Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Who else always leaves one or two bananas just on the table or counter to turn brown? ME! I have a tendency to always leave that one or two to just “ripen” and then never use it. I even am a smoothie girl and sometimes let the bananas go too long that I won’t even put it in my smoothie. I know I sound totally ridiculous.
So this morning Julianna was eating her breakfast, and there was that one lonely brown banana on our kitchen table. So I decided to use it to make muffins!
The recipe called for two ripe bananas so I cut it in half. (I only had one) The recipe also called for blueberries but I put chocolate chips in! We whipped them right up!
These are ideal for breakfast (obviously), snack, or on the go! Which is perfect for adults or toddlers! They are pretty healthy, too! Disclaimer- not perfectly healthy but also not the worst.
And there you have it! So easy and good! Also, the perfect solution to not wasting that last banana or two!
It is about that time! Fill up your glass!
Cheers, Megan xoxo
Julianna loves breakfast! She always has! That is one meal we have never had any “trouble” with. So lately I’ve been thinking, I should try some new breakfast ideas. So of course, to Pinterest I went!
Her new favorite is oatmeal. I think she likes it so much because she now can spoon all of the bowl by herself! Such a big girl. So I explored some oatmeal options and came across these oatmeal bites. Side Note- I did not come up with this recipe and will link the actual page for you to view!
They were a HIT! I let her try it while I was rolling the balls. She kept asking for more! They were a great snack today, too! These would be perfect for breakfast, on the go breakfast, or just a snack! They are healthy, too! (we use Natural PB)
Need some other basic breakfast ideas? Here are some of our go to’s:
- Whole Wheat English Muffin
- Blueberry Bagel
- Mini Egg Muffins (she still won’t ear eggs)
- Oatmeal- mix your favorite fruit (we love banana and cinnamon)
- PB Toast and banana
What are some of your favorite toddler breakfasts?!
As always, go fill your glass up!
Cheers, Megan xoxo
Traveling with a Toddler
As always, let me say this first. All of the things I’m about to mention is what worked for Julianna. So take it for what it is worth and use your judgement for your little one!
When Julianna was two months old we flew with her the first time. I’m telling you it was the easiest flight ever! I carried her, see our carrier below, and she slept the entire time. We woke her up to feed her but that was it! So if you have a little baby, do not worry! TSA is very flexible too about liquids when traveling with a baby/toddler.
We flew again when Julianna was about six months old. This time not as easy as the first. She was more “mobile” and more aware. We forgot about her schedule and did everything on demand for travel days. We had one rough flight where she was really fussy. We just fed her, gave her, her pacifier, and bounced her up and down. Not much more you can do. She also took a nap which helped.
Next flight she was 1! I was a bit nervous for this one. BUT she did fine. We packed A LOT of snacks and her favorite toys. We also let her get below us and crawl a bit. I know this is sort of gross but we sat on the plane for over an hour before take off, so my husband and I were desperate.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know Julianna and I recently went to Buffalo just us two girls. I was extremely nervous to fly solo with her. Not only is she walking/running now, she loves to play and can be a little “wild.” So I overpacked snacks, made her lunch to have on the plane and brought more than a few go to toys.
We took off, she sat in my lap and ate some fruit. I was like ok when is the melt down going to happen?! To my pleasant surprise she did PERFECT! I couldn’t stop bragging on her all weekend. She did great! All the snacks helped, and the fact that I had her favorite toys helped too. We also had some kind/fun seat mates! On the second leg of the trip was her lunch time, which helped as well.
Side Note Tips:
- Be strategic with your times, if you can!
- Bring ALL the snacks and don’t worry about how much your kiddo is eating (take that with a grain of salt)
- Pack your child’s favorite toys
- Do not carry on luggage!
- Always use the family restroom
- Use a carseat cover if you are checking it
- Check your stroller at the gate and pick it up at your next gate!
- Be flexible and calm! (I know easier said then done at times)
There is really nothing fancy about this post and my advice. When it comes down to it, you know your child! Go with it!
You deserve that glass of Prosecco! Go put a bottle in the fridge for later! I already did!
Cheers, Megan xoxo
When we were pregnant with Julianna both my husband and I knew we wanted to make our own baby food. I remember our “to do” list before she arrived. Making baby food and freezing it was last on the list. But I actually, surprisingly, made it to the end of the list the week she was born and was able to freeze baby food prior to her arrival.
First off, the baby food I made was EXTREMELY easy and not fancy by any means. I used a ninja the entire time her food was pureed. Here is the link to the one we have: https://www.amazon.com/Blender-Processor-450-Watt-Smoothies-QB1004/dp/B004XK4N9C/ref=sr_1_9?crid=C27X4L35YTQT&keywords=ninja+blender&qid=1557790527&s=gateway&sprefix=ninja%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-9
We still have and use this ninja for other things, too! We actually bought the ninja well before we even started trying for a baby. So I swear by my ninja!
Like I said up above, nothing fancy! It is super simple…just cook everything and then puree! Here are some combo ideas once you have tried each food separately:
- spinach/sweet potato
- butternut squash/green beans
- pear (I don’t think we mixed anything with pear)
- strawberry/peanut butter (baby PB & J)
Tips: Cook squash in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours and then puree (if you buy whole). We bought frozen and fresh veggies. So do whatever works best for you! I would make big batches and freeze but you could also just make it as you go. I would also bake the apples and then puree. They may need some water when you puree. You can add water to the ninja, in general, if you feel the mixture needs some moisture. In my opinion, making your own saves money!
So now you are thinking how did you store/freeze what you pre-made?! Well if you have read any of my posts you know I am an amazon lover so of course I got everything, mostly, on amazon. I used an “ice cube tray” and would freeze the food and then transfer into freezer ziplock bags. Here is the link and then see the picture below. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038JE5Y2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
I also used OXO Tot Baby Blocks freezer containers. These were great and one of my favorites. You can leave the food in the containers and put it right into the freezer and just pull it out when you want to use it. We even use these containers today to pack lunch for day care. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QZBEFK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We also used the Munchkin Fresh Food Freezer Cups (another one of my favorites) which you can use just like the OXO. We also still use these today to pack lunch for daycare. Link: https://www.munchkin.com/freezer-silicone-storage-cups.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI172cqdiZ4gIVibfACh1e0g_uEAYYASABEgIFm_D_BwE
As always, now is the time to go fill your glass of Prosecco!
Cheers, Megan xoxo
May 1st, 2019
First, I want to preface this post saying that this is what worked for our family. Every baby/toddler is different and not one thing works.
When Julianna was first born we did EVERYTHING on demand. Meaning when she was hungry, we fed her. When she was tired, we let her sleep. So honestly, there was no schedule. Once she was about six weeks old we were on a feeding schedule. Honestly, it was still flexible. We fed her every three hours unless she was hungry before. If she was consistently hungry before the three hour mark we would increase her ounces. Then, she started sleeping through the night and napping less during the day. Parent WIN!
When Julianna was about five months old that is when we were on a strict schedule. See below:
- 8:00- wake up/bottle
- 8:30-9:45 play, play play!
- 9:45-11:00 nap
- 11:00 bottle
- 11:30 (food-once she started solids at six months)
- 11:45-12:45 Play, play, play!
- 12:45- 2:00 nap
- 2:00 bottle
- 2:30-3:45 Play, play, play
- 3:45-5:00 nap
- 5:00 bottle
- 5:30-6:45 play, play, play (and she would always sit with us when we ate dinner)
- 6:45 bath time
- 7:00 pajamas/settle down
- 7:20 read
- 7:30 bedtime
Julianna followed this schedule for quite some time.
Now Julianna’s schedule is way different than mentioned above. See below:
8:00-9:00 wake up (she will wake up in this range)
1:15 -3:30 Nap (she may wake up prior to 3:30)
6:45 bath time
7:00 wind down/snack
7:20 read/brush teeth
I think when it comes down to it, you have to do what is best for you. We did so well with a strict schedule and not straying from it. But, hey, that might not be the case for you! Which is fine! Julianna was a very easy baby, too.
Now, go fill up your glass of Prosecco!
Cheers, Megan xoxo