Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ditching the binky...

Photo Love: Katie Berry Photography
Let's be honest. I was terrified to take away the binky from my two year old. He is completely unreasonable (all toddlers are) and I selfishly was concerned it would affect his sleep {in turn, affecting MY sleep}. But my pediatrician and dentist had recommended that the binky be GONZO by three years...so I knew I had to "grin and bear" it.

Here is the shocker - it was not as painful as I thought it would be! 

I thought I would share my process with you {note that our son was only using his binky for nap/bedtime - but he did sneak it in when sleepy, grumpy, etc. on other occasions}:

1) Buy "Goodbye Binky, The Binky Fairy Story" - I read this to our son nightly during our bedtime routine for a week. We talked about how "big boys don't need binkies"...and the idea seemed to finally STICK after 3-4 days. {one comment about this book is that it is geared towards a little boy...I am sure that there are plenty of similar books with a little girl as the main character if you find that more relatable}.

{Another great resource is this Sesame Street video "Bye Bye Binky"}


2) My husband and I would make comments over the course of the week to our son, like: "Wow, you are such a big feller - you don't even need a binky anymore." "Look at your baby sister - she is a baby and she uses a binky." Etc...


3) Our son is probably the most stubborn child, like ever. So, he never fully accepted the idea or leaving his binky for a binky fairy in exchange for a present. BUT this process did help to reinforce that BIG KIDS don't use binkies and being a BIG KID is cool.


4) After 5 days, we realized that he was never going to give up his binky to a binky fairy after plenty of pleading. So, I did the unthinkable. I chopped the tip off his binky with a pair of scissors. He hated the chopped up binky and refused to use it. Sort of tough love. But after some coaxing and reminders: "You are SO big - you don't even need this binky anyways." And a few tears (WAY less than I was expecting)..he slept through the night. And did it again...and again. Yes, really! You can do this.


5) After one week of binky-free days - we gave him a special gift (we got Braden this awesome roadster) from the Binky Fairy and made a big deal of the whole thing. He was pretty stoked.

6) He is now 9 days sober of the binky - no slip up's yet. :) 

Hope this helps! It worked wonders for us!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Family Photo Session

Love how our family photos turned out with the FABULOUS Katie Berry Photography  - I feel like she captured my little ones so well! And I love the pops of yellow!



{my little fam}

{trying to convince B to kiss Q}

{still trying to convince B to kiss Q}

{come on B...}

{no way jose...}

{my boy}

{boys love their mommas}

{happy q}

{my girl}

{cutest expression}

{always running}


{happiest little girl}

{me and q}

{daddy daughter love}

{he adores her}

{little thinker}

{family}

{my everything}

{love the backdrop of Texas}

{q}

{little q}

Wishing you a sunny day! Cheers! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quiet Toddler Activity: Jellybeadz




I am always looking  for new QUIET toddler activities in my house {especially with Braden's new baby sister needing lots of attention}. And these Jelly Beadz did the trick! They are $7 (with free Amazon Prime shipping) and provide some nice, quiet entertainment. Great for sensory development + hand-eye coordination. Braden also loved practicing colors and numbers while playing too!

{Disclaimer: you have to soak them in water over-night before you can use}

1) Soak in water.



2) Add some fun accessories (water bottles, tubes, spoons, bowls, cups, etc).





3) Play!



**Note that these beads are the size of marbles and ARE NOT recommended for little ones that still put things in their mouths! And they definitely need to stay separate from curious younger siblings.


I had initially seen this idea on my sweet friend, Mindy's Munchkin Menu, Instagram account. Check out her blog! It has awesome REAL FOOD recipes for your tots!

Enjoy your quiet time!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quinn's Pink Boho Nursery

Now that Quinn is making the transition into her own room (moving her from her bedside co-sleeper this month) - I thought I would share pictures of her nursery! {Photo Love: Katie Berry Photography}



{I melt.}


{Boho baby}


{Love the pillows my mom hand-made for her nursery} 


{Absolutely love this rocker}


{Big brother reading to his sister}


{Adore this daybed...great for story-time, nursing and makes a great spare bed for guests}


{My sunshine}


{"You are my Sunshine" was my favorite song to sing her in my belly}


{This mobile was given to us by one of my hubby's coworkers. Love}


{The other print says "Let Her Sleep, For When She Wakes She Will Move Mountains}


{This daybed is amazing because it has drawers for extra storage}


{Adore the giraffe decal}


{Love the gold...I bought mine unstuffed for SO much cheaper and filled with old clothes}


{Little Quinn on her rug}


{Love this picture of my Mighty Quinn}


Click links below to purchase items from nursery (most everything is from Amazon...because, frankly...I love that place):
Rug
Prints
Chair
Black-out Curtains
Daybed
Sheepskin Pelt
Crib
Ventilated Bumpers
Giraffe Decal
Gold Pouf 
Frames
Animal Drawings were hand-made by my sister, Allie "Gato" Buck
Pillows were hand-made by my momma (she bought the pillow inserts at Crate & Barrel}

As a reminder, my "must-haves" for setting up a nursery are on an old post, click here.

Enjoy!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Toddler Muffin Recipe {great for breast-feeding mommas too}



It can be SO hard to get my two-year old to eat protein - so I love that these muffins are packed with Greek yogurt + eggs....and free of refined sugar, wheat and oils. An added bonus is that I LOVE them too! And oats are supposed to help with breast-milk production...double bonus! They are so easy to make!

Here is what you need:

{Makes 1 Dozen Muffins}

  • Blender 
  • Aluminum cupcake liners (the muffins stick to paper liners) 
  • Cupcake/muffin pan
  • 2 Over-ripe bananas 
  • 2 1/2 cups of Old Fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt 
  • 3 eggs
  • Half cup of honey (agave or sugar work too) 
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pour oats into blender - little by little - until the oats looks like flour 
  3. Add baking soda + baking powder (blend)
  4. Add bananas (blend)
  5. Add Greek yogurt (blend)
  6. Add Honey/sweetener (blend)
  7. Add eggs (blend)
  8. After everything is good and blended - pour into aluminum cupcake liners in cupcake/muffin pan
  9. Bake for 22 minutes 

Enjoy! So easy for your toddler to grab for breakfast! And so easy for mommas to snack on during middle-of-the night breast feedings. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we wanted to share this mother's heartbreaking story. She hopes to provide hope and awareness to this little known cancer - she is asking that you donate your status to share this message:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness/

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Box + Crayons = Zen Activity for Two Year Old

Braden had one of his little {almost} two-year old melt-downs today and he really needed to just "chill out." None of my normal tricks worked for the cranky little booger. Then I plopped him in an empty box {thank you Amazon} with two crayons and some Jack Johnson Lullabies. Total zen moment {45 minutes worth}. Ahhhh! Relaxing for momma too!






Loving the Crayola washable large crayons...they wipe off walls, high-chair trays, etc. SO easily! Braden obviously loves them too! Going to re-name him "Braden and the Purple Crayon."



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