Poppy, the Past Three Months

one week

Dear Poppy,

Oh sweet baby girl. We are soaking you in as much as we possibly can! You are the absolute sweetest baby and we are all smitten. I can’t express how thankful we are that you made us a party of 5. You are so mellow and are happy to be along for the ride. You haven’t had a rough night since night two in the hospital which has made it easy to keep you in our room. Upstairs seems so far away, so we have kept you close. And I can count on my two hands the number of times we’ve had to bring you down from the crazy cry in these past three months. Your sister and brother smother you to pieces. They love holding you, giving you their toys, and making you smile. Basically, the last three months have been better than imagined!

Hospital Collage

From the beginning you have been an excellent sleeper. Even on baby #3 I was the crazy mom that woke you to nurse the first few weeks until the pediatrician told me you were gaining weight like a champ and I should let you sleep. At your 2 weeks appointment you weighed 7lb 8oz and by one month you had gained almost two pounds (9lb 6oz). Around one month you were sleeping for two 4 hour stretches at night. You only wore your newborn clothes for a few weeks and moved into 0-3 months pretty quickly! You finally “woke up” around 9 days and we got to see your sweet eyes a little more. Some of my favorite memories from your first month are Chickadee she’ll get your diapers “because I’m the big sister” or she’ll cover you up in the blanket “because I’m the big sister.” She took her second promotion seriously. And Sprout to this day only refers to you as “my baby Poppy!” 

One Month Collage

By the time you were six weeks old you were sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night…I could fee you about 10:30 and you would make it to about 5:30, still a stretch, but some might call that sleeping through the night. By 8 weeks though you were sleeping 8 hours pretty consistently. Mom had to adjust a little bit, but once she saw you had gained 4.5 pounds since you were born she knew sleeping through the night wasn’t hurting you at all. At your two month appointment you weighed 11lb 7oz and were 23.25 inches long! Growing like a weed. I feel around the two month mark was also when you started to really “look” at us and study our faces. When you hear our voice you have started smiling and you have no idea what that does to a mama & daddy’s heart. If I knew how to type emojis I would give you all of the “heart eyes!” You began sucking on your fingers a lot to self soothe and I’ve been trying to get you to use a pacifier instead, you give in most of the time! You also rocked your first road trip over Labor Day. We went to Oneonta for the long weekend to visit Bebe & Pop. You were loved on by many and enjoyed lots of snuggles and a few lazy lake days. You can get used to those! 

Two Month Collage

And now sweet girl you are three months old. Goodness, where does the time go. Those newborn snuggles are hard to give up, but your HUGE smile is a pretty close substitute. You are quite chatty these days as well. Lots of babbling and cooing and smiling. You are now sleeping about 10 hours at night pretty consistently and we have plans to move you up to your nursery soon. You took another road trip down to Fairhope, AL where all 5 of us bunked up in a hotel room at the Grand Hotel. You slept by the pool and got lots of compliments on how cute and chill you were. We then headed over to Bay Minette to visit with Nana & Paw Paw and also were able to spend a lot of time with your great grandmother, Nannie. You are a champ in the carseat and for that I am so grateful because we are on the go a good bit. You nap mostly in the swing and like watching the mobile. When you do get fussy you like being snuggled up next to me in the Ergo or laying in your daddy’s arms. We truly are all smitten with you. 

Three Month Collage

We are so grateful that God saw us fit to be your parents. You are a delight, pure joy sweet girl. As our family grew so did our hearts and we are thankful that our love continues to multiply. We love your fiercely Poppy and pray that you love others like Jesus, just as your namesakes do/did!

Poppy Collage

DIY Fluffy Monster Slime (that isn’t sticky)

DIY Fluffy Monster Slime

How excited are you that is is OCTOBER?!!?! I would argue that it is one of the best months of the year, especially if that cool fall air has kicked in. Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Georgia. It is a nice balmy 82 degrees, the perfect weather for shorts and a tank top. We are hoping it will cool off my Halloween so we are sweating as we trick or treat this year! But aside from the weather woes, October is here and we are excited! And one thing that has us all super excited is this DIY Fluffy Monster slime. It is awesome, isn’t sticky, and best of all, will entertain your little ones for HOURS! 

I have to thank my friend Caroline for sharing the recipe with me…I’d seen her girls playing with is on her Instastories feed and I knew we needed the recipe in our house PRONTO. Chickadee has been playing with it for days and it even pulled Sprout away from his trains for a little bit, which is quite the victory! We happened to have all the ingredients on hand, but if you don’t I bet your neighbor can help you out. Here is the step by step picture tutorial. I’ll leave the recipe at the bottom if you want to print it off and see everything at once. 

First, you will need…

1 tbsp Borax, 1 cup of warm water, 8oz (2 cups or two regular bottles) of liquid glue, 3.5 – 4 cups of shaving cream, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp contact solution, and food coloring (optional)

fluffy slime ingredients

1. In a bowl mix together 1 tbsp of Borax with 1 cup of warm water. Stir until the Borax dissolves and your mixture turns clear again.

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2. In a SEPARATE bowl, mix together 1 cup of Elmer’s glue, 1/2 cup of water, and 3.5 – 4 cups of shaving cream. Stir with a spatula until well combined. 

DIY Fluffy Slime 3

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3. Then stir in the contact solution to the white fluffy mixtures.

Now is a good time to add in your food coloring (you can also however add it at the end and knead it into the fluffy slime after it comes together). If you are making green you can mix a few drops of blue and a few drops of yellow)

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4. Now for the Borax solution. This is what makes our slime NOT STICKY!! While stirring slowly add the Borax solution 1 tablespoon at a time. The slime will begin to pull away from the edges of the bowl. When it begins to form a ball that isn’t sticking to the bowl you’ve added enough (it took me about 4 tablespoons)

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DIY White Fluffy Slime

5. If you didn’t add the food coloring already, you can add it now. Just knead it into the fluffy slime until it is mixed together well. You will want to wear gloves or be prepared to have green fingers for a few days!

After your kids play for HOURS! you will want to store the slime in an air tight container or a ziplock bag. It will last quite a while and give your days of entertainment. Click the recipe below if you would like to print the DIY Fluffy Slime directions for later crafting!

DIY Fluffy Slime
Easy DIY Fluffy Slime that isn't sticky!!
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp Borax
  2. 1 cup Warm Water
  3. 1 cup Liquid Glue (2 bottles or 8oz)
  4. 3-4 cups of Shaving Cream
  5. 2 tbsp Contact Solution
  6. Food Coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. In a bowl mix together Borax and 1 cup warm water until dissolved and water is clear
  2. 2. In a separate bowl mix together glue, 1/2 cup water, shaving cream, and contact solution until well combined
  3. 3. Mix in Borax solution ONE tablespoon at a time until slime pulls away from the bowl and forms a blob (3-4 tablespoons)
  4. 4. If you want to dye your slime knead in several drops of food coloring (to make green use 4 drops of blue and 3 drops of yellow)
Notes
  1. Make sure you wear gloves and word on a cutting board, bowl, or parchment paper if adding food coloring. It will dye your hands and could stain your counters until it thoroughly mixed in! Then you should be good to go!
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Enjoy your hours of fun!! or should I say freedom :)

DIY Little Girl Bow Organizer

DIY Bow Organizer

THE BOWS! I don’t think I had any idea when Chickadee was born how the bows would take over. We have so many bows. I have several friends whose little ones won’t wear the bows, and I know there are pros and cons here :( I’m not sure how no bows would go over here, some things Chickadee and I compromise on (like not wanting to wear these cute mary janes I bought her for preschool and instead wanting to wear tennis shoes like all her friends, why does it start this soon?????) but not the bows. With her crazy beautiful curly hair we need to look like we try and maintain those locks and that is where the bows come in! As she has gotten bigger, so have the bows.

Bow Progression Collage

We started with these cute bow headbands, then graduated to the 3 inch bows, and now she is rocking the almost 5 inch…thank you Amazon for offering these in bulk! (affiliate link)

Chicken Wire Frame

For a while all the bows were in a big basket, but it just wasn’t working. So I grabbed an empty frame at Goodwill (this opening is about 12″ x 18′) and some chicken wire at Home Depot. Then I whipped up this DIY Bow Organizer in less than 30 minutes. Here is a little how to:

After wiping down the frame, I gave the front a quick coat of white paint. I wasn’t perfect and if anyone asks I am going for the distressed farmhouse look :). Then I unrolled the chicken wire to be 3 inches wider and longer than my 12×18 frame opening and cut it with wire cutters. Finally using one of my favorite tools, a staple gun, I attached the chicken wire to the back of the frame. EASY. PEASY. Finally I clipped on the bows and hung it on the wall. 

Bow Organizer

I’ve been training Chickadee and she knows to look at the colors in her clothes and then find a bow that matches. She really does love them. I often ask if she wants me to pull her hair back with a ponytail instead and 9 times out of 10 she says she would rather have a bow. Mission accomplished!

Stuffed Taco Bell Peppers

Delicious Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Yall, I cooked dinner! And it had more than two ingredients (unlike this 2 ingredient pizza dough)…I’m a little proud of myself. We are definitely settling in to life as a family of 5. Last week was the final week we had friends bringing us dinner and it’s back to the real world. We are beyond grateful for almost two months worth of 2-3 meals a week from our amazing friends! They are very talented cooks. And I will be sharing some of their recipes with you soon. 

Poppy is still sleeping through the night like a champ (most nights) and loves being along for the ride as we are in and out with her big brother and sister! Today she visited the library and duck pond for the first time before picking Chickadee up from preschool. The quacking brought a smile to her face. Chickadee and Sprout have both had a fantastic start to their school year, and we are all settling into our new normal. We are loving every moment!

Bell Pepper Recipes

If you follow me on Instagram (@astepinthejourney) you might have seen our most recent garden goodies in the Instastories. Our bell peppers rocked it this year and there were about 6 of them ripe all at the same time. So working with what we had in the freezer and pantry I whipped up these stuffed taco bell peppers during nap time, and they even have a little quinoa to make you feel really good about yourself!

Sliced Peppers

Suffed Peppers Mix

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa

Stuffed Taco Bell Peppers
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Simple and delicious stuffed taco bell peppers with quinoa!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Bell Peppers, halved and de-seeded (is that a word?)
  2. 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  3. 1lb lean hamburger meat
  4. 1/2 onion, chopped
  5. 2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning (link below!)
  6. 1/2 cup salsa
  7. 1/2 cooked quinoa
  8. 1 can black beans (drained)
  9. 1 can of corn (drained)
  10. 8 oz. bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  11. Olive OIl
Instructions
  1. In a skillet cook hamburger meat, chopped onions, and the one pepper you chopped. When the hamburger meat is cooked, drain the grease. Then add 2 tbsp of taco seasoning, salsa and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low. Simmer for about 10 minutes then set aside to cool
  2. Cook quinoa according to package instructions
  3. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and lay out your halved peppers
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the seasoned hamburger meat, cooked quinoa, black beans, corn & about 1/2 a cup of cheddar cheese.
  5. Fill your pepper halves with the mixture and place in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes pull out and top with the remaining cheddar cheese. Cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted!
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Bell Pepper Recipe

 These turned out really great, & while my kids weren’t feeling the stuffed pepper itself, they ate the filling right up! If you haven’t saved it before, here is a link to my homemade taco seasoning. I use it ALL THE TIME for Mexican/taco recipes. It’s great on ground turkey, ground beef, and chicken and since it’s homemade I know exactly what is in it. 

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. We ate a casserole I had frozen tonight, but I have big plans to cook again tomorrow. Everyone send your prayers!

2 Ingredient Clean Pizza Dough

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Yes, we are alive, and yes I am back to blogging today because Poppy slept 7.5 hours last night!! 7 is her lucky number…born 7/7/17, weighed 7 pounds flat, is 7.5 weeks old, and just slept 7.5 hours. We are all feeling a little more rested. She is just the sweetest addition to our family, and we are soaking in all of her “littleness!”

So while I am well rested enough to blog, I’m not well rested enough to cook a gourmet meal, and that is why today I am here to tell you my favorite new recipe that a friend in our neighborhood recently shared. TWO ingredient pizza dough. Yes, I said TWO! Self Rising Flour and Organic Greek Yogurt. Seriously, that’s it. III was VERY skeptical of this pizza making route, but after using this recipe to make the pizza for our weekly “pizza and a movie” Friday nights. He was sold. And I think you will be too!

I will share a recipe card with you, but seriously you probably won’t knead it (get the pun :)! )

Two Ingredient Pizza Dough

1 cup of plain organic Greek yogurt | 1.5 cups of self rising flour

THAT.IS.IT

Mix it together using a hand mixer. It will start to ball up, keep going a little longer and then use your hands to knead it all together! And that is it. It doesn’t have to rise…it’s ready to go! I can’t believe how good it is!

Pizza dough

To roll out the dough, sprinkle some flour on both the counter and a little more on your dough ball. This recipe will make enough dough to make a round pizza the size of a pizza stone or cover a rectangle baking sheet, roughly 12 x 17 inches. After rolling out the dough, bake 2-3 minutes on 450 degrees to give the center a head start. Then fix it up however you like. We usually brush on a little EVOO, sprinkle on an Italian herb blend, then pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperonis. Bake at 450 for another 10-12 minutes until the toppings are warm and the crust starts to brown! 

2 ingredient pizza dough

And enjoy! The kids like rolling out their own mini pizzas (which is why the shape of these is a little wonky!). Then we make another “kid hands” free one for us! 

TWO Ingredient Pizza Dough
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Simple, delicious, and quick two ingredient pizza dough
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Plain Organic Greek Yogurt
  2. 1.5 cups of self rising flour
  3. Pizza Toppings
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 cup of yogurt and 1 cup flour in a bowl with a stand or hand mixer until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Knead on medium for about 3-5 minutes slowly adding the rest of the flour until dough comes together.
  2. Sprinkle a clean counter top with flour and remove dough from bowl. Knead a few turns until dough is tacky, but not sticky.
  3. Roll out and bake at 450 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle on Italian herbs, add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and desired toppings. Bake for another 10-12 minutes until dough crisps and the edges start to brown.
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