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First Birthday Garden Party

Here is our little one's First Birthday Garden party we threw for her a couple of weeks ago. I was really nervous that all the decor I had collected over a the weeks leading up to it was not going to go well together, but everything seemed to fit like little puzzle pieces! My daughters birthday is at the end of April, so having a garden themed birthday party seemed very appropriate. Can you say Easter clearance?! It was such a beautiful day, and we spent it with a bunch of good friends, and lots of yummy treats!

We decided to do flowers for the favors, since it was a garden themed party. The majority of the decor was from Target, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. The flowers and birdcages were reused from a friends wedding. I decided last minute to order the cake instead of make it myself, and boy am I glad I did! I totally didn't need an extra project on my hands!!!

Overall, we were so incredibly happy with the outcome of the party. It was the perfect day to celebrate our sweet girl's First Birthday!

I'd love to hear what Ya'll think about our little bunny's Garden Party! Comment below!

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Apple “Cookies” | Healthy Toddler Snack

Check out these delicious Apple "Cookies". They are a healthy snack you can eat yourself or make for your kids. It has been a total hit with both my three and one year old, and its one that I know won't keep me up all night with mom guilt. Yes Mom guilt; It's a thing! And I know i'm not the only one who suffers from it.

As many of you may already know, I have some pretty picky eaters on my hands. If you didn't, the struggle is totally real and you can read some of my tips with dealing with it here.

This recipe is super easy and incredibly yummy.

Apple "Cookies"
Serves 1
A healthy snack you and your kids are sure to love!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. Apple
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Chocolate Chips
  4. Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Cut the apple into thin slices
  2. Spread Peanut Butter on each slice
  3. sprinkle chocolate chips & cranberries
  4. Enjoy!
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Babywearing in Cool Places | Ergo Baby Carriers

To be completely honest, becoming a mom of two terrified me. I remember wondering if I was ever going to be able to leave the house by myself with the kids. I honestly think I've survived it thus far with the help of my one particular baby gear essential. When it comes to any type of outing, you better believe I am wearing my sweet little girl in my Ergo baby carrier. It has been a lifesaver the past six months and I honestly don't know what I would do without it.
Some of you may know, my son can be a total handful. He's one of those toddlers that we’d categorize as a "runner." Literally, the boy can't be trusted. In the past few months, I have done a lot of traveling solo with the kids, and I can thank my Ergo for being able to have both of my children still around.
The carriers that I have are the Original Ergo in Black and my new one, the Ergo Natural Linen Baby Carrier. I received it as a gift right after having my daughter in late April, and the light linen color was just perfect for the summer time with its naturally cooling and breathable fiber. Since my daughter was born and to this day, she throws a fit when put down. That said, my Ergo has become almost like a second skin. Even when she is out of the Ergo, I still find myself wearing it around the house.

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I wore my little one in some cool places this past summer. During our travels, I wore her through flight cancellations, long airport wait times, hiking the White mountains of New Hampshire, a funeral, beach trips, festivals, food truck rodeo's, amusement parks – you name it, I wore it. It all was made possible by being able to comfortably wear my baby while simultaneously (and frantically) chasing my toddler around.
I'm not sure how familiar some of you are with Raleigh, North Carolina, but there are two things we love in this city. Chopped BBQ and Beer. It was a long nine months after first moving to Raleigh and watching my husband try all these crazy sounding beers. I never was a beer drinker until all of a sudden I started craving it during my pregnancy (don't worry, I waited until she was out to try some!). One of my favorite and somewhat odd places to wear our baby girl is the local brewery. I know what some of you may be thinking: What kind of mother brings her baby to a brewery?! This Mama! 🙂
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It all started when I was having a date night with my husband. We wanted to try a local brewery out, but had a hard time finding a babysitter after our recent move to the area. Finally, after a year of wanting just a sip of this delicious craft beer my husband was raving about, our time had come and we headed straight for the brewery. It wasn't until the end of the night when I went to the restroom and was baffled that they had a baby changing station in there. I immediately headed for the bartender and asked about it. Apparently this and many other breweries around the city are kid-friendly and even encourage bringing the whole fam! After that, we started to make a couple of family trips a month, checking out different local breweries and treating our little ones to a great atmosphere, yummy food, and two happy parents who get to taste test some of the yummiest craft beer in the country. That’s a parenting win if I've ever seen one! You would be totally surprised at all of the kids and babies there are tagging along with their parents. I had no idea, but I’ve been enlightened!
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Being able to wear my little one at the brewery makes the experience that much more enjoyable. She loves watching all of the people around us all while feeling the warmth and comfort of Mom. HANDS FREE! I've tried a few baby carriers and have gotten tons of back pain from other brands. The Ergo has such great back support, and keeps both myself and baby comfortable the entire time. Neither my husband nor I am the partying type, so if we are going out, we usually like to have our children with us. It's so nice not to have to lug around a big bulky stroller everywhere we go. The Ergo carrier that I have has a zip-up pocket in the front which can carry quite a bit comfortably. Not only does it eliminate the stroller, but also keeps me from having to bring our big baby bag along with us. Usually, you can find my phone, keys, wallet, a few diapers, pacifiers, etc. in the front pocket of my Ergo. Another feature that makes it really convenient is the hood that can shield your little one from rain or the sun. It's the perfect set up for a family outing no matter where we decide to go.
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So next time you are passing a brewery with your kids and wishing you could check it out, stop on in and see if it's family friendly. Oh, and if you have little ones, don't forget your Ergo!

This post is sponsored by Ergo in partnership with BabyCenter.

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My Favorite Placemats and Bowls

Hey Guys! So a little while back, I discovered these awesome placemats and bowls for kids. They are made by EZ PZ (you may recognize them from the show Shark Tank) and since purchasing them, our old plastic kids plates and bowls have been in the back of our cabinets collecting dust. These are completely microwavable, dishwasher safe, and they suction to the table! (TAKE THAT BOWL DUMPING TODDLER!) After purchasing the original large size, I immediately went to amazon to find the other sizes that they offered. They have bowls, full size placemats, and smaller trays (perfect for babies because they fit perfectly on the highchair trays.) My son is one of those kids that has to have every piece of food separated in its own little spot, so he loves these just as much as I do.

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Of course my little man had to flash me the most heartwrenching smile all while saying "cheeeeese"; distracting me from taking photos. He loves modeling for Mama, especially if it involves Mac & Cheese.

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Hi Kids Co.

Hi Kids Co. is a print shop based in Dallas, TX providing art prints for kid's rooms, nurseries, and now offering children's T-shirts. All prints are printed in-house using acid-free, lignin-free fine art papers & archival ink. Hi Kids Co. have a very simple, yet playful style perfect for any kids room. We are in the process of styling Cal's big boy room ( I know, I can't believe how fast it goes!) and we found the perfect print. Not only does Cal LOVE dogs, he's also obsessed with super hero's. DOG SUPER HERO FOR THE WIN! Cal picked out the ice cream t-shirt, the only problem is he won't stop asking for ice cream whenever he wears it. Which if it were up to him would be every day. Another thing that I love about this company is that they are super affordable AND offer free shipping. (on orders over $35) I'm really excited to have found Hi Kids Co.

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How To Reason With Your Toddler

I've got some tips on How To Reason With Your Toddler. Sometimes it's not so easy when it comes to reasoning with a stubborn little human being. If you can't tell, I clearly have some experience in this department. My son is a very strong willed little man. It has taken a lot of time and patience in the last couple years and finally I feel like I have come to a point where I am able to sway situations in my favor; most of the time. Of course, anything I ask of him is an astounding, NO! But we have come a long way.

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GIVE THEM CHOICES

Things have gotten easier once I started giving my son some choices. He knows that if he refuses to do something, say, eat his vegetables or go potty when I ask, he can choose to go to bed instead. You can use time out, bed time, or anything they would rather not do as your other choice. By doing this, it makes them feel in control because they chose the latter. It's when they say, "Okay, Nunight Mama" is when you're really screwed. If this happens, follow through and then go get them after a few minutes. (This is a trick I was taught by my awesome sister in law. She's got some great ideas up her sleeve. Check her out!)

EXPLAIN WHY

Most times, toddlers just want to do what they want. If you explain to them why they can't do something, it might make them understand a bit better. Toddlers are like little sponges, they remember pretty much EVERYTHING! If you make it a habit to explain things in a way they can understand, they may stop asking to do things they shouldn't. Or not. It's a toss up.

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REDIRECTION

If the top two don't help, redirecting your toddler usually works wonders. For example, we go to Target A LOT. Literally every time we walk through those big red doors, my son starts chanting "CAKE POP, CAKE POP, CAKE POP" while pointing at Starbucks. He slowly but surely gets louder and louder until a tantrum is moments from happening. Now, I'm totally not against cake pops; however, if we indulge in one, I know nap time is out the window for the day. And that's not cool. So, instead of giving in, I will redirect him into helping me pick out a snack or maybe even a little toy that he can have. At the moment, he's obsessed with Disneys Tsum Tsum's. You know, the ones that look like hamster shaped Disney characters? That's my go-to redirection, and for now, it works like a charm. For the low cost of $2.99, and the fact that it keeps him occupied and happy for my entire shopping trip, I call it a MOM WIN!

TIME OUT

Unfortunately, there are those days that your toddler will not be down for any of these tricks up your sleeve and it will eventually turn into a time out. If you're out in public, although it's totally a pain in the butt, pick up your little one and explain to them that they have to leave because of their behavior. Bring them to the car and buckle them in until they calm down and explain that they are in time out. Revert back to my first piece of advice and give them the choice of going home or returning back to the store. Hopefully they don't choose home, because then you're screwed! ;-p

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Combining all of these tips will be most effective for you. Good Luck Messy Haired Moms, and May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Tips on Dealing with a Picky Eater

 

This was a post I had written for the Raleigh Moms Blog.

It took me 18 years to start trying foods other than chicken fingers and pizza. When I think back on my youth, I find myself blaming my parents for being too nice. How could they not have known I was bringing my carrots to the bathroom and spitting them out in the trash in the middle of dinner?! They definitely were turning a cheek towards my unhealthy eating habits. Although it was always offered at meal time, I’d usually get away with not having any or taking the smallest helping possible and not even eating it. Now that I have my own children, I refuse to accept that picky eating can run in the family. Even if it does. When my son was just starting to eat solids. I wanted to save him from becoming a picky eater like I had always been. I read every Pinterest article and book imaginable on how to raise a child to not be a picky eater. Unfortunately none of that worked. He didn’t start these picky habits until he was about a year old; but it’s been a struggle ever since. Where did my sweet baby go that would open wide for his mashed veggies? I’ve gotten a handful of advice from friends and family saying, “Give him healthy foods, he won’t starve himself.” Clearly they haven’t had to deal with my stubborn (yet sweet) little boy.  I never wanted to hide veggies in my child’s food, but sometimes, a Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do! Just imagine what it would be like to spray Windex in your child’s mouth and that would be an accurate re-enactment of what happens when we have him try a vegetable. (I honestly think he would enjoy Windex more than he would a green bean.) Here are some tips I’ve acquired in the past couple years after dealing with my own picky eater and having been a picky eater my whole life.

Let them Help

I’ve noticed that my son is way more apt to eating something if he helps make it. Sometimes it can get messy, but the outcome is definitely worth it.

Get Saucy!

The only way I could stomach a vegetable or something I didn’t like, was to drench it in BBQ sauce. Hey, whatever works, right? This is literally how I started eating seafood and vegetables, and I can honestly say it helped bring me to be the adventurous eater that I am today. Getting your child to eat veggies can be tough, start by mixing them in dishes like casseroles, or pastas. They eventually will acquire a taste for them. Ranch can and will be your best friend; and I’m pretty sure its meant to be dipped by veggies. Just keep an eye out for your child using a vegetable as a vessel to just eat the sauce. This usually happens and will need to be corrected immediately. Hey, I don’t really blame them!

Add seasoning!

In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than an under-seasoned vegetable. Even just a little bit of salt and pepper and butter can be your best friend when getting your child to take a bite.

DO NOT offer alternatives.

If your child is saying no to the meal you have made for them. Don’t force them to eat it. If they leave the table and come back because they are hungry, one of the worst things you can do is offer them something you know they’ll like, just to fill their tummies. It will be hard, but stay strong Mama! Just offer them their meal again. If they still refuse, then they will unfortunately have to go to bed hungry. Enough of these nights, they will eventually start trying new things. Who knows? Maybe they’ll like it next time!

Use your food processor.

When in doubt, whip your food processor out! If your child just wont budge, try some hidden veggie recipes. I saved this for last because if the other tips work, stick with those. Sometimes, children can be very stubborn. ESPECIALLY if you’ve dug yourself a hole and have caved in to their terrible eating habits over time. Just know, you are not alone! It can happen to anyone. Even our pediatrician recommended hiding the veggies until our son would start saying yes to nutritious foods. You can find my favorite weeknight recipe, Hidden Veggie Cheddar Bacon Meatloaf here. You can also blend veggies and add them to a smoothie. I usually make one for myself, and one for my son in the morning. If you do hide the veggies in a recipe, the next time you make it, try having your child help. That way you won’t feel bad about being sneaky and your child will realize that veggies can taste good!

Remember, it takes time. Your picky eater will not start eating his vegetables overnight. Good luck!

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DIY Cloth Wipes

Hey guys! So I’m getting uncomfortably close to my due date and I have so much to do on my “Nesting To-Do List” I’ve totally put everything off until last minute as usual and am now pulling my hair out trying to prepare for little miss’ arrival. As some of you may know, I’ve decided to cloth diaper her from the beginning. With Cal, I was introduced to the cloth diapering game a little late and wish I had started at birth. It really is crazy how much money you can save. With Cal, I had made probably all of the cloth diapering mistakes a first time mom could. One of those that I wish I had tried was using cloth wipes instead of disposable. This made cloth diapering a little harder on us because you are constantly having to separate your

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5 Habits to Becoming a Better Mom

  1. Be More Present a.k.a PUT THE CELL PHONE DOWN. This is my number one because it’s something I have such a hard time doing. Whether it’s reading emails, or catching up on texts, or scrolling through social media. Whatever it is, it’s taking away from time from your little ones. This is time you will never get back. Use it wisely!

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5 Must Have Items to Sleep Train your Baby!

So I’ve been hearing a lot lately that some parents are having trouble getting their children to sleep. It is not an easy task and the process is not fun either. It leaves parents exhausted and cranky; never a good mix with a baby or toddler! I decided to put together a quick list of all the things that have helped us get our little one to sleep. We do the same exact routine every night and it has definitely worked for us! It’s also was a huge help to a few of my mom friends who were having trouble getting their toddler to take a longer naps or not get up at the crack of dawn! Right now, our son sleeps from about 7:30-8:30 a.m (sometimes longer) and takes a 2-3 hour nap a day. Not all children are the same, but this has definitely worked for us! Hopefully it can help some of your Messy Haired Moms get some rest! I know you all need it!