Dine-Out with a Toddler…and ENJOY it!!!

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There are days that I cringe when “dine-out” and “toddler” are spoken in the same sentence. Dining out with a toddler is no easy task. It is, however, a great opportunity to build skills with your toddler, and believe it or not, it can be fun and stress free. Here are a few simple tips to enjoy the dining out experience with your toddler!

CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

It will not always be your choice where you will be having dinner. If it is your choice, try to find a child friendly restaurant (and I don’t just mean the places that have slides). There are a few things that make restaurants a little more family friendly.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin

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If we haven’t already established this….I LOVE FALL!!! One of my absolute favorite Fall Meals is Dinner in a pumpkin! Its fun, its simple, its delicious, nutritious and…what better way to Trick Your Picky Eater than by eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin!? I know, isn’t it great!?

I make this dinner every single year on Halloween night and my family LOVES it! I am sure you are going to love it to! And those picky little eaters will gobble it right up!

The greatest thing bout this meal is, you can prepare it in advance! Halloween night gets NUTS! The costumes, the parties, the trick or treating…NUTS I tell you! SO, if you make this the night before, refrigerate it and stick it in the oven about 2-2.5 hours before dinner…voila! You got yourself a delicious meal without the craziness of prepping it on Halloween Night! Wahoo.

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Keep your House Clean while Living with a Busy Toddler

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Keeping your house clean is a full time job….ESPECIALLY if you have toddlers! The toy explosion can seem like a never ending, daunting task to keep under control. With a few quick changes and a little added fun, cleaning can become a fun activity for you and your busy toddler!

Let’s be honest, my house is hardly ever 100% tidy..unless my little monsters are asleep, of course! But, I try my hardest to keep it CLEAN. Your home, even if you clean daily is a germ fest! It is so important to keep your home as clean and sanitary as possible. Keeping your home clean and sanitary is extremely important when you have little ones around. Your bathroom and kitchen are the germiest places in your house! But, with all those toddler and kid germs going around, your play room and kid’s rooms can be quite the germ gathering as well.  With babies mouthing toys and toddlers basically being germ factories, keeping your house clean is the easiest way to keep your family healthy and illness free.

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10 Advantages of WEARING your Baby

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When I was pregnant with my second, I researched and researched all the double stroller options. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I would get a wrap or a sling. My 2.5 year old prefers to walk…no…RUN everywhere! So, I decided i would not spend the money on a double stroller. Instead, I would wear my baby when possible and have the stroller just in case my 2 year old wanted a break, or if I needed a break from “wearing” my baby! So far I am SO glad I decided to do this! I wear my baby EVERYWHERE! I started out with the Boba Wrap and absolutely LOVE It! Once I figured out how to tie it, it was a dream! I was recently given the Mamaway Ring Sling to try out and I am really liking it!! When I am around the house doing chores or moving around a lot i prefer the wrap. But when I am wearing my baby out at the park or on a walk the ring sling is quick and easy! Check out all these advantages of wearing your little babe! (Other than the fact that it is a dream to snuggle your baby all day!!)

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Dear Mom who told me I was Selfish and Lazy, I Forgive You.

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Dear Mom who called me selfish and lazy, I forgive you.

I forgive you for telling me it was selfish and lazy for “choosing” to bottle feed my baby.
I forgive you for that knife you stabbed into my heart.

You couldn’t have known that both of my babies refused me.
You couldn’t have known, I gave it everything I had until they refused me.
You couldn’t have known that bottle feeding was far from my choice.
You couldn’t have known what was in that bottle that I was feeding my baby.
You couldn’t have known that I spent my one hour of free time the night before pumping every last ounce I could possibly create just to have that 4 oz bottle.
You couldn’t have known that every time I give my baby a bottle my heart breaks.
You couldn’t have known the endless tears I shed when my baby started to refuse me.
You couldn’t have known that I questioned why my baby hated me every time he refused me.
You couldn’t have known that with every scoop of formula I give my baby the guilt eats me alive.
You couldn’t have known that my lack of ability to breast feed triggered my extreme postpartum anxiety.
You couldn’t have known the extreme jealousy I felt when I saw another mom flawlessly breastfeeding her baby.
You couldn’t have known the countless medications,interventions and other ridiculousness I tried to keep my babies breast feeding.
You couldn’t have known the billions of gallons of water I drank to “boost my supply”
You couldn’t have known the hours I spent on my knees praying, asking why I couldn’t do the one thing a mother is supposed to be able to do.
You couldn’t have known that I never wanted my babies to be classified as”formula fed babies”
you couldn’t have known the extreme guilt some mother’s feel when breast feeding doesn’t work out.

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