How do you stay present as a parent?

Since the elections results came in and the new administration started making drastic changes, my phone has been a non-stop distraction machine.  Sure, social media has been a time-suck since it started but now, with news too compelling to ignore, what used to be mindless meandering has become very time consuming and as a result, I have not been a present parent.  In my case, everything starts with a simple news update.  Then like clockwork, boom, message, boom, response, and suddenly, I am at the beginning of the rabbit hole.  Before I know it, Wally is unraveling toilet paper in the bathroom and I am brining the bad news out of my phone and into my home.  I overreact to Wally, who is only trying to get the attention he deserves and am not the best mother I can be.  It's hard to remember this, but our children have no idea what is happening in the world and we can either choose to create a safe space for them or we can bring the outside in.  Too often I choose the latter so have been looking for inspiration on how to create a more peaceful living environment.  

A few weeks ago I attended The Early Riser Companion Workshop, and it completely brought this idea home.  There are many things that feel out of control right now but we do have control over our home.  I can control how I wake up in the morning and establish a high vibration for the day.  I can filter what comes inside our home and choose to focus on Wallace while I am with him.  I can leave my phone in another room, so I am not tempted to check it and I can restrict my phone usage altogether.  To help each other, Bryan and I have also started giving out subtle reminders to leave the politics for after bedtime, so that while we are with Wally it's light.  Somedays are more difficult that others but this is something that I am being mindful of, because if the next three years are anything like the past three months, it's going to take a lot of work to keep the peace inside our home.  Deep breath.

These are just a couple of ideas that I am implementing to try to stay present while I am with Wally.   

What about you, do you have any ideas on how to be a more mindful parent?  Leave a comment below.  

Memorial Day Weekend

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Dana Point.  Although there was not much swimming because of shark sightings (yikes), getting away for three days was the best way to kick off summer.  Things can get a little wild with several families, 6 grandchildren under one roof but I am grateful that I really enjoy my in-laws.  We stayed at this amazing Airbnb, which I have linked after the images.  If you're looking for a huge space to house lots of people, this place was ideals.  Here are some of my favorite moments from the weekend.  

Here is the link to our vacation rental.  I hope everyone has an amazing summer and gets to enjoy lots of time vacationing with your families.    

Coconut + Lime Crackers

Crackers are a staple in our home and in an effort to diversify from our favorite butter crackers, I decided to whip up some crackers made with coconut flour.  These are really light and would be best with dip or a thin coat of soft cheese.  

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + more for the end
  • 1/2 coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 lime
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to mix
  3. Add coconut milk + oil to a sauce pan and simmer to melt
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and use spatula to mix together
  5. Form a ball with the dough and place on top of parchment paper
  6. Roll out until dough is 1/4 inch thick 
  7. Use pizza cutter to form squares, there will be uneven edges, that's ok
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crackers are golden
  9. Remove from oven
  10. Squeeze juice from lime into a small bowl, add a pinch of salt and dissolve
  11. Using pastry brush, lightly brush crackers with lime juice 

Enjoy