Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bella Grace at 5 Years Old


Last night I laid next to Bella in her little twin size bed as she fell back to sleep. I brushed her hair back and watched her breathing get heavier and I stared at her little face. Remembering that same profile as a little baby and memorizing how she is now. Sometimes I think I can stop time by just closing my eyes and freezing that moment in my mind. I closed my eyes and started thinking about all of the little things she does and says right now. How she's changed in her short little 5 years and how she's stayed the same.

She has this thing lately where she likes to give me the "I LOVE YOU" sign with her hand. I think it's the cutest, sweetest thing. At the most random times. In the middle of a busy afternoon, or just as I am putting her to sleep she'll throw it up with a big smile on her face. I give it back to her and she smiles even bigger. I think about little things like that and how one day she'll remember that she and her mom had that special thing they'd do.

The little freckle on the back of her arm that I've stared at since she was a tiny baby in my arms is fading. No one else would probably know it's there except me.

She's so fiercely affectionate, so deeply emotional and attached and loving...she doesn't know when to stop talking, she's super bossy, and so set in her ways, but Lord is she loving. Intensely loving. She's a note giver too. Little folded up construction paper and crayon love notes are scattered around our house. Rainbows and flowers and her family. I don't want to forget these things. I keep as many as I can, thinking of those days when she is old and grown and how I'll want to bring her back to 5 years old.

The thought seems so overwhelming and so I just try and stay. Right here and now. With my Bella Grace at 5 years old.



"Mom, I'm really into Asher today. He's just so cute!"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Almond Butter Energy Bites


The last couple of weeks I've made it my intent to eat "cleaner"---meaning no bad carbs, no processed foods, no sugar... basically no junk. 

I typically eat pretty healthy and have always strived for an 80/20 diet of good/healthy food mixed with things I love like glazed croissants and ben & jerry's blueberry graham frozen greek yogurt (YUM!!) Because seriously what is life if you can't enjoy the things you love?! I don't restrict and I never use the word "diet"--- I don't believe in them. Because trust me peeps, been there done that on the extreme in my early twenties. I learned the hard way that that is not the way to go. 

I now believe whole heartedly in a lifestyle of moderation. And that is what I want to teach my kids, particularly my girls. I know how easy it was for me to get sucked into some unhealthy habits when it came to wanting to be "skinny" and as a mom to my girls it is one of my top priorities to teach them a life of balance. To love themselves, love their bodies and to do what they can to keep it healthy. Not skinny. Healthy. I don't run and eat clean to be skinny, but to be fit and healthy. There is a big difference and I believe that the way they will think about these things begins right here in our home, watching their mom. That's pressure, but it's also an honor. So I want to make sure to be mindful of their little eyes and ears and truly lead by example.

Ok so that all being said, back to my clean eating goals over the last 2 weeks. Here's the thing here folks... I gained a good 5 lbs from December to February through the hormone craziness of my miscarriage & also going from running a ton of miles a week, to running like, NO miles over Christmas. Also I can't deny my habit of needing to have something sweet while watching my shows with Brandon late at night.  It all sort of caught up to me and 5 lbs later I decided I had to tweak some things again to get back in line.  So, in an effort to face things with balance, I've found some healthier options for us. Including our very favorite at the moment. Almond Butter Energy Bites. I totally made up the name. You can call them anything you want. 

I found a few different recipes for "protein energy bites" on pinterest and sort of mixed them all up,  played with it myself and came up with this one. They are so good as a treat when I am wanting something sweet. Or even just a quick snack. I've made them so many times over the last couple of weeks because we eat them up so fast. 



1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup of almond butter 
1/4 c of mini chocolate chips (I started with 1/2 cup but I prefer less sweet so I only add about 1/4)
1/3 cup of honey
2 tbs of chia seeds (I like the crunch these add and they are SO good for you too so I sneak them in wherever I can these days) * you could also use flax seeds.

Mix it all up, roll into small bite size balls and store in the refrigerator. They are good right away but even better after they've been in the fridge a couple hours. Brandon loves them, I love them, the kids love them. It's a win-win.

Try them! I think you'll love them too.
& let me know if you do! 

xo, 
Laura 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

+N E W+ in the Splendor Shop


The shop is open with a ton of new pieces for Spring! I've been working my little booty off the last couple of months and could not be more excited to share it with you.  I've mixed some new & trendy pieces with vintage & handmade pieces. In my own personal style I love to mix little bit of old + a little bit of new and that is what you will find in the shop. 
Head over and check it out! Hope you find something you love! 


Use code FREESHIP for free shipping through Friday!

Here are a few of my favorites! 




xo, 
Laura