Catch the Moment: Week 41

Time is FLYING by and I can hardly keep my days straight! Phew! I’m not looking forward to the daylight hours getting shorter. It’s hard to stay motivated to take photos during the week when we are short on daylight. I see many photos of the kids sleeping in the next few months, just like last year and the beginning of this year! For now we will enjoy the ups and downs of fall weather from an 80 degree day to a 40 degree day. Crazy!

Day 282- October 8, 2014

I had my dates messed up last week (again!) so here is the correct date for this photo! Silly boy looking out into Chick Fil A while at the playground.
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Day 283- October 9, 2014

He only looks tiny these days when he is sleeping. Sad.Project 365-Day 283

Day 284- October 10, 2014

Two redheads peering into the fridge. Love them. Project 365-Day 284

Day 285- October 11, 2014

Even though it was raining, the boys and I had a lot of fun at the St. Charles Fall Festival last Saturday.Project 365-Day 285

Day 286- October 12, 2014

Sunday afternoon we took a much needed fall nature walk as a family. It was the perfect way to end the weekend. Project 365-Day 286

Day 287- October 13, 2014

I told Xander he could put on his boots and jump in puddles when he came home from school. Sadly by the time we got home the puddles had dried up. So he made his own mud with the hose and had a blast. Project 365-Day 287

Day 288- October 14, 2014

Popsicles in October because it was 80 degrees! I’ll take it!Project 365-Day 288

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Sunday Brunch: Crustless Sausage Zucchini Quiche

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hillshire Brand™ and Mom it Forward. All opinions.

When my picky toddler turned into a pre-schooler I had my fingers crossed that he would outgrow his “eat like a bird” stage.  I was surely fooling myself that any sort of miracle would happen over night.  He is now 3 1/2 and his 16 month-old brother weighs nearly as much as he does.  Tonight when they were wrestling on the floor (typical), I laid them side by side.  Ryker’s torso was as thick and long as Noah’s.  It’s a bit mind boggling.  

Most days Noah eat’s one good meal a day, which is usually breakfast, unless he is throwing one of his epic tantrums about wanting candy for breakfast (also typical).  Since I am constantly obsessing over my children’s nutrition, I try to pack as much healthy foods from a wide variety of food groups into breakfast.   On week days we are out of the house by 8:30 am, so often this is a huge challenge.  Luckily the boys go to daycare just up the street.  I normally send with them a few healthy items for breakfast, in hopes they eat them instead of sugary cereal.  

On the weekends, I love cooking a large breakfast for my family.  Noah and Xander like to help cook the meal if they aren’t too busy with their imaginative land of superheros or zombies.  Today they helped me make crustless sausage zucchini quiche.  When I was brainstorming new ways to include veggies and protein into the meal, I decided to incorporate Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies into the recipe.  This week while grocery shopping, I downloaded a coupon for the product using the J4U app, as I was heading into Safeway. I love the ease of not having to fuss with paper coupons and still save money.

When Xander and Noah asked what I was making for breakfast I told them and they immediately got to work. Noah loves to crack the eggs and shred cheese and veggies. Xander enjoys dumping ingredients into the bowl.

Crustless Sausage Zucchini Quiche

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Ingredients

    • 8 oz Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail links (cut into 1 inch slices)
    • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 2/3 cup of milk
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 2/3 cup of flour
    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
    • 1/2 cup diced onion
    • 1/2 cup of red pepper
    • 1 cup of shredded zucchini
    • 2 tablespoons Herb de Provence
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • Salt and Pepper (taste to your liking)

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Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Heat the Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail links in a small frying pan, just to brown them.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, flour, baking soda. olive oil, and spices to the flour mixture.

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4. Add the cheese, sausage, and vegetables into the bowl.

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5. Pour all of the ingredient’s into the pie dish.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife coms out of the middle of the dish clean from the center.

Hillshire Brand™ products currently has several Safeway coupons through the J4U app, which you can download easily. If you are local to Safeway be sure to check them out! The various Hillshire Brand™ products are a great way to add protein into meals, especially if you are serving tiny tummies.

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Do you love Hillshire Brand™ products? Here are a few more delicious recipes that use their products.

Mini Corn-Dogs for the Entire Family
Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta
Sausage Gravy Biscuits
Mummy Dogs
Friend Rice
Smoked Sausage
Sausage Breakfast Burritos
Spicy Smoked Sausage Wraps

What are your kid’s favorite protein packed foods?

Top Tips for Easing Childhood Illness

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PediaCare®. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Pedicare #keepkidshealthy-1-3It’s the most wonderful time of the year- cold and flu season.  As a school Speech-Language Pathologist and a mom of young kids, I am exposed to far too many germs.  Last winter when one person in my house came down with a cold, fever, or bacterial infection the rest of us followed.  My youngest son was in and out of the pediatrician’s office so much I swear the receptionists knew my voice on the phone, before I even gave them my son’s name.  It was that bad.  

Since this is the first year Xander is in school, I am expecting that he will be sick a lot more than he typically is. I recently had the opportunity to attend a webinar by pediatrician and dad Dr. David Hill on tips to keep your child healthy this fall and winter. Thanks to his tips, I’m going into cold and flu season prepared with a stocked medicine cabinet. When sickness strikes the Stavish household we will be ready. Here are the items I have on standby for those middle-of-the night feverish wake-ups.

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1. Hydration helpers- It is important that young children remain hydrated when they are sick. Popsicles, beverages, water, and caffeine free hot tea are great ways to encourage liquids.

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2. Saline drops- Since nasal sprays and decongestants are not recommended for small children, nasal saline drops will be your child’s best friend. Older children can follow directions to blow their nose after administering the saline drops into it. If your child is unable to follow directions to blow their nose, you can use a nasal bulb suction.

3. Sensitive skin relief- If your child is constantly blowing his or her nose, be sure to protect their skin with lotion or petroleum jelly. This should help relieve irritation.

4. Easy to administer medication- Did you know that the #1 reason why children do not want to take medicine is because of it’s awful taste? Research studies have shown that there is actually a genetic disposition for taste receptors to receive unpleasant information about certain flavors.

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The well known and trusted brand PediaCare® recently launched a new pain reliever/fever reducer, PediaCare® Smooth Melts . This medication is easy chew and flavored with cherry. Best of all there is no measuring, spilling or fighting with your child to take their medicine. You simply refer to the bottle dosage chart, to determine how many tablets to administer. PediaCare® Smooth Melts™ are going to be a game changer in my house when either Xander or Noah are sick.

A great resource to learn about caring for your child’s cold and flu symptoms is Dr. Hill’s videos. These video’s were created in coordination of PediaCare®, in order to provide parents and caregivers important information on sick children.  

Smooth Melts can currently be found nationwide at Rite Aide and on Amazon.  If you would like more information about Pedicare join them on Facebook.com/PediaCare and on Twitter at @PediaCare.  

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PediaCare®.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

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A New Coffee Drinker

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Gold Peak Coffee. All opinions expressed and commentary are my own.

Up until the birth of my third child, I did not drink coffee. The taste of it made my stomach churn. I tried several different brands, flavors, and styles, yet coffee just was not appealing to me. I hated how it made me feel jittery and light-headed.  

Eight months into being a mom of three I gave coffee another try, asking friends for advice on flavors I might like.  Again, cup after cup ended up being dumped down the drain though.  When I was browsing the grocery store one afternoon, baby attached to my back, toddler running through the aisles, and preschooler getting in and out of the car cart, I stumbled on flavored cream and my life was changed.  The subtle hint of flavor mixed with the milky smoothness made the switch to coffee so much better for me.  

Suddenly I was craving coffee in the morning and during the afternoon slump.  About a month into drinking coffee,  I slowly began to put less and less cream in my cup.  It seems I have  finally acquired the coffee taste and I really love it!  

Last week I was out for dinner with my family on a Friday night and craving coffee.  It still shocks me when I find myself thinking, “I would love a cup of hot coffee right now”.  When I’m out of the house after a long day at work sitting down with a hot cup takes me to my couch.  The warm feeling of coffee is like the comfort of home, snuggled under a fleece blanket in my pajamas and watching football in the fall.  The hot cup of  Gold Peak Coffee did just the trick.  As I sat with my family, I suddenly relaxed as I experienced the warmth of the mug and smooth taste of the coffee.  

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Are you familiar with Gold Peak Coffee?  It’s former name is Georgia Coffee and it’s made from 100% Arabica beans.  Gold Peak Coffee is now available in new markets, including restaurants.  One sip and it connects you with the comforts of home, which is a great way to begin or end the day.   To learn more about the coffee and where you can purchase strike up a conversation with Gold Peak Coffee on Twitter or visit the Gold Peak Coffee website.  

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What time of the day is your favorite time to drink coffee?  How many cups a day do you typically have? 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Gold Peak Coffee. All opinions expressed and commentary are my own.


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Catch the Moment Week 40


Why hello blog.  It’s been far too long.  I’ve been neglecting you for a bit, yet have not forgotten about you.  The truth is I have been attached to my computer all week long editing Fall Mini sessions.  I’m still editing, but making progress.  It was a great first mini session experience and I learned quite a lot.  I can’t wait to get up a blog post about them.  

Now on to the week:

Day 275- October 1, 2014

Just goofing off after daycare on a nice fall night.

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Day 276- October 2, 2014

I rented a 85mm 1.8 lens and this was my first little shoot with it. I also painted this cute chair orange (it was red), for my first mini sessions. Funny enough the chair wasn’t even used, although I brought it with me. Ryker digs it!Project 365-Day 276

Day 277- October 3, 2014

Our first trip to the pumpkin patch of the season. Loved watching Noah giggle over the pigs. Plenty of pumpkin patch pictures to come later this week hopefully. I’m so behind on blogging.Project 365-Day 277

Day 278- October 4, 2014

This use to be Xander’s “I’m upset, freak out face which was accompanied by arm flapping. Now it’s more of a joke and we call it the fish face.Project 365-Day 278

Day 279- October 5, 2014

Little Redhead, Falling PumpkinProject 365-Day 280

Day 280- October 6, 2014

Fine dining at Chick-Fil-AProject 365-Day 281

Day 281- October 7, 2014

Sweet dreams sleepy head

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