Social Mommy-An October to Remember

Posted on December 6, 2016

Chandler and AlexanderOctober is a HUGE month for us! All four of our birthdays are in October so its always a great time!

 

This year Alexander turned ONE! We hosted family and friends for a Safari themed birthday bash. His cake was purchased at Sam’s Club. I added the animal figurines (purchased from Michael’s) We had a hot dog bar, nacho bar, mini spaghetti cups, and lots of sugary treats for the children. The party goers enjoyed having their faces painted as well as creating their own jungle masks. It was a great time!Safari Party

Safari Cakeimg_3316Dirt CupsSafari Party Face Painting Safari PartyChandler turned 3, we enjoyed a quiet day at the park (of course there was cake) followed by pizza. Since we decided on a intimate celebration I created balloon memories for him to wake up to! I simply printed images from birth-now and attached them to ballons! Balloon MemoriesBirthday PancakesCake At The Park fullsizerenderDeAndre and I both turned 29 and we celebrated at our friends 80s themed birthday bash! We especially loved dressing up and had a great night away from the children! 80s bash

We attended Harvest Fest at our church. We came dressed up as Milk & Cookies! It was a hit. I hand crafted each of our costumes, with the exception of the milk mask. It took me in total, 16 hours to complete.

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I simply used light brown felt, dark brown felt, black ribbon and pillow stuffing. I’m far from a seamstress, but I figured it out and conquered!

With Christmas right aroud the corner I am excited to create our ugly Christmas sweaters!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

xo

Buzzfeed Tasty’s Cheeseburger Sliders

Posted on December 6, 2016

Tasty SlidersI know you’ve seen this recipe shared across your newsfeed. Why I have never thought to place Ground beef in the oven is beyond me! It came out perfect.

Here’s what you’ll need:

•1 lb Ground Beef

•1 Package Kings Hawaiian Rolls

•Your Favorite Cheese (I used American)

•Lawrys Seasoned Salt

•Black Pepper

•Garlic Powder

•1 TBSP dry Minced Onion

•1 Stick of Butter

•1 TBSP Minced Garlic

In a bowl combine ground beef with minced onion. Season with Lawry’s, Pepper, and Garlic Powder.

Seasoned Beef (I shared this recipe on SnapChat (@XoLaurenSnaps)

Form Meet Mixture into a baking dish. Place into a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Tasty Sliders

Once your giant party is done, begin assembling!

First slice the entire pack of rolls in half.

Then place your patty on top of the bottom half.

Add Cheese ( I also added onions).

And Finally the top Layer

Melt one stick of butter and combine minced garlic. Brush melted butter mixture on top of the buns and place back into the oven for 10 minutes.

 

Tasty Sliders  This recipe is fast and delicious! Perfect for game days and weeknight dinners! Enjoy!

xo!

Sriracha Honey Wings 

Posted on March 22, 2016

  Lately I have been all about sweet and spicy sauces. And this one is AMAZING! 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1lb chicken wings
  • 4 tbsp Sriracha 
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce 

Heat frying oil to 375 degrees. Clean and season chicken with salt and pepper. 

In a seperate bowl combine Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, lime, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. 

Fry chicken until golden crisp. 

Toss wings in sauce as soon as they are out of the grease!  

Toddler Eating Simplified-Vegetables 

Posted on March 10, 2016

I get tons of emails and messages from moms asking me the same thing: HOW DO I GET MY CHILD TO EAT VEGETABLES?!

I have shared some of my tips in previous posts and on  Instagram. But I have found a new and quick solution that gives your child and you a full days serving of vegetables with just two scoops! 

 
The greens are amazing and you can’t taste any difference. I enjoy adding them to our smoothies for added nutrients. Chandler loves our “smoothie time”! 

  
Not only are they an amazing way to get your fruits and veggies, you will have more energy and you will fill better from the inside out. 

They can be purchased here.

*Keep in mind this supplement can also be used as an detox/appetite suppressant. If you have any concerns be sure to consult with your pediatrician. 

Toddler Eating Simplified 

Posted on September 10, 2015

  I receive countless emails, texts, Facebook+Instagram messages with the same question: How do I get my toddler/child to eat their dinner! Frustrated moms of undereaters this is for you! 

Quick disclaimer: this is what works for my family and our personal experience. Please ask a medical professional if you feel your child may be malnourished.

I began my son Chandler on solids at the age of 4 months. Some homemade, some store bought. He loved it! Chandler would get fruit+veggies at the same time everyday. He was exclusively breastfed and my doctor assured me he was getting enough nutrients. 

When he was 6 months old he began eating table food. I know that seems super early, but he wasn’t eating full on meals. Think: mashed potatoes and peas. With our hectic lifestyle I found it easier and far more economical to give him whatever we were eating. 

I have carried that philosophy on today. Once Chandler could fully chew I introduced soft pieces of meat and snacks (his favorites of course lol). 

Chandler has been exposed to a wide variety of cuisines. From spicy to exotic. I feel that the biggest mistake parents make when it comes to eating is choices. Of course if your child is allergic to something don’t give it to him/her. Making seperate meals or “kid friendly” dinners in addition to what you are preparing can be a hassle. Of course if you have already begun doing so, breaking this habit won’t be easy but it is possible. Here are a few of my favorite tricks to get those picky little eaters to eat:

“Hide” vegetables in smoothies. I have never met a child that didn’t love a icy cold treat. Smoothies are great because  you can control the amount of sweetness and the amount of veggies. One of my go to recipes is a blend of low fat yogurt, spinach, banana, strawberry, chia seeds, honey and ice. You can experiment with different vegetables and fruits until you find a recipe that your child(ren) love.

Present meals in a fun way. I know, I know you’re a busy person. You don’t think you have the time. I’m not saying create elaborate Asian inspired bento boxes, but a little creativity can go a long way. Perhaps a banana smiley face on pancakes for breakfast. Or oversized rotini made into a shape of a house with meat sauce in the center. Chandler responds best to meals that are colorful and fun. I enjoy adding strips of colorful bell peppers and his favorite, strawberries to his plate. 

Make meal time a happy time. If we’re on the go all day, we make it a point to make dinner family time fun and vice versa. We sing songs, we laugh, and we just make it enjoyable. The same goes for lunch. I try to eat as many meals as I can at the same time as my little tot. Children are natural copycats they love to do what mom and dad are doing. 

Involve your child in meal planning/prep. Of course this is far easier for older children but don’t count your little out just yet. I have taught Chandler to take things out of the refrigerator. Dressings, vegetables, and other small things that are on low shelves. He hands them to me with such pride. It’s quite entertaining. Older children can help make sandwiches, beat eggs, warm things in the microwave, and more. 

Our children are visual and they love to be included. By approaching eating with a positive attitude I have instilled in Chandler great eating habits. 

Spinach and Feta Pillows

Posted on August 12, 2015

Spinach and feta pillowThis recipe is truly a miracle. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out and I was quite skeptical!

Yesterday I woke up craving Greek favorites; Greek Salad and Spinach Pie. I waited until it was dinnertime (hi, I’m pregnant) to go to the grocery store. I went to my local grocery store and they were out of phyllo dough! Absolutely devastating. I knew I didn’t have time to go to another store so I grabbed the Pillsbury Dough Sheets and prayed.

Well, prayer works! They came out so soft and pillowy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Package Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dill Weed
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Roll Pillsbury Dough Sheet
  • 1 Egg

In a saucepan heat spinach through. Add Feta Cheese, Dill, and S+P. Add egg and continue to stir until egg is well combined and even throughout.

Flour board and lay out dough. Cut into 9 squares (3 rows by 3 columns) Spoon in filling and fold to your liking (here’s your chance to get creative).

Place in a nonstick baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 mins! Top with butter and a sprinkling of salt!

 

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Posted on August 3, 2015

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Hi friends! If you follow me via Instagram (@MeetTheWoods) or Twitter (XoLaurenWoods) you know that I and 7 1/2 months pregnant! We are over the moon excited for our new addition coming this October! Of course with pregnancies, come pregnancy cravings! My number one craving to date is French fries!

I could have them day or night! With ketchup or plain! From anywhere! Obsessed!

I decided a couple days ago to switch it up to sweet potato fries. I’ve never made them before, so I scoured the Internet for recipes. I came across Ms. Paula Deen’s recipe. I tried it out and failed, miserably. They came out soggy and flavorless. Staring at the left over sweet potatoes in my refrigerator, I decided to give it another try.

Here’s what you’ll need

•1-2 sweet potatoes

•1/4 cup olive oil

•1 tsp salt

•1 tsp sugar

•1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice sweet potatoes to desired thickness. Coat fries with olive oil and toss with seasonings. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes, turn them over once!

Chandler enjoyed them with his lunch as well ☺️

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