Last week we celebrated my favorite one year old’s birthday. We didn’t have any elaborate party planned, but we wanted to make it a special day. He woke up to balloons in his crib and an intimate brunch at our home with close family. We sang “Happy Birthday” about 100 times that morning, opened a dozen presents, played with all of his new toys, and then ended up at the Doctor’s office in the afternoon because I had a sneaking suspicion that the little man had a bad ear infection and I didn’t want to put off getting it checked out. I didn’t pull out the real camera for some reason, but here are some of my favorite iphone shots from the day.
^^^A birthday pancake stack for a special one year old boy
^^^My Mother-In-Law has made every single one of Holden’s birthday cakes and we are lucky enough to continue the tradition with Gray. We try not to let our children eat sugar (or at least not very much of it). It’s on a rare occasion that they get sweets and we weren’t so sure that we wanted to introduce Gray to sugar yet or at least not an entire cake load of it. So just as she did for Holden’s first birthday, my MIL made a sugar-free cake (banana and applesauce) covered with an apple juice and cream cheese icing.
^^^As you can see, Gray loved it!
^^^And so did his big brother 😉
Birthday banner & crown DIY // Hanging Lantern // Indigo Table Cover // Tree Stump Cake Stand // Succulents // Felt Bunting on Table // High Chair
Happy Monday, everybody! I am so excited to announce that today I have teamed up with Brickyard Buffalo as a Guest Editor where I have selected some of my favorite products and shops for myself and the boys to be sold at a special deal just for you guys! I seriously love being introduced to new things and hearing where other mama’s find their “must-have” or just fun items, so I hope you find something new that you love. I’m sharing a few of the items below, but you can check out my other picks over on the Brickyard Buffalo site where you can get them all at a discount.
The boys and I spend A LOT of time at the beach and I’m always looking for cute suits that are (most importantly) flattering, make me feel comfortable, and allow me to chase the boys around the sand. This Raising Wild suit is my absolute favorite swimsuit and I am so happy that I stumbled across them on Instagram. It just seems to fit in all the right places and I love that it is a one-piece that doesn’t make me feel like I’m wearing a “mom suit.”
I love the idea of greenery and plants in my home, but unfortunately, it seems I have more of a brown thumb than a green one and plants generally don’t make it past a couple of weeks in our home. Pigment is one of my favorite stores in San Diego, they truly carry the cutest, most unique, products in there. They sent me home with this Pretty Planting Starter Kit and guess what, these guys are still thriving after a few months! Succelents are beautiful, but more importantly easy to take care of, and the kit comes with the exact directions you need to care for these babies (which is easy..1 syringe (which is provided) of water every week). It’s also a great way to brighten your home during the winter months for those that don’t live in Southern California.
I am a boy mama and have actually always wanted to be one. Even when I was a lot younger, I would dream about my future life and I always envisioned having a household full of boys. So it’s no wonder that one of my favorite shops is Wild+Bear. They make these Boy Mama shirts which I love (for obvious reasons) and then these Long Live Boyhood tees as well for the boys.
Lastly, I wanted to share Fin & Vince. I think that the clothing they create is very unique and I adore the sayings that they put on their t-shirts. This sup romper is one of my favorite pieces and I love that it’s unisex.
I hope that I’ve introduced you to some new things in this post that you love just as much as I do or just some pieces you already loved but love even more now because you can get it at a discount. Don’t forget to head over to Brickyard Buffalo to see what else I have picked out.
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.
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.
^^^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.
^^^I usually bring a tent for Grayson to play in since there isn’t any shade.
^^^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.
^^^Finally, we are back home around dinnertime and taking a few minutes to unwind from the day.
^^^Gray fell asleep for a mini nap when we got home so Holden had the bath to himself tonight.
^^^He’s totally ready for bed, right 😉 Not energetic at all….
^^^He loves board games. We are playing Bingo before stories and bedtime.
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.