Lindsay Gill: April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Guide

Mother's Day 2015 is right around the corner! Sunday, May 10th, to be exact.  You still have time to pick out some Mother's Day gifts for your favorite mothers!  I did a little online window shopping to come up with some cute gift ideas.  
Personalized ring: I would just love a little "Luke" ring around my finger!  I haven't heard of this shop but I can already see a few things there that I'd like!

Make up bag: In hopes that there will be some summer vacations, this is perfect for keeping make-up organized and safe, and this bright pattern could almost pass as Lilly for Target that some of us missed out on.

Comfy white chair: This comfy classy white chair looks like the perfect spot to have a cup of coffee and read a book!

You are so loved: Always a good reminder to hang on the wall!

Sexy shades: For keeping those eyes safe this summer while looking adorable.

Lilly tumbler: Why not get some real Lilly and stay hydrated outdoors this Spring and Summer?

Do not disturb hat: Woah, this is expensive, but I bet a good DIYer could pull this off...let me know!

Sparkle sandals: I stopped in store at least twice to look at these.  I might just have to get them.

Beauty blender: A nice practical gift. No make up lines on my mamas!

Anthro candle: So calming.  Would look perfect on any shelf, table, or bathtub.

Looking for more ideas?  Here was my Mother's Day 2014 Gift Guide!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Easy Vegetable Lasagna

Looking for a vegetable side or main dish? We just made vegetable lasagna.  The vegetables are getting more vibrant and tasty as we enter the nicer weather! 

Shopping list:
1 yellow squash
1 green zucchini
4+ tomatoes
1 spaghetti squash
about 2+ cups of mozzarella
fresh basil

Make the spaghetti squash first. Directions say to place whole squash in microwave for 1 minute, cut in half length wise and place on microwave safe dish and microwave for about 11 minutes.  Repeat with other half.  Scoop out seeds with spoon, and scrape out "spaghetti" with fork.  Stir fry the yellow squash and zucchini with olive oil and garlic.

Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan and cover with about 1 cup spaghetti squash.  Layer sliced tomatoes and a layer of cheese.  Then layer the sliced yellow squash and zucchini followed by another layer of cheese and repeat until you're out of ingredients!

Bake on 350 for at least 30 minutes.  Enjoy!






Thursday, April 9, 2015

A toddler in Connecticut

Here's a list of things we've done...and things we want to do!  I'm creating this list to share, but also as a list for DaddyLukey time this summer, and the list cannot be lost of thrown away!  Please leave a comment with more ideas!  

I'm loving HulaFrog that lists great "local things for kids to do!"  Many of our ideas come from there.

The New Children's Museum: We used a Groupon which brought our admission to $8.50 each with children under 2 years free.  Otherwise, adults are $14.75 and kids are $13.75.  Pros:  There is a small play are for children under 4 and an area of all foam blocks that I think we could have played with all day.  Cons: There were a million big kids from field trips so it got really crowded for a little guy, and they were on their "Spineless Creature" exhibit...mom doesn't like spiders, and they're hard for a little guy to spot.  He was able to see some animals like a fox, owl, and turtle.  Next time I'd wait for a different exhibit and I would call to see how many field trips were scheduled that day.

Brooksvale Park, 524 Brooksvale Ave, Hamden CT: A small FREE farm right off of the bike trail.  With a small playground and a few swings.  About 10 bunnies, 2 lambs, 1 goat, chickens, and 2 horses.  Has a big field for running (unless there are sports scheduled) and hiking trails in the back.  Free, and Luke can run around, we bring his ball to play with, and end up walking a few miles before or after.

Bliss Park: Longmeadow, MA. A free playground for kids of all ages.  There is section designated for little ones.  Next to a big field for running, and a pool (there are fees and memberships for the pool).  WWGB: We're in that area when we visit my parents, so yes.  Not necessarily worth a long drive and can get very crowded!

Shoreline Trolley Museum: We went for their "Meet the Easter Bunny" event.  A little pricey for a short ride ($10.00 per person over 2yrs), and maybe appreciated more by kids 2+.

Pioneer Gymnastics (MA): One hour of open gym free play for kids 1-4 years old for $9.00 per kid.  Luke has gone a few times and lasts about 45 minutes there.  More crowded at some times than others but a fun option.  It's also air conditioned in the summer.

Hubbard Park: If you're looking to feed very hungry ducks,  this is your place!   Has a nice playground, too.  We've gone for a hike there, or up the paved road to the "castle" with a great view.

Imagine Nation: Loved this one!  Website says age 2-10 but Luke was fine at 15 months.  He loved the mini play kitchen and mini kindergarten class.  There was a play area outside fenced in that we enjoyed, and musical instruments.  As a mommy, I loved their small snack area with healthy and toddler friendly snacks like bananas, squeeze pouch apple sauce, and string cheese.  At $4 per person with a Groupon, and under 2 years free, we would definitely go back.  Free parking in the back, and birthday parties available.  
                     

Lake Compounce:  We've gone twice now and it is very crowded! We tried the two water areas with Luke and he had a great time but was devastated that he was required to wear a provided life jacket.  We didn't get a chance to check out the kiddie rides or carousel so I'd like to go back and see how he likes them.  He was a little scared by the roller coaster going by so quickly but got used to it.
 

To be continued with...

Single travels vs. Family travels

I had plenty of time to ponder the differences in traveling as a single woman vs. traveling as a family as we drove 6 hours each way to Buffalo and back.  Specifically, I went to the Bahamas for Spring Break in college, and memories of that trip somehow found their way into my thoughts.  Don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining...I'm just...being silly.

Single:
We made plans to go to the Bahamas in advance.  Spring Break. No school, jobs, or plans.  

Family:
We made tentative plans. You never know when a stomach flu will rage through the house and debilitate everyone.  Any travel plans that come to pass are made around nap time or bed time.

Single:
Mosey on over to the mall to pick up some cute things for the trip.  Maybe get a spray tan.  Head to the gym to do some last minute toning.

Family:
Start making lists and lists of things you will need for the trip.  Not things you personally need, but things to help the greatest number of people survive the trip.

Single:  
Get the weather app on the phone to get weather updates. 

Family:
Borrow a travel DVD player. Charge said DVD player. Go to library to get DVDs for DVD player.  Find out the charger is not compatible with your car.  Pack snacks. Fruit snacks. Juice boxes. Diapers, wipes. Potty. The gang of stuffed animals.

Single:
Bring a cute Vera bag with you.  Should I check the bag or just hold onto it?  Hmm I just hate when I have to put a bag under my feet, I'll check it for sure.  Plus my hair straightener might not make it through security.

Family:
It's game day.  Spend an entire day packing the car.  Assume your husband can pack for himself.  Assume wrong.  Assume that we will not be taking every pillow we own with us.  Assume wrong again.  Luke's hungry.  Feed Luke.  Luke has a dirty diaper, change Luke.  Get poop on your clothes.  Change your clothes.  

Single: 
Get a ride to the airport and find the nearest Starbucks!  Oh boy we should have picked a later flight, I'm tired!

Family:
Depart from the driveway.  We need gas.  Luke realizes that he is "stuck" and needs "help!" Break out the snacks already.  Realize you forgot your phone charger.  Go back home.  Thank goodness because you also forgot to shut the garage door.

Single:
Ugh there's a screaming child in the airport.  Earphones.  and Candy Crush!

Family:
Luke is "stuck" in his car seat and "needs help" for 6 hours straight.  Go to Target to get everything that you forgot for yourself...toothbrush, clean underwear, and a shirt for the next day.  Eventually fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow and start dreaming of the Bahamas.

The is obviously just the beginning, but the differences are truly remarkable.  Yet I wouldn't have it any other way!




Monday, April 6, 2015

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