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They’re about to release their new Kitchen Helper and it looks amazing. And before pre-order opens, they’re doing a Giveaway!!
If you haven’t entered yet, you can still enter the Giveaway any time this week by going to the Sprout Kitchen Helper page and click “Get on the List” so you are the first to know when pre-order is live. This will enter you in the giveaway. The winner will be announced next Tuesday right before pre-order is opened.
Like a ton of other little kids his age Hudson is obsessed with dinosaurs. So it was a definite theme for his 3rd birthday! We decided to do it at the WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette, CO – It’s small enough where we won’t be overwhelmed but the kids can still have tons to do and it’s large enough for us to hold all of our close friends and family. 🙂
Their prices were great for a 2 hour session (This was my first time doing an “outside of the house” party so I was excited it was affordable 😉 ) and they helped so much with the set up! Y’all know how thrifty I am so I decided to ask around my local Facebook Mom groups and found ALL of my dinosaur decorations for FREE. I was pretty proud considering it turned out looking uh-mazing!
The room was large enough for 20 people with space to spare and there TONS of tables for food, gifts, cake, etc.
Sprouts Farmers Market has the best catering platters!!! I grabbed 6: A veggie tray, a fruit tray, a sandwich tray, a dessert tray and a breakfast tray. They were all amazing, affordable for how much you got and they were a HIT. Anyone with any kind of food restrictions had plenty to eat which is obviously important to us as paleo eaters!
One of my favorite parts of this party planning was getting him a custom cake made by a local baker.. She does some AMAZING work and I’m SO happy I trusted her to make his cake! She made Hudson an AWESOME dinosaur cake and he LOVED it (Then she made this preggo Mama an INCREDIBLE carrot cake and omg it was gone in minutes haha!)
Her bakery is located in Broomfield, CO and has the CUTEST name! The Book Tree Bakery! Contact her if you’re ever looking for any baked goods – You’ll be amazed ❥
At the end of the party we passed out little goody bags with different dinosaurs printed on them and each kid/adult got their own healthy snacks to take home – And my favorites, of course! SunRype Fruit Strips and Made in Nature snacks!
Everyone had such a blast and most importantly so did my little three year old! Highly recommend ALL of these places and goodies to anyone hosting a birthday party in the Colorado area! (Or anywhere else 😉 )
(I was compensated for some of the aspects of this post, but all opinions are my own!)
Thought I’d post today since it’s been awhile! Finally getting back into paleo again after the holidays and vacations and I’ve been feeling uh-mazing. Eating whole foods does so much for your body so wanted to take today to revisit an older post that I still feel so passionate about and still helps me SO much!
Whether you work, are a stay at home mom or are a student it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.
When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving!
It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Just 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!
Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥
Am I right? How awesome was that tip nearly 2 years ago?! I forget this tip often but lately I’ve been buying random snacks/fruits that’ll satisfy my cravings and are easy for on the go when Hudson and I take our outdoor adventures!
Hudson has a new favorite book and when I get hooked on one with him it’s really special because we really enjoy reading them together! His new favorite is Astri The Brave L’il Oysterby Jessica Delagardelle and we LOVE it. It’s so adorable – The art is so unique. Hudson loves how realistic it is (Because a lot of materials went into the making all of the pieces)! He loves his cartoon character books but it seems like he’s able to really relate to the realness of brave little Astri!
Astri teaches all of us (big and small) how important it is to overcome fear and challenges to allow ourselves to accomplish and grow.
She is a tiny, super cute little oyster who encounters some misfortune and although was initially very afraid she musters up the strength to be brave!
Once braver she finds it easier and easier to gain the strength to handle her struggle and in the end brings forth a beautiful pearl.
This story not only teaches our children (and again, ourselves) how powerful it is to be brave and strong but also teaches children where pearls come from (AND how much work it takes to do so – As it is with other things that may require bravery!)
I love this book because it’s teaching such a wonderful message (In so many different ways!) and the art is sounique and beautiful. Hudson constantly grabs it to read at night (And multiple times throughout the day!)
The day finally came where I surprised my family with a fun afternoon at Putter’s Pride mini-golf. This cute little park is situated right outside of Denver. We were welcomed at their entrance with a gorgeous bridge with flowers alongside it so had to snap a few cute photos!
We walked in and were pleasantly greeted by their friendly employee Hazel who got us all situated and ready in no time! It was so so lovely once we walked in – So many trees (Which was great because it was SO hot and sunny today) and gorgeous gazebos with lovely, overgrown flowers all over!
We were eager to play! Hudson was all comfy in his stroller with lots of snacks to keep him happy and us 3 began our fun putt-putting adventure!
Because we had Marret with us we started with the medium putting area (Foothills) and it was just challenging enough for Marret to enjoy and feel a sense of accomplishment when getting a hole in one!
She absolutely LOVED all of the different scenes featured – They were REALLY cool!
Hudson enjoyed it too – There was a lot of people he got to watch 😉
Marret started feeling unwell not long after so we had to cut our visit a little short but it was such a fun experience for our family! The putt-putt place we usually visit isn’t nearly as cool as this place and although it’s 40 minutes from our house Putter’s Pride is now our favorite family outing! We’ll be back once Marret is feeling better ❥ Especially since we heard they have Free Hot Dog Wednesday Nights!
Check it out next time you’re in the Denver area!
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
Y’all – I know, it’s been QUITE awhile since I last posted. I apologize! But we’ve been having an amazing time in Louisiana with some family and friends! Sooo happy to be home but also a little sad because there’s nothing quite like the South.. Southern hospitality, tons of history, antiques shops everywhere and sometimes the sweetest people!
It can be pretty nerve-wracking taking a 1 year old toddler on vacation whether you’re flying, driving or BOTH. It’s pretty scary imagining how your little one will deal with not being able to be independent and active so I tried my hardest to ensure I had everything planned and covered!
I started with cleaning the entire house. SPOTLESS. So when we came home there was absolutely nothing left to stress about but getting into bed and passing out after a long 17 hour drive! Then began a ton of packing, Hudson and I were flying but my Husband was driving so we were able to leave all of the bags with him except Hudson’s diaper bag. We got the CUTEST little bag from our neighbor that I used for a diaper bag and it fit all of the goodies he would need and could fit my tablet, phone and wallet as well. It made it SO much easier only carrying a backpack so my hands were completely free for my busy bee!
We were flying into Dallas since it was cheaper than flying all the way to Louisiana so we planned for us to fly in right as Brent would be driving by so he could swing by and grab us! It worked out perfect and Hudson was so great on the plane ride there – I kept him busy with tons of treats he usually wouldn’t get, toys he hasn’t played with before, movies on my tablet for him to watch and tons more! (We flew Spirit and although it went smoothly, I’ve NEVER met a ruder flight crew in my life.. Not to me specifically but you could very clearly tell they did NOT want to be there)
After we made it and got in the car we started our 5 hour trip East towards Louisiana. Hudson was exhausted so he very quickly passed out! (It can be so incredibly difficult to eat healthy while traveling AND why would you when in cajun country?!) We stopped and got some Whataburger since we didn’t have any in Colorado (Wasn’t impressed, unfortunately) then made our way to our friend’s house who was holding us up for a week! (Bless their hearts 😉 )
We were EXHAUSTED but quickly passed out and were ready for the next day. My Husband was going to be working at this Dad’s house all week helping him renovate so I had a week full of fun stuff for Hudson and I to do!
We started with a trip to our good friend’s adorable little store found in Ruston that has a ton of vendors that sell awesome rustic/unique goodies for the home, for the kids, for yourself (Got myself a pair of shoes for $20 that look EXACTLY like Yeezy Boosts Which are $3,000!!) It’s the cutest little shop and I could spend WAY too much money in here, everyday..
After our stop here we made the trip down to see Hudson’s half-brother (His Father’s oldest) and his family. They’re such great people and we had a full day of fun down in New Orleans planned for the next day! But first.. Food! Hudson had his FIRST alligator and LOVED it at Walk Ons. Tasted just like chicken except a little chewier and he digged that 😉
The next day we made the short drive down to New Orleans and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was a whole new world it seemed. It was full of culture, music, performers, amazing food smells I couldn’t even identify and more! There was also a lot people watching ;).
I was so wrapped up in the beauty of the old French architecture and the Hurricane Drinks 😉 I didn’t get a chance to take many photos but made sure to get some shots of the gorgeous Jackson Square!
We headed back after a VERY long day in New Orleans to Baton Rouge to see Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) and get some beignets. The campus was sooo gorgeous but unfortunately there was a torrential downpour the entire time we were there so I couldn’t get out to check it all out but it was amazing to see regardless and the beignets were DELICIOUS.
After heading back we said our goodbyes and left back to our friend’s house and took it easy and Hudson had a blast hanging out with their little ones! They were all best buds.. 😉 Their land was gorgeous and made me SO wanna be out there for good.
We made sure not to eat completely healthy on this trip because we couldn’t miss out on all the unique and authentic food! Hudson enjoyed it too.. We found an ADORABLE little diner RIGHT on D’Arbonne Lake.. He had shrimp bites, his new favorite thanks to Louisiana!
He also LOVE my Zyloware sunglasses! I LOVE these too. They’re my first high end pair of sunglasses and they’re so worth it, they’re durable and classy! ❥
Before heading back to our friend’s house for some more relaxing we headed to his Papaw’s house for some lovings and to get some sillies out before naptime. He LOVED the big open space.. AGAIN.. I wanna move to the country as I believe he’s a country boy at heart 😉
Of course we had to leave and stop for some BBQ before nap time.. We went to Podnuhs and Hudson LOVED it and their sweet tea.. We had a lot of that there..
Some of the meat was a little large for Hudson so I had to use his awesome new Tiny Bites shears to cut some up for him, they worked great! ❥
We headed back to their house for the rest of the day to rest up for our very busy day the next day. We were going to Shreveport to see my Dad who lives in Texas! We don’t get to see him very often so it’s SUCH a treat to get to see him!
We woke up bright and early the next morning for our hour and a half drive West to Shreveport and once we got there were welcomed by the GORGEOUS Boardwalk on the Red River. Then by DAD! It was so so nice to see him. Hudson loves him so much and remembers him every time he seems him.. Even if it’s been awhile.
We started by walking around the Boardwalk, getting a HUGE sucker (Lucky little man), doing some shopping and riding some kiddie rides! He had a blast (Despite the stickiest of sticky humidity and heat :p)
We HAD to get out of the heat so stopped at a delicious little cajun restaurant called the Blind Tiger and it was delicious. Of COURSE Hudson had some shrimp bites ;). I swear, they make the BEST drinks down there. Everything was so sweet with a side of rum or whisky. YUM.
After lunch we wanted to continue being INDOORS. It was just too muggy.. So we found an awesome little kids museum that had the most AWESOME area for toddlers his age. There were water parks, (He splashed all the little girls and old ladies.. What a flirt.. Hahaha!) a fire-station, a construction zone, a store, and so much more! We spent FOREVER in there. It was SO awesome. I really wish we had a place that cool here.. (Maybe we do?! I should look that up! You should too!)
Hudson very quickly got grumpy (I’m sure the heat wore him out) so we just started driving around Shreveport and looked at all of the history. The gorgeous mansions and very, VERY old cemeteries.. We went through the cemetery twice, we loved it so much.
As sad as it was it was getting late and I had to get back home to get Hudson to bed as we had a long drive back to Colorado the next day. So we said our sad goodbyes (Even though we were gonna swing by and have lunch with him on our way out of state!) and headed back East to the house.
It was so, so sad to leave Louisiana as it’s a completely different feel out there than anywhere else I’ve ever been. But we had to get back home. So the next morning we headed out on our long 17 hour drive back to Colorado. I was not exactly excited to start the long journey as I wasn’t sure how Hudson would do but he was fantastic on our way to lunch with GrandDad. He had a ton of snacks and lots of toys (Again, I brought a ton of toys he hadn’t played with before to entice him)
We stopped in Denton, TX for lunch at Chilis with my Dad and he was so happy to see him again. We had great food, great conversation and Hudson flirted with our blonde waitress the whole time.. hahaha! But all of his flirting sure did tire him out because after lunch we started our drive again and he was OUT for hours! Thanks blondie 😉
Although it was sad to leave my Dad, again, we were so ready to be home so we kept trucking along and Hudson was good the WHOLE time. We played games, sang songs and just enjoyed the agonizing butt pain that came from sitting for SO long.
We finally made it home around 1:30am and couldn’t have been happier. I put Hudson down and PASSED out. It was such an absolutely amazing trip and now I’m officially obsessed with Louisiana. It’s a whole other world down there ❥
It IS doable to both fly AND drive with a 1 year old toddler – As long as you’re prepared!
Happy Easter, y’all! Hope you had an amazing time with family and friends – I know we did! Have you ever had one of those days that were just MEANT to be – Like a day that fate meant for you to have? That was our day on Saturday! It began with me looking around for a free photo with the Easter bunny – I didn’t wanna go anywhere super hectic so I looked EVERYWHERE I could think of to see if a mini-session was going on somewhere and was lucky enough to find a nearby bank that was doing one from 9-11:30. So Hudson and I rushed over there at 9 thinking there may be a line and it was EMPTY. We were the only ones there and ran around and played until they opened where we were pleasantly greeted and took a few adorable photos. That set the mood for the rest of the day – Luckily I had off work so I insisted we did something Easter-y since we had Marret!
I looked EVERYWHERE, because I knew so many places had large events going on and I really don’t enjoy being in large groups (Especially with a grumpy toddler) So I went onto a Facebook group for local Moms and found a really small event posted by the Kennedy Home Group benefitting Child Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate awareness by Uplift Internationale and Face to Face Colorado. It said there were only 14 people who confirmed to going so I thought it would be perfect for our family (Fairly nearby and small!) This was their first Easter event!
When we got there it was super small and intimate and everyone was SO friendly! The craziest thing.. We ran into someone my Husband knew from an old job 3 years ago and she was a part of the Face to Face organization! Such a small world!!
We enjoyed drinks, food, an Easter egg hunt, a really cool juggler and SO much more! This place had it all and they ONLY asked for donations.. Which we obviously did, because it’s SUCH a good cause! AND… We won a $50 gift card to Boulder Chophouse – So we enjoyed some amazing dinner that night as well.. ALL of this because of one decision to come to this specific event! Life works in mysterious ways!
At the end of this event I was approached by the woman my Husband knew and another Face to Face volunteer and they asked me to be a part of their Board of Directors to help this amazing organization. What they do is so inspiring and I felt SO touched that I made an impression that made them feel I’d be a good addition to the cause! I, of course, accepted and will be applying this week!
We were all EXHAUSTED when the day was done. I felt so accomplished and my kids were worn out (Another accomplishment ;)) We already had so much and we had another HUGE day planned for Easter with my Mother for our yearly tradition of Grandma B spoils!
I woke up to eager little ones hunting for their baskets.. “He” left little hints with candy that lead to their baskets and it was still tricky for them to find them! After rummaging through their baskets they relaxed until Grandma B came – When she got here we made all the littles play outside and decorate the clubhouse til we had all of the Mickey Mouse themed goodies set up!
The clubhouse looked amazing and the table looked even BETTER! (Hudson LOVES Mickey Mouse) They had macaroons, pizza, fruit in the shape of Mickey pants, drinks, cupcakes with Oreo Mickey ears and so much more!
After food and treats we had a HUGE Easter egg hunt! The kids had a blast and it was Hudson’s first time hunting! He loved it and found all of his! (We laid them out for easy finding ;)) It was also exhausting.. Getting sun blasted alllll day. (It was a really long Easter egg hunt :p)
We ended the day with crafts (More goodies) and photos!
Love this tradition with our family and we’ll now make the day before at the Cleft Palate event a tradition as well. It makes for such an accomplished and heart-warming weekend when you do things for others in need and spend time with the ones you love most. Hope you all had an amazing Easter – I know we did!
I constantly struggle with going out to restaurants with my son – I am a little bit of a germaphobe.. And Hudson ALWAYS wants to play with his plates and throws the napkins off the table when I try to use that to set his food on them.. So I was struggling to find a way to keep his food from off the direct table while also allowing him to eat food on his own.
Then I found Simply Natural Babies disposable placemats!! They’re amazing! They have adhesive edges on the bottom so babies cannot pull or rip them off the tables – My Husband and I used them today for lunch at Red Robin and it worked amazing!! Hudson tried drawing on them, spilled milk on them and laid his food all over it – Good thing they’re so big! They covered the whole area he used and I didn’t feel grossed out at all 😉 Thank goodness!
They’re a wonderful price on Amazon and WELL worth it! Even if you don’t go out often they’re wonderful for restaurants, home, and pretty much anywhere! Try them out!
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
As I mentioned in a previous post, Hudson has my cursed super sensitive skin – Certain clothes / towels make him break out as well. Some of the dyes just don’t agree with our skin. So I am STOKED about our most recent find! A Premium Baby Hooded Bath Towel – 100% Un-DyedOrganic Cotton Muslin from Luvdbaby!
There are no harmful dyes used at all so your towel is completely hypoallergenic to their new little skin. It’s made of super absorbent multi-layer gauze cotton which is amazing – I always want to use our towels because normally baby towels just do NOT dry well, just kinda move it around.. haha.
It looks so super cute with a little hood with bear ears and so incredibly soft and comfy (It also comes with a little belt which is good for those little boys who love to run around all nakey!) And because cotton grows naturally in it’s brownish color there are no harmful chemicals or dyes in it at all!
They pride themselves on their ‘Cotton Range’ that was conceived to protect our children from harmful chemicals often used to dye baby fabric products (Like all the blues ones I had for Hudson when he was first born!) And it’s the perfect size for a new born to infant stage (34 inch x 34 inch) so I don’t have to worry about the fact that my boy is HUGE (96th percentile!!)
I imagine it would be an amazing gift you could buy in advance of the special day for someone you know as it’s great for boys and girls. Could make it part of your maternity hospital kit or buy it for someone special as a baby shower gift 😉 The towel also comes in a nice cotton bag so it can be stored and put away for next time or for travel, too!
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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
Ever since I can remember I have suffered from extreme skin sensitivity. Literally everything irritates my skin so I have to be very choosey on what I wear and the products I use.
Unfortunately I have passed this on to my son – And the biggest thing I’ve noticed is his irritation to normal diapers (Huggies, Pampers, etc.) So I went looking for a product that was more gentle and natural, but disposable, for my son.
That’s when I came across Poof! Their diapers are completely biodegradable, fragrance and latex free (Which is very important because I am allergic to latex so I’m sure he’ll have some sensitivity to it as well). It is antibacterial, has a wide leg cuff to prevent leaks of all kinds and is SPECIFICALLY formulated for sensitive skin. They have so many other amazing features but these are the ones that meant the most to me.
Did I mention they also happen to be SUPER cute? 😉
Ever since we’ve made the switch Hudson has had less rashes and irritation. Try them out for yourself! We’re so happy we made the switch, Mama Approved 😉
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)