Pineapple Smoothie

I've been wavering between enjoying our last moments as a family of three and going insane waiting for this baby to come. I kept telling everyone I was mentally prepared to go overdue again (Alice was 10 days late) but now that it's here, I think I lied. Waiting is the worst! But such is the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy, this baby will come when it's good and ready.

I decided to just focus on the positive today and enjoy the sunshine and this yummy pineapple smoothie (with a flamingo and fancy straw because sometimes I need to justify my random target purchases).

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Recipe via Paula Deen.

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
1/4 cup ice cubes
2 teaspoons honey, optional

blend it all up and enjoy!


Cheers to the weekend and hopefully a new baby!!
Christine

Practical Gifts For A New Mom

I always hate it when other bloggers feel the need to make excuses for their absence. Not because I don't love them and miss their lovely voices out here in internetland, but because I get it. Life gets in the way sometimes and that's ok. At least this is what I've been telling myself this last month (or two).

I've been a bit preoccupied growing a little human and raising a little toddler one while I'm at it. To say I'm tired is a bit of an understatement. I've been trying to take my own advice and let the blog take a backseat lately and it's been kinda nice. Inspiration will come again and, heck, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be tired for at least the next 18 years so I might as well roll with it ;)

With that said, I'm grateful I'm not the only one going through these changes of motherhood. I've been so blessed to have numerous friends become mamas lately and I couldn't be happier. It's a challenging time and I know moms and dads can use all the help they can get.

It's fun to gift cute baby stuff but I've been erring on the side of practical these days and made up a few of these 'new mama care packages'. Here's a peek inside and some inspiration for the next time you're looking for some gift ideas:

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1) Not pictured but first and foremost, dinner: Either make something yourself or pick up a frozen something. I brought along a ready to cook frozen meal from 'Simply Supper'. Always, always appreciated.

2) A little something for baby: This can be something really small like a book or even diapers. I'd purchased these minimocs for this little babe and couldn't wait to gift them.

3) snacks: preferably something that can be eaten one handed - granola bars, snap pea crisps, mini muffins, veggies, cut up fruit...

4) treats: Something for the sweet tooth is a must in my books. These 'crybaby' cookies are go-to family staple (see recipe here). Also welcomed: chocolate, candy, wine...

5) Something cozy and cute for mama: Because you are not feeling your greatest in post-partum recovery mode, I like to throw in a cute pair of new pyjama pants. Just make sure they're nice and stretchy!!

Wrap it up in a cute reusable tote and you're set! I already have a few of these things set for myself when this baby comes (hopefully any day now!!) What's your go-to new mama gift?

Hope you have a great weekend, happy Friday!
Christine

Mother's Day and Poppy Barley

A few weeks ago Alice and I had the privilege of popping into the studio with the girls at Poppy Barley and Stephanie Pasutto Photography. Poppy Barley is a local company that creates gorgeous custom made footwear. I can't speak highly enough of these shoes - gorgeous and ethically made just for you! They are an inspiring group of peeps over there and I'm so proud to see such an awesome local company succeed.

In celebration of Mother's Day, Alice and I got to play dressup in their shoes and pretend (emphasis on pretend) to be models! It was a bit crazy (toddlers don't make the most cooperative of models) but we had so much fun and are so excited to be a part of their campaign!

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So cute right? Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of this campaign and for giving me the best gift ever: photos with my babies. I will treasure these forever.

I'm over on their blog chatting about motherhood with some other lovely moms and grandmas, pop on over to see more photos and please share your thoughts too!

Wishing you all a happy Mother's Day weekend!
Christine

BONUS: Right now Poppy Barley is offering Flat Bundles: buy one pair and get $50 off your second pair until May 11th! (maybe for your mama, maybe for you ;) Use code: mothersday14