Here’s What Wednesday

Hey guys! So first I just need to take a moment to do a little happy dance, because it is FINALLY WARM!!!!!

I’m talking no ice on the car windshield warm! We can actually go outside warm! Naked on the porch warm!

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It’s a beautiful thing. Here’s what else is going on with us today!

What I’m Reading:

 I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, and I finally started it a couple of nights ago. It’s basically a memoir about this man’s experiences growing up between Kentucky Appalachian hillbilly (his words) country as well as life in a declining steel town in Ohio (where lots of Appalachian people, including the author’s family, migrated). But it’s also a larger exploration of the issues faced by these people, the struggles and failings of their culture and identity, and it’s just a really fascinating, nuanced, loving but unflinchingly honest portrayal of this (large) segment of our country who I really know nothing about outside of stereotypes and judgements. It’s really good, and I give it high marks for the fact that when Bobby wakes up and I have to feed him in the middle of the night, this keeps me wide awake 😉

What I’m Eating:

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I know I’m a little late to the game on the whole acai smoothie bowls (in my defense it takes most national trends (think cupcakes, donuts, chopped salads, blow dry bars) a good 5-10 years to get to Richmond), but after having one at brunch last weekend, I’ve been obsessed with recreating it. Turns out it’s way easier than I thought. When I had the acai bowl at The Daily I assumed it was chocolate flavored, because it had this velvety chocolate pudding texture and flavor. Guess what, that’s just the acai! I had no idea you could buy frozen acai packs at pretty much any grocery store, and so after finding them I set out to recreate my smoothie power bowl with these ingredients.

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So basically here’s the recipe:

-Blend 1 frozen acai smoothie pack + 1/2 banana + 1/4 cup almond milk (or any milk) + 1-2 TBS peanut butter (or any type of nut butter) until smooth, then top with anything that’s to your fancy. I chose granola + the other 1/2 of the banana sliced + shredded unsweetened coconut + chia seeds + a drizzle of honey. This would be good with any number of combos though, especially fresh raspberries or strawberries. I can’t wait to try different combinations! SO good and sneakily healthy. Ryland was also a fan. We literally had to take her outside on the porch and rinse her off after this.

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What I’m Buying:

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Oh Target, why must you make such adorable toddler girl clothing!? I can’t resist you. These little graphic tees are so sweet. I mean, I can’t even with the giraffes in glasses.

What I’m Discovering:

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So this is an “after” photo even though I don’t have a really good before. Bobby had pretty terrible cradle cap, and I was being an awesome mother and just kind of ignoring it and waiting for it to go away on its own. But then my brilliant cousin told me about a wonderful and easy cradle cap remedy. Basically you slather your baby’s head up in coconut oil (I’m assuming other kind of oils would work too?), let it sit for a little bit to soften, then use a fine tooth comb to get the cradle cap out. It was amazing how easily and quickly this worked. Again, mom of the year for not doing something like this sooner. But at least now I know, and I thought I would pass on the wisdom!

What We’re Doing:

To celebrate the warm temperatures this afternoon we headed to one of Ryland’s favorite places on earth, the mall!

She rode the “choo choo” with dada.

And ran around like her usual crazy self. And then we decided to be brave and spontaneous and fun and head to the new Casa Del Barco for margaritas and chips!

It was our first time taking both kiddos to a restaurant, and even though we only got drinks and sat outside, I’m still pretty proud of us for not only surviving the experience but enjoying it. The margarita was perfect, a nice welcome toast to all the warm evenings of spring and summer yet to come 🙂

Hope you all are enjoying your week!

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