Healthy Ice Cream Made with frozen bananas

Anyone who knows me knows that I do not eat chocolate. Never have, never will. Even as a little kid, I despised the taste and refused to eat it. (I know what you are thinking…I have heard it my whole life!) So when Avery was born, I was not-so-secretly hoping that she would be like me and refuse the stuff. Well, she went in the opposite direction and is a little chocoholic!

For a while, I was in denial and never made anything with chocolate in it. But then anytime we were out and someone would say the word chocolate, she would squeal with delight. So I finally admitted defeat and allowed chocolate in the house. And now I even look for recipes that will satisfy her chocolate cravings, and still have some sort of redeeming qualities.

My sister-in-law first made this treat for her when I was still in denial about her chocolate loving ways. It is super quick and easy to make, and it is healthy! Plus it uses up all the half-eaten bananas that get left daily.

I’m sharing the super easy recipe (can it even be called a recipe when it is this easy?) over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today, plus a few variations for all of us crazy chocolate haters out there.

Mini Notebooks - March

Month 3 of the year of mini notebooks project. March. In honor of the Irish.

May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.
Irish blessing

Mini Notebooks - March

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • white twill tape
  • green felt
  • scissors (not shown)
  • a needle and thread (not shown)
  • glue gun (not shown)

DIY Felt Shamrock

Directions:

  1.  Cut 4 small rectangles out of green felt.
  2. Trim the top so that it looks like a camel. (with 2 humps)
  3. Using a needle and green thread, make a few stitches through each rectangle, as shown.
  4. Repeat until all 4 rectangles are on the thread.
  5. Bring the ends together and pull tight until all of the rectangles come together into a circle.
  6. Tie the string tightly, making a shamrock shape.
  7. Take a piece of twill tape and wrap it around the mini notebook.
  8. Hot glue the ends of the twill tape together (but not to the notebook), making a band around the notebook.
  9. Hot glue the shamrock to the twill tape.

Happy March!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

Valentine
My sweet little Valentine needed something special to wear today, but I just wasn’t feeling the pink and red hearts I was seeing everywhere. A simple black and white outfit was just what she needed, and since it doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day, she can keep on wearing it.

And in case you are looking to make a heart onesie for the little Valentine in your life…

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You will need:

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Start by freehand drawing a heart on the rough side of the freezer paper.
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Carefully cut it out using the x-acto knife. You are left with a little freezer paper stencil.
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Iron the piece of freezer paper to the onesie, smooth side down, using a hot iron without steam.
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Using the foam paint brush, dab the fabric paint onto the onesie. Do a few coats to make sure it is fully covered. Let the paint completely dry, following the instructions on your fabric paint, then carefully peel off the freezer paper stencil.
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DIY Heart Onesie
Happy Valentines Day!
Valentines Baby

DIY Valentines Pencils

It is almost Valentine’s Day…are you ready? I am usually scrambling to get things done at 11pm the night before, but this year we actually finished a full 5 days before Valentine’s Day! If these sweet little Valentines look familiar, it is because they are basically the same as last year’s Valentines Bubbles, just a different shape.

heart pencils from Target

We started with these cute colorful pencils from Target. They came in packs of 8 for just 1 dollar, making this a super inexpensive project.

Valentines Pencils

I am not sure what it is about pencils, but my four year old is obsessed with them. I think it makes her feel more grown up to use a pencil to write with rather than crayons, or maybe it is just that she enjoys sharpening them so much. Whatever the reason, she loves having a ton of pencils ready to write with, so it was an obvious choice for this year’s Valentines for her preschool friends.

DIY Heart Pencils

As always, this was such a simple project. I printed the little strips on label paper, then cut them out and stuck them on the pencils. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as she would say.

Easy DIY Valentines Pencils

Now, in all fairness, I had to show you what her Valentines actually look like. I am a perfectionist and love beautiful images as much as anyone. But I also love promoting my daughter’s creativity and encouraging her to make handmade gifts for her friends. So while I was putting a few of these together, she was doing the majority of them. And these are the ones that she will be handing out to her friends on Friday. Aren’t they perfect? She was so proud of how they turned out!

a 4 year old

So while you are browsing Pinterest, looking at all of the beautiful images, keep in mind that they were probably not made by a 4 year old. But don’t let that discourage you from letting your kids make their own Valentines – even if they don’t turn out Pinterest worthy. I love hers so much more than mine – they are so perfectly her. And if you want – you can always do a few yourself, like I did, so you get the best of both worlds.

4 months old | kaley ann photography
Aaaaand…it’s February. I guess I should start with some sort of apology or explanation or something to account for the radio silence over here. But since most of you have little ones, I think it goes without saying. I had planned to share so many photos of our sweet girl, but those images are sitting on my hard drive, untouched, while I have been spending my time kissing her sweet baby feet instead. (Do you blame me? Just look at them!) I had planned to post about all of the projects we did while we were waiting for her to arrive. I had planned a few new series for this neglected little blog of mine, and some great new content for you all. And here we are. My two girls have gotten all of my attention lately, and isn’t that how it should be anyway? And let’s not even talk about what the house looks like, or the number of days that I haven’t made it out of pj’s. Please tell me I’m not alone?

I was feeling pretty down on myself for everything that I wasn’t accomplishing, and wondering why it looks easy for everyone but me, and then I read Words for the Mom of a Newborn. And all I have to say is THANK YOU! A million times. THANK YOU! It is exactly what I needed to hear. Instead of reading about how other babies are sleeping through the night when I haven’t slept more than a few hours all week, or how other people have picture perfect nurseries set up months before their baby even arrives, and I am looking at her half finished nursery (er…corner) 4 months later. You’d think that I would be a pro at this since it is my second time around, but I am fumbling my way through just like the first time. Parts have been easier, but goodness I have been surprised by the things that have been so. much. harder.

So I keep coming back to these wordsIt’s a season. A very short season that when you’re in the middle feels like it will take forever to get through. It’s a time in life where the days are blurred together and yet passing by. And you will get through.  You will simply get through.

Isn’t that whole piece amazing?!? I only wish I had read it sooner!

ps – I promise to get to all of those half-finished posts that I planned…as long as you don’t mind reading about last summer in February. :)

  • jenny - you are not alone :) and i must say… i prefer “real” to picture perfect any day… picture perfect can have a way of making you “the reader” feel bad about yourself… and like you said… reading where someone shares something real makes you feel that you’re not alone :) … and kissing baby toes is exactly where you should be anyway!

    -jennyReplyCancel

  • jenny - and i must say…. summer is february sounds fabulous!ReplyCancel