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Before You Speak… T.H.I.N.K.!

I sure wish more people would observe these simple communication rules.

What happened to civility, decency and old fashioned courtesy?

I mean, really people.

 

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The Luxury of Aging

I can get caught up in our “selfie” motivated society and dread the aging process.

A natural process that every living thing experiences.

I just don’t like seeing the wrinkles and grey hair appear when I truly feel like I’m still 22 years old.

My youngest son just turned into double digits and he was moaning how he doesn’t want to grow up…he wants to be a kid forever. Truthfully, I don’t blame him.

Don’t we all wish sometimes for the clock to stand still or even to go backwards because we don’t want to face “growing up”?

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This photo and blogpost  from mama’s musings however, puts all those Peter Pan-ish thoughts into perspective.

I love what she says about seizing the now moments of each day and to be fully present. Of not insulting today because we pine for yesterday.

Instead of fearing the calendar, be grateful for each birthday we get to celebrate. Be grateful for each and every day we get to spend with those we love.

Not everyone gets that luxury.

I think my Mom will agree.

 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These cookies are just yummy.

These cookies are also good for you, or at least better for you than regular cookies made with shortening or even butter.

(Hey, don’t get me wrong, I love butter.)

Coconut oil is my favorite oil to cook with.

It has many many benefits to your health and I love the flavor of it.

Make sure your coconut oil is Virgin Coconut Oil and having it be organic is even better.

I have tried this recipe (from welltravedlwife.com) I pinned and I love it.

My family also likes them.

I did make some substitutes though which are:

sucanant for the brown sugar,

whole wheat pastry flour for the all purpose flour,

dark chocolate chips for the semisweet chocolate chips,

and coconut extract for the vanilla.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup + 1 TBSP brown sugar, packed

2 eggs {at room temperature}

1 TBSP pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded coconut {optional- but still amazing without it}

 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, use a mixer to beat the coconut oil and brown sugar. Add in the eggs and beat until fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract.
3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder with whisk. Mix the flour mixture into the coconut oil mixture a little bit at a time with a wooden spoon (I used a mixer) until all the flour is incorporated. Add in the chocolate chips+coconut and mix well.
4. Drop by small rounded spoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 8-9 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. They will be really soft and chewy, with a slightly crispy edge.
5. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
(Makes about 35-40 cookies)

Pinterest- My Shower Magic Wand

One area in my home gets used A LOT and yet it is neglected the most when it comes to cleaning. My shower.

I just want a magic wand or those scrubbing bubble guys to clean my shower for me.

Since I don’t have either, here is my solution from a Pinterest pin from joyfulhomemaking.com (Love the name)

You need some type of dish soap, white vinegar and a sponge scrubber with a handle that holds soap.  See picture below.

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Fill up the handle half with dish soap and half with vinegar. Shake.

Abracadabra!  You have a magic wand  to clean while taking a shower.

I just keep the wand hanging in my shower and when I feel like cleaning, my wand is there ready to go.

When I clean consistently it doesn’t take very long as opposed to those hard core once in a while cleanings.

Now my shower feels loved and clean.

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Two things to remember:  1) keep in an upright position or it will leak, and 2) if it gets thick over time, just add some water and shake. It should be as good as new.

I’ve only used this in the shower, but I bet it would work great in tubs and sinks.

A New Nightly Christmas Tradition

I believe this new Christmas tradition I started this month (Dec 1) will stand along side those mega mammoth traditions that our family has deemed immovable-traditions and that are here-to-stay-FOREVER traditions.

I’ll share some of those family favorite traditions later but today I wanted to share this brand new tradition that I pinned to my Traditions Pinterest Board.

Yep, another pin!

Here is what you do.

Get 25 Christmas books. Make sure that each book can be read in less than 10 minutes–reading one book every night until Christmas night.

I have a range of some that I can read in 2 minutes and then some can take about 7-10 minutes. It all depends on the crowd you are reading to.  I have a huge range of children so my choice of books is wide.

Wrap these books in Christmas wrapping paper and put them in a cute container.

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I put mine in this adorable sleigh I have had for years.

The wrapped books fit perfectly!

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Every night, a child gets to choose a present, unwrap it and then EB or myself reads it to the family all snuggled up by the Christmas tree.

Most of the books I chose are centered on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas, but there are a few of the old favorite secular books my children have always loved.

I bought a lot of the books just for this year, but I had a good ten or so books already that we always read at Christmas time that my children already know.

So far, it has been delightful.

I wish, I wish I would have started this when my older children were young.

The younger children get excited to pick and open these “presents” even though they know they are books, and the older ones haven’t complained yet 🙂

I love how we are gathered as a family for the short time the book is read and then we have a small discussion afterward.

Family scriptures naturally follow the discussion and then we end with family prayer.

Simple. Sweet. Memorable.

I believe that’s why this new Christmas tradition will stick around.

What are some of your favorite Christmas books?

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