7 & a Half Weeks (doesn't leave a great deal of time)

It’s coming up so fast!

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I mean really, guys. In less time than it takes to for your roots to command a re-dye, there will be a new little person in Pie Town. What’s cool is that apart from really nasty heartburn (randomly, regardless of what I eat), this has been such an easy process. I feel very fortunate that my first go-round has gone so swimmingly. (Maybe it will make it easier to convince the Mr. when it’s time for round 2).

First Prediction:
I think it will be a boy. Just have that feeling.

Also it will be funny to see how huge-normous I get, given that I still have nearly 8 weeks left and I’m already pushing outward quite a bit.

Thoughts? Start up a conversation below!

Sustainable & Chic...Wool Sweaters. (no joke)

You could be fashionable, warm and eco-conscious all in one sweater.

No, really.

Meet
Wool and the Gang

We have seen a few frosty mornings this fall already, so the sweaters are coming out of the shadows and back into my style rotation. As always this time of year, I have my eye on a few new pieces too:


Ease into the season with a scarf-sleeve hybrid for the not-quite coat-weather days (or an extra partial layer on the frigid days)


Maybe a nice wrap for coldish mornings, when you’re just running to the mailbox.


Try a Warm Berry Cape for a cozy cover.


Make it a sweater dress for good measure.


Make a statement with a custom phrase on your fleece.

 

Wool and the Gang

 

See? We’re warming up already!

How do you stay warm despite the wind, snow, or chilly A/C?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

xoxo,

Kait

Yum: Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fun fact: I have a serious sweet tooth and a powerful snacking urge. My go-to? Chocolate chip cookies. In fact, I’ve had this one particular Mrs. Fields’ recipe memorized since I was eight years old (no joke). However, you can’t always make the same thing over and over, or it won’t be special anymore. So I opted for a quick and easy use for the unusually large amount of almond butter I recently acquired satisfyingly snack-y alternative cookie.

In my search, I came upon this recipe for flourless chocolate chip cookies (technically chunk, but whatever, they both work).

Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies sans sea salt

You should really try these. They’re freaking delicious.

I switched it up, made mine with brown sugar for a little more crisp, and sprinkled it with sugar because I don’t really like a strong sweet/salty combo (except in my salted caramel lattes, of course!). I meant to share them with my husband, but I basically ate them all instantly. Oops.

While you’re over at Ambitious Kitchen snatching up all of her recipes (dude, those enchiladas are up next!), you’ll want to thank Monique for this successful experiment!

Now, excuse me, I think I need more cookies.

xoxo,

Kait

Music to my Ears: John Mark Nelson

John Mark Nelson:

Minnesota native, younger than me. Voice like a lullaby.

Enjoy.

Pssssst, if you can’t see anything,

either you can’t see iframes with your current setup, or you haven’t joined Spotify yet.

 

Want more? I thought you might.
// Listen to more John Mark Nelson HERE //

What’s your soothing chill-out music?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

xoxo,

Kait

Dude. You can eat the peanut shell.

Seriously, how did I not know this was a thing? — Did you know this was a thing?

So you know, there is basically no nutritional value to eating peanut shells, just salty goodness and a little bit of dietary fiber, but you’re good to eat them if you want!

Just not too many, or they’ll get stuck in your intestinal tract.

Also, watch out for pesticide poisoning.

And if you crave too many, you may actually have a serious eating disorder.

 

So, maybe you can eat peanut shells. At your own risk. For basically no good reason.

via Livestrong // Peanut photo by SugarLumpsDesign

 

Would you eat the peanut shell?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

xoxo,

Kait

The Best Tea in the Silicon Valley

So, I’m a startup junkie.

I don’t know when it happened - maybe it was finally watching (and actually really enjoying) The Social Network. Maybe it was the neat opportunities I’ve come by to dig into grunt work for growing companies (and the fact that I currently work for an uberly successful startup). Maybe it’s just the perfect melding of my love for novel ideas, indie culture, supporting the underdog, my incessant digging around the interwebs, and the instant gratification of having a thing already made (and done well to boot).

I’m also (as you well know) an on-again off-again coffee and/or tea addict (depending on the day, my mood and the weather).

Which is what makes such an exciting find.

They are an “e-tailer”, which means you can buy their goods, but you can’t walk into their store — it’s only available online, but they also offer noice Coffee & Tea Subscription Plans at Pooki’s Mahi for anyone like me who a) loves getting packages in the mail and b) routinely forgets to buy essentials before they run out.

Flipping through their online catalog, I found a few standout gems:

  1. Award-Winning Banana Cocoa Blossom Tea - which they mention “can be enjoyed as a hot cuppa chillaxation” (and I’m thinking with a piece of peanut butter toast for a delicious lazy breakfast).
    Banana Cocoa Blossom
  2. LION 100% Kona 24-Karat Light Medium Roast Whole Bean - guaranteed to have you dancing (one imagines for joy at its wonderful wonderfulness). Have you had quality Kona coffee? Try it and you’ll understand.
    Kona Coffee

  3. Pooki’s Mahi Gourmet White Truffle Salt - because I like to be fancy sometimes and caviar is gross.

Fancy White Truffle Salt

While I may grumble a bit that they don’t have any cool giant images of tea blends in perfect piles or delightful steaming mugs of coffee, I can certainly appreciate their attention to only the best ingredients (click through a few products and check — mostly organic!), a pay-it-forward responsible business mindset, and just a hint of lux in their growing list of celebrity fans (who choose this when they can go find it anywhere, so I like what that says about this Market Street marketplace.

In their Twitter bio (@PookisMahi) they pose the question,

“Why not drink the very best?”

And frankly, I see no reason not to.
Plus, did I mention Free Shipping to the Lower 48 ? Yes, please!

You may need to pee every 15 minutes for the rest of your life, but you’ll do so with only the best liquids in your system.

 

So try it, then report back in the comments:

What do you think of Pooki’s Mahi?

 

xoxo,

Kait

This is the Magic Formula for Happiness.

You need two things in this world to find happiness.

Not money.

Not fame.

Not food.

Not luck.

Not sex, drugs or rock-n-roll.

Not marriage.

Not puppies.

Not otters (though they come close).

These aren’t all bad things, necessarily. They just won’t make you happy, not by themselves.

Can you guess? What two things do you need?

(I’ll give you a hint. You can haz anytime and it’s not a cheezburger).

Love is all you need

Family

Laughter

Cake Helps

Thank you God for this food and this life

LOVE & PURPOSE

Get this man to Heaven. That is my purpose.

Oh you know, and he is the love of my life. That helps. :) Amazing photography by Tim & Madie btw.

Simple, right? Certainly.
But simple doesn’t make it easy. We are complex creatures. We don’t always get it. We don’t know what we are doing.
Don’t be discouraged. These things are attainable. Do not let your heart be troubled.

Try hard to love selflessly, and know that you will be loved. In fact, you already are.

1 John 4:19 - We love, because he first loved us.

Try hard not to be overwhelmed - you do not need to do and be everything. You can’t.
Settle quietly into your heart and soul and your purpose will surface. Let other things be someone else’s purpose.

Light the fire and let it burn beautifully. Invite others to warm themselves in the glow of your purpose and take a spark to light their own path. Love not because you expect love in return but because we were loved into existence and in loving someone else, you are sharing in that gift. Love someone else because that is what they need to be truly happy.

In related news, as you’ve probably surmised by now, my man and I were recently married. Waxing more on this thought, I think that’s what I love about legit heartfelt Catholic weddings. It’s not the trappings or the cupcakes (though they are quite delicious), but it’s the whole beautiful thing. It’s the small snippet of each of these disparate lives, coming together to celebrate the union of two into one, a promise of everlasting devotion and special graces from God.

My husband, my family. They help me find my purpose. They show me love. This wasn’t a party. This was a celebration of a new life as one. Forever. No matter where our journey takes us, our purpose will be intertwined. This was also a coming together of our extended family, to say thank you, to say, I’m glad you’re with me. Which is not to say that you can only find happiness the way that I did. That’s not it at all.

Find that fire. Something that makes you get out of bed grinning deep down in your soul (even if you wake up grumpy and frowny-faced).
Spread the love. Everyone deserves to be loved and you can give that to them.

I don’t know what your journey or your life will look like, but you can be happy in the deepest most fully alive sense of the word.

Go find your happiness.