Happy National Ice Cream Day!  We can have a dairy-free frozen treat using Yonanas!

  

Today is National Ice Cream Day!  Not that we needed an excuse to have ice cream!!!  We keep several dairy-free frozen treats in the freezer at all times, but there’s something special about making your own!  Plus making ice cream was on Our Summer Bucket List!  In the spirit of such a fun holiday we would like to share with you our recent ice cream making adventure!

MiniThor loves making his very own ice cream!  We use our handy-dandy Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker  (⬅️affiliate link) because we pick the ingredients and it creates delicious (and healthy) dessert without any dairy!  There are tons of recipes on the Yonanas website but we like to keep it simple.  We use..

  • One frozen banana, halved
  • One bag of pre-sliced frozen fruit
  • Yonanas dessert maker
  • Ice cream cones and toppings (optional)

  I love Dole Ready-Cut Fruit to use with our Yonanas!  I always keep a couple of bags in the freezer so that we can make ice cream on a whim.

We made our Strawberry Peach Banana treat based on the instructed included with the appliance.  

We pushed through one half of the frozen banana, then the frozen ready-cut fruit, and then the other half of he banana.  Stir, scoop, serve, smile!

  
We hope you have a sweet day!

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Sick Day (again)

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Mini Thor seems to be a germ magnet, the past few months he has been sick more than he has been well! The past couple days I’ve been home with him and we’ve been pretty much quarantined in the house.

You probably know how it goes, most of the time he just lays around but sometimes when the medicines are all kicked in at the same time he has a little energy and needs something to do.

We’ve played a lot of Legos

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We built towers, houses, and all sorts creations!

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Lego Duplo are great for sick day play because of how easy they are to clean, just fill a sink up with water and vinegar and soak and scrub em’. You can also use a natural cleaner, like Babyganics Toy Cleaner. (I love babyganics products!). If your kiddo is down with something contagious, cleaning the toys is important to prevent the spread of germs.

Kid friendly broad games are also a fun way to pass the time on a sick day! We love the Toy Story edition of Yahtzee Jr., it says 4+ but Mini Thor, who is 2 1/2 years old, plays it just fine.

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The sad thing is, he almost always beats me!

We also do “feel better baths” at least once a day. This would be a bath using California Baby Eucalyptus Ease Bubble Bath, like in our previous sick day post. This stuff is amazing! We played with foam letters and numbers to keep him occupied so he would stay in the tub long enough for his fever to break and the aromatherapy from the bubble bath to work its magic.
He said that says “mommy.”

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We also tried out something new, “Be Kool” Soft Gel Sheets. These are handy! They are stick on gel sheets that provide cooling relief without having to be put in the fridge first. You know how sometimes when you are sick you put a cool rag on your forehead or the back of your neck, these provide that same effect (and comfort) with no mess.

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I cut them in half so they are a more suitable size for Mini Thor.

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You just peel of the clear sheet off of the blue gel side and place them on your little one.

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Mini Thor particularly likes them on the back of his neck, he says “ahhhhh” when I stick it on.

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These will be something we keep stocked in the medicine cabinet right along side the children’s Motrin.

Hopefully little mister will be better soon. I tell you what, breathing treatments every 4 hours is no fun!

-Kate

Sick Day Fun

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Firstly, let me say a big SORRY for my blog hiatus. The holidays added with Mini Thor being sick more times than I can count kept me crazy busy, but hey that’s just part of mommyhood.

Mini Thor is sick once again, which means no tot school for him and no class or work for me. So what do you do when your quarantined in the house all day with a toddler?

How about one of Mini Thor’s absolute favorite sick day activities…Glow Bath with “feel better bubbles” (in the words of little man)

What you need…

Firstly, let me say that that bubble bath is worth the $13 smackaroos, seriously it is amazing! The eucalyptus does wonders for stopped up congested little ones.

Here’s the how too..

  • Get a good foam of bubbles going
  • Activate the glow sticks (I usually use four)
  • Drop the glow sticks in the bath
  • Turn off the lights
  • Ta-Da you just became the coolest parent on the block!
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Glow Bath! It was hard to get a photo in the dark so I had to let some light in, this doesn’t show the full effect of the glow so you’ll just have to try it and see for yourself! 🙂

Mini Thor loves this and the glowing bath time fun keeps him in the tub long enough for the aromatherapy to do its work.

Here’s another one of our fav sick day activities…

Make something to play with out of stuff in the recycling bin!

We made a car garage/track..it was fun, easy, and we made it together. Can’t get much better than that.

diy car track from the recycling bin

What we used..

diy car track supplies

  • Toliet paper & paper towel rolls
  • Cereal Box
  • Empty popcorn box
  • Markers
  • Hot Glue
  • Imagination!

The How-to…

Let your muchkin decorate the parts

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Cut the paper towel roll in have to make a ramp

Use the toilet paper rolls to add a second level (I used hot glue to attach everything)

Add cars and play away!

See, sick days don’t have to mean doom-and-gloom, make them as fun as you can!

Wishing you a healthy new year and may your sick days be few and fun,

Kate & Mini Thor