Now that you’ve all ordered your Premium Starter Kit, you can make mimosas to celebrate! Just in case you haven’t gotten your oils yet, you can order them HERE and you can read all about why I recommend Young Living oils HERE.
I chose Lemon and Lavender, first of all because the flavor combo is AHMAZING! But also other reasons. I do my research. Come on.
Lemon Essential Oil is invigorating, great for digestion, and lifting mood.
Lavender Essential Oil is soothing, also great for lifting your mood and has historically been known as an aphrodisiac. Now where’s the *wiggle your eyebrows* button when you need one?
See what I mean though? Combo extraordinaire! And then delicious. There’s that too.
I know alcohol is not paleo. This recipe is for a Lemon Lavender EO Simple Syrup. EO is short for Essential Oils. What you do with it after that is totally up to you. … I still recommend making mimosas. Because. Mimosas.
If you don’t want to make mimosas you can use the simple syrup to can various fruits. Any fruit that you can in a simple syrup, you can use this paleoized version and give it a whole new flavor profile with the lemon and lavender. While you’re at it… imagine all the possibilities! Mix this up, let any fruit soak in it over-night. Blueberries? Yum. Peaches? Delish. Pears? Yes. Plums? Of course.
What are you waiting for?!
Right… the recipe.
Paleo Lemon Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 cup water
- 3 drops Young Living Lemon Oil
- 2 drops Young Living Lavender Oil
- Champagne or Sparkling Wine (If you’re making mimosas!)
Pour your 1/2 cup raw honey into a bowl. Add your 3 drops lemon essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil into the honey and stir well!
Heat up your 1 cup water on the stove until hot but not boiling. You want it just warm enough to melt the honey but not hot enough to “kill” the benefits of the essential oils. Don’t worry, if that does happen, you won’t lose the FLAVOR! Mix the honey and essential oil mix into the water until melted. Let cool.
Now, if you’re making mimosas…..
Add 2-4 tbsp of your cooled Lemon Lavender Simple Syrup into a champagne flute then top with Sparkling Wine of choice! And ENJOY!
If you are making a simple syrup for fruit, do this instead:
Use 3 cups water, 1 cup honey and 3-4 drops lemon and 2-3 drops lavender and follow the above steps to make your simple syrup. Remember – less is more with Young Living essential oils. These babies are potent and strong. Just because your recipe is larger, does not mean you need a lot more essential oils.
Let me know if you try it!
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 date.
I felt much better after I wrote out a plan of action. A clear idea of things to do. Which is actually kind of strange for me. I’m not usually the planning type. I’m not a list maker or a planner user. But homeschooling was just overwhelming enough for me that actually sitting down to plan made me feel much better!
We bought the curriculum from Oak Meadow (I’m not being paid to tell you this, it just is what we bought) So far, they have pretty good explanations and processes lined out for you. Perfect for a beginner like me! They include reading, art, music, crafts, science, health, writing, you name it! And it’s customizable to what you are doing in your life. I chose to plan out 6 days a week which leaves me the flexibility of stopping early some days or skipping a day (or two) when we feel like it or are out on a little adventure. It’s also helped me to be more mindful in creating learning opportunities or even just choosing a more educational tv show when they get to watch a show.
I’ve been shocked at how much the kids love homeschooling so far. I mean, it very well could be a homeschooling honeymoon period but I have a feeling that it’s going to go well. Especially since we don’t have to follow a strict schedule and can take breaks when they start to feel overwhelmed.
Such as today, we were creating a calendar. It’s a great way to practice numbers, writing, and just learning the difference between days, weeks and years. My 4 year old wants to do everything the 7 year old does so we are making 2 calendars.
But it’s a big project for 7 and 4 year olds so I could tell they started to feel overwhelmed by it. We finished 2 months of it and drew out boxes for 4 more and then stopped. We can pick it back up tomorrow. The beauty of homeschool.
Just doing things like this shows me how smart they are. It’s pretty amazing!
On the first day of homeschooling, I was talking to my 7 year old, Taevia, about a story we had read the night before to practice memory recall. My 4 year old, Tahlia, automatically got overwhelmed and said she “couldn’t do it” and that she “didn’t want to do school”. I had to stop and explain the difference between 1st grade and preschool and that it was okay that she couldn’t do everything that Taevia could do. After a few minutes, she changed her mind and started coloring and being happy. Since then, I’ve been very mindful of communicating possible differences of what they could be doing. And even with all of that, she still wants to try to keep up with Taevia. But I’m letting her choose which things she’d like to work on. So like with all things in life, good communication is key!
I never imagined myself homeschooling. But if you had told me 2 years ago that we would move halfway around the world – I would have told you you were crazy about that too! Life is certainly interesting!
This adventure is just beginning and I can tell it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be challenging and frustrating, inspiring and rewarding.
Whatever happens, I’m trying. And now that I’ve begun, I seriously doubt I’ll ruin their education for life, but don’t worry – I have plenty of time to find out. 😉
Do you homeschool?!
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 Taipei zoo in the rain. Ugh. Rain. But they had pandas!!!
And koalas! Two animals I have never seen in person. I was just a little excited to stand and stare at these two.
After the zoo, we wandered through the night market. At the beginning of the night market was Snake Alley. We kept passing restaurants that had glass cages of snakes. SNAKES. I was totally weirded out. Why would you have snakes in a restaurant?! And not just one restaurant but FIVE. Want to know why they had snakes in cages? Because they were to EAT. Yeah, hence the name Snake Alley.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m an adventurous person. I mean, we just moved to Taiwan! I would try snake if it was on my plate. But I have to draw the line at picking one out and then eating it. I just can’t. Sooo… we skipped that!
We did try bamboo juice though! It was surprisingly sweet and tasty. It was just weird enough that my 7 year old didn’t want much of it. But my 4 year old loved it! Wandering the night markets here are always an adventure. They’re busy and loud and full of food, clothes, gadgets and pretty much anything you could think of. It’s a lot of fun!
The next day we visited the Taipei 101 building. It’s one of the tallest buildings in the world. 101 stories tall. The observatory is on the 91st floor. Me and heights don’t always get along so I brought my Valor essential oil with me. Valor is the essential oil of courage and calm and lessening of occasional anxiety.
Check out that well loved bottle and the very very high view behind it. 😉 But honestly I felt fine the whole time. I used my Valor and had no problems wandering around looking at the view and landscape. It was beautiful!
We also went to the Hello Kitty Cafe, wandered around the city more, passed by several temples and shrines, and just enjoyed trying various food and drinks.
Thanks Taipei! See you again.
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 why all of the lids are sealed here! The seat on the scooters lift up and there’s storage space there. Everyone buys their food and drinks and then stashes them in the compartment until they get home.
I’ve seen 4 or 5 people to a scooter before! Don’t worry… we’re not going to do that! I mean… I know how we could. haha. … but we won’t!
They have helmets of all kinds here. We let the kids pick out their own. Hello Kitty, of course. The kids are adapting so well and easily to this very different lifestyle! They pick up on Chinese words, they love the endless amounts of tea, they love riding on the scooter! They also love that everyone here seems to want to give them candy because they’re just so stinkin cute. I’ve started taking the candy and stashing it because…. nope. I can’t let my kids eat candy every day. I just can’t.
Thankfully they have a lot of other healthy options here! Fresh fruits and veggies are available everywhere. Seriously – just walk down the street. They have juicing stands all over the place. Fresh juice and I can take it on a scooter with me?! Yes, please.
I’m going to be getting my own scooter next month so all of us can wander further away from home without having to take a taxi everywhere! I can’t wait! And yes, that means all 5 of us on 2 scooters. It works. Don’t worry so much, geeze. 😉
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 a huge way and live the life that you truly want!
Does that mean it’s easy? Ha! No. We are not fluent, or even conversational in Chinese. We are trying but there is a huge language barrier. It can be maddening and frustrating and all of those emotions in between. But we are trying. And we are learning. And that’s the most important part. We just won’t stop trying and learning and eventually we will be able to communicate better!
My goal is to blog here more often. To keep you all informed of our international antics and what life is like for us. Yeah, I’m going to be using this as my very public diary of sorts but also – if one thing I say ever encourages anyone to take one tiny step out of their comfort zone into living a life more along the lines of the life they dream of – Then it’s worth it.
So here we go…
Thanks for joining the fun friends.
These little beauties are soooo easy to make!
Servings – Makes approximately 20 cookies
- 6 cups unsweetened shredded coconut / coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp raw honey
Optional – Raw Honey Chocolate Drizzle
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp cocao
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. I blended mine in 3 stages. Add 2 cups shredded coconut to your blender or food processor and blend. Add 2 more cups and blend. Add the last 2 cups and blend together until smooth. It will be smooth but slightly crumbly when you go to scoop it out of your blender/processor.
Add in the 2 tbsp raw honey and blend again or mix well.
Preheat your oven to 375*
Scoop out one tbsp of coconut butter and place on a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet. Press gently down on the scoop of coconut butter to slightly flatten. These cookies will not rise. The shape you have them on the cookie sheet is the shape and size they will be once cooked. Do this for all the coconut butter you’ve made. It will make approximately 20 cookies. I made 22 cookies.
Bake for about 6 minutes. Seriously. Keep a close eye on them. As soon as you see a nice golden color, take them out of the oven.
Now don’t touch them! You have to let them cool completely or they will crumble.
While you’re waiting for them to cool, you can make the Raw Honey Chocolate Drizzle.
Instructions for Raw Honey Chocolate Drizzle:
Warm up 3 tbsp raw honey in a small pot on the stove over medium heat. Once it is soft, mix in 1 tbsp cocao. Mix well.
Hey… look at that… Done.
If you want to simply drizzle this over the cookies, this will be more than enough chocolate drizzle. HOWEVER, If you want to dunk them and coat them in this, you should double the Raw Honey Chocolate Drizzle recipe. When this cools, it becomes a caramel consistency thanks to the honey. These tea cookies are delicious completely covered in this honey chocolate amazingness.
So go ahead, drizzle or cover your tea cookies. I did this when the tea cookies were still slightly warm since it is so fast to throw together. Then place the cookies, on the cookie sheet, into the fridge to cool completely. This should only take a few minutes. Once cooled, you can carefully transfer the cookies to a plate to serve.
These tea cookies are a little on the dry side. But that’s ok because the flavor is top notch, especially when paired with your favorite cup of tea. Tea party time!
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. I don’t know about you but these little bottles are PERFECT for purses, bags and backpacks! They are a great/safe version of a hand purifier and they smell fantastic!
And here comes the big guns!!!! When you make a 300pv order with Young Living, you not only get everything above but you also get a roller of DEEP RELIEF and a roller of BREATHE AGAIN!!!!
ok ok… I’m a little excited about this! And if you’ve tried these rollers for yourself, you know exactly why! They are amazing and work wonders!!!
NOW who’s ready for back to school?!?!
Oh wait…. it gets even better! Young Living is doing a special promotion this month. Anyone who gets their Premium Starter Kit also gets a free 15ml bottle of Cedarwood! AND anyone who helps 5 of their friends or family join Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit will also automatically get a free VivoSmart Tracker!! You get $50 from Young Living for every friend you help join the oily lifestyle with a PSK! If you got 5 this month, you would get the free VivoSmart Tracker AND it would almost pay for your entire 300pv order to snag allllll the freebies! #AugustisAWESOME! Perfect time to join Young Living and get oily before all the kids go back to school!
If you need to get your Premium Starter Kit just hop on over to OUR TEAM page and follow the link you choose. We can help you, if you need! Don’t be afraid to email us with any questions you might have!
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