Homemade Yummy Ice Pops

I’ve been in bed most of the day with a sick toddler. While it has been hard, I am thankful that he is 16 months old and this is his first real illness. I’m not sure what it is, but he’s been battling a high fever and seems to have a sore throat. I got these great ice pop molds at Ikea for $1.99 and have enjoyed creating new and different recipes to try out. I’m a huge ice cream person so anything frozen and creamy makes me happy. Liam feels the same way and seriously lights up when I hand him one.
I’ve made a few others- pineapple and coconut milk layered, coconut water and strawberries, and strawberry banana. The last ones didn’t go over so well. I think they tasted kind of bland so I’ll probably add Greek yogurt next time.

These are Paleo friendly and consist of three ingredients: blueberries, honey and coconut milk. I used almost a whole can for these six pops but I suppose it depends on how many berries you add and the size of the mold. Here’s the super simple recipe!

Blueberry Bubble Ice Pops
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 T honey
Handful blueberries

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Place a few blueberries in the bottom of the pop mold. Pour coconut milk into bowl and mix in honey. You may want more or less sweetener so sweeten to taste. (You can choose to shake your can of coconut milk or don’t. I didn’t since I love how thick it is right out of the can. I’ve tried it both ways and it will work either way.)
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Pour milk mixture into molds. Tap the mold on the counter for a few seconds to get the air bubbles to rise. Fill to line, insert stick/handle and freeze!
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Depending on your freezer, it should take about 6 hours. Liam called these “bubble ice” so I’ve dubbed them Blueberry Bubble Ice Pops. You could also blend the ingredients which I will probably try next time.

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Enjoy!

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6 Weeks in San Diego

Of course this post was written over a week ago and is just getting posted now… such is life.

It’s hard to believe we rode into town only SIX weeks ago. It felt like home immediately. I suppose it’s because California, specifically San Diego, has pulled at my heart for a very very long time. I don’t just mean our house, which is lovely, albeit small. I mean the city, the area, the OUTDOORS. I was created to be here. In this place. I think our whole family was.

While Ryan has been working extremely hard the past few weeks getting the ship out of the yards, Liam and I have been keeping busy too. Our house is completely set up and unpacked (just don’t look in our garage!), the yard is coming along, garden is planted, and we are learning our way around the city. Since Liam started to walk on his own, he’s been sleeping more consistently and predictably, thankfully. I can now plan things to do in the mornings, knowing full well if I can sufficiently wear him out, he’ll be napping in 3-4 hours. We got a beach cruiser and attached an infant seat to it so we cruise to the playground or the store using that. Some days we’ll take a picnic to a park or the beach. Last week we had 99c breakfast at Ikea and played in the showroom since it was overcast. We’ve met lots of nice families and Liam loves to play with other kids. He’s learning how to be gentle and share. I think it’s a lifelong path.

For Liam’s birthday, my parents bought us an annual zoo pass which we’ve used a few times already. We live very close to the actual zoo which is fun to head over to for a few hours. Part of our pass includes admission to the Safari Park which is about 30 minutes away in Escondido. This is more of a weekend trip with Ryan since it includes an hour drive and a bit more walking. We rode on the safari tram and saw lots of cool animals. I think Liam will appreciate it as he gets older, he mostly enjoyed playing in the kiddie water area.

We love heading over to Coronado Island for beach time and dog exercise. It’s a short drive and the island is really amazing. I like their commissary too since it’s a bit smaller than the big one on 32nd Street. One day I’m going to load the bike into the van and Liam and I will bike around the island. There is also a scenic ferry you can take which leaves from downtown San Diego and drops you “downtown” Coronado.

It’s funny, I thought as soon as we got to San Diego, I’d be running everyday but I cannot for the life of me seem to get motivated to start training again. I think it’s because I spend all day so active as it is- biking, walking, chasing after Liam, playing, doing yard work, wearing Liam, etc I just don’t feel the need to. Coupled with the fact that Liam will not be contained for more than about 20 minutes… it doesn’t make for a good workout. I think the best form of exercise is moving throughout your day. I recognize I do need some more consistent cardio though, so I think I’ll bike to the farther park a few times a week in order to squeeze that in. It’s tough to pedal uphill with a 25 pound kid strapped to your bike!

Since we left Fairfax, my parents have moved to Winchester. The house hasn’t been put on the market yet, but it feels really strange to know that when I go home for a visit, it won’t be to Prince William Dr. Despite the fact I have moved 20 (YES TWENTY) times since 1998, it was always comforting to know that my parents were there. Our family moved to Mantua in 1994 and it has housed more celebrations and memories than I can even fathom. It is the home that built our family. I am happy they’re selling and moving further out west though. Fairfax is expensive and their home is in a very desirable area. Their initial goal was to downsize but I don’t think they quite did. I guess with six kids (four of whom are married), a grandbaby and six grand-dogs, they still needed some space!

We haven’t received official orders yet, but word from the top is we will be moving to Hawaii next summer. Ryan’s ship is a testing ship and in order to test the weapons, they need to go out to sea a lot. It’s easier, faster, and cheaper to do it from Pearl Harbor since there is a lot of ocean surrounding Hawaii! I’m kind of bummed about it because I really wanted to put down some roots here in San Diego, especially because I feel so at home here. However, living in Hawaii is an experience we would never be able to do on our own and I look forward to making the most of it. I love being active and exploring and I think we’ll enjoy our time there.

I think that’s all the news for now. I’m going to try and post some pictures you haven’t seen on Facebook and Instagram already!

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Liam’s 1st Birthday

We made the most of our day on Friday and celebrated 365 days of Liam in lots of fun ways. We woke up to our smiley boy and popped him in the Boba for a quick walk for some iced coffee. Then we went to our playground that is a few blocks from our house. All the climbing and sliding must have worn the birthday boy out cause when we got back, he napped for almost 4 hours! I took the opportunity to bake his birthday cake, finish some weeding and take a nap of my own.

Once he woke up, we drove over to Coronado beach and explored. We went to Sunset Park where they have an off leash dog area so we’ll definitely be back. Unfortunately we were an hour too early for sunset and left before traffic got too bad. Liam got to Facetime with my parents (Nana & Grandpa) which they all loved. Then we went out for a celebratory dinner at a Thai place my mom and I celebrated my birthday a month ago.

When we got home, we did cake and presents. Liam was funny with his smash cake. He didn’t really know what to make of it so he smeared the frosting around a lot and licked it off his hands. Towards the end he did get a few bites of cake. Then we opened birthday cards and one present from Ryan & I.

Liam is such a joy to everyone he meets and especially to those who love him the most. He has forever changed me. I feel so blessed to be his Mom, to help him through this journey of life and to learn more about myself than I ever thought possible. I honestly never knew how big my heart could become.

We are so thrilled to be here in San Diego and have spent the past week not only unpacking and setting up, but exploring the city and trying new restaurants and enjoying our private outside space. House tour is in the near future!

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Road Trip! Day 7, The Final Installment

We are on our way home!!! Passed through the Mohave Desert and saw lots of Joshua Trees and sand. We’ll stop at some point for a quick break and hopefully be at our new house by early afternoon. Next post will probably be a house tour or something. I promise to blog more (but not as much as this week!). Thanks for following along with us as we made the very very long drive across our beautiful country. It is so wild to me that yesterday we were in the middle of a snow storm in Arizona and today we are in the California desert!
Despite the long days and miles, I am very impressed at how everyone held up. This would not have been my first choice at how I wanted to spend a week, but it wasn’t too bad. We were kept safe and I am thankful for all who prayed for us along the way. Your prayers were definitely needed and heard. We love you all and miss you already.

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How to Do Vegas, Family Style

Our motel was walking distance from a lot of the big casinos- MGM, Luxor, Excaliber, and Mandalay Bay.

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Make sure you bring a baby carrier cause who wants to deal with strollers in a big city? Not this family!

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Take the free trams between casinos to keep Mama happy!

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Breastfeed at the Luxor or anywhere with the Boba keeping it private and convenient.
Make sure baby is snug and warm and if you’re lucky, he might just pass out in the midst of all the craziness!

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We also picked up some ciders to drink as we walked around cause, why not? We’re in Vegas!

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If you do decide to gamble, don’t try to do it with a baby. I guess they frown on that. But let hubby play one hand using an agreed upon amount and then WALK! We put $60 on black, doubled our money and left. Grabbed some dinner and walked back to the motel. Liam woke up just long enough to let me eat and then we all passed out by 9:30! What a crazy night!
This is the handsome devil I get to wake up with every single day.

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Road Trip! Day 6, Part 3

The drive to Vegas was beautiful. I tried to take as many pictures as I could but it was hard to capture the majesty of the mountains and the vastness of the terrain. We stopped at the Hoover Dam and arrived into Vegas at about 4pm. Strangely enough, Katy Perry’s song “Waking Up in Vegas” came on the shuffle at the exact time we were driving into town!

We drove by the pawn shop from Pawn Stars on our unintentional driving tour of the city. We found a trusty Motel 6 right off the strip for less than half of the price of other hotels and the location can’t be beat. Our plan is to explore the city a bit before we all crash. We are all so exhausted and ready to be home!

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Road Trip! Day 6, Part 2

Drove through some crazy snow in the Arizona mountains. When we finally came down into desert area, we were greeted with the beautiful sight of In-n-Out Burger. 90 more minutes and we arrive in Vegas!

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Road Trip! Day 6, Part 1

Destination: Vegas, baby!

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Road Trip! Day 5, Part 2

Roughest day so far even though we did the least amount of mileage. The winds were incredible and made for a very stressful ride. The day started off pretty bad when we came upon a horrible fatal car accident. Things kinda just sucked from there. Jeffrey threw up and Liam was pretty fussy all day, though he did get two decent one hour naps. But we’re here in Holbrook, AZ for the night and keeping an eye on the weather since snow is in the forecast for tomorrow!

We wanted to stay in a concrete wigwams but for $30 more than the Motel 6 and no wifi, we just couldn’t do it.

Things have gone really well up until this point. Though after a day like today, we definitely need a drink! Tomorrow is a new start and we are so, so close to being home in our new city. I’m trying to stay positive and press on.

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Road Trip! Day 5, Part 1

Five days on the road with a one year old and two dogs is tiring! This morning we decided to sleep in and take our time getting back on 40. We had breakfast at a diner called Kix on 66, which was delicious. It too was retro and yet very clean and new/old looking. If you ever drive cross country, you should consider a stop in Tucumcari!

The cool thing about this road trip is the fact that even we have no clue what we’re doing from one day to the next. We have loose plans but they change as we reassess how the previous day went and what we feel up to the following. Our stuff is being delivered on Monday so as long as we get there by then, we’re good!
The weather seems to be very February and not all that conducive to outdoor activities. We wanted to go to the Grand Canyon but with snow forecasted and temps not predicted to rise above 28°, we decided to scrap that.

Today we’re driving through the rest of New Mexico and the first part of Arizona. Possibly hiking in the Petrified National Forest, depending on Liam and the weather.

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