Graco Modes Click Connect Stroller.

In light of stroller recalls, I think this post is needed. I love my stroller – there, I said it. I’ve loved all 4 strollers that I’ve owned in just over a year since having Sophia, but this particular one is hands-down my favorite. One thing people need to understand is that just because it’s expensive and “high end”, doesn’t always mean it’s of the best quality, or that it will suit your family or your specific needs.

That being said, I wish this stroller was in stores when I was registering at Babies R’Us before I had my daughter. It has the qualities of a higher end stroller, without the high end price tag.

Insert the Graco Modes Click Connect Stroller, in Onyx.


It’s awesome! It looks simple, but does so much. You don’t need a different seat or a cot. You don’t need to take the seat out to close it.

YES. You read correctly. A Graco stroller that has a reversible seat? That turns into a frame stroller? That has a huge storage basket underneath? Maybe I should start using my bullets now 😉

  • Designed for children up to 50 lbs.
  • One-handed standing fold with an automatic storage latch for simple transport and storage.
  • Cup holder for parents with a compartment and a cup holder with tray for baby.
  • 5-point harness that can be changed into a 3-point harness.

Seat can be removed and can fit any Graco Click Connect Car Seat.

They even came out with a matching car seat! Bummer you have to buy it separately, but they have other patterns that come in a travel system.


**ALSO! If you have a Graco CLASSIC connect car seat, it fits as well! You just can’t use the ‘frame only’ option. The car seat sits snuggly into the seat of the stroller itself. I have this one, and it fits, and matches too! I clearly have a “things must match” problem. It’s the Graco Snugride 30 Infant Car Seat in Metropolis.


  • The 3 position footrest grows with baby, and even encloses with fabric to turn the seat into a bassinet for infants.

I used the bassinet option until Sophia was over 7 months old! It lays almost flat so it’s perfect for naps! It kept her feet covered from the sun when we were out for walks, and kept her warm in the cooler months when it was more breezy out.

  • The removable tray makes getting them in and out a breeze – especially when they get too heavy to lift!

Here are some pictures of it fresh out of the box 🙂


For more in-depth, here are the 10 different riding options that can be done with this stroller!



Best part? It’s Sophia-approved!

What’s your favorite stroller? If you could buy any stroller, what would it be? Let me know in the comments below!



A Little Monday Purée.

First and foremost, how about a cute gummy baby picture from July?


I love this picture, and it makes me want another baby. Not really, but still. I CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTENESS!

And now on to the actual purpose for this post…

What makes my food shopping trip exciting? Seeing a bag of 3lb golden delicious apples for $1.49. Why you ask? The better question is, why not?! Every mom is looking to provide the best for their baby, and if the best involves spending less, then that’s a win-win for me! While Sophia loves to eat apples, she still likes having oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, every morning. That hasn’t changed since we introduced solids to her. I’ve made about 70% of her baby food purées thus far, and the rest has been store-bought. She loves Ella’s Kitchen pouches the best out of all of the brands, and eats them still to this day.

Now that she’s a toddler and getting a new tooth every day (maybe not every day, but it sure seems like it!) she eats a TON of food. I’d say everything food-related on my blog, she eats. She even shoved her face in my French Onion soup bowl yesterday. But I digress. Back to the apples!

One 2-pack of Gerber Stage 2 fruit costs about $1.07 at local grocery stores, and a single pouch like the Ella’s Kitchen brand costs anywhere from $1.39-$1.89. You’re clearly paying for convenience. One 3lb bag of apples cost $1.49, and I bought two bags. After removing the skin and core, steaming and puréeing, I’m left with 3lbs of apple purée.



And, you don’t need a fancy baby food maker (i.e the Baby Bullet, Baby Food Pro, etc) to make baby food yourself. Don’t let your mommy friends fool you 😉

A pot with a steaming basket and a blender. That’s all you need to actually make the food. Here we go!


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Steam the apples, toss in blender, add a tiny bit of water, and blend!

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And, voila! 3lbs of apple sauce / apple puree ready to use and to freeze.

You can buy ice cube trays in Walmart/Target for $1-2 each, and you can freeze this in 1oz portions. How much easier can it get? (Besides buying it off the shelf at a cost)

Did you make your baby’s baby food? Did you think it was better? More time consuming? Not worth it? Let me know!



Sick Baby, Food Coma and Harness Buddy?

So our Friday started off with 103.3 fever from Miss Sophia 😦 She was pretty miserable and sleepy through the day on Thursday, so I called the doctor. They were completely booked, but they offered to double-book our doctor at a 4:30pm time slot. Thank goodness we took it – poor baby had a bulging ear infection and was so congested, so her face and ear were just throbbing for 2 days straight. We went and grabbed her antibiotics and then headed off to go food shopping.

*Note: Food shopping on a Friday night is amazing. I highly recommend it.

Thursday – Laying on her Sofia pillow with bunny watching Sofia the First.


Friday – The sickness has taken over 😦

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Poor girl. She had a rough two days. But, it’s amazing what antibiotics and 12+ hours of sleep can do for a baby. She was running around like a crazy girl, (yes, that’s my infinity scarf she’s wearing, that she won’t take off…. like, ever) and she was slowly but surely returning back to her normal self.



We had some errands to run on Saturday, and after errands we were starving, so we headed to get some sushi at a new place we haven’t tried before. It was pretty good! They also have the best shrimp tempura roll I’ve ever tried. Per usual, Sophia ate the ginger.

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Sophia fell asleep soon after we left sushi, so Jay dropped me at the door of our Super Walmart, and I ran in to get two baby items that I’ve wanted to try – the BooginHead SippiGrip and Carter’s Child of Mine 2-in-1 Harness Buddy, Girl Monkey. I can see the SippiGrip working amazing, but I’m a bit hesitant about the Harness Buddy. My plan is to use it when we are at petting zoo’s, the nursery farm that I do some work for in the spring/summer, etc. I feel it’s to be used in places where kids are meant to explore, and not be confined to a stroller, but also providing peace of mind to the parents that their kids are still within reach. I will not call it a leash, because I don’t see it as a leash. I know this item is pretty controversial, so I’m curious to see what others’ thoughts are.

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*The link I posted says the Harness Buddy is $25+ but I purchased this at my local Walmart for $9.97.

Finally to end our Saturday, I made some French Onion soup from scratch (recipe from Tyler Florence on Food Network) and made the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits to go with it. It came out amazing. I’ve never cooked with red wine before, but it was such a positive experience! I can’t wait to cook with red wine again.


Now it’s Sunday, and our day is going to consist of leftovers, pajamas, and being bums all day 😀

How was your weekend?



Pork and Ginger Meatballs.

So I originally came across this recipe when I was searching for a good pot sticker recipe. Pot stickers from scratch, by the way, take FOREVER to make, fill and cook. Regardless, I loved the filling to these, and Sophia loves flavorful foods so I decided to do some tweaking and voila! Deliciously satisfying meatballs. The original recipe came from the Food Network and I picked it because it had really great reviews. That being said, I feel like I tweaked it A LOT so I’m going to fully list my recipe and ingredients for you so that you fully understand how I transformed the pot sticker filling to yummy meatballs.



Above is everything I used. I always add shredded carrots and I was pretty sad that I didn’t have any on hand 😦 Nevertheless, I made them anyway.

(*Note: I try and sneak as many vegetables in everything I make, especially when I know Sophia will eat it. She’ll even eat bean sprouts!)



  • 1 lb ground pork (not the ‘lean’ kind either)
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots (optional)
  • 1/3 cup green onions (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic (I used Christopher Ranch brand, sooo good)
  • 1/2 tbsp salt (the recipe calls for a full tbsp, but judge for yourself, I usually use about 3/4 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Mix all ingredients above together in a bowl with your hands. I’ve found it’s the easiest way to mix it thoroughly. (Oh lookey there, there’s that $1 iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts I was talking about in my last post…)

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Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Using a cookie scooper, place the meatballs on to the tray.

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Place in the oven (preheated at 450 degrees) for around 15-16 minutes, flipping them halfway through with tongs.


Now for the sauce to drizzle on top!


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Few squirts of Sriracha
  • Green onions (optional)


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Once the meatballs come out of the oven, drizzle a spoonful of sauce over each and enjoy! These are so flavorful, and perfect for toddlers! Sophia has been LOVING meatballs lately, but just the ones I make her. She definitely likes flavor, if it’s bland, she won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole!


Let me know how these turn out for you! Did you tweak them, leave anything out or add some new things? Different veggies or sauces? Leave it in the comments below!



Home Safety Featuring Safety 1st: Baby Proofing.

We all know that while baby proofing is absolutely necessary, it’s absolutely a pain in the butt. The gates, the locks, the socket covers… But it’s all worth it, because your baby is safe. If you’re just starting to baby proof your home, here are some of my favorites so far that have really helped control my curious little girl 🙂

Safety 1st Secure Press Plug Protectors


The first thing Sophia does when we go to a friend’s house is try to climb up their stairs and then stick her fingers in their electrical sockets. It’s so dangerous, and it’s only a matter of time until she tries to lick one (ugh!) so these plug protectors went right to work once we bought our new house. They come out easily for adults, but are very difficult for babies to even remotely figure out. They’re a win-win.


Safety 1st Foam Edge Bumpers


These are awesome. Our furniture is brown, and these blend in flawlessly. I don’t like the bumper that drapes around the entire top of entertainment systems, and it’s just so prominent. Most times when kids do fall, they’re by the corner of a table, and these do a great job and protecting their faces from getting hit. Sophia loves them for when she’s teething – they’re squishy foam so they’re perfect to chew on for her.


Safety 1st Press N’ Pivot Latches

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I recommend these particular latches over the basic ones that Safety 1st offers. These do screw into your cabinets which can be a pain, but they’re more versatile. These work to keep the cabinets locked when you need them to be, and can pivot to an “inactive” position when your child is out of the “eating dish soap and unloading the Ziploc bags” phase. They’re also discrete, and can’t be seen unless the cabinet door is open, so they don’t take away from the appeal of a high-end kitchen.


Safety 1st Decor Custom Fit All Purpose Strap 


I wish I would’ve bought a pack of these months ago. My daughter is a garbage picker. If she sees a garbage, she’s going to go over and pick through it. If it’s getting full, she’ll go for the first thing that looks like either a k-cup or raw meat packaging, neither of which I ever want her touching. Insert these straps. They are discrete, you can customize them to fit almost anything, and they’re almost adult proof. I really love them, and I’ll be purchasing some more to have on hand just in case she finds more things to open. No screws, just simple adhesive and my garbage picker as been contained.


I also maybe be purchasing the Oven Door Lock and the Stove Knob Covers in the near future.

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She nearly ruined my risotto by turning the knob from simmer to high yesterday, and I know she’d love to climb in the oven one day. I’ll be doing a baby gate post in the near future. Having 3 floors is fun, until your child knows how to climb stairs. I also wish they made sturdy portable baby gates to keep in the car for friends’ houses. 


What are your favorite safety items for your house? Anything you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!!