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Instagram vs. Reality


Instagram vs. Reality

Here’s a bit of life lately! 

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Oh boy do I have a boat load of photos for you today!

Actually, strike that out. It’s a PIRATE SHIP load of photos!! 

Here are some snapshots of fun with the kiddos before we get to food. The good and the reality…! 




Mazen and I got cozy reading our kindles together on a rainy Saturday


Mazen playing Minecraft with his friend in real life!!!


Angry face because screen time was over for the day


The sandbox at Nona + Grandpa’s house is a dream!


Late for school because someone hijacked my coat


Birch loves Blippi, and we got tickets to the Blippi Musical when it came to Cville a few weeks ago! Here’s a link to his costume. 


The show was great! I’m not sure it was worth spending 4x the tickets for all 4 of us to go, but Birch loved it, and the music was great! 


Mazen had President’s Day off of school but Birch did not, so we dropped Birch to school and went skiiing (we didn’t make a big deal about where we were going – he’s going to start skiing next year!) (Here are our previous Wintergreen posts!) Check out the video of our trip here!

Amazing Market sandwiches for lunch! 


It was 60 degrees after lunch and we were sweating so hard! I shed my gloves and coat and skiied in just a fleece. 

And don’t be fooled at the “Experts Only” sign – I go VERY VERY slowly down the mediums with a wedge the whole time 😉 Mazen skiied down his first black diamond! 


Focusing so hard on his Lovevery toys

And animals


Eating frozen french fries for dinner in character. 


This ELAVI superfood cashew butter with spirulina made my oatmeal look like a celebrity. Check out the video of it here.

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Yogurt bowl with berries, banana, granola, and PB!

Beaut of a green smoothie + granola

Yogurt, granola, PB


Bagels for days 

Instagram Lunch

Perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs with leftover roasted veg


Salad bowl after grain bowl after salad bowl


Official Blue Apron recipe for meatball pitas


Leftovers for lunch!


No Bull Burger with perfectly melted cheese


All of our dark dinners plated with kids underfoot. Thomas always says “You’re not going to photograph that are you!?” Me: OF COURSE I am for the blog!!

EPIC Steak Dinner

Pistachio Salmon with Rice and Veg

Fontina Chicken with potatoes and salad

Flank steak with cauliflower with everything bagel biscuits

ALL Instagramable 

My friend Norkeita and I met for lunch at the new grilled cheese shop on the downtown mall called Ooey Gooey Crispy! It’s located at the Whiskey Jar end of the mall in the new renovated/built Code building area. Farmacy Cafe is next door – another amazing lunch spot! Both of these new restaurants have super delicious, creative food but not much seating. You’ll want to dine outside, take it to go, or eat in the building across the way that has open communal space (that’s what we did on the freezing cold day). 

Norkeita is the boss of Caked Up Cville that I always rave about! She makes party cakes, cake tins, cupcakes and more!

I was pleasantly surprised that Ooey Gooey had big craft salads in addition to its ooey gooey grilled cheeses. Two soups too! 

We each had a salad, and we LOVED them. Mine had brie, roasted celery roots, currants, and candied hazelnuts in a sherry dressing. Norkeita’s had blue cheese, candied walnuts, farro, roasted squash, endive and dates. REALLY GOOD SALADS!!

Plus this grilled cheese that was everything I’d hoped it would be: That Rich ‘Wich had brie, truffle butter and crushed potato chips. 

I’m so glad the Downtown Mall has some great new lunch spots! More to come too! 

What was the best thing you ate this week?

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