Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Welcoming Dylan James by Minted.com

A few months ago I shared a couple of favorite birth announcements from Minted.com. This time around I decided to do something different and order postcards instead of traditional cards.  I settled on a beautiful yet simple real foil pressed design. Hand-pressed with gold (or silver foil), these  postcards helped me save postage and time - you can add a return address directly on the postcard at no additional cost. Check out the final design below.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Loving: Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been the it beauty and cooking item this summer and after seeing it everywhere, I decided to give Skinny & Co. coconut oil a try. If you aren't familiar with it's benefits here are a few:

Metabolism - Due to its high concentration of MCFAs, Skinny Coconut Oil speeds up metabolism. MCFAs are immediately converted to energy, helping maintain a healthy weight. 

Brain Clarity  - Coconut oil provides an alternative fuel to glucose for the brain. This fuel, known as ketones improves memory, cognition and attention.

Heart Health - Skinny promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The healthy saturated fat content has shown to protect heart cells, improve the function of the thyroid and help normalize cholesterol levels. 

Immune System - Found in a mother’s milk, lauric acid also found in coconut oil helps form the immune system and protects the health of newborns. Replacing processed vegetable oils with MCFA-rich coconut oil promotes lifelong healthy immune function. MCFA is found in infant formulas and tube feedings.

Blood Sugar - MCFAs in Skinny Coconut Oil help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels.

I have mainly been using my Skinny coconut oil in two different ways: I add 1 or 2 teaspoons to my morning coffee and reduce the amount of creamer and sugar. It tastes so yummy! I've also been giving Dylan coconut oil massages -  he absolutely loves them! I usually do it after bath time once or twice a week.  It's a great moisturizer and has helped with his baby acne and occasional bum rashes. It even works wonders on my skin! I use it daily.

Dylan waiting on his coconut oil massage
Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone is relaxing and enjoying a fabulous Labor Day weekend. We've been at the lake with our family enjoying great weather and amazing food. Fun times! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of Preschool

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This little dude started preschool earlier this month, I know it's cliche to say but it's hard to believe how fast time is going by! We got ready for the transition to preschool with a few new outfits, several pairs of shoes, socks and some new Spider-Man food containers and water bottles.

This year, Jack chose personalized rocket labels from Kidecals. These versatile labels are dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe. They can be used in a variety of surface including clothing, backpacks, toys and electronic devices.

MEGA SET ($28): 24 two inch labels and 48 one inch labels = 72 labels total
EVERYDAY SET ($21): 12 two inch labels and 24 one inch labels = 36 labels total 
MINI SET ($21): 66 one inch labels total

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Check It Out: Little Elliot Big City

As soon as Little Elliot Big City arrived at our home, I knew Jack would absolutely love this book - and I was right! Jack's Godfather, my brother in law lives in New York and Jack is obsessed with everything about "the big city".
The first in a three book series about a little elephant looking for friendship and cupcakes in a city a lot bigger than himself, this beautifully illustrated book features a simple but relatable story about finding friends in the most unexpected places.

Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato 

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend.

Reading by his teepee
Jack reading Little Elliot Big World to Dylan
Hello Jack © 2013.

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