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Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Orange Gummy Bears

Okay, it has definitely been way too long since I have done any blog posts! It is so difficult to keep up with everything but I’m doing my very best! I’ve really been focusing on my new Etsy shop lately, however, I really enjoy the blog so I want to keep it up to date as best I can!

As I have mentioned previously, I am probably going to be going crazy with making all different kinds of homemade gummy bears and fruit snacks since it was such a hit with my son! Such a perfect snack and a much healthier alternative to store bought.

These orange gummy bears are exactly as it sounds, full of orange goodness! I thought they tasted great and so did my son!

How to make:

Orange Gummy Bears

Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Use:

– 1/2 Cup orange puree (use 1 large orange to get approximately this amount)

– 1/2 Cup Orange juice

– 3 Tbsp powdered gelatin

– 1 Tbsp honey

Peel and slice the orange and blend well in the blender. No need to add any liquid since there is already enough liquid in it to puree it well. Measure out 1/2 cup of the puree and set aside. Heat juice along with gelatin in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes while stirring. Do not bring to a boil. Add juice mixture to the puree slowly while stirring. Add 1 Tbsp honey and stir it in well. You could add any other add ins you would like as well such as chia seeds for example! Poor into a pan wide enough so that the gelatin mixture is fairly thin. An 8×8 pan works well. Let mixture set in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Cut into gummy bear shapes or any other small cookie cutter shapes you want!

That’s it! Quick and easy. Best of all, this recipe just uses honey for a sweetener to make it that much more healthier for those little tummies! Remember not to give honey to babies under one year old.

Enjoy!!

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Sawyer’s First Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Today is Sawyer’s first birthday! What?! I absolutely can’t believe it has already been a year since he was born! Where in the world did the time go? However, I feel so excited because he has learned so much and is always such a happy boy! It’s crazy how even the simplest things are so exciting when it is your own child. Something like pointing to an object may not seem like that big of a deal to most people but when you are the one to raise them and see them go through a phase of only eating, pooping and burping and all of a sudden they’re communicating! It’s HUGE!

Happy Birthday!

It’s very funny actually, I have recently noticed that there are many conversations like this in our house; Sawyer: “baadaaaaaaay.” Me to my husband: “oh my gosh…oh my gosh! Did you hear that? He said BATH TIME!!” My husband: “I think that’s a reach, hun.”

Happy Birthday!

At one year he is now walking, saying a few words, laughs all the time, points at things and is showing so much personality now! In fact, he is even getting a bit sassy. Giving dirty looks or yanking MY phone away from me when I try to take it back from him. He can be quite a stinker but he is SO much fun! I love spending my days with him.

1 Year Old! Happy First Birthday to my amazing little guy! ❤

 

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Birthday Pancakes!

Birthday Pancakes

Today is my son’s very FIRST birthday!! I wanted to start out the day extra special by making him some birthday pancakes!

These were super quick and easy to make and taste delicious too! Of course I knew he would only have a few bites so…oh, darn! More for mommy! 😛

 

Pomegranate Birthday Pancakes N’ Berries

For the pancakes I just used a simple plain pancake recipe from FoodNetwork.com found HERE.

 

 

Birthday Pancakes

Birthday Pancakes

Here is the recipe from Food Network Kitchen

 

Use:

-1 C flour

-1 Tbsp Sugar

-1tsp baking powder

-1/2tsp baking soda

-dash of salt

-1 C buttermilk

-1 egg

-3 Tbsp melted butter

 

Beat all ingredients together well. Heat up a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour small amounts of pancake batter into the pan at a time. I added sprinkles to each pancake. Add whatever fruit or toppings you would like! I chose strawberries and blueberries! Blueberries are my son’s absolute favorite so he of course picked all of those off right away! I think he would just continue to eat blueberries for as long as I gave them to him!

 

For the syrup I reduced pomegranate juice (bring to a simmer until it reaches a syrupy consistency) then added maple syrup for a pomegranate maple syrup. I had never tried this before (usually just stick to good ol’ maple syrup) but it was really delicious!

Enjoy!

 

Birthday Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Pancakes

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Getting Into Things

What I am about to say, I still can’t believe…Sawyer is starting to walk! WALK! Okay, how in the world did that happen?! Wasn’t I just bringing him home from the hospital? It is only a week and a half away from his first birthday. No doubt, that will be an exciting yet teary day!

He isn’t fully walking yet or standing up on his own but he will take a few steps after letting go of my hand. Everyone always says, “ooh boy, now you will really have your hands full!” Which, is true but thankfully Sawyer is a mega crawler…super fast, stands up on everything, climbs everything ands gets into eeeverything! So hopefully that has accustomed me to the “having my hands full” stage even if just a little bit 😛

The dvd’s is a big thing to get into right now. They are low and easy to access and I haven’t thought of a new place to put them. To be honest, half the time I just let him pull them all (and I do mean ALL) out of the shelves and play with them. I mean, he’s sitting there entertained for a good amount of time and not harming anything…go for it! But the other struggle, dog food. Oh my goodness the dog food!!! Is anyone else’s child obsessed with dog food?! We have a huge great dane so his bowls stand up from the ground. It all started with him standing up to the bowls and digging his hands all in his food and putting it in his mouth. Gross. So finally I’ve been putting the bowls up if he is venturing around and playing. So that helps. But now the problem is he somehow finds any itty bitty piece of dog food crumb on the flood. Doesn’t matter how much I sweep or vacuum. He will find it! And yet, won’t touch the perfectly clean and cooked peas I try to feed him, go figure.

As crazy as things can be with a little one crawling around, it is my  favorite thing in the world! He is so entertaining, makes me laugh and I am constantly having new stories to tell ❤

 

 

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Spinach Tortilla Chip Snacks

Spinach Tortilla Chips

I actually thought of this by accident but it turned out to be an awesome new snack idea that is really easy to make! It started with me making him tortilla sandwich rolls the other day. I was using these tortilla shells from the bakery section and they are huge! So for him I of course just needed to use a small portion of it. I didn’t want to waste the rest so I got the idea to try making tortilla chips since I have never tried it yet before anyway! So…why not cut them into cute, fun little shapes and make them kid friendly! A new option for a quick grab snack!

Chips are not always the healthiest of options so I wanted to make these at least “healthier” if possible. So I decided to use avocado oil and just a very small amount of salt. I would like to try these with coconut oil as well, I’m not sure how they would turn out or if they would be much different at all.

Spinach Tortilla Chips

Spinach Tortilla Chips

 

Spinach Tortilla Chips

Spinach Tortilla Chips

How I made them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut tortilla shells using mini cookie cutters. If you wanted to just make regular chips, just cut them into triangles. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and brush both sides with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes.

Spinach Tortilla Chips

That’s it!

See what I mean?! Super easy! I literally did this while Sawyer was in his high chair and on the brink of whining for his lunch. So if I can get it done before that, that’s really saying something 😉

I think these are really fun and Sawyer loved them!

Enjoy!

 

Spinach Tortilla Chips

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Nautical Baby Room

Nautical Nursery

I’ve been wanting to post photos of my son’s room for awhile now! Keep in mind, some of them may look a bit different since some are from our previous house. Since we moved when my son was only 2 months old, I set up his room pretty much the exact same way once we moved into our current home. I knew right from the start as soon as my husband and I found out that we were going to have a boy that I wanted to do a nautical nursery. I got all of the inspiration since my husband is in the Navy and works on a submarine. So naturally I wanted to incorporate submarines too!

I went with mostly deep red and navy blue for his room and really loved how it all turned out! I am so in love with anchors and all kinds of nautical stuff!

Nautical Nursery

Our son’s name is Sawyer and I definitely wanted his name above his crib somehow so I decided to make some letters myself. I love being crafty so not only did it give me a cheaper decoration to go above his crib but it also gave me something fun to do in the days leading up to my son being born. These letters were super simple. I bought some paper mache letters, which you can get really cheap at most craft stores. I kept having bad luck by going in to the store and every single time, all the letters that I needed were completely out! Grrr! Finally, I just ended up ordering them online.

I decided that I wanted to use maps for the face of the letters. You could use anything you wanted, photo printed on regular paper, magazine pages, or even just use paint. I wanted to use maps because I thought that it was nautical, plus I really just love the look of maps! To put a little more meaning into it, I used maps from places we have been. This was when we were still living in Hawaii so I picked up a Hawaii atlas and cut out the letters from pages where we have been on each of the islands. I really LOVE how these turned out!

After cutting out the letters (I just set the paper mache letter down on the map where I wanted it, traced it and then cut it out) I painted mod podge all over the face of the letter. Then I placed the paper down right where I wanted it and coated the top with another layer of mod podge. Make sure to let it dry well. Then I just painted the sides of the letters a dark gray to finish it off.

Nautical Nursery

I got a lot of stuff from Etsy when putting this room together. The crib skirt, teething guard, Navy uniform blanket and Boppy cover all came from different Etsy shops. I even had a cover for the changing pad that matched the Boppy cover, which I love and still use. I originally got the teething guard to look cute and tie everything together but now that my son is 10 months old and standing, it is really coming in handy since he puts his mouth and new teeth all over it!

Nautical Nursery

Getting crafty again!! I made this mobile using plush submarines from a local shop and making felt balls and hanging them with string from painted wooden rods. Not going to lie, this took me forever! But I love it, my son loves it…and it is still in his room over his changing pad! Click here for decorative felt ball tutorial photos that I used from UsefulDIY.com.

Nautical Nursery

Also painted two canvases and this is one of them. As you can tell I was really feeling crafty 🙂

Nautical Nursery

Nautical Nursery

I had so much fun decorating, crafting and putting all of this together. I also have two cubical shelves that have felt drawers and are also used for the tons and TONS of books that he has. At this point he mostly just has a blast ripping them all off the shelves right now 🙂

 

Nautical Nursery

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Christmas Sensory Play for Babies

Baby Sensory Play

My son is now 9 months old and constantly on the move! He is sometimes really good at entertaining himself for short periods of time but most of the time he needs constant attention and engagement or else he quickly gets bored. I am always trying to think of new ideas and activities for him to keep him busy. It is tricky with a 9 month old since he is pretty limited in what he can do yet but there are still so many possibilities and I am trying to switch things up on most days.

 

I use Pinterest a lot to get ideas from other great minds on activities for babies and fun things to do together. Sometimes I want an activity that will keep my baby busy on his own so that I can get something done and other times I like to think of new things that we can do to spend time together. Then there are times like this one where I do something with the intention of keeping him busy but ends up having so much fun and is being so cute that I just end up watching him and laughing at him the whole time! Lately I have really been into sensory play and giving him things with different textures, colors and shapes to let him explore and learn. There are many quick and easy sensory play recipe ideas that use common items that you have in your kitchen! Check out my Pinterest “Activities, Arts & Crafts” page to see a compilation of different activity ideas.

Baby Sensory Play

I decided it would be a good day for some sensory play and what better to do than a Christmas theme?! These are just three super simple ideas that I was able to throw together very quickly. I usually do things like this during nap time so that he doesn’t get impatient while I am trying to do it. This way fun times are awaiting him right when he wakes up!

 

I used 3 different ideas of completely different textures. The first bag I used was crumpled up tissue paper (red & green for Christmas! Come up with your own theme ideas or it doesn’t have to be a theme at all!). The second bag was…”goop,” for lack of a better term. It was just flour and water mixed up. No need to measure really, I just scooped some flour into a bowl and added water until it was a good consistency. The last bag is dyed spaghetti. I knew you could dye spaghetti with food coloring but I had never actually tried it. I was so excited with how it turned out so vibrant! It is actually a bit ridiculous at how excited I was about this spaghetti! I’m totally doing this again in the future…but for eating, not playing! 😛 All I did was cook the spaghetti (or any pasta) as usual and added food coloring while in the boiling water.

Baby Sensory Play

To my surprise, this actually kept him busy for a good while! I mean…he is 9 months, it’s not like it was hours or anything, but hey, he had a great time and that’s all that matters! The pictures really show that he was loving it! The tissue paper was his favorite of course because he just looooooves crinkly things! He also liked the spaghetti and was really trying to figure it out. The goop on the other hand, he didn’t play with it much. I kept showing it to him and he would feel it and act all disgusted with a wrinkled up nose face! By the way, check out all that drool! He is getting his top teeth in and the drool is sure flowing!

Baby Sensory Play

Making homemade play recipes doesn’t have to be hard…keep things simple, but switch it up! Enjoy the holidays!

 

 

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