Toddler Trail Mix

Raise your hand if you are all about quick, easy, mess free snacks? I’m hoping that’s you since you clicked this post if not this is awkward… but anywho if it is you then look no further than my super easy, somewhat healthy toddler trail mix.

I’m always looking for healthy quick snacks to grab for my toddler. And those snacks need to be mess free. Because if you have a toddler you know they can ruin an outfit with basically any food you give them, am I right? So, I set out to find a trail mix for my toddler. The problem I ran into was that a lot of the recipes I found had sugary cereals, fruit snacks, marshmallows, all kinds of things that my son eats on occasion but I don’t want him eating all week for snack time.

This is where the toddler trail mix tiny human newbie addition came to be. I took my sons favorite snacks and tried to come up with the driest, cleanest ingredients I could and this is what I came up with.

Super simple recipe:

This is a simple little mix but my toddler really likes it.  You could customize any of the ingredients to your little one.

 

Mini chocolate chips → butterscotch chips, yogurt bites

Peanuts → any other type of nut or seeds if your little on can’t have nuts

Dried banana chips → dried cranberries, dried blueberries or raisin

Cheerios → pretzels, popcorn, crackers

This has become a staple snack for on the go or a quick grab when we are short on time. Hopefully, your little one enjoys it as much as mine.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

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What is two under two like?

When we decided that we wanted our first two babies close together, I set out to see what others thought about two under two.  I frantically googled, pinned and asked around trying to see the pros and cons of two under two.  The results?  People were split.  They either loved it or hated it.

Let me tell you this week has been hard.  I have cried so. much.  But I’ve also had some of those mom moments- you know the ones where your heart explodes with love over something your kids did. I can see both sides of the argument.

So, if you are reading this post to find out what 2 under 2 is like here it is.  Here is what two under two is like for me (and maybe for you too).

Two under Two is-

Messy.  Oh, so messy.

It’s two in diapers.

Double the laundry covered in anything and everything.

And confusing clothes while folding laundry because at four months and 22 months they start to all look the same.

It’s two babies who can’t talk yet.

And double the tears (triple if you count yours).

A ton of mom guilt.  Learning to balance a newborn and  toddler who needs attention too.

Sleepless nights with a newborn learning how to sleep and a toddler learning to stay in his big boy bed.

And a full bed each morning, having a tiny human on each side of you.

Hearing “Hi mama!” from the oldest, as you nurse your second born in the morning light.

It is learning to nurse while doing all the things.

Lots of days it’s wondering if the fog will clear.  If you will feel human again.

But then watching your youngest laugh at your oldest

And your oldest helping you do things for the younger you didn’t even know they could do!

It’s new words everyday from the older one and babbles from the little one.

It’s spending most of the day on floor.  While protecting the little one from being stepped on and teaching the big one how to be gentle.

And boo boos.  So. many boo boos.  Bumped heads and hair being pulled.

And teething!!! Oh gosh double the teeth, drool and pain.

It’s your oldest not remembering life before the little one and trying to remember it yourself.

Teaching sharing 24/7.  What is yours, his, and ours.  It’s “that used to be yours and now it’s his.”

It’s longing for 30 seconds of quiet.  30 seconds of not being touched because you’re constantly needed for feedings, cuddles and hugs- it’s all you all the time.

All while wishing you had one more hour in the day because some how the hours drag but they are both growing up so fast.

It’s wanting for the little one to be able to crawl or walk so life will be easier and then crying because you want them to stay small forever.

It’s laughing so hard that first week at yourself trying to hold two babies at the same time and failing.

It’s feeling like a bad ass that first time you’re alone with both kids and everyone survived the day.

It’s holding back happy tears the first time your first baby holds your second baby.

It’s never having enough hands to get things done but enough hands to hold each baby’s while they cry in the car.

It’s one baby for you, one baby for me.  Man to man defense all day, everyday. You change this one, while I feed this one.

Missing the one you aren’t holding at that time.

Being so tired that their names somehow are becoming, “the big one and the small one.”

It’s hearing ” I don’t know how you do it.” and always responding “yeah, me either.” While chugging your millionth cup of coffee.

It’s learning grace as a mother.  Asking and accepting help.

It’s smiling when you hear your oldest who can barely talk say the little ones name (well kinda).

It’s holding on through the ebb and flows.  The stretch of wonderful days and the weeks of grayness.  And knowing that each morning you wake up could start or end the phase you are in.

It’s having two babies in two years and still remembering how to do all the baby things because you just did it the year before.

It’s being so glad you did this because they are already so close.

And that knowing that no matter how damn hard it is right now, seeing these two make a friend for a lifetime, who will be going through all the phases with them is oh so worth it!

If you’re surviving in the two under two club, let me know below what it’s like for you each day.

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Parenting with Affirmations | 50 intentional affirmations

Words, how powerful they are.  As an educator by heart (and degree lol) I studied the foundation of language.  When it starts to form, how to teach it and how important words are to learning any subject. As a parent I’ve learned how important words are to children in a whole new way. Words are how we can either build up or tear down our children.  Words are how we can show our tiny humans encouragement about how wonderful they are or hinder it. So, how can we use our words for all the good they have to offer you ask… affirmations.

Affirmations | using them as a parent

Our children hang on our every word and long for our approval.

When my son is playing I often times catch him doing something and then turning to look at my husband or I.  He wants to know we see him, that we are proud or approve.  Using words with our children seems so simple but it’s easy to get caught up, isn’t it? I know, I know kids are hard work, they are difficult and some days it takes all we have to have nice words at all to say.  Am I right? All of that can cause us to be repetitive or on auto pilot with our words and responses to our children.  

These are affirmations but it’s easy to get stuck saying blanket statements. 

When I talk to my toddler I try to speak to him like I do everyone. Even though he’s only 21 months old he is like a sponge.  Did you know that in a growth spurt between 16-23 months a child can learn up to 2 NEW WORDS A DAY??!! That’s crazy!  I want to make sure that I am using all the words I can with him. Make it a point to use different words, describing words and words that are tailored to your child.  Then, encourage your child with all those wonderful words.

Let’s say your child just built a tower out of blocks.  You could say, “Good job Honey,” which there is nothing wrong with. But what if you said “Wow, I bet you tried hard to build that!” ?

Variety is the spice of life

Using descriptive language is a great way to up your affirmation game.  Here are a few of my favorite affirmations to use with my kids.

Keep trying, you got this.

My son is very strong willed so this is one that I use on a daily basis.  I am acknowledging his determination and telling him he’s doing well. I could say good job and that would be good, but by using this statement I am speaking directly to what he is doing and also using words like trying. Children tend learn verbs first so using them in your affirmations is important.

Thank you!

This is huge in my house.  I am a manner stickler.  I want to raise my children to be polite (which I assume you do as well).  So how do we do that?  Be examples.  If I we want our children to be polite and use words like please and thank you, then we need to use them. Thank you is a HUGE affirmation.  You are acknowledging whatever it is your child has done and praising them.

I try to use thank you with my sons whenever I can.  I want them to know they are appreciated and that their actions are important.  Even something as small as offering me a bite of his dinner (that I don’t necessarily want) is cause for a thank you.  I want him to know that his action to share is appreciated.

You are so important

Sometimes affirmations are conversation starters.  When you are cuddling or playing on the floor with your babies make it a point to voice all those feelings you have. When you look at your baby and think “you’re so wonderful,” or “You are the most important thing in my life,” tell them! Those mom and dad moments where you feel all the feels about how fast time is going those are great moments to express how important they are.

It takes two seconds to say.  They may not understand or even look at you when you say it haha but they heard it. That phrase, those words they becomes part of what they think of themselves.

Being intentional with our children

Just like anything other goal you have, you have to start with being intentional. Start by listening to how you speak to your children on a regular basis.

What if we used our words to be intentional and specific about our children and their actions? Not only would we be building our children’s confidence, showing them their worth, building their vocabulary but we would be using our words to give our children that inner voice they will hear for the rest of their lives.

I would love to hear some of your favorite affirmations that you use with your tiny humans, let me know below!

 

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