Plaid and Coated Flares…fall in Seattle ;)

 So, I’m on a roll with wearing things that I’ve been “saving”.  These coated flares have been folded up in my closet just waiting to be worn, and I finally stopped waiting for the right occasion.  Because playing on a pier overlooking Seattle seemed like the perfect occasion :)Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-1 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-2 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-3Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-4 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-5 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-6 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-7 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-1 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-2These bubbles were totally faulty!!  Poor thing.  I even tried and got maybe 2 bubbles at a time :(  That didn’t stop her though haha. Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-3She got ONE! Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-4Ok, screw bubbles.  This pole is totally fun to spin around… :) Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-5 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-6 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-7 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-8Her Gigi would be proud.  We are getting our miles out of these boots she got Maya for her birthday!! Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-9 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-10 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-12 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-13 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-14On me…

Jacket- Gap (seriously, probably 15+ years old?? Similar here)
Top- Vintage “Panhandle Slim” haha  (thrifted, but similar  here)
Jeans- J Brand Martini Coated Flare ($20!! from Twice, similar here)
Shoes- Sam Edelman (thrifted, similar lower heel here)
Bag- Gustto (ebay, similar here)
On Maya…
Vest- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar on sale here)
Dress- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Carters (similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I rarely wear heels anymore.  I used to wear them all day long in my previous corporate life, although I sat for most of the day… These Sam Edelman wedges are actually super comfy when you first put them on.  Two hours later, chasing Maya, running on rocky beaches…I practically threw them off the minute we walked through the door!  So…back to flats/boots for me :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Savory Delicata Squash

Not only are pumpkins in season, but there’s an abundance and huge variety of beautiful squash out there. This recipe calls for “Delicata” squash and you can eat the peel – which is full of good nutrients too.

A dusting of curry powder and freshly chopped cilantro make this a wonderful, subtly flavored, side dish! Actually, I could probably eat this as a main dish! So yummy! :)savory squash

Ingredients

  • About 6 cups of your favorite squash cubed (I used Delicata squash, including skins, and it was delicious!)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 Tbsps fresh chopped cilantro
  • Salt/pepper

Directions

  • Oven to 425*
  • Toss cubed squash in oil and season with salt & pepper
  • Place in a large pan
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until soft enough to easily spear with a fork
  • Remove from oven and toss with remaining ingredients
  • Serve hot or at room temperature

Super Mom Tip: Cube the squash a day ahead and store in a bag in the fridge until ready to use.

dit-elle-Esther

Thriftstore scores again!

 I usually don’t buy things that “go together” when I thrift, but sometimes I get lucky and things just work.  I posted this hat and these jeans on Instagram the day I scored them.  These Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans that I found in the mens’ section (woo hoo for workers not knowing that boyfriend really didn’t mean “boy”friend!!) were $4.80, and this vintage wool hat was $4.20!Blog Vintage Wool Hat Zara Tank Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans Cafe Noir Booties-1 Blog Vintage Wool Hat Zara Tank Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans Cafe Noir Booties-2Blog Maya DIY Gap Vest Peek Aztec Boho Dress Self Esteem Brown Booties-1Blog Maya DIY Gap Vest Peek Aztec Boho Dress Self Esteem Brown Booties-2Blog Maya DIY Gap Vest Peek Aztec Boho Dress Self Esteem Brown Booties-3Blog Vintage Wool Hat Zara Tank Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans Cafe Noir Booties-23Blog Vintage Wool Hat Zara Tank Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans Cafe Noir Booties-24Blog Vintage Wool Hat Zara Tank Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans Cafe Noir Booties-25On me…

Hat- Vintage (similar here)
Top- Zara (similar)
Belt- 20+ years old :)
Boots- Cafe Noir (thrifted, but similar here and less expensive version here.)
On Maya…
Vest- Gap (thrifted jacket that I DIY took the sleeves off :) but similar here)
Dress- Peek (thrifted, but similar on sale here)
Boots- Self Esteem (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
The forecast in Seattle is rain, rain, and then…oh, wait for it…rain.  On Sunday it was randomly 70 degrees!!  I had a shoot in the morning, but got home in time for lunch.   I thought Maya and I could go out, have some fun in the sun, and take a few pictures.  I didn’t have time to take a shower (I rarely take showers before morning shoots because I’m running around and sometimes crawling on the ground after kids!), so…enter the perfect new trend-floppy hat to the rescue!  As we were leaving the Huz decided he would come with us.  Insert…Huz that doesn’t really feel the same about copius amounts of pictures as I do :).  Then, he tells me that they were out in the sun for a good portion of the time I was away, so she probably didn’t need more sun.  SO…where to go with everyone that would have shade?  One of the largest parks in West Seattle.  That had a KAZILLION people there walking their dogs.  Aka, Maya wanted to pet every single one of them and ask what their name was.  All that to say.  My grand plans of what I wanted this shoot to be was reduced to 10 minutes of shooting, before I just threw in the towel haha.  Oh, well…
Oh, and for most of the 10 minutes that I was attempting to do the shoot…Maya was riding my focusing stand as a horse hahahaBlog Maya DIY Gap Vest Peek Aztec Boho Dress Self Esteem Brown Booties-4
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Pumpkin Season – a collection of fall favorites!

The leaves are brilliant, the mornings are misty, apples crisp.. it’s scarves & boots weather.. oh and pumpkins! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie… well, I could go on and on, but instead, here is a collection of fall (pumpkin) favorites to help you enjoy Pumpkin Season! :)

Blog Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Blog Paleo Pumpkin Muffin Cupcakes with Paleo Pumpkin Frosting-1

Lauren’s amazing Pumpkin Muffin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting

Blog pumpkinsoup1

Pumpkin Soup topped with bacon and chives

Breakfast & Breads

Sweet

Soup

Savory

dit-elle-Esther

Sometimes it’s fun to dress up for no reason…

 As a work from home mom, sometimes it’s a miracle if I take a shower, let alone get out of my walking clothes.  Yes, this blog has helped inspire me to into normal clothes more often than not, but I still have those days when 7pm rolls around, I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and think “YIKES!”  Then I’m left to wonder if I even brushed my teeth… :{  Other days, I just feel like putting on some heeled booties and wearing a top that I’ve been “saving for a special occasion” for no real occasion at all.  Sadly, I only put the effort in from the neck down haha.  No shower, no make up, lazy mom top knot.  I did however, brush my teeth :)

This is the same park we went to the other the day for Maya’s 3 year pictures.  I love that it’s not really a park.  It’s in the middle of this little neighborhood, but nobody has ever been there when we’ve gone.  Perfect for running around, and nerdy self portraits ;)Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-1This was actually sold as a dress.  I may have washed it (dry clean only, WHATEVER!!), and shrunk it a little… Like I would ever have worn it as a dress anyway…Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-2 Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-3 Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-4 Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-5 Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-6 Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties-7If Maya had control over what she wore, she would wear this dress and one other one every.single.day.  Now, she knows to ask “Is the purple dress dirty?”  Because I say that all the time in order to get her into something else haha.Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-1Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-2Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-3Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-4Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-5Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Boho Dress Arizona Jeans Butterfly Boots-6Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties--8Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties--9She could jump into my arms over and over.  “AGAIN!!!”  Which is good, because it took me a while to time these right.  I really wanted one of her mid air, but we’ll try again another day :)Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties--10Love this next one.  I’m so glad she’s such a snuggler!!Blog HM Cream Tunic Goldsign Gray Mayhem Skinny Jeans Frye Lisa Short Stitch Booties--11On me…

Top/Dress- H&M (cream is sold out, but here it is in Black)
Jeans- Goldsign “Mayhem”  (Sold out, but similar here)
Boots- Frye “Lisa Short Stitch” (eBay, sold out but similar here and here and less expensive here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Arizona Jeans (thrifted, but loving these)
Keeping it Real…
Funny story.  My husband had a work event a few weeks ago that happened to be in Seattle for once.  He asked me to take some pictures, and his one request?  “Um, do you think you could wear your hair down?” haha.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Getting all dressed up for a great cause…

 One of my best friends is the CEO of Alpha Supported Living Services.  It’s an amazing nonprofit agency providing supported living and group home services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in homes in King County.

To say I admire all that he does would be an extreme understatement.

One of the fun ways to support him and the agency is their annual benefit dinner.  It’s always a beautiful moving evening that leaves you not only thankful that your children are healthy (as selfish as that sounds), but also so relieved to know that there is an amazing place that will truly care for them if they need it in some special way.  Also, having been to other events involving their clients, it makes you realize just how special each and every one of these individuals is.  That even if they are lacking in certain developmental ways, they make up for it in others.  And don’t get me started on the parents.  Wow, is all I have to say.  Wow.  I find myself complaining about daily parental struggles, but the love that all these parents have in their heart and the patience they’ve had to develop.  Admirable to say the least!

It’s so hard to pick and choose who you donate your money and time to.  Every story that you hear tugs at your heart!  I think we all chose things that have meaning to us in some way.  I’ve always donated to things that involve children (young and old).  Even when having them was not even close to being on my radar.  I could go on and on, but in case you want to know more about Alpha, you can do so here.

SO…in a rare occurrence on this blog, I’m in a dress, I actually have make up on, AND my hair is not in a bun SIMULTANEOUSLY!  All that happened literally 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave, so there was no time to set up the tripod and do my usual self timer shots.  My parents came over to hang with the kids, and my mom was nice enough to run out and take these pictures really quick :)Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-1 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-2 Patiently watching…Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-1Ok, in reality, she was just running up and down my neighbors hill in front and in back of me haha ;)Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-3 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-4 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-5 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-6My new favorite picture of me and Maya! Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-7 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-8 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-9Then at the 5 minute mark, the Huz came outside.  I asked if he would take a few pictures, and almost fainted on the spot when he agreed! Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-10LOVE!!! Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-11 Blog Karen Zambos Dress Nine West Heels-12Now, sadly one of the boys was working and the other was playing video games.  Guess that means we get to do another real family shoot for our holiday card!! :)

And then of course, I had to get a few more of just the Peanut.Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-2Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-3Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-4Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-5Blog HM Faux Leather Jacket Gap Gray Flamenco Dress Xhiliration Moto Boots-6On me…

Dress- Karen Zambos (ebay, loving this high neck similar style ONE SALE if you’re a P here)
Shoes- Nine West (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- H&M (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Gap (thrifted, it’s actually a size 5/6, but I love how long it is :) couldn’t find similar style)
Boots- Xhiliration (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
There are a lot of reasons I take a majority of our posts myself with the self timer and tripod.  I’ve talked about my control issues before a few times ;).  One of the nice things, is that I know when the picture is being taken.  Although, one of the funniest things about when someone else takes the pictures, is the outtakes!  The look on my face on the left??  And, on the right, I was trying to figure out how to show off the cool sleeves.  THAT was not the correct way haha!Blog Karen Zambos Outtake
(all pictures taken by my mom, except ones of Maya at the end :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Salmon with Dill Cream

One of our weekly staples is baked salmon as the kids still like and eat it (yay! :)). Salmon and dill are a Scandinavian specialty (think Lox and dill), and the flavors work very well together. Here’s a quick and easy salmon dressing!

Blog dill cream salmon

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2-3 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice or till you reach desired consistency
  • 1-2 lb slab of salmon

Directions

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Lather on slab of salmon
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes
  • Garnish with fresh dill and lemon wedges

dit-elle-Esther