Author: FoodFamilyLife

Homeschooling and the Endless What-if’s

When we moved to Taiwan, I knew that I would have to homeschool my kids. I have a 7 year old, 4 year old and 2 year old. So we’re talking 1st grade and preschool. I’ll be honest. The idea of homeschooling had me completely overwhelmed. The never-ending list of what if’s went through my mind on a daily basis. What if I couldn’t do it? What if I wasn’t good at it? What if they didn’t really learn anything? What if I ruined their entire education? What if I ruin them for high school? College? LIFE?! You know… a completely sane and rational list of what-if’s. 😉 Because of this list, I procrastinated. I put off planning. I made excuses and rationalized to myself why I didn’t have time. And then one day it hit me… I wasn’t doing anyone any favors by simply not trying! So I buckled down, got over my own insecurities (ha! just kidding… but I can pretend right?!) and made a plan for the week. Read the books and set a …

Taipei Vacation!

Tuesday was Peace Day in Taiwan so my husband got a few extra days off work on the weekend! Because of that, we headed up to Taipei to wander around. When we flew into Taiwan originally, we were only in Taipei for a day while we rested and then took the train down to Tainan. So we wanted to go back to check it all out! Taipei is much bigger than Tainan. While Tainan, where we live, is the oldest city in Taiwan and has nearly 2 million people who live there. Taipei has nearly 3 million people who live there and is quite a bit more modern. The transit is amazing there! Taipei has a lot more English speakers and English in general around, such as on the menus. But Tainan has more friendly people who are more willing to try and help you. Oh! and the weather in Tainan in typically waaay more sunny. So that right there means Tainan wins. 😉 Speaking of weather… we spent about 6 hours wandering around the …

The Scooter Culture is Real

Have you ever tried boba tea? You know, the tea with those little chewy balls of squishiness at the bottom? I promise it tastes way better than my description. Ha! Well, it’s everywhere here. It was invented here. No joke. Taiwan is the birth place of boba tea. The point of me telling you all of this… is that boba tea comes with the sealed lid in the States. So if you’ve tried boba tea, you’ve seen the sealed top instead of the press on lids. Like this. Then you have to poke the straw through the lid to drink it. It’s not just boba tea here. It’s all drinks. Tea, coffee, juice, water, you name it. It comes sealed and ready to ride. Because scooters. They’re everywhere here. They’re a lot cheaper than cars and really inexpensive to maintain and repair so your scooter can last a really long time with minimum expense. So they’re popular! This is where the scooter culture comes in. Products are created and marketed to be carried on a scooter. This is …

Welcome to Taiwan

We are now living in Taiwan! We’ve been here for a little more than a month and it’s been a whirlwind of experience. The first week we were here, we got down from Taipei to Tainan where we are living. We found an amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. My husband got thrown into his new teaching job the day after we moved into our new apartment and life took off! My husband has been teaching, we’ve been traveling around and exploring any time he has time off work, the kids and I have been wandering around the city in our free time, and eating sooo much good food! One of the main reasons we wanted to move half way across the world is to show our kids that you don’t have to be “stuck”. You don’t have to stay in a job that you don’t enjoy. You don’t have to stay stuck in paying rent and bills that are ever climbing higher. We wanted to show them that you could break that cycle in …

Oily Empire Podcasts

 # Name Description Listen 1 #100 Easy DIY Gift Recipes! DIY Gift Recipes just in time for Christmas! 2 #099 Are Essential Oils Expensive? Quality vs Price 3 #098 Guest Interview with Amber Laird Wellness Wednesday Guest Interview 4 #097 Rose and the Essential Oil Fad Rose Essential Oil 5 #096 Monday Survival Guide Your Essential Oil Monday Survival Guide 6 #095 The NEW HydroGize! HydroGize for Hydrogen Rich Water! 7 #094 Spotlight on JuvaFlex JuvaFlex Essential Oil 8 #093 Podcast Interviews and Network Marketing Podcast Interviews, Network Marketing and My Past, oh my! 9 #092 How to Limit Sugar Essential Oils for Sugar 10 #091 Treating Symptoms vs Supporting Systems Support your bodys systems! 11 #090 Immune Support with Thieves Thieves Essential Oil 12 #089 Spotlight on Abundance Decembers Promo and Abundance 13 #088 Platinum Retreat with Rama Pfeiffer All about the Young Living Platinum Retreat 14 #087 Why You Should Branch Out Sharing Essential Oils 15 #086 Holiday DIY Gift Recipes Essential Oil DIY 16 #085 Spotlight on Stress Away Ingredients, Uses, and …

Paleo 2 Ingredient Coconut Butter Tea Cookies

These little beauties are soooo easy to make! Servings – Makes approximately 20 cookies Ingredients: 6 cups unsweetened shredded coconut / coconut flakes 2 tbsp raw honey Optional – Raw Honey Chocolate Drizzle 3 tbsp raw honey 1 tbsp cocao Instructions:  First, you need to turn the shredded coconut into coconut butter. Coconut butter is blended coconut flakes until it releases its oils and turns into a smooth consistency sorta like any other nut butter. You will need a food processor or blender to do this. I have a Blendtec. It’s awesome! If you want to get one, you can find one HERE. You want to get the one that includes the twister jar, that is the blender jar that makes this recipe so incredibly easy to make. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a Blendtec, this recipe is still easy to make, you will just have to pause periodically to scrape the sides of the blender or food processor to make sure everything gets blended together. Get your 6 cups of shredded coconut. …

August Back to School Promo is here!

Young Living released their promo for August and it is AAAAMAZING! Nearly everything you need to get ready for back to school. Even though it still feels like summer… school isn’t very far away! Get ready for it – and here’s how you can! When you order 190pv from Young Living in August, you will receive for FREE – 15ml bottle of Lime (one of my absolute favs for calming the kiddos! Just drop a few drops into the diffuser and wait for it to do it’s magic) and a 5ml of Bergamot Vitality! If you’re on Essential Rewards (and you should be – I mean, common – free stuff all.the.time! %back on every order!) then you will also get a free 15ml bottle of the blend Clarity. Perfect for kids and parents once all that homework starts pouring in. When you order 250pv from Young Living (remember, all in one order to get the freebies!) then you will receive the Lime, Bergamot and Clarity PLUS a 3 pack of the Thieves waterless hand purifier. …