What Brady Ate: Lunch Edition

What Brady Ate for Lunch: 9 dietitian-approved toddler lunch ideas

This is the second post in my “What Brady Ate” series. Don’t forget to check out breakfast if you haven’t already! Whereas breakfast tends to be mostly repeat foods, lunch and dinner are much more diverse. Which means new and unfamiliar foods, and ample opportunity for Brady to refuse them. Which he does, often. So this […]

What Brady Ate: Breakfast Edition

What Brady Ate for Breakfast: Ideas for toddler meals

Friends and clients often ask what I feed to Brady, my 17 month old toddler. I usually want to say, “Nothing special, and probably exactly what you feed your kids!” Because it’s really not exceedingly healthy. I’d call it “mostly healthy with a generous helping of ‘sometimes foods.’” Even though it feels “normal” and “not special” […]

Giving Kids an EduKitchen

Giving Kids an EduKitchen

In honor of Kids Eat Right month this August, I’m sharing a few things that I’ve learned about kids eating right, kids eating “wrong,” and how to persevere through the tricky toddler years.  As a dietitian, I’ve always believed kids need a good “edukitchen.”  As a mom, I know that it’s always harder than it sounds, and […]

How to Sew Your Own Crib Sheets

How to make your own crib sheet

Sewing your own crib sheets is a fun way to personalize a nursery, and they make cute gifts, too! You can make holiday sheets, or Paw Patrol sheets, or sports team sheets, and it’s cheaper to MYO than buy special bedding. If you have a sewing machine, it’s fairly easy to sew your own sheets. I promise! In fact, it’s exactly […]

How to Renovate a Changing Table or Dresser

How to renovate a changing table (or dresser!)

When I was pregnant with Brady, pregnancy hormones brought out the most intense nesting instincts in me {thus the blog name!}. Once the nausea and fatigue wore off, I had what can only be described as manic energy. Sounds nice, right? From the moment I woke up until minutes before bed, I thought about how to prepare for […]

Amazin’ Asian Ramen Salad

Asian Ramen Salad

I know people roll their eyes at the story behind a recipe, but I must share how I first came across this one. It’s only right to honor the original source of this delicious flavor combo.   Years ago, I was on a family bike trip in the San Juan islands. Pre-children, bike trips were a beautiful, […]

For the Record: A Dietitian’s Take

Jennifer Aniston's For The Record- A Dietitian's Take

Did you read Jennifer Aniston’s blog post yesterday? For the Record is a powerful piece about body image, media scrutiny and the various pressures women face. I loved the whole article, but I was most moved by her words about body weight, body shaming and self-acceptance. Two excerpts:  The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re […]

Balsamic Reduction {and Caprese Ladybugs}

Balsamic Reduction Sauce & Caprese Ladybugs

  I fell in love with balsamic reduction in a pizza parlor in Crested Butte, Colorado. If you’re ever there, you must eat at The Secret Stash. One of their pizzas has balsamic reduction sauce drizzled on top, and it’s the best pizza in the world (scientific fact). A few years ago, I tried to […]

Yeast-Free Whole Wheat Pretzels

Yeast-Free Whole Wheat Pretzels

I’ve always loved ballpark pretzels, but did you know they have ~500 calories?! Here’s a great “make your own” substitution. If Brady were old enough, I think he would’ve loved rolling out the dough and twisting them on the cookie sheet. They were fun and easy to make, and you can make any shape you like.   The best part? They’re […]

Star Spangled S’mores

Star Spangled S'mores Recipe

I’ve been making tons of star-shaped foods lately, thanks to the Fourth of July and my star silicone molds. These molds can be frozen for fro yo stars or baked into cakes. Or you can melt chocolate into star molds for patriotic s’mores!  I came across star-shaped marshmallows at World Market and thought they’d make cute s’mores with a […]