Kids’ Valentines Day Books

Valentine’s Day is only EIGHT days away and we’ve been counting down with some of our favorite reads. I wanted to share a list of our favorites in case you’re on the hunt to add some of these cute books to your own library. Speaking of library, we found a few of our now favorites by first renting them from the library. So if your local library has an online reservation system, look some of these titles up and get them on hold soon! Or take our word for it and trust the other great Amazon reviews. ūüėČ

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1. Valensteins

2. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

3. Hedgehugs

4. Animally

5. Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

6. Llama Llama I Love You

7. Hug Machine

8. Love You Forever

9. Guess How Much I Love You

10. Love Is My Favorite Thing

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My girls are weeks away from turning 3 and 5 and all of these books fall perfectly within that age range, some even for older kiddos. Huggy Kissy is a great one for babies! Hope you enjoy some of these reads, and if you have a favorite that I haven’t listed, I’d love to hear about it!

XOXO Lauren

paleo grilled chicken marinade.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
  • 2 limes (juiced) or 6 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • Skewers

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag or sealable food-safe container and set aside.
  2. Mix together avocado/olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the bag or container and turn it from side to side to ensure all chicken has been coated with the marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 3+ hours (overnight for best results).
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewers.
  5. At this point, you can either freeze them for an easy meal prep later or grill and enjoy!

Freeze option: place the bag or container in freezer; when ready to eat, thaw for 6-8 hours.

Grill option: turn the grill to medium-high heat; cook the kabobs for 10-15 minutes (rotating occasionally).

What sides would you serve with this dish??

XOXO

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a staple to my momiform.

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I don’t even know where to start with this. Cute hats. For $3. Someone had posted in a moms’ group about these ball caps she found at Walmart for $3 and I thought, “For $3 this is totally worth a shot!” Guys, I walked out of the store with 5 colors for less than $20 and felt freaking untouchable that day. There’s something about finding a classic wardrobe staple. And something even better about scoring a good deal. So there ya go. My favorite hats are $3 and there is no shame in my momiform game.

*I tried to find them on Walmart’s website with no luck… probably because they knew people would try to¬†buy large quantities and resell them for a lot more! The brand is Faded Glory*

(colors: blush, periwinkle denim, red denim, camo, mint)

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“You don’t have to like me. That’s my job.”

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“You don’t have to like me. That’s my job.” Byron Katie

The days and weeks following¬†my miscarriage, I was looking for answers to “what was I going to do now?”. I was so focused on growing and preparing for a baby that was no longer there. If my mind wasn’t thinking about¬†car seats and bassinets, what was going to fill the void?

As I was opening up to one of my closest girlfriends, Jessi recommended that I listen to this podcast called Bold New Mom. Up until this point, I had never listened to a podcast. For all I knew, it was a pre-installed app that came on my phone and it went untouched like a book on a shelf that collected dust. I quickly subscribed to the Bold New Mom podcast after our phone conversation, listened to an episode while wandering through the house picking up after another day and felt-in all my irrational and hormonal thoughts-understood.

I’ve always been obsessed with things like self-help books, Ted Talks and inspirational quotes. Self-help podcasts naturally began to fall into that category for me. It’s the idea of self love, of positive change, of personal growth. I¬†used to hate group projects in school because I didn’t like the idea of relying on others only to find out that they failed to do their part and that I had to pick up the slack in order to prevent our group from receiving¬†a failing grade. I think thats why, in large part, I love the idea of working on myself because I only have to rely on me as opposed to expecting others to change and being let down if they aren’t ready to change. If I want to change something about myself or my circumstance, I can do it. If my growth is¬†somehow inspirational to others in their journey, then that’s just an added blessing.

The Bold New Mom podcast is by a lady named Jody Moore who is an LDS life coach. Although several¬†of her podcasts talk about experiences that moms can more easily relate to, I find the material applicable to just about anyone and that’s why I recommend it to nearly everyone who is looking to grow on a personal and spiritual level (whatever your religious faith).

I love the quote at the beginning of this post: “You don’t have to like me. That’s my job.” Because really. Truly. If you are on a journey to self love, it isn’t about others loving you. It is about you loving you. I highly recommend listening to an episode or two of this podcast and finding what speaks to you. It was shared with me for a time when I needed it most, and I hope that I can in some way return the favor by sharing it with someone else. Love to you all.

XOXO Lauren

 

Favorite Frugal Finds

Favorite Frugal Finds

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Consider this post titled: “when you find something so good that you have no choice but to share”. ūüôā Last year, Patrick’s¬†parents bought a ranch¬†that’s only a few hours away from our house. Because it’s so close, it’s been¬†perfect for weekend getaways every now and then. The girls love it all: four-wheeling, fishing, riding on the pontoon boat. every. single. thing. I want it to be a sanctuary from the world for them and a sanctuary from my anxiousness to keep everything clean like.. their clothes. ūüėČ

When we were preparing for our most recent trip to the ranch, I set out to find cheap clothes that they could keep separate from their school clothes. So I went to one of the cheapest stores I know–Walmart. ūüėČ Reagan is just now big enough for the smallest size in the big girls section. I don’t know if I should be excited for more clothing options or cry because she’s growing out of¬†the baby & toddler section! I try not to think about it when there’s ice cream in the house… but what doesn’t make me cry is finding a good deal! I went to Walmart and was looking through the racks of big girl clothes when I found these super cute athletic shorts.

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I knew they would be perfect for the hot summer months at the ranch. And, y’all, I bought all 4 of these for less than $20! You can find them here.

What deals did you score this week??

XOXO, Lauren