Toddler Chia Pudding + Product Review

Some days, I don’t know if it’s worse raising a picky eater or being married to one. My McNugget is not adventurous with new foods…at all. We really have to dramatize each bite of our own food to get him to try the smallest piece of something. Strangely enough, he loves chicken, smoothies, and chia pudding. I really didn’t expect for him to like it when he shoved my spoon in his mouth one night, but he did. Now, he signs for it whenever I eat it. 

Since I am not always in a sharing mood, I began giving him his own pudding. This also allows me to sneak in some of his least favorite foods. Here’s a basic recipe I’ve been following, along with some mix-ins/toppings I add for him.

 

Toddler chia pudding recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 pureed banana for sweetener

2 cups milk of your choice. We use breastmilk or whatever non-dairy milk we have.

 

-Add the chia seeds and pureed banana to a bowl. Mix well.  Add the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener and mix again

-Add the milk and mix again.

-Add any additional ingredients (listed below) and mix well.

-Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

 

Optional serving suggestions:

Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add an extra 1/2 pureed banana and frozen strawberries

Omit pureed banana and add pureed vegetables with seasoning of your choice

 

a188d6b746eec53601957f12fbfc6468d96c0defSince my family is always moving, we needed a to-go option for his pudding and smoothies. When we received* the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches, they were right on time. First, they are indeed cute! I love the little cartoon fruit on the package. While these pouches are made to be reusable, we treat them like disposables. They are very durable and are super easy to use. There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how much the pouches could actually hold, but it was a breeze once we got used to it. My son LOVES showing off his big kid skills with food pouches, so I love that he can eat directly from them. Although this product was sent to us for free, it is a product my husband and I plan to repurchase and keep on our Amazon shopping list. If you’re looking for durable food storage pouches for your homemade baby food, you can purchase a 4-pack here.

 

 

 

 

Tai’s Favorite Oils

If you’re a kinky-curly natural girl like myself, you use a lot of oils. Not only do I use oil in my hair, but I use some oils for moisturizing my skin and for cooking. This past month, I have either purchased or received* some amazing oils to meet all of these needs. Here are some of my favorites and how I use them.  Continue reading “Tai’s Favorite Oils”

Fall For These Three Fall Soups

Fall began yesterday! I am super excited because it’s my favorite season of the year I may be a little biased, since my birthday fall in this season. Nevertheless, there are so many reasons to love fall (outside of pumpkin spiced everything). A few of my favorite things about fall are soup, bisque, and chili! I just had to share my excitement with you all, so here are a few of my favorite recipes!  Continue reading “Fall For These Three Fall Soups”

What’s for Dinner: Sizzling Chicken & Cheese

 

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Credit: Friday’s

I am a huge fan of T.G.I.Friday’s…especially the sizzling chicken and cheese. I decided to make it for dinner a few nights ago and it turned out pretty good. Now, I’m passing the info to you.

What you’ll need:

2  chicken breasts
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon of Paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow onion
1 cup of Mexican blend cheese
Non-stick Skillet

Instructions:

Combine all seasonings. Rub mixture on the chicken breasts.

 

Slice peppers and onions into medium-sized strips.

In a non-stick skillet, sauté chicken breasts in coconut oil over medium heat. Cook evenly on both sides to a golden brown color.

While chicken cooks, sauté peppers and onions in coconut oil until onions are translucent (should be cooked in separate pan). Season with salt and pepper.

Remove chicken breasts from skillet. Top with peppers, onions and cheese. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

 

 

DIY Tutes That Will Make Your Summer Great!

I was supposed to post my wedding tips video today, but my editing software didn’t get the memo. I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging, so I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tutorials for summer! Why summer and not spring? It’ll give you time to perfect them!  After all, beach season is only four weeks away!

 

1. These Bottomless Sandal Tutorials:

 

2. This Le Sac Dress Tutorial:

 

3. This Graphic Tank Tutorial: 

 

4. This Makeup  Tutorial: 

 

5. These Recipe Tutorials:

 

6. This workout routine: 

 

Eat This: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

via Seamless.com
via Seamless.com

What can be said about this AWESOME sandwich shop? The food is delicious, the atmosphere is one of a kind, and the shop itself is a hybrid of Subway, a swanky coffee house, and Soda Jerks on the Santa Monica Pier. Magically, this hybrid works!

Jon and I...boo-luvin' during our last Potbelly visit.
Jon and I…boo-luvin’ during our last Potbelly visit.

 

Jon and I have loved Potbelly for as long as we have loved each other. Side story: Jon and I are foodies, but moreso when we were dating and not eating as healthy as we do now. My mom, sister and friend all had a game where they would guess restaurants/eateries Jon and I hadn’t visited. One of those places was Potbelly’s. So during an Ikea trip (I was still in college at the time), Jon and I decided to have lunch at the Potbelly next door. It was love at first bite! Since a location has opened closer to our home, we have been frequent visitors.

Here’s what I love so much about Potbelly:

  • The simplicity of it all– The sandwiches on the menu have set recipes, which the employees know well (unlike Subway’s, but that’s another story). While there is a rumored secret menu, everything is pretty basic. Make no mistake, though. The sandwiches are not basic in the flavor department. There are also vegan/vegetarian options that I have never tried! Someone would have to let me know about those.
  • The simplicity of it all- Yes, this is here again. The way the line works is pretty cool and easy. Everything is in reach as you walk through the line. Since there’s no glass to see which condiments are available, Potbelly has lists throughout the line.
  • Live music– I’ve heard about this since my first Potbelly experience, but I experienced it just recently. There was a guy who did an awesome cover of Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane (aka the soundtrack of my high school years…no, really). Artists sign up for a spot and can perform for tips.
  • You can figure out calories…at home– I’ve done this so many times! It allows me to eat what I want–without going over my daily calorie allowance. Everyone knows bad decisions are made when there was no preparation for them. You can avoid in-line decision making with this cool feature.
  • You can order and/or eat at home– Potbelly makes it easy to place orders from home–and even get your food delivered (at participating locations).

 

I would highly suggest Potbelly for your occasional sandwich! I usually order a turkey breast sandwich on multigrain bread with mustard, lettuce and tomato. If you have a Potbelly favorite, let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Recap: Date Night + MS Walk

This weekend was AMAZING! Although I live in the DC/MD/VA area, my husband and I were not a part of Cherry Bossomageddon. There’s no reason why I’d pay almost $10 (via DC Metro) and battle massive crowds…just to see the same trees that are in my own neighborhood. Are they beautiful? Yes. Is it worth it to me? Nah. So instead of doing that, my husband and I went to a Wizards game on Saturday night and had a ball. Before attending the actual game, we stopped for a bite at a cool pizzeria, Fuel.

Credit: Popville
Credit: Popville

Being a New York native, I am a bit critical when it comes to which pizzerias make “good” pizza. Fuel makes awesome pizza that tastes just like New York pizza. The price of the combos were a slightly expensive compared to their NYC counterparts, but you’re going to pay a little buck for location and atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, the restaurant is decorated like a gas station you’d see on a cross-country trip–including graffiti on the wall. The restaurant operates in a manner similar to Noodles & Company. You order your food at the register, take a table marker, and sit anywhere you want. The waiter will bring your food to you. I think that’s pretty cool. I also like the red paint in their bathroom.

Shameless bathroom selfie in Fuel.
Shameless bathroom selfie in Fuel.

After eating more than enough pizza, we headed across the street to the Verizon Center for a great Wizards game. The Wizards are in the playoffs, contrary to what bandwagon Heat heat fans said when we beat the beans out of them. See, true Wizards fans knew this season would play out like this. I won’t bore you girly girls with a bunch of basketball mumbo jumbo, but I truly enjoy Wizards basketball. Saturday’s game against the Bucks was a great time for my husband and I, as the Wizards won the game  104-91.

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It was fan appreciation week, so we got neat little things like Wizards coolers, pens and tumblers. We also got 50% off of Papa John’s Pizza and free Chik Fil A sandwiches. How awesome? Pretty awesome, but not the best part of that game.

Amaris Jackson, a 10 year-old who signed a one day contract with the Washington Wizards (via Make A Wish), with John Wall. Credit; Monumental Network
Amaris Jackson, a 10 year-old who signed a one day contract with the Washington Wizards (via Make A Wish), with John Wall. Credit; Monumental Network

After the game, we waited a while before rushing to the Metro station. As I’ve already said, I don’t like dealing with crowds (unless they’re Disney World crowds). If you’ve never been to that side of DC at night, you’re missing out on good, free music. When we finally exited the Verizon Center, I saw big tuba and heard the chorus of Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody playing through a crowd of people. It was a band called the Brass Connection Band! They ended their street show with their own rendition of Pharell’s Happy. After which, we pushed our way onto the first train back to Montgomery County.

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Shameless train selfie
Shameless train selfie attempt...photobombed by my husband, Jon.
Shameless train selfie attempt…photobombed by my husband, Jon.

The next morning (I know, sounds like suicide) we went to Towson for Walk MS 2014. This 5k is one in which my family has participated for 13 years, in support of my aunt Joan. Although it was a very early morning (Jon and I were up at 6:00 to get to Baltimore in time), it was a day well spent. With our dogs in tow, we completed the 5k! Phoebe loved every minute of it. However, our 15 week-old baby dog became dead weight after the first lap. I think he still enjoyed it, though. He received a lot of attention.

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Our baby dog, Big EZ, passed out after the race. Credit: Husbeau
L to R: My sister, Me, and my cousin. Credit: Aunt Joan
L to R: My sister, Me, and my cousin. Credit: Aunt Joan

We finished the weekend with a lot of rest. By the time we reached our apartment, everyone (including the dogs) was a blink away from REM sleep. I’m happy I was able to get that rest. Today, I will take on the challenge of planning a girl’s getaway trip for June! Stay tuned for more details about that and the release of  my posting schedule!