gigi's easter basket

Friday, March 27, 2015



i caved and gave some of these things to her a little early (like the garden tools!)  but most of these goodies will be found on easter morning in her basket!

sun-san saltwater sandals (I got a pair in white and gold!)
Lilly dress (I found one on MAJOR sale at my local Lilly Store - like I only paid $12 bucks for it - so you mama's check out those sales!)
rash guard set (again, i got mine on sale but this one is sooooo cute)



toddler style + some great reads

Friday, March 20, 2015








shirt  /  leggings (sold out but similar here)  /  moccasins 

- with all the rage being Essential Oils these days I can't help but get on the bandwagon.  But honestly, it's all a little overwhelming.  My friend Brittany wrote a great post about using oils in practical ways.

- my college roommate sent this to me a week or so ago and I honestly couldn't forward it out fast enough.  I've reread it a few times and I just love it so much.  It's a great reminder to mamas of young ones that we need gentleness and slowness during this season because our littles are growing so fast.  Save the mile-long to-do lists and packed social calendar for when they are in school all day.

- this post makes me cry.  a lot.  it is everything i want to say to georgia right now if only she understood.  although i think she kinda does.  and she will.

- georgia and i are really into making popsicles these days.  but every. single. time we've made them we can't get them out of the molds when they are frozen.  i have some pretty cheap popsicle molds but am i missing something here?  anyone want to help a sister out and recommend a strategy or some great popsicle molds?  because us lopatka ladies over neeeeeeeeed popsicles if ya know what i mean.

- this is the easiest and yummiest chicken bake.  i made it for the first time last week after matt made some homemade pesto and it was a hit!  it will be making it's rounds at our house quite often :)

- my wheels are starting to turn about potty training.  i'm debating as to whether to start with G before or after baby boy.  she won't be quite 2 when he's born so i know it's a tad early, but she is showing some signs that she is ready now (I will still wait a few more months).  so i'm torn.  having one child in diapers would be amazingggggg, but i don't want to push the little lady since she is going to have to share her throne here pretty soon anyway.  suggestions mamas?

happy friday!


the easiest and yummiest banana, oat and greek yogurt muffins

Thursday, March 19, 2015





So I have the bad habit of mindlessly thumbing through Pinterest, pinning all of these delicious-looking recipes but then never giving them a second glance!  So I have set out to change my ways.  I now pin yummy recipes to my "Yummies Board" and when I try them and find they are a success, they get pinned to my private board called "tried and loved recipes," (not really sure why it's private?  I will probably change that because there is no need!).  My latest success story was inspired by these Banana Oat Muffins.  I tweaked the recipe just a bit and they are a huge hit in my house.  Recipe below.  Hope you like it!


Ingredients:
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups rolled oats (I used old fashioned but you can use quick too)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used a touch less, maybe 1/8 cup, just because I was running out and they turned out perfect!)
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe's and didn't measure these at all.  I used half a bag)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.  Grease or line muffin tin (if you use liners you still want to spray the liners because there is no oil in these muffins so it could cause them to stick).  Throw everything except the chocolate chips into a blender or food processor (I used my Vitamix) and blend until the oats are smooth.  Add chocolate chips and mix with spoon.  Pour batter into muffin tins, leaving each one about 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are brown.  Georgia gobbled them up with some blueberries for snack yesterday and had one for breakfast with some yogurt this morning.  And the hubs can grab one (or 3!) on the way out of the door.



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