21 Months

It feels like forever since I’ve done an Adeline update! Life is just a bit more… busy and an on-the-go toddler is quite difficult to photograph! I feel like she’s changing so much each week, but the changes aren’t huge motor leaps like crawling and walking. Now, the day-to-day changes include an ever-expanding vocabulary & understanding of the world. There are still motor-skills that she’s improving upon (ask her to jump, it’s HILARIOUS!), but it’s heavily weighted towards verbal and cognitive development!
This girl is so much fun. Aside from toddler miscommunication and the occasional tantrum, I like this age a LOT! I do miss sweet, snuggly baby Adeline, but “real person” Adeline is so fun. (By the way, the picture below is what she does when you say “snuggle” or “cuddle”)


Adeline has phases where she displays strong affinities towards certain things. For about 2 months, she loved pointing out any and all sewers/manhole covers/drains. Seriously. Everywhere we would go, she would find a drain of some type. My eyes have been opened to the world of water drainage systems. The drainage fascination has seemed to pass, but now she’s all about FOOD.

IMG_9245 She talks about food all day “Applesauce?” “Yogurt Drops?” “Peaches?” I feed the girl. A LOT. And I love that she eats well, but it’s getting a little bit frustrating knowing when she’s really hungry or not. I always err on the side of caution and feed her when I have a snack on hand, but part of me wants to show her that nothing bad is going to happen if she doesn’t eat every 20 minutes. She usually eats well at meals, and she could just be going through a growth spurt. I’m pretty sure she’s still on her same growth curve, but I just don’t want to have to haul my fridge around all the time!
She’s still loving the outdoors. We purchased a Cincinnati Recreation Center pool pass, and we’ve enjoyed visiting the public pools at least once a week. She’s not a huge fan of actually being IN the water, but she loves to sit on the side and pour water with cups and bowls. And of course, we typically have snack time at the pool, and she’s obviously a big fan of that.

Adeline also really likes to help me walk Silas. She holds on to one leash and I’ll clip another onto his collar. She also yells at Silas a lot (for example “NO” when she’s eating and doesn’t want him licking her), but we’re trying to tell her that mommy & daddy will talk to Silas. What else… ah, she loves books! She was really particular about books for a little while. She only liked books with real photographs, but she seems to like illustrated books now too. We got a book from the Library called Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug and it has been helpful in helping her to understand different feelings! For example, one of the pages says “Hannah is sad. Hannah needs a cuddle”. I think it’s been helpful in those situations that come up where she’s just emotionally overwhelmed. I’ll ask her if she’s feeling sad or angry, and then we hug it out. I’m trying to work on the “why” behind the emotion, but we’ll get there eventually!


Most days are pretty happy, filled with lots of good food and time outdoors. But like most almost-2-year olds, Adeline can throw a fit about things. She cries when she doesn’t get her way (surprise, surprise), or if I try to help her with something. Usually, I try to be hands off to let her figure things out, but she’ll ask for help and then be really mad that I listened. If you ever want to read some funny scenarios, check out the hashtag #whymytoddleriscrying on Instagram or Twitter. In the below pictures, she was crying because we were walking to go slide (after she said that she wanted to slide).


I’m really trying not to let MY emotions cloud the situation, because she definitely knows when I’m frustrated. As much as I just want a minute of quiet time when I’m at home with Adeline, I have to choose to be the “bigger person” to get us out of the situation we’re in. Often times, she’s tired or just bored of whatever we’re doing. So, even if I want to sit around and read books, sometimes a walk is a better choice for our moods. Between Adeline and Silas (the dog) I definitely get outside more than I would on my own (especially on the hot, sticky days!)

IMG_9236Mini-meltdowns aside, she’s our smiley little buddy who turns TWO in just a few months! How is that possible? Love you sweet girl!


Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Rebecca P. for being the WINNER of the Benissimo Oils giveaway!

There’s a chance that I might get to work with the folks at Benissimo again, so keep your eyes open for another giveaway!
I’ll be back soon with an actual post- I’m hoping to get some pictures of Adeline today for an update!

Benissimo Flavored Oil Review & Giveaway

I LOVE having the opportunity to host giveaways on this blog! The folks at Hongar Farms in Georgia contacted me to see if we’d like to try out some Benissimo Gourmet Oils for cooking. They generously sent us two bottles of their gourmet oils: Mediterranean Garlic and Lemon Pepper.

Mediterranean Garlic and Lemon Pepper Oils

You guys, aren’t these bottles GORGEOUS!? I completely understand now when Hongar Farms say that the Benissimo oils “Taste as good as it looks”.

Marci from Hongar Farms thought the Lemon Pepper oil would be a fantastic compliment to our Packs a Punch Kale Salad and I agree! However, our kale plants in our garden aren’t quite ready for their salad debut, so I thought I’d whip up a new “recipe”.

Cold Bean and Cucumber Salad with Benissimo Gourmet Oils

Bean and Cucumber Salad with Benissimo Oils


  • 2 cans Beans, rinsed and drained (I used a can of pinto beans and a can of red kidney beans)
  • 1 English Cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, finely diced
  • 2T fresh herbs (I used parsley)
  • 2T Benissimo Gourmet Oil (I used 1T Mediterranean Garlic and 1T Lemon Pepper)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Combine everything in a bowl and season to taste. That’s barely a recipe (more like throwing things together in a bowl), but it was DELICIOUS!

I tossed in some cooked gluten-free noodles and a bit more Mediterranean Garlic oil to make a delicious bean and pasta salad for a hot summer day! Adeline LOVED this (what kid doesn’t love noodles?!)

Bean and Cucumber Salad with added Noodles

And, just in case you weren’t convinced that these oils are delicious, try a piece of toasted bread (Udi’s for me) dipped in the Mediterranean with a pinch of salt. YUM.


Okay, giveaway time! You will win a FULL BOTTLE of the Mediterannean Garlic oil! You must be 18 years or older with a U.S. mailing address to win. The contest opens Tuesday, June 16 at 6am and closes on Saturday, June 21 at 8pm EST. There are multiple ways to enter, good luck!

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Mediterranean Garlic Oil

*Disclosure: I was provided with two bottles of Benissimo oils at no cost. I was under no obligation to write a positive review for the product, nor was I required to host a giveaway. All opinions are my own*

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