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Poppy’s First Birthday Party, #MOO.

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Poppy is ONE and I could cry all over again thinking about her birthday party last Saturday. I still slightly feel “hungover” from all the anticipation of her party, baking/decorating all 30 cupcakes and a mini cake for Pops, and decorating her big day. Or maybeeeee it was all the cold brew.

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Her party theme was “cow” but not so much cowgirl. A lot of prints were red when I was searching for cowgirl party supplies and I had been envisioning more pink with cow print. I did a mixture of cow print straws, pink table settings, wooden forks, cow print cupcake liners,  “ONE” cake topper, the most adorable cupcake toppers on amazon with PINK cowgirls, boots, and horseshoes, and “MOO” cupcake toppers. Poppy enjoyed wearing her cow print Bapron and playing with the cow cake topper from the cowgirl cake topper set. Oh, I don’t want to forget to mention the COLD BREW BAR. This was a last minute decision but I couldn’t imagine a one year old birthday party without cold brew for the adults. I picked up a bunch of random things from Marshall’s and a guest let us borrow her Crate and Barrel drink dispenser for the cold brew. Thanks again Lauren for the demand, I mean request. 😉

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A few outfit details:

Poppy’s outfit- White jumpsuit is an oldie from Baby Gap, Cow Bapron (looks sold out but I found some on Etsy), and a white Norahs Shop bow.

My outfit- ASOS petite pink gingham dress (I’m 5’8″ and I really like where this petite size dress hits right below my knees instead of mid calf), Herschel Supply Co. belt bag, target strappy slide sandals, and Maya Brenner letter necklace.

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Now for the good part, the EATS. We served Pizza Port pizza (five large Pizza’s served 26 adults and four children), a mixed green salad, watermelon, Siete chips (ranch and nacho to be exact), and cold brew I made with vanilla/mocha syrup on the side and Ripple vanilla plant based half & half. For dessert I made Lemon Poppyseed cupcakes and Chocolate cupcakes (both gluten free by Sweet Laurel) and a Chocolate “Smash Cake” from an Ebook I’m trying to get the name of for ya. For frosting I used Simple Mills Vanilla frosting for all cupcakes and Poppy’s cake. For the chocolate cupcake frosting I mixed in freeze dried blueberries that I crushed into powder. I added a few cutup blueberries to the top of her cake and that’s all she wanted at first. Ha ha! The mini cake stand is from the dollar section in the front of Target and her highchair is STOKKE.

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I could go on and on about Poppy’s party but I’mma stop here. Pictures are by my sweet friend, Brenna Weeks! She’s the best and was Poppy’s first visitor in the hospital just four hours after she was born. Comment below what your ideal birthday smash cake flavor would be. Honestly I’d love a double chocolate cake. The more chocolate, the better!


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Bone Broth Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

BONE BROTH GLUTEN FREE BANANA PANCAKES | perfect for parents and baby. No nut butter syrup & crunchy seeds for Pops though, one day!

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Bone broth gluten free banana pancakes: (Makes 8-10 pancakes)

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/4 cup bone broth (chicken, beef, or veggie works)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Nut butter syrup drizzle:

  • 1 tbsp melted nut butter (natural is best)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Topping:

  • Cocoyo or yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Mixed seeds/chia seeds

Directions:

  • Place all pancake ingredients in a Vitamix or another high speed blender. Blend on medium/high until smooth.
  • Heat a flat skillet on medium heat and coat the pan with non stick cooking spray. Use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to ladle pancake batter onto the heated skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes on one side, then flip. Repeat until batter is gone.
  • While pancakes are cooking, make nut butter syrup drizzle. Melt nut butter in a microwavable ramekin for 15 seconds. Mix in syrup and 1/2 – 2 tsp water if needed.
  • Top pancakes with cocoyo, banana slices, mixed seeds, and nut butter syrup drizzle.  for yourself and served chopped for your little one plain. Enjoy!


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These are a few of my favorite things. *New monthly series!*

Hi friends! I’ve been wanting to start this new series where I share five of my favorite things in the beginning of each month but I blinked and it has been five months into the new year already.  🤯 Starting now because BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, am I right? Each month I’ll share five things: food, drink, exercise, item to wear, and of course a favorite of Pop’s. Continue reading because I cannot live without any of these right now!

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Food- This might not come as a surprise but the NEW Birthday Cake Perfect Bar. Like what?! I’ve been obsessed with Perfect Bars since 2012 and they keep getting better and better. Packed with 20 superfoods and taste like birthday cake cookie dough. Nuff said.

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Drink- Not sure if you look forward to my cold brew pours as much as I do each morning but my new favorite concoction is a dirty chai cold brew. Made with Majka’s new Vanilla Chai lactation booster, Stumptown coffee turned into cold brew with my Ninja Hot & Cold Brew maker, Ripple unsweetened vanilla, and Four Sigmatic lions mane. Blend on high for 45 seconds and pour over ice while listening to some vibey tunes.

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Exercise- Want to make your abs cry? Then I suggest doing TRX pikes. TRX pikes help you build a strong core by challenging your balance and stability, along with your abdominal muscles. You can adjust the intensity of the exercise by how big your pike is. This exercise also works your upper body for things like handstands, which I have never done. Maybe I’ll work on that next!

Item of clothing- My Made by Mary Birth Flower necklace. This one is my most favorite out of the bunch. When I saw Made by Mary announce that they were launching Birth Flower necklaces I thought that would be cute to get for Poppy’s birthday month (August). When I saw that August’s birth flower was a Poppy I actually lost my cool and knew I had to have it! I ordered mine first thing the morning of launch day and counted the days until it arrived. I never take it off! 

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Poppy item-  There is nothing cuter than watching Poppy eat. Seriously, NOTHING. I did an Instagram Live last week and I think we could have all sat there in silence while Poppy ate her sweet potato pure. Her cheeks chomping on food, dead. But since Poppy is only eating more and more solid food we decided that her Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair had to be her most favorite item right now. It not only looks cool but she can use it until she’s three years old! The chair grows as she grows and that’s a game changer for us. 

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What are some of your favorite things right now? Any foods you love or drink you can’t go a day without?! Comment below because I need some ideas for next month.😉


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So Many Toys, So Little Time.

So many toys, so little time. Poppy’s developing so fast that we’re always looking for new toys to help her live her best life. Instead of googling “toys for 6-12 months” and reading lists upon list, I have a roundup of Pop’s fav toys and gadgets below for your convenience.

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Please note Poppy’s plastic cup that she held onto for hours. Thanks Pure Burger for the free entertainment.

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Poppy’s favorite things, 6-12 months old:

Toys:

Other necessities:


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Let’s Chat Probiotics

When your probiotics are so good you bring them to coffee with you.

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Like many of us, I’ve been devoting more of my attention to gut health. Alongside MegaFood’s probiotics I’ve been eating foods that promote gut health, like fermented foods, healthy fats, and bone broth. With the additional immune boosting foods like garlic, turmeric, and ginger. While eating these real foods to help heal my gut I wanted to pair them with the best probiotics filled with real ingredients. This is why I had no shame in showing off my probiotics during our coffee date today! I’ve been around the probiotic block a few times and none have compared to MegaFood’s probiotics. Here’s a few reasons why MegaFood’s supplements are at the top of my list: MegaFood is an award-winning dietary supplement brand dedicated to changing the world and providing for a healthy, sustainable future by crafting premium vitamins and supplements made with real food from trusted farm partners. MegaFood’s new Immune Defense shelf-stable probiotics help your immune and digestive system with 15 probiotic strains and 20 Billion CFU of live bacteria. The acid-resistant capsules help protect the probiotic strains from degradation in the stomach, ensuring the strains make it past your stomach into the lower intestine, where it really keeps you feeling good.

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MegaFood’s probiotics are certified glyphosate residue free. If you don’t know, Glyphosate is the number one herbicide used in the world and has been classified by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer as “probably carcinogenic in humans.” How insane is that?! MegaFood, together with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and several additional food and nutrition brands, including Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield, has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of glyphosate as a desiccant before harvest. MegaFood invites people everywhere to support this call to the EPA by signing a public petition aimed at joining consumers together under one common goal, to protect our families and our food. When companies care about their products as much as MegaFood’s does I can’t help but jump in the air with excitement. Caring about their supplements makes me realize how much they care about their consumers, and that my friends is VERY cool to me.

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Find out more about MegaFood at www.megafood.com and don’t forget to checkout their new line of shelf-stable probiotics!


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Evolve the Day with Evolution Fresh

I want someone to look at me like Poppy looks at my Evolution Fresh kombucha. #EvolutionFresh #Sponsored

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Being a stay-at-home mom has it’s highs and lows but the lows are seldom when I have a fridge stocked full of my favorite things. Having products in the house, like Evolution Fresh, make spending time with Poppy easier because I spend less time in the kitchen and more time with Poppy. I have been all about the Ginger Lemon Honeycrisp Kombucha lately. It’s the perfect combination of apple, lemon, and a kick of ginger! Poppy is growing so fast and I don’t want to miss a thing so grabbing one of these from the fridge has become a daily habit. 

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Have you tried Evolution Fresh before? You can find these gems at your local market and you’re sure to be hooked after one taste. Happy sipping! #EvolveTheDay

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Baby Plotnik in Portland

Portland may be one of the only places where we weren’t ready to come home after three full days. From the scenery, the food, the people, and everything in between, I can confidently say for the both of us that we instantly fell in love with Portland.

If I can choose walking over any other transportation I will. Being 30 weeks pregnant on our trip that didn’t stop us from walking over 20,000 steps the first day and not too much lower the next two days. Portland has a lot to see and I didn’t want to miss out by being in a car!

Here’s a lowdown of how we spent our three days BabyMooning in Portland:

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From the airport we went straight to our hotel to change before heading out for breakfast. We stayed at the Ace Hotel Portland and we could not have been more happy. The vibe was so cool and I highly recommend staying there. Or at least in that area because we were walking distance to so many sights and food. For breakfast we went to Pine State Biscuits where all my biscuit dreams came true. I went for the class biscuit, sausage, and egg combo while Joel went all out with a biscuits and mushroom gravy. Was the perfect start to our Portland eating adventure!

We then walked north to Good Coffee to hangout before walking east on Hawthorn Blvd to House of Vintage, Crossroads, Jackpot Records, and other fun shops. We then stumbled upon Laurelhurst Park and sat there for about an hour eating some snacks we picked up from a local grocery store. From there we too an uber to Eb & Bean Frozen Yogurt.  I ordered the Salty Pistachio & Mexican Chocolate (both dairy free) topped with crumbled vegan waffle cone. Holy no-cow that was good!

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We ventured back to the hotel for a quick rest before walking to Powells Books. Really surprised we didn’t get lost in the store because it’s HUGE. We found our way to the children’s section and bought Baby Plotnik a Dr. Seuss book as a souvenir. We were there to celebrate her after all! After wandering Powells we worked up an appetite and walked  to Dicks Kitchen. Dicks Kitchen is a paleo dream come true. We aren’t Paleo but we can definitely appreciate a delicious grass-fed burger. I ordered the Thai Burger Bowl, Joel got the Zizou Burger (with a margarita on the side), and we split an order of sweet potato fries. I’d walk 30 minutes for this burger bowl multiple times! We popped into Whole Foods after dinner for a night-cap, aka a Gingerade Kombucha to split at the hotel.

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We woke up ready to take on another day of eating. We have Blue Star Donuts in LA but since it came so highly recommended we had to make a stop! We split the Raspberry Old Fashion donut and regretted not getting our own five minutes later. Blue Star Donuts went way beyond our expectations. We live dangerously close to the one in LA and I know we’ll become frequent customers. After our donut we went to Heart Roasters to grab some much needed caffeine. I went full caff on this one and got their homemade macadamia almond milk latte. Usually I don’t notice a difference in homemade milks and store-bought but this one you could totally tell! The latte was creamy and absolutely perfect.

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From there we walked to Waterfront Park enjoying the water and finally found Mills End Park, aka the worlds smallest park. You really can blink and miss this in the middle of the street. As silly as it seems, I’m so glad we stopped for a photo because it makes me giggle every time I see it! It’s worth the stop if you have a spare second. We walked back inland to Pioneer Square where there were multiple food trucks lined up. I saw a bright yellow truck named “Fried Egg I’m in Love” and knew we had to eat there. I ordered the “Smells Like Protein Spirit” with veggie sausage and Joel got the Sriracha Mix-A-Lot. They have a special hot sauce that set Joel’s mouth on fire! That’s saying a lot coming from a man who loves everything spicy. They have a few trucks around Portland so stay on the lookout!

 

We made a pitstop at a random Stumptown Coffee for a decaf coffee before relaxing at Ira Keller Fountain Park and a photo opportunity at the White Stag Sign. The White Stag Sign was difficult for us to locate because we were under the bridge! The security guards we saw were super helpful and directed us to the top of the bridge. Was a bit difficult to get a photo because there was so much traffic but we got it!

Since my husband is a video game lover (secretly me too but don’t tell anyone 😉) we headed to Ground Kontrol, a classic Arcade that serves alcohol and food. Plus it’s attached to a music venue and you might like to see someone who’s playing! After gaming our hearts out we walked to another one of Joel’s favorite things, cookie dough. Portland has a Cookie Dough Cafe and all their cookie dough is egg free making it safe for all to consumer, especially this mama-to-be! I got the Vegan Brownie while Joel got the classic Chocolate Chip. We tried about 20 samples each so one scoop each was all we needed!

After some downtown at the hotel we felt ready for dinner. One thing I’ve craved my entire pregnancy is pizza. I could have pizza everyday, for every meal, and be completely satisfied. We could see Sizzle Pie from our hotel room and we could not wait to check it out. Sizzle Pie filled my high school soul with heavy metal music and food puns for pizza names. I ordered the “Cops and Robbers” vegan slice and the “Rabbit” salad with vegan ranch while Joel ordered the “Mad Men” meat slice, the “Bandit” veggie slice, and the “Caligula” salad with vegan caesar dressing. The crust was thin, just how I like it, and the salad was fresh. Highly recommend Sizzle Pie if you’re a pizza lover! After pizza we went to Clyde Common (adjacent to the Ace Hotel) and enjoyed the rest of the evening with my sweet husband. He got a fancy whiskey drink while I filled up on sparkling water. Kind of wished we were still hungry because their food looked incredible!

Day 3:

Our last day was bittersweet. We had another full day planned but not before taking photos in the photo booth at the Ace Hotel. I’m a sucker for photo booths and this is such a nice memory to have! We grabbed some coffee and a piece of banana bread with cream cheese from the Stumptown connected to our hotel before we were off to breakfast!

We took an Uber over to the Tin Shed to enjoy a hearty breakfast. I ordered a few sides: a toasted english muffin, two over hard eggs, and chicken sausage and Joel ordered “The Stay”- potato cakes with sweet potato hash, collard greens, scrambled eggs, and a rosemary mushroom gravy. The Tin Shed is very dog friendly, they even have options for dogs on the menu! We had plenty of time to spare after breakfast so we walked about 45 minutes to Coco Donuts to enjoy a Carrot Cake Donut with a donut crumb topping and Joel ordered a Raspberry tea to sip on.

After charging our phones we walked around Mississippi Ave. up to Mississippi Records then all the way to Swift and Union for Joel to enjoy a cocktail. Their food looked amazing but we had our hearts set on Cultured Caveman for an early dinner. The atmosphere was casual but the food was 5 star. Cultured Caveman is Portland’s first paleo-friendly restaurant and I’d go paleo if I could eat here everyday. I ordered the lamb Shepard’s Pie with a cabbage jicama coleslaw and Joel ordered the pork carnitas on coconut flour tortillas with a side of bone broth soup. We ended up splitting both meals because we were each bragging about how amazing our meals were. Really wished we had time to go back again because the coconut chicken tenders were calling my name. We made one last stop for a breath of nature at a park nearby before heading to the airport. Portland really surprised me with how many flowers were throughout the city! My heart had never been so happy being surrounded by nature and city life.

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Portland was good to us and we will definitely be back, but next time with Baby Plotnik in our arms instead of my belly. #WhatRobinEatsForTwo #BabyPlotnikInPortland