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Mom Monday {The Switch Witch}

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Halloween is not my favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I love the costumes, and the act of trick or treating with the little ones is loads of fun. But the candy itself just feels so wrong to me. Filled with all the things we, as a family, try to avoid, chemicals, GMO’s, yucky non-food stuff. So this halloween we started a new tradition. Something I read about the morning of Halloween on Healthy Child’s Blog, the Swtich Witch, an idea from Healthy Happy Tot. We had Piper leave her basket of candy out by the fireplace, and the told her the Switch Witch would be visiting. She would switch out the candy for a special present. Piper could not have been happier with this idea, and the next morning when she saw her new Sophia princess dress, she was overjoyed. This made me so happy, and I love this new tradition. I know that this is a controversial topic, and I know there is not one right way to do things, but this just really works for us, and I hope it will inspire other families to do the same. I made us a batch of raw, sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cups to enjoy Halloween night, which were such a fabulous treat. You can find the recipes here.  For families that might not want to give out candy, but also don’t want to be the house with the raisins, why not try little tiny toys. You can buy toys like this in bulk for very inexpensive. Or why not try UnReal candy, I just discovered over on Style Me Pretty Living the other day! Happy Mom Monday my friends.

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Mom Monday {Smitten with Yaya Lala}

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Happy Mom Monday my friends! We had such a great time with family. I have to say, staying somewhere with no internet or phone access for days was quite liberating. Not something I am used to but it really makes you decompress and focus on the now. With that said, it’s good to be back in the swing of things. Today I have a treat for you. Something I am completely smitten with lately, these gorgeous shoes by Yaya Lala. I mean the details and craftsmanship are to die for!! Hope you enjoy!! xoxo

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Mom Monday {lunchbox round-up}

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With school starting soon I thought it would be fun to share a few lunchbox finds I have been collecting. I love how these are all eco-friendly, and the bento versions really help promote a healthy, well-balanced meal. Enjoy!

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1 Reusable bamboo spoon and fork in one!!

2 Waste Free lunch kit

3 Leak-proof cooler bag/lunch box

4  A fun take on the bento box

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5 The ultimate bento

6 Laptop lunches

7 The eco-lunchbox

8 Machine washable strawberry lunch bag

In the Kitchen {easy tomato snacks}

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One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my food dehydrator. I do most of my dehydrating in the spring and summer as the fruits are my favorite. Dried peaches…yum! I have been trying to do more veggies as well. My most recent veggie success are these delicious tomatoes. They are so super easy too!

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Start by slicing your ripe tomatoes 1/4″ thick. Toss with olive oil, salt and garlic powder.  Cherry tomotoes are also super yummy this way. Dehydrate for about 9 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, try slow roasting them in your oven on the lowest temp. Enjoy!

Mom Monday {DIY Crown Bar}

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For Piper’s 3rd birthday party we had a purple princess party. One of my favorite parts was the DIY crown bar. Inspired by the ever fabulous Bri of Design Love Fest, and her DIY crown post here, I decided to make a station for guests to decorate their own crowns to wear during the princess party. I followed Bri’s directions pretty closely, and purchased some gold poster board (WARNING it was $5/sheet at Hobby Lobby which yielded 5 crowns). I added to those 5 with some pre-cut silver crowns. Then I bought a huge tub of giant gems for around$10, and adhered some double sided tape to each for easy assembly.

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These were so much fun, and a great activity for the kids. They double as a party favor as well!

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Happy Birthday to My Princess!

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I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since I held my baby girl in my arms for the first time! She is such a gift, such a blessing, and I am beyond grateful for my little fire cracker. She is about to start pre-school in a few months, becoming more and more independent, and has the most amazing imagination. She is at such a fun age and I am just trying to savor every minute. Happy Birthday Piper Marie!!

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And a look back at the beginning.

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Maternity and newborn photos by Braedon Photography.

Mom Monday {anatomy of a salad}

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We make a lot of fun salads in our house, and there is really no recipe, or right or wrong way to do make them. They are based on whatever I have in the fridge, which is nice because it makes them different each time. Here is a basic guide to how I make my salads healthy and delicious. The fruit in the salad really helps to get your kids to eat and enjoy it.

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Mom Monday {birthdays}

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Well I cannot believe I am thinking about Piper’s 3rd birthday! She will turn 3 in June, so it is just around the corner. For her first birthday I had the amazing talents of my dear friend Casey, and owner of The Flouring Artisans. Casey created the most amazing dessert table and delicious sugar-less cake for Piper. The party was bright orange and pinks with giraffes.

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For her second birthday Andrea Patricia Photography captured the most amazing photos of the Neon Pink + gold party.

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So now, 3. I would love to try and do something a bit less involved…is that possible for me? I am not sure. I would love to hear your thoughts on birthday parties. Do you go over the top every year or just make it once every few years? Piper’s favorite thing right now definitely is Cinderella and the princesses. How can I do that but still make it a bit more casual? Chime in below.. I would love to know your ideas!! Happy Mom Monday.

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