Monday, January 24, 2022

IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection

IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection

You guys know I have a long time love affair with IKEA. (Remember that time my family was on the IKEA Home Tour show?) I remember thinking that one day I'd "grow out of" this love and replace it with more expensive, high end furniture, but that never happened. In fact, my husband and I were just talking about how the majority of IKEA furniture items we have ended up being better quality than the pricey pieces we own.

Because of this undying love, I get irrationally excited when IKEA's new collections drop. And the brand new Spring/Summer 2022 line is no exception. It's actually sort of a departure from the minimalist, Scandinavian style design you usually find at IKEA. And while maximalism is not really my cup of tea (I will never, ever go cottagecore or cluttercore or whatever it's called these days), IKEA is doing it right by keeping it subdued and simple while still combining a lot of elements. I wanted to share some images of my favorites.

IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection
IKEA Spring/Summer 2022 Collection

Any other long time IKEA fans out there?


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Lower-Carb Hazelnut Spread and Berry Crepes

Low carb Nutella crepes

My husband and I made a real effort to decrease our carb consumption last year while still allowing ourselves to indulge in foods we loved. I shared one of our favorites - a lower carb version of Nutella crepes - on Instagram and recently realized I never shared it here. This is a morning favorite with my kids too, and can also make for a killer dessert. 

Lower-Carb Hazelnut Spread and Berry Crepes
(serves 4)

4 egglife original egg white wraps (our favorite tortilla replacement!)
1/2 cup hazelnut spread
1 cup mixed berries (sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
powdered sugar

Heat a skillet to medium/high. Warm each egglife egg white wrap for 15-30 seconds per side. Spread 2 tablespoons of hazelnut spread over each wrap. Add strawberry slices. Fold into triangles. Top with mixed berries and powdered sugar.

Just typing out the recipe is making me drool. Definitely making these tomorrow morning. Enjoy


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

New Year Giveaway! $200 to Gaia Conceptions

$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing

I was thinking as I wrote my New Year post last week how much I appreciate all of you and how important it is to me to do little things to give back to you all throughout the year. So I reached out to my friend Andrea at Gaia Conceptions to see if she wanted to team up again to give one of you a gift card. Our giveaways with Gaia are always a huge hit, so this seemed like the perfect way to start the year. She thought so too, so one of you with be getting a $200 gift card to spend in Gaia's online shop! (Scroll down to enter!)

Gaia Conceptions offers a huge variety of truly beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessory items made by hand in the USA. Each of their pieces is custom created to your color choice, fabric selection, and size. They're genuinely one of my all time favorite clothing brands.

$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing
Fall Giveaway: Win a $200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions
$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing
$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing
Fall Giveaway: Win a $200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions

Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of this Friday, January 14, 2022. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here by end of day the following Monday.

Thank you to our friends at Gaia Conceptions for giving the Bubby and Bean family another chance to own some of their beautiful sustainable apparel! Happy New Year!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, @olivi4rose on Instagram, who was randomly chosen using 


Friday, January 7, 2022

A Look Back at 2021 + Plans for 2022

What Motherhood Means to Me

Happy New Year! We're already almost a week into January, but this is our first official blog post of 2022. Every year, I start the new year here with a recap post, where I reflect on the past year of Bubby and Bean content, and also on some aspects of my personal life. It's actually one of my favorite posts of the year to write, especially because it gives me a chance to look back over our content. It's so easy to scroll through Instagram and look at past posts, but in addition to the fact that blogging is almost a lost art these days, it's also logistically not that easy to quickly view a year's worth of blog posts. In this post, I make it easy by sharing my favorite posts from each month of the year.

As far as my behind-the-scenes life, there's really no sugarcoating it for me: 2021 was mostly crap. I’m guilty of putting positive spins on everything (toxic positivity is not healthy but an easy trap to fall into), but there isn't a lot of spinning I can do when it comes to 2021. A lot of good things did, of course, happen, and I don't want to discount them. We all stayed healthy the entire year (which is huge), our kids got to be in person at school and activities, we got to travel again, my job continued to thrive, and we had a wonderful Christmastime.

But 2021 was also maddeningly challenging and emotionally exhausting. The transition of my husband going back on the road with the band he works for after a year of quality family time for the first time ever was extremely difficult on all of us and we are still working through it. My parents also experienced multiple serious injuries. We lost close friends. There’s a lot more too; too much to share.
Tragic things happen every year. I also know people who had it much, much harder than we did. But symbolically, I was more than ready for 2021 to be over.

As for plans for 2022, I plan to do something for which 2020 prepared me well - and that's go with the flow. I used to make massive goals and resolutions for myself that ended up creating so much anxiety that I was completely overwhelmed. Professionally, I really enjoyed some of the more long term partnerships I had with brands in 2021, and hope to continue with that. I'd also like to post more often on the blog (I posted the least I ever have here in 2021), but if that doesn't happen, that's okay too. Creating meaningful content with brands that makes a difference is also something on which I'd like to focus more. (I have a great Instagram campaign coming up with the coolest eco-friendly plastic alternatives brand, for example.) Last year I had a goal of doing more video content on Instagram, and I plan to continue with that. (I actually like reels - who knew?)  And as always, I have little interest in gaining more followers, but I do want to continue to create meaningful engagement with all of you.  

If you're still reading, there are the highlights of the Bubby and Bean blog in 2021! You can click on the links below each image them to see the posts in full. 

DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets

In January, I shared how to make DIY Valentine's Day baskets + handmade Valentine's cards.

The 15 Best Items at Trader Joe's (2021 Edition)

February brought my annual list of Trader Joe's favorites.

7 Tips for Eco-Friendly Laundry

I shared 7 eco-friendly laundry tips in March.

In April, I talked about what motherhood means to me, as can be seen in the top image on this post. 

6 Tips For Getting Your Patio Summer-Ready

I gave 6 tips for getting your patio summer-ready in May.

How To Easily Organize Your Pantry and Fridge

In June, I shared 7 tips for organizing your pantry.

Tofu Caprese Salad

This plant-based caprese salad recipe was our most read post in July.

Clearwater Beach

In August, I shared some highlights from our family trip to Disney World and Clearwater Beach.

12 items to refresh your home for fall

Our highest traffic post in September was this autumn home refresh.

Family Halloween Costumes Wizard of Oz

I shared 50 classic Halloween costume ideas in October. 

Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl

November brought my favorite easy winter meal idea: plant-based soup in a bread bowl

Eggnog Cinnamon Lattes

And finally, this eggnog cinnamon latte recipe was my December favorite.

If you made it this far, thank you! I am grateful for all of my readers and followers across all of my platforms, but I continue to hold a special place in my heart for those of you who still read blogs. As I've said before, blogs are no longer the queen of social media, but I still feel they're the most important. Thank you for being here.