Month: May 2014

Emma’s Faves (2 Years!)

Here’s what Emma was loving this past month:

The Bingo Song – Yes…the one about the Farmer and his dog named B-I-N-G-O! This song has replaced Emma’s favorite bedtime song of Happy Birthday. She loves to sing along with me.

Let’s Go To The Farm (Lift The Flap) book – Emma loves books with flaps and this one has tons of them! At first I wasn’t sure how much she liked the book but this past month it’s the book she has been requesting we read every night. The cool thing about this book is it teaches numbers, shapes, animal sounds, and animal names! Emma now recognizes triangles and circles and that baby dogs are named puppies! She loves to press on the doors and say “Ding Dong” and I say “Who’s there?” and she will answer with whatever is behind the door. So cute!

Sweet Potato “chips” – So happy that one of her favorite snacks is so easy to make and is actually healthy. I just slice them and toss them with olive oil and paprika and pop them in the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes. I’m trying to work on making them “crispier” but she doesn’t seem to mind that they aren’t. I may try swapping out the olive oil for coconut oil and upping the temperature.

Melissa and Doug Time To Eat Feeding Set – I got this set along with the matching doll and for awhile she loved feeding her “baby” but recently she has been using parts of this set to feed us and her stuffed animals. She is totally into pretend cooking right now and having picnics!

Endless Numbers – She was a fan of the Endless Alphabet iPhone/iPad app and we recently discovered Endless Numbers which I think she loves even more! The graphics are so cute too.

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Toddler Recipe Fails

Ok, so just because Emma didn’t like these recipes…doesn’t mean YOUR kid won’t! So I thought I would share them even though they were total fails for my kiddo. Every kid is seriously different!

Beet Carrot Apple Smoothie (from Hellobee)

1 c ice
1 medium beet, roasted, peeled, and roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 c plain yogurt

Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve cold.

Makes 1 large glass or two small glasses

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I’ve tried some of the green smoothies and Emma has an aversion to green drinks usually so I thought I would try this beet smoothie. Unfortunately, I think the smell of the beet was just too great for her and she wouldn’t even try it! Boo. I thought it was pretty tasty.

Peanut Butter Cookies for baby (from Mommy Nearest)

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 heaping cup mashed sweet potato (1 large sweet potato or 2 medium, baked in the oven or microwave)
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mash the sweet potato and peanut butter with a fork or a silicone spatula until thoroughly combined. Fold the oats into the mixture.

Use a 1.5-tablespoon ice cream scoop to divide the dough into equal portions on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Gently flatten the dough balls with a fork (the dough is sticky, so it helps to very lightly grease the back of the fork).

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until bottoms are set and the tops of the cookies are dry. Check after 10 minutes to rotate the pan if necessary. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing. If your baby is new to solid foods, break the cookies into smaller, more manageable pieces.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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As you can see, my cookies were not as pretty as the ones in the original post. My excuse was I was running late for a DRs appt so I didn’t have time to form them correctly! But I’m not sure how I could have messed up the recipe considering how simple it is! Anyways…I didn’t really like these either and knew Emma wouldn’t after I tried them even though she LOVES cookies. I used one of those “natural” peanut butters from Trader Joe’s and it just tasted funny to me when it was in the form of this cookie for some reason.

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Friday Links

Great tip:
When a child’s fever becomes a serious problem (infographic) – Hopefully we won’t have to worry much about this now that winter is over!

Great activity:
75 tv free activities for toddlers – the other day I spent an hour having a picnic with Emma and her stuffed animals!

To make:
12 fun and healthy snacks for kids – I think Emma may actually eat some of these!

To think about:
Playing with puzzles is better for toddlers than learning to read and write‘: Psychologist says teaching young children the 3Rs could be damaging – Not sure if I agree with this or not

For a laugh:
“My Imaginary Well Dressed Toddler Daughter” Is The Definitive Best Pinterest Board

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What it’s like having a newborn, summed up perfectly – SO SO TRUE am I right parents?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up! Here are some gift ideas you can whip up or buy to show your appreciation for your mom since they do have the “toughest job in the world”! If you haven’t seen this video yet, it’s a must watch and perfect for Mother’s Day.

DIY Clay Jewelry Dish – Dads – you can even get the kids to help you with this one. So cute!!!

Make mom a cute new jewelry dish this year!

Mother’s Candy Bar Printable – super easy for a fast and easy gift. Include a homemade card and this beautiful bouquet and you’re done!

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If your little one is too small to make a card, try this awesome photobooth printable card you can make out of your instagram photos!

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Dual birthstone ring – This one is perfect for all of the moms with 2 kids. Get a ring with the birthstones of both kids.

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Diptyque Candles – These seem to be all the rage right now. I have a hard time spending that much on a candle but if your mom loves candles this one has been getting rave reviews

A photo gift from Pinhole Press – I love giving photo gifts for Mother’s/Father’s Day. In fact, I’ll be sharing a Father’s Day gift I made recently through Pinhole Press soon. I especially love the quality of Pinhole Press compared to other photo gift websites and they also recently introduced some nifty Mother’s Day gift boxes that include a little something along with the photo gift!

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Golden Tote (or other clothing subscription service) – Most moms I know rarely have the time to shop for themselves. It’s just hard to drag a baby or small kid into a dressing room!! There are other popular ones like Stitch Fix but I think this one has better reviews.

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