pumpkin patching with a toddler

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

what is this thing in my hair?!
here mom, i think it belongs to you.

last weekend was participated in the yearly tradition of pumpkin patching.  we have a small pumpkin patch right near our house and took a picture last year sitting on their stoop with the tiniest baby g.  well this year, she pretty much acted like she owned the place.  she ran around fearlessly picking out over 100 pumpkins that were juuuuuuuuuuust right.  lucky for us, she let us get away with only bringing home 3 - 2 big ones and a baby one just for her.  and now i feel as if fall has officially begun!

our favorite healthy toddler smoothies

Friday, October 17, 2014

Everyday when G wakes up from her afternoon nap we make a smoothie.  She used to be afraid of the blender and the loud noise it made when it turned on, but now she loves pressing the button to start and stop it.  So smoothies are a fun thing at our house.  It's also a super easy, filling and healthy afternoon snack (sometimes we'll grab some cheddar bunnies with it!) and a great way for me to get Georgia to take her multivitamin and probiotic if she didn't take it in her morning yogurt.  So we have 2 go-to recipes.  I mix them up depending on what we have eaten early in the day and what is for dinner.  If there isn't much green on the menu for dinner, I'll go with The Green Smoothie, but if I feel she could use a bit more fruit then I'll go with Th Red Smoothie (how original are these names yall?!  I know I know... I'm so creative.  However, eventually I hope G can say these names so it's a teaching opportunity ya know?).  Oh and PS - I make enough of these smoothies to fill up one sippy cup, one big girl cup (for mama) and maybe a tiny refill for Georgia if she's extra hungry.  

Georgia's Green Smoothie
2 handfuls of organic kale
2 handfuls of organic spinach
4-5 large frozen strawberries
a spoonful of chia seeds (we get ours on amazon here)
a splash of apple juice
water to fill liquid up to 3/4 of where the solids stop

Georgia's Red Smoothie
6-8 large frozen strawberries
half a banana (or a whole, depending on taste preference)
spoonful of chia seeds
coconut or almond milk depending on what's in the fridge
fill liquid up to 3/4 of where the solids stop

**I add her multivitamin and probiotic to her sippy cup then pour smoothie over it

On another note, that picture above was Georgia right after she turned 1.  So, 2 1/2 months ago.  I mean I can't even deal.  She's already grown up so much since then.  OK life, slow down please and let me soak it in.

Have a great weekend!

a sincere letter from one sissy to another

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

dear sissy (aka sevilla lopatka),

please stop stealing my toys.  more than that, please stop taking them to your "lair," (aka under the couch).  I plead with you every single day.  I kick my feet and talk in gremlin (or toddler) to you.  i sincerely love you and would like to propose a deal.  if you stop stealing my toys and taking them under the couch, i will stop pulling your mustache/beard.... (ok fine!  i'll try my best to stop.)

love always,

your sissy, gigi lopatka

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