Showing posts with label show and tell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label show and tell. Show all posts
June 26, 2014

Hey guys! So, last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at Camp Shetek's Ladies Camp event... which explains this mid-sentence photo that my mom snapped of me behind a podium. :) I'm sorry you have to see me looking unenthusiastic and kinda nervous, because it was such a great time and I don't think I stopped smiling all day. I got to talk about food! (you know how I love that.) I talked about the top 10 healthy choices our family makes; the things that we've learned or have put into practice in our household that really, honestly help us. It was really fun and I loved getting to chat with the ladies and my mom and sister (who made the long trip to be there) afterwards! I thought you guys might like to see my presentation also, so here are my slides and speech:

Hi, I'm Summer Harms! (and this is my family - cue slide with our pictures on it) I get to talk to you about food today. Which I’m really excited about because I love food (obviously) and I love to cook and feeding my family is one of the biggest ways I show them that I love them. I was asked to speak about making healthy choices today, and was having such a hard time trying to nail down a particular topic under this umbrella. I just love it all! Then Grant suggested making a list of the 10 most practical, important things that we’ve learned or that I try to do for my family when it comes to food. I thought this was brilliant. I know I love hearing how other families get through 3 meals a day, so here's how we are doing it. Eating healthy is a lifestyle. And lifestyles are built on little things - the choices we make throughout the day and small changes here and there. So these are some of those little things that have helped our family, or that we’ve learned along the way as we try to be healthier eaters. I share these things not as an expert, just straight from our family’s experience, with the hope that there might be something in the mix that’s helpful to you. 

1. If there’s junk in the house, we’ll eat it. So we don’t have junk in the house. Grant helps me with this one a lot because I’m easily tempted at the grocery store and he sticks to the list. We don’t buy much snack stuff at the store because we know we can make our own snacks and treats at home. That way we know exactly what’s going into our bodies and get the most nutrients out of our snacks. (Our favorites are homemade popcorn, bananas or apple slices and nut butter, pickles, nuts, chips and guacamole, homemade muffins or cookies, or trail mix.)

2. Fats are good. And use the good fats. Our brain is 60% fat and the fats we eat strongly influence our levels of brain function, as well as cellular health. Most processed foods contain the harmful kinds of fats, while healthy types of saturated fats provide a major source of energy, the building blocks for cell membranes, vital hormones, and they help your body absorb important vitamins, including A, D, and E. Coconut oil is our favorite for cooking and baking and we love olive oil for dressings and marinades. Just a few other good-for-you fats that we like are avocados, eggs from pastured hens, and grass fed meats. I know from experience that I feel a lot better when I’m eating enough good fats. When we first started eating less processed foods and having a lot more healthy saturated fat (specifically coconut oil), I noticed that I had more energy and better mental clarity, and felt more full and satisfied for a longer time after a meal. 

3. Take a good probiotic and fermented food. Gut health is something that has been a really big deal for our family, because we’ve experienced tremendous health recovery benefits by focusing on cultivating good bacteria and forcing harmful bacteria out. You can tilt your balance toward the good bacteria simply by eating more of them, in the form of probiotics, which are live bacteria contained in foods and supplements. We take a strong probiotic supplement and also eat probiotic-rich fermented foods like sauerkraut and pickles and kombucha in order to boost the beneficial bacteria in our guts. 

4. Say no to sugar. This is another big one that has dramatically improved how I feel in terms of overall wellness. We’ve learned to stop when we’ve had too much sugar, and try to view it as a treat. We also like to use sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or even just fruit to make things sweet, instead of using sugar. These alternatives are real foods found in nature that actually contain health-giving properties, where as sugar is so ultra processed that it is stripped of any nutrients. Not only that, but it’s extremely addicting, and it feeds the bad bacteria that live in our gut. 

5. Be prepared. Have a plan for dinner- whatever that looks like at your house. At our house, we often have meat thawing in the fridge for tomorrow night’s dinner. When 5:30 rolls around, if there’s not a plan in place, it’s just way too easy to start eating whatever you can find fast. Don’t wait until you’re starving. Also, bringing snacks with you wherever you go has been a big help to us. If we have enough food with us to get by until we get home, we can avoid the drive-thru. 

6. Quality foods. We love to know where our food is coming from. We buy organic produce whenever we can, we love to hit the farmers market as much as possible, and we switched to buying local grass-fed beef without hormones or antibiotics. 

7. Don’t give up on something- and when in doubt, roast it. 
A few years ago I found out that if I cut back on sugar, everything else started tasting better. Before that time, my tastebuds were so trained and dependent on sugar for flavor that I was a really picky eater. I didn’t even realize it at the time, but as my sugar dependency went down, I was so encouraged, because suddenly I started liking so many new things! And now it’s hard for me to find a vegetable that I don’t like- especially when it’s roasted. Roasted vegetables are the big favorite at our house. So if there’s a food or meal that you haven’t liked in the past, I want to encourage you: don’t give up on it. Try preparing it a few different ways- you never know if you’ll find a new favorite. For us, that was the case with brussels sprouts. We tried roasting them one night and now we can’t get enough of them!! 

8. Read labels as you shop. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you should probably put it back. For me a “proper diet” means eating real food... wholesome, nutrient-dense foods that come from nature. The longer an ingredient list gets, the more likely it is to have undesirable stuff and the less likely it is to be nutrient rich. We try to buy things with as few ingredients as possible or single-ingredient food items like eggs, rice, apples, avocados, etc. 

9. Make meals that stretch.  If you make dinner big enough, you can use it for lunch the next day. This one is kind of just common sense, but we just put it into practice this past school year and it made a huge difference. At my house, especially on week days, lunch often ends up being a scavenging kind of meal, unless there is something already made. Which is why having leftovers is perfect - it doesn’t get much easier than that. And planning one big meal always beats planning 2. 

10. Have the right mindset. Know why you want to eat healthy. A healthy mindset about eating is just as important as the food you are choosing to eat - because eating matters to the Lord. Our motivation for eating well can be found right in 1 Corinthians 6:20: ”You have a body, but it is not yours. You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 

I loved this quote from John Piper that I found the other day about Worshipping Christ through eating.

-Don’t think worship services when you think worship. That is a huge limitation which is not in the Bible. All of life is supposed to be worship. Take breakfast, for example, or midmorning snacks. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Now eating and drinking are about as basic as you get. What could be more real and human?” You are always in a temple. Always worship. -John Piper

-What does worship look like when it comes to eating? It means getting the proper diet your body was designed by God to have. This is how we applaud and enjoy His design and understand that He made us stewards of these bodies. We honor Him when we take care of our bodies!

May 5, 2014

Grant and I were a sorting machine last night!!! Yep, all of your 50 Promises are hand-sorted and stacked and taped and stuffed at our kitchen table in the late night hours ;) At the moment, I'm crazy behind on laundry, but all caught up on orders! You guys. Thank you, thank you. We are overwhelmed by how many are coming in. If you placed a 50 Promises order this weekend or today, it's headed your way right now! I hope that they'll make a great addition to your arsenal of promises.

And there's still time to get in on our Mother's Day sale, if you haven't yet!

May 2, 2014

Hi friends! I've been staying up late every night this week polishing up these 50 Promises so they're all pretty and fresh for Mother's Day. I picked new colors and fonts and prayed over a handful of new promises to swap in. Let's just say, I love them even more. And I think you will, too!

Because Mother's Day is just about here and your mom might love a set of these, they're on sale for $13.50 -- head over to the shop to get your lovely mama (or yourself) a gift! They'll ship out Monday morning! Also, today only, I'm doing a giveaway on Instagram -- come follow me and enter to win! @summerharms 

April 28, 2014

Casper + Hillary / 3 months old

You guys won't believe how crazy this is. My twin sister Haley and I had babies at the same time (!!!) and when they met for the first time we caught them like this! (See top photo for synchronization.) it's going to be so fun to watch our little cousin twins grow up. Aren't they cuties? Haley and I sure think so. 

And, just a few more from our Good Friday stay in Omaha...

1. Car ride! Hadley rode silently like this for the first 2 hours, clutching her new purse from Grandma Joens. So sweet. Casper wasn't as happy about the long trip ;)
2. Chipotle at Haley's table! We talked and laughed and passed our babies back and forth. It was awesome. Not pictured: a trip to Trader Joe's (a fave) with my little sister Chels. Love her! And playing Fishbowl with my brothers and sisters after the babies went to bed. So fun. 
3. Loving the backyard swing and her cousin Davis. She asked about him for days once we came home. 
4. When in Omaha... go to the zoo! It was Hadley's first time at Henry Doorley. And it was my first workout since Casper was born. Seriously, the zoo wiped me out! ;) It was a beautiful weekend we'll remember for a long time. Love my family!

April 8, 2014
You guys, I'm bursting. So much to say and share. My heart has been getting an overhaul lately and I'm dying to put it to words here. I think I may have to start a regular series on these heart issues, because Jesus keeps giving me new stuff to sort out. Also, Grant is the only adult I talk to on a normal day, so my word bank is just plain overflowing. But first, some news and some history..

Last year the Lord laid something on my heart: His promises. If you were reading my blog back then, you saw how He settled my focus. Everything I read seemed to point me back to His promises. I saw Him teaching me how vital and practical they are and I felt him pressing me to know them, claim them, and put them to use. I picked 50 of my favorites and made these cards as a tool to help me do this.

Over the last year, these little cards have been laying in my lap, washi taped to my mirror, flicked through at the table, and propped by our sink. They've been a tangible thing to help turn my mind toward the intangible, something I could physically touch and hold on to. They've been used in sickness, in times of joyful healing, during confusing and scary situations, while I was in labor with Casper, and in times when I was hurting for family members. But most of the time I use them simply because I need Jesus's help to get through the day and fight against sin and be a good mama to my babies. It is in these moments, when I humble myself before Him and see His Word at work, that's when these promises became my passion and big part of who I am. The cards are merely a tool, but they do help get these words down deep into my heart -- to a place where I know I can grab at them whenever I need them.

If you think the 50 Promises would be a helpful tool for you, too, you can hop over to my shop. I brought them back after a few months of maternity leave and they're shipping now! Just in time for spring and Mother's Day and babies and new mamas. (I have a lot of friends on the brink of labor -- can you tell where my mind is?!) We sent out the first spring batch yesterday. Huge thanks to all of you who already placed orders!

Love, Summer
April 2, 2014

Hi guys! I took a maternity break after Christmastime to prepare for and spend time with our new babe, but I'm gearing up to re-open the shop now! A new spring shipment of the 50 Promises card collection is on the way. Thanks to all of you who have sent me emails asking when they will be available again!! SOON. In fact, you can start placing orders today! They'll start shipping out sometime next week, I'm just waiting on a few more things to arrive, but I'll be processing any orders that come in starting today.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the interest and support I've gotten on this project. You guys. You're the best. Jesus loves to have us treasure and ponder and use His words, His invaluable promises. Thanks for doing this along with me.
December 20, 2013
"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory!"  
Isaiah 6:3

The other day the sky was full of these mind blowing snowflakes. Every single one that landed on our car window was a masterpiece. It just made us realize how great our God is. A billion snowflakes were falling that day and each and every one was a teeny, intricate work of art. Only He could do this! Truly, the whole earth is full of His glory. Even the snowflakes sing of it.

Today at noon our Christmas break begins. We are so excited to start the holiday and celebrate our King! We're kicking things off with a Christmas date this afternoon and some last-minute grocery shopping for our Christmas feasting. I hope you guys have a merry weekend!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let Earth receive her King! Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing. 

December 5, 2013

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in with a quick shop announcement in between posts. The 50 Promises memory card collection will be on sale for just one more day-- tomorrow at 3:00 pm Central Time they'll go back to the regular $15 price tag. Please order soon! And thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has been buying them up so crazy fast. I can hardly keep up. You guys are so wonderful! Merry Christmas to all of you!

xo. Summer  
December 4, 2013

I'm super excited. Back in the fall, I was contacted by the lovely Ticket Chocolate; the company famous for their gourmet hot chocolate on a stick. They wanted to feature my Have A Cup design as part of their new Cup of Cheer gift set! Eeek! What an honor. I'm happy to tell you that it's officially for sale today, in tote form, in their cute hot chocolate shop. Hop over if you'd like to take a peek!

Thanks for being excited with me, friends! And thanks for all the shop love and support that has already been pouring in this Christmas season. Love, Summer

December 2, 2013

Happy Cyber Monday, friends! Just wanted to give you the heads up that my merry little Have A Cup of Cheer 8x10 print is now shipping. So, if you've ordered one in the past couple weeks, it's on its way to you right now! Yay yay yay!!! And if you want to go grab one, they're available in my shop. Only $10!

PS. The 50 Promises are still in stock and on sale for a bit longer, but they're going fast-- please order soon! And a big thank you to everyone who has been snatching them up :) I cannot believe how many have sold and it's only December 1st!

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November 27, 2013

Wishing you a sweet Thanksgiving with your family and friends, guys! It's nice and gray and frosty here today, and all I can think about is loading up the car and getting the holiday started. Today we leave for Thanksgiving in Nebraska with my side of the family. I cannot wait to get there! Talking, eating, shopping, hanging up the stockings, and being home for the holidays; what more could I ask for? This year I'm making the green bean casserole and bringing the ingredients for Grant to make this incredible sweet and spicy kettle corn that he's been perfecting. While we're on the road, we'll probably talk about baby names and I have plans to finally start reading a birth book. I'm currently in the middle of week 34 with this babe and feeling both excited and nervous to be approaching the end/beginning.

SHOP NOTE: any orders placed in my shop over the Thanksgiving holiday will be shipped out Monday, December 2nd!

Hadley and I made a Thanksgiving garland last week, based on Casey's cute one. We didn't have pinecones and I wasn't brave enough to introduce glitter to my 2-year-old yet, but it was still fun to make. All I did was gather up some construction paper colors I liked, cut up the paper into feathers and strung them on some white string. If Hadley were old enough to express her gratitude with more than just "Tay!" (Thanks!) we could have written out some things we are thankful for and added them to the garland too. :)

This year on Thanksgiving, I'm especially grateful to the Lord for some simple (huge) things.
a. this new life inside of me
b. new life in Christ
c. a steadfast, sweet, and smart husband
d. healing
e. food on our table and bodies that can enjoy it
f. a daughter to nurture and be my faithful little companion
g. a warm house and clothes on our backs
h. our car that got us to and fro throughout another year
i. family and friends to fellowship with
j. peaceful days
k. opportunities for growth
l. having enough, and then some

Thank you, Lord!

November 22, 2013

Yesterday, as the shop orders came in and it started to snow, we played with the Christmas decorations. They're not "up" yet, so now is the perfect time to play-- before they're plugged in. Hadley is obviously in the middle of a very important sentence of gibberish right here. But to get to my point, huge thanks to everybody who ordered things from the shop yesterday and today!! We've already been busy packing and taping and running to the post office, so thank you.

Just a reminder that The 50 Promises are 10% off right now, but the sale will be ending soon. So order fast! Next week we'll get back to Thanksgiving style posts, I promise. Since it's so late this year, I felt like I needed to get a jump on Christmas! I don't think anyone really minds that much. :)

Have a great weekend! We'll be grocery shopping for my contribution to the Thanksgiving Feast, possibly putting up our Christmas decorations, and possibly making the ice rink in our backyard (Grant).
November 21, 2013

Hi friends! The Show And Tell shop is stocked and open for Christmastime! This year I'm offering my cheery modern Have A Cup of Cheer print again, and I've added a few different color options. It was the most popular item from my shop last year and was featured over here on the Creature Comforts blog. At only $10, it makes an inexpensive and unique gift, but it's also "an affordable way to bring a touch of non-traditional whimsy into your home for the holidays." I actually keep mine hanging in my kitchen all year round, because it just looks so jolly. 

I'm also putting The 50 Promises memory cards on the shop shelves-- and they're on sale! I was given a discount deal on my last inventory order of Promises, so I want to pass that on to you guys. Merry Christmas! While supplies last, The 50 Promises card collection will be 10% off! So the new price is $13.50. I'm well stocked right now, because several of you have mentioned that you're hoping to give these away or use them as stocking stuffers. But please grab them soon, because they always go fast! 

All orders will be received immediately, so you can start placing them right away. And here's the scoop on shipping: any orders of The 50 Promises will start shipping today, and orders containing Christmas prints will start shipping the week of December 1st. 


Edited to add: I don't know why Big Cartel has their carts set up the way they do, and I know some have had problems with it in the past. If you want to increase the quantity of items in your order (like ordering 2 sets of 50 Promises), you have to go back to the home shop page and add it to your cart again. So sorry! I wish I could set it up differently. Please, if you guys run into any issues with the cart over there, shoot me an email so I can look into it and help you figure it out!

Hope you have a great Thurs! Ours is off to a blustery start, with newspapers blowing around the street outside our house and leaves smacking our windows. The snow is supposed to start falling around lunchtime! We cannot wait. Better go make some cocoa in preparation. And in the meantime, I will start packing up your Christmas orders!

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November 18, 2013
Lately we've been enjoying the days getting darker and colder, lots more lamplight, a daddy-daughter nap, (Grant had the afternoon off, and he said he's always wanted to take a nap with her. Such a sweet dad. I love the way he loves her.) an evening out with new friends, farm eggs, cozy clothes, Chipotle after our baby appointment, and lots of playing with construction paper and glue. Hadley has hit the age where most of her day is play, and most of the time she wants me to be involved in it. Me, and Curious George. We are her two best friends right now. Hadley takes George everywhere, shares her food with him, puts him down for naps, and even gives him a turn to "help" squeeze the glue on our crafts. She's definitely ready for a sibling, this one. In the meantime, I'll keep making up games and fun things to keep her busy. 
Speaking of which, the other day we made a little play stove with a cardboard box from Amazon. It was so quick and easy, and she loves it. She's constantly making me "soup" or "tea" and trying to help me at the real stove, so I knew she'd be into doing some stirring, pressing buttons, and flipping a paper fried egg at a stove her own size. 

1. Start with an empty cardboard box. 
2. Flip open one of the sides on the top of the box. This will make a back panel for the stove where the "controls" go. 
3. Put a few heavy books or magazines inside the box (to sturdy it a bit) and tape the other sides closed. Set against a wall, with the taped side facing the wall. 
4. Use construction paper to "decorate" your stove however you like. We made 4 circles for burners, a clock and buttons for the back control panel, and a fried egg to flip. I have a baby cast iron pan that I rarely use, so I gave her that, a mini spatula, and an old empty salt shaker to play with. 

6 minutes to make, played with for hours. 

Well. T-minus 8 weeks until baby time! (My due date is January 12th.) On the drive to our prenatal appointment last week, Grant and I made a list of the things we need to do before the baby is born. There are more things to be done than I realized, and that only means these last 2 months, which are going to go by fast because of the holiday season, are going to go by even faster! Today I'm starting to sort through all of our newborn stuff- onesies, blankets, swaddles, and pacifiers (which Hadley never used), etc. I'm so excited. 

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about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
-C.H. Spurgeon

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