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Puppy Dog Pals Snack Mix

June 22, 2017

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Disney Junior Puppy Dog Pals

There’s officially a new favorite show in town….Puppy Dog Pals on Disney Junior! My kids usually watch one or two episodes in the morning when they first get up, and both of them are in love with this show!

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Puppy Dog Pals is about Bingo and Rolly, two puppies who have fun traveling around their neighborhood and abroad when their owner Bob leaves home. Both of my kids love watching the fun adventures of Bingo and Rolly…and I love that it’s cute and educational!

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These pups definitely put the YAY in our FRiYAY!

Disney Junior Puppy Dog Pals

Disney Junior has all new episodes every FRiYAY morning on Disney Channel. To celebrate one of our favorite shows, we decided to whip up some Puppy Dog Pals snack mix!

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It’s super easy to make! Sadie had fun getting in on the action…and sneaking a bite or two here and there. I love making simple snack mixes with my kids. They always have so much fun helping and I have fun watching them get creative with me in the kitchen!

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Disney Junior Puppy Dog Pals

To make your own Puppy Dog Pals snack mix you’ll need:
- Chex cereal
- Marshmallows
- Mini chocolate chips
- Mini cookies

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The recipe is easy…just mix everything together in a bowl and enjoy!

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This little pup is ready for action….or snuggling on the couch with her snack…whichever!

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We’ll be making this recipe again for the premier of Puppy Dog Pals on Friday, June 23rd @ 9am on the Disney Channel! We love watching the morning block of Disney Junior shows on the Disney Channel and can’t wait to watch the new episodes of all of our favorites!

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Thanks to Disney Junior for sponsoring this post!

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Call the Midwife!

June 21, 2017

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Many of you have expressed interest in my choice to have a midwife deliver my last baby and have questions and misconceptions about midwives. The number one question I got from people when I told them I was seeing a midwife was "are you having a home birth?" (NO), followed by "can you have an epidural?" (YES). So today I want to address some of your questions, and to start I have a guest post writer....my mom! She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (which means she has a Master's Degree in Nursing) with more than 35 years of OB/GYN experience and she offered to provide some background information about midwives. I plan to share my personal experience with a midwife on Monday, so be sure to come back for more! If you have any questions please drop them in the comments of this post or email me at thegirlintheredshoes@gmail and I'll be sure to answer them for you!

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So now, I'm going to let my mom explain a little more about midwives!

Midwives are are excellent providers of health care services for women. Many people think of a midwife only as someone who assists women choosing to have a home birth. While some midwives do participate in home births, the majority do not. Many women do not understand the services midwives provide or the advantages of seeking care from a midwife. One area of confusion is the difference between a midwife and a doula. A midwife is a licensed and certified medical professional who provides total care for you during the prenatal period and the birth of your baby. A doula is not licensed or trained to provide clinical care. A doula is trained to be a support person and to advocate for you while you are in labor and during the birth process and the postpartum period. They DO NOT provide nursing care, medical treatment or deliver your baby. 

In the United States, the majority of midwives are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) working in coordination with doctors providing care to women in clinics and hospitals. Greater than 95% of births attended by midwives occur in hospitals.

A CNM is a Registered Nurse with graduate education (Master's Degree) in midwifery. CNMs are trained to provide women's health care from puberty through menopause. They provide a level of care that is more personal and focused on the whole woman. Compared to doctors, midwives are likely to be less formal, to spend more time with you, and to provide education and support specific to your concerns. If you choose a midwife to provide care during your pregnancy, your midwife will work with you to identify the childbirth experience YOU desire and to provide the care and support you need to achieve your desired birth experience. Midwives approach pregnancy, labor and birth as normal processes and do not routinely use medical procedures if there is no clear need for them. The midwifery model of care is strongly supported by current research.

The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) is the professional organization that has developed guidelines for safe childbirth based on scientific knowledge, coordination of care between health team members and active involvement of women and their families. Visit the ACNM website for more information about midwives.

My experience with a midwife coming your way on Monday, so stay tuned! 


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How I'm a Genius in the Kitchen with Gobble

June 8, 2017

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Confession: I'm not that great in the kitchen. I'm okay if I have a recipe to follow...but I've never been that amazing at creating new recipes for my family. Now that we are a family of FIVE, it's even harder. Finding the time to make a well-balanced, delicious meal is one of the most challenging parts of my day. Especially because once it's 4:00 the little humans in my house turn crazy. It's just a battle to survive until Jon gets home. So making dinner? Forget about it. When Belle was first born we were blessed by so many friends who brought us dinner. It was a life saver. And my mom was and is a huge help to me too. But some nights it's just me....and a hungry family to feed. 

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That's why I was SO excited to learn about Gobble! Gobble delivers fresh, quick, one-pan dinners that anyone can cook in less than 15 minutes, providing busy families with a home-cooked meal plus more free time to relax at the end of their day. Sounds amazing right? This was our first time trying this kind of service....and let me say this wholeheartedly: It was awesome. 

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Gobble’s weekly menus are tailored to each customer’s individual preferences and tastes. You simply let them know what you like, and what you don't like, which is great when you have picky eaters like I do. Visit their website and view the weekly dinner options and choose a preferred delivery day. Then everything you need to make your meals arrives at your door!

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Hudson thought this was so cool and loved helping me unpack our box. Everything inside was cool and fresh thanks to the special box and ice packs.

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All of the meals have a 3 step process with detailed instructions. Plus, the meals can all be made in 15 minutes, which is a HUGE game changer when you are a busy mom! The first meal I made was country captain chicken curry with coconut rice. The included instruction card made it so easy!

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All of the meals need just one pan, which I love. Less dishes for me!

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Hudson got in on the cooking action. He loved helping me put everything together. 

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When Jon got home for dinner the first thing he asked was "who brought this over?"....so of course I proudly told him that I made it! Myself! The first few bites in the said "this is good. This is SO good!" After the third or fourth "so good!" comment he asked "what is this service called?". Ha. It really was yummy. 

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 I have difficulty menu planning and finding time to go to the grocery store. I love that Gobble takes the stress out of meal planning and making dinner for me! The second meal I made was blackened prime sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and baby carrots. I was a little nervous about getting this one right...but it turned out amazing and was so much easier than I thought!

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This meal was my absolute favorite! It was so good...I'm still dreaming about the chipotle butter on top of the steak. After eating this meal I was kicking myself that we didn't have company over to show it off. I couldn't believe I made something SO delicious...and so pretty on the plate!

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The final Gobble meal I made was salsa verde spinach enchiladas with corn and black bean rice. 

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This was Sadie's favorite! She loved the corn and black bean rice and cherry tomatoes. It was delicious!

Want to try Gobble for yourself? I’m offering my readers a special discount code off their first Gobble box! While Gobble is currently only available on the West coast, Gobble is expanding nationally this summer 2017. Look out for Gobble boxes shipping to you soon! West Coast readers can visit Gobble and input the code MOM50 at checkout for 50% off your first six Gobble meals.

To learn more about Gobble, visit them on their website or social media channels:

Compensation was provided by Gobble via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Gobble or Momtrends.

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Cozy Summer Fun

June 1, 2017

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It's officially summer vacation around these parts and we are working on creating our summer bucket list. Since we have a new baby it's hard to get out and about to do a lot of your typical summer activities. So we have to get creative! Luckily both of the older two LOVE to stay home more than anything...they are homebodies just like their mama!

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What's been a special treat for us is to have movie dates and book reading marathons. Both kids think it's so fun to pop some popcorn and cuddle up under their new favorite sherpa blankets from Mouse + Magpie

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We also love to pick out a ton of books and snuggle up and read them all together. I love watching their little imaginations soar. I'm so thankful they both love to "read" books...I'm hoping that's something that will continue!  

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I also love to 
encourage Hudson to make up his own stories...he thinks it's so fun and I love watching him explore his creativity and curiosity. 

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Of course they have to burn some energy too. Crazies. 

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Both kids have been enjoying their Mouse + Magpie sherpa blankets and matching throw pillows. Mouse + Magpie is a child-inspired, adult curated collection of home furnishings and products exclusively designed by artists and illustrators.

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Mouse + Magpie was created specifically for little people with big imaginations. Their design community is made up of international artists intent on putting imagination into the minds of children and easy-to-implement designs into the hands of adults. LOVE that!

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Hudson and Sadie love snuggling up with these blankets! They are soft and cuddly and so well made. We just love them! 

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Mouse + Magpie also has a beautiful collection of art and canvas prints, lamps, and clocks...all that coordinate and are beyond adorable! We love our sherpa blankets so much that I'm giving one away on Instagram today, so be sure to check it out! 

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You can discover more about Mouse + Magpie and their collections here

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*Mouse + Magpie partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their new bedroom collection. As part of the program, I received products or payment. Mouse + Magpie believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Mouse + Magpie provided me with information on messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used.

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Simple Strawberry Shortcake

May 30, 2017

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This is an oldie, but a goodie. I could eat Strawberry Shortcake all day every day. We make this all the time and it is the easiest and yummiest strawberry shortcake ever.

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Here's what you'll need:
4 Cups sliced strawberries
2 1/3 Cups bisquick mix
2/3 Cup milk
3 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs butter, melted
Cool Whip

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Stir everything together except the strawberries.

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Divide dough into 6 equal parts and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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They come out of the oven looking perfectly imperfect. And delicious. 

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Slice in half and then stuff with strawberries and cool whip.

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They are SO good. And so easy. That's a winner in my book! In fact, I might of just had one for breakfast. SOOOOO good. 


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Keeping Her Close

May 26, 2017

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Now I know how people have 4 kids. It's because baby #3 is so sweet, and easy going, and simply amazing. Baby #3 tricks you. Because looking at my sweet girl makes me want another one....or five. But then my older kids come storming in to the room and I'm like, yep...we're good. 

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In order to get anything done around the house I've found that wearing Belle is the easiest solution. And luckily she LOVES to be in on the action. And I love having her close to me. I'm trying to soak up every second of her sweetness. 

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I've started to wear her in our new baby carrier by Lumiere. It's easier for me to run errands and wear her....at least that way I have some room in my shopping cart for things other than kids. 

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The Universal Baby Carrier by Lumiere has 6 positions and is super easy to use! It fits newborns all the way up to toddlers and is made for little ones 7-45 pounds! Holy cow...that would be like wearing Hudson, ha! 


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The straps easily adjust to fit you and baby and I've found it easy and quick to put on...which is a bonus when you are juggling three kids! The extra-padded crossable shoulder straps, wide and sturdy waistbelt, and lumbar support provide supreme comfort and alleviate back and shoulder pressure for healthy posture and alignment. 


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This 6-in-1 universal baby carrier features structured bucket seats, lumbar and neck support, sleeping hood, 2-way shoulder straps, pockets, safety harness, and purse holder! I also have an amazing exclusive coupon for all of you! Click here to receive $100 off your carrier...which makes it just $49 and free shipping! Hurry, it's a limited time offer!

*This post is sponsored by Lumiere, but all opinions are my own.


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