Amara Organic Baby Food : {A Review}

*This is a sponsored post by Amara Organic Baby Food. All opinions are my own.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, then you know I love to be in the kitchen preparing food with my girls. Now that my youngest is over 6 months old, I have been able to see the excitement on her sweet, little face as she begins to explore a new taste of life. In a previous post, I wrote all about how I create my own nutritious baby food.

While I love preparing healthy food for my children on a daily basis, it’s not always a realistic option. In fact, we are constantly on the go! Sometimes being on the go means forfeiting those healthy options for a processed jar of baby food. Yep, that’s right. We always keep a few jars in our cupboards and the diaper bag. Those jars definitely aren’t my first choice, but are sometimes necessary.

Insert Amara 

Amara wanted to create an organic baby food without using any additives. In order to make that a possibility, Amara uses a drying technique. They dry their food using pressure instead of high heat. This technique allows their baby food to be preserved without losing key nutrients.

Amara Organic Baby Food is committed to creating a healthy product that is perfect for those busy parents on the go. So, when I learned I would have the opportunity to work with Amara and try out their baby food, I was thrilled! I was sent one pouch in every flavor for my sweet baby girl to try. There was nothing she didn’t enjoy!

Amara is –

  • ORGANIC
  • NON GMO
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • SIMPLE

As a mom, I couldn’t be happier. I can finally ditch the jars, for a healthier, on the go option. These pouches fit easily into the diaper bag and are quick to prepare. Pouring the contents of the pouch into a bowl, while stirring in 4 to 6 tablespoons of water. WALA! Instant, organic baby food!

Amara offers five flavorful options: Banana, Potato & Kale Mash, Tropical Mango, Apple-Maqui Berry, and Oats N’ Berries.

I love that these pouches have a long storage life and are small enough to throw in the diaper bag and take anywhere! More importantly, I can feed her something quick and simple without any of the guilty! Those jars of processed junk are officially in the trash. Amara baby food is now part of our daily routine!

What are your favorite baby foods?

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Update : {7 & 8 Months}

Oh sweet baby #2, here we are again. Doubling up on your monthly updates. Remember my darling, I love you more than you could possibly know. And I love making memories with you. Sometimes I get so caught up in the present moment, that I forget to jot everything down. But truthfully, it doesn’t bother me. I would much rather spend my time bonding with you and your sister, than doing anything else! So here it is baby girl, your highlight reel of months 7 & 8!

<3 Mama

Photo Cards – Milestone Baby Cards

Monthly Stickers – AppleEyeBabyShop

{Update 7 Months}

  • February 9th you had your first solid food – avocados. You didn’t seem thrilled, but food itself was a new concept to you. It took an additional two weeks to get the “eating concept” down.
  • February 10th the 3 of us went for a walk in the late afternoon. You and big sister enjoyed the stroller ride!
  • February 11 was your first library movie night! Once we arrived you had a bottle, then slept through a majority of trolls.
  • February 14th was not only your first Valentine’s Day, but also your six month check up. (Although you turned 7 months, these reviews are technically from the month prior.)
  • February 15th you slept hardcore on the living room floor. Falling asleep for nap in the afternoon and again in the evening close to bed time. Later in the evening, I held you for a while as you slept! Your rolls are adorable! <3
  • February 17th was one of your first six week baby story time sessions. At the end of the six weeks your were gifted two books “Yummy, Yucky” and
  • February 20th was your first time using the Boon Pulp to eat Bananas! Your expression said it all! <3
  • February 26th you started to army crawl! It’s your current mode of transportation and boy are you fast!
  • February 26th you tried carrots for the first time. You seem to really like them. Although you did finally warm up to avocados as well. Partly because you have the whole eating thing down now.

{Update 8 Months}

  • March 10th you and I hung out all night! After you threw up your bottle all over your sleep sack and me, you were bright eyed and bushed tailed until 3:30am. I loved the way your big eyes started happily up at me, as we caught up on the Ellen Show. It was a party of epic proportions!
  • March 12th was your first time having oranges. Holy Cow! You went to town on the Boon Pulp!
  • March 16th you hung out in your crib while I cleaned. Big sister kept you entertained, as she often does. 🙂
  • March 17th Boon Pulp and green grapes. You were in love! <3
  • March 18th you didn’t want to nap. So you got some one on one time with Mom and Dad!
  • March 20th was the start of napping in your crib on a daily basis and at the same time as your big sister.
  • March 24th was a blow out of epic proportions, which resulted in an immediate bath.
  • April 6th was your first “BABABABA” babble. I am desperately trying to turn that B to an M, while dad is pushing hard for D. Who will win the battle of the first word?

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Preschool Art + {Lucy Darling}

*This is a sponsored post by Lucy Darling. All opinions are my own.

There we were. The week of Spring Break in the midwest and what did we have to show for it? Giant mounds of snow and children off their daily schedules. Every kid friendly place was completely overcrowded, as parents were trying to find things to do!

Luckily, I had a plan. I stopped by Hobby Lobby the week before, picking up a series of art supplies for the occasion. In the midst of all my glorious planning, I had one of those awesome mommy moments! Come on ladies, you the ones?! In this case, I forgotten to pick up washable paints. Oh well, (said no mother ever), acrylic it is!

Materials

  • Painters tape (I used electrical tape because it’s what we had on hand.)
  • Foam brushes
  • Washable paints (If you remember)
  • Canvases
  • Stickers (To add a design. They didn’t attach to the canvases well.)

We forged ahead! Creating both a beautiful mess and timeless masterpieces that will forever hold the beauty and vibrance of the day. But, these pieces weren’t created simply to past the time. They were created with a purpose in mind. In fact, I have been saving all her preschool masterpieces for this occasion!

Decorating

I have always felt the best home decor are pieces that both inspired and brightened our day. What could be more inspiring than our children’s art work!? With that in mind, I set out to find the perfect pieces to do just that.

Last Fall, as I was picking my daughter up from preschool, she handed me two beautiful pieces of her art work. It was these brightly painted pieces that I knew just had to be displayed. So, I was beyond thrilled when I found a print by Lucy Darling! Lucy Darling’s vibrant girly print was perfect to compliment my preschoolers creations.

Lucy Darling

When I learned I would have the opportunity to work with Lucy Darling to review one of their beautiful prints, I practically jumped at the chance. It was their that I found the inspiration needed to begin decorating the girls playroom.

When it came to selecting a print, I wanted something that was both vibrant and relevant to our family. After combing through dozens of options, I finally settled on their 11×14 Honeycomb Love (Girl) Art Print. Why, you ask? Well, this particular girly print is donned with the phrase, “You Are Loved.” This sweet and simple phrase is written in every children’s book by Nancy Tillman. Who is a favorite of mine! In addition, I tell my babies daily, “You are loved and I love you!”

Haily Meyers is a graphic design artist and the mastermind behind Lucy Darling. Her inspiration began when she was expecting her first child. She created baby sticker sets to express her happiness during this new chapter of her life! After sharing her designs with those closest to her and receiving an outstanding response, she decided to open an Etsy Shop. Haily build her business from the ground up and it has grown from there! She designs quality products in the USA, with both mothers and baby’s in mind! Her prints are made from recycled materials with eco-friendly, soy based inks.

I would love to hear how you store your preschoolers art work? How did you decide to decorate your home? Is it pure style? Or family driven?

**I purchased the frame for my print from Target. I purchased the frames for the art work from Hobby Lobby.

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In Twenty Minutes Everything Will Be Ok

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about our morning routine. Well… I wouldn’t call it a morning routine, so much as a chaotic mess. Anyway, I was discussing with her one specific morning where both my children were visibly unhappy with everything. I couldn’t do anything right and I am surprised we even made it out the door at all.

Shortly after I finished my overly dramatic story, another mother chimed in with her own chaotic tale. Because of course, what is motherhood without at least a few of those. Her story began where all great motherhood stories do, with poop! The short version of events goes something like this.

“Child A poops in the tub. Child B sees said poop and proceeds to throw up on the floor. All while Child C is crying somewhere in the background.”

In that moment, she calls a fellow mommy friend who gave her some of the best advice.

Step back,

                     take a breath,

                     in twenty minutes everything will be OK.

And it was.

In twenty minutes, she had cleaned up both the poop and the puke. The baby was no longer crying. Everything was OK. In a child’s mind the gears shift rapidly. What rocks their world one minute is no longer important the next.

Yet, as adults, sometimes those moments tend to linger throughout our day. Well, for me anyway. Sometimes shaking off the craziness of the morning rush isn’t so easy. I ponder about the recent events, wondering how I could have done it differently. Maybe if I hadn’t raised my voice? Gotten my toddler up sooner? Allowed her to have that peanut butter sandwich she requested for breakfast? Just left the baby in her sleeper without feeling the need to dress her?

The list go on and on…

Most of the time, I am probably too hard on myself. I mean, aren’t we all at one time or another? Motherhood is that crazy, beautiful mix of fun and messy. But sometimes its those messy parts that trip us up a bit. When our children have moved on to the lighthearted fun, we are still stuck in the mess, wondering “how to do it better.” 

Parenting is hard, y’all! But that’s just it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the messy, that we miss all the beautiful fun. I don’ know about you, but I hate to miss those moments! So the next next we have a messy moment, I am going to-

Step Back, Take a Breath, because in Twenty Minutes Everything Will Be OK!

Tell me about your recent messy parenting moment? Were you able to move on quickly or did you spend time pondering the recent events of the day?

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DockATot : {A Review}

*This is a sponsored post by DockATot. All opinions are my own.

Once our sweet baby girl began napping and playing on the living room, I was nervous. Unlike the first time, we now have hardwood floors. It just seemed so uncomfortable, all that moving and playing about. Not to mention sleeping there.

DockATot

Lisa Furuland is the creator and visionary behind DockATot. Like many innovated designers, her creative genius began with the birth of her first child. Lisa’s desire and drive to find something snug and comfortable enough for her newborn son lead her to create the DockATot Deluxe (0-8 months) and the DockATot Grand (9-36 months).

The DockATot is a multi-functional item for babies and toddlers to lounge, rest, and play during both back and tummy time with supervision. It was also created with quality and comfort in mind. The DockATot was designed in Sweden, brought to life in Europe, and is OEKO-TEX Certified.

The DockATot allows my babe the ability to have both play and nap time in a snug, comfortable spot. I love having the ability to get a little blogging done, while knowing she is napping safely and comfortably at my feet. Having this product for nap time has been a life saver for me! Nap time on the floor after some big play, never lasted long and trying to transfer a sleeping baby from floor to crib was proving difficult. The DockATot has given my babe the comfort needed for a long nap! Ensuring me the ability to get things done!

As a mother, I love how it was created with us in mind. It arrives in an easy to use carrying and storage case. The case is the perfect transporting solution for those summer vacations, as well as the ability to keep it dust free while storing it for the next babe.

Do you have a DockATot? What are your solutions for nap time on hardwood floors?

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