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December 2017

Kid-Friendly Eats: Frozen Yogurt Fruit + Granola Bites

 It’s been a busy holiday season – full of lots of joy, cheer and tons of eating! We’ve been to and hosted so much fun this month – and we’ve got fun plans for this New Years weekend too. Since I’ve got two little babes, I always plan to bring a kid friendly dish or two anywhere we go.

Today I wanted to share with you a fun little snack I made for the kids that they loved over the past weekend.

Fun Fact: Did you know yogurt freezes?

Sure, I know all about frozen yogurt, but I had never really tried to freeze my regular yogurt before. I was doing a little research online and decided to try to make my own little frozen yogurt bites for the kids.

I took an old ice cube container, added in a bottom layer of granola {or in this case Qi’a Superfood Cocoa Coconut Superflakes – yum!}, then I topped that with my favorite organic Stonyfield Double Cream yogurt {but you can totally use any kind!} and then finished it off with various fruits – raspberries, blueberries and strawberries – oh my!

Freeze for a few hours or overnight and then pop them out when you are ready. They are a nice cool treat for the kids to enjoy – next time I might even add my own popsicle sticks to make them a little easier to eat with less mess, but they are still really good – not to mention my teething two year old LOVED the chilly, healthy snack.

I always have a jug of Stonyfield yogurt in my fridge, it’s a staple item for recipes of any kind! Not to mention its a great substitute for ingredients like oil, mayo, sour cream, butter and more. And now that Stonyfield has announced a sugar reduction across all of its yogurt products – which now have between 25-40% less sugar. Stonyfield’s kids’ yogurts have 2.25g to 3g of sugar per ounce compared to 4g of sugar per ounce in the leading kids’ yogurt – which is something I always look for when shopping for my kids, less sugar!

 Everything Stonyfield makes isn’t just delicious, it’s also made with certified organic and organic compliant ingredients. In a world full of choices, organic makes things simple because it’s always made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides , artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. 

Matching Holiday Pajamas {for the whole family – on sale!}

outfits: mine / boys 

I am a HUGE fan of holiday jammies – it’s something I look forward to every year. Our elf brings the family new pj’s for the season each year the first week of December – and I love not having Christmas pajamas, but holiday ones that we can wear the entire winter season.

I’m super into the green + navy plaid and these ones were perfect the moment I saw them. I love how they boys are in two pieces and I am basically in a onesie – it has a back flap, don’t worry – ha! But I have to say, it is surprisingly comfortable, not going to lie.

So, obviously this week is completely crazy between Christmas and New Years, but I wanted to pop on today with a quick post sharing our pjs because I love them so much and they are ON CLEARANCE – so you should seriously scoop up a pair for yourself and the little in your life {and your husband too if he’s into it!}

Now tell me – are you into matching family pajamas during the holiday season? 

VIDEO: Christmas in DC – Holiday Botanic Gardens Railway, ICE! at the Gaylord, Capitol Wheel & Zoo Lights

Hello! I can’t believe its already Christmas Eve! As you know if you follow along on Instagram or Facebook – the boys and I spent part of the past week in Washington, DC with my MIL visiting my SIL and BIL {mother, sister + brother-in-law} Brooks had off all week in school so we were looking for some fun things to do and it worked out that we could head South for a few days in DC. I am originally from Northern Virginia, about 15-20 minutes outside of DC so I am very familiar with the area, but haven’t been back much since having kids – so this was the perfect opportunity to head to the Nation’s Capitol and see the sights with the boys.

I made this video recap of our trip, you should check it out and let me know what you think!

Spoiler Alert: Graham went SCREAMING down the slide at ICE! at the Gaylord National and I caught it all on video – ha! Worth checking out my #momfail for that if nothing else!

So we got down to DC on Wednesday around lunch, since the boys had just spent 2.5-3 hours in the car, they were ready to go with no naps in sight. So we made our way to the National Mall to let them run around. Such beautiful weather for December, we loved being outside and walking all around.

From there we made our way to the U.S. Botanic Gardens to check out the holiday display and the new train exhibit. It was beautiful and not crowded at all – a great start to the trip and if you are in the area, be sure to swing by it! I definitely recommend it!

You would probably enjoy yourself even more without kids – ha! But they really liked seeing the trains, so I’m glad we stopped by!

After walking around the downtown area a bit more we made our way back to the Logan Circle area where we stayed. We hit up Radiator DC, inside the Mason + Rook hotel and it was great. Outside fire pits, heat lamps and games for the kids – not to mention happy hour for the adults. Win.

The next morning we woke up and headed over to see the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord National. I thought the boys would LOVE this, including a 2 story tall ice slide they got to ride. I think the 9 degree temperature got to them and it was too cold. Maybe that’s why kids 4 and under are free – since they can’t really hang in that temperature. Either way, glad we got to see it, would really recommend for older kids and watch the video for Graham having A Christmas Story moment with his “No Mommy Noooo” as he gets stuck on the slide!

The National Harbor area is beautiful and it was a gorgeous day to walk around and enjoy it. We made our way over to the Capitol Wheel and of course the boys wanted to ride it. I’m pretty afraid of heights, but I put my big girl pants on and got on the ride. It was 15 minutes of major anxiety for me. But the boys seemed to really like it and the views were spectacular since it was such a clear day.

If you are into that sort of things, its definitely something to check out if you are in the area.

Me, I was pretty much holding onto my boys for dear life.

After a busy morning the boys both fell asleep in the car as we made our way back to Logan Circle. After a duo of car naps, we then hit up a local ramen place which was fantastic.

The boys and I were big fans !

 

Then we made our way over to the Zoo  – because what trip to DC is complete during the holidays without hitting up Zoo Lights?! Again, this was so much fun with the kids – they rode snow-less tubes down the hill and had a blast. Check out the video to see the Brooks CAM of his ride!

Have you been to DC during the holidays?

What’s your favorite thing to see or do? I’d love to hear it! 

Video: A Longwood Gardens Christmas – 2017

Christmas at Longwood Gardens has become a yearly tradition in our family. My brother and sister-in-law live right by it, my parents have memberships and go all the time. We love meeting up each holiday season to see the lights and decorations – Longwood always does the most amazing job.

Blast from the Past: Longwood Christmas 2014 / Longwood Christmas 2015

This place is extra special to us as well because we had Brooks’ one year photos taken here as well. Needless to say, we love to make the trip whenever we can. And this year was awesome because both the boys were really old enough to enjoy the lights and all the holiday fun! Here’s a look at our visit, check it out and let me know what you think!

 

A day at Longwood Gardens was also a great excuse to bust out the new flannel shirts I got the boys and myself {don’t worry – the husband got one too!} I love matching my little men.

Outfit details below!

// my shirt  {I’m wearing a men’s small!}/ fleece vest /

kids shirts  / my boots {similar} / kids boots

Have you ever been to Longwood Gardens for Christmas? 

Insta Cozy – The Fleece Pullover of my Dreams

//  fleece pullover / distressed boyfriend denim  / fringe booties 

I knew it would happen. It went from warm and mild to seriously cold with random snow. I thought we were going to have an easy winter, but it’s snowed already twice this week in Philly, so now I’m not so sure!

So I had to stock up on some warm, cozy and comfortable pieces for these cold winter months and of course had to share my favorite with you here! How amazing is this  fleece pullover? It’s so warm, cozy and I feel a little bit like a polar bear, but in the best possible way – if that makes sense. I wore this to a playgroup on Friday and I had someone come up to me and say if I took it off, she was going to steal it away from me – ha!

So yeah, this thing is amazing and will be on repeat all winter long. It comes in ivory and blush pink {swoon} but I got it in charcoal, which I really love.

Do you have a go-to warm + cozy winter piece? 

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Holiday Party Ready – with Babble Boxx

I love a good Babble Boxx.

This month I was treated to a super fun, holiday inspired Babble Boxx – full of treats anyone will love to enjoy this holiday season, even your favorite furry friend! It’s super fun when these curated boxed arrive on my doorstep because I get to try new products and brands, along with a few seasonal items to make life a little more festive this December.

Details: Trio of Castello Cheese / PAM Cooking Spray / Cracker Barrel: Reindeer Glass Milk Bottle, Santa Glass Milk Bottle, Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks / Christmas Central: Holiday Decorations /  Wellness: Core Natural Pet Food / Whimzees Daily Dental Chews

First up, lets chat about the cheese.

You KNOW I love a good cheese board. Whenever we have friends over for a little fun, I always throw together a quick and easy cheese platter. This one is full of equal parts cheese and vegetables, because I’m trying to sneak in a few extra with my boys any chance I can get.

Back to the cheese: We were able to enjoy the Castello Aged Havarti, Castello Gouda and Castello Traditional Danish Blue. They were all seriously delicious – the cheese makes the cheese platter, and this cheese is gooood.

Sometimes when I am shopping for cheese board items, I get a little lost, but with this Babble Boxx, I learned about my new favorite thing -> the Cheese Board Builder. It’s a site by Castello that helps you create the perfect cheese board by answering questions about your flavor preferences and dietary restrictions. Love that, and it’s a great way to try out some new cheeses and combinations! Perfect for entertaining this holiday season.

Ummm..and how cute are these Reindeer + Santa Glass Milk Bottles  – I made a champagne cocktail in these when we had some friends over this weekend, mainly because my boys are still too little to be trusted with glass, but maybe next year Brooks can enjoy a glass of milk out of them! They are so sweet – and currently on sale + you can take an additional 30% off site-wide with code SHOP30.

I’m also a big fan of mainly ‘winter’ decor over holiday specific pieces, because you can enjoy it longer during the season, like these Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks. We used when and they were a huge hit – after our get together, they have been chilling on my countertop and they are a nice little touch! Like the milk glasses above you can take an additional 30% off site-wide with code SHOP30.

I’ve also been putting to good use the PAM Cooking Spray {be sure to download the ibotta app and earn cash back on your purchase of PAM Spray Pump} with all my holiday cooking and baking. And be sure to check out Christmas Central: Holiday Decorations for some beautiful pieces if you are still looking to up your decorating game!

You know I was loving all my holiday treats in this Babble Boxx – and Jackson was in heaven too! He would chow down on his new  Wellness: Core Natural Pet Food – and he can’t get enough of the Whimzees Daily Dental Chews.And since he’s an older dog {Jackson is 11!} we are very into his oral care these days to keep his teeth as healthy as possible, so we know how important a good dental chew that he enjoys is! These chews have only six primary, all natural ingredients – Nothing artificial – and they freshen breath, promote gum health, and clean teeth!

 

Thanks so much to my friends at Babble Boxx and all the amazing new items + brands we got to work with on his box! I hope it provided a little holiday inspiration for your entertaining this season!

 

 

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

 

 

DIY How-To: Pastel Holiday Dreamcatcher Wreath

I am not typically a crafty person. ESPECIALLY during the craziness that is the holiday season. So much is going on – there is so much to see and do and WRAP {which I haven’t even started yet!}! BUT I’ve been lucky enough to have some fun breaks in the Christmas season to take a moment for myself and enjoy it all.

One of those times was a few weeks ago when I crafted up a storm making this lighted winter candle holiday centerpiece. I’m proud to say it’s sitting front and center on our dining room table and it makes me happy every time I look at it!

I got to take another moment to myself this past weekend with my friends from A.C. Moore and my fellow PHL Bloggers as we all got together to do a little holiday DIY decor.

The first craft we made was this gorgeous pastel dreamcatcher wreath. I am so happy with how mine turned out – perfectly festive for the season.

The original craft looked like this – but I made mine a little more natural, with less snowflake sparkle. More of my personal aesthetic, but with any good craft, you totally make it your own and get creative!

Here’s a look at how it all went down –

We started off with two embroidery loops – a small and a large. Styrofoam was placed in four sections and glued to set the wreath. Use a ruler to measure in between the hoops so its even.

Next up we glued some white yarn to the styrofoam – hot glued a piece in the back, wrap it around until its covered and glue it again to seal it. Repeat 4x on all the styrofoam pieces.

Now its time to make the dreamcatcher portion of the wreath. We used a light pink yard and you just loop it randomly through the smaller hoop over and over again in different directions until you feel its complete.

After the dreamcatcher is made, its time to add some ornaments! This part of the craft was very time consuming. It took a while to figure out placement of each ornament to get it to stay and holding each glued piece until it was dry took time too. But this was actually the best part of the craft for me because it was the most relaxing. I could just zen out and hot glue on and on and on. I loved it.

It made it a little easier once I created a base layer of the ornaments on the bottom of the wreath and then was able to build up from there. It was one of those things where I could have kept adding and adding and adding, never to stop. But I eventually felt good about it and moved on to the next step.

Its also worth noting that I hid in a few little jingle bells behind the wreath, so it does a little jingle whenever the door opens – nice little detail I wanted to share !

The final step for me was to add the trees! Just a quick and easy little hot glue gun action and you are good to go. There is a lot you can do with this wreath to make it your own. Most of the other crafters added snowflakes in the dreamcatcher and all around – but I was happy with how this turned out on its own! Now I’m totally inspired to make a wreath for every holiday!

Here’s an up close look at my wreath in action!

Have you made any awesome holiday crafts this year? I’d love to hear about it!

Please share!

 

 

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