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

 

 

 

 

 

Cereal Con Cariño

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Breakfast time is usually chaotic in our home. The baby wants to be fed quickly and then nursed right after while our oldest, Mia, wants her usual PB hold the jelly sandwich and a side of fresh sliced strawberries or fresh steel cut oatmeal with pasas. But some days, all she really wants is a big girl bowl of Cheerios with a side of fresh fruit. Those days are reserved for when she’s been extra good. But to be honest, it’s a win-win for us to serve her Cheerios as it’s a healthier gluten-free cereal and there’s no cooking involved in making it. Hence, less dishes for this mama to wash.

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And although our big girl already knows how to serve herself, I still love serving her a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I also give her tons of kisses and a big morning hug along with it. It’s my way of giving her cariñitos and showing her how much I care about her and love her. A morning tradition I plan to keep doing forever. Well, as long as she lets me that is.

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Sometimes we just have tea party picnics in our backyard, fill our tea cups with Cheerios and read books. And speaking of, how neat are these Lil’ Libros bilingual books? We love reading books to our girls in both Spanish and English. And more importantly, taking them to events that focus on our cultura. These Lil’ Libros books tie them both (culture and language) perfectly. Be sure to stay tuned for a giveaway this week.Cheerios-Cereal-Con-Cariño

Today, we partnered up with Cheerios for Hispanic Heritage month to share their exclusive “Cereal con Cariño” video series. The videos bring together familiar faces over a bowl of General Mills cereal to chat about how to “demonstrar cariño” to our loved ones.  General Mills believes food brings people together and cariño can happen anytime, even over a bowl of cereal.

Be sure to visit the General Mills site to also download recipes, learn about upcoming Fiestas Patrias and Dia de los muertos events and find coupons and deals on your favorite cereal.

Apple Pumpkin Pie Spice Overnight Oats

 
Apple-Pumpkin-Overnight-Oats-Apple-PickingA few weeks ago, we made our way out to the apple orchard. It’s now part our fall traditions along with going to a pumpkin patch. And although the weather in southern California never quite makes it feel like it’s truly fall, we were excited to hear that cooler temperatures were expected on our apple picking day. By cooler, I mean in the 70s (ha! I know not so cool in other parts of the states). But once we arrived up the mountain top, we realized that the weather channel must have been talking about another city. It was actually hot and that’s when I realized that wearing black might not have been such a great wardrobe choice after all.

But regardless, we all had a blast and more so as my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephews (the girls’ primos) joined us as well. And, seriously, how cute are these kiddos? Biased over here but love seeing how excited they get when they see each other and play together. #CousinLoveApple-Pumpkin-Overnight-Oats-Apple-Picking

Apple-Pumpkin-Overnight-Oats-Apple-PickingWhile most people would make an apple pie or high in calorie treat with their orchard apples, we made a healthier and delicious way to get our apple pie fix. It’s great for parents that are on-the-go as it’s made overnight and a perfectly sweet way to start your day. Enjoy!apple-pumpkin-spice-oat

Apple Pumpkin Pie Spice Overnight Oats

Apple Pumpkin Pie Spice Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup organic whole grain oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp organic honey
  • 2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

  1. Chop apple and place into skillet. Add 1 tbsp of honey and dash of pumpkin pie spice. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool off. Add milk, oats, pumpkin spice and honey into a bowl and mix. Add all ingredients from bowl into a container with a lid (I prefer using a mason jar). Fasten lid and shake until combined. Layer in pumpkin puree and then top off with chopped apples and sprinkle pepita seeds on top. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold or warm!
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And today I have a great collaboration to share with you all. Check out our Mom Tribe 8 Apple Recipes you need to try below!!

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3 Minute Apple Crumble Mug Cake –Lazy Moms Blog

Apple Dumplings – Honeysuckle Blog

Apple Cider Sangria– Mom Wife Foodie

Apple Brie Arugula Galette– Drafts and Crafts

Tahini Apple and Thyme Toast- Occasionally Perfect Style

Apple Cinnamon Rolls– Nikki Andal

Applesauce Greek Yogurt Parfaits Kristeena Michelle

 

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

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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

 

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet Jiovana


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Today, my mamá friend Jiovana opens up about her families bilingual journey. She shares a pretty clever thing to do to assist her with teaching her oldest a second language.

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

Jiovana: We never even really discussed it, because we both assumed we were going to raise our children bilingual. We both have a strong interest in other languages and cultures, and realize the benefits of raising children who can speak more than one language. So we were both always on the same page in that regard.

We live in a multicultural and multilingual world, where even in the United States more than one language is spoken on a routine basis. It is important both economically and in developing a respect for other people.

TMO: Do you feel it has helped your child learn multiple languages since your husband also speaks another language?

Jiovana: Yes, my husband speaks some Spanish at home. We could do a lot better job speaking to each other in Spanish, but he speaks to our children in Spanish, reads books in Spanish, and teaches them new words. He isn’t fully fluent in Spanish, but can speak enough to help teach them at home.

Also, we both encourage our children, well mainly our almost 4-year­-old daughter, since our son is only 4-months-old, to hear and try other languages. My husband and I aren’t really speakers of languages like French, German, Italian, or Portuguese, but we know some of the basics in those languages. So we encourage counting or colors in those languages, and our daughter enjoys trying those out, which hopefully will encourage a life­long interest in learning.

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

For the first 3 years of Elvira’s life, we were living outside of the United States, so she was not hearing English on a regular basis except at home. So I was more likely to communicate with her in Spanish and she would respond and understand.

But now that we are living in the US, she hears English all the time, and so that is probably going to be the language she uses most. Even though she understands Spanish, she usually responds in English. So it is a struggle to balance Elvira’s daily needs with our desire to raise a bilingual child.

Another challenge is speaking to my husband in Spanish because we are so used to talking to each other in English. It would be beneficial to our daughter at this point, if we spoke mainly Spanish in the house, because she already has a good command of English.

What are 3 tips you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

a. Make it fun! Kids love to sing and dance, so listen to songs in other languages and make­up your own dances. They will quickly pick up the words to the song!

b. Have one parent be the main speaker of the target language. Try to have the child repeat words and simple requests in that language.

c. Read children’s books in the target language. Not only with they help your child, but they will also help your spouse if they aren’t fluent! Books really do help cement words in a new language for a child. Also, if I can’t find books in Spanish that I like, I just will read the book in Spanish, even though it is written in English. Our daughter can’t read yet, so she doesn’t know the difference!Bilingual-Parenting-Journey

Thanks Jiovana for sharing a little bit about your bilingual parenting journey. Dancing, singing and reading sure makes learning another language fun!! And I love the idea of translating books. Very clever!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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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