Sharing a Master Bedroom with Baby

Sharing your room with baby is no big deal, and I am going to simplify it for you here. Just by adding a few necessities, your room for two becomes a room for three!

This HALO® Bassinest® Swivel Sleeper goes right up to the bed and you can bring the baby toward you when needed throughout the night. I haven’t used it yet (waiting for baby to arrive!) but excited to see how well it works.

Your nightstand will end up being cluttered with late night essentials, like diapers, wipes, snacks for mom, and even a burp cloth and change of pjs for baby. You never know what will arise in the middle of the night! Keep it all organized in a cute basket. I also love this mini touch lamp I found that has three brightness settings. This way, I can just give it a quick touch for a dim light, rather than rummaging through my basket in the dark.

For comfort during late night feedings, you will want to arm your bed with pillows for propping. I like to have some standard throw pillows, a “husband” style pillow for sitting up, and a Boppy pillow for breastfeeding support. I got this adorable Emily & Meritt “Love” Slipcover at Pottery Barn Kids.

Also for feedings, or just for cuddling, it’s nice to add a place for seating or a rocking chair. Having a comfy throw blanket and a lumbar support pillow is a good idea as well.

For the much anticipated “tummy time”, having a cozy, fresh clean rug and a little toy chest will be in handy.

I turned my vanity into a changing table, by just adding a changing pad and a cute basket for diapers and wipes. I also included a laundry basket below for the many changes of clothes that are in a newborn baby’s daily schedule.

You can never have too much Butt Paste! It is the best cure for diaper rash.

The hardest part about sharing a room for me was making some room in the dresser for the new baby’s wardrobe. However, it gave me a good reason to go through all of my clothes and donate what I have not worn in a while. Luckily newborn baby clothes are small so they don’t take up too much room. I also bought under bed storage bins to store her 6-12 month and up clothes.

 

Asian Inspired Tossed Salad

Ingredients:

  • Mixed greens
  • Tofu, cubed
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Sliced almonds
  • Chopped tomato
  • Red and yellow peppers, sliced
  • Red onion, sliced thin
  • Cucumber slices
  • Alfalfa sprouts (not pictured)
  • Asian sesame ginger dressing or something similar

Instructions:

Toss all ingredients together in large bowl and enjoy!

 

Dijon Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • Plain breadcrumbs (or Panko breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Batter

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Season chicken with black pepper and salt. Combine batter ingredients in medium bowl, whisk until blended. Dip chicken tenderloins in batter, and toss in bread crumbs to coat. Put aside on plate.
  • Heat olive oil in large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Cook chicken on both sides until cooked through.

The Most Beautiful Gift

My son picked this beautiful flower for me in my mom’s backyard, so I just had to share the joy of this moment! Seeing the proud look and huge smile on his face when he ran over to hand it over to me… made my heart sing.

Prosciutto and Cantaloupe Appetizer

This recipe couldn’t be easier or more tasty. Sweet and salty combine for a sensational appetizer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cantaloupe – seeded and cut into cubes
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto

Instructions:

Remove the flesh from the rind of the cantaloupe. Top each piece of cantaloupe with a piece of the prosciutto, secure with a toothpick. Serve cold.

Best Boxed Pancakes

It’s no surprise, as I am a huge Trader Joe’s fan, but this Trader Joe’s boxed pancake mix is the best I’ve ever had – you’ve got to try it!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Trader Joe’s gluten free pancake mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • Cooking oil spray

Instructions:

Preheat griddle to 350 F or heat skillet over medium heat. Measure pancake mix and set aside. In a large bowl whisk egg, water and butter until well blended; slowly whisk in pancake mix until lumps disappear; batter will be thick.

Lightly spray griddle or skillet with cooking oil spray. For each pancake, ladle about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle; cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until bubbles form and begin to pop. Carefully flip with a spatula and continue to cook until bottom is golden brown. Repeat until all batter is used. (If batter becomes too thick, stir in water, 1 teaspoon at a time as needed.) Serve hot, with warm maple syrup, if desired.

NutraBullet Iced Matcha Milk

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Silk Coconut Milk
  • 4 oz Silk Almond Creamer
  • 1/2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 4-5 drops organic vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes
  • Raw sugar to taste
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

Add all the ingredients (including the ice cubes) into the NutraBullet, pulse until frothy.
Pour into serving glasses and enjoy!

Chicken Caesar Salad

When I want a heartier, more filling salad – I know this recipe will do the trick! The combination of croutons, chicken and cheese make it more substantial than the typical “light” salad. You can use a dressing of choice or try this creamy greek yogurt version.

Ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
  • Croutons
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
  • Grilled chicken

I particularly like these croutons from Trader Joes:

Instructions:

Mix ingredients into bowl, toss and serve!

Greek Yogurt Dressing:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Add a store bought dressing to taste if preferred

Instructions:

Combine ingredients, whisk until well combined.

The Search for a New Sectional Sofa

While I love our old couch, it is time to update from 10 years of love and spills. I am looking for another sectional. We love the chaise on the couch, as it is comfortable, but wondering if we should go bigger, with the family growing, and it looks like there is space for it in the room. I’ve been shopping around and here are my top picks so far. What do you think?

Henry® 2-Piece Pull-Down Full Sleeper Sectional w/ Storage
West Elm
Reg. $2,898
Sale $2,318

Radley 5-Piece Fabric Chaise Sectional Sofa
Macy’s
Reg. $2,998.00
Sale $1,769.00

Artemis II 3-pc. Microfiber Sectional Sofa
Raymour and Flanagan
Reg. $1,899.85

 

Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

This is one of my favorite dishes. I drive to the Montclair Farmers market just to get fresh scallops to satisfy this craving! It is very important that the scallops are the best quality, freshest you can find. If you can’t get to a fish market, Whole Foods has good scallops too.

It is also important to get the timing right to get these seared to perfection. Before I begin cooking, I always watch Alton Brown’s Seared Scallop Video, as sort of an inspiration and refresher of how to get it right!

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds dry sea scallops, approximately 16 (5 pieces per person is a good amount)
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions:

  • Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  • Add the butter and oil to a 12 to 14-inch sauté pan on high heat. Once the fat begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a 1/4-inch golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve immediately.

Optional Lemon Orzo side:
Cook 2 cups orzo. Once cooked add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.