Thank you SoCozy for sponsoring this post. As always you guys know, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I’ve raved about SoCozy before on Instagram so now I’m bringing the raving to my blog. I have to share that our favorite child hair …
Month: March 2017
I received some of the shared product for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links (with a purchase a small commission can be made to help keep this blog going). As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Of course Izzy will be getting candy on Easter. She …
Anyone have a child who use to eat everything and now and pretty picky? Well I have become the master of sneaking veggies into Izzy’s tummy.
From shakes to fruit and veggie ice pops. But those are not always the best “on the go” items.
Garden Lites are perfect for on the go! Toss them into your purse or diaper bag. I must say Garden Lites has mastered muffins with veggies & your kids will never know. Your spouse won’t either.. my husband had no idea as he tried a bite of Izzy’s muffin that it had veggies in it, until I told him they are 33% vegetables.
Although I always offer veggies on her plate they often don’t get eaten. She’ll here and there “try” a bite. Then she tells me, “like it”, while shaking her head no. Since she won’t eat carrot sticks or spiralized zucchini I’m giving her Garden Lite muffins… because these veggies can be found in them. Win Win!
Where do you find these veggie muffins by Garden Lites? We got them at Publix in the freezer aisle.
So being a mom is tough. By the time my maternity leave ended I was just barely mastering cooking meals while nursing Izzy in her carrier. That’s some serious multitasking guys! Then add a job to motherhood. I was petrified and so not ready to …
I received the Nuby products for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links (with a purchase a small commission can be made to help keep this blog going). As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. We love going out to eat… I mean I don’t know …
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All options are 100% mine alone. #MyPearlyWhites #CollectiveBias #LuminousWhites
In honor of Earth Month I wanted to share with you all some ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also important to find ways to be more natural and intentional about the brands we use too! Sharing a brand I love, that is from my home state and some tips for you around the house.
Turn off lights you’re not using as you leave the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED ones.
Don’t set the thermostat too low or high. If you can, install a programmable model that will turn off or down the heat/air conditioning when you’re not home. When Joe and I both worked out of the home we would set the AC to not blast while we were away. We still have our AC and heat reduced during the day, even if we are home.
3. Insulate & Seal
It’s important to reduce drafts and air leaks. You can do so with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping. If you aren’t “handy” hire someone to come take a look. Also, did you know many states offer programs and incentives for creating a greener home? At one point getting new windows in an older home, we first opened and lived in, was a tax break because we were creating a more efficiently sealed home.
4. Reuse and Recycle
We have a large recycling bin where we put all of our recyclables. Moving soon? Did you know most home improvement places will take back used boxes you bought from them? Reuse jars, such as jam or pickle jars to store items for a craft room. Reuse old water bottles to create sensory bottles for your child. We don’t buy many plastic water bottles, but they are great to have around just in case. For instance we lost power last night so we luckily were able to stay hydrated in the hot house with our just in case stash! I’m sharing a DIY sensory bottle tutorial below.
Buy from companies that reduce, reuse and recycle & actually care about our environment & your health. Being I’m from Maine I’ll share a company right from my home state! Toms of Maine Since 2006 Tom’s of Maine has 100% of the electricity they use at their manufacturing facility has been offset by investing in wind energy credits supplied by Green-e. Also their manufacturing facility and warehouse use sensor-controlled fluorescent energy-saving fixtures. Another reason to love Tom’s of Maine.. drum roll… they recycle toothpaste tubes, cardboard, folding cartons, mixed paper and even challenging items like shrink wrap. Okay but what about their products? Tom’s of Maine believes that the ingredients in your natural care products matter. Our Favorite product by Tom’s of Maine Luminous White™ Toothpaste in Clean Mint which can now be found at Walmart.
My favorite features about the Luminous White™ toothpaste is that it doesn’t hurt my sensitive teeth, it’s safe on Enamel. Also I can feel good about using this product because there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. BIG SCORE! Best of all it whitens your teeth & in as little as 2 weeks! How? By removing surface stains vs. regular fluoride toothpaste your teeth get whiter!
Not sure where to look in Walmart for this toothpaste? Head to personal care, I added an image for my visual friends!
DIY Sensory Bottles
1. Collect your water bottle(s) and remove the label.
2. Find fun items to go inside, such as little plastic animals, buttons, sequins, pom poms or glitter.
3. Add glitter glue, craft glue or mineral oil to slow down the items in the bottle and then fill with water.
4. Add glue to the cap and screw on.
5. Let dry and play away! Be sure to always monitor your child with sensory bottles.
* * *
Have fun making your sensory bottles and be sure to try some of my tips on reducing your carbon footprint. Give Tom’s of Maine a try and let me know what you think of their toothpaste and other products. You can earn .75 with the purchase of Tom’s of Maine® Luminous White Toothpaste by clicking here.
I received the Nuby product for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links (with a purchase a small commission can be made to help keep this blog going). As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. The dreaded fight to eat veggies has been going on for …
I received the mentioned items for an host review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Izzy’s birthday came and went so quickly. Izzy was able to see her Great Grammy since she flew out for her birthday week. But now a days it seems like …
I received the mentioned items for an host review. This post contains affiliate links which with a purchase can send money my way and help keep this blog running. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Gender reveals are really cute. I just recently went to the cutest gender reveal of a good friend of mine. They had a box with balloons that they opened up with blue balloons to signify it’s a boy! So this got me thinking… what about a useful gender reveal gift. Opening a diaper cake with a swaddle inside that is either pink or blue?
Don’t feel like it can only be made for gender reveals. If the mommy and daddy already know the gender cover it in ribbon and decor that is all one gender and give this as a shower gift.
So here are the directions for your gender reveal diaper cake.
What will you need?
I listed it here and linked all these items for you at the bottom of the post
1. Take the quaker oatmeal container and wrap diapers around it. (Wrap the elastic around the container and tuck the diapers under it.) Space them out evenly all the way around. Once completely around pull out the container and replace with the rolled swaddle.
2. Tier two, do the same thing but space them out more so the next tier is smaller.
3. Last tier fold 2 size down diapers (I chose newborn). Wrap an elastic around them. Then space that size diaper around them. Add to the top for the final tier.
4. Time to decorate!
Add anything you want. If you are giving as a gift, add the gender color or baby shower colors. If you are doing a gender reveal then add both colors to the diaper cake like I did here.
Have fun guys!
I received the mentioned carseat from Maxi-Cosi for an host review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Okay guys, since Izzy came home from the hospital she hated the car. Who else has/had a kid who hates or hated the car? As soon as …