Let’s Party!

Hello, my lovelies!

This week is ALL about 3rd Birthday Party madness! One of my top 5 favorite things ever, is to plan and throw a (themed) party for someone I love. And in this case, it is my daughter, Ayden’s 3rd Birthday. Being that she is turning 3 on the 3rd, we are having a ‘Golden’ Birthday party. I am also aware that this is probably the last year I get to choose the theme. (I have already lost the Halloween battle to Elsa).

My specialty in throwing these bashes, is to do so on a budget. (Hashtag, story of my life).

This week, I plan on sharing some of my favorite, money-saving tips for creating an adorable birthday.

In the meantime, feel free to browse some photos from her 1st Birthday party, which was themed ‘Ayden’s Candy-land’.

*These photos were taken by Sarah Field Photo

xo, Em

10 Steps to Yummy, Spinach Hummus

I made some hummus, and it turned out pretty good. I thought I would share the recipe that I loosely followed. (For a little more info on my style of cooking, please read my iCook page.)

**This is a double of this recipe. For less hummus, half everything.

1. 2 cans of chickpeas / garbanzo beans (they’re the same thing). I like to use Trader Joe’s brand, or Simply Organic brand, but any brand will do.

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2. 2/3 cup of tahini (I could not find regular, plain tahini, so I got this tahini sauce from Trader Joe’s. Most stores do carry plain tahini in either the nut butter section, or the Jewish foods section.)

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3. 4 tablespoons olive oil (I subbed in coconut oil, instead).

4. A handful of baby spinach (I love sneaking spinach in to recipes because it is so nutritious.)

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5. 4 tablespoons of lemon juice (I never measure my lemon juice, I just add a lot of it because I like the taste, and it is also super nutritious.)

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6. 2 cloves of minced garlic (I cheated and used already minced garlic from Costco. I don’t really measure my garlic either.)

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7. Chopped parsley

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8. Blend / Food Process (I use a Ninja Blender)

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9. Add salt & pepper

10. Refrigerate / Store / Serve!

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If you make this hummus, tag me and let me know what you think!

xo,

Emily

Getting To Know Me

Aren’t first posts awkward? I feel like I should have some sort of detailed syllabus to share with you, regarding what I intend to post about. But alas, I don’t. What I can offer, is a little bit of a back-story of why I decided to start this blog.

I have always been a ‘writer’, even though it took me a long time to call myself that. I am not sure why as humans, (or at least in my human experience), we shy away from calling ourselves artists, but we all are. We are all artists in our own right. Anyway, I have always been one to write, and I was always able to get by in school due to my ability to string a few words together that just happened to make some sense. I have worked as a web content writer / blog article writer for other companies. I appreciate any job that pays me to write, truly I do, but there is something uninspired about writing for someone else, or writing about a product / service.

The writing advice that always sticks out in my mind is, write what you know.

So, what do I know?

Well. I know about having a super active, (almost) three year old. I know about attempting (and sometimes failing at) DIY projects. I know about being married and the work that goes in to that. I know about trying to live on a budget. I know about turning Pinterest-aspirations in to reality. I know about creating meals and snacks, with the food we already have. I know about struggling with post-baby weight. I know about trying to do a little better each day, than the last. I know about trying to balance being a mom, being a wife, being a friend, cleaning the house, entertaining the child, walking the dog, and finding a moment to myself (if I am lucky).

I feel like I am every mom. I represent the cross-section. I represent the woman trying to turn the mundane things in life, in to the extraordinary. I am a work in progress–always.

So why blog? In my experience, there is great power in relating to each other. Something magical happens when one person says (or thinks) to another, I know what that’s like, I’ve felt that way too, I am not alone. If I can help perpetuate that feeling, to even one reader, then writing this blog will be worth it.

I am super excited to start this journey with you. I have so many ideas I can’t wait to share, write about, photograph and video. Also, if you’re reading this, Thank You. I know your time is valuable.

xo,

Emily

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