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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Oxo Tot Transitions Sippy Cup Review

It's no secret that we're big fans of the Oxo Tot brand around here, having already purchased their Sprout High ChairBaby Food Freezer TraysRoll Up Bibs, & their Divided Plate for toddlers. What I love most about this brand is their ability to combine both form & function within their products.  Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing than your average "baby" product, but they are actually thoughtfully designed with both parents & kids in mind.  This company is amazing at creating items that can grow with your child & I love that we really get a lot of bang for our buck with this brand.

The innovative folks over at Oxo Tot have recently launched a new line of sippy cups for babies & toddlers & when they asked if we'd be interested in trying them out, I was on board! They were kind enough to send us a Transitions Soft Spout Sippy Cup Set & a 9 oz. Transitions Sippy Cup to try out for ourselves.  They also sent along a couple more goodies, including a Cleaning Set for Straw & Sippy Cups & a Roll-Up Bib!

Ironically, Sami has been showing a lot of interest in drinking out of our cups as of late, so it was actually the perfect opportunity to try out the Transitions Training Cup Set.  Just like the name suggests, this cup will grow with your baby, helping your little one transition from bottle or breast and will eventually convert into a regular cup once they're ready!

Friday, July 1, 2016

White Chocolate Berry Trifle

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my red, white, & blue trifle recipe!  I've been making this since 2014, when I first made it for my youngest brothers's graduation:
I've tried out several trifle recipes on Pinterest, but in the end I wound up making my own version.  What's great about this trifle is that you can use the basic outline & switch up the type of cake, pudding flavor, & fruit to create any combo you want.  Any variation of this trifle is delicious - it just depends on what YOU like!

I think it's also worth mentioning that you will probably still love this dessert, even if you're not a fan of white chocolate itself.  I have made this dessert with both regular vanilla and white chocolate instant pudding mixes, & I've had several people tell me they prefer the version made with the white chocolate pudding - so I've been sticking with that lately.  Cheesecake pudding mix would be good too though!

-2 cups (1 pint) of heavy whipping cream
-two 12 oz pound cakes (I can usually find them @ Publix, Target, or Walmart)
-1 cup cold milk
-two 3.3 oz white chocolate instant pudding mixes
-14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (refrigerated)
-2 lbs strawberries (I usually use about a box & a half)
-12 oz raspberries
-1 pint blueberries (I usually use about 1.5 cups)

I used an 8" trifle dish for this recipe.

*A note about the fruit:
Typically, I don't end up using all the fruit.  Just use your judgement when layering the trifle, as to not overfill it.

*A note about the pudding mix:
The recipe for the cream mixture calls for one 5.1 oz box of instant pudding mix, but the only flavor I can seem to find in that size is the 'vanilla' & 'chocolate'.  The 'white chocolate' flavor only comes in the smaller 3.3 oz boxes.  To make due, I always end up buying two of the smaller 3.3 oz boxes & measuring out what I need.

1.  Rinse strawberries, blueberries, & raspberries thoroughly & strain: