A Name Announcement & Disney Maternity Photos (Part 2)

I’ve been waiting to finish a craft for the nursery in order to make our little girl’s name announcement. Our nursery is finished for the most part, but we are waiting for the baby shower for the last few things to put in there and then we will share some photos, of course! But, I did finish her name over the crib, and since I’m about 36 weeks along, it’s about time I share her name with you…

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And along with that fun announcement, I also want to share our maternity photos we took while in Disney in May (Trip report will be starting next week!!). We kind of almost forgot about doing them, but were lucky enough to snag an early reservation at Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom in order for us to enter the park early and get some empty park photos in front of the castle.

This session was much different than the ones we took when I was pregnant with Trent. This time, we had a crazy toddler running around and it was super humid already….at 8am!! We quickly took what we could and then ran for the wonderful air-conditioning in the Crystal Palace. I am glad we got some photos, since I’ve been really bad about taking progress photos this time around!

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Brett wasn’t really expecting to get into any of the photos, but a security guard cast member kept insisting she take a photo of all of us. At first, we thought she was just being nice like most cast members, but then we had wondered if she was trying to determine whether Brett was actually part of the family, or if I was paying him to take my professional photos…which isn’t technically allowed. So…here is our one family maternity photo with a bunch of people in the background and Brett wearing a backwards baseball hat. Oh, and Trent looking the other way. I guess I’ll take what I can get. :)

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This next photo wasn’t meant to be artistic or anything, we just said to hell with it and let Trent run while we took some more photos. Notice that he’s looking at us…he wants us to chase him. I think it captures the moment perfectly, crazy toddler running around and mommy ignoring him because she’s tired of running after him.

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You can see our last set of Disney maternity photos (and others) in this post, and the trip report from that trip in this post.

Just 4 weeks left!

 

Breakfast Recipe Ideas from Hormel

It’s Monday morning and you’re so tired, all you can throw together for breakfast is a bowl of cereal. While I myself am obsessed with cereal, maybe you want to try something a little different for yourself or your family. Here are two breakfast recipe ideas from Hormel: one that’s quick (perfect for weekdays) and one that’ll take a little longer (perfect for weekends). Enjoy!

 

Ham and Egg Heart Toast

Ham and Egg Heart Toasts

Serving Size: 2
Total Time: Under 15 minutes
Preparation Time: Under 15 minutes
Preparation Method: Stove-Top
Level of Difficulty: Beginner
 
Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter, divided
6 slices HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Honey Ham
2 large eggs
4 slices bread, toasted and buttered

 

In medium skillet, melt 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat. Add ham; cook 2 to

3 minutes or until ham is warmed. Remove from skillet. Cover; keep warm.

In same skillet, melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat. Carefully

crack eggs into pan. Cook 3 minutes or until whites are set or cooked as desired.

Cut heart shapes from 2 slices toast. Place 3 ham slices on remaining 2 slices toast. Top with eggs. Cover with heart cut-out toast slices.

 

 

Lemon Berry Tacos

Lemon Berry Tacos 

Serving Size: 8
Total Time: More than 1 hour
Preparation Time: 1 Hour
Preparation Method: Grill
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

 

Ingredients 
2 large eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup whipping cream
8 CHI-CHI’S® Soft Taco Size Flour Tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups mixed berries (such as raspberries, sliced strawberries and blueberries)
Powdered sugar

 

To make lemon curd cream, in medium bowl, whisk together eggs, lemon juice and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water. Add cubed butter to bowl, a little at a time and stirring between additions, until incorporated. Stir 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Transfer to cold bowl. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until completely cold.

In small bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold cream into curd mixture.

To make tacos, grease grill grate. Prepare grill for medium heat. Brush tortillas

with melted butter; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Grill 2 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Carefully fold tortillas in half while still warm. Let stand until cool.

Fill tortillas with berries and lemon curd cream. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

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This post was part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

 

Taste of Nature Breakfast Tasting Party #RealTastesGood

Ever since I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I have been paying so much attention to the foods I eat. I look at ingredients in everything and have really been shocked with some of the things I was eating on a regular basis. And while I sometimes can’t resist some of my cravings (hey, I AM pregnant, after all!) it really has opened my eyes, not only to the things I consume, but also what Trent eats…especially when it comes to his snacks, since that’s all he seems to eat is snacks!

Did you know:

  • On average, Americans who snack do it twice a day.
  • 42 percent of Americans feel they could commit to having one healthy snack every day.
  • 42 percent of snackers are most likely to have an unhealthy snack between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
  • 41 percent of snackers are most likely to have an unhealthy snack on Saturdays.
  • 43 percent of Americans have treated themselves to an unhealthy snack as a reward for an accomplishment.
  • 23 percent have hidden their snacks from others so they wouldn’t have to share.

During the Summer, pool parties and gatherings with friends are a regular occurrence. The days are long & hot, but full of fun and energy. To fuel up for our fun-filled day outside, we started the day will a deliciously healthy breakfast tasting party, with Taste of Nature bars as the star of the show!

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A little more about Taste of Nature:

Taste of Nature believes Real Tastes Good, and creates delicious, certified organic, gluten-free certified, non-gmo project verified snack bars with real, nuts, fruits and grains that you can see (and under 200 calories, too). Nothing artificial, no fillers and no chemicals – what you see is what you get with these bars. For more information, visit tasteofnature.ca.

Benefits of Taste of Nature bars:

  • Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Vegan
  • Certified Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Low glycemic index
  • No additives
  • No artificial flavours
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No animal products
  • No dairy
  • No preservatives
  • No simple sugars
  • No Sulphur Dioxide
  • No cholesterol
  • No wheat
  • Low sodium

How amazing is that list of benefits?!

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We had 5 flavors to try:

Canadian Maple Forest: pecans, apricots, brazil nuts, raisins, maple syrup

California Almond Valley: almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Brazilian Nut Fiesta: raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds

Himalayan Goji Summit: peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, goji berries, raspberries

Québec Cranberry Carnival: peanuts, raisins, sesame seeds, almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds

Persian Pomegranate Garden: cashews, walnuts, figs, cranberries, apples, pomegranate, raspberries

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Just look at those bars! You can see what they are made of…the fruits, nuts and seeds are all prominent in every bar so you know exactly what you’re eating. Yum.

This was also my first time tasting Taste of Nature bars and not only did I think they were delicious, but so did everyone else! Everyone liked being able to try different varieties to see what they liked best. Guests were able to take an entire bar to enjoy, but I also set up a yogurt parfait bar!

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I chopped up the Taste of Nature bars into little bite-sized pieces as a yummy topping for the yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips.

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Even our picky little Trent found a favorite…we didn’t expect him to devour a Taste of Nature bar the way he did and as you can see he looked very hesitant at first…

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…but then he ran off and ate the entire thing! You know it’s tasty when Trent approves!

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For those that needed a little extra for their breakfast, a bagel bar!

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I was especially happy to invite a friend over that maintains a gluten-free diet. It felt good to have her be able to enjoy something and taste new options without worrying about gluten. She proclaimed the ones she tried were chewy, tasty and filling!

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At just $1.99 a bar, they are an affordable, healthy & tasty snacking option!

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I’m a slow-mover these days, so it was nice to sit and relax with friends to enjoy some tasty and healthy treats before playing outside all day!

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Where to buy Taste of Nature: http://www.tasteofnature.ca/where-to-buy/

For those of you in Tallahassee, you can get Taste of Nature Bars at New Leaf Market Co-op!

 

Get social with Taste of Nature!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Cups

Trent used to have a set of stacking cups to play with while in the bath or using the water table. I don’t remember where we got them, but they were kinda plain. Even though Trent enjoyed playing with them, a few had pretty hard edges and he would get hurt if he stepped or sat on one….so they quickly got removed.

When I saw Nuby had a set of stacking cups in their new line of bath products, I jumped at the opportunity to try them. They are much better!

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First, one thing I like is the absence of the hard edges. They are flat on top, so they won’t poke into his skin like the other kind we had.

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But one of my favorite things about the Nuby Stacking Cups is all the opportunities to teach Trent colors, numbers and shapes.

Each cup is a different size, so they can be stacked to fit inside one another. Based on the size of the cup, there are a few shapes on the outside lip. Each cup has different shapes and a different number of them.

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Each cup is also a different color, with the shapes on that cup a different color than the cup.

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Lastly, there are also shapes on the bottom of each cup and varying number of holes to let water pour out.

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We play by filling up the cups and letting them pour out in the holes in the bottom, by stacking and unstacking them. He learns by me asking him what color each cup is, or what shape is at the bottom, or asking him to count the number of shapes on each cup.

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With the Nuby Stacking Cups, bath time is both fun AND educational!

 

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Get Luxuriously Soft Skin with Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub {Review}

In a former life (aka 10 years ago) I worked in a salon for about 2 years. There was a little station up in the front reception area with a small sink and an amazing sugar scrub that clients could use while they were waiting. Every time Brett would visit me while I was closing up the salon, he would use the sugar scrub and so would all the employees…men and women. Our hands were so soft!

Over the years after not working at the salon any longer, I kinda forgot about it. So when I was contacted to try Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub, it brought back memories and I had hoped this scrub would provide the same amazing benefits…and it definitely did, and then some!

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Go Green with Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub, a mild skin cleanser and customer favorite.  This natural based preservative free product combines mild sugar based non-ionic detergents with natural sugar, for a gentle exfoliating rinse-off treatment that leaves your skin softer than ever.

Especially suited for the face as well as the feet, knees, and elbows to produce maximum gentleness with deep cleaning, for the removal of excess dead epidermal cells.

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Benefits of Dermesse Sugar Scrub:

  • Sugar is a natural and safe preservative
  • Sugar is a mild abrasive that rinses off cleanly leaving the skin soft and moisturized
  • 98% of the product is made-up of natural based ingredients

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I prefer to use this on my hands and feet. Simply take a small scoop of the scrub and rub it into your skin in a circular motion.

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They don’t specify an amount of time to rub the scrub in, but you won’t want to stop! I probably did it for about a minute.

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Rinse the scrub off and immediately notice how soft and smooth your skin is. My hands were still soft hours later, even after washing them a few times and doing stuff around the house.

This is a perfect first step during a manicure or pedicure because it removes dead skin cells and even makes your nails moisturized and soft. I actually like this sugar scrub more than the one I used in the past because there is no added oil layer that you have to mix in and the smell of this one is nice and light.

I put mine right next to the sink and use it on my hands every few days…I bet Brett has used it too!

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To learn more about the entire Dermesse Line and Buy: Dermesse Website

 

I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!