Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Archer’s Room – Furniture DIY

When my son Archer was born, I made the initial choice to have my 16 month-old daughter and he share a room. This unfortunately did not work for very long, and my husband and I made the decision to split them up. One of the reasons I was so hesitant to split them was for money reasons;  I really I did not want to spend money on new furniture, decorations and everything else that comes with doing a baby room.  As I looked around my home, however, I realized what I already had: furniture, decorations, curtains and basically everything else I needed the whole time – I just was not paying attention.

We had already transitioned my daughter from her crib to a toddler bed, so that was an obvious given that her Serena and Lily crub would take center stage in his room.  In addition, I always prided myself on buying nice furniture that would last, and for the most part, stay in style. My college bedroom furniture (the dresser and nightstand) became my guest room furniture, and now is my son’s. With some new paint it looks amazing.

Check out this, and the next few posts, to see how I only spent $200 on my son’s nursery! 

Here is how I took an old, worn, wood-stained dresser and nightstand, to become fresh, clean, and beautiful staple bedroom pieces!

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My Guilty Sleep Tactic

I will start off by admitting that my children are on the WORST sleep routine ever and my husband reminds me of it every time he is off (work that is). I know he is right. I know he is as frustrated as am I. I need my mommy time, too. I have stuff to clean, clothes to fold, blogs to write, and I know deep down in my heart this would all be easier if my children went to sleep at a normal time. Sometimes I am so tired, I am just angry and irritable. I say to them “WHY?! WHY?! Can’t you just go to bed!?” and “Ugh, Please Lord let them go to sleep!” Sometimes tears form when I try the sleep tactics that don’t work for me, and I know that this is my fault.

I should be more consistent.

I am with dinner. I sit down with them every night at 6pm even if I haven’t made myself food and just talk to them.

I am with bath time. We get those bubbles going and start playing around 6:30pm. We always make time for a splash party.

I am with jammies. We usually chase each other around the house and laugh a lot.

I am with turning down the lights to set the bedtime mood around 7:20.

I am with books. I always give in with “one more, Mommy.”

I am with prayers. We always pray together.

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3 Most Effective Things to Do to Increase Breast Milk Supply

This topic took a couple months for me to truly hit the nail on head.  I have had one son.  So I have had one experience with breastfeeding, and for the most part, it has been a positive one.  But in the beginning, while your boobs are trying to figure out just how much milk they need to be producing to sustain your hungry child, it can be rather challenging to understand exactly what needs to be done in your diet to ensure you never run low on milk… baby’s feeding schedules can be fickle, and it’s important to be prepared.  I’ve read pages and pages of advice on how to increase my milk supply, but in the end, these three things worked the best for both my sister and I.

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Chicken, Apple and Sweet Potato Puree

When my daughter turned 9 months old my mother suggested that I give her chicken in her baby food. My first thought was “oh that is so gross.” I had seen the gerber baby food on the shelf that had chicken in it. A white puree of mystery meat that I just could not stomach. With my daughter I relied a lot on organic store bought baby food.

I worked over sixty hours a week and felt baby food making would be  too time consuming for me and my parents, who took care of my daughter. (I will blog later on the best store bought baby foods because in no way am I opposed to them.)  With my son I decided that I needed to be home with my kids. I now had time to make my own baby food. My son is an EATER and sooner than expected he was ready to have animal protein in his food. I had to suck it up and do my research. Organic chicken and egg yolks seemed to be the best path. I had tried store bought chicken baby food and the only ones he really liked were the Sprout foods. He was going through them like crazy, and it did get a tad expensive. So here I am creating my own recipes and my son loves this one. 

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide for a Newborn

There are certain ages that we find especially difficult when it comes to choosing an appropriate gift for birthdays or holidays.  Two specific ages shockingly are those itty bitty brand new babies – because mom probably just received about everything she needed for him or her at her baby shower or purchased on her own – and age one.  We will be posting a gift guide for the difficult one-year old soon, but in the meantime, for those of you who have a friend or relative who just or will be having a new, precious babe in the coming days or weeks… this gift guide is for you.  We like all the items on this list because there are certain items that he or she can grow with, while simultaneously still getting use out of them in their immobile newborn state, and also some that are really great for mom – because let’s be honest, this Christmas is for her, too.

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Carrot, Peach and Apricot Baby Puree

This baby puree is a no brainer: It’s full of health-beneficial ingredients, sweet enough for baby’s developing taste buds, and best of all – it is delicious and silky smooth for your special guy or gal (maybe both!).  I originally started giving carrots to Kaden when he first turned 6 months, as my pediatrician had me stick to the main three single-foods from 4-5 months of age (those being butternut squash, apples and pears).  Since carrots are one of nature’s sweetest vegetables, and they offer a silky texture when pureed, it was an instant hit for my little man.  Adding in a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice – well that made everything even nicer.

Once I started giving my son combination purees (around 6.5 – 7 months), I knew I wanted to incorporate these orange veggies into a blend that would give him added nutrition, but that would still be sweet and be used as a lunch or snack option.  Thus the combination of carrot, apricot and peaches was created!  I particularly like to give him a fruit and vegetable combo at lunch time, as breakfast is typically a fruit (pears…) with baby oatmeal and dinner is a more wholesome, protein and veggie time of day; giving him a mix at lunch is a more sure-fire way of ensuring he will enjoy his meal and make it more appealing.  This puree is an easy first to try with your infant, given that it is in fact so sweet.  It may take baby a couple spoonfuls to get used to the flavor of the apricots, but you can always downplay those in your first batch by using less if you prefer.

The addition of apricots and peaches in this puree add extra health benefits, including offering gut-healthy dietary fiber.  Most important to your little one: they add extra sweetness to this yummy lunch alternative!

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How to Make Wild Blueberry, Pear and Spinach Baby Puree

When I began looking for baby food options for my son once he moved out of the single food purees, I really wanted to incorporate some healthy nutrients for him from leafy greens, in addition to continuing to make his food palatable.  The most effective way of doing this was to integrate those greens into a yummy mixture of super delicious fruits.

Not only is this baby puree yummy and nutritious, it is also incredibly beautiful – making a gorgeous purplish-blue mixture [does this really matter? No, of course not.  But I like marveling at my hard work, and it’s an added bonus that this food mixture ends up being my favorite color].

You might have seen a similar puree which used apples instead of pears – I originally used apples in this puree, but after having several failed attempts with applesauce and other apple-included items, I realized that apples were just too tart for my son.  It didn’t matter what kind of organic apple I chose, he always made one of those super adorable, yet obviously annoyed lemon-faces after each spoonful.  That’s why I decided to swap the apples for pears.  Kaden already eats pears every day at breakfast with his cereal, and since I know he absolutely loves those, this was an easy substitute.  If you know that your child loves apples, go ahead and use those… either way, this puree turns out delicious.

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Homemade, All-Natural Baby Wipes

I dare you: Pick up a pack of wipes at any baby store, and you are most likely to find ingredients listed on the back that most likely strike any of the following responses:

  1. What are these words? Do you think I can Wikipedia that?
  2. Oh yeah, I’ve heard of SLS… that’s what makes my shampoo so sudsy!
  3. This ingredients list is like a small book – and I’m not a huge fan of reading.
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