Moderate Minded Mama

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Tonight, I Sip February 13, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 10:27 pm

Sometimes life throws you curve balls. This winter has been one BIG curve ball of illness for me. Between kids colds, stomach bugs, plugged milk ducts, lymph node infections, thrush, migraines…it has seemed never ending. So what have I done? Taken a step back, gone back to basics, worked on the families nutrition, and I have started healing my gut again. 

I could go into WHY I eat gluten/dairy free and mostly sugar free (except locally sourced AMAZING raw honey!), why I drink bone broth, why I take copious amounts of vitamin D, etc for days. Tonight my mind is on herbs. I don’t used a lot of them for medicinal purposes (especially when nursing!) but I do love them in teas.

Our home currently houses about 10 different varieties of tea. From bagged green, herbal fruit teas (kids love them!), tension tamer, & sleepy time teas to loose leaf smokey chai, soothing speramint, earl grey…all delicious and call for different occasions/moods.

This evening, as I washed my daughters tiny tea set, I chose a wonderful loose leaf hibiscus ginger blend from a local shop, Peaceful Parlour. I had to snap a picture as it steeped because it turned such a beautiful red color!   

The hibiscus in this tea is tangy and sweet, the ginger is warm and soothing. I chose this blend for its calming and anti inflammatory properties. Hibiscus, in some, may help lower high blood pressure/cholesterol, cold symptoms, relieve constipation, irritated stomachs, & nerve disease. 

Ginger is well known for its ability to calm nausea and upset stomachs (hello morning sickness remedy!). It may also also help with dizziness, menstrual pain, arthritis, muscle pain/soreness, and other inflammation related problems. It’s pretty darn awesome. 

It’s no coincidence that the foods and teas I’ve been craving and drawn to all have one thing in common, they are inflammation reducers. Healing my gut and reducing inflammation is how I helped myself feel SO HEALTHY about three years ago!! It also keeps my migraines at bay. 

So tonight I sip on this beautiful tea blend, contemplating how its ingredients are aiding my body in healing. How the work I do externally is being helped internally by nourishing whole foods, supplements, and herbs…how it’s about balance, about listening to my body, about knowing that when diet and stress get out of hand I get sick…a lot. 

I breathe deep and sip on, enjoying these thoughts a simple cup of tea AND the silence of three sleeping children has brought me. 

What are your favorite teas? 

*I am NOT a medically trained professional and the information I provide here has come from multiple sources ranging from WebMd & medical journals to herbal books. Herbs can work differently for each person so please consult with a health care professional for further details/information. 


Meal prep Monday! February 1, 2016

Filed under: Food For The Soul,Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 10:41 am

I typically meal plan on Saturday, organize my pantry/fridge and prep shopping lists on Sunday, and shop/prep food Monday’s. 

After I drop big kid at school the littles and I hit up Starbucks in town and then Aldi & Costco. Have I told you how much I LOVE those two stores!! Anything I can’t find there hubby usually picks up from Meijer or Jewel on his way home from work one day. I seriously loathe grocery shopping with all three kids OR shopping multiple times a week ๐Ÿ˜œ. 

So, here is what’s on our meal plan this week:


  • French toast sticks (Lily)
  • Oatmeal (all)
  • PB Breakfast balls (Lily and Ana)
  • Pancakes and bacon (all)
  • Sausage and hash browns (all)
  • Eggs & vegs (me)


  • Lily rotates between: homemade “lunchable”, bagel with cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, and ham sandwiches. All which are served with a fruit and vegetable.
  • Ana, Isabel, and I will be having: pasta and steamed California mix, fish sticks with fries and raw vegs, salmon patties and braised Brussels sprouts, probably PB&J with carrots one day too.


  • Tacos! (check out the homemade taco seasoning recipe I use here)
  • Crock pot chili with my favorite gf cornbread
  • Veg and cabbage soup 
  • Crock pot beef roast and vegs (carrots, potatoes, squash, celery, onion)

Bonus, she usually gets a Costco hotdog & it makes her so happy.

What’s on your menu this week?


    Coconut and almond flour pancakes January 31, 2016

    Filed under: Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 10:13 am


    These don’t taste like regular pancakes. I make a mean gluten and dairy free pancake too, but that’s not what I was after this morning. Trying to lower my sugar intake this morning after two bad  days of binge eating but I didn’t feel like “eggs and bacon”. 

    These have an “eggy” French toast feel and taste to them. I love coconut flour as it is grain free but I love almond flour for the protein, so this is the best of both worlds. I had someone request a recipe so here you go!

    Coconut and almond flour pancakes


    -1/4c coconut and almond flour, total (1/8 of each in 1/4c)

    – 2 eggs, lightly beaten

    – 1 ripe banana, mashed

    – 1/8c water or dairy free milk

    – a splash of vanilla

    – a dash of cinnamon 

    – maple syrup (optional in recipe can use on top after cooking)

    Recipe: In a small bowl mix all wet ingredients. (You can add a small splash of maple syrup if you’d like to get that “French toast” taste, or you can omit it and top with maple syrup after cooking.  They are naturally a little sweet because of the banana and coconut flour).

    In a 1/4c measuring cup, fill it about halfway with coconut flour then fill the rest with almond flour. I push down to pack a little bit and mound another little bit of almond flour on top. 

    Heat skillet over medium heat and lightly oil with coconut oil. Mix the dry into the wet. Pour into pan (about silver dollar sized) and let cook for 4-5mins before you try flipping. 

    These are SOFT so use a greased spatula and scoop/flip carefully. Once flipped give about 3-4 more mins. Then remove from pan and enjoy! 

    Even the baby approved and came over to steal mine! Middle child ate some too when all the regular pancakes were gone ๐Ÿ˜Š. Yum!!


    It’s about the little things. January 30, 2016

    Filed under: Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 11:44 am

    Before I was a mom I had LOTS of ideas about how I would raise my children. Preconceived notions of a baby who slept in their crib every night with only a few wakings, a baby who would nap in a swing or bouncer, a baby who would let others care for them as easily as me…

    Then my first child came out screaming and blasted all those out of the water. I became pretty “crunchy” out of necessity and it has STILL saved my sanity some days with all three kids. I’ll admit the cloth diapers are a little for me, they are sooooooooooo cute! Baby wearing and bed sharing though? Total lifesavers! I’d be even more sleep deprived and frazzled without the ability to just roll over and nurse a baby back to sleep, or toss her on my back and go somewhere with the big kids knowing baby will at least be happy up there (maybe even sleep!). 

    Where am I going with this? Baby sign. It was all the rage when I had Lillian and we did a few signs with her but she was SO verbal that it wasn’t really needed. She picked up “milk” so we knew she wanted to nurse and “all done”. That was about it. Ana we used it even more because she didn’t speak well till almost 2.5!

    Well, tonight Isabel showed me her 4th sign!! She doesn’t have a very large vocabulary. She can say: “mama”, “dada”, “lala” (Lily), “nana” (Ana), “fish”, “dance” (which sounds just like fish but she dances when saying it lol), “boov” (thanks Home), “uh oh”, and “this”. That last one is problematic because she points at EVERYTHING and just says “this”. 

    I’ve been naming items & signing them with her for months due to “this” and she has picked up “milk”, “bath”, “eat”, and last night…”up”! I never imagined I’d have to use sign language to help me understand any of my children but it has been very helpful. 

    Signing is actually beneficial in a lot of ways. When babies/young kids don’t have the means to communicate it often creates anger/frustration and that comes out as a tantrum. Signing “angry”, “hurt”, “frustrated”, or “scared” is easier for them & can give them a way to express their emotions without verbalizing. That made a BIG impact on Ana. Terrible twos for her were really rough so I used a lot of emotion signs to help her calm down and tell me what was going on. Sometimes she just shook her head yes or no to the signs I made, other times she tried.

    Teaching baby sign can also:

    – improve cognitive and emotional development

    – improve rate of verbal development

    – increase the child/parent bond, plus it’s also fun!

    If you’d like more information or sources you can download the paper “Signing with Babies and Children” by Dr. Claire Vallotton here. Signing time is an amazing resource for anyone looking to sign with their babies/kids! 


    White Bean and Vegetable Soup! January 28, 2016

    Filed under: Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 10:15 pm

    Yes, it has been over a year since my last post. No I can’t guarantee that won’t happen again! Lol. Life is crazy with three kids! However, I’ve come to realize I post A LOT of my recipes on Facebook and then they get lost in the void and I can never find them…and I usually forget to write them down ๐Ÿ˜œ.

    That being said, dinner tonight was a concoction of random things I had laying around the house and 3 online recipes melding together. It is simple yet delicious! Enjoy!

    White Bean and Vegetable Soup


    – 2, 15oz cans (drained) OR 1c dried white beans 
    – 1 med onion, chopped 

    – 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

    – 5 carrots, washed & cut into circles

    – 3-4 med red skin potatoes, cut into 1/2ish in pieces 

    – 2 celery stalks, sliced

    – 2 fresh tomatoes, without skin (I had some frozen from the garden!)

    – 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced

    – 2tsp veg boulion and 8c water OR 4-5c stock + water to = 8c

    – 1 bay leaf

    – 1tsp each of oregano, basil, thyme, and parsley

    – cooking oil of your choice

    – salt and pepper to taste


    (IF you are using dry beans set 1c of dry beans in a bowl of hot water for 20mins, while you prep your vegetables & stock. Then drain and follow recipe.) 
    1) Heat about 2T oil and sautรฉ onion, when translucent add garlic and a bit of salt. Let sautรฉ for about 4-5mins watching your heat so the garlic doesn’t burn & become bitter.
    2) Add in the carrots/celery and give it another few minutes. Then add the potatoes & cook a few minutes, repeat with the cabbage. Add your tomatoes. 
    3) After all vegetables are in the pot add the stock, spices, and drained beans. Bring to a boil.
    4) Turn soup down to a slow simmer, cover, and let cook for about 1-1.5hrs until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender! Salt and pepper to taste. Yum!


    It’s 2015!! January 14, 2015

    Filed under: Uncategorized — laurab06 @ 9:06 pm

    Happy New Year!!!

    I’ve been gone for a while as we have been incredibly busy and I’m not going to lie…I was mentally and physically exhausted. Why? Two reasons:
    1) I was pregnant! It was a very exhausting, physically trying, and painful pregnancy.
    2) We had a baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

    So here I sit, the beginning of a new year looking forward to more writing (even if it’s at 3am while nursin a grumpy baby!) and a few important goals! My most important goal this year is to take more time for myself. Riiiiiiiignt with a newborn? Hahaha! No really, I mean it!! I am only 15lbs away from my prepregnancy weight, I am still somewhat sane, and we are all adjusting relatively well. I would like to keep on this path!!

    For now though I will sit behind my screen, typing away, snuggling a newborn, and attempting to meal plan for the next week!

    Wishing you love and peace!


    A Wild Few Months! March 21, 2014

    Filed under: Randomness — laurab06 @ 3:24 pm

    Whoa, I’ve fallen off the face of the planet! Ok, not really. ๐Ÿ˜Š However, this has been the longest.winter.ever and I’ve been all consumed with kids activities & keeping our house in order. Plus we had both girls birthdays. Oh, and I’ve replaced blogging with reading a LOT of books!

    I recently read two amazing books.
    1) “From Farm to Table”: I was amazed with how the agriculture business has changed so much in such a short time. If you are a gardener or someone who is concerned at all about where your food comes from I highly recommend it!

    2) “Strange Gods”: I don’t want to give too much away so all I am going to say is if you don’t think you have an idols/false gods in your life read this book. It’s amazing.

    To aid in being less hermit like this winter we joined a local homeschool co-op for Lil (Ana just gets to tag along๐Ÿ˜‰). So far they both love the reading, art, gym, and nature activities we do! It is also good for Lil to be around kids more often. Although she tends to be fine with adults & asks them anything she feels like, she occasionally struggles with kids. EVEN with being in a preschool environment at Little Lambs. Good news is in just the last month she has started interacting with kids SO much better!

    I’m going through a huge revamp/declutter of our house/my personal life and there are some big changes ahead for all of us! I’m so excited about what this year will bring!!! I found a new church that is super close to home, Lil will be starting her new hs curriculum, I have big ideas for outside (flowers/garden), downstairs needs a huge overhaul, our bedroom is being reorganized, and so so so much more…I am bursting with excitement!

    For now though I leave you with a wonderful quote that resonated with me lately from “Memoirs of a Geisha”:
    “Adversity is like a strong wind.
    It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn,
    so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha.


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