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August 25, 2016

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Toys.

Treats.

These two little words are like magic with our sweet little four year-old boy. Anytime a tantrum is pending, and I just don't have it in me to negotiate, all I have to do is mutter one of those words, and we're back in action. I have to admit, I use the "treat" word a whole lot more often, since I have sneaky ways to make the treat I promise something that's actually pretty healthy too -- so this way we both feel like we're wining!


Last week we tried making Strawberry Greek Yogurt popsicles with our favorite Clover Organic Greek Yogurt. I've tried other brands in the past, but once I tried the Clover brand I haven't even thought about going back. We love the thick, creamy texture, and that it's just mildly tangy. And as a mom, I love that Clover is not only a local business, but that they hold their farms to rigorous standards, so I know that the milk and dairy products I'm feeding my family are of the highest quality -- that's why we #ChooseClo.


We also tried out their individual, flavored greek yogurts, and I am hooked on the peach and strawberry flavors. I highly recommend you give them both a try!



The ingredients that go into our Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles are so simple, that you probably have them all in your kitchen right now.

Here is what you'll need:
INGREDIENTS
1 cup plain Clover Organic Greek Yogurt
2 cups strawberries, huled
2 tablespoons Clover Organic 2% Milk
2 tablespoons agave
sliced strawberries, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place strawberries, yogurt and agave in a blender and pulse. You want to do this until it is just combined, but not over mixed. You may not need all of the agave, since the strawberries can be pretty sweet all on their own, so I recommend taste testing your mixture.
2. Add a tablespoon or two of milk if you feel like the mixtures is too thick. You want it just smooth enough so that it is easy to pour into the popsicle molds.
3. Fill each mold until it is almost full, and then lightly press your sliced strawberries into the molds.
4. Cover and freeze for a few hours, or until the mixture is hard. Enjoy!

If you have popsicle molds on hand, great! If not, you can use small paper cups, or ice cube trays. Small silicone trays, meant for freezing baby food, work well too. Just cover whatever container you decide to use tightly with plastic wrap, and then insert popsicle sticks.

Owen was thrilled with his special treat, and LOVED how creamy these popsicles are! And I LOVE that I can make his special treat healthy and nutritious too, even if he doesn't know it! 

What are your favorite ways to sneak extra fruits and vegetables into your child's diet? Have a sneaky way you trick them into thinking they're getting a treat, when you're actually having them do something that's good for them? Share in the comments below! 

This post was sponsored by Clover, but as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.



August 24, 2016

Lately: Ball games, Legos and Crawling

How is it that it's Wednesday already? And I'm just getting around to a little weekend wrap-up and a taste of what's been going on around here with us lately...



You guys, our house is being over taken by Legos. I'm not even kidding. Not only does Owen (and Keith, and me) love building with the Legos, but he is also addicted to Lego sets. And of course once he's built one he wants it to stay together forever and is heartbroken if it breaks. Where am I supposed to keep all of these things? And as he gets older the sets just get bigger and bigger too. I see a shelf in his room as being the best solution, but for now he's taken over one of mine in the living room.

I've started wearing Luke again! Not that I stopped, but he was so content in my arms or in the stroller, but now he wants to get around more so this is a nice little happy medium. When I wear him facing out he feels like he's doing the walking, so he stays content. He is getting seriously heavy though, so I can only wear him for short periods of time.


Last weekend Keith's employer had a free day at the San Jose Giants game -- which is the minor league of the SF Giants. We invited some of our friends, and tailgated before the game, and then went in to let the kids play on the bouncy houses and slides before having dinner. I'm a little ashamed to admit I didn't see a single minute of the game because we never made it to our seats. It was really fun, nonetheless!
How happy and adorable are these kids? It's just the greatest when your friends' kid become your kid's friends too -- makes for super fun parties and play dates!

Luke has changed so much in the last week. If you follow me on Snapchat you've seen that he's crawling, and now he even has his first tooth. He is into EVERYTHING and is already making frequent trips over to the television to push on all the buttons. Baby proofing is in full effect. Owen is learning to get up and run when he sees Luke coming after his toys.

I'm loving all the back-to-school stuff at all the stores and seeing everyone's cute pictures of their kids on the first day school! I picked up some more workbooks for Owen at the $1 spot today, and we've got a date this weekend to do some school shopping for him.

Hope you and your's are doing well!

August 22, 2016

Dinner Made Easy + Baby Ruth Cookie Bar Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NestleSchoolDays #CollectiveBias
Owen goes back to school in just a couple short weeks, so our family is gearing up for much busier mornings!

For most of the summer we tried to stay home in the mornings as much as we could before venturing out in the late morning. We loved this because it let Luke take his morning nap in the crib, let Owen play, and let me catch up on things around the house -- like prep dinner. The witching hour with our usually sweet 8 month-old makes dinner prep nearly impossible, so I try to either get started on dinner prep (chopping, mixing and measuring) in the morning while we're home, or make something fast and easy.

By Friday I am DONE with cooking and need a little break, so we try to do something quick and simple.


One of my favorite quick and easy dinners is throwing a frozen pizza in the oven and making a green salad to go along with it!

Last week we picked up DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizzas™ from DIGIORNO® Pizzas at Safeway and a STOUFFER'S® Family sized Lasagna to help make our evening stress-free. I also grabbed a bag of NESTLÉ® Fun Size BABY RUTH® to make a special treat for after dinner -- you can find that recipe down below!

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BABY RUTH COOKIE BARS
INGREDIENTS
1 box chewy brownie mix (+plus ingredients required)
1 bag peanut butter cookie mix (+plus ingredients required)
1 bag NESTLÉ® Fun Size BABY RUTH®, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat your oven according to package directions. The cookie mix and brownie mix I picked had different temperatures required, so I set my oven to a temperature in the middle.
 
2. While the oven preheats you can grease your 13x9 brownie pan, and set it aside. Then mix your brownies according to the directions on the box. Once you have your batter mixed, spread it out evenly in the grease brownie pan.

3. Now mix together your peanut butter cookie mix according to the package directions, and set aside.


4. Next unwrap all of the chocolate bars and chop up the Baby Ruth's. The unwrapping part is always Owen's job, and I have to pay him in chocolate, so we lost one or two along the way! Add the chopped candy bar to the cookie mix and mix until well blended. You'll probably want to use a hand, or stand mixer for this part!

5. Now you can drop chunks of the cookie dough on top of the brownies. You don't want to make the cookie layer cover the brownies completely. Let some of the brownie batter peek through -- it makes for a really pretty, marbled look when your bars are finished baking.

Bake them for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. 


6. Once they are done baking, let them cool in the pan until they are completely cooled. Loosen the edges of the pan with a spatula before taking the bars out of the pan, and then cut them into squares. You will totally ENJOY these!


We sure did! 

And the pizza and lasagnas hit the spot too! Can you believe that pizza crust is cheese filled? I mean, holy cow! 

So now you tell me; how do you make busy school nights easier?