Tuesday, September 2, 2014

surprise visit

Some weeks I'm on top of blogging and last week week I could not get my act together. I scheduled a bunch of my posts from the week before because Elinor and I went on a secret trip to visit my family. It worked out that my whole family was going to be in Ohio at the same time. I couldn't miss out! So Elinor and I drove to Ohio. 
She was a trooper. We travel a lot but it is always with Dave so I can jump in the back seat and help her. We ended up having to stop every hour or so because "my bum hurts!!!" but besides that she was awesome. We got in town a day early and stayed with my friend. Elinor had a blast with her kids. We always talked about being neighbors and our kids being BFFs. I wish we could!
It's so sad that my nieces are close in age to Elinor but we all live so far away. She had so much fun playing with all of them. Last time we were in town, she wasn't full on playing with kids. My family just needs to move closer to us!
My sister rented an airbnb house for the weekend. It was beautiful and in a great location. We stayed 2 nights with her and my parents there. On Sunday Dave flew in to meet us for the drive home. Elinor and I picked him up and went back to my friends house for dinner. She made us an insane meal and treats for our ride home (thanks Allison!). Check back in on Friday for the details of the dinner. 

We are talking about doing this again maybe in Nashville. I haven't been there in years. Airbnb has some amazing houses all over so it won't be hard to find a big house to rent for all of us. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

I like food

 homemade biscuits and gravy with cold brew coffee. We used Gimme Lean ground sausage. This stuff is messy to use but tastes the best for crumbled sausage or patties.
 Adobe Cafe in Roxborough. Vegan options for everything! We only knew about the seitan wings but realized they have vegan cheese and sourcream too. I think I fell asleep the other night talking about how I need to try the quesadillas.
 half eaten french toast with bananas. I was all ready to make oatmeal and Dave said something about french toast. Elinor had a melt down because she wanted just toast not french toast. After she ate her just toast and we sat down to eat our french toast, she realized what it was and wanted some too.
Honeygrow. We have ate here a couple of times and I really like it. I was just saying while we were waiting for our food that I haven't found the best combination of food for me there. We can get a rice of noodle stir fry bowl or a salad, both with so many options of toppings and dressing. This time I got rice with kale, broccoli, carrots and tofu topped with sesame garlic sauce. It was amazing. Elinor ate half of mine too. I think I found my favorite combination.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

first dentist visit

 My baby went to the dentist! She seems so little still to go but I was getting bugged from her insurance that she needs to go. When we went to Fairy and Wizard Festival, one table was set up with bags from the tooth fairy. The people were so friendly and engaging with Elinor that I looked up their office.
 Children's Dental Health has offices all over PA but we went to the Plymouth Meeting one. The waiting room was so cool. It was decorated like a jungle. So much to look at and distract little ones from going to a doctor. They also had nemo playing on a couple of TVs. Dave's favorite part, an arcade game loaded with multiple old school games that we could play for free!
The actual room was also brightly decorated, with prize toys and stickers in sight. She got to pick out her own toothbrush to bring home that day. I'm so surprised how well she did. She got up into the seat and opened her mouth so wide right away. I'm sure the episode of Peppa Pig going to the dentist helped too. The assistant said parents have told her they prepped their kids with that episode too. We had read some books but most of them were for older kids about when their teeth fall out. When we got home and talked about the visit again she said "My tooth came out!". My poor confused baby. I think someone has to write a new book about the dentist for toddler and preschoolers not just school age kids!

How old was your child when they first went to the dentist?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Oval

Philadelphia has some great pop up parks this summer. We loved The Oval last year and this year it is even better. Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Oval has so much to do. From morning story times to happy hour at the beer garden. You can catch a yoga or fitness class there and get lunch at one of the food trucks.
Elinor loved the PINK sand in the sandboxes. Seriously, the sand is so bright pink that you will need sunglasses. I wish there was an umbrella above them though. Both the sand boxes are right in the direct sun. We forgot a hat that day and E got a bit of sunburn on her scalp. There is also mini golf, huge checker and chess sets, ping pong tables and more. After we played in the sand for awhile, Elinor ran through the sprinklers they had set up.
You will have to check their event calendar to find out about more. There is a stage and sometimes live music and acts preforming.
 beer garden
tables with umbrellas for lunch or snacks. There are also tables set up for different activities.
 library box with mini golf in the background

Such a cool place to check out. Next we will have to go to Spruce Street Harbor

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

love mini me yoga

Elinor and I just finished a week of Love mini me yoga challenge on instagram. She loves climbing all over me when I start to practice. It's so amazing to see her actually do the poses. She can do so much more than I think. I really would like to put together a little class for her to do at least once a week.
I love looking through the hashtags and seeing all the parents with babies to adults doing these poses. Do you practice yoga? Does your child love to climb all over you too?

after we finished one of our poses, she got back on the mat and tried it by herself. I love it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

care bears

How much fun is it seeing your child with one of your favorite toys? I loved Care Bears and My Little Pony growing up.

Thanks to our Blogger Bash box, Elinor now had Care Bear and My Little Pony. I also won a bigger Care Bear from Just Pretend Products at Blogger Bash. I remember my sister and I playing with our Care Bears. We would build an epic fort and lay in there all day with our Care Bears and books. I wish I still had mine. Do you remember what they look like?? The new ones are way cuter.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I like food

 I feel like we had a lot going on this week. Dave was left to do dinner a few nights. This was one of them. Spaghetti Squash casserole. Basically spaghetti squash baked with tomato sauce, cream cheese, broccoli and topped with cheese. It's pretty easy and really tasty.
 More tofu scramble this time with a side of homemade hash browns. Tofu scramble with tomatoes, asparagus, kale, nutritional yeast and black salt.
 They didn't have Daiya cheese in at the store the other day so tried out Teese. We have had it before but it's been awhile. Teese comes in a tube. Instead of shredding, we threw slices on top. We also added basil from our garden and tofurky sausage. The cheese melted really nice and the taste was pretty good.
 Another night Dave was in charge. He sometimes tells me we have nothing in when really we have a few more meals left. he ordered indian food from Tiffin. Vegetable somosa and chana masala. I love this place. It might be in my top restaurant list.
 It's been awhile since we made cheesy coconut kale and chickpeas. This meal takes minutes and all of us love it. We are running low on nutritional yeast so it wasn't as "cheesy" as usual. Still just as good.
We all wanted a treat after dinner so I took some of our frozen banana stash, blended it with cherries, walnuts and chocolate. Perfect ice cream! Elinor couldn't wait to eat it. That's her spoon and tie dye shirt peeking in the picture.