Brownie Batter Protein Bites

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Ingredients

Directions

Combine all ingredients then roll into balls. If you put them in the refrigerator they will get hard and not have the “batter” consistency but they are amazing both ways!!

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Enjoy!!

Thin Mint Smoothie

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In the spirit of Girl Scout Cookie Season, This recipe is perfect!!

Pass on the cookies and try this healthier alternative instead. It’s a fun twist on a green smoothie.
In blender add:
1 cup water
2 scoops Shaklee Life Energizing Shake (any flavor)
2 handfuls of mint
3 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup organic yogurt
2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Ice Cubes if desired


Top with chopped dark chocolate chips.

 

Kid’s Canvas Art Project

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I got these 8×11 canvas’s at Walmart last year. It was a steal ~ 8 for $9.99. At the time I had planned on doing some sort of picture project for our living room but lost interest. Then one day I ran out of paper for my oldest during art time and decided to let him paint on one!!

After seeing how adorable it turned out I thought these would be the perfect addition to our Playroom Gallery Wall!!

So today I had the baby join in our art project and we tried out the plastic bag method that is floating around Pinterest!! Have you guys seen it? Normally I fail at every Pinterst attempt but this actually turned out pretty well!!

I started by dumping different colors of paint on the canvas.

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Then I slipped the canvas into a gallon freezer bag.image

Of course it didn’t fit perfectly like the tutorial said but we made it work!!image

He had tons of fun squishing and sliding the colors all around.image

At this point he decided that he was done so we carefully slid it out of the bag and left it to dry.image

A finished masterpiece!!image

There are few things that warm my heart more than seeing my kids thrive through art.

What art projects have your kiddos been doing lately?

 

Funny Valentine’s

Sooooo. Lets all be honest here. Arts and crafts with a toddler is hard. Today I took it upon myself to attempt a pinterest Win with the kids. I saw an adorable tutorial on hand hearts for Valentine’s. Of course being on Pinterest they were perfect and I thought ‘why can’t we do that?’. Why?? How about because you always fail at pinterest projects Emily…..thats why!!

SO if you are a mama who loves/hates Pinterest, here is the real life side of hand hearts for valentines day!!

Here is the toddler’s attempt at hearts. Pretty adorbs if you ask me. Of course the entire time he had no interest in putting his hand on the paper…..only in his mouth.

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And here is our Big Boy’s (3 year old) hands. He did a great job trying to make a heart. He was even annoyed with how much it didn’t look like the Pinterest picture. Sigh…….I know son……Welcome to my world.

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And here is the finished product all cut out. I love them. They warm my heart and will be perfect on our fridge. I especially love doing art work that captures their growth (like the size of their hands or feet).

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I know their grandparents will be so excited to get these!!

Do you let your kids make crafts for Valentine’s Day?

DIY Cloth Diaper Spray

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We have been Cloth Diapering for 3 and a half years now (well we got a 2 month break between our 2 year old being potty trained and the birth of his brother) and we love it!!

I will be the first to admit that it has been a process figuring out a system with non toxic detergents. Before we found Shaklee, we were always trying new non toxic detergents and failed miserably. We always have to use some kind of detergent for sensitive skin because my husband will break out all over his body!!

So I found myself using Tide for the diapers and Ecos for the rest of our clothes. It drove me insane that I was putting toxic residue against my baby’s skin and washing it down the drain into our water system. It just felt like I was canceling out our eco friendlyness of the cloth diapers.

Then I found Shaklee and their Laundry Line and things improved greatly!! You can read about my cloth diaper routine here. I still struggled with keeping them bright and the stains away. In the summer it’s not a problem because I put them in the sun to dry and bleach but in the winter I needed something else.

So I came up with my own recipe for a cloth diaper spray!! It uses all non toxic products and has been a lifesaver for my diapers!! Its so important for me too make these diapers last (especially since we want another baby someday).

Try this out and let me know what you think!!

What you need:

16 oz spray bottle

2 tsp. Basic H

3 tsp. Nature Bright

4 Pumps of Fresh Laundry Concentrate

*Fill squirt bottle with HOT water before adding ingredients (or it will overflow with bubbles)

*Add ingredients above and shake

*After rinsing solids out of cloth diaper, spray soiled area with diaper spray and throw in your hamper!! Thats it!!

Lactation Protein Smoothie Packs

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I have been working on perfecting a lactation smoothie that actually tastes good. My sister is having a baby in a couple of  weeks and I am making her a New Mama Care Package for her to come home to after the birth.

I thought pre packaged smoothie packs would be a great addition since it is so easy to pop them in a blender, add milk, and blend for a healthy meal when you don’t have time to cook (or enough hands).

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So after blending and tasting for a couple of weeks, I think I have it down. The oats, brewer’s yeast, and pure protein and omegas are a perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama!!

Have you ever had a lactation smoothie??

Ingredients:

2 scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Shaklee Life Shake
1 T Peanut Butter
¼ cup Oats
½ Banana
1-1.5 Tsp. Brewer’s Yeast
8 oz. Milk of choice
Ice as needed

Lactation Protein Balls

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I recently made these delicious little snacks for my sister who is waiting to deliver her sweet baby any day now. I am adding them to the New Mama Care Package that I am making for her to come home to.

The oats, brewers yeast, high quality protein and omegas are all the perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama. Not to mention the easy healthy snack that it will provide her when her hands are full and she is forgetting to eat!!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 Tbs. Flax Seed
2 Tbs. Chia Seed
4 Tbs. Brewer’s Yeast
1 cup oats
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 26 protein balls.
These also freeze beautifully!!
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I hope you enjoy making this recipe for a sweet new mama in your life. Did you make lactation cookies for your milk supply?

DIY Kid’s Reading Nook

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We absolutely adore our playroom. Can you believe that when we moved in I kind of dreaded having this extra upstairs space. Ha that was when I was 7 months pregnant with my first baby so I had no IDEA how much I would be needing it.

Since my first baby was born over 3 years ago this amazing space has slowly evolved into a mini classroom/fun play space for our boys (check out how we do pre-school at home in this post).

One of our biggest compliments that we get in this room is on our reading nook that we made for the boys. It is made from rain gutters and is absolutely adorable.

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Let me tell you now that it was not cheap!! It ended up costing us more that if we just made simple slab shelving but I think they were worth every penny (My husband would disagree because he was the on who had to make them!!).

If you remember from my sister’s baby shower post, I made this adorable Cloud Mobile/Light for them. I had originally planned on making one for this reading nook to hang above it but I still haven’t. Thankfully It was a cinch to make so I will be able to whip another one up and also document it so I can show all of you lovely people!!

All you need for this project is a few plastic gutters (depending on the size of shelving you want), gutter end caps (these were what made the project expensive!!), and screws!!

I also have tons of tutorials saved on my pinterest page so check them out!!

Hope you enjoy!! Do you have a favorite reading space for your kiddos?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls


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My kids beg to make protein balls several times a week. We make these almost every weekend and then snack on them all week long. Have you tried these yet? When I was in Trader Joes this week, I saw protein balls for sale for $1.70 EACH….I love TJ’s BUT….THAT’S INSANE!!! I make my own for way cheaper and they are sooo yummy!!!

Ingredients:
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/2 Tbs. Flax Seed
1/2 Tbs. Chia Seed
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 16-17 protein balls.

New Mama Care Package

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I recently did a blog post about hosting my little sister’s baby shower but I never mentioned the gift I was planning for her. That is because I hadn’t made it yet!!

It has taken me months to come up with what to give her and her husband and my sweet nephew for this once in a lifetime event!!

Many a nights was I up with a fussy baby, wondering what to give them. I always love giving the new mama something because at baby showers the gifts normally surround the baby and not her.

Should I get her cozy Jammies? Nope she already got herself some. Should I get her a pedicure? Nope she already has an appointment for one that her friend is treating her to!! Should I make her a months worth of freezer meals?? Sigh…..Yes I should but I don’t have enough time and patients to do it with two small rowdy boys at my feet.

And then it clicked. When I came home from the hospital with my first I was determined to breastfeed (You can read all about the extremely hard, painful, and grueling journey that I went through here) and I could have used any help that I could get for my milk supply. It would have been a huge bonus if it contributed to my meals for the day!!

So I decided to make her a New Mama Care Package to help her establish her Milk Supply!! In the package I’m including Lactation Protein Balls, two different options of Lactation Smoothie Packs, and some hearty freezer oatmeal for her breakfasts!!

Stay tuned for the delicious recipes!!