Friday, October 9, 2015

A Day in the Life of Feeding Emmie (and a Giveaway!)

Thank you to The National Milk Life Campaign’s Back-to-School program for sponsoring this post.

What parent out there doesn't struggle with feeding their child?  I don't care how amazing of an eater you have, it can be a challenge to come up with healthy, interesting, and delicious kid-friendly dishes.  I really can't complain; for a preschooler, Emmie has a fabulous diet. She will typically try anything once (as long as you don't dare try to put any kind of sauce on it) and she absolutely loves healthy fruits and veggies. Like any toddler, she definitely has her favorites...many of the meals you see below are mainstays that I fix at least a few times each week!

In figuring out her meals, I like to stick to the "1 of each" rule: 1 serving of protein, 1 healthy carb, and at least 1 fruit or veggie (usually more than that, though).  Following this rule actually makes the process incredibly easy...I just mix and match what we have in our home to make a meal (in a pinch, children really don't care if the foods coordinate!).

One mainstay at each one of Emmie's meals is a glass of milk.  She typically has at least one serving with each meal, whether it is incorporated into her food or served as a drink.  In my previous post on the topic, I talked about why it is so important to have milk served each time Emmie eats.  Here's how I do it!

Breakfast:  Eggs are in incredibly easy way of getting much-needed protein in a child's breakfast.  I like to put a little bit of milk in them as well...not only does it make the eggs fluffy and light, but it also gives them an extra dose of protein and vitamins!  Either wheat toast or a bowl of cereal and milk is typically the carb for this meal.  I try to keep 3-4 different kinds of fruit in our house at a time and let Emmie choose (I think giving children the power to choose their own healthy foods is really powerful in developing a great relationship with food).  Today was a banana...heaven help you if you try to open it and/or cut it up before she gets her hands on it. :)

(And pro tip: you'll see the same cup of milk in each of these pictures, that's because I only use one a day! Just pop it back in the fridge as soon as the meal is over. That way, you aren't chasing down and washing a hundreds cups daily.)

Lunch: Emmie is only in half-day preschool a few days a week, so she is currently home with me every day for lunch.  Her lunch is almost always the same during the week.  Again, I like to ask her what she wants...and, 90% of the time, she's going to request a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread (with the crust cut off), strawberries, and grapes.  We didn't have strawberries and grapes in the house this day, so apples and carrot sticks it was.  I like to get a little bit more protein in her lunch than just peanut butter, so a glass of milk is a must...with 8 grams of protein per 8oz cup, it's a great way to sneak in essential proteins.

Dinner: I am not an everyday cooker, and I doubt I ever will be.  I usually cook 3-4 times a week and we do leftovers every other day (with the occasional takeout or restaurant visit).  This night happened to be leftovers...Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice (recipe on the blog next week) with corn on the side.  Again, that glass of milk introduces a great serving of protein, calcium, Vitamin D, and potassium!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Create It Thursday #127 (Plus Features)

Hello Create It Thursday friends!  Who's ready for another fun party?

There were so many great fall ideas last week. Here are a few of my favorites!  These are also on the Create It Thursday Pinterest board and the Lamberts Lately Facebook page.

...and this week's fan favorite...

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Let's get the first party of October going!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Making Pregnancy Habits Fun

If you have ever been pregnant, you know that a prenatal vitamin is a must.  It's just one of those easy things you can do to promote a healthy pregnancy, for both you and your baby.

Of course, any mom out there will do absolutely anything she can to keep her baby as healthy as possible.  But let's be honest for a second: after awhile, taking a pill every single day gets a little old (not to mention downright torturous if you're experiencing morning sickness).   The way I see it, if you have do to something, you might as well make it enjoyable as possible.  I'm much more likely to stick to a healthy habit when it doesn't feel like a chore!

Vitafusion™ PreNatal vitamins are a mainstay on my nightstand during pregnancy.  Gummy vitamins weren't a huge thing when I was pregnant with Emma Ramey...instead, I took a massive pill each night.  Needless to say, taking my prenatals each night has been so much easier (and actually pretty enjoyable) this time around!  

I've told Noah over and over that the people who crafted these vitamins must have been through a pregnancy...there are so many things about them that just cater right to this pregnant lady's heart.  The lemon & raspberry lemonade flavors are perfect for that sour/sweet craving that I (and so many other pregnant women) tend to have.  Taking 2 gummies is so much easier than forcing myself to swallow a pill, especially if I'm not feeling great.  And, added bonus: you don't have to have water to take these...just enjoy wherever you might be!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2015 Goals

Well, a little bit of (unexpected) extended morning sickness really threw a wrench in the goals for September.  For most of the month, I still felt like absolute death and was doing alright to get out of bed in the, needless to say, goals weren't really a priority.  But, I'm happy to report that the past week has been really great!  I'm starting to feel like myself again and starting to get a little bit of a drive again.

Here's what I did (and didn't do) in September!  You can see last month's post here and my overall goals for the month here.

1.  Start back with the cleaning schedule this month. - B - I finally started on this just this week.  Better late than never, right? :) The last week of my monthly cleaning schedule is bathrooms, so I've been working really hard to get those back up to snuff this week.  I'm almost done with the cleaning schedule for this week!  That's one of the beauties of this cleaning schedule, you can really pick up at any week of the month and have your house clean within 4 weeks.

2.  Each week, concentrate on fully organizing one room. - F - Nope, didn't happen.

3.  Drink much more water. - B - I did what I could.  For some reason plain water has been gross to me, but I have loved lots and lots of Gatorade has been on the menu.  You do what you can.

4.  Start cooking nightly again.  B - I wouldn't say I've done a perfect job with this, but I have cooked a lot more this month than the past two months!  My mom made a bunch of freezer meals for us when I was sick, and those have been a lifesaver when I just wasn't feeling it.  I've also learned that, even when I'm not feeling great, I have a few hours in the afternoon that at least let me meal prep and/or put something in the Crock Pot.  That's been huge in getting back into the cooking groove.

Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish this month!

1.  Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. - I have heard people absolutely rave about this book and its ability to organize your life.  I've been stalking my local library for a month, trying to find a copy in stock...and it looks like I'm not the only one that wants to read it. :) No luck in finding it there, so I think I might break down and buy it this week (it's like $10 Leslie, quit being cheap).

2.  Have a pantry clean-out week. - We've got a little bit of this and a little bit of that going in our pantry/fridge/freezer right now...time to either throw it out or use it.  At least one week this month, I'd like for the majority of ingredients needed to already be in our home.

3.  Eliminate credit card interest payments. - Compared to where we were at the beginning of the year, we have very little credit card debt left...but we still have some, and it bothers me every month to even have to pay the little bit of interest that we do.  This month, I want to find a 0% interest balance transfer card and get rid of that payment!  It's one of the few monthly payments we have left that I kind of consider pointless (meaning we could get rid of it if we wanted to), so this is the month it needs to go.

4.  Try a meatless meal once a week. - This isn't a problem for me at all right now - just like with my last pregnancy, I'm really not digging meat in my meals right now.  But Noah is an all-out carnivore, so I have to get a little bit more creative when making meatless meals that he will actually eat.  I'm hoping to sneak a few of these into the menu this month!

Happy October and Happy Friday everyone!

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