Monday, August 18, 2014

8 Months Old

(Well, actually, he's almost 9 months old now...)

8 months old
This has been such a fun age (I feel like I'm probably going to say that at every age). He's less fussy now that he's mobile and can get around on his own. He's a maniac crawler, pulling himself up on everything, and walking along all the furniture. All this mobility has come with a whole slew of bumps and falls and even a bloody lip (he was fine, I was not).

He's got sixth teeth now! His head is getting fuzzier (and blonder) every day. He loves strawberries and taking baths. "Helping" unload the dish washer. Watching me put on make-up, but only if you let him hold the mascara. He also thinks its hilarious to fake laugh, fake cough or cluck your tongue :)
And he hates being on his back if he is awake... which makes diaper changes a workout.

But look at that smile... We love you mr. beck.
8 months old
8 months old

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Lavender lemonade popsicles
Lavender lemonade popsicles

Lemonade is my go-to drink when its super hot outside. I seriously crave it everyday in the summer months. So I combined two of my favorite things (actually, three) and made lavender lemonade popsicles. Genius! And I'm going to be honest... I ate 10 of these babies in the span of three days. They are so refreshing, I couldn't stop. I took the easy route and used the concentrate method below but I bet the homemade way would be even better. Also since they were indeed lavender I wanted to add a little color so I just squeezed a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the molds and voila! They are totally ombré too... let's pretend I did that on purpose ;)

And since people always ask: I use these molds and love them!

The homemade way:

2-1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers

2-1/2 cups cold water

1 cup lemon juice

In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; add lavender. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Pour into popsicle molds. Squeeze a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the mold to add a little color.

The easy (but still delicious) way:

Make a pitcher of lemonade from frozen concentrate (I always use the one from Trader Joe's)
Juice one lemon and add it to the concentrate. Make a lavender simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons of lavender. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat and let sit for one hour. Strain the lavender buds out of the simple syrup and add the syrup to the pitcher. Mix everything together and pour into popsicle molds. Squeeze a few defrosted frozen blueberries into the mold to add a little color.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh hello August...

August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house
August - Around the house

It's been a little quieter than normal on here because of packing/unpacking/moving madness. Yes, we moved again. I'm starting to think we must enjoy moving since we've been doing it once a year (or twice) the past few years. (Are we done yet?) We have much more space now and we're in a super fun area where we can walk to anything and everything... so it was worth the madness of trying to pack and unpack with an increasingly mobile baby. Glad the worst of it is over.

Looking forward to getting back into my regular blogging schedule—I have some DIY's, recipes, a fun new series and lots of baby posts lined up for August.

Now I just need someone to come help me decorate...

Come to the 4moms Sweet Treat Tour in Portland!

Hey PNW friends!

Origami Stroller

I'm hosting the Portland stop on the Sweet Treat Tour with 4moms this week and I'd loooove for all of you to stop by. 

Come hang out at the Ruby Jewel on 12th Ave. in Downtown Portland on Friday, August 8th any time from 2pm - 4pm. 

The first 100 people will get a free ice cream cone - and everyone who stops by during that time will be entered to win a 4moms origami stroller (an $849 value!)

I'll have one of the strollers there for you to push around and play with. Spoiler: it's awesome and I know you'll fall in love with it. 

Everyone is welcome (mom or not!). Free ice cream.... enough said. 

You can RSVP on the facebook page if you'd like. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Secrets of Stylish Moms feature

Say Yes feature
Say yes - Stylish mom

The lovely Liz Stanley from Say Yes blog invited me to be a part of her Secrets of Stylish Moms series, a fun series of posts that proves you don't have to go the way of yoga pants when you become a mom.

You can see my post where I talk about my love for jumpsuits and a few of my favorite things here. You'll want to check out the rest of the posts in the series too, these ladies know how to do it right!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rasberry Kefir Popsicles

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#KefirCreations  #CollectiveBias
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
Raspberry Kefir Popsicles

It's summertime and it's still hot and I keep making popsicles (raspberry kefir this time) like my life depends on it!

I was super excited when Lifeway asked me to make a recipe with their kefir since I have been eyeing it at the store for ages and this was the perfect excuse to dig in. I wish I hadn't waited so long, everything I've made with it has been delicious—it's actually amazing just straight up too—and it's chock-full of probiotics. I'm a big fan of things that are good for you and tasty!

You can mix it into pancakes (think sourdough flavor), make a healthy tangy ranch dip or mix it into smoothies or your morning granola.

If you're looking for a healthy snack to cool you off, definitely give these a shot. They are super delicious, refreshing, healthy and soooo easy. You could mix and match any berry or fruit combo. I want to try a peach strawberry version next!

Raspberry Kefir Popsicles
(makes 10)

1 1/2 cups kefir —I used Lifeway. You can sign up on their website to get a pretty awesome coupon
1 1/2 cups raspberries, frozen or fresh
1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until the berries are completely blended and pour into popsicle molds (I use these ones from amazon) and freeze!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY blended coffee and other almond milk recipes

“This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.” #silkalmondblends #collectivebias
DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk

I've been drinking smoothies with almond milk for years, I'm pretty sure that is lesson #1 in How to be a vegetarian. It's easier on your stomach, has fewer calories, a little boost of protein and gives your smoothies a subtle nutty flavor. Lately, my morning smoothie has been switched out with a morning blended coffee. Two birds, one stone!

Portland is having a major heat wave right now and all I want to do is lay on the couch with something cold to drink and not move all day (have I mentioned that almost no houses here have A/C?). The hot weather is not my favorite but I'll take any excuse to drink frozen coffee all day. Or these peach-mango-almond milk popsicles too!

The "icy"-ness of these type of drinks usually melt pretty fast so you have to sip quick—or maybe thats just me and my crazy hot house right now.

DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk

Blended Coffee

1 cup cooled double strength coffee—I used a french press to brew mine)
1/2 cup silk almond milk—I used the silk almond milk protein + fiber  which I found at Safeway
2-3 tablespoons of honey or desired sweetener
1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until everything is mixed and the ice is super fine. I used a vitamix so it only took about 10 seconds. Any blender of food processor will do the trick though!

DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk
DIY Blended Coffee - Recipes with almond milk
^^lovingly picking out my silk almond milk + staying cool in the refrigerator section!

DIY Blended coffee - recipes with almond milk

Hope you're staying cool with frozen treats too! If you try out this recipe, let me know (and tag me if you post it on instagram!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Taking stock

Taking Stock - June
(outtake from my puff paint peter pan collar tutorial)

Making : A colorful DIY pillow that I'll be sharing soon

Cooking : Avocado basil pasta—a summer favorite

Drinking : Cold brew coffee

Reading: Hands Free Mama still...

Wanting: To be swimming somewhere tropical

Playing: The fault in our stars soundtrack (it's real good)

Sewing: Crib sheets

Wishing: time would slow down!

Enjoying: The slow days at home playing with Beck

Liking: The cool-for-june weather (70 degrees—yes please)

Wondering: If I'll ever be good at returning emails

Hoping: to get rid of a bunch of stuff before we move in 2 weeks

Marveling: at how quick Beck is learning new things

Needing: to want less...

Smelling: the smell of rain through the open window next to me

Wearing: jumpsuits and rompers... everyday

Thinking: I should go on a sugar fast really soon

Feeling: ^ like I don't want to :)

Bookmarking: popsicle recipes

Play along! I could read these all day (Taking stock idea from here)