The Littlest Funk blog: March 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

What's in our Easter basket? | Our Favorites and Must Haves

I had so much fun filling Emma's Easter basket this year!  She is another year older and even though she doesn't fully understand what all it means, she still loved it!  Most of our items were from small, handmade Etsy shops.  We love shopping small and supporting handmade shops!  Here were a few of our favorites this Easter and links to where you can find them.

Monogrammed Easter Basket by SewChicNC
Is this not the cutest little Easter basket you've ever seen?  I love monogramming and I love the vintage feel of wicker baskets.  The shop owner shipped this out quickly and I can't wait to get a matching one for Charlotte.  You really should check her shop out.  She has adorable items that you can have monogrammed.  I'm eyeing the toddler monogrammed bathing suit and beach towels for the girls!

The Bunny Rabbit Show by Sandra Boynton
Some of our favorite books are those written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton.  We try to get Emma a new one for each holiday or if we just get her something special.  She loved this one and the fact that it was a sing along book! We even gave one away to a lucky follower over on our Instagram page :)
 Personalized Bunny Tee and Onesie by The Invitation Mom
Absolutely one of my favorite small shops.   The shop owner is the sweetest and I have never had any complaints.  She takes custom order for monogramming and honestly, I just let her know what theme and it always turns out amazing.  She is also our go-to shop for invitations.  Christie does them all for us!
 Headband by Birdie Baby Boutique
Birdie Baby Boutique has some of the cutest headbands I've ever seen!  I know I've raved about them before, but I'm doing it again!  I loved that this one matched so great with the girl's tops!  She is another shop that takes custom orders and does a wonderful and very creative job to match your outfit.
Easter Towel Bib by The Sewing Chickadee
If you have a toddler who is just as messy as mine is when it comes to dinner time, then this is definitely a must have for all occasions.  We love this bib!  It is huge and perfect to catch all the food Emma drops or decides to smear all over herself.  Ha!  The Sewing Chickadee has fun prints to choose from or solids.  She even has pretty blankets and quilts.  The sweet shop owner has also included 10% off your purchase for The Littlest Funk readers!!  How awesome is that?!  Just use code 'FUNK10' at checkout.
The last few items we included in Emma's Easter basket this year were from Target.  The egg cup and Spring plate were both from the dollar section!  Of course, we couldn't forget to include our favorite fruit snacks from Annie's!


 HAPPY EASTER!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review | Dove Dry Spray

I have to be honest and say that I was not a fan of these products.  I am someone who has used the same brand and type of deodorant for years and because of this, I couldn't wait to try something new. 

Dove dry spray smells amazing.  It lasted all day and wasn't overwhelming.  Normally, I get unscented because the smells can be too strong, but this was the best part about this deodorant.  It seemed fine at first and I was glad that I was giving it a shot, but after a couple of hours, I could tell that it was leaving a white residue on my shirt and I began itching.  I'm not sure if it was a reaction to the spray or just the spray itself, but it didn't work for me.  I also felt like it didn't leave me feeling fresh all day even though it's supposed to be 48hour protection.  The Men's Dove dry spray smelled amazing as well, but I'm pretty sure my husband will be sticking to the stick (no pun intended :))

If you are currently a dry spray user, then I would definitely give Dove a try, but I would not recommend it to someone who doesn't normally go the dry spray route.

*I received this product courtesy of Influenster and Dove for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are that of my own.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Review | 3 Lemons Co


I have to start by saying we love this blanket!  It is one of Charlotte's favorite blankets so far.  We love how colorful and soft it is (100% cotton flannel).  I found this adorable blanket before Charlotte was born, but couldn't show it to anyone because we were keeping her gender a secret from my family.  I always enjoy finding small, handmade shops and 3 Lemons Co has some of the cutest prints for boys and girls.  The shop owner is so sweet and is even offering 20% off your total purchase for Littlest Funk Blog readers!  Just use code 'Littlestfunk20'

We have not had any problems washing it either, which can sometimes be a concern with handmade items.  I know you will love your purchase as much as we have :)



*The Littlest Funk did receive compensation for my honest review.  All opinions are that of my own.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Recipe | Nutella Stuffed Brown Buttered Blondies

Oh, my word!  You haven't lived until you try this recipe.  I have had such a (terrible) sweet tooth lately and can't help but pin at least 2-3 new dessert recipes on Pinterest every single day.  It's so bad, but so good! 

I've really gotten into baking and cooking lately.  I've always enjoyed cooking, but baking from scratch is something I've never done a ton of.  I decided after having Charlotte that I wanted to try to "do better", not only for myself, but for my family and get us on a schedule.  That includes making sure we have a home cooked meal and eat together in the evenings.    This doesn't always happen with having a toddler and a newborn, but I planned our meals for the entire (last) month and did our grocery shopping once a week.  You should try it!  It takes the "what should we have for dinner" right before dinner time out of the equation.  It's made such a difference for us.  And what kind of wife and mother would I be if I didn't include a baked from scratch dessert...totally kidding, of course!  The dessert portion is definitely selfish and more for me than the rest of the family, but don't tell them that :)

Ok...now on to the good stuff!

Browned Butter Blondies with Nutella Pockets
Yield: Makes one 2-quart pan, serves about 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 10 tablespoons butter (1 stick + 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
Instructions
  1. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper and clear out some space in your freezer. I just sprayed a baking sheet with coconut oil if you don't have wax paper. Measure 1 cup of Nutella. Use 2 spoons to divide the Nutella into about 12 dollops on the wax paper, each one about 2 or 3 teaspoons. It doesn't have to be exact. Place the sheet in the freezer while you make the blondies.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8x11x2 inch baking dish (2 quart) with parchment paper, or grease well.  I also just sprayed the baking dish with coconut oil and used a 12x12 pan. 
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the foam starts turning golden and the mixture smells nutty. Remove from heat and pour immediately into a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar and cream cheese. Beat for about 2 minutes, until slightly fluffy.
  5. Add the vanilla, then the eggs. Beat well, scraping the sides.
  6. Add the 2 cups of flour but don't mix it in. Use a small spoon to stir the baking soda and salt into the flour, then mix the flour into the batter. Stir until just combined.
  7. Add the 1/4 cup Nutella and swirl it with a rubber spatula. Don't stir it in all the way, leave some streaks. Pour into the prepared 2-quart pan, spreading to the edges.
  8. Remove the Nutella from the freezer. Use your fingers to push each dollop of Nutella into the dough. Distribute them evenly. Smooth the dough over the Nutella with a spatula.
  9. Bake for 27-30 minutes, until golden brown on top. The edges should be very set. If the center still seems gooey but the top edges of the crust are starting to get dark, take it out.
  10. Cool completely. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan and cut into bars.
The first thing my husband said to me, was "these would be good with ice cream"  I agree!  I actually had mine with a glass of almond milk and it was delicious. I dare you to try and not eat the entire pan in one sitting!
 
ENJOY!