Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Toddler Feeding Essentials

Every few months it seems like your child enters a new stage which requires an update to feeding tools. It can be so overwhelming with all of the options out there let alone dealing with an opinionated toddler who thinks they can dictate what they will or will not use. I'm not sure if I'm lucky with a toddler that doesn't give me too hard of a time or whether my toddler knows I'm not playing the "options" game and deals with what he's given. There have been a few occasions with cups (weighted straw being one of them) that we just weren't ready for yet, but otherwise I haven't had to buy 10 options to see which one he'll comply with.

I have purchased a few options and keep them all in rotation for meal time. I'm fortunate to have older sisters with wisdom to pass down on what's worked for their kiddos but I also like to explore options for myself and find new brands that I like. Here's a handy list of things that are tried and true in our house and thank heavens for Amazon prime. I truly don't know how my mom survived 4 kids- 6 years apart without such a convenient resource of next day delivery!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving/Entertaining Tips

With the holidays quickly approaching it seems like the season for hosting and getting together with friends and family is at an all time high. While I don't host Thanksgiving I will be hosting Christmas Eve this year, for the first time, which I'm very excited about! Everyone seems to stress out about these meals and it's completely understandable to do so. But it doesn't have to be a stressful event to host. Here are a few tips I've learned over the years.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Cookbook Book Club!

I'm the type of person who collects cook books but never actually opens them. If I do, I generally use the recipes as inspiration to create my own. But I've always wanted to tackle a book, like Julie and Julia and actually make the recipes that are in it. So, after talking to a couple friends, we decided we would do just that. This month we're starting with Magnolia Table, and I can't wait to dig in!

After posting about it on social media I'm surprised how many people expressed interest in joining, and for that reason, created a Facebook group for our cook book club! Each month we'll devour a new book and make as many recipes as we can and review them together. There are no rules and this is new territory for me, so I'm excited to get cooking with the community!

Let me know if you'd like to join us!

Adding to the Fun

If you follow me on social media than you've likely already seen the news, we're due with #2! The first trimester is just the pits and I'm happily out of it enjoying less nausea and more energy. Our renovation came at a decent time, as all I was craving was carbs and more carbs. I conveniently frequented the drive through Panera for bagels on most days!

We are so excited to add to our family and Graham seems excited, although I don't think he quite knows whats coming yet! Whenever I ask him, "where's the baby?", he lifts my shirt and puts his head on my belly. Melts my heart every time! Speaking of belly...oh my has it made an appearance much earlier this time around! No complaints, I'm happy to provide a home for this growing babe and I'm not concerned how "enormous" it may make me feel...err look. 😉

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Kitchen Remodel: Week 5

This week was big in terms of transformation! The countertops were installed and so was the tile for the backsplash. Still waiting on the grout but so far, so good! For countertops we went with Calacatta Vicenza by Q and it's beautiful. For backsplash, we went with white subway tile and chose a light grey grout called Frost. It's finally taking shape and I'm thrilled to see the design elements that were such difficult decisions to make, come together! Next week should be the end and I cannot wait to unpack everything and start cooking in it! I'm already debating what to cook first and I'm overjoyed by this difficult decision!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Kitchen Remodel: Week 4

Last week we escaped our remodel and headed to Florida for a few days for a wedding. It was a slow week in terms of progress, so it was nice to get out so I didn't start to lose my mind. The cabinet company came back to finish install, although they have to come back to finish trim and final touches next week. Our island finally took shape and holy moly, it's going to be so glorious! We abandoned the space where a small kitchen table once went by filling it with a larger island to accommodate 4 or so seats. We have a "formal" dining room and didn't find it necessary to have a second dining table when in reality, we eat in front of the TV so often (terrible habit, I know) and hardly have "formal" dining occasions. We went back and forth on the island dimensions for a long time, but so far I'm pleased with the size given the smaller kitchen footprint we're working with. I can't wait to show you the fun surprises we chose for the island!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Kitchen Remodel: Week 3

Week 3 took big changes! Our cabinets were installed and our kitchen is finally taking shape. I was so distraught when I realized how many options existed for "white" cabinets. As an indecisive person, this was a very tough choice in the process to make! I'm happy to report, now the cabinets are here, that I love the color. It's neutral without having a look of blue or gray, or even pink!