Philips Sonicare for Kids

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:

Film by Jenner Brown for Philips Sonicare for Kids!

Baby Led Weaning Ideas

By Jenna.

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!Baby Led Weaning

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!Baby Led Weaning

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 BlackberriesBaby Led WeaningAvocado 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.Baby Led WeaningNow 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.

gift guide: holiday PJs

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.

Here’s what we’re eyeing this year:

jam

We discovered Garnet Hill this year and are dying over their classic pajama styles. This stripe flannel is so perfect!

All our kids have different levels of being clothed at night. Some are just in undies, some like to be extra toasty. If your kid is the latter, these micro fleece PJs will be just right.

A little less warmth than the fleece but still lots of coverage – these two piece cotton sets (polar bears!) or zip front sleepers are so cute. And we love the green stripe.

Gap’s pretty hand painted patterns and bold graphics  are calling our name, too.

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.

 

houseguest cart DIY

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! Houseguest CartSo 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.

Houseguest CartThen, 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!Houseguest CartOnly downside is that they may never leave. We love you fam, but you can’t stay forever!Houseguest Cart

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post! Thanks to them we’re always #OnAMegaRoll. 😉

egg-free cupcakes!

So happy to have Amy of Yummy Toddler Food back today with an egg-free cupcake recipe! Amy’s recipes are always a hit and we’re so happy for her and her new cookbook release! 35 of her best recipes of the year into a giftable cookbook that’s perfect to share with other mamas of little ones. Check it out right here and enter “HAPPY” for $5 off! Welcome back, Amy!

“A few of our little friends can’t eat eggs, so whenever we’re having a gathering with friends, I try to include a dessert that everyone can eat. These Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting happen to be free from eggs, gluten, and nuts, but they taste just like you’d hope a cupcake would—moist, decadent, and with a delicate crumb.Egg Free Cupcakes My daughter helped me to bake this batch over a recent cloudy weekend and since there aren’t any raw eggs in the batter, it was even okay with me when she wanted to lick the spoon clean! I started with the recipe for my Brownie Cupcakes and made a few tweaks. Here’s the scoop on the few less traditional ingredients:

Egg Free CupcakesChia seeds: These seeds, which plump up into an almost gel when wet, help the batter bind together. They also add some good fats, which is a nice nutritional bonus. (You can’t see them in the final cupcakes since the color blends right in with the cocoa powder.)

Buckwheat: We love to bake with this gluten-free flour, which is not made of wheat despite its name. It has a nutty flavor, is high in nutrients, and is really versatile.

Yogurt: Using yogurt in baked goods adds a nice richness (along with protein and calcium) and helps to cut down on the amount of butter needed.

Each bite of these cupcakes delivers just-sweet-enough flavor and hits of chocolate, and the Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect pair. We highly recommend enjoying these with a tall glass (or sippy cup) of milk!Egg Free Cupcakes

Super Yummy Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
You can use whole-wheat flour instead of the buckwheat if you prefer.
Makes 12

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably not nonfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Stir the milk and the chia seeds together and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Add the butter, yogurt, and vanilla to the milk mixture and stir to combine well.
3. Add the sugar, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Use a spatula to fold in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon evenly into the prepared paper liners, filling each about 3/4 full and smoothing the tops. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Stir together 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2-3 tablespoons honey with a wooden spoon. Spread onto cupcakes.

Make-Ahead: You can bake and frost these cupcakes up to a full day ahead of time but I suggest that you skip the paper liners and simply grease the muffin tin instead. The paper liners have a tendency to get totally stuck to the cupcakes during overnight storage—but otherwise, they taste nearly identical when stored in the fridge in an airtight container!