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Making Baby Food with Baby Brezza

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Products from this post:  Baby Breeza One Step Baby Food Maker // Baby Bjorn High Chair // Baby Bjorn Soft Baby Bib // Baby Bjorn Baby Cup // Baby Bjorn Baby Plate Spoon and Fork // 

When Holden was a baby, I didn’t make his baby food. Which seems so strange to me now.

Of course, initially I tried. For the first week of us introducing solids, I used the food processor we had received as a wedding gift (I think it was the first time I actually used it) to blend various fruits and vegetables and quickly found that Holden couldn’t stand the texture of my homemade foods. It might have had something to do with the fact that I forgot to actually steam the carrots before blending them that one time and was basically feeding him gravel, but let’s forget about that. Holden loved Earth’s Best jars and it was the easiest and most convenient thing for me.

A lot of my friends made all of their children’s baby food from scratch. They all had the Baby Brezza and raved about it. But if I’m being 100% honest with you, I did not understand why they had spent money on that machine. I kept telling my husband, “We have a steamer. We have a food processor. Why would we need a machine that just combined them? What a waste of money”. Well guys, now I know. Now I know. The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker is amazing!

We are doing our best these days to not eat processed foods. We aim to make our meals revolve mainly around vegetables and fruits that we buy from local farms. So when it came time for Gray to start eating solids, I wanted to attempt making his food.

This time around, I went with the Baby Brezza and what a game changer. When Holden was a baby, making baby food seemed like such an undertaking and so complicated. I didn’t get how other moms could do it and be so nonchalant about it. Wide eyed and incredulous, I would ask “you make his food?!” And now that I own the Baby Brezza, I don’t understand how people can not make their own baby food. It’s so easy and simple.

When you have kids, it’s really all about the convenience factor. Do you know how long it takes to get out two different appliances, wait for one to finish (which means you have to keep checking on it) before you can use the other one, and then clean both of them (the cleaning of a food processor might just be my most dreaded task). No one has that sort of time…well not moms that are frantically trying to get food into their hungry babies mouth.

And the Baby Brezza actually purees the food into a that “normal” baby food texture that my child likes. Because it steams in the same container, you often don’t even need to add water after blending.

Gray is eating less purees now that he is 9 months, but we still offer them to him along with whole food since he seems to put most of his food on the floor or his face versus actually consuming it and purees are a good way to get food in him so he isn’t hungry.  But before we retire our Baby Brezza, I wanted to share it with you because sometimes it takes the arrival of another child to realize what baby products you were missing with the first :)

P.S. Baby Brezza just came out with a new and improved version that has a lead-free glass bowl to minimize food contact with plastic and it is a larger bowl! You can check it out here.


A Day in Our Life with Jessica Davis Photography Part 2

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Here is the second half of our day that we spent with Jessica Davis that runs from mid afternoon until the boys went to sleep.  If you didn’t see the previous post, we spent an entire day with Jessica who followed us around with a camera from the time the boys woke up in the morning around 8 AM until the time they went to sleep around 8 PM.  Jessica just recently launched the Honest Hours project and we were lucky enough to be one of her first clients for the project. The Honest Hours project documents the daily life of a family from sun up to sun down and all of the familiar moments in between.

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^^^After the beach, we usually change and then head to the grass area that sits directly above the ocean for a picnic, painting, and coloring for a little bit of down time after all of the running around and splashing down at the beach.

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www.jessicadavisphotography.com^^^I usually bring a tent for Grayson to play in since there isn’t any shade.

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^^^After we’ve finished our picnic and played on the grass and at the playground for a little while, we walk over to get smoothies.

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hh2^^^Finally, we are back home around dinnertime and taking a few minutes to unwind from the day.

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www.jessicadavisphotography.com^^^Gray fell asleep for a mini nap when we got home so Holden had the bath to himself tonight.

www.jessicadavisphotography.com^^^He’s totally ready for bed, right 😉  Not energetic at all….

www.jessicadavisphotography.com^^^He loves board games.  We are playing Bingo before stories and bedtime.

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Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries: Laughter

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Photos by Chrissy Powers Photography

 

That deep belly laugh that Grayson emits when I accidentally touch his arm pits in that sweet spot when I’m changing his clothes.  That uncontrollable giggle that escapes Holden when he finds something funny.  That chuckle I share with my husband as I share the days events and the things Holden said and Grayson did.  These are the moments that are currently on repeat in our household day in and day out.

Laughter is the cure for almost anything and something that I’ve never had so much of since two children entered my lives.  Whether it’s a case of the giggles, tickle shrieks, light chuckles, deep belly laughs, the laugh until you cry, even the I’m deliriously tired cry that turns into a laugh, life with children is full of laughter.  Having children seems to have awakened in me a pure joy that I never knew could have existed and the way that they live their life with unabandoned happiness is completely infectious.


THANKSGIVING TABLE SETTING INSPIRATION

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Inspiration Images

Pheasant Wing Feathers // Guinea Fowl Feathers // mismatched candelabras // Chocolate Cosmos Plant // Purple Viola Flowers // Fern Leaves // White Vase // Gold Wishbone // Reindeer Moss // White and Gold China // Gold Flatware // Gold Hurricane Candle Holder // Lace Table Runner //Gold Table Runner

I fell in love with this Jose Villa rustic glam wedding and felt like it would make a stunning and chic Thanksgiving tablescape.  We spend Thanksgiving with our large extended families so I won’t have the opportunity to create a Thanksgiving table setting, but if I did, this is exactly what it would look like.


WHAT OUR APRIL LOOKS LIKE.

this monthly post is one of the best things i have participated in, in that it reminds me on a daily basis to pick up my camera and document the little moments.  last month was a busy one and i feel like i wasn’t able to take out the camera as much as i would have liked, but this month, i took so many pictures i had a hard time deciding just which ones to post.

this month, it feels like summer weather has officially arrived and we have found ourselves on a wide variety of adventures.  when the weather is nice, we spend every waking minute outdoors and this outdoor life brings us all such joy.  it seems that each and every day, we are exploring new places and traveling all over the san francisco area to discover all that our city has to offer.  i’m not quite sure if it’s the weather thats brought on this sense of adventure or if perhaps it’s the fact that holden is finally at the point where he doesn’t mind being the car as much which makes me more comfortable to venture out further than before – but whatever the reason, i am thankful.  holden is such a sponge these days that not only are all of these field trips fun, but they are also such wonderful learning experiences.

and i must note that looking at our month of april, holden seems more like a toddler than ever before.  i can’t believe that in a short four months, this little guy will be 2.  where did the time go?

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make sure and head over to the beautiful lyndsay’s blog and see what her adorable family has been up to this month.  once you get back here, you know you have made it full circle.