chicken meatballs

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Carter has gotten to the stage where she only wants to eat things that are hand held or in a pouch so lately we've been trying to get a little more creative with her food. The poor girl doesn't have any teeth yet but she can get the job done with her gums with no problem. We've found that she likes meat, a lot, so we decided to try out meatballs from Baby Foode and they were a hit! 

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1 lb ground chicken or turkey
1/4 cup applesauce or apple puree
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper

Pre heat the oven to 450. Mix everything in a bowl by hand. Make 1" balls out of the mixture. Put balls on a greased pan + pop into the oven for about 10 minutes. Once they were done they cooled off pretty quickly and Carter was able to taste test. She approved!

This recipe made about twenty five meatballs so I put some in the freezer for a later use. Yum!


packing diaper bag for baby

I’m a little bit of an over packer so it wasn’t surprising that for the first few weeks of Carters life our diaper bag was filled to the brim. However, after traveling the past few weeks I feel like I’ve really got a grip on what we do and don’t need in our diaper bag.

Diaper Bag: I love our diaper bag. Not only is it super modern and cute but it has plenty of pockets and is just the right size. The material is great and super easy to wipe off if it gets dirty.

Diapers + wipes: We use Parasol Co. diapers and wipes. The diapers are really soft and it’s a plus that they have cute little designs on them. The wipes smell delicious and are easy on the babes bum. We try to keep at least six diapers and two travel size wipes with us at all times.

Toiletries: Two words, coconut oil. We use it for diaper rashes and it works wonders! [we melted coconut oil + a few drops of lavender into an empty deodorant stick for easy application] Other things we like to keep on hand are hand sanitizer, baby soap, nipple cream, and diaper disposable bags.

Burp cloths: We registered for Burts Bees burp cloths and I was a little disappointed, they didn’t soak up anything. My favorite are the Gerber cloth diapers, they work great as burp rags!

Pacifier: We always have one or two pacifiers with us. Carter doesn’t take them all the time but it’s nice to have them on hand for car rides or when she’s just super fussy.

Slumberkin: At this stage Carter can’t really play with toys but she does love when we move them in front of her and make noises so we make sure to have our slumberkin sloth with us at all times. It definitely helps to keep her happy!

Milk Snob: Probably my favorite baby item! It’s great as a car seat cover to keep people’s hands away and also as a nursing cover. It’s made my life so easy and made nursing in public since day one a breeze.

Solly Baby Wrap: Another one of my favorites. It’s such a lightweight wrap that can easily be stashed in our diaper bag. I love to wear Carter at home so I can be hands free and also when we’re out n about so I don’t have to lug around the stroller.

What are your diaper bag must haves?


carters nursery

When we got pregnant I immediately got excited about decorating a nursery. Of course I had to wait to get started since we didn’t know the gender but once we found out we were having a girl my mind went crazy with room ideas.

Carters nursery has easily become one of my favorite rooms in our house.  room that I spent a lot of time on from sitting down and designing it on the computer to going out and searching for all of the furniture and little details.

We kept her room light and bright and used pops of gold and blush to give it a more feminine feel. It was really important to us that each piece in the room [with the exception of her crib] could grow with her so we decided against the traditional changing table and used a contemporary modern dresser instead.

I really love how her room turned out and look forward to the countless memories that we’ll make in there.