Edible Necklaces: Summer Yums

Summer time is REAL when your kids aren’t in summer camp. Like lay in your bed every night exhausted thinking “This is REAL” summer.

The blog has been quiet this week because my house has been not so quiet. I’ve grown to love it and after a few outings this week I think I’m getting this 3 kid thing down…for now…and only because Rock is strapped to me at all times. Baby wearing for the WIN! The day Rock starts walking might be the death of me. But until then, I can pretend I’m a pro, even when I’m having 35 anxiety attacks inside.
I’ve been trying to get the girls in camps about every other week, so I can still get some work done during the day. When they are home I barely sit at the computer. When they are home my expectations of being anything close to productive is very low. Take yesterday for an example, the only thing we did was go to Publix, and that’s OK. At least we will eat well.

What hasn’t stopped is the Summer-Yums series and we will count that as being productive! Sophia constantly asks to make “fun food crafts” and I love it just as much as her! This week we did Edible Necklaces! So simple, so easy, so fun!
The girl’s made everyone in the family one, and wore them around munching for a couple of days. We stored them in ziplocks when they no longer wanted to wear them.

Edible Necklaces make GREAT little snacks for the kids to munch on throughout the day and to take to the movies! Genius.

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Basically any food with a hole in it will work for these necklaces. Or you can go beyond and use a needle to thread on different foods (popcorn, dried fruit, etc).
We used cheerios, lifesaver gummies, and pretzels to make it easy, plus we already had the cheerios and pretzels at home.

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Edible Necklaces

Ingredients

  • String or twine of any kind. (Something you would want your kids chewing on.)
  • Scissors
  • Candy/Food with holes:
  • Cheerios
  • Fruit Loops
  • Apple Jacks
  • Honeycombs
  • Gummy LifeSavers
  • Hard LifeSavers
  • Shortbread circle cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate covered Pretzels

Instructions

  1. Cut string to length desired.
  2. Place all food/candy items in separate bowls.
  3. Let kids string food/candy onto string, making sure they keep on the table so it doesn't fall off.
  4. Tie with done.
  5. Store in ziplock bags between use.
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2016/06/29/edible-necklaces-summer-yums/

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XOXO

WIAW plus a workout update

Happy day friends!
I am on week 2 of this 8 week challenge and I finally weighed myself.

I’m down 4 lbs. Woohoo!
I figure if I lose about 2-3 lbs a week I’ll be golden.
But I did google this just in case there was a magic trick.
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There’s no magic trick. Major key: Eat right and exercise. The weight will come off slowly, how it’s supposed to. Losing weight in crazy, unrealistic time almost ensures it to come back!

For workouts right out I’m using at-home workout DVDs and working out with Alisha using a combination of elliptical and PowerPlate machine. She’s a fellow mom and we may have used our babies as weights for some squats.

I’m really switching up the workouts this 3rd time around and I’m going to start running again! YAY! I received my jogging stroller car seat attachment in the mail so if everything fits and all goes well, I’ll set off on my first postpartum run! I haven’t ran in 10 weeks, so I might die.

Originally when I started last week I set out to do the entire 8 weeks of the Beachbody Insanity program. That’s what I did post-pregnancy with Sophia and had amazing results. It’s an awesome program and I know that it works…if you ACTUALLY do the workouts, everyday, and not eat like crap.  I also did it post-pregnancy with Penelope but for only 4 weeks and still had great results.
This time around I just cannot get into it. I did the first 4 workouts of it last week and started dreading it.
FYI: You shouldn’t dread exercise…you should find something you enjoy.

After 5 years, Insanity is just too predictable and monotonous for me. I know I needed something new to push me through. Insert Insanity MAX 30! It’s new moves, new format, and it’s only 30 minutes! I’m excited again!

I am not a Beachbody coach nor do I want to be. I just really like their workout programs. 😉

So, along with all that working out, getting buff and stuff, I’ve also been really good with my eating. I didn’t have any of the 9 desserts on Father’s Day! Sweets are totally my downfall and I’ve stayed clear. Again, no sweets/refined sugar, no white carbs, and minimal processed foods.

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Monday
7am Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
10am Snack: sliced carrots & cucumbers
1pm Lunch: Post-Workout Protein shake – Almond milk/water, banana, vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, blueberries
3pm Snack: Apple
6pm Dinner: Teriyaki chicken with sauteed zucchini, snap peas, red pepper
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Tuesday
7am Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
9am Snack: almonds
1pm Lunch: Panera Lunch date: Green Goddess Cobb Salad with chicken
3pm Snack: Sliced carrots and 2 cocktail cucumbers
6pm Dinner: Mushroom and Onion Covered Chicken with roasted asparagus
7pm Snack “Dessert”: Grapefruit
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Wednesday
7am Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
10am Snack: Post-Workout Protein shake – Almond milk/water, banana, vanilla protein powder, peanut butter
1pm Lunch: Spring salad with carrots and tomatoes
3pm Snack: Almonds
6pm Dinner: Ground turkey burgers with Brussel sprout skewers
7pm Snack “Dessert”:

Hope everyone is having an active and healthy week!
XOXO

Summer Yums: Candy Sushi

 Good Monday to you!

Who else is on a high from the Cleveland Cavs making history last night? I’m sure all of Cleveland is nursing a hang over today, either from non-sleep or too much partying! With all the excitement, we didn’t get to bed until about midnight last night. By excitement, I mean watching Angelo yell, scream, clap, pace back and forth, etc while watching the game. Thankfully the season is over now, ending on a good note this year, and going to sleep at a reasonable hour can return.

In other news I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day! We went to my sister-in-law’s house to swim, eat, drink, and hang out. We brought over a bunch of steaks and blueberry sausage to grill. There is a meat market by us called Rick’s Meats. They make their own sausages and I’m not kidding when I say they are the best meat I’ve ever tasted! EVER!

Now it’s Monday and Summer time continues, which means the Summer-Yums series continues! I totally dropped the ball on it last week due to some major advances on the house we’re building. (ALMOST DONE!!!)
Let’s just say that I spent almost 2 days trying to gather up the last of the lighting fixtures for the house, and I still have 3 more fixtures to find and buy, ASAP. The decision making on building a custom home is overwhelming, and that’s an understatement.  I hired an interior designer to ease the numbing headaches of picking out every last detail. I give her some inspiration pictures and then she’ll give me three options for each purchase. So, instead of picking one item from a million options, I now pick from three options. This doesn’t include all purchases and let me not ever forget it literally took me days to pick cabinet knobs for our kitchen. Who knew there were 89 million different knobs and pulls to choose from, in all different sizes, in all different finishes. Yeah…I can’t wait to do a little house tour on the blog when it’s all done. I feel it’s my little baby and masterpiece. 🙂

So, back to SUMMER-YUMS!
If you haven’t been around, I started a Summer-Yums series at the beginning of our summer break. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.

A couple weeks ago the girls and I made these candy sushi for a fun snack by the pool. Thank goodness this was before I took sugary sweets out of my diet and I got to enjoy the fun creations with them! Fun to look at and fun to eat!

In an attempt to make these slightly less unhealthy (every little bit helps, right?) , I used brown rice crisp cereal.

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There was a lot of rice crispy treat mix left over so we pressed the remaining mixture into a cake pan and cut into squares for snacks. I always forget how easy and fast it is to make your own rice crispy treats. I mean, literally like 10 minutes tops.

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But before we devoured the remaining rice crispy treats, we enjoyed sushi..without the fish smell! 🙂

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Summer Yums: Candy Sushi

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmellows
  • 6 cups Barbara's Bakery Gluten Free Organic Brown Rice Crisps
  • 1 package Swedish fish candy
  • 2 fruit roll-ups

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add marshmellows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Remove pot from heat and add rice crisp cereal.
  4. Stir until well coated.
  5. Let cool until easily handled.
  6. For Sushi Rolls:
  7. Unroll and layout 1 fruit roll up.
  8. Working on one end of the roll up, place about 1/4 cup rice crispy treat on the edge.
  9. Place 2-3 candy fish down on top of rice crispy, and roll up tightly.
  10. Cut each roll into 4 pieces.
  11. For "Pressed" Sushi:
  12. Unroll and layout 1 fruit roll up.
  13. Slice into 1/2 in thin strips (about 4 per roll). Set to side.
  14. Take 1 tbsp rice crispy treat and press into hands forming a oval shape.
  15. Place 1 candy fish on top.
  16. Wrap thin slice of fruit roll up around middle.
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2016/06/20/summer-yums-candy-sushi/

XOXO

Westfield Family Summer Series

This summer Westfield Shopping Centers around Tampa Bay are hosting a Family Summer series! 

This is a great way to get out of the heat and play inside for the day! It’s something different and new to make fun summer time memories! Plus you go home with some goodies! 🙂 

I took the girls to meet Bob the Builder at the June event a couple weeks ago. Continue reading below to see what to expect at one of Westfield Family Summer Series events!


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Going into the event I didn’t know what to expect and honestly thought there’d be some coloring sheets and a huge line to meet and take a picture with Bob the Builder. Kind of like what happens with the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. 

That wasn’t the case at all and I was very pleasantly surprised with all the excitement and activities going on. Since June’s event was with Bob the Builder, they partnered with Lowe’s and had all things centered around construction, building, and tools. 

Thanks to the blog and the Westfield family I was able to treat the girls to a VIP Meet & Greet with Bob the Builder before the event started. I think he was a lot larger than they had imagined him to be because Penelope didn’t want to get near him. She kept her distance and waved.  Sophia took pictures, talked, and played with Bob’s gigantic cell phone.
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Since Penelope didn’t enjoy the “live” version of Bob, we ventured over to another photo opp area with a cardboard cutout, which was much more up to Penelope’s speed. 

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Lowe’s had an area for the kids to make birdhouses (with real wood and nails) equipped with their own aprons and building kits. With some help, Sophia made a birdhouse!
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With a few minutes to spare before Bob the Builder made his official appearance on the big stage we staked out our spots in front of the stage (with the stroller) and went to the Lego section to build some cool stuff…like a teeny tiny house. They had all different types of construction toys out on tables to play with.
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Finally, Bob the builder took to the stage and put on quite the performance with songs, dancing and audience interactions. The girl’s loved it and I loved seeing all the kids singing and participating in the act.
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I was interested to see how the girls would react to Bob The Builder, seeing how they’ve rarely seen his show and he’s more of a “boys” cartoon. The event had something for everyone and the girls had a great time! And all day long we were singing the Bob the Builder song…”Yes we Can!”

We can’t wait for the next two series left this summer! Eddie & Sofie from Little People will be hanging out on July 6th – 8th. Then Barbie (my girl’s are dying for this one!) on August 3rd -5th!

P.S. Join me and the rest of the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Twitter  June 21st at noon for #TampaBayTuesday featuring Westfield Mall!

XOXO

Thanks to the Westfield family I was able to attend this event with my family. Although I received compensation for this blog post and other socials media love, as always, all opinions are my own. 

WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday

Hey there friends! It’s hump day or day 3 of being all about that fit, healthy, and strong life! (Only 53 more to go in this 8 week “Challenge” I’m doing with myself..LOL)

I’ve been asked about my eating habits, while trying to lose the post-preg weight, by a couple of people so I figured I’d bring back the “WIAW” posts to shine a light on my daily eats. If you follow me on Instagram you already see a lot of my eats, so I’m going to go beyond that and show you basically everything I’ve been eating.

As a nursing momma, who is chasing 2 other toddlers and working out,  I don’t count calories. In my opinion, if you’re eating whole foods, calories don’t matter. Is “too many” veggies even a thing?
Also, as a nursing momma, I incorporate good fats (avocado, nuts) and good carbs (oatmeal, sweet potatoes) to help with my breast milk supply.

It’s all about whole foods and other than these 4 simple guidelines, I’m eating whatever I want.

Eat every 2-3 hours.
No refined sugar
No white carbs 
Very Minimal processed foods (I understand chicken sausages, veggie burgers, etc are processed) 

Here’s a look into my daily eats. 

Monday
7am Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
10am Snack: sliced carrots & cucumbers
1pm Lunch: Salad Beast topped with a scope of chicken and cucumber salad (Salad Beast = Huge)
3pm Snack: Almonds & Grapefruit
6pm Dinner: Broccoli, chicken, sweet potato bowl
7pm Snack “Dessert”: Peach

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Tuesday
Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
Snack:Post-Workout Protein shake  – Almond milk, chocolate protein powder, Peanut butter, banana, flaxseed
Lunch: Chopped Cucumbers, Tomatos, and carrots with balsamic vinegaer
Snack: Trail nut mix
Dinner: Roasted Peppers “Tacos” with mixed greens
Snack: Bowl of watermelon
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Wednesday
Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded toast and 2 eggs. Coffee with almond milk.
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Post-Workout Protein shake (with added oatmeal)
Snack: Sliced cucumbers and carrots, almonds
Dinner: Spiraled Zucchini noodles with ground chicken meatballs

Do you follow any “guidelines” while trying to lose weight? Let me know what you do!
XOXO

PostPartum Body: A Journey…

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Mondays are always a great fresh start and this Monday is exactly one of those! I’m back on a journey that I’ve been on two other times before.

A journey to feel like myself again.

A journey to not wearing maternity clothes.

A journey that will end with me buttoning up my jeans without feeling like a can of biscuits about to bust.

A journey to al2getherFIT.
While pregnant I didn’t feel so “al2getherfit”. I felt pregnant and if there’s one thing I do when I’m pregnant, it’s eat. I eat all the good (bad) stuff with little or no regards to when to stop. When you’re pregnant, how many doughnuts or chips ad queso is too much? I don’t know the answer to that.

Now that I’m not pregnant I’m so excited to start this journey again! It’s a journey, a passage or progress from one stage to another and it’s not an easy one.  Every one of these journeys has been different and every one’s journey WILL be different.

BUT…before my posts turn back to a majority of healthy eats and working out, I want to address THIS…
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This is my post-partum body. Guys, I’m totally putting myself out there with this one.

Motivation Tip: Take a BEFORE picture!

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Hours after giving birth, alone in my hospital room I lifted my hospital gown to take a look at my post-partum belly out of curiosity.  Still healing, still trying to recover from a 10 hour birth, I saw that pale squishy belly, looking about 6 months pregnant and smiled. I smiled because it brought back memories from my first post-partum experience 5 years back. Five years ago after having Sophia, I looked at my post-partum belly, hours after giving birth, and felt disgusted and terrified. Why did I still look pregnant?! It’s now CRAZY to me that those thoughts were in my head hours after my amazing body just delivered my first baby girl (a human being!!) safely into this world.

This time my only thoughts after giving birth were on my new baby, my two precious girls eager to hug and kiss their sibling every second, and my amazingly supportive husband asking me hourly if I needed anything and how I was feeling. My thoughts were on my family, not my body.

Having been on this journey twice before, I know this post-partum body is so, so, so, temporary (if I have anything to do with it), just like that pregnancy body was. Why is it that we are CONSTANTLY worried about these temporary body situations? Three days before giving birth I was thinking about how large I felt, how nothing fit me, and how I never wanted to put on a pair of pants again. Then I give birth, instantly lose 15 lbs, have a precious baby in my arms, and I’m supposed to be worried about how THIS body looks.

Side note: The only thing that isn’t temporary about giving birth is the baby. And dear Lord help me with these 3 children. It’s really a whole other ballgame people.

Isn’t it weird that some people look at “loving yourself” as a bad thing? Without trying to sound an ounce of conceded, since having kids I’ve really learned to love myself. How did I do that? Well for starters, I don’t compare myself to celebrities on Instagram or magazine covers. Most of social media is filtered through photoshop first anyways…but none of that matters to me and nobody’s post-partum body should even cross my mind. When it does, I’m thinking “Good for them!”  Seriously, file OTHER PEOPLE’S BODIES under “things you shouldn’t cloud your mind with” because it has absolutely nothing to do with you. Stop comparing your body to a body it’s not and never will be! Yes, it’s good to look at other people as motivation sometimes but be motivated to look your best, not their best. For instance, I will never look like J-lo. I know…it’s a tough reality for me too (LOL) because I like big butts and I cannot lie.

I’m writing this post to maybe help someone, to maybe get in the mind of a new mother who is down on herself/her body. Choose to love your post-partum body and choose to work on it when YOU are healed and able.
Don’t only fall in love with your body, fall in love with taking care of it, fall in love with taking care of yourself.

I’ve fallen in love with taking care of my body so many times before!
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This is one of those times when I worked my ass off to be where I wanted to be. This is my AFTER picture with Sophia.
This picture is also a reminder that it took me 8 months of hard hard work, lots of sweat, sore muscles, and healthy eating to get this way. I know it’s not easy…

If you don’t workout for your body, workout for your mental sanity.
XOXO

50 Things To Do This Summer Around Tampa Bay

During summer time, there is SO much time for activities and if you have kids you probably feel like you can’t have enough stuff planned on the calendar to possibly keep them entertained the entire summer. At least not with their attention spans lasting about 90 seconds and the constant “what are we going to do next?!” question.

Well, good thing we live in Tampa, where the “Things To Do list” overflows!
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  1. Westfield Summer Series! — Get to meet Bob the Builder, The Little People, and Barbie at 3 different Westfield locations around Tampa. I uploaded the schedule to my FB page here
  2.  Michael’s Passport to Imagination at Michael’s Craft Store every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am – 12pm. ($5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions)
  3. Chic-fil-A Summer Fun Flicks at AMC Brandon Regency 20, Every Thursday @ 10:00AM. $1/person; $4.07 AMC Kids Snack Pack available (Proceeds will benefit ECHO Emergency Help and the YMCA)
  4. Muvico Summer Kids Series at Muvico Centro Ybor 20! Every Wednesday and Thursday @ 10:00AM. $3.00 includes admission, special drink, and popcorn
  5. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 at Clearwater Pier 60! Every Friday & Saturday at dusk. FREE! Bring blankets & chairs. Popcorn & beverages available for purchase.
  6. Kids Golf Free at Ace Golf locations in Brandon & Riverview. Everyday all summer long kids under 15 years old get a FREE small bucket of balls.
  7. Unlimited play! at Gator Fred’s every Tuesday for only $6.00 per child.
  8. Beat the heat and go for a Bowl at AMF Locations (University Lanes & Lakeland Lanes) $26.95 is good for 3 games of bowling EVERY day of the summer. Must register HERE
  9. Family Fun Days with the Rays at Sunday home games. Regular ticket price includes free parking for cars with four or more passengers, giveaways for kids 14 and under, and a variety of activities for kids on the concourse
  10. Want  TWO FREE tickets to a Ray’s game? Read your way to the Ballpark!
  11. Play, grill, swim, and bring your dogs to Sand Key Park!
  12. Take in some sun, fun, history, and camping at Fort De soto Park
  13.  Visit Glazer Chicldren’s Musuem. Don’t have a pass? Get in FREE on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm – 7pm.
  14. CityPass! Enjoy 5 iconic Tampa attractions and save 51%!
  15. MOSI – Free for active-duty Service Members and up to 5 family members all summer long OR get $3 off admission just by “checking in” with your Facebook.
  16. Take a nature hike or ride your scooters/bikes on their paved nature trail Alderman Ford Park
  17. Bring your fishing poles, take a trail hike, or swim in the natural springs at Lithia Springs
  18. Launch your canoes/kayaks at Alafia State Park and paddle down the Alafia river!
  19. Enjoy the best park in Brandon! All Persons Rotary Park offers a separate play area for little kids plus a splash pad to cool off after playing.
  20. Vacation Bible Schools – Check with your local churches for a free week of VBS. Age range is usually Pre-K through completed 5th grade.
  21. Enjoy a large spacious field to release some energy at Curtis Hixon Park. Plus a playground and two spray fountains.
  22. Take a bike ride and explore your city on the Tampa Riverwalk
  23. Visit the oldest living museum at Sunken Gardens
  24. A historic, beautiful , and color landmark at Bok Tower. Music fills the gardens daily at 1pm & 3pm.
  25. Splash Pad & playground at Anderson Park.
  26. Stroll through Hyde Park Village! Now you can get tacos (BarTaco), cupcakes (Sprinkles), coffee (Buddy Brew), and cotton candy (only in June!) all in the same spot! Newly renovated and more shops/restaurants opening this summer! Bonus event: Backyard BBQ for Father’s Day
  27. Get drenched by a huge water bucket at Water Works Park and enjoy lunch at Ulelle!
  28. See mermaids and the incredible blue spring water at Weeki Wachi Springs. It may be a drive for some but it’s well worth it for a day!
  29. Explore the amazing grounds, gardens, and play space at John and Mable Ringling Museum . Check out their Family Friendly series here
  30. Build things at Home Depot or Lowes weekly workshops on most Saturdays! Click the links to search workshops near you.
  31. Busch Gardens – If you don’t have your FUN PASS it’s not too late. Buy one day and get in FREE for the rest of the year!
  32. You can’t mention Busch Gardens without Adventure Island! Open for the summer to help you beat the heat! Get a game of volleyball going on their volleyball fields!
  33. Al Lopez Park is wonderful shaded nature park to bring kids for a picnic and visit the touching Cancer Survivor memorial
  34. Rock The Park Tampa every month at Curtis Hixon Park. A FREE music series for all ages.
  35. Pick up fresh baked breads, plants to beautify your backyard, and much more at the Ybor City Saturday Market, every Saturday at 9am, rain or shine!
  36. The Florida Aquarium has a NEW water play area! A rainforest themed, zero-depth water play area featuring all new water elements including water dump buckets, spray zones and a designated water play area for toddlers. In addition,The Splash Pad features dry elements for kids to climb and play on.
  37. Hitch a ride on the Teco Streetcar system between Ybor and the Channelside.
  38. See Lowry Park Zoo in a new light on select evenings in July at Sunset celebration! Live music, special experiences, and a dazzling light show!
  39. Devour and enjoy a Doughnut Ice Cream Cone at Dough
  40. Family Fun Days every Saturday at Salvador Dali Museum
  41. St.Pete Crab & Music Festival is June 18th at Vinoy Park.
  42. Discover downtown St.Petersburg! Tons of shopping and eats available!
  43. Edward Medard park is one of my personal favorites! The trees make for amazing photo opps, there are hiking/biking trails, boating, camping, playgrounds, and fields for frisbee fun!
  44. Grand Prix Tampa has major family fun and excitement! A family go-cart track, castle arcade, ropes course, batting cages, and more!
  45. Looking for something different? HorsePower For Kids offers horseback riding and trail rides for kids ages 6+! Visit their unique petting farm and riding stables!
  46. Pack a lunch, drive over to Lettuce Lake Park , walk through the gorgeous Florida park, and settle down under one of their many cabanas for a nature-filled picnic.
  47. Bounce around Tampa at all the different ‘bouncy’ trampoline playgrounds. BOING, Playgrounds of Tampa, SkyZone, PumpItUp. Most have an open play schedule based on age. Playgrounds of Tampa offers a coffee bar for the parents!
  48. Pirate Water Taxis can shuttle you to and from over 17 attractions & museums, 24 restauants, and 13 parks! They offer daily tours and discounted rates after 6pm!
  49. Enter a unique Greek community at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Restaurants, bakeries, shops, sightseeing cruises, and live entertainment make the Sponge Docks a perfect day trip!
  50. Tour the Florida Orange groves, check out the Wildlife Refuge, stop at the Cafe to enjoy fresh squeezed Florida orange juice and/or a Cuban sandwiche, and relax in the butterfly garden all offered at Mixon Fruit Farms!
  51. Catch a ride to paradise on the Caladesi Island Ferry ! The ferry departs every half hour starting at 10 am from Honeymoon. Island.
  52. Whole Foods Kids Club offers a fun kid’s event each month!

We don’t want to forget to get some mommy time in this summer too, so check out the list of summer camps put together on Mommy Spot Tampa Bay! If summer camps aren’t on the calendar, it’s OK to hear the dreaded “I’m bored!” (like nails on a chalk board) from your kids sometimes too! 🙂

Happy & Safe Summer to all!

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer-Yums: Jello Fish Ponds

Summer Yums Series continues today and it couldn’t be more perfect.
Today is World Oceans Day! A day to celebrate and learn about our beautiful oceans. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

My kids love to learn about the ocean and all the magical creatures that call it home. While making this DIY foodie craft with the girls we talked about our favorite thing about the oceans. Sophia’s favorite is “all the fishies and dolphins!”  while Penelope’s favorite is “the octopus”. We also talked about how there shouldn’t be plastic or any trash in the ocean and the only thing in the oceans should be the animals that live there!

With the colors, this would make an ideal Fourth of July treat!

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Jello Ponds

Ingredients

  • Blue Jello packet
  • water
  • Swedish fish candy
  • Small clear cups

Instructions

  1. Combine jello packet and water according to packet directions.
  2. Place a couple Swedish Fish into each small clear cup. (Keep at least 1 fish per cup to use on top.)
  3. Pour jello mixture into each cup.
  4. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes
  5. Jello should be partially formed at this time. Place 1 fish half way into jello so that it's head it stick out of the "water".
  6. Place in refrigerator for another 1-2 hours.
http://www.al2getherfit.com/2016/06/08/summer-yums-jello-fish-ponds/

Part 1 – DIY Popsicles

Banana Date Energy Bites

Hey there!
Who is currently stuck in the house because you don’t want to leave in bad weather? My hand is raised.

Yesterday the girls started summer camp and I got a load of work (and laundry) done! My work pile has been stacking up the past few weeks because having a baby and your kids getting out of school for summer doesn’t really leave much time for anything, let alone you sitting at a computer and entering things into Quickbooks. I tried one day and after getting up to fill requests from two toddlers for the 47th time, I called it quits.

Today it’s still raining, streets are flooded, the warehouse roof at our office collapsed, and it’s just a good day to do absolutely nothing. So, I let the girls sleep in and we’ll find things to do around here today…inside…all day long.  (Help me!)

Needless to say I’ve been running on energy fumes lately. Life as a nursing mother, life with kids, life in general leaves me searching for anything and everything that will give me energy without pumping myself full of caffeine. Sorry coffee, I love ya but I can’t OD on you right now.

To help, I’ve been making delicious smoothies for lunch and eating apples. But then I decided I could take my smoothie ingredients and form them into a little snack ball to keep in the fridge and pop in my mouth whenever I needed a little pick me up.

These energy bites also double as a lactation aid since they are full of ingredients like oatmeal and flaxseed to help my supply.

Banana-Date (2)

 

Banana Date Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 balls

Small energy bites packed with healthy ingredients for a wonderful snack!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe banana, smashed
  • 1 cup old fashion oatmeal
  • 10 dates, softened
  • 1/3 cup ground flax-seed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place 10 dates in a small microwavable bowl, add a tbsp of water and microwave for 30 seconds. This will help soften the dates.
  2. Let cool a bit, then place dates in a food processor and pulse until broken down and smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, add banana and smashed with fork.
  4. Add dates, and rest of ingredients.
  5. Using your hands or a fork, mix all ingredients together until well combined.
  6. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper, scoop out 1 tbsp of mixture, form into ball with hands and place on baking sheet. Continue until you've used all mixture. This should make about 15 balls.
  7. Place in refrigerator to let the balls set for at least 30 minutes before eating.
  8. Enjoy!
  9. *Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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XOXO

Summer Yums Series Part-1

Hi loves!
I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend! We did a lot of eating, drinking, partying, swimming, and relaxing; and unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures. (Insert crying emoji face)
I’ve realized that when I’m with all 3 kids right now I don’t have my phone in my hands snapping pictures all day. I don’t really have any hands to do much of anything right now except hold a baby, burp a baby, change a baby, or put baby in the carrier to help the girls with anything and everything. (I think I get a request from them every 3 minutes.)

I’m kicking off a Summer – Yums series! Once a week this summer I will feature a DIY yummy summer treat to make! Most of them will be kid-friendly, but I will throw in some adult-only treats because momma is going to need some of those over the summer. 🙂

I love doing fun activities with the girls, and it’s an extra bonus when the activities end with something to eat! When making things at home I try to stick to the “healthier” side of things, incorporating fruit, veggies, and other nutritional dense foods. Key word: TRY!

Today is a two-fer!
We made these popsicles two different ways and they were both tasty and extremely refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day!
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Gummie Pops
– An assortment of gummie candy
– Flavored Coconut water (we used peach-mango)
– Popsicle molds

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Fruit Pops
– An assortment of sliced fruit
– Ginger Ale or Sprite
– Popsicle molds
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Popsicles are such a great thing to make yourself with kids, because the options seem almost endless and what kid doesn’t love them some popsicles?!

Happy Summer!

XOXO