What She Really Wants For Mother’s Day + $100 Giveaway

This post is in collaboration with JORD Watches

My first real mother’s day is coming up… It won’t be the first celebrated – my dogs (AKA my husband) have gotten me cards for years and last year I was pregnant… but this is my first real mother’s day of having my heart live outside of my body. What do I actually want? I know the answer is supposed to be “nothing” or “I have everything I’ve ever wanted” but those would be lies. What I really want for mother’s day is time.   

We want time to soak in every milky smile, every uncontrollable laugh, every open mouthed beso, and every time we see the light bulbs go off in in their eyes when they grasps the meaning of something for the first time. We want time to save them from every fall, to calm down when they are frustrated, to figure out if they need Motrin or gripe water or something in the cabinet to ease their pain. Sometimes we want time to wash the spit up out of our hair. Sometimes we want time to just laugh at ourselves for going the whole day without noticing it was there.

We want time to sob over how much our babies change daily. We want time to pray over them as they grow from babies to kids, kids to teens, teens to world changing adults. We want time to figure out how to explain the birds and the bees – then some years later explain to them how to change our first grandchild’s diaper. We don’t want time to stop or rewind – but to be able to see these moments happening and be aware that this is what life is about.

Joy is found in the seconds and minutes and hours. Joy is not limited to just our vacations and weekends. All we want is more time to soak in this joy called motherhood. Every mother, like every child, is unique in her own heavenly way. If it is being a mother through pregnancy, fostering, adopting, or simply loving others as if they were her own – she deserves a timeless gift that is just as unique. This year I am honored to wear my first wooden watch from JORD.

If you’ve been subscribed to this blog for any amount of time, you’d know that I am passionate about my vegan lifestyle. I love animals, I love our planet, I love my body that God has given me. Not only does being vegan mean I don’t want to eat animals, it also means I don’t want wear them. Most luxury watches are made with leather, so for someone to gift me something vegan shows me that they are beyond thoughtful. These wooden watches are a true piece of art, and a reminder of the unique mothering role God has given me. Every day I can rest in knowing that joy is welcomed in these messy seconds.

I am blessed and excited to pass on a $100 gift code for a cruelty-free, sustainable, durable and timeless watch from JORD. One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a small gift once the contest is over. To enter, fill the form at this link*.

|| Men’s Watches  || Women’s Watches  ||

*The contest will close 05/13/2018 at 11:59pm CST. 

*Both the $100 and gifts will expire on 06/10/2108.


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Nursing Friendly Travel Outfits And Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays can be stressful, especially when you have to catch flights to spend them with loved ones. As a new mom, there’s another level of stress when it comes to traveling; his name is Anakin. While I can’t control delayed flights, condescending comments from someone at the Thanksgiving table, or  chili-like blowouts on the plane, I CAN control what I put into my body, and how to dress when nursing while traveling.  Here are some nursing outfit ideas and an awesome savory and sweet Thanksgiving bowl!

Edgy & Coz y

  • Fuzzy vest – great for warmth, using as a cover or pillow! Here’s the same one from PinkBlush 
  • Button up blouse – great for discreetly nursing
  • maternity leggings – great for comfort and breathable
  • Zip-up combat boots – easy to take off for TSA
  • Diaper bag

Lightweight & Adventurous

  • Elbow Patch Cardigan – great for light warmth. Similar styles available at PinkBlush.
  • Camo loose tee – great for pulling down or lifting up to nurse.
  • Maternity leggings – over-the-belly band is great for hiding tummy if lifting tee.
  • Sandals – easy to remove for TSA
  • Diaper bag

Sweet Potato & Ground Beef Bowl (vegan)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1 sweet potatoe
  • 1/2 bag of Beyond Beef (plant protein)
  • vegan mozzarella cheese

1 – Cut veggies to desired sizes

2 – Put sweet potatoes in a skill with oil of choice (I used olive oil)

3 – Mix onion and peppers in when potatoes reach desired taste.

4 – Add frozen Beyond Beef three minutes before removing from skillet

5 – Add salt and pepper, mix

6 – Add mozzarella to melt

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Super thankful for PinkBlush for collaborating on this post for you guys! Enjoy!

What I Eat In A Day (Vegan Meal Ideas)

Breakfast:

Avocado Toast & Apple Toast

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Avocado Toast: choice of bread base (toasted,) sliced avocado, Mexican spices, pink Himalayan salt // Drink of choice: orange juice

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Apple Toast: choice of bread base (toasted,) sliced apple, organic cinnamon, (optional: almond butter, vegan peanut butter, and/ or agave syrup) // Drink of choice: organic chai tea latte with coconut milk (specifically Rebel Kitchen)

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Lunch

Burrito Wrap

Cook rice of choice, black beans, avocado, vegan cream cheese, salsa, local hot sauce. Load into spinach wrap.

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Dinner

BBQ: Garlic Lemon Artichoke, Potato Slices, & Sweet Quinoa

Soak artichoke in lemon water for 15 minutes while oven preheats to 400. Bake for 20 minutes, then coat in garlic and squeezed lemon juice. Place in foil, then BBQ until desired char.

Slice red potatoes and marinate in favorite oil and Cajun rub.

Boil and cook desired quinoa. Once water is absorbed, all butternut squash, kale, raisins, and cinnamon. (Should smell like pumpkin pie!)

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