To Talk About Snacks


     Hey there! Fun fact about my household: we are snackers. I typically have a small breakfast, normal sized lunch, and a normal sized dinner. I'm just not hungry enough in the morning before 7 AM (when I have to be at work), so I miss out on preparing an actual breakfast and usually just grab a banana or trail mix on my way out the door. I would make a smoothie to take along, but Bailey and Brett are still asleep when I leave, so I abstain for their sake. This, and an average sized lunch, add up to an essential snack in the afternoon. I'm ok with it, health-wise, as long as it's something fairly nutritional. Snack-time has become a little addition to Bailey and I's afternoon routine as well, and that makes it an activity I look forward to even more. Sharing with her is another good incentive to keep it healthy!

     Above and below, I magically have photo's of our snacks without a little hand grabbing at them! These are our typical snacks, ones that I usually have on hand. Lately though, I've gotten into having apple slices with cheddar. It sounded weird at first, but I swear, the apples are better than crackers. Bailey loves them too, so we go through the supplies pretty quickly. Below, are her favorites and then mine. Everyone already knows her love of blueberries, and it seems I've passed along my cheese-loving gene. My personal favorites are a handful of Himalayan sea salt popcorn and a piece of super dark chocolate. Salty and sweet always does the trick!

      Recently, I've had to resort to buying cubes or a big block of cheddar, instead of the pre-packaged slices above. Bailey was eating them too fast to be cost-effective.

     Also, I've made the switch to dark chocolate over 85% cocoa. I had read that there aren't many health benefits if the cocoa content is lower than that, and health benefits are my number one reason for eating it. Plus, eat one square of the darkest stuff and you'll be good on chocolate for the day. Side note: Bailey is one of the weird kids who loves dark chocolate. This will probably change, but for now I don't mind giving her little nibbles of my square. Thanks for reading!

Mommy/Daughter Warm Weather Essentials


     Hello there! It was a beautiful weekend, with the weather being in the 70's every day. I figured I should probably share Bailey and I's essentials for said weather! For both Bailey and I, the number one item is sunscreen. We both are very fair, and burn after about 15 minutes in full on sunshine. We also both have sensitive skin, so we share sunscreen, since baby sunscreen is usually so mild. Bailey's other must have's are a good sun hat for even more sun protection, flip-flops that actually stay on, a cute swimsuit for the lake and pool, and her new little pineapple from Target. The pineapple probably isn't an essential, but you've gotta have something summery to play with!

     My essentials aren't that far off from Bailey's. Along with the sunscreen, I have to have a lightweight blouse, because wearing anything other than cotton or linen in the humid heat of Missouri is suffocating. Also, my eye doctor said that people with light blue eyes really shouldn't go outside without sunglasses, due to major light sensitivity, so I always have my shades on hand. Typically, I like to have some sort of espadrilles in the summer, and I found these at Salvation Army for like $2, which is perfect, because these are a very seasonal style of shoe, so I don't like to spend much money on them. Lastly, I've been trying to drink more water, and this water bottle has been going with me everywhere. It doesn't hurt that it's nice to look at too. Have a great Monday!

What We're Loving, #10

     Hi readers! So far, I have been pretty happy with my decision to cut down the What We're Loving posts to monthly instead of weekly. It's been a big relief to not have to force this post every week. I feel as though this post is more reflective of what we are actually loving. I'm very excited about the low-heel J.Crew pumps I thrifted a couple of weekends ago. They have a couple of scuff marks, but those are easily removed! Bailey's socks, below, are the real winners though. I can't get over them and I need a matching pair for mommy immediately. We've been eating fairly healthy over the last month, me with my trail mix and Bailey with pineapple. I bought a lot of it at once, and have been infusing it into all of her meals. As always, we are reading and making away. Have a happy Monday everyone!

Wearing: thrifted J. Crew low-heel pumps/the cutest socks ever, origin unknown.

Eating: Homemade trail mix/pineapple on everything.

Reading: Fun tarot cards/a classic.

Making: Exciting rope things/pretty scribbles with cool crayons from Nana and Grandpa!

Loving: A crystal I brought back from home/the best brush ever (thanks Santa)!