The other day, the mister really wanted to take me to a spot a little up north from where we live so I could photograph it. I asked him which lenses I would need, he said thats for me to decide. I think he told me it was an abandoned barn / “one of those photos you really want to get”. It wasn’t an abandoned barn and it’s actually I photo I already have / drawn to capture.
But the thoughtfulness of his proposal was too sweet to just let these photos collect virtual dust on my memory card before uploading them to the google cloud.
So here they are…. Post processed and watermarked.
Special Thanks: to #1 who quietly waited while her mother fussed with her lenses and took some pictures and to #2 who took her morning nap in the car seat.
I have been on HUNT for an amazing HOMEMADE cookie recipe. (Read more about my cookie obsessions here, hereand here).
And I think this may be it. And considering it is VEGAN makes me even happier.
We had our first snow fall yesterday midday into this morning. To me, cold snowy days just calls for gooey chocolate chip cookies. These did not disappoint. And the fact that they contain no refined sugar or flour makes them even more delectable & guilt free. The Hubz and I easily ate 10 each!
What you need:
1 can of chickpeas
4 tbsp flour of choice (I just grinded up some quick oats using my blender)
3 tbsp sweetener of choice (I used agave)
2 tbsp nut butter (this is the one I used)
1/2 cup of plant based milk (we use this one)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
Chocolate chips (this is a good vegan one)
What you do:
Preheat oven to 375
Blend up all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until smooth
Fold in chocolate chips
Place tbsp portions of the cookie mix on a parchment lined baking pan
(You may need to spread/flatten the cookie)
Bake for 6-8 minutes (shorter if you want it more gooey, longer if you like more of a cake like consistency).
We had an awesome weekend. The weather was superb and the blazing heat was welcomed because we experienced such an overcast and gloomy spring.
Friday we had wings at home and then packed up the car to get ready for the next day. We spent the better part of the day at the beach we were pleasantly surprised as to how much Miss S enjoyed herself but were perplexed as to why Miss El seemed so confused the entire time we were there. We later realized it was because we were all wearing sunglasses (and maybe she couldn’t recognize us lol).
Sunday we were at a birthday party. Backyard bouncy castle, Pizza with chip toppings and lots of kids of course.
The workweek was actually spent running sooo many errands. From doing groceries, to gift shopping, to getting last minute stuff for the day at the beach as well as planning for Miss S’ 3rd birthday.
Also I’d just like to add (so my future self can remember) that even with this list of weekly goals and regular maternity leave tasks, I still accomplish and complete many other to-do items to run and mange the house like: clean the floors, prep dinner, make lunches, do preschool drop off/pick up, general tidying, multiple loads of laundry, pay bills, claim receipts etc etc in any case here is how I did with my goals last week.
Read another chapter of the book I am reading (sadly no, I am struggling to find the right time to read – holding a book while nursing isn’t very comfortable)
Bread this week? Bread this week! (nope, and I realized i can’t commit to this goal until after June)
Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card yep, see this post
Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times DONE
Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program (weather did not permit, and parking this until the end of June)
Figure out a layout for our 2015 photo album Yep and started
Update family room painting from black on white to white on black
Put away all clean laundry
Order Miss S birthday Cake (we talked to the bakery and got the details and will be happening tomorrow)
Ok 5 out of 10 this past week. The next couple of days are all about Miss S birthday!
Read a chapter
Take some everyday/creative photography
Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
Put away clean laundry
Order birthday cake
Finalize day of party plan + list of things to bring
Yea so am I. I watched this really great video by Tony Robbins. He talks about mental plateaus and gives some quick tips on how to get out of them. In case you don’t watch the super short clip linked above its: Read, Workout, Set Clear Goals and Give to Others.
Sometimes I forget that changing your mindset really changes your focus, sets you in a different direction and can help you make anything happen.
I’ve recently started sharing motivational career/purpose/passion project advice on my linkedin and I was surprised to see that my contacts are actually engaging in the content (a few colleagues from current/previous roles, my MBA thesis advisor etc)
On that note: here is some visual motivation! All images linked below!
Haaddd to share this beautiful image I captured this morning. FALL is literally the best time for photography (a close second is the sparkly lights of christmas trees followed by the golden hour during the summer).