26/52

"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Where do you go in FL, when it's hot and you really do not feel like dealing with the sand?! The fountains!!! Tucked right in the middle of downtown Venice!

Our favorite summer spot... except when people have their asshole kids there. PSA- if you're kid is an asshole.. keep them home. If said asshole is throwing water balloons- make sure they pick them up afterwards... you're teaching them to be slobs and lack respect for our planet. You're also causing a severe choking hazard for other babes there.

i'm just saying what every other mom there was thinking. 

the BEST vegan burger

This recipe made 12 burgers. And most of the ingredients are guesstimates. Everyone LOVED them!! You could even pre-make the patties and freeze them for an easy & quick dinner night!!

1 C basmati rice
4 C soaked/pre cooked black beans
1 onion diced
around a half of cup of hemp hearts
around a cup of uncooked rolled oats... again
2-3 TBSP garlic
Ketchup & mustard 
Cumin, paprika, turmeric (or Lawry's salt)

Cook the rice. Set aside. 
SautΓ© the onion with the garlic until brown... add in the beans and cook together for a few mins.
Add that mixture into a food processor with a little over half of the rice and hemp hearts.
Add in some cumin, turmeric, paprika and himalayan salt. Then a few squirts of ketchup and organic mustard. Process it for like 30-45 secs. You want it mixed up pretty well.
Transfer mixture it into a big bowl and add in the rest of the rice and oats.
Mix and form patties. It was super sticky... but once the formed patties rested for a minute... they cooked great.
Just a little olive oil in the frying pan and cook about 4 mins on each side.

25/52

"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Our library is pretty amazing! They put on a special summer program full of fun activities for the kids. We haven't utilized it much this summer yet, but the kids were very excited for story time and BONUS they got to meet Elsa and sing Let It Go with her! Decorating crowns with glue, and markers and glitter- and it's not making a mess in my house??? YES PLEASE!

The proceeded to run wild like boars around the children's section. Adelyn picked out 8 books which ranged from sea life to a princess chapter book. Stone picked out dinosaur books and one about Chima. Abel just wanted to play with the puppets.

hiking // myakka state forest

our outdoor essentials- itch stick, lavender, outdoor spray, thieves purifier and a knife!

our outdoor essentials- itch stick, lavender, outdoor spray, thieves purifier and a knife!

I told Adelyn we were going for a walk in the forest, so she grabs her white skirt, sandals and a cute hat... oh and don't forget her purse. OH MAN, I'm in for it with this one. Miss Priss, we're going for a hike, you'd probably be more comfortable in something else. BUT I'm mom, and know nothing compared to a 6 (going on 16) year old.

Not even two yards in and she's already... "ok, well maybe we should just go home, this was not what I had in mind" and "my foot is bleeding, we have to go home"... hmmm... guess those tennis shoes sound like a fantastic idea right about now.

Doesn't help that we weren't on the actual trail, but an overgown path full of pickers and God knows what else.

When we finally made our way to the beaten path, we saw a ton of tracks, one of which was a bobcat, and some fresh boar tracks. As the whining grew to be too much, we turned around and headed back to the van when Craig stopped us and told us to listen. Sure enough- snort snort snort- the kids got to hear the wild boars scurrying around in the bushes next to us.

As we were walking back, poor Stone looked up at me and said "Mom, I really don't want to be eaten today"... neither do I bubs, neither do I.

I had planned on climbing up to this amazing tree top walk on a bridge... and then- an hour into our forest walk- I realized we were at the wrong Myakka Park. OOPS.

24/52

Getting a good picture of all three.... no happening.

Summer is in full swing, and this week was FUN! We had a birthday party at the Children's Garden, visited the Children's Museum and went on a hike through Myakka State Forest!

I asked the kids what their favorite part of this week was...
Adelyn: My favorite was hiking, because we saw some footprints from animals.
Stone: HIking was awesome, I heard to wild pigs and I was so happy.
Abel: HIKING- it was spooky.

Looks like we'll be doing the FREE things. HAH!

oil pouch // a place for your roller blends

I whipped up this pouch, out of scrap fabric, this morning. I was getting annoyed constantly searching for my roller blends- now they are all together in an easy grab-and-go pouch.

I didn't write up a tutorial, but I used this one as my base- widening it out a tad, shortening the top and having two pockets on each side instead of the one. It's super simple and only took me about an hour to do. 

*** The measurements of this pouch is 9.5"L x 6.5"W.


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 Be sure to find me on IG (@theoiledessential) and follow along with our oily hashtags #whatsinmyer #myoilyday #ihavemyoilsnowwhat to see how we're using oils 
***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. 

sarasota children's garden

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It's like entering a time portal, full of fairies and gnomes. A place where electronics do not exist and the imagination runs wild.

I've been wanting to visit the Sarasota Children's Garden since we moved to FL. For some reason it's always been put on the back burner for something else. So when we got a birthday invite, I think I may have been more excited than the kids.

The garden is spectacular and my pictures do not do it justice. For just 5 bucks per kid you really can't beat it- plus it's a non profit! It's tucked away right in Sarasota- you really would never know it was there unless you were looking for it.

The kids LOVED the maze and pirate ship. I loved how everything was overgrown and recycled and just... magical! We'll be back often!

the other day.

Everyone always gets a kick out of Stone's puke stories. The kid vomits over everything, some one spits out their food- he vomits. Bad smell- vomits. Looks at his own vomit- vomits. I've never met someone like this... sure we all have that gag-reflex... but this is ridiculous. Sometimes, he will stuff his mouth so full of food, that he gags. We tell him to stop, but he doesn't listen. And then the gag's turn into vomit, and he's looking at the vomit, vomiting, crying that there's vomit on his hands/clothes while still vomiting. 

So the other day, Adelyn pulled some sort of bugger, from her nose or mouth... I'm not quite sure... she's still unclear where It came from. I told her to go and throw it in the garbage, and as she passes by Stone she shows him. She knows better! He immediately put his hands over his mouth and, yup, projectile vomits as he's screaming GROSSSSSSS. The scene unfolds something like this:
Adelyn, don't show your.... Stone, NO, don't.... TOWEL... BRING ME A TOWEL, Stone stay away, don't look. Abel, STOP, NO....

Abel runs out wondering what all the commotion is about and slides right through the vomit, slamming down onto his back, right.in.the.vomit. 

CRAIGGGGGGGGGG. HELP ME!!!! STONE STAY AWAY, PLEASE DON'T VOMIT AGAIN.

I can't help but laugh hysterically in the moment. You know, that crazy laugh mom's do? The one where you just want to scream and cry because 'why  me' but instead you laugh... because in the big scheme of life... this is really laughable. And if you're not laughing, you're crying... and laughter is just so much better.

easy peasy chia seed jam // strawberry

This is seriously so easy and so good! BONUS! Did you know chia seeds are a super food AND a complete protein source. We use chia seeds in everything from our smoothies and yogurts to our pancakes! Too many jam recipes call for a TON of sugar, and I'm just not a fan of sugar... even organic cane sugar! We've made this recipe several times and it doesn't disappoint.

Prior to starting your jam making, clean your strawberries good. I like to place a few drops of lemon oil into the water and swish the strawberries around. After a few minutes, rinse and you're ready.

Ingredients
1 pint Strawberryies
1 C Raw Organic Cane Sugar
4 TBSP Organic Chia Seeds
juice of half lemon

Directions:
De-stem and chop strawberries, then place all strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into the saucepan.
Start the burner on low and start mashing up your berries, increase the heat and bring to a rapid boil continuing to stir and mash. Reduce heat slightly continue to stir, once temperature has reached 220ΒΊF or has been boiling for 5-10 minutes, remove from heat- stir in chia seeds and pour into hot jelly containers.
Refrigerate after glass has cooled.

NOTE: 
**The recipe calls for 4 TBSP of chia seeds, but note that this is just my preference and 2 TBSP of chia seeds would work too. I like to add in more, because they are just so good for you!
*** Next time I make it I will be cutting the sugar in half and seeing if there is any significant change in taste.
*** 1 pint = 2 C & 4 TBSP = 1/4C


*If you would like to learn more about oils or join my team on Young Living click here. Be sure to find me on IG (@theoiledessential) and follow along with our oily hashtags #whatsinmyer #myoilyday #ihavemyoilsnowwhat to see how we're using oils

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

23/52

"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Coffee on the pier! Searching for sea life, we saw a few sting rays, and a manatee swam by, but we missed it. The start of Summer Break has begun and this was the perfect start!!

I asked the kids 2 unprompted questions:

What was your favorite thing about this week?
Adelyn: That we spent time together.
Stone: Watching a movie with popcorn.
Abel: Going to the beach.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
Adelyn: Going to NaNa's.
Stone: Lets go to Walmart to get a helicopter.
Abel: Going to schools (??)