Henry Eats + Bedroom Makeover

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I’ve been trying to take pictures of Henry meals because a few readers have requested some toddler eats ideas. But it appears that Henry is in a rut because most of his plate feature beets, watermelon, and cheese.


Here are a few more exciting meals:


Eggs with spinach (gotta get in those greens – veggies are hard these days!) and melon.


Spinach, eggs, lentils, watermelon, toast. He went through a week where he was really into Ranch dressing – as long as food had Ranch on it, he’d eat it. Momma feels the same way, Henry…


Asparagus, roasted butternut squash, and potatoes au gratin. That meal was a hit!


One thing that has helped with meals is I give him the least-desirable food first. Potatoes always get put on the plate after veggies. 🙂


I’ve read food ruts are totally normal for toddlers, so I try not to stress over it when he refuses to eat certain things or prefers to eat fruits for days on end. Little tricks like serving food in courses; providing nut butter or hummus for dipping; and putting a drizzle of yummy sauces on food helps, too.  Also, he eats a green smoothie with nut butter everyday for some veggies, protein, and fats.


This morning, I thought I’d make him something extra fun for breakfast – BALLS!


I based this recipe on my old Flax-Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls recipe, but I subbed out the salsa and flax (didn’t have any) for chopped cheese and fresh cilantro.


When I served this, I proclaimed, “Look! Little balls for you to eat!” He loved it.


He really loved smashing it…


And eventually, eating it.


I had the balls, too, but with two fried eggs. Perfect!


Bedroom Makeover


I haven’t had too much time to do DIY (my bathroom is STILL half stenciled!) but I did utilize an extra-long baby nap to make some easy upgrades to our bedroom.


I hung curtains!  I got them at Home Goods… AKA the best place on Earth.



I got a new bedspread from West Elm… I like it.  I’m not normally a blue person, but it’s pretty.  I need something over the bed but I’m at a loss.


Also, I kind of regret our low-bed purchase. I see pictures of beds with big, grand headboards and feel bed envy. 🙂


Maggie likes it, though.  Easier to get up and down.


I cleaned off our dresser and pared down our book collection.


That framed picture is our wedding invite!  And the art above the dresser had been on our floor for months – Henry used it as a wiggling saucer. 😉


And last, but not least – NEWBORN pictures! I finally got them in a frame and on the wall.  And before Henry went to college.  A miracle.


I wish I hadn’t waited so long to tidy up the bedroom.  I guess we paid more attention to the rooms that guests saw, but it’s nice to have a peaceful retreat.


What are your kiddos eating? Any funny food ruts (I can’t believe he’s obsessed with beets!)? Any decorating sprees? What about half-finished projects? My bathroom is kind of embarrassing…



  • Katie September 25, 2013, 9:37 am

    My bedroom is a disaster! I can’t seem to make everything fit, or throw anything away! I’m waiting for a super miserable winter day and then I swear I’ll clean it and organize it. With the beautiful fall weather in MN I’m not wasting a day inside!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 25, 2013, 9:53 am

    This makes me want to go clean our bedroom…

    Yours looks great! I love the subtle texture of the curtains!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 25, 2013, 9:55 am

    Haha I don’t have a kid but I’m always in food ruts!

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow September 25, 2013, 10:10 am

    I’m tempted to take a picture of my bedroom (and the rest of the house, for that matter!) in this before-baby time. That way, when I’m wondering how to get everything done with a baby, I’ll remember that I didn’t get everything done WITHOUT a baby, and to take a chill pill!

  • SuperCutePetContest September 25, 2013, 10:16 am

    It’s amazing how making just a few changes can make a room look really different. The last time my husband and I moved our bedroom was the first room I decorated. It was really nice to have a place to get away when the rest of the place was still full of boxes! <3 it!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 25, 2013, 10:21 am

    My bedroom is usually the cleanest part of the house because we really try to just go in there when we are going to bed! Of course, it is the one room that no one else sees! lol

  • Kendra September 25, 2013, 10:57 am

    I find it so hard to get my toddler to eat veggies. When he first started with finger foods he seemed to love them. Even around Henry’s age it wasn’t too bad but now? Fuhgetaboutit! I love your idea for smoothies. Can you share some combos that you put together? Do you make one for the adults and one for the toddler or are they the same for all? For protein do you add protein powder or let the nut butters do the trick?

    So many questions… 😉

    • molly September 25, 2013, 12:58 pm

      Second this! I would love a really really idiot-proof smoothie guide for toddlers. I.e. proportions, etc (I am work about 12 hrs a day so when I get home I lack the energy to experiment).

  • Katie @ peacebeme September 25, 2013, 11:05 am

    I love blue! It’s the most calming color. Those curtains look great.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 25, 2013, 11:11 am

    I’m in serious need of a new bed/headboard ideas as well! I want one of those big comfy cozy beds like in the magazines or on Pinterest! 😉

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad September 25, 2013, 11:25 am

    I am ignoring my apartments lack of decor. I just don’t have the desire to put money and effort into our place now since I know it is temporary. We are hoping to buy a house when our lease is up in June. So we have pictures just leaning against walls instead of actually up on the wall. I can’t wait until I can actually decorate and make a space our own. It is fun to see what you are doing and get some ideas.

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 25, 2013, 11:27 am

    LOVE the curtains! Great addition for sure. I was/am the same way with our bedroom… We just barely painted and hung stuff on the walls several months ago after being in our house for three years. Whoops.

  • D September 25, 2013, 11:36 am

    You could use cardboard and duct tape to create a slip over frame for your current headboard…then you could do an upholstery with some sort of batting under it to create a large upholstered headboard. It may help you mind the low profile of the bed less and help with the over the bed decor.

    • Caitlin September 25, 2013, 12:08 pm

      Good idea!!

    • Margaret September 25, 2013, 5:10 pm

      This may or may not be doable to work around the short headboard you have that appears to be attached to the frame, but what I did (my bed only has the basic frame to hold the mattress, nothing else) to make a headboard is buy 2 paint canvases (30 inches across – so x2 = 5 feet to fit the width of a queen), and cover that with foam, and then fabric stapled to the back of the canvas frame. Really cheap, super light weight to attach to the wall (instead of having to attach it to the bedframe somehow), and quick and easy to make.

  • Laura September 25, 2013, 11:38 am

    We are currently in the middle of a DIY project in our living/dining room. We are installing a board and batten look on the walls a la younghouselove and I’m loving it so far! We put up the wood over the weekend (took us WAY longer than it should have to figure our the angles for the bay windows) and need to finish spackling the nail holes, caulk and finally paint everything. I can’t wait to see how it looks when we finish. My family is coming to visit 10/5 so my goal is to have it completed by then!

  • Corrie Anne September 25, 2013, 11:49 am

    Ooooo! I love that chandelier!! Pretty!!!!!

  • Abby September 25, 2013, 12:24 pm

    My 2.5 right now eats a huge breakfast, a little lunch and hardly touches her dinner.
    I don’t stress about it at all. We are always praising her for listening to her body.
    In 2.5 years I have seen all kinds of phases! Now my 1 year old will eat everything in sight!

  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports September 25, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Your toddler officially eats better than I do… the shame! Henry’s green smoothie a day is a habit I definitely need to work on picking up.

  • Kelley September 25, 2013, 12:39 pm

    I have bed headboard envy too. Oh well. Your bedroom is so pretty!

    Love the food ideas for Henry! Might have to try some of those!

  • Zulkey September 25, 2013, 1:30 pm

    I’m trying to get Paul to eat more finger foods–that’s a good idea about introducing things in “courses.” Yesterday I put sweet potato, noodles and broccoli, banana and watermelon all on his tray at once. The banana and watermelon got eaten and everything else went on the floor for the dog. Next time I’ll try saving the fruit for last! We’re also transitioning from formula and bottles to sippy cups and milk. So far he’s taking to the cow’s milk more than the sippy cups. Exciting times. ( I am mostly sarcastic.)

    • Kattrina September 25, 2013, 2:31 pm

      I can’t get my son to stop giving 3/4 of his meal to the dog either. I now only put a small bit on his plate so he has less to throw. I wish I could say it helped, but it doesn’t really. It is so frustrating!

  • Jennifer September 25, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I don’t have any kids of my own, but I am a PreK teacher, and I have a kid that refuses to eat solid food. He will put away some baby food (especially Mangoes or Chicken and Rice), but he can sense when solid food is in the mix, and he will not open his mouth for anything. Any ideas?

    • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 7:51 am

      So it’s a texture thing? Have the parents talked to their doctor?

  • Kattrina September 25, 2013, 2:42 pm

    For some reason feeding my son is super difficult (he just turned one this month). I really never thought that it would be hard, but for some reason I really struggle with it. And it doesn’t help that my son isn’t gaining enough weight and is falling behind in the growth charts. It makes me even more obsessed with feeding him. So, I have tried to map out a plan of different foods to have on hand and this is what is in our current rotation (a lot of it is frozen and I pull it out when I need it):

    Breakfast: pumpkin muffins (homemade), oatmeal with banana and molasses, frozen waffles (chia seeds and whole wheat), homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs

    Lunch/Dinner: lentil cakes, spinach and quinoa patties, butternut squash soup, tomato soup, meatballs and tomato sauce (special recipe with squash, spinach and molasses in it), polenta, pasta with sauce or olive oil, homemade mac and cheese, Israeli couscous with spinach (this is a frozen bag in the vegetable aisle), scrambled eggs and corn tortillas

    Snacks/Sides: cheese, rice cakes, yogurt, fruit, Anne’s Bunny Grahams, hummus, homemade refried beans, tortillas, toast with butter

    I have a list and then every day when I pack his lunch I pick things from the list to give him. I then pick something for my husband to feed him for dinner (I am usually still at work). I’d say he eats breakfast the best, then lunch, and by dinner the majority of the food is given to the dog.

    Who knew feeding a toddler would be so hard!!!???

    • Jackie September 25, 2013, 10:45 pm

      Kattrina – just wanted to say – I hear ya! I’ve had the same issues with my now 19-month old (ie, he keeps falling in the weight charts). I promised myself when he turned one I wouldn’t stress about it anymore. And I didn’t for awhile…

      But I’m stressing again (grrrr), as he straight-up refuses to eat sometimes. He’ll take a couple bites then say an emphatic, “done!” and not eat anymore.

      I felt comforted today when I talked to my mom group of 6 other moms (with kids 1 – 4 YO) and every. single. one. of them said they had food issues at some point. I honestly believe toddlers who are consistently awesome eaters are the outliers.

      So hang in there! (And I will, too!)

      • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 7:54 am

        It’s my understanding that at one, they are *just* beginning to transition totally to solids. Henry also skips a lot of dinners. I’m sorry your son is falling behind on the growth charts… Henry is in the 14% for weight, so although I can’t entirely relate, I know the feeling of “oh my god is he too small!” But are you and your husband small? Everytime I worry about Henry, I think that I’m 120 pounds and my husband is 140 soaking wet… Henry isn’t destined to be big.

        Have you tried coconut oil? Henry eats that by the spoonful and it’s obviously super calorie dense.

        • Kattrina September 26, 2013, 8:57 am

          Thanks Jackie and Caitlin – glad I’m not the only one stressed out.

          My husband and I are both on the small side, so my son will most likely be small too. I wouldn’t be as worried if he had been born small and stayed small – the problem is he’s getting smaller. He was at the 25% for weight then dropped to 15% and now is below 10%. And his head isn’t growing, which can be a sign of lack of calories. The pediatrician is a little concerned but thinks it’s more genetics than nutrition – so she’s waiting to see what happens before becoming too concerned. She recommended giving him a higher-fat diet – like you suggested Caitlin – butter, cheese, cream-based soups, coconut oil, etc. I am hoping that works. And I’m trying to be on top of feeding him, so he has every opportunity to eat that he wants. It is true what they say – you start worrying the minute you get pregnant and it never stops!

          • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 9:44 am

            I have a friend who uses a medical dropper to give her son shots of olive oil 🙂 He likes it.

            Good luck, Kattrina. I hope everything is okay.

  • Emily September 25, 2013, 2:47 pm

    I need to check out Home Goods, I’ve been hearing so many good things out in blog-land. I don’t think we have one in the city. I personally love the low-set beds! But I’m a shortie and hate climbing up on our big thing all the time. First world problems, I suppose.

    Squish is on a major fruit-and-veggie-only kick right now. But he did pound down some Applegate salami the other day, so I think he’s just bored with our current meal offerings.

  • Kim September 25, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Its pretty sad of you to shut of comments on a post that engaged many – and not even comment on it.

    Why is it so hard for bloggers to take any criticism or negative feedback? It is less interesting to read and engage with you now since you are totally moderating away any form of questioning or commenting. Why?

    I am sure you will moderate this away too. Its a shame really. People make the effort to read your blogs and you cannot engage with them or let them say what they like.

    • Caitlin September 25, 2013, 3:43 pm

      I only turned off the comments when people started name-calling. This is a violation of my comment policy and I don’t really know what people expected would happen. I don’t have the time or the inclination to deal with that. I like discussion but let’s be honest… that’s not what it was about and you and I both know it.

      Thanks for continuing to send me traffic even though my blog is so much less interesting than it was before!

      • D September 25, 2013, 5:18 pm

        It’s your right to turn off comments or remove any that do not add positive feedback for you or your readers…it is your blog. Readers sometimes forget that I guess.

        • Caitlin September 25, 2013, 6:26 pm

          I don’t feel like it has to be positive per say but constructive and mature, yes.

      • Kate September 26, 2013, 1:04 am

        Holy cow! Did I miss something? I feel like you really just lashed out at Kim for no good reason. I was also wondering why the Udi’s comments were closed.

        But the bedroom looks great! I love how you repurposed Henry’s rug as wall art…so creative!

  • D September 25, 2013, 5:15 pm

    or if you did not want upholstered…you could maybe take some inspiration from this.
    If you painted the boards to contrast or match your current wood of course.

  • Janelle September 25, 2013, 5:15 pm

    Didn’t Henry have a dairy issue? (Not sure if I remember that correctly.) Did he grow out of it?

    Those sweet potato balls sound yummy!

    • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 7:30 am

      YES! Thankfully. We introduced dairy around 1 year and he had no problems. I was soooooooo grateful. He loves cheese!

      • Janelle September 26, 2013, 12:54 pm


  • AJ September 25, 2013, 5:34 pm

    You have a beautiful home Caitlin!

    • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 7:30 am


  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 25, 2013, 6:17 pm

    I, too, will eat anything with ranch on it. Especially pizza.

  • Ali September 25, 2013, 6:18 pm

    I forgot about the sweet potato and black bean veggie balls. I had made those into veggie burgers a while back and that sounds perfect for supper tonight!

  • charitydawn September 25, 2013, 6:39 pm

    Alexander is eating a whole wack of new foods. Usually we’ll have waffles or cereal for breakfast, dinner is usually eggs and veggies or chicken and veggies with apple sauce and supper is usually a veggie and bean mash with baby cereal mixed in. (hubby does supper times since I work nights) He has recently ventured onto whole apples (not apple sauce) and pizza. He still does not like pasta though.
    He loves tomatoes and all fruit. Our veggie mash is sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, chick peas, cauliflower, and sometimes spinach. He gets loads of veggies in.
    As for the home renovation does completely clearing out our basement and organizing everything count?

  • Amina @Furiously Writing September 25, 2013, 8:20 pm

    I know what you mean about food ruts. I love to make these healthy “cookies” for my toddler

    They are a breeze to make, can be eaten at any temperature, and travel well. Protein, whole grains, and fruit — perfect for my sometimes fussy toddler.

  • Amber K September 25, 2013, 8:45 pm

    My bed is actually on the floor. Well, I have the box-spring under it, but otherwise I love being so close to the floor. Makes it easier to force myself out of bed in the morning, lol.

  • Cassie September 25, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I sent you a question on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, but I guess you didn’t see it. You probably get a lot of tweets. Anyway, I made your sweet potato and baked bean wontons. They were delicious! I never would have thought of that combo on my own.

    This was the first time I was using wonton wrappers (or whatever they’re called). Mine wouldn’t stay closed. Do you put a LOT of water on when you pinch them closed? Or do you pinch them really hard? Maybe I needed to pinch them more. I was afraid I’d rip them if I did it too hard.

    I have a ton of wonton wrappers leftover, so I’m going to try them again, and maybe try some other combos with the sweet potatoes.

    • Caitlin September 26, 2013, 7:30 am

      The keys I think are pinching really hard and putting a decent amount of water on them before sealing. Also, don’t overstuff. That’s probably why they broke. 🙂

      Sorry I missed this Q on Twitter 🙂

      • Cassie September 26, 2013, 4:35 pm


  • Annika September 26, 2013, 10:47 am

    Can you please post the green smoothie recipe you make for Henry? I have a one year old and would like to make it as well. Thanks!

  • Alicia September 27, 2013, 10:48 am

    Hey Caitlyn! Question for you, I remember a while back reading about Henry having a milk allergy/ intolerance as a baby. I remember you cut out all dairy and I was thinking gosh that must be so hard to do. Well I just had a baby girl in July and she has a milk allergy/intolerance. And now I’m dairy free, something I’m happy to do to keep breastfeeding my daughter. My question is when did Henry grow out of this intolerance? How did you assess whether or not he did grow out of it? Maybe you could do a post on it, or of course you can just answer here!? Thanks for your time, Henry is precious and you’re doing a great job with him!

    • Caitlin September 27, 2013, 11:56 am

      At 12 months, we just gave him cheese and he was fine… no reaction or bloody stools.

  • Jill Will Run September 27, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Do you give Henry the green smoothies in pouches or something like that? I should do that for my little girl, she is barely 13-months. She’s a major cheese-fiend, but she was getting constipated from eating so much of it! Food ruts are so easy to fall into, I don’t want to be overly authoritarian about food (recovering from ED) but I also don’t want to be completely lax. And she’s little, below the 5th percentile on the weight charts, so I want to make sure I’m getting enough healthy fats and proteins in her diet. I’m going to try to make those balls for her, she likes the Alexia frozen sweet potato puffs (smashed, of course) so those might go over well. Plus, extra fiber with the beans! 🙂

    Henry is adorable, I’m sure you get it all the time (probably just count up in the comments on this post) but I appreciate reading about your experiences with him since he’s just a little older than my girl!

    • Caitlin September 30, 2013, 8:51 am

      He drinks them with a straw out of a cup!

  • james@craftsman style home builder midlothian September 30, 2013, 3:30 am

    Caitlin, this is a beautiful dresser I’ve seen ever in my life. I will also buy the same dresser for my home. Beautiful…!!

  • Julie September 30, 2013, 1:26 pm

    LOVE the curtains!

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