Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Random Loves: Mocktails, Milkshakes, Florals & The Jungle Book

The weather has been so gorgeous lately here in Sacramento, I’ve been loving lots of spring time things like milkshakes, mocktails, florals and (of course!) pillows.

Raegan has also been loving our afternoon and evening walks outside where she points out every leaf, car, doggie, flower she sees. Her little language is so cute these days, I just love listening to her babble and talk. 

Here are a few other things I’ve been loving lately:

Mocktails — I love being pregnant, but one thing I have been missing lately is a nice cold margarita/sangria/beer (any cold cocktail really!) on the patio. The next best thing is a pretty mocktail in a fun glass with a straw :) I’ve been loving Trader Joe’s Sparkling French Berry Lemonade and their Villa Italia Italian Blood Orange Soda. Both are fruity, sweet and so good on ice. 

Florals — I picked up these really pretty floral placemats (left) at Home Goods last week and I love them. They make me excited to set the table for dinner every night! Alex is not a fan of florals so I have to think of small (and temporary) ways to add them into our house and Alex approved of these ;) I also picked up this gorgeous cloth napkin (right) from Cost Plus World Market with plans to turn it into a pillow. 

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake — Raegan and I have been making these almost daily they are so good and the perfect blend of sweetness, chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Plus it's healthy! When I’m lucky, Raegan will share a few sips with me before she scarfs it all down herself ;)

Ingredients: one frozen banana (sliced before frozen), about 1/2 cup milk, a large spoonful of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, a splash of vanilla, a pinch of kosher salt, 3-4 ice cubes. Blend together in a blender until smooth and enjoy! 
This makes one but can easily be doubled for two. (Recipe adapted from The Detoxinista)

Animal board books — I've mentioned before how much Raegan (and I!) both love kids books and animals so I ordered two animal-themed board books off Amazon recently and they have quickly become favorites. The Jungle Book is another Baby Lit book (we also love the Alice in Wonderland Baby Lit board book too) but teaches animals, some you won't typically find in kiddo books like a porcupine, wolf and jaguar. Plus the art is so cute — I especially love the bear page with a bear lounging on his back in the water, holding a bear-shaped honey sipping it with a straw! 

Raegan has also been really loving Giraffes Can't Dance, a really cute story about a giraffe who thinks he can't dance, but find he really just needs the right song. The art is really cute in this one too and it's a great one to help kids learn different animals. 

(Any animal board books you love? We're always looking for more!)

Black Dot Ikat Pillow — Since Lindsey & I launched our pillow business (!), I have been "testing" out our pillows all throughout the house and can honestly say I love them all! I am so happy with how they turned out and may have to keep some for myself! ;) One of my favorites is the Black Dot Ikat. Black and white is so classic but these ikat dots make it really fun too. You can check out more of our pillows at our Storenvy store here

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