Fact #1: I taught preschool for three years before I had this little hooligan of my own. I used to think, “I’ll have this stuff down by the time I have my own kids. I’ll be patient, kind, creative, and blah blah blah.”
Fact #2: Now that he is a real live toddler I have no idea what I’m doing. I repeat… N O I D E A.
Fact #3: It’s worth it. Even when he fills the entire toilet with TP just for fun.
“Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.” – Thomas S. Monson
I’m grateful for:
- This boy. For so many reasons I could never count them all.
- Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt.
- My sweet dad texting me just to say hi and make sure that I’m happy.
- Some dreams of mine that are finally in the works. I’m ready to believe in myself, take a risk, and see where it goes.
- Hats. #dirtyhair
- The fact that Keane didn’t break his nose. I thought for sure it was from all of the blood after his face plant onto the tile… yikes.
- Walks in the morning. It’s finally not too hot.
- The little green bike that someone gave us for Keane. We’ve been wanting one for months now, and it was such a tender mercy. A much needed reminder that our family is so loved.
- Our new no-bake-healthy-cookie recipe… they are gooooooood. I’ll be sharing it here soon.
- The life I have with my two sweet boys.
Find more gratitude lists here and here. I would LOVE to hear what you’re grateful for. Just leave a little note in the comments :)
I’ve been on a granola kick lately, thankfully my boys don’t seem to mind. Our little guy wakes up pretty early every morning… and it’s sooooo tempting to hand him the iPad and get back into bed (sometimes we do) but we’ve noticed it can spoil his mood for the day. Ours too.
So we’ve been trying really hard to spend our early morning hours differently. Making granola has been a lifesaver. He loves helping and I love the smell of our house the rest of the day. It isn’t something we always do. But when we do our days seem more peaceful and fulfilled.
But honestly I’m up for suggestions on what to do with little ones who wake up early, send them my way ;)
This recipe has been one of our favorites. It’s easy to put together and clumps up nicely. I’m a huge fan of granola clumps. It has a nice crunchy but also chewy texture too and goes well with anything. We love having it with almond milk and fresh strawberries.
I found the recipe on a bag of Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat groats. But we tweaked it a little so that we could use what we already had in our pantry. If you try it out let me know what you think!
Buckwheat Granola | makes 18 servings
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 2 & 1/4 cups rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF oats)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbs flax seeds
- 1/2 honey
- 1/2 pure maple syrup
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300′ F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Mix all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a small saucepan combine the honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a steady boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and pour over dry mixture. Mix until evenly coated then spread into an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes and stir the granola every 10 minutes. So you’ll mix it twice ;) allow to cool completely before breaking into chunks. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!!
Getting this boy to eat vegetables is basically my worst enemy right now. I’ve tried it all. My mom keeps telling me he’ll grow out of it someday… but I still worry about it more than I probably should. Until I heard this awesome thing about children’s nutrition from a pediatrician — so they should know what they’re talking about right?
She said to look at a child’s nutrition on a weekly basis, instead of daily. So for example if during one day he’s only eaten greek yogurt and a fig bar, the next day apples and peanut butter, and the next one a smoothie with spinach, etc. Throughout the whole week he’s done pretty good!
She said to focus on having a good weekly balance with toddler meals rather than getting so worked up about the day to day being “perfect”. I wish I could remember where I read/heard this tip… but I can’t. I just know it’s helped me to calm down about the veggie strike ha.
So if anyone else out there is facing the same veggie drama, hang in there mama. It supposedly gets better. But until then we’ve been trying to sneak them into smoothies. This recipe is our favorite, simple green smoothie. Keane even calls it “ice cream” so it’s a keeper at our house.
Simple Green Smoothie
Makes enough for 2-3 people.
- 2 cups frozen banana slices
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1-2 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbs ground flax seed
- 1-2 tbs pure maple syrup or honey (optional, if using unsweetened almond milk)
Pour almond milk into the blender first, then add spinach, ground flax, frozen banana, and frozen mango. Blend until smooth. The consistency is a bit thick — like soft serve ice cream. That’s just the way we like them, so feel free to add more almond milk if you like your smoothies runny. Hope you like it as much as we do :)