Friday, February 17, 2017

Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles Recipe

Y'all... I am kind of obsessed with our new Instant Pot. I know, I know. Old news. I was a late bloomer, apparently.

I hadn't really used our crock pot very much until this year, but who has all day to wait on that darn thing? I was becoming the queen of forgetting to get it ready in the morning and with 6-8 hours of cook time it was a liiiittttle too late to start by the time hubby got home. ;)

Enter my friend, the Instant Pot.

Even if I'm just cooking chicken in it super quickly, I'm a big fan. But here's my current favorite go-to comfort food... chicken and noodles! Seriously so easy. If you're going to use quick release, be sure to throw a towel over it and open it slooowwwly so you don't spray the liquid out.

Instant Pot Chicken & Noodle Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 30 oz chicken broth
  • 1 stick butter 
  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 pack frozen egg noodles (24 oz)
  • Seasoning to taste
Directions:
  1. Place whole frozen chicken breasts in bottom of pot.
  2. Add soup, broth, and butter.
  3. Cook on POULTRY setting for 25 minutes.
  4. Use quick release slowly if you're in a hurry, or natural release if you have time.
  5. Carefully pull out and shred chicken.
  6. Add chicken back to the pot and include egg noodles.
  7. Stir well and put the lid back on pot.
  8. Cook on SOUP setting for 5 minutes.
  9. Quick release and tada!

For more Instant Pot recipes, check out my Pinterest Board.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

11 Months

11 months. I hear the "Jaws" music counting us down to one every time I look in Carter's sweet little face. Baby man is inching closer to more man than baby. ;)

I think he's just about done with these monthly photoshoots too. Just check out that look he's giving his whale buddy.

Yup. Ready to get outta there!

Carter loves hanging out with us. He's such a trooper shopping, visiting museums, runnings errands {eating samples at the grocery store, ha!}, and going out to eat.

He's pretty much in love with our dogs. He loves uncovering them, rolling around in their beds, playing tug of war, and feeding Lily. Lily enjoys that too.

He continues to be an eating champ. He's figured out how to pull stuff out of the pantry. In case you were wondering, his first choice was M&Ms. Carter enjoys sharing Daddy's ice cream, and Daddy learned the hard way that oranges in a bowl on the floor can be veeerry messy.

Carter is a pretty good sidekick to me also. He helps me with my Jamberry work, which I am so thankful for. It's the best of both worlds to be at home with him, but also providing for our family. We also got our first pair of mommy and me leggings. They were a big hit at the air force museum.

He continues to be a little ham. His grin is so funny! He's also super curious and into everything. He looks at me and says "nooo nooo" before he does something he knows he shouldn't, like knock over the picture frame. We've officially locked down our entertain cabinet now too.

Carter's play is really starting to change. He investigates, takes things apart, bangs them together, and squishes his playdough. He's also a tiny bit spoiled because Daddy got him his own ball pit.

We've started taking classes at The Little Gym every week. Daddy got to go last week for the first time. Carter is also determined to walk. He's still pulling up and cruising on everything and loves to push his highchair around. We picked him up a walker last week so he could start cruising around with that. I think he just might be walking by his first birthday.

We dealt with our first big fever. He had a stomach bug a while ago, but this time he had a full blown fever, stuffy nose, sneeze, and a little bit of a cough. Thankfully it only lasted a few days. Poor dude!

He' kind of obsessed with windows and it cracks me up. He'll look out the living room windows, cruise around the morning room windows, and end up in our front sitting room if I leave the baby gate open. He likes those and the door sidelights the best!

Finally, I took his first birthday invitation pictures. Gah! When did he get so big?! I'll share his invites when I recap his birthday party next month, but here's a look at my favorite pic!


What's new this month:
-His play has changed so much. He's investigating his toys, banging them together, taking them apart.
-He has started dancing. It's so cute!
-He is eating us out of house and home. Carter's always loved to eat, but now he's having 3 meals and 2 snacks every day.
-Carter is having conversations now. We have no idea what he's saying, but he certainly does.
-He started going to weekly The Little Gym classes!
-His 8th tooth popped through.
-He moved up to 12-18 month clothes.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Runchkins Subscription Box Review

I'm sure many of you have heard about Stitch Fix, but for those of you with littles have you heard about Runchkins?

It's a similar subscription box, but it comes with NO styling fee. Yes, you read that correctly. You can have personally selected items that match your style profile shipped without the risk of losing your styling fee if the items don't work out. If you're thinking about checking it out, please consider using my affiliate link so we both get $20 off!

The highlights:
- No styling fee

- Free shipping both ways

- Only pay for the items you love (15% discount if you buy the whole box)

- Style quiz so you get items that are perfect for you

- Buy-back when your little is finished wearing them

- Seasonal (4 boxes a year) or Monthly subscriptions

- Each box comes with 4 outfits (6-12 pieces)

- Email preview of items in your box before it ships, and you can SWITCH OUT any items before they ship

So... here's a look at Carter's first box! I requested transitional items that will take Carter from winter to spring. He's currently wearing 9-12 months (and busting out of some of them) so I ordered 12-18 month sizes. When I received my email preview, I only switched out one item. So the style quiz definitely fit the box that was picked for us.


The lid of the box has a list of each outfit.

Outfit One: This is seriously cute! I love the navy shirt and the sandals are super cute for spring/summer. The alien shirt may be little trendy for my taste, but definitely keeping the rest. My husband, however, LOVES the alien shirt. It reminds him of Space Invaders.

Outfit Two: This is so perfect! At first glance in the preview email, I thought they were bicycles. Nope! Motorcycles. Poppy loves his Harley's, so this is just too cute. Carter doesn't have any vests, and it will be good for mixing and matching. Keeping!

Outfit Three: I love buffalo check patterns, so I did a little dance when I saw this shirt. This outfit originally was paired with a pair of cute crib shoes in my preview email, but I switched them out since Carter is in hard soles already. They were swapped with the sandals in the first outfit instead. I am debating keeping this shirt. Not because I don't love it (I do!) but because I don't think it will be seasonal for when Carter grows into it. Although there are some chilly days in February and March here...

Outfit Four: How fun is this outfit? The little astronauts are so cute and then romper feels super cozy. I would definitely keep the romper, but again it's not going to be the right size/season for us. My husband loves the astronauts because they remind him of Andy Warhol's style.


The Prices: These are boutique pieces, so they are slightly more expensive than clothes you'd pick up at most regular stores in the mall. But the quality was impressive and I like them for the unique factor. They'd be great for mixing and matching with Carter's regular wardrobe. Plus, now that he's not growing so quickly he'll get more wear out of each size.

My Advice: Definitely give it a try! What do you have to lose? Nothing because it's free shipping both ways and you only pay for what you decide to keep.

I would recommend ordering in your child's current size/season. They haven't received all of their spring items yet, so they were out of pants Carter's size. And a few of the pieces are going to go back because by the time he grows into them, they'll be almost out of season. They won't get enough wear to justify keeping.

We'll be getting another box in March and I can't wait to see what's inside it! Ready to try it for your kid(s)? Here's the link to take $20 off your first purchase of $40 or more: https://runchkins.com/?raf=ref4573902