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Last Few Months of Montessori

Yesterday should have been Lennox’s first day at public kindergarten but we are in the (crazy) process of getting our house on the market and eventually moving. Since we’ll be moving to a different town we decided to leave Lennox in her Montessori school for a few more months. She spends so much time there and her little world is going to change so much, that keeping something constantly the same (school), was a good idea that my dad came up with. Thanks Dad!

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So yesterday, even though she goes to Montessori year round, was an exciting day for Lennox. Her teacher from last year (who has been on Maternity leave since February), was back and Lennox could not wait to get to school and see her! This year she is the big kid in class, and gets to be a class leader to help out the littles.

We saved the traditional back to school photos for when she starts public kindergarten later this year, but I just had to snap a few pictures before she headed out the door – as she looked extra cute and excited!

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Here’s to a great few last months of Montessori where she can “stretch her mind” (as her teacher says), and learn so much! Soak in the goodness Lennox, we sure will miss Montessori once we leave!

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Our Morning Routine Now Includes CloudPets™!

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Our morning routine is about the same every week day. It consists of Kyle getting up early and out the door to work, then I get up and get myself ready and then after that it’s time to wake up Lennox. I pretty much have to wake her up every single morning, she’s a lazy bum! This means that 5 days a week, Kyle has left before Lennox has gotten up so she misses him. Sometimes we text pictures, sometimes she calls or sends a voice message. We found a new item recently to incorporate into our mornings and Lennox loves it!
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CloudPets™! CloudPets™ were something we had seen commercials for on tv and now they are available at select Walmart stores (available nationwide soon). We decided to get one for Lennox. She has been such a good girl lately with all the craziness that is happening in our house (it’s going on the market), so it was a good surprise for her the other night. 

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CloudPets™ is a new, one-of-a-kind product that can help loved ones keep in touch. I know that we’ll be asking Grandma & Papa and lots of other family members to download the free app and send messages to Lennox’s Little Lucy Unicorn! To give you a better idea of how CloudPets™ works, learn more about all of the features on the CloudPets™ website.

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Each evening Kyle can now leave her a message via the free app that is available on our iPhone (available on android as well). I can send it to Lennox’s CloudPet™ Unicorn in the morning for her to hear. When she wakes up, she will see her Unicorn (Little Lucy as she named it) flashing heart – which means she has a message!

cloudpets-lennox-kyleLennox woke up this morning, excited to check her Unicorn Little Lucy for a flashing heart and was super happy when she saw there was a message from Daddy! She sent one back and it’s waiting for Kyle when he gets home tonight!cloudpets-03

How would you use a CloudPet™ in your home?
Who does your kiddo miss and wants to communicate with?

fairlife Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

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Milk, it does a body good – right? That is the slogan we always grew up hearing. I personally love milk. My mom always served milk with dinner and other meals and she created the habit that I still have, of drinking a big class of milk with dinner. Lennox also is a fan of milk, sometimes in the chocolate variety of course, but a lot of times she will ask for white milk – and that makes me happy! 

I have tried a lot of different milks and when all of the ultra-pasterized and ultra-filtered milks started coming out, I was interested in trying them. Their longer shelf life was a big selling point, as Kyle does not drink milk – so I was throwing away a lot of milk when I bought the generic gallon of milk. About 6 months ago, I had seen a new milk at my local Kroger grocery store, fairlife. The packaging caught my eye, the shelf life was great and the label said it had 50% more protein, 30% more calcium and 50% less sugar than normal milk. I figured I would give it a try, in both white and chocolate varieties and it was SO good. If you look in my fridge right now you will see 3 bottles of fairlife and no other type of milk.

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Other than drinking fairlife with a meal, using it on cereal or even baking with it, I wanted to try making a breakfast smoothie with it. Lennox likes smoothies so she decided to help me out and we made a Banana Peanut Butter smoothie! It was simple, tasty and quick – here is the recipe.

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Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large (2 Small) Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter or Powdered Peanut Butter (your preference)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Small Container of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 2/3 cup fairlife (any variety – your preference – I used fairlife white 2%)
  • Ice

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Directions:

STEP ONE:

Using your blender (I have a personal size blender which works great and is very inexpensive), add in about 10 ice cubes and 2/3 cups of your favorite fairlife variety milk. I used the 2% reduced fat ultra-filtered white milk – but this tastes great with fairlife chocolate milk or fairlife whole milk.

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STEP TWO: 

Add in 1 small container (about 1 cup) of Vanilla Greek Yogurt and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

STEP THREE:

Now you can add in a half cup of peanut butter. I tried powdered peanut butter (PB2) for this recipe – I personally like regular peanut butter better – but this is a little better for you with less sugar – your preference!

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STEP FOUR:

Now add in your bananas! I used 2 smaller bananas but you could use 1 large as well. 

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STEP FOUR:

Blend all your ingredients together and serve! The nice part about the personal blender is that you can drink right from that container (it has a drink lid) of you can pour it into 2 smaller glasses, like we did to share.

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fairlife really is the best milk we have had and I’m not throwing away half a gallon every week due to no one drinking it. I don’t plan on purchasing any other type of milk from now on!

What is your favorite type of milk?

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