7 QT: Creativity, Vegan Chocolate Bread, $1 Alarm Clocks

I’m trying to do a better job at keeping the promises I make to myself, one of which was to blog more, so here’s me keeping my promises.

The best worst photo from before we left for a wedding yesterday. Henry gets his squinty eyes skills from moi.

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How Motherhood Affects Creativity. This is a longer form article in The Atlantic, and it’s worth the entire read. There are so many nuanced tensions about creative work and mothering. I love how the neuroscience suggests that women’s minds become more creative after childbirth and I’ve seen that in my own life. I love what she said here: “We live in a culture in which you are taught that what you do is who you are. But identity is far more complex than that, and like creativity, it exists in a state of revision and flow. The competition between raising children and creative output is real. It may be impossible to balance in the ways society expects us to. But I don’t believe that parenting is the enemy of the work.”

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Nathan traveled all last week. And I made it! And so did Henry! This deserves a point of its own.

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Fall Clothes at H&M. There are so many pretty things. I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I like this flounced magenta tunic. It’d be perfect for a newly postpartum mom because the ruffles are right over your tummy area. I love this black + floral print and the structured sleeves. And if you’re not nursing, I bet this wrap around blouse would be amazing. And these black embroidered mom jeans? Yes.

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This Vegan GF Chocolate Zucchini Bread. I know September is no processed sugar month but I’m allowing this to count because…coconut sugar. (Excuses, I know, but I’ll take my excuses and eat them this time.) Plus cocoa has magnesium which I’m probably lacking. This bread is delicious. Like cake but better.

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I’m reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Party because I rarely read fiction. I started out really getting into it. It’s a beautifully wise book. I pause and underline beautiful sentences as I read. So I feel bad admitting this, but now I’m struggling to finish it. There isn’t a normal story arc, which is cool in a way. The book is written in the form of letters, advice of sorts, from a dying father to his son. Hopefully I’ll finish it and report back to you.

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I love this Immune Boosting Smoothie. I rarely follow recipes when I make smoothies because it’s really not necessary. Just toss in greens, a banana (fixes the bitterness of greens if you don’t like that), frozen fruit, a nut/seed butter, chia or flax seeds for health, and water and you’ll be fine. But this time I actually did follow the recipe. It’s the first time I’ve used sweet potato or turmeric in a smoothie and I loved it.

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Screen-free bedtimes. I read The Tech-Wise Family this summer and it inspired me to get my phone out of my room at night and in the morning. So I got an alarm clock at Ikea for $1 (not kidding). The funny thing is I don’t even set an alarm anymore. That’s what babies are for.

Hope you had a lovely weekend,

Melanie

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