Palm Springs Bound!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I am off to Palm Springs this morning with my Mom for our yearly mother daughter trip! We plan on renting bikes, doing a little shopping, visiting some rad restaurants, and lounging by the pool. The weather should be pretty perfect and I can't wait to soak up all the sunshine humanly possible...with my usual SPF 50 on of course ;)

Be back Friday!

Homemade Fruit Snacks (3 ingredients)

Monday, May 16, 2016

I grocery shop on Sunday and by Wednesday ( know you do that too) we are fresh outta snacks. I swear my boys are legitimate bottomless pits. So last week I thought it would be fun to create an easy to make snack that the boys could help me with...AKA keep them busy for 10 whole minutes until they asked for another snack again. 

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of organic grape juice (or whatever juice you prefer) 
  • 6-8 drops of liquid Stevia (or you can use 3 tbs of honey if you want them a little sweeter) 
  1. Add all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan and on medium heat whisk everything together until well combined. 
  2. Remove from heat and quickly and carefully pour the mixture into your molds (do not let it cool) 
  3. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or until fully set. 
  4. Enjoy!  

A quick, healthy and fun to make snack.  My boys loved these!

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fresh blueberries picked by Ronin on our blueberry picking date this week. We plan on making this cobbler with them...yummm!

The best Mother's Day brunch basically ever! It was buffet style and I felt like Peter Pan in that scene in the movie Hook where they go and have that giant feast, and there is everything you could possibly imagine to eat.  It was pretty incredible and this was all that I could pile on without looking like a lost boy.

Farmer Max taking his garden watering job very seriously.

My happy and dirty three year old, who will be FOUR (wahhhhhh) in just a few short weeks. I hope I always remember him just like this.

A little peek into the boy's bathroom, which we are finally getting around to finishing up (just need a shower door). It's a subway explosion and I love it.  Also, super happy we went with dark grout and flooring since you know...boys are giant dirt balls.

Have an awesome weekend! And thank you for all the support and positive feedback on this post.  I was waiting for the negative nelly flood gates to open and they never really did. I'm pretty sure I have the coolest most supportive readers ever. You guys are the best.

Camper Renovation Inspiration

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

You can't always pick your neighbors, and sometimes you are just stuck living next to a couple of  weirdos who you have zero relationship with. So when we moved into our house last year we couldn't have hand picked better neighbors if we tried. We've recently started going on camping trips with them and it's been so much fun and something we all enjoy so much...especially the boys who think adventures, dirt and minimal showers are the key to happiness.

Since we don't have a camper of our own we have been renting from my friend's company called Luv 2 Camp, which has been awesome and super convenient since they do everything for you and all you do is show up!  But more recently we've been throwing the idea around of getting an old camper or airstream off of Craigslist and fully renovating it to make it super bad ass. 

Here's some of my inspiration...Ya know since we just can't seem to get enough out of renovating things...ahh!



Seriously how cute are all of these?! Love them all and I am feeling super inspired and ready for a new adventure and project. 

How Medical Marijuana Has Improved My Life

Monday, May 9, 2016

WOA WOA WOA wait what?!  Before we get all huffy and puffy let me tell you the story of how I got to where I am today, which just so happens to be a very good place...

In high school I was diagnosed with PMDD, which is a severe extension of PMS.  Every month for as long as I can remember I would experience bouts of depression, crazy anxiety, horrible mood swings, debilitating cramping, insane headaches, high blood sugars from the hormonal changes (I have type 1 diabetes), insomnia, and major withdrawal from my friends and normal activities that I usually otherwise loved.  It made me feel out of control and it was taking a toll on my marriage and my life. In the beginning of this year I knew I had to make a change and needed to find something that would manage my ugly symptoms.

I made an appointment with my OB where I told her everything I was experiencing.  I actually started crying in the room because I realized how crazy I sounded saying all of that out loud.  After a few minutes of listening she said I was the perfect candidate for Xanax with a side of antidepressants.  I told her I wasn't ready for the antidepressants but said I would give the Xanax a try.  She told me to take it when the feelings were beginning to come on and I should feel better.  Just like that.  I didn't like the fact that I like to live my life as natural as possible and yet here I was filling my prescription, and about to pop a Xanax.  But I was desperate so I did and within about 10 minutes I felt like a complete muted vegetable-like robot mom.  I couldn't believe this was a legal thing that my doctor was so eager to prescribe.  That was the first and last time I was ever going to take another one of those bad boys. So here I was again back at square one, although this time I was determined to find a more natural holistic solution, since growing a third eye in 20 years is not on the tippy top of my to-do list ;)

I live in California where Prop 215 has made it legal for patients to use marijuana for their personal medical use given the recommendation or approval by a California-licensed physician. So with my husband's blessing I made an appointment. I was SO nervous.  The doctor I saw was amazing and empathetic as I told him all of the things I was experiencing. I told him I was a busy mom of two boys and wasn't totally digging the idea of smokin it up during the day. He explained to me that there are certain forms of cannabis that you don't have to smoke, which are actually very potent with few or no psychoactive effects.  That sounded like a good medicinal plan for me.  I left that day with my first ever medical marijuana prescription.  I was intrigued and hopeful.

My first experience with medical marijuana was the following week as I was getting ready to start my damn period again. This time it was a whole different ball game.  My period came and went without disrupting my life and ZERO negative side effects...well other than being hungry ha.  I mean WHAT?! This hadn't happened everrrrrrrrr.  I can't even express how liberating it felt knowing that I was taking something that is 100% natural and it was freaking working.

It has now been 5 months since I have started using marijuana for its medicinal purposes and it has improved my life without a doubt.  Here are the benefits that I have experienced:
  • PMDD is gone girls gone.  That right there was a game changer. 
  • My marriage is better than ever because I made the decision to improve my mental health. 
  • My anxiety is at an all time low. 
  • My blood sugars are in the best control ever, since marijuana is known to benefit people with diabetes. 
  • Headaches are nonexistent. 
  • I am off all prescription medications except for insulin. 
  • I am happier and living a more fulfilled life since I am not experiencing the symptoms I described above anymore.
Besides what I have experienced, medical marijuana is also being used to:
So there you have it. My "secret" is out. It feels so scary to share this with the world because so many people have stereotypes and may be uneducated about all the positives effects medical marijuana can have...but that's okay.  I know not everyone will understand this alternative holistic route I have decided to take, but if I can help just one person by sharing my story that is good enough for me.

*Disclaimer: I am not saying that all prescription medications are bad.  I am simply sharing my story and what did and did not work me for. 

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, May 6, 2016

I chopped my hair off and I love it.  And thanks to wayyyyy too many You Tube videos I've got the beachy waves and side braid down haha.

Lunch with a girlfriend at my favorite winery and the prettiest spring salad.

Ronin at his first Messy Play class.  He goes once a week for an hour with two of his little buddies and it's the cutest thing.  I have decided not to put Ronin in preschool (blog post on that coming soon) so these types of activities are perfect for him.

The prettiest flowering cactus, which are all over our property.

You know you have good neighbors find your husbands adding an access gate between our two properties.

Have an awesome weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing mommas out there!

Our Repurposed Barn Wood Fort

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Last week my husband casually mentioned that he wanted to use up some of the leftover barn wood from our renovation to build the boys a fort.  Little did I know he was going to create the boy's childhood dream hangout. I mean... he basically blew my idea of what I had envisioned it to look like.  Okay bragging over. I just love that guy of mine.

Here are a few pictures of the their new hangout... They love it!

It's near impossible to get them to come inside now but I'm totally fine with that. Peter Pan life forever please.
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