Soakin’ Up Summer | Elm Creek Swim Pond

One thing that I’ve learned whilst living in Minnesota, is to enjoy and appreciate the Summer-time. The minute it hits, get out and enjoy it while you can! Which is exactly what we have been doing all summer long (and hence why I haven’t posted in awhile). Can’t believe our summer days are almost gone! I’m going to try to keep summer alive for just a little longer with this little “soakin’ up Summer series.”
On one of our “soakin’ up summer” days, we visited Elm Creek’s Swim Pond…

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Nothing says “Summer-time” to me more than water & sand! We love it here so much, that we’re considering getting season passes next year and visiting as many times as we can!
View our last year’s trip to the swim pond here.
How do you enjoy your summer?

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Iced Matcha Green Tea

A little over a month ago, I stumbled upon this delicious looking drink on Pinterest. I pinned it, of course. Then did a search on the internet for the “magical” sounding green powder and made a purchase. This is the exact one I ordered (if you’re curious). The not-so-patient waiting game followed until finally I had it in my hands to try it!
For a caffeine fix, I typically choose coffee. Though I would never pass up a cup of tea either. However, I’d still come home every day after work feeling a weight of exhaustion from the day.  I can happily say that after having just one iced matcha green tea drink in the morning, every day for at least the past two weeks, that I’ve never felt more energized and awake and alive in my entire life! The green powder truly is magical, and you only need 1/2 a tablespoon of it, for the whole day. Now, I do still have moments of feeling tired – if my body doesn’t get enough sleep it will let me know – but I no longer get those awful mid-morning &/or afternoon crashes and best of all, even with lack of sleep, I still have energy to make it through the day.
View the “Fun & Fabulous Facts” to learn more about what matcha is and it’s benefits along with the recipe for a Matcha Frappe here (same link as posted above). I didn’t get all fancy with mine, hence the name “iced” matcha green tea.
This is how I chose to make mine:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 Tbl matcha green tea powder, 1 heaping Tbl raw honey, a pinch of salt. Blend together in your blender until ingredients have combined. Add 1/2 cup of ice. Blend together again in your blender until the mixture is smooth. Enjoy!

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July 4th from the lake

Just as we did last year, we spent July 4th on the lake from my brother-in-law’s backyard. Water fights, fishing, boating fun, fireworks and many many laughs filled our 4th this year. It was one fantastic start to what became a great long weekend. The fact that the long weekend ended with my birthday (on the 6th) was just a bonus. Point is, the 4th this year was awesome.
July 14 (1)July 14 (2)July 14 (3)July 14 (4)^Girl Power! With all of my nieces, out on a paddle boat. Love these girls.^
July 14^Water Fight! My favourite picture from the day.^
July 14 (5)July 14 (6)July 14 (7)July 14 (8)July 14 (9)July 14 (10)Birthday Flowers^Such a sweet surprise ~ Birthday Flowers! From one of my brothers & his girlfriend. A lovely end to a beautiful weekend!^

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