So…carob chips? Have you tried them? I have tried to sneak them into several different recipes and they have just not compared to the real thing. Seriously, sometimes a girl’s just got to have CHOCOLATE! Finally found some way that I like them…paired with almonds and coconut for a crunchy not too sweet treat!
Popsicles are a fun way to add more fruits (or even veggies) to your menu anytime of the year. Choose your favorite combination, throw it all in a blender and then freeze to enjoy later. It’s a great snack to have prepared ahead of time and the kiddos (and hubby!) think it’s a treat. They don’t have to know what ingredients I sneak into them!
One more post to squeeze in before 31 Days starts tomorrow!! This will be my third year joining the challenge! Excited to see what everyone is up to. Don’t miss out! Goes LIVE tomorrow (October 1) between 8-10 pm EST. Find me in the FOOD section.
Two of my three boys and I travelled across the state to share our church’s VBS program with another church who could not afford to put on their own. I know we had many prayer warriors on our side as we headed off with new friends…to make even more new friends. Most of our team had not met before the trip. The first day we drove there, set up and had VBS and it went amazingly well. We did not have as big of a turn out as we had hoped, but the unity among our group and the church we were working with was beautiful.
Among our team, my boys were the ONLY boys. Lots of girls! My nine-year old was fine with it until about the third day when he expressed how he was missing his male friends back home. My three-year old on the other hand…was on cloud nine! He was the youngest on our team and so all the girls (ages 7-16) wanted to play with him, chase him and carry him around. I am sure you will notice from some of the pictures that he didn’t mind AT ALL!
It was a week of blessings! So many new friends made, the gospel was freely shared and we can’t wait to do it again next summer!!
Drove, set up and jumped right into VBS that evening. Busy day!
Settled-in to our bunk house accommodations.
Fun at a local park. Especially exciting when the goat got loose! Sorry…didn’t get a picture of that one
Trying to get two boys to smile for the camera…not so much.
Muscle work! Moving mattresses for the mission. SO VERY HOT that day!
Beach day before heading home. Boys thought is was awesome to find coconuts on the beach, so we had to bring a couple home with us!
LOVE this picture
He likes it!
Pretty much how we all felt by the end of the week…
As I write this I am preparing for a missions trip with two of my three boys. By the time you read this we will be back already I’ll put together an update post about the trip that you can find over on my blog.
I am looking forward to this opportunity, especially for my 9-year-old son. We live in a society where even those of us with very little have so much more than the rest of the world. We are very much used to instant gratification and often so spoiled but we don’t even realize it! I am hoping this trip will open his eyes to thinking outside of his own little world and show him what REAL need is like. I hope and pray that he will embrace this opportunity to give and learn. I pray that he will know how blessed we can be by blessing others.
Read the rest of this post over at DAY@DAYJOYS.COM where I contributed earlier this week!
Every Saturday we have a family tradition of walking at a nearby forest preserve…even in the skin melting Florida summer humidity! The boys have come to expect it and ask about it throughout the week, “Is is Saturday yet?” The first time we went walking there, the boys complained about how tired and hungry they were, so the next time I brought the wagon, snacks and lots of WATER to cure all of the grumpiness and they have loved it ever since.
Unfortunately…the mosquitos have also loved that we come there every week! I am not at all a fan of the long list of unpronounceable ingredients on most store-bought bug sprays, so we needed to come up with our own effective solution. Well, last weekend we tested out our recipe and NOT ONE of us came home with mosquito bites, YAY! And we didn’t spend our whole time saying, “Keep moving! The bugs are swarming!!”
I love how simple the recipe is to put together and you will too!
2 ounces Filtered Water
2 ounces Witch Hazel
10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Ready? It’s too easy…I used a 4 ounce spray bottle. Fill half with filtered water, half with witch hazel. Add essential oils and that’s it! Shake well and you’re ready to go! Safe for kids too! Spray all over body especially neck and ankles (at least that’s where mosquitos always get me!) avoiding the eye area.
Have you tried any bug repellant recipes that have worked for you? Please share!