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The one housewarming gift I wanted for myself in our new house that we’re closing on TODAY was a robot vacuum. I know I swore I’d never want any kind of household appliance as a gift from my husband but I’d make an exception for a robotic vacuum. Or any robot that does household chores, and other things I hate for that matter.

I’ve been getting mixed reviews about Roombas but mostly positive raves. I mean, apparently the thing can get stuck under a couch from time to time, or confused around your kid’s toys but hey… I can put toys away. Or rather, I would put the toys away if I had a robotic vacuum. How’s that for motivation?

Anyway, my blogger prayers were kinda answered when iRobot requested I review their Braava floor mopping robot. I say “kinda” because it’s Roomba’s cousin. She’s not a vacuum. I’m drawn to the appeal of a vacuum that can suck up dirt and pet hair versus pushing it around my floor. But beggars can’t be choosers now can we? The Braava also has remarkable Amazon reviews and it could eliminate the need for me to use a Swiffer mop, and do the daily maintenance of tile floor dusting and mopping because let’s face it… I hate mopping too, and I don’t do it nearly enough.

irobot braava

I was SO excited to bust it open and get it going but then I remembered I have 900,027 boxes staked throughout my duplex at the moment and I don’t want to risk one of them toppling over and crushing my new pet. Or worse, it getting lost in this wreck of a house… Or stolen by an envious mover who has also always dreamed of having a robotic pet vacuum.

The movers are coming this weekend and I’ll have brand new tile floors through the kitchen, halls and family room. Once we’re in I’m going to put this baby to work. I’ll give you my 100% honest opinion on how effective it is, and let you know if it’s worth putting on your Christmas list. If so, I’m going to buy myself a Roomba as well to run along side this baby so every day I can keep my brand new floors swept and mopped, without doing it myself.

I could cry just thinking about that.

*This post is sponsored by iRobot

So I’m seven months late. My bad. Things have been crazy around here. But I thought I should hurry up and share how Big T’s nursery turned out before we move in a few weeks.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery

As you may remember, I decided to go with a giraffe theme. I love giraffes and I thought they’d be cute for a boy or a girl. Since we didn’t find out Big T was a boy until he was born, this theme–Along with a touch of chevron seemed perfect.

His room is sorta a nursery and craft room combo, but he doesn’t seem to mind sharing. When we move he will have his room all to himself, so I may ditch the chevron sewing machine cover, or incorporate it into my craft room somehow. We shall see.

DIY Alphabet wall tutorial

This alphabet wall is probably one of my favorite parts of his room. In a last-minute effort I got a few of my friends tohether and we decorated all of these. I’ve seen sets for sale on Etsy but they cost a pretty penny, and none of them had all of the elements I wanted– A button ‘O’, a “Disney” ‘W’ and other colors I like.

Here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Search for a set of plain wood letters on eBay. I bought this set on eBay.

2. Get a group of friends together, preferably crafty friends who have a lot of paints and skills. Shoutout to my friends Laura, Hope and Melissa for helping me with these! They did all the super cute ones. Lil’ J also gets a shoutout for decorating the ‘&’ and  ‘X.’ She loved helping.

3. Gather a variety of supplies: Scrapbook paper and modge podge, acrylic paints, even fabric, to decorate your letters to your choosing.

4. Lay out the letters and strategize what colors you want where. I made a plan for my favorite letters beforehand, then made sure not to put similar colors or patterns next to each other.

5. Paint, glue, and modge podge like mad!

6. After the paint dries, modge podge the top for an added layer of sealing.

7. Hang and enjoy! I used double-sided command tape to hang them on my wall.

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Ty's-Nursery17-copyI’m not sure if I’m going to re-hang the alphabet wall betters in his room, or hang them in the play room once we move. I’m kinda leaning towards playroom as it seems more appropriate.

Since his nursery also doubled as a craft room I tried to keep the spaces separate but organized. His white bookshelves store a few books as well as his swaddling blankets (we seriously have over a dozen of these gorgeous muslin swaddling blankets by Aura Weavers and Aden and Anais), baby wraps, diapers, wipes, and a low basket of soft toys for Lil’ J to reach for her brother.

My mom gave me the baskets on top of the bookshelves. They had pink ties that I took off and sewed my own giraffe-print ties. I also spruced up the plain brown canvas baskets by hot gluing some chevron ribbon I sewed into ruffles. At the time I didn’t know Leechie was a boy, but I figured it wasn’t too girlie. I still find it cute.

Giraffe gender neutral nursery shelves

I also used the same ruffle ribbon technique on the green baskets on the diaper changer. I bought them from Ikea for Lil’ J’s room but wasn’t using them, so here they went! I keep the large one stocked with burp cloths, and the small ones hold his bow ties, and socks.

I used the same diaper changer and dresser I had used for his sister (she got a new big girl dresser) , but took off the pink drawer knobs and ordered some chevron and brown ones off Etsy. Over there I also changed out his light switch for a cute one I found on Etsy. And I hung a second piece of whimsical artwork I found by Nidhi. She is amazing! I couldn’t buy just one.

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His funky crib bumpers are called Wonder Bumpers. I won them in a raffle I donated to. They are reversible and the other side has a pretty blue damask design, but I thought the brown was more versatile for the gender neutral nursery theme I was going for.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery crib bedding 2

His amazing minky blanket is custom courtesy of Rocker By Baby. We are not a very “punk-style” “skull enthusiast” family, but Amber always manages to make the perfect item for my kids. Lil’ J still loves her mix tape blanket. But OH I forgot how soft her minky is. I need to read up about keeping it this way. He sleeps on it every night. I bought the boppy cover to match.

The adorable safari quilt was handmade by Big T’s great-grami. And the two friendly giraffes are sound machines that his sister loves to play with.Ty's-Nursery01-copyTy's-Nursery20-copy

His giant friendly giraffe kinda replaced the idea of a mobile. One of my awesome readers emailed me when she noticed it was on sale for 50% off one day on Amazon. So instead of it being $100, it was only $50. It’s cute, and gives him something to stare at. Soon enough I’m sure he’ll be trying to ride on it.

Over his bed I also hung a very elaborate, very detailed vinyl tree that I finally finished taking the last sticker off of yesterday. I went the cheap route and got a $50 one off eBay that was split in like 100 different pieces that I had to puzzle together. If I get another I’ll definitely shell out the extra cash to get one that I can pull off in one or two pieces.

Also above his crib is the giraffe piece that inspired me to go with the giraffe-themed nursery. I love it!

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And in the craft side area of the nursery I have a rocker chair I thought I’d sew a cover for, and for the foot stool, but instead I just draped with a crocheted chevron throw I ordered from a local woman. For the foot stool I just literally wrapped some extra fabric I had around the cushion it. It works!

Giraffe and chevron themed craft roomTy's-Nursery27-copyI wanted to tie in a bit of safari on my craft desk, and I fell in love with this elephant lamp. Originally I thought I’d do an elephant-themed nursery, so I’m glad I still used a bit of that in the end.

What do you think? Love it? I really do! My daughter’s was decked out with lots and lots of pink but I loved going the gender-neutral route here, and I think the whimsical giraffes really fit my sweet boy’s personality. I’m not sure how long we’ll keep it yellow and brown but I plan to set it up similar to this after the move. He’ll have more space though since it will no longer be a nursery/craft room combo. Perfect timing too cause my little big guy thinks he wants to start crawling.

Update: We’ve moved and our popular alphabet wall is now in the playroom.

DIY Wooden alphabet wall letters tutorial. #playroom #nursery #disney

Here’s where everything is from. If I’ve missed something you’re wondering about, let me know!

Chevron curtains/ iDecorateWithPillows Etsy
Vinyl tree/ eBay: Design4Wall
Giant giraffe/ Melissa and Doug via Amazon
Giraffe sound machines (big and little)/ Cloudb
Wonder Bumpers/ Go Mama Go Designs
Minky giraffe blanket/ Rocker Bye Baby
Minky booppy cover/ Rocker Bye Baby
Giraffe artwork: Savannah & Up and Away/ Nidhi Chanani Etsy
Custom white picture frames/ Ebay: Tabby7
Plain wood alphabet wall letters/ eBay: Anyshka_2
Elephant Lamp/ Carters via Amazon
Light switch cover/ ModernSwitch Etsy
Popup baskets/ Ebay (beige), Ikea (green) and Walmart (brown)
Diaper changer/ Craigslist
Drawer knobs/ Whimzicality
Polkadot burp cloths: HeartlandShop Etsy
Chevron throw blanket/ Handmade locally
Sewing machine cover/ YellowFarmHouse Etsy

*This tutorial and giveaway is brought to you through a partnership with HP.

I’ve been meaning to print and hang newborn pictures in Big T’s room but I just now am getting around to it. I normally print them at my local photo lab but thought I might as well give my printer a whirl and do it for “free.”

I had a couple of light wood squares from Hobby Lobby. They were less than $2 each. I had some white paint for the edges. I also bought black cause I wasn’t sure which I’d do at the time, or where I’d hang them.

I went with wood instead of canvas cause I thought the photos would be easier to apply to something more solid, and I sometimes prefer the look of “standout” photos versus all-framed photos.

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Sadly, these photos don’t do them justice. Will need to try again later!

So easy DIY frameless photo art tutorial here we go:

framless-photo-tutorial-41. Painted 6″x6″ wood squares, and edges (not the back, cause who cares?) Lil’ J helped with this part. She was very excited.

framless-photo-tutorial-32. Printed out my 6×6″ photos onto HP photo paper using my HP Envy 120. Make sure to check your printer levels. I originally wanted to do three but the third picture came out lighter and wonky after I got a low ink warning (I’ve been printing a lot lately). #SadPanda

3. After the paint has dried, Modge Podge the top of the wood, using the matte kind.

4. Place cut-out pictures on top of the wood, use a little bit of sand paper to smooth the edges and tada!

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I didn’t modge podge on top of the photo though I may attempt that. It would add an extra layer of protection.

It was nice being able to print the photos wirelessly and not have to wait to get them, but I probably won’t make a habit of it considering how much ink photos use. The quality is great though! Much better than anything I’ve ever printed from home, and worth hanging in the nursery. (Yes, I still owe you a nursery reveal post).

frameless-photo-tutprial-5Here’s more I’ve done with the HP Envy X2 and the HP Envy 120 e All-in-One Printer. And now, finally, the giveaway I’ve been promising for months! This is one of those reasons I’m so excited to have occasional sponsors, cause as much as I love you all who read me day in and day out, I can’t afford to buy you a laptop and printer. But HP is hoking you up!

HP Laptop and Printer Giveaway Ends September 11thOne of my fabulous readers is going to win an HP Envy X2 and the HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer, as well as a $50 Snapfish gift card to use to help you create. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter! Goodluck!

PS: Here’s a video demo of what you are entering to win, courtesy of Lil’ J and yours truly.


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* I wrote this review while participating in a program on behalf of HP and received an ENVY x2, an HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One Printer, and a Snapfish gift card as part of my participation

But I want a vacuum.

I know, I know. I said Santa had better never get me a cleaning item for Christmas. But this year, that’s exactly what I want.

Perhaps it’s because I’m going to be at home more, and I’m honing in on my trophy wife duties. But the thought of waking up to a swept and vacuumed house just sounds so amazing.

Oh yea, did I fail to mention that the vacuum I want is a robotic one? You didn’t actually think I mean I wanted to do it did you?

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I’ve heard nothing but good things from people who have them. One of my coworkers says it’s great. It leaves fresh vacuum lines everywhere then docks itself to charge when done. Another woman told me she never vacuums herself anymore, but my husband is skeptical.

“I like to vacuum,” he says. “It’s easy!”

Ya, okay, we agree we both can tolerate running the machine over our living room rug and through two small bedrooms once a month. But sweeping? We both hate it. And this little sucker would do it for us, every day, by itself!

Anyone have a Roomba? Please tell me it’s as awesome as I’m imagining.

And someone tell Santa I changed my mind.

Are you ready for this Cardigan Onesie Tutorial? Before I knew if Big T was a boy I browsed Pinterest for style ideas for little baby boys. I love boutique-style clothing for my daughter and I wanted my son to be able to look just as adorable in snazzy clothing.

I came across this tutorial to make a cardigan onesie. And while they are SO adorable, the directions made me a little anxious. Mostly the part of dealing with knit fabrics, all the buttons holes and whatnot. I figured there must be a simpler way to get the same look and that’s what I set out to do. I am not the craftiest person in the world, and I like to make things as easy as possible.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Not only did I figure out a fool-proof way to get the job done, and make a cardigan-style onesie that goes on line a regular onesie–Over the head so you don’t have to mess with all those extra buttons. And the best part is it only cost a whopping $2 to make this thing–If you shop like I do. Sure beats the price tags you’ll find searching Etsy for similar styles.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

I went to one of our local children’s resale shop–Once Upon a Child. They have TONS of onesies, only $1 each. I picked up as many cute styles as I could find, mostly aiming for the striped or bright solid colors. I also went with mostly short-sleeved styles for now because come on, Texas is freggin HOT.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Then, instead of messing with cutting and attaching stretchy knit fabric, I decided to use bias tape. I found some from this Etsy shop. She let me split up the colors and yardage, so I got 1 yard each of 11 different colors for $11.

I already had buttons and thread, plus scrap fabric for the bow ties, and I was good to go. Want to make your own? I’ll walk you through it.How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Onesie
Scissors
Pins
1yd Bias tape–I like the double fold 1/2 inch tape
Coordinating thread
And a sewing machine to attach the bias tape
Buttons

Step 1 (pictured below)
Create a point at the center of the onesie, parallel to the under-arm area of the sleeve. That’s going to be the point of the v-neck. Using a straight-edge, draw the lines of the V up to the shoulders. Then draw a line down the center of the onesie.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Step 2 (pictured below)
Cut along your lines. Then cut the onesie trim around the collar area.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 3 (pictured below)
Open your bias tape and slide the cut edge of the onesie inside to the center fold of the tape. Pin. Note: You don’t need to go completely around the onesie with the bias tape because we’ll overlap where the V connects.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 4 (pictured below)
Sew the bias tape onto the onesie. I stitch all the way around to connect it, starting at the bottom. Then when I get to the opposite side of the straight line, I top stitch the other side of the bias tape, closing the onesie again.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 5 (pictured below)
Add buttons. You can do this carefully using a hot glue gun, or stitch them on with needle and thread.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 6
Spice it up with a coordinating onesie and/or bow tie (super easy tutorial for those coming soon!)

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Using different colors and embellishments could totally girlie it up, but my girl is too big for onesies now so these are all for my little guy.

Like the tutorial? Have any questions? Leave them in the comments section. And please share with your friends!

My calls to the full moon didn’t help last night. I did feel some contractions that I’d rate maybe a 3 on a scale of 1-10 (compared to what I’d rate an 11 when I was on pitocin).  So more than Braxton Hicks, but definitely not full-blown labor.

It’s ok though because I was up anyway frantically trying to finish sewing Lil’ J’s Easter dress. If I had had the baby it wouldn’t be done. Lil’ J had an Easter egg hunt at school today, and it’s her last day, since she’ll be home with mommy and daddy during our maternity/paternity leaves, so I wanted her to have something special to wear.

I bought the pattern from Adelaide’s Boutique for anyone who’s wondering. I LOVE her dresses, and was so stoked when she released a pattern for the style I most often buy.

I was sewing pretty fast and in a groove but then I ran out of elastic thread right at the end, and couldn’t find the rest of it anywhere! I contemplated running to the store at what was 3am, but didn’t want to alarm my husband. So I found a dress I hadn’t finished yet and picked the elastic thread from that dress, to use on her Easter dress. It was a very annoying and tedious process that had me up until 5am! But it all was worth it this morning when she asked to see the dress I had been sewing and couldn’t wait to put it on.

It was kinda a bummer because it was on track to be the fastest I had ever sewn a full dress, and the first time I never needed to use a seam ripper for mistakes, and I ended up having to rip out multiple seams for the stupid thread. Anyway, it’s behind me, and I’m going to stock up on that stuff now.

Since the full moon has passed, and I saw that as my one opportunity to go into labor early, I’m no longer expecting it to happen… Ever. Or at least until I’m induced. But that’s ok. It’s a win win. My mom and little sisters will be coming to help with Lil’ J in a week, and if I’m going to be late, it’ll be nice to have them here. If I go into labor on my own, that’s ok too I guess.

For all of your procrastinators who still haven’t guessed on Leechie’s arrival date… I asked the good people over at WhatsInMyBelly.com to re-open the pool til Sunday night. So you have a couple more days to get your guess in and win $50 if you’re the closest.

If you don’t want to sign up on the site but still want to enter, just write your guess in the comments including your guess for 1. baby’s gender 2. birth date/time 3. birth weight 4. birth length 5. hair color 6. eye color. I’ll enter your guess for you.

And here’s last week’s photo. I’m almost completely caught up on editing these. Finally, right here at the end. I can’t wait to meet this kid!

I don’t know what my deal is, but lately it’s been a dream of mine to be “that mom” who surprises the class with some homemade delicious snack or party. But let’s face it, that’s not really in me. Well, at least not to some people’s standards of “Martha Stewart Mom.” But I am perfectly happy with being fairly adequate and making semi-homemade things that may start in a box or pre-packaged container. Yes, I’m ok with that.

So it shouldn’t surprise me that I was totally fine with my Pinterest project (an attempt to make oreo turkey treats) not coming out exactly like the photographs.

I won’t post the original because 1. I didn’t ask permission and 2. I don’t want you comparing mine to theirs but I will happily link you to the tutorial I used in case you’d like to take a stab at these too.

I’m completely in love with Pinterest, and even though I’m only able to takle a project here and there, just pinning ideas somehow makes me feel like I’m being productive when I’m really not.

When I came across the pin I said “Hey, these look easy enough” and decided I’d attempt to make them for my daughter’s class.

After this experience I’ve realized something: Nothing on Pinterest is as easy as it seems.

While I wasn’t exactly pulling my hair out by the end of the project, I definitely was sweating a drop of frosting in the wrong spot, a melted Reecies butter cup, or heaven forbid, a broken cookie.

Getting them to stand and stay put, or getting the candy corn to go in without cracking the cookie took a big of practice, but I can say the end project was a success. Even if it took me an hour and a half to make 15 of them. I know they aren’t as cute as the example but I’m not a talented food artist. My husband told me they look great, and his and Lil’ J’s approval are good enough for me.When Lil’ J woke up I told her I finished the turkey cookies and she ran to the kitchen to see them all lined up. She yelled “gobble gobble!” and pointed out which one was for which of her friends. She couldn’t wait to show all of her friends at school, and share.

Who cares if the treat was all candy, chocolate and more and more sugar. Or that it wasn’t exactly homemade, rather made at home. It was definitely a proud mom moment for me. Hopefully there will be many more in the future involving recipes, an oven, and healthier ingredients.

I have a confession… I have a picky eater. Yea, she’s cute, but she won’t eat jack squat. I wish this post was all about how this awesome recipe I found was able to combat her pickiness but it’s not. I actually need YOUR advice about that part. But first, I will tell you an awesome recipe I found and tweaked to make the easiest, yummy dinner.

I’m really trying to turn over a new leaf and STOP eating out all the time. I don’t have cooking skills but I’m willing to learn.

Sadly, I don’t have time or patients to chop a ton of stuff every night and buy fresh organic produce for each and every meal. I just don’t. Maybe someday, but not right now.

So when I found a recipe on AllRecipes.com called “Six Can Tortilla Soup” with great ratings, I had to try it.

The one thing I don’t like about that site (app, is actually what I use) is that in the reviews EVERYONE wants to add what they changed to make it so good. It’s overwhelming for someone like me who just wants to make it like the directions say and not have to remember a ton of different alternatives. I did find one consistent alternative though so I swapped out one can of chicken broth for a can of cream of chicken soup. Ok I lied… then I also added shredded cheese and tortilla chips.

I know if you’re reading my blog you’re not coming to find the latest and greatest fancy recipes. But I do know a number of you claim to be domestically challenged like myself, and I’m delighted to help in any way I can, while at the same time, improving my own skills.

Here’s the recipe I ended up with and seriously, the easiest thing you’d ever make.

Ingredients:

1 10oz Can of chunky chicken (or half a rotisserie chicken you cut up)

1 Can of cream of chicken soup (10.5oz)

1 Can of chicken broth (14oz)

1 Can of whole kettle corn (15oz)

1 Can of black beans (15oz)

1 Can of diced tomatoes with green chilli peppers (Rotel)(10oz)

Shredded cheese mix

Tortilla chips

Directions

Step 1: Strain the can of corn, then dump that, and all the other cans in a pot and bring to medium heat. Once the chicken is warm it’s ready.

Step 2: Add shredded cheese and tortilla chips to taste and serve!

How easy is that?! My husband loved it, and I had three bowls myself. Lil’ J wouldn’t even TRY it, which drove me nuts. I still have her bowl sitting at the table, and I’m hoping she’ll eat some before bed. I made fruit salad sorta thing for our side and she’s eaten most all of that, and some milk so I know she won’t go to bed starving, but still, it’s frigging annoying.

She’s always been a bit picky but it’s gotten really bad. She won’t even taste something she doesn’t recognize. Last night my husband made tuna noodle casserole, and she LOVES noodles but was disgusted that there was other stuff in the mix. She loves pasta but doesn’t want pasta sauce. She’s like me, in not wanting things touching, but to the extreme, as in ketchup can’t even touch a fry. Eventually she gave in and ate some but tonight she won’t budge.

I remembered the words from our pediatrician that we shouldn’t give in and make her something entirely different because it starts a bad habit. In the past I just always made her things she liked at home because my husband and I were eating out or eating things I didn’t particularly want her eating. So now she just wants her usual foods.

As badly as I wanted to give in when she went to the fridge for the third time asking me to make her a quesadilla, or to the pantry, pointing to the pasta, I refused, and keep offering her her dinner, still at the table. There are huge chicken chunks in there I know she’d love but she doesn’t even want to try when I pull them out… I think because they’ve been “tainted” in the soup.

Have you dealt with a picky eater before? I’d love any words of advice/ encouragement. It’s hard enough to motivate myself to cook but when a third of our family won’t eat it (two thirds when my husband is working all night) it makes me want to give up before I even really get going. Anyway, I guess the good news is I cooked something, and I survived to tell you about it.

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