Mini Pizza Fun

  

Mini pizzas are a great little project for toddlers, they get to make and eat one of their favorite foods. It’s also a good way to get them to eat lots of veggies. 

I like using Trader Joe’s Naan or flat bread but you can do this with homemade or store bought dough or even pita bread. I like to give them lots of colorful veggie options. It makes the pizzas pretty and a little bit healthier.

The toppings are unlimited, but here are some of our favorites…

  • Traditional with Red or White Sauce, Mozzerella and Veggies
  • Chili and Cheddar
  • Indian Curry and Paneer
  • Refried Beans, Salsa and Cheese

The main thing is just to be careful of adding too many wet ingredients or weighing down the base. 

I usually bake them at 425 degrees until the cheese melts and the crust is golden brown. If you like a crispy crust put it in without a pan but for little ones who like a soft crust you can use a cookie sheet.

Enjoy!

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How To Shop With Young Twins

After lots of practice I think I’ve mastered grocery shopping with young twins. I tried using the shopping cart before but I seem to be able to be more efficient with just the stroller. It’s also great since doing it this way they can nap if they want to and I don’t need to wake them going into and out of the store.

I rarely take all 4 to the store since the quad stroller is too wide and the older two will grab things off the shelves and cause all kinds of trouble since 3 year olds have a much harder time sitting still. If I have to I make the trips very quick and make sure to give the snacks to focus on.

Key points

  • Stroller should be empty
  • Bananas and little snacks work great to keep them occupied.
  • Have a list so you don’t forget anything and can shop quickly.
  • Know what’s in each of the aisles so you don’t need to do a lot of backtracking.
  • Let them know at the checkout you will need a cart and help getting it to the car (most big grocery stores are happy to do this).
  • Lastly, try to have a little fun and treat it as an “adventure” so they’ll look forward to going instead of dreading it.

Little Chefs

This was a great little intro project for the girls. It’s super fun and easy so I thought I’d share the basics.

Ingredients 

  • 1 tube of croissant rolls
  • 2 crisp apples
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw and/or brown sugar

Sauté or microwave the butter, apples, cinnamon and sugar until soft and saucy.

Put the apples on the triangles of dough and then roll them up.

Use the sauce left over to brush on top of the rolls and then sprinkle the sugar on top.

Bake until golden brown and enjoy😊 

Dressing for Mommy Success

Quick and easy outfits to look good on even the craziest of days.

 Packing for this trip has made me think about how people always seem shocked that I usually look rather put together while juggling 4 small kids. I guess it’s expected that I should be in yoga pants with a ponytail 24/7.

I think if anything the kids have forced me to be much better at choosing outfits quickly and working with what I’ve got.

After two twin pregnancies my figure is definitely a bit more curvy which actually works well with most vintage/classic styles (these styles can look attractive and feminine on almost any figure). I love my real vintage pieces but I’ve learned that taking care of toddlers will destroy those delicate fabrics quickly. I will keep them to wear again when the kids are older, but for now affordable reproductions work well.

I love dresses since there isn’t much that needs to be planned out, just throw on a cardigan and a belt and you are ready to go out on the town. Ballet flats for daytime and heels for nighttime and a scarf can do wonders to hide a bad hair day and really finish off the look. All super quick and easy.

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A-line dresses accentuate the good and hide the bad. They give the illusion that everyone has a perfect hour glass shape. Dark colors and patterns are also key for hiding a lot of the messes that happen when children are present (during the breastfeeding/bottle feeding stage light colors are preferred though).

Fabrics that do not need dry cleaning and ironing are also very helpful and keep the bills down. If you aren’t good at ironing (it’s definitely not one of my talents) most cotton tops and dresses can drip dry in the shower and still have a clean pressed look when needed.

I’m really into Capri pants and loose tops right now. Again classic, super easy and will look good on almost everyone.

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Being a single income family for now means our money is tight and EBay and Amazon have become my new best friends.

There are lots of China manufactures that make really cute stuff that’s super affordable (tops for under $5, dresses for $15+) just be careful with sizing since its way different than US or European sizes.

I find a lot of cute Jcrew on eBay for cheap and if I want to splurge the brand Lindy Bop ( http://www.lindybop.com ) has a lot of adorable dresses in a wide size range. Ok, I need to get back to packing for now…

Must Have Snacks For Traveling With Toddlers

We are getting ready for a 4 day trip with the kids so I thought I would do a few travel survival posts. 

 There are 2 things that almost guarantee a meltdown with toddlers, hunger and not enough sleep. The second may be tricky but the first has a lot of quick solutions. The main thing I’ve learned is to never let their blood sugar get too low. Ideally fresh fruits and veggies are first choice snacks but the items below work in a pinch and are easy to pack and healthier than junk food.

Trader Joes is my favorite place to shop and they have lots of healthy kid friendly foods. Cereal bars, dried fruit, juice boxes, cheese sticks and slices, mini yogurts, apple sauce, crackers and more all pack great and do not take up a lot of space. The trip is at the end of the week so I’m starting to pack now. I will include a packing list in my next post….