Two Free Starbucks Drinks

Today on Zulily you can receive TWO FREE Starbucks drinks if you sign up for a Starbucks account using their link. Once you sign up you will receive will receive two free drinks, promotional offers and “stars” for every purchase – once you have 12 stars you will earn additional free items.

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Free coffee is always a nice thing for Moms 🙂

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Starting Solids

Starting solids with Grace was a big production for me since I am a Dietitian or at least that is what I am going to blame it on. I brought out all my old textbooks and notes from my infant nutrition classes. I remembered how important it is to expose your infant to many different textures and flavors before they become picky toddlers. I wanted her to be an adventurous eater so I could continue to cook the foods I liked and would enjoy (I did not want to have a family that has ‘kid meals’  EVERY night – although it is great in moderation and I do enjoy it now and then) . Most of all I wanted to her to be exposed and learn to enjoy healthy foods. I decided to skip the rice cereal since I didn’t think it had enough of a nutritional value to be her first food…I mean it is not even a whole grain! I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME on deciding what her first food should be. I wanted it to be a green vegetable, not something too awful where she would refuse to have real food and never try it again (like that would happen), not something orange (not really sure why this one was on the list but it was…I guess it went along with “too sweet” and it tends to be favored more than green vegetables), not something too sweet (you would have thought I was deciding on her first dessert) and definitely not a starchy vegetable. After typing that out (and even before typing it) I realized I put WAY TOO MUCH THOUGHT into it.  I finally decided on green beans. At first she gagged a lot and made funny faces like all kids do, but after 2-3 days she seemed to enjoy them. Although once she tried other foods she did not like green beans anymore :).

So here is my chart of Grace’s first month of solid foods

Green Beans Green Beans Green Beans Avocado Avocado Avocado Carrots
Carrots Carrots Blueberries Blueberries Blueberries Cauliflower Cauliflower
Cauliflower Apple Apple Apple Oatmeal Oatmeal Oatmeal
Sweet Potato Sweet Potato Sweet Potato Broccoli Broccoli Broccoli Zucchini
Zucchini Zucchini Asparagus Asparagus Asparagus Banana Banana

These foods worked out so well and led to great combinations that I could make. I will continue to post more advanced foods and combinations for you to try!

If I had to redo my introduction of foods – I think I would have started with zucchini – it is still green, however it purees very nicely for a baby transitioning from milk to solids. It has a very watery consistently so you need less milk for other liquids to thin out the puree and has a mild flavor. I also used fresh blueberries in my blueberry puree. I think I should have cooked the blueberries first because my puree seemed to have a weird consistency due to the skins. I should have cooked them for a bit first.

Grace really loved all of these foods. I think her favorites were cauliflower, sweet potato, carrots, asparagus (which shocked me), apples and zucchini.

Bananas and avocados are nice to introduce early so that if you are running late on time you can just grab one and mash it with a fork – no cooking required.

Hope this helps guide you on what to feed your little one!

To make my food I use the Beaba Babycook. My lovely sister was nice enough to let me borrow hers. It has worked really well and when I feel more ambitious and make bigger quantities – I use a steam pot on the stove. If I was buying one for myself I would get this newer model where you can cook two different options at one time – anything to save time!

When storing my food,  I first portion it out in to this multiportion container and freeze it. When I need food I take it out of the freezer – put it in this container or these glass containers – let it thaw overnight – and then heat before serving.

Little Boys Summer Wear

The other day I posted some little girls swimsuits. Since then, little boys summer wear has been popping up all around me…so since I do not have a little boy of my own…I thought I would share all the items. They are WAY too cute not to.

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1. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Newborn Suspender Short Set
2. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Newborn Cardigan – how cute are those elbow pads?!
3. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Newborn Seersucker Vest
4. Mud Pie Boy’s Gingham Bow Tie and Suspender Set
5. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Newborn Giraffe Swim Trunk
6. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Toddler Whale Swim Trunks
7. Mud Pie Baby-Boys Newborn Pelican Swim Trunks

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner I thought I would share some of the cute gift ideas that I have seen around.

1.  Bright Pink Heart Anywhere Chair – The perfect size chair for your little one and the simple heart decorations make it perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift but still alright to use year round.

2. Pottery Barn Kids Blocks –  These blocks are so cute and have different animals/items pictured for each letter than you typically see – for example acorn instead of the typical apple. They are also very sturdy and a good weight.

3. I Love You Through And Through Board Book – A very cute book to tell your little one you love everything about them no matter what.

4. Heart Shaped Crayons – Make your own using this mold. Simply fill the heart cavity with broken crayons  and bake at 230 degrees for 15-20 minutes. It is a fun and festive way to create some Valentine’s Day art projects!

 

Sorry if there is a random letter or mark in this post. I had a little one that woke up from her nap and wanted to add her thoughts to this post before I uploaded it 🙂

Swimsuits for Little Ones

The last couple days have been BEAUTIFUL in HOUSTON! The main reason I deal with the incredibly hot Houston summer is for the random days in winter when its 80 degrees out….and I currently get to experience that (sorry for those of you still in the snow). Since it has been so nice out I have been checking out little girls swimwear and I came across the cutest line by Little Me. I loved their sleepers when Grace was little…I was so sad when she grew out of the 9 months ones since that was the biggest size.  Here are some of my favorites.

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1. Little Me Baby Girls Hibiscus Tutu One Piece Swimsuit

2. Little Me Baby Girls Swim Stripe Tutu

3. Little Me Baby-Girls Infant Dot Swimsuit

These swimsuits pair well with this adorable cover up which can be found hereLittle_Me_Cover_Up_Girls_Swim__91519.1415810813.260.260

Little me also has rash guards for the extra sunny days or when you will be outside longer and want more skin protection…best of all they are just as cute! Check them out here or here.


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Amazon Diaper Deal is BACK!!

My favorite diaper deal is back. If you have not signed up for a trial offer for Amazon Mom in the past 12 months – take advantage of this deal! You can get 150+ diapers for 10-15 dollars depending on type and size.

The deal is for NEW Amazon Mom members that sign up for accounts between January 27, 2015 and February 10, 2015 and buy Huggies diapers  by March 10, 2015. Sign up for Amazon Mom.

Once you sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Mom, add one pack of Huggies Diapers (the bigger the better) to your cart and 50%  off your first purchase will automatically be taken off. If you add the subscribe and save (where you will receive automatic shipments) you will save an additional 20%. You can cancel your membership and the subscribe and save at any time through the online website (they make it very easy).

 

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Santa Handprint Ornament

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For Christmas this year I made Santa handprint ornaments for family members from Grace. They turned out so cute and there is still time to make one to hang on your tree, after all the epiphany isn’t till January 6th.

To make the salt dough:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup warm water

I mixed the ingredients together in a kitchenaid mixer until it formed a ball

Steps to make ornaments:

1. Roll out dough, about 1/3 inch thick (make sure it is thick enough so that when you put your babies handprint the part with the impression is not too thin)

2. Cut around each handprint and poke a hole using a pen or I used a skewer stick I had

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3. Dip your finger in water and smooth out the edges of ornament

4. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for about 3 hours or until dried and hard  (I flipped my ornaments every 30 minutes) – make sure to bake the ornaments on a low heat or the dough will start to rise

5. Once dry I sanded the sides of each ornament to make sure they were smooth – I love these

6. Now you can start painting – I first sprayed the ornament with a clear gloss to make the surface easier to paint – Like this one

7. Paint the entire ornament white

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8. Next paint the hat, beard and face on the ornaments

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9. Tie a string through the hole and you have your cute Santa hand print ornament to remember your babies first Christmas (I have been told that these work best for children under 1 because once older their hand print is too large and the ornament becomes too heavy)

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Since these turned out so well, I am going to try to make some reindeer ones to go with them. Lets see if Grace will cooperate one more time 🙂

Snowman Breakfast

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Check out this blog for step by step directions to create this winter spread. So cute! The site even has the printable signs for you.

Tips:

Try using chalk markers instead of sharpies, the chalk can be removed so the glasses can be reused!

Supplies:

4 pack of glass mugs

Chalk Markers

Paper Plates

Christmas Activity Placemats– I like these activity placemats to add another activity for children to do

Blue and White Striped Straws

Starbucks Deal

Go to Starbucks website and buy an eGift for someone for $10 or more (or yourself just use two different email addresses) and pay with a Visa card (must be a visa) and you will receive an extra $10. I just bought one…paid $10 and received an eGift of $20. Hurry because it is only for the first 100,000 people!

*the extra $10 will not show up during the check out process, it will show on the emailed receipt and emailed eGift.

This deal sure did brighten my work week!

**Looks like the deal is now expired – Hope some of you got it in time!

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