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Enjoyed a gorgeous day with this wild, head-strong, spirited girl. We’ve had some days lately that have left me completely perplexed as to how to properly nurture the good and redirect the not-so-good. I see so many qualities in her that will serve her well throughout her life! But in a 3-year-old body they can sure make for some mind-melting days. Grateful for perspective, inspiration and sunshine to get us through. (at Marin Headlands)

Enjoyed a gorgeous day with this wild, head-strong, spirited girl. We’ve had some days lately that have left me completely perplexed as to how to properly nurture the good and redirect the not-so-good. I see so many qualities in her that will serve her well throughout her life! But in a 3-year-old body they can sure make for some mind-melting days. Grateful for perspective, inspiration and sunshine to get us through. (at Marin Headlands)

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sfgreengals:

3-GRAIN PORRIDGE 
So remember Malt-o-meal? Here’s a little homemade version that I got the idea from while lost in a hyperlinking vortex of instagramers with names like livegreenhealthy76 and mynourishingkitchen.
For this version I put equal parts cornmeal, oats and oat bran {because I’ve had a bag of it in my kitchen for months and months and have been trying to use it up} in my BlendTec and blitzed it into a fine powder.
Then I added 2 cups of water to 1 cup of my newly created dry mix and whisked it up on the stove until it thickened to my liking!
If i hadn’t just run out of almond milk I probably would have made it with that instead of water, for ultra creaminess. So instead I put a scoop of cashew cream that I really needed to use up, as well as a scoop of almond pulp that I saved from the last batch of almond milk. That gave it that added creaminess and protein {…also, fat. yum!}.
From there you have endless possibilities of add-ins {such as cinnamon vanilla pears, raisins, blueberries, pecans and a drizzle of honey, as pictured above}. Yum. Good winter breakfast {or dinner!}.

sfgreengals:

3-GRAIN PORRIDGE 

So remember Malt-o-meal? Here’s a little homemade version that I got the idea from while lost in a hyperlinking vortex of instagramers with names like livegreenhealthy76 and mynourishingkitchen.

For this version I put equal parts cornmeal, oats and oat bran {because I’ve had a bag of it in my kitchen for months and months and have been trying to use it up} in my BlendTec and blitzed it into a fine powder.

Then I added 2 cups of water to 1 cup of my newly created dry mix and whisked it up on the stove until it thickened to my liking!

If i hadn’t just run out of almond milk I probably would have made it with that instead of water, for ultra creaminess. So instead I put a scoop of cashew cream that I really needed to use up, as well as a scoop of almond pulp that I saved from the last batch of almond milk. That gave it that added creaminess and protein {…also, fat. yum!}.

From there you have endless possibilities of add-ins {such as cinnamon vanilla pears, raisins, blueberries, pecans and a drizzle of honey, as pictured above}. Yum. Good winter breakfast {or dinner!}.

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So! One of our recent interests as of late has been clean cooking and eating. Back in October McKay and I decided to make some changes in our eating habits and have lost around 45 lbs between us.  

Near the end of our stay in Brazil I watched this documentary that really got me thinking about how I view food in general. I used to be a lot more dismissive and even juvenile in my approach to nutrition. I’ll eat what I want because I want to. But that film, along with the changes we’d made living in a country with much much less processed food {and the recent addition of our BlendTec to the family} got me started on a path.

And I was honestly a little scared at first. It was one of those things that I felt really inspired by, but I was worried that it would be a passing fad that wouldn’t really stick. I remember talking to McKay over the phone about some of my thoughts and him proposing some agreement about giving up bacon if I wouldn’t have so many sweets lying around the house! 

In the past year we’ve definitely still eaten our share of bacon and sweets, but our lifestyle has changed and it’s been really exciting and gratifying to see — and feel — the difference.

Living in San Francisco is kind of the perfect storm of a super hippie, grass-fed, granola, local farmers, dino-kale-loving atmosphere meets haute-cuisine, gourmet burgers, bacon and bi-rite and bakeries, oh my! So there’s all the specialty whole foods you could dream of, available for purchase around the corner, along with some of the best ice cream and pork belly on the planet. But, we’re figuring out how to strike a balance.

And, I’ll be running my first half marathon next Saturday. 

PS- I’m blogging some favorite new recipes with some friends over at sfgreengals.tumblr.com. I’ll probs reblog some of them here, too. Saude!  

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A pre-schooler is a lot like a kite. Full of fun and energy and potential. Longing to soar free, but by necessity, tethered to someone more experienced. someone who ultimately makes that flight possible. Together, they share moments of exhilaration and discovery, quickly followed by plunging nose-dives and careful, tedious string-winding. Lots of hard work and patience for those moments of flight. Grateful for fellow kite-fliers to share the journey with! @billejanette  (at Crissy Field)

A pre-schooler is a lot like a kite. Full of fun and energy and potential. Longing to soar free, but by necessity, tethered to someone more experienced. someone who ultimately makes that flight possible. Together, they share moments of exhilaration and discovery, quickly followed by plunging nose-dives and careful, tedious string-winding. Lots of hard work and patience for those moments of flight. Grateful for fellow kite-fliers to share the journey with! @billejanette (at Crissy Field)

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FAVORITES LATELY…

-Playgrounds! San Francisco has so many amazing parks and playgrounds that we’ve been exploring. Gloomy weather and coughs have put us in kind of a park rut, but we did go to newly renovated Lafayette park last week which we loved!
-The Ice Cream Bar. Still obsessed with this old-timey ice cream shop. The vintage soda fountain, house-brewed concoctions, and daily-made ice cream have captured our hearts and make living a block away a pleasure (and a health/financial hazard as well…)!
-Beautiful views of that SF bridge! Still taking routine drives around the city while the babes nap in the car. I’ve fallen for the Marin Headlands and love taking in the view on sunny afternoons.
-The carousel at Golden Gate Park. We recently discovered this new favorite attraction which serves as a good bribery tool, as well as a good time.
-Burgermeister. So it turns out that some of SF’s best burgers, fries and shakes are all under one roof that is about 50 yards from our house. More hazards.

In other news, I feel so conflicted and directionless with this blog right now. Something about living in Brazil made me a really consistent blogger. And even though we’re living in one of the coolest cities anywhere, I’m just not feeling the writing juices flowing. I think it has a little to do with so many articles floating around various social media in recent months (how we choose to filter and present ourselves online). I LOVE Instagram. And I love my blog (which is my journal/scrapbook) but I’m kind of in the middle of figuring out my direction with this little platform. You know?

Stay tuned

And keep up with our daily happenings on Instagram! {@thingsdaily}

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FOUR

Four years ago {tomorrow} McKay and I tied the knot. Four years. 

It feels like a lifetime ago, and yet it feels like we’re babies still. Babies with babies. 

In four years we’ve lived in two countries, three states, four cities, a basement, a high-rise, a house that we bought, and an apartment twice the price of the aforementioned mortgage payment.

We’ve had two kids, three startups and too many adventures to count.

Between the two of us we’ve Instagramed 2,225 photos, been to seven countries and spent truckloads of money on sushi.

It’s been a pretty eventful four years! Moving and living abroad {oh, and then moving back to the states to start a brand new business} has really brought us together. And although we are just starting out on this marriage journey, it feels as if we’re old, seasoned friends. 

I love you, McKay. Happy Anniversary!

{can’t get enough Thomas Anniversary love? Click here for years three, two and one}

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Right now I’m enjoying a last-minute, super quick visit in Utah with my family and long-time friend, Michelle. Tonight as I tiptoed into my brother’s room where Leandro and I are sleeping, I looked at my sweet little guy in the soft blue glow of my cell phone and felt my heart melt into a puddle and swell with love at the same time. His little chest rising and falling with sleepy, baby breaths. His fists gently balled up, arms up by his head, one of the few remaining newborn-baby-esque features about him. His little eyes and nose and mouth perfectly small and still and his head cushioned by my mom’s homemade quilt, stolen from the foot of her bed. 

Amid all the mayhem and minutia of motherhood- the dishes and the cooking and the budgeting and the messes and the meltdowns and the sleep debt- at the end of the day when their sleeping bodies rest, calm and still at last, it seems as if life can’t get much sweeter.

Right now I’m enjoying a last-minute, super quick visit in Utah with my family and long-time friend, Michelle. Tonight as I tiptoed into my brother’s room where Leandro and I are sleeping, I looked at my sweet little guy in the soft blue glow of my cell phone and felt my heart melt into a puddle and swell with love at the same time. His little chest rising and falling with sleepy, baby breaths. His fists gently balled up, arms up by his head, one of the few remaining newborn-baby-esque features about him. His little eyes and nose and mouth perfectly small and still and his head cushioned by my mom’s homemade quilt, stolen from the foot of her bed.

Amid all the mayhem and minutia of motherhood- the dishes and the cooking and the budgeting and the messes and the meltdowns and the sleep debt- at the end of the day when their sleeping bodies rest, calm and still at last, it seems as if life can’t get much sweeter.

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Hello, old friend. 

It’s me.

And I feel ready to get back on the blogging horse again. I actually really love this blog. And I’m so glad I blogged so often in Brazil. It’s already such a pleasure looking back on so many memories. Good ones and crazy ones and ones that I’m glad are behind me. I’m excited to get recording the adventures of our lives here in San Francisco. We are already so smitten with this city and say to each other- at least weekly- something along these lines “can you believe we actually get to live here?!” We truly feel blessed to be here.

Over the past two months we’ve been settling into our apartment, doing some exploring and making new friends. McKay’s business endeavors are going well. He’s getting tired of fundraising and recruiting but has made some good strides in these departments and is hoping to be able to focus more on building his app within the next few weeks. 

The kids and I are doing great. It’s nice to be settled into our own place again, speaking English all the time and enjoying pleasant weather and great food and a vast spectrum of people.

There are more playgrounds than we know what to do with here.

There are too many parking rules {we’ve learned most of them the hard way}.

There is a really good ice cream shop just down the street.

We love our ward.

We are feeling so at home and at peace here. We know it is exactly where we should be right now. It’s interesting, I was expecting to miss Brazil more. And it’s not that I didn’t absolutely love living there, because I did. I definitely miss the people we came to love there. And I have such fond memories of the weekly farmer’s market and beach trips and friends and food. But this is home now. We came here with big dreams and open arms and have been embraced right back.

We love you, SF. Here’s to another chapter!

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Having a reflective evening tonight with @mckaythomas. Thinking through the highs and lows and adventures and struggles and blessings of the past few years. So much to be grateful for. So much to learn from. So much hope for the future. #sfchapter  (at de Young Museum)

Having a reflective evening tonight with @mckaythomas. Thinking through the highs and lows and adventures and struggles and blessings of the past few years. So much to be grateful for. So much to learn from. So much hope for the future. #sfchapter (at de Young Museum)

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THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

Since moving to SF we’ve been picking up where we left off with some of our best friends from our newlywed days in Provo who also moved to San Francisco a couple years ago. 

The other night we were desperate for a sweet treat and our go-to ice cream spot was closed. So I dusted off my mom’s trusty cookie recipe and remembered why my childhood was so good.

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We’ve been on a bit of a chocolate chip cookie stint since then, and because something this good really deserves to be shared {and I’m not exactly over-posting over here right now}, I give you, the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever need. This recipe makes about a billion cookies, so I usually half, or even third it. But if you mean business, just follow it as is.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. butter (2 cups) softened
1.5 C sugar
2 C brown sugar
3 eggs
2 Tb vanilla
6 C flour 
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking soda
chocolate chips 

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix together 1 lb. butter (2 cups) softened, 1.5 C sugar, 2 C brown sugar, 3 eggs, 2 Tb vanilla

Add 6 C flour, 5 t salt, 5 t baking soda, chocolate chips

Bake at 350° for 8-10 mins