11.19.2017

My 1-minute Waves

Hello friends! I have to be honest with you, I would have never thought to make a tutorial for this style because it is so easy and something I did when I was in middle school! But after receiving comments/questions about it last week, I changed my tune and thought this oldie might be the perfect hair hack for my busy friends.

TURN ON THE VOLUME for the literally three steps and ONE MINUTE STYLE instructions.
I mentioned last week on Insta stories (if you don't follow me, you can at @ashtonv) that some may say this is a summer style, but I LOVE it for the Fall. Not only does it compliment my busy mornings, but the messy waves are perfect for those chunky sweaters and it give your hair a much need rest from heated styling tools during a season when hair already tends to dry out and dull!

You will hear in the video that the GOLDEN TICKET for making sure these waves stay defined, shiny and not frizzy is the Beautycounter Hair Oil*. In addition to the application after you shampoo and condition, I rub one pump in my hands then use my fingers to go through the waves, defining the ones on the otter layer, around my face and the ends. This adds unbelievable shine and locks in moisture, making it a hair style that can last for days (I just braid my hair each night again and then add a little dry shampoo on my crown in the AM).

For those interested, the products I used are below are listed below along with the link where you can read more!

PRODUCTS USED:
- Beautycounter Smooth & Control Shampoo and Conditioner
- Beautycounter Smooth & Control Hair Oil *
- Beautycounter Style Sea Salt Spray
- Beautycounter Volume & Shape Volumizing Mist

I love talking about non-toxic personal care items that are safer for you and your family! If you have any questions, please just let me know!!


10.06.2017

Healthy Pumpkin Granola Bars - Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free

Last month we took a quick trip to the Colorado Mountains for a little R&R. We were greeted with crisp air and Aspen trees turning the most vibrant shade of gold. The combination of mountains, frost covered cabin roofs each morning and cozy fires begging you to dress like a lumber jack turned me into the most obnoxious cheerleader for Fall and all things pumpkin. Lucky for Tanner I know myself well, and planned ahead making us these amazing and very healthy pumpkin granola bars. They are dairy-free, refined-sugar free, and toddler-approved. Enjoy!

Ingredients 
- 1 Cup Organic Oats
- 1/2 Organic Steel Cut Oats
- 1/4 Cup + 2 tbl Organic Oat Flour (I used from food process and organic oats to make this flour)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 tbl. melted Organic Coconut Oil
- 8-10 Organic Dates (depending on your desired sweetness)
- 1/4 Cup + 2 tbl. Organic Pumpkin Puree
- 1 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips (OPTIONAL; if you are going for refined-sugar free you can omit this or add coco nibs) 
- 2-3 tbl Warm Water

Directions
1. Line 8X8 glass baking dish with parchment paper and coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a food processor, place dates (make sure to remove pits) with 2 tbl warm water. Process until they are fully broken down into a paste.
3. In large bowl stir together all dry ingredients - set aside.
4. In a separate bowl whisk together all liquid ingredients then slowly pour dry ingredients into wet until batter is moist.
5. Transer to baking dish and press down firmly making an even surface.
6. At this point you can either chill in the fridge overnight or you can bake on the center rack for 18-20 minutes.
7. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

6.06.2017

He Takes the Time

The sounds that bring me joy have changed a bit in the last two years.

Right now I'm sitting on the back porch trying to finish up a little writing but my concentration keeps getting broken by the sweetest little giggles and sounds of play between my two favorite people. Lincoln is 22 months and totally obsessed with anything daddy is doing. His little brain is so intuned with Tanner as he watches his every move, trying to copy all the motions of each activity. He is learning fast and as I sit here, watching Tanner teach him how to fill up the chicken's water, I just feel grateful. So very grateful that Lincoln is learning from this man.

I've always admired my husband, but watching him father our son has brought out a side of him that I can't get enough of. I was recently chatting with a few of my Instagram friends about what they admired most about their husbands and their responses were just beautiful. They ranged from humor to dedication, to faith but one thing that became the clear winner was the mindful time they spend with their kids.

This was my answer to the question, too. All the things I love about my husband had one common theme: intentional time. He makes time to laugh, play and build memories that will grow as Lincoln does.

This year for Father's Day, I wanted to find a gift that was significant to this season of life. Tanner and I have always had a thing for nice watches, so I was thinking about getting him a new watch that was unlike anything he had already. When I came across JORD and looked through their unique wooden watches, I fell in love! Their styles are timeless and easy to dress up for work or down for weekend play. They also offer custom engraving which makes these unique watches even more special. From ordering to delivery, the experience was so impressive; I couldn't wait until Father's Day to share the gift. In case you were wondering, it was a hit, he loves it.

I love supporting companies like JORD, so I'm excited to team up with them to offer one reader $100.00 towards a watch of their choice. The winner will be selected on June 25 - enter to WIN HERE. 


*I received this watch in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own (and my husband's!). Thank you for supporting the brands that support Landing on Love.

4.26.2017

Organic Strawberry Cinnamon Chia Seed Jam (No Added Sugar)

Last week, we took a little trip to the Texas Hill Country to pick some fresh berries. It was such a great time, and we came home with a full box of beautiful strawberries ready to be used for something yummy. It sent me searching for healthy options the whole family would enjoy. I settled on these Strawberry Banana Oat Bars and these Strawberry Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles. The boys loved both but my biggest take-away was the chia seed jam used in the oat bars; I fell in love with it! I made a little modification and ended up making four batches to share with family and friends.

The highlight of this recipe for me is that it take 25 minutes total and there is no added sugar! We are planning a little trip back to the berry farm next month and I'm so excited to use my pickings for more jam.

Ingredients
2 Cups Fresh Strawberries; cut into quarters
2 Tbls. Organic Maple Syrup
2 Tbls Organic Chia Seed
2 Scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 Tsp. Organic Vanilla
1/2 Tsp. Organic Cinnamon

Directions
1. Add fresh berries, maple syrup and cinnamon to sauce pan and cook for 15 minutes over medium low heat. Stir every few minutes to break down strawberries and help release their natural liquids.
2. Add chia seed, 2 scoops of vital proteins collagen peptides and vanilla and cook for another 15 minutes string every few minutes. Watch your temperature at this stage to avoid burning the chia seeds on the bottom on the pan.
3. Remove from heat and transfer to glass jar with lid. Move to fridge once cool.


Come back Friday for more on our trip to Sweet Berry Farms!

4.10.2017

Banana Spiced Quinoa Granola

Happy Monday, friends! I'm so excited to share this quinoa granola recipe my family has been loving this past month. There are a few store-bought brands with no refined sugar, but they can be a little pricey at the rate my guys gobble it up. Granola is also such a simple, quick recipe, why not make it on your own?! Some of our favorite ways to use this is over yogurt, smoothies, fruit bowls, salads and as cereal. I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients 
2 Cups Organic Rolled Oats
3/4 Cup Organic Uncooked Quinoa
3/4 Cup Organic Raw Pumpkin Seed
1/4 Cup Organic Sliced Almonds
1/2 Cup Organic Raisins
2 Tbl. Organic Chia Seed
1 1/2 Tbl. Organic Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. Organic All Spice
Pinch of Salt
4 Tbl. Organic Maple Syrup
3 1/2 Tbl. Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbl. Vanilla
2 Medium, Very Ripe Bananas (Cut into tiny pieces and slightly mashed)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 365 degrees, line large cookie sheet with parchment and spray with coconut oil.
2. Whisk together banana, vanilla, coconut oil (no need to melt) and maple syrup. In separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Pour wet mixture over the dry ingredients and combine with large spoon, then use hands to fully incorporate.
3. Transfer to large cookie sheet and press down to form an even "sheet" of granola. Make sure the sides are the same thickness as the rest of the "sheet" to avoid burning.
4. Bake for 15 minutes then bring out and break into big clumps with spoon. During this step make sure to look for raisins that may be sitting on the edge of the cookie sheet. The raisins and smaller pieces will burn quickly so it's best to move these to the center of the sheet or incorporate with other clumps. Place back in oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Take out and turn the granola, then bake for an additional 5-8 minutes depending of how crispy you want it. NOTE: This final baking time will be determined by how large your clumps are and how crispy you want it. Also, I've tried dropping the granola in large clumps to the cookie sheet to begin with, but the method I use here seems to allow the granola to become more crispy and stay in clump form longer.
5. Remove from oven and let cool before transferring to mason jar.

2.15.2017

Second Annual Valentines Hike


For Lincoln's first Valentine's Day last year we decided to make a little trip to one of our favorite Texas State Parks for a picnic and hiking. We had such an amazing time that we decided to make a little tradition out of it. It's our family Valentine's date and boy was it fun. We invited Tanner's dad to join us and little man was obsessed with the water and rocks! Making memories and traditions with him is pretty exciting and we are looking forward to continuing this one for many years to come!

This is my hat...that my 18 month-old can wear! Boy has a huge head!



2.13.2017

Wear: Pleated Pink

Top | Skirt | Heels (NA J.Crew) | Clutch (NA J.Crew) | Sunnies | Watch | Necklace | Earrings | Lips (Mac Hot Gossip & Bobbie Brown Rose Sugar 3 Gloss)

Happy Valentine's Eve. This skirt makes me feel like Baby in Dirty Dancing and for that, I love it. Sometimes you just need to break out of your mom wear and slip into something that makes you want to dance! 
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