Since I’m nursing, baby girl still needs me to be eating nutrient rich foods, and while this dish isn’t the healthiest, making a few changes allowed me to consume one of my favorites without a lot of the guilt.

I used Trader Joe’s mandarin orange chicken and their organic brown rice [found in the freezer section]. I baked the chicken as opposed to frying it and I also added some pan seared snow peas so our dinner wasn’t completely veggie free. In substitution for the fried rice, I found that the brown rice tasted pretty darn good in combo with the saucey chicken, as opposed to its bland taste when eating it solo.

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How do you try to health-ify your favorite dishes?

Health-ify Unheathy Meals

I LOVE Chinese food. I especially craved it when I was pregnant, and I still love it now while I’m nursing. Of course there are a lot of fried, msg things involved in Chinese food, but if you do it yourself at home, you can make some of your favorite dishes a little less horrifying.

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One of my favorites is orange chicken. Battered chicken, fried, and the smothered in a sugary orange sauce. Also fried rice [noticing a theme yet?]

Since I’m nursing, baby girl still needs me to be eating nutrient rich foods, and while this dish isn’t the healthiest, making a few changes allowed me to consume one of my favorites without a lot of the guilt.

I used Trader Joe’s mandarin orange chicken and their organic brown rice [found in the freezer section]. I baked the chicken as opposed to frying it and I also added some pan seared snow peas so our dinner wasn’t completely veggie free. In substitution for the fried rice, I found that the brown rice tasted pretty darn good in combo with the saucey chicken, as opposed to its bland taste when eating it solo.

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How do you try to health-ify your favorite dishes?