September 26, 2014

Toddler Meals


Vida has been an amazing eater from the very beginning. She will eat anything we give her even spicy food, she loves it!
 I do find myself going through Pinterest a lot to find new and exciting recipes because sometimes I find myself so lost on what to make and sometimes I feel like in making the same thing over and over again. 
I scroll through Pinterest and make my own meal plan for the week. 
 So here are 5 different breakfast and lunche ideas that I have put together. Feel free to change it up a bit and please just use as a guideline, every child is different. 
:)


Monday
-Breakfast 
3 hardboiled eggs 
Organic Chicken Sausage 
Raspberries with yogurt inside 

-Lunch
Mini ground beef burgers just the patty 
Steamed Zucchini slices 
Sweet potato fries 
Blueberries 

Tuesday
-Breakfast
Butternut squash pancakes with honey 
Sliced Bananas 
1 hard boiled egg

-Lunch 
Tumeric Chicken with mustard sauce 
Jasmine rice 
Peas

Wednesday
-Breakfast 
Egg muffin 
Watermelon chunks 
Organic Cheerios 

-Lunch 
Steak chunks cooked with onions,tomatoes and garlic 
Steamed Broccoli 
Fruit 

Thursday 
-Breakfast 
Coconut, banana and butternut squash mini donuts drizzled with honey 
-kiwi 

-Lunch 
Coconut chicken strips/nuggets 
Spinach cooked with lemon 
Rice 
Pineapple and mango dipping sauce. 


Friday 
-Breakfast 
Ezekiel toast with organic peanut butter 
Organic chicken sausage 
fruit salad 

-Lunch 
Chili with cilantro, spinach, tomatoes, celery, garlic, beans and spices 
Warm Ezekiel toast with grass fed butter 
Mixed Berries  

No post would be complete without photos!!! :)

"V" shaped butternut squash pancakes 

Raspberries filled with yogurt 

                    Rainbow of fruit 


     Turmeric Chicken with mustard sauce 
  This is good to make for dinner and use the leftovers for lunch. To make this I  used: 2tbs of turmeric powder per half cup of mustard. Mix and spread all over chicken sprinkle onions and lemons slices in too. Bake until fully cooked. 

Coconut chicken nuggets/rice/pineapple and mango dipping sauce. 

             Fun breakfast, Owl toast. 

 I'm not big on snacks because if I feed her snacks between meals she won't eat  and ends up throwing her food or feeding it to the dogs when I'm not looking. So sneaky. When I do give her a snack, I try to keep them light or give it to her when I know we will have a large break between meals. Here are a few healthy snacks I love to make. 

I love love this organic dark chocolate and tofu pudding. So creamy and full of protein. Found on Pinterest. 

I love these organic puffs. They save me when we are out running errands. 

Vida also loves to dip cucumbers in hummus. 

This is just examples of what Vida eats throughout the week. Dinner usually consists of what we are eating and she always gets some kind of fruit for dessert. She still breastfeeds so she's not on any kind of milk at the moment so I do try to feed her filling and well rounded meals, once I a while we go and eat lunch at Chik Fil-a with our friends as a special treat. I hope this helps you to create a fun meal plan for the week, you can also use it at the grocery store so you know what to buy. Moms sometimes tell me that their toddlers won't eat half of the veggies Vida eats so I tell them that  toddlers are not born picky eaters, so we must experiment with different textures, colors, and flavors everyday. Give it a try your toddler may surprise you in the end. 
Please share your fun toddler meal in the comments below I would love to try them out. 

Happy Eating. 

-Vida and Acsa 


September 19, 2014

15 Months

        

Hello attitude. Taking photos is becoming more of a challenge now. 15 months or 15? Lol. I promise this dress fits her, she wouldn't let me pull it down. 


Age:15 Months
 
Stats: 24.6 lbs and  30.3 inches

Clothes: Wearing size 12-18 month and size 4 shoes. I squeezed her in a 9 month onesie I felt like I still had a baby

Favorite Foods: Steak and onions, chicken stew, watermelon,chicken sausage with onions and garlic. Still won't eat banana. 

New Words: tres (three) down, sucio (Dirty)  sandía (watermelon) aguaita  (water) and fishies. 
   
Favorite things To do: running away from me as fast as she can, reading books, swimming and loves to watch tinkerbell 

Signature Moves: we ask her to pose like a ballerina and she leans on to us and lifts her leg in a "arabesque" lol. 

Fun Trips/activities: trip to a local cookie shoppe and bakery 

Favorite Book: Baby Lit; Alice in Wonderland. She got it in a book exchange and it has become her favorite one. 

Sweet Moments: She loves to cuddle and love on her puppies 

Not So Sweet Moments: She likes to take her bows off and throw them at me in public lol 

Funny Moments:She loves to runaway after a taking a bath. She acts so silly. 

The other day I gave her a quick shower because she had a big poop explosion and I let her walk around our bedroom without a diaper. I told myself she can't poop again, there is no way. She was playing and next thing I know she comes running past me and squats next to the toilet and takes a poop on the scale we have next to the toilet. She pooped, looked at it said some gibberish and ran away. I went over and there was a little poop. It was so funny how she went and squatted next to the toilet. Maybe potty training will be a breeze? Here's hoping. 




Happy 15 Months, baby girl.


September 18, 2014

Chocolate Tofu Pudding

    
This pudding was so good, I wish I had made more. I was just nervous it was going to taste like crap and I didn't want to waste food. 
I was ready for this to be a #pinterestfail. It was the opposite, it was a win!! Enjoy!!!

Ingredients 
1 cup silken organic tofu 
1/2 cup organic chocolate.
Any kind would work but I used dark because that is all I had on hand. 
1-2tbs water 

I am in no way a food blogger. 
So please excuse the photos and the ugly cafe wallpaper in our rental home kitchen. Lol


Boil some water in a pot and place a pan on top with 1tbs water. 

 Melt the chocolate. I had chocolate chips. If you are using a bar cut into little pieces first. 

    Drain your tofu and then blend with a            little water. 

I used the Magic Bullet because I was too lazy to bring out my Ninja Blender. Blend the tofu until crumbly, mix the chocolate and I added 1tbs of the boiled water to help the Bullet blend the mixture. Blend until smooth. 

Pour into bowls, cups etc and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cold pudding tastes better in my opinion and it tastes better in a cute deer bowl. :) 

Enjoy. 

Here are a few tofu health benefits. 


http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-health-benefits-of-tofu-is-it-nutritious-enough-to-replace-meat.html#b

September 9, 2014

Flint RiverQuarium turns 10!


On September 5th The Flintriverquarium celebrated their 10th Birthday by hosting a beautiful "breakfast with Butterflies" event at their riveraquarium. 
The whole place was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and 
silk butterflies everywhere.
They had an outdoor traveling butterfly greenhouse, a delicious fresh breakfast, a butterfly themed movie in their imagination theater, and a butterfly activity for the kids to create.
My friends and our kids had so much fun spending time together and 
watching our kids enjoy the butterflies was priceless and magical.

Eating breakfast
L in her butterfly costume


We had an amazing time celebrating the RiverQuarium's 10th birthday. Everyone at Flint RiverQuarium did such a fabulous job putting all this together and organizing such a beautiful event.


  You can check out the traveling butterfly greenhouse here to see where they are headed next.
Happy Birthday, Flint RiverQuarium






August 28, 2014

Summer Reading


Vida's favorite books

Vida loves to read books just like me. 
She can sit in her little reading corner for hours flipping through pages and being her sweet self and other times she is knocking all the books off the shelf for fun. Sigh... 
 Then she goes and does this, she brings me a book and snuggles in close so I can read to her and I melt like a snow cone in Phoenix.
 ( I totally quoted Mrs.Doubtfire there)
I am also waiting for the day she starts ripping books, thankfully she hasn't ripped a book...yet.

Her reading corner 

She loves the watermelon in  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I have bought a lot of children's clothing off Instagram since I joined a little over a year ago. And a few weeks ago my addiction to buying  clothes has turned to buying books for Vida. 
A shop will begin to post books on their Instagram and my heart is pumping and my hands are shaking. It really gets the adrenaline going. It's so exciting. 

I have been following a few book shops on Instagram from moms who sell new,used, and vintage children's books. 
I have been able to buy books from my childhood from these shops and it takes me back to when I use to read to my little brothers when we use to play pretend school. 
 
I know I can buy these books off Amazon or visit my local B&N, but I rather buy from these little shops. 
They are run by moms just like me and I get to help these moms with 
their little businesses.
It's almost like shopping local except I don't have to leave my couch and I can shop right off my phone with PayPal. And that, my friends,  is called bliss.

So here are a few book links to the shops I follow on Instagram. 
I have purchased from all of them so I know they are legit and they ship fast too :)

books4littles  will shop with your ISO in mind.  She has an amazing selection and giveaways. 




houseofoh_vintage. A lot of vintage items here. 


little_book_fairy. She is a retired teacher selling her books. She has awesome prices and a great selection 



wolfgang_vintage. More adult books than children books still a great selection. 




All these books except, "Good Night Canada" and "Llama Llama" were purchased through the Instagram shops. 
As you can see they are all in very good condition.   


Vida has a favorite author :)

I love how she loves books


Who is your favorite children's book Authour? 

Mine is Alexandra Day.
I love all her Carl the Rottewiler books. 

Happy Book Shopping!! 

August 7, 2014

Breakfast Muffins


This is the easiest toddler breakfast I have ever made. 
Vida loves to eat eggs. They can be scrambled, fried, hard boiled or poached, It doesn't matter she will inhale them. 
I decided to make these egg muffins and add lots of veggies to make them even 
more healthy for her. 
Some recipes say to cook the onions and spinach before baking but I decided just to cook the ham in coconut oil and leave all the veggies raw. 
I like the crunch of the onion in the fluffy egg muffin. 

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Breakfast Egg Muffins

Ingredients
12 Eggs (you can use only egg whites too)
1/2 cup mushrooms 
1/2 cup chopped cooked ham
1/2 cup chopped spinach 
1/3 cup chopped kale 
1/3 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
1/2 cup of cheese (optional) 
1 pinch of pink salt and a little garlic 

Mix eggs until well blended.
Add all ingredients together and scoop into a lightly greased muffin pan.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes

I filled mine all the way to the top and made 12 egg muffins. 
Feel free to mix this egg muffin recipe up a bit. 
Add more ingredients or less, add bacon or sausage, it's up to you. 
The possibilities are endless..

You can also freeze these muffins and eat them later which is a total lifesaver on busy mornings. 

Have a healthy Happy Breakfast! :) 





August 3, 2014

The Big Latch On 2014


Happy Breastfeeding week and month!!

Vida and I attended our first Big Latch On event here in Albany, Ga.

What is The Big Latch On? 

It is a synchronized breastfeeding event where moms get together from all over world and have their baby "latch" on for one whole minute at a set time. 
Then the the numbers are added up to see if the moms have beat the previous Big Latch On records in their area and then the grand total from all over the world are announced.

The Big Latch On  supports communities on normalizing breastfeeding and it empowers women on breastfeeding in public.

You can check out their Facebook page for more info and how to sign up or host an event for next year.

Here are a few photos from our event in Albany, Ga


He demands, mom supplies and Daddy supports :)


Counting the latches



"Big things often have small beginnings"
 I still can't believe I was a part of this amazing event with a great group of moms.
So many times I thought I was failing at the whole breastfeeding thing, but here we are 14 months later and going strong! I want my daughter to grow in a world where breastfeeding in public is normal and to never feel ashamed when it comes time to feed her child.

 
#lactavist 

7 moms strong...I know we will grow bigger!

Feel free to use the  #lactavist in your photos. I would love to see them

These boobs are made for feeding and that's just what they'll do
Happy Breastfeeding!