DIY Baby Powder

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Mason’s first day of school was yesterday. He’s child number one that’s headed off to school and while I still have a few years before Kyla heads off to Kindergarten and even more before Emilia heads there as well knowing that it’s coming has me all sorts of sentimental. Time goes by so quickly. Mason is in 1st grade. Kyla starts preschool this year and Emilia is 7 months old. HOW did this happen?!

While I’m knee-deep in grade school stuff with Mason I’m still knee-deep in diapers. When you have a kid in school and a kid in diapers life gets kind of hectic. Luckily I’ve learned a few things along the way. Like what to pack in your diaper bag and that you don’t actually need a diaper bag and instead just a gigantic bag that can carry a little bit of everything from diapers to a change of clothes. Along the way I’ve also learned what restaurants aren’t kid friendly, which restaurants are and that on a Saturday or Sunday you can literally feed your kids lunch with the samples from Costco while you shop for said diapers. Our favorite are  Huggies Little Snugglers Plus which you can only get at Costco. Just like pretty much everything in Costco they’re an amazing deal at just .21 per diaper and we’ve found that Huggies Little Snugglers Plus works best for our kids so it’s a win/win. I’m excited to stock up again on Huggies Little Snugglers Plus since they’ll be dropping the price by six dollars starting on September 1st  making each diaper just .18. For my deal hunters here are the full details: Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2) – $37.49, $31.49 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 to 9/25) Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) – $42.99, $36.99 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 –to 9/25) Starting in August Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting – $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com. The things you get excited about when you’re a mom, huh?

huggies plus at costco

What else have I learned as a mom of three? I’ve learned that some things you should buy instead of trying to make yourself and that some things are better homemade than bought from a store. One of those things being baby powder. It was pretty common knowledge by the time I had Mason that baby powder wasn’t exactly the best for our little ones but at times the need was still especially during the summer when it is super hot. When I expressed this to the best mom I know, my mom she said “just use cornstarch”. Why didn’t I think of that? Of course I had to take it a littler further and add some essential oils to make the cornstarch even better!

DIY Baby Powder Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Funnel for easy pouring
  • Shaker Container (mine holds about a 1/4 cup of powder)
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Melaleuca alternifolia aka Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Heaping 1/4 cup cornstarch

This DIY Baby Powder can’t get much easier to use. Measure out a heaping 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Using your funnel to get your cornstarch into your container fill the container halfway.

Step 1 Add Baking Soda to Shaker

Add 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Step 2 Add 5 drops lavender

Add 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (pictures show it by it’s botanical name Melaleuca alternifolia).

Step 3 Add Tea Tree

Add the remaining cornstarch to the top of the container leaving some room for shaking.

Step 4 Fill the shaker to the top with corn starch

Now put a lid on it and shake it up!

DIY Baby Powder

Use during diaper changes after wiping to help wick up any moisture that may be present. Luckily Huggies Little Snugglers Plus are the softest, most absorbent Huggies diapers (hence the plus) AND they have Leak Lock® with up to 12 hour protection which means that moisture won’t be as big of an issue of your little one. Huggies Little Movers Plus user? Don’t worry, you still get that awesome 12 hour protection and the most absorbent diaper and double grip strips for active babies. Emilia is only in size two diapers but she’s crazy active so I know that’s a feature I’m going to love once we move to Huggies Little Movers Plus!

One last thing I’ve learned. You don’t need a toy to entertain babies. They’ll play with pretty much everything. Even a box.

babies will play with anything

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5 Tips for Welcoming a New Baby Home with a Dog + Beneful Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Beneful as a #FriendsofBeneful ambassador.

Six months ago we welcomed Emilia into our home. This was our third time bringing a newborn home and it’s always a transition for everyone. Sometimes when you’re so busy getting ready for baby and getting siblings ready for a new person entering their lives, a person who is going to affect every second of their day you forget that there is another life that’s about to change. A life that’s going to need some help transitioning–your furry friend. We are super blessed that Cash is a wonderful dog. He’s not often anxious and he’s so good with our kids. He’s a nanny dog for sure!

Even with how wonderful he is we still wanted to make these transitions as easy as possible on Cash. We’ve learned a lot of things over the years and while Cash seems to be getting used to these new people joining our home every three years or so we still want to make sure that we’re keeping him happy during this huge change in our lives. Here are some tips to help your dog welcome a new baby into the home!

help your dog adjust to a new baby

  1. This is an age-old trick but it’s one that works. Before you bring baby home give your dog something of the baby’s to smell that way they’re used to its scent. If you’re like our family and won’t be gone long enough to give the dog something that smells like your baby before the baby gets home just let your dog meet your new baby once you get home, don’t keep the baby from them, that will only make them more curious.
  2. Don’t give all your attention to the baby. Our dogs need love and attention too! While your main focus will be on the baby don’t forget to give your dog lots of love too. Make sure you’re petting your dog and talking to your dog as your normally  would, at the very least, don’t ignore him/her completely.
  3. No matter how many babies you’ve brought home before it’s always smart to supervise your dog and the baby’s interactions. This goes for when they’re active too. Babies and toddlers love to explore and sometimes that means a finger to your favorite dog’s eyeball. Cash takes it like a champ but every dog is different.
  4. Keep their routine the same. I know what it’s like to have a brand new baby and a dog so I know this won’t always be easy but as much as possible keep their routine the same. If you feed them at 7pm every night feed them at 7pm even after the baby gets here. If you usually go for walks at 6pm go for a walk at 6pm better yet, send someone else out with the dog while you rest up with baby!
  5. Keep them calm. This is important not only for your dog but for the new little baby and you. There are so many different ways that you can calm your dog. One of the best ways is to make sure they’re able to get all their energy out. This is especially important for younger dogs. Make sure that you’re bringing them on their walks and playing with them. When Cash seems to have WAY too much energy I’ll break out my diffuser and diffuse Peace & Calming or Lavender.

Welcoming a baby into the home is a huge transition for your furbaby but just because every transition isn’t big doesn’t mean one isn’t happening! Did you know that when you switch dog foods you have to take it slowly and transition them from one food to the next? I honestly had no idea but luckily it’s easy enough to do. We recently transitioned Cash to Beneful Originals after they reformulated their recipe. Real meat is now the first ingredient in Beneful’s beef and chicken dry foods. Beneful dry food recipes also have no added sugar. Beneful is actively listening to what dog owners want which makes us and our pups happy!

Cash loves Beneful

Want to get your hands on a free sample for your favorite dog? Get it here. Read the ingredients, let your dog try it out and then head to Beneful.com to review it and let us know what you think.

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5 Reasons to *NOT* Find out the Sex of Your Baby

I’m the oldest of seven children and I’m the oldest by a lot. The next child after me is six years younger than me and the age gaps get larger and larger. My youngest sister was born when I was 21 years old. Just two years prior to me giving birth to my first child. This puts me in a fairly unique situation where my mom was the closest person to me that had just had a baby. Crazy right? The cool thing about being so much older than my siblings is that I can really remember the days that they were born or at least more of their lives than I would remember if we were only two years apart.

I remember the days that each of my siblings were born. I remember sitting in the waiting room waiting for my new sibling to be born. Waiting to find out if I was getting a little brother or a little sister. For many of them I had the honor of announcing who was joining our family. Another little girl or another little boy. I knew from a young age that when it came time for me to have my own little one that I wouldn’t find out the sex. What I forgot was that there would be two people making that decision. So with Mason we found out, with Elena I was planning to wait and while we didn’t know what we were having it didn’t happen quite the way we expected. With Kyla we decided to find out and with Emilia I decided it was finally my moment to wait. To see which way is “better”, to see which I prefer.

Having done it but ways I would say there is a clear winner in my book. Waiting to find out the sex of your baby at delivery is the way to go. Here’s 5 reasons to NOT find out the sex of your baby.

5 reasons you shouldn't find out the sex of your baby

1. You can still be “prepared”. Hey all you Type A but I need to know because I have to prepare people. I have a little secret to tell you. You’re having a baby. Not a cat, not a dog, not a bunny. A baby. And babies, regardless of being a boy or a girl need the same exact things. Love. A place to sleep. Diapers. Food and clothing. That’s it!

surprise its a human
2. It saves you a ton of money. I love baby clothes. Even when I’m not pregnant or not thinking about being pregnant I’m still swooning over baby clothes. Confession. I bought an adorable elephant dress when I wasn’t even close to being pregnant because it was on sale and it was cute. While I was pregnant with Mason and Kyla I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to buy all the clothes I saw. With Emilia while I was certainly tempted for certain outfits because I wasn’t sure what I was having I waited.

team green saves green
3. It’s different and exciting. Everyone is finding out the sex of their baby these days. In fact people are finding out earlier and earlier. Be different. Be unique. Wait. Be able to say you experienced something that not many people get to experience. People will love you for it. Or hate you. That just depends on who you’re talking too 😉

why be normal
4. You can still get cute things. It may seem like this directly contradicts reason number two being Team Green is awesome but it doesn’t at all. While being Team Green is still in the minority people are catching on and you have more options than you think. When it comes to car seats, strollers and high chairs the color choices are contemporary and gorgeous. Gone are the days of only having pink and blue as options. What a relief. Looking for a going home outfit? You don’t have to stick to just yellow or green. Just ask Kristin from Gigi and Max. She created this set with us Team Green Mamas in mind!

 

new to the crew gigi and max
5. You’re going to have a moment like this in the delivery room. You can argue that it’s still  surprise when you find out at 10 weeks or 20 weeks and that it’s just as special but the build up just isn’t the same. Remember all that money you saved with reason number two? Put it towards a birth photographer and capture this moment. The moment you find out WHO you’ve been waiting for these last 9 months. The month you look down and announce that it’s a…

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Photo credit to the amazing Nikki Trent

Trust me when I say, it’s well worth the wait.

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In the Kitchen

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Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Just before Emilia was born my little brother came into town. My grandmother makes this classic Puerto Rican dish and he wanted to make it for his friends so we went grocery shopping together. Since it's one of his favorite dishes he took the time to learn it whereas I hadn't and I was so surprised ... read more