Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oh boy! We've got a picky eater...


In our home we are currently dealing with our toddler being a picky eater. I never imagined this would happen, when she an infant I breastfed her until she was about 13 months, and I made her baby food, with our baby food processor. Now that she is going onto 2 in April, she is pickier than ever!!!
She used to be into vegetables, and for a while I could make healthy sandwiches, but now she refuses to eat some of these things. My husband has told me several times not to give in and give her something else to eat when she refuses to eat what we have made for her. (It gets so hard sometimes) It turns into a battle on some days, she will pick at her food, and I need to remind myself that maybe this is just a phase! (Fingers crossed)
I’m sure many parents go through this, but I guess I just wasn’t prepared. I love cooking different foods,(I’m half asian)and in our home we love spicy foods. I have noticed that she loves to eat spicy foods, but lately she has been in a mood in which she has refused all foods during dinner. So I'm trying my best and making it work, and slowly it seems as though there may be a comeback with her eating foods she once enjoyed. I'm really hoping. :) Did you ever deal with a picky eater? (And if so how did you overcome it)-Was it just a phase? I'd love to know. Until next time, have a beautiful day. -Stephanie

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The letter of the day: A

Today in our home we learned about the letter A. I figured each day it would be nice to go over a new letter of the alphabet. So today, our letter was A :) (We used flashcards, dry erase board, magnets, and books which had the letter A.)


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snowy day.

Today ended up being a cold snowy day. I had plans to take my daughter to the library for story time and a craft, but we ended up staying home. Instead I did a few crafts here at home with her, and we read, and played. It’s always so fun being with her. The snow eventually went away and the roads cleared later in the afternoon. I decided it was cold enough to make some crock-pot apple cider. Days like this make me feel so lazy! (I’m not one to sit around) but on a cold snowy day it sure does make me want to!
I need to get back on track with my working out, I've missed a day,so I need to make sure I work out tonight.
My daughter went around the house today saying Mickey Mouse, penguin, and a few other new words. I love watching her grow. She amazes me.
How was the weather over where you are at? Did you get a lot of sunshine/snow/or a mixture of both. (Or maybe even some rain?)
Even though today was a cold snowy day, I am thankful that I was able to spend another beautiful day with my loves.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A lovely Monday.

Today was a beautiful day. My daughter and I made some delicious blueberry muffins this morning. We sat together and enjoyed a nice breakfast. Later in the morning I took her to story time here at our local library. Today they had what they call "stay and play." They start by reading to the children,then have songs in which the toddlers dance to, and then they end with the kids staying and playing with each other.
After story time we headed back home, and once we were home my daughter set up a little tea party with her dolls. She set up pastries, cake, and tea of course! (And of course mommy was invited) She usually hands me five cups at once and watches to make sure I’m enjoying the tea she has made. :) I love tea time with my little love.
Today was absolutely beautiful. How did you enjoy your day today?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday...

It was a very quiet, relaxing day around our home. We started off with a nice family breakfast. My daughter and I enjoyed some art time, and she also had a special guest at lunch...(her teddy joined her). This evening my husband has chased my daughter around the house playing peek-a-boo.♡
I really don't like to see the weekend come to an end so soon, but I must say it was such a lovely weekend. I'm already looking forward to next weekend. ♡
Teddy joined in on lunch today. :)(Tea anyone?)

Art time! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday love....

It's been a lovely Saturday. Breakfast, Barnes and noble for story time with our daughter, and then a nice nature walk. (It was beautiful out). Oh and let me not forget I was able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee with my husband. It’s the end of our day, and I was able to get my run and video in for tonight’s workout. I can finally relax. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Saturday.





Friday, January 25, 2013

Hello Friday!

I'm happy to see Friday has arrived. It has been such a busy week for both my daughter and I. We have attended play dates, gone to the park, and of course I can’t forget about toddler time, and story time at the local library.
Today we had a park play date after toddler time at the library; it was a little chilly out so we moved to an indoor play center. (Oh how fun) The girls really enjoyed themselves. I’m hoping this weekend won’t be so fast paced. I really enjoy having my morning cup of coffee on the weekend with my husband.
So any plans for you this weekend? I think my husband is planning on tackling a few projects around the house. We are really into home projects; we recently built our daughter a table set, which I absolutely love! I went with a very light pink color for her table, and then did a light purple for her chair. We still need to build the three other chairs.
My husband and I have been reading a book together, on communication; we do this every other night. (Even after 10 years of marriage, and almost 12 years total of being together, I love that we can still grow and learn as a couple.)
I hope all of you have a lovely weekend. -Stephanie

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

He had a better plan

Today I look back on everything that has happened in my life, and I can honestly say that God had a better plan. For every situation....God had it all planned out.
The moment I held our daughter in my hospital bed, I knew the years we tried over and over to have her, God had a better plan. It was all in his time. And what an amazing time it was. I’m thankful for every struggle I have had in my life.
To anyone who has ever done me wrong, God had a plan...I forgive them all, and I've taken something from each of them, and I've learned that I’m a much better person, and some people just need guidance.
Today I'm just a better person; I have allowed myself to grow. I'm proud of who I am, and where I am in my life. God has always had a better plan...all I needed was to just be patient.
-Stephanie

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lovely day!

Today it’s beautiful out! (I’m so thankful for the weather we have been having here in Colorado). This morning I ended up taking my daughter to story time. They read a few books, and then the kids all did a craft.
After we went to the park to enjoy this lovely weather, and while we were there I met someone new. Its always nice meeting another mommy. We let our daughters play together, it was really nice. I try and keep my daughter on a schedule so we played for a little at the park, and then we ended up leaving so we could have lunch and she could take her nap.
So lately my daughter is really into her flip books, her favorite is "where is spot" by Eric Hill, she loves flipping each picture open to see what’s behind it. It's really adorable. I usually do different voices for each animal in the book. Does your child enjoy flip books?
How are you enjoying your day today?


Monday, January 21, 2013

sleepless night, starbucks, and a much needed nap!

Last night was a sleepless night in our home. Our daughter decided she was not going to sleep in her room, and she cried for me "momma"......over and over, until we just figured it would be easier to bring her to our bed. Well that didn't work and she was tossing and turning. (Oh and kicking, and taking over my pillow)-The joys of parenthood :) It wasn't until around 3 in the morning when she finally called it quits and went back to sleep in her room. Today I had a dental appointment, and ouch! I had some work done, and of course I'm not a big fan of the shots they give, and cringe just thinking about them. But I got that out of the way, and after my husband and I met up at Starbucks. We enjoyed a little family time while we sipped on our coffee. Today I was in need of a nap, and took advantage of it while my daughter napped. My husband ended up cleaning the kitchen for me, which helped out so much. I really appreciate when he does those little things around the house. I’m really hoping tonight we can get some much needed sleep for all of us!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The weather this weekend has been pretty nice here in Colorado. This weekend I just enjoyed being with my family. Saturday I went past any excuses I had keeping me from working out and went for it! I missed my work out on Friday, so I made it up by running a mile, and doing my firm express video. The firm express system is great; it comes with 13 DVDs and has 4 cycles. (Cycle 1- ignite, Cycle 2-accelerate, Cycle 3-turbocharge, and Cycle4-overdrive) I purchased this set on amazon.com. It also comes with a bonus video which is 10 minutes. I completed the 30 days of this system, and now I’ve been adding it in with my regular workout schedule. What do you do to keep motivated? I find that there are times that I am just so tired, but I try and push through.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Today I finally got around to taking out some scrapbook pages, and stickers. I’ve been working on my daughter’s second scrapbook. I finished her 1st year scrapbook, and my husband came up with the idea to continue a second book for her 2nd year. She will be 2 this year, and I’ve made a page for each month filled with photos, and scrapbook stickers, and more! It’s something I enjoy doing and I want her to able to look back on it all. So I had procrastinated and put off working on her December page, and now we are almost at the end of January, so today I made a point to take out her scrapbook pages and stickers, and I printed off a few photos, and started working on her scrapbook page for December.Hopefully I can start this month’s page soon. What do you enjoy doing for your little one?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lovely evening..

It has turned out to be such a lovely evening. We had a delicious dinner. (my husband made some homemade lasagna) It turned out great. I did some baking with our daughter, and she enjoyed helping mommy in the kitchen. We baked some sugar cookies.
Link for Sugar cookie recipe we used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-sugar-cookies/

10 amazing years....

"There is nothing more lovely in life than the union of two people whose love for one another has grown through the years, from the small acorn of passion, into a great rooted tree." -Vita Sackville-West
Today my husband and I celebrate our 10th wedding aniversary. 10 amazing years of being married. It has been an amazing journey with him by my side. We have gone through so much together, and we have grown together. The day God blessed me with such a loving, caring, and uplifting man, my life changed. Today I look back on everything we have experienced together and how my love has grown for him...
Our life has changed so much in 10 years. In 2011, we welcomed our beautiful daughter into this world. She is truly a blessing. She is going to be 2 this year, and she has also changed our lives. After all these years, my love has grown deeper. I am completely in love with my husband, my lover, my best friend. I can’t wait to see what’s next on this wonderful journey.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My thoughts on Abc mouse.com

ABCmouse.com

We decided to give it a try! It's $8 a month,(and right now they are offering one free month) and so far we...

LOVE it :) On their site they have an area for toddlers, which we are using for our daughter.

They provide educational games, puzzles, art activities, online books and printables. Lesson plans are given to your child to complete, and when they are completed they give your child a gift for his/her avatar. Your child will learn about numbers, the alphabet, reading & much more.-(Art & music) So far we love it, and I can tell our daughter is enjoying it. The site has so much for them to explore!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Paint time!

It’s a lovely Tuesday. (It’s a bit chilly outside, but I find on days like today, my daughter and I are pretty productive) She loves to paint, and I enjoy watching her experiment with the different paints, and use her fingers, and just get messy with it. So today I decided to let her paint, and I must say she's definitely my little artist!

She loves them...

Our almost 2 year old daughter is in love with fishes! This obsession happened while we were visiting my mother in Arizona a little after my daughter turned one. Since then we have started setting up a fish tank, and also we have taken her to the aquarium. It amazes me how children can see something once and become so fascinated with it. (I guess that applies to us adults too) ;) So for now our daughter is in love with fishes, and I can't wait to see what catches her attention next.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brrrr its cold!

Today is a cold, snowy day here in Colorado. I started thinking of summers here in Colorado, its beautiful.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Make it a beautiful day!

Good morning! I'm taking this time to blog while my daughter and husband continue to sleep in this morning. This morning I woke up feeling thankful. Why do so many of us take so many things for granted? I asked myself this question this morning. I find that there are times that I fall into this category, taking the simplest things in life for granted. My daughter has changed my outlook on life. She makes me feel so vibrant and full of life. What has changed your outlook on life? Today is a new day, make it a beautiful day.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday relaxation

Today has been a relaxed Saturday for my family and I. I rarely have days that we can just lag around and not constantly be on the move. Every weekend we have a nice family breakfast, and my husband and I enjoy a nice cup of coffee together. Our daughter loves mornings in our bed when she wakes. She usually wants us to read to her, and snuggle of course. I absolutely love weekend mornings, when my husband is able to be home and share those moments with us. Today we read a few books, I did my usual laundry. And I went over a few activities with our daughter. We just took the time to watch VeggieTales: "Sweetpea Beauty" on Netflix, and what a cute inspirational movie it turned out to be. If you have a daughter, you should watch this with her. We really enjoyed it, and we loved the song at the end of the movie.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Beauty of being outdoors

We live in beautiful Colorado, and we love being outdoors. Something about the fresh air, people around you hiking, and biking just makes you feel so energized. Since we have lived here for a few years now, we have explored and hiked, and found that the Garden of the Gods is just beautiful. We like to visit the Garden of the Gods in the summer. Last summer we went out to visit while my sister was in town, and she fell in love with it. If you are ever visiting Colorado, it's a place you should definitely stop by and visit. I promise you will love it. It's beautiful!!

Toddler time at the library

So today despite the high winds, my daughter and I made it to story time. Well here at our library they call it “toddler time.” They play music, read books, and participate in sing alongs. We make it a point to read to her every day, it’s something we enjoy doing with her and she loves it. When I was pregnant with her, I would read to her all the time, I absolutely loved feeling her kick and move around when she heard my voice. They also have a product called lullabelly, (http://www.lullabelly.com/) which I loved having during my pregnancy, it’s for both mother and baby. This is actually from the lullabelly website (Lullabelly is the safe, comfortable, and convenient way to play music to your baby in the womb!) So what do you enjoy doing with your child? I’m always trying to come up with new activities and see which events I can take her to since she is at the age of wanting to explore and learn new things. So for now the toddler time here at our local library is what we attend every Friday.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tea time...

Nap time for my daughter means tea time for mommy. :)

Learning is so much fun!

So since my daughter was an infant we started using sign language. When she was little, she was able to tell me "more mommy" using her hands, "milk", "eat", and "all done". It's amazing how they learn so quickly. It definitely came in handy. We have purchased videos, and flash cards, and books that provide different sign language techniques. Now that she is almost two, she has so many new words in her vocabulary, it amazes us! We still continue with teaching her words through signing it. The benefits of teaching your child sign language are endless. Here is an article I came across which states the benefits of teaching sign language: http://lifeprint.com/asl101/topics/benefits_of_learning_how_to_sign.htm Today we have also worked with color sorting. I've taken a few clear plastic cups, written out each color on each cup. (I buy the big bag of pom poms from Joann’s craft store) I'm sure you can find them at any craft store. I start off with placing one pom pom of each color in the cups. After I have done that my daughter then places each color in its right cup. (It amazes me watching her learn, and just being able to teach her, I'm extremely thankful for that) What do you enjoy doing with your child? I love watching my daughter learn something new each day, she's my little sunshine!☼

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Red and Gold kind of day :)

The Very hungry Caterpillar

I have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle at least five times today. My daughter is in love with this book, and she loves how he turns into a beautiful butterfly in the end. What is your child's favorite book? I'm sure this is one of her favorite books; she seriously has a mini library! (And she's not even two yet, and I swear she has way more books than I did when I was her age!)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Our little nature walk

It's so nice out today! Considering its winter here in Colorado, the temp reached a nice 52 degrees. So my daughter and I decided to go on a little nature walk. She's going onto two this year, and so she's all about exploring. I love taking her on walks when the weather is nice, and letting her explore nature. Today we brought a tiny bucket along with us, and she picked up a few rocks and a leaf to add in. I discussed the different textures, and appearance of each rock. (So she learned about textures, shapes, and appearance) all while enjoying the beautiful weather. How are you enjoying your day? Until next time, much love to all~

Sunday, January 6, 2013

This will warm you up

Today has been a cold snuggle in a blanket kind of day. I came across a few crockpot recipes, and figured it would be great to do apple cider. The recipe calls for cinnamon sticks (about six), apple juice, caramel sauce and a crockpot of course! Add cinnamon sticks, apple juice, and I put about a tablespoon of caramel in. Have your crockpot go for about 4 hours, and I swear your home will smell amazing. Once you are ready to serve you can put whipped cream on top and drizzle some caramel, it's simply delicious.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book: Every Moment Matters (Savoring the stuff of life)

I'm currently reading, Every moment matters (Savoring the stuff of life). It's written by John St. Augustine. I'm hoping to finish this book before I move on to my next book. So far I like it, it's pretty much about making the most of your time. (From the moment your heart starts beating until the moment you take your last breath, you are living your masterpiece. This life-this collection of moments-is all you've got. What wonderful gifts can you squeeze out of it?)- Written by John St. Augustine. I tend to get a little emotional over certain things, and this book has made me shed a few tears. (I even cry when I have happy thoughts) I think having my daughter has made me a little more emotional than I already was. With this being the start to the new year, I'm going to make it a point to be more aware of my surroundings. How are you going to make this year different from the rest?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I like my coffee with extra cream ;)

Today has turned out to be such a lovely day. I took my daughter to the park, and she loves going down the slides. Since it's cold out, when I do have a chance I brew a hot cup of coffee. We recently bought the Mr. Coffee Keurig one cup brew (in red) and so far I love it. Just before we purchased this machine, we had the cuisinart keurig brew machine, and it stopped working within two weeks. (crazy) We called the company up and we were not pleased with the outcome. We also owned the platinum Keurig brew machine, which lasted for about 2 years. That was our first Keurig machine, and we absolutely loved it. In our home, my husband is a big coffee drinker, (he buys raw beans and roasts the beans in our coffee roaster) I love the way it smells when he is done roasting the beans. Then you have me, I'm a coffee drinker, but I have to have my coffee with extra creamer. (It's a must) I love going to coffee shops here in Colorado. We just recently came across a coffee shop that has a playroom downstairs for the little ones. (It's really cute)

Happy new year..

Happy New Year!! How did you bring in the new year? We stayed home, and did our little countdown with our little one. :) (Priceless) I didn't make any new years resolutions. I'm thinking I didn't this time because... for starters I started a workout plan a while back with my husband, and we have been pretty consistent with keeping up with it. I mean now that I think of it, I could make a resolution to be kinder, and more forgiving to those who have done me wrong in the past. (that wouldn't hurt) I hope to become healthier, more loving, a little more adventurous, and a bit more passionate for a few things. I'm hoping this year brings every one more love, happiness, and closer to achieving a goal you may have set. Today I was excited to start my first workout of the year. I've been doing the firm, xtend barre (which I highly recommend), running, hiking, and a few other workout dvd's. Today I ran for 1.51 miles, and then after I did the firms Get Chisel'd -which I love! After my workout I felt great! I'm trying to get back to drinking more water, which we do alot of that in our house. Keeping hydrated is key to a good workout, and recovery. I'm shopping around for a new pair of running shoes, which I did come across a few different ones, but I haven't made a selection just yet. Other than that I'm feeling great, and I hope you are too. Make this year your best year!!!! Until next time, much love~