I’m three!

Lincoln had a big birthday a few weeks ago- three years old!
It’s hard to believe my “baby” is already 3.

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I have clearly done a terrible job of sharing any recent photos/stories…
I blame pregnancy 🙂

But, here are some pictures from the last few months.
(And soon, I will have pictures to share of baby #2!)

Going all the way back to Easter...

Going all the way back to Easter…

He was pretty excited to see Snoopy, the Easter Beagle

He was pretty excited to see Snoopy, the Easter Beagle

Another weekend, we took a tour of a local farm... where I fell in love with these baby pigs...

Another weekend, we took a tour of a local farm… where I fell in love with these baby pigs…

They were SO cute.

They were SO cute.

We visited a fire station, which Lincoln LOVED.

We visited a fire station, which Lincoln LOVED.

A random day, cooking with me at home...

A random day, cooking with me at home…

From the big birthday celebration!

From the big birthday celebration!

Lincoln and his cousins on a train ride at the party

Lincoln and his cousins on a train ride at the party

We also went to a Dodgers game and had amazing seats in a box... I loved how Lincoln just dove right in and helped himself to some snacks :)

We also went to a Dodgers game and had amazing seats in a box… I loved how Lincoln just dove right in and helped himself to some snacks 🙂

Watching the action...

Watching the pregame action…

Lincoln & Dad :)

Lincoln & Dad 🙂

food

Remember once upon a time when I talked about weekly dinners and my plans to share recipe details and photos of all the amazing dishes I was whipping up at home?  Right.  Well, between cooking with a toddler semi-attached to my hip and trying to get dinner ready at a reasonable time before we have to start our bedtime routine, I have not been able to document many of my recent kitchen creations.
But, I promise that I have been cooking- a lot!

I’ve been on a bit of a food journey lately, trying to make sure I am eating good, whole, real foods– and that I am feeding those same things to Lincoln!  I had heard a lot about the Paleo diet, but didn’t give it too much thought.  Then, I stumbled upon the Whole30 plan and felt really compelled to give it a try.

The Whole30 (in case you haven’t heard about it) is a 30 day program during which you eliminate several types of food from your diet.  During the 30 days, you do not eat any dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes (peas, lentils, peanuts, etc.) or grains of any kind.
So, basically, you exclusively eat  fruits, vegetables, and proteins – plus some healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, etc. for one month (which in reality, is what we should probably be eating all the time anyway, right?)

I followed the Whole30 plan for the entire month of May, and about another 15 days into June.  It has really been a great change.  I am eating more vegetables than I have, maybe ever in my life and I am making almost every meal at home, from scratch.  I have more energy, I lost a few pounds and my skin looks really good.

I’ll admit, there is no way I can live the rest of my life without another bite of coconut milk ice cream or some dark chocolate, but this 30 day challenge has really changed the way that I approach food.  Now, if I can just convince my husband to adopt some of these healthy eating habits…

Here are a few photos of some recent meals (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen them)…

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Oh!  And I have to share this recipe for “Paleo Pancakes” that I came across.  They could technically work on the Whole30 plan, but it is not really recommended to eat a lot of paleo-ized baked goods while you are on the plan…  The point is to break your sugar cravings and simply replacing a regular muffin with a “Paleo” muffin isn’t really helping… (Check out the book, “It Starts With Food” for all of the plan details)

Anyway, I can’t recall where I found this recipe, but I jotted it down and made it for breakfast yesterday.  Easy, fast and super delicious!
(I don’t have any photos of the finished product, because Lincoln & I ate them all so quickly!)

3 bananas
3 eggs
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients together.
Grease skillet with coconut oil.
Cook over medium heat.

Yum, yum!

it’s Friday!

Woo-hoo!  A little round up of what’s going on out here…

* Lincoln’s 1st birthday is just around the corner.  Eeek!  So, I’ve been starting to think about his 1st birthday party.  It won’t be anything big, but Nani & Popi, my brother and sister-in-law and their kids are coming into town to celebrate, so I want to plan something.  I’m starting with some decorating ideas.  I’m sure Lincoln will appreciate all of the effort I am putting into choosing a color scheme 😉  I just ordered some bunting from this fun site Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard that I’m going to use.  And I have some awesome felt balls on the way that I am going to string and make into garland.  I am now on the hunt for a good, semi-healthy cake recipe.  I want Lincoln to have the classic “smash cake”, but I also don’t want to send him into a sugar induced coma on his 1st birthday.  I know you can sweeten baked goods with applesauce… If anyone has a good recipe, let me know!

* I mentioned before that I was going to learn more about essential oils.  Well, I went to two meetings led by a doTERRA rep and I just got my first kit with a bunch of oils.  I’ve already been using many of them.  There is a great blend called ‘”Breathe” that you can mix with a little coconut oil and use as an all-natural, psuedo-Vick’s Vapor Rub.  It’s been really helpful with Lincoln’s runny nose that he’s had for the last week or so.

my collection so far...

my collection so far…

* Remember when I said I planned on making weekly dinners.  Oh what a nice plan that was… Sadly, life (read: Lincoln) has made it a bit challenging to get much cooking done.  However, my lovely friend Victoria has been posting some delicious recipes over on her blog Frankfully.  Butternut squash bisque and veggie fajitas… yum, yum!

* In my continued quest to make friends here, I am going to a mommy & me meet up at an arboretum here in Spokane this weekend.  I’m excited.  Hopefully Lincoln has fun too.

And here are a few of my favorite, recent Lincoln pictures that I’ve shared on Instagram.  Have a great weekend!

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