Easter Basket Ideas for the Toddler Boy

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

Easy and unique Easter Basket ideas for toddler boys

I can still recall the excitement of waking up on Easter morning and running down the stairs to see what the Easter Bunny had brought me that year. It was usually a new top, or some make-up for my sister and I, and of course, lots and lots of candy! Peeps, Cadbury eggs, and jelly beans, oh my! Growing up, my mother always had a way of making every holiday feel like the most special event. And Easter was no exception! I’ve mentioned this before in my Valentine’s Day post, but I want my children to experience that same excitement on holidays that I cherished as a little girl.

This year for Easter I wanted to think outside the traditional “basket” and create a fun present tailored to my son’s favorite things. If you follow me on instagram or on the blog, you know my son, like many toddlers, is obsessed with trucks! This Green Toys dump truck from Calico Toy Shoppe on Bainbridge Island, served as both a special new toy and a basket. It’s also made of all recycled ingredients, so bonus! Julian is quite smitten with his Jellycat stuffed animals, we have too many to name! He sleeps with them and carries them all around the house. Jellycat is our go-to brand of stuffed animals because they are oh so soft, and just too cute. I picked up his adorable new bunny rabbit from our favorite children’s store, Barna and Co in Poulsbo. 

The sweet Spring inspired book in Jules’ basket is also from Barna and Co. Our guy is a big reader, and I get him a new book every holiday. Besides, I am a sucker for mommy and me style books 🙂  I even added a new pair of the cutest slipper socks you ever did see! They are also from Barna and Co (told you it was my fav) and I just couldn’t pass them up. We have concrete floors at home and Jules is always slipping around in his socks while chasing after our pup. For the rest of the “basket” I added a few of Julian’s favorite healthy treats. And just for fun, I put a couple of snacks into Easter eggs for him to have fun exploring with rattling, opening and then eating them!

I hope that you can find some fun inspiration in here for your children’s Easter baskets! If you do, please be sure to let me know and tag me in your posts!  I love seeing friends try out Bainbridge Boheme projects. But more importantly, there’s nothing better than seeing the excitement of a holiday in your child’s eyes!

Whether you are attending church, or simply enjoying a bountiful supply of Cadbury eggs, I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Easter. I hope you can find the time to slow down a bit and celebrate the holiday with a loved one.

Toddler Boy Easter Basket:

Dump truck: Green Toys from Calico Toy Shoppe

Bunny: Jellycat from Barna and Co

Slipper socks: Melton from Barna and Co

Book: “You Are My Baby” by Lorena Siminovich from Barna and Co

Treats: HappyBaby from Town and Country Market

xx,

Heidi

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: My Husband’s All Time Favorite Pie

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

The perfect strawberry rhubarb pie recipe for spring baking. Happy springtime baking! The best pie recipe!

Let the Springtime baking commence! As you can tell from the title of this post, strawberry rhubarb pie is my husband Jeff’s favorite pie. It’s always a special treat for us when I can make it again, because it means that the weather is warming up, and spring has arrived! I am finally getting back into my usual baking groove after battling a pregnancy induced illness for the past few moths. I seriously haven’t baked a thing since Christmas day. “Pie Day” was even missed, that’s how sick I’ve been. And I must say, it feels so good to be back in the kitchen and back to eating some homemade sweets! Finally!!

I made this pie last week and it turned out divine. I got so many messages requesting this recipe after posting to my Instagram, that I decided to blog about it afterward! So, excuse the lack of food photography, but by the time I sat down to write about this (just days after baking the pie) it was all gone! It is seriously that good. Like out of this world, I’m-going-back-for-thirds kind of pie. And this pregnant mama has no qualms about multiple slices of pie!

I added a few fun floral designs to my lattice crust so the pie felt even more spring like. When I offered my dad a slice of this delicious springtime pie he said “Oh no! Too much sugar in a strawberry rhubarb!” Too much sugar?! As if that’s such a thing. But the truth is, this pie does not have any more sugar than any other pie. The plump, ripe strawberries add a sweetest all their own to the dish. The pairing of the strawberry and rhubarb together makes for a tart yet sweet combination, that no one will be able to pass up. Just ask my husband.

If you try this recipe at home, please tag me and let me know! It always makes my heart sing to see my recipes in action in other people’s kitchens. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

  • Perfect pie crust (store bought works just fine too)
  • 3 cups ripe strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb cut into ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp minute tapioca
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 Tbsp cold diced butter
  • Glaze: 1 beaten egg + 1 Tbsp cold water

Instructions:

Roll out the dough disks into two 12 inch rounds. Transfer one disk to an ungreased 9 inch pie dish. Refrigerate both disks until firm, approximately 30 minutes while preparing the filling.

In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, rhubarb and lemon juice. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, tapioca, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the strawberry and rhubarb and toss gently to coat. Transfer immediately to the prepare pie dish. Dot the pie with the cubes of butter. Cover pie with top crust in whatever fashion you fancy. Shown above is a lattice design. Trim edges to about 1 inch of overhang. Crimp the edges of the top crust under the lower crust to seal in pie. Refrigerate pie for 30 minutes to allow crust to firm and set.

Preheat oven to 350F. Remove pie from refrigerator and brush evenly with glaze. Place pie on center rack of oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Delicious when paired with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Spring To-Do List

Fresh hydrangea flowers in white kitchen at spring. Spring to do list, spring time activities in the Pacific Northwest for rainy or sunny days with toddler.
Fresh blooms for Springtime

Spring is the welcome breath of fresh air that we all need after the dreary winter months. Spring can be fickle in the Pacific Northwest, as it can often feel a lot like winter. I like to look for the subtle cues that the seasons are changing. For me, it’s hearing the chorus of frogs return to our ponds, and seeing our tulips beginning to bud. The never-ending rain during the springtime months can be hard to handle, so it’s fun to have a seasonal to-do list to keep the time feeling rich. It’s also important to have a good balance of indoor and outdoor activities. But sometimes you need to just throw on your rain boots and enjoy the puddles!

I have always loved making these lists, but it has been particularly fun to share them with you all and hear what’s on your lists! You can check out my autumn list and my winter list on the blog. Tell me, what’s on your spring to-do list? I’d love to know! Maybe I’ll see you at the cherry blossoms!

  1. Visit my alma mater, The University of Washington, to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. There’s nothing like it!
  2. Finally learn how to make a flower crown from my favorite florist, Leah Erickson Floral. You may remember her from all the gorgeous blooms at Julian’s first birthday party.
  3. Book “The Perfect Facial” with Blush by Brenna to get my Springtime glow on. Bye bye dull winter skin!
  4. Work on our home’s curb appeal. I tend to focus all of my energy on our home’s interiors, so our exterior is lacking some charm right now. Would love to put in more pavers and have a proper entryway into our home.
  5. Take a sunny day trip to our family’s beach cabin. The cabin is in Home, WA, a former nudist colony, and one of the most beautiful spots in Washington. We simply don’t visit enough.
  6. Add some spring color to our home with simple pieces like fresh flowers, colorful pillows and vibrant dish towels. Love these blues, and these pinks.
  7. Perfect my lemon ricotta pancake recipe for Easter Sunday breakfast.
  8. Deep clean the house from top to bottom. I have a few helpful lists saved to my Pinterest that I’ve always wanted to stick to, but could never make it past three weeks. Maybe this is my season.
  9. Bake with seasonal produce. Strawberries, lemons, and rhubarb come to mind. Yum!
  10. Take Julian to his first Mariner’s baseball game at Safeco Field. Garlic fries please.

xx,

Heidi

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Waiting on that Pregnant Glow

Overcoming hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy number 2

I have been working on this post for quite some time now. It’s a sensitive topic for me, and also one that I want to word delicately, as pregnancy can be a sensitive topic for lots of women. Despite my challenges in pregnancy (many of which I am about to discuss) please know that I do feel blessed to be pregnant again. I know what a miracle pregnancy is. But man is it hard to focus on that when you have vomit in your hair and you’re frequenting the Emergency Room for IV fluids.

When I first discovered I was pregnant I was filled with simultaneous joy and dread. We had always talked about having another baby, but as I mentioned briefly in our pregnancy announcement, I have very challenging pregnancies. I know what you’re going to say, “every pregnancy is different!” Well, that in fact is just not true for women who have suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum in past pregnancies. Let me back up. When I was pregnant with Julian as well as in this pregnancy, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum.  Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is an extreme form of “morning sickness” that can results in weight loss, dehydration, and inability to perform activities of daily living. From the research I’ve done and the physicians I have worked with, it is very rare for a mother who has previously experienced HG to have a subsequent HG free pregnancy.

I wanted to share with you all a little insight into what the past few months have looked like for me. And hopefully, this will provide some solace for any mother who is battling HG herself. My sickness began just before I was 5 week pregnant with all day with debilitating nausea and fatigue. Luckily, I had a few leftover Zofran medications from my previous pregnancy. Zofran is an anti-nausea medication that is widely used from chemo patients to pregnant women. However, it just wouldn’t cut it for me, and thus the vomiting began. I quickly slipped into zombie mode, all while I was supposed to be taking care of my busy 1 year old son. When Julian slept, I slept too. Sometimes 16 hours out of the day, more if I had the luxury of someone else watching him. Thanks hubs. We took baths together, sometimes twice a day, as it was one of the few places I found some relief, and I could keep my toddler contained! On more than one occasion did I throw up on Julian and myself while in the bathtub, so it wasn’t foolproof, but it helped some.

Around 6 weeks pregnant, unable to keep water or food down on most days, I was prescribed a different medication to combat the vomiting. I started Reglan, a medication I had taken before with success while pregnant with Julian. Only, this time I would have complications that I never could have seen coming. I began to feel defeated, like I was drowning. I would cry over my inability to care for myself and more importantly for Julian. I had no reserve energy. I couldn’t even wash my own hair anymore, my husband would get in the shower with me and wash and brush through my hair. I couldn’t brush my teeth because it would make me vomit. If this is all grossing you out, well, it grosses me out too. I could not perform basic daily tasks. I was miserable. The only time I felt relief was while I was sleeping. If I was awake, I was either vomiting or crippled with nausea and my inability to function. I was in the bathtub by myself one day when I began to have thoughts of drowning. I felt paralyzed by these thoughts, I was shaken to my core. Jeff came into the bathroom and I made my tearful confession that I just could not handle this anymore. We talked at length and called my doctor that night. She advised me to immediately stop taking my Reglan medication, as it has notorious side effects of depression and suicidality. I have tears in my eyes as I type this, because I had never been so frightened in my life. I would look at Julian and cry thinking that it would be the last time I would ever see him. I have never battled depression or thoughts of suicide. And I was absolutely terrified by my own thoughts.

I am happy to report that the best case scenario occurred, and all of my morbid thoughts were gone within a day of stopping my medication. Granted, I was back to vomiting, but at this point, I welcomed it. I was still in shock that a medication I had taken before could have such a profound effect on me. I was crippled by it. From there I have tried several different medications to combat my HG, and finally found one that works for me: Diclegis. And please know that I have tried every herbal and natural remedy out there from acupressure bands to preggo pops, to ginger in every form. All to no avail.

Now that I am further along in pregnancy, and have been on a solid medication regimen, I have found some relief from my symptoms. I am finally eating normally, and gaining weight. I am able to care for myself and my son. I am brushing my teeth! (I know, I know, you guys.) I feel like I have a piece of my life back. Here’s to hoping I don’t get a second bout of HG, as that is very common later in pregnancy in HG moms.

I am usually a more private person, but it has been on my heart to overshare share with you all what my life has looked like lately. It has been a mind altering experience. It has not been picture perfect, and I certainly have not been glowing my way through pregnancy. In fact, I’m still waiting on that glow.

xx,

Heidi

Photo by Whitney Coudray Photography 

For more information on hyperemesis gravidarum I found this site to be particularly helpful. If you are battling HG I urge you to consult with your doctor to establish a care plan. If you are having thoughts of depression or suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Point No Point

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

Point No Point, WA

If you noticed that Julian and Jet look smaller in these photos, it’s because they were! I just discovered this post that has been sitting in my draft folder since November! Yes, November. Needless to say, being sick for the past few months has put me into a bit of a brain fog. But I still wanted to share this post with you all, because Point No Point really does hold a special place in my heart. Alright, now on to the post…

One of the best parts about living in the Pacific Northwest is the scenery. We are surrounded by beaches, lakes, trees, mountains. Geographically, we’ve got it all. One of the beaches that I grew up going to is Point No Point.  I couldn’t wait to take Julian to see this Hansville highlight. Hansville is the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. It’s a bit of a drive from Bainbridge, about 35 minutes, but it is worth the views once you arrive! There is a gorgeous lighthouse on the beach that you can even rent out! I had no idea it was a rental! That may need to go on our bucket list.

It was a chilly winter day, but we bundled up and brought the whole gang! Jet played fetch, Jules got incredibly sandy and we even spotted a couple of seals! Wish I could have snapped a good photo of the seals but they were being pretty stealthy. It was a fun adventure to enjoy the beach, even in the winter months! And this beach never disappoints.

Have you been to Point No Point?  Let me know if you get a chance to visit!

(Hat: Rag and Bone Sunglasses: Victoria Beckham Jeans: J-Brand Sweater: Anthro, sold out, similar here Boots: Frye JEFF: Shirt: Pendleton, similar here Jeans: Carhartts, JULIAN: Sweater: Mayoral Baby, similar Jeans: Osk-Kosh)

xx,

Heidi

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Dark Matter

Virtual book club, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, 2017 book recommendation, science fiction

This book review is long overdue! When I started the blog I had every intention of reviewing one book per month. Well, I didn’t take into consideration that I’d need to take a little sick leave here and there. I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders since I announced our pregnancy, and explained how sick I have been since Christmas. Not only did I need to take some time off from blogging, but reading became difficult for me as well. Every time I tried to read a book I became even more nauseous, and ultimately, I had to take a short break. I’m excited to be feeling slightly better, and able to get back to reading, and back to sharing some good reads with you all!

I picked this book up at one of the coolest bookstores I’ve been to in Seattle! Jeff knows how much I adore checking out new bookstores, so he brought the whole family (Jet included!) to Third Place Books in Seward Park. The book store is adjoined by the cutest little restaurant, Raconteur, where we ate before perusing the bookstore. If you’re in the Seward Park area, you must check it out! Okay, now on to the book…

This was not the typical book I like to read. You can usually find me curled up with a heartwarming piece of fiction, but this book hails from (dare I say) my least favorite category; science fiction. And I was absolutely enthralled from start to finish!  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a fast paced ride with a deep look into life and it’s infinite possibilities. It had me hooked on the first page with “standing happy and slightly drunk in my kitchen, I’m unaware that tonight is the end of all of this. The end of everything I know, everything I love.” Dark Matter is unpredictable and deeply thought provoking. I don’t want to say much more than that, because it is my hope that you will read it for yourself. I hope you enjoy this mysterious and heartfelt journey as much as I did.

Favorite quote: “It’s terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, creates a new world.” Blake Crouch, Dark Matter.

xx,

Heidi

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