DIY {Photo}Book Covers

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was embarking on a makeover of our guest bedroom/craft room. It’s not the biggest of spaces, but we are making it work for us. There is a daybed in the room which is great for guests & space…it only takes up the square footage of a twin but has a trundle so can sleep two! The large desk that was opposite the bed I’ve moved into the closet and while it freed up a lot of usable space in the room we also lost a lot of the storage space from in the closet. So MANY items had to find new homes.

Some of those items were photo albums full of great memories from college. I loaded them up on one of the bookshelves in my new piece from IKEA, but….all the different spine colors & textures…it just wasn’t working for me. I needed to classy the shelf up! 

So I grabbed a couple pieces of scrapbook paper that coordinated with the room and got to work. I wasn’t looking for a permanent fix, so besides the paper I only needed tape. I cut the paper wide enough and tall enough to wrap just around the spine. Then I taped them down.

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It took probably 12 minutes to cover all 6 photo albums. What a huge difference it made!

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By no means was this little DIY necessary but boy doesn’t it look nice! 

 

Two Ingredient Ice Cream | #showusyourmess #pmedia #ad

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 Happy Monday everyone! We have had a crazy last few days, and I am actually looking forward to the routine of the week starting up again. III and I have been a little under the weather, so while we wanted to take Chickadee out for frozen yogurt to celebrate her 9 month birthday, we decided it would be best to celebrate at home. And this is great for you folks, because now I have a delicious and possibly messy sweet ice cream treat to share with you. 

Now, as you know with all celebrations you have to gather your supplies! So, while I was running into WalMart to grab some “get well” goodies, I also picked up ice cream glasses, bananas, raspberries, and a canister of Wet-Nap hand wipes from the napkin isle. 

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Did you read that? TWO INGREDIENT raspberry ice cream. So obviously one ingredient are the raspberries, the other…bananas. So not only is it ice cream, it’s healthy ice cream! Chickadee has eaten both of these fruits, so I knew she would love the taste as long as she didn’t mind the cold! The simple recipe is below:

Two Ingredient Raspberry Ice Cream
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 8 raspberries
Instructions
  1. Peel the bananas and break into 2 inch pieces. Place in a freezer safe ziplock and freeze.
  2. Puree the bananas until they become creamy (may take 4-5 minutes) and then add in the raspberries and puree for another minute.
  3. You can serve it as soft serve immediately, or refreeze if you would like it more frozen.
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She was a little hesitant at first, but you can see once she tasted the goodness, she DOVE right in! Since it was her 9 month birthday and all she thought it only fitting that she feed herself. To say she made a mess would be an understatement. However, life is sometimes more enjoyed when you are messy, so we let her have at it! The onsie might be ruined, but every stain was worth it. 

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She even tired to clean herself up with a Wet-Nap, but I had to step in and help a girl out. They are perfect for faces and hands, softer and stronger than they have ever been & they contain aloe to moisturize. 

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Chickadee isn’t a big fan of cleaning up usually but she didn’t seem to mind to much this time!

We love celebrating her. It is so hard to believe she is 3/4 of a year old and in 13 short weeks we will be celebrating with both cake AND ice cream :o) I’m sure we’ll have Wet-Nap wipes on had then too! I’ll be writing her 9 month update later this week, stay tuned. 

If you want to pick some Wet-Nap wipes up for your next celebration make sure and take this .55 cent coupon (while supplies last)!

 

Baby Pancakes | Baby Led Weaning

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I’ve been slacking big time lately! I’m pretty sure I’ve yet to post in July. I went on vacation over the 4th of July….and just kept on vacationing from real life when I got home. Every now and then I go through a little slump where I just am not up for blogging….but I’m back. Yay!

About the time Chickadee turned 7 months old I decided (and baby girl said she was on board) after a month of pureed baby food, it was time to move on to some “real” foods. She was constantly grabbing at our food and her spoon, so I figured I would indulge her and see what happened. I googled what types of solid foods were good for babies to eat first and realized their was actually a name for giving your little one non-pureed foods. “Baby Led Weaning” So here is my first baby led weaning recipe. 

Baby Pancakes | Baby Led Weaning
Yields 10
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of oat flour (I bought old fashion oats and ground them in the food processor)
  2. 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  3. 3/4 cup almond milk (any milk that is okay with your little one can be used here)
  4. 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 tsp of cinnamon, or pumpkin spice, nutmeg, etc.
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together well.
  2. Grease a nonstick pan
  3. Cook pancakes all the way through. When they begin to bubble they are ready to flip.
  4. **As a variation I sometimes drop a slice of banana in the pancake before I flip...you could also add blueberries!
  5. Enjoy!
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I use a normal skillet, but this pancake pan would make the perfect pancakes! Chickadee was a little hesitant at first, but once she got the hang of it, she dived right in :o) 

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Sometimes I keep the batter in the fridge and prepare a few pancakes at a time….other times I’ve cooked up them all and kept the extra in the freezer. You can throw them in the toaster or microwave before serving!

Baby girl has really jumped on eating “baby led weaning” style. She still eats purees occasionally, but she LOVES feeding herself and I’ve seen so much growth in her find motor skills that I think I can contribute to this type of eating.

If you are making your little one’s baby food, here is a post where I shared how to make a week’s worth of pureed baby food in one hour!