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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mother Son Date With My Little Mover

Thank you to Huggies® for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me and my little one to share memories from our diaper days!

Remember a few months ago when I shared my revelation about being the type of mom I always dreamt of being? I decided once a week we were going to bag cleaning and meal prep and get out and spend some quality time together doing the things I always dreamed I'd do as a mother. I'm doing it guys, and my house looks like a tornado hit it to prove it! 

In all fairness, it's a tiny tornado and one I can barely keep up with, but he's cute, so we'll let him get into everything and I'm still going to enjoy watching him have a lot of first experiences doing fun things with me. It far beats the experiences where he's learning to take off these (insert covering eyes emoji). But I digress, let's focus on the cute like the first time he tried my personal favorite addiction, frozen yogurt. 

And darn it, those engineer genes run strong. He loves seeing how everything works and tries to figure out anything and everything- even at the sake of ignoring the precious frozen yogurt in front of him!

I'm finding his little moving body that's so close to walking on its own is so much happier when he gets out of the house and when his mom spends some quality time with him. 

Once a week we try to make this something fun. But even the small things out of the everyday routine seem to keep him happy and occupied, even if it's just a trip to the store to pick up some necessities.

We live close to a Walmart Neighborhood Market, and whenever we go to stock up on diapers he seems to enjoy it as much as anything. He talks to all the babies on the package and gets a little giggle when he sees them. He must feel he's among friends.

I love that we can get everything we need at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, and stock up on big packages of Huggies® Little Movers as well as Huggies® Little Snugglers (we're in between both), and they also have Huggies® Pull Ups in large packs too, because we will be in that phase before we know it! Stocking up saves us so much time and stress, and I love that the extra time goes to quality time with my baby.

Right now there's some awesome coupons, check out each of theses product's coupon at the link below:
Huggies® Diapers
Huggies® Pull-Ups or GoodNites
Huggies® Wipes

Even though I'm not the best at coupons you'd better believe I become the crazy coupon lady with diapers, because hello, more frozen yogurt budget for our next mother son date. Because really, who can get enough of this messy face?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One Meal Now One Meal Later (One to Eat/One to Freeze): Crock Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

I love good food, but I hate spending all my day in the kitchen. I started trying freezer meals when I had my first child, and found some are amazing time savers, and some, well, taste like the freezer. 
In the One Meal Now, one Meal Later series I share my tried-and-true freezer meals that taste as good the second time around as they do the first! 

Today's is a personal favorite and one that's been in the works for a while. We have two recipes we really like, one with a better flavor, one that does the slow cooker better. We've combined this one and this one and experimented until we found the best of both worlds, and one one that freezes very well! 

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken 

2 large chicken breasts
4 TBSP of butter, divided into 2 TBSP chunks
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp of red curry powder
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of ground turmeric
1/4-1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 TBSP of grated ginger
2 TBSP minced garlic
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 can of coconut milk
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Combine tomato paste, coconut milk, heavy cream, and Greek yogurt together in a mixing bowl. Add all the spices (form masala down the the garlic). Let that sit while you prep the chicken. 

Chop the onion and cut the chicken into cubes. Turn the slow cooker on high, but in your first 2 TBSP of butter and when it melts add the onions. stir them up and them add the chicken chunks on top. Pour the liquid over the top and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. In the last few minutes add in the last of the butter and stir well. Serve over rice. 

A few notes if you're going to double and freeze: 
- Make sure to buy double the ingredients! 
- It's totally fine to dump everything in the freezer bag. Just reserve that last 2 TBSP of butter for the end of cooking and remember to write that on the bag. The onions and the chicken will be just fine soaking up the flavor in the bag and getting dumped into the Crock pot all at once, so go ahead and freeze it all! 

Naan also adds a lot to the meal and makes it feel more authentic. We buy pre-made, but if you have the time, your slow cooker freezer meal paired with fresh naan (or store bought heated on the grill) makes the dinner even better!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Spain Day 4: Barcelona: The Picasso Museum

Spain Trip Day 4:

Location: The Picasso Museum: Barcelona, Spain
Cost:  €11 per person purchased in advance online 
Time: Plan about 2-3 hours of touring, and possibly an hour wait to get in
Website: Picasso Museum

1. Buy your ticket online if you can! It's a very long wait even early in the morning without a ticket, but with a ticket the wait time is very small and getting in is a breeze! 
2. Study Picasso a bit before you go. You'll be shocked to learn how young he was compared to most famous artists, and you'll want to know what put him on the map as a big deal. He has many different painting styles, and this is where you'll see his younger works. Knowing history and his life will make the museum for you! 
3. If you plan your trip like we did splitting Madrid up as the place to fly into and leave from, plan to see the Reina Sofia after the Picasso, the title Picasso painting will have much more meaning! 

 No pictures were allowed inside the museum, so you'll just have to enjoy this cute traveler acting interested in the museum pamphlet!

The Picasso Museum is on the "Must See" list in most travel books to Spain, and I think with good reason. Picasso was ridiculously talented, and you'll be amazed to see how his classic style (which was quite impressive) slowly morphed into the modernism he's most famous for. He family held onto nearly all his works, so there are enough to make a museum, and enough to watch his thinking and feeling involve. He slowly becomes a political messenger during WWII, and as someone obsessed with history and humanities, I was shocked how little I knew until I showed up at the museum. It's really quite amazing and a side of the war you don't hear about often.

We learned so much more after we went, and Jacob admitted this museum wasn't his jam, but learning more about the politics after the fact, he admitted he would have enjoyed it more knowing in advance. Thus it's one of our tips, should you go, read up a bit! Be ready to enjoy more than just his beautiful works and the few famous pieces in the museum.

This was our one place our baby really didn't enjoy and refused to sleep in, so we went through faster than I would have liked, but I think two hours is enough time to really soak it in and read most of the history behind the paintings.

We had this grand plan to create a really cool date to share and hope others would recreate the experience for themselves should they ever get the chance to travel to Spain, I mean it's themed and it involves all things Picasso. Picasso was commissioned to paint the menu for a local restaurant in Barcelona- the 4 Cats, and it still exists today! We thought it would be really fun to go see the original menu at the museum and then head over a few blocks to the restaurant for a themed day with an activity and lunch. I'm here to tell you I wouldn't patronize the restaurant no matter what a fun plan that may sound like.
What I was shocked to see was the prejudice this restaurant holds! There seemed to be only white and Spanish patrons, and there was a wait to get in. We saw people of many nationalities and races try to get in, but the wait seemed to push some away and not others. Not a problem, we were willing to wait, but it seemed more and more peculiar who were being turned away. When our time came up and I turned around with a baby the hostesses took one look and told me "No, we don't serve your kind here!" I was pretty taken back. Those words were actually said! My first thought was pure shock. I've never had anything like that happen! It's a fairly casual restaurant with many tables on a patio, and surely a non-mobile 7 month old in a carrier wouldn't be a trouble. We'd been to nicer places in Madrid and not had a single issue. My next thought was maybe it was good for me, I finally had a taste of what so many minorities experience with racism- either explicit or by feeling unwelcome. As someone very aware there are still so many issues in the U.S. with discrimination, I have to say that day I left grateful for who I am and where I live.

Alls well that ends well I suppose, because we were able to pull up Trip Advisor and discover 4 Cats isn't the highly recommended, and we found an amazing place down the street that ended up being one of our cheapest and best meals in all of Spain!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WaterWipes Review

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

We knew from the start that our kids didn't have a good gene pool to draw from in the skin department. We both have dry, fair, very sensitive skin. To say we go through warehouse size bottle of lotion quickly would be an understatement. Our talks of the need for sensitive products started way back when I was pregnant. Add sensitive skin to the heat of Arizona summers, and we've been having to change diapers a little more often to avoid rash and sensitivity.

As parents on the watch for sensitivity already, when we had the opportunity to try and review WaterWipes, we were all in! I have a sister-in-law who swears by them and only uses them, so I was excited to see how they would work for our sensitive skinned little man.

Here's a few reasons why they are so great: 1.
- WaterWipes is a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.
- Both durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option for your little one.

So with that in mind, we put them to the test!

We have loved seeing less red, irritated skin. We love that they are so natural and yet do such an amazing job cleaning up the mess! We also love that they are thick and you will go through less WaterWipes than many of the other wipe options out there.

I also love that I can get them at Target, and they are easy to find, and that they give me another excuse to drop by Target. I didn't mean to become the Target mom stereotype, but I am ready to be their poster child spokeswoman!

And what's exciting for anyone interested (you don't have to have a baby, trust me, wipes are great for everyone who needs to clean anything!) is you can win one of five (5) $100 Target gift cards to help you start your WaterWipes collection, and join me in being Target mom of the century (or dad, we're an inclusive bunch here). Follow the widget below to enter:

WaterWipes Target Giveaway

*I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).
Contest closes August 18


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