Monday, 30 March 2015

Free spring inspired pre reading cards

I am so excited to share a new freebie with you guys - a spring pre-reading card pack! I worked very hard to find beautiful images of springtime for you. There is a variety of cards that you can use to present to your toddlers and preschoolers! They can be used as matching cards, for a memory game, or simply to introduce your little ones to the concept of spring! 

I made these a little while back (pre-accident) so we sadly, haven't had as much time to focus on them as I had hoped, but I do have to say that these cards are absolutely beautiful if I do say so myself. 


Montessori Inspired:

Spring Pre-reading Cards


Montessori inspired toddler activities: spring themed prereading cards by Welcome to Mommyhood. These are beautiful cards that can be used as a matching game, memory game, or simply to show children images of springtime!  #montessori, #toddleractivities

Saturday, 28 March 2015

My accident and life now

It's been pretty quiet around here lately and today I'm going to explain why. I've written this post in my head a few times and I know I'm not going to edit it. I'm just going to write. It may be very stream of consciousness so bear with me. It will also be very text heavy.

This post is very personal and very raw. Everything is new and the emotions I'm sharing are real. This is my life now. It's something my family and I have to adjust to. 


This post is something I have gone back and forth with whether I should share it or not or how to. In the end, maybe it can help someone, maybe you're interested to know what happened... so for better or worse, I'm going to share this with you. 


I do ask one thing from those of you that read this: this is a hard post to write filled with many emotions and personal topics. Please, please, please keep your comments (if you choose to leave them) kind and appropriate. Thank you so much in advance!



Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Africa themed practical life and fine motor activities for toddlers

Mr. Toddler had so much fun exploring Africa in the month of February. I am so excited to finally share the works that we had on our shelves with you today! We kept these works up for quite a bit of time in comparison to our usual shelf rotation. The reason being that Mr. Toddler just loved them!  

I do want to point that these works accompanied our Africa themed printables - all of which are linked at the bottom of this post. These were 'inspired' by Africa (a large continent with a rich history and just tons of topics to cover) and were a very fun and simple way to start delving into the topic with my toddler. 

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to make your own baby food

I am so excited to be sharing something very special today - a guest post by a lovely Mommy Blogger - Flora who writes over at Just a Stay At Home Mom

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DIY baby food – easy!


I know some parents think that making their own baby food is too much work, but I have found that with about an hour of work on a Saturday or Sunday, I can have great, healthy food for my little man for at least a few weeks. Totally worth it! 

Here are some ideas for making your own baby food for 6-18 month olds! 

6-9 months-old: Pureed mixtures


These are easy to defrosted and spoon feed to baby. 

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Squash/Carrot/Apple



  • Cut an acorn squash in half, brush with 1tbs olive oil on the open side, and place open-side down onto a rimmed baking sheet for 30 min.  Let cool. Then cut into 1-inch pieces (they don’t have to be perfect).
  • Steam 2 peeled carrots and 2 apples until very soft.  Let cool.  Then cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Use a food processor or whatever type of food mixer you have to puree the squash and carrot mixture.  I used homemade bone broth as the liquid to thin the mixture to the consistency I wanted, but you can use any kind of broth you’d like.  Some people choose to include some coconut oil or ghee as well, so there is some fat to help your little one digest the veggies better. 
  • Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.  I then usually take the cubes out of the tray and store them in a zip lock bag, so I can have the ice cube trays ready when I want to make my next batch.
  • Just take 2-4 cubes out of the freezer each night, for using the next day and they are presto ready when it’s time for a meal!

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Other items to prep and freeze in ice cube trays:


Apple sauce homemade, peas, green beans, applesauce and quinoa or even liver! I pureed liver with stock and surprisingly my son loves to eat is just slightly defrosted (and it’s super healthy!).

9-14 months: Squeeze Packets and small diced veggies


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Squeeze Packets are SUPER easy to make. You can learn all the steps here!

Just a few ideas for Packets include:

  • Smoothie: Whole milk, Greek Yogurt, Frozen fruit, coconut oil (to help digestion), and I sneak in some cooked beets.
  • Carrots, Butternut squash and coconut oil
  • Quinoa and applesauce
  • Chicken, apples, and yams


Veggie suggestions


Carrots, beets, squash (acorn or butternut), zucchini, celery, apples (can add a bit of sweet to the veggie mixes). 

Diced veggies


  • Place 1 tbs olive oil in a large frying pan, on medium-high heat.  
  • Dice 1-2 cups of any veggies you’d like and place them in the frying pan.  
  • Sauté for about 3 minutes and then add 1-2 cups bone marrow stock or any stock you would like (the same amount as the veggies you are using).
  • Let simmer on low for 20 minutes until the veggies are very soft (the softer the better for our little ones). 
  • Let cool.  
  • Spread them out on a plate with wax paper and place them in the freezer. 
  • Within about 2 hours, you should be able to put them in a plastic bag, so they are ready when needed.
  • Take 2 tbsp of the veggies out of the freezer each night, for using the next day and they are presto ready when it’s time for a meal! 


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Sometimes my little man likes to eat them slightly frozen, so if you want to just soften them, you can place a handful of the veggies in a container with warm water covering them for about 4 minutes, and they can be served partially frozen (especially great if your little one is teething)! 

Connect with Flora 


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood



Flora from 'Just' a Stay-at-Home Mom is a new post-career SAHM, living in Bozeman, Montana. She shares stories and ideas from parenting with a Montessori and Positive Discipline inspired perspective. Also, she loves DIY projects and finding great ways to use thrift store or hand-made toys for her little one.


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

You can also find her here: 


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Toddler Approved: quinoa green bean salad

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When it comes to serving my family healthy meals, you may have noticed that I am a bit... obsessive. Really, I just like to make sure that the dishes I prepare are nutritious, but also delicious. When there is a tiny human living in your home (a toddler), food definitely needs to be delicious! 

My two year old, like many other kids, has gone through phases where certain foods just don't appeal to him. One day, green beans are being devoured, and other days, he shakes his head 'no' and simply won't give them a try. 

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Today, I am sharing my 'secret weapon' for hiding some green beans in a yum-tastic bowl of deliciousness - a recipe that is loaded with delicious flavours! In fact, this dish is so tasty that even my little man was asking for seconds and this mama, will happily serve seconds of quinoa! 

This bowl of goodness (shall we call it a quinoa salad?) contains only a few simple flavours that I wanted to have shining through with every bite! There's lemon for a hint of freshness, there are fresh herbs for a delicious blend of oompth of flavour, veggies which make everything better, and there are little bits of tricolour quinoa that are there to make everything come together beautifully! 

Let's get cooking!


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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What I Ate Wednesday: Paleo and toddler approved!

I keep making these What I Ate posts chatty. Today, just like last week, I'm keeping the intro short and sweet! Don't worry - we'll catch up some later into the post! Here's what I ate last Wednesday:

Breakfast


Yea, this has most definitely been a keeper: 

What I Ate Wednesday {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo

Healthy green eggs. Need I say more? They're pretty fantastic and super delicious. It's always before early when I wake up, so I'm using a recycled photo. Please forgive me? My tot and I usually split 1 portion. The two year old has an appetite comparing to that of a starving teenager. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Math Printables

Mr. Toddler has been loving math works lately! With Saint Patrick's Day approaching, I made him some themed math printables to help him work on math concepts! Today, I am sharing these printables for free with you guys! 

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St Patrick's Day Printables Set includes 


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Green eggs recipe

I mentioned in my meal plan yesterday that Mr. Toddler hasn't been feeling well lately. That has meant that meal time with a sick toddler has been quite interesting to say the least. He's had very little appetite, has been sleeping poorly, and even bananas (his all time favourite) were left sitting in the fruit bowl. 

Whenever Mr. Toddler is ill, I know that I have to get creative in the kitchen. He's cranky, not willing to be without me, and I know that especially in the mornings, I need to refer to my arsenal of easy breakfast recipes! 

That's when I created this healthy, green omelette for Mr. Toddler! It looks a little fancy, but was incredibly quick to throw together. 

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Healthy, family friendly meal plan

It's still cold here. I'm ready for summer. Really, really, really ready. This winter hasn't been too terrible with snow and freezing temperatures, but it has been all over the place. From warm, to freezing, to thawed on repeat. 

And Mr. Toddler has been sick repeatedly from January on and I am so ready for the weather to warm up, and him to hopefully get back to normal. 

I am beyond ready for all of that outdoor play! 

Because Mr. Toddler wasn't feeling well last week, I got to spend a lot of time cuddling on the couch with my sniffly little man, and not too much time in the kitchen. This week, I'm trying to get back to my routine and get some leftovers going! Here's what's on the menu: 


Healthy Meal Plans: 

Paleo, family friendly


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Friday, 6 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Science for Toddlers

Mr. Toddler has been loving water play lately. He's so ready for summer, pools, the beach, and more, but our weather is far from summer-y. Instead, we are stuck indoors due to high winds and massive amounts of rain. 

Because of his love of water, I wanted to create a simple hands on activity that would give Mr. Toddler an opportunity to play, learn, and well, distract him from the fact that we can't go outside. 

I added a twist of science to our water play. Here's what we did: 

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First, I gathered an ice cube tray, some sequins, and a cup of water. Mr. Toddler was so excited for the sequins and started very neatly sorting them my colour into the ice cube tray.  

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Over 15 healthy toddler meal ideas

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Another month has flown by and it's already time for the Munchkin Meals linkup party that Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life hosts! I always love seeing what other parents are feeding their kiddos. 

Today, in that spirit, I am giving you guys a close look at the types of meals my son gets to eat. A lot (but not all) are paleo.  I try to keep my son's meals simple, but healthy. His meals do not differ greatly from mine or my husband's. 

The most significant difference you may notice is that I follow a fairly 'strict' paleo lifestyle, whereas my son does get non-paleo compliant foods although not with every meal.  

One of the most important aspects of meal time for us is not to push Mr. Toddler. He is encouraged to try the different foods on his plate, but he is not obligated to finish his plate. So far, this 'no pressure' approach has been working pretty well and Mr. Toddler certainly does love his veggies! 

Here's a look at the types of meals he's been enjoying lately! 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

WIAW: so that house that we still don't live in...

This is a pretty chatty post, so I'll just get straight to it. Here's the food that I ate on Saturday: 


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Monday, 2 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Number Cards: 3 ways

I'm excited to share a new free printable with you guys! Today, we're talking about Saint Patrick's Day with some very fun number cards that are perfect for teaching little ones to count and number quantities. 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Delicious Russian adzhika, sambal, or chili sauce

Here's a chili sauce recipe that will add loads of 'oompth' to your meals! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #easyhealthyrecipes, #paleo

So you want to add some extra oopmth to your meals? Are your meals, bland, boring, and lifeless? Okay, hopefully not, but either way, I have a fantastic recipe to add loads of extra zing, oompth, and general awesomeness to your meals with this homemade sambal recipe. 

Here's a chili sauce recipe that will add loads of 'oompth' to your meals! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #easyhealthyrecipes, #paleo
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Meal plan: healthy, easy, toddler friendly!

I'm keeping the chattiness short and sweet today. We've had a pretty busy week. We are trying to put in some major hoped at the house to try to move in as quickly as possible! I am so anxious and excited to start the fun stuff like decorating and getting our kitchen up!   

Speaking of the kitchen... Here's what I'll be cooking this week! 

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