Do you ever wish your kids would just stick with what works? It seems like as soon as we find the perfect schedule, get the routine down to a science and everyone is well-rested, they suddenly stop napping or begin catapulting themselves from the crib. What is a tired and bleary-eyed parent to do? Whether this brings to mind your first or fifth child's latest antics, all of us have to face the same challenges and make it through to the other side!
Continue reading Those Tricky Sleep Transitions
This nursing pillow post brought to you by Comfort and Harmony. All opinions are 100% mine.
When the boys were babies, I wanted to love my nursing pillow, but I found it to be more of a nuisance than a help because it was just too thin and not practical. When I saw the new Mombo Comfort & Harmony nursing pillow, I knew there was more to love!
The Mombo has so many great attributes and can be used for nursing and beyond. (Baby D, at age 2, has already claimed it as his own pillow and loves laying on it!) Mombo has a unique shape and a two sided design called Firm2Soft, so you have two choices to better suit you and Baby. The Mombo also features a vibration feature to soothe Baby while lounging. It is easy to take out to replace batteries and turn on. I found this to be VERY helpful, as no one wants to mess around with batteries when Baby is unhappy:
I love the beautiful prints available on the covers, too. This is the cute "Elapaloo" print that came with mine and the other side is soft and plush! There are many other prints and fabrics to choose from.
The Mombo nursing pillow is a very well made, high quality pillow that is sure to last through multiple children. I could see a new mom receiving the Mombo at a baby shower and taking it to the hospital or birthing center, nursing her baby in it, then as the baby grows older, using it for tummy time or just to relax and watch the world around them! And as Baby D has proven, it's great for toddlers and older kids, too!
This and other Mombo products are available at Babies R Us. The Mombo without cover sells for $29.99 and the covers are $12.99 and up.
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Baby D is two. He has become very independent in the past few months and while it is a natural, good part of his development, but it sure is tiring on his mommy! I remember when the Captain went through this phase, his favorite phrase was "My do it!" and D is no different. Everything must be attempted at least once by himself before allowing anyone to help and if you don't allow him to at least try to do it himself, a meltdown is sure to occur.
The other day we had just gotten the car inspected and they gave us a free car wash. They left the car in line for the car wash and I quickly put D in his carseat. He yelled "NO! My do it!" and then proceeded to climb completely out of the car and climb back in and attempt to buckle himself before saying "help, please." There is no such thing as hurrying with an independent two year old.
Continue reading My Do It!
I participated in this Elmer's Naturals campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Elmer's. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Both of the boys are really into crafts right now. It doesn't matter what it is, if it involves any kind of paint, makers, glue, etc, they're super excited. That's why when we received our box of Elmer's Naturals eco friendly glue, this was the genuine expression on the Captain's face:
Continue reading Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Crafting with Elmer’s Naturals
We have baby blackberries on our blackberry bush! Here's hoping they grow into deliciousness!
This baltic amber post has been sponsored and was written by me on behalf of Spark of Amber as part of the Green Moms Network. All opinions are mine.
Baltic Amber is a 100% natural resin found in Lithuania and the Baltic sea region. Baltic Amber is not only very beautiful, but healing and calming as well. When it is worn against the skin, the succinic acid is released through the skin's warmth. Baltic Amber has been used by Europeans for centuries for pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Baltic Amber has been used for immunity building, respiratory infections, teething, headaches, carpal tunnel pain, and much more! [information from Spark of Amber website]
Continue reading Baltic Amber from Spark of Amber Calms and Heals
We have a new obsession in our house: Fruit Crumble. It all started when we watched an episode (many times) of "Peppa Pig" where Peppa's grandmother made Blackberry Crumble out of fresh blackberries. The Captain asked me to make a Blackberry Crumble for him, but I wasn't really sure how. So, I adapted the Cranberry Apple Casserole recipe of my sister-in-law and we have made Peach Crumble, Blackberry Apple Crumble, and the Captain's creation: Strawberry Apple Plum Crumble. I've been making two different kinds at a time because the Captain can't have pecans. I just make double the topping without pecans, make his crumble, add pecans, and then top our fruit crumble and cook them at the same time. Best served warm!
Ingredients for bottom fruit part:
- 5-6 cups of your fruit(s) of choice
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- Combine three ingredients well and pour into a greased 9×13" casserole dish.
Ingredients for topping:
- one cup of oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (can be omitted depending on fruit choice)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans or other nuts
- 1 stick melted butter (or 1/2 cup of applesauce or slightly less than 1/2 cup of coconut oil)
- Mix oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, and pecans well. Add melted butter and and stir until all moist and blended well. Spoon on top of the fruit mixture.
- Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree oven until hot and bubbly…about 30-40 minutes.
- Serve warm!
This eco-friendly photo post has been sponsored and was written by me on behalf of Static Pixels. All opinions are mine.
I am always on the lookout for new ways to display favorite family photos. I also am always looking for companies that provide eco-friendly photo prints and gifts. Static Pixels is a great combination of new and eco-friendly.
Static Pixels is a company based in Canada that is doing all they can to provide high quality photos that are not taking from the environment. Static Pixels prints on recycled cardboard made from post-consumer and renewable sources, which adds a different look, for sure.
I wanted to get a picture of the boys for D's room, because the only other picture is from D's babyhood. This picture was taken while we took the Captain's bithday pictures and our Christmas pictures. It captures the boys and their silly, mischievous little relationship:
D absolutely loves this picture of him and his brother! It makes him giggle everytime he sees it. And the Captain loves that HE is in his little brother's room, making him laugh!
The quality of the print is exceptional. I was a bit hesitant when I read "printed on cardboard" but Static Pixels uses fade resistant UV ink so it really LOOKS high quality. They also don't use any glue or toxic chemicals, so I feel good about the boys touching it, too.
The view from the top is an interesting one. I bet you have never seen a photo like this before:
The DeepSquare prints come in two sizes – 5" or 10" – and come with their own easy to use kickstand and sticker wall mounts:
You can upload your Instagram pictures directly to the site. Or you can upload any of your pictures to create lasting memories your family and friends will adore.
Static Pixels is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council. And, all DeepSquare prints are inspected for quality and carefully packaged, making it perfect for gift giving. I truly appreciate companies like Static Pixels who are making quality products while protecting the environment.
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This morning I read a post at Tales From The Nursery – Foods Of My Childhood. It's surprising how giddy I became. Maybe that means I enjoy food too much, or that I enjoyed it too much as a child….or possibly both. Either way, it was a nice walk down memory lane thinking about my favorite childhood foods.
When I think about my childhood, I remember a few distinct foods:
- Cheerios with milk and strawberries or bananas
- Bananas with peanut butter and crushed graham crackers on top
- Lucky Charms (I never could figure out why I was hungry about an hour after eating these….now I know…they're just pure sugar!! haha!)
- CInnamon toast…my mom made the best!
(photo courtesy of MorgueFile)
- Fried okra and squash
- Bologna Cups (bologna, full fat,warmed in the microwave until it sort of curled up and was super crispy on the edges and oh so delicious! Not sure if I could stomach it now, but it sure was good back then! That's the only way I would eat bologna!)
- Milkshakes. Either chocolate or Oreo cookie milkshakes. My middle bro and I would eat these while watching "Duck Tales" after school. Not healthy AT all, but still…YUM.
- Lima beans. Really. I went through a phase in high school where I would come home and eat lima beans. Not to be healthy, because I added bacon drippings to them. They were just so good!
So, there you have it. My favorite childhood foods. There are a ton more like Pizza Inn pizza, hamburgers cooked by my dad on the grill, my mom's lasagna and chicken strips, but these were the more unusual ones that stood out.
I'm not sure what my boys will say when they're older. They both eat a lot of fruit. D loves nuts, too. The Captain really loves sandwiches and of course, sweets….
What was your favorite childhood food?