Gettin’ Crafty {Poconos #Pinterest Peeps}

For so many Pinterest has practically become the Holy Grail.  Need a delectable recipe, log onto Pinterest, want to repurpose wine bottles, log onto Pinterest, need to reorganize your home, log onto Pinterest.  You get my point.  Pinterest has an endless amount of ideas or what us “in kids” say, Pinspiration. And, I can certainly attest to it all, considering I have 57 boards and have pinned over 2,700 items.

At the same token, Pinterest can suck you in for hours and hours and hours. And all you’ve done is pin, pin, pin with nothing tangible to show for it.  So, I decided to go out on a limb and create a little Facebook group called Poconos Pinterest Peeps.  Our purpose, to meet once a month & as I call it, “Get Our Craft On.”  The group is about getting from behind our computers, and in place, socializing and recreating the pins that inspire us.

After a month of pinning to our group board & chatting it up on Facebook, we met last night.  It was a shame we had a ton of last minute cancellations, but we made the best of it.

Prior to meeting, the group voted to recreate these adorable Dryer Vent Snowmen found on Timeless Treasures.

We arrived at the library with our Pinterest inspired snacks (totally forgot to take pics of those) and craft materials & got busy.  And without further ado, her are our cuties.

We decided to wait till we got home to dazzle them up with sparkle, in order to avoid a huge mess in the library and in our cars.  But all in all they are quite darling!

I’m feeling really good about this group. I forsee many more crafts & friendships developed.  Pinterest continues to inspire.  Onto finding next months project.  We’ll be making a wreath.

Linking up to some of my favorite parties:
The Gunny SackThe Girl CreativeFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkToday’s Creative BlogTip JunkieOrganize & Decorate Everything, Someday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsSomewhat SimpleI Heart Nap TimeThe Shabby Creek CottageSeven Thirty ThreeDelightful OrderGluesticksHomemaker in HeelsFingerprints on the FridgeFive Days 5 WaysBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HippoCraft EnvyToo Much Time on My HandsBe Different Act NormalUnder the Table and DreamingA Creative PrincessThe Peaceful Mom
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The Great Pinterest Affair {Fall Edition}

With Fall just making its grand entrance a few days ago, I thought it would be fitting to theme this weeks Pinterest round up, around the colorful season.

This week’s Pinterest Round-Up…

Home Decor

Fall Decorating Inspired by Pottery Barn

Source: Live Laugh Rowe via Sapphire on Pinterest

DIY / Crafts

12 Fantastic Fall Wreaths

Source: Babble via Sapphire on Pinterest

Parties

Masculine Desert Table

Source: Kara’s Party Ideas via Sapphire on Pinterest

Handy Tips

How to Remove the Stench from Sippy Cups

Source: I Can Teach My Child via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fun

Fall Nature Suncatchers with Leaves and Flowers

Source: The Artful Parent via Sapphire on Pinterest

Deliciousness

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Source: Chef in Training via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fashion

Toobydoo {Cute Boy Fashion}


Source: Etsy via Sapphire on Pinterest

Mama’s Style 

Fashion Leg Warmers with Boots

Source: My Daily Randomness via Sapphire on Pinterest

Fitness

7 Tips for Waking up Early to Exercise


Source: You+Me=Fit via Sapphire on Pinterest

There we have it. A little bit of this and a little bit of that to get you & me included into the spirit of Fall.

 

Have a FAB-U-LOUS weekend Friends!

Hello Monday {Sniffles & Slow Cooker Meals)

 

Alright, so it’s already Monday.  But my sentiments exactly.  Today’s a rough one, after last night’s sleep or lack there of.  Thanks to a very congested infant.  My poor meatball is as congested as the old Pollitos. Off to the pediatrician we go.

Today we are saying Hello to the Sniffles.  Me included, which is very rare.  So in fact we’re saying Hello to medicine, so we can say goodbye to these sniffles.

Hello to my morning snuggle bugs.  Big sister Gordita loves to hug & squeeze “her” baby.

Hello Slow Cooker. It’s that time of year, when I whip you out & get to cookin’ some hearty delicious meals.  Pot roast & Chili are up on the menu this week.  And I may even try one of the slow cooker desert recipes I pinned on Pinterest.

Hello unfinished projects.  My big goal of the week is to tie up all lose ends.  That’ll probably keep me quite busy.

What are you saying Hello to this week?

Linking up to the Lovely Lisa.

Batido de Trigo {Recipe}

During our time in Philly we dined at a Colombian restaurant, called Tierra Colombiana (translation: Colombian Land).  After being away from home and my kitchen for such an extended period of time, it was nice to have an authentic Spanish meal and Colombian at that.  I enjoyed a Bandeja Típica, along with a Batido de Trigo. Two favorites from childhood.

Here’s what my bandeja típica looked like.

A Batido de Trigo is a Puffed Wheat Milkshake.  I remember as a young girl, going to this one restaurant in The Heights with my mom and she ordering me a batido de trigo.  Funny thing is that I’ve never seen it served anywhere else, until our meal at Tierra Colombiana.

Being that one: we don’t live close to Philly and two: I spend enough time in the kitchen; I figured I’d try my hand at recreating the shake myself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened puff wheat
  • 1 cup of milk, lowfat
  • 3/4 cup of ice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of sugar in the raw (or to your taste)
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla

These measurements are for one serving.  Also, you can substitute the unsweetened puff wheat for sweetened ones, like Honey Smacks and use regular sugar, in place of the sugar in the raw.  I’m watching my intake, so I’ve decided on a more healthful shake.

Prep:

  • Measure out your ingredients.
  • Dump them into a blender.
  • Puree.
  • Pour and Enjoy!

It couldn’t get easier than that.

Buen Provecho!

After making and enjoying this scrumptious shake, my silliness dawned on me.  Like, really why hadn’t I thought of making it before?  I’m so glad that I did, because it’s become my quick go-to breakfast shake.

Linking up to some of my favorite parties:
The Gunny SackThe Girl CreativeFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkToday’s Creative BlogTip JunkieOrganize & Decorate Everything, Someday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsSomewhat SimpleI Heart Nap TimeThe Shabby Creek CottageSeven Thirty ThreeDelightful OrderGluesticksHomemaker in HeelsFingerprints on the FridgeFive Days 5 WaysBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HippoCraft EnvyToo Much Time on My HandsBe Different Act NormalUnder the Table and DreamingA Creative PrincessThe Peaceful Mom

The Great Pinterest Affair

Can you believe it’s the first week of September already? Like really, where did the summer go?  These days are flying like crazy.  Next we’ll be celebrating Christmas and a New Year.  I’m really trying to slow things down around here, enjoying all of the little moments with the kids and hubs.

Another Friday means another showcase of The Great Pinterest Affair.

This week’s Pinterest Round-Up…

Home Decor

Vintage Wine Crate Coffee Table

Source: Vintage Chic via Sapphire on Pinterest

DIY / Crafts

DIY Chalkboard Labels

Source: Twelve-O-Eight via Sapphire on Pinterest

Parties

Pinterest Party {A total MUST}

Source: Hostess with the Mostess via Sapphire on Pinterest

Handy Tips

Freezing over ripe Avocados

Source: Pink Sugar Bowl via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fun

Felt Dress Up Dolls

Source: Love Charla Anne via Sapphire on Pinterest

Deliciousness

Garlic Grilled Tomatoes

Source: Proud Italian Cook via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fashion

Toobydoo {Cute Boy Fashion}


Source: Design Mom via Sapphire on Pinterest

Mama’s Style 

Coral Polka Dot & Casual

Source: Polyvore via Sapphire on Pinterest

Fitness

Morning Yoga


Source:  Thoughts By Natalie via Sapphire on Pinterest

There you have it, the latest pins I came across while perusing Pinterest.  I’m so loving the marvelousness of them all!

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Have a FAB-U-LOUS weekend Friends!

Infant Nutrition and Feeding

In keeping with All-Things-New-Mom, today I’d like to touch on infant nutrition and feeding.  In fact, fellow mom blogger Katie Moore is here today, to impart her research and knowledge about the importance of proper nutrition for infants.  Thank you, Katie for taking time out of your busy schedule to share this information with my readers. Take it away…

Nutritional Requirements of Infants

 

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Babies need many of the same nutrients in vitamin and mineral form that adults do. These include protein, Vitamins A, D, E, K, C, Thiamine and more. The good news is that a mother’s breast milk or infant formula will provide her baby with these nutritional needs. Feeding is of course essential to baby’s health but is also important for bonding with baby.

Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding is recommended for your baby’s first six months of life. Your infant will get most of the nutrients he or she needs and will also receive your natural immunities. Later, when adding solid foods, you can continue to breastfeed for a while longer, if you wish. If you are breastfeeding your baby, your pediatrician will probably recommend Vitamin D drops for your infant to supplement your breast milk. Sometimes breast milk does not provide enough of this important vitamin that helps your infant to absorb calcium and phosphorous.

Bottle Feeding:

You should not feel guilty if you choose not to breast feed your baby or are unable to. Your baby will not know the difference. Your baby’s pediatrician will recommend various types of baby formula for you to choose from. Some babies have trouble tolerating a cow-milk formula base. If this is the case with your baby, you can switch to a soy formula. As long as you prepare your infant’s formula as directed, your baby will be getting all the necessary nutrients.

Heating Up Formula or Expressed Breast Milk:

You should not heat up formula or expressed breast milk in a microwave. This is because the fluid in the bottles heats unevenly, creating hot pockets and this is dangerous for the baby. Formula or breast milk heated in a microwave loses much of its nutrition.

Heat your baby’s bottles by placing a few inches of water in a small pan on the stove. Then heat the water until it is hot, but not boiling. Turn off the stove and let the bottle sit in the water for a minute. Take the bottle out of the pan, shake it and test a drop of the formula or breast milk on your wrist.

You can also heat a baby’s bottle by holding it under the hot water tap until it is warm. It is not necessary to heat up formula, but expressed breast milk should be warmed.

Feeding Frequency:

Breast fed babies need to eat more often than bottle-fed babies. Even if he or she is sleeping, a baby should not go more than three hours without nursing.

Nurturing Your New Child:

Nurturing and bonding with baby began before birth—bonding begins in the womb when a baby can hear a mother’s voice and heartbeat. Mother’s begin nurturing by caring for their bodies with a healthy diet and moderate exercise—mother’s also nurture by preparing for a healthy delivery and making decisions on options like delivery methods, pain management, umbilical cord blood banking, and immunizations. How to feed a baby is another important decision. Whether you breast or bottle-feed your little one, nursing time is very special to both of you. It is an important bonding exercise where your baby, through touch, smell and taste, gets to know who Mommy is.

Though it doesn’t feel like it at the time, your time of nursing your infant is short. You will look back someday and remember with fondness your time cuddling and feeding your newborn baby.

“This is a guest post written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the Mom-o-sphere of the blogging world. Just after becoming a Mom herself, Katie took to blogging to share her knowledge and passion for motherhood, pregnancy, children, fitness and overall health. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing and researching, and connecting with others! If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog “Moore From Katie,” or her twitter @moorekm26.”

Thanks again for all the great information, Katie.  Friends, I ask that you take a trip to Katie’s blog & show her some love.

Granola Encrusted French Toast {Recipe}

Awhile ago I told you all about my son’s obsession with pancakes.  How he practically eats them everyday.  We joke that one day he’ll turn into a pancake himself.  Right along those lines, I’ve been sticking with the same breakfast food for awhile, out of convenience and time.  Just like the Lil’ Giant, I can’t help myself because I absolutely love Cream of Wheat.  But in an effort to get out of the breakfast rut & trim down the postpartum baby weight, I prepared this YUMILICIOUS recipe…

Granola Encrusted French Toast

Hope you’re ready to sink your teeth into these EASY PEASY French Toast.

Preparation

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, pure vanilla and a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon.
  • Pour cup of granola into a plastic baggie, close & use a mallet to smash the granola. Lay smashed granola on a small plate.
  • Dip bread slices into wet mixture for a few seconds to soak up all the gooey goodness. Then place bread into smashed granola. Make sure to cover both sides with granola.
  • Transfer bread slices to buttered skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn to brown both sides.
  • Sprinkle with additional cinnamon (to your taste).
  • Serve French Toast hot with syrup (butter optional).

And there you have it, a quick and easy recipe to start your day off on the right foot.

Buen Provecho!

Linking up to some of my favorite parties:

The Gunny SackThe Girl CreativeFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkToday’s Creative BlogTip JunkieOrganize & Decorate Everything, Someday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsSomewhat SimpleI Heart Nap TimeThe Shabby Creek CottageSeven Thirty ThreeDelightful OrderGluesticksHomemaker in HeelsFingerprints on the FridgeFive Days 5 WaysBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HippoCraft EnvyToo Much Time on My HandsBe Different Act NormalUnder the Table and DreamingA Creative PrincessThe Peaceful Mom