Wednesday, January 16, 2013

She Will Go Greek

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe, but we found a good one and I couldn't wait to share.  Since it is winter and I am even lazier in the winter I prefer slow cooker recipes.  Last time I made Greek food was when I had a Mamma Mia! viewing party around 2009, but this recipe seemed easy enough and sounded pretty tasty.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pita
Degree of Difficulty: 2
Mess Factor: 3
Taste: 9

I was a little skeptical of the recipe as it didn't include any additional cooking liquid.  I just placed the frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot with the spices and sliced onion, then turned it to low and went about my business.  4 hours later, we had amazingly tender, shredded chicken.  

 We mixed the chicken with 1/2 cup plan yogurt, as called for in the recipe, and it was the perfect filling for our pita bread.  Seriously, there is absolutely no need for any additional sauce.  

The tasty chicken is the perfect vehicle for some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers!

The best tastes even better cold on a pita for lunch the next day!

I would HIGHLY recommend this recipe.  If you get a chance to try it out, let me know how it goes!


Friday, January 11, 2013

She Will Talk About Her Kids

I was traveling this week, so there wasn't much time for projects or new recipes.  I'm really hoping I can keep up with blogging once a week so I thought I would talk about my favorite things in the whole girls!  It seems like every time I turn around or check Facebook someone else is pregnant.  A lot of women get excited about registering for the baby, but to be honest, this was the most daunting task (next to labor of course).  There are so many choices for every single baby item and it's hard to decide what will be the best choice for you, your baby, and your family.  I honestly don't think I would have gotten through it without Baby Bargains and my cousin-in-law, Tammy.  We spent 3 hours in Buy Buy Baby and I think I spent an additional 5-7 hours afterwards fine tuning the list with my husband online. I highly recommend taking a new mom with you if you are registering for the first time.  It's a HUGE help as they can steer you towards the products that you will actually use versus the stuff that just looks cool!

Below are the top 10 items/products that we have found the most useful with our girls.  Every single baby is different and what works for one baby may not work for another, even if they are siblings, but we still recommend giving these a go!

Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Lots of people have heard of Desitin, but we swear by Butt Paste.  Our daycare introduced us to this wonder cream and now we don't use anything else for diaper rash.  Desitin has alcohol in it and can irritate diaper rash further, which can cause some ear piercing screams.  As soon as we switched to Butt Paste, the screaming stopped and the rash started to clear.

Burp Cloths

I understand that not all kids spit up constantly, but you can't go wrong picking up a couple packs of burp cloths.  We have found that your basic white cloth diapers work just as well as the fancy ones.  In addition to cloth diapers, we also really like Tiddliwinks flannel burp cloths, but I haven't been able to find them again.

Angel Dear Lovey

A family friend gifted the sheep Angel Dear to Morgan, embroidered with her name, prior to her birth.  We introduced it around 9 months or so and it has been a staple ever since.  We do a lot of traveling, so having a lovey she can sleep with every night allows her one constant, no matter where we are.  We bought one for Amelia after she was born and she loves her piggy Angel Dear.

Sophie the Giraffe

I honestly have NO idea why this thing is so amazing, but it is seriously like crack for small children!  We did NOT leave home without Sophie when we had Morgan.  It got pretty beat up so we ended up buying a new one just for Amelia.

BooginHead Paci Clip

I know that not everyone uses pacifiers for their kids, but we did and we would NOT HAVE SURVIVED without our BooginHeads!  Even now, Morgan has a striped BooginHead and Amelia has a polka dot BooginHead.  They know which paci belongs to which girl and there is no confusion (at least within our small family).

Plum Organics Baby Food Pouches

This is called "sauce" in our house and is one of the few ways we can guarantee our girls will eat their vegetables.  Our favorite flavors usually include two veggies like, Spinach, Pea & Pear.  We carry these with us everywhere and the kids can usually eat them without making too much of a mess.  Since the mixtures usually contain fruit there is enough sweetness for my girls to think they are pulling one over on us!

Travel High Chair

I cannot recommend this enough.  The Chico chair that we have cost us $30 and we take it everywhere!  It folds up really well to fit in the trunk for trips to see relatives that don't have high chairs!  And while I can't always recommend taking your children to bars, sometimes they have great food, but they don't have a high chair and this helps a lot!  We actually use this instead of a high chair for Amelia so that we can all sit directly at the table.

Take & Toss Cups

I'm sure every kid has a preference on cups, but we have found these work perfectly.  We re-use them, but if a lid gets clogged or one cup gets really really dirty, we just toss it.  They also make the cups with straws or handles for younger children.  We recently picked up some cups at Meijer with a Minnie Mouse design and I have also seen Disney Princesses.  I am sure they have equally awesome boy design options, but alas, I am not usually looking for that!

Baby Oil & Cotton Balls

A lot of people give Baby Oil as part of a baby toiletry gift, but a lot of parents don't really know what to do with it.  When our girls get a diaper rash, we skip the wipes and use cotton balls and baby oil to clean the area instead.  It may sound gross or messy, but there is absolutely NO irritation and can make changing their diapers so much easier.

Musical Walker

We bought this toy well before Morgan could walk and we used it to help strengthen her neck and body for sitting up.  We stabilized the walker so that she could sit in front and play with it.  Morgan was sitting up and looking straight ahead within a couple of days since she finally had something that brought her attention away from the ground.  This toy was also instrumental in helping Morgan to walk, so it did serve a dual purpose.  There are TONS of walkers out there and I really believe anything will work, but I'm just recommending this as a toy you invest in before baby starts to walk as it can assist with other milestones.

Whew!  This was actually fun to put together.  Matt and I walked around the house trying to pin point the items we really feel we could not live without.  Butt Paste is probably my number one recommendation, but we really love all of the items we listed on here.  If you have other "can't live without" baby or toddler items, please share them in the comments!


Easy Go Dispenser

We were not even up 3 hours before Matt and I realized that we forgot to include one very important product, our Easy Go Dispenser.  A friend of ours started this company and we originally purchased one to help support his business.  We had no idea this product would go with us EVERYWHERE!  The dispenser was originally created to store and dispense protein powder, but it works just as well for formula.  We find that one turn equals two scoops (4oz).  It can carry enough formula for at least 3 - 8oz bottles.  It's only a little bigger than a baby bottle and easily fits in the bottle holder of our diaper bag.  We have brought it on the airplane and the security guy even stopped to ask where he could get one.  I will be buying this for every new mom who is not going to breast feed at all or long term.  The best part is that once we are done with formula, Matt will use this for protein powder.

You can only purchase an Easy Go Dispenser online at


Thursday, January 3, 2013

She Will Come Back With A Vengeance (and a Silhouette Cameo)!

Yes, you read that right, I was given a Silhouette Cameo from my AMAZING husband for Christmas!  The best part...I think he is almost as excited as I am about the endless possibilities!  It took me a couple of days, but I finally opened up the box, read through the instruction manual, watched the instructional video, and pored over numerous YouTube videos!  I am ready to take on my first project!

My favorite thing to do with my girls is finger painting.  The Shady's gifted Morgan with her first finger paint and doodle pad for her first birthday.  I was a little dubious how this would go over with a 1 year old, but after laying out a vinyl tablecloth on the ground and stripping Morgan down to her diaper, I figured out this is a pretty fun way to create lasting memories (emotional and physical)!  We had some friends over yesterday and with the intent of entertaining and tiring out the little ones, we broke out the finger paints.  I normally have a project in mind, but we just let the kids pick their colors and paint what they want.  The end result was a beautiful mish-mash of colors.

I love saving Morgan's finger paint projects, but have never been really sure of how to display them.  I did purchase these cheap 4x6 frames from Ikea a couple of months ago and was hoping I could eventually use them (sorry about the bad picture, not sure why I couldn't flip this).

Originally, I just cut out 4x6 sections of Morgan's finger painting and put those in the frames.  I actually liked the end result, but was hoping for something a little more exciting.

I did eventually find inspiration on Pinterest with a post on Art Gallery Animals from Meet the Dubiens.

This is where my love for finger painting art and love for my Silhouette Cameo collide!  I was able to cut out some fun animal silhouettes with my Silhouette that allowed me to showcase the finger paint art perfectly!  Below are a couple of shots of my first Silhouette project!
This is actually my very first project and I used another little friend's finger painting.  Kamden's color choices look great with the elephant.
Since the first project turned out so well, I hunted for more animal silhouettes to use with Morgan's art.
Close up of the lion, my favorite!
I am so excited about how these turned out, but since these are pretty small frames, I think I'm going to need to create some more art to go on Morgan's bedroom wall.  I have always loved gallery walls, but I have a feeling we are going to go gallery wall overboard in our house!

I am unsure how to post the templates that I used for the Silhouette on this blog post, but if you would like a copy of the template I used, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at

Here is hoping I can do a much better job keeping up with the blogging in 2013!