proteiny pro-tiny oatmeal with egg whites

August 2, 2014

Filed Under : eats

Busy? I knooow, me too! That’s why, when I don’t have the time to prepare a meal ahead of time, I have a couple of back up plans that are pretty easy, quick and not dirty. In fact, very nutritious!

Oatmeal with egg whites is one of my faves to make for my babies… because it’s really good to them, and really good for them! I used to prepare it the following way without the egg whites, but always felt I’d like to give my babes a little more protein… so I decided to experiment with adding egg whites to the oatmeal before it’s cooked. To my utter delight, it makes a rich, creamy, protein packed complete meal for my littles that’s pretty yum. Yes, I love it too.

Recipe | 1 serving
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
2 tablespoons of egg whites. Cook according to oatmeal package directions (either stovetop or microwave are fine… just make sure you stir well during the cooking process, or the egg whites will cook together and solidify…eew)
After oatmeal is cooked, add:
1 whole chopped banana while oatmeal is still hot. The banana goo’s into the oatmeal, sweetening it so that you don’t need much honey.
1 heaping tablespoon of raisins
1/2 teaspoon of honey
A sprinkle of cinnamon to taste
food1food2You’re welcome and enJOY!

sweet 16 (months)

July 5, 2014

Filed Under : tot thoughts

Favorite things to do:
Stone: singing (the “up above the” part of Twinkle Little Star is one of his specials)
Lucky: dancing (she sticks one elbow out and does a cute little limp-in-a-circle dance with a coquettish little shoulder move)

They both love to kiss… me, each other and anyone else that crosses their little pouty lipped paths. They are each both happy and moody. But mostly happy, thank Goodness. When we get to school, they walk into their classroom, climb up the stepping stool, turn the water on and wash their hands, first thing. Then they dry them and throw the paper towel in the trash. They insist on seating themselves on chairs and sofas… and occasionally even stay seated. They climb quite well to detriment of my nerves… but I am so thankful for their abilities. They’ve really become my independent little sweet 16 month olds. I never imagined that I’d be seeing them do so much so quickly. I thank God every day for such beautiful, healthy, amazing, sweet babies.

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room for two

June 28, 2014

Filed Under : the abode

Here is Lucky & Stone’s room, as it is presently (a work in progress). Somewhat visibly in the pics, you can see that they have mini cribs with plexiglass, which were bought from Craigslist for $50 each. I did buy them new mattresses at about $50 each as well, so they ended up being $100 each. Back when I was looking, the cheapest crib of this type I could find was close to $300. I just did a search and found some on sale for $200 at Toys R Us. These cribs are great if space is tight, but  you must be up for switching to something larger sooner down the line. I really love them, as they have been amazingly convenient, and I enjoy being able to see my babes so clearly. Since they are on castors, when the babies were newborn, I was able to roll the cribs around the house to always have them nearby.

The only problem with these cribs is the obvious, as I’ve mentioned… your babe(s) will outgrow them sooner. With my littles at almost a year and a half now, I will soon have to find another sleeping solution for them. I love the idea of floorbeds, but am open to toddler beds with rails. I’m not in a rush yet, as I still have a few months before I’ve got to take the plunge, but when the time comes, I’ll share my finds with you.

Between the cribs, there is a medium-sized, vintage dresser (also Craigslisted, for $60) that is just wide enough to set their diaper pad on. I painted the top of it in a creme color using homemade chalk paint. This dresser is more than spacious enough to house their onesies, shirts, shorts, pants, jammies and socks. Seriously, the pace at which we have to replace and purge little clothes for growing babies is whiplash. worthy.

As you can see, Lucky & Stone’s room is quite small, but by choosing the right size and amount of furniture, as well as finding an optimal layout, the room feels comfortable and open… and I haven’t had to spend a lot on it! In fact, very little of what it on these pics is new: the mattresses, diaper pad (gift), Skip Hop bunny (gift) & Ikea fuzzy rug. I’m happy to say that everything else, besides a couple of toys has been used.

And Lucky & Stone love playing and sleeping in it.  They actually ask me for “night, night” when it’s that time. Can you believe those guys? (I will write in a future post how I’ve managed to pull that one off.)

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the (new) old switcheroo

March 12, 2014

Filed Under : d-i-why not's

Wanna know a strategy that I use to keep my babies continuosly entertained and stimulated (and maintain my mental sanity)?

 I highly recommend rotating toys! Simply put away most of the ones they’ve been playing with for the past few (3ish) days (except for favorites), and bring out “new” toys. It’s so easy. All you need is a box/container to keep the “new” stash of toys. I promise you that they will be refascinated with them.

 Now, my babies are 13 months old, so they don’t yet ask me for specific toys that they miss. Once that happens, I may have to adjust this strategy, but for now… I avoid the overstimulation and tripping hazards of having too many toys laying around, and surprise my little ones with a new play area every few days!

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two are one

February 27, 2014

Filed Under : tot thoughts

I was up late into Friday night, a mama elf on Birthday Eve, baking lots of (72) strawberry and lemon cupcakes for Lucky & Stone’s first birthday party. I used cake mixes that I altered by adding almond and vanilla extracts, made the whipped cream cheese frosting from scratch, and added fresh blueberries on top of each cupcake. They turned out pretty yum… and were a huge hit.

My sweet little sister had offered to buy their cakes, but I really wanted to bake for their first birthday party. And even though they were just semi-homemeade, I was so excited to do it. Choosing all of the little details… like making half of the cupcakes yellow lemon and half pink strawberry, the blue and white plaid cupcake liners from the Michaels dollar section, the gorgeous mustard polka dot ones from Marshalls… I loved every exhausting minute of it all. The candles were actually Hanukkah ones that I got on clearance at Target after the holidays. I think Hanukkah candles are so pretty… and these just happened to be the right colors.

Speaking of which, after considering several different color scheme combinations that could work for a girl/boy birthday, I finally was inspired by Lucky’s little vintage navy corduroy romper with a little pink and creme floral bow on the front. But not quite satisfied with just navy and pink, finding those mustard polka dot liners was quite the thrilling moment, as I knew it was the perfect addition to the color family. I also wanted to incorporate some creme, but didn’t want more decorations, so, the food (yes, food color is important :), the garland, and a few creme balloons did the trick. I was so happy with the way it all came together… it felt special, old time-y, and just right for my little girl and boy.

I have to admit that they weren’t that thrilled about the hats I made them (ok, they hated them) but they loved their smash cakes and had a ton o’ fun. I’m thankful for such a great celebration of the first year of life of my two littles. And more importantly, for their lives in mine.Birthday1Birthday2BD4

i present

January 13, 2013

Filed Under : tot thoughts

My two mysterious little ones, “Lucky & Stone,”  which are now 33 weeks in the making, are already my biggest inspirations in life.

I nightdream and daydream about my boy/girl twin babies and what they will be like. When I dream of them while sleeping at night, they always look different. They’ve been of different ethnic origins and even of slightly different species… they’re never the same babies. What is always consistent, however, is how much I love them in each dream. And that the love is still there when I wake up!

And when I daydream of them I try to imagine what they’ll look like and what personality traits they’ll have. It’s so exciting to wonder. I have these two little presents wrapped up in my belly and I can only open them on their birthday. But when will that day be?

I’m hoping to schedule my Cesarian for the 22nd of February. That will put them at 38 weeks and I hope we can all wait until then. The doctor told me his partners typically schedule them for 37 weeks but he likes to wait until 38. I like that, and wait we will try, as the longer I can hold on, the riper my pair will be.

 But oooh, the anxiety of waiting to open the biggest gifts of my life…