Friday Fun Facts #8

1. Isaac is a dancing fool. If you put on his jam (If You’re Happy and You Know It) be prepared to laugh so hard you think you’ll pee your pants. It’s that funny.

2. I found a rock in the kids’ laundry hamper this week… and a Lego… and a puzzle piece.

3. Only 2 of our 4 hens are laying. I am seriously debating on making some fresh fried chicken.

4. So I made this ridiculously awesome bruschetta the other day. I’ll just leave this picture up here for your viewing pleasure.  Don’t worry, I will post the recipe next week!

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5. Week 3 of the Wellness Challenge has proven to be a difficult one. Due to weather conditions… and other conditions that don’t need to be discussed on this blog… I’ve had a ridiculously tough time staying motivated. Any tips?

Friday Fun Facts #7

1. Monday morning after breakfast I had a little freak out over a roach I saw on the floor in our dining room. I finally got up the nerve to kill it, raised my foot high to stomp on it and hopefully make that disgusting “crunch” go by quickly… and I realized it was a raisin. I screamed at a raisin.

2. My sweet 4 year old, Noah, had this interesting conversation with Uncle Kyle the other day.
Noah: “Kyle, how do babies get out of their mommy’s tummies?”
Kyle (without even a moment’s hesitation): “They go to the hospital, and then the baby comes out.”
Noah: “Oh, ok! Want to play in my tent?!”

3. Isaac refuses to say “mama.” Every time I ask him to he says “dada” and even emphasizes the syllables as if he wants to make sure I know he’s not saying it! He sure is cute though.

4. Our public library was having a reptile exhibit earlier this week, and I attempted to take all the boys, without back up (aka my mother) to a library that I’m pretty sure was beyond the limits of its maximum occupancy capacity. We saw one snake and then left for ice cream before I ended up losing a child in the madness.  On the bright side, the boys still thought it was cool and were hissing like a snack the entire car ride home.

5. I’m going to start doing a WEEKLY essential oil/essential oil product giveaway. Yay! It won’t always be on the same day every week, so be sure to check in during the week so you won’t miss it. You can always follow my blog or social media site to stay updated as well! I will give you a heads up that the giveaway post will be TOMORROW for this week. See ya then!

Granola Balls: Healthy and Toddler Approved!

As a mom of hungry boys, I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks that actually taste good. Then I stumbled across this gloriousness (not sure if that is a real word, but it should be) through my friend (thanks, Lindsey!) who had found this recipe on a blog smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com. I think the term that they used for the snack was “energy bite,” but my son Noah renamed them “granola balls,” so that’s what we call them in my house. You can just call them “awesome.”

I knew this recipe was a winner when my son said it tasted like a cookie, AND I was happy with all the ingredients in the recipe. Not only that, but your kids can totally help you make this recipe. Let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t like being in the kitchen? Let’s get right down to it, because you don’t want to waste another minute without this recipe. Be sure to read all the way down to the notes for modifications for the healthiest snack possible!

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Ingredients:
• 1 cup of oats
• 1 cup coconut flakes
• ½ cup of chia seeds
• ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
• ½ cup peanut butter
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until they are all evenly distributed. I start with a spoon and end up working with my hands. Your hands will get messy, just embrace it.
2. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
3. Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls (makes about 20-25 balls). Again with the messy hands, but you can lick your fingers after!
4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, but they won’t last that long!

Notes:
• Instant oats are heavily processed, which means less nutrition. Use old fashioned oats!
• As far as the coconut flakes go, use UNSWEETENED coconut flakes. There is no need to add more sugar to the recipe, and you still get a great texture and flavor from the unsweetened flakes.  You can usually find these at any whole/health foods store.
• The original recipe calls for flax seed, which I actually always have, but I used chia seeds a few months ago and prefer the texture more in this particular recipe. You can totally use chia or flax or a combination if you wish!
• If you want to omit the chocolate chips, you can substitute any dried fruit in its place, but I gotta tell ya I almost always use the chocolate chips. The mini chocolate chips work the best, and it becomes more of a treat for me and the boys. 🙂
• You can use any nut butter in place of the peanut butter. Again, try and find one without any add sugar or junk (look on the back of your jar). I’ve used unsweetened/unsalted almond butter and it worked just as well.
• Honey has great health benefits, so I don’t substitute anything there.  If you can snag some local honey, use that for assistance in allergy relief!

You will soon find that this will be a staple in your arsenal of healthy snack. These are so much fun to make with the kids, and I’ve gotten opportunities to explain the ingredients going in the snack and why they are so great for our bodies.

Do you think your family will enjoy this recipe? Try it out and leave your reviews in the comments!

Friday Fun Facts #6

1. So, I started a wellness/fitness challenge with some girlfriends this month. I’ve been working out every day this week and I am so stinkin’ sore! Peppermint essential oil is my best friend right now because it’s able to soothe the occasional muscle ache.

2. This week is also VBS at our church. It’s my first time to actually work a VBS because, well, I love my kids, but have a hard time with other people’s kids. I kinda lucked out because I’m known as “the oil lady,” and I am at a tent where the kids make homemade lavender hand scrubs. So, I get to smell lavender all day and talk about Jesus to little ones. It worked out nicely.

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3. On that note, my boys get to hang out at VBS too. It is an incredible feeling to watch them sing and dance for Jesus… I was hiding in the back where they couldn’t see me watching them and my heart was overflowing with joy.

4. The other day while I was sitting in our recliner, Noah wanted to sit in my lap. Well of course, after Tim saw Noah in my lap then he wanted to be in my lap. And then Isaac started whimpering because he realized he was missing out, so I ended up with all 3 boys in my lap for a good 30 minutes. It was a tight squeeze, but a sweet moment.

5. When we sing “If you’re happy and you know it,” little Isaac started singing “Hooray!” and throwing his hands in the air. I can’t believe how fast he is growing!

Friday Fun Facts #3

1. My sister, Sarah, had her baby yesterday and I got to hold her! You really forget how small babies are when they’re first born. I’m hoping that I’ll get to hold her baby enough to take care of this “newborn baby fever” I’m having lately.

2. I love the way my boys’ think. Nathan was having a conversation with Noah the other day and he said, “Noah, you’re one smart cookie!” Noah thought about it for a minute, furrowed his brows and said, “Daaaaaadddd, I’m not a cookie, I’m a boy!”

3. Isaac has become quite mobile. I’m having to keep my eye on him constantly or he’ll end up under the table trying to find a leftover puff from two days ago to eat.

4. I’m pretty sure I have every episode of Octonauts on NetFlix memorized. Don’t judge me; a girl’s gotta cook and it keeps them occupied.

5. It never fails if the boys are playing with Legos, and there’s 90 Legos (minus a few under the couch) they will fight over the same Lego. Somebody please explain that phenomena to me!