February 17, 2015

clean eats.

I think it is safe to say that I don't have a green thumb. Somehow I have managed to kill off plants that are described as low maintenance and indestructible. Always being the one who longs to have a garden in the backyard where our family can pick our herbs or vegetables for each meal, you can imagine how much this worries me. I have fond memories of my mom's garden when I was younger...watching the strawberries turn from small, white berries to red, juicy, ready to eat strawberries.

Now with Jack well on his way to eating solids I am consumed with the thought of having nothing but fresh foods in our house. Obviously this is easier said than done and the fact that I am dead set on giving him teething wafers at the start of every meal is proof that we can't follow every rule, every time. But I've been inspired in the most recent baby book that I'm reading, French Kids Eat Everything. With one of the many ideas of eating is to start your baby on fresh {non-processed} foods, which will ultimately help them learn to love, and even yearn for fresh foods as they grow older. Seeing as Jack, who is now 8 months, strongly disliked every single homemade puree from the start made me skeptical and wonder how important and true this really is. But persistence is key, just like everyone else says, and we are finally walking down the solid {homemade} food road. So now that I am on cloud nine with Jack finally being okay with solids, I have this overwhelming feeling that it is my responsibility to teach him about food, make eating fun, and to provide the best meals for him. 

So, what would any mother having this amazing maternal instinct do? Obviously, purchase their first herb garden from the local Trader Joe's! I've already made two dishes using herbs from my new garden...and hope that I can keep it alive more than a week. *wish me luck*

I'd love to know what your at home gardens have in them....perhaps things that are easy for someone who still trying to earn their green thumb could keep alive? 

P.S. happy mardi gras y'all!!! 

February 5, 2015

the new essentials.

8 months, 3 teeth, and many laughs & smiles.  Days where I'm lucky to curl my hair or find a few minutes to find the powder or blush. I think it is safe to say that my essentials have changed slightly over these last few months. Yes, my Chanel mascara is still up there and Tata Harper's Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a must before bed. But now my other essentials aren't for me, but are equally as important. 

I quickly learned babies go through many phases of "dirty"...the newborn who can only have the sponge bath every few days... the bottle feeding, milk mustache baby...and now the I prefer sweet potatoes and bananas when they are in my hair and not my mouth 8 month old. That being said, I found the new favorite essentials to keep my sweet babe clean - bath or no bath, these Noodle & Boo and The Honest Company products are must-haves for our little boy. 

We've used the Noodle & Boo Cleansing Cloths from day one. Jack had very sensitive skin as a newborn so I was careful with what we used on his face and body. These cleansing cloths have been the saving grace when it comes to staying clean day and night. 

I'm a huge fan of lotion. The kind of fan that has lotion by every sink of our house. But is there anything better than silky, smooth skin?! As I mentioned above, Jack has very sensitive skin, which includes dry patches on his arm and legs. The Noodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion has become a daily essential to keep his skin silky baby smooth and it smells oh, so, good. No complaints from this lotion obsessed mom. 

For those days we do fit in bath time, Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash is our favorite. A natural, organic wash that makes bath time fun and safe for baby. And I mean it when I say it makes bath time fun...those bubbles...well, those bubbles sure are fun to catch while splish-splashing around in the tub. 

What are your essentials? 

July 29, 2014

angelique ink.

I love receiving packages in the mail. Especially pretty little packages with pretty items inside. I recently received the newest addition for my stationery collection...a custom calligraphy address stamp that I ordered from Angelique Ink. I had been looking for a chic and simple custom stamp for a while and the selection by Angelique Ink did not disappoint. With so many different styles of calligraphy it was hard to pick just one! Some have a more elegant look, while others have a more casual, bubbly look. There is most definitely a style for everyone!

Happy Writings! 

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