Archive | June, 2015

2015 Top Baby Registry Picks

13 Jun

There are so many things out there for little ones – it makes it really hard to narrow down. I’ve done a bunch of research and would love to share with you all my top registry picks in 2015.

1. Uppababy Vista Stroller with Bassinet – New Yorkers drool over this stroller. It’s everywhere. Not only that but it’s light, convertible, fold able, can hold multiple children, and also really beautiful! We are also waiting for the new Uppababy Mesa Car Seat that should be released in mid-August as well as it’s the lightest and safest car seat on the market right now (not to mention super stylish!).


Uppababy Vista Stroller, Bassinet and Mesa Car Seat in color “Jake”

2. Bellini Nursery Furniture – Bellini has been around for years and years so it’s extremely dependable. It’s all convertible and can last long into teenage years. We made the mistake of buying Pottery Barn Kids furniture and when it was delivered, I was really disappointed with the quality so we returned it all except their Wingback Rocker (which I love). I should have seen red flags when Pottery Barn Kids didn’t post reviews on their website at all. We are getting the Bellini Mercedes Crib in White as well as the Domani Dresser and Bookshelf.

3. Aden and Anais products. Their stuff is just so cute. They make everything from crib sheets to burpy bibs to blankets and swaddles. It’s also really great quality and breathable so baby doesn’t sweat like crazy being swaddled and wrapped. I just snagged the “Into the Woods” organic crib sheets and dream blanket and I’m in love. We are doing a Woodland Nursery Theme (Post to come) so it worked out perfectly for us.
4. HALO SleepSack Wearable Blankets and Swaddles – these are great because babies will be in these for quite some time. Babies don’t use blankets or pillows (it’s dangerous) so these are great for them because it keeps them warm at night and the swaddles take the dirty work out of self-swaddling newborns. I look forward to using both models and buying the heavy weight ones for the winter as well.

5. Solly Baby Wrap – the Moby and all the other wraps would do just fine but I like the look and feel of this one. Super stylish and breathable and made in the US of A! (I love the stripes below!)

6. Medela Breast Pump and Storage Solution – just is all the rage right now. Seems to be everything I need to pump and bottle feed should I choose to do that, and more! I love the tops of the storage solution as well as the ice pack and carrying case with the pump.

7. Doc Browns Bottles – all of my girlfriends with children use these bottles. They seem to help with gas and colic and come in different colors. They have 3 different nipples for different stages of life. The only downside – many pieces.

8. Boppy Pillow and My Brest Friend Pillow – The boppy is a no brainer. Great for tummy time, nursing, and practicing sitting up. The brest friend pillow is recommended because it includes back support and a water bottle. Two necessities when nursing.

9. 4moms mamaRoo – I hear some moms love it, some moms hate it. Pretty enough that it’s worth a try. Especially since some moms rave that it’s the only way their baby will nap. I love the “car ride” feature. My only complaint – I wish there were more insert options than just “monsters”.

10. Motorola MBP36S Video Monitor – This is my pick for baby monitor. The display is great quality and there are lullaby options to play music for baby from another room if he/she starts fussing. It has a 360 degree view and allows for two way communication. Love it!

So that’s it for my top 10. I will probably have more to post when baby arrives regarding products, what worked, what didn’t so stay tuned!

-M

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Soon to be “Mommy”

12 Jun

28 Weeks… literally cannot believe that in less than 3 months baby Jacob will be here. Pregnancy has it’s good days and bad but I feel I’ve been blessed with minimal complaints. It’s so surreal – we are so thrilled and excited and nervous all at the same time. Will I be a good mom? Will he be a good baby, or a straight up pain in the ass? (seriously!!) Will he let me sleep? Will my milk come in? Will breastfeeding be as bad as everyone says? Will those aden and anais sheets really get softer after each wash? So many questions… so little time.

Lately I’ve taken to youtube to watch “days in the life” of moms with newborns. I’m not currently working so for now I’m kind of a “stay at home wife” if you will and to be honest, I’m bored out of my mind! Cooking and posting on this blog helps a lot as well as reading other mom’s experiences. The opportunity to finally be a “stay at home mom” excites me, to finally be busy and have my hands full. These women in these youtube videos are so damn impressive. Like how do you have time to even record a video while doing all of what you are doing and then edit and post the videos? Persistence and talent… I’d say. Or maybe like me, they enjoy it to share and positive??

I’ve also been reading books, getting prepared, obsessing over the latest registry trends – although in Judaism, we don’t even have baby showers before the baby is born. Which is super funny because I have all these things on my registry (top registry picks post to come) and won’t know if they will even be purchased until after Jacob makes his arrival. Can you imagine, the baby comes and you have literally the bare necessities that you yourself pick up if not already purchased. I’m a serial planner and the thought of this makes me anxious but I have to deal with it! The first 3 months are the hardest and It’s the only time that I’m worried about. We have an amazing support system and I’m lucky to be where I am.

Also, we live in a new area which I’m having a hard time finding mommy support groups. For now, I’m the pregnant lady strolling in the park watching the little kiddies, imagining my life to come. For those of you new mommies, advice and kind words are appreciated. Wish me luck!

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Cheesy Baked Shells

11 Jun

This is one of those meals where it’s “how many of these are too many before I start to get judged?”… haha. I literally loved these and ate them the next day for lunch as well. They are so flavorful and cheesy. For me, it’s important to be able to make food quickly and this took me under an hour – I love italian food and this is definitely going to be a go-to recipe for me. Try it!

Ingredients:
1 Box Jumbo Pasta Shells
15 oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1 square of mozzarella cheese, diced (I get part skim)
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
1/2 cup parsley
1 jar of pasta sauce (get one that has onion, garlic, and basil)
Salt and Pepper

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a large pot of water with salt to boil and cook shells per package instructions. I would boil until pasta is soft but still a little al-dente. Meanwhile, In a medium size bowl, combine the ricotta, dice the mozzarella and add half of it, the parmigiano reggiano, parsley, salt and pepper (use your best judgement, enough to add flavor) and mix to combine the filling. On the bottom of a large baking dish, spread half the pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan to coat evenly. Once the pasta is cooked, drain. One by one, stuff each shell with the cheese mixture and set on it’s side in the pan right on top of the sauce. Repeat until you run out of space in the baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the pasta sauce on top of the shells and top with the rest of the diced mozzarella. Add pepper to top and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. In my photo below I probably should have left it for a few more minutes but either way it came out good (I love the texture of chunky mozz pieces)! These don’t photograph well but they were really good!

-M

Easy Enchiladas

10 Jun

Another easy weeknight meal! Spice alert… these pack some serious heat. I wasn’t expecting it but you can actually adjust this by buying or creating a more mild salsa verde. This takes about 10 minutes to prepare – literally! and then an additional 20-30 minutes to bake.

Here’s what you need:
Rotisserie Chicken, Shredded
Pepper jack or Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese (1 bag)
Flour Tortillas (soft)
1 jar of Salsa Verde (or create your own) – found in the ethnic/mexican section of supermarket

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Spread a small amount of salsa verde on the bottom of the baking dish (enough to coat the bottom lightly). To assemble the enchiladas, in the center of each tortilla place a handful of shredded chicken and shredded cheese. fold the enchilada over by one side, and then another and then place fold side down in the baking dish. They can overlap that’s fine! Repeat this until the dish is full, then pour salsa verde over the top and cover enchiladas with cheese. Place into the oven and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Serve and enjoy!