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The After School Routine That Really Gets My Kiddos Sharing the Good Stuff!

I couldn't go without sharing back to school pics. It's a tradition around here :) 
I know every Momma says it, but I can't believe how BIG our little chicks are getting!

These next couple of pics are proof that they think I'm still funny...
I told them that maybe this was the year that they'd get kissed by a cute boy in class.

And that if they liked it... I'd spank them when they got home. LOL

Dang it I love these girls so much.

While I won't pretend that I'm super sad that they went off back to school (because I'm just not; we were ALL more than ready), I AM missing those smiley faces that kept me ridiculously busy all Summer.

The real thing I wanted to chat about today though, was our little after school routine we have goin' on so far this year.

I'm sure that every household has their own way of coping with the constant stream of information, homework and extra curricular activities that need to get done after school each day, but I wanted to share mine, because it's been working REALLY well and I've noticed a big change in my girls' attitudes from last year to this year - especially as I've gotten to know each of their personalities a lot better.


Oh Monday, Why Art Thou So?

Two more days till school starts... and I just found out yesterday that I have strep throat. High temp, white sores and all!

Yup. How awesome is that? ugggh 

My girls are at a pretty awesome age and they just do their own thing, but it's hard to completely zone out and sleep when you know you have kids at home.

Luckily my Mom took the girls last night so I could get to a doctor and gather prescriptions... but I hear my kiddos downstairs now, and I'm pretty sure that they're making their own quesadillas for lunch, which means there's going to be remaining shards of a Costco sized bag of colby jack cheddar sprinkled on pretty much every surface of my kitchen counters and floor.

I LITERALLY watched one of my girls pinch the smallest handful of cheese to pop in her mouth the other day, while simultaneously spinning and humming a song, (welcome to my house) and you would have thought she had acquired special shredded cheese multiplying powers. Cheese EVERYWHERE people.
I still wonder if any of that "snitch" actually made it to her lovely pie hole.

I'm just grateful that I GET to be home and don't have to go to work outside the house and feel this way today. Strep is seriously so awful. 
It's a funny thing how we take something as simple as swallowing for granted. 


Best Ever, Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe!

Okay, like I promised, here is my MOST favorite, easy chocolate zucchini cake recipe that you will absolutely L.O.V.E!

This cake is beyond amazing, and it has zucchini in it, so it's like... sort of healthy-ish, right!? ha!

Here's what you'll need...

* 2 cups of all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup cocoa powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup avocado oil (you can use vegetable oil too, but I just prefer avocado. I get mine from Costco) 
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 2 cups shredded zucchini (I just washed my zucchini well, and then shredded it on our cheese grater till I had about two cups. I did NOT squeeze the water out. We had a huge zucchini with lots of seeds, so I made sure to scoop those out a bit first.)
* About 3 tablespoons of cold water