Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Homemade "Boxed" Yellow Cake for Little Man's Third Birthday

A few weeks ago, Little Man turned three. The night before his birthday, he proceeded to flip his bedtime story routine and instead of the Hubster reading Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site to the Little Man, he proceeded to "read" the entire book to the Hubster. Turns out, he'd memorized the darn thing right down to turning the pages at the appropriate times. Then, the Hubster said, "Good night" and Little Man proudly replied, "Good night, Baba." I stood outside his door, beaming because this fairy tale bedtime routine was such a departure from a few months ago where we had to rock him to sleep and/or, sleep next to him until he fell asleep. If you've ever tried sharing a toddler bed, well you know it's not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.

Standing outside Little Man's room, I remembered reading an article about how the Terrible Twos were a lie and it was actually the Terrible Threes that you needed to be ready for. I smirked because it was obvious the article had it all wrong. We had survived the Terrible Twos and were about to embark on the Awesome Threes. I patted myself on the back, patted the Hubster on the back, and we headed to bed. And then we woke up 2 a.m. when Little Man woke up, refused to go back to his bed, climbed into our bed and proceeded to have a tantrum that put all other tantrums to shame.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Get Groceries in your Pajamas with Walmart to Go

There was a time I loved going to the grocery store. I'd treat myself to a fancy coffee drink, and wander the aisles looking for new and interesting ingredients. I'd debate the merits of sourdough versus challah, read product labels, and hang out by the hot foods bar. Sadly, those days are no more.

These days, preparing to go to the grocery store feels a bit like preparing to go on a long international trip. You got your babies, diaper bags, stroller, Ergo, water bottles, snacks, and toys. The only thing missing is a partridge in a pear tree. I'm exhausted before we even leave the house. Once we get to the grocery store, it's pretty much a race against time. I'm grabbing things, throwing them in the cart, bouncing Little Lady in her carrier, and grabbing Little Man before he grabs an apple from the bottom of the apple pyramid sending the entire display toppling. It's so chaotic, people actually let us cut in checkout line just so they don't have to watch the drama unfold. Just thinking about it gives me hives.

So when Walmart asked if I'd to give their new grocery delivery service, Walmart To Go, a whirl, it took me approximately .000001 second to say yes. I'd order my groceries online in the comfort of my pajamas and some kind soul would bring them to my door? God bless America! Now, in the interest of being scientific (even though I felt an ugly cry coming on when I saw the delivery man because I was so utterly grateful), I took some mental notes on the process.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cinnamon'y Sweet Potato Puree and a Giveaway from Oxo

As a parent who loves food, I cannot wait to introduce my babies to solid food. I love seeing their faces when they try different flavors and textures and I totally dig how they have food favorites from such a young age. I don't love the extra laundry involving berry stains and pasta sauce but then again, you can't win all the time.

Little Man was an eater! We have a video of the first time we fed him rice cereal and he couldn't get enough. At one point in the video, he grabs the spoon and shoves it in his mouth because we just aren't feeding him fast enough. That eat-everything-in-sight baby is now a picky toddler and after a week of far too many meals involving plain white pasta, I watch that video in disbelief. Don't worry internets, we're still offering him lots of variety, including fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and hoping he'll come around when he's ready.

After feeding an uber picky toddler for the last few months, I'm definitely ready to feed another (hopefully) eat-everything-in-sight baby again. The Hubster jokes that I've been planning Little Lady's first meal of solid food even before she was born. So when Oxo sent over a box of their fantastic products designed to make homemade baby food an easy and fun process, I was totally on board. Like all Oxo products, their baby food products are cute and functional like their Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers which allow you to make a big batch of baby food, and freeze it in single serving portions. Plus, the containers have lids to prevent freezer burn and funky freezer smells.

The good folks at Oxo are giving you a chance to win your very own set of OXO Tot #FirstBites tools (including all the fantastic tools in the picture above!) along with a Seedling High Chair! You can enter via the submission form at the end of this post.