OIL HEAVEN

WOW! Oils have always been an essential in our home but it sure does feel like it comes in seasons. Times where I feel like we will always use them vs. not so often. Lately, I’m constantly diffusing for a nice aroma and allergies, rubbing lavender on bites, and putting them in my baths to soak the sore muscles away!

I’ve mentioned Plant Therapy, but I CANNOT get over how effective they are with our family. I love Plant Therapy’s missions statement. Their BIGGEST mission is to make oils accessible to families and they give back to charity.

With all the bugs, summertime Nature Shield is something I’m keeping handy. Not to mention the aroma of it. I thought ya’ll might like this coupon/code! Check out their site! Cannot say enough about their quality, customer service and overall quality!

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Let me know your thoughts! What are your favorite oils?

Enjoy! 💕

Growing Pains

I’ve wrote about the struggle of growth. How to face change with bravery and push through even the discomfort. It’s never been said it was easy. A conversation my husband and I had with our daughters,  that very seldom is the better option or the option to stand out from the rest, the easy option. The hard one is difficult for a reason but in the end will allow such growth.

This guy is my story of my biggest growing pain. For so long I had imagined a tall, dark haired guy with light eyes-even to the point of knowing his name “Jake”(just Jake). I always imagined he would be an officer of some sort…someone who helped others constantly.

It took me forever to meet him. Would I have eventually? Perhaps…probably. It turns out I didn’t meet him until after a divorce and after two daughters of my own. After I was stuck believing I wouldn’t meet anyone ever that I would consider a life with again. After heartache of loss from before. After being “stuck in my ways”,  be it independence-or my own ornery self. It was after. It was a struggle.

He came in and though his name fit, the career and looks….he wasn’t quite what I thought—because you see? He had lived his own crazy journey. So here I was, shocked this was my guy. It was painful. Painful to let go of my ideas, my ways of doing everything, the independence I had grown from being single. The fact I was bringing someone into my daughters life, who I SWORE would only be there if he loved them just as much as he did myself. And guess what? He did!

I believe everything happens for a reason because at one point when I was trying to run as fast as I could away from this man. I felt like I had been plucked up and sat right back in front of him (I tried this a few times). I have no problem with saying goodbye and no longer speaking to people…but apparently he was difficult to run away from.

He pushes me. As much as he drives me crazy–he pushes me to be better. He has every reason not to love anything or anyone and he loves with his whole heart. But the point of it all? It made me uncomfortable! Every now and then when I remember it’s not just my girls and I-I’m uncomfortable! But if I had ran away and let it all go? I would’ve missed out on such an amazing man, my Jake….my opportunity to grow in every way imaginable because of the love and what he provides me. Much to my dismay….he grew…and grew–even with the discomfort. So STOP being afraid of discomfort. STOP running if you’re uncomfortable (Unless it’s a total crap move – just sayin’).

If it fits…let it take you and let yourself grow.

Meet Jake…just Jake 💕

Childhood Favorites

It’s funny, right? A song you’ll hear that will take you to your memories. A smell that comforts you. Food that makes you feel loved and little again.

What are some of your favorite trigger memories?

For me it’s typically the oddest things that will make me feel so comforted. Birds chirping…smell of a mopped floor….and this recipe.

When we had fresh tomatoes my mom would cut it up and lay it on toast with peanut butter (before we were all allergic to it). Sprinkle some salt on that and WOW.

Recently I’ve made that….shared it with my own daughters. Its these moments when I am able to hold the comfort of my own memories and provide those for my daughters that I’m filled with joy.

**I use the Sarah Lee 45 bread, almond butter, himalayan salt and a home grown tomato.

I wish this tomato came from myself but we all went to the farmers market where I loaded up on natural goodness.

I know it seems like quite the combo, but it’s delicious! Give it a shot 😉

–I also totally love toast with almond butter and olives (YEP) black or green! It was an old pregnancy craving that’s stayed with me!

Enjoy 💕 let me know what you think!!!

Comfort is the enemy

Fear and comfort….what a duo. The two are trying to take over constantly in this world. What a waste of life spending our time dwelling on these two things. Living in fear over things that don’t happen, the possibility that they might, or your own fear of not being good enough, ready, blah blah get in the way.

The comfort….the short comfort food or drinks provide. The comfort of not wanting to BE UNCOMFORTABLE. The comfort of doing the exact same thing daily. Talking to the same people knowing they don’t do you a bit of good. The comfort of not wanting to push any boundaries because it might hurt. Don’t want to try a new workout, it may be uncomfortable, it may push you, it may be hard. What about all things that can hurt you emotionally, physically, mentally or just be a risk because it hits a pain point.

Our life wasn’t meant to be comfortable. We weren’t meant to sip martini’s on the beach everyday. We were meant to learn and grow. Everything that happens is for growth, so that we can become our higher self. The person God intended us to be. But if we’re spending our time zoned out on the TV every free second we get? If you’re going to the bar that gives you a hit only momentarily? If you still have friends that aren’t worth anything and continue to bring you down? GET UNCOMFORTABLE!!! Stop wasting life! Be uncomfortable and make uncomfortable changes. Take the lessons and learn from it all. Otherwise, you’re just that person that came here and what? You didn’t grow, you didn’t develop, you didn’t serve a purpose, you didn’t push to make a difference….you just stayed comfortable.

When it’s all said and done…and there’s no growth…possibly more damage than good….what was your purpose?

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

These bad boys mean business. Once upon a time when I was putting in a lot of miles for racing and still nursing a baby…I’d pack these with brewers yeast…ahhh the good ol’ days.

Then these little guys were amazing for my girls to eat. They’re packed with good hearty nutrients. Curbs the sweet-tooth and acts as a perfect, somewhat low carb cookie. I suppose I don’t have any guilt when I eat about four in a row.  It’s definitely been awhile since I’ve had them, but I’m ready to give them a new go round’ and see what I think. I’m needing something to offer a little sweet, packed with that nutrition.

YOU’LL NEED:

1 1/4 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), well rinsed and patted dry with towel

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup almond better (or peanut butter or sunbutter)

1/4 maple syrup or some prefer honey

pinch Himalayan salt

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or 1/2 of the regular chips (I prefer the darkest I can or caocao nibs)

1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and blend until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas until fully blended.

2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be thick and sticky.

3. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto parchment or wax paper. I like them just straight on the baking sheet. If you want them to look like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls…they don’t do much rising.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will be soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.

5. Store in an airtight container (for maybe up to a week or they will mold) I suggest the fridge after a few days.

TIPS: Don’t use regular peanut butter, they’ll come out oily!

ENJOY! 💕