Bleary {mid}Morning Boost


Some mornings around here are, well, just lame. Nobody in this little family of mine are morning people. My two littles generally wake up around 8 or 8:30, sometimes later. And my six month old will sleep until then also. But when you put 4-6 nighttime feedings in the mix, a three year old’s bad dreams and a five year old’s leg aches, plus the occasional (wink, wink) snoring of my slumbering husband, THIS girl doesn’t generally get a very good nights sleep. When that 8am rolls around, it feels like I’ve just crawled into bed. So forgive me if I am not bright-eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of the sun rising and shining her bright rays through my window!

Henry usually clambers into my bed and yells, “MOM! WAKE UP! ITS MORNING TIME!!!”…as if this is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it is a good thing. Sometimes.

Which reminds me, I need to get blackout curtains. For my entire house.

This morning was one of these bleary mornings and I found myself in the kitchen fumbling around for something to boost my energies. I needed a bleary morning boost.
Time to break out a secret weapon! Hilary Flemming wrote a very similar post back in 2011. It is on this that I draw my motivation to sally forth through this day: armed with a Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie!

This is so so so good you guys. I hope you will whip it up on the mornings when you feel like you’ve just been sleep deprived tortured, like so many of us do. Fist pump for Parenthood!

And now, the recipe, (adapted from the one linked above):

Add the following to a sexy blender like a Vitamix or BlendTec or Ninja:

4 cups filtered H2O
5 pitted medjool dates (this type of date is much sweeter than others. If you want your smoothie sweeter, add 6, but start with 5.)1/3 cup raw hazelnuts

Blend those three ingredients on high until smooth and then add the following:

1 banana
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp flax seed meal
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp raw, unfiltered coconut oil
2 tbsp  raw Cacao nibs (the energy enhancing benefits of cocao, contrary to common belief, do not come from caffeine. In fact there is very little, to no caffeine in chocolate. Read this to learn the whole story. Paying particular attention to data point number 5.)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 tsp maca powder (optional. if you are not familiar with this powerful supplement, do your research. I found this page a good starting point. *it should be noted that you should not use this supplement if you take estrogen enhancing drugs due to certain types of cancer.*

Serve chilled. This recipe makes 1.5 quarts of boosting power! Whip it up and sip on it throughout your day or week.

As I type this I am already feeling my body wake up.  And I can face the day…now that its half over.

What is your go-to energy booster? I’d love to know what you do when an energy crisis hits!


Sailing Her Own Ship

When I walked into Talie’s room on Thursday morning, she was busy, knee deep in construction paper and tape.

“Mom, I wanna sell these.”

“What exactly are they?”

“Horns! And you can do anything with them!”

“What do you mean? Show me.”

She then demonstrated a lovely song tooted through the funnel shaped, taped, paper. Then this horn became a hat. And then a pirates spy-glass.

“See? Anything! And I want to sell them for $2.00 each!”

“You want to sell that piece of paper for $2.00?”

“Uh huh!”


It was all I could do to not tear her little plan down. Who would want to pay $2.00 for a simple little craft they could easily make on their own? It was exactly that thought that changed my mind about trying to talk her out of her plan.

Sheesh, I thought. I buy things from other people all the time! And most of of what I buy I could easily make on my own!

Luckily this five year old doesn’t yet have strong concept on the value of money. (except that she wants it!) So after helping her understand that a fair price for her product was probably about $0.25, we set up her shop and she hung her shingle. I posted a quick advertisement on Facebook, (there’s that Marketing 1010 put to good use), and off she went to sell her wares.

And can you believe it? She sold every single one of those Horns That You Can Do Anything With!


Who am I to stifle my children’s entrepreneurial gusto? Little ones have no fear. I see that they are unafraid of risk or failure. They are fueled by ideas. In their little minds, the steps to success are simple and straightforward. Ship landed. Boarded. Sailed. And she’s on it! Not only is she on it, she is at the helm!

Why do I make things so complicated? By the time I have my fears and motivations sorted, risks and benefits weighed, steps organized and the whole process more complicated, that ship has sailed! I’m left on the shore with my hands in the air wondering what happened.


This morning, I walked into Talie’s room and she was busy again. There on her floor are fourteen more Horns That You Can Do Anything With! Apparently demand is high and she doesn’t want to disappoint her customers.


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