May 21, 2016

Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

HI everyone!  While I am busy flying and working in California, I enlisted my friend Jen Bosen to help keep the good times rolling.  She came up with this very simple, and delicious muffin recipe that is sure to keep even the pickiest eater happy.

Do me a favor and send her some love, you can find her on her blog, Jen Bosen: Beauty in imperfection. Humor in chaos. Real life, on purpose.   She is awesome, you won't be disappointed.


These oatmeal applesauce muffins have been a staple at our house for ages now. They are easy and forgiving, I always have the ingredients on hand, they freeze really well, and my kids will devour them. Plus doesn't "oatmeal applesauce" sound hearty and healthy?




Be sure to read the recipe all the way through before starting;  since the oats need to soak and the egg needs to be room temperature, you have to plan ahead just a little.  I usually mix up the oats and buttermilk and get out the egg, then take a shower or do some laundry or even run a short errand while I wait for them to soak and warm up.  I've even forgotten I was making muffins for a few hours and come back to finish them much later than I intended with no problems.





One bowl. One spoon. Twelve tasty oatmeal applesauce muffins. And now you're all set for a wholesome, filling breakfast and snack tomorrow!





Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins adapted from Simple Bites


Ingredients:

1 cup oats
1 egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup applesauce*
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
nutmeg and cinnamon to taste*
1 cup flour
EITHER 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds OR 1 additional tablespoon of flour
1 cup cinnamon chips (optional)*

*I use my mom's homemade applesauce, which is fairly sweet and already spiced, so I use just 1 Tbsp of sugar and add less than 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and cinnamon. When I include cinnamon chips, as shown in the pictures, I leave out the extra cinnamon and just use nutmeg. You may have to try a few times with your favorite applesauce before you figure out how much sugar and spice you like.

In a medium bowl, stir together buttermilk and oats. Let soak for at least one hour. If you keep your eggs in the fridge, this is also a good time to get out an egg so it can warm up.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin papers.

Add egg, applesauce, and brown sugar to oats and stir until combined. Add salt, baking soda,  baking powder, and spices and stir well. Gently fold in flour until just moistened. Fold in cinnamon chips, if using.

Scoop evenly into prepared muffin tin. Bake 11-12 minutes, or until muffin tops spring back lightly when touched. Cool slightly and serve. Store extras in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. (Or you can freeze the leftovers! Reheat by microwaving for about 20 seconds.)



If you want to find more of Jen, you can also find her here:
Instagram: @jenbosen
Twitter: @jenbosen





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May 18, 2016

Keep Your Kids Happy & Cool in the Car Seat



I was recently asked this question from a Mommy board in Hawaii!  "How do I keep my baby cool in the car seat?"  That isn't an easy question to answer, & it's the same for the winter.  First I want to say...

Aloha ladies!


Second, most of those after market parts made for car seats are just not safe.  Anything that gets between your child and the seat & or the straps is a NO.  Just don't do it.  Any after market parts made by your car seat manufacturer *may* be ok, but some CPST's don't even recommend them.  They do crash test those that they make with the seats they manufacture, so you can feel fairly confident about that.

Bummer news, over.


Here comes the better news, there are a few things that might help: (Just to be sure, I checked with the car seat guru, to make sure they were safe.)  You can click on the pictures to go to every Mom's favorite store, Amazon.

1. The noggle.  It attaches to the vent and allows the airflow to be directed to your child.  



2. A Sun Shade Cover for your seat (only when the seat is empty-duh)




3.  An Ice Pack- put it in the seat before you travel, remove when you are getting ready to go!





4.  Evaporative Towel



5.  A Water Misting Fan- this won't work for babies, but this would keep the older kiddos happy AND cool!






I forsee a lot of cool, happy kiddos. Let me know how it works!




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May 9, 2016

EZPZ Review!



If any of you remember back to a while ago, I was nerding it up for the annual ABC Kids Expo.  It is an annual trade show in Vegas where anyone who is anyone in the baby/kid world displays and finds new stuff.  I remembered seeing this little beauty, the EZPZ, there and watching some of my favorite (fangirl moment) baby gear peeps geek out about this product too.  I actually squealed like a little girl when FedEx delivered the box.  I dropped everything and raced for my camera.  The packaging was cute with a very nice note from the founder. I even loved the notecard, have I mentioned my obsession with beautiful paper products?  No?  Well, add it to the list


Onto the EZPZ attack!  I ripped it out of the container and flopped it onto the counter.  It sticks.  Really.  All of those videos that show people unable to pick it up are TRUE.  It is removed when you pick up the edges.  I had the four year old try it, and she couldn't pick it up. At this point the entire family was watching.  Next, I had the two year old try it.  Yes, after watching me he figured out how to lift it up.  That actually doesn't bother me too much, as he is learning to use utensils and manners, and the EZPZ is a really good non slip placemat with the bowl attached. 



She was so excited that she matched!  Lol.  


You can see that even though he knows how to pick it up, he ate very well out of it.  And by very well I mean the yogurt, not the collards.


For a learning baby, like Belle, this is great.  Unfortunately it isn't small enough for the high chair tray, but on any booster style high chair that pulls up to the table (or one with a tray that is 15 inches wide) it will work great!  It's a new company, and I would expect to see lots of new designs in the very near future.

At this point I decided I should probably read the literature provided on the pretty paper, instead of flinging it aside to get to the toy (I mean my children's new placemat).  My stealthily crunchy heart squealed again when I noticed that the EZPZ is made of silicone.  No plastic.  It's also phthalate and lead free, dishwasher and - SAY WHAT!?!? -  Microwave safe.  You heard me correctly: microwave and dishwasher safe.  It retails for $24.99, and they are accepting orders now at EZPZ and major retailers like amazon.

Go getcha one; it rocks.  Just in case you want to try one before you can buy one, I will be hosting a EZPZ GIVEAWAY in the near future (when I reach 1000 followers on Facebook).  Keep a look out on my Facebook page, follow me by email and any of my accounts, and I will give you plenty of notice.  Heck, if you live nearby, I may even bring it to you if you win!


xo,
Christy

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May 6, 2016

What Do Moms Really Want For Mother's Day



This is a PSA, and mostly for the hubbies.  Like an (untrained) investigative reporter, I have been asking random moms, "What do you REALLY want?"

The answers will not surprise any of you.  While we all appreciate those sweet little drawings, and burnt toast in bed, what we really want is a break from...being a mom.

1.  Sleep.  


A night in a hotel?  The guest room with Netflix and no baby monitor?  Go wild guys, the world is your oyster.  

2. A Cleaning Lady

My friend Leah made this recommendation and, YES!  A couple of weeks (or forever) of a cleaning lady is the gift that keeps on giving!

3. No meal prep.

Let's just go ahead and eat out for every meal that day, or even just one.  For the others?  Dads, you make that kitchen shine.  She deserves it.

4.  Everyone doing chores without whining.

Sorry sweetheart, but I doubt this magical interlude is in the works, but maybe next year?

5.  Spa. 

Several ladies said that this is the gift that they LOVE.  Me time and pampering (preferably with wine).

6. A kid-free day. 

I had this for one Mother's Day, and it was magical.  

7.  A surprise date with the hubby. 

 A couple of ladies thought that a date (totally planned by the hubs) would be an amazing surprise.  I agree.

8.  A girls' night. 

Talk to some of the besties hubbies and plan a surprise ladies night.  You will appreciate it at the end of the night, trust me.



Share this with your life-mate ladies, and if he makes it happen, tell me.  Get what you really want- a break.  You deserve it.  

Xo,

Christy

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May 2, 2016

Tears in the Midst of Joy, Do We Ever Heal From the Loss of a Parent?


Tonight was one of those nights.  One of those nights where I wanted to call my mom.

I submitted a post to the Huffington post...this one.  Tonight, Sunday (which explains why she is a gazillionaire when she works on a Sunday night), I got an email from Arianna HERSELF.

It's a big deal, the first piece to be published by a huge publication.  I wanted to tell my mom.  I did share the news, with the most important people in my life.

But I wanted my mom.

So I'm sitting here, when I should be rejoicing, with tears streaming down my face, and I wonder.  Do we ever really heal from the loss of a parent?

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Apr 28, 2016

It Started Out as a Normal Day...


It was neither a dark nor stormy night. Nothing strange was in the works. The kids woke up at their normal time without fanfare.

I should have known that something was about to go terribly awry when I heard this precious shriek, "Mommy, I need you!"

I walked to the nursery and my son says,

"I pee-peed on the floor."  


As there was a giant, man-sized wet line down the middle of my carpet, I could already see that.

Then I asked the unanswerable question,


"Why did you potty on the floor?"  


After pondering this conundrum, my sweet little man looks at me with his big brown eyes and utters with an innocence all his own,

"I dunno."


I knew then, that this day would be a whopper.  My spidey senses were tingling that, because Daddy would not be home until late, this peeing on the floor incident foretold disaster.

My poor freshly cleaned carpet!  I took five minutes to myself (to write this), so you can imagine what chaos ensues.  I will keep you posted.

SEND WINE!


Xo,
Christy

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Apr 22, 2016

Your Pants Should Not Look Like Your Grandmother's Sofa (and other reasons that I don't get LuLaRoe)




I know this one may be a little controversial, but I don't get LuLaRoe leggings.  I just don't get it.

I work out, but I really don't want to emphasize the size of my @$$ to everyone.

I also subscribe to the #leggingsarenotpants club, and I just can't get behind a wardrobe consisting of leggings.  Don't get me wrong, I love me some leggings.  I love them in a, no one has to see me clean the house today, so I can wear what I want kind of a way.  One size fits all?  It just scares me. 

The dresses are cute...but some of those prints?  Ya'll, they were cuter on Grandma's sofa.

I will absolutely admit I have NEVER put their leggins onto my body.  From what I hear, the experience will make the angels sing, and my @$$ will shrink to the size of a twentysomething crossfit princess, but, somehow, I can't believe it.  I keep attending the Facebook parties and thinking, "Wow!  This solves all of my wardrobe issues!"  Then, after browsing their website, I just can't click it.

I also can't get over paying, like, a zillion dollars when I should walk my booty over to Lulu or Athleta and stock up on leggings that *might* make me want to work out more often.  (Don't laugh at me. That's just rude.). Those leggings at least are like spanx and hide some of the LESS perfect areas.  

Am I right, or amirite?  

Xo,

Christy  

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