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My current addiction includes eating steel cut oats with berries and walnuts for breakfast. The quick cooking steel cut oats are ok but expensive. The regular steel cut oats taste better and are way cheaper. You can buy them from the bulk bin at your local health foods store or co-op. But let’s be real, being a full-time mom, employee, caregiver, and wife. I honestly don’t have time every morning to make steel cut oats on the stove.
And my pocketbook can’t afford me to stop by Whole Food every morning for a cup of steel cut oats from the hot bar.
So I began the search for a recipe but I had a hard time finding one that was made completely with water. So after much trial an error I have discovered one that works. If you try it let me know in the comments below.
In the morning, give each jar a stir. If you would like to store them to eat later in the week, allow then the cool completely. Then cover each jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oats then can be reheated in the microwave and desired toppings added. Also, these oats won’t go all weird on you once cooled. Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats will become a bit creamer each day.
Recently, I have been seeing signs around with the infamous Dr. Seuss hat. Then realizing Dr. Seuss day is just around the corner I began to reminisce. Growing up I always loved looking at the pictures in Dr. Seuss books; and I would be ecstatic when one of the movies would come on TV. The wording in the books would be tricky but fun. And to this day, when I read his books to my kids I still stumble on the unique words sometimes.
However, a few years back a friend of mine mentioned that she hates Dr. Seuss books, refuses to read them to her children, and will not allow them to read them…EVER. She said this with such clarity and boldness that I knew she was serious. So I asked her why because they just seemed like fun books to me. She then replied with a list, rattling them off with her fingers one by one.
As the conversation continued, I kind of tuned out and began to question my parenting skills. Am I being a bad parent for reading his books to my kids? Moreover, should I be concerned that I actually enjoy the books for myself every so often? I immediately felt guilty, worried, offended and slightly judged all at the same time. I was saying to myself, “what is the deal with Dr. Seuss?” Come to find out, many people have a grudge against his writing style – a mean a lot of people. Google it and you will see.
Well, it has been about six years since I had the encounter and I have to say… it doesn’t really matter. Both of my kids are school age now and doing just fine in the world of academia. What matters is that you read to your kids. Now that I think about it all the more… I wasted too many brain cells, back then, worrying about someone else’s opinion.
Special thanks to Tamarcus Brown for the photo.
Last night I was thinking about someone in particular who is dealing with uncertainty. Having to deal with anxiety myself I understand its close cousin “uncertainty”. Nonetheless, I realize uncertainty is almost just like a pimple.
Yup, that is my simile. The day can be going great and you walk by a mirror and with a quick glance, you take a double take. With a step closer to the mirror you have a pimple. Also, there are times when you can feel one growing right under your skin and you know that in a few days you will have a pimple. I believe the same to be true about uncertainty.
Even if you used all of the planning and prevention in the world things can still go wrong which can lead to uncertainty. And uncertainty can show up anytime without your permission just like a pesky pimple. You may want to pop the pimple of uncertainty with a quick fix to help things look more normal and get things to be smoother.
Uncertainty is a sure thing that everyone will encounter. It is a tough thing to deal with. Not knowing where the money is going to come from. Not knowing how you are going to make it through the day. Or not knowing how long you have with a loved one. There are tons of other forms of uncertainty and I am sure you have some of your own. However, I want you to keep going in the midst of your uncertainty. You may have several pimples of uncertainty that you wear every day. I want you to wash your face and do the best you can each day! Because just like pimples uncertainty about a situation won’t last always. Love yourself and own who you are with kindness and empathy.
While I featured VAVA Desktop Diffuser in my Cortney’s Favorite Things from 2017 I was so impressed that I wanted to share more about this particular item. I mean I ended up buying a total of four of them – so it is safe to say, I think I am in LOVE!
When I order my first one I was a bit skeptical. I liked the sleek, modern and minimalist look of the diffuser but was unsure about how it would perform. After conducting much research on diffusers I knew I wanted it to have an auto-shutoff and an intermittent setting. This had both and was so compact and cute… I took a chance!
It arrived in sturdy packaging and include a users guide, cleaning brush, USB cord, and a black travel tote. I initially purchased it for my bedside but the light would not go off while it was running (You can set it for the light to be off while it is still defusing. I just didn’t figure that out until a month later… SMH) So I took it to work instead. And this proved to be so helpful while in the office.
After a couple of days, I felt like a ninja when I added my essential oils to fight off the germs that floated around the office. And besides, it made my office smell pretty darn good! I have enjoyed this diffuser so much because of its compact size and ease of use that I ended up ordering a total three more for my two kids and mother. Now my kid requests me to turn it on at night to help them rest and it helps my mother get some additional rest to ease her anxiety.
Since it only holds 30 ml it only leaves you the opportunity to add about 1-2 drops of essential oils. So you could add your favorite single essential oil or a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil blend. As I mentioned earlier, the diffuser will work with the lighting off. Check out the guide below:
Depending on the settings you use, the time of diffusing can range from 3 – 6 hours. Also, the machine is easy to clean but I think the brush for the machine could be better. Lastly, it is not silent but only emits a very soft bubbling sound that is actually kind of soothing.
Welcome to 2018, time for resolutions, no resolutions or un-resolution. This year I have opted to have not have a resolution but rather a theme. The theme for this year is:
“Owning me with kindness and empathy.”
The thought behind the theme is owning who I was, who I am and who I will be in the future with the understanding that I am not perfect and still pretty cool anyways. 2017 was a real challenge but it allowed me to see my weaknesses and discover new strength that I had no idea I could muster up. In the past, I often showed outer strength but struggled with internal stability, depression, and anxiety (Yes, I said it!). Often times, I was harder and more critical of myself than anyone else could ever be; while wondering and caring a bit too much about what people thought. But I have to take care of me and you have to take care of you. So this year, resolution or un-resolution is to take me for who I am inside and out.
My hope for all of my followers is to see themselves for who they are and embrace themselves with kindness, understanding, and love that you so well deserve.
FYI – Not sure if I spelled un-resolution right or not. And that is OK.
My shop, Peaces by Cortney is heading in a new direction for 2018! While I will continue to offer baby hats, I will be expanding my shop and making items for children and adults. If you want to keep up with the expansion follow my blog; as I will be offering a sneak peek along with an exclusive coupon code.
Welcome to the Peaces by Cortney Blog! Join me as I share shop news, photos, new products, promotions, and more as I tell my shop’s story. When you are a mom, wife, elderly caregiver, full-time employee, and moonlighting crafter things can get crazy; and the path to Peace is not always clear. But I think there is always something to be said about the journey.