Amanda Writes : Blueberry Muffins

After a wonderful morning playing in the snow, Maddilyn was looking in our pantry for a “snack” and while she couldn’t find whatever strange concoction she was trying to describe to me, she did say that she wanted to make Blueberry Muffins.

Now usually, we have a box of mix that we just whip together and pop in the oven. But we didn’t have any and with the roads icy it didn’t seem worth it to go to the store. So I popped onto Pinterest to find a recipe (because we had just gotten some frozen blueberries at Costco) so that we could attempt to make them without having to leave the house.

I clicked on the first pin that popped up and it was Eating on a Dime‘s Blueberry Muffin Recipe. It stated that it could be made in one bowl and we happened to have all the necessary ingredients. I was thrilled and Maddilyn was super excited.

Maddilyn has always been a great helper in the kitchen. From whipping up waffles and pancakes, to stirring noodles and checking on items in the oven, to even washing dishes…she is a natural in the kitchen. So whenever possible my husband and I try to include her and Amelia in the cooking.

I have to say, of the whole process these girls just couldn’t get enough of the blueberries. Their faces and hands were stained purple through a few washings and while they didn’t actually end up eating the coveted muffins, I thought they were delicious. 

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy Blueberry Muffin recipe, I’d suggest checking out Eating on a Dime‘s Blueberry Muffin’s. Let me know in the comments if you give it and try.

ALSO, if you’d like to see more adventures in the girls and I in the kitchen, drop one of your favorite recipes in the comments and we’ll check them out! 

Amanda Writes : Pumpkin Cupcakes

So I am in no way a food blogger and didn’t have any plans of making this into a blog post when I made these delicious Pumpkin Cupcakes but there was some interest on Instagram so I figured I’d share!

PUMPKIN CUPCAKES WITH CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

I got the recipe from Lil Luna and while I would have normally followed the recipe to a T, I waited till the last minute to put this together and therefor went with pre-made frosting and added the cinnamon to it. (I used about 1 1/2 cans of pre-made frosting with about 1 1/2 teaspoons on cinnamon added).

These cupcakes came out absolutely delicious and moist. They were a quick recipe and would make a great last minute Thanksgiving dessert!

For the full recipe, go HERE!

Hope you guys enjoy! I’m sure you will! My husband has already requested a second batch be made after Thanksgiving!

And tag me on Instagram if you do try the recipe!!

Hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Amanda Writes : Maddilyn’s Turning 4

Wow, I can’t believe that my firstborn child is turning 4 years old today.

Cue all of the sad, crying emoji’s!

It just doesn’t even seem possible that this little girl of mine is already 4 years old. How has this time passed so quickly? Now I’m not usually very emotional at birthdays, every year so far I’ve been so excited for what the next year will bring,

but this year just seems different to me. I think because she has grown up so much this past year that it intimidates me a little to think of where she’ll be a year from now.

Don’t worry, I’ll pull my mommy emotions together! Just give me a minute!

Ok! I’m better now!

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This little girl, who is not so little, has such a huge heart. Despite all the sassy-ness that comes at the age of three, at the end of the day she is such a caring spirit. She always takes it upon herself to sing to her sister when she’s upset (because her sister loves being sung to) and will give her a stuffed animal to cuddle with if she’s having a particularly hard time. She is constantly making us sweet concoctions in her play kitchen and always wants to help in the real one. She has recently become interesting in all things that mommy does around the house and wants to lend a hand. She also cares for her friends deeply, can’t wait to see them, and is sad when they have to go home. This now 4 year old girl is always ready with a hug and kiss at the drop of a hat and it’s one of the most wonderful feelings being loved by her!

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As much as it might sadden me right now to think about my girl growing up, I honestly can’t wait to see what this next year will bring. She is already so smart and inquisitive, always wanting to know the Who, What, Where, When, and of course the Why’s of every topic. She already astounds me with how much information she has retained at this young age and can only hope that we can forever encourage her to explore and learn.

All in all, I’m looking forward to celebrating this beautiful girl today at her Dino’s & Donuts party….because she’s just that cool and can name more dinosaurs than I even knew existed!

We love you so much cutie! We hope your birthday is as magical and wonderful as you deserve!

I’ll post all about her party and the DIY decorations that I did to add those special touches! So be on the lookout!

Amanda Writes : Pinterest Boards

In navigating this blogging world, one of the most important aspects is gaining new followers. Now social media really helps us to get out there and share our words with so many people but as a new blogger it can seem overwhelming to find new followers.

I have found that Pinterest is a great way to share our blog posts with those who are already interested in the topics we are writing about. I know I love following fellow mom bloggers (comment below with your Pinterest Page and I’ll Follow You!) and see how they are handling life with toddlers, figuring out family friendly meals, finding time for self care, how to keep our homes a resemblance of clean, and etc.

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I truly believe in creating a community where we can support each other on our journey through motherhood, blogging, and everything in between. So in the spirit of sharing and collaboration I created a Pinterest Board Mama’s Write Life where you can pin your blog posts in a group of fellow mom bloggers. To join, fill out the form HERE and I’ll add you as a collaborator.

 

I’ve also compiled a list of other Mom Blogger Pinterest boards for you to join to continue to share your work. Also if you have your own Mom Blog Pinterest board you’d like to share, please feel free to comment below or DM on my Pinterest account, Amanda Writes : Life.

 

Mom Blogger Pinterest Boards

 

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