As you probably know by now, I have a huge interest in Baby Diet and Nutrition. Maybe you caught my previous post where I interviewed a ND who also has a passion for Infant and Toddler Nutrition a little while ago!
Well, when Organic Yum Yums reached out to me a couple of months ago, I was excited to give their service a try! They offer parents fresh, organic, made-to-order food for your little ones, delivered right to your door. I really love how their goal is not only to save parents time and energy, but also (and most importantly) to Establish Health Eating Habits from Day One!
Organic Yum Yums works with their in house Nutritionist and creator of The Healthy Garage website, to formulate meals for your babe. The menu they created together works in stages based on your baby's natural development, and they aim to offer your baby opportunities to try a variety of textures and flavour combos. The goal behind the variety they offer is to develop and practice self-feeding and chewing, all while still enjoying fresh, quality, homemade food.
At the time, Piper was transition from purees to more chunky blends so we opted for a combination of Stage 2 and 3 meals. Here is a list of the meals that we tried:
So what did we love about Organic Yum Yums?
Most of all, we loved that it was approved by the boss! She really enjoyed the Lil Chippers, and had a lot of fun trying the different flavours that she wasn't used to!
Overall, we would highly recommend Organic Yum Yums! Head to their site which was linked up above to check out their full menu and ordering process! You can also click here to view their instagram page that has lots of pictures, information and events! If you give it a try, please let me know how your experience was!! Enjoy!
They say a picture speaks a thousand words...well then I think that this picture sums up our meal time experience lately.
Little Miss Picasso loves ..LOVES frozen blueberries so much that not only does she eat them, but she also likes to smear, throw and squish them! However, thanks to Tidy Tot All-in-one bib and tray kit, that purple splatter that reaches the outer most corners of her tray, STAYS there. I mean, it's not all over her clothes and floor! It has been a Savior, so I wanted to share a review about this neat product that has made our meal time a little less chaotic.
Tidy Tot has won all sorts of prestigious and reputable awards in the categories of Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2015-2017, Made for Mums, and Mother & Baby. With a promise of fitting any highchair or booster seat, and a slogan of "Mealtimes without the Mess", I can see why this company is making waves. We have worked with this same company in the past when we ordered their Mimos Pillow for flat spot correction!!
We decided to try out the Bib and Tray kit in the Dove Grey colour, and when we received our package we were delighted at the size of the package. The tray itself is quite large, however it collapses down to a small transportable disk that is easy to wipe down and store away.
Here are a few things that we love about the Tidy Tot Tray and Bib:
This is the face of a girl who is wondering..."you mean I don't get to muck your kitchen up anymore?" Ha! Well...there's one thing that we can't control and that is the blueberry beard and paws! I guess it's not totally mess free-but that's childhood right? Let them be little!
I hope that you enjoyed learning more about Tidy Tot! It has been such a big help in our home. If you would like to order a Tidy Tot of your own (I promise you wont regret it!) you can follow the link below...ENJOY!
If there is one lesson that I’ve learned so far as a mother, it’s that Every Single Baby is different. This applies to all of the biggest themes of parenthood: Sleeping, Eating, Milestones and Abilities ...they are all different- and there’s no “secret” solution for any of them! I was asked recently if I have any tips for sleeping, and the best answer that I could pass on was- Get to know your individual baby, their needs, their personality- and listen to what it is that they are telling you. I tried so hard to follow sleep plans that worked for other babies, but Piper had her own path...as she should!
So when it came to food introduction, I was honestly a bit intimidated for a few reasons. First of all, Piper has had a “finicky” tummy since day 1. She has a tendency to get gassy, and at times she was full on Colicky. We also had a run with Silent Reflux and some scary symptoms surrounding that. It took a lot of tweaking and paying attention to my own diet while nursing to help alleviate her stomach pain and diaper rashes. Eventually we narrowed it down to some common culprits: Dairy, gassy vegetables, black beans (beans in general), and certain grains. We then had a whole adventure with Formulas when I started to supplement a bottle a day- trying out the most popular formulas, lactose free formulas, organic formulas...all of them upset her stomach. So we just gave up on Formula altogether until about 9 months when I started to ween using Holle Organic Goat Formula- which was the winner!!
So, as we approached the 6 month milestone, we were a little intimidated by food introduction. I asked friends, I read books, and also met with our Naturopath and Family Doctor to create a plan. All of the advice we received was so helpful, however it made things so much more confusing because as soon as we thought we had a plan- another opinion would make us question everything: start with grains? Or not? Purees or Baby led weening? Etc etc.
I went with an intuitive approach where we started with the safest “P” foods for digestion: Pear, Peas..and then from there, we introduced foods that didn’t bother her tummy while nursing. Pureeing her food seemed like a natural option for her stomach for smooth, easy digestion, and we decided to hold off on cereals. In terms of the cereals, I follow the school of thought that believes that infants can get their Iron and other vitamins and minerals from the food they are eating-rather than giving them food that is Fortified with Iron for example. So we introduced Meat and fruit and vegetables that are naturally high in Iron as an alternative to the most common route of starting baby out on Iron Fortified cereals. I am not going to say that I judge people who do...or that I made THE RIGHT decision and therefore any other decision is THE WRONG decision. I just knew that this was the route for us (bringing me back to- Every Baby Is Different). I was also hesitant to start on grains in general until she developed the proper enzymes needed to break them down closer to 8-10 months. Anyways-we got creative and made all sorts of fun purees with every vegetable and lots of fruits, eggs, meat and fish.
Today Piper eats a mix of food we make for ourselves (Meat, ancient grains, whole grains, vegetables, starches like sweet potato), as well as some purees! She is slow to eat finger foods, so adding in a couple of chunkier purees A) Gets more in her belly B) I can sneak in lots of things that she wouldn't eat by hand such as fresh herbs, spinach, onions etc.
All of our decisions surrounding food were (I will fully admit it) Painfully and Straight up Crazily thought out. Why so Crazy? I think it all stems from my personal digestion problems, and a long battle with stomach issues in general!
So, IF you are interested in learning more about Infant Diet and Nutrition, and you wish someone would just answer all the questions out there...I hope this helps!
I am going to share with you a Q and A with a well respected Naturopathic Doctor named Lisa Maddalena who has guided my personal journey with Piper's food and nutrition. You will see that she does not suggest ONE single approach...a be all or end all or a black and white solution. Rather, this Q and A will reveal a refreshing perspective on the biggest questions out there. At the end of this post I will leave Contact information for Lisa, should you want to contact her for further guidance or an appointment!
1. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! Before we begin, can you tell us a little about yourself and how you decided to become an ND?
My name is Lisa Maddalena, and I have been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor for 4 years now. I studied Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in Nutrition in University. From there I decided to do my Masters in Nutrition and Neutraceutical Sciences. It was my supervisor, when I was studying my Masters, who introduced me to Naturopathic Medicine. It was a perfect marriage between my traditional medical science background and my interest in Nutrition and disease prevention.
2. In regards to Infant Diet and Nutrition, how would you describe your general approach?
I believe that children should be offered real, whole foods from day one. I don’t believe in “kids foods.” It is important that children are fed many types of flavours, and that the focus of each “meal” or “introduction” is nutrient density. I also believe that children should be given set meals so that they are hungry for their meals and that they know the difference between meal time and activity time. Children don’t start out as graisers, they become that way when they are fed snacks all day long, especially if they like the “snack foods” better. Also, I never recommend using food as a reward, distraction or comfort.
3. What are your thoughts about purees vs. baby-led weaning?
Each child is different. What works for one child may not work for another and therefore there is no right or wrong. If baby-led weaning works for your child then I really like this approach because it helps children learn more than just eating. By letting children feed themselves they improve their fine motor skills. In addition, it is an important step for babies in learning self regulation: learning to stop eating when they feel full.
If your child does not take to baby led weaning, than purees are fine; I just recommend that you make your own. It doesn’t have to be difficult. You can just cook things more than you would regularly and mash it up.
4. Do you have any staples or principles for optimal infant nutrition that you follow?
Once again, every child is different. Each child will show interest in food at different times. If your child prefers breast milk, for instance, they are getting a great amount of iron, fat and protein from that and therefore you can really take your time, starting with fruits and vegetables slowly. If your child doesn’t seem to be growing as quickly as they should, or seems to be more interested in solid foods early on then you will want to start with fat, protein and iron rich foods early on. I actually recommend starting with eggs. The yolk is the best to start with and some would argue that the white should be left out until later on due to high allergic potential. However, there has been new research indicating that avoiding foods with high allergic potential does not prevent allergy or atopic illness (like eczema or asthma). Many, including myself are now recommending that babies be introduced to whole egg right away. I also recommend early introduction of meat, especially due to high iron levels and bioavailability. A 2011 study stated that meat consumption between 6 and 24 months was associated with more favourable iron status in late infancy and improved psychomotor development.
Also, babies need fat! It is so important for their developing brains. Therefore eggs, avocados, and fish (or a fish oil supplement) are really great introductions early on.
Please note: Many mom blogs will recommend feeding children liver, or making formula using liver. Though small amounts of liver can be very nutritious, liver contains high amounts of vitamin A which can be toxic. Therefore, I do not recommend making this a staple in a young child’s diet.
I don’t feel the need to introduce 1 food at a time. Doing things that way takes a long time giving children the opportunity to become picky since, by the age of 2, children naturally become less apt to try new things. Feed them from your own nutritious meals.
I am not a supporter of snacks. Introduction of snacks allows for a child to become picky at meals because they know that they can have a snack later. A child should be getting more than enough with 4 meals, or 3 meals with 1 snack.
5. What is your stance with the “cereal debate”, are you for or against? Why?
I feel that cereal is unnecessary and often used as a tool to placate children as opposed to the important source of nutrients that some dietitians and doctors make it out to be. Other than iron, which cereal is fortified with, cereals are not nutrient dense foods. Also, infants innately crave carbs and sweets. This is because, in nature, sweet equals safe. So, if we are providing our children with a diet that is carb and sweet heavy, they will quickly start avoiding other more nutritious options. The more that you can stick to whole foods and avoid grains until after age 1, and even closer to age 2, the easier it is to keep your child eating foods that are the most nutrient dense.
6. For parents who are supplementing with Formula, do you have a Company that you recommend to your patients? Why?
As far as formulas go, I don’t really make special recommendations unless the child is having an intolerance. When it comes to formula, I would always start a child on a cow's milk formula with an added probiotic and DHA. This is because commercial formulas have specific guidelines that they have to meet to ensure appropriate nutrient balance for your infant, so you can be sure that your child is getting what he or she needs. The added probiotic and DHA is usually more expensive, but worth the money since DHA is important for brain and eye development and probiotics are important for gut and immune health.
If a child is having issues with their formula, then I recommend a goats formula like Holle or an easily digestible cow’s milk formula like Similac Alimentum. I never recommend a soy or other plant based formula unless there are serious issues with all other options.
7. When planning our babies diet, it is often hard to navigate their needs in terms of food vs. formula or breastmilk. Should we be prioritizing increasing whole/solid foods and decreasing formula and breastmilk? What are your thoughts about this!
Breastmilk or formula should be primary source of nutrients in the first year. From 6 months to 1 year, depending on your child’s readiness, solid food should be incorporated slowly. If breastfeeding, it is ideal to continue to include this up to year 2. If using formula, then it is ok to switch to whole milk or full fat goats milk (out of a cup or sippy cup) after 1 year, as long as the child is eating a variety of solid foods at this point.
Note: long term bottle use is not recommended because it is bad for a child’s teeth.
8. Do you believe that infants should be getting their nutrients-minerals/vitamins and probiotics from the food they are eating? Or do you recommend additional supplements such as a probiotic, or “D-drops”?
All babies should be taking 400IU of Vitamin D each day.
A daily probiotic and fish oil is also recommended.
Everything else should be obtained from food, especially if they are still breast or bottle feeding.
9. Many parents opt for rice husks or cookies for quick snacks. What are your thoughts about these? Can you recommend alternatives?
As I indicated before I am not a fan of these convenience foods. They really encourage grazing and picky eaters. If your child is getting what they need from their meals, snacks really aren’t necessary. If you MUST do a snack then making a healthy muffin with almond meal, or a brown rice cake with nut butter or hummus. Something that has protein and fat included or fiber. The best “convenience” snack is an unsweetened squeeze applesauce.
10. Finally, for the parents out there that are trying to figure out a balanced diet for their littles-what are your top favourite meals for infants that support their growing needs?
This is really difficult because every child is different, in terms of what they can tolerate or what they want. I am a huge proponent of making a healthy meal for the family and feeding your infant from that meal. Something easy could be chicken or salmon with sweet potato and avocado. Soups are great because you can pack in lots of vegetables that are soft, but a little more challenging for them to eat. Or scrambled eggs with sauteed spinach. Even smoothies work because you can put tons of fruits and vegetables.
Like all parents, I am not perfect. I know that things can be challenging at times, and that you will sometimes give them things that are less than ideal. There will also come a time when they will ask for things and you cannot keep them in a bubble. But you can set a good example by showing them what it is like to eat well.
If you would like to contact Lisa, you can reach her via her website - lisamaddalenand.com
I hope this was helpful! My hope is that- out of all of the questions I asked Lisa-perhaps 1 or 2 of her answers applied to your individual path that you are taking for your baby!!...and that you were able to take away Something that will make life easier xoxo
Ladies and Gentlemen..we are Approaching the first day of Spring..we are almost there!! It was an unforgiving Winter filled with extreme cold warnings and multiple dumpings of snow. I don't know about you all, but having to stay inside a lot started to make me feel isolated and those seasonal mood altering symptoms started to creep up. So I had to find a way to get outside more often without feeling nervous or guilty about exposing Piper to the cold. I'm going to share my 4 favourite items that got us through the winter and why they will be great for Spring as well.
So the first item I wanted to find to keep Piper warm, was a durable, weather resistance jacket extension:
1. Kokoala- For both Pregnancy and Portering
When we head out for a walk around the block we generally bring Piper in her stroller. However, if we are going on a hike-it usually means that the trail is not paved, and the elevation will vary. In the case of a hike, I prefer to wear P close to my body in a carrier for many reasons: warmth and protection would be the top priority, but I also don't love dragging a stroller through a bumpy, uneven, climbing trail!
I came across Kokoala's page on instagram originally, and after reading more about their mission-which focuses on enjoying time with your child outdoors in any season- I knew I had found my perfect accessory. I also love that they custom create the extension piece to fit your current coat-so it's a fraction of the cost of purchasing a babywearing coat. Plus- They're Canadian! So they understand COLD winters, and I love supporting companies that were dreamed up in our beautiful country.
How Does it Work?
All you have to do is zip the extension onto one side of your coat. Get your babe into your carrier, and then put the coat on-while wrapping the loose end of the extension around to meet the other zipper. Zip up and you're done! The extension is waterproof and cosy as is-but I chose to add on two extra accessories:
The Cap for Babies:
Extra Polar Detachable Lining:
Next, I wanted to find a Base Layer that I could rely on to keep Piper warm:
2. Wee Woollies Pure Merino Base Layer
I came across Wee Woollies on my friend Maman on the Trails blog and instagram page. If you're a family that loves the outdoors, definitely follow along with @mamanonthetrail ! Monica gives fantastic advice for Hiking, Camping and Parenting, and she listed Wee Woollie's base layer as her favourite item to keep her son warm. We really wanted to learn more, so we read up on their mission. They get their pure merino wool directly from New Zealand. It's a natural performance wool processed without exposure to harsh chemicals and made with non-toxic dyes. Their company also ensures that all of their clothing is made ethically, with sustainable practices and with animal welfare in mind.
How Does It Work?
One of the questions I kept asking myself when I was getting P dressed to go outside was, "How do I layer her clothing so that she is warm enough but not too warm?". I worried about too many layers overheating her, and vice versa. So I was so excited when Monica shared her Winter Layering Guide which you can check out here: Maman on the Trail Layering Guide
I really loved this visual that she put together. I saved it in my phone and used it as a quick reference based on the temperature outside!
Definitely check out more tips from Monica! She is so thorough with her reviews and advice, and I have definitely used her blog for outdoor related posts on a number of occasions!
So as you can see, this base layer can be used throughout all seasons all the way from -25 degrees C to +15 degrees C!
We absolutely love this base layer! It is the softest item of clothing we own hands down, and the ultra fine merino fibers have the amazing ability to regulate body temperature. The wool also has a natural wick for moisture -so our babe stays dry and protected from the cold damp air.
The base layer can also be used as a sleeper, so it's great for transferring your babe from outside into his or her crib seamlessly for a nap!
Now, if your little one is walking, the next item would definitely be a good pair of boots- and you can see that Monica has suggested Stonz Toddler boots. I would also recommend a good pair of gloves that are waterproof and have a drawstring or elastic to stay in place- IF your babe is mobile. For Piper, we have a simple pair of Polar fleece material gloves that slip on, as she is usually tucked inside my jacket or inside her warm stroller insert-which I will talk about next!
3. Three Season Cozy Stroller Insert
Okay, so this was a Must Have for us for Fall, Winter and Spring! I do not have a specific company to recommend however, because this was gifted to us by my mother. She found a woman who makes them in Germany online, and then lost the contact...that helps a lot right?? Well I debated leaving this item out altogether for that reason, but I just couldn't! Our winter walks wouldn't have been the same without our snuggly stroller cozy! So, I thought I would include some links to some great options that are similar to the one we have! What did I look for?
Skip Hop Stroll & Go Three-Season Baby Stroller Footmuff
Last but not least, a Quality Hat is So important. I would highly suggest natural wool which will wick and also hold in warmth. Wee Woollies makes beautiful Merino Hats, which you can find here:
Merino Wool Beanie
I also really love a company called Pacific Knot, which I will talk about below!
4. Pacific Knot-Hand Knit Wool Toques
Although there are lots of options for hats, I wanted to mention this company for more than one reason. As you can see both Piper and I have Pacific Knot hats. They are made with care and the wool is so soft and keeps both of us warm even in the coldest weather. You can choose from colours and designs already made, or customize your order!
I also adore the idea of mommy and me or daddy and me matching hats (I know I’m super lame)..but seriously, so cute. Check out Pacific Knot, and get to know the amazing maker Nikolina by clicking Here
I hope this was helpful guys! I’m a firm believer in getting outside as much as possible-and sometimes all that is holding us back is proper layering! Let me know what you think about the items if you try them out!! I always love to hear your feedback :)
Enjoy your time Outside with the Fam xoxo
When Piper was born we noticed that she favoured a tilt to one side with her head. Being new parents we assumed that she was simply not strong enough to hold her head up, however we started to notice that the tilt was always towards the same side. Without worrying too much, we decided to bring it to our Midwife's attention. After analyzing her neck and posture our Midwife suggested that we bring Piper to a Chiropractor certified to treat infants.
Between our visit with our Midwife, and the appointment with our Chiropractor we purchased a head support that would hold her head straight. Here are some before and after photos from before the supportive insert and after.
Today it was time to write...not about a product, a review or anything to do with a company of any sort. I needed to sit with my thoughts and reflect upon the year ahead. I started out by visualizing the past year..the path I have traveled, and what moving into a New Year represents to me. I saw myself traveling down a familiar path lined with trees that meandered through the woods, over bridges, across roads and back through the forest. It was a changing landscape: Dark and moody, bright and airy...I felt tense in some of the spaces I envisioned and joyful in others. I traveled with a large wheel barrel which held a number of items physical, emotional and spiritual: memories, tools, lessons, keepsakes. I moved about as if my baggage was as light as a feather, yet the contents proved the weight of the load. I visualized myself laying seeds along my way, seeds that would grow...that would become something bigger. Ideas, intentions, dreams. I promised myself I would return to these seeds to care for them, and to nurture their potential.
There came a point in my travels where it was time to deviate my familiar path, to a new road that branched off in a direction that would still remain apart of the original. You see, this has happened many times before. When I visualize my travels on this earth from birds eye view, the paths are all interconnected. Some are much harder to access and revisit, while others remain a pivotal road that I return to from time to time..to reflect and observe the growth of my seeds.
This new path was the birth of our daughter. It was unlike any road I had ever traveled, and it was filled with an entirely different light, sound and feel. I felt rooted with every step I took, knowing that this path is one that I have been traveling towards my whole life. I tread lightly, taking in the beauty, learning and growing from the obstacles I encountered along the way. I see myself today, and I am still on this road, except I am sitting quietly on a bench with my wheel barrel in sight...and it is time to leave behind some of the contents, but it's also time to observe some of the most recent items that have found its way inside.
Today is New Years Eve. After visualizing my path, I take the time to write down some negative thoughts and self talk that have come along with me throughout the year that hinder my happiness and self love. They come out of the barrel, (this is not to say that they may end up back in there) and I try to be patient with myself as I remove them time and time again. I must be compassionate as I grow and learn from those burdens I carry.
After considering all the seeds I have planted and the paths I have traveled each year, I have decided to change my approach to entering a New Year. I have decided that I will replace my New Year's resolutions with a Mission Statement. My mission statement will encompass one Large Goal, that can be broken up into smaller increments, so that I can celebrate each milestone. Also instead of writing down a list of goals for the upcoming year, I will write myself a letter expressing gratitude for the goals I have met. Perhaps I will share the letter that I wrote to myself...or perhaps not.
What I do want to share is my Mission Statement for now. The smaller increments which are the building blocks of my Grand Goal for the year will be written on stones in my home. As I accomplish each of these milestones I will celebrate. I will, however, ensure that these stones Do Not represent absolutes. They are meant to be flexible and harnessed in the time that is right, and I will not shame or punish myself if I do not celebrate them at a strict pace. I trust that each stone will be celebrated because they are not resolutions or traditions...they are decisions. They represent what I want for my life. So here is my mission statement
"My mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in family and community. I will participate in all aspects of my life with purpose, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. I will nurture and develop my passion for the motherhood community to build my life's work. I will cultivate inner peace and self love within myself when facing challenges. I will also ensure that my home is loving and calm by creating space and time to be quiet with my family, and to live in the moment, content in our surroundings. Finally, I will find peacefulness within myself by looking inward while using my heart to guide my path towards my dreams, my mind to pursue the knowledge needed to accomplish my dreams, and my inner strength to create balance among all of my personal obligations. Finally, to walk life's path with the understanding that there is no way to happiness, as happiness IS the way"
Within this mission statement are all of those little increments I told you about. From those I will write my stones...the milestones that will help me to honour the mission I have set for myself. I hope that you all have a year of positive growth, love and peace. Happy New Year!
Guys...Christmas is 10 days away and today is officially the last day to order a gift online for Most stores (to receive it by Christmas). This is a short and sweet post reviewing some of my favourite shops that offer gifts that not only have meaning, but give back! If you are scratching your head trying to think about a few last minute gifts with a big impact- read on :)
I recently collaborated with this company because I was blown away by the beautiful vision the creators had. SOLS is a Utah based company working with Mexico’s most talented Artisans to bring you their beautiful products. Born in Mexico, but raised in the U.S. Liz, Cici and Abby were inspired while visiting small peublitos where their parents grew up. They were determined to share the beauty of their craft and culture with the world. Their mission is to give these Artisans both men and women the work and honorable pay they deserve in order to care for their families. A message from Liz, Cici and Abby:
"Every pair of SOLS has been handmade by an artisan in a small pueblito in Mexico. All leather, carefully handcrafted, and designed by real people with real names. Our hope is to share the beauty of the Huarache making art, which has been passed down through generations. Through this project, we hope to provide job opportunities for these people"
Visit ShopSols by clicking Here
2. Designs By A
I have had the pleasure of knowing, growing and working with the owner of this shop- Alanna. Her passion and creativity is so inspiring, and she is simply an incredible person and friend. When I am trying to think of a sentimental gift for anyone- whether it be a member of my family or a friend, the first shop that comes to mind is Designs By A. Alanna creates the most beautiful custom pieces for every occasion! For Christmas I think of her Custom Mugs, Wood Signs, Laser Cut Signs or specialty items such as unique hangers. I love getting people something unique and meaningful for their home..and Alanna makes absolutely stunning options! Take a look at the Designs By A Shop by Click Here to see if anything inspires you for the Holidays!
3. Kantha Bae
Collaborating with Krista and her beautiful company was a pleasure this year. Her creations are so magical and unique that I think they would make the perfect gift for a new mother, or anyone who loves textiles!! Check out Krista's inspiring words about the creation of Kantha Bae:
"I believe in mamas and sisterhood and community and that we can't do life alone and weren't meant to. I want my shop to be a platform for that. I hope that as you wear kantha, you feel a part of something bigger and that you are strong and brave!"
The stunning colours first attracted me to Kantha Bae, and now I just can't stop lovin on this company!! From wraps to carriers to pareos, head bands..quilts and more, just take a look at this site and feel all the beauty this mama creates. Check out the website Here
4. Jord Watches
I recently wrote a post about these beautiful watches and how much I adore them. So of course I want to include another hooray for this company. We are still in awe over the craftsmanship and attention to detail these timeless pieces possess. You can still order your JORD Watch for that someone special and receive it before Christmas- But today is the LAST day...so I have to remind you that the code for 25% off your order expires tonight! Click Here to receive your DISCOUNT and shop!!
5. Caco and Kai
Caco and Kai are two bizness ladies that opened a store in order to feed their global, vintage and hand-made textiles habit. As native Africans, Caco and Kai strive to use ethically sourced vintage textiles from all over the globe. Putting emphasis on promoting fair trade and sustaining local craftsmanship. Buying a Caco and Kai product is more than just a purchase for your home as 5% of every sale goes to support Morning Star Children’s Home orphanage and school in Kenya, Africa. Meaning you’re helping support the great work done to help the very communities our textiles originate from. They believe that in this era of mass production, there is a new desire to get back to handcrafted goods that tell a story, building the character of a home and illustrating individuality through uniqueness. Every Caco and Kai piece is one of a kind. It is such a beautiful way to show someone you care! From pillows to Blankets and Baskets, there are so many beautiful items that make for meaningful gifts this Christmas. Check out their website by clicking here. Psst they also have a Sweet Sale going on to!!
6. Cuddle and Kind
This adorable company was created by a family with an incredible mission: they created cuddle+kind because they wanted to make beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children. So for every cuddle+kind doll sold, they give 10 meals to children in need. The sweet dolls are SO adorable and come in two sizes depending on your preference. When it comes to gifting a little in your life whether it be your own or not...hands down, Cuddle and Kind is my pick! I love that every doll gives back, and I also love the quality of each of the little friends they create! Piper has Stella the Polar Bear and she is Literally obsessed with it. They have some Special Offers going on right now, but remember today is the last day to ship before it's to late! Click Here to Shop Cuddle and Kind
Okay everyone, that's it! If you are searching and trying to think of some last minute ideas that don't feel like a last minute idea...well, I hope your search ends here, and that you can finish your orders and pour a glass of wine. Cheers everyone, enjoy the Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family xo Am
It`s almost Christmas and we couldn`t be more excited for the Holidays! It`s such a special month because not only is it Christmas, but it is also my birthday, my husbands birthday, And it`s the month we got engaged...Oh And the month that we found out that we are having a Girl! So needless to say, there is a lot of gifting and celebrating happening between now and New Years! I was so eager to give Andrew his Christmas present that he got it a little bit early for his Birthday instead! I wanted to make sure that he could wear it for our Christmas photos, and well...I was too pumped to wait!
Before I share the gift with you, I want to get into the inspiration behind it. When thinking about a gift for Andrew I try to think about whether or not he has mentioned something he would really like, and then I also consider what makes him happy, excited and inspired. He had started to mention that he would like to add to his watch collection, so naturally I made note of this! Although I have given Andrew watches in the past, I really wanted this years gift to be special and unique. It has been a whirlwind of a year for us both between finding out we are pregnant, to welcoming our baby girl into the world and embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. I wanted to celebrate this, and to make sure his gift is a gesture that comes from a place of appreciation. Andrew has always been an admirer of detail and when we were at the Winona Peach Festival this summer he stopped dead in his tracts at a booth selling watches made out of wood with incredible engraved designs on them. I had remembered seeing a similar design online, and felt that the ones I saw were bolder and included stunning options I loved for Andrew. I kept this in mind!
Fast forward to shopping for that Perfect wooden watch, I decided to check out JORD Wooden Watches. These were the beautifully crafted watches that popped into my mind the day of the festival. After scrolling through the JORD website I knew right away that this was going to be the special gift I get Andrew for his birthday. I thought I would share about this watch because I truly think that it is an incredible watch, keepsake and even an Heirloom to be passed down!
After giving Andrew his watch I decided that not only did I want to write about it, but I also wanted to Team Up with JORD Watches to offer a discount to those of you who are searching for the perfect gift. Whether it is for your husband, wife, son, daughter, parents...anyone who is special to you, I think that these unique handcrafted watches are absolutely timeless. To access a 25% off discount click the link below to enter in your email address. Your code will be emailed to you! JORD rarely has sales and this is a huge discount...I am so so excited to be offering it!!Click Here for the Discount Code
I am in no way trying to sell you on anything, and I am not being paid to say this! I am just so excited about these beautiful watches that I wanted you to learn more about them to. If you are thinking about buying a JORD Watch for Christmas, or if you simply want to take advantage of the discount, keep in mind that the offer expires on December 15th!!
If you love the watch that I got Andrew here is the direct link to the Dover Series: Koa and Black Watch - Click Here for this Watch
Here is the link to check out all Men`s Watches - Click Here for Men`s Watches
Here is the link to check out Ladies Watches- Click Here for Ladies Watches
"You already know that worrying is part of the parenting turf. (You'll find it listed in the job description right after "guilt.") What you may not realize until after your baby arrives, however, is just how many things there are to worry about ?- and how normal it is to drive yourself crazy by panicking about every little thing"- Ann Douglas, The Top Ten Worries of New Parents
Hi guys! I want to talk about this amazing Workshop that Andrew and I did recently! But first I want to talk about New Parent Worries and then you will see how these two topics go hand in hand.
According to Pregnancyandbaby.com, some of the top New Parent worries include:
I started to realize that the most reoccurring aspect of these worries was the possibility of Not being able to effectively help, control or respond to those dangerous situations! This was a big light bulb moment for me...and I realized that I needed to feel Powerful over these situations (as spontaneous as they are) by being Prepared for them! Do you relate or hear yourself in my words? Then I HIGHLY recommend doing a Full Spectrum Safety course for your family. In my eyes, I think that these courses and workshops are just as important or More important that our Prenatal workshops that everyone does. And after completing our workshop I actually believe it should be a must!
So what did we look for in a Workshop? A Comprehensive, hands on approach to Safety! We found a few courses that cover CPR Suffocation and Choking, but nothing that covered all of the most common threats to our wee babe! Finally, we turned to With Care who is a fellow blogger that I have gotten to know over the past year. I adore her page and all of the amazing information, knowledge and inspiration for pregnancy and parenthood she offers- plus she has the sweetest family that is an absolute joy to follow! Follow along with Care's Instagram HERE and visit her blog by clicking HERE
Would you know what to do if your child or baby stopped breathing and went blue at home?
This is the opening question to Care`s workshop, and to be honest for Me the answer was Panic. The Infant and Family CPR & Safety Workshop teaches you what to do if the unthinkable happens. It`s a 3 hour course focusing on accident prevention, family first aid, as well as infant and child CPR and relief of choking. Here is a list of the Workshop contents:
I cannot explain the relief this course brought us. I feel fully confident in my ability to respond to all of those emergencies big and small, and to me that is Priceless!
Although new parent worries are Going to happen, having the tools to respond to those unthinkable situations is so important! I feel like I have gained control over the anxieties that were once swamping my mind with scary scenarios, and my only frustration at this point is that we did not do it sooner. Life will bring it`s curve balls and sudden accidents, That is something I cannot control...but I Can control my ability to respond to those situations with proper education. Guys, I am telling you that it is so worth it! If you are looking to attend you can head to Care`s workshop page by clicking Here.
I hope you all have a safe and happy day xoxo Am
We are heading into month number Five with our new babe and let me tell you, the Four Month Sleep regression has gone through this house like a bat out of..well (Mamas) you know what I mean. Combine her sleep regression with the horrifically long Leap #4 (If you are following along with the Wonder Weeks), as well as a tooth coming in, and you have got a recipe for a cranky baby/mommy and daddy running on little to no sleep. It is during these times that I am reminded how beyond our control parenting can be. This realization was huge for me. More importantly, I discovered that the one thing we Can control is how we look at a situation as it presents itself. This discovery alone can determine the outcome of my day. So when I find myself in a situation that is particularly challenging such as a teething, sleepless babe I turn to Mantras in order to balance my mind.
My relationship with Mantras began through my love of Yoga. If you also practice Yoga, you might recall your class starting with a Mantra or Affirmation to reflect upon throughout your sequence. The word Mantra comes from a Sanskrit word meaning a sacred message or text, charm, spell counsel. The purpose of the mantra is to create a meditative sense of focus as you repeat a word or phrase. For me, a mantra has great power over my mind in a number of ways, but if I could define HOW it affects me, I would say that it comes down to 4 words: Insight, Balance, Clarity and Grounding. So, as a new mom in the trenches, I felt that those 4 words would make all the difference in times when I need to shift my perspective and the way I view a situation. A mantra gives me the opportunity to pause, breathe, clear my mind, focus, ground and re balance. More often than not, this single practice changes the mood, experience and outcome of my day with my baby girl.
If you are looking for a Shift in your day, or a Tool to keep in your back pocket for those challenging moments, try out these Mantras that I have chosen as my Favourite New Mom Mantras for a Balanced Mind. What I would suggest is, write these down in a place that is accessible. I had them on my chalk board. Eventually you will memorize them, and simply recite the Mantra that makes Most sense for that moment. Ask yourself, what message do I Need most right now. Or, give these a try, and then develop your Own Mantras! So without further adieu, here are a few mantras that help me! I hope they will help you to xo
This Feeling Is Temporary
You Do Not Have to Do Everything
You Are Doing the Best You Can
I Choose Calm Over Anxiety
I am proud of Myself for...
Today I release expectations of perfection
My Mothers intuition leads me to the Right Choices
Do What You Can, Let the Rest Go
I am the Best Mother for my Baby
Taking care of Myself is Part of Taking Care of my Baby
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo