MLK Jr Smiling When my kiddos were really young, they attributed his serious face as someone who was “mean.” I had to explain that he was serious and passionate about the topic at hand. I think this is a great photo to show your children. It’s just so beautiful!
Books: Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. (Readers Bios), I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World), I Have a Dream and so much more!
I thought the same thing, trust me. I had to try them for myself. I baked them and then fed them to my family without disclosing the fact that they were made from beans. Do you know what happened? Everyone loved them.
Trust me! I’ve shared this recipe in the past on my Instagram. My followers tried them and got back to me and they only had great things to say! The original recipe is from one of my favorites, Chocolate Covered Katie. I’ve made the directions a little more concise below so you don’t have to scroll and scroll to get to the recipe.
1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed well)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup, honey, or agave
pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (homemade vanilla recipe)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional, these are a must)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Blend well.
Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! *Makes 9-12 brownies*
One of THE most irritating things about summer in our neck of the woods is the dreaded mosquitos. We have a lovely sliver of spring when they haven’t hatched out of hiding yet, and it’s simply glorious. When they do come out though, they arise with a vengeance.
Nothing is worse than being eaten alive… and then to deal with the itchiness afterwards is the literal definition of “UGH!”
I learned something new the other day. The reason we feel itchy is due to a reaction caused by the saliva/venom the bugs leave behind just under our skin.
Bug Bite Thing is a suction tool that extracts the irritants which in turn alleviates the itching, stinging and swelling!
Bug Bite Thing is reusable, kid-friendly and works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, ants and other biting insects! The tool can also be used to remove splinters and other embedded objects!
I get it, it sounds a little too good to be true, but they come with a 100% guarantee so there is no harm in trying!
The Creative Family Manifesto was a very easy read. Amanda shared her thoughts and views on living a creative family life. Personally, we already do a lot of the things she talks about in this book but I think it would be a great read for someone who is looking to deepen their relationship with their kids and create a family-centered fun home environment.
The four things she focuses on are—
1. Self- developing or continuing our own passions and interests
2. Child- the development and nurturing of their spirit
3. Family- the deepening of the family bond through creating together
4. Community- how we can connect to both our local and global communities through the act of creative living
I kind of felt like I was reading a long blog post at times. Things get slightly repetitive in spots and I don’t think it was laid out in the absolute best way but she touches on a lot of great ideas. Again, I probably would’ve enjoyed it much more if I didn’t already share a lot of these views/so many of these things already.
I did end up saving some ideas to my notes that I’d love to try and also be more mindful of. Some of those things are—
⁃ A Silly Gratitude Alphabet
⁃ Thanking our elders, my children and myself often
⁃ Having a vinyl tablecloth ready for the dining table so we can have messy play more often
⁃ Games: Don’t smile, family charades, the endless story, what’s in the bag?
⁃ Family drawing time where we all try to draw the item in the center of the table
⁃ Make a small hand sewing basket for the kids
⁃ Garden stories
⁃ Seasonal nature table
⁃ A treasure of for each child to keep their special belongings in
⁃ Mealtime gathering and blessings
⁃ Birthday blessings
⁃ DIY coloring books
⁃ Family art night with extended family
If you’re looking for ways to deepen your family connection, slow down a little and enjoy time together, this book is an easy read and has many fun ideas to try!
Measure out the cereal in a bowl and set aside. Combine the syrup and peanut butter together in a separate bowl. Melt it on the stove or in the microwave, stir well. Pour it over your cereal and mix until well blended. Pour it into a dish lined with parchment paper, pack lightly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set up. So easy and so yummy!