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Moana Valentine’s Day Printable

Moana Valentine’s Day Printable

Moana is reigning princess at the Decuir household. Auburn’s 5th birthday party was Moana inspired. (More on that later!) I took the invitation for her birthday party and created a Valentine’s Day card. Auburn’s teacher thought the cards were so cute that she asked if […]

Meal Plan: A Little Bit of Paleo & A Meatless Dish or Two

Meal Plan: A Little Bit of Paleo & A Meatless Dish or Two

I miss Emily’s weekly meal plans! Don’t you? I have a few recipes that I wanted to shoot her way but I decided to whip up a blog post about it instead of interrupting her while she is undoubtedly making someone laugh. Or, pouring herself […]

Decorating Apple Donuts

Donut worry moma, these donuts are a healthier version!

Apple Donuts

 

My friend’s niece came up with this healthier alternative to donut decorating and it was so yummy and fun that I had to share. The first time we did this we used the green Granny Smith apples. The tartness of this apple combined with the lemon and the sugar of the sprinkles was delicious! The second time I used Gala apples. This combination was an sweeter and smoother flavor overall. I liked the sweet & tangy taste of the Granny Smith apples better but the kids preferred the Gala apples.

This is a great activity to do at the pool because it can get kind of messy!

Apple Donuts

Ingredients

  • Apples (Gala or Granny Smith)
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Honey (We used this Trader Joe’s Brand and also this Dannon Brand.)
  • A variety of food coloring.
  • 1 lemon
  • Sprinkles in a variety of colors and shapes
  • Sanding sugar in a variety of colors

1. Core apples and cut horizontally in about 1/4 inch slices. Squeeze half of a lemon over apples slices to prevent browning.

2. For ‘frosting’ use plain vanilla greek yogurt (with honey is yummy!) portioned out in clear plastic cups. Add food coloring to achieve desired hue. Mix well. Have the children use a spoon or plastic butter knife to ‘frost’ their ‘donut’.

3. Top with sanding sugar and sprinkles in a variety of colors and shapes.

I would love to use a food coloring alternative so if you momas have any suggestions please let me know!

Auburn Donuts

 

I hope you’re enjoying these last few days of summer!

xo,

Jenelle

Jenelle

 

Milk & Mascara Summer Bucket List

Milk & Mascara Summer Bucket List

Last night at 9:24pm marked the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice. So happy summer solstice! What exactly does that mean, you say? The summer solstice happens when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, with the Earth’s axis tilting most towards it and situated […]

Week 14 Meal Plan

Week 14 Meal Plan

Asian Ground Turkey via Short List Meals Baked Tacos via Yummy Healthy Easy & Beans (<< fave beans) Cashew Chicken via Chef Savvy Stuffed Lasagna Peppers via Buzz Feed Tasty Baked Chicken & Veggies via Short List Meals Asian Noodle Bowls via Iowa Girl Eats Week 6 Grocery List (viewable in iBooks) 1/2 lb frozen […]

Apparently I can’t do it all….

I am going to be totally straight with you guys right now. I love Kim Kardashian. Not only do I think she is SMOKING HOT….I think she is brilliant. I think her sisters are beautiful and I think her mother is a money making/marketing BEAST and I love them. I love this family. You can hate on them all you want for flaunting their bodies….their beauty and their famous last name…all while you do your own laundry and cook your own food…..because they have better things to do….like be millionaires. You may think they are terrible human beings because they have a better butt than you but one thing they are NOT….is stupid. Even if Kim is an ugly crier….because she is. Sorry Kim. When I was working full time, I constantly battled with traditional (aka lame) PR firms over how to connect with our targeted demographic….REAL, QUALIFIED consumers and once referred to the Kardashian marketing strategies in a meeting….it didn’t go well. Anyway, this girl knows what she’s doing when it comes to selling….whatever it is she sells. I’m buying it. Lip gloss. Shoes. Waist trainers. Mascara. I don’t care. Just take my money. So…….when I saw this meme it really resonated…because I love Kim and I am not sane.

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If you read our blog (just pretend you do because it makes me feel good) you know that I missed Week 14’s Meal Plan and while no one might reads this or actually follows my meal plans it really kicked me in the ass that I missed a meal plan. To me, that meant I failed. I failed you…the imaginary people I pretend read this blog. So, imaginary people, you may remember when I wrote “…after deciding to leave the workforce and stay at home I felt a bit guilty….like I let my “sisters” down by “giving up” my career to stay at home….and felt like I gave up my right or my voice….like I  had set us back…or let down all the women who fought so hard to give me so many opportunities.” and some days this still holds true but I really do know in my heart that taking a hiatus from my career was the right move for me and my family at the time. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t second guess and criticize this decision A LOT. There are days where I feel like Lucy would be better off if she was still in daycare with formally trained and educated teachers. Or that I don’t hold Eli enough or talk to him enough or read to him enough because I’m painting rainbows and unicorns with my psychotic threenager. Or that I swear to God my dog is depressed because half the time I forget I let him out back.

You grow up (or at least I did #millennialprobs) hearing “you can be whatever you want” or “if you work hard enough, you can do anything you want”….but it’s just not true….and I’m not talking about running for President guys….I’m talking about washing your hair more than once every two weeks. I fear that I have come to the conclusion that I simply can’t be at home with my kids full time, maintain my career by running my own business part time, have a social life, work out, make healthy-ish dinners without starving my children, teach tiny humans to be decent, have a clean home that is full of educational toys & resources and smells like fresh baked cookies instead of baby shit, contribute to a blog, maintain mediocre hygiene standards all while trying to remember to have sex with my husband and NOT ABSOLUTELY 100% LOSE MY SHIT. I just can’t. There is not enough wine in the world that can make it happen. Trust me. I’ve tried….I am actively trying right now and I am failing. So what gives? I can’t starve my children….I love my husband….I already avoid having a social life by pretending that going to the zoo is me being social (mom hack). I need to work out….like bad you guys…I don’t call em’ ham hocks for nothing. I already don’t wash my hair or shave my legs….so mediocre hygiene standards are long gone. My work is important to me….I like it. I’m good at it and I will go back. I like this blogging thing. I do. I didn’t think I would but I do. Sometimes when I am working through something I will think about “it” as being good content for the blog….and it actually helps me process whatever it is I am dealing with in a much more tangible way than flailing in the wind clenching a bottle of rose in my hand. I don’t want to give any of it up but it’s catching up with me. Once again….I don’t know what the solution is or if there even is a solution in which I don’t have to give something up but I know people who do it. Like real people. Who are my friends.

I worked with a woman who had a baby, was a single mother, worked her way up, started her own company, met the love of her life, remodeled their home, bought a boat, sold her home and bought a bigger boat, continues to dominate in her industry all while travelling the open seas with her husband and dog while her daughter attends college.

Or I have this annoying girlfriend who has two boys 5 & under, who works out every day, cooks, cleans, is social, thoughtful, kind, funny (did I mention annoying)….works part time as a consultant….writes a blog or two, travels, brushes her hair <<< SAY WHAAAAT???!!! She doesn’t even break a sweat….I swear to God she texts me recipes in her sleep….or she doesn’t sleep….or she’s a vampire.

Or how about our very own Amy of Milk & Mascara….two kids…works for an amazing non-profit that changes lives…is a yoga instructor….has an amazing body….and skin (see how she gets it here)….takes her kids on wonderfully magical adventures….blogs….is kind and funny and an amazing wife to an engineer who insists on building hover crafts and backyard hobbit villages with zip lines all while staying home full time with a stupidly beautiful smile on her face.

I could keep going. These people are out there. They’re magical unicorns and I don’t know how they do it all. I want to be them when I grow up but I’m 30 now and I’m still hiding in the pantry eating cookies on the daily….soooooo there’s that. Anyway, sorry I missed Week 14….it won’t happen again (just kidding – it totally will). I’ll post Week 14 tomorrow. Thank you for being patient and understanding imaginary friends. Love you all!

~Emily

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Week 13 Meal Plan

Asian Ground Turkey via Short List Meals Baked Tacos via Yummy Healthy Easy & Beans (<< fave beans) Cashew Chicken via Chef Savvy Stuffed Lasagna Peppers via Buzz Feed Tasty Baked Chicken & Veggies via Short List Meals Asian Noodle Bowls via Iowa Girl Eats Week 6 Grocery List (viewable in iBooks) 1/2 lb frozen […]

I guess Motherhood IS pretty powerful after all…

My daughter recently asked me: “Mom, can I be Super Man even though I’m a girl?” and I said “yes, of course….Super Man isn’t Super Man because he’s a boy….he is Super Man because he is brave and kind and generous.” To be perfectly honest, I’m not too worried about Lucy feeling inferior simply because […]

Week 12 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 12

Recipe 1: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken via Short List Meals

Recipe 2: Enchiladas Verdes via Pinch of Yum

Recipe 3: Beef & Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry via Damn Delicious

Recipe 4: Cilantro Lime Chicken via Fit Foodie Finds & Mexican Cauliflower Rice via Skinnytaste

Recipe 5: Parmesan Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cous Cous and Garlic Veggies via Life Made Simple

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Week 12 Grocery List (viewable in iBooks)

Week 12 Grocery List

List:

8-10 Chicken Breasts
1 rotisserie chicken or 2-3 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1 pound flank steak

19 garlic cloves
15 tomatillos*
3 jalepeno peppers*
cilantro (LOTS of it)
2 zucchini
2 red onions
3 -4 broccoli crowns (2 sides worth)
4 limes
fresh basil
crimini mushrooms
kale (3 cups)
cherry tomatoes
avocado
cauliflower pearls (4 cups)
2 medium tomatoes
fresh ginger

brown sugar
cornstarch

italian seasoning
garlic powder
paprika
sesame seeds

red pepper flakes (optional)

shredded cheddar cheese
grated Parmesan cheese
shaved Parmesan cheese
sour cream (optional)

chicken broth
beef broth

10 or so tortillas of your choice
brown rice
cous cous
roasted salted almonds

2 packages refrigerated Yaki-Soba (seasoning sauce packets discarded)
1 (9 oz) jar marinated sun-dried tomatoes, oil drained

 

~Emily

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I guess Motherhood IS pretty powerful after all…

My daughter recently asked me: “Mom, can I be Super Man even though I’m a girl?” and I said “yes, of course….Super Man isn’t Super Man because he’s a boy….he is Super Man because he is brave and kind and generous.” To be perfectly honest, […]