Reno Photographer | Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday, a spot for me to share with you some of my moments related to motherhood and parenting and the fine blend between family, motherhood and being a Reno photographer. Please note, the information provided in these posts is not to replace the sound and professional advice from your health care provider, child’s pediatrician, certified doula or your own maternal instinct.

Happy Monday! I love you for joining me for my Mommy Monday articles, or for any of my other articles! I can picture you sipping on your coffee, tea, or morning beverage of choice, in your jammies still even. Thanks for being here. Did you have a great weekend? Did you do something memorable with your children?

I used to be what one would consider a “neat freak” and maybe even slightly overly compulsive about cleanliness, orderliness and what have you. Once I became a mother, and especially the second time around, I let my hair down, so to speak. I learned to relax a lot and came to terms with the fact that sticky floors and messy kitchens do happen and laundry goes unfolded for several days at a time. My youngest loves to pretend to cook. It could be due to the fact that he was strapped to my body for 19.5 months until he learned to walk, but never mind that. Very recently, my oldest was chatting away when all of a sudden he asked if we could go buy chocolate chip cookies at the store. This little comment of his made me stop in my tracks. Since when do children think we buy everything? What happened to baking and producing your own treats at home? Then and there, I decided we would bake something very yummy this weekend!

We decided to make rice krispy treats. It’s easy, fun and so delicious! A quick trip to the grocery store for marshmallows (both jumbo and miniature) and chocolate rice krispy cereal got the boys very excited for what was to come. They helped melt the butter and add the marshmallows to the pan. While I did the hard work of stirring, they took turns sneaking into the kitchen and stealing handfuls of miniature marshmallows off the kitchen counter. As much as I tried to scold them about doing so, I couldn’t. It was too precious and reminded me of my own younger self playing “chubby chipmunk” with fellow classmates as we stuffed our cheeks so full of marshmallows!

When all was melted, they helped me count and scoop out the cereal and add it to the mixture. They anxiously watched as I stirred the mixture and dumped it into a baking dish. They could hardly wait for the treats to cool, but while it cooled, they licked the spatula and loved every moment! The mixture was very sweet (I may have used too many marshmallows, if that’s at all possible) and so sticky! They didn’t mind one bit as they both worked the spatula until it was clean. We enjoyed a nice large chunk of the chocolate rice krispy treat that night. I’m surprised they were able to sleep that night with all the sweetness, but it made for a great evening in the kitchen!

Do you bake or cook with your children? I’d like to do so more often. They see me in the kitchen quite a bit and always try to help. I do let them help with some of the tasks, but most of the time, I find myself shooing them out of the kitchen so I can be more efficient. What a poor excuse, isn’t it? Baking or cooking with children has got to be one of the most memorable ways to build their self-esteems and strengthen that relationship with a parent. When was the last time your children spent some time in the kitchen with you and laughter wasn’t a part of the activity (besides the spilled milk maybe)?

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Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

I am a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America and The Chamber of Commerce. When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and beauty with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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Thereasa Gwinn - I love to bake with the girls…I just hate the mess that is left behind afterwards! :)

Sarah Danielle - Yummy! Now I want to go bake.

Its great that you are making memories with your kids!

Brian - great memories

Joncee May - looks like fun…and delicious!

Stephanie - Oh my! What fun photos! Sounds like you all had a great time, and yum… those treats look delicious!

Audrey - Such a great reminder of the importance of the simple things in life like cooking together :) Those look SO tasty!!

Nicole Suddeth - Yummy! I love making stuff like this with my kids!

Christine - Huong, these look amazing! Would you mind sharing the recipe??
My daughter is still too young to help out in the kitchen, but I can’t wait until we can bake together too!

Macey Snelson - What a special moment with your kids!

Huong - I so agree, Jaimie!!

Jaimie Daniels - I find it hard to let them help sometimes, but I do try to make a point of cooking things together a couple times a week. I let them help put together their own oatmeal in the morning, or put the toppings on the pizza, etc. I make a point to do something harder (like baking cookies) and allow them to help (Zoe does most of the measuring, Myles likes to stir and dump things in). It’s messier, it takes longer, but you are so right that it’s worth it for the self-esteem building and the memories! We do have a lot of fun, and they enjoy tasting things at each step, especially the finshed batter and finished product! :)

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