2 of my favorite spring/summer time recipes

Now that the weather is starting to warm up we are using the grill more and fresh spring time salads are a must. I’m a sucker for a good homemade BBQ sauce and Vinaigrette. So I wanted to share with you two of my favorite recipes right now.  One is for a beer BBQ sauce and the other a fresh strawberry Vinaigrette. Both are so flavorful and yummy.

Beer BBQ Sauce:

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  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili paste or any hot sauce of your choosing
  • 1 cup beer of choice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder

In saucepan, heat oil. Add Garlic. Once it sizzles and smells strong add your remaining ingredients. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and use. This is good on chicken wings, chicken on the grill, kielbasa, or really anything your heart desires. Store in airtight container in fridge.

Strawberry Vinaigrette:

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  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • juice from half a lemon or small lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch of salt & pepper

Add clean strawberries to food processor, pulse until pureed. Add remaining ingredients while pulsing. You can add more or less of any of these ingredients to get the right flavor that you want. Also this recipe can be used with any kind of berry.

Our Favorite Toys

I thought it would be fun to put together a small post featuring each of my kids favorite toys right now. Each have such huge personalities and like all sorts of different types of toys, but they always have that one toy that they go back to and love to play with.

ARLO:

 

Baby Einstein Play Gym - Reef

Baby Einstein Play Gym – Rhythm of the Reef

This Playmat is Arlo’s favorite right now and perfect for his age. He is 5 months next week and he is loving being on his belly and back grabbing at the ocean themed toys above and the images printed on the mat.  The turtle in the center lights up and plays music.  It is motio9n activated and can display lights and music for up to 20 minutes continuously.

JOSEPHINE:

Prince Lionheart yoMOTO™

 

Josie Loves this ride on toy made by Prince Lionheart. She gets roaring around the house pretty fast . The yoMoto is light weight and slim. It’s easy for her to get those little feet going and moving.  The lean and learn design is great to get those gross motor skills tuned for learning how to ride a bike. This is a great toy for both indoors and out.

EZRA

Fisher-Price® Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave Playset

Fisher-Price® Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave Playset

Ezra got his batcave for Christmas and he still plays with it on the regular, which is a huge thing. Because he gets bored with things easy and well really I should say his favorite toy is a stick or rock because being outside is the only thing he doesn’t get bored with. And this. He really does love this and it gets his imagination going and working like crazy. He loves super heros so this is the perfect toy for him and I love that you can add all sorts of accessories and super hero figures along with it.

FINLEY:

American Girl Doll Saige

Finley loves dolls, dress up and books. She is at a really fun age and loves to use her imagination. I love the American girl dolls as well. They are great quality and a wonderful keepsake. Finley plays with her American girl dolls a lot and always has them in tow.

Lucky Face Threads

Lucky Face Threads  I’m loving finding all these great handmade and hand designed shops on instagram. The latest I have come across is the wonderful, Lucky Face Threads. This adorable shop is filled with tanks, tees, baseball tees and accessories.

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Everything is hand drawn by and designed by owner, Andrea. Andrea sent us a couple adorable Royal Hats and a tee for Josephine. The kids were super excited, as always. Josie looks adorable in her royal tee and told me how comfy and soft it is. The hats are great too and fit Finley and Ezra really well.

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All of Andrea’s designs are super adorable and fun! I’m a huge fan of her Queen of the Forest tank. Such a whimsy and royal design.  I can’t say enough about the creativity and quality that goes into her work.

Image of Queen of the Forest    {Youth White Tank}

Go check out her shop and let me know your favorite item! You can find Lucky face Threads on Instagram and Facebook as well.

The Printed Palette

The Printed Palette

 

My kids love new clothes, especially cute tees! The printed Palette is a great little shop that designs the sweetest tees and tanks for Kids and adults.

We were send four adorable shirts for each of the kids, and a very pretty tank top for myself, which I’m so in love with! DSC_0879 Trying to get these kids to take a photo and look at the camera all at the same time was not very successful.

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I received the Wayward flowy  V-neck tank top. I love it. It’s perfect for laying tanks under and sweaters over, since we are still experiencing more wintery spring like conditions still! It’s soft and comfortable and the mint color is very pretty.

Finley is wearing a tribal print tee which is adorable on her, Ezra is wearing the Bright eyed and bushy tailed tee, which fits his personality very well. Always ready to go, this boy is!

Josie is wearing the You are dear to me baseball style shirt. I adore this shirt, It’s so darling on her and I can even pass it along to Arlo when he grows. And last but not least Little captain Adorable is being worn by Captain Adorable, himself! The colors in this shirt are to die for, they are soft, and just really nice. Complimenting Arlo’s skin tone very well.

All these prints, are fabulous, adorable and great quality! I’m very happy to have been sent these shirts and have to have found The Printed Palette.  Also offered is prints, accessories and home goods.

MawdsleyLoves Bibs feature {And giveaway}

 

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Things are getting pretty darn drooly around here. The Baltic amber has come out and clasped around Arlo’s tiny neck and so have the bibs. But not your average cheesy saying or silly character bibs. But the adorable ever so fashionable Bibdanas. You know? a bib that looks like a bandana. Only way cuter than that probably sounds.

MawdsleyLoves is a sweet little company that makes these adorable bibs in very fashionable prints and colors for baby boys and girls.  Bonnie, founder of MawdsleyLoves sent Arlo a custom three pack of her cotton and flannel Bibs. They are adorable and so soft, and thin enough to where I don’t feel like there is too much material around Arlo’s  neck or in his face.  The prints are great too, neutral colors and patterns that match every outfit, making Arlo look super hip!

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The bibs are handmade, 100% cotton and can be worn reversed as well. They feature two snaps on the back to ensure the most use out of them and are one size fits most.

I knew I needed something for Arlo’s drool, but I was also looking for the very last little something for his Easter basket, and these bibs are the perfect add in for your infants basket. Since he can’t have candy yet I had to get a bit creative and come up with some non candy basket fillers.  Arlo is also getting

  •  Board Book
  •  Zutano Booties
  • Swim trunks w/matching tee
  • Sophie the giraffe Teether
  •  Set of Bibs

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MawdsleyLoves would love to offer my readers a %15 off coupon code, good for the month of April using HILLMANLOVEMAWDSLEY at checkout. You can also follow her on Facebook, IG and Twitter (@mawdsleyloves) to stay up to date with product releases!

One reader will also win a custom 3 pack Bib set of their choosing.

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Ingenuity Seneca Collection

packIngenuity is one of my favorite brands for baby gear, like swings, bouncers, playards ect. The quality is always spot on and the products are also sleek, clean and pleasing to the eye. They always have great designs and color schemes, as well as wonderful function.

We were sent a Play yard which is part of a new collection for Buy Buy Baby.  The Seneca collection for Buy Buy Baby play yard is wonderful. We were very happy to receive this item to keep Arlo off the floor and away from little foot traffic. I prefer to have him in the play yard while he is playing, away from the other kids who are also playing, running, jumping or plain ole over stimulating him by trying to lay on him. ::::Cough Josie Cough::::pack2

This play yard was super easy to put together by myself, took me maybe 10 minutes at the very most. I have always hated putting play yard together, it was always so confusing for me, which sides do I pull up first and how to I get it to stay on the floor. I read the directions quickly and they were thorough, simple and easy to follow.

It also comes with a bassinet and changing table attachment for the earlier months.

This play yard is also easy to clean and machine washable. It fits very nicely in our living space, which is pretty small to begin with but it still fits nice without over crowding.

Be on the look out for it at Buy Buy Baby stores and online.

 

Mustela {Product Review}

 

 

Mustela is a really great company that offers wonderful smelling and quality skin care products for little ones and mamas. 90% of the ingredients are of natural origin and hypoallergenic.

We were sent the Mustela PhsiObebe No rinse Cleansing Fluid.  This is a wonderful product for the newborn in your life. It is a no rinse formula for quick clean ups of the face and diaper area.  This formula effectively cleans and softens the skin.

We were also sent a sample pack of other mustela products to try and we have been enjoying exploring which products work well for us and Ezra’s sensitive eczema prone skin. DSC_0858

I have been using both the Phsiobebe and the Dermo-cleansing formulas on Arlo and they both seem to do a great job of cleansing and keeping his skin soft and moisturized. He also comes out of each bath smelling so yummy!

You can find Mustela products at Target, Babies R us, Buy Buy Baby, Nordstrom, and online at Sephora.com, Diapers.com and Drugstore.com

Keep up with Mustela and their wonderful products over on Facebook as well.

Product Information:
Ideal for quick clean ups, this no-rinse cleansing fluid for face and diaper area effectively cleans and softens the skin.  Gentle surfactants dissolve dirt and cleanse without stripping the natural oils and is gentle enough to use from birth on.  Just apply to the skin using a soft cloth, diaper wipe or cotton pad and pat dry — no rinsing needed. Composed of 97% ingredients of natural origin and formulated with natural patented specific ingredient, Avocado Perseose, reinforces the skin barier and preserves the skin’s cellular resources.  Allantoin and Aloe vera leaf extract soften  and soothe. PhysiObébé tones and leaves baby’s skin clean and delicately scented with the signature Mustela® fragrance. Paraben, phthalate and phenoxyethanol free.   Hypoallergenic and specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. Tested under pediatric and dermatological control.

TWELVElittle Diaper Bag {A review}

Twelve Little

 

I recently traveled to my hometown to visit my parents, family and friends with Arlo. Despite our little set back which included sitting in an airport for over 4 hours with an infant, just to have my flight cancelled and rescheduled for early the next morning, we had a wonderful time seeing everyone and introducing Arlo to family members he hadn’t yet met.

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I was sent a TWELVElittle Courage Satchel in Olive for our traveling needs. This bag is awesome! Let me tell you, it seriously was so comfortable to carry around the airport but also big enough to load full of everything we needed.

The material on this bag is super easy to wipe down and keep clean, and all the extra pockets fit everything from Arlo’s birth certificate to his pacifiers and toys.

I was able to fill our bag with:

  • 2 Toys & 1 book
  • Snacks for myself
  • 12 diapers
  • pack of wipes
  • 2 blankets
  • 2 burp clothes
  • 2 extra pairs of clothing (onesies, pants and tops)
  • Wallet
  • Birth certificate

I had room for plenty more as well. All the little pockets were great to use for dirty pacifiers that fell on the ground of the airplane as well. It was nice to be able to separate the clean from the dirty.

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Product Features:

Durable water-resistant crinkle nylon with sheep leather trim. PVC free.

  • Two front bottle zipper pockets, and two side bottle side pockets.
  • Hidden zipper pocket on bottom of back side for dirty item quick storage.
  • Easy access top zipper closure.
  • Logo interior lining is coated with PVC-free water-resistant coating. 
  • Two interior elastic top slip pockets for bottles, diapers or wipes.
  • Interior large padded tech sleeve for all gadget protection. Fits an iPad.
  • Interior zipper pocket and easy access slip pocket.
  • Back has large slip zipper pocket.
  • Comes with logo lining nylon changing pad.

Check out TWELVElittle on their website, which bag is your favorite? Also find them on Facebook!

Kindred Oak {review & giveaway}

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Paige, the genius and mother behind this beautiful clothing line, started out with a $15 craigslist sewing machine in hopes to create the perfect pants for her little guy. The pants became a hit and so began Kindred Oak.

Paige sent us one her adorable slouch beanies to review. Originally I figured it would be Arlo’s but it actually fits all four of the kiddos and they all take turns wearing it. I love how versatile it is, and that they all love it as much as I do.

 I get comments everywhere we go, and people want to touch it. The material is stretchy and oh so soft. Made with soft thick knit, each is handmade and one of kind.

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Kindred Oak offers all sorts of beautiful items from hoodies to leggings and headbands.

One winner will win a Kindred Oak Beanie of their choice. Follow the prompts on the widget below.  Giveaway ends 3/22

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Styling Siblings Zutano Edition {and a giveaway}

 

 

Yes, I’m totally that mom who likes to match their kiddos. Mostly Arlo and Josephine since they are still little they don’t have a clue or care that they are matching. It can be a little harder to find outfits that coordinate boy/girl siblings.

That’s where Zutano comes in, and is great for just that, they have all sorts of designs and colors for both boys and girls.

Zutano Sent us coordinating outfits for both Arlo and Josephine. The designs they sent aren’t the same prints but the colors coordinate well and are perfect for family photos. I love that they are different and both represent the kid’s personalities a bit. Josie loves kitties and this sassy cat graphic is definitely her.

Arlo is my sweet baby bear,  Perfection.

Arlo is wearing The little Bear design paired with red candy striped booties, and Josephine is wearing the  cottage dress from the Wonder Cat print family paired with red skinny leggings and the shaggy vest. Which is to die for. I adore both these outfits, but that shaggy vest is so adorable and matches everything, not just this outfit. To just say I adore it is an understatement.

Zutano has a great selection of new items and designs for spring, I have been eyeing a few of the new prints and can’t wait to purchase a few for Arlo’s Easter basket. All the kids usually get shoes in their baskets, so Arlo will definitely be getting another pair of  Zutano booties. We love these things, seriously like I have said a million times before and tell every new parent, do not buy socks. Buy Zutano booties, they do not fall off and they go with everything.  The falling off and missing socks conundrum solved! Zutano booties here to save the day.

Zutano is giving one of my lucky readers a $75.00 Gift Card to use on their website. Follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below!

 

 

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