Toddler Meal Ideas

Meal Ideas Toddlers

I’m NOT an expert when it comes to making toddler meals, but I am two kids in and working on eating with #3. What we feed our children has come a long way from the 80’s when frozen chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, and applesauce were king. A lot of this change is simply from the passing of time which hopefully brings knowledge…the idea of when we know better, we do better. It’s also from folks obsession with taking pictures of food and placing it on social media. And partly from the “real food” revolution (paleo, whole30, etc.). Now I won’t pretend to be a person who has ever done whole30, and my kids get churros at Costco….but day in and day out we find balance with meals like these below. So if you are in a rut of PB&J and a fruit cup, here are some simple breakfast and lunch ideas from an average mom doing the best she can! 


I think it’s important to always have some good protein at breakfast time. We traditionally think meat, but protein is found in cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and eggs too! Costco has great prices on organic greek yogurt, organic eggs & organic raw honey. And the Kirkland brand organic maple syrup is AMAZING. I didn’t put cereal among my ideas, but I do let them have it on Thursdays. They don’t go to preschool on Thursdays so I don’t have to worry about them getting hungry and bugging their teachers at 9:00am. They bug me for a snack instead :)


Cottage Cheese | Banana Muffin | Clementines 


Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Applegate Sausage | Blueberries and Clementines 


Whole Wheat Waffle | Scrambled Eggs | Cheddar Cheese


Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Pears | Homemade Granola


Cottage Cheese on Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Clementines


Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola & Blueberries | Whole Wheat Waffle with Real Maple Syrup




Deli Everroast Chicken | Cheese Slice | Pears | Green Beans | Sweet Potatoes


Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Rolls | Veggie Straws | Blueberries


Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas | Berry Medley | Veggie Straws


Veggie Muffins | Grapes | Cucumber Sandwiches (with hummus)


Grilled Ham & Cheese | Apples | Avocado


Gorton’s Panko Fish Sticks | Apple Sauce | String Cheese | Carrots


PB&J Squares | Avocado | Veggie Straws


Veggie Muffin | Cheese Squares | Grapes | Raisins 


Deli Turkey | Raspberries | String Cheese | Avocado


Grilled Chicken and Cheese | Apples | Hummus & Shredded Carrots


Ham Rolls | Veggie Muffin | Cheese Slices | Hummus & Peas


My kids LOVE hummus so I like to mix in all kinds of veggies. They also like dipping carrots and cucumbers in hummus. Costco has some yummy veggie muffins if you aren’t up for making your own. They are in the refrigerated section. We also eat a lot of dinner leftovers for lunch. The plates and bowls are from IKEA. We have two sets and use them constantly! 

So what are your go to breakfast and lunch ideas? Do you find yourself in a rut? Try mixing things up a little bit!

Three More Months with Poppy | 6 Months Old


Our Sweet Poppy,

Each time I write I am in awe of how quickly time is passing. You are just the most joyful little baby and we are so enjoying our time with you! You smile every time you see our faces; the smile creeps up your face and when it reaches your mouth it lights up the room. Sometimes I am truly worried my heart might explode. Oh, sweet girl thank you for being the most perfect baby #3!


At your four month appointment you weighed 13lb 11oz and were 25.75 inches long. Long and lean. You are wearing size 2 diapers and 6 month clothes. You are starting to be more interactive and reach for things like toys, your dress and our fingers and of course they all go straight to your mouth. Maybe it was because you were teething! You got your first tooth October 24th and your second followed a week later on November 4th. Those two bottom teeth are the cutest. We celebrated your sister’s 4th birthday and you met your Great-Grandmother (Pop’s mom). She, as is everyone else, was smitten.  We became brave enough in early October to let you stay in the church nursery. We were a little nervous because you aren’t a fan of the bottle, but you did great (wouldn’t drink anything, but great otherwise!). You also started napping in your nursery this month. You like it dark and the white noise turned up and being still swaddled you sleep like a champ. I think you will be rolling over soon though. Finally, we celebrated your first Halloween. You were a banana split. EVERYONE was a fan!


At 5 months we finally moved you up to your room to sleep at night (November 13th). As I’ve mentioned before we are soaking up all the babyness and I think keeping you in our room a little longer was part of that. Since you rolled over for the first time, back to tummy, on December 5th you dropped your swaddle and you handled it like a champ. You fussed for about 15 minutes and then went to sleep, never looking back! A few days later you realized you preferred your tummy and have been sleeping that way whenever you are in your crib. You are still sleeping through the night and your mama is very grateful. I have to be on my A game to mother you three littles and sleep is crucial. Around this time you also found your feet and they are great entertainment in the car seat. You are still eating 4-5 times a day (no solids yet), although you are often distracted by your big brother and sister. You want to play with them so badly. They smother you with toys and love. Sprout loves sharing Bunny with you and Chickadee always gets a kick out of reading to you. We hosted Thanksgiving this month, so you got lots of snuggles from family and we also enjoyed a trip to the mountains with our small group. 


And now you are 6 months. Happy Half Birthday! You partook in so many Christmas festivities this month. And the weather matched the season this year. It snowed 6 inches down here in the deep south. You didn’t play in it much but you definitely experienced the magic! Other festivities included Christmas train riding at Stone Mountain, the lights at the Botanical Gardens, the Christmas parade downtown (that one you didn’t really like, those bands were a little loud!), and of course you met the BIG guy in red. We traveled to Alabama for Christmas and you had the BIGGEST blowout ever on the way. I’m pretty sure there was one every leg of the trip. You made the transition from one place to the next with ease though. It was a JOY to celebrate our Savior’s birth and you be there! We told everyone about your impending arrival last Christmas, so it was kind of full circle. I think you have hit a growth spurt as you started waking up again around 4:00am to eat. I am keeping perspective and cherishing some quite time together with you. We had our New Year’s in London party again and you rocked midnight in London with the rest of us. You are getting stronger and stronger and are pushing up when on your tummy. You also can sit up for a few seconds. I love watching you interact with the world. The sound you hear when you scratch your finger on a bumpy fabric, hearing a laugh and realizing it’s your own, using your legs to bounce in the exersaucer and making music with your feet on the piano mat. You are rarely fussy and all it takes to calm you down usually is picking you up. Finally, I think you are starting to ease up on your bottle strike. We are all happy! You have established a routine with your naps, usually around 9:00, 1:00 and 5:00. 


We have so enjoyed these past 6 months with you and cannot wait to see how you continue to grow and develop! We pray you continue to be filled with God’s light and share your joy with all those you see. May you love like Jesus sweet girl.

Love, Mama (& Daddy!)

Poppy, the Past Three Months

one week

Dear Poppy,

Oh sweet baby girl. We are soaking you in as much as we possibly can! You are the absolute sweetest baby and we are all smitten. I can’t express how thankful we are that you made us a party of 5. You are so mellow and are happy to be along for the ride. You haven’t had a rough night since night two in the hospital which has made it easy to keep you in our room. Upstairs seems so far away, so we have kept you close. And I can count on my two hands the number of times we’ve had to bring you down from the crazy cry in these past three months. Your sister and brother smother you to pieces. They love holding you, giving you their toys, and making you smile. Basically, the last three months have been better than imagined!

Hospital Collage

From the beginning you have been an excellent sleeper. Even on baby #3 I was the crazy mom that woke you to nurse the first few weeks until the pediatrician told me you were gaining weight like a champ and I should let you sleep. At your 2 weeks appointment you weighed 7lb 8oz and by one month you had gained almost two pounds (9lb 6oz). Around one month you were sleeping for two 4 hour stretches at night. You only wore your newborn clothes for a few weeks and moved into 0-3 months pretty quickly! You finally “woke up” around 9 days and we got to see your sweet eyes a little more. Some of my favorite memories from your first month are Chickadee she’ll get your diapers “because I’m the big sister” or she’ll cover you up in the blanket “because I’m the big sister.” She took her second promotion seriously. And Sprout to this day only refers to you as “my baby Poppy!” 

One Month Collage

By the time you were six weeks old you were sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night…I could fee you about 10:30 and you would make it to about 5:30, still a stretch, but some might call that sleeping through the night. By 8 weeks though you were sleeping 8 hours pretty consistently. Mom had to adjust a little bit, but once she saw you had gained 4.5 pounds since you were born she knew sleeping through the night wasn’t hurting you at all. At your two month appointment you weighed 11lb 7oz and were 23.25 inches long! Growing like a weed. I feel around the two month mark was also when you started to really “look” at us and study our faces. When you hear our voice you have started smiling and you have no idea what that does to a mama & daddy’s heart. If I knew how to type emojis I would give you all of the “heart eyes!” You began sucking on your fingers a lot to self soothe and I’ve been trying to get you to use a pacifier instead, you give in most of the time! You also rocked your first road trip over Labor Day. We went to Oneonta for the long weekend to visit Bebe & Pop. You were loved on by many and enjoyed lots of snuggles and a few lazy lake days. You can get used to those! 

Two Month Collage

And now sweet girl you are three months old. Goodness, where does the time go. Those newborn snuggles are hard to give up, but your HUGE smile is a pretty close substitute. You are quite chatty these days as well. Lots of babbling and cooing and smiling. You are now sleeping about 10 hours at night pretty consistently and we have plans to move you up to your nursery soon. You took another road trip down to Fairhope, AL where all 5 of us bunked up in a hotel room at the Grand Hotel. You slept by the pool and got lots of compliments on how cute and chill you were. We then headed over to Bay Minette to visit with Nana & Paw Paw and also were able to spend a lot of time with your great grandmother, Nannie. You are a champ in the carseat and for that I am so grateful because we are on the go a good bit. You nap mostly in the swing and like watching the mobile. When you do get fussy you like being snuggled up next to me in the Ergo or laying in your daddy’s arms. We truly are all smitten with you. 

Three Month Collage

We are so grateful that God saw us fit to be your parents. You are a delight, pure joy sweet girl. As our family grew so did our hearts and we are thankful that our love continues to multiply. We love your fiercely Poppy and pray that you love others like Jesus, just as your namesakes do/did!

Poppy Collage

DIY Little Girl Bow Organizer

DIY Bow Organizer

THE BOWS! I don’t think I had any idea when Chickadee was born how the bows would take over. We have so many bows. I have several friends whose little ones won’t wear the bows, and I know there are pros and cons here :( I’m not sure how no bows would go over here, some things Chickadee and I compromise on (like not wanting to wear these cute mary janes I bought her for preschool and instead wanting to wear tennis shoes like all her friends, why does it start this soon?????) but not the bows. With her crazy beautiful curly hair we need to look like we try and maintain those locks and that is where the bows come in! As she has gotten bigger, so have the bows.

Bow Progression Collage

We started with these cute bow headbands, then graduated to the 3 inch bows, and now she is rocking the almost 5 inch…thank you Amazon for offering these in bulk! (affiliate link)

Chicken Wire Frame

For a while all the bows were in a big basket, but it just wasn’t working. So I grabbed an empty frame at Goodwill (this opening is about 12″ x 18′) and some chicken wire at Home Depot. Then I whipped up this DIY Bow Organizer in less than 30 minutes. Here is a little how to:

After wiping down the frame, I gave the front a quick coat of white paint. I wasn’t perfect and if anyone asks I am going for the distressed farmhouse look :). Then I unrolled the chicken wire to be 3 inches wider and longer than my 12×18 frame opening and cut it with wire cutters. Finally using one of my favorite tools, a staple gun, I attached the chicken wire to the back of the frame. EASY. PEASY. Finally I clipped on the bows and hung it on the wall. 

Bow Organizer

I’ve been training Chickadee and she knows to look at the colors in her clothes and then find a bow that matches. She really does love them. I often ask if she wants me to pull her hair back with a ponytail instead and 9 times out of 10 she says she would rather have a bow. Mission accomplished!

Meet Poppy!


Our sweet baby girl made us a #partyoffive on July 7, 2017. Poppy is here and snuggled up on my chest as I write this post. Newborn snuggles are one of my favorite things in the world! She is currently the sweetest, most laid back little baby! She was born at 7:42pm, weighed 7 pounds and was 20.75 inches long. She is currently being smothered by her big brother and big sister and we are all soaking in her newness! Praise the Lord for a healthy delivery and baby girl, we are forever grateful! 


Thanks for sticking around! I promise to be back soon with more recipes, kid activities and hopefully tips for successfully parenting 3 littles 3 and under. We are embracing the chaos and enjoying the journey!