Gluten Free Zucchini Pasta

gluten free zucchini pastaSo, I may have mentioned it once or twice or maybe a lot, but gluten and I aren’t friends. Some people roll their eyes at this (whether I can actually watch them roll or I can tell it’s happening internally behind their eyes depends on the person). These people seem to think it’s a silly affliction created by a hypochondriac (this study is no doubt in their minds while they smile and nod politely and their internal monologue is riffing on the fact that I’m batshit crazy).

To the naysayers I can only respond with two things: after testing negative for celiac, my doctor recommended I remove gluten from my diet as a trial to see if it had any impact on my stomach issues. Since removing it I feel a billion times better. Unless that changes, I’m gonna keep on keeping on.

For the most part, I’m fine with missing out on gluten-filled deliciousness. I’ve found replacements that I deem satisfactory for most things and try to steer myself towards whole foods instead of processed junk anyway (except for chocolate. There is always chocolate). My latest obsession is an insanely delicious take on pasta: zucchini noodles! Continue reading

Friday Faves + Weekend Links

friday faves

This week my favorite photos are a few of the top entries in our LittleHoots contest. There are some hilarious quotes submitted, so make sure you click over to the Facebook album and check them all out. The entry with the most likes on Sunday at 5 pm will win a canvas print of their hoot.

Around the interwebs:

  • I love Emily Henderson. The way she styled this (dangerously) white room with pops of color—those logs!—is proof of why. Major swoonfest. I could never live in it (um, kids), but I will sit and drool at its magnificence.
  • These sexy Halloween costumes for moms made me laugh so hard. If I had to pick, I’m thinking Dirty Delouser is my favorite.
  • While we’re all on our pumpkin kick, I think it’s time to dip into some pumpkin hummus.
  • Jackie has completely convinced me to get a wireless remote for picture taking. I love how much easier it will make group photos (or, you know, blog photos)!
  • If you’ve never checked out Scary Mommy, you should. It’s hilarious. But I’m loving it a little more right now because it’s also incredibly generous. For the last three years Jill Smokler and company have been running The Thanksgiving Project, which donates Thanksgiving dinners to families who can’t afford it. They’re looking to do it again this year—but they need help!

2014 THANKSGIVING Project

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Local Love | Peekskill Riverfront

I really want to love fall. I really, really do. And, I mean, there are pieces of it that I love. The smell in the air, the crispness, sweater weather, the coziness of burning fall spice candles and snuggling under a blanket, the leaves.

My problem with fall is that I know what comes right after it. Bare branches, the loss of greenery, numbing temperatures, snow. Part of me feels like loving fall just encourages winter to get here more quickly.

I realize that’s crazy. But it doesn’t stop me from believing it.

In an effort to be less mean to fall and to love on it a little harder without associating it with seasonal affective disorder—and to soak up all of the mild days we can before we’re locked inside, hermetically sealed until a stupid groundhog tells us what’s up—I decided to take the girls down to one of our favorite places: the Peekskill Riverfront.

Local Love | Peekskill Riverfront Continue reading

Perception is Magic

success is in perceptionvia Wild Thicket

Lately I’ve had a weird surge in people asking me a variation of the same question: How do you do it all? My immediate reaction is to wonder Wait, what?!

When left to my own devices and the ruthlessly self deprecating corners of my brain, the answer is I don’t do it all. There are notebooks full of projects that I’d like to start and people I’d like to collaborate with. There are way too many days when I’m too quick to yell at my kids or at my husband. There are more books to be read and friends to hang out with and skills to master. Also, my house is disgusting. And have you seen my hair recently?! I don’t come anywhere close to doing it all.

But, sometimes, it’s nice to be shocked out of your own brain. Do people really think I have my shit together? Because most days, that couldn’t feel further from the truth. Continue reading

Sponsored | Solving Problems With Art

The other day I was flipping through my (endless) Instagram feed and a picture of one of my friends and her kids at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tugged at my momma heart strings. I really want to take the girls there—especially now that Samantha is devouring the books—and they desperately want to go. Disney is on that same list. Unfortunately, our budget and these places are just not on the same level.

Then Amazon Prime Instant Video asked us to check out new episodes of their show, Creative Galaxy. I didn’t think these two things could relate to one another, but they did.

solving problems with art: creative galaxy (ep 13) Continue reading