Happy Friday! I’m arriving here a bit tired after a fun-filled evening out with some friends last night to celebrate birthdays. We sat at a round, corner table upstairs at Epic Chophouse in downtown Mooresville and laughed for several hours. It was wonderful! It is funny now to look at a menu through a plant-based lens (and yes, I know we were at a steakhouse), but still, eye opening.
I’ve had a few things on my mind I’ve been wanting to share with you, starting with my March focus! …
Not to be confused with meatless, meat-LESS is going to be my food focus for March that focuses on incorporating more meatless meals without necessarily eliminating meat altogether. I’m hoping it will be a fun exploration into more plant-based eating for anyone curious about trying it. I’ve enjoyed this journey so much and am learning a lot along the way, trying so many new foods and recipes, and receiving a lot of feedback about how much you are looking to do more plant-based for your families too.
So many of you have sent me incredible suggestions and tips, so I’m going to be doing more meatLESS meal planning, sharing of favorite kitchen tools and tips, and also highlighting some of the wonderful resources I’ve discovered with you help. I’ll be sharing meals on Instagram, too, using the hashtag #AHSmeatlessinmarch. If you have any favorite plant-based meals, resources, cookbooks, food products, or cookbooks you love, please add this hashtag to your post so I can check it out!
We’ve talked about going camping every year but still have yet to go with the girls in a real way (our only venture was when we went camping on Lake Keowee THREE years ago). This year we are determined to make it happen. We are looking for a car camping spot within a short drive from Charlotte. We’re considering South Mountains State Park (because we enjoyed our hike there so much), but are open to other suggestions too. Local friends- is there anywhere you would recommend??
THREE: Homeschool Activities
You know how once you start to focus on something, suddenly you see it everywhere? That’s how I feel with homeschool lately. I’ve met more homeschooling families nearby, I’ve become aware of more events geared towards homeschoolers (like the Discovery Place science classes), and we’ve found extra curricular activities that take place earlier in the day specifically for homeschoolers.
We just joined a Wild + Free group and Hailey just signed up for a gymnastics class that has 7 other girls her age that all homeschool. That means I now have that many more homeschooling moms to know! It’s great. Seven months in, though I don’t feel I have it all figured out by any means, I do feel really comfortable in this role. It is such a great fit for our family at this time.
On Wednesday we attended Homeschool Week at the SeaLife Aquarium in Concord. They have these twice a year and offer discount pricing and specific activities set up for homeschooling kids. It was a BLAST! The girls loved it all, from wandering the aquarium, to seeing the stingray eat lunch, to meeting the baby shark that just hatched that morning, to even getting to go on a behind the scenes tour to see how they clean the water and more.
FOUR: Matcha Tea Lattes
I picked up a new matcha tea latte mix on a recent Thrive Market order. You can read more about the benefits of matcha tea here, but in short, it’s different from other teas because you consume the entire leaf (which is ground into a fine powder). I’ve tried it before, but the strong taste was a bit much for me, and on a whim I decided to try this latte version. It has coconut sugar to sweeten it, along with coconut oil and algae flour, which made it palatable (even enjoyable), but what really has sold me on it is the way I feel after I drink it.
Coffee tends to give me a quick energy burst (and the shakes), but then leaves me feeling crashed and more tired than I was to begin with. I’m finding the matcha lattes give me a more gentle lift and an alertness that stays more stable throughout the day. I’m hooked for now and will be buying another batch!
Also, my frother is from Ikea, but if you’re after one, this one is a great option!
FIVE: Links Worth Reading
- What Changed This Teacher’s Mind About Homeschooling – I’m not really interested in convincing anyone else on our family’s choices, because a “right” choice can differ so much based on unique circumstances, but I do feel like this article offered a nice peek into some of the benefits I’ve seen in making the choice to homeschool. Honestly, I feel that if parents are invested in their child, they will thrive in almost any educational setting, but as someone who is occasionally on the receiving end of eye rolls and judgement, I think it’s nice to read a positive perspective from a former skeptic.
- The Mistake I Made With My Grieving Friend – This article gave me so much to think about with how I react when speaking with anyone on a range of subjects. I’m often quick to add in my own story, in hopes of creating a “me too” connection, but honestly that isn’t always helpful and this article was a gentle reminder of how I can do better with creating supportive responses.
- I find Jen’s voice so soothing as she guides through this 30 minute fast power yoga flow. I’ve been bringing yoga back into my life and I find my local studio is hit or miss, so I have been playing around with online options and am hoping Jen keeps making more of these videos; they’re wonderful!
- The Silent Tragedy: Every Parent Who Cares About the Future of His/Her Children Should Read This – If I was a more articulate writer, I could have written this. It certainly goes hand in hand with my personal beliefs and the environment I strive for in our home.
- 14 Days to a More Efficient Personal AND Professional Life by Katy Widrick – I am so excited to be signed up for this FREE 14 day email course. Katy, while keeping it real about how challenging balancing mom life and work life can be, is also a shining example of efficiency done right. I’m eager to soak up her knowledge and apply it to my own life!
If you have a favorite plant-based meal or resource, please share it below!
Also, have you read any links worth sharing lately?