Sep 18, 2017

Mustela, Avocados, and Guac

I love tacos, and that is no secret. 

I love tacos, and that is no secret. 

I shared the other day that I sliced my finger in half trying to make some guacamole (don't worry the avocado was not harmed in the process), but I learned from a friend on Instagram that "avocado finger" (as her doctor referred to it) is a thing. She too cut her finger while halving her avocado! 

In college I used to also use avocados as a hair mask. I found it was super hydrating on my dry, brittle hair. I also found out recently that avocados can benefit fragile skin! Since my kids have dry eczema prone skin, picking up the Mustela Stelatopia line was a no brainer for me.

I love that Mustela sources ingredients from plants, and all of their bébé line products have Avocado Perseose which you can read more about here. It's super hydrating for my kiddo's sensitive skin, and acts as a barrier + shield from the cold winter and winds that are fast approaching.

Now, I use avocados both in the kitchen, and thanks to Mustela, in the bathtub on my kiddos skin! Since my love for avocados runs deep, I’m bringing you my favorite guacamole recipe. Enjoy!

XO, Mrs. Measom Guacamole Recipe...

What you'll need-

1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 jalapeño 
2 avocados
Hand full of cilantro chopped (without stems)
salt + pepper to taste

What you'll do-

Combine all ingredients and mash in mortar and pestle. Serve with tortilla chips. Super easy, super delicious, and just in time for football season!

Thank you Mustela for sponsoring this post. Please note all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Sep 13, 2017

My Kid's Shared Room

When I was pregnant, I wondered how my two kiddos would get along. After having my daughter, she was very quick to show us that she was a spicy little girl.

My son is very kind and sweet. Bless his heart, that child wouldn't hurt a dang fly.

They couldn't be more different, but somehow (I think from all my prayers) they truly are best friends. We tried having them share a room, and that worked for a little while. Until it didn't. Because our teething Tiny started waking up her big brother in the middle of the night.

Then recently we (my husband + I) got this impression that they should start sharing a room again. So, after a lot of furniture relocating, they are sharing a room, and I kinda love it!

I wanted to create a place for them to grow and learn, but I also wanted a place where they could nurture their friendship. They can't share a room forever, of course, but this is the perfect age for them to do it. I think it will help them learn a lot about each other, sharing, and playing with others.

If you have any specific questions or things you would like to hear about (like how you get your kids to sleep and not stay up all night playing), please feel free to leave them in the comments below. That way, I can create a post on the things you guys want to see!

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Also- all our daughter's bedding came from Kip & Co. I want to cover our bed in their bedding as well. My son's bedding is from Target + Walmart. He saw those puppy sheets and had to have them! My tiny little animal lover.

Sep 6, 2017

Crockpot Season Baby!

It's Crockpot season, and I'm all about this life.

Sure, most Crockpot meals aren't the healthiest, but heck, I'm not complaining. These lifesavers make it so that I only have one pot to wash, and I literally just dump stuff in there and leave. Heav-en-lyyyy. That's what I call a damn mom hack!

We've had these things for centuries (I might be over-exaggerating just a little bit because I just can't contain my excitement), and yet this thing has never meant more to me than it did the moment I became a mom.

I remember at our wedding (I kid you not) we received over 7 slow cookers. At that time, I was a little sad we never got that Vitamix to juice and smoothie, but now I could squeeze every person who gifted me those sweet pots of gold. Bless you.

So, here's to Crockpot season. Any takers on some Crockpot recipe posts?

Sep 1, 2017

Chores and Teaching Kids the Value of Money

top // jeans // shoes //
I attempted to Vogue, and then my dog took a crap. #reallife

Keeping our house clean with kids is such a cycle. It's clean. Then, it's dirty. It's dirty. Then, it's clean. Round and round we go like a merry-go-round. Just like the ride at the state fair, this cycle makes my head spin.

As a mom, I have a choice. I can play with the kids or clean the house. Sometimes, the house just needs cleaning, and sometimes the kids just need to be played with (who am I kidding, the kids always need to be played with). The tricky part is that when I'm taking care of one of those things the other gets neglected. The mom guilt of not playing with my kids versus the wife guilt of not having a clean home is a struggle.

That said, now that my son is four, he wants to help me more. It's great, and I love it. It helps him feel useful, and he really thrives on completing tasks, so I've started asking him for more help. 

The trick for my son is truly praising him when he completes a task I've requested. When he's done, I'll clap and cheer, "Good job son! You did it. Thank you so much! I'm so proud of you." I've always done this, ever since he was a baby, and it's helped teach him to listen, and feel loved and validated. 

I ask him to clean his room, and help clean up after himself during mealtimes. It's been a real game changer for both of us.

When I used to clean his room, I would sit there and organize. It would often feel overwhelming and create unnecessary stress. I'd sit there and say "This goes with this, and that goes with that. Why is this in the wrong basket?" Blah, blah, blah, you get it. It was so dumb.

I'd categorize things in an order that made sense to me, but not necessarily to him. I'd spend way too much time "organizing things", and just minutes later everything would be thrown about because he couldn't find what he was looking for. 

This new system of having him clean his own room has done wonders for both him and I. Now, he knows where everything is, and I have one less room to worry about. I do feel bad for him though because his little sister can be quite a destructive monkey. She'll leave him a disaster of a mess in minutes. Those times though, I'm more than willing to help, or offer up his sister's help... but we already know how that will go.

With this new system he's earning a little chore money. With his money he's also learning ways to be financially responsible. It's a win-win. He cleans. He learns the value of money and saving, and momma gets to play more.

Wish I would have picked up on this mom hack years ago. Cheers!

Aug 31, 2017

Pretty Things

These are some pretty things I kept seeing around on Pinterest. I love the pictures of street style, and so naturally, after a bit of scrolling, here we are. Curse you Pinterest! #IsLeopardComingBack?

Aug 29, 2017

Minivan Mom vs. F-150 Mom

while driving home, out of the corner of my eye i spotted this beautiful desk. real wood. perfect condition. deep dark stain. vintage drawer pulls. poor thing was kicked to the curb as garbage. what a beautiful misfit it was. it was someone's trash, yet my not-so-little treasure.

in that very moment i thought, "i need to get a pickup truck for moments like these."

not even ten minutes later, still headed home, there was another treasure. thrown to the curb. someone else's trash, but my dream find. this perfect condition mid-century velvet chair was just calling my name. forget the minivan, momma needs a F-150.

i could already hear myself- "babe. i know we don't have any space, but i found this desk + chair... and they were free. . . so, i took 'em!"

i don't think the pickup sell would be very hard becasue i've been chatting up the honda odsessy, and i think we all know that's a conversation my husband doesn't want to hear.

"hey babe, can we get a minivan?"- me

"ha, good one babe!"-him

any fellow garage pickers out there? minivan vs. pickup?

Aug 23, 2017

Sunday Bread

Here due to popular demand is my homemade bread recipe. It should be noted that some loafs are hits and some are misses in the beauty department, but they never do lack in the tasty section.

Here's what you'll need (makes two loaves) . . .

2 packets of yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cup hot water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
5 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 1/2 cups-6 cups bread flour (I usually eye it here)

What you'll do. . .

- Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water for 10 minutes.

- Meanwhile, in the mixer, combine hot water, sugar, salt, and EVOO. 

- Stir it around to let the sugar + salt dissolve.

- Mix in 3 cups of flour.

- Mix in dissolved yeast + remaining flour.

- Have mixer knead the dough for 10 minutes (I use a dough hook here).

- Lightly cover with towel and let rise + rest for 30-40 minutes. 

- Turn out dough + knead until lightly dusted with flour.

- Divide in half. 

- Take each half and place into (greased) bread pans. 

- Lightly gash top of each bread.

- Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

- Enjoy!

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