Toddler Tummies

I am sorry I have not posted in forever. We have been crazy busy around here lately! Between trips,  lots of family time, and a terrible cold that knocked me on my butt, three weeks has flown by.

Back on point though, I struggle regularly to figure out what to feed Hudson. After talking with many other Mommies its a common struggle. Meal plans happen every week in our house, it’s a necessity for me to stay sane. During the week its nice to know dinner is figured out and the ingredients are in the fridge. I might have to add Hudson meals to the plan. I have put together some Toddler meal ideas to share with you. I would love to hear what you feed you little ones!

Breakfast is Hudson’s favorite meal. It is the only meal he will actually SIT down for. He would much rather eat on the move not always a good idea.

Waffles, sausage and pears with blueberries

Waffles, sausage and pears with blueberries

Mixed berries, Sausage and Waffles

Mixed berries, Sausage and Waffles

Waffles, bananas blueberries over yogurt.

Waffles, bananas blueberries over yogurt.

 

Lunch is hit or miss. Hudson will rarely sit still long enough to actually eat. But for Hudson if there is fruit and something new he will sit long enough to get something in his tummy, which is necessary because Mr. Man gets HANGRY quick.

Organic Chicken Nuggets ketchup for dipping, mango and apple as well as butternut squash

Organic Chicken Nuggets ketchup for dipping, mango and apple as well as butternut squash

Annie's Organic Mac n Cheese, Turkey slices and Mango

Annie’s Organic Mac n Cheese, Turkey slices and Mango

Cheese quesadila, ham slices and mixed berries

Cheese quesadila, ham slices and mixed berries

I hope I gave you some new ideas to try with your little one. Happy Week Friends!

Cleaning Schedule

Most days Hudson and I move slowly and carefree throughout the day. By nap time, I haven’t even gotten dressed. I know, I know TERRIBLE! We usually don’t rush out the door in the morning. I will read to Hudson or push cars around the floor with him. Pure Joy for both of us. Lately, the household chores have been pushed to the back burner, which is ok from time to time.  But it becomes a problem when there are dust bunnies piling up behind the TV or dog fur tumbleweeds blowing across the floor…YUCK. It is time for a change.

I found many different cleaning schedules online, but none that were perfect for us. Some were too specific, I know to load my dishwasher and unload it. Others would take 2 hours  a day to do, which would not work either. I had to figure out what worked for our household needs and how much time I wanted to clean a day, which is different for everyone. After careful consideration I had my schedule.

Next, I needed to gather the supplies. Supplies: Picture frame, scrapbook paper and glue. I figured this project would be quick and easy, until my printer stopped working……30 minutes later I was ready to go. Unfortunately, my printer struggle woke Hudson up……1.5 hour nap….PERFECT! After, giving Hudson a snack and turning on cartoons so I could finish up. I was back to work. It only took about 15 minutes to glue everything together.

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I feel productive checking things off all day long. The cleaning schedule only takes about 30 minutes to do. Some may take a little longer but I can get them done before Hudson wakes up or during nap time.

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Happy Cleaning Friends!

Chalkboard Project

Hudson loves being outside so I have spent a lot time trying to make our outdoor space kid friendly and safe. I felt he was lacking in the toy department…..:-) Mr. Man enjoys “DAW-ing” and “CALK.” A Chalkboard wall..why not! I had all the supplies for months…not sure how to start. Luckily,Uncle Beau came to visit and said he was BORED. My brother is extremely creative and knows how to use power tools so I set him up with the Chalkboard Project.

Uncle Beau ran with it! First, paint the large piece of MDF board (or plywood if you want, 16$ at Home Depot) with primer to seal the wood and prevent rotting. Home depot will cut the board to whatever size you need. After the primer is dry, paint with chalkboard paint. We opted to mount the board BEFORE painting it with Chalkboard paint….would not recommend it. Out thinking was it would dry faster which it did but my fence has permanent paint stains on it. I was unsure of how to mount the large piece of wood, this is where Uncle comes in. Safety was a top priority for me. Uncle Beau had to add a 2×4 to the back of the fence so he could use larger screws. Lets just say that thing does not budge! Thanks brother.

My brother really wanted to build a shelf to hold  the chalk…this is his creative brain kicking in but I decided to make it easy. We used a small plastic cup that he attached to the fence at Hudson level. We also drilled small holes in the bottom to let water drain. In total the project took 4 hours or less…. An easy project for nap time!

 Hudson is obsessed with his chalkboard, a little rain or hose he can start all over!

Every play date we have the kiddos flock to the chalkboard wall, I may or may not enjoy it too…..