Healthier Halloween Treats

Monday, October 05, 2015
I'm all for the candy on Halloween!! Buuut... I  don't want Odette to be loaded up with artificial ingredients all month long. If I hadn't motioned it before, girlfriend's not very good at handling her SUGAR lol. This weekend we celebrated Mike's 30th and she had way more cake and ice cream than a two year old should. So, in my feeble attempt to make Odette's snacks a little bit healthier, I've rounded up our favorites from Target. We've been buying these snacks on the regular and Odette loves them (except for those peanut butter cups, they're mamas)! She feels like she's eating real candy and I feel a little bit better about what she's begging for...

These are all great options for healthier Halloween treats! All of them are perfect for kids/toddlers and most of these are organic which is always a plus.
Have you tried any of these?

Friday Fun

Friday, October 02, 2015
Happy Friday, lovelies! We are all so excited that October is here and that it's finally Friday! Today is the 1st day the 10 day forecast is all in the 80s and 90s!! Wohoo, now that's reason to celebrate around here! We've been spending so much time indoors lately that some cooler weather will be refreshing. Odette has been getting super bored of her toys lately and takes ever single one out of her toy boxes, only to be done playing in approximately three seconds. This picture cracks me up and is a pretty accurate glimpse of what our days have been looking like...
 For awhile we were doing the ART OF TOY ROTATION and I really need to start doing that again next week :) 
Another reason we're celebrating this weekend is the hubby is turning 30!! That number is still hard to imagine since we started dating when he was only 23. They say time flies when you're having fun! The birthday celebrations start tonight with dinner and a concert in the park :) Tomorrow, Odette and I are going to bake a cake and she's only mentioned it 187 times this week. We even had to make an Olaf out of play-doh and make him a cake lol! It must be from last week's brownie baking that got her all excited...

This girl could seriously bake all day, every day! It is so much fun now that she can help me in the kitchen :) She also NEEDS to sit on the counter every time I'm cooking breakfast and makes sure that I add everything correctly to her oatmeal like chia seeds and pumpkin butter lol. Speaking of pumpkin, have you tried the new Pumpkin Spice Natural Bliss creamer? It's AMAZING and there are only four ingredients that are all pronounceable, unlike most creamers...

Last but certainly not least, how cute does my sassy little skeleton look in her jammies?

Such a steal for only $6! I'm also loving THESE skeleton jammies in purple :) Plus, they glow in the dark which makes them even more fun!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Winter Lawn Tips & Tricks

Thursday, October 01, 2015
This winter will mark our fourth year in our house! I've mentioned before that our house was a foreclosure and therefore had no backyard. It was literally just a dirt lot and nothing else. After years of managing our outdoor desert landscape, I think we've finally figured out the secret to growing a great winter lawn (if you didn't know, in AZ you need to plant summer and winter grass). Mike planted our lawn this past Saturday and I kid you not, our grass is already an inch tall and emerald green after only five days!! For all you desert dwellers, here are just a few tips & tricks that we've learned about growing a GREAT winter lawn...

// Annual Ryegrass Grass Seed //
Last year, my husband had the crazy idea of using a 50 pound bag of seed that covers about 10,000 sq. feet for our small 1800 sq. foot yard. Low and behold, that much seed meant a VERY thick and lush winter lawn. I guess the joke's on me because buying that 50 pound bag was the best idea!

// Plant Earlier //
For several years we would wait until mid October to plant our lawn. That was fine and all, but last year I wanted a lawn earlier after the dreaded hot summer. We found that by planting our grass at the end of September it came up SO much faster!

// Watering //
This is a no-brainer, but keep your grass seed moist at all times! We water each section of our lawn for 15 minutes, 2x a day to keep it pretty moist.

// Topper //
Traditional lawn toppers are great, but at $3 a bag the price can start to add up fast! This year we went with steer manure and bought 10 bags at only $1 per bag. Several days of dealing with the smell and our lawn is thriving...

Overall, I'm so glad we've discovered these little tricks! I can't wait for our lawn to grow in a little bit thicker, so Odette can play in the backyard again. She has been refusing to go outside and says, "HOT' whenever I ask her if she wants to play outside. Needless to say, mama is going a little bit crazy indoors and I'm pretty darn excited to get some fresh air!!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Fall calls for EVERYTHING pumpkin! Monday, I finally had my first pumpkin spice drink from Starbucks (iced of course) and that made me want even more pumpkin flavored treats. I've been wanting to try a slow cooker pumpkin butter for awhile and I finally made one this week! I searched Pinterest and combined several recipes to make my own delicious pumpkin butter. Mmm... set your slow cooker to low and get ready to have your whole house smell like a heavenly piece of pumpkin pie!

// Ingredients //
-1 Can Pumpkin Puree
-1 Cup Brown Sugar
-3/4 Cup Apple Juice
-Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
-1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
-1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
-1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
-1/8 Teaspoon Allspice
// Directions //
1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and set to low.
2. Cook on low for three hours, stirring frequently.
3. Pour into airtight mason jars and store in the refrigerator.
4. Enjoy!
The last few days I've been stirring a few tablespoons of this into our oatmeal and it's DELICIOUS! Odette asks for her pumpkin oatmeal first thing when she wakes up too :) I mean who could say no to something that tastes like pumpkin pie, first thing in the morning? I would never turn that down!
Hope you're all having a great week so far!!

Toddler Girl Fall Style

Monday, September 28, 2015
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend!! Ours is just starting, so today's post will be short & sweet. Have any of you been to Old Navy and browsed around the toddler section lately? They have so many things on sale right now and I especially love some of their long-sleeve tees that are only $5! They are perfect for playdates, trips to the park or just lounging around the house. Other trends that I always love for the fall are jean jackets, chambray, stripes and chunky knit sweaters!! These are just a few of my favorites...
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Dressing Odette is getting more fun the older she gets! I can't help but want ALL of these cute pieces! Hopefully, the weather will start to cool down so we'll be able to start dressing for fall. Bring on the cool weather, please!!

Have you purchased anything new for fall yet?