September 2, 2014

Real Life Toy Story

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Have you ever watched Toy Story 3? Since it's Hudson's most favorite movie ever, I think I've watched it at least 25 times.....and dang it if I don't cry at the end every single time. There is just something so sweet about how Andy's toys love him so much. And then when he's about to drive off to college and he plays with them one last time. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

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All this Toy Story business got me to thinking about my old toys. Luckily, my mom is awesome and kept so many of them knowing that one day they would make my kids happy. And she was right. What we didn't realize was how happy it would make me to see Hudson playing with and loving my toys.

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You better believe I got down there and played with my old little people! My mom kept my school bus, zoo, and play house! Hudson LOVED them so much.

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Woody: "Someday, if we're lucky, Andy may have kids of his own...we'll always be there for him." I mean, that's enough to make me cry right there. I love watching my boy play with my toys.

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Andy: "Now, you gotta promise to take good care of these guys. They mean a lot to me."

Did you save any of your childhood toys for your kids?


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August 29, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

Happy Friday! Let's do this.

{one} This boy. Still rocking his black eye a week later. It looks worse and worse every day. There goes our 2 year old photo shoot I guess! Yesterday I took him to school wearing the shirt he slept in the night before (he wanted to wear it and I'm choosing my battles), two of my necklaces, and my mom's old cell phone in his pocket. #toddlerstyle

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{two} TWO! TWO?? One week from today Hudson is officially two years old. I am still in denial. Wasn't this just yesterday?

{three} Is anyone else obsessed with watching the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team? Because I look forward to it every year. There's nothing quite like watching size 0 girls with perfect bodies dance around and perform these awesome routines while stuffing your face with a handful of cookies. Am I right?

{four} Our Citrus Lane box arrive last week and of course Hudson loved it! Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for little ones....we love getting a surprise in the mail each month! Click here for 50% off your first box and free shipping. You can cancel at any time. We got a cute Tea for Two set from Green Toys. Hudson has been pouring tea and saying "cheers!" with the tea cups. Who says tea sets are just for girls? (I can't find the link because I think it was specially made for Citrus Lane, but it's this set with just two cups and saucers). We also got a reusable Cool It Buddy ice pack from Me4Kidz. We've gotten a lot of products from this company and I've always been impressed. Seeing as how Hudson has a black eye, we need all the ice packs we can get! Also in the box was a language video download from Little Pim....excited to try it out!

Our favorite thing in the box is the Alphabet Flash Cards from Petit Collage. They are SO cute. And sturdy (unlike those target ones that get ripped up 5 seconds after we open them).

{five} GIVEAWAY! Last chance to enter to win a LyveHome to safely and easily store all of your photos. Seriously in love with mine. Check it out here and then enter here.

Today I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!

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And I'm also linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Momfessionals, and Grace and Love.


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August 28, 2014

Hudson's Birthday Wish List

Hudson's birthday wish list
I can hardly believe it....just like that, Hudson is almost 2 years old. His birthday is next week so it's about time I put together his wish list, don't you think? And yes, Hudson was very clear on what he wanted for his big day. 

Toy to the Story. This boy is officially obsessed with Toy Story anything. He's only seen Toy Story 3, so I bet he would love the original on blu ray. I'm pretty sure Woody and Buzz are on their way to him too.

With books you can never go wrong. Hudson loves them all. I have my eye on The Day the Crayons Quit and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday....Hudson loves this series so much and is all of a sudden obsessed with dinosaurs. 

 Paw Patrol! Hudson loves him some Paw Patrol and would love to have Chase's Cruiser or Rocky's Recycling Truck...problem is they are out of stock everywhere....and I've been looking since June. Hudson has Rubble's Bulldozer and it's one of his favorite toy.

Our friend's little boy has these shoes and they are super cute...so of course they are headed Hudson's way too. 

Hudson needs some "back to school" clothes and I'm in love with some of these!

And finally, our baseball loving boy is going to LOVE this baseball tee set. I can't wait to give it to him!


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August 27, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Morgan from Pampers & Pearls

 Hi, my name is Morgan and I blog over at Pampers & Pearls. I come from a breast family. No, not large chested women, but women who all exclusively breastfed. My mother breastfed my brother and I through the first year, my sister in law breastfed all my nieces and nephew through the first year, and even my mother-in-law breastfed my husband and his siblings until they were drinking out of a cup. Bottles just weren’t a thing in my family, and I assumed that I would breastfeed exclusively as well. Well you know what they say about assuming!

I gave birth to my son Wakeland on February 17, 2013. My labor was long, and just straight up sucked! Wake was occiput posterior, meaning the back of his skull was laying on the the back of my pelvis. He was head down...just not right side down. So every time I had a contraction his skull would push on my sacrum and send a shooting pain up my spine. It was terrible. Needless to say I got my epidural when I was 3cm. Other than that his birth was fine and he was perfectly healthy; 7lbs, 7oz, 21.5 inches long. Yes...very long. Now I know why I couldn’t sit towards the end of my pregnancy, his legs were legitimately up under my ribs. He was our little string-bean but latched on to the breast like a champ!! 
We packed him up after only 24 hours at the hospital and headed home. We were first time parents so everything was new to us. We just went with the flow whenever he seemed to need something. He ate for 45 minutes at a time, every 2-3 hours; this was “normal” for us. Looking back on it I now know why I was so exhausted; that schedule is ridiculous! For example, Wake would eat from 10 - 10:45pm, go to bed, and then be back up between midnight - 1am to eat again. This was giving both of us only 2 hour periods of sleep at a time. Then one day when he was about 2 weeks old, I sat on the couch and fed him for 2 hours straight. He took a 45 min nap and woke up hungry again! Everything was now going in reverse in an even worse direction! I was losing it! I called my pediatrician, mother in law, sister in law, etc... asking for help. They all gave me different advice; he’s just using me as a pacifier, my milk isn’t fatty/filling enough, I’m not making enough, and so on and so forth. So the first step was to try and increase/ fatten up my milk. I ate everything that I read/heard could do this; spoonfuls of coconut oil (BARF), peanut/almond butter, avocado, cheese, etc... I drank tons of water and an occasional dark beer. I tried it all...and nothing was making a difference. 

Finally at Wake’s 2 month appointment I told my pediatrician that something had to give. I was defeated and desperate. I don’t even want to tell you what my nipples felt/looked like. Wake was completely perfect and healthy so the pediatrician simply “diagnosed” him as a very hungry baby and said I would need to start supplementing with formula. It was suggested that I feed him on each breast for 15 mins at a time (total of 30) every 3 hours, and if he still seemed hungry, offer him 1-2 oz. of formula. Well, Wake was ALWAYS still hungry and he always took the extra formula.

Now I’m not an OCD person. The only thing on my birth plan was NO MIRRORS, I did not need to see my va-jay-jay in that state, gracias! Otherwise I went into my pregnancy and labor with zero pre-conceived notions or expectations. I was 100% confidant that between the doctors, my husband, and myself that we would all work together to make the right decisions for my baby as things progressed. However, the one thing I had planned on, not thinking it would be an issue, was breastfeeding. And here I was unable to keep up with my baby’s demands. I was sad. I felt like I had fail6y`1ed him as a mommy. However, as much as I vacillated about giving him formula (I hated the thought of pumping him with unnatural, manufactured stuff) he was finally full and satisfied. He was eating larger quantities of food over a shorter period of time which allowed both of us a little bit more sleep and peace.

As time went on Wake took the breast less and the bottle more. The bottle was easier; he didn’t have to work hard at sucking and the formula filled him up more too. By the time he was 6 months old I was completely dried up. It was bittersweet. I was sad to not have that intimate moment of cradling, connecting and providing for him, but now his eating was more independent which gave everyone in the family the opportunity to feed him.

Now I was really lucky when it came to work. I was a teacher, so with my maternity leave and having Wake in February I didn’t have to return to school until the very last week for finals. With this little bit of luck in timing we didn’t have to put him in daycare, and I was able (albeit very time consuming and painstakingly) to pump enough milk to get him through the week while I was back at work. I was also able to pump in my (empty and locked) classroom during my planning period and lunch break which kept my milk flowing. Then it was summer and I was right back on schedule with my little nugget. BUT with how much Wake was progressing away from the boob at the time I can only assume that we would not have even made it to the 6 month mark at all had I had to go back to work permanently right after maternity leave.

Looking back on it, I did not really have a difficult time. However everything was strange and new and difficult to process when you have a specific idea of how you want to raise your child. I had this vision of effortlessly breastfeeding Wake like Giselle (that bitch) until he was over a year. I’d never heard of anyone else experiencing something like this before. But once I started talking about it, and asking questions, so many people told me they had the exact same thing happen with their babies. I had always only ever thought people exclusively breastfed or formula fed, but apparently supplementing very hungry little ones is very common. I wish I had known all of this beforehand because I think it would have saved the whole family a lot of stress. But you live and you learn and love your nugget no matter what. 

Wake is now 18 months old and is healthy and contagiously happy. He is still off the chart in height and eating like he’s going to the “chair.” It’s just who he is; Stretch Armstrong with a Buddha belly and I wouldn’t change a thing!!

Be sure to catch up with the rest of the Breastfeeding Diaries at the top of my navigation bar!

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August 26, 2014

Hudson Hearts Snacks

We are pretty serious about snacks over here. Hudson demands a snack after school and after his nap....and I happily oblige. I mean, I kind of want a snack then too. (and yes, we are still sporting a black eye up in here)

I'm even happier to fulfill his request when I know that I have something healthy and yummy to offer him. Some of our favorite go-to snacks are applesauce, raisins, fishy crackers, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, and granola bars. 

 We recently were introduced to Nature's Path EnviroKidz line of yummy organic crispy rice bars and cereals....and they were a big hit with all of us! Hudson's favorite (and mine too!) is the Peanut Choco Crispy Rice bars...they are so yummy.

They are officially Hudson's new favorite snack. He also loves pointing out all of the animals on the packages.

Nature’s Path lives to bring people healthy, great-tasting organic foods.  But it is also a company that wants to do more than just sell breakfast foods. Nature’s Path’s EnviroKidz line provides organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO options for kids and teaches them about protecting the environment by donating one percent of sales towards endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids, including 1% For The Planet.

 The entire EnviroKidz line, which includes the new Choco Chimps and Jungle Munch, is gluten-free so everyone in the family can enjoy breakfast together. They are also vegetarian, whole grain, low fat, wheat-free and trans-fat free.

EnviroKidz is sending three lucky families on an EnviroTrip to Costa Rica to help save the sea turtles at SEE Turtles, a non-profit wildlife conservation travel operator in the beautiful OSA peninsula.  Three lucky winners and their families (three groups of 4 people) will get an all-expense paid trip to Costa Rica in March 2015. To enter and see the official rules click here

Compensation was provided by Nature’s Path via MomTrends but all opinions are my own.

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