April 21, 2014

Monday Musings

Hey guys!

I know, I know, I've been posting a lot more lately. I don't really know what the reason is but when I feel like typing... I just go with it. :)

I thought I would pop in to start the week off right with 5 things I am happy for this week.
1. Today was the Boston Marathon. We had a beautiful sunny day up here in the Northeast for the race. Meb Keflizhigi won for the men's (an American hasn't won since 1983) and even though Shalane Flanagan came in seventh, she led the women's for the first 18 miles. After last year, I was so happy to see Meb win and for Boston to rock out it's race. There is a lot of pride in this city!
Anyways, after watching part of the race, I took Logan out for our first stroller run of the spring. We ran in honor of those who lost their lives or were injured last year. 3 slow miles later (stroller running is no joke) I let him loose to get some "miles" in himself. I saw a Dad and (younger) son running together and I really hope I that will be Logan and myself in a few years. :)
(Look how far he is from our stroller... this kid is so fast!)

2. Geoff has 7 days off once he gets home tonight. SEVEN! I'm so excited. We are staying local and doing lots and lots of work around the house this week. (Spring Cleaning, Painting a few rooms, Cleaning out the Garage). I must sound crazy to be this excited but it's our first home and first Spring in our home...

3. The weather is supposed to be Fantastic! We are filling our days (when we are scrubbing down floors and painting during nap time) with playground walks and picnics on the deck.

4.Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 I received this Vitamin C Serum to test out and review. Since becoming a mom and the first few months of sleep deprivation (and intense worry), I've noticed a few more "fine lines" creeping up around my eyes. I am so excited to give this a try and see if it helps my skin look a little more youthful...  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

5. Finishing my book Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers with open windows and a cup of Lemon Ginger tea over the next few nights. :)

And to end off the post, here is our Menu for the Week! Geoff is flying tonight and off for the rest of the week so we may switch up a few nights and head out for dinner to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Monday- TACO night! I made these Oven Baked Taco's. Easy and delicious!
Tuesday- Pork Chops, Califlower mash and Kale
Wednesday- Brauts and Sweet potato
Thursday- Ravioli and Salad
Friday- Out for dinner
Saturday- Pizza night
Sunday- Chicken and broccoli

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to hop on over and wish everyone a Happy Happy Easter Sunday! We started the day off right with a big breakfast and some basket fun. :)

Here's our little bunny this last year and then today. He's so big!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend folks!

April 19, 2014

Baby Model!

Back in November, we went to a Photo shoot for Sippy Cups for the company The First Years. Pretty much we were just in it for the experience and to be able to say our baby is a baby model. :) I didn't want to have any expectations in case Logan wasn't feeling it that day. However, surrounded by women who were paying attention to him, he was quite the little ham. It was so much fun, he got a small paycheck (which is going towards his education fund) and that was that.

Fast forward to this past week when I got an email telling me that Logan's photo made the website! Woo hoo! He is on the home page and on the sippy cup page for the Disney Cars cups!

Feel free to pop over and check it out! :)
(the photos rotate through a few!)

The First Years

The First Years Sippy Cups

April 17, 2014

16 months

Another month, another monthly update. I feel like time flies so fast and when I've just written about one month, we are closing in on another. Here is more of what we have been up to at 16 Months!
 Sixteen months has been a really really fun age so far! We've had our share of ups and downs (we are at an age where Logan is showing us very distinct likes and dislikes and hitting a few tantrums) but I can look back and confidently say that things just keep getting better and better! The other day I ran a few errands while he was napping. When I got home he looked at me in the doorway, yelled 'Mama' and came running over to me- so so cute and I think my heart almost exploded out of my body.

Let's talk about teeth (probably the most talked about topic of new moms after sleep issues)!
I'm pretty sure that we are finally getting a break from teething. Logan got his first two teeth at 4 months and they haven't stopped coming in since then. I think all the molars have finally broken through and we have ALL teeth besides the 2 year molars. Really, really dreading those suckers! 

Middle of this past month, Logan got hit with a little cold. Stuffy, runny nose and a slight cough had us a really off our normal routine.
That week of sickness changed his eating habits, he didn't eat or drink much at all. More than once he refused whole cups of milk and I was a little worried that he wasn't getting enough to sustain all the running around he does. The breaking point was when I made pancakes (his favorite breakfast meal) and he refused to eat them- throwing half on the floor and placing the rest on his head.
I tried to have faith that he would eat/drink more when he felt better and didn't make a big deal out of it. Boy was I right. Since he has felt better, his appetite has been ginormous! The other day he ate all of dinner, had fruit for desert, drank all of his milk and then got into the diaper bag, pulled out his snack cup and walked around the first floor eating cheerios!

He is also getting much much better using his spoon and fork. I give them to him anytime we have a meal where we use them- so that way he can imitate how we eat and practice. I have been very laid back about letting him explore and use them at will. I've only shown him how to hold them correctly a few times because at times he is fiercely independent and wants to do things for himself. So far, so good... it's been messy and a lot more laundry but I love how excited he gets when he gets a spoonful of food in his mouth all by himself.
He had also been sleeping more this second half of the month. There have been a few days where he slept 12 hours at night and took almost a 4 hour nap in the middle of the day. It's insane. A few days I felt like I hardly saw him much at all outside of eating, bath time and errands. I always feel conflicted when he sleeps really late. I hate to wake him up just to go a gym class or run an errand but I also try and keep him on schedule.
What do other moms do? Keep them sleeping and figure they need the extra sleep or wake them up to keep on a schedule? 
I'm assuming that this is a growth spurt since suddenly a few tops and bottoms have become a bit snug and a little too short! ;)
We've been laughing a lot watching Logan imitate us this past month. When Geoff's mom was here he would watch her and then dunk his crackers in his "coffee" (aka the air), just like she was doing. He will join in if people are singing but my favorite is the jumping. If we jump, he will jump and a few times he has gotten off the ground and a little bit of air. This is always followed by lots of laughter. I've caught him "jumping" in his crib and also on the couch... not good. We are currently feeling out the way we want to re-direct and discipline actions that just aren't safe.
He is also quickly learning body parts and will point to his nose, head, belly and toes all the time.
He likes to hike up his pants and show off his legs and he laughs when he does the same to Geoff and touches his leg hair.

Logan is a pretty social little guy. He loves performing for everyone and gets so silly when people are watching him. That said, he can also be very shy and it takes him a few minutes to warm up to a new setting. He instantly relaxes when his little friends are around and he wont hesitate to walk over and give them hugs and kisses. He hugs all the time and will crawl over and sit in my friends laps when we are together.
This came in handy when we snuck away for a date night- heading down to Boston to watch the Celtics game. My friend Laura came over to hang out with Logan and put him down for the night. She said he was great for her and we got to enjoy ourselves knowing that he was with someone familar!
We still are going through a little bit of seperation anxiety, he still will cry out when he hears other babies/toddlers start to cry and he has gotten scared of another kid on more than one occasion. We were at Barnes and Nobles at their train table in the kids section when another kid came right up to him and smacked him in the face. It was his way of saying hello but you can bet that it didn't go over well with our little guy. He is definitely not a rough and tough kid just yet. He gave us his sad cry face and I thought the Papa Bear was going to come out of Geoff... fiercely protective father. The other kids parents handled the whole situation really well and everyone left happy.
One last things is our evening routine. Logan now knows when we are upstairs and nearing bed time. We will sit and read a few books together and we always read the same book last each night. When we now get to the "Bed book" he shakes his head and will not turn the pages but close the book or throw it on the floor. Luckily we both know it by heart so I still "read" it to him and off we go to brush our teeth. I love the ways his personality are really shining through. 

Favorite toys- Balls, Whittle World People, anything outside, grabbing the phone and carrying it around when we facetime with Geoff! 
Likes- Eating, Running around, Playground, Going on walks, Pointing at cars and dogs ("dah"), seeing his friends, reading books and tackling his giant Panda before bed.

Dislikes- Getting strapped into his car seat (again), not being able to go outside when we open the door, diaper changes, nose wipes and most recently getting a bath...

Favorite new food- Cupcakes. He has been going nuts over these at our friends Birthday parties! One more this weekend!!!

April 14, 2014

Weekend Fun

Hi guys! It's nap time over here in my house, so I thought I would quickly pop in to say hello while the little one snoozes upstairs.

We are officially in Spring mode today with temperatures in the high 60's/low 70's. It's windy but beautiful and we have already spent the morning outside walking with friends and having a picnic. :)
Even though tomorrow calls for Rain, I am still super excited for the warmer weather and all the walks, picnics and playing outside that is to come. 

This past Saturday, we woke up to a sun shining, beautiful afternoon. We made breakfast and got ready to take a walk to the local playground that is up the street from us. We've given Logan a little taste of freedom (walking out the garage door and down the driveway to get the mail with us) so now, anytime he hears a door open he wants to go outside and run around. While this is really cute, it has lead to a few breakdowns and lots of tears when we aren't actually heading out. Toddler tantrums are so sad.
Once we got him into the stroller and headed out, he was as happy as could be. We ran around and explored the playground, hit up the swings and attempted to not get run over by all the larger kids running around. I feel like my baby is so so big and then I take him out and realize how small he still actually is.
Once we had our fill, we started to head home. We made a small stop at the tennis courts to let Logan get out a little more energy. He ran all over the courts and then stopped to watch a few girls hitting the balls around.
After we got home, it was time for Logan's nap and I got ready to head to work. I flew from Boston to Fort Meyers, Fl and back, landing around 12:30 in the morning. I tend to work this same trip over and over again since it gives me the most time at home during the morning.

Sunday, I groggily got out of bed and quickly showered so we could head out to one of Logan's friends FIRST birthday party. I love the friends I have made here in NH and loooooove all their babies as well. There is nothing better than celebrating a child's first year of life! I snapped a few photos of the cake smash for them (I also took their family photos in the fall).

 Isn't he just too cute?

Later that night, I actually left Logan with Geoff and went to dinner with a few of my girlfriends. We stayed out late (9pm, haha) and chatted about lots of mom and girl stuff. It was such a fun and refreshing weekend! 

So now it's Monday, Geoff is at work and I am working on our Weekly Meal Plan (a day late... whoops)

I know a few blogs who have a weekly meal plan link up and I was playing around with the idea of joining in and sharing a few of our favorite recipes. That's if I can get organized enough to pop them up on the blog each week.

So- if you are interested... here is what we are eating!

Monday- leftovers
Tuesday- Crock pot Lasagna
Wednesday- Steak, baked potato & sauteed kale
Thursday- Taco night
Friday- Chicken drumsticks, quinoa and veggies
Saturday- Birthday party grill out
Sunday- out to eat

April 10, 2014

Toddler Lunches and Smoothies

We've been on a lunch rut over here lately! Do you have those weeks where you eat the same things over and over again? I don't mind it when it is just myself, but I want Logan to be an adventurous eater who is open to trying lots and lots of new things. (I know, lofty goals for a 15 month old) I also need food in the middle of the day to be quick and easy to prep/throw on the table. We are still figuring out this middle of the day nap, one nap deal when it comes to food. He eats a small snack before going down (usually before we leave whatever activity we are doing in the morning) and a larger snack when he wakes up.
Our veggie nuggets are a big hit but we eat them all the time. So, this week I tried something else new and different.

Crescent Rollwiches
I took a roll of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Filled 4 with a mix of Tomato Sauce and Cheese
Filled the other 4 with Ricotta cheese, cut up Strawberries and a drizzle of honey.
Baked for 12 minutes at 375 on a greased cookie sheet and they came out perfect.
I added edamame on the side and he gobbled up one of each kind. If you Pinterest these, there are so many ideas and combos ranging from little hot dogs to nutella and peanut butter. Quick, easy and delicious!

Along with lighter lunches, I've been embracing the warming weather and breaking out the Vitamix for some afternoon smoothies. Logan was sick a few weeks ago and really not eating much. I decided that smoothies were the way to go since I could sneak in some spinach or kale along with the fruits. They were sort of a hit... he would drink half and then pull the straw out of the cup and walk around laughing each and every time we tried them. Maybe I need a different smoothie cup?

 I was offered to try out some Organic Matcha, a Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics through Tomoson. I've been seeing information on Matcha show up everywhere lately so I thought why not!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I tried it a few different ways
Mixed with hot water... not my favorite

 Faux Starbucks Matcha Tea Latte off Pinterest (adapted from this one)
almond milk, honey and matcha green tea.... much better

Thrown into my smoothie
almond milk, vanilla protein powder, banana, matcha green tea... my favorite combo.
(I made a large batch of the smoothie and dished out Logan's half first, then added Matcha to mine and re-blended.)

It states that you can mix it into baked goods as well which I haven't done since I share a lot of my foods with Logan and don't know much about the safety of my little eating it.

In my latest Women's Health Magazine, they had a small blurb on it as well!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Taste wise, when mixed into a latte or smoothie, it was perfectly fine! I love green tea and feel like there are a lot of benefits to drinking it, so I was happy to give this a try!

Any tried and true toddler meal ideas or smoothie recipes you love and care to share?

*Also, I have been thinking about the direction I would like my blog to go. I was thinking of adding in more of what we are eating each week. I also would like to take a little more time with my photography as practice- instead of just uploading quick snaps from my iphone. I would love feedback anytime if there is something you would love to see/hear more or less about! Anyways... thanks for reading! 

April 5, 2014

Train show

Last weekend, we heard of a train show going on in a town near ours. We decided to head over before Logan's afternoon nap and check it out.
I remember going to see Train shows when I was a little girl. Walking into the room, seeing all the set ups, trains going around and around tracks, the details... it all brought back so many feelings from when I was little. It was really nice to think that here I was with my own son, creating more memories. Even though he's probably too little to remember much of what we are doing right now, I can only hope that we can give him many experiences to remember fondly! 
Here are a few of my favorite photos from our afternoon!
I can't wait until we can take him for a ride on a train-hopefully this summer! Choo choo.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!