The Healthier Hot Chocolate


Nothing says the Holiday's like a cup of hot chocolate. I seriously love the nostalgia of having one, but I don't miss the unnecessary ingredients I remember consuming as a kid.

The ingredients typically looked like this:

Ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor. Contains milk.

No thanks!

Now that I know how easy it is to find healthier brands these days and how easily you could just make your own, I no longer to resort to the bad stuff.

Below are my two favorite healthy ways to enjoy hot chocolate. Both free of dairy, low in sugar, and extra tasty.


Slowing Down


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am currently sitting on the couch with a cozy blanket while the food is in the oven and the rain is pouring down outside. Parker is next to me, getting a head start on Christmas by watching Tigger and Pooh Christmas episodes.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time slowing down and off of the internet, so I apologize if I haven't been posting as much. I've actually become a little obsessed with the idea of slowing down, particularly because the more I do so, the more I'm realizing how badly I needed it.

Between work emails 24/7, blog posts, social media, and the moments where I'm just trying to cross things off my to-do list rather than be present... it is just so dang easy to get distracted these days. It feels like this constant state of overdrive. We live in a world now where it is so easy to get wrapped up in material and digital things, rather than moments and tangible experiences. We've lost site of the things right in front of us, only to look at things through a screen...

A Weekend Away: The Oregon Coast


Last week Tyson and I, along with my sister and her fiance, all stayed at the cutest little house in Arch Cape. The weather forecast was rainy and stormy, so we packed the car up with board games, blankets and some good books. If you haven't been to the Oregon coast in stormy weather, I highly suggest it!

We bundled up in the house, listened to music, played games, made some fancy cheese plates, and lit one of my sisters candles. Her "earthly dwellings" candle was a perfect fit to our night. And naturally, when you are in such a cute house, you take photos of everything. Like candles and dogs and such...

Road Trip (Part Two): Park City and Boise


I'm almost in tears just writing this, because honestly- as I recap our road trip, I keep thinking about how the best part of it all was having so much time with Parker. This was the first solid chunk of time I've been able to spend with him since I was on my (very short) maternity leave. I had two weeks straight (TWO STRAIGHT!) with him. Full days! And it was heaven. He's honestly just so much fun and I've never loved something so dang much in my entire life. I don't know how else to describe it, but I'm going to wipe my tears now and pull myself together (hashtag momlife?).

Okay, okay, back to the road trip...

Thanks to a cooperating kiddo, we decided that rather than driving up back up the California route, we'd drive up through Nevada, Utah, Boise and then back to home Portland. Whew!