Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday


When I decided to "remodel" my blog, I knew I wanted to include a "What I Ate Wednesday" post. I have wanted to make a blog post like this for over a year now but I was always hesitant because I thought it could potentially be too boring. However, when I'm bored, I love watching "What I Ate Wednesday" videos on Youtube.  I don't know why, but I just love them. I am always interested to see what other mamas make their families for lunch and dinner because I am always looking for new ideas. Since I eat with my toddler, I thought it would be fun to include what make for Noah, as well!    
 
 
Breakfast: So, since I have two kids under age 2, it took me a little bit of time to establish a routine for breakfast that works for everyone.  I usually make coffee first and then I fix Noah's breakfast. Today, I made him 2 pieces of whole wheat French toast with a little bit of syrup and powdered sugar with half of a banana.  He doesn't always get meals like this (sugary breakfasts, I mean), but he has been sick this week and hasn't been eating like his usual self so I wanted to make him something special.  Then, once he is set up, I fix myself something that I can eat while breastfeeding Meadow.  Today, it was cereal with organic whole milk, strawberries, and coffee in my favorite Anthro mug! I also polished off the other half of Noah's banana.
 
 
Lunch- We decided to pick up some Chipotle! Every time I order from Chipotle, I debate if I want the salad or the burrito bowl and I always end up ordering the burrito bowl because I love rice too much to miss out on it.  We brought it home and I ate mine while Noah took his nap and then he ate his when he woke up. (He always eats his "munch" after he wakes up from his nap.) When we eat at Chipotle, I usually give him some of my burrito bowl because it is usually too much for me but today we got him two chicken tacos.
 

Snacks- I try to make sure Noah and I eat a yogurt every day.  I don't usually eat Yoplait yogurt anymore because it has a lot of sugar in it, but I tried a sample of their whipped Greek yogurt at Sam's Club and ended up buying a bunch of these in bulk. They are so delicious! As for Noah, he eats Trader Joe's yogurt cups (they are pretty much always in our fridge). In the past, I bought YoToddler yogurt cups but these are way better (I've been known to eat them, too) and cheaper. Also, anyone who knows Mr. Noah knows he is the number 1 fan of "fishies" so he usually has some in his snack catcher cup by Munchkin.
 
Dinner- Yesterday, I felt like making beef stew. I usually get the urge to make something like this on a cold winter day, but Noah and I have had a bit of a cold this week and I had a craving for it. I made a big batch of it in our dutch oven full of potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, whole peeled tomatoes, and organic beef. It was so amazing and tonight, we had the stew that was left over with some yummy crusty bread.  Noah had the same exact thing, so I figured that it would be overkill to share a photo of what he ate!
 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Meadow's 3 Month Update


 
Meadow was officially 3 months old this past Thursday so I thought I would do an update on her. I've noticed that babies really calm down around 3 months and get into a routine that they follow every day. They seem to be a bit more adjusted to the world by this point. It's a really sweet time because they show more of their personality, too.
 
One of the big things that M is doing right now is smiling intentionally at people. Sometimes we even hear her chat and coo. She has one of the brightest smile I've ever seen. Noah's first smiles were some of my most cherished memories as a mother and somehow they both have very different smiles. Noah had a more relaxed and pleasant smile (oozing with charm) as an infant, whereas Meadow has more of a light-up-the-whole-room smile (oozing with sheer happiness). Some of the best moments of my entire life have been looking down at my two babies and seeing them smile at me like I'm the only person in the world. It's the best.

She had a little bit of colic when she was around a month old but it has all cleared up now. It definitely wasn't a horror story case of colic by any means, but every evening when we would put Noah to bed, she would begin crying uncontrollably and it would last for a few hours. Around 2 months old, however, it magically disappeared. According to her pediatrician, colic tends to do that. Now, she has established a bedtime and wakes up one time throughout the night to nurse.
 
The best thing about her hitting 3 months has been to hear her laughing for the first time. Of course, she was laughing at her big bro when they were in the bathtub together and he was playing with his bath toys. She just began to laugh at him uncontrollably and then Noah and I laughed because it was contagious. At first, it scared me a little because I had never heard her laugh before, especially an uncontrollable laugh!

Overall, she has always been an efficient baby. She does what she needs to do and then relaxes and takes it all in. She nurses like a pro (I will do a breastfeeding post soon about nursing the second time around), does tummy time like a pro, and loves to observe everyone's behavior. She has a calm demeanor but knows when to speak up when she needs something. With a toddler brother, she seems to know that she needs to speak up.
 
P.S. With your second baby, everything goes by so fast. Everything is just as amazing and just as special, it just flies by. I feel like I was pregnant just yesterday and now my sweet girl is 3 months!
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Best of Mindy Mae's Market


I've recently fallen in love with an online shop I follow on Instagram: Mindy Mae's Market. It seems as though there aren't many pieces offered, but the ones that are have been carefully selected. As I will be turning 30 at the end of the year, I have been taking steps to be more mindful of everything I purchase, whether it be food or clothing. Here are a few items from MMM I just adore and will hopefully incorporate into my wardrobe:
 
 
Image Credit: Mindy Mae's Market
 
1. Navy Double Hooded Sweatshirt- This is item that introduced me to MMM--so comfy. I was informed by a friend that this sweatshirt goes on sale every once in a while and it does. It is so comfy. I love how the site offers styling tips in their blog, which is linked to the photo above, and I just love how they have styled this hoodie with a pair of Birkenstocks.  
 
2. Cutest Stripe Comfs- I desperately need want these comfy pants! I picture myself staying at home, doing laundry, chasing after my babies with these pants on a cool Fall day.  
 
3. Lace Topped Tee- I am waiting to buy this because this is currently sold out, but I just love how simple this tee is. It reminds me of something a chic French woman would wear (even though I've never been to France.)
 
(Please note: I am not working with Mindy Mae's Market or being compensated in any way to write this post. As I said above, I am making an effort in every aspect of life to be more mindful of what I choose to purchase, eat, and write about.)
 
 
 












 
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