Healthy Pad Thai | Peanut Free + Gluten Free

This is one of those recipes that I repeat A LOT!!  In it’s most basic form, I posted it here, but I mix it up all the time with what I add to it.  The sauce is just so good!!  And SO EASY!

Sadly, Maya can’t have peanuts or gluten anymore, so I made a few tweaks and made it work!  I sold it as a healthy Pad Thai, and even our 18 year old son had seconds!  Basically a gold medal on healthy cooking there!


Ingredients

For Sauce

    • 1/2 cup Almond Butter (use Sun Butter for Nut free or any nut butter if you don’t have any dietary restrictions!)
    • 3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons Coconut Aminos (used in place of Soy Sauce)
    • 1 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup (used in place of Brown Sugar)
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I cheat and use this)
    • 1 Cup Water

For the rest of the dish…

    • 1 medium onion diced
    • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
    • 1 Tablespoon crushed garlic
    • 1 Teaspoon Ginger
    • 1 of each of a yellow, orange, and purple carrot (or really any veggie)
    • 8-10 Mushrooms diced
    • 2 blocks of Rice Noodles (or can use any noodle, quinoa, or skip it!)
    • 1 Rotisserie Chicken Shredded  (or you can cook chicken separately and shred)

Directions

  • Pull chicken off your rotisserie chicken and shred.  We always buy two chickens every week.  Eat one, then pull all the meat off both to use for another meal!
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of olive oil, ginger, and garlic to a large pan
  • Add diced onions, mushrooms, carrots, and sauté til soft (5-8 minutes)
  • Add back in shredded chicken

Make Sauce…

  • In a blender, combine 1 cup water with the whatever nut butter you choose, rice vinegar, coconut aminios, maple sugar, and ginger. Blend until smooth.

Cook noodles….

  • These particular noodles cook in less than 5 minutes!
  • Add the sauce and noodles to the pan, stir, and let sit for 2 minutes to soak in all the flavor of the sauce.
  • You could leave out the chicken for an amazing vegetarian Pad Thai!

Another healthy variation of this recipe here

  Enjoy!
dit-elle-Lauren

DIY cropped Vintage Overalls + Classic Dr. Scholls Clogs (hello 90’s!!)

 I’ve been coveting these Free People baggy boyfriend overalls for a while now, but I just can’t pull the trigger on anything full priced!!  So…I do what I often do.  After scouring eBay first of course.  I looked in my own closet to see what I could make out of what I already had!

Funny story about these overalls is that I had this exact pair in the 90’s!!  SO bummed I gave them away at some point, but found them again a few years ago thrifting!  They’ve always been a weird length on me though.  Not long, but not cropped enough.  I’ve thought about chopping them SO many times, but could never pull the trigger.  Until…the Free People overalls.  Then….Snip snip!  And I LOVE THEM!!

I’m washing them as I type, and I can’t wait for them to get more frayed at the bottom!

And..another flashback to the 90’s and honestly 70’s (!!), these Dr. Scholls sandals!  I may have them in white and black too… 🙂
Sometimes (ok, everyday) I just want to eat her UP!!!

One of my favorite things about working on these posts when she’s at school.  I get to stare at her cuteness and miss her!
Maya got this frisbee at the YMCA “Healthy Kids Day”, and we finally went out and practiced.

Two posts I did in them before chopping here and  here.  GAH!  Little Maya in these!!!

On me…

Overalls- Gap (thrifted, but similar in white here and LOVE these here)
Tank top- James Perse (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Leggings- Gap (thrifted)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Taormina” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I didn’t realize we were going to throw the frisbee until she came out and threw it haha.  Right as I was taking a pic…
There were a LOT of trips into the street 😉
Her face tho!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Off the Shoulder Top + High Waisted Raw hem Skinnies + Ankle Wrap Clogs

We just got home from Maya’s school “Spring Fling”.  Bouncy houses, games, tattoos, book fair galore.

But…I had a much needed Mama’s night out a few weeks ago! 🙌🏻

At our school auction they do a “Mama Dance Party”. A local coffee shop opens up for us and we drink, dance, and let loose…it’s AMAZING! I signed up last year, and of course had to sign up again this year! 💃

Took these really quick before we all walked to all our neighborhood restaurants. At which point I said ✌🏻 to the Huz and kids as I entered one restaurant and they went to another 😂🙈😬😜🍷 Love the back hem of these!
Maya and I had been to a “Tea Party” with her Girl Scout troop earlier in the day so she was a little dressed up for that.  She would happily wear a party dress every day of the week though haha.

On me…

Top- Sincerely Jules “Everly Top” (Nordstrom Rack  only $29!)
On Maya…
Dress- Poco &  Picotine (thrifted)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I wasn’t sure if it would look better tucked in….and of course hadn’t quite finished tucking when the timer went off 😉 .
Mid pick up…haha.
I’m clearly having more fun than she is at this point!!
In my defense…some of our friends had just walked by, but you know…time was a ticking and I wanted to still get some shots before we headed out for dinner, so…don’t mind us!  They actually jumped in with us for a few right after! 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Denim Jacket + White Sundress + Peep Toe Clogs + Vintage Wicker Bag (Memorial Day Outfit Inspo)

 I can’t believe it’s already Memorial Day weekend!

Although, we took these pictures a few weeks ago, I thought it would be the perfect Memorial Day outfit inspiration for those headed to BBQ’s and parties.  A white dress might be asking for trouble (hello spills!), but…that’s what stain remover is for, no??! 😉
I am SO obsessed with this vintage bag I scored while I was on a girls trip in Idaho!!  It’s in perfect condition and the bakelite handles and trim are SO amazing!!
I loooooove the color of these clogs!  At first I thought they were pink, but they are the prettiest blush nude that will go with EVERYTHING this summer!
I can’t handle these next ones…LOVE HER!!  AND…The rainbow sunflare I got in these next ones makes me so happy!
She kept tickling me with this, and then…I realized she was really trying to get yellow dust all over my face.  See outtakes 🙂

The gap toothed smile is my all time favorite! I was SO sad that her front two teeth grew in SO FAST!

Thankfully, these side ones have taken their time growing in…

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress- Les Petites Choses (thrifted, but similar print here)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted, but love this light wash here)
Keeping it Real…
Yup, another “1st shutter click shot”
nailed it! haha.
Is this thing working??
This is where I realized she was trying to dust me with yellow powder…
And yes…bikers and walkers were going past us constantly.  No shame at this point!
Ha!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Tie Front Button Down + High Waisted Flares + Clogs ( + Cherry Blossoms!)

 Truth be told…I kinda forgot we took these!

I had all these ideas for taking pics amongst all the BEAUTIFUL cherry blossoms all around Seattle, but alas…time or lack thereof….

Finally, I decided to stop a along this street a few blocks away on my way to go pick Maya up from school.

It actually got really sunny later, but it was still overcast and chilly earlier as it seems to be lately.  SO, it’s all about layering!
I’m all about tying tops with high waisted jeans vs tucking in.  Who wants the added bulk??

NOT ME!
On the way home, we just stopped back off at the same place.
Dying over Maya’s little shirt dress!!  Scored it off eBay from one of my fav sellers in a lot of 4-5 pieces.  She only took pictures of everything folded, so I thought it was a denim shirt.  SO excited when I pulled it out!  Basically it ended up being $3 or $4!!
I wanted to try and get some pics like we did a two years ago.  Not sure I’ll be able to pick her up next year…

On me…

Sweater- 360 Cashmere (eBay)
Jeans- MIH “Caron” in Redo (eBay, sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Leggings- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Dr. Martens “Delaney”  (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
The first shot when the shutter goes off is often me adjusting things haha.  And clearly my RBF…
haha.
She kept pinching my cheeks!
And… Not wanting me to kiss her.  HA!  That’s not happening!
I do believe the days for piggy back rides are limited.  She keeps flinging herself back and with
how much she weighs that just isn’t good!!
My face though ha!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dresses + Hunter Rain boots on the beach!

A few weeks ago, Maya and I went to play on the beach and took some pictures. In my mind, I had ONE shot I wanted to take. Anything past that would be great.  We ended up playing for TWO HOURS, and I kept taking shots here and there, which means…a LOT of pictures!
😂
The main catalyst was @TheMomEditdoing a brand new #TMEStyleChallenge You KNOW I LOVE THOSE! 🤗

This was a WHILE ago, and…I didn’t post them here in real time-aka NO TIME!

But…For week 1 “Show us your best rainy day outfit” . DONE AND DONE!
✔️✔️
I’ve been sporadic in my blog posts lately… I kept looking for a reason to come back. A reason to post. The main reason I started this blog was to document US playing. As Maya’s gotten older, that’s gotten harder. She has LOTS of other extracurricular activities that I am involved in, and those have taken a precedence.
❤️
BUT…when we do outings just with us? Admittedly, I have to talk her into them at first, but once we are out…2 hours flies by and we are both laughing and having fun! I’m left totally happy and filled to the brim with joy-both creatively (to be honest) and with the fact that I just spent two hours playing with HER. NOT with her other friends on a park play date, not at a sporting event, not sitting on her bed reading (which I DO LOVE!). ❤️
But…OUTSIDE, PLAYING, LAUGHING…THAT makes us both happy! ❤️❤️❤️
I think we’ve both missed it.
🥰
I have no idea how often this will happen. It used to be almost every day, but…I will cherish every time it does happen and post the shit out of it! haha

SO…here’s a really long blog post!
🤣 Of course this stuffy is in most of our shots, and you know what?  Don’t care!

You know I love a good shoe shot!

But LOVE these even more!!
CRAB!

My attempt at an “artistic shot” 😂
So, I had this idea in my head for a shot, but…it ended up being harder than I thought to capture haha.
Here’s me attempting to show Maya what I wanted her to do…
In the end…here’s a composite shot of three different shots.  The best part about this, was the fact that Maya totally got into it.  She even told me exactly where she wanted everything to be in this final edited shot 🙂 .
Loooooove all these next ones!!!!
Me telling her to NOT get any closer.  Of course she wanted to go pet it!

On me…

Dress- Free People (thrifted, similar here)
Belt-  (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Hunter “Graphite Gloss”  (thrifted for $40!)
On Maya…
Jacket- BLBY ? (thrifted, but similar here and…clearly a knock of of HERE!)
Dress- Lili Gaufrette (thrifted, but current styles here)
Leggings- Naartjie (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Ha!  Falling and of course water soaked after being there maybe 10 minutes… 🙂
Love HER!!!  She’s so goofy and funny, and I love it!
Nope….not QUITE what I was envisioning haha.
Nailed it!! ha 🙂
I promise she wasn’t hurt!!!
Pretty much what half of them ended up looking like 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Mother’s Day 2019

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”

– Princess Diana

Well said… and I’ll also add…love and laughter. The two components that make it all worthwhile.

SO glad I have both with my mom and Maya! And even more thankful that Maya has it with my mom too!

It’s a tradition.

The thing my mom and I both want for Mother’s Day?

Pictures!

We used to try and go to a “location” but found that going across the street after dinner for a few minutes made everyone more happy 😂

I think I can safely say for both my mom and myself that we will treasure these forever! ❤️

LOOOOVE  this next one!! LOVE this one too!!!
Truth be told.  The Huz and I were trying to get a picture of just us.  Of course, the quickest way to get Maya into a picture is to NOT want her in one.  
Of course she hopped in and made it the most perfect picture!!
My mom got of few of just me.  This dress is SO comfy!!

On me…

Dress- Gypsy (eBay, similar here)
Belt- Vintage
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
 
 
On Maya…
 
Dress- Fleurisse “Samantha” (eBay for$3.50-retail $245!!!)
Sandals- Stuart Weitzman Kids “Camia Ava” (thrifted, similar here)
 
 
Keeping it Real…
 
I swear every time we take family pictures my mom and I think…”Well, hopefully we got ONE!!” haha.  And then every time we get SO MANY!!  But it’s not always smooth sailing and happy laughter and smiles… 😉 .   
 

We were taking pictures right in front of my neighbors house, and of course they came outside…haha.  Don’t mind us.  Fortunately, they are used to it by now!Hope everyone had an amazing Mother’s Day!!