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March 27, 2015

Solid Feeding Essentials #babygear

Now that we are a month or so into solid feeding, I thought I would share some of my favourite tips and tricks for making solid feeding an awesome experience.

Whether you choose to make your own baby food, go organic, have a tried and true brand you love or are going with baby led weaning, there are a few things that we use and love that have really make the solid feeding experience pretty awesome.

First and foremost, a good stock of bibs is essential when you are introducing purees as well as more solid bits of food...and also come in handy if you have a teething monster on your hands. These handmade bibs from Sarita Baby are amazing. When I first bought them, I stored them away; they were just too pretty to use! But then the day came where everything else was in the wash and only the three Sarita Baby's remained in the bin...so...we used them.

And they didn't stain! Squash, sweet potatoes and carrots...and no staining! I love these bibs. They are large enough to cover all of baby's chest, have a generous neck allowance for chunky babes like mine and have a super soft minky underside.

Another item to have in plentiful amounts are spoons. We have probably a dozen different types, and it wasn't until I tried the Dr. Brown's Long Spatula Spoons did we have one that I really loved.

These spoons are incredible. They are flat which makes spooning food into baby's mouth easier, and also makes cleaning off their face easier! Less mess on their face, means less mess on their hands when they inevitably want to play with their food.

Typically, I like to prep meals for the next day the same as I would pack Owen's lunches for the next day. That way, it's all ready to go when Graeme is ready to eat and I don't have to fuddle with cubes in the freezer, defrost them and get everything set up when I may have a cranky baby on my hands.

The Snack-A-Piller cups from Dr. Brown's make food storage and serving a breeze, and they hold a good 4-5 cubes of baby food for thawing them in the fridge overnight. They are also great for travel and stack together when not in use!

We also love the Dr. Brown's Feeding Bowls for larger meals at home and I'm sure that in no time, the Divided Plates will become a favorite piece of baby food gear.

Have a favourite spoon, bowl or bib? Send me a comment so I can check them out!

Happy Feeding!

Disclaimer: While I did receive the Dr. Brown's stacking cups and spatula spoons for the purposes of review, all of the opinions expressed are my own. I truly love these products and would recommend, and purchase more, in a heartbeat. 


March 25, 2015

March Gratitude Exercise; Perspective

Some many years ago, one of my favorite writers wrote..

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream

-Edgar Allan Poe

This led me to think about gratitude and perspective. Often times, we choose to see things a certain way and sometimes even have preconceived notions of an outcome that has yet to be.

If gratitude can change everything, then perhaps it is all a matter of perspective.

Think of a situation or experience that you had recently that left you feeling...


Change your perspective.

Instead of feeling angry or sad, fearful or lonely, frustrated or agitated...think for a moment and hold gratitude in your heart. What did you learn from that situation?  If it was a door that closed, maybe even slammed shut in your face, did another opportunity present itself that led to something so much more wonderful and beautiful?

Gratitude can truly change everything, even a moment of anger.


March 24, 2015

Inspiring Creativity and Imaginative Play with Curiosity Box

Over the past week, Owen and I have had so much fun reviewing and playing with our Curiosity Box. What exactly is a Curiosity Box, you ask? Well it's a box of themed crafts, games and activities that gets delivered to your child every month that is sure to inspire their little imaginations and give you an opportunity to spend some quality time together.

We received the Imaginary Play box, and to say we had a good time doing the activities was an understatement. First we opened it and laid everything out. Pirates...puppets...sticker sheets...and superheros. Enough to keep a 5 year old occupied while his baby brother was having a 2 hour morning nap.

I wanted to see what Owen would gravitate toward first, and he wanted to pay pirates. So that is just what we did. He decorated his eye patch and hat, then we set out on an adventure with this spyglass. I had no idea the things that he would come up with, from searching for treasure in his toy room and under the couches to creeping around the house and being sneaky to escape the Tick Tock Croc. His imagination went to places that was absolutely delightful to witness.

While he worked on his superhero mask, we talked about super powers and what it meant to help people. He was so inquisitive as to what my super power would be, and was great at coming up with his own.

Our experience with Curiosity Box got me thinking about its many uses and applications. Aside from rainy day activities to keep on hand, which came in handy for us during March Break, it would be such an awesome thing to have on hand for when you bring home a new baby. A box of activities, crafts and games for the older sibling, often quiet activities, that can be pulled out while you're nursing the baby or baby is down for a nap? Amazing!

Another great thing about Curiosity Box is that they have a subscription service where you can purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month automated delivery. Something to look forward to every month, that you can sit down and do with your child. Quiet time that inspires quality time.

Slow down.

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary Curiosity Box for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


March 20, 2015

Thyme Maternity Designer Jeans and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

If you haven't been in to check out the new designer denim at Thyme Maternity, you are missing out. Gone are the days of wearing your husbands baggy sweat pants and oversized shorts. Who says you can't still wear your skinny jeans and heels, and feel like yourself while your belly pushes your limits?

With amazing brands like J.Brand, Paige, DL and Citizens of Humanity, now you can flaunt your favorite skinnies, boyfriends, sandblasted and leggings while loving your curvy new figure.

My personal favorite are the DL Riley Boyfriend Maternity Jean with Sandblast. They are super trendy and modern, and feature a stretchy panel at the side to accommodate your bump. What makes them even better is that they don't have a full belly panel, which means that they will be comfortable and stylish for your fourth trimester as well! 

Finding a good pair of jeans while you're pregnant can be an awful task, and thankfully Thyme Maternity has amazing options to help you feel like the stylish mama goddess that you are. Pair them with a t-shirt and bomber jacket, or a long tunic and boots. The possibilities are endless, actually! Even a cute summer dress and gladiator sandals would be fantastic with a pair of dark wash skinnies!

There is something to be said for treating yourself to a pair of designer jeans or luxury lingerie while you are pregnant. So often, we feel as though our bodies are not our own. A life growing inside, kicking away at our ribs and giving us flutters. It's truly incredible, but sometimes it can take a while to get used to all of the body changes. Treat yourself to clothes that fit and move with your changing body, but that make you feel like yourself.

Thyme Maternity is graciously sponsoring an awesome giveaway for two $100 gift cards. There will be two lucky winners, and you can even enter daily with a simple tweet. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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March 19, 2015

Simple Baby Food Combinations: Beef with Pear and Sweet Potatoes

When I got to making homemade baby food purees with my first baby, I experimented with combination foods and adding spices and herbs to vegetables and fruits. This time around, I really like sticking to pure foods and then mixing them up to create mini one-pot meals for our baby.

While making pureed beef isn't for the faint of heart, it is really nutritious for baby and if you get the texture just right, thickens other purees. It is great combined with things like parsnip and carrots, but I wondered about combining the beef puree with pears as they are (currently) our baby's favorite.

I mixed on cube of beef puree with two cubes pureed pears and two cubes of pureed sweet potatoes, and the combination was a huge hit with our little guy.

Since trying the combination, we have experimented with a few other beef based combos that are likely unexpected, but delicious for baby.

Beef with peaches and parsnips
Beef with oats and green beans
Beef with apples and carrots

I like storing all of my cubes in separate bags in the freezer so that I can mix and match combinations as needed.

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