Peach Punch Popsicles

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS

after school snacks

It’s the end of August so you know what that means… Back to School time! I’m having some serious mixed emotions about it this year. My boys are still in a pre-school program that I love and they do to. Last year they went 2 and 3 days but this year they will both be in school 4 days a week. Don’t get me wrong, they need it and I do too, they are starting to get a little stir crazy and we are ready for the routine. But, I have loved this summer and I will never forget the summer baby sister was born and we spent time learning all about our new baby… we are going to miss our crazy boys around the house, it might get too quiet.

I know that one thing will stay the same… the need for an after school snack. My boys always come home so starving! They wear them out at school :) It will be warm here in Texas for a few more months so we love to make homemade popsicles as an after school snack. My secret ingredient? DelMonte fruit squeezers! My kids LOVE them and ask for “squeezers” daily (and because they can’t read yet they don’t know they have hidden vegetables hehe).

del monthe fruit squeezers

del monte fruit squeezers

These popsicles are so easy that my 3 and 5 year old boys can pretty much make them! Peach happens to be our favorite flavor around here so I picked up the peach mango DelMonte Squeezers from WalMart and a box of the strawberry too. For these Peach Punch Popsicles I used:

a whole peach mango squeezer

about 3/4c 100% real fruit punch

a little fresh squeezed orange juice

peach punch popsicles

And we froze them to perfection :) My oldest son has declared these his new favorite flavor…. they are so, so good!

peach popsicle

peach popsicles

Fruit squeezers are also an easy and healthy favorite inside their lunches so we stocked up this past weekend! Right now select Walmart Superstores are running a back-to-school photo special. You can bring in or upload any photo and receive a free 5×7 photo. When you pick up your photo you will receive a coupon for $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2)Fruit Burst Squeezers. The offer is available from 8/1 to 9/13 while supplies last.

del monte squeezers

Is anyone else feeling bittersweet about this school year? I know that in no time we will have the hang of it and it will be the new normal but sometimes this growing up thing is hard… especially for moms ;)

Living Room Tour

Hi Guys! I don’t really have a lot to say about these photos other than here is our living room, where we spend all of our time :) I picked up (a little) last week so I thought I would take so pictures to have it documented.

living room

It’s pretty small compared to the rest of our house but it’s so cozy!

living room

Here are the answers to the most common questions we get on Instagram and in real life…

1. Our paint color is Colonnade Grey by Sherwin Williams

2. Our couch is from Ashley Furniture – It’s called the Loric Smoke Sectional

living room

I love our Built-Ins… there were here when we moved in. We have a basket of shoes on the fireplace because the boy’s room is far from the garage and the wicker basket on the mantel is full wipes and diapers. I want to do something about the red brick fireplace but I haven’t figured out what yet. Any ideas?

living room

The built-ins house our project life book, old baby books, yearbook and photo albums. Those colored books are my grandmothers LIFE books from the 60′s-70′s.

living room

living room

There you have it. Short and sweet, and well loved. I have a million ideas in my head but this room works for now. It’s hard when you have really little kids to put anything super nice in your house haha. Let me know if you have any questions about anything in here!

living room

Baby Announcments and a MINTED Giveaway!

I haven’t officially introduced the baby… here she is :)

minted giveaway

Having a baby girl has been so much fun! She is very well loved! A little too well loved, her brothers love to wake her up to see her all day… eek! Because this is most likely our last baby I really wanted to do Birth Announcements because I never have before. I have to check off all of the cliche mom things this time around.

Minted is my go to paperie so I knew I wanted to order from them! Here is a tip… look at the announcements and pick one before you shoot your photo for it because there are so many different layouts and orientations for the graphics. I took my picture first and I left room for her name above her back. Minted has so many options and they are very customizable.

Another huge time saver is the free addressing! (I whited the address out for the photo) I also went ahead and added these little tags in some of the announcements for people that have sent baby gifts. An announcement and a thank you all in one :)

minted giveaway

I love the thickness and quality of the paper, I’m a paper snob.

minted giveaway

minted giveaway

Now for the best part… a MINTED GIVEAWAY for a lucky reader! Minted is offering a $150 online credit toward anything you choose! I can personally speak for their cards, announcements and art prints but they have much more! CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

photo 1

Good luck!

(announcements were provided by Minted, all opinions are my own!)

Gleeful Summer Baby Dress

Welcome to the Taylor Made stop on the Gleeful Fabric Blog Hop :)

gleeful summer baby dressA few months ago my friend Caroline made me insanely jealous and designed her own fabric line! Kidding… I’m so happy for her, and her new line, Gleeful is just that. So happy, bright and fun… perfect for summer. I asked for a fat quarter bundle because there is no way I could just choose one of these fabrics!

gleeful summer baby dressCaroline sent the fabric a few months ago and I knew I wanted to make a baby dress. I thought the Summer Baby Dress by Kate and Gleeful were a match made in heaven. Also a perfect match… these buttons!!!

gleeful summer baby dress

I actually didn’t have enough of any one fabric for the skirt part of the dress so I just used two different fabrics which I thought looked really cute for this pattern.

gleeful summer baby dress

I LOVE the fabric on the straps. I also love this pattern from Kate! So easy and so cute. I did add the buttons but other than that I stuck to the pattern.

gleeful summer baby dress

I even pulled out my double needle for the hem, so you know I meant business :)

gleeful summer baby dress

gleeful summer baby dress

I really wanted to have pictures of her in the dress but she is still too tiny… I’m thinking another month or so, thankfully (or not thankfully)  it will be hot here for a while so she will get some good use out if it!

gleeful summer baby dress

Thanks for having me Caroline! You can check out the full Gleeful line HERE

gleeful summer baby dress

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