It’s hard to believe it’s time for another monthly posts about the things I’m loving lately and what I’m looking forward to in the month ago. I guess time flies when you take almost a month off of blogging. 😂😂😂 My February spending freeze is technically over, but I am continuing to live by the principles I practiced last month keep both my spending and my needless accumulation of stuff in check. So, this month’s list will also heavily feature non-material items (although there are a few potential purchases “on my radar.”
Peeps are coming!
And in a whole bunch of new flavors too! I love, love, love Peeps. Not to eat – yuck! – but as adorable decorations and sweet little harbingers of spring. You can check out a run down of all the new flavors here. I’m curious to see what you think of the new flavors.
I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Spiderman. Spiderman 2 (the Tobey McGuire version) was the first Superhero movie that Kevin watched, back when he was just a pre-schooler (over my strenuous objection I should add), and Spidey quickly became the first superhero we all fell in love with. Through the years Spiderman has been reborn a number of times – which is kind of crazy because Kevin is only 16 years old – and the most recent iteration Spider-man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, was one my favorite superhero movie in years. [Sidenote: my younger self would never have believed that I would regularly watch superhero movies, let alone have a favorite; but, my, how motherhood changes us).
While I have not seen Into the Spiderverse yet, I have only heard great things about the film and it won an Oscar, so I guess we will have to check it out. But I don’t have to watch the movie to know that I adore this t-shirt depicting iconic animated characters decked out in a Spidey-mask. I just wish I still had kiddos young enough to wear it!
How Disney Princesses Would Decorate their Homes in 2019
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you probably know I have a soft spot for Disney in my heart. And it is currently T minus 46 days until our next trip!?! I think I am as excited as my kids. Recently I stumbled upon this post on the Modsy Blog and I was enchanted. It combines two of my favorite things – Disney and design. How fun!
Have I mentioned my thing for mint? Mint chocolate chip ice-cream? Thin Mint cookies? Peppermint Patties? I love the combination of chocolate and mint. And there is no better time to indulge in this amazing flavor combination than St. Patrick’s Day. Several years ago I made this Grasshopper Pie for a special St. Patty’s day dessert, and although the photos desperately need to be updated, this recipe is delicious, pretty easy, and stands the test of time. Bring it to your Saint Patrick’s Day party and you will be the star.
A New Nut-Free Snack
I have always had an affinity for crunchy snacks you can eat by the handful: trail mix, granola, nuts, m&m’s . . . . But when you have a child with a peanut and tree nut allergy all of those are off the table. So I was super excited to stumble upon these Somersaults Sunflower Seed Crunchy Bites in my local grocery store. They are nut-free, crunchy (it’s right in the name!) and delicious. They come in three flavors: original, chocolate (my favorite, but no surprise there), and salted-caramel. And they are safe for our family.
New Food Allergy Research
Speaking of food allergies . . . you all know that I am a passionate about food allergies – especially the cause of, prevention of and possible cure for food allergies, so I was excited to read about three new scientific studies, LEAP, E A T Study, and PETIT Study, that suggest early introduction of the three most common allergens, peanuts, eggs and milk, through controlled consumption in early infancy leads to a lower than expected rate of allergies in early childhood (the latest measure we have of these relatively new research). Even more exciting, there is now a company, Ready, Set, Food, offering an allergist-developed product that can be added to babies’ bottles to safely introduce them to peanut, egg and milk proteins to help reduce their risk of developing food allergies by up to 80%. While this research won’t impact my family, hopefully it will save others from the constant stress of living with food allergies.
I’m loving this quote by Stephen King:
“If you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write.”
I am trying to take my writing more seriously this year: journaling consistently, engaging in daily (okay, biweekly writing tasks), working on my book, outlining ideas for future books, and researching freelance options so I have been doing a deep dive into writing websites. I stumbled upon this quote which made my heart dance, because I love to read. And while I certainly don’t need another reason to pick up a good book, I think that Stephen King is absolutely right. The best writers are avid readers. (Look for some increased emphasis on books and reading on the blog going forward!)
The Minimalist Home, by Joshua Becker
One of the books I have been reading lately is The Minimalist Home, by Joshua Becker. I’ve been clutter-busting for the past eighteen months, but my goal to simplify has taken on a new urgency in 2019. In order to help this process go more smoothly and quickly, I have invited a few books on minimalism and decluttering into my home. I recognize that actually purchasing new things in my quest to eliminate unnecessary things is somewhat hypocritical, but humans are funny characters. While I certainly don’t think you need to buy a book to begin downsizing your possessions, this book was an easy and enjoyable read offering lots of practical tips to help you declutter every room in your home. And, it’s simple book jacket looks crisp and clean on my decluttered bookshelf.
The Death of Mail-Order Meal Kits?
I stumbled upon this interesting article about the decline of Mail-Order Meal Kits. As I have written, I personally am not a big fan of this trend although I certainly understand the appeal – especially for busy, new cooks interested in increasing their cooking know-how. Now, it seems, that others, many others, are recognizing their shortcomings as well. I’m curios – do you subscribe to a mail-order meal kit service?
Looking ahead . . .
Nut-free Carrot Cake
I have had several requests by the kids to make carrot cake. This is not a treat that we can easily indulge in away from home because it almost always contains walnuts. So I have been perusing recipes that I can adapt for our family. My perfect carrot cake includes lots of fresh carrots, is super-moist and topped with thick, rich cream cheese frosting. Hopefully I will come up with a winner recipe to share with you all. I think it would be perfect for Easter dinner.
I have always been drawn to Birks, because they look so comfortable and seem to go with just about any summer outfit. But I always assumed I couldn’t wear them because I thought they would be too wide for my narrow feet. But Kelly just got a pair for her birthday and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the straps really could be tightened enough to keep my foot firmly on the footbed. And then I learned they came in narrow! These will definitely be first pair of spring/summer shoes this year.
I’m looking forward to filling my home with fresh tulips for a hint of spring.
Have a wonderful weekend!