My baby turned 10 months old this weekend.  I am here to tell you that time flies right on by and you just do not even know where it ran off to.  He is learning so much every single day and it makes me extremely happy and saddens me at the same time, knowing I will never have him as a little baby ever again.

In the past month, he has started to really cruise around the coffee table, be more independent and play without an audience while he is learning and exploring new things, and has had that tooth I was talking about last month finally break through.  We visited his first fair, viewed his first soccer game (my nephew’s first to play as well), and started going on walks in the much nicer weather.  Speaking of walking, he has mastered walking around the coffee table, started to let go some and just stand, and walking with the push walker on occasion and crawling out of his traditional walker to grab toys off the floor and then plopping back in and taking off!

He is still extremely patient, very much a momma’s boy, and primarily on ninny.  We have yet to figure out a solids schedule in which he follows daily.  Some days he has no solids, some days he has a couple of meals with solids and ninny.  It is all over the place at this point…oh well, it works for us.  Jackson is a joy to have and seriously the best baby ever, knock on wood it stays that way :).

Now for some pictures from the last month!


I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  What was your favorite age with your baby?

 

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I recently received a box of WEXY Snack Bags to review*.  They are snack bags made especially for children.  They are biodegradable and BPA free!  Cute, little monsters are on the front of the bags, offering a fun alternative to the everyday zipper snack bags.  The fun design is intended to make healthy snacking more fun for children…Brilliant!  Children can be very difficult sometimes and if a little cute bag can get them interested in eating healthier, then I am ALL for it.

The line-up for the monsters are Sammy the Surfer, Scout the Soccer Player, Bailey the Bubble Maker, and Dusty the Diver.  Each monster boasts a favorite snack choice or a “special eating need”.  For example, Sammy has a gluten allergy and Dusty eats primarily raw foods.  I think this is a great way to interact with your children and teach them about allergies, healthy snacks, alternative snack options, etc.  This is a great way to learn about and encourage healthy options for a lifetime.  The WEXY website offers a Meet the Monsters page to give a biography of each monster that is adorable and, I imagine, fun for children to read.

An overview of the bags:

Pros:

  • Biodegradable, recyclable, reusable, and disposable.  The packaging is made from 100% recycled materials. I think it is very important to decrease the amount of plastic waste that we produce and this is a simple way without losing the disposable option. (This also helps to teach your children about sustainable resources and being environmentally friendly!)
  • BPA free.  If my child is going to be eating out of it, this makes me feel better about decreasing possibly toxins he is coming in contact with.
  • Cute and Fun.
  • Perfect size for many other things besides children’s snacks…crayons, quiet activity bags, jacks pieces, rubber ball collections, card collection, sewing supplies, a first aid kit for the car (band aids and ointment), to keep your small necessities wrangled in your purse or diaper bag, etc, etc, etc, basically whatever you use a regular plastic zipper bag for.
  • Made in the USA.  This is awesome and often makes me more willing to buy a certain product.
  • Price is comparable to other plastic disposable zipper bags.

Cons:

  • Per my husband, they should offer a sandwich bag size so he can pack his lunches in them.
  • Also, per my husband, which I agree with, the bags should be clear with the monster still on the front.  This would aid in seeing what the contents are quickly.  Not a deal breaker in my book, but something he would apparently like :).

So, clearly the pros outweigh the cons and this product is a great, fun one for the kiddos to enjoy their snacks out of!  Go get you some!

*This was not a paid post, I did receive the bags at no cost to me to try.  All opinions are mine and have not been biased in any way.

 

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Last week I put together this easy pasta dish that was tasty and super speedy!  I thought I would share since I took pictures and all!  Ha, you would think I was a wanna be food blogger with all these food posts of late (here and here)!  Not so much…I know WAY more about breastfeeding than cooking yummy meals, but this one was for real a winner!

I introduce…

A 15 minute meal for two that was super delicious, way quick with no fuss, and easy to adjust ingredients for 2 adults!  Those pretty much are my requirements when cooking.  I mean from start to finish, including chopping up the head of broccoli, plating, and taking pictures, it was about 20 minutes; I’d say 15 minutes of actual cooking, TOPS.  So, here we go…

Ingredients (for 2):
  • 1/2 package of preferred smoked sausage/kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 6-7 large sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, sliced or cut in half
  • crushed red pepper flakes to desired spiciness (I used about 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 oz. (or whatever amount you want) angel hair pasta
Recipe:

Begin boiling a pot of water for your pasta.  Drop pasta into pot whenever boiling begins and drain whenever it reaches al dente.  Heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes to olive oil.  Let cook until the garlic is tender and smells oh so good!  Add broccoli to the oil mixture, stirring for about 2 minutes.  Toss the tomatoes in and warm through about 1 minute.  Add the sliced smoked sausage.  Let it brown on one side then stir/flip to brown on the other side.  Place over cooked pasta and slurp it right on up as if it were messy spaghetti and you were 3!

Roiling Boil!

All in, just waiting for some browning action!

Quick and Delicious…I promise!

I’m telling you…quick, easy, and delicious.  Win, win, win in my book!  Also, you can adjust any of the ingredients to your liking, for example use turkey smoked sausage for a lower fat option, etc..

What is your go to, easy meal when you just don’t feel like cooking?

 

Oh…Have you seen this commercial?  Totally hilarious!  I absolutely LOVE it :), “she’s already ordered.”  I seriously LOL-ed for quite a while, possibly even snorted…oops!

 

 

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So, the other night I went to bed thinking about pineapples and coconut.  I could not shake the thought when I woke up…what to do?  I rummaged through the cupboards and fridge to see what I could possibly make to satisfy the craving.

I found…
  • Pancake Mix
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Oil
  • Pineapple Topping (you know for sundaes and such)
  • Pineapple Chobani Yogurt
  • Imitation Butter Flavor

Umm, hello, I could only make one thing with that…

Duh, it was SO obvious this was the only thing that would satisfy such a crazy craving.  This was a wing it, straight out of my crazy brain recipe.  They were delicious and I will definitely make them again!  I did not measure anything except for the pancake mix and milk, so sorry :).

Recipe:

I used Krusteaz Pancake Mix replacing vanilla coconut milk for the called for water.  I mixed in about a tablespoon of pineapple topping.  I used coconut oil (you know, because I am OBSESSED and because it is one of the main flavors for piña coladas…perfect!) to cook the pancakes over medium heat.  While the pancakes were cooking on one side, I warmed the Chobani mixed with a splash of coconut milk and imitation butter flavor in a sauce pan over low heat just until warmed through and liquified slightly, flipping the pancakes in between stirring the yogurt mixture.  Once the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, plate those suckers up and top with the yogurt mixture!

The coconut oil added such a wonderful crispness to the edges of the pancakes that I have never achieved with butter, oil, or non-stick spray.  I am pretty sure I will ALWAYS cook pancakes, no matter the flavor, in it…it is just that awesome!  Have I convinced any of you to use coconut oil yet (see more of my obsession here and here)?  When I make these next time, I will most likely use a can of crushed pineapple instead of pineapple topping for more flavor.  The flavor as is, was faintly tropical, not too sweet, and a nice twist to the traditional pancake.  You could even add rum to the yogurt mixture to get ALL of the piña colada flavors in there, but I had none.  Or if you would rather syrup, infuse maple syrup with rum and coconut?  Endless possibilities I would imagine.

What is your favorite pancake flavor?  What days are best for pancake making?  I love iHop’s discontinued Griddle Cakes.  They had Cream of Wheat in the mix and were DELISH!  I prefer Sunday’s for pancake making, not sure why, but I do.

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It is the start of the weekend…WOOHOO!  Bo has drill, so Jackson and I will be enjoying an empty house, YEA!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend…any plans?

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Remember my obsession with coconut oil?  Instead of rubbing down Jackson and myself in the wonderful stuff, I have decided to coat some popcorn for a healthy and sweet alternative to butter.  I sprinkled a cinnamon, sugar mixture for the most perfect of late night snacks!  Jackson was eyeballing me like none other…sorry buddy, maybe a few more teeth and then you can try it :)

Sorry for the lack of pictures…It was way late and dark and I was too interested in getting the popcorn in my mouth :)!  So just close your eyes and pretend you see a picture of some delicious looking cinnamon, sugar popcorn….mmmmmm, didn’t that feel te exact same as looking at a wonderful photograph?  Thought so.  Enjoy!

Recipe: Cinnamon, Sugar, and Coconut Oil Popcorn {Serves 1}
 Ingredients:
  • 100 calorie popcorn bag (I used homestyle because that is what I had on hand) or 2 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (I love and use Kelapo Coconut Oil)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • sprinkling of cinnamon (to taste)
Directions:
  • Pop popcorn per package directions and pour in a large serving bowl.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar while popcorn is popping.
  • Spoon coconut over popcorn, stir to coat (coconut oil is solid at room temperature and will melt and soften as you stir it into the hot popcorn).
  • Sprinkle cinnamon, sugar mixture over popcorn to taste.  Make sure you stir it to get all of the popcorn!
  • Enjoy, share (or don’t), and enjoy a healthier alternative to butter laden popcorn!

I am sure you could do all kinds of other flavor combinations…chili powder, salt, parmesan, black pepper, garlic powder, anything I would imagine.

What is your favorite popcorn flavor?  I happen to LOVE kettle corn, but this was just as yummy!

 

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Here is a quick Labor Day Weekend recap…in pictures (practicing my photography :)).  I will keep it in line with Wordless Weekend!

Cousins…Jackson and Foster Grace

Blue Moon!

Happy Girl…Smith Elle :)

Daddy and Jackson

Momma and baby…

Corn Hole/Baggo

Watching and taking in all of the commotion

Big batch of Guacamole…11 avocados, YUMMO!

Pool Time…luckily a friend was taking pictures, because I was not taking my new camera to the pool!

Worn out from a day of swimming…sweet boy

I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend with friends and family!  What did you do?  What is your favorite part about Holidays?

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I am going to change the common “Wordless Wednesday” to “Wordless Weekend” and start posting a few pictures to start the weekend.  Today I leave you with my sister, her daughters, and Jackson!  I hope you all have a wonderful, safe weekend filled with family and friends.

Foster Grace is almost 4 and still nursing.  Smith Elle (her twin) weaned at about a year.  I know, no words are supposed to go into “WORDLESS Weekend”, but oh well…

What are your plans for this weekend?

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I do not come from a very photo taking family.  You see there are approximately 3 pictures of my life growing up.  My mother was too busy raising children to care to take pictures, so I have none.  I do not want this same fate for my child…who knows if he looks anything like me when I was a child; my mother says he does, but I have no proof!  I am a middle child, so the picture selection is even worse for my brother and me (#’s 3 & 4 of 6).  I was not very great at documenting my school years, my marriage,  my son’s birth, or his first 9 months.  I clearly need to remedy this problem…enter my new Nikon D5100 DSLR!  I am super-duper excited about it!  I have probably snapped oh say 650 pictures in 3 days (maybe an hour of actual camera time).

I chose the Nikon over Canon on the recommendation of my professional photographer friend/neighbor and a LOT of online research.  They offer many camera and lens options and “packages.”  I opted to go with the Nikon D5100 body and the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI II LD Macro for Nikon.  I did this so I would only have 1 lens to deal with while learning the ins and outs of a DSLR.  Most of the packages through Nikon come with 2 lenses that cover 18-55mm and 55-200/300mm.  I really wanted to be able to just use this right off the bat kind of like a point and shoot…so this works for me!

It is wonderful…I do not have to learn when to change lenses before I can start taking photos, I can go from far to close to in between very rapidly, and it is just so fun to zoom in and out like I am some kind of photog!  Bahaha, that will never happen, but I sure will pretend!  Anyway, thus far I LOVE the camera/lens that I purchased and would definitely recommend it to any beginner.

I plan to take some photography lessons at some point…until then here is what I have snapped and “edited” in either iPhoto or Picasa on my computer.  I really have no idea what I am doing, except looking for what I think looks pretty.  Enjoy…

Dr. Seuss!

I just love this face!

Ice Cream with Daddy!

Lip smackin’ good!

My happy boy :)

So, what is your pick…Nikon or Canon. What is your favorite lens?  Any tips for this first-timer?  I hope all have had a great start to the school year and that you were able to capture these memories.

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