Tell me about it Tuesday! Baby giggling video!

He-ya friends! Looking for a fun blog hop? Venture on over to Tell Me About It Tuesday


Bonus: If you need a laugh check out this ADORABLE video of my daughter laughing up a storm. My daughter is certainly telling me she is in a happy mood, even though she has been a moodster from all the teething going on. 

I am one of those weirdo people who YouTube’s things like “adorable puppies” or “babies laughing” just to get in a better mood, because sometimes babies and puppies just do the trick. So hope you enjoy watching a baby just laugh and laugh, for no reason at all! 

Have a happy Tuesday! 

She is so cute she can hardly handle it. 

Ta ta for now!

Momentum



Anything in life worth having is worth working for!- Andrew Carnegie

Lately I have had this word on my mind. Momentum is the product of mass and velocity of an object. I am not a physicist, nor am I going to get into the real complexities of momentum. What I do know of momentum though, is that momentum is force or speed of movement. We can gain momentum or lose it. However, it is the course of action we take that either helps us get more momentum or not. 

Why is this on my brain? It starts about a month ago. I took my daughter to something called “Inside the Orchestra”. It was a brilliant event put on in Denver where children sat in a room, surrounded by an orchestra, and listened to music. During the event, a young child was asked to perform on stage. She did a stunning classical piano piece. Many of us adults were blown away. At the end of her performace, the following conversation took place. 

Maestro: “How long have you been playing the piano?”
Child: “3 years.”
Maestro: “How many hours a day do you practice?”
Child: “One.”
Maestro: “How much T.V. do you watch a day?”
Child: “Only fifteen minutes.”

This small conversation stuck with me. Momentum. Just one hour a day for three years and this child plays concert piano. 

We all have dreams. What are they? What did we want to be when we were little? Dancers, firefighters, veterinarians, and teachers come to mind. What inspired us to be these things? Being beautiful and graceful, helping people and animals, being heroes. Inspiring the world and making it a better place. Did we think of money as kids? Not really. We were motivated by an inner desire to do something great. 

I remember being a young child and watching the movie Singing in the Rain. I was mesmerized by Gene Kelly and his tap dancing routines. I wanted to be a tap dancer! I begged my Dad for shoes and from that point on tap danced every night till I fell in exhaustion. You know what? I learned how to tap dance! 

Here is what I am getting at. How often in life do we let our momentum slip because of “X” (insert your time sucker here). What priorities fall at the wayside? And what consumes our time? I am not going to pretend here that I don’t fill my spare time with wasteful activities. Facebook, unplanned shopping, television shows, laziness- these are all activities I literally spend hours doing throughout my week. 

I am proposing that I often do not do what I want to do because of two reasons: fear and pride. Fear of being a beginner. I can recount many things I wanted to do but quit because I felt like I sucked at it. Running, mountain biking, rock climbing, playing instruments, learning Spanish- all of these things I have at one time quit because, deep down, I was afraid of being the newbie, looking dumb, getting hurt, or getting frustrated at my progress. Pride. Aah that sneaky and awful part of us that rears its ugly head and makes us play it safe. 

Momentum. One hour a day. Three years. Balanced priorities. Fifteen minutes of television. This little girl taught me much. What is it about a child that they are eager to learn how to do things, are unafraid to get hurt (remember learning to ride a bike or jumping from your roof into the pool?), and don’t get stumped by frustration? 

Fear and pride. As an adult I have learned how to master not being afraid and not getting my pride hurt. But guess what? It’s an illusion. I am living in a rigged system where no matter how safe I live I can get hurt at any moment, and God and humans are going to constantly draw me into conflicts with my pride. 

I am inspired by the idea of momentum. If I let go of fear and pride and just do something I love every day, I can grow in that area. If I do something every day and start somewhere, it builds upon it self and picks up momentum. It is a force I won’t be able to stop. The knowledge gains and the joy gains at a pace that is difficult to maintain. I can learn it enough to enjoy it. And isn’t that the reason we learn to do these things? Isn’t that why as children we chose careers outside of status and money? Because as children, we do what is fun and brings joy. 

I have my list: memorize the gospel, learn Spanish, write, and play guitar. Mountain bike. Rock climb. I want to do these things because they are fun, good for my heart and mind, and I do want to help spread light into this dark world. Deep down, I don’t want to do these things because I can make money off them or because they will keep me safe. 

See, what I am finding is that doing things that really matter often don’t make us much money, if any at all, and often do put us in danger. 

Six months ago I made a commitment to write one post a day. The bottom line is whether or not the post is good doesn’t matter. I’m writing and doing what I love. I am blocking out fear and pride. In hopes to gain momentum, practice, and get better at what I love doing. So that maybe one day I can be like that child- performing (for me- writing) works of art that inspire the hearts of people. In hopes to change the world a tiny bit. 


Pumpkin Spice Latte w/ Pumpkin Pie Whip Cream- Recipe!

I love pumpkin spice lattes. I hate spending almost $5 a pop. Therefore, I decided to try and make my own at home. Because, I want one every day if I have the choice, and I want it for a good deal. Plus, what would be a better thing to serve to a bunch of friends at a brunch or play date than one of these puppies?
I tried out several recipes online, then just decided to go for it on my own. So, after about 4 trials I think I finally found the magic concoction. The bonus is that it is much less processed than the Starbucks kind, so what you are drinking is much healthier. Plus, you can add any type of milk substitute you want (I prefer almond milk). 

My husband had the fancy idea to make homemade pumpkin pie whip cream to adorn the top. It is fabulous. Just perfect. 

You ready for yours? Here is the recipe! Enjoy this special treat and feel good knowing you saved some money, and can now make this for friends, too! 
P.S.- I was inspired by my friend over at Lattes and Love to make this drink. Her blog is super cute. Check it out. Every time I visit her blog I want to have coffee because of her blog name. Genius. 
Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin Pie Whipped Cream
Serves 2 (double recipe for more).
Whip cream makes enough for about 8, store in airtight container. It stays good for about a week. 
***Remember this is made with pure pumpkin and not processed, so drink it while it is warm. If you wait too long to drink it may separate! Although I doubt you will take long to drink it! 
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
1 cup milk (or milk substitute)
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons sugar or honey (add more if you like it sweet!)
1 cup strong coffee or 2 shots espresso
Pumpkin Pie Whip Cream Ingredients
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey (add more for sweeter)
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Directions:
For whip cream: 
Use a mixer or fold by hand until whip cream is thick and fluffy. I used my high setting on my mixer for about 5 minutes. Add pumpkin, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and spice after whip cream has the right texture. Fold in by hand or mix on low until well blended. 

For latte: In a small pot, heat milk over medium low. Add pumpkin puree, spice, and sugar and stir well. Let cook on medium low heat for about 5 minutes, until well blended. Taste to make sure it is as sweet as you like it! 
Pour directly over espresso or coffee in mug. Add a dollop of delicious whip cream! Sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired.