How (Not) To Buy Shoes for your Toddler – 10 tips

1.    Plan: Set aside a day and time to get this done.
2.    Prepare: Either take the kid with you to get a shoe fitting or measure the foot to be sure of the sizing
3.    Peruse: The list of brands recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association(APAM) for kids. Most of the brands are pricy but worth it for new walkers
4.    Pick:  The brand that most fits your budget and the store where it can be found
5.    Pinch: the front to make sure there’s enough room for your toddler’s delicate feet to grow
6.    Don’t make an impromptu dash to a store during lunch break and take the scenic route out of the store via the baby clearance aisle
7.    Don’t but laceups for toddlers who are squirmy when getting dressed and just learning to walk
8.    Don’t buy shoes that have cute Seasame Street characters on the soles instead of non-skid soles
9.    Don’t check the fit of said shoes on your baby’s bare feet when the baby always wears thick winter socks
10.Don’t wait two days to discover the blisters L
Enough said. A picture’s worth a thousand words they say, or in this case 10 bullet points.
Tip sheets from APAM

The Best Menu Planner for Toddlers

While writing my post on toddler portion sizes, I found (in my opinion) the best toddler menu planner EVER! (Ok, maybe not the best but I like it) It's on the My Food Guide site from Health Canada.

Why I like it: It allows you to pick 6 foods you eat in each category and then select age and level of activity. The output is a personalized food guide built around the specific foods picked. The personalization of the servings on the food guide helps me plan with actually food that we eat here in twintopia. Our diet is not too diverse; which is one of the reasons I'm focused on trying one new vegetable every month of this year.

The only negative  of this food guide is that the lowest age it goes down to is 2 years. As far as I can see, this only affects the milk requirement.

Here's what our personalized menu plan looks like

The next question would be which meals will your toddler actually enjoy. A good place to start is with the following books that cover a range of meals for toddlers (including allergy proof meals):

Toddler Portion Sizes

Now that the girls are officially toddlers, it was only a matter of time before my feeding focus turned to the question of how much should my toddlers eat daily. A bit of research later and here's what I found out.

How many calories does a toddler need? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) a toddler needs 40 calories per inch of height. This is the maximum they'll need and it can be lower based on activity level.

What's a toddler serving size? One quarter of an adult serving. For vegetables, one serving is one tablespoon per year/age.
One meat serving is about the size of the toddler's hand (I love this tip. Easy to remember)

How much milk does a toddler need? The consensus is 16 to 24oz daily. Milk is the primary source of protein and calcium. Dairy products like yogurt and cheese can be substitutes but not necessarily ounce for ounce.

AAP website
Earth's Best examples of toddler portion sizes from age 1 to 6
iVillage - Toddler nutritional requirement for 1-3 year olds
Toddler feeding guide from the Canadian Pediatric Society
Wholesome Toddler Food - Some links are broken but still a good resource

Book Review - Motherstyles by J. Penley and D. Eble

A review of the book Motherstyles: Using Personality to Discover Your Parenting Strengths by Janet Penley and Diane Eble

I first read about this book on Marcia’s blog. It’s a mothering personality book that’s based on the Myers-Briggs typing. Since I was quite familiar with Myers-Briggs and also a big fan, I purchased the kindle version of the book and have been reading it on my phone and ipad.

What’s in it? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality profiling tool that groups people into 16 different categories based on their preferences and choices i.e. introvert vs. extrovert, thinking vs. feeling, sensing vs. intuition and judging vs. perception. Based on attending a course at work 7 years ago, I already knew that I was a INTP - the "love of learning" mother.

What I learned: I did learn about my mothering style – more hands-off, focused on nurturing knowledge and independence in kids, needing to work on creating a path for emotional support when the kids need it. I also learnt that the personality types are not distributed equally. INTP and personality type makes up less than 4% of women. In plain English, I’m a different kind of mother/person. (That’s pretty obvious from reading my blog.)
What this book did for me was it helped me appreciate how unique my style is and embrace it without feeling deficient. That was the best lesson ever. Here's an excerpt of tips for an INTP mother from the family education website.
  • The INTP mother can benefit from setting aside regular times when she can turn inward and lose herself in reading, thought, or work. Energized by time alone to think, her "mind time" is a necessity, not a luxury. To do her best mothering, the INTP may need to get up early, stay up late, or use children's nap time to read, daydream, or gaze out the window in thought.
  • Believing she is different from other mothers, the INTP may feel uncomfortable if she compares herself to more traditional mothers. If she can learn to trust in her own unique strengths and enjoy her relationship with her children (rather than compare hers to other mothers'), she can boost her mothering confidence and take greater pleasure in day-to-day living.
Conclusion: This book may not be for you if you don't have the patience or inclination for studying human psychology - I do. I love this book though I think it’s too early to reap the full benefits. It would be even more beneficial when the kids are older (8 years and up) and displaying their own personality. I think any mom struggling with a tween or teen should give this book a shot. Understanding the personality differences between you and your child (and other people around you) can be a big step towards a more harmonious existence. 

Mothering Personality Quiz
Motherstyles official website

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Saturday Guests

I have a guest post up at Multiples and more today. The topic is choosing infant car seats and strollers for twins and triplets. I spent days doing the research on this post and it's one I'm really proud of. I wish I had read something like that before I went stroller shopping for my twins.

If you're stopping by from Multiples and more, welcome and thank you. Take a look around and drop me a comment or question. I love both.

First Day of Daycare (or School) Tip for Twin Parents

Since we're living in our third city in 3 months and also attending our 3rd daycare within the same time span, I just may know a thing or two about easing the daycare transitions. My number one tip for starting the daycare (and eventually school) life right for twin is helping the adults around them see and treat them as individuals.

Any twin parent will tell you that the position comes with some novelty and celebrity status. I've enjoyed that for the most part. However, when it comes to being around their peers, I don't want my daughters to be "the twins!". I want them to be seen as individuals. Here's what I've done every first day in a new childcare environment
  1. Dress them differently even if they're fraternal. A lot of people are stuck on the stereotype of twins looking so alike that it's hard to tell them apart. For the first few days of daycare, I dress them differently and make a note of telling the teacher who's wearing what. By the third day, a good caregiver can comfortably tell them apart
  2. Spell out their name. I have a Nigerian name and so do my kids. In a public place where names are being called, I can always tell when it's my turn. A perfectly literate adult sees my 7-letter name and starts sighing, mumbling and looking flustered. 7 letters people! For me as an adult, it's a good party joke. For kids, it could be the difference between fitting in and being teased and/or bullied. If the teacher can pronounce their names as a matter of fact, the other kids will follow suit. If the teacher makes a fuss about their names being "funny" the other kids will also pick up on that. My solution is to spell out the name. A plus to this is also that you can define what you want the kid to be called versus being at the mercy of a teacher-chosen nickname.
  3. No personality tips. Because Sugar and Spice have such contrasting personalities, it's easy for me to label them and pass the label along to other caregivers. Not a good thing in my opinion. I let the caregivers know the girls' preferences for their physical comfort and that's it. So I don't say for example Spice is a picky eater. I simply say Spice likes to have 6oz of milk in her sippy before her solids.
Here's an example of the note that accompanies each girl on their first day of daycare.
Not much, but it's made a huge difference. What say you?

14 = Independence Day

January 16 and this will be the first monthly stats post for the year 2012.

Spice at 14 months: Has all 8 of her incisors out and she's walking! My baby is officially a toddler and she toddles 75% of the time. Emotionally, she's been super sweet and never passes up an opportunity for a cuddle - the experts call that separation anxiety

Sugar at 14 months: She's just had her top 2 central incisors come out. Once she saw that Spice was walking, she was quick to follow suit. She'll toddle 30% of the time but crawling is her preferred mode of mobility. Emotionally she's goofy and competitive - I believe the experts call that parallel play 

Current skills: Gargling with milk and water, partial undressing, sofa climbing, stretching out hands to ask for things, highfiving, figured out that the best food  is always the one on mommy or daddy's plate. We've started trying to teach them the names of bodyparts but seem stuck on nose. When asked "where's your nose", they stick a finger up their nostril. I suspect we've laid the foundation for the nose pick 'n' eat; one of the grossier joys of childhood.

This month's highlights
  • Object permanence - defined as knowing that even though the door is closed, mama's on the other side and if I bang long enough and loudly enough, she'll come out and play
  • Conversations - defined as sister chats after mommy puts us in bed for naptime. Usually accompanied by giggles and shrieks of laughter
  • Independence - defined as slapping mama's hand away if she brings any piece of silverware in the direction of your pie-hole
  • Independence - defined as twisting and fighting mama when she's trying to change your dirty diaper
  • Angry - defined as opinion to give big people messing with your independence. Usually accompanied by angrily crawling away to a corner, throwing self on the floor, flinging head backwards and scream-crying
  • Wisdom - mommy learning to keep her lips (and soft body parts) away from the 90th percentile head of a toddler throwing a tantrum
It's not the 4th of July and we have toddlers nor aliens but it's still independence day in this 'hood. Happy birthday my loves!

Sugar & Spice Chronicles: Streaker and Fashionista

Yet another first in my Twintopia. It's a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Twin babies are happily playing by the coffee table. Mommy is plugging away at the computer and daddy is plugging away at another computer. It's the closest we'll ever get to being the picture of 21st century urban bliss.

Out of the blue, a semi-nekkid baby streaks across my living room. Surprise is an understatement. On one side of the room is Sugar almost as nekkid as the day she was born; and on the other side of the room are Sugar's pants that used to be on her body. My baby has learnt how to divest herself of her pants much like a drunken english soccer fan. Sigh! She's trying to do the same with the tees but luckily for me, she's yet to figure out the whole arm-out-of-sleeves and pull-over-head manuver. She's my little streaker and I love her.

Spice on the other hand has a different relationship with clothes. She can't get enough of them on. Her favorite activity is to walk up to the laundry basket and find something she likes. She then proceeds to drape it prettily around her neck and crawl-strut around the house. I've even seen her stop to preen in front of the full-length mirrors a time or two. She's attempted to drape everything - sleepers, tights, shirts, towels, diapers, boxers even gift wrapping paper. Everytime I see her crawling around with her pyjamas draped around her neck, I hear Tim Gunn's voice in my head. (Don't know why?!) She's my little fashionista and I love her for it.

Baby Walker Review (and why we have 4)

Our proud array of baby walkers
We currently have 4 walkers in our 800sq.ft rental with two babies. How did we end up with 4 walkers? I am so glad you asked cuz I'm about to start talking.

Walker 1: Officially called the Fisher-Price Stride-to-Ride Dino
Dino joined our family in Houston. Babies R Us was having a buy 2 for the price of one on Fisher Price toys so I got the FP activity table and Dino was the extra. It's a walk and ride type toy.
Assembly: Not memorable so it couldn't have been too tough
Verdict: It's a little too wide when used in walker mode. I think the girls will really enjoy this when they are old enough to climb on it and move by themselves. I'm guessing in a couple of months.

Walker 2: Goes by the fancy name of Playskool Poppin' Park Bounce And Ride
When we left Houston for Calgary, all our worldly goods were loaded on a truck and put in storage while we stayed in temporary accommodations. As the girls showed signs of toddling and Dino was on the truck, I decided to buy this walker.
Assembly: This is the most difficult toy I ever put together and that's saying a lot. I'm beginning to get a bias against Playskool toys because they seem to be overly complex in execution.
Verdict: The babies actually enjoyed pushing this on their knees as it's quite small. It isn't a great walking toy because of the awkward positioning required for babies to hold the bars and walk. I don't think it'll be a great riding toy because it's already too small for my girls to ride on comfortable. It does however make a great drum

Walker 3: Fisher-Price Musical Activity Walker
So the family packed up and moved again. This time to the east coast of Canada. We left the first two walkers behind. (can you see where this is going?) Santa really wished to buy the girls a walker for Christmas so we got the activity walker
Assembly: I'm becoming a big Fisher Price fan for their easy to assemble toys.
Verdict: The girls loved the activity part of the walker as well as the walking part.

Walker 4: Fisher-Price Walker-To-Wagon
It seemed walker number 3 was being monopolised by one baby so it was expedient to get a second walker for the second baby.
Assembly: Easy though it took me a while to figure out what to do with the stickers
Verdict: This is my favorite walker because it doesn't need batteries and doesn't sing any songs but the girls still love it. Plus it converts into a wagon which I think will be more fun than a ride-on toy.

If you read all this, you're probably wondering where all my twin mama pragmatism went?! Well, I didn't say I was pragmatic or rational all the time. That only happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus the occasional Friday.

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Baby Teething Rings

I remember when our first tooth came in and the doctor's visit that followed. I asked the doctor about ways to help my babies through the teething period and one of the things he recommended was teething rings that were not liquid-filled. I don't know why he said they should be liquid free, but I liked the idea.

And thus started the search for a teething ring that did not have a liquid filling. Four months later, I finally found the teethers - in a grocery store no less (talk about thinking outside the box)

It was the NUK (Gerber) teether and the girls love 'em. They are more loved than sophie the giraffe. More loved than nibbling on a paci. More loved than chewing the iphone charger. In fact the teethers have become their number two choice for the nibbles. Number one? My toes. (Don't ask please)  

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The Emergency Room Visit

Another (unwanted) parenting laurel this weekend - our first 2am visit to the emergency room. A harrowing experience that ended well but showed me the next parenting beast I need to conquer - guilt and worry

It started an hour after I had put the girls to bed. I heard Spice cough
Daddy: I always worry when they cough at night
Me: Me too. I listen for the clear throat signal Continue ipad game

Spice continues coughing so I go to the room to check up on her and her bed is covered in puke (that's vomit for the more medical-term minded). Scoop her up, call daddy to help and we clean her and the bed up. And that's when the crazy thoughts started.

Why is she throwing up? What did she eat? Must be reflux acting up. Did I give her too much lactose today? Must be the storebrand cheese. That's a lot of puke. I need to go to the store and get some electrolyte juice and pediasure. I need to do some research on cheese, yoghurt and lactose sensitivity. I wonder if there's some casein:whey ratio to look at. Will it be on the food label? There must be some info out there. I'll google it. Maybe I need to check babycenter.

Driving to the store
What has she been eating? Could it be the pasta she had for dinner? Or the cheese I sprinkled on top? It was the first time using that cheese. I know I should have stuck with Kraft instead of storebrand. Cheapskate! Your baby's sick because you bought cheap cheese. I'm never buying storebrand again. I hate that store. Why should I trust their brand? (thats the same store I'm driving to by the way)

In the store
Could it be because I warmed the pasta in the microwave instead of in a pot like I usually do? Maybe it's the formula. Has it been open for more than 30 days? No. Why did I buy Costco formula? Could there be something wrong with it? But they've been taking that with their milk for over 2 weeks now? Maybe just the bottom of the can is contaminated. Or could it be because I didn't stir it in with a spoon like I usually do? Maybe the lumps grew germs due to a difference in internal temperature? that's the engineer voice talking

On the drive home
Could it be because I let them play by the screen door. I saw her licking the door. Maybe there was some wierd mold on the screen. This Newfoundland weather is crazy wet. Perfect for wierd mold. Why did we move? I wanna go back to Calgary. Did I leave the pasta out too long before putting it in the fridge? Maybe it's the breakfast cereal. Has it been open for more than 30 days? No, but I'm getting rid of it anyway! Maybe it's an ear infection. The daycare said she was tugging at her ear. But she always tugs at her ear. I should have had her ears checked. But I don't have a doctor yet. I don't like the last one we saw. He's too young. He asked if they were eating every 2 hours. What type of doctor thinks one year olds should eat every 2 hours?

I get home and turns out she threw up some more while I was out. She's refusing to take the pedialyte or pediasure. I take her to the room and have her lie in bed with me

This way I can monitor her breathing. What if I sleep too deeply and don't hear if she has breathing difficulties? What if she falls off the bed? What if I roll on top of her? What if she buries her head in the mattress and is too weak to lift it up? Ok, I'll make her lie on top of me. Yes, kangaroo care. Isn't she too old for kangaroo care. She's big! I hope my sweater zipper isn't scratching her skin. Her skin may be dry and get bruised. I should have lotioned them. Wow, she's really put on weight. My back hurts. I think she has to go back on her bed. Oh my! She pooped last night. And I kept them in their pjs all day. Maybe some weird poop-microbe grew on her pjs and found it's way into her stomach. Maybe it's because I rinsed her milk cup and gave her water in it instead of washing with soap and hot water. Maybe it's because I stopped sterilizing their pacis. I should be sterilizing their sippy cup valves

I get up and load all the girls dirty clothes in the washer for a sterilizing hot wash cycle and go back to bed. She throws up again. And then 10 minutes later, she throws up again.

That's it! we're going to the clinic. Where are my boots? Wait! These boots are slippery. I need to wear the ones with high traction. Don't want to fall in the snow while carrying the baby. If I do, I need to remember to twist my body and fall on my back so I can cushion the baby's fall

On the way to the hospital
I can't believe the 24 hour clinic was closed. Why would a 24 hour clinic be closed on a Saturday night? I hate this city. Why did I leave Calgary? Maybe we shouldn't have taken her for a walk down the corridor. I could smell cigarettes. Maybe the second hand smoke reduced her body's immunity!

At the hospital
Oh she's perked up. She's babbling again. We're going to look like those over-panicky parents who go to an emergency room for everything. Why is she wiggling so much? She wants to crawl around. Not happening. Need to hold her tighter. I can't afford to put her on the floor. There are so many exotic germs in the hospital. She mustn't touch anything. She still smells of puke. But I cleaned her up. What kind of mother can't properly clean puke off her baby?

Finally the doctor sees us and give us a clean bill of health and some medicine to take care of the vomiting. As she's leaving the room I muster up the courage to ask the question "What was wrong with her?" The unasked question being "What did I do wrong?"
Doctor: Oh it's just the stomach flu. It's been going around for a while now. She probably got it from daycare.

On the ride home
That daycare is licensed. I checked! Was I too eager to sign them up over there? Maybe its....

STOP! Pray with me!

Organizing Twin Toddler Closet

This is what I do to keep my twin's closet organized

  • Use hangers so I don't have to fold unless necessary
  • Limit the number of outfits by limiting the number of hangers
  • Keep bibs, socks, hats and indoor shoes in drawers - easier than folding
  • Hang complete outfits together so I know which items are orphaned. That means every top is hung with an accompanying bottom and jacket or sweater if necessary
  • Hanging complete outfits together gives me a quick view of how many days I can go without doing laundry - Laundry day is when we're down to one outfit
  • Hanging complete outfits together also makes the morning rush a lot easier. Just grab a hanger and go
For a more detailed post on organizing kids' clothes and closet, click here.

10 Tips for Buying Kidswear Off-Season

On this blog, I have not hidden my love for retail therapy or my $10 rule for buying baby clothes - apart from special occasions like birthday and Christmas, I do not buy clothing for my babies that cost more than $10. I achieve this by buying the girls clothes off-season at least one year ahead.

Now that the girls are wearing some 12-18 month sized clothes I purchased a while back, I can evaluate the success of my shopping strategy.  Based on my evaluation, here are a few tips from me to you:
  1. Get the maths right - I didn't forget my kids' birthday, but somewhere in my mind I had it that they would be one by 2011 Christmas so I bought 12months Christmas outfits. Bad maths. Since the girls were born in November, I should have bought outfits sized for 18months. Let's just say their santa dresses were a little snug.
  2. Get the seasons right - Cute skirts in 18m size are not a steal if the girls are 18months old in May and the temperatures are still too cold for short skirts or capris or the cutest little linen tunic
  3. Get the accessories - I focused on the everyday clothes and forgot about accessories like socks, hats and gloves. That could be a costly mistake. I've seen the same pack of socks sold for $8 in-season and $2 off-season
  4. Get the accessories right - Leggings and tights can turn some summer clothes into winter clothes
  5. Get the colors right - I initially bought anything that was priced right but soon realised I had a bunch of colors that didn't go well together. Sure I can dress my kid in a green tee, purple pants and yellow shoes but I probably shouldn't.
  6. Buy complete outfits - To handle the problem above, I made sure to buy a complete outfit or matching accessories if available. This really works when shopping in the children's stores that have collections like Crazy 8, Gymboree and Gap
  7. Limit the volume - When buying heavily discounted items, it's easy to go overboard. To forestall this, I have a 64qt plastic tote for each size of clothes and a total of 5 totes. All old and new clothes have to fit into these 5 totes. The space limits helps me control the numbers and forces me to organize the old clothes before buying new ones
  8. Understand the value - When limited on space, some items are more valuable than others. High value items worth buying on sale include dresses, jeans, heavier sweaters and outerwear. Items like tee-shirts, shorts, fleece pants and sleepers are not worth buying ahead unless they are special. These will always be available for $5 or less in Carters, Walmart and even Costco. Why take up space storing them?
  9. Watch the wear - Some brands wear out better than others. Spend good money on Gymboree, Gap and OshKosh. Old Navy and the Children's Place are over-priced below-average quality brands - thats my opinion based on experience so far. Carters and Walmart have year-round sales so you'll always get good deals. Stocking up is not necessary
  10. Photo Credit with thanks
  11. Enjoy playing dress-up with the little munchkins because in a short while they will have their own opinions on fashion and refuse to wear those cute yellow shoes

2012 Lookahead

I love to start every year with prayers and a plan and 2012 is not an exception. Since there was a 2011 recap post, it seemed only fair that I have a 2012 preview post as well.

Here are a few things I'd like to do in 2012 that I'll be posting about on this blog.
  1. Introduce the girls to at least one new vegetable every month and share the winning recipe (I'm a picky eater and I don't want them to pick up my not-so-good habit. Yeah. I'm the grown woman sitting beside you in McDonalds picking all the veggies out of her burger)
  2. Continue with regular monthly development posts with less focus on the physical data
  3. Potty train the girls before their second birthday (ambitious I know)
  4. Learn to sew - I want to be able to make some pretty peasant dresses for the girls.
  5. Learn the basics of early childhood education and the Montessori system so that I can create a mind-nurturing home for my babies
  6. Start weekly excursions to paid-for-by-my-tax-dollars places like free museums, libraries, farms etc
  7. Implement the divide and conquer weekends - Daddy takes one baby, mommy takes the other and we have one on one time. Probably on a monthly schedule
  8. Teach the girls manners. It's not too early. I already get the occasional "takun" from Sugar when I give her stuff.
  9. Incorporate Christian and biblical teachings into our daily life
  10. Get the girls familiar with Yoruba language and Nigerian culture
Those are my mommy goals for the year. At first glance it looks like a lot, but I suspect it'll be more challenging for me than for the babies. Right now they're like sponges and just seem to be soaking up so much, might as well make sure they soak up the right stuff.

Easy Potato Meals for Toddlers

One of my goals this year is to expose the girls to a wide variety of vegetables. As I'm a bit of a picky eater as well, this will also be an opportunity for me to broaden my diet.

First on the list is the humble white potato. Potatoes are not a staple in our house as our diet is more rice-based. My objective was to make a potatoes that could be used as a base for other meals and also can be enjoyed by adults and toddlers alike.

I modified this from the recipe on Wholesome baby food. I sorta skimmed through and missed the part on skinning the potatoes for babies younger than 3. Luckily, the girls had no issues with the potato skins

Day 1 - Roasted Potatoes
  •  Wash and/or peel potatoes and cut into cubes
  • Add any other vegetables to the mix.  I added carrot sticks and onion wedges for flavour
  • Add spices of choice - I used a chicken-flavored bouillon cube - and toss in enough oil to coat the pieces
  • Arrange on a baking tray and bake at 350 deg for 50 minutes (Time will depend on the size of the potatoes)
  • Remove from oven and serve.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator
Day 2 - Roasted Potato Omelette
  • Melt a tablespoon of butter or butter substitute in skillet
  • Add the leftover roasted potatoes and heat for 2-3 minutes
  • Break in 2 eggs and scramble till eggs are cooked through. (1 per baby. I used 4 eggs as I was sharing the dish with them)
Day 3 - Roasted potato and beef stew
  • Put some beef or chicken stock in a small pot.
  • Add leftover potatoes and small pieces of already cooked beef.
  • Cook until beef is tender and there's very little liquid left.
  • Serve.
Day 4 - Roasted potato bolognaise
  • Same as day 3 but add some pasta sauce to the pot as well
There you have it. 4 nice meals from one base ingredient. I really liked this because it would be a good way to have quick and easy lunches for daycare or the babysitter.

What went wrong: The babies and I loved all the days except day 3. They did not like the texture of the beef so if I had to do it all over again, I'd use chicken instead. All the other days were gobbled up

What I would change: I bought a bag of small colored potatoes because I love the colors. Next time, I will buy the bigger potatoes and save on some prep time.

Disclaimer: I sorta made up the recipe names. There is no such thing as potato bolognaise but I like the fanciness of the name.

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