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over the weekend…

This weekend was pretty low key.  We spent a lot of time around the house trying to avoid the flu…and so far it seems to have worked.

TWINS

Staying around the house does have its perks though.  We managed to clean out our closet, which was way overdue and decorate our dining room wall.  We have a very simplistic style, and I have a huge aversion to too much “stuff.”  If something seems cluttered in the least it drives me crazy, and I’m more likely to have a completely blank wall than one with lots of different things adorning it.  That combined with the fact that I tend to be indecisive means that we have a lot of bare walls in our house.  The following quote totally resonates with me -

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.  ~William Morris

But it is nice and homey to have some pictures of the twins and things we love around the house.  Gotta find a happy medium:)

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 Anyway, so literally that was the weekend.  Wouldn’t have sounded exciting to my 20 year old self…but it was really quite nice.

I’m trying to finish up the last part of my birth story now that the twins are 6 months old.  For some reason it’s hard for me to sit down and get started on those types of posts, but once I do it all comes pouring out. You can read part I, part II and part III if you haven’t already, and hopefully part IV will be up tomorrow!

 How was your weekend?

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bringing in a little warmth

If you all are anything like me, you may have felt a little sadness in letting go of the Christmas season.

It inevitably happens every January.  The tree is taken down, candy canes are placed on the clearance rack, the lights are stashed in the closet for another year and the Christmas music is turned off.  The season of festivities is over and it’s back to the daily grind for another year.

I always get into sort of a rut, feeling more than ever the dreariness of the cold, leafless streets.  I’m past the initial excitement of a new year of possibilities and am in need of change, refreshment and a little bit of inspiration.

So this year I decided to get a one up on the January blues. Starting in my favorite place.

The kitchen.  Getting rid of the clutter, consolidating the 4 canisters of cinnamon that have taken up residence in my cabinet over the past 6 months, and vacuuming out the trail of flour weaving its way around my baking shelf.

it must get worse before it gets…

better

The husband and I spent hours over the weekend, cleaning out every last cabinet, shelf and drawer in the kitchen, getting rid of anything we haven’t used in the past year and re-organizing everything in the most efficient fashion possible.   It’s funny how clearing out the clutter from the house seems to simultaneously de-clutter my head as well.  With every pot that was placed in a new, clean, accessible spot, my thoughts became a little more clear and my motivation gained a little bit of momentum.

After the kitchen, we moved on to the rest of the house.  There hasn’t been time to re-organize every closet and drawer quite yet, but there is a plan for it.  And just scrubbing everything down and sweeping up all the dust and pieces of ribbon leftover from wrapping gifts was so energizing.

Once the cleaning was all done, it was time to bring some life back to the house!

Plants have a way of breathing freshness into a space that feels a bit lifeless.

I gathered up every vase in the house

I also potted some new plants for our office.  I never imagined that the process of potting them would be as helpful as getting to admire them as we work late into the night. Squishing the soil between my fingers pressing it firmly down around the roots almost made me feel like spring had made an early appearance.

Have you started to feel the post-Christmas wintertime blues?  Or are you still riding on the wave of the new year?

What are you doing to bring in a little warmth?

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deck the halls

Random fact on this lovely Friday: somebody found my blog by searching the phrase “chia seed in my eye.”

I kinda like that, lol:)  Not going to find any advice here, though!

I mentioned the other day that Jon and I decorated for Christmas on Sunday.  I love decorating for Christmas!  Last year during this time I hadn’t even started ChiaSeedMe yet.  I was kind of in a transition between blogs.  I had been writing at Brand New Sidewalk about random life happenings for about a year, but with the craziness also known as my first year of teaching, I just didn’t have the time or energy to put into it!

So, I started a tumbler, thinking it would be a good way to keep blogging, but with shorter, less-time consuming entries.  I really liked tumbler, and sometimes I think I’d like to keep blogging there (in addition to CSM), but so far it hasn’t happened.  My tumbler was geared a little more toward healthy living, but I really made the jump when I started ChiaSeedMe.

So in the spirit of decorating for Christmas here are some of last year’s decorations.

And this year.

Oops!  That’s not a decoration.  That would be my breakfast.  A random juicing of carrots, apple, a lime, small piece of ginger and a few handfuls of spinach (aka – everything that I could scavenge from my oh so empty fridge).  Plus half a leftover Cliff bar.

Let’s try this again.

And of course Christmas at our house wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for my Grandpa’s peanut brittle.  He spends hours making it every year, and it’s the best peanut brittle there ever was.

The husband and I will be spending the whole weekend Christmas shopping!  I’m so excited.

What are you most excited about this weekend?

Happy Friday!

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lentil tacos + a guest post

Best.

Afternoon.

Snack.

Ever.

I found a coupon for a free 16 ounce Oikos greek yogurt in my HLS swag bag (love that swag bag:), so I had no choice but to pick it up at the store yesterday.  Wait, did you catch that?  FREE.

So today I decided an extravagant yogurt mess sounded like a pretty decent plan.  I also used my coupon for a free box of Uncle Sam’s cereal at the store yesterday, so why not throw some of that in?  There were also dried cranberries, sliced bananas, vegan dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and chia seeds!

Speaking of chia seeds, did you enter my chia seed giveaway earlier today? I am loving hearing about everyone’s adventurous side – keep ‘em coming!

In other news, please take a minute to click over to Heather’s blog and check out my guest post on PiYo!  Heather and I met at HLS, and her blog is as adorable as she is.  She’s one of those people who has a smile that literally lights up the entire room, and I was so excited when she asked me to share more about PiYo with her readers.  I hope you’ll take a second and stop by there!

I spent the afternoon working on a special project in our office.  It’s not quite ready to reveal yet, but it won’t be long!

I worked up quite an appetite, though, and by dinnertime I knew exactly what was on the menu.  I had boiled a huge batch of dry lentils last week and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them.  It was kind of fun to switch it up from our usual enchiladas!

Spicy Lentil Tacos

Ingredients

  • whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 small can diced green chilies

Toppings

Directions

  • sautee olive oil, garlic and onion in a skillet over medium heat until onions become transparent
  • add lentils and mix well
  • season with ground red pepper and cumin
  • add green chilies and heat through
  • heat tortilla for 10 seconds in microwave
  • spread lettuce in middle of tortilla
  • add lentil mixture
  • top with green onions, tomato, salsa and guacamole

I’m off to bed soon!  I’ve been feeling really tired the last few days, so I really need to try and get some extra sleep this week.

I hope you all had an excellent Monday:) G’night!

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prepare to drool

Hey!

I can’t believe the weekend is already over!  Summer is flying by.

Yesterday, Jon and I spent most of the day cleaning.  Thankfully Jon offered to tag team it with me…and it still took us over 3 hours!  We did the hard core, twice a year kind of clean.  The whole time I just kept envisioning how great it was going to feel once it was done. And it was so worth it.  I love waking up to a clean house!  The only downside = it can only go down from here:(

Here’s a glimpse of our freshly cleaned crib;)

my side of the office – where all the CSM action goes down

Jon’s side

living room (and Olive’s tail end:)

living room, dining room, kitchen (and again…Olive’s tail end:)

dining room and kitchen

kitchen

and last, but not least – our bedroom

Tour over.

Of course we took food breaks throughout our day of torture cleaning

green beans (click for recipe) from my step-dad’s garden.

Clark – if you’re reading…I need more green beeeeaaaannnnssss!!!!

leftover salad minus the veggie burger this time

Whole Soy blueberry yogurt, raw oats, Kashi U and fresh blackberries (the star of the show)

And dinner – leftover tempeh spaghetti sauce over whole wheat pasta.  Sides = ezekiel bread w/earth balance and garlic + swiss chard and chopped pattypan squash sauteed in olive oil, garlic and a dash of lemon juice

Dear beloved green beans,  you may now have a new green rival.

We got up and went to early service and Sunday school this morning.  I took a green monster to-go (running late of course:) and drank it during the service.

For lunch, we were both craving pancakes for some crazy reason – here’s what I came up with!

I used Hodgson Mill Buckwheat pancake mix, which includes 1 egg (organic free range of course) and 1 tbsp of oil

2 cakes layered with plain Whole Soy yogurt + fresh blackberries

makes my heart go pitter patter.

I need not explain how delicious they were.

The rest of my eats today were very random.  They included things like bran flakes and soy milk, tons of watermelon and more leftover green beans. hehe.

That’s all for today friends.  I’ve gotta be up and at ‘em early because I have a 9:30 am orthodontist appt. on the other side of creation (ie my hometown).  Hoping to get in a run first!

Hope you all have a great start to your week!  Thanks to all who entered in the chia seed giveaway!  Winners will be announced tomorrow!

How do you and your significant other handle cleaning?  Do you tag team?  Or is one person usually in charge? Last year while I was teaching and commuting, Jon took care of almost all the housework (swoon).  But now that I’ve got more time, I have taken back over a lot of it.  While I don’t love the actual act of cleaning…I do love keeping my house and making my husband HAPPY:) Plus, I LOVE the feeling of a spic and span house.

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