Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vegan Medjool Date Milkshake

My mom raves about the Medjool date milkshakes she used to have when visiting Arizona and California. Mom and Dad travelled through the area in their RV for several winters. Prior to their travels, neither one of them had tried a Medjool date milkshake. It was a 2 for 1 coupon Mom found that inspired them to visit the Medjool date farm and order up a couple of milkshakes.

After that, they returned at least once a year to get another one. "Medjool dates are delicious," says my dad. "The milkshakes were super good, not too sweet. Best I've ever tasted." It should be noted that "not too sweet" isn't necessarily reliable coming from Dad. He has the most incredible sweet tooth I have ever witnessed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, sushi escape edition

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all enjoying blissfully long summer days filled with friendship, food, family and fun. Summer is short - be sure to take advantage. This past week, I was feeling like I was spending way too much time cooped up in my office meeting writing deadlines.

One day, when these four walls seemed too much to handle any longer, I asked the family to escape with me to a place we all enjoy - the all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant. (My sushi obsession is quite clear to anybody who reads this blog regularly.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Products We Love - MiEssence Soothing Organic Skincare

I tend to like a product or not like it. I'm not one of those super particular people who notices subtle nuances between one shade of black mascara and the next. So when I'm reviewing a product I have to dig deeper and think about why I like or don't like something.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been using MiEssence's skin essentials (soothing) skincare products. The adjectives that spring to mind when I think of my MiEssence facial cleansing routine are pleasant, natural, herbal, gentle, nourishing, smooth and soothing. MiEssence has a few options for skincare, including balancing, purifying and rejuvenating products. I went with the soothing line of products because I am prone to rosacea, particularly on my cheeks. MiEssence products are certified organic and made in Australia.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Planning A New York City Trip With DK Eyewitness Travel Guides

I haven't been to New York City since my husband and I went to visit friends before the kids were born. (The eldest is 12, so it's been a while!). This time we are taking the kids with, so it's sure to be a whole new experience. Lots of walking to do in New York. Here's hoping for energetic, cooperative kids!

In order to get the most out of our experience in New York, I got a bunch of Eyewitness Travel guides from DK Canada. With all of the museums, landmarks, family attractions and food available in the city, expert guidance is completely necessary.

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Products We Love - ATTITUDE Sustainable Wellbeing

As a mom, it's so important to me to provide my kids with a healthy home environment. That's why I am adding ATTITUDE's sustainable wellbeing products to my family's list of "Products We Love." ATTITUDE's creators believe that baby products should have minimal impact on your little one's health. Research shows that most everyday baby products, such as shampoo, body wash, conditioner and body lotion, contain traces of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, two known carcinogens.

That concerns me as a parent and as somebody interested in maintaining my own health too. Since we are exposed to many products each and every day, let's make sure they don't contain chemicals linked to cancer! ATTITUDE's products, like the foaming hand soap above, are all vegan-friendly. They don't test ingredients or finished products on our animal friends either. They have products for baby care, bath & body and cleaning your home.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, Something's Gotta Give

The past week has been all about balancing writing deadlines with kids' activities. Although my husband is home for the summer, I try to make it out to swimming lessons and soccer games whenever possible.

The combination of work to be done and a family home for the summer has resulted in simple, quick meals. Something's gotta give, I always say. We had potato gnocchi with homemade tomato sauce one night. Probably a green salad that I forgot to photograph too. We've been having lots of quick green salads.