Festive 4th of July Snacks

Turner’s favorite foods are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, and peanut butter. He would live off them if he could. I’m always trying to come up with creative snack ideas to keep it interesting. The 4th of July is the perfect way to incorporate festive snacks into our day. I wanted to share some of our favorites with you!

  • Red White and Blue Ice Pops
    Bottom Layer: blended frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk
    Middle Layer: blended frozen bananas, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk
    Top Layer: blended frozen blueberries, plain yogurt, a splash of almond milk. This turned out kinda purple, but it was delicious nonetheless!
    If I was patient, I would have frozen each layer before adding another, but who has time for that?!



 

  • Red White and Blue Fruit Platter
    A pretty presentation always makes food more appetizing. I use this Porcelain Egg Crate to dress up our plain old berries and bananas. I actually use this for other snacks like pretzels, gold fish, cheerios, etc. It’s a fun way to display toddler foods.

 

  • Red White and Blue Parfait Pops
    I combine plain yogurt with cinnamon, fresh blueberries, and fresh diced strawberries. Stir to combine and spoon into dixie cups. Cut festive straws in half and stick in the center. Top with a bit of granola and freeze overnight. And, there you have, festive parfait pops!


    I hope you and your kiddos like these treats as much as we do! I’d love to hear some of your favorite holiday snacks too!

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Big Boy Toddler Room!

We started transitioning Turner’s room from a nursery to a big boy room a few months ago (original post HERE). The process came to a screeching halt when my morning sickness kicked in. But, bit by bit, we’ve been able to finish it up. We especially needed to get a move on so we could start decorating Baby Sister’s room! Below are my Big Boy Toddler Room Essentials!


 1 Twin Mattress/2Magnetic Primer/3Door Knob Lock/4Bed Frame/5Magic Bumpers

Turner is obsessed with everything trucks! I found his bedding at Target, along with some truck accent pillows. The wall art is mostly from Etsy, except for a few of my own personal creations, including the READ sign I made. I cut up some old books and used Mod Podge to paste them onto the letters from Michael’s. I’m not gonna lie, it was compleeeeetely time consuming but worth it!

Wall Decal / Wall Art/ Firetruck Nightlight

It’s finally starting to look like a real room! Next project is Baby Girl’s nursery and kitchen, master bathroom, screened porch, and living room! I can’t wait to update you on the progress. What are some of your “Toddler Big Kid Room Essentials”??

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26 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 26 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 21 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Although, in this picture, I’m wearing regular ol’ drawstring shorts from Target. They were a purchase from when I was pregnant with Turner.
Best moment this week: Stew and I came to the decision, after lots of talking and praying, that he would just work with me in our rental business. It will definitely be a blessing for our family. Not only will it help me a ton, but he’ll be around so much more for Turner and Baby Girl!
Miss Anything? Waking up in the morning and not feeling like I got hit by a train. I literally hit my snooze for an hour until I roll out of bed with one eye open and pound a large iced coffee so I can function like a semi-human.
How are you sleeping? Great! I have a feeling sleeping won’t be a problem until I’m so huge that I can’t get in a comfortable position.
Movement: She’s moving a bunch, especially at night. I think her feet are on my left because, when I lay down on my left side, she kicks so hard into the mattress forcing me to roll over.
Food cravings: I love anything juicy like peaches, watermelon, and raspberries. I also love lemon. And I’m loving spicy food!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still the occasional queasy spells. For the most part, I’m getting better though!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In, but not for long!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!
What are you excited for? Celebrating 4th of July! I love this holiday because it’s so festive and celebrates our amazing country!

 

And for some Turner love….he is becoming quite the chalkboard artist! TGIF!

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Millions of Peaches

A few months ago, Turner and I went to Boone Hall to pick strawberries. We only went twice, but every time we drive by, he says “Pick Dawbies!”. Of course, it’s not strawberry season anymore, but he still wants to go pick dawbies. It’s now peach season, and while it would be fun, it’s bloody hot and I’m exhausted from life. So I’ve avoided the issue.

We finished our morning at the gym yesterday, had our “smoothie date” and started towards home. I realized it was only around 11am, and I was not about to sit at home for 2 hours until nap time. So, I made the spontaneous decision to go to Boone Hall to pick peaches!

We lasted about 10 minutes considering it was over 100 degrees, and I had a full bladder since we left the gym (very poor planning on my part). Turner absolutely loved it! What he loved more than picking peaches was digging in the dusty dirt with his excavator and smearing it all over his face. So what I had imagined in my mind as an exciting outing, turned into a hot, sweaty, dirty mess. But at least we got a few peaches out of the deal. Happy weekend eve!!

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Our Anniversary Weekend

Stew and I celebrated six years of marriage this weekend! It’s hard to believe that we started dating almost 10 years ago! Since then, we got a cat and a dog, bought a house, changed jobs, had babies, beat cancer, and have grown tremendously in our faith, our relationship with each other, and as people. Let’s hope the next decade is a bit calmer!

We started dating when I was still in college at The College of Charleston. Needless to say, Charleston is our home and our favorite city on earth! So, why not spend our anniversary there!? So, we booked a weekend at 1837 Bed and Breakfast right in the heart of the city.

It was perfect! We had a relaxing afternoon drinking tea and eating cake during “tea time”. Then we walked around until it was time to get ready for dinner. It’s amazing what pregnancy does to the body. I normally love the heat. And walking around downtown is my favorite thing to do. But I was counting the minutes until we found a bench in the shade so I could make the return walk. Prego plus heat equals not a comfortable situation. We made it back to our B&B to get dolled up. We had reservations at High Cotton, which is always a treat!

The next morning, we slept in, drank coffee in bed, and meandered downstairs for a scrumptious breakfast on the porch. I can’t even remember the last time we had a morning like that. After breakfast, we dropped our stuff off at home and hit the beach. We lasted about 2 hours, which was mostly spent in the ocean, because it was painfully hot. We hit the grocery store for our weekly shopping and then headed home to get ready for Sunday Dinner at my mom’s to celebrate Father’s Day.

Meanwhile, Turner spent the weekend at Gigi and Paw-Paw’s house. He was thrilled. I don’t think he missed us for a second! My mom sent me some pictures, because I was definitely in withdrawal. It was comforting to see how much fun he was having. But we both missed him terribly!

It’s crazy how we started out just the two of us. And when I was pregnant with Turner, we couldn’t imagine sharing our time with another person! And now, it’s like the three of us are a little team. We have so much fun together that it’s hard to even remember a time when it was just the two of us. Spending alone time together was definitely wonderful and refreshing, but we so love our little family that we’re building!

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25 Weeks

How far along? 25 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Definitely. The looser the better!
Best moment this week: Stew and I celebrated our anniversary this weekend. Turner stayed with my mom and step-dad, which he loved, and Stew and I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Charleston. It was so perfect!
Miss Anything? Tons of energy, loving coffee, hot sweaty workouts.
How are you sleeping? Like a rock!
Movement: I’m happy to say that she’s really moving a lot! She was quiet for a few days which made me nervous. But now she won’t stop!
Food cravings: I still don’t love food. I just sort of eat what strikes me as appetizing at the moment and try to get some healthy things in the mix.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still have random queasy days but I’m definitely better than I was.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!
What are you excited for? celebrating Father’s Day this afternoon and spending quality time with Turner after he’s been away this weekend!

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24 Weeks

How far along? 24 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 19 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Yes! I feel a lot better about myself when I actually wear clothes that fit properly.
Best moment this week: There were a lot of good ones. I definitely loved going to the birth center and hearing Baby Girl’s heart and hearing that she is measuring exactly where she needs to be. I also picked up some bedding for Baby Girl’s room that is so cute!
Miss Anything? My energy has picked up, but I am still really slow to get started in the mornings. I miss getting up and going right away.
How are you sleeping? Great!
Movement: She was quiet the other day, so I got nervous. But when I got in bed to go to sleep, she was practically kicking a whole in the mattress. So, yes, she’s moving.
Food cravings: I’m not really hungry, but I can eat pretty much anything these days.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still on good ol’ Diclegis. I had a few rough days last week and now feel fine. It must be a surge of hormones or something. As far as food goes, broccoli is nauseating to even think about.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Still in, surprisingly!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy. Ask me again when I’m sleep deprived in a few months.
What are you excited for? so much….but definitely excited to soak up our time with Turner. He’s so amazing! I just signed him up for a swimming class that starts next week. I’m excited to do that with him.

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My Little Helper

Turner has become quite the cook! He has always loved standing on his Kitchen Helper and being in the kitchen while I cook. But lately he’s become more independent. Actually he’s been pretty helpful (except for the day we were making granola and he dumped an entire bottle of coconut oil into the bowl). The second I walk into the kitchen, he grabs a chair and pulls it up to the counter and says “Helpin’ Mama!”.

The other day, I got a wild hair and wanted to make homemade ricotta. It was actually SO easy and came out really good. I put my recipe below. I asked if he wanted to make homemade ricotta (like he knows what that is) and, of course, the answer was yes. I measured everything out and guided him as he poured them into the pot.





He’s not a very patient when it comes to cooking. He likes to grab everything in site (I learned that from the coconut oil incident), and moves rather quickly. So I try to keep everything out of his reach until we’re ready for it. He seems to be getting better the more we practice. In fact, he helped me make supper last night and was really excited to eat it! So, hopefully cooking will keep him interested in trying new things!

Homemade Ricotta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups whole milk
  2. 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. 1. Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.
  2. 2. Pour the milk and cream into a stainless steel or enameled pot. Stir in the salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).
  3. 3. Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl. The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth. Save the whey — you can make bread with it. Use the ricotta immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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23 Weeks

How far along? 23 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 18 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? One of my girlfriends just let me borrow some of her maternity clothes, so yes! Maternity bottoms are key but I can still wear most of my regular shirts.
Best moment this week: This was such a great week! The best moment was going to the oncologist with my husband and hearing that his scan was all clear. He is officially in remission!
Miss Anything? Loving coffee. I’ve been feeling pretty good this week so I can’t say I miss having energy.
How are you sleeping? Great!
Movement: Lots of movement from Baby Girl, especially at night.
Food cravings: I’ve been eating a little better since the queasiness has subsided. I’m not really craving anything in particular. I’m holding steady with my love of cheddar and triscuits, watermelon, berries, and mexican food. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, last week, I went down to 1 Diclegis pill at night. After about 3 days I was really feeling rough. So I went back up to 2. This week I feel like I may have turned a corner though. I don’t feel queasy through the medicine (like I have in the past) and my energy seems to be picking up a bit! I’m hopeful!
Have you started to show yet: On yea!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? veeeerrrryyyy shallow.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! This has been probably the best week I’ve had in a while. Everything seems to be falling into place and I’m actually feeling pretty good, which is always a bonus!
What are you excited for? My visit to the dr next week and decorating the nursery. We have all of the furniture in her room and the room painted. We bought a portable closet for the attic so we can move everything we’ve been hording in that closet for the past 5 years. All we really have left is putting up the crown molding and arranging the furniture!

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22 Weeks

How far along? 22 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: 17 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Mixing and matching. My regular dresses and drawstring shorts are key.
Best moment this week: Turner walking into the nursery and said “baby sister’s woom”. It was so cute! It gave me hope that the transition won’t be as hard as I’m imagining.
Miss Anything? energy, coffee, solid work outs
How are you sleeping? wonderfully.
Movement: Oh yea! She’s constantly moving around in there.
Food cravings: Sharp cheddar cheese and triscuits, cherries, watermelon
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still have queasy days. I’m still on Diglegis until I don’t feel any queasiness.
Have you started to show yet: for sure
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In but shallow.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Definitely happy.
What are you excited for? My next dr’s visit and decorating the nursery.

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