Sunday, October 16, 2016

Homemade Apple Oatmeal

It really is that time of year for the taste of apples and cinnamon! The other day I wanted something hearty, filling, yet healthy for breakfast. The chilly mornings leave a desire for something warm as well so I concocted this delicious yet simple recipe that is ready within minutes! 

Homemade Apple Oatmeal

1 apple, peeled, cored, cut into 8th's, then sliced thinly into a small saucepan
1/2 cup oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (add more if you like more)
Dash of nutmeg, cloves and salt

Stir together in the small saucepan. Add 1 cup water of milk (I used water) and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't stick to the pan. Once the apples are soft it's done!  

Delicious, filling and fairly healthy. Enjoy! Oh and this is one serving :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Carlson's Llovable Llama's ~ Fun For the Whole Family!

One of our favorite things this year in the homeschooling world is our group, Field Trip Friday. We have done a few cool things already with our group, but so far our favorite was visiting Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm. Located in Waconia, MN, it is just West of the Twin Cities and was well worth the drive! As you can see in the above picture, Benjamin thoroughly enjoyed himself.

We started off with an info session with proud owner and operator Rick Carlson. I have never heard someone so passionate about what they do and the love he has for each and every Llama he owns. I cannot remember the exact amount of years Rick and Joan have been doing this, but it has been for quite some time. The Llama's and Alpaca's on their farm are very well taken care of and extremely friendly.

One interesting fact we learned was that they make good guard animals. Who knew that Llama's would go after a bear if necessary to protect what they are put in charge of. That is pretty bold!

After the info session we were able to pet the babies they have on premises and then each child was able to choose a Llama or Alpaca to take for a trail walk. Benjamin found Bluze, a friendly little guy who was just perfect for him. I think I heard about Bluze for at least a week after our visit and he still mentions him. We will definitely have to go back and visit.

We then went on trail walk with our group. Bluze loved stopping for nibbles of leaves, grass, or his favorite, dandelions, along the way. As you can see, Bluze was very friendly and easy to handle and walked very well with Benjamin. It made me happy to see them bond. 

After the trail walk, the kids were able to feed their Llama or Alpaca treats and brush them down. The wool does get tangled so we tried our best to get Bluze's wool soft and fluffly.

The next fun thing we were able to do was take Bluze through the obstacle course. I think Benjamin went through it with Bluze at least 4 times. I couldn't tell who was having more fun. It was a joy to watch though, I know that.

I took some time to talk to Rick while Benjamin had Bluze in the obstacle course and was pleased to hear about their birthday parties and that bookings can be made year round. He informed me that they had set up a birthday in the winter for someone and did everything we had done that day and then had a bonfire with s'mores towards the end. I also found out they also have a small gift shop where they sell wool from the animals (extremely soft and warm by the way!) and small items to remember this amazing place by.

A few other things they offer aside from birthday parties are Llama camps in the summer, an Adopt-A-Llama program and a compost fundraiser, where all funds go towards supporting 4H. Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm was voted #1 Best Place for a Children's Party and #1 Best Summer Camp in the Waconia Patriots "Best of" section.

To schedule your own visit, call ahead because they have no set hours. Find out more info here: Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm Contact Info

Knowing the work they put into this farm and into the community through the 4H groups that come and care for the Llama's and Alpaca's, I found Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm to be extremely charming and a place I would love to bring my family back to. If you want something unique, fun and informative to do with friends and family, check out Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm. You can also find them on Facebook here Carlson's Llovable Llama Facebook page

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Monday, September 26, 2016

What No One Told Me About Conceiving After Loss

When we found out we were pregnant in early June, we were ecstatic! If you've been following my story, you know we have been trying to have another child for over 3 years now. With losing Adora in July of 2017 and Theodore in November 2015 it has been extremely difficult for us. And finally we have our rainbow. But it isn't all unicorns and butterflies. Not at all.

See, from the experience I've seen from others, they get pregnant with their rainbow and seem to forget about their other babies. So naturally I thought getting pregnant and feeling the baby start moving and going to the appointments would be so exciting and ease the pain, if not eliminate it, from our loss. Boy was I wrong.

Here are 4 things no one told me could happen when conceiving after loss:

1. It is scary
Everytime I go to the bathroom I wipe and look. I am absolutely terrified of what might be on that tissue. It may sound gross, but if you've experienced loss, I bet you can relate. I half expect to see blood every. Single. Time. Even now at 21+ weeks I am still worried. You just never know.

2. It didn't take away the pain
I still mourn the deaths of our other two babies. I still think about them and wonder, why this one? What makes this baby more special than my other two? How is this fair? It may sound terrible. And I'm not sure if it is hormones or what, but I'm brutally honest here. I want to visit Theodore's grave still, he is still my baby too and deserved life. I read  Adora's memorial tattoo almost every day. She deserved life too. It just doesn't seem fair to me, and it really isn't. I really wonder what their lives would be like right now. A little 3 year old and a  3 month old baby. Beautiful babies. Not that this baby isn't special, he truly is a blessing. But it is still hard some days to think about all of it together.

3. It's hard for me to enjoy
I thought that pregnancy after loss would be so much fun and I'd be adorable and life would be so happy. Actually, I am finding it extremely hard to be thrilled. I feel like I shouldn't get too excited or think about it to much because if I do, we will lose the baby. I've had my hopes dashed two times too many and just being happy makes me scared. I know it's an issue I have been working on, being positive and all that. But in all honesty, it has been difficult. I keep saying things like, when I hear the heartbeat, when I see them for the first time, when I hit second trimester I will let myself get excited. Each of those milestones have passed and I have yet to be able to allow myself that joy. It goes back to being scared. I am still very scared!

4. The grief comes back
I was dealing pretty well I thought with Theodore's loss until recently. I find myself being completely sad for what seems no reason but when digging into my heart, it is because of losing Adora and Theodore and the trauma and sadness that have followed me since. I thought for sure a rainbow baby would take away the deep grief and sadness but it hasn't. It has actually resurfaced those feelings quite immensely.

I have been going to counseling for quite some time to deal with the depression I have had due to the losses and for my own well being. Don't think I am seeing these things and not trying to fix them. I just really wanted to shed some light on the things others may be able to relate to when conceiving after loss. It is scary. It will be exciting and this baby deserves so much in life and I absolutely cannot wait to meet him. God has blessed me with a rainbow that a lot of women don't get. I have a beautiful 5 year old boy who is ecstatic about being a big brother. I hope if you are dealing with these that you know you are not alone. The feelings are legit. It is normal to be apprehensive and scared. God bless you.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Luv Michael ~ Locally Sourced Organic Granola That Gives Back

Do you enjoy granola? It is delicious sprinkled on yogurt for a great morning breakfast, as a snack to bring hiking, or something easy to grab and go with. I love the flavors granola has and the different varieties out there.

Recently I was lucky enough to try Luv Michael Originola Granola. What is unique about this brand, and personally my favorite thing about it, is that they train, educate and employ people with Autism! Check out their About Us page for more detailed info. I know you'll love what you see.

Your purchase enables Michael and thousands of other with Autism realize their true potential. (copied from Our Mission page)

The other thing that is terrific is the ingredients. They use 100% organic whole grain granola using the finest organic ingredients. This granola is gluten free, nut free and dairy free.

The flavor is delicious and light. It isn't doused in spices or flavors, giving the natural taste of granola and the organic dried cranberries and raisins inside. It is flavored with organic vanilla extract, organic cinnamon powder and organic ground nutmeg. The crunch is perfect too and it doesn't get soggy in my morning yogurt like some other brands I have tried. DELICIOUS!

I LOVE products that give back and the story. Luv Michael was inspired by Michael Kessaris. According to their Our Mission page, Michael had a passion for cooking but was having a hard time finding employment because of his autism. His parents, both physicians, helped create this business to employ Michael and other's like him. It is a family based business that is helping others at the same time. Giving jobs to those who need it while helping them lead happy and productive lives. 

Luv Michael’s mission is to “provide a meaningful culinary vocation for the Autistic population and to produce exceptional gluten-free and natural products.” (copied from Our Mission page)
Check out The Store to order your own. All proceeds go towards providing training and sustainable jobs for individuals on the Autism spectrum. Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends and family. More businesses like this need to pop up, and when they do we should be supporting them!

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