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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More Fall Minis

SUCH a joy to photograph this family. They were so sweet, and kind and calm throughout the whole session. What a pleasure to work with them. And I loved how their photos turned out. The late afternoon autumn soon is just dreamy. 

I love incorporating fun chalkboard signs into my photos shoots. There are so many ideas for how to use chalkboards for family photos. 

All images were shot with a Nikon D7100 and a 35mm lens. All images were edited and organized in Lightroom.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Minis

It's been a busy fall photography season! Here's a look at the mini session that kicked off such a wonderful photography season for me this fall. Many thanks to this sweet family. They were a joy to work with. 

Can I just say this family nailed it on the what to where query!? I almost always have mamas asking me for suggestions on what they should dress their family in for their family photos session. Here's the perfect example. A neutral color base (navy and white) with just a pop of color. I always recommend clients choose a couple neutrals (black, gray, white, cream, or navy) as a base then add a few pops of color here and there. The navy dress with the scarf that gives a pop of autumn colors is the perfect example!! 

I do give families lots of posing guidance but I also like to just capture little moments as they happen. As a mama these precious moments captured in photos are just priceless to look back on. I treasure the candids of my girls and myself. 

I still have a few sessions left. And if you haven't booked family photos for your Christmas cards and are now wishing you did and finding that most photographers are booked up...well stay tuned on my Facebook page. I'll be announcing a HUGE Black Friday Mini Session Special soon!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall Homeschool Preschool Curriculum & The Ultimate Fall Book List for Preschool/Kindergarten Ages

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Okay, so that's from a Christmas song and it's not really Christmas time. I'm talking about fall. I know I'm not the only one when I say fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The changing leaves, the crisp cool air. Pumpkin dessert everything! The anticipation of the holidays to come. I've been looking forward to our homeschool preschool fall curriculum for months. We're still in the midst of our fall curriculum and won't be completely done with it till right after Thanksgiving. So as we complete more curriculum from my homeschool preschool autumn curriculum plan I'll keep updating this post. But I thought I'd go ahead and post what we've done so far to hopefully inspire some other mamas with fun ideas. 

First up, our book list. 

There are so many wonderful books about leaves, pumpkins, and everything fall. But I think every other mom in my area has been thinking the same thing so we're still in line waiting for several of our holds on autumn books at our library. Here's what we've enjoyed reading so far:

Like I said, keep check back as I'l be updating this post with more fun fall homeschool preschool activities through the end of November.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sticky Fingers

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Paleo Pumpkin Waffles

Tis the season. The season for pumpkin EVERYTHING. Or am I the only one?

This is one of our favorite family recipes. I make a batch of these paleo pumpkin waffles several times a week. And they're never around for long. They get eaten so quickly! I like them because they're easy to make and healthy. My oldest likes eating them the traditional way- with butter and maple syrup at the table with a fork. But my youngest and I eat them on the go- I just grab a few from the fridge, toast them in the toaster oven and eat them straight up. They're that good that they don't require all the traditional waffle fixings. Lately I've started making another paleo waffle recipe- blueberry coconut paleo waffles...I'll post that recipe later.

Now let's get to this recipe!

- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (more if you're used to sweet waffles, I prefer mine less sweet)
- 1 banana, very ripe like you'd use for banana bread
- 2 eggs
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins grassfed gelatin for an added protein punch (optional) 
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup almond meal (Bob's Red Mill is my go to)
- dash of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender (I have a Blendtec and it really does the job! Worth every penny) or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into waffle maker and away you go. I store a big container of them in my fridge. Then we just toast them as we eat them. I almost always double the batch when I make it and even doubled these waffles don't linger long in our house!

Why grassfed gelatin?
I started adding grassfed gelatin and collage peptides into my diet to help my back pain post back to back pregnancies and I've noticed a difference in my pain. It's also helped bring life back to my skin and hair which after back to back pregnancies and over a year of nursing was lacking in lustre. And postpartum hair loss anyone? It really helped that grow back so quickly. I'd recommend sticking with a grassfed brand like Vital Proteins. Bone broth is also a great way to get gelatin and collagen into your diet. I used to make my own...but mama hack here: Coscto now carries organic chicken bone broth and it's fantastic! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Time Is Precious

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Homeschool Preschool Unit: Maps, Geography, and Germany

Our most recent unit study in our homeschool preschool was a study of maps, geography, and Germany. It was so simple and lots of fun. Thought I'd share our unit study here so other homeschool mamas might find it helpful.

Books We Read on Geography & The World

We got all these from our local library so zero spent on books for this unit study. We read these books several times over and over during our unit study.

We also began to learn the countries of the world song, at least the Europe part which she really enjoyed. 

We also did this printable to color the flag of Germany. Crayola has so many wonderful free printables on their website and they have this printable for many different countries' flags all totally free. Found here. 

We also discovered many wonderful German videos for preschoolers on YouTube. Again totally free. Little Pim is a great resource for learning preschool language learning. They have lots of free YouTube videos for a variety of languages. Find Little Pim's free YouTube language learning videos here. But the girl's favorite was from Kinderlieder zum Mitsingen und Bewegen. They enjoyed them because it was real German boys and girls singing and dancing in their preschool. These are still a hit and we watch these (And a couple Little Pim videos) almost everyday even though our unit study is over.
 Here's a sample:

That's pretty much it. Super easy. Totally free. And both my girls loved it and learned from it. Even I learned from it. Learning together and enjoying it? Homeschool win! 

Would love to hear from other homeschool preschool mamas...what unit studies are you doing? 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Delicious. Sweet. Decadent. You'll never believe these paleo chocolate coconut macaroons are actually good for you. So good for you that they'd be a perfectly healthy breakfast to go. Or nutrient rich afternoon snack. 

Or if you're like me an anytime all day snack. I dare you to eat just one. Good thing they're so healthy because once you start it's hard to stop. 

They're so quick to make- just one bowl and a spoon. And the ingredients are so, so, so good for you. I've mentioned that a few times now haven't I? Raw coconut, raw cocoa powder, grassfed gelatin, coconut oil, ground chia seeds. How can something so yummy be so good for you?

I believe healthy eating should always be delicious and even decadent. Now enough of me dragging you along here with mouth watering photos. Here's the actual recipe and quick, no fuss directions. 

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (an extra tablespoon or 2 depending on how sweet you want them, I prefer less sweet myself)
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed gelatin (my favorite is Vital Proteins, so good for you!)
- 1.5 cups shredded coconut plus a little extra for rolling the macaroons in once they're formed
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds or ground flaxseed (just make sure they're ground now whole)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the coconut oil and pure maple syrup in the microwave or double boiler...careful not to over cook and burn the chocolate sauce. Stir in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Once this is well stirred (taste test a bit to make sure it's sweet enough for you). Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well (sometimes it helps to mix with your hands). Roll into balls then roll in shredded coconut oil. Store in your fridge and you've got a delicious paleo friendly treat whenever you're craving chocolate. 

What's your favorite on the go healthy treat?