I always wonder what we’ll do during January each year, but somehow it always fills itself up. We went snow skiing, the girls and I made a quick trip down to visit my family in Georgia, we celebrated David’s birthday, and we’ve been busy with the regular basketball practices, music class, homeschooling, etc.
I’d like to say we’ve settled into a rhythm, but every week seems different and busy in a new way, plus Kaitlyn has been hit hard with a case of “being three” lately and it is wearing me out. She’s one of the few that hasn’t come down with the flu or stomach bug in her preschool class (knock, knock, knock), so I’m wondering if her body is just extra tired from fighting off germs? Or maybe we’re just solidly in that threenager phase? Either way, mom’ing has really taken a lot of focused effort for me recently.
A few things I have been loving lately include bath bombs, audio books (I just finished You Are A Badass and enjoyed it- I’m also listening to The Best Yes for my Women’s Life Group), experimenting with more vegetarian/vegan recipes, yoga, a focus on self care (minus the guilt), and kombucha. I want to start brewing again, but need to find a local SCOBY. Anyone know where I can get one? Until then, this Tribucha (that I found at Lowe’s Foods for locals!) will hit the spot. The ginger, cayenne, and turmeric variety is seriously spicy (and that’s saying a lot coming from me) and I love the way it burns! I also love that it comes in a can.
Ever since we were ruthless on our master closet clean out, I’ve been able to clearly see how I use my clothes and what I need. I feel I’m actually pretty set for the rest of winter, but I’ll need a couple items for spring/summer. I also am currently searching for a new sports bra (I am considering this Moving Comfort Juno Bra) and a tank with built-in support that is relaxed and comfortable for yoga (like this True Tank). Any suggestions on either of these categories? I’m OK spending a little more on a quality item that will last me a while.
Encouraged by the results of our master closet, I’ve been slowly working my way through our list of our other home organization tasks. I’m still only a chapter or two into A Simplified Life because I’m waiting until I get through all these items before moving on. Not only is clearing out these spaces cathartic, it has surprisingly made me think longer and harder about buying anything new to bring into our house. I’m enjoying the simplicity so much that I find myself asking Emily’s question (is this an absolute favorite?) before I put anything into my cart (in case you were curious, chips and salsa always get an enthusiastic YES). It’s empowering to have a more discerning system in place for deciding what to buy.
Now for some links I’ve enjoyed lately that I want to share with you:
Come Out of Your Corner Sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick: This was so powerful. I felt it hit the nail on the head when he says that no growth is happening because we aren’t allowing any space for dumb questions. We are so quick to be offended and fear offending others that we all stay quiet in our own corners instead of engaging in a conversation and learning from each other and our different view points.
Why My Toddler Doesn’t Always Eat What I Eat from The Lean Green Bean: I found this a fun read because just reading the title, it sounded like we have opposite philosophies (which is fine!). However, reading through the post, we actually overlap in agreement in most areas, not differ. As a family, we eat all the same components, but sometimes in different ways (I may layer it all in a bowl, but Kaitlyn may have the same rice, beans, and vegetables deconstructed on a plate). Either way, some great tips on feeding kids!
Jen’s recipes never let me down, so I’m super excited to try out these Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls with Coconut Curry.
A few homeschool-related links I’ve discovered lately include: This Diverse Book Finder, Movie Master List of Discussion Questions, and Scholastic’s List of 100 Best Read Aloud Books. I have a FAQ homeschool post brewing, so if you have any questions about what we’re doing, send them to me! I’ll say my philosophy has really shifted over past month or so and I’m enjoying learning what works best for us along this journey.
Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer. This video is just incredible. I lean “crunchy” in that I love chewing garlic for sore throats and think ACV can help with nearly everything, but that doesn’t mean I have any disrespect for western medicine. In fact, I’m quite in awe of it. This special report shows doctors CURING leukemia with altered HIV viruses and it’s just incredible.
Tasty recipe alert! I made the Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Kale this week and served it over brown rice. The whole family gobbled this one (I added a plash of hot sauce). I also made this curried chickpea salad from the Oh She Glows cookbook and LOVED it. I can’t wait to make it again!
I also wanted to share my A Healthy Slice of LOVE Instagram challenge with you again! Today’s prompt is to post a picture of someone or something in your life that always cheers you up. I really enjoyed going through the #AHealthySliceOfLOVE hashtag and seeing which rooms you love most in your homes and can’t wait to see what today’s prompt will bring!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, full of laughter. It’s been on my mind lately how important laughter is so watch a funny movie, share a glass of wine with a good friend, or if you really need a boost, I’ll send you my middle school yearbook pictures. In all seriousness, have a great weekend my friends!