If you have been following our insta accounts here and here last week you know we were enjoying a week in Tulum. A little back story to why Tulum is so special to me. The hubs and I visited the Riviera Maya area almost 12 years ago and ended up getting married there shortly after. We honeymooned in Tulum and even returned for a Wiley Valentine creative retreat 9 years ago. Since then, the area has changed so much. Where the restaurants used to be just palapas on the sand now stand chic fabulous hotels and restaurants. They still have the rustic fabulous Mexico charm, but the style factor has definitely gone up a ton.
Not to be missed are the fabulous shops along the main drag in Tulum. My personal favorite was Caravana, filled with fabulous basics and handmade cotton gorgeous pieces. Lunch at Posada Margherita was definitely a stand out. You look out over the ocean, and your meal begins with the prettiest plate of housemade breads and a jar of the most delicious cauliflower. They make all their pastas in house and they use the freshest veggies. The cold pressed juices are not to be missed, and the best part, your kids will love all of this too! You can even do a little shopping just steps from your seat. Win win!
We had the most divine dinner at Hartwood, a restaurant that you will definitely hear about when you start looking into Tulum. And for good reason. The menu changes daily and is presented to you on a huge chalkboard. The ceviche we had was by far the most beautiful I have ever seen, topped with gorgeous seasonal fruits and flowers! So amazing! Breastfeeding with a view was a favorite memory of the trip for sure. Also don’t miss the gorgeous hand embroidered textiles and adorable kids dresses!
A favorite spot we discovered was Raw Love. They take such care to make their coconut yogurt each morning and pack their smoothie bowls with tons of superfood goodies! A great break from some of the heavier Mexican delights you may indulge in. Feel free to enjoy a matcha latte from the comfort of a hammock and don’t forget to walk several steps to the beach as it is absolutely breathtaking here.
These Tribord snorkel masks were serious game changers. With Piper never trying snorkeling before, and a few people in our group that can get a bit of anxiety from the typical snorkel breathing, these were amazing. Piper absolutely loved snorkeling as did everyone else. You can literally just breath normally while snorkeling and the mask never fogs up! Brilliant! Hartwood has a cookbook which is the perfect way to take a bit of Tulum home with you. This kaftan has a similar vibe to the Caravana one I snagged in town. This is the bikini Piper rocked much of the trip, and this dress is the same look as the ones I got for the girls.
So this whole introducing solid foods thing really put me over the edge at first. I had read so many conflicting things about “start with rice cereal” or “don’t start with rice cereal”, “start with vegetables” or “don’t start with vegetables”, etc. I started with sweet potatoes, and that was a total fail. Greyson spit it right back out, shivered, made horrible faces, it was super discouraging. Then I made my own rice cereal, using a 4 step process that included soaking overnight and cooking it for an hour and half. I mean talk about over the top!! She liked this ok, but it was nothing to get excited over, and I definitely didn’t want to make more of this overly complicated rice cereal! After I got over my OCD and just let go, things started to go much smoother. I am still making everything, but they are so simple that they really don’t take much time at all, and I enjoy the process. My pediatrician said things have changed so much since I had Piper, and now we can really just introduce her to whatever whenever, with the exception of honey. Now I am sure there are many conflicting schools of thought on this as well, but I have decided to let go and enjoy the process of introducing Greyson to new fun foods. So far the below shows what we have tried and for the most part she is loving everything. It’s been fun to mix the different foods and tastes to create more complex tastes for her. We haven’t played with textures much but that comes next. What were your little one’s favorite foods?
Here is another quick tip on how to get your kids to eat what you want them to eat. Tip #103, make it a “Build Your Own Bowl” style. The cool thing about this is that you can do this which just about anything. Build your own southwestern rice bowls, build your own Asian noodle bowls, sweet potato bowls, the possibilities are endless. I think part of what makes this work is that it gives your kids the power to choose what they are eating so be sure that the options are full of things you want them to eat. This has been working so great with Piper, so we make just about everything like this. If not a bowl, at least we offer some toppings to whatever we are eating, so she can choose her own toppings. Works like a charm.
Here are some of the recipes that are my radar this week. I try to collect a grouping of different recipe ideas each week to help keep it fun with dinners, breakfasts, sweet treats. What do you guys do to meal plan?
So I know it’s not a Mom Monday but I just had to share. Yesterday I dropped Piper off for her first day of Kindergarten. Wow was that emotional. We pulled up to school playing Katy Perry’s Firework, to get her pumped up and we all sang at the top of our lungs. Cue the tears. To make the day special for her we let her pick out her first day of school outfit from her/my favorite store, Cotton On. We also made a special breakfast which consisted of buckwheat pancakes and energy Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies. Overall it was a success. She loves her new class and her new teacher so far, which makes it way easier. But how is she getting so big so fast!?
When talking healthy food with other moms, the constant question I get is, “but what about the sweets? I can’t give that up. It’s too difficult and my child just loves sugar.” Well here are some great ideas for sweets for your kid, refined sugar free…I can’t wait to try some of these. Let me know if you try them!!
For those of you with picky eaters, this is such a great option for lunch or dinner. The fact that you are giving them options and control over their dinner really seems to resonate with little ones. Plus it’s super easy. Make sure to use a variety of vegetables as your “dippers” in a range of colors, for a rainbow effect. For the bean dip I just mixed beans with plain yogurt and garlic powder and voila! Let me know if you give it a try. It will even work for adults, for nice hors d’ouevres!
So my new favorite snack are these roasted chickpeas. Bonus, they are kid approved, Piper loves them too. They are super easy and so yummy. Great to whip up if you are doing some last minute entertaining, or if you need a snack. The fun thing about these is you can really make any flavor combo you like. This just happens to be our household favorite. Try parmesan and rosemary or garlic and cayenne for a kick.
Here are some inspirations for dinner this week. Healthy, vegetarian, yummy options for the whole family to enjoy. I can’t wait to try out some of these! Bon Appetit!
Ditch the flavored yogurt and make your own, packed with superfood goodness. Your kids will love this and so will you…promise! This is my new favorite thing. To make it fun for the kids, offer them small bowls of the optional toppings and let them personalize their own yogurt bowl for a delicious and healthy breakfast!