The Ultimate Fall Bucket List for Families (+ a Free Printable!)

A list of 8 must-do’s for the season. I can’t wait to check off this entire Fall Bucket List for our family.

Here are the must-do's of the season! I present to you: our official Fall Bucket List for Families

In recent years, I have developed “winter blues” every time the colder season comes around. It’s without a doubt that both summer and fall are my favourite times of the year. But when January hits, just shortly after the holidays have wrapped up, I feel a heavy sense of cabin fever.

Lucky for me, the two seasons leading into winter are filled with fun activities for the entire family. I have so many plans in-mind and so today, I’ve put together the ultimate Fall Bucket List – curated for families and little ones!

Here are the must-do's of the season! I present to you: our official Fall Bucket List for Families

Here’s how I suggest you go about your Autumn season:

Here are the must-do's of the season! I present to you: our official Fall Bucket List for Families

  • View Fall foliage
  • Bake an apple pie (Which we did! My mother-in-law whipped-up a very tasty one the day we went apple picking)
  • Make Halloween costumes and take pics! (I already have most of the elements for our family Halloween costume – which I am so excited to show you.)
  • Go apple picking (Done and done! See above.)

Here are the must-do's of the season! I present to you: our official Fall Bucket List for Families

  • DIY a fleece blanket (Who doesn’t love a good throw on a nippy night?)
  • Step on crunchy leaves
  • Watch Halloween movies (This year, I introduced Leo to Hocus Pocus and he was totally into it! Score!)
  • Bake an Autumn dessert you’ve never baked before (Any suggestions?)

 

I’m eager to get all of these items checked off this year. There are so many fun things to do during Fall: the weather is mild and the possibilities are endless.

What do you think you’ll get done from this Fall Bucket List?

Go ahead and save this pic, down below… it’s printer-friendly (sized 8.5 x 11):

Here are the must-do's of the season! I present to you: our official Fall Bucket List for Families

Travel Habits: Disney To-Do List with Toddlers

Enjoy your trip to the max. Here’s our family’s Disney to-do list and how we make every moment magical!

Enjoy your trip to the max. Here’s our family’s Disney to-do list and how we make every moment magical!

When I tell you that I love Disney, I’m really not joking.

I first stepped through its doors (Magic Kingdom, Disney World, to be exact) when I was twelve years old. Everything about it was jaw-dropping: the ambiance, the food, even the air felt different. Stepping through its doors, I felt like there was this magical energy, ready to make me the happiest kid on Earth.

Fast forward two decades later, Disney has remained a huge part of my life. Since that first trip, I’ve been visiting on a regular basis: mainly with girlfriends and my sister.

The moment I became a mom, I knew that trips to Disney parks were something we had to do as a family. Luckily, Joe was keen on the idea, too. So as new parents, we tackled Disney World with our little one – who, at the time, just entered the early phases of toddlerhood.

Enjoy your trip to the max. Here’s our family’s Disney to-do list and how we make every moment magical!

I remember the reactions: “He won’t even remember anything!” “Really? Is it worth it?”

Yes and yes.

But you know what? This is what creating memories is all about. It’s the idea of looking back on certain events, milestones, and travels, and having stories to tell.

So here’s how we do Disney as a young family:

Our Family’s Disney To-Do List with Toddlers

Pack Light

When Leo was first born, I carried around a huge diaper bag to make sure I had everything on me. Call me a “new mom” (which is exactly what I am), but I wanted to make sure that I was “readily prepared” – and yes, guilty as charged, I overpacked.

When we were prepping for our Disney trip, I decided to downsize. I bought a backpack where I could fit only the essentials for a day at the park. I even picked up a small umbrella stroller to make things feel less bulky (and it was perfect for checking-in at the airport).

Make Those Memories!

Take full advantage of the PhotoPass service in Disney Parks. After all, you’ll want to photograph every single moment possible, right?!

Disney PhotoPass is a professional photography service in Disney parks and resorts. Photographers are spread out throughout the premise and you can get your photo taken in prime spots!

I have always loved doing this because it allowed me to enjoy the parks without having to carry around a bulky camera.

Enjoy your trip to the max. Here’s our family’s Disney to-do list and how we make every moment magical!

The Magic of Bubbles

The Mickey Mouse Glowing Bubble Wand is the ultimate souvenir for your little one. As soon as we entered the park, we saw so many kids running around with one.

I couldn’t help but pick up a wand for Leo. It was his first time really discovering bubbles and he had a blast! Also, because they glow, they’re great at nighttime during the fireworks show.

Character Dining

Now, this one could be a hit or miss. Some kids love mascots and characters while others are terrified.

I highly recommend trying one out, so add it on your Disney to-do list! Character dining is the epitome of Disney meals. You’ll create great memories and dine on delicious grub (P.S. I have a picture of Leo crying next to Eeyore – a snapshot I’m sure he’ll appreciate when I show it to his future girlfriend).

Our Favorite Rides

Of course, rides can feel limited when you’re travelling with an ultra little one. But leave it up to Disney to have the best ones for any age.

The ones we frequented (thanks, FastPass!) were:

  • It’s a Small World – Magic Kingdom
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant- Magic Kingdom
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Magic Kingdom
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Epcot

Enjoy your trip to the max. Here’s our family’s Disney to-do list and how we make every moment magical!

Have you ever tackled Disney with a toddler? What was your experience like?

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe: with Double Chocolate & Chocolate Milk

Ladies and gents, this is the only cupcake recipe you'll ever need. I present to you my Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

Sharing with you one of our family’s favourites: my easy chocolate cupcake recipe. You’re welcome.

Okay, I can’t help but jump on those “National Day” bandwagons. I have to admit, at the beginning of the month, I looked up to see if there were any fun ones for September. When I found out the 27th was National Chocolate Milk Day, I just knew I had to partake.

Ladies and gents, this is the only cupcake recipe you'll ever need. I present to you my Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

What better way to celebrate such a sweet day than with my easy chocolate cupcake recipe? I am a cupcake fanatic (but a self-proclaimed cookie enthusiast, no less). I bake cupcakes at least twice a week (don’t ask why – from events to dinner parties, there always seems to be a reason for cupcakes in our household).

Time to chug down a glass of good ol’ chocolate milk with my easy chocolate cupcake recipe. I mean, calories don’t count on National Days like this, right?! We all deserve double-chocolate once in awhile (and this time, it’ll be in my milk and my cupcakes.)

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

To Decorate

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • Chocolate chips

Yields: 12-15 cupcakes

Ladies and gents, this is the only cupcake recipe you'll ever need. I present to you my Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

Process

Line a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners (hint: when I’m using plain paper liners, as opposed to the ones with an aluminium lining, I double them!). Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric stand mixer, start beating egg and sugar on medium speed. While that is mixing, sift your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl.

Add vegetable oil and milk into your egg and sugar mixture. Continue mixing.

Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients, one third at a time. Mix thoroughly.

Once all of the ingredients are combined, add boiling water and mix. This will make the batter runny – exactly how you want it to be!

Pour batter into your lined muffin pan, about 1/4 cup for each section.

Bake 13-15 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack.

With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk until smooth. Your buttercream frosting is complete once it forms semi-stiff peaks.

Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake. Top with chocolate chips and enjoy!

Ladies and gents, this is the only cupcake recipe you'll ever need. I present to you my Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

 

How to Make Healthy Food Choices as a Family

Gather ‘round the table, y’all. This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices.

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.
I have partnered with YMC and Annie’s and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Leo was exactly 6 months old when he started eating solids. You know what? He was such a good eater. His palette was rather sophisticated for an infant. I experimented with tons of flavour profiles and I was always impressed with his willingness to try everything. (Including my beet and leek puree. Yup. He ate that.)

Fast forward to now, and we’ve entered the overloaded stage of toddlerhood. Joe and I both come from families where food is the centre of all gatherings. We make it a point to emphasize the importance of family meals while making healthy food choices.

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.

Since Leo is eating just about everything now, we make it a point to prepare the same meal for the entire family. No exceptions; no separate dishes for anyone.

But don’t get me wrong. Meal planning is quite the task. Here are a few of our tips and tricks in keeping mealtime fun, delicious, and how we make healthy food choices as a family.

How to Make Healthy Food Choices as a Family

Plan it All Out
At the beginning of the week (usually, Sundays), Joe and I sit down and plan out our daily meal plan. We break it down to breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. As we jot down our meal ideas, we research recipes and carefully create a list so that we have a plan in place once we hit the grocery store.

Meal planning does take time but it ensures that we keep everything homecooked, thus, in control of what we consume as a family.

Take-Out and Dinner Reservations are Seldom
Before we got married, Joe and I were notorious for eating out… All. The. Time. Not only did this burn a hole through our wallets, but it also wasn’t the healthiest of choices we were making.

Fast forward to now, we approach restaurant outings as a cause for celebration or a well-deserved treat. We are also very selective with the restaurants in which we dine, ensuring that they’re family-friendly and offer a more refined menu featuring healthier meals.

Eating at Home Isn’t Always Homecooked
I like to think that I’m one of those people who can whip up a homecooked meal from scratch every single day.

Point is: that’s not always the case. Let’s face it, we are a generation of go-getters. I’m a career-driven mom that strives to do the best for her work and her family. Sometimes, time slips away. That’s when I turn to quick-meal solutions for a tasty, warm meal at the end of the day.

I know what you’re thinking: huh? What? Pre-packaged food?

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.

Healthy choices doesn’t always have to be from farm to table. The reality for my family is: sometimes, we need that boxed meal in order to enjoy dinnertime together.

Just like how picky we are with restaurants, our family gets choosy in the packaged foods we purchase. In comes: Annie’s. Annie’s concept is simple: provide families with organic food options that are simple to prepare and taste delicious. You may have seen them at your local grocer’s. They have a whole line of pastas, crackers, cookies and fruit snacks. With a diverse product line, Annie’s makes it on our shopping list every single week. More recently, we discovered their Yummier Than Ever Mac and Cheese.

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.

If their product offerings weren’t amazing enough, their new and improved mac and cheese is made with more real cheese flavour, a better sauce, and a better noodle. I know they always say: “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” But you know what? This time around, it wasn’t broken, but Annie’s somehow made it better.

Since the noodles are now more kid-friendly in size, Leo is using it to his advantage. Slowly and surely, he’s learning to use cutlery, and Annie’s Yummier Than Ever Mac and Cheese is allowing him to learn and get through this transition.

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.

Also: busy mom here. Yup, that’s me! Guess what? I’m tired! There! I’ve admitted defeat. But now, Annie’s Yummier Than Ever Mac and Cheese is a total cooking time of 8 minutes. Yes. Eight. 4+4. That is all.

Making healthy food choices doesn’t have to be impossible. All it takes is some planning, commitment, creativity, and trusted brands to transform mealtime into family time.

This is how we, as a family, make healthy food choices: from homemade meals to limiting take-out, make the best choices for your best self.

How do you save time when it comes to meal planning and preparing food?

Sneaking in More Veggies with Zucchini Fritters

Getting more veggies on my family members’ plates with these delicious (and easy-to-make!) zucchini fritters.

If you want to get more veggies on your family members' plates, then try out these delicious zucchini fritters.

Wanna hear something about our little family, guys? Both my husband and kiddo despise vegetables. Joe and Leo seem to be very similar for many things. Aside from the sheer fact that they look exactly alike, they seem to have the same palette as well.

Of course, as a new mama, I know the importance of a well-balanced meal. So I will openly admit: they don’t get away with the non-veggie stance with me.

But I try to make it fun… with variety – I try.

Making vegetable fritters and patties is one of my tricks. Yesterday, I whipped up these zucchini fritters for lunch. They’re flavourful and have a delicious, crispy texture so the boys do gobble them up. Phew. (P.S. My husband, otherwise, won’t even approach zucchini with a 10-ft pole.)

I, on the other hand, love zucchini. Give it to me in any way, shape, or form and I guarantee that it won’t be on my plate in seconds. It just won’t last with me. I recently heard of zucchini rice and can’t wait to make this one by Jennifer of Moms Vs the Boys! There are also zucchini pastas that I’ve been obsessing over recently, just like this Creamy 3-Cheese Zucchini Lasagna. My mouth is watering!

If you want to get more veggies on your family members' plates, then try out these delicious zucchini fritters.

But back to the fritters… here’s how to make them:

Zucchini Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis, shredded
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tsp garlic powder

Yields: 12-15 fritters

Process

In a colander, sprinkle your shredded zucchini with salt and let sit for 10 minutes. With clean hands, soak out as much of the water from the zucchini and place on a plate, lined with a sheet of paper towel.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together eggs, flour and parmesan cheese. Add zucchini and mix until all ingredients are well-combined.

If you want to get more veggies on your family members' plates, then try out these delicious zucchini fritters.

Line another plate with a sheet of paper towel and over medium-heat, heat a nonstick pan with olive oil.

Once hot, scoop 1/4 cup of the zucchini mixture into the pan and fry for about 2 minutes. Flip over and fry for another 2 minutes and place on your lined plate.

In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream and garlic powder. This will be your dipping sauce for your fritters.

 Serve the zucchini fritters hot and enjoy!

If you want to get more veggies on your family members' plates, then try out these delicious zucchini fritters.

Have you ever made any kind of vegetable fritters?

5 Wedding Day Tips for any Bride-to-Be

Simple wedding day tips that I wish I kept in-mind for my big day.

Simple wedding day tips that I wish I kept in-mind for my big day.

Last week, on my Instagram stories, I talked about my and Joe’s 3-year wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how fast three years have gone by. A baby, a new condo, and many family vacations later, here we are, enjoying our little family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

These last three years zoomed as fast as our actual wedding day. People certainly weren’t joking when they told me to just “enjoy the moment.”

The funniest thing about large celebrations is that they can take months to prepare but once the event takes place, they wrap-up so quickly.

Now that I look back on my oh-so perfect wedding day, there are things I wish I had told myself to calm my nerves and appreciate the precious moments.

5 Wedding Day Tips for any Bride-to-Be

Check Yourself Out
…and I don’t say this to be vain. Many brides put a ton of effort into choosing the perfect wedding dress. Not to mention, hair and makeup is a process of research (um, hello Pinterest!) and trials. So before you head down the aisle, I urge you to take one good look in the mirror and appreciate the all of the hard work that went behind your wedding day wardrobe.

Simple wedding day tips that I wish I kept in-mind for my big day.

Dance to Your Favorite Songs
Weeks before our big day, Joe and I met with our DJ to compile a carefully-curated list of songs. The night of our wedding, we were so busy talking to our guests, thanking them for their attendance.

In a selfish way, I often think about how I missed jamming to some of my personal picks (yeah, I’m talking about you, Bruno Mars). Brides, if you hear a song and want to dance and enjoy yourself, hit the dance floor and boogie down. It’s a few minutes that you deserve.

Take it All In
This is something I was actually able to do, all thanks to the advice from a good friend. She told me that once we were announced husband and wife (and of course, after our big kiss!), to turn to the attendees and appreciate everyone who came to celebrate our special day.

I encourage you to spot faces, smile at everyone, and savor the moment.

Let Them Eat Cake (and Everything Else)
Come on girl, lipstick can be reapplied… so eat all the food. All of it. You put together the wedding menu for your guest’s enjoyment as well as yours.

Simple wedding day tips that I wish I kept in-mind for my big day.

Couple’s Escape
On your wedding day, you will always be surrounded by people. Try and take a couple of minutes to sneak outside with your hubby. Take a breather, give each other a smooch, and enjoy your togetherness as a newlywed couple.

Simple wedding day tips that I wish I kept in-mind for my big day.

What are some things you wish you did differently for your wedding day?

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

Giving my plate o’ cookies a Halloween makeover. Get your bandages ready, here are my Mummy Sugar Cookies.

Giving my sugar cookies a Halloween makeover! My Mummy Sugar Cookies are filled with buttercream and topped with fondant bandages. Yum!

Okay, Halloween is over a month away, but I gotta be prepared, right?! I recently wrote a post on 5 Minutes for Mom featuring my Spider Crinkle Cookies and well, it looks like I’ve caught the cookie bug!

Sugar cookies always seem to be reserved for the holidays. But why?! I think there’s a special place for sugar cookies on any Halloween sweets table.

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

I had tons of fun making these Mummy Sugar Cookies. Rather than only using buttercream, I opted to mix it up with different (and super sweet) mediums.

How to Make Mummy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • Your favourite recipe for sugar cookies (aim to bake one dozen circles, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter)
  • 6-7 oz. white fondant
  • Cornstarch, for rolling
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • Black decorating frosting
  • 24 candy googly eyes

Yields: One dozen mummy sugar cookies

Process

Ensure that your cookies are cool before decorating. Start by prepping your fondant “bandages.” Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

Lightly dust a clean working surface with cornstarch. Also, add some on your rolling pin.

Roll out your fondant so that it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut into long strips and set carefully on your lined baking sheet.

Time for the buttercream: using an electric mixer, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high until smooth. Your buttercream is ready once it forms semi-stiff peaks.

*Note: If you find your buttercream too runny, you can add more icing sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. If it’s too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk at a time.

Using an offset spatula, spread buttercream on each cookie.

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

At the top of your cookie, around where you’d place your mummy’s eyes, spread a small dollop of black decorating icing. Top it with your candy googly eyes.

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

This is where the fun starts: start spreading your fondant strips on random parts of your cookies. Trim where necessary.

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

Okay, so did I get you in the Halloween spirit now? Hope so!

Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat Mummy Sugar Cookies: A Spooky (but Cute!) Halloween Treat

Blue on Blue on Blue with Ruffled Sleeves

How I’m transitioning my favorite summer dress into the autumn season – ruffled sleeves and all.

How I’m transitioning my favorite summer dress into the autumn season – ruffled sleeves and all.

There’s something about finding beautiful murals in your city. One Sunday after a brunch-date, I realized we’d be near some of our favourite ones. I just knew that we’d make a stop on our route to snap a couple of pics.

How I’m transitioning my favorite summer dress into the autumn season – ruffled sleeves and all.

I’m all about transitional-wear and right now, we’re in that odd time of the year when autumn is trying to make its way through but then summer snaps back and says, “Yeah, nice try bud… I’m still technically around until the 22nd.”

This blue dress with ruffled sleeves was a piece I was really excited to purchase this summer. Super feminine with a forgiving cut, I strutted in this piece on the streets of New York City and showed up to a couple of dinner parties sporting it. Since it’s long, I feel like I can easily wear it on cooler days without looking too summer-desperate.

How I’m transitioning my favorite summer dress into the autumn season – ruffled sleeves and all.

How are you dressing up for this time of the year?

Must-Have Items for Back to School

Who’s excited for their big day?! Here are some must-have items for the little learner in your life.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!
This is a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% our own – in fact, we couldn’t be more excited to partner-up with our favourite brands. Enjoy!

My social media feeds have been filled to the brim with back-to-school tips and photos. Now that I’m a mama, I can totally relate to all the emotions that come with first-day jitters. Sure, Leo is still a toddler and not quite at that stage, but ever since we made the decision to have him start pre-school, this mama has been feeling all of the feelings. All of them.

To celebrate these milestones, I put together a round-up of must-have items for back-to-school. Whether you’re about to begin your journey or are heading for another awesome year, here are some items you just can’t do without:

Must-Have Items for Back-to-School

Snacking Game: Strong

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note! Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

When I was attending elementary school, the one thing I looked forward to was seeing what my mom packed in my lunchbox. I was a serial snacker back then and I’m still one now. It looks like I passed that quality onto Leo.

And you know what? Snacking can totally be healthy and can certainly be delicious.

In comes: FreeYumm bars and cookies. I try to limit the amount of sweets Leo gets, but when he sees me baking desserts for my blog, he goes bananas. It can definitely be a challenge trying to offer him an alternative, but ever since we discovered FreeYumm, he’s been reaching for their bars instead.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

FreeYumm snacks are free of the most common allergens found in pre-packaged food. They’re made with real, wholesome ingredients like whole oats, bananas, and raspberries and use only natural sweeteners. I am hesitant-free giving these to Leo and you can bet your lucky stars that they’ll be making their way into his lunchbox. They have become a household staple for us (okay, and don’t tell Leo, but I sneak in a bar for myself every day).

Footwear

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

We have been a fan of Robeez footwear since Leo was born. When we received his pre-school supply list, his teacher specifically listed “comfortable shoes.” When I saw the opportunity to purchase new footwear, I was all for it. Naturally, I gravitated towards Robeez and picked up this pair of Liam Soft Soles.

What’s fantastic about Robeez is that they grow with your baby from day one. From Baby Shoes to Mini Shoez, Robeez boasts quality footwear from the newborn stage up until toddlerhood, so they’re perfect for any pre-schooler. I’m inclined to buy them for their durability, quality leather, and elasticized backs. We never lost one shoe because they stay put and never fall off.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note! Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Label Everything

When it’s back-to-school season, most parents are hard at work labeling all of the items: All. Of. Them.

I only discovered Stick2Me labels recently, but boy, I am so hooked. Rigid and durable, these labels stick (and stay!) to just about everything. In one packet, you get tons of labels in various shapes and sizes. No need to print out, cut out, and tape individual tags/labels. Stick2Me facilitates the otherwise lengthy process. (Plus, they come in all sorts of cute patterns, so they’re hard to resist!)

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note! Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

The Essentials

There are definitely essential items that make their way to pre-school supply lists. What’s key is finding a good brand that offers all of the essentials. Nuby happens to be one of our favourites.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

I first used Nuby’s products when Leo was a wee little newborn. Of course, as a new mama, I was all about cleaning, nesting, and providing baby with a germ-free atmosphere. I turned to Nuby’s pacifier wipes as a part of my diaper bag essential. I was thrilled to discover they had a whole line of kid-friendly products.

Mealtime Essentials
Many pre-schools encourage you to bring your own utensils and plates for mealtime. We’ve been using Nuby’s silicone plate since Leo started eating solids. It sticks to nearly any surface and has taught Leo that plates are for serving, not throwing. We will definitely be sending one with him to pre-school.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note! Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Nuby’s Fun Feeding utensils are BPA-free and encourage your little ones to eat just like a big kid.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Snacking Essentials
What’s more fun than a lunchbox full of healthy snacks? Lunchbox accessories, of course!

Nuby’s Flip-It Active water bottle is easy to use. With just one push of a button, the lid flips open to expose a soft, silicone straw, which is gentle on the gums and teeth.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Why not have it all in one nifty knick-knack? Nuby’s Snack N’ Sip cup holds both beverage and snack, making it easy to pack lunches on a day-to-day basis.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Oral Hygiene
Another key item on Leo’s list is a toothbrush. His school strives to teach the importance of self-care at an early age, so I turned to Nuby for their toothcare kit. They use an all-natural formula for their toothpaste and you can bet that I did a “happy mama” dance when I found out.

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

…and of course, we labelled everything. Everything!

Featuring our essential & must-have items for back-to-school. Let's start the year on a high note!

Is your kiddo starting school? Is he/she back-to-school? What are your must-have items?

Almond Overnight Oats: An Easy Back-to-School Solution

A simple breakfast to kick off your day. We turn to Almond Overnight Oats as a healthy and tasty solution for busy mornings.

And so the school year begins! We’ve been turning to overnight oats as our breakfast staple. Hurry up, the school bus is here!

I am always up for a quick morning solution. It’s not necessarily because I want to get the morning over with. In fact: on the contrary. It’s because I would much rather have at least 30 minutes to eat breakfast around the table with my family, than scramble to cook something and scarf it down in a rush.

I recognize that it’s now BTS for many families. While we like to think that our mornings will go over smoothly, sometimes our carefully-planned routines turn out for the worse. Okay, maybe not the worse, but something always has to happen, right?

A simple breakfast to kick off your day. We turn to Almond Overnight Oats as a healthy and tasty solution for busy mornings.

The idea behind my Almond Overnight Oats is that the prepwork is all done the night before. This gives you a chance to a) sleep-in b) enjoy a hassle-free, healthy breakfast with the kiddos or, c) all of the above.

Almond Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Honey for drizzling
  • Almonds for garnishing

Process

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, milk, and yogurt and mix together.
  • Place in a air-tight container and let set overnight.
  • Scoop into a glass or mason jar and top with honey and almonds.

A simple breakfast to kick off your day. We turn to Almond Overnight Oats as a healthy and tasty solution for busy mornings.

I’m not kidding – it’s really that easy.

I’ve teamed up with three of my favourite Canadian mama bloggers to bring to you some of the easiest back-to-school breakfast solutions. I recommend scheduling out all of your breakfasts days in advance so you know exactly what to prep and serve well before the school-week has started:

Sweet & Savoury Cornmeal Waffles by Mama Bear’s Haven

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole by Moms vs the Boys

Protein Crepes by Little Miss Kate

A simple breakfast to kick off your day. We turn to Almond Overnight Oats as a healthy and tasty solution for busy mornings.

Have you ever tried making overnight oats?

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