A little announcement: Our brew-d is growing

My husband and I are happy to announce that we are expecting our second child next January 2018! Little Elizabeth will be a big sis!

I am 11.5 weeks along and now feel I am over the initial exhaustion. I didn’t remember being that tired with my first pregnancy, but then again I DO have a toddler now too! I’ve had some nausea, but not as bad as with Elizabeth. So, of course, as our family and home grows, my writing will ebb and flow with it. I love everything about home and what God has purposed it to be. I am grateful and honoured you are following along on this journey.

Hugs,

Lani

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10 foods that work for a toddler and family

Food has taken on a whole new reality (and love) for me since becoming a mom. It began at pregnancy and continued from there. Being responsible for the health of another takes on a huge weight!

As a new Mom, I turned to Pinterest for ideas, and wanted to share with you some of my tried and tested favs for Elizabeth as she is now 15-months-old. There are some breakfast, lunch and dinner options that have worked for us. All of these I have tried more than once and are self-eating baby/toddler friendly.

I will reference the blog I got the idea from, as all credit goes to them! If you have a young toddler, maybe some of these will be helpful for you!

Apple and Peach Cinnamon Wedges

It’s literally like eating apple pie, without the crust! You can use peaches or nectarines as well. Elizabeth devours this! I like to cook them when I have the frying pan and coconut oil out for eggs or something already, and make cinnamon/fruit her “dessert”.

Lentil Spinach Pancakes

I love sneaky ways to get some greens in, and an alternative protein. I like these dipped in yogourt, or for E, spread with plain yogourt.

Coconut Banana Spice Muffins

Elizabeth has always liked these, thankfully! They last no more than a couple days as they are quite moist, but relatively problem free in the coconut flour realm! (I have tried and tried recipes with coconut flour and this one works the best!)

2 Ingredient Pancakes

You could just leave these with 2 eggs and 1 banana (makes about five small pancakes), but I add some oatmeal and cinnamon for extra nutrition and it makes them a bit thicker!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Umm, we could eat this everyday!. So. Delicious. It gets lots of vegetables into my girl and smells like fall while cooking! We always have leftovers too.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

With your extra soup from above, pour it into your pasta and voila, extra nutrition! Kids won’t know what hit ’em!

Blueberry Oatmeal Yogourt Pancakes

I love pancakes, I just do. This recipe makes a huge batch so freeze the extras for toasting later! Elizabeth loves these, and I like that they have oats and blueberries, with very little sugar.

Vegan Chickpea Curry (on a bed of rice)

I love this as my go-to meatless curry. Elizabeth sometimes likes it, and sometimes not so much. I find it depends on how strong the curry flavour is. Change to your liking!

Sheperd’s Pie

Mmmm, gotta love a meal that gets most of the food groups in one bowl! This is my default meal as I always have the items on hand! 😉

Italian Sausage Basil Pesto Penne

You got your carbs and your meet and spicy pesto fennel flavour! Love it! I always steam some veggies on the side.

There you have it – 10 meals from other bloggers that will hopefully help to feed you, your little ones, and your family!

xo

Finding simple peace

It’s been my favourite street since we moved into this neighbourhood 2.5 years ago. The trees are mature, with just the right amount of cover and sway, but enough gap to let the morning light in. Since spring arrived, Elizabeth and I have been frequenting this neighbourhood on our post-breakfast morning walk. And I love it. If the sun is shining, you will find us there.

I oogle at some of the houses with front porches (a dream!). We watch the kids run to school just down the street as the teachers or kids in orange jackets direct them. The lilacs along the path beg for me to pick them with their breathtaking fragrance. And the robins sing their morning melody. It’s like peace floods my heart. If I’m intentional, I try and make it my grateful walk. A prayer walk. But a lot of times, it’s just a chance to breathe the beautiful air. I can have trouble focusing or praying in my morning quiet time (if I get it in before E wakes up!), but as soon as we hit the path walking it’s like the heart and mind kick in.

Yesterday I felt bad for our bichon shitzu, Pippa, as she needed a walk, so I brought her with us. It was like walking a squirrel, ya’ll! She near tripped me with her leash doing figure 8’s as we crossed the street. So I decided that THIS walk is my peace walk for Elizabeth and I alone, and Pippa will have to get her walk another time!

I know it seems simple and trite, but having this little thing that is free, full of God’s beauty, and right out my back door, is something I am so thankful for. Our winters are long, so I am soaking it up!

I think as a mamma you have to find little things, accessible things, that bring you peace and joy. Something you can sow into your day that fills your heart. For some it might be gardening with the kids, lounging in the sun at naptime, or talking on the phone with a friend – whatever it is – I encourage you to find that beautiful place that God has waiting for you. Just for you.

Here are a few pictures from our walk this morning…

Always be brave

May you always be brave and try new things.
Choosing to fly on life’s given wings.

May you know that you can do hard and wondrous tasks,
And that life steps up to those who ask.

May you delight in the simple, but find beauty in the complicated.
And live life with open arms, ungated.

May you love with all your heart, dear girl.
Every person impacted by your compassionate cheeky twirl.

You are loved, and always will be.
Our daughter, brave Lizzie.

This past week my daughter and I “went home to the farm” to visit my folks, and she got to see horses for the first time. She was so brave and curious, and I was so proud of her!

Thrift like a boss: how I spent $50 on an updated mamma-drobe

Being a one-income family, it wasn’t doable to have a transition wardrobe after having my first baby, a little over a year ago. Does that even exist?! During pregnancy, I had worn a lot of things that weren’t maternity. Once our darling girl showed up and the months passed by, I was aching for something “new to me”.

Thrifting is a term for finding second-hand deals. In the last year, I have found so many good deals for myself and Elizabeth (I find it harder to thrift for Troy!), from sweaters to jackets. There are some staples like shoes and jackets that I am willing and wanting to spend good money on, but smaller items like a plaid shirt, top or sweater, I love to thrift. It gets Elizabeth and I out of the house and gives me a shopping-fix for little cost! Over the years, I have had many people tell me I shop well, so I wanted to share with you some tips and show you what I spent just $50 on in the last year while thrifting.

My tips on how I thrift like a boss:

  • Know when the monthly sale happens (our local goodwill does a 50% off sale the first Thursday of the month on pretty much everything)
  • Shop often. Get the pick of the patch!
  • When you know the brands you like or that fit your family, and the price you’d normally spend for new, it’ll help you decide on yes or no on an item. Ex. An $8 H&M item at the thrift shop likely isn’t worth it, as many basics at H&M are that price new. BUT, if you can find a more elaborate H&M piece for $8 that is normally $40, then you’ve got a deal!
  • Check for holes, stains, or loose threads.
  • If you live in a big city, shop in thrift stores in the high-end regions to get “better” options
  • I find local thrift stores have better prices than stores like Value Village or Goodwill, though I like to thrift there too as they have more variety!
  • As a new mom, I was looking for things that could double as “going to get groceries” and “looking good while hanging out at home” OR “going on a date” or “going to church” kinds of things.

Here’s a breakdown of the photo above:

  1. Khaki trench coat – $8
  2. Grey sweater dress – $5
  3. Rose stretchy skinnies – $12
  4. Denim tank – $3
  5. Floral strapless top – $2
  6. Oversized cardigan sweater – $5
  7. Plaid shirt dress – $5
  8. Leapoard print cardigan x2 – $5each x 2 = $10

= $50 well spent!

Don’t worry, I did buy new things in the past year as well – they were also very much needed! But when you want a quick fix and the budget is tight, don’t overlook thrifting deals!

Happy thrifting!