Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chia Seed Pudding



We've been trying to find more breakfast foods to eat during the week that are quick and easy to make. These are perfect because you make them the night before and then stick it in the fridge! We've been making these all week, and putting berries in them in the morning. My daughter is loving switching between a strawberry bite and a blueberry bite. 


Ingredients
2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chia seed

Directions:
Put everything in container (I used a mason jar) and refrigerate for at least four hours. Cut up strawberries and spread on top with blueberries. 


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top 7 Sandra Boynton Board Books for Toddlers





Sandra Boynton has written over 50 board books for children. I don't recall having any when I was growing up in the late 80's, but they were definitely around then. She has a history of board books dating back to 1977! Today, almost every parent I know has a small collection of little Sandra Boynton books. Below is a list of our favorite to read. They're ranked on readability (does it get old super quick?) and just how many giggles does it inspire. 

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7. Blue Hat, Green Hat
This one is simple, not too long, and reinforces colors and body parts. We spend time saying things like "Is that where we wear that? No! Silly turkey! Hats go on our heads!"


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6. Happy Hippo, Angry Duck
A delightfully simple book about moods. We enjoy showing our angry face, happy face, and sad face right along with the cute little animals.

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5. The Going to Bed Book
A great book to pair with your nighttime routine. When my daughter reads this to me, she loves to add the things in from our routine, like getting swaddled and drinking some milk. 


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4. Doggies
This is a must for all the little dog lovers out there! My daughter's first word was "pup pup" so needless to say, she loves this book. She loves counting the doggies too. Usually she just says "one two three four five six" as fast as she can regardless of how many of whatever she is counting there are. I just love it. I think you will too. 


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3. The Belly Button Book
My sweet daughter loves to pretend that the little hippo is her brother, and he calls belly buttons bee bos because he is little too. I can't argue with her logic. That brings this book up pretty high. Plus hearing little voices saying "bee-bo!" is adorable. 


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2. But Not the Hippopotamus
This is a silly book. I think this is a must for every Sandra Boynton lover out there. If there is one book that everyone should own, it's this one. The cute unexpected twists are just a barrel of giggles. Give this one a shot for sure. 


And last, but most certainly not least is my favorite board book of all time:

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1. Moo, Baa, La La La
If you do not have this book, you should do yourself a favor and go get it right now. Then spend a week reading it to your child constantly. Then, get out your camera and have them read it to you. It's absolutely one of my favorite videos I have of my daughter. Another plus: For about a year, when asked what the piggy says, your child will say "la la la!"

Another humorous note, we moved recently and our board books were packed in a weird spot, so it took awhile to get these back out. When I got this one out I asked my daughter what three singing piggies say, and she yelled "WEE WEE WEE ALL THE WAY HOME MOMMY!" Equally adorable. I love that lady.

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Do you have any Sandra Boynton books?


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