October 9, 2014

16 Months

                          Sept 24 

Age:16 Months
Stats: 26.6 lbs 

Clothes: Wearing size 12-18 month and size 4 shoes. 

Favorite Foods: egg muffins, watermelon and oranges. Still won't touch a banana 

New Words: seis (6) tickle, A-ba (ava)
Soes (shoes) 
Favorite things To do:  she loves watching Tinkerbell and coloring with side walk chalk 

Signature Moves: laying on the dogs bellies. 

Fun Trips/activities: we went to our first highschool football game. 

Favorite Book: Harry the Dirty Dog 

Sweet Moments: giving big bear hugs 

Not So Sweet Moments: More screeching at Toys R Us when we have to leave. Need to avoid that place. 

Funny Moments: Falling asleep while eating has got to be the funniest thing ever. She is so tried but insists on eating.  

Happy 16 months to my big girl. 

October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch 2014

This last weekend we took a trip to Mark's Melon Patch in South Georgia.
We had the perfect weather, it was cloudy and for once, we weren't sweating like crazy.
The cool breeze felt amazing while we walked around. 
It is starting to feel a lot less like summer and more like Fall, I am looking forward to having seasons now that we don't live in Miami.

 Dada joined us and Vida was extremely attached to him the whole time.
She didn't want to let go of his hand the whole day, she loves her Dada!!

 We enjoyed some delicious Homemade Peach and Vanilla Ice Cream

 We picked pumpkins for the front porch and a mini one for Vida to play with
She loved this white pumpkin, she does throw it around the house and yells "ball" lol 

No Moonshine for baby!
We had such a beautiful day at Mark's Melon Patch, I can't wait to go in three weeks to see their sunflower field in full bloom it will definitely make for some beautiful photos. 
I also decorated the house for fall and will decorate the house for Halloween next week.
Here is Vida's little reading corner with her fall and Halloween books.

-Vida & Acsa

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 lunch 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. 

3 hardboiled eggs 
Organic Chicken Sausage 
Raspberries with yogurt inside 

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

Butternut squash pancakes with honey 
Sliced Bananas 
1 hard boiled egg

Tumeric Chicken with mustard sauce 
Jasmine rice 

Egg muffin 
Watermelon chunks 
Organic Cheerios 

Steak chunks cooked with onions,tomatoes and garlic 
Steamed Broccoli 

Coconut, banana and butternut squash mini donuts drizzled with honey 

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

Ezekiel toast with organic peanut butter 
Organic chicken sausage 
fruit salad 

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 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

     Aug 24 

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 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. 


Breakfast Egg Muffins

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! :)