Category Archives: Favorite

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

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

Tank + High Waisted striped Palozzo Pants + Tied Sandals

 On of my fav combos for any weather.

Tight top + wide leg pants.

It can be varied in so many ways!  In warmer weather add sandals, in colder weather…booties and a jacket.

On vacation, it’s so easy to pack a bunch of tanks and loose fitting pants!

And…that’s what I did!I hadn’t taken pictures for the first 4 days of our vacation.  I was so OVER my camera with my workload leading up to our vacation that I needed a break.  But…I knew I’d regret not taking pictures, so I busted out the tripod outside of our room.

We didn’t take these pictures until after the sun had set…

The light was dreamy though! Not going to be able to do this much longer!!
Meanwhile…people coming down our walkway always….

Don’t mind us!

On me…

Tank- Feel the Piece (eBay)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Romper- Art Room via Target (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Yeah, when you take pictures in the walkway in front of your room…people walk by.
But…the timer keeps going, so….carry on!!
Hahaha. Maya-
“What’s that dance you did in the olden days?”
Well…not MY olden days, but…my parents, yes!
The SWIM!
Spot on.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Adding Edge to a Preppy Look…

My mood totally changes with how I want to dress…boho, edgy, rock, grunge…

The one look I’m not that comfortable in is preppy. I feel totally out of place. 🙈 BUT…add a studded belt, and some funky cut out platforms, and I feel ok. 🤣

This might also be in the running for Thanksgiving! And…both of our entire outfits are thrifted or from Ebay 🙌🏻🤑

Also, to keep this post extra disjointed and random 😂 I’m super thankful for a week off with this sweet nugget. ❤️❤️❤️ I may be having to squeeze work in here and there, but getting to hang with her all day is pretty awesome.

Some pics we took from the other day’s AMAZING golden hour ✨💫 (at 3:30 😂)  Mom…spread your arms out wide like you’re flying… I KNEW what she meant, but…I mean.  I had to.Me once again not realizing where I need to be and dancing out of the frame…

OR…creative crop?!This face…

BUT…that light!!!
As the sun went down, I switched angles…

That golden light!!!

And…Maya off playing with my phone that she found in my bag ;} Maya is actually wearing boys jeans.  I am not afraid to buy from the boys section when thrifting!  Roll them up, and they are super cute and comfy boyfriend jeans! LOOOOOVE this next one! A glimpse into the future tween and teen years… BUT THEN… My same goofy girl that just wants to run in for a hug! and I want to eat her up.So….I took a picture of Maya and then my camera went wonky.  It would take a picture, but wouldn’t show me what it took.

Now…I have a very nice camera (not bragging, it’s my job, and it was a gift from my parents), so when it goes wonky and won’t take pics, I freak out!

But…in my test shots, it took this.  I didn’t have it on manual, so…weird.

YET…I LOVE IT!

And, love it even more, because my camera is back to normal!!  NO idea if I inadvertently hit a button but…PHEW!

On me…

Sweater- 7 FAM (eBay, similar here)
Top- Calypso St Barths (eBay, similar here)
Shoes- Summit by White Mountain “Brody” (thrifted for $3.75!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Bernardo (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Hudson Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Trying soooooo hard to keep a straight face 🙂
And failing 🙂 She loooooves to play with my phone. It’s actually fun for me to go back and look at all the pictures and videos she’s taken on my phone!  I complain about it and tell her NOT to…but…I secretly like it later.
🙂
The trigger on the top of my camera fell off, so she was like “Uh oh…no more pictures!”
😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Maya is 7!

 We took these pictures the day before Maya’s birthday (which was October 4th…) . I kept meaning to do a post that honored her, and well…October FLEW BY!

Well, things haven’t really slowed down, but I wanted to make sure I posted these before too much time had passed…

I just went back and reread last year’s birthday post, and so much of it is still spot on.   Which proves that you will always be unapologetically YOU!  At least I hope you will…

You are both equal parts incredibly sweet and cuddly yet fiery with a “HISS” and claws ready to pounce!  Which…anyone who knows you, knows exactly what this last part looks like! 😉

You still love to sing, and have started making up your own songs.  They are AMAZING!!  Usually you don’t like me recording them, but I’ve managed to get a few!  One of which you taped yourself in one of the last posts!  Never mind me yelling at you in the beginning haha.  I had no idea what you were doing…

You’ve also started making up your own jokes and riddles.  I keep asking at the end…”Did you make that up??!!”  Yup!

You still don’t like organized sports and prefer to just have FUN!  I keep signing you up though, much to your frustration…When you try, you’re very good!

You do love to swim though, and really turned a corner over the summer!

You are still hands down one of my favorite people to be around!  Our morning snuggles are the best part of my day, as are our bed time cuddles/reading.  We’ve plowed through a number of series.  Some of your favs are the “My Happy Life” series and Ivy and Bean.  You read the first page and I finish the chapter.  Then if you want another chapter we alternate pages.  It’s been what’s made the biggest difference in your reading.  Anything to stay up later!  Kind of patting myself on the back for figuring that out 😉

We end every night blowing kisses to each other…you in bed, me at your door.   Then, we fight over who loves each other more.

Ps- I do!

It was SO windy when we got to the beach, and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to get any shots!  I actually LOVE how the wind made our hair crazy!  Definitely good for a laugh! I jumped in for a few 🙂

This is my fall uniform.  Cozy knit, skinnies, and booties. Looooove. One of my favs!

On me…

Sweater- Joie “Fringe Cardigan” (eBay $20)
Top- The Great (eBay $3!!! short sleeve here and less expensive here)
Jeans- Frame (eBay $18)
Boots- Frye Billy Short (thrifted NWT for $50!!)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Boots- Frye “Veronica Slouch” (thrifted for $15!)
Keeping it Real…
I honestly could have done an entire post of bloopers!  The wind really was impressive!! Almost blew her over! Because it was so windy, I couldn’t hear when the shutter would go off.  SO…there’s a lot of me checking the remote.
And…Maya kissing where I was!!  HAHAHA 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Ruffle Tees + Released Hem denim Culottes + Platform Tennis Shoes | Basics with a twist!

 I’m all about classics with some “quirkiness” to them… 🤪😍

One of my newfound favs in that regard is @nationltd This isn’t a sponsored post, because all my amazing finds of theirs have been via @ebay ❤️ I get compliments every time I wear one of their tops. These little ruffle sleeves? LOVE! 🤗😍

And platform sneakers are my new go to as well! Comfort, yet added height! @ash has some amazing options and again…all mine are via @ebayfashion, so this is my true opinion!
Looooove!

And…here’s a video of what was really going on when I took this next shot.  You’d never think I got anything…I wasn’t sure either haha!
And…I took another video of this set up! and then….so subdued… But that LIGHT!??? I can’t even… 

On me…

Top- Nation LTD (ebay for $3 Similar here and here)
Jeans- NSF “Culotte” in Jopelin (eBay for $14)
Shoes- Ash “Cult Platform Sneakers” (eBay for $13)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara Kids (thrifted)
Dress- Hanna Andersson “Twirl Dress” (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
When you use a remote timer, but you’re so far away from the camera that you can’t tell if it’s
taking a shot… AND…when you wear culottes…they aren’t always flattering-whoops.  But so
darn cute!
Yeah, this is what I envisioned most of the images looking like haha. Can you see what I wanted to do here?
Nope.  Didin’t get what I wanted…oh, well.
Here’s a few more videos that Maya took that I clearly didn’t know she was taking-ha!
Me- “Maya, are you taking a video?”
Her- “Yeah”
I’m clearly trying to get her in my shot, yet…not happening haha.
Happy Friday!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Off the Shoulder Top + High Waisted Raw Hem Crop Flare + Birkenstocks

 This is one of my favorite shoots we’d done in a while.  It was totally impromptu outside of our house, which is usually when Maya gets into it the most.

Oddly enough…favorite shoot or no, we took them FIVE months ago….whoops.

So, let’s pretend those are yellow and orange leaves behind us!

We actually had a nice sunny day today, so the outfits could have happened! These were one of the first flares that I chopped.  They are my FAV!!  And…the ones that started the chopping addiction ha! Baby Birks!!  DYING! These next images are some of my absolute favs of us! And….Maya totally schooling me on the art of posing!

On me…

Top- Free People (eBay)
Jeans- AG DIY Cut hem (eBay, similar here).
Shoes- Birkenstock “Grenada” (hand me down from my mom!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Brand Unknown(thrifted, but similar here)
Top- (thrifted)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Taormina” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I swear my fav blog posts also have the most outtakes…
hmmm….
Always a neighbor or FIVE that walks by…and usually when I’m taking pics ALONE!
Oh, well…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren