Nourishing Their Goodness | Sprout® Organic Foods

Nourishing our children is very important to me. I strive to nourish their hearts, their minds, and their bodies day in and day out. They are growing so fast and each day I know we are one more day closer to letting them loose in the real world. But instead of focusing on that day I instead choose to soak in every moment of today. Even the moments in the mundane. Like grocery shopping. Monday is our shopping day. And this week Chickadee picked out her own “shopping outfit.” As you can see from the other pictures, it’s been raining A LOT. She has gotten rather attached to her rain boots. And while most days they have been appropriate, when we headed to the store it was 80 degrees and sunny. The beanie and rain boots were quite the accent pieces but letting her choose to wear them nourishes her independence and lets her personality shine.


As always, we parked near the cart return so that it would be easy to load everyone into the buggy before heading into Harris Teeter. Chickadee loves the grocery store. She often imitates her own shopping trips at home by filling up her buggy with treats from our own pantry. This week we were on a mission. We have an upcoming trip to LA (lower Alabama) and needed to stock up on baby food for our own little Sprout and snacks for Chickadee. When I can I try to make my own baby food and healthy snacks for the kids, but I’m not always able to find the time. So, sometimes I turn to the best store-bought foods I can find – and I try to go organic if I can.  One of the best baby food brands that I’ve found is Sprout® Organic Baby Food


 Snacks are always great to have on had when you are dealing with a toddler. Sprout® Organic snacks are made from the purest of ingredients with no additives, fillers or flavors in any of its recipes. 

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We are in the very beginning stages of introducing purees to little man. (Can you believe he’ll be 6 months in 3 days!). I grabbed mostly Sprout’s single fruit and veggie purees for him. However, I also grabbed a few of their combination pouches for Chickadee. I always like to have them on hand to make sure she gets her veggies, even when away from home. I LOVE that their baby food pouches use BPA Free packaging and are non GMO. 

Nourishing their little minds and bodies with real, honest, pure ingredients is vital to keeping up with Chickadee’s constantly changing sliding techniques and Sprout’s rolling exhibitions. 

I urge you to try out Sprout® Organic baby food & snacks for your little ones. You won’t be disappointed with it’s all natural ingredients and great taste! (Chickadee will be sharing her own opinions soon.)


 You can learn more about Sprout® and their products by visiting their website.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.


Pizza Pasta Casserole


Two posts in one week…I’m on a role friends. Miracles happen when you figure out how to get two babies napping at once. (Maybe I’ll write a post about it, it took a while, but JACKPOT). To be honest I should probably celebrate this victory with a nap, but I had to share this recipe with yall! 

I really enjoy cooking but I must admit I dislike figuring out what to cook. So, every Sunday I ask III the same question. Any requests for dinner this week? He usually has one or two requests. This week he asked if I could figure out how to make pizza pasta. It seemed easy enough, and after enjoying it last night we’ll probably being having it again soon! Yum.


So let’s get down to it before everyone wakes up and crazy town begins again. 

Pizza Pasta Casserole
Serves 6
Delicious spin on our favorite meal!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 cups of penne pasta
  2. 1 lb Italian Sausage
  3. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  4. 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  5. 1/2 tbsp basil
  6. 1/2 tbsp oregano
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  8. 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  9. Parmesan Cheese
  10. 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese
  11. 20 - 30 pepperonis
  1. 1. Cook pasta according to directions
  2. 2. Cook sausage until brown, drain. Then add in onion, pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, and spaghetti sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  4. 4. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  5. 5. Line the bottom with Parmesan cheese.
  6. 6. Next layer half of your pasta, half spaghetti sauce mixture, half the pepperonis, and half the mozzarella cheese
  7. 7. Repeat.
  8. 8. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  1. Feel free to add other ingredients: olives, mushrooms, etc.
A Step In The Journey

We enjoyed with cheesy garlic bread.

Also a mama tip: You can prepare this dish during naptime and keep in the refrigerator until dinner. Then just pop it in the oven 25 minutes before you are ready to eat!



Ribbon Snake | Fine Motor Skill Practice


Have you ever thought about some of the things you now do on a daily basis, but at one point you had to learn how to do it? Example: pass a button through a hole. For a toddler, this is no easy task…it takes practice and is GREAT for working on their fine motor skills. 

And a plus for mom or dad….it’s EASY to make. You only need a few supplies and very little “crafty” ability! So grab two buttons, a couple pieces of felt, 1.5 feet of ribbon, thread, needle, and scissors.

Here is how you make your button snake. 

Using the needle and thread, attach the buttons, one to each end, of the ribbon. 


Then cut felt squares that are 2.5 x 2.5. 


Last make a slit in the center of each square.  You can do this easily by folding your square in half and making a small cut.  Make sure your button will fit through the hole.



The end. It’s as simple as that folks. Then let your toddler play for tens of minutes. This kept Chickadee occupied for about 30 minutes yesterday. It is a perfect activity for her to do independently while I’m feeding Sprout. 

Such focus.


Enjoy! And if you are looking for other fine motor skill activities, check out this list!


Buying in Bulk for Baby

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club, however, the text and opinions are all my own.


As all new moms can attest, those first few weeks, let’s be honest, months are EXHAUSTING. There are always diapers to change, cheeks to squish, tummy time to endure, and the marathon nursing sessions seem to never end. I know one day I will look back on these moments with fondness & wish they were little again, but right now, while I am in the trenches with a 22 month old and a 5 month old, it takes every ounce of my faith to get me to the weekend when Daddy is home all day to help!

One way I have found to make the day to day easier is to always buy in bulk. More of what you need & less of your precious time having to run back and forth to the store. Here are a few things all new moms should always have on hand!


1. Diapers and Wipes  There is nothing worse than getting your little one out of the tub & ready for bed, only to realize you are out of diapers. Believe me…I’ve been there. Babies of all ages go through so many diapers a day, but especially in the first few months. Make sure you always buy in bulk so you never run out! You can find Huggies at your local Sam’s Club®! Even though you are paying more in total, the price per diaper is so much cheaper than when buying regular sized boxes.

2. Baby Wash/Lotion Bathing two little ones every night, we use a lot of Aveeno® baby wash. It’s smells delightful & since we have a huge bottle I know my little ones will smell good for weeks to come! Plus, it’s perfect for sensitive skin.


3. Snacks These are both for you and the littles! If you are pregnant or nursing you have extra calories you need to be picking up so having a healthy snack on hand is essential. And if your toddler is like mine they are always wanting to eat, so I make sure and pick up healthy options to always have on hand.


4. Water Life is always better when you can quickly grab a bottle of water!

5. Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper plates) Toilet paper is a must when buying in bulk. Let’s just say that is one item you NEVER want to run out of! And who has time for dishes when you are taking care of and chasing around kids? Paper plates are always a nice option to have on crazy days. 

Everything on my list can be found at Sam’s Club. It’s a one stop shop for all things “bulky!” And remember Sam’s Club isn’t just for baby items. You can find groceries and other household items on your list as well.

Also, may I let you in on four little secrets for shopping with two under two?

1. Strap one on If you really plan on doing some damage, and one of your little ones can’t sit up yet to ride in the cart…wearing the youngest in a carrier will free up a lot of space for all your bulk purchases!

2. Samples! Sam’s Club is great about letting their customers sample some of their many products. If you are taking the little ones with you to shop, I promise they are happier campers if they get to try a cheese cube…or two!


3. Park near the cart return This tip is imperative when shopping with two under two. You must park near the cart return. This way you can grab a cart & load everyone in before heading into the store. Then when you have checked out and loaded your goodies back into the car, the cart return it right there.

4. Club Pick Up Ummm, can I say incredible. Club pick up is a game changer if you are a mom to several little munchkins! You can create and save shopping lists online. Then when you are ready you can place your order for pickup. When your order is ready you will receive a text for easy pickup! Another option is to have your orders delivered to your house in just a few days. This leaves you with extra time to spend at home with your family.

AND new moms who join using this link (for only $45) can take advantage of a special $80 Savings on baby items like diapers, wipes, etc.!

Do you have any items you must buy in bulk or shopping tips to add to my list?

Sam’s Club provides big savings for growing families, join and get $80 in special savings on baby basics.

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club, however, the text and opinions are all my own.


Meatless Mondays – Homemade Tomato Soup


Do you feel it? There in a crisp in the air. I actually needed long sleeves this morning as I played outside with Chickadee! It’s simply marvelous, unfortunately it is fleeting as the highs will be back in the upper 80s by the weekend. But you better believe I am LIVING IT UP! 

So before the southern heat creeps back in and cheats me out of an early Fall I decided to whip up a few of my favorite fall recipes….starting this Monday with homemade tomato soup! It was a Meatless Monday of sorts (as well as dairy free) and it was delightful (not to mention the perfect dish to enjoy while watching a little Monday Night Football). Goodness, isn’t Fall the BEST.


For this particular batch of tomato soup I added Silk‘s Original Soymilk & Silk Creamer to the recipe list. Silk products are plant-based and are not only good for you, but also good for the environment. Usually I use regular milk and even sometimes add in some Italian sausage to make this soup nice and hearty. But since we were going meatless & dairy free, the Silk Soymilk & Cream were perfect to help keep the soup thick and creamy. I also paired it with some of my homemade croutons which are delightful, especially after they soak up all the tomato goodness.


On to the recipe!

Homemade Tomato Soup
Serves 4
Rich and Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1/4 of a yellow onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves of minced garlic
  4. 1 (28oz) can of whole tomatoes
  5. 1 cup of vegetable broth
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. 1 tbsp dried basil (or 1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil)
  9. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  10. 1 cup of Silk Original Soymilk
  11. 1/4 cup of Silk Almondmilk Creamer
  1. In a large stockpot heat olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  3. Then add the minced garlic and saute another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Next pour in the whole tomatoes with the juice, vegetable broth, salt, bay leaf, basil, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, crushing the tomatoes.
  5. After 15 minutes remove the bay leaf and add in Silk Soymilk & Almondmilk Creamer.
  6. Stir.
  7. Divide the soup in 1/2 and puree in a blender one half at a time. Be careful, you are working with hot soup!
  8. Return to stockpot and heat on low until ready to serve.
A Step In The Journey

Yall, homemade seems so much for fancy than pouring a congealed blob out of a red and white can. I must admit I felt like I ordered it in a boutique restaurant vs. whipping it up in my own kitchen! Now that I know how east it is, we will be having a lot more Meatless Mondays, featuring Tomato Soup!


Make sure and visit Silk’s Sideline Meat website for more meat and dairy-free recipes & a chance to win a giveaway! 

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.