Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentines Day Hustle! 

Valentines Day Hustle! 

If you are a mom of school age kiddos then you know all about the Valentine's day hustle! 

3 kids, 22-34 Valentines each? No problem... Kidding! This is one of those holidays where "the heat is on" so to speak in the world of Mom. Over the years this holiday has taken on a whole new meaning for Mom's... 

You sometimes get the feeling everyone is trying to out-do each other on cuteness and the actual kids are lost in the Pintresting. We are not trying to offend anyone, because you know what? Those Valentines you have worked so hard on are ADORABLE and you are bad ass Mama to get your craft-on!

But for the Mom's out there without the energy, time, interest or skills to blow everyone away we are here to tell you that is OK too! 

With my oldest being 10 years old this April, I have been through plenty of Valentine's day "insecurity melt-downs" over the years, like the year I decided to just order off Amazon and picked monster truck valentines that I discovered were Scratch & Sniff and smelled like burned rubber.... I cried the whole time I was filling them out... Seriously disgusting. I can laugh about it now... Kind of. 

We finally came to the realization that this day is about our kids appreciating and loving their friends... So we leave it up to them now. Just like when we were in Elementary school, we grab some pretty paper, some glue sticks, some markers and the ever important doilies and let them have at it! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Of course I cut out 99% of the hearts, because in the words of my son Ace... "Ain't nobody got time for that!" 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Messy writing, hand made drawings.... The only rule is the kids have to think of something nice to say about each of their classmates..... And boy, are those conversations fun! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Contrary to what it seems like on Instagram & Pinterest you don't have to be that perfectly perfect mom. The secret is, that no one is. It took 3 days for my kids to finish these damn Valentines! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

There was definitely some bribing, prompting, yelling and begging that took place and I will admit that because I am not a perfect mother. Nothing happens as easily as it looks. But were my kids all happy today as they went off to school with their Valentines? You know it! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Will my three boys learn that the most important thing to give someone they love on Valentine's day is their most sincere, heartfelt and loving sentiment? I hope so. (You're welcome future daughter's or son's-in-law!) 

 Love you kids, give them a chance to express who they are and how they feel and that is just perfect enough. 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Happy Valentine's weekend Mamas! Your work is done and now you can relax and feel good about every-little-thing you do for your kiddos... It does not go unnoticed. 

We see you Mama! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

XOXO-TWH




Smmmmmooooothh (ie)

If there is one thing I think we can all agree upon its yummy shakes... they are basically dessert that need no hands!  So when smoothies came on the scene in the form of Jamba Juice and Robecks our hearts were a flutter (ok, our stomachs).  I mean...a "healthy" smoothie??!  Oh wait..what?  They have 50-80 grams of sugar, frozen yogurt (thats dessert people...yogurt is filled with sugar and dairy is horrible for us, our skin, bodies, digestion, and especially the planet and cows) and 500-1500 calories?!?!?!   

So we curtailed our love for blended fruits and veggies for years until we realized... we are smarter and more awesome then just giving up... lets blend our own!   (and it doesn't hurt that we got a Vitamix and a Nutribullet Rx...makes it easier and faster)

Here are a few of our all time (and believe it or not our KIDS) favorite recipes!  Made with nothing artificial...nothing filled with the white devil ...aka sugar.  Just whole fruits, vegetables, nut butters and a few other incredible ingredients from this gorgeous planet we all love.  

The Greena Colada is hands down the most refreshing heathy smooovie we have ever had and its insanely filling.  We have lovingly adapted this recipe from the awesomely famous Punch Bowl bar... (you can order the Coco Special from the owner and he will serve one up to you) 

1 handfull of kale (frozen or fresh)

1/2 avocado

1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple

Coconut h2o

1/2 lime squeezed for the juice

*hint- we love to add hemp seeds and after workouts some rice protein powder)

Directions-  blend and watch your waistline shrink, your skin glow and your tummy be happy!

 

Breakfast in a glass smoothie- perfect for breakfast or after workout smoothie

1 frozen banana (if not frozen just add some ice to keep the drink cold)

1 cup non dairy milk-  we love almond, soy or coconut

2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter-  the kind you have to mix with no additives

1/4 oatmeal  (uncooked "flakes")

1 tablespoons of chia seeds (get at any market now!)

Directions-  blend away and enjoy your day!

 

Dessert all day smoothie

Take the Breakfast In A Glass smoothie from above,  add unsweetened cocoa powder (not hot chocolate :) )  and a date and if you have hemp seeds lying around (trader joes now sells them for a deal!...Blend and  voila!  You may never want a banana split again!  Ok you will but this is seriously rockin!

 

Rasberry Buuurre

Bye Bye sherbet...hello amazing!

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup  frozen strawberries & blueberries

1 banana 

1 1/2 cup coconut h20

1 scoop vanilla rice protein powder (or leave out for a summer refresher if you don't want protein)

And a couple we are dying to try!

Tumeric n' Mango

Avonanakale

Over the weekend our readers gave us a ton of great ideas for add ins and here is a list of our faves...

- Coconut Oil

- Cacao

-Maca

-LSA

-Tumeric

And a super cute printable for all things smoothie...

Your challenge is to make each one of these and let us know what you think!  

PS If you please, pass TWH on to the ones you like and love!  thanks!

xoxo

TWH