Says Little Engineer. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t feed it to any of you.

I have some left over frozen breastmilk that is really pushing its expiration. I was saving it for an emergency, but now that LE is approaching 2, I think we’re safe. And now that we are going “plant-based” (more on this later), I figured I would try to make LE some last milk based ice cream. When I googled breastmilk ice cream I didn’t see too many impressive recipes, so I just blended it with banana, blueberries, and spinach for a baby milkshake!

What creative things have you done with your extra breastmilk?

Originally posted on The Engineer and The Lactation Chic.


Stuff to do in Northern Virginia!

Occasionally I have people ask me what Little Engineer and I do all day. I try to plan at least one social/learning and one outdoor activity everyday. It can be as simple as a library story time and a walk to the park, but occasionally we like to mix it up!

Here is a list if some things we do in our area (Alexandria, VA). Please feel free to share your ideas – I’m always up for a new adventure!

Fort Ward – Playground and walking path

At Fort Ward with her buddy, Elaina. Elaina’s mommy and I walk a few laps and then the girls get to play – win win!

Four Mile Run – Playground and walking path

Barcroft Playground

Barcroft has the best little round spiny thing and see saw!

Fairlington Playground
Drew Park (splash ground in the Summer!)

Long branch nature center – open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5.

Chinquapin Soft Play Room ($4/kid) and Indoor Pool

Chillin’ with Viv at the Soft Playroom. It’s nothing amazing, but it does have a ball pit!

Barcroft Rec Center Playgroup ($3/adult)

It’s just a big gym with toys, but perfect for chatting with mom friends while the kids play!

Alexandria Beatley Library Story time

Shirlington Library Story time

Air and Space Museum – Planetarium Sesame Street Show and Story time – various days, but both happen on Fridays!

Holding hands with her pal, Corrine after story time.

Boogie Babes – kid concerts at the Eastern Market $5/kid

Landmark Mall (Van Dorn area) – indoor play area and train rides (train is $4/kid)

Behind our condo complex is a little duck pond and nature trail we walk. LE always finds a stick to carry around and bang on the ground. This is probably one of her favorites.

We also love to do play dates with our friends and neighbors!

Coloring with chalk with her “big kid” friend, Audrey.

Playing dress up with our neighbors, JJ and Delaney.

Things I hope to try in the next few weeks:

Natural History Museum – free butterfly exhibit on Tuesdays

American Indian Museum – Family days and play area from 10-12 Monday and Wednesday

Lebanese Taverna – kids concerts on Wednesdays at 10am in Arlington

Central library Spanish speaking story time in Arlington

Happy play time to you all!
I’d love to hear your ideas and what you like to do with your toddlers!

**Originally posted on The Engineer and Lactation Chic on January 20th, 2013.