Monday, April 25, 2016

Yummy Recipes and other stuff

I'm always looking for healthy snacks for my family.  I made these Chocolate Chip Protein bites last week and they turned out really yummy!

Chocolate Chip Protein Bites

  • 2 cups Organic Quick Cooking Oats
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Ground Flax Seed 
  • 3 scoops of Young Living's Pure Protein Complete- Vanilla Spice 
  • 1 cup Organic Peanut Butter 
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Almond Milk 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips 

  1. In a large bowl, mix your oats, flax seed and protein powder together using a fork.
  2. Add your peanut butter and honey.
  3. Mix to incorporate.
  4. Then add your almond milk. You may need to adjust the amount of almond milk, as you will need your "dough" to be moldable but not too moist. 
  5. Lastly add your chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
  6. Shape into the size balls you would like and place on parchment paper. Leave set for 10-15 minutes. 
  7. Store in a container in the fridge. 
  8. Enjoy!!

Enjoying a walk around the neighborhood with my little guy.

Saw this lizard on the way home.....

After lunch, Cooper asked me what pickle juice taste like.  I poured a bit in a cup and let him try it.....

Hahahahaha!  He cracks me up.

We've been up to our eyeballs with house stuff.  Making the final tweaks on the plans and the permits will get pulled soon.

This weekend I made some Ningxia Red Gummies. They turned out SO good!

Ningxia Red Gummies:
* 1/4 cup Ningxia red
* 1/4 cup organic juice- not from concentrate
* 3 teaspoons Great Lakes gelatin (reddish/orange can)
* 4-6 drops Young Living orange essential oil.
1/4 teaspoon raw honey
Whisk juice and gelatin in a saucepan on low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Whisk in honey, Ningxia Red and the orange essential oil. Pour into molds and cool in the refrigerator for an hour. Pop gummies out into a container. Store in refrigerator.

Back in the fall we bought a really pretty buffet table for a spot in our house.  When the guys came to deliver it, we realized that it would not fit in the place we were wanting it to go. We ended up putting it in our living room for now.....with the intention of putting it in our dining room at our next house.  Last month, the furniture store where we bought the buffet announced they were going out of business.   We decided to go and buy the dining room table to match.  It got delivered on Saturday....we took one quick look at it and then loaded it in our storage unit.  Boo. I'm ready to use it but we don't have room here.  I guess the good news is that it will feel like Christmas when we open the storage up and pull all the stuff out.

Cooper is still enjoying baseball.  His team lost this last game but the boys still had a good time!

We are starting to do some things around here to get our house ready to sell.   We decided to take the play set down so that we can get the back yard spruced up.  We found a family that could use we are offering it to them.  Lots of emotions for me since Jason put this together for the boys.

Not sure about you but I'm so tired of hearing about Prince and I'm tired of hearing about the Target bathroom situation.  Yes, Prince was super talented.  Yes, its very sad that he died.  But some people are taking it way too far.  Seriously. people- he was weird.  As for the Target bathroom thing......while I definitely don't agree with the decision that Target made, how about we all agree to use the potty at home before we shop?  

This made me laugh when I saw this today!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


This guy is having fun with baseball.  Still has a way to go with his skills but he's enjoying himself and that is all I can ask for!

Last week, we had our first 8pm game on a school night.  Week day games equals a very tired boy the next day.  Cooper is my morning kid.  He jumps out of bed easily and with a smile on his face.  I knew he was tired when I had to go back in 3 more times to get him up.

Speaking of baseball.....I have been using my Young Living products on his white baseball pants.  We don't use any "Shout" type products or chemicals so I rely on my natural stuff.  Working good so far!

Last Friday, I made my way to the Houston area to teach some Young Living classes.  I always try to be prepared in the car because its nearly impossible to find real "food" along the way. (without stopping for a full meal)  So I run by my favorite local juice bar and pick up some healthy snacks.

I always see some weird people on my drives.  This guy had his leg out the window for a very long time.  I have no idea how his leg didn't fall asleep.

Yummy dinners!

So if you have listened to the news at all then you have heard about all the crazy floods in Houston.  Yea, I got stuck in all that!

I wasn't able to leave on Monday like I planned.  Most of the roads around me were shut down and I was stuck in my hotel.  A hotel that does not have a restaurant so this was the only food I could get.  Fun times.

There was a small break in the rain on Tuesday morning so I took my chances and got out of town without any problems.  On my way back, I needed gas and a restroom I pulled into my first Buc-ee's.

Rows and rows of clean restrooms. 

I wish I had taken more pictures of the awesome ladies I got to hang out with over the weekend.  These are 2 great leaders on my team......Miriam and Rhonda......that are loving Young Living and they are sharing it with all their family and friends.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

GNO and Big Bend

Last week, I had a fun girls night out with these ladies.  We all used to go to church together but now we are all spread out and don't see each other as often.  Love getting to catch up with them.

Anyone watch The Walking Dead?  Yea, not sure what to think of that finale.  Wish they had given us more.

Cooper had another game last Friday night and then pictures early Saturday morning.  Can't wait to see how they turned out!

Last week, Hudson went on a class trip to Big Bend National Park.  We left at 5:30am to get him to school to load the bus.

And even though I asked him to take some pictures......he didn't.  So this web image will have to do! :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Moving and Easter Fun

So this just happened.

I have mixed feelings about this.  I have lived in my house for almost 15.5 years now.  Its the longest I've ever lived somewhere.  I moved around a ton when I was little so this house has provided such stability for me.  Jason and I started building our house the week after we got home from our honeymoon.  Even though its a smaller/starter home, we found a custom neighborhood and created our own floorplan and picked every single thing about our house.  It holds so many memories of him and that has been really neat for me over the last 4.5 years since he's been gone.

When Shawn and I got married, he obviously moved to us.  I tried really hard to not cause too many things to change at the same time for my boys.  It was a great decision.  But Shawn and I knew that in the future, we would move and create a new home for us.  I'm excited about the future and the process of building new again.  Change is hard but needed sometimes.

Cooper had his first baseball game on Friday night.  He is still learning but did pretty good.  He had a good time so that makes me happy!

The chocolate bunny tradition continues.  When Shawn and I started dating, he was amazed to learn that my kids had never had a chocolate bunny for Easter.  I'm not a huge fan of sugar, so their Easter baskets always contained practical things instead of a bunch of candy.  Of course, they would get candy in their eggs but a chocolate bunny was never something I felt the need to include.

So since Shawn felt my boys were deprived......he started the bunny tradition.  They do look forward to it each year.

Woke up to find the Easter bunny had left his basket.  I'm pretty sure this is the last year he will believe.....he was really pressing me and asking me questions.  But I could tell he still wanted to believe it was real.  I have a feeling that this is the year he will discover the truth about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, etc.....

Like I mentioned, Easter baskets have always been practical.  I've seen some baskets that look like Christmas.  Its crazy.  Our baskets usually contain a new swim suit, flip flops, pajamas, one outfit, a water toy......things they really needs and that I would be buying them anyways. 

Yesterday, we went to my sister's house for Easter brunch.  We had yummy food and got to sit outside and enjoy the weather.  It was a bit chilly but it was still really nice.

Want to know the way to get your 13 year old to hunt for eggs?  Fill them with money of course!

Checking it all out.

These crazy kids got in the pool.  They said it was freezing but they did it anyways.

Hot tub fun with cousins.  Colton was home from college so it was great getting to see him too.

Love my family!