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Our Favorite Things: Toddler Stuff

Monday, October 6th, 2014

TOYS:

Laugh and Learn House

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Music Set 

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Push Toys

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Various sized Balls

 

FEEDING:

Spoons and Forks

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Bibs

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Sippy Cups 

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BOOKS: 

Bible 

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Moral stories

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Bedtime story 

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Favorite things!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Oxo Seedling 

This highchair is AWESOME! It is easy to put together, easy to use and easy to clean! Here is a link to a demo video.

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bumGenius Freetime 

This diaper has been our “go to” because it doesn’t leak, it doesn’t need to be stuffed and because it is velcro it is easy to put on a wiggly baby!

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Baby Jogger City Mini GT 

We LOVE this stroller! It has a one handed fold and is light enough for me to toss in the trunk. It rides smoothly. The seat and canopy are generously sized! Only complaint… the basket is a little small but we make do.

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Chewbeads

These have been GREAT for teething!

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Razberry Teether 

Jenson love to chew on this teether!

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Our Favorite Things: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Phil and Teds Lobster

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Playtex Lil’ Gripper Sippy Cup

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Playtex VentAire Bottle

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Gap Socks

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Robeez Slip On

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Zutano Fleece Booties

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Charlie Banana Small Cloth Diapers

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Natural Cold Supplies:

Maty’s Chest Rub

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Hyland’s Tiny Colds Tablets

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Hyland’s Baby Cough Medicine

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NoseFrida 

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Our Favorite Things: this, that, and the other

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

As we continue on our parenting journey we find more items that we really like! Here are a few of those items:

Best Bottoms Diaper

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This diaper is our new favorite!! The main reason why we love it is because it doesn’t leak!!! The leg gussets help hold everything in and give a snug fit around Jenson’s skinny little legs.

OBall 

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This toy is awesome!! It is the easiest toy for Jenson to grab and play with.

Bath Sling 

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Our little guy loves bath time! He kicks and wiggles and giggles! We use this chair to keep his head out of the water and it works well.

Doorway Jumper 

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Jenson has very strong legs and LOVES to jump so this is perfect for him! It is also great to use while I take a shower or bath. I hang it in the doorway and he can play and I can keep an eye on him.

Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat

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This carseat is GREAT!!! It is nice and sturdy and very easy to clip in and out. The fabric is also top quality and easy to clean. The latch system on this seat is the easiest I have ever used!

 

 

Our Favorite things: Newborn cloth diapers

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We are very thankful to my sister for lending us all her newborn cloth diapers to use for Jenson!

Of the 4 brands she gave us, we really like these 3:

 

TotsBots Tini Fit 

This diaper is a combo of all in one and pocket. It has a nice trim fit with a very soft liner and insert. It has good stretchy elastic and only comes in aplix which allows for a very customizable fit. This diaper dries quickly. Only downside is it requires stuffing.

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FuzziBunz Perfect Size (XS)

This pocket diaper has a very trim fit and has adjustable sizing using snaps wait and leg snaps. This diaper dries very quickly. The 3 things that aren’t great are the waist can gap a little on a smaller baby, it only comes in snap and it requires stuffing.

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Thirsties Duo All In One (Size 1)

This all in one diaper is our favorite! It comes in snap or aplix. The aplix allows for overlapping to get a nice perfect fit in the waist. It has a snap rise to grow with the baby but it isn’t overly bulky. This diaper requires the least amount of work (no stuffing!) and the aplix version is very husband friendly as it is very similar to a disposable to put on. I have ordered several of these to start our own collection! The 2 cons: to big for very little babies;  this diaper can take a little longer to dry.

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Our favorite things: newborn toys

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Jenson can’t talk yet but we already have a pretty good idea of what he does and doesn’t like!

Here is a list of his favorite toys:

Skip Hop Ocean Pals play mat 

This play mat is SOOOO cute!!! Jenson loves to lay on it and kick his little legs! He reaches for the toys and enjoys all the bright colors. We bought an extra starfish toy that goes with this theme to add to the fun!

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Infantino Pop & Swap Gym 

We didn’t register for this, but we are so glad we received it as a gift! Jenson LOVES this toy!! He smiles so big and flails his little arms when I lay him under it! He bats at all the toys too!

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Rainmaker 

My sister gave us this toy to use in the car to calm a crying baby. She discovered that if she shook it while driving the noise calmed her fussy daughter down. Lo and behold… it works for us too!! If Jenson is upset in the car I shake the rainmaker for a little while and he settles down and sometimes falls asleep! Miracle!!

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Soothe & Glow Seahorse 

My sister also got us this cute little guy! We use it for naps and bedtime. It is very soothing and Jenson relaxes to the music while I rock him to sleep.

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Brica Firefly car mirror 

This mirror is great!! It has lights and music to entertain Jenson in the car. It comes with a remote that is helpful to use from the front seat while driving.

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Crawl Along Snail 

I usually lay this cute snail next to Jenson and whenever he taps it lights and music start! He also enjoys looking at himself in the mirror!

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Our Favorite things… Hawaii edition! (Plus travel tips!)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Here is a list of our favorite baby things that were helpful on our recent trip to Hawaii.

1) Fisher Price backpack diaper bag 

This bag is perfect for running through an airport (or anywhere!) and fits perfectly under the seat! The wipes case on the outside of the bag is helpful for quick diaper changes on the go. There is PLENTY of space for all necessary baby items! We LOVE this bag! And it is husband friendly =)

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2) OXO travel drying rack with bottle brush

It’s pretty self explanatory, but this rack folds up compactly and fits nicely in any bag.

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3) Maya Wrap ring sling

I have been using this wrap since we adopted Jenson, so I don’t know why I didn’t include it in my first “Favorite Things” post. I LOVE this wrap! It is very adjustable so that you get a sung fit every time and the pocket is helpful for carrying a few small essentials. I have this pretty rainbow one which is a great functional accessary to any outfit! I also have it in green. I will say, all the weight is on one shoulder so it isn’t ideal for all day baby wearing and obviously the bigger the baby the heavier the weight 😉

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4) Boba baby carrier

We LOVE this carrier! It is very similar to the Ergo, if you are familiar with that, but has a few different features that made me pick this one over the Ergo. The big thing that is different is the Boba is less bulky so it is ideal for smaller body frames. It is easy to sit while wearing it too. We used this every day on our trip! Jenson liked it too… he fell asleep every time he was in it!

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5) Tommee Tippee bib 

This isn’t really a travel item but it is a favorite and we used them on our trip so I share them here 😉

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6) Infantino stay cool bottle bag

This bag is great! We packed 6 frozen bags of breast milk in it and after 12 hours of traveling they were still frozen in the middle when we arrived in Hawaii. It’s cute too!

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There are a few items we wish that we had with us:

Our infant carseat and possibly a snap and go type stroller.

We didn’t take our carseat or stroller because we wanted to travel as “light” as possible even with a baby! And we also didn’t want them to get beat up during the travel process. We planned to just carry Jenson in the carriers we had and use an infant carseat provided by our rental car company. Well the carseat we were given was stinky and dirty as well as HUGE and unsafe for Jenson. (I made it safer by using hotel towels for head support!) Lesson learned! Won’t do that again! As far as the stroller… our arms and backs got quite the workout carrying Jenson everywhere so a little snap and go kind would have been helpful.

 

Travel tips

TSA and breast milk:

First I will say that it is going to vary from airport to airport. On our way out we took 6 full bags of frozen breast milk and there was no issue. We also took 8 bottles of thawed breast milk. 2 were 3 oz bottles and the rest were 4 oz bottles. No issues with the 3 oz bottles but the 4 oz bottles had to be put in a machine that used a light to shine through… I guess to make sure there weren’t any explosives in it 😉 On the way home the we took 5 bottles of thawed breast milk only. I made them only 3 oz bottles since we had issues with the 4 oz bottles on the way out. Well it didn’t matter… the agent said we had “a lot” of milk and even though I pointed out that they were only 3 oz bottles she still ran them in the light machine. I find it frustrating that there isn’t any consistency from airport to airport but I’m glad they didn’t have to “dip it.” I did ask about that and they said they don’t do that anyway.

 

TSA and a baby:

I had no issue with carrying Jenson through security in the Boba. They sent me through the metal detector and swabbed my hands to make sure I didn’t handle explosives and that was it! I was so glad I didn’t have to take him off since he was sleeping.

 

Seating choice:

If you have the option, ALWAYS pick an aisle seat! On our flights out I had a window seat and if Jenson needed to be change or be rocked I had to climb out over people. On the way home I sat on the aisle and it was so nice to get up with him anytime he squeaked or needed a change without bothering people! Much more relaxing for me!!

 

 

A few of our favorite things

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Over the first 5 weeks as parents we have come to appreciate various baby items. Here is our list, in no particular order.

Rock and Play Sleeper 

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Sleep Sack 

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Carter’s diaper bag 

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Avent Soothie pacifier 

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Cradle N’ Swing 

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Black and White books

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Black and White toys 

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Sleep Sheep 

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Aden and Anais Bamboo Swaddle Blankets

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Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper

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My goal and a book review

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Today I finished reading a GREAT book.  If you know me well, you know I’m not much of a reader, so finishing a book is a big deal!  Don’t get me wrong, I want to read, it just doesn’t find a priority in my life. I more or less have the hobby of buying books, not reading books!! But this year I wanted to change that!  I have a stack of 6 books that I want to read this year.  I guess you can say it is my goal for 2012 or my New Year’s resolution. I know 6 isn’t an impressive number, but I needed to have an attainable goal, and since I just shared my lack of time spent reading, 6 is stretching me, but doable! I just finished book #1.  Now, I know we are 4 months into the new year so the fact that I am just now finishing a book doesn’t sound impressive, but in my defense, I didn’t set my goal until March (yes, I’m a little behind!), so I am doing good, but I will have to step it up a little!

Anyway, on to the book review!

The book I just finished reading is called When Will my Life Not Suck? by Ramon Presson. I know the title is a little shocking, but lets face it, who hasn’t uttered those words, even if is was just to themselves? I saw this book on the book table at our church and the title caught my eye. I was reluctant to have people see me reading it for fear that they would think I was ungrateful for the blessings that God has given me. So, I must say for all to know, my life doesn’t suck.  God has blessed me tremendously beyond what I could ask or think.  That being said, I, just like many, struggle with contentment with what the Lord has not allowed in my life, or has taken away from my life.

Quoted from the back cover:

“Personal crises and disappointments have led many to the pessimistic conclusion that “my life sucks.” But underneath the contemporary slang are serious questions: Will life ever be better than this? Is this as good as it gets? Author Ramon Presson, a marriage and family counselor, answers those questions by intersecting his own life experiences with a study of the apostle Paul’s life to show how hope and joy are possible even when life disappoints. Full of practical suggestions for living with purpose and meaning in the middle of significant struggles, this book is an honest and hopeful treatment of human suffering from someone who has personally lived it and counseled others through the wilderness.”

This book was AWESOME!!  I am going to read it again and again for years to come!! It was rebuking, encouraging, and helpful for dealing with a particular area of my life that causes me to be discontent and to question God.  It was a quick and easy read, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. One of the biggest lessons learned from this book for me is found on page 8. Presson says, “I’ve had to confront the fact that I have mentally written a job description for God. I’ve had expectations of God that had nothing to do with reality, and that create dilemmas for me when I think God is falling down on the job.” Often times, I get so frustrated that God isn’t working according to my plan and this quote was just the kick in the pants I needed to remind me that I am NOT in charge!  The most encouraging and helpful passage to me from this book is on page 87. It’s long, but I will share it with you in case it is something that you need to hear too.

“Whatever our loss and however deep our grief, eventually we come to some kind of crossroads that requires us to make a tough decision. While not denying my hurt or thinking that I must some how simply get over it, I nevertheless face a choice. I can erect a monument here in the place of loss and grief and say, “This is where my life stopped and will permanently be buried.” Or, I can erect a marker and say, “This is where my pain has been felt and my deepest questions of have gone unanswered. But with my hurt still with me, I will choose to live.  I hope to find meaningful reasons to live even more fully than before, though I honestly cannot yet see or even imagine what that will look like. With God’s help, I’ll take a step today and another tomorrow in hopes that such a meaningful life really exists past the bend in the road, far up ahead.”

If you have read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Super Pet Expo

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

On Friday we went to the Super Pet Expo and took along with us our puppy Molly. We meet a lot of nice dogs and enjoyed some fun entertainment and got lots of free samples of yummy treats (for Molly!) We also found some awesome new pet items!  Here is a list of our favorite (Molly’s opinion is included!) Super Pet Expo finds:

First and foremost: A moose antler chew from Acadia Antlers

Molly LOVES this and will sit and chew on it for hours! It’s natural and safe, so we love it too!

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Second: A Freedom No-Pull Harness

Third: Micro-chipped

We were excited to be able to get Molly micro-chipped for a fraction of the regular price! Pender Vet was offering this service for only $35!

Fourth: The Pet Top 

In addition to all the fun gadgets and gizmos we found, Molly also enjoyed taking a short agility lesson:

Molly’s Agility Lesson from Peter Beninate on Vimeo.