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Signs You Just *Might* Be Getting the Hang of This New Parenting Thing

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You’ve made it! Finally your baby is nearing the 6 month to one year mark and you’re heading out of the fog of what is known as the “newborn stage”. You may have actually even managed to sleep through an entire night or get through an entire day without any tears! The first few months of parenthood are a doozy and can come as quite a shock. Of course, you’re usually too exhausted those first few months to even register all the changes. As your baby matures though you’ll discover how much you have started to get the hang of parenting. I’ve compiled a fun list of signs that show you just might be getting used to this being a new parent thing.  Of course, these are just to share a bit of humor. We all know in reality, the biggest sign of parenting success is getting through a day without any unidentifiable baby stains on your clothing.

  • You no longer have to survive on baby wipe “showers” but can figure out how to snag time for a REAL shower (Huge bonus points if you even manage time for a bubble bath)
  • You can hold a child in one hand, pack a diaper bag in the other, and get out the door in under ten minutes flat.
  • You have decreased your morning coffee intake from ten cups to down to only five cups.
  • You can drive down the road at least five miles without having to stop three times to check if you tightened the car seat straps correctly.
  • People have finally stopped asking you how it feels to go without sleep. They just take note of your under-eye circles, rumpled clothes and coffee cup in hand, nod sympathetically and move on.
  • You have managed to make a home cooked meal that didn’t come out of a plastic dish, can or a box.
  • You are no longer referencing parenting manuals daily to look for pictures of appropriate baby poo colors or to see if they said goo, gah or bah on time developmentally.
  • You only have 75% of the medical bills from baby’s birth left to pay.
  • You barely even register the floor full of toys, child-proofing everywhere, and pile of baby laundry when you look at your living room.
  • You’ve had at least one adult conversation that didn’t reference feeding, diapers or crying.

 

MORE Natural / Organic Baby Registry and Gift Ideas

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I have had such tremendous feedback from my natural baby registry ideas post that I’ve decided to round up more ideas for those of you looking to build a more natural or organic registry, or those of you looking for gift ideas that are healthy and natural for baby!

Please note that some of these are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase I may receive payment (which then helps support this blog)

 

PLAYTIME and GIFT SETS

miYim Organic Gift Set

Including a soft cotton lamb burp cloth, a small plush bunny, and a duck teether/rattle  this set is made with certified organic fabric and dyed using plants and minerals! Even the gift box is made from recycled paper.


Green Toys My First Stacker, Colors May Vary

We own several Green Toys items for our daughter and I’ve been impressed with their sturdy construction and pleased with her enjoyment with them. They’re made 100% post-consumer milk jugs, and contains no BPA, phthalates or PVC.


Olives and Pickles Organic Rattle Teething Plush Toy, Bunny

100% organic cotton (including the stuffing) makes this a natural product for baby. Crinkly ears and a very soft, gentle rattle capture baby’s attention.


Hudson Baby Organic Sayings Bodysuit, Pant, and Cap Gift Set

100% organic cotton clothing that’s super cute.  The complete set makes this great for gift giving!


Under The Nile Organic Egyptian Cotton Swaddle Blanket Gift Set~Sage/Yellow Animal Print 45″ x 45″

100% GOTS certified organic Egyptian cotton, fair trade labor and a snuggly gift set for the little one makes this a great gift choice. The set includes a 45″x45″ swaddle blanket and matching 11″ baby buddy.

BATHTIME / DIAPERING


Earth Mama Angel Baby a Little Something for Baby Kit

Includes Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Angel Baby Lotion, and Angel Baby Oil and made with organic, natural, toxin-free ingredients, this gift set is a perfect bathtime starter set.


Burt’s Bees Baby 100% organic cotton 3 Piece Washcloth Set

This 100% organic cotton 3 Piece Washcloth Set is a nice simple set to give for something small, or to package with other items for a bath gift basket. I found quickly you could never have too many washcloths with a little one!


Sitting Duck Bath Toy – Natural Latex Rubber – No Phthalates or BPA

A classic rubber ducky that is ACTUALLY made of rubber, not plastic!


Bummis Organic Cotton Diaper Kit

An economical and easy starter kit for those looking to cloth diaper. In addition to certified organic prefold diapers, it includes a wet bag, reusable liners, waterproof covers, a guide and more.


Ambassador Hairbrush, Wood Baby Natural, 1 Hairbrush (Pack of 2)

We love our daughters natural hairbrush. It’s so much more soothing for her than stiff, plastic bristle brushes.

FEEDING / TEETHING


Lifefactory Baby Bundle Feeding Gift Pack

Free of known toxins including BPA, phthalates, polycarbonates, and PVC, these bottle are actually made of glass NOT plastic, while the silicone sleeves make the glass bottles easy to hold.


Wean Green Wean Cubes 4oz/120ml Baby Food Glass Containers – Multi Color (Set of 4)

Tempered glass food containers are free from harmful chemicals and allow you to make your own fresh baby food. They’re stackable and packable as well as freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe.



giggle Better Basics Striped Bibs – Set Of 2 (organic Cotton)


Made with Egyptian Organic Cotton, these stylish bibs are soft and natural for your baby.


201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat!

A perfect way to get plenty of healthy food ideas for your little one. You can also save a bundle by making your own organic food for baby yourself.



Green Sprouts Ring Cool Soothing Teether

We bought this for our daughter when I was told it was one of few on the market that didn’t have any sort of chemical gel inside. Instead it’s filled with sterilized water. It’s also PVC, phthalate, BPA and nitrosamine free. We found our daughter didn’t take to it at first (her little mouth needed one of the smaller Green Sprouts teethers) but when she was a bit older (6-8 months) she loved the varying textures on the ring.

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Prestons H.O.P.E Playground

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Before my little one was even crawling much, I really wanted to take her to a playground.  The dilemma was where would an infant who really couldn’t even get around on her own have fun?  The answer for me was Preston’s H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Play and Enjoy)  Preston’s H.O.P.E. is a playground designed to allow children of varying abilities (and disabilities) to play with each other.  It’s located in Beachwood, Ohio.  To give you a little meaningful history of the park, it is named after Preston Fisher who had muscular atrophy. His mother and a friend led the fundraising that allowed the park to be built in his honor as a place for all children to play.

Preston’s H.O.P.E. has just about everything you could hope for in a playground and it’s very accessible to all kids. There varying levels of walkways which are great for children in wheelchairs, though I found them useful for a stroller as well, houses for creative play, interactive walls, various types of slides, swings and climbers,  There is a sand area for digging, a play theater, and plenty of picnic tables and benches (warning though: other than the pavilion up front, a lot of the benches are out in the sun!) Many areas even have braille signs. Different sections are even suitable for children from infant/preschool to older school age children.

Though I somehow managed to indeed snag photos without kids (for privacy reasons) the playground was actually rather crowded that day.  We just happened to spend several hours there.

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Little one got to try out an infant swing for the very first time!

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I was actually able to get to the second level with the stroller via a series of ramps and walkways.

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With some assistance, little one was able to play in a variety of types of swings, cars, etc…

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It was little ones first time experience sand too!

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More information:

Preston’s H.O.P.E.
The Mandel JCC
26001 South Woodland Rd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-464-0041
Official Website: http://www.prestonshope.com/

Donations keep the park open and FREE so it can continue to honor it’s namesake. If you’d like to donate you can do so HERE:  Preston’s H.O.P.E

Back to School Deals at Zulily!

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It’s almost hard to believe that Summer is more than halfway over and the kids will soon be going back to school. Right now you can grab some seriously great Back to School deals at zulily!  At our house, we’re all about the Mouse. While my little one still has a few years before we go to school I’m seriously tempted to snag her backpack and lunchbag now since Zulily has such affordable sale prices on them! These back to school essentials are so cute, they’d be great for imaginative play and vacations too! For the pre-k and grade school kids a backpack with their favorite character, style or personality is probably their number one favorite item!


Minnie Mouse ”All Girl All Style” Backpack – $12.99

Retail Price: $22.00
You Save: $9.01
from: Zulily

Minnie Mouse Backpack – $11.99

Retail Price: $18.00
You Save: $6.01
from: Zulily

Minnie Mouse Backpack & Lunch Box Set – $12.99

Retail Price: $22.00
You Save: $9.01
from: Zulily

Red & Black Minnie Mouse Backpack – $8.99


Mickey Mouse Lunch Pack Set – $22.99

Retail Price: $35.00
You Save: $12.01
from: Zulily

If a cute mouse isn’t your little one’s style, there are perfect sets for boys too including Cars and Planes!


Lightning McQueen Backpack – $11.99

Retail Price: $18.00
You Save: $6.01
from: Zulily

Planes Backpack & Lunch Box Set – $11.99

Retail Price: $18.00
You Save: $6.01
from: Zulily

Ten Retro Art Nursery Finds

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When it comes to style in the baby’s nursery retro prints are a great way to add vibrant, bold pops of color, sleek and graphics that are highly appropriate for your little’s one’s developing mind. They’re eye-catching but also a look that obviously can stand the test of time. I’m rounding up ten favorites today that could fit a variety of nursery themes.  Pair them with heirloom toys or furniture to maximize the look.  The best part is that they’re highly affordable and come in a variety of sizes to suit most budgets (some you can even print yourself by purchasing a downloadable file from the artist). To shop, visit the links below each picture.

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Expand your View by Handz

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 Let’s Monkey Around  by Yumalum

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for the Record(s) by GoodNight Owl Designs

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Alice in Wonderland by OBSESSIVISION

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“Oh; if you’re a bird” by ModernPOP!

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Oopsy Daisy by Sara Blue Creative

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Matrioshka Doll Art Print by Rainbows Lollipops Art

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Letter R from the “Asimov” collection, by Awesome Alphas

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Retro Otter Poster by Emu Designs

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Hot Air Balloon Nursery Art Print by Cheeky Sheep Designs

Time to shop! Additional 40% Off at Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

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It’s time to go shopping! Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is even more of a deal as they’re marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7). Darling dresses, fun tees, super cute bodysuits and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco, are part of this sale. Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don’t wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Better get to Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale before I snag all the deals!

A few of my favorite styles right now:

Tea Collection Sandcastle Floral Romper Dress
Tea Collection Coastal Waves Wrap Neck Dress
Tea Collection Surfing Camel Graphic Tee

FREE Summer First Aid Kit Printable Checklist

When Summer is in full swing that’s when it’s essential to be the most cautious. You and your family are spending a lot more time outdoors and are much more active. You don’t want to assume that accidents and injuries will happen, but you certainly want to be prepared. Today I’m sharing another FREE printable. This one is a printable first aid kit checklist that’s especially for SUMMER!

Here’s a preview of the checklist.  If you’d like to print your own personal copy you can click the link to a printable .pdf below it. (the .pdf won’t have the red star mark)

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To print your own click here:    firstaid

$2 Full Size Samples and Free Shipping at Abe’s Market – #ad

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I search high and low to find retailers where I can buy organic and natural products and I’m thrilled to share that I’m a new affiliate for Abe’s Market, the online marketplace of organic and natural goods.   Not only am I incredibly happy to have found a place to shop for organic and natural products myself, but I can share my finds with you too.  Already, I’m excited that they just launched a great new sampling program that lets consumers buy full-size product samples for just $2 each, with free shipping! The way it works is that every day, Abe’s Market cracks open cases of their favorite products such as Quinn Popcorn, KIND granola, even vegan smoked jerky. Consumers can pick up to three samples every day, and shipping is free!

Here’s just a few of the standout products you can try with this tremendous deal:

Fruit.0 – A super portable, compact fruit pouch containing, well, just fruit. The 100% organic crushed fruit contains no additional ingredients or sugars and is vegan, non-GMO and free of nuts, fat, gluten and artificial ingredients.

Birch Benders Micro Pancakery – Making pancakes has never been easier. Certified organic and non-GMO Birch Benders include all the wholesome ingredients in the package and you only need to add water, shake and cook. The line offers gluten-free options and delicious flavors like cinnamon and banana buckwheat.

KIND: Load up on healthy and tasty gluten-free snack bars, granola, healthy grains bars and more. KIND products are GMO free, protein packed, high fiber, dairy free and all natural. Toss a couple in your bag, your desk or in your gym locker and grab it whenever you need a little extra energy with great taste. (Note: The KIND clusters in this promo are GF)

World Peas: This green pea snack makes it easy for you to forget high-fat greasy chips. With exotic flavors like Sicilian tomato, Santa Barbara Ranch, Hungarian garlic and Nagano wasabi, World Peas delights without gluten, dairy or high fructose corn syrup.

I Heart Keenwah: Love quinoa but don’t like when it spills in your bag when you try to take it on the go? I Heart Keenwah, with its delicious gluten-free, high-fiber crunchy clusters of almond, chocolate, peanut butter and cranberry, is a perfect snack to take anywhere with you.

Richard Demb co-founder and CEO summed up how awesome this promotion is: “We have partnered with many of our favorite brands, big and small, to make it easier than ever to try their products. We all understand that trying something new is sometimes a risk — maybe it won’t taste good, maybe my kids never touch it — at its core we are removing that risk and opening up new, better, options.”

Personally, I love the opportunity to find new foods to stock the refrigerator and pantry with that will be much healthier for my family.  I like to chance to try new things that will be more natural and nutritious. Plus, as my family has begun to get away from overly-chemical laden foods, we’ve found that natural and organic food tastes so much better.  I can’t wait to try a lot of new foods!

Mabels Labels Back-to-School Early Bird Sale!

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While we may be in the middle of Summer School is still going to sneak back up on us before we know it! Remember all the items you had to organize last year?  Get a jump on that organization of belongings before school starts up again, and take advantage of Mabel’s Labels Back-to-School early bird pricing. Whether you select the bestselling Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo or the new Mabel’s Labels Stylish Scholars Combo , you’ll receive 108 tags that are UV resistant, waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe—perfect to track everything from tablets to bento boxes. And, if you purchase in July, you spend only $39 per combo pack (regularly $42). Take advantage of Mabel’s Labels Back-to-School early bird pricing and get your household organized long before the school year begins.

Scooter Booties Spotlight and Giveaway

I promised you last month that I was going to have a special feature about the winner of our 2014 Best Baby Products Readers Choice Awards. Well, here it is!

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Scooter Booties had the most votes in any category in the handmade portion of the awards.  It’s not surprising that these darling shoes were a favorite.  Owner Brittany, began Scooter Booties in 2012 and already she’s had a large number of incredibly happy customers.  Scooter Booties are handmade soft soled shoes for your baby or toddler and they are adorable! There are a multitude of styles, fabrics and colors to choose from so you are sure to find something to fit your child’s interests or personality.  Bibs have also been recently introduced to the shop so you can even coordinate your accessories!

The shoes are even vegan, made from quality materials with 100% cotton prints and a 100% cotton flannel lining, which allow the feet to breathe, a soft a faux sherpa interior and a faux suede sole.

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Right now you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the shop–which is a generous prize! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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There is even more to win right now too, as I’m participating in the huge 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop – a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We’re celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop. And be sure to let Step2 help your child go Red White and Blue with a patriotic Choo Choo Train! Don’t miss out on that fantastic Grand Prize!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, Motherhood in Progress and the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Red, White, and Blue participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.