Posts tagged ‘celebrate’

September 18, 2013

Oh Baby! Time to Celebrate!

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What do you do after two siblings announce they are expecting babies the same week? You grab your super woman cape and spring into laser-focused shower mode. As “Cool Aunt Lacey” I get to host two baby showers and one additional for a great girlfriend of mine within the next month, so I have been scouring blogs, Pinterest, and my own imagination to create three separately-themed, equally-glorious baby celebrations.

I’d like to share some of my favorite “Fit and Fun” baby shower recipes. Just because you’re celebrating, doesn’t mean you need to forgo all will power and see how much sugar you can eat during one party. Remember, there’s a little one on the way that you’ll need to keep up with. Now is the time to get serious about endurance and clean nourishment. However, to avoid a mass exodus before you’ve given a toast to the momma-to be, the food must be tasty, too. I think you’ll enjoy these!

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To re-create a Dr. Seuss favorite, serve Green Deviled Eggs!

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks with mustard, vinegar, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, spinach shavings, and sea salt. Spoon the mixture into egg whites, and refrigerate until serving.

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Power Cupcakes (Moms have super powers, right?) 

Protein Rich Frosting

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Advocare’s Muscle Gain), 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1-2 packets of Stevia. Mix together.

Cake

1 cup oat flour
, 2 scoops vanilla protein
, 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour, 
4 egg whites, 
1/2 cup applesauce, 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 
1 tbsp vanilla extract, 

4-6 packets of Stevia, 1/2 tsp baking soda
, 1/4 tsp baking powder. Mix together and bake!

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What child doesn’t love playing in the mud?

Mudslide Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 cup milk (almond/soy/cows)

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix for about a minute or until smooth.

Should you need some more ideas for your upcoming baby or bridal shower, let me know. With three sisters, I created my event portfolio a while back, and feel like a pro! To re-charge your body after hosting an event (or multiple events), check with your nearest holistic wellness practitioner (or me) about receiving a ionic foot soak. You’ll need to re-charge your body’s battery after all that hard work!

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Did you know?

  • A mini-baby shower, or a shower for a second, third child is called a “Sprinkle?”
  • The original intent of showers was for women to share wisdom and lessons on the art of becoming a mother. (Yikes—I better step it up.)
  • The baby shower is typically arranged and hosted by a close friend rather than a member of the family (now you tell me…)
  • In Brazil, a party called “chá de bebê” (baby tea) is offered before birth (I everyone to say “cha’ de bebe” out loud—it’s fun.)

In celebration, Aunt Lacey

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December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey! Danielle here! I am not sure what you celebrate, what you believe, but regardless I think this time of year is a good time for us to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, feel blessed about, and to honor those relationships in our life that help us push through.

I will be honest..I am not a Christmas fanatic. I grew up in a very stable family, with great values, and good traditions, so there is no need to delve deeper into the meaning of why I don’t freak for fa la la la and tinsel. I love having a real Christmas tree in my home, and helping my kids write letters to Santa, and I enjoy the idea of finding a special gift for the people in my life who mean so much.

But I also struggle…I struggle with the commercialization of the whole holiday. I struggle with the pressure put on all of us, especially parents, to buy the best, most extravagant presents. The idea that the kid with the most presents, the biggest presents wins on that first day back to school? Why? I love my children, and provide for them…I go above and beyond for them…so why do the presents that I set forth one day a year “dictate” my love for them so to speak.

I may wind up hearing backlash from this blog post, but its honestly how I feel. I want my children to have experiences…I want them to have things with meaning and value…and I want them to understand that my love comes in the form of passion not presents. I want my children to understand where Christmas even came from , even though truth be known I am not ultra religious in the traditional sense of the word.

For me…Christmas is more about a time where families can come together in a world where we are all so busy and take a deep breath and enjoy one another…not whether or not the perfect gift was found and wrapped with the perfect matching bow. Your kids won’t remember the bike you got them or the xbox 360 that showed up under the tree this year tens years from now…but they will remember the experiences you were able to create with them…those are the things that last a lifetime. So I encourage you to look beyond Target and Best Buy, and create moments this holiday season…moments, that beyond material possessions, will ring true season after season.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah , or whatever it is you choose to celebrate. Enjoy each other and celebrate the love your family has for each other…because that is the true meaning of Christmas.
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