By dubayfamily

Unplugged Birthday Celebrations.

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to catch up on our family blog, but after an amazing weekend spent at a 1913 Homestead celebrating my 26th Birthday weekend – documenting is a must. Instead of writing about how thoroughly we enjoyed being out of cell service for four days, or how the smell of bonfire + muddy clothes is still prevalent in my laundry room, I figured I’d share 25 different lessons during my last 25th year of life. Friends are the family you get to choose… but choose wisely. My husband is more stronger, and capable than I ever…

Thoughts on Self.

This season of life has been HARD. Most of you close to me know I’ve been struggling with severe depression + anxiety. Not to mention the swelling in my knee is worse than before surgery (which was operated on in Nov 2016). These three things combined, along with life itself, has created a constant cloud above my head – which never seems to fade, only darken. Ry and I were laying in bed the other night, and he said to me “Babe, what happened to that go-getter I married?! The one thing I loved about you, is you fought for what…

Sunday Reflections.

The first week of January I found myself questioning all the things, and feeling this maddening, indivisible pressure to have my life goals and plans written out in a thousand page diary. Oh the pressure of a new year. You see, I have all these amazing changes I want to make, and so my wheels start to spin. Then I see something else I’d love to do… and jump on that train too. Before I knew it, my mind was spinning faster than a carnival ride, yet my spirit and body couldn’t quite make sense of what to do next.…

Homemade Marshmallows.

Every time my children ask for hot cocoa they MUST have their Marshmallows too… except my 100% organic, no refined sugar or corn syrup brain secretly despises purchasing them. Thanks to Danielle Walker of Against All Grain, Celebrations- we now have a Paleo/healthy version of these delectable puff balls. I’m sharing her recipe because #1… its awesome and #2… because I want my children to have a book of our favorite family recipes when they grow older, and this blog is a perfect way of keeping them all in one place. So without further ado, here’s our new favorite Marshmallow recipe.…

2016 in Review.

“Let your days teach and transform you. Let them leave you differently than they found you.” – unknown. This past year consisted of daily learning experiences, intertwined with blessings. In January, Ryan went full-time self employed with Backcountry Woodworking. He built some amazing pieces for his clientele, and picked up work from folks like Glacier Highline (the Aerial Adventure Park), Proof Research, Kalispell Brewing, EnVouge Salon, Walleyes Unlimited of Montana, Lake McDonald Lodge, Swift Current Café, Rising Sun Motor Inn, and custom work for local families. You can view most of his work by clicking HERE. I also hired a full-time seamstress in…

Almond Butter Buckeyes.

Tis the season for warm beverages + satisfying treats. Although I try to keep my Holiday indulgences to a minimum, these are still a traditional staple… not to mention they’re gluten free + delicious. Almond Butter Buckaroos : 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 2 TBSP + 1 TSP coconut flour 2 TBSP arrowroot powder 1 TSP pure vanilla extract 4-5 oz of organic, fair-trade dark chocolate. In a bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and vanilla extract. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then using a spoon, create 1 inch round…

Mentoring.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch In 2017, I want to initiate changes + inspire others. Whether you’re following along with our family’s minimalism journey, or here to get a bigger in-depth look at how business, photography, and everyday life blends in our home… I’m happy to have you here. With that being said, I’ve also had a lot of requests for help or advice. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m an open book. I’ve been through many different arenas in life, and love to offer a helping hand to…

Business Reflection + Success.

As winter deepens, and the holiday buzz is nearly overwhelming – I find myself in a serious time of reflection. This past week I finished my last market of this year, and unfortunately had bigger expectations for the “final finale of 2016”.  Lets be honest, Vintage Whites is my baby and was Alpine Baby Co’s very FIRST market. So I’m used to having loads of support, and not a ton of competition. In 2016 however, I decided to expand my market love vending at The Whitefish Arts Festival, Vintage Whites, Handmade Holiday, and Holiday MADE fair. I love how each one…