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New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands
~Thank you to State Fair Meadowlands for hosting the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Last night my family got the chance to enjoy State Fair Meadowlands at MetLife Stadium, and everyone had tons of fun. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend visiting at night because the lights are gorgeous and the weather is just right for all the fair fun you’re going to have.

My kids didn’t know where we were going, but as soon as we got close enough to see the lit up rides and ferris wheels, it was nothing but ooh’s and aah’s in the car. Then the excitement went up a notch when they learned that’s where we were going. Yay!




A single admission to State Fair Meadowlands will get you access to all kinds of fair food and treats – burgers, turkey legs, corn on the cob, slushies, hot dogs, chicken on a stick, cotton candy, pizza, ice cream, and the list goes on and on. If you’re on a diet, better make sure it’s cheat day because the food is so hard to resist.

And if it’s not the food you’re after, there’s plenty of excitement with all of the different rides. Every ride requires tickets, but if you get an Unlimited Ride Pass (hand stamp) you can ride anything and everything your heart desires.

 

We gave our son an Unlimited Ride Pass and at first I was bummed because we couldn’t find any rides that he was tall enough for. Just as I had given up, we entered some kind of Kiddie Land where he could ride everything and that’s exactly what he wanted to do.

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands

And what would a fair be without some games? State Fair Meadowlands features so many different game stations, I can’t even count them. I’m talking ring tosses, dunk tanks, basketball hoops, bottle breaking, balloon popping, water squirting, gun shooting, you name it.

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands

I saw so many people walking around with prizes. As we were walking in, there was a group coming out carrying a bear literally as big as I am. I couldn’t even see the person who was carrying it, haha! That prize needed its own seat in the car.

If the food, rides and games aren’t enough for a fun filled night, there are free shows too. The shows vary from day to day, but you can find out each day’s schedule here. There are pig races, a hypnotist, musicians, comedians, high divers, an open-air thrill show, a petting zoo and more. And they’re all free as a part of your admission!

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands

My favorite part of our visit to State Fair Meadowlands was the fireworks. To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, they did a fireworks display last night and are doing it again tonight. These are top notch fireworks. Not those cheap, bought on the corner fireworks.

Just as my son was about to start on a ride, the street lights went dim and the booms lit up the sky. It was loud, but it was beautiful to watch. I’m definitely glad we decided to go on a night the fireworks show was happening.

New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands #statefair #StateFairMeadowlands

I can’t wait until next time and we might even go back before it ends on July 9th! For more information on shows, tickets, parking, and pricing, visit –> State Fair Meadowlands.

What is your favorite part of the fair?

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*Thank you to State Fair Meadowlands for hosting the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That’s My Son

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

I’m kind of at a breaking point with this topic and need to clear the air. I can’t leave the house without someone mentioning how cute my girls are. My kids are my world and I love them dearly, and I want the world to love them too, for who they are.

I enjoy all of the compliments because my kids ARE cute. But what bothers me is that many people think or automatically assume that my oldest, the one with the long curly hair, is a girl simply because of the long hair.

He is not a girl. Yes, he has long, beautiful, curly hair. But he is a boy. I do not have two daughters. I have a son and a daughter.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

I try not to let this bother me and I know I’ll still have to deal with it for years to come, but when I say this happens every time we leave the house, I’m not exaggerating. I could literally record myself saying, “He’s not a girl. This is my son,” and have it ready to play at any moment.

And it’s not everyone who compliments him, that assumes he’s a girl. Some people can see he’s a boy and ask questions like if we’ve ever cut his hair. Or they’ll ask how old he is, wondering how long his hair’s been growing. And sometimes I’ll even get asked about tips for managing it because other people are dealing with the same type and texture of hair with their own children, and it is not easy to manage.

But for those of you who think my son is actually my daughter, please just take a moment before you comment. If you take a closer look you’ll see that he is dressed like a boy and he looks like a boy. If you’re not sure, you can still compliment without being gender specific. Instead of using “daughter” or “her,” use “child.”




“I love your child’s hair,” is the perfect compliment. And when I respond, I’ll likely say “his” or “he,” and that’s your clue that he is in fact a boy.

If you DON’T take that moment before commenting, don’t get upset when I correct you, because I WILL correct you. No, I’m not interested in your unwanted advice. No, I’m not going to cut his hair so he will look like a boy. And if that’s your response, I promise, you will get more than you bargained for. He already looks like a boy. A boy with long, beautiful, curly hair. The cutest boy you’ll ever see (my opinion is definitely biased, but you get my point).

The child with the long curly hair, that’s my son.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

So now that I’ve gotten that off my chest and if you’re now wondering –

When my son was smaller and his hair started getting out of control, I said it was time to cut it. But Daddy had other plans, so here we are five and a half years later and our son has never had his hair cut (unless you count the time he had a horrible tangle that I just couldn’t brush out so I snipped it).

My son’s hair has become a part of him. I have no idea what he would look like without it, but I imagine I wouldn’t even recognize him. The curls, the length, the way it frames his face, the way it looks in a pony tail or a bun, the wild frizz and tangles we deal with daily, it’s part of who he is. And I’m pretty sure if we were to cut it, he wouldn’t know how to react either.

Maybe he’ll grow up and keep his long locks. Maybe he’ll decide enough is enough, and cut it. Maybe he’ll even donate it. Whatever he chooses, it’s one thing we’re giving him the freedom of choosing on his own.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

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Photo a Day: Week 6

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Saturday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
When the kids are quiet it’s usually a bad sign, but today it was a different story.

Sunday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This girl still has the Medieval Times vibe from last week running through her veins.

Monday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Going so hard, she passed out in the middle of the floor.

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
When you want takeout, but don’t have takeout money, you improvise. After the fact, this was my worst decision of the week! It was pretty disgusting. #whatwasithinking

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Even fishy like to swing!

Thursday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Outdoor movie at the rec center.

Friday

Photo a Day: Week 6 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
It was time to return The Peanuts Movie to the library and pick a new one. Classic!

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Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

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It’s a new edition of Try It Tuesday and this week I tried oil pulling. Well, the past four weeks I’ve been trying oil pulling. Have you ever heard of it? Ever tried it? Want to try it? Keep reading to see what oil pulling is all about and what kind of results I got!

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is the act of swishing around oil in your mouth to improve dental health. From the research I’ve done, there isn’t any solid evidence as to the effectiveness of oil pulling, but many sources indicate oil pulling has the following effects, among others:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Less dental sensitivity
  • Fresher breath
  • Cures tooth decay
  • Reduces plaque
  • Improves skin
  • Helps with headaches

It’s believed that oil pulling literally pulls the toxins from your mouth, teeth and body, creating a healthier mouth and healthier you. Okay, so how true is all of this? I have no idea, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Process

The process of oil pulling is really simple. You swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, spit it out, rinse with water (or salt water), and brush your teeth as usual.

Easy right?

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

I’ve read you can use just about any type of oil, and have seen instances of vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and sesame oil being used. I’m not sure if it really matters which oil you use, but I chose to go with coconut oil just in case I happen to swallow a little.

You’re not supposed to swallow any of it because you’d be swallowing the toxins you’re trying to get rid of, but if I happened to swallow some by accident I didn’t want it to be something like vegetable or olive oil. Yuck! I’m gagging just thinking about swallowing those.

I also chose coconut oil because of it’s known healing properties. I have been having really bad tooth sensitivity the past few months and would try anything to get rid of it. I would have gone to the dentist by now to get checked for cavities, but I don’t have dental insurance, so a home remedy it is.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

The brand I used was Kala Coconut Oil from Kala Oils. I had this on hand from an Ecocentric Mom box that I had previously gotten and hadn’t used it yet, so I figured why not. It was a way for me to put it to good use!

Results

The exact process I followed was a tablespoon of coconut oil once a day, for 10 minutes, for four weeks (minus a few days because life happens).

Right away I could tell a difference in how my mouth felt. Throughout the day, and even after eating, my teeth and mouth just felt cleaner and fresher than usual. And you know how sometimes you might wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth. That was completely gone.

As for my tooth sensitivity, I think oil pulling has helped a little, but the sensitivity hasn’t completely subsided. I’m thinking there’s a good chance I already have enough damage to the sensitive area, that nothing can help but maybe a cavity filling. I’m also starting to wonder if maybe one of my fillings has fallen out. So, looks like I’ll be paying for a dentist’s visit sometime soon after all.

As far as whitening my teeth, there’s been some subtle lightening. It’s hard to get great photos of my teeth with the same type of lighting to ensure I’m showing actual results, but I did the best I could. So take a look at day 1 and day 28.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

I can’t really say how many shades lighter my teeth are, but I can personally see a difference when I look in the mirror. Nothing drastic, but a difference nonetheless, so I’ll take it.

So is it worth the effort? I say yes if you’re looking for better general dental health. I like how my mouth and teeth feel compared to before and that’s good enough for me. But I don’t think it’s necessary to practice oil pulling every day. I’ll continue to practice it, but maybe just twice a week or so. For tooth sensitivity relief I’ll have to look elsewhere, and for whitening I think oil pulling longer term will offer better results, but I have plans to try some other things too.




Tips & Suggestions

If you’re going to try oil pulling, I’ve come up with a few do’s and don’ts. I’m sure if you go at it alone, you’ll come to the same conclusions.

Start small – If you feel like a tablespoon is too much, start with a teaspoon and test it out. You don’t have to jump right in. You also don’t have to start at 10 or 20 minutes, but try 5 minutes instead.

Do not use hardened coconut oil – If using coconut oil, you don’t want to start with it’s hardened form. Do something to melt it to liquid before putting it in your mouth. The oil would eventually melt in your mouth from the warmth, but it takes longer than you’d probably like and when measuring a tablespoon of hardened coconut oil, once it melts you’ll end up with more in your mouth than you bargained for.

Do not swish aggressively – There’s no need to swish the oil aggressively like mouthwash. It will tire you out. Just occasionally swish it through your teeth.

Do not swallow the oil – It’s really hard to hold and swish around a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes without swallowing. The tablespoon doubles in size as time passes, supposedly from the toxins it’s pulling and also the saliva that collects in your mouth. There were times I just had to swallow and suggest pushing all of the oil to the front of your teeth so you can swallow lightly without taking in too much of the oil and toxins.

Practice oil pulling while occupied – Let’s be real. When you are holding something in your mouth for 10 minutes, those can be the longest 10 minutes of your life. I suggest practicing oil pulling when you are occupied with something. My favorite time to do it is in the shower. From the time I jumped in, bathed and got out and dressed, it was right at or just past 10 minutes. You could also do it while folding laundry, loading the dishwasher, anything that keeps your mind occupied on something else.

Spit the oil in the trash – Whatever you do, always spit the oil out in the trash. Don’t spit it down the sink, especially if you’re using coconut oil because it will harden as soon as it cools off. I’m sure the last thing you want is a clogged drain to deal with.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

And not really a tip or suggestion, but hope that a sneeze or yawn doesn’t come along because if you can’t stop it, you’re going to end up with oil everywhere. Trust me. I know from experience.

Have you tried oil pulling? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask

*I am in no way, shape or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with oil pulling. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Photo a Day: Week 5

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday

Wow! Time is flying by and I’m already to week 5 of my “Photo a Day” series. Enjoy!

Saturday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Oh, just painting a picture for daddy for Father’s Day tomorrow.

Sunday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
It makes me happy to see my toddler using the same learning tools as my 5 y/o. She loves the LeapStart!

Monday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
I may have an addiction to tacos. Okay, to be honest, the addiction is getting a little out of control. And I also have a problem of over filling my soft tacos. #tacosforlife

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Please tell me I don’t have the only kid who loves tomatoes so much, she eats them like an apple.

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Tonight we enjoyed family time at Medieval Times and everyone had a blast. I’ll tell you all about next week!

Thursday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Know what I love about being an adult? Coffee and cake for breakfast! #adulting

Friday

Photo a Day: Week 5 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
He was determined this morning! As soon as he woke up, he went straight to his workbook and got to work.

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Thai Curry Lime Shrimp

This Thai Curry Lime Shrimp recipe is an easy way to have a taste of Thailand right in your own home! #recipe #ThaiCurryLimeShrimp #Thai

Thai food is one of mine and my boyfriend’s favorites. We order it all the time and each time we do, I think to myself I need to figure out how to incorporate the bold and vibrant Thai flavors into dishes at home. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Thai Curry Lime Shrimp.

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazingly delicious it is. The curry offers up some heat and the lime adds a little sweetness. The two flavors are perfect compliments to each other. And it’s just like summer – a little hot and spicy, but sweet all the same!

This Thai Curry Lime Shrimp recipe is an easy way to have a taste of Thailand right in your own home! #recipe #ThaiCurryLimeShrimp #Thai

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Thai Curry Lime Shrimp
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Thai
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
This Thai Curry Lime Shrimp recipe is an easy way to enjoy the bold and vibrant flavors of Thailand, right in your own home!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • ¾ cup Thai Green Curry Sauce
  • 1 fresh lime (juice and zest)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 package of peeled/deveined medium shrimp (40-50 shrimp, thawed)
  • Tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 3 tsp paprika
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, Thai Green Curry Sauce, juice from the lime and 3 cloves of garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add 3 cloves of garlic, the shrimp (be sure to remove the tails) and paprika. Cook for about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce mixture to the shrimp and simmer until warm.
  4. Serve over pasta (angel hair pasta works great) or rice. For a healthier option, serve over spiralized zucchini.
  5. Top with lime zest and enjoy!
Notes
This recipe is just as delicious with chicken instead of shrimp!

This Thai Curry Lime Shrimp recipe is an easy way to have a taste of Thailand right in your own home! #recipe #ThaiCurryLimeShrimp #Thai

This Thai Curry Lime Shrimp recipe is an easy way to have a taste of Thailand right in your own home! #recipe #ThaiCurryLimeShrimp #Thai

If you’re wondering about the Thai Green Curry Sauce, it can be purchased at Aldi. At least, that’s where I get it. I don’t know if it’s available in other stores, but if it’s not and you don’t have an Aldi near you, the sauce can easily be substituted with a different curry sauce or maybe even try a sweet chili sauce.

When you try the recipe, come back and let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Do you enjoy the bold and vibrant flavors of Thai inspired dishes?

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2017 Summer Fun Guide

Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide #SummerFun

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Schools out, warm weather has arrived, and it’s time to start having tons of summer fun! The first official day of summer is just two days away, June 21st. There’s no delaying the fun at this point, and why would you want to?

If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, indoors and outdoors, this year’s Summer Fun Guide has something (and probably more than one thing) you’ll love. And remember, you don’t always have to leave the house to have fun!

Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones {Giveaway}

These Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunIs traveling part of your summer fun plans? Keeping the kids occupied can be tricky on long road trips or plane rides, but with the help of some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear, the trip will be a little less stressful for everyone. Visit the giveaway and enter to win a pair!

Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower

This Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Summer fun will always be poppin’ with a Paw Patrol Bubble Blower from Little Kids! It’s minimal mess with maximum bubble blowing power. And no skills are required so it even great for the little ones.

H2O Go!

The H2O Go! made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunH2O Go! is a super fun way to keep the kids active and cool at the same time. Get them outdoors, away from the screen and enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

The Wobbly Worm Game

The Wobbly Worm Game from Spin Master made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

From Spin Master, The Wobbly Worm Game is great for ages 3+ and can be played on any hard, flat surface. Kids try to toss and hoop the worm as he wiggles and wobbles uncontrollably, creating tons of giggles from them. It’s the perfect game for those rainy summer days!

Shibajuku Girls

The Shibajuku Girls made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Each with a different personality and style, Shibajuku Girls are the perfect companion for your little fashionista. Click through to find out more and determine which Shibajuku Girl is a great fit for the fashionista in your life!

Fashionable Threads for Kids

Gymboree Sale On Now!

If you’re going to have fun this summer, you have to make sure the kids have the right clothes because it’s going to be HOT. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals and swimsuits are all must-have items. Check out Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack for all of your kids’ summer fashion thread needs. I’m talking cute AND affordable!

Blast Box

Blast Box from Zing made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

If you really want to have a banging summer, the new Blast Box game from Zing is what you need. Use simple strategy to hammer nails into a box and avoid popping the unseen balloons underneath. Who will be the last one with a balloon in the Blast Box?

Scoop Ball

These Scoop Ball sets made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Parents, this one is for you too. What would a Summer Fun Guide be without one of my all-time favorite games – Scoop Ball? I played this all the time in grade school and it’s just an all-around fun game, so go ahead and share some of your childhood fun with your kids!

The Story Box

The Story Box made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Not only are toys, games and experiences great for summer, but reading can be just as much fun. This is especially true when you receive new books and stories each month, tailored for the age of your child. That’s exactly what The Story Box offers!

Bonzai Spin Out Water Slide

The Banzai Spin Out Water Slide made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Take the fun outside and go for a spin on the Banzai Spin Out Water Slide. It’s a fun and easy way to catch some rays (and vitamin D), cool off and beat the summer heat.

Ottica Eyewear

Ottica made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Mom and dad, I’ve got you covered too. If you’re heading outdoors for summer fun, you’ll want to protect your eyes. The sunglasses selection and service at Ottica is top notch. It’s truly function and fashion all in one.

Sun Basket

With all the summer fun you’ll be having, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to want to go grocery shopping, or even have the time to. But don’t worry! Sign up for Sun Basket and you can have healthy, easy to cook meals delivered right to your door.

What kind of summer fun will your family be having?

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Photo a Day: Week 4

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear

If there’s one thing you take away from this week’s “Photo a Day” pictures, it should be that we have a lived in home. Cleaning is not a top priority and I know I’m not the only one. I’m just not afraid to show it, haha!  A few of this week’s photos show just how messy our home gets sometimes, but the kids are happy and that’s what matters. Enjoy!

Saturday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This kiddo got his first ever trophy for T-ball!

Sunday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Nothing like a Play-Doh kind of day.

Monday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
These two love when daddy’s home from work!

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Finally got him to do some “school work.” He’s such a smart kid, but hates book work.

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Water fun at the local park’s splash pad!

Thursday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Hat? Check. Sneakers? Check. Keys? Check. Just need my phone and I’m ready for work, just like daddy.

Friday

Photo a Day: Week 4 #photoaday #photoadayforayear
When the refrigerator hasn’t been this empty since moving in, it’s a great opportunity to clean it out. This was after cleaning it, by the way.

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Strawberry Streusel Squares Made from Our Freshly Picked Strawberries


Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week I took my family strawberry picking for the first time. It was a great way to get everyone out of the house and enjoy a little family time together. It was a simple outing, but the kids had a lot of fun picking their own fresh strawberries. And though my son doesn’t eat them (because of the picky eater he is), even he enjoyed it.

We arrived at Farms View Roadstand sometime in the afternoon. Luckily, it was a really nice day out with temperatures in the high 60’s, the perfect day for strawberry picking. The staff kindly gave us the rundown and directed us to the strawberry plants out in the field. Then we were off!

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries
Wonder Woman lost her patience and ate a few strawberries while in the field.

I had no intention of picking and buying as many strawberries as we did, but once we saw them and got to work, we had a box full in no time. We bought just over 2.5 lbs. of strawberries!

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

When we buy strawberries from the store, about half of the package typically goes bad before we get around to eating them, so I had no idea what we were going to do with all of these. But we’ve had no problem this past week going through the 2.5 lbs. we picked from the farm.

When we got home, I decided to bake us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and boy were they delicious. They were gone by the next day!

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Strawberry Streusel Squares
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Recipe type: Sweet Treat
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Serves: 9-12
 
These Strawberry Streusel Squares will have your family working hard on the farm, growing and picking their own fresh strawberries for their favorite spring time treat!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar (break down into ¼ cups)
  • 1½ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick, cold and firm)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups freshly chopped strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a square dish by lining it with parchment paper (if you don't have parchment paper you can also spray the dish with non-stick spray). Parchment paper allows for quicker cooling time and easy cutting.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients (brown sugar, white sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon). Only use ¼ cup of the white sugar.
  3. Add the butter, egg and vanilla to the bowl and do a rough mix. It's easier to slice the stick of butter before adding it to the bowl and I suggest using your hands to do the rough mix. The mixture should be a thick, crumbly consistency when ready.
  4. Place half of the mixture into the bottom of the dish. Mash it into the dish so it creates a solid base.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the strawberries and a ¼ cup of white sugar. Add the strawberry mixture to the dish, spreading it evenly.
  6. Crumble the remaining streusel mixture on top of the strawberries. It's okay if the remaining mixture doesn't cover the entire top of the strawberries.
  7. Place in the oven for 35 minutes and when done remove the dish from the oven. Then, using the parchment paper, remove the treat from the dish and place on a cooling rack.
  8. Let it cool completely before cutting into squares (9 or 12 squares).

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

Last week we went strawberry picking and came home with more strawberries than I knew what to do with. So I baked us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and they were delicious! #recipe #strawberrypicking #strawberries

This recipe only used up a small portion of the strawberries we had picked, so I had plenty left to make a second batch of Strawberry Streusel Squares. As for the rest of them, we’ve just been snacking on fresh strawberries all week. I can’t wait until we go strawberry picking again!

Does your family like strawberries?

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Photo a Day: Week 3

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday

It’s that time again – my “Photo a Day” series for this week. Enjoy this peek into my family’s lives this past week. And guess what?! I got daddy this time!



Saturday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
It’s sometimes hard to believe, but these two really love each other.

Sunday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
My son just outgrew this pair of shoes and apparently my daughter has claimed them for herself, even though they’re way too big.

Monday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
This box isn’t for toy storage, so I dumped the toys out to wear it on my head!

Tuesday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
It’s relaxing time for daddy, but the PS4 controller wasn’t charged, so he pulled his king chair into the middle of the living room to plug the controller in and play while it charged. Gotta do whatcha gotta do!

Wednesday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
We went strawberry picking today! Stay tuned because next week I’ll be sharing a sweet strawberry treat!

Thursday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
She loves her fruit pouches!

Friday

Photo a Day: Week 3 #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Captain Clean! Psh…I wish his super power was cleaning. I went to check on his cleaning progress because he was told to clean his room, and this is what I walked in to find. At least he was cleaning!

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2

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