Showing posts with label toddler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toddler. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Next Children's Clothing

A British mum in our toddler play class recently told me about a new-to-me-company from across the pond called, Next.  I was admiring the cute cotton dress her daughter was wearing with a dinosaur print that was darling but not overly girl when she shared that Next is reasonably priced and ships to the US and Canada for a minimal amount (or quickly for free if you hit a certain amount)!
The toddler girls, boys and baby clothes are adorable and have a nice selection of classic looking items that I love.  I especially enjoy discovering new places to look for my boys clothes.  And I'm going to snag a few dresses for my nieces! These are some of the cute things they have this spring...

P.S. I was not sponsored to promote this company, it's just something too good not to pass along! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

5 Tips for Parents of Children with Food Allergies

This week is food allergy awareness week.   Chances are that if you don’t have a food allergy in your family, you know someone who does.   I still remember vividly the day that James Robert was diagnosed with his peanut allergy; it was one of those life-changing events that touches your family in a way that is difficult to understand until it’s your child.  

I can’t speak for every food-allergy parent, but it has been anxiety-producing for me.  It can feel overwhelming to provide constant diligence to protect your child. It changes the way that you think, plan and travel and live on many levels. 

I’m so thankful for campaigns like the one that FARE is putting on this week in order to raise awareness. Did you see the Empire state building lit up for the occasion?
eating out and travel can be stressful and require a lot more planning, but it's still possible!
We’ve been successfully avoiding peanuts since he was 8 months old and I have learned a lot along the way.   To any new parent who is dealing with a food allergy diagnosis,   I remember being in your shoes.   It does get easier.    

There are so many things that you will be doing to take care of your child.  But I urge you to also take care of yourself.  It can be a scary and sometimes overwhelming road.  Not that I have all the answers, but with time, I have learned a few things to lighten the load. 

These are my top recommendations for food-allergy parents:
  • Find a support system from other parents of children with allergies.  Join an online group in your area (there are many on Facebook or your allergist can usually recommend some) or seek out the other parents at school who understand.  Forge friendships and share your concerns and your best practices.  I can’t tell you how much it has helped me to find solace in other parents who have walked the road ahead of me.
  • Find an allergist that you trust and that speaks your language.  We visited a few allergists before finding one that we really liked.  And don’t be afraid to ask questions!   
  • Support allergy awareness and be an advocate for the cause. As my son gets older, it has been helpful to participate in things like the FARE campaign, Teal Pumpkin Project, at halloween and also provide allergy safe snacks at some of his play dates.  I find that many other Mom’s have NO intention of being hurtful, they simply don’t know or understand allergies.
  • Be prepared that there will likely be awkward conversations in order to be your child’s advocate.  I’ve had to ask friends to refrain from certain foods or directly discuss actions I wasn’t comfortable with and it can be hard.  But ultimately it is my responsibility to keep my son safe while he is little.  Take solace in knowing that you might feel like you're fumbling along, but we all are.  
  • Make peace with your epi-pen.  We have yet to use ours, but initially, I viewed the eli-pen with as much fear as I did the allergic reaction.  I had a lot of anxiety about using it and how hard it would be for my son.  But I now try to take comfort in knowing that I have something life-saving at my finger tips.  While you don't want to have it be the default action, having to use the epi-pen is NOT a failure. Once I made that paradigm shift, I took a lot of pressure off myself.
My heart goes out to families who are dealing with anaphylaxis allergies on a daily basis, especially those who have multiple severe allergies.  I recently read a study about how the stress of food allergies can affect parents adversely, perhaps even chronically.  I hope that any Moms reading this post will feel free to email me or comment below if they want to connect further!  

P.S. I love all the inspiration over at Petite Allergy Treats and I recently discovered the wonderful site, Safe Happy Family

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Favorites: Fresh Pressed Prints

Happy Friday!  These days, James Robert is getting more and more opinionated about what he wants to wear.  If he could, he would likely wear his fireman costume everyday.  But a close second would be anything with a dinosaur on it.  He has just discovered dinosaurs and is constantly rawring!  He also received a wonderful set of dino flashcards for his birthday that he loves to flip through too.

Therefore, when I discovered Fresh Pressed Prints and learned about their new collection featuring dinosaurs, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate and share Brooke's collection with you here.
always rrrawring!

Brooke is the mother to three boys and started creating clothing for her little ones when she became tired of the repetitive designs she was seeing in stores.  Fresh Pressed Prints is a collection of clothing to spark creativity and curiosity which I love!

Each design is printed using water-based ink and the quality is wonderful.  The shirts are also  100% organic cotton, 100% sweatshop free, Fair Trade Certified, and GOTS certified! 

But what I love most of all is that the shirts are made with the love of boys in mind-- so often when you go shopping for boys clothing, they get a very small section compared with girls.  It's a treat to see a collection that is lovingly designed with little guys in mind!

I hope you'll check out Fresh Pressed Prints on Instagram or Facebook and follow along if you have a little boy in your life that loves to have fun, get dirty and explore!

Monday, February 1, 2016

5 Valentine's Day Activities for Toddlers + Our Favorite Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Is anyone else excited that it's February?!  We've been enjoying some Valentine's Day toddler activities around here lately that I hope you'll like too. I find it fun to incorporate seasonal and holiday themed activities into our play routine.  It helps keeps things new and interesting for both James Robert and myself plus it feels festive.  I love that the toddler stage provides more understanding around what we're doing-- but we're definitely still in the stage that activities need to be quick and easy!

Here are 5 activities for you and your toddler to enjoy that are perfect for Valentines' Day (plus don't miss our play dough recipe at the end of the post):

1) Banner from felt cutouts.  We went to the dollar store and bought felt heart cutouts and then strung them on ribbon we have at home.  It helped him practice his fine motor skills and he was tickled with the result that he were able to display. This could easily be made from felt you have at home already if you do have some.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkin Play Dough: Two Ingredients

Hi friends and happy Friday!  If September was all about apples, then October is all about pumpkins and we couldn't be happier.  To kick off an unabashed celebration of all things pumpkin, I have an easy play dough recipe to share.
Pumpkin Play Dough
All you need are these two ingredients- cornstarch and canned pumpkin. This recipe will depend on the brand of pumpkin you use as the water content can vary.  I used approximately 1 cup of pumpkin and stirred until smooth.  Then I added about 1-2 cups of cornstarch little by little.  Once the dough started to stick, I kneaded it a bit and then added more cornstarch if needed.
And I'll admit, I cheated when making this.  I also added a bit of pumpkin pie spice for an olfactory upgrade.  You could easily omit this step with the same great results or add your own mix of cinnamon, clove or nutmeg.

Just add some fun fall inspired cookie cutters and go to town!
James Robert got such a kick out of this dough as it feels a bit different than traditional play-do.  As a bonus, I noticed my hands were especially soft after playing with this dough!

As for storage, I've been storing the dough in mason jars in the fridge and it should last for about a week.