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OXO Tot #FirstBites {GIVEAWAY}

Friday, July 18th, 2014

What is that one “baby” product that you are still using, long after said baby is now a toddler or preschooler? For me…that product would be a baby food making machine! For two out of the four children, I made baby food 100% of the time for the first year, until table food was introduced. But, I would always make too much and have to freeze a large portion of it. Let me tell you a little secret for those of you trying to eat healthy and manage life at the same time (especially if there’s a baby in the picture as well) – use the frozen, pureed baby food in the freezer for yourself as well!

A frozen cube of pureed sweet potato mixed with apricot in your morning smoothie is divine! Pureed spinach, green beans with a hint of apples and cinnamon blended into your afternoon power shake…perfection! Not only is baby eating all the right things, you are too and nothing goes to waste!

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Gracie is 3 and still enjoys pureed food from time to time. A quick snack, as a side dish with dinner, and definitively when breakfast is on the run. We are now enjoying the baby food making process all over again with our 6 month old niece SJ. I will never tire of making wholesome meals from scratch, no matter the age of the child!

And this time around, we have OXO Tot products to use, enjoy, and praise! The Baby & Toddler collection over at OXO is truly amazing! Everything you need to feed your young one with ease of use, all BPA, phthalate and PVC free.

One of our favorite baby food making recipes that I still make and freeze for my morning smoothies is a mixture of an abundant garden veggie in our back yard and popular fruit that is affordable all year long! Zucchini & apples. With a dash of cinnamon.

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- Wash and peel the zucchini
- cut lengthwise and scoop the seeds out
- shred the rest and put aside
- Wash and peel the apples
- Cut into cubes
- Blend together until your desired texture
- Sprinkle in the desired amount of cinnamon, we use a very small dash
- Blend a bit more and DONE!

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Gift Giving For a Prince!

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Thanks to Kelley from The Best Crowe’s Nest for putting together this fun roundup! Prince George is getting ready to turn 1 and we’ve got a Royal Roundup for that little prince in your life!

Gift Ideas In Honor of Prince George's First BIrthday  The Best Crowe's Nest

 

While that little prince in your life may not be gracing the covers of magazines and every tabloid across the country, they can still ride and play in style with these adorable gift ideas to celebrate Prince George as we get close to his birthday.

 

1. Boys London Tee and Short Set – At just $21, this set is adorable and affordable! Every little prince would look adorable in this set. Can you image your little man running around “Prince George” style in this ensemble!?

2. London Bus Stroller Toy & Harrods Guardian Bear – Know someone due around Prince George’s birthday? I love this London Bus Stroller Toy and Harrods Guardian Bear, celebrate the birth of your prince with these, that would make the perfect gift! At just $13 and $35, they won’t break the bank either!

3. Silver Cross Kensington Pram Stroller – Not only is this stroller elegant and classy, but easy to use, too! Get the traditional feel and look, but the modern ease of folding and use. Each Kensington Pram is also homemade in York and made with extra care for that precious cargo you’ll have in it! This Pram does come with a heftier price tag at $2,750, but it’s certainly fit for a prince to roll in style!

4. This is London book –  Every child an use a good collection of books to cherish as they get older and This is London is the perfect addition for that special little man in your life! Filled with beautiful illustrations of London, let your little one explore the land of the Royal Family!

5. Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks from J. Crew –  These blocks are a childhood favorite with a classical twist! My kids will sit and build with blocks for hours on end, celebrate your little one with something they’ll enjoy for years to come!

Go Gently Baby

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A new child clothing brand that I recently discovered, Go Gently Baby, has a mission that not only makes a difference to our planet, but also to our children’s health. Go Gently Baby uses only organic cotton, eco-friendly dyes, and water-based inks. On top of using earth-friendly materials, they are all produced in the USA. Go Gently also uses as many sustainable business practices as possible, including using left-over fabric remnants each season, recycled paper hang tags and bio degradable garments bags. 

Go Gently Baby has clothing for children sizes 3/6 months to 8 years. They have adorable tees, dresses, pants, jackets and more for boys and girls. Our favorite is their Hero Tee.

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I think this is such a powerful message for a little person! This has become our favorite tee and little man can’t wear it enough. It is very soft, stretchy, and comfy. It runs true to size and is on the larger size rather than smaller. The Hero tee is available for $34 in Grape, Pumice, Seafoam, and Soft White in sizes 3/6 months to 8 years.

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Little man was also sent the Wrong Side Roo shorts which are unbelievably adorable! They are long shorts with 4 oversized pockets in the front and back. These are shorts every little boy needs! Little man has enjoyed filling his with shells, rocks, cars, and I’ve even found snacks.

The pants are made with 100% organic cotton French Terry, which is reversed on the upper panels- and why they call it them the Wrong Side Roo.  They are also true to size, but run on the larger side. You can purchase them for $46 and they are available in sizes 3/6 months- 8 years in Slate, Pumice, Grape, and Royal.

Be sure to follow Go Gently Baby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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NEW from LaLaLounger {BaBaBurpie}

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

If there’s one thing new mom’s need to stock up on, it’s definitely burp cloths! I went through probably ten a day with both of my kids when they were newborns and I learned the hard way the first time around to have not only a good stock, but a quality stock too.

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BaBaBurpie from LaLaLoungerYou’ve already heard us talk about how much we love the LaLaLounger for your kids, but they have brought forward a brand NEW product – BaBaBurpie… and let me tell you, this fits the bill! These burp cloths made from 100% cotton are not only soft and thick to get the job done, but adorable and comfortable for baby to lay on too! Bringing in the fun and creative patterns from LaLaLounger, they offer a lovely assortment to choose from!

Have a little one on the way or know someone expecting? At just $12.50 each, these make the perfect unique, adorable, AND practical gift to add to that gift basket for baby on the way!

 

 

What’s your favorite BaBaBurpie pattern!?

We are LOVING the Flying High pattern.. and it’s perfect for a boy or a girl!

 

 

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NEW HALO Cotton Muslin SleepSack

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Halo recently launched their brand NEW cotton muslin sleep sack and we have to say… it has added to the love we already have for these adorable, comfortable, and practical blankets and baby items they already have to offer!

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The fabric is so soft and breathable – we think it’s a “must-have” for all of you with babies (or one on the way!)

Not only is the material made of 100% cotton muslin, but it’s 100% cotton and perfect for baby…. the fabric is perfect to turn not a lovey for your little one as they grow too!

It has become common to recommend you put no blankets in the crib at all with baby, unless they are the wearable kind.

I cannot be more thrilled to know my baby is safe while  in this cute thing! The patterns are cute and classic too. The alligator pattern in light blue is so perfect for my little man on the way! No matter what pattern you pick, you cannot go wrong- they are all simply perfect – all of us here at BabyElan {Daily} have been going back and forth over our favorite!

Personally, I love that they are easy on the eyes and not too dramatic. A more intense pattern could be too stimulating for a baby trying to sleep. Overall, I am in love with this product! Relaxing, comfortable, and adorable.

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Check out the HALO Cotton Muslin Sleepsack…. swaddles are also available! We love that these lightweight new arrivals are here just in time for warmer months – - grab one for your expecting friend or for your little munchkin… you’ll love the soft and gentle fabric and adorable patterns!

 

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