October 31, 2016

DIY Painted Princess Pumpkins and Halloween Recap

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and luckily my oldest daughter Ava, who just turned 4, feels the same way. We love dressing up, attending festivals and parties, carving and painting pumpkins, making festive treats, and of course, trick or treating. 
Every year we visit the pumpkin patch and pick out a big ol' pumpkin along with a few smaller ones to decorate. Ashton carves the large pumpkin, I roast the seeds, and the girls paint their smaller pie pumpkins. In the past we have had a Minnie Mouse Pumpkin, a Cupcake and a Minion. This year Ava is all about Disney Princesses and in fact she just had her 4th birthday last week and celebrated with a Princess Tea Party. So, no surprise, she chose a Princess Sofia the 1st carved pumpkin for her Dad to make. I decided to help her create princess themed pumpkins with her smaller pie pumpkins and a little paint, glitter, and a tiara {of course}. 
These princess pumpkins were a family affair and we had a great time!
Daddy carved a Sofia the 1st pumpkin, we listened to Disney music, and Ava, Stella, their Oba, and I all painted pie pumpkins. Check out the pictures and instructions below.
 
I use washable paint for most of our paint projects with the little ones along with foam brushes.
 I always have a cheap tablecloth on and wipes ready for clean up!
Hand print pumpkins and footprint ghosts {just had googly eyes} 
are the girls favorite things to paint.
For Ava's Cinderella pumpkin I found this kit for $5 {50% off the week of Halloween} at Target.
It came with the light blue matte paint along with the Cinderella carriage pieces to attach to your pumpkin. 
My little artist loves painting her Cinderella pumpkin. 
Stella loves painting as much as her sister but boy can this girl make a mess!
We used Martha Stewart brand acrylic shimmer paint for the other two princess inspired pumpkins. Once they were completely covered with multiple coats of paint we placed them on a paper plate and sprinkled glitter {good ol' Martha Stewart rainbow packs of glitter} on top. 
Let them completely dry then add any extra decor. 
We pushed in the plastic Cinderella carriage pieces. 
Tip: they can be hard to get in but we used a chopstick to poke the holes first. 
For the final touch, I added two of Ava's tiaras on top of the pink and purple pumpkins then set them out on our porch on a stool covered in my most regal looking blanket!
Somehow we convinced Daddy to do just one more pumpkin!
So we taped on broken crayons and heated them with a hairdryer and voila...
...it's a melted crayon art pumpkin!
Luckily it was only outside for two days because the crayon does melt in the sun! 
Ava likes "helping" her Dad with the pumpkin but is not a fan of the gooey seeds.
Our lighted Sofia the 1st princess pumpkin was a hit!
For trick or treating we were a family of butterflies and Ashton was the butterfly catcher!
Dylan was a butterfly too! 
He loves trick or treating because he loves all the attention!
We even got to go to the Zoo Boo this year in Alexandria and meet characters and collect lots {and lots and lots} of candy!
Mailing out Halloween goodies to her friends.
Love baking and crafting with my girls for the holidays!
Loved dressing up for Stella's music class. Mommy and me costumes are so fun!
I am also so lucky my Mom stayed through Halloween and got to go to all the fun events with us.
Of course, we had a fun dinner on Halloween night!
Spooky mummy pizzas and spider eggs along with salad {had to throw some veggies in}
 and Zombie Punch to wash it all down! 
I also made Spooky Shepherd's Pie this week too.
The mashed potatoes ghosts are just too cute!
Stella the Mummy!
The many faces of my silly girl! Happy Halloween friends!
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October 30, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

The temps here in Louisiana still aren't feeling like fall. But y'all know I have pumpkin fever, so instead of hot drinks like my favorite ciders and coffees, I made a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie this week for the girls and I. Even better the awesome folks from Oster® and Moms Meet sent me the new Oster Pro® 1200 Blender Plus Food Processor to review and I knew this was to perfect recipe to break in my new blender!

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Ashton was more excited about a new blender than I was at first. He loves making smoothies almost daily and our little ol' blender just wasn't hacking it. But once I tried the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender I was super excited too! It is not only huge but boy is it powerful {I'm talking 1200 power watts and 900 watts of ice crushing power}! It crushed the ice and blended the fruit in seconds! I love this blender and all Oster products because not only are they affordable but they are durable too and last forever! This specific Oster Pro® 1200 Blender has a gorgeous and sleek modern design that looked great on my counter top and features an 8-cup BPA-free TRITAN™ Jar that’s dishwasher safe and impact and temperature resistant.

The Smart Settings™ Technology includes 3 pre-programmed
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My girls love to help blend smoothies in the morning for breakfast! 

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Ingredients:

Makes 2 smoothies
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5.3 oz container of pumpkin pie flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice plus more for garnish
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • whipped cream, optional for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. 
My little loves are such big helpers in the kitchen! 
Smoothies are not only healthy and delicious but an easy recipe to make together.
One of my favorite tips for smoothies is use frozen fruit.
We prep our fruit on the weekend and place it in baggies in the freezer. Using frozen bananas and berries means less {or no} ice needed for your smoothie! 
I found this Pumpkin Pie flavored Greek Yogurt
 and knew it would be delicious in a smoothie!
You could also use vanilla or plain yogurt.
Time to build our smoothie!
First add a chopped frozen banana. 
Next add 3/4 cup of milk.
Then a 1/2 cup scoop of pumpkin puree.
Now add the container of pumpkin yogurt.
Finally, season with 1 tbsp maple syrup.
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice for the finishing touch!
For this recipe we added a handful of ice cubes too. 
Ava counted out five.
Both girls loved the new "fancy" Oster blender and 
the Smoothie Smart Setting made it a breeze to blend up in a flash! 
Blend it all up using the smoothie button.
Ready in just seconds! 
Pour into two glasses- or four kids cups- and if you want to go all out {why not?} add whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top. 
How delish is this fall inspired smoothie? 
My girls loved their "Pumpkin Shakes" and I loved making it with them!
Happy Fall Y'all! 
If it's still unseasonably warm where you are {it sure is here}, cool down with these Pumpkin Pie Smoothies for breakfast! I loved making them with my girls in my new Oster Pro® 1200 Blender!



 I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.


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