We’re back from our summer break, and now on to school and more…!

Wow, I can’t believe a whole school year/summer has already gone and finished. My big boy is about to start 1st grade in just a few days. Where does time go? I miss my itty bitty baby! Oh, on that note, we have a little BIG announcement to make. Baby boy #3 will be joining our family in December. We are super happy and excited for this brand new adventure in the world of 3 kids. Sam is just in love with his baby brother already and he remembers all the kicks he used to feel when I was pregnant with Eli back in 2012. Now he asks all the time if baby is moving… As for Eli, well, he’s very loving towards him, but I wonder if it’ll be an adjustment for him to go from baby of the house, to middle child. He will have just turned 3… What are your experiences with this? How did your children react to a new baby?

We are also pretty much all ready for him, except a new bucket seat (infant carseat) and some cute little extra cloth diapers. My newborn stash is very limited. By the way, after cloth diapering 2 kiddos from birth to potty training (although, Eli is still not completely there yet at 34months old), I still cannot wait to do it all over again in about 4 months. All those cute fluffy big bums and designs. Yay! What are your favorites? With Sam I was all about simplicity in the beginning, until he turned 6months old, when I started going crazy about all those choices and bought TONS of different diapers to try. I had them all, I tell ya. Now, a lot of those have gone to diaper heaven, and we need to rebuild a stash. I have a few Flips, some Pianissimo Cloth minky diapers, Gen-Y covers, flats and prefolds. That is what our major rotation diapers consist of. I want to explore more options though with all the new ones that came out recently.

Oh, right, I started off this post with a mention of Sam going back to school this week. Well, he is so ready to go start his learning. He’s been doing workbooks all summer and upping his game. He loves to read. Heck, my boy taught himself to read at the ripe ol’ age of 4. Now he wants more challenging things as he goes into Elementary school and we have started looking into chapter book series that he would like. Any ideas for a 7 year old boy? I am not too well knowing in the department of children’s chapter books lately.

It’s time for breakfast now, and I shall leave you with a few pictures of our summer fun… ’til next time. Have a good day!

Boy sure loves him some veggie sushi!

Boy sure loves him some veggie sushi!

On vacation visiting the in-laws

On vacation visiting the in-laws

My cutie pie with a new big boy hair cut

My cutie pie with a new big boy hair cut

Doing it all on his own now!

Doing it all on his own now!

Playing with his girlfriend in the kiddie pool

Playing with his girlfriend in the kiddie pool

We are moving…

…but don’t worry. I am staying right here. Okay, now you’re confused, right? Well, my blog isn’t going anywhere. And I’m not literally moving out of this house either. We’re just moving forward with our family’s health into a new Paleo and Essential Oils journey. Through my time of being a Feingold mom, I have slowly discovered what works for us and what doesn’t. We have already eliminated all major allergens, and my boy was begging for some of those stage 2 fruits and veggies he couldn’t have. So, it just made sense to go completely Paleo and make his little 6 year old body feel better. Which means also eliminating yeast and sugars. We are just starting towards this transition, but already I can see a big difference in our bodies. I want to blog about this whole journey for you to live it with me. I’ve also discovered the wonderful world of Essential Oils through Spark Naturals and have been using them religiously for many aches, pains and even helping with ADHD/Anxiety. I will get more into that later as I blog on… So come along for the ride, it will be tons of fun!

2 months into Kindergarten and…

2014-10-09 11.15.56

He’s been home more days than not. I don’t like the spread of viruses in public places. It started off with a bad cold in early Sept, then he caught Hand Foot Mouth Disease a month later, and now he has what seems like bronchio and a stomach bug. It never ends! My poor guy is so miserable! Let’s not also forget that his 2yo brother has been catching all this too. So I’ve got 2 sick kiddos on my hands now.

2014-10-17 19.52.43

Talking about the littlest, he celebrated being TWO yesterday! CRAY-ZAY! Where has time gone? It seems like just yesterday I was taking him home from the hospital to meet his crazy family.

eli eyes open

He is full of energy. My toddler tornado. He loves trains, especially anything related to Thomas, and wants to watch episodes every waking moment. Silly boy! He talks nonstop and even surprises us with what he knows. His latest additions include “No, I can’t” and “Ah-jah-jah (Elijah) do it. Own.”

He weighs about 28lbs (65th centile) and is 35.75in tall (85th centile). A bit shorter than his brother Sam was at this age, but chunkier. Gotta love nursing for that. Ohh, by the way, we’ve reached my 2yr goal of breastfeeding. YAY! Now I get to slowly wean this child who demands nonstop at night. I need my sleep again! Any tips?

Fettuccine Alfredo

When we first went vegan 2 years ago, the most difficult thing to give up was cheese. If you are like me and really miss your white sauce pasta on a very limited allergen-free diet, here’s your answer…Alfredo sauce that is free of all Top 11 Allergens!! Ain’t that fabulous? We love this one here, so I’m ready to share it with you…

FETTUCCINE ALFREDO (Feingold Stage 1, Vegan, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free)
Servings: 4-6

  • 1 lb gluten-free fettuccine pasta
  • 3 Tbsp soy-free dairy-free butter spread (Earth Balance is a good one)
  • 3 Tbsp brown rice flour
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable stock
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Rice milk
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional, gives it a little kick)
  • Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is boiling, heat butter spread in a medium sauce pan. Add flour and stock and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly stir in milk and add remaining ingredients (not parsley). Stir until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Sprinkle parsley on individual servings and voila!

Family Summer Fun

I haven’t updated much lately as we’ve been super busy around here. Going to the pool, park, downtown, playing ball in the backyard, etc. My boys love being outside and so does this mama.

2014-06-21 14.00.05 2014-06-27 12.29.53 2014-06-29 15.26.06 2014-07-18 11.09.23

We’ve had a lot of fun this summer and the weather has been quite nice to us.

As I sit here finishing my lunch of dried mango slices, penne & peas, baby carrots and avocado, I am contemplating thoughts of time passing. How is it already almost August? My birthday is in 2wks, my big boy starts Kinder in a month, and lil one is TWO in October. WHOA!

Talking about growing, we are approaching the 21month mark with bebe boy and that is my big breastfeeding/weaning milestone with the big kid. I am soo happy to report that I will finally most probably be making it to 24months. He still feeds all the time and has been quite demanding lately, but these are our snuggle times and I love it no matter how tiring it might get at nighttime. He is growing like a weed, following in his tall brother’s footsteps.

Foodie Upgrade

If you’ve noticed, I have changed up my site’s title to include that we are now an “allergy-friendly home”. What does that mean, you say? Basically we are Gluten/Soy/Corn/Almond-Peanut Free now. And still Vegan (no dairy, no eggs either). And no animal byproducts (meat, honey, silk, leather…). Ain’t that cool huh? It cuts down on a lot of choices, but I feel this is the right direction for us now. My husband has recently acquired a dairy and almond allergy so those were out anyway.

Now, you may wonder “where the heck do they get their protein then?” Well, here’s a short list of SOME of what we eat on a daily basis:

  • Veggies & Fruits (Yes, they have protein! Avocado is a big deal in this house. We go through it like candy)
  • Beans
  • Quinoa, millet, GF oats
  • Peas/lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Seeds (pumpkin, hemp, flax, etc)
  • SunButter (made from sunflowers)
  • Pea Butter (made from green peas)
  • Cashews, Pistachios, and other tree nuts

And I’m sure there’s more and my brain just can’t think right now before having had my morning coffee haha