Simple Chex Mix

Football season is HERE!  This means lots of Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays watching games.  Tooooo many days a week if you ask me, but apparently no one did.  We go to a lot of football parties- big and small- and most of the time need to bring a snack.  I love Chex Mix recipes.  I have made many different variations over time, tweaking this recipe and that one.  I have finally made a recipe I love.  It is husband and Millie approved as well. It is very simple to make and tastes delicious.Chex Mix

Chex Mix Recipe

  • 2 C- mini pretzel twist
  • 3 C- Cheez-Its
  • 4C- Chex
  • 1/4 C- Butter
  • 1 pkg- Ranch

Preheat the oven to 250*

 

Mix pretzels, cheez-its, chex in large bowl.  Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour all over the mix.  Shake the ranch packet in the bowl.

Take a large spoon or spatula and mix all of the ingredients until the pretzels, cheez-its, and chex are evenly covered in the butter and ranch.  Spread on to a large baking sheet.  I put down parchment paper or aluminum foil- totally up to you.

Put the tray in the 250* oven for 45 mins- stirring every 15 mins.  After 45 mins are up let cool. Then EAT!!  (Place in airtight container to store)

Super east and super yummy too!!  If you make it let me know how it goes and how you liked it!  Can’t wait to hear about it!


Chex Mix Recipe Chex Mix

  • 2 C- mini pretzel twist
  • 3 C- Cheez-Its
  • 4C- Chex
  • 1/4 C- Butter
  • 1 pkg- Ranch

Preheat the over to 250*

Mix pretzels, cheez-its, chex in large bowl.  Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour all over the mix.  Shake the ranch packet in the bowl.

Take a large spoon or spatula and mix all of the ingredients until the pretzels, cheez-its, and chex are evenly covered in the butter and ranch.  Spread on to a large baking sheet.  I put down parchment paper or aluminum foil- totally up to you.

Put the tray in the 250* oven for 45 mins- stirring every 15 mins.  After 45 mins are up let cool. Then EAT!!  (Place in airtight container to store)


Keeping Millie Corralled

Who knew one tiny human would need so much stuff?!  After weeks (more like months) of my husband pointing out that Millie’s toys were in every. single. room. of. the. house. I figured it was time to convert our office (more like throw all room) into a playroom for our little munchkin.  It has made the house a lot more tidy and Millie seems to like having a room for all her fun things.  The ONLY problem: she is on the move.  Like you look to your left for .04 seconds and she is in the kitchen pushing the kitchen table chairs around.  Who knew they were so quick?! I knew we needed a baby gate to keep her in!

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The wonderful crew at North States Industries Baby Gates graciously sent us the Arched Auto Close Gate with Easy Step.  I love how the grey color and the 18 in door opening incorporates style and function all in one. There are a few reasons we absolutely LOVE about it:

  1. The threshold is low- this makes walking (or crawling) out of the room much easier for all of us
  2. How the gate shuts- with one simple push the gate shuts firmly and securely so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your children
  3. How the door works– The door swings both directions making it convenient for getting in and out.  It also has a stopper so the doors can also only swing in one direction if you want
  4. You can lock it- or keep it open- It has a triple locking system so you can have peace of mind OR you can use the hold-open feature so you can pass through easily if you don’t need the gate closed
  5. How easy it was to set up- The pressure mounts were easy to adjust by using the tension knobs to secure the gate in our door way- I set it up by myself (yay me!)
  6. You can put it other places- There was hardware for mounting on the top of stairs too- measuring 28.5 – 38.25 inches wide with two extensions. If you need the gate for a larger opening you can purchase their extensions measuring 7 1/4 in and 10 3/4 in wide.  (The gate measures 30 inches high)

We are thrilled with the style and ease of the Arched Auto-Close Gate with Easy Step. It is easy to use and I know she is safe and secure behind the gate.

You can purchase their gates directly off their website. Make sure you use millieandmommie20 to receive 20% off any purchase on northstaesind.com

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Look how much she loves it!

**I received the baby gate from North States Industries for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**

Our favorite baby gate

BirdRock Baby Moccs

The wonderful women of BirdRock Baby sent Millie the CUTEST pink moccasins.  We were SO excited to receive them in the mail.  I really love that the company was formed by two families.  They understand what it is like to have children, work, run a business, and want quality products for your little babes! They have a great selection of colors and patterns too.  Of course PINK was our favorite but Sea-Foam, Lavender, Pink Mermaid, and Home Run Baseball were a few other colors and patterns we were in love with.  And the Wildflower print!! Love it!

 

BirdRock Baby moccasins are incredibly soft because they are made from genuine leather.  They seem to actually stay on Millie’s feet as well! We have the problem where we leave the house with two shoes then somehow manage to only be wearing one shoe by the time we get to our destination.  Millie seems to think they are comfortable because she doesn’t shake her foot to get them off immediately when I put them on like she does with other shoes.  We are pleasantly pleased with our new moccasins and cannot wait to get a couple more colors and patterns! I have even paired them with some outfits already.

 

 

Every month BirdRock does a “Mocc of the Month” where the price is $20.  Follow them on their Instagram page to find out new details and snag a pair for yourself! They have also come out with Fleece Baby Booties with non-skid bottoms.  They look awesome!  I think Millie needs the Bubble Gum Pink pair!

 

 

I love the moccasin style and as you can guess we love the pinks, golds, lavenders, unicorns, and rainbow prints.  What shoes do you like for your baby? Styles? Patterns? Tell me below in the comments!

Go check out their site and all the great moccasins they have!

www.instagram.com/birdrockbaby                                            https://birdrockbaby.com/

Millie Monet

Millie is going to be the next great artist! Well maybe not, but we had fun doing this activity!  It is a great sensory activity to do with babies.  They can see the colors, feel the paint moving, and bang their little hands all over. It is SUPER easy- mess free- and you get a cute piece of art.

Materials:

  • Paint (a few different colors)
  • Paper
  • Ziplock
  • Tape (optional)

Paint1

Squeeze blobs of paint on the paper inside of the ziplock bag and seal.  I choose to use cute Duck Tape to hold it down on her high chair so she doesn’t grab and throw it.

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Then let them have at it!  Millie loved to push her little fingers on the paints- then she took to banging away.  She moved and squished the colors around until she had made a beautiful piece of art.

 

We had a fun time doing this sensory activity.  It was cheap, easy, and best of all MESS free! Have you tried this or something similar with your baby? Tell me down below in the comments!

Trader Joe’s Guilty Pleasures

groupOh Trader Joe’s how I love you!  I actually don’t mind going grocery shopping when I have to go to Trader Joe’s. When you walk in there are beautiful flowers calling out to you!  Then you head into the produce sections where there is always fresh fruits and veggies wanting to jump into your cart.  Then you walk past the sample lady (or gentleman).  I tell you most of the time I actually get one of the items they are sampling- because they are always so delicious. Speaking of delicious- I am going to tell you some of my favorite guilty pleasures I have to pick up when I head into Trader Joe’s.

  1. Fresh Flowers- You walk into the store and they are RIGHT there.  They always have beautiful flowers for an excellent price.  They have what is in season so you know you’re purchasing quality flowers. Because they have what is in season I get to buy different types of flowers each time I go.  I bought these pretty ones for $3.99!!!  WHAT?! I know!  I cannot not buy flowers when I go.
  2. Asiago Cheese with Rosemary & Olive Oil-  This cheese was a cheese I had as a sample one day and then immediately purchased.  It is so good! It is a hard cheese that has been soaked with olive oil and rosemary.  It is perfect for an appetizer before dinner or, if you’re like me, it’s perfect for dinner.Cheese
  3. Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims-  To be honest I am not a big dark chocolate fan but these Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims are awesome.  It is the sweet and salty that I love about them.  The bag says it is ‘about 6 servings’- LOL
  4. Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches- Y’all- I am a SUCKER for chocolate chip cookies and I also enjoy ice cream so when I found these treats I was super excited to try them.  They. Are. Sublime. (Pun intended) I ate one of these a day for the last 3-4 weeks of my pregnancy- this is probably why Millie is so sweet.IceCream
  5. Simpler Wines Sparkling Rose- I love these.  It is sparkling rose in a can.  You don’t have to worry about wasting a bottle of sparkling rose for a glass or two.  These are the perfect solution!  The even better thing about them is the price.  $3.99.  Yes, $3.99 for 4 cans.  It is a hard deal to pass up.  It is nice to be able to have one glass of sparkling rose on the couch while I catch up on DVR and this is the rose I choose to do that.Rose

 

These are just a few of my guilty pleasures I have found over the years at Trader Joe’s.  Have you had any of my guilty pleasures?  Thoughts on them? What are YOUR guilty pleasures from Trader Joe’s? Tell me in the comments below I would LOVE to hear!

 

**This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Trader Joe’s.  These thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.  I was not compensated for this post**