Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Healthy Pancakes

OMG these healthy homemade pancakes are a new family addiction. Ella requests them at least once a week, plus loves to help me make them. It happened as a fluke a few weeks ago. She asked to have pancakes for breakfast the next day and I agreed, but didn't realize we were out of store bought pancake mix. To pinterest I went to find an easy recipe and hoped I had all the ingredients I needed. Luckily I found a photo recipe posted by Fitwirr. I did modify the recipe to our family liking. 

Kid Requested Pancakes:
1 banana
1 egg
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp flour ( we use coconut flour)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1- Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
2- Drop a scoop on a medium-to-hot skillet. Flip when bottom is golden brown.
3- Serve with your favorite syrup.

I decided to switch it up for my own pancakes. I have heard of people using protein powder or Shakeology in their pancakes so I decided to give it a try. It is so delicious. I could honestly eat it every day if I didn't love eggs so much.

Shakeology Pancakes
1 banana
1 egg
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 scoop Shakeology (I prefer vegan chocolate)

1- Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
2- Drop a scoop on a medium-to-hot skillet. Flip when bottom is golden brown.
3- Serve with your favorite syrup or natural nut butter

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas Lists- Ella Edition

Its becoming the "Most Wonderful Time Of the Year" (make sure when you re-read that you sing it.) Everywhere you turn it is starting to look like Christmas. From stores already having up decorations and trees, Hallmark Channel starting holiday movies next weekend (before Halloween), commericals calling the kids names, and the Toy R Us toy book came in the mail. Before you know it the music will start.
We actually started Ella's list for Santa a few weeks ago. When planning our Disney vacation I had read an article about taking a picture of what your child wants throughout the day and then going back through the pictures at the end of the day or vacation to determine what item you will buy. We did not do this while at Disney but I thought we could use this for Christmas. (it has also helped with mommy buy me this) Now every time we go to the store we take pictures of what Ella wants to put on her list for Santa. 

There isn't any sort of trend of what she wants. Her price range varies from small shopkins, or happy house, all those little things I don't understand. 

To a doll house that is $200 and we really don't have any room for. 

She also wants some legos but is very picky on which ones she wants and doesn't want. I am surprised that she doesn't want the Disney princesses, which I want. 

She also wants random games, but that are Dory, Frozen, or Trolls. She doesn't want the classic originals. 

Now I could go on and on about everything she wants for Christmas. I have at least 50 photos on my phone, but more on her actual Christmas will come in the next few weeks when we start finalizing it. Today however when I asked her what she wanted the most it was the power wheels princess carriage. Walmart had it on display on the group where kids could sit in it. Shockingly Ella fit in it, had room to spare and plenty of room for her brother next to her. Now only if Santa was rich to afford a $400 power wheels. 

Now she even has a longer list of toys out of the Toy R Us book. She knows the difference between toys that she is to big for but not toys that she isn't big enough for. She will tell you that is for a boy, and this is for a girl. (even though Austin plays with 75% girl toys) I just keep reminding her that she doesn't get everything she wants. But I love her excitement to pick out items for Santa to get her for Christmas 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween Fair Carlisle

Saturday evening after going to Berea for trick or treating during the day we went to Lorain County Metroparks Halloween Fair at Carlisle Reservation. This is another tradition we try to do every year with the kids. It is a affordable family friendly Halloween event. 
The cost is only $2 per person, and Austin was free. It is only open on certain Friday and Saturday nights October. It is family friendly from 5-7 then is for adults after 7 for the haunted Halloween walk, which is similar to a haunted house. 
We arrived right when it opened at 5pm, to make sure we were able to get close parking and not have to be shuttled. This guaranteed that we would be able to get everything done during the family time frame. After 7pm many of the activities close. 
The first thing we did was get in line to ride either a green choo choo train or a hayride. We chose the hayride since the line was only 5 minutes compared to 20 minutes for the train, plus we rode the train last year. 

One thing I liked about the hayride, I was able to sit down without having to take my sleeping prince off my back. He was content there and it isn't the easiest to take him on and off.

Along the path there are a bunch of blow-ups, some plastic skeletons, and wooden Halloween carve outs. Here are a few of the blow-ups.

There is a great paved walking trail that they decorate and have haunted house stops along the way. As we were starting to walk down the walking trail my prince charming decided to wake up. This was the first time I had worn him on my back. He seemed to enjoy it, plus it didn't hurt my back and was very comfortable.

Along the walking trail there are pumpkins, which at night are lite up.

Plus this year they included a story along the way. Ella didn't want to read the story. 

Along the path there was a few photo opportunities. 

Plus haunted areas. At night for adults it is like a haunted house. I can't imagine how scary this really is at night.

Carlisle is known for the water field of carved pumpkins. They also get lite up at night. 

One of the last things along the train is a tunnel the spins. Ella and Brian went through it together as Austin and I walked around it. One of these years we keep saying we are going to come back without the kids and experience the adult walk in the dark with the "haunts"

Throughout the whole park there are different wooden carved photo opportunities. Ella just had to take pictures at all the ones we came across. 

There are other activies besides the train, hayride, and walking trail. There is also a balloon maker (which is free), face painting (at a minimal charge), a dj bubble dance party, typical fair food trucks, and different kids games that take tickets that cost money. We have always avoided the games since it has always been a long line. 
We had so much fun this year. Ella is already asking to come back. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Festival- Berea

This past Saturday Brian and I both had off, it was my weekend with Ella, and it has been an unusually warm October. We decided to take the kids to a neighboring city's Fall Festival. It was advertised on Facebook to have trick or treating, mini pumpkin patch, games, hay maze, bouncy house, giant slide, face painting, and crafts. It sounded like a lot of fun.
We were and were surprised by the amount of people there. Here is the line for trick or treating. Plus there were different characters along the way available for photo opps. (Ella didn't want her picture taken with any)

We had fun even though it was unorganized, chaotic mess of mayhem. With it being so nice out our costume selection changed. Ella decided to be Batgirl, and Austin Superman.

Austin enjoyed his leisurely stroll in the stroller. He actually slept through half of it. 

Ella ended up getting a good amount of candy, plus 2 necklaces, a minion game, and a pencil. She was happy. 

These were the two pumpkins they got from the pumpkin patch. I expected to have to pay but was pleasantly surprised they were FREE. I was shocked when we were leaving towards the end of the event there were still pumpkins left. 

It ended up being a lot of fun. But I don't know if I would go again. We never found any of the other activities besides the trick or treating. The trick or treating was down main roads that weren't closed off with crazy stupid drivers at every intersection. We didn't see any cops directing traffic or keeping the kids safe. We saw a few drivers get aggressive at the stopped traffic, amount of people .... The event is a great idea but needs to be more organized. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites

It's Friday. I love Friday Favorites. I have been following these wonderful ladies for quite a while I have decided to jump on board with Erika, Andrea, and Naci
I am a big wine drinker. I enjoy light sweet fruity wines. I can't stand anything to dry. While at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago we bought a local wine. This Blueberry Red is amazing. It is my new favorite. We are going to have to start trying our local wineries now. 

Its that time of the year of PUMPKIN. I love me some pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts. It doesn't help I worked there for almost 5 years. I treated myself today to a skim latte with only 1 pump of pumpkin and no whip cream. I have goals to reach but balance is key.

Fall is in the the air. We have bought some pumpkins, two will be carved and 2 painted. Plus I replaces my summer flowers with colorful fall mums in my Mickey and Minnie pots I made this year. Now only if the leaves would start changing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Play Date

Sometimes you just need a play date for the kids and some girl bonding time. One of my best friends, Heather and I had our sons 1 month apart. Our sons are going be best friends if they like it or not, lol. We don't get to see each other as much as we like, but are hoping to get together once a month for some girl talk and let the kids play.

The kids started off beating each other up. Austin isn't use to being around kids his age. He is use to his sister,5  and niece,4. This was a treat and surprise for someone to be smaller than him. After about 20 minutes they were all getting around great. The boys ended up playing, sharing, and kissing by the end of the day. 

Heather's son Alex can walk, but doesn't walk a lot at home. He did more walking at my house than she had ever seen. I guess having the awesome influence of my wild child helped.

It was fun to have them over and watch the kids interact. They sometimes shared and they sometimes didn't. You expect that at their age.

We had to take our picture as evidence. Plus as picture of the kids together. Austin didn't want to cooperate. I ended up dancing around like a looney to get all of them to somewhat look at the camera at the same time. The things we do for our kids,