August 5, 2015

All About Kids: Toddler Toiletries

When it comes to skin and bath care items for my daughter, I try to buy products that are made with natural ingredients and work well.  Most of the products I use are a direct result of recommendations from friends, family and online research.  Since I'm always on the lookout for great skincare products for kids, I thought it would be a good idea to share a few of my favorites.

Hair Detangler:
My daughter doesn't have a ton of hair, yet she wakes up with a major case of bed head every morning.  This spray by Honest quickly and gently detangles her hair and I absolutely love its sweet, orange vanilla scent.

 Toothpaste:
Up until a few months ago, brushing our daughter's teeth was a major struggle.  After months and months of repetition, she's finally starting to understand that she has to brush her teeth everyday (especially if she wants ice cream!).  She's even starting to brush on her own.  When it comes to fluoride free toothpaste, we're big fans of Honest toothpaste.  Per the advice of our daughter's dentist, we started brushing with fluoride toothpaste at night when she turned two years old.  We really like Tom's of Maine in the Silly Strawberry flavor. 
 Floss:
Shockingly, our daughter loves to floss her teeth.  Crazy, I know.  We use these flossers and really like them.  They come in fun colors and are easy for tiny hands to hold.

 Bath:
Not much to say other than I love these two products.  Both are tear free, and are great for sensitive skin.  The shampoo lathers well and the conditioner actually conditions.  Plus, I'm a big fan of the pump on the Babyganics shampoo/body wash.  It makes bath time so much easier.

Sunscreen:
We've tried just about every brand of sunscreen out there.  This one by Thinkbaby is at the top of my list.  It's water resistant, rubs into the skin well and I love that it has SPF 50+.

Wipes:
I absolutely love Costco.  Yup, I do.  What's not to love about a giant warehouse that has everything you could possibly need and then some.  If there's ever a catastrophic disaster, I hope I'm in Costco when it happens.  Have you tried their soft serve frozen yogurt?!  That alone makes the cost of membership worthwhile.
We've tried quite a few brands of baby wipes over the past two and a half years.  In my opinion, Kirkland wipes are by far THE best.  They're extra large, ultra soft and are great for sensitive skin.  Seriously, if you haven't tried these baby wipes for your little one, you need to.  I've always heard great things about Kirkland wipes and they definitely live up to their reputation.  
On a side note, we're currently working on potty training but that's an entirely new blog post.
So tell me mamas...what are your favorite products?

August 4, 2015

Vegetable Quiche


You know those times where you seem to have a refrigerator full of vegetables that you don't know what to do with?  Well, that was the case with me this past weekend.  I decided to make a variation of this vegetable quiche recipe and the end result was absolutely delicious.  It was super easy to make, it used up all of my extra vegetables, and best of all, my husband and daughter both loved it.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups of chopped kale (I used fresh chopped spinach)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
5 eggs
3/4 cup whole milk (I used non fat non dairy creamer and it worked like a charm!)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used a low-fat 3 cheese blend)


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a 9" pie dish with cooking spray
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until garlic is fragrant (about 2-3mns)
Add kale/spinach, salt & pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until kale is wilted (about 5mns)
Stir tomato, carrots and mushrooms into kale/spinach mixture and cook for 5 more minutes.
Remove skillet from heat
Whisk eggs and milk/creamer together in a bowl.  Stir cheese, kale/spinach mixture and parsley into egg mixture and pour into the prepared pie dish
Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes (a knife inserted into the center should come out clean)
Cool for 2-3  minutes before slicing
Enjoy!

    July 30, 2015

    Before and After: Kitchen Light Fixture

    Light fixture before.  Yuck.
      I've always heard that having a house is a money pit never ending project, and wow is that the truth.  Between the repairs, general upkeep and decorating, there's always something that you'll want to change and there's always something nicer that you'll want.  ALWAYS.   Since we don't have an unlimited budget, and remodeling our kitchen is out of the question right now, we chose to make a small change that had a big impact.  We replaced the old, dark, outdated fixture with a clean, classic, double pendant from Restoration Hardware (oh how I love that place!).  Since all of our appliances are stainless steel, we went with the satin nickel finish to match them.  I'm currently searching for kitchen wall decor so stay tuned for more detailed photos.

    Bye-bye...
    Hello clean, classic and timeless...
    Restoration Hardware 14" Clemson Classic Double Pendant in Satin Nickel finish