Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas crafts- busy bag activities for toddler

I made a few small Christmas felt activities for my son. Really, these are for next year, but we did practice with a few of them. They each took no more than half an hour to make individually. Some fifteen minutes! I am working on a quiet book for the kiddo with some more intricate and detailed work. These are nice however because I can just whip them up quickly and store them in a baggie for future use. The quiet book, on the other hand, requires meticulous attention to detail (because I'm obsessive about getting it perfect), and a sewing machine. 

With these activities, I focused on a few things: colours, shapes, and buttons. Let's have a look! 

Christmas salad



Ingredients: 



  1. One large onion
  2. Two carrots (shredded) 
  3. Two tablespoon tomato paste
  4. One pound crab (half a kilo)
  5. One apple (peeled)
  6. Four pickles (sliced into rings) 
  7. Black olives (sliced into rings) 
  8. Three eggs
  9. Mayonnaise to taste 
  10. Cheese to taste (grated) 
  11. Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pan fry onion (cut into very small pieces). Fry until translucent 
  2. Add shredded carrots, salt, and pepper
  3. Once those are cooked, add tomato paste and remove from fire
  4. Mix crab, apple, cheese, and a little bit of mayonnaise so that it becomes one solid mixture 
  5. Lay this out onto your serving tray in the form of a Christmas Tree 
  6. Cover with carrot mixture
  7. Grate two eggs and add a little bit of mayonnaise - mix these ingredients together
  8. Add egg mixture on top 
  9. Cover with pickles
  10. Add olives as ornaments
  11. Grate the egg white of the last egg on top (as snow) 
  12. Add a little bit of sea salt on top 
Done! 


Not the most healthy, but this is rather tasty. At first, I was skeptical of adding apple to a crab dish, but this is actually really good. 

Thanks for reading, 
Yuliya

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Peanut butter cookies (no bake)

A healthy dessert! My son adores these and so do I!

 Welcome to Mommyhood: peanut butter cookies (no bake!)




I made these for the kiddo - so he could have a treat around the holidays, without the sugar and the unhealthy components. This is a really simple cookie.

Healthy peanut butter cookies: 


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Easy healthy recipes: Beef barley soup

It's been cold here - no snow yet, but windy, rainy, and cold. For some reason, I don't make soup. I don't know what it is, but I always found it intimidating even though some of my favourite easy and healthy recipes are stews. 

Here in Holland, there are only one or two soups people tend to make from scratch. Usually, cooking involves a package of some sort of spices that comes in a box with instructions on it. 

Soups come in these packages, too, and usually involve adding water and maybe a vegetable or two. I really hate hate hate to cook like this, and it took me a long time to convince my husband that even though less convenient, cooking from scratch is not only healthier, but it's also tastier. It wasn't hard to convince him that the taste is better, but the convenience factor was a pretty big deal for him. 

Anyway, yesterday, I decided to get over my fear of soup. Because it was cold. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Easy healthy recipes - Beef barley soup

And it was delicious. So here ya go: 


Beef barley soup recipe

Ingredients: 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Soup and stew recipes





 


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Monday, 16 December 2013

Vegetables and side dish recipes

Simple holiday decorations (diy edition)

Here are some of the decorations we have around the house with a touch of DIY.

This arrangement is pretty self explanatory - everything held together with hot glue. It consists of some fresh pine tree branches, small ornaments, and acorns. On top of this, I put on a candle holder. Things like this are sold everywhere around here during the holidays and are pretty pricey, too, when they can be made at home pretty quickly.




Thursday, 5 December 2013

Munchkin meals and holidays

It's already time for December's Munchkin Meals link up!

munchkin meals

Things have been hectic here - so many holidays for which to prepare. I've been pretty much ignoring blog land and focusing on family time, cooking, gifts, and other holiday craziness. I was born in Ukraine, and we have a lot of Russian traditions. My family moved to the US when I was a child, and then in my early twenties, I moved to the Netherlands, where my Dutch husband and I live. We have a very, very multicultural household. So, let's have a recap of the holidays my blended family celebrates November - January:

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Carrot cake lara bar adaptation

I love how these 'lara bars' are so sweet, but still so healthy. I serve it to the munchkin alone for breakfast sometimes, and other times with some plain, greek yogurt and chia seeds.





Here is the recipe I used for the carrot cake bars: 


Friday, 8 November 2013

Sweet potato recipes



Munchkin and I looove sweet potatoes. I try to prepare them for lunch as often as possible. 


Sweet potatoes were one of the Toddler's first foods. He will still devour them as long as they are not boiled or steamed.

One of the munchkin's favourite sweet potato recipes is: kale and sweet potato latkes



Ingredients: 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Munchkin Meals

It's time for the Munchkin Meals link up from Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life again! I love seeing what other families are feeding their kiddos, and getting new ideas for the munchkin.

munchkin meals

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Panko breaded asparagus

I bought asparagus at the market on Friday, which I was very surprised to see. It was pretty cheap, too at only two euro for a bunch. I bought white asparagus, which is normally much more expensive at about four to five euro. My husband doesn't like it much, but I love it. Usually, I pan fry it with garlic, paprika, and lemon juice. Today, I thought I'd try something new based on a pinterest inspired recipe. I made panko breaded asparagus for the munchkin's lunch, but as I had suspected, it was a bit too crunchy for him. I however, found it absolutely delicious.




Pumpkin pie pancakes


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I love pancakes and crepes. I hate making them. It takes far too long, and I always find it a hassle to stand by the pan, waiting to flip them, and then waiting for them to cook. Whenever I make pancakes then, I always make a large batch so I can freeze them for easy breakfasts. We don't have a microwave, so whenever I want to have pancakes for breakfast (or feed them to the kiddo), I can just pop them into our mini oven and in five minutes, they are warm and tasty again.




Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Meals this week

I have big plans for cooking this week. I bought a bunch of sweet potatoes, and kale, and have two pumpkins at home. I have a lot of ideas of what to do with these things. So far, munchkin hasn't been cooperative with his napping, so I haven't had as much time to try out recipes, as I was hoping.

This weeks meal plan:

1. Quinoa chili
2. Steaks and salad
3. Beet bake with sausages
4. Left overs
5. Pasta (recipe posted)
6. Left over pasta with spare ribs
7. Whatever the hubby decides to make

Extras that I will be cooking:
1. Carrot lara bars interpretation
2. Pumpkin pie pancakes
3. Pumpkin corn bread
4. Sweet potato hash browns
5. Sweet potato cookies
6. Kale chips
7. Panco breaded asparagus

Thanks for reading, 
Yuliya

Homemade (kale) pasta sauce

I bought a bunch of kale at the market on Friday. It's super healthy and I love it! My husband, however, doesn't like it. I wanted to incorporate kale into our meals this week, so I thought I would use the same technique that I do for munchkin's meals - I would hide the kale. I hid it in the pasta sauce, and the husband loved it! So the pasta sauce turned out really well, and I was very happy to be able to incorporate more kale.


I've also tried making kale chips before, but I burned them and haven't given it a go, since. I'll try again today. I also prepped some beans for chili yesterday, and will finish it off today. I think I will try to put kale in there again. Hopefully, both of my remaining kale endeavors will go well.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

How to fold a fitted sheet

1. Start by folding the sheet in half. Make sure to fold the corners into each other.

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Light tuna salad

I made this for the munchkin and myself for lunch today: Tuna salad with pita bread!

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Yummy veggie-cakes

I made my munchkin some veggie-cakes. Instead of pancakes. I had some myself while cooking them up, and they are so tasty!




Toddler activities

I've been working on coming up with fun activities for the munchkin. I need activities that entertain him for extended periods of time. More than five minutes is amazing.

Today's activities include the following supplies:
1. Puddy of  some sort
2. Beads
3. Spaghetti

My plan was: stick pieces of spaghetti into the puddy, and have the munchkin string the beads onto the spaghetti. We didn't really succeed with doing that, but he had a blast playing, anyway.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Meal plan for the week

Here is what the hubs, munchkin, and I will be eating this week (in no particular order)

1. Dutch pea soup
2. Lasagna
3. Beet casserole
4. Left overs
5. Slow cooked meat of some sort with brussel sprouts or green beans and a salad on the side
6. Kofta with couscous

One day is also reserved for my husband to choose. He usually cooks on Sundays and even if I have a meal plan, he doesn't cook from it. I usually plan the meals on Thursdays or Fridays, so he would still have several options as we do not plan per day. He still doesn't like to do that, and instead likes to get creative. Thus, one day is left open.

That's it for the week! Thank you for reading, 
Yuliya

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Dino hat

I finished knitting this wonderful dino hat for my munchkin! It took me about two weeks to knit because I would only knit during convenient breaks and would only get a chance to knit a row or two at a time.

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I ended up changing the pattern a bit to make it big enough. It's now a bit big on the kiddo which means he may even be able to wear it next winter. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Healthy Muffins Recipe: Beet muffins

Today was an off day. We ran out of decaf coffee, which made the everything feel wrong from the morning on. I've been tired - munchkin has been waking up frequently during the night so we've been cosleeping. Oddly enough, last night, he slept through the night in his own bed for the first time in several weeks. He was also up at about six am. So after spending the morning like a zombie, I had a sudden burst of energy, which lasted exactly enough to bake these for the munchkin before crashing my energy supply again. I'm really starting to miss caffeine. A lot. As much as I love being able to nurse my kiddo, I am almost starting to feel ready to have my body back.

Anyway, I made these 'muffins'. I actually burnt the ones in the muffin tin, and then put the extra batter to bake just on a piece of aluminum foil. I guess they are 'muffin tops'.

 


Easy stir fry dinner

I made this simple stir fry a few nights ago, and it was delicious! It's fairly healthy depending on your feelings about soy. I also ran out of brown rice, so we used white rice, but brown rice, or even quinoa would certainly make it much healthier. 



Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Healthy Muffins Recipe: Kale and carrot muffins

Healthy Muffins Recipe: Kale and carrot muffins
Munchkin doesn't like to eat leafy greens. If I give him salad leaves, they are generously given to the hardwood floors. If I want him to eat spinach or kale, I need to get creative. I usually hide them in pancakes, omelets, or muffins. It's really important to me that everything or nearly everything the Toddler eats contains nutrients and vitamins that are essential to his growth and development. That's why I love healthy muffins recipes. They are both convenient and filled with vitamins!

Today, I made these lovely kale and carrot muffins for the munchkin today, and they turned out wonderfully! I finally picked up some more whole wheat and buckwheat flour yesterday so I was able to get back to baking. Not only am I pleased with how these turned out, munchkin loooved them!

Welcome to Mommyhood:Healthy Muffins Recipe: Kale and carrot muffins

Healthy Soup Recipe: Russian Borsch or beet soup

Healthy Soup Recipe - Russian Borscht
One of my favourite recipes is Russian beet soup, or borsch. I love that it's a healthy soup recipe. I love that it's stuffed with veggies. I love that it bursts with flavor from all of the delicious ingredients. I also love the nostalgic feeling I get everytime I prepare it. In one bite, this soup takes me back to my childhood in Ukraine. I remember the hills, the warm summers, the beautiful weather.

Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy soup recipe Borscht #paleo, #whole30




This recipe was a hit with my husband the first time he had it, and he asks me to make it constantly. This is a basic comfort food for us and a recurring recipe. It's so filling that this is a meal in itself, and you definitely won't need to eat something else with it. It's scrumptious. I promise, you'll love it! 



Here is our healthy soup recipe for the day: Russian Borsch


Servings

So, so many. This portion will make enough for two adults to eat three meals from. Each time we make this soup, I have enough for my husband and I to eat dinner, lunch, and freeze some for a quick dinner.

Ingredients

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Easy, educational toddler activity

I've been slacking in teaching my munchkin to talk. We read a lot, but with all of the languages that the kiddo is exposed to, I think it's really important to practice Russian, his main language at home, and make sure that he is learning new words. Although he can say a few, I am making it a point to practice language more routinely. The pediatrician did tell us that he may seem to lag in language skills until he's a bit older because he will be taught multiple languages at home, instead of just one. That is - he will be learning words from both languages, which will make it seem like he speaks two languages poorly rather than one very well. If that makes sense. However, I really want to try to make it easier for him, and to expose him to as many words as possible. 

So to work on this... 

About a year ago, I went to Ukraine and picked up several educational, reading activities and books for my then soon to be born kiddo. I'm starting to bring these out now. Today, I took out a bunch of puzzle pieces. They are pictures of various items that fit into the corresponding letter with which they start.


Monday, 14 October 2013

Toddler blanket

I made this blanket for my son last year, and brought it out for the first time this year today. It was very easy to make and turned out huge!




Thursday, 10 October 2013

Meal plans for the week

This is what I plan/hope to cook next week. Hopefully, we get some tasty recipes because I plan to experiment a bit.

This is what we will be eating Friday (tomorrow)-Thursday (next week).

1. Slow cooked pork with a beet casserole (kind of a casserole. It will consist of onion, bacon, beets, with a potato and celeriac mash on top.)
2. Cauliflower mash with sausages or a roasted chicken. Salad on the side
3. Cabbage stir fry
4. Pasta with broccoli and cauliflower
5. Pesto pasta with mozzarella
6. Dutch, pea soup

That's all, thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Munchkin meals

I'm really excited to be linking up with Brittany from A healthy slice of life to post my Munchkin's meals today. 

munchkin meals

Breakfasts are usually pretty small, but the past few weeks, the kiddo has been eating a lot in the mornings. Today, he had oven baked scramble eggs, tomatoes, and berries. He ended up eating all three egg 'muffins' and all of the berries. I doubt that even one slice of tomato ended up in his mouth. I don't know why, but lately he has been refusing certain foods that used to be gobbled up easily. I guess his tastes are changing. 


The eggs were very easy to make, which is always a necessity for breakfast time. I made the eggs as I would an omelette with some extra ingredients: 

1. Two eggs
2. A little bit of milk
3. Grated cheese
4. A little bit of green onion
5. A handful of kale 

I mixed them together and put them in the oven on 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit for about ten to fifteen minutes. Easy, and toddler approved. 

Other breakfast favourite are:
2. Fruit salads
4. Oatmeal, oatmeal cookies
5. Sweet potato pancakes

Lunch consisted of cucumber slices (organic, from my mother in law's garden!) and a quinoa salad consisting of roasted sweet potato, white potato, some white beans, and a bit of quinoa. The cucumber was a big hit for the first time. I had given it to him several times, but today was the first that he really enjoyed it and wanted more. The quinoa and sweet potatoes was a bit less successful. He still ate his entire portion, but he wasn't as into it as usual. 


Other lunch meals are: 
2. Any kind of steamed veggie, but especially carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower
3. Sweet potato fries
4. Quesadillas (with cheese, beans, and whatever else we feel like adding) 

Dinner was a bit of an experiment - pumpkin and chicken dumplings. I used whole wheat flour, but I would have preferred buckwheat flour. The dough could have been rolled out better - we recently threw away the rolling pins we had and still haven't replaced them so I used a glass. It didn't go that well. But overall, they turned out pretty well. 


Dinners have been a bit off lately. Normally we give the kiddo whatever we eat, but at our last pediatrician's visit, they suggested giving him sandwiches for dinner, and his 'warm meal' for lunch. (We live in the Netherlands). The kiddo had some trouble falling asleep until he would have his last poo, which was at around 9 pm. Bed time being at 7 or 7.30 pm, used to be a nightmare because he just refused to sleep. Giving the kiddo a sandwich for dinner was the doctor's suggestion.This is very Dutch - they eat bread for breakfast and lunch and then have one warm meal in the evenings. Sandwiches consist of butter with chocolate sprinkles or peanut butter for breakfast, and bread with thinly sliced cheese or a piece of lunch meat. Maybe they eat some fruit with one of those meals.

I'm not used to this type of menu, and I didn't feel comfortable jut giving the kiddo bread for dinner. Instead, we offered him bread with almond butter or avocado or cheese, along with a protein. Apple or banana for dessert. Bedtimes have been much easier, so I'm going to reintroduce veggies that are light on the tummy with dinner. Tonight will actually be the first time, so I'm a bit anxious to see how it will go. 

Munchkin typically gets dessert with every meal which is always a piece of fruit. He gets snacks, such as raisins, dates, rice crackers, fruit, or veggies during the day, but usually doesn't want too much. He still nurses about six to eight times a day (crazy!) and is not ready to stop any time soon. I'm ok with this as I work from home and it's certainly easy. We've started increasing the milk we offer him - cow's or goat's milk, but this gives him a bit of diarrhea so I will address it at our next pediatrician's appointment. He either gets milk or water with each meal, and extra water throughout the day. 

I think that's all!

Thanks for visiting, 
Yuliya

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Healthy pancakes recipe: kale pancakes

Healthy pancake recipe
Munchkin has a new breakfast and lunch favourite - spinach and kale pancakes. I initially made these healthy pancakes to be a baby/toddler food, but I have to admit - I love them, too and helped myself to several as I was frying them. 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy pancakes recipe for Kale pancakes

Healthy pancake recipe for kale pancakes

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Toddler activity - indoor chalk

I got this little wall decoration that we had in storage and let the munchkin go to town scribbling on it. 



Saturday, 28 September 2013

Meal plan for the week

Here is what we plan on eating today - thursday of the following week.

1. Beets with steaks (tonight!), pan fried mushrooms, and pan fried onions
2. Pasta recipe that I saw on a Jamie Oliver show (pasta with broccoli and cauliflower)
3. Celeriac stampot (mashed potatoes with mashed celeriac and bacon)
4. A stir fry with bok choy
5. Curry
6. Chili with corn bread muffins

That's all for this week, 
Yuliya

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Easy brussel sprouts recipe

We ate left overs tonight, but I wanted to use up the last bits of brussel sprouts that I had bought at the market about two weeks ago. This was very simple. Here is what I did: 

1. Pan fry brussel sprouts with three cloves of garlic (minced). 
2. Add some stock, paprika powder, and pepper
3. Bring to a boil 
4. Let simmer until brussel sprouts are soft
5. Salt to taste if you need. I also added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice


And that's all - simple and fairly quick! 
Yumm!

Yuliya

What I ate Wednesday toddler edition

Here are my sons meals yesterday. 

For breakfast he had - 

1. some fruit

2. Banana, oatmeal, and pumpkin cookies

Dutch stampot recipe

This is one of my favourite Dutch recipes -stampot andijvie. It is very, very typically Dutch, and very easy to make. It's not the healthiest, but that's alright. I made some slow cooked meat on the side. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Our current freezer stash

Since I wrote about our groceries, I thought I would also mention our current freezer stash. Also, because I just added the broccoli and cauliflower I had purchased on Friday.

I won't add any photos right now because it's already 20.00 (8 pm) here, so it's getting dark and the lighting is terrible. Here is a list of our fruit/veg:


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fall goals or bucket list

Here are some things I hope to get done during this season: 

•Celebrate and even host Thanksgiving. I'm really excited about this. Thanksgiving doesn't exist here.  I have no American or Canadian friends here,  but I think it's fun and the hubby and I agree that we want to teach the kiddo about different cultures. We aren't American by birth but I grew up there so we will celebrate the occasional holiday by having a nice dinner and teaching the kiddo about it. We will be doing the same with Russian and Dutch holidays. For  Thanksgiving we will invite some friends over.

•Make pumpkin pie and lots of pumpkin recipes

• Start sweet potatoes for planting next year

• Plant garlic

• Figure out where I can get apple cider and have some

• Play in leaves with the kiddo

• Watch Halloween shows (feel really nostalgic and miss Halloween because it doesn't really exist here) 

• Have a pumpkin spice late (I think Starbucks actually makes these here. I think.) 

• Make a pumpkin spice late at home (sigh, probably will replace point above)

• Knit - a blanket, hat, and mittens for the munchkin for winter 

• Take a walk through a forest

• Fall photo shoot with the munchkin (probably in the forest)

• Get fall candles and decorate the living room for fall

• Make caramel apples 

• PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS ! (ACK. I'm already getting worried about Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas' day) and New Year (biggest holiday in Russia). Both are like Christmas present wise. We're celebrating both. Oh my goodness! So much preparation! The big gifts for the kiddo are going to be home made - a busy station made of wood with a bunch of different locks and activities for the kiddo. And possibly a tool station. Seriously. So much work. 

• Finish up some just some projects around the house

• Make spiced, hot wine

• Drink lots of hot cocoa

• Make yummy soup

Wheww... that's some list. I hope that most things get accomplished. Maybe by posting on here, I will feel accountable, so I will get things done. 

What are your goals/bucket list ideas for this season? 

Thanks for visting, 
Yuliya

Healthy toddler meals: beet pancakes and sweet potato patties

Healthy toddler meals and healthy breakfast recipes: beet pancakes and sweet potato patties
Healthy toddler meals: beet pancakes and sweet potato patties
We had a crazy day today. I have been feeling really run down lately, especially with visa renewal stress. Immigration is scary stuff. 

With how busy life can get,  I want to share a few healthy toddler meals: beet pancakes and sweet potato nuggets. I love these recipes because they make such large batches and I'm able to freeze extra portions! I especially love the convenience of the beet pancakes - healthy breakfast recipes that can be frozen for later are life savers in my home. 


Beet pancakes: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy breakfast recipes for beet pancakes

Meal Plan for the week

Normally, our meal plans are created to be from Friday to Thursday because I buy our fresh produce on Fridays. Because the hubby will not be eating dinner at home until Tuesday, this weeks meals plan is small. Myself, I have been and will be eating salads for dinner because 1. I don't feel like cooking and 2. I could lose a few pounds. 

So here is what we will be eating Tuesday-Thursday. 3 simple meals. I don't plan for a particular day, just the amount of days. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Healthy, pumpkin cookies

I made cookies for my munchkin. I finally used up some of the pumpkin my mother in law had brought us a little while ago. They turned out amazing even though I was baking! My latest attempts at baking haven't gone so well, but this worked out. 

I got the inspiration from this recipe from Laura at Mommy Run Fast: 


I didn't have mila that the recipe called for, so I replaced that with normal chia seeds, and I forgot to add the raisins. The raisins are something I'm disappointed about. I also decided to not add carrot. 

Here is what I did:

Toddler activity

We bought a lock a while back but  haven't put it on yet. So I decided to try teaching the munchkin to put the key into the lock. I really thought he would be too young to get this but after a few tries, he got the key in. We've been practicing everyday for about a week.

I also learned that he finds the word pochti (almost in Russian) hilarious while we played today. He tried getting the key in the lock but missed so I said pochti and he started cracking up. Silly boy.



So this activity was definitely a success.

Thanks for visiting, 
Yuliya

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Planting ginger

I recently learned that you can replant ginger, and it will continue growing! How exciting. We love ginger, so I was very eager to give this a try. Here is what  I did. 


1. Soak ginger overnight and break/chop into smaller pieces That was the original piece


I broke it in about half 


Here is the empty pot 


2. Fill pot with some earth


3. Put in ginger, and fill with more earth. 

4. Water

 Simple as that! Ginger likes warmth though, so you should make sure to bring it inside during the winter, or at least before the first frost. During the summer, it can go outside. The root will continue to grow, and you can eat that. Otherwise, they grow beautiful flowers.


Thanks for visiting, 
Yuliya

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ideas for keeping the romance alive with kids

The hubby and I have a one year old. It's hard work taking care of the kiddo,  managing the home,  working, and then making time for each other let alone some romance. Sometimes we are so exhausted that we hardly speak but collapse in front of the television like sacks of potatoes. Here are some low key ideas for quality mommy and daddy time or just for busy couples. 

1. Kiss everyday
2. A sexy outfit. Simply putting on a nice dress or outfit for a late night dinner.  Sometimes we put the kiddo to bed and the hubby and I eat dinner alone.  A nice outfit makes me feel put together after a day of cleaning and chasing after the kiddo. Nothing too fancy - I just put on a dress that hubby likes and that's all.
3. Candles with dinner

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Laundry basket and other fun for toddler

I had a laundry basket downstairs ready for clean, folded laundry but the kiddo likes to play with it. I had a lot of ribbon left over from his birthday decorations.  So I put the two together and let him have a go at it.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Toddler activities with objects you have at home!

My kiddo loves playing connect four so I thought of taking an empty water bottle and letting him drop beans in there.  He loved it. He also enjoyed dumping the beans out of the bottle. 

Healthy easy breakfast

We had a simple breakfast today.





















Saturday, 14 September 2013

Natural hair mask

Here is a home  made hair mask that I use in my hair to add shine and strength:

● one or two eggs depending on hair thickness and length
● one tablespoon of jojoba oil
● five drops of rosemary essential oil

I used this a lot when I used to dye my hair. My hair is slightly on the dry side and tends to get frizzy. This helped a lot. I would put it in my hair about half an hour before I would take a shower, and then simply follow your normal hair care routine. I did this about once a week. Twice a week should work, as well. 

There are a lot more natural,  home made options depending on hair type.


That's all for now, 
Yuliya

Mommy on the go outfit of the day/Наряд дня

Here is an easy, (nursing) mom on the go outfit. I have a pretty hard time putting together stylish, comfortable outfits that I can nurse in. I bought a few new tops yesterday, and put together something very easy today. We went to Monkey Town - a children's play place, with ball pits, slides, giant legos, and basically a ton of activities for kids ranging from 1 - 8, I would say. We also went grocery shopping afterwards. I needed something I could crawl around in, be comfortable, and not look like a frazzled mom. I came up with this: 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

What I ate Wednesday (toddler edition)

Here is what my son has eaten today for breakfast and lunch. His snacks have been breast milk, and with each meal he gets water to drink.

Breakfast:




Red berries, golden kiwi, and sweet potato pancakes. He ate the pancakes and berries, but didn't like the kiwi. 

Lunch: 




Peas, steamed carrots and broccoli, and a few slices of goats cheese. He ate all of the cheese and got three more servings of the vegetables plus a two vines of red berries. He was starving. He nursed about fifteen minutes after. I can't believe how much he eats sometimes!

That's all for now! 
Yuliya