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 

08.19.16

Easing into transition+Milestone Baby

Awwwe….transition, adjustment, life changes..we all go through them as adults and children as well. Today I’m sharing straight from the heart on helping your toddler transition into the role of “big sister” or “big brother.” 

Welcoming sweet Elouise has been the best gift our family has been given this year along with my husband finishing flight school, but that does not come with some hard days and extra cuddles for our first born daughter Beatrice. For those of you getting ready to welcome another bundle into the family I have jotted down a few helpful ways to make the transition for your toddler a little easier and manageable for the whole family! 
Just know Momma that the first week will be the hardest and there’s not much you can do to get around that! There little emotions have a lot to process and sometimes the best recipe is time and extra snuggles and lots of praise. Here are few tips we have found successful so far:) 

•ROUTINE: Your newborn baby will take some time to find a routine but your toddler most likely already has one in place. Stick with it! This helps give them a sense of security and stability for their changing emotions. 

•GIFTS: Have a few special presents for your toddler to open the first week to let them know you are thinking of them and wanting them to feel special and supported. 

•TASKS: Give you toddler tasks each day that don’t always involve the baby itself. Ask them kindly to get you a glass of water, or help you throw clothes in the washer and dryer. Help them feel capable of helping and feeling needed by including them in small tasks.

•ATTENTION: Having a newborn full time job around the clock, but try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there where your attention is on the toddler. Make eye contact and show that you care about what their building or playing with. 

•PRAISE: Praise them as much as you can! Having a new sibling is such a big change, and when they are loving on the new baby make sure to give them praise for that! Remind them how important and special they are to you when you tuck them in at night. 

•GRACE: Lastly give your self grace upon grace to not always have a perfect day or clean house. Love your babies hard, do your best, honor who your children are and that will always be enough for them. They see you and they see how hard your trying. 

These cute milestone cards can be found at http://shop.milestone-world.com/ or follow their Instagram page @milestonebaby. I find it really fun having a cute photo card to document milestones in your children’s life. Beatrice loves to go through these cards and read them and tell me which ones she can and cannot do! Today she couldn’t just pick just one so we picked four things she can now do on her own. She’s becoming such a big girl and I’m so proud of her and love having these cards to document her growth! 

 Natural travel mat can be found @naturalmatusa and these orange pocodot rompers can be found @radrevolutionkids.


Xo,

Sophia, Elouise, and Beatrice 💜

08.15.16

Just the three of us+Lorena Canals Rugs

Well it was my first morning on my own with my two baby girls…and I have to say we survived;) my momma left early for the airport after being here for ten days and being the biggest help ever. Isn’t help the best when your going through a major life transition? I’m so thankful. 

Waking up to my grunting babe and feeding her in bed is just the best. Every morning my daughter Beatrice comes into my room and says “where is my Elouise” and kisses her forehead while she watches a couple shows and baby Elioise doses off to sleep once again. We’re all in newborn bliss over here with a mix of sleep deprivation 😉

This morning I took these photos of my girls after we got dressed and thought to myself “Seeing these two loving on each other makes my heart explode with gratitude and teaches me more about compassion each passing day.” Motherhood is truly stretching, yet magnificent at the same time. Each day I get to love on these girls and call them mine! 

Today I am sharing about our current favorite rug from Lorena Canals rugs. These rugs are machine washable making it such a great option for messy toddlers and dirty feet! I also can easily run a vacuum over it to fluff it up or throw it in the wash for a quick clean! I love the styles and colors Lorena Canals Rugs come in and will be sure to have many more in our new house come fall! These are must have rugs if your in the season of raising babies and kids! Incredibly soft on the feet, functional, and beautiful to look at. Visit their website athttp://lorenacanals.us/ or their Instagram page at @lorenacanalsrugs
Xo,

Sophia 

•Blue shoes shown on my daughter Bea can be found @pediped, stuffed bunny @cuddleandkind, pacifier clip @ryanandrose •