saffron milk

November is probably one of the worst months of the year. It’s wet and cold and the amount of light outside is catastrophic. I love autumn but the lack of sunlight always gets my mood this time of year.

Something I’ve dived myself into these past few weeks is reading about the health benefits of saffron. I’m always happy to fill my saffron quota but this season I’m perhaps making a few more excuses to eat saffron buns knowing that eating a lot of saffron during the darkest & coldest months does have a function except for it being really tasty.

Saffron is calmative, anti-inflammatory, helps with PMS, food digestion and weight loss (by reducing the need to snack) and is amazing when it comes to treating anxiety and depression. Saffron can even be used as antidepressant and has equal effects to the prescription drug fluoxetine (generic form of Prozac)), without the adverse effects (this study suggests 30mg saffron/day if you want to treat major depression)

So with a mission to boost my mental health and beat the winter blues, I’m devoting this season to treat myself with everything saffron.

I’m leaving you with a recipe of saffron milk that is super simple to make. I like to drink it when the kids have fallen asleep and I finally have some time to do some work, when it’s too late to pur a cup of coffee.

To make it you’ll need:

2dl milk
1 1/2 tsp raw sugar (I really want to try with honey next time)
Saffron to taste

Pour the milk into a pot and bring to a boil while stirring the milk. Lower the heat and add saffron and raw sugar. Stir till the sugar is dissolved and simmer for about 5 min.


Besitos de coco

Besitos de coco reminds me of a very special time with one of my friends from church back in Puerto Rico. I made these for my sister’s birthday and although we ended up keeping them only to ourselves, they didn’t last very long.

There are many ways to make them but I really love this simple recipe. To make this, you’ll need:

Half a can condensed milk
5 1/2 dl (200g) coconut flakes
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1/2 dl water

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, use a teaspoon to form the cookies and put them on a cookie sheet.
Bake in 165 °C (325 °F) for about 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

These go very well together with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee.


prepping for a peaceful postpartum

Who wouldn’t want a positive transition and to feel valued & nurtured during the postpartum time? We spend an incredible amount of time during pregnancy preparing for birth, but not for the fourth trimester - the becoming of a mom.

Postpartum is very special. Breastfeeding itself can take weeks to establish. Sleep deprivation can have you hallucinating, forgetting things and leave you emotionally drained. The gynecological aspects of postpartum can be painful and scary. And in the midst of this huge transition, you’re trying to get to know a freshly made baby human whom you love more than all the stars and also help her transition into this world.

We’re wired for intensive support during the postpartum time. We need that support to emerge as confident, connected and calm mothers. We tend to give so much attention to pregnancy, birth and the new baby that we neglect our women during the postpartum time, and no wonder that there is an increase in postpartum depression, mood disorders, bonding problems and other health issues related to postpartum.

So, planning for a peaceful postpartum time would make all the sense, right?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself while preparing for your peaceful postpartum time!

  • Do you have food prepared? Who will cook meals for you?

  • Perineal pain, how will you manage it?

  • Do you have anyone to turn to when everything feels like a struggle?

  • Have you considered the benefits of wearing your baby in a wrap or sling?

  • Have you thought about how your relationship might shift with your new role as parents?

  • Have you thought about how the hormonal changes might affect your emotions and physical recovery?

  • What can you do to get more sleep when caring for a newborn all night and day?

  • What people can you count on helping you out?

  • Where can you connect with other parents?

  • What can you do to boost your oxytocin levels? (If you’re high in oxytocin you will have a higher tolerance for repetitive tasks)

  • Your partner will play a huge role in recovery. How can you most lovingly include him in your postpartum journey?


happy weekend

I just had the realization that if I allow myself to begin my Christmas celebrations before Thanksgiving, I’ll have a whole three months of Christmas (ask any Puerto Rican and they’ll agree with me that December AND January are Christmas months). This gives me an extra month of watching Christmas movies and eating everything saffron which is just what I need in my life!

This weekend I’m making saffron latte, beating a bad cold, looking into some fun autumn DIY and celebrating our two year anniversary. A really good weekend despite the cold if you ask me!

Here are a few links for the weekend!

Season 3 of Riverdale is out. (Netflix)

An old favorite, what it looks like when men are allowed to take 480 days of paternity leave. (Buzzfeed)

The Simple Money Magazine no.1 free issue! (No Sidebar)

This morning porridge recipe. (Design Love Fest)

Saffron for emotional health. (Psychology Today)

Affirmations for anger management (Motivation Ping)

An article on the recipe for postnatal peace (Natural Parent Magazine)


how to deal with having a distant, self-involved or emotionally immature parent

Dealing with the pain of having had an absent parent, being treated like less for being born a daughter/son and having a parent who have let their dysfunction and brokenness affect their ability to parent is hard.

Here are a few ways to keep yourself in check:

1. Go to therapy. See the life coach. Read the books. Get the tools. Process. Process. Process. 

2. Set the boundaries. Be your own boundary police. Set up your own rules to protect your heart. Do what has to be done to protect your borders. 

3. Break the cycle. Be who you needed, and who you wished to have had. Work to leave the legacy of hurt behind.

4. Allow grace to grow in your heart. It keeps your heart soft. We need more soft hearts in this world.

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” - Winston Churchill

xo, Briana