Rainy Day Toddler Activity: Everyday-Shapes Puzzle

When I am stuck in doors with Sam it can get a little hairy (read: I feel like I am losing my mind). 

His battle for independence, the whining, and his endless supply of energy makes for one tired mama by the end of the day. That is why I am so grateful for simple activities such as this that keep his focus long enough for me to collect myself and drink that cup of cold coffee I made two hours ago. 

Making a super fast puzzle is easy and entertaining for my 2 1/2 year old. Using everyday objects as part of his puzzle is really entertaining to him. 


First, pick out small objects that are safe for your kiddo to handle. I used a key for this but if you have a little one who still puts things in their mouth you may want to pick other mouth friendly objects. 

Also, grab a piece of paper and a sharpie. I always keep scrap paper handy for coloring, notes, and random activities such as this.

Other ideas for objects: tooth brush, hair bow, doll clothes, different sized bottle caps, toy car, cotton swab, rocks, etc etc etc.


The next step is pretty obvious, trace your objects with a sharpie. Please ignore my messy lines, Sam was trying to “help” by climbing in my lap and bumping my hands.

You know how it is, these kids are so darn helpful.


Done! Now let your little work at matching the objects to the shapes on your easy-peasy puzzle.

Ha. Check out the boxes in the background… they are full of picture frames that still need to find places on the wall. These boxes have sat here long enough that they have become part of the decor. That’s okay right?


Sam seemed a little more interested in play fighting (“pay sighting”) with the spatula than anything else. 

I hope this helps entertain your littles for a few minutes so you can enjoy your cold coffee as well!

Sometimes all we need is a few minutes.

Did You Miss Me?

It has been a while hasn’t it?

I have missed you! There are some good reasons I have been M.I.A…. Promise!

First of all… We bought a house!

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It is in a teeny-tiny town that has one diner, a post-office, a school, and one police officer. My hubby now has a 40 minute drive to work everyday but hey, the house was affordable and it is ours! Before this we rented but decided we were ready to actually own our own home. The problem was… we had a tiny budget for our house and the city we lived in has a high cost of living, unless we wanted to live in a questionable neighborhood or in a tiny run-down house, no thanks! So we found a small town outside of the city with options that suited our needs and our budget.

Our house needs updating but it is ours! I’m so excited about that.

We celebrated Easter as a family in our new home and I am having fun decorating and planting flowers. This place needs more color, and I am definitely doing my best to add as much color as possible.

Another reason I have been missing is because after packing and moving and then unpacking we had a friend come to visit the U.S. for the first time and he stayed with us for a week. I was so busy trying to be the best host I could be that I didn’t even think of sitting down and writing on my poor blog.

Because this was his first trip to the good ol’ U.S. of A. I wanted to make sure he had the most “authentic” American foods I could fit into one week. We had pancakes, french toast (hehe), bacon-egg-cheese biscuits, biscuits and gravy, chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers (twice), and of course we took him out for barbecue, Mexican food, and to a delicious Chinese buffet.  Classic American, am I right?

After he left I basically vegged out in my rocking chair for a week trying to recuperate after all of the craziness that has happened in the last month.

My mother’s day request was to have a nice family day trip to the zoo. Thankfully, we made it out there before I got hit full force with a nasty cold. Urgh, I am a germ magnet apparently.

I just love going to the zoo! I’m the kid who presses up against the glass squealing… except this kid is now 25 years old and not so cute. I did my best to wait for the crowds of actual children to get a view of the animals before I squeezed in with my camera.

My favorite animals to see: the elephants, penguins, and the butterflies! Poor hubby, he doesn’t really enjoy the zoo but he puts up with it because he knows I like it so much and he wants Sam to enjoy it too. He’s such a sweetheart!

Well, that’s all for now! I hope to have some recipes to share with you here real soon!

TTFN! (Ta-ta-for-now!)

You put a spell on me

Oh guys, I have missed you! It’s been a little crazy round here and I have missed talking with ya. I started working part time at the grocery store as an overnight stocker and it has drained me. I’m still spending my days running after my toddler, add two nights where I don’t get any sleep and it leaves this mama hurtin’ for a nap. It seems to take me a while to catch up and feel energetic and then I have to do it all again. Phew, it’s not the most ideal situation but I’m keeping my eyes open for other opportunities. Maybe a bakery, or catering job is in my future so I am keeping my eyes forward.

And now I’m here. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve touched base with you and I promise to try to be better about this whole bloggy-blog!

I know I’m a little late to the game but let me show you how much fun we had this halloween. My mother-in-law and I had a ton of fun planning an adult halloween party and it was a much needed distraction!

Bats! This was a such a simple DIY halloween decoration, love it! My hubby helped by drawing the original bat outline and then I grabbed some black cardstock and some pretty sparkly scrap book paper, then traced- cut- repeat. Fold the wings up a bit to add a 3D effect and haphazardly tape them to the wall in a somewhat sweepy bat formation. Sweepy? Forgive me, I am running on a 2 hour nap since yesterday morning.

Next, I have to show off these crazy cool cupcakes I made for the party. Not to toot my own horn but- toot toot! I made a batch of regular ol’ vanilla cupcakes and a batch of red velvet cupcakes, dramatic and delicious! I found those spiderweb cupcake wrappers on amazon. We also found the spider mold on amazon, gotta love the place!

Just so you know, if you choose to work with cotton candy to make a cool “web” decoration wait until the VERY last second to add the cotton candy. Cotton candy is so persnickety and will begin melting from any heat or moisture from the frosting. The cotton candy did make a neat web effect, but within a couple of hours it had completely melted with made this lady frown.

We can’t forget about the rest of the food… A murderously delicious cheesecake. I forgot to include a photo of the crazy good zesty strawberry puree we poured on top. Bloody delightful! Don’t forget the eyeball deviled eggs. We flavored these bad boys with horseradish and lightly tinted them green, added a slice of pimiento stuffed green olive and smiled at how clever we were.

It wasn’t all sweets and eyeballs at this halloween party, we also made zesty Italian beef and enjoyed it on hawaiian rolls. Last, but certainly not least, I made a batch of jalapeno popper crescent rolls that disappeared very quickly. Don’t worry, I’ll share those bad boys with you soon enough.

Decorations! There are so many crazy cool halloween decoration available and it was fun setting it all up. A haunted typewriter, homemade spell ingredients and potions, a mythical wreath, and more. What fun!

Mr. Sam got to stay up long enough to say hello and roar around in his dragon costume and then it was bedtime for that little boy!

I mean dragon.

It was a very accurate costume.

I was the renaissance maiden to his dragon and hubby decided to be Kavinsky. If you’re not aware of what/who that is a google and youtube search will show you the strange 80’s techno music that Kavinsky is linked to. It’s all a little bit over my head to say that least. No, my husband was not my knight in shining armor to save me from the dragon, but at least he decided on something that he actually liked, even if it makes me roll my eyes.

Sam had a good time going to different events and showing off his costume, everyone thought he was the cutest little dragon and I agreed!

Stay tuned for a couple of recipe posts coming your way very soon, you deserve it after waiting this long.

Ta ta for now!

What’s happening? Social Media, Life, and Adventures!

I can’t believe fall is finally here! That means Halloween is tomorrow, Thanksgiving is next week, and Santa Claus is already coming down the chimney.

Here is a fun little tidbit, have you noticed the fun little social media buttons to the right? -> that way! Unless you’re viewing this on a mobile device, in which case you may need to scroll down.

Modest Bites now has its very own Facebook and Instagram!

Do you know how much it means to me that you all take your time to read my little dribbles and recipe scribbles? You have no idea how much!

Please like and share my pages with your friends. You will see post updates and photos of food and life that I may not share here on the blog.

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Also, my son is a toddler sized model. I can’t get over his curly blond hair and those blue eyes are instant mommy melters! His hobbies include pretending everything is a gun, making animal noises, making messes, and refusing to eat healthy meals prepared with love.

Despite the difficulties of toddlerhood, I love this boy to the moon and back!

In other news, my hubby has been working hard with his business partner to build a new business over this last year. It has consumed a lot of time but we continue to be optimistic.

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Welcome Elite Oil Technologies, check out the website! There is a live website that is being revamped slowly but surely to give visitors their best experience. Nano-oil fell into their lap the end of last year and it has taken quite a bit of time to get everything up and running but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

After a long road with website set backs, setting up an office, getting the inventory stocked, and biting our nails in anticipation I am ready to get the show on the road!

When the site originally launched we cheered, but it quickly became apparent that there were many areas that could be improved upon and that is what is going on behind the scenes now.

The good news, there is a working website where you can order products to your hearts content and we celebrated that fact with a soft opening party last weekend. Of course, I catered and enjoyed planning the party so much.

We had a nice little get together, tons of food, and good company.

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My favorite thing of the whole day! Lemon cupcakes with blueberry buttercream and coffee cupcakes with mocha buttercream… oh heaven!

I made these tiny little cupcake toppers to make them extra special. They were a bit time consuming but worth it!

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We had plenty of food! Better too much than too little.

Veggie platter, cheese and crackers, mini cornbread bites, scrumptious little smokies, spritz cookies, brownies, and heavenly cupcakes. I ate a lot that day.

And then we had leftovers and I ate a whole lot of those too.

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For the simplest way to fancy up the tables I grabbed pretty gold scrap book paper, a handful of clear bowls, and gold wrapped candy made a nice simple centerpiece. The balloons were a fun touch as well.

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We had plenty of options for drinks! I made a crazy simple and crazy good “sangria” with a bottle of mixed berry juice and a bottle of moscato. If I’m in charge of the food then I am going to make something I like. I know you’ll like it too!

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a fantastic oil for any number of applications check out the website and try it out! We have heard from people using it on machinery, knives, guns, hair clippers, bicycles, and even a kitchen mixer! Good reviews all around.

A lot of the mechanical mumbo-jumbo is over my head but the website has a lot of good information on it already if you’re interested in learning more.

Happy Thursday!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Bash!

This last weekend my little man and I drove 5 hours to see my high school best friend, Christina, to help her pull together a joint birthday party for her little Mouseketeers! I can’t believe her little girl is almost 3 and her baby boy just turned a year old. Their birthdays are about 1 month apart so it just made sense to do a combined party for the two of them.

It was wonderful to see our kids playing while Christina and I pulled everything together in the kitchen. Our inner kids came out as we planned the Mickey Mouse Club House themed treats and managed to pull it all together by the seat of our pants!

I never thought I would say this, but I really really enjoy party planning! Despite the stress of time management and making sure all of our grand schemes come together I really enjoy the whole process.

First things first… the food! Food is on my mind all day, everyday, 24/7. This is my favorite part of party planning. Oh come on, what’s better?

Christina baked a beautiful cake and made homemade fondant. Together we pulled our amateur decorating skills together and made a precious Toodles cake. Donald’s Bubble Bath was our drink (Hawaiian punch with marshmallows and whipped cream), along with vegetables from Goofy’s garden, Minnie’s Bowtie Pasta, Toodle’s Fruit Salad, Hot Diggity Dogs, Pluto’s Sticks (candy coated pretzels), and Daisy’s Paint Brush (candy dipped rice crispy treats). I think we did a pretty good job getting creative with these treats! 

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After finalizing the food we brainstormed different activities. I was surprised to see how many “Pin the nose/tail on Mickey” ideas there were floating around the internets, but then it struck me that we could do “Pin the Bow on Minnie”. Christina pulled out her sketch book and drew Minnie and we printed off several bows for all the kids to color before taking turns trying to place the bow while blindfolded. Two activities in one. Good deal!

Along with eating, mingling, playing this game, and opening presents we kept plenty busy during the party.

The birthday boy and girl seemed to have a good time! What is it with toddlers and hamming it up for the camera? Tell Josie to ‘say cheese’ and you’ll be impressed! Bradyn was so intense while eating his cake, look at that face! “Don’t even think about it!”

Mr. Sam kept me on my toes. 2016-07-09 15.57.16Between trying to help with the party and continuously chasing after him when he would try to wander out of the room, I am pretty sure I got my workout for the week! Where is my Fitbit when I need it? It was like trying to herd cats!

But we got to see Nana Lisa and my cousin Emily along with other friends that I haven’t seen in years. It was great to catch up.

During clean-up I sat Sam down in front of the piano to keep him distracted long enough for us to finish up. He and Josie made a great duet! 

Today, I wore a shirt that had piano keys across the chest, he thought they would have the same effect and decided to try it out while we were out in public. Isn’t motherhood an adventure?

Check out Christina’s YouTube channel here to see more precious videos of her kiddos.