sarah kay hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:17:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.7 Unlikely Friendships http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/27/unlikely-friendships/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/27/unlikely-friendships/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:17:47 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25768 “Let me know when you want this video for your blog,” she said. “Why would I want to put the video on my blog?” “To tell some sort of inspirational story,” she replied. “Inspirational story,” I replied. “There is nothing inspirational about it.” She said, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it, I can’t... 

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“Let me know when you want this video for your blog,” she said.

“Why would I want to put the video on my blog?”

“To tell some sort of inspirational story,” she replied.

“Inspirational story,” I replied. “There is nothing inspirational about it.”

She said, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it, I can’t do it…..and then you did it. There you go.”

Here’s the video (you’ll grasp the idea even though Jen was holding baby Jack while doing the video):

I laughed. (“Don’t even. I will kill you Jennifer.” ha)

And I concluded that there still really wasn’t anything inspirational about this video.

We moved into our new house this past week. Thankfully, Ryan’s parent’s have been here since Thursday to help us.

Saturday we went to pick up this piece – this vintage shabby chic dining set cabinet – piece (which by the way I adore). But here’s the deal, since it’s not junk furniture, it is heavy and bulky. So my friend Jen and her husband Will helped us pick it up, then move into our house. The only problem was that because of its size and weight, Ryan and Will could not do it all alone. Ryan’s dad and I had to assist.

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You saw, we got it into the house. My arms were shaking because I was so afraid I was going to drop it. But nonetheless, safely into the house it arrived.

Clearly I worked up a thirsty appetite! Jen and Will brought over a bottle of wine to help us celebrate all the wonderful things that have happened this past month. We all drank the wine with Ryan’s parents and hung out with baby Jack (their baby) and Samarah for a couple hours.

And then they left.

Later, Jen sent me the video. In that moment, I realized where the real inspiration was.

And it was all Jen.

For the past 7 years, we have lived right down the street from Will and Jen (friends, though, for just a few years). Jen was the one who once told me,

Friendships are there for a specific reason and during specific seasons, and not all friendships were meant to last forever.

Our friendship, truth be told, was kind of unlikely.

In many ways we are similar, but in many others we are very different (hello – she likes to hunt and I just like to eat her delicious hunted game).

But Jen has always been the friend to drop whatever to help out. She has always been the one to invite us to holiday dinners and fun when we were here in California, away from our our own families. And as you saw in the video, she of course has always been the directive and get-it-done friend. She also instilled my love for vintage bikes with baskets (have I even shown you mine yet?!), and the art of Kombucha (even though she still can’t successfully make her own – ssssshhhhh…..don’t tell her I told you)!

Jen was right that not all friendships were meant to last forever. And even though this one was sort of unlikely, something tells me we have many more seasons of ours.

p.s. Yes, I will be sharing more about our house, what we’re doing, new things I’m up to, etc. Just not until we are a little more settled. It’s been insane around here!

Xox,
SKH

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Adoption Finalized, So Now What? http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/20/adoption-finalized-so-now-what/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/20/adoption-finalized-so-now-what/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:41:11 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25743 It’s kind of odd, but I really have been asked this already a lot, “Your adoption has finalized, so now what?” The adoption has finalized, and so – truthfully – life kind of feels like it’s just beginning. Our Offline Life Today we returned to California, after a 9-day stay in Minnesota. While there, I... 

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It’s kind of odd, but I really have been asked this already a lot, “Your adoption has finalized, so now what?”

The adoption has finalized, and so – truthfully – life kind of feels like it’s just beginning.

Our Offline Life

Today we returned to California, after a 9-day stay in Minnesota.

While there, I went MIA from here. I went MIA from most things, except for Nutiva. I had to because all I wanted to do was soak up some time with Samarah.

The first weekend during our stay, my family had a “Welcome Home to the Ranch” Gotcha Day party for her, and it was incredible. I was surprised, and grateful. (We are also now thinking of doing her new room in a ranch theme!)

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They put together a Wishing Tree for Samarah. I about cried, and I’m looking forward to reading through what everyone wrote in the near future.

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That day, we also did pictures of my cousin’s two girls, Samarah and my other cousin’s baby girl. My cousin is my best friend, so this picture of her two girls with Samarah just completely stole my heart. The innocence is so beautiful.

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The second weekend, Ryan’s family had a “Winnie the Poo” Gotcha Day party for her up in Northern Minnesota at the lake.

Adoption Finalized, So Now What? Gotcha Day Party Winnie the Poo Cake

When it was time for her cake, the theme was clearly, “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!

We got several pictures of Ryan’s cousins and family with Samarah, but I have not gotten permission to use their children’s images here, so we’ll save those for another day:)

Going back to California means the grand parties (except for the party we are throwing her) are ending. But as I said before, our life with Samarah kind of feels like it’s just beginning.

We tried to describe this to people while in Minnesota when they would say, “Congrats, although she’s always been yours.” And while that is true, having it official has lifted this huge weight off our shoulders. Imagine giving birth, then each day of your child’s life (until almost 2 years of age), you had to worry every single day:

Will they be taken today? Will a family member come out of the wood works and take s/he? Will the court system just decide it would be in the best interest of the child to not be with us? Etc.

But we are passed that. We came out on the other side. And it just plain rocks!

We are taking Samarah to Hawaii in August, a trip we had planned for Gotcha Day several months ago (and then just prayed it would be final in time). This will be the first trip we take outside of California where we won’t need to get a court order. It will also be one of the first trips both Ryan and I have taken (since our honeymoon) where we will not work at all, but instead take real vacation in order to soak it up with Samarah. Because she deserves it.

Our Online Life

My life is on a blog, and I run it as an open book.

Bloggers with children all make the decision at some point: How much do I share about my child(ren)? How much do I include them on my blog? How often do I show their faces?

I am no different, and now that I have introduced her to the world, I have had to make these same decisions.

Publicly, I will never share Samarah’s story. This is my blog, not hers; my story, not hers. Samarah will be present on my blog when I tell stories about life that includes her, but not that are about her. Her beautiful face will pop up now and again, but as this is not a blog about babies, toddlers, children and how to parent (because let’s face it – I know nothing about any of that), she won’t be included in daily/weekly posts. The lifestyle stories stay here, our Adoption Journey here.

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And finally

I have been humbled, overjoyed and choked up numerous times during this past week by hearing your online and offline stories about how vested and interested people became in our story, our journey, the ups and the downs of these past couple years.

I had no idea, and if you want to know why I even did it in the first place, it was because I knew that going from here to here would change my life. I wanted a journal, a written trail of sorts, to document all that God would do in my life so that it would inspire us and most importantly, inspire someone else.

I believe that what I set out to do with telling our stories came back full circle (people have messaged me multiple times, “You have inspired us to foster and/or adopt.”)

And so, I’ve decided to keep on telling them.

It’s no secret that we are doing this again, likely sooner rather than later (all we told the state is to please let us have our time alone with Samarah in Hawaii and get moved into our new house).

Adoption has changed our lives. And so our journey continues….

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Xox,
SKH

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Meet Samarah Josephina Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/11/meet-samarah-josephina-hoffman/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/11/meet-samarah-josephina-hoffman/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 01:17:58 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25690 If you’re ready to meet Samarah Josephina Hoffman, she’s ready to chat p.s. All images below were taken today (except for the very last one), on Gotcha Day, by the lovely Jenni Tellers, who came with us lovingly to help capture our perfect day. p.s.s. Once you get to the bottom, there is even more... 

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If you’re ready to meet Samarah Josephina Hoffman, she’s ready to chat :)

p.s. All images below were taken today (except for the very last one), on Gotcha Day, by the lovely Jenni Tellers, who came with us lovingly to help capture our perfect day.

p.s.s. Once you get to the bottom, there is even more beyond these pictures. Enjoy!

I am Samarah Josephina Hoffman

Samarah was not the name given to me at birth, but by the grace of God it’s what my birth certificate changed to today.

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My name means, “Protected by God,” and I share a special middle name with my great grandmother, Josephine and aunt Kelly Jo.

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In addition to my real name, here are some of the other names my mama calls me, “Mara, Mara Jo, Josephine, Josie, Angel Baby, Lovie, Sweet Lovin’, Twinkin’ Tots, Mari,” and of course, Sam.

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I was born on September 12, 2013 and weighed in at all of 2 pounds, 5 ounces with a height of 14 inches.

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Tomorrow I turn 22 months, even though mama tells me I may have already entered the terrible 2′s.

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I have tight, curly black hair and beautiful little brown eyes (or so my mama says).

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My smile will make your heart skip a beat, and if you’ve never seen a grown man in love, just watch my daddy when he makes me giggle.

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I have two dogs, Reagan the Great Dane and Fiona the Peekepoo. I refer to them both as “Puppy.” (You’ll see us in our videos soon.) I also refer to cows, cats, pigs and all other animals as, “Puppy,” except for my stuffed monkeys, which are, “Monkey.”

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I love to eat, but I’m sure my mama has already told you that. My daddy still can’t believe how I love cod liver oil, green olives and steelhead trout. I’m a growin’ girl.

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I cook and bake with mama in the kitchen a lot, bang on pots and pans with spoons and empty out as many kitchen cupboards as I can before they catch me doing it. “Peanut Butter,” or “Butter Butter” as I call it are my favorite kitchen words. I say them no less than 5 times per day.

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I am busy, and into everything. I love to explore, and I love to figure out how things work and how to put things together. I can dance, and my mama and daddy have no idea where I got my moves from, but I am good at them.

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My favorite accessory are my shoes. I play with them more than with toys, and today I sported my new cowgirl boots in the Judge’s Chambers. How cute am I?

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I make funny faces, do tricks with my eyebrows, flare up my nose and am generally entertaining all the time. Of course, except for here, I wasn’t too impressed with the Judge’s Chambers apparently.

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I love playing with the kids at Miss Liz’s (my daycare), and they are teaching me all kinds of things like sharing our toys, picking up (“pick up, pick up, everybody pick up….”) and being kind.

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I have a really big heart, which matches my smile. I love giving multiple hugs and kisses to my mama and daddy right before bed time. I also hug and kiss my two monkeys and a giraffe.

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All of my grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins and family members live in different states (mostly Minnesota), but rumor has it they are excited to see me tomorrow. I’m sure they will be shocked at how much I’ve grown.

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I’m still just a wee little, and the world is a very big place, but my mama and daddy sure do love me (have they told you yet?!).  I can feel it every single day.

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We just got out of the San Joaquin Judge’s Chambers where the state made me theirs forever.

This might be the best day yet.

I am loved. I am loved. I am loved.

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Hello, world –> today I officially became: Samarah Josephina Hoffman, and my mama and I have something special for y’all to check out. Just click on the picture of she and I.

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Xox,
SKH

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Gotcha Day has Arrived http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/10/gotcha-day-has-arrived/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/10/gotcha-day-has-arrived/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:39:36 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25648 Gotcha Day has arrived! I remember a day, nearly two years ago, that began with these same butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling. That morning, Ryan was not home, as he was in Utah traveling for work. He would meet me late afternoon at the hospital where we would pick her up. I tossed-and-turned that previous night, just as... 

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Gotcha Day has arrived!

I remember a day, nearly two years ago, that began with these same butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling.

That morning, Ryan was not home, as he was in Utah traveling for work. He would meet me late afternoon at the hospital where we would pick her up.

I tossed-and-turned that previous night, just as last night proved to go (and hello, it’s 4:30am and I’m up already – something I completely put to rest when I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue). But when I awoke that morning – nearly two years ago, I had all the energy in the world. I made my usual rounds, Baristas (our awesome local coffee shop) and then came home to clean. I had about 4 hours to “nest,” and during those 4 hours I finally started to understand what pregnant women go through when they get the urge to clean, clean, clean before baby comes home.

About mid-afternoon I drove to the hospital where she was. I was excited, and scared and a million thoughts went through my mind, but mostly, “What does she look like? And what are we supposed to do with her when we bring her home?”

And then I saw her for the first time (I recorded all of that HERE.)

I was changed forever.

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This journey has been hard, there is no denying that. We had days like this, but just because those days happened doesn’t mean that 90% of our days weren’t filled with more happiness than we knew possible. And just because those days happened doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t return to day 1 to do it all over again.

If I had a penny for each time I’ve thought to myself, “HOW did we get so lucky,” I might be a millionaire (okay, maybe just a thousandaire). The back story for our baby is one in which says that only fate, only God, could have helped her survive in the beginning days and ultimately find her way to us. I think about all things that had to happen or not happen to get us to this day, starting with the persistence of my husband, Ryan, to research state agencies and get our process started (<— yes, it was him, all him!)

Truthfully? I think about these fine details and intricacies all the time.

And I just feel thankful. She’s not flesh of my flesh, but she IS miraculously my own.

When I wrote, “….but by the grace of God” immediately upon getting her, I don’t think I realized just how true that was. I feel more grace than ever before that God brought us to this day, this day where she becomes ours forever. By His grace, he is allowing us to watch over her here on Earth.

And we will do everything in our power to make Him proud.

Gotcha Day has arrived, and what we have planned for later today is bound to bring a smile to your face. Stay tuned….

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Xox,
SKH

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I Never Lost Hope http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/09/i-never-lost-hope/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/09/i-never-lost-hope/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:03:09 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25659 I never lost hope. On Tuesday, March 10, I shared a video during my MOPS Testimony that I had never shared with anyone. When I made this list shortly before my 32nd birthday, I knew that this year would be the year I finally released it on my blog so I created #20. In case you... 

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I never lost hope.

On Tuesday, March 10, I shared a video during my MOPS Testimony that I had never shared with anyone. When I made this list shortly before my 32nd birthday, I knew that this year would be the year I finally released it on my blog so I created #20.

In case you are new to my blog, I am “infertile,” and for many years I dwelled upon it. In 2012, we did the infertility culmination act of IVF. A year later, I documented my IVF story (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV).

During Part IV, I mentioned:

Truth: I made one last video during this whole process, on day 21. It was the day after I got home from the hospital. I had every intention of beginning this final post with that video. I watched it last night. It was the first time I had seen it since that day. The last 15 seconds of the video brought back so many emotions. I start to cry. I say, “But, I’m still trying to be….um, hopeful that I’m pregnant and I’m not sure if I am, but I will know next week.” I decided that for now, I’m not ready to release this video.

And here we are, about 3.25 years later. I am brave enough to share it.

But why? Why am I sharing it?

To give hope.

On that day when I said I was still hopeful I, of course, meant hopeful that I was pregnant.

I was not, but that same sense of hope never left. I spent several months down and confused, hurt and shattered, but I never lost hope. In fact, I gained even more hope, and I found the Lord more than I ever had before.

And when I came out on the other side – the side where I stand today – I learned was that sometimes the things in which we are most hopeful for and/or let down by are better off for never happening, like unanswered prayers.

Without a doubt, had I been pregnant, we would never have Samarah. Blood or no blood, she is the only child I have ever carried – in my dreams, in my heart.

You might not struggle with infertility, but you might have something in your own life where seeing this video will let you know that it’s all going to be okay. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not even 3.25 years from now, but it will be.

There is nothing fancy, cute or “photoshopped” about this video, but here you go….

Xox,
SKH

ps. Tomorrow is the big day!!! I can’t even hardly contain myself. We will be doing a Red Thread Session, and I have a surprise to introduce our angel to the world!

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A Day in the Life, Perfectly Mine http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/08/a-day-in-the-life-perfectly-mine/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/08/a-day-in-the-life-perfectly-mine/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:33:28 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25679 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by AVEENO® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about AVEENO® all opinions are my own My life is not perfect, but it is perfectly mine and I play the SHERO in it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “I don’t... 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by AVEENO® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about AVEENO® all opinions are my own

My life is not perfect, but it is perfectly mine and I play the SHERO in it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “I don’t understand how you get everything done in a day.” And so, finally, I thought I’d share what a typical day looks like for me.

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5-ish-6am: I wake up. I’m usually the first one up, so I spend an hour checking emails, writing or making plans for how I’ll get everything done for the day.

6am: Samarah wakes up. I go upstairs, pick out her clothes for the day, chat with her, change her and tell her I love her.

6:15-7am: Ryan, Samarah and I do breakfast together and we pack her “lunch box” and diaper bag to take along to daycare for the day.

7am: Samarah goes to daycare.

7:15am: If it’s a workout day for me, I’ll go to the gym now for 45-60 minutes or I’ll go later in the day from 5-6pm. If not, I begin work.

7:30-5-ish pm: I work. Most people are surprised to learn that I work full time in addition to A Loving Spoon nut butter. I am the Social Media Manager at Nutiva. I manage content + develop key relationships with people while helping the brand move forward every single day. (Note: I began working with Nutiva over a year ago as a contractor. I accepted a full time position with them this past March. Click HERE to see my latest project.)

5-6pm: Depending on the day, I am either doing more Nutiva stuff, at the gym or on a walk to pick Samarah up from daycare.

6-7pm: I make dinner (almost always from scratch), and we eat together as a family.

7-8-ish pm: Sam always puts food in her hair during dinner so we do bath time, play, read or just “be” together as a family.

8pm: We kiss Sam 100 times, tell her how much we love her, turn Ellie on and she goes to bed (“nigh, nigh” as she says).

8:15-9:30-ish pm: I work on A Loving Spoon nut butter, replying to emails, getting packages ready to ship, planning, prioritizing, strategizing, etc. My time is limited by this time of the day, so I do whatever it is that must be done for the next day.

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9:30-10-ish pm: Lights out. Bed.

Where’s the cleaning? How about the laundry? When do you watch television?

There’s nothing beautiful about a mess, but the reality is that I live a busy, multifaceted life and it is far from perfect.

I don’t clean a ton. We strategically do laundry, and I rarely ever watch television (Nashville and Shark Tank, but via DVR).

And still, there are things that I weave throughout my days to ensure that even though it’s busy, I am able to look and feel my best. Having an autoimmune condition means there are things that are non-negotiable. With all the things I don’t do (because I don’t prioritize them), these are things I always do:

I eat well. I cook 98% of the things I eat. It is unprocessed. We don’t eat chemicals, additives or junk in our house. I don’t follow a “perfect” diet of Paleo, GAPS, SCD, low-FODMAPs or the like anymore. I don’t have to. I am in full remission, and I have gotten a new lease on life.

I take care of my skin and body. I am a minimalist when it comes to skin and body care. To know me is to know that I rarely wear makeup. I never have, and I likely never will. I healed my Perioral Dermatitis naturally using all of these.  I use simple lotions like AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING SHEER HYDRATION LOTION which absorbs in seconds, has a powder-like feel, is fragrance free (key for me!) and keeps my skin hydrated all day long. Expensive cosmetics and body care brands will never benefit from me.

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I pray, journal and/or read. I pray for someone or something, write in my Bible journal or read the Bible. Only a house built on rock survives.

I workout…..but never excessively anymore, 3-4 times per week with gentle walks the rest of the week.

I sleep. A lot. I have a “rule” that if I don’t sleep at least 7.5-8 hours, I can’t workout. Not sleeping is stressful for the body. So is working out. I can’t do both or it sets me up to fail.

I don’t drink caffeine. People think I must have to live on caffeine to get everything done. I don’t. And when I cut caffeine, I actually became even more productive.

I drop it all for Samarah. I battle with myself daily over the fact that Sam is at daycare a lot. Most of my friends stay at home 24/7 with their children. I feel horrible on the days when I pick her up from daycare and she doesn’t want anything to do with me. Those are the days I question everything. But the moment she is sick or we have a social worker visit, doctor’s appointment or anything else, I drop it all for her. I would do anything for her.

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The truth is that there is nothing perfect about my life, but it is perfectly mine. And other than having a little more down time, there is truly nothing I would change about it.

Xox,
SKH

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Nutiva July Guest Editor and Smoothies Galore http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/07/nutiva-july-guest-editor-and-smoothies-galore/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/07/nutiva-july-guest-editor-and-smoothies-galore/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:51:36 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25662 I am the Nutiva Kitchen Table Guest Editor for the month of July (look on right sidebar), and I could not be more excited! How did I get such a fancy title? I have no idea, but you’ll see via my post tomorrow that “A Day in the Life” includes a lot of Nutiva work (hint:... 

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I am the Nutiva Kitchen Table Guest Editor for the month of July (look on right sidebar), and I could not be more excited!

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How did I get such a fancy title? I have no idea, but you’ll see via my post tomorrow that “A Day in the Life” includes a lot of Nutiva work (hint: it’s my full-time job, lest you thought being a mommy, running a start-up and managing this blog wasn’t enough!).

I have written many things for Nutiva, but honestly? It’s easy. There was a time when I had to bite my lip and sigh with each push of the “publish” button I did for The Laughing Cow.

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But Nutiva? The company and products fall 1,000% in line with my own company and with my belief system around food, integrity and treating people and Earth the way it should be treated.

I’m not sure whose idea it was to do a 7 Days of Smoothies Challenge, but as soon as it was determined, I jumped all in wanting to run with the project.

SKH Thick ‘n Creamy Manna-Blueberry Smoothie 7 Days of Smoothies Challenge with Nutiva sarahkayhoffman.com

Why? Because it’s in the 100′s in the valley. We are hot. We are miserable. And so these delicious summer treats and slurps seem only logical. (pssst…you can grab more summer treats HERE)

I developed, created, wrote, and photographed all 7 recipes and because of this, they are all 100% unprocessed….in the same way in which I live every single day.

Even better – most of them contain less than 5 ingredients!

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Here are the 7 smoothies:

  1. Cherry-Vanilla Hemp Smoothie {grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo – it is also gluten free by ingredient alone, but the Hemp is not certified that way, so we are unable to claim it – I consume their hemp with zero problems}
  2. Thick ‘n Creamy Manna-Blueberry Smoothie {gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo}
  3. Pina Colada Hemp Smoothie {LOW FODMAPgrain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo – it is also gluten free by ingredient alone, but the Hemp is not certified that way, so we are unable to claim it – I consume their hemp with zero problems}
  4. Coconut Strawberry-Mango Smoothie {gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo}
  5. Blackberry-Citrus Rise ‘n Shine Smoothie {gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo}
  6. Chocolate Mint Chip Smoothie {LOW FODMAP, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo}
  7. Organic Hemp Protein Chunky Monkey Smoothie {LOW FODMAP, grain free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and Paleo – it is also gluten free by ingredient alone, but the Hemp is not certified that way, so we are unable to claim it – I consume their hemp with zero problems}

Which was the favorite at our house?

SKH Cherry-Vanilla Hemp Smoothie 7 Days of Smoothies Challenge with Nutiva sarahkayhoffman.com

Samarah’s favorite was the Thick ‘n Creamy Manna-Blueberry Smoothie, which I put into popsicle molds and froze them for her to eat as ‘popsicle ice cream.’ (I have pictures to prove this. You should see that messy face! Ah….Friday, are you here yet?!)

Ryan’s favorite was the Coconut Strawberry-Mango Smoothie.

My favorite was the Chocolate Mint Chip Smoothie, because I did not add extra ice and kept it very thick – almost pudding-like.

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We ALL loved the Organic Hemp Protein Chunky Monkey Smoothie, obviously because it used A Loving Spoon peanut butter and, well, peanut butter.

But I would make all of them again, and again, and again.

Hope you love them just as much!

SKH Organic Hemp Protein Chunky Monkey Smoothie 7 Days of Smoothies Challenge with Nutiva sarahkayhoffman.com

Xox,
SKH

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My Heart was Made for This http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/07/my-heart-was-made-for-this/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/07/07/my-heart-was-made-for-this/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:28:41 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25650 I have been her mommy since this day, but in case you haven’t heard our news, on Friday, she becomes ours – forever. After this past weekend, nearly two years in, I am more confident than ever that my heart was made for my #1 title, #1 responsibility, #1 “job:” Mother. We took Samarah to... 

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I have been her mommy since this day, but in case you haven’t heard our news, on Friday, she becomes ours – forever. After this past weekend, nearly two years in, I am more confident than ever that my heart was made for my #1 title, #1 responsibility, #1 “job:” Mother.

My Heart was Made for This Adoption sarahkayhoffman.com

We took Samarah to the park. That day, she had the sweetest little outfit on (a white, red/white/blue heart shirt and long, denim jean shorts with her red shoes). She was playing, we were watching. After a short amount of time, she went over to another little girl (whose parents were not watching). Sam looked at her as if to say, “Hello. Do you want to be my friend?” But in an instant, the little girl pushed her. Sam got a confused look on her face. I waited it out, while my heart hurt. She kept shoving her little-by-little, until I finally got up, went over and grabbed Sam.

My Heart was Made for This Adoption Picking pears sarahkayhoffman.com

There are not two sides to this story. That is exactly what happened, and I removed Samarah from the situation before she fell and got hurt or just cried out of frustration.

The day went on. All was well in our little Samarah’s world.

But my heart hurt for watching that. It was the first time I’ve ever really been scared to be Samarah’s mommy because the rejection to her felt like a stab to my heart, and I knew that that was the first of many times situations like that will occur.

My Heart was Made for This Samarah playing in the dirt Adoption sarahkayhoffman.com

I never, in a million years, knew how my heart’s existence would twist-and-turn over the every move, every waking moment of a child, of this child.

There have been so many days during these past 20 months where I have wondered if I would ever get this “Mothering” task down.

But this past weekend reminded me that I’ll never, ever have it down. Each month, year and stage of Samarah’s life will have a new challenge for me and for my heart.

Friday is likely to roll in a whole new set of emotions I never knew existed.

My Heart was Made for This Adoption Samarah in her cowgirl boots sarahkayhoffman.com

But on that day, she will be ours, officially, forever. And that puts my heart in a place that says, “Everything is going to be okay. We are going to love this little girl like crazy for the rest of her life, and no matter what, she will always feel loved and wanted.” (And also on that day, she will be rocking the cowgirl boots on the right – right on into the Judge’s den!)

Xox,
SKH

p.s. It’s going to be a big week on my blog (+ the A Loving Spoon Adoption Journey blog) this week. Tomorrow: “A Day in the Life.” Thursday: #20 gets crossed off this list (I am so afraid to show it, but I promised myself always that if we made it to this point on our adoption journey, I’d release it (and here we are!). Friday: You will meet Samarah Josephina Hoffman for the very first time! {Never miss a post: Sarah Kay Hoffman Bloglovin’, Sarah Kay Hoffman newsletter, A Loving Spoon newsletter}

 

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3 Shocking Things I Learned about Healing http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/30/3-shocking-things-i-learned-about-healing/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/30/3-shocking-things-i-learned-about-healing/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:52:16 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25632 These are the 3 shocking things I learned about healing during past few months….   1. Nothing changes if nothing changes….and sometimes that means an antibiotic and/or prescription. I know there is a natural way to do everything, and I believe in the power and desire to heal primarily via natural methods. I have done it time-and-time... 

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These are the 3 shocking things I learned about healing during past few months….

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1. Nothing changes if nothing changes….and sometimes that means an antibiotic and/or prescription.

know there is a natural way to do everything, and I believe in the power and desire to heal primarily via natural methods. I have done it time-and-time again (most recently with my Perioral Dermatitis). But the truth is that when it came to my SIBO, I was doing all the things (following natural protocols to a ‘T’), and after several years of not fully moving to remission, realized I might need a little outside help. I took Rifaximin (antibiotic for SIBO), and I take LDN now daily (for autoimmune). (Side note: LDN is a prescription drug that most western doctors won’t prescribe. It cannot be patented, and therefore it doesn’t stand to be profitable. But if you have an amazing doctor, you can learn all about it and get a prescription (if necessary). I go to the California Institute for Functional Medicine. My doctor practices with Chris Kresser. Chris recently did an entire podcast about LDN, if you care to learn.) I don’t regret Rifaximin, and I would take it again in a heartbeat if my SIBO relapses (which they say tends to happen more often than not). Why? Because I have a new lease on life. Sometimes we need extra help. I am no longer ashamed of this. (Side note: I would be, though, if I “couldn’t understand what was wrong,” but never stopped eating junk, processed foods morning, noon and night because that is simply just a matter of “nothing changes if nothing changes.”)

2. Hobby restriction lead to forced restriction.

If you would have told me 15 years ago that I had to, medically, follow the “restricted diets” I had to follow prior to getting better, I would have been thrilled. No gluten, grains, dairy, bread, starch, minimal fruit, etc? “Perfect,” I would have thought. “Now I can lose weight.” For about 15 years (age 17-ish to 30-ish), I lived a very disordered eating life. I look back and reflect on it as “hobby restriction,” even though it was anything but fun. During these 15 years of restriction, I did so much damage that it ultimately saw me to a place of severe adrenal fatigue, SIBO and autoimmune. Hand-in-hand with that went a digestive system that was completely out of whack and unable to tolerate or process anything. In order to get my gut to a place of healing, I had to focus real hard on starving gut bacteria vs. starving myself. If you think they are the same, I can promise you they are not. But both are a version of hell, I am convinced.

3. My real story surfaced.

During these past few months (after) I hit near bottom with multiple diagnoses and then clawed and climbed my way out into (current) full remission, I learned (because I reflected a ton – remember when I said this during the last ‘Catching up over Bone Broth,’ –> “I have my days and I have my moments where I question every single little thing. I worry. I contemplate. I over analyze. Lately, I’ve been caught up with the idea that things from my past have affected my current and future. That bothers me.“?) that having and living with these conditions is only part of my story. They are the symptoms, the mask to the causes, and I learned that by far the most important thing I can do for myself is to never return to the place of hobby restriction. I likely have a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell. And I’ll tell them, too….because you should never have to take the downward spiral I took, because my life is on a blog, because there is so much more to life and (mostly) because I never want my daughter (or your daughter) to take this downward spiral and follow in the footsteps so many children, girls and women take.

And all along, I still whole-heartedly believe,

When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.

Xo,
SKH

p.s. Please remember, per yesterday, that if you came here from my personal Facebook page, that I am not likely to share a lot of “these” stories there. If you care to read them, please make sure to either SUBSCRIBE TO MY EMAIL and/or SUBSCRIBE VIA BLOGLOVIN.

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My Life is on a Blog http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/29/my-life-is-on-a-blog/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/29/my-life-is-on-a-blog/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:25:37 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25627 My life is on a blog. For some, this statement makes them cringe. For me, I find it a comfort zone. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, and I’ve always used it as an outlet for emotions, all kinds of emotions. Words and stories are a part of who I am, and it... 

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My life is on a blog. For some, this statement makes them cringe. For me, I find it a comfort zone.

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, and I’ve always used it as an outlet for emotions, all kinds of emotions.

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Words and stories are a part of who I am, and it just so happened that I chose my main stage for sharing these via blog.

I could not have predicted in 2009 when I started my blog (Saturday, April 11, 2009 - the first blog post I ever wrote) that my life would take multiple twists and turns. I could not even have predicted that I would be brave enough to share so many things through it. But then my blog, somehow, began to grow and I began to hear from so many people with their, “I share a similar” stories, and somehow I felt even more comfort that my life is on a blog.

I have gone from a “foodie-fitness junkie” to someone who tells real and raw stories.

Tomorrow, I become even more brave with a post I’ve wanted to write for quite some time.

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My life is not on a blog to post daily meals, tell you about my every waking moment and invite you along with all the moment-by-moment actions. It is certainly not on a blog to make money writing sponsored post after post after post.

No, my life is on a blog because this is who I am, this is what I feel compelled to be doing and this is a space I genuinely desire to help other’s grow, learn, accept, embrace and love.

Xox,
SKH

p.s. If you are reading this and you came from my personal Facebook profile, please know that when I post certain upcoming topics, I am not likely to post them to Facebook. If you wish to never miss a post, please make sure to either SUBSCRIBE TO MY EMAIL and/or SUBSCRIBE VIA BLOGLOVIN.

p.s.s. Are you a long time reader, and there is something you would like me to have on my blog? Contact me!

 

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