REVIEW: June Favorites

Hello, everyone and Happy Summer! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post – I promise I’ve got some fun recipes coming and some new products for my Etsy shop this summer.  I’ve got a brief, early edition of my favorites for you since we’re heading out of town tomorrow night and will be gone for a bit. It’s also a bit different than my previous favorites posts…not many recipes or products to share, but more photos, videos, quotes, and randomness that made me (and Willow) smile or that I found to be incredibly thought-provoking. Hope you’ve all had a great month and I hope you have a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July!






J U N E  F A V O R I T E S:


Living Libations Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum >> I took advantage of another sale through The Raw Food World and bought a few bottles of the Mint & Myrrh Tooth Serum (normally $30/ea, but they were being sold ‘at-cost’). Just one little drop on your toothbrush or on a strand of floss will leave your mouth feeling insanely fresh. I’ve been using it to massage my gums twice a day and I bounce between using this and another product to brush my teeth.


PURPLE POWER PARFAITS >> FEASTING ON FRUIT >> Natalie’s recipes are always a hit in our house as they’re colorful, fruity, and free of all the things we avoid! This parfait jumped to the top of our “to-make” list and when Natalie suggested a pitaya nicecream layer to make it a Willow dream jar, I had to make it happen! So we skipped the coconut whipped cream layer and added in the pitaya nicecream instead. This was AMAZING! The purple sweet potato pudding layer (bottom layer) was my absolute favorite! Willow loved this, too and while she initially insisted on having hers layered, after a few bites, she had me deconstruct hers. I loved this recipe for so many reasons and we’ll definitely be making it again!

REVIEW: June Favorites

HERBED PEA RICOTTA, TOMATOES & BASIL >> SALAD SAMURAI COOKBOOK >> If you know me, you know that I DO NOT like peas. Yep. You read that correctly….yet, I LOVED this pea ricotta recipe. I have always disliked the texture of those little green bites, but when pureed (and heavily seasoned), I can get on board with them. We served ours with a cold soba noodle salad…and a dumping of fresh black pepper (oops). We enjoyed leftovers with raw veggies and even a little on a piece of gluten-free toast. Willow took a couple of bites and decided she didn’t like it…maybe she’s an anti pea person, too!

REVIEW: June Favorites


We’ve been reading a lot of repeats lately, so I only have one new book to share with you today:

About the Night by Anat Talshir >> I am not quite finished with this book, but I am absolutely wrapped up in this love story. I chose About the Night on a whim from the Kindle First options in May (free book) – it’s a historical fiction, romance novel – a genre I would normally pass by, but this has been a beautiful surprise. It’s like a modern day Romeo & Juliet – the book begins in 2006 and we travel back to 1947 where Elias and Lila first meet.


I have succeeded in breaking Willow out of her Taylor Swift obsession!! After a few months of nonstop Taylor Swift, she has a newfound love for Adam Levine, The Lumineers, and Justin Timberlake! Haha! Rather than listening to the album 1989 on repeat while in the car, I’ve gotten her hooked on this Lumineers album…so now we listen to Flowers in your Hair, Ho Hey, and Stubborn Love over and over again! I’ll take it…for now 😉


We don’t have cable TV so we hop onto YouTube frequently to watch various cooking/baking videos and plenty of music videos. Here are a few of our favorites from this month:

And some funny ones…


Two great articles:

6 Daily Self-Care Rituals For Highly Sensitive People

3 Steps to Intensifying your Intentions & Manifesting Faster


Makes you think……


is too busy,

it’s just a

matter of



Religion is belief in someone else’s experience.

Spirituality is having your own experience.


To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. ~ Deepak Chopra


It takes a level of self-love, of dedication and determination to live your greatest life. So, look within. Look at every area of your life and ask yourself these questions:

Am I on course? Am I growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Anything that is blocking that, anything that is preventing you from living your greatest life, make the tough decision to let it go.


Thanks for stopping by!!

9 thoughts

    1. Thanks, friend! She really is the I’m sure every parent thinks that about their kid 😉 Oh, goodness, the Taylor Swift craze was getting out of control! Haha!! I was desperate for a change and finally got Willow to listen to something else after repeatedly trying! Such a relief! Hope you have a great weekend!!! xo


  1. Awww I love that pineapple reminder 🙂 We all just need to tap into our inner fruity-ness! I’m so happy you have finally broken free of the T Swift cycle, congratulations! I love The Lumineers, plus a tiny bit of variety is a big improvement 😀 I for one love peas and I used to love ricotta, so that dish looks amazing to my tastebuds! And of course thank you for all your sweet words on those unicorn rainbow jars ❤ I just messaged you on IG because I'm actually in Oregon right now, but never mind that since you are off somewhere fun! I hope you have a most amazing trip! xo


    1. Isn’t that awesome?! I almost want to get that framed and put it on Willow’s bedroom wall! Such a cute reminder ❤ Right?!? Major improvement!!!! I feel like a new person now! Ha!!! It's funny because now Willow walks around singing Lumineers songs and asks at least once a day to watch that Justin Timberlake video 🙂
      You would LOVE that pea ricotta!!! I was so surprised how much I actually loved it. And of course! We really enjoyed those parfaits!!! Your recipes are always a win here…just like your videos! Willow has asked to watch your video for the sprinkles almost every day! I am SOOOOOOOO bummed that you're in OR and we're flying away tonight!! Talk about really bad timing! Next time you come back here, WE NEED TO MEET!!! I'm so sad!!! But enjoy your trip and safe travels back home. ❤ Big hugs, sweet friend! xo


  2. That is soooo hilarious about her Taylor Swift obsession, hahaha! And OMG, I don’t ever hardly watch tv or youtube so I have never seen that Maroon 5 video before, that was amazing!!! Were those all real weddings??! Omg, I would totally freak out, I absolutely LOVE that song, so cool!
    Those are a great list of quotes too my friend! I’m drooling over that pea dish, too. I love me some peas! I had to do a double take because I remembered you didn’t like peas, lol! Hope you are doing well, I will email you tonight! Love you! xo


    1. OMG! Your comment WAS in my spam! What the heck?! I’m so sorry about that! Hahaha! Isn’t that hilarious?! I’m so happy that we have moved beyond Taylor Swift…it was a rough few months! Same here – we own a tv, but don’t have any channels (no cable) so we use it to watch things on Netflix every so often. We just started getting into YouTube for educational videos (for homeschooling) and cooking/baking videos as those are Willow’s favorite! I am sooooo behind the times when it comes to music videos, so seeing that Sugar video was new to me! I totally thought it was real, but recently found out it was all staged. Isn’t that song amazing?!
      Thank you! I love quotes so much and these really stood out to me. Haha!!! I was so surprised at how much I loved that pea dish! I’m trying to incorporate that veggie more in hopes Willow will like them…so far, she’s not a fan. Thank you! I hope you’re doing well – been thinking a lot about you! Love you!!! xoxoxo ❤


  3. Lumineers are some of our all time favorite music! The twins were obsessed with HO HEY almost as much as willow was with Taylor! 😂 Flowers in your hair is fun but one of my favorites too is definitely Slow it Down, baby, come back to bed 🎤 Haha! Miss you girls! Hope you all are doing well! Xoxo


    1. Aren’t they the best?! She’s still obsessed with the same CD – asks for the same three songs over and over 😂 Miss you, too! Things have been a bit crazy this summer (I explained most of it in my most recent blog post), but starting to balance out. I think about you and your family all the time – sorry for not being in better touch. We’ll have to catch up soon! ❤️ xo


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