Last spring, one of my closest friends had to be on bed rest for the last few months of her pregnancy, and it taught me so much about how to genuinely be there for a friend. Often, it’s the challenging times in life when you need your nearest and dearest the most. If you have a friend or family member in a similar situation (bed rest, recovering from surgery, an extended stay in the hospital, etc.), here are some tips on how to be supportive and helpful.
Modern Manners: Lending a Helping Hand
Offer to set up a meal calendar, or if someone else already coordinated the calendar, sign up to drop off a meal or two.
Ask to visit them in the hospital or at their house. If you do stop by, bring them some goodies like a magazine, coloring book, flowers, lunch, or their favorite baked good.
Check in with a text or phone call to let them know that you are thinking about them and see how they are doing.
Send them a beautiful card to brighten their day.
Offer to help watch their little ones or pets, or help out at their house with laundry, etc.
Once they are home, welcome their baby home, recovered from surgery, etc., send over celebratory flowers or treats.
“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”
We are excitedly expecting Baby #2 in a couple of months (hooray!), and nesting mode has officially set in. Our son’s big boy room is almost complete (my mom gave him the most precious monkey printed teepee for his new room), and we are now focusing on preparing for baby brother. Thankfully, since this is our second child, we have most of the essentials, however there are still a few things that we need. Here is our must-have list for prince #2 (hopefully this helps any of you who are also expecting!), as well as some of our favorite baby brands. Enjoy!
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”
We strive to eat healthy on the week days and indulge on the weekends, and one of my favorite ways to indulge is a decadent breakfast. I adore Eggs Benedict, and absolutely love the southern treat of cheese grits. I found this yummy and healthy recipe for strawberry shortcake waffles on the Sweet Laurel Bakery blog – yum! – and can’t wait to make them for my family. I think this recipe would even be a perfect celebratory breakfast for Father’s Day. Click here for the details. Enjoy!
To Prepare Waffle Batter:
1/3 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons coconut oil (extra for greasing waffle iron)
1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups coconut whipped cream (recipe below)
2 cups strawberries (chopped)
Heat and grease waffle iron with coconut oil.Mix all ingredients except eggs in food processor or blender on high. Switch food processor or blender to low and slowly add eggs. (This mixture can be made the night before and sit in the refrigerator until use).
Pour into waffle iron and make according to waffle iron instructions.
To Make the Coconut Cream:
2 cups coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream is peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until use. Top waffles with coconut cream and chopped strawberries!