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Sweetie Pie Organics Giveaway {Daily Mom}

Sweetie Pie Organics Giveaway

We having an awesome giveaway right now over on Daily Mom right now that I wanted to share for two variety packs (12 boxes total!) of these delicious and wholesome fruit snacks from Sweetie Pie Organics and think you should go and enter- yes right now! These snacks are perfect for toddlers, school aged kids, picky eaters and everything in between and I know that your kids will love them. They are absolutely perfect for school lunches or snacks.

Want to enter to win some for your brood? Scoot on over to Daily Mom and enter to win this prize pack that’s valued at $70! Your kids will thank you.

This giveaway ends on August 26th at midnight eastern time so don’t delay!


Trendy Tot Tuesday: Playing in the yard

Lately, the kiddos have been all about playing in the yard. Even William loves being outdoors and sitting in the grass and watching the happs of a whole new place and location. I love putting them in clothing that is comfortable for them to wear, looks adorable, and is fun!

Uhm, excuse me big boy, did you eat my tiny baby? ;-) Anyway, back to the clothing, since this is titled “Trendy Tot Tuesday”

William is sporting some handmade harem fox shorts from our favorite WAHM shop, Sew Itty Bitty Designs. Awesome quality, and the longer “harem” design of the shorts is a fun change that got tons of compliments from random passer-byers. Oh, and foxes. We all know how much I love to put him in fox stuff. For these fun shorts, I prefer a more solid shirt, and I think babies in tank tops are the cutest ever- so he wore a tank top white onesie. Basic, but still a super fun outfit, because of the shorts!

For Vivien, I paired her Turquoise Floral Shorts from Sew Itty Bitty Designs with a Flower Top from Ruum (currently on sale for $3.49!!) and a pair of Turquoise Glitter Toms that I got on Zulily earlier this spring for $18.

These outfits were perfect for the errands that we did earlier that day (Vivien went to the dentist for the first time!) as well as playing in the front yard later that day and watching for Fire Trucks (we live next to the station) and waving at airplanes (we live close-ish to the Denver airport.)

Today I am linking up with my homegirls, Megan and Kelly. It’s been a hot minute since I did a link up, so here goes nothing! xoxo


Disclaimer: I received the shorts featured in this outfit because I am a brand ambassador for the company. I am not required to post anything on my blog- just love the company and wanted to share these super cute outfits and photos with you. All opinions are 100% my own. All photos are copyright Memoirs Photography and are not to be used or copied without written permission.


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.