What’s Up Wednesday~ July

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What we’re eating this week:

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Blueberry peach frozen yogurt pop

I made these homemade frozen yogurt popsicles for the kids; but Mike and I are totally guilty of raiding the stash during our late night movie watching sessions.

Cream City BBQ

We have also been putting Cream City BBQ sauce on anything we deem appropriate and also tried using their  MKE Rub on some homemade fries…highly recommend!! Not only are their products delicious, for each bottle of sauce or rub sold they provide one meal to a person in need! That is my kind of company!

What I’m reminiscing about:

Traveling! I have the travel bug bad right now and can’t stop daydreaming about places we’ll go. Mid August we are going to spend a whole week at a cabin my parent’s rented and I can.not.wait. Just Mike, me, the kids and my parents. Shorts and tees, sandy bare feet, my little fishies swimming in the lake, bonfires and the smores that come with it, pontoon riding, and no schedule to keep, the best!

What I’m loving:

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This gorgeous necklace my parents got me on their cruise through Eastern Europe and Russia! It had the sweetest gold and swarovski crystal hearts on it! Swoon!

 

What we’ve been up to:

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Soaking in as much Vitamin D as we can! Summer is more than half way over which is hard to believe….so we have been trying to get outside as much as we can! Whether we take the kiddie pool out, go on a hike, have a picnic Panera dinner at the park, or our beloved stroller walks through the neighborhood. We’ve also been spending tons of time in our garden! This is our first year attempting a garden and we have learned a lot. Mike keeps saying this is our learning year, and I’d say our biggest takeaways is we need a fence because bunnies and deer keep eating our strawberries and squash blossoms!

 

What I’m dreading: When Mike’s summer school hours are over. My husband is a Special Ed Teacher and it has been so nice having a laid back schedule these past couple months! With him finishing at noon Mon-Thurs and being off on Fridays it has been wonderful having him be able to help around the house more and work on projects we have talked about for months! Dinner is usually made or being made when I get home from work/picking up the kids at daycare and that has been amaaaazing! So blessed!

 

What I’m working on:

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Not worrying about the small stuff. You know the poem by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton that says:

“The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

I need to constantly remind myself of this as I am always rushing and stressing to keep the house in order and then feel like I don’t have enough time with my littles. I need to be ok in the beautiful mess now, because I can have a clean house any time in my life but these precious moments with my babes? They are gone in a flash!

 

What I’m excited about:

The Gilmore Girls Reunion Episodes!! OMG you guys! I know it’s not for a while but I looooved this show and watched it with my Mom all the time and was over the moon to hear they were doing this! And have you seen the preview? Ugh, amaze!

 

What I’m watching/reading:

 

We just watched two very different but very good movies. The Life of Adaline and Spotlight. Recommend both if you haven’t seen! Also at the edge of my seat for the Bachelorette finale next week and to find out what the heck is happening on PLL!!

After reading a friends post on Outlander I finally caved and ordered the third book Voyager! I cannot wait for it to arrive and I NEED to finish it before Season 3 starts!

 

What I’m listening to:

Mia ( My four year old) has had me playing JT’s Cant Stop the Feeling on a loop for almost a week now. When I do get a chance to pick I’ve been gravitating to:

Fifth Harmony: Work From Home

Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt: Heartbeat

DNCE: Cake By The Ocean

Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud

Sia: Cheap Thrills

 

What I’m wearing:

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I always like my clothes flowy and comfy and right now I’m pretty much always in my fave Old Navy Tees and cutoff shorts or a top from my new fav shops The Happy Goose Shop and Gypsy Outfitters. If you like Boho, check these out.

 

What I’m doing this weekend:

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Going to the Washington County Fair! Last year I took Mia and a Mommy Daughter Date and we had theeeee best time! This year the boys will join us and it will be so much fun! We live mins from the fair grounds which is a nice perk!

 

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Well I already mentioned our family trip to the cabin, so besides that; soaking is these last days of summer with not much on the agenda! June and July were crazy busy so it will be nice to slow down, you know how they say” Summertime…and the livin is easy” 🙂

What else is new:

Mia transitioned to her big girl bed this summer! I have a tour of her room here . It has been a tough transition with either her ending up in our bed or one of us ending up in hers, but remember what I mentioned earlier about babies dont keep? Yeah I just keep repeating that to myself. 😉

 

Bonus Question: What was your favorite part about summer?

Summer is my faaave so it’s hard to pick! The gorgeous flowers, the hot weather, the sunshine, the sunsets, I love it all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Tour: Mia’s Room

I am long overdue to post a tour of Mia’s room! I shared Joaquim’s room back in February and love how I can look back at these posts and see what our home was like at a point in time.

We moved into our current home New Year’s Day ( yes we are crazy) 2013. Mia was six months old! I just loved what we had done with her room in our previous home and just wanted to change the paint colors a bit, so we did just that.

Now, this may seem to simplify things yes? But no, that is  not the case here where my husband dearest had made a custom stencil to border her room based off a DVF print of a dress I had bought for Mia when she was still living in my preggo belly. If you’ve known me for a while now, you know I work in retail and am a big fan of fashion. Diane Von Furstenberg is one of my all time fav designers and luck would have it that she launched a baby/kids line with Gap the year I was pregnant with my baby girl. So I of course bought her way too many adorable pieces and one of them had a print that was also on the shopping bag and Mike took that and made a stencil out of it! He is just the best isn’t he? In our first home he even made a light switch cover with the print on it, but the new one wasn’t as easy to create.

Now that you have a little background story, let’s start the tour!

First let me show you a pic from our previous home, when Mia was still sleeping in a crib, and I was not blogging, or on the blog radar much and def was not paying attention to picture quality as much. ha!

 

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See? Bad, bad Bruna, you can’t even see the detail of that stencil! So here is a closeup of it in our current home with the new colors:

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And here is her convertible crib at it’s final stage/ how her room is currently:

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Baby girl is all grown up!

 

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Beyond envious of her window seat

 

 

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Another little reading corner for our book worm, used to rock her on that chair every night *tear 😦

Mermaid blanket made by my talented sister in law!

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This hung on the door of the hospital room I was born in! I just had to have it in her room 🙂

 

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This was a sweet gift from some of our friends

 

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I like to call this Mia’s traveling dresser because there are trinkets from all over the world. The Eiffle tower is from when my mom went to Paris, the starfish from my trip to Florida last May, the wooden horse is from Sweden, the maraca from Brazil and the mouse ears from her Aunt Lizzy and Aunt Ann’s trip to Disney.

 

And there you have it, Mia’s room in a nutshell, hope you enjoyed the tour!

Homemade Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

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There has been a massive heatwave the past few days with the heat index in the 100s! The kids have been loving to run through the sprinklers to cool off and when I saw Stephanie’s post on frozen yogurt Popsicles I knew we needed some in our house ASAP. They looked so refreshing and healthy too! I use vanilla Greek yogurt to give the kids an easy way to get a little extra protein in their diet, but vanilla is key as I’ve tried these before with plain Greek yogurt and found them too sour. You could also add a little vanilla to plain Greek yogurt if that’s what you have around the house!

I checked out a couple other bloggers recipes as well, added my own little quirks and voila! These are so easy and a great healthy snack for the kids and for yourself!   They’re also a great way to use up fruit you may not get to in time 🙂

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Kid approved!

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Enjoy!

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Blueberry Peach Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

  • 15 ozs Vanilla Greek yogurt ( I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 of one peach cut in small pieces
  • pinch of sugar ( optional)
  • Popsicle molds ( I used these)

1. Combine yogurt and applesauce in a bowl

2. Add sprinkle of sugar and mix lightly

3. Mix in fruit

4. Pour mixture into molds and freeze for about 7 hours

When you’re ready to serve, hold the mold under warm water for about 20 seconds. After that, you should be able easily remove it from the mold.