Posted in Adventures of Toddlerhood, Vegan Blog

Nature PhoChal Day 6: Nature or Nurture

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“Super Heroes to the Smoothie Rescue!”

This is a cup. This is a sippy cup, with a straw, to be precise! “How is this Nature, Jenn?” you ask., “It’s a cup, I see no nature in that plastic cup”, you observe.

So how can this plastic cup be Nature? It’s not a matter of the cup itself being nature, as it is the REASON why I got the cup. As you know by now, Baby Girl and I have been vegan for almost four months now. I always worry about her getting enough fruits and veggies, since she is a clever little one and picks them out of her food sometimes. As a mom, I need to be even more clever to sneak nutrition into my unsuspecting toddler.

Smoothies are an ideal way to make a quick, nutritious and delicious treat that is packed with vitamins. I have been trying to get Baby Girl to drink smoothies for a few months now, and though she sips off of mine and makes a mess, it became frustrating for the both of us. The cups she has have tiny holes, not meant for thick liquids like a smoothie and I have been racking my head as to how to solve this problem.

Yesterday, it hit me: DING DING! Why not get a sippy cup that has a straw in it? When Baby Girl woke from her nap, we headed right out to our local Kinney’s to see what they had to offer. We found this handy Playtex cup, for $5.99 and took it home straight away to try it out.

This cup has a straw in it, that disconnects under the cap to make it easy to clean. The opening had a valve, to make it spill proof (and would have made the smoothie impossible to pass through) so I had to modify it a bit. I bent the valve up (it had like plastic “teeth” that came together to make the valve) and clipped the plastic, making a hole for the smoothie. I made a chocolate banana smoothie for us to test drive the cuppy and: SUCCESS! No mess, and Baby Girl drank that smoothie right up.

This cup gives Baby Girl the freedom to drink her smoothies at will, without the mess, and it gives me a piece of mind that she is getting some nutrition that she needs. This cup is my new super hero! How is this cup nature? This cup is nature, because it help me nurture Baby Girl with nutritious, natural smoothies.

Posted in Adventures of Toddlerhood

Sometimes Life is Coffee

Ahhh the joys of being a parent of a toddler, and all the heart attacks and headaches that come along with it. Toddlers can be quite noisy one minute, and then make you worry the next when they are being quiet and every horrible scenario plays out in your head as to what trouble they are getting into.

I learned a long time ago that quietness usually equates to trouble, and Baby Girl has been no exception. A couple times lately while being busy doing chores, Baby Girl thought she would help me garden my roses. Let’s just say that white is a terrible color for a rug with a toddler around, and dirt does not clean easily. I managed to save my roses from perishing (Baby Girl had practically uprooted them) and now they are thriving.

A couple days ago, I was busying myself with work, while Baby Girl toddled around as she always does. I went to the kitchen to get a drink and noticed a couple piles of “dirt” on the floor in the hallway and in my room. My mind raced as I thought the worst of whichever plant had met its fate with Baby Girl. I looked around and saw no evidence of a plant anywhere. I went out to the living room to do a quick head count of my plants: one, two…ten…ok, they were all there, undisturbed.

Upon further inspection I realized that it was coffee, not dirt on the rug and vacuumed it up, looking for the container and not finding it. Baby Girl had managed to stump me. I went to the fridge, and lo and behold, there was the empty Maxwell House Instant coffee container, right in the door where I had left it. Sneaky little Baby Girl, thinking she was outwitting her caffeine needing Mama. Like I wouldn’t have noticed that all my coffee was gone the next time I went to make a cup?

You see, sometimes Life is not the dirt in the white carpet that it appears to be. Sometimes, Life  is a clever little coffee caper, dumped into little piles on the rug, tricking us into thinking that it’s more of a mess than it really is!


Posted in Adventures of Toddlerhood, Photography

Life is Sometimes Glitter

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Ahhh the joy of makeup, how it makes one look and feel prettier! Yesterday, I was in the midst of having a mental meltdown from having to deal with a thorn in my life.

My neighbor who is also my baby girl’s cousin, was over our place doing her makeup to get ready for work. Naturally, Baby Girl is quite a curious little toddler, and must investigate everything. I don’t wear makeup very often, but I do have some eye glitter that I’m very fond of (partly cuz I lucked out and got it for half price, for 5 little tiny jars of it) and my neighbor was trying some on.

All it takes is one second to turn around and POOF! Glitter everywhere! Though I was in an irritable mood, I found it to be funny, and pretty all the same. I figured, what the hell, a photo op and…at least it’s not poop!

Life is not always roses…sometimes it’s just a bunch of pretty glitter on your carpet!