Favorite Baby Products

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

We’re wrapping up a long term partnership with Huggies and have had a chance to share thoughts on motherhood and favorite DIY projects that otherwise may have gone unwritten.  The partnership also reaffirmed my obsession with wipes – the wonder product that is still very much needed to clean up the messy evidence of life well-lived with littles!  I’m often asked about my favorite baby products since I frequently preview new-to-the market options.  And sometimes, it can be a challenge to sift through the mountain of baby gear to determine what’s truly needed.  Fellow moms are often a wealth of information when it comes to this stuff – but it ultimately comes down to lifestyle and personal preferences.  Here are a few of my steadfast favorites.

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A great baby carrier was heavily relied on – and I fell in love with a specific baby wash.  Teeny diapers with an umbilical cord cutout took care of those precious early days, and Huggies Little Snugglers are still among our favoritesWe would have never survived NYC winters without great stroller buntings and found many uses in ultra soft swaddles.  As the kiddos grew, I saw the value in products that grow with children, while fitting ascetically in our home.  I’ve held on to many of the keepsake simple wooden baby toys –  and treasure the stories that have been well-read over the years.

Huggies is helping to make registry wishes come true via the  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.  Enter to win your dream registry here. Best of luck to all! xx

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How To Make a Tie T-Shirt || Homemade Holiday

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

There is nothing quite like gifting homemade, and these simple DIY Tie T-shirts have continued to be a huge hit among recipients!  Follow my below tutorial to whip-up a few for the special little guys in your life.  Sewing machine optional!

How to make a Tie T-shirt tutorialI’ve been making these fun shirts ever since my little guy was a wee one.  The process is straightforward and easy:

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  1. Draw a pattern: I like to use two different patterns.  One for baby onsies and another for toddler sizes up.  I believe that the trick to making the bigger sized tie is to create two separate patten pieces for a snazzy look.
  2.  Select fun fabric: Great fabric is an absolute must.  The above selections are from JoAnne Fabric, Spoonflower and Minted.
  3.  Gather supplies: Necessary supplies include an iron, ironing board, rotary cutter or scissors, material, solid t-shirts or onesies, tie-patten and a package of Heat and Bond.  If you choose to not use a sewing machine purchase the ultra hold Heat & Bond in the red package.  If you stitch the border with a sewing machine like I do – you may want to go with a lighter-weight option.
  4. Apply Heat and Bond and Align Pattern On Fabric: Follow the instructions on the Heat & Bond packaging – ironing the Heat & Bond to the wrong side of your material.  Flip it over and align your pattern pieces on the material.
  5. Cut out your pattern pieces: After carefully aligning your pattern pieces on the material, cut them out with a rotary cutter or scissors.

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  1. Peel the back of the heat and bond off of the material.
  2. Align your tie pieces on the shirt: Carefully align your tie pieces on the shirt. I like to have the top piece slightly overlap the bottom tie piece.
  3. Iron your pieces to the shirt: Follow the instructions on the back of the Heat and Bond for iron settings.  If you’re not sewing – than you are done!
  4. Sew around the borders: I like to use a wide zig-stitch in a contrasting thread color.
  5. Admire your work!

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In addition to creating some homemade goodness, it’s always thoughtful to gift essentials. I just put together a Christmas package for a dear friend who happens to be a newly minted mother-of-three boys (under three!).  She’s often bemoaned the fact that diapers and wipes feel like a constant purchase so we’re also sending some of our favorites from Huggies to help get the kiddos through the Holiday Season.  I tucked in a little “diapers and wipes” gift tag along with the trio of shirts to let her know that Huggies Natural Care Wipes and Little Snugglers Diapers will soon be on their way.  Request a sample of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers with a fantastic GentleAbsorb Liner – and Huggies fragrance free, alcohol-free and hypoallergenic, Natural Care Wipes.  Also enter to win your dream registry via  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.

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Cheers to a beautiful Holiday and making great things!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude Jar

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

We all want our kids to have a spirit of gratitude – during the Holidays and year-round.  Fun family projects can help to facilitate discussions of thanks in tangible ways that make sense to kids.  We recently created a DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude Jar and hope that it will help keep all that we are thankful for in our present thoughts!

Thanksgiving Kids Craft

This super quick project is fun and simple! Just gather basic arts and craft supplies, a mason jar, a hot glue gun, a strip of burlap and other decorative items.

Directions:

  • First, glue a strip of burlap all the way around the mason jar.  Next, draw a fun Turkey head on a piece of paper.
  • Draw a few leaf shapes on construction paper and have the kiddos cut them out, and color them however they see fit.
  • Dress your Turkey up! Color your Turkey and have fun adding jewels, glittery duck tape or other decorative items.

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  • Glue your Turkey together! We glued faux feathers and construction paper feathers to the back of the mason jar with a hot glue gun.  Streamers and faux feathers were also added to our Turkey’s head before securing her to the front of the jar with the glue gun.

Thanksgiving Turkey Gratitude JarCelebrate the goodness of littles counting their blessings!

I’m thankful for milk, and costumes, and mommy, and my sister, and twirling, and taping pictures above my bed.

And…and…and…and.

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My gosh, how these little people remind us to live in the present – and for that I am truly grateful.  So don’t forget to include your own daily notes of gratitude and enjoy watching the collective goodness trickle in.

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We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season including seeing the joy that a new baby brings to our extended family. With Holiday shopping on everyone’s mind, we’re excited to continue our partnership with Huggies. Diapers and wipes are a great gift for mamas of wee ones and Huggies newest products are better than ever. Huggies Natural Care Wipes are comprised of their simplest formula which is perfect for baby’s delicate skin and wiping big siblings hands.  I like the fact that they are fragrance free, alcohol-free and hypollergenic which is gentle for baby yet hearty enough to clean true messes! Pair them with Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for a thoughtful gift that will carry baby in comfort through those holiday car trips.  Mamas can rest assured with a GentleAbsorb Liner that draws mess awa, and a unique stretchy Snug Fit Waistband for a comfortable, secure fit.  Request a sample of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes and don’t forget to enter to win your dream registry via  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.  Hoping your registry wish comes true this holiday season!

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The Importance of Self-Care in Motherhood

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

On my bedroom wall, hangs a photo of me lounging on the beach, in Aruba, in my first-pregnancy, full-bellied glory. My children often ask questions about the “me” in the photo – quite fascinated with the idea of mama’s existence prior to them.

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The woman in that photo, wholeheartedly understood the importance of self-care – for her wellbeing and that of the growing baby within.  Emotionally taxing days were counteracted by a reserved spot in my favorite spinning class.  Evening walks with my husband, prenatal yoga, meaningful time with friends and healthy eating were prioritized.

Amidst the daily juggles of motherhood, one of the first things to often go is taking care of ourselves.

I have been there. 

And sometimes, I still have to pull myself out.  When I find myself making promises rooted in “when things slowdown”, I know it’s time to reassess and prioritize.  Because in motherhood, when we invest in our self-care, we allow ourselves to be the best that we can possible be for our loved ones and ourselves.

I’m not speaking of the once in a few months trip to a nail salon.  I’m urging mothers, both seasoned and new to make a daily commitment to self-care. This can be as simple as identifying support-systems to help when a new baby arrives; connecting with friends; meditating; asking for help – or squeezing in rest.  The emphasis is on making time for things that energize, ground and inspire.

In my life, working out has been a sanctuary and is vital to my own emotional and physical wellbeing.  Adequate sleep, connecting with steadfast friends, participating in social good and functioning in a creative capacity are important to me too.  The joy found in sewing and crafting is often absent on the pages of this blog – yet left to be appreciated by me and the recipients of my efforts. I know that I’m better when I give back to myself – even if on some days that means being present in enjoying that morning cup of coffee.

Thinking of mindful and consistent self-care as a lifestyle and not a once-in-a-while thing requires continual effort and evaluation.  It is a process that I am committed to working on and one that I hope you will join me in practicing.

Special thanks to Huggies for sponsoring my writing and for continuing to keep babies dry and comfortable with new and innovative products that just may allow mama a bit more rest.  Request a sample of their New! Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes and enter to win your dream registry via  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.

Cheers to making yourself a priority.

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