Yogurt Melts

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Yesterday the girls and I tried out a recipe that I have seen Pinterest a few times and as usual we added our own twist to it!  One of McKenzie’s favorite things to eat is yogurt so she was in her glory!  Here’s the quick and easy to follow recipe!

What you will need

Your favorite yogurt

A gallon sized freezer bag

Pair of scissors

Cookie sheet or silicone ice cube tray

We have these cute heart shaped ice cube trays, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and since I’m super girly we used these.  You can use a cookie sheet or any silicone ice cube tray.

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I spooned about a cup of yogurt into a gallon sized freezer bag and snipped one of the bottom corners.  We filled each heart to the top and gave a little shake to get the air bubbles out.  If you are using a cookie sheet then make dots (about a tablespoons worth) on your cookie sheet.  Once we were filled and bubble free we popped it into the freezer and let it set for about two hours!  The girls helped me pop them out and had them for an afternoon snack.  If you have some leftover store them in the freezer or they will melt.  As always have fun and enjoy!

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This is shaping up to be a great week so far!  I’ve had more Doula inquiries this week than ever!  I also have been asked to speak at a local college about my work as a Doula in March.  If I can manage to not have a panic attack I’m sure it will be a blast!  My website is currently being converted and it is looking fabulous so far thanks to the wonderful Snap Shots Design!  In this Tuesday’s Mommy and Me time we had 3 new Moms and 1 returning Mom we haven’t seen in a few months AND she’s expecting! 

Here’s to an even better second half of the week!  How’s your week going so far?

 

Some unsolicited advice

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I always knew that one I was blessed enough to become a Mom I would also take on the role of being a SAHM.  I never really put much thought into the how’s and why’s, I just knew it was how it had to be.  After the birth of Corinne the starts aligned in my favor and I was able to stay home full time with her.  The transition has been rough at times but the rewards are obvious and it is something that I love and feel honored I am able to do.

I remember many times feeling guilty when Josh was leaving for work and I was laying on the couch with our beautiful baby sleeping on my chest, or on cold, rainy days when I had the luxury of staying inside nice and warm and he did not.  But like everything else in life there is a balance and all aspects have to be considered.  There are the days when she would be extremely fussy and difficult to console and he would be walking out the door while she was screaming, or when you finally think you are able to take a shower and your peacefully sleeping baby wakes up screaming!  Yeah, it’s not all naps on the couch and play dates.

The right to vote

As a Mom I am always trying to make sure I teach my Girls right from wrong, how to treat others, how they should be treated, and what’s truly important in life.  For me personally, I feel like this is my job, I owe it to them as someone who brought them into this world, and it is not something I take lightly.  On a lighter note, I truly enjoy this part of parenting and all of the fun that it brings to our day to day lives.

As we all know this past November was our most recent Presidential Election.  At this point the girls are too young to understand politics and the workings of our Government, but Corinne does understand rules and the concept of who’s in charge.  Josh is very involved in day to day politics and as a family we followed this election closely.  When watching news coverage or discussing poll ratings at the dinner table we would receive  the usual question from Corinne, “Whatcha talking bout Mommy?”! We would explain to her that we were talking about the President which she would then ask who that was (lovely toddler conversations) and we would tell her Obama, he is our President now.  To me it’s important to teach the girls who our President is, regardless of my opinion of him or her, and then at some point in the future explain to them the difference between Republicans and Democrats and the voting process!

The days leading up to Election Day I repeatedly talked about how we were all going to go and vote for our President.  I explained the process with much enthusiasm and made sure I always finished my story with a promise of a sticker at the end.  Needless to say, this little Mommy was very excited for Election Day!  The actual voting process with the girls was a blast!  We went to our local high school that we are designated to and luckily there were no lines!  Which as a Mom to two young girls was great, but as an American citizen was concerning to me.  The previous election the lines were out the doors and we had a long wait.  I was worried that people weren’t getting out and voting like they should.  We literally walked right in, verified our identities and walked right up to a booth.  Now this was my 2nd point of disappointment.  Growing up I always went to the Town Hall and voted with my Mom.  The voting booths were the old fashioned ones were you had to pull the curtain closed with this big handle, you voted by pushing down a metal lever and when you opened the curtain again it entered your votes and reset the machine.  It was like a giant typewriter!  These new booths paled  in comparison with the excitement factor.  They were student desks with a partition for privacy.  To vote we just marked some circles on a piece of paper and done, boring!

I did manage to take some pictures as we exercised our Constitutional rights!  Pretty sure you’re not supposed to but what the hay!

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After we “voted”  we came to my 3rd disappointment when we realized that we were NOT going to get the I Voted Stickers!  I still can not get over this, I felt cheated all day!  I wanted to write the date on the back and save them for the girls, oh well.  The experience was had, lessons were learned, and memories were made.  We were even able to get a Family picture at the end of it all.  Of course the woman that I asked to take our picture was not smartphone handy, so the picture is a tad blurry!

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Been gone for way too long!

Oh my goodness, where to begin!  Since my last post so much has happened and changed that it’s going to take a bit to get caught up.  I’ve really missed blogging which is very surprising to me because I was never into writing and I have never felt that I am very good at it.  What I have discovered, is that blogging is not only an outlet for me to share my thoughts, my experiences, and aspects of my life, but it also has become a way for me to push myself to grow.  2012 was a year full of growth, positive changes and lessons. I have grown so much as a mother, wife, daughter, and friend in the last year. 

I’m going to keep this post short so I say good night to everyone and Happy New Year!Image

 

And it’s only Tuesday!

Today is only Tuesday and this is shaping up to be a fantastic week, where to begin?  My LLC confirmation finally came in the mail, as of September 9, 2012 Labor of Love is an official LLC!  Woo Hoo!  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox which I’m sure was quite entertaining for my neighbors.  Once I received the paperwork I applied for an EIN which is like your business’s social security number.  Yet another huge step!

I’m so excited to announce the Grand Opening of an amazing new business TULA, Family Enrichment Center!  One of my bestest friends has been working so hard to put this together and has done a remarkable job, I couldn’t be prouder of her!  Please check them out!

I had a great prenatal appointment earlier today.  It’s so much fun to meet new couples and talk babies, bellies and everything else!  Here’s to hoping for a signed contract and being a part of bringing a beautiful baby into this world!

I got my 1st fix on Saturday!  StitchFix that is, ha ha!  I could not have been more excited to open that box.  I liked most of the items in my box but only decided to keep one.  I really like the some of the smaller things.  For example, attached to each clothing item was a tag that had  the item pictured in two different outfits, similar to Polyvore.  Also, each item had a handwritten tag from my stylist!  I have a feeling this company is going to very well.

I perfected my paleo coconut and mint chocolate chip cookies recipe.  We made another batch last week and added 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil this time and the results were amazing!  I wish I had more time (and more funds) to work on my paleo baking.  So many things to do and so little time!

With all of these great accomplishments and fun things going on I can’t help but feel so happy and appreciative.  I’m starting to get a taste of the benefits of all of my hard work and I want more!

So what’s new with everyone else?

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So I’ve talked about the Hubby going paleo a few times so far.  The last few weeks I have become mildly obsessed with cooking dinners that meet the paleo requirements but also fit for the whole family.  I always enjoy a good challenge and this has been a fun one. Josh has always been a big fan of sweets and misses all the treats I used to make. So I decided to add onto the challenge by baking, caveman style!  After searching tons of blogs and websites and of course pinterest I was ready to give it a try.  So Saturday we went to a local health food store and stocked up on supplies and got some very yummy smoothies for the ride home! 

Sunday morning I rolled my sleeves up and dived right in!  I decided to make Chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  I followed a recipe from the BakerGal for the brownies and the frosting I found on Elana’s Pantry.  Here’s the finished product.

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Surprisingly they came out pretty good, Josh was a happy Caveman.  I plan on attempting these a few more times and will keep tweaking the recipes.  Next on the list is chocolate chip cookies. 

 

Fun Times

Another great summer weekend has wrapped up!  I’m so sad that summer is winding down and the warm weather will soon be gone.  Living in Connecticut means that it can be 85 degrees this weekend and 55 by the next!  So we will continue to enjoy every moment of it until it’s gone and we are stuck indoors again.

Friday we went to a gender reveal party, this is the 1st I’ve ever been to and it was lots of fun.  The revealing family already have two children, a boy and a girl and did not know what the gender was.   The reveal was done with cupcakes and balloons .  All of the adults went outside with a cupcake while the kids stayed inside with the box of balloons.  As the kids opened the box and blue balloons flew out all of the adults bit into their cupcakes and Corinne had the reveal one!  Yeah, it’s a Boy!  This concept is so cute and it was so much fun to be a part of this!  The happy family is very excited and tossing around some really cute names.

Saturday Josh had a tournament in Boston so he was gone all day!  The girls and I went to my Godson’s 1st Pop Warner Football Game and a 1st birthday party.  The 3 Amigos were in full effect!  The football game was really cute, he’s only 9, so it was like a bunch of bobble heads chasing a ball around the field!  They didn’t do so hot this week and the score was not in their favor.  I’m sure Monday’s practice is going to be a little rough for them and filled with extra push ups and drills!  The girls had a blast at the birthday party.  There was a Bounce House and the majority of the kids were Corinne’s age which means there were no big kids knocking her over, she’s tough but still only 2.  By the time we left the party both girls had a thick layer of dirt and frosting and headed straight for the bath tub.

The Hubs rocked his tournament and brought home 2 gold medals!  Double Gold baby!  You have to applaud his dedication to a sport that he loves.  The ongoing joke in this house is that Jui Jitsu is the Other Woman.  At times she really fusses about not being 1st, but we do our best to make it work.  By the time I put the girls down Saturday night I was exhausted!  It’s funny how quick we adapt to changes.  I used to have long days like this all the time and it was no big deal, now that I’m not used to it anymore it kicked my butt.  I was sweetly rewarded with sleeping in Sunday morning!  Mind you I was up at 6:30 to nurse McKenzie but after that I passed out and slept until 8:45!  I am super thankful to Josh for this precious gift.  Sunday morning we went to the Farmer’s Market and stocked up on fruits and veggies for the week.  It’s amazing how much we get and the amount of money we save.  Not to mention the fact that we’re supporting local Farmer’s and getting better quality produce.  Most of Sunday was pretty uneventful until our dogs got sprayed yet again by a skunk!  Josh took the dogs and the garbage out around 9:30, the skunk must have been in the dumpster and not happy to see Roxy and Bella.  When I say they smell horrible, it is the understatement of the year!  We have to do something about our little friend and soon!

So all in all we had a great weekend. Tomorrow is the 1st day of school in our town.  I’m such a sap that I cry every year on the 1st day of school when I watch all the kids get on the bus.  Can I just say that I am so thankful neither Corinne or McKenzie are starting school tomorrow!  I am not ready to share them or spend an entire day without them 5 days a week.  This week we’re signing Corinne up for Dance and Gymnastics classes!  This will be the first thing she does by herself as they are not Mommy and Me classes.  I think I am way more excited then she is and will probably cry while I sign the papers!