Mama's Twig & Blossoms Blog

Moroccan Chicken with Lemon & Olives

The traditional gift for a 6th anniversary is candy/iron (an odd combination, if you ask me) and it just so happened that during this period of time in our marriage, my husband and I happened to discover the beauty of Le Creuset cookware. And that was why, for our 6th anniversary, we gifted ourselves with several pieces of Le Creuset (cast iron, enameled co...

That Magical Mommy Moment

**We are traveling, and busy, and instead of writing I’m watching my littles ride horses, collect eggs, feed sheep and scare buffalo. Yes, the cries of a girl begging to be carried through a field will scare a buffalo quicker than you can imagine. All this to tell you that today’s post is from more than a year ago (I can hardy believe those were the days of...

Faking It

We are traveling and it is fun. (It is fun. It is fun. It is fun.) OK, I don’t actually have to convince myself, it really is fun (mostly). We’ve stayed in hotels and gone swimming, hung out with grandparents, gone to the zoo, had picnics in new parks, splashed in new splash pads, been spoiled by said grandparents, and basically been on vacation. What is ...

Owie Spray DIY

There is a very particular scream that comes from a child having been hurt on the playground. I say the playground, but of course, it could be anywhere. I remember an incident with our daughter on a skateboard in the driveway (she was three) that still gives me shivers. When these things happen, and they always do, we reach for Owie Spray. It's the ultimate...

Turns out, you actually CAN pick your family

There’s a line in To Kill a Mocking Bird that reads, “You can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family.” I've heard this in many forms over the years. It's usually said when something crazy or shameful in the family happens, and the message you get from (or give to) well-meaning people is, "So sorry to hear your sister is in jail, but you...

Paleo Lemon & Blueberry Scones

This recipe is one of our favorites for breakfast (or afternoon tea) and I couldn't be happier that Cassy Joy from Fed and Fit was so willing to let me share the goodness! It's clean and easy, and my littles love it!! Lemon and blueberry pair wonderfully together, so we add dōTERRA Lemon Essential Oil for a nice twist. Ingredients 1 ½ cups Cashews (or...

What's Under Your Deck?

My family and I are getting ready to move. Have I told you that? Our house has been packed, the movers finish loading today, and then, after a good scrubbing (the house and us), we’re off. While we’re all excited for the adventure that awaits us, leaving the home where we’ve raised our littles is a touch bittersweet. Each time I push them on the swings ...

I Take Pictures of Poop

Every now and then, whilst flipping through pictures on my phone, I find one of poop. Let me explain. Potty training was a BIG DEAL in our house, as I’m sure it is in every home where at least one parent is hoping, praying, and solidly committed to ensuring the little people who live with them get out of diapers. Pooping can be the worst. Where many kids ha...

Essential Oil Bath Salt DIY

OK friends, it may seem like I'm taking the easy road by giving you a recipe for bath salts, and truth be told, I am. But I'm moving, and truly, this is what I can manage at the moment. But don't worry, you'll love these!! That moving bit is also, incidentally, why you're not getting a picture of my fancy bath salts, as they've been packed. This is not only...

I WANT A CAKE POP!!!!!

"I WANT A CAKE POP!!!" His voice was downright shrill, and seemed to reverberate throughout the store (or maybe it was just reverberating in my head?). It started innocently enough, I can assure you. A trip to Target, the promise of a cake pop for best listeners and cooperators. But you never really know, do you, when things are going to go off the rails,...

Kangaroos Don't High-Five

Kangaroos don’t high-five. Those are the first words my sweet girl spoke when she woke up this morning. I chuckled to myself, thinking she was still asleep (oh what this child says in her sleep), but then second guessed myself and said aloud, “What did you say?” She yawned, then repeated, “Kangaroos don’t high five.” I don’t know what spurred the thought an...

A Word to the Wise about Cooking with Essential Oils

We LOVE to cook with Essential Oils!!! Has there been a learning curve? Yes, yes there has been. But once you get the hang of the "how," it's both easy and fun, and of course...tasty! The general rule of thumb for cooking with Essential Oils is that for stronger spices you dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl the toothpick in your recipe. Remember, 2 drops ...

Excuse the Mess

I don’t know how many ways I’ve said it: “Excuse the mess." "I’m so sorry, it’s been a crazy day here” (while gesturing to, you know, the whole of my unkempt home). “Auggh, don’t look at my house, it’s a disaster!” “That laundry is all clean, I promise!” And I meant it, EVERY TIME! Oh the embarrassment of someone popping by because they just wante...