As parents we have a million things going through our heads at all times.
did I change the load in the wash
what is for dinner tonight
do I have those groceries to make that
I hope I am going to have time to get Ryan to her doctor appointment without waking her from her nap
did Olivia eat enough for breakfast and was it even healthy
Lets be honest do our minds ever stop- I know mine doesn’t. I went and got a massage the other day and the entire time I was thinking about a million things. I couldn’t even relax.
I know I don’t have it bad compared to some but between dealing with Ryan’s acid reflux and than adding her plagiocephaly & torticollis into the mix I feel like we are always on the go. The last thing that I want to have to deal with is a diaper rash.
When Ryan was about a month old she started getting really bad diaper rashes & was upset all the time- the only thing that would calm her down was to nurse her but that only lasted a few minutes and than she would arch and scream. Come to find out she was reacting to all the dairy that I was eating (which I live off of my dairy) and she had acid reflux. One thing that really helped during this time was Desitin Rapid Relief.
Every now and then we still deal with diaper rash but it is nothing compared to those earlier days. I also know that we are staying on top of it to help prevent it from happening. If you are dealing with diaper rash right now Desitin shares some of their secrets how to deal with it here as well as how to prevent it from happening here. We love using the Desitin Rapid Relief but I also recommend trying their Desitin Maximum Strength Original paste. Have you tried Desitin? What are some secrets to keeping your little ones bum from turning red?
Chores are an excellent way to teach children responsibility as well as being a part of the family and contributing. One thing I have noticed with children is the desire to help out so I knew I wanted to teach her things while she still had this desire. We started some of these chores around the age of 1 but thought I would write a list of a few chores we have her do and most 2 year olds are capable of doing.
2 Year Old Chore List
Wipe up spills
We started this early- around 1 1/2 years old- every time she would spill something on the floor I would give her something to help wipe it up- sometimes she would go into the drawer and get a towel herself as well to help clean it up. She doesn’t always do the best job and I often have to go after her and finish cleaning it up but I love that she knows that if something spills she needs to clean it up.
Pick up her toys & books
This task isn’t always easy- she gets distracted very easily when picking up her toys and will sit down and start playing. I probably end up cleaning most of the toys up but I do like knowing that she can do it. There are times that I tell her I will not help to pick them up and make her do them herself. I think it is good to teach them that you are not there to serve their every desire. If they make a mess it is their responsibility to clean it up.
Make her bed
Thanks to Beddys bedding this is an easy task. I think a made bed makes the room but how hard would it be for a 2 year old to always make that bed when I can’t even seem to make my own all the time- thanks to the zipper feature she is able to zip her bed made and she loves doing it as well.
Brush her teeth
I am a dental hygienist so this one is extremely important to me and I love that she wants to do it. Obviously I go in and do it as well but I love that she wants to brush them herself. It will create a healthy habit for when she is a teenager and older.
Throw away her garbage
Another task that she has loved since a young age. She often asks to throw away our garbage. I wanted to teach her to not leave her trash everywhere for me to find. Outside I do not allow her to leave her garbage all over the yard either. There are times that we eat outside and she will get distracted and want to run off and play but I still make her throw things away. Hoping it will help to prevent littering in the future as well
Feed the cats
This chore more came about from her begging to do it. We help her with this task and measure out the amount the cats need but she goes and puts it in their bowls. She often goes and calls for the cats to come to dinner as well if they aren’t already up in the kitchen begging for it.
I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet. I enjoy winter but ever since becoming a parent each changing of the seasons makes me sad- realizing how quickly time is flying with my babies. So having this Welchs box arrive the other day was the perfect pick me up that we needed. I laid out a fun picnic blanket on the floor and let Olivia open the box up- one of her favorite things to do lately. I was as excited as her. I mean look how cute these pineapple cups are.
Now I am not a fan of coconut water- I have tried to give it a chance several times. I felt left out since everyone was talking about how much they loved it and how beneficial it was for you. I just couldn’t get over the taste. I was a little nervous to try Welchs new Coconut Water drinks but I thought if I was going to like anything with coconut water this would be it. Honestly I love it. I am not the only one either- Olivia is asking for her fun drink all the time.
Being a dental hygienist I usually don’t give my daughter a lot of drinks other than milk and water. I even try to limit the milk but I don’t feel guilty about giving into her with this. It has 30% LESS sugar and only 100 calories per serving. With every 8 oz drink you are getting 2 servings of fruit. As a busy mom this is helping me feel less guilty when I give her a juice knowing that it has benefits to it.
Go to their website and you can search what retailers have this new product available. We were able to find them at our local Target Store- which come on-every mom loves going to Target so tell your husband to watch the kids because you need to go pick up a healthy juice with coconut water.
The girls and I got to spend the weekend up in Park City, Utah last weekend while we spent some time with their cousins. It was the perfect girl weekend- even the pets are girls. After packing up the entire house between a 6 month old and a 2 1/2 year old I wanted to make sure to pack lightly for myself. A few items that I had recently gotten were perfect for this weekend trip. I was able to wear the outfit together or wear the pieces with other things- keeping my luggage to a minimum. Take a look at how I wore them throughout the weekend and shop the items below.
Last weekend was the first day of fall and as this might look like the perfect fall day I must add that when we woke up that morning we woke up to snow. It was extremely cold up there yet I was perfectly fine running around in these leggings- I had gotten the Cuddle Duds fleece leggings and at first I was nervous that they might be too thick looking. You know how leggings are usually skin tight- so I didn’t want them to look to thick. Well they are perfect, they are thick and soft enough that I didn’t feel cold at all on my legs yet thin enough to give me that cute leggings look. I am extremely happy with that product.
The Cuddl Duds maroon shirt got worn several times, I wore it with jeans, just the shirt and leggings and once it really cooled down I added a grey cardigan. Which I must add that I have been wearing every single night around the house since I got it- this fall weather has hit us fast. It is so comfy I feel like I am wearing a robe- yet cute enough that I look like I put some effort into myself that day. You can pick these Cuddl Duds items and more up at your local JCPenney.
Being a mom I seem to always be in a hurry. Where did all of my time go before children, I thought I was busy than but I can’t quite remember what I was busy with. Add trying to keep your milk supply up and constantly eating healthy things on the list and you can feel overwhelmed. Something that I love to have lying around are healthy snacks that I can grab on the go or while I am trying to wrangle one of my wild ones. That is what I love about these Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks I know I am getting a healthy snack but I don’t have to waste a lot of time preparing it.
As a breastfeeding mama protein is really key to keep my supply up- I love that these have 10 g of protein per 7 oz drink with no added sugars. This drink is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D as well as 9 essential amino acids that your body needs but can’t produce itself.
My husband is trying to be more healthy as well and has been packing lunches for work instead of eating out all the time- it is convenient for him to have these healthier options in the house to choose from. Thank goodness these drinks come in a 4 pack that we picked up at our local Walmart, making sure we are stocked up.
Who doesn’t like to save money on their everyday purchases as well. I started using an app a few months ago that has made my regular shopping a little more budget friendly. Have you heard of the site/app Ibotta? I take photos of my receipts that the app accepts (which is quite a lot) and can get savings that way. When you use this app you are able to save a $1.00 when you buy Dannon® Light & Fit® or Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks
Some other snacks that I love to have available to help give me an extra boost are:
Many of you that follow me on social media or this blog now know that I am a huge fan of Evivo Probiotics. This is the 3rd time that I have mentioned them on my blog in the last few months. If you are new here I will explain something before going into this post.
My daughter was born and was extremely upset- all the time- the doctor tried telling me that every baby has an upset time during the night but this was more than that. You could tell she was in pain. I than started to notice the smell- that acidic smell coming from her and I instantly knew that she had acid reflux. We took her in and one of the first things the pediatrician recommend that I try was a probiotic. The probiotic that we started her on helped but wasn’t doing enough- so we ended up getting her on medication. Good news is that she became an instantly new baby- the relief she was getting was amazing.
Anyways after reading about all the benefits that the probiotic had for my daughter and than witnessing changes in her for the better after being on it, I started thinking more about my own health and reasons why I should be taking a probiotic.
I am now on a probiotic as well and completely understand why she seems like a whole new baby once being on the correct probiotic. Like I mentioned above- the one we tried first made improvements but once we got on Evivo she was a completely different, happy baby. Every new mama that I meet- I mention to them that they need Evivo and a dockatot, haha, my 2 favorite baby products.
When I was little and would have a cold or sore throat my dad would always make me a hot tea with lemon juice, honey, and some sugar to help soothe the symptoms. It is the best cold remedy ever for myself and I still use it all winter if I feel anything coming on. Now I have added something to this to give it that extra boost for my immune system. Have you ever heard of Forté Elements? They have all sorts of different supplement that benefit certain things, for example prenatal vitamins, postnatal vitamins, and the one that I am taking which is Amino Acids.
Amino Acids are important to help support your muscles to recover faster after working out and assist with cardiovascular, muscle and central nervous system functioning. It helps to increase energy, everyday health and here is what is important to me – helps reduce risk of infection.
The Amino Acid is a lemon-lime flavor so instead of putting lemon juice in my hot drink I place this in instead.
Best Cold Remedy
8 oz hot water
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 packet of Forté Elements Amino Acid
What are some things that you do to help your immune system during the flu season? Any cold remedies that you swear by?
I have a lot of people ask me about my favorite baby products so I thought I would put together a top 5 favorite baby products list. I love to try new products that I hear of and am sent a lot of items to try out so I thought it was time to make a list of my all time favorite products. Here are my top 5 in no particular order.
Top 5 Favorite Baby Must Haves
Everyone always asks me if it is really worth it or as good as people say. YES- it honestly is. When I finally caved and bought our first dockatot was when Olivia was 9 months old. She was sleeping in our room still and wasn’t sleeping through the night- 9 months you guys of not having a full nights rest. I was desperate and didn’t care how expensive something was going to cost me as long as I could have a full nights rest. I bought the dockatot and never looked back. The first few nights she wasn’t quite sure of it- but after 2 nights in the dockatot she was sleeping through the night. At nap time she would snuggle into her favorite position and just fall right asleep. The dockatot deluxe was the first item I bought when I found out I was pregnant again. Trust me you wont regret buying this product.
A great swaddle (Ollie Swaddle & Ergopouch)
With Olivia I bought some velcro swaddles from Target and hated them- the reason why was if I was changing her diaper in the middle of the night I had to pull her all the way out of the swaddle. There were times that she would have stayed half asleep if I didn’t have to do that so I stopped using them and took them to a thrift store the next day. This time around I made sure to get swaddles that I could get to their cute little bums without fully pulling them out of. That is what I love about the Ergopouch & Ollie swaddle. Now I recommend these both because you need a few swaddles anyways when one, or two, or three are in the laundry pile. I like them both for different reasons. I love that the Ergopouch has a little more wiggle room so Ryan can still move around in it but not too much. I have done where I keep her arms inside the pouch or have let her arms come through the holes. I also love that it has two zippers so she can stay in the pouch still. The ollie is similar where it velcros across her body but has an opening at the bottom that you close with an elastic. When changing her you just slide the swaddle up- wa-la.
I can’t say this enough now (now that I know how important it is) that every infant should be on a probiotic. I was never told of the importance for Olivia to be on one when she was infant and I regret not knowing it. I wasn’t told with Ryan until a month old and we went to the doctor about acid reflux and was told to try a probiotic first before medication. Why isn’t this told to every mom. If your child gets on a probiotic when young you are setting them up for a healthy life- for the rest of their lives. GUT HEALTH is where it’s at people. Have healthy insides and we will have healthy outsides as well. I already talked about my favorite probiotic EVIVO in this post- I highly recommend you see the benefits of a probiotic and EVIVO is the only clinically proven probiotic to restore a healthy gut. Why not go with the best if you are going to choose one.
I am very opinionated about this and I don’t always use it as a backpack but when I need it its great to have it as an option. As a parent you are already juggling so many things- don’t add a diaper bag to the mix. When you are chasing around your toddler or kids you are going to want your arms free too so just make it easy on yourself and get a backpack diaper bag. I love my Fawn design bag and I actually have 3. Yes I have an addiction with backpack diaper bags- I even bought the Freshly Picked diaper bag on their Kickstarter and can’t wait to get it this fall. I’ve been eyeing the new Kikilu diaper bag in Cream– cuz yes everyone needs options. Listen when you become a parent you no longer get to use your purses- most of them can’t fit everything that you need. Plus I don’t want my kids ruining my amazing bags from pre-parenthood. There will be a time that I can pull out my designer bags again but it isn’t now. While I’m rocking the mom look I am going to be rocking a great bag and I need options so don’t judge me.
Carrier I am obsessed with my ring sling. Now everyone has different opinions on this and this is just what has worked with me. I bought the wraps first and wasn’t a fan. When I usually carry my daughters its when we are out in public. I didn’t like trying to wrap myself and having it drag on public ground- gross- than I was going to put my baby in that thing. I tried wrapping it before leaving and I just hated doing that. Than I discovered Sakura Bloom and instantly fell in love. So much so that I started getting all of my friends on board of baby wearing. Whenever I would go out in public people would actually come up to me and tell me that they loved seeing a mama baby wearing. I would get complements on how gorgeous the wrap was. I could keep my baby close and kiss her at all times and keep people away from touching her. I am a huge fan of ring slings. I found it so much easier to learn how to use- it was compact in my bag, and it didn’t drag on the ground when I tried putting it on in public.
Now if you are doing more of heavy walking around- for example walking around the park or going hiking or trail walking I highly recommend the Lillebaby carrier. This is so comfortable, didn’t hurt my shoulders, waist or back. They have beautiful colors and designs- as well as lots of different models. Every mom that I have talked to about these types of carriers have all told me they love their Lillebaby carrier.
I am curious- have you used any of these items for your children? Do you agree with me? What are some of your favorite baby products? Please share below so I can look them up.
Olivia is obsessed with eating outside. She will always go and get our blanket and say picnic outside. It is adorable and I hope she continues to want to hang out with me all the time. It got me thinking though of some things that are essential to have a great picnic and thought I would gather some of our favorite products.
A great blanket
We are obsessed with our Gathre mat and I highly recommend investing in a good quality blanket for any occasion. This mat gets brought out on a daily and during the winter we use it for indoor picnic as well. I love that it is waterproof so if the grass is wet we don’t get wet and you are able to wipe off anything easily that is spilt. Lets be honest we are eating with kids- there is going to be a lot that gets spilt. Olivia has gotten lasagna all over this mat and it never stained- just wiped right up.
A picnic basket
We have one similar to this one– that I got from my parents house- it helps to have all of your stuff together in one spot. Plus I think it is adorable to have a picnic basket.
Umbrella We bought a budget friendly $20 one from Target in their seasonal area and we use it all the time- there are often times we can’t find shade so its nice to have this to protect us some.
Portable speakers We are a family that loves to always have music playing. Olivia also loves to dance so it helps to entertain her while the rest of us are still snacking. We have a small bluetooth one that we got from Amazon.
Easy Nutritious Food Obviously a picnic wouldn’t be complete without the food. I like to keep it simple when going on a picnic so that I am not juggling a lot of things and makes clean up easy as well. I still want the food to be nutritious for us. That is what I love about the Papa Johns ne w gluten-free crust pizza. They use ancient grains making this a healthier option than your regular pizza. Whenever I am breastfeeding I try to be a little more health conscience than I normally am. I am also the mom that gives my child fruit & veggies while I am hiding eating fast food. I like that I don’t have to hide while eating this meal. Try it out tonight with this PROMO CODE for a small 2-Topping Gluten-Free Crust Pizza $9.99 : GLTN2T
As hard as breastfeeding is, because come on ladies lets face it breastfeeding can be a really hard journey, I was looking forward to it so much with my second. I missed those tender moments of just the two of you cuddled up quiet somewhere while you provided life for this child once again. Having them look up at you with this look (you know the one) is so tender it just melts your heart. I missed those moments so much with Olivia and couldn’t wait to experience them once again with Ryan.
This journey has been completely different though. Right from the start something just seemed off with Ryan. She attached wonderfully and my milk came in great- that wasn’t the issue- but she was spitting up a lot. The nurses kept telling me I wasn’t burping her hard enough which I probably wasn’t but I knew that wasn’t it. Ended up she had to have her stomach suctioned out from possibly swallowing some fluid during birth.
So I thought everything would be ok after that, but it wasn’t. The spitting up continued- which I know is normal for some kids but I just knew it wasn’t normal for us. This calm and snuggly baby would start to get extremely stiff and get very upset. We would have rough nights where she would just scream and the only thing that would calm her was to nurse her but than it was a vicious cycle all over again. I started to notice that the spit up smelt acidic to me as well.
After the doctor finally realizing that something was probably wrong I was recommended to cut out dairy and to put Ryan on a probiotic. I had never thought of putting my baby on a probiotic before. I’ve heard of so many adults starting to take probiotics but for some reason you think infants should stick to breastmilk or formula and nothing else. After looking into probiotics more I was contacted by Evivo to try out their probiotic. These are some things that I have learned about their product after looking into it more.
97% of North American babies are born with out B. infantis- which are the good bacteria.
why is it important to have this B. infantis in your babies gut- when present your babies gut is in its best most natural original state. They help to keep harmful bacteria from growing. With this high rate of babies not having it present they believe that is why there has been an increase with eczema, allergies, obesity, and diabetes in babies.
Evivo is the first and only product of its kind, clinically proven to restore a healthy gut. Evivo is a daily probiotic powder with activated B. infantis- once mixed with breastmilk and given to baby- helps to release nutrients in the breastmilk creating an internal environment in your babies gut, developing the immune system and creating a foundation for good health for life.
Maximize every bit of your breastmilk Evivo captures all the special carbohydrates from your breastmilk which are called HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides) that might be otherwise lost. Evivo consumes these HMOs in a unique and superior way to grow and protect your babies gut microbiome. Evivo than converts the HMOs into important nutrients that feed your baby and enriching gut microbiome. This significantly reduces the potentially harmful bacteria in your baby.
After finding all of this out I wish I would have discovered this product sooner. What parent wouldn’t want to support a healthy gut environment setting their child up for a long and healthy life. I highly encourage you to at least go to Evivo’s website and read about it for yourself. Educating ourselves will only benefit our children one way or another. If you are interested and want a promo code for $10 off your starters kit copy and paste ev7-d68aft59 exp: on 9/30 or after first 50 readers