October 31st, 2014 · Print
Let’s face it: a baby’s first Halloween is one of those moments that new parents spend a lot of time looking forward to. Adorable kid, cute costume: it’s the stuff that memories (and great Instagram snapshots!) are made of.
And this year, I *may* have taken Halloween a step further than most moms might. In fact… I was so bonkers excited for Halloween that I bought Bear’s costume when I was four months pregnant.
Last year at Halloween, I was wandering through a store, thinking about how much fun it would be at this time next year, when our baby boy would be six months old and gearing up for his first Halloween. I thought about all the baby costumes we could choose from, the pictures we’d look back on for years to come. And even though it was a year too early, I bought our future son a Halloween costume. Months before he was even born.
But I didn’t stop there. Because as this Halloween approached, even though I already had a costume that I loved… they were just too cute to resist. In the last few weeks, as Halloween got closer and closer, I was so excited to dress him up, that, yes, maybe I went a little overboard.
Because… I bought him two more costumes.
In fact, at this point, I’m not even sure I can call them Halloween costumes. When I posted this Instagram photo of our son in a Superman costume a few weeks ago, people asked me: is that for Halloween?
And the answer is: Sort of. It’s for Halloween, of course. Bear won’t be running around dressed up as a dino in November.
But it’s also not just for Halloween. I also went a little bit overboard because cute baby costumes are a rite of passage, a moment for new moms to plan and relish and share photos of. There are a lot of hard things about being a parent, but picking a Halloween costume? That one is just plain fun.
And you know what? Bear has worn a bunch of different costumes this month, and it has been adorable. I won’t apologize for going a little overboard this holiday — it’s fun and really darn cute to see your cute little baby dressed up as Superman, a dinosaur, a pumpkin, or any other costume you have your eye on.
And to share in that first-holiday excitement, I’m so very excited to announce that I’m partnering with Fisher Price for the next few months to talk about some of the awesome moments that I’ve experienced as a new mom. And we’re starting with Halloween! To celebrate all those costumed kids out there, Fisher Price is asking you guys to post photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes to Instagram using the hashtag #FPHalloween! Some of the best costumes will be featured on the Fisher Price Instagram to celebrate the holiday! Feel free to dig up your favorite #tbt shot or snap a pic of this year’s costume — it’s a fun chance to show of your little cutie pies!
October 28th, 2014 · Print
When autumn rolls around, there’s nothing more exciting than baking a warm dessert, and if this dessert happens to be a healthy treat for your skin, so much the better.
Of course, eating dessert isn’t as good for you as eating fresh fruit, but if you’re going to treat yourself, do it the healthy way! Apples are full of vitamin C, which is a potent defender against free radicals and pollution. Oats, like all whole grains, have anti-inflammatory properties and are much better for your skin than regular pie crust.
This recipe is the perfect example of a traditional technique that works for a busy modern schedule — all you need is some apples, oats, butter, a few pantry staples, and you have a delicious, healthy dish!
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
3 Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.
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October 26th, 2014 · Print
Chad and I had a pretty active social life before Bear was born, but for the last five months, we’ve been laying low. But as he’s gotten a little older, I’ve been making an effort to say “yes” to more invitations, to plan nights out for us away from the house, and to make sure that we get some alone time.
Before our baby was born, I thought I’d be fine with a night here and there when I didn’t put him to sleep, or leaving him behind for a few days of vacation. I wouldn’t be the parent who couldn’t let go, I figured. A little alone time is healthy for all of us.
But you know what I didn’t expect?
Not because I feel guilty for leaving him, although there’s some of that too.
But because I miss him so much.
Chad and I had two nights out last weekend — really fun and cool events, and I was thrilled to get to both of them. But no matter how much fun the event is, it’s hard to kiss your baby good-bye. It’s hard to miss out on putting him to bed, and those last snuggles before he goes to sleep. (It’s especially hard to do it two nights in a row.)
I feel strongly that it’s ok to take time for yourself as parents, and it was a blast to get my hair done and get dressed up and have a glass of wine and be adults for a few hours. But man… I missed that baby.
On the other hand, a night that ends like this ain’t bad:
Yes, that’s a homemade chocolate chip cookie. They were our favors at the end of the night, and I brought home three. I was seriously that girl stuffing chocolate chip cookies into my clutch. (Can you really blame me?)
And just because this was such a glamorous evening, I couldn’t resist showing you guys the black tie event that we went to. This was an event space in downtown Houston, teeming with flowers and lights for a Mardi Gras-themed benefit for the Children’s Museum, a fabulous, eductational, fun spot that Bear and I already love:
What a night. But, you know what?
The best part was getting home.