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Out and About {Public 74}

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Hello friends! Back home and ready to get back in the swing of things. We had a great trip to Cape Cod and it was amazing to spend time with family. We arrived home on Saturday so we had Sunday to decompress. If your travels allow I highly recommend this. Anyway we discovered a great new restaurant in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) on Sunday called Public 74. They have a fabulous beer selection, the cocktails looked amazing, and the food was fantastic and almost all organic. They JUST opened last week so they are still getting settled, but I highly recommend it.

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You really must order the opal basil fries. Be warned, the portion is HUGE so be ready to share…but they are amazing.

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Fun fact, the kids menu is so great and clever. I hate when I go to a restaurant and the kids menu is kraft mac & cheese, or american cheese slice grilled cheese. They have such great and clever choices for the kids, it was so refreshing. Let me know if you guys check it out! Would love to hear your experience.out-and-about-public-743

Mom Monday {tiny ballerina fashions}

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Piper is continuing to love her ballet class. She even told me when she grows up she wants to be a ballerina. How adorable is that? Here are a few of my favorite tiny ballerina fashions I have been loving lately. How gorgeous right? It’s surprisingly hard to find fabulous ballerina outfits for the littles. If anyone has a favorite source I would love for you to share with us in the comments!

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Mom Monday {homemade flavored almond milk}

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It’s no secret I am a huge fan of almond milk. So I started playing around with different flavors. These make the best dessert for my little one, and there is no sugar in any of these! So brilliant, the dates make them quite sweet, and they are super delicious, organic, and a great, healthy alternative to the regular flavored milks kids tend to like.

chocolate-strawberry-vanilla-almond-milk-diy-recipeSimply follow the instructions for the regular almond milk here. Then add the strained milk back to your vita-mix/blender with the above ingredients and voila! Flavored healthy almond milk. Enjoy! I would love to hear what you guys think.

Mom Monday {strawberry quinoa bowls}

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With spring here, we are getting so many delicious things in our CSA basket. Here is a salad I whipped up for a party we had this weekend. It was a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Even with the parents that shall we say don’t normally go for the quinoa! Enjoy!

PS. if you have kids that are not huge fans of salad, try calling them bowls instead.

 

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Mom Monday {Quick food tip 102}

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Here is my second installment of quick tips on how to get your kids to eat the good stuff. Tip 102, cook together. Piper gets so excited to cook with me now. No matter what I am making, she wants to help. And I promise you it tastes so much better to them if they help make it. She has been obsessing over ice cream lately, so we made no sugar, vitamix ice cream together. Ingredients: frozen coconut milk and frozen bananas. That’s it!! Brilliant~

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Mom Monday {safe beauty products for kids & parents}

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I am a huge believer that not only what we put in our bodies but we put ON our bodies can make a huge impact on our health and the health of our children. It can be a bit overwhelming finding safe and effective bath and beauty products. Here are a few of my favorites.

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1. It’s no secret I rely heavily on The Honest Company for a lot of our household ¬†& beauty products. We use their toothpaste and Piper uses their children’s toothpaste.

2. With Piper and I having the same curly, unruly hair, Shea Moisture is the best for our hair. Plus I know what all the ingredients are and most of them are organic! Bonus!

3. I just discovered this Everyone lotion and Everyone body soap. It comes in a huge bottle and we all love it.

Also I use the Skin Deep app and website a lot when researching different products. It’s a great resource! DIY natural also does a great job explaining some ingredients you want to avoid in your beauty products, here.

The Best No-Candy Valentines

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With Valentine’s day coming up, I have been brainstorming on what Piper and I will do this year. We typically make some sort of Valentine’s day card together for family, featuring a cute photo or two of her. But this year is her first year in school so I thought it would be fun to do something for her classmates. Here are my all time favorite no-candy valentines diy ideas. Would love to hear what you guys plan to do this year!?

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Glittery Love Bugs

You Rock fancy Rocks we did for the Honest Company last year

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Our Class would KNOT be the same without you bracelets

I am WILD about you wild animals

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We just CLICK lego necklaces

You make the world COLORFUL paint gifts

Glittery Heart puzzles in a heart pouch

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WHOOPIE it’s valentine’s day whoopie cushions

You make my heart GLOW, glow sticks