Tag: toddlers

This place is so odd. We went somewhere similar in Vegas over spring break, and Wild West City is a little cleaner and better taken care of. But, it’s one of those seemed-like-a-good-idea-on-paper kind of places. An old west town! For kids! With pony rides and a replica of Dodge City! And a little train! My cowgirl-, horse-, train-loving daughter would be in heaven.

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It’s hot. Not 100 degrees hot, but regular July-in-NJ hot. And despite living at the shore, we are not all-day, every-day beach people. There are only so many indoor, air-conditioned things you can do with a three-year-old during an extra hot week before everyone needs to feel the sun and get some vitamin D. This is where our backyard messy play has come in.

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We are wild about mini muffins around here, and this is one of my tricks for getting more fruits and veggies into H’s body. But the little stinker knows now that I sneak things into her muffins, so she only wants to eat them if they come out of a mini muffin package from the store. So…I may have started saving the store packages to sneak my own muffins into them. I’m not above trickery when it comes to feeding this kid.

This recipe from Umami Girl is a double whammy. Bananas and sweet potatoes, so┬ámuch good stuff. You don’t taste the sweet potatoes, these just taste like banana bread. I dotted chocolate chips into them after I’d poured them into my muffin pan to make them extra enticing.

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Our latest colorful experiment at home was a Pinterest find from Playdough to Plato. One very cold day last month I gathered up all of these household liquids, my food coloring, and one of my giant Weck jars, and we made science!

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Yesterday we finally woke up to some snow, and now we’re waiting for Winter Storm Juno to pummel the Northeast tomorrow afternoon. My school district has already called an early dismissal for 1pm tomorrow, it’s going to be bad. But yesterday, with the 2 or so inches we got here by the shore, H and I went out for a bit to stomp around in it.

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I never remember to take photos at Thanksgiving, I don’t know why. This photo above was the only one I have of the food. We made classic turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. I roasted brussels sprouts. My mom brought sweet potatoes and rolls, my brother and his family brought pies and his macaroni and cheese with wheat pasta. My aunt brought the yummiest bean dip and green bean casserole. It was a group effort this year, and I really loved that.

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Halloween has come and gone, and it was so awesome this year. We also got a ton of mileage out of H’s homemade costume this year. I love this cow.

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Adam’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and H was a huge help making┬áhis birthday cake. Every year I make a roast chicken dinner for him and bake a three-tiered devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream. This year H helped with the cake. Baking with her always requires a little project management, but baking a three-tiered cake required a little more.

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