Slowing Down

After dance this week Emma asked me, “Mama can we just stay home and do nothing?” Our days are so filled with things, so structured. Emma loves to be on the go, but I almost wonder if some of the things we do are really for me- my chance to socialize with adults etc. I do honestly look forward to the days that we don’t have to get in the car and can just stay home more and more now. Perhaps it is because Emma is older, and it is easier to be able to have her outside soaking in the Vitamin C and fresh air. She doesn’t need constant entertainment and can find a way to play and use her imagination. While she does enjoy a little screen time, she is happiest outside whether she is playing by herself or with a friend.

A friend I admire posted an article on how simplifying is good for the soul. It was a perfect read for me as I sat under the covered patio watching Emma play in her sandbox yesterday. With this weekends rainy (perhaps snow?!?!) weather forecast, going through the playroom and finally truly going through other areas of the house using the KonMari Method sounds like a great idea! I’ll be sure to post before and after photos and let you know how it goes.

Check out the article here:

After the things we have committed to end in May (dance, swimming etc.), maybe we need to just stay home and do more of nothing this summer. I think we both can use a refresh of the soul.

One thing that I love with the changing of seasons is finding new recipes to try. I made fruit salsa last week as we enjoyed dinner in the backyard. Our yard faces west, so we try to take advantage of eating outside in the spring before it gets too hot in the summer.

Fruit Salsa Recipe:


  • 1 cup Grapes
  • 2 Kiwi
  • 3 Peaches
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Strawberry jelly
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon/sugar mixture
  • 3 Flour tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Butter- we used dairy free for Emma and it turned out fine
  1. Chop fruit and put into a bowl
  2. Mix jelly and brown sugar in a separate bowl 
  3. Put the jelly mixture into the fruit
Cinnamon Chips:
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Spread butter on tortillas
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on top
  4. Cut tortillas into triangle shaped wedges with a pizza cutter
  5. Bake for 6-7 minutes

We had our fruit salsa with pineapple chicken kabobs!

Enjoy! And hang in there, it is almost Friday!


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