Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

I’ve been in a cooking rut lately.  As in, I haven’t done much cooking at all.  I make eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and dinner…?  Well, dinner is usually the same boring chicken recipe I make or something equally as simple and not nearly as exciting and delicious as the recipe I have to share with you today.  So when the opportunity came about to review Lisa Leake’s newest cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, I jumped at the opportunity!


There’s a lot of things I love about this cookbook.  First, there are a ton of recipes to amp up my weekly meal cooking (or lack of).  The book is separated into ten sections:

  1. Supermarket Staples and Secrets
  2. Breakfast
  3. Lunch
  4. Salads
  5. Sides
  6. Snacks and Appetizers
  7. Soups and Stews
  8. Simple Dinners
  9. Special Treats
  10. Homemade Staples

The Supermarket Staples and Secret category includes cheat sheets for the grocery store, food prep ideas and storage, meal plans, and much more.  This is perfect for someone learning how to cut out processed foods and cooking more with real food.  The other sections are self explanatory, but what is so great about all of  them is that the recipes truly are EASY to make.  Time is not my friend (hello working full time and being a toddler momma!), so I need recipes that do not require tons of preparation.

As a cookbook ambassador, I get to share a recipe with you.  I am choosing the easy White Chicken Chili Recipe as it’s the first one I made and it’s awesome.  It’s hearty and fabulous for the cooler weather that is fast approaching.


White Chicken Chili Recipe

This is an easy recipe that only requires 10-15 minutes of prep time, 30 minutes of cook time, and makes 4 servings.  It’s gluten-free and nut-free.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe, freezing some for later, and sharing with friends!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
  • Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips


  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.

I knew this would be a winner, so I doubled the recipe.  A couple of other changes I made was using ground turkey meat instead of chicken and whole milk in place of heavy cream.  I topped mine with cheese, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro.  I’ve eaten it for two days straight for lunch and dinner.  That has to tell you something!


My next recipe to try is the Cinnamon Glazed Bananas.  On top of some vanilla ice cream?  Yeah, baby!

What kind of recipes are you most in need of?  For me, it’s dinner!

two and a half year old baby William

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

Yes, I did still title this post two and a half year old baby William.  The other day my dad looked at me and said, “You know he’s not a little baby anymore, right?  He’s such a little boy!”  I know; I’m well aware.  But he’ll always be my little baby.  Just look at this guy, this big boy, this handsome two and a half year old baby!


all photos in post by stephanie cotta photography

That’s definitely my most favorite picture to date.  I was extremely lucky that my sister took William’s preschool photos this year.  How she works her magic, I have no idea, but this photo is pure love.  Let’s get to little man’s update:

Height & Weight: 30ish pounds – will update after his next check-up

Eating: William eats close to the same thing on days he goes to school, so I try and include more variety into our dinners.  Here’s some of his favorites lately:

  • Breakfast: whole scrambled egg and banana with peanut butter; on days that aren’t school days, he also like french toast or pancakes
  • Lunch: sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich, cheese stick, and grapes
  • Dinner: chicken, spinach / kale balls, avocado, salmon, hamburger, etc.
  • Snacks: pouch (organic carrot apple from TJ’s is his favorite), bar, goldfish, muffins

William LOVES Chipotle.  He can eat a good portion of my bowl and it’s the only way I can get him to eat black beans, rice, and corn.  I started “making Chipotle” at home which is a similar combination to what we order at the real place.  By calling it Chipotle gets him to eat it.  Sometimes I sub quinoa for brown rice and turkey meat for chicken, but other than that it’s close to the same.  Obviously this isn’t all William eats.  Other favorites include pizza or macaroni and cheese, but I have to watch his dairy intake as he is definitely sensitive to it.  Too much or too rich of foods make him sick; he has a sensitive stomach, just like his momma.

Sleeping (naps): Naps are actually consistent these days.  They last for an hour and a half, though sometimes they’re a bit shorter if I’m the one napping him (nothing has changed there!).  He goes down around 1:00 pm.

Sleeping (at night): I don’t want to jinx anything, but dare I say sleeping is going well?  After our second round of sleep training early in the summer, William puts himself to sleep (though sometimes he does like me to lay in the room with him), stays asleep throughout the night, and wakes up at 6:30 on average.  Some days it’s 6:15, but other days it’s 6:45 which is fantastic!  The only thing that has been messing with sleep is his darn molars that are taking forever to come through.


Clothing: Mostly 2T.  His Carter’s sleepers are 3T and most of his pants are 18/24 months.  William’s shoe size is 8, though I probably need to have him measured again soon.  He’s always had big feet.

linking up with healthy diva life

New this year: So much!  William is currently enrolled in soccer which is a lot of fun.  It’s mostly about following the directions, but there are some technical drills weaved in.  He took a couple of swimming lessons over the summer.  William is talking up a storm!  He’s always talking and is so hilarious.  His imagination is seriously incredible.  I’m pretty sure he learned it completely from his cousin Audrey.  William loves reading the same books over and over again.  Sometimes he’ll read them along with me when I do and other times he will read them by himself which totally melts my heart.  He’s doing great riding his tricycle and is very independent in general.

William’s talking, memory, and ability to take in information amazes me.  He asks “why” no less than 500 times a day. He hears everything, wants to know how it all works, the reasons behind things.  He’s literally a sponge.

William makes me laugh all day long with the things he says.  “Hold on, Mom.  Hold on.  I have a question!”  In the evening before bed, “Toys open?”  No.  “Toys closed?  That’s what my teachers say.”

William likes: William loves anything relating to fire trucks, trains, tools, construction machines, soccer, baseball, books, pretend play, fishing, music, being outside, his cousins, his Yaya and Pops, and nursing.  (Yep, still going strong!)  At our house, he rides his “trucks” pretending they are fire trucks or pretending he’s going to fix something like Bob the Builder.  He loves playing in his kitchen, pretending to call his cousins, or playing doctor.  His mind is always going.  Audrey slept over last weekend, and William woke up extra early, but was still half asleep as he said, “Audrey here?”  He’s woken up in the middle of the night, clearly in the middle of a dream, saying things like, “Hit the ball!” or “Yaya and Pops house?”

William dislikes: William has a harder time sharing his toys when we’re at our house.  If he needs to share a toy when he is at school or at a friend’s house, he is much better, but there’s something about his own toys.  I’m sure (I hope) he’ll grow out of this phase.


He’s my little man, definitely a momma’s boy, and my favorite person in the world.  My heart couldn’t be fuller with this one in my life!

Mommas, tell me, what should I expect these next six months?

toddler friends

Since I’m still catching up from not blogging over the summer, I wanted to share more highlights that didn’t make it on the blog yet.  Just like I wrote a “friends are important” post sharing moments I had with my girl friends throughout the summer, I wanted to do the same for William.  And toddler friends are important.  Friendships develop at an early age.  Obviously most (all) of his friends are because I’m friends with the mommas, but still!  It is really fun watching our toddlers become friends, especially now that they are playing with each other instead of just parallel play.  Here are the particularly adorable moments from the summer:

dylan sept16

William and Dylan kissing.  Is there anything sweeter?

wolf guitar aug16

Wolf and William, best buds!  They’ve literally been friends since William was just a few months old.  They see each other and Facetime on a regular basis.  We were reading a book the other day about owls and William started naming the owls.  “William, Wolfie, Julie (Wolf’s mom), and momma!”  They were jamming out here together.  And don’t worry, my tv is no longer on the ground; I have a stand. 😉


These darlings were at a Fourth of July parade together (could you tell?).  I love how festive they all are!

carly aug16

William’s girlfriend, Carly.  These babes have been an item for years (ok, slightly over two years).  Their slide show for their wedding is coming together quite nicely.  William and Carly have also gone to school together since the beginning.

wolf zev asher sept16

Boys will be boys!  It’s nice that they’ll actually stand and pose for a picture these days.  Sometimes simultaneous smiles are difficult to come by, but they sure were trying!  I’m pretty sure I offered, “If you want a cookie, stand against this wall!”  Hey, whatever works.


William and Leo racing for the ball!  They’re just four weeks apart, and I’ve worked with Leo’s momma for eight years.  We were obviously pregnant together, and it’s been fun to share stories since they go through the same age-based phases together.

emily tjs aug16

Since we started with a kissing picture, I thought we’d end on one, as well.  This is Emily, William’s runner-up girlfriend.  Emily’s momma, Diana, is one of my best friends, who happens to live in my neighborhood and teach at the same school as me.  Since we have summers off together, these two lovebirds spent a lot of time together, including grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Are you still friends with people from your childhood?  My first friend was Annette; we met in toddlers when we were two and still remain very close today!

Sante Fitness and Wellness GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to participate in a rooftop twilight yoga session at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, hosted by Sante Fitness and Wellness, with other local influencers and friends.


All photos in post taken by local photographer Megan Magray.

The view was spectacular, the yoga was relaxing, and the entire experience was perfect.  I love love love being outside, and I definitely don’t make enough time in my life for yoga.  It was fun to see a couple of familiar faces, Clare and Katie, who I hadn’t seen in awhile.

clare katie

We reconnected and took obligatory blogger photos together.

linking up with healthy diva life

Our hosts really went all out for us. They provided a lovely spread of fruits and vegetables, had refreshing cucumber water, made delicious smoothies that are offered at Sante (the “thinny mint” was the best!), and ensured each detail was attended to for making our visit unforgettable.


Sante Fitness and Wellness focuses on Fitness, Wellness, and Balance for their members.  They have state-of-the-art fitness equipment, wifi, complimentary locker service and covered parking.  Their facility is exquisite and spacious with 18,000 square feet.

It was the perfect night for yoga.  It was a clear evening with temperatures celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  We had time before yoga began to enjoy the views, stretch out, and chat with one another.


The energy was casual and relaxed, just as yoga should be, and our instructor from Sante, Ashley, did a great job feeding off the mood.  She let us know this would be an average yoga class; it was fine for beginners, and more advanced yogis had the options to take the poses to the next level.


Being so busy with the beginning of school, yoga felt particularly good to be able to focus on nothing more than breathing, stretching, holding poses, letting go mentally, and taking in the beautiful scenery.  It was just what I needed!


As class continued, the sun was setting which was magnificent from the rooftop.  Apparently Sante Fitness and Wellness hosts rooftop classes every month, and not just yoga either!  Spinning is another option that would be a lot of fun to take.  For my participation in the event, I received a free week at Sante. I’m trying to figure out a good time to utilize it, so I can go a few times.  There are additional group fitness classes that they offer that I’d love to try including yoga, pilates, kettlebell, cycle, aqua, and more.  The facility is beautiful and they have a few different membership options, as well as student rates.


Our view on the rooftop by the end of yoga.

One lucky Itz Linz reader will win a one-month Gold Membership at Sante Fitness and Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to try Sante (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

Be sure to comment on this post to have the extra entries counted!  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm CST.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, October 7, 2016.  Winner must be a local resident, age 18 or older, and be able to redeem membership by 12/31/16.

Congrats to Drew! Enjoy your month at Sante!

Disclaimer: Through my partnership with ALIVE Influencer Network, I was provided the yoga class and one week to Sante free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

friends are important

Friends are important. All the time, no matter who you are, how old you are, what stage of life you’re in, how long you’ve been friends, or how the friendship developed; the bottom line is: friends are important.  Friendships develop very early on, but just because you grow older, they don’t stop.  Friends change, just as people do, but true friendships last no matter the time that goes in between seeing or talking or the distance that may keep you apart.  I have friends that I’ve known my entire life and also friends that I’ve made in the last year.  I have friends from my childhood, high school, college, previous jobs, current coworkers, playgroup, etc.

As I was scrolling through the photos in my phone, I was smiling remembering the time spent with my friends throughout these past couple of months when I wasn’t blogging and thought today was a good day to share some of these snapshots.

steph sara julie

On Saturday night, a few of us had an impromptu girls night out.  I picked up my sister Stephanie on the way out, and as she entered my car, she said noticed, “Do we have the exact same outfit on?!”  Not planned!  Then, when we met Sara and Julie out, we saw their outfits were almost identical, as well.  Not planned either.  Friends who stick together dress the same?  Or something like that.  We had a wonderful evening, talking, and laughing until there were tears in our eyes.


I’m lucky in that I get to teach with ladies who have become some of my closest friends.  It’s funny to spend over 40 hours a week with each other during the school year, and then not see them very often over the summer.  We planned a couple girls night outs, so we didn’t go the entire two months without!

caitlin july16

Caitlin and I met when we were 15 hostessing at First Watch.  Despite going to different high schools, colleges, and living in different states the last ten years, we’ve remained close as ever.  Now that Caitlin is back in St. Louis, it’s like we were never apart, and we get to have as much fun now (or more?) than we did when we were 15!

linking up with katie and erin 

mara rachel julie steph jen

When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to join a playgroup to be able to connect with other women going through the same thing I was.  Little did I know, these girls would become some of my closest friends.  Two and a half years later, we continue to plan play dates, celebrate special occasions, share / question / discuss the ins and outs of being mommas to our littles.

caitlin heather angel

Another amazing thing about friends is when friends from different areas of your life get together.  These were some girls during my birthday celebration and they only know each other through me.  We had such a fun night and everyone got along great.

julie mara sara jen

Maintaining and making time for friends can be challenging.  Everyone is busy, so putting in time and effort is required.  It’s not to say that you’re not friends with those who you may not speak with on a regular basis.  I have many friends who we have phone dates every so often or we see each other maybe just once a year due to location, but it’s always as though no time has passed.  Friendships are strong and I’m grateful to have so many important friendships in my life.  Obviously, many of my friends are not pictured in this post, but looking through past pictures was a nice reminder of how I’m surrounded by loving, smart, caring, and inspiring ladies.

In a time where the world can be a scary place, friends (and family) are more important than ever.  Reach out to those you love and keep in touch! 🙂

back to school 2016

School has been in session for about a month now, so I thought I should finally get around to blogging about it.  Blogging has obviously taken a bit of a hiatus recently.  I’ve missed it but have had little motivation to blog, if that makes sense.  I miss writing, I miss sharing tidbits of our lives, and I miss being held accountable for living a healthy(ish) lifestyle to post about.  Last night I decided was as good of a time as any to get started again.  Right when I opened up wordpress, it felt as though I never “left.”  I’m excited to start blogging on a somewhat regular basis again.  I’m not exactly sure what that will look like, but more than once every month or so, for sure.

(Over the weekend I blogged about a sweet and salty fall trail mix that I did for Brach’s, in case you missed it.)

Let’s talk about back to school 2016.  Summer flew by, as always, and the new school year approached quickly.  William is almost two and a half now.  Little man on the first day of school:

first day of school aug16

How is he already acting embarrassed of his momma taking first day of school photos?  Baby, this is just the beginning, so you better get used to it!  We actually took a photo the first few days of school, and you’ll see he was all smiles for those.  William is thriving at school!  He has been at this same place since he was a baby, so he’s definitely familiar which is a good thing for him.  He’s been with most of the kids in his class for a couple of years, too.  It puts me at ease knowing he is at a place where he is so well taken care of and learning everyday.  It’s even more fun now that William is talking so much, since he can tell me specifics about his day!

The beginning of my school year is going well, too.

first day of school 2016

I’m teaching fourth grade for the fourth year in a row and am at the same school I’ve been at for eight years.  I love love love the school and my team.  Nichole, Kristen, and I are just missing Maggie who is still on maternity leave.  It’s hard going back to work after having summer off, but there’s nobody else I’d rather spend it with than these gals!  And my darlings this school year are pretty great, as well.  The beginning of the school year is always so refreshing and I really enjoy getting to know my students and building the community in our classroom.

William has turned into a real little boy.

school aug16

When I call him a baby, he tells, “Not baby, Mommy.  I’m a big boy!”  Oh, be still my heart.

Most days, he’ll smile for a photo for me before walking into school.  Some days he even requests that I go in the picture with him.

smile aug16

I’ll never say no to that!

William went through a phase where he was bringing his sunglasses into school.  Later, I found out he was literally wearing them all day long.  Silly baby.

sunglasses aug16

He’s just so darn cute!

Life is good for me and William.  We’re crazy busy now that school is back in session, but we’re finding our balance and getting into our routine once again.  And we’re happy.

smile sept16

We’re so happy.  Because life is good.

What’s been going on with YOU? I’ve missed hearing from all of you!

sweet and salty fall trail mix

This sweet and salty fall trail mix is the perfect treat for when the weather begins to cool, the leaves start to change colors, and pumpkins begin appearing every time you turn.  Heck, this sweet and salty fall trail mix is good any time of year, but it’s especially festive in the fall.  How ’bout that?

sweet salty fall trail mix

When Brach’s candy corn miraculously make their way to store shelves letting the general American public that Halloween is near (just two months away), it’s no surprise that a bag (or eight) make it home with me.  However, I’ve always been a big believer in practicing moderation.  So instead of downing the whole bag in one sitting, I mix the sugary goodness with a few other items.  Then, it takes longer for me to finish my stash and run back to the store for more.  Genius, I tell ya.

sweet salty trail mix

This particular sweet and salty fall trail mix has the perfect combination of sweet and salty and chewy and crunchy to satisfy any and all cravings.  Brach’s has a “mellowcreme autumn mix” bag that is seriously the best of every world.  It has regular candy corn, chocolate candy corn, and those cute little pumpkins.  So much goodness in one bag.

fall trail mix

Sweet and Salty Fall Trail Mix


  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup Brach’s mellowcreme autumn mix
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Store in an airtight container.

sweet and salty fall trail mix

That, my friends, is how we kick off fall in the sweetest way possible.

What’s your favorite part about fall?

Macy’s Back To School Shopping Party

How is school starting already?!  I know, I know, I can’t complain too much since I, as a teacher, actually get summers off to enjoy,  but still!  I know my other teacher friends and mommas sending kiddos back to school feel my pain here!  I’m back in my classroom today unloading boxes, putting up bulletin boards, writing on name tags, and getting everything organized for the upcoming year.  While I have been cherishing every moment of summer, the new school year does bring lots of excitement, as well.  I’m not ready to leave my William to go to work again, but seeing the faces of my new students eager to learn does make me feel good.

Luckily, this awesome Macy’s Back To School Shopping Party is here to make the end of summer a little more fun.   William and I will be attending the St. Louis event since our clothes during the summer are a bit more casual than school. 😉

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William will need something a little more substantial to wear to school, even though his ‘smile’ onesie is too cute.  And even more so with his curls flying while he runs full force through the neighborhood at 7:00 am!

So what exactly does the Macy’s Back To School Shopping Party consist of?  Well, clearly Macy’s wants you to do your back to school shopping at their store, but they’re going to make it way more fun than usual.  It’s 90’s themed (OH YES!) and they’ll have beauty makeovers, they’ll give styling tips, and they’ll show you all the new fashion must haves!  There will also be some sweet treats and a photobooth, which you know William and I will be all over! And… it’s a FREE event!

The St. Louis Macy’s Back To School Shopping Party will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the West County Mall.  But, there will be these events nationwide, so be sure to find out when it’s coming near you!  (See a full list HERE.)

I’ll be bringing along my own personal fashionista.

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My sister Stephanie.  I’ve been stealing borrowing her clothes since they 90’s, so it only makes sense I bring her to this event.  I’m sure she’ll pick up a few back to school outfits for Jacob and Audrey, too.  (Though the real reason I’m bringing her is so she can tell me what to buy.  Obviously.)

Here’s the official photo for the event:


So I guess overalls are back in?  See?  I know nothing about fashion or “what’s in.”  I’m always late to the game in that department and sometimes never hop on the latest trends.  Hopefully Stephanie and the style experts at Macy’s can help guide me in the right direction.  For now, I’ll leave William to be the one sporting overalls until I can get some more clarification.

william 2 years old

St. Louis friends, I hope to see you there!  (HERE is all the information & details!)

Is school starting soon for you or your kids?  Are you ready?!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

introducing kidzxplor

Moms!  (And nannies and grandmas and aunts and friends and anyone else who is a caretaker for a kiddo or anyone who needs the best gift ever!)  I have literally discovered the coolest thing for kids and moms alike.  You all know me.  You know how active I like to stay.  Especially during the summer when we have more free time than usual, I’m always looking for new and exciting activities and events to bring William to.  We’ve done our fair share of exploring St. Louis this summer, but it just got easier and less expensive, believe it or not.

Introducing kidzxplor!


kidzxplor is a simple way for parents to expose their children to exciting new activities and experiences, like art, music, fitness, open play, cooking and theater, all included in a low monthly membership fee. This web and app-based service allows a member to book classes with no long term commitment, when you want it, helping you to unlock your child’s passion and potential.

I love signing up William for various classes and events around town, but let’s be real.  That can add up very quickly!  Not to mention hidden membership costs on top of the fee of each class!  This is one of the reasons kidzxplor is so amazing and so worth it.  You pay $99 per month (and siblings receive a reduced rate of $59 per month!) and receive unlimited classes for the many businesses that have partnered up with kidzxplor.

As a BETA tester, I received a few classes free of charge, but next summer, you better believe I’ll be signing up for all three months I’m off school.  Since I’m a working mom, I probably will not sign up throughout the year, especially while William is so young, just due to time restraints as we would probably only be able to do one class a week (on the weekends).  However, as William gets older and is able to stay up later and more classes become available, it is definitely something I would consider.  However, in the summer or for stay at home moms, I cannot recommend it enough!

So far, we’ve done two classes.  The first was at Gymboree which is a kid’s gym.

gymboree july16

During the class, there was plenty of time for free play on the equipment, but there were also parts that were structured and led by a teacher.  Gymboree really encourages imaginative play, so the kids pretended to ride a horse, have a horse tail, and feed the horse.  (Obviously, horses were the theme of the day.)  It was fun to see William use his imagination.  His “horse tail” kept falling off, so he was constantly checking to make sure it was still there.  So funny!  Usually with Gymboree (and other gym classes), you have to pay a membership fee on top of the cost of class.  Plus, you commit to every week, and if you need to cancel you have some restrictions for rescheduling.

Kidzplor is awesome because you can check out a place like Gymboree without paying the membership fee and without committing.  Of course if you end up loving it, you are more than welcome to sign up on your own, or you can do a few classes each month while still maintaining your non-committal schedule.  Even better, you can sign up for a class through kidzxplor as soon as two hours prior to the class starting.  So one Sunday when we had no plans, I checked the schedule and saw Gymboree was available early in the morning.  It was perfect to get out of the house, stay active, and have fun!

Another place we checked out thanks to Kidzplor is Little Fishes Swim School.

littlefishes july16

Little Fishes has been our favorite so far!  They have three salt water pools and teach kids to swim.  William and I do the classes together right now until he is able to master a few skills; then he will level up and be in the water on his own with the instructor.  William is usually VERY clingy to me in the water, but did AWESOME during his first class!  He was swimming to and with his teacher, jumping off the side to him, and was smiling the whole time!

At William’s age, Little Fishes mission is to get kids to be comfortable in the water and teach them basic skills, so they are able to stay safe in the water.  Most likely, we will be signing up for classes to Little Fishes on our own.  If it weren’t for kidzxplor, I’m not sure we ever would have tried a class or made the commitment.

Right now, kidzxplor is launching in St. Louis on August 1, 2016.  Soon, it will be launching in other cities nationwide.  Be sure to like the kidzxplor Facebook page to stay up to date on information, see when new partnerships are made, and to learn when kidzxplor is available elsewhere!  Mommas in St. Louis, you HAVE to sign up for kidzplor in a few days.  I cannot recommend it enough!

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William’s First Cardinals Game

William’s first Cardinals game was on July 4th.  It had been raining for the past several days, but seemed to let up a bit on the Fourth.  Sure enough, on our way down to Busch Stadium, the rain picked up again causing a rain delay.  We killed some time at the Science Center which was just as fun for William.  Finally, when it was almost game time, we made it to the stadium.  And who else to take William to his very first Cardinals game, but Yaya and Pops, of course!

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William was a champ and made it through seven and a half innings!  Yaya did a lot of entertaining as well as giving him a play by play of what exactly he was seeing.

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That was William’s face / answer to, “Are you having fun?” as he excitedly shouted YES!  The people behind us even commented how happy he was and how great he was doing at the game.


William wore his very own personalized Cardinals shirt which was made by A Child’s Boutique.  Keri, the owner, is wonderful and said this is the most popular Cardinals design, but she can make any shirt / outfit.  This is who Stephanie always uses to make her kids’ personalized shirts.

William cheered for the Cardinals with Yaya and Pops.

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We had a fourth seat for him to sit on, but he mostly sat on laps.  The extra seat was nice to have a little extra space and it gave him some standing room.  In between innings, we either went down to the dugout to try and catch a ball or Yaya gave him Superman rides!

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He was seriously so full of smiles and laughter the entire game!

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Think he had fun?

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Do you remember your first baseball game?