Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bath Time with Toddlers

Confession: I do not enjoy bath time. Well, maybe every once in a while I do, but for the most part I do not. First there is the whole process of negotiation with my kiddos to get them stripped down and into the tub (most often with Popsicle bribes), then there's an expectation of extracurricular bath time fun, followed by the torture of carefully washing two heads without getting one drop of water on their faces in the process. So yeah, wrangling two slippery toddlers during their witching hours isn't exactly my favorite activity.

Lucky for me, Matt loves bath time with the minis. And I love him for that even more. So while he makes hats out of shaving cream, finger paints masterpieces on the walls and enjoys a front row seat to the splash zone, I cook dinner until I'm called in for stage two of the bedtime routine with one of the soggy bottomed minis.
All that to say, here are a few of our kiddos' favorite bath products and toys that make bath time with daddy more fun...
Toddler Bath Time
Spout Cover: So this isn't necessarily in the "fun" category but it has saved us many, many boo boos to the head. I was sold on this one because it is mildew resistant and dishwasher safe. (Whale version also available). 

Hooded Bath Towels: We have more hooded bath towels than we could possibly ever need but they are so adorable and the kids love them. I know a regular towel can get the job done but snuggling a freshly clean babe with lamb ears pretty much melts me. 

Bath Kneeler: If you're using a towel for your knees this large cushy knee pad will change your world (and save your knees). Note: we originally purchased the deluxe kneeler that came with elbow rests and pockets for soaps but hated it. It would slide all over the side and get super wet and attracted mildew. In this case, the cheap, simple kneeler is the best!

Bath Seat: I've received a lot of emails inquiring about the bath seat Thomas uses. Unfortunately the version he has was recalled a long time ago. We got ours off the black market (aka borrowed from a friend). However, the new bath seat is half the price and looks a lot easier to get your mini in and out of! 

Noodle & Boo Bath Products: So, I've blogged about my love for Noodle & Boo bath products to death so I won't cover them again. We really only splurge on these products for Christmas stockings and gifts. When we run out we use Aveeno bath products.  

Boon Frog Bath Toy Scoop: Worth every single penny of $14. This scoop mounts to the wall and literally collects all the bath toys in one scoop. 

Color Bath Dropz: Fair warning: Once you start dyeing the bath water colors you can never go back. Caroline loves to run to the tub to see what color she's bathing in each night. 

Activity Soaps:  Mr. Bubble Foam Soap (our absolute favorite!!!!!!) // Sesame Street Bubble Bath // Finger Paint Soap 

Toys: Fishing Pole // Foam Alphabet & Letters // Water Pipes // Bath Crayons // Rubber Ducks // Various Tupperware containers // Formula Scoopers // Laundry Detergent Scoopers

And I'm sure you saw this coming...
Would love to know your favorite bath time products!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Rewind!

I'm pretty sure my mom is the only person who reads my weekend diary posts but I love to pen our fun crazy weekends so we can look back on these memories one day (when we're more rested - ha!).

Spoiler alert: I survived the weekend with the kiddos!

On Thursday two of Matt's best friends from high school arrived for a very long weekend of golf. The three of them were all on the golf team together in high school and still get together every now and then for a round. For this trip they spent their first two days at Pinehurst, a course Matt has always wanted to play. 
On Friday they returned to Charlotte. I stocked up on lots of local brews for the evening, along with some pimento cheese and duh, pirates booty! We grilled out and let Caroline stay up as late as she could make it (9 pm'ish)! Then the guys went out on the town and I caught up on all my TV shows that Matt hates.
On Saturday we bounced around to as many activities as I could think of to keep the kiddos entertained. I wont bore you with all our errands but Caroline said the highlight was the Chick-fil-A indoor play place...and ice dream. 
Meanwhile, back in golf land...
On Sunday we attended a 3rd birthday party at the splash pad for our friend Douglas. My mom told me I was brave for taking both kids solo but I think the more appropriate word would be "insane." Ha.
I dressed the kiddos in their brightest swimwear and relied on help from other friends who were in attendance! Caroline was like a ping pong ball at the splash pad so I barely let Thomas down to play so I could stay on my toes keeping up with Caroline.
Pretty sure we had to have more than a dozen "we share the splash pad toys" conversations in the span of an 90 minutes. Oh, and conversations about why "we don't pour buckets of chlorinated water on brother's head."
Overall, the weekend was super fun with the kids and it was kind of nice to have them all to myself, especially Caroline who usually prefers her daddy. Late Sunday afternoon Matt walked through the door with an iced coffee and a gift certificate for a pedicure. He's the best. And that was a wrap on our weekend!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday! Let's get right down to it because I'm chasing the rugrats around this morning solo...
one. Why, whyyyyyy, whyyyyyyyyyyyy did we wait so long to get Thomas his own hi-chair? For the longest time we've been able to get away with sharing one hi-chair since Thomas primarily uses (and loves) his Bumbo Multi-Seat and Caroline loves to sit at her table. However, double hi-chairs is a game changer. The minis are obsessed with sitting next to each other, trading food back and forth and eat 50% more dinner.
Lets hope these monograms prevent any "he's in my chair" arguments.
two. We traded in our June Supper Club for a night out in Uptown! My goodness, I think I am still recovering from going out on a school night. We started with happy hour at Fahrenheit which has the most incredible skyline view. After a couple glasses of wine we went down the block to 204 North Kitchen, a brand new restaurant we've all wanted to try. The food was unbelievable. 
I know I say this after every Supper Club but these girls really are the best and I am so damn lucky to do life with such a solid group of girlfriends.
Not the first time we've showed up wearing the same outfit.
For real, LOOK at that view!
Last group picture, I promise.
three. Matt returns home this afternoon from golfing Pinehurst with two of his best friends from high school. They've got 2 more rounds of local golf on the books for the weekend and Matt is so excited to have them here. Tonight we're grilling out so the guys can spend some time with the kiddos. I've been marinading chicken for two days and am planning to boil some corn using a new method which includes...milk? 

Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob: Fill a large pot about halfway with water. Bring water to a boil. Add 1 cup milk and 1 stick butter. Add corn and reduce heat. Simmer corn for 6 to 8 minutes Remove corn from cooking liquid and its ready to serve.
Welp, thought I could get to five but Caroline is screaming for me to turn on a new episode of Elmo (preferably not a re-run we've watched 34534534x) and Thomas is 30 seconds away from finishing his banana and demanding his second course of breakfast.

Anyone interested in chasing my minis around all weekend with me? I promise it will be fun. Ha! Happy weekend friends!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Broccolini (Toddler Approved)

I don't know why it's taken me so long to jump on the broccolini train. Oddly enough, Caroline loves broccoli (aka "trees") and it just recently dawned on me that I really should capitalize on her love for this veggie before she changes her mind. 

So without further ado, I present the yummiest (and super quick) roasted trees recipe for your next side dish...
Garlic & Parmesan Oven Roasted Broccolini


2 bunches broccolini, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt


1. Preheat oven broiler.

2. On a foil lined baking sheet (or roasting pan), spread the broccolini in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper and cheese.

3. Place under the broiler and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until lightly browned and the stalks are fork tender.

4. Serve immediately.


Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Father's Day

We had a super fun Father's Day weekend.
We kicked off the weekend with a fun surprise for the kids - a house! For 6 months I have been patiently waiting to score one of these in a local mommy resale group. These play houses go SO fast in our group and I am usually 15-20th in line for them by the time I see them listed. Anyway, there was a strict pickup deadline on this particular house which none of 15 mamas in front of me could meet but thankfully Matt has a truck and a flexible schedule! Home sweet home...
We picked up the house during lunch Friday but didn't actually surprise the kids with it until Sunday because it took Matt two days to de-bug and bleach it to his comfort level. I'm sure that surprises no one. However, it was perfect we revealed the surprise Sunday because I'm not sure how many more plastic slices of cheese pizza I could possibly eat in one weekend.
And because our family is notorious for being the worst at waiting until the actual occasion to present gifts we surprised daddy with the yummiest Father's Day cookie cake from the kiddos. Is this cake not parfect?! By Saturday night it was already demolished.
The kids really stepped up their card making skills for the occasion too.
Both kiddies also made their daddy the sweetest little gifts at school -- tie art from Thomas and a tie dye shirt from Caroline.
Side note: it is nearly impossible to get pictures of my kids without one of Matt's hands or a hairy foot in them. He is literally always within 10 inches of them. Ha.
On Saturday we packed our bags for a fun morning of splash pad fun. The puddle jumper was a huge success for Caroline. She was obsessed with lazily floating around the pool and now has absolutely no interest in learning to swim.
I successfully convinced Matt to stand outside the frame of this picture.
As for the goggles update - huge fail. Thomas is pretty tolerant when it comes to us harassing him with eye stuff (contacts, eye drops, patching, etc.) but he drew the line at goggles. We're going to attempt each time we arrive to the pool but in the meantime we literally crawl around the splash pad (imagine how ridiculous we look) to stay at eye level with him to ensure he doesn't get a DROP of chlorinated water in his contacts. 
We rudely interrupted Caroline's cheese cracker break for this family picture.
Wrangling two non-swimming toddlers solo -- super daddy.
Verdict is still out on whether or not his patch is Harry Potter themed.
We incorrectly assumed our busy morning at the pool would ensure solid naps but both minis refused to go down so off to an early bird dinner we went! We met our friends at a new dive restaurant close to our house. The restaurant was completely empty so we let the kids dance around to the jukebox next to our table. It was all fun and games until a corner of our table intercepted Caroline running to her daddy. She has a pretty solid gash in her forehead but thanks to the restaurant staff we quickly doctored her up and let her back loose to run around. After dinner our kids still had way too much energy so we took the party to the park and let them exhaust themselves before hustling home for bedtime.
After the kids went to bed I gave Matt his Father's Day gift which was burning a whole through the envelope. I can't believe I was able to wait as long as I did but was too excited to keep the surprise until the next morning. Not to toot my own horn but (toot toot) I knocked Matt's gift out of the park. I had a custom watercolor painted of his new office location. He LOVED it. Like, really loved it.
On Sunday I made a big breakfast and then we ran every dad's dream errand - Ikea! Ha! It actually wasn't too bad and we were in and out in record timing. We picked up a second hi-chair so the kids don't have to fight over our current one, some frames, the perfect little toddler pillow and a few other toys for the kids that they definitely did not need.

When we got home we surprised the kiddos with their play house which they played in the rest of the day (see: earlier pictures).
Once the kiddos were down for bed I made Matt the best steak ever and roasted broccolini for dinner.

And that was a wrap on Father's Day! I am so very lucky to have an amazing daddy to my minis a great father-in-law and a super dad of my own! We are so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful men!
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