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We had the best time last night. Let me preface this by saying summertime boredom is at an all-time high at my house. And I’m sick of my 12 year old playing video games all day. It’s 120 degrees outside (no, really!) and we’ve done everything that can be done inside. We’ve built things, read, play games, make food together, learn fun facts, watch inspirational videos, debate points of view, researched things we find interesting….
So even though I HATE camping, I was on board when hubby suggested a 2 WEEK camping adventure partially because I want to get our little guy outside again. So I’ve been in a mad dash to DISCOVER everything that can make our camping trip more comfortable. And I needed a new phone case anyway (because the sparkly crystals from my phone case have gradually popped off over the past 2 years). Sooo…..
My phone can go underwater now!!
Okay, the ability to take underwater selfies is pretty cool, right?! The boys are having underwater battles – and our son wanted me to document it. Next up, we will try making underwater videos. He’s so excited about the endless possibilities. We are having a blast! We are outside (but staying cool) and it’s a fun activity for the whole family. Something tells me our teenage daughter will love this too….when she swims without us though, because we aren’t cool. *sigh*
But in all seriousness if we “NEED” Bear Spray to go hiking/camping (one of the items the park said we MUST have) then I’m buying stuff to protect EVERYTHING! Having fun with this phone case BEFORE we go camping is a bonus. (Bear spray is so you can mace bears that get too close to you…. Remind me again why I’m going camping?!?!)
And FYI to the Hubby, so far this trip is starting to cost as much as Antigua – where everything was included and I didn’t have to buy new clothes….or weird supplies! And we only had to fight for reservations.
What are some of your favorite ways to have family fun? Wishing you a beautiful one!
Eat as a snack or include with other foods for a complete meal
Carrot fries are one of my all-time favorite foods to make when I want to eat something satisfying, and healthy.
And the best part is they are easy to make, and guilt free. In hubby’s Adrenal Reset Diet, he classifies carrots as “unlimited” foods. Which means you don’t have to worry about portions for the unlimited foods as much as you do with, say, healthy fats.
I also love this because carrots are a BEAUTY FOOD! The carotenoids in carrots give your skin a radiant glow. So eating carrot fries will make you prettier. And glowy. They did a study in Scotland that evaluated the beauty in students and found that when the same set of students consumed high amounts of carotenoids, they were evaluated to be more attractive then before they consumed high amounts of carotenoids.
Oil – in a spray
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cut carrots into small “fries” and you can do this by one of the following ways:
– by cutting baby carrots in quarters lengthwise
– cutting full length carrots in half, then quartering them
– using a veggie chopping tool that cuts food into “fries”
3. Lightly spray your pan with oil
4. place the carrots on the pan and try not to let them touch the other carrots
5. Lightly spray the carrots with oil. Then season with salt.
6. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn over (or stir around). Then bake for another 15 minutes. Some ovens might require an additional 5 minutes on both sides.
Best when served warm. Have as a snack, or pair with a salad, chicken and a side of rice. Enjoy!
***To shake things up you can play around with other spices like smoked paprika, or garlic, or rosemary, or chives…or you can combine several spices so your carrot fries are uniquely yours. What are your favorite seasonings to use?
Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL day!
Did you know….
Hubby, son and I are all going camping…and I HATE CAMPING?! He gave me a kitchen. And a trip to Antigua so I could be there for my friend’s wedding (and we could have grown-up time). So for Father’s Day, my gift to hubby was to be willing to go camping for 2 weeks (WEEKS!!) and have a good attitude about it – providing I get to plan it and book a hotel every few days so we are all guaranteed a HOT shower without lines or sharing in a busy campground.
Luckily for him I found out that EVERY campsite with a shower was booked 3-6 months ago, so if it weren’t for me booking those hotels as well….we would be one stinky family.
So then I also started researching all the other factors that could make this trip more comfortable. Camping clothes are lightweight, practical and comfortable….and for the most part it’s ugly. I “get” that it needs to be practical. Agree with that 100%. But it does NOT need to be masculine. You can still look like a girly-girl and go camping. Here’s a list of things I love
– They make CAMPING PANTIES!!! You only need 2 pairs of pretty thong “travel panties” when you travel for long stretches because they wash and dry quickly, and have anti-bacterial properties? ….Hubby said they only had “practical” -aka boring panties. He loves boring panties. But I will never wear Why worry about ugly hiking pants AND panty lines from boring panties. Get the thongs! 😉
– They make shirts, scarves, & pants with BUILT-IN bug repellant?!
– They make hats with UVP…..AND mosquito netting? Kind of like if Joan Crawford went camping – and looked glam doing it!
– They make dresses that are made for hiking? (even a halter style “little black dress”)
Because I don’t see myself camping regularly, don’t expect to see too many of these things on our upcoming trip. But I am so excited to blog about our adventures…if we get internet. Camping begins in 7 days!
I’m actually getting excited now! Wishing you a Beautiful day.
Had the most perfect birthday day with my family. I worked with a client in the morning then came home to a house that was too quiet…which worries you as a mom because when things are too quiet, that means something is getting destroyed. The kids and hubby jumped out of closets and off the couches to surprise me with a “Happy Birthday” serenade. Then we went to a restaurant that had the most delicious Indian food I’ve ever tasted in my life! Followed by a movie at the theatre with the fully reclining seats. We saw ‘Finding Dory’ and it was so cute!
It was perfect! Nobody complained and everyone got along. (The perks of having your kids grow up I guess). Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. You know how to make your 40’s feel fabulous!
Wishing you a beautiful day as well.