Indoor Play

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It’s starting to get cold. Last weeks rainy nasty no good day inspired me to take on the challenge of finding a fun thing to do with my toddler who had ants in his pants that didn’t break the bank and was also baby friendly for little Nini girl.

I found Hudson’s House of Play located down on River Rd.

IMG_1291$14 for 2 solid hours of playing in 6 different mini make believe rooms- Ari went Bananas over this place. The 2 hours blew by and Nini girl was so tired when we got home she napped for 3 hours!

They also have a mini cafe, optional birthday parties, and enrichment courses.

This place is in pristine condition and has 2 spacious bathrooms.

It’s gated too so your little one can’t escape.

The only con is that the space is small. If there are more than 10 kids in the space I suggest coming back another day in order to fully get your moneys worth.IMG_1296

I also enjoy that this is a no commitment location. So many indoor places in the area require you to purchase a semester worth of classes which to me is ridiculous as my toddler doesn’t even know what a semester is!

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Ari LOVED the grocery store!

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Naptime (mommy needs a break)!

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Let me start by letting everyone know naptime is THE BEST!

If you disagree then let I will explain why you can make it the best. Little things make a big difference same goes for multitasking the shit out of your 2 hours. You must get the kids to nap at the same time, this is imperative to mommy relaxation and efficiency.

Here is an example of todays nap time. Both kids are down I start by planning my relaxation. This is light at the end of that messy tunnel, make sure you are setting yourself up for it. My relaxation time today is a cup of tea and a date with my MacBook Pro. Some afternoons it’s light meditation, watching The Chew, painting my nails or taking a bath. Before relaxation time do what you need to do- this will ensure you are in straight up chill mode. First I turn the teapot on so I have something to look forward to then pick up the living room, start dishwasher, and clean up after lunch and prep food for dinner.  Tea kettle begins to whistle and that is the world telling me it’s time to stop.

Multi tasking- this is what I mean by being able to do something while enjoying yourself. I for example may sip on tea, write a blog post, watch the bread I kneaded this morning rise while attached to my breast pump! Yes folks its true I pump milk for my baby. Cut 2 wholes in your tightest sports bra stick the cones in there and get to it sister!

The reason I do this is to be able to look forward to my next time of relaxation should I need it.

The husband arrivIMG_1092es from work, dinner has been served say you want to go to run an errand or spend one on one time with your toddler. Hand the husband a bottle give him a big kiss, thank him and do you.

Photo to the right documenting me having a glass of wine with a fellow Gberg Mommy @ GPs. ->

 

If the kids decide to wake up before you are finished with your enjoyable task just include them in whatever it is your doing. It shows them you are a human and have needs just as they do. And if you hear the kids fuss a bit during nap time for heavens sake let them self soothe for 5 minutes, most of the time they will go back to bed.

 

 

Church Square Park

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This is hands down one of my favorite parks in the area. Hoboken never fails to impress with its safe, clean and stimulating parks. No two are exactly alike.

Bring your family here and you will be happy you made the trip.

 

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Church Square Park Pros:

Public bathrooms

This place has 4 different playgrounds, one for babies, another for toddlers and two more large ones for the big kids.

Hoboken Public Library on the edge of the block and does storytime in the Gazebo during the warm months.
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Never Bake Alone

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Open Scene: both kids in bed, kitchen clean and toys are put away. Therefore I take my regular spot laying sprawled out on the floor in true millennial style with my laptop, TV, smart phone, multiple magazines an notepads in front of and all around me.

Small glass of milk and a cookie as a snack that I baked today.

Baking is relaxing. Baking is science. Baking can be fun for you and educational for your children. Never bake alone or for only yourself.

There is something wholesome about baking that gives you self-satisfaction. It is also emotional especially if the item you baked comes out like a big bowl of mush.

I can’t bake popovers for the life of me, I’ve tried countless times and they always come out like hockey pucks.

I still keep trying though.

 

So put on your aprons and try one of these basic baking recipes. I bake the bread at least 2 times a week and my toddler loves it.

Also if you make cookies give half the batch to your neighbor just because, ok?

 

Butter Biscuits

2 C Flour

½ C butter cold cut in tiny little pieces

1 tbs baking powder

1 tbs salt

1 c milk

Mix it all together and drop them on a baking sheet, the more imperfect the drop the better it comes out.

400 degrees for 18 minutes

 

Basic Bread

2 ¼ tsp yeast

1 c warm water

3 c flour

1 tsp honey

1 tsp salt

Mix dry then make a well pour in water and honey and mix. Then knead it. Rub it with EVOO and let it sit covered in a dark warm place for 1 hour so it can rise. After the bread has risen give the bread a basic egg or butter wash if you choose to then bake it at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Bread I made a couple of weeks back. As you can see I haven’t perfected the art of kneading but the bread came out WONDERFULLY. bread

 

Here is a photo of my hockey puck popovers (womp womp).

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Most blogs share photos of food successes BUT I am into sharing both failure as well as success (shocker)!

 

 

 

Basic Banana Bread

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On a weekly basis I’ve been baking a banana bread. NEVER throw away your old bananas, these are the absolute best for making banana bread. Not in the mood to bake when they become too ripe? No problem just toss them in the freezer until you are ready.

Picky eaters? Thats ok, here are some things you can do to add nutrition to the bread:

-Add ground flax, wheat germ or both

-Mince up some nuts in a food processor, your toddler will never know there in there.

-Swap whole milk in the recipe for plain yogurt

-Brown sugar instead of white

-White Whole Wheat Flour

I also would like to note that my little man prefers the edges cut off, no kids eat crust right?!?! And when you serve it only give him 1/2 of what you think he will eat, less is more on the plate and makes them end up eating what they should.

Enjoy!

Classic Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup nuts

Bake 350 degrees for almost 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.