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Baby & Toddler

Snack Board Suppers: My Trick For Better Dinners With Little Ones

Before I became a mom I think I really believed that my kids would be open minded, cultural, adventurous, healthy little foodies. I had visions of them raving about my kale chicken salad. Sigh. I was so naïve. Nowadays the only way I get any vegetables in my darlings is by sneaking spinach in their morning smoothies. And they only drink those about 2/3 of the time.

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: