Keeping Busy!

Hello Lovelies!

How’s life treating you guys? I hope very well! It’s been quite busy for me. I’m finally getting into a groove of daily life as a SAHM. My post today has a lot of information for you! πŸ™‚ I’ve got a garden update, pics of Audrey’s 1st birthday (woohoo!), an incredible recipe, etc. So let’s dig in!

Garden UpdateΒ 

Well, living in Dallas (Texas, really), this weather is crazy whack. We’ve had two or three more frosts since I tried to move my seedlings outside. So they died. Way to go me (sarcasm). It also killed off my broccoli and kale plant, but I have not lost hope! I’ve been reading up on quite a few books and been working diligently to get my beds prepared.

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I’ve found all of these books to be incredibly informative. They also provide recipes (some non-vegan, but can be altered). Grow Your Own Food has diagrams and goes into great detail of how you should prepare your beds. Great info!

I’ve worked through my compost pile and made some changes to the beds that are already in place. I do have some spinach seedlings that have made it through this weird weather and I’ve put mini gatorade bottles with the bottoms cut off over them to create a greenhouse effect. It keeps the air warm and humid, even when its a little chilly outside.

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DSC_0361 My strawberry transplants have done great! (above) I’ve got six little spinach seedlings growing! (below)

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My gardening buddy, Swiper. He loves to lay in the sunshine outside while I work away πŸ™‚

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My other buddy, Grizzly. He doesn’t like to be outside when its cold but he loves to be around family, so he hangs out with me and runs around like he owns the place!

My grandma gave me one of my grandpa’s aquariums and I have turned it into a indoor greenhouse for my little seeds to germinate. I placed my two squash and cilantro survivors in there as well. It’s lined with foil to reflect the light and I have a lamp on when it gets dark. I do turn off the light for a few hours each night, but the area gets light for about 14 hrs a day.

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Toilet paper rolls cut in half, labeled on laminated book cover paper cut into strips. LOL I’m trying to be resourceful you guys…;)

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Left: Cilantro; Right: Squash

So that’s what is going on with my gardening. I’ll post more as more starts to grow- or die…but let’s hope that doesn’t happen!!!

Audrey’s 1st Birthday!

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Vegan cupcakes! I made strawberry cupcakes, using a box mix from the store (just be sure to check all the ingredients for casein/caseinate), and used egg replacer and coconut oil with vanilla frosting. They were a hit!

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I don’t know if there are truly enough words to speak on how this little girl has captured our hearts, but man do we love her! This first year has been incredible. She devoured two of those cupcakes, LOL. Tons of toys, lots of singing and playing. She was the life of the party! I’m so happy we got to spend that time with family. πŸ™‚ Can’t get enough of that!

The day after Audrey’s party, we had a guest worship leader, BJ Putnam, at our church. I don’t think anything can inspire you to keep doing God’s will in your life as some great worship music! It felt so good to hear it! It helps that my rockin’ husband was jammin’ on the guitar up there. πŸ™‚ He’s amazing!

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Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Now that all the business slowed down, I was able to make a great homemade meal last night for the family. I pulled out one of my new cookbooks I hadn’t cracked open yet and came across this recipe. It took a little while to prepare, but it turned out SO GOOD! Very much worth it! You can buy the book HERE.

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This recipes makes enough for dinner, lunch, and dinner again! It really was so delicious!

Well lovelies, that’s it for today, but stay posted! I’ve got some great posts coming this week including cookies to die for, a new update from our friends at The Vegan Option, vegan vacations, and more!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!!!

With love,

Cali

Learning to LIVE

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Hello Lovelies!

How’s the world treating you today? The past two days have been a wonderful learning experience for me. For a while, pretty much over the last year, I’ve been considering quitting my job. Like many of us, I let the extra cushion on our finances convince me to keep working. With our daughter getting older every day though, this slowly became more difficult to do while taking care of her. It was an incredible opportunity to be able to work from home and stay with my baby all day, but it started to wear me down. I don’t know how some of you super mamas do it!

I kept pushing on as long as I could, but both ends of the candle were far over burnt and I started to feel depressed. That’s when I couldn’t take it anymore. When my mom called me to tell me my grandpa had suffered a stroke (a week before he passed away), I made the decision to turn in my notice. This was a very hard thing for me to do because I’ve always held a part of my identity and self-worth in my accomplishments at work. As life moves forward though, you really begin to notice the things that matter most and for me, that is family.

Monday night I was making myself some Yogi Bedtime teaΒ and this was written on the tag:Β DSC_0216

How incredibly fitting for where I am at in life! As of February 10th, I became an official Stay at Home mom and my work consists of taking care of my family and loving the world. That’s just what I intend to do.

Monday morning I decided Audrey and I would get out of the house. The weather was too beautiful to resist! Here are a few pictures of what we experienced together:

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She likes to sneak off to my bookshelf, pull off her Veggietales DVDs and “read” the front and back covers πŸ™‚

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She’s still pretty small for the baby swing, but she absolutely loves it. She was laughing and clapping her hands the whole time!

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I’ve seen over 30 turtles in our pond before but this day we only saw one little baby sunbathing!

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A bunch of ducks flew in as we were circling around. Audrey squealed at them πŸ™‚

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“God said every green thing is for food mama, so I’m gonna eat this!” I did the best I could to stop her…but she may have still gotten a piece or two haha!

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She’s never played in the grass before so she crawled and grabbed and tossed it everywhere!

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Nom nom noming on a PB&J

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Oh yea, water….its goooooood!

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Our pond never seems to fail to provide something interesting to check out- this time it was an upside down grocery cart! Classy!

To some moms these things might seems like what you would do every single day. For me, I like to really recognize the fact that the world is a huge place for Audrey to discover, for all of us to discover really. It’s watching her examine these little things, on our small adventures, that I realize the most precious things in life. Family, hope, and love. Beautiful God-given things that bless our souls. So yes, quitting my job has been more than worth it, just to learn to live.

Take some time to discover the world this week Lovelies! You’ll be so happy you did! πŸ™‚

~Cali