comparison is the thief of joy

good morning.
this post is a piece of my vulnerable heart.
hope it can connect with you too.

This quote couldn't be more true.
comparison can really be detrimental to our joy.

I have fallen into this trap hard as of recently; on a personal level.
comparing myself to other women around me.
(social media be partially to blame, but that's for another time)
I tend to think sizing ourselves up to other people is more common than not.
It's one of those things that is hard to escape feeling.
For me lately, I've found myself feeling jealous of all the new moms/moms to be.
While I'm thrilled for those around me who are experiencing such a beautiful thing,
I wish that I could feel & live these moments too.
I feel like a chunk of my heart is missing.
I long to be a mom, to have that title, to experience all that it means.
I didn't expect this process to be so complicated.
But then again it's all part of this much bigger plan.

I find myself longing for these roles others have &
I have an overwhelming sense of conviction. 
That I've spent many emotions on things that aren't even at my control.
Comparing is a choice.
 
I sit back & reflect on these longings,
and find rest in the fact that my God knows the desires of my heart.
And His timing is much more perfect that the timing I could ever plan for.
Not saying it's easy, by any means, but knowing that there is hope.
I'm really grateful for this...
 
Comparison takes away from the joy that we experience.
It cuts that all short.
 
The God of the universe created ME.
He knows my thoughts, prayers, and steps even before they happen.
That, my friends, it a truly incredible thing. 
I really love this passage in psalms:
 
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"GOD, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day."
 [psalm 139:1-16 msg]


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I came across this chunk of goodness when I was doing a little research on this topic:

"Some relationships move quickly, and others are on a slower trajectory. Maybe you found your life’s calling at 23, or maybe you’re still trying to discover what you’re meant to do.  Maybe starting a family came easily and when you though it would, or maybe you’re still waiting and wondering if it will ever happen.
But the point is every story is unique, and your story, your life is yours. We can get caught up in comparing and contrasting and wondering why God hasn’t done that in our lives or hasn’t answered this prayer.
I read once that “comparison is the thief of joy,” and I come back to that often. My story is mine, and I’m learning to trust God to do His work in my life in His timing, working everything together for His glory. And your story is yours, and God is doing His work in your life, according to His plan for your life. Let’s remind each other of that truth, OK?"
comparison is the theif of joy- article

my story is MINE. and your story is YOURS.
It's time to embrace all that we have,
because each and everything is a true gift from God.

thanks for reading. <3

harpers ferry

every year growing up we would spend time in:
west virginia.
 
it was always one of my favorite trips.
cutesy little town + near the water + historic =
perfect spot.
 
this year mr. mack & i tagged along with
my mom, step dad, brother, and his good pal.
(we left our blue boy home this time)
 
it was a blast & super relaxing.
 
we stay at the harpers ferry KOA,
which is unlike the state parks A & I have been staying at.
 
It had a pool, camp store, and a COFFEE SHOP! (heck yes!)
Needless to say, it was a fun mini getaway with the family!
 
here are a few photos from our trip:

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thursday: [8*7*14]
 
heart sunnies for the roadtrip!
 
tent setup= t minus 2 minutes! yay :)

mini golf: party of 6

this is normal..

the bands all here.
 
"money can't buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallows..
which are basically the same thing."
 
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friday: [8*8*14]

thankful for my mom's morning camp coffee!

this dude + his hammock.
 
no edits, my friends. now this is a sock tan! (haha collin)

 
 


 


 

you already know....





 





channelling our inner smokey the bear/pharell ;)


vacation cones!



town of stone.
 

 

sets + sequences= all night. every night.
 
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saturday: [8*9*14]

heaven on earth. ;)
 
 
peach season is the prettiest season of the summer in my book!


 hello beauties!
my picker's purchase! [3 vintage blankets: $15.00!]
 
then we went to the river.
TUBBING.
"best day ever." -mom
 
i'd have to agree! it was pretty awesome! :)
 

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sunday: [8*10*14]
 
undoubtedly the worst day of vacation is the last...
long live you, summer!



 grateful i get to spend my days next to this hunk. <3

we missed this little guy for sure!
maybe next year, blue.
 
thanks for the visit.

the time we took blue camping

 this camping trip might be our most adventurous one YET!
mr. mack & i had been contemplating taking our boy,
camping with us.
finally, we just decided= why not!
and thankfully we did; because he was so much fun!
 
we chose:
mainly for their hiking & orienteering.
it's about 1 1/2 drive from us-
which ended up being a beautiful drive: to & from!
 
thursday: [7*24*14]
 
this fella knew something was up; just not what exactly.
 
we made a few pit stops before we left the county!
(i was clearly on dog duty) 
 
clearly, i'm the BEST at it...
 
my favorites. <3 <3
 
he had two car positions: THIS ^ & THIS v
both equally as adorable!
 
 oh lancaster county, you're all kinds of BEAUTIFUL!
 

we're here! ..and someone is certainly excited.

 yeah, you've just witnessed one of the cutest things ever. ;)
you're welcome.

            hot dogs-onions-bbq sauce: whoa! delicious.
 
 
 
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friday: [7*25*14]
 
one of my favorite things about camping:
the stillness of the morning & the quiet time spent reading my bible. <3
 
[& all wouldn't be right without some: camp coffee]

this man= the greatest thing to ever happen to me. <3
and the best camp cook i ever did meet.

 [eggs + bacon + sweet potato hash + peaches + coffee ....for the win!]

                 
 oh & maybe some nutella toast......................................................YOLO.
 
off to explore + orienteer?
map reading. old school. i'll take it!

make your own path, dude. i'll follow you.

 


  


 
i'm no expert..but i think the map is upside down? hmm...

we found our way= all 8 markers!

 
b loves his watermelon!

mountain pie making for dinner.

night light.
 
blue sandwich!
 
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saturday: [7*26*14]
 
hopewell furnace was so fascinating!
i loved the glimpse of what life was like way back when
and how community was valued by these folks.
 











dye garden! YES!
 




this garden was awesome!
it was structed by the different needs of the house.
culinary-apothecary-etc..


love these two so much.
 
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sunday: [7*27*14]
 
"God's economy makes beautiful exchanges:
as we give, we grow. you do not risk like a fool;
you are wisely investing in the only two things that will not die:
God & peoples souls."
[2 corinthians 5: 14-21]
#shereadstruth

this trip was seriously one of the best.
it's a bit of a shock how well this hooligan behaved.
but now we know what to expect..right?
(we're lucky he's ours. <3)

 "useupeverything" breakfast! boom.
that's how you wrap up the weekend.
 

well technically this is how you wrap it up...zZzzZzzZ

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hope july treated you right, too! ;)

tim turns 50!

as you might know,
a few weekends ago we threw my dad a
SURPRISE 50th birthday bash!
 
he was completely shocked
and really had a fun time
with all his family & friends!
YAY!
 
i had so much fun doing the planning & decorating!

it was a tennis theme
(my dad's been an avid tennis player for MANY years)
& since it happened july 4th weekend
i decided red-white-and blue decorations would be perfect!

 

i loved how these centerpieces turned out!
it pays to be a tennis coach & from a tennis family=
diy party for sure!


i used a ball hopper for his cards; which is apparently all you get when you turn 50! ;)
 
even the fruit was festive!

found these old photos of my dad & I; can you say twinsies!

the magic of bubbles!

my two favorite dudes! <3

this party wouldn't be complete without a little bocce!


quite impressed with how rad this signage turned out! [high five!]







she's just the cutest! ;)

cards cards and more cards (and ca$h!)

I'm super lucky to call this guy, DAD.
He's just the greatest.
And celebrating him was the absolute best!
 
Dad,
if you read this.. just know how much you are adored by us.
Thanks for always caring for us in so many ways.
We love you forever. <3
happiest 50th to YOU!
love your favorite three.
,
happy saturday, friends!


blueberry picking

blueberry season is upon us folks.
and lemme just tell you, its a glorious time of year.
 
mr. mack and i pick blueberries every summer &
try to do a multitude of things with them.
we always freeze them, so we can have them through the rest of the year.
this year we are having a go at drying them.
its over 24 hours later & they are still being dried. yikes.
 

 
we found a bush filled with these monster ones.
 
 


he's super adorable!


We got six pounds with the hopes
of picking more later this week!

 
i made blueberry + zuchinni muffins! YUMMY!
find the recipe here

here's the dehydrated final product!
 
take care! :)

full moon at moondancer

summer is seriously the greatest.
we spend a good 80% outdoors, soaking in the sweet summer.
this summer has seriously been the BEST!
full of lots and lots of exploring & tons of good fun.
 
this past friday [july 11th]
our friend, Soji, was playing music at a local winery
..so we decided what sounds better on a friday summer night?
 
we picked up our pals, deb & dave
and headed to moondancer winery.
 
this place is BEAUTIFUL!
it overlooks the Susquehanna river & all of its glory.
 
we partaked in some brick oven pizzas & wine slushies.
and yes, all of the above were delicious! :)
 

hey, there's the love of my life!
 


fab 4.
 
these characters bring the party!

 
 soji was amazing as always!
his voice is ridiculously awesome!

sweet D.

super selfie! <3
 
 [FULL MOON]
 

great view, awesome music, yummy food, and perfect company.
these summer nights are what we live for!
hope your summer is treating you right..

festive family photos

hey there!
i just wanted to share a few of my favorite family photos with you.
 
our pal, nelli jones, snagged a couple shots of us on the 4th.
(we love her!) --check out her work HERE
 
seriously, i love the way he holds my face <3
 
this photo was taken in 2011 the day after we got engaged.
(haha) some things never change; im okay with that.
 
not pictured here are mr. macks athletic shorts on the bottom (insert happy crying emoji here)
 
& there he is..our sweet baby blue.

the washline made for the best backdrop... even though this wasnt planned; it was perfect.

the NEIGHbors needed some glamour shots too!

proof that they are rockstars; dee snyder + emo pony <3

thanks for stopping by! XO

fourth of july weekend

the fourth of july is one of my favorite holidays!

i love celebrating with a BANG!

this year we had a jam packed holiday weekend.
 
friday consisted of all things outdoors:
trail running, kayaking, family photo shoot, and capping off the day
grilling out with friends & walking to the jacobus fireworks.
 
[morning paddle sesh with deb!]
 
[even baby b was festive for the 4th!]

a holiday selfie, just because!

mr. mack is a grill master! thank heavens for him.


made this sparkle star crown, which i didn't take off all weekend ;)
 
sparklers seriously make this holiday!
 
girlfraaands!


[front row at the jacobus fireworks show]

[we are anxious to meet baby Ruby!]
 
saturday morning we had a yard sale that was a BUST!
but thankfully mr. mack made a delicious breakfast &
we spent a good portion of the day with good friends! that made up for it..
 
 
 
saturday evening mr. mack & i were invited to a BARN PARTY!
 



 
it was super rad & the fireworks show was legit!
 
 
sunday was a party day for my pops!
more fun details coming in a later post..
 
hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! <3
 

busy end of june!

FRIDAY: June 27th
 
This past weekend was a long one for me.
I had an impromptu Friday off, which was fun!
 
I ventured downtown with my friend, Deb
& we met other pals of ours at the shop!
For those of you who haven't checked out Redeux,
I totally suggest you do! It's worth it! :)
 

& naturally had lunch at eesan! thai + gelato
you can never go wrong!
 
i scored these windows too..
be on the lookout for them to be in our booth somehow.
 
& i also picked up this staple gun.
the nail & duck tape were free of charge.
im a hillbilly at heart, and im okay with that.

on tuesday I went to the farmers market & picked up some zucchini.
it came in handy when i made this special treat for
our friends we went to visit.

they live HERE. (insert jealous face)
its absolutely beautiful!

 
we had a hard time getting our blue out of the water.
 


this is my dream house/property! one day right...


our friend, jared, scored us some of these wooden spools.
we are stoked to use them!

note: blues webbed paws! haha. he LOVES the water.
 
nights like these..with my boys..are MY FAVORITES!
i'm a lucky lady.
 
 
SATURDAY: June 28th
 
enjoying some morning bullet proof coffee before my morning adventure with deb!

[lake williams, york county, pa]

all set & ready to row go!

oh @kumu95, i love her!
 
had so much fun out on the water = best girl time!
 
later that morning, i went to watch my grandpa play in the senior games.
he's been competing for the past 6 years.
it's one of the highlights of my summer! this year he won 4 medals. <3
 
stopped at the central market on my way home to COOL off!
it's been super hot lately around here.
 
decided to take on another project:
installing a clothes line at our place.
 
thankfully my dad was handy + helpful,
since mr. mack was away helping friends build a shed.
 
this guy was tuckered out from the afternoon in the sunshine.
 
 
SUNDAY: June 28th
 
made bagel pesto, egg, and tomato sandwiches
for an early breakfast outdoors!

went on a hike (& swim) at the lake with the senfts'
& their girl: callie (aka blues lady friend)
 


the last of the clothes line project!
 
and to cap off the superb weekend--
we had some of our pals over for some bocce & a fire!
 
(and blue almost lost his tail to emo pony)
 
view from our backyard.

love these guys SO much! thankful to be doing life with them!

whew. what a weekend!
 
hope yours was fantastic too! :)

redeux opening

GUYS!
this past weekend was amazing in so many ways! :)
Adam & I had the opportunity to have our business, mack made,
as one of the 20+ vendors in a new shop that opened in York City:

the excitement for the opening was almost unbearable! ;)

a huge turnout for the grand opening! 


more opening event photos HERE


here's our little spot <3









these windows are fab!


huge thanks to all our friends & family for all your visits & support!
we are so grateful for each and every one of you! <3





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we started off our saturday morning with bkfast at the busy bee @ central market!
YUMMM!


we worked our monthly shift at @redeuxmkt
on saturday!

and certainly had a blast doing so!

if you are local be sure to check the store out!
the hours are 
THURS-SAT: 11 to 7pm
SUNDAY: 12-6pm

We are so excited for this new adventure for our little business!

Thanks again!
lots and lots of love to each of you. :)

two year mark

 it's honestly hard to believe we've been married for two years now.
time seriously flies.

my love for this man grows on the daily.
i often wonder how i got so lucky.
he is truly one of a kind, and im so grateful he's mine.
happy two year anniversary, mr. mack.
love you always.
 
for our anniversary we took a little day trip to
gettysburg.
it was so much fun just exploring &
spending some QT together.
 
here are a few of my favorite moments/shots from the day:


there is just something about old things...
they always seem to tell a beautiful story.
 i get lost in it.
 
    


snagged some lunch right in the square.
 
 

i'm such a sucker for little boutiques + vintage shops.
i could spend days browsing & taking photos.
i find some serious inspiration from these spontaneous trips.
 
i need this wallpaper/fabric in my life! <3

these marquee letters were amazing at LARK.

this photo might just be one of my favorites from the day.
so perfect.

glass eyes we found in one of the old war shops....
 umm, we passed.
 
 
ice cream was a must. for obvious reasons.



exactly! ;)
 
                                                                                          HUBBA HUBBA!
 


 
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We ended our day trip with
an impromptu bonfire with our good friends!
The perfect was to end our weekend.
 
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on our actual anniversary: Monday
we made our fave: fresh fish tacos!
i made homemade peach tea too!
mexican is totally our go to! YUM.
 
& this was our daily verse! seemed totally fitting.
 
 
excited to see where this year of marriage takes us!
 


camping kickoff


is officially started in our book.
the kickoff always seems to be our first camping trip.
this weekend we packed up the jeep & went on an adventure.

our destination for the long weekend was
cowans gap,
near chambersburg, pa.
 
our 2+ hour drive was absolutely beautiful.
pa totally has perks in the beauty department.
 
my pilot wasnt bad to look at either ;)
 
we made it by early evening & started to unpack all of our gear.
 
our 2 person REI tent is super easy to set up + its extra cozy!
 
we quickly realized we had the best campsite in the whole park.

the rest of our camping crew was joining us the next day.
(a much needed night away for mr. mack & i)

dinner was of course: mountain pies! PIZZZAAA!
 
adam made a pact of only cooking on the fire all weekend.
(campfire food always has the best taste..i was on board!)
 
banana kodiak pancakes were the best saturday morning breakfast.

sunday breakfast: dippy eggs, sweet potato hash, & bacon!

sunday we spent the majority of the afternoon by the lake.
the weather was absolutely perfect & so was the company, too!
 

mr. mack picked me this little bunch of flowers from his hike.
these sweet little things make my heart smile. <3

we ventured out into town Saturday morning to pick up some goods &
stumbled upon this sweet open air farmers market!
 
how perfect!
 
 
friday night was about 30* in the tent.. BRRR..
 
 
 
 
adam & brooks up early on sunday morning
 
cheers with our hot campfire tea :)
soggy egg carton = take home eggs in a mason jar instead
man, time away with this guy is always the best.
good for my heart for sure.
 
we can't wait to visit this spot again!
 

whole 20

hello there!

so if you have been following our whole30 journey, 
you know that we just passed the half way mark.
amazing right?!

well I'm going to break it down & be honest with you...

the bad news:
i slipped up on day 20 & had something that wasn't whole30 compliant.
i went to a wedding on a non-prepared empty stomach &
may or may not have had some champagne & cheese, if I'm being 100% honest...
I am owning that.




the good news:
i made it twenty days!

i realize its not the full 30, but I'm proud that I made it that long.
I'm not going to lie, I am disappointed to not make it through the round
..but regardless, I became aware of so much about myself.
it also really showed me how much i enjoy cooking; fresh foods!

20 days without processed foods, sugars, dairy, gluten...it really paid off for me.
I lost 10 pounds and 5% body fat. I'm pretty proud of that. :)

My new goals are:
*to push myself in my workouts 
*continue to eat healthy & whole
(I'm glad I had this mini jump start towards a better lifestyle.)
*to realize I'm beautiful & strong in my own skin

I want to say to my friends & whole30 pals,
thanks for all your kind words & encouragement.
It was really so fun to do this with you.
Best of luck as you finish your rounds. <3

halfway mark: #whole30

Hey guys!

I can't believe how fast the first half of our whole30 went!

The first week was huge for many reasons.
I'll be honest..lots of tough moments came, 
but thankfully they were shut down by willpower.
Learning how to say no thanks was a struggle.
But overcoming that was a huge victory &
making the phrase that come easier.

A highlight of the week was...
being re-posted by the @whole30 gang themselves!
with this picture:
576 likes= freaking out! :)

I mean why not make everything look
super pretty before you eat it, right?
I'm not alone here...

What else I've learned this week:
being prepared is crucial.
make or break, really.


Through week two, I've had much more energy..
fueling fun outdoor workouts with mr. mack!



I've also been experimenting more with foods,
making new combos, and loving how fresh everything tastes!

**first time I made cauliflower rice= SO amazing!!**


Also, made my own lemon + blueberry lärabars! Yummy!!!


one of my favorite parts:
i'm sleeping great + waking up on my own..
without the pesky alarm clock/snooze routine

my will power has truly been one of the biggest surprises!
thank goodness it finally showed up. ;)


To all the other folks doing the whole30 currently,
hope you are doing great on your plan too! <3 

ready for a change #whole30

HELLO
on this beautiful monday!

Exciting new things are starting today..
Adam & I are embarking on the
program:
"Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system."
a way to re-start & re-charge our lifestyle.
we desire to eat clean & honor God by treating our bodies right.

I'll tell you a little behind why I chose to do this:

As for me, I've struggled with my weight/body issues
for as long as I can remember.
Never feeling like I was inadequate.

Growing up, I rarely made good food choices.
(granted i loved fruits, but processed foods were the norm)
I ate pretty unhealthy, but one thing going for me..
I was extremely active, playing sports basically year round.

Even looking back to when I was in the best shape of my life,
I still had something I hated about myself.


As I'm sure like most girls,
constantly comparing my body to others around me.
I can tell you one thing, its emotionally exhausting.
I'm tired of not "living up" to these ridiculous ideas
of what women should look like.
Not everyone is the same, and that is OKAY!

For me, it's time to feel comfortable in my own skin,
and be proud of the woman God created me to be.
Because there is so much more to me than a number on the scale.

I recently read this in an article on she has worth:

If you’re basing your confidence and your value on your looks, you are missing out on true joy.
Christ died for our sins so that we can become new creatures, fully focused on praising God and serving others. Not only will you miss out on opportunities to bless other people because you are so focused on your own insecurities, but you will also miss out on living a life filled with absolute security. As Christians, we don’t need to worry about being popular or skinny. These things are not what life is about. Satan likes to distract us and encourage us to tear ourselves apart, but Christ wants to free you from starving yourself and crying yourself to sleep because you don’t look like that girl on the magazine cover.
Skinny won’t solve your problems. Makeup won’t solve your problems. And being popular and accepted won’t solve your problems. Jesus is the only one who can cut through our insecurities, changing our pain into radiant beauty.
How true!

What I'm most excited about through this journey
is learning new things about myself.

I'm really looking forward to doing this with Adam too.
A re-boost for not only our physical health,
but our spiritual & mental health too is much needed.

If you want to follow along on our whole30 journey=
INSTAGRAM: @themackskitchen

Thanks for taking the time to read a little piece of my heart.
I appreciate you.

To those of you who are also doing the whole30,
it's super exciting to be doing this together! 
Good luck! <3


foodstruck york: april 2014

man, oh man!
#foodstruckyork was a really good time,
& it kicked off our first event of 2014! hooray!
i wanted to share with you some photos from our spot!
 
if you are unfamiliar with this event;
it's basically an evening filled with friends- new & old,
a variety of crazy GOOD food, rad vendors, and tons of fun
in york city, PA.
{a food truck block party}
 
We were able to be one of those lucky vendors selling our goods!
We had the chance to meet lots of new folks & put faces to names!
...an all around great time for us at mack made! :)

packing up the trunk, with a little help from my friend...
  
can you feel the EXCITEMENT?
 
all set up & manly manned.
 


  
this man right here...he IS the cats meow! ;)
 
just want to give a shout out to him,
for putting up with my show shenanigans.
he is nothing but supportive & helpful..
i'd honestly be lost without him.
love you, jam!
 
To our friends & family-THANK YOU!
Thanks for visiting us, for chatting,
and for always showing your love to us!
We are SO grateful for each & every one of you. <3
 
If we met you for the first time at foodstruckyork,
we'd love to hear from you!
drop us a line so we can connect! :)
 
looking forward to more event to come this year..

maple + blueberry refrigerator oatmeal

Happy tuesday, friends!
 
I wanted to share with you this recipe for
 [adapted from TheYummyLife]

I am totally a breakfast person & need it to start my day off right!
A friend of mine recommended this to me,
as she knows my LOVE for anything in mason jars!
I'm not a huge oatmeal fan, but this 'cold oatmeal' is SO delicious!
(and my favorite: EASY PEASY!)
It's also called 'summer porridge' which sounds even cuter! ;)
I'm trying to eat gluten free as much as possible,
so in this recipe I used GF rolled oats instead.
 
 
[INGREDIENTS] 
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats // I used gluten free*
  • 1/3 cup skim milk // I used raw milk*
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt (If you use reg. yogurt add less milk)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
        *changes I made
 
Directions
1. In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
2. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined.
3. Remove lid, add blueberries and stir until mixed throughout.
4. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.
5. Eat chilled & enjoy!

in a half pint (1 cup) jar, add 1/4 cup oats
 
add 1/3 cup milk 
 
add 1/4 cup greek yogurt
 
add 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry chia seeds
*fun fact: chia seeds
  • have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
  • are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
  • absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
  • are as high in protein as quinoa
  • are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants
  • help balance blood sugar via the gelling action of the seed and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber that slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars
  • have a neutral taste so they will take on the other flavors in a recipe
  • can be eaten whole (unlike flax seed); they don't have to be ground before adding them to food in order to digest them and benefit from their nutrients
  • have a two year shelf life, stored at room temperature (flax seeds quickly become rancid and lose their nutritional value)

 
 
add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup
 
 
SHAKE WELL!
 

 
add blueberries & stir
Place lid back on overnight &
dig in the following morning! :)
 
finished product: <3
 
find more recipes HERE
 
Let me know if you make it;
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
 

headbands for haven home

Hello & happy Monday!

I wanted to share something with you that's been on my heart lately.
As you might know, I'm a life group leader at my church for 11th grade girls.
This is my second year leading, though it had quite a few firsts...
This year two of my girls in my group came from a home,
"We are a Christ-centered home which teaches
Transitional Living Skills to At-Risk Teen Moms and their babies,
keeps these moms with their babies, and encourages positive self-worth."
their mission:
                                                       To educate and strengthen family
values by providing safe housing
and nurturing guidance to teen
moms and their children
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Immediately, I felt a sense of responsibility.
These girls needed to know how much I cared for them.
More importantly, they needed to know God LOVES,
values, and desires a relationship with them.
I can't begin to tell you how many Wednesday nights
I would leave church with tears in my eyes & a heavy heart..
wanting to make a difference, but not really knowing how.
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This home is right here in our York County community &
frankly, they need some help financially & with their facility.
They have the potential to make a HUGE impact
in the lives of these teenage girls and their children.
As leaders of our high schoolers, we decided to do something to make a difference.
You might've seen on my IG pictures of mason jars to be filled with change.

As a group, we are currently are collecting change--to make a change.
The money that is raised will be directly donated to them--
to pay their bills, home repairs, and to meet the needs of those they house.
And this Saturday our leaders & students will be working there:
building, cleaning, fixing & just going and doing what they need done.
My heart aches for these girls to know that they are valued.
And if somehow we can do things for them that
show they matter & where they are in this moment is truly a blessing.
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Ever since we started this project;
I felt compelled to help in a different way.
Adam encouraged me to use the resources I already have.
That's when I realized I would make something--
So that brings me to the headbands

They are simple, versatile, comfortable, and best part:
the proceeds will help out a really great organization!
[click on photos to go directly to etsy]
       

         

         
They will be sold on our @mack_made instagram
& etsy site: dearmackmade
** $5.00 for every headband sold will be donated to Haven Home for Girls **

TOGETHER we can make positive things happen for people who really need it.

To donate directly to Haven Home go HERE

Thanks for taking the time to read & I'll be sure to keep you posted! :)

I encourage you to take a look around you
and see where you might be able to fill a need.

weekend getaway: pittsburg

I love time spent away;
especially with my husband.
As of late, he's been working a lot...
& hasn't had an entire weekend off in what feels like months.
We decided to plan a mini getaway
since he had a weekend off coming up. YAY!
We wanted to go somewhere semi-close,
that we haven't gone to together.
 
Our list was narrowed down &
was it!
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...so we packed our bags & away we went!
 
through quite a few tunnels of love. ;)

we made it & our room was incredible!
it had an old features with a modern feel.
 
we stayed at the Omni-William Penn, right in the city.

our hotel was very old & very charming. <3

+ fancy rugs everywhere!
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SO many places to eat, such little time to do so.
this was our first stop: PRIMANTI BROS.
a pittsburg favorite

in my opinion: the best sandwich in pitt!
[capicola-provolone-ff-coleslaw-tomato-lettuce]


 i absolutely loved this wall!
 
view of the sunset from:
the andy warhol bridge
 
 

 
good greif; i'm so lucky for him!


we discovered the Andy Warhol museum was free on friday nights in march!
what a score; so we spent a good chunk of our evening there. it was so interesting.
 
 
& conveniently they had a photo booth there! SCORE!
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we stopped at pittsburg popcorn for an evening snack;
holy moly--popcorn is my jam & this was delicious!
 

 
 
 it was so beautiful walking back over the bridge at night.
 
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top of the morning to ya...
 
what we didn't fully realize;
it was st. paddys weekend--
in a big city....
needless to say it got crazy as the day went on.
 
we started out the day with some bagels + coffee
while we waited for the parade to start.
as you can see even our treats were in on the shenanigans. ;)


& so it begins...
 
 just the sound of bagpipes brings a smile to my face!
 
these pups made me miss old blue at home.

i spy a leprechaun!

what a pretty pretty pony!
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these old brick buildings were beautiful.
i love seeing all the old signs painted on them.
 
 we hit up: shadyside:
[a quaint little area about 15minutes from the city]
 
pinch patrol ;)
adam was in trouble..hah
 
 
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we decided to drive up to the outlook... 
 

 boy, was it worth it!
 
what a view! (hubba-hubba)
 
we were so fortunate to have such nice weather friday & saturday!
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our final stop was to oakmont bakery;
where we visited a friend of ours, Justin.
everything looked incredible!
& the treats we brought home were so worth the stop!
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brought home some macaroons-how fitting they were green!
(had these for the first time & they are delicious!)

 lastly, our hotel room key was snatched up by b..
guess he's trying to tell us to never leave again.
or something like that?
 
these moments away are so valued.
they were not only refreshing for our relationship;
they are good for the soul, too!
 
thanks for taking the time to browse through some of our photos.
 
here's to another adventure hopefully again soon! <3