Top 5 Travel Tips for Flying with a Baby

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I recently took my daughter on her first plane ride.  I took her to Chicago to celebrate her Uncle Matthew’s Graduation from Chiropractic School and also to meet her GREAT Grandparents for the first time. My husband wasn’t able to make the trip due to work and school commitments, so I was traveling alone. People thought I was crazy for flying alone with her. I almost didn’t book the trip because of so many fears! But in the end I decided to do it!

We flew when she was about 7 months old, so I was able to keep her on my lap the entire time (talk about cost saving!) Most airlines allow you to have a child on your lap up until they reach 2 years of age. Overall, we had a great trip and I was so glad to have taken the opportunity to go on a trip where we could spend quality time with family that we do not get to see often.

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 Here are my Top 5 Tips for Flying with a Baby:

1. Do Not Read Negative Articles Before You Go – this will only stress you out.  A couple weeks before we left, I read an article about a woman being kicked off a plane because her child was crying uncontrollably before takeoff. This happened to be the same airline that I had already booked. Everyone was trash talking the airline in the comments section and basically said if you have kids, steer clear of that particular airline. Of course, I freaked out after reading this but it was too late to change flights at that point. We kept our flight and I was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone we encountered on the airline was extremely friendly and helpful. We could not have had a better experience.

2. Do Not Care What Other People Think – this will also stress you out. My biggest fear was sitting down next to another passenger and getting “the look” – you know the one where they are thinking in their heads “I cannot believe this person brought a baby on a plane.” What I found was that most strangers were happy to make silly goofy faces at my daughter and make her laugh and giggle. How could you not love a smiling bright blue eyed little babe!?

3. Do Not Forget Hand Sanitizing Wipes – Notice I did not say “Do Not Let Child Touch Any Surfaces” because let’s face it, that is nearly impossible to do.  Let your little one play and be curious – it is a fun and new experience for them and they are exploring the world around them! Just be sure to be quick with the wipes before they put their hands in their mouth!

4. Do Not Be Afraid of Making Friends – I usually keep to myself when traveling, reading a book or minding my own business. I rarely talk to other passengers. I found that having a baby in your arms invites conversation. Don’t be afraid of it! I found myself giving tips on baby carriers to a pregnant woman and having conversations with a group of young adults on their way to Basic Training in the Navy. It actually made the trip fun and go by quickly!

5. DO ENJOY EVERY MOMENT – as we all know, our children are only little once. As a working mom who works full time outside of the home, this time I spent with my baby girl was precious. This was the first Mother/Daughter trip that we took together, and I hope there are many more to come. Try to look at the world through your child’s eyes and see what an incredible adventure you are on!

Hoping that these tips can ease some of your travel anxiety if you are planning your first trip with your little one! Best of luck!


xoxo, Food Marriage

How to Make a Baby Ladybug Halloween Costume

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For my daughter’s first halloween, I knew I wanted to make hand make her costume! Nothing against store bought costumes, but I was just itching to do something creative! I originally wanted her to be a baby bumble bee after I saw this No Sew Bee Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts, However, when I went to the craft store, there was no bright yellow tulle to be seen. I saw bright red tulle and was sold on the idea of a little ladybug!

How to make a homemade baby ladybug halloween costume for your little girl, complete with a ladybug painted pumpkin, red antennae headband, matching handmade mommy and me infinity scarves, and little ladybug wings |

With less than a week until Halloween, you can still make this easy costume if you want to! I paced myself by doing one piece of the costume each day until it was finished. Here’s what you’ll need to create this adorable baby halloween costume:

  1. Basic Black Clothes and Red Socks – Any plain black shirt and black leggings will do (Tip: Wal-Mart carries Garanimals brand clothing for babies and toddlers with mix and match separates – you can get exactly what you need at a great price – under $4 a piece!) I also picked up fuzzy red socks from Carter’s.
  2. Ladybug Wings – I was going to get red felt and then cut out black circles and glue them on, but I got lucky and found red felt that already had black dots on it the craft store. Score! I bought two pieces of felt, used a bowl from the kitchen to cut them into half-circles and then glued them together at the top with Tacky Glue. Once it was dry I used red thread and hand stitched the wings to the top of the black shirt.
  3. Tutu – I got black elastic, black tulle, and red tulle.  I followed the general idea from Sugar Bee Crafts of just hand-tying the tulle to the elastic band.  I did NOT use glitter tulle as I thought that was not a good idea for a 9-month old. I used regular matte tulle and bought one roll in each color (I used the 3-inch wide kind).
  4. Antennae Headband – Using leftover elastic that I had from the tutu waist band, I tied it in a little knot in the back to make a headband. I then took little red pom poms and stitched them on to the top with red thread.
  5. Mommy & Me Matching Red Infinity Scarves – I used to crochet a long time ago, but haven’t done it in years. I watched this Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial on YouTube by Melanie Ham, and it came right back to me!! Her tutorial was just what I needed to get back in the swing of things and learn how to do an infinity scarf, which I had never done before. I made our scarves much smaller but the general pattern was the same with a half double crochet stitch. I wore a black shirt with my scarf to match my little one!
  6. A Pumpkin with Red & Black Acrylic Paint – We spent one night painting our pumpkin red with acrylic paint.  The next day, we painted the top black and added black polka dots with a round sponge brush.

Hand Painted Ladybug Pumpkin for Halloween with red and black acrylic paint. The perfect compliment to your little girl's costume or to your home decor. |

We were happy to get our little girl all dressed up for a party this past weekend. And we are even more excited to get two uses out of her costume this coming weekend for Halloween!


xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

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My personal pumpkin obsession lasts from about the beginning of August every year until about Thanksgiving. Anything I can get my hands on pumpkin, I will try it! This fall, I decided to create my own new pumpkin recipe (for behind the scenes photos of my recipe creation, follow @FoodMarriage on Instagram).

The idea for my recipe came from an Ina Garten themed dinner party I threw for my mom’s birthday a couple years ago. That night, I made the most delicious coconut macaroons from Ina Garten’s cookbook – Barefoot Contessa Family Style. I decided to revisit this cookbook to add my own fall twist on these classic cookies.

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The Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons turned out so delicious!  I definitely kept some for myself, but I also decided to put some in a cute glass jar and deliver them to my mom as a birthday present for this year! She loved them!  They were absolutely perfect the first day they were made. However, when I stored them in an airtight container for another day, they got very sticky. (I didn’t mind the sticky because they tasted so good, but they were a little messy).  Any suggestions on how to make them not as sticky are greatly appreciated!

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons


  • 14 oz shredded coconut
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpin pie spice


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix the coconut, pumpkin, condensed milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together.
  • Whip the egg whites in a mixer with the whisk attachment for about 2 minutes.
  • Fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, drop the cookies onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.

Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten.

xoxo, Food Marriage

5 Tips for Blog Branding: How to Create and Build your Blog Brand

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Branding is such a huge part of the world we live in, and I’m not just talking about commercials you see on TV or products you buy in the store. I mean in everything we do, including the blogs we read and write. When I started The Food Marriage Blog back in 2011, I had my general idea and my tagline, “Being Married, Having Fun, Loving Life, and Loving Food,” but I did not have a clear brand direction.

I was using Blogger at the time and had a generic theme with a pink background. Back then, I didn’t have consistency with my images (And can you believe I didn’t even watermark my blog images?  Not that many of them were worth watermarking…the quality of my images back then were not the finest!)

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In 2013, I switched to WordPress and also worked with a designer to help me completely re-vamp the blog and develop a true brand. Since I am the face of my brand, I wanted something that would truly reflect me. At the time, my blog was not monetized, so it was a personal investment to make – but investments in yourself are always the best ones!

I worked with Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling Designs (unfortunately she is no longer taking on new design projects, but if she were I would totally recommend her!) She really took all of my ideas and turned them into a reality.  The inspiration for the Food Marriage Blog Design was my wedding. I wanted to use a similar color scheme and use things like the scrolling pattern on my wedding invitations as inspiration. I shared some of my ideas (and my wedding photos) with Elizabeth and she went to work helping me create my dream brand!

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Whether you are just starting out or have been blogging for years, I highly suggest you create a brand for yourself. It gives your readers something to remember and look forward to every time they are on your site. If your blog is well laid out and easy to read, they will keep coming back!

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Creating your Blog Brand:

1. Stay True to Yourself – Go with your gut on this one. While you are hoping for page views and loyal readers – don’t choose a design just to impress others. Choose a design that fits you. If you are true to yourself and genuine, the readers will come!

2. Stay Creative – This one can be the hardest part because we all try to emulate the blogs that we love (They say “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”) But for your personal blog, you really want to do something that is unique and a little different if you can. It will make you stand out from the crowd!

3. Stay Simple – Don’t go overboard. You don’t need 10 different colors and 15 different fonts to make an impact. Anywhere from 3 – 5 colors in your palette will do just fine and two fonts will suffice (one block font and one script). Also stay simple in your design – I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped reading a blog because it was difficult to navigate!

4. Stay Up To Date – We all know mobile is the way of the future. While you may have a beautiful desktop design – a huge number of our followers are now viewing our blogs on mobile platforms. Be sure your branding and design extend into the mobile space as well!

5. Stay Consistent – Try to stay as consistent as possible. This goes for all social media outlets as well. Be sure to extend your brand into your social media avenues and keep it similar. Loyal fans and readers will come to know your style. If they happen to see a pin on Pinterest, they may know it’s yours before even going to pin it if it has your logo and consistent design elements!

What inspires you? Do you have any other branding design tips to share?


xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

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As a mom on the go, I’m always looking for easy breakfast options – and sadly, it usually ends up with me just grabbing a granola bar out of the cabinet. This recently happened to me – I ate my trusty granola bar at 7am and then went on with the rest of my day. Until I started mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and saw a Buzz Feed Video for Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots! My mouth started watering – I watched the video three times and showed it to my husband and made him watch it. I then ran into the kitchen and exclaimed “I am making this right now!!”

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Luckily, I already had the necessary ingredients on hand in the kitchen. I decided to make my own version of this recipe, using the video as inspiration. I made it easy with only two ingredients: bacon and tater tots. I decided to use up a whole pound of bacon, which ended up making 50 bacon wrapped tater tots. It was definitely too much for two people (our daughter is only 8 months old and certainly cannot eat this yet!!) But they were easy to save for another day in an airtight container. You can re-heat in the microwave, but I suggest reheating any leftovers in the oven to keep the bacon crispy.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 50 Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots


  • 1 lb bacon
  • 50 Frozen Tater Tots (I used a 32 oz bag and had extra leftover that you can save for another time)


  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the bacon from the packaging and slice each piece of bacon into three equal-sized smaller pieces (Time saving trick: I kept the bacon stacked and cut through the whole stack at once)
  • Wrap each tater tot tightly in the bacon.
  • Place the bacon wrapped tater tots onto the parchment paper with the seam of the wrap facing down.
  • Bake in 400° for about 20 minutes; then flip each bacon wrapped tater tot to the other side.
  • Continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven (there will be a lot of grease in the bottom of the pan, so be careful)
  • Get a plate and cover it with a couple of stacked paper towels.
  • Take each tater tot and place on the plate of paper towels to allow some of the grease to drain.
  • Enjoy!

Want to see behind the scenes pictures of the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots? Follow Food Marriage on Instagram: @FoodMarriage


xoxo, Food Marriage