Summer is kicking my arse…

Don’t get me wrong.  I love summer!!  I absolutely love that it stays lighter later, and…ok, that might be the only thing I like right now haha.

I’m a true Northwesterner in that I hate being hot!  The idea of going outside to play in the middle of the day, sweating my butt off, and taking 2-3 showers a day.  Well, it doesn’t get me very excited.

I’ve also put Maya in camps almost every week, just so I can catch up on client work, BUT…between the travel times on either end, I only really have 2 hours to cram as much as I possibly can in.  Maya’s usually pretty tired after camp, because we either play for a few hours after or we’ve gone to the gym for a few hours beforehand.  Doesn’t leave much time or energy for our usual “outings”.

A lot of times, it’s just a little walk around our neighborhood after dinner, and that’s ok:)Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-1I love her little dance kick in the background!!! Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-2 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-3 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-4 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-5 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-6 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-7Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-10 See her tongue out?  Yeah, she kept licking my back…

“Mom, you taste kind of salty!”  Um…yeah, sweaty!! ;} Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-9Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-8 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-11POOP!!! hahaha. Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-1 Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-2 Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-3

On me…

Shirt- Gap (thrifted)
Top- Ooberswank (Nordstrom Rack, sold out, similar here)
Jeans- Goldsign “frontier” destroyed by me (similar here, similar look here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted for $6!, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Top/Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
And…she just wanted to sit on my leg😉Blog Outtake-1Maya’s new thing is “ROARING!!!”  It’s really neat…
But seriously.  Every time we see someone (on a walk, on the street, on the way to the gym)
It’s either…”You know I’m the princess of the world”  quickly followed by…
“I’m also a vampire.”
And…after we leave said people she says…
“Mom, you know we can’t talk to the humans, because we are creatures (or vampires)”
She really has the best imagination ever.  And thankfully…is NOT scared of vampires:)Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Frozen Strawberry Lime Coconut Margaritas

Nothing says summer like a Frozen Strawberry Lime Coconut Margarita! Totally delicious and I made mini frozen slushies for the kids with the ingredients (except alcohol!). It was a nice cool treat for them, and you could serve this as a fun (non alcoholic) and festive dessert drink for grown-ups as well!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 oz tequila
  • Lime and shredded coconut for garnish

Directions

  • Combine first four ingredients in blender, blend until smooth and then pour into ice cube tray or a large Ziploc bag and freeze for 2-4 hours
  • Combine strawberries and 3 Tbsp lime juice in blender and blend until smooth
  • When ready to make margaritas, put frozen coconut lime mixture in blender and puree. At this point you can remove some for the kids. then add in tequila and blend until smooth.
  • Pour coconut lime mixture into four margarita glasses, add some strawberry puree to each glass and garnish with lime wedges and shredded coconut
  • Serve! Enjoy!

Inspired by Tequila Avion’s mini video on Instagram.

dit-elle-Esther

Salmon Avocado Mango “Tacos” | Paleo // Whole30

This was a leftover meal from the already ridiculously easy Salmon Avocado Mango Salad with Soft Boiled Egg that I made a few weeks ago.  I meant to do a follow up post right away, but…

You know….LIFE!  Summer has been kicking my arse lately!

In any case!  This is a great two-fer meal.  Make one and then the other the next day.  Isn’t that the mom holy grail???!!

Adjust the measurements as needed!:)Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-1 Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-2 Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-3From the original post (makes both meals!)

Ingredients (Would serve 4)

  • 3 6oz cans of wild Alaskan Salmon
  • 10 grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 large avocados
  • 1 Mango diced
  • 1/2 and inch slice red onion diced (or a scallion)
  • 1/3 cup diced pickles
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Head of Butter Lettuce
  • For garnish and a bit of heat- my favorite…Garlic Hot Sauce

Directions

  • Drain Salmon, place in large bowl, and break it up.
  • Dice tomato, avocado, mango, and onions and stir into salmon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Scoop into butter lettuce cups, and pierce with a toothpick and an extra tomato for garnish

Enjoy!

dit-elle-Lauren

Poached Chicken

This is a staple recipe in my house and a great way to prepare chicken. I like to make a big batch and freeze in small containers. Hungry toddler? No problem! Heat up the chicken and some veggies or make a chicken and cheese quesadilla.. and you have a quick and healthy dinner.

I also like this as a base recipe for tacos – poach the chicken, shred it, and then add taco seasoning!

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Ingredients

  • Whole chicken or 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, roughly sliced
  • Water

Directions

  • Put everything in a pot and add water till it almost covers the chicken
  • Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45-60 minutes
  • Remove chicken, put on a plate and let cool
  • Once cool enough to handle, de-bone the chicken and remove skin
  • Shred meat with a fork and put back in a new pot
  • Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock back and bring to a simmer – add additional spices as desired
  • As for the rest of the liquid (in original pot), remove onions, but save the liquid as this is excellent chicken stock that you can freeze and use later

dit-elle-Esther

Happy Birthday to me! {42}

I don’t know about other Mom’s, but usually on the rare occasion that I go out at night- I’m still sitting in my sweats, hair a frizzy mess, no make up on, and NO idea what I’m wearing…about 20 minutes before we are due to head out the door.
So, of course, there are rarely pictures of me all done up in my “going out” clothes here.

#momlife

This past Friday, we went out early on a double date with my parents, and we actually got home before 9!  It was the first time we left Maya with her youngest (oldest brother 15) as her babysitter!!

Honestly, it was perfect!  We had an amazing time, ate a LOT of delicious food, drank some amazing wine, and rode the bus home (um, so fun and way cheaper!!)

AND…another total upside?  I could run outside and take a few pictures while it was still light!

blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-1 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-2 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-3And then, Maya all ready in her jammies, came out for a few!

I swear it’s a toss up between what’s better…

Going out and having your kid put to bed when you get home…

AND…

Having them still up when you get home, so you can hug and kiss them before they go to bed.

BOTH = HEAVEN.

I happened to capture the latter, and I’m so glad that I did!blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-4 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-5 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-6 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-7 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-8Oh, and her nightgown is a 9-10 hahaha.  I knew she’d love it, so I thrifted it for $3!!!

I kid you not, she’s picked it out of a stack of (I’m too embarrassed to say) 75% of the time since… So, clearly.  Nightgowns for the win as far as Maya is concerned!Blog Mini Boden Night gown-1I can’t even…Blog Mini Boden Night gown-2 Blog Mini Boden Night gown-3

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (thrifted)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Nightgown- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Of course the minute I go out to take pictures, my neighbor walks by with is dog…
AWKWARD!!
 Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Thrifted Crop Flare Overalls (!!!) + Twirl Dresses Forever {and another Low Tide Adventure}

 I will always love overalls!  I think I actually owned this pair in a couple of colors back in the 90’s!  I just recently thrifted them for $6, so I have no idea from what era they originate.  I love that they are a little cropped (not sure if they are supposed to be??), and they are beyond comfy!Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-1 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-2 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-3 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-4 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-5 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-6 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-7I’m not 100% sure how I found Crew & Lu, but I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while now.  Uyen is freaking hysterical, and she makes the most adorable clothing!!  A few weeks ago, she had 60% off almost her entire inventory, and I jumped at the chance to get a few things for Maya.

When we opened the box, Maya “Ooooohed and aaaaaaahed!”  She kept saying “Oh, THANK YOU MOMMY!  These are amazing!”  I may have gotten a couple of dresses…:)Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -1 LOVE the back on this dress!!Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -2And the twirl factor is off the charts.  A total win in Maya’s book😉 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -3 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -4 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -5

On me…

Overalls- Gap (thrifted, similar here and here)

Sandals- Salt Water Sandals

On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu (sold out, but so many other cute dresses)
Keeping it Real…
Normally when we go to the beach, she just runs, plays, FALLS, and splashes around.  She was so nervous about getting her dress dirty though that she kept holding it up.
Thankfully, she had her swim suit on underneath😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Blackberry Jalapeno Margaritas

Blackberry season is upon us and so is Margarita season! Stir up some Blackberry Jalapeno Margaritas for a spicy and delicious summer drink!:-)

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Ingredients (serves 4)

  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ½ cup triple sec or grand marnier
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup blackberry Jalapeno Syrup (see below)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh blackberries and lime wedges for garnish
  • Blackberry Jalapeno Syrup (recipe here)
  • Blackberries, lime wedges and jalapeno slices for garnish
  • Sugar for the rim

Instructions

  1. Rim 4 glasses with a lime wedge and then dip them into a dish filled with sugar. Upright the glasses and fill them with ice.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and 1 cup of the Blackberry Jalapeno syrup, plus a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and strain the margaritas into the prepared glasses.
  3. Garnish with fresh blackberries and lime wedges and serve.

Inspired by Heather Cristo’s Blackberry Jalapeno Margaritas.

dit-elle-Esther