Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Recipes // guest post

Hi y’all! My name is Katie Morton, and I am a chef from Greenville, South Carolina. I became interested in cooking at a very young age. I helped my mom in the kitchen growing up, and continued to develop my chef abilities over the years. When it came time to decide on a college, I knew I had to pursue a degree in the culinary field. I chose to attend the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas and earned a degree in culinary arts. While attending school, I got a job as a prep cook at a local delicatessen in Greenville called Two Chefs. Over the course of five years, I worked my way up to the position of back-of-the-house manager. As manager, I ordered all necessary ingredients through local food vendors and distributors, supervised the preparation of all menu items, and inspected each meal that left the kitchen. 

Photo Credit: Amanda Cavett 

It was while working as manager at Two Chefs that I began to further explore healthy eating, and integrate it into my home cooking. I was sick and tired of the common misconception that healthy equals bland/boring/not yummy meals, so I set out to change that. I continually experiment using healthy ingredients to create satisfying, filling meals for the everyday man or woman. 

My husband and I recently had our first son, Siler, so my interest has expanded from just making meals for my husband and I, to including meals that our son can eat and enjoy, while still maintaining my goal of creating health-conscious meals. Included in this post are two breakfast, and two dinner options – with ingredients and complete recipes – that have gotten the stamp of approval from my husband and our son. I hope you are able to enjoy these meals as much as we have. 

If you try any of these recipes I would love to hear how you liked them. And if you LOVE them, please make sure to print them out for your home recipe collection, pin them on pinterest and share this blog post with your friends and family. Bon appetit!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Medical Update 2017

I know a lot of you have been following along with Eloise's medical updates, some since I was pregnant, so I'll try my best to make this short and sweet :)

If you are new here,  you can catch up the past 2 years on these posts:
Update 1
Update 2

2 years in the making: Eloise was diagnosed with a kidney defect when I was pregnant. They couldn't tell us anything which made it a really scary and stressful time for our family. When she was born, we had a room full of doctors (like 12 people total), just in case she needed to have surgery right away. Thankfully, she didn't need surgery and shocked everybody with how well she was doing. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Parasol Co. Feature

Do you ever find out about a baby product or company way late in life and wish you knew about it sooner? This is how I feel about Parasol Co. I wish I knew about these diapers when Eloise was born because we are obsessed. 

Parasol Co. makes ultra-soft, fluffy diapers using an innovative top sheet layer that reimagines the inside of the diaper, making it feel so soft and comforting to your baby. They are soft and fluffy, but also thinner than most diapers which makes it easy to put clothes over or just wear by themselves. 

"We’ve spent years developing the first American diaper with an ultra-soft top sheet layer that comforts your child unlike any other, but still uses less wood pulp. The fact is safe and eco-conscious diapers don’t have to be rough and bulky."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Let's Be Honest Mamas: Technology with Kids

Happy Monday friends! Today I am joining a group of amazing bloggers for a post all about technology and kids. My friend Hannah (find her blog here + IG here) puts these group posts together once a month. I think it's really fun to read other mama's opinions on subjects we all talk so much about. I linked everybody else participating at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them all out!
I recently talked about technology habits with Eloise over on IG and how I was feeling like a bad mom and a little self conscious so I challenged myself to set aside timed un-plugged time each day. I set my timer on my phone and don't grab it until the time goes off. If we make it past the timed amount, then I set it for longer the next day. I want to memorize the little details about Eloise that nobody else could possible know. I want to be more present and aware of every minute in our days. If you're struggling to find the time to unplug, start small and add 2 minutes each day. I think we all want to be present with our children but technology makes that so hard. I am challenging you, with no judgment of how much un-pligged time you get, because I truly think any time is enough.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Self Care

"It only takes a few small steps to make a big difference in your life. Once you start making these little changes, it gets easier to make yourself a priority too. Learning to connect with yourself and cater to your own needs only helps you be a better mother, wife and friend." -- Holly Rust, HuffPost

I am a huge advocate for self care. I know it looks differently for each of us, but I wanted to share with you some of the ways I stay sane through this crazy journey called motherhood. Of course I love my little tribe, I love spending time with Eloise and I wouldn't trade being a stay-at-home-mom for anything in the world. I do think it's so important that we take the time we need in order to be a better wife, mom, friend and overall good person in society. :)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tchoup Industries Feature

I think everybody has that one "thing" that they wish they could wear without being judged. For me-- that is fanny packs and mom jeans. Am I the only one who has been obsessed with fanny packs for years and afraid to wear them? I'm finally at the point in life where I don't really care what others think of my style. I've decided that I'm going to own it with confidence because it makes me happy. Before Eloise, I would drool over fancy purses at Nordstrom and dream of having a closet full of designer clothes, bags and shoes. But as I get older, I realize that I value well made, practical products way more than a big brand name. As a mom, a product that allows me to be 100% handsfree AND is really well made from an amazing small company is exactly what I obsess over these days. Because let's be real, I have a stage-five-clinger-19-month-old-daughter who rarely lets me put her down in public, so I usually look like a hot mess trying to hold a wiggly toddler, my diaper bag and pay for my iced coffee all at once. Let's just say, the fanny pack changed my life.

SO let me introduce you to Tchoup Industries and remind you that you should wear what makes you comfortable... don't let judgments or trends make you who you are. Be you and don't worry about the rest.