Fluffy Slime (How-To!)

 

Ingredients:

(For the Borax solution)
-1 cup of hot water
-1 tbsp Borax

(For the slime)
-2 4-oz bottles glue (about 1 cup)
-3 to 4 cups shaving cream
-1/2 cup water
-2 tbsp contact solution
-2-3 tbsp of the Borax solution

Make the Borax solution using hot water and set aside. Mix the glue, shaving cream, water, and contact solution together in a large bowl and slowly add 2-3 tbsp of the Borax solution (we used 2.5 tbsp). Stir quickly. You’ll know it’s done when it pulls away and no longer sticks to the bowl. You can add food coloring at any stage (or even use colored shaving cream), which is optional.

THE BEST EVER Lemonade Recipe!

The title says it all! This recipe is truly the best lemonade I’ve ever had! It’s so easy to make that my 6 & 10 year old made it with ease. It’s a no-fail recipe. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups of water (1 cup set aside for simple syrup)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (give or take, depending on taste)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of your water and your sugar. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat and stir making sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Set your sugar mixture aside to let cool completely.
  3. Squeeze all of your lemons until you have about 1.5 cups. It was approximately 1 bag of lemons from the grocery store.
  4. Place your remaining 7 cups of water in a pitcher and add your lemon juice and sugar mixture.
  5. Stir and pour over ice.

Enjoy!!! Please be sure to share this blog post and/or video!

~Kelly~

Mamarazzi Diaries

The reason I chose my blog name “Mamarazzi Blog” is because as time has passed my passion for photography turned into a passion for photographing my children. I always feel like the paparazzi, constantly following them around & snapping their photos as they do anything and everything! Taking portraits with a toddler is no easy task. We tried so hard to get a good photo of my Noah today. I did manage to get one very cute one, but his hands are cut off in the photo. I really enjoy photography. It began as a career path, but 3 kids later & it’s more of a hobby & a way to document my children’s milestones through the years. After baby number three, it is harder than ever to get the opportunity to get my DSLR out. Here are today’s attempts…I know I am biased, but aren’t my kids so freaking cute!?

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

A friend of mine gave me this recipe to try out, so this was my first time trying it. It is AMAZING! The best part of it all is that it’s pretty guilt-free. When I tried it I really felt like I was eating something unhealthy. You have got to give this one a try. I put it all together in my Nutri Ninja, so the cleanup was super easy. Please let me know if you try this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp (a pinch) of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi or bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)

Throw all of your ingredients into your blender, food processor, or Nutri Ninja (bullet) & blend until smooth. Fold in your chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) & fill up your muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes for mini muffins or 16-18 minutes for standard size muffins.

 

Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner: Bowtie Lasagna!

Here is a recipe for an easy lasagna using bow tie pasta that my stepmom gave me. I filmed this over a year ago when I lived in my old house when I was thinking of starting my blog. This is not a healthy recipe ny any means, but it’s a good one for those nights you want some comfort food, or when you have company coming over. Let me know if you try this recipe!

Heres what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or Italian sausage or whichever meat you prefer)
  • 1 box of bowtie pasta
  • 2 8-ounce pkgs of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 16-ounce container of cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 24-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Italian seasoning 1-2 teaspoons.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add your pasta. Boil pasta to al dente per package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, brown your meat until cooked thoroughly. Drain excess fat.
  4. Add your jar of sauce to the browned meat and heat through.
  5. In a large bowl, add 1 package of mozzarella cheese, your package of cottage cheese, your Parmesan, and your Italian seasoning. Add in your cooked/drained pasta and mix thoroughly.
  6. In your 11×13 casserole dish, add your pasta/cheese mixture, covering the bottom evenly.
  7. Spread your meat/sauce mixture evenly over your pasta.
  8. Add your other 8-ounce package of mozzarella on top.
  9. Bake on 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  10. Allow to sit for a minimum of 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza – EASY Recipe!

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe for mom on Mother’s Day? Look no further; this dessert has it all! It’s a sugar cookie, it has sweet cream cheese icing, & it’s topped with delicious fruit! Not only is it so yummy & so easy to make, but it really is beautiful, too! Here’s how to make it! Also, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page! Click HERE to subscribe!

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza

For the dough:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The zest of a half of a lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 1 8-oz pkg of softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • The zest of half of a lemon

For the topping (feel free to use your favorite fruit):

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your 12.5 inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  2. In your stand mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment), cream together your butter & sugar until smooth. Mix in your egg, vanilla, & the zest of half of a lemon.
  3. whisk together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl & slowly add to your mixture while on low speed. Careful not to over-mix your dough.
  4. Press your dough into your prepared pizza pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cook completely.
  5. While your cookie crust bakes, beat your softened cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add your sugars, vanilla, lemon juice, & the zest of half of a lemon. Spread your icing mixture onto your cooled cookie crust using an offset spatula.
  6. Top with your berries in whichever arrangement you wish. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

 

EASY Homemade M&M Blondies!

Have you ever needed to whip up a delicious, homemade dessert/treat in a pinch? This is the recipe to have in your recipe box because it is so quick & easy & contains ingredients most people always have in their pantry anyway. You could even exchange the M&Ms for something else (chocolate chips, nuts, or even make a glaze to drizzle over the top out of simple ingredients). On occasion I use sprinkles instead to make my confetti blondies! The options are endless, so choose whatever you have or whatever you would enjoy the most!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups M&Ms (however many you want!)
  • 8×8 inch pan
  • Parchment paper

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat your butter until creamy and pale.

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One at a time add your sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

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Then slowly incorporate your dry ingredients.

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Fold in your M&Ms.

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Line your pan with parchment paper and spread out your mixture.

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Sprinkle more M&Ms on the top.

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Bake at 325 degrees for roughly 40 minutes.Cool before cutting into 16 squares. Enjoy!

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Blue Apron Unboxing & Review (plus get a free week!)

A relative sent us a coupon code for a free week of Blue Apron. I was really excited to try them out, as I had already been interested. The only doubts I had, were 1) Cost…would it make sense for a family on a single income? 2) We have 5 people in our family & it accommodates only 4. Our relative, however, assured me that the serving sizes are quite large so it should work for us (especially since one of us is a toddler!).

All I did was signed up with a user name & gave basic information (name, address, phone number). They did need a credit card number because they would bill us if we didn’t cancel the first trial week. Simple enough; I was happy with the easy process. I told them we would take chicken, beef, or seafood.

My box arrived on a Wednesday & here is the unboxing video:

I waited until Thursday to make my first meal. We decided to have the steak sandwiches with lemon aioli sauce & roasted carrots first. Here is the process of making the meal:

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2016-02-11 18.55.02-1This meal was amazing! The steak was top quality. The recipe was very creative & allowed me to try some new things. All 5 of us loved it & surprisingly there was quite a bit of steak leftover. Delicious!

Friday’s meal was miso-honey chicken with roasted bok choy & sweet potato wedges.

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I actually thought we would enjoy this meal even more than the night before, but we didn’t. It was still good; we all liked it, but agreed we would never go out of our way to eat it again. I must say I wasn’t crazy about the miso flavor, so this may be why. This time we had barely enough food for all 5 of us & the baby was even sick & didn’t have much of an appetite. All in all it was ok…just not for us.

In conclusion, we feel like Blue Apron is an amazing company. The price is a big high, but when you get that kind of luxury, you’re going to pay for it. It is; however, not as high as I initially thought it would be. We tried to cancel our service before getting charged, but missed the cut off by a few hours! It is ok though; and in fact we are a little bit excited to try one more week!

Try Blue Apron!!

Click here to try a free week of Blue Apron!

I do hope you try it! Let me know if you do!

Kelly

Why breastfeed after your child’s first birthday?

 

FB_IMG_1441667742553Despite the increasing awareness of extended breastfeeding, there are still occasionally some people who do not understand the importance of it. Some people think it’s only beneficial for those first few months, and some people think that it’s not important to breastfeed at all. My youngest is 14 months old and there are still so many benefits he is yet to receive from breastfeeding!

I only nursed my firstborn for a couple of months, and I started supplementing when she was only 1 week old. I have experienced both having a negative breastfeeding experience as well as a really positive one with my middle child for 18 months. Even with my 14 month old I have had so many struggles with breastfeeding that I myself can’t believe I still am going strong!

I was honestly devastated when breastfeeding didn’t work out with my daughter, but it didn’t take long to realize that it wasn’t the end of the world. My daughter has always been so healthy and well taken care of and there is no question about that. I have learned that if you are able to breastfeed that is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not…well, life goes on!

With that being said, I am obviously not here to downplay the benefits of breast milk! And not just the benefits of breast milk in general, but breast milk AFTER the first year! Here are seven of my favorite reasons to continue breastfeeding after 1 year:

1) In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements
– Dewey 2001

2) Breastfed toddlers between the ages of one and three have been found to have fewer illnesses, illnesses of shorter duration, and lower mortality rates  (Mølbak 1994, van den Bogaard  1991, Gulick 1986).

3) Antibodies are abundant in human milk throughout lactation” (Nutrition During Lactation 1991; p. 134). In fact, some of the immune factors in breastmilk increase in concentration during the second year and also during the weaning process. (Lawrence & Lawrence 2011, Goldman 1983, Goldman & Goldblum 1983, Institute of Medicine 1991).

4) There is nothing else that will comfort your baby like nursing! When they get hurt, when they’re tired, when they’re scared, or when they’re sick, breastfeeding will always comfort them.

5) The bond. When your busy toddler stops to nurse, that is precious bonding time that is guaranteed at least a few times a day.

6) It is good for mom, too! Most moms find that they get back to their pre pregnancy weight much faster from breastfeeding, and the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer goes down substantially every year!

7) It is so convenient! This one is most beneficial in the early days, but it’s very convenient even still. My son still wakes to nurse at least once a night and since we also co-sleep, I don’t even have to get out of bed! Can’t beat that!

As you can see, the benefits are far too great to dismiss. Even though your child is eating 3 regular meals and snacks everyday, they still benefit greatly from the immunities and so much more!

Can You Discipline a 1 Year Old?!

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I have been raising kids for nearly a decade now, and I can honestly say with confidence that I have great kids. They respect me and their father, and they respect their elders and/or anyone of authority. They are smart, well rounded, and kind/considerate of others. So I feel like I must be doing something right!

My first child was a really good baby! I rarely had to correct her behavior, but when I did, she was a stubborn one. She reminds me so much of myself. So with baby number one I quickly learned the art of distraction with her around the age of 1. Even at that age,she would nonverbally argue with me and fight hard to keep doing whatever it was that I didn’t want her to be doing. I discovered very early on in motherhood a few things that have worked and now, going through the toddler age for the third time, I’ve got it pretty nailed down.

Redirection- 1 year olds simply do not have the cognitive ability to understand why they are being disciplined. They know that you don’t want them to, but there is simply no reasoning with a child this age. I like to conjure up my most positive, excited voice and say something like, “Guess what mommy wants to show you!?”. In my experience, that’s all it takes, followed by taking them by the hand, leading them away, and getting them involved in another activity.

Limit your use of the word NO- I learned quickly that if you say the word “no” a lot, it is no longer useful. And there are times where it simply MUST be useful! For example, when your new walker tries to run into the street, or something where time is of the essence. Overusing the word NO takes away the effectiveness of it. In those situations, you must be able to get their attention and you will be thankful for it.

Praise/Reward the good behavior- One last piece of advice I have from my personal experience is praise! Praise is important at all ages, but when praising a toddler I like to overdo it a bit. Their little faces light up when they see how HAPPY you are with them, and I love to give my 1 year old a great big, over-the-top round of applause when he does something praiseworthy, like puts his blocks away whem hes finished with them, or when he uses ‘nice touches’ (no hitting), or even when he says a new word or reaches a new milestone. I think it’s so important to make them feel good about themselves so they actually have a strong desire to continue the good behavior.

I honestly think at this age it is more preventative than anything. And always be consistent in your actions so they can build their confidence. This is such a FUN age, but it is also when you are building that foundation and setting those boundaries!