Friday, August 28, 2015

Five on Friday!

Hi friends! It's Friday and I could not be more excited! You know what else I'm excited about? These five things...
 
- one - Playdates! We've been squeezing in so many playdates lately. Yesterday we fed the ducks, had a picnic lunch and played on the playground with our friends April and Camille! Today we are heading back to another playground too with some other friends! I wish maternity leave would never end!
- two - Since we've been on a low carb fix, I have become obsessed with zoodles. I bought a spiralizer a long time ago but went a little too cheap and ended up hating the one I purchased. After lots of research and recommendations from others I decided to get the magical Paderno spiralizer and love it. There is just something so awesome about eating veggies in curly fry shape.
One of our favorite zoodle recipes lately is Zucchini Shrimp Scampi!
- three - Dropbox! Friends, I have been terrible about backing up all of my photos for years. If something were to happen to my computer I would literally lose my college years, my wedding day, Caroline's first year of life and SO much more. So one of my maternity leave projects was to back up ALL of my files and pictures. I went with Dropbox to do it because not only is it FREE but I can also sync all of my cell phone photos to my dropbox! Don't delay - back up your photos! You can sign up (here)!
- four - Don't forget to enter my giveaway for $125 credit to Minted!
- five - This song: First by Lauren Daigle. So good. So, so, so good.
Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thomas' Birth Announcement {Minted Giveaway}

I said I wasn't going to send birth announcements for baby 2, but then Thomas arrived and it seemed unfair not to share his adorable little face in paper form with friends and family. It was a difficult decision selecting a favorite newborn photo from over a hundred amazing images from Allison and then picking an announcement from so many gorgeous options from Minted! I can be incredibly indecisive so there was a lot of "okay, which do you like better? This one or this one?" chats with Matt. He likes to humor me and play along in the selection process. Together we decide on this adorable combo...
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So for all of my blog friends and lovely readers, consider this your virtual announcement from our family! If postage wasn't 49 cents a stamp (when did that happen?), I'd totally mail you all one. 
And because the folks at Minted are super amazing, they have offered one lucky reader $125 credit towards their birth announcements! Just enter using the rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Toddler Meals {HELP!}

Mamas, I need some help! I am desperate for some new toddler dinner ideas to throw into our regular chicken nugget, mac & cheese and spaghetti rotation for Caroline. On the days that I can get it together enough to have dinner ready for the whole family by the time Matt and Caroline get home we eat the same meal together as a family. However, once I return to work that will be a tad unrealistic because I'll have exactly 4 minutes from the time I walk in the door until the time that Caroline will completely melt down for dinner so quick is key!
Don't judge! Here's what you can usually find on Caroline's plate (or the floor):
  • Frozen vegetables (usually broccoli)
  • Fruits (usually blueberries, grapes, watermelon or a banana)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Chicken Nuggets 
  • Spaghetti
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Turkey slices
  • Scrambled eggs
  • English muffin or toast with peanut butter
  • Grilled cheese
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beans (usually black or chick peas)

Even Charlie is sick of these foods. So I need some new ideas - preferably healthy, preferably easy and quick to make, preferably something I can prep on Sunday and feed for the entire week!
Kitchen / Chef Outfit (similar) / Eggs

*Side note: the egg crate set has been one of Caroline's most played with toys since her birthday. Worth every penny (and hour spent looking for the pieces around the house)!
What do you feed your toddler?!
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