Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

The Many Faces of Alea

These are the little faces I just can't get enough of lately. Those chubby little cheeks, that silly little grin, I just love everything about this little girl. Do you ever have those moments as a parent where you step back and say to yourself, "I made that." or "I created that." It's really mind-blowing and incredible if you really think about it, isn't it?

That sweet little girl with all those sweet little faces is getting to be such a big girl lately. I'm starting to feel more and more like she needs me less and less. It's a hard realization, but it's almost freeing in a sense to let them spread their little wings and become their own person, you know?

We have our good times and we have our bad times, but 92% of the time I want to just squeeze those little cheeks and give her butterfly kisses until she can't stop giggling. I haven't done a whole lot of things "right" in this world, but I have to say, this little girl that I helped create came out nothing short of perfect.

Pardon the sap, I'm just feeling all kinds of blessed to be this little girl's mommy lately!

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October Netflix Picks

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Raise your hand if you enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix? I know I do and I know I'm not alone. We don't currently have cable or satellite right now so Netflix is our may form of TV entertainment. Cory and I watch Netflix literally every single night before we go to bed! It's our nightly ritual. And you better believe Alea enjoys watching her shows on the Kids section of Netflix.

Speaking of which, I love that I can set her profile on Netflix to a certain age limitation to keep her from watching shows I don't necessarily approve of quite yet. Completely genius! (Especially since she's too young to go against my rules and click on my profile!)

Anyways, October has been all about "milestones" on Netflix. It's all about celebrating our "firsts" this fall and watching shows where families and our favorite characters are doing the same. For example, we just put our first house on the market. It's both sad and exciting all at the same time. And another bittersweet milestone for us this month? Alea started preschool! I still pinch myself every time I drop her off! She can't be old enough for preschool, can she? And now that the weather's getting cooler and we're spending a little more time indoors, we've been watching more and more Netflix while cozy on the couch or in bed!

I've been binge watching the following:

001. Parenthood (Please tell me I'm not the only one who cries at the end of every episode!)
002. House Hunters Collection (So suiting considering we're house hunting like crazy right now!)
003. Diners Drive Ins and Dives (That show always makes me so, so hungry!)

Shows and movies Alea's been watching:

001. The Croods (We all love watching this movie! It's absolutely hilarious and one of those movies that Cory and I don't mind watching with her!)
002. Jake and the Neverland Pirates (How cute is Izzy, really?)
003. Super Why! (I love that she enjoys such a wholesome, educational show!)

And the next family movie on our list?

Beethoven! Please tell me you watched and enjoyed this movie as much as I did when I was a kid! Alea's a huge fan of Honey I Shrunk the Kids! and Honey We Shrunk Ourselves after I introduced her to it and I know she's going to love Beethoven just as much, if not more. I mean what's not to love about that sweet and lovable St. Bernard?

What have you been watching on Netflix?

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The Sweet Green Smoothie

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It may be "pumpkin spice everything" weather right now and if you're in the northern parts of the globe, you're likely starting to experience cooler temperatures, but if you ask me anytime's a good time for a yummy smoothie. I know, I know, right away in the morning you're probably reaching for a warm cup of coffee to keep you warm, but once you're all warmed up I highly recommend you whip up this yummy smoothie. I even shocked myself with how delicious it was!

I used two ingredients that I usually turn my nose up to when it comes to smoothies. Kale and avocado. Boy have I been missing out. I was always worried that the kale would leave too many little pieces and it wouldn't blend up as well as spinach does and I always just assumed that avocado in a smoothie wouldn't taste right.

Like I said, I was so, so wrong.

And I'm not afraid to admit that, because truthfully? I've found my new favorite homemade smoothie!


001. 1 cup pineapple juice
002. 1/2 avocado
003. 1 banana
004. 1 handful of kale
005. 1/2 cup pineapple
006. 2 packets of Pure Via Stevia (for sweetness)
007. 4 Ice cubes

I personally chose to use canned pineapple because I'm allergic to fresh pineapple. True story. My mouth starts itching something crazy. It's really sad actually and yes I know I'm missing out on the deliciousness that is fresh pineapple. It's a sad, sad allergy.

I also added 2 packets of Pure Via Stevia to add a little extra sweet to my smoothie. The pineapple and banana make the smoothie sweet and all, but for someone who's used to smoothies loaded with strawberries and blueberries, Pure Via helped add that sweetness I'm always looking for in my smoothie.


001. Layer in your ingredients.
002. I started with the pineapple juice, added the bananas and pineapple next, then the avocado.
003. Smoothie maker tip: Put in the kale where it will be closest to the blade of the blender. For my one-cup bullet blender that's on the top, but if you're using the traditional blender, then it would be on the bottom. This way it'll get blended up really well and you won't be left with chunks of green in your smoothie.
004. Sprinkle in the Pure Via and add 4 ice cubes and blend.
005. Serve in a mason jar... of course!

I don't know what I was thinking all my smoothie making years. All of the other ingredients mask the avocado's taste and the texture is spot on. Trust me, it really doesn't taste anything like kale or guacamole! I promise! You may want to add a little bit of milk or add a little extra pineapple juice if you like a thinner smoothie. This one turns out nice and thick!

If you're headed to the store to pick up the ingredients to whip this smoothie up for a little snack, I suggest you grab this Pure Via coupon (while supplies last) and head on over to Walmart! Grab the box with the Jewel photo on it and you'll also get a free Jewel song download! With Pure Via, you'll be adding a little bit of sweet, but not the extra calories that you would be adding with sugar.

Have you ever tried avocado in your smoothie?
What ingredients make up the perfect smoothie for you?

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