Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Halloween

Halloween always makes me think of one thing...Chili.
Probably because we used to eat it every Halloween before heading out to get our candy on.

Perfect eat for fall weather. Warm and yummy in your tummy.
A new take on my Mom's chili, here's what you need:

1 1/2 lb. Lean ground turkey meat
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 onion
2 jalapenos (I remove the seeds)
1 tbs. minced garlic
1 can black beans (low sodium)
1 can garbanzo beans (low sodium)
(2) 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
(1) 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
spices: garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, dash of kosher salt

Heat olive oil and saute onions, garlic and jalapenos
Add turkey meat and brown, sprinkle with garlic salt
Add spices to taste
Add beans, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
Simmer for 30 minutes

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jogger Blogger

Are you a jogger? If yes, keep reading.

Like me you probably began thinking about what type of stroller you were going to get pretty much the minute you got pregnant. I was all about the stroller. I definitely wanted something that would make it easy for me to get back into my running stride post baby. I decided on the BOB revolution and I'm so glad I did.

The BOB is awesome for walks and jogs with baby. It's easy to maneuver while jogging and provides a  smooth ride, even with the Snugride 35 adapter and car seat attached. Baby and I spent countless mornings and afternoons out and about strolling the streets of Santa Monica.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Island Style

Just got back from our first family trip, feeling relaxed and happy.
 More details to come...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Vacationing with a five week old

Yes, it's possible and actually quite enjoyable.
Some my call me crazy, but I’d say I was up for the challenge. 
The "challenge" being a family road trip this past July during my brother, sister-in-law and niece's visit from the Midwest. Since it was their first time back out to Cali since our wedding a few years back, I wanted the trip to be memorable and fun. We decided to embark on a road trip to Santa Barbara to go wine tasting.
Here are a few snaps from our trip...

Needless to say, the trip was a blast and a definite success, especially when you take into account we were traveling with a newborn and seven month old. Here are a few lessons we learned about traveling with baby...
Babies require a lot of gear.
Not only did we pack multiple outfits, blankets, diapers, wet wipes, carriers, etc., etc. for all the "just in cases" (we I may have over did it a bit). We realized that in order to get our two families, plus the car seats, the baby gear, and luggage to Santa Barbara we'd need to rent a bigger vehicle. Which brings me to my next point.
Mini-vans are cool.
And it turns out quite popular to rent during the month of July in LA. It pains me to say this, but all of the adults spent at least 15 minutes talking about how "cool" our newly rented mini-van was. With its extra storage compartments, room for car seats, multiple cup holders and a good amount of luggage space, the van, was EXACTLY what we needed. I guess our parents were on to something all those years back...
Wine tasting has a time limit.
Gone are the days where we hit three to four wineries in a day. For various reasons, one being that we had two new mothers on the trip (can you say low tolerance) and two being that we had the babes with us; we realized going to one or two wineries and catching lunch in Los Olivos makes for an enjoyable outing.  
Taking babies to a nice restaurant late at night might not be the best idea.
When taking a baby to a restaurant, happy hours are your new best friend. That or ordering in for a hotel room party.  
 Hotel location is key.
Since you'll likely have a stroller with you at all times, a place where activities are within walking distance makes everything more convenient. We stayed at the Hotel Oceana which was close to the beach, downtown Santa Barbara and the urban wine trail. 
Family road trips are super fun.
While we learned a few things on our first overnight adventure as a family, the most important lesson was that getting out and about was a much needed excursion for John and I as new parents. This trip encouraged us to take a few more trips this summer and played a key role in making summer 2011 the best yet. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Best Diaper Bag EVER

One of my favorite mommy purchases was the Kate Diaper Bag from MZ Wallace. This bag says, "Just because I'm a Mom now, doesn't mean I need to give up on style." There's so much I love about this bag...six exterior pockets, ten interior pockets, the changing mat, bottle holders on the side, fabric that's easy to wipe down, all while still looking "fashionable." Thanks to my very stylish friend, Kav, for paving the way.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

California Turkey Burgers

First off, I must say YUM! I'm always looking for things to make that are not only good tasting, but good for you too...this is definitely one of those recipes. Last weekend we had a cook out on the deck and I tested this one out on some friends, they approved. 

Check out the recipe here.