Great Things, With Love

Great Things, With Love

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My List Of Must Have Baby Products

As my last baby starts her toddler years, I find myself  reminiscing of how it was becoming a mom for the very first time. I can't believe how far I've come since that day. I can't believe how much time has passed since that day. With God by my side, and an incredible husband, and years of experience, I feel like I've gotten a pretty good hang of being a mom. And, it only took three kids! ;)
As I box up outgrown onesies  and make a donation pile in my garage of baby products I probably will never use again, I can't help to think about the items that were the most useful throughout the years.
We all go a little scanning crazy as new expectant mothers creating a registry. I really wish I had more advice about baby products  before I took that scanner in my hand and went crazy running around Babies R Us scanning everything that looked cool. In the 5 years of being a mom,  I can easily list the items that I feel were a must for me.  I'd like to share them with you.

1. The Fisher Price Cradle 'n Swing. This swing was a life saver for me. A safe place for my  little ones to nap or lounge in. It's so plush and cozy that your baby will love being in this swing. My daughter is a year and a half and she still naps in it.



2. The Baby Bjorn. I did not go anywhere without this product. A perfect hands free way to hold your baby close. And when you have a clingy baby that doesn't want to be put down, and a ton of housework, you will be thankful you have this. It's also great for travelling with at airports.



3. The Diaper Genie. Whoever thought of this idea is a genius. No stinking up the bathroom with a poopy diaper in the trash can. The Diaper Genie is awesome about keeping the odors in control and all those dirty diapers neatly stacked until they can be thrown away outside. Love this product.



4. The Umbrella Stroller. A perfect lightweight stroller that gets the job done. Its compact and easy to open and close.



5. Bright Starts, Around We Go Activity Station. This is one of my favorite products. It helps me get dinner on the table every night. Keeping my little one entertained and in one safe spot. The older two love it as well. ;)



6. An easy  to clean highchair. Nothing too complicated. These things get so gross and messy. We had a cool one by Chicco and it was pretty much trashed after our second baby so we needed to get a new one for our third. I knew we weren't planning on any more, so I chose the most cheapest one, which happened to be The Cosco Flat Folding High Chair. Runs for about $33.00. Honesty, it's holding up way better than the more expensive ones. Maybe because there is no reclining feature and food doesn't get stuck anywhere. It's also a little less padded. This makes spills a lot easier to wipe up. It's also more compact if you are tight on space. So far I love it and I probably will only need it for about one more year since my baby already wants to eat at the big peoples table. ;)


7. A Diaper Caddy. An organized way to keep everything you need for your babies diaper changes. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and a changing mat all at hand and in an easy to carry caddy.


8. Safety 1st  Spring 'n Release Latches.
These are the perfect way to child proof your kitchen and bathroom because they are hidden and you don't need to ruin the look of your  cabinets and drawers . They are easily installed with a drill and they stay put for years. Definitely a great product.



9. A Swaddle Me. These are great for swaddling up baby. They also offer great support for your baby when people hold your little newborn. They'll keep your baby nice and snug and there won't be any constant re wrapping thanks to the velcro straps.


10. The Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Stroller. This is something I will be keeping for a long time. A must have for a family with multiple kids. I needed something that would be easy to push around, hold my purse and the kids jackets, and most importantly hold at least two of my kids. With so many different seating options, this stroller is perfect. It makes going anywhere with multiples so much easier. ;)





Well, there's my list of products that I think are a must for any mom. Some are definitely outgrown for my kids, while some of are still doing a perfect job of making my job a little easier.


A little mom talk on this Tuesday night.


♡ Nausheen




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fresh Apple Cake

Autumn, my favorite time of the year. The cold that you can bare, the trees filled with leaves in the most beautiful colors, crunchy leaves that pile up in your backyard, the season for boots, the smell of pumpkin spice, home decor in my most loved color pallet, and warm apple cake. These are just a few of my favorite things.

I find myself baking more around this time of the year than any other. The peak season for Granny Smith, Northern Spy, and Ida Red apples, the best apples for baking. One recipe that I make the most during this season is Fresh Apple Cake. I found this recipe years ago and it's one that I keep using.
It's so easy and so delicious. It's also a perfect way to use up any extra apples that didn't get eaten.




Ingredients

Honey Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk

Apple Cake:
3 cups diced Granny Smith apples (I use a red apple like Northern Spy).
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts ( I sometimes use pecans or both).
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs

Directions

Glaze:
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set the bowl aside.

Cake:
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a Bundt pan.
In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl.
Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined.
Fold in the apple mixture.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to fully cool in pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.
Drizzle the apple cake with honey glaze and enjoy!

The best part about baking this cake besides it tasting delicious, is that it fills your whole house with the scent of freshly baked apples. One of the best things about Autumn.

Enjoy!

♡ Nausheen