Books Alive: I Like Myself

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Hi! It’s Emily from Is This Really My Life. I’m super excited to be participating in Bettijo’s Books Alive series again this summer. Last time I shared one of my favorite Elephant & Piggie books along with a recipe for salted caramel swirl pecan ice cream. Mmm…now I want ice cream…

This year I had a hard time choosing a book because we are avid book readers in our home and our bookshelves are crammed with favorites. But a few children’s books stand out thanks to engaging illustrations and powerful messages. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont is definitely one of them.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

Don’t let the crazy cute illustrations and simple verse fool you—this book teaches one of the most important lessons of all: liking yourself just the way you are.

One of my favorite sections reads:

Inside, outside, upside down,
from head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.

And I don’t care in any way
what someone else may think or say.

Can I get an AMEN? Though written for children, I feel like this book is applicable to grownups as well.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

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One of the best illustrations features the main character with “purple polka-dotted lips.” That was the inspiration for the recipe I’m sharing today: purple polka-dotted cream cheese sugar cookies.

"I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

Cream Cheese Cookie recipe via @PagingSupermom

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Orange Marmalade Recipe

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

I have two orange trees in my backyard here in Arizona, and as they’ve matured, we have been blessed with more and more oranges… this year, more than we could eat and give away. I decided I should try making marmalade and don’t know why I never thought of it before — such a great way to preserve our oranges. My orange marmalade recipe is so delicious and fairly easy. It thickens up all on its own without store-bought pectin… I promise! (The lemon helps in that process.)

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

I ended up combining two recipes that I found online and had great success. My brother LOVES this marmalade and says that eating it on good toast with peanut butter seriously takes it to the next level. You can cut your peels smaller than suggested and experiment with sugar amounts depending on how bitter you like your marmalade. Give it a try, you will feel so accomplished with yourself!

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

How to make delicious Orange Marmalade via @PagingSupermom

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Healthy Strawberry Milk Recipe

Recipe for Healthy Strawberry Milk via @PagingSupermom

We have talked before about our Valentine’s breakfast family traditions. One thing we recently added to our breakfast menu is this delicious and healthy strawberry milk.

Recipe for Healthy Strawberry Milk via @PagingSupermom

We shared our Healthy Strawberry Milk recipe in this month’s issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine along with instructions for turning a straw into a darling cupid’s arrow that makes sipping this pink milk even more fun come Valentine’s Day.

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This Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe is the Best!

We are pretty wild about candy canes and popcorn, and we are glad it’s December so we can start making our delicious Candy Cane Popcorn.

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Most of the recipes we’ve seen out there include white chocolate, but we aren’t big fans. This version is an ooey-gooey goodness of buttery, caramel popcorn mixed with a fresh peppermint crunch. It’s nothing short of spectacular. Seriously you should make some today too.

Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe

Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe

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How to Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

Do you know the shortcut for roasting perfect pumpkin seeds? via @PagingSupermom #Fall

I know it’s about time to start carving those pumpkins for Halloween so I figured we’d share some tips today for roasting up those pumpkin seeds into a delicious and healthy fall snack.

Do you know the shortcut for roasting perfect pumpkin seeds? via @PagingSupermom #Fall

Of course being elbow deep in pumpkin guts is NOT my favorite thing, but the reward of spooky Jack-O-Lanterns and snacking on roast pumpkin seeds will make it all worth it… that is if you know the shortcut to making roasted pumpkin seeds!

Do you know the shortcut for roasting perfect pumpkin seeds? via @PagingSupermom #Fall

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