|October 9, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Emmalyne, Parenthood|
For the last year I have known that I wanted to make Emmalyne’s third birthday party something art themed. Emmie has always been really into drawing and art so it fit her personality perfectly! I searched Pinterest and soon came up with the vision that I wanted. Over the last couple of months I have slowly ordered and accumulated everything that I need to make my vision come to life. On the day of her party I was so excited to see everything that I had in my head come out exactly as I hoped!
The best party about an art themed birthday party is that it keeps the kids entertained and gives them something special to take home with them. I set up little tables with individual canvases, paint pallets, and lots of different colors. I ordered painting aprons from Amazon so each little artist got to don their smock and set to work on their masterpiece.
For food, I had a kids table set up outside. I made Annie’s Mac-n-Cheese ahead of time and served it in little bowls. We also had rainbow fruit skewers, little cups of pretzels, and pigs in a blanket. For the parents, I had my counter inside loaded with a veggie tray, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, and pulled pork. The best part though was the desserts! I made sugar cookies with royal icing, cake pops, and had an amazing cake made by a local baker.
Food the goodie bags, I found mini watercolor sets online, included multicolored chalk, bubbles, and a pack of Skittles.
Overall I am so happy with how everything went. As I was setting up the party Emmalyne kept saying “it’s so beautiful!” which made my heart very happy. All the kids had a blast, parents got to socialize, and overall it was really an amazing day. We got blessed with perfect weather which was icing on the cake
Now I get to start working on Bryn’s first birthday …. hold me now.
|October 7, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Parenthood, Sponsored|
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars.
Thank you for all the well-wishes for Emmalyne’s birthday! I read them all to her and she kept saying “it’s my birthday”! Got to love three year olds Speaking of being three … I would be remiss to not confide in you guys about Emmalyne’s less than stellar diet. Ever since she has turned two she has had an aversion to vegetables. She will eat fruit all day long but give her something green? It’s game over. Somehow my kale lover turned into a veggie hater. What the heck?
So I’ve been on the hunt for finding ways to sneak in some vegetables into her diet. The trick for me is finding something that tastes great but is still a healthy snack option for her. So when I was given the opportunity to check out the Outshine Fruit + Veggie Bars I thought why not? Let’s give it a try.
The Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars combine real fruit, fruit juice, and vegetables with coconut water into a delicious bar. In fact, each bar is at least 25% vegetable which is right up this mom’s alley. While we try to eat whole foods as much as possible, these bars are great alternative for a healthier treat. They are great sources of Vitamin C and have no high fructose corn syrup which sets them apart from other options.
I tried the Tangerine Carrot flavor first and loved how refreshing and crisp the bar was. It was sweet without being overpowering and definitely hit the spot. Since summer is holding on by a thread here in Savannah these bars are nice on a warm afternoon.
The real test however came when I let Emmalyne have one to try. I let her choose which one she wanted and she went with the Blueberry Medley. What did she think? I think pictures speak louder than words on this one:
Her exact words though were “it’s so delicious!”. I think that means she likes it. We steer clear of most frozen treats but these are ones are a keeper in our house! I am not going to give up trying to bring this girl back to the land of vegetables but in the meantime I am going to get them in however I can!
What flavor of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars look good to you? Do you sneak veggies in?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars.
|October 6, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Emmalyne|
Somehow we are here, on your third birthday, and I simply cannot believe it. I was recently puling out your 12-18 month clothes for Bryn and it felt like I had just put them on your little body and yet now you are suddenly so much bigger! It seems like yesterday that I was meeting you for the first time, smelling your sweet baby hair, and watching you sleep.
My sweet Emmie Grace … you are the one who made me a mama and you will always have that distinction. We’ve been on a journey of discovery, you and me. You have taught me patience, humility, the ability to find the joy in the smallest of things, and what unconditional love truly feels like. Everyone tells you that your life will change when you have children and you think you know what that means but you simply don’t until you hold your own for the first time. Holding you sweet girl rocked my world in the best possible way.
This last year has brought lots of change into your life. Most importantly you earned the title of “big sister” and you have embraced that role to the fullest. You currently tell everyone who looks at Bryn, “that’s my sister” and you’re constantly patting her saying, “oh she’s so cute!” We are still working on sharing our toys but every day you give Bryn a little bit more. Bryn just loves you little girl and no one can make her giggle the way you can. I hope you two always cherish and love each other because having a sister is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.
Little one, you live life passionately and you feel things passionately. You are a spirited little girl which is sometimes challenging for both of us but truly I hope you never lose that fire that is in your soul. You currently love to read, horses, painting, dancing, and playing soccer. You have developed a passion for princesses and love to play dress-up. Everything is “so beautiful” and you love to give “big hugs”. You know your numbers up to twenty and all of your letters and are soaking things up at school like a sponge. At night you love to say your prayers, always including Trigger and Bailey, and insist that we sing “Twinkle Twinkle” and the “ABCs” as your lullabies. You always ask us for “just 5 more minutes” and are so good with your pleases and thank yous.
Every day little one you teach me more and more. I don’t know what I ever did to get so lucky to blessed with you as my daughter but then again I feel like I have known you my entire life. I simply don’t remember what life was like before you because you are in the center of my world.
You are the sunshine in my life! Happiest of birthdays. Mommy, Daddy, and Bryn love you so very much!
|October 3, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Misc|
Popping in for a quick Friday Five this morning! This is my last weekend before going back to class Monday so we are making the most of it and let me tell you, we be slammed.
1. My mom is here! My mom flew in last night for the weekend so she could be at Emmie’s birthday party I haven’t seen my mom since June so I am SO SO SO excited she is here
2. Tonight is our Military Police Ball! I love the Army balls because they are so steeped in tradition and I mean, who doesn’t love getting all dressed up? I didn’t want to spend the money on buying a dress I’ll never wear again this year so I decided to try my hand at Rent The Runway. I have to admit, I was nervous it wouldn’t show up but low and behold it came right when it was supposed to. My dress fits perfectly and I am excited to show you guys it later
3. Tomorrow is Emmalyne’s birthday party. She doesn’t turn three until Monday but in her mind her birthday is Saturday and will tell everyone in sight that! I have been in full prep mode over here and finished making the cake pops and cookies. On to cupcakes today!
4. I would be lying if I told you guys I was excited for Monday. I am dreading going back to this quarter because I know it’s going to be my most challenging yet. Combined with the upcoming holidays I am already stressed out. However, I know that as soon as I am on campus I will be ready to go
5. On that note, few things get me more excited than new school supplies #NerdAlert. It was always my favorite part of back-to-school growing up and I have an unhealthy obsession with having WAY too many pens. Target gets me every single time and I couldn’t resist these new notebooks either. The polka dot one
will fit perfectly in my white coat pocket and I love having a cute notebook in clinic
I hope you guys have a great weekend and can’t wait to share all of our adventures with you next week! Happy Friday!
|October 1, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under WIAW|
It’s been awhile since I linked up with Jenn for “What I Ate Wednesday” but given the fact that I am in the middle of my clean eating challenge I thought today would be a great time to do it The clean eating challenge is going SO well and my challengers are really embracing it and going all in. It’s been really cool too getting some new ideas for our meals over here!
My breakfast most days is the same – eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms, nitrate free bacon, and fruit. Iced coffee with coconut milk and stevia on the side!
Lunch was a leftover salmon burger on romaine instead of a bun, Greek yogurt dill dressing, and some baked Alexia sweet potato fries on the side.
After my workout in the morning I had chocolate vegan Shakeology mixed with unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 a banana, and ice. Other snacks throughout the day included an apple, cheese stick, a few pita crackers with hummus, 1 dark chocolate square, and a caramel Greek yogurt.
This soup is a winner! I made Against All Grain’s roasted chicken and vegetable soup. It’s full of nutrients – sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach, etc. and the flavors just scream fall. I can see this making a regular appearance in the coming weeks!
Overall I am so happy with how this challenge is going. You guys …. I haven’t had a Diet Coke in 3 days! That may not seem like much but to a hard-core addict that’s like an eternity. I doubt I will ever full eradicate it from my life but I am working hard to limiting it to only when we eat out and this challenge was the perfect jump start! Off to get some stuff ready for Emmie’s birthday party. Happy Wednesday!
What’s one great thing you ate this week? Any recipes you want to share?