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Mommy and Me Matching Breakfasts

There have been plenty of posts about my daughter and I matching, but we also like to match when it comes to meals.

Before my baby I did not eat healthy. I ate what was convenient. Sometimes that just meant quick and easy spaghetti or tacos, other nights it meant even quicker and easier pizza or take-out. I didn’t think about the different kinds of foods I should be intaking. I would literally go days without consuming a vegetable. When my daughter was born, I ate even worse. Fast food and takeout was so much easier than thinking about what to eat, and those big, juicy burgers filled me up with so many calories when I was breastfeeding.

But everything changed when she began eating real food too. I had to start really thinking about what she should be eating, and it made me realize that I needed to take better care of myself as well. If I was going above and beyond to make sure my daughter was eating healthy, shouldn’t I be treating my body the same way?

Here are some healthier meal options I’ve been using for my daughter and I.

(Disclaimer: I am by no means a doctor. It is important to consult your doctor before jumping into the stage of eating real food. Also if you do begin feeding your child food, make sure you are in the room with them while they eat, as well as give the child appropriate size pieces to avoid choking.)

 

Banana, strawberry, kiwi
Clementines, eggs, avocado, toast
Pancakes, banana, strawberry

Check out this pancake recipe made with baby’s leftover rice cereal.

Peanut butter banana toast with a little cinnamon (coffee for mama)

 

Other matching meal ideas we’ve eaten include:

  • tons of other fruits & veggies
  • yogurt
  • oatmeal
  • omelets or other egg dishes
  • cottage cheese

 

Stay tuned for matching lunch and dinner meals!

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Baby · Food · Life At Home

The Perfect Lactation Bars with Milkful

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I forget how much I snack when I’m breastfeeding. It seems like I am always hungry (although, is that really any different from my normal behavior?)

Recently I found the perfect healthy snack to munch on during the day when I’m feeling slightly hungry, and it helps to boost my supply if I find it getting low later in the day. Milkful is a company that makes gourmet lactation oat bars for breastfeeding mama’s in need of boosting their milk supply.

These bars are dairy free, soy free, egg free and wheat free. Their three flavors are Chocolate Banana Nut, Blueberry Almond Coconut, and Maple Walnut. They are the perfect size for when you need that little extra snack during your day filled with feeding babies, changing diapers and rocking that newborn to sleep. Just eating one bar a day can help boost that milk supply.

If you’re a new mama, struggling to breastfeed or make enough milk, I would definitely recommend trying these awesome bars! Check out their website here.

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Thank you to Milkful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Delicious Organic Snack with OCHO Candy

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Is there anything better than sharing a bunch of chocolate with your two-year-old daughter while you are 39 weeks pregnant? No, the answer is no. There is nothing better than that.

That is why I am so excited that we recently stumbled upon OCHO Candy. They make delicious organic chocolate with tons of amazing flavors to choose from. The OCHO stands for Organic CHOcolate, and being organic all of their products are GMO-free.

You can get their products in bars or in mini pouches. They do holiday subscriptions and birthday bundles, which make great gifts if you’re looking to give someone you love something yummy!

My favorite is either the dark or regular peanut butter, while Margot’s is by far the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor which is perfect for kids. Check out their site, and try some of their amazing flavors.

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Thank you to OCHO Candy for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Recipe with Maty’s

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This time of year is when my daughter and I start catching the dreaded colds. I know it’s inevitable, but we also learned a great way to keep it at bay with a few immune boosting recipes. The reason I say it’s “immune boosting” is that we add a little bit of Maty’s cough syrup. Now I know you may be thinking, “What? Cough syrup added to a recipe?”, but let me tell you it not only helps to boost that immune system it is so delicious as well.

Margot and I recently made a batch of Blueberry Banana Oatmeal that we added some Maty’s natural cough syrup. Their syrup is filled with all natural ingredients, and can easily be substituted for things like maple syrup or honey. That’s why I thought this recipe would be perfect for it, and it’s so easy.

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Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of Maty’s Cough Syrup
  1. First add the oats, water, milk and half of a thinly sliced banana into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the oats begin to bubble. Then stir until oats are cooked and creamy (about 3 minutes).
  2. Next, remove the pan from heat and then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining half of sliced banana, blueberries, and Maty’s Cough Syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

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Thank you to Maty’s for sponsoring this post, and for having the most amazing, natural products that I trust to use with my child. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Baby · Beauty & Fashion · DIY · Food · Life At Home

Margot’s Second Birthday!

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I cannot believe this little girl is already TWO! Everyone told me, “don’t blink, it goes so fast!”, but I did not think time would move as quickly as it has!

We had a fabulous, simple birthday for Margot. Just a small family party, with pizza and wings and a few yummy snacks.

My proud mama moment was the Princess Sofia cupcakes that we made for her. She has been obsessed with Princess Sofia. After making the cupcakes, we made a homemade purple buttercream that we piped along the top. We then placed candy pearls along the cupcake to look like Princess Sofia’s dress. For the birthday girl, we cut out a small Sofia from the waist up and placed her on a special cupcake to make it look like the cupcake was her dress. It turned out better than I could have imagined, and the whole process was so easy!

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I also received so many compliments on Margot’s dress which we got on sale at Old Navy for so cheap. I loved the color, but also how simple the dress was.

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We did not go overboard for this party and I am so glad. It was perfectly simple just the way we liked it, and it could not have been a more beautiful day to celebrate our little girl.

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Mama’s Dress linked here.

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Food · Life At Home

Explore The World One Bite At A Time

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For the longest time I hated cooking. I could make a mean grilled cheese, and don’t even test me on my scrambled eggs, but anything more than that was pretty much a flop.

Over the last few months I’ve broken out of my shell and have been trying new recipes here and there. Slowly it has broadened my taste and now I have secretly found a love for cooking (who knew?!)

Yummy Bazaar has helped with that. This unique food subscription box has me wanting to try foods from all over the world. I have not had many opportunities to travel and try new food, but for this affordable price Yummy Bazaar offers so many foods from different areas around the globe, and delivers it right to your door.

With Yummy Bazaar you can shop by region. They can provide food from so many countries and locations:

  • Columbia
  • Eastern Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Scandinavia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Spain, Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Other regions

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If you’re not sure where you want your food from, but want a certain type of food you can choose from their different gourmets.

  • Baking
  • Beverages
  • Bread
  • Breakfast
  • Candies and chocolates
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Dried fruit, nuts and seeds
  • Herbs and spices
  • Jams, honeys and spreads
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Pastas and sauces
  • Pastries and desserts
  • Pickles, olives and spreads
  • Rice, noodle, bean, and grains
  • Snacks
  • Soup meals and stock
  • Specialty fruit and veggie
  • Specialty meat and seafood
  • Truffles

They have tons of items to browse, and different types of subscription boxes to choose from.

We received a World Sampler box that we have loved. Everything inside was so unique and delicious. I have loved sharing these items with my daughter who is now trying all sorts of new foods. Here are some of the awesome items we were sent:

Guinness Chips from the United Kingdom

These chips go wonderfully with Guinness beer. They are crispy and the perfect snack to chow down on when you need a bite to eat.

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French Brioche Chocolate Croissant from France

This delicious croissant makes you feel like you are right in Paris. It is so light and delicious. Between my daughter and I this didn’t last long!

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Salted Striped Lithuanian Sunflower Seeds from Lithuania

These have traveled with us in the car for us to snack on. They are the perfect salty treat, and amazingly delicious.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Korea

Thankfully we received two of these cookies because my husband and I would have fought over just the one. They have that great crispy taste, and the chocolate hazelnut tastes amazing.

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Bombon Supercoco Coconut Lollipops from Columbia

This was such an interesting, unique taste! It almost tasted like a chocolate caramel flavor. I have never had a coconut lollipop, so I can now check that off my list of things to try.

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Samsa Seasoning from Russia

This is the only thing I have not tasted yet. I have gathered a recipe for a Russian Samsa recipe that this seasoning goes on. I am so excited to try it and have heard it is wonderful.

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Dulce de Leche Mini Arequipe (caramel) from Columbia

Yum, yum, yum! We have some apples that we dipped into this amazing dip. When we ran out of apples, we just used our fingers.

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If you are looking for a unique food subscription box at a great price you should definitely check out Yummy Bazaar. I promise you won’t regret it!

Thanks to Yummy Bazaar for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Baby · Food

Baby Pancake Recipe

This morning while Margot was still sleeping I thought I’d clean out our corner cupboard because that thing is a hot mess. I found some rice cereal and some oatmeal cereal that we’ve had in there for a little while. She hasn’t eaten those in a long time, and now that she’s eating normal food I thought maybe I should just get rid of them.

I decided to see if there were any recipes I could use these with. I’m glad I did because I found an awesome pancake recipe from Must Have Mom that uses both of them. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients for these to make this morning, so I slightly adapted it so my daughter could eat pancakes when she woke up.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
  • 2 cup formula, breastmilk or cow’s milk (if baby is over 12 months old)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Additional milk to thin batter

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Add additional milk, formula or breastmilk to thin batter as needed until you reach pancake batter consistency.
  3. Pour batter onto hot griddle and cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip and cook for only about 30 seconds to 1 minute and remove pancake from griddle onto a plate.
  4. Top with bananas and strawberries (cut up if needed for baby/toddler)

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I used the batter to make six pancakes. I gave one to my daughter, and saved the other five. This will allow us to use the pancakes all week long! The original recipe says that the pancakes freeze well if you chose to save them for longer periods of time.

When I use this again I will take the advice from the original recipe to use pureed food as toppings as well to give it a little more flavor.

Enjoy!

We dumped the bowl and just went to town on the tray.