Monday, 22 September 2014

Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes: Roasted squash and goats cheese salad

I love fall. Have I been telling you this enough recently? Oh, yes, in just about every single post this month! One of the reasons why I love it is because this happens: 

Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes: Roasted squash and goats cheese salad  #easyhealthyrecipes

PUMPKINS. And squash. And yumm-i-ness. Actually, this year was the first one where I managed to find so many different kinds of pumpkins here in the Netherlands. I am so excited to get baking, cooking, and pureeing with all of this gorgeous inspiration, but for now, here is a simple Roasted squash and goats cheese salad: 

Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes: Roasted squash and goats cheese salad  #easyhealthyrecipes

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Easy, Healthy Recipes: Butternut Squash Fries!

So, I think I have a butternut squash problem. As in, I am obsessed. A few weeks ago, I went to the market and bought two large squash. It finally inspired some nom-tastic cooking, which resulted in about three healthy, new butternut squash recipes being created in one day. If it hadn't been for the random power outage that we experienced during nap-time, I'm pretty sure I would have taken out the second squash and cooked three more different meals. 

Rosemary butternut squash fries: Healthy Butternut Squash Recipes by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo #vegan #easyhealthyrecipes

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Paleo Meal Plan

On Saturday, I decided to take Mr. Toddler an adventure - we traveled by train to the city to run errands and buy delicious goodies at the 'big' market! This has been something I have been putting off for a while - packing up Mr. Toddler, taking the train to the city, loading up the buggy with fresh fruits and veg, and then taking the train back. Somewhere in there I was also hoping to go to a few shops that aren't available in the villages. I knew that it would take some major Mama skills to keep the kiddo entertained, satisfied, and to prevent the most epic of meltdowns.

To my surprise, Mr. Toddler LOVED it. Ranging from his squeals of excitement because we were taking the train, to his excitement helping to pick out groceries, it actually went pretty well!

Easy healthy meals: Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood

I even had enough time to pick out a pair of shoes for myself (woo hoo!). We only dealt with one fit, and mostly because I had managed to successfully neglect to feed my kid on time. 1 hungry toddler + 1 clothing store = recipe for disaster. We quickly left, ate, and all was good in the world again. 

The city we were visiting is absolutely beautiful. It's one of my favourites because it's not too crowded, but still has the luxuries of city life (shops, activities, things to do, etc). It's basically a nice place to visit with a young kiddo without me freaking out because of huge crowds (and the potential to lose my kid in one). 

I never can seem to catch a pretty Netherlands shot, but here's an idea of a typical view: bicycles, pretty buildings, gray sky. Let's ignore the poor camera phone quality, shall we? Yes. Let's. 

Easy healthy meals: Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood

And finally, we stopped by my favourite market stand! The guys running it are always very kind, and give Mr. Toddler a few extra pieces of fruit! I love how much cheaper their produce is than the grocery stores, but also the quality just isn't comparable. Every time I come here, I know that we're going to be eating well and that magic will be happening in the kitchen. There's just too much inspiration: 

Easy healthy meals: Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood

I bought a pumpkin, too! I cannot wait to get creating, but don't know what I'll be making yet! Plus, my hubby found a pumpkin stand in our village! I'm definitely going to be picking up several and thinking up some brand new goodies! 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Nature table and homemade playdough - how we spent some quality time together

When I wrote my Scope and Sequence for this year, one of the biggest goals I had made for myself was to slow WAY down. The reason I started doing tot school with my son was to spend 1 on 1 time with him, but as we progressed with school I noticed I was spending less and less time focusing on my child. Today's post is about how I did just that and enjoyed some serious Mommy-son bonding time while we explored nature!

Homemade playdough and nature table invitation to play by Welcome to Mommyhood

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, but on Monday: Healthy meals

What do you get when you combine one stressed out mommy and a lot of fresh herbs and vegetables? Well, for me, it means, I cook. A lot. Or I clean, but cooking is more fun because you get to eat. By the end of my Monday afternoon (because cooking happens during naptime), I had cooked enough to stuff the fridge to capacity with a whole bunch of squash, green beans, and cabbage. And by the end of the day, those nom-tastic meals were deliciously packed away in my (and my family's) bellies and we had left the fridge with enough room for new creations. 

Here are the healthy meals we ate on Monday:

Monday, 15 September 2014

Easy Fine Motor Activities for preschoolers and toddlers

Fine motor activities are crucial to our homeschool routine. With all of the technology available around us today, I make it a point to provide activities for my toddler where he can work on his pincer grasp and on working those tiny muscles in his fingers and not just using his index finger on the tablet. Because let's be real - my toddler, just like many others out there, gets screen time. We limit it, restrict it, but it happens. The key in my home is to provide a balance! 

I have set up a lot of activities that specifically target fine motor development since we started homeschooling. These activities are prepping my son for writing (developing a proper pencil grasp), using scissors, and also to carryout various practical activities such as using a spoon properly, buttoning his shirts, zipping his coats, and even tying his shoe laces later on. The trays I present for my toddler prepare him (two years old) for doing these tasks later on. 

Here is a look at several fine motor activities for toddlers! The awesome thing with these activities is that you probably already have these items around your home! They require little set up and are very easy to replicate! Aaaand some even have a pinch of Halloween inspiration behind them. I just love holidays! 

Fine motor activities for preschoolers (and toddlers) by Welcome to Mommyhood #Montessori #FineMotorActivitiesforPreschoolers #Totschool