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Macks and I get two days during the week with just the two of us. As he gets older (and much more talkative,) it’s become a time that I cherish during the day. I’ve started to carry on the tradition that I have with the girls and have been taking him on dates in the morning. We’ll go to breakfast, to the bookstore, or something simple like playing outside. I love this time together with him.

Just the other day as we were scooting outside on our back porch, he came up to me and gave me the biggest hug around my neck and told me he loved me. It was just the assurance that I needed that he loves this time together just as much as I do.

That’s what makes me happy.

Now tell me something good. Something that’s made you happy. It can be big, it can be small, just something that has put a smile on your face. You can participate by sharing a photo on Wednesday with the hashtag #WhyImHappyWednesday and tagging me @laurenjimeson or feel free to write it in the comments below. I do read them all and am happy to reply back on your good news! You can also join in the conversation on my Facebook page!

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We’ve made big changes in our house since Macks was diagnosed with his food allergies a few months ago. It’s a process, but he’s learning. We’re all learning. He’s begun to ask on a regular basis if things have nuts in them. He’s always asking about whether or not his new friends from school or his sisters have allergies like he does. Our conversations often involve reminders for him to ask about food ingredients and to not eat food without asking us first. At two years old, he’s taking it remarkably well.

But while we’re being super diligent on what Macks eats, it hasn’t deterred his love for one thing; sweet treats. Macks is an incredibly picky eater, but doesn’t discriminate when it comes to anything sweet. Cookies, cakes, candy, it’s all free game in Macks’ mind. And he loves helping me make these sweet treats just as much as he loves eating them. To help accommodate to his allergies, I’ve started learning more recipes that we can make together that he will love and is safe for him.

All three kids are big on doing family activities. They understand how precious time is that we are all together as our family of five. And one thing that they love is sitting around the dining table with food in front of us and enjoying a nice conversation.

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Last week after school, the kids and I got together to make cookies that we could all enjoy. It was a nice break of our routine after school. We’ve been big into sunbutter in our house lately, and I wanted to test out a recipe using it to make cookies. Much to our amusement, they turned out incredibly delicious!

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After we baked the cookies, the kids and I sat around at the table and talked about their first week of school. It’s those moments, sitting around the table, that I know they cherish as much as I do.

With meal time being such an important time in our family, I want to make sure that they kids are comfortable and secure at the table when we eat. Chicco has long been a brand that I’ve trusted as a mom. We bought a Chicco car seat and stroller for Harlan when she was born. And they’ve expanded their line of baby gear a lot since then.

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I love baby gear that can grow with your child. Not only does it require to you spend less, but it means you need to store less (that’s the minimalist in me speaking.) Chicco’s Polly Progres5 Multichair transforms to grow with baby through the five different chairs included in the all-in-one multichair. The Multichair is five chairs in one. Included are a newborn recliner, full-featured infant highchair, toddler booster, big kid booster and a youth stool. And you can also use it for two children simultaneously – one in the youth stool, and another in the booster seat.  It fits easily up to our dining table and can be folded compactly when not in use.

Our lives are constantly becoming busier as the kids get older, but there’s one thing that we can always count on to regroup and enjoy one another. And that’s around the dining table.

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Here’s the recipe for the Eggless Sunbutter Cookies:

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbl brown sugar
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup sunbutter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Take rest of ingredients and mix in separate bowl. Mix with electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Slowly mix in flour and baking powder mixture into sunbutter mixture and blend until smooth.
  5. Place mixture in refrigerator for 1 hour so that mixture can harden and is easier to form.
  6. Roll dough into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Once you have all balls formed, press down on balls with fork to flatten.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

 

The Polly Progres5 Multichair is available at ChiccoShop.com and Babies “R” Us for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

 

All photos taken by Ana of AnaPhoto

 

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I’ve always known how affectionate Avery is. She loves love. And she isn’t afraid to show it. She’s such a free spirit, has a smile on her face most of the time, and is the most easy-going little girl there is.

Every afternoon when I pick up Avery, she comes running out the classroom with a huge smile on her face so excited to show me what she’s done in school that day. Yesterday was no different. She ran out of the classroom with her project in her hand and stood right there blabbering off about what the project was about. I looked at it and saw a book titled “All About Me.” It had a drawing on the front, Avery’s name, and a photo of her. Inside it was filled with drawings that Avery had done and sentences that Avery had finished and were filled in by her teacher.

As she read it to me, I was overwhelmed with happiness as I noticed a theme with her answers.

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She knows the power of family and of love. And I hope she remembers that for the rest of her life.

That’s what makes me happy.

Now tell me something good. Something that’s made you happy. It can be big, it can be small, just something that has put a smile on your face. You can participate by sharing a photo on Wednesday with the hashtag #WhyImHappyWednesday and tagging me @laurenjimeson or feel free to write it in the comments below. I do read them all and am happy to reply back on your good news! You can also join in the conversation on my Facebook page!