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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Promoting Healthy Eating Early

It will not come as a shock to pretty much anyone who knows me, but I am a SUPER picky eater! I don't eat: Red meat, pork, or seafood of any kind. I rarely eat fruit and you won't find me with a glass of milk unless it's accompanied by a giant brownie! This is a trait I am trying very hard not to pass on to Hallie! I have been very lucky thus far! Hallie will eat (almost) EVERYTHING! 

I was recently encouraged by Chobani  and their #Chobanikids project about promoting healthy eating to share some of my tips on providing a healthy eating foundation for young children.

1. Meal Planning: I have recently gotten back in the habit of meal planning! This I feel is SO important for many reasons! First, I can make sure to plan healthy wholesome meals that we can eat together as a family. Also, it decreases the chance of us ordering Chinese take out or driving through Sonic on the way home from work! Most importantly, our grocery bills are actually much smaller because I am purchasing ingredients for meals instead of junk! Try it! It's worth it!

2. Eating Healthy On The Go:  Hallie and I are pretty busy! We are very active in our playgroup going to story times, play dates and parties not to mention we work every afternoon, so many days we are eating on the go and Chobani makes that so easy! I love that I can grab a Chobani Tots yogurt pouch and be out the door! They are easy to open with a twist off cap and I don't have to worry about what I'm feeding Hallie, because these pouches are full of healthy ingredients: whole milk yogurt mixed with real fruits and veggies! I love that! But, not as much as Hallie!

3. Hallie Tries Everything and She Feeds Herself:  I make sure to let Hallie try pretty much everything (Aside from the obvious no nos! ie: Honey, nuts, choking hazards, lol) and she definitely enjoys all of her food, and there isn't much she shys away from! I give her small pieces of whatever our meal is, and most nights I let her feed herself, which she totally prefers anyway! In fact I think it is the reason we are finally now at 9 months on the weight charts! 5th percentile thank you very much!

4. Baby Signs: I think it is so important for a child to tell you when he/she wants more of something,
but also when they are finished eating. I want to make sure Hallie is getting enough, but also not to force her to eat too much! Hallie and I have been working on the signs "More" and "All done" to helpwith this! She's getting pretty good at "all done" but doesn't quite have "more down yet!

    "All Done"

What are some things that you do to promote healthy eating for your kiddos? I'd love you to share your tips below!
<3 Kelly 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Snapshots from our weekend

We had a very busy weekend!

Friday our Mom's group had an Easter brunch and let the babies play! It was so fun! Hallie and I made deviled eggs..her favorite!

 Saturday Hallie and I attended my cousin's little boy's baptism. Afterward there was a big party! Hallie had a great time playing with her cousins! It was also Stella's birthday, so we made sure to get plenty of Puppy snuggles in!

Sunday we went shopping with Hallie's Memi who came into town for Christopher's Dad's birthday! Then Hallie and I went to her 2nd cousin Abbey's 2nd birthday party! Hallie enjoyed trying BBQ! This girl is just like her Daddy! Texan through and through! She kept shoving my BBQ turkey sandwich into her mouth! She couldn't get enough! lol! We left Abbey's party a bit early to meet Christopher so we could go to his Dad's house for dinner to celebrate his birthday! It was so fun seeing so much family!
Can you see her little fingers guiding the sandwich into her mouth! lol Yeah she ate about 1/2 of it at least!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend!
<3 Kelly

Friday, March 27, 2015

9 month photos with Purple Moments

Happy Friday!! Today I am sharing the 9 month photos that our good friend Larissa at Purple Moments Photography  took of our sweet girl! Please go check out her work! She's just awesome!

I hope you enjoyed them! Have a great weekend!!! 
<3 Kelly 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Questions I find myself asking my 9 month old

This kid! She always has me on my toes...always! Here is a list of question's I have been asking Hallie lately:

1. How were you totally fine a second ago, yet throwing a giant tantrum about NOTHING right now!?  I am fairly lucky that this only happens about once a week, but seriously! The littlest things will set her changing her diaper or if I stand up in the living room! 

2. How did you get egg on your butt? You can replace the food with just about anything...somehow whatever this kid is eating ends up in her diaper..I'm not sure how!

3. Why do we buy you toys when you seem to like my hairbrush, paper, boxes and plastic bottles more?  We seriously have so many neglected toys because Hallie would much rather play with random household items or try to find an escape route out of our living room where we have penned her in..I guess whatever keeps her busy, right?!

4. I just mopped the floor didn't I? No I couldn't have, look at it! But I distinctly remember mopping it! I did, didn't I? Oh Lord this is practically a daily question! My floors are always trashed a minute after I mop them! Self feeding is important, but boy is it messy! Between her and the dog, I can't keep up! Also if you come over, please know that I do just never looks like it!

5. Did you just lick me?! Yes, Hallie has a new fun game of licking mommy...I'm not sure why, but she thinks it's hilarious! 

6. What are you doing?! This can also be followed up with "Where are you going?" This is the busiest craziest kid you will ever meet! I mean it! 

7. What's in your mouth? I was so hoping to have one of those kids that would find little things on the carpet and hand them to me instead of putting them in her mouth...I got the opposite! EVERYTHING goes in this kids mouth! She will find the smallest little fuzz or crumb that didn't get picked up by the vacuum and put it in her mouth! Also the dog's hair...yeah, gross! 

8. Aren't you sleepy? When Daddy works late, I let Hallie stay up past bed time to see him...but then we get to this point where she is delirious/crazy/loud/so sleepy she doesn't know what to do with herself...and true story, she can outlast me! 
  9. Did I just put your yogurt in my coffee? Yes my friends! I did! I have been that tired! I meant to scoop some into a bowl for Hallie and scooped it into my mug instead....greeeeat! 

This little girl keeps me busy and makes me exhausted, but I wouldn't have it any other way! 
<3 Kelly 
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