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This is Summer

Summer time can be wonderful.

The word Summer written on a sandy beach, with beach towel, starfish and flip flops (studio shot - warm color and directional light are intentional).  Note: extreme wide angle shot with curvature of field and focus on the word Summer.

The kids are home from school, the sun is shining, the pools are open and there’s plenty of time to do family activities that may not be possible during the busy school year.  There’s time to play together, eat together, vacation together….

But summer time can also be CRAZY!  Did I mention that the kids are home from school?  All the time?  Like every day?

Did I mention there’s plenty of time?  Plenty of time…for them to fight with each other because they are bored.  Plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves…and to get on my nerves because they don’t know what to do with themselves…plenty of time to whine about being bored and plenty of time to drive me to drink wine nightly.

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Summer time can be especially crazy for people in the military because it’s PCS season (permanent change of station).  Not only is school over and your routine is shot, but you are having to pack up and move.  Sometimes across the country.  Sometimes to another country – as is the case with our family!

This summer has been especially crazy for us – moving out of our house, our house that we brought our third child home to, a house on a street where the neighbors were absolutely wonderful to living out of suitcases while visiting family for several months as we prepare to move overseas.

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This life is CRAZY.  Being a military spouse is crazy.  Having little kids ages 5 and under is crazy (and exhausting) BUT…as I played with the kids in the pool this afternoon…as I watched them splashing and laughing…an overwhelming wave of something came over me.  It’s a feeling I’m not really sure how to describe but I found myself thinking – This is what summer is all about.  Just being together.  Playing outside.  Laughing together.

And for those moments that we were in the pool together…for those moments that they were smiling from ear to ear as they took turns jumping to me- I realized – this is summer.  This is what it’s all about.

Hell, this is what LIFE is about- moments of pure joy, of being in the now, of being present with your kids and the people you love…only to be broken by the sounds of the kids bickering over a ball and whining over whose turn it is with said ball.

Life is filled with GOOD things.  Life is filled with BAD things.  But…get this…

The beautiful thing is you get to CHOOSE which things you dwell on.  You get to CHOOSE which things matter in your life.  You get to CHOOSE which things to remember, and which things to discard.

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CHOOSE wisely, my friends.  You only get to live once.


In honor of summer boredom…I’m going to share some of my favorite, HEALTHY summer treats to make with the kids!

Chunky Monkey Banana Ice Cream

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http://www.emilieeats.com/chunky-monkey-banana-ice-cream/

Healthier Fruit Pizza

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http://www.layersofhappiness.com/fruit-pizza/

Healthy Pineapple Dole Whip

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http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/healthy-dole-whip-smoothie/

Memorial Day Treats

It is Memorial Day weekend!  For many of you, that means time off of work, family time, road trips, sunshine, barbecues and parties…BUT, before I go on, I just want to say – Let’s not forget what Memorial Day is really about – it’s about honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

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My husband has been deployed three times and I have been blessed to have him come home each time.  It’s not lost on me how truly lucky I am that I still have him here with me today.   So, please, this weekend, have fun and enjoy yourselves, enjoy your families, friends and your lives…but also REMEMBER.

This is not meant to be a heavy-hearted blog post but before I share these delicious AND healthy treats with you, I wanted to remind you of that.  It only seems right and respectful to do so.

Now, onto the treats!!!!  We are having some friends come over on Monday and you better believe they are getting some of these clean-eating, good-tasting desserts to go with the hamburgers we plan on serving up.!

Kiwi Pops

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Source: http://paleoleap.com/chocolate-kiwi-popsicles/

Ingredients (yes that’s it!)

  • 6 large kiwis, peeled;
  • 1 cup dark chocolate (about 200 g);
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions

  1. Slice the kiwis into thick slices.
  2. Line a roasting tray with parchment paper. Insert a Popsicle stick in each slice or kiwi and place on the tray.
  3. Freeze the slices for at least 4 hours.
  4. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler over a medium heat. Go slowly and watch for signs of burning; since you’re not adding cream or anything else to the chocolate, you’ll need to be extra vigilant.
  5. Dip each frozen kiwi into the chocolate; the chocolate layer should harden immediately around the fruit.
  6. Serve right away or place back in the freezer to eat later.
Banana Split Bites

 
Makes 12 Bites
Author: MOMables
Ingredients
  • 12 1″ pieces pineapple
  • 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren’t too ripe)
  • 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
  • 2.5oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
  2. Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
  5. Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
  6. If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Lime and Coconut Bars

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Source : Sugar Free Mom

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup sesame flour or almond flour
1 1/4 cup Swerve sweetener (or sweetener of choice), divided
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
4 eggs
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon coconut stevia
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line an 8 by 8 baking dish with parchment paper.

Whisk the coconut flour, sesame flour and 1/4 cup Swerve together.

Cut the coconut oil into the dry ingredients with two butter knifes or use food processor and pulse until combined.

Press this mixture onto the parchment paper and spread as evenly as you can with your hand.

Bake for 10 minutes.
While the crust is cooking, beat the eggs, lime juice, zest, remaining 1 cup Swerve and coconut stevia.

Once the crust is done, remove from oven and pour this egg mixture onto the crust.

Sprinkle coconut flakes evenly over the top and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the center is set.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes then remove by lifting the ends of the parchment paper and place onto a cutting board.

Slice into bars and enjoy!

Best if kept refrigerated.

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