San Diego

An Apple a Day

IMG_8460 IMG_8461 IMG_8462 IMG_8463 IMG_8464 IMG_8457 IMG_8458 IMG_8459We like to eat in our house… Like, a lot. We also are those hippie types that care about organic, non-gmo, plant based goodness. I’ve always been interested in healthy diets and as any parent can tell you, kids make everything difficult  complicated interesting. Healthy eating is no exception. You want your kiddo to eat the best food and learn to appreciate a variety of flavors from an early age… Not an easy task. We try to make as much of the boys baby food when they are first starting to eat, but life with a toddler and infant is crazy, so some days we run out or I’m totally unprepared. Shocking, I know. So there are times when Mama needs some help. Deciphering baby food labels is way too difficult these days, trying to read through the healthy buzzwords and figure out the best choice.

Enter Once Upon a Farm. I am such a fan of this company. Not all organic baby food is created equal. Every product is Certified Organic and Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Cold-Pressured. They never use any concentrates, pre-processed purees, juices or preservatives. This stuff tastes good. That’s right, I tried it and it’s yummy. I got a variety pack of applesauce and intended to feed them all to little man, but Rocco decided that he wanted ALL OF THEM. Kid is obsessed with applesauce these days, he started asking for his “refrigerator applesauce” instead of our pantry staple supply. R would devour them straight from the fridge, while Felix prefers them warmed up a bit. I just feel so much better knowing they don’t contain any weird additives to keep the safe for years in the stockroom or pantry.

We just signed up for a monthly subscription with a whole bunch of delicious sounding concoctions for the boys to try. I may have ordered the Chocolate Ever After for myself… That’s not weird, right!? I definitely suggest giving these a try!!!

What I’m up to…

So confession, this week blogging has been quite the afterthought… I’m behind on posts and taking my sweet time. We’ve had a sick miniature, taxes, visitors (yay!), and I’ve been busy with a little venture called Rocco + Norah. We are so excited about our Spring line and been working to get it all to you in a few weeks!!! I decided to throw in some sneak peak shots!!! We have added patterned leggings, which like all of our prints are our own designs!! You won’t find them anywhere else!! We’ve also designed our first graphic tee!! We are so excited to see where this next step leads us!!! We will have all the goodies you know and love plus all of our new additions. Say a prayer for us over the next few weeks as we get closer to dropping Spring!!! It’s stupid adorable.

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram for daily laughs and all the good words about launch day!!! If you just can’t wait for April we still have limited quantities of Fall which you can shop HERE![we call this digging for gold. HA!]

FACT

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI miss home. Really wishing I was back in Cali

Dearly Loved

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I recently been thinking a lot about adventure and about what brings a person to the point of no longer living each day as a glorious adventure.

When did we decide we could no longer dream or create or enjoy life as the beautiful gift it was intended to be.

I believe in God and Jesus and the cross, all that jazz… And sometimes I think we easily place that stuff into a faith box and we store it away and only think of it when there’s a need based on our own human judgement. What I think we often miss is that God and Jesus and “all that jazz” are directly linked to adventure and dreams and creativity. All that is good comes from God. And adventure, dreams, and creativity are good, my friends, they are so, so good.

greatestvia Tracy Lucy

There was a time not too long ago I wouldn’t dare write about my faith, in part because my faith was troubled, but largely because I didn’t want to get lumped into a category with Christians. As long as I can remember, I haven’t much cared for the people I went to church with or was supposed to glean knowledge from. I only saw judgement and rules… and there’s no quicker way to turn a kid with authority issues off of something than constantly, and often inaccurately, telling them the don’ts of religion.

I pretty much ran as far away from the church as I possibly could. As a teenager I asked my parents to no longer attend church, they reluctantly obliged. I avoided anything to do with religion, church, or God for nearly a decade. Sure, I prayed for things, but we all know that’s not how that works. I think I held on to the morality of it all, but my faith was nothing more than the fact that I still believed in God. And when it really came right down to it, I saw God as some one that didn’t make my dreams come true and didn’t rescue me when I was drowning in sadness.

Fast forward 10+ years. I found myself searching. Knowing there was more. There HAD to be more. I had a beautiful marriage, a blessed life, but I knew I was intended for more. What was I searching for!? After a bit of guidance and a tremendous book that hit me right in my feels, I realized that blaming God for Christian’s behavior and the type of church environment I grew up in was bonkers. It wasn’t fair to place all of that crap on The Lord. People are only human and they will disappoint you, but God is eternal. Forever. Do you get that!? I didn’t. There is nothing in this world that you can do to separate you from the amazing love that’s freely given from the Heavenly Father. BOOM. The more I understood this, the more my heart began to soften and I was awakened to the amazing goodness that lay ahead of me.

IMG_2734Finding a place to worship and be filled with the word literally terrified me. I had tried a church or two over the past decade, but was always immediately turned off by something. Well, like he’s known to do, God met me where I was and through his divine intervention I was introduced to my San Diego church home. A place where people genuinely wanted to know about me and where you couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the spirit of The Lord. I talked to the pastor after my first message and cried like a moron and cursed at least 2 times. Out of practice with the whole church thing much!?! #fail

I started attending a bible study and made an effort to be involved. Not going to lie, I was beyond freaked out to  jump in, but nothing had felt more authentic and right to me in a long time… But more than anything I was shown a world where God didn’t equal rules, or a to do list, or a judge, or anything other than what he truly is, LOVE. Passionate, unconditional, unwavering love and I want everyone to know it. I want my kids to know it. My husband. Strangers on the street.

I’m still human. I fail on a weekly daily hourly basis, but my encouragement is just the never ending grace God grants us! There is so much joy to be had in this life, live it with fervor and intention. Live it in LOVE.

Half Way

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Well, we’ve made it to the half way point and I feel decidedly more pregnant with baby number two. Things hurt faster, you pop faster, it’s just as crazy and unique as the first go around. But this time I have a major pregnancy goal. Buy less than 10 pieces of clothing. And have them all be amazingly glorious and things I could easily wear not pregnant with little to no alteration. So far I’ve bought this amazing dress from Hatch and a [soon to be photographed] tank dress from my sister’s shop. It’s still on the cooler side here in Florida, but soon enough it will be relentlessly hot and I will want to be as close to nekkid as I can get. Hatch Collection is the the chicest maternity wear that I’ve ever come across and while it costs a pretty penny, in my opinion, it’s more than worth it! I’ll keep you posted on my quest to purchase zero pieces of pregnancy gear, save bigger underwear for my widening hips. It’s a sad truth. I’ve accepted it. I’m moving on. In my big girl panties.

Buddha Teas

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThere is nothing I dig more than finding a new company to love. When Buddha Teas reached out to me, I was all like, “YES! Give me ALL the tea!” Yes, that’s how I talk professional like… I’m a big tea drinker and while I love loose leaf, it’s not always practical, especially whilst chasing a toddler! I’ve recently read a few articles that were quite scary about the nonsense that’s put into many commercial tea and tea bags! It’s shocking! Well, with Buddha Teas you don’t have to worry about that! They are committed to a natural and organic product that is actually natural AND organic. Go figure!! And on top of all their awesomeness they are a San Diego company, located in Carlsbad!! #Winning

I opted for the Divine Immunity Blend and it’s light and delicious. Crisp with a hint of sweetness. When I had a killer sore throat, aka December, I mixed in a spoonful of raw, local honey to help soothe. DE-lish!!!!!

Lastly, can I get an AMEN for the brilliant quote on this particular cup of tea. “Worry seems necessary, but serves no purpose.” Preach Buddha Teas!