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Mom Monday {Homemade Baby Food}

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With 2 kids, I had to get a bit more intentional about making Greyson’s food ahead of time, in bulk. I have been making it every weekend and then freezing it. This way she has a variety of foods and I am not cooking every day. It’s been working great. The sprouted rice is so versatile, I have made it as breakfast cereal by heating it up with breast milk, cinnamon and banana, or I mix it with the red peppers. Thats the other fun thing is that you can mix and match different flavors together and get baby used to different tastes and textures. Greyson isn’t as easy as Piper, with eating. She seems a bit more picky, but I just keep trying. At first she wouldn’t eat anything with banana, but finally one day she just devoured the banana oatmeal.  What are your favorite baby purées?

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Friday Fun {rosé + nordstrom anniversary sale}

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The time has finally come, public access to one of my favorite sales of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I have selected my favorites below including this travel shawl and this Frye tote!  that I need asap.  Now if all that shopping has made you hungry I have a treat for you. I made these eggplant bahn mi sandwiches last night and my mind was literally blown! The hoisin glazed eggplant between crisp sesame cucumber slices and pickled carrots, avocado and fresh herbs and the punch from the siracha mayo…seriously do yourself a favor and make this one asap. Sipping on Rosé all day is a fabulous way to spend the summer but I am definitely curious about this twist on the trend. Rosé lillet cocktails! Yum. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and get yourselves and your loved ones outside for an outdoor movie night!

Friday Faves {Coconut Bowls & Super Sale}

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Happy fourth of July weekend friends! Today’s post includes the prettiest acai bowls I have ever seen, organic fresh pressed juice cocktails and the prettiest picnic spread. Think cheese and charcuterie, grilled summer fruits, herb roasted cherry tomatoes and local honey. Perfection! Don’t forget to shop the bottom of the post. I have included my picks for Anthropologie’s big sale this weekend, all sale items are on sale!!

 

The Perfect Baked Fries

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Ok confession time… I have tried too many times to count, to make baked french fries in the oven, only to be utterly disappointed. They came out soggy, stuck to the baking sheet, and, let’s be honest, were not very good. Who’s with me? I finally discovered the trick to the most perfect, crisp, fabulous fries every time, without fail. Here are 3 easy steps to making these delicious fries that the whole family will love, trust me!

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Mom Monday {Pink Oatmeal Baby Food}

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I have been experimenting with different ingredients for Greyson’s baby food lately. I love trying new combos and let’s face it, food is just more fun when it’s bright pink don’t you think? I whipped up a batch of this pink oatmeal for Greyson  yesterday and she loved it! All I did was mix organic rolled oats with some breastmilk (you can use any type of milk) and a tablespoon of my secret ingredient, this organic Pitaya smoothie pack. I made smoothie bowls for the rest of us, win win! Pitaya is a natural source Antioxidants, fiber and magnesium! Give it a try!

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Friday Faves {Simple Sips & Adult Forts}

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So sorry for my radio silence. I have been battling a pretty bad cold, but finally feeling on the mend. Todays Friday Faves are so fun. From vegan meatballs that look amazing! to super simple cocktails that have just the right amount of sweet and sour. I am imagining a blissful afternoon with my love under one of these fabulous adult forts (twinkle lights and all) sipping palomas, clad in this fabulous dress. Don’t forget to shop my summer favorites below. My ideal summer wardrobe with just a touch of whimsy. Perfect!

Friday Faves {Memorial Day Sales!}

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Happy Friday friends. Hope you all have a fun and safe long weekend ahead of you. A few things for you to start your weekend off right. First up this amazing vegan pasta dish from the fabulous Jessica McBeath. My new favorite IPA from Noble Ale WorksDesign Essentials sent me some fabulous paraben-free coconut infused hair products for Piper and I to try. The smell was absolutely heavenly and the curl refresher spray is perfect to freshen up Piper’s bed head before school. The deep moisture mask is the perfect way to pamper yourself this weekend, all you curly girls out there! Lastly I put together a few of my favorite under $100 finds so you can get your memorial day online shop on. Enjoy!

Mom Monday {first foods}

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So this whole introducing solid foods thing really put me over the edge at first. I had read so many conflicting things about “start with rice cereal” or “don’t start with rice cereal”, “start with vegetables” or “don’t start with vegetables”, etc. I started with sweet potatoes, and that was a total fail. Greyson spit it right back out, shivered, made horrible faces, it was super discouraging. Then I made my own rice cereal, using a 4 step process that included soaking overnight and cooking it for an hour and half. I mean talk about over the top!! She liked this ok, but it was nothing to get excited over, and I definitely didn’t want to make more of this overly complicated rice cereal! After I got over my OCD and just let go, things started to go much smoother. I am still making everything, but they are so simple that they really don’t take much time at all, and I enjoy the process. My pediatrician said things have changed so much since I had Piper, and now we can really just introduce her to whatever whenever, with the exception of honey. Now I am sure there are many conflicting schools of thought on this as well, but I have decided to let go and enjoy the process of introducing Greyson to new fun foods. So far the below shows what we have tried and for the most part she is loving everything. It’s been fun to mix the different foods and tastes to create more complex tastes for her. We haven’t played with textures much but that comes next. What were your little one’s favorite foods?
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Tangled Thai Salad + Tutu Swimwear

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Eat// This Tangled Thai Salad recipe from Jessica McBeath looks absolutely amazing!

Sip//Dying to try this Boosted Horchata recipe from Tasty Yummies

Shop//don’t forget to shop these curated baby girl must haves!

Rainbow Bowls

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This recipe is so easy, and the fun part about it is that you can really put anything in it. I’ve made it with leftover chicken, soft boiled eggs, sub out rice or quinoa for the farro, you name it. The sauce is super versatile so i like to make a big batch and have it in the fridge for the weeks meals. Let me know what you guys put in your bowl!
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