Feeding baby solids {Happy Family}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products . All opinions are 100% mine.

Maxwell is 8.5 months old (ahh! Here is his 6 month update.) and loves food. Just a side note in case this happens to others mamas: We attempted feeding him baby solids at 6 months old, and Maxwell was not a fan. He didn’t like sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, avocados, I was pretty sure I was going to have to breast feed him forever. I attempted to feed him some kind of real food once a day. He mostly made faces and spit it out. And then one day, about 6 weeks later (7.5 months old), I gave him mushed bananas with cinnamon and he devoured it. Now, one month later, he eats everything. I’m talking curry, onions, yogurt, kale, anything. Weird stuff that I’m pretty sure I didn’t eat until I was an adult.

So, with the holidays here, we will be traveling here and there and everywhere and Happy Family is going to make my life a heck of a lot easier! (Tips for traveling with babies on planes and tips for traveling with babies in cars) Maxwell’s first Christmas is off to an awesome start… He met Santa for the first time and ate puffs on Santa’s lap, ha! He’s even opened a few presents and declared tissue paper his favorite. Since he is the first grandbaby on both sides, he is a very hot commodity… everyone wants him!

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We are going to try our best to accommodate both sides of our fams and give them what they want… Maxwell!  We will bring Maxwell’s favorite Happy Family snack on all of our travels… yogurt and fruit snacks, that’s what is in that purple and white bag next to his right foot! That’s also what he is feeding himself in the picture above. Feeding himself is one of his favorite things to do and keeps him entertained on planes, cars, and at restaurants!Happy familyOh and did I mention that Happy Family is always certified organic, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial food coloring, and no genetically modified ingredients. Happy mama, happy baby! Happy family I love that Happy Family has such a variety of baby foods. I also really like that Maxwell can practice his pincher skills and feed himself the puffs, yogurt snacks, and teethers. He likes to eat the pouches on his own too, but that makes a giant mess. So for now, we feed him the pouches from a spoon! Happy familyHow do you feed your baby on the go? I’d love to hear… Enjoy a $1 off coupon for Happy Family baby food pouches and let me know what you (and baby) think! Visit the Happy Family website to learn about organic baby and toddler food.

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Baby Proofing Checklist

Note: This post is sponsored by Munchkin, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

If there is one thing I’ve learned as a mama, it’s that making your house 100% baby safe is impossible! I swear Maxwell can make anything dangerous. I’ve witnessed him use my car keys as a weapon to his own eyes! I’m just attempting to limit the dangers in our house and make things as safe as possible for my crazy munchkin on the move! (Here’s the first 6 months all in one little update!) He’s now 8 months, and took his first step over Thanksgiving (ahh!). He’s certainly not walking yet, but he can stand alone for 30ish seconds at a time and walks around the edges of everything. He can crawl like nobodies business and when he sets his eyes on something, he absolutely figures out a way to get it! Even if it means climbing a bench, box, toy or whatever. Baby proofing our house is a must. Here’s what we did…

Baby Proofing Checklist

Living Room:

  • Outlets: Just to be safe, I stuck these in all of our outlets.
  • Fireplace: This was a major dilemma for us since our fireplace sits at ground level and Maxwell loves the fake ash, go figure! I had cardboard taped over it for about a month. And then my mom came to town and suggested we move one of the benches from Maxwell’s room in front of the fireplace. Works like a charm! Obviously, if we want to turn on the fireplace, we have to move the bench.

Baby Proofing Checklist

  • Coffee table: We decided to get rid of our cute little table we scored at an estate sale for $7.50 because it was light weight and Maxwell could easily knock the whole thing over! But, if you have a sturdy table that you love think about adding Munchkin soft impact corner cushions.
  • Cords: He loves cords. It’s so weird and gross to me. He like to put the metal outlet in his mouth. Yuck. We are doing our best to teach him “No” and hide the cords that can be hidden. Like this one, under the rug:
  • Blinds: Maxwell is infatuated with the blinds and cord. I just keep most of the windows up halfway and loop the cord around the blind so that he can’t reach it.
  • Hardwood floors and rugs: We have hardwood floors, and a thin 8×10 rug on the floor. I found a really great deal on exercise floor foam peices and put them under the rug for extra padding!
  • Secure furniture: Things like bookshelves need to be secured to the wall.

 

Bathroom:

  • Toilet: Make sure you close your toilet seat after each use!
  • Cabinets and drawers: We used these Munchkin latches. Easy to install and Maxwell can’t open them.
  • Bathtub: The bathtub faucet is very exciting. It’s shiny and water spills out of it… Maxwell can’t resist. Thus, we covered it with a cute elephant to keep him from hitting his head! He know loves the elephant too.

Baby Proofing Checklist

Kitchen:

  • Cabinets and drawers: We only put latches on the cabinets that have cleaning supplies in them. He knows where the cookie sheets, plastic strainer, and measuring cups live!
  • Oven: This one is really scary to me, and I’m not sure what to do about it, except to continue to attempt to teach him “No” and “Danger” and “Hot”. When we moved in, I was seriously so confused about our oven drawer, but finally figured out it is a broiler. regardless, I’ve never used it and it gets really hot when the oven is on and that handle is perfect for Maxwell to pull up on! Any suggestions?
  • Cups: He loves to drink water! And I love this Miracle 360 cup! It allows him to drink out of the rim like he prefers, but doesn’t spill. Like really doesn’t spill. Only the suction of your mouth can break the seal and allow water to come through. Pure genius! Here’s Maxwell and our favorite cup:

Baby proofing checklist

  • Poison control: Hopefully we never need it, but just in case, I have the number to poison control on the fridge. The poison control emergency hotline is:  emergency hotline is: (800) 222-1222
  • Trashcans: Put them in a spot where baby can’t get it. It just makes such a mess!

 

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DIY Christmas Decorations

Hello there! It’s Corey from TinySidekick and I’m happy to be visiting again to share a really easy way to add a ton of color to your Christmas decor without spending lots of money or making a big color theme commitment that you’ll have to live with every year! These DIY Christmas decorations have been go to Christmas decor at both my mom’s and my own house for a few years now.

Why do we love these simple paper wrapped frames so much? It’s a really easy way to add a ton of color and fun Christmas pattern to your Christmas decorations. It doesn’t cost a lot of money. And if you are anything like us you want to change things up from year to year, so this is perfect cause it is zero commitment.How to wrap frames in wrapping paper... easy Christmas decor!

We started out just wrapping the entire frame in paper, but it covered up the photo. And since Christmas is all about family, we want to see the cute faces in the photos. Am I right? Wrapping frames in holiday paper is really easy, but there is one trick that I want to share with you that will save you lots of frustration.

Easy Christmas decor with wrapping paper

 

You’ll need:

  • a frame
  • tape
  • scissors
  • wrapping paper

Easy peasy.

DIY Christmas Decorations

The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the photo, backing, and the glass from the frame. Then lay it face down on your wrapping paper just like you would to wrap a present, leaving enough at the edges to wrap it all the way to the back in a later step. With it in place, you are going to punch a small hole in the middle of the frame and slice the paper to each inside corner of the frame. Be sure to go directly to the corner. Do this for all 4 corners.

decorating with wrapping paper

Then go ahead and secure the outside edges with tape leaving the flaps in the middle free.
decorating with Christmas wrapping

Here is the trick to avoiding frustration: 

Without securing the middle flaps, place the glass back into the frame gently and pull the flaps tight. If you tape them first your paper will rip when you put the glass in. Once the glass is in place and the paper is pulled tight, cut off the excess and tape it in place.

Christmas decorating on a budget

Last, you’ll add your photo and the backing back in.
DIY Christmas Decorations

And now you have some fun Christmas frames that still allow you to see your family!

easy ways to add color to your Christmas decorations

This is my mom’s shelf all done up with the grandkids displayed! Last year she had all blue and white going. So you can see how easy it is to change from year to year. So if you are still in need of some easy pops of color before Santa and your guests arrive, just go grab some wrapping paper and get wrapping!

 

Thanks for having me again today! I’d love for you to pop over and peek around at all of my Christmas decorations at my Christmas Home Tour! See you there!
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