Friday, March 27, 2015

The Mom Outfit: Spring Edition

Ahh spring, fresh air, birds chirping and flowers blooming - well not quite yet! While it is spring, the weather's still wacky here. One day is warm and sunny, the other rainy and cold but it looks like the temperatures are finally permanetly warming up. It's time to shed those layers and slip into something comfortable, fun and stylish. Check out my picks for the upcoming season below and shop my favorites products directly from this post. Happy spring! 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Day in the Life

It's been years since I've done a "Day in the Life" post so today - along with some other fabulous bloggers - I'm sharing what our typical day looks like.

7:30/8am - The boys have breakfast and I get Jack's preschool lunchbox ready. On this morning both boys had scrambled eggs and fruit.

8:30/9am - While I get ready, Jack and Dylan play in my room. Today, Brad is dropping Jack at preschool before meeting my at the pediatrician's office for Dylan's 9 month appointment. 

9:30am - Dylan 9 month stats: 21lbs 11oz, 30 3/4in. 80% for weight, 99% for height. Look at those long legs. We sure do grow 'em big!

10:30am - Quick trip to Target to pickup some prescriptions. I went straight to the pharmacy and did NOT buy anything else. Disclaimer - I got my Target fix earlier that week. #babywearingdadsarehot

11am-12:00pm - Dylan went down for his morning nap a little late and did not sleep nearly enough - he was not happy! Time for this little dude to have some lunch.

1:30pm- Jack's has become my little helper and he truly helps me a lot.  He likes to push the Dylan's stroller when we go pick him up at preschool.

2:30pm - Both boys are napping and I have a chance to sit down, reply to emails and catch up on some blogging for Hello Jack and Layers of Meaning

4/4:30pm - The boys are up from their naps and it's playtime. The weather has been yuck lately so we can't go outside to play today.

6/6:30pm - It's time for my littlest to go to bed. Cuddling with mama while Jack watches Curious George on the iPad. 

7/7:30pm - After Dylan goes to bed, Jack has a bath and we head downstairs for dinner. Homemade mac and cheese, hotdogs and cuties tonight. After dinner, it's story time, prayers and lights out at 8pm. 

9:30/10:30pm - Me time. Catching up on some magazine and blog reading before Brad gets home from work. Usually my bedtime is about 11:30 or midnight. 

And there you have it friends, a look into my day!

Click below to see the days of other bloggers participating in this link up
Krista from See you next Tuesday
Sara from Sara Dear
Lee Ann from Fifty Shades of Mommy
Alison from Mom in the Moon
Cassie from True Agape

And if you feel up to it, I would love to see what your typical day looks like, link up below.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Product Love: Babiators

The weather has started to warm up and  this week we were finally able to head outside and play. We lathered the boys with sunscreen and grabbed their new Babiators and headed outside for a fun afternoon.

Babiators are the perfect sunglasses for babies, toddles and now they are also available for older kids! Made of flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses, Babiators are durable, offer 100% UVA & UVB protection and come in a multitude of colors and patterns!  

Jack is wearing: Original Babiators in Marine Green, Polarized Babiators in Black Ops Black
Dylan is wearing: Polarized Babiators in Supersonic Stripes, Original Babiators in OMG! Orange

The idea for Babiators was born on a military base in Beaufort, SC, when Molly saw her fellow military wives' kids squinting in the sun while their pilot Moms and Dads stood protected and stylish in their aviator sunglasses. Molly shared her idea for safe, stylish, and durable kids' sunglasses with her aviator husband Ted, and her long time friends Carolyn and Matthew Guard.

The company launched in 2011 with Carolyn and Molly working from their kitchen tables. Today, the Babiators "Crew" is growing fast and quickly becoming a leading children's retail brand. Forbes Magazine recently named Babiators one of America's 100 Most Promising Companies of 2014! From their world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Babiators are currently available in more than 45 countries.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Favorites with GYMBOREE

Easter is right around the corner and I'm teaming up with Gymboree to bring you some of my favorite styles for the little ones in your family. Check out these adorable outfits plus some super cute accessories that will make your little one's enable complete. 

Shop today and take advantage of their 50% off  all Easter dresses!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Top breakfasts for a gluten free diet

People allergic to gluten need a special diet. Many manufacturers offer a decent alternative for nutrition in order to diversify the menu for those who have to reduce their diet to gluten free products. It is important to remember that in addition to obvious sources of gluten, there are some “hidden” ones. Therefore, you should carefully study the product label. Based on the fact that gluten intolerance is quite a common thing, many food companies have long been on their way to produce gluten free foods (porridge, pasta, bread, pastries, cereals). For example, Nairn’s gluten free porridgecan be identified among the most famous brands of healthy food. 

Essence of a gluten free diet 
People with gluten sensitivity have troubles with the passage of food through the small intestine. A gluten free diet excludes flour and most of the cereals. Due to the absence of specific protein compounds, the work of the digestive system may be improved. But you must get medical advice before starting a gluten free diet. Here are a few simple and delicious gluten free breakfast recipes for the whole family: 

Buckwheat pancakes with banana 

Cooking process: 

Separate egg whites from egg yolks, mix yolks with milk until smooth. Separately mix buckwheat flour, sugar, salt, baking powder. Whip egg whites to firm peaks. Cut banana into slices. Now mix the flour with milk and stir. Gently introduce the white into this mass. Spread the dough on a heated pan, then put a banana slice on top: fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Overturn carefully - these pancakes are very tender. 

Pancakes with cheese for breakfast 

Cooking process: Slightly whip the eggs with milk and salt. Add buckwheat flour, mix well, then pour a spoonful of vegetable oil and mix again. Fry on both sides in a pan without oil. Slice ​​cheese and spread it on top of each pancake. Make a cup of coffee and enjoy your breakfast. 

Milk rice porridge with pumpkin 

Cooking process: 

Grate pumpkin, put it in a semi-boiled rice and continue to cook, stirring frequently. Salt and put in a dish, pour some oil and serve. 

Corn porridge Cooking process: 

Grind corn into gluten free flour. Pour the water in a saucepan and boil. Pour boiling water over corn cereal, stir well and bring to the boil. Turn it off and place in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. Then take the gluten free porridge out of the oven and pour a glass of hot boiled milk, add a pinch of sugar.  

Bon Appetite!

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