Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

I need to make more smoothies. I’m really not sure why I don’t – they are easy and are a fun way to eat healthy. I’ve made a goal this summer to try more smoothies and stop being so lazy about them. I made my first one a few days ago and I’m a big fan – it turned out delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again soon.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothies

1 cup baby spinach

2 cups milk (water and almond milk would also work)

3 cups grapes (i froze mine)

2 cut up bananas

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

optional: adorable Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse glasses

Enjoy!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

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The Motherhood Project: Sarah

“Sometimes for no reason at all she’ll randomly come up and hug me and say “You’re the best mommy” melts my heart like a popsicle every time.”

Name: Sarah | Childs Name: Harper, 3

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: Yes to a certain point lol. The last few months that I had being pregnant with her I loved so much. I was last into my pregnancy at 5 months 22 weeks when I found out I was pregnant. But it was durning the summer so that part was hard for me.

How was your delivery experience?: I was scared out of my mind but excited at once. It was a great delivery but super long labor. I was in labor for 24 hours staring from the morning of the day before I had her when my doctor at my appointment accidentally started it when she checked me. She was born the next morning at 10:58am :). I got scared though they didn’t let me hold her or see her right as she came out they said that she wasn’t breathing the right way so they had to take her. I tore really bad so they had to fix me up first before I could see her. We didn’t get to see one another for a long time till she finally started breathing on her own. It’s a hard moment for a mother when you have to see your baby for the first time with tubes all over them. But she’s super well and healthy now :).

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Being both mom and dad with being a single parent.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: Having such unconditional love for someone that I never truly knew I could have.

What is your parenting style?: I’ve always wanted to be that fun mom lol but also letting her know that I am her mom/the boss not just her friend.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child?: Sometimes for no reason at all she’ll randomly come up and hug me and say “You’re the best mommy” melts my heart like a popsicle every time.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My mother, she has always been there for me through so much and I couldn’t love her even more for that. She’s a strong women and a single mother as well of 4 daughters. I have no clue where I would be in life without her by my side.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Don’t tear yourself down even when days get hard and you want to give up keep pushing yourself to the fullest.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For both of us Target or Wal-Mart

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child?: For me lip gloss lol. For Harper, her binkie (still trying to get her off it).

How has being a mom changed your life?: It’s changed in more ways than I’ll even know. Pushing myself to my limits everyday. Wanting to be a better me and person for her for what she deserves more than anything.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

Disneyland Turns 61

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“To all who come to this happy place, welcome! Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” -Walt Disney {speech given on opening day}

Sixty-one years of pure, incomparable magic – thanks, Disneyland. Can you even imagine a world without Disney? Lets not even think about that.

Today Disneyland reaches its 61st Anniversary and though I am home (my mom and sisters are in the park today) we are still celebrating because we couldn’t let the day pass without giving the happiest place earth a little extra love and adoration. I am so grateful for Disneyland and especially grateful for Walt Disney and his incredible imagination and the vision he had of a family amusement park where kids of all ages could gather and feel a joy and happiness you cannot feel anywhere else in the world.

Happy Birthday, Disneyland! You make 61 look good. I love you forever.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

A Force for Good

I am just one person, but I can make people happy. I can put a smile on someones face. I can serve someone in need. I can offer a kind compliment. I can listen to someone who needs to talk. I can be a helping hand. I can love and pray for others.

I can be a force for good.

The other day I was laying in bed and my mind turned to all the tragedy, heartache and evil happening around the world. I had said to my husband I hate that it feels like you can’t get on Social Media or the internet without seeing/hearing news of another horrible tragedy. Then my mind started turning towards myself – what can I do to help? Ok, realistically I can’t do anything that will help, but I can put positivity out there instead of negativity. As a blogger and avid Twitter and Instagram poster, I can make sure my content is happy. I can try to post things that put a smile on peoples faces and a little joy into their hearts rather than the gut-wrenching news thats so easy to find, lately. I obviously cannot guarantee you won’t still see the bad, sad stuff, but I can at least be something positive.

I can be a force for good!

I can’t save the world. I can’t change the world. But I can be a little light in the world. My tiny corner of the internet, my home, my friendship, my family, my example, my attitude, my advice, my interactions with others – all can be a light in a darkening world.

I can be a force for good!

A couple weeks ago my cousin left on his LDS Mission and in his farewell talk he said something that really stuck out to me. He said, “Wherever we stand, we can choose to turns towards God.” This really calmed my ever-stressed, anxiety filled heart and mind. I can choose to be terrified every day and let fear consume me, or I can wake up each morning and decide to be turned towards God throughout the day. I can choose to trust in His word, trust in His plan and trust that He will keep me and my family safe and protected. I can trust that He will direct me for good. I can exercise my faith in His will and  know I will have made the right choice. My Heavenly Father can help me be a light. He can help me be a force for good.

I hope my posts and pictures can bring a little joy to your day. If we know each other personally, I hope our friendship or acquaintanceship is a happy one and that I am kind to you and leave you feeling better about yourself. If we only talk through comments, etc, I hope I am positive and cheery. I want to be something good in this world and I’m going to try harder every day to do this.

Because I can be a force for GOOD!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Magical Monday: Take a Seat

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Its a well known fact, sometimes you’ve just got to sit for a minute while adventuring through Disneyland. There is a lot of time spent on your feet and sometimes you just need a break! Last night my family and I were talking about our favorite places to sit. That is what inspired todays post. Sitting. Haha. But really, I feel like its important to take a breather every once in a while. It’ll do your body good.

My Top 5 Favorite Places to Sit in Disneyland and California Adventure:

5: The exit of Tower of Terror in California Adventure. It is a nice, shaded area and its so fun to watch people as they come off of the ride with the incredible high that Tower of Terror brings. Also, its a great place to nurse in private – or as private as you can get in DCA. During our latest trip there my parents sat there with H while Wild Man, my sisters and I rode ToT and Princess Sofia came out of the back (which is right next to this nice spot) and gave H some personal attention. I love that.

4: Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland. This is a cute little place to eat over in Critter Country. My favorite spot to sit here (with delicious food in hand, of course) is on the bottom floor right beside the water called Rivers of America. You get to watch the Mark Twain float by and wave at the people aboard. There are also the canoes that pass that are always entertaining. Then there are the cute Disneyland ducks in the water which are always a hit with my family.

3: Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland. We always get corn dogs and french fries at Stage Door Cafe (in Frontierland) and we enjoy sitting in the area around it. Its shaded, there is great people watching and if you’re lucky you can snag a seat in this cute little area that looks like a front porch that we always try to get.

2: Jolly Holiday in Disneyland. This is at the end of Main Street and I’ve talked about my love for this place before on the blog. So it shouldn’t be a surprise this made my #2. More shade, yummy food, a great view over Main Street. You can’t beat it.

1: The Hub. This is the circle in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It is the ultimate people-watching spot. There is shade depending on where you sit, a beautiful view of the castle and a great view down Main Street USA. Its a magical location.

Honorable Mention: Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land in California Adventure. We always sit around the side of this restaurant. Its one of our staple sit and relax places. Its very, very shaded and actually quite private – there aren’t typically many people back there. You have a fun view of Radiator Springs Racers zipping by and there are several delicious food options right around you.

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Where is your favorite place to take a sit in the park?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

The Motherhood Project: Valerie

“I honestly have my children to thank for the pure happiness and joy I have in my life right now.”

Name: Val | Children: Eli 2, Ivy 10 Months.

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Did you enjoy your pregnancies?: I enjoyed being pregnant for the most part with Eli, but I absolutely hated being pregnant with Ivy. I was miserable!

How was your delivery experience?: Delivery with Eli was pretty close to perfect. Delivery with Ivy was awful!

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: My biggest struggle is being patient 100 percent of the time.

What is your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I get to stay home with my babies so I love spending so much time with them and knowing everything that they want/need.

What is your parenting style?: I have no idea what my parenting style is. I love them to death. I do my best to communicate to and with them and go from there.

What is your favorite time of the day with your children?: I love the mornings!

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: An inspiration to me would be my sister. She not only loves and cherishes her own children, but she is that way towards all children.

Advice for moms who need a little boost?: If you need a little boost, a couple of things. First, it is not for forever. We all know too well that time goes by too fast. But sometimes it’s very hard when you are in the middle of it. Just tell yourself “This isn’t forever.” And give yourself a break. You are doing the best that you can and that is all your children need.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself/for your kids?: What, shopping for myself!? I haven’t done that since having kids. Before kids though, was Nordstrom. Kids, I love Carters, Gymboree and Dillards.

What is an item you can’t live without/your kids can’t live without?: I can’t live without my body pillow. And my kids can’t live without their soft swaddle blankets.

How has being a mother changed you?: Being a mother has changed my life in so many ways for the better! I had no idea how much I could love another person. I had no idea how much joy I would have in having kids. I have become so much stronger in the gospel because of my kids. I honestly have my children to thank for the pure happiness and joy I have in my life right now.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

Summer Lovin’

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We have been having the best summer. Babies make everything more fun – even hot, lazy days. Yesterday The Captain and I were inside our house all day long. I was getting a lot of house work, baking and cooking done and we never went outside. Usually I take H out with me to water the grass, flowers and garden but I did it while he was napping this time. When Wild Man got home from work H and I were both bursting with cabin fever and we needed out. I decided on a walk and Wild Man mentioned going to see the ducks. We live very close to a creek and the creek and the houses surrounding it are always littered with ducks (and some of the cutest baby ducks!!) so we thought it would be fun to walk over there and let H watch the water and see some ducks. It was such a fun outing and fixed our cabin fever right up. Watching my cute boy watch the water was my favorite. He is such a water baby.

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Speaking of water baby – we have been spending a lot of time at my parents pool, too. Every Friday I have a Mommy and Baby Pool Club and I literally look forward to it all week. On top of that we are over swimming many days out of the week. We live close to my parents so there is really no excuse not to.

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On the 4th of July we had a big, family pool party with my family, Wild Man’s family and our sister-in-laws family. It was so much fun having everyone there and eating all the delicious desserts people brought. I think those are my three favorite things about summer, honestly. Family time. Family activities. Food.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles