WeLove Plants

Prior to Liv I was living vegan until my second trimester of pregnancy. The past few months the removal of all dead things from our diet has been happening and baby girl is enjoying our new meat substitutes! Liv has been requesting tacos and after hunting down a meat free, soy free, gluten free option I believe we have a winner!  

 

I was so excited when I found this brand in Wegmans that I couldn’t stop rereading the package! Liv approves! Faux meat always has a lighter texture then actual animal flesh but this brand was absolutely heavier then Morningstar which I have used in the past and at the time absolutely included soy in their ingredients. So if you are looking for a healthier way to make your tacos I definitely recommend this swap out! Enjoy and let me know how this product goes over with your littles.

WeLove Baking

Cooking with your children is so wonderful! Allowing children to get hands on experience with their food is so valuable. With all the colors, quantities as well as textures and terminologies your child can take great lessons away with each recipie! Never underestimate the value of real life experience at any age. Bake it Fun provided me a baking sheet in exchange for my honest review and I was thrilled to try out the product.

 I am so accustomed to traditional metal pans that pile high in my kitchen the intrigue for this baking mat that rolled up easily was high. Our cooking process was much of the same. Normally I just kinda toss the metal pans in the half way open oven , but with the nature of this mat I did have to actually open the oven and place the mat on the shelf. However, the cleaning was sooooo easy! No Brillo and elbow grease needed! And being able to bend and store the mat makes it all so dreamy! As a busy mom I need all my tools to be as simple and stress free as possible. I will continue to reach for my “Bake it Fun” baking mat first before any of my old metal ones in the future.

Kids in the Kitchen 2014

This event happened a few weeks back ,but I have been busy living thus the post delay. This was our second year attending Kids in the Kitchen hosted by Junior League of Washington. It’s actually so well put together we will absolutely continue to attend annually.

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This free event highlights wellness and movement for family’s with a focus on the children. The crafting tables had healthy food plates kids could assemble, recipe books that were compiled of recipe cards gathered during the event also a oversized coloring mural allowed children to draw their favorite fruits and vegetables from each season. Multiple sample stations with fresh juices and build your own trail mix to name a few. They had the cutest little obstacle course where the kids got a certificate upon completion. Liv still does her push ups after this exercise. The hockey team sport as well as the instructor led movement class rounded out a great day of healthy lifestyle activities. Literally on the way out the door I entered into a raffle and …. Wait for it…… I WON! This is a new phenomenon for me! Winning raffles that is but I gladly and graciously accepted my Whole Foods gift basket. If the edible goodies weren’t prize enough I also had a gift card included in my basket! Very Very Good Event!

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Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory

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My family had an amazing time at the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory. If you love ice cream this place is a must. Some time ago I purchased discounted admission tickets ,and children under 4 enter the museum free! I’m so glad we didn’t let our tickets expire.

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The museum guides you through the family history of Turkey Hill allowing you to hop in their first ice cream delivery truck and watch a short movie about the ice cream factory. You are able to start to finish experience what it takes to make delicious ice cream and teas. There are cows to milk, quality control microscopes to determine if the milk is up to par, mixing and packaging stations where you can name and design your own package! You can even take a walk through the freezer, make a commercial and best of all…. UNLIMITED SAMPLES! The samples are a size of a scoop somy family was soooo full before we got to the Taste Lab! We were able to make our own pint sized flavor! This was a yummy experience for any ice cream lover!
Thanks to my love for snapping these great photos in between bites of ice cream 🙂

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Vegan Chocolate Milkshakes

Who’s getting excited for Vday!? We are!!
While getting crafty us ladies needed a fancy little treat so Liv and I whipped up some yummy vegan Chocolate Milkshakes!

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So Delicious Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice cream
Almond Milk
A Touch of Honey around the edge of our glass to make the sprinkles stick
YUMMY!

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We Love DIY Toys and Crafts!

For all of the parents that have an avid SPROUT fan in your home …. Let’s just say this momma gets the GOOOOOD Egg Award! Lol lately we have really been getting crafty at home and Liv is loving every creative moment of it! Below is a little inspiration of cool activities to keep your little one happy.

Ring Toss

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Playdoh

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Pepperoni Pizza Balls with Marinara (excuse the messy marinara, eager eaters in my home lol)

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We Love Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti Squash is quickly replacing pasta in my home! Besides the occasional brown rice noodle, spaghetti squash is a much healthier alternative to incorporate into our favorite meals. Lately we had a yummy stir fry and beef spaghetti dish all using squash. To prepare my Spaghetti Squash I slice it in half, drizzle it with oil and seasonings, open side down on the baking sheet then bake it for 40 minutes prior to forking out my you my noodle substitute! Yum! Hope my new addiction inspires new eats in your home.

Christmas Party!

Liv hosted her 1st Annual Christmas party and it was fun times had by all! So much so that mommy didn’t have a second to take many pictures ….
Liv’s guest were greeted with holiday tunes ( let me just say that while Christmas shopping we purchased a Bluetooth device that allowed me to play Pandora from my iPad through our Ihome system… Am I late on this!?! We Love It!)
The little people munched on snacks galore one of my favorites being the “Rice Krispy Tree”

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I also created a photobooth backdrop from a thrifted thick table cloth with snowman designs on it. Creative, yet the kids couldn’t stay still long enough to get many still shots.
In addition to ornament making the kids had a blast on their candy cane hunt which was really made successful by the 70 degree weather we had this weekend.
For the first time I dyed noodles so the spaghetti dish was holiday themed with green noodles and red sauce. This holiday has really gotten me into utilizing food color in my edibles to add to the decor of an event. It excites me to add that extra festive touch and I’m sure I will be doing that for each holiday now 🙂

Oh (Edible) Christmas Tree!

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Happy Monday People!
This morning my family enjoyed these “Christmas Tree” waffles made with mama’s love!
I was so excited to make these! It’s the little things that matter most! This was a wonderful cooking activity for little ones as well. My daughter loves cooking. The counting, colors and textures she gets to experience while creating are always a fun way to educate.
To prepare our meal we added some green dye to our waffle recipe
Ornaments: Fresh blueberries and strawberries drizzled with honey, a tiny dusting of powder sugar and a tree topper of cool whip
Tree stump: Bacon

Let me know how this idea goes over with your little elves 🙂