Our 21 Month Milestones

Over three months have passed since our last update and although I can’t say we’re doing bad, this dark cloud hangs over our heads…everyone’s perhaps. It almost feels wrong talking about our lives when there are so many lives that have been lost in Israel and those recent plane crashes, just to name a few places and events. It’s one of those times when the world just seems to be on edge. My prayers and thoughts are with those who are suffering. With that in mind, here are our 21 month milestones, as small as they are compared to what others are going through…

State of the Dilan

I’m pretty sure that if you’re not crazy about your child around 21 months, something’s wrong with you. Dilan is absolutely amazing. He’s big enough to communicate in the cutest way, yet small enough to still have that “baby” feel to him at times. It’s perfect. We didn’t have a well check this month, so no real height/weight/head stats, but it’s safe to say that he’s growing faster than Germany scored those 7 goals against Brazil last month. Dilan’s going to be reading this in a few years and won’t have a clue what we’re talking about, so we’ll fill you in later, buddy.

Dilan’s favorite foods still include blueberries, pears, and bananas. Waffles, pancakes, pasta, lima beans, meats, fried rice, and daal (Indian lentils) come in as close seconds. He’s got a great daily routine down and knows it so well. We LOVE watching him put all his books back in the wicker basket once it’s bedtime. It makes us beam with pride because we worked so hard on his routine and we all just love it. That’s not to say that we don’t take him out of the routine from time to time. We visited the observation deck at the airport today and that was SO worth pushing his bedtime for. He loves planes, cars, trucks, anything that moves really. He said “bye bye train” today after a train went by on our way back from work. I melt when I hear him say things like that, especially since he’s still very slow with talking / vocabulary. But, he’s getting there! Just today, he said “mama play” when I dropped him off at daycare. Not what I wanted to hear.  I played with him for 5 minutes and then it took all the willpower in the world to turn around my car and drive to my office. Even if it’s only 2 minutes away, it seemed way too far. Sometimes it’s hard to be a career mom.

Back to Dilan: He still loves to rough house with daddy and he ALWAYS has to be part of any hug or kiss that he sees mommy & daddy do. It’s adorable. Bobo is still his best friend, closely followed by Thomas the Train, who takes up about 40% of his crib. Another 20% or so usually gets taken up by a Tonka truck. It’s amazing how he still manages to sleep through the night most days. We’ve battled two ear infections, the flu, and second time hand-foot-mouth virus this year. If you have no idea what that is, your child probably didn’t attend daycare. It’s annoying, but makes him so much stronger. The willpower and quest for independence is a struggle some days, but hey, it’s not like daddy and I can’t relate :-) Dils, if we could freeze you in time right now, we would. You are amazing. Please don’t ever stop smiling.

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State of the Mommy

I’ve been doing MUCH better with running more consistently and I think it’s helped my energy levels a ton. I’m not a morning person, so didn’t think waking up before the sun’s around would suit me, but it does. Helps put me in a great mood, too. Sleep is for the weak. Unless you’ve got a newborn, then you’d be willing to pay top dollar for 15 minutes of sleep, of course  ;-). When work’s tough and everyone’s cranky or Dilan is teething, I still have a Don Julio margarita kind of day, but in general, I’m paying more attention to being well. I’m also taking an Ayurvedic class. It’s engrained in our culture, but I’ve heard so many conflicting theories and misconceptions that I decided to explore it for myself. I need something that fits my lifestyle. I learned some amazing things about myself. I’ll share them in a separate post. We made a family trip to gorgeous Punta Cana 2 months ago. White, powdery sand and blue water. It made me feel so refreshed and lucky to have what we do. I still don’t have the toys at home completely under control and it’s still a challenge to cook one-handed dinners, but it’s all work in progress. I do have some pretty good ideas for healthy and simple toddler dinners, so I’m planning to start a Pinterest board for that. Stay tuned! I also saw a chiropractor for the first time last month…another must-have, girls. Turns out that one of my legs is a full inch taller than the other. How hilarious is that. Proof that you don’t’ know everything about yourself after all…

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State of the Daddy

The daddy is traveling again as I type this. He does a phenomenal job balancing his work, which is as nuts as you think it would be for a startup CEO, and life at home. He’s by far the most organized and efficient person I know. It amazes me how much he’s able to cram into a day without losing his head. Today, Dilan spontaneously said “Dada play”. Shows how much of a daddy boy he is. His favorite things to do are taking Dilan to the pool and on bike rides. Those are closely followed by brushing Dilan’s teeth. I’ll have to post a video of this for you guys to understand that one. It’s become a favorite part of our day.

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With all the horror and terror in the world, it’s nice to remember those little, sweet moments. After all, finding some goodness in life is the only way to keep it going, right?

4 Ingredient Chia Pudding

We’ve come such a long way since the chia pet….or have we?! Chia seeds are back in style. You hear as much about them as you hear about kale and coconut-anything these days. With our juice is loose movement still going strong, we’ve been adding chia seeds to our smoothies every morning. Then I read this post and had to try out chia pudding. Four Ingredients and some minor stirring later, Dilan, daddy and I devoured most of this creamy goodness in one sitting. I followed this recipe almost exactly, but reduced the tablespoons of maple syrup to 1.5. The pudding was still fairly sweet, so I may even try to leave it out next time. I used Silk’s unsweetened coconut milk instead of regular milk, but I’m guessing if you use the vanilla kind that you can just omit the vanilla from the recipe. I also used black instead of white chia seeds. I have yet to hunt for the white ones.

Just to recap: stir together 1 1/2 cups of coconut (or any other kind) of milk, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of sweetener (maple, agave, or other), 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla, and 1/3  cup of chia seeds. Pop in the fridge for 4 hours or so and you’re done! The pudding will take on a tapioca kind of consistency. Top it with your favorite fruit and you’ve got yourself a wholesome breakfast or snack.

Now one thing to watch out for are chia seed recalls. Lots of them lately. I found a good site to check for these: http://jillsjuices.com/recent-food-recalls/.

Overall, this was delicious, quick, easy, and so much more nutritious than any type of Jello you’ll find in the grocery aisles. As a bonus, I got to sing the chia pet song to Dilan, which cracked him up. Give this a try and please let me know if you come up with any cool variations!

4 ingredient chia pudding

What’s in a Name & Why I Love Pickles

I wrote this post about 20 months ago…right around the time when Dilan was born and I went on maternity leave. I never got to finish it. I honestly wanted to take that time to just gaze at his huge brown eyes rather than type away on a laptop, which is what my normal working mom day-to-day looks like. Kissing his tiny feet (that are now a toddler size 6.5!) and smelling his barely-there hair on his head were way more attractive than my brand new MacBook Air. So when I finally got some “me” time this week, I decided to complete this post.

A lot of people have since then asked about Dilan’s name. “Why did you guys give him an American name when you’re not American?” and “What’s up with the weird spelling?”. Well, by nationality we are all actually Americans and I’m the only one in our little family who wasn’t born in the US. Regardless, Dilan is more of a hybrid name that combines our beloved Indian roots with other things we love. It means “son of the sea” in Sanskrit and has origins in Welsh and French as well, but we didn’t choose it for the meaning. In hindsight, he does love the beach, so that’s pretty fitting, but we chose it because we love two things: simplicity and hybrids.

Simplicity has been a general theme for us for the last two years now. Way too often, we clutter our homes, work spaces, and thoughts and all that really does is complicate things. We’ve been purging our house for a while now, down to the first world (let’s be real) basics. If we don’t use an object on a regular basis, we donate or sell it. We’ve cleaned up our tasks by using Trello boards and although I can’t say I’m great at this yet, I try to keep my thoughts simple in order not to get overwhelmed. When it came to naming our son, we stuck with the same concept. “Dilan” is a bit simpler than some longer and more elaborate Indian names, but it’s just as beautiful to us.

Hybrids are another huge part of especially my life. I’m Indian by background, with both my parents born in Surinam (look it up on a map, it’s in South America). I was born in Amsterdam, lived on a tiny island called Curacao (next to Aruba!), spent a good part of my teenage life in Florida and finally ended up in Raleigh for work. Some of my best friends are from Venezuela and Trinidad. As a result of all the culture mixes, the name Dilan seemed appropriate. It’s a mix of Indian and other backgrounds. Anil and I love hybrid foods and culture as well. Caribbean cuisine usually tops our list. Flavors of India, France, some of the Asian countries, and the West Indies are phenomenal when you bring them together. Speaking of food, a close third factor that influenced the name Dilan is really my love for Dill pickles. I hated pickles my entire life, but like many other pregnant ladies, craved them my entire pregnancy. I still love them 20 months later.

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So there you have it, dearest pickle. A simple explanation of your name. We hope you always keep this in mind because your name really teaches you two lessons: to keep things simple in life and to always respect other cultures as much as your own. We look at you and can’t think of a better fitting name for you. The real test, however, will be how much you love eating pickles later in life. I can’t wait.

Love,

Mommy

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5 Toddler Hacks Your Mom Won’t Like

Everyone has their own parenting style. I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit that ours is on the goofball end of the spectrum. We constantly sing, dance, and turn every day into a party while we try to weave in the “Can you say ‘please’?”, “Can you say ‘thank you’?”. We’ll see whether this is effective or not in the next few months. Along with our style, here are five hacks that you (or your mom!) may not agree with. They’re toddler hacks because before I became a parent, I didn’t think I would do these. However, they’ve made life as working parents SO much easier and better for us, that I thought I’d share them. Like them or not, here are some rules we’ve been breaking and new laws we follow:

1. Toys in every room of the house. My boss and I were talking about how we have many friends whose homes look like Pottery Barn, even with kids. How?! We tried to restrict the toys to certain areas and then realized that all Dilan really wants is to be near us when he’s playing. Near us in the kitchen, near us in the bathroom, near us in all 3 bedrooms and the upstairs loft. He likes people and body warmth. He wants to drive his toy cars on our arms and legs. Not in a playroom. We love it. I’d rather have a clean (hygienic) house than one with all toys in one spot. You can always straighten things up at the end of the day. Cars everywhere, don’t care.

2. Withholding the blueberries. I can already hear all the grannies gasping here. Why would you want to withhold a perfectly healthy fruit from a toddler? Foods like blueberries and pears are Dilan’s favorite and we could easily get away with serving them to him every single night. The problem is that once you serve these, that’s all he will eat. Kind of like a cookie. Very one-sided nutrition. Over time, we learned that the way to get around this, is to serve these after he’s eaten his dinner. Same with coconut milk. Perfectly healthy, but we serve this after he’s had a good variety of food, so he won’t binge on it. It has worked so far since he’s accepting a wide variety of foods. We have a simple rule: you don’t have to clean your plate if you’re full or really don’t like something, but you have to at least take a bite and try it. We also haven’t fed Dilan anything deep fried or artificial to date. Best decision we’ve made. Plenty of time to indulge later.

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3. Not folding laundry. I hate laundry. I hate folding it even more. We do laundry almost every other day. It piles up quickly. At first, I started folding onesies in half and then I decided that was just silly. I overcame my OCD tendencies in the name of efficiency and now categorize short sleeve, long sleeve, shorts, pants, and other items into shelves and bins that we added to Dilan’s closet. Every bin or shelf is labeled so even if the clothes aren’t folded, you know exactly what to find where. You might think this gets messy, but we haven’t had any trouble finding clothes or getting dressed in the morning. Never been late to school / work or a doctor’s appointment, all while saving at least 1.5 hours each week. Second best decision we’ve made.

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4. Cooking less (fancy). This is another shocker because I really envisioned myself spending plenty of time in the kitchen with a newborn. With a baby who did not tolerate the Ergo / Bjorn / baby carrier for more than about a minute, I soon had to give up on this dream. Coming home from work with an infant who just wants your boob isn’t exactly conducive to being able to cook a fancy meal. Neither is a clingy toddler who loves to be held. This actually ended up opening the door to a much simpler and healthier diet as well as one-handed meals. Simpler meals like baby boy choy omelets and 5-ingredient gluten-free banana pancakes have taken the place of some of the more extravagant meals I used to make. I still love to cook. We’re just smarter and faster about what we put on the table now.

5. Pacifiers. Maybe this should be at the top of the list. SO many people warned me about pacis and how horrible they are. But how else would you handle a crucial customer call with a screaming child in the background? Pacis are magic. It’s really not just for the parents, though. Infants and toddlers don’t have much self control yet and some need lots of help with soothing themselves. Pacis are perfect tools for this. You can take away a paci, but you can’t take away a thumb. We started using pacis around 3 months to prevent Dilan from cluster feeding (aka being on the boob for 20+ hours a day, even though he wasn’t hungry). Do we have a weaning plan for Dilan? Nope, but he only really needs his paci during nap or sleepy (night) time. When we remind him that he doesn’t need it, he takes it out of his mouth and hands it to us. Daddy’s better at doing this than mommy is. We’ll wean him when we’re all ready. Braces fund? Check.

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Our 18 Month Milestones

State of the Dilan

We’ve come a loooong way from reflux, cluster feeding, sleeping problems, and eczema. Our little pickle is a big pickle now. As with most toddlers, he’s full of energy and loves to run around all day. His favorite place to be is outside. Anywhere outside. He’s into three main things right now: cars, trucks, and trains. This is where Disney-Pixar and whatever company owns Thomas (the blue engine) really capitalize. I can’t tell you how much money we’ve thrown at Target and Amazon in the last few weeks. Typical first-child thing, right? On the eating front, Dilan is still doing really well, as you can tell by his stats:

Height: 34 inches, 91st percentile
Weight: 24 lbs, 4 ounces, 47th percentile
Head size: 48.5 cm, 79th percentile

Looks like he’ll be tall and skinny! Since most Indian men are shrimps (there, I said it), I don’t mind his height :-). We’ll see how this holds up later. Overall, I’m really pleased that we put a lot of effort into solid feeding and sleep strategies. The latter one was particularly tough. We’ve had some typical 18 month sleep regression and have those once in a blue moon days where most of dinner still ends up on the floor, but in general, Dils rocks it in these areas. He loves to do “cheers” with his sippy. Sometimes a little too much. His favorite word to say right now is “Ka” (car). He’s hesitant to imitate or repeat words and doesn’t have a very large vocabulary set, so we put him on speech therapy. It’s more to reduce his own frustration than anything else. We’re not worried about him not talking, but some kids just like to be independent and strong-willed to the point where they could use the extra push :-)

Our daily favorites still include spending time outside in the sun after work, listening to music and dancing indoors, reading books, and rough housing in general, especially when daddy gets home. Cars and trucks are a part of all these activities, of course. Needless to say, I can keep gushing about the Dils forever. He smiles constantly and radiates positivity. His speech therapist said that he has the best smile she’s ever seen. We tend to agree :-) All it takes is for him to say “mama” and I melt. He’s in a really good place right now and we love it.

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State of the Mommy

The mommy is doing pretty fab as well. Things are busy as usual, but I’m doing a much better job keeping up with work & home life. Work life rocks, as challenging as it is. Home life is hectic, but I’m trying not to let too much clutter pile up. This doesn’t always work out. I would describe our home as messy, but clean, most of the time. So what if you stumble over a Tonka truck? Builds character.

I’m most proud of how much healthier we are these days. I work out regularly now. I’ve been at my pre-pregnancy weight and even below it for a long time, so I’m mainly working on building some muscle and toning things up. I know that’s so annoying and obnoxious to read if you’ve just had a baby, but hey, it took a lot of work and energy and I hardly ever sit still. Some days it’s easier to run than others. I do the best I can. I do realize the importance of not being a mommy martyr and got my first pedicure in 18 months. I also took half a day of vacation with Dils in daycare and got oil changes for the cars and went to the Dollar Store in complete peace. The Dollar Store is the place to be for stickers, y’all.

The best thing I’ve done for myself (or actually, the hubs does this every morning) is replacing breakfast with green smoothies and juicing on the weekends. Sounds hardcore, but it really isn’t that crazy. More about that here. Overall, I couldn’t be happier. We’ve got some beach trips coming up and I am so pumped!! It’s so important not to burn yourself out and live in the moment. Lesson learned. Even more so with a toddler.

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State of the Daddy

“I think he’s an absolute blast now. Sometimes I just like to come home and watch him play, you know?” When it comes to daddy himself, he’s really optimistic about where things are headed with his company, but he’s also impatient because it’s really tough to complete his own work and recruit at the same time. ArchiveSocial has a lot of exciting things in place and is growing steadily. It does keep him super busy and for the next few weeks, at least one of us is on a plane every week. It gets tiring and requires a lot of planning. Daddy does think our weekends are a lot more fun now that it’s spring. They are still non-stop, no time for adult naps or rest, but it’s all good. We’re making the most of our time together. Like me, he loves the green smoothies every morning. I would write more about him, but as you may have guessed, he’s busy prepping for work (a conference) tomorrow.

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That about wraps it up. I hope you guys are enjoying spring as much as we are!

Loaded Portobello Mushroom Burgers

A few weekends ago, we made these Portobello mushroom burgers and they were uh-mazing. I call them loaded because even though they don’t have a ton of ingredients piled on, they are loaded with flavor. Here’s how we made them:

The ‘Shrooms
Simply wash and pat dry the mushrooms. We grilled three total on our George Foreman grill. Whether you do this on a Foreman or in a grill pan, count on grilling these for about 10 – 15 minutes. We added a balsamic glaze from Trader Joe’s to these before we tossed them on the grill, but beware that this may cause them to grill a bit faster (and they will burn if you don’t take them off the grill on time). We served the mushrooms on whole wheat buns.

The Toppings
A healthy dose of guacamole goes amazingly well on top of the mushrooms. Check out my homemade version here: http://instagram.com/p/mdcTMrtTTl/. I also picked up some organic mayo from Trader Joe’s and mixed it with a good amount of Sriracha. Delicious, but if you want a healthier version of this, mix some plain greek yogurt with Sriracha instead. Or, go half and half. Finally, grind some freshly ground black pepper on top and you’re good to go! We served this on bibb lettuce that we got from our weekly local produce box. Some baked sweet potatoes would make a terrific side as well. What do you think?

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One-Handed Veggie Fried Rice

Dilan is still in his clingy phase. He just wants to be held as soon as we come home. I secretly love it since I don’t see the boy during working hours, so I’ll take it :-). It does make prepping his dinner difficult. My solution to this is to hold him while whipping this up. I tried this recipe for veggie fried rice on him twice now. He devoured it both times. I got several requests to share it, so here it is!

The rice
We use organic brown basmati rice that you can find in Asian stores. Don’t let this fool you though, any long grain brown rice will work just fine. We use a rice cooker to cook ours since it cooks it perfectly every time. I make about a cup for every 2 people. You can use a stove or microwave as well. Just cook according to directions and make sure the rice is fairly dry. I usually do this beforehand (the night before) so I don’t have to wait for the rice to cook while handling Dilan. The rice goes in last.

The protein
I scramble one egg per person at high heat. Add at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil to a pan. Add more oil if needed. Crank up the heat, crack the eggs and quickly scramble them. Ok, so you can’t really do this part one-handed, so put the baby down first so you don’t burn him, please! It’s ok for the eggs to brown a little bit at the edges. Once your eggs are scrambled, add in the veggies.

The veggies
Any type of mixed veggies will do. We buy the frozen organic mixed veggies from Trader Joe’s. You don’t need to defrost these or cook them separately. They’ll go in right after the egg and need to be stir-fried for about 5 – 7 minutes on almost high heat.

The seasoning
Once your eggs are scrambled, add a few splashes of  low-sodium soy sauce and a few dashes of black pepper. That’s it. This will give you a nice and subtle Asian flavor, but wont’ be too overwhelming. A lot of the flavor will come from the toasted sesame oil. Once you’ve added your seasoning, stir in the rice for  a few more mins on medium heat and you’re done! This seems to be pretty toddler and kid friendly…let me know what you think!

One-handed veggie fried rice

The Juice is Loose

Yeah you read that right. We’ve been juicing! Anil really is the best hubs ever and decided to get me a belated Valentine’s day present last month. This is awesome for two reasons: 1) We don’t even exchange Valentine’s day gifts because there’s rarely a good sale on anything around that time and 2) I got a Breville juicer!! I feel like we’re the last people in the first world to get a juicer, but hey, it’s been amazing. Life changing is really more like it. So far, we’ve juiced mixes of carrots, green apples, kale, celery, sweet potato, cilantro, ginger, and zucchini.

The main benefit of juicing? You get nutrients delivered directly to your bloodstream. And you can feel this: every day that we’ve juiced, we have felt a jolt of energy and have not touched caffeine of any kind throughout the day. It’s so cleansing and you just feel so fresh and energetic. It’s also pretty cool to throw in an entire apple without having to cut it. It’s magic.

Breville Juicer

The main downside of juicing? Because a professional juicer takes out all the flesh and skins of fruits and veggies you lose out on fiber and need to make sure that you’re adding that back into your diet some other way. If you juice too many fruits, you may also be getting too much sugar directly into your bloodstream, which is why we stick to mostly veggies. Now the juicer is great, but it takes a lot of work to clean it up and we weren’t crazy about the fact that you’re not getting fiber from all the produce. So now, we mainly juice on the weekends, when we have a little more time to spare in the morning. For weekdays…

Blendtec

Enter the Blendtec. Smoothies give you the fiber you need and keep you fuller longer since they’re slower to digest. There’s also only one jar and lid to clean. Problem solved. We have an old (15+ years?) blender in our cabinet, but it’s no match for the Blendtec. When you start researching blenders, you’ll soon find that the Vitamix and the Blendtec are the top 2 high end blenders on the market. They’re both highly reviewed (and pricey), but we went for the Blendtec for several reasons: the Blendtec allows you to simply add your ingredients, close the jar, push a button and sit back. With the Vitamix, you may have to push down the food or may have to switch speeds. Small extra steps, but important ones. We also read some complaints about the jar being so tall that it did not fit under standard kitchen cabinets. This may have been fixed, though. The Blendtec also comes with a touch interface and is touted as “the iPhone of blenders”. Switches may last longer, but we’re suckers for clean designs. We were sold and have been making smoothies almost every single day since. Even soon-to-be 18 months Dilan participates. We usually feed him a protein or non-GMO cereal alongside the smoothie or juice, but as soon as he hears the sound of the Blendtec, he wants in. It’s a great way to sneak in extra fruits and veggies. As health nut and foodie parents, we just love this. We cut up fruits and veggies the night before and ta daa, breakfast is done in minutes. I used to bake breakfast breads for the week on Sundays, but smoothies and juice have now replaced these.

Stay tuned for our favorite smoothie and juice recipe making their way to the blog soon. Cheers!

Mommy’s Must-Haves #1

As many other moms, I’m constantly looking for new and nerdy items that make our lives a bit easier, healthier, and better. All with a nod to not breaking the bank either. Sounds like the start of a cheesy commercial, but I’m serious :-) Here are a few items that I’ve absolutely been loving lately:

Re-Play Plates & Bowls

These plates and bowls are made from recycled milk jugs! Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE green and eco-friendly products. These are totally in line with my tree-hugger philosophies and are a breeze to clean at the same time. Top rack dishwasher safe. Yeah baby. The best part is that they make Dilan’s food look even more colorful. They’re oh so hard to break too, which is great for when the bowls and plates hit the floor at the end of every a meal. Primed them from Amazon, of course.

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Bumkins Super Bibs

We’ve tried many different types of bibs these past 17 months and these are definitely the best ones for when solids start. They’re flexible and soft, have pockets to catch all the little bits and pieces of food that are bound to fall when your little one is self-feeding, are waterproof and machine washable! Score. We even toss them in the dryer, though I don’t know if we’re supposed to. Oh well, it works for us. These also come in awesome Dr. Seuss designs. Cute and colorful. Don’t just buy 3 of them, though, buy a ton. You’re going to need them. I got mine from Amazon, but think other baby stores sell them as well. Adorable, right?

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Clarins Creams

Enough about toddler meals. Let’s talk about mommy. After 31 years and a rascal baby, I still don’t have a single gray hair on my head. I probably just jinxed myself and will find one next week, but I will bask in the glow of youth while I can. I’m allowed to brag about this because the one sign of aging I do have are…wrinkles :-( About six months ago, my older sister and mom gave me Clarins extra firming day and night creams for my birthday. I’ve always had oily skin, so didn’t think I would need creams, out of all things. They’re pretty pricey too. I don’t spend much money on cosmetics and hardly ever wear make up. Not because I don’t need it, but mainly because I’m lazy. I switched over to completely natural cosmetics while I was pregnant, so had not used anything mainstream in a long time either. Clearly, I was skeptical about these creams, but six months later, I am absolutely loving how smooth and firm my skin and neck area are. They’re absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend them if you’re starting to show signs of…dare I say it…aging.

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And with that…time for this old lady to hit the sack!

Baby Bok Choy Omelets

Some of you may know that Anil makes the most AMAZING omelets. I really can’t make them better myself. We love having omelets for breakfast or brunch because they’re light, healthy, and nice and filling. About two weeks ago, we had some baby bok choy leftover in the fridge so we simply sautéed it with a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and just a tiny splash of soy sauce. After sautéing it, Anil added it to the omelet with some low-fat shredded Mexican blend cheese. Guys, it was to die for. We made them again for brunch today.  It’s fabulous Sunday brunch food and I can’t wait to eat these again. Here are some tips on how to pull this off:

  • Mix all your ingredients in a separate bowl first. Anil combines eggs, a generous splash of milk (any kind will do, as long as it’s not too sweet), salt and pepper, and some red chili powder for heat.
  • Cook the omelet on medium heat and brush the pan with olive oil first. Don’t use too much oil, just some oil applied with a brush works best.
  • Carefully turn the omelet and add your veggies / meats / cheese to the middle of the omelet. You’ll only need about two more minutes before you can fold all sides to the middle and serve it warm. Mmmm enjoy!

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