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Wednesday Wants: Favorite Baby Blankets

I thought I’d share with you one of the best buys I thought I made for our little guy.  These aden + anais for Target Zooaroo blankets!

aden + anais for Target Zooaroo Baby Collection.Opens in a new window.

I bought the four pack right before he was born and I still use them everyday, night, etc.  They are perfect for hot weather climates, great for swaddling.  Fold them over into a triangle shape and they are the perfect for swaddling.  We used them as burp clothes also (is that gross?).

They kind of act as a sheet now that he is older, which is great again because it’s so hot here in the Arizona.  They breathe really well.  If you are in need of something that you will use longer than a year –  I would suggest these!

enjoy! ash

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Fashion Fridays: Recently Made – Upcycled Onesies & Tees

It’s Fashion Friday!

We wanted to share some of our recent custom creations . . .

Hendrix Onesiemade from a super soft tissue tee

Motorhead – Infant/Toddler Tee

Smokey the Bear – Infant/Toddler Tee

Expos Bib

We also had some donations to our donaTee program that are listed in our store:

Nirvana shirt

Jolt Shirt

Split Lip Shirt

All of our shirts can be made into a onesie, shirt, dress, or bib (or if you can think of anything else let us know!).  Please see our sizing section in our shop.

Have a great weekend!

ash

Monday Meals: Iron & Your Wee One

So in lieu of an actual meal, I decided to do some research on foods that are good sources of iron.  However, you should note that if your baby is still breastfeeding, breastfeeding is a really good source of iron.

Jax just had his one year check up and was a little low in iron (just barely – .1% lower than “normal).  We are starting to phase out breastfeeding, so I’m not sure if that is the cause.  Typically people think iron comes mainly from meat, which is what my pediatrician suggested I add more of to his diet.  Meat is also a great source of protein, which is doubly important for your babies developing mind and body.

Jax isn’t really into meat (we try to include a meat option at every meal, but getting him to eat it is another issue altogether).  Yes, I’ve got a somewhat vegetarian child.  I wonder if this has to do with my mostly vegetarian diet when I was pregnant?  Well here are some websites with lists of high iron foods and explanations of the benefits of iron:

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/Iron.htm  (also has a list of how much iron your child should be getting and at what age – I love these types of list.  They aren’t always easy to find.)

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/)

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/dietary-sources-of-iron-for-vegetarians.html

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm

I didn’t want to copy and paste a huge long list, sorry . . . it just seemed redundant.  The important thing to note is there are two types of iron – heme (protein/meat foods) and non-heme (plant foods).  Adding foods with Vitamin C into the meal with iron rich foods will aid the absorbtion of iron, especially with non-heme (plant) foods.  Non- heme foods are where we get most of our iron, but it doesn’t absorb as easily as  heme foods do.  Here are some sources of Vitamin C rich foods:

  • Citrus
  • Berries
  • Green Veggies (broccoli & cabbage)
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes

The non-heme foods that I’ve been trying to incorporate into his diet are:

  • Spinach- freshly steamed and added to a smoothie that has a berry or peaches (Vitamin C rich food), we usually have a smoothie at snack time or as part of one of his meals
  • Beans- he likes black and pinto especially.
  • Oatmeal – about every other day for breakfast
  • Quinoa

I normally include a heme type food, but like I said, he usually won’t eat those.  I include it so that at least he tries it, since they are good sources of iron that aren’t as hard to absorb as non-heme.

Take a look at the list provided in the links.  For me,  I was able to realize, yeah I am providing lots of foods with iron, but here are some other ones that are higher in iron that I could include more often so that I can increase his iron.

Just wanted to share this with you if your little one has the same issue!  Or keep doing what your doing if they don’t!

Hope you had a great Monday!

Ash

Things I wish I would have known before having a baby

  1. It’s hard (really hard – imagine how hard you think it’s going to be and then multiply by 100 – at least.  Totally worth it though!)
  2. Infant potty training (to be fair I knew about this but just felt too overwhelmed in the first couple of months to even try but now I wish I would have approached it just like eating, walking, or drinking.  Just do it and realize there will be messes to clean up – that’s part of the learning process and it takes WAY longer to unlearn peeing and pooping whenever and where ever baby feels like it than to just learn it proper in the beginning).  We started Dee at 9 months and she was crawling to the potty and waiting to be put on by 11 months.  FYI – every kid does this in China from the beginning and is potty trained by 12 months.  Crazy.
  3. Sleep train from the beginning (we did this and have been thankful that we did! We have a baby that slept 6 hrs out of the hospital, 10 hours at 2 months, and 13+ hours by 3 months.  Yay mommy and daddy time!)
  4. This potty seat
  5. Make a rule from the beginning that when they’re in a store they’re in the toddler seat in the shopping cart or stroller (it took quite a few trips to the store to realize that Dee just didn’t have the mental capability to NOT touch EVERYTHING she saw and get pulled away from all the fun stuff – breakdowns in the store are just no fun)
  6. On the other hand . . . take many walks where you practice various toddler attention tricks/training to make them listen to you on walks and in public places (do this is safe areas like parks and such).  Approach close distance walking/training as if your kid was actually running into the street and you were saving their lives by getting them to pay attention.  One day it may!
  7. Start brushing your babies teeth with a electronic toothbrush so that when they’re not great at brushing (and really only hold it in their mouth) they still get their teeth brushed.
  8. Kids are smart and can do much more than you think they can.  I learned this at Dee’s daycare when I came in after a meal and all the 18 month olds were clearing their plates into milk, food, and dirty dish containers, then proceeded to go over and wash up their hands and face with damp washcloths and put those in a dirty washcloth container.  My “world image” was blown to pieces. From then on I’ve made her help with everything around the house and she now loads the dishwasher, sweeps, and wipes down her tables (at 2 years old).  Sure we’ll have fights in the future I’m sure but take advantage of your toddler wanting to be helpful to set good habits now!
  9. Water is entertaining.  Anytime.  Anywhere. So are bubbles.

Featured Esty Shop: Jeannie n Richard

Do you love jewelery?  We do!

Today’s featured Etsy shop is Jeannie n Richard a husband and wife “tandem” who design “distinct luxe jewelry.”  They have been designing jewelry since 2011.  Richard does chainmaille weaving while Richard & Jeannie both do bead stitching.  They work daily on their designs bringing together an “ecletic fusion of beads, gemstones, pearls, cyrstals and chainmaille that rise to your occasion, daily styling and your sentimental heirloom that endures the changing trends.”

these are so sweet, they remind of me icecream with a nostaligic modern twist.

You can have a chance to win a ring and a pair of earrings by entering our mother’s day giveaway.

there is something hip, modern, yet classic about this.

Not only does this husband + wife team make amazing jewelery, but they also want to fulfill one of their life long dreams by dedicating a percentage of the profits from their designs into establishing a “self substaining pet sanctuary for the abandoned, strays, sick and abused where there is no limitation of stay but with the option to be rehomed into a responsible and loving family.”

We LOVE that they want to give back, and what a great concept for doing so.

i love the modern chevron like feel this has. the blue is just amazing and would be great for summer outfits!

Make sure to check out their shop ecspcially because their shop is having a Post-FAB 25% Sale till May 31, code POSTFAB25 at checkout.  Also, if you love the earrings and ring you saw me wearing for Fashion Friday enter our giveaway for a chance to win them!

And if you want to learn more about this amazing team, check out all of their social networking sites:

w e b s i t e > jeannierichard.com
s h o p > jeannierichard.etsy.com
b l o g > jeannierichard.wordpress.com
t w i t t e r > @jeannierichard
p i n t e r e s t > pinterest.com/JeannieRichard
t u m b l r > jeannierichard.tumblr.com

ash

Fashion Friday: Celebration!

It’s Fashion Friday!

We are all dressed up for my little sister’s graduation!  Master’s that is.  They had the graduation in downtown Phoenix and then we went and celebrated later a Gallo Blanco.

I’m wearing a blue and white striped top I bought at forever 21, a black sequin pencil skirt, sandals, and Jeannie Richard band ring and earrings  (the one’s in our giveaway!).  The band ring and earrings are made out of beads and are super fun for dressing up.  They are all black, except the earrings have some gold beads in them.  They are a nice addition to any outfit, not just a semi-dressy one. (If you like them go and buy a pair at Jeannie Richard because they’re having a Post-FAB 25% sale till May 31, code POSTFAB25 at checkout).

On Jax, black gap pants, and blue babies-r-us polo he got from his auntie (the one I mentioned about the graduation and celebration at Gallo Blanco) the four above pics were taken at Gallo Blanco, out back in their pool area.  It’s a very retro, older style hotel.  The food is this amazing, fresh southwestern style food.  I would love to go back and stay there some time or take more pictures!  In their pool area they have a waterfall glass wall that runs almost the length of the pool area.  It’s really beautiful.

Don’t forget to enter our mother’s day giveaway for a chance to win all of our mother’s day’s goodies, plus these ones that I’m wearing in the pictures!

Hope you all have an amazing mother’s day!  I know I will no matter what it is as long as it involves my son!

ENJOY! ash

Featured Esty Shop: Bibu

OK so you know how much we love upcycled/recycled stuff over here and how much we love vintage!  So a collaboration with Bibu for our Vintage Sesame Street Giveaway was a no brainer!  If you’ve entered the giveaway you’ll recognize this cute Sesame Street Bib made out of vintage Sesame Street fabric:

Vintage Fabric Sesame Street Bib form Bibu

Andrea, the owner of Bibu, says she’s “always been what I’d call a compulsive maker [in a goodway]”. As you can tell from her shop, textiles are her medium of choice and she has “a particular weakness” for vintage fabrics. Andrea is an internationally exhibited textile artist who holds an MFA degree with a concentration in Fibres from Concordia University in Montreal. With a background in the visual arts, she’s always been drawn to children’s illustrations and pop culture references, so vintage kid’s bed linens with their bright and pop-y graphics are something that she gravitates towards quite naturally.  Check out this beautiful vintage blanket patchwork baby quilt:

I know what I’m getting Dee for her “big girl” bed! LOVE this!

Before she had children she did a lot of artwork using reclaimed textiles, but when she finally had kids she wanted a more practical way to utilize the fabrics that she loved. That’s how Bibu was born. Her primary product is vintage fabric bibs (which are SO cute) and, of course, SO popular.  We could die over this Star Wars bib:

“The force is strong with this one”. (Yeah I know I’m SUCH a nerd, but really when else was I going to be able to work that quote into this blog?).

She takes any custom requests to do bibs with particular characters on them so if you don’t see what you’re looking for make sure to convoy her (definitely check out her Rainbow Brite bib – ah, nostalgia!). After  you’ve spent the time picking out a cute outfit for your baby, it seems a shame to cover it up with an ugly bib. Shopping at Bibu will let you have a bib as fun and cute as the outfit it is protecting :).

But you now what? Her talents don’t stop at baby items.  She also designs cool textiles for the home.  Like this awesome TV Pattern throw pillow:

So hip and cool!

and these coasters made from the same vintage sesame street fabric:

Sesame Street Coasters from Bibu

Andrea lives just north of Toronto with her husband and two small boys, and blogs almost daily at fingerthumb.typepad.com.  So go check out her blog and her etsy shop Bibu. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times, support handmade and custom!

meg

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