Adventures With Ellie

Pssst... How about a PUSH!

Today is gonna be an important day for my oldest and beside mama's prayers I thought these would be perfect for him and thought I'd share it with all of you because everyone needs that reminder and push. 

Love you Ramz! 

Breakfast Made While You Sleep

Can You believe we are into a new month which of course it 's time to set those new goals and yay for the reset button of sorts. I am of course in the never ending quest of trying to keep healthy and so today I'm sharing one of my shortcuts that I reminded myself about as I was looking at what I want to be to accomplish this month.

For me personally I know that Breakfast is the BIG thing for me. I need a good hefty meal in order to have a productive day and so you will see me eat the most then.

Today I'm going to share something that really helps me when I actually get it made on the weekend that way for the week I will just have to open the fridge and it will be ready for me.

I'm going to share how easy and quickly you can create a couple of these recipes. First off I get my jars at Micheal's craft store they usually are on sale if they aren't make sure to use a coupon on them. I actually think they are inexpensive and love them not only to make these but other recipes that I'll share at a later date. They are my go to making advanced meals. Now let's get started.

 Main ingredients they all use are these : 

  • 1/3 cup of quick oats
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup  low fat plain Geek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
Now comes the fun. Add these additional things for different flavors!

Chocolate Strawberry Goodness
  • 1 tbsp lite honey
  • 1tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup strawberries cut and halved

Banana Nut Happiness
  • 1 tbsp lite honey
  • 1 tbsp natural nut butter (I use PB2)
  • 1/2 Banana sliced (I use the whole banana cause I love bananas!)
  • *optional* 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts 
Blueberry Delight
  • 1 tbsp lite honey
  • 2 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 

Cinnamon Apple Surprise
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Add the start ingredients and add the additional ingredients to make the oatmeal of your choice. Make sure your jars have lids because you will need to close it and the next step you can get your kids to help you because you to shake them jars UP!

I usually do it 2-3 mins. See you even get a mini workout doing it. Once you have mixed up the jars well put them in the fridge till the next morning and when your ready for breakfast grab one and enjoy.

I hope you will give these a try and please let me know what you think. I will be making these these week. I also will share what else I will be eating in the coming weeks. It's time to hit the reset button on my habits because I admit I've gotten off the wagon and being healthy is something that is very important to me. Here is to healthier us!

Appreciation Gifts Teachers Will Love

Next week (May 3rd)  is teacher Appreciation day and I already have planned what I will be giving the kids teachers and today I'll share a couple of ideas you could give your teachers in your kids lives.

When ever I get a chance I love to spoil our teachers and this day is perfect for that.

1 -  Peach Teacher Appreciation Box: This is a cool gift that actually lives up to its name it has so many amazing treats in a box that you could have ready for your teacher.  Since it wouldn't arrive by Wednesday I say make sure you print out a sweet little note with it stating this gift is coming their way and it will be double as sweet when it arrives!

2- Gift Card to Paper Source : Need I say more about this one? I believe this would be an awesome place to send your teacher to shop for things they would love. They could either shop on line or go swoon at a store!

3 - Coffee : I'm pretty sure being able to grab a cup and not having worry about having to look for some change for at least 2 weeks would be awesome. I say you could make a cute little gift with a nice mug and put the gift card inside with a pretty card letting your teachers know how awesome they are!

4. Best Gift of All : SAY Thank you! You'd be surprised how much that means and I've learned from hearing our teachers saying that was so wonderful to just hear a thank you. I usually will bake cookies throughout the year and let our teachers know how much they are loved by us. They do so much and our kids so long throughout the day teaching and giving our kids love.

What will you be doing for your kids teachers this year? I plan on having some end of the school year projects soon to share. So make sure you stay tuned for that!

I hope these ideas have been helpful and they give you an idea

Over the Rainbow Sweet Boy

Today I had a totally different post ready to be shared but last night one of our Fluffy Boys passed suddenly and since he was part of our family I thought it was only right to write this up for him. We will always remember and love you sweet boy.

He was fine during the morning and through out the day but come night fall he spiraled down and passed. In a way I'm happy that he didn't suffer too much and we holding him and loving on him till he did pass.

It was pretty hard for my two middle kids as they we have had then almost 5 yrs now they were a Mother's Day gift from my Hubby.

I had actually been bugging Hubby for a while for them and totally had up on getting them until that wonderful Mother's Day that they became part of our family. 

I remember I choice his name George because of the Bugs Bunny cartoon the one with the giant who grabs up Daffy Duck and says " I will love and hug you and call you George" I couldn't think of a more perfect name. Gabi gave our other fluffy boy his name : "Sonic" as he was running as fast as he could inside the box when they arrived.

It's so hard to see my babies so sad and it breaks my heart but once again we held to our faith because as I saw Georgie was about to leave us Gabi and I started to pray and just as we  said Amen Georgie passed. 

I hope that helps bring a little peace for my babies today we will bury our Georgie boy and that will be hard as well but hopefully we will remember how having Georgie in our lives was for the better and all the fun memories. 

We have another fluffy boy named Sonic so we have extra pamper him and love on him as he will be missing his brother. 

We love you fluffy boy. We know you doing those popcorn pops in Heaven and enjoying all the basil and grass your little self heart can enjoy. 

This AM the girls are playing with Sonic and he seems OK and is doing his usual things. It did break my heart as I heard Isy ask "Mama where is George" and her siblings said Oh he's on vacation...

Sorry for the melancholy post today and I hope you will understand. This was actually our first actually family pet that we lost and so I had to document it as life is not always full of happiness but the one thing it is always full of is Love and that's what I want to hold on to and know our Fluffy Boy would want the same.

Word{less} Wednesday: Morning Starters

Up and half asleep from getting woken up in the middle of the night with my usual insomnia and the rustling of my youngest in her sleep leave me in the morning dragging along. Waking up the other kids that need to get ready for school hurrying into the kitchen to make sure all the lunches are ready to be taken.

Nudging the kids to move along and eat breakfast as we look out the window waiting for the school bus to arrive. One by one they leave and it's only the littlest and I at home. Now I turn to my kitchen that looks as if a mini hurricane has hit it. Sighing as no dish washing fairy has visited so that mean my first chore of the morning. Find my Kitchen once I'm done as if clockwork I hear my youngest say "mama I'm hungry" "Chicken please" We are at the stage that any meat well is chicken..The AM chicken she speaks of is turkey bacon... and so I get the pan out and cook up eggs and turkey bacon for her and cut up some grapes and get her seated and serve her breakfast.

Finally it's time to for me to say hello to my dear friend. The one that helps me open my mind a bit more that pauses my Robot mode that I am when I wake up in the AM.

Funny thing is that when I was growing up I was NOT a fan of coffee. I always wondered what it was that my mom found in drinking it as clockwork every morning. I'd see her pull out the can that help that coffee that seemed to bring her smiles. I remember her waiting for the coffee to be ready in the old school coffee maker. as I call it. The little Stove Top Espresso maker that you had to keep an eye so the coffee would not spill over when it was done. I do remember the aroma and how I would say it does pretty good but drink it no thanks.

Now here I am 20 and change years later.  NOW I understand. This is our quiet moment. This is my time to center myself (some what) as to prepare for the day. That feeling you get when you have your cup in hand and sit. The first sip that just automatically curls your mouth into a smile. Giving for even a second that you can conquer the world and what is in ahead of us.

Sure only for a second but that second is worth that first sip. As I finish my cup.. I feel my brain click and say "On your Mark.. Get Set.. Go.. although I must admit some days might even need another but I save that for later in the day when I know I'll really need it.

Well it's time to get this Day started. I'd love to know do you have a Morning Routine that helps you get started? I'd love to hear about it. ... HERE is to ROCKING this DAY!

Cleaning CAN be Fun Plus Free Stuff!

As I'm sitting here I can't help but be giggle to know what will be arriving tomorrow. Even more because I am just about done with my dish soap and hand soap and who would know this would make so happy!

I really have grown to love Grove as I've been using for a bit now. I didn't want to share on my blog until I really got to know about what I was using.

Grove Collaborative’s mission is to help everyone create a healthy, beautiful environment in your home. We grew out of a simple belief: The best natural, healthy and effective products for your home and  family should be the easiest to get.

When I read this I really was interested in trying this company then come to find out you ready... YOU get free products for JUST trying the company out.. Yup you read it right!  That's why I thought OK I think it's time to share with my friends who stop by my blog.

Before I give you the link and you run to get your order and free gift let me tell you about the gift.
The team at Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry)  put together this incredible Mrs. Meyer’s  Everyday Luxury Set set for you — for FREE.

  • Free Mrs. Meyer's hand soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer's dish soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer's soy candle
  • Free Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges
  • Free shipping 
             All of this is a value of $30 

If you’re new to Grove Collaborative, you’ll get this set FREE + free shipping when you use my link and spend $20. There are so many beautiful, healthy household products to choose from at Grove Collaborative, I just can’t get enough.

The set feels like something you’d get as a gift from a chic friend — the kind of gift where you’d say, “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” before eagerly tearing it open. So pretty and useful.

Can I say that I put the sponges to the side so only I would use them and left the other sponges for the rest of the family to use... OK I gave in since I knew I was going to get some new ones in my next shipment.

Finding the good stuff should be easy, trusting it works should be a given, and it should bring a natural clean, and natural beauty, to your home. So everything you’ll find here at Grove holds these  Standards:
  • Uncompromisingly healthy.
  • Beautifully effective.
  • Sustainably minded.
  • Amazingly affordable.

I must say I have loved treating myself to what feels like an indulgence knowing these products are clean and I actually have felt happier using things these in my house.

I especially love their Mrs. Meyer’s candle. It’s made with essential oils, vegetable waxes, and a lead­free cotton wick for a clean, healthy burn.

It lasts so much longer than conventional candles and the lavender scent reminds me of the flower market. This go around I got all my products in Lavender scent and I can't wait!

There are a limited number of sets available, and this offer is only good while supplies last or until Sunday, May 1 — so grab yours now. 

Here’s how:

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative  HERE You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer's Everyday Luxury Set for free when you sign up!
2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home. This takes under 30 seconds, and Grove Collaborative will use this to customize your first basket.
3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
4. To receive this offer, your order needs to total at least $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
5. Click “Finish & Pay” and place your order.

Also just in case you already a Grove Collaborative subscriber, they want to pamper you too! You’ll get a free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap with your next order when you use this link. 

If you have any question please feel free to leave me your comment below so I can answer you. If you go sign up I'd love to hear what you

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Three Toddler Approved Activities

The weather is getting warmer and I don't know about you but that means my little one is getting restless and just wants to jam in the fun.

Today I'm going to share a few easy and fun activities that not only keep my Littles happy but have given me a few minutes to do my other chores while they are having a blast.

The best things about these is YOU can make them when ever you need it and if you know me I love quick and inexpensive fun. So here we go :

Homemade Bubble Solution

 You will need :
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (who knew!)
  • 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap (I tried other brands but this one works the best) 
First mix together the warm water and sugar making sure the sugar dissolves really well now add the Dawn soap and mix slowly (that way you wouldn't get soap foam which will make your mixture not so good. We found out the hard way!) 

Now get ready for bubble fun! This is PERFECT for refilling those containers of bubbles you might have already purchased for your kids that need a refills

This is so easy to make and quick so I always make plenty to keep on hand. I refill the little containers and have plenty for another refill before I make another batch. This go around I bought blue colored dawn and that's what we ended up with! So see what color Dawn's soap you find.

Homemade Dough

You will need :
  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling, hot to touch)
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • food coloring
What I love about this is that it's super quick and it doesn't require vinegar like other recipes I've seen and it's super fast.

This recipe will make you 4 different sets of colored dough
  • First add your water, oil and stir a bit.
  • Add your flour and salt. (go slowly)
  • Mix together and knead well until it begins to resemble play dough. Now Divine then into 4 equal portions.
  • This is when I add the food coloring and get to kneading again! Yes you will get some color on your hands but I've found if you wash your hands right before going to your next batch you are should be ok.
        If  you find it too sticky add a little bit of flour, as well if it's too dry add a bit more of flour until you "feel" the right texture of the dough. Also for the color of your dough will depend on how many drops of color you add.

NOW time to play! Of course you can share with your kids Ha!

For storage I use plastic sandwich bags or a bowl with a good tight lid. Make sure to  keep the moisture out so it doesn't dry out. Best thing about this is if it does dry out it's super easy to make another batch for your kids!

Homemade Kid Friendly Paint

This is super easy and I don't know about your kids but my littlest LOVES to paint and is always trying to grab my watercolors so she can paint BUT she also likes to "taste test" the paint brush after she's dipped it SO when I found this I said well at least these are edible ingredients Ha. So here we go!

You Will Need :
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Food coloring

Get a nice big bowl and mix all the ingredients expect the food coloring. Make sure you  mix this well and now divide into 4 containers. I actually found a cute little set of 4 tiny plastic bowls that I found at the Dollar store which was perfect to put the paint in.  Once you divide it add your drops of food coloring and mix to a color your kids would like. 

Also when you divide your paints if you see it looks a bit too thick add 1 tsp at a time of water until it gets a thinner.  Your paints are ready for your little ones to get creative. I usually will sit Isy in her High chair and put a trash bag under her chair and an old t-shirt and she is as happy as she can be.

Here are just a bit of fun captured of my girls :

I hope you will give these fun recipes a try and if you do I'd love for you to let me know! I will be sharing some other crafts that we have been loving at my house in the coming weeks. So make sure you sign up for my newsletter so you wouldn't miss any upcoming fun.