Friday, October 2, 2015

On the Go + Resqueeze

When Benson started solids, I knew I wanted to make his baby food because it is a little more healthier for him. I just started small and would make his rice/oatmeal cereal then I moved onto veggies and fruits. It seemed so daunting to me before but now its so simple and easy that it was a no brainer. For me it was getting over the hump of figuring out when I needed to make it, what it was and how. So below I have some of my foods that I tried out that have really worked well for us, that I thought I might share.

And because of my older boys we are forced more to get out of the house because of their schedule. I knew i needed a way to tote around Bensons food without it being a hassle. And that has where Resqueeze has become a perfect addition to our daily routine. We can fill it up with our own mixtures, and once its done we clean it out and its all ready for another use. I just am grateful people have thought about certain products that make being a mom just a tiny bit easier. 
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Strawberry, Banana Green Smoothie
This is my go to in the mornings. Our green smoothies usually look like this because this is what i always have on hand. Its simple and easy and our boys love it.
1 Banana
Handful of frozen Strawberries
1 cup Almond milk or water
4 cups Spinach
Lemon juice and a tiny bit of the rind (it just gives it that little kick!)

Blend it all up in whatever blender you have!

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Pear Sauce
8-10 pears pealed, cored and sliced
1/4 cup of water
2 teaspoons of Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon (optional)

1. Combine pears, water, lemon juice, cinnamon in  a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pears have softened, about 25-30 minutes.
2. Use an immersion blender to process the pear sauce until smooth. If you prefer a chunky pear sauce, mash with a potato masher. 

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Steamed Broccoli, Carrots and Peas
1. Steam any veggies either by a steamer, or in a pot over the stove. Once they are soft I put the vegetable into a bowl and immerse a hand blender in. When Benson was little I would add water to make it more liquid like. The older he got the chunkier I left it.
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BlueBerries and Greek yogurt.
Because Greek yogurt is pretty tart I would add a handful of blueberries to a bowlful of yogurt and blend it together.
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Avocado and Banana
Blend Avocado and Banana together either with a fork or blender. Ready to serve.

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If you have any suggestions of what you have liked to feed your babies or other healthy options,  I would love to hear!
Shelby and Brandon

By the way I have a giveaway running on my Instagram for some Resqueeze packets! Go check it out if you would like to give them a try!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wake up call

I feel like every morning and afternoon when I go to get Benson from his crib and the way he wakes up and gets our attention pretty much sums up his personality. He does not like to be excluded from the fun things that are happening around the house, so he usually has this different cry when he wakes up that sounds like, 'Hey! Stop whatever your doing and please come get me!' And whats funny is, he was not very old at all when he started pulling himself up to standing position using the side bars. I remember the first time he did it and I came in completely floored he had pulled himself up!

Once I hear his cry, I peek my head in and when he notices me he lights up, bounces, and can't keep from smiling. He really is such a happy and busy boy. Sometimes I will leave him in his crib and play with him through the bars,  he'll play along but only for so long until he is really to get out and see what his brothers are doing, ha! Then once I pull him out, he immediately puts his elbow and knee into my side so he can see out, looking with his hawk eyes for the his brothers or toys. It cracks me up every single time.

Even taking this pictures had to be fast because he was not going to stay in his crib longer than needed! And I realized as I was uploading these pictures there are a lot of pictures of the same thing, but I couldn't narrow them down. This boy just kills.  

These cutest crib sheets are from Sugar and Tots  it was amazing when I put them on the mattress how much they brightened the room. I have really loved them. You can also get the crib sheet on Amazon, which is nice for me because I do 90% of my shopping there! They are also offering 15% off your first order for new subscribers on their amazing site. Which is great because there are a couple things I have my eye on, they have some good stuff!
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Recently I weaned Benson from nursing :( which is another post (Its still a hard subject for me) But these Dr. Brown bottles have helped the process go much smoother. 
Shelby and Brandon

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why I love my camera phone

Its been awhile since I've uploaded my phone to the computer and holy smokes! I forgot about all these little gems. These photos go waaay back, they basically cover our whole summer. So there are lot but it was really fun going back and looking through them all. It covers back from California, the gazillion camping trips we've been on + the hiking, Daxtons bday, work party at Lagoon, outings with Aunt Kiki, tour of the candy factory, Tayte celebrations, swimming and more swimming and more scootering. We don't want summer to go!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Sun, Sand and Water

A few weeks ago, we decided to for FHE on Monday night, we would take off to Pine view Reservoir. If you live in Utah you need to visit this Reservoir,  its so gorgeous and the water is so warm. We went for our family reunion last year and it was one of the best vacations! 

Our boys (particularly Daxton) like to have their own things, and sometimes it can turn into a mild fight if they don't have their own thing they started with. So these personalized towels from Stuck on You have been incredibly helpful for those situation. Everyone knows whose towel it is and there is no question about it. 

The night was such a beautiful night, one that just restores the soul for a good solid week. We stayed till the sun was gone. And it was so magical running along the beach with absolutely no one there (I guess Monday nights aren't very popular) with the sun setting on the water. Daxton and I skipped rocks together, I was trying to teach him which rocks are good ones and the art of throwing it. At one point Benson fell asleep in my arms and I just watched Brandon and the two boys play and giggle. Someone please tell me I won't miss this stage as much as my heart tells me I will. I just feel like the only way I can combat that feeling is to truly soak in every moment. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Shelby and Brandon
Some of my favorite memories of our dating years together were the times we spent outdoors. Brandon was really into rock climbing, he would bring me along and I always gave it my best shot. He loved photography and I loved to walk along and learn. Drives up the canyon were always a favorite, he'd pick out his favorite artist to listen to (because heaven knows he always has a favorite) and he turn up the volume and sing along with it. I would listen, but mostly to the sound of his voice.  Now when we spend time together it seems that the same being outdoors and learning together has been rejuvenating for our marriage.

Shelby and Brandon

Shelby and Brandon
On our way up to go Horseback riding we found a large field of sunflowers. It was incredibly beautiful. And when you don't have kids you pull over and run through the flowers as if you are kids.
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon

We were recommended Duke Brothers Horses in Heber to go Horseback riding with and if I could give them a 6 out 5 stars I would. I wish I could give them higher. The owner of the horses was friendly, informative, careful but yet gave us the real cowboy experience. It was unlike any other horseback riding experience I had ever gone on. He took us up the mountain but let our horses do the guiding and let us go wherever we wanted to go. At the end, he even gave us what I felt like a private riding lesson. Anyway, I couldn't recommend them enough!
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
There is something terribly romantic (you can roll your eyes) about being on a horse out in nature with someone you love so much. I kept getting butterflies watching Brandon ride and take control of his horse... the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air sure did add to it all.
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
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So grateful and I know I'm blessed to be able to spend 7 years with someone that makes me happy every single day. And I look forward to an eternity with him!