Mother’s Day notes

I am full in my heart today. Full of bacon, sweet memories, taking my time to wake up and only hiding in the bathroom once. Full with the wonder of each day with children, their new rush of energy and joy in the mornings, their purity, perspective, half-eaten meals, dirty fingernails, thousand-watt smiles and many injuries (them and us).

I love motherhood in all it’s forms. I am thankful for my own mom and mother in law, two sisters I got incredibly lucky with, my aunts by blood and the other inherited aunties that have been rocks for me, and many incredible friends. I have watched so many women in my life face their future with bravery, ingenuity, fierceness, grace, strength and joy. Some in their faith and some in their business, some in their art, some in their marriage and some not, and some with or without children.

I love being a mom and am thankful for what it’s accomplished in me. There is something inspirational about the nature of many women I know, which is inclusivity, friendship, solidarity, and cheering one another on. I have observed those who don’t, but I guess I don’t remember them as well. I am grateful for this day to celebrate the beauty of motherhood, indebted to my little tribe who have blessed me beyond measure and I just hope I can squeeze out the love I’ve received to everyone around me.

Spring reading list

This picture feels like it best emulates me as i try to achieve these short and simple reading lists! I’ll come back and share in depth on one or two of these but here’s what I’ve got in my bag as I scurry around this Spring! What have you got in your queue??

Preschool clues: Raising Smart, Inspired and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World, Angela Santomero—I just cracked this one open this morning but excited to see what Santomero has to say in the subject of screen time. This is also the creator of Daniel Tiger (as we know Jr., we ultimately have Fred Rogers to thank ;), Blues Clues, Creative Galaxy and a few more my kids love. She has a lot to say about the background and shape of these shows and why they are as such!

Permission to Parent, Robin Bergman MD

Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin—I’ve had a few Baldwin works on rotation and have been eager to get into this.

The Floating World: A Novel, C. Morgan Babst

The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister—a beautiful work by a catholic nun on the importance of the liturgical Christian calendar and the beauty of living day by day in view of Christ. This has been a superb introduction for me, as I’m less familiar with liturgy and the approach she takes. Adopting it all!

The Year of Less, Cait Flanders

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty—I mean, I just can’t believe all the girl power generated from this novel and the show thereafter. We’ll see if this emulates the power squad that plays it on the series!

The very best chocolate chip cookies

The very best chocolate chip cookies | mrscaseyannThis is my absolute favorite cookie recipe. This is originally from here, but i’ve tweaked it just a bit. I cannot tell you ENOUGH how much amazing feedback I get on these. I can eat so many of them, it’s shameful, or impressive? But every school function, community event, bridal/baby shower, family party, YOU NAME IT, somebody is going to tell me that these cookies are their fave. And let me tell you, it’s not in the skill, this is all recipe.

To describe, they’re flavored perfectly, the right consistency of baked well on top and just enough soft inside. They have crunch in their nut, chips, raw sugar, sea salt mixture and there are so many leftovers.. somebody THOUGHT this through. So if you’re looking for a recipe to try, look no further, it’s a family heirloom now. Note, I never use a mixer on these anymore but did for years. It takes some muscle but I love them by hand the most. Continue reading

A few current favorites

I thought I’d throw together a few things I’m currently enjoying using as of late. I’m always curious about other people’s go-to picks they’re into at any given time! I could read posts like this all day long. Here are a few of mine—most of them are from Target 😉

Simply Keto cookbook—I’m giving a lower carb lifestyle a try so having recipes on hand is super helpful. I love the no fuss, simple approach of these recipes!

Matrix Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray—my hair has been dry this winter and recovering from longer damage of bad brushes, tight elastics and too many top knots. This stuff goes in after I wash and moisturizes super thoroughly, helping it air dry better. And it smells nice mmm.

Tweezerman eyelash curler—I’ve officially reduced myself to the level of “even mascara is too complicated for me” status. But lately, it feels as if even mascara takes too much time and cleanup (facepalm!). But thankfully, on days when I just can’t, I still can use this fancy eyelash curler and give myself just a little something something.

“Yes to” Cucumber eye masks—late nights and daylight savings calls for some pampering on my underlids, does this work? I think so? But either way it’s soothing for the time it’s on there!

Vans Old Skool stripe—I just bought these trying to channel my inner junior higher and I’m so glad I did! I missed you old pals.

Bomber jacket Old Navy—this is soo comfortable and hits all my athleisure and poofy 90s rap video notes. I have the black one with the gold zipper!

Universal Thread tees—I love these $5(!!) tees. They were $8 originally and are on sale currently but they’re incredible comfortable, that worn-in feel, and they have an amazing cut. Overall I am privvy to wanting anything from this Target sub-brand, simple, nice cuts and lots of neutral colors (slow clap).

Tips and gear for life with three children

I feel like all the posts I read before having our third child (Emma!) centered around how crazy you are for having a third child, ha! Really, it was not the most encouraging information I’ve found, that is FOR SURE. Even separately from that info, going from two to three had caused me to encounter all of those emotions.. you know—terror, fear, excitement, freaked out, scurred, elation, super scurred, more.

As you may have surmised, many of these feelings were perpetuated by these small people outnumbering me, their ages at the time (3.5 + 1.5 + newborn), etc. This is all we’ve ever wanted to be sure, but there were some practical points to it all that freaked us out a bit. Since we’re newbs with it, and since I couldn’t find a ton of positive content about welcoming a third kiddo, I thought I’d share a few saving tips that have kept me functioning and—dare I say—totally loving this ride!! Down below, I highlight some gear that has literally saved my life every single day. Continue reading