Nov 18, 2015

Being an Aunt is the Best




I'll never forget the day I officially became an Aunt. It was 2013 and I was standing in the Orlando airport with Jared. We'd just finished a Disney vacation and were waiting to board our flight home when my sister called me and said, "We've been matched with a two-day old baby girl, we're picking her up tonight!" I think I screamed, cried and almost dropped my phone simultaneously. The day we'd all been waiting for had arrived! Adoption is awesome.

Now, my sweet little niece is two-and-a-half years old and somehow getting cuter by the day. She can call us "Aunt Een-En" and "Un-uhl Ja-eed" and sometimes I hope she never learns how to correctly pronounce our names ;) She might live miles and miles away from us, but we utilize technology to chat and catch up and I always squeeze every second out of our time together when they're in town.
Isn't she the cutest?! ;)

I really can't remember our family dynamic without her. She might be little, but that girl lights up a room and lights up our lives. It's always a party when she's involved and I'm always counting down the days until I get to see her again. Any family get-together involves lots of laughs, plenty of toys and snacks to go around. At two, my niece is a graham cracker fan (but who isn't?!) so I wanted to make something sweet, but not too unhealthy for us to enjoy at our next get-together.














Enter Banana Cream Pie Dip. Just combine:
1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
& 1/2 cup banana instant pudding mix (use sugar free if you can find it to make it even healthier!)

Mix until creamy and smooth...which will be a workout if you're like us and don't own a mixer ;) Once your arm feels like it's going to fall off, add the mixture to a serving dish and top with extra banana slices. This dip is super light, absolutely delicious on a classic graham cracker and kid-friendly as well! For another idea for a HoneyMaid recipe, click here.

Did you know nearly 40% of children in the U.S. don't live with both of their biological parents? And that over 1.5 million American families have been impacted through adoption? HoneyMaid recognizes and celebrates that families come in all shapes and sizes which is why I'm happy to be partnering with them this week- in honor of National Adoption Day which is November 21st. They are all about the wholesome family connections as well as their wholesome snacking- and they stand by both! It's good to support companies who also have a heart for adoption. I know I do :)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

13 comments:

  1. What a great activity and fun post. :)

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  2. YUM! I love graham crackers but haven't had them in forever. And how sweet is your niece? Love her nicknames for you guys! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Aww I love how much you love being an aunt! Quite a few people close to me were adopted and it is so important to recognize the wonderful end result of a sometimes arduous process.

    Love your activity and recipe too!

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  4. Being an aunt really is this best!!!! This recipe sounds awesome!!! Normally I just spread apple butter over my graham crackers but this sounds like way more fun.

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  5. You are very right, being an aunt is the best!!! Especially when they love you the best, ha!

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  6. I love your adoption story! It really is such a beautiful thing :)

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  7. Yay for adoption! And kudos to Honey Maid for being so active in such a wonderful cause! It is THE best with my niece and nephew attempt to say my name. Unfortunately, the oldest is really starting to get the hang of it! haha! She used to call me Aunt Otter though. Too cute!! :)

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  8. This post was spot on for me today. My boss'family is having drama - drama in that her 14 year old niece gave birth this morning. FOURTEEN! And that niece is part of a family that is already living on welfare and has drug addiction in the house hold. She is the perfect candidate to change someone's lives with the little miracle she had today. Unfortunately that isn't the conclusion her and her family have come to. I wish she could see how much better life her little girl would have if she was given to a loving family like your sister's! I just love how much happiness it has brought your family and how you cherish her even being adopted.

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  9. Banana Cream Pie Dip?! YES, PLEASE! Yummy! :)

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  10. My cousin found out that she had been matched with her oldest boy on Christmas Eve, and I've never seen her so happy! She's actually adopted another boy and a little girl since Noah, and all of them have the same birth mother, which I think is pretty awesome. It's amazing how many people are impacted by adoption, and it's so amazing to hear about your sister's adoption of your niece!

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  11. This gave me goosebumps! I love hearing about how you became an aunt and how that little gal lights up your family.

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  12. Adoption is seriously the best. Caleb and I talk all the time about how cool it would be to adopt a child (or teenager!) one day!!! I mean, what a beautiful thing it is. So thankful for that adorable little gal you can call your niece!!!! :)

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  13. I seriously cannot wait to be an Auntie! Your little niecey is so lucky to have you Een-en!

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