12: week in review

March 26, 2023

matching mother daughter - M Loves M @marmar

We’re officially in spring, can you believe it? In case you missed it, I put together a spring style post earlier in the week. No matter where you are, you’re probably ready for warmer weather. Even my California friends have been having a “hard” winter. We had snow yesterday but the mid-40 days we have coming are keeping me going. Now, if only those digits could double 😉



my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.

MONDAY- Ginger Scallion Meatballs and Bok Choy Soup- This was another keeper from the Defined Dish cookbook, which is quickly becoming my favorite cookbook. Everything we’ve made has been so good and I love that they’re healthy too. This soup had a flavor reminiscent of wontons…yum!

TUESDAY- Taco Bowls with Homemade Sourdough Tortillas – This was my first time making sourdough tortillas and they turned out so good! I can’t wait to make them again, and also include them as a regular part of my meal prep. I loved that I could use sourdough discard and they came together quite easily!

WEDNESDAY- Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala – this recipe looks similar because ours was another Defined Dish.

THURSDAY- Red Curry Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

FRIDAY- Grilled Tri-Tip, Sauteed Mushrooms with Herbs, and Caesar Salad – that mushroom recipe has been a favorite of ours for the past year. You have to try them!

SATURDAY- Black Pepper Chicken with Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Rice- Wow what a good Saturday night dinner that felt like we ordered take out, but healthy take out! If I haven’t convinced you to buy this cookbook yet, you really should!

SUNDAY- Veggie Enchiladas- I made the tortillas for this because it was so easy! Really hoping to add tortilla-making to our regular meal prep.

taco tuesday dinner with homemade sourdough tortillas - M Loves M @Marmar sourdough banana bread - M Loves M @marmar

Something else I made was sourdough banana bread! My only regret was that I didn’t make two loaves – we ate through it too quickly!


My GigiPip hat is going to be a favorite for spring I already know! You can use code MARA15 for a discount on their whole site!

I have the coziest thermal from Michael Stars that I’ve been wearing to bed. I think this is the updated version. I have several of their basics and they all have been my favorite to reach for on days at home.

gigi pip jolie boater hat - M Loves M @marmar


LOFT is having their biggest sale of the season. They call it their Cyber Spring Sale because it’s 50% off everything plus free shipping!

Anthropologie– Up to 30% off Furniture, Bedding, Decor, Candles, and more!

Mango– Use code EXTRA30 for 30% off when you spend $210 or more. Love this jute basket bag, this knitted dress, this scalloped cardigan, knit top, and embroidered dress.

GAP– 40% off with code YOURS plus an extra 10% off with code PERK


We had a spring break from our school co-op, music class, and ballet this week. I have to admit, it was really nice to have such a clear calendar. While I know the activities can be fun for children, it also is just another thing to do and plan for. I loved that we were able to fill our days up with time at home and a few slightly chilly nature walks. This week we’re back to our busy schedule but I’m going to try to find ways to incorporate rest where we can. I feel like we need it!

Augustine is almost done with his Math 1 Curriculum which is so exciting! We have just 8 more lessons. This is our second year using The Good and the Beautiful’s math curriculum and we have loved it. It’s so fun and engaging and the lessons aren’t too long. I especially love that it’s allowed Augustine to really enjoy math concepts and look forward to sitting down to it! We’ll take a little break but then we’ll be moving on to Math 2. Corinna is doing the Preschool curriculum which she enjoys so much that she gets upset if we miss a day. There’s an illustration of a dog on the cover of her book so she’ll say, “Let’s do our doggy book now!” I love that she’s so eager to learn as well!

Baby Beatrice is 5 months old which I can’t believe. How has it almost been half of a year since she was born? This time with her has been the sweetest! She’s currently teething though which is so hard. I actually almost got this post up last night (Saturday night) but she was up nonstop which is so unlike her. She would cry every time I put her down to sleep so I spent a good chunk of the night holding her. Thankfully tonight has been going a lot better so far. We love that little baby!

augustine and corinna - M Loves M @Marmar exploring with littles on a nature walk - M Loves M @marmar baby bea- M Loves M @marmar five month old baby - M Loves M @marmar making a flower nature crown - M Loves M @marmar measuring in meters with the good and the beautiful math 1 curriculum - M Loves M @marmar

Have a great week everyone! I’m hoping we might be able to do some seed starting this week. Have any of you started spring planting yet where you live?




spring style – 2023

March 20, 2023

blue checkered dress and gigi pip straw hat - M Loves M @marmar

It’s officially spring! Hooray! I wanted to put together a post with spring style picks in honor of the new season. Spring is one of my favorite seasons to dress for typically but this year especially it’s been much anticipated. Being postpartum and coming off a cold winter has made me even more ready to shed my leggings and layers for lighter colors, flowy dresses, and pieces that make me feel more like myself. I know I’ve said in a previous post but spring is my favorite season to dress for. My plan is to update this post regularly as I find more pretty spring pieces. I’ll also do my best to call out any sales on Instagram so check there too!










Happy Spring, friends!


wearing the Jolie boater (use code MARA15 for a discount) and dress from D.Ra

11: week in review

March 19, 2023

rocking baby by babybay bassinet - M Loves M @marmar

I hope you all are having a nice weekend! This week we spent more time outdoors than we have all winter. The weather is warming up just enough to be outside comfortably for a few hours at a time and with the sun shining, our chilly temps are much more manageable. My hope is that we’ll be outside as much as we can all spring!



my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.

MONDAY- Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup- This recipe was from the HBH Super Simple Cookbook. It was ok but not my favorite. I’d actually be more interested in trying this version on her blog which has some additions I think ours lacked.

TUESDAY- Jerk Shrimp and Mango Rice Bowls with Chocolate Caramel Banana Cream Pie for dessert – We couldn’t miss an opporutnity for pie on pi day (3.14). This pie was absolutely amazing and grain-free and refined-sugar free to boot! I highly recommend this cookbook for those of you looking for healthier dessert options that are still so satisfying! And for our Taco night we decided to mix things up with this shrimp and mango bowl that had really yummy spices!

WEDNESDAY- Gingered Apple Pork Chops with Roasted Brussels Sprouts – I had a little leftover dressing from last week’s recipe so I couldn’t resist making the brussels again!

THURSDAY- Saucy Coconut Fish Curry with Cauliflower Rice

FRIDAY- Corn Beef and Roasted Brussels Sprouts- I’m not a big corn beef person but I saw this recipe on HBH that had amazing reviews including serveral saying it’s changed people’s minds about the dish. I’m here to say it was DELICIOUS  and we’ll defnitely be making it again, and more than once a year with other cuts of meat. I’m curious to try the HBH sandwich version but we just made ours on its own with roasted brussels.

SATURDAY- Sesame Orange Chicken with Cauliflower Rice – Matthew used to be a big fan of the orange chicken from Trader Joe’s and I’m so happy to say I think we’ve found a healthier swap with this recipe from the HBH Super Simple Cookbook. The kids loved it too with white rice and it was very easy to put together. I found this very similar recipe on her blog so I might try it next time to compare!

SUNDAY- Hamburger Salad – basically a burger deconstructed without the bun. I’m making a jalapeño dressing for the salad version. For dessert I’m making these chocolate pots de creme!

I wanted to try a sourdough buttermilk pancake recipe so I made these for breakfast this morning and they were amazing! We’ll definitely be making them again.

grain free and refined-sugar free banana cream pie from sweet laurel - M Loves M @marmar


Cooler temperatures mean I can switch to lighter layers. This mac coat is a favorite – so chic and elevated even the simplest outfits. I got this nursing-friendly bodysuit and love how cute it is with this new pair of denim I got. I love how it hugs my postpartum tummy in! I also have this striped shirt dress that works if you’re pregnant or not.


There’s a big Friends and Family Sale at GAP right now. 40% off everything with code FRIEND. I love these jeans I just got from them. This crochet mini dress is cute, as is this puff sleeve dress. I’m hoping this dress comes back in stock because what a pretty back detail. And I’m going to peek at the kids section too because my little crew is quickly outgrowing their clothes, especially baby Beatrice. I always love Gap’s baby items because they have a lot of organic cotton and linen options. This gingham set is too cute, as is this yellow one!


Easter is right around the corner and I’m thinking about what to put in the children’s baskets. I found some cute options and shared them on InstaStories but here they are if you missed them:

I’m also in the process of putting together a Spring Style edit and I haven’t had a chance to hit publish yet but I wanted to share some of my finds. They make me so thrilled for warmer weather!

winter walk - M Loves M @marmar baby beatrice in red headband bow - M Loves M @marmar   sisters winter bike ride corinna exploring wild + free boise - M Loves M @marmar

Have a lovely week!


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