Ladybug Girl

Monday, February 08, 2016
I remember when Odette was only six months old and I was talking to my sister on the phone. She laughed when I told her we were at Target and asked me if Odette had ever been anywhere besides Target. Umm... nope! Not saying that we don't go anywhere else, but Target is and always will be our go to store. Apparently, I'm just a walking cliché because every girl loves Target (more favorable known as, Tar-Jay)! Speaking of our favorite store, have you seen the new adorable line of toddler girls' clothing inspired by Ladybug Girl? It is so cute and perfect for any little nature girl! Here are just a few of my faves from their toddler girls' Ladybug Girl lineup...

 ^^ Total ham status and her little poses get better and better!
Happy Monday, friends! May your coffee be strong & your Monday be short!

Hearty Quinoa Chili

Friday, February 05, 2016
The chilly days are coming to a close for us AZ folk, so I'm trying to get in as much cold weather fare as possible! With game day this weekend, I thought I would share a delicious chili recipe that I came up with earlier this week. The secret ingredients are quinoa and a dash of cinnamon to give it a little kick to your taste buds! That combined with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, three kinds of beans, garlic, and plenty of chili powder, all meld together into one TASTY dish! Who doesn't love a nice warm bowl of chili on a cold winter's day, am I right?! Are you craving some chili yet? Good, let's get started...
// Ingredients //

  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Chili Beans
  • 2 Cans Tomato Sauce (15 oz. each)
  • 1 Extra Large Can Diced Tomatoes + Juice (28 oz.)
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste (6 oz.)
  • 1 Lb. Organic Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Medium White Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Dried Garlic
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon

// Directions //

1. Finely chop half a white onion.
2. Brown ground beef and diced onions in a pan.
3. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, including the ground beef and onions, and stir to combine.
4. Cover your crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
5. Serve with optional toppings like sour cream, cheese, cilantro, avocado, and tortilla chips.
6. Enjoy!

^^ I topped my chili with a dollop of sour cream, diced avocado and some cilantro! Yum!!
Hope you all have a wonderful & warm weekend!!


Essential Oils for Toddlers

Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Good morning, friends! If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know that I'm a big supporter of doTerra essential oils. Obsessed would be putting it lightly because I use these on the daily and swear by them! My family has never been healthier and I fully believe it directly corresponds with our use of these oils. Since I'm such a huge believer in essential oils, I wanted to do a post on my favorites that I use with Odette every day. I'm by no means an expert, but these are simply the tips & tricks I've learned along the way...

First things first, where do you buy essential oils?
There are a variety of places you can purchase essential oils and my two favorites are directly through their site HERE or on Amazon. I tend to buy them off Amazon prime because I get free shipping and their prices are great (Amazon prime was one of the best inventions ever!). Also, if you're looking to learn more about essential oils and everyday use I would highly recommend THIS book. It's a great reference for using each oil effectively and safe.
// Dilute //
If you're putting essential oils on your toddler or baby, make sure that you dilute the oils. They are very potent and since children's bodies are so sensitive you should always dilute your oils in a 1:3 ratio with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
// Application //
To apply your oils, the most effective way to apply them is to the bottom of your feet. By applying the oils to your feet they will be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream! Another great reason to put them on your feet is that the skin is tougher than other parts of the body, so it's much less likely to have irritation if your skin is sensitive. I put a drop on one of the bottoms of Odette's feet and then rub them together. After I apply all of her oils, I put socks on her feet until they are absorbed. That way she doesn't leave oily foot prints all over the house.

Let's take a more in depth look at my favorite essential oils individually...
// On Guard //

This is our #1 used essential oil and best for staying healthy! On Guard is a combination of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils that creates an amazing support for your immune system. Everyone in my family uses one drop a day to stay healthy throughout flu season and the winter months. If there is any oil that I would 100% recommend, it would be this! Babies, toddlers, and adults can use this to stay healthy! Throughout the years they've come out with throat lozenges, cleaners, etc. I wrote a post on my favorite On Guard cleaner HERE and still use it on the daily. On any given day our house smells like On Guard and I know that my family is being protected from all those germs :)

// Balance //
I recently purchased this again because it's great for adults to use daily, as well as toddlers! This is the 'calm down' oil that has immensely helped tame those cranky days for my little one. Balance oil works by promoting feelings of calmness, peace, relaxation, and a sense of balance.

// Elevation //

Feeling down or just having a bad day?

Put one drop of this oil on and you will instantly feel uplifted. I discovered this years ago, but forgot that I had a brand new bottle in my cabinet until just recently. The last few months I've been putting a drop on both myself and Odette and it's been amazing! Happiness is a state of mind, but this baby definitely helps!

// Serenity //

Want to get the best night's sleep of your life?

Look no further than Serenity oil. It's a combination of  Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang, with the aromas of Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean to completely calm you down. Just rub a drop of this oil on your feet before bed and you'll have your most restful night's sleep yet! I've been using this on Odette for the last few weeks and it definitely lives up to it's name: CALMING. If you know my daughter, she's anything but calm and needs a little extra help in this department lol. Since I've been using this, I've definitely noticed a more calm girl and she's been taking better naps and sleeping better throughout the night!

This oil is great for the whole family as well! I always get the best night's sleep when I put this oil on before bed. My hubby uses it too and LOVES it!

So, those are just a few of our favorite essential oils. We have many more of course and I also love Breathe, Frankincense, Lemon, Melaleuca, and Wild Orange just to name a few more.

Do you use essential oils? Which ones are your favorites? Please let me know if you have any questions & have a great day!

My Valentine

Monday, February 01, 2016
Happy February 1st! The countdown is on to Valentine's Day and Odette had the best time making her Valentine's Day cards this year. The older she gets, the more fun it gets! There are so many adorable ideas floating around on Pinterest and I know the coming years of preschool/grade school will be so much fun. This year we went with glitter stickers & plenty of pink for our loved ones! Odette seemed to like the LOVE glitter stickers the most and ran out of them almost immediately. She's such a little love bug...
^^ These two are the cutest daddy/daughter duo ever!
Sorry for the photo overload. Gosh, it's so hard for me to stop at 3 pictures or 17 for that matter lol! I really need a computer with unlimited memory, as you could have probably guessed.
Have you made Valentine's Day cards with your little ones?!


Valentine's Smoothies

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Valentine's mode is in full swing in our house lately including plenty of pink crafts & treats! Today, I wanted to share this super simple smoothie with a Valentine's twist perfect for your loved ones. For the last few months Odette has been majorly opposed to anything healthy. I can't say I blame her though, because Thanksgiving through New Year's is full of sweets & treats that are too had to resist. In turn that created a sour taste for veggies and all those healthy foods mama wants her to eat.

Slowly but surely though, I've been sneaking in veggies here and there and she's getting back on track to loving healthy foods. However, her aversion to carrots, peas and lima beans is still in full force lol. Last week she was listing off the foods she dislikes during dinner! What am I going to do with this girl?

That's where this smoothie comes in! It's full of protein and the perfect breakfast or snack option for you and your little ones...

// Ingredients //
- 2 Cups Frozen Strawberries
- 1 Banana
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds or Chia Seeds
- Handful of Spinach
- 1/2 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
- Stevia/Sugar to Taste

// Directions //
1. Put all ingredients in a high powered blender.
2. Blend until smooth, if it's too thick add more vanilla yogurt or a splash of milk.
3. To make the sugar rimmed glass, dip the top of your cup in a bowl of water and then dip into a bowl of sprinkles. Healthy foods taste so much better with a touch of pink sprinkles!
4. Pour into 2 glasses, add a festive straw and enjoy!

 ^^ Messy hair, don't care!!

 Hope you enjoy this smoothie :) If you have any tasty smoothie recipes, please share!