All aboard the North Pole Express!

Back during the summer, I purchased tickets for the North Pole Express. I've actually missed purchasing the past two years. The tickers sell out … [Continue Reading]

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Fill Me In Friday, Baby Led Weaning

From the beginning with Jud, I knew I wanted to give Baby Led Weaning a shot. I heard wonderful things about the concept and loved the idea of it … [Continue Reading]

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DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

I know you've probably seen tassle garland all over Pinterest lately. Actually, I've been seeing it for awhile, but I was never quite brave enough to … [Continue Reading]

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DIY Christmas Tile on Every Day Cheer

Today, I'm over on Every Day Cheer posting about a simple and sweet DIY project! I think you'll have tons of fun doing this with your kiddo's and … [Continue Reading]

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Oh What Fun It Is… to WIN $1,000 CASH

Can you believe its almost Christmas? I have a fun little giveaway today to spread a little Christmas cheer and someones getting some cash to … [Continue Reading]

All aboard the North Pole Express!

Back during the summer, I purchased tickets for the North Pole Express. I’ve actually missed purchasing the past two years. The tickers sell out quick, I was super excited when I scored a few for the family. Funny thing, I remember thinking I would let Judson hang out with my parents while we went, but he’s so laid back, that we thought he would actually enjoy the ride. And we were right!

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BK was thrilled when we arrived at the train station and she figured out what we would be doing. She was a little confused when we were put her in pajamas to leave the house. She kept saying, I can’t think of any place we get to wear our matching pajamas to. 

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Christmas through the eyes of children has to be one of the best things. So much wonder and excitement, I just smile the whole time while watching their sweet faces light up during this season. It is so incredibly special.

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BK danced with the elves while we were waiting for Santa to come visit. We stopped at the North Pole for enough time for Santa to see everyone on the train. There were pretty lights to look at out the window and plenty of dancing elves to keep everyone entertained.

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BK loved getting to chat with Santa again and she informed that she wanted, whatever he wanted to give her or one Barbie doll. Jud was just enamored with the people in red holding him.

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We ended the night with hot chocolate and muffins. But, of course, we had to grab dinner on the way home. I hope this is a fun tradition we can continue, and I can’t wait to see Jud up and dancing with his sister next year.

Well, maybe I can wait :)

Fill Me In Friday, Baby Led Weaning

From the beginning with Jud, I knew I wanted to give Baby Led Weaning a shot. I heard wonderful things about the concept and loved the idea of it making him a great eater. I think I get more questions about Baby Led Weaning than any other parenting choice I make. Yes, even more than breastfeeding, and we all know how everyone wants to be all up in your breastfeeding business. I’d gladly take a dollar for each time someone said: Oh, what a cute baby! How old is he? Are you still breastfeeding him? I mean, what in the actual world? I digress.

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Let’s get back to the actual point of this post, Baby Led Weaning. I think it’s probably best to just answer some of the many questions I get asked about the topic. And I get the questions, I really do, it’s odd to see a 7 month old happily eating a stalk of broccoli. You should probably know, I’m in no way qualified to tell you how to feed your baby. I’m just giving honest answers about what worked for us, everything I’ve learned about Baby Led Weaning came from this book. I recommend ordering the actual book. You’ll want to highlight and mark pages, just go ahead and get the paperback from the start.

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What exactly is Baby Led Weaning (or for the less tactful, do you know your baby has a whole carrot in his hand?) Baby Led Weaning means we completely skipped purees (jar food, homemade food, any smashed up or blended food). We skipped baby cereals, I have never spoon fed anything. We didn’t wait a certain number of days before introducing new things, we didn’t introduce one food at a time, we simply gave him what we were eating and let him decide what he did and didn’t want to eat from his tray. We also waited until the 6 month mark to start feeding him, when we was showing genuine interest in what we were eating (some other signs we looked for: following the food with his eyes, trying to take things to his mouth, sitting up unassisted, moving his mouth in a chewing motion).

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But won’t he choke? Well, any baby could technically choke on their food at any time. If done correctly, BLW babies are no more likely to choke than those who are spoon fed (the book said it, I promise). Usually people ask this question and never want to hear my really cool scientific answer (I learned it from the book)! So, babies have a gag reflex that is closer to the front of their mouth (for obvious safety reasons), if they bite off a piece bigger than they can handle, they gag to keep the food from moving too far back in their mouth. As a baby grows, the gag reflex moves further back. Luckily, we haven’t experienced any scares, but he will spit out a bite thats too big in a second! I think it’s pretty amazing to watch him as he develops and learns how to eat and makes his own choices about things. Obviously, we don’t put him in the kitchen and go watch a movie while he’s eating. We keep a close eye on him, just to be safe!

What does he eat? Everything! Seriously! For the most part, he can eat any fruits, veggies, meats, the occasional bread, and dairy. We limit most dairy because it tends to be overly processed and full of extras. I’m going off the top of my head, but here’s a list of what he’s eaten:

  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • eggs
  • french toast (an easy version just dip it in eggs only)
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • pasta
  • spinach
  • marinara sauce
  • pork
  • bananas
  • apples
  • oranges
  • cantaloupe
  • snap peas
  • green beans
  • eggs
  • pears
  • peaches
  • cucumbers
  • black bean/ cheese tortillas

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How do you prepare his food? Once again, the book provided a wealth of knowledge on this subject. We typically cut things in sticks to make them easy to hold. He started out by sucking on the food more than actually eating the food, but now he bites off bigger chunks and tries to chew his food more. We steam, roast, or grill most veggies and meats, and apples to make them a little softer. We leave out salt entirely, but he gets other spices on things (for example, cinnamon on apples).

A few other things:

It is messy!! You’ll notice that most of the time I leave the high chair cover off. I wash it at least three times a week. It’s about time we invested in another high chair, possibly a rubber one for easier cleanup. Bring lots of bibs in public.

Speaking of public, it really makes going out easier! He’s entertained and eating while we’re eating and no one is having to stop and spoon feed him. To me, the whole process is easier, I’m not making a freezing baby, and we’re all eating more fruits and veggies.

We’re branching out and starting to use things as dippers and cooking more BLW recipes, I’ll be sure to update you on the next leg of this journey! 

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DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

I know you’ve probably seen tassle garland all over Pinterest lately. Actually, I’ve been seeing it for awhile, but I was never quite brave enough to take the plunge. But, my mom and I love a good project, and we thought this might be a fun one to spend some time in the craft room learning how to make. And spend some time we certainly did!

The first set took us a fair amount of time to complete. By the second set, we were much faster and more efficient thanks to a few changes we made during the process. And last week we threw together a third strand rather quick! I know there are a million different tutorials you can find to make this, but I thought it would be helpful to share the method that worked well for us, in case you’re thinking of taking the tassle garland plunge yourself. You totally should, by the way!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tissue paper in your preferred colors
  • scissors or a rotary cutter (seriously, use the rotary cutter, it’ll make your life easier)
  • twine for hanging (I just pick up random colors from the Target dollar spot)
  • Aleene’s turbo tacky glue
  • straight edge

Fold about 5 sheets of tissue paper in half lengthwise and cut the paper into strips. We used around 1/4″ but here’s where you can experiment, I like it a little smaller because it ends up looking fuller and hanging better for me, but this particular one is around 1/4″ wide.

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Lay your strips out in sections. I used about 25 strips for each tassle. I found it easier to twist this way, but you can add more for a fuller look, if you prefer.

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Be sure your strips are even and find the middle of the stack. At the middle, start twisting your strips together until it is held together tightly. Continue twisting the paper, be sure you’re twisting evenly on both sides so you’re tassels will be the same length. Continue twisting until you have about 3″ tightly twisted in the middle.

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Twist the paper in half to create a small loop at the top. Once you’ve created a loop, continue to twist a few more times. These twists will essentially hold the tassel together. Add a dab of glue and hold the twist firmly until it sets (this only takes a few seconds), then let it dry completely.

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Continue this process until you have your desired number of tassels. For reference, I used 4 colors, and made 5 tassels from each color, for a total of 20.

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Once they’re dry, you’ll want to fluff your tassels. This seems like a part you might want to skip, but don’t. It really makes a big difference in the way your final products looks. To fluff, just flip the tassel over and separate each piece of tissue paper.

Now you’re ready to string them onto your twine!  You’ll want to trim the ends once the tassels are hanging to make sure they’re all even.

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For this particular garland, I added a name. I simply poked a small hole in the letters using a push-pin and strung them together with clear fishing line. I tied each end to the garland to complete the project.

These are perfect for birthday parties, weddings, showers, and even nurseries. I think they are so fun and festive and love to have them hanging in my house for holidays and special occasions. 10847201_880534819590_8941076000239103175_o

DIY Christmas Tile on Every Day Cheer

Today, I’m over on Every Day Cheer posting about a simple and sweet DIY project! I think you’ll have tons of fun doing this with your kiddo’s and cherish it for years to come! Also, we have some fun things on Every Day Cheer that you don’t want to miss, including holiday inspiration, a new interview series, and new submissions each week. If you haven’t clicked over in a while, go see what you’ve been missing.

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