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Baby & Toddler

Baby & Toddler

Dinnertime and Meal Planning as a Family of Four with Effortless Chic

The first year with an infant is a crash course in transitions. Everything from sleeping and feeding to their physical movements and development are constantly changing. One thing that was really hard for me to get a handle on in the beginning was dinner time, but at 10 months old now, it feels like we have finally found our rhythm.  I love the idea of a meal plan, but honestly it doesn’t work for us in this season of life.  What does work for us is more of a capsule pantry approach. Having a well-stocked pantry, a refrigerator full of a handful of staples, and essential cooking tools that work for a myriad of meals means dinner is always just thirty minutes away.

Baby & Toddler

Plan a Better Backyard Barbecue for Kids

After a long winter and wet spring, we’re doing a bit of celebrating here in Seattle as backyard barbecue season is in full swing! While many houses right in the city have relatively small yards, we make the best of our little patio with a simple grill, a sandbox for our son, a comfy outdoor couch, and string lights to tie the whole thing together. Before we had a rambunctious toddler, eating outdoors was a casual all-night affair, but now of course things are abbreviated and it takes a bit more intention and planning to pull things off successfully. Here’s what makes for a better barbecue and a good time for all in our house:

Baby & Toddler

5 Strategies for a Smoother Bedtime Routine for Your Little One

Whether you have a newborn baby or a busy toddler, bedtime is generally an all-consuming topic for  parents. When we had a newborn I remember worrying about sleep all of the time. Now that we have a toddler, it doesn’t stress me in the same way, but many nights can still feel pretty stressful. After too long standing on the sidelines wondering what we were doing wrong, we got more proactive and deliberate about the bedtime routine. Here’s what works for us:

Baby & Toddler

Making Better Veggie-Packed Meals Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

Most of our friends have small kids at home, and we hear a lot of chatter about living with toddlers…a lot of it focused around food, making healthy meals for kids and getting them to actually eat a vegetable. While there’s certainly no easy answer, in our few years at home with our son Oliver, I’ve gleaned some tips that really do alleviate the stress and help us to eat better veggie-packed meals, toddler and all. Here’s what works in our house:

Baby & Toddler

Homemade Snacks for Tots, Made Better

Before we had our son, I used to make homemade bread, yogurt, salad dressings and even ice cream. But let’s be real: those days are gone (for now, anyway). While I love to cook and make most of our meals, there’s just not enough time in the week to prepare fresh yogurt and bread. But as anyone with a toddler knows, snacks are a pretty big deal and a few months ago I started to feel guilty about relying on prepackaged snacks as much as we were.