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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat + Giveaway

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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

Are you already shopping for Christmas gifts this year? I know I am. It is literally the only way we stay sane during the holidays and it allows me to space out our spending over a few months and not just all at once. I know we are just getting to talking about fall festivities and fun, but Christmas is definitely already on my mind.

As we are redoing our basement to make it more functional and play-oriented for Ollie and our new baby on the way, I have been on the hunt for something that would help encourage imaginary playtime. There are tons of options out there for girls. Tea sets, kitchens, dolls to place house, you name it… however, I sort of feel like the options for boys are much imaginary-oriented. I want Ollie to have all of the dreams possible at hand and truly believe that helping facilitate imagination at playtime encourages this.

The Happyville Smart Mat by PlaSmart was just the special toy that I had been looking for, and would make a great Christmas gift for someone in your family!

The Smart Mat is a soft multi-purpose play mat made from coated EVA foam, suitable for kids of all ages. The first thing that stood out was the Smart Mat’s large size. I was so excited to see in real life what ground an 78″ x 46″ play mat would cover. For a mom with one very active toddler and another on the way, this is great for the future siblings to share without climbing all over one another. It is also great for moms who want to keep their baby on a clean, defined area, because this serves as a great alternative to spreading out a blanket. It is also super suitable for playrooms, story time, snack time, picnics, the beach, backyard, and even classrooms.

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

The play mat offers a fun colorful space for imaginary and small world play. There are roads, a school, a car wash, fire stations, hospitals, and PlaSmart’s headquarters to visit through the Happyville “town”. Ollie, who is 15 months now, is loving taking his trucks all over town for a little visit, and I am so encouraged to know that there is so many years of play with this mat. As he gets older, he will be able to create “worlds” of his own, with people and storylines to navigate through the “town”. He will also be able to work on driving on the roads… which is definitely something that we have not quite picked up on yet.

The great news is if you plan on taking the Smart Mat on the road with you this holiday season, you’ll be glad to know that it is durable yet light weight. Plus, you can wipe it down to clean after each use super easily. And with a little boy who always find a way to make a mess, spill water, or step on a puff and allow it to crumble all over, that’s a major plus! Also, because it is so lightweight, it is easy to roll up for storage when not in use, and I do not have to have the husband’s help carrying it from floor to floor in our home even with this growing pregnant belly, weighing only 2 pounds!

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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

Bump Date :: 17 weeks

Week 17 Bumpdate

size of the baby ::  White Onion

total weight gain :: 2 pounds

gender :: Again, you’ll know soon. I’m getting more and more excited about getting this nursery ready now that we know…

maternity clothes :: We are headed to Florida this week so I’m digging out some of my maternity shorts for the trip!

movement :: Nope.

sleep :: Just hormonal! The tears are easier this time around and I have been living in my head at nighttime which is making sleep more difficult.

missing :: I am sure I would normally feel a bit limited at Disney because of the ride restriction on pregnant gals; however, with baby Ollie this time around, we are fairly limited on two fronts. It will help, I’m sure.

craving :: Lobster. Weird.

symptoms :: Just these darn hips. I went back to the chiropractor last week and saw a new guy. I told him what felt like my life story and medical history with my back pains and hip issues inside and outside of pregnancy. His response? Yes, there are some pains with pregnancy… on to find a new doctor. Knowing what I know now, that answer will not fly.

duston is :: Ready for a vacation. This past week was long and lots of meetings for him. He’s just ready.

looking forward to :: Well, Disney! Duh. I also just got this new pregnancy specific workout guide from Expecting and Empowered. They launch last week and I could not wait to get my hands on it. Tone It Up is great but not so specific for pregnancy, and I feel like I am modifying everything. I also finally got my old Jawbone UP replaced with an amazingly awesome FitBit. It is helping remind me to stay active in spurts during my busy day on the computer for work.

best moments :: We had a great time this past week. A friend blessed us by trimming up Ollie’s hair for free, a visit with another friend, some borrowed items for Disney that we now don’t have to buy, a great finance meeting and conversation with the husband, a chili night, bonfire, and bridal shower. Busy, but great!

Eating with Silicone Food Mats (A Comparison)

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Eating with Silicone Food Mats

A few years ago, I wrapped up my Friday Night watching Shark Tank when EZPZ debuted. I sat there in awe of the design but honestly, I did not know the reason why this was so important for moms out there with littles. Fast forward to our lives now, and Ollie loves picking up his plate at the dinner table. As we moved to solids, I purchased this thing called the EZPZ Mini Mat. Now, I’m obsessed with these silicone food mats and I tell everyone about them because they are life changing, at least they were for us.

Basically, the EZPZ mat, and many others like it, is a placemat and plate/bowl all in one. It is designed to make mealtimes easier, less messy and way more fun! It is made of food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC and phtalate free. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and super easy to clean. And, they come in all sorts of fun colors!

We own three silicone sticky-style tableware now for Ollie and I love all of them for very different reasons.

EZPZ Mini Mat

EZPZ Mat

My first purchase was the EZPZ Mini Mat. It fits perfectly on Ollie’s high chair tray and is great as Ollie is learning how to use a fork and spoon. He grasped the concept of the fork/spoon really quickly but as the traditional plate would slide around his tray, he would inevitably knock food on the floor. He would try so hard to put the food on the utensil and you could just see the mass amounts of concentration he was using. The EZPZ Mini Mat helped us with this!

I was highly disappointed that it wasn’t but seconds before my child realized that he could pull up the sides of the Mini Mat and release it from the table. But for the most part and as long as we are at the beginning of dinner time, Ollie is not necessarily tempted to pull on the plate, and does not lift when suctioned to the table properly. You do have to make sure that the edges are all on the table – if a little is hanging over, it won’t stick well. To help with suction, I have learned that by wiping the table and bottom of the mat with a damp cloth before putting it down and pressing along the edges, the suction is better.

EZPZ Mat

EZPZ Mat

Happy Monkey Mat

Happy Monkey mat

Since the release of the EZPZ mats, others have been popping up everywhere. When I saw that Happy Monkey mat on Facebook, I knew I wanted to try this one out. It is larger than the one we own from EZPZ, similar in size to the original EZPZ, and had more and bigger compartments for food and seemed like a good investment to “grow into” as Ollie eats more and we add another addition to our family soon.

When we got it in the mail, I was a bit disappointed by the size. Not that the product description was wrong, I just did not read it carefully and I instantly realized that this mat would not fit on our high chair tray. Regardless, we busted the Happy Monkey mat out for dinner time, opted for a no-tray dinner, and pulled Ollie up to the table with us.

He loved it! He looked like he felt so much more included at the table and did not once drop any food or utensils on the floor. It has honestly been an even bigger game changer. This top notch baby placemat tray is made of premium quality, 100% safe silicone (FDA approved, BPA free) as well. It is thick and sturdy, but a very flexible premium quality washable placemat can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water, while you can also place it in the dishwasher.

Most importantly, because the mat is larger and heavier, Ollie has not even attempted to pull up the sides of this mat! The large bowl features a 11 oz. capacity is perfect for serving the main meal as Ollie grows. The 3 other, separate compartments feature a 4 oz., 4 oz. and 3 oz. capacity are ideal for serving fruits, vegetables and desserts alongside the main course! This is huge compared to the EZPZ Mini Mat with a 4 oz. main tray and two 2 oz. side compartments!

Happy Monkey mat

Happy Monkey mat

Happy Monkey mat

Nuby Easy Go Suction Bowl with Lid and Snap-In Spoon

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Finally, I found Nuby Easy Go Suction Bowl with Lid and Snap-In Spoon on a clearance special at Aldi’s a few weeks ago. Although the silicone mats are great, I really needed something that helped me out with a quick snack that didn’t get our dinnerware dirty during the day. Something that would be great for chopped grape or oats or other small snacks/creamier mixtures.

The Easy Go Suction Bowl and Spoon is perfect for daycare, travel, or any on-the-go occasion as well. The bowl is conveniently sized just right for dry cereal or other baby foods and features a suctioned base that keeps the bowl in place during feeding. It also features a lid that seals tightly to keep food fresh during storage. The spoon makes a perfect travel companion because it snaps onto the lid of the bowl for easy storage. It is dishwasher/microwave safe and can stand up to the rigors of everyday use.

Because of the smaller base, Ollie figured out how to pull up this one the easiest. The suction does well, but really is designed for smaller fingers. Both the bottom of the bowl and the tray needs to be super clean and I have even found that it works better on our wooden table than his plastic high chair tray. On the plus side, it is still serving our purpose of no-sliding plates and bowls. It is helpful for Ollie to keep his plate in one place when using utensils.

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Although I like each one for different reasons, I honestly believe that the Happy Monkey mat has been our favorite of the three! This surprised me as popular as the EZPZ mats are, but it goes to show you that regardless of the popularity, there may be others out there that work better but cost less. Now does this mean I wouldn’t like the EZPZ mat in its original size? I don’t know, but why pay $10 more for a mat if I am happy with the one I have!

Bump Date :: 16 weeks

I have been getting so many texts and messages around our pregnancy lately. We cannot wait to experience our newest addition to our family in the spring. Two years ago, I started snapping away our week by week updates with baby Ollie. We could not wait for him to grow and join our family.

These past few weeks have been more bitter sweet. Although we still have the anticipation of meeting the newest family member, we also are attempting to savor every last minute alone with our little man. We are also sitting along side those in our local community who are either struggling with pregnancy, or trying to make sense of pregnancy loss. After dealing with a miscarriage a few years ago ourselves, we have truly grieved with those around us as of late.

With that being said, we are still overjoyed with our upcoming babe. We will probably squeeze that little nugget even more so when the baby arrives knowing the sadness that so many have and will endure. On a final note, some folks have asked about what fruit/veggie I am this week, and although I have no desire to scour the countryside for fruits and veggies over the next few months, we will be doing updates throughout! I enjoy the moments and memories from our last pregnancy and cannot wait to do the same.

Week 16 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Avocado

total weight gain :: 1 pound

gender :: Uh, we may know. I’m not going to 100% lie about that. Do not worry. You’ll know soon.

maternity clothes :: Just hanging out in my maternity jeans. I can still stretch into some of my old jeans as well, but I feel like I look more fat than pregnant so maternity jeans it is.

movement :: Nope.

sleep :: It’s so-so. Dusty has been doing a lot of the nighttime feedings with Ollie these days but I am still having trouble sleeping. Either it is crazy weird dreams or not being able to get comfortable. My hip issues have returned in full force from last pregnancy and by the end of the night, I am really sore even laying down.

missing :: Nothing really.

craving :: Donuts. Pumpkin things. Nothing beyond a standard basic white girl in the fall time…

symptoms :: Like I said, my hips and ligaments are not the greatest. I ended up with 8 months of physical therapy post-birth last time, so I am up-ing my chiropractic visits and walking early on to help minimize the damage and rotating that happened last time. I am also starting Tone It Up’s 21 Day series today (yay!) in hopes to help my soreness.

duston is :: busy. We have taken on the basement as a side project this fall. He’s looking into grad school… oh, and we have a full blown toddler. That’s pretty much enough right now.

looking forward to :: We are headed to Disney next week! It will be Ollie’s first trip and I cannot wait for all of the excitement and rest that this vacation will bring.

best moments :: This past weekend we had such a fun-filled time. We had our annual yard sale in the morning on Saturday which brings out the entire community. We finished the day with a food truck festival and rounded off our weekend with church and housework. Dusty even finished a great storage area in the basement for me. It is amazing.

Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

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Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

I would have never ever thought I could just hand over a food pouch to my little one in a million years and let him roam the house freely with it. Just typing those words makes me imagine blackberry and purple carrot all over my white rug. But then I was introduced to this — The Flipping Holder. The Flipping Holder is simply a case for food pouches and juice pouches/boxes that flips according to its use.

The Flipping Holder is different than any other pouch holder product I have seen because of a few reasons:

  1. It holds both food and juice pouches in one unit (not at the same time obviously).
  2. It is one solid piece, which means no clasps for kids to figure out how to open and nothing to break off.
  3. It literally works with every baby food pouch that I have tried including Plum Organic, Aldi’s Little Journey Brand, Happy Family, and Earth’s Best. It also is suppose to work with reuseable food pouches (although I have not tried this yet personally).
  4. We have not made it to the juice stage, but with a flip, it would work with all major brands of juice pouches and juice boxes.
  5. It has super easy to hold handles which makes a closed loop. Super important if you plan on tethering to a high chair or carseat.
  6. Its design needs minimal washing – our little one eats off of the pouch spout, not the holder, so no need to wash between uses unless there is a bit of food dribble (and we definitely have that from time to time but its super rare.

LOVE: The functionality! We cannot get enough of popping in a food pouch in the morning for our little one and letting him go. No more wrapping him up in a IKEA bib full body wrap and locking him into a car seat to turn around to still a mess everywhere. It is literally changing the way we eat our morning yogurt!

LIKE: I am super grateful that it requires minimal washing in between uses but if you find that you do need to wash it, The Flipping Holder is 100% top rack dishwasher safe.

BUMMER: After a week of use, my guy has realized that he can shake it upside down and still make a bit of a mess. It’s harder and less frequent, but happens. The Flipping Holder has been a life changer but I will understand that it isn’t 100% fool proof either. Obviously, there has to be a way to get the food out somehow.

Overall, I love this product, and I cannot say it enough about it to my friends and family. It has changed the way we do eating on the go and food pouches in general. I am super excited that as we move into juices after the age of two that we will have continued use for this item for a long time. What do you use to keep your little ones clean during snack time?

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

Here is a little bit more about Leah, the owner of LCeeeDesigns and The Flipping Holder:

How did you get your shop started?
This business started as an idea in 2013. I always had an interest in bringing ideas to life, but typically in the context of crafts and sewing. In the spring of 2013, my son and I travelled by plane to visit my sister. He was 1 year old at the time, and I purchased food pouches believing they’d be perfect food for the plane ride. Unfortunately for the person sitting next to us, it turns out he was very good at making squeezy messes instead of eating. For months I avoided food pouches until the idea struck to create a holder that would make pouches much easier for toddler hands. My husband and I created an initial idea – a cup with a lid. However, our son was able to open it and still make a mess. Over the next couple of years we worked on other ideas until this final design stuck. In 2015 we had prototypes in hand and by mid-2016 we had manufacturing and sales underway.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The biggest challenge has been learning the countless necessities required in launching a product and running a business. You need so much more than an idea: manufacturing, materials, packaging, shipping and other logistics, websites, social media accounts, business formation documents, tax details, etc. Small business requires a breadth of knowledge that is beyond what I learned in college or even in my other employment.

What is one thing unique about you?
Besides running this business, I work full time in a professional role as an attorney. Thankfully, I am supported by my stay-at-home husband and my three sons.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Hands down, the best part is hearing from parents who have found the Flipping Holder to be helpful and stress-reducing. We recently received a warm message from a customer whose daughter with Cerebral Palsy could finally eat by herself like her little brother because of this holder. Those kind words and true connection with a fellow mom meant the world to me.

How did you get your shop name?
My shop is LCeeeDesigns, which started as an Etsy store selling breastfeeding and pumping related products. LCeee is based on my first name, Leah Ceee, which is an acronym for my grandparents’ names (Lois, Edward, Arthur, Helen, Christian, Edward, Ethel, Elizabeth). Specifically about our product, Flipping Holder was chosen because it reflects the holder’s functionality – upright is holds food pouches and flipping it over it holds juice boxes and juice pouches.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My running “to do list” notebook. I must write things down to remember them.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Not easily 🙂 I have come to learn that balance is more about seasons of life. We just welcomed our third son and in this season, my time is heavily family focused. There are other seasons where I am able to put more emphasis on the business. And yet other seasons where I am consumed by my full time employment. One key for me, however, is that I read my sons their bedtime stories every night, which ensures I have at least that time dedicated to them no matter how busy I am.

The Flipping Holder

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Thank you, Fox Family Boutique, for sponsoring this post, Montessori Learning with a Toddler. I was selected for this opportunity by Fox Family Boutique; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

If you have been around Bahorich Abode long, you know that we love anything that is truly intentional in nature. One area of our lives that strive to be intentional is our love of learning around the home. In a previous career, I taught middle school English literature and now I spend my days motivating employees to continue their love of learning throughout their careers. It is obvious that exploring, adventuring, and continuing to learn new and exciting things is important to us.

Because of this, we are continually searching for ideas that interest our little Ollie, capture his attentions, and meet his individual needs and curiosities. There are many reasons why we are encouraging Montessori learning in our homes, but the love of learning is definitely one of them. Montessori creates such a flexible learning environment with a child-centered learning environment and reality oriented through science, math, and things like daily chores. Although Ollie won’t start traditional Montessori schooling for another year, we are definitely allowing him to learn through Montessori-like activities at home.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Toddlers love to tinker and we have become big advocates for open-ended play, developing gross-motor skills, and providing ample opportunities to explore their surroundings. This is why I have fallen in love with busy board. Busy boards help develop your child’s logic and fine motor skills, and not to mention, they captivate them for a long time. Busy boards help with color perception, coordination of movement, imagination, perseverance, exhibiting own activity, and skills using simple locks, velcro, and zippers.

“It follows that at the beginning of his life the individual can accomplish wonders – without effort and quite unconsciously.” Maria Montessori

The unfortunate thing about busy board is either they are expensive, massive, or take time to build on your own. So I knew when I found Fox Family Boutique, her design was perfect.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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LOVE: Beyond the Montessori learning that is happening when Ollie plays with it, it is so compact! It fits perfectly in his on-the-road bag and we plan on toting it with us when we fly to Disney World in a few weeks. It is a great size for him to pick up and it does not have to be mounted anywhere like the larger ones do.

LIKE: The quality is amazing. The handcrafted wooden piece is so sturdy and well designed. I love the different colors and activities that Fox Family Boutique was able to include in such a compact busy board.

BUMMER: Some of the locks are still hard to open for Ollie. All busy boards are definitely to be used with adult supervision; however, these locks are still a bit tricky for our 14 month old and if we are not careful, I could see a pinched little finger. It hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I am just a bit cautious. I do like that the locks are a bit difficult because this means it will grow with him a bit. So maybe the bummer is more of a growth opportunity for us.

Fox Family Boutique is one of two shops that owner Tatiana has. Her and her husband’s shops are their family business. Tatiana focuses on her busy boards over at Fox Family Boutique, and her husband’s focuses on puzzles and crafts made of wood over at Master Wooden. They have three small children, twins boys who are 4 years old and a girl who is 3! They implement their ideas together with their children. Their children help decide what they need for development, what they like to play, and what interests them, which helps with the designs in the shop. How neat!

Residing in Ukraine, it is very difficult to make a living for many folks, especially for those that have such a big family. Tatiana works at home with my husband. They have assistants, as the business is developing and growing and they are not always able to keep up with the volumes, which is amazing for them! All their work is handmade which limits their volumes. In every board or puzzle, they put their souls into, and they love their shops and their customers.

Beyond the intentionality of their shop and why they work each and every day, it is such an honor to help support them from around the world! Their busy boards and puzzles (which Ollie loves as well) are so well priced and well-made.

I am so excited to share with you a 10% off coupon for their shop. This is a great gift for those looking for a different and unique gift for their little ones for the holidays and beyond. We cannot get enough of ours. Use the coupon code BLOG10 for a discount to either of their shops!

Ollie loves his wooden puzzle as well. It allows for spacial learning and it is so colorful and cute. My favorite is the little elephant inside the elephant puzzle. I think it is so perfect!

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Ollie is a BIG BROTHER!!!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are expecting Bahorich Sprout #2 in March 2018. If this baby is anything like it’s brother, it may be April (but let’s hope not)! I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and so far, everything has been even smoother than the first time (knock on wood). The only symptoms I really have so far are hunger, craving, and fatigue (with a bit of dizziness. And, by hunger, I mean I want to eat everything, all the time. I am having cravings like crazy and just want to eat all the food, especially carbs. The struggle is real.

Plus, chasing after a 14 month old is tiring enough without even being pregnant. It has been way harder to keep a secret this time around. We just can’t wait to be a family of four! I will be doing bumpdates with this baby as well on Fridays (most likely starting at 14 or 16 weeks). Also, I will be sharing how we found out next week, so check back to hear our story!

Big Announcement :: A New Family Addition

Surviving Your First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

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Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

It’s hard to believe that my baby boy is 15 months old. I’m trying to come to terms that he is basically now a toddler now and exploring his independence. It seems like just yesterday I was struggling with pregnancy whoas.

If you’ve ever been pregnant before, chances are, you may have had to deal with pain of nausea throughout your pregnancy. Thankfully with Ollie, I had very little morning sickness. However, I did deal with it from time to time when I drank my morning coffee too fast or a certain smell would hit me. I didn’t really throw up any, but in those moments, I had a constant feeling of nausea. Thankful, I had Sea-Band Mama! by my side during pregnancy. Sea-Band Mama! is the leading brand in morning sickness relief, and you can relieve your nausea in a safe and natural way. The Sea-Band Mama! has been specially created to help soothe and calm your tummy during pregnancy so that you can start enjoying this special time again.

A Little Bit More about Sea-Band Mama!

Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. It is recommended by midwives and pregnant women around the world, and the Sea-Band Mama! acupressure wrist band provides a natural choice for effective morning sickness relief. And even more recently, JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) recommended acupressure and Ginger as solutions to relieve morning sickness. An Italian study has also found that morning sickness was reduced in 70% of women who used Sea-Band acupressure bands.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

They also make a Sea-Band Mama! Ginger and Spearmint Roller, which uses concentrated plant extracts in the form of essential oils. Aromatherapy is well known for relaxation as well as the relief of many ailments and the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the body’s olfactory system, transferring a signal to the limbic system thus triggering the release of natural chemicals that relieve tummy upset. It is a blend of Lime, Spearmint, and Ginger essential oils that have been diluted and hand blended into this unique roller. To use the roller, simply apply to your wrists, temples or chest in the morning or as required and feel the calming and settling properties take effect. It smells so great.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Lastly, Sea-Band Mama! now has Ginger Lozenges! Natural ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to counteract the pain associated with stomach upsets. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it acts quickly to neutralise stomach acids and soothe tender tummies. A sick momma should take one lozenge in the morning or whenever required throughout the day (not exceeding 10 per day).

Sea-Band also makes bands for travel and motion sickness that work really similarly to eliminate the nausea feeling from boat, train, and automobiles!

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Where to Purchase

Sea-Band Mama! is available to purchase at CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band Mama! in your area, visit: sea-band.com/where-to-buy-in-the-usa for the full list of locations.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Thank you, Smiling Tree Toys, for sponsoring this post, Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys. I was selected for this opportunity by Smiling Tree Toys; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

As Ollie is learning and growing, we continue to try and be intentional with his development the best we know how. Life is all about balance with the good and bad; however, with Ollie’s health and learning, we want the very best for him. When I looking for great things to gift Ollie for his birthday, I knew that a letter puzzle would be the perfect thing as we grow into his second year of life.

When I found Smiling Tree Toys, I just knew that their products just resonated our family’s beliefs. Smiling Tree Toys isn’t just a family business; it’s a defining part of their family. They keep the personal, the passionate, and the eco-handmade touch in every aspect of Smiling Tree Toys. From sustainably harvested American hardwoods, to their homegrown organic camelina oil/beeswax finish, to natural cotton drawstring bags made-in-the-USA, they ensure every aspect of Smiling Tree Toys is respectful of and gentle on mother earth and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Their wooden name puzzles are a timeless and classic gift that Ollie is loving to play with and learning in the process! Made of natural maple letters, it contrasts with the walnut base, and it is something that it honestly going to last him a lifetime! They also give back which is another way of our intentionality reaching beyond just our little home. Smiling Tree Toys donates to Peace Corps development projects in honor of every purchase. How neat is that?

Our Spell Well Name Puzzle is so well made and sturdy. It will honestly ask a lifetime. I know it is something that we are going to continue to use as Ollie further develops his eye and hand coordination, learn letters, and spelling of his name. It was the perfect gift for his birthday and I am so glad that I found Smiling Tree Toys.

Looking to get your little one a great item for his or her upcoming birthday? Use the code “BAHORICH15” for 15% off their Spell Well Name Puzzles this weekend only! Also, use #SMILINGTREELOVE to tag your Smiling Tree moments on Instagram to enter their monthly giveaways!

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

What I Learned the First Year of Parenting

What I Learned the First Year of Parenting

Last week it happened. Mr. Oliver Hayes turned one. His birthday weekend has came and gone… it is such a blur.

Over the next month, expect a whole lot of sentimental posts as I reflect on the past year of this family. I may be a slight mess. You would expect this normally from a mom that is getting ready to have a one year old, but I was so consumed with finishing a few projects at work and getting the house ready to host folks for his party, I did not reflect enough for my soul. I know parenting is different for most. You can read a ton of blog posts, books, and articles on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do. Living all of this is totally a different story. So here’s my account of what we learned during our first year:

Labor was not that bad. There are parts, but the actual pushing was not it for me.

Breastfeeding is laboring. It is a commitment and you have to believe in yourself.

A baby needs very little, not a registry full of items.

Swaddles are amazing.

So are pacifiers, and in hindsight, we would have given one to Ollie a bit sooner.

The first three weeks of parenting is a complete blur.

Do not be ashamed of loading your baby up in the car so that they will go to sleep.

Walks around the neighborhood are also the best for this.

Always have an extra, extra change of clothes, especially during the “blowout” phases.

You will laugh a lot.

You will feel overwhelmed.

You will cry.

All of this is okay.

Start a bedtime routine on day one and stick to it.

Don’t get too wrapped up in percentiles and developmental milestones.

Trust your gut on food, weight, milk, and the rest. You honestly do know best.

Summer babes do not need shoes. Figure out shoes when it gets cold outside, but don’t worry about them before then.

Take advantage of cuddle time.

If you have a local Children’s Hospital, go there first. Don’t mess with the regional one down the street (you’ll just get transferred).

Baby giggles are the best.

You will end up baby-proofing your life, not just your house.

Nothing is better than the snuggles.

Soak up every moment. The days can sometimes be long, but the year is so fast.