I'm Back Y'all!

Hey y'all! I'm sure you've noticed I haven't posted much on the blog lately... 9 months to be exact... ridiculous, I know. I tend to overbook myself and put my hobbies aside in the meantime, something I really need to work on. Hopefully you've been keeping in touch with me via social media and haven't missed too much but in case you have here is a brief summary of the last 9 months...

A & S turned 3 in March, they had their first "friend" birthday party which was a lot of fun. The theme was Minnie Mouse and Thomas and Friends, it was super cute and they loved it. Let's be honest though, 3 is rough... sweet, fun and adventurous but ROUGH! So many things have gotten easier... they communicate, they're potty trained, they can do things for themselves (when they want), they sleep - in our bed- but they sleep, they are sweet and loving but my goodness the will of a 3 year old is strong and the will of two 3 year olds is even stronger. God willing, we will survive this season of parenthood and be on to a new season soon. 

I continue to stay at home, write for Oklahoma City Moms Blog, manage membership for our local Mothers of Multiples group, public relations for Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples and soon managing membership for our local MOMs Club Chapter as well. We spend a lot of time attending and hosting playgroups, going to our nieces ball games, participating in gymnastics, dance and soon t-ball and likely swimming lessons. A will have her first dance recital in June, which we're all looking forward to. Participating in extra-curricular activities has been really, really good for their socialization and growth - they're doing so well. 

We recently started and by started I mean just that, working on doing some home renovations. 6.5 years ago we bought our first home, with that came along a list of upgrades. Well, life got busy between planning a wedding, going to college, working and having twins, the only thing we ever marked off our list was paint. Now we've started on our master bathroom floors, with rest of the house to follow. My husband thinks he can DIY the floors to save money, we'll see how this goes, I currently have an out of order bathroom. Sharing a bathroom with 3 others really isn't fun. We will also be replacing our roof soon - the joys of living in Oklahoma during Spring. 

Other than that, we've just stayed busy with the typical adventures of having 3 year olds. I promise to start posting more often and really focusing on the blog, as it's something I enjoy and would love to get up and going again! Connecting with other mama's is something I'm passionate about so I'll be around more often! In the meantime, be sure to follow me on social media for the latest updates! 

Posted on May 18, 2016 and filed under Motherhood, Twins.

Baby Food Made Simple

It's been several months since I've actually made pureed baby food but I have had several new moms asking me for tips, advice, recipes, etc. While it's still fresh on my mind I figured I would share with you all.

First things first, make sure you have a decent food processor or blender. There is truly no need to buy one made specifically for baby food, instead I suggest buying one you can use for many years to come for things other than baby food. I was lucky enough to get a hand me down Cuisinart food processor, it's one my favorite kitchen gadgets but if I were looking for an affordable, easy to use gadget I would probably go with a hand blender. Nothing fancy, just one that would do the job. 

Second, get several cheap ice trays. I went with a tougher more expensive ice tray and wish I would have went with them cheaper flimsier option as they are easier to pop cubes out of. 

Third, get some gallon size freezer bags.

Last but certainly not least, go out and buy some fresh or frozen produce. What you choose is going to vary based on your little one's age. I used Momtastic's Wholesome Baby Food food charts as a fantastic reference for what to feed mine at each stage, as well as her awesome recipes and allergy information.

Some of A & S' first favorite foods were: butternut squash, bananas, avocado, applesauce (no sugar added) and sweet potatoes. The great thing about bananas and avocados is that you don't have to have a blender to prep them if they're nice and ripe, instead you can just mash them with a fork. The consistency isn't as smooth if you mash them but it's definitely doable.

Also, keep in mind that foods such as apples and sweet potatoes have to be precooked before pureeing them. 

Once you puree the food, pour it into the ice trays and freeze. When the cubes are completely frozen, pop them out and separate them into freezer bags. If they are 2 different colors, toss more than one type of food into each bag but if they look similar it's best to use separate bags. Then, label each bag with they type food as well as the date it was made. The quality is best when used within three months of freezing but most foods are good for up to six months once frozen.

To thaw, grad what you need and thaw in the refrigerator overnight or pop the cubes in the microwave for 10 second intervals. Always remember, microwaves cook very unevenly, leaving hot spots that can and will burn. Please be sure to stir well and do not serve until it has cooled down throughout. 

Also, we just recently discovered the convenience of squeeze pouches. I am not a fan of most store bought baby food, including the pouches because they are filled with too many unnecessary ingredients and preservatives but check out these awesome reusable silicone Squeasy Snacker food pouches! We're using them now for a great on the go snack for things like yogurt, applesauce, pureed fruits and veggies. I highly recommend them no matter you littles ones age, they even have a no-spill insert that is dandy!

If you have any questions about making your own baby food, please comment below or shoot me an email! 

Posted on August 17, 2015 and filed under Motherhood, Scruncy Mama Tips, Twins.

Carlton Landing: Our Family Friendly Getaway to Pleasantville

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carlton Landing and is 100% my own opinion. Carlton Landing has not influenced, nor reviewed this post prior to it going live.

Have you ever been somewhere and felt like you were in a dream in every essence? What about somewhere close to home that you never knew existed? Well we were able to experience just that two weekends ago as we received a chance to stay at an up-and-coming community on Lake Eufala,Carlton Landing. This place is magical, so magical that we didn't want to leave. Instead we wanted to pack up all our belongings and move on in, which by the way is a possibility but for us isn't realistic at this time.  In the meantime, we hope to spend many more weekends staycationing ((I don't even feel like it qualifies as staycationing but rather vacationing, seriously I felt like I was in a different world)) there! 

The community is built on a strong foundation of passion, passion for nature, life, health and urbanism. From the cozy energy efficient homes to the sustainable community garden and farm, a beautiful pool and the nature surrounding the area including the vastness of lake Eufala. This is a community created around family and mother earth, in every sense. Not only is this a community to live at but also one to educate your children at, right close to home, through their own private school, The Academy. Oh, and there are American flags everywhere which just makes my heart smile even more!

As for adventure, you have the opportunity to paddle board, kayak and boat on the lake as well as parks, a pool and soon a rod & gun club and lake house. There are also two restaurants to enjoy while you're staying or maybe even LIVING in this dream, we didn't get to experience either but heard wonderful things about the food and service at both. 

If you have the flexibility to up and move, do so and go to Carlton Landing. If you don't, book a trip to visit or at the very least tour this amazing community. 

Not only do they have a lot to offer on a regular basis but they also host a unique array of events such as community dinners every Friday night, movie under the stars, holiday events, classes and even private events.

Did I mention that we took A + S with us and still had a relaxing time?! Life with multiples can be quite interesting in itself and even more so when we go somewhere new. Typically, me and my husband would be worried about what they're going to get into, them getting hurt, being bored etc. At Carlton Landing, it was the complete opposite. In fact the cottage we stayed in even had a few kids toys, they opted for running the stairs instead but the toys were available. To top it off, the community in general was very child friendly. Woo hoo, it's about time we take our little ones somewhere relaxing without being looked at like we're crazy.

Check out the cottage we stayed in, Freedom Cottage.