Why I Can’t Let Chores Wait

Clean white kitchen with open shelves, full spring blooms! Talking keeping a clean house when you have babies and toddlers on the blog today. Outer order, inner calm! Keeping a clean home with little kids helps my sanity and postpartum anxiety. You don't have to let the chores wait!
Blooms by Leah Erickson Floral after Inez’s baby shower

One of the most popular pieces of advice for postpartum moms is to let their house go. We’ve all heard it. That you should be snuggling your baby, not doing the dishes! Well, I can’t let it go, I’ve tried and I can’t. Also, I don’t know who they think is going to come do your dishes, but okay. Recently, we did a newborn photoshoot in our home. The wonderful photographer, Chelsea Macor, blogged about our session, asking how it was possible that our home was so spotless. Afterall, we have a one month old and a not yet two year old! It made me realize that I get that question a lot. A lot, a lot. So I thought I’d explain here.

One of my favorite sayings by the happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin is “outer order, inner calm.”  This is me in a nutshell. I clean a little bit all day long as messes occur, and finish up once the babies are in bed for the night. I just can’t let things go at my house. I mean, I can on a rare occasion. Like when my husband promises me he’ll do it and asks me to quit driving him nuts with all my tidying. Poor guy can never find his water glass because I already put it in the dishwasher.

Every morning I am jolted awake by a crying baby. And if the first thing I see as I’m walking through the kitchen is smelly dishes and toy dump trucks, it makes me even more stressed. I wish it didn’t you guys, but it does. I’m not neglecting my kids to go clean baseboards, but I do like for my house to be tidy. In this chaotic state of having two kids under two years old, I need to have a little order in my life. And this is how I find it.

We don’t have a house cleaner, never have. So if you see a photo that I posted of our clean home, that’s because I cleaned it, and it made me happy. I do it because it is a priority to me to have my environment be peaceful. Having a newborn and a toddler can put any mom into a bit of an anxious state. Now, I’m not saying I need a xanax prescription just yet, but this is one of the ways that I keep my anxiety in check. (Side note, another way I keep from feeling anxious is by turning off all of my phone notifications. Yes, even text messages.)

Every mom is different of course, and this is simply what works for me. Also, my kids are still young, so perhaps I’ll be eating my words in a few years. I just wanted to give a different perspective on that age-old piece of advice. And I also wanted to clarify that my house is not spotless because I am some supermom. It’s clean because I am a neat freak who is trying to find a little slice of calm in her day with two little ones.

What about you? Can you let the chores wait?

xx,

Heidi

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How We Named Our Inez Marie

How we named our daughter, Inez Marie

I hadn’t planned on writing about how we named Inez, however, I have had so many questions on her name! I thought I would answer them here and share her naming story. First off, I want to clarify the pronunciation of her name. Which, I will say, I never thought I would have to do! It seemed obvious to both Jeff and I, but I suppose you never know until you announce. Our Inez’s name is pronounced “In-ez.” We’ve heard some pretty creative variations, but it’s simply, Inez. Just like it looks. Her name means “pure” and has Spanish origins, but that’s not why we chose it.

Years ago, when Jeff and I were dating, his father’s mother passed away. We traveled to Chehalis to attend her celebration of life. During the service, we both noticed the most beautiful name on the program book. Jeff’s Grandmother’s middle name was Inez. We both mentioned the name several times that day and on our way home. I can’t recall if we said it out loud then, or if it was just an unspoken agreement. But we knew that someday, if we were lucky enough to have a daughter, she would be named Inez.

We loved that it paid homage to Jeff’s family. We loved how unique, yet timeless the name felt. Settling on Marie as a middle name was simple, as we wanted to include a family name from my side as well. My Great Grandmother Winnifred’s middle name was Marie given to her by her Father in honor of her Mother Marie. My mom, and I both have Marie as a middle name. In fact, my dad often calls my mom Marie as her first name.

Our Julian Koki also has a family name. Named after his Japanese Grandfather, Koki. I love the idea that both of our children are watched over by family members before them.

Our Inez Marie is such a dream. I am currently working on writing her birth story, and cannot wait to show you all photos from the magical day she was born.

xx,

Heidi

Photo by Chelsea Macor Photography

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Jeff + Heidi: September 6, 2014

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DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. DIY Backyard wedding at our home on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Whimsical, boho, summer wedding. Merchant Mariner wedding in dress whites. Today marks three years of marriage to my Captain Jeff. So much has happened in these last three years, that I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit our wedding day photos. Our wedding day is still one of the best days of my life. Specifically the ceremony. We each wrote our own vows, and that exchange will forever be one of the most meaningful moments of my life.

We got married in our backyard, here on beautiful Bainbridge Island. It made our home even more special to us. As if that was even possible! We were in the midst of remodeling our home at the time of our wedding. Although we had lofty ideas that it would be done before! Our concrete floors were poured just days before our nuptials. Everyone danced and celebrated on what would later be our new living room.

These past three years have brought us two precious babies. One sweetheart of a rescue puppy. And home that we have built together.

We have grown together in incredible ways, and I am forever grateful for our friendship and love. Happy Anniversary my Captain.

xx,

Heidi

Photography: Morgan Hass / Makeup: Blush by Brenna / Hair: Rogue Styling / Wedding Gown: La Belle Elaine’s / Reception Dress: Free People / Robe: Stone Cold Fox

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Double Strolling

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park

Double strolling with two under two! On beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington at Battlepoint Park. Post partum style.

It just occurred to me that I never announced on the blog that our newest addition has arrived! Our beautiful Inez Marie was born on August 15th and I promise to post her birth story soon! She is the spitting image of her brother, and has the sweetest disposition already. I announced her arrival on my 5 different social media channels, but never the blog, whoops. Bainbridge Boheme has definitely taken a back seat lately. Still figuring out how to juggle two kiddos under two years old!

We had our first big outing as a family the other day with a fun little walk around a local park. My postpartum recovery has been slow and surprisingly harder then the first time around. Thus me taking 2 weeks for a big walk like this! I am hoping for smooth sailing from here on out though. Inez has been a dream and Julian makes me proud everyday by being such an amazing big brother. I am so grateful for our little family of four, and can’t wait for more double strollin’ with my babes!

Happy Monday everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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Just a Matter of Days Now…

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Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

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Dress: ASOS, similar here and non-maternity here // Julain’s Shirt: Gap, Shorts: Zara sold out

It’s just a matter of days now before we get to meet our sweet baby girl. I have been feeling excited and anxious all at the same time. I cannot wait to meet our baby and hold her in my arms. I imagine her to look like Julian, who at birth looked just like Jeff. I must say, part of me is a little nervous about having a one year old and a newborn! Any advice from you two-under-two mamas? I need all the tips I can get! Here are some fun tidbits about my pregnancy that I’ve never shared before!

How I discovered I was pregnant: It was just a week before Christmas and I went to Seattle to meet one of my best friend’s for a fun girls day. Jesse and I grew up together and now both have babies the same age. We started talking about how we were both feeling so bloated and sluggish after way too many holiday treats. Then we started talking about when we may try for baby number 2. After saying goodbye to Jess I walked back to the ferry boat thinking about our conversations. On a whim I bought a pregnancy test before hopping on the ferry. I took the test on the ferry ride home (so glam) and sure enough, it was POSITIVE! The best part is that Jesse took a test the very next day (not knowing about mine yet) and hers was positive too!

Who knew first: I called my sister that day to tell her the news! I wanted to surprise Jeff in a fun way, so I need my sis by my side to help craft a plan! Jesse knew right away, as well as our dear friend Ashley, who also discovered she was pregnant just days later! We could not have planned that if we tried!

How I told Jeff: On the morning of Christmas Eve I had Jeff open a very special Christmas present. I wrapped up 4 beautiful red Christmas ornaments with hand painted gold calligraphy reading; Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby. Jeff was so excited and shocked and over the moon all at the same time! We told the rest of our families then next day. Best Christmas ever.

How I felt: For the majority of the pregnancy I felt miserable. I’ve spoken candidly about that here and here. But as the end nears I feel healthy and excited. Albeit very tired and enormous.

What I craved: Carbs! Pizza, mac & cheese, lasagna! Also, fresh fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Any vegetable I saw would make me nauseous. If I could eat Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream daily, I would.

Greatest fear: This may sound silly, but I am just uncertain about what it will be like to have a baby that is not Julian. Jules and I get along like two peas in a pod. He’s truly my buddy. So I have a hard time imaging what it will be like to parent a baby that isn’t Jules. I keep saying things like “oh I hope she’s like her brother!” But of course she will have her own unique personality to bring to our family. One that deep down I know I will love. Even if she’s the exact opposite of her brother! I remember having the same fear of the unknown before delivering my Julian, and now he has my whole heart.

Greatest joy: Few things compare to that initial ultrasound when you fear baby’s heartbeat for the first time! But I will say, that as she’s grown, I have come to love her powerful kicks inside my belly. She throws me some zingers that can take my breath away! I am growing a strong girly in this belly of mine.

I am still on cloud nine over these maternity photos by the incredible Taylor Catherine Photography. We shot just before the sun went down on beautiful Vashon Island. The scent of this lavender field was out of this world!

Jeff and I both feel so blessed to be our baby girl’s parents. And she is the luckiest girl in the world to have Julian as her big brother. Just a matter of days now girly.

xx,

Heidi

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Life Lately via Instagram

Maternity fashion in body con dress with casual ball cap and white nike sneakers

Hat: Nordstrom / Sunnies: BP / Dress: Ingrid & Isabel / Bag: BP under $25! / Shoes: Nike

^Finally got out of sweat pants and got myself dressed.

Maternity style

Dress: Free People / Slides: Steve Madden only $25!

^Fav summer slides…as long as my feet aren’t too swollen!

All pink maternity style

Sunnies: Diff / Dress: TopShop / Purse: SheIn only $30! / Slides: Steve Madden

^I had three maternity appointments this day! So much driving, so many US Weeklys

Baby girl's nursery

Swaddles: Little Unicorn and Nordstrom / Candle: Woodwick / Book: Amazon / Shoes: Freshly Picked (under $40!) / Bows: Baby Bling Bows / Unicorn: Jellycat, mine is from Barna & Co

^Getting baby girl’s nursery together. It’s about time!

Morning light and morning muffins in my white kitchen with open shelving

^Morning light and morning muffins!

9 months pregnant, lounge robe and house slippers from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Robe: Honeydew / Slippers: Ugg (on-sale!)

^Pretty early to bed these days! Jeff refers to these as my “house wife slippers” lol.

Touch-a-truck event on Bainbridge Island at Summer Fest in Washington State

Hat: Barna and Co / Shirt: Splendid (major sale!) / Shorts: Target / Shoes: Native

^My little truck lover at SummerFest on Bainbridge Island!

9 month pregnant belly with Zella leggings and pink Nikes from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Shirt: TopShop / Leggings: Zella (only $35! Still need to hem these) Nikes: Zappos, love them in blue!

As I near the end of my pregnancy my energy level is plummeting! Which is a bummer because I still have a zillion things to do to get ready to meet our baby girl! You know, like decorate her room! I had intended on sharing with you all this amazing lemon bar recipe I made recently. I made it for a BBQ we hosted and it was a hit! Julian had more then I’d like to confess. But I’m just too tired to recreate the dish and photograph it. So, I’m just going to build a mountain of suspense over lemon bars. And instead, share with you a little behind the scenes from last week on my Instagram, including a few fun outfits that I wore!

I’ve mentioned this before on my Instagram account, but I think it’s worth mentioning here. I have found maternity fashion to be very challenging for me. A lot of the items I would try on would leave me feeling HUGE and not so excited about being pregnant. Over time, I found that wear more bump hugging outfits was actually really flattering. I’m normally not one for a curve hugging, body-con dress. But I found that they suit me in pregnancy, so I’ve been running with it!

Also, a ton of the items I’m wearing are on sale now through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale lasts until August 6th, and I’ve already missed out on a few items that I was lusting over. So, hop on it and snag your favorites. Hope you enjoyed these looks that I wore last week! Follow along for more on instagram: @heidi.stephens.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

xx,

Heidi

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Kiddos: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Lately I have enjoyed shopping for baby girl and Julian much more then for myself. Perhaps because I’m feeling HUGE and so awkward as I near the end of my pregnancy. Anyhow, I took full advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and was able to stock up on a bunch of stuff for my little guy and gal. I wanted to share with you all my favorite finds and the brands that I know and love.

I’m obsessed with joggers lately for my toddler guy because you can size up and just scrunch the legs up a bit. This way I get way more mileage out of the pants, and he doesn’t destroy the hemline! These Freshly Picked moccasins are such a steal! If you haven’t tried these shoes before they are a must in my book. Butter soft and oh so cute! I included this city-mini stroller because the discount is just too good, almost $100 off. We got this in the double stroller for when baby girl arrives. Can’t wait to put it to good use with my two loves!

What are your favorite finds for your kiddos this year? Let me know what you’re getting!

Also, be sure to take a peek at my favorite fashion finds and my favorite self-care/beauty finds!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs through Aug 6th, so jump on it while things last!

xx,

Heidi

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Showered in Love: A Baby Shower for our Girl

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland archA classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

 

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

A classic, feminine, and elegant baby shower for baby girl with balloon garland arch

(My dress: ASOS Maternity only $20!; Sandals: Sam Edeleman, Earrings: Kate Spade Ring: Nashelle)

Our sweet baby girl’s shower has been one of the most special days of pregnancy for me. As many of you know, I have very challenging pregnancies. It felt so incredible to be able to celebrate the joy of our little girl with dear friends and family. I have been dreaming of what my shower would look like for months, and it turned out to be even more then I could have planned for. So much love and so many balloons!

I wanted the shower to be feminine and elegant. With blush tones, creams and touches of gold. The balloon garland was a labor of love with my friend and event planner, Party til Dawn. It made for the perfect whimsical centerpiece and the kiddos loved it! For those interested, we used this video as a tutorial but had to make a lot of adjustments to suit our specific design.

The intricate florals from Leah Erickson Floral brought a romantic feel to the shower. And once a few blooms were added to the balloon garland it became out-of-this-world gorgeous! The vintage chair and cake stands from Unique and Chic Rentals added to the elegant vibe. And I really wish I could keep that pink chair for my baby girl’s nursery!

Our baby girl’s shower turned out perfect. Gorgeous décor, delicious food and even better company. All the details are below. We can’t wait to meet you sweet girly! You are so loved already.

xx,

Heidi

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An All-American Apple Pie

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

Funny back story about the night my husband and I first met…we were at a bar (gasp!) I was sitting with my Dad, who caught Jeff checking me out from across the bar. Jeff was sitting with a buddy, and his friend leaned into him and said, “man that girl is All-American Apple Pie.” Little did he know yet, that I was pie obsessed! Very loudly my Dad announced to me that Jeff was checking me out, and sure enough Jeff heard him. Of course, he had to come say hi now! We hit it off right away, and my poor brother sat with us as we talked for hours, missing about 5 ferries in the meantime. And the rest is history!  Apple pie is now a staple dish, and a funny nickname for me, in our household.

Now onto the pie! For whatever reason, people always say that baking needs to be exact; unlike cooking, which can often be improvised. But I disagree. Sure, there are a few ingredient that you don’t want to mess with too much. But for the most part, I like to experiment quite a bit, especially with my spices.  This is my current favorite combination of spices for an apple pie. I think the hint of ginger is a fun addition, and the amount is small enough that it isn’t overpowering. This pie is simple and classic, and always a hit all summer long. The cherry red pie dish adds an extra flair that I love! Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and summer BBQ’s just scream for apple pie!

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

We enjoyed this particular pie the other day, while having some island friends over for a BBQ. The star cutouts make the pie feel even more “All-American.” As if an apple pie needs help with that.  I love these star cookie cutters and use them all summer long! Julian was my little sous chef, and helped with the star crust, and the “sugar crustos” we made with the leftover pie dough. It’s so fun to share my love of baking with my little man!

As always, please let me know if you try this recipe out at home! I love seeing your creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's DayIngredients:

1 Perfect Pie Crust

2 1/2 pounds tart apples (Granny Smith’s are my favorite)

2 Tbsp flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Pinch of salt

4 Tbsp butter, cold and diced

1 Tbsp water (for glaze)

1 beaten egg (for glaze)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pie crust as directed. I always use my go-to perfect pie crust! But if you’re in a pinch, or just don’t feel like it that day, store bought works just fine too. Even Martha does it sometimes!
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge.
  3. Peel, core and slice apples. Toss apples with flour, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt. Spoon into prepared pie shell and dot with butter.
  4. Roll out remaining dough. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out approximately 9 larger stars and approximately 6 smaller stars. Arrange onto top of pie.
  5. Place pie in refrigerator to chill for approximately 30 minutes, until crust firms.
  6. Preheat oven to 425F while pie is chilling.
  7. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp cold water together for glaze. Brush stars and pie crust lightly with glaze.
  8. Bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden and juices begin to bubble.
  9. Best served warm, with ice cream or fresh whipped cream! Enjoy!

xx,

HeidiThe perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

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Sundae Fundae!

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Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™,Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, and Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping SUNDAE! A delicious take on the classic sundae with fresh fruit and nuts. Create a lasting family memory by sharing a sundae with someone you love. #ad #SummerSundaes #collectivebias

I am so thrilled it’s June already! Holy cow, that was a rough Winter and early Spring. Warmer weather and sunnier days means ICE CREAM! And I have had some serious ice cream cravings this pregnancy. I have been frequenting our local ice cream parlor a bit too much lately. And dang, that adds up. I decided it was time that I create my own tasty concoction at home.

Sharing an ice cream sundae with a loved one creates a lasting memory. I can still remember making sundaes with my mom in the summer when I was a little girl! I want Julian and our baby girl to have those same memories. I think I’m on the right track with this recipe, because Julian was in heaven! And baby girl was kicking up a storm!

You guys, these sundaes turned out to be out of the world delicious! And so easy! I stopped into our local Walmart to grab all of my ingredients and decided to make a fun twist out of the classic sundae. Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream, I decided to try Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™! It has peanut butter swirls and bits of cone already mixed into the ice cream, so no need for an additional cone! Such a scrumptious twist on the traditional vanilla flavor. Smucker’s has a wide variety of ice cream toppings, but I opted for the classic Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping to complement my PB ‘N Cones ice cream selection. And how can you have a sundae without Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping? You just can’t. For fun embellishments I grabbed some delicious fresh fruit and tasty pecans. I finished the sundae with a fresh, homemade waffle as a fun garnish. Delicious! See the full recipe below!

Tag me in your sundae fundae family memories and let me know if you try this recipe at home! I always love seeing a Bainbridge Boheme creation come from someone else’s kitchen! Tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

Ingredients:

  • Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™
  • Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  • Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cherries
  • Fresh waffles, quartered for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Assemble sundae. Scoop two heaping scoops of PB ‘N Cones ice cream into dish
  2. Prepare Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping by microwaving with lid off for 30-45 seconds as label directs
  3. Top ice cream with generous amount of Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  4. Dress your sundae with desired amount of fresh fruits and nuts
  5. Top with a heaping dollop of Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping 
  6. Garnish with a slice of fresh waffle if desired
  7. Complete sundae with a cherry on top of your whipped cream
  8. Enjoy with someone you love!

xx,

Heidi

Thank you again to Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertisers for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone. Here is the social hub for this campaign! #SummerSundaes #CollectiveBias

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