DIY Vegan Gummies

DIY

My kids, like all, are obsessed with gummies.  Sure, they are fun and tasty, but I usually hesitate to buy them because #1: I don’t usually like the ingredients and #2: they don’t usually come with recyclable packaging.  Womp womp.  Plus, gelatin really creeps me out…anyone else?? But I now have a recipe for DIY Vegan Gummies that the boys love because of the taste and I love because of the organic ingredients and no added sugar!  This super quick and easy recipe uses Agar Powder instead of gelatin.  Agar Powder is a mix of carbohydrates extracted from seaweed and is a great substitute for gelatin in any recipe.  It has no flavor/odor/color so it is perfect for these gummies.  The Agar Powder is diluted in your choice of juice, coconut water, or even flavored water.  I usually use organic juice or coconut water with pureed fruit added.  There is really so much room for creativity so the possibilities of flavors are limitless!  I also take this time to allow the boys to express their creativity.  I allow them to build-their-own in a way..what kind of juice, fruit, and molds.  It can really be so much fun!

*Caution: making these gummies does involve very HOT liquid so this isn’t a suitable activity for children to do unsupervised!*

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What you’ll need:

1T Agar Powder

1C juice or coconut water

Silicone Gummy Bear Molds

 

Dilute Agar Powder with the liquid of choice in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Once the Agar Powder is dissolved and the liquid is softly bubbling, cook 5 minutes, stirring often.  Pour liquid into molds and allow to cool/harden in refrigerator.  Once cooled, pop out of mold and ENJOY!

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winter-skin rescue

Well, it’s that time of year again…winter!  There are many things I love about winter.  I love the feel and buzz in air the winter holidays bring and allllll the family time.  What I don’t care for is the dry, dull skin that comes with the cold weather.  But this year I found the perfect winter-skin rescue!  I want to introduce you to my Makes 3 Organics Lavender Miracle Balm.  Y’all this stuff is worth it’s weight in g o l d!

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This handcrafted balm is USDA Organic and EWG Verified.  I am trying to be very diligent about the products I put on my skin so I trust the Environmental Working Group’s testings and verification on how safe a product is to use.  The fact that Makes 3 Organics is EWG Verified means that it is super-duper safe to use on me and my family.  What a relief!

I love that Makes 3 Organics uses simple and pure ingredients in the making of their small batch, hand-poured balms.  These ingredients, like organic virgin coconut oil and Shea butter, leave my skin hydrated and feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated.  I use the lavender scented balm and it smells divine!  My kids always want to rub it into their red little cheeks.

I’m also impressed with the longevity of the balm.  A little bit truly goes a long way!  And, once I have used up the balm the packaging is completely recyclable!  Be still my heart!

Y’all!  This balm is the perfect gift to give this holiday season!  Everyone wants safe products to rescue their winter skin!  Simply wrap it in your favorite holiday paper or stuff it in a loved-one’s stocking and B A M, you’ve given a great gift!

I have good news!  Use code muffins10 at Makes 3 Organics to receive 10%  OFF the site!  Now go get some and pamper that winter skin!

Happy shopping, y’all! -KELLY

 

*While Makes 3 Organics sent me this balm for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own!  This post may contain affiliate links.*

4 Reasons Amara Baby Food Rocks

I absolutely can not believe Jett is 7 months old now! Y’all, babies just don’t keep!  It seems as if last week we brought him home from the hospital and Tripp asked if we could keep him (I know, precious!).

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Amara Jett4 (1 of 1)We started Jett on solid food around the time he turned 6 months old.  I knew he was ready when I looked down and found him gumming a fistful of fries he had grabbed off my lunch plate!  Time to start some baby food.  But deciding on baby food can be quiet the task!  Thankfully, Amara does all the hard work.  So I want to share with you my 4 reasons I believe Amara baby food rocks.

#1. NUTRITION

Feeding my children wholesome, nutritious foods is super duper important to me, even when they are just starting solids.  Amara uses fresh, pure fruits and veggies (or “veg-yays” as we like to call them) that are USDA Organic and NON-GMO Project Verified!  In these wonderful little pockets of baby food there are no additives or fillers either.  Amara uses a cold and pressure technology in the preparation of their baby food, instead of the high levels of heat that is used in many other baby food brands, meaning there is less sugar and more nutrients.

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#2. TRAVEL READY

We are on the go A LOT so it is important that my baby food be travel ready.  Amara’s baby food is packaged in a thin lightweight pouch, making it easy to slip into any pocket or bag.  I am all about compact packaging!

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#3. I DON’T HAVE TO MAKE IT

I have three boys three years old and under….I have less than zero time to make baby food.  So if I don’t have to make it, I’ll take it!  Because of the cold and pressure technology Amara uses in the preparation of its baby food, the contents of the pouch is actually a powder.  Simply mix in breastmilk, formula or water and viola! Baby food!

#4. IT’S NOT JUST FOR BABES!

I loooovvvvveee versatility!  Amara’s baby food is for kids, and adults, of all ages.  We like to mix Amara baby food with our yogurt, smoothies, or oatmeal pancakes.  You can find more inspiration here.  Amara also has a wonderful blog if you’re looking for more feeding articles, or just more mommy resources.

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As much as I love using Amara baby food, I do wish the packaging was a little more environmentally friendly.  The boxes the pouches come in are recyclable but the individual pouches are not.  Even though this is a little bit of a bummer, Amara (yes, I asked them!) is actively trying to find a more recyclable packaging that meets their technical requirements.  Regardless, we will continue using Amara for our baby feeding needs and keep fingers crossed more recyclable packaging is in the more nearer future!

 

Keep on keepin’ on, mamas!-Kelly

 

**While Amara gifted me baby food for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own!  This post may contain affiliate links.**

 

PinkBlush Review

It’s fall y’all and that means the arrival of holiday season parties! Hallelujah!  Bring on the dresses!  My go-to staple this fall is my PinkBlush wrap dress. This dress is perfect for any occasion…church, Thanksgiving, your friend’s baby shower, you name it. In fact, I am wearing it tonight to an early Friendsgiving!

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This dress has such a soft and comfortable feel with its polyester/spandex blend.  Wearing this I not only am able to mother fashionably but comfortably as well.  Necessity!  What I absolutely love about this wrap dress is that it is nursing friendly!  Jett is still nursing so I need pieces in my wardrobe that provide full coverage and easy access and this wrap dress does not disappoint.

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Another winning feature is the flattering drape.  Let’s be real, my mom-bod needs as much help as it can get!  This dress has an empire waist and a modest semi-flowy skirt that offer a little grace in the midsection.  Yes, please!

I love this dress!  It speaks to me and my mama lifestyle on so many levels.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for the chance to win a $75 PinkBlush gift card!**This giveaway is now closed!**

Enoy your fall season!

xo, Kelly

While PinkBlush gifted me this dress for the purpose of a review, all opinions are absolutely my own. This page may also contain affiliate links.