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The Perfect, Kid Friendly Guacamole Recipe
February 22, 2017 at 6:29 am 0
Does your household celebrate taco Tuesday? Turkey tacos and guacamole is a constant in our house. One of my biggest cravings that I had when pregnant with Willow was avocados. It's no wonder that she also loves them! As a Mom, I really appreciate finding easy recipes that I know the whole family can enjoy. I snagged this 5 minute recipe from one of my best girl friends, India and it has remained a favorite for the last several years. You can really make it two ways, one for your children to enjoy and one with a kick of jalapeños that really gives it a spicy kick.

Gather your ingredients:

4 Ripe Avocados (press them gently, they should give a little)

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 vine tomato, finely chopped

1/2 lemon

salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut Avocados in half, remove the pit. Score the inside of the avocado with a knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a bowl. I mash the avocado just a bit, as I really like it stay chunky.
  2. Add chopped onion and tomatoes, mash again to mix.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon to add juice to guacamole and salt to taste. Mash again to mix.
  4. Serve immediately with your favorite chips, raw vegetables, or as a topping to your tacos! Enjoy!

*To make the spicy adult version, I add a 1/4 of a fresh, chopped jalapeño to step 2.

Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography  
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Our Secret Spot and The Nuby Bath Book
October 29, 2015 at 1:32 am 0
You know those days when you feel a little overwhelmed as a parent. The house is a mess, laundry is everywhere and I probably have Cheerios stuck to my face. The only good thing to do is...well go for a walk (haha leave, and run away) with my little girl. We always find comfort in our walks and exploring the nature around our house. Our favorite place to run away to is the beach. I always grab a blanket, some snacks and toys. One of Willow's favorite toys is actually this Nuby Bath Book. Yes I know it's meant for the tub, but its the perfect material for the beach, playground or park with its water-proof pages. The book is durable and easily to clean, and even has hidden squeakers that Willow just finds hilarious. It's perfect for all ages and can be found at Meijer. After Willow has had her fun reading her Nuby book, and enjoying a snack, we walk back to our messy house, and you know what...it's all just fine! I find it puts things in perspective and that my time with her is all that matters! image-3 image
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The Best Baby Shoes For Your New Little Walker
October 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm 0
Watching your little babe take their first steps is such an exciting time for baby and parents. I remember Willow taking her first steps, and then I felt like she was running! Once she was up and running I immediately went through all the cute and adorable shoes in her closet we had been given or that I bought thinking she will definitely wear these. I know cute baby shoes can be hard to resist, but some are just not made for early walkers. So here are some tricks to finding a great shoe for your cruising little one.

Robeez:

The company's high quality leather is built to promote natural foot function (the company even has a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association for their shoe design that flexes and bends with your baby's foot)

Stride Rite:

Known for their durability and adjustable straps. Stride Rite also provides a helpful sizing chart you can utilize online before buying.

Pediped:

Also approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development. The company's soft, flexible soles allows children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Their footwear system has three stages: for babies learning to walk, the active toddler transitioning from learning to walk to on the-go, and finally the confident walker.

TIPS and TRICKS:

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics your baby learns to walk by gripping their toes on the ground (this is how your baby learns to balance, leaving them barefoot at home when taking their first steps is recommended). They do not need arch support when starting to walk. Most toddlers have flat feet because their arch is still developing.
  • Ensure the shoe fits properly, if your baby is wearing an ill-fitting shoe it may take longer for them to develop the skill of walking or it may cause them to trip.
  • You can find shoe stores that have trained staff to measure the length and width of your child's foot to ensure proper sizing. TIP: Go early in the morning or late afternoon, as children's feet can tend to swell throughout the day.
  • Finally find brands that are made specifically for walking toddlers. They should be made of lightweight, high-quality leather or mesh. My top three favorite brands: Robeez, Stride rite, and PediPed.
  • To check the fit: feel the shoe's tip while your child is standing, and ensure there is at least about half an inch of space between the big toe and the tip of the shoe. Let your toddler run around the store to check the fit before purchasing.
 

XOXO...HAPPY WALKING!

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Moccasins | Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

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Summer Lovin’
July 15, 2015 at 5:55 am 0
Summer is one of my favorite seasons, but sometimes it is just so hot! I just left Willow in her Honest diaper because the poor thing was sweating like a little turkey. Obviously this lady could not go naked, so I had to throw something on. When dressing for summer, I like finding clothes with light weight material, that are comfortable and easy to wear. This jumpsuit is effortless, as in I literally did not have to think when I found it in my closet this morning! It's not skin tight, and leaves extra room for some air to circulate. Also I figured the cute star pattern might hide the inevitable sweat stains I'm bound to get after chasing my nugget around. I found multiple similar jumpsuits all for under $50 to help keep you all stylish and cool for summer.

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka

Jumpsuit: Billabong (currently sold out) -See similar above.

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Wash It or Toss It!
June 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm 1
Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset One of our favorite activities during these gorgeous and hot summer months is going to the beach. It is easy, free and provides endless entertainment for Willow. We have a great spot right near our home that has a quiet beach, with a playground perfect for playdates. I always pack our beach bag full of all kinds of necessities like sunscreen, toys, clothes, more clothes, diapers, and sippy cups (and trust me there is much, much more). The problem I keep running into is that I leave things behind here and there, and don't notice until I make it home. You know when you find that perfect blankie, toy, or sippy cup that your child can't live without and then you lose it...shoot me, it's hell! I found a solution to at least one of the issues above, the Nuby Wash or Toss Straw Cups. I love them because they are durable enough to be used multiple times, stack easily to save space in your bag or cabinet, and are affordable enough that if you leave it behind you won't break the bank( and hopefully not have a major freak out from your kid). I brought mine to the beach with Willow, got a little sand in it but brought it home, washed it and it was ready for our next outing. I even put my own water in one too! You can find the Wash or Toss Straw Cups from Nuby at a number of retailers, including Amazon and Nuby also has  Wash or Toss Printed Cups that are available at Target stores. Each set includes 4 cups, 4 straws and 4 lids in various bright colors. They also have the same Wash or Toss Cups with spout lids if your little one is a little too young for a straw. Find more items from Nuby or follow them on social media here: www.facebook.com/nubyusa www.twitter.com/nubyusa www.instagram.com/nubyusa www.pinterest.com/nubyusa This item was c/o Nuby, but like all products I review on The Chic Mamas all opinions are my own and I only share products that I feel will be beneficial to all of The Chic Mamas out there and for your little ones. Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset   Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset
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