Redlocks Review: Nuby Snack N’ Sip

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Today Redlocks and Shamrocks is bringing you a review on a product that I now say “changed my life,” the Nuby Snack N’ Sip hitting stores this October!   There are so many cups and snack holders out on the market, but this one makes things SOOOO much easier!   I don’t know about you but getting my TWO under TWO in the car is a whole ordeal.   Not to mention all the snacks, cups, and toys that can’t be left behind-according to my two year old!  The Nuby Snack N’ Sip allows you to have one less thing in your hand as it combines a cup and snack holder!

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The Nuby Snack N’ Sip holds 9oz of liquid on the bottom and 4.5 oz of dry snacks on the top!  The snack holder section snaps closed, but is easy enough for a little one to open and closed.   

The cup is NO SPILL: Logan tested, mommy approved!  The straw on the cup is a soft silicone flex straw–my favorite, as I feel it is less dangerous while running and playing with the cup in hand. The no spill valve opens with lip pressure so that the flow rate is totally controlled by the toddler.

This product is recommended for 12 months and up, but in the Doyle house we share EVERYTHING so Kohen-my 7 month old-approves too!

img_7949The Nuby product is of course BPA free and comes is fun colors and prints.   The Nuby Snack N’ Sip is coming to Babies R Us this October!

As I am writing this blog and Logan saw the pictures of herself using the Snack N’ Sip cup she ran around the house looking for it!  She is obsessed! I hope you enjoy this product as much as Logan and I do!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Recipe: Hidden Veggie Pizza Rolls

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My two year old is currently obsessed with Pizza!  Not going to lie sometimes we told her some meals are pizza when they are totally not just so she will eat them…Sorry Logie!   After a long day’s work the LAST thing I want to do is to spend time in the kitchen and not playing with my children.  😦  I am trying to find more and more recipes that are easy and Logan can help me make! That way dinner is being made and we are spending quality time in the kitchen.   (Hook a girl up if you have some of those meals!)  I have also found that Logan is more likely to eat something if she is helping with the process-even if it may slow me down.   For this Redlocks Recipe I will share my Hidden Veggie Pizza Rolls- this is not a cute “Pinterest perfect” recipe in looks but it is SUPER easy, tastes good, and can hide vegetables inside.  🙂  It took us about 15 minutes to throw together because we were on TODDLER TIME and 20mins to cook! 

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Ingredients:

  • Crescent Dough
  •  A can of Pizza Sauce
  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Organic Chopped Spinach (or any veggies of your choice to sneak in)
  • Other pizza toppings of your choice.

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Roll out dough with rolling pin, make sure to use flour!   I like to lay out some parchment paper for easy clean up.  While doing this step, I cooked the spinach. 

Mix the spinach and pizza sauce together and spread on the dough.   I didn’t let Logie help on this part to keep the veggies HIDDEN!  Shhhhhhh

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Sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese!  Logan LOVED this job!

Lay on the turkey pepperoni and other pizza toppings of your choice.  We keep it simple in the Doyle house. 

Carefully roll up the dough tight (note my not perfect roll…it still tasted yummy…remember I am only a supermom in disguise.)  Cut into slices…again not perfect.. spray your baking tray with Pam, place accordingly, and top with MORE cheese!

Then pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes and have a DANCE PARTY in the kitchen while you wait!  P.S.  If anyone wants to sponsor me in renovating my kitchen I would be all about that…just kidding…no but really, a girl can dream right? 

When the dough is cooked through and cheese is melted voila! A toddler made meal with hidden veggies!   We severed ours with some boneless BBQ chicken nuggets on our Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat!   This plate suctions to the table and is easy to clean!   Available on Amazon and at Babies R’ Us.

That’s all to it!   This was my first time toying with this recipe, next time I might go a “healthier” route and swap somethings out but all is all it was quick and easy!  If you didn’t already read about my quick and easy toddler lunch idea check it out here.

What are some dinner ideas you love??? Comment below with your favorite recipe!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Review: Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper

Redlocks is here bringing you a product review of the Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper!

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The Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper supports independent eating as your baby grows and develops into a toddler.   This snack keeper works wonders to hold in snacks as a toddler is running around your house or out and about! I use this product at home, in the car, out running endless errands, grocery shopping, or even at the park.   I also love the fact that the toddler can’t completely “see” whats inside.   So I can mix her favorites with some of my healthy favorites and its a surprise as she snacks on the go.

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It comes in super fun colors and designs! And each part-lid, handle, bowl, comes apart for quick and easy cleaning.

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The super soft lid is perfect for tiny hands to reach in and get their snack.   I don’t know about you but my toddler loves eating snacks out of containers!   This is a great way to make your own healthy snack, but still displaying it in a “fun” way.

The clever design means you can enjoy mess free snacking with fewer spills and waste!  This is also a life saver in the CAR!!!  

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Lets toddlers in, keeps doggies out! 🙂

The Doyle house not only has two kids under two, we also have two crazy dogs!   The Doyle dogs are constantly following around my two year old waiting for her to drop a snack or leave a plate unattended.   With the Nuby Snack Keeper they can’t get the food!

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The Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper is of course BPA FREE and has a scratch free protective bottom.    This Nuby product is Redlocks and Shamrocks approved as is available for purchase at Babies R’ Us and Amazon!

What is your favorite on the go toddler snack to keep in your Nuby snack holder???

XOXO,

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

A Break from the Typical Pinterest Party: Making a Birthday Special on a Budget

I am taking a relationship break from Pinterest Parties…….We’ve been in a pretty serious relationship the past few years, but I am sorry crazy Pinterest Parties I NEED A BREAK.

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IMG_6697So I am the first to admit that Pinterest has sucked me in….sucked me in SO DEEP that the last few years all the parties I have thrown have been themed, had fancy handcrafted decor, and had food that is obviously carrot sticks and hummus but has to have an over top oh so cutesy name.     I am losing the energy people!!   Having two under two I just can’t keep up, I don’t know how some supermoms do it!  Those parties take SO much time, effort, energy and MONEY.     This year for Logan’s birthday I just couldn’t come up with the energy to throw her an over the top party which she wouldn’t even remember.   It made me think of my birthday parties I had as a little kid.   They were SO much fun!   Most of the parties consisted of pizza delivery, a decorated table covered with a plastic table cloth coordinated with matching plates and hats, and a fun decorated cake-usually handmade by my mom, the current queen of crazy-over-the-top-Pinterest-Parties.    So for Logie’s birthday she wasn’t going to get an expensive birthday party that her budgeting parents would really be throwing just for “show”  but she was going to get a MEMORABLE celebration of being TWO YEARS OLD!   Here are some of the inexpensive ways we said HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to our princess! 

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Logan woke entering the world as a two year old to 30 balloons and streamers from the dollar store.   The hardest part of throwing this together was blowing up 30 balloons after bedtime….if we are keeping score on balloon blowing skills Mommy: 7 Daddy: 23.

This is the Doyle party at 6:18 in the morning….anyone else’s kids are ready to party that early?

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The one thing we did spring for Logan’s birthday was her KidKraft kitchen.    The rest of the gifts in this photo (besides the blue bouncy horse from Auntie Kelli) were all from the Dollar Tree!   

It does not take much to make a two year old happy-plastic veggies and fruit- toy animals and dinosaurs-bins to organize kitchen stuff-will keep this girl happy for months.

DONUTS!!!!! Who doesn’t love a dozen Dunkin Dounts!!!  Logan got to experience her first dounut!  We also sang Happy Birthday to her for the 10th time already lol

This was very special for Logan because she rarely…almost never….gets sweets!

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No fancy “I’m two” outfit for this girl….she wore a dress from Old Navy that she can wear over and over again-or at least until she grows out of it.   Instead we sprung for a number 2 balloon from our local party store.

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Post nap we had family over for pizza and cake and I went SO simple…or I like to say “old school” with the decor.   This two under two momma didn’t even make it to the party store, I ordered all of this from Amazon.

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Overall this two year old had the best birthday!!!  I am so happy with the decision to go low key and not throw an over the top party which would cost 100s of dollars.    However readers, I did say this was a “relationship break” from Pinterest parties, so there are no promises that for future celebrations it might suck me back in, but until then I will still dream of that pizza delivery and hit the gym for that third slice I should have put back.

 

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

A Redlocks Review: Nuby Snooize Pacifier

Redlocks and Shamrocks LOVES the Nuby brand!

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Redlocks and Shamrocks LOVES the brand Nuby!   We use so many of their products on a daily basis, Logan won’t go anywhere without her Nuby Flex Straw Cup and Kohen loves his Nuby Teething Keys!  

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Logan and her Nuby Flex Straw Cup

Nuby has just came out with Kohen’s new favorite product the Snoozie Plush Pacifier Holder and All Silicone Natural Flex Pacifier!   This product is avaliable at Babies R Us and is coming soon to Amazon. 

The Doyle kids are breastfed babies so they aren’t given pacifiers until pretty late in the baby game, however Kohen LOVES this pacifier.   Not only does it help sooth him, he loves playing with the cute monkey!  The natural Flex pacifier simulates the natural flexing movement of a mother’s nipple and there are nubs on the collar to help with teething and tender gums.   The pacifier is of course BPA Free, but also has a gentle curving feature away from the babies face allowing for airflow to protect the baby’s delicate skin. 

 The plush character makes the pacifier easy for him to handle putting it in and out of his mouth while soothing him at the same time.  Its also offered in a little giraffe as well. 

And how cute is the monkey!–Don’t worry moms its attached by Velco, so you can take it off to clean and sterilize the pacifier with ease or wash the plush toy if you want to go crazy!

Overall Redlocks and Shamrocks approves the Nuby Snoozie Plush Pacifier Holder and All Silicone Natural Flex Pacifier and we are adding it to the list of Nuby products we already love!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

 

Breastfeeding a Newborn with a Toddler in Tow: A Whole New Challenge.

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Breastfeeding a Newborn with a Toddler in tow: A Whole New Challenge.

Breastfeeding isn’t easy, any mom can tell you that. However it’s an amazing bonding experience between your new bundle of joy and the mom that can be so relaxing and amazing.   Those “relaxing” breastfeeding sessions are over when you have a toddler that WON’T SIT STILL. I learned this very quickly when trying to nurse my newborn while my then 17 month old was climbing furniture and falling nearly cracking her head on our hard tile floor. If she wasn’t climbing furniture she was darting into another room after I got all “set up” to breastfeed.   Here are some tips I have to keep your older one entertained while trying to nurse.

  1. Give the toddler a job– burping buddy, burp cloth and water bottle retriever, or “mommy hand holder” are my favorite “jobs” for my daughter. Logan is always happy to help with things for Kohen so she loves getting his burp cloth.   She also likes to help burp her little brother by lightly tapping his back-or sometimes not so lightly, lol. Logan also is now trained to hand me any water bottle in sight at any given moment-sometimes helpful, sometimes not.   When those jobs have failed, I have asked Logie to be the “mommy hand holder” to keep me company while we sing songs.

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    “Kohen burped! Skuzzz me Kohen”–Logie

  2. Books, Books, Books!-keep a pile on hand! I have a bunch of books in different baskets, which are easy to grab and move to the couch to read while nursing. I will always read my daughter a few stories to keep her entertained while her little brother eats. Now she is trained to pick out books and bring them to the couch.    She even will pick up the book basket and bring over yelling, “look at me, I’m strong!”IMG_6179
  3. Flash cards to learn ABCs, numbers, or shapes! My proud mommy moment is that Logan knows all of her letters and the ABC song before she is two years old! IMG_6178(You go Logie!) We practiced ABC flashcards a lot while nursing Kohen.  Stop by the dollar store and pick up a pack (or two because when you lose letters Q, F, and X in the couch its hard to complete all 26 letters). Or you can even make your own out index cards.
  4. Count! We practice counting baby’s tiny toes and fingers! We have counting 1-10 down pat!
  5. Master the breastfeed and WALK. Yep ever wonder how that 19 Kids and Counting lady does it? Carry the newborn attached to the boob around the house, it’s not easy but it can be done. Like I said, relaxing breastfeeding sessions are hard to come by!
  6. LAST resort- TV show or movie. I HATE this option because I don’t like my children watching TV, but sometimes it’s all you have.   If all else fails make sure you have your DVR stacked with short shows to bust out the good ole “sit here and zone out kid, so you don’t get into something you’re not supposed to” trick.   I did enjoy playing Logan the old classic Disney movies and we would watch them in 20 minute chunks taking us several days to finish.
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We spend a lot of time on this couch nursing!  To the side of this couch is a toy bin filled with Logan’s toys so she doesn’t have to stop her playing for me to nurse Kohen.

Those are the few tips I have.   Now when I need to feed Kohen I ask Logan if she wants to “help me feed the baby” and she jumps for joy!   She has also pushed Kohen’s screaming and crying face into my breast and said, “Hey! Eat your boobie!” Hahaha

What tricks do you have to keep your toddler entertained while nursing? Comment below with your tricks and tips!

Until Next time XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

 

Easy and Quick Toddler Lunch- Sushi Sandwiches!

Easy and Quick Toddler Lunch- Sushi Sandwiches! Wait…I mean “circle sandwiches”

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So if your toddler is like mine, they become obsessed with one type of food and want only that.  Then all of a sudden, BAM, they hate it!   I don’t know what it is with their picky pallets that make them change their mind all the time but it drives me nuts!   Logan sometimes is a great eater, then the next week she is not.   I made these Sushi Sandwiches (renamed Circle Sandwiches by Logan) for lunch to sneak in some protein.   They literally took MAYBE FIVE MINUTES to whip up.   I even made them while my crying 5 month old was in my arms.   This is so easy to make you look like a supermom in disguise!  Steps are below!

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Logan holding up a Circle Sandwich

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All I did to whip these up were:

  1. Flatted out a slice of bread with a rolling pan and cut off crust

  2. Lay on a slice of cheese

  3. Lay on 2-3 slices of lunch meat

  4. Roll tight like a sushi master

  5. Slice into individual circles

BAM done!   You could add veggies or maybe mayo or mustard but I didn’t want to press my luck! Bite size sandwiches easy for those toddler fingers to pick up!

Comment below with your favorite quick and easy meal!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

Daddy Nursing Tips: You Don’t Got Dem Boobies, But You Got Duties!

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Most mothers know breastfeeding is one of the hardest challenges of motherhood.   Nursing is something most moms want to do, not all can for many reasons, and some give up because of challenges they face.   When you are a breastfeeder- you are the cow…ugh I mean food supply. No one can give you a 2am break to get some needed sleep or a 6pm break so you can actually eat a meal with two hands.   I am very lucky that I have a 100% supportive husband for me being the only one who can feed our child.   One breastfeeding session alone can take around 30 minutes resulting in a lot of lost sleep for mommy and less chores she can do around the house. (Oh darn on that second one). Parenting is a team effort, so DADS here is where you can pick up your end of the bargain with some tips to help your wife through this challenging time.

  1. When the baby cries in the middle of the night go get them first! Yes that newborn probably wants milk but first that little bundle must be changed. This allows mommy some time to go to the bathroom or rub the crust out of her eye before a 3am feeding.
  2. After you have changed the baby and passed them off to mom make sure she has necessities: a drink and entertainment. After my husband always passes of the baby to me, he makes sure I have my phone and a bottle of water in arms reach. There is something about nursing that makes you INSTANTLY thirsty, and I’m not going to lie, if I wasn’t Instagram stalking people at 4am I would fall asleep on the job! He even stepped it up a notch and would put my hair up in a bun for me so it didn’t get tangled in the little one’s fingers. I KNOW he is amazing.
  3. Remember mommy’s job is input, your job is output. Yep, if the baby is dirty just go change them!   Once you’ve master the art of diaper changing and you’re not dealing with a stage ten blowout a diaper change can take minutes- remember breastfeeding can take almost thirty minutes.
  4. Do more chores-laundry, dishes, whatever! I pretty much a psycho when it comes to a clean house. There is nothing more frustrating to me when I am in the middle of cleaning or doing a chore when I have to stop what I’m doing to nurse. Then you just have to sit there for what feels like forever and STARE at the disaster that is your kitchen.   So if your wifey has to pause a job, finish it for her OR even better start before that little gal or little man wants to eat.
  5. When mommy is nursing give a little massage! Breastfeeding can really hurt your back and/or arms.   Personally, I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders when breastfeeding and let me tell you its an amazing feeling when my husband is rubbing my shoulders when I am cuddling my son.
  6. If you’re wifey is a working and pumping mama wash those bottles like nobodies business! Pumping at work is a whole other challenge, then you find yourself home from a long day’s work to your more important job parenthood only to have to store ounces of breastmilk every night and breast pump attachments to wash. Ugh, I’m exhausted just typing the words! Help out mommy, she took time out of her workday, so now its your turn-wash, dry, store, label, freeze.

There are my tips for you dads!  These are also not things I never asked my husband to do, these are things he just did ON HIS OWN to help me and support me through this journey.

Until next time XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

Lisa’s Tips For Bringing Home Baby #2!

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Lisa’s 6 Tips for

Bringing Home Baby Number TWO!

  1. This is more like a pre-hospital tip: give your child a baby dIMG_0087oll when you’re pregnant. My daughter Logan was just 9 months old when we found out The Doyle’s were blessed with baby number two.   We were thrilled, but would Logan be old enough to understand the joys of having a sibling? Yes. By the time she was one, giving her a baby doll was the best idea. We taught her how to hold the baby, give it a bottle, whisper to the baby, sing to it, and most importantly be gentle! This worked out great for Logan.   Although sometimes I think she believes Kohen is her “real baby doll” giving her a toy doll was very successful for our family.

 

  1. Talk to your child about going to the hospital. I was so sad to leave Logan for several days to deliver our new bundle. I wanted so badly for her to come with us, but let’s be honest that would have been a disaster to bring a 17-month-old along in tow.   Although Logan (at the time) couldn’t expresses too many things in words, we always tried to talk to her like a grown up about things that were going to happen.   We told her she would be staying with grandma for a few days and the baby would come home. I’m not sure if she understood this, but reminding her about a “grandma and grandpa vacation” and “a new baby” seemed to help and ease her worries.  We all know as parents, routine is KEY and not only a new brother would change this routine, but the days in the hospital would turn her world upside down.IMG_2282 - Version 2

 

  1. Spoil the older one with big sister gifts. I bought Logan a few big sister shirts to make her feel special. I wish I would have gotten her a few toys and what not but I dropped the ballIMG_2187 on that. My mom did a great job of making Logan feel special when we were in the hospital. She gave her new outfits (Logan’s obsession) and some toys to keep her busy. There are a bunch of fun big brother/big sister books out there too!


  1. When you finally get to bring the older child to meet the baby, make it all about the older child and not the baby. Although you are obsessed with your newborn and exhausted make the first meet-and-greet about the first born child y so they don’t feel scared.   When Logan showed up we made sure not to be holding Kohen and to greet Logan with tons of love, kisses, and attention. She was so confused about the hospital and why mommy looked so crazy. Lol. After she got warmed up to the hospital I held Kohen and we introduced them. Then we let Logan explore the situation and say “hi” to her new baby brother.   We each took turns holding Kohen and allowing Logan to take a peek. Even though Logan seemed like a baby herself only being 17 months old, the moment she held her little brother (with assistance from mom) it was love at first sight.

 

  1. When you get the baby home, give the older one a “job”. So Logan was a late walker (15 months) and Kohen arrives when she was 17 months, so I know what you are thinking “what job can I give them?” I have basically TWO BABIES! Logan feels very important when getting to help me take care of her brother. This job makes her feel included verses left out and helped reduce jealousy because she is apart of the process, not ignored. These are Logan’s “jobs” -retrieving diapers, handing me wipes, bringing over the burp cloth or blanket, singing to baby, and helping me “feed” Kohen (sitting next to me, because this girl was running and climbing all over my house when trying to breastfeed. I’ll post about this later…breastfeeding a newborn with a toddler was a whole other challenge.)

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  1. My last tip is stick to the older child’s schedule. We all know as parents it’s all about that schedule, schedule, schedule.   Well stick to the older ones! It’s going to be tiring; your up with your newborn from 4-5am and your toddler gets up at 6am. But YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT!   Remember: those first few months are the hardest and they will end because everything is a phase.   Try your best to take shifts with your husband. My amazing husband gets up with Logan at 6 so I can sleep a tiny bit longer since I’m awake more for nighttime feedings. Eventually now that Kohen is five months old he has somewhat molded to Logan’s schedule, they wake up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, and if I am LUCKY nap at the same time.IMG_2732

Good Luck!

XOXO,

Redlocks and Shamrocks: Lisa Doyle