toddler life

What to Feed A Picky Toddler

Now that Evelyn is a month away from turning two, she has become the worst eater on the planet. She used to eat anything and everything I would put in front of her but now I’m lucky if I can get her to eat cheese cubes. I vaguely remember going through this with Henry but he wasn’t nearly as bad. I want to share with you some easy snacks and meals I have been putting together for her lately in hopes she turns her eating habits around. Nearly everything can be made in prepped in under 10 minutes so there are no wasted in hours in the kitchen preparing food that your dog will end up eating off the floor.
Breakfast Option 1: Mini Blueberry Waffles, Yogurt, Sliced Banana
Breakfast Option 3: Banana Pancakes (made ahead of time and thaw), Raisins, Grapefruit
Breakfast Option 4: Mini Whole Wheat Bagel with Almond Butter, Sliced Banana
Breakfast Option 5: Greek Yogurt Topped with Blueberries, Half a slice toast
Lunch Option 1: Cold Penne Pasta with carrots, corn and peas. I buy organic vegetables in the bag and steam in the microwave. I also boil pasta in large batches twice a week to have on hand!
Lunch Option 2: Sliced Bell Peppers, Deli Ham, Clementine Oranges
Lunch Option 3: Applesauce, Turkey & Cheese Roll Up, Carrots
Lunch Option 4: Avocado, Crackers with Hummus, Strawberries
Lunch Option 5: Pepperoni, Raisins, Pineapple
Dinner Option 1: Shredded Chicken, Edamame, String Cheese
Dinner Option 2: Cheese Quesadilla, Chopped Strawberries
Dinner Option 3: Brown Rice, Sliced Cucumber, Blueberries
Dinner Option 4: Penne Pasta with Parmesan, Hardboiled Egg,
Dinner Option 5: Turkey Meatballs (I buy the organic frozen kind), Sliced Grapes, Green Beans
Another amazing snack option that I have recently discovered is frozen Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Rolls). My kids definitely take after their parents and love a good baked cheese roll. These delicious gluten free snacks bake in just 5 minutes and are the perfect afternoon treat. They are perfect for the whole family and really compliment any dish. Henry loves to dip these in his tomato soup and they are a wonderful alternate to grilled cheese.  Since I always seem to be pressed for time, anything that can be ready in 5 minutes when my kids are both going wild is a win in my book. Forno de Minas is a socially conscience company that is deeply concerned with the environment and sustainability. They treat 100% of the water used in the factory, administrative area, and kitchen, through its ETE (Water and Sewage Treatment Plant). I love supporting companies that give back and care about their community. Want to try some Pão de Queijo? Here is a coupon for $1 off your purchase. You can find Forno de Minas in your local grocery store. Do you have any go-to meals for the picky eater in your life? Leave them in the comments below!
*this post was sponsored by Forno de Minas. As always, all opinions are my own*

Toothpaste your Kids will Love!

This post is sponsored by Hello Kids but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #BrushHappy
Like most 4 year old boys, Henry would rather be playing or watching TV than brushing his teeth. From the moment we implemented teeth cleaning around the age of 2, getting him to brush his teeth has been a daily battle. He also hates the dentist, and we have a really good Dentist in Augusta Maine, seriously they are so patient with him, and great with us! He also gags as soon as someone puts a toothbrush near his mouth (I wish I was exaggerating). We have tried all the popular toothpastes featuring his favorite characters and artificially colored green ones that legitimately looked like candy. I think that turned him off from teeth brushing more. It wasn’t until I discovered Hello Products that I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Hello Kids Fluoride Toothpaste is ADA accepted and clinically shown to prevent cavities. We checked with numerous dentists such as Dentist Turlock to make sure this was the right thing to do. Henry’s favorite is the blue raspberry and he loves it so much that he wants to eat more frequently just so he can brush his teeth.



I could not love this company more if I tried. Hello Toothpaste contains no artificial sweeteners, dyes, paragons, triclosan or microbeads. All their products are vegan and gluten free and their boxes are made from 100% recycled paper printed with soy based ink. Not only will you feel good about letting your kids use them, but you will feel awesome for supporting such an environmental friendly company. Hello Products are also against animal testing which is a huge requirement in our house.



Not only does Hello make amazing toothpaste for kids, but they also have oral care for adults. My husband loves the mojito mint while I favor the extra whitening (because, coffee stains). These are the perfect stocking stuffers for your kids/husband/brother/father. I’m a total sucker for cute packaging and I love the clean design on these tubes. They can be left out on my bathroom sink without being total eyesores.


Do you have any tip or tricks to make brushing easier? Confession: There have definitely been a few times where I have forgotten to brush Henry’s teeth. To remind us all, we bought this oversized toothbrush to keep in the bathroom as a constant reminder. I made this fun video so you can see how it has helped Henry become a better brusher!

Be sure to grab some Hello Toothpaste next time you’re at Target, Walmart or online at Amazon! Happy Friday, Friends!!

Playground Style

Now that the weather has finally cooled off and I don’t melt every time I step outside, we have been spending more time outdoors. We are lucky enough to have a big yard for the kids to play in and Henry loves to spend hours out there after school. We have a swingset, sandbox, and two hot wheels so there is plenty for the kids to do to get some energy out. Evelyn is finally old enough to sit in a bucket swing and not the infant one and loves to be pushed. All. day. long. I swear I need a robot to just stand there and push her. In all seriousness though, how could I ever say no to that happy face??
It can be hard to find for us girl moms to find cute playground clothes. I don’t want to sacrifice style just because my daughter wants to play outside and I also want something that is durable and comfortable. Recently I came across an adorable line of cotton rompers by Young & Free Apparel. They are so perfect for climbing, running, jumping, etc. I love how the romper is full body and completely covers Evelyn’s legs so that she doesn’t get any scratches from branches or rocks. Also, it comes in black (my favorite) and easily hides stains and spills. 
{headband // romper (c/o) // shoes}
Are there any clothing companies you love for outdoor play? Share in the comments below!

What’s in my Diaper Bag {Toddler Edition}

My son is just over 4 and my daughter is 20 months. I’m at a weird stage. We’re definitely out of the baby age with my son but not quite to the potty trained stage with Evelyn. Therefore, I still have to carry diapers, wipes, sippy cups, pouches, and puffs. Luckily Henry has been fully potty trained for almost 18 months so I don’t need to worry about accidents and Evelyn doesn’t spit up on herself or spill food anymore so that means I don’t need outfit changes for either of them. Today I’m sharing how to pack an efficient toddler diaper bag.

First, let’s talk about this amazing Coco & Kiwi diaper bag. I get so many compliments on this style. I’m a huge fan of monochrome and stripes. Not only is this bag stylish but it’s also so practical for mothers of multiples. It is huge on the inside with 9 different compartments, a changing pad, removable zipper pouch, stroller straps, and a long shoulder strap. Coco & Kiwi is restocking this bag on September 26 and the updated version will feature a backpack conversion which is genius. I’ve been using this bag daily for over 4 months now and it shows no signs of any wear of tear. It easily wipes clean and holds up so well.

Snacks/Drinks – This is a given. Kids love to eat, especially mine. As long as my kids are eating, I can pretty much get anything done that I need to. My bag is always full of pouches, raisins, puffs, veggie straws, juice boxes, sippy cups with water, and lollipops as a last resort. These organic ones are my favorite. 

Sunscreen – I always keep extra sunscreen for face and body in my car and purse. It is so important to protect your skin, especially your face since it sees the most sun! The Kiss my Face Spray Sunscreen is my go to for the kids. The spray comes out in a fine mist and is non-greasy so I don’t have to worry about our clothes getting stained. I also keep a small SPF facial sunscreen for my skin so my pores don’t get clogged. 
Diapers/Wipes – Evelyn is not potty trained yet so the diapers are a must. However, I recommend packing baby wipes even if you have older kids. They can be used for spills, kids faces or to even wipe down your steering wheel. I am loving the Bamboo diapers and wipes lately. Evelyn hasn’t had any leaks through the diapers and I love that they are super soft and breathable and contain no added fragrances or lotions.

Thieves Spray – Made from Thieves essential oil and distilled water. I use this for everything even when I don’t have the kids with me. It’s a natural sanitizer that I spray on shopping carts, monkey bars, shared toys, public bathrooms etc. It also doubles as a general air freshener in case your mom van is smelling funky from old milk cups hidden under the seat 🙂

iPad – Have you ever tried going out to eat with kids at 6pm? Besides, Evelyn would probably die if she couldn’t watch Mickey Mouse.

Accessories – Evelyn always needs a blanket, pacifier, and a bow so people don’t think she’s a boy (which happens whenever she isn’t wearing something in her hair!) I keep these things and some small toys for both kids in my bag as well.

First Aid Kit – I use this kit which has everything we need in case of a park booboo or any of minor injuries. It’s super compact and includes over 50 different bandages, tweezers, burn & sting relief gel and more. For just over $10, do yourself a favor and get one for your pool bag, both cars and diaper bag. Kids and accidents go hand in hand! Moms to be: add several to your registry!

Miscellaneous – I have a small pouch that I keep toilet liners, tissues, chapstick, Tylenol, pens, cash & change, etc. You never know when your toddler will see a vending machine with 100 bouncy balls that he just has to have and sometimes you have to pick your battles! I also keep this cute scarf on hand in case I look down and realize I have toothpaste on my shirt (again). Did you know this is actually a nursing scarf? We are out of the nursing stage but I love how this scarf can transition easily into your wardrobe.

What are you must have diaper bag items? Happy Tuesday everyone! 

*Coco & Kiwi provided me with this diaper bag free of charge. As always, all opinions expressed are my own*

Five Things Friday: Educational Toys {Age 4}

Henry’s favorite toys at this age are legos, transformers, and trucks. All things that his sister wants nothing to do with, besides eating the lego heads. These are also all toys which we have so many of and make constant sounds. If I step on one more transformer at 5am going down the dark stairs I just may burn them all. All kidding aside, while I love that Henry gets so much joy out of these toys, I also want him to learn how to get enjoyment out of toys that don’t come from a TV show and have flashing lights. I’ve rounded up my top 5 educational toys for you today!

Miniature Bowling Set – This is such a fantastic game for the bigger kids (3 and up). Henry can play this for 30+ minutes at a time which helps me unload the dishwasher and tidy the living room before daddy gets home! The pins and ball come in their own muslin bag and are hand carved and waxed. This set would make an awesome baby shower gift and can be used as decor until children are old enough to play with it.

Wooden Toy Camera – My children have had cameras shoved in their face since they came into this world. It’s just how I am. I photograph everything and love to document our lives. Henry has picked up my habits and pretends to take pictures of our animals, his legos, and our family. This play wooden camera can be customized with your child’s name on the back too, making it another great gift or stocking stuffer.

Fabric Letters & Numbers – This set is fantastic for preschoolers who are starting to recognize their letters and also learning to spell. All the letters and number come in a cute bag which is perfect for road trips or sleepovers at grandmas house. I love how each letter has a different pattern and that they’re soft. We are starting to teach Henry how to spell basic 3 letter words and these are a great tool. 

Pawtoo Toys – This company offers an array or organic and natural wooden toys. Henry loves the Jigsaw Elephant Puzzle and the Lacing Cheese. They both help to calm and focus his mind if he is having a meltdown or hulking into a fournager. I love that these are also gender neutral so Evelyn can use down the road. Not to mention they are handmade in the USA and inspire creative play.

Wooden Peg Figures – Like most little boys, Henry is obsessed with superheroes. It’s so funny that he knows all their names even though he has never watched Iron Man or Captain America. Pegs n’ Things offers any kind of figurine you could imagine. They all get handpainted, making no two alike. Henry loves taking his Batman and Spiderman with him everywhere he goes and insists that they need to watch him use the bathroom so they too can become potty trained. 
How crazy is it that there is only a week and a half left in August? Not that I am complaining because that means Fall is right around the corner. Here’s to soaking up all that summer time this weekend! Happy Friday! 

Grace Mabel Skincare

Fewer things are more important that what we put into and onto our children’s bodies. When I was pregnant with Henry, I became obsessed with finding the best products to use on him. Over the years there has been a wave of new skincare brands that have hit the market. The latest one to catch my eye has been Grace Mabel. I love how the ingredients are all natural and plant based. The products, bottles, and packaging are made in the USA, just near Seattle. Not only are they gluten, soy, and dairy free but Grace Mabel never use toxins, harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, colors or dyes. Could you ask for a more child-friendly product? The bottles are also BPA free and they never ever test on animals. I cannot tell you how much I love supporting small businesses that really value my children as if they were their own. 

The Cuddle Collection Pack is great for children of all ages and would make an excellent baby shower gift. It comes with the Delicate Mint Cuddle Rub, Tender Tulip Baby Cream, and Tender Tulip Shampoo & Body Wash. The mint cuddle rub smells amazing I use it before bed since it helps to promote healthy digestion, sleep, and circulation. The lotions are all light and non-greasy which is perfect for putting on before clothing. I cannot tell you how many pajamas and shirts I have ruined ith super oily creams and rubs. Grace Mabel also has a Lavender Lotion Bar which can be used on mom and baby skin for chapped lips or cheeks, scrapes, burns, and rashes. Lavender is by far my favorite essential oil so anytime I see a product which uses it, I am intrigued.  

You can find Grace Mabel online or via their social accounts: Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Thank you to Grace Mabel for sending these amazing products for my littles to use. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. I hope everyone has an amazing Wednesday! 

My Favorite Sippy Cups

It’s safe to say that I’ve been around the sippy cup block. Henry started using them at 6 months old and he’s now over 4. So, for the past 3+ years, my dishwasher has seen their fair share of different cups. It’s seen boy cups and girl cups, glass cups and non-BPA free cups, Paw Patrol cups and now Minnie Mouse cups.  My kids have tried them all and I’m sharing my top five favorites today. 

1 // Born Free – Henry has used these for over two years now and we haven’t had any issues. They are spout-less and are great for transitioning a toddler into a real cup. 
2 // Silikids – This is a newer brand that I just started using. I love how extremely durable the cups are.  The tops are made from silicone which stretches tightly over the sippy cups, preventing any spills.  You can also order the universal sippy tops and straw tops and add to existing cups you already own. Did you know that silicone is recyclable? I had no idea! Silikids will responsibly recycle your cups and tops once your children have outgrown them. They offer a variety of silicone items which you can see more of here
3 // Nuk – Both my kids started with the Nuk Trainer Cups. They are the perfect size for little hands and come with handles for practice. Once your child gets accustomed to holding the cup, you can remove the handles. The spout is most like the nipple on a bottle so it’s familiar to their little mouths. 
4 // Nalgene – I have personally used this brand for years and I love that they have smaller ones for toddler’s hands. They are just as wonderful as the adult version and come in an array of colors. Since these hold 12 ounces of liquid, they are perfect for an afternoon at the park or a day at the pool. 
5 // Munchkin – The kids have been using these the longest. Henry would never take a regular spout and only liked the straw sippy. These have a soft spout but yet are bite proof and leak proof. I also love how they click to lock so you know the top is on securely. They last forever and come in a variety of colors. I love how they will grow with your child well into the toddler years. These are recommended for 9 months and up and the kids are now 4 and 18 months and they still use these.

Here’s to a wonderful weekend, everyone!  

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