Homemade Mac & Cheese

We are back with the third installment in our Similac Go & Grow Series. If you don’t know what we’re talking about you can read our past recipes here and here! But if you’re new to Go & Grow, here are the cliff notes: It’s an incredible tasteless powder jam packed full of vitamins and nutrients to help regular kid food pack a punch in the nutrition department! And you can get a free sample to try here!20160515-IMG_4343-2

If you’re a Mom than you know if all else fails, feed them Macaroni & Cheese. It’s always a win at our houses and when we’re desperate to get these kiddos fed – it always does the trick! We particularly love making homemade mac and cheese. It’s no more difficult but full of more wholesome ingredients we can get behind….liiiiiike good old cream and butter ūüôā Operation fatten those kiddos up in full affect!¬†20160515-IMG_4356-2

You’ll need:

1/2 lb Cavatappi Noodles

1 c Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

1/4 c Cream

3 T butter

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Directions: Cook the noodles al dente, mix in cream, butter and Go & Grow until smooth, add cheese and stir till melted!20160515-IMG_4377-2

Enjoy!!

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Fourth of July BESTS

Its almost here, the very best holiday of the year (says Nicole, at least), but we think we might agree! Isn’t it the best? Just gathering with friends and family without the pressure to ¬†bring gifts, eating casual American foods and celebrating the incredible freedom we are so blessed to experience everyday.

From pool floats to party decor, Nicole has rounded up some of her favorite American supplies to make it the best Fourth of July yet. And, all of these she found on Amazon.

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Table Cloth //  Party Decor //  Flag Bunting //  Beach Ball //  Flag Pool Float //  Popsicle Pool Float //  Tattoos // Flag Towel //  Ice Cream Pool Float //  Cotton Candy Maker //  Snow Cone Maker

Happy Celebrating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the baby cubby!

Getting ready for this baby with my youngest being nearly 5, I feel like such a rookie! Even running a blog about kids and all the latest gear I have been feeling lost about what I need, what brands and items will fill that need the best and how to sort through the millions of options. The Baby Cubby is a brick and mortar store in Lindon, Utah really close to my house so I’ve been spending lots of time there testing out all their brands and samples for everything from a carseat to baby toys. They also have Resource Guides on their site (scroll to the bottom navigation to see the list!) so if you can’t go into the store you still get that customized experience. One guide they have on their site that I love is the Diaper Bag Guide!¬†They go through all the features you might want or need and break down which brands and styles fit which need. GENIUS! I ended up going with Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new Pathway Pack – it is absolutely beautiful in person and all the features of the bag sold me. Pathway PackYou’ll have to check out the comprehensive buying guide here, but here’s a little taste of it so you can see they mean business.Diaper-Bag-Checklist

When you first start spotting¬†Petunia Pickle Bottom¬†bags you can’t help but notice that SO many moms carry them and swear by them. I had never used one before but actually holding the Pathway Pack in my hands at the Baby Cubby’s store you realize why the brand is so popular. They think of everything and include it in the bag. From the matte black wipes case, to the laptop sleeve. Back pack straps or cross body, It was seemingly made for me. Then the cherry on top is the coated linen. You get that beautiful bone color and the texture of linen and the contrast with the stark black but since it’s coated you can wipe it off. If a diaper bag needs to be one thing it’s durable, but I love that I can still have that beautiful color combo.

Just my weekly pregnancy PSA for you guys! Anyone who needs a little guidance like I did — Diaper Bag Buying Guide to the rescue!

FRYday, already?!

Emily:

Wearing:¬†Has it really already been a week? It feels like the longest week of my life and also the slowest. The end of a pregnancy can do that to you! I packed a few things for a hospital bag the other day and am super excited to try out Belly Bandit’s compression belt to help my hips go back down, and their Mother Tucker nursing tank.

Nursing tanks are historically my jam since I am a t-shirt lifter-upper. Always nice to have that layer underneath that keeps everything concealed.

Also bought a couple of these for the hospital and the pajamas 24/7 phase right after delivery. They’re super pretty in person and crazy cheap. Anything to feel a little bit put together, right?

Reading: I told you last week I was on a reading rampage and it still continues. Finished What Alice Forgot and LOVED it. SO much.

I’m mad that no one told me sooner to read it. It’s totally easy and entertaining but it was such catalyst for deep thinking. Also further proof that I can be easily swayed because it’s sort of a rollercoaster and with every character’s stance I was like “Yeah! You’re right! And then like Yeah! You’re right, too!” It’s basically why I can’t watch politics.

Decorating: Actually finished the nursery last night. Hey-o! Had my Interior Designer buddy Lindsay come over and make me wrap it up, I had a serious mind block about getting stuff hung. It’s always nice to have a fresh set of (formally educated) eyes. She had me pick up this pillow for the rocker which was the perfect add and such a good price for the quality.

Feeling: I had a false alarm earlier this week that totally disrupted my zen and I had to work really hard to get it back. So I spent a day painting a huge canvas for the nursery and listening to the most brooding classical I could find. It helped so much! I am now back in the relinquishing control state of mind and letting this baby do what he will when he will.

Listening: Playlist for aforementioned painting session.

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Nicole:

Wearing:¬†Not enough! (oops face emoji!) We have been spending the majority of our time at the beach and pools so just living the dream in bathing suits. Some cover-up situations I’ve been loving the most are these. Old Navy Chambray¬†dress¬†and these Madewell Denim Overall shorts.¬†

Decorating: This bookcase amazon find is near perfection for the ever growing collection of books in my home.

Reading: Another great coffee table book find for my loyal followers (bah, does ANYONE care about my coffee table books?) No, Nicole, you are the only hoarder here.

Im starting a new category here, guys. WANTING. THIS is what I’m WANTING. This iconic lounger has been needing me, and I it for years. I have found this perfect replica, I think its time I take the plunge. Who is with me? Its so doable when its not the real deal, right?

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#amazinghood surprise

When Dreft offered to partner with us to help spoil a mother-to-be we jumped at the chance! We always love an opportunity to give back to one of you amazing readers. Having a new baby staple like Dreft on board only made it feel more doable as three busy moms ourselves! We got the sweetest email from Julie’s sister-in-law and we could hardly believe what we were reading. It is like something from a movie, but in reality it is Julie’s everyday experience for the last two years.#amazinghood surpriseJust two years ago Julie had her first baby, a beautiful boy. While she was waiting out the labor process in the hospital, her mother had a fall that caused a serious head injury. Her mother ended up in the same hospital in a bed a level below Julie,¬†and has been in a coma ever since. Hearing Julie talk about how one of the happiest days of her life was clouded with grief and worry was so heartbreaking. Almost like she traded her mom for her son, ¬†entering motherhood not being able to talk or communicate with her. Now two years later she is set to have her second baby any day now, while her mother still remains in that coma.#amazinghood surprise#amazinghood surpriseWe can still hardly wrap our minds around this, shed lots of tears at the thought and totally woke us up on some things we take for granted everyday. We couldn’t wait to meet Julie, give a little gift and our well-wishes. We surprised her with her sister-in-law’s help and luckily she had heard of Small Fry before so it wasn’t a total cold call. ūüėČ#amazinghood surpriseJulie was so peaceful and resolved and has taken on so much in the last two years. She said her son was the best gift she could’ve been given the day of her mom’s accident and she looks forward to delivering her new baby in happier circumstances. Maybe we can talk Julie into sharing more of her story here, the complexities and details taught us so much in the time we spent with her! To keep her privacy in tact we’ll just stop at the quick version summary. When we packed her gift bag that Dreft smell hit our noses and we instantly had memories of our own babies, folding tiny onesies and swaddling blankets. Isn’t amazing how smells can do that? We hope that smell will remind her of happy times, too!#amazinghood surpriseHer little gift included the detergent in both the Stage One formula for newborns and Stage 2 which is especially created to get stains out of your more active toddler’s clothing. They also provided Blissfuls which you can toss into any laundry load for that sweet Dreft smell.We also threw in our favorite baby gifts – Freshly Picked moccasins, a Solly Baby¬†Dolly¬†Swaddle for her son to practice with, a Little Standout teether, MAM binkies#amazinghood surpriseParenthood is one big messy beautiful journey and everyone has a story to tell. We’re grateful to have heard Julie’s!#amazinghood surpriseThanks to Dreft for sponsoring this fun event!