Persimmon fruit puree!

I have a confession…

Persimmons are not exactly one of my favorite fruits and yet I could have an endless supply of them if I wanted to!

My dad grows persimmons right in his backyard and yields a TON each fall. He literally hands out grocery bags full and we certainly get more than our fair share!

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Delicious Fruit Puree and One Sentence Per Picture

In Hungry Runner Girl fashion, here goes one sentence per picture!

"Because I don't want to hear more than that!"

“Because I don’t want to hear more than that!”

"Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I'm good..."

“Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I’m good…”

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Homemade Ball Pit and a Fruit Mash Up

My babies are almost one!!! I was warned time would fly, but it was hard to believe it. When you’re running off 4-5 hours of choppy sleep, up 2-3 times during the night, tending to two newborns ALL-DAY-LONG, you don’t even think the light at the end of the tunnel is around the corner. You feel trapped in a deep, dark abyss called first-time-parenthood-to-twins and you just fight to survive while praying for the sun to come up!!! Sorry if this sounds super depressing, but those first few months are ROUGH. The great news is, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel! It started to make an appearance for me personally when the babies could reciprocate smiles and laughter. As much as you can love a newborn, those challenges in the beginning are very trying and it takes a little while before you can enjoy being a parent. For those parents out there with newborns, check out these great reads here and here and here that helped inspire me and support me in terms of being a mom, parent, and just getting through the beginning!

wpid-img_20140722_081100.jpgHere’s a glimpse at how I get to blog:
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Yeah, they were knocked out. wpid-20140721_090220.jpg How cute that their got all cozy next to each other?

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Homemade ball pit!!! How cool is this?! We ordered these ball pit balls and threw them into the pack-n-play. Instant success! See video for proof. I was concerned about the price of the balls, but when a fellow mom told me her 2.5 year old twins STILL love them, I was sold.

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They LOVED it!!!

How funny is this? Coffee and water for mommy, bottles and straw cups for babies.

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Costco shopping carts for the win! They boys lasted about 2/3 of the store. I had more on my list to buy, but since we ended up having to carry them, we headed straight for check out. There’s something hilariously ridiculous about carrying a baby (or two) while pushing a shopping cart designed to hold them both.
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Nice shot of the boys playing together:
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Last Friday’s boba trip. Jer couldn’t believe the bill even though we get the same thing every single week.

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Can you believe Prince George turned one??? I remember watching Will and Kate’s first appearance with baby George while I was on bed rest. I almost cried at the time. Re-watching the clip made me feel happy for them and bittersweet that babies really do grow so fast! Something about how humble and accessible this couple is, despite their high rankings. They seem extremely down-to-earth and I wish I could meet them! Plus, Kate’s wardrobe is AMAZING.

Here’s another “recipe” I want to share! I was proud of myself because even though this “recipe” is not completely ingenious, I did come up with the idea spontaneously. I basically needed to do something with the pears I steamed and wanted to mix up the flavor for the boys. I knew pears and blueberries went well together, thanks to Wholesome Babyfood.

Pear and Blueberry Mash Up

Ingredients

3-4 pears (I prefer to use organic Bartlett, but these were whatever I found at the grocery store)

1-2 cups organic blueberries

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wpid-20140723_214427.jpgThoroughly wash fruits.

Core pears and slice into 1 inch pieces. Steam for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

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Place in food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency. Since the boys are almost one, I don’t worry about the skin any more, so long as it is chopped (not offering a whole blueberry because it is still a choking hazard).

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The results resembled an applesauce consistency.

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One thing I noticed is that after putting the fruits in the fridge, it solidifies a bit to resemble a very firm jello consistency. I thought it would remain like applesauce, but it may be that I didn’t add additional water when pureeing. The boys enjoy the mash a lot. Over the weekend, I would scoop out a dollop to go with whatever meal they had (not just breakfast) and I didn’t even warm it up. I would just take it out to room temperature and offer it as a palate changer.

See more homemade baby food recipes and tips here!

My mantra from now on

I stumbled across something A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. When I found it, I felt as if the clouds opened up and the light came shining down. It spoke to my obsession with passion for organizing, cleaning, and scheduling. It’s Alejandra.tv! Alejandra is this amazing gal who shares all of her organizing and cleaning tips and secrets on her website. I first found out about her at iheartorganizing.com, another website I love!

I have always had a thing for all things that have to do with organizing and creating systems that create a sense of order (or at least a less chaotic and cluttered space). My excitement is evident in my hoarding collection of post-its, office supplies, colored pens and other writing utensils, baskets/bins, and other storage/organization-type items. So you can imagine how happy I was to find a website that contained so many cool ideas, tricks, and tips in one place. I feel as if Alejandra puts my ideas and goals into tangible and effective steps that are easy (and fun! at least I think so) to follow. I signed up for her free three-video starter series and already felt good following the tip in video #1. I recommend checking it out, especially if you feel you could benefit from making your home or space more organized, cleaner, and less cluttered!

This finding is very timely for me, specifically because I want to take advantage of the few weeks I have left before the babies arrive to organize and clean as much as possible. I know life will be crazy once they’re here, but if I can just make some improvements and steps in the right direction before they get here, I will be a happy camper!

There are a ton of things I could share from Alejandra’s website, but the only one I will talk about here (at least for now =P) is this quote:

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I’ve decided that this will be my MANTRA from now until the rest of my pregnancy! I have a to-do list that seems endless, but in order to get anything done, I really just have to start knocking them out one by one! I am getting really anxious about the babies being here soon and it’s hard to remember I am human and can only do so much. On the contrary, I think I am a superhero who not only can do everything, but can do everything perfectly. The big problem with this thinking is that I am so wrong! I do not have superpowers, I cannot do everything, and I won’t be able to do everything perfectly. Something I have been told a long time ago is that we should always strive for greatness, not perfection. I can do this!!! 🙂 Just as we are taking each day at a time, I need to take each task one at a time and remember that no matter what, I will never be 100% prepared for parenthood anyway, so why put so much pressure on myself?!

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Can’t end this blog post w/o some cool pictures (mainly of food, what else?). Here’s our meal at Panera Bread after one of our appointments last week. I am so proud of myself for finishing the entire spinach “power” salad. The best part was that I didn’t have to ask them to hold anything – usually I am finding myself saying hold the tomatoes, or onions, or some other thing I am picky about. But everything on this salad was delicious! I believe if was onion strings, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, diced boiled eggs, and a very yummy onion honey mustard dressing of some sort. Anyway, the only other thing I really wanted was a frozen lemonade, but someone else (I won’t name names) had eyes bigger than his stomach and ordered not just a panini, but a big kids grilled sandwich! I have to admit though – three types of cheese + bacon on bread is an amazing combo! Glad I got to have a bite 🙂

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The parentals visited the other night and Dad brought these grapes that he grew himself! Yes, they are organic grapes from his own backyard! I remember the first time he told me that he had a vineyard and it was hard for me to believe. But I saw it for myself – he has three vines (his backyard isn’t the hugest) and here is the harvest! (Is it right to call that a harvest?) I am so proud of him and the grapes were really yummy. Might I mention they look really pretty, too?

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Lastly, I wanted to share my very chill Sunday… nails did (thanks to the hubs… again!), feet up, and watching Dreamgirls! Have you seen that movie? I never had and I was glad to finally see it (well, I still have the second half to watch. I didn’t realize how long it is!). I love J. Hud and Beyonce already. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this movie!

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