Summer Tresses: An Oasis In The Desert

Summer Tresses: An Oasis In The Desert

I’ve always had very dark hair, so parenting two blondes has come with a new set of hair challenges. Everything stains their hair. Once, Ever laid on a pink pillow case and her hair was hot pink (only on her neck area) for weeks. The pool turns their heads into green, unruly haystacks. Blonde tresses are no joke during the summer since they also seem to dry out easily!

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I genuinely can not imagine our life without these two being 13 months apart. People hardly notice anymore, that they are so close in age, while it was ever so obvious when they were they were babies.

They spend a lot of their day together, mostly good, but when they get in trouble it’s always enhanced. (Like when they were dressed to go out last week, but both somehow ended up in the sprinklers completely drenched.)

It’s really important that I never laugh when they’ve done something terrible, no matter how funny. Once they get a laugh, you can’t win.

(Ever is wearing Nico Nico via Luibelle)

Jude Salad: The Easiest Italian Salad

Jude Salad: The Easiest Italian Salad

When Jude was little, he was so in love with this Italian salad, that he learned how to make it himself, and would even serve it to the babysitter when she came over.  We started calling it “Jude Salad” hoping the flattery would keep him interested cooking. So far, it’s worked!

Need I mention it’s a vegan salad!? (I’m hoping that is obvious, but just in case, haha!)
easy Italian recipes for kids


1 medium cucumber

1 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 avocado

1 lemon

2 tablespoons of EVOO (I like a nutty EVOO and used Zucchi. Incredible flavor!)

Fresh Basil

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Slice cucumber. Halve tomatoes.  Try your hardest to make pretty squares out of the avocado. If you can’t, no problem. It never looks perfect. Drizzle the lemon juice of 2 slices of lemon, along with the 2 tablespoons of EVOO over everything in a bowl.

I personally don’t even salt it, just pepper, but I think most people prefer salt, so you can try both and tell me what you like best.

We use the remainder of the lemon to flavor our Pellegrino. (Jude’s also obsessed with Pellegrino.)

This salad is ALSO a yummy Italian twist on avocado toast! 

(I know this is a major trend right now, but we’ve always eaten avocado toast, and even when the trend dies out, or should I die first, it will be served at my funeral.)

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Authentic olive oil is a staple in our house, and can we use just any old olive oil? Nope! Because I’m addicted to the flavors of the oils of Europe. There is so much variety, so you neeeeeddd to find one you love!

Spanish oils are typically golden with a nutty flavor. Italian is often dark green with a more earthy flavor. French oils are typically pale with more mild flavor.

If you still need more help choosing an oil, visit Flavor Your Life – it’s extremely educational! Their mission is to educate North Americans about the benefits of Authentic EVOO, and more specifically European oils!

I’ve followed these general rules for the last 10 years and they haven’t failed me yet:

It must be in a dark glass bottle, and then stored in a dark, cool place.

I only buy small quantities, since I like it to be as fresh as possible since we eat it mostly uncooked and I am a taste snobbbbbbb.

COLD-PRESSED, Extra Virgin. Always.

And European (aka “real”) oils are my most favorite of all! After all, olive oil originated from the European olive trees. The centuries old practices in Europe have clearly perfected the oil process!

how to choose the perfect olive oil

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Park it right here

Park it right here

Impromptu photos in the parking lot. With some random car,  a couple walls, and four cute kids.

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No one tell Ever she looks like a mime in her favorite outfit. She’s afraid of mimes, so she’d probably never wear it again!

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