Monday, March 31, 2014

Life Style: Day trips- Packing tips for multiples

 
Run for the Rose: 5k run for Brain cancer research
I borrowed this Schwinn (similar) double jogging stroller from my cousin (she has twins too). But I am on the hunt for one!

 
A day at the zoo. This umbrella double stroller is great. It's a lightweight and easy to assemble.


                                                   Daddy and Aiden at the zoo
 
 

 
A day at the zoo. You can see how much stuff we have here. Lol


                                                    Family day at the zoo during Spring Break.

 
Houston Rodeo during Spring Break.



                                                                     Rodeo fun



                                     My twin sister and I with my twins at the Rodeo carnival.


The older boys: My 5 year old, my nephew and cousin.

Now that the weather is getting much nicer, I thought I share a few tips on day traveling with multiples. And I don't just mean multiples because of my twins, but also my 5 year old and extended family. And we have only done some day traveling around Houston since we are not brave enough to go too far just yet. We are planning a weekend trip this summer, and Disney World soon. I'm already checking out other blogs and tips on traveling with little ones to Disney World. Anyways, here are a few things and tips to pack along on your day trip:

1) Plan for cooler and warmer temps
2) Always keep essentials in a car organizer: a pack of wipes, extra diapers and toys, hand sanitizer
3) Always carry extra food and water in a small cooler
4) Leave strollers, shopping cart/ high chair covers in your car
5) Leave jackets and blankets packed in the car as well during cooler temps

Things to pack for babies:
1) Extra clothing. I always pack long pants, sweaters/ jackets, beanies, shorts, onesies, hats. March is always cool in the mornings and warm during the day. So, I pack for both cold and warm weather.
2) Extra diapers and wipes. (Read above and leave those extras in your car at all times).
3) Medicine (Tylenol, teething tablets, rash cream), sunscreen, baby safe bug spray
4) Formula in easy pour dispensers, or cover up for nursing. Bottles with filtered water already in them.

Things to pack for older kids:
1) Snacks and water/ drinks in a small cooler
2) Activities for them to do while in the car (so they don't drive you crazy : ))
3) Extra clothing. We don't carry a backpack for my 5 year old anymore, but take extra clothing on day trips.
4) Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Medicine (Tylenol, pepto bismol)

I thought I share these tips with you as this helps me every time we plan to be out for a day or even a few hours at a time. My family knows that I always have things on hand, such as hand sanitizer (always in my purse and diaper bag) and snacks!

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Work Style: Daydreaming in mint and navy






Top: Old Navy // Cardigan: Target (similar) // Skirt: Eshakti // Bag: Forever 21 // Earrings and Necklace: Forever 21 (recent, check local stores) // Shoes: Steve Madden via Marshalls


Happy Monday!
Here is another nautical Spring time look for you. Navy and mint pair great together, although casual with a t shirt, the heels and skirt dress it up.

We had a great weekend! Jayden started t ball and did great. I had dinner with girl friends and my sister, then lunch on Saturday, and Run for the Rose on Sunday. I'll post some pictures soon.

Have a great Monday!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Closet Remix: Chambray jacket




From left to right:
Outfit 1
Outfit 2

Chambray, denim, or jean jacket look for you guys this week. I wanted to show you guys that it can be worn for work, in a more casual setting, like casual Friday. Keep the other pieces in classy prints and stripes to pull the look together. And of course, it's a great piece to wear on the weekends.

Would you wear a chambray jacket to work?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Work Style: The pixie pant and chambray





Top: Old Navy// Jacket: Target (old, similar) // Pants: Old Navy // Shoes: Steve Madden via Marshall's (similar) // Bag: Tommy Hilfiger via Marshals (similar)

The pixie pant from Old Navy is everywhere! It is the most flattering pant I've worn recently, and I love that it holds it's shape. Don't you hate when you buy a pair of pants and by the end of the day it's stretched out? Well, not the case with the pixie. I got it on a great sale and will probably buy a second pair soon. So slimming, and considering I'm only 5'1 on a good day, that goes a long way :)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Recipe Tuesday: Peanut butter oatmeal cookies





I was looking for a flour less recipe on Pinterest and stumbled upon this one. I love adding peanut butter to my cookies and you can't go wrong with oatmeal. I will add cranberries next time to make them a little more sweet.

Enjoy!

Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

(Makes Approximately 12-16 cookies)



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups quick oats (I used rolled oats)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans



Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla and mix

3. Next, add the oats, salt, and baking powder and stir

4. Roll the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

5. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove from the tray and let cool for 5 minutes and serve

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Guest blogger: Daddy and Baby Time

I have a guest blogger today, Gii from Pregg.net. She has great topics on everything parenting and baby. Some of my favorite topics include safety, such as video monitors and car seat safety. I should add that I debated becoming a car seat safety technician. I'm always researching best safe car seats and my oldest will probably never be in a booster. Not safe enough for me! :) Anyways, here is Gii talking about dads and babies.

Daddy and Baby Time

It is always important for dads to take an active part in their kid’s daily life. By simply taking care of the baby (like changing nappies or singing a lullaby) the connection between a father and his child can be enriched. Moms will definitely appreciate the help too, as it gives her more time for a much needed rest or it could let her focus on other important household activities.

Dads can take charge of different activities relating to his child’s needs (or he can ask mom for ideas). Baby needs like preparing the baby’s food and feeding the baby, or giving his toddler a bath promotes quality time too. Making games out of these baby activities brings enjoyment for both dad and baby.

Some good activities to promote quality time with dads are:

1. Go for sports
The love for sports is builds a father-child connection. Sports let children to develop their potential as well as encourage them to be active and healthy. This activity helps fathers ensure children that he will always be there to support them.

2. Sing along
Music always brings children into action. It’s very common that when they hear music, they always try to look for the source. Toddlers usually bop their head to the beat and sometimes they move their little feet to the sound. This is why musical activities are enjoyed by dads and their little tots.
3. TV time
We should not let the television to be an alternative babysitter. The kids can are most likely to enjoy programs and even talk about what they are watching when dad is there to watch with them.
4. Family day
We all know that going out is something that every family member can share and enjoy. Whether it is just a short trip to the mall or park, these moments of being together help strengthen the family ties. It is also important for children whose parents both work.
5. At home with daddy
Being at home is not an excuse to feel bored in doing fun activities, dads can engage in very simple yet fun activities with their children. Let your imagination run when thinking of activities to do with the kids at home wild (like cowboys from the Wild Wild West?). Babies and toddlers will surely enjoy puppet games, which dads can create from old CLEAN socks.





Weekend Style: Stripes and Chambray






Dress: Old Navy // Jacket: Target (old, similar) // Shoes: Naturalizer // Bag: Ivanka Trump via TJ Maxx (on Amazon) // Necklace: Ebay // Sunnies: Maui Jim

What is it about stripes and chambray that scream, "Spring is here"! I think I am stepping away from polka dots, and right into another classic with everything stripes. This is another great piece from Old Navy, and love how it can transition between a work day and weekend day.

Have a great day!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Closet Remix: Graphic T-shirt


From left to right:
Outfit 1
Outfit 2

Happy Friday!
It's been a busy week for me at work. I was in Dallas the first part of the week and now I'm back to enjoy this beautiful weather we've been having.
I'm loving this t-shirt for so many reasons and can't stop wearing it. I even wore it on the plane on Monday with white jeans. Classic style never goes out of style.

I'm looking forward to spending time with the family this weekend. We are planning a big ceviche fest for my uncle's 50th birthday and can't wait. I'll post pictures on instagram. Follow me @katherine0414.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Work Style: Hot pink and black





Top: Old Navy (not online, similar) // Blazer: Loft // Skirt: JC Penney (similar) // Heels: Bandolino // Bag: Ivanka Trump via TJ Maxx (at Amazon) // Necklace: Local store

Happy Wednesday!
Love the hot pink of this skirt and decided to pair it with plain black and white. I like that it kind of subdues the brightness of the skirt, and keeps the classic look.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recipe Tuesday: Easy ground turkey tacos






I know I have been slacking on my recipes lately. We've been going back to our simple recipes, because, well, they are simple but so good. And I say we, because B is a much better cook than I am : ) Our meals are on rotation, such as tacos, enchiladas, bread crumb chicken with salad, spaghetti.

Simple Ground Turkey Tacos

1/2 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Seasonings: Garlic powder, chili powder, lemon powder, salt and pepper. We use a generous amount, about 1/2 -3/4 teaspoon of each.
1 package of extra lean or lean ground turkey (We like the Jenni-O brand)
corn tortillas
guacamole (check out the recipe here)
lettuce, tomatoes

Heat up the pan, add olive oil then add seasonings. Add turkey meat. You can also fry the tortillas in a little bit of olive oil or toss them in the microwave for about 20 seconds, much healthier! Add guacamole then your lettuce and tomatoes.

Enjoy!