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Hoctopus Lunch

Meet the “Hoctopus”

Being a stay at home mommy can be monotonous at times. We literally have the same daily and weekly routines most of the time. Now that I’m home with two of them, outings are lesser as it’s so much work to get all three of us out the door.

I feel like Avery gets bored more now that we don’t go places more often. Sometimes I have to throw something different in the mix. The last few weeks Avery always says, “I want to do something fun today.”  Sometimes we will throw a blanket in the yard for a picnic, have tea time after snack, or an impromptu art activity.  This particular day I decided to spice up lunch!  I was perusing on Pinterest and saw some fun kid lunches so I did a search for things to do with hot dogs since I had a package in the fridge.

There are all sorts of things you can do with a hotdog! Butterflies or snails with crescent rolls, spiral dogs.  There was even one where you took the hot dog and make a dog with toothpicks. I decided on a simple one, the hot dog octopus!

All you need for the hot dog octopus is hotdogs and a knife! There were all sorts of clever things to serve them on. Some pins had things like green colored ramen noodles for “seaweed”. I was in the need to go to the store so I didn’t get too crazy! A bed of ketchup and brown stone mustard was what I went with!

Avery’s reaction was priceless! She even came up with a clever name for them all on her own! She has been obsessed with surprise toys lately. I have been trying to surprise her with things other than toys to show her that it doesn’t have to be a toy in an egg to be a surprise!

Hoctopus

Ingredients:

Package of hot dogs

Knife and cutting board

Directions:

1. Cut the hotdog in half about 2/3 of the way down leaving 1/3 at the top for the head. Turn the dog to do to again to make 4 legs. Then cut all of those in half creating the 8 legs. You can poke holes for the eyes and cut a small mouth out. (Or if you want to get fancy, you can get some candy eyeballs!)

2. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Put the dogs in and turn occasionally to heat all sides. The legs will curl up a bit and give it a real octopus feel!

3. Once the hot dog is heated evenly, I propped the dog up so that the insides of the legs would cook up a bit.

4. Plate it up and get a few giggles from your littles!

Such a happy girl!

i hope your kiddies have as much fun with this lunch as Avery did! Comment and let me know what their reactions were! I’m thinking we will have to serve these up for a lunch when we host playgroup next! So much fun!

Baby Number Two Baby Announcement & Gender Reveal

A little late on the post since my babe just turned 2 months, but I love our pregnancy announcement and reveal so I just had to share!  Look at how excited my baby girl was to be a big sister! She is the best at her new role as big sissy! We are so blessed!

I am trying so hard to get back in the groove of blogging again, but there is is much to catch up on! It’s amazing how busy you get when you have kids! I am just going to start working them in when I can!

Now onto the gender reveal. We did a blood test at 11 weeks.  Last time, we did scratch off tickets to reveal that we were having a little girl.  We actually were the only two that knew, so it was a surprise for the family.

These are the scratch off tickets we used to let my family in on the sex of the baby! They were fun, but the ladies were screaming , “It’s a girl!!” before some people even got them scratched off!

These are the scratch offs we made for Alex’s family. He wanted something more complicated. I put all the letters for girl along with a b and y, they had to scratch them all and spell either “girl” or “boy”

This time since gender reveal parties are all the buzz, we decided to do it a little different.  I wanted to find out with everyone, so my mom was the only one who knew.  We were all getting together for a late Christmas in January, so we decided to do it then.

I didn’t even have an idea how we were doing the reveal until the minute we were getting ready to do it.  We did the “Jimmy Fallon Russian Roulette.”  Basically you boil a 11 eggs.  Then you dye 6 pink and 6 blue including the 12th raw egg.  Then mom and dad take turns breaking eggs on their heads until you get the raw one and that tells you what the gender is!

Click below to see the reveal footage!

Click here to watch our Gender Reveal Russian Roulette!

I will admit, it was really fun to find out with everyone versus knowing ahead of time. We were both shocked to find out we were having a boy! All of Alex’s boy cousins have all had two girls so we just assumed we would follow suit.

 

 

 

Dairy Free Boobie Bites

So I have a million things to catch up my followers on this blog, but today I wanted to take a second and do a quick post on a new recipe for lactation cookies! I recently welcomed baby number two to the world and he is as sweet as can be, however, the handsome fella has an intolerance to dairy so I have been spending the past month changing everything about my diet to help his tummy feel better.

Meet Axel. He is the sweetest little guy. He was almost a pound heavier and an inch shorter than his sissy.

Avery is over the moon to be a big sister!  We have been blessed with a very smooth transition from only child to big sister!  The other night she was loving on him and I said, “Avery, you sure do love your brother, don’t you?”  She replied, “Yes, I do.  Thank you for putting him in your belly!”  If that doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will.

She is so proud!

When I get some extra time, I need to do some catch up posts and I will do our announcement, maternity photos and all of these adorable newborn pictures from Jo Snaps.  I am also hoping to create a shop store front right here so you can purchase party decor from my Etsy store Savor Each Second right here on my blog!

Look at that face I get during feeds! He’s such a cutie!

So here we are at 2 months and the chunker is already over 13 pounds!  I sure need to keep my supply up for this boobie monster!  Going dairy free has been easier than I thought, but it has definitely been an adjustment. We are 4 weeks going strong and I am seeing many improvements in his tummy!  What is crazy, is that it actually takes 8 weeks to see if it even works completely.  I have learned so much from a Facebook group called Dairy Free Diet – Breastfeeding.  If you are in need of a good support group for a dairy intolerance in your infant, I highly recommend searching for that group on Facebook!

Since going dairy free, my oversupply has taken a huge dip.  I am having to do a lot of things to help keep up my supply.  It is amazing all of the good fat you get from all those delicious dairy filled foods.  I am eating lots of avocado, oatmeal, lactation cookies, and drinking a ton of Body Armour drinks and water.

I have posted a no bake lactation cookie recipe when I was breastfeeding Avery and had tried the Keto diet and it killed my supply.  I used the recipe to up my supply and they worked wonderfully.

Look at Avery’s baby blues!  Click here to see my original recipe.

Now that I have gone dairy free, I have tweaked the recipe a bit and am loving the results!  I have had to substitute dairy free chocolate chips and added some coconut oil to up the healthy fats.  Coconut oil is a new staple in my house.  I have always used it for diaper cream, but now I am using it as a butter substitute as well!  I should probably start putting it in my coffee too!  Coconut oil is so good for you!

I did not get pictures of this tutorial as I am lucky to even have time to make them these days, let alone blog on them, but here I am!  (You should see me typing right now with my babe strapped to me in my Solly Wrap as I type!)  I have just a few minutes to finish this post up before starting dinner for the hubs and toddler so it’s ready when they get back from the gym.  So here is the recipe!

DAIRY FREE BOOBIE BITES

2 1/4 c instant oats

1 1/2 T Brewer’s Yeast

1 1/4 c ground flaxseed

1 1/4 c shredded coconut

1/2 c dairy free chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips)

1 1/4 c peanut butter

1/2 c raw honey

1/3 c coconut oil

splash of vanilla

Throw all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them up.  Add peanut butter, coconut flakes, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla and mix well.  Roll up the cookies in balls and put in the refrigerator.

Final product! Delicious Boobie Bites!

I like to make mine pretty big so I can easily grab one out of the fridge and go!  I feed these to Avery and she loves them.  I usually make a batch and eat a few throughout the day.  What is great is they are full of good things for breastfeeding and the chocolate chips help that sweet tooth!  I actually used to use more chocolate chips, but the dairy free ones are more expensive so I try to make the bag last.  I like the mini ones because they spread out in the recipe more!

Let me know what you think of the recipe!

Avery’s First Pow Wow

She sure likes to ham it up for the camera!

Avery sure likes to ham it up for the camera!

My baby girl turned one this month!  We had such an amazing party and I am so excited to share it with you!  Since making party decorations is what I do for a living, it was fun as well as super stressful trying to narrow down what theme I wanted to do.  I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect and it was!  I am excited to share all the little details with you as well as the listings on my shop where you can buy your own!

I swear I had a list of like 8 parties that I was debating when I first started pinning things for her party.  I still have them in my back pocket for themes to create for other birthdays or even for my shop.  When I saw the Pow Wow theme, I already knew it was one of my favorites.  Avery has some Native American bloodlines on her dad’s side, so I thought it would be fitting that we had a Pow Wow party to celebrate her big day.

This banner was hung in the front of the house to announce this is where the party is at! Click on the picture to be directed to my shop!

This banner was hung in the front of the house to announce this is where the party is at! Click on the picture to be directed to my shop!

We had the party in my Grandma ad Grandpa Bloesser’s backyard.  They have the most beautiful backyard full of flowers and all sorts of amazingness!  Thank you so much for letting us take over your house and backyard for this big day!  I will forever cherish the memories of this special day!   Now onto some decor!

The teepee was a huge hit! I sewed it myself. I really didn't use a pattern, I kind of perused through Pinterest and took ideas from here and there to make my own pattern. I love how it turned out! Click on the picture to be directed to my shop for the listing for the ONE banner in the picture!

The teepee was a huge hit! I sewed it myself. I really didn’t use a pattern, I kind of perused through Pinterest and took ideas from here and there to make my own pattern. I love how it turned out! Click on the picture to be directed to my shop for the listing for the ONE banner in the picture!

This was the first item that I created for her party. My life is Happy Birthday banners, so this one was fun to create for my girl! Click the link to be directed to this listing!

This was the first item that I created for her party. My life is Happy Birthday banners, so this one was fun to create for my girl! Click the link to be directed to this listing!

I had other ideas for the high chair banner, but time was running out, so I went with this. I actually love the way it turned out! Click on the picture to check out the listing!

I had other ideas for the high chair banner, but time was running out, so I went with this. I actually love the way it turned out! Click on the picture to check out the listing!

I think she liked it too!

I think she liked it too!

Her namesake grandma, Great Grandma Jean made her smash cake, it was carrot cake and it was delicious!  Also a big shout out to Alex’s mom, Grandma Tafoya for crocheting the adorable tiara for her party hat!  Aunt Heather also sent Avery her boho chic vest for her party as well!  It is amazing how blessed my girl is to have so many people that love her!  You will see as I march on with this post that it was really a family affair!  Everyone pitched in on food, decorating, taking pictures, etc. to make this day happen!

Here is a closeup of her smash cake with the adorable bunting you can find in my shop as well! I am obsessed with this cake topper! It is so much fun!

Here is a closeup of her smash cake with the adorable bunting you can find in my shop as well! I am obsessed with this cake topper! It is so much fun!

I was so lucky to have some great photographers for Avery’s birthday!  This one was taken by my cousin Charly.  She lives in Elkhart, KS and takes so beautiful pictures.  Check her out on Facebook and she comes highly recommended by me!  Thanks again for all the candid shots and family shots you did for us!  You have an eye for it girl!  My sister Heather also stormed through the party getting some amazing shots as well!  Thanks sister!

I loved the centerpieces for the party. My grandmas rounded up enough mason jars and we had them sitting around on tables. I have not listed these yet, but if you message me I can get them up for you!

I loved the centerpieces for the party. My grandmas rounded up enough mason jars and we had them sitting around on tables. I have not listed these yet, but if you message me I can get them up for you!

Love this shot!

Love this shot!

Avery's monthly banner was so fun to see her grow! This banner will be listed soon as well! It has mini clothespins to clip each month on. So fun!

Avery’s monthly banner was so fun to see her grow! This banner will be listed soon as well! It had mini clothespins to clip each month on. So fun!

A big shoutout to Uncle Jace for providing us some shade on that hot summer day with his racing tent! I was worried about the heat, but this helped a lot!

A big shoutout to Uncle Jace for providing us some shade on that hot summer day with his racing tent! I was worried about the heat, but this helped a lot!

I made these adorable dream catchers out of doilies and crochet hoops. In the center is Avery's birthday board that will be listed on my shop soon!

I made these adorable dream catchers out of doilies and crochet hoops. In the center is Avery’s birthday board that will be listed on my shop soon!

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A close up of her birthday board.

Pa made Avery an awesome totem pole for the event! He used a wood burner and it turned out so cool! Thanks dad!

Pa made Avery an awesome totem pole for the event! He used a wood burner and it turned out so cool! Thanks dad!

Loved this. I put pictures back to back on the porch entrance of Avery's newborn photo shoot.

Loved this. I put pictures back to back on the porch entrance of Avery’s newborn photo shoot.

Another awesome picture by Charly!

Another awesome picture by Charly!

My friend Jordan sewed her adorable party outfit.  Check her out @ Looney Beans Closet on Etsy by clicking on this picture!

My friend Jordan sewed her adorable party outfit. Check her out @ Looney Beans Closet on Etsy by clicking on this picture!

I wanted to make sure the big kids had something to do to keep them entertained. I had a few ideas, but ended up printing off some headdress bands for them to color and feathers to add to it. I was afraid they were going to think it was boring, but they had so much fun! We also had a slip and slide out front after Avery opened presents!

I wanted to make sure the big kids had something to do to keep them entertained. I had a few ideas, but ended up printing off some headdress bands for them to color and feathers to add to it. I was afraid they were going to think it was boring, but they had so much fun! We also had a slip and slide out front after Avery opened presents!

These party favors were a big hit! Be watching for a blog post on how I made these soon!

These party favors were a big hit! Be watching for a blog post on how I made these soon!

They had a ball with the bubble tomahawks and headdresses!

They had a ball with the bubble tomahawks and headdresses!

I wish I would have gotten Avery in here with them! We love our cousins!

I wish I would have gotten Avery in here with them! We love our cousins!

Now let’s talk food!  We had the party at 11:00 AM, so we served lunch.  It was such a beautiful day outside and everyone enjoyed visiting awhile before they started helping themselves to all the yummies we had inside.

The food was delicious. My mom made these amazing sliders. I made them again when we had Avery's playgroup birthday celebration at our house last week. Be on the lookout for a blog post on them!

The food was delicious. My mom made these amazing sliders. I made them again when we had Avery’s playgroup birthday celebration at our house last week. Be on the lookout for a blog post on them!

 We also had taco salad for a second option and gluten free for daddy!

We also had taco salad for a second option and gluten free for daddy!

And now for my favorite part…DESSERT!!!  This was so special because every grandma had a food item at the party!

The dessert bar was a big hit! It was so special because we had a variety of deserts and all made with love!

The dessert bar was a big hit! It was so special because we had a variety of deserts and all made with love!  This picture was taken before Gege put her delicious punch in the bowl.  It was so good!

Alex's mom makes the best cheesecake around. She also made some yummy mints as well!

Alex’s mom makes the best cheesecake around. She also made some yummy mints as well!

Granny made her yummy chocolate cake!

Granny made her yummy chocolate cake!

Great Grandma Jean made these amazing carrot cake cupcakes! The toppers and wrappers can be found in my shop by clicking the picture!

Great Grandma Jean made these amazing carrot cake cupcakes! The toppers and wrappers can be found in my shop by clicking the picture!

Another shot, because I am obsessed with this picture! I like to dabble in photography as well!

Another shot, because I am obsessed with this picture! I like to dabble in photography as well!

Glammy ordered some to die for cookies from a Loving's Cakes in Garden City, KS. Click the photo to check them out on Facebook.

Glammy ordered some to die for cookies from a Loving’s Cakes in Garden City, KS. Click the photo to check them out on Facebook.

So I stole an idea from one of the moms in my playgroup and I love the way it turned out!  Unfortunately, I put it above the dessert bar and hardly anyone noticed it!  I had to take some pictures in our backyard though because I loved the idea!  I rounded up a picture of Alex and I on our first birthdays with our cakes and Avery’s smash cake picture and it was a comparison of us all on our first birthdays!

Daddy, Mommy, and Avery with their first birthday cakes!

Daddy, Mommy, and Avery with their first birthday cakes!

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Daddy

Mommy

Mommy

Avery

Avery

I have a ton of pictures that I went through and decided just to make a little slideshow with them all for your viewing pleasure!  The day was perfect and thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to celebrate one special lady!  We were surrounded by everyone we love and we really appreciate it!