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Cobram Estate Olive Harvest 2019, aka Poppy’s First Flight!

Poppy took her first flight two weeks ago and I will admit, I WAS SO NERVOUS. One, I was nervous to fly just in general. Two, I had no idea how Poppy would act 37,000 feet in the air. Poppy is a superstar because she was so good! I couldn’t believe it. Or maybe I can because she truly is a gem here on the ground so why wouldn’t she be up in the air? I’m thankful the flight went well because we had a full day of Cobram Estate Olive Oil adventuring to do!

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A few things that kept Poppy busy during the flight: tearing apart the inflight magazines, her books, and FOOD. Food was very important because the flight was at 9:15am and she usually has nursed and eaten breakfast by this point. I decided to stop nursing her in the morning this day actually! (Now I only nurse her at night). We were on a time crunch and needed to get out of the house. I was worried that she would be sad but actually she was perfectly fine eating her cereal snack on the way to the airport instead… I’M OK, kinda. I am so proud of her and she’s a lot happier (and less cranky because she wants food instantly after nursing) getting a snack in the morning rather than nursing. During takeoff I had her drink water from her cup with a straw and on the way down she sucked on a puree pack. You can puree your own food but then you’d have to keep it cold. I bought some that are shelf stable until opened. There are so many amazing organic brands out there giving you plenty of options. I brought a handful on the trip to give her when food wasn’t as available. Also, this little narwal snack cup was a huge hit with her. I brought a large ziplock baggie of Kamut Puff Cereal and would refill her snack cup throughout the entire trip. So nice for her to have on the plane, in her carseat, and in the olive groves!

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Now onto the good stuff, the Cobram Estate olive oil tasting room! We landed in beautiful Sacramento and went straight to business. While my mom was on Poppy duty (thanks mom!) I was able to see the olives fresh off the truck from the olive groves go straight into the process of becoming Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. Now this is art! The way Cobram Estate cares for their olive oil is unreal. Their process runs 24/7 during the olive harvest to ensure that their olive oil is as fresh as it can be. They have machines that ensure only the freshest olives make it into their oil! Tree to table with a quick pit stop at their olive mill. 

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I could tell right away that their olive oil team means business. These people LOVE olive oil and care about the entire process. Some are even certified olive oil sommeliers! We got to watch their machines sort the olives, extract into fresh olive oil that we tasted right from the spout. How about that for a fresh taste test?

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After learning about their olive oil process (and wearing my new favorite look) we got to learn about the differences in olive oils and the polyphenol levels. (Polyphenols decrease heart disease risk factors by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood clotting and improving the health of artery linings.) This is super important: the less processing the better. “Extra virgin” olive oil, which is cold-pressed only once, has the highest polyphenol levels. Two presses (“virgin” olive oil), reduces polyphenol content further, and oil with three extractions contains only about half the value of “virgin” olive oil. Highly refined or “light” olive oils, which use heat or chemicals in the refining process, have significantly lower polyphenol levels. Cobram Estate ONLY bottles extra virgin olive oil. Think of extra virgin olive oil as fresh olive juice. The quicker you use the oil the better the oil is for you. Cobram Estate recommends using their oil within four weeks after opening to ensure the best taste and benefits. I used some the other day in a paleo olive oil chocolate chip cookie recipe. Extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate, DOUBLE THE YUM. 

From the tasting room we went to their olive fields and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. There were rolling hills beyond the eye could see of olives waiting to become Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. We got to ride the harvester, a large machine that picks the olives, and eat the most wonderful dinner featuring all the ways to use Cobram Estate EVOO right in the middle of all the action. We ended the evening with an olive oil carrot cake with an olive oil frosting. Never too much olive oil if you ask me!

Day two we were in Napa and had the morning to ourselves. We did a little exploring and found the best park across from our hotel. This was such a special trip to have my mom and Poppy with me! We’ve never spent this much time together just the three of us. I know my mom and I will cherish this trip forever. We’ll have to show Poppy all the photos and videos so she can remember too!

 

After lunch I made my way to the Rutherford House for the big cook off! We were paired with local chefs to create a special dish using Cobram Estates EVOO. We were surrounded by wilderness and rows of grape vines that truly set the tone for an epic evening. I was paired with Jodie and her brother Sam and we made the BEST citrus olive oil cake topped with charred pear. Cobram Estate EVOO is perfect for every recipe, their extra virgin olive oil is great for roasting, drizzling, grilling, baking, frying, dipping, sauté-ing, making salad dressings, and dessert! There really is no wrong way to use their olive oil. 


Since sharing is caring, I’ve teamed up with Cobram Estate to give one of you and two friends the chance to win a bottle of their First Harvest 100% California extra virgin olive oil ($50 value!) for all your cooking needs. Click here to enter and head to cobramestate.com to find their olive oil near you!

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Mint Smoothie of Poppy’s Dreams, in collaboration with PlateJoy.

Smoothie holder, at your service! I thought smoothie season was over but then the San Diego weather jumped back into the nineties. SYKE. Smoothies are back on deck and Poppy gets her own smoothie now because if she doesn’t she drinks all of mine. And no one could say no to this face!

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The smoothie we’ve had on repeat is the mint chip shake from PlateJoy. PlateJoy is a nifty app that I’ve been using for the last two months and it gives me so much life back! I spend less time figuring out our meals for the week and more time with Poppy. The recipes are delicious yet totally user friendly. Each week the meals change and you can switch up your preferences. Oh, and the weekly meal plans are created to reduce food waste so you won’t be buying 100 different ingredients each week. WINNING!

Click here to find out more about PlateJoy and this delicious smoothie recipe, both are truly a game changer. Do you like mint? I weirdly know quite a few people who don’t and that blows my mind!


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When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

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Grab your pumpkin latte, Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar, and your bathing suit because pumpkin season in San Diego means another month and a half of beach days. It did drop to 75°F last weekend so maybe a light sweater too. Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar is here (only for a limited time) and I could literally jump for joy. I wondered if Poppy would enjoy the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar as much as me and then she ate the entire bar in one sitting. I guess that means no more sharing because she wants the entire bar every time now. I don’t blame her! What’s not to love about pumpkin pie in a bar form with no baking required?

Head to perfectsnacks.com to find them in a fridge near you. Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar before? #perfectaspie


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Poppy’s First Birthday Party, #MOO.

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Poppy is ONE and I could cry all over again thinking about her birthday party last Saturday. I still slightly feel “hungover” from all the anticipation of her party, baking/decorating all 30 cupcakes and a mini cake for Pops, and decorating her big day. Or maybeeeee it was all the cold brew.

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Her party theme was “cow” but not so much cowgirl. A lot of prints were red when I was searching for cowgirl party supplies and I had been envisioning more pink with cow print. I did a mixture of cow print straws, pink table settings, wooden forks, cow print cupcake liners,  “ONE” cake topper, the most adorable cupcake toppers on amazon with PINK cowgirls, boots, and horseshoes, and “MOO” cupcake toppers. Poppy enjoyed wearing her cow print Bapron and playing with the cow cake topper from the cowgirl cake topper set. Oh, I don’t want to forget to mention the COLD BREW BAR. This was a last minute decision but I couldn’t imagine a one year old birthday party without cold brew for the adults. I picked up a bunch of random things from Marshall’s and a guest let us borrow her Crate and Barrel drink dispenser for the cold brew. Thanks again Lauren for the demand, I mean request. 😉

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A few outfit details:

Poppy’s outfit- White jumpsuit is an oldie from Baby Gap, Cow Bapron (looks sold out but I found some on Etsy), and a white Norahs Shop bow.

My outfit- ASOS petite pink gingham dress (I’m 5’8″ and I really like where this petite size dress hits right below my knees instead of mid calf), Herschel Supply Co. belt bag, target strappy slide sandals, and Maya Brenner letter necklace.

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Now for the good part, the EATS. We served Pizza Port pizza (five large Pizza’s served 26 adults and four children), a mixed green salad, watermelon, Siete chips (ranch and nacho to be exact), and cold brew I made with vanilla/mocha syrup on the side and Ripple vanilla plant based half & half. For dessert I made Lemon Poppyseed cupcakes and Chocolate cupcakes (both gluten free by Sweet Laurel) and a Chocolate “Smash Cake” from an Ebook I’m trying to get the name of for ya. For frosting I used Simple Mills Vanilla frosting for all cupcakes and Poppy’s cake. For the chocolate cupcake frosting I mixed in freeze dried blueberries that I crushed into powder. I added a few cutup blueberries to the top of her cake and that’s all she wanted at first. Ha ha! The mini cake stand is from the dollar section in the front of Target and her highchair is STOKKE.

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I could go on and on about Poppy’s party but I’mma stop here. Pictures are by my sweet friend, Brenna Weeks! She’s the best and was Poppy’s first visitor in the hospital just four hours after she was born. Comment below what your ideal birthday smash cake flavor would be. Honestly I’d love a double chocolate cake. The more chocolate, the better!


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Bone Broth Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

BONE BROTH GLUTEN FREE BANANA PANCAKES | perfect for parents and baby. No nut butter syrup & crunchy seeds for Pops though, one day!

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Bone broth gluten free banana pancakes: (Makes 8-10 pancakes)

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/4 cup bone broth (chicken, beef, or veggie works)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Nut butter syrup drizzle:

  • 1 tbsp melted nut butter (natural is best)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Topping:

  • Cocoyo or yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Mixed seeds/chia seeds

Directions:

  • Place all pancake ingredients in a Vitamix or another high speed blender. Blend on medium/high until smooth.
  • Heat a flat skillet on medium heat and coat the pan with non stick cooking spray. Use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to ladle pancake batter onto the heated skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes on one side, then flip. Repeat until batter is gone.
  • While pancakes are cooking, make nut butter syrup drizzle. Melt nut butter in a microwavable ramekin for 15 seconds. Mix in syrup and 1/2 – 2 tsp water if needed.
  • Top pancakes with cocoyo, banana slices, mixed seeds, and nut butter syrup drizzle.  for yourself and served chopped for your little one plain. Enjoy!


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These are a few of my favorite things. *New monthly series!*

Hi friends! I’ve been wanting to start this new series where I share five of my favorite things in the beginning of each month but I blinked and it has been five months into the new year already.  🤯 Starting now because BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, am I right? Each month I’ll share five things: food, drink, exercise, item to wear, and of course a favorite of Pop’s. Continue reading because I cannot live without any of these right now!

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Food- This might not come as a surprise but the NEW Birthday Cake Perfect Bar. Like what?! I’ve been obsessed with Perfect Bars since 2012 and they keep getting better and better. Packed with 20 superfoods and taste like birthday cake cookie dough. Nuff said.

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Drink- Not sure if you look forward to my cold brew pours as much as I do each morning but my new favorite concoction is a dirty chai cold brew. Made with Majka’s new Vanilla Chai lactation booster, Stumptown coffee turned into cold brew with my Ninja Hot & Cold Brew maker, Ripple unsweetened vanilla, and Four Sigmatic lions mane. Blend on high for 45 seconds and pour over ice while listening to some vibey tunes.

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Exercise- Want to make your abs cry? Then I suggest doing TRX pikes. TRX pikes help you build a strong core by challenging your balance and stability, along with your abdominal muscles. You can adjust the intensity of the exercise by how big your pike is. This exercise also works your upper body for things like handstands, which I have never done. Maybe I’ll work on that next!

Item of clothing- My Made by Mary Birth Flower necklace. This one is my most favorite out of the bunch. When I saw Made by Mary announce that they were launching Birth Flower necklaces I thought that would be cute to get for Poppy’s birthday month (August). When I saw that August’s birth flower was a Poppy I actually lost my cool and knew I had to have it! I ordered mine first thing the morning of launch day and counted the days until it arrived. I never take it off! 

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Poppy item-  There is nothing cuter than watching Poppy eat. Seriously, NOTHING. I did an Instagram Live last week and I think we could have all sat there in silence while Poppy ate her sweet potato pure. Her cheeks chomping on food, dead. But since Poppy is only eating more and more solid food we decided that her Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair had to be her most favorite item right now. It not only looks cool but she can use it until she’s three years old! The chair grows as she grows and that’s a game changer for us. 

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What are some of your favorite things right now? Any foods you love or drink you can’t go a day without?! Comment below because I need some ideas for next month.😉


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So Many Toys, So Little Time.

So many toys, so little time. Poppy’s developing so fast that we’re always looking for new toys to help her live her best life. Instead of googling “toys for 6-12 months” and reading lists upon list, I have a roundup of Pop’s fav toys and gadgets below for your convenience.

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Please note Poppy’s plastic cup that she held onto for hours. Thanks Pure Burger for the free entertainment.

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Poppy’s favorite things, 6-12 months old:

Toys:

Other necessities: