Monthly Archives: May 2014

Easiest Oatmeal Cookies & Our Favorite Variations

May 30, 2014

cookies1I love to bake healthy-ish cookies and have been trying to perfect a good base recipe to get creative with. This recipe takes ingredients I always have on hand as a foundation and then deciding what to add is the fun part!

I did one batch with Chocolate Chips and the Vanilla extract and then next time with Chia seeds, Raisins, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Maple. You will see photos of both variations below, they each came out great! Next time I am going to try dried cherries and chocolate chips, sure to be a new favorite.


Basics (for about 12-15 cookies)


1 Cup of Sugar (dark brown sugar works best, but I often use the organic sugar I have around)

½ Cup of Earth Balance (or one stick of butter), melted

1 Egg

¾ Cup of Flour

1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats


1 Cup Raisins or Chocolate Chips (or both)!

½ TBSP vanilla (optional)

½ Tsp cinnamon (optional)

¼ Cup Chia Seeds

½ TBSP of Maple Syrup

Optional Dash of Salt on each cookie (this is tasty on cookies w Chocolate Chips in them)

And any other combo you may think of!



Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Next mix the Sugar and Butter in a large bowl.

Add the Egg and any spices or flavorings at this time.

Next stir in the flour, followed by Raisins or Chips, and then the Oats.

On an ungreased cookie sheet (I do spray with cooking oil), place mounds of the dough about an inch apart.

Flatten slightly with back of spoon and sprinkle each with salt now if you are using salt.

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350ºF until lightly browned on edges, the center may look a little undercooked still, but will harden as it cools.

Enjoy and let us know any new variations you may try!




diy easy herb garden

May 29, 2014


I have started to dive into my summer bucket list and first up is planting an herb garden. I notoriously have a black thumb, so I went the easy route and bought baby herb plants that require no sprouting, plus make you feel like you are already halfway there! Here is what I used (all of which can be found at Home Depot or any garden store):

one wooden box (old wine crate, storage bin, etc.)

one bag of garden soil (about 1 cu. ft. depending on box size)

plant food

herbs of your choice!

From there, just fill the bottom of the box with a few inches of soil, place the unpotted herbs, and cover the rest with soil. It is already getting hot here, so watering once a day is key, along with plant food once a week. I am looking forward to having fresh herbs this summer (if all goes well!).

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A woman who teaches by being

May 28, 2014

maya_angelouAs a creative female, it is hard not to have been inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou, who in her 86 years was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Among all these roles she took on in her full life that required her intellect, strength and courage, she more importantly approached them from a place of love. As the modern female that is expected to do it all – and to do so perfectly – it is easy to forget what at the end of the day really matters.

Maya Angelou


happy long weekend!

May 23, 2014


photo by jennilee marigomen

It is the official start of summer in my book this weekend – Memorial Day Weekend – and a weekend for gratitude beyond the beach and BBQs. Hopefully you are able to soak up the long weekend with some fun plans. I am looking forward to getting outside, grilling with friends, and getting to work on my summer bucket list! I leave you with the last thing you should watch (if you haven’t already… I know it’s old, but it’s the olsens) before powering down for the weekend.

Avo-Coconut Oil Healthy Glow Face Mask

May 15, 2014

Simple & cheap to make at home, treat your skin to this mask sure to leave you with a healthy glow with this avo-coconut oil healthy glow face mask.

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Coconut Oil is loaded with great stuff for your skin including Vitamin C which is a natural antioxidant with regenerative properties; it helps stimulate collagen production, and activates circulation.

Avocado contains vitamins A, D, and E as well moisturizes your skin.

Lemon Juice – is super vitamin C and exfoliates, helps fight acne, wrinkles, and heal scars.



½ Avocado

¼ Lemon

1 Tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.

Leave on for 10 minutes.

It doesn’t harden like a store-bought mask, instead you pretty much look like you put guacamole all over your face – It’s worth it though, you feel the lemon tingles, and if slips in your mouth it tastes pretty good! Rinse off with warm water, use a facecloth to thoroughly take off. My skin felt great after; I applied my facial oil moisturizer as usual then I may have added salt & pepper and ate some of the leftover mixture on some chips :P


summer bucket list

May 14, 2014

Somehow, summer is right around the corner and Memorial Day is a mere two weeks away. Memorial day was always the marker for the start of all thing summer: trips to the beach, BBQs and lazy hot days soaking up the warm sun.


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Even though these days there is no official three month summer vacation (why, I have no idea, I work harder now than my 12 year old self…), I want to fully take advantage of the the warm season and longer days with a summer bucket list. So here it is if you’d like to see!

  • go camping
  • stargaze
  • run around barefoot in the grass
  • go to the farmers market and make dinner with the bounty
  • go Stand-up Paddleboarding
  • watch the sunrise
  • lounge in a hammock
  • have a bonfire
  • spend a rainy day in pjs curled up with a good book
  • tie dye t-shirts
  • make spicy margaritas
  • make popsicles
  • jump in the ocean
  • have a picnic
  • do an outdoor yoga class
  • take a road trip
  • plant an herb garden
  • go horseback riding

I will be checking in with updates and any additions as I dive into this list. What would you add to your own list?