Easy Back-To-School Lunch Ideas

Adina is officially back to school and that means I am officially back to preparing her lunches everyday. We got this new lunchbox for her in May (it only took me nearly 9 months of her going to preschool to get a real lunchbox) and used it for the last month of school and during the summer when Adina was at camp and it was a huge hit! Not only did she love her colorful bento-style lunchbox, but it actually made making her lunch a lot easier for me! Keep reading to get 6 easy and healthy meal ideas that your toddler will love!

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Potty Training Tips + Must Haves

Adina’s been diaper-free for the past few months and we’re so proud of her! After having a few months of two kids in diapers, it has been so nice to just have one baby to change (and much more affordable too!) There are so many different approaches and methods to potty training out there. In this post I’m not going to tell you how to actually potty train your child, but I will share what we did and what products helped us have a smooth and successful experience. 

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Tips for Traveling with a Toddler and Baby

When we traveled to Mexico for 5 days earlier this year, it was our first trip as a family of four. To be quite honest, I was a bit nervous about traveling with a four-month-old and a two-year-old. It had been a year since my toddler’s last flight and it was our infant’s first flight ever. The flight was direct from New York to Cancun and was just under four hours. I worried and wondered - would Adina throw a tantrum on the plane? Would Noa cry the whole flight? In this post, I’m sharing what we did to prepare for the trip as well as tips we learned along the way that helped us travel smoothly with a toddler and a baby. 

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Noa's Sleep Journey

For the first four and a half months of her life, Noa was a pretty good sleeper. But by the time she was 6 months old, she was waking up several times a night and I was at my breaking point. Sleep deprivation is no joke! It was one thing when I just had one child but now with two kids, it was impossible to rest and catch up on lost sleep because someone was always up! I knew I needed to make a change! I decided to reach out to my friend Emily from Sleep Wise Consulting to help us make a plan for our family and get Noa back on track. Emily is also a mom of two (who happen to be similar ages to my girls) so besides her professional expertise, I knew she could relate to what I was going through from personal experience. With her help, we went from unintentionally co-sleeping to having our baby sleep for 12 hours straight in her own room in the course of 3 weeks!

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Noa's Newborn Photos

It’s hard to believe that our little babe is already 6 months old! It feels like she was just born yesterday and somehow I blinked and she’s already half way to one! I was feeling nostalgic and couldn’t help myself so I started looking through Noa’s newborn pictures. She (and Adina) has grown so much in the last few months! Of course it’s exciting seeing her reach all new milestones like rolling, sitting up, and eating solids. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss those sleepy newborn days a little bit. I’m sharing Noa’s newborn pictures in today’s post. Keep reading if you care to walk down memory lane with me!

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Mexico Recap: Our First Trip As a Family of Four

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since we got back from our trip to Mexico! You may have seen a few sneak peeks from our travels on Instagram (you can check them out on the “Mexico highlight” on my profile) but I can’t wait to recap (or should I say relive) our time there now that we’re back in Brooklyn. I also got a bunch of questions about traveling with a toddler and an infant, so I am working on a blog post with some tips and tricks for vacationing with young kids. But let’s get to the fun stuff and transport ourselves back to Mexico!

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Purim 2019: DIY Baby Shark Family Costume

This year was our first Purim as a family of 4. It is customary on this Jewish holiday to dress in costume. If you’ve been following me for a little while, you know I love to dress up in costume and when possible, have a matching theme with my family. Despite my attempts to shield my toddler from the Baby Shark pop song craze, it was unavoidable and she and drank the Baby Shark cool-aid. She was officially hooked and requested to play the song or music video nearly everyday for the past 3 months! The upbeat melody and repetitive lyrics were always in my head, no matter how much I tried not to think about the song! (Sorry in advance for getting it stuck in your head!) I figured, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em… and thus, my inspiration for our family Purim costume was born! Keep reading to see how I our matching shark family costumes came to life:

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My Favorite Feminist Children's Books

Books are a huge part of Adina’s life! Before she was born, we asked guests at my baby shower to bring a book in place of a card and to write a special note inside. By the time she was born, we already had a full bookshelf full of books in her nursery! Fast forward 2 years and her collection has only grown bigger and bigger! We look forward to reading 3 stories before bed each night and Adina loves picking out her favorite books. In anticipation of special days on the calendar and holidays, we’ll read specific books to get excited. For example, before her birthday, we read lots of books about birthdays and leading up to Chanukah and Passover, we read books with those themes. In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share some of our favorite feminist books that I’ve been reading with Adina.

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Adina's 2nd Birthday!

Adina’s second birthday was on October 26, 2018, just 2 days before my due date with baby #2. I didn’t know if I would have had the baby by then, so we didn’t want to plan anything too extravagant. Birthdays are a big deal to me so I knew I still wanted to do something special for Adina. But since I was going to be 40 weeks pregnant, I didn’t want to risk planning anything too involved. (Although my friends joked that if I went into labor, at least the hospital was only a few blocks away!) Subsequently, I didn’t give birth for another 2 weeks, but since Adina was born at 39 weeks, I was prepared for it to happen at any moment. With this in mind, we wanted something fun and easy and planned a birthday celebration at the park near our house.

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How to Prepare Your Toddler for a New Baby

One of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten since Noa’s birth, is how Adina has adjusted to being a big sister. Truthfully, I had a lot of concerns about how the transition would be for her. Not only is she our firstborn, but Adina is also the first grandchild on both sides of the family and was used to having all of the attention on her for the first two years of her life. So naturally, I was worried that once the new baby arrived, there could be some feelings of jealousy or even animosity directed towards her. Now that Noa is over two months old, I can say confidently that the transition for Adina (and really for our whole family) has been so smooth and better than I ever imagined!

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Halloween 2018 Recap: Easy Matching Mother-Daughter Costumes

Over Halloween, I was 40 weeks pregnant (plus 3 days!) and Adina had just turned two years old a few days earlier. But my big belly wasn’t going to stop us from dressing up and if you know me, you know I couldn’t resist matching with my mini! I had to come up with costumes that would be easy for both of us and comfortable for me at the very end of my third trimester.

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Welcome Noa Ella! Noa's Birth Story

It’s been 2 months since little Noa has been in our arms and I honestly don’t know how it’s been that long! The last couple of weeks before she was born felt like an eternity but these past couple of months have totally flown by! I started writing her birth story weeks ago, but my two girls have been keeping me busier than ever so I’m just getting around to publishing this post. This is probably the longest and most personal blog post I’ve ever shared, but it was such a huge moment in my life and I didn’t want to forget anything. Read on to hear about Noa Ella’s arrival to this world!

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Babymoon Recap + Travel Guide to Montreal + Quebec City

When we were thinking about where he wanted to go on our babymoon, we kept a few factors in mind. Michael and I are pretty adventurous travelers, but we didn’t want to risk any unknowns when it came to food and safety so we were somewhat constrained in where we could go. We did not want to be gone for too long or have to get any vaccinations and we wanted to make sure there were quality medical facilities nearby (just in case!) Since I was already in my third trimester, we decided to limit our search to destinations that were within driving distance, rather than flying anywhere. We needed a place with great weather, a combination of exploring and relaxing, and not too far away. Canada fit the bill! Keep reading to hear all about our magical trip to Montreal and Quebec City, full of pictures and travel recommendations!

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Chatbooks: A Photo Printing Service I Love!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love photos! I love taking pictures both of special occasions and everyday moments. It is so much fun for me to look back at memories from over the years. With the accessibility and popularity of smart phones, taking photos has never been easier! Which is great for people like me - the only issue is where to put all of these images! I needed a solution to my picture problem.... Enter CHATBOOKS!

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Toddler Learning + Fun with Playboxes!

Earlier this summer, my friend Dina sent me a package from Playboxes and I’m so excited to partner with them on this blog post. A Playbox is a curated box of toys based on your child’s age and developmental stage. Each of the toys is handpicked by child development experts and it comes with an explanation of each of the toys and ways your child can learn with them. Dina asked me about Adina’s age and interests ahead of time and a few days later, we got a box full of new toys that she couldn’t wait to play with!

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Our Breastfeeding Journey

I have loved reading so many powerful stories this #worldbreastfeedingweek and since Adina and I weaned just a few weeks ago, I was inspired to get personal and share our breastfeeding journey. Nursing for us started off tough and was not always easy. Adina was taken to the NICU minutes after she was born and didn't get to do skin-to-skin or breastfeed right away. It took a little while for my milk to come in and in the early days, Adina would fall asleep as soon as she would latch on. There were many tears (from both of us.) She would cry and cry before and after feedings and for a long time I felt really defeated and guilty, like I couldn't feed my child. I thought this was supposed to be "so natural" but it was really, really hard.

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Fire Island Independence Day Recap 2018

July 4th fell on a Wednesday this year, which made planning a getaway to celebrate a little tricky. Do you go away the weekend before into the beginning of the week? Or plan something for the end of the week? Last year we took Adina to Fire Island for her first 4th of July and had the best time! We decided to continue the tradition and spend a few days leading up to Independence Day in Fire Island this year. It was so different going out there with a 1.5 year old this time than with an 8 month old last year. Keep reading for a recap of our getaway and for photos of our festive looks!   

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Baby #2 Announcement

So our little secret is finally out - we’re expecting baby #2 in the fall! It’s been fun to keep the news between Michael and our families up until now, but it also felt amazing to be able to share our excitement with my online family - YOU! Just wanted to say a special thank you to everyone for all of the sweet comments and DM's regarding our pregnancy announcement on Instagram last week! We are feeling so loved and we truly can't wait to meet this sweet babe! I got a whole bunch of questions so I thought I’d answer them in a blog post. 

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