Best Ever Toddler Muffins

Friday, May 30, 2014

When Carl started eating finger foods, we had a difficult time getting him to eat anything aside from grilled cheese and bananas. I tried out multiple toddler muffin recipes and eventually found one that he loves. The recipe is adapted from and is full of fruits and vegetables. I modified the recipe to decrease the amount of butter. Both all-purpose and white wheat flour work well in this recipe. I make them as mini-muffins so that I can use them for a quick breakfast or pull out one for a light snack. The best part is that they freeze perfectly so you can make a batch, freeze them, and use them for weeks to come (my favorite kind of recipes). 

Carl is a picky eater and his face lights up when I pull out these muffins. In addition to the ingredients below, many people commenting on the recipe said they added dried fruit, zucchini, and other pureed vegetables. When making them the first time around I replaced half of the flour with rice cereal to provide extra iron (which was important for Carl because he was anemic). I would love to hear what modifications and additions you made to the recipe!

Goose PB&J

Sunday, May 25, 2014

For Carl's lunch, I was inspired by the geese we see constantly around our house. There is a nearby lake that the geese flock to so they fly over our house often.  My husband has been working with Carl to get him to honk when he sees them. 

Carl's favorite lunch is PB&J with watermelon. Aside from being Carl's favorite food, it's the perfect meal to style into an adorable animal! 

Gender Reveal Party Printables

Friday, May 23, 2014

One of my favorite moments of my pregnancy was our gender reveal party. I had been craving Mexican food at that point in my pregnancy so it inspired a fun fiesta-themed gender reveal. Our guests hit a pinata filled with blue candy to reveal that we were having a little man. 

Did you have a gender reveal party? What is your favorite way you have seen to announce the gender? I have found so many creative ideas since having our party! I know that a lot of people think these parties are over the top, but in my opinion, it's just one more great reason to have a party! Who doesn't love a party?? We had just family at ours which kept it more manageable. 

Today I am sharing with you a free party pack that has everything you need to host your own gender reveal party! They files are even editable in Word so that you can customize them to meet your needs! While I generally use Photoshop for my design, I originally created these on BRT in Word so that other people could customize them.

Sheep Dinner - Cute Kid Meals

Monday, May 19, 2014

I am so excited that Carl is finally getting old enough for me to make cute kid meals. I think it is so much fun to take a meal and make it more enticing for a child to eat. 

Last week I created this little sheep after a visit to the zoo. Carl especially loved the "farm" section at the zoo. He loved watching the sheep, pigs, and chickens. 

Do you make cute kid meals for you kids? What's your favorite meal you have ever made them? I would love to see some pictures and posts for ideas to use with Carl!

8 Free Memorial Day Prints

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Memorial Day is fast approaching. Today I am sharing with you 8 prints to decorate your home or party. 

When searching for a quote to use in my prints, I had a difficult time finding one worthy of the men and women that lost their lives fighting for our country. My husband suggested a wonderful quote that was on the exterior of Memorial stadium:

"Time will not dim the glory of their deeds."  

While not traditionally a Memorial Day quote, I felt the it fit the holiday perfectly. So as we spend time with family and friends, cooking out and laying on the beach, take some time to remember those that have given their lives for our freedom. 

Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I am so excited to share this special recipe with you today. Growing up, I knew my Grandma as the family baker. I was lucky enough to get her baking genes (unless my family has been lying to me all these years...). When things are stressful, I find baking relaxes me. I know how crazy that sounds, but I really do love it. It was something I grew up doing with my Mom, so it's attached to wonderful family memories. 

Sugar Oatmeal cookies are a Christmas must-have at our house. They are nothing like your typical oatmeal cookie (which I actually despise). I would say they are closer to a sugar cookie. They are super soft and have a light cinnamon flavor. If you want a cookie that melts in your mouth, these are it! Over the years, my family has made some revisions to the recipe to make the best version of this cookie. So the recipe below does not quite match my Grandma's recipe card (which she used a type writer for, so sweet!) If they don't come out soft, play around with the baking temperature and time (I know my oven cooks these differently than my Mom's oven). Once you make them, they'll become an instant family favorite. 

Carl's Orioles Nursery Tour

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Before we knew the sex of our baby, my husband and I made an agreement. If we had a girl, I could decorate the nursery any way I wanted (like he had a choice). If we had a boy, he could choose the theme for the nursery (even though he didn't understand why the nursery needed a "theme," he was happy to be able to pick it). From about week 7, I was certain Carl was a boy, so I knew my girly nursery was out the window. 

Once my gut-feeling was verified, we got started on designing Carl's nursery. My husband was shocked that I was okay with him having an Orioles room (I was just relieved he didn't want Star Wars or forest green walls). The room is perfectly Carl. He loves the bright orange and because of his dad, he already has a love of baseball and the Orioles. 

Mother's Day Watermelon Snack

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mom's, Grandma's, and caregivers! I am excited to be spending my day with my favorite little man, husband, and family. Who are you spending your day with? Are you doing anything special? We're grabbing brunch with Kris' family and then dinner with mine (at a BYOB restaurant - the best kind!) 

Today I am sharing with you this cute, simple, watermelon snack. Perfect for little ones on Mother's day or any day they need to be reminded who is boss loves them. 

41 Free Nursery and Kids Prints

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Nursery Prints post was one of my most popular ones on Bed Rested Teacher due to Pinterest popularity. I wanted to make sure that Pinterest fan's still had the opportunity to Download these prints for their nurseries and rooms. 

When I originally wrote this post on 10/15/12 at Bed Rested Teacher, I was very pregnant.Before we found out we were having a boy, Carl, I spent hours on Pinterest searching for various art ideas for the nursery. I often thought to myself that I could create similar art myself that would cost me very little to get printed, framed, or put on canvas. When I made the prints, I created them in high resolution so that they could be printed up to poster size (20 x 30). 

There are prints available for boy, girl, and neutral nurseries! Prints include popular quotes for nurseries, Disney-inspired (my niece has a Lion King nursery), and Baseball themed (Carl's nursery is an Orioles theme, which I will share next week). There are a total of 41 different files (some are the same print but in different colors). 

DIY Footprint Jewelry Dish for Grandma

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Do you need a last minute gift for the wonderful grandmothers in your child's life? Here's a quick and easy DIY craft you can do with your kids. You only a few materials.

I was inspired by a project I pinned a few years ago here. The one I am sharing today is a little more rustic since (although you could certainly make it cleaner/neater looking). 

If your child's feet are too big for a jewelry dish (honestly, Carl's feet made the dish bigger than I initially wanted), then you can use their hand print, thumbprint to make a heart, list the grandchildren's names, or just the name of the grandmother. In my case, I chose to use Carl's footprint (which didn't show up well in photos) and the grandmother's name. 

Young Toddler Survival List

Monday, May 5, 2014

As a parent of a young toddler, what I need to get through the day has completely changed from when Carl was a baby. It was especially easy when I was breast feeding and all I really needed was myself and some diapers/wipes. Before Carl, I remember being out at restaurants and stores looking at parents toting along all of this “stuff,” thinking, do you really need all of that? I had no idea what I was in for (and I was also a totally judgmental pre-Mom). Now, not everything I use is really necessary, but it sure makes life a lot easier.

There are lots of baby survival lists floating around, but I rarely ones about what you need for a toddler (probably because their Moms can’t bring out their laptops unless they want to watch the hot dog song on repeat for the next half-hour). So today, I am sharing with you my must-have list.

Now, my list may not work for everyone and I am sure you are thinking, “why do you need that” or “how in the world is ____  not on your list.” For the latter, please let me know what I am missing. As a first-time Mom, I know there are things I haven’t discovered yet. I would LOVE to hear your lists and will be glad to link to them from my post. I don’t know about you, but I love learning about anything that can help make life easier with my wiggle worm. 

Mother's Day Free Prints and Cards

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Waited too long for Mother's day and need a last minute gift or card for your Mom? I've got  you covered. Today I will be sharing free adorable prints for Mom that are also available as printable cards. The truth is, no matter your age or how long you have been living away from home, this saying will always hold true: "Home is Where My Mom Is." Today's prints come in a range of colors and font styles (including 2014's Pantone Color, Radiant Orchid). Print at home or send to your local store. Add a frame to for an extra special touch.

Have a gift but haven't gotten a card yet? These prints are also available as little blank note cards. You have the option to print them larger (half-page) or smaller (quarter page, pictured below). 

Welcome to Hand-Me-Down Mom Genes

Friday, May 2, 2014

When you are a child, you are often asked what you want to be when you grow up. I remember clearly telling teachers that I wanted to be a stay-at-home Mom just like my Mom and Grandma. But my answer would be brushed aside, “but what do you want to be when you grow up.” Frustrated, I would give whatever job my friends were saying. It wasn't until high school that I decided to become a special education teacher. (Temporarily, I considered being a graphic designer but that’s another story).

Even though I was preparing to become a teacher, I still made it clear to my boyfriends friends that what I really wanted to be was a stay-at-home Mom. In a world where women continue to struggle for job equality, I was praying that my future husband would be antiquated understanding enough to let me stay home with my children.

In 2007, I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful man who understood my desire to eventually leave the workforce to raise our future children. He worked hard and made sacrifices so that I could land my dream job.

On December 7, 2012, I took on the role I was always meant to play, Mom. As a third-generation stay-at-home Mom, I have used my “hand-me-down mom genes” to guide me on my journey through motherhood.

On this Mom-Blog, I will be sharing all things family-related. This will include printables, crafts, holiday ideas, recipes (including fun kid-friendly recipes), organizing ideas, entertaining/party ideas, Mommy-hood information, and of course adorable pictures of my family along the way. I am most looking forward to sharing my scanned copies of my Mom and Grandma's recipes as Carl and I try them out ourselves. 

Join Carl, Cosby, and me as we bake, craft, decorate, celebrate, and more here at Hand-Me-Down Mom Genes.

*For those of you that are coming here from Bed Rested Teacher, thank you for understanding my need to change blog directions. While I loved finding and sharing ideas for teachers, it just didn't fit my new lifestyle anymore. I hope that you stick with me as I start this new path on Hand-Me-Down Mom Genes! 

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