Big News! Island Hop!

Moving our little family from beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest to Maui, Hawaii! I am excited about our temporary move and can't wait to call Hawaii home. Will be sad to say Moving our little family from beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest to Maui, Hawaii! I am excited about our temporary move and can't wait to call Hawaii home. Will be sad to say Moving our little family from beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest to Maui, Hawaii! I am excited about our temporary move and can't wait to call Hawaii home. Will be sad to say Moving our little family from beautiful Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest to Maui, Hawaii! I am excited about our temporary move and can't wait to call Hawaii home. Will be sad to say

I have been putting off writing this post for weeks, and then weeks turned to months. I suppose some of it felt too good to be true, and some of it was me being in denial. Anyhow, it’s about time I share with you all some VERY BIG NEWS! And no, I’m not pregnant. Nice try though.

Drumroll please…We are moving! AH!!!! I know!! Okay, one more drumroll…We are moving to paradise! Maui to be exact!

The opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to us a few months back, and when life tells you to move to Maui, you move to Maui. We will be on the same property that Jeff took me on our first date (I’m only half kidding, but that’s a story for another time). It’s where we would later get engaged and where Julian would eat his first food. (Avocado right from the tree!) In a way it already feels a bit like home.

If you’re ever been, you know that Maui is a little slice of heaven. I feel so fortunate to have this chance of a lifetime experience before the kids are in school. I appreciate Hawaii’s slow pace, the warmth from the sun and the simplicity of living rural. And when I say rural, I mean really rural! Luckily, I am very well suited for rural living and wouldn’t have it any other way. I find great purpose in the home, and I’m excited to make Maui our temporary home.

I hope you will all still follow along on our adventures, even if Bainbridge Boheme is moving off of Bainbridge Island. We will be back home on BI eventually, but I can’t say when just yet. I firmly believe you bloom where you are planted, but I’ve never had to put that saying to the test. I am a huge homebody, so I would be lying if I said it’s all been rainbows and sunshine.

Our home here on Bainbridge is my sanctuary. Jeff and I remodeled it together, we got married here, and I almost delivered our son here. Needless to say, it has immense value to us. And while we will be back, it is still sad to say “see you soon.” Moving is stressful, even if it is to paradise.  But we are almost there, and I can taste the salt water now.

xx,
Heidi

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Valentine’s Day Details

Valentine's Day Decor and simple details to celebrate V-Day this February! Simple handmade heart garland and bright red berries in an open shelving white kitchen. Simple DIY Valentines decorations. Oh and those bright spring blooms! Rannunculus in the kitchen is a must. Happy Valentine's Day loves! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Valentine's Day Decor and simple details to celebrate V-Day this February! Simple handmade heart garland and bright red berries in an open shelving white kitchen. Simple DIY Valentines decorations. Oh and those bright spring blooms! Rannunculus in the kitchen is a must. Happy Valentine's Day loves! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme Valentine's Day Decor and simple details to celebrate V-Day this February! Simple handmade heart garland and bright red berries in an open shelving white kitchen. Simple DIY Valentines decorations. Oh and those bright spring blooms! Rannunculus in the kitchen is a must. Happy Valentine's Day loves! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme Valentine's Day Decor and simple details to celebrate V-Day this February! Simple handmade heart garland and bright red berries in an open shelving white kitchen. Simple DIY Valentines decorations. Oh and those bright spring blooms! Rannunculus in the kitchen is a must. Happy Valentine's Day loves! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Valentines Garland // Love Sculpture // Vitamix // Towel // Pie Dish // Salad Bowl (Anything else, just ask!)

Had to pop into the blog really quick to share with you a few Valentine’s Day details in our kitchen! I have said it many times, but I love to celebrate holidays! It makes time feel richer and a little slower. It forces me to stop and enjoy these holidays that keep whizzing by.

This beautiful handmade garland brings a smile to my face every time I see it. All the heart eyes! But even the simple addition of some bright red berries and pink flowers is enough to get me in the spirit for Valentines. Ranunculus are my favorite this time of year, because they oh so delicately suggest that spring is just around the corner. Also, I just couldn’t resist this little Love sign for my top shelf! “All you need is love…” 🙂

Do you decorate for V-Day? Hopefully some fresh blooms are in your future lovely friends! Be sure to stop and celebrate this beautiful holiday. Celebrating love is something I can always get behind.

xx,

Heidi

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Early Morning Sweet Potato-Fig Muffins (Dairy Free)

Early mornings made easy with these sweet potato and fig muffins. Vegan, dairy free muffins. Simple recipe, kid approved! Simple plant based recipes for breakfast or snack. Perfect way to a nutritious easy breakfast. All from scratch and made with love! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Sticking to my New Years resolution of baking healthier, I whipped up these tasty muffins for our family to enjoy. Julian is obsessed, so I’m thinking I’ll need to double the recipe next time. I’m hoping someday my cooking will be able to keep up with his appetite! I briefly featured these sweet potato-fig muffins on my Instagram Stories and DM’s started blowing up with requests for the recipe! So here it is friends!

These muffins are hearty and nutritious, thank you sweet potato. But sweet enough that even your kiddos will enjoy. I love baking healthy muffins because they feel like the gift that keeps on giving. Mornings are crazy in every household. So, do yourself a favor and whip these up the night before. Save yourself some chaos for a few mornings to come!

As always, let me know if you try this recipe at home! I always love to see your creations that you make for yourselves and your families. Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) and Facebook (Bainbridge Boheme) and I’ll feature your yummy baking in my IG stories! Enjoy!

Early mornings made easy with these sweet potato and fig muffins. Vegan, dairy free muffins. Simple recipe, kid approved! Simple plant based recipes for breakfast or snack. Perfect way to a nutritious easy breakfast. All from scratch and made with love! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Makes a dozen muffins

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup almond milk

¾ cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp salt

Pinch of lemon zest

3/4 cup dried fig, chopped (fresh figs would be amazing too! But there was none at the store when I whipped up this batch)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Roast the sweet potato for about 1 hour, until soft. Set aside and let cool completely. Peel the skin off the sweet potato and discard. In a medium sized bowl, mash the flesh with a fork. Add the oil, milk, maple syrup and vanilla, and whisk together.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and lemon zest. Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Gently fold in the fig.

Line a muffin tin with muffin liners and evenly distribute batter throughout.

Bake until muffins are browned and toothpick comes out clean from center of muffin, about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

Adapted from “It’s All Good.”

Early mornings made easy with these sweet potato and fig muffins. Vegan, dairy free muffins. Simple recipe, kid approved! Simple plant based recipes for breakfast or snack. Perfect way to a nutritious easy breakfast. All from scratch and made with love! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

xx,

Heidi

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A Few Things: Vol. 1

A Half Day Winter Women's Retreat in a yurt tucked away on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the PNW. An inspiring day of yoga, reflection and sacred sauna with fellow island women. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme
A Half-Day Women’s Retreat on Bainbridge. Including yoga, and reflection in the most amazing yurt.

Hello there friends! I have been wanting a place to share some random thoughts and things I’m loving lately. But I felt like it didn’t necessarily fit anywhere within the blog. So I decided to start a new series on Bainbridge Boheme called, “A Few Things.” I would love to update it weekly, but I’m not making any promises with these crazy kiddos and no nanny in sight 😉

I am looking forward to having a space to share some round-up style updates from my life. You can expect to see some of my favorite links, whatever I bought on Amazon this week (or what I’m lusting after), new recipes I’ve tried, or workouts I’ve done. I have also been making a lot of positive changes in my life, and I’d like for it to be a space to share those thoughts and techniques as well.

This series is going to be laid back and so fun to create. It is my hope that it will resonate with you, and that you’ll gain some inspiration from it.

Without further ado, here are “A Few Things” from this week!

  • Love this video from Boppy about #NeverNotAMom. I teared up. It’s so true and makes me proud to be a mama.
  • Attended a Women’s Winter Retreat this weekend hosted by my friend Laurel. It was rejuvenating and inspired me to take more moments to get quiet with myself.
  • Currently working on getting Julian to start sleeping in again now that he’s climbing out of his crib. I grabbed this Elmo Alarm Clock from Amazon and I think he’s starting to get it! Essentially if he wakes up and it’s red, he knows he needs to go back to bed, and if it’s green he can wake up and get the party going. Thanks for all the good vibes on this one! He normally sleeps til 8am but has been waking at 5:30am for the past week. Yikes.
  • Had the tastiest pizza at Bruciato on Bainbridge. Check out this pizza! If you have a date night coming up, try this place! So fresh and delish. Oh, and they have happy hour M-F 3-6pm!
  • I have been going crazy making meals from this cookbook since the New Year. Including this baked oatmeal!
  • I’ve also been doing a lot more yoga with Inez on my mat below me! She gets a kick out of it, and lots of tickles! There are so many free videos on YouTube, but I have been using this one. Mostly because it’s only 20 minutes and that’s about all this mama can find time for! If you have favorite channels, please let me know!

xx,

Heidi

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18 for 2018: My Resolutions for the Year

18 ways to better yourself in 2018. Habits to start that are worth keeping for happiness and abundance in the New Year. Clean, made bed in a peaceful and serene bedroom. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

In December I was listening to The Happier Podcast, and decided to join in on their 18 for 2018 challenge. The idea is that you create a list of 18 things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. They aren’t all resolutions. Many are one-time bucket list items that you can easily check off once complete. But others are daily resolutions to uphold year long.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about sharing my resolutions and my list on here. After all, resolutions can be deeply personal. However, I have been feeling some incredible changes in my life because of my simple list. I would be remiss not to share.

It’s not lost on me that I’m only two weeks into upholding these “resolutions.” But when I started this blog I wanted it to be a space to share my thoughts and experience with others. If I didn’t want to share, I would have just written in a journal, or a typed out a Word document that was never published. This list has already made such a positive impact on my days, I had to share.

  1. Swim with fish. I have a deep-rooted love and fear of sharks, so I have never been snorkeling.
  2. Bake healthy. I love sweets (obviously) but I don’t always love the way I feel after eating them.
  3. Make bed every morning. I used to be so good at this! It sets the tone for the whole day.
  4. Find the perfect diet for me. Not diet, diet. But diet as in what I eat. I think I’ve found it, and I’ll explain more on that in a separate post.
  5. Learn to braid hair. How do I not yet know how to French braid?
  6. Teach Julian to swim.
  7. Send a letter once a month.
  8. Perfect one signature dish for dinner.
  9. Write in Inez’s baby book. Here’s Inez’s book.
  10. Print family photos.
  11. Celebrate anniversary. This should be a no-brainer, but Jeff and I have not done it once. I have been sick and pregnant for nearly every anniversary, or he has been out at sea.
  12. Pause. Listen.
  13. Practice gratitude daily. I love this journal
  14. Go to the library at least once a month.
  15. Spend a full day at a spa.
  16. Practice spirituality. Find exactly what that means to you. Don’t be so darn squeamish to admit that you believe in something greater than yourself. (This has been the hardest and most rewarding of all.)
  17. Wear sunscreen everyday.
  18. No phone in the bedroom. This one has brought me the most immediate result of happiness. I sleep better. I am on my phone a whole lot less. I am focused on my family and myself. No longer staying up until 11pm reading how Chrissy Teigen claps back to Twitter trolls. *This has also been the reason I’ve been on social media and the blog less lately. And it feels so good.*

I would love to hear what your lists are. Or even just what’s at the top of your list. Are you sticking to your resolutions? I hope they are ones that are bringing you joy and abundance in this New Year!

xx,

Heidi

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Our Family Christmas Card 2017

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Merry Christmas to you and yours! This year has been filled with such joy and love for our little family. It’s amazing how much can change in a year. Just take a peek back at our 2016 Christmas card! A little family of three, not yet knowing what was on the way.

Here is this year’s family Christmas card from my favorite design hub, Minted. I love how Whitney Coudray Photography captured our family and most of all, how those photos helped us to share our joy through a simple card. Our shoot at a local Christmas Tree Farm was what Christmas dreams are made of! I know the holidays can feel stressful for many of us. But sending and receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite traditions of this season. I read every card we receive and feel such warmth from them. I suppose this is my little way of sending you all a Christmas card.

Wishing you blessings and joy on this wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all!

xx,

Heidi

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