5 Tips for Baby Wearing with Lille Baby

One of my favorite things about motherhood is baby wearing. I honestly love baby wearing + I'm incredibly thankful for the past 5 1/2 years that I've been able to wear my children. If you're expecting, or if you're looking to wear your busy toddler in the grocery store, I'm sharing baby wearing tips for you here with Lille Baby.

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie Baby

1. Start Early. Wether your baby is a day old or a year and a half old, start wearing that little squish. If you have a newborn, start wearing that sweet little baby + try different carriers with the little one. I love wraps with newborns the most. I love structured carriers, like pictured here for toddlers + older kids. If you're trying out baby wearing with a toddler, try different positions, like the side carry or back carry.

Did you know, baby wearing is an excellent opportunity for skin-to-skin contact while at home? You can have your newborn in a diaper, while you are in a bra. Wear your baby in the carrier, and wear a sweater on top of your baby in the carrier!

Baby wearing with Lillie Baby

2. Get a carrier that is comfortable. There are so many amazing carriers available. Moms + babies will want different carriers for different needs, different stages + sizes. Check out your local baby store as they can also get you the right fit for your needs. If you want to wear that baby while getting house work done, I totally recommend a structured carrier, Lille Baby has great back support. Check out the Lille Baby Instructional Videos here

Lillie Baby Structured carrier

3. Wear your baby while getting exercise. One key to motherhood is the ability to multi-task, am.I.right? Bringing baby along for a hike or walk in the neighborhood is a great opportunity for the little one to get some fresh fair, some bonding time + a chance for mom to get some exercise. It can be so challenging for new moms to practice self-care + opportunities for exercise really are important. Even squeezing in a 20 minute brisk walk has great health benefits. 

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie baby

4. Keep your little on safe while they are worn. Make sure their head is always close enough to kiss, never low on your chest. Make sure your baby is always worn facing in, unless you have a carrier specifically designed for outward facing. Check to make sure the straps are buckled or tied correctly. Make sure the airway is always open. Make sure that you "feel" like the baby is very supported. If you ever feel like they could fall or slip out, make sure to adjust the carrier.  

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie Baby

5. Kiss that little head 100 times while they are worn. Make that 200. When your baby or toddler is in the carrier, you just can't help but kiss that sweet little head. Totally do it. The days are long + the years are short. I promise. You really do wake up one day to a Kindergartner. I did. Wear them while they are little because before you know it they are off to run + play on their own. The stages do come + go + we can't stay in one stage forever. (Thank goodness, I mean threenagers are rough!).

5 tips for beginner baby wearing

This post was sponsored by LilleBaby. I only share brands that I absolutely love, + I love Lille Baby!

Happy baby wearing!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Pour on the goodness with this refreshing yet hearty vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk. Mealtime surely can be full of goodness with this make-ahead chia seed pudding featuring dairy-free flaxmilk. Keep reading to get this recipe that will help you inspire more goodness into your daily routine because your meal is already prepared with this Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk.  

Apple Cinnamon Vegan Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
Dairy free chia seed pudding recipe
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Vegan non-dairy Flaxmilk

Fall isn't just about back to school, it's also about falling back into family routines. Family routines that spread goodness into our homes also help us spread goodness throughout the world. This is where true change happens.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. -Desmond Tutu

Good Karma aims to "pour goodness" on everyday. This simple yet profound mantra is something that we bring into our home, around our table, too. My family + I are pouring goodness into our days by sharing with each other what acts of kindness we chose to do that day that centered on other people, not ourselves. From big to small. From simple to more thought-out. It's about teaching our kids The Golden Rule by also modeling it ourselves. 

Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
family traditions activity

We have a pom pom jar at our house where I add pom poms when I catch my kids doing kind + thoughtful things for each other. Sometimes they even let me know of the thoughtful choices they made, because they are so proud. I love the motivation they get from seeing the jar as it is filled with pom poms because they made great choices. They often tell me the thoughtful things they chose to do for each other or even helpful choices they made out in the community. This has been a great motivational tool for my kids to help practice The Golden Rule on a day to day basis as they pour goodness into our daily routine. 

family traditions, dairy free recipe

Good Karma pours goodness into our mornings with this ready-to-eat Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding. But, Good Karma also pours so much goodness into our lives because it is a great allergy-friendly option for families like ours. Good Karma is free of the top 8 allergens, plus it is vegan, gluten-free + plant-based. So much nutritional goodness in one cheery container. My family is truly thankful to have such a great option for our dietary needs that has a surprisingly delicious taste + creamy texture. 

Apple Cinnamon Vegan Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
dairy free chia seed pudding recipe with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Good Karma wants to pour goodness into your daily routine by giving you a $2 off coupon. You can download the $2 off coupon Here. And, Good Karma will also match your coupon by donating $2 to community organizations that are inspiring + activating goodness everyday, including FARE's The Teal Pumpkin Project, The GrowHaus, + The Gangsta Gardener. The charitable initiative campaign is supporting amazing organizations that are making a meaningful difference in our communities. 

You can download your 1/2 off coupon here

By doing the little things and the big things, by supporting one another and radiating optimism, we bring brightness to every day. We cheer on our friends, are committed to our neighbors and are inspired by acts of kindness. Join us in contributing small drops of positive energy and encouraging everyone to pour on the goodness. 

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk

Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Ingredients:

4 Cups Good Karma Flaxmilk Original

1 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds

3 Tbsp Confectioner's Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Agave Nectar

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Apples Cored and Sliced

Additional Cinnamon + Confectioner's Sugar for topping.

Directions:

Combine Good Karma Flaxmilk + Chia Seeds. Stir well until combined. Next, add confectioner's sugar, cinnamon, agave nectar + vanilla. Stir into the pudding + divide into cups. Cover + refrigerate over night. 

Enjoy chilled or microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Top with freshly sliced apples + sprinkled confectioner's sugar + cinnamon. 

 

Adaptation for young children/baby led weaning: Combine the Good Karma Flaxmilk, chia seeds, agave nectar + vanilla.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture. Then, add the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon to be enjoyed by the big kids + adults! 

 

Yields approximately 6 small Mason Jars. 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
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Pour goodness into your daily routine with Good Karma Flaxmilk. Seek the good that is all around + sprinkle goodness for others to find. Nourish yourself with this make-ahead meal. Download your coupon here for a $2 discount + an opportunity for goodness to be poured into organizations working to do much good around us.

Looking for the delicious vegan Good Karma Flaxmilk in a store near you? Happily, you will find Good Karma in many local retailers across the U.S. I was even able to pick up Good Karma while visiting my mom in a small rural town in Michigan! Click here for the store locater + happy shopping!

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This post was sponsored by Good Karma. I only share products that I truly use + that are in our fridge + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the companies the support this blog + bring you easy new recipes. 

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Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

The Ultimate Back to School Sammie with Canyon Gluten Free

It's back to school season across the country + I have the Ultimate Back to School Sammie for you. Perfect for adults + kids alike. It's nut-free + gluten-free, but you'd never know it. It's hearty + sweet. It's fun + cheery. Keep reading for the recipe for your new go-to Sammie with Canyon Bakehouse.

Ultimate Back to School Sammie

Typically, my husband is a hard sell on my recipes. Well, he loved this sandwich + was wanting more. I think you'll love it, too! I'm sure your kids will, too!

ultimate gluten free back to school sammie

The secret ingredient? Grilled peaches. Yep, the grilled peaches give it an unsuspecting kick. Fresh, hearty, sweet, yet not too sweet with the balance of the Canyon Bakehouse bread + the layers of sunflower seed spread. 

Ultimate back to school gluten free sammie

Ultimate Back to School Sammie with Canyon Gluten Free

Ingredients:

2 Slices of Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White

1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberry Slices

1 Fresh Peach, cut into thin slices

4 Tbsp 88 Acres Chocolate Sunseed Spread

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash + slice the peach. Pour olive oil into a frying pan. Turn heat to medium high. place peaches in the pan with a coat of olive oil. Grill + flip so both sides are nice + toasty. Remove from pan + let cool. Make sure the peaches completely cool before the sandwich is packed in a lunchbox.

Next, wash + slice strawberries. Slice extra for snacking. 

Place 4 Tbsp Chocolate Sunseed Spread in a small glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to help it melt a little so it will spread on smooth + evenly. Spread a layer of Chocolate Sunseed Spread on the inside of both pieces of Canyon GF Bread

Next, place the bottom piece of bread on a plate, bread side down. Place a lawyer of strawberry slices on the bread. Then, place a layer of grilled peaches, topped with a second layer of strawberries. And, completed with the final piece of Canyon GF Bread with the Chocolate Sunseed spread. 

Enjoy!

Ultimate gluten free sammie for back to school

What is your favorite sammie to create with Canyon Bakehouse? Have you had a grilled peach sandwich before?

This post was sponsored by Canyon Gluten Free. I only share brands we love + use. Canyon Gluten Free in in our pantry + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting brands that support my blog to bring you fresh, new recipes like this.

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

6 Tips to Create a Dapper Look for your Son with Janie and Jack

I adore their smiles. I cherish their hugs. I admire their hearts. But, most of all I love that they are my boys. I love these little boys with all my heart + the moments, memories + smallness of my little boys passes all too quickly. So, I love to get them dressed up + capture them in photos that will bring me back to these days once these moments are long gone. I'm sharing 6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack.

Little boy dapper style with Janie and Jack
6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack
little boy style: dapper outfits with Janie and Jack

1. Dress your son in a dapper hat.

Girls love to accessorize, But I always say, why can't we accessorize our sons? I love to dress my boys in hats. It's a fun way to add a finished touch to an outfit. And, they can take it off to allow for versatility in photos. They are also a great way to keep the sun out of their eyes so the smiles really shine through. I love hats on my boys + I love the selection of hats Janie and Jack has to offer. 

6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

2. Dress your son in a dapper bow tie.

I think a bow tie is my all time favorite accessory to dress my boys in. It's so much fun to see them all dressed up as a mini man. Bow ties are timeless and a great focal point for photos. The bow tie can be styled to bled in with the outfit or the bow tie could be a pop of color that makes a statement. I love that Janie and Jack offers bow ties for babies as well as my big boys. 

Baby boy styled outfit. Dapper boy outfit with Janie and Jack
dapper boy style with Janie and Jack

3. Dress your son in a dapper sport coat.

Can I just say that seeing my boys in little sport coats makes me so happy? The sport coats really complete the outfit + bring the outfit to more of a formal, traditional level. Seeing my boys all dressed up really is a special occasion that I treasure. I love that each of the sport coats really brought out each of the boys personalities. The sport coats are also so versatile that can be used for many occasions + can be dressed up or down. 

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6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

4. Dress your son in a pop of color.

Each of my boys had a pop of color in their outfit. And, each outfit had it's own color that tied the three outfits together. Breck and Bowan have similar outfits. Yet, Bowan's shorts gave it a pop of color. And, Breck's jacket brought variety. The three outfits were tied together with the shades of blues and oranges to bring more depth to the photos. 

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Styling a little boys outfit with Janie and Jack

5. Dress your son in dapper shoes

Well, baby shoes will always have my heart. And, do you see how adorable Bridger's shoes are? I could take photos of my baby just in a diaper and these shoes and love them. Janie and Jack offers adorable and delicate shoes for babies that become great keepsakes once they out grow them. I absolutely love the traditional look the shoes bring to Breck + Bowan's outfits. Plus, the shoes are very comfortable + my boys love wearing them. The shoes even work perfectly for Breck to wear to school with his uniform. 

dapper boy style
6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

6. Dress your son in mix + match styles.

I love that Janie and Jack provides collections of clothing. It's such a great guide to help style an outfit for your son. It's also a great starting point to help find additional pieces that can be mix and matched for additional outfits. You can find my boy's style collection here.

styling a little boys outfit with Janie and Jack. Lifestyle photography outfits
6 tips for a dapper look for your son
dapper boy style for family photos

This clothing was provided by Janie and Jack. I absolutely love this brand for dapper looks for my boys. I only share brands and items that I absolutely love + use for my family. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog to bring you helpful style posts like this one. 

What is your favorite way to style your son's outfit for photos?

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

3 Gluten Free Family Friendly Lunchbox Ideas with BFree Foods

Time to break free from the boring lunchbox with BFree Foods. Looking for Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, nut-free, soy free lunch ideas? BFree Foods has so many options to help you create some awesome lunches. I'm sharing 3 gluten free, family friendly lunchbox ideas with BFree Foods

Gluten free lunchbox wraps for kids

Stuck with the same old lunch ideas + looking for some fun + tasty lunchbox ideas? Here I'm sharing 3 lunchbox ideas that are perfect for both the parents + kids. 

Gluten Free Roll Ups with Sunflower Seed Spread + Jelly + Fresh Fruit

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Gluten free breads, wraps, pitas and bagels. 3 Gluten free family friendly lunchbox ideas

BFree Foods has a large range of products that are all Non-GMO, gluten free, free from the most common allergens + vegan. It's amazing to find pita bread, bagels, wraps, dinner rolls + sliced bread that are gluten free yet taste so authentic. You'll want to try everything!

Gluten free SunButter and Jelly wrap for your kids lunchbox

Gluten Free Roll Ups with Sunflower Seed Spread + Jelly + Fresh Fruit

This twist on the typical lunchtime sandwich is a fun way to brighten up a lunchbox. Perfect for both kids + adults, alike. 

Directions:

Lay a BFee Quinoa + Chia Seed wrap flat on a cutting board. Spread a layer of Sunflower Seed Spread. Next, spread a layer of jelly. My kids like a layer of both raspberry + blueberry jelly! Next, add fresh fruit. Add fruit like: blueberries, banana slices, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds peach slices or apple slices. Add what is in season, what you have on hand, or try something new. For younger kids, or kids that aren't quite ready for lots of texture or large chunks of fruit, cut the pieces much smaller before placing on the tortilla. Next, take a pizza cutter and cut 1 1/2 inch strips down the tortilla. Then, roll up and place in a bento box. Enjoy! 

gluten free  sunbather and jelly wraps kids lunchbox ideas

Add some fresh veggies to pair with your gluten free Sunseed + J wraps! It also pairs well with a dairy free yogurt bowl with swirled blueberry puree + topped with ground flaxseeds + vegan mini chips.

Gluten Free lunchbox

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies

This light + fluffy pita bread sandwich is a hit. I could eat this everyday. A grown ups favorite, yet it can be perfectly modified for the pickiest of kids. 

Homemade Hummus Ingredients:

3 Cans of Chick Peas

1 Can of Reserved Water from the Chick Peas

8 Cloves Roasted Garlic

3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Paprika

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper

Directions:

Drain 2 cans of chick peas. Add to blender. Add addition can of chick peas with reserved water to the blender.

Roast 8 cloves of garlic in a frying pan with 1 Tsp olive oil over medium heat. Continue to turn with a spatula  until toasted. Add garlic cloves to blender.

Juice one lemon. Reserve 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Add to blender.

Add Olive Oil, Paprika, Salt + Black Pepper to the blender. Blend on medium high until a smooth consistency is achieved. Scoop out into a reusable container. Top with a dash of olive oil, paprika + lemon juice. 

Gluten free pita with homemade hummus recipe

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies Directions:

Spread homemade hummus onto the inside bottom of a BFree pita. (For kids that don't yet like big chunks of vegetables, stir small diced veggies into the hummus). Next, top hummus with fresh chopped veggies, such as: rainbow carrots, radishes, cucumber, onions, olives + arugula. Spread your favorite salad dressing onto the top inside of the pita bread. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Pizza is always a favorite, but this is a great portable way to bring it along in a lunchbox!

Directions:

Place a BFree Multigrain Wrap onto a pizza pan. Next, spread pizza sauce onto the wrap. Then, sprinkle cheese or dairy-free cheese onto the sauce. (For kids that don't yet like big chunks of vegetables, chop mushrooms, olives, peppers, fresh basil, arugula, + kale into tiny pieces + mix into the cheese before sprinkling on the wrap). For adults that love the fresh veggies, pile them on! Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven + let cool. Next, use a pizza cutter and cut 1 1/2 inch strips down the tortilla. Then, roll up and place in a bento box. Add fun pics to bring some cheer + to keep the roll-ups together. Enjoy! 

Gluten free Pizza wraps. 3 Gluten free lunchbox ideas

Which lunchbox recipe will you try first?

Did you know you can get your favorite variety of BFree Foods from your local King Soopers?

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This post was sponsored by BFree Foods. I only share products that I love + trust, that;s found in my pantry + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog + bring you great recipes, new content + some inspiration. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Lunchbox Ideas: 3 Ways to Create an Allergy Friendly Lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

It's back to school season + that means it's time to start packing the lunch boxes again. It can be easy to get in a lunchbox rut. But, Enjoy Life Foods has new Chewy Bar flavors that can spice up any lunchbox. I'm sharing 3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

These 3 lunch boxes are kid-approved, contain healthy foods + are easy to prepare. Each lunchbox contains a new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bar. They are each tasty + a great addition to any lunch. The perfect grab + go bar for a lunchbox that helps to put more into the lunch for the kids + takes a little off of mom's plate!

Lunchbox Ideas: 5 tips to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

My family lives with food allergies, so we are very familiar with the Enjoy Life Foods brand. We trust them + rely on them. However, many schools, preschools or nurseries may have an allergen policy or may be peanut-free or tree nut-free. I realize that finding free-from food may feel overwhelming + confusing for a non-allergy parent. The Enjoy Life Foods bakery is certified gluten-free + a dedicated nut-free facility. All of the products are free from the eight most common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, fish + shellfish. Plus, Enjoy Life goes above + beyond to keep some other allergenic foods out of the products like: sesame, sulfites, casein + potato. So, if you are ever looking for an allergy friendly snack, Enjoy Life has many options for you!

Lunchbox ideas: 5 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

The new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars

  • are 15% bigger than the original 4 flavors.
  • are Vegan (in addition to following the brand promise of gluten-free, top 8 free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Halal, and made with no artificial ingredients)
  • Feature the new Pure Life Balanced Dry Blend™ flour, which is made from sunflower kernels, cassava flour, sorghum flour and quinoa flakes.
  • Feature real inclusions such as
    • Caramel Blondie - Dairy–Free Caramel Bits and ELF Mini Chips
    • Carrot Cake – shredded carrots, raisins, pumpkin seeds
    • Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed – lemon juice and blueberries
lunchbox ideas: allergy friendly nut free lunch ideas

Here are 3 lunchbox ideas that are allergy friendly + are perfect for the kids and parents alike!

lunchbox ideas: allergy friendly nut free lunch box

1. The Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

2. The Carrot Cake Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Carrot Cake Chewy Bar
  • Seed Mix
  • Dried fruit, such as mullberries
  • Tri-color carrot slices
  • Freeze dried pineapples + peas
  • Carrot dipping sauce: Olive Oil + dill + garlic salt + black pepper
3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

3. The Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar, sliced into small pieces, topped with Sunflower seed butter + sprinkles
  • Tri-colored carrot slices
  • Guacamole (mashed avocado + garlic salt + fresh lime juice)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Toasted coconut flakes (For a coconut allergy, substitute Plentils)
Enjoy life foods candy bar recipe

Happy lunching! What is your favorite chewy bar flavor? Let me know in the comments below!

Excited to try the new Chewy Bars?! I have a discount code for you here. Enjoy 20% off single boxes of the 3 new Chewy Bar Flavors with Code: CHEWYBLOG until September 15th. 

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. Thank you for supporting brands that bring new content to this blog. As always, I will only share products that are really in our bellies + in our pantry. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

 

Cheers, 

Dairy free Ice Cream Pie: 5 Layer Coconut Dragon Fruit Ice Cream Pie with So Delicious

Ice cream pies are a perfectly simple yet decadent treat. Dairy-free deserts may be free from dairy, but this pie is full of lots of goodness. This 5 layer dairy-free ice cream pie is layered with a gluten-free brownie crust, chocolate coconut ice cream, chocolate ganache, vanilla coconut ice cream + topped with a dragon fruit plus Oregon berry coconut ice cream for a vibrant + yummy topping.

dairy free ice cream pie: 5 layer coconut dragon fruit brownie ice cream pie

You'd never know this ice cream cake is free from dairy. The creamy coconut frozen dessert is decadent + refreshing. The Oregon mixed berry with dragon fruit frozen dessert to top things off is a sweet touch. 

dairy free ice cream pie. 5 layer coconut dragon fruit brownie ice cream pie

Did you know dragon fruit is also known as Pitaya + has many nutritious benefits? Dragon Fruit is high in vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, fiber + antioxidant rich? Yes please, to more of this dairy-free ice cream pie!

dairy free coconut dragon fruit ice cream pie

Dairy-free 5 Layer Coconut Dragon Fruit Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients:

3 Cups of your favorite brownie bites (I used Canyon Gluten Free)

2 Cups So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Frozen Dessert

2 Cups So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Frozen Dessert

2 Cups So Delicious Oregon Berry Coconut Frozen Dessert

3/4 Cups Dairy-free Chocolate chips

7 Tbsp Dragon Fruit puree (3.5 oz package from Pitaya Plus)

1 Tbsp So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk

1 Tbsp dairy-free butter

9 Inch Pie Pan

Dairy Free Ice Cream Pie: 5 Layer Dragon Fruit Coconut Ice Cream Pie with So Delicious

Dairy-free 5 Layer Coconut Dragon Fruit Ice Cream Pie

Directions:

First, place 3 cups of your favorite dairy-free brownie bites into a blender. Melt 1 Tbsp on vegan butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Next, pour into the blender. Blend on high until it becomes a smooth mixture. Press the brownie crust into a 9 inch pie pan with removable sides. 

Next, wash out you blender. Then, add the 2 Cups So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Frozen Dessert into the blender. Blend on medium so the frozen dessert becomes smooth. Spread the chocolate frozen dessert on top of the crust. Freeze for 30 minutes or overnight. 

Next, place a medium sauce pan on the stove top. Add 3/4 Cups Dairy-free Chocolate Chips + 1 Tbsp So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate ships are melted + smooth. Pour the chocolate ganache mixture over the frozen chocolate dessert in the pie pan. Freeze for 1 hour or overnight. 

Next, add 2 Cups So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Frozen Dessert into a clean blender. Blend on medium so the frozen dessert becomes smooth. Spread the vanilla frozen dessert on top of the crust. Freeze for 30 minutes or overnight. 

Next, add 2 Cups So Delicious Oregon Berry Coconut Frozen Dessert + 7 Tbsp Dragon Fruit concentrate into a clean blender. Blend on medium so the frozen dessert becomes smooth. Spread the frozen dessert mixture on top of the crust. Use a fork to create swirls in the frozen dessert topping. Freeze overnight. Enjoy!

dairy free ice cream pie

I created this recipe as part of the So Delicious #frozenfridays recipe contest. There are a lot of incredible bloggers that are also entering this contest, you can find their blogs here. All of the recipes are dairy free, many are nut-free, gluten-free + top 8 free. I hope you find lots of great recipe inspiration here

dairy free ice cream pie: 5 layer coconut dragon fruit ice cream pie

So Delicious provided me with products to create some new recipes. I only share what I love, what I actually use + what really is in our freezer + in our bellies. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

10 Tips for Hiring a Family Photographer + a Giveaway with Kathleen Peachey

I'm sharing 10 tips for hiring a family photographer. It is so important to document childhood memories, tiny moments, family milestones + everything in-between through photography. The moments + stages slip by + they can't be re-lived but they can be captured in a photograph. Kathleen Peachey of Kathleen Peachey Photography has captured many special moments of my family. I'm sharing what to look for in a family photographer here. 

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lifestyle family photography tips with Kathleen Peachey

1. Hire a family photographer that is a story teller. I love that Kathleen is a passionate story teller. She is an artist that tells stories through photographs. She captures emotions + lived-in moments. If these photos don't capture the true magic of childhood, I don't know what does. This is exactly how I will remember my children when they are taller than me + the small-ness of childhood passes by. 

Lifestyle photography Kathleen Peachey

2. Hire a family photographer that documents timeless memories. The little moments are the ones that will matter the most in the years to come. I love the candid portraits that Kathleen is able to capture. Photos like this one of Bridger at 9 months are memories that I am proud to display on my walls + in my baby books. The way his eyes are captured make me feel like my baby boy really is looking right back at me. His little calm yet vibrant personality is shining right through this image. This timeless portrait is something I will always treasure because this single capture encompasses so much about  a period of time in Bridger's life. 

Lifestyle Family Photography Tips
Lifestyle Family Photography Tips
10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for hiring a family photographer with Kathleen Peachey

3. Hire a family photographer that loves kids, makes them laugh + genuinely has fun with kids. My kids are used to being in front of my camera + I sneak it out when I can. But, something magical happens when someone else can capture your children from their perspective. Kathleen has the sweetest spirit + the kindest heart. She tells the kids funny jokes, knows their favorite animals + surely knows about their passion for all things trash trucks, trash cans + recycling. They love to take photos with her camera + they genuinely feel comfortable around Kathleen. 

10 tips for lifestyle family photography
10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for hiring a family photographer with Kathleen Peachey

4. Hire a family photographer that helps you feel calm + beautiful in front of the camera. Of course I am so self critical of myself. Probably no one else could be as hard on myself as I am. But, I value photos of my children with me in them. Because, I was here. I was in all these small moments with my children, day in + day out. I value this documentation of my of my motherhood journey + the memories I hope my children will grow to cherish + look back on. Kathleen is such an encouraging person, it's part of her nature. I don't think she even realizes how many compliments + sweet words that she gives out. I sure am thankful for them, her kindness helps give me the confidence to capture treasured moments with my children. 

10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for family photography
10 tips for lifestyle family photography

5. Hire a family photographer that creates art with black & white photos. Personally, I completely love a good black + white photo. I love to hang black + white photos on the walls in my house. I love the timeless look of black + white. I love how black + white photos can compliment each other when put together. I love how bringing a photo down to black + white strips some things down + brings out more raw emotion. I feel like black + white helps you to peek into someone's soul a little deeper. Clearly, Kathleen is a magician with black + white. She creates one of a kind miracle works of art through black + white. 

10 tips for lifestyle family photography

6. Hire a family photographer that loves to capture all of the family milestones. Kathleen is able to capture details + emotions from an event or time that help you travel back. She has preserved memories of my pregnancy, early days as a family of 5 + moments of my children growing. Her wedding videos make me feel like I know the couple. Her birth photos bring me right into the room. Details of milestones are so important to capture + she does so beautifully. 

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7. Hire a family photographer with an artistic eye. They say a photo isn't created by a camera, its created by the person behind it. I completely agree. Top of the line cameras can only do so much. The person behind the camera uses the light to create the image, chooses how to compose the images + ultimately has their own style of editing. I love that Kathleen has a clear artistic style that you know you will get so beautifully when you work with her. 

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10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips on lifestyle family photography
10 tips for lifestyle family photography

8. Hire a family photographer that is very patient. Patience is a virtue + it surely is when it comes to family photography. Especially when photographing families like mine- 5 people + all boys! Here you can see Kathleen patiently captured my boys starting a sucker war + playfully poking each other. Also, Bowan got a sliver + Breck was lovingly looking at his finger + trying to help. These are not the posed photos of everyone looking at the camera, but they are true reflections of their childhood. Kathleen has  been so patient with my boys as they've run around the house (sometimes naked), made furniture into garbage trucks, jumped off of things + eaten sticky suckers. Special moments can be captured when the photographer is patient + waits for the moments to come to them. 

10 tips for lifestyle family photography

9. Hire a family photographer that can gently direct + encourage you. Kathleen has a clear style + a clear goal to capture grace. She loves feedback + guidance on photos that you'd love to have. Yet, she is able to gently direct a photo session to a time where  moments can be captured even  if it's in a way you might not have expected. 

10 tips for hiring a family photographer
10 tips for family lifestyle photography

10. Hire a family photographer that believes in spreading the word of grace.  This is what Kathleen believes in: I believe in spreading the word of Grace. I believe in the truth of kindness. I believe in the depth of love. I believe that a single photograph gives our hearts and souls the purest gift we could ask for. A memory of this beautiful life we live. Her words are so true + I can see her words inside of each of her photos. 

I've loved working with Kathleen to capture moments with my family. I will always treasure them. Kathleen is based in Colorado , but can travel worldwide. If you would like to book her, she can surely come to you to capture your story with grace + kindness. You can contact her at Peacheyphoto@gmail.com if you would like to book her to capture your current milestones. 

You can also enter to win a free 1 hour session with Kathleen here. If you'd love the opportunity to win the session please tell us why below in the comments. 

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey Photography

 

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Maternity Photos: Treasured Moments

The Heartbreaking Side of Life with Food Allergies

Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Maraschino cherries are my favorite vegan ice cream topping. Rather than just having the cherry on top, these popsicles are filled with super sweet marachino cherry juice. I'm sharing this vegan cherry coconut popsicle recipe with So Delicious Dairy Free with you here on the blog.  

Vegan cherry coconut popsicles

Ok, I need to be honest with you. These popsicles are so good that I got a straw + tried to drink this melted juice off of the cutting board. I know, that sounds desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures + I just didn't want to see this sweetness go to waste. 

vegan cherry coconut popsicles

I love feeding my family So Delicious Dairy Free products because they use state of the art allergy testing to make sure each batch is free of major allergens that aren't included in the ingredients. My son, Bowan, has multiple food allergies + I like to know what I'm feeding him. Trace amounts of allergens could cause him to have a reaction. I want to enjoy our ice cream rather than worry about his safety based on a brand of food I chose to buy. Also, we don't go out to ice cream shops because... peanuts, everywhere... The last time I was in an ice cream shop, two years ago, I looked back at the counter + floor + there really were peanuts all over the place. So, we use trusted So Delicious + enjoy our vegan ice cream at home. 

dairy free cherry coconut popsicles

Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Ingredients:

2 Cups So Delicious Coconut Milk Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

3/4 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice

1/4 Cup Confectioner's Sugar

1/4 Cup So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Beverage

vegan maraschino cherry ice cream

Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Directions:

Measure all ingredients + pour into blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. 

Next, drink it straight out of your blender pitcher. Just kidding. Well, actually, I really did do that. 

Next, pour into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer. Freeze for 15 minutes. Then, add popsicle sticks + place sprinkles on the top opening of the popsicle. Freeze overnight. 

Enjoy!

vegan cherry ice cream recipe

I created this recipe as part of the So Delicious #frozenfridays recipe contest. There are a lot of incredible bloggers that are also entering this contest, you can find their blogs here. All of the recipes are dairy free, many are nut-free, gluten-free + top 8 free. I hope you find lots of great recipe inspiration here

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So Delicious provided me with products to create some new recipes. I only share what I love, what I actually use + what really is in our freezer + in our bellies. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

It's HOT here in Denver this summer + I have a lavender lemonade recipe to help cool you down. This refreshing combo of lavender + lemon will help you beat the heat.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

5 1/2 Cups Water

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

7 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

1 Cup Lavender Water:

           3 Tbsp Dried Lavender

           2 Cups Water

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Directions:

Juice 2 to 3 lemons to yield 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a stock pot. Add agave nectar + lemon juice, stir until dissolved. Add 2 1/2 cups cool water. Let cool.

In an additional pot, bring 2 cups water to boil. Place a fine strainer over the pot, in the water. Place 3 Tbsp dried lavender in the strainer. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Reserve 1 cup lavender water. 

Add 1 cup lavender water to the lemonade mixture. Let cool. Transfer to a pitcher + refrigerate. Enjoy!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

The fresh lavender scent will fill your kitchen + is sure to chill you out. Lavender is known for it's relaxation properties. I hope this recipe helps you find refreshment this summer. Let me know how you like to chill out in the summer in the comments below. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

10 Tips for a Stress-free Family Picnic

Love quality family time that is low-key, low-stress + filled with joy + happiness? Me, too. It seems like events with kids typically include some level of chaos. So, stress-free plus kids is kind of like a unicorn. Rather than waiting for a unicorn I try to plan ahead to curb as much stress + chaos as possible. I'm sharing 10 tips for a stress-free family picnic. 

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1. Choose a location that is new or fresh for the kids. Maybe head somewhere with a great view of the mountains, trails, a lake, or river. A new place can give you lots to talk about with your kids. Maybe a geology or history lesson? Maybe clarity for mom? A new + beautiful place always helps for a clear head that can refresh mom + bring more patience + happiness to the day.

lifestyle photography picnic

2. Pack your lunch in a picnic basket that will keep your food cool. A picnic is best spent when some walking, hiking + exploring is done. That sure makes for hungry kids! Cold, cool food sure brings happiness to tired + hungry kids. Plus, it might give you all a little more energy to explore a little more before heading home. We love this adorable picnic basket from CarriEight + our food stays cool + cold. 

10 tips for a stress free family picnic

3. Pack healthy, nutritious food in your picnic basket. We all want our kids to eat healthy. When healthy food is the only option, the kids are more likely to eat it. No running to the pantry or fridge when we are on a picnic, the food that we brought is what our options are. Plus, if you hiked to your picnic spot, your kids will probably be hungry, maybe even hungry enough to try something new!

10 tips for a stress free family picnic

4. Pack re-usable cups + plates. We love our planet + we want to help keep in clean. Re-usable cups + plates are sturdy enough to not blow away in the wind. They are also perfect to pack out so you have less chance of trash blowing away out in nature. We love these adorable + re-usable cups from JJ Rabbit

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5. Pack naturally snack-able foods. It's important to plan + prepare a fun picnic for our family, but it's most enjoyable when we aren't cooking up a storm for our picnic. Pack naturally stackable foods like: blueberries, tri-colored carrots, sliced melon, cherry tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, raisins, dried cranberries, celery, cucumber slices + pepper slices. The more variety of color the better! Plus, remember to sneak something new in there to see if they will try it! We love these stackable containers for travel. 

10 tips for a family picnic

6. Pack a bottle of cold juice. You'll thank me later! Don't forget the ice packs!

10 tips for a family picnic

7. Pack a blanket or mat for the picnic that will make the trip comfortable + easy to clean up. We love the Gathre mat because it is thick enough that sticks don't poke through. Happy little campers are the best kind of campers. Plus, it completely wipes clean. Hey, one less day that I'm not sweeping up crumbs in my kitchen is totally a win for me. 

10 tips for a stress free family picnic

8. Choose a shady spot for your picnic. Sometimes the top of the mountain or right on the beach seems like a fun spot for a picnic. But, staying out of the sun gives everyone a little refresher, helps to reduce the sunburns + gives a cozy feel to the day. 

Family picnic photography

9. Pack a first-aid kit. Bites, stings, pokes, slivers could all make an appearance at a picnic + it's better to be safe than sorry. We always carry band-aids + antihistamine cream with us because they are always in our EpiPen case + our EpiPens are always with us. But, the top of the CarriEight picnic basket has a small mesh pouch inside, the perfect place for some small first-aid supplies. Bowan got a sliver on this outing. Slivers are no fun! At least we had a band-aid on hand.  

10 tips for a stress free family picnic

10. Pack a treat for a surprise at the end of your picnic. We like to eat healthy, but I am all for treats, too. Plus, nothing makes a mom happier than seeing her kids excited about a fun surprise! Plus, if you hiked into your spot the surprise can be a fun motivator to hike out. Here Bridger is trying his first taste of a brownie bite. 

10 tips for a picnic
10 tips for a stress free picnic

I know, maybe it seems like a lot of things to think about + plan for a picnic. But, just repeat to yourself: I will not have to sweep my kitchen floor... I will not have to sweep my kitchen floor... I hope these ideas are helpful! Let me know your favorite idea I shared or your favorite thing you love to pack for a picnic below. 

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10 Places Bird Rock Baby Moccasins Have Traveled with Us

Motherhood sure is a wild ride. But, there is no other ride I'd rather be on. The days are long, but even the tiniest moments make it all worth it. Oftentimes, the days with no schedule are filled with the most fun + joy. Little Bridger baby has been wearing Bird Rock Baby moccasins since he was a tiny tot + they have traveled many places with us. Here, I'm sharing 10 places Bird Rock Baby moccasins have traveled with us.

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10 places Bird Rock Baby moccasins have traveled with us:

1. Bridger wore BRB moccs to the allergist for skin testing to confirm that he does not have life threatening to food allergies like his older brother, Bowan. It sure is a heart wrenching thing to have a baby skin tested. But, I'm thankful we were able to be proactive in this circumstance, since Bridger was considered high-risk for food allergies. Luckily, Bridger took a pacifier + nursed while at the allergist, so he seemed much more comfortable than Bowan has been at recent visits since he now knows what to expect. Bridger got lots of cuddles + kisses while in his moccs at the allergist. 

2.  The moccs go with us to the grocery store. He rides in our baby carrier, looking out, learning about the world, with the cute little moccs on his feet. Sometimes he falls asleep. Sometimes he reaches for all the new + interesting things he sees in the store. He loves to smile at all the new people he meets. And, of course he loves to giggle at the silly things his brothers do while we are out + about. 

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3. Bridger wears his little moccs while we are at home playing, cuddling + nursing. The moccs are made of the perfect material to stay on while he tries to crawl + pull up onto toys + furniture. His little feet stay cozy + warm. And, Bridger gives us his big, happy smile that just brightens all of our days. 

4. The moccs are on Bridger's feet when we are gardening in our backyard + out at the garden center. They are easy to slip on + off + a fun way to add color to any hand-me down outfit he might be wearing. 

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5. Bridger has worn the moccs many times while eating in his high chair. Lots of food has spilled on the cute little things. Luckily, they wipe clean very easily. He may have many Onesies + bibs with stains, but his moccs are still holding up to the messiness that goes along with baby led weaning. 

6. The moccs have gone with us on hikes out in this beautiful state of Colorado. Bridger has been to Loveland Ski Area, Castlewood Canyon, Rocksborough State Park + many other trails with the little shoes protecting his feet from the sun, wind + snow. 

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7. Of course the moccs have been on Bridger's feet while he's played garbage trucks with his brothers. Big brothers, Breck + Bowan LOVE garbage trucks! They love filling the trucks up with paper scraps, little toys, legos + anything that may come to mind on that particular day. Bridger loves to roll the trucks. Now, he's trying to stand up on them + he loves being right in on the action with his brothers. 

8. The moccs are on little Bridger's feet when he's out + about in the stroller in our neighborhood. He rides to the park. He loves to swing on the big swing with me. And, he loves to slide down the little slide with Breck. Now, he comes along for runs with me. He  loves the fresh air + the sense of adventure. Even the most mundane + average little outing seem so bright + fresh to little Bridger + his brothers. 

Baby shoes

9. The moccs have been on Bridger's little feet while I've held Bridger around our house, doing nothing in particular. One of my most favorite things to do with my little baby is to run my lips over his soft, bald little head while doing my best to be present in the moment. There's always a long list of things to do, but this little boy won't be able to fit in my arms forever. 

10. Bridger has worn theses adorable moccasins while Kathleen Peachey has taken lifestyle photos of our family. She's caught some very real moments I'm so happy to have frozen in time, that I can re-visit when Bridger is bigger + no longer a baby. The days come + go + the messes pile up + often  times I feel like I may not have a chance to come up for air. But, with two older boys, now 3 + 5, I surely know these baby days are fleeting + I'm beyond thankful + forever grateful that someone so talented as Kathleen Peachey has recorded some of my most treasured moments with my little baby has outgrown his moccs.  

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We've loved these little moccs so much that we want you to win a pair! Head on over to Instagram to enter the giveaway. 

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey + Lindsey Lee & Co.

Fresh Fruit Popsicles with Tropicana® Fresh

Fresh fruit popsicles are a perfect treat for the whole family anytime of year. But, summertime is the perfect time for this refreshing treat. This recipe is packed with real, fresh fruit, with a splash of sweetness. This layered fruit popsicle recipe features oranges, mandarins, lemons, pineapples + grapefruits from Tropicana® Fresh

Fruit Popsicle Recipe

Father's Day is just around the corner + these popsicles are sure to bring cheer to the father in your life. Perfect after a round of golf, a bike ride around the neighborhood or a fun game of softball. Tropicana® Fresh has the mission to bring sunshine, sweetness + good health to you. And, these fresh fruit popsicles sure do.  

fresh fruit popsicles

This recipe features a layered fruit look. But, I know sometimes we are busy. Another recipe option is listed for you as well that includes the fresh fruit right in the popsicle. No extra steps. Just fresh fruit + the simple syrup + straight in the freezer they go. 

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

If you're going to make your own popsicles, might as well include some cheery popsicle sticks, right? Maybe in Dad's favorite color? Maybe in your child's favorite design? Maybe just something unique that makes you smile? Stop by your favorite craft store to find a fun set of unique popsicle sticks. 

layered popsicle recipe

Fresh Fruit Popsicles with Tropicana® Fresh

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup:

1 1/2 Cup Cold Water

1 Cup Hot Water

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tbsp Agave Nectar

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Fresh Fruit:

1 Cup Fresh Grapefruit (1 large grapefruit)

1 Cup Fresh Oranges (1-2 oranges)

1 Cup Fresh Pineapple (1 medium pineapple)

1 Cup Fresh Mandarins (approximately 10 mandarins)

Real fruit popsicle recipe

Directions:

First, create the simple syrup on the stove top. In a medium sized pan, add 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Next, add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved. Then, add 2 tbsp agave nectar. Stir until dissolved. Then, add 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice. Next, add 1 1/12 cup cool water. Stir + set aside. 

To create the fresh fruit popsicles with fresh fruit suspended in the simple syrup, begin slicing the fruits into small pieces. Peel the mandarins + set aside. Section the grapefruit + oranges + peel off the membranes. While sectioning the grapefruit, reserve 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice that can be squeezed out of the fruit remaining on the skin. Slice the pineapple into small pieces. Next, Place the fresh fruit into the popsicle molds. Alternate the fruits. Fill about halfway, then add the popsicle sticks. Next, place the remaining fruit around the sticks. Then, add the reserved grapefruit juice to the simple syrup. Stir. Finally, pour the simple syrup into the molds + freeze. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. 

To create the layered fresh fruit popsicles, begin peeling + slicing the fruits. Create the simple syrup listed above + set aside. Have your blender ready, and peel your fruit over your blender to catch any extra juice. Prepare the fruit by both squeezing the fresh fruit + adding whole fruit chunks. Each layer of fruit will be prepared separately. Yet, the process remains the same. Measure about 1 cup of fresh fruit into the blender. Peel and juice 1 cup of fresh oranges. Add to blender. Add 1/2 cup simple syrup. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Then, pour a small layer into the popsicle mold + place into the freezer for 3 hours or longer. Pour remaining orange mixture into a sealed container + place in the refrigerator. Repeat with grapefruit, pineapple + mandarins. Place each of the mixtures into sealed containers in the refridgerator so they will be ready to add a new layer once the previous layer has frozen. Fill some layers thin + some thick for a cheery look. Once the popsicle mold is filled halfway, add the popsicle sticks into the mixture to freeze into the popsicle. Continue to add the fresh fruit mixtures until the molds are filled. Enjoy!

This recipe yields approximately 12 popsicles. There are various sized popsicle molds available + it is fun to create different sizes + shapes!

Real fruit popsicle recipe

Whether you make your fresh fruit popsicles with layers or with the fresh fruit suspended into the simple syrup, they are surely to be enjoyed by all. Maybe the kids enjoy while drawling with sidewalk chalk or the adults enjoy paired with a cocktail. Just make sure to pair the popsicles with some great conversation. 

Fresh fruit popsicles with layered juices

Pin the above image to save this recipe for later. Have fun making these popsicles into your own works of art. And, enjoy the sunshine, sweetness + good health brought to you by Tropicana® Fresh

This recipe was sponsored by Tropicana® Fresh + these thoughts + opinions are all my own. Besides, my kids loved these popsicles so much they ate the first batch right up before I could even take any photos. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Gluten Free Veggie Burgers

I'm all about simple baking. I'm all about getting more veggies into traditional foods. Here, I'm sharing a fun twist on the veggie burger that's also gluten free. These veggie burgers are perfect on the Canyon Bakehouse gluten free buns. 

gluten free veggie burger

These veggie burgers are filled with veggies! The best way to go. So, naturally these veggie burgers are soy + gluten free. Both soy + gluten can often lurk in veggie burgers. These burgers are made with both raw veggies + baked veggies. They are warm + toasty, yet crunchy with the fresh veggies. 

gluten free veggie burger

Gluten Free Veggie Burgers:

Raw Veggies:

Red Onions

Tomatoes on the vine

Avocado

Yellow Peppers

Orange Peppers

Veggies to Bake:

Sweet Potatoes

Red Beets

Medium sized Portobello Mushrooms

Cumin

Garlic Salt

Olive Oil or Avocado Oil

Buns:

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Buns

gluten free Veggie burger

Directions:

Slice up the fresh veggies + set out on a platter or small individual plates. 

Skin + Slice a large sweet potato + a large beet. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil + sprinkle cumin + garlic salt onto the parchment paper. Dip the sweet potatoes  + beet slices into the oil + spices + arrange on the paper. Wash the portobello mushrooms + line on the parchment paper as well. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Flip after 12 minutes. Remove the beets + mushrooms from the pan + please the sweet potatoes back in. Broil the sweet potatoes on low for 5 minutes. 

Toast the Canyon Gluten Free buns in a toaster over for a short time just to get them a little crispy. 

Pile the veggies high on the buns + enjoy. Top with your favorite balsamic dressing. Cheers.

Soy free veggie burger

I always love a good deal + you can snag this Canyon Bakehouse coupon here

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Vegan Cilantro Green Sauce

A simple 5 minute homemade sauce. This is a plant-based, nutritious sauce that the kids will love! It's vegan + gluten free + allergy friendly. This cilantro sauce is perfect for baby-led-weaning, for a toddler's meal + for the hungry dad as well. Top on noodles, rice, even sandwiches. 

Allergy friendly dinner EZPZ

Grill or sauté your favorite, seasonal veggies + you'll have a quick + easy meal ready in no time.

Allergy friendly dinner EZPZ

This sauce pairs great on corn + quinoa noodles. My kids love it in an EZPZ Happy Mat from The Baby Cubby.  It makes for a fun lunch or dinner.

Allergy friendly dinner EZPZ

Vegan Cilantro Green Sauce

Ingredients:

2 cups (or 1 bunch) fresh cilantro (with stems)

1/2 cup oil of choice (Olive oil or avocado oil)

1/2 fresh garlic clove

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a food processor. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Pour over your favorite dish. Enjoy!

 

Photography by:// Lindsey Lee & Co

 

Looking for other quick + easy recipes?

 

Welch's® Fresh:Frozen Grape Acai Smoothie

Vegan Lemon Parsley Rice

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Our Peanut Allergy Diagnosis

I've found there's something similar among all the allergy mom's I've met. We've all experienced trauma. The initial food allergy reaction is traumatic. It's unexpected. It's heartbreaking. It's overwhelming. It changes who we are as mother's. It changes our families. It changes our roles + what's required of us. It changes who we are as people + how we see the world. I'm going to share a little about the trauma I experienced with our peanut allergy diagnosis here. 

Peanut  allergy diagnosis

I'm sharing this story because you never know what someone has been through. My experience isn't the same as everyone else, but I bet we have a lot of similarities. Food allergies are often seen as a "special diet" or a "special accommodation" + often looked to as a burden. But, every family I know that lives with allergies would erase them in a heartbeat if they could. 

These photos of my sweet little 15 month old Bowan have sat on my camera's memory card for two years + haven't seen the light of day. I took these photos because I thought I might want to remind myself that it wasn't in a horrible dream, that this indeed was reality. But, I didn't want to go back + revisit this hospital stay. Part of me has wanted to erase this experience. That isn't possible. Instead, I'm going to share about my experience to help myself heal a little more + to hopefully help the new + old allergy families out there. 

In April of 2015, I took my tiny little 19 pound, 15 month old to have his blood drawn for IgE allergy testing. He had a reaction to a tiny amount of peanut butter + I wanted to confirm the allergy. Additional foods were included in the labs, like avocado, as he had gotten whole body hives from his first taste of this infamous superfood. I was shaking the entire way to the hospital, dreading this experience. I really didn't want to face the situation, but I knew I had to. Bowan sat calmly in my lap, he didn't even flinch during the poke or blood draw. He never even shed a tear. He was so strong. I tried to be as strong as he was, but I didn't want to be. 

Later that week, I got a call from our pediatrician's office that the blood work results were in. The blood work confirmed an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts + eggs. He was also high to avocado, cat + dog. Deep down I absolutely knew Bowan had a serious allergy to peanuts, but my heart actually broke confirming this. I could actually feel my heart break. I can't describe it, but I can still feel it. 

There were some really unfortunate things about this phone call. The most concerning was that our pediatrician delivered the news of the food allergies but did not call in a prescription for an EpiPen to our pharmacy. They told me to make an appointment with an allergist + they would prescribe an EpiPen. I was a wreck wondering what I'd need to do if an emergency were to happen in the seven days leading up to our appointment. 

I was still nursing Bowan, so what I ate impacted him. He would eat very little solid food on his own + nursing was his primary source of nutrition. After this phone call, I put so much pressure on myself to learn what foods were safe for him. I was so discouraged to see that all of our gluten-free flour in our pantry was labeled "made on equipment with tree nuts." I felt like nothing was safe + I had so much learning to do. The allergist's office made it clear that Bowan needed to be free from anti-histamines for a week prior to our visit for the skin testing to be valid. So, I would have to be extra careful with what I would feed him + with what I would eat. If he had a reaction, it would push back our allergy testing. 

RSV in Hospital

That Friday night, after the phone call, I finished making cupcakes for a baby shower. I didn't eat any, I was too afraid. The package read  "may contain tree nuts." Blood work is drawn by weight. And, there were other foods in question that were not included in the blood work but needed to be confirmed through skin testing. I don't think I was able to think straight at all. I was crushed + didn't know what to do or where to start. 

The following day, Saturday, we went to a neighborhood birthday party. It was a really rainy + wet day. I have a dog dander allergy, but I am rarely bothered by it after completing environmental allergy shots years ago. But, that night my throat felt tight + I could really feel the dog dander impacting me. That night, when we came home, Bowan seemed congested + I thought, the dog dander must have really impacted him as well. My mind was spinning + I also thought to myself, don't start overreacting over everything. 

Sunday morning, I went to a yoga class. That was the best thing I could do for myself. Sixty minutes alone, a chance to get a hard workout in + an opportunity to be reminded to breathe. The class was super challenging, just what I needed. I came home soaking wet in my own sweat + felt more positive + refreshed. Until I walked into our kitchen. I greeted Breck + Bowan playing garbage trucks on the wood floor. Bowan's breath seemed to be labored + with fresh eyes, I knew something was wrong right away. I took his Onesie off + his skin looked bluish-purple + I was able to see his skin retracting under his ribs.

One thing I have learned as a mom, is that if one of my children has a health concern, I need to think: can I fix this situation at home, or is there nothing I can do at home to help my child? I thought: no, I'm pretty sure there is nothing I can do. So, I called the Children's Hospital line, they asked for Bowan's symptoms... The nurse said, your son is showing all the signs of respiratory distress, you need to have him here within the 1/2 hour.  

RSV and food allergy diagnosis

I ran upstairs, changed into dry clothes, threw a few things into a bag. Then, headed to the hospital. Once we got there, I was still questioning myself as to if this was an emergency. Maybe he was fine? Maybe I was totally over reacting? Maybe this wasn't even reality?

Once we were in the room, the doctors assured me that Bowan was in the right place + he needed to be treated for respiratory distress. They first tried steroids. If he responded to the steroids, we would know it was allergy or asthma related. He did not. He was then diagnosed with RSV + was put on oxygen + was monitored. He was on oxygen for the required amount of time. (I think that was 3 to 5 hours). But, he was not improving + was working very hard to breathe, even with the help of the oxygen. 

The doctor decided Bowan needed to be transferred to the main Children's campus downtown Denver/Aurora. At that point, it was the middle of the night, maybe 2 am + they placed tiny Bowan onto a stretcher with oxygen + we rode in an ambulance to the hospital.

I was so scared + angry to be in the ambulance. I felt like it was just a prelude to our new life with food allergies. I couldn't  help but think this must be the start of hospital visits + ambulance rides. I was so overwhelmed + all alone. The ambulance ride was the first nap Bowan had that entire day. He slept so peacefully as a tiny little baby on the big stretcher. 

I think the worst part of this experience was arriving in the E.R. + hearing a child scream as we arrived. That child screaming was screaming because something was seriously wrong, they were in serious pain. It broke my heart. I was so overwhelmed, the entire experience was just breaking me down.

Food Allergy diagnosis

We were admitted to a room. The nurses assured me that Bowan needed to stay in the hospital. They told me that RSV can be common for babies + toddlers, yet it is very serious. The nurses let me know we'd likely be in the hospital 3 days + that we were on the floor where we needed to stay quarantined to our room, as RSV is highly contagious.  

During those 3 days, Bowan slept with me on the pull-out Bed, attached to oxygen. He cried in the crib, so the nurses let him sleep with me. I held him in my arms as I tried to sleep. Even though I was completely exhausted, I barely slept as I kept checking on him all night. On our final day in the hospital, he finally slept on his own as we were being discharged. I took these photos + tried to process this experience. 

I remember thinking this hospital stay was very similar to a hospital stay after the birth of a baby. In that, the doctors + nurses were in + out all day. It was completely chaotic. One morning, Bowan was sound asleep on our little bed. I got up + started to wash my sweaty yoga hair in the sink with the antibacterial hand soap. A doctor came in at that point + I don't think I ever rinsed out the soap + I kind of dabbed it dry with the paper towels. I remember feeling like everything about the stay was chaotic. 

I barely ate while we were in the hospital. I didn't know what I should order, there weren't many gluten-free or vegetarian options for me. And, when the food did arrive, there was some kind of interruption. I remember truly feeling like I was starving while we were there. It was a horrible feeling + it amplified all of my other negative feelings. 

RSV Hospital stay

Another difficulty that we faced was that our pediatrician's office was closing on Wednesday, so I had to find a new office + schedule follow-up appointments while we were in the hospital. I remember feeling extra stressed that we had to find a new doctor in the middle of this. 

We were finally discharged after our 3 day stay. Bowan came down with an ear infection on our final day + needed antibiotics. I was so discouraged, yet happy we could go home. That evening while at home, Bowan had his dose of antibiotic, my husband gave him a bath while I laid in bed. When he brought Bowan to me, I thought something's wrong again. He looked blue + purple, but I thought he must be really cold after the bath. He nursed, then projectile vomited all over me. I've never experienced anything like that. I knew something was very wrong. His body was limp + he kept throwing up. I called my friend that was an experienced allergy mom. Right away she said... Call 911. Within hours of arriving home, we had an ambulance + fire truck at our house. Bowan had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. He threw it up + did not need any additional care. But, I surely could've used the Epi Pen in that situation, but I didn't have one yet. We went back to the hospital, they assessed him + changed his medication.

The following day we had our appointment with the allergist. I was so thankful to get more answers + hopefully a little more help. The allergist always checks vitals before skin testing. I was heart broken when he said, we can't skin test today because he has pneumonia. We were then prescribed a nebulizer + steroids to give Bowan for the following week to help the pneumonia pass. We also finally got the EpiPen prescription. 

Another week went by of carefully eating, reading labels, researching companies + emailing companies to learn about the manufacturing processes. We finally did get in for skin testing the following week, he was clear of pneumonia + we also learned of Bowan's tree nut + sesame allergies. 

Peanut Allergy Diagnosis

Following this experience, I became very depressed. It surely took time for me to process the situation + educate myself about food allergies. I was sad + angry that I threw away or gave away our entire pantry. It felt like I was cooking all day + creating recipes. I shut down my Etsy shop + stopped working. I read a lot on gut health. And, in November of that year, I attended Fablog Con + met other like-minded food allergy moms. It's been a long road, but I am surely on the other side. There will always be dark patches, but this experience has strengthened me. 

If you are working through a new diagnosis, I strongly encourage you to find a counselor that can help you work through the complexities of the diagnosis + lifestyle changes. It was extremely helpful for me to practice EMDR treatments. As, my counselor helped me walk through an emergency allergy situation to help me feel prepared + to help me to rid it from my mind so I wouldn't feel like it was haunting me. I would have nightmares that Bowan would find a peanut in the corner of our house or under the coushins of our couch. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to take my eyes off of him even in my own house. What if he found an allergen that I didn't know was there? She empowered me to know that deep cleaning my house was a realistic + proactive thing to do. And, sure enough, I did find some peanuts in one couch + it was a smart + safe thing to do. 

If you know someone that is going through a new diagnosis, ask them: how can I help? Listen. Even the smallest act of service will be more impactful than you'd ever know. 

My Motherhood Motto + a Giveaway

I'm sharing my motherhood motto with you along with the motto's of my blogging besties. I actually have a lot of thoughts on motherhood, so I'm summing up a few thoughts that I think are important + valuable. Plus, my friends share amazing advice that I'm sure will encourage you this Mother's Day. 

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We long to be mother's. The road to motherhood is different for everyone, but an honest answer from many moms is that motherhood is more difficult + trying than we ever imagined. We also often loose ourselves along the way, or we need to redefine ourselves at some point along or motherhood journey. 

My motherhood motto that I share below centers on finding our identity as moms + women. We have voices everywhere telling us everything we should do + can do. But, it's not realistic + it doesn't lead to happiness. If we are pushing ourselves to do + be everything. We won't be happy. And, our kids won't either. Some moms like to be homebodies (I mean, getting the kids into carseats is more work than it's worth sometimes) + some moms enjoy being on the go. Some moms enjoy art projects with their kids, some would rather send them to art class. Some moms love baking + some know where the best bakery is in their area. Some moms enjoy a workout in their home with chaos around + some need the space to workout outside the home. Some moms love traveling + globetrotting with their children + other moms like staycations + adventures within driving distance. 

I'm trying to share encouragement with you to listen to your gut. That still, small voice. I surely know that sometimes that voice is lost + it's a heart breaking struggle to find it again. But, I promise you it's worth it. We can't be everything to everyone. But, we can be healthy, whole + seeking the best sense of balance we can find. And, I think our kids will thrive on it. 

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Motherhood for me is complete selflessness. I'm not the focus, my children are. Motherhood is all about never giving up the struggle. It's a struggle everyday but a beautiful and fulfilling one. When you tell yourself never to give up that's when the real beauty of a mom is shown. We fight the good fight of surviving the hard days and the good days. It's the only job in the world I never want to quit! Alia of Little Mrs. Priss

For me, motherhood is about balance, grace, and love. Raising tiny humans is so hard and not at all glamorous, but it is also beautiful, amazing, and so rewarding. At the end of the day you just have to see the beauty in it all, give yourself grace, and embrace it. Amidst all the chaos, motherhood is a joyous journey.  Jessica of Mama Essentials.

Motherhood is a marathon not a sprint.  I've learned to just do the best I can and to not be so hard on myself.  There is no such thing as a perfect mom. Andrea of With love... Andrea

Motherhood is so many things, but the one word that encompasses it all for me is selfless. A mothers life is dedicated to loving and raising her children, often with little concern for herself. It is a crazy, fun, busy journey and there is nothing that has brought me more happiness in my life than my children. Kaycee of Cordially Kaycee

Motherhood is a personal journey that looks different for everyone. It's important for women to learn what their core beliefs are so they can incorporate them into their parenting style + daily routine. My motherhood motto is find who you are as a mom and be that, everyone else is already taken. Find your top 5 parenting values, thrive on those and don't fret too much about the rest. Lindsey of Lindsey Lee & Co.

Motherhood to me is trying to be present in the wonderful moments + the chaotic moments. Whether you're present or not, time will slip right through your fingers. #YouHaveMyWholeHeartForMyWholeLife Stefanie of What's Up Buttarcup

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Motherhood Mottos:

Motherhood in the last two years has taught me strengths I didn't know I had, fears I didn't know I could have, but most of all a love that I didn't know existed!! Motherhood is a wild and crazy ride that I feel so blessed to experience. Kayla of A Darling Dream

For me, being a mama is all about doing whatever it takes. Whether it's figuring out how to survive with a baby who doesn't sleep, or balancing work and motherhood, we all have to do what works best for our babies and our families. We are all doing the best we can, and no one is ever going to agree with everything you do (and that's ok!). You do you mama! Lindsay of Middle of Somewhere

I've only been a mom now for two years, but it has been the best two years of my life so far. Everyone always tells you when you're pregnant that your life is going to change once a baby comes, and it does, but for the better. You see this little person that you created growing each day and experiencing things for the first time and it brings you an indescribable joy to your life. Being a parent is the hardest thing I've done so far, but it is the most rewarding job I've ever had. I've had moments in my life where I wasn't sure if I wanted a child, and now that I have one I can't imagine not being able to experience such a crazy type of love for someone.  Does becoming a parent change your life? Absolutely, but I wouldn't  trade it for the world! Sarah of Sew Sarah R

My motherhood motto is support and patience.  It's about allowing your tiny human to find their own way, while guiding them down the right path.  Then to not lose your "you know what" when they don't make the right choice. Megan of the Fashionista Mama

Your greatest contribution to this world may not be necessarily what you do, but someone you raise. Changing the world starts with within your household. Hannah of brave Blonde

Motherhood isn't about having a picture perfect home with spotless floors + perfect little ones running around... Motherhood is about loving on your crying baby at 3am, changing the millionth dirty diaper, + enjoying the sweet and very real moments that come along with being a mama... I'm just enjoying the journey of motherhood because these babies of ours sure won't be little like this for long. Kasey of Thee Girl in Yellow

 

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These lovely ladies + I are excited to be teaming up to giveaway the ultimate mommy + me prize pack. Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter below. Also, remember that the more entries, the better your chance of winning is! The giveaway is open to US residents only. It will run from 12am MST on 5/10 until 5/17. One lucky winner will receive the following:

A $150 giftcard to Target

A $50 giftcard to Incredibundles.com

A set of 6 supersized bath bombs from Sky Organics

A Mother's Day gift set from All In the Cards

A $50 gift card to Miss Match

A 5mL bottle of Lavender essential oil from Young Living

A diaper caddy from b.box for kids

A pair of boy or girl shoes from PediPed

A ergoPouch ergoCocoon swaddle to sleep bag

A $40 gift bag of assorted products from MAM

A $30 gift package of assorted GoSili products

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Apple Cinnamon Vanilla Cupcakes with Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks

Fresh apples in cupcakes? Yes, please! Fresh fruit isn't just for snacking. It's perfect for baking, too. This recipe is the perfect combination of a hot apple pie + a moist cupcake + a fresh, crunchy apple slice. Plus, Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks already completed much of the prep work for you with this delicious treat. 

gluten free apple cinnamon cupcakes

Cupcakes are really just muffins that believed in miracles. 

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This Fresh Apple Cinnamon cupcake recipe is also perfect as a muffin recipe. You can enjoy the warm muffins with a side of Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks: Apple Slices + your favorite coffee or smoothie for the kids. Or, dress up this muffin with the rich, apple cinnamon frosting topped with the fresh apples for a touch of fancy. 

gluten free apple cinnamon cupcakes

Did you know that many of the children in the U.S. do not meet the daily recommended intake of fruits + vegetables? It is recommended that children eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables + 1 1/2 cups of fruit daily. This recipe is a fun way to get your kids to eat a healthy serving of fruit both in + on these cupcakes. Your kids may even want to eat the Apple Slices right out of the snack bags + dip them into the frosting!

Gluten free cupcakes

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks

Ingredients:

3 Large packages of Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks: Apple Slices

1 1/2 Cups of your favorite gluten-free flour blend

2 Eggs (Or, 2 egg substitutes: 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 Tbsp water)

3/4 Cup Rice milk (or milk of choice)

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup dairy-free butter substitute at room temperature

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Salt

Ingredients for Fresh Apple Filling:

2 Cups of the Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks: Apple Slices from above

1/4 Cup Sugar

2 Tbsp Gluten-free cornstarch

1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice

 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Water

Ingredients for Fresh Apple Cinnamon Frosting:

1 Cup Palm shortening

3 Cups Confectioner's sugar

1 Tbsp Rice milk

1/4 Cup reserved Apple Pie filling from above

 

apple cinnamon vegan cupcakes

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks

Directions:

Apple pie filling:

Finely chop 2 cups Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks: Apple Slices. Place apple slices in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup water + lemon juice + toss to prevent browning. In a saucepan, on low heat, whisk together: cornstarch + additional 14 cup water until blended. Add cinnamon + sugar + nutmeg + whisk until blended. Add the contents of the Fresh apple bowl to saucepan. Cook on low heat until apples are tender. Set aside.

Cupcake batter:

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners into the cupcake tin. 

Combine lemon juice, vanilla + rice milk + set aside. 

In a small bowl, add ground flax seed + water. Mix + set aside. 

Beat dairy free butter substitute with a mixer until smooth. Add in sugar + increase mixer speed to medium. Add flax eggs + beat for 20-40 seconds with mixer. 

Reduce mixer speed to low + add gluten free flour + baking soda + Xanthin gum + salt. Mix until just combined. 

Scoop the apple pie filling into the batter + stir. Reserve 1/4 cup of the apple pie liquid filling for the frosting. 

Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes, until the top is golden brown + a toothpick can be inserted in the middle of the cupcake to come out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting. Yields 15 cupcakes. 

Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, cream palm shortening with a stand or hand mixer for about 1 minute on medium speed. Add confectioner's sugar, rice milk + reserved liquid apple pie filling. Beat until smooth + fluffy, for 3-5 minutes. 

Add frosting to a piping bag + pipe frosting onto cupcakes once cupcakes are completely cooled. 

Arrange Mott's® Fresh Sliced Snacks: Apple Slices onto the frosting. Enjoy!

 

How do you like to enjoy your moist cupcakes + crunchy fresh fruit?

This post was sponsored by Mott's® Fresh

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Apple Cinnamon vanilla cupcake recipe

 

 

Safety + Quality Time with Ring

Safety + quality time don't happen by accident. We need to plan for it + structure safety + quality time into our lives. I'm home with my kids during the week. It sure can be chaotic + busy. But, I do my best to spend quality time with my kids in-between all the cooking + cleaning. We recently installed the Ring Video Doorbell + we are loving it! Ring has given us safety + privacy that has improved our quality time at home. 

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Recently, I was cooking lunch for the kids. Breck noticed someone at the door. He called me over to answer it. So, I left the quinoa cooking on the stove, picked up baby Bridger, while Breck + Bowan came to the door with me to answer it. I forgot the quinoa was cooking until a few minutes into our conversation. By then, a second salesperson came to the door. So, it was super chaotic. I was trying to listen to two people at the same time, the kids needed me + I ended up having to cut-off the conversations to semi-save our lunch.

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If I would've had Ring installed for that situation, it could've saved all of us the hassle of chaos + miscommunication. When someone walks up to your front door, the video senses motion + sends an alert to your phone. Through the App, you can also talk to the people outside through your phone! So, I could've set-up a new time for them to come back, or I could've asked them to leave the information on our front table, or I could've just not answered at all. I love this feature + I will surely be using this when this situation comes up again, because I know it will. Here's a photo of Me + baby Bridger ringing our Ring doorbell + my husband checking who it is on the App on his phone. 

Another amazing feature of Ring, is that it saves videos of motion or people at your front door. I was thinking this could be very useful if we ever have our own emergency at home. My kids understand how to push the button + talk into it. This could be a great way to set-up an emergency action plan for help if we ever need it, as my kids do not know how to use my phone + we don't have a landline. Here's a quick video the was saved to our App. You can also download and send videos if you'd ever need to make a police report. The video recording feature of Ring is only an extra $3 a month, and it'll save an unlimited number of videos for up to 6 months. 

We love that Ring is easy to use + was easy to install + came with everything we needed to hang it up quickly. You can also set the doorbell to chime inside your house or to remain silent. Perfect for nap times! Then, you can just answer through your phone. 

Ring Video doorbell

I also love that both my husband + I can see when a package has been dropped off to our house. We order what we can online. Because, it's hard taking your kids to the store with you! It's really helpful to know if something has arrived + we need to bring it inside. My husband can even see that something has arrived from his office. 

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Just in time for Mother's Day, Ring is sharing a $25 discount code with me that's good for the purchase of any Ring device, valid now until May 14th. If you have a momma in your life, this would make a great gift for her for Mother's Day! Simply make your purchase through this link + use code THANKSMOM at checkout. 

Cheers to more uninterrupted time with our kids! I do what I can to not let the tiny moments slip by. Now, we can at least have fewer interruptions with help from Ring.

 

This post was sponsored by Ring. #AlwaysHome

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey   +   Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Bento Box Snacks with Minted + Pottery Barn Kids

May is Food Allergy AwarenessCeliac Disease Awareness month. 1 in 13 kids in America now lives with food allergies. 15 million Americans live with food allergies. And, 3 million Americans live with Celiac Disease. Food allergies + Celiac can be very difficult to manage, but there are some great products that surely enhance our quality of life. I'm going to share a few things we love here. 

bento box

My family loves this bento box from Pottery Barn Kids. I just love the little compartments. It helps me to think more creatively when preparing a meal or snack. We use these boxes both at home + out + about. When we aren't at home, it is so nice that the food is contained to the box. 

bento box

Unfortunately, food allergies means no sharing + no reaching into other people's lunches. Even a slight amount of cross contamination from the finger tips that just touched a wheat cookie is still enough to cause a severe reaction for someone with a medically necessary gluten-free diet. 

allergy friendly lunch

We also love the personalized lunchbox stickers from Minted. First of all, they are completely adorable! They also clearly state my kid's names + list things like: no gluten, I have a nut allergy.  We have multiple styles of stickers + they are all very useful. It can be difficult for me to be direct about our food allergies sometimes when we are at a park or and event. It's much easier on me when the other kids or parents are able to see that we need to keep our allergy-friendly food separate. 

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bento box lunch

It's important find joy in the ordinary moments. We do our best to find joy around here. Honestly, I am most joyful when we are safe, as safety is a basic human need. Something that may seem as simple as lunch boxes + stickers really can make a big difference for us. Plus, my kids think they are fun. So, it's a big win all around. 

Bento box

Here is a great video that helps spread Celiac Disease awareness in 60 seconds. It's a great video + very helpful. Celiac Disease + food allergies are different conditions, but share similarities. Both Celiac + food allergies require people to 100% avoid the food allergen or gluten. The only way to treat Celiac Disease is through a medically necessary gluten free diet. 

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food allergy awareness
food allergy awareness

Thank you so much for your kindness + support during Food Allergy Awareness + Celiac Disease Awareness month. It means the world to the people living with these conditions. 

Featured Items:

Pottery Barn Kids Bento Box

Minted Lunchbox Stickers

Gathre Mat

Enjoy Life Foods Cookies

Glutino Foods Pretzels

 

 

Photography by: // Kathleen Peachey