House & Home

Your house is so much more than a place to hang your hat. For parents, it's a nest — sometimes held together by a twig — while for children it's a place to be nourished and grow.

This is a place to discuss homemaking and share tips on managing your household, including cooking, finances, decor and time management.

Healthy snack suggestions?

It's summer time soon out and about we go!!! What are some healthy snacks to bring along? 😊

  • Mitchie
    Yesterday

    Thank you ☺

  • Jennie
    Yesterday

    We like to freeze organic yogurt pops and applesauce pouches so they're nice and cold.

My new favorite way to trick the kids into eating vegetables

They couldn’t tell the difference! 🎉

Kristin posted in Babies Thursday

Help! How do you introduce house guests to your baby without changing their routines?

I have a 4 month old baby boy who’s active & sociable. He does enjoy going to the park, playground, storytelling time at the library & running errands with us. He likes to smile, interact & even laugh with strangers whether they’re babies or adults. Recently, his grandparents visited us & he was still his usual active & sociable personality but his feeding & sleeping dec... More

  • STR8JKT
    Friday

    You mentioned you become anxious as all this “stimulation” escalates in the house.. your lil one picks up on the different vibes your feeling/projecting and adds to your child’s personality. I’m A.D.H.D. And I’ve noticed when I start spazzing my 3 yr old son acts out in the worst way so I then take a 2 min break and slow down and shortly after he goes back to normal

  • J
    Friday

    YES we are going through “vacation hangover” right now.. i didn’t realize this is what it was until now!

Beach snacks

We plan on taking our one year old to the beach what kind of snacks or food would you recommend to bring for him?

  • Christina
    Thursday

    Squeeze pouches. Maybe crackers but it can get sandy quickly if you don’t pour out into a snack cup or something.

  • Fabiola
    Friday

    Fruit. Very hydrating and packs an energy punch. Anything you could feed the baby because their hands will probably be full of sand.

Tips or advice for packing, moving, unpacking and transitioning an 18 month old to a new home. What worked for you or what do you suggest?

  • Hannah
    Thursday

    I had to send my son to stay with friends for a few hours at a time so I could get packing done, but it definitely started affecting him negatively- (it was a several week period for us, because I was also trying to repaint the entire house) -he started getting extra clingy. But once we were moved in, I unpacked at night after he was asleep. Didn’t have any issues transitioning in- we gained a ... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Wednesday

What are the best appliances for easily and quickly making baby food?

  • Melissa
    Thursday

    I have the Baby Brezza food maker and it is awesome for small batches. Are use my instant pot for big batches. I also could not live without the baby brezza formula pro if you are doing formula

  • Angelina
    Thursday

    I have the Baby Bullet and it made making purées so easy! The set comes with the blender, a small container to blend in, a larger container for blending, a steamer, 6 4oz containers for the refrigerator, a freeze tray, and a baby cook book! It really took away the stress of home making baby food.

MommaWolf posted in Funny May 13

We make the impossible possible 😂

We’ve all had this before. Every time you pick up a toy, there’s 3 more on the floor lol.

  • Anne
    May 14

    No joke, sometimes I fantasize about getting a babysitter just so I can really clean the house for once...

  • Trisha
    May 14

    THIS WORKS! Buy bins, a color for each child. Explain to them that the toys must be in the bins, and show them. Have them check in and under the sofa, etc. for parts. Teach them to vacuum dust bunnies. IF THEY LEAVE A MESS--fill trash bags, and put them out!! I only had to do it one time. Fortunately for them, they got to their toys before the trash collectors did!!

Allergy testing for a 2 yo

I have to get my 2 almost 3 year old tested for pet allergies... I'm scared for her and I hate watching her get hurt. They say it's a blood test. Has anyone had any experience with this yet? How did it go? And what can I expect?

  • Julie
    Tuesday

    Mine had a full allergy panel blood draw at a lab around 2 1/2. I was expecting it to go poorly, but her Dr. said to pick up lidocaine cream on the way, put a glob inside her elbow, cover loosely with a bandaid, and leave it on during the car ride over to numb the area (about 15 min or so). I held her in my lap while they drew the blood and she did not even flinch or fuss. She even looked at... More

  • Misty
    Tuesday

    I had it as well as my son also and it usually is just a tiny small prick on the arm not painful at all of each allergen there testing for to see if skin reacts or not was not painful for us

Taylor posted in Safety May 12

Baby gate for stairs with no banister, just flat walls

We just bought a house with stairs. I want a baby gate to put at the top of the stairs but since our house is brand new I would rather not drill holes in the wall if possible. We have a baby gate already that’s just fabric with tension rods but I don’t know how safe that is at the top of a staircase. I’ve seen banister kits but our stairs won’t have a banister, it will just be flat walls on bot... More

  • Taylor
    May 12

    Thanks everyone! We’ll probably end up drilling the holes. Like mentioned, we can patch them. Just wasn’t sure if there were other options. I’d rather be safe than sorry!

  • Christina
    May 12

    Drill holes. Use anchors. And make sure the gate swings over the landing and not the stairs (or get a retractable one). We also did just a gate at daughter’s room to not drill holes.

Freezer Meal Recipes

I'm due in June and want to prepare by making some freezer meals! Any great recipes that are favorites for this purpose?

  • Kendall
    May 12

    What we did was a few weeks or so before I'd just make double for dinners and freeze the second half! :)

  • Anonymous
    May 12

    One of my favorites to freeze is Pork Chops w/ Balsamic Mustard. 2 pork chops, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tbsp grainy mustard, I used Dijon Wholegrain Mustard, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped, chopped fresh garlic, salt and pepper to taste, Marinate and freeze! Then Grill or cook in oven

Jenn posted in Funny May 11

My brain isn’t ready...

We have a 3 year old toddler and a 4 yr old dog. Sooo, basically I have two teenagers and they are moody AF.

  • Amara
    May 11

    Haha love this!!! And glad to know my 3 year old isn’t the only one moody AF🤣🤣

What’s the best milk for toddlers?

  • Lauren
    May 13

    My son can't tolerate milk so we started Almond milk at 1 year and he did fine. He is a good eater and so he gets the fats from other things. I'd consult with your pediatrician bc he or she knows your child and medical history best

  • Genesis
    May 13

    Thanks everyone

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking May 10

Organic versus local produce?

Our family just moved here from CA and there’s one difference here that I was curious about. It seems it’s harder to find quality organic produce here unless I pay an arm and a leg at Whole Foods. The local groceries here seem to emphasize local produce, rather than organic. Could anyone explain the reasoning behind prioritizing eating local over organic here in New England? Thanks!!

  • Anonymous
    May 10

    I totally want to support local farms and businesses...I’m just surprised there are not more farms that are certified organic out here. I found that many are IPMs, where they spray as a last resort. We lived next to a farm in CA that also claimed to be IPM and many said they just didn’t want to jump through the hoops to be certified organic...so we subscribed to their CSA until one of our avid ... More

  • Sophia
    May 12

    It costs $$$ to be certified organic. So that's why the local small businesses often are not certified. So, ask the local grower or grocery if they use pesticides and go from there?

Weeknight dinners, solved

Ah, that time between getting home from work and putting your kids to bed. That chaotic witching hour is real. Are we right? Our friends at food tech company Tovala want to take weeknight dinners off your plate. Now you can enjoy fresh, healthy meals without spending at least an hour in the kitchen at the end of your busy day. Here’s how it works: You choose from a variety of pre-marinated, pr... More

  • Anne
    May 09

    FWIW, I have a countertop convection oven and use it ALL the time. It's actually really great for cutting down oil in your foods too because the circulating hot air can work sort of like the liquid heat in frying and gets foods really crispy. Totally worth it just for that feature alone!

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts May 07

Keeping indoor toys inside

Am I weird for wanting to keep indoor toys inside during my toddler play dates? We have lots of outdoor toys yet the visiting friends always seem to bring inside toys to the backyard where it’s dusty sandy and dirty. I end up having to wipe the toys down again just to store them inside and it’s just more added work for me. But I wanna seem cavalier and low key to the playmates parent- lol! ... More

  • Alexa
    May 07

    Me I am!! I only let maybe some cars and trucks outside that I know I can rinse off or run through dish washer.

JJ posted in Pets May 06

Cleaning hacks....

I wanna hear your favorite hacks to clean up after your kids, pets, spouses... or some really good cleaning products. Now that it’s actually nice out I can no longer procrastinate on the spring cleaning.

  • Futukeka
    May 10

    I do the lunch boxes w force of nature too...pretty much anything that comes from school is cleaned-esp during cold/flu season!

  • Bethany
    May 10

    Robot vacuum! Changed my life. It gets you to pick up your clutter and it also cleans up lots of dirt and debris on your floors with no effort.

It’s Free Comic Book day!

Check out www.freecomicbookday.com to find a participating shop near you! They have a good selection of kid friendly comics this year! Studies have shown that reading comics promotes reading comprehension even in the most reluctant of readers! #supportyourlocalcomicshop

We are moving in 2 weeks

We have lived with my in laws for the past year while we were trying to buy a house. We finally found one and are closing in 13 days! What are some things I could do to make the transition easier for my 3 year old girl?

  • Jeni
    May 06

    I put up all of my daughters artwork /photo frames/toy arrangements the same as what it was in her old room. Just so there's some familiarity. Little by little we've added & discarded pieces of furniture or other knick knacks. It really helped with the transition. Plus night lights. Lol lots and lots of night lights. Good luck!

  • Jeni
    May 06

    I put up all of my daughters artwork /photo frames/toy arrangements the same as what it was in her old room. Just so there's some familiarity. Little by little we've added & discarded pieces of furniture or other knick knacks. It really helped with the transition. Plus night lights. Lol lots and lots of night lights. Good luck!

Julie posted in Money May 04

Just venting about finances

Hi my husband and i are having the worst financial situation ever. We havent had our rent fully in 3months we will write a check for the full rent and we will become over drawn in our account by 700-800 dollars and have no money for weeks. We also on top of that just got served a 60 day notice to get out of our apartment and our baby boy is due may 28 and we have to find a place and have the d... More

  • Julie
    May 06

    Thanks but my husband makes too much to qualify for any of those

  • Anonymous
    May 06

    You’d be surprised the income qualifications on some of those programs. I would say get a better job, save money, or get a divorce. That way you wouldn’t be in the same income bracket. People do it all the time.

Anonymous posted in Toys & Gifts May 02

First time mom and recently started daycare for my 9 month old. It’s a large home-based daycare & preschool with about 12 kids from infant to age 4. What is a reasonable amount of money to spend on birthday gifts for kids? It’s a custom that each one bring something in for the birthday kid. There’s also random ‘gifting and treats’ of shared items like snacks, wipes, fun activity towards d... More

  • Anonymous
    May 02

    On suggestion from another parent friend of mine I’m going to buy a book set for $12 and just give each bday kid a book. I don’t have time to waste thinking and spending on all this.

  • Teresa
    May 03

    I would think the birthday child would bring a special treat or goodie bags for the group to share. Maybe for the random gifts/treats on your child’s birthday donate a book or wishlist item to the child care home.

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