Sunday, 31 August 2014

Paleo Recipes: Easy beets recipe

One of the most important factors that contributes to my success on any sort of a healthy lifestyle is preparation. Especially when I am trying to be strict with paleo, I know I need to make recipes that can be prepped in advance. This easy beets recipe is one that I can either make in large batches in advance or simply prep by cooking the beets in the beginning of the week. 

Easy Beets Recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #Whole30, #vegan, #vegetarian, #EasyBeetsRecipe

Whole 30 Meal Plan #3 & Whole 30 update

I mentioned last week how distracted I have been with party planning. I realised though that I'm generally not into cooking so much lately. And then I realised why. My hubby and I went to buy a ridiculous amount of food for the party that is coming up way too soon. We also had a chance to finally go to the market in the city where we used to live. That market was a constant source of food-inspiration for me - I mean fresh produce for super cheap without a bunch of chemicals, preservatives, or even food coloring added! The quality is simply better than what we can get in the grocery stores here.

But we haven't been going. Since we've moved out of the city, it's been a hassle to go, and now that the garden is not producing as many fruits and vegetables, I'm stuck going to conventional grocery stores with overpriced and significantly less tasty food. It makes cooking so much less fun. 

My new goal though is to consistently go to the market every two weeks! I can freeze the extras that we buy, but still know that I am getting good quality stuff. This week, I am finally excited to get cookin' now that I have gotten my hands on all of these goodies! 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Science activities for toddlers: mini astronomy unit

I mentioned in my Tot School Curriculum post that I am planning on increasing the quantity of science based works that I present for my son. As part of my research for age appropriate science activities for two year olds, I actually realised something - I actually do provide science activities for my toddler! Units like this, with a space theme, actually incorporates simple works that I can use to introduce my two year old [Mr. Toddler] to scientific concepts - like gravity, space, zoology, etc. 

Not every aspect of science has to be an experiment, right? I mean, those sure are fun, but it has taken me a little while to realise that I don't need to do 10 experiments a week with my two year old to get some science into our school week! 

This particular unit happened spur of the moment. I got some inspiration from some pom poms, made a few printables very quickly, and got busy! These are hands on and pretty basic works that Mr Toddler absolutely adored! I kept some of these out for about a week and a half, even after introducing new trays, he still asked to do these trays during play time! 

Science activities for toddlers: Mini space unit by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori #totschool

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Super easy Mr Toddler approved tuna salad

So tuna. It rocks my socks. My toddler on the other hand? It depends on his mood. If it's in a patty, well, anything in a patty is a guaranteed win, but in salad form, that is a harder sell. I made an easy tuna salad recently, and Mr Toddler devoured it! I loved that he got some sugar snap peas, cucumbers, celery and tuna and I had zero meal time battles {with the exception of the tomatoes that I repeatedly offer but are constantly avoided}! Plus, I thought it was really, really tasty. And I ate my tomatoes. 

Easy tuna salad: Whole 30 approved {Welcome to Mommyhood} #EasyTunaSalad, #Whole30, #Paleo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

WIAW: Whole 30 & healthy edition!

Happy Wednesday! As usual this means it's time for another day of noms and food around here! You get to have a look into what's brewing in my kitchen on any typical day, usually a Monday. 

For the first time in a while, I am finally excited about being in the kitchen again. Planning my son's birthday party, planning our trip to the market for necessary supplies, and watching cooking shows [of the Jamie Oliver and Australian Masterchef variety] have finally given me a bit of inspiration. 

I should have some awesome, paleo recipes in the making shortly, but I might have to post a few birthday recipes, like say my gooey double chocolate cookies or some white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes. Guess what those aren't! They are so not paleo, but I don't think my Dutch guests would appreciate it if I take away the typical rice or macaroni dishes they are accustomed to eating at birthday parties. 

Anyhow, enough chatting about birthdays! Here's what my family ate on Monday: 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Art activities for toddlers: a simple invitation to draw

I frequently find myself struggling with providing art activities for my son. Finding appropriate art activities for toddlers can be tough. I don't provide opportunities, supplies, and I am not creative with it myself. Want to know what makes it just a little bit worse? I love to draw. 

Art activities for toddlers: a simple invitation to draw {Welcome to Mommyhood} #ArtActivitiesForToddlers

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bacon burger recipe

Bacon burgers. 'Nuff said, right? 

Bacon burger recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo #meat #baconburgers

Okay, maybe we can chat anyway? I mean these delicious burgers are one of the few ways that my kiddo will eat meat. They have so much flavah and oompth and I seriously regret not getting these out on the grill before the gigantic cloud of doom that hovers over the Netherlands during the fall returned from it's holiday. 

Whole 30 Meal Plan # 3

It's meal plan time! I have to admit that I'm not that into meal planning right now. I am a bit distracted, and don't really feel like cooking. Want to know whhhyyy? No, it's not my current struggle with Whole 30, which I am determined to overcome and get back to my normal. It. Is. Happening. I'm distracted because... 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Nuts & Bolts Tot School

This week, I am really, really excited to be sharing a special unit! This is a Nuts and Bolts, or Tools unit that I made with help from a friend of mine: Veronica who is a vlogger over at V Loves Stationery, Natural Living, Homeschooling, & Thrifting

I made a pretty big ole pack of printables with older kiddos in mind, which means you can find some writing practice, ending sound matching activities, and loads of addition, greater than less than works, and fun math practice on top of the normal printables I make with size sorting, 3 part cards, and numbers cards that can even be used for tot school. To see how Veronica used these printables with for homeschooling her four year old, check out her video here

To see how I used these printables to make activities for my two year old, look below for toddler inspiration! 

Montessori Inspired Preschool Activities: Nuts and Bolts (tools) Free printables for Preschool & Kindergarten by Welcome to Mommyhood #Montessori #freeprintables

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Whole 30 Update & beet salad recipe

So it's been ten days. Ten days since I committed to doing Whole 30 with Lean Lena (Psst! Checkout her blog for some awesome recipes and fitness tips)! 

For me, it's been ten really, really tough days. With temptation all around, I'm finding it very difficult to get through the days without munching on processed snacks, especially in the evenings. With so much going on, I'm also finding it really difficult to prep enough for a successful day. It is stressing me out. And we don't have enough groceries. 

Okay, so that's a pretty easy solution: go to the grocery store and simply do some meal prep. Yes, that is my goal. I'm already planning my meals for next week, and am finally going to get my rear end to the big market this weekend to stock up on things like cauliflower, broccoli, berries, bananas, all sorts of deliciousness that costs a 'fortune' at the grocery store. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Whole 30 WIAW #2: Spinach overload a berry smoothie recipe!

Today, I'm sharing a look into my whole 30 meals on Monday! I'm keeping this post short and sweet. Tomorrow, as promised, you'll get a longer update on what I'm eating, how I'm doing it, maybe a recipe, or a few resources! Be sure to stop by to check that out! For now, here are some paleo noms: 

Whole 30 What I Ate Wednesday: paleo meals {Welcome to Mommyhood} #WIAW, #paleomeals, #WIAW, #paleo

Monday, 18 August 2014

Montessori Inspired Tot School 'Curriculum' [scope and sequence] 2014-2015

Okay, so this isn't really a curriculum, let's just get that out of the way in the beginning. Really, this is a list of goals, ideas, and semi plans for the upcoming tot school year. One more disclaimer before we get to my long lists - these plans are designed specifically for my son who is turning 2 in September. These goals are based specifically off of where he is developmentally at the moment, based on my knowledge of his skills/capacities and what I think is possible for us if we continue to work at a similar pace and I am able to produce the same amount of activities/works for my son. Phew! That was a mouthful! In Montessori lingo, this is our [kind of] scope and sequence: 

That one time I cooked dinner in ten minutes

So, this one time, I was really busy and I cooked dinner in ten minutes. Isn't that crazy. It took ten minutes from the moment I got my ingredients out to the moment it was done. Whhaaatttt? Have you seen that Jamie Oliver show? 15 minute meals? It's amazing, the man runs around and creates amazing dishes in 15 minutes. But he runs around. And is a professional. 

Yea, that so did not happen for me. I didn't run around that is, but dinner still tasted great! It was a bit random, I'll give you that, but it was super tasty, healthy, and easy! If you love easy, healthy recipes as much as I do, this one is definitely for you! Bonus: I have a vegetarian/vegan friendly alternative to this paleo meal!

Easy healthy recipes: 10 minute dinner by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthyrecipes

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Meal plan: paleo style

I feel like I rarely cook Russian food anymore. I cook a lot of 'Dutch' dishes that I turn into some sort of paleo concoction - lots of random mixes of vegetables and meat with a 'carb' like cauliflower rice or actual potatoes. I miss the dishes I grew up with. I want to eat them. But a lot of them aren't that healthy. So! This week, I want to get back to my roots a bit and try making some of my favourite dishes with a paleo twist. 

Delicious and easy green beans recipes!

How do you feel about easy green beans recipes? I have a lot of them. Ranging from my green beans one pot wonder dish, to this simple green beans recipe, which is easily adaptable to be vegan! 

Easy green beans recipes by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #vegan, #EasyGreenBeansRecipes

I just love green beans. A lot! But it didn't always used to be that way. I completely eschewed green beans up until the age of 25. I remember those horrible school lunches with tinned green beans that were heated up until they became an overcooked mush that tasted of processed ... well, you get the idea. Since those lunches, and all throughout my childhood, I thought that green beans were meant to taste like that, and that they were supposed to be mush like when you bit into them. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

We did science in tot school!

I have to say I am really, really pleased by how our tot school went! We did so much, and I am finally getting organised with our school works for the year! While my scope and sequence [curriculum in Montessori terms] is no where near actually being that, I am getting ideas on paper and at least getting my goals sorted. I'll be sharing it next week to give you guys an idea of what to expect on here. 

This week, I finally included something that we haven't been explicitly working for a while - science. We had such a busy, packed week and I am so, so glad for it because my poor little man is dealing with getting new teeth and as a result has become a bit of a grouch. 

Science for toddlers: baking soda and vinegar ice cubes experiment by Welcome to Mommyhood

These activities, along with the neighbour girls have been the only way I have managed to retain the little bits that are left of my sanity while dealing with some major sleep deprivation. 

Science for Toddlers

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Toddler Thursday: Quinoa tuna cakes

So this one time, I made healthy tuna cakes and my kid ate them. My son has been on this kick of going from super starving all the time to unwilling to eat anything I make for him. This unpredictable pattern has caused me to really think about the foods I am serving him and to try to make sure that I am presenting not only healthy meals, but also really, really tasty ones that are balanced. 

Healthy Toddler Meals: tuna cakes by Welcome to Mommyhood #tunacakes #healthytoddlermeals

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Whole 30: WIAW

Hi there! It's Day Three of Whole 30, which I am doing with the support of fellow blogger Lean Lena! I have to say, after completing Giselle's Paleo Challenge, I pretty much knew that this would be a difficult given our current living arrangement. However, it also seems that the only way I can keep to healthy food choices is by being held accountable via the interwebz/participating in this sort of challenge. With all of the temptation and access of junk food and carb overloads that leave me starving a half an hour after meals, I know I have to change my eating habits. 

I'll give you guys a more thorough look into our meals and how it's impacting me during my update post next Thursday, but here's a look at What I Ate on Monday: 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Paleo Carrot Latkes

How do you feel about healthy breakfast recipes? Pretty awesome, huh? Paleo breakfast recipes? Well, I tend to be a bit picky about my breakfasts - they have to be fairly quick to make or they have to be absolutely delicious and totally worth the extra bit of effort. These paleo breakfast latkes are a great savory choice and they are most definitely worth the effort of making something beyond a hard boiled egg for breakfast. 

Yesterday, I mentioned that I'm starting Whole 30 this week! Pancakes are not allowed as per Whole 30, but I'm not sure that latkes wouldn't be. Given that these are a savory breakfast and given how infrequently I make pancakes or waffles, I'm going to go ahead and include them in my Whole 30 recipe bank. Regardless of whether or not these are Whole 30 approved, they are definitely paleo , they are most definitely a toddler friendly paleo breakfast, and they are absolutely becoming a permanent addition to my healthy breakfast recipes list. 

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Paleo Carrot Latkes by Welcome to Mommyhood #HealthyBreakfastRecipes, #paleo, #latkes

Paleo Meal Plan

This week is going to be crazy again. I also have a fairly ambitious meal plan. I'm going to try to cook. I'm going to try to stick to paleo. I'm going to try to blog.  I'm starting some youtube adventures! Oh yea and then there's our house. My hubby was on holiday for two weeks and now he's going back to work. With one car and a bunch of work to do on our fixer upper, this is just going to wreak havoc on schedules. 

As far as food goes, well, I guess I decided to make my life a bit more difficult [and a lot more healthy] by doing Whole 30! Lean Lena had the idea, and I'm going to join her starting Monday! I'm really excited about this even though I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous about being so strict with my paleo again given how hectic life is. We're going to be giving updates every ten days, so be sure to come back on Thursday the 21st! 

We'll also be updating on instagram frequently: 
Lean Lena's Instagram
My Instagram

Healthy Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fruit tot school unit

Before we get to the activities, I have an announcement! I've created a Welcome to Mommyhood facebook page! I'm keeping it homeschool/tot school related at the moment, so if you're in the mood for some fun Montessori ideas, be sure to checkout my new facebook page!

It's been a busy school week! After last week's fail, I put in a lot of effort into creating some Montessori toddler activities. I can't really say I got much else accomplished, especially concerning the house, but school got done. I'm also working on getting some printables done for the school year. I think I'm a little too obsessed with making printables at the moment. If you want any of the printables you see in this post, they will be available to download for free at the bottom.

Montessori Toddler Activities: Fruit and vegetables unit part I by Welcome to Mommyhood

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Munchkin Meals: What the Toddler has been munchkin on lately

This month's Munchkin Meals features a whole bunch of photos of my portions. You see, every time I try to snap a photo of the Toddler's food lately - he has a meltdown. Epic meltdown. Tears. Foot stomping. He even covers his face with his hands and shakes his head. 

Can you blame him? He's hungry, he sees his food, but he can't eat it yet. [Little] Man hungry. [Little] Man needs food. 

Healthy toddler meals by Welcome to Mommyhood #HealthyToddlerMeals, #Easyhealthymeals

So to avert this ever so cute temper tantrum, I try to prep food in advance, sometimes it has worked. Well, let's have a look: 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

WIAW: on Tuesday

So um, what paleo? It's been that kind of a day. Or rather week or two. It's really, really hard to keep up with given not only our crazy lives with rebuilding the house and being gone most of the day, but also that we are still living with my in laws. I try, I really do, and some days, I am able to stick with it, but ohh maaaaannn it is tough. I think I'm going to just have to call it quits again for the time being. I keep telling myself that once life calms down, I'll have more control over our meals. 

So does anyone have any healthy (or paleo) cooking tips for busy days? We're trying to spend the days at the house, or I spend the day running errands and the evening there. I have to keep thinking that the new kitchen will so be worth all of this.  

Let's get to the noms already, right? Yes, here we go: 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Spontaneous tot school day

Sometimes when I post about our homeschool lessons, I feel like I'm giving you guys the wrong impression. That with all of the photos, printables, etc, it seems like I spend a lot of time on our works. Don't get me wrong, there are units that I plan out, putting a lot of thought into the order of activities, into the manipulatives, and printables that we will be using. Other days or weeks, I throw together works with whatever we have on hand with zero planning beforehand. 

Given that the week before this one, we literally did zero tot schooling because of our crazy lives, this week, I was determined to present well thought out, somewhat brilliant and perfect activities! I spent all of Sunday evening planning and creating printables. And then... we ran out of ink. I didn't even get a chance to print my creations, but still being determined to present some kind of structured works on Monday, I spent five, okay maybe, ten minutes maximum going through my school supplies and our kitchen stash for items to use in school that day. I came up with five activities: science, practical life,  two math, and one language/reading. Oh yes, in five to ten minutes! 

Granted these lessons don't form one cohesive unit study or theme, but they all appealed to my kiddo, which is why I am so excited to share them: quick and easy Montessori inspired toddler activities! 

Montessori Toddler Activities by Welcome to Mommyhood #Montessori #MontessoriToddlerActivities

Butternut squash stuffed with quinoa and more delicious awesomeness

If you saw my stuffed tomatoes recipe or my stuffed avocado recipe, you'll see a pattern here - I'm kind of on a 'stuffing things' kick when it comes to cooking. You see, when it comes to a stuffed vegetable dish, it's usually going to end up being one of my favourite types of recipes: of the easy and healthy variety. 

They tend to be 'dump' and go types of dishes, and this one is no different. There are a lot of steps, but don't let that mislead you. They're simple, such as: put squash in oven... dump beans in pot. Easy, healthy recipes = life savers on busy days! And that's something we need around here!

Thus, given the hectic-ness that has become life, and the amount of assorted stuffed foods you've been seeing on here this summer, this logically also had to happen: 

Easy healthy recipes: quinoa stuffed roasted butternut squash recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Meal Plan: the one where I start cooking meals for my family again

Were you here last week? Did you see my ridiculous meal plan that consisted of barely any home cooking, lots of craziness, and minimal time spent in the kitchen? Guess what? As I had fully expected, barely any cooking happened. My family generally ate crap with the exception of one or two days. I don't typically mind a cheat meal or two, but we just went wild and forgot all of those healthy eating habits we had worked so hard to build up. The Toddler? Yea, he got to eat French fries, ice cream, and even ended up having oatmeal for dinner one day. 

Why all of these poor food decisions? Well, it's been a week and two days since we have become official homeowners! Yay! But, since we have so much work to do on the house, and since I decided I just had to get the garden done this week, and since we had several parties to attend, our schedules went from busy to absolute madness by Monday evening. 

While I am very excited about getting work done on our home, and getting in there as quickly as possible, this week, I am certainly taking it down a notch and focusing a bit more on finding a balance between work + house + cooking + 'homeschool' [tot school isn't really homeschooling, but guided play, but I put a lot of work into the activities]. 

My goal for our meals this week is to keep them quick, simple, and healthy. I am going to accept the fact that lunches may not be packed full of vegetables, but I will try to make up for it with bigger breakfasts and get back to our typical paleo dinners. Here's the plan: 

Weekly Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #WeeklyPaleoMealPlan