Yum Yum

Many of you know I try to do things as natural as possible for my kids. I make our main cleaning chemicals, we use cloth diapers and I have always made their food myself. So I thought I would share two of the websites I have used along the way for food help and ideas.

First came Wholesome Baby Food. They have a ton of information on their site about when to introduce new foods and recipe and pairing advice. (what fruits and veggies go well together, not wine pairing suggestions 🙂 )

Then as the girls kept growing we transitioned to Wholesome Toddler Food. The also have recipe ideas and serving suggestions. It is really helpful if you want to give your kids a balanced diet, but are not quite sure exactly what that looks like for their age/development.

So many options for pre-made foods for baby and kids out there are over processed and over preserved, and really… who needs more of that in their life? Simple foods are healthy, inexpensive and nutritious. Not to mention delicious!

If you would like an sample menu, here is what the girls had for lunch today:

Peanut Butter/Banana Sandwich

Strawberry/Kiwi Fruit Salad & Whole Milk Yogurt

Steamed Carrots

Cheddar Cheese Squares

with Graham Crackers and Multigrain Club Crackers to finish it off.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Easter!

Since I was driving for a good portion of the day on Sunday, and arrived only about 1/2 hour before the girls went to bed, we decided to celebrate Easter yesterday. At this age the girls don’t know the difference and this way all four of us could be together. First we took some pictures with their bunny rabbits.

Kylie

Alyssa

Alyssa (left) Kylie (right)

here they were last year… for perspective.

Kylie (left) Alyssa (right)

Then they got their Easter baskets, each including a stuffed animal and a new touch and feel book.

Alyssa

Kylie

Then it was time for eggs!

eggs were filled with chocolate cheerios

Kylie shaking her egg

Alyssa was very impressed

and of course, we couldn’t let the whole thing go by without a little humiliation for at least one of our pets.

Leila Monster

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Published in: on April 26, 2011 at 8:11 am  Comments (2)  

Maybe They Don’t Look Like The Mailman

I have always thought that the girls look exactly like my husband. When people tell me they think they look like me, I think they are crazy. It turns out there may be more of a family resemblance than I had thought. On our way through southern California last month, my grandmother (Nana, it’s her birthday today!) was showing us some old pictures. One of the photos was of my great grandmother (her mom) and as soon as I saw it I said “Oh my gosh, it’s Alyssa!” We pulled out a picture of Alyssa and compared the two. And well, you be the judge…

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Banana Bread Recipe

I just made this this morning and so I thought I would share with you my banana bread recipe. It is so moist and delicious, plus is makes great use of those bananas that maybe sat around too long and now no one wants to eat them! It is also a convenient snack to give to little ones, especially on the go.

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

In a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir in flour mixture just enough to moisten.

Pour into a greased 9×5 pan. Bake at 350 for 60-65 min. Let cool 10 min, then transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm  Comments (1)  

First Easter Egg Hunt

Today the LVMoMs had our Easter Egg Hunt. It was the first one our girls have ever been to, and we had such a good time. Here they are waiting to start.

Alyssa

Kylie

then the hunt began!

Alyssa needed to see what Kylie got…

I hope you had a great weekend!

Published in: on April 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Baby Shoes

I wish I had known baby shoes were so easy to make, I’d have been making them all along for our girls! I found this pattern and made three pairs of shoes so far just out of scrap fabrics and elastic I had laying around. Besides not needing much material- they were so easy! I knocked out each pair in about an hour (and that is with the girls!) I can’t wait to make more, and play around with larger sizes.

The shoes I have made so far are for various baby showers, but I am hoping to get some made for our girls soon.

Published in: on April 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Don’t Read It.

Yesterday, two of the blogs I follow both made posts with regards to comments people had made about them. Criticizing remarks.  I have also heard through the grapevine certain unkind things about this blog. Which got me thinking…

Why do people bother following a blog that they find inappropriate, offensive or for any other reason upsetting?

I think blogs are a great way to connect with other people in the same situations (for me- stay at home moms, parents of twins, people who cloth diaper, crafty people, etc.) and share what is happening in our lives with the people who don’t live close to us. Most days I am happy, some days I am frustrated, but all of it is real.

So I want to ask my readers, do you follow any blogs that upset you? And if so, why?

Published in: on April 16, 2011 at 10:34 am  Comments (1)  

Children and Pets

Kids and pets can be alike in a lot of ways. Sometimes that involves middle of the night wake ups, sometimes it is “waste” clean-up duties, (aka Trout) and sometimes it means discipline. But one of the joys of having both kids and pets is dressing them up in funny outfits or clothes.

Yes, we have a history of dressing up our pets. Here is a picture of Bitsy from about 7 years ago dressed up in a Bristol Farms shirt.

We did it then, and are still doing it today. Here Russell is putting Rusty in a diaper just last month.

The girls were very confused by this…

and tried to take it off of him.

At least Rusty was a good sport.

(I love how embarrassed Rusty looks in the last picture)

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm  Comments (1)  

Wednesday Wonderings, 4-13

How come the books that cost eight or nine dollars are torn apart after about 5 minutes,

and the cheap-o books we got at the dollar store are not messed up at all?

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm  Comments (3)  

FREE Groceries This Week!

… and probably most of next weeks as well, thanks to Fresh & Easy and Rent.com.

As many of you might know, our family has been on some tight finances for a while. My husband was let go from his job in August, and worked part time from then to December. For January through March he was a full time student and we had not only our mortgage, but rent on an apartment. But, by the grace of God we have survived and have not fallen behind on any of our bills. People are often asking me how I make our finances work, so I thought I would give an example of how I save us money.

One of the bills that our family and friends comment on the most is our weekly grocery bill, which I manage to keep right around $40. For our family of four. I am able to do that through a combination of sale-buying, stocking up and coupons. Let me say though, while there are some people out there like MyVegasMommy who are extreme coupon-ers and save hundreds of dollars, I am not as talented. Rather, I do not have the patience and desire to put that much effort into it. I did however sign up for weekly emails and mailers through my grocery store of choice, Fresh and Easy. Today I had a coupon for $10 off of $50 or more. So it was a week I stocked up a little extra on things we eat a lot of. (I also had a coupon for a free reusable bag, which is great as well!)

I did say our groceries were free this week, and here is why. Remember I said we had an apartment for the time Russell was going to school? Well I had found that apartment through Rent.com, which has a deal where when you sign a lease with one of their properties you get a free $100 visa card. Not bad since we had to do it anyways, so we took advantage and got $100 free. Well, we just received our card in the mail and to the grocery store I went.

Obviously this example does not work for everyone, and is not an all the time sort of thing, but saving money is about being aware of what kind of deals are out there and taking advantage of them when you can.

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 10:32 am  Comments (2)