Wednesday, May 30, 2018

JoJo's Biscuits

As my children are getting older they're enjoying more things that are hands on.  We love doing stuff
together where they can really dig in.  We do a lot of hikes, gardening, reading, games and as much as we can without technology.   I'm not a complete stickler, I let them watch TV and play on their iPads. I try to limit it, but usually I don't have to try too hard because we're always so active and busy that when they do have time to chill out on their devices I don't mind much.   However, I have seen that a lot of parents are so exhausted from living life that they rely a little too much on technology to entertain and really kind of babysit their kids- Trust me, I've had my moments too!   I've sadly seen a lot of children in my kid's school that they don't like to be outside and they are growing up lacking a lot of life skills because they aren't learning much outside of school.

According to the American Psychological Association "Martha Erickson, PhD, always believed that her frequent nature outings with her children, and her encouragement of their independent play and exploration outdoors, helped them mature into well-rounded adults. These days, she's getting confirmation of that fact.
"As many young people were spending increasing amounts of time watching television or playing video games, my kids were much more likely to head off on their bikes, canoe down the creek that flows through our city or rally some friends to create an outdoor adventure," she says. "Now, as young adults, they are fit, creative, adventurous and striving to protect the environment."
Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children's psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration.
"The basic finding seems to be yes, nature does seem to be really good for kids," says Frances Kuo, PhD, founder of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Beyond the health and cognitive benefits children may gain from free and unstructured play outdoors, nature also provides them with a sense of wonder and a deeper understanding of our responsibility to take care of the Earth, says Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit-Disorder" (Algonquin Books, 2005). Yet increasingly, nature is the last place you'll find children, research shows."  To read the rest of the article click HERE.
Unfortunately getting outside isn't always possible.  People live in cities, there's rain and weather to contend with.  Living in Massachusetts I know that it's winter half the year and most of the other days are raining or too hot to be outside, so it's always good to have activities to be able to fall back on inside the house.   One of my personal favorite things to do with my kids is to bake!  They love throwing on their aprons and helping me make dinner or baking some banana break or cookies.   I love it because it keeps their minds going.  They're not sitting in a classroom but their reading is far advanced because I have them help me read recipes, they get to practice their mathematical skills as I've taught them about measuring and how to double ingredients or cut them in half depending on how many people we're cooking for.  It's been a wonderful time to exercise their minds without noticing it because they're just getting to spend quality time with me and getting their hands (and clothes, and kitchen and.... everything) dirty.  But, I don't mind a bit of a mess- they're well worth the skills they're learning and the memories we're making.   

One recipe I've been looking for is a perfect biscuit recipe.   I'm originally from Texas and biscuits are just part of life down here- sadly not as much in Massachusetts.  I tried googling a few recipes and they didn't taste bad but they just weren't right.   One day I was watching Fixer Upper and I saw the episode where Joanna was baking biscuits and getting everything ready for opening Magnolia Table. They looked DIVINE!  We are such huge fans of Chip and Joanna, I think I've seen every episode of Fixer Upper, so naturally when Joanna came out with a cook book I NEEDED it, my husband got it for me for mothers day and I just prayed the biscuit recipe would be in there.  It was!  The first one!! I immediately ran to the store and picked up the last couple ingredients I needed and got started on them right away! The  children naturally threw on their aprons and dug right in.   We had a blast and they were so filled with love as we baked them together I knew they were going to be good.   

We had gone to the mall earlier that day and I picked up some Strawberry Peach Jam from Stonewall Kitchen and I knew it would be the perfect thing to compliment biscuits.   I added a little butter and a little jam and we all took a bite at the same time.  HEAVEN!!!  Literally the most delicious, tasty, amazing not only biscuits but food I've ever had in my life!  The kids were thrilled, my mom was thrilled, and my husband doesn't like jam or gravy (freak) but he enjoyed the biscuits just plain.   So if you're looking for the PERFECT biscuit recipe- you HAVE to make Jojo's Biscuits!   

So, to conclude this blog I would just like to summarize it by saying- Spend time with your children!  Do activities that will stimulate their minds and reduce stress while building memories.  If you're inside- something as simple as baking can make such a huge impact on their growth and your personal relationships.  Also, eat biscuits.... Don't look at the calories or nutritional facts while you do... just enjoy it!  
I picked up my copy of the Magnolia Table at Wal Mart.  I've also seen it at Target, here is a link you can order it from as well: Magnolia Table Cookbook.  For just the biscuit recipe click HERE

Thank you for taking time to read this blog, 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

As I woke up and scrolled through social media this morning I already saw a lot of posts about people almost challenging what people are doing.  So many memes talking about "You think it's just a three day weekend" or "Incase you think it's National BBQ Day."  I get it, a lot of people lose site of what Memorial Day is actually about- but do they?  I can only hope that EVERYONE is doing something to celebrate their freedom and ability to enjoy today, we wouldn't have the ability to do so if we hadn't had SO many people sacrifice their lives for us.   I would like to imagine all of those who have died fighting to give us the right to be with family, have bon fires, bbq's, make s'mores (or whatever you do to celebrate) would be happy knowing that because of their sacrifice we are able to do this.

The USA is so politically and otherwise divided, more than I have ever seen in my life. Or maybe it's just because at the age I am right now I'm paying more attention. However, I think we should all take today to not let more hostility and aggression take over and just enjoy being here, in America, appreciating all those who have worked to give us the life we can enjoy, and ENJOY it.

Something I plan on doing with my children today to help them remember what this holiday is about is to write a letter to a soldier.  I think this is a great way to reach out to those who are still living and fighting for us to be able to celebrate today and it's important to let people know that they are appreciated.  I've had many loved ones in the military and it is a very tough situation.  I can't even fully imagine, even with the stories I've heard and changes I've seen in them, I know I can't comprehend it because I haven't personally lived through that experience, I can only hope my prayers and listening ear did something to help them through it.

This is the organization I plan on writing letters through with the kids incase you want to do so as well:  There is also

Here are some ideas for some simple snacks to have today at your gatherings as well as a drink I'm going to be doing from  Simple, refreshing and won't kill your diet! I'm going to substitute club soda with sprite for the kids so it's a little sweeter for them.

Thank you to all of you who have served in our military.  If you're reading this, I'm glad you're here to read it.  Thank you to all the families who have shared their family members and loved ones who have gone to war and fought for how we live.  I'm sorry for your loss if you lost someone.  May their memory live on and their sacrifice always be remembered.

Love Always, 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hello! My Eclectic Life.

Hi there all!
My name is Misty Lockheart- I'm pretty new to blogging but thought I would start just to write about all of my little adventures.  I am a mother to two, I love to be involved in charity, reviewing products, trying new recipes, life hacks and tricks, reading, work, wellness, food and traveling!  I do modeling, acting, photography, make up, live on a farm and love playing in my garden as well as jetting off and exploring new places in the world with my family.   I hope to write about all my various adventures in a way that will inspire, encourage and maybe offer some entertainment!  

If you would like to see some of my modeling and acting work please feel free to visit my site:  Or find me on social media, I would love to connect with all of you!
Photo Credit: Timberwolf West Photography

Thank you all so much!