Neither one of my kids was a fan of Thanksgiving food the first time they tried it. For Zinashi’s first Thanksgiving, she’d not quite been in the United States for a month, and all the food looked strange to her. She ate the roll and looked at us like we were crazy when we tried to get her to try other dishes. Last year was Elvie’s first Thanksgiving, and she was still in her picky baby phase, rejecting any and all foods. But over time, both of my girls grew to like foods that are normally served on Thanksgiving. For some things, I had to adjust the recipe to suit our family’s tastes, and cranberry sauce was one of those things. It has such a strong flavor, and I found that I needed to add a little bit of extra spice to make it just right. Once I got it down, it became a favorite, and no one loves it more than Elvie. It is an easy dish to make, and I am happy to cook some up, whether we are dining at home or with others. Served hot, it is heavenly. Here’s my recipe.
I love pausing during the month of November to remember all the things I have to be grateful for. Sometimes in the rush of life, I neglect to recognize just how rich my life is. I shared earlier this month the thing that I am most thankful for, and now it is Elvie’s turn. While she can’t say out loud what she is grateful for, I can guess. Here are 10 things that make Elvie’s life better and more exciting. I bet some of the babies and toddlers in your lives appreciate some of these things, too.
Elvie doesn’t talk much yet. She tries to say some words, and she loves animal sounds, but she’s not that motivated to talk yet. Part of the reason is that there are three of us at her beck and call, and she never really wants for anything for very long. But the other reason is that she communicates so much without talking that it almost seems superfluous. We have had more than one person tell us that she is the most expressive toddler they have ever met. You can tell what she is thinking, feeling, and sometimes wanting just by looking at her face. I love this facet of her personality, and I pulled together my favorite of her facial expressions from the first time we met until now. I started to add captions, but then I realize that her face says it all. No captions necessary. Enjoy.
Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me Baby ECOS Stain & Odor Remover and Baby ECOS Detergent for free.
If there’s one thing I love as a mom of two messy kids, it’s a good stain remover and laundry detergent. I had been using a fragrance free detergent before as both stain treatment and detergent, with pretty good success, but when I was offered the chance to try out the Baby ECOS Detergent and Stain & Odor Remover, I jumped at the opportunity. My old way had me rubbing detergent into stains with my fingers, and it was both messy and time consuming, and I was hoping for something a bit neater and easier. With Baby ECOS, I was able to simplify my process with the result I was looking for: clean, fresh smelling laundry.
Today, I’m sharing my easy five-step tutorial on removing stains and odors with Baby ECOS — and the bonus is that I’ve got a coupon code for you, too! You can save $2 when you purchase any two Baby ECOS products on Diapers.com, today through December 4, by entering the code 2ECOS. It’s a great deal on a product that truly works.
I have always been a big fan of Winnie the Pooh. He’s just so affable and lovable, and I adore reading the Winnie the Pooh books to my daughters. As a parent, I find that I gravitate toward things that were a positive part of my own childhood, and Pooh was one of those things. This is true when it comes to the books I read to my children as well as how I dress them and what toys I buy. As my children grow, they begin to appreciate those same things. If you’re looking to cultivate a love of Pooh in your little one, the Disney Store has a fantastic variety of clothing, toys, and essentials featuring that lovable bear. Pictured below are 10 items, perfect for starting your baby’s Pooh collection. Soon your baby will grow to love Pooh just as much as you do.