Living Room Gallery Wall

Boy this post has been sitting in my drafts forever!! The reason being that I knew I was going to change my wall color again and all my pictures that I had originally hung would be replaced!! I wanted it final and set in stone before I shared it.

I can’t wait to share my Living Room Reveal with you since I feel we are finally finished with it (it only took 2 years to finish the dang molding around the window!!).

So as a little teaser for that I will share the gallery wall that we just hung.

I started with thrift store oar. You will notice as you start seeing room reveals, that oar are a big part of my style and decor in our home. I painted this one in the accent colors that I use in the living room. Navy, bright yellow, and red are the accent foundations of the room with white and pale whit/grey setting the tone.

I made the sign a few years back out of a piece of wood we had laying around and about 4 different kinds of paint and sand paper. It was the easiest thing I have ever made. If you DONT do well with detail this is a project for you!! Just throw on paint, let it dry and then scuff it up. Then repeat with each color. I did a white wash over it all with watered down white paint and then stuck a cut out of our last name over it all.

The last detail in this gallery are the “S” and the “5”. They represent our last name and the number of people in our family. The background that the metal letter and number lay on are nautical flags that matched perfectly with the accent colors.

Of course my wonderful and “patient” husband hung it all with command strips to my liking 😉

So there ya have it!! Easy and fast. You can have a sweet gallery wall hung in a half hour with things from around your house!! I am a frame hoarder and also a spray paint maniac so I can turn any frame new before your eyes. I would say this wall probably cost me under $100 and it was only that expensive because I bought new ikea frames.

Just wait until you see our DIY photo ledges and how cheap that project was!! I literally spent nothing on frames!!

I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to make your own gallery wall. If you already have one please share in the comments!!

Mason Jar Salads


I know I’m a little late to the party with this but since we have been without a kitchen for 9 weeks now…….yes you read that right…….9 weeks!! I have been grasping to find new and easy ways for meal prepping. 

We are up to our ears in kale and lettuce in the garden right now so how can you go wrong with meal prepping salads!? 

I was a little hesitant because I found it hard to believe that the greens would stay fresh for 5 days (I was using my husband’s lunches for the Guinea pig on this project!!). But guess what!? They actually did stay fresh and crisp!!

Here is what I did for 5 days worth of healthy and practically free (from the garden) meals for my husband’s lunch.

Start with your greens!! I picked Kale, lettuce and that like in the far right is cilantro. Yes I realize that is a god awful…..(I say awful because I hate cilantro)…..amount but my husband LOVES his cilantro. It’s incredibly healthy so I say why not? Oh and don’t forget my giant mug of coffee. Do you see what I’m working with here? A plywood counter top with no countertops on our doorless cabinets 😑.

Chop your greens to your liking.


Start filling your jars!! Always add dressing at the bottom. This is what keeps the greens from getting soggy.

I add Kale and seeds (or nuts whichever you prefer) next. The kale is a very hearty green that stands up to wilting and the seeds work as another barrier from the leaf lettuce.

Next add any veggies that you want for your salad. Our cucumbers have not come on yet so this week’s salads were pretty plain. I am going to work on recipes to add throughout the summer straight from the garden!!

I top the salad off with the fresh herbs. And there you have it!! Put the lids on and pop in the fridge!! The husband took these salads to work everyday this week and loved them. I loved that they cost next to nothing (aside from the nagging I have to do to get him to bring my jars back home 🙄).


There ya go friends!! Do you use mason jars for meal planning? If so I would love and appreciate any ideas!!

Happy Friday,

Emily

Shaklee Summer Must Have

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This is the safest and best sunscreen out there! You might of heard about all the studies going around about the chemicals in the sunscreens and how it can be very harmful to you and your kids. That’s why I use this more natural sunscreen. It’s designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. Soothing and moisturizing, it does not irritate the skin. Patented Vital-Repair+ contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals. The formula offers broad spectrum protection and adds an extra defense against premature skin aging. Oh, and it’s Paraben Free.
Extra Features include:
Protect and prevent premature aging of your skin with the clinically proven and patented Enfuselle® formula.
*It provides broad-spectrum protection against both harmful UVA and UVB rays.

*Vital Repair+® Complex adds extra protection against prematurely older-looking skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals

*Filters out sun’s harsh rays to protect against skin damage

*Nonirritating formula designed for sensitive skin

*Hypoallergenic

*Contains triple-patented Vital Repair+ Complex

*Formulated with witch hazel and chamomile extracts

*Alcohol Free

*100% dye, oil, and paraben free

*pH-balanced

*Hypoallergenic

*Dermatologist tested

*Not tested on animals

Get yours here!

 

 

Gluten FreeTropical Green Shake

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Tropical Green Shake

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake

1 cup frozen chopped greens such as collards, kale, or spinach

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup frozen ripe banana

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk

Blend ingredients until creamy.

~Enjoy~

Make Your Own Smoothie Bowls!

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My friend Bonnie has been buying smoothie bowls and talking all about them so I decided to make my own today and love it!!!

The smoothie is made out of almond milk, banana, kale, frozen raspberries, and vanilla life shake protein powder.

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I topped it with fresh strawberries and chia seeds.

You can make this hundreds of different ways!!  You can literally use whatever ingredients that you have and make a yummy, healthy, treat!! Just blend your smoothie ingredients and and add toppings.

I can’t wait to make another one.

Have you tried a smoothie bowl before?? 🍓

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3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream (Vegan)

This is one of my easiest go to dessert recipes for my family when we want a quick and healthy treat for Dessert Night.

Every Friday Night we have either home-made pizza or sushi and a movie night!! Of course we have to indulge in dessert too!! I like to change it up a bit so we don’t have the same treat every week. These “desserts” are pretty healthy and I notice that if I make something too frequently they boys will soon feel like they are eating something healthy and they wont want it anymore. I have a few other recipes that I keep up my sleeve for dessert night as well and plan on doing a Dessert Night Round up blog post for you to share all of my healthy go-to, nutrition packed recipes!!

On the menu for tomorrow night is 3 ingredient chocolate ice cream. This is actually a pro biotic, potassium and protein packed bowl of deliciousness but don’t tell the babies!! Oh and let’s not forget the great source of omegas as well that come with Shaklee’s Life Shake mix.

Ingredients:

3 Bananas chopped and frozen

1/4 C. Cocoa Powder (I have used Cocoa Nibs before but its just a little too bitter for the boys)

1/4 C. Shaklee Life Shake Mix in Chocolate

That is it folks!!

First you need to chop up a few bananas and freeze them. I always have frozen bananas on hand because I buy 2 bunches weekly. I feed the kids some for snacks through the week and the rest will get chopped up for smoothies or froze for future baked goods or this recipe!! I’m always needing bananas!!

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I have a vitamix (that I would die without…..no seriously…….I would die without it……I use it 3x a day at least……They should use me as a spokes person but they arent) that is really amazing and has a “frozen dessert” option on the settings. This is a very high-powered blender so if you have a regular blender I would recommend adding a little dairy free milk to help it along.

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I just dump all the ingredients into my best friend……I mean blender and hit the start button!! It pulverizes it into a beautiful chocolate custard.

After this dump it into a container of your choice, pop the lid on and freeze for a couple of hours.

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It’s so fast and easy and so much healthier than store bought!!

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this recipe. I am excited to try and mix it up with some more flavors in the future!! Of course I will do a blog post on that for you as well!!

What healthy recipe do you guys have for “Dessert Night” in your house?? I would love to hear!!

PS~I apologize for the poor quality in pictures. We are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so everything (including the lighting) is a wreck right now!!

 

Look What Happens When You Wash Your Fruit and Veggies!!

 

I’ve always given my fruit and veggies a quick wash. Never have I seen results like this in the sink after.

I never bought into the idea that you should use soap or chemicals to wash your veggies but I didn’t feel like they were adequately getting clean.

Vinegar was really the only natural option. I hated the smell and sometimes I could taste it on the veggies I washed. Now I have Basic H!!! Not only is it safe toxic free household cleaner it works on veggies too!! I used two drops, (that right two drops!!) and it cleaned my fruits this morning.

This bottle of Basic H concentrate has over 48 gallons of cleaner in it. (Depending on how you use it)

*need a degreaser? Add 1 1/2 tsp to 16oz of water

*need an all purpose cleaner? Add 1/4 tsp to 16oz of water

*need to wash some Windows? Add 2 drops to 16oz of water

*need a fruit & veggie wash? Add 2 drops to a sink full of water.

Check out my website for other natural cleaning options!! Emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Super Seed Waffles

  
Sunday mornings are special in our house. We try to sleep and get up slow and enjoy our morning together. I always make waffles and believe me, if we miss waffle day they let me know!! 

As with everything I feed my family, I try and make it the healthiest possible and pack the most nutrition in each recipe 

Check out this awesome Super Seed  recipe for waffles!!

Super Seed Waffels

|Serves 3-4|

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour (or your choice)

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 Tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp sugar (turbinado, coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup)

pinch of Himalayan salt

1 Tbsp avocado oil

1 cup cocnut milk

Instructions:

Preheat waffle iron.

In a high powered blender (I use a vitamix) pulse all seeds first.

  
Add in rest of the dry ingredients and pulse a few more times.

  
Now add wet ingredients to blender and pulse until just combined. Do not over mix!!

  
You will need a spatula to help get this batter out of the blender. Because of the flax and chia it becomes quite sticky.

Pour batter onto waffle iron (I use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup) and cook until golden brown. 

  
  
Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Black Beans

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Who doesn’t love a new slow cooker recipe?  Let me rephrase…… who doesn’t love a new, healthy and cheap slow cooker recipe. Because we are mostly vegan household we go through ton of black beans so I finally decided to get off my butt and start buying them dried to save us some money (and the environment).

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe that I make every Monday morning to last us through the week!!

Ingredients:
  • 1-lb dried organic black beans sifted through for pebbles or bad beans
  • 1 teaspoon pink hymalaian salt
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic (optional!! We are crazy garlic consumers!!)
  • This is where some people will add an onion or cumin or chili powder!! experiment and make it your own!
Instructions:
  1. Mix the black beans, salt, and 6 cups of cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To avoid this step you could soak beans over night
  2. Put the crushed garlic and the beans and cooking water into crock pot, cover, and turn on low.image
  3. Cook for 4-8 hours or until beans are cooked to the firmness that you prefer. Cool beans and liquid. You can now portion onto containers and freeze but we eat this entire pot and sometimes 2 during a week of meals!!image

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Happy Spring Kid’s Art Project

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We get pretty excited for spring in this family. Mama is out planting her garden (well parts of it) in the beginning of February, Daddy is just happy to not have to leave for work in the dark and drive home in the dark, and the boys are just smitten with more outdoor time.

Today in true Pacific Northwest fashion it was rainy and stormy but that didn’t take away our spring excitement!!

Mr. Precious (our 3 year old) decided he wanted to do an extra special art project to celebrate the spring solstice. I thought a rainbow and cloud would be fitting and since he already knows his colors, this could be a great time for him to learn the order of a rainbow!!

It was such a fun project and your kids will love it too. We had everything on hand to do it so no running to the store for supplies.

Here is what you will need:

White card stock paper

White paper plate

Black marker

School glue

Scissors (ours are for toddlers)

Cotton Balls

Crayons

Glitter Glue (optimal)

First I made lines on the white card stock that would become the rainbow. Between each line I wrote a letter that stood for the color needed (ROYGBIV). Then I had him color in each strip.

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After that he used his cutting skills to cut out each strip. He also cut the paper plate to be a more appropriate cloud shape.

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Then we got to gluing the cotton balls on the cloud and the strips (in order). So FUN!!

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We let it sit for a little while to dry and then came back with the glitter glue. He was the one who came up with the idea for a sparkly cloud. I absolutely love the way it turned out. He’s pretty excited that he did it all himself too.

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So Happy Spring Homesteaders!! What are your plans for Spring 2016?