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Mom Monday {family traditions}

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I think it’s really important to develop family traditions. It gives everyone some consistency in a world that is constantly throwing chaos our way. It also creates lasting memories, and it’s fun. Here are a few of ours we do on a weekly basis. What are your family traditions? I would LOVE to hear. Please leave a comment and share your favorites.

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In the Kitchen {no bake healthy brownies}

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These brownies are one of my most favorite desserts I have made lately. The best thing about them is that they are healthy. I used raw Cacao powder which has loads of anti-oxidents and fabulous health properties, they are sweetened with dates and pure maple syrup, and you don’t have to cook them!! Brilliant. Easy, healthy, chocolatey, I am sold. The following recipe is adapted from this original recipe from Plant Powered Kitchen. I am dying to get her book Let them Eat Vegan. I have heard fabulous things. no bake no sugar frosted brownies | Wiley Valentine

no bake no sugar frosted brownies | Wiley Valentine

Mom Monday {Back to School}

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Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. I know it’s Tuesday now, but oh well we are doing a Mom “Monday” post today. It’s that time of year again…back to school. I put together some of my must haves for the new school year. First up, a Planet Box lunchbox. This has been on my wish list for a long time now. It’s such a great way to present a healthy fun lunch for your kids and it’s in a format they can get excited about. To go along with that is this Weelicious Lunches cookbook to help you come up with fun lunch ideas.

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Love love love this backpack. Too darn cute!

 

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This simple grey outfit has just the right amount of frill. And I have been dying to make Piper a pair of these customized Converse!! What is on your back to school list?

Friday Fun {foods in a jar}

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Happy Friday my friends!¬†For today’s friday fun, the inspiration to-go photo is actually a picture of my wallet. I am loving this texture for a custom bride of mine. How great would that be on an invite? The pin of the week is this brilliant idea of packing a salad in a jar in layers for lunch at work. Since we all pack our lunches and eat together at the studio each day, we were all pretty excited about this one. And lastly I have mastered the soaked oats, I now want to try my hand at soaked GRoats…anyone try these yet? Very excited about it. Have a great weekend!!

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Healthy No Bake Desserts

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I have been really excited about making fun, no-sugar, no-bake desserts. Here are a few of my favorites to try…

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DIY I Want to Try

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I always have a laundry list of DIY projects I want to try. Here are some topping my list right now…

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A Homemade Exfoliating Fruit Mask sounds divine…and these light it up sparkler packs would be so fabulous at a wedding or even at an intimate gathering. What a way to end the night no? So festive.

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Mom Monday {Labneh Dip}

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Something I learned to make from my father is this Labneh Dip. Labneh is essentially a strained yogurt cheese and can be found at many markets these days, as well as middle eastern markets. This dip is always a crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike, and its the perfect dish for entertaining.

Labneh-Dip

Middle Eastern Labneh Dip

You Will Need

3 cups Labneh (can be made with greek yogurt as well)

1 large clove of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of za’atar

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 green onions, entire onion sliced

3 Persian cucumbers, diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered

1 handful of lemon basil for serving

Fresh Middle Eastern flat bread

 

What to Do

In a large bowl combine Labneh, garlic, olive oil, za’atar, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add onions, cucumbers & tomatoes and stir well. once combined you can serve immediately with lemon basil and flat bread, or keep in the fridge until read to serve. Enjoy!!