May 31, 2014

things that made me swoon in May...

May swoonage | 
 1. Chia Seeds — Let's just say that my impulse buys have changed dramatically over the years. I've been wanting to try chia seeds for a while (as an extra source of protein and antioxidants and all those lovely things), and when I saw this bag at Costco for less than $12, I had to snag it. (You can buy the same bag here on Amazon for a little more.) As far as I can tell, that's a pretty good deal, and these things will last me a long time. My favorite ways to use them are as follows: Sprinkled on toast with peanut butter and honey or jam, added to a salad, and on top of a tuna sandwich. There are a million ways to eat chia seeds (you can even use them to replace eggs in recipes!), and I'm eager to try a few new things here and there. Any ideas, friends?

2. To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure — This book has my heart. Jay's mom gave it to me as a birthday gift a few years ago, and it's now one of Eisley's favorite books to read before bed. Nikki McClure's artwork is some so unique, colorful and beautiful, and I love that the Farmer's Market featured in this book is an actual place in Olympia, WA. The makers and bakers and growers featured on each page are real people who are selling their wares every weekend…and I can't wait to take Eisley there this summer, so perhaps we can buy a napkin from Yukie and some honey from Benjamin. This is a beautiful book to read to kids of all ages because there are simple descriptions of each item at the market, as well as longer descriptions on the following pages that would be enjoyed by older kids (and the mamas and papas).

3. Sesame app — I love this app. You can send pre-made, themed gift sets right from your phone—and they're set within a totally affordable price-range to boot. Gifts are as low as $10, most of them ranging in the $25-$50 range. I signed up for their email list, so we received a code for free shipping during the month of May, which made me quite happy. We send our Mother's Day gifts this year through the Sesame app, and I also sent a gift to one of my best friends. There are sets for pretty much any occasion, and I love the ease of selecting such a unique gift set through my phone and doing the entire ordering process from there. I received a gift set from one of my sisters, so I can vouch for the quality and absolutely beautiful presentation! They have new sets every month, and odds are I'll be using this app at least a few more times this year.

4. NYX Butter Gloss — These lip glosses are my new obsession. I'm not a makeup-centric gal by any means, but my older sister pointed these out to me when she was in town this month and told me they're pretty much the best thing ever. Aaaaand she was totally right. Price-wise, they're right up my alley at $5 a pop (I picked up mine at CVS). I ended up buying the Strawberry Parfait and Creme Brûlée shades. The pink gives the perfect pop of color, and the second one is neutral enough to wear every day. I love them so.

5. Naptime Diaries' May Printable Bundle — For a mere $5, I bought this month's printable set from the Naptime Diaries shop. It included 13 different items—from art prints to lists to cards to an iPhone wallpaper. I rarely buy things like this, but I must say that it was totally worth it. I love their designs! I dream of purchasing a canvas from their shop, but for now that remains on the wishiest of wish lists.

6. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone — This book made me want to be vegan. (And that's saying something, because cheese is my love language.) I love that it isn't written in a harsh, condemning way, but instead has such a loving, encouraging tone throughout the entire thing. The whole book is basically saying, "Do what you can do. Step by step. And every single bit of it will matter." Alicia has a heart of gold, and this book is packed with essential information, simple ways to ease your way into a more plant-based diet, and recipes that I feel even I could master. 10 years ago, I would have openly mocked you if you said someday I'd be (mostly) vegetarian, interested reading a book on plant-based diets. But people change. In good ways. I don't anticipate becoming an actual vegan (for the time being, at least), but this book has given me the extra motivation to make some changes I've been needing to make for a while. You can also take a peek at Alicia's website, The Kind Life.

What has had you swooning this month? I'm all ears!

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  1. Hello!
    I love your blog and can relate on so many levels.
    I have a question about the chia seeds…I also recently bought the giant bag from Costco! However, I have heard that the seeds can be difficult to digest straight from the bag…I read they can be soaked….I have only used mine in overnight oatmeal so far, but I would LOVE to try out other ways, your ideas sound great. Have you noticed any troubles by sprinkling them directly on food? Also, do you give them to your daughter?

    1. Lindsey, thank you so much for the sweet comment! :) As far as the chia seeds go, I did a bit of research (AKA: Google searching) for info on how much is recommended for consumption each day. From what I've found, 1-2 tbsp is the recommended amount.

      What I'd like to do is put aside 1 tbsp of seeds every morning, so I can sprinkle them on my food throughout the day—that way it's easy to tell I'm getting the right amount. I've eaten them mostly dry (added to toast, tuna, sandwiches, etc.) and have run into no problems! I also do give them to my daughter, but in very small amounts…usually just on toast, because she likes putting them on like sprinkles. :)

      Thanks again for the comment!

  2. I've added chia seeds to smoothies and it's quite tasty. My sister also suggested making pudding with them, which I haven't done yet but sounds easy enough.

    As for my monthly swoons: salted caramel gelato, Rainbow Rowell and summer scarves.

    1. I tried a random recipe for chia pudding but it was not very appetizing…I'm pretty sure I did something wrong, haha… :)

      And I'm in love with salted caramel anything! Yum.

  3. would love to see any chia recipes that you've loved--i just bought a huge bag (after making these cookies and deciding I needed them ALL the time!


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