Spending the summer in the city? Here are a few of our favorite city do’s!
Parenting is exhausting. I am not complaining at all. I enjoying being a mom but at the end of the day… once work is over and the dishes are done I finally have a few minutes before my day is over and it starts all over again. Which is why if I can make my life a little easier… why the hell not?
We have been a fan of Kidfresh products for about two years now. I came across their veggie mac and cheese, Wagon Wheels Mac+Cheese, which my son adored! My husband and I have a rule of thumb of always trying new foods first before letting our little one try it. We both knew Kidfresh was truly fresh and definitely has your little ones tummy and nutrition in mind!
When I heard they were making a “healthier” Tater Tot- Totally Rockin’ Tots – Yukon Gold + Yellow Squash I was thrilled!
So I took it to another level and added it to breakfast! Check out my recipe below.
It is a simple recipe and can be adapted to anyone’s liking. I used a standard 6 muffin pan, sprayed with non stick spray. I used 3 tots (thawed) per cup – which I flattened down. Then, I scrambled 5 eggs with cheese and filled almost to the top. Baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This made 6 breakfast muffins. The fun thing about this recipe is you can make it your own- change it up by adding spinach, onions or even bacon!
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After four years of life as a mom and 6 years married I have just come to terms that I am ok with not being a pinterest perfect mom.
When I became a mom, I had no idea of the judgement I was about to take on- by other moms. Shocker right?! Moms can be so quick to judge others. We do what we can and the point is we “do” for our kids. So what’s the point of making ourselves jump through hoops to put on this big show? Is it really for the kids or is it really to make us feel like a better mom than the other?
I am not a perfect parent. But I give all I can and fail sometimes and that IS OK! I have to admit I tried my hardest to be this pinterest perfect mom. I try to do fun quirky valentines. Not because I want to be better than the other mom. I do this because it’s fun. I am not saying that by trying to create the cutest party is being a judgy mom or better than the other. I just think moms have this extra pressure to be pinterest perfect and we don’t need to…
I am ok with not being a pinterest perfect mom.
I wanted to create the perfect first birthday party. I spent hours searching pinterest for ideas and in the end it was perfect for us. Yes, my burlap bunting that I spent hours cutting and stenciling didn’t hang the way I wanted- the wind quickly snatched it down. But the party went on and the pictures show two parents glowing with excitement and a beautiful family of three.
For my son’s second birthday my cake was far from pinterest perfect. My bake-ware was in storage and I used what we could find… the cake literally was falling apart as I was icing it. I was devastated. This cake was a DISASTER. It was the night before his birthday, at least 1 am, my husband and I were in the kitchen laughing and me crying a little… at this mess. But in the midst of it all my I remembered a beautiful cake I saw on pinterest. I am sure most of you have seen it pop up a time or two. The sprinkle cake. I grabbed all the sprinkles I could find and slapped them on and my husband ran down to the bodega to get more. We tried to salvage this awful cake with sprinkles. Sure it was colorful! The sprinkles covered the gaping hole on the side but goodness me how would this cake taste…. I cringed when I saw the kids take a bit. All I heard was CRUNCH. It was not a tasty cake. It made for a beautiful picture. But the cake was no good. Pinterest FAIL.
This year I tried again to have a pinterest perfect party. I had cute little names for the food and set up everything at home as if it was on the table at the venue. Just making sure EVERYTHING was pinterest perfect… I made adorable party favors…
But when the day came around we could not get into the parking gate, I was setting up the room as our guest were arriving and half of the things I originally planned for I tossed back into my tote bags and the party began. It didn’t matter my adorable washi tape cups for the fish and chips were not out. No one missed out on the little details I didn’t put out… and neither did I. I turned around and saw my four year old with a smile ear to ear and enjoying his birthday party with friends and family. It was a perfect real mom birthday!
I think Star Wars has done an exceptionally good job of saturating the market with EVERYTHING Star Wars related- from my coffee creamer to our mac and cheese! When it came to finding our valentines cards he wanted star wars- I could not find star wars valentine’s cards anywhere. Maybe they were all sold out or I just didn’t look in the right place.
I quickly made these cards and taped a Chewy bar to it!
The holiday’s have come and gone and I have been screaming for a little mommie time. So today I am sitting back and sipping on what has to be one of my new favorite red wines. Emilo Moro has relaunched Cepa 21 from the Modern collection Bodegas Cepa 21. This bottle of Hito 2014 right up my alley, a full body red wine with a long, lingering finish.
This past week we had the fun filled opportunity to host a play date for Bright Starts toys! As a mother of an only child, I jump at the chance of a playdate. A chance to have an adult conversation and the little ones play? Ummm…. Yes please! I rounded up a few of our favorite snacks and let the little ones explore the new toys!
Learn & Giggle Fish
A fun bright and colorful fishy which has two play modes – one for learning and one for music. Your little ones can learn colors, shapes, hear numbers and letters. With this multi-mode easy to manage toy, little ones will stay entertained. The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.
Learn and Giggle Activity Station
This was probably a favorite for one of the children at our play date. In fact he loved it so much he couldn’t part with it! The bright colors and interactive stations were super fun. They can sit or stand allowing the play space to be versatile- This amazing station will keep baby engaged with more than 65 sounds, melodies, lights and phrases! The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.
Bright Starts Spin & Giggle Puppy
Oh this toy had everyone in the house entertained. I for one loved this toy! The bowl wobbles and spins balls around until they spill out, the kids loved running around trying to gather them all up and starting again! Great for learning colors- The recommended age is 6mths- 3 years.
It was a successful afternoon with snacks and new toys who could ask for a better day?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bright Starts. I did receive compensation in the form of products to facilitate this post. All opinions are honest and that of The Mommie Life- MommieDe
Looking for stocking stuffers this year? I have rounded up a few of my most favorite stocking stuffers for you little ones this year!
I decided, I mean “SANTA” decided to gather up a few FUN bath toys for the stocking this year. 😉
After all bath time is much more fun with toys, right? So here is what the little elves have found.
Nuby Tub Tug, Throw in a squishy toy and wait for the laughter. Ages 6+ Months
Nuby Little Submarine Pull String Bath Toy- fun and interactive. Ages 6 Months +
Nuby Stackable Bath Boats- This can be used outside of the tub as well. Great for learning colors. Ages 9 Months +
Bath Bombs from Prague Market gives a tint to the water and smells amazing! Birthday Cake is a FAVORITE!
For a fragrance free bubble bath I LOVE BabyGanics.
Today I have a super quick and easy DIY nail polish painted coffee mug!
Here is what you need:
- Coffee Mug
- Washi Tap or any painters tap
- Nail Polish – color of choice
- Nail Polish remover and q-tips
So first things first, make sure your mug is clean and dried. Then mark of your area or shape you wish to paint within. After your area is marked off place one layer at a time making sure it is dry between coast to avoid stickiness. Let mug dry overnight and there you go! Remember to hand wash before using. Do not use in dishwasher.