Mama and Me SunButter and Banana Sandwich

TGIF! With the return of the cold weather this week seemed to drag on a bit. I am looking forward to the weekend and some quality family time. Tonight Doug and I are going on a date night to Les Miserables on Broadway. I am such a theatre nerd! I have probably seen Les Mis a bagillion times between the original production when I was growing up, the last Broadway revival, and the recent (not so great IMHO) movie. Still I can’t wait! Neither can my inner 12 year old who liked to pretend she was Eponine ;)

Most weekends Doug and I try to take Hermione on various adventures around NYC. We visit new playgrounds, go to museums, go out for brunch, and take long walks. Hermione takes two naps a day (at 9:30 and again around 2) so we don’t have the longest window in which to be out of the house. In order to maximize our adventure time I usually pack her (and us) a lunch so we don’t have to come home to eat. While she still nurses several times a day she is at an age where she wants three solid meals as well.

One of Hermione’s favorite lunches is a SunButter and Banana Sandwich on sprouted grain toast. While I do not usually eat grains I will often share this with her as it is just so yummy! The sunflower seed butter gives her a good dose of the healthy fats a baby needs to grow and the sprouted grain bread is much easier to digest than other varieties. I use sprouted grain bread for her over gluten free bread as many of the gluten free brands available are not vegan, and contain not so ideal ingredients.

Here ‘s Hermione last weekend enjoying her favorite sandwich on a picnic!

Mama and Me SunButter and Banana Sandwich

  • 1 piece sprouted grain bread (Hermione and I like the Ezekiel bread)
  • 1 T organic creamy sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  1. Lightly toast the bread in your oven or toaster
  2. Spread sunflower seed butter on toasted bread
  3. Slice the banana into thin rounds and evenly distribute on bread
  4. Slice bread in half diagonally and place one half on top of other to form a sandwich ( you can also eat open face)
  5. Break off bite size pieces and give to baby!
Inside My Makeup Bag

My makeup habits have changed quite a bit over the years. I used to be the department store beauty counter type. I loved to go and have my makeup done and then buy the whole look the makeup artist put on me. Yup, I’m a sucker. Then, as Sephora got more popular I would make frequent trips, always stocking up on items I did not really need. Again, me = sucker.

Nowadays my makeup bag is much more stream lined and full of only clean, non-toxic products that I use everyday. I rarely spend more than 3-4 minutes putting on my makeup and much prefer a natural glowing look. When you spend your days exercising, at your desk, in the kitchen and at the playground there is really no need for a full face of makeup!

Recently, my favorite clean beauty blog, No More Dirty Looks (their book is amazing too!) asked me to divulge the contents of my makeup bag and I was happy to oblige. To find out my everyday makeup essentials click here!

Hermione’s Friends

Hermione’s first birthday is rapidly approaching. I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I met this miraculous little lady and my life was forever changed. As cliche as it may sound I honestly cannot remember my life before I was her mama. This past year has simultaneously been the most fun, most challenging, most joyous, most exhausting, longest and shortest year of my life. Anyone with children will understand what I am talking about. The days are very long ( I feel like I have lived a million lifetimes by 11am) but the weeks and months are so short!

Over the past year Hermione has collected quite a few stuffed friends who reside her new playroom (formerly our den). As I have mentioned before we have a strict no plastic, no batteries, no gizmos and no gadgets rule when it comes to Hermione’s toys. Most of her stuffed pals are handmade by small companies or individual designers. Recently, a few friends have asked me my favorite places to buy Hermione dolls and stuffed toys so I thought I would share her very best buddies!

Jess Brown Dolls

Jess Brown makes the MOST stunning handmade dolls. Each one is unique and she frequently does collaborations with other designers which makes her dolls even more collectible. I bought Hermione an Atsuyo et Akiko collaboration doll (second from left) before she was born and the lovely ladies of Sissy + Marley gave her the stunning Wovenplay one on the left as a “welcome to the world present.” Hermione MAY have a new Jess Brown doll coming as a Birthday present from Mama but don’t tell her!

BlablaKids Elephant

In keeping with the elephant theme of her nursery  Hermione loves this adorable knit elephant doll from Blah Blah Kids.  All Blah Blah dolls are hand knit in Peru by skilled artisans. We names Hermione’s elephant Chobe after the game reserve in Botswana known for it’s elephant herds.

Snuggly Ugly Argyle Mostrito 

Beverly, Hermione’s Snuggly Ugly doll is her very best pal. Handmade from up-cycled cashmere sweaters each Snuggly Ugly doll in incredibly squishy, soft and perfect for little hands. Beverly has gone everywhere with Hermione!

Oeuf Taxi

Every New York City kid needs a taxi now and then right? All of Oeuf’s knit toys are handmade in Bolivia out of 100% Baby Alpaca Wool. They are super soft, slightly kitchy and fun to play with.

Lieschen Müller Cat Doll

We found this little kitty at our favorite toyshop, Norman and Jules.  Made in Germany out of cotton and linen she is equally as pretty to look at as she is fun to play with.

Snuggly Ugly Rag Doll

Indira, the amazing designer behind Snuggly Ugly custom made this doll for Hermione. We named her Natasha because she just looked like a Russian ballerina to us! She has brown hair like Hermione and an adorbale purple tutu. Like Beverly, she is made from up-cycled cashmere and is both sustainable and soft! I have mommy fantasies about Hermione dancing around the house in a tutu playing with Natasha!

Maileg Mega Maxi Bunny

This giant Maileg bunny is another find from Norman and Jules. We named her Penelope and dressed her in a pink Atsuyo et Akiko tutu. Yes, most of Hermione’s friends wear tutus. She is currently bigger than Hermione but I know these two have lots of quality playtime in their future!

 

 

 

Mama and Me Freezer Cookies

A few months ago I began introducing Hermione to nut butters and nut milks. I have to admit the reasons were partially selfish. I use nuts so often that having Hermione enjoy them along with me has made cooking for the two of us much, much easier. She and I can now share green smoothies! Along with green smoothies Hermione has also been enjoying these Almond Butter Freezer Cookies. They are an easy way to get her the healthy fats and protein found in nuts, all in a form she can grasp in her tiny hands. The “Mama” version is a take on a dessert I enjoyed often while pregnant. I love to make a big batch of these and store then in the freezer so the are ready when either of us needs a little treat!

 

Mama and Me Freezer Cookies

  • 1 cup organic creamy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 T cacao nibs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • liquid stevia
  • pinch of sea salt
For Baby
  1. Combine the almond butter coconut oil in a small bowl
  2. Drop half the mixture by small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  3. Freeze until solid
  4. Reserve the other half for Mama’s Cookies
  5. Store cookies in freezer
For Mama
  1. Combine the remaining almond butter/coconut oil mixture with the cacao nibs, vanilla extract, sea salt and stevia to taste
  2. Drop the mixture by small spoonfuls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  3. Freeze until solid
  4. Store cookies in freezer
DIY Baby Toys for the non DIY type

The weather in NYC today is glorious! It feels like spring is here after an incredibly long winter. I am told we are going to have one more round of snow on Thursday but for now I am soaking up the sunshine! I can’t wait to put away my puffy coat and Hermione’s little snowsuit for good!

The brutal winter kept us inside lots of days and I was forced to get creative, make that very creative with our playtime activities. Beyond cooking I am not at all a DIY type of gal so I was not about to come up with elaborate toys and games for Hermione. After all we like to keep it clean, pure and simple around here.

For all the details on the homemade toys and games Hermione and I enjoyed this winter head over to Elizabeth Street!