So this whole introducing solid foods thing really put me over the edge at first. I had read so many conflicting things about “start with rice cereal” or “don’t start with rice cereal”, “start with vegetables” or “don’t start with vegetables”, etc. I started with sweet potatoes, and that was a total fail. Greyson spit it right back out, shivered, made horrible faces, it was super discouraging. Then I made my own rice cereal, using a 4 step process that included soaking overnight and cooking it for an hour and half. I mean talk about over the top!! She liked this ok, but it was nothing to get excited over, and I definitely didn’t want to make more of this overly complicated rice cereal! After I got over my OCD and just let go, things started to go much smoother. I am still making everything, but they are so simple that they really don’t take much time at all, and I enjoy the process. My pediatrician said things have changed so much since I had Piper, and now we can really just introduce her to whatever whenever, with the exception of honey. Now I am sure there are many conflicting schools of thought on this as well, but I have decided to let go and enjoy the process of introducing Greyson to new fun foods. So far the below shows what we have tried and for the most part she is loving everything. It’s been fun to mix the different foods and tastes to create more complex tastes for her. We haven’t played with textures much but that comes next. What were your little one’s favorite foods?
A few fabulous little girl finds for the enchanted child. Starting with this organic, edible nail polish!! How amazing does that sound!? I think it’s a must try. And ending with the most adorable mask and cape set I just picked up for Piper the other day at my favorite Cotton On Kids for $5!!! Brilliant.
Loving these out of the box fun ideas for healthy food for the littles. Pancake lollipops!? Chia breakfast pops? Yes please!
Yay! First mom monday since I have returned from maternity leave. So excited to be back at it. Let’s talk about a few of my favorite things. These are things I truly can’t live without, and ended up being some of my all time favorite baby things for miss Greyson. What are your favorite things? Am I missing out on something amazing?
Let’s talk diapers…the honest diapers are amazing and I LOVE that I get to choose from all those fun patterns. Seriously its the little things, right!? Also, you know how shoes for babies are pretty much a joke? I mean let’s be real, they just fall right off sometimes before you even leave the room. Well these Toms have a velcro strap that you can use to tighten them, and they stay on amazingly well, plus they are super adorable and they come in matching adult sizes too! That swan head for Greyson’s nursery is the perfect finishing touch. The stroller is amazing…she sleeps in it wherever we go. Plus it’s light weight for a full blown stroller, and it’s cute! Lastly the bamboo Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. Truth be told I don’t use them to swaddle her, but they make the perfect blankets. Also they double as a scarf and then perfect to breastfeed discreetly if that’s your thing. Enjoy!!
**this is not a sponsored post. all items are just truly my faves.
Well I am just getting back in the swing of things, returning from 3 months of maternity leave. There are such mixed feelings about going back to work especially as a business owner, since Wiley Valentine is my other baby. But most of all I am super grateful to have the flexibility to work in the office some days, at home others, and bring Greyson with me when I am in the office. As I flood my camera with photos of my two princesses, as well as healthy recipes and all things kids and family, I decided to start a new instagram account, PiperGreyLife, for those that wanted a bit more of that. You can follow along here.
Today’s inspiration to-go image is the cover of the latest Maker Quarterly from Mohawk paper. The colors and pattern are so perfect. It’s a great issue too, you should check it out. Also I thought I would throw in some Halloween inspired fun as we get ready for Halloween next week!!
So I know it’s not a Mom Monday but I just had to share. Yesterday I dropped Piper off for her first day of Kindergarten. Wow was that emotional. We pulled up to school playing Katy Perry’s Firework, to get her pumped up and we all sang at the top of our lungs. Cue the tears. To make the day special for her we let her pick out her first day of school outfit from her/my favorite store, Cotton On. We also made a special breakfast which consisted of buckwheat pancakes and energy Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies. Overall it was a success. She loves her new class and her new teacher so far, which makes it way easier. But how is she getting so big so fast!?
When talking healthy food with other moms, the constant question I get is, “but what about the sweets? I can’t give that up. It’s too difficult and my child just loves sugar.” Well here are some great ideas for sweets for your kid, refined sugar free…I can’t wait to try some of these. Let me know if you try them!!
For those of you with picky eaters, this is such a great option for lunch or dinner. The fact that you are giving them options and control over their dinner really seems to resonate with little ones. Plus it’s super easy. Make sure to use a variety of vegetables as your “dippers” in a range of colors, for a rainbow effect. For the bean dip I just mixed beans with plain yogurt and garlic powder and voila! Let me know if you give it a try. It will even work for adults, for nice hors d’ouevres!