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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Monthly Moments | June 2020



June was honestly a really hard month for me. Everything got REALLY heavy. Between all that has been happening in the world and all the regular pressures of motherhood, I was kind of depressed most of the month. There were so many good things, but my heart felt very heavy. Always feeling like I wasn't doing enough in every area of my life. I forgot to take care of myself. Brian graciously offered to let me take an hour every night to recharge and do whatever made me feel better, but for the month of June, I stopped taking it for the most part. I felt like there was too much to do and consequently, my emotional health suffered. If June taught me anything, it's that I need to make taking care of me as much of a priority as taking care of everyone and everything else. 
 


For Brian's 30th birthday we went up to Little Dell Reservoir. It has been our place since we started dating. I love that now we can take Everly and Greyson and enjoy it as a family.



We had crazy rain and it started coming in through the top of the window.


My baby turned 6 months old. I can't believe that it has already been more than half a year since we brought him home. He still isn't sleeping great, but I've made it a whole half a year without sleeping through the night, so what's a little while longer?


We went back up to Little Dell with some friends of Brian's. Everly didn't find her way out of her shell until we found this little waterfall with a tiny pool that she could throw rocks into. 



Everly asked me to put her blanket on her like a dress. So we made it happen.



I don't know that I've seen a cuter picture in my life 😍


I didn't try as many recipes this last month. Partially because I forgot to find new recipes. I did remake many of the recipes that I tried in May though. One of the things I love about trying new recipes is that it's a really good creative outlet for me. I don't have as much time to sit down and blog or hand-letter or write, but we need to eat. We're always going to need to eat. So trying new recipes helps fulfill that part of me.

 I liked that this recipe was more assembly than anything else. I wasn't honestly feeling the avocado so much and I would use less oil and more orange juice next time, but overall pretty good!

2. Homemade Vanilla 💛💛💛💛💛 (?) 
Pretty sure these will turn out great, but we'll see when its been a couple of months. We've made our own vanilla once before but we didn't use enough beans so it was really weak. Also, this time we used rum instead of vodka, so we'll see how that turns out!

3. Drink of the Gods (AKA Strawberry Cashew Milk) 💛💛💛💛
 Not sure how well that link will work since it links to an Instagram highlight, but if you're interested, and the link doesn't work, just go to @rosiecard on Instagram and click on the highlight called "Drink of the Gods". I made this a couple times. The first time I did not love it. I used way too much cloves and expected it to taste just like Strawberry milk. It does not. If you don't expect it to taste like strawberry milk (or are more familiar with nut milks than I am) then it's really good! Especially when I made it the second time and left the cloves and ginger out entirely. Play around with it. 

I made these for Brian's birthday and loved them. Honestly, I loved all the components separately more than together, but they were pretty good all assembled as well! It's really 3 recipes: Homemade Ice cream, Homemade Caramel Homemade cookies. I made the cookies gluten-free by switching out the flour for Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour. 

5. Banana Puree, Avacado Puree, and Blueberry Puree. 💛💛💛💛💛 
Yup. I dove into making my own baby food this month as well. So far the Blueberry is my favorite (for looks, but also Greyson practically attacks the spoon). It honestly makes me feel like a really good mom to make my own baby food. I wanted to do it with Everly but was way too intimidated. All the recipes come from The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook by Anjali Shah
Granted, so far the recipes basically tell you how much fruit or vegetables to puree and how much water to add, but I loved the intro and it dives into more complex purees and how to pair them together and such, along with good spices or herbs to add with them. 

Books I've loved this month:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Every single one of these books is unfinished 😂. My loan expired with Little Women, and the other two I'm just kind of halfway or partway through.

Podcasts I've loved this month:

READING YOUR SECRET CONFESSIONS! | What We Said Podcast

Takeaways from Books/Podcasts:

-There is still good in this world
-There is still good in this world
-There is still good in this world


Thanks for reading! Tomorrow starts my one-month countdown to turning 30! If you have any suggestions on how I should celebrate send them my way!













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