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Homemade 4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! I absolutely cannot believe that the 4th of July is next weekend already! Time is really speeding by lately that’s for sure. Even so, I am super excited for the 4th!

We decided to make some homemade popsicles because…why not?! Red, white and blue and extremely simple! No joke, I really just threw these together! So perfect if you want to make something homemade but quick and easy.

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Firecracker Popsicles!

All I did to make these was slice up strawberries into slices and small bites and add them to a popsicle mold along with some blueberries. You can add however much fresh fruit that you want to be in your popsicles. Don’t forget to add your popsicle sticks or whatever you want to use for a handle! Then I added sprite to fill everything in between!

Wasn’t really sure if these would turn out but they were way good! My son is obsessed with blueberries so these were a hit! Try them out! Super easy and fun for the kiddos 😛

Enjoy!

4th of July Popsicles

Whippersnappers

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Homemade Gummy Bears!

Homemade Gummy Bears

Up until recently I didn’t even think about making something like gummy bears or fruit snacks homemade! But now that it’s becoming more and more popular to do things homemade, have less sugar and use real, fresh fruits and veggies I now thought it would be a good idea to try. Not to mention it’s way more fun to say that you actually made them!

While I was making these I literally thought they were going to be awful! I’ve never used plain unflavored gelatin and I don’t know if it was just me or not but it smelled so bad! Must have just been when I was heating it all up though because they turned out fantastic! No, like I’m not kidding! These are so delicious and ADDICTING! Like my husband has to tell me to stop eating our son’s snacks type of addicting! 😛

I just wanted another snack alternative. I feel like I am constantly giving my son crackers alllllll the time! Crackers, crackers, crackers…they are everywhere! In the car, in the stroller, on the counter, on the floor, in my diaper bag, in the toy box…Why do I keep finding all these crackers?! I swear he has more fun dropping them everywhere than actually eating them. Okay, getting a bit off topic! I kept finding homemade gummy bear ideas and recipes on Pinterest and wanted a give a go at my own recipe. You can use pretty much any type of juice or milk to add the gelatin. I decided to go with pomegranate juice because of all of the health benefits. There are lots of different kinds of pomegranate juice but I went with just 100% pomegranate and then used a strawberry puree. They are SO good! Don’t take my word for it, try them out!

Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears

Strawberry – Pomegranate Gummy Bears

-1/2 Cup Pureed Strawberries

-1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice

-1 Tbsp Honey

-3 Tbsp Gelatin Powder

First rinse and cut off ends of fresh strawberries. Add a few large strawberries to the blender (around 5-7 strawberries or so) and puree until very smooth. Add a small amount of water if needed to puree smoothly. Cook pomegranate juice and gelatin powder in a saucepan over low heat until the powder has dissolved (4-5 minutes) while stirring. Do not let mixture come to a boil. After the powder has dissolved take the liquid off of the heat and slowly add it to the strawberry puree while stirring. Add honey and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a pan or gummy bear molds. If you use a pan you want to use a size that will make it so the liquid is fairly shallow. An 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan would work well.

Put pan in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or longer.

Homemade Gummy Bears

 

Homemade Gummy Bears

Once it is completely set (you should be able to touch it and it is firm and smooth to the touch, not sticky or wet) you can start cutting out the gummy bear shapes. You could make any shape you want, it doesn’t have to be gummy bears. I got these adorable itty bitty cookie cutters from Amazon, it is a pack of three and the smallest one is really tiny and resembles a gummy bear. You can find them here.

I saved all of the extra gummy parts that were in between each gummy bear shape as well. Hey…it all tastes the same!

Keep refrigerated.

These are so much fun to make and another great toddler snack! I made a whole bunch to take on our road trip with us to go visit family!

Enjoy!

 

Homemade Gummy Bears

Whippersnappers

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

Whippersnappers