Monday, February 29, 2016

Solly Baby Wrap=Life Saver

We have recently ventured into the world of two children for those of you who may not know. I have also taken a new job as a full time stay at home mom job, which let me tell you is by far the hardest most rewarding job I have ever had. Don't let anyone ever tell you being a stay at home mom is a joke, and for those of you who think it is try it for a week and get back to me. 

I have certainly had to learn how to juggle a new born and a toddler. I quickly discovered the most crucial baby products that make this task a little easier. Now this is just my opinion so you may agree to disagree with me and that is certainly okay. 

The Logan family currently can't live without is the Solly Baby Wrap

Top 10 Things I love about the Solly Wrap

1.) Fabric is light weight 
2.) Grows with baby
3.) Comes packaged with easy to follow instructions.
4.) Videos online that are super easy to follow if the book is difficult to follow or you loose the book, yikes!
5.) I can put the wrap on by myself, huge plus
6.) Machine washable 
7.) Supports my back 
8.) Affordable 
9.) Easy to throw in your diaper bag and doesn't take up a ton of room.
10.) Baby loves it! 
11.) Yep, adding an extra one, did I mention I can put it on MYSELF, can't say it enough

We had the Ergo for Elin, and while I love it I definitely can't do it alone while they are tiny, plus its a little bulky when they are so tiny. The Solly has been a great addition and I encourage anyone having a baby (first, second, third, etc.) to take a look and consider it. Baby wearing is so wonderful and benefical for mom and baby. 

Baby boy loving his Solly Wrap

Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Channeling my inner Martha Black Bean Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Martha has done it again! This time with my favorite cheese, Goat Cheese. I love goat cheese mainly I just eat in salads. Elin has developed a new love for quesadillas and I feel like I have become a master at making them. I decided that I should google ideas for different quesadilla's recipes that used goat cheese. Of course my girl Martha knew just what to do to give the Logan family a new recipe to go on the list. 

I will tell you this recipe is not really toddler friendly for those of you who have a picky eater like myself. Just because Elin loves quesadillas doesn't mean I am getting her to try a black bean. In this house the dictator orders pancakes, grilled cheese, cheese quesadilla, peanut butter, or pizza. She does enjoy fruits and veggies but a bean, you've lost your mind. 

Like I posted previously this week has been a busy week at the Logan household preparing for our guest. The little man also had to go to the doctor this week and I honestly feel like Amazon woman if I can get out of the house and do things like this with two kids. Not to mention I had several Etsy orders this week (not that I am complaining I wish I had a million). 

This recipe was perfect for the busy week. It hardly took any time to make, and was delicious. Which is why it will be added to the menu of things the Logan family eats regularly. Another perk is that its relatively inexpensive to make. Honestly, the goat cheese is going to be what you spend the most money on. 

Now you can adapt the recipe anyway you see please. I am going to write it the way I made it. Martha added 2 scallions, but I didn't have those in my house and wasn't going out to buy them. She also used a medium tomato, I had cherry tomatoes so I opted just to use those instead, about 12 of them. 

The recipe calls for you to mash the black beans. I have this fancy little tool that you mash potatoes with and it worked like a charm mashing the black beans. Honestly I have never even used it mash potatoes. I have just used it to make guacamole and now to mash black beans. Now if you have a quesadilla makers awesome, pull it out and use it. I however am relying on a frying pan. When we moved we had to get rid of so much stuff (big home to tiny little apartment), and at the time I was not using my quesadilla maker at all so naturally I got rid of it. Kind of makes me laugh now because I literally make someone a quesadilla 2 or 3 times a week. 

If you are using the good old frying pan like myself. I usually cook with butter or olive oil (butter, fatting I know but definitely the easiest to cook with). If I use butter I just use a little slice just enough to give it a little flavor and coat the pan. 

I only put the filling on half of the tortilla, trust me on this it makes it easier to put together. I usually let it cook for about 2 or 3 minutes, until golden brown, the filling will start to bubble. I don't fold it immediately because then you have to cook both sides and you end up with a mess. Once it is golden brown I will fold it into what now looks like a quesadilla. 

I am sure there are toppings you can add, you be the judge of that. I usually just do the plain jane quesadilla. Its a pretty light, no meat involved. Its probably a great meal for those of you still sticking to that new years resolution, or if your like me trying to loose the baby weight. It makes about 8 quesadilla's  depending on how generous you are with filling. If the Mr. likes it trust me you will like it, especially if your a goat cheese lover. Enjoy!


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped (I used 12 cherry tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn or I bought a can of corn)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 10 six-inch corn tortillas
  • Mash beans in a medium bowl until chunky. Add goat cheese, tomato, corn, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper, and stir until well combined.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Spread 1/2 cup bean mixture (or less) evenly over 1 tortilla. Repeat with remaining bean mixture and tortillas.
  • Raise heat to medium-high.Cook quesadillas until filling is hot and the quesadilla is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Fold quesadilla while still in pan. Serve warm.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gillette Castle and Essex Steam Train

It was warm here? Yes, you heard me right it was 55 degrees in February in Connecticut. Crazy I know! With warm weather we decided that we better get out and take advantage of the day. So we began Round 1 of our New England Adventures. 

Again, I didn't do so hot on posting my review on Monday. Maybe I should make any day review day and just hope for the best on making a post Monday. I decided that this week I should review something Connecticut just incase any of my followers get an itch to visit this interesting small state.

We aren't from an area where state parks are closed during the winter (or better yet they maybe closed we just don't visit them during the winter) so we did no research on Gillette Castle State Park. The park itself is not closed during the winter but the ability to go in the castle is closed during the winter months. However, it is still a beautiful site to see just walking the grounds. Its amazing the structures that were built without modern equipment. 

Just my girl hanging at the castle. She loved it by the way!!! Wants to go back ASAP!

Just a little brief history on the castle. It was built by a famous actor named William Gillette (no relations to the shaving company according to Wikipedia). When Gillette died he had no family so the state of Connecticut took over the property in 1943 and made it into a state park. 

Highlights about the Castle:
  • Picnic area (would be awesome in summer time)
  • Hiking trail (to wear your kids out) 
  • Beautiful views from all areas
  • Toddlers enjoy it, especially those who think they are a princess
  • Restrooms (huge plus, but they are composting toilets so a little creepy to those no outdoorsy people like myself.

Our intentions were just to visit the castle and then head home. However, while standing out looking at the Connecticut river I heard the sounds of a steam train. Now, Elin has a book called Good Night Connecticut (we try to pick one of these books up everywhere we go, they have one for just about every state and major city) and I remembered reading about the Essex Steam Train. How we lived without internet based cell phones is beyond me. Whipping out the cell phone I found that Essex was just 5 miles away (20 minute drive because you have to go over the river and through the woods, literally). 

No clue why she stuck her tongue out all day.

The Mr. and I did no research prior to arriving in Essex. Again, remember this adventure was on a whim. We arrived at the station only to find that they had an 11:00 ride and 2:00 ride. We got there at exactly 1:40 just in time to purchase tickets (please remember we did not research our trip).

First ride on a Train

Elin was so excited to ride on the train (just like riding on Thomas). We are firm believers in buying experiences and want her to experience life to the fullest. We boarded the little train and discovered we would be on an 2 and half hour journey (we thought it might be 45 minutes, so we were a little taken a back, and left the sippy cup in the car, yikes). 

Yep, this was one of the views

Now it is important to note here that Essex Steam Train has many different types of trips (who would have known?) This past weekend just happened to be the Eagle Flyer Trip. Not knowing anything a head of time put us on a 2 and half hour trip of bird watching, putting our Eagle eyes on, and listening to a well informed lady provide information about eagles. Not really the ideal trip, seeing that we have no interest in birds, but again it was an experience riding on a steam train. Plus, Connecticut is pretty ugly in the winter so there was not much of a view, check out my pictures of the view and you will get the picture. 

Lots of houses along the way, people would come out and wave which shocked us seeing that New Englanders are suppose to be rude, just a myth.

I do hear that the Polar Express ride in December sells out quickly and is a must do. If we are here during the Polar Express trips we plan on returning and doing that trip. 

Highlights from the Steam Train:

  • Bathrooms on board
  • Plenty of space to move around
  • If need be they do serve food (in case you forget the sippy cup no worries)
  • Its fun to say you rode on a steam train, not many people can say that. 

We would definitely recommend both of these activities, just as we are quickly discovering here in the northeast, wait till spring or summer. Also make sure if you do the Essex Train you research what type of ride you are going on because while it was fun to ride the train, bird watching not so much. 

We have visitors coming this weekend (our first ones, wahoo). Stay tuned as maybe they will want to do some more exploring this weekend. I hear its suppose to be 45 degrees!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

NOLA Lou Lou

Did you know I have an Etsy shop? I do and have for awhile now but probably don't do the best job promoting it. My main sells come from digital invitation, so if you are party planning feel free to check my store out.

I make invitation for just about any event. From birthday parties

To Birth Announcements 

Baby showers (will do wedding as well)

Save the dates and wedding invitations
Holiday Cards (any holiday not just Christmas)

You name it I can do it and would be honored to. 

 Now it is important to note that they are digital files so you will have to either print them yourself or have them sent to a printing company, which is still cheaper than having the printing companies design them. I also sell a few other items for children but mainly I specialize in invitations and announcements. If you don't see what you are looking for just ask and I will make it. So please stop on by NOLA Lou Lou and refer your friends and family.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Parenting Hack

I would like again to state that I am by no means a parenting expert, far from it. The Mr. and I are trial by error, savage the Internet, take advice from others, and then just figure out what works best for us kind of people. You may or may not agree with our parenting techniques, but hey to each there own. I just know I am always looking for recommendations and advice and will take just about any tip. When writing a parenting blog post I am writing with people like me in mind, just suggestions when all else is failing. 

Up until this weekend Elin has still been sleeping in a crib. We have a tiny 2 bedroom apartment so the kids are going to have to share a room. Baylor is still in our room and probably will remain there for a little longer (can I get an amen we slept from 9:30 until 3:30 last night) so we have had no use for him to have the crib yet. Plus we just didn't want to boot Elin out just because she had a baby brother. She is great sleeper so we don't want to mess that up. 

(I ordered a new crib sheet so just anxiously awaiting, will up date as soon as it arrives)

For whatever reason though Elin started talking about wanting to sleep in a big bed. The Mr. and I talked about it and decided that why not, we have a queen size bed in their room for when guest come over, and we knew that while living here Elin would grow up and move into a big girl bed. However, we had yet to purchase bed rails because we didn't know she would be ready to move as soon as we got here. 

(Still need to put Baylor's monogram up above the crib, will up date soon)

I hated to tell her no she couldn't sleep in the big girl bed when she was wanting to but it was 7:30 at night and there was no way my Amazon Prime Membership was getting rails to me by 8:00. The Mr. and I talked about it and decided this maybe the chance to get her in a big girl bed and we didn't need to blow it because we didn't have rails. 

Naturally I went to the internet looking. Some people suggested putting a soft mat on the floor so if they fell off it wouldn't hurt, others suggested putting a pool noodle under the fitted sheet (again 8:00), while other said get the rails. 

My mind kept racing back to the pool noodles. They are just a long skinny cylinder shaped piece of foam placed under the fitted sheet, what could I possible have in the house that resembled this shape? Then it dawned on me that we have tons of blankets in the house. Everyone under the sun gets you some type of blanket when you have a baby (note to those who are not parents yet). I decided that if I rolled them up to look like a pool noodle I could place that under her fitted sheet and it should do the trick. 

Worked like a charm! She is in a queen size bed and sleeps in the middle so she came no where near rolling off the bed. She woke up in the exact same position I left her in the night before. We are now 3 days into taking a nap and sleeping in the big girl bed at night. She no longer refers to the crib as her bed, but tells me its Baylor's bed when I ask her where she wants to sleep. Guess I officially have a big girl on my hands (currently choking back the tears). 

Someone once told me the days are long but the years are short, and boy is that true. I can't believe my baby girl is in a big girl bed and no longer has a pac. Slow down time! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Its A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood..Daniel Tiger Live

I had all intentions of making Monday a review day. Review as in reviewing baby products that I love and hate, reviewing places or events that we have attended, etc. etc. Well yesterday was a whirl wind of a day so we are just going to have review Monday a day late. 

When we woke up yesterday morning we planned to spend the day at home playing Little People, cleaning, doing laundry, you know just an ordinary day. Elin loves to watch Daniel Tiger and for whatever reason I remembered that Raising Cane's in Louisville had an event where you could meet Daniel Tiger. I decided to Google to see if this event occurred here in Connecticut. One click in the Google search engine and not only did I find Daniel Tiger in Connecticut but Daniel Tiger was Live at the Jorgensen Center at the Upon for one day only. That day just happened to be Monday, February 15th at 2:00. After going back and forth with the Mr. we decided that if I could handle a solo trip with just me and the two kids (CRAZY) than we should go. I decided it was time to put on my big girl mama pants on and go solo to Daniel Tiger Live.

After a 45 minute drive to the University of Connecticut (which by the way is out in the middle of no where land). We arrived to watch the one and only Daniel Tiger. The look on Elin's face when trolley zoomed across the auditorium ceiling was priceless. "Hi Trolley, go get Daniel." It was well worth the $62 dollars to see that face light up the way it did. 

This was a first experience in a theater and I was rather nervous that she wouldn't sit and watch the show. However, as usual she surprised me and did superb. Little man decided that Daniel Tiger was a great time to take a nap and much to my surprise he did superb as well. All in all it was a perfect first solo outing. 

To all my blog readers Daniel Tiger Live travels the country, just like a Broadway plays. I would definitely recommend looking up the tour schedule to see if he is coming near you. Kentucky friends I can tell you will be in town a town near you in April if you are looking for a fun outing with the kids (if they like Daniel that is).  

Pros of Daniel Tiger Live

  • The show featured all of the cast and the costumes were recognizable as the characters.
  • The show had a lesson to be learned just like all the Daniel Tiger always seems to have (in fact there were a couple of lessons to learn).
  • There was an intermission (much needed).
  • Tickets were reasonable priced (at least in my area) $22.00 for an adult and $20.00 for a child under. 
  • Toddlers will definitely enjoy the show.
  • You can dance and sing right along with them because you will know most of the songs.
  • They have a trolley backdrop with Daniel to take pictures with, be prepared to wait in line though. 
  • Your child is exhausted afterwards so they sleep well that night or take a nap on the ride home.
Cons of Daniel Tiger Live

  • The show didn't start on time (hopefully this was just at the theater we went too and not a production thing), so if you got there early like myself a toddler gets pretty impatient. 
  • Thank heavens for the intermission the show was a little long and right before intermission Elin seemed to be done but regained her composure for the 2nd half which was shorter.
  • I have to complain a little about the Jorgensen just incase I have CT people out there reading. They charged me for Baylor (a 2 month old, come on people). 
  • Little people won't be able to sit to see over big people's heads so they do get tired of standing and may end up in your lap (I can bet its like that everywhere, maybe not though).

Make sure you plan to take some extra money. They do sell souvenirs. They were selling t-shirts ($25, yes we own one), sweatshirts ($40), backpacks and posters ($10), and then almost anyone 3 and above had this little light saver thing ($10). Also, not sure if it is like this everywhere but there was meet and greet with the cast after the show, an additional $50 dollars (I wouldn't recommend this if your child is scared of people in costumes). 

Daniel Tiger Live is a must if you have a little tiger who loves Daniel as much as my little tiger.