Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tree Top Playdate and NEW Fruit Full

 
 {All opinions in this post are solely my own. I was compensated by Tree Top for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom it Forward group}

This funky bunch of mine and myself were invited to the Tree Top Play Date (thank you Mom it Forward!). The kids were able to run around and play while us mama's learned how to make a mock-tail and learned more about the NEW products that Tree Top has to offer. Can I start off by saying that the apples are from the Northwest...that alone makes them the best company out there! Just keepin' it real folks! The treated us to lunch and even had massages available! {they even catered to the kids with PB&J's, fruit and goldfish! They were delighted!} We made crafts out of fruit that the kids could eat and there was a whole lotta juice drinkin' going on!


We were delighted to come home with a bottle of the NEW Strawberry Fruit Full. It's a simple, shelf-stable smoothie in a bottle! It is SO good! They also have a Mango one. My first thought was MARGARITA'S!! Seriously this is going to be a new beach staple! Plus is full of vitamin c, has no added sugar, high fructose corn syrup and is perfect for any age group! I LOVE that my kids can have their daily smoothie and I don't have to break out my blender..yet you can "fuss it up" a bit as well for us mama's!


My girls decided to sit and rock awhile while drinking theirs! They turned it into a competition to who could drink theirs the fastest...then were disappointed when it was all gone!


I on the other hand turned it into a virgin daiquiri! It was SO easy! Put 3 cups of ice cubes and then pour in your juice till it just about covers the ice. You can throw fresh strawberries in too if you like! Blend...


Then take a glass...getting the rim slightly damp dip your glass into a bowl of sugar (or you can be lazy like me and just stick it into my sugar container!)


Garnish with fresh mint (I added raspberries because we just picked them!) and then voila! Easy drink perfect for the heat!


OH and a little secret...I use Tree Top pouches in some of my baking recipes! In fact I baked Chocolate Zucchini muffins which will be on the blog this week...you can bet I used Tree Top! You can find awesome recipes and ideas FROM Tree Top on Pinterest!

Heather, our incredible hostess made us a Mocktail that was simply to die for! Literally SO good!

Strawberry Mojito Mocktail

10 mint leaves
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 of a fresh lime
1/2 cup Tree Top Fruit Full (we used Strawberry)
1/2 cup club soda

Place mint leaves, sugar and lime wedge in a glass. Use a muddler or back end of a large wooden spoon to crush the mint and lime and dissolve the sugar. Fill glass almost to the top with ice. Pour Fruit Full Smoothie over the ice, followed by the club soda. Garnish with additional lime wedge and add more sugar to taste.



Have a blessed day!

Want to learn more about Tree Top and what they have to offer? You can do so buy following them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or simply visit their website!

{Loved relaxing with these mama's: That Mama Gretchen Crafting in the Rain, Urban Bliss Life, The Scenic Life, Merlot Mommy, Happy Kids Inc, Repeat Crafter Me, Heather Likes Food Healthy Disney Family}


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Miracle baby...


Once upon a time, there was a little curly Q baby girl who became her mama's saving grace. The End.

My miracle baby. Through my many pregnancies (4 here and 4 in heaven) I have encountered more fear, more pain and more faith. Not one of my pregnancies gave us "simple". Each held something that made them stand out from the other. This final pregnancy for us became the most memorable yet. She was our first to make it through the initial ultra sounds with NO hiccups. No blips and no "watch for this". She was the first one to complete my heart. See my heart started to fill up from Emily Grace...and so on. But with Olivia Joy she completed me. I knew from the moment I held her sweet little body and looked her in the eyes. That God had made me whole.


12 hours later as I watched doctors and nurses fight to save my life. I could do only one thing. Hold my baby tightly in my arms, kiss her head and pray. She is the one that saved me. Yes, technically it was God directing the doctors and nurses. But I believe it was because of HER...I am alive.


She is my miracle. My saving grace. My earthly angel sent to me moments before. I stumbled upon the shop Tink & Key (Etsy) on Instagram. A few convos later and we had hit it off. I adore them. I adore what they are about and what they strive to do. They are a faith based tee shirt biz that wants to put a smile on others faces. They take great pride in each article of clothing and it shows. They are easy to work with. They ship fast and they know the significance and meaning of how important our children are. BUT something I am even more excited about...they now carry adult shirts too! Is it bad I want to get matching for my entire crew and myself? But when I came across this shirt...Miracle Baby. It made me tear up. Because I truly believe this child is my miracle baby. Thank you sweetie for sending me my favorite shirt! Is it bad I will be forcing her to wear it weekly?! HA!


Want to hear something even more exciting? Tink & Key is offering up a discount for my readers! Use the code: britchesnboots and you will recieve 20% off your entire order! HOW awesome is that?! Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins - Review & Giveaway


"I'm not a Christian because someone taught me about Christianity. But that people were willing to BE the nuts and bolts."- Rich Mullins

OK nuff said...blog post done!

HA! No but really, Rich summed up a true Christian impeccably. I want to walk the walk not talk the talk. When I was approached with this movie I first off SCREAMED with glee as anyone who has known me for eons knows Rich Mullins is the man. His songs have been a huge part of my life as an adolescent and adult. I gave my life over to Christ back in Middle School at Blacklake in Olympia, WA. I was at Summer camp for Campus Life, Youth for Christ. That very night I vowed to live for Jesus I sang his song, Awesome God in front of the entire camp.

I will be honest, most Christian films end up being super cheesy. You get bored partway through or you find yourself mimicking what you just watched. I sat and stared, cried and prayed through this entire movie. I also wanted to cut his hair, make him take a shower and give him some new jeans. BUT this movie was phenomenally made. It takes you through his life as a child, to college and to finding his voice. He created family and broke relationships along the way. But just like they explain in the movie...he was a Ragamuffin. He wasn't perfect, nor did he try to convince you otherwise. Truly he was brilliant. A man gone far too early. I was in awe of his dedication that he gave to the Lord. He had issues. BIG ones. But he led his life for Christ and fought demons along the way.


Rich Mullins was a singer and song writer (Richard Wayne Mullins) who was embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His 3rd album which had Awesome God on it made him even more well known. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Assosiation (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

Rich was selfless. He didn't seek to find fame and fortune. He was devoted and passionate. He lived to serve others. His relationship was strained with his father. He also lived with the loss of his brother. And you can hear and feel the pain as he worked through these moments in his songs.

Rich was the bomb.com and he is one of the many people I cannot wait to meet in heaven. Here is a preview of the movie:


Now who would like to win a DVD of their own? Giveaway is open to U.S. and CANADA ONLY. Only 1 entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. HURRY GO ENTER!! You will love it! I promise!

{Disclosure in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.} a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Holy Shnikes Batman...


Yep! It's me! I have been off the grid. Vanished from the radar so speak! House projects galore, backyard projects, Summer, sprinklers, sunshine, Summer, kids, laughter, coffee dates, did I say Summer yet?! Every time I think about sitting at the computer I sit here. With a blank stare on my face...thinking about being elsewhere! We have been working on the small garden expansion...and I am loving it!

Were building a chalkboard in the back on the play structure and the kids and I are decorating the post you see in the far right! Will be covered in birdhouses etc. I chopped off my hair! After 3 1/2 years of growing it out I cut 7" off! I am loving it! SO much easier and I am not just pulling it back 24/7! I think I NEEDED it!


I survived 3 days alone...with my kids. Solo parenting while my husband had fun (it rained!) on a golf weekend with his college friends. We had a movie night with friends, spent countless hours at the book store, shopped, laughed and actually had a wonderful time. Despite me being insanely scared! I am however still completely wiped out exhausted and there are not enough cups of coffee in the world to currently keep me awake! BUT...I survived! I DID it!


My son got hurt at a graduation party. Seriously we are finding graduation parties are just NOT our "thing"! Emily Grace broke her elbow at a grad party 2 years ago and Noah decided to take on a boulder. With his face. I think the boulder one...at least it made a huge dent in him and NOT on the rock! A goose egg the size of a golf ball (not even kidding), double black eyes, dead tooth (front left...if it grows and abscess the pull...if not we wait until it falls out on its own!). He has had xrays and been checked out by the doctor and dentist. NO skull fracture (PRAISE GOD!)! But still 2 weeks later I get stares from strangers if I take him in public. So I have avoided leaving at all cost!


This was BEFORE the double black eyes! But...I am here. I am alive and I am loving life! I became a Jamberry Nails Consultant! And I am in shock at HOW amazing the company, the product AND my business is going! At it 5 weeks and I already moved up 4x! Not bad I would say! You can find me on Facebook too! BUT...one of the next reveals on the blog I will be revealing my bathroom redo (fingers crossed it will be soon!) It is still a construction site but so far I am LOVING it!! You can see a sorta before shot...


I apologize if the Mauve burned your retina's! And yes, I am the one that chose the paint color originally! Oy! Goodbye ugly! Hellooooo...new!

See you soon baboons! I am out the door dinosaur. Bye bye butterfly. I'm gonna blow a kiss jelly fish...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NW Largest Baby Shower recap and giveaway


I was invited to come to the NW Largest Baby Shower a few weeks ago. I brought one of my best friends with me and she brought her tiny bundle of love and seriously it was...AMAZING.  (except the whole food thing...but I will get to that later!)


Everyone that is anyone in the baby biz was there. From Joovy (seriously I had no idea ALL that they carry! Strollers, play yards, bottles, sippy cups. It was awesome! And now I want like 5 more strollers. The high chairs Joovy sells. Oh. Em. Gee.) Posh Baby Boutique had a wide assortment of goodies. Gymboree Play and Music (the owners Mark and Leslie are two of the absolute sweetest people you will ever meet in your life. And I mean...ever!)


Ergo Baby had a line of people talking to them 99% of the time we were there! We were able to sneak some info and see a few of the new carriers and also were told about the new designs coming out SOON! If you do not know this already, you will now. Ergo is my absolute favorite baby carrier ever made. Hands down. I have had mine for over 7 years and it was one of the best investments we have ever made! High quality, amazing body support (the weight is evenly distributed across your hips making it so your shoulders and your back are not carrying the brunt of the weight. My carrier goes to 40 lbs. I can still wear my 3 year old!).


Mixie Baby Bottles (you saw the giveaway I did last week!) I am in LOVE wit them. Think Baby has the absolute coolest sippy cups/bento boxes/containers and even SUNSCREEN (which they gave me and I LOVE!)!! I was so impressed with their "thinker" system which carries your products from infant to toddler+. It's good for you, good for the environment and adorable too! Earth Mama Angel Baby was there and come to find out is an OREGON based company! I was so excited when I heard they are from Clackamas as I had no idea! I rocked a sticker for the entire show that told people I had been "nuzzled".  I know you are thinking, "homey say whaaaaa?!" There is a NEW company out there called Nuzzle. For real it is the most clever and well thought out idea in the history of breastfeeding! If you have followed me awhile you know that I am a proud breastfeeding mama of 4. I kid you not I really wish I had learned about this company 7 1/2 years ago as I battled mastitis and thrush. You can see a picture above in the middle on the bottom. It's adjustable, hands free and made for not only engorgement, let down and tender breasts. But can be used for menstrual cramps, back aches, neck pain and so much more too!


From speakers like Liza Huber of Sage Spoonfuls (felt like a total nerd as I had no idea that she was the daughter of Susan Lucci and kept thinking...wow she must REALLY like soap operas when she would make a reference to them!) who talked about the importance of homemade baby food and how the qualities and textures are something you can't beat (I also had a picture with her...but I am so short next to her it's almost embarrassing!)

I am HIGHLY addicted to Britax and Bob Strollers. I own a Britax Boulevard, Marathon and Frontier. They are by far the best and most high quality made seats I have ever used. They are easy to clean, easy to install and my children will be stuck in a 5-point harness high-back car-seat until they are in middle school if it were up to me! I have seen first hand how this car-seat can save lives. When we were in our car accident and was rear-ended, I think the fact that my daughter had the head protection and 5-point harness despite being almost 7 years old saved her body from more trauma than she experienced. The seat's padding was torn which told us...it did it's job. I will never buy another brand again. AS for Bob...OH Bob. I had a duallie (double) jogging stroller at one time. I had to sell it as I could no longer fit it in my Swagger Wagon (Toyota Sienna) when we were having Olivia Joy and I cried. Like...blubbering tears streaming down my face cried, waving as the new owners drove away. But, a few weeks ago I got the Bob Revolution single jogging stroller and mama is in her happy place, once again! This stroller drives like a dream. I can steer it one handed and it turns on a dime.


This is me after 9 hours of baby shower fun and...no food. Oh yea, the place supposed to feed all 1200 of us. Didn't. Lame. BUT the vendors made up for that disaster with their sparkling personalities. Teething products by Camilia, skin care products by Weleda, Happy Baby food products, Clothing from Burdy Fly Away and an outfit I am DYING to share by Tender Wonder...your gonna freak when you see this thing on!

It was a wonderful day away with my bff. Shopping, chatting, learning and exploring. A huge thank you to Melissa of Itsabelly for not only the invite but the opportunity. Before I left she sent me with a Healthy Child parenting kit. Inside were products from Seventh Generation, Happy Baby food etc and so many amazing brochures with helpful hints and tips. It was truly an honor.

NOW...how about a giveaway?! Yep! A compiled grouping of awesome goodies from a few of the vendors!

*giveaway open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mixie Baby Bottles - Review and Giveaway


This last weekend I was invited to the NW Biggest Baby Shower event to cover the event and meet with different companies and baby brands. Talk about one of the absolute coolest events I have ever been to! I will tell you more about the other vendors in another post but HAVE to share Mixie Baby with you. First off, I was greeted immediately with a smile and a warm hello and fell in love with Annie and Jody. They were the sweetest! They asked me to review their bottle and the different nipples and see what I think.


I loved the concept, but really was like. Right...its just another bottle. What is SO special about their bottle? Ummmm, well for starters if you need to mix formula on the go it has a separate inner container for formula that is sealed shut. You fill the bottle up with water and then when you want to mix it...there is a button on the bottom that releases the cap to the formula container...you shake. And you go. MIND. BLOWN. Not only is this the most fantastically thought out, well designed bottle I have ever seen. It is so much fun to push the button and shake it up! I typically breastfeed, but we DO use bottles and I think anyone that needs/does/has to use formula MUST own this bottle!

It is so simple my kids have been fighting over who gets to "play" with it! The entire bottle twists apart for easy washing and even better...I do not have any messy, leaky, spilled milk issues! BOOM! This mom is sold!


Wanna hear something even more awesome?! Annie wants YOU to win a bottle for your sweet nugget! Yep! Lucky duck! To find out more about Mixie Baby or to find a retailer nearest you please visit their website by clicking HERE!


Contest is open to U.S. residents only. You must be at least 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway will close on June 10th, 2014. A winner will be chosen via Random.org. Winner has 24 hours to respond before we redraw. I was not paid to do this review. All opinions are solely my own.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 23, 2014

NW Largest baby shower info...plus giveaway!


Have I got some exciting news for NEW or EXPECTING parents in the NW! Coming up on May 31st from 10-5 at the Leftbank Annex in Portland Oregon is the NW's BIGGEST baby shower! You will get the chance to participate in games, shop, get pampered and listen to a panel of amazing speakers on topics ranging from sleep to baby carrier 101. Baby proofing to baby feeding. Pregnancy workshops, Birth without fear and so much more. Truly its an event you won't want to miss.

This event is hosted by Itsabelly and will feature the best of the best in baby. So here it is...I'm going to the baby shower and now YOU can too! I will be giving away 6 couples passes here on my blog. BUT I will also be giving away 4 couples passes on my Instagram feed! So be sure to enter both for a higher chance to win!
 photo Button_NWBabyShower_2_zpse07b6177.png
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...