The Spirit of The Season

November 27, 2018

Happy week after Thanksgiving, Mamas! If you are anything like me, the holiday season is already in FULL swing around here.  Decorating, parties, baking, kid events and a packed schedule can sometimes dull the brightness that surrounds this beautiful time of year.

Spirit of the Season

We have a few ideas that will help you slow down and enjoy the magic of the season with your family and friends. None of us need the stress and anxiety that can sometimes surround us throughout the month of December.

Here is a short list of things to help you navigate the crazy ūüôā

  1. Wake up a half hour earlier than you normally do. Give yourself that time to do whatever it is that makes your soul happy. Is it sitting in the quiet by the fireplace enjoying your coffee? Do that. Is it a workout before the rest of the family is awake? Yes Mama. Is it sitting down to journal or read your favorite devotional in the blissfully quiet morning? DO IT. Anything that gives us a few minutes to focus on ourselves will help us keep the stress at bay throughout the day.
  2. Purposefully plan out your day. There is nothing that makes me feel more frazzled than a long to do list that has no direction on how to get it all done. Take a few minutes and look at the week ahead. Make a schedule that maximizes your time, and makes you feel good as you get everything checked off that list!
  3. Start your gift list NOW. There are SO many amazing bloggers out there sharing fantastic gift guides ….take advantage! I find that if I wait until the last minute the stress level just keeps getting higher and higher. How great would it be if this year, we had everything done in advance and we could relax and enjoy the season?! One of my favorite bloggers has an amazing gift guide-check it out here.¬†https://www.livingwithlandyn.com/holiday-gift-guides-1/
  4. VOLUNTEER! Nothing feels as good as giving back to those in need.¬† There are so many places you can do this.¬† My son and I are going to be volunteering at an event this year for families who need a little extra help around the holidays.¬† The parents get to “shop” donated items for their families’ gifts and we get to help kids do holiday crafts and projects while they do.¬† I am excited to do this with our son, so he can experience helping those a bit less fortunate than we.

These are just a few ways you can combat the chaos and stress of the holidays.¬† We’d love to hear your ideas as well-share them below!

Spirit of the Season

Our wish for you this holiday season is to slow down and enjoy the magic with your family and friends. Hopefully these tips will help you out just a little bit along the way.

xo,

Kara

Easy Banana Muffins

 

Please tell me I am not the only mom out there who ends up with over ripe bananas almost every week? I always have good intentions to make banana bread or muffins, but somehow too much time passes and I end up wasting them.  WELL, not any more mamas! I found the easiest 5 ingredient banana muffin recipe, and I have to share it with all of you.

My son JJ had a play date this afternoon and ALL THREE KIDS approved…..if that isn’t a reason to make these I don’t know what is! Whip these little muffins up for your family, and you will get all the love. ūüôā

Easy Banana Muffin Recipe

Banana Muffins
recipe adapted from my Betty Crocker Cookbook
 
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups mashed rip bananas (3 Medium)
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup of Sugar
2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix (original recipe called for Bisquick but I couldn’t find any at the store-which I thought was strange?)
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1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper baking cups.
2. Beat bananas, oil, egg and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Then stir in Krusteaz mix until everything is just moistened. (Batter will be lumpy). Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.
3. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let muffins cool and remove from pan.
DONE! Easy Peasy and a hit with the kiddos!
Mangia!
Kara

Thanksgiving Appetizers “Turkey” Veggie Tray

November 20, 2018

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray

Are you still looking for something you can make to contribute to all the Thanksgiving events this week? Try this Turkey Veggie Tray. It is fun and festive – a great project to enlist some little ones to help assemble as well!

Here is how you assemble this bad boy: Lay out butter leaf lettuce on the bottom of a large plate. ¬†Then add your veggies: A row of carrots, broccoli florets, thinly sliced red and yellow bell peppers, and zucchini. ¬†Save the top of the red bell pepper to make the turkey’s face, and slice up some zucchini to make the legs. ¬†Add 2 little eyes (from some cauliflower) and you’re done! ¬†Pair with homemade hummus or your favorite dips.

And be sure to let people know it’s ok to “ruin” the turkey – it’s almost too pretty to eat!

xo,
Kara, Kate, and Kacey

Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving Table Decorations:
Moss Green + Cobalt Blue Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations
DIY Thanksgiving Gratitude Quotes
DIY Fall Indian Corn Wreath

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

 

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Tables we have done. The idea started with the colors dusty turquoise and burnt orange. And it quickly spiraled in to this!

For this table top, we laid a runner of burlap down and layered a narrower runner of dusty turquoise on top. Both pieces of fabric we purchased at Hobby Lobby. Then the fun part begins – scavenging for candles, fruit, nuts, candle holders, leaves in burnt orange, rusty red, yellows.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

We gathered leaves and branches from my parents’ yard that we placed in different vases and urns. As you can see, we used some antique brass and some turquoise sea glass for vessels.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Apples made an appearance too! We filled bowls and scattered pretty apples all across the table. Then we included burnt orange candles and cream colored tapers to set the mood.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

We decorated each place setting with a real, fall leaf from outside. You could even write each guest’s name on the leaf with a ball point paint pen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo,
Kate

Check out our other Thanksgiving ideas through the years:

Moss green + cobalt blue Thanksgiving table decorations

DIY Gratitude Quote Place Cards

Thanksgiving Fall Wreath

Thanksgiving ¬†Appetizer “Turkey” Veggie Tray

DIY Thanksgiving Table Place Cards: Gratitude Quotes

November 19, 2018

 

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Did you see our “how to” for this gorgeous Moss Green and Cobalt Blue Thanksgiving Tablescape decor? It’s so rustic and home-y feeling!

As we said then, candles and colors aside, it’s important to remember why we all come together on Thanksgiving. Last year we tied quotes of gratitude and thankfulness onto sprigs of rosemary and stems of pears and set one on each plate. Every quote was different – some funny, some serious, some famous, some unknown. Each person read their quote out loud during dinner. It was a lovely way to celebrate the season and be ever mindful of the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Gratitude Quotes DIY

Google “thankfulness quotes”, “thanksgiving quotes”,¬†“Gratitude quotes” or any combination of the above and pick out your favorites.
Hand write or print out the quotes (in small text) on paper.
Roll up quote in a scroll-like fashion.
Tie scroll onto a sprig of rosemary or a stem of a piece of fruit with colorful ribbon.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving all week long – check back for more inspiration!

xo,
Kate

Also, take a peek at our Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations¬†and this adorable Thanksgiving “Turkey” Veggie Tray, too!

Moss Green + Cobalt Blue Thanksgiving Table Decorations

 

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,¬†“thank you,”¬†that would suffice. ¬†~Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving.  A day to reflect on all the blessings we have in our lives and be grateful to God who makes it all possible.  It really is such a beautiful holiday Рone I wish I lived more consciously every day.

Our Thanksgiving table has always been a fun project that my whole family creates together.  Each year we try to top the year before, or at least come up with something completely different.

Behold Рour moss green and cobalt blue inspired Thanksgiving tablescape! This table top is super rustic and colorful. The deep blue and green compliment all the Thanksgiving food so well! We scavenged for anything blue or green: candles, vases, candle holders, napkins, plates. Then we added in some rustic wood elements in candle holders and chargers. We purchased a couple bags of green moss from Hobby Lobby.

But candles and colors aside, it’s important to remember why we all come together on Thanksgiving. ¬†Last year we tied quotes of gratitude and thankfulness onto sprigs of rosemary and stems of pears and set one on each plate. ¬†Every quote was different – some funny, some serious, some famous, some unknown. ¬† Each person read their quote out loud during dinner. ¬†It was a lovely way to celebrate the season and be ever mindful of the spirit of Thanksgiving. CLICK HERE to see how to make these DIY Gratitude Name Cards.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving all week long Рcheck back for more inspiration! Like our other table idea: Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

xo,
Kate

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

November 7, 2018

 

Almond Milk Smoothie Recipe

We love a good smoothie over here at our house. This one is a go-to breakfast smoothie that the kids absolutely devour!

Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

2 cups almond milk
6 frozen strawberries
1-2 cups frozen blueberries
1-2 bananas
1 spoonful of vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 spoonful chia seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 serving “green superfood powder” (we use Shaklee’s green powder)
handful of almonds

Blend, blend, blend! This recipe makes one big smoothie for me and 2 smaller ones for my kids.

I love my Vitamix for making smoothies – it grinds everything up perfectly. Honestly, smoothies are the way I get veggies down my kids’ throats! We make a green smoothie¬†that is full of spinach, lettuce, celery, and more. They love it.

Email me at thedailysoulsessions@gmail.com if you’d like more information about my Shaklee Organic Green Powder. I add it to all our smoothies to give us a boost of superfoods. I also use their daily vitamin regimen that has for sure made a difference in my daily energy level.

Happy Smoothie Making!
xo,
Kate

Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Wreath

November 5, 2018

 

Fall Thanksgiving Wreath DIY

This DIY fall wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving. Welcome your guests to your home with a festive first impression! Not only does it look lovely on your door, it also makes a gorgeous centerpiece for a table…just lay the wreath flat and position candles and food around it.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays of the year. It kicks off that “most wonderful time” of the year, right? ¬†I love when Fall hits, and every month is full of festivities, decorating, cooking, and celebrating. ¬†Thanksgiving is such a great holiday – there’s no pressure to buy presents, just getting together with family and friends to celebrate all that we are thankful for.

DIY Thanksgiving Fall Wreath
you’ll need:
*Wreath frame (12 – 14″ depending on how big you want¬†
the wreath to be; we used a cardboard frame)
*burlap ribbon
*approximately 30 small indian corns
*hot glue and gun

1.  Wrap burlap ribbon around wreath frame to hide cardboard. Hot glue ends to frame.
2. ¬†Position corn around wreath first – don’t glue yet.
3.  Slowly hot glue the corn to wreath, trying to keep the opening circle in the center as perfectly round as possible.
4. ¬†Hang your wreath! ¬†Once it’s up, you can judge if any of the corn needs to be repositioned to make the center circle more perfectly round. ¬†It’s very simple to pop off the corn, reposition, and re-glue.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Decorating the table is a big one of ours. Honestly, this wreath may be the shining star of the table this year. You could even make 2 smaller ones to sit on either side of this big wreath on the table. Add a little height with candles and food, but as you know, you don’t want anything that blocks eye sight or conversation. So these flat wreaths would be ideal!

Stay tuned for more fun Thanksgiving DIY’s and table decoration ideas – like this adorable Thanksgiving “Turkey” Veggie Tray that will steal the show at any party you arrive at!

xo,
Kate

Check out our Thanksgiving tables:
Cobalt Blue + Moss Green Thanksgiving Table Decorations 
Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations
DIY Gratitude Quote Place Cards

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Wreath