Must Read Before Purchasing you're Beginner Violin (plus my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe)

You know when you finish something that you've been working on forever, and it has taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and it feels so good. In fact, you take your whole family out for milkshakes to celebrate. Yep, I just did that. I just finished writing one of my most comprehensive and time consuming articles yet. I purchased three 150.00 violins for the sole purpose of reviewing them for YOU! It is complete with gallery upon gallery of photos, and detailed information on how to change the crappy strings commonly found on beginning instruments,  pros and cons to each (pure straight talk), and what you'll needed to complete each of the violins outfits. This baby took me hours to write and cost our family a fair share of money to review, but I did it in a way that I feel so good about...through hands on and personal experience. In addition to writing this review for the beginner violinist, I also wrote this with the beginner parent in mind. Because let's be honest, getting our kids started in hobbies, and extracurricular activities that are new to us can often like we are kindergartener's studying for a college exam. It doesn't need to be that way, especially since you've come to the right place. To read the full article click on the link here.  

Plus, I thought it only fair to share with my devoted readers the cookie recipe that I made to sweet talk my hubby into letting me do this project in the first place. Pop these in your kids lunch for a filling and (teeny tiny bit) healthy treat...or pop them in your hubbies stomach next time your making a pitch to sell him on an idea. 

My mom's famous oatmeal cookies

 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 T. water

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup flour (I've used whole wheat before) 

1 1/2 cup Quaker Oats

1 1/4 cup chocolate chip (or one whole bag) 

Beat the oil/butter with sugars, add the egg, water, and vanilla. Mix in dry ingregediants. Bake at 350 degrees, and take out when lightly brown (usually 8-10 minutes).

Remember I said these are only a 'teeny tiny bit healthy'....but they are a whole lot of (in the words of my four year old) YUMMERS! So, try not to inhale the entire batch in one sitting.