Monday, September 26, 2016

Our Little Halloween Party!

Coming back home from a week at the beach where it was sunny and 85 almost every day is pretty torturous. And coming home to a high of 68 today?

Basically winter. 

The girls had the best time at the beach and they keep asking why we can't live there and why we had to come home. So I decided I would throw them a little Halloween "party" where I would shove fall and candy down their throats in an attempt to get them excited for the coming months!

Harper, Hazel and I wandered through our local Giant, where we go every week and stocked up on some fall fun! Along with some bread and apple juice of course. 

I was shocked to see how many Halloween and fall decorations there were! And the prices? Insanely affordable. Giant hit this one out of the park. 

So I may not be the best baker out there...or cook. But these Pumpkin cookies? Were amazing. And soft. And ok I may have eaten 4 of them. By the way these cookies that you just place on a cookie sheet are my favorite way to "bake" with my three year old. Because having her smash eggs into a bowl and making flour go flying across my kitchen is basically not something I'd like to really ever do again!

I got the absolute cutest things, including these champagne glasses. Which housed apple juice until bedtime :)

I was so excited to pick up Quinn from school and have her come home to fresh baked cookies and candy! Let's just say I haven't heard a word about the beach today, ha!

These spiders scared the little old checkout lady at Giant and it was both sad and hilarious!

I'd say it was a hit! It definitely put us all in the mood for Halloween and fall. And hello? Pink pumpkins? THAT WAS AN OBVIOUS WIN. Also bonus points for the mom whose kids go trick or treating with grocery bags every year. Oops. 

So head over here to find a $5 off coupon from your local Giant Food to stock up on your own fall goodies!

Thank you to Ahold USA for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to have a Fall party!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Picky Eater.... and a toddler friendly smoothie bowl!

In going with the theme of Hazel being our most difficult child, it comes as no surprise that girlfriend is picky. And picky eating is no exception.

She will eat cheese (string cheese is her favorite) strawberries, sometimes grapes, sometimes blueberries and cheese puffs.

And scrambled eggs. She is her mama's girl and could eat them every single day.

Needless to say getting veggies in her has been a struggle. She used to do ok with purees when she was younger, but she wasn't the biggest fan. She would eat the ones mixed with fruit and that was about it. A few months ago she really started fighting purees and being spoon fed. So it's been insanely difficult getting any kind of vegetable in her. I can sometimes hide them in a cheese quesadilla or in some pasta but for the most part, we fill her fill of fruits when she's in the mood to get something healthy in her.

We found these Gerber Lil Bits on our weekly strolls through Target and since they have teeny tiny chunks of food in it, I thought she might like it and thought I'd give it a try.

Well she still hates being spoon fed, but she did enjoy the chewing of the little bits. So we decided to practice self feeding since then and it's been interesting! But I did try a little something new with them and am so glad I did. I took a couple containers of the Lil' Bits apple banana,  and banana apple strawberry and made a smoothie bowl! I make smoothies a few times a week and she is always trying to steal a sip and since smoothie bowls are all the rage (or am I wrong? Totally last year?) I decided to give it a go!

I made myself my normal strawberry and pineapple smoothie with some almond milk. Next time I will probably make it a little thicker. But then I topped with it with the  Lil' Bits apple banana, and there you have it! Toddler smoothie bowl. And she loved it. She did end up drinking it out of the bowl with a straw after she had finished the little bits, but huge progress on the spoon feeding!

When she gets a little older I would love to add raisins, apple chunks and whatever else she can chew on, but for her age now, this is perfect. And super fast. Which is exactly what we need on the daily trying to get all three of these girls out of the door for drop off!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

First week of 1st grade... In the books!

Well, y'all. We did it. 

We survived our first week back at school. It feels like I was just writing this post last year about sending my baby off to Kindergarten!

This is the only sad part of this year. Quinn and her best friend Brooke aren't in the same class so recess and pickup are a big deal :) Bless their little hearts, they really do miss each other!

I have to be honest, I felt a little more "seasoned" this year being that I knew how everything was run, where to park, I actually knew moms and teachers and staff. I think of how much of a hot mess I must have looked last year, having just birthed what would turn into the spitfire we know today. 

I will say Hazel had zero schedule last year, so pickup and drop off and naps were not an issue. This year? A baby with a real schedule, whose naps happen to always coincide with pickups is my biggest struggle. So far I've gotten to volunteer a recess and lunch duty (because who doesn't volunteer at school on their morning without kids?!) so I've already got to get a peek of her 1st grade goodness and I love it. I love watching her in her element, interacting with her friends and being a complete nut. Just like her mama. 

I was sad that summer ended so quickly, but being that Quinn was so excited to go back made it a little less sad. I did great, got her dressed, took her pictures and we headed off to school. Not one tear from me until she opened the door and wearing her little jumper that aged her 5 years, spotted her kindergarten teacher in the drop off line and ran to give her a hug. Why you ask did this make me lose it?! 

I have zero idea! 

I think because a big part of me wishes she could do Kindergarten again and I loved her teacher so much that it just made me sad that she's only going to get bigger. 

Someone fell asleep on the way to school!

But my goodness she is really entering the big kid phase of life. And I am loving it. You know the brushing her own teeth, occasionally taking her own shower (but lets be honest, its so much easier to throw them all in at once!), playing in real sports leagues. I feel like I'm really going to enjoy 6/7 and all that comes with it! 

I am enjoying the cooler weather and right now I'm sitting with my pumpkin coffee while the babies nap and Quinny is playing outside while Anth finishes our last project before putting our house on the market....again. And I'm also working on a little side gig that I hope to get up and running soon and I'm really excited about it! So busy doesn't really begin to cover what life is going to be for the next 9 months, but I will take it one glass of wine at a time. 

And to enjoy as many as these as I can!

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