Lemon Coconut Pancakes // a recipe

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Last Saturday morning Liliana climbed into bed with us and said “mama, I really want us to make some lemon pancakes this morning, can we make some?” So that is what we did! Because one of my kids favorite breakfast items is pancakes, I’m always trying to figure out new recipes to switch things up and make them a bit healthier if I can. And since Will and I pretty much stick to a paleo type diet I like to see if I can make them so we can enjoy them too!

When I am working on a new recipe one of my favorite things to do is to try to incorporate our essential oils into it. This recipe uses the pure therapeutic grade Lemon Vitality essential oil (labeled for dietary supplement and culinary use), which is one that is super easy and fun to use in all kinds of recipes! If you’re new to essential oils, or want to learn more about oils and how we use them in our home you can READ MORE HERE.

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Lemon Coconut Pancakes

You will need:

6 eggs

2 tbsp coconut oil – melted

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup coconut milk (full fat)

2 tbsp raw honey

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup ground flax seed 

8 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil (get it HERE)

 

Mix eggs, coconut oil, and honey. Then add in the coconut milk, vanilla and 8 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil. In a separate bowl mix together the coconut flour, ground flax seed, and baking soda. Add dry coconut flour mixture to your liquid egg/coconut milk and mix gently until incorporated. Batter may seem thin, but will thicken upon cooking.

Melt a small dollop of coconut oil onto a griddle on medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle using about a 1/4 cup for each pancake. You will not see the typical bubbles on top indicating when to flip your pancakes, so carefully check them before flipping. Should yield roughly 6-8 pancakes.

Serve with Organic Pure Maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit! Enjoy!

Our Disneyland Surprise Vacation

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We pulled off our surprise Disneyland trip and couldn’t have done it without all of the help we received from Get Away Today. And it only seemed fitting that I finally blog our Disneyland trip from the spring on the return of our summer visit! Will and I decided to make our little ones first visit to the most magical place on earth a complete surprise. We had told them that Dad had a very, very long business trip (hence him taking 3 suitcases for himself) and since he was going to be gone for so long we were going to have grandma take him to the airport so we could all see him off and then hang out in SLC for a fun play day. Well..our big fib was well played and they never second guessed us. Just watch this video capturing it all.

See! They truly couldn’t believe it or us! Liliana kept thinking her dad was still going on that business trip all the way until she boarded the plane. And Liam just kept saying over and over “Wait. Are we really going to Disneyland? Like right now?” Once we landed though and quickly checked in to our hotel it all became very real for the both of them! And we hit the ground running immediately and headed straight into the park.

We were all so excited on our first day that I hardly grabbed any photos! But thankfully Will captured this photo of Liliana on the very first ride we took, Dumbo!

Our first day at Disneyland park was well spent. We stayed until just about close and hit all the rides that we could. Tip – stay late if possible. All of the lines ie: Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had no waits whatsoever! I think we rode Splash Mountain 3 time in a row back to back! It was so much fun!

For dinner on our first night at the park we ate at the Carnation Cafe. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were sat outside and dined at the perfect time to get front row views for the electric light parade. We ordered all of their known faves – the fried pickles with dipping sauce, the baked potato soup and the homemade meatloaf. Not a single one disappointed. I still dream about those fried pickles if I’m being completely honest 😉

We woke up on day 2 and were completely exhausted, but so excited to head back for more. But first breakfast. We headed to our full complimentary breakfast buffet that the Residence Inn Anaheim Convention Resort offers all of it’s guests. Serious perks and something we always look for when traveling as a family. And then a quick peek at the rooftop pool area and splash pad before we headed off for our day.

We decided we’d spend the first half of our day at California Adventure and the second half back at Disneyland Park since Liliana had a full on princess makeover scheduled at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique later in the day.



After a fun morning at California Adventure we stopped in for lunch at the Storyteller’s Cafe. It was fun to see it hadn’t changed too much since we brought our 4 big kids there over 12 years ago. Will and I spent so much time reminiscing about that trip and talking with our two youngest all about it. Oh! Another quick tip! We feel like to get the best out of your trip you absolutely must download the official Disneyland App. It is so helpful when trying to navigate the park, check line wait times, as well as reserving dining at all of the Disneyland restaurants. Truthfully I don’t know how anyone does Disney without it!

Soon it was time to head to Cinderella’s Castle for Liliana’s appt at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. When we were planning this surprise trip in one of my Disneyland searches I found that your little girl could be turned into a real live princess. I had no idea that Disneyland offered anything like it! After chatting with Will we decided that we would surprise Liliana with an appt. We chose the Castle Package because after having so many children and watching how fast they grow up we know one thing for sure. And that is, that they’re only little once… and for such short time. So if you think you’ll do it later, chances are you won’t. Or maybe you will, but the time where it was pure magic may already be lost. So when we realized that this may be our only chance for Liliana to really enjoy the magic of all of this we jumped! Are we were so glad we did. She more than loved it.

Since our hotel was so conveniently located within walking distance to Disneyland it allowed for us to head back for an afternoon break. Liam + Liliana couldn’t get the visions of the pool from the morning out of their heads and both Will and I felt like a dip in the pool (and possibly a nap) sounded great since it was so hot!

After a good few hours we headed back to Disneyland for dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen. Which we all loved! It was super fun and interactive with songs and dance all while you are dining. Also, if you’ve never experienced Goofy’s macaroni and cheese pizza you haven’t fully experienced life! We all seriously couldn’t get enough of it!

When dinner was over we strolled through downtown Disney where we stopped into a store where Liam constructed and built his very own remote control car! It was such a fun experience for him. We always try to do something special for each of our kids that they will remember. And since Liliana was able to enjoy being made into a princess it seemed that Liam making his own car was a perfect fit for him. We headed back to our room fairly early to get a good nights rest as we knew that the next morning was our early entry day and we were all going to need some serious sleep.

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Our third and final day at Disneyland was our early entry day! We got up at what seemed like the butt crack of dawn and rushed to the park to try to get in all the fun rides we could and that usually have the longest wait times. It was so fun to be in the park when there are hardly any others in there. It was kind of like we had the place to ourselves. While Will ran and took the kids on Hyper Space Mountain, I ran to Indiana Jones and staked our place in the front of the line. It worked out perfectly so they were able to ride both rides within the first half hour of us entering the park. If you have the chance to add early-entry to your park tickets for one of your days we highly suggest it!

We bounced back and forth between both California Adventure and Disneyland for the rest of the day. Enjoyed lunch at Ariels Grotto where we got to dine and meet four of the Disney Princesses. Snacked on some cotton candy and had the best corn dog of our lives from the Corn Dog Castle located on Paradise Pier in California Adventure. I truly haven’t had a corndog in probably over 20 years….but you bet your bottom I ate one and it was incredible! And of course we can’t forget the delectable and famous Dole Whip. Perfect for any hot day at Disneyland!

After a full 3 days, we said goodbye to Disneyland and hello to the beach (blog post coming up). We truly loved every bit of our experience at the most magical place on earth and can’t wait to head back again soon! I never thought I’d, or we would be any sort of crazy Disneyland loving family…but never say never. The magic is real and we all felt it and love it so much that I’m seriously considering season passes! We are only a short 10 hour drive 😉 and again, maybe I’m crazy, but I want to soak up all of the fun magic moments with our little ones before they get too big and it’s lost.

Thanks again to GetAway Today and Disneyland for making our trip the most magical and memorable ever. We can not recommend them enough for help with planning your vacation!

 

Also, thanks to Yanira Calise Photography for coming to Disneyland and capturing some fun photos for us.

 

This post is in partnership with Get Away Today and Disneyland. 

A little Spring around our Home

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It’s officially spring and we are welcoming it with big wide open arms over here at our home! As a family who normally loves the winter season to last as long as possible (because skiing) we could not be more happy this year to see all the snow melt and the little purple crocuses pop up all over our lawn. This winter was one of the best as far as snow we’ve had in years, but for some reason both my husband and I just weren’t feeling the “ski every minute we can” vibe this season. In fact it was quite opposite for us. I think we just needed a bit of a break this year and maybe next year the ski vibe will be back for us. But for now give me all the spring!

So in honor of sunshine and little blooming flowers I thought I’d share some cheery spring photos from around our home with you this morning. Happy Spring 2017 friends!

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Grey Ceramic Bowls + Mugs from Rove Concepts.

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Glass vases // Wishbone Chairs // Dining Table // Rug

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Marble Tic-Tac-Toe // Marble Pawn Vase

 

Photos by Jessica Kettle Photography

 

 

Love Your Hair, Love Her Hair with Dove

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As a mother I believe that it’s not only my job, but my obligation and duty to instill confidence and self love into my daughter. All the way from her sweet hair on her little head down to her cute little toes. Inside and out and all around. There is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like and earlier this year, Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. For many, these pressures began at an early age.

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Although I grew up without a mother I was fortunate to have a Father who instilled confidence in me and not shame. I’ve never felt pressure to wear my hair a certain way or wished that it looked differently. I’m grateful that my Father taught me to love myself for who I am and what I was given, and hope to instill the in my daughter.

In todays society, where young girls and women face all kinds of societal norms, I want my daughter to feel strong and confident in not only who she is but also how she looks. I want my daughter to love her hair, to know just how unique & beautiful it is and that it can be a source of confidence and not anxiety for her.

Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girls confidence and is empowering mothers to be a leader in their daughter’s hair confidence by teaching them how to love their hair. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. That means it’s mostly up to us Mother’s to speak positively about ourselves in every way so our daughters will too.

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Join myself and Dove in celebrating the beauty of your daughter’s hair today–so she loves her hair tomorrow.

You can tell her why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by sharing your #LoveYourHair photo on Instagram and tagging @Dove. To add some extra love, visit LoveYourHair.Dove.com to create your own custom animated message and share with your friends & family.

 

This post was sponsored by Dove. All opinions are my own. 

 

Photos by Samantha Broderick Photography

 

Coding for Kids with Bitsbox

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Last month we received a fun subscription box from Bitsbox filled with all kinds of fun coding projects. Liam couldn’t wait to open it up and get started in on coding his very own apps. And literally every day after school he comes home and immediately wants to get on the computer so he can make new app! I think my favorite thing while watching him play with Bitsbox so far was his excitement when he realized that he was the one behind the scenes making the color’s change or whatever else he wants to do within the apps he’s created. It was like a total “WHOA!!” moment for him.

With a Bitsbox subscription you can expect new coding projects to arrive every month for your kids to build real working apps. Along with it comes a Binder to organize all of the app cards, and if you choose to get a deluxe box you will also get fun trading cards, stickers, and tattoos. Along with all of that this month we also received a fun Paint by Sticker book which has been perfect for Liliana to use while Liam is busy building apps!

You’ve heard me talk a bit about managing screen time here, but with Bitsbox kids I don’t mind giving Liam some extra screentime when I know that he’s learning all while he thinks he’s just having fun. A total win win!

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With today’s high tech world that our kids are growing up in I love finding companies who are helping us parents and our children embrace it. Our culture thrives and survives off of computers. And we can’t run any programs on our computers, tablets and phones without coding. It’s truly the future for this generation and honestly I wouldn’t be surprised that if soon enough it is what is taught in school instead of cursive.

Since this week is Computer Science Education Week, I thought it only fitting to share our experience with Bitsbox with you! If you would like to try out a Bitsbox coding subscription you can get 20% off by using code “Creator20”. It would make a great gift for Christmas that would keep on giving!

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