My little skeleton babes. This season has been everything we love it for. Numerous fall hikes through the woods, picking and carving pumpkins, lots of football, chilli, and eating apples for dayyyys. The twins have been counting down to Halloween for the past 2 months and we didn’t think we’d ever get Everest to wear a costume, but we found the perfect solution this weekend that he was obsessed with so just you wait. 😉
We wanted to give Everest’s room a bit of an update! It’s a fairly tiny space but he’s getting older and we needed to make it more functional for the stage that he’s in. We took out the change table and replaced it with his little kitchen set. And then we moved that expedit up from the basement to store some of his toys. While we were doing all the rearranging, we decided to give him a fun accent wall with this moon phase wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decals. Now, I’ve put up and taken down A LOT of wallpaper over the years and working with this paper was a GAME CHANGER! I’ll never try anything else. You don’t need any water or glue or anything messy like that. Thank goodness. It’s a sticky, removable paper that you just stick on and re-stick (if you need to) until you’ve got it perfect. It took us about 30 min to get this wall done and I LOVE how it turned out.
The twins are stoked that summer is close. Yesterday they started packing their bags for the “ho-and tell” on the vacation we haven’t even planned yet! We didn’t expect to be able to travel much this summer since Paisley was due mid-July and we were planning to lay pretty low. But these monkeys are determined to make something happen! Until then, we’re just doing beach days and lots and lots of summertime picnics.
This leather mat the boys are sitting on is from an amazing company we recently discovered called Gathre. They come in all sorts of fun colors and are probably one of the best inventions ever for kids. I take this mat with me every where we go….the beach, the park, our backyard. We’ve used it for messy crafts indoors, sand play and play-dough. It just wipes clean with a soapy wet cloth and is ready to be used again. We’re doing a giveaway for a $70 credit for their shop over on our instagram page so be sure to check it out!
Happy summertime picnicking! Thanks so much for reading.
Originally we thought we’d be away in Chicago over Halloween or still driving back so we were sort of thinking of skipping trick or treating this year, thinking the twins would forget or not notice but we’re slowly realizing they notice EVERYTHING now. We cannot get away with the stuff we used to. So back we came for Halloween.
We have so many costumes in our playroom and I had told them that this year they can just pick one we already have but then every time someone asked them what they were being for halloween, they would yell “Super Hero’s!” so out I went (super last minute of course) to grab these costumes. They wanted to be super man and bat man but I told them the “super hero brothers!” was a thing so they settled with that. Thank goodness.
If I’m being totally honest, meal planning (mostly suppers) is a challenge for me. Especially now that we have kids. Finding healthy, clean recipes that the twins will also eat is no easy task. Sometimes we modify meals for them which I’m totally fine with. For example, I might make some pasta or potatoes to go with their salmon instead of the giant Kale salad Ron and I are eating. Or mini homemade pizza’s with the same toppings that we’ll have in our stuffed peppers. The boys are pretty good with trying new things but sometimes not as excited as I hoped they would be about that awesome new casserole I was so eager to make. Anyone relate?!
Our family eats oatmeal on repeat for breakfast every day day with the exception of waffles or a bagel with fruit a couple times a week for the twins to switch it up. We normally eat different versions of salad’s for lunch and the twins currently rotate between grilled cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches 😛 with a side of fruit or veggies! The most important thing we keep in mind with our planning is that everyone is having healthy balanced meals with the correct servings of veggies, fruit and protein. It’s definitely not always perfect but we try!
Since my goal this past weekend was to find a few fun new supper recipes for the fall that are delicious yet still healthy, I thought it might be fun to share this weeks meals with you!
Salmon and Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad
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