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The weather over here is starting to heat up, and what a better way to have a fun afternoon distraction and fun treat than a malt!  But, one that is secretly nourishing their little bodies while they enjoy them.

So at first I made these for the kids, but I poured the rest from the blender into two cups for Andrew and I.  Oh my goooooosh.

I ran outside with Andrew’s and said, super nonchalant,  “The kids and I just stopped at Wendy’s, we saved you some frosty, so here is it in a cup,” and handed it to him.  Chalk it up to tasting research.  Once he tried it, he said it was actually better than a Frosty, and I think it is too, more flavorful, just a creamy.  Sort of addicting, but made with only healthy ingredients that help our bodies.

So, only real, whole food going into it that is nutritious for your body, no added sugar or gut-bomb dairy.  Stomach friendly and easy to make.  Save yourself the drama of ‘going out for ice cream’ that ends up a sticky, tearful mess, or is that just my kids?

They LOVE this one so much more.



To make, just throw these ingredients into a blender, and pour into cups or dishes.


-2 frozen bananas

-6-7 dates (that’s where the sweetness comes from)

-1/2 cup almond milk

-1/2 tablespoon vanilla

-1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

-1/4 cup walnuts or almonds

-1 cup ice

-chocolate syrup or chocolate chips or cocoa powder to taste depending on how chocolaty you like it



Put everything in the blender.  If you want it more malt-ish that you could drink with a straw, add more almond milk, if you want it more thick and ice-cream-ish, cut down the milk and add more ice.




Blend.  And Breathe in, and you’re done!




We had a little friend over who is sort of picky and when she was done she said, “Sooooo good!”  Little did she know her little body was being so nourished ;)


Thumbs up all around.  My only mistake was not making more for myself.





If you try it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I love hearing about trying our recipes and trying now things for their families.


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My Oils Video

A couple months ago, I wanted to make a video for people who are audio or visual learners about Essential Oils.  This video I am sharing today will cover some of the daily oils we use as a family, and why we love them.  How they cure stomach aches in a touch, and get us our the door on days that we otherwise wouldn’t.   Little potent life changers in every drop.   I started off talking about the great ones for adopted kids, but there was a conga line of kids and husbands into our room.  So, I edited out the small guests, and here is a little info on some of my OTHER favorite oils, which is cool because these are our daily oils that we love and will pertain to all families.

So you know how people are becoming so much more conscious of what goes into and on their bodies, this is a way for me to help people learn some of the basics of how and where to use essential oils.

After I filmed this, I thought, Hmm, maybe I should, you know, move the laundry baskets, change our of my workout jacket, clean up?  Then I thought, nah, I’ll just keep it real!  Enjoy, my hope is that you will learn something new that will resonate with you enough that you would be willing to try oils because they are often faster, more effective and safer and less expensive than what you can buy over the counter.


My Movie from TinyGreen46 on Vimeo.

You can find and purchase any of the oils mentioned in the video here:  http://www.mydoterra.com/tinygreenelephants/


Scenes from Easter

We hosted a small get together here for Easter, just family and close friends I grew up with, smashing all our kids together for pictures.  I think Easter may just be my favorite holiday, the weather, the ease, no pressure, the meaning, the joy of it.

Kids in cute clothes, marveling at the miracle of it all.





Let me just highjack this post to tell you how much we love my little brother’s girlfriend.  In a sea of new people, so was friendly, kind, loved all the kids, and made an easter basket for EACH of the four kids with kind, thoughtful stuff inside.  Matthew, you got a real winner, we love her!  #DontMessItUp ;)




“Is this really happening to me?…” -Finley

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Uncle Joe reading about the empty tomb while the rest of us hid eggs all over the yard, they had no idea.


We hid lots of easy ones, and some really high ones for the big girls.  Each person brought 15-20 eggs filled with simple things, like one jelly bean, or a sticker, or something small, it was so easy and fun.

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Incredible bubble blowers from Abby and Matty, the highlight of it all.

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Happy Easter!

So much love from our family to yours!  May your hearts be filled with love and peace this Easter and all the days after.