Mar 27, 2015

10 things i'm grateful for

1. Bookshelves. We finally got a second bookshelf, and it is the most wondrous thing. Before, we lived amongst towers of books, books half read and flung carelessly over coffee tables, crammed onto any spare counter space, spilling from nightstands. Now, I can pull out the few that I am actually reading, and allow energy to pass unhindered through our home.

2. Coconut ice cream. Homemade from an ice cream maker. Who would have known how easy it is, and how decadent the results? I will be posting a recipe very soon! In the meantime, The Vegan Scoop says it all.

3. Air conditioning when summer in LA arrives in place of spring. Air conditioning is one of those things that I take for granted until it stops working. Ours stopped working on a couple of ninety something degree days. So we are grateful for the existence of sweet air-conditioning, and hoping it graces us with its working presence very very soon.

4. Coconut water on said hot days. Ideally straight out of the coconut with a straw (and don't get me started on the amazing things you can make out of a coconut! i.e. pudding, ice cream, decadent shakes), but the options for close to fresh tasting coconut water have come a really long way. Try Harmless Harvest if you want a bottled option.

5. Remember "The Little House on the Prairie" books? I'm re-reading them for the first time in twenty years or so, and they are just as magical as I remember. I love being transported back to a simpler time, when corn cobs made wonderful dolls, families sang together after dinner, and children were a vital and helping part of the family fabric.

6. My little one has become a singing machine. She will play the mini xylophone or piano while she runs through an endless repertoire, and it is amazing to see her love music so organically. She doesn't have the self judgment of an adult, and she belts out with gusto, knowing that her voice is perfect.

7. The connecting power of social media. There are times that I grumble about the constant "plugging in" that goes on in our society (when are we ever without our phones or computers?), but there is a balance in all things. I am beyond grateful for the amazing mamas I have met through Instagram, who have gone on to be my friends in person. We have playdates, we lift each other up when our days and nights are rough, and we are present for one another through moments of beauty as well as hardship.
Life is magical like that.

8. The power of simplifying. If you've never read the book "Simplicity Parenting", whether you are a parent or not, it is truly inspiring. I will write more about this in depth, as it has been a total game changer in our home and life.

9. Toddler wearing. Julie is two and a half years old, and she still loves to be carried. My arms have a hard time keeping up with this, as she is growing like crazy. Enter my beloved Sakura Bloom ring slings and Kinderpack.

10. Morning walks. Between moving and travel and sleep deprivation, walking was put on the back burner for a long time. I started up again today, and it was wonderful. It's such a great way to get to know your neighborhood, and there is something about those early morning hours that resets your body and mind in the best way possible.

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