DIY: Baby's 1st Halloween Photos

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I’ll be the first to admit that I love dressing my kids up for different holidays and taking cute photos of them but hiring a photographer can get expensive and quick. So, I decided to take a different approach and do some photos myself!

I found this really cute one-piece outfit from Target for Clayton. It was easy to put on and could double as something for him to wear during the week. I love outfits that have multipurpose!

I love this option for a little girl! I think it’s perfect and easy, you will not spend a lot of time having to worry about decorations. You want the focus to be on the child.

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Target Baby Halloween

I would have normally done these photos in the grass but the grass was wet so I opted for blanket and the back of the pickup truck! I turned on some music and brought my oldest daughter outside to help get Clayton to smiling. He was not really in the mood and he knew I had my camera. Every time I put it down he would laugh, so know your baby!

Friendly tip: Avoid doing this before nap times, you’ll end up with a cranky baby.

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Before you get ready to post to Facebook or Instagram be sure create a cute design using Canva and print it out to share with family and friends. You’ll want to cherish this memory and it will be great for the baby book!

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Canva is really easy to use and they have templates! The templates are so easy to work with even my 11 year old can use them.

Most of all make sure you have fun!

 

Hiring A Specialist Correctly

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As a busy mom, there is always so much to do. Some of us go to work or stay at home and still have more household duties to tend to. Although I love a good DIY, nothing beats hiring a professional. We can’t do it all and shouldn’t have to. So here are a few tips to help you choose the best person for the job.

We often think of businesses as being comprised of many employees, assigned to many departments. You have your support professionals, your HR people, your PR people, and your managers just to name a few. Some might even double up on roles. For example, a chef in a restaurant might also clean it deeply each night, meaning that they also take up the role of cleaner and help you save money through that.

When hiring a specialist for your business, things can seem just a little out of the ordinary. First of all, a particular job that you’re hiring for might not be on a permanent basis, but temporary, or covering several frequent contracts over time. On top of that, it might be difficult to communicate with the specialist exactly what you need. This will be due to your own lack of expertise in said field, which is of course the first purpose of hiring them in the first place.

Luckily, hiring a specialist correctly needn’t be a horrendously difficult scenario. We believe you can achieve some great results, especially embodied through the following advice:

Know Their Portfolio

It’s important to look through the portfolio of a specialist. Sometimes, it’s not the huge, spanning projects they have completed and placed front and centre that matter to you, but the smaller conducted work they have completed that holds the most relevant to your task at hand. A portfolio might take the form of testimonials, work examples, or perhaps verified tasks they have completed outsourcing to other businesses. For example, vinyl cuttings www.vinylcuttingmachineguide.com or potential workshop implementation experience could help you set up your art studio correctly, despite them moving into a more creative space as of late. Carefully discussing the relevant parts of a portfolio with said specialist can help you both get a better idea of said mutual suitability.

Outsource Effectively

Outsourcing effectively is an important task to consider, and can actually make the most difference in the long term. Working with sites that allow you to contact freelancers can be worthwhile, or putting out a job listing for temporary contracts can allow those professionals to come to you. It depends how quickly or immediately you wish to hire, and if you have a direct idea of what job you wish to fulfill, or wish to liaise with a specialist in this manner. Often, professional websites (such as Upwork for writers) can connect you with more established freelancers.

Referrals

It could be that some of your allied business partners are able to discuss particular referrals with you, giving you a clearer depiction of a professional to use. Sometimes, you might find that someone who directed the full advertisement campaign for a business you respect is available through the sources you are using, and so you wish to contact them. What matters is finding a verified professional, and also building worthwhile relationships that could potentially last into the future. If you achieve this, you can make the most difference in the long term.

With these tips - you are certain to hire a specialist correctly.


Early Introduction to Peanuts | Lil Mixins Peanut Powder

I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided. 

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This opportunity from Moms Meet and Lil’ Mixins came right on time! At Clayton’s last doctor’s appointment we were told to start introducing peanut butter and eggs into his diet. I’ll be honest I was shocked. I’m like he’s only 6 months old, should we really be doing this? I thought that eating peanut butter and passing it through my breastmilk was enough. Studies say otherwise – early and regular exposure to peanuts can reduce the risk of babies acquiring a peanut allergy.

I’ve seen firsthand what can happen when a child has an allergic reaction and it’s not pretty!

My doctor suggested that I put a teaspoon of peanut butter on a spoon and just give it to him. That made me extremely nervous. Well, Lil Mixins solved that problem for us.

According to their website, “We take organic peanuts, powder them using a special process that preserves the proteins, and put them into a jar. Our process assures that when you add our powder to your baby's food, milk or formula, it won't turn back into peanut butter and choke them. Instead, it stays safely suspended in their food or milk.”

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I started slow with introducing this to Clayton and I even tasted it myself. We began by trying it in his cereal. It was extremely easy and blended very well! He ate it all with no problems. I watched him over the next 3 hours to see if anything happened and we were in the clear.

Now he is ready when he sees me scooping powder from the jar!

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The jar recommends using it 3x a week for the perfect introduction and even tells you how much to put in. One jar will last you for 3 months which is equal to over 40 servings! Now do you want to get your hands on some? If so, click here and use the promo code: MOMSMEET20 for 20% off your entire purchase!

Products they offer:

Infant Egg Powder

Infant Peanut Powder

Sample – Peanut Powder

Infant Tree Nut (Coming Soon)

 Food Combo Ideas:

Banana Puree + Peanut Powder

Cereal + Peanut Powder

Carrot Puree + Peanut Powder

Applesauce + Cereal + Peanut Powder

Blueberries + Cereal + Peanut Powder

 

Happy tasting!

 

Momma’s Wardrobe: Maintaining Your Style After Pregnancy 100%

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Life will change a lot after you’ve had a child. No matter how much you prepare yourself in the nine months you have before the little one arrives, it will always be hard to predict just how much this sort of change will impact your lifestyle. A lot of people have to change the way they spend their time, the food they eat, and, unfortunately, their wardrobe to match their new parental status. Overcoming this isn’t impossible, though a lot of mothers find it difficult, and fashion is often one of the first areas to fall apart. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the work which can be done to keep your mind on style once you’ve had your child.

Loving Your Body


Having spent the better part of a year with a baby growing inside you, caring about the state of your body can be hard for a lot of new parents. Having gained more than ten kilograms, it will be easy to think that there isn’t much you can do to bounce back, though this simply isn’t the case. A lot of moms are able to get right back into shape once they’ve had their kids, and the act of exercising will help you to fall back in love with your body. The type of clothing you wear can also impact this, and there are loads of women’s clothing stores which will have what you’re looking for.


Getting Inspired


A lot of new parents feel as though they need to improve themselves once they’ve had children. Now that you have to be an example to someone, it makes sense to be a little more modest with your outfits, though this doesn’t mean that you have to keep yourself completely covered up. Websites like Instagram can be great when you’re in search of inspiration. Not only are they filled with people who love fashion, but they cover a huge range of different topics and tastes, making it nice and easy to find clothing which matches the styles you like without having to shop around.


Use Your Child


While they might not care about fashion when they are older, a young child simply can’t be left in control of their own clothing. Instead, you will dress them, pick their garments, and will have the chance to make them as stylish as you like. Over the last few years, loads of companies have started making fashionable clothing for children. They don’t need to be designer brands or expensive items, with even the cheapest of clothing stores having options which can be used to make your little ones look great.


With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the work you put into maintaining your style after having a baby. A lot of parents struggle to get their lives back on track once all is said and done, but this doesn’t mean that you have to one of them. Instead, if you do the right work, you can maintain everything you used to love about your old lifestyle.


Best Toys For Children Ages 0-6 Months

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I’m a firm believer in saving money and buying things that my baby will actually use and need. Every baby is different and you have to adjust to each child’s need. This time around I avoided buying every toy I saw – instead I opted for toys that could grow with him and be used for longer periods of time.

Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Seat

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I’m in love with this seat – especially for the price. You can find this seat for under $50 and it will sometimes go as low as $35. For a chair that can last you for at least two years it’s well worth the price. I was worried we were not going to get much use out of the in the beginning. Clayton did not enjoy sitting in it when he was younger (0-2 months) Now he loves it! He’s able to engage with the toys.

Baby Einstein 4 in 1 Kickin’ Tunes Music and Language Discovery Activity Gym

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This is another great all around toy to have. When your child is very young you they can enjoy laying on their back looking at the toys. This toy offers a pillow to enhance tummy time and it’s perfect for their little bodies! As they get older you can break the toy apart. The piano that once served for them to kick their feet on now becomes a piano that they can enjoy playing sitting up.

Fisher Price 2 in 1 Sit to Stand Activity Center

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Your little one will go gaga over this one! They can begin using it as early 2 months although I would wait until the child is about 3-4 months and has good upper body control. The seat spins around 360 degrees to provide endless fun. Once your baby begins pulling up you can replace the seat with the attachment piece that serves as a ramp!

Car Seat Toys

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Babies love to look around and adding something to their car seat helps to make travel a breeze. Clayton loves looking at his toys and now that he is older he can play with them as well.

5 Basic Skills All Children Should Learn

It is our job as parents to equip our children with as many life skills as we can. Of course, we aren’t infallible, and we don’t know everything - but what is essential, is that we lack the skills we seek out others who can teach it. 

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Here are a few skills that all children should learn, that will be useful for life. 

First-aid

Sadly not enough adults have first aid training either. So this makes it the best thing to do as a family or for one of the adults in the family to take a class or a course with their children. The idea is you can never know when it might come in handy, you child might have an accident themselves or be around someone who is choking or has a minor burn - and they will be able to help to the best of their ability while calling for help. 

Swimming

There are so many drowning accidents every year when children who aren’t strong swimmers or have no swimming skills hop in the water only to find it overwhelming. As soon as you can, you should get your children swimming lessons. Swim classes will equip your child with the basics, and then moving on from that they can earn a range of badges and swimming accomplishments. 

Cooking

So many children grow up into adults and move out before they really learn how to cook. And while that can be a lot of fun, if you teach them some basic meals as they grow up, they will be pretty self-sufficient when they leave home. 

They don’t have to be able to handle hot pans and thing fresh from the oven, but if you include them in chopping herbs, mashing potatoes and learning to measure flour and other ingredients they will have all the basics ready for when they are responsible enough to use the oven or hot pans. 

Money

One of the most crucial life skills is going to be money management. There are so many adults who are in deep debts, sometimes through no fault of their own and other times it is because once they hit 18 and got offered so much credit, they didn’t know how to manage it properly. 

There are a few options like children's bank accounts that have a simple debit card. Or if you would prefer they really understand money, they can do chores and earn cash for each one. Having cash in their hand will mean they need to calculate how much they have versus how much they need for what they want. 

Finishing

Set tasks that can be completed by your child alone. This will teach them that they can do things independently. Making beds, tidying the table ready for dinner, cleaning the floor. Simple tasks that need to be completed and are safe enough not to need a watchful eye all the time. 

So there you have it. 5 simple skills that can help set your child up for adulthood. Of course, you don’t want your children to grow up too quickly, but helping them on the way to being self-sufficient when they leave home is an excellent thing for them, and you.  




Mom Hack: Clean Your Child's Toys Quickly With Dapple All Purpose Wipes

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Baby Clay is growing up on me y’all. I didn’t think things happened this quickly but they do! He coos, smiles, spits, and tries to put things in his mouth. I know it will only be a matter of time before he’s putting EVERYTHING in his mouth but I’m ready for it because I have Dabble Baby on my team!

Upon finding out I was pregnant, I began obsessing over what was best for new babies and I found Dapple Baby.  They were very well ranked online and a few of my mom friends mentioned how much they were enjoying their products so I knew I had to try it. I purchased the Dapple Baby Dish Liquid and fell in love! After many uses, I can truly see what all the fuss was about. My bottles are extremely clean without the film and I don’t have to worry about what’s going into his body. (I even use it on my pump parts!)  

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Dapple Baby was nice enough to send me some of their other great products so I could let you all know what’s up!

They offer a wide range of products:

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Dish Soap (Scented, Unscented)

Dishwasher Detergent Pacs

Laundry Detergent

Toy and Highchair Spray

Stain Remover

All Purpose Wipes

All Purpose Cleaner

More importantly, all of their products are made with plant-based ingredients that are biodegradable, and made without parabens, formaldehyde, SLS and SLES, as well as synthetic dyes or fragrances. So you don’t have to worry especially if your kiddos have sensitive skin or allergies.

Dapple Baby makes these All Purpose wipes that I love to use when I need to clean his toys after they’ve been dropped. I can also clean his car seat when we’re on the go and any other surface that he will come in contact with. This comes in handy when I’m not able to get to the kitchen sink to wash things.

So if you’re in the market for some new cleaners make sure you check them out!

Keep up with Dapple Baby online:

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