3 Ways to Wear Cuddl Duds This Fall


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I’m always on the hunt for wardrobe pieces that are versatile. More so in the fall and winter. Which is why I absolutely have to share my latest find, Cuddl Duds. These pieces are perfect for layering. I myself, have used them to walk Mia to school in the brisk mornings. Plus, I kid you not, even to a date night and to my husbands’ work function. Talk about versatility right?

Below are 3 ways I layered my Cuddl Duds for fall but I’m currently in the process of adding more ways since the material is extra comfortable and super soft. I could seriously wear them every single day.

Walking Our Oldest to School

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Around The House

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Date Night

cuddl-duds-kholsWhat I love about these pieces is the versatility they have. And I feel extra comfortable wearing them which is a must for this mamá. Because let’s face it, chasing around two littles is no easy task but when you’re wearing something that feels and looks great, that’s just a win-win!

Be sure to visit Kohls.com to find the latest Cuddl Duds styles and colors.

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

How To Make Cleaning Fun For Kids

 

bob9When we were looking to purchase our first home, I immediately knew I wanted it to have an open concept living area. I also kept visualizing a color contrast. Black flooring and white walls to be exact. 

We searched and searched until we found one; however, it was a complete fixer upper. I remember my husband trying to convince me to look past all the things that needed to be fixed. He mentioned the words, “ we can add our personal touch to it”. Yet, even though it had so much potential, I simply couldn’t look past all the “ugly.” It could have been due to the fact that I was 8 months pregnant with our first and my pregnancy hormones were on point. But in retrospect, the house really did need a ton of work. 

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Once our home was move-in ready, I couldn’t be happier. I realized we made the right choice in focusing on the layout of the house rather than the list of items we’d need to fix, clean or simply replace entirely. 

And although our dark floors are my favorite thing in our home, they’re also my least favorite to clean. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that dark floors are hard to keep clean more so with kids. 

bObi-bObsweep-reviewThe food crumbs are obviously inevitable but what bugs me the most is the dust and hair. I can literally see dust the very next day we vacuum. And don’t get me started with the never-ending strands of hair. We don’t even have pets but I can assure you we probably shed more than cats and dogs do. It must be due to the girls and myself having tons of hair. It’s nearly impossible to keep these floors hair-free.bObi-bObsweep-review

Which is why I just had to share with you all our newest family member, bObsweep PetHair (a.k.a Bob). Bob is always there to pick up the food crumbs, the hair, and even mops and disinfects (via UV- light) our floors. Bob even comes with a remote control which Mia is obsessed with.

Once Mia gets home from school, she goes straight to pick up the remote to start cleaning our floors. Seriously, what 5-year-old wants to help clean floors? Ours does now. And she even plays with Bob as if it were her pet. Just the other day I heard her say, “Bob, fetch! Good job! Here’s some dinos so that you can play with them and give them a ride.” This kid cracks me up. Lexi, on the other hand, pauses everything she’s doing (even tantrums) and just gets excited to see Bob go.

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Bob not only makes cleaning fun for the kids, but he can also get things done alone. Get this, you can even program him too! We have him programmed to start cleaning post breakfast around the kitchen and into the family room. And right around 10p, once everyone’s asleep, I go downstairs to tidy up the kitchen while my sidekick, Bob, jumps off his dock and cleans around our kitchen, family room, entrance and main living room. He navigates really well on and off our rugs and even our fireplace brick flooring.

But my absolute favorite thing Bob cleans is under our beds!! Since we have dark floors in our entire house (with the exception of our bathrooms) it’s super neat that Bob vacuums and even mops (by attaching a microfiber cloth) underneath them. I no longer have to crawl on the floor with multiple items just to get the bottom of our beds clean. Talk about best invention ever!bObi-bObsweep-review

Bob definitely has tons of pros; however, I bet you’re thinking what the cons are, right? Well, for us, it’s the staircase. We need to use our handheld vacuum and mop for that still but it’s a cinch to clean anyways.

And what about the best part about having Bob around? For us, it’s the fact that we have one less chore to do which means more time to spend with our girls. And you can’t put a price on that, right?

To find out more about the bObsweep options click here.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: Bob from bObsweep was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

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They Grow Up So Fast

Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Review-Baby-MomI’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “they grow up so fast” a billion times. I, myself, have said it repeatedly since we had our first born. But it wasn’t until recently that this statement really hit home.

While looking over a roll of photos from a recent trip to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland; I stopped everything I was doing and stared at this photo for a good fifteen minutes. In complete disbelief, I began to question why our little kindergartner looked so grown up here. Isn’t it interesting that as parents we see our kids daily yet we can’t grasp just how fast they’re really growing physically?Kids-black-halloween-sweater-ghost-taty-kids

According to KidsHealth.org, children grow the fastest during their first year.  “After age 1, a baby’s growth in length slows considerably, and by 2 years, growth in height usually continues at a fairly steady rate of approximately 2½ inches (6 centimeters) per year until adolescence. Weeks or months of slightly slower growth alternate with mini “growth spurts.” And interestingly enough, “Kids actually tend to grow a bit faster in the spring than during other times of the year!” So I guess Mia had that growth spurt this past Spring.

I wish I could keep both of our little ones little forever. Perhaps we could somehow invent a way to just freeze time? In the meantime, we’ll just be trying our best to create as many memories with our girls as they grow up.             

And speaking of time, this Daniel Wellington watch will not be coming off of my hand anytime soon. It’s now one of my favorite timeless wardrobe pieces. This classic style is part of Daniel Wellington’s Sheffield Collection.Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Disneyland-Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse-castle

And today, I’m excited to share with you all that I’m not the only one who gets to have this cool well-made watch. Daniel Wellington is offering all The Mother Overload followers a discount! If you’d like to treat yourself and take advantage of this special offer simply enter MOTHEROVERLOAD code at www.danielwellington.com.



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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: I received a watch of choice from DW but all opinions expressed within are my own.

Lil’ Libros Interview & Giveaway

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayWe’re all about supporting mamás that are entrepreneurs, hard workers, and go-getters. Which is why today, we’re ultra-excited to share our interview with Patty Rodriguez (Sr. Producer for On Air With Ryan Seacrest) and Ariana Stein. They are Latina entrepreneurs and co-creators of Lil’ Libros, a set of bilingual first concept books for babies and little ones.

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TMO: How did Lil’ Libros come about?

Ariana: When Patty was pregnant with her first son, she wanted to make sure that he spoke her native language, Spanish.  She searched for bilingual books that not only presented her to a bilingual journey but that it had a purpose to introduce him to the Latino culture.  The idea was submitted to the largest publishers in the country. Unfortunately, many “no’s” were received, and one publisher expressed that Latinos did not read to their children.   That being said, the idea was shelved for a while.

Two years later, I had my first child and realized I shared many of the same feelings about child development and the benefits of bilingualism as Patty.  It was here that we decided to pursue bilingual children’s books and Lil’ Libros was born.

TMO: What prompted your decision to raise your children bilingually?

Patty: I think it is very important that my children know and understand who they are and where they come from. Though it is not a requirement to speak Spanish to identify as Latino, the language does go hand-in-hand with our cultural contributions. To me, it is most important that I raise my children in a bi-cultural environment. I don’t want to teach them per se about who we are, I want them to live it…I want it to be part of their identity and to me, Spanish is very much part of that identity.

Ariana: Aside from all the great benefits bilingualism has to offer such as improved cognitive function, I want to make sure that my son understood where he came from and who he is culturally.  Too many times people lose their identity when they assimilate and acculturate.  Being able to speak two languages has helped me in school and now professionally.  I want to ensure that he’ll grow up having a better understanding of the diverse world he lives in and being bilingual puts him on the right path.

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayTMO: What positive growth or results have you witnessed in your children/family because of their bilingualism?

Patty: Nothing makes me more happy than hearing my son transitioning from Spanish to English and vice versa without even thinking.

Ariana: Being able to transition between English and Spanish as well as understanding what he’s doing at such a young age (3yrs), has been such a huge milestone in our bilingual world.  It makes me realize that I’m doing something right.

TMO: What are some roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way?

Patty: There are not enough tools for parents, but with Lil’ Libros we are hoping to change that. We are working on introducing other amazing products that will help parents raise a bi-cultural/bi-literate/bi-lingual child.

Ariana:  For Lil’ Libros, one of the roadblocks has been not having any mentors to go to for advice.  Patty and I have been on our own since day one.  We’ve made plenty of mistakes but have learned from them and continue to grow as a company and individuals.Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-Giveaway

TMO: What advice or encouragement can you share with other families raising their children bi-/multi- lingually?

Patty: It is not easy. But like everything in life that is worth doing and having, you have to work hard for it. Do not give up, our books are perfect little seeds to help introduce a second language at home. Our books have been created to inspire parents to read to their little ones in two languages.

Ariana: I agree with Patty. It’s definitely not an easy task, but don’t give up, and try as many methods as possible. Continue buying books or tools that will help you lead the way to bilingualism.  Your children will thank you later!

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayA big thank you to Patty and Ariana for this interview and for partnering up with The Mother Overload to give one lucky winner 5 Lil’ Libros. Including their newest titles, Cuauhtémoc and Un Elefante. These books introduce shapes and numbers in both Spanish and English with amazing cultural illustrations. Mia and Lexi really enjoy reading them.

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Follow us on Instagram and be on the lookout for the Lil’ Libros giveaway this week! Click HERE to follow. And stop by Target to check out all the Lil’ Libros books.

 

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee is My Vice


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Many of you know by now that I’m all about my morning cafésito. It’s the one thing I crave and have to have the minute my alarm clock goes off in the morning (ahem! our 9-month-old). And if you follow on Instagram, you also know that we have a nocturnal baby that keeps us up through the night still. For that reason, coffee is an absolute must around here.

But my love for coffee didn’t just stem from parenthood and all of the sleepless nights it comes with. In fact, It’s always been there since I could remember. I know, sounds crazy but hear me out.

I remember as a kid, my father waking up around 4:30am-5am to prepare his morning coffee before heading out to work. Since he worked long hours, and usually six days a week, I rarely got to see him. Every morning, though,  I would wake up to the smell of his fresh cup of Nescafé coffee and would join him in the kitchen. It was our few minutes of bonding time before he headed off to work. He’d serve me a cup of warm milk and would add a few drops of his Nescafé coffee just to get the milk semi off-white and make it seem as if I too was having a cup of coffee with him. We chatted about school, his work, and our Sunday plans. Sunday being his only day off from work and would spend it taking us wherever we wanted to go.

Nescafé has always been a big part of our familia. And it’s safe to say we’re definitely NESCAFEteros.

Today, we’ve partnered up with Nescafé to invite you to take a chance and make a great moment happen. A private Ricky Martin concert to be exact!nescafé-ricky-martin-concert

Let’s make this concert a reality!! The promotion works by doing 3 easy steps:

Step 1:
Find the NESCAFÉ Clásico jar code.*

Step 2:
Enter the jar code on our NESCAFÉ Clásico website HERE

Step 3:
Finish the registration process and you’ll be joining forces with thousands of fans to make this concert a reality.

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Once we reach our goal, all who registered will immediately get an access to the live streaming concert on the day of the event. On top of that, all who participated gets a chance to go to the concert in person with a guest!
The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!

*The entry code is a ten-digit number located on the back or bottom of your NESCAFÉ Clásico jar. (see GIF demonstrating where to find the code)

 YOU have the power to make this concert a reality!

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

This program is a sweepstakes. It runs from September 6th through November 14th. If the fans make the concert happen it will occur in 2017. Participants can enter once per day. If the concert happens all those who registered will receive a link via email to live stream the concert. 50 lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets each and travel expenses if necessary. Our agency will coordinate with the winners.

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland

Disneyland-Resort-Hotel-Baby-Traveling-TipsIt’s no secret we’re big Disney fans. In fact, if we had it our way, we’d be at Disneyland every day. And since we’ve visited the park multiple times, we have a pretty good grasp on what to bring and do at the park with little ones including babies. 

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland 

  1. Baby carrier – This is hands down the best item to bring to Disneyland. It makes it that much easier to get in and out of rides while having your baby safe and snuggled up against you.  babycarrier2
  2. DisneylandFASTPASS & Rider Switch Pass – With FASTPASS you can save your place in line on some of your favorite attractions while you enjoy the rest of the park or take a feeding break. With Rider Switch, you and your partner will both still be able to ride the same ride with your little ones without having to wait in line twice! Just be sure to inform the Cast Member at the entrance of each attraction that you would like a Rider Swap pass. This is perfect for parents with two children that meet different height requirements.Disneyland-Rider-Switch-Pass
  3. Disney ride wait time app – This app is genius! Download the Magic Guide for Disneyland app before entering the park to see which rides have the shortest wait times. It also includes dining info, park hours and maps.
  4. List of Disney rides infants can get on – Be sure to read this list to find out which attractions are ok for babies to ride. Park Attractions for All
  5. Planning – Plan your day around baby meal/nap times. It’s always a good idea to walk back to your hotel room to take a midday nap or even a dip at the pool.Disneyland-hotel-pool
  6. Baby Care Centers – This is AWESOME! The Disney baby centers offer:
    • Nursing rooms
    • Changing rooms
    • Feeding areas with high chairs
    • Kitchens w/ sinks
    • Main room w/ television, tables, and chairs
    • On-site shops offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and pacifiers for purchase

    Disneyland Baby Care Center is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., next to First Aid. DCA Baby Care Center is located next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. Across from The Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf.Disneyland-Baby-Care-Center

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  7. Baby Finger snacks/ food pouches: Perfect for on-the-go and traveling
  8. Travel Playard – Yes, Disney hotels offer cribs; however, we prefer bringing our lightweight playard along.
  9. Weather appropriate items: Be sure to check the weather and bring items such as hats, umbrellas, sunblock, etc..Disneyland-ariels-grotto-dinning-baby-tips
  10. Lightweight Stroller – The last thing you want to haul around is an oversized heavy stroller at Disneyland. The UPPAbaby G -Lite and the Jogger City Tour strollers are both lightweight, a cinch to open/close and fold quickly to hop on and off the Disney tram. We love our UPPAbaby G-Lite and found it at the BabyCubby.com.
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And let me tell you. The Baby Cubby store is unlike any other baby store. Their team is made up of parents who have been there, who know what it’s like.

They focus on finding the best and safest baby gear so you can shop confidently. And they even test strollers on a stroller track. But the best part about shopping at The Baby Cubby is that they price match every day – even amazon (so you know you’re getting a great deal), offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and their cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard parenting topics.

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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Related Post:   Tips and Tricks: First Timers With Toddlers

 

End of Summer Bucket List

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Say it isn’t so. Summer is quickly coming to a close. And although I’m obsessed with all things fall, I’m trying to hold on to these last few days of summer by checking off our end of summer bucket list.

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End of Summer Bucket List

1. Neighborhood Water balloon Fight – We live in a cul-de-sac and most of our neighbors include families with young children. This means we’re lucky enough to be a part of block parties, annual holiday celebrations and recently added summer water balloon fights. It’s pretty neat to see the kids play together and have a blast on our street.

2. Frozen Yogurt For Breakfast – This one is definitely a one-time thing. And typically a treat right before back-to-school. Pineapple Dole whip with fresh berries anyone?

3. Visit a waterpark/Splash pad – It doesn’t feel right to let summer go without visiting a local water park. The heat in Southern California has hit the 100s numerous times. From simple to extra splashy, local water parks and splash pads have kept us cool all summer long. So why not go one last time before the temperatures start to drop?

4. Make S’mores – Need I say more?

5. Beach Day – Although we live about 45 minutes away from a local beach, believe it or not, we had yet to check this one off of our list this summer. So with Labor Day weekend being the last summer holiday, we knew this was the last chance we had to have a beach day. And that’s exactly what we did.

This was Lexi’s (our 8-month-old) very first time at the beach. We brought toys to entertain her and she absolutely loved these Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie. These toys could not be more perfect, since a) they are animals found at the beach and b) they help Lexi with her baby developmental needs.

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She has learned how to grasp the Crabbie Ring toy with one hand and loves to shake it to see the claws open and shut. And the Hermie toy is such a cute toy that jitters and vibrates when pulled. This toy is great for eye tracking. And did we mention that she absolutely loves to nibble and drool on both? The Crabbie and Hermie seem to soothe her gums now that she’s in the teething stage. That’s a win-win!

If you’re a parent with infants, we highly recommend the Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie toys. These toys are a must as they help address specific baby developmental needs. And you can find them at one of my absolute favorite stores. Click here to find out where.littletykes
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Little-TykesCheers to checking off items on the end of summer bucket list.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup



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Is it crazy that we’re already talking about all things fall? Sweater weather, apple picking, pumpkin spice everything and delicious homemade soups that will warm everyone up on a chilly autumn day. Yes – we’re ready for it all over here!

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite healthy fall recipes. This pumpkin-red lentil soup is not only delicious but jam-packed with protein and fiber and has a smooth velvety texture. It’s also more filling than your average pumpkin soup and perfect for family members that prefer savory vs sweet soups.

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We love pairing our fall soup with Annie’s Homegrown organic certified cheddar bunnies. These cute bunny crackers are seriously delicious! Mia, our kindergartener, got us hooked on them. She loves them so much that she snacks on them while at school, while we run errands or during movie nights at home. I always need to make sure we have a box or two of these crackers stashed away in our pantry at all times.

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And did I mention that this recipe is egg-free, vegetarian and made with organic ingredients? With so much emphasis on healthy nutrition these days, it’s so important for our family to purchase and consume organic whenever we can. Annie’s Homegrown helps us eat better and live more responsibly, without having to sacrifice taste. Plus, it sure doesn’t create a dent in our pocketbooks! The Annie’s Homegrown cheddar bunnies are currently on sale at Target, 2/$4 plus 20% off using the amazing Target Cartwheel. Now how’s that for buying organic on a budget?

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin (or butternut squash if pumpkin is not in season)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion and shallots
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • A dash of paprika and turmeric
  • Fresh organic dill and Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  • Shredded mozzarella, salt and ground black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add onion and shallots to sauce pan; cook for 1 minute, or until tender.
  2. Add pumpkin, red lentils, and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; gently boil, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pumpkin is soft and lentils are fully cooked. Remove from heat.
  3. Place soup in a blender or food processor. Leave about ¼ of soup in saucepan to make the soup chunkier or place all of soup in blender to make it completely smooth.
  4. Return soup to sauce pan over medium heat. Add cumin, paprika and turmeric. Season with salt, and pepper, if desired; cook, stirring constantly, until soup is hot.
  5. Serve with fresh organic dill and Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies Makes 6 servings.
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With the help of Annie’s Homegrown, eating organic isn’t just for the elite or health nuts anymore—eating organic is for everybunny! 

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Looking for more delicious organic recipe ideas? Stop by Annie’s Homegrown website for their FREE lunchbox and recipe ideas.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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Breakfast Peanut Butter Cookies

 

rp_IMG_9211-21-1024x756.jpgI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Danielle from momwifefoodie.com to bring you all a zero added sugar cookie recipe. These delicious cookies are perfect for breakfast or to add to your kiddos school lunch boxes.

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Hi! My name is Danielle and I am the face & creator behind mom wife foodie – a lifestyle blog set to inspire my readers through food, fashion, family and our personal lifestyle in our home and travels. I hope to bring inspiration to people through our real life stories.

I’m married to my best friend, living in the mitten state, raising our two little dudes…and life is pretty rad! You can visit me at momwifefoodie.com or follow me on Instagram @momwifefoodie. I am thrilled to be sharing a topic close to my heart – I mean stomach – here with all of Gladys’ readers: sweet treats that have very little sugar! Ever since having kids I just can’t kick the sweet treat craving. So I am always trying to find ways to create sweet treats that are healthier than store bought. This week I am sharing a recipe that not only has very little natural sweets, but also no eggs.

These peanut butter cookies are going to come out light and soft, not crispy.

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Breakfast PB Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 prepared flax eggs | ( 1 tbsp ground flax to 3 tbsp water per egg)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. preheat over 350°F
  2. Start by making the prepared flax eggs.
  3. Put 2 tbsp ground flax and 6 tbsp water in a small bowl. Whisk together and let sit in your refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. While you wait, get all other ingredients ready and into a large bowl.
  5. Line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
  6. Mix all ingredients together including your flax eggs.
  7. Scoop out cookie mixture onto your trays.
  8. Use a fork to make a fun design - push fork down in each direction!
  9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
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A big thank you to my mamá friend, Danielle, for sharing this egg-free breakfast recipe! You all know I’m always looking for healthy recipes to make and this recipe is perfect for our oldest, Mia, which happens to be severely allergic to huevos. Can’t wait to make these! They seriously look so good and Mia well is obsessed with PB!

Be sure to stop by Danielle’s blog www.momwifefoodie.com to see other delicious recipes.

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet the Boudreault-Grzeszczak’s

 

Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting JourneyI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Joanna from LazyMomsBlog.com. She loves to cook, bake and craft. This mama has some pretty delicious home-made ice cream recipes up on her blog. Hurry, summer is not over yet!

Today, Joanna opens up about the wins and struggles of teaching her two sweet girls French and her mother tongue, Polish.

TMO: Tell us a little about yourself and family.

Joanna: My name is Joanna, I’m a wife to my best friend and a mom of two sweet girls, Lili and Rose. I’m a writer and content creator at LazyMomsBlog.com, and I’m passionate about interior design and mindful living. I love sharing parenting tips from my psychological perspective, yummy recipes and fun lifestyle ideas.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your children a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit them down the road.

Joanna: I grew up in Poland and moved to Canada when I was 25 years old, so it was only natural for me to speak Polish to my kids. My hubby is French Canadian, and we live in Montreal, so most of our everyday life happens in French.

But I also truly believe that learning a new language stimulates general development, empathy, and creativity! As a child learns different metaphors he’s also learning different ways of thinking and looking at world in general. ( Not to mention the academic/ carrier/travel /meeting people benefits of speaking multiple languages!)Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting Journey

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Joanna: My hubby speaks French to kids, and sometimes we speak English between the two of us. So our older daughter is definitely very motivated to learn English and understand our whispers!

TMO: What are some roadblocks/struggles you’ve encountered along the way?

Joanna: At the very beginning it was a bit difficult to be the only person speaking Polish to our first baby, but then I got on track by singing, constantly talking and ended up with a very talkative little girl. With my second daughter, the story is a bit different, as it’s her older bilingual sis that speaks mostly French to her when they play. So my second one speaks more French than Polish at the moment, but I’m definitely not giving up on her!

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And how cute are these little ladies??!

TMO: What’s a tip you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

Joanna: I believe that kids will always try to facilitate their life, so if a parent mixes languages while speaking to a child, the kid will pick the language that is more common and won’t speak the minority language. That’s why my most important tip is : stick to one and only one language while talking to/with your kids! Don’t switch! And don’t worry that others don’t understand you. You can explain to family and friends why you’re doing this bilingual thing. But most importantly, be consistent and patient, and it will pay off!

A big thank you to Joanna for sharing a little about her bilingual parenting journey! It is so hard to teach kids multiple languages but we got this! Have you tried Joanna’s suggestion to stick with one language while speaking to your children? Particularly the minority language? Such a great idea. Way to go mama!

To find out more ways and tips on how to raise bilingual children, stop by Joanna’s blog here: LazyMomsBlog.com

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys