Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: February 2013

Nuby Softees Silicone Pacifier {Review}

Baby C has taken a pacifier since she was a newborn.  For a long time, we only let her use it while she was sleeping.  Then teething began.  When baby C turned 1, the only thing that soothed the teething pain was her paci.  And for a long time, she had it with her everywhere she went.

Shortly before turning two, it was time for Baby C to wean from her paci and only use it when sleeping.  It took a couple of days before the tantrums subsided, and now it’s normal for her.  We don’t have to replace pacifiers nearly as much as we used to.  And our new favorite is the Softees Silicone Pacifier, one of Nuby’s newest innovative designs.

The entire outer portion is made of soft silicone which is extra gentle on Baby C’s mouth and delicate skin.  These unique pacifiers feature a cherry shaped baglet designed to simulate the shape of a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding.  This special baglet was also designed to assist with teething.  It features medium to hard nubs along the baglet rim that massages and stimulate your baby’s sore gums.  And because they are from Nuby, you can be assured that they are BPA Free!

Baby C was so excited about her new pacifier.  She’s been having trouble taking naps lately, but right now, she’s sleeping like a baby with her new paci.  (Maybe that has something to do with playing out in the snow all morning). 

You can purchase the same Softees Silicone Pacifiers (2 Pack) Baby C has for $5.49 from BuyBabyDirect.com, Babyhaven.com or Amazon.com.  Choose from a variety of colors and sizes (0-6 months and 6-12+ months)!  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Disclaimer: I received the Softees Silicone Pacifier from Nuby in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and were not swayed by outside sources.  

Does your child use a pacifier for comfort?

Green Moms Network {Featured Member}

Each week, Green Moms Network features a member from the group.  This week, you’ll be hearing from me and how I became a Green Mama!  I wasn’t always eco-conscious, in fact, I was far from it.  So hop on over by clicking here to read my feature! 
Did you learn anything new about me?  Can you relate to me any way?

What’s In My Diaper Bag?

It’s no surprise that when you enter motherhood, you inherit a diaper bag.  What’s in my diaper bag?   Two years ago, what was inside was a bit different then what I have today.  And there isn’t anything exciting in here either, just the essentials.  And lots of them!

In my diaper bag, you’ll find a pocket full of snacks for Baby C.  It usually consists of Cheddar Bunnies, Yogurt Bites, Fruit and Veggie Purees and Granola Bars.  The other pockets hold a changing pad, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, and diaper cream.  And the main pocket holds spare clothes, mittens, winter jacket, hat and sweater for Baby C.  The outside side pockets holds 2 water bottles, one for me and one for Baby C.

Yes, my diaper bag is HUGE and it holds all of that.  Sometimes I feel like I’m lugging a suitcase around.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I would rather be prepared for an emergency then be stranded and not have what we need, for Baby C, at least.

What’s in your diaper bag?  Do you carry the essentials or do you have something silly to share?


Colorado Baby and Kidz Expo {Events}

We’ll be attending the Colorado Baby and Kidz Expo tomorrow.  By clicking HERE, you can receive a 2 for 1 coupon for this fun event.  You’ll find a variety of fun for the whole family, including Jumpies, Train Rides, Family Stage Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and so much more! Don’t miss out on all the excitement! 
DENVER’S ANNUAL FAMILY EXPO
“The Parent, Baby, Toddler & Child Expo”

February 23, 2013
Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Indoor Facility
4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216
(Off I-70)

Disclaimer: I will be receiving free tickets to the Colorado Baby and Kidz Expo in exchange for this post.

My Best Friend From Childhood Taught Me

When it comes to having true friends, God has blessed me so.  I grew up with a group of girls since grade school who have been a significant part of my life.  And one of those girls, just so happens to be my cousin.

Even though Lo is my younger cousin (by 4 months), she’s taught me many things.  One of the greatest lessons she has taught me, is how to be a true friend.  At such a young age, I was shy and insecure.  She was my side-kick helping me open up and teaching me how to be a friend.  A friend that loves, cares and serves others.  A friend who listens, gives and always shows compassion.  Anyone who meets her will always come away with a smile or rolling on the floor laughing.

My best friend from childhood taught me how to be a true friend . . .

What has your best friend from childhood taught you?

Falling Asleep Naturally

 

Welcome to the February 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Addressing Sleep Challenges.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they address sleep challenges in their homes.

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Often times we believe in the “I want it now” approach and try to turn to the easiest way to get what we want.  When it comes to our health, we think it should be easy to erase years of poor habits with a simple pill.  We think a magic pill should be the instant cure. 

So when it comes to sleepless nights, as well as any other health issue, I strive to address what the underlying problem may be.  This might mean I need to change things, put in a little effort and even give up what I really don’t want to give up.

So what’s the answer?  Maybe it’s as simple as returning to nature.   

  • Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible (the way that they were created – ogranic, fresh, raw when possible and unprocessed.)
  • Drink purified water, the fluid that was put on earth for all creatures to drink.
  • Live a lifestyle that minimizes negative, toxic and damaging effects on the body.
  • Provide your body with all the necessary raw materials that are required by your body to function, grow, repair and heal.
  • Balance physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of life.

Beneficial for our bodies to improve sleep:

  • Omega-3 essential fats required for nerves
  • Stress relief/relaxation techniques
  • Consider herbs such as Chamomile and valerian
  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Exercise, activity, sunshine, outdoors and fresh air
  • Sleep in complete darkness; no night light, etc.  This promotes melatonin

Strive to decrease or eliminate to improve sleep: 

  • Blood sugar fluctuations / hypoglycemic tendencies
  • Possible triggers, allergies, sensitivities
  • Toxic household cleaning, laundry and personal care products and/or poor air quality
  • Sugar and chemical laden processed foods
  • Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
  • Do not watch or read upsetting TV shows/books before bed
  • Avoid eating in the 2-3 hours before bed
  • Avoid exercise before bed

 Supplements essential to better sleep:

  • Multivitamins and protein is a basic foundation
  • Calcium / Magnesium / VitalMag: Taken before bed improves absorption, promotes relaxation and restful sleep.
  • Gentle Sleep Complex: a unique blend of valerian, passion flower and chamomile flower to promote restful sleep.
  • Stress Relief Complex: nutritional support to help you relax and stay calm.
  • DTX, Herb-Lax: the gut lining houses over half the immune system and half the detoxification system.  If the gut isn’t perfectly healthy, you are at a standstill in terms of healing any other condition, regardless of how remotely unconnected to the gut it may appear.
  • Alfalfa 

Our family has worked hard at researching the best supplements for us.  What we found was that not all supplements are created equal.  Many supplements may be more harmful then good because they contain artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and even Lead: FDA Survey Data on Lead in Women and Children’s Vitamins 

For every symptom is a God-given opportunity to find and fix what is broken, versus sentencing the innocent patient to a lifetime of some expensive and damaging drug.  For with drugs, the sick get sicker quicker.Why Do I Feel This Way

What are your natural sleep solutions?

 

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Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Valentine Photo Shoot

Last week, in my Throwback Thursday post, I shared a picture of Baby’s C’s photo shoot.  Some of you were curious to see other pictures.  Baby C has never had a photo shoot where she’s had to sit still.  In fact, the only camera she really knows is mommy’s iPhone.  But when our local MOPS group decided to have a fundraiser with a photography session, we we’re all in.  Or at least I was.  Baby C, not so much.  Watch as the photo shoot unfolds.

She lasted about 20 minutes, but had to be redirected and distracted several times.  The pictures of her looking up are from rose pedals being thrown in the air.  In the end, we captured some great shots that I can’t wait to hang our walls and cherish forever! 
Does your child love to be photographed or is he/she camera shy?

Special People {One Thousand Gifts}

There is no doubt in my mind that God brings people in our lives for a reason.  And I have experienced so many blessings, caring and kindness from so many generous people throughout my life.  From friends and family who open up their hearts and homes to me.  To people who go out of their way to help and heal.  From those who pray and guide me.  To people who just call to see how I’m doing.
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Who is the special person or friend in your life?
Continuing the Joy Dare by counting my One Thousand Gifts.
297 Moms Bible study
298 Proud mommy moments
299 A toddler’s joy
300 Peace and quiet
301 Getting out of bed
303 Tears I can’t hold back
304 A sleeping baby
305 Healthy and yummy cookies baking in the oven
306 God’s timing
307 People God puts in my life

#ThrowbackThursday My Little Valentine

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m throwing it back with my little valentine, Baby C.  The first year I celebrated Valentine’s Day with Baby C was in 2011 when I was able to take her home from the hospital after her month stay fighting meningitis.  This was definitely a top on my best days list!

In 2012, Baby C happily shares a yummy Valentine cookie with mommy.  She’s growing and thriving!  Her beautiful, big brown eyes say, “I love you!” 

And this year, Baby C had a special mini Valentine photo session all to herself.  This is one of my favorites because it shows what a big and healthy girl she has become! She was a bit nervous because she didn’t understand what was going on.  The only camera she knows of is her mommy’s iPhone. 

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
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6 Baby Steps to Potty Training {Review and Giveaway}

 I’ve been putting off potty training for as long as I could. But lately, I’ve had this eagerness to get started.  I’m not an expert at this potty training stuff, but I wanted to share with you what baby steps we are taking to help Baby C feel more comfortable and be successful on the potty.

Baby Step #1 – Get prepared!  We have all the essentials we need, including a Nuby Potty Seat, Pull-ups and underwear from Old Navy.

Baby Step #2 – Make it fun!  Whether it’s singing a funny potty song or doing a little dance, always make it fun, not stressful.  I just ordered Caillou potty time books from Amazon, because Baby C mimics everything Caillou does.

Baby Step #3 – Be a role model.  Put the potty seat next to your toilet.  Every time you use the bathroom, take your toddler with you and hopefully he/she will try it too.  We also put Baby C’s favorite stuffed animal on the potty for encouragement.

Baby Step #4 – Praise!  Give your child praise for each baby step they accomplish.  For Baby C, she would sit on the potty seat, but wouldn’t let me pull down her pants.  Last night, however, she sat on the potty without her pants!  Hip, hip, hooray!

Baby Step #5 – Be patient!  It might not happen overnight and there may be set backs.  Remind yourself and your toddler, that it’s okay.

Baby Step #6 – Pray! 23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.  24 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. 
Psalm 37: 23 – 24

As I mentioned above, we received the Nuby Potty Seat to help us get prepared for potty training.  It is sized perfectly for Baby C.  It’s a stand-alone potty with a non-skid base, comfortable seat and removable basin that is easy to empty and clean.  The potty seat is designed for little boys and girls to use it comfortably.

Picture provide by Nuby.com

Baby C was thrilled to have her own little, pink potty.  She sat down on it right away (with her clothes on) and just wanted to hang out on it.  As a mom, I’m happy it doesn’t take up too much space.  It fits perfectly between the cabinets and the big potty. 

You can purchase the same potty seat Baby C has for $7.50 from BuyBabyDirect.com.  Choose from a variety of colors!  Nuby is offering one Sweet Tiny Blessings’ reader a potty seat for their little one!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Disclaimer: I received the Nuby Potty Seat in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and were not swayed by outside sources.  

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