I get asked this question A LOT. More than a lot, really. When I post a food snap to my Instagram stories, I always, without fail, get asked how I make it happen when I have a wild toddler at home. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always easy (Henry doesn’t always cooperate aka allow me to cook without crying at my feet, 🙄) and I definitely don’t cook every night, but cooking is a passion of mine, and the reward is always worth it. So, today I’m sharing some of my tips AND some of my foodie bestie, Dani’s, tips on how we get dinner on the table with kids in the house. Dani has TWO kiddos, a two year old boy (Henry’s partner in crime) and the cutest baby girl.
This is one of the most common questions that I get and I receive so much positive feedback when I post Henry’s meals & snacks on my Instagram. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen and whipping up stuff for Henry was something I always dreamed of even before he was born. While I do try to make most of his meals, his snacks are a mix of homemade and healthy pre-made items. AND, to clarify, I say “OUR” favorite toddler snacks because these are snacks that Henry likes and snacks that I like and feel good about giving him. So, here’s a list of some of our favorites in hopes that it gives you a few ideas for your own little ones (or for yourself, no judgement here):
Your body changes after pregnancy – we all know that. But for a lot of us, our skin is never the same. While I had skin issues when I was a young, spry teen, I never expected my skin to change once I was over adolescence (besides that “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about, of course). Now that I’m more than a year out of my pregnancy with Henry, I know my new skin and how to care for it.
This is, by FAR, one of my favorite trends ever! I love a good high waisted skirt paired with a crop, a tucked in tank or loose blouse, and of course – a bodysuit. This look can be so flattering, I even rocked a high-waisted pencil style skirt when I was almost 30 weeks pregnant with Henry! I knew I had to find the perfect skirt for the holiday season and was beyond thrilled when I saw this one at Nordstrom (& it’s ON SALE for $23!). This particular floral skirt would look so cute with a tank, black leather jacket and booties (hello, side slit!).
‘Tis the season for all things RED! While I’m not usually the one to rock a bold fire engine lip mid-spring, I do LOOOVE a good berry-hued lip in the winter months. Especially around the holidays! I think a red lip is one of the best accessories to a holiday outfit, whether you’re attending your office holiday party, a festive family meal, or the New Years Eve bash of the century. I’ve put together a round-up of some of my all time tried & true favorites.
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As it’s pretty apparent by now, food is a huge passion of mine. Making it, studying it, planning it and of course, eating it are all some of my favorite pastimes. I couldn’t wait to move into our new home mostly just so I could finally entertain. Nothing gets me going quite like planning a food-centered event. And not to pat my own back, but I think I’m pretty good at it. So when one of my nearest & dearest mama friends, Daniela, approached me about opening a “side hustle” food & entertaining business, I thought it was the best idea I’d ever heard.
I HAVE A 1 YEAR OLD?! NO! I know, I know.. every mom says this. But it’s hard not to be in utter disbelief that you no longer have a tiny baby, but a walking and talking toddler! Time is such a thief. Before Henry was born, I had the best memory. So good that I could tell you what you wore to so and so’s birthday party in 2007. Now, I can’t even remember what newborn life was like (#motherhood, right?). It’s really crazy the transformation that we’ve all gone through in this past year.
While it’s true that no two days are ever the same, the bones of my day as a “stay at home toddler mom/lifestyle blogger” are generally similar on a day-to-day basis. As you may know, I’m ALL about a schedule and somewhat of a routine (while some days that just has to go out the window), so having an outline of what our day needs to be helps me keep my sanity. With a new month upon us, I thought it was a great idea to jump in with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to share what a typical, REAL, unfiltered day in our lives looks like – and sometimes it just ain’t pretty or really all that exciting. But I always promised to keep it real, right? So keep on scrolling if you wanna see what my days look like – as well as seven other gorgeous moms who I’m lucky to call my friends! PS – all photos for this project were captured on my iPhone – as real as it gets.
I’ve been wanting to take Henry to the pumpkin patch for what feels like forever! He was born last year about a week before Halloween, so it really wasn’t possible until this year. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait – he LOVED it. Henry’s new favorite word is “ball,” so of course he pointed to every pumpkin yelling “BALL! BALL! BALL!” Beyond cute.
I recently polled you guys on Instagram about what kind of content you wanted to see and this idea was a HUGE hit! I know that I’m always curious about what goods everyone else is finding – so of course I should share my own, duh. Trader Joe’s is one of my go to places to grocery shop – it’s affordable, nearby.. and a cult favorite for a reason! While I find that I can’t do my full weekly shopping there, I like to visit about once every other week to stock up. I’m going to organize this post into different categories such as staples in the produce section and seasonal finds – that way you guys can take away from it whatever you wish!
Just like I was always curious what everyone toted around in their purse when I was younger, I’m now always wondering what all the moms keep in their diaper bags! I figured it was a great time to share what I carry around, now that I have almost a year of motherhood experience under my belt. In the beginning, you couldn’t be too overly prepared – 5 blankets, 10 burp cloths, 16 changes of clothes for both baby and mama..the list goes on and my shoulders ache just thinking about it. Now, I know what I’ll need at what times of the day (thank you, schedule) – and I keep all that spare “just in case” stuff in the car instead of overflowing out of my bag. Here’s what’s in my diaper bag with an 11 month old:
Everyone tells you that the time seems to fly by at double speed when you become a parent. I never believed it.. but now I realize just how true it is. I can’t believe my baby is already 11 months old and that I’m planning his first birthday party. This was quite an eventful month in our world. Henry is definitely such a “mama’s boy” right now and his separation anxiety is at an all time high! If anyone has any experience with that, I’d love to hear your advice. I can’t believe next month will be our last “monthly update!” My baby boy will soon be a toddler and I’m full of ALLL the feels. Here’s what’s been going on in the past month:
If there’s one thing I can take away from motherhood, it’s that everything is temporary – and that includes your baby’s interests and needs. For better or for worse. With that being said, I’m sure most moms can relate when I say that I feel like I’ve purchased every baby toy and product under the sun to try to keep my kid entertained and happy for longer than 3.5 seconds. So today I figured I would share some of the things that have worked for our very curious and active baby from 9ish months until now (11 months). The items I’m sharing (everything is linked) are things he has always gone back to and aren’t some of the toys and baby products already collecting dust in the garage while waiting for the next child or sitting at the bottom of the toy bin. These are all actual TRIED & TRUE products that I’ve found useful as a busy mama to a baby who loves to explore.
When my friend Nicole (aka @kalejunkie) said she would be doing a 7 day reset with the Clean Program beginning on September 1st, I knew I had to do it with her (and our other instafriend, Holly)! Not only had I seriously fallen “off track” after our trip to the Hamptons, but I know firsthand that any kind of lifestyle change is easier and more likely to be finished to completion when you have a great support system. So without even a moment’s hesitation, I was totally ONBOARD and ready to begin!