Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What I am Loving (kid and snack edition)

Pinkalicious Books

Since our summer reading program at the library leaves our bookshelves there pretty barren of the good books, I have started ordering books from the Tulsa Library online. Emmy LOVES her Pinkalicious book, so I have ordered her the series from the library to read.  We own Pinkalicious and Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink and have read them both so many times that Emmy literally has them memorized and can repeat the whole book verbatim. Ha! (It is seriously so cute to hear her read. I want to videotape her, but if she knew we were, she wouldn’t read.) I would recommend both of these because they are so cute and easy to read again and again and again and again.

My other two favorites are:

Silverlicious – Pinkalicious loses her sweet tooth and she writes nightly letters to the tooth fairy to get it back.

Emeraldlicious – Pinkalicious creates a magic wand that helps clean up her favorite park from junk.

We have also gotten Aqualicious (about meeting a mermaid on the beach) and Goldilicious (about Pinkalicious’s pretend unicorn), which are cute, but not ones you would want to read more than 20 times. (Or is that just our house?)

Leave Purplicious at home. The book is about girls being mean to Purplicious because she doesn’t wear the same color clothes as they do. It might be appropriate for older kids who are learning to be themselves and the moral of the story is good.  However, Emmy is too young to know anyone is different than her and if they are, she certainly wouldn’t know to be mean to them, so I didn’t care for it.

What I also love about these books is that most of them easily lend themselves to an activity you can also do with your child.  Pinkalicous would be a great book to read before making pink cupcakes and Pinkalicious and the pink drink would be perfect for making strawberry lemonade and having a lemonade stand. After reading Emeraldlicious, you could easily do a craft with recycled materials.

Wet Brush:

We love the wet brush around here. My mom got it for my nieces first, so she introduced me to it. It is awesome for brushing hair right out of the shower/bath with minimal screaming from your child. Ha! It seems to glide through the hair better than a normal brush.

Both of these snacks are kid-approved.

Boom Chicka Puffs:

This is not necessarily kid-related, but these puffs are as good as Cheetos and aren’t as full as the bad stuff. I bought mine at Target.

Snap Pea Crisps Caesar:

I hate peas. I would have NEVER in a million years bought these had I not tried them at a party and they were delicious. They taste like a puff chip, but have some fiber and aren’t as bad for you as potato chips.  I will tell you that the Caesar is the best flavor, in my opinion. Holden will chew on them and Emmy likes them as much as Pirate’s Booty. Kid and adult win.

Blondies:

I have taken these homemade blondies to several cookouts lately and have gotten tons of compliments and people asking for the recipe. I first made them because I actually had all of the ingredients on hand and then have made them all summer because people LOVE them! Emmy is also able to help, so it is a fun activity for us to do together!

Favorite Blog to Follow:

Thrifty Littles. She always posts great links to awesome deals on kid-items. I also follow Dan’s Deals and have gotten some great discounts on things like Starbucks cards, free magazines I like to subscribe to and more.

I’d love to know your favorites too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Holden is 7 Months Old

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This has been a month full of milestones for Holden! He got his first two bottom teeth, started pulling up, reaches for people, is eating food more regularly and attempting to crawl! Wow. I am tired just typing it Winking smile.
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Sleep is okay overall, but he has about one night a week of still waking during the night and some super early mornings (think before 6 – zzz).  The beauty of the second is that you know (ha – at least hope) that they will eventually get there. This is how he sleeps – make sure a pacifier is always close! Ha!!!
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Holden pretty much goes with the flow. He naps on the run some of the time, whereas I always had Emmy in her crib at naptime. Then again, we had nothing else to do, so it was no big deal. With a big sister to entertain, we are always out doing something.
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This month Holden tried out the pool and the splash pad. He seemed to like both just fine!
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He is always quick to give a smile, but has gotten to where he wants someone within his line of sight. If I leave the room for a second, he starts to fuss. But he will give the biggest smiles when he spots me. The other day I came home from work and Emmy wanted to sit on my lap and I gave him a hug and then Tommy or my mother-in-law took him and he cried the saddest little cry. Sweet boy loves his mama!
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Holden’s schedule has changed a bit…he now only has four bottles a day and will go between 3.5-4 hours between bottles. We still do three naps a day because he wakes up at around 6:15 on average and I try to put him down around 7:30 – 8.
Holden LOVES his sister. She is super sweet to him and loves to hold him and give him hugs (except when he wants something that is hers….but we will focus on the positiveSmile). My mother-in-law said he was belly laughing at her dancing the other day. Here they are with their serious faces:
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Holden weighs 17 pounds, 11 ounces as of his doctor’s appointment last week and is 26.25 inches long. He is in the 30th percentile for everything. He is wearing 6-9 month clothes and size three diapers.
We just love this happy little guy!
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