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happiest of weekends to you

Today started with sleeping through our alarm, waking up to rain, the starbucks drive through, and sweats. Sounds like a Friday to me. Now I'm going to go whip together some of Oh Joy!'s delcious sounding mango chia seed pudding for tomorrow morning. 


Etsy Love

Before Poppy was born I recieved some handmade goodies for her from a few Etsy shops. I really am in love with all of these products, they are well made and adorable. I wanted to find some cute handmade items to replace the classic plastic baby looking necessities.

Baby Turban - Mama Owl Shop -------- David wouldn't let her leave the house without this for the first few months, He wanted to be sure people knew she was a girl ;) Check her out on Facebook & Instagram

Moccasins - Minimoc ----------- These ones actually aren't from etsy, but they sent them over the first week Poppy was born and she has worn them pretty much everyday since. They are my absolute favourite shoes, they never fall off! Check them out on Facebook & Instagram.

Neon Heart Blanket - Yarning Made --------- This is such a cute and cozy hand knit blanket. It was perfect for bundling her up in her carseat since she was a winter baby. Every where we went people would ask who made it for her and usually start to tell a story about a baby blanket they had at one point. I love how a baby brings up conversations with strangers everywhere you go. Check out Yarning Made's Blog, also on Facebook & Instagram.

Wooden Teething Rattle - NiHaMa --------- Lately this is Poppy's favourite toy. It's easy for her to grab and soothes her gums. I love its girly neutral colours, and the lack of plastic! Check her out on Facebook & Instagram.

Anchor Soother Clip - Downhomeamy --------- I have an obsession with anchors so when I saw this soother clip in her Etsy shop I fell in love! Once again, I love the wood rather than plastic, and it's great to not be constantly picking up her soother off the floor. Check out Downhomeamy's shop, also on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.


Happy International Donut Day! 

Have always wanted to be that mom/grandma that bakes the best donuts! And I have also always wanted to own a bakery... so with both those dreams I figured that I should probably start working on my vegan donut making skills. These are last weeks winners... Strawberry Rhubarb (fresh from our garden!), and Ginger glazed. Not going to lie, these were insanely delicious. 


Vegan Sunflower Snacks

I got a started to experiment a little last week when I had an afternoon chocolate craving and I ended up making something yummy and healthy. David loves chocolate so I brought him one after I'd made them and he gave me a grossed out look and said it look like a piece of... you know what. (So kind). Later as he was gazing longingly into the fridge he finally decided to have one, and he loved it! ha! They are super easy and quick to make. no baking.

I have gotten in trouble before for calling a recipe vegan that contains honey. I understand that a lot of vegans don't eat honey, but I do.. So you can substitute it out for a fully vegan recipe. 

Recipe makes 8-10 Bite Sized Balls. 

1 Cup Toasted Sunflower Seeds

1 Tbs Cocoa

1 Tbs Honey (Can sub Agave, or Maple Syrup)

A splash of Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup Oats

Start by blending the Sunflower Seeds in the food processor. You want to blend them until they become the consistency of peanut butter. You may be skeptical because they just get all crumbly at first, but the more you process the more the oils come out. So have a little faith and keep on blending.

Once you have a smooth consistency add the honey, cocoa, and vanilla. Continue to blend until mixed.

In a seperate bowl beat together the sunflower mixture with the oats.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into bite sized balls, and refridgerate. They are best cold.


My sweet kitchen buddy <3


Hey May

So Happy May First! The weather over here has been insane for this time of year, so warm and sunny and it is putting me in the best of moods.
Yesterday Poppy started rolling over, yay Pop! It's so fun to see her learning and taking little steps. I can't wait until she is sitting, crawling and eating next! David is on tour in Germany right now, so I have been sending lots of videos of the little one doing her "new tricks". 

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