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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mama & Mini - Cooking Together in the Kitchen



On Me: Top // Jeans // Watch c/o
On Leighton:  Dress & Bag (handmade in Mexico)

Lately Shane and I have really been trying to involve Leighton in the cooking process.  She wants to be held and on our level, so the easiest way to get things done these days seems to be to include her in.  And it makes her pretty happy too.  = )  I've had a couple friends tell me about learning towers and how they bought them and loved them because they make their toddler feel independent but still close to mom and dad like they still part of the action.  After researching them for a bit, we decided to go with this learning tower from buybuy BABY,  I love the different color options it comes in, and I love how the sides are open for the child to climb in and out all by themselves.  If you're child is younger, you may want to supervise this, but at almost 2, Leighton is very careful about climbing in and out by herself while we are with her.

Not only has the learning tower come in handy while helping us cook, Leighton actually uses it to eat in sometimes.  For a quick lunch or a snack, it's perfect and makes her feel much less confined than a high chair.  We also use it for painting.  We push it up to the kitchen counter and set her poster board and paint out and let her paint away while standing in her learning tower.  I was having to tote her around all day while at the house (when we're not babywearing!) so it's been so nice to help her gain just a little independence (but not too much.  I'm not ready for her to grow up quite yet!)

Since we've started cooking together, we decided that we needed a couple more essentials for Leighton.  We bought her a little apron apron that is just for her and a special Mickey Mouse waffle maker,  She absolutely loves Minnie Mouse (and waffles!) so I thought this would be perfect to cook our first meal together.  I decided to alter my paleo pancake recipe and make waffles with the waffle maker instead.  All we did was peel one banana and mash it up with 2 eggs.  From there we just poured in the batter and let it cook for about 3 minutes.  Then we added our favorite topping.  For us, that was blueberries.  Leighton had so much fun cooking with me (especially peeling the banana and adding the blueberries), and she was so excited when she discovered we had made Mickey.  Of course she doesn't even know that Mickey exists, and she calls him Minnie, but that is what makes it so cute and fun.  We had so much fun, Shane bought ingredients and we cooked our first pizza together as a family over the weekend.  We will definitely be adding this to the list as a weekly tradition.  Have you cooked with your toddler any?  What is your favorite meal to make together?
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20 comments:

awhite said...

This is such a cute post, Laura! Leighton is adorable!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Anna Baun said...

This is so precious! I adore her apron! What a great girls day! XO

Anna || alilyloveaffair.com

Ruthie Ridley said...

How fun is this?!?! I love hanging and cooking with the kiddos! ADORE you two

Carmen Varner said...

She's so cute. I think it's very important to include kids in these types of activities. :]

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Brie Bemis @ Sophistifunk said...

Leighton is so cute and I love the idea of the learning tower! It sounds like such a great way to include her. :)

xo Brie

] said...

You two are beyond adorable!! Love this post! :)

xO - Steph
www.urbanblonde.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

gosh i want to meet her!!!!!!!! i want viv and L to play together! CUTEST THING EVER!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Kasey Goedeker said...

Y'all are too cute! This looks like such a fun day, and that apron is adorable :)

Vickie said...

Awww love this!

sarah zerbe said...

I have so many fun memories cooking with my mom!

Anonymous said...

I've never seen this tower before, but it is such a good idea!! My niece and nephew never want to sit down and eat, they just want to stand and walk around and this lets them!

-Katherine
www.engineering-in-style.com

vivalaViv said...

Great post! And you both look adorable! I especially love your light pink top, the sleeves are lovely.
Meanwhile, I'm also wearing pink recently:
https://vivalaviv.com/2016/10/08/my-ootd-now-the-sheer-pink-satin-coat/

Vivienne X

Elise said...

This is amazing!! Wish I had that as a kid.

Rita said...

This is so adorable. Love learning tower idea. Great way to include kids! She is very cute.

Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

Lexi said...

That learning tower is brilliant! I think we might need that. <3
xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

Brooke and Meggan of Somewhere, Lately said...

So cute! Can't wait till my mini can cook with me!

Emily Helm said...

This is adorable! I love how she is SUCH a helper in the kitchen!

Lavenda Memory said...

I will have to get one of these with my next kiddo. So handy!

Kayleigh Adam said...

So cute! My mom used to make me Mickey waffles too
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Marcia Piper said...

This tower is a great idea -- I'm so looking forward to cooking with my little guy when he gets older.