Friday Fun + Food for Thought

Summer Fun Inspiration on Maison Everett Blog
Happy Friday! We’ve been in Nashville all week while Greg is back home studying away (he takes the bar in under two weeks…so close to being completely finished with law school)! I’ve taken advantage of a babysitter and spent as much time possible creating new ideas for Maison Everett Shop and working on our adoption paperwork. The paperwork is no joke, but I really don’t mind it at all. In some way, I feel like it reminds me that we are excepting. I may not be pregnant, but we may have a baby in the next 9 months. That’s crazy! So anything that helps get me into that mindset I gladly welcome…be it paperwork, or name books;) Anyway, what are your plans for the weekend? Whatever you and your crew are up to, I hope it’s a good one! 

Food for Thought to Explore over the Weekend: 
Incredible story of a Jewish man who fled Nazis and now helping Christians flee ISIS

writing assignment that could change your life

Are you a coffee drinker? Good news for you! 

12 Empowering Children’s Books
 for Little Girl’s Bookshelves

Can’t afford organic all the time? Consider focusing on the Dirty Dozen: here’s the list for 2015 

“Sprinkle a little nonsense into the work you do.”

Have a Toddler? Some insight into the tantrums they throw

On Planned Parenthood, Mother and Child, and Justice for All

And lastly, how gorgeous are the colors in those images above? They are so rich and full of life, so naturally they inspire me and I wanted to share. Credits:  top, leftright

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Healthy Summer Party Treats

This past weekend we celebrated Remy’s 3rd birthday! It was the first year that he really understood, which made it all the more fun to celebrate our sweet boy. We had a small party for him with close friends on Saturday afternoon. We had cake + ice cream (of course!), and since it’s peach + tomato season, I made my favorite peach salsa along with some other treats for our guests to enjoy. I created a round up of healthy & delicious treats to help me decide what to make…
Healthy Summer Party Treats
You can find links to all the yummy ideas in the post I shared for Super Healthy Kids. If you have a summer birthday or celebration coming up, you may want to go check it out! 

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Friday Fun + Food for Thought

It’s hard to believe it is already July. I hope your week was a good one. Did you hear the news about the ‘unlikely ballerina’ Misty Copeland becoming the first African American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre? I can’t stop reading interviews and learning more about her story. She’s an inspiration to us all! 

What are your July 4th plans? We are going to a neighborhood parade and playing outside as much as possible. I’ll also be gathering ideas for Remy’s birthday party that is next weekend! I can hardly believe he’ll be 3 in a few days. Last year on his actual birthday, we made pancakes for breakfast, and then I snuck balloons in over his crib during nap-time…
Birthday Traditions on Maison Everett Blog Birthday Traditions on Maison Everett Blog
I’m planning to do the same again this year! I like the idea of making these our birthday traditions. Do you have anything special you do for your little ones on their birthdays?

Food for Thought to Explore over the Weekend: 
My favorite interview about Copeland, her upbringing & how she got to where she is as a dancer.

Make this cake for the 4th! 

A psychological trick that could help you stop procrastinating? Sign me up, please!

The sweetest story of childhood sweethearts married for 75 years who died in each other’s arms.

This made me think twice about why I post on social media.

And, finally, everything you wanted to know about gardening in the form of diagrams.

Enjoy the weekend, Holly

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Summer Pops with Seasonal Produce

Sweet summertime. There are so many reasons to love you. Yes, it is hot. But the weather is perfect for enabling some of our favorite foods to grow. And because it is hot, we crave frozen treats, which can be a great way to enjoy all that summer produce!  Remy is finally old enough to get excited about homemade pops, and oh how he loves them. He wakes up asking if he can have one! Making your own popsicles is easy and fun, and it’s a perfect activity for little hands to help. Here is a round-up of summer pops using seasonal produce + minimal ingredients that all sound absolutely delicious: 
Summer Pops made with Seasonal Produce

Pictured clockwise from top left: 
Frozen Strawberry Bars
Cucumber, Apple, Mint & Lime Pops
Vanilla Peach Pops
Honeydew Mint Ice Pops
Balsamic Roasted Cherry + Mascarpone Popsicles
Blueberry Lime Froyo Pops

Not pictured, but sound equally delicious:
Watermelon Lime Hibiscus Fruit Ice Pops
Dairy Free Strawberry Banana Pops
Cucumber Agave Mint Pops (sub honey for the agave) 
Jamie Oliver’s Yogurt Pops (sub whole fat for non-fat yogurt; we’re all about whole foods over here!)

Aren’t they all beautiful? I love the colors and those combinations sound scrumpitous! If you don’t have any pop molds, we picked up these from WholeFoods but these also have great reviews, and you can use the traditional wooden sticks to make yours homemade pops. Have fun!

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Friday Fun + Food for Thought

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had a good week. A friend of mine sent this video to our friend crew earlier in the week, and we all loved it! What do you think? Which decade is your favorite? I want the jumper from the 70s to wear everyday!

What are you up to this weekend? We don’t have any crazy plans other than getting a few plants in the garden outside. I was completely inspired on a recent trip to New Orleans when I saw this gorgeous balcony overflowing with potted plants… 
Potted Plant Garden Inspiration on Maison Everett Blog
Honestly, I’ve been debating whether or not to begin a garden at our new home. I’m somewhat exhausted with starting a garden only to have to leave it a couple of years later. But then…that gorgeous balcony! And pots that are transportable. What a simple, yet brilliant idea. My plan is to start small and hopefully build a little potted garden full of herbs, flowers (edible + beautiful), and veggies as the seasons allow. Have you had any luck with potted gardens? Let me know!

Food for Thought to Explore over the Weekend: 
She grows it, he cooks it.

We hear so much about simple living these days. What are your thoughts on celebrating the art of clutter?

Healthy eating habits for kids + why they support better health

A Summer Cottage in Sweden that I love (& happen to know the owner who is equally as lovely). 

Vera Wang, on When to Walk Away

And lastly, I pin lots of gorgeous images and inspiration In The Garden. If you have a board for the garden as well, please share your link in the comments below! 

Enjoy the weekend, Holly

video credit: A Stitch in Time: Style Through the Years by Glam Editor at Mode

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