Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Vitamix Breakfast Smoothie

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Vitamix Breakfast Smoothie

Do you ever just get tired of eating breakfast?  Yeah, me too.  I’m not too keen on smoothies, however I thought I would try this Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Vitamix Breakfast Smoothie.  I do have to say that it pretty much filled me up almost immediately after I drank it and it kept me full for quite sometime, unlike if I were to eat cereal or something similar.  I even think kids would love it.  And guess what, it’s healthy!  :)  ENJOY!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Vitamix Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • handful of ice

Directions:

  • In a small bowl stir together 3/4 c milk and the oats; set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Place thickened oat mixture into your blender along with all other ingredients in the list, starting with 1/2 c more of the milk.
  • Blend in the Vitamix until smooth.
  • You may add more milk to reach desired consistency.

source: http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/4/4/breakfast-friday-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookie-smoothie.html

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Lakeside Marblehead in Ohio

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So my parents and I had some free time on our hands last weekend, so we thought we’d make a trip up to Lakeside Marblehead.  It was about an hour and 40 minute drive, but it wasn’t too bad of a trip.  We thought that the weather was going to be iffy, however as you can see from my photos that it turned out to be such a beautiful day!  Who knew?!  Well that’s Ohio for you.  LOL  When we left, it honestly was super foggy, and the further north we got, the more grey the clouds looked.  But when we arrived lakeside, it pretty much opened up and simply was a nice way to enjoy what our state of Ohio does offer us.

Lakeside Marblehead

Lakeside Marblehead

I know I say often that there’s not much to do in Ohio, however every now and then you’ll find these types of gems that really are fun to experience in Ohio.  I’m not a huge fan of “lakes” per se, and I’m not real outdoorsy, but I don’t mind just sitting there and listening to the sounds of the water.  I honestly could just take my Kindle, and probably snack all day by the lake.  That sounds fun to me.  :)

Lakeside Marblehead

Because it looked like it was going to storm the closer we got to the lake, the water was pretty rough and it was quite breezy.  However that didn’t stop these people from bringing their boats out!  There were a TON of boats just cruising around on the lake.  It was pretty neat to watch them all.  And my mom freaked out at how fast the speedboats were going on the rough waters.  :)

Lakeside Marblehead

Can you see that wayyyyyyyyy…out there?  Say hello to Cedar Point.  :)

Lakeside Marblehead

And can you see this island out there?  That’s known as Kelly’s Island.

We also stopped at an awesome market on the way up known as Bergman Orchards.  They had SOOOO many yummy looking things, especially these GIANT peaches and cantaloupe!  :)

Bergman Orchards

I don’t have photos, but we ate at such a delicious pub where I had a Fresh Lake Erie Perch wrap.  OH my goodness.  Talk about YUMMY!  We even bought some perch to fix at home.  Cannot wait to dig into it!  :)  All in all, it was a fun day at Lakeside Marblehead.  Always nice to discover new places around your home state!

 

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Wall Art Decals

Wall Art Decals

Wall Art Decals

Choose wall art decals and give your house an exceptional look

Everyone wants their house décor to look beautiful and elegant, don’t we guys? And for this reason we look for various ways through which we can decorate our place in a way which will reflect elegance and style. Owning a house which looks exceptionally good and well decorated grabs the eyeballs of the people who visit your place and you get loads of compliments which we all love getting.

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Why to select wall art decals when you have other options too?

It is a logical question, isn’t it? What should we choose this mode of home decoration when we do have several other options available to us? Wall art decals that you may also find at http://magicwall.co.uk have a lot of benefits which makes it the clear winner for home decoration in today’s world. If we think closely then we will see that the old conventional ways of home decoration caused a lot of trouble and also was only possible in case of large budgets.

I remember that fact that we use to redecorate our house once after many years and the home decoration mainly meant to get rid of old furniture and buy some new furniture which were in fashion in those times. Now when I think of it I can understand why redecoration was done so infrequently and rarely – the reason being the budget for redecoration in the old times meant spending a lot of money. With the emergence of wall art decals the people are much relieved as they cost much less than buying new furniture and fixtures.

In the past people also had this conception that by changing the wallpaper or the paint of the rooms and by coating the walls with a fresh coat of different color paint home decoration is completed. Guys, don’t you think it is too much trouble to paint all the rooms of your house or change the wallpaper?

Of course it is, it will disrupt your daily routine and also create a mess. People nowadays have less of free time as they are living the fast moving life where everything has to be done in an allotted time. Keeping all these facts in mind it is quite safe to say that wall art decals is the home decoration option for the people of this modern generation.

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Themes for living rooms with wall art decals

Searching online in the web media is one of the easy ways to get few ideas about home decoration themes, if in case you are confused or out of ideas. You can get hold of a variety of ideas to decorate each of your room in an innovation and unique way. For example if you love outdoors and always wanted to stay near nature then you can create a country side theme with different tree wall art decals right on the walls of your living room.

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Wall art decals to decorate your child’s nursery

You can choose a Disney story theme or a fairy tale theme for your baby girl’s room which will make her extremely happy. Nursery room should be filled with the things children like such as pictures and stickers of their favorite cartoon characters which they see on television or characters from their storybooks. Children should be able to relate to these characters and play with them in their own world. Hence sticking cartoon wall art decals in the nursery is a great way to brighten up your kid’s room.

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Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult

Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult

Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult

Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult is another short story that I have recently read.  I had heard that it went along with Where There’s Smoke that will make up the book Leaving Time (released soon). Again, this story is only available via eBook and is a little less than 40 pages, so it’s a quick read.

In this story, we are introduced to Alice, a researcher studying memory in elephants.  She is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf due to the fact that her and her own mother’s relationship isn’t exactly the greatest.  An elephant mother’s powerful protective instincts and her newborn’s unwavering loyalty makes up the theme of this story.  Alice is living on a game reserve in Botswana and is able to view the animals in their natural habitat; however she must only observe and never interfere. Obviously you know that rule is possibly broken when she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave this helpless baby behind. She begins to take care of this baby in ways you can not even imagine.  The bone between Alice and this tiny, but mighty creative becomes so strong that it creates a huge problem.  Alice risks her career to care for the calf; yet it allows her to understand is the depth of a parent’s love.

I really enjoyed this little story and hope to witness more of it when Leaving Time is released! Prepare yourself for the next hit from this amazing author and read Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult.

 

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