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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade Granola

You know what a good friend is, someone who brings over snacks for a playdate at your house because you are just a little too unorganized, haha. The other week my friend Erin came over with her son Henry for a play date. She brought all the goodies for Yogurt Bowls including her delicious Homemade Granola. 

I couldn't stop dreaming about her yummy Homemade Granola after she left, so I had to get the recipe from her. It's all I have been wanting to eat since.  I figure at least it's a somewhat healthy pregnancy craving, haha! 

Homemade Nut Granola

Homemade Granola

Emery just had to get in on the action, and kept saying "Cheese" every time I took a photo, haha! She is such a little ham.

Yogurt Bowls

Homemade Granola Recipe

-2-3 cups of nuts ( I used pecans, sliced almonds and whole almonds)
-1/2 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
-1/2 raw pumpkin seeds
-1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
-roughly 10 chopped dates
-1/4 cup melted coconut oil
-3tsp vanilla extract
-3 tsp cinnamon

Mix all the nuts, seeds, and dates together. Mix together the melted coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon. Coat the nut/seed mixture with coconut oil mixture and spread on a pan. Cook it for 20 minutes at 320C, take it out and stir. Cook it for another 5-10 minutes or until nuts look toasty. 

Homemade Granola

This recipe is so easy and super delicious! When Erin brought it over we had it with plain Greek Yogurt (love it with Liberte Mediterranee 11%), topped with berries and a little maple syrup. So darn good! I've been eating it for breakfast or a bedtime snack. 

Let me know if you try it out, or what your favourite Granola recipe is!

<3 Kastles 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

DIY Toddler Teepee

DIY Teepee

For Christmas this year, we (and by we I mean by Hubby) made Emery this adorable Teepee. How sweet and talented is my husband? Emery and I are pretty lucky girls!

DIY Teepee Tent

Toddler play rooms

We used this tutorial that I found on Pinterest with a few tweaks. It took about a day to make, was easy and inexpensive. 

Toddler Playrooms

Toddler playrooms

Emery is really starting to get into playing with all of her dolls and stuffed animals. It's so darn cute!

On Emery: KicKee Pants Long Sleeve Diagonal Ruffle Tee and Solid Ruffle Pant in Blush /co

DIY Teepee

As you can see we spray painted the poles gold at the top and at the bottom. You have the option of keeping the edges frayed on the outside or you can have them clean. We opted to have them frayed. We also just braided some twine together to create the rope we need to fasten the poles together. 

Kids playrooms

The perfect spot for reading, and this girl loves to read! Also the perfect and cutest toy bin from Pehr Designs! Their collapsible bins are really so great for throwing all of E's toys in. I just can't decide if this one is going to stay out here or go in the new nursery. 

Felt garland

*Felt Garland c/o Clever + Arrow*

DIY Teepee

A few tips for making this Teepee:

-We went with the brightest drop cloth we could find, originally we found one at Rona but it was too grey. This one we found at Home Depot.

-Check over your drop cloth before cutting to make sure there are no marks or scuffs in important spots. We had to sew the little tab at the top of the opening since there ended up being a scuff there.

-Sew everything really slowly and straight. If you end up sewing the pole holes a little crooked, it is way harder to get the poles in there.

-Try not to spray paint your poles when it's freezing cold out, haha! My hubby spray painted them in the garage but had to bring them in because it was so cold. This meant he had to paint them a few more times since it was snowing and got them wet, haha.

We added a few special touches like fun pillows, lights and the felt garland to make it a little more special. The possibilities of personalizing it are endless! 

Hope you enjoyed this little DIY!

<3 Kastles


Friday, 27 January 2017

Mini & Me Style

Mama and Me Photos

As you might be able to tell, dressing up Emery is one of my favourite things to do. Currently she still lets me pick out her outfits, haha! I know that will change soon enough. One of my favourite places to get her clothes is from the Gap and Old Navy. They have the most adorable clothes around, and they always have great sales. I would definitely recommend signing up for their emails because they always send special promos & codes to their email subscribers. 

Mama and Me Photos

Toddler style

I also love picking out clothes for myself from the Gap and Old Navy as well. Buying denim from the Gap is my favourite place to buy jeans for our family. They have a huge selection of sizes, styles, and colors. I love how it's a one stop shop for the whole family.

Mama and Me Photos

This first set of pictures was from the fall when I was still hiding my baby belly. I could still button up these jeans, and I was into flowy tops like this blouse from Old Navy. Cozy sweaters are always a win in my books, especially when they have pockets. Seriously why does anything with pockets make it a million times better? Haha!

Mama and Me Photos

Toddler style

Let's just stop for a minute and talk about how adorable Emery is. I might be a little bias, haha! This hat and that sweater, and her little ripped jeans are just too much! 

On Emery: Old Navy Sweater and Hat, Gap Jeans and Runners
On Me: Old Navy sweater and blouse, Gap Jeans, Converse Runners and J.Crew Necklace

Mama and Me Photos

Maternity photos with a toddler

Mama and Me Photos

Mama and Me Photos

Maternity Photos

Flash forward a few months later, and we are both still rocking these jeans. I just undo the button & loop an elastic band through it. Thankfully the Gap has an awesome selection of maternity jeans when even the elastic band trick won't work, haha!

I usually buy Emery's clothes a size or two larger so they last awhile. You can always roll up the sleeves or cuff the pants up. These matching sweaters are actually from Old Navy from last year, and it still fits Emery. I just layered a tank top underneath for a little bit of extra length. Old Navy usually has matching things for Mama and daughter, which of course is so fun and hard to resist! I have my eye on these cute swing dresses for Mama and mini

Where do you find jeans for your family?

<3 Kastles

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Aveda's Rosemary Mint

Aveda Products

I have such fond memories of sleeping over at my Nana and Baba's house. It would usually involve playing with my Mom's old Barbies, watching movies with Root Beer floats, reading old Archie comics and getting my hair washed in the sink.

I loved laying down on the counter and having Nana wash my hair. She would always use Aveda's Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. I remember that refreshing smell and how good my hair would feel afterwards.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo

Naturally I was so excited to try out this wonderful line again. The shampoo and conditioner are just as I remember, so lovely. The smell is so invigorating and refreshing, it's definitely great for waking you up. As a Mama, anything that helps wake me up is an added bonus. 

Both products are light, and don't leave my hair feeling weighed down or heavy. I've been finding my hair on the greasier side this pregnancy so this duo is great for feeling lighter and clean.

Aveda Rosemary Mint

I was super excited to see they had some skin care products to their Rosemary Mint line. The body polish is great at exfoliating without being too rough. It leaves your skin tingly and refreshed from the mint. 

The hand relief moisturizing creme is great for throwing in your purse, and adds a little moisture and pep when your out on the go.

Have you ever tried the Aveda Rosemary Mint line before? Let me know!

<3 Kastles

Monday, 16 January 2017

Making It Work

How to dress a baby bump in the winter

During my last pregnancy, most of it was spent in the spring and summer. Which means my maternity style was a lot different and a little bit easier. I mostly just wore dresses. So this time I have had to be a little more creative and just make it work. 

Winter layers

Fur pom pom beanie

For items like tights I have just been buying a couple sizes of larger then normal. For items like sweaters, I have been gravitating to more stretchy knits and longer styles. This way they can grow with the bump and be worn with leggings.

Leather choker

Winter maternity style

Also accessories are a pregnant girls best friend, they always fit! Haha!

Fellow baby Mamas, how did you dress your bump? Share any tips you might have please!

<3 Kastles

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Knit Skirt: c/o Joe Fresh
Plaid Scarf: c/o Joe Fresh
Booties: Joe Fresh
Faux Fur Beanie: Joe Fresh
Leather Choker: c/o Duval


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