Who are we?? A little more about us :)

We have an about us page, and we’ve done a couple of posts of us together (Although, we both wish there were more!!)  Sadly, with jobs, kids, husbands, LIFE(!!!), it’s not as easy as we’d like.  I had one friend from Instagram say “I thought you and Esther lived next to each other!”  I wish!!!  Ok, maybe I don’t.  I’d weigh 800 lbs from all the delicious goodies she cooks up!

Anyway!!  I DO live next to one of our mutual friends.  Her son had a birthday a few days ago, so it was finally our chance to get some pictures together!  We did these after the party, with her husband graciously wrangling our 3 kids on a sugar high/mayhem let down.  The sun was oh so bright (seriously, what the heck Seattle?!), and the location was in front of my house.  Oh, and I forgot to mark the exact focus point with the self timer and tripod, so I messed up the focus (GRRRRRR!!!)

BUT…this is us!! :)Blog Me and Esther-1 Blog Me and Esther-2Yeah, because self timer poses are so natural and fun when you have your spouse and kids watching!! :) Blog Me and Esther-3 Blog Me and Esther-4And…yup.  Our kids are running around like crazy kids on sugar highs ;) Blog Me and Esther-5

Random Facts About Lauren:

  • I am a total creature of habit.  I’ve have a PB&J every day for lunch.  Have for at least the last 10(??) years.  That’s just one of many examples!
  • I’ve had grey hair since high school.  Which…was 22 years ago.  I’m scared to know how much I have now.
  • I’m not really into traditional “pampering”.  I’ve cut and colored my own hair since high school, and give myself mani’s and pedi’s (I do get pedi’s for special occasions because…duh that cheese grater is the bomb and my feet need it!!).  Mix of being a complete control freak and not wanting to pay someone to do something I can do myself :)  More $ to spend on thrifting!
  • I’m ridiculously competitive.  Some people won’t play games with me.  Thanks Dad ;)
  • I have an irrational fear of sharks…and really any kind of fish.  All thanks to Jaws and a fish jumping out of it’s tank at a pet store and flopping at my feet when I was 5-6.  WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?!
  • I didn’t like spicy food, until I got pregnant.  I craved Sriracha on everything, and still do.
  • I over analyze EVERY decision.  Big decisions sometimes take me a year+.  BUT…once I decide, I want to do it immediately.  Some think I’m spontaneous because of that last part.  NOT EVEN REMOTELY :)
  • I’m pretty shy and introverted.  Until you get to know me.  Or…at work, because I have to be outgoing.
  • I love sad movies.
  • Spelling backwards is a random super power.  Cranium anyone? ;)

Random Facts about Esther:

  • I hate following directions or recipes (cooking is an art right!?)
  • I rowed on UW Crew for a year – one of the most challenging experiences of my life, but it was an amazing experience
  • I’m a total introvert as well. I was so shy first grade that my teacher had to sit next to me during a reading assignment so I could WHISPER it to her! I’ve had to work on that BIG time just to survive at work and in life.. Speaking of..
  • I did Toastmasters for years and then started a corporate club at work, overcame my deathly fear of public speaking and now coach others!
  • I want to be a TED speaker
  • I could probably eat rice crispy treats every day
  • I grew up in Norway and speak several languages
  • I’m almost 5’11” and have a terrible time finding pants that fit just right (too short! Too long!).. I know, I know.. it’s rough to be me..!
  • Never thought I’d be a yogi, but discovered hot yoga this winter and totally LOVE it!
  • Coming up with random facts about myself is way too hard

Thanks for following along!!  We really appreciate it :)dit-elle-Laurendit-elle-Esther

Floating Candles and Flowers – Easy Centerpiece!

Floating candles and flowers are my go to – super easy and elegant centerpiece. This takes <60 seconds to assemble. Pick fresh flowers, leaves or herbs if you have some and add to a decorative bowl with water. The flowers and lights will float. Shown here is the centerpiece for our recent Easter Brunch.. a piece of pink depression glass and I used rosemary flowers because that’s what happened to be in bloom at that moment in time! :-)

There’s room for a lot of creativity here, but floating candles are beautiful day or night!

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dit-elle-Esther

Windy day on the beach…

 Funny…I took these almost a month ago, but kind of forgot about them.  Oops!Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-1Sometimes she does these really quick repeated kisses.  Like woodpecker kisses haha.  Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-2 Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-3 Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-4 And, I LOVE that she just runs and jumps into my arms!Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-5 Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-6 Blog Inhabit Cashmere StyleMint Tee Current Elliott Army Pant Kork-Ease Sandal-7Loooooove this shot.  The clouds…the wind.  There’s just something about shots from behind for me.  I love the story that they tell. Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-1 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-2 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-3 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-4 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-5 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-6 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-7 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-8 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-9 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-10 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-11 Blog Levis Toddler jacket Hanna Andersson Red Pink Twirl Girl Dress Blue Converse High Tops-12

On me…

Sweater- Inhabit (ebay, LOVING this one here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “The Army Pant” (sold out, similar but different color here)
Shoes- Kork-Ease “Rebecca” (thrifted for $7!)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar color here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
So, it’s not really subtle when I’m taking pics of us with the tripod and self timer.   I’m totally used to the odd looks and the “Um…do you want me to take your picture??”  This little boy kept wanting to get in the shot.  Not randomly walking by, but at times turning around to look at the camera haha.  Which…is ok. A lot of kids are curious about the camera.
I edited the boy out of the shot above, but here he is.  Not looking, because…I want to protect him I guess ;)Blog outtake 1 But THEN his grandfather walked up too, and in the ENTIRE beach.  Stands right behind us?  Like not even random about it-totally on purpose got in the shot.  Kind of threw me off, because I was waiting… Oh well.  Oh, and it’s not like I don’t expect people to get in my shot.  We ARE on the beach.  But this particular beach is usually pretty empty, and we were the only four people there!!!
Blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Lemon Pudding Parfait

Lemon Pudding Parfait anyone? Protein rich and paleo! Top with some chilled whipped cream for some not so paleo but oh so delicious goodness!

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Ingredients

  • 12 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
  • pinch celtic sea salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream or use a can of whipped cream to top the pudding – this will give a little extra sweetener (if you so desire) and is a little time saver! You could also drizzle with some coconut milk for a great dairy free option.

Directions

  • Place egg yolks, agave, and salt in a medium sauce pan
  • While heating over very low flame, whip with a hand blender for 6-8 minutes, then whip in lemon juice
  • Chill for a half an hour
  • If pudding separates, whip with hand blender for 1-2 minutes, until fluffy again
  • Whip cream in a separate bowl
  • Serve in small glasses, alternating layers of pudding and whipped cream
  • Garnish with berries

Serves 4

Thanks Elana’s Pantry! http://elanaspantry.com/lemon-pudding-parfait/

dit-elle-Esther

Boho Tops + Jeans + Sandals (for the both of us!)

That awkward moment when you actually did your hair and wore decent clothes because your neighbor had a party for their 3 year old, and you say…yeah, I’m totally taking pics of myself while Maya is inside going potty hahaha.Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-1 Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-2DYING!!  ;)Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-3 Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-4 Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-5Thumbs up!!  This is her new thing.  We did a throw (which did NOT get captured properly, but they cheered and Maya gave them the thumbs up haha) Blog See by Chloe Cream Scalloped top DL1961 Angel Faconnable Navy suede espadrilles-6I can’t even handle her sweetness!!Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-1Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-2Then, our neighbors asked her to dance.  I mean…duh.  Easiest thing to ask Maya!Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-3MY FAVORITE!Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-4Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-5Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-6Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-7Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-8Blog GapKids Butterfly Top DL1961 Harper Zulily Sandals-9On me…

Top- See by Chloe (ebay)
Jeans- DL1961 “Angel” (thrifted)
Shoes- Faconnable (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- GapKids (thrifted)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)-
Shoes- Zulily (search Eddie Marc Kids)
Keeping it Real…
It was after the party, and to get Maya back outside I had to give her food (always!!).  So, granola bar in hand, not so great throw =  keeping it real ;)
Blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Easter afternoon…hunting for beach eggs :)

 Yes, I am almost a week behind the actual times… ;)

After the morning Easter festivities, we put on some comfy shoes and headed down to a rocky beach to look for beach eggs. :)Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-1 Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-2An EGG!! :) Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-3 Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-4 Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-5 Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-6 Blog Joie Boho Top DL1961 Amanda Mania Polka Dot Vans-7Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-1These are now in a pottery bowl on our dining room table.  Instant art! :)  Ok, there might be someone that finds this offensive/reports me for taking beach rocks.  Oh, well.Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-2Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-3Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-4At first, when she started walking on this log, I was nervous.  I yelled for her to be careful.  Then I watched.  She balanced along it like a champ!Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-5Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-6Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-7And then she kept doing it over and over!Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-8Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-9Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-10And then, she started running along the LOG!  I was both freaking out that she would fall in all those rocks, and totally proud of her balance!!Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-11Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Green Saucony Toddler Shoes-12Btw…this is what she wore earlier for Easter.  I picked the dress, and she picked the jacket.  We both decided on the boots :)Blog HM Faux leather Toddler Jacket Janie and Jack Plaid Dress Nordstrom Cowboy Boots-On me…

Top- Joie
Jeans- DL1961 “Amanda in Mania” (eBay, similar here and here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted, LOVING these here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)  Earlier- H&M (thrifted, similar here)
Dress- Janie and Jack  (thrifted, but love this here)
Shoes- Saucony (thrifted) Earlier- Boots- Nordstrom (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
This would be Maya “freezing me” because she didn’t want me to come up the path with her haha.
Blog OuttakeI don’t even remember what was going on here.  Whatever it was…not pretty ;)Blog outtake 2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Orange Juice

This was our Easter brunch drink, super simple, super yummy. The kids LOVE to help squeeze oranges on our little juicer, so you can make this into a fun kid activity and show them where juice comes from! :-)

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Ingredients

  • Oranges
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh rosemary, thyme or mint for garnish

Directions

  • Juice oranges and pour in glasses
  • Top with a splash of sparkling water
  • Garnish with fresh herbs
  • Serve!

dit-elle-Esther