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 Works. Design 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!
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?
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!
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!
This weeks Friday Faves is full of fun and even a bit of travel. First up I made this bitchin sauce from this bitchin bowl recipe this past Monday and literally used it in every meal this week. It’s the perfect condiment, its vegan, super tasty and pretty much goes with anything from artichokes to wraps to bowls. Trust me on this. I am dying to sip on these green bloody mary’s. If you missed it, be sure to check out Envelopments IG this week where we took over and shared some tips and tricks of how we use their products. Lastly, we are getting away for a night to Temecula with the family. I have included my quick pack, and you can click the post to shop it if you like. The yoga gear is seriously a must no matter where you are headed and they are from my favorite online source for active wear. Check it!
So excited to launch this new feature, a refined Friday Fun if you will. I would LOVE your input. What you guys like. What you don’t. Lay it on me. You will notice at the bottom, there is a shop section. You can click on the items and directly shop the post! How cool is that? Happy Friday my friends!
So I know I have been a bit MIA lately but we are busy over here making some exciting changes to the blog. In the coming weeks you will see exciting new features and functions. In the meantime here is a Friday Fun post featuring the most amazing lobster carbonara I had at Driftwood Kitchen the other day.
This past weekend we celebrated my dad’s birthday in Paso Robles. I had never been out there before, and wow was it beautiful. We stayed at the most charming hotel, Hotel Cheval. On the wall in the entryway they have this collection of vintage horse show medallions which I loved. Below is a snapshot of one of them. Also my pin of the week is a must do. It looks like it takes a few minutes, and it’s the perfect thing to do with those old t-shirts you can’t bring yourself to toss. Happy weekend friends!
I recently discovered that the more Piper is involved in creating our meals the more she will enjoy them. So the other day we did “Roll your own spring rolls” together. She had the best time choosing her own fillings and rolling her own rolls all on her own. I love these, they make a great lunch or dinner, and the “roll your own” philosophy allows your child to make choices about their food, while still getting them to eat what you want them to eat. Here are the super easy instructions…let me know if you try them!