With summer time almost upon us, I thought it would be fun to share a treat that will cool the whole family down when the temps reach scorching highs. This isn’t really a new idea, but it never hurts to have a refresher on the old standbys! So here’s one of my absolute favorite treats: a smoothie pop. These are delicious and you can make them as nutritious as you want. Totally customizable to suit your families favorite flavors. And, they make a great way to sneak some extra fruit into your little one’s tummies! Lets get to it.

There is nothing worse than having your child spill a cup full of grape juice, having them knock over a bowl of yogurt, or drop sauce from spaghetti on your freshly cleaned and vacuumed carpet. Dinner time with my 4 year old and 9 month old is insane. It looks like someone dropped a bomb of food off under their chairs. I really don’t understand how that much food can get on the floor. Especially with my 9 month old. He is still learning how to pick food up and eat it and half the food ends up on the floor rather than his mouth. Thank goodness for Sugarbooger by O.R.E’s Splat Mat. This has really saved my sanity.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these amazingly adorable and modern foam tiles from Skip Hop. I have been admiring these for quite some time now. They are the perfect addition to any home. From the design to the color schemes, they will fit into any home. I also love how you can customize the size. Have a larger space you would like covered? They sell additional foam tiles to add on. Have a smaller space to cover? You can take out some foam tiles and choose which size will be appropriate for your house.

At our house, we are healthy eaters. We always fill our shopping cart ¾ of the way with produce, we only eat natural ingredients and we eat as much organic food as we can. Luckily, we live in Santa Cruz, a virtual Mecca for farm-fresh, wholesome, organic foods. My kids will literally pass up a fast food kids’ meal for a fresh fruit plate and they routinely turn down cookies in exchange for tomatoes…

After delivering my son I was so anxious to get out of the hospital and back to my own comfy bed that hubby and I pushed for a 24 hour hospital discharge. While it was great to be in our own cozy environment surrounded by friends and family to care for us I would recommend to any first time mom staying the full 3 days and utilizing the nursing staff and lactation consultants as much as possible. Taking advantage of these expert resources is the perfect start to your breastfeeding journey.