Tuesday, 30 December 2014

6 Snowflake letter recognition activities

Mr. Toddler has been really enjoying working on his letters. His knowledge of the alphabet is progressing slowly, which in all honesty, I found totally amazing at 2 years old. Here are 6 ideas for fun ways to work on letter recognition with your toddlers, including free printables at the end of the post available in English and Russian.

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Winter Activities for kids: 

Snowflake letter matching


Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Thank yous and popular posts

This year has been filled with new adventures for my family - like on ongoing house project that I keep mentioning. One of the things that I have personally been enjoying has been working on Welcome to Mommyhood. I've loved working on this blog, watching it grow, and most of all, interacting with readers! It still amazes me that so many folks stop by everyday and have been regularly coming back even! 

This year, I've watched this blog grow from 5 readers a day to now, sometimes over 2,000 a day! While there are definitely bigger blogs out there, these numbers are high to me and I'm really honoured that you chose to checkout my blog! I want to take a minute to say thank you! 

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Happy New Year! 
Yuliya

Healthy Meal Plan

Hello again! I'm still not completely back to my normal blogging rhythm as the husband, all sorts of family and friends, and I are still working on the house. It's holiday time, and we really have some amazing loved ones that are helping us get our home closer to done! I'm so excited about the progress, but I just haven't had a chance to squeeze some extra computer time in. 

Even though life has suddenly become even more hectic now that the husband is on holiday from work, we did have a lovely Christmas dinner with all of sisters and brothers in law, my husband's parents, and my step-grandmother-in law (what a mouthful!). My husband and I don't exchange gifts for Christmas, 'just' Saint Nicholas Day and New Year (secular, Russian Christmas of sorts). 

New Year (used to be)/is the biggest holiday if the year in Russia. It was always my favourite growing up, not just because January 1st meant we got to open the gifts under the 'Christmas' tree, but because December 31st always meant a fabulous dinner with obnoxious amounts of delicious food, loads of time with family, and many songs being sung! Oh and fireworks, and dancing, and guitar playing. It was a fun, family oriented time, and I always look forward to recreating something similar for my own son. 

It's a bit more difficult here in the Netherlands, where we are the only Russian folks around in our near vicinity and all of my family being scattered around in other countries, but we do try to make it special. A family meal on the 31st, which will mostly likely lack the guitar playing and dancing that accompanies it. 

We also have some fun gifts for the Toddler to open. I wasn't planning on doing gifts this year, but then I went to the store to get some other things... and well, a few wooden toys on sale (ya know, because Christmas is over), and New Year gifts happened. I'm sure Mr. Toddler won't mind. I also went through some boxes we had in storage, and found a book, and few other stocking stuffer worthy gifts that will manage to make their way under the tree. Ohh, I feel like the Christmas spirit is returning to my house in spite of all the tasks we have to do in order for it to be done! 

Oh, and here's what we'll be eating while I'm prepping for all that because none of those gifts are wrapped and nothing has been done for our New Year celebration prep!  

Healthy Meal Plan 


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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A sort of bloggy break and WIAW

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season! I'm popping in to say that I'm going to be taking a short break from blogging for the rest of year! 

With all of the craziness we have going on with our house, I really need to spend a little bit of time getting reorganised and spend a bit more time with family. 


I bet most of you are all busy with last minute holiday preparations yourselves! I would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and a fantastic start to the new year! 


Oh, and here's some dinners that I ate last week!

Beets, smashed white potatoes, arugula, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar with a side of paleo meatballs. Fantastic recipe vis a vis one of my sisters in law. Will be happening again for sure. I love beets as much as I adore brussels sprouts! 



A sort of cabbage stir fry! It was really good as a dinner, but I'm not going to lie that I was totally looking forward to crispy leftovers for breakfast more. Topped with a 'sunny side up' egg, they were a keeper! 




This last one ended up being a bit weird. I cooked it up with the idea that we'd eat it the next day. The thing is though, that I don't like using roasted brussels sprouts as leftovers. I really ended up not looking forward to this meal. 

But then! I discovered some chili and garlic infused olive oil. I pan fried the chicken and sprouts to reheat them with an additional onion (purple variety), and loads of infused olive oil. The sprouts got re-crunchy, and the chicken remained most on the inside. This was also another keeper!



All in all, in spite of the craziness that is happening right now, we've been able to at least get pretty healthy and mostly paleo (aside from the feta in the first dish) dinners! Lunches and breakfasts have been on the run, consisting of whatever it is that we grab as we head out, but if that means our house gets done sooner, I'm okay with it!

If you want to see some more fantastic food ideas be sure to checkout What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons!


Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Meal Plan, December Week 4

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what! My husband is on holiday from work! He's off until 5 January! Even though we will be spending each and every single day until then working on our house, I'm still excited to be seeing him more frequently, eating meals, and drinking coffee together. 

We'll be working on the roof of our house these next few weeks. There's nothing like working on construction to bond a husband and wife -.- It should mean some major progress on the house though which is seriously needed. I'm really starting to get quite annoyed with how slowly things are moving so I am also hoping this time will get me to a more positive place about it all. This entire experience has been a true test of our patience and mine is really wearing thin. Sadly, there's still a lot of work left to do. 

The really positive aspect of it though is that we will have a very customized house in the end. We'll even have something really not Dutch in the end - a large laundry room and fairly large bedrooms! Plus a whole lot of land for playing, building tree houses in the chestnut tree, and a separate space for my fruit and veg garden which will happen next summer. So this long process 

Back to food? Because we will be at the house all the time, I have no idea how well I'll be able to stick to the meal plan. We do have a caravan there with a functioning kitchen and a mini oven so this should be feasible, but really depends on how I'm feeling at the moment. We'll see how it goes, but for now, here's my idea of what we'll be eating: 


Healthy Meal Plan 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Tree Counters II

I know, I know, Christmas evvverrrything! This is really going to be the last Christmas related tot-school post I'll be sharing this year! I promise, but...

I have a confession to make. I kind of love putting together my son's trays. Like a lot. 



Christmas activities for kids, Christmas tree printables, free printables, montessori, #montessori, #ChristmasActivitiesForKids, fine motor activities, #finemotoractivities
And you know what else is equally as fun? Finding (inexpensive) manipulatives that fit perfectly with whatever it is that we are working on! Like these: 

Christmas Activities For Kids: Counting cards and Montessori Inspired Activities {Welcome to Mommyhood} #ChristmasActivitiesForKids, #christmasActivities, #montessori, #christmasplaydough


Adorable clothes pins that were advertised for displaying Christmas cards. For less than a euro (about 1 USD), I picked up an entire pack and had to repurpose them for our shelves! So I came up with: 


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A few more Christmas themed shelves

I know, I know, it's almost Christmas! Just a few days left! I hope you're all having a lovely time preparing (not too much stress and all). I have been slacking a bit on showing you guys everything on our shelves lately. This week, I put up the last of our holiday themed works together. I have to admit though that I am really, really, reaaaally glad that the holidays are almost done so that I can get some new themes together. I'm getting a bit bored. My son isn't too bored with it yet, but I know I wouldn't be able to get another week's worth of fun holiday works set up. 

So, for those of you who's kids are home from school now, or if you're looking for a few last minute quiet activities for your preschoolers, this post is for you! I tried to keep these mostly Montessori (as per usual), but end up just going with the supplies/items/ideas that come to me in the moment. These were all easy to set up and a few were Christmas themed busy bag items from last year! 



Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Fine motor


A very simple fine motor work, but Mr. Toddler just loves clothes pins! It's a simple work to set up with items you probably already have! It's Christmas-y because of the bucket. Seeee: 

Christmas activities for toddlers {Welcome to MOmmyhood} #Montessori, #toddleractivities, #christmasactivitiesfortoddlers


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mulled wine recipe {From France}

Have I ever mentioned that time I 'lived' in France to you? Probably not, but I did kind of. For about half a year. It was a ridiculous experience in good food, okay, amazing food, delicious wines, and fantastic cheese type of way. 

I rented a horrible flat with a friend, and our landlord also had a small restaurant nearby. I guess he took pity on us, two young women that were barely twenty with limited cooking skills. So he occasionally shared cooking tips, let us sample some of his amazing wines, and spoke French to us like French people do (which was fine because I actually speak it but needed to work on my accent. It was helpful not condescending. Just to be clear). 

I look back at that time fondly, also because perhaps a few too many evenings were spent enjoying some amazing mulled wine. Obviously, I had to learn to make it perfectly for fear of upsetting the landlord. Okay, not really, but I definitely did want to learn about wines and food from him. And this was the result of that: 

Easy mulled wine {Welcome to Mommyhood} #mulledwine, #wine

Today, I am sharing this very simple recipe for a fantastic mulled wine that I learned to make from my restaurant-owning-landlord during my stay in northern France.

This drink is so warming, comforting, and so fragrant! While I don't have alcoholic drinks too frequently, this is definitely a fall/winter favourite of mine. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

WIAW: upcoming recipes, healthy meals and deliciousness

This week, I've definitely been loving getting into the kitchen again. I've been thinking up many new recipes, and actually getting excited about sharing them. My mini food rut was over after I purchased a new notebook for stashing recipe ideas. For some reason, a new notebook always gets me excited to get creative and have something to fill up the blank pages with. I'm a geek for office supplies. As in sticky notes and new pens get me totally excited. 


Speaking of pens, have you seen this {Ellen on pens for ladies}? Like, really? Reaaaallly??? By the way, I have no idea when this was actually aired because a) the Netherlands has limited tv shows that are worth watching except for Australian masterchef and b) I rarely watch tv. We watch so little television that I'm contemplating not getting one once we move. We have netflix so we're not that weird, right? Yea, probably is weird. 

Enough random chit chat, let's talk food! Err, look at food? Yes, that. I have photos, see:  


Breakfast 


While I wish I can say this was breakfast


Easy, healthy recipes: herb loaded omelette #paleo #WIAW


Instead I had this, but swap the nose for an egg: 

Christmas Tree Number Cards

I mentioned last week that I'm thinking about my husband and I are forgoing gifts this holiday season. Not bothering with presents has certainly opened up some more time for other fun things (like working on our house), but really also actually fun thing things like holiday filled activities to do with our toddler as well as holiday themed trays for our shelves. 

Mr. Toddler is still going back and forth between asking to review letters and asking to work on numbers, so I'm constantly thinking about new ways to get some counting practice on our shelves. 

Given Mr. Toddler's obsession with playdough, I've also been trying to work it into our trays where I can. I came up with a very simple Christmas Tree Ornament counting activity! 

Free printable available at the end of this post!  


Christmas Activities for kids 

Counting cards

Monday, 15 December 2014

Hanukkah cutting printables

Have I mentioned a million times before how my son adores practicing with his sciscors? Oh yes, well, here's another cutting practice printable that he's been loving! 
Montessori inspired Hanukkah Cutting Practice Printable {Welcome to Mommyhood} #hanukkah, #montessori, #freeprintables

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Paleo: A Dutch Inspired Beef Stew

It's cold here. As in really, really wet and windy, and cold. I can't seem to get myself to get in the mood for soup lately, but I have been seriously craving stews. 

The Netherlands seems to always do it's own thing with the weather, and now that we're working on the roof of our home, the wind has definitely decided to amp it up. Obviously, it's more fun replacing a roof when there are some serious winds to make it totally safer. End sarcasm. 

But really, if you ever find yourself in the Netherlands, chances are the weather will be the opposite of what you expect/need/want. Unless you want rain. 

I seem to talk complain a lot about Dutch weather, but in all honesty, I don't mind the rain as much anymore. I also don't mind that the weather is unpredictable. But the wind. It's just so cold and even the warmest of coats can't seem to protect you.

So stew. It's the perfect dish to warm up with. It's not too liquidy, but not too dry. I love the heartiness and how warming it can be. So if you're somewhere cold, wet, snowy, or just love a good ole stew, here's my interpretation of a Dutch dish I've enjoyed over the past few years: 



Easy healthy recipes:  Beef stew {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

Let's chat & healthy, paleo meal plan

Last week I mentioned how I was kind of in a cooking rut. I spent a bit of time reflecting, and well, I guess we're going to have a bit of a frank, pretty personal chat about why. If you're here just for the food, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for this week's healthy, paleo meal plan! 

You've been warned, this is going to be wordy!

There's been something gnawing away at my heart lately ... due to all of the delays we've had with the house, we're not only behind schedule, but we're also going to have to put off TTCing once more. We've had a date in mind in 2014, but realised when we embarked upon the constructing our house project that that date would need to be pushed back until 2015. Now, it looks like we'll have to wait (at least) a few more months. A few months. 

It's not that long, right? But I'm getting seriously anxious and upset about it. We knew this was a risk and made the decision about the house, but now I have all of these fears and anxieties about being able to conceive again. Maybe that's why I haven't been sleeping as much, have been in a foul mood, and haven't been enjoying cooking (and even blogging) as much. It's hard, it sucks, and I've definitely been enjoying an extra piece of chocolate (or ten), along with a glass (or three) of wine while wallowing in my own self pity and whine-i-ness. 

Here's the nonsensical part though - I mean, logically we need our house to be done, and that's a nice thing to put off baby land for. And we already have an amazing child. But, he's getting older and I see it everyday. The gap between Mr. Toddler and a potential future babe is getting bigger. I'm also not getting any younger here. 

I have this perhaps irrational fear that we'll have a problem conceiving again. You never know with these things, and many women have suffered miscarriages in my family. That thought of loss (when we haven't even started trying!) terrifies me. But even that means I'm assuming we'll actually be able to conceive. There's no logical reason to assume we'd have problems. I'm just getting older and it scares me. I think way too much about it, too. 

And by the way, when folks are constantly asking ya when you're next one is coming, it seriously does not help. As in leaves me in tears so yes, I know my child is TWO, and yes, it is common here for people to have kids really close in age to each other, and I want that, too, but don't remind me, please. We need our house to be done. I don't think that all of the grocery stores in the entire Netherlands will have enough chocolate to help me with that if those questions and comments continue. 

Oh, ouch, this got super personal. I hope I didn't scare you off there! I like to keep things light around here, buuut every now and again, I feel like I should also share a bit about our lives with all you wonderful folks. So that's it, I'm in a super weird, emotional point at the moment. 

I'm trying not to be so negative about it all. I'm trying not too think about it ALL. THE. TIME., and I'm trying to see the positive - we'll be able to save more, we'll be in a calmer place, Mr. Toddler being older will mean he'll understand more if/when the time is right. 

For now, I'm going to keep working on my online 'baby' here, focusing on our house. The Husband has a holiday starting upcoming Friday, which should mean that we'll get some major work done, and MY GRANDPARENTS ARE COMING!!! Okay, I'm actually super excited about that one! They'll be here until the beginning of January. You folks are in for an obnoxious amount of amazing Russian recipes. 

And speaking of food, here's my... 

Healthy Meal Plan 


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Hanukkah playdough mat

I've been so busy making countless activities for our Christmas/New Year/Saint Nicholas' Day shelves, that I've really been neglecting our Hannukah shelves and activities. And then I realised, it starts on Tuesday. It's definitely time to get some blue and white on our shelves (conveniently, with that theme, I got to carry over some trays that Mr. Toddler was still loving from our arctic activities!)

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So the work I was most excited to try out was a simple play dough mat! Mr. Toddler got some playdough for Sinterklaas from one of his aunts and uncles and has been requesting to play with it every single day (possibly because the kit came with scissors and he's also loving working with scissors).  


Hanukkah Activities: Free Playdough Mat Printable {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori #preschoolactivities, #hanukkah

Christmas tree letter matching

Mr. Toddler has been loving learning his letters lately! We've been practicing all the time, and with Christmas approaching, I definitely wanted to add a fun holiday themed letter based work to our shelves! Today, I am sharing a simple capital and lower case letter matching printable! You can download it for free at the bottom of this post! 

Christmas tree letter matching


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Cinnamon baked apples

So I made these:


Healthy dessert recipes: baked cinnamon apples {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthydessertrecipes, #toddlerrecipes

And Mr. Toddler and I devoured them. I kind of adore apples. Like beyond adore, I eat about three a day. It's just an off day if less apples are consumed. And since everyone seems to be baking up a storm at the moment, I really wanted to get the oven going and have the house smell like deliciousness. 

On the other hand, baking cookies or desserts typically involves me crying at some point because I forgot to measure the baking soda and now my cookies are ruined (I'm not terribly precise at cooking and love winging it. This makes baking difficult), or baking involves too many dishes. Plus, I find paleo cookies to be even more difficult to make than 'normal' cookies, but the latter are too unhealthy for me to share with the Toddler. 

The solution to my desire for baking something sweet without messing it up or ending up with a sink full of dirty dishes because I could only get the recipe right on my fifth try naturally meant something from my childhood - baked apples. 

Healthy dessert recipes: baked cinnamon apples {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #healthydessertrecipes, #toddlerrecipes

My grandma would make these all the time for me when I was younger and they were one of my favourite desserts. I've made them a few times for Mr. Toddler and they've been hit and miss, but this time, I really wanted to go beyond the plain ole apple bit. I added some simple ingredients that really made them a fantastic dessert and Oh My Yum! I'm pretty sure these will be happening everyday for the remainder of the month! 

These apples are one seriously amazing easy, healthy dessert! 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

WIAW: mostly paleo Monday

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely week and not stressing too much with Christmas and Hanukkah coming up. I think my husband and I semi-officially decided to not do gifts this year. Yes, zero presents, not even for the toddler. 

Here's the thing, we have already been through Saint Nicholas' Day, and already are overflowing with stuff that seriously needs to be downsized. And we got a second car. And the ongoing house project that seems to be never ending. So, our holidays will be spent kicking up the house stuff into high gear so we can move in at some point before we turn 90. Okay, I'm exaggerating a little bit. 

My point was, I haven't thought about Christmas and Hanukkah gifts (we did gifts for Saint Nicholas' Day), and I'm already so over it. Mr. Toddler has so much stuff, and I have no desire to add to it. Plus, it's nicer to think about spending some quality time together as a family during this time of year rather than get stressed out about what to get everyone. The whole gift giving thing also seems to typically fall on my shoulders while hubby goes out last minute to pick out whatever happens to be on my list of kitchen goodies that I want and is done in an hour or two. I'll probably end up changing my mind a few days beforehand. 

Oh yea, it's What I Ate Wednesday and I went on another tangent as is per usual with these posts. Here's the food from Monday: 

Mostly Paleo WIAW


Breakfast


Breakfast has been boring. I mentioned my food rut, and breakfast is where this has hit the hardest. I'm too tired and so not in the mood for it. Here's what has essentially been breakfast for the past week: 



Paleo Day of Meals {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes


It's okay that I eat fruit for breakfast though, right? I arranged it as a happy face to make up for my laziness. 


Lunch


By the time lunch rolls around, I've been pretty hungry as coffee and fruit don't really cover it as a filling paleo breakfast. So, I made these amaaaaazing smashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese. Seriously, you need to make them!



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Monday, 8 December 2014

Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Hi. So there are currently 72 drafts in my draft box. 72. Today, instead of actually finishing one of those up (they seem to multiply like mad lately, but remain unfinished), I'm sharing something new. Because this was lunch yesterday and it was delicious:  


Easy, healthy recipes: smashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese {Welcome to Mommyhood} #easyhealthyrecipes, #smashedsweetpotatoes, #healthyrecipes

Guess what else? These smashed sweet potatoes were devoured by the toddler. I was sitting with him while he munched on these for lunch and actually thought he had tossed them on the floor, but nope, they were just inhaled at lightening speed. Although, I do have to admit, the greens weren't consumed. I had no hope for that anyway.   


Easy, healthy recipes: smashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese {Welcome to Mommyhood} #easyhealthyrecipes, #smashedsweetpotatoes, #healthyrecipes

I mentioned in my meal plan post on Sunday that my food inspiration was gone, but that smashed sweet potatoes were the sole dish that I knew I wanted to consume. These turned out a little differently than what I had imagined, but oh my yum! I'm not sure if this means that all sorts of creativity will be returning now, but these were certainly fantastic! Even my kid devoured goat cheese for the first time, so there was definitely something worth consumed here.

Speaking of goat cheese... I kind of love it. I do stay away from cheese the majority of the time (with paleo and all),  but Dutch cheese is pretty amazing. If you find yourself in the Netherlands, splurge on cheese. Like most things, I try to eat it in moderation, but there are really so many different kinds of cheese, flavours, and different ingredients that they add to it here, like spicy cheese, old cheese that's been aged and crumbles when you cut it, cheese with cloves, and more variety than I can explain. 

Oh, a bit of a cheese tangent, but let's get back to these smashed potatoes and all of their deliciousness. I've been craving them for weeks, but one idea or another kept coming up and then I couldn't find the small sweet potatoes I had envisioned for this recipe. Then our refrigerator stopped refrigerating and the spinach went bad so I obviously couldn't consume sweet potatoes without greens. Yea, I'm like that.

Anyhow, this recipe is so easy, and so delicious, and light, and full of wonderful flavour combinations! The sweetness of the potatoes is offset by the goats cheese distinct flavour. The nuts add some crunch, and the greens add a bit of healthy something something to the dish! 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Bloody Mary Stew

Before we get going, I want to acknowledge that maybe the tittle of this recipe is just a teensy bit misleading as there is no vodka in it. You could add it if you feel like it though. And this stew is loaded with a bunch of the same ingredients that you would find in the cocktail (celery, tomatoes, deliciousness), and it does contain alcohol, so you'll forgive me, right? I also have a suspicion that the majority of you folks aren't here to get drunk from stew... right? 


Easy, healthy recipes: Bloody Mary Stew {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

Let's talk just stew for a few minutes though. Delicious, warming, hearty stew. Because it is cold. Even though it's not officially winter, it's cold. 

Actually, here in the Netherlands, it gets freezing at night, and then rains all day except for those five misleading minutes of sunshine that come every hour. You think the weather is turning around, but nope, it starts raining again. No snow yet. 

Maybe that's a good thing as it makes getting around much more difficult, but the lack of snow makes it feel much less like almost Christmas. Don't get me wrong though, it's still cold here. Thus stew. 

I love warming up with a big bowl of it. On the couch. With a blanket. For those of you in the trenches of snow or for those of you that just want something tasty, here's my interpretation of what a Bloody Mary would taste like as a stew (don't worry though, you can still serve this to your kids!). 

Healthy Meal Plan: December Week 2

For the past month or so, I have been so excited to get in the kitchen! Beyond excited. The recipe ideas were flowing, and I was getting inspiration ALL. THE. TIME. 

My cooking mo-jo is gone. Poof. All of the sudden I realised, I have no more ideas. I don't feel like making the dishes I already thought up, and have no idea what I want to eat this week. Um what? Maybe it's the lack of sleep because one of my husband's and my favourite netflix shows has a new season and we have been staying up way past our bed times watching (and I'm still getting up at 4.30. Why do I do these things to myself???). 

Basically tired me = lazy me in the kitchen. Even pinterest failed me. Now that is a serious sign of a problem. Pinterest has yet to fail inspiring me to cook at least one dish. So for now, I'm keeping my menu simple. I don't really feel like experimenting, and I'm keeping things open to change as I hope that the cooking fairy will once again stop by and sprinkle some inspiration into my morning coffee. Okay, maybe no cooking fairy, but really, inspiration, come baaaacck. 



Healthy Meal Plan 



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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Arctic activities and free printables


Today, I am sharing a bunch of preschool activities. A lot of photos, a lot of free printables, and a lot of fun!

I feel like I have been majorly slacking on sharing the loads of printables that I've been making with you guys. And by loads, I mean about 20 different word documents filled with assorted printables (holiday themed and not), along with lists and lists of ideas for various works! 


I'm going to keep this intro short and sweet - we've been working on the arctic (along with Christmas, Saint Nicholas Day, and winter ideas that will be coming in future posts). These works were so much fun to put together, and most importantly, my son really enjoyed pulling them from our shelves! 



Preschool activities: Montessori inspired arctic unit and FREE printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #freeprintables

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As always, the printables you see during this post are available for free in English and Russian at the bottom of this post! 


Easy Christmas cookies

Thanksgiving is done. Phew! Now we can move on to Christmas parties, New Years planning, gift exchanges, and cookies. Obviously one of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the baking that necessarily needs to happen. Right? Or is that just me that associates everything with food? Yes, no, maybe? 

Well, once you see these beautiful Christmas cookies, you'll need to bake and consume them straight away. 


Easy Christmas Cookies recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so beautiful! They are really versatile and even little ones can help to make them! #easyChristmascookies, #christmas, #christmascookies

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Activities for kids: cutting practice

My son has been absolutely obsessed with using scissors lately. Not only has he been asking to practice every single day, but he actually sits down to do so and keeps busy for approximately hour long intervals! A toddler - sitting still for an hour?! Yes, it happened.


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With Christmas and all of those wonderful holidays in December coming up, I made a quick printable for those of you guys who have little ones that are learning to use their scissors. 

Christmas activities for kids:

Cutting printables

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Healthy Toddler Meals

Another month has absolutely flown by and it's already time for Munchkin Meals hosted by Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life! I'm also combining this with Jenn's What I Ate Wednesday linkup at Peas and Crayons, too. 

Today, I am sharing 5 healthy toddler meals, and an additional four easy and healthy kid approved recipes!  

Here are loads of healthy toddler meals that are also quick to put together for little tummies {Welcome to Mommyhood} #healthytoddlermeals

This past month, I've really noticed how similar my son's eating habits are to mine. As in, he wants to eat what I am eating exactly when I am eating it. Or he tries to feed me his food to share and all. 

This has really made me reflect upon my snacking (which happens more often than I like to admit) as well as making sure that I don't slack on my healthy eating in the weekends. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Bacon glazed carrots

I am so excited for the December holidays. Beyond excited. The hubby has a mandatory two week holiday (as in the company is closed and no one is permitted to work!), which we will spend together. Working on our house. Which will hopefully have a roof. 

That all means that I'm going to go wild recreating delicious, Christmas-y, New Years-y recipes that can be cooked on a stove top. It is already happening. Like these carrots that were supposed to be baked in the oven, but instead were cooked to perfection on a stove top: 


Easy Christmas recipes: Bacon glazed carrots {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easychristmasrecipes, #easyhealthyrecipes

So I feel like labeling this as one of my easy Christmas recipes. Maybe because it's December. Or maybe because I got those fun pine cones for my son's homeschool activities. Naturally, I had to throw them into a photo shoot, right? 


Really though, this dish is perfect the entire year, buuuut I do think that the savory and deep colors of this dish make it Christmas-y, right? Yes. Yep. I'm going with it. It's Christmasy and I'm getting into the holiday spirit! Maybe we'll even put up a small tree in the caravan! 



Easy Christmas recipes: 

Bacon glazed carrots

Christmas Tree Printables

Today, I am really excited to share some very simple, educational Christmas activities for kids! Since the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and all Thanksgiving related activities on our shelves, I seem to have gotten off track in terms our tot school activities and organisation. 

christmas activities for kids, free printables, christmas printables, #montessori, #toddleractivities, #christmasactivitiesforkids
Last week, I really struggled to sit down, get organised, and make a bunch of printables for our shelves for this month. I'm really pleased to have gotten that accomplished, and am now focusing on the more themed activities for our shelves, such as our upcoming arctic themed printables, our Saint Nicholas Day activities, and more! 

For now, here is a look at a fun activity that has already made it to our shelves! A fun Christmas tree and ornament matching work! 



Christmas Activities for Kids: Free Christmas Tree Printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #christmasactivitiesforkids

Christmas activities for kids

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sweet and spicy roasted pumpkin

Even though Thanksgiving is over, you didn't really expect to see pumpkin recipes disappear around here, right? 


Easy, healthy recipes: sweet and spice roasted pumpkin {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes, #roastedpumpkin

Because my raging pumpkin obsession is still going strong and all things pumpkin are still on 'need to cook and devour straight away' list. I've really been loving all sorts of savory dishes lately. This sweet-savory-spicy pumpkin recipe was a pretty fantastic blend of deliciously sweet pumpkin with some fresh herbs and chili peppers all contributing to my taste buds doing a happy dance! 

Easy, healthy recipes: sweet and spice roasted pumpkin {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes, #roastedpumpkin

This pumpkin was actually the last bit of goodies that I had used up from the last time I went to the market - as in three weeks ago. Which reminds me - I haven't been to the bigger market in three weeks. Whaaat the what. 

My desire to cook is directly correlated to the amount of time I spend at the market. Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to any sorts of happenings in my kitchen. And going to the market as opposed to a conventional grocery store also means that I get to save quite a lot of money. As in - thirty euro for a fully stocked refrigerator filled with delicious greens and sweet potatoes (because that's pretty much all I eat). We're not even going to chat about the quality of produce at a grocery store as opposed to the market. 

Okay maybe a little. There's a serious difference between the taste of produce from a grocery store here and what I get from the market. The latter is fresher, and that means that it also needs to be used straight away. Now that I finally have a car that I can drive places (assuming that I don't get waaay lost and end up in Germany or France. Oohh France!), I can actually get to my favourite market on the weekdays without shoving my kid onto a million and a half forms of public transportation. 

One more random side note about Europe - have you ever driven here? I mean gone from one country to another. I've always been so astonished that you can leave one country for another and not even know it. Hello France, I had no idea I even crossed the border into Belgium. Oh Europe, you're fun. Although I guess it's like crossing state borders in the US. Except people speak different languages.

So much talking, here's some pumpkin to make up for it! 

Easy, healthy recipes: sweet and spice roasted pumpkin {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes, #roastedpumpkin






Easy healthy recipes: 
Roasted pumpkin