My first steps into the world of essential oils.

  What are essential oils?

Essential oils are super-concentrated. These oils are important active ingredients and flavor additives in many kinds of familiar, everyday products:

  • Candy
  • Syrups
  • Toothpastes and mouthwashes 
  • Cleaning products
  • Beauty products 
  • Essential oils even give flavor and scent to the spices that you use to add zest to your cooking.

(Although some of these oils are often of the synthetic kind.)

I had heard so many people talking about essential oils. Having two little ones I’m always looking for ways to calm their cough and colds, ease their aches and pains and even help them to relax and unwind before bed. 
Unfortunately with most of these issues, my only option would have included a trip to the medicine cabinet. 

Any naural remedy was more than welcomed!

 Through the magic of Instagram I connected with Jessica from Midwest Essentials  We chatted a bit and she asked me what I knew about oils and what I was looking to use them for?

My answers were NOTHING and EVERYTHING!! 

In all seriousness, the kids had been battling colds all winter. Emilia especially suffered from a stuffy nose and cough for weeks. She couldn’t sleep, didn’t want to eat and was just plain miserable. (Which meant we were all sleepless and miserable!) 

She quickly sent me some information on oils along with two rollers. 

  1. Wellness roller 

Containing: 

  • Thieves 
  • Frankinscence 
  • Copaiba 
  • Lemon
  • Fractionated Coconut oil 
  1. Sleep roller 

Containing:

  • Cedarwood
  • Lavender 
  • Fractionated Coconut oil

I got right to trying them out.

  
Let me start by saying I’m a VERY  light sleeper since having kids. Every little noise wakes me up, then I wake Mike up to go,see what it was!  I rolled the sleep roller on the soles of my feet as instructed. I went to sleep, not expecting a miracle. Mike laughed at me… saying I’m so gullible. 

The next morning he wasn’t so skeptical….

I woke up feeling refreshed and without waking up once (or waking him up!) throught the night! That morning Mike also let me know I had started talking in my sleep that night, something I only do when I’m out cold! Again something that hasn’t happened in years!

People….. I felt great!! 

Immediately I was sold! (So was Mike!)

Emilia’s nose had just stopped running. It had been running for weeks! after a few days of relief, it started all over again! I grabbed the wellness roller and rolled the oil onto the bottoms of her feet in the morning and before bed. Her leaky nose was gone within a week! Honestly I was shocked! 

Upon my research I discovered essential oils can be used in many ways:

  • Topical
  • Aromatic 
  • Internal

With so many uses!

To help relieve: 

  • Coughs/ colds
  • Acne
  • Headache
  • Digestive discomfort 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Stress
  • Eczema 
  • Burns, cuts and other skin irritations.

Jessica has been so sweet, answering my MANY questions about the rollers and all oils in general. I still have a long way to go In my journey through the land of essential oils but I’m so excited to learn more and glad I have such a kind and patient teacher to help me out! 

If you want to join me on my journey to discover more of what essential oils can do for you EVERY DAY! 

You can contact Jessica and sign up Here!

She will answer any and all questions you have. 

I can’t wait to learn more! 

I’m definitely a believer in the power of these oils. 

xo, Fran 

(I was given these oils at not cost of my own, for the purpose of review. As always these opinions are my own and the truth.) 

Baked Cheesey Zucchini Fritters

baked zucchini fritters

When your living with a 4  and a half year old that decides he hates a different food everyday and a toddler that’s still trying new foods, finding new ideas can be tough!

So I didn’t find a new idea….. I reused an oldie but a VERY goodie!

I used to make these fritters for Frankie when he was just starting out on his “food adventures!” Now he doesn’t even flinch when I put them in front of him, often asking for 3rds and 4ths! Try putting something that actually resembles a zucchini in front of him…. Ya Right!! Good luck with that!

As for Emilia, she’ll inhale everything put in front of her! #blessed lol (for now anyway)

I on the other hand like to put my own spin on this. Instead of the usual bite sized portions I usually make for the kids. I make myself a large sized patty and top it with a fried egg! Hello delicious and complete breakfast!

I’ve substituted the zucchini with steamed broccoli and even added some shredded carrots to the mix as well!

No matter what way you prefer, this recipe is an excellent way to eat your veggies.

(Maybe even without knowing it!)

Baked Cheesey Zucchini Fritters

  • 1 1/2 Cups shredded zucchini, peel on. (about 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

pre heat oven to 425, grease a large baking sheet

  1. Shred your zucchini. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel and twist to wring out the excess water, until zucchini is very dry. (Don’t use paper towel, seriously I’ve tried! It will rip apart and end terribly!)
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients including your zucchini. Mix well until combined.
  3. Drop tablespoon sized portions on your baking sheet about an inch apart. flatten your piles own a little to form little patties.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges and tops are golden brown.

Enjoy!

xo, Fran

 

Lemon Ricotta Pasta With Spinach and Red Peppers

  

I’m an Italian girl, I LOVE pasta. 

Every kind, every sauce seriously give me all the pasta!

I can never pass up experimenting in the kitchen and when it’s with a new pasta dish…. You know I’m all in!!

Sometimes random kitchen ingredients come together to make something delicious! (It also helps you put off grocery shopping when you’re feeling too lazy to head to the store..)

Lemon Ricotta Pasta With Spinach and Red Peppers

  • 12 oz fettuccine 
  • 2/3 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 4 cloves of garlic ,minced
  • The juice of half a large lemon
  • 3 Cups baby spinach 
  • 1 1/2 Cups of red bell peppers 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Just before draining reserve 3/4 Cup of the pasta water. (Set aside)
  2. While pasta is cooking. In a large bowl combine ricotta, lemon juice and zest mix until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/4 tsp of each salt and pepper)
  3. In a large pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add your peppers and garlic. Sauté for about 10 minutes.(until peppers are tender)
  4. To your pan add: cooked pasta, spinach, pasta water and ricotta . Cook for about 2 minutes until spinach wilts.
  5. You can add additional salt and pepper to taste.

It’s simple, and delicious! Just the way we like things around here! 

Enjoy!

xo, Fran 

Friendly Rooster Shoe Boutique

Spring is in the air!

It’s finally time to put away the winter coats and boots and break out the cute stuff!

Unfortunately for me, Frankie has become super picky about the things he wears. Gone are the days of just setting out his clothes and getting him dressed no questions asked! These days I have to ask 20 questions, have a 10 minute debate and make 3 woredrobe changes before he even agrees to put on his underwear!

But Emilia, she’s still easy. I love shopping for all of the adorable baby girl clothes. theres so much to choose from its VERY easy for a mama to get carried away!

A little girl can NEVER have too many pairs of shoes (neither can a girl in her thirties….)

When I discovered  Friendly Rooster I fell in love! They have hundreds of pairs of shoes. Their sizes range from infant all the way up to children’s size 10. Formal, casual, little boys or little girls no matter what you’re looking for you will definitely find it and then some!

I was lucky enough to receive a pair of Tip Toey Joey suede Swoopy sandals to review. First of all how cute are they?

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The color and style scream for warm weather!

After I finished dying with envy over these little shoes, I noticed something else!

 

The friendly rooster children's shoes

These Tip Toey Joey shoes are made for new walkers.They are specially designed to allow your child’s feet to develop properly.This thin rubber sole gives your little one sole and heel support that also helps them balance.

Whats even better?

Every time you purchase a pair of Tip Toey Joey shoes, The Friendly Rooster will donate a pair to a beginner walker in need in the U.S ! Your little one gets an adorable, high quality pair of shoes and you help out a child in need at the same time!

Needless to say we LOVE them! They were the perfect finishing touch to Emilia’s Easter outfit!

  
Friendly Rooster also offers a variety of different shoe brands along with tights, hats and other accessories! ( also MANY new styles arriving at the end of March!!)

In honor of Friendly Rooster’s birthday celebration, and the fact that they recently started shipping to Canada and Australia, they are offering my readers 15% off their orders! Use the code: FRAN15  and receive this awesome discount!

Now, lets hope this beautiful weather sticks around!

Happy Shopping!!

xo, Fran

(I was given this product for the purpose of review at no cost of my own. As always these opinions are my own and true)

 

 

 

 

 

 

All about Mom!

  
I’m kind of ashamed to admit it but I’ve been butting heads with a certain little guy A LOT lately! 

No matter the situation, we can never seem to agree. I’ve come to realize (with the help of Mike’s comparisons) that we’re probably way too much alike than I realize.

I see so much of myself in him. 

The good:

  • Weird sense of humour 
  • Love of reading
  • His looks ( no really stick a black wig on him and he’s me as a child!)
  • His independence 
  • His appetite 

The bad

  • My temper
  • My dirty looks 
  • My being a neat freak
  • Not being able to share…..(seriously don’t touch my stuff!)

Even with everything said, he’s still very much his own person! 

(A person hell bent on fighting me every step of the way….)

Making me feel like the meanest mom ever!!

I thought it would be fun to sit down with him and for him to answer a few questions about me. Let’s see what this guy really thinks about me.

All answers are in his exact words, for better or for worse…

  1. What is something mom always says to you?   Please do stuff!
  2. What makes mom happy?  Me being nice.
  3. What makes mom sad?  Me being mean.
  4. How does mom make you laugh?  When you tell me a joke!
  5. What was mom like as a child? (Motions with hand 2inches) this big! A good girl!
  6. How old is mom?  40? No! No! 50 right? Ya, it’s 50!
  7. What is moms favourite thing to do? Make me a snack!
  8. What does mom do when you’re not around? Play with Emilia!
  9. If mom becomes famous, what would it be for? Cooking dinners!
  10. What is mom really good at?  Cooking dinners!
  11. What is mom not good at? Nothing! (Yaasss! That’s my boy lol)
  12. What does mom do for a job? A mom!
  13. What is mom’s favourite food? Tuna! You like tuna right…….
  14. What makes you proud of mom? That you know how to use the oven!
  15. What do you and mom do together? Make cookies!
  16. How are you and mom the same? We have to same face! (see I told you!)
  17. How are you and mom different? We have different hair!
  18. How do you know mom loves you? Because you always say I love you to me!
  19. Where is moms favourite place to go? To see me sing at school!
  20. How old was mom when you were born? 70? (I’m apparently Benjamin Button….)
  21. What is your favourite thing about mom? When you kiss me!
  22. What is your birthday wish for me? That both of us make cookies together and eat them all! With some milk, but you like tea. Sooo you can have that, or milk if you want milk like me too? 

I’m relieved to know that I’m not the bad guy in his eyes, that I often feel like! 

Also notice that most of his answers revolve around food, just like his daily life recently. (Can we say growth spurt!)

We had a lot of fun chatting, talking about his answers and food of course!

 Give it a try and ask your little one these questions. You might be surprised at the answers you get! 

xo, Fran