Top 5 Recipes of 2017

I admit, I don’t like to cook all year round. Fall and winter? Cooking machine. Spring and summer? I’m a takeout kind of girl. But these recipes have been made repeatedly this year, and I get asked SO MUCH for the links. So I figured I’ll put them all in one place for you. Top […]

A Day in the Life #2

I got great response the last time I did one of these, so I figured I’d do another one! My goal is to blog twice a week, but it’s been a busy season so far since school started. This was Monday, October 16th, our ninth anniversary. Here we go!

6:34am – LJ wakes up. He’s been waking around 4ish, crying loud enough to wake everyone up, and then falling back asleep, so seeing 6:30 on the clock is sweet relief.

6:46am – Go get LJ and Sophia from their rooms and head downstairs. Milk for LJ, yogurt for Sophia. She sounds terrible (has a head cold) so I make a mental note to assess her as it gets closer to 8am.

7am – Put on a show for the kids, get coffee started for me, because #kids

7:12am – LJ is yelling for breakfast. He’s obsessed with Lender’s onion bagels and cream cheese. Sophia asks for one too. Make breakfast.

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*silence for 4 minutes*

7:16am – LJ yelling that he’s done and covered in cream cheese. Clean him up, get him out of his highchair, and notice Sophia hasn’t touched her food.

7:30am – Sophia still hasn’t eaten her breakfast, so I make the executive decision to keep her home from school.

8am – Jay gets home from the gym, packs his lunch and heads up for a shower before work.

8:12am – Head upstairs and grab clothes for the kids, start getting myself dressed and put together. We go to the library on Monday mornings (usually after dropping Sophia off) for some play time and story time starts at 11am.

8:43am – Jay leaves for work.

*Tons of yelling and running up and down the stairs between now and leaving for the library*

9:39am – Leave for library.

10am-12pm – Library fun! Not really, LJ was kind of a nightmare.

12:02pm – Leave library and head home. Answer one million questions on why we aren’t stopping at Chick Fil A or Target before heading home.

12:12pm – Home. Get inside, get lunch started for Sophia and I, and get milk for LJ. He eats lunch after his afternoon naps.

12:28pm – LJ is up for a nap, thank goodness. Sophia is eating some soup, and I finally get to sit down and eat some pierogies in peace.

12:30-1:55pm – LJ naps. 35 minutes too short because SOMEONE had to run upstairs and yell about her hair troubles and wake him up. Oh well.

1:56pm – Grab LJ from upstairs, try and calm him down. Fail miserably. Totally wishing I had sent Sophia to preschool this morning.

2:02pm – Get some lunch together for LJ.  He refuses it, so he eats a little organic fruit + vegetable pouch. I often wonder what this child runs on when he skips meals completely. Do other peoples’ toddlers skip meals completely? I never know what’s normal.

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2:30pm – Finally start laundry. Nothing like getting things accomplished too late in the day.

4:30pm – Bring Sophia to ballet.

5pm – Drop Sophia at ballet and find something to do for 50 minutes during her class with a toddler. It’s never fun. We end up at CVS browsing the aisles and leaving with a bag of chips. Mom of the year over here!

6:20pm – Home and shoving dinner at the kids before grabbing pajamas.

And everything after this is a complete blur. Kids are in bed at 7pm, which is when I  updated this post, but then that’s where it was left off. Mom brain is real and I truly can’t remember what this night consisted of. It was our anniversary, but we didn’t end up doing anything. To be honest, we were probably in bed asleep at 8:30!

Hope you enjoyed another one of these “day in the life” posts. They’re a little harder to put together now because I’m so busy on preschool days, I feel like I don’t stop moving until the kids are asleep and then I want to crash too.

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School Lunch Ideas

This is the first year I’ve had to send a lunch to school with my daughter. I can’t lie – I kind of love it. However, sending her to a school that practices kosher eating (no meat or seafood) makes it a little difficult. I’ve been brainstorming ideas and Sophia has some ideas of her own, but I wanted to share if anyone else is in a similar situation.

Here’s a list of our go-to options for the time being. Let me know any ideas I haven’t thought of, that I could possibly add.

  • Curried Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chicken Noodle soup (chicken removed)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Peanut butter + jelly sandwich
  • Curry Cauliflower Soup
  • Quesadilla (cheese + veggies)

Also, some snack options that I’ve found that work great instead of sending a main option from above, are listed below.

  • Hummus + pita chips
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Popcorn/veggie straws
  • Yogurt
  • Muffins
  • Cereal + milk
  • Organic Clif bars for kids

It’s always interesting to see what comes home in her lunch box – it gives a really good indication of what she really likes to eat, and what she’s just asking for because it sounds good at the time. I’ve also noticed that depending on how I pack her lunch gives way to how much she eats of it as a whole. Kids are very visual. I like using Sistema collection to pack my daughter’s lunch box. She can see everything in her bento box, or sandwich/snack box and it makes for a better lunch experience.

As far as thermos containers go, I really prefer this stainless steel one from Contigo. It’s really easy to open and washes up great. A little pricier, but I prefer this brand for almost everything, including her water bottle we send with her lunch each day.

Leave a comment and let me know what you pack for your preschooler or any age child for lunch! Bonus points if its meat/seafood free 🙂

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Baby Gear Favorites

Nothing like a 9-month hiatus, right? I thought I’d jump back into blogging with a favorites post of what I’m loving and can’t live without in this stage of motherhood. With a 4.5 and 1.5 year old, I’d like to say I’ve nailed down my top favorite items that are tried and true. Here we go!

Baby Jogger City Mini GTwill always be my go-to. I will recommend it hand and fist over the Britax version. Gel tires, flat recline, TRUE one-hand close. It’s my ride or die and will always be in my SUV. Highest weight capacity of most singles being 65lbs. TWELVElittle Everyday Toteis my newest favorite. I used a few different Lily Jadebags through the winter, but there’s no way I’d be caught dead in the 100 degree weather toting around a leather bag. This bag is wipeable, super comfortable tote straps of a more than generous length, and even has a zippered compartment on the bottom of the bag for messy things. It’s going to be my workhorse bag this summer for sure!

Bag is also on sale, with an additional 20% through BBB, you save almost $50!

Contigo Auto Spout water bottlesare always with us, no matter the season. As soon as my kids could work their way around a straw, we switched over and they’re truly wonderful cups. Big plus – they’re spill-proof! I even have the stainless steel version for myself and the kids when we’re out for a long day. 
Wipouchis one of the newest wipe cases on the market, and highly coveted. They originated on Kickstarter and have become quite the hit. I LOVE THEM. The Wipouch30 is so slim and easy to carry with you, even in smaller bags. I even have one in my purse. HIGHLY recommend. They’re on preorder currently, linked from a US site above. They’re from Australia.  Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchelis my girl. Hands down my favorite bag for when I don’t have my kids, or for when I just have my oldest. I own the bright blue but this charcoal grey is heavenly. I’m sure I’ll do more of these posts as my kids get older and require less crap. We’re in a weird phase right now in the amount of stuff I tote around, to what I can actually leave at home. It’s quite glorious. I’m thinning out my baby things because, #nomorebabiesever. Let me know what type of posts you look forward to reading, I think A Day In The Life is coming up next!

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One Year Ago

Trying to remember a lot of the past two years is a blur. We knew we wanted a second child to complete our family, but didn’t expect the curve ball you’d throw at us from conception. Hyperemesis Graviderum, they said to me at my supposed 10 week mark. But then they bumped me back to 8 […]