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Milk Sensitivity Symptoms in Toddlers: Am I Imagining This?

No parent ever wants to find out anything is “wrong with” their child. But when milk sensitivity symptoms in toddlers start to appear over a span of weeks or months, what else is a watchful parent to think? Our little girl started having some really interesting (Read: disgusting, unusual) messy diapers right around the same time she tried cheese for the first time. It seems possible she’s dealing with a cow’s milk allergy. We’ve begun an elimination diet to remove all dairy and soy from both of our diets (since I am still breastfeeding).

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Heart Shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Forget the surf & turf and shrimp cocktail and enjoy Valentine’s Day the easy way with a heart shaped pizza. Sometimes a relaxing night in is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you make it from scratch or order heart shaped pizza from your favorite local pizzeria, it’s sure to be a hit. A Valentine’s pizza can be the perfect meal to enjoy with your whole family. Eating heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean your sweetheart loves you any less than the years you go out for a five-star meal at a fancy restaurant. At times it is just nice to cut out the pressure, slow down the wild pace of life, and relax a bit with the one you love.

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The Crayola Factory Experience: Tips for Visiting with a Toddler and a Baby

Life with a toddler or preschooler becomes even more interesting when you throw a baby into the mix. Our two little girls are a blessing for sure, but sometimes it gets a little tricky navigating various attractions and activities with both in tow. Crayola Experience worked out great when my mom and sister came along, but I was a little intimidated to do the trek to Crayola Factory (Easton PA) with the two littles by myself. When none of my friends or family could join us, I still decided to take the girls one weekend while my husband was golfing. It ended up being a really great, fun, and creative — but totally exhausting — day. Here’s everything I can share to help you have a successful trip!

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4th of July Treats & Patriotic Desserts

It’s no secret that I’ll take just about any excuse to bake. A baby on the way, surprising my husband’s coworkers, a thank-you gift, a holiday…. Speaking of, when holidays boasting their own color schemes roll around, I’m in my glory. It’s a lot of fun to bake color-coded treats, but not only that. I also love going to the grocery store or the craft store to check out their selection of holiday themed sprinkles and baking decorations. With all of this in mind, I’m happy to share some of our favorite ideas for 4th of July treats and patriotic desserts.

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Frozen Birthday Party Food Ideas

How is she four already?! But she is. And I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures and ideas from the party. This year had Natalie wavering between a “daisy birthday” and an Elsa birthday party. I tried to figure out if Daisy = the duck or the flower, and since we had a Minnie party last year, I sort of steered her in the direction of a Frozen birthday party theme.

Blue punch, snowflake cookies, blue rock candy party favors—my mind was already going a mile a minute without even clicking over to Pinterest. From Frozen Birthday Party Food Ideas to games, activities, and party bags, I couldn’t wait to start planning! Shopping! Baking!
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St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

As March 17 approaches, it can be a lot of fun to make yummy St. Patrick’s Day food for your family and friends. Whether you have a St. Patty’s Day party or simply want to keep you meals and snacks festive, this is a fun time of year to try some Irish food and desserts. In case you were wondering, many St. Patrick’s Day Food ideas can be quite toddler-friendly. At least my little girl loves them! Here are some fun ideas to try at home.

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Food Hacks – The Perfect Way to Cut an Orange for Toddlers

Many foods pose choking hazards for our little ones, even when you least expect it. Sometimes certain foods can also be difficult for toddlers to fully enjoy as we do as adult—for example, when eating sliced oranges. My daughter is very independent these days, insisting on biting foods whole rather than having pieces cut for her. With this in mind, plus in an effort to minimize waste, I’ve engineered a pretty successful method of cutting oranges for my little girl to enjoy. Hope this works for you as well!

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Instant Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a Chipwich, and it’s certainly no secret that my toddler is practically my mini-me when it comes to food preferences among other things. At such a young age, she’s already discovered that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, it’s most likely not worth it. (I have no idea where she got this idea! 🙂 Disclaimer: I actually do love a lot of other desserts, particularly apple or cinnamon or cookie based!) We often have dessert in our home, as I am someone who feels the need for even just a taste of something sweet after a meal. (This is a thing, right?) Our latest favorite quick, easy, and delicious treat is the instant ice cream sandwich.

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Green Leap Frog Pancakes

Frogs are a fun, playful creature and they happen to be just perfect for celebrating Leap Day, springtime, or simply anytime when someone you know loves frogs. As you may know, my little girl loves pancakes and we try to make our meals fun when we have time, so today we decided to make Leap Frog Pancakes in honor of Leap Day, today, February 29. Here’s how we did it!

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Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

What started out as Valentine Rice Krispie Treats soon—with the help of my three-year-old—evolved into a Minnie Mouse themed Rice Krispie treat recipe. These treats were so simple—we didn’t even dirty a big soup pot to make them. Instead, we just melted our butter and marshmallows in a Pyrex pan in the microwave and voila, we simply had to mix the sticky mixture together with the cereal. Rice Krispie treats are a classic dessert and childhood baking activity. Making these Minnie Mouse treats was fun and memorable with my little girl. She was so excited to make Minnie treats as well as heart-shaped treats.

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