How’s Thursday going? I admit, I’m beat tired and working on 4 hours of sleep. And those 4 hours were not consecutive. Playing nursemaid to a sick Skylar was my 1 to 4am calling card. So needless to say I was grateful for a coffee & a chit-chat get-together with Madeline of Greens and Jeans.

Two women and young girl in coffee shop

Madeline and I gabbed about life. And Skylar snacked.

Young girl sitting at table snacking

And Madeline is such a great sport with Skylar and she plays along so wonderfully with all of Skylar’s little stories snots and games!

Woman and young girl sitting at table smiling

Like when Skylar shows Madeline how Fashionista Barbie Walks Down the Runway

Young girl playing with Barbie at table

And in between her snacking, Skylar’s nose ran all over the place.

Young girl smiling while having some snacks

But it was great to catch up with Madeline for java and chit-chat! Just what the doctor ordered for this very tired mama: A little Girl Time + Coffee!

Two woman and young girl smiling for camera

I’m glad you enjoyed yesterday’s Grocery Finds Post

Whole Wheat Gluten Free Snacks
Hand holding whole wheat and gluten free snacks
Hand holding a cherry


Fresh cut strawberries in container

And thanks for letting me know those Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs had you drooling

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs in white dish

Right along with the No-Bake Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

No-Bake Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

And thanks for filling me in on your recommendations on gum, mints, and everything you’re Grateful For

Multiple packs of various flavors of Extra Gum
Good stuff and thanks, my bloggie friends, for chiming in!

Today when I came home from my coffee clutch with Madeline, I found a couple things waiting for me in the mail!

First, a kitchen scale

Eat Smart Kitchen Scale

From Health Tools and Eat Smart Products

Business Card for Health Tools

I have chatted with Katie before about how when I’m making raw vegan balls

Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls up close
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

…that it would be incredibly helpful to have a food scale like she does because 1 cup of dates can mean alot of different things; tightly packed vs. loosely packed can make a difference in the outcome of the batch or recipe.  I think another guy loves his scale, too.

Eat Smart Food Scale out of package

Now I will know,  for example, that 100 grams of medjool dates will always work in a particular recipee,  rather than guesstimating quite as much.  Because with a scale, 100g is always 100g type of thing. Just call me Mrs. Alton Brown.

Information on box of food scale

Thanks you so much Eat Smart Products for the Scale!!!

Close up of red Food Scale

Speaking of Katie,  Anyone doing anything special with your food choices being that it’s Vegan Thursday? I’m not doing anything special per se because it’s just another happy-go-luck-vegan-kind-of-day for me, but maybe you’ll think about eating more natural, plant-based foods today. Because they really do make you feel so clean and energized!

Moving along…
I also am the very lucky recipient of a super cute care package from Isa Zapata!

Care package from Isa Zapata

Cute Handpainted Bags

Hand painted bag with heart
Tag on bag

Some postcards and art

Isa Zapata Informational Card
Two post cards on countertop

Mommy & Me TShirts from Isa ZapataAnd I promise to model these when Skylar’s in more of a dress-up and try-on new clothes health status!

Mommy and Me Shirts from Isa Zapata

Thank you so much Isa Zapata!!!!!!

Information card from Isa Zapata with website information

Dinner last night for me was a big bowl of Rabbit FoodRomaine, Sugar Snap Peas, Brock, Tomatoes, Cukes, Carrots, and Brussels

Romaine salad with vegetables and dressing

Dressed with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Homemade Vegan slaw in front of Veganaise and Apple Cider Vinegar Containers
Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing in glass jar
Fresh salad with Vegan Slaw

Dessert was a couple Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls that I made the other day.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in clear container
Close up of two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Yoga Today is Sirasana (Headstand)
(I talked in this post about weight distribution with your head vs. arm & shoulder muscles. Check it out to stay injury-free in your neck!)

Woman doing Sirasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:
Raw Vegan Blueberry Almond Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons flax oil, hemp, or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave or pure maple syrup (note, maple is not truly raw)
  • 1 cup water or nut milk of your liking
  • Optional: Scoop of your favorite protein powder

In a blender, combine ingredients in order listed and puree to a smooth consistency.

Do you like smoothies?  I know a few ladies, ahem Deb and Allie, who do!  I love to chew, see yesterday’s gum chewing post if you don’t believe me, but I’d love to hear your favorite recipes and tips for The Perfect Smoothie Recipe!

Other Questions….
Would you say you have a good memory?  If I try, I would say I am an excellent memorizer. However, I need to pay attention and not try to multi-task while I am committing something to memory or else it’s in one ear and out the next. I have a pseudo “photographic memory” and I can look at something that’s written or in print and if I try, I can burn it into my mental hard drive, permanently.  Which is good and bad. It was something I practiced as a kid and helped me immensely in school, but now, it’s just a quirky fact about me.  How’s your memory?

Or, Do you have any quirky traits or random facts? I also hate garlic!  How’s that for random!

Stay Tuned For All Things Oats…

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