Guilt-free Chocolate Covered Strawberries

So if you really want guilt-free chocolate covered strawberries, you can dip them in 90% dark chocolate. (If you want organic, you have to go 85% or unsweetened). However, the whole double-boiler thing, the mess, then waiting for them to cool and harden is really beyond what my limited time for feeding my face can handle.

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Instead, I’ve been throwing the following recipe in a blender for a treat that’s still tasty like chocolate-covered strawberries, has more wellness benefits, and takes a lot less time.

Parenting Hacks for Teen Boys

TEEN BOY HACKS

While we’ve been parenting teens for a few years now, we are entering the throws of adolescence with our first child “from scratch.” You know, the first one who we’ve had from conception to now and have had to take full responsibility for how our parenting either prepared him or failed him. I am super grateful for the lessons we’ve learned from trust-based parenting. I can already see where those principles have gotten us through a couple adolescent storms. Here’s what’s working for us so far.

(Aside: These probably apply to girls, too, but we’re currently experimenting on a boy).

The comment the Lost Daughters wouldn’t publish

I read a handful of blogs on wellness, business, homeschooling, and orphan care. A couple weeks ago, this article came across my feed from an adoptee-centric site. Here’s the gist:

I cannot wrap my head around individuals who claim to love children but then are also willing to help “advertise” fellow adoptive parents’ who are trying to give up their adopted child online, whether through legal or illegal means. HOW IS THIS OK? Not only is it appalling because of the damage and trauma that this child will likely re-live by being abandoned a second time, it is also extremely disturbing that people are liberally advertising giving up adopted children on a blog. The fact that they are doing it so openly means that they are doing it with moral certainty—meaning they judge this to be a good idea. This is unethical besides being completely and utterly dehumanizing. Are adopted children products to be marketed? It definitely appears this way at times.

I have also come across another organization (Second Chance Adoptions) which profiles adopted children looking for new families on their facebook page. Reading their profiles gives me the impression that they are selling a product—but this product happens to be child…a real sentient human being that has feelings and a right to privacy and protection. Seeing such advertisements and adoptive parent blogs (and books) where they detail private information about their children’s struggles and their adoption stories is mind-boggling. Again, why do you think it is OK to tell the whole wide world on the internet, about your children’s personal issues? Is it not your child’s right to share his or her story when they are older— when they have processed and digested their experiences?Children are brilliant and sometimes more mature than adults, but they are also innocent and need to be protected. What you post on the internet is traceable and permanent (meaning you cannot take back what you share). I often think about how this exposure will impact younger adoptees as they grow up and become adults—what will they think about this information being public and how might it affect their personal or professional life in the future? It might sound far-fetched but it is not—be mindful of what you post on the internet about your children, whether adopted or not.

lost daughtersA couple years ago, I might have had similar sentiments. That was until we walked the unthinkable road as a family. I submitted the following comment: