The Smell Game

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Another breakfast on ye old card table.  Whoo hoo, vacation mode.  (We’re staying at my in-laws’ Florida home, which is normally rented out but is in between tenants, so there is no furniture.)


Henry and I play a fun game almost every morning while I cook breakfast, and today, I realized that it’s equally fun for me to play it. 


It’s called The Smell Game.


The Smell Game consists of, well, smelling foods and spices.  I say, “Look, a banana” and then Henry smells it (at this point, I just put it under his nose for a few breaths – he can’t purposefully smell stuff yet, of course).  Then I smell it, too.  When he’s older, I’m planning to tell him to close his eyes and guess what he’s smelling.   I never realized how rarely I smell the food that I’m cooking, and it makes the process so much more enjoyable. 


Today we smelled:





Coffee (AKA what makes mommy a superhero)



Good smells all around.  Now it’s time for some bad smells (AKA I’m going for a sweaty run!).



  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 11, 2012, 10:11 am

    I love that picture of Henry in this post! Too cute!!!

  • Brenda August 11, 2012, 10:14 am

    That’s actually very smart of you. The more senses you use when learning something new will help you remember it better. Say it, touch it, smell it 🙂

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets August 11, 2012, 10:15 am

    The bad smell after a run is a good thing! Means you worked hard! Thats what I tell myself at least 😉

  • Juliet August 11, 2012, 10:22 am

    He is so cute! I think he’s a total mix of you and your husband. Is that what you guys think?

    • Caitlin August 11, 2012, 12:58 pm

      I don’t think he looks like me at all. Carbon copy of the husband though.

      • caitie August 13, 2012, 7:38 am

        I think he looks so much like you!!! Especially in the chin area!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 11, 2012, 10:23 am

    Henry is getting so big! And even more handsome 🙂

    Happy Saturday!

  • Amanda August 11, 2012, 10:31 am

    Those photos of Henry are too cute!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 11, 2012, 10:37 am

    hahahaha love the smelling game!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 11, 2012, 10:56 am

    That is too cute and very clever! That monster omelette looks awesome!

  • Christy August 11, 2012, 11:29 am

    Love it! I did the same thing with my son. Now he is 2 and he always wants to smell and taste everything I am making in the kitchen. The best is lemon, lime, and grapefruit with their puckered faces! 🙂

  • Jen August 11, 2012, 11:30 am

    I LOVE that last pic of Henry! Cutest baby ever!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery August 11, 2012, 11:50 am

    That’s a cute game! Maybe he will become one of those people who has exquisite senses of smell and taste and will be able to identify everything in what he’s eating-like in the book, Blink!

  • Carly August 11, 2012, 2:12 pm

    That omelet looks delicious! 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well August 11, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Henry is getting so big! I love how animated his expressions are. He is stinking cute. Looks like a lovely weekend thus far!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 11, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Smell is definitely a huge part of tasting/enjoying food…it’s definitely a good idea to do so more often!

  • Kelly August 11, 2012, 3:40 pm

    So smart! I think a lot of us take for the granted the smells of our surroundings.

  • Presley (run pretty) August 11, 2012, 3:54 pm

    That second picture is adorable! And coffee is a miracle drink right now.

  • Clare August 11, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Henry is SO CUTE.. 😉

  • Natalie August 11, 2012, 6:40 pm

    Ah, your baby is the cutest person ever, Caitlin! And you are such an awesome mom. Lovely family you have, all around!

    Enjoy your vacation.

  • Jillian August 11, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Seriously he is WAY too cute!!!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 11, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Henry is SOO cute.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 12, 2012, 1:09 pm

    What a cute game 🙂

  • Dee August 12, 2012, 8:57 pm

    He’s really starting to look like you! 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 13, 2012, 11:23 am

    I have to admit, one of the main reasons I check your blog each day is to see pictures of Henry. Now that both of my kids are older (6 and 3), I need my baby fix and I love seeing pictures of Henry! Although I love the baby stage, I have to admit, hearing my 3 year old tell me, “Mommy, I wuv you” is also pretty awesome. Every stage of being a mother has had its challenges and rewards.

  • Brigid August 13, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I love that last picture. He’s such an adorable little old man baby. 🙂

  • Jolene ( August 13, 2012, 2:29 pm

    He looks so much like you and he is absolutely adorable! I like the smell game – fun!!

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb August 14, 2012, 11:36 am

    Might as well start training your little foodie right away! 😉
    p.s. love that last pic of him! He looks like such a perfect mix between you and your hubby!

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