Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Pool Necessities & DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray

This post is in partnership with Stonyfield Organic. As always, all opinions are my own.

Happy first day of summer!
Bring on the pool parties, picnics, beach vacations and more!

Speaking of pool parties, we finally got our pool up and running over the weekend.
When we opened it in April we were quite surprised to find it almost completely empty!
Our liner had a couple of holes, causing the water to slowly leak over the winter, but it's
fixed now and I love our new liner. It's so pretty!

We spend a lot of time in our pool during the summer, so it's important to have all of the
necessities like sunscreen, pool towels, drinks, snacks and bug spray ready when friends,
family and neighbors stop by.

Stonyfield Organic Kids Yogurt Pouches are always a favorite pool day treat!
I keep them in a cooler with drinks by the pool for easy access for the kids.
Stonyfield kids yogurt pouches contain 30% less sugar than the leading brand of
kids yogurt, plus they're organic, non-GMO, pasture raised and gluten free.
Adults love them too - just ask my husband!

Sunscreen is a pool day must! We've been using Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Natural
Mineral Suncreen Cream lately. Some sunscreens contain harmful chemicals, but Badger is
safe, natural and certified organic. Both Stonyfield and Badger are B-Corp certified.
You can read more about that on this post.

We don't like mosquitos or other bugs spoiling our pool time fun, so I keep a bottle of
bug spray close by. I make my own natural bug spray using essential oils instead of
store bought sprays with nasty chemicals. You can find the recipe below - it smells
so good!

I'm so excited that summer is finally here! We have lots of things we want to do
over the next few months! I wrote a summer bucket list this year so I don't forget anything.
I'm really looking forward to number 22!

I hope you have a wonderful summer full of everything you love!

DIY Essential Oil Outdoor Bug Spray

4 ounce glass spray bottle
4 T alcohol-free witch hazel (I like this one)
10 drops citronella essential oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops purification essential oil
5 drop peppermint essential oil
fractionated coconut oil

Add witch hazel and essential oils to a glass spray bottle.
Top with fractionated coconut oil.

Spray generously onto skin and rub in slightly to enjoy the outdoors free from bugs.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

This post is in partnership with Le Creuset. As always, all opinions are my own.

Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

Hey friends! How are you?
Only one more day until it is officially summer and I couldn't be happier.
Summer is my favorite!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Banana Hemp Heart Muffins

Banana Hemp Heart Muffins

I just discovered that I have 28 muffin recipes on my blog.
Today's recipe makes 29.
That a lot of muffins over the years, but it's no wonder because they are one of my
favorite things to bake! Muffins are perfect for breakfast, a morning snack, afternoon
pick-me-up or desert after lunch or dinner. You can make them as indulgent as a
cupcake with sugar, buttermilk and add-ins or you can bake a healthy muffin using
unsweetened almond milk, applesauce instead of oil and natural sweeteners, such
as pure maple syrup or honey.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018

I know that summer isn't here officially for another 10 days, but it's my favorite
season, so I thought it would be fun to make my own summer bucket list.

Some of the items on my list are just for me, but others are for my husband and I
and some include our daughter and her fiance. I love summer so much!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Smashed Chickpea Salad Lettuce Wraps

This post is sponsored by OXO. As always, all opinions are my own.
Post may contain affiliate links.

I mentioned a few weeks back that my husband and I were trying to eat more
vegetarian meals for dinner since neither one of us are big meat eaters and we've really
enjoyed trying new recipes. Chickpeas have been the star of several of our new
vegetarian dinners. We especially liked chickpea stir-fry and garlic spinach pasta with
chickpeas. Vegetarian chili for two was also a winner!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Restaurant Style Salsa

This post is sponsored by Moms Meet. As always, all opinions are my own.
May contain affiliate links.

Restaurant Style Blender Salsa

You never realize how little self control you actually have until a bowl of chips
and salsa is set in front of you at a restaurant. Anyone else have this problem?!?!

Chips and salsa is one of my favorite appetizers. Spicy, salty, crunchy - yes please!
Why wait for restaurant chips and salsa when you can make your own at home.
Homemade salsa is super easy and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare using a
Vitamix® E310 Explorian Series Blender. Happy Hour at home in no time at all!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Banana Vanilla Protein Smoothie Bowl

This post is sponsored by Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.

Now that spring is here and the weather has finally warmed up, I'm back on the smoothie
train again. On weekends I love making smoothie bowls and enjoying them outside
on the deck or by the pool. During the week shakes are more my style, making them
easy to drink on the way to the office. Nutritional smoothies help give me the energy
to do my best and I feel good when I drink them.