Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hilarious commercial with judgy moms and a giant Baby Bjorn

Have you seen this commercial?! They one with the four mom's discussing parenting techniques and this huge boy still in a baby carrier. I thought it was hilarious and with how much Ronan's wants to be carried, it will probably be me in a few years (only kidding!). The boy's expression gets me the most...!

funny commercial baby bjorn that's a little extreme Sheila MWAH picture

Watch it here: TracFone TV Spot, 'Undercover 2014'


 XOXO

Monday, December 15, 2014

Breastfeeding on Sesame Street

Since getting pregnant and having a baby and now toddler, I've realized that I'm very pro-breastfeeding. I'm not one that will preach to non-breastfeeding moms, but I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to breastfeed for the first year. Now my son is 16 months old and I'm still breastfeeding. It's probably time to ween, and I definitely wouldn't mind, but I'm not in too much of a hurry (obviously!). But I came across this Sesame Street clip about breastfeeding from the 70s that I thought was pretty neat! XOXO

Monday, November 10, 2014

Creamy Vegetarian White Chili Recipe

It snowed today - time for some delicious soup!

I searched the web for a vegetarian version of White Chicken Chili, but I couldn’t find anything that didn’t have chicken but was still white with creamy goodness.  The vegetarian recipes I found were pretty much bean soup and not as savory and rich as I wanted because the true white chicken chili is a winter-time comfort food. 

I decided to make my own using a few ideas from the chicken versions and my own imagination.  It turned out amazing so I had to share, I hope you enjoy!

Creamy Vegetarian White Chili Recipe
Yummy!

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 90 min. MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or your favorite cooking oil)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces each) red kidney  beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) “mexicorn” – corn with red and green peppers
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) greek yogurt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup soy milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 2 cups grated gouda cheese


Directions:
1.     In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until onions are soft and transparent.

2.     Add the carrots, broth, beans, corn, chilies and seasonings.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

3.     Transfer to crockpot; stir in yogurt, half and half, milk and cheese. Let sit for as long as you want for flavors to blend.  You can also skip the crockpot and cook for 10 more minutes for cheese to melt.

Enoy!

XOXO


Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Younique

If I was stuck on a desert island and I could only bring one item from my make-up bag it would be mascara - it's my ultimate favorite. Having blonde eyelashes makes it a necessity. Without mascara, I look some where between a 12 year old and someone who is just really tired...

Part of me wishes I had the time to put on fake eyelashes everyday because they really make eyes pop, but even then I'm always scared one will fall off! And I have a friend who has eyelash extensions from a salon that look gorgeous, but that's out of my budget and also time consuming.

I feel like I've tried just about every mascara on the market because there is always a new marketing gimmicks, they all either curl, thicken, separate, lengthen, thicken, strengthen, multiply, some even claim to look like the fake eyelashes.  Some I liked better than others, but all seemed to fall short of their promises.

Lately, I've friends and beauty blogs post on fiber eyelash extensions and I had to try it.  I first tried L'OrĂ©al Voluminous False Fiber Lashes, but the fibers were mixed in with the mascara and I couldn't tell the fibers were even in there.  Then I tried Better Than False Lashes by Too Faced, which was better because the fibers were separate, but the fibers were white and sometimes my lashes looked gray even after I put black mascara over it.  And the fibers were more fuzzy than lengthening so I wasn't that impressed with the results.

I probably would have stopped there and went back to my old mascara routine, but I was given the opportunity to try Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Younique.  This mascara gave me beautiful, fluttery, dramatic eyelashes especially compared to my almost invisible, blonde, wispy lashes.

Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Results:

I just got this mascara and I thought it was easy to apply without it looking spidery or clumpy at all, just nice and long lashes.  It also says on all day and didn't flake off.  And I feel like I get better at putting in each day.  And all of Younique's products are high-quality and naturally-based!



If you are ready for gorgeous eyelashes, get in touch with my lash guru, Shauna Buno Smith!

XOXO

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ronan turns 1!


Ronan's first birthday pictures photography with words picture


As of his 12 month check up
Weight:  22 lbs 3 oz (64th percentile)
Length: 31.0 inches- (88th percentile)
HC 18.8 in (90th percentile) 

Milestones:  Ronan is growing like a weed and he seems to be learning some new trick everyday. 

He started walking at 10 months and he's getting really good at this walking stuff, watch him walk here at 10.5 months old:


Mood:  Ronan is a total ham!  So he LOVED his birthday party.  He loves to clap, and when he would start clapping after openning a gift, everyone else would clap too.  Ronan thought this was just about the best thing ever:

Happy boy at his first birthday baby clapping excited picture
Happy boy at his first birthday
Loves:  He absolutely loves the dogs, it's the cutest thing ever.  He's not really saying mama or dada consistently, but he always points at Charlie and Sawyer and says his version of "dog."  He also loves giving Sawyer hugs and cuddles.  He comes from a family of animal lovers, so I'm glad to see he is already showing this quality.

Wearing:  He's wearing mostly 12 months and some 18 month and size 4 or 5 shoes.

Sleeping:  One misconception I had before this first year was that once a baby was sleeping through the night, you were in the clear.  SO. NOT. TRUE.  Ronan was sleeping on his own for 10 hours before I went back to work and I thought this sleep thing was a piece of cake.

It's been ups and downs, and I admit that most of it probably had more to do with our strategy and parenting style than anything else.  I have read a million times that you should put your baby to bed when they are sleepy but not asleep and I understand why.  But this doesn't work for me.  Why you ask?  Because holding my sleeping baby after I've been away from him for several hours (while at work) is what I need, and what I think my baby needs.  I craved that closeness and Ronan did too.  After a while, I would need to do something, so I'd pass Ronan off to daddy for more snuggling.

We go through phases of getting Ronan used to sleeping in his own bed, then something like a sickness or teething brings him back to sleeping in our bed.  But we are back to getting him to sleep on his own again, and so far it's going better than I expected.

I wouldn't have expected to be a semi-co-sleeping parent, but seriously, nothing in the world is better than being close to my baby.  But now he's a toddler and it's probably time to make a chance.  But I hope he stays snuggly!

Eating:  Ronan is a good little eater. Some of his favorite foods are black beans (whole or blended), guacamole, cheese and scrambled eggs.

XOXO

Friday, May 2, 2014

Ronan is 8 months old... 9 months... 10 months old!! I guess it's been a while!

Ronan is growing like a weed and he seems to be learning some new trick everyday.  I definitely have had my hands full since he has become mobile!  And now he is walking like a champ, which really makes me nervous, but it is also a lot of fun.

pears, spinach, black beans, applesauce, parsnips,


Ronan's teeth at 8 months old

Eating:
All kinds of foods, such as pears, spinach, black beans, applesauce and parsnips.


I try to make the baby food, but I’d say so far it’s been about 50% homemade and 50% store bought.  At daycare, the will only do the prepackaged stuff, so I probably should bump up the homemade stuff at home.

I’m also a little unsure what is best for him, and I do research online but I find so many differing opinions that it’s hard to know what’s best.  So for now, I’m holding off until his 9 month appointment when I can discuss it with Ronan’s doctor.  And I totally know I’m being the overly paranoid new mom, but good nutrition is super important!

Milestones: He started walking at 10 months and now that is is approuching 11 months, he's getting really good at this walking stuff, watch him walk here:



XOXO

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ronan is 7 months old!

Ronan 7 months old
Sleeping (*):  He slept through the night in his own bed... once!  But it's a start and we are working on moving from co-sleeping to him sleeping on his own.  He has been waking up around midnight or 1am but hopefully this continues to improve. * He can and will sleep through the night if we let him sleep in our bed.

love these pouches!
Eating:  During Ronan's 7 month, he's eaten sweet potatoes, avocados, butternut squash, peas, green beans, banana, carrots, and one package of Plum organics beans & rice with sweet corn.  He seems to be a pretty good little eater but still seems to like breast milk best.

I try to make the baby food, but I’d say so far it’s been about 50% homemade and 50% store bought.  At daycare, the will only do the prepackaged stuff, so I probably should bump up the homemade stuff at home.

I’m also a little unsure what is best for him, and I do research online but I find so many differing opinions that it’s hard to know what’s best.  So for now, I’m holding off until his 9 month appointment when I can discuss it with Ronan’s doctor.  And I totally know I’m being the overly paranoid new mom, but good nutrition is super important!

Mood:  He's a happy, smiley guy most of the time, especially if we are doing something fun.  He got about 4 teeth in during his 7th month, and 3 of them came right at the same time, so there were periods where he wasn't so happy but he's not to blame.  Once in a while, he gets very upset if he doesn't get his way (and he's sleepy or hungry) and puts on quite the show.

Loves:  He loves attention and praise, so when he got good feedback from mom and dad for giving high fives, he loves it.  He also learned how to pull himself up on to two feets and loves to show off what a big boy he is now.

Look mom!  I can stand!!
Wearing:  He's wearing mostly his 9 month gear, but most of his 6 month stuff still fits him.  He wore his first 12 month outfit and I was surprised at how well it fit him, but I really think it all depends on the outfit.  And he bumped up from size 2 diapers to size 3 this month.

Milestones: He has now mastered crawling and can get around fast!  He can also pull himself up to his feet, as I mentioned before, and go from standing to sitting again.

And TEETH!  He got his first tooth (bottom right) on Feb 1st so he was 6.5 months.  And then he got his top right tooth about two weeks later.  Then at about 7.5 months, he got three more teeth all at while... poor little guy!

Mama: The new teeth made breastfeeding a little challenging... and painful.  But he's learning not to bite, but it took a few, not so fun, weeks.  But otherwise, breastfeeding is still going well and everything else is about the same.

Our family looks pretty good with one more... but that will have to wait a little!  But Ronan loves his cousin!

XOXO