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Vegan Grilled Cheese | So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk Cheese

So I’ve come to the point in my life where I am finally accepting the fact that I am lactose intolerant. I’ve cut out milk for some time now, (which was incredibly hard to do since it was one of my favorite drinks!) but I just couldn’t give up the cheese. Until I’ve found a great alternative. Introducing SO Delicious Dairy Free Products. – NO THIS IS NOT AN AD OR SPONSORED POST – I just seriously love these products. Now I am committed to giving up dairy completely because of how much I liked this stuff!

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First Birthday Garden Party

Here is our little one's First Birthday Garden party we threw for her a couple of weeks ago. I was really nervous that all the decor I had collected over a the weeks leading up to it was not going to go well together, but everything seemed to fit like little puzzle pieces! My daughters birthday is at the end of April, so having a garden themed birthday party seemed very appropriate. Can you say Easter clearance?! It was such a beautiful day, and we spent it with a bunch of good friends, and lots of yummy treats!

We decided to do flowers for the favors, since it was a garden themed party. The majority of the decor was from Target, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. The flowers and birdcages were reused from a friends wedding. I decided last minute to order the cake instead of make it myself, and boy am I glad I did! I totally didn't need an extra project on my hands!!!

Overall, we were so incredibly happy with the outcome of the party. It was the perfect day to celebrate our sweet girl's First Birthday!

I'd love to hear what Ya'll think about our little bunny's Garden Party! Comment below!

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Apple “Cookies” | Healthy Toddler Snack

Check out these delicious Apple "Cookies". They are a healthy snack you can eat yourself or make for your kids. It has been a total hit with both my three and one year old, and its one that I know won't keep me up all night with mom guilt. Yes Mom guilt; It's a thing! And I know i'm not the only one who suffers from it.

As many of you may already know, I have some pretty picky eaters on my hands. If you didn't, the struggle is totally real and you can read some of my tips with dealing with it here.

This recipe is super easy and incredibly yummy.

Apple "Cookies"
Serves 1
A healthy snack you and your kids are sure to love!
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. Apple
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Chocolate Chips
  4. Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Cut the apple into thin slices
  2. Spread Peanut Butter on each slice
  3. sprinkle chocolate chips & cranberries
  4. Enjoy!
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Our Simple Coffee Bar

Check out our Simple Coffee Bar I have been working on! Our house has been a work in progress the last year. We are coming up on one year of moving in and finally I am starting to love how it's turning out. We are really trying to downsize and live a simpler lifestyle, and coming from an entire life of borderline hoarding, it has been quite the challenge.

I have started putting together our simple coffee bar and as you can see, this is the first stage of it. I am still trying to figure out what to put on the top shelf and in the cabinet. Although, right now, it's bare because we have sneaky little fingers that like to rip things off shelves.

So this Ninja coffee bar machine has been amazing. I'm still trying to figure out the perfect recipe for my beloved White Chocolate Mocha addiction, but I get closer and closer every day! Stay tuned for more photos on our home transformation!

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I'd love to hear some suggestions on possible decor for this coffee bar! Share some design wisdom in the comments!

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

 

Happy Mothers Day to all of you Messy Haired Moms out there!

 

Today is your day and celebrate as you wish! Do a little dance, eat some breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed, and soak up every ounce of love and snuggles you can from your littles! We spent the day shopping and dining yesterday so we can dedicate today to some family relaxation! Also, Please excuse our messy living room, after all, It’s Mothers Day!

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Easy Bolognese | Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner

Here’s an easy dinner for ya’ll. Pasta always seems like my go-to meal as I’m sure that is the general consensus. As most of you may know, we struggle with a picky eater in our house. Any meal I make, I’m trying to find where I can add in some good veggies. Any type of pasta sauce is perfect for this! I typically add carrots, peppers, and mushrooms to my sauces after putting them through my food processor.

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Meal Planning Made Easy | Terra’s Kitchen

I recently was invited to attend an event hosted by Terra’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh. I don’t get many nights out these days, so I took the opportunity and boy am I glad I did! It actually was the first time I have heard about Terra’s Kitchen, as it is a relatively new company. If you’re not familiar with Terra’s Kitchen, it is a meal-kit delivery service; but has a philosophy that really stood out to me against its competitors. (Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Etc.) One of their main goals is focused on bringing families back to the table; by taking the stress and time spent in planning and prepping dinner, ultimately leaving more time for the family.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect at the event, but I left feeling more excited than ever to try more of their meals. The meal that we were served was their sweet potato tacos. Sweet potatoes being an ingredient I wouldn’t typically run to when trying to put together a taco night. I was really surprised at how much I loved them and it put sweet potatoes in a totally new light for me.

I know I’m not alone when I say that when it comes to trying to put together a meal plan, I often default to a handful of the same meals. For me, my biggest struggle lies in the creative department. I can pin and pin recipes for days, but they usually are left forgotten.

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Terra’s Kitchen has so many meals you can choose from and they are always changing and adding more. Unlike it’s competitors, you can choose each individual meal instead of a pre-selected meal plan for the week. If you have any type of dietary restrictions, you can filter out meals that don’t meet those restrictions. (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc.) You also have the option to add extra ingredients, snacks, and even smoothies to your vessel. GIVE ME ALL THE HUMMUS! I love how if you really enjoy their meal service, you can set up a weekly delivery and based on your past meal choices and any dietary needs or restrictions, they will automatically choose some for you. If you want anything changed, it’s easy to edit your meals before they are sent out.

One thing they pride themselves on is their quality of ingredients. Terra’s Kitchen uses ingredients that are antibiotic- and hormone-free, as well as non-GMO and even sometimes organic. I noticed that when I I ordered our meals for the week, it ended up being the same amount, if not cheaper than if I had gone to the grocery store for a week of dinners.

So, now on to my first vessel! (Yes you get your own refrigerated vessel.) When I first heard about this, I was excited but also unsure how it would work. Literally, all you have to do is unload the ingredients into your fridge, and peel the address label off. Underneath is a return label and you just put it right outside your front door. A pickup is scheduled the following day and is gone the next morning. The best part? These vessels are recycled and are used over and over a bunch of times. No more big wasteful boxes and ice packs!

Here is what I ordered.

GRILLED STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI AND CRISPY POTATOES

BEEF RAGU WITH SPINACH-PARMESAN POLENTA

BALL HAWK SLIDERS

I also ordered the Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Sauce ( Not sure why they don’t offer this anymore because it was my favorite!)

From start to finish, each meal took me about 8 minutes or less to put together; and about 30 minutes to cook.

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Having the ingredients already chopped and ready to go was a HUGE time saver and gives you the option to let your kids help with the process without the chaos. (Normally, by the time it takes to get everything chopped and set up when my son wants to help, he’s already over it.)

I was extremely impressed with not only the quality of the ingredients, but how fresh they all were. Each meal was incredibly unique by using simple and healthy ingredients. If you’re constantly struggling to fill your table with something delicious and healthy, give them a try. It’s worth it.

Healthy eating has never been so easy.

 

I would like to thank Terra’s Kitchen for reaching out to me and my family. I love knowing that if I’m having a tough week and uninspired in the kitchen, my family doesn’t have to suffer. Terra’s Kitchen has my back.

If you’re interested in trying Terra’s Kitchen, save some money and enter MESSYHAIR30 for $30 off your first order! Let me know what ya’ll think!

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Babywearing in Cool Places | Ergo Baby Carriers

To be completely honest, becoming a mom of two terrified me. I remember wondering if I was ever going to be able to leave the house by myself with the kids. I honestly think I've survived it thus far with the help of my one particular baby gear essential. When it comes to any type of outing, you better believe I am wearing my sweet little girl in my Ergo baby carrier. It has been a lifesaver the past six months and I honestly don't know what I would do without it.
Some of you may know, my son can be a total handful. He's one of those toddlers that we’d categorize as a "runner." Literally, the boy can't be trusted. In the past few months, I have done a lot of traveling solo with the kids, and I can thank my Ergo for being able to have both of my children still around.
The carriers that I have are the Original Ergo in Black and my new one, the Ergo Natural Linen Baby Carrier. I received it as a gift right after having my daughter in late April, and the light linen color was just perfect for the summer time with its naturally cooling and breathable fiber. Since my daughter was born and to this day, she throws a fit when put down. That said, my Ergo has become almost like a second skin. Even when she is out of the Ergo, I still find myself wearing it around the house.

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I wore my little one in some cool places this past summer. During our travels, I wore her through flight cancellations, long airport wait times, hiking the White mountains of New Hampshire, a funeral, beach trips, festivals, food truck rodeo's, amusement parks – you name it, I wore it. It all was made possible by being able to comfortably wear my baby while simultaneously (and frantically) chasing my toddler around.
I'm not sure how familiar some of you are with Raleigh, North Carolina, but there are two things we love in this city. Chopped BBQ and Beer. It was a long nine months after first moving to Raleigh and watching my husband try all these crazy sounding beers. I never was a beer drinker until all of a sudden I started craving it during my pregnancy (don't worry, I waited until she was out to try some!). One of my favorite and somewhat odd places to wear our baby girl is the local brewery. I know what some of you may be thinking: What kind of mother brings her baby to a brewery?! This Mama! 🙂
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It all started when I was having a date night with my husband. We wanted to try a local brewery out, but had a hard time finding a babysitter after our recent move to the area. Finally, after a year of wanting just a sip of this delicious craft beer my husband was raving about, our time had come and we headed straight for the brewery. It wasn't until the end of the night when I went to the restroom and was baffled that they had a baby changing station in there. I immediately headed for the bartender and asked about it. Apparently this and many other breweries around the city are kid-friendly and even encourage bringing the whole fam! After that, we started to make a couple of family trips a month, checking out different local breweries and treating our little ones to a great atmosphere, yummy food, and two happy parents who get to taste test some of the yummiest craft beer in the country. That’s a parenting win if I've ever seen one! You would be totally surprised at all of the kids and babies there are tagging along with their parents. I had no idea, but I’ve been enlightened!
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Being able to wear my little one at the brewery makes the experience that much more enjoyable. She loves watching all of the people around us all while feeling the warmth and comfort of Mom. HANDS FREE! I've tried a few baby carriers and have gotten tons of back pain from other brands. The Ergo has such great back support, and keeps both myself and baby comfortable the entire time. Neither my husband nor I am the partying type, so if we are going out, we usually like to have our children with us. It's so nice not to have to lug around a big bulky stroller everywhere we go. The Ergo carrier that I have has a zip-up pocket in the front which can carry quite a bit comfortably. Not only does it eliminate the stroller, but also keeps me from having to bring our big baby bag along with us. Usually, you can find my phone, keys, wallet, a few diapers, pacifiers, etc. in the front pocket of my Ergo. Another feature that makes it really convenient is the hood that can shield your little one from rain or the sun. It's the perfect set up for a family outing no matter where we decide to go.
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So next time you are passing a brewery with your kids and wishing you could check it out, stop on in and see if it's family friendly. Oh, and if you have little ones, don't forget your Ergo!

This post is sponsored by Ergo in partnership with BabyCenter.

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The Perfect Gift For Dad | JORD Wooden Watch & Giveaway!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

When starting a family, you and your spouse are bound to have the conversation on who's going to stay home and raise your little ones; or what options you have for childcare. If you're lucky, you will have family nearby that can help; however thats not always the case. In our case, we recently moved to North Carolina, where we have no family around.

Since having our first, we have decided that it is more cost effective for me to stay at home with our children. It has been such a rewarding experience to be able to spend each day with my babies, but there are some aspects that make it really hard. Before my husband and I started both of our own businesses this past year, we have decided to forego gifts for each other and put our extra funds towards our growing businesses. This is so tough for me because I pride myself on my gift giving skills. I truly enjoy splurging on the perfect gift for my loved ones. After having our children, my Mama bear budgeting instincts went into full effect; splurging on ourselves isn't even in our vocabulary these days.

That's why I was absolutely ecstatic when JORD Watches contacted me to see if I would like to collaborate with them on one of their gorgeous wooden timepieces. When I first took a look at these watches, I was instantly blown away with the quality. I have never seen a wooden watch before, but I knew it was right up my ally. JORD focuses on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. These watches truly are pieces of art. JORD values sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. After all of the stress of starting his business this past year, I knew this was a product I would love to gift to my husband; and it would be something he truly loved.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

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The best part about this was definitely the way his face lit up when I told him to come on over and pick out a watch for himself. He looked like a little kid on Christmas morning. (I told you this was a rare occasion!) It has really made me realize how important it is to treat ourselves. The watch that he chose was the Dark Sandalwood and Smoke from the Frankie Series. (I was totally hoping he picked that one as it was my favorite too!) It is the perfect fit for him; who has a very minimalist type of style. Within two days of choosing a watch, it showed up on our doorstep. I was so surprised with how fast the shipping was and when I told my husband his new watch had come in, he even commented on how he had JUST picked it out.

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The moment of truth! As soon as he opened the package, I wanted to jump in and grab the box from him. The watches come in a beautiful carved wooden box; you can really see the pride JORD takes in the quality of not only their watches, but the way they package them. As soon as we opened the box, you could smell the fresh sandalwood. He tried it on; which was sized perfectly thanks to JORD's easy measuring print out that they provide you when ordering their watches. The first thing we both noticed was how lightweight it was. My husband is all about comfort; so this was a home run. We were so thrilled to see the rose gold color trim around the inside of the watch that we had not noticed when ordering. (Both my husband and I have rose gold wedding rings, so it was the perfect fit!)

When we first saw the watch, it looked a bit darker than we had thought it was going to be; so we looked on the site and saw that JORD uses various species of sandalwood, each chosen for their unique and varying color tones. The tone of the wood gives you an idea of where the sandalwood came from. Ours is very dark (almost black in color) so we found out that the wood originated in East Africa (Mozambique).This shows how unique each of their watches are.

You can see the true craftsmanship that goes into these beautiful timepieces. In my opinion, it is the perfect gift for active dads; whether they are running around outdoors with the kids, meeting with clients for lunch, hanging around the house in sweat pants, or going on a special date night. This watch goes with all occasions. We both love the fact that it can go with any outfit. Now all we have to do is get me one!

Luckily for all of my Messy Haired Moms, you can enter my exclusive contest to win $75 towards one of JORD's gorgeous watches. (Which are already super affordable!) The best part is that EVERYONE who enters will receive $20 (excluding the winner) towards your own JORD watch. Whether you're starting to think about the holidays (yes I realize it's not even Halloween yet; but they creep up on us busy moms) or you're looking to treat yo self, I know you will love the quality and craftsmanship of JORD's watches as much as we have.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

The contest will close 11/20 at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on 2/28/2017

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My Favorite Placemats and Bowls

Hey Guys! So a little while back, I discovered these awesome placemats and bowls for kids. They are made by EZ PZ (you may recognize them from the show Shark Tank) and since purchasing them, our old plastic kids plates and bowls have been in the back of our cabinets collecting dust. These are completely microwavable, dishwasher safe, and they suction to the table! (TAKE THAT BOWL DUMPING TODDLER!) After purchasing the original large size, I immediately went to amazon to find the other sizes that they offered. They have bowls, full size placemats, and smaller trays (perfect for babies because they fit perfectly on the highchair trays.) My son is one of those kids that has to have every piece of food separated in its own little spot, so he loves these just as much as I do.

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Of course my little man had to flash me the most heartwrenching smile all while saying "cheeeeese"; distracting me from taking photos. He loves modeling for Mama, especially if it involves Mac & Cheese.

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