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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekend Shenanigans - Family Fun and a Good Fancy Beer

Oh weekend why are you over already?
I am dreading this week for the mere fact that it will be my first full week of work since December. 

But this weekend hit the spot.  Once again there weren't any heavy plans, just time with the family.  I snuck in an amazing five mile run on Saturday morning.  It was a bit chilly and I sadly have a feeling it was my last opportunity to run in semi decent weather until probably spring.  The rest of the day was spent running errands, pulling out every single toy we own, dancing to Kids Bop and drinking some good craft beer.  Let's be honest here, what's a Saturday night without a good brewsky?  Cohen also made a huge pillow and blanket bed on the floor.  Literally seconds after he finished it Brady walked over and made himself comfortable.  I had to laugh because Cohen was quite distraught and kept saying, "Mom! I don't want the big fat dog on my pi-woah!"   Sorry Brady.  Maybe if you weren't such a Chicken Nug snatcher he might have a little more love for your laziness.

You know what I actually got done this weekend?  The house is cleaned and the laundry is done.
And I mean clean as a whistle.
Double bam. 
I had to keep myself busy while my Hoosiers shamelessly got beat by none other than Ohio State.  (For real boys, get it together.)  Now we are embracing the upcoming cold and snow in this week's forecast and thinking spring more than ever.  I can taste the beach.  Well mentally that is.  Physically I need a bit more time to tone this bod up.   I'd like to wear more than a mu-mu on the beach this vacation.

I love this picture.  It just shows how Lola is so intrigued and interested in everything her brother does.

Here's to a new week, a full week and another week of survival.

How was your weekend?  Are you as ready for spring as I am?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Mommy Moments with Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt

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It is no secret that my life is busy.  From the moment I wake up until my head hits that pillow, I feel as if I don't stop.  It is rare to have a moment to myself during the day because it is usually occupied by twenty-five second graders or my two favorite little sweet peas at home.  But that's what I traded in when I chose that amazing role called mom.  I wouldn't trade it for anything!  However I do try to get my mommy time in the evenings at least once or twice a week.  These are the kind of nights I look forward to -- robe on, feet socked and just me and the DVR.  But what's a date night with the DVR without a good treat?

I'm not sure if you are aware but I'm headed to the beach in 61 days, but who's counting?  I want to look fit and not like a beached whale - don't lie, I know you can relate.  So I've been more conscience lately about my diet and trying not to cave in too much to my horrible sweet tooth.  Seriously, I have a sweet sense that can detect sugar from a mile away.  On a recent trip to Walmart I decided to look for an indulgent treat that offered a balance of taste and nutrition.  Since I was alone I took my time browsing the aisles and deciding on which sweet snacks would be the best addition to my lone DVR date.  I've always been a fan of yogurt but my eye immediately caught the Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt.  I'm a huge fan of this brand so I was excited to see this new line of yogurt!  As I was reading the label, I realized that Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt is 5.3 oz and a great source of protein.  It's only 6% milk fat yogurt and has less sugar than other yogurts with 190-210 calories a serving.  Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt comes in three delicious flavors - Raspberry Chocolate chip, Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Bean.  I immediately thought - "Can I get two claps and Rick Flair?" as I excitedly filled my cart up with this indulgent treat and prepared myself for another evening of chaos before my mommy time.

(Fishers peeps - don't miss the Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt demo at Walmart on February 7!)

When I know I am able to sneak away for an evening of mommy time, the rest of the day seems to drag on like it did when I was five and I was waiting for Santa Claus.  However, I survived our evening of wild and crazy.  That included cooking dinner, serving dinner, holding a grumpy baby, cleaning up dinner,  comparing belly buttons (don't ask), packing lunches, continuing to hold a crying baby, tubby time and last but certainly not least, night-night time.  I know I'm my mother's child when I get excited for the soft comfort of my fuzzy robe.  Yup, I definitely have hit mom status.  As I curled up in my comfies, with my remote and Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt, I enjoyed every second my mommy time...even if I only lasted until 9:00.

Okay Moms, tell me how do you enjoy your rare quiet moments? 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Project 52 - 3/52

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

This kid is all about life these days.  The questions, comments and concerns are endless but I love listening to his little voice and trying to answer him the best I can.  We unintentionally play the "Why Game" a lot lately because he is just so curious.  Cohen gets so excited about the littlest things which really has made me stop and remember the little joys that are important in life.  It's amazing how you can look at things differently through a four year old's eyes.  
Our nap days are slowly coming to an end and it has been a difficult adjustment okay, probably for both of us.)  This past weekend was busy with birthday parties, rare January bike rides outside and a visit from step-sissy.  We were just overly tired and a nap would have been greatly appreciated by his four year old body...if only he understood that.  I guess he will when he's 19, right?

Miss Lola decided that she was ready to officially start walking, so she did.  She now will walk across the room without any problems.  Her walk closely resembles a drunken sailor, but it is cute as can be.  Lola is also working on a naptime transition by going from two naps to one nap a day.  We are in this in between stage where one nap isn't quite enough but two is a bit too much.  One of my favorite sounds is her deep, belly laugh and Cohen is so good at getting it going.  I had a moment of amazement yesterday when I started thinking about how just last year at this time she was only two months old  and barely awake longer than a few hours a day.  Now she's a walking, talking, crawling and climbing machine - who still headbutts her brother when he pisses her off.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Operation Dry Nights - My Three Tips to Mastering Nighttime Potty Training

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This kid.

I'm serious, ever since Cohen turned four it was like we turned a new leaf.  I will be the first to raise my hand when asked if I miss the Threenager stage.  Can I get a "See you never Threenager?"  Within the last few months he has truly just grown up right before my eyes.  The things he thinks of and says (both good and um, bad) amaze me.  For example, he used to go by the name Coco but now if you call him Coco he is sure to correct you by telling you he isn't Coco, his name is Cohen.  Things these days are all about being a big boy and big brother.  While we have been solid with the potty training for over two years now, it has been the nighttime training that we have really struggled with.  I knew I could use his drive to be such a big boy to help him finally master this nighttime potty training.

Now Moms with boys, I have heard that this nighttime training is much harder than it is with girls.  I guess I can't completely vouch for this one until I start training Lola but I can tell you that it has been an on-going battle for the last two years.  But I'm here to share my three most important tips with you that have helped Cohen successfully master this nighttime potty training.

Limit liquids after 7 p.m.
Cohen starts getting ready for bed around 7:30 and he is usually in bed around 8:15.  His comfort has always been that cup of milk ever since he was a wee little babe.  This has been our hardest obstacle because the kid loves to watch his night 'toons with a big cup of milk.  Now that cup is about half it's normal size and he hasn't seemed to have a problem with it at all.  But from 7:00 pm and on we limit what he drinks because once he is asleep, it really is hard to wake him up, so middle of the night bathroom trips aren't quite in his schedule yet.

Apparently he had a hole in his chin while drinking...

Make Many Trips to the Potty
Three is our magic number with this one.  Between 7:00 and 8:30 when he falls asleep, we make sure Cohen goes to the bathroom three times, whether he thinks he has to go or not.  Nine times out of ten he goes and it is a lot more than he expected.  He cracks me up when this happens and tells me, "Woah Mom.  I guess I did have to go."  Your mother knows best, kid.

Stock Up on Pull-Ups® training pants
Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to change sheets, so I make sure we are prepared by using Pull-Ups® training pants.  Cohen still feels like a big boy because he can put them on himself without any trouble as well as still use the potty since he can pull them up or down just like normal underwear.  Another great feature is the Easy-Open sides so Cohen can easily take off the Pull-Ups® himself if he has an accident.  

Luckily our local Kroger carries a wide variety of  Pull-Ups® training pants for both boys and girls in three different sizes - 2T–3T (18- 34 lbs.); 3T–4T (32–40 lbs.) and 4T–5T (38+ lbs.)  Cohen loves the Lightening McQueen and Jake and the Neverland Pirates themes for boys.  For your girls Pull-Ups® offers Doc McStuffins and Ariel themed training pants.  Since we are using our Pull-Ups® training pants specifically for nighttime training, I'm a huge fan of the Night*Time Training Pants but they also offer Cool Alert® and Learning Designs® to best fit the needs of your kiddo.

The outcome of our Operation Dry Nights Potty Training has been quite successful!  Since we started using these tips consistently he has had just a few accidents.  Honestly (and as much as this pains me to say since it means he really IS growing up) we may be on our last pack of Pull-Ups® training pants if he continues to wake up dry over the next two weeks.  

Potty Training is a huge milestone for your sweet babe.  Whether it is nighttime training you are working on or even just tips on how to get started, be sure to sign up with the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy and register to learn more and stay connected during the potty training process. You can also download the Pull-Ups® Time to Potty App to help you keep track of your kiddo's progress.

Okay moms, let's here your stories!
I've shared my tips with you, so tell me, what are some of your best potty training tips?  Comment below to share with other moms in the same boat!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Shenanigans - A Bright Sunshiney Day

Another weekend in January is in the books.
That means just one more weekend closer to spring.

This weekend was unusually warm and sunny for central Indiana.  The temperature got up to almost 50 on Saturday and about 40 today -- and there was sun both days!  Considering it has been bitterly cold, snowy and icey for the last three weeks I was determined to get out.  We have this amazing trail called the Monon Trail and I was able to get in a good four miles.  There were a few parts that hadn't been hit by the sun or the plow and I'm pretty sure I looked like Fred Flinstone because my feet were moving but my body was not. However I killed my pace (under a 9 minute mile!) and then celebrated with quick trip to Target of course.  Later in the afternoon we celebrated the first birthdays of some of the babies from the 2013-2014 Friends Baby Boom.  (I'm serious.  I had seven friends have babies in that time frame.  It was awesome!!)  It is crazy to me that all of these sweet peas are growing up so fast!

Sundays are my favorite in the Baumgartner House.  I slept in until 9, got up and enjoyed breakfast with my cuties and then did nothing until about two o'clock.  Again, it was awesome.  My main tasks were to finish laundry and put away the tubs of Christmas decor that had been hanging out in the loft.  Check and check my friends.  We then spent the rest of the day playing forts, having dance parties and trying to convince Cohen to sweep the kitchen.  It worked for about 2 seconds until he handed me the broom and said, :"Okay Mom, now you sweep into here."  
I tried.
 Look at these moves folks.

Oh, and we also compared belly buttons.

IU won and the Colts got spanked.  
And tomorrow we don't have school -- thanks, Martin!

I'm excited that January is quickly ending because we need to just get through February.  These next six weeks are the hardest because we don't have ANY breaks and let's be honest, that makes for a hella long time in teacher language.  

Now I'm going to go enjoy some Andy Cohen and cross my fingers that both kids sleep in tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Easy Peasy Crock Pot Burrito Bowls

I haven't done a recipe on here lately, so I thought I'd share one of my new favorites!  My husband and I die for Chipolte's Burrito Bowls.  Let's get real here when I saw corn salsa - you Chipolte lovers know what I mean.
I have made this crock pot Salsa Chicken before, which makes some pretty delish tacos. But as I got thinking about it I realized how amazing this would be for a homemade Burrito Bowl!

Here's what you'll need:
--Brown Rice
--1 lb Chicken Breast
--1 jar of salsa
--1 bag of frozen corn
--1 can of black beans
--Sour Cream
--Shredded Cheese

Homemade Burrito Bowls
1.  Place chicken breast into the crock pot.  Then add corn and drained black beans.  Cover everything with  the entire jar of salsa.
2.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours
3.  When you're ready to assemble your bowls, make your rice up.  I usually season our rice with garlic salt, butter and some fresh lime juice.
4. The chicken will be extremely tender and will literally fall apart -- no need to shred.
5.  Layer your rice, chicken and other toppings on top of the rice.

Seriously, you die?
Thought so.

This is one of my favorite go to recipes during the work week because the prep and cook time are effortless.  Our Fresh Market has antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts on sale for $2.99 a pound on Tuesdays, so I will go and stock up twice a month.  I also highly suggest Newman's Own Pineapple Salsa.  I probably just changed your life now.  You're welcome.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Project 52 - 2/52

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015.*

I am really starting to enjoy the age of four more and more everyday.  As I have mentioned before, this kid has an amazing imagination.  He loves to make up stories, play pretend and reenact his favorite books - which means I'm usually Goldilocks and he's Papa Bear who chases me out of his house.  But while he can be tough as nails, the love he has for his sister continues to grow everyday.  This afternoon I looked over and Cohen had his arm around Lola and they were watching Baby Einstein together.  He will randomly stop to hug her and say, "I wuv you Wowo."  He may be all boy but he is my little lover.

You know that quote from Shakespeare, " Though she may be little, she is fierce."  That is my daughter all over. Lola is getting much braver and starting to walk all over the place.  While she still may look like a drunken sailor as she toddles around, it has instilled a new form of confidence within her little soul.  Lola loves to talk and most importantly, get her way.  Yesterday she wanted the toys Cohen was playing with, Cohen told her no and she head butted him!  Yes, head butted her brother like a buck.  Once again, she is little but damn, the girl is fierce.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekend Shenanigans - Sniffles, Cuddles and PJs

This weekend was a big ol' bummerooski.
Okay, well not all of it but a few aspects of this weekend plain out sucked.  Well, just the illness and ice storm.  So I guess that's it.

First, Miss Lola spiked her first high fever accompanied by chest and nasal congestion.  I immediately became Mom the Worrier and woke up to every sound and move she made on the monitor. By Saturday morning the fever had already broke and she was back to her self a little bit more, but she's still quite congested.  When I look on the bright side I am extremely lucky to realize it only took her thirteen and a half months to get her first real illness (besides two ear infections).   Crossing my fingers our Sweet Pea is up and on the mend now!

 It's a hard knock life.

Our neighbors invited Cohen over Saturday afternoon to play.  The kid was in heaven.  He loves our neighbors so much but we've barely seen them this Fall and Winter, so this play date made his day.  This play date always gave Kurtis and I three whole hours to ourselves.  Okay, Lola was here but it was so weird to feel like parents of one child again.  Lola was so excited she didn't want to nap.  Wah wah.

Sunday is for comfies in our household.  I had a meeting in the early afternoon but you better believe that those yoga pants were back on in a flash's time.  They had been predicting an ice storm to begin Sunday afternoon and unfortunately, they were right, which means Snow Day #3.  Entertaining a busy four year old is hard my friends.  So what do we do?  Just build another fort in the living room.  Cohen's imagination these days just blows me away.  He turned the fort into a bird's nest, then created fire bombs out of Legos to scare away the ghosts and Big Foots (don't ask) and then ate dinner and played his iPad in the dark cave.  I'm trying to teach him how to play more independently but he is always asking me to play with him.  Then when I do play with him I never play right he tells me and makes me talk in a certain voice, say exactly what he wants me to say and move my arms in the exact motions that he wants.  So I lose either way.

As you can see, Brady got some loving too.

We also enjoyed our random dance party.  Both my of my kids have stellar moves.

What didn't I get done this weekend?
None of it.  
Luckily I'm off today with Miss Lola so I can do it now.  But it probably won't happen.
**Update:  It is now 2:30 and I'm sharing Teddy Grahams with Cohen.  The vacuum is still in the closet.  You be the judge.*
However, I'm sure it would happen if I could stay at home full time...

Cheers to a new week!  Crossing my fingers it goes by fast!