A Need in Our Community April 22, 2017
Today I spent a little bit of time at Mary’s Place here in Seattle. If you aren’t familiar with them they do amazing work: one of the only shelters that houses whole families (women with children especially), provides day time services, education, library access, counseling, healthcare, childcare & most importantly a path to a home for families.
They are in desperate need of boys clothing: especially an immediate need for boys size 6 shoes. They also need the basics in sample sizes of toiletries (think hotel shampoo, makeup & skin care samples, sanitary supplies etc). If you have used clothing, samples of toiletries you don’t need, household items to furnish a new apartment etc I’m happy to help.
I can pick up your gently used items or samples and take them to Mary’s place and provide you with a tax deductible receipt. Or I can provide you with the contact person at Mary’s Place and you can arrange drop off or even pick up.
Please share this email with your network of friends. Let’s get these kids set up with some clothes, their parents with some toiletries, and maybe even with some furnishings as Mary’s Place expands their shelters & places people in homes to call their own.
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Mud Fest—Oops, I Mean Tulip Festival April 7, 2017
It’s been a while since our last Tulip Festival outing. In fact, I believe I was newly pregnant with Pemberley the last time. One thing I remember clearly from the last time was the crazy amount of mud.
I thought I was so smart this time coming armed with tennis shoes and rain boots for the kids. Hayden raced ahead of me the second he saw the mud and took a flying leap right into it. Pemberley ran right after him doing exactly the same thing. Poor Pemberley lost her boots and was standing up to her knees in mud. I went to rescue her and went ankle deep into the mud myself. Funny thing is it was so fun. We might have been a muddy mess running around the field, but we loved it all the same. Thinking back, I think the mud actually made it more fun.
We were at Tulip Town and they had a tractor ride you could go on. That was the highlight of the trip for Hayden. Hayden also loved watching the fancy kites they had flying. Once we were frozen solid, we headed inside for some hot cocoa. I wrote an article on the Tulip Festival last time I went with tips. See it here. What would I do differently next time? Not a thing. Bring clothes that can get dirty. A warm coat. Cash. Everything is cash only. A camera. You will want pics. Other than that, just go. It’s a blast. Read Full Post
Rice Krispie Easter Treats March 27, 2017
Hayden’s godmother, my goddaughter Presha, is in town from college. She had a brilliant idea for us to get together and make Rice Krispie Treats. I was thrilled because I recently picked up a great idea from Pinterest for Rice Krispie Treats for Easter. The picture was perfect! Looked so easy and beautiful. Surely not even I could mess this one up. And it is a project with Rice Krispie Treats, so what could be tastier? So anyway, the idea is you form the Rice Krispie mixture into eggs and decorate the eggs. The ones in the picture were so beautiful you almost wouldn’t want to eat them. I found two similar projects.
1) Jam the Rice Krispie mixture into those plastic Easter eggs. This will form the perfect egg shape. If I had just left them like this, they would have been picture perfect. I couldn’t do that—didn’t feel creative enough. My darn creative urges truly can be my best friend and worst enemy.
Dear Stay-at-Home Moms Everywhere March 18, 2017
Dear Stay-at-Home Moms Everywhere,
Are you feeling like a dairy cow—nursing all day long, a taxi driver, a mess-picker-upper . . .
I know there is nothing glamorous about this. Did you give up your career for this? Do you think back about the days you were praised for a job well done? Do you miss feeling important to the world? I do sometimes. I sometimes struggle with my identity in being “mom.” Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being a mom. But sometimes I reminisce about my days as an actress and how exciting it was. I loved that chapter very much.
I’ve allowed myself to close the door to it and be okay with it, though. From time to time I wonder what is next.
It hit me like a ton of bricks this morning that I was made for a very specific purpose. If I spend time looking ahead or in the rearview mirror, I could miss it. What if I am raising a future president or leader and it is my job to help form them and build them up to get on that path.
Don’t let yourselves be distracted by needing praise from the world. Head down. Your most important job is the little sticky fingers and sassy-mouthed loves in your home. This is a chapter. It is so, so important. Raising your kids to be amazing people is such a cool opportunity. Speak positivity into their lives. Tell them how much you love them. Tell them the gifts you see in them. Tell them all about their strengths. You get one shot at this, mammas. Give it your all. Hug and kiss on your kids. Teach your sons how to treat a woman right. Tell them they are a masterpiece that God created. They are a beautiful work of art. Tell them how they are your greatest treasure. When they go to sleep tonight, make sure their heart is beaming and warm from all the nice things you see in them. Set them down the path God created them to go down. Not the path you want them to go down. Set them up for success.
You are a mom. This is a huge blessing. Own it. Enjoy it. You are a mom. Own the title and wear it with pride.
Dearest Momentum Supporters and Friends, March 12, 2017
It is hard to believe that MOMentum started when Hayden was a baby and I was walking the hills in my neighborhood with my co-founder Kelly Singer, trying to get the baby weight off. We came up with an idea to help moms in our community. We wanted healthy living to be accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation. Our hearts were heavy for the moms who worked all day and had to choose between seeing their kids and exercising. We felt it was important not to have to choose. We wanted to help the moms who wanted to model healthy living to their families but were unsure how.
We saw a need in our community and decided not to look around to see who was going to step in and help. Why not us???
I started visiting parks and interviewing moms. I learned from some they didn’t feel safe going for walks in their neighborhoods. This particular interview at Powell Barnet Park in Seattle stayed with me. I made a promise to myself that day that I would make it happen for those women. It wasn’t the first park I installed, or even the third, but I got it done. It makes me so happy knowing the women I spoke to that day are able to go use the equipment. Read Full Post
Homemade Goat Cheese Goodness February 28, 2017
- One gallon of goat milk
- Juice of one large lemon
- Salt and favorite fresh herbs
- Candy thermometer
- Large bowl
Road Trip Tips for Brave Moms January 25, 2017
Yesterday I completed my first road trip alone with Hayden. We drove from Seattle to Sun Valley. I like this drive. I also prefer driving to flying because it gives me flexibility in how much I can bring and when I want to leave and come home—and then there is no need for a rental car. Sun Valley is my family’s second home. I grew up coming here. I’ve never been one to do much planning for a road trip. I’m more a “throw clothes in a bag and go” kind of girl. Just under two years ago, when H was born, that grab-and-go lifestyle came to a screeching halt.
This trip alone with H went so well it made me think that (a) H is an amazing little car traveler, and (b) I did something right in preparing for this trip. Just in case my great preparation had something to do with it, I’m going to share my strategy.
Pack a bag for each person and one family bag. The family bag is in case people need to change clothes mid-trip due to, well, usual road trip casualties. It is also there in case the trip isn’t going well and you need to abort, grab a hotel room with a pool, and finish the trip the next day. In our family bag, I packed PJs, toiletries, one set of extra clothes for each person, and a swim suit per person. Thankfully, we got lucky and never had to use the family bag. Read Full Post
The Skimm! January 3, 2017
Okay, so getting a chance to be caught up on what’s happening in the world can sometimes be a challenge when drowning in diaper changes and carpool. Skimm does just what it sounds like: it gives you the CliffsNotes version. It’s witty and free. I love it. Hope you do too.
Lady in Red December 30, 2016
9I can’t remember who once told me that, if you aren’t feeling pretty or don’t have time to get ready, throw on some red lipstick and call it good. I think it’s pretty good advice. I’ve definitely been complimented on my red lips more than any other lip color. If I want to make a statement, yup, red lips. Boring outfit + red lips = pretty sexy.
Let’s take a few situations: You are dropping kids off at school and you look less than your gorgeous self. You notice that somehow all the other moms somehow look like they just walked out of a salon and for some reason you feel . . . ummmm . . . embarrassed. Toss on a little red and somehow you will look a bit more pulled together. Some say they don’t look good in red lipstick. I don’t know; I’ve never seen anyone look bad in it, ever. The trick is finding the right red. I personally don’t like red lipstick that has too much blue in it.
Okay, another situation: You are out to dinner, you go to use the restroom, and you get a good look in the mirror. Shoot, you look washed out. The mirror at home was lying. Throw on the red and you instantly have brightened up. I sometimes take a bit off my lips and rub it into my cheeks. Now there is such a thing as too much. So if you have a busy outfit and tons of eye makeup, go for a nude lip please. Obviously red doesn’t match everything. Wearing pink? Please, no red. Read Full Post
Holiday Traditions: Away in a Manger December 23, 2016
Some time ago, I read about this family tradition, and it stuck with me. The idea is to create a big, soft bed for baby Jesus. The family gets a manger or baby doll bed and some hay. In order to put a piece of straw in the bed, you have to do something nice for someone anonymously. The family got really into it. Nice little things were happening all over the house; relationships were growing stronger. The kids were learning how good it felt to give, to do for others even if they weren’t being praised. This is a big lesson. Then, on Christmas Eve, they put baby Jesus (or the raggedy doll) in its nice, soft bed made of straw—or all the wonderful deeds of kindness they had done throughout the season. I love this idea and can’t wait until Hayden is old enough to understand it. We will definitely adopt this creative tradition in our household. What neat traditions do you have in your family? Read Full PostNext Page »