To Spring Clean or not to Spring Clean that is the question…

So its officially Spring even though in NYC it was snowing last week so that means the weather is getting nicer and its about that time to cleanup the clutter…I have not done an official spring clean but I was thinking now with my son I should tackle that.  I am going to be honest and say I have not washed my curtains since I bought them, taken out all my plates from the cupboards for a good cleaning or dusted in a VERY LONG TIME!!!  Now its time to find a good and easy spring cleaning checklist…

Any suggestions???

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Vacation Reviews – sugarSNAP Files

So I have been trying to get more organized and my first step was my diaper bag!!!  I need to carry all of Eric’s necessities plus some of my own in one bag which has gotten bigger as he has gotten older.  I dont normally wear a bag since all I really need for work on a daily basis is my phone and my wallet.

I was looking around for bags and thought that a mesh type would be best so that I could see what was in the bag.  I bought 3 different kinds on Amazon which were either too small or the quality was not the best and I then came across the sugarSNAP files.  They are pretty big and the quality is really good.  They come with tabs that I can generally see from the top of the bag and I am also able to unhook the specific file I need without taking the whole thing out which is great.

A1YRjII-scL._SL1500_I specifically bought this for my vacation since I knew that while traveling espcially flying I would need to be super organized and I am really happy I purchased them.  These files cost $39.99 which is a bit pricey but the quality is really good and it has helped me stay organized which is really big for me.

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If you love The Onion and your a mom watch this video!!!

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You Know You Have A Toddler When…

You Know You Have A Toddler When…

1. You know you have a toddler when you hate your spouse a little. Toddlers can destroy your marriage if you let them. The stress of living in an insane asylum with a child who makes you want to fall on your own sword will take a toll on your personal relationship. People without a toddler of their own will not understand how someone so cute will make you want to be single and living in a studio apartment with only a bottle of Jose Cuervo to keep you company, but this is the truth. Do your best to not let your little cock block tear your love life apart. You don’t actually hate your spouse, it just feels like it because you hate life. Remember: You’re in a warzone. You need back up.

2. You’ve no longer fantasize about being rich, famous, beautiful, talented, or any of the above. Your fantasies center around sleep. You dream about being rested and floating away on a California King bed that you can lay in starfish formation in. Most people of think of sleep deprivation in terms of infants but toddlers have the potential to steal just as many Zs as their infant brethren. It’s a hard truth to swallow but with a toddler you will be more physically and emotionally tired than you have ever been while also dealing with levels of twilight shenanigans that will astonish you on a nightly basis. Infants don’t scream in your face. Infants don’t run in to traffic.

3. You have become a shut in. Hopefully you have a backyard because other than work, you’re going to lose your will to leave the house. It just won’t be worth it anymore. Why deal with getting a toddler dressed, carseat drama, and a potential meltdown in public when you can just become a recluse? Groceries are available for purchase online.

4. You’ve ever had to drag a kid out of a store under your arm like a bundle of firewood in front of a crowd of gawking strangers. Good for you. Angry whispering can only get you so far. Sometimes you have to show a kid that you mean business and abandon that cart of groceries. Don’t abandon the wine, though. That’s crazy. Pay for the wine.

5. You regularly open packages of food in stores to keep your baboon quiet while you shop. Don’t worry; it’s not shoplifting until you forget to pay for it.

6. You’ve ever had to alert a store employee to the fact that your kid has urinated on their floor. Hey, better a linoleum floor than a stack of neatly folded sweaters. Bonus points if your toddler has ever thrown up in public. On you. When you don’t have a change of clothes.

7. The person you gave birth to clocked you in the face like Mike Tyson. In public or in front of your mother-in-law at Thanksgiving.

8. You have stress-induced heart palpitations. No, your child is not trying to kill you but they might by accident.

9. You’ve seriously considered starting a new life in a new city. If you do this, be sure to cut up your credit cards. They can track you.

10. You have more gates up in your home that the local zoo (but your toddler has still figured out how to get around them).

11. You know that sometimes “My phone is charging” is code for “I need you to lay off my shit and play with your own toys.”

12. Your sex life has come to a standstill. Toddlers are natural birth control. Their antics will cause your sex organs to shrivel into your body and seal off.

13. You’ve seriously researched sleep-away preschools and boarding school for two year-olds.

14. You know more about the cast of Jake And The Never Land Pirates than your mom.

15. Every one of your cabinets has some kind of lock on it.

16. Bath time in your house looks like an episode of Wipeout but at least cleaning it up counts as mopping the floors.

17. All four food groups can be found between your couch cushions.

18. You’ve had to say “Stop eating out of the trash” in the last 24 hours.

19. A small child has recently blown his or her nose into your shirt and you didn’t change.

20. You would give your molars for a free, reliable babysitter. Who needs to chew meat when you can go out for drinks anytime?

22. You’re so tired you can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. Park benches, movie theaters, red lights during traffic…You now know you can fall asleep with your eyes open while the cashier rings up your groceries.

23. You have a new appreciation for your parents and find yourself apologizing for everything you did 3 or 4 decades ago. When they laugh you know that they’re enjoying the REVENGE.

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How much should I feed my 1 yr old???

So now that my son will be off of formula I am getting concerned that he wont be eating enough healthy nutritious foods from fruits & veggies.  With formula it was easy since he was getting all his vitamins from that plus he was eating 3 meals a day.  Now that he will be getting all his calories from meals it worries me that he will not eat enough or get enough healthy foods since he doesnt particularly like veggies.

Age: 12 to 24 months

Signs of readiness

  • Can start to use a spoon (though proficiency will take a while!)

What to feed

  • Whole milk
  • Other dairy (soft pasteurized cheese, full-fat yogurt and cottage cheese)
  • Same food as rest of family, mashed or chopped into bite-size pieces
  • Iron-fortified cereals (oats, barley, wheat, mixed cereals)
  • Other grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, rice)
  • Fruits: melon, papaya, apricot, grapefruit
  • Vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower “trees”, cooked until soft
  • Protein (eggs; cut-up or ground meat or poultry; boneless fish; tofu; beans; thinly spread smooth peanut butter)
  • Citrus and non-citrus juice
  • Honey is now okay

How much per day

  • 2 cups dairy (1 cup milk or yogurt, 1 cup = 1 1/2 ounces natural cheese or 2 ounces processed cheese)
  • 3 ounces grains, preferably half of them whole grains (1 ounce = 1/3 cup cold cereal, 1/4 cup pasta or rice, 1 slice bread)
  • 1 cup fruit (fresh, frozen, canned and/or 100 percent juice) Emphasize whole fruits rather than juice.
  • 1 cup vegetables (Serve vegetables that are cut in small pieces and well cooked to prevent choking.)
  • 2 ounces protein (1 ounce = one slice of sandwich meat, about 1/3 of a chicken breast half, 1/4 can of tuna, 1/4 cup cooked dry beans, or 1 egg)

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Vacation Reviews – Awesome travel seat!!!

So we just went to Puerto Rico for a week on vacation and this was our first flight with our 1yr old. We rented a condo so that we could have a little freedom for Eric and be able to cook and wash clothes as necessary.  I was thinking that I would post some of the items that I used while on vacation that really were great and necessities for us when traveling with our toddler.

First is this travel seat Portable Travel Seat by Cozy Cover and it retails for $20.99 on Amazon.81zsGxDKoXL._SL1500_

This seat pretty much fit all the chairs that we had. It was a bit tight on really high back chairs but we didnt have many of those on the trip.  The chair folds up pretty small so that I just had it in my diaper bag in the event a restaurant didnt have a high chair which most did.  Our condo didnt so we used this to feed him while there most of the time.  I would highly recommend this seat for those that travel and need a small compact chair for your little one.

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Cool Article: Female company president: “I’m sorry to all the mothers I worked with”

As a working mom its super hard to balance life.  I want to be there for my son as much as I can while trying to work and advance in my career.  I made a choice to take a job where the pay is not lucrative but my hours/flexibility/benefits is high so that I am able to take the time off when I need to.  There is always a debate between full time working moms vs. stay at home moms but I think all of us have something in common in that we are all mother’s who want what is best for their family.

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New camera/diaper bag!!!

So since having my son I wanted to get a new camera specifically a DSLR since I knew I would be able to get great picture quality.  I went back and forth with the type and originally wanted the Canon D3300 or the Nikon D5200 but the size bothered me since I was used to a point & shoot.  After doing some research we went with mirrorless because of the size and picture quality was on par with the DSLR’s. My hubby bought one for me this past January and its a Sony A6000 and I LOVE it!!!  I use it pretty much everyday to capture my son who is pretty quick.

The only issue was going out with this camera would be more of a challenge since its bigger and more expensive than a point & shoot.  It needs a carrying case and given that I have to have my diaper bag when we go out I started searching for a bag that could do both.  I looked at kelly moore bags, epiphanie and jo totes.  I went with jo totes betsy bag ( since the price was the most reasonable out of the 3.  Here are some pics…DSC01807DSC01804 It was a little smaller than I expected but I can fit my camera, a toy, change of clothes, changing pad with wipes/diapers, and a bottle.  Its definitely for a minimalist mom who packs only the necessities and doesnt like a big bag like myself. I will use this bag for the quick errand or trip to the park.

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Cool photo app!!!

So I take tons of pictures and have them generally stored on my laptop but I tend to not look at my older family photos since I am not going back to look at them.  I found this cool Lyve app where I can sync my computer and phone and have all my photos available to me plus they are neatly organized.  Its one of my cool app finds that I am loving right now!!!

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Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Made these spinach ricotta gnocchi and they were pretty easy to make but my little guy was not a complete fan which was surprising since he likes pasta.  This recipe makes a bunch so I froze them after flash freezing.  I will try again maybe with some tomato sauce to see if he likes it better.


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