Today was pretty awesome. I've been struggling a little this year with my true purpose. I know the things I'm good at. I know the things that I'm passionate about. I know the things that bring me joy. I know the things that entertain me. & then I know the path that can help others. Finding a way to blend, mix, merge and choose forks in my road is what trips me up sometimes.
I've been praying a lot lately on God's plan for me. And as an imperfect person of this world, sometimes I get impatient. Or I feel like I'm not measuring up. But then I dive back into the word, and I swim in his grace, and His love for us, and I remember, that I'm not called to be perfect.....
Mr. Charming and I are embarking at our third go at the Whole 30. I haven't been feeling well lately and I know it's because I wasn't full Paleo after the holidays. But I am happy to announce that I am grain and sugar-free & if you've noticed the changes on Nosh & Nurture, you'll notice it is too! I've felt for a while that I've needed to completely remove these things from my diet based on what I believe to be good & healthy for our bodies, and felt that if I was going to hold those who trust me for my advice accountable for their food decisions, the first person I would need to talk to and feed well on a consistent, daily basis is the girl in the mirror... read more of this post by clicking the link below...
This idea of "doing it all" can be damn hard sometimes. Am I right ladies? My whole life I dreamed that one day I would be the ideal wife. The Proverbs 31 wife we all strive to be. Cooking all the meals, taking care of the house and the future littles. Sweeping & singing, cooking & cleaning and all the while caring for my husband and going above and beyond like I did when we first started dating.
But that's not the only dream I had...
Today is the International Day Of Happiness and it has me reflecting on my own personal journey with what "happiness" is to me. As someone who always strived for "perfection", I use to shortchange myself on the happiness meter. I was of the mind-set, "when I have all my ducks in a row, I can be happy." When I get that vacation... I'll be happy. When I produce my next album... I'll be happy. When I finally meet the right guy... I'll be happy. When I can remodel my place... I'll be happy.
This is toxic. And it starves you of true, real, pure, joy.
Hosting a cookie bake-off blog event, contributing to numerous St. Patrick's Day blog link ups and launching a brand new website design all in the same weekend... probably not the best set of activities to lump into one weekend & I don't think I've gone to bed before 2am for the past four days...
But, you know what? It was totally worth it. This weekend has filled me up so completely with community, love, laughter and delicious treats! On Saturday I invited fellow friends & bloggers to take on six gluten-free, dairy-free cookie recipes with me. I've been wanting to try new ones so that I can have an arsenal of go-to favorites and thought "what better way to try them than to mix it with quality girl time?"
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I'm going to apologize in advance for how many images are going to be in this post.
1. My niece turned four.
2. It was a 'Frozen' Themed party and my sister worked super-hard to get all the details right (and they were SO cute.)
3. We had our very own Elsa. (Thanks to my niece Amber who is a professional party princess and cos-player and who will be working at Disneyland as of August 2015 *sqeeeee*)
4. I served up gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free food.
5. It was my first event where Mr. Charming let me take the full reigns on being the photographer.
Yep, I photographed my first event with a big girl camera! Haha. My sister hosted this years party at her place and kept it small. My niece usually has a huge blow-out, invite all 60 members of family and friends and play in the park until the kids are exhausted kind of party, but little P wanted something small for her party this year and just simply requested it be Frozen themed.
And so Frozen-themed is what she got.
My sister worked so hard to get so many details in and the place looked amazing. Braided streamers, life size posters of Ana and Elsa to pose with and Frozen Ice Blue punch were among some of the best little additions. We even played Pin The Carrot Nose on Olaf and the four year old beat us all. Ok, so, she may have peeked, but it was her birthday, she is four, and was totally allowed to be a Princess for the day, so who are we, her subjects, to say anything to her? ;)
Words cannot describe how much I adore this child's personality and spirit. She has so much love and vibrancy packed into her tiny little self that it amazes me to just watch her talk and play and imagine. We played Barbies, since that was her primary gift request this year, and it was like being transported back to the 90's when my sister and I would play. She is a spitting image of my sister at that age and sometimes it's a little trippy to think she's my sisters little mini me. And just how very fast time flies. Sometimes I just want to grasp these little pockets of time, these fleeting little memories and moments and hold on to them a little longer than they really last.
For lunch I had cooked up some homemade BBQ pulled pork in my crock pot using my favorite BBQ sauce in the whole wide world, and covered toasty gluten-free and grain-free Mikey Muffins in the mixture and they were stuff-your-face AMAZING. I served them with grapes, apple slices and fresh slices of avocado. All kid-friendly little finger foods, making for a perfect party menu. My sister rocked it out with the fruit platter appetizer and gluten-free chips and salsa.
When Elsa arrived little P was a little shy at first, but once they started playing with accessories and the new Barbie's, Elsa became her best friend. My niece performed 4 songs for us all, (I think we all may have enjoyed that more than P, she can sing her face off), and was so wonderful with her, playing and helping her open all of her new toys and posing for photos.
It took P a while to open up to let Elsa get too close, but once they bonded there was no letting go and some of the photos I was able to capture, captured my heart as well. Below is my favorite shot from the whole day. Princess P crowning Queen Elsa.
Heart. Melting. Overload. Happy Birthday little one. Love you more than words.
Welcome! My name is Mandi & I hope you stay in this happy little space a while. I'm a Christian, a wife to my Mr. Charming, mama to baby Greyson, healthy food-lover, traveler, professional journalist and Personal Nutritionist who hopes to inspire others with my story...
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