HELLO STRANGER

Hi! It's been a while.

We've been busy this summer! We've done some traveling. We had a really beautiful vacation in Tulum when Walt and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in June. And all four of us are leaving next week to spend a few days in New Orleans and visit my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and their dog, who is basically their child (a.k.a my niece.) We also remodeled our kitchen, which I promise to post very soon, even though most of you have seen the progress of it on Instagram. But have you seen the before and after pictures?! It's quite the transformation, if I do say so myself.

I've been wanting to write for a while now but haven't really felt inspired to. I prefer blog posts with depth and, for me, that usually means I write when I'm going through a tough time. Writing (even though I'm not very good at it) has always been a way for me to work through an issue. Once I'm able to read my own thoughts out loud, I'm able to move forward from it. It's been a relatively good season, hence the reason it's been quiet over here. Walt and I did have a minor setback (typical marital problems) a few weeks ago that threw me for a loop. I hate arguing, so any time we do I panic. I have to learn that couples will fight and it's completely normal, and actually healthy, to do so. I want to treat him with more respect than I have been so I've been working on doing that with the help of my therapist. Marriage takes work guys! Ouf. Some days it feels like I'm dating my best friend and other days I want to run for the hills. What I do like about him and me, however, is how committed we are to each other and our kids, no matter how bad the aruguments are. 

The kitchen remodel has led us to do small projects around the house. Like fixing up the kids' rooms, which meant lots of painting for me! I think Walt and I do best when we can focus on something together and, for us, that's working on the house. It's like instant gratificaiton and I think we're both addicted to it. Well me more than him. Poor guy, just goes along with mostly every idea I come up with. 

Another exciting thing I'm doing is taking real estate courses. I just started last week but it's been very interesting and educational so far. Ideally, I'd like to finish my design degree (I only have like a semester left!) once Felix is in preschool. So I'm thinking if I could get my real estate license and have some experience working in that field, I could apply it to what I want to do later on, which is flip houses. Now only if I had some capital to work with! Haha. I'm trying not to get too ahead of myself - something I struggle with constantly. I have to say, it's been nice to think of how my life will be outside of being mom and wife. There is absolutely nothing wrong with staying at home for the rest of your life, if that's the plan you choose. It takes a special kind of person to do that and what I've come to realize is it's not for me. I love the flexibilty that comes with being a homemaker and all the hobbies I've been able to do, but once both kids are in school I'd like to work in a design-related profession. More importantly, I'd like to contribute to my household, financially, more than I have been. I started working when I was 17 and I miss getting a physical paycheck. Anyway, I'm rambling at this point but I just wanted to give you an update with what's been going on with me. How about you? Any new endeavors you're pursuing? If so, how are you balancing them with home life? I'm curious as to how people, especially moms, do this day in and day out. Teach me your ways!

MOTHERING

For me, Sunday was about celebrating myself and the two mothers I'm constantly looking to for advice and guidance. My mom, Susie and my husband's mom, Angie could not be more different in their personalities, however, one thing they do share is doing whatever it takes to help their children and the insane love they have for their grandchildren.

It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I truly understood my mom and why she did the things she did. Growing up, I wanted a friend in her and I didn't really have that. Most of my friends had 'cool moms' that let them drink soda, or stay up late, or watch Rated R movies. My mom used to make us take vitamins, and be in bed by 8:00, and watch education programming or family movies with a message. I remember thinking how uncool my mom was and now it makes me sick to even go down that road because it really has come full circle. Now that I'm a mother of two, I find myself implementing the same rules with my own children that I hated so much as a child. I still credit her back-in-the-day hippie ways for giving me a really great immune system that can usually fight off whatever illness I have within 24 hours. I also tend to be an optimist. I can't help but wonder if that's because she sheltered me from things I didn't need to see or know existed until I became an adult. To this day, my gut tells me to see the good in people. Call it being blind to reality or whatever but I really do believe there is so much good in this world. She taught me to have that perspective. 

Angie is a southern spitfire. She's the type of person who walks into a room and commands everyone's attention. She's small but mighty with her thoughts and liberal beliefs. With so many phonies out there, I find her to be a breath of fresh air. She's always said that once she was diagnosed with breast cancer she made a decision to live her life the way she wanted, rather than living a life to please people. I love her for that. Though she may not care how people perceive her, she's also incredibly generous. She would give you her last dollar if you needed it or even if you didn't because if you ask her she's set for life. She owns a different pair of pants for every day of the week and that's when she knew they had enough. She's been there for me after Walt and I have had arguements and leaves me with a lighter heart at the end of our conversations. I wrote in her Mother's Day card that in the world of mother-in-laws I've hit the jackpot. I truly meant that.

Here are a few random photos from Mother's Day. We ate brunch, then the ladies and I snuck off to a bar and had a cocktail, and then me, Walt, and the kids met up with my parents and brother to swim for a bit. I got to spend the day with the eight people I love the most and am just so grateful for that. 

I think this might be my favorite photo of Luella. Ever.

Sometimes I look over when Walt's driving and he's just so handsome to me.

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My brother. *heart eyes*

My mom, a.k.a. The Baby Whisperer.

 

SLIGHTLY ADAPTED | VANILLA BEAN MATCHA LATTE

 

I've probably never been asked something more on Instagram than how to make a matcha tea latte. It's funny to me, especially because I'm not really a food blog person. I mean, I like cooking (my family probably wouldn't eat if I didn't cook. Ha!) but there are so many recipes out there that I figure someone would just google it. To be honest, I wing it most of the time. I use recipes as a guideline and add things or eliminate things to suit my taste.

I love this recipe but after drinking a latte every day I kind of got bored with the same ol' flavor. You know how some people can eat oatmeal for breakfast every day for like 85 years straight? Yeah, that's not me. I have to switch it up. This is a nice variation to the original matcha tea latte I made and really ideal for those who aren't completely sold on the earthy flavor of the matcha (I'm talking to you, husband.) 

VANILLA BEAN MATCHA LATTE

Serves: 1   |   Prep time: 5 minutes  |   Cook time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup hot cashew milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tsp quality ceremonial grade matcha powder (I use Matcha Moon)
  • 1 tbsp refined coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave (or liquid sweetener of your choice)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until frothy.

Pour into your favorite tea cup and drink immediately!

*Alternatively, you can pour your latte over ice and make it an Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte, which makes a perfect afternoon pick-me-up on those warm days.

Side notes:

The higher the fat content of the milk the creamier your latte will be. 

You want the water and milk to be hot, but not boiling. I find that pouring the liquids into a microwave-safe measuring cup and heating it for about 1 minute is ideal.

Here's a trick to measuring and transferring honey without it having to be a sticky mess: coat the measuring spoon in oil so the honey slides right off. Since this recipe calls for coconut oil, add the coconut oil to your blender first, and without washing, measure the honey in the same spoon. Works every time!

I hope you're enjoying this Slightly Adapted series so far. I've been recipe testing and plan to add more of our family favorites very soon. I would love to know if you try any of them! Comment here or DM me on Instagram. It's always nice to get feedback on something you put out there in cyberland. Good or bad, I'm open to ways I can improve something.

Ok, now I'm off to pick up some forgotten bok choy for dinner. There's always one goddamn thing I forget to write on my grocery list. #mombrain