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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How to Go From Nursery to Toddler Room

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When we first put Killian’s nursery together we focused on simple pieces, that didn’t take up a lot of space. We also, only baby proofed what we thought he could reach as a baby.  Being a first time parent we didn’t realize how fast he would grow, learn to walk and even climb on things. Now that he is 14 months old he is in desperate need of a toddler room. This lead to the budget friendly update of his nursery to toddler room. With number two on the way I needed him to have his own space he could play in, safely. With a budget of only about $150 this is what we updated in his nursery to make a toddler room.

How to Go From a Nursery To a Toddler Room

The first step is to figure out what you are working with.  I am going to share before and after pictures of our nursery to show you what we updated.

Problem Areas

Take a good look at your nursery and try to imagine you are a toddler (I know that sounds absurd, but bear with me) and answer the following questions:

  • What can be climbed?
  • What can you reach?
  • Are there any cords, blinds, or outlets you can reach?
  • Can any furniture fall over on you?
  • Do you have a space for everything you need (toys, clothes, sleep, etc.)?

Once you identified the problems, make a short list of what you need to update in your nursery to make it a safe toddler room, safety hazards first!  I promise we will get to the fun, cute stuff in a second.

This was our list:

  1. Anchor the dresser to the wall.
  2. Cover outlets.
  3. Move humidifier, monitor and sound machine out of reach.
  4. Clear area under the window so there is no access to the windowsill.
  5. Remove the standing lamp and replace with something mounted.
  6. Make a space for toys that is age appropriate. 

Find Solutions

Many of our problem areas involved our son being able to reach and get to things he couldn’t as a ‘crawler.’  He could’t get behind his crib to the outlet there before, he couldn’t reach his dresser drawers, etc.  So, we set out to find solutions.

  • Furniture– I can’t stress this enough (at least in our case and in yours too I’m sure) our son is smart and strong! He can get into stuff so quickly and he is learning so quickly!  Furniture can fall over.  Especially tall furniture.  We ended up needing his dresser for baby 2 so he is getting my dresser which is a bit taller.  Mounting it to the wall was priority.  Accidents can happen so fast!  These furniture anchors are awesome and super easy to install.
  • Outlets– The next issue we had was outlets and more specifically cords.  When we put our son’s nursery together we used the traditional outlet covers for the outlets that were not being used. But since he can actually pull on things now we needed to toddler proof the cords that were plugged in so we invested in the outlet covers that kept him from the outlet AND plug.  Both of these items are great for making outlet safer and a great solution for this problem.

  • Moving “pluggable’ items out of reach– As you can see in the ‘before,’ photos there are a few items that have cords that he could reach and get into.  If you are having the same issue we opted to hang another small shelf to put things up he could reach.
  • Lighting– We needed to remove the standing lamp or mount it to the wall.  If you are like us and a have a standing lamp OR a normal lamp that could be pulled over, a wall light is a great option.  We bought one very similar to this one that is a cloud.  You can run the cord down the wall and pin it to the base board. The switch is right on the wall and there is nothing to be pulled over.<
  • A space for everything This is not necessarily a safety issue unless you are working with a small space (like us).  I wanted to make it so there was an area for everything my son needed.  This also ensured I wasn’t falling over things 7 months pregnant. Which leads us to the FUN PART, DECORATING!

Decorating a Toddler Room

Our son is only 14 months but he is walking, climbing and is pretty mature for his age so I wanted to make an area where he could play independently.  (But he also isn’t old enough for a toddler bed necessarily so I won’t be covering that in this post.)

I had to move some furniture around to make a corner but here is the before and after of the corner we converted for a okay area.

Lots of these items came from IKEA because we have one so close to us but there are similar products you could buy online to make the same look.

When we started to pick pieces for his room I wanted the following:

  • inexpensive (remember we had a budget of $150)
  • compact (for his small room)
  • colorful
  • and items he could use independently

For the decorating, which took place mostly in this corner we picked the following items (the links are similar items to what we bought):

Finished Product

We managed to stay on budget with a grand total of just under $110 after tax!

Here is what the after looked like for our little guy!

This is how we went from a nursery to toddler room on a budget.  What did you need to change in your babies room to make it toddler appropriate? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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Frozen Yogurt Bites: a great snack for babies and toddlers

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Frozen Yogurt Bites

As Killian gets older I am always trying to find new, healthy, easy snacks.

I’ve always liked the idea of those yogurt bites in the baby isle but I am not willing to spend $2-$3 on something he will eat in two sittings.  So I set out to make my own.

This is what I came up with.  There is no exact science.  It’s a really flexible recipe.  You can add more or less based on what you like and customize it to whatever fruits your little one is eating.

 


Ingredients:

1/4 cup strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

8-10 oz of vanilla or plain whole milk yogurt

 

Directions:

  1. Simply blend the 1/4 cup strawberries and 1/4 blueberries in your blender or food processor.
  2. Fold in blended fruit into 8-10 oz of whole milk yogurt.
  3. Place mixture into a pipping bag or baggie
  4. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe bite size blobs onto a covered cookie sheet.
  5. Freeze for 3+ hours (I did mine over night)
  6. Place in a freezer safe container.  Store in the freezer until ready to eat.

 

Easy Peasy!

You can use any yogurt or fruit that your little one likes.  This is our favorite right now.  Let me know in the comments how yours turn out ♥

Hope you enjoy!

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