Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

This Easter has been nothing short of awesome! It all started this Friday with a visit from my brother, pregnant sister-in-law and crazy adorable niece! There was a bunch of super cute playing, followed by some age appropriate arguing, followed by some more super cute playing. I love spending time with my brother and his family I just wish we could see them more often!!  So this week in review is actually a weekend in review...the Easter edition :)


Cousin snoogle
watching 'Tinker Bell'



Our Easter art project :)

The Easter Bunny came! And there's nothing like a Kit Kat for breakfast :)

Cheese!
And more chocolate.  

We dyed eggs.

Then went to lunch with the Easter Bunny!!! 

Beansie LOVED the bunny :)
My brother and me with our kids

Family Photo - take one 
There, that's better and as good as it gets.

Happy Easter! 





Thursday, March 21, 2013

More Vitamix Recipes

It's official, we are obsessed with our Vitamix! Super Dad makes smoothies every morning for the family and I have now ventured into making soup and dip! The other day we made a smoothie that is by far my favorite. I got the recipe from the Vitamix recipe book. I also decided to try a guacamole recipe from the same book and it was delicious, too!

The Everything Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or soy milk or regular skim milk)
  • 1/2 cup red grapes
  • 1 medium orange, peeled, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 of a small carrot (I used about 5 mini carrots)
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened peach slices
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 of a banana (I used half)



  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix in the order listed and secure lid
  2. Select Smoothie program.
  3. Press start
  4. Allow machine to complete the program cycle, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
It makes about 3.5 cups of a most delicious smoothie. 

Guacamole

  • 1 roma tomato, quartered for divided use
  • 4 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, divided use
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  1. Place 1/4 tomato, 1/2 an avocado, onion, lemon juice, cilantro, and salt into the Vitamix in the order listed.
  2. Choose speed 2 and blend for 20 seconds or until ingredients are mixed 
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on speed 2 until ingredients are mixed. 
  4. Don't over mix. You want it a little chunky (or maybe you don't). 
It makes 3 cups of yummy guacamole. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quiet Boxes

Busy has always been an amazing sleeper. When she was a wee little girl, we worked really hard to get her on a good schedule (yes, I am a Baby Wise mother) and she was sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old (and yes, I am aware that many mothers now hate me). But we worked hard for it and it payed off. And until recently, she has napped everyday. It started slowly with a non-napping day maybe twice a week, then three, four and five times a week. Apparently, her afternoon nap has become a thing of the past, yet I am not ready to give up a little quiet time. Since she is busy (pun intended), I thought that giving her something quiet to do during that time would be good for her. So what did I do? Turn to my good friend, Pinterest, of course! I typed in "quiet time kids" and "quiet boxes" and found some ideas! Genius, right?! I thought so :)

These are our Quiet Boxes. I made one for each day of the week Monday-Friday with the intention of making Saturdays and Sundays either a free choice or quiet time with mommy and daddy. I got the boxes from the dollar store and used packing tape on labeled card stock for the days of the week.  

fishing game from the dollar store
 I already had some of the items I used in the boxes, but others I got at the dollar store, Target and The Parent Teacher Store.
geo board 



letter building foam blocks with book
Felt "puzzles"

Felt dinosaur scene
people counters



Color Wonder markers and book


dominoes


Today was day 4 of the new quiet boxes and all seems to be going well, so far. She actually fell asleep Monday and Tuesday after playing with the boxes :) 

Tips:
  • Put enough in each box to keep her interested (and quiet), but not too much. You don't want it to be overwhelming. 
  • Choose items that don't make noise. It is quiet time, after all.
  • Try not to choose _ items unless you are willing to replace them when needed. 
  • Make sure you have a little time to show how to use each item in the box. I sat down with Busy at the beginning of rest time and went over the appropriate way to play with and use each item. 
  • You also need to go over the box rules, then review those rules before each rest time (at least for the first week or so depending on the child) Our rules include where she can use the box and what to do with it when she is finished with it. 
  • I'm thinking I may need an "extras" box so I can rotate some box items to keep her interested.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Week(s) in Review

Man, oh man, I am really behind with my week in review. There has been a lot going on and I have been really bad with updates. With that being said, here is what has been happening in our lives over the last few weeks through pictures... (and for those who actually look at this part, I promise to get back into the swing of things.)
Mo came in town!
She and Busy made a kite to fly!

We went on a walk with Busy's best friend, Wip.
We went to the zoo with friends. 
Feeding the Home Depot ducks
Beansie at My Gym
Captain of the playground boat






Pottery Barn Kids at the mall is the best place for tea and sandwiches :)
Seriously the cutest. baby. boy. ever.
No wonder I take so many pictures of these two. They are perfect!
Woo Hoo! We got the good cart at Target!!!
My very best friend came to visit so of course we went to Henry's Ark.
The big kids made a few tents.

The Beans liked feeding the ducks up close and personal.
Until the greedy little rooster tried to take the crackers right out of his hand.
We had a Sweet Pickle show! (Which,
by the way, is the best monogramming
business ever.)


Beansie started ISR, Infant Swim Resource, with Mr. Terry
The kids made Nana a super cute birthday gift :)






Just hangin' around with daddy
She was pretending to nap on the giant swing
Happy St. Patrick's Day with a little chocolate milk at Nana and Baba's house.