05.23.17

Summer•with•Sandgrens•Clogs


It’s been a little over five months that we settled into our new home and have slowly been making it our own. I’ve always longed for a back yard for our little girls to run around in and just be kids free and easy. This is our first year planting a garden, buying flowers, doing yard work and I could just scream it makes me heart so happy. Home is a such a special place to me. It respresents our spirit, our style, our safe haven where we will mess up, make mistakes, find adventure, cry, eat dinner together, watch the trees sway in the rain, and see our girls grow up right in front of our very own eyes. Home is really my heart and soul. 


This summer and still we plan on scaling back with what we have and simplifying life as much as possible. For me I’ve been getting rid of a lot of shoes I no longer wear and investing in shoes that will last and be comfortable for my busy feet. Sandgren clogs brings just that. Style, comfort, and a whole lotta love into these sweet hand made wooden clogs. To shop my nude Madrid clogs click this link below! 

https://sandgrensclogs.com/for-women/sandals-heels-wedges/madrid-low-heel/

“Have faith mama t-shirt” found at:

https://havefaithmama.com/

Here’s to summer! Here’s to green grass, blooms, gardens, clogs, and love for each other🌿🌸🌿

Xo,

Sophia 

05.04.17

Let’s be honest mama’s. All things sleep with aden + anais


Good morning beautiful mamas, today I am joining in on a blog post with “honest mamas” on all things sleep and teaming up with the lovely aden + anais. A big shout out to my friend @thehannahrenee for putting this together. You can find her personal blog here: http://www.hannahreneeblog.com/

Sleep is so important and essential to our health and overal mood as a mama, so I have answered a few questions with how our sweet Elouise sleeps/how we sleep trained her a couple months ago. I hope you enjoy!

How well does your babe(s) sleep?

Sleeping through the night? Elouise is now eight months old and finally sleeping very well during the night unless she is sick or we are traveling somewhere new. She usually wakes up once during the night between 3:30am and 4:30am for a bottle and than puts herself back to sleep till about 6:30am.

Taking good naps?

She is still on a two a day nap schedule, and sleeping for about an hour-two hours tops. Her morning nap starts around 9:30am and her afternoon one starts around 1:30pm.

Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”?

We started sleep training Elouise two months ago now after living off of zero to no sleep. It was incredibly difficult on the whole family, so we worked with The Cradle Coach that put together a gentle approach to sleep training that helped Elouise learn how to sleep and self soothe better. All in all it was a great experience and so needed.


How did you go about it?

We contacted the cradle coach and worked one on one with a baby sleep consultant that created a personalized plan for us and our daughter. We emailed back and forth for three days straight and communicated any good or bad emotions we were feeling. We used a gentle cry it out method where we would keep going into Elouise’s room every three minutes to make sure she knew we were there. After three days she was sleeping through the night except for waking a few times. Beforehand she was up every 45 minutes of the night and it was very difficult.

Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

The cradle coach encouraged us to use a sleeping bag at night time so we received this beautiful one pictured from aden + anais, and it’s just the right amount of softness and warmth for Elouise. Generally i love to rub diluted lavender oil on her after her tubby, and then rock her to sleep with her bottle. We have a sound machine in her room that plays the sound of rain and often times I have a diffuser in her room as well with essential oils.

To purchase this sleep sack visit: https://www.adenandanais.com/?gclid=CM2Yw7eT49MCFVu4wAodgXEIig

Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

I think her naps do depend on our day and what we’re doing since I have a four year old as well. But we try and plan things after her morning nap and after the afternoon nap. I’m also very flexible with her taking one of her naps in the car.

How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

I am totally ok with co sleeping! We did this with both girls until they were big enough to feel safe in the crib. As newborns I love the idea of having them as close to you as possible and being able to smell “mama.”

You can find more sleep posts from the other “Honest mamas” Blogs here:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.com // Mary Salas honeywild.co // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com //

Instagrams:
@thehannahrenee @honeywild @elementsofellis @happilylindsey @tanyajtaylor @lifewithkymberlyjanelle @govictoria @amberlatelyblog @thecuriousnatalia @amandakrovic @cultivatemotherhood @britthavens @steph__pollock

03.20.17

Make your bed with @thecompanystore

Fill your house with lots of love, a few good books, and cozy blankets. Make your bed, enjoy your food, and always say ” I love you.”



Yep…that’s what I been doing a lot of lately and it’s just been really good. Life can be so fast paced that we forget to even smell the deliciousness of a hot cup of coffee or waking up under a warm cozy blanket and just feeling the heaviness of the material draped across our bodies. 
One thing I do everyday even if everything else is a mess is make my bed, fluff my pillows and dream of my head hitting that pillow later on! Haha is it just me?! Recently we received an organic down blanket for our queen size bed and I have to say it feels heavenly and the quality is really impeccable. I grew up using a down comforter and there’s something about them that makes me feel so warm and cozy. This organic down has just the right amount of fluff and warmth for spring right around the corner. 



The company store has an array of bedding that will fit just about anyone’s style or comfort level. They offer a huge assortment of bedding, home decor, furniture, kids bedding and much more. You can shop my organic down comforter in “natural” using the link below:

http://www.thecompanystore.com/bedding-comforters/organic-cotton-down-comforter/c2v6-ps-h16.html#start=1

For more information about the company store website click the link below! 

http://www.thecompanystore.com/palo-alto-teak-outdoor-furniture/xv75-ps-c16.html?cm_mmc=twitter-_-feed_e-_-031917-_-paloalto

Comment below for an extra entry toward the company store giveaway! 

Xo,

Sophia 

03.16.17

Sister Love+@kytebaby

Lately I’ve been taken back by Beatrice and the way she has been loving on her sister Elouise. She is incredibly nurturing toward her sister and constantly searching for ways to make her giggle and smile.  It makes my heart want to explode that these sisters have been given the sweetest built in friendship for life. My prayer is that they will always speak up for one another, embrace each others differences, and honor/encourage each other through every up and down life throws their way. 

Recently we received some layette and a blanket from Kyte baby that is made of  bamboo. If you think you’ve felt soft wait until you get your hands on this fabric!! Unbelievably silky soft and naturally cooling fabric that adapts to your babes tempature as they sleep. I found the colors and patterns to be so beautiful and calming! And seriously this clothing brand just screams COZY the moment you snuggle up your babe in the pajamas or blanket. Beatrice has been sleeping with her Kyte blanket every night and loves the soft material on her skin. 

It’s so important to me to have quality materials on my babies and to be intentional about learning where these companies started and the thought and love they put into their product. 
I love what “Kyte baby has to say about why they use bamboo:  The benefits of using bamboo begin with it being the most sustainable and versatile resource on the planet, as we’ve mentioned. It’s the fastest growing plant in the world, and quickly adapts to different climates. Not only is it earth-friendly, but it is also an environmentally intelligent choice because bamboo minimizes CO2 and generates 35% more oxygen than trees.



You can shop these pajamas, blanket, and sleep sack using the link below and find them on Instagram @kytebaby

https://store.kytebaby.com/?utm_campaign=379097&utm_source=Springbot&utm_medium=Web&redirect_mongo_id=58a3302586f74200390001bc
Use my code: CULTIVATEMOTHERHOOD at checkout for 15% off the entire site!
Xo,

Sophia 

01.24.17

Banana coconut crunch muffins 


The girls both drifted off to the sleep at the same time today so I decided to do a little baking and cooking while I had some time to myself. Ever since I was little baking and cooking have been therapeutic to me and feel so calming. Here is a really fun and delicious recipe for “banana coconut crunch muffins!” They have a little bit of everything in them and that’s what I love about this recipe!


Recipe adapted via: http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2013/08/19/banana-coconut-crunch-muffins/

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 egg

¼ cup + 2 tbsp. milk (I used cashew milk)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup mashed ripe bananas (1 medium banana)

½ cup diced ripe bananas

½ cup diced walnuts

½ cup granola

½ cup unsweetened  shredded coconut + extra for topping


Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the melted butter and blend. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and mashed bananas to the flour-and-butter mixture and mix well. Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola and coconut into the batter.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each ¾ full. Top with extra coconut, if desired. Bake 24-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Let me know what you think in the comments!

Xo,

Sophia 

12.17.16

Christmas with Jord watches!

Oh what a beautiful and merry month the month of December is! Pretty little packages, yummy food, and extra time for friends and family! Today I am sharing a favorite watch of mine that is handcrafted authentic wood!

Christmas is just right around the corner and if your anything like myself I’m a little behind schedule! So…if your looking for a last minute gift..look no further than Jord wood watches! There styles for men and women are simply unique, simplistic, and colorful. The different textures and shades of the wood are so beautiful and truly unique. Enter the giveaway link below to receive a gift card to woodwatches. 

Instant Giveaway link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/cultivatemotherhood

To shop my watch or for a loved one follow the links below! 

Men’s shop : https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/men/#cultivatemotherhood

 Women’s shop : https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women/#cultivatemotherhood

Shop my watch: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie-35/dark-sandalwood-and-mint/#cultivatemotherhood

Xo,

Sophia 
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12.07.16

Acorn•stuffed•Squash

Wintery, windy, and cold days give me all the cravings for savory comfort food. This is a little recipe I put together that is simple and delicious, and pretty easy to make. 


First you will want to cut the little acorns in half and than dig out the seeds. You will want about one acorn squash per person especially if you have big eaters. 


Place the acorn squashes face down in an inch or so of water bake at 350 for about an hour to an hour n half. They are done when a knife smoothly goes in and out.


While the acorn squash is cooking; fry up some bacon I used about six strips and set aside to cool! 


There are several variations to stuff in your acorn squash. You can use a red sauce, sausage instead of bacon, a different veggie in place of the Brussels! Just experiment:)


Ingredient list I used:

Acorn squash

Bacon

Brussels sprouts

Onion

Fresh garlic 

Brown rice

Spinach

Olive oil

Salt and pepper 

Garlic salt

Brags seasoning(optional)

Any fresh herbs you have on hand 


Directions:

Sauté the Brussel sprouts on medium heat with olive oil, brags seasoning, salt/pepper, garlic salt, onion, and fresh garlic till soft than add in spinach, bacon and cooked rice. Turn off stove and add in feta cheese! Scoop all of this into your freshly cooked squash! Boom delicious.



Xo,

Sophia 

12.06.16

Enbrace•the•Messy

I’m very interested in the truth of who I am and the truth of who others are and represent around me! Lately I find myself wanting to be ok with the messy parts of my life. The parts that feel unsure, insecure, covered up cause they probably don’t look really good on the outside, or the fear that people are judging you one way or another. 

I think in my own personal life it’s been easy to want to run out of every storm that messes with the the flow of certainties! The type of storm that stops the flow of vision and all you can see is what’s in front of you. I find myself looking for that constant silver lining, the next and better/great church, friendship, or identity for that matter. What I’ve found to be true is that through each challenge and season I am growing, my family is growing. Contentment, egos, selfishness, judgement have all been tested hard especially when I see myself feeling less than what I “should” be. I instead of looking at the truth of who I am, am more likely to sink into the whole of despair and dance with my own expectations/entitlement, and opinions of what people should be to me. Life isn’t exactly a fair game. But what matters most is people.

Giving people a fair chance. Judging less and just being what they damn need. Creating a home that exudes peace, and love. Loving on the simple things like ;rest, a cozy space, little toes in your hands, playing a game with your children, or just walking outside for fresh air. I want to create an environment in my home that expects kindness, compassion, and hospitality because that’s what our friends are in need of and wanting.

 I think Marriage is messy, parenting is messy, and even our homes can be messy. That doesn’t define me, my willingness and honesty to show and be seen in the trenches of life as well as the highs teaches me “people do come first and perfection is indeed the thief of joy.” Today I’m choosing and trusting to let others in on my less than perfect life, and in doing so I pray that I have the honor of connecting with another’s story or life or hardship. I pray I choose to break down the walls of discontentment, expectations, and perfectionism so that contentment is always at the forefront of my heart and mind through the good, messy, and hard seasons of motherhood, family, and relationships. 

Xo,

Sophia 
Photos by: @angelarosegonzalez

http://www.angelarosegonzalez.com/blog/2016/12/2/love-on-the-mamas-heidi

10.29.16

Mom’n’Tot Box

When Beatrice and I received our box this month full of fun and creative goodies, it was a total win for the both of us. So much joy in seeing her face light up with each gift she opened.  I love that each of these boxes contain high quality products from small businesses made here in the USA. 

Each box is also customized based on your child’s gender and interests. These boxes are fun,  festive, creative, and stimulating for the child’s brain.This monthly subscription box is specifically made up for moms and tots up to age four years old. Truly a special and magical box you are sure to ❤️ 


Now go and get your box momma!! Here is the link:

https://momandtotbox.com/

Xo,

Sophia and Beatrice 

10.09.16

+Festive Apple Pie+


Oh fall! It’s my favorite season of all from pumpkin pie, to apple orchards, crisp weather, and lots of apples..It was a quiet slow morning making this festive apple pie with my husband. Several cups of coffee were involved I must say 😉

This is a fairly easy pie to make with simple ingredients one would generally have on hand! Here is the recipe below for you to follow. 

Ingredients:

•1 box ready to use pie crust (or make your own) 

•5-6 large Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced thinly 

•1 stick butter 

•3 tablespoons flour 

•1/4 cup water

•1/2 cup coconut sugar (reg sugar can be substituted) 

•1/2 cup brown sugar

•1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

•1 1/2 tsp vanilla


Place the peeled and sliced apples in a large bowl and set aside for later


Pre heat your oven to 450 degrees

Melt the butter until it starts to bubble than add your flour to form a paste, once the paste is formed add your water, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and sugars, bring back to a boil for one minute than bring it down to a simmer for another one minute. Turn the stove off and set aside 1/4 of the cup of sauce and pour rest on top of the sliced apples. Stir to combine sauce and apples! 


Place the apples in the prepared pie crust and make a small mound of apples toward the middle of the pie. 


Be creative with the top of the pie, this is the fun part! We chose a basket weaved look with hand done fall leaves! I used a small serated knife to cut out tiny and big leaves! 


Once the top is on spread the rest of the remaining sauce on top of the pie.

Place a loose fit of tin foil on top of pie and be sure to butter up the side on the pie so it doesn’t stick. 
Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes, than turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake with tin foil in tact for 45 minutes! Remove tin foil the last ten minutes and bake until the crust is golden brown. 

Let the apple pie cool, and pair it with a praline ice cream or vanilla cool whip. Enjoy!

Xo,

Sophia