Overjoyed for Joyful Bundles

Have you ever wondered which products are the best for your baby or for your family? Have you ever wished you could just try them all and decide which one you want before buying a large supply? Well your wish is Joyful Bundles command. They have come up with an amazing monthly subscription box that gives moms an opportunity to try new products and decide if they like them each and every month. This is such an awesome concept! Now you can take a quick survey based on your needs as a mom at the time and your box will come to you every month with new products to try for you and your baby! For example, Priscilla just turned one. This month I am trying a new brand of diapers and wipes, shampoo, snacks, a sippy cup, and an adorable baby book! I cannot wait to see what next month will be! Check out their website below!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

https://www.joyfulbundles.net

Party’n With Plants! Fairy Gardens

Sophia and I love to do activities together. She is all about crafts and DIY! Since turning 4 last month she has become very independent and likes to complete projects and crafts on her own. When she and I opened the adorable box from Party’n with Plants she was so excited to see the components inside. I explained each step to her and she made the Unicorn Fairy Garden all by herself. She did each and every step on her own from the soil, to the succulent, to the colored sand, and the decorations. She was so proud of her creation! She couldn’t wait to show the world. She took photos with her fairy garden and even asked me to take photos of it on her own. We truly had the best time creating this garden together. It was very easy to do and had great step by step instructions. The gardens come in a few different options, Fairy, Unicorn, Mermaid, or Dinosaur. This gives options for all types of imaginations. Be sure to check out Party’n With Plants website below!

https://partynwithplants.com/

White Chicken Chili ( easy ) ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I am notorious for picking up my ShopRite from home order and grabbing a few rotisserie chickens on the way home. I love to make a quick chicken salad to have in the refrigerator for lunches. I grabbed an extra one this week to whip up this amazing and fast week night dinner. Our activities have started back up again and we are a busy family. Sophia is involved in gymnastics, dance, soccer, Taekwondo, and school. On nights when we will be running through the door at 5:30 I like to have my dinner already prepared and ready to eat. Tonight I made this awesome homemade and easy White Chicken Chili! It is minimal prep and has so much flavor! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

White chicken chili

Rotisserie chicken

1 green bell pepper

1 onion

1 jalapeรฑo

1 can diced chilies

1 jar salsa verde

1 box chicken stock

1 can white beans

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat oil and brown peppers and onion add chicken meat. Add diced chilies and salsa verde. Add chicken stock and spices. Add beans and bring to boil. Let cook on low for 1 hour … enjoy with yummy toppings like cheese, avocado, sour cream , green onions

Easy traveling with Easyxplorer

Have you traveled with a toddler? It’s not always fun and there are days when we barely get down the driveway before I hear “are we there yet!” Our family loves to travel and I love to keep Sophia busy on our car rides. Easyxplorer is a fun travel tray that goes across your child’s lap safely and comfortably fitting across the car seat. The child can place a snack, toys, crafts, and even an ipad or book right on the surface of the tray. It is the perfect size for children to feel comfortable in their seat and be occupied while on a car ride. I use this for Sophia when we are traveling to allow her to have a snack or to draw pictures. She can use the pockets to fit her markers in and she loves to put her snack and juice box in her compartments too! We love the easyxplorer!

Fresh Bellies … ๐Ÿ˜

Whether you freeze it into pops or spread it on a cracker… or just simply eat it with a spoon… fresh bellies purรฉes are a delicious treat! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My girls like their veggies … but they don’t love them. I am always trying to find new ways to get them excited to try veggies. When I came across fresh bellies I thought this is the perfect thing for them to try. Priscilla loves the purรฉe with a spoon. She is my less picky eater. With Sophia I needed to get a bit more creative. We decided to try it on her favorite crackers… and she ate the entire snack plate! That afternoon, she and I used the leftovers from the containers and made yummy ice pops with a little added banana and coconut milk! Sophia loves to cook so this was a great way to get her excited about trying something new! She ate an entire pop and asked for a second… Priscilla ate one too! I love fresh bellies !!!!! Yummy!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜

Backyard Birthday Party

Sophia will be 4 on Monday!!! I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by. My little girl is growing up right before my eyes. She is so excited for her birthday and couldn’t wait to help me plan her “Friend Party.” She and I went shopping and she wanted to pick every single detail herself. She chose a unicorn theme and picked her decorations, plates, and napkins. She was so excited picking out her goody bags for her friends and hand picked every single candy to go inside of her piรฑata. ” My party is going to be perfect she said!”

Of course as her mom I wanted to be sure I made her party special. Yesterday I worked hard on creating the most adorable cupcake ice cream cones, cupcakes, and a mini cake. All with my famous marshmallow butter cream. I love making homemade frosting, I actually can’t imagine eating a cake with store bought frosting.. eh.

This morning I prepared a fruit salad but made it in the shape of a rainbow on my cutting board. It came out adorable and was a big hit at the party. I would love to say I thought of this all on my own, but I have to give Pinterest a little love on that one! I think having a good variety of healthy snacks at a birthday party is key. While the kids played outside they had options of pirates booty, goldfish, and fruit to snack on while we waited for pizza and cake. It was perfect for the backyard setting. We planned ahead and ordered pizza to be delivered at the party… what kid doesn’t love pizza! After lunch it was time for the piรฑata…. that was so much fun!

The kids had a great time today… and seeing the smile on Sophia’s face was worth every minute! Tonight before bed she looked at me as she she wiped her tired little eyes and said “Mama do you think my friends liked my party?” I said ” Yes baby, yes I do” She just smiled and fell asleep. I looked at my husband and said I am so happy she had such a good day. These are the moments we live for as parents.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili for the win๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

We woke up this morning so excited to get outside and try out our brand new playground! You see we had it installed yesterday but this crazy New England weather turned from bad to worse so we couldn’t even zip down the slide once till 8 am today! I promised my girls we would have our coffee and breakfast on the playscape… and that’s exactly what we did!!! This morning’s weather was so strange for an August morning. It was windy and cold. The girls were actually wearing fleece jackets. This weather got me thinking it is the perfect day for the fair! We got dressed and spent the day at a great state fair! The first one of the season! At the fair I couldn’t help but kick that feeling of Fall. Yes I know it’s still summer, but Fall is my favorite season. I decided it was the perfect day for a fall meal! I turned to my Pinterest and one of my all time favorite meals…Sweet Potato Turkey Chili! It is incredible and it is healthy! It doesn’t get much better than that! I have had my share of Pinterest fails… but this right here is a win for sure! The link below brings you to this amazing recipe!!! Hope you add it to your favorites too!!

https://www.evolvingtable.com/healthy-sweet-potato-ground-turkey-chili/

Buffalo chicken spaghetti squash ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Since my husband works from home, I tend to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner! We try to eat healthy balanced meals… but we also love things that have flavor! I had this spaghetti squash sitting on my counter so I knew it was time for us to eat it! I picked up my ShopRite from home grocery order this morning and rushed home to get lunch started! This meal was intended to be made with the meat from a rotisserie chicken… but I forgot to pick one up. This called for a little bit of improvising. I used a few of the girls healthy chicken nuggets … you know the ones that have the secret veggies in the coating… ๐Ÿ˜‚ my hubby had no idea! This delicious and mostly healthy lunch was ready in an hour. The longest part of the cooking process was baking the spaghetti squash… but it was well worth it! Hope you enjoy my lunch recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash ( roasted ) *

Rotisserie Chicken ( or nuggets ) ๐Ÿ˜‚

Buffalo sauce 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 stalks celery chopped

Few cherry tomatoes chopped

Scallions chopped

* roasted squash split in half face down for 45-55 minutes at 350 with olive oil salt and pepper

Scoop out squash add to bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well. Add back into squash shell and broil on high for 2-4 minutes till bubbly! Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Chip Cookies ๐Ÿช

Sunday’s are family days in our house! We love spending time together and making memories. A lot of our best moments are made right in our kitchen! Sophia and I love to cook together and today we whipped up homemade chocolate chip cookies! Sophia loves to be a part of every step of the baking process. We love these cookies right out of the oven or days later! These are truly a yummy family favorite! We hope you enjoy!

Recipe:

1 stick salted butter room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

6 tablespoons white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips ( or however many you like ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป)

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Soften butter and brown sugar in bowl and mix till smooth. Add white sugar and mix well. Add in egg and whip till smooth. Add vanilla, salt, baking soda.. mix well. Add flour and mix till all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Place aluminum foil or parchment paper on baking sheet. Roll dough into balls and bake. I slightly flatten tops of balls before placing in oven ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bake 8 minutes for small cookies. Then I add 2 minutes at a time and watch cookies carefully. My cookies baked for 14 minutes total and were perfect!!!!

Couples Date Night…. We traveled all over the world!

Our family is very fortunate to have a really great group of close friends! We love to get together and have a good time! Most of us have small children so our time spent together is usually at one of our homes. We decided this past weekend to have a game night at our house. It was so much fun! Everyone chipped in and brought an appetizer. The children had a blast running around our playroom and the adults sat around our dining table to play board games. We were really excited to be one of the first groups to try a new game called When In Rome! Its a fun interactive game played with your Amazon Alexa! The game splits you into two teams, and through a series of guided questions by Alexa, takes you around the world in your airplane. You whisk off to different countries and answer questions about that area of the world. We had a lot of fun trying to figure out the answers together since most of us are not world travelers. The game was a lot of fun and the night was even better! There is something special to be said about good friends, good food, and laughter! I cant think of anything better for a Saturday night! If you are well versed in world history… travel a lot… or are up for a fun game with Alexa… I suggest giving this fun game When in Rome a try!!!! Check out the link below to purchase your very own When in Rome!!! Your game night can be just moments away!!!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CJ43R83/?tag=vo-pr-2018-20&channel=NormalMommy