Recently, I’ve been feeling sort of stuck. Stuck financially, emotionally and physically. I know I mentioned before the changes that were happening but failed to mention what those particular changes were. Well one of those changes is my husband’s business recently took a really hard hit. So hard that we are both currently looking for work outside of the business we own, Mothers Organic. This is particularly hard for me because although I own and operate Mothers Organic before that I am a stay at home mother. Mothers Organic has a really small team. About 5 employees which 2 of them are my husband and I. So this change of looking for work has been a little hard. Luckily, I have made some amazing connections in the baby/mama world and have had a few interviews and promising career moves mapped out for me. In the meantime in between interviews, applications and the overall navigation through this thing called life’s changes, we’ve been trying to get out a little more to change the scenery of things.
“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.”
Recently I had the pleasure of eating at Kitchen Mouse L.A. with a couple of friends during a work function. A M A Z I N G in every capital, bold and italic expression possible!!! For those that aren’t yet familiar Kitchen Mouse started almost 4 years ago as a small catering business in owner Erica Daking’s home kitchen, cooking for friends and private dinners. Soon, word got out of Erica’s modern spin of gluten free, vegan food that not only invited the health conscious to enjoy, but everyone else too. Her plant-based, farmer’s market food booms with California flavor and drew such a crowd that it grew out of her house and into something much bigger. Kitchen Mouse Cafe opened up its doors in May of 2014 in Highland Park.
So let’s start with decor. Natural, boho, chic and organic is the terms I would use to describe the overall feel of this cafe. It’s actually quite big unlike most L.A. cafes. We had no problem finding seating! So next lets discuss the menu. There are tons of great options which all are fresh and healthy. Just enough options so that you don’t feel overly anxious trying to decide between pages and pages of options. I went with the breakfast sandwich. Seriously, unbelievably delicious. Full of flavors both spicy, fresh, warm, cold and hearty. Also, let me mention this was no small sandwich, there portions are huge! Overall, I give Kitchen Mouse a HUGE 10!!! The customer service was amazing, the food was BEYOND my expectations and the feel of the cafe was comfortable and cozy. Definitely will be back for more.
Baking sweet treats is one of my favorite things to do with the kids during the holiday season. From cookies to cakes to these easy to make treats, it definitely helps to keep the holiday season sweet. These treats are a fun way to get your children in the kitchen without the real need of baking. Hope you enjoy!!!
With New Years right around the corner I’ve been racking my brain for resolutions. Every year around this time I try to think of ways to incorporate small healthy changes into my families daily routine. This year I want to focus on our eating habits. We recently made the switch to home cooked meals provided by Blue Apron and I absolutely love the results so far. Home cooked dinners about 4-5 times a week, which is a huge improvement for us. With that said now I want to start focusing on my children’s snacks. Although I LOVE Annie’s organic snacks they have cost me a small fortune. With three small children who all love to snack around the hour, I knew I needed to figure out a way to make + bake my own treats. So first on the list is… Organic Fruit Leathers.
We are beyond thrilled to announce our re-launch and what better way to kick it off than with the beautiful Amanda Watters. Amanda Watters, better known as @mamawatters is our first feature within our newest Mama Muse category. Being that Kelly McKnight, co-founder of Mothers Organic is a mama herself, we particularly want to spotlight other mamas that influence us. Whether that influence is through their parenting style, choice of products or their entrepreneurial attitudes we are over the moon that we get the opportunity to start featuring some amazing women here. Within this category we’ll also give each mama the chance to share their 10 Top Items from our store. This will allow you an insight to what products are current favorites of each Mama Muse. With that said let’s welcome Amanda Watters as our November Mama Muse. Below Amanda will share her philosophy on Motherhood and why it’s important for her to remain “picky” when choosing products for her family.
My beauty routine is ever evolving. It started off in my teenage years with Neutrogena then to overly priced “magazine worthy” facial scrubs in my twenties now to my current favorites of natural, inexpensive and simple products in my thirties. These days I’m all about the simple and natural option. Although I have a few more items I use daily these are the ones I feel are the most underrated but highly respected items in my cabinet.
One of the best decisions we’ve made has been to homeschool our three littles. With that said I’m always on the hunt for a good educational outing. Whether it’s planned during our “normal” weekly schedule or it’s during a vacation, I think you can find fun and exciting ways to teach your kids locally. As many of you already know, we are huge on visiting museums and discovery centers. I will travel miles and miles to find one that sparks interest for my children. So imagine how excited I was to learn about The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert.
Routine isn’t something we are extremely big on. Let me take that back. We have a schedule and a routine but it’s not typical. We are what you call, “go with the flow type of parents” meaning whatever works for us is how we parent. We have been this way since the beginning of our parenting journey. We always felt the more relaxed we are, the more we enjoy each other. Although we don’t have many rules or routines we do have a few guidelines we try and follow. Like types of food we eat, types of clothing we buy and types of t.v. shows we allow.
“YAYA’S, a group of three or more women whose hearts and souls are joined together by laughter and tears, shared through the glorious journey of life.”
In life you come across many people. Some that are meant to be present for seasons and some that become true friends. I can count my lucky stars because a few years ago I met these two beauties. Instantly we connected, sort of like a sisterhood based on our lives, kids, circumstances and goals. Not only have we shared laughs, dreams and secrets but we have also shared insights on what works best for us as mothers, sisters and wives.
By now you’re probably aware that we recently decided to homeschool our three children. It was a lot of back in forths in our decision but long story short we decided that homeschooling is what will work best for our family. Since our decision, I’ve been looking into all kinds of programs, groups (both nature and support), curriculums and all things related to teaching and enabling my children the tools to learn right here at home.