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my children are the reason i get up in the morning… and the reason i drink at night

Here comes the sun, protect those little darlings!

It’s almost sunblock time… unless you’re my sister, who starts applying in January. It’s also about time for my yearly rant about the bad things in most sunscreens. You can once again thank the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for making me paranoid, not to mention a super crazy mom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yummy Green Pasta

Or “geen pasta” as one of my little monsters call it.

Like most of my recipes, embarrassingly simple. This is like a pesto with a little extra protein and fiber kick from the beans.

For this version, I used:

Green Pasta

Green Pasta

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • About 1/2 bunch of cilantro that I had leftover from another dinner
  • Garlic, oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: milk or cheese

Boil pasta, and puree the spinach, beans, cilantro, and peeled garlic cloves in a food processor or blender. Add in oil, water, or chicken broth to thin it out. When your pasta is done cooking, drain and reserve some of the water (or use chicken broth) in case the puree is too thick. Add the puree into the pot, and dinner is served.

For leftovers the next night, I added some milk and parmesan cheese to make it a little creamier. They loved it, and we did too.

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Cleaning pacifiers the healthy way: DIY

Bruce Jr, Bruce III & Salvatore

My binky boys @ 5 months (and 29 years)

Good news about your instinctive method of cleaning pacifiers

Finally, a sigh of relief. It’s great to here a positive story about something you probably do anyway (if you are lucky enough to have a pacifier-addicted child). The Keehn beans are three weeks binky-free, but this was too good not to share.

The short and sweet news: Spreading germs to your kids by cleaning their pacifier with your own mouth can actually decrease their chances of having allergies, eczema, and asthma. Throw away those silly paci wipes that you forget to use anyway (or save them for those disgusting public restroom falls).

Here is the fancy explanation from Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Parental sucking of their infant’s pacifier may reduce the risk of allergy development, possibly via immune stimulation by microbes transferred to the infant via the parent’s saliva.  More semi-snoozeworthy info here

So suck that binky clean, guilt free!

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BRING FOOD…and other advice for visiting a new mom and baby

I was so happy when I read this HuffPost Parents blog by Megan Cottrell explaining how to be the best visitor ever- it’s spot on. Unfortunately, most of the people who need these tips probably don’t read blogs or frequent Facebook, but maybe this will get back to them (fingers crossed). Not only are new moms sleep deprived and overwhelmed, they are also doing something that most of us seem to forget about: recovering from a pretty serious (and sometimes traumatic) physical event. So yes they’re tired- but also, literally, getting back on their feet. So please be easy on them, and follow this author’s advice:

1) Call before you come. Do not, I repeat, do not, stop by unannounced. Also, give your buddy a bit of time to respond to a request to visit. She’s likely not as glued to her cell phone or email as she once was. I often had people send me an email at 2:00 p.m. saying, “Hey, can I come by at 4?” Yes, but I didn’t get your email until 6, so no.

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Spring cleaning for the lazy momma: how to sell old baby clothes without leaving your house

Like they don’t fly through sizes fast enough, seasonal changes =  trying to jam even more clothes into their already over-stuffed drawers and closets. I think if I put another bin of baby clothes in the attic, my ceiling is going to collapse.  I was beyond thrilled when this Clean Out Bag showed up with my diapers.com order. This is an easy way to get rid of your old stuff make some extra cash. Read the rest of this entry »

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A pickled kitchen: my obsession with vinegar

I know I get made fun of for my obsession with white vinegar, but this is too easy not to share! I hate using Windex and other cleaners around the kids, especially places where they eat and play. I use the Clorox Green Works line as much as I can in the kitchen, but it is pricier than standard cleaners- and there are still some unpronounceable ingredients in it. I made this DIY cleaner this morning, and wiped down my entire kitchen with a few sprays. It worked on my glass table (not one streak), granite counter tops (shiny and no filmy residue) my stainless steel fridge (I sprayed it and wiped it dry to avoid streaking on the stainless steel) and stove. Read the rest of this entry »

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The bubbles we live in

I was struggling with writing this week because it seems so petty to write about the challenges of getting rid of the pacifier when there are towns in Massachusetts on lockdown right now because a killer is on the loose. The news has been horrifying, and that family that lost their little 8 year old boy, no words. Most of us mentally added ‘marathons’ to the list of public places and events to fear based on recent attacks and shootings. Where can we, and more importantly, our children, feel safe? It is a terrible feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Foolproof toddler food

I’ve mentioned before that I am not a great cook. I know enough to get by, but totally lack the ability to just throw some things together and voila: a delicious, edible meal. I missed out on the gene pool for this one; my family is full of great cooks (my sister even cooks us dinner at least once or twice a week which is a huge bonus). I like simple recipes with easy steps, which turns out to be ideal for baby food and toddler meals (and also for my husband who does not like anything new or weird in his food- when I met him he didn’t like onions or garlic?!?!). Making infant baby food was pretty easy; the Baby Brezza was our savior. You can get more creative with toddler food. The most important thing is to keep trying… what they don’t like at first, they might like the third or fourth or tenth time around. Don’t rule anything out. It can get frustrating, but don’t give in too quickly. There have been times when I have pried their mouths open to just give them a little taste and then they turned out liking it. Or doused it in applesauce. Or called quinoa ‘oatmeal’. Sometimes, this backfires- they totally knew I was messing with them and refused to eat oatmeal for a while. They are smarter than we think… Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you Fakebook? Are you a momplainer?

We have all been there…a big event or vacation we’ve been looking forward to for months, which has its moments of a total “family fail”. Nothing too catastrophic happens, but the day(s) may end in frustration, exhaustion and even a few tears (not to mention the non-verbal, solely evil-eye-based communication path now occurring between you and your spouse). Staycations never looked so good.

But, for three seconds, you had both kids smiling and were able to post the perfect picture on Facebook. Mission accomplished. Now everyone knows you were there and had a good time. Done. Erin Zammett Ruddy, the author of this blog, has a term for this: Fakebooking. We are all guilty. I am definitely a fan of posting the “life is perfect” pics, but to be fair, I sometimes share the outtakes.

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Happy birthday to my boys!

I can’t believe they are TWO! What a difference a year makes. Year one was long, year two flew. With twins, once you hit the one year mark, the hard work of having two definitely starts paying off. They are on a 24/7 play date.

Last weekend, we had the boys’ second birthday party at a little kid’s gym called My Gym, they were great! I made Mickey Mouse cupcakes, which were almost a Pinterest fail. I found cute Mickey & Minnie cupcake holders on Etsy (ASweetMelissaDesign). I ended up using mini Oreos as the ears- Pinterest had you using a cookie cutter to cut out smaller circles from the bigger Oreos, this was way too much work for me. I had to use toothpicks to get the ears to stay on- don’t forget to tell the kids to remove the toothpicks (oops)! The favors were Mickey Mouse crayon holders found on Etsy of course (holders from Janie at kidsstore, printable labels from LisaKaydesigns).

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