Picnics In Portland | NadaMoo Ice Cream Social


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This weeks snack date is a pretty special one that not only involves a park, a picnic and ice cream but it’s the first time in months that our three families were all able to get together. Most of our snack dates are just the moms and kids but this time the dads were able to join us as well. It’s always great when we can all get together. MemorialDay-CathedralPark-20150883

For our snack date this week we had NadaMoo a coconut milk based frozen dessert. This was the perfect ice cream substitute for our group as some of us don’t do dairy and others don’t do tree nuts so a coconut milk base worked for all of us. Plus really who doesn’t love ice cream or non-dairy frozen dessert? MemorialDay-CathedralPark-20150901

If you were directed here from Running With Tongs then you know that we received six flavors and that Neil and Edith got into the Cookies & Creme and I got into the Chocolate Almond Chip before we made it to the picnic. No worries though I think some of the best flavors were in these four cartons anyways.
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These little munchkins seemed to enjoy themselves.MemorialDay-CathedralPark-20150919MemorialDay-CathedralPark-20150917

The adults seemed to as well. MemorialDay-CathedralPark-20150914

Before spending some time rolling in the grass we took an informal poll (of the adults) to see how the flavors ranked. The top flavor was definitely the Maple Pecan and the very close second was the Mint Chip. The babies seemed to like the chocolate …that may have been because it was the least favorite of the adults and therefore there was some left at the end for them to taste. The kids didn’t really express any favorites but I noticed Edith finished off her Maple Pecan and Mint Chip and left most of the chocolate and vanilla – so I’d say she enjoyed those ones.

I was actually surprised that I even liked the Mint Chip.There was something just super fresh about the mint and I loved that it didn’t just have flecks of chocolate in it but rather mini chocolate chips. Mom K said that she isn’t usually into mint chip either but she really enjoyed it as well.

Over all the ranking of the four would go:

  1. Maple Pecan
  2. Mint Chip
  3. Vanilla
  4. Chocolate

I’d add the chocolate almond to my top three but the cookies and creme would go straight to the bottom for me.

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Side Note: Portland Area Friends NadaMoo is coming to New Seasons in June and Haggen this Summer!

Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them. 

Snack Date | 4 | Space Suits, Super Snacks & Slammers

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It’s time for another snack date! This one is brought to you from the K & E Space Station. No but really aren’t these two just so cute with their “space helmets” and tutus on?

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Alder wasn’t sure what to think of the whole situation.

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Once our little astronauts got hungry it was time for the weeks snack. This week they enjoyed some Organic Slammers flavor Awesome. Long before snack dates I had been buying these for E when I saw them on sale at Target. These snacks are perfect for kids, especially ones who are always on the go because they are filled with energizing fruit including acai. Acai is also a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.Space Date organic slammers Space Date edith slammer

E was all over the slammers and she slammed two back and left one for K to enjoy at a later date. Space Date apple - My Super Snack

K on the other hand was much more interested in the MySuperSnack granola bites and she helped herself to a few of each flavor of the bites. These little bites are non-GMO, contain no preservatives and are filled with protein and fiber. The granola bites reminded me less of a traditional granola bar or granola and more like a cereal bar which I actually think is better for the tots- easier to eat. K seemed to agree because with a little help she finished off all three bags.

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While both girls decided to go a different direction with their snacking they both really seemed to enjoy their snacks. It’s funny how their tastes/interests in food change from week to week.

Portland Area Sites | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

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This post is long over do but a few weeks ago we (finally) visited Cooper Mountain. We have lived in the area for over two years now and it wasn’t until April that we finally made it to this really great nature park. We lucked out it and it was a beautiful sunny day for a nature walk.Cooper Mountain - Edith
We were joined by our friends K, K, & L which always makes a nature walk more fun. Cooper Mountain is made up of a number of short paths that connect together allowing you to create your own nature walk.Cooper Mountain - eidth and kate
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We ended up choosing a bit of a longer path and well Edith decided that she needed a bit of a break. Cooper Mountain - Play Structure

Once we made it back to the top of Cooper Mountain we stopped by the playground for a snack and a little bit of playtime before heading back for lunch.

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See our full snack date post here. 

Weekend at the Coast | Out & About in JJ Cole Style

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Happy Be-lated Mother’s Day! We spent our Mother’s Day Weekend at the coast playing in the sun, sand and surf.

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We lucked out and the weather at the coast was just perfect. We rented a house in Arch Cape which is about half way between Manzanita and Cannon Beach. We actually spent Mother’s Day Weekend at Cannon Beach last year as well; I guess we are starting a new tradition. This year however we ventured a bit further south to Manzanita Beach after hearing so many recommendations from co-workers and friends. I have to say it lived up to the hype and the beach was beautiful. We didn’t spend much time in town but there seemed to be a good number of restaurants, cafes and little shops.

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We may have forgot to put Edith in more water appropriate clothes and a change of clothes. Oh well she had a blast but requested a warm cup of “coffee” (steamed non-dairy milk) post wading.

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After our morning visit to Manzanita Beach we headed back to the beach house for lunch and an attempted nap. Since napping just wasn’t going to happen we packed the kids up and headed into the downtown of Cannon Beach in search of chocolate and a spot to lay out and relax on our new JJ Cole® All-Purpose Outdoor Blanket.

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While we searched for chocolate Neil tried out the JJ Cole Agility Carrier.

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Once we finally got our hands on a box of chocolates we headed to the park across the street and unpacked our blanket to sit on. We shared our box of chocolates, read a few books, played a game of tag and then it was time to pack up. We walked around town a bit before finally heading back to the beach house for dinner.

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We ended our evening with a sunset visit to the beach. We seriously rented the best place that was just one block from the access to a super quiet beach. Our first night we went down to the beach as well and it was super windy so Alder hid in the carrier but the second night he was all about digging into the sand.

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For more photos check out my post on RWT and on our Instagram.

*Disclaimer: We were provided product for this review. As always all opinions are our own.

JJ Cole items featured in our post:

JJ Cole Heather Caprice

Heather Caprice (find it at Babies R Us): This has become our primary diaper bag because we just love the style, the color and the size. I knew we would love it because if you remember a few years back we had a JJ Cole bag that we used until we wore it out. This bag has two huge insulated pockets on the side, a great zippered pocket on the front where I store my keys, phone and mom things. On the other side there is an outside pocket that holds the changing pad. In the center is a big zippered section that has four pockets inside perfect for holding diapers, books, changes of clothes and snacks. The only pockets I don’t get are the two mini ones on the front; what are they for? I guess I could store lipgloss in them but not much else. P.S. If you want to see an updated ‘What’s In My Diaper Bag’ post let me know in the comments below.

JJ Cole Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket

Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket (find it at buybuyBABY): This blanket is my new favorite thing. The blanket is 100% Polyester with PVC Coating which means you don’t have to worry about a damp ground or even better taking the beach home with you. When we left the beach we just shook it off, folded it up and off we went. That’s another thing I love, how easy it is to fold up and carry. The cool thing is that it actually has a stiff square that you use as as guide when folding which allows you to get the blanket back into the same shape as when you took it out of the package. Now if only I could find tents and sleeping bags that do the same thing – tell me I’m not the only one that can’t see to get my tent back into the bag without a huge struggle.

JJ Cole Agility Carrier

Agility Carrier (find it at Babies R Us, buybuyBABY, Target, Amazon): I had no idea until recently that JJ Cole even had a babycarrier so I was excited to try it when the opportunity came along. So what did I think? Well I wanted to like the carrier but honestly it just didn’t work well for us. First I think that while the carrier can hold up to 35 pounds in my opinion as a certified babywearing educator I really think that for both the wearer and the positioning of the baby 15-20 or so pounds is the ideal max weight. I also had trouble with the fit of the carrier because it is sized and actually it fit Neil just a bit better than it fit me. I wonder if I went up a size (I tried a large) if it would work but I think that it might have been just a bit too big in an extra large. The thing I would say with this carrier is that it’s better for younger babies and it is something that you want to try on first for size before buying. That all being said it was well made, the fabric was soft, it was easy to put on because basically it was like putting on a shirt and the back panel is a nice feature that adds a bit more support.

Spring Cleaning With CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes

While cleaning hasn’t always been my favorite chore, it’s become even more of a burden since having kids. Between picking up clothes, toys and finding food in weird places, all of the fine details of cleaning the house tend to fall by the wayside. While we do recognize the importance of taking the time to wipe down the mirrors, mop the floor and dust the furniture, finding time can prove to be nearly impossible.

However, with the seasons changing, we’re leaping into spring cleaning season. Between a winter’s worth of hibernation and the extra dust and pollen that comes with allergy season, our family is feeling compelled to declutter, organize and give all of those forgotten nooks and crannies the attention they’ve been
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One of our favorite discoveries lately has been CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes. These dry, non-abrasive wipes work great to dust our furniture, TVs and counters. And even better, it only takes one wipe to do an entire room! Gone are the days of using half a package of wipes just to clean your window sills. Having issues with allergies and dry eyes as well as roaming infants and toddlers has made keeping these surfaces clean a priority. And because they’re not abrasive, the CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes work wonders when wiping down the dust that’s built up on our TV, picture frames and full length mirror without leaving a scratch or smudge.

And while Alder’s still too young, Edith loves to help with picking around the house. And Lindsay and I both realize that we need to jump at that opportunity to involve her while she’s still young and have her contribute while having us set a positive example. And sure, she may play with the items she’s been tasked with putting away instead of finding homes for them. But it’s clear to all of us that we are more comfortable and happy in a clean, healthy home. Involving Edith has also made it easier to find the time to fit cleaning into our busy schedule.

What are some of your favorite time-saving cleaning tips?

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you clean on the go for a happier home.

Snack Date | 3 | RAWR BARS & Mamma Chia

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We took snack date #3 outside and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. We enjoyed a hilly walk through Cooper Mountain Nature Park and then ended our adventure with a snack date at the playground located at the park. Our two biggest littles walked the entire time so they had worked up quite the appetite by the time we were through.

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We started our snack date with these all natural fruit and veggie snack bars from RAWR Bar. They contain 1/2 serving of fruit, 1/2 serving of veggies, NO sugar added, NO preservatives and they are Gluten Free and Certified Vegan. It’s hard to find a lot of bars these days that don’t have added sugars and aren’t just all fruit. I love that these sneak in a little bit of veggies because even the tot who eats everything has their days (weeks, months) when they get a little picky.

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The girls each enjoyed one of the snack size packets before coming back to ask for more and more again. I guess you could say that they were over well. They didn’t seem to prefer a flavor over another so I would say that makes these a winner! I personally loved the very berry kale and Alder was a fan of the super sweet potato.

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Once the girls had tired themselves of RAWR Bars they moved on to a staple in our house – the Chia Squeeze from Mamma Chia. I tell you I’m not surprised that Edith hasn’t turned into a chia seed by now. She has been loving these for two years now and if we are out of them at our house….well let’s just say there are a lot of toddler meltdowns.

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So you know that these are already a winner or rather essential in our house so we were thrilled to share them with our friends. Now this was the true test what would K think? K isn’t always the biggest fan of squeeze packets but she sucked the Strawberry Banana flavor back and then asked for a second one. Unfortunately I only brought three and Alder was busy trying the Mango one before his big sister decided to finish it for him. snack date - mama chia kate snack date - mama chia

 

Verdict: Both snacks were hits! I personally loved them as well and Mamma Chia are one of my favorite pre/post workout snacks. I love how portable both of these snacks are to take with us to the park, the beach or to simply stock in the diaper bag for one of those inevitable hangry moments.

 

Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them and use them regularly. If these appear in a post they will be marked above with a “*”. Everything else has been paid for by me! Affiliate links will  be marked above with “**”.

Snack Date | 2 | Snack Out Loud Foods

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You guys I have found the perfect snack for playdates. These Power Puffs from Snack Out Loud Foods are perfect for the littles and the adults. They are non-GMO and free of corn, peanuts and gluten and two flavors are dairy free. Unlike other puffs these ones are filled with protein and fiber which in my book is a huge selling point. Also ummm check out the packaging!! So fun!

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For our playdate last week we opened up the White Cheddar and the Sweet & Tangy BBQ. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day here in the Pacific Northwest so the photos are a bit on the dark side some and for reason I didn’t get a photo of the white cheddar one. Anyways back to the food. Since our family doesn’t do dairy we avoided the white cheddar ones but they were a favorite of K and her mom and L (the little boy below). Snack Date With Snack Out Loud Power Puffs

Edith and I were partial to the BBQ and L enjoyed the BBQ as well. Edith actual ate 3/5 of the bag of the BBQ ones and then asked for more. Too bad for her (and me) we didn’t have any more though.

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I will admit the flavors of these puffs maybe be a little bit more mature than some kids are used to but lucky for us our snack date/play date kids love to eat and aren’t super picky. One other thing to note is that these may look like a puff but the texture/consistency isn’t quite what you might expect. The texture/consistency is really dense and are much more like a hybrid of a puff and that crunchy version of that crazy orange snack that won’t be named. That all being said they taste great. One of the other mom’s at the playdate said that she would definitely purchase the white cheddar flavor. Snack Date With Snack Out Loud Power Puffs snap

The only flavor I can say didn’t go over well with Edith was the Sea Salt & Vinegar. Neil and I however devoured them because they were so stinking good. The sea salt & vinegar are super flavorful and have that acidic vinegar burn you want from a salt and vinegar snack.

Verdict: The Power Puffs were a winner. The dairy eaters loved the White Cheddar, the BBQ were also a hit and the Sea Salt & Vinegar where popular with the adults.

Now I need to get my hands on some more of these because they are just so good.

Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them and use them regularly. If these appear in a post they will be marked above with a “*”. Everything else has been paid for by me! Affiliate links will  be marked above with “**”.

Sensory Box | Coffee Beans

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Almost every morning Edith helps Neil make our coffee. She has come to love it so much that we got her a little pour over style coffee maker of her own. The thing is I am not always up for the mess that comes with water play in the house so that’s where this coffee sensory box comes in. The box is simply filled with old coffee beans, some scoops and little bowls. Simple right? This box has provided hours and hours of fun and thankfully the PNW has been sunny and warm so Edith is able to play with it out on our deck which means less mess for me to pick up! Now I think our next sensory box will be kinetic sand – anyone have a good DIY for that?

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Disclaimer: This activity is meant for children who won’t put things in their mouth…..I’m looking at you Alder-sorry buddy.

Earth Day 2015 | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

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Most Wednesday’s we drop Neil off at work in the morning and instead of heading home we head out on a nature adventure. This week we headed to Sherwood, Oregon to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. I had originally heard about this spot from a friend who came across their preschool program called puddle stompers. This past Wednesday just happened to be Earth Day which made it even more perfect for us to spend some time in nature. Scroll to the bottom to see a photo of our little adventure or just keep on reading.

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Edith had a blast walking the trail, running across the rickety bridge and she loved throwing grass in the river aka her new favorite thing. The path at the refuge is well maintained and is perfect for toddlers which makes my life easier when I am out with both kids. You are just surrounded my trees and greenery and there is the river and we saw lots of birds but no other wildlife – I guess we will have to return!

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We ended our adventure with snacks on the bench over looking the wildlife refuge. Before heading home we popped inside to check the space out and found a really discovery room. Edith and Alder loved exploring it. We were a bit crunched for time so we only spent a few minutes exploring but we will be back to check it out again and to do another nature walk soon.
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Snack Date | 1 | Fruigees & Veggie-Go’s

Welcome to the start of one of our newest and delicious projects! We are going to have a weekly blog series featuring family friendly food products for Snack Dates. Basically each week our family and a few other families get together for a playdate but the thing is our growing tots and babies seem to want to spend the majority of their playdates snacking! That’s when we came up with the idea to do a snack date and each week we will try out a new snack or two and feature them on our blog.
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This week we are featuring Fruigees* and Veggie-Go’s*!

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Veggie-Go’s are…
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Veggie-Go’s are also really tasty. These little fruit leathers are filled with 1/2 a serving of fruit and 1/2 a serving of vegetables and contain only fruits and veggies – no other additives. They are individually packaged which make them great to throw in a diaper bag and to take to playdates, on hikes, travel or simply just to have as a snack at home. As for the flavors they all taste great but we found that the TropiKale and Cinnamon Spiced Beet were a little tougher to eat for the tots. The overall favorite was the Mountain Berry Spinach which isn’t a surprise because who doesn’t love berries? Snack Date - 4.17.15 - veggie-gos shosh

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 Fruigees are…

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The Fruigees went over well with the tots and one tot, K., who isn’t always as interested in packets slurped hers up and asked for more! That right there is a sign of a good product. Edith loves packets so it wasn’t hard to convince her to try one and S. loves snacks so she was thrilled to try it as well. I found these packets to be different than others that I have tried before. They are smoother and sweeter than other packets but still good and made of quality ingredients. These would be especially great for kids who are sensitive to textures. Overall these tasted good, are easy to take along and the tots enjoyed them.Snack Date - 4.17.15 - frugiees

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Overall these snacks were a hit! Win-Win-Win! What are your favorite snacks?

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Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them and use them regularly. If these appear in a post they will be marked above with a “*”. Everything else has been paid for by me! Affiliate links will  be marked above with “**”.