The secret sauce to parenting + recipes


You know when you set out to do something that seems fairly straightforward, that is until you get 10 minutes into it to realize there are about a thousand other intricate steps that need to happen before the one simple task can be completed?

That’s been my first full weeks of 2019! Yikes!

When I write down my daily goals and to-do list, it looks reasonable. I even question why I don’t get it done most days. Then I remember it’s those pesky “behind-the scenes,” smaller steps that trip me up. As well as the loftier, ambitious goals I haven’t taken the time to break down into manageable steps. They stare at me, whispering I’m a failure, because they linger on the page untouched for days.

Truth is, I’m far from a failure. This goes for you, too.

Balancing life - motherhood, parenting, work, sleep, exercise, goals, dreams - you name it - truly is a juggling act. Balance and successfully getting our to-do list done each and every day, perfectly wrapped with a nifty little bow, is simply a lie.

So today, I’m starting my day early, restructuring my to-do list, and crossing off some of those tasks. Join me in tackling those items that you keep pushing off. I challenge you to look at the ones that you keep pushing to the side because you’ll get to them “someday.”

Because they’re not necessarily “urgent.”

Because they’re just some things you’d “like to do.”


Would any of those tasks bring you immense joy?

Do any of those goals you’ve declared for 2019 feel too far off because you feel there are other pressing life issues to handle?

DO them! Do them today.

In fact, sit down right now and spend 10 minutes, yes, just 10 minutes, focused on you, on an item that you keep pushing off that would tickle your heart and mind. Forget Marie Kondo-ing your home right now (unless that is something on your list) and bring joy to your heart.

Just 10 minutes my friend!

I promise that when you shift the mindset of spending just a little bit of time on something you want to do, the ripple effect of creating greater leaps of success and joy in other areas of your life will happen!

 Ok, getting back to the reason I started this post in the first place.

While I was in Seattle last week, I enjoyed a dinner out with some dear friends I haven’t seen in quite some time. It was life to these bones to reconnect, catch up, talk about the challenges of parenting, and of course devour some tasty food. BTW, the brussels sprouts are tasty at Perihelion.

There’s no question about it, parenting is hard. As mamas there is a baseline pulse of being in the arena together, bonded by the mere fact we’re trying to raise healthy – physically, mentally, spiritually, etc – children. On top of that though, we’re all fighting battles. whether or not is blatantly apparent, or we dare speak of them, motherhood affects almost our every move and thought.

I don’t think we’ll ever feel like we’ve found the secret sauce to balance as a parent, but after listening to and commiserating with my friends as we search to keep our family’s sane and healthy, I hope to help you find some balance with some easy, tasty recipes.

When it comes to food, I hear it all the time, “I want to eat better but I don’t have the time,” or “my son won’t eat XYZ,” or “I’m so busy taking care of the kids, I don’t have time to feed myself,” and on and on. Smoothies and soups are my go-to avenues to pack in nutrition, especially on the go.

Health comes in many shapes, but it’s my goal to give you tools to get momentum in your life, to fuel the good stuff - the joy!


Green ginger smoothie


  • 5 slices of cucumber

  • Handful of spinach

  • 2 celery stalks

  • juice from ½  a lemon or lime

  • 1 apple, sliced

  • A knob of ginger (a little goes a long way)

  • ½ an avocado

  • 2 tbsp collagen


Blend until smooth in a high-speed blender, like a vitamix


Superfood smoothie

  • 1 scoop or packet of organifi green juice on-the-go (you could also simply mix this with water and collagen and call it a day!)

  • 1 green-tipped, frozen banana

  • Handful of spinach

  • 1 ½ cups of milk of choice

  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

  • 1 tsp of flax seeds

  • 1 tbsp. collagen


Blend until smooth in a high-speed blender, like a vitamix

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Tuscan vegetable soup (stove or InstantPot)

  • 1 bunch kale

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped

  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1-28 oz can diced, peeled tomatoes, drained

  • 8 c chicken or vegetable broth (preferably bone broth)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Salt and pepper

  • Sprig of thyme

  • 2+ cups of cooked, diced chicken based on your preference

  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


Heat ¼ cup of oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Add carrots and celery, stir until softened, about 6-8 minutes. This can also be done in an InstantPot on the sauté function.

Add kale, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring until kale wilts, about 1-2 minutes.

Add tomatoes.

Cook until the liquid is almost evaporated.

If using an InstantPot, turn off the sauté function. Either cooking style, add broth, spices and bay leaf.

In InstantPot: use the soup function to cook for 5 minutes

On the stove: Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 35-40 minutes.

Add cooked chicken, garnish with olive oil, and parmesan cheese, if desired.


Here’s a throwback to a similar post with a recipe for a Turmeric chicken and veggie soup and a chocolate smoothie, with some hidden veggies.