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cookies.

I like cookies. Especially healthy cookies! That way I don't have to cry myself to sleep from the guilt or the stomach pain when I eat like 10 of them. 

I recently made up this recipe because I bought these kids travel bars at the grocery store, and when I looked at the ingredient list I couldn't help but think...hey...I could totally make something like this. So I made my own cookie recipe! And my little guy and my big guy (the husband), both love them. 

What I like about this recipe also is that you can make all sorts of substitutions and changes and it will still work out, as long as you have the right kind of consistency to the dough. I have mix and matched this recipe all over the place, and every time it turns out a bit different. To be honest, I really just throw shit together and hope it works out, and it pretty much always does! Some batches work out better than others, but they are never bad. My husband likes it when I put extra dates in, of course! And what is great about this recipe is that it is super healthy. Appropriate for little people and big people, and full of protein because of the hemp hearts, almond butter and quinoa flakes

So here it is!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 banana
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of arrowroot flour (recipe works without this if you don't have on hand, I just used it to thicken up the batter a bit)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon almond butter
6 pitted dates
1 tablespoon of applesauce
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup hemp hearts

Put everything excelpt quinoa flakes, coconut and hemp hearts into food processor and process until mostly smooth. Stir in the rest of ingredients and spoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Enjoy!

xo
melo

new 'do.

 

For most of my life I have left my hair pretty much my natural colour because it is a dark-ish shade of blonde. Usually when I colour it I don't do my full head, mostly because I'm really bad about going to the salon so it needs to be easy to maintain, but also because I've been afraid to entirely let go of my natural colour. So I decided to take the leap and do something dramatic. I made a poor choice along the way though and tried to use store bought dye. DO NOT DO THIS. My hair turned yellow, and it was horrendous. And so painful to look at. I figured that because my hair was reasonably light, that it would work no problem. Turns out I needed a professional anyways. And I will never ever make that mistake again! Thank goodness the girls at the salon I go to are super amazing and they fixed me up so that I don't look ridiculous. 

This colour is definitely taking some getting used to though. It still freaks me out a bit sometimes because it's so damn light. 

outfit details below

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xo
melo

may calendar download.

The May free calendar download is available now! Download here (right click and select download linked file)

Enjoy!

xo
melo

mothers day gift guide.

 

Mothers day is fun time of year isn't it? All us mama's get to be spoiled and pampered like the amazing women we are, right? Well, not so much in my household. Last year my husband said, 'why would I have to get you anything, you're not my mom!' AHHH!!!!! And it was my first Mother's day. It's one of those moments where you contemplate divorce vs. murder, no? 

It is not easy being a mother...and anyone who has pushed an 8lb baby out of their hooha can tell you that. It's painful, and awful, and somehow lovely at the same time because you get this beautiful little bundle of joy. And then they scream and cry and you want to pull your hair out or fall over and die because you're so exhausted, but you love them anyways, and you keep on going. Because that is what mama's do!! We hustle. I told my husband that my hooha has more balls than he does - because it's freakin true! Women have it tough, but somehow we manage to do it all. Cheers to that. We deserve to be appreciated with some lovely little things sometimes right? Because we spend all of our time taking care of others, and I think that one day a year, someone should take care of us. Right!!!!? Right.

Anyways, I know you want to buy things. These are just some things that I know I would appreciate as a hard working mama, and I'm thinking you amazing ladies out there might as well. And if your husband is like mine, maybe you just need to treat yourself for being such a great mama? Or better yet, spoil your mama if you are not one! 

So if you want to buy something pretty, check this stuff out. 

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new in.

New in the shop! I've been hustling trying to get some new products in - expecially with the floating type. People are loving it!

I finally ended up doing a sign for Hunter. I'd been putting it off for awhile because I couldn't decide what I wanted, and in the end I decided that I wanted a half white sign, and so that is one of the new products! I'm obsessed with it. Hope you love it too!

xo
mel

summer blacks.

Some people wear pastels and florals all summer - I wear black (and white and grey of course too) Why can't you wear black in the summer? It's fun too. Fun in a seriously cool way, no? When it comes to black in the summer, I think the key is soft fabrics, mixing textures and pops of white. That's make makes it fresh and not blah. Like instead of black leggings and a black tee, do black silky drawstring pants, a black knit tank and soft flowing trench, or even a leather jacket would do. Its casual, comfy and cool, and super easy to put together, for all you busy ladies out there. And it's perfect for cool mornings by the lake!

We shot this on the most beautiful morning, down by the boardwalk. Normally I prefer white backgrounds...but this was just too stunning to pass up! It's been such a long winter, that seeing such gorgeous blue skies and water was like heaven. We shot the look and then went to the park with Hunter so that he could play, and he played in the sand for the first time by the beach! Although, he was a bit apprehensive about the sand.

Go out and enjoy the sunshine, people!

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xo
melo

white, white and more white.

White, black grey. They are the best. And with spring here finally, I'm busting out my whites! Not that this vest is terribly practical for being a mama, but it's good for outings when I may not get baby food all over it. Like date night! Need one of those soon actually. 

Anyways, enjoy the outfit, it's early in the morning, and I'm trying to get some stuff done before Hunter wakes up, so my brain still isn't functioning enough to write something with any real content. 

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