Who doesn’t love exploding art?

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Not me.  I love exploding art.  I didn’t know I loved it until a couple days ago.

But then I tried it and realized that hey, if it explodes it’s probably fun.  Also, SweetPea liked it.  So that means we’ll get to do more exploding art.  Which is kind of awesome.

I might be a wee bit addicted to pinterest…but in my defense I actually use a lot of the recipes and kid activities I pin.  So I justify my time on pinterest.  It enhances my life.  And my kids’ lives.  And it’s amazing.  Hold up, I need to pin something…

Anyway, I found this activity for erupting apple sidewalk chalk paint and thought it was amazing.  So naturally I had to try it out.  Fortunately it was very easy to set up.  And it was super fun.  For both kid and Mom.

I would highly recommend you try it.  I might even go so far as to suggest that those of you with kids should definitely try it, everyone else should do it just for themselves.  Because it’s paint.  And it explodes.  And that’s kind of awesome.

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New Haircut

Somebody got her locks chopped.

Toddler Haircut for Girls

New Haircut

I can’t decide if I love it or if I hate it.  She’s officially a big girl.  And I love it!  Except a small part of me (ok, maybe not too small of a part) hates it.

I will definitely miss her baby mullet blowing behind her as she runs.

Toddler Haircut for Girls

New Haircut

Getting Ready for the New Baby

My husband called me upstairs to look at something.  I was in the kitchen, cooking, so I may have been slightly irked to get called upstairs to look at some unknown something.  Until I got upstairs.  Then I giggled and made my husband take some pictures.

Because really, what else does one do when your two-year-old daughter puts a diaper on ALL of her friends…even the ones that are so small they are practically eaten by the diaper.

So we’ve decided.  Once SweetPea’s brother is born SweetPea is officially in charge of all diaper changes.  Officially.  Ok, maybe not.  But she’ll definitely be a good helper!

Here I am, sick of diapers.  But my kid loves 'em!

Here I am, sick of diapers. But my kid loves ’em!

SweetPea is pretty proud of what she's accomplished!

SweetPea is pretty proud of what she’s accomplished!

Easy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Easy, creamy, delicious Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Easy, creamy, delicious Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

I love mac and cheese.  So does my husband.  So does my two-year-old.  I stumbled upon  this recipe for greek yogurt mac and cheese over on Pinterest.  Mac and cheese.  And greek yogurt.  I was sold.  After checking the ingredients and seeing I had everything on hand, I quickly whipped up a batch for lunch.

And I was not disappointed.  So much so that I enjoyed a second helping.  Then a third.  Oops, I’m just going to say that third helping was solely due to my pregnancy…not my gluttony…anyway.

This recipe is not only easy and delicious but it lends itself to adding other flavors quite nicely.

Ingredients:

Serves 4…unless somebody has thirds, then it serves fewer 🙂

1.5 cups macaroni
1.5 cups shredded cheese
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 carrot, grated and steamed (this was my vegetable add-in and it is optional)

Directions:

Cook macaroni according to directions.

In a food processor, blend cheese, greek yogurt, garlic, onion powder, and carrot.

Drain macaroni.  Return to pan and put back on the warm burner.  Add cheese mixture.  Stir until melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and eat and enjoy.  Serve seconds and eat and enjoy.  Serve thirds and eat and enjoy.  Debate having fourths…

I added the carrot to give it a little nutritional boost.  But other veggies or meats would be tasty ( and not all the others would need to be food processed, I did that to help the texture so my SweetPea would eat it).  Veggies that I think would be good: spinach, peas, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.  I also think that cubed ham or bacon would be mighty tasty in this dish.

Simple Games

It’s summer.  And it’s hot.  And that means we’ve got a couple fans out and about in our place.  So naturally we came up with a very easy and very entertaining game to play with the fans.

All it takes is a fan and a ball and a toddler (or fun loving adult…or both).

Turn the fan on and prepare your self for giggles.

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Running!

Running!

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Playing with Dad

Playing with Dad

Laughing!

Laughing!

Morning Walk

We decided to go for a quick morning walk.  It was beautiful out and not too hot.  It just seemed the perfect way to start the day.

And not to brag or anything, but there’s a pretty nice state park mere miles (less than 5) from where we live.  And while the trails aren’t particularly strenuous or long, they are perfect for one very pregnant mama and one two-year-old SweetPea.  So off we headed.

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea's voice, it would really make the caption).

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea’s voice, it would really make the caption).

Getting some snacks in.  Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Getting some snacks in. Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Rock climbing!  Don't worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

Rock climbing! Don’t worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

Hanging with Dad

Hanging with Dad

Checking out the view...not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

Checking out the view…not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

Hanging out on the bridge.

Hanging out on the bridge.

Cheap and Easy

toys and toddler entertainment, that is.

Cottonballs, an old sour cream container, and a few minutes.  That’s all I needed to create a some good times for (and cute pictures of) my SweetPea.

I cut out a couple holes on the top of the container, then I duck taped things up (to make it prettier and smooth any rough edges from my cutting).  Then I tossed a handful of cotton balls in the container and let my daughter have it.  This is what she did:

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