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Starting Solids

Holy moly am I ever behind on news. Like, months behind. Back when William was about 5 1/2 months old, we decided to start him on some “solid” foods. The reasoning behind it was that it may help with his reflux and spitting up, which is kind of an old school idea, suggested by an elderly pediatrician we don’t normally see- but, oh well. We did it.

…and. He’s not a fan.

Let me clarify, he is a lover of fruits, and oatmeal. Anything else and he dramatically makes gagging sounds and faces. He also legit projectile vomited quinoa cereal all over me yesterday, in fact. Eli says he doesn’t blame him for that though.

I knew I wanted to make my own baby food again, simply because I don’t think it’s a hard thing to do, and it saves you so much money. I could buy one jar of bananas for a dollar…..or make my own for like, 15 cents? Uh. No brainer.

I was really stoked to be able to try out this Mumi&Bubi Solid Starter Kit, which are specially designed for freezing large batches of baby food. For example, I used two large-ish sweet potatoes, and filled up two entire trays, which is more than 42 servings (of 1 oz)!

My total (organic) sweet potato investment was $2.39, making each serving cost less than 5 cents.

Each tray has a lid to ensure the food is kept hygienic and protected from freezer burn. The lids have grooves for easy stacking in your freezer. Parents often use one tray for fruit and the other for vegetables. They are made in New Zealand from non-toxic, virgin PP5 polyproylene and are top-shelf dishwasher-safe. For your peace of mind, the freezer tray material is certified free of phthalates, BPA and PVC.

And the best part is that the Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit is super easy to use. You simply press one side of the cube, and the rounded bottom design makes them pop out very easily. No twisting or cracking ice cube trays, anymore! I have had these in my freezer now for over a month, and there isn’t a single sign of freezer damage, either. This is the perfect baby shower gift for any mom-to-be who plans to make their own baby food.

I do have one tip, though: make sure your baby actually likes the food before making and freezing a ton of it. However, he did actually enjoy the sweet potato tonight, as long as I mix it in with oatmeal. He has a picky palate, what can I say?

Buy It: Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit 

 


Disclaimer: I received a Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit  free of cost in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, and I don’t recommend anything on my blog that isn’t totally awesome. No money was exchanged or rendered, and no affiliate tags are used on this post. All photos are copyright Memoirs Photography and are not to be used without written permission. 


I heart leggings- and matching siblings.

To be quite candid, people love to give their opinions about how I dress my kids- my son in particular. I’m just not the truck t-shirt or soccer shorts kind of mom. Not that I have anything against it, it’s just not my style. I absolutely adore leggings— especially on William! They are stretchy, and fun, and look super adorable paired with some moccasins and a fun onesie.

I don’t find very many cute matching outfits for the kiddos, since they aren’t the same gender. Oh, that is until I found Sew Itty Bitty Designs. Not only does she offer matching custom made leggings and/or shorts, I was able to take a gender neutral design and make it a tad bit more “girly” for Vivien. So I jumped on the chance to do a fun sibling photo shoot, and Vivien actually ate it up and cooperated, for the first time in a long time!

The ruffle bottoms are a fun touch, and I was also able to communicate to Amanda, the owner of Sew Itty Bitty Designs, that Vivien is a lot taller than the average 2.5 yr old, so she threw in a couple inches of length on the bottom. They fit perfectly. Seriously, like a dream.

The fact that I can also order the same pair for William makes this the icing on the cake. (Mmmmm, cake.)

The leggings are very affordable with bundle discounts available. Also, to celebrate the opening of her new STORENVY shop, she is offering a 15% off grand opening sale. Just use code “GRANDOPENING”

Anyway, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, because they are seriously adorable!

And because I couldn’t resist this hysterical face:

Click here to visit Sew Itty Bitty Designs and order your pair now!

To see more designs from Sew Itty Bitty Designs, check out this post here.


As a brand ambassador, I received these leggings in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.


Family Vacation: Santa Fe, NM.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we were lucky enough to take a mini-family vacation down to Santa Fe, NM. It took us about 7 hours to get there, because the weather was terrible (in fact, at one point I had to pull off because it started to rain and hail so badly.) It was also dinner time, and general fussy-time for the kiddos. We arrived at the resort late, but went to sleep excited to see the resort in the day light.

The resort was amazing (I’ll make sure to link the full post about it on Daily Mom once it goes live) and we were all in awe over the luxury, and the new things and places. Vivien loved her kid’s sized bath robe, and the fact that we had our own patio. I had been talking up going swimming for ages, so as soon as we finished breakfast, we packed up and headed to the pool. (And it was chilly!)

William floated in his floaty, and actually fell asleep for most of it. Ha! Vivien enjoyed swimming with her new puddle jumper, and made me realize (again) I need to sign her up for swim lessons, because she is not pool comfortable. Anyway.

She also had her very first ever bubble bath. Hahaha! The bubble bath passed my “crazy chemical ingredient test” (unlike most others on the market) so she was in bubble heaven! I went on a tour of the grounds, and had a spa treatment while the kiddos took a rockin’ nap (3 hours!)

Then we went to dinner, and went on a fun walk after dinner to get some of the wiggles out of the toddler before bedtime.

The next morning was kind of lazy, and we packed up the car to get ready to go sightseeing in downtown Santa Fe. We left around 11:30, and got downtown shortly thereafter. What. A. Madhouse.

 

Like a typical downtown area, it was jam packed with tourists, and shopping. I bought a hand painted ceramic pot, and a Christmas ornament (it’s our tradition) and we spent the rest of the time looking for a doll that I stupidly  promised Vivien a few days prior.

Navigating the streets with the double stroller (and the tiny shops) was a bit tricky, and I actually ran over a street gypsies tip basket unknowingly with the stroller in the plaza. Oops. In case you’re wondering, Eli saw people laughing, and ditched me for a good 5 minutes until he finally met back up with me, to tell me that I had taken out her basket. Isn’t he so nice? ;-)

She was, however, possibly the worst singer I’ve ever heard in my life, so I didn’t feel very guilty. #MommyOnAMission

Oh yeah, that photo right there? That’s my new favorite photo I’ve ever taken. Like, it’s postcard worthy, in my humble opinion. I wish we could have gone in the church, but it was a Sunday and mass was just getting out.

Once we finally found Vivien’s stupid Indian doll, and I ate the most disgusting “World Famous Frito Pie” I’ve ever tasted in my life, we high-tailed it out. Navigating crowds just isn’t enjoyable with a toddler that hates riding in a stroller, and a fussy baby.

The drive home was actually super easy. Both kids fell asleep within the first hour of the trip, and slept for 2 and a half hours! The ride home only took us a little longer than 5 hours, which was totally manageable, and was really pretty scenery.

 


Wordless Wednesday

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, you know that my little family just got back from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am preparing to tell you all about it, but I want to leave this one photo teaser. I especially love the sky, and the mixture of the old traditional church, and the new cars of this century.


What William Wore: Sew Itty Bitty Designs

Hey, girl!

Do you like my shorts?

Well, so do I.

I recently stumbled into the world of Instagram shopping. It really combines my love of internet shopping, thrift shopping, and social media into one convenient place. That’s when I ran across Amanda, a WAHM with an Instagram shop specializing in homemade shorts and leggings.

Sew Itty Bitty Designs features creative baby leggings, shorts and beanies hand made with love in the cutest of cute prints. In fact, every month or so, I’ll be popping in to show you the latest and greatest of the prints. Bottoms start at just $10 for infant sized, but can be sized up to 3T. Yes, I predict a matching legging sibling photoshoot in the near future, so stay tuned for that one.

Shorts, leggings and beanies come in regular, or organic fabric, and are perfect for the upcoming summer months because they are lightweight cotton, and so versatile.

Amanda also offers a multi-pair discount, so you could score 2 pairs of adorable shorts for just $18. Shipping is included in all her prices- seriously, you can’t beat that! While prints tend to be mostly geared towards the dapper little dudes, there are plenty of precious girly fabrics available too- along with many that would be considered unisex, like the red anchor print featured on Will.

So, head on over to her Instagram shop and check out some of her latest adorable prints. I am absolutely drooling over the Dr. Suess printed shorts because the colors are so, so fun. Oh and foxes, because you know me and my love of dressing William in fox themed outfits.