Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interview with Finance Expert Stewart Ritter

Did you know that one in four parents doesn’t feel comfortable teaching their kids about personal finance?  Did you also know that over half of parents admit to using bad financial habits in the home?  We all want to be the best overall role model for our kids but navigating the waters of fiscal responsibility can be tough – especially if we don’t feel totally comfortable with money ourselves. 

One of my most popular posts is our allowance post.  Teaching our children to be smart with money is a priority to my husband and I.  I was excited with the invitation to interview Stewart Ritter, finance expert.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to talk to him in person and had to just send in my questions:

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Have a great day!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Ins and Outs of Life

I surely didn't plan for a month's hiatus!  And for sure I didn't plan on leaving the post up that has all the pictures of me for so long!  Life just got busy.  I'm not sure with what exactly, but I have always said that I am a mom first and a blogger after that (I wouldn't say it is even second - it's way down the line of my titles).

I've been running around trying to keep up with my kiddos.  I so don't want to waste away a childhood being too concerned about blog stats or page views.  Not to say that I was before, but they just need me right now - you know?

We haven't made anything - there has been nothing done on our house, my sewing machine is put away in my closet, I haven't even done a craft.

I did run my 6th half marathon in Moab with my dear friends.  We made traps for leprechauns and didn't catch any.  Our littlest one turned 2 and we celebrated that guy!  We have sports, piano lessons, homework, musical practice, church responsibilities, - you know, just like everyone.

Thank you for letting me breathe a bit.  I am still around but still trying to figure out this balance thing!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

What I Wore

I would have never thought that I would do a post like this.  Here I am doing it, though.  While others are comfortable with the selfies, I am not.  I started taking awkward pictures of what I was wearing in January.  I don't know why, I just did.  And here I am making these public.  Seems so narcissistic, right?  I promise, I am not.

I stay at home with my kids, but I do teach 15 piano lessons a week from my home.  For being a stay at home mom, there seems to be only one day a week, that I really am just home.  I wear clothes that I can crawl over the floor with my toddler, that I can run into the school, that I can see others and not be embarrassed.  But I don't want to wear date night clothes every day, you know?

I wear a combination of clothes from all over the place - Target, Nordstroms, Old Navy, Anthropologie - you get the idea.  My absolute favorite T- shirts come from Everlane.  If you click that link, it does help me out a bit.  They are great shirts that are a bit pricier than the Target tee, but fit and wash so much better.  I totally recommend them and would love them in every color.

We don't wear shoes in our home - that is just the policy.  Shoes are most definitely missing from these pictures and probably would make the outfit.  More often than not, I'm usually pulling on a pair of flats as I run out the door.  These cute ballet flats came c/o RedEnvelope.  Thanks - they have some great Mother's Day Gifts, also.

So, there is more than you ever need to see of me - enjoy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Granola

This is it!  The recipe to end all granola recipes!  I'm not even exaggerating - this is my most favorite thing.  The other day, I was asked what my favorite baked good was.  Forget baked goods - I'll take a bowl of this granola!  We go through a batch every week.  It really is pretty simple and now I make sure I always have the ingredients.

First, I chop up a couple handfuls of almonds.  I like them kind of a rough chop, so that G. can pick them out if he needs to.  

 I use a large bowl and just layer everything on top.

Add oats:

Add brown sugar:

Add coconut (I LOVE coconut!)

Add ground flax seed, cinnamon, and salt.

Mix it thoroughly:

In a separate bowl, measure out coconut oil.

Add agave syrup:

Microwave for about a minute.  You could also do this in a pan on the stovetop.  Add the vanilla and mix.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir.

Spread into a thin layer on a cookie sheet and bake.  Stir every 10 minutes.

After it is baked add dried cranberries. This is also M's favorite.  She eats it for breakfast and snack!

After it is cool, we have to break up the clumps.

There you go! Now that I've given you the recipe, what will I give my friends for Christmas?  


4 1/2 cups oats - I always use old fashioned
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup almonds, chopped
3 T ground flax seed
3 t cinnamon
1 t sea salt
1/2 cup + 1 T coconut oil
3 T agave syrup
3 T vanilla
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300.  Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.  Put coconut oil and agave in microwaveable bowl and cook for 1 minute.  Add vanilla.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Spread in thin layer on cookie sheet and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Once cool, add dried fruit.  May need to break up clumps.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trust Your Power Within + Duracell Giveaway

Who watched the Superbowl?  We were torn.  We live in Denver, but I was raised in Washington.  My parents still live in Washington and my brothers are big Seahawks fan.  Either way, we were happy.  G., however, likes to be a little different and chose to cheer for the Seahawks and only the Seahawks.  He was thrilled with the outcome, needless to say.

I loved getting to interview May Coleman, the mother of Derrick Coleman - the first NFL deaf offense player and Seattle Seahawks' starting fullback and special teams player.  What an inspiring story - for both children and parents.
As you know, part of being a mom is going to incredible lengths for the betterment of your child.  By now, you may have seen Duracell's #TrustYourPower video (13.2 million views in just three weeks), featuring Derrick Coleman, the first NFL deaf offensive player and Seattle Seahawks' starting fullback and special teams player, headed to the Super Bowl this Sunday. What you may not know is the inspiring story of how his family helped get him to where he is today. Derrick's mother, May Hamlin, wants to share that experience with you.

See Duracell's Trust Your Power video here.

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