"Getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight. It’s not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It’s about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change-spiritually, physically, and mentally. And the battle really is in all three areas."
Quote by Made to Crave, shared by Lysa TerKeurst on Facebook.
It has taken me over 5 years, but I am finally getting it. I grew up eating the Standard American Diet and continued this lifestyle into my early 30’s. I thought eating healthy was abstaining from anything fattening, sweet and yummy, and only eating fat free, sugar free foods, mainly in the form of boxed “diet” treats, fiber enriched bars, and iceberg lettuce salads. It wasn’t until I experienced infertility that the concept of what I ate affected more than just my weight was introduced into my philosophy about health. Food allergies prevented me from getting pregnant. I also learned how certain foods gave me asthma, fatigue, migraines, digestive problems, and even affected my ability to think clearly. The beginning of this journey started by reading the book, The Maker’s Diet, by Jordan Rubin. I encourage everyone who aspires to live life vibrantly to it’s fullest, to read it as well. It was life changing and I never want to go back.
On another note, we are in full party-prep mode this week!!!! Baking and crafting getting ready for birthday number THREE for my little guy. We are sooooooo excited!!!! :)
The party favor table … (Oops. Forgot to iron the table cloth. Oh well! Table cover repurposed from my girl’s Dollhouse Party posted here).
Custom sticker labels for bubble party favors …
Mr. Pail and Mr. Shovel made their debut as party favors …
Custom stickers for Mr. Pail party favors …
Custom water resistant water bottle wraps …
Custom water resistant flag straws …
Custom cupcake toppers …
Activity #2: Color a Picture of Blue …
Who doesn’t love to color?! I found darling color pages on the Nick Jr. website, where most of my research took place!
Activity #3: Decorate your own “Handy Dandy Notebook” …
Custom Blue’s Clues stickers made by me …
Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, and Baby Paprika make their glittery debut! OhMyWord! These guys cracked me up!!
Activity #4: Dig for a Bouncy Ball! This was a great sensory activity that has a calming and relaxing effect for anyone. :)
Activity #5: Stamp your Paw Print on a T-shirt …
I mixed craft paint with a special base that turns it into fabric paint. Guests were invited to stamp their hands in the paint and leave “puppy paw prints” on a keepsake custom-made tee for the birthday girl. They or their parents were invited to sign their name next to their paw prints. Smocks and baby wipes optional!
Here come the guests!
Birthday girl decorating her own Handy Dandy Notebook, concentrating very hard. I love her sweet face!
Stamping puppy paw prints …
Diggin’ for bouncy balls …
Had to throw this one in of my girl … :)
My man and my girl …
My little monkey just hanging out …
Some of my favorite photos from the entire event … birthday girl’s little sister exuding pure joy …
Beautiful birthday girl smile …
Birthday girl and her amazing Rock Star Parents. Love them so. And I gotta mention … my photography does not do her justice … BUT if I were casting director for the Twilight Series, my roomie would be cast as Rosalie. She is exactly who I pictured her to look like when reading the books. Those eyes. That smile. Flawless skin. Gorgeous perfection. But no fangs. :)
Finally, over a month ago, I became enamored by this party when I saw it featured on The Purple Pug’s blog. It was the inspirational springboard I needed to give me the confidence to try to recreate the same magical experience for this precious, sweet girl. Plus, this gal is a fiercely loyal advocate and activist for Autism Awareness. I love that . Read the post and be wowed. I was.
If you have any questions about the party prints, please feel free to E-mail through my website by clicking here or contact me via Facebook by clicking here. :)
This was such a sweet intimate baby shower with friends (and teenagers!) who truly love this new mommy-to-be. She is so dedicated to investing in the lives of teenagers at our church and is a loving, compassionate role model to many young girls. Her baby’s nursery is monster themed, so we decided it would be so fun to incorporate that personal touch throughout this event as we blessed her and her new baby boy. Plus, I had plenty of decorations from my boy’s Two Year Old Little Monster Birthday Party found here. Several other youth worker ladies joined together to add all the adorable details to make this baby shower truly ”monstrous!” As guests arrived, we invited them to help make an “ABC of Bible Verses" scrapbook for baby Camden. We pray it is a meaningful, tangible reminder of God’s promises to him and will encourage him as he grows. We had several lists to choose from (one can be found here) or guests could write down their own favorite verses on their pages. Oh, and just in case any wondered … the tutorial “how to make a pinwheel” can be found here and the tutorial “how to make paper rosette fans” can be found here. :)
PS … the custom invitation, thank you notes, water bottle wraps, straw pennants, cupcake wraps, name banner, buffet signs, and other party printables were all created using Storybook Creator 4.0 by Creative Memories found by clicking here. If you have any questions about the software or the custom prints, please feel free to E-mail me through my website by clicking here.
And the yummy healthy cupcake recipe is as the end of this post!
Paleo Cinnamon Crumb Healthy Cupcakes (recipe at the end of this post) …
… and the recipe I promised is found in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook. I altered it a bit to use maple syrup instead of agave nectar. Here ya go!
CINNAMON CRUMB CUPCAKES:
(gluten free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free)
1 cup blanched almond flour
2 tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup (NOT Aunt Jemima’s, the REAL organic stuff) :)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Line 10 muffin cups with liners
To make batter, combine in large bowl both flours, salt, and baking soda. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Blend wet ingredients into dry ingredients with a hand held mixer until combined.
To make topping, in a medium bowl, combine flour, walnuts and cinnamon, then stir in maple syrup.
Scoop 3 tbsps. of batter into each muffin liner, then crumble 1 heaping tbsp of the topping mixture over each cupcake.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour, then serve.
ENJOY!!! And stay safe. As I type, super cell tornados are tearing through my state. :( We spent two hours in our church basement last night and looks like we will be headed there later this afternoon. Praying for all those affected by the destruction. Thankful my Jesus calms storms with one word from His mouth. And thankful still that even when storms rage, He is still in control.