Philips Sonicare for kids challenged us to test our their awesome power toothbrush to help bring some peace to our morning rush and who better to test it out on then our resident wild man, Sunny? He has boundless energy as you can see throughout but giving him that independence of getting ready makes all the difference! We filmed his very first time using the power toothbrush and laughed so hard. He was so surprised to see it working for him and he intuitively changed his brushing style to let it do the work for him mid-brush. We loved seeing his mind in action!
With that cute little song timing their brush session it adds that extra element of independence so we can get breakfast or other siblings ready while they do their thing! Check it out:
Have you heard of Baby Led Weaning? It’s sort of a silly name only because it implies that you are weaning your baby — which in this case I definitely am not. Nursing is still Lolly’s #1 source of nutrition, but I’ve loved the experience so much of skipping baby food puree and going straight to food!
The concept behind this all makes total sense to me as you simply give the baby manageable size and texture of food in it’s real form so that it develops their fine motor skills as well as gives them a true sense of food. There have been some studies showing that this form of feeding makes for better eaters as they’re not introduced to food as mush or puree, but in the way it truly comes. Of course we all do what’s best for our families, but I thought I’d share this idea here as well as some ideas I have for first foods!
We nursed exclusively till 7 1/2 months before we began this process so our foods have been able to be a bit more advanced. Lolly loves lunch meat (I prefer to do hormone-free Turkey), Super Grain Toast, diced Cherry Tomatoes and organic BlackberriesAvocado spread on toast (she LOVES toast), red bean pasta and hard boiled eggs. There is some debate on allergies with eggs but I’ve done my own personal research and feel fine giving it to her. The yolk is actually the best part and most fatty but it’s SUCH a mess I hate it.Now that she’s a bit older she can grab on to a whole banana and loves that plus it keeps her occupied for a bit! organic raspberries, chopped up Larabars and Annie’s Organic Cheddar Squares.
Here are some tips:
This way of eating is MESSY. Strip down the baby — I’ve ruined a lot of jammies in the morning not doing this. Get a leather play mat. I love putting this on the floor and the high chair over so clean up is SO much easier! Also, occasionally still feed baby purees or food pouches. Those are still so convenient when I’m in a hurry, we’re in the car, Disneyland or the airport anywhere I don’t need her making a total mess of herself! Start small and slow. Gagging is normal and sounds and feels scary at first — educate yourself on the difference between their natural gag reflex and choking. ALWAYS be in the room and watching them closely!
You can read more information and safety guidelines on this site.
Next up in our guide to holiday gifts is pajamas! It’s a tradtion we all grew up with and passed onto our families, and we just can’t help it, honestly. Is there anything sweeter than seeing your kids sleepy-eyed padding down the hall in their matching festive sleepwear? Nope.
Kickee Pants comes in so many awesome colors you can fit any color scheme you need. If your kids haven’t tried these out, this is the year. Try festive red or a more Wintry color for post-Holiday longevity.
Our kids love their slippers and we couldn’t help but fawn over these A Andreassen pairs. Made with felt and leather these are so well made and we love the woven effect.
We’ll be back next week with more gift guides! But find all of our past guides right here.
Happy weekend everyone! We’re excusing Emily today as she is a busy bee running Bijou Market – a local handmade event in Provo this weekend! If you’re around, don’t miss it! As for the rest of us, here’s what we’re thinking about this week:
Wearing: Can I see a raise of hands from everyone who gets a uniform, essentially, and wears it, or a version of it for a month at a time? ME! Here it is, I’ve been in a turtle neck, coat and beanie this entire month. Typically all black, but I’ve been adding in some pops of color – does tortoise shell count? (stay tuned for next week’s Fryday).
Listening: ON REPEAT! New Carly Rae Jepsen and new Biebs, of course! Especially Carly’s “Gimme Love” and “Run Away With Me”
Reading: Just bought this for my kids and they are on FIRE with it. They already love the song, and the bright photographs along with the words is just next level.
Anticipating: BIJOU! ALWAYS the best Christmas Shopping of the year!
Feeling: I feel pretty settled currently. Not a ton of worrying. I attribute this to prayer and keeping my priorities straight. Which we all know it really hard to do sometimes.
Wearing: Pajamas. I’ll get in to this later, but we’ve not been well around here. My FAVORITE pair that I’ve bought three times are these $25 ones from Target. They feel like butter and are just the coziest. I love wearing matching pjs when I feel and look crappy cause then it seems I have a portion of my life together 😉
Decorating: Is anyone else chomping at the bit to decorate for christmas?! I am!! But to resist I’ve been decking out my backyard instead since we’re gearing up for our first hosted Thanksgiving which we’re holding outside! I bought this hammock from the same place I bought my table I shared last week, Joss & Main. If you want a hammock this is THE ONE. I love that it’s got a stand so you don’t need to have trees to tie them to! Also it’s a lot wider then I anticipated so there’s plenty of room for the whole family! I love it. I’ve recently become so obsessed with Joss & Main, and we now have some exciting news coming up with them, I can’t wait!!
Listening: I’ve been heavy into podcasts lately. Ted Radio Hour, This American Life and Take Control of Your Money to name a few #boring.
Feeling: SICK. I’ve had a major #essentialoilfail the last two weeks with our family and everyone has been passing around the illness and I wanna cry! Outside of my essential oil regimen I’ve found gems in this humidifier, this diffuser for my oils cheap enough to buy for every room and Zarbees all natural cough syrup for babies!
I am also feeling GRATEFUL. We were able to raise over $7000 in our Christmas for Syria project. I can’t wait to share how this money blesses the lives of so many while we are in Turkey. Stay tuned and all my thanks to you!!!!
Holidays are upon us and that means guests! We absolutely love having family underfoot, but anyone who’s been a houseguest knows that it can feel uncomfortable trying to stumble around and find the things we need even when the host insists it’s not a bother. So, we wanted to come up with a way to make our guests feel even more at home, having the things they might need right on hand so they don’t even need to ask!
All you need is a container and a few supplies and you can have your own guest room cart for your next visitors! So what goes inside? First, a robe. Why? Because even with the fluffiest white towels, you still have to do that tip-toe sleuth run from the bathroom to your room. Even the biggest towel feels a little revealing when you’re not in your own house, so a robe is extra coverage, warmth, and feels so luxe! Pair it with candles and matches and it’s basically a spa you’ve got going.
Second, bathroom supplies like our favorite Cottonelle Mega Rolls, soap, hair products, a brush, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Who wants to ask someone for more TP? Nobody.
Then, we always joke that hotel nights are stressful because it feels like your food options are super limited and not without challenges. So, stock up on easy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, bottled drinks and more. Better yet ask your guests what they love and fill it with their favorite things, they’ll never forget it!Only downside is that they may never leave. We love you fam, but you can’t stay forever!
Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post! Thanks to them we’re always #OnAMegaRoll. 😉