How To: Look Put Together in Under 10 Minutes…New Mom Edition

I got the idea to do this post when I continued to get comments on how put together I always look so soon after having a baby! I love all the sweet comments and it makes me feel so much better, especially since I still have about 20 pounds of “baby weight” to lose! If only they knew how easy my routine is to get out the door!!! Here are my secrets to making it out the door looking put together in UNDER 10 MINUTES!

– Get a low-maintenance hair cut. My newborn does not like being put down so I have a very limited amount of time each day where I have 2 hands to work with. This pretty much means I can throw doing my hair out the window! With my low-maintenance haircut, all I need is a comb, at most!

– Brush your teeth right when you get up (even if it means baby has to cry for 2 minutes). Being in dentistry, I hate walking around (even at home) without having my teeth brushed. I do it right when I get up in the morning and I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day.

– Have a good selection of cute, comfy clothes. One of the most important things about choosing clothes for the postpartum period, for me, is functionality. The last thing I want to worry about is being uncomfortable or feeling like I can’t move with 2 little ones in tow. But I’m not talking about sweatpants and sweatshirts (leave those for home)! Think *Leggings or jeggings *Black yoga pants *Cute cotton v-neck t-shirts *Cardigans *Cotton dresses (weather permitting). These are all cute and functional. Just be sure they are clean!!!

– Change into cute clothes right before leaving the house. This is a continuation on my last point of keeping your clothes clean! Leave the grungy sweats and tops for home where they can get covered in spit-up, pee, poop, and breast milk without having to stress. When you are about ready to leave the house, put on your clean, cute clothes!

– Complete your outfit with cute flats, sandals or heels. Nothing screams frumpy mom like going out in your white tennis shoes (sorry, but that’s not cute)! Trade in those tennis shoes for some comfy flats, or if it is just a quick trip, throw on some sassy heals!

– Add some fun accessories! Spruce up your outfit with some cute earings, a fun necklace or a pretty scarf. It only takes a couple seconds to throw on and it instantly looks like you spent a good amount of time getting ready to go. I have a couple staple pairs of earings and necklaces that I can throw on quickly. They are super cute and go with most outfits. A pretty scarf can also add instant pizzazz to your outfit.

– Keep a bag of go-to makeup. For me this is *concealer, *mascara and *foundation. Keep it in a small makeup bag and do your makeup in the car before you pull out of the driveway. This way, the kiddos are all loaded up and ready to go and you have 2 free hands to get it done in a flash! I also keep a *comb and *perfume in there that I can throw on!

There you have it! That is how I look “so put together” with a 2 year old and a newborn! My entire routine takes me UNDER 10 MINUTES! Do you have any awesome tips for how you get out the door looking fabulous?

Love, Macy

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How To: Reduce the stress of leaving your infant

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I am so excited to report that DH and I will be going on our first date since our newest little bundle of joy was born! I could not be more excited! DH and I are going to the Minneapolis Auto Show and then will probably grab some dinner before heading back home 🙂 With baby being only 5 weeks old, I thought it would be helpful to make a “How to guide” for taking care of our little one. Not that my mom hasn’t raised two kids already, but those of us who have kids know, each baby is unique. Here is a peak at my “how to” for taking care of our two little ones (our older daughter just turned 2).

Eating:

– Addie eats roughly every 3 hours. This is not a strict time limit. If she is crying and does not stop while being held and rocked, she is probably hungry. This holds true even if she has just finished a bottle.

– Making bottles: fill a bottle with 4 oz of tap water. Warm in microwave for 9 seconds. Put 2 scoops of formula in and shake well.

– Burp her after every ounce. She will most likely still spit up, so have a burp cloth handy.

– Lydia can eat whatever you are eating. As a general rule, we try to give her at least one fruit or veggie or both with each meal. She may tell you she is “all done, go play!” right away. Request she eats her food first. If she still refuses, it is okay to let her down but she does not get a chance to eat again until the next meal.

Sleeping:

– Addie most likely will not go to sleep without being held. It is also unlikely she will stay asleep if you put her down. If you attempt to put her down in her bouncy seat or swing while she is sleeping, lay her on her side – Chances are better she will stay asleep.

– Lydia’s bed time is 8:00. She will insist she has her ‘moosey’ and ‘beary.’ She will also request that you give her and them a hug before she goes to sleep. She likes her music on. She will probably request that you say a night time prayer before you leave the room. Once all that is completed and she is tucked in, you can leave and she will fall asleep.

Diapering:

– Addie’s diapers and wipes are in our room under her bassinet. Change her whenever her diaper feels full. Or if she poops. Dirty diapers can go in the metal trash can in our bathroom.

– Lydia’s diapers are in her room. Her wipes are in the middle drawer of the changing table. Dirty diapers and wipes go in the diaper champ next to her changing table.

Other: Dirty clothes and burp cloths can be thrown in the hamper in the laundry room. Feel free to eat whatever you can find. If you need anything, you can call us. Thank you and good luck! 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed a peak into our little routine! So before you leave the little one at home, make a “How to guide” and relax!

Is there anything else you do to reduce the stress of leaving your infant??? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Love, Macy

Preparing for Baby: Freezer Meals

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Photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com

As many of you know, I am expecting my second little girl any day now! I have been a busy little bee preparing for her impending arrival! I thought I would share with you all some ideas on what you can do in the last couple weeks leading up to baby! First on the list, stocking your freezer with some great meals you have prepared! Why do this? Well, you will be busy, busy, busy with the new baby and most likely won’t feel like cooking. Prepare a few meals ahead of time, freeze them and just heat up the amount you would like to eat! Trust me, it’s worth it 🙂

Easy 10 Freezer Meals:

1. Lasagna

  • 1 Box Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 Lb Ground beef
  • 1 Large jar Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 24 oz Cottage cheese
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Lb Mozzarella cheese

Cook noodles until soft. Brown beef and onion in pan. Add spaghetti sauce. Combine cottage cheese, egg and Parmesan cheese in separate bowl. Layer noodles, then pasta sauce mixture, then cottage cheese mixture then mozzarella. Repeat 3 times, ending with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

2. Chicken and broccoli alfredo – Grill 2 Large Chicken Breast. Cook one bag of broccoli in microwave. Cook one large box of penne noodles (or whatever type you prefer). Mix all together in large bowl with one jar of alfredo sauce. Pour in disposable baking pan. Cover with foil and freeze.

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo and Sausage Penne Pasta

3. Sausage penne pasta – Cook 12 oz turkey/chicken sausage/kielbasa. Cook one large box of penne noodles (or whatever type you prefer). Mix all together in large bowl with one jar of spaghetti sauce. Pour in disposable baking pan. Cover with foil and freeze.

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Store pasta dishes in disposable pan to reduce dirty dishes to clean and free up your other pans for every day cooking.

4. Chili –

  • 1 Lb Ground beef
  • 1 Can Green beans
  • 1 Can Chili beans
  • 1 Can Pinto beans
  • 1 Can Diced tomatoes
  • 1 Small Can Tomato paste
  • 1 Can of Water
  • Chili powder to taste

Mix all ingredients together in large pot and allow to simmer. Allow to cool and freeze.

5. Tuna noodle casserole (or ‘hot dish’ for all you fellow Minnesotans!) –

  • 1 Large bag of Wide egg noodles
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 Can (drained) tuna
  • 1 Can Peas (Optional)
  • Garlic powder and pepper to taste
  • Pepper jack cheese

Cook noodles until soft. Mix all ingredients in oven-ready bowl. Top with desired amount of pepper jack cheese (or preferred cheese). Bake until cheese is browned.

6. Pot roast fixin’s – I filled 2 – 1 lb ziplock bags with cut up potatoes, baby carrots and onion. Season to taste.

7. Fajita fixin’s – Cut up 2 large green and 2 large red bell peppers and 1 large onion. Separate in half and freeze in 2 – 1 lb ziplock bags. When ready to eat, grill fixin’s in a pan, add grilled chicken (See below) and 1/2 packet taco seasoning.

8. Muffins –

Apple Oatmeal Muffins(Let’s Dish)

Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins(Chocolate, Chocolate and More)

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins (The Kitchen is my Playground)

9. Energy Bits – See recipe Here!

10. Grilled Chicken – Cook several chicken breasts and throw them in the freezer. Add them to fajitas, salads, etc…

I hope you found this useful! Stay tuned for my “Nesting Check-List!”

Love, Macy

Family Fun in Minnesota Resource

Image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region on FlickrI was just scoping out some fun events in Minnesota to add to our site, when I came across an awesome resource at MNparent.com! They have a lengthy list of things to do in Minnesota that you can do with your family!

Little things like play time and open gyms, to big things like retreats and concerts. It’s a wonderful resource if you’ve got little ones at your house who are maybe going a little stir crazy!

Check out their Minnesota Family Activities page for some wonderful ideas.

Thanks MNparent.com for providing this great list!! So very neat.

Hearts,
Ruby

 

Baby Girl Baby Shower Brunch for Macy

This weekend, I had the honor of throwing Macy a baby shower brunch to celebrate her ‘new arrival’ coming soon! I wanted to share some photos with you guys because I knew you’d enjoy seeing what kind of things I came up with for her!

First, I’ll show you the baby shower favors. You should know that she’s having another *GIRL* how exciting! And since we’re in December here in Minnesota – let’s just say that it’s pretty darn cold! So I wanted to gift our guests with something warm and fuzzy, so I chose these cute fuzzy mittens! My mom helped me brainstorm a little saying to write on these little guys, she helped me come up with this:

Baby shower mitten favors

In case the photo doesn’t load correctly, I’ll write it out for you. It says,

“Thank you for coming,
We hope you enjoyed.
The stork left you with
Your own pink bundle of joy!”

They were a huge hit. I wrapped them up in little things of tulle and tied with a ribbon so that they would look like a little bundle of joy that the stork just dropped off. Guests loved these mitten favors, and many even wore them out the door!

For brunch, I wanted to offer a variety of foods so that there was a little something for everyone. The main dish here, was an egg bake that turned out delicious, and the recipe is easy!

Baby Brunch Egg Bake Recipe

We put a bag of southern hashbrowns (those little square potatoes) on a griddle and cooked them up. Then those went on the bottom of the pan, I made two pans, so split that in half for one pan. We also fried up a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage and once it was cooked, drain the grease and distributed over the potatoes (again, we made two pans so this was cut in half per pan). From there, you’ll mix together 6 eggs and 1/2 cup milk. Pour over the potatoes and sausage (you’ll need to do this for each pan, so it’ll be 12 eggs total and 1 cup of milk). Sprinkle 1-2 cups of cheddar cheese over the top of each pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Voila!

baby brunch food spreadBeyond the egg bake, I also baked some blueberry muffins, and for those who don’t like muffins, I offered Italian bread slices and don’t forget to put out the butter! Also on the brunch table were sliced strawberries, fresh pineapple, bananas, blueberries and a yummy homemade fruit dip!

baby brunch fruit cupcakes muffins foodFor drinks, we had baby punch (One liter fruit punch, one liter Sprite, one can of frozen pineapple juice) garnished with orange slices. I wish I had made this a bit beforehand so that I could have frozen some of it to use as ice to keep the punch cold. But either way, the punch was a hit and it tasted really yummy! Thank you Pinterest 😉 Oh, and we also had coffee (with sweetener and creamer optional) and ice water as well.baby shower brunch drinks punch coffee

My hubby helped me with all of this, and he was the biggest partner I could’ve ever had for all this! We tag-teamed the cupcakes and they were SO tasty. All we did was make a chocolate cake mix but used it in cupcake tins. We made a buttercream frosting that was the perfect combination here.

baby brunch food spread ideasWell that’s it for the baby brunch spread! I hope it’s helpful for any upcoming baby showers you might have coming up. I know Macy and her little one enjoyed themselves, and let’s just say that I had a lot of leftovers 😉 haha which isn’t bad, I can’t say that hubby complained about that!

Hearts,
Ruby

Bumpidoodle: Review & Giveaway

This contest has ended. Congratulations Megan! She won a Mason Monkey bitty! A special thank you to everyone who entered this contest. Stay tuned for another giveaway this week!

Bumpidoodle animal friendsToday I’m going to introduce you to a cute product that is made right here in Minnesota!! Bumpidoodle! They are designed and are produced in the USA. A six-year-old girl (Ellison) from Minnesota came up with the name ‘Bumpidoodle’ and wanted there to be “lots of friends so they could all play together”. They are adorable, cuddly, and soft floor cushions made for children ages two and up. They’re made from “ultra-plush fabric with soft fleece accents and a cozy polyester fill.” I quoted that from their website because I didn’t want to get any of the important details wrong 🙂 And you can even wash the large floor cushions, just zip off the cover and toss it in the washing machine! How cool!

For this post, we got to review the Mason Monkey bitty! He’s the small floor cushion and is perfect for children to sit on to watch TV, read books, or just to have in their room as a little companion.

Choose their favorite animal to make it an extra-special addition to their room!

Other animal friend options include:

  • Benji Bear
  • Dillon Dog
  • Ellie Elephant
  • Frankie Frog
  • Leonard Lion
  • Mason Monkey
  • Olive Owl
  • Parker Pig
  • Pixie Panda
  • Toby Turtle

Bumpidoodle pets

Bumpidoodle sells two different sizes of these neat cushions:

The Large Floor Cushion (find these on Amazon and at Target stores):
  • 30″ wide x 24″ high x 20″ deep
The Bitty Cushion (find these on Amazon):
  • 15″ wide x 7″ high x 15″ deep

Like I mentioned above, I got to try out the bitty Mason Monkey! This little guy is uber-adorable and is sooooo soft and cuddly. I caught myself snuggling with him on my chair, I couldn’t put him down he was just so cozy and furry! Mason Monkey Bumpidoodle Animal Friend

I can easily see why kids love these so much. There’s so many activities you can do with your Bumpidoodle friends! Mostly kids just love to lay on them, sit on them, snuggle them, etc. The list really goes on and on – let’s just say that little old Mason here will get LOTS of love around this house!!! 🙂 They could get lots of love at your house too, I’m thinking holiday gifts! How cute would that be?!

Now, it gets even better. Bumpidoodle wants to give away a Mason Monkey bitty to one lucky reader! They would normally retail around $19.99 (for a bitty) but the winner will get to take him home for FREE!

Win a Mason Monkey Bitty!

Giveaway Details & How to Enter

mason monkey bittyLike we’ve done in the past, you will need to leave a separate comment for EACH entry task that you complete. Here’s the entry tasks you can do!

  1. Follow Bumpidoodle on Twitter
  2. Follow Real Housewives of MN on Twitter
  3. Visit Bumpidoodle.com and leave a comment on this post with your favorite Bumpidoodle animal friend!
  4. Follow Bumpidoodle on Pinterest
  5. Subscribe to Bumpidoodle on Youtube

Giveaway will end December 10th at 11:59pm CST. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this post and on our Facebook page!

Happy holidays!!!

Hearts,
Ruby

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. Bumpidoodle did supply me with a Mason Monkey bitty. All opinions expressed here are my own.

DIY Big Brother Gift

I know a family that will be having a little one soon. The big brother is a little nervous and I think he feels that he’s going to be left behind. So as much as I wanted to do something special for the new little one, I also wanted to make sure the big brother knew that he was cared for as well.

I didn’t have too big of a budget to use for a gift, so I hit up the Dollar Tree, of course. Which, you should note, now takes manufacturers coupons! I definitely used these for other items outside of my big brother gift, but that’s just a little side note 😉

At the store, I had to think of things this new big brother would really find fun and would enjoy. But not only that, I wanted to find things that would keep him occupied so that Mama could rest peacefully. This ruled out any noisy toys, or items that he might need help or close supervision with. Quite the task, right? Though it wasn’t as hard as it sounds, you just have to look closely and think like a child!!

Here’s what I came up with for his big brother gift:

I’ll explain it here in case you’re not sure what something is… In the gift he will find:

  • A Disney Junior coloring book filled with easy and hard pages to color
  • Crayons (no markers, you’re welcome mama) I got some jumbo color crayons in 10 different colors. That should be enough of a variety.
  • Spiderman hand sanitizer to put on his backpack
  • Spiderman hand soap to keep in the bathroom to encourage clean hands and no germs (new baby = no germs please!)

Of course I wanted to give him some other fun activities which included:

  • Gooey-gak stuff that any little boy would love
  • The ‘Klik Klak’ game should keep him occupied as he turns and twists it.

Little boys have such an imagination, I’m sure he will find more things to do with all these things as well.

And last but not least, I had to help him celebrate the reason why he’s receiving this little gift, which is the birth of his new little sibling. So I made him a big brother t-shirt that he can wear proudly! I had the iron-ons and I found a plain t-shirt at the dollar store. For his whole gift (which I then just put in a boyish blue tote), I spent about $7! It’s just a little price to pay and I think he will definitely get good use out of it.

What would you put in a big sibling gift? Did I miss anything important?

Hearts,
Ruby