Monday In Meals + Winter Activities for 2 Year Olds

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Good morning, friends!

It’s time for another edition of Monday In Meals where I recap what I ate throughout the day with a few random adventures thrown into the mix. It’s really been a hit with you guys, so it’ll likely become a regular feature on CNC. Ok, here we go!


I started the day with a piece of Healthy Broccoli & Parmesan Hash Brown Bake and cinnamon raisin toast with butter. Ok, I actually started the day with an iced coffee with coconut cream and collagen, but I’m sure you knew that already!

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Mid-morning, Qman and I headed to CrossFit. He played with the “kiiids” while I worked out. I used #85 for the workout below, and, whoa, it was deceivingly hard!

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Post-work, I drank a protein shake made with SFH vanilla Recovery. Then, Quinn and I headed out for a morning adventure. We didn’t have Early Intervention, so I wanted to do something fun with him. But when I was searching online on Sunday night, so many things were closed on Monday. Ugh. I mentioned this to a friend at CrossFit, so she suggested The Christmas Place in Abington. Perfect!

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We drove straight there, but not before swinging by the drive-thru at Marylou’s! I ordered an eggnog iced coffee with milk and, truthfully, it wasn’t as amazing as I remembered from previous years. It was actually pretty watery. Mehhh. I still drank the whole thing.

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Qman loved The Christmas Place. There was a toy train, soooooo many things to look at… lights! trees! ornaments!

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And… Nutcrackers! He thought they were the coolest thing ever, so now we are the proud owners of a sparkly (and semi-creepy) Nutcracker. Haha!


After our morning adventure, we headed home for lunch. I reheated the final piece of Pizza Shepherd’s Pie, which was a huge hit in our house. I can’t wait to share the recipe on CNC later this week. It’s definitely a winner! I also ate a few bites of Quinn’s tomato soup.

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My lunch concluded with the other half of Quinn’s glazed donut from the Marylou’s drive-thur. Tis the season!

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After that, Qman went down for a nap, and I broke out my laptop to work. After a couple of hours, I took a break for a snack, which included two rice cakes (only one pictured) with peanut butter and sliced banana as well as a mug of Dandy Blend with a splash of eggnog.

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Dinner was baked chicken breast with onion marinade, rice pilaf, and green beans.


After dinner, we headed out to complete Day 12 of 24 Days of Togetherness: Get in the car and look for Christmas lights. FYI for the local readers: We visited Lilah Lane in Pembroke, and it was amazing! Every house was DECKED OUT for the holidays, and the light show (I’d definitely consider it a “show”) went along to music that you could tune in on the radio. Oh my gosh, we all loved it!!


I finished off the night with a small bowl of Peppermint Joe-Joe’s Ice Cream, which is the bomb!! I wish Trader Joe’s had it year-round. It’s pure perfection!

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Question of the Day

Toddler parents: What are your favorite adventures/activities to do with your little one when it’s cold outside? 

This is more for the local readers, but thought I’d share… We’re big fans of our local library, but it’s closed on Monday mornings, so we’re going to explore some neighboring towns. We also like the South Shore Natural Science Center, South Shore Children’s Museum (also closed on Mondays), Story Hour at Whole Foods, and Jungle Jake’s (closed Mondays). If you’re on the South Shore, I’d love to hear your favorites. We’re always looking for fun stuff to do!



  1. I’m always looking for things to do on the south shore with my 2 y/o daughter – thanks for sharing some new ideas!! We love simple things like the pet store (petco in pembroke) or really any store, especially Target 🙂 I’ve also heard the childrens museum in easton is fun!

    1. Oh, yea, we’re big fans of Target! 🙂 We also like cruising around Whole Foods since they have the tractor carts. The Children’s Museum in Easton is awesome! Definitely head down for a visit! 🙂

  2. A local town decorated their downtown top to bottom with lights. It’s stunning! Mitch is two and finally getting into the holidays, but mainly the lights. We love to drive around and look at lights.

  3. Thanks for these posts, always fun for getting ideas!

    I have a 3.5 year old, and she loves going to the Barnes and Noble kids area, and also riding the escalator up and down… Up and down… Rinse repeat, lol. Hey, it keeps her busy for a few minutes! Library story times and nature centers are always a hit, too. Some bookstores have story times too (like B&N). Riding in the car cart at Home Depot to look at the Christmas lights/blow up lawn ornaments is fun. And she’s fascinated with the toilet and bathtub aisle, lol.

  4. We recently went to Billy Beez in the Kingston Collection and my son loved it. They have a big play area and also an area with little pretend stores then a smaller area for the 4 and under crowd, I’d highly recommend it!

  5. Check out Mama Steph at the Cohasset library on Monday mornings. She goes on at 10:30 and their playground at the library is great too!

  6. A friend of mine suggested getting water beads and/or kinetic sand and putting them (indoors) in our water table. I’m going to keep them on hand for when we get cabin fever!

    1. Hmm… not sure what you mean? Breakfast had broccoli and spinach, lunch had peppers and onions, my snack had a banana, and lunch included green beans… I’m sure I could have included more, but I definitely like them! 🙂

  7. We live in Wisconsin and believe me its COLD! One of our favorite things to do is bundle up and go to the zoo. We go to the zoo a lot during the summer but we don’t go inside the exhibits much to see the animals inside, so when its cold out we get to venture in a lot to the exhibits that we missed during the summer.

  8. We went the local Arts and Crafts and had a Christmas plate with our son’s handprints and it is getting glanced and baked now. Our plan is to make one every year for at least the first 5 years!

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