...even the big kids had to come fly the kite with the Littles.

...is today and celebrates the longest day of the year. Although, it is probably met with less fanfare in America since every single day of 2018 so far has seemed like the longest day of the year. These times we are living through are not for the faint of heart.

Today is overcast with periods of downpours. The ferns are outside to enjoy the false narrative that they have been returned to their native jungle. Speaking of habitats, I texted Berg earlier this week that I could thrive in the desert. I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN. I love the heat. I am in the only car in traffic with the windows down and I am not uncomfortable. I am mindful of my traveling partners, yes...so I am not anti-air conditioning...but I can bake in the sun and not break a sweat. The only hangups are that Berg had a heatstroke as a young man so he can't handle the heat and I cannot grow a succulent. I over-hydrate and they die. I care too much.

Kaypacha says we are collectively in the cosmic soup right now. All the feels, hitting us all... Aspects, eclipses, and Mars in retrograde, oh my! Break on through to the other side, my friends. The sun is in Cancer now (as is Mercury) opening us up to really "see" our past and future. Cancer is about the inner self, the inner child. He tells us to set aside time to really get in touch with ourselves, our family, our ancestors. We want to transcend our boundaries, our mistakes from the past and dream a new way of life for ourselves. Get into your heartspace, people. It ain't easy, considering the trauma we see daily, but it is necessary to co-create a kinder, more inclusive Earth. Of course, this doesn't apply to Nazi's...if you see a Nazi, punch a Nazi. In the words of the great Doc Holliday, "You're a daisy if you do."

Any big solstice plans? Just gonna set some intentions, make some goals, and hang with my family. Happy solstice to you!!

Muffins are the best... You can bake them the night before and be super lazy about breakfast the next day. I saw this recipe on the back of a new coconut flour we got in at work. I'm always trying to find a way to add iron to Kindred's diet, as she runs slightly low and we have to supplement. Between the coconut flour and chia seeds this one calls for, it has the iron base covered.

You can really smell the coconut in the flour...which is great for me because I love coconut! The amount of batter it yields is way more than the 3/4 cup per muffin cup the recipe calls for. It pretty much filled them completely up, which made me nervous, but luckily they don't really swell out too much.

They started to get really brown on top during the last 5 minutes or so. I just cut the heat off and kept a close watch. They taste great and are plenty moist...but that comes from all the extra coconut oil. These are pretty oily muffins. Next time, I will definitely try to cut some of the oil down. The kiddos love them so I'm calling these a win!!

*We also substituted hemp seeds for the chia, as those were the ones I had on hand...

Do you love the Caribbean or coconut? Are you a pirate? Will two wildin' out preschool-aged girls run circles around you during the week? If you answered yes to any of the above, I have a perfect drink for you!

But, first...a backstory.

I discovered quite a few years ago that alcohol gave me an almost instantaneous intense headache and I generally felt like crap anytime I consumed it. Thankfully, it came on at the tail-end of us living near St Simon's Island's beach where my favorite hobbies included sipping cold beer and watching the waves roll in with my sister. For me, the worst reaction is with beer, which leads me to believe this is a systemic yeast issue. I already know I struggle with a yeast imbalance based on how my skin can flare up in spots called seborrheic dermatitis. Too much stress, too much sugar and I get inflamed.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I saw a commercial for the Loconut and I thought I would really love it. It sounded creamier than regular coconut rum and spicer than Malibu. I figured the added spices would help me achieve the spicer taste of my favorite Pina Coladas from Savannah, Georgia. In my opinion, the perfect PC shouldn't just be predominantly pineapple & coconut...you should taste a lil' spice in there. I was willing to risk it to see if it tasted as good as it sounded...

I wasn't disappointed!! Loconut is 40 proof, so even though there isn't an overwhelming alcohol taste at all, you still feel the effects of that. For me, I just feel a little more relaxed and that is nice. The best news is that I don't get a headache or feel terrible after I drink it! Also, if you scratch & sniff the bottle, it smells like coconut! So much winning!!

To make my yummy summer drink, I grab a pint glass and fill it a little over halfway with pineapple juice. I finish filling it almost to the top with orange juice. Good orange juice. Don't come at this rum with orange juice from concentrate. I pour the glass into my taller Ninja blender tumbler. If you don't have a taller tumbler to blend with, maybe do 1/3 and 1/3, or less. Then, I add 2 shots of the Loconut rum as this makes almost two drinks in a pint glass. I add a handful of frozen strawberries and one banana. Blend and enjoy!

Oops, forgot to take a pic before I drank it! I store the other serving in the fridge and drink it pretty fast so I'm not sure how long it will keep. It's a lot of fruit and a lot of sugar, yes, I know...but it's soooo tasty. The Loconut is smooth and creamy. If you taste it as a shot by itself, you can definitely detect the hints of vanilla and spices. This is not Malibu...this is much, much better than Malibu. ***edit 6/18: I tried to substitute Malibu just to see if I could achieve the same taste and it was a total bust. Did not taste good and instant headache.***

Sidenote: The Loconut does not blend just by stirring. I have also done a pint glass with 1/3 pineapple juice, 1/3 orange juice, a splash of unsweetened coconut milk and a shot of Loconut. You still need to run it through a blender or have a shaker of some sort.

What is your favorite summer cocktail!?!

Last week, the kiddos and I popped into the mall to get a quick haircut for Dylan. Thank goodness for Mastercuts when you are in a rush but the man-curls are outta control. In our mall, Mastercuts happens to be right across from Boot Barn. When Kindred saw these two mannequins in the window, she excitedly shared that me and her daddy would look FANTASTIC in those outfits. Now, I wasn't sold on Berg wearing flannel cut-off sleeves, or a cowboy hat, but I did agree that the red dress would probably look super fantastic on me. I loved the high-low style! Believe it or not, this was actually my first purchase from a Boot Barn even though I grew up an hour from Nashville!

My style is really just all over the place. I don't know what you'd call it...boho moto, maybe...haha! I love a white v-neck tee with ripped jeans. I also love gray and black in an assortment of styles. To be honest, anytime I buy something overly colorful or flowy...all hippie earth mama...it barely gets worn until it winds up stored in the attic or given away. My 'Style Inspo' Pinterest board shows more cohesion than my closet does...am I the only one?

But, back to the red dress...

I also bought a pair of tan cowboy boots with turquoise/aqua accents to match the colors in the dress. I went all in, guys. Dylan said it looked like "Country threw you up." He's so sweet to me. Ash was in favor of the pairing of the two, but Kat was not. She said I should lose the boots. I was also advised to leave my hair curly next time I wear the ensemble. Never before has an outfit elicited so much advice. Since there was no place to go square-dancing, we just went to Ruby Tuesday's and then had ice cream at Bruster's afterward to check out all the classic cars in town.

All in all, it was a fun time! I make a halfway decent country barbie. If you're interested in buying the dress, click here. I bought the large, though the medium fit just fine. The large hangs down about an inch or two lower, and there was a little more room in the shoulders for an off the shoulder look if I decide to do that.

  1. Go out for ice cream.✔
  2. See classic cars.✔
  3. Make S'mores.✔
  4. See a movie at the Drive-In.
  5. Plant flowers.✔
  6. Play with sparklers at dusk.
  7. Attend an outdoor concert.
  8. Go to the Farmer's Market.
  9. Paint our nails a bright color.✔
  10. Visit the library for storytime.✔
  11. Bake pink cupcakes for Brooklyn's birthday.
  12. Ride the carousel.✔
  13. Watch fireworks.
  14. Fly a kite.✔
  15. Play mini golf.
  16. Go to an arcade.
  17. Drink a rootbeer float.
  18. Cousin sleepover.
  19. Eat a watermelon.✔
  20. Go to the county fair.
  21. Catch a baseball game.
  22. Picnic in the park.
  23. Buy something from a garage sale.
  24. Find dinosaurs.
  25. Take a picture in front of a mural.
  26. Family kickball at Grandma's.
  27. Play freeze tag.
  28. Get local-made candy from Mary Jane's. 
  29. Sip lemonade.
  30. Weekend road trip.
Something freaked me out/ticked me off yesterday...and now I want to pass it on to you.

Listen, we should all know by now that "the man" is watching us. It isn't paranoia, it's pretty well documented. Whether that "man" is the CIA, FBI, or Mark Zuckerberg is up for debate. Personally, I suscribe to the belief system that it is all 3 plus many others...just to be on the safe side. I don't know who or why and this is how I sleep at night. 

I also understand how cookies on the internet work, or so I thought because of what happened yesterday. 

I was out shopping and came across these cute chairs which would look great at my outdoor bistro table. So, I snapped a quick pic on my phone. I didn't have any apps pulled up and I didn't message the pic to anyone. To me, that is the most important detail. Private pic, not posted or sent. 

But, when I logged onto my Facebook app a couple of hours later, this was the first ad I came across...

So, I felt like this was a huge invasion of my privacy. I know that if I search a product online, it will be inevitably be an ad I see on Google, FB, or Instagram soon after. That was my working definition of how cookies are stored on our devices. I guess I just didn't understand that they are also scanning our private, unpublished photos. And that gets a big ole NOPE from me. To start with, I uninstalled the FB app from my phone. I would love to deactivate my account altogether but I feel it is important to keep it in case I need to communicate about Naiya. 

In the meantime, I will be more mindful of my unpublished, private photos. I will assume I am not the only one who can see them. 

What a weird time to be alive...