October 22, 2014

Make Your Own Starbucks Passion Tango Iced Tea Lemonade!


About half of my Target trips start or end with a Starbucks Shaken Passion Tango Ice Tea Lemonade.  I don't drink coffee but that passion fruit iced tea is just the most amazing treat.  The last time we were at Target, I treated myself to one of these wonderful concoctions. 


And I say treated because $3 for a 12 oz drink is absolutely a treat.
I figured there had to be a less expensive way to enjoy this treat and then I stumbled across Tazo Iced Passion Tea. And some lemonade. And I figured it was worth a try!

The Tazo Iced Passion Tea is made to brew a 64 oz container!
I simply brewed it full strength (but let it steep for 10 minutes instead of 5) and poured it into a 64 oz pitcher I had laying around. That went into the fridge for about an hour so it could cool.

I used my double walled Starbucks cup, filled it with ice and poured the cooled tea to about 2/3 of the way full.  I topped that off with some store bought lemonade and it is spot on.

I prefer my Passion Iced Tea Lemonade Unsweetended but if you wanted to sweeten it, you could make a simple syrup or purchase the syrup from Starbucks. 


So delicious!
Try and let me know how close you think it is!

October 20, 2014

Clothes, Baby Stuff and More! Oh My!!


I have seriously been needing to purge my house.
I feel like even though we purged a ton when we moved, I'm already at the "over capacity" feeling again.  

Moving out some of Tyler's larger baby gear items from the living room has helped, but there's still so much more.

All this week my Instagram feed will be filled with items for sale.
Baby gear, baby clothes, women's clothes, jewelry, handbags, nailpolish, shoes... tons!

It's time to destash and destress!




October 18, 2014

Little Man is 5 (and a half) Months!


Growth:

There's no 5 month check up so we're not completely sure but he is growing! His feet hang out the end of his infant car seat and is getting taller every day.
He's just shy of 15 pounds as well.


Looks:

This boy knows how to smile! He has the most crooked smile and loves to smile at everyone! His eyes have turned a dark grey and still have strawberry blonde hair.  He is such a little Irish man. 


Firsts and Milestones:

We're moving! Little man is scootching himself around. He can complete a full circle on his own in less than 5 seconds, can push himself backwards, and is now pushing himself up on his hands and knees. He loves sucking chewing on his thumb and gnawing on all of his toys.  We are definitely hitting early teething.


Sleep:

We had a pretty bad wakeful period but we're back to only one or two wake ups, which is awesome as he's still just nursing! He'll have one or two nights where he's up constantly but that just means he's growing right?


Food:

I'm still holding off on solids.  I don't know why I'm still holding off but I'm sure by the next update, he'll be eating solids more regularly.  As of now, I'm still pumping at work and still pumping more than he's consuming so my freezer stash continues to grow!


Language:

He yells! Ha! He yells at the cat, at Emmalee, and at anything he's excited about.  It's so awesome to hear.  He also continues to laugh every day.


His favorites:

The cat and his toys are his new favorites.  He is always trying to grab one of them and is constantly "yelling" at them! He will even move his body to get to certain toys or to be looking at the cat.
He still loves to eat and loves to hold on to things.
He loves chewing on everything, especially blankets and his thumb!


My favorites:

I love that he sleeps on his belly, just like I do with one leg pulled up closer to his body than the other.
His (still) toothless grin.
His belly laugh is still the best sound I've heard.





October 8, 2014

Disney + Fisher Price Little People



Two of my daughter's favorite things are Fisher Price Little People and Disney.
So when Fisher Price released the Disney Princess Songs Palace, we knew it was going to have to come from Santa. 

It gets played with every day.  Even the infant likes the songs it plays and since the Little People are solid construction, he can "play" with his big sister and I don't have to stress about him choking on anything.

A couple weeks a go I noticed a few new characters at Target and Walmart so curiosity got the best of me and I have a whole new wish list! Emma does not need anymore toys (I heard even Santa is done with her for Christmas already) but I could picture Tyler playing with this Mickey Mouse castle...




And obviously you need the accessories to go with the bigger playsets! I'm loving how cute they are!















all images via Fisher Price

Looks like this year's Christmas tree is going to be stocked with more Fisher Price Little People!


October 6, 2014

Hand Salted Baby Blanket Giveaway


Disclosure: I was offered product in exchange for my post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love great baby products and am constantly on the lookout for local artists who make amazing baby items so I was thrilled when I stumbled across a Facebook giveaway from Salted.  The owner had partnered with another local vendor to give away some handmade baby items.

In addition to some other prizes, Tyler won a really cool Patriots pacifier clip, which I'm obsessed with and perfect for the new football season that's on us. 


Carla, the owner of Salted, does lots of local shows (and posts recipes and tutorials on her website!) and while at a recent show I fell in absolute love with her super soft hand printed linen blankets. 
They feel like super expensive muslin blankets but they have adorable hand printed whales and crabs on them-- so precious!


Tyler loves them and thoroughly enjoys gnawing on the corners of them!
I love the prints and how organic they feel.


And the best part is, I'm giving away a set of hand printed blankets!
It's super easy to enter, just use the Rafflecopter below!

Contest only open to continuous US residents only, sorry!
Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to repsond or a new winner will be chosen.


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