Gift Guide · Motherhood · Shopping

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

O.K. so is Mother’s day like more than a month a way? Yes. However, if you are like me, everything tends to be last minute and I scramble for finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift when there’s barely time for shipping. In the spirit of 2018 being my year to get my shit together and be on top of things- I’m already starting to think about Mother’s Day and am willing to bring you in to the fold if you want to be on your game too. Here are some ideas to ponder, but don’t wait too long to order!

Does a mother ever really want more than your unconditional love? Yes? No? Maybe? Here are some ideas to help you if you’re struggling this Mother’s Day with what to get your number one cheerleader, support system, expert snuggler, personal chef, and wiper of all the tears.

Sundry’s Mother, Lover, Friend sweatshirt, because, obviously, she’s all 3.

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A pasta necklace, because, what else does everyone want for dinner? …And a cheaper version here!

The best sturdy tote to lug around all her…ahem…your, stuff.

An adorable personalized family portrait

Or some (very handy) personalized “Mom” stationary

Shopping Cart Cell Phone Holder with Secure Clip - Suits All Phones - Grey Color

Perhaps something practical like this shopping cart phone holder?

Cooling Eye Orbits, 100% Finnish Soapstone

Or these Cooling Eye Orbits for a spa like treatment at home, for tired eyes

Of course you love your Mother! –so, this sweatshirt! 

A THANK YOU card, because, that’s really all she ever wanted anyway.

 

 

#the100dayproject · Art

#the100dayproject

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Are you guys getting excited about #The100dayproject?! The kickoff is April 3rd- and for 100 days, you vow/try/struggle/get excited/challenge yourself to do something (creative) for 100 days! It’s also encouraged to post your “makings” on Instagram and tag them so everyone can excite, appreciate and motivate each other to keep going. It’s like a giant art project that everyone can share! Last year, I did 100 days of blogging– which was awesome. It allowed me to build a bunch of content on the blog, challenged me to come up with unique posts, and really got me excited about blogging. That being said, I am not going to re-do the same challenge this year.

Although I really did love doing it, there were a bunch of times where I really struggled- but due to my nature- I felt like I couldn’t skip a day (I get a little obsessive with a challenge). There were nights were I sat at my computer, at 11:30 at night, tired AF, trying to come up with a premise for a blog post and make it live within a half hour so that I didn’t miss a day. Again, the challenge was great, but it also helped me to realize that I don’t want blogging to feel like a struggle. I want it to come more organically and be happy/excited about all the posts that I do. The other reality that came out of completing that challenge was some serious blogging burnout. I’m not proud to say that since I finished that challenge, I can count the number of times that I’ve blogged again on my two hands- and that sucks. I’m trying to get back into regularly posting again, but I think it needs to come more naturally.

That being said, I’m trying to decide what to commit to this year for my project. I have so many things that I am working on, both creatively and personally, that I’ve thought about switching my focus to something under the ‘self-care’ umbrella. On the other hand, setting aside time to really work on something creative truly helped my mind and spirit last year. Here are some of the ideas I’m floating…

  1. 100 days of meditation
  2. 100 days of Morning pages (journaling and visualizing)
  3. 100 Days of affirmations
  4. 100 days of scrap booking
  5. 100 days of organizing my paper life (more on that in another post)
  6. 100 days of connections- letter writing/note writing

While I mull this over for a couple more days- check out the official #the100dayproject and start brainstorming your next 100 days! And come back of April 3 for my announcement on what I decide to do! I’d love to follow your journey as well- if you have an original hashtag for your project, please share it in the comments below so I can follow along!

Family · Gift Guide · Motherhood · Parenting · Planning · Snail Mail

Thank you notes!

Dashel recently turned 3, (holy cow! How is my baby 3?!) and we were lucky enough to be surrounded by many friends and family- who, of course- showered him with toys and gifts. We ended up opening presents the next morning in our living room after the hub-bub of the party and birthday festivities died down. This was so fun because Dash got to relive the fun of his party the next day- which also takes the post birthday sting out of the day after a bit! As he opened- we snapped pictures of each gift (and also kept notes about who gave what). I one hour photo-ed that goodness and jotted my thank you notes right on the back of each pic. Easy peasy- and so cute that each friend/family member gets to see the excited look on Dash’s face when he received their gift! Such a fun, easy way to send a thank you!

Food · vegan

Tempeh sausage hash over warm lentils

I literally can’t get enough of hash’s this winter- they are like a warm hug, a hearty breakfast for a cold winter morning. The best thing about a hash is that you can pretty much make them from anything leftover in your fridge. For example, I’ve been making my favorite with tofu the last couple of weekends, but when I realized this morning that we were out of tofu, tempeh was the next best choice! This recipe makes a healthy amount, to make for breakfast guests or to save as leftovers for tomorrow am- if you’re only a couple of people, or don’t want to make as much as I did, feel free to halve this recipe! If you do have guests, or just hate prep- I used quite a few short cuts for this recipe- you can follow my lead, or put in the full amount of work if you’re Wonder Woman/man!

For the tempeh:

In a medium bowl, mix 6 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce), 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 2 eight ounce packages of crumbled (you do the crumbling!) tempeh- stir mixture well and leave tempeh to marinate for 10-15 minutes. (You can start in on the other prep while you’re waiting!)

For the hash:

A couple of shortcuts: I used a frozen bag of mixed grilled peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s as well as a bag of pre-diced potatoes from the fridge section of the supermarket. I also purchased a package of pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s. This cut my prep time immensely- but you can always chop an onion, dice 3 bell peppers, dice 3-4 white potatoes and prepare lentils according to package…

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook onion, peppers and 4 cloves (minced) of garlic until soft and slightly browned.

Add your diced potato and cook until potatoes are slightly crispy on outside but still soft in the middle.

Lastly, add your marinated tempeh. Stir well to combine and cook for 6-7 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as 1/2 tsp of rosemary and 1/2 tsp of thyme.

Serve over a bed of warm lentils, enjoy!

Food · vegan

Chimichurri sauce! 

Mmmm… this chimichurri sauce is so good- I forgot to shoot a good picture of it before I started to chow down… classic

This sauce of Argentinian descent is a great fresh topping for tofu steaks, veggies, or basically anything you put on the grill. My version is a little different from the traditional recipe, but I like a little spin on an original recipe any day of the week- especially when it involves the addition of cilantro. I used it to top some tofu steaks that I served alongside rice and black beans and a generously salted avocado- oh so good. 

Here’s what you need: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar, 5 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley (stems removed- lightly packed), 1/2 cup of cilantro lightly packed, squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)

Here’s the plan: Place all items in a mini food processor or chopper (or large if you don’t have a small one) and blend until completely ground and smooth. Top your food, enjoy! It’s as easy as that! 

BEST WEEK EVER! · summer vibes · Travel

Best Week Ever! Vacay edition!

This week was the best week ever! We are on vacation! July 10-16, 2017

We are still not walking quite yet…


But… we do love wearing matching swan bathing suits…


And this little puddle jumper swim vest we got at Target, might be the best 20 bucks we ever spent…


Steve and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! 


How come they don’t have Mellow Mushtoom in the northeast? Biggest mistake ever…


Steve called this a Snow White apple, it didn’t put me to sleep, but it was pretty tasty with peanut butter…


Not sure there is anything sweeter in the whole world than when the two of them play nicely together! 


Lunch outside on the water is a must when on holiday at the coast!


And…Not the best family selfie we’ve ever taken, but certainly not the worst either! 


And we are here another week!!

Also, just bought tickets to this show in Brooklyn and I’m geeking out over it! 

Will probably end up ordering this for fall!

I’m just going to sit here and squish this all day long

Have you seen this yet?! I’m dying to watch it! And two other movies on my must watch list… ONE & TWO

We just had an intense family game night playing this!

Obscure, intriguing, kick ass fanzines– with a sliding scale price tag!

And… just try and not read the Pepe the King Prawn’s twitter feed without the accent, go ‘head, just try

Family · Spouse

4 Years!

Steve and I just celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! It’s so crazy amazing to look back and reflect on your time together as a married couple over the years- and an anniversary is the perfect time to do so. Even though it’s only been 4 years since we were married, we’ve had 2 babies, so it’s been busy! And it’s funny to think about how we’ve changed, how our lives have changed, and reminisce about how we first met, when we started dating, and our wedding day. Sometimes we can’t believe it’s been 4 years already, because it went by so fast, yet, at the same time, we can’t believe it’s only been 4 years, because we feel like we’ve known each other forever and it’s crazy to think about a time when we weren’t together… it’s funny how time works that way… the one thing I do know for sure, is how lucky I am, and how- even she I don’t think it’s possible- I love this man more and more with every passing day. ❤️