Ombres & Egg Hunts

Hey Everyone!

It’s Sunday, and the first MORNING I am actually not working so I thought I would take this opportunity to say hey! My family is still asleep and I can’t tell you the last time I actually sat and said “what should I do with myself??” Fun! It’s been a while since I’ve done a “here’s what I’m up to” post, so here you go:

Let’s start with an adorable photo of Ella. Yesterday my complex had an Easter Egg Hunt. I teach yoga here on Sundays usually, but we switched my schedule because of the holiday so class was 9:30 before the hunt. I had to get Ella dressed after class, which my SIL took (Mike watched my nephew and E), after getting the kids ready we walked over at about 11:15-11:20. The egg hunt started at 11, this was my first one with a kid.


Um, yea, it ended at 11:05. Fail. But one of my friends who takes my class ran into us on our way there and her sweet kids took some of their eggs with toys and threw them around the grass for Ella and my nephew to hunt! How nice was that!??

I never got to tell you about Ella’s obsession with toy eggs, have I?

Long story short, Weez is now glued to the ipad whenever she can get it. She knows how to work it better than we do. We downloaded all these educational apps, which she will do, but her favorite thing is youtube. She has all of these videos, NO idea HOW she found them, but the channels are now saved on the side and she knows which ones to go to. Her favorite? “Fluffy Jet Productions” –surprise kinder eggs. Seriously. No idea WHERE she found this, but she watches this Australian guy with funky music open surprise kinder eggs with toys in them for as long as we will let her. That’s why this Easter is extra special.

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So funny story. She was opening the eggs that my clients kids gave her and one had a chocolate foil wrapped egg in it. My SIL was like “that’s candy do you want her to have it” and I was like, “just wait, she probably wants to open it in the foil like the kinder egg guy.” So, she finally gets all of the foil off and hands it to me like “mommy open this” so I tried telling her no toys were inside. I handed it to her, I bit it in half, she looked and threw it like “ugh, this is junk.” TOO funny! She has chocolate and stuff sometimes, but it was funny how she didn’t think that was food, which it really isn’t. I would rather her have much higher quality (NO GMO) treats, and apparently she would too Smile Because believe you me, she does get treats! I bake something a couple times a month, and we go out for ice cream or something now and then. I just would rather her not eat artificially colored things, GMO’s and store-bought candy and cakes, etc. It’s so jacked up with fake additives that it’s not even worth it. Yuck.


The same thing happened when she saw a cookie with M&M’s on Passover. She was eyeing them (after eating strawberries and some of the cake I made, not to mention a pound of brisket and 3 pounds of roasted veggies Winking smile ), so I asked her if she wanted one of the cookies on the plate and to pick which one, (my SIL got them from a local bakery), she picked the M&M but not because she wanted to eat it. She thought the M&M’s were toys. She was picking them off trying to play with them. Ella would rather have her mommy’s home made cookies and treats! She does loves her “chocolate”  though. She now will only drink home made carob hemp milk…except before bed, she goes in the fridge, gets out the mason jar and wants a little in a glass with a straw after her bath. Too precious.

Let’s back it up…..

Thursday I was ombred:


I LOVE it. When I first got home, my roots looked a little too red for me, I missed my dark hair, BUT after I washed it it looked perfect. My colorist, who I’ve known since she was little (I used to do HER hair and makeup for her school dances and proms, etc), is amazing. She did SUCH a great ombre on me! No streaky skunk stripes (I wear my hair up 90% of the time) so that was important. Today I will see if my sis can get a better photo of it in the back to show!

Friday, the studio I work for opened their second space, right down the hall from the first space:


We offered free classes all day (I taught the 9:30 and took the 12:15) and Ang made these adorable goody bags filled with healthy home-made trail mix, some natural baked goods from a local baker, gift certificates to the salon below us and Sol magnets. So adorable!

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The little stick people were hand drawn on! I was dying over how cute these bags were!



(^after my class from left, Ang {owner}, me and my friend Kristin, another awesome instructor at SOL)


By the way, I‘ve been asked a few times for my most recent playlist so here it is! Based on this, if  you have any song recommendations give me a shout!


Okay, I have some things to do before Easter dinner tonight! Mike and I made an AMAZING Brisket. I bought a local organic brisket, ONLY $6.99 a pound! We started it on the stove in broth then slow roasted it overnight for like 10 hours on Friday. It’s SO tender. We’ve been letting it rest in the fridge, we were afraid it would fall apart if we sliced it and let it sit in the gravy it’s so tender.

I have to go skim the fat off of gravy and make some potatoes.


We’re ending processed-free March right with a yummy home cooked meal! Our yummy local brisket.  My mom made home made piorogi’s with local organic farmer’s cheese (and King Arthur flour). I am SO excited, I have not had a piorogi in YEARS! Nona is making her famous meatballs and ravioli. And of course there will be ham, which I will not eat. Oh, and I made cheesecake! The one on my facebook page, it’s pretty low in sugar and the crust is made of pecans (which I toasted this time) so it’s grain-free too! Although I will not be grain-free today. Piorogi’s and all. Did you guys know I was half polish too? Yup. I grew up on those piorogi’s, sauerkraut and manicotti —best of of the Italian and Polish worlds Winking smile

Happy Easter!

Will you be having a processed-free holiday? What’s your favorite part about Easter/Passover dinners? It’s interesting. Many of my clients freak out over Passover with cutting out wheat– but I always say it’s the perfect opportunity to eat less processed foods, just eat more REAL food. Many go crazy with the matzo to replace the bread but you really shouldn’t have to . Matzo and eggs, matzo and cream cheese, etc etc. Matzo is very binding and it’s really not the healthiest thing to eat at every meal. Just eat eggs and load it up with veggies. Make a cereal of ground flax and hemp seeds. Eat more real things (veggies, fruit, protein), less packaged things. In retrospect all of the stuff  you throw out are processed breads, cereal, bars, etc. One of my clients told me that this was the easiest Passover yet since she went mostly processed-free!


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  • Reply Kristin

    Long time reader and first time commenter. I made your fudgey chocolate brownies for Easter and there may not be any left for my family. So, so delisious. Thanks for all the wonderful healthy, non processed recipes. Have a happy Easter!

    March 31, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • Reply laury

      Hi Kristin!!! That’s awesome hahaha. Hmmm I should have made those today too. Good idea 🙂

      Have a wonderful Easter and thanks for your comment! I am so glad you are enjoying them! XO

      March 31, 2013 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Ella is so precious! It’s amazing that her second bday is coming up. Do you guys get constant nagging about baby #2? My little guy just turned one a few weeks ago and now it’s like,”Okay, time for him a playmate. You need to have them close together.” So annoying.
    Anyway, I’m happy to say that processed-free March went pretty well. I didn’t cut every single thing out (I’m working on it) but I did manage to get my hubby to switch to an organic non-GMO cereal. Still processed, but I’ll take it. He’s eaten the other nasty fake cereal for years so this is a HUGE accomplishment.
    I hope you enjoy this time with your family and glad you got a much needed break this morning to relax a little 🙂

    March 31, 2013 at 10:30 am
    • Reply laury

      Aww thank you!!! I’ll keep her 😉 I know, Kristen it’s amazing! I can’t believe she’s going to be 2! Time flies! Congrats on your little guy turning 1!!! And YES! The nagging is CONSTANT! Most of it from my husband though believe it or now haahaha. I am just not there yet. I understand the whole close together thing but my brother and I are 4 years apart.

      And way to go with the no-GMO cereal! It is a step and it’s all that counts! I know many people who refuse to swap out there Cheerios, so I so get how big a deal it is! Happy Easter to you and your family!!!!!!!!

      March 31, 2013 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Lisa

    The ombre looks amazing on you!!
    Love it.
    That’s too funny about the ipad and how Ella is such a pro at using it:) I’m shocked she could do all those things, it’s amazing what technology can teach kids! It makes them learn at such a fast pace.
    And I also love that she has great tastebuds! I was the complete opposite as a kid, I think I only ate junk food. Yikes.
    I think it’s amazing she’s so healthy, yet she can still indulge in treats made in a healthy way, not ones that taste like crap.
    Happy Easter!

    March 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, lovely!! Happy Easter!!!

      April 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply christina

    your hair looks beautiful!

    March 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you 🙂

      April 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Ombre perfectly suits you! I have plans to change my hairstyle too. Maybe I’ll go for a perm with highlights of Ombre. Hope it turns out just fine.

    April 1, 2013 at 4:35 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Amy!! That sounds like it would look VERY cool! I love the curly ombres!!!

      April 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Madde

    Your hair looks lovely, hope you had a nice Easter!

    April 1, 2013 at 5:09 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Madde!!! Hope you had a nice holiday as well!

      April 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Shan

    Your hair looks amazing! I am dying to do the same thing, but am waiting until my pregnancy is over to get into the bleaching, etc. It’s gorgeous!

    April 1, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Shan!! It’s such a fun style!!! Congratulations–you will be dying to do SOMETHING to your hair after the baby comes! I remember how crazy I was that I chopped mine off :/

      April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply the delicate place (@misathemeb)

    yummmmmm brisket! i love your ombre! oh man i ate tons of pieroghi, ‘kraut, halushki, hrudka etc all those slovak foods! she’s been dead for a long time and my parents moved to SC perm a week ago so nate and i made a lamb stew for ourselves!

    April 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww they moved so far away! Probably a pretty place to visit though!

      April 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Danica @ It's Progression

    I love your hair!! And those stories about your daughter are super cute–you’re doing things right, mama!

    April 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you!!

      April 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Ella is too cute! I”m so impressed she can work Youtube so well! I still have trouble with that thing. You’re hair looks FABULOUS!

    April 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww thanks, Lauren!

      April 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Sarah SIL


    So I know whenever I call you guys, you and Michael always mention “Ella is watching eggs” and I finally checked out what “eggs” is all about and OMG!

    All I have to say is OMG!

    totally looking into buying Ella some of those plastic eggs stuffed with toys for her Bday. Michael told me that the chocolate ones are banned from the US.

    Thanks for the laugh!

    April 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      hahahahah…she’s a NUT!

      April 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

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