Dear Sweet Mama,
If you’re in this season of raising littles, such as I, then I can bet this year has been one for the books. In so many ways, both beautiful and exhausting. A year that’s taken its toll on your sleep, your appearance, your health, your time and your privacy. Possibly even your work or your marriage. A year where you’ve loved harder while becoming softer, slept less and grew more. More than ever before.
This is simply a letter to say, thank you. Thank you for the work you’re putting in to mold and love the next generation. A Valentine, from one mama to another, to say I love you for your selflessness, your sacrifice and for being part of this with the rest of us.
A love letter from me to my tribe to say that I couldn’t imagine doing this without you. Your solidarity, your listening ear, your advice, your sweet words and your honest ones too, and especially your transparency and authenticity. Thank you. It’s appreciated it, day in and day out, more than you know.
These words also serve as a permission slip to give yourself grace, mama. As we celebrate a time of love, make sure you save some for you, too. As mothers, we are notorious for filling the hearts, bellies, and needs of so many others, let us also take pause, take a breath, and connect deep down to evaluate what it is we need as well. And make great leaps to satisfy those needs.
Lastly, love the other women in your life well, too. Your friends and family that help you mentally, physically and spiritually, thank them today and tell them you love them. Send them your own Mama Valentine. It’s amazing what a few sweet simple words can do for someone. Instead of tearing each other down, let’s make it a mission to build each other up. Word by word, action by action, all our life long.
And remember to enjoy every sweet second of this motherhood journey. It really is such a sweet, sweet blessing that some never get to experience. Soak it in. Wake up in gratitude each and every day for the eternal role you’re playing in raising up another human.
And speaking of sweet, if you, like me, enjoy loving on others and yourself with decadent treats, enjoy my recipe for a gluten-free and dairy-free Chocolate Lava Cake that’s just perfect for two. Whip up a batch, grab a couple of forks, and pop over to one of your girlfriend’s homes who is currently in the newborn phase or potty training a tantruming toddler. If she’s deep in the middle of both scenarios, woman whip up a double batch and toss them in a basket with some coffee and wine pronto. She’ll appreciate it more than you know. Maybe offer to throw in babysitting or cleaning so she can take a break while she enjoys her cake.
Happy Valentine’s Day Ladies!
- 4 oz. dairy free dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp. honey
- ½ tsp organic vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp. almond flour
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. sugar-free cocoa powder
- dash of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease four small ramekins with dairy-free butter or coconut oil spray and give a light dusting with cocoa powder.
- Melt dairy-free chocolate with coconut oil in a small saucepan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl mix eggs, honey, vanilla and sea salt.
- Add almond flour and cocoa powder and fold ingredients together until smooth.
- Divide the batter among the ramekins and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve warm.