Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cozy Movie day with Fisher Nut Exactly + a giveaway

*This is a sponsored post with Fisher*
We had a busy Labor Day weekend - filled with parties, lots of swimming, brunches with friends... but then the actual labor day rolled around and while we planned to go on the boat, the weather turned really crummy really quickly.  So we stayed in and watched a movie, the old disney movie -The Emperor's New Groove, curled up in our comfies while Wesley enjoyed napping in his crib the whole way through.  Of course snacks are always a must!  These new Fisher Nuts Exactly snacks are the perfect blend of sweet, salty with almost no guilt (15 calories a bite).  It has simple ingredients and nothing artificial.  My two favorite flavors are the almond popcorn dipped in milk chocolate and salted caramel.  When Tuck tried them he kept asking ... "more corn?" over and over again.  Not exactly the corn he's used to eating (:  
these little guys can be found in the nut aisle at Walmart!  
If you'd like to win a prize package  ( includes a sampling of all of the Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites and a $50 giftcard to Walmart ) just leave a comment below with your favorite family movie!  

*thank you to Fisher Nuts Exactly for sponsoring this post!*

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bachelorette Goodie Bag

My super thoughtful sister is away in Charleston this weekend celebrating her lifelong best friends bachelorette!  
These bags she put together, as the maid of honor, are just the cutest.  I had to take some photos of it in case anyone needs ideas (:  
Most of the treats were purchased at Target.  
But Bachelorette bags were found here, "team bride" temporary tattooShannon penned the tags and cups, and Heather made the itinerary.  Way to go, worlds greatest Maid of Honor!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

big boy in his big boys

Sorry to all those that don't have little ones or could care less about potty training.  Skip this post (:  but first take this survey please!  I don't have as much time to blog these days, but want it to be fun for y'all.   Always wonder what you like to read from me best!

I call this the least fuss potty training ever, but also the laziest too.  Lazy on my part!  But a few people have emailed/called/texted wondering how we are doing it and so here it goes...

I really thought about potty training when tuck turned two.  I thought it would be great to have only one in diapers when Wesley was born.  So for Christmas and his birthday I bought a couple of books.  He was pretty into it.  I started leaving the little potty out (I got this one at ikea) while I was in the kitchen cooking for meals where usually he is running in and outside constantly.  I'd have some of his potty books next to his little potty.  He eventually figured it out ... and one day, voila!  But I soon realized how disgusting cleaning out his miniature potty was.  So we changed to a removable seat on the actual toilet.  This worked well, but unless he was naked it just wasn't happening.  We would have accident after accident in his "big boys".  So I went with training pants, which was probably a mistake.  Because of course they are confusing!  They are basically diapers.  And then I had Wesley and potty training took a backseat.  About two weeks ago I was reading about how you can't wear swim diapers on "mickey boat" aka a Disney cruise, and I mentioned it to Tuck.  They have people that their specific job is just to watch for swim diapers!   He asks about "Mickey boat" incessantly even though we aren't going until the end of December.   We also toured his preschool for next January and while there I mentioned to him that he can't wear diapers at school.  Something clicked finally for both of us, and we were motivated over night.  The next day I kept reminding him he had his big boys on, especially once we were out and about.  Before I was too chicken to leave the house with just his underwear on.  We started with short trip to the super market, then a longer one to the park, then the next day on a play date.... longer and longer times out- you get it.  Reminding him the whole way through about his big boys on.  That was eleven days ago, we've been out everyday, he's used friends bathrooms and public restrooms...  and we have only had one accident! I still put on training pants before he goes down for his nap, though they are usually dry once I take them off after nap.   I don't know how long until I take away the pull ups at night ... and you know, sleep is just so precious!!  so I don't want to rock the boat yet...

Things that have helped:
-letting him pick out his big boys.  he picked out thomas the train and paw patrol ones!  but I have purchased these kickee pants underwear, and I've been wondering whhhhhy they aren't made in my size?!  could not be softer.
-a chart with stickers that came with one of his potty books 
-giving him a couple mini m&m's every time he went.
this book "even firefighters go to the potty" has been a huge hit around here
- we've used this oxo tot potty seat
bumbo step stool
- lots and lots of praise and an embarrassing potty song (:
- frequently asking if they need to go potty (now he almost always is the one to tell me)
- lots of reminding that they have their underwear on before and when you are out.

I really think the biggest key is both being ready.  I needed a goal, and he did too!
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and there you have it.  my big boy in his "big boys"  
.... not misty eyed about it AT ALL or anything.  (; 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A well deserved gift for a Nursing Mama

**this is a sponsored post by ZonePerfect**
Our neighbor recently had a little girl.  She's nursing so I wanted to drop of some things that could help out.  I know it's easy to grab something cute to bring for the baby, but likely the parents already have all of that.  It's nice to think of the mother in those early days.  Dropping off some thoughtful goodies is one of those things that make us all feel good.  Giving an unexpected gift is just the best and always proves giving is way better than receiving. 
Here's what the little gift basket has:
smart water and vitacoco with pineapple - so she can stay as hydrated as possible.  Plus I hear pineapple is supposed to be wonderful for supply.  
yogi woman's nursing support - nice to brew before you pump or if you are having trouble with supply.  I add in a little fresh lemon juice because the taste is so-so.
Lactation boost by Honest - This helped tremendously with my supply the first few months.  
alba good & clean mini peel -  I know some people like to drop off nail polish in these sort of gift baskets, but that to me just seems like one more thing to do.  A face mask is one of those things that are nice to do for yourself but your hands are mostly free.  
Hello Hadley girl bow - she sent a few of these adorable bows for my goddaughter  plus a couple extra and I have been loving putting them into baby girl gifts.  
ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple bars - I used to be an addict for zone bars in college.  These new perfectly simple bars contain 10 grams of protein, are delicious, gluten free, and have real simple ingredients.  I have tried the oatmeal and chocolate chip and they are soo good.  I always want to bring a little something that's sweet but that also has some protein to a new mother - these fit the bill.  Long live the days of eating for your baby (:  Here is a coupon for $1 off.  I found mine at Target.
burts bees zinnia - a touch of color for those lips!
tic tacs - for any unexpected visitors when you haven't had a chance to brush your teeth
bath bomb - I am a big bath fan. I know not everyone loves baths but I do!  As soon as my doctor cleared me it was one of the few places I could really relax, read a book, while JB watched the boys.  

What other treats would you put in the gift bag?   Anything that particularly helped you when you were a new mom?

Friday, August 21, 2015

a summer salad + a leftover recipe

Since it's a rare quiet morning in our house - Tuck is sleeping in?  Wesley has already been up and is down for his first nap, I thought I'd share our dinner last night.  We had my mother in law's birthday dinner here yesterday.  I love that we use the formal dining room so much, whenever company or birthdays are being celebrated in our home.  Which thankfully is often lately.  She requested something light after a week in Mexico.  So a salad it was!  We topped the salad with chicken and salmon that JB grilled for some protein.  I am addicted to summer salads.  We have them at least a few times every week.  We pop into our farm stand almost everyday and I usually just pick up whatever looks good.  
Last nights salad consisted of:  three ears of corn - then after cooked -cut off the ear, 3 avocados, cranberry goat cheese, one and a half containers of mixed greens, a carton of cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds,  and a carton of fresh figs, halved.  hooray for fig season!  I just use olive oil, salt, and pepper as a dressing but have balsamic there in case anyone wants a little more flavor (me! always.  JB-never).  Of course I did a little short order cooking for Tuck... I roasted in olive oil, salt and pepper - asparagus and okra.  So weird but these are the two no fail veggies he'll eat.  Plus he had some chicken and salmon.  For dessert it was a scoop of vanilla ice cream, roasted figs (roasted at 350 for fifteen minutes with coconut oil), crushed pistachios, and some avocado blossom honey from santa barbara that sweet (and amazing cook) amanda sent me.  One thing I love at the end of nights like these is the mess.  I love seeing the table, napkins all crumpled, bottle of wine finished, a candle to blow out.  Of course there's a massive pile of dishes to be done but ... it warms my heart to the core to have people I get to love, celebrate and honor with some food.  The mornings after summer salad nights have been especially yummy.  Perfect for a frittatta.  I just take the cast iron, spray it with coconut oil, mix four eggs, and dump the leftover salad in.  Bake at 350 for about thirty minutes, and yum!
Hope you all have a great weekend!