November 6, 2012


Poor baby didn’t have a good night : ( He doesn’t seem that sick – he acts like himself for the most part, but his poor nose was feeling the effects.

Hi guys!


Sitting up like a big boy!!


There he is! He was actually MUCH better when we got up this morning (can you “get up” if you never really go to sleep??) and I was very thankful. My cold is much better too. Hope the worst is behind us.


The morning scene:


Matt made us oatmeal in bed before he left for work!


Pumpkin oats with sunflower butter (OH HOW I LOVE THEE!) and Autumn Spice (DITTO!) Plus half caf coffee.


The best way to relieve a stuffy nose? Lean over some steam.


I cooked some dried beans for tonight’s dinner after breakfast.


Then we unpacked M’s new clothes from our family. Cute stuff!! Funny hats!


Another way to unclog noses: brisk walks outside. Or, brisk strolls that involve naps.


We walked downtown to run some errands and stumbled upon this “Vote Obama Llama!”


Our walk’s halfway point was at Karen’s house where we said hello.

Then came home for lunch. Maze gave me juuuust enough happy time in his swing to make and eat lunch. Although it wasn’t that much time considering I made and ate this lunch in about 15 minutes.


Hummus (Cava brand red pepper) with white cheddar on Cville Crunch


And carrot, apple with sunflower butter. Can I just say I love the colors aqua and orange!?


This lunch looks small, but it was very nutrient and energy dense!


Later in the afternoon, I snacked on greek yogurt with pumpkin butter, blackberries and granola crunch garnish.


Dinner tonight was Lynsie’s Beans + Greens Soup, which I slightly adapted by adding bacon and tweaking the recipe to our convenience. I updated the recipe page to the one I made tonight.


Served with some toasted Cheddar Herb scuffin that Matt brought home and made into little crostini bites.


I had seconds on soup – loved how thick it was and all the greens!


Hoping to catch up on sleep STAT!

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1 [email protected] November 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thought that soup was guacamole at first :) And thought that hummus was pumpkin. We have that Cava brand up here too. Delicious, huh?


2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

Aww, that shirt is so cute! Okay, ALL of his clothes are adorable. He is obviously the best dressed baby in town! I’m glad the worst of your colds seem to be behind you. I couldn’t stop laughing at the Obama llama!

Now, go take a nap! 😉


3 Jen November 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

You need a Nosefrida for Mazen! Seriously the best thing ever for babies with stuffy noses.


4 Meghan November 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

I was just going to tell you the same thing. Don’t even bother with the bulb syringe, the noseFrida is the only way to go. Poor babe, stuffy noses are the worst!


5 KathEats November 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

i have one and tried it out, it’s gross but it does work !


6 Hope November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

Maze is ridiculously cute!!

Do you have a humidifier? We use one at night when my little guy is stuffy and I think it really helps.


7 KathEats November 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

I don’t but the pediatrician recommended 1. I’m not sure what brand to buy or how fancy it needs to be. do you have a recommendation ?


8 jen November 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

We bought a cheap ($30) Vicks (I think) hot steam vaporizer for both our DD and my pregnant self to use when we get colds. It really does seem to help, and packs away easily because it’s pretty small. It’s wouldn’t work well as a whole house “humidifier” because it has a small water tank and produces only warm vapor. But for use in an enclosed bedroom when little one has a cold, it’s just right.

I also finally gave in and used the saline solution with my girl’s most recent cold. I really do think it helped a lot. I tried it too (since I’m pregnant and can’t take decongestants) and felt a good deal of relief.

Feel better soon you two!


9 Jen November 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

Just a plain ol’ Target humidifier will be just fine!


10 Kristen November 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

Our pediatrician recommended any kind of ultrasonic cool
mist humidifier. We have a Crane one (from babies r us) and it works great!


11 cathy November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

We have the one you can put the Vicks vapor mist in and it works great!


12 Cristin November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The Crane humidifiers work very well. I have the elephant one! It was $35 at Target. Very cute and does its job.


13 Hope November 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

We have this one and it works great (and is cute, too).


14 Colleen November 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

Did you vote today yet? Don’t forget to vote! Love the Llama!!


15 KathEats November 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

It’s only 9 a.m. ! But I’m planning on it!


16 Johanna B November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I also love the llama. I was standing in line this morning when the polls opened. I had a choice between 7AM and 6PM and didn’t want to chance long lines and a walk home after dark.


17 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Mmm I agree, sunflower butter is the BEST! I need to buy some more… It’s been far too long since I’ve had some!


18 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m glad y’all are starting to feel better! Dinner looks awesome!


19 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

I love Maze’s new animal hat! I wish I could wear stuff like that. LOL!


20 Jennifer November 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

Awww….poor little guy. You can see he has a cold in his eyes. It is hard for them to have a stuffy nose because they can’t really suck and breath. Hopefully his will pass as quickly as yours.

Boy he’s so cute! Love those pictures.

Do you have a sleepsack? I used those all the times at bedtime when it got colder out. That way they stay covered and warm without swaddling or using a blanket.


21 Mary @ Little Orphan Annie November 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

That llama is hilarious! Thanks for sharing the recipe of your soup – the recipe sounds terrific and your soup looks delicious! Happy Tuesday.


22 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

Haha! An Obama Llama… Hilarious! Your sandwich bread looks so dense and chewy and incredible. I want some!


23 Melissa November 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Know that yellow and grey pillow case in the background of photo #2? I bought that pillow case the other day. Made me smile to see it in your blog. Also…hummus and cheese sandwich…that sounds amazing.


24 Liz Dean November 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

Holy cow, Mazen is getting so big! I remember when Sam had his first real cold. It was definitely a bummer and made for some lack of sleep, but using the humidifier really helped. (he was 7 months old at the time)
And that llama…so funny! Also, I love all your dishes, where do you get most of them?


25 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

I wish Louisville had a vote Obama Llama – that’s awesome!!!


26 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love aqua and orange too! We are doing our nursery in those colors. BTW- I have been trying to stick with body pump throughout my pregnancy. I can’t remember, what did you do during the ab portion? Did you do it on the step on an incline or did you skip it?


27 KathEats November 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

Lots of stretching : ) And some planks early on


28 Christine @ BookishlyB November 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Haha- the Obama Llama made my day.

I’ve tried the Netti Pot before during colds and am always on the fence- sometimes I feel like they work wonders, and sometimes not so much.


29 Kavi November 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

The Obama Llama is hilarious! What was Mazen’s reaction?!


30 [email protected] November 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’m loving all the smiles from M! I am a fan of the Netti Pot and also using steam.


31 Noelle November 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love all of the Baltimore sports gear! Mazen is adorable. And the Nosefrida is amazing. We’ve had success with using the saline drops to help loosen everything and then a couple of minutes later using the Nosefrida. Baby colds are so sad.


32 Annette @FitnessPerks November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oooh that bread looks good!


33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

Mazen is such a sweetie! The bean and greens soup looks awesome! I love a thick full of veggies soup! The Obama Llama is hilarious…big voting day for you all today! We get all the coverage up here in Canada…I will be sure to watch!


34 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

That soup looks so thick, which is a good thing! And I hope Maze’s sniffles go away! I love the hats, I think that’s becoming quite a trend with babies and kids, I’ve been seeing them everywhere!


35 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

That soup looks so good right now! It’s cold and rainy here in Atlanta. I hope you all are feeling better. Enjoy your day Kath!


36 Morgan November 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

Love the Obama llama! Maze is too adorable for words. I can’t even take his little smile in the third picture!


37 Julia November 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

What a sweet llama!
Boogie Wipes + NoseFrida = AMAZING! The wipes are kind of pricey for something you are going to use to wipe a nose, but definitely worth it.


38 Lauren November 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hey, Kath. Just a quick helpful tip that I received last year when my son was Mazen’s age. For stuffy nose, try the infant “menthol” bath. They sit in it, it’s non-toxic, and it literally clears them right up. Also, “Little Noses” is a small saline spray that keeps the nose moist so he doesn’t get all crusty and have trouble breathing.

I live by both each winter. Just wanted to pass that along!


39 Andrea November 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

Warm soup and bread sound so good!


40 Kristen @ Change of Pace November 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The soup looks incredible. Can’t wait to see pictures of Maze in those cute hats! :)


41 Ashley @ LibertyBelles November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Ohh I am going to have to make that soup! It’s got so cold in Philadelphia this week! Warm delicious, healthy soup is exactly what i need!


42 Emily @ November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Glad to hear you are both feeling better! I LOVE the Obama llama-too funny!


43 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Glad you two are feeling better and he is just becoming more and more adorable with each post. And you mama, for very little sleep and feeling under the weather, you sure look fabulous :)


44 Angelica November 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

For baby, I recommend Simply Saline nasal mist followed by the nasal aspirator–works so well! For you, I recommend a saline nasal rinse (NeilMed is my brand). I used to suffer from chronic sinusitis and the infections stopped once I started the rinse. I recommend it to everyone with congestion! Take care!


45 Margaret November 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Good to hear you are both feeling better. Some little ones find the saline spray frightening and get Very upset, my whole family use “OLBAS OIL” a tiny bottle of special oils..something like “breathe easy” you just put a tiny drop on the baby’s singlet up near the shoulder… for you ,a tiny drop on a tissue tucked under your bra strap.It is concentrated, so it will last a long time


46 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna November 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

all of your meals look so yummy! i really want to try sunflower butter! and pumpkin butter in yogurt is one of my favorite combos – perfect balance of tangy and sweet!


47 Claire November 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

What a cute sweater for Maze! “Obama Llama” is a pretty funny slogan.


48 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I always feel bad when the baby has a stuffy nose and cant nurse well. She unlatches, takes a huge breath, then continues nursing. Makes me feel so bad for her. That greens soup looks great, i have lots of mustard greens in my backyard garden to use up!


49 Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Definitely checking out that soup recipe! Hope you and Maze are well and truly on the mend (thank you from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to SunButter….my life is complete! :) )


50 Rachel November 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I suggest a Nose Frida. It works great on both my 4 month old and my 2 year old. Granted, the 4 month old is easier to deal with.


51 Kate November 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

You know when a friend has a baby and he/she is totally not attractive at all, and you’re not really sure what to say becuase you don’t actually want to lie and say he’s the cutest thing ever, when he’s just not? Well, your kid is totally NOT that kid. He is adorable! It makes seeing his picture in your posts so much more fun!


52 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

That soup looks delicious! Love the greens in it. And can’t wait to see Mazen in those adorable hats! He’s always stylin’. :)


53 the 3volution of j3nn November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Glad you’re both feeling better!


54 Lisa November 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I need to try that soup!


55 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

That soup looks yum. Bacon makes just about everything better. Really interesting pairing the nut butter with the carrots. I never would think to do that. Although, I’ve really liked some of your pairings I never would have thought of before, so maybe I’ll try it.


56 Pam J November 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Mmmm I love Cava! If you ever make the trip up to DC, you have to check out their restaurant, Cava Mezze. Yummy Greek/Mediterranean tapas!


57 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde November 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I think Mazen really looks like you in the fourth picture down! And that’s a great picture of you on your walk – very pretty, and your hair looks so nice! Hope you can catch up on some sleep.


58 Ariana m November 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Saw the nose suction thing-y in your morning post… Check out the ‘nosefrida’ – works SO well and is do kind to the lil nose (in my opinion)… And way quicker & more effective!! One of the best shower gifts I received, although at the time, the packaging (and idea) just made me smile!! Just wanted to pass on the tip… It can be found on amazon – and, no, I don’t own the company 😉 (its Swedish)


59 Maria @powerpeanutlife November 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

He may be sick but he’s as cute as a button. You’d never even know it. What a brave fella. 😉 I’m not the biggest soup person but this one definitely appeals to me – it’s the thickness. Yum!


60 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Awww, poor little Maze! He is so stinking cute! I hope all of you are back to 100% soon.


61 [email protected] November 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Good to hear you guys are feeling better!


62 Laura Lea @ Beanie Bumbles November 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Hey Kath! Just curious–do you soak your beans? Thanks!


63 KathEats November 7, 2012 at 3:00 am

Before cooking them dried? Yes, I soaked these overnight


64 Pam K. November 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

That sandwich looks great. I enjoy when you post extremely easy lunches and dinners that are so easy to make in a pinch.


65 Pam November 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hi Kath, Matt and Mazen!

Just want you to know how much I love your blog, website, posts, recipes and photos. Thank you for sharing it all and with such a good nature and love for all.

Pam in California


66 KathEats November 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

Thanks Pam : )


67 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I swear you may have the cutest baby ever!! “Hi Maze!” :)


68 Brit November 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

Maze sure is cute :) He has the sweetest face.


69 Meatloaf Recipe November 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

Delicious looking soup! It’s make me so hungry! I can’t wait to eat this :)


70 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey November 7, 2012 at 3:22 am

Maze is growing so fast. I will be preparing oatmeal with blackberries for breakfast today. In lieu of your apple-and- carrot side dish, I have some apple-carrot salad prepared for lunch. Hope you get well soon.


71 Carly November 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

Hi Kath,

Just wondering about doing up my own beans. Like you, I am a busy mom and LOVE beans. I always use canned because they are so quick. Is there any nutritional difference between canned and dried? We eat beans a few times per week because my son chows them right down. Hope you feel better soon. Breastfeeding was a nightmare for me when my little one was stuffy. Eat, breathe, eat, breathe … it went on for hours :)


72 KathEats November 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

The only cons are cost and BPA cans – if you can find BPA-free cans (Eden and I think Trader Joe’s) and cost isn’t a concern, eat up!


73 mary @ minutespermile November 7, 2012 at 7:14 am

that soup looks delicious! i’m adding it to my menu for next week — thanks for sharing!


74 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

Aw! I hope you and Mazen feel better soon! He still look so adorable despite not feeling well. :)


75 Shari November 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

I’m glad you and Maze are both feeling better!


76 Jenica November 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

You look great! Glad you’re both feeling better.


77 Jordan November 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

What brand of pumpkin butter do you buy? Or is it homemade?


78 KathEats November 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

It’s one by Parksdale Market and it’s really good – not very sweet. I also like Trader Joe’s a lot, which is much sweeter


79 Jordan November 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

how do you acquire it? it seems to be from Florida…is it from OpenSky?


80 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

A reader who works at Parksdale send it to me : )


81 [email protected] November 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

Everything looks delicious, especially the soup!!


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