Sunday, February 12, 2017

First Birthday Gift Idea - Pinhole Press



Stuck on what to get your little one for their first birthday? They probably have all the toys they need right? That's how I was feeling weeks before Sawyer's first birthday. Between the toys from his two older sisters, the toys from Christmas, and the toys he would get at his birthday party - I was not about to just get another toy just so he could open something big. I searched and searched, then I stumbled upon an excellent idea. A personalized board book! It can serve as a toy AND a keepsake. It was the perfect idea. I found a great website to order from: Pinhole Press. It allows you to create a completely customized board book of names and faces for your child. I received it in about a week and a half and the quality was excellent. The uploaded pictures look exactly as they do on the computer. It's sturdy enough to last through the baby and toddler years. So here's a look inside the one we just gave Sawyer first his first birthday -
















I hope seeing pictures of the actual product will help in making your decision!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Summer Bucket List [Rhode Island]



It's never too early to start thinking about summer! We've been cooped up in the house for a few weeks, it's been too cold to do much outside. So naturally, i've started thinking about our summer plans to help me get through the winter. I want to have a mixture of things to pick from: free, inside, outside, close distance, few hours drive, etc. Of course the beach is a given!

Free/Low Cost:

Hiking/Walking
Lincoln Woods, Lincoln, RI
Blackstone Gorge, Blackstone, MA
Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, MA [Hiking and amazing & large kids park]
Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI
Joe's Rock, Wrentham, MA

Activities
Visit local library [may have an event calendar to check out also!]
Visit local parks [or set out to try a new one!]
Tide Pools at Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, RI
World War I Memorial Park and Zoo, North Attleboro, MA [multiple kids parks and animals to see]
Splash Pad at World War II Veteran's Memorial Park, Woonsocket, RI

Outdoor:

Mini-Golf
Drive-In
Sweet Caroline's, Glendale, RI [ice cream, go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages]
Visit a farmer's market
Sunset Stables Horseback Riding (age 8+)

Day Trips/Adventures:

Mystic Aquarium/Mystic Village, CT
Newport, RI
Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI [traditional New England farm]
Roger Williams Zoo, Providence, RI
Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA
Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro, MA
Block Island
Martha's Vineyard
Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides, Douglas, MA
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Indoor [rainy days]:

Bowling
Roller Skating at United Skates of America, Rumford, RI
Open Gym at a local gymnastics facility [for example, Dream Big Gymnastics]
Dave and Busters, Providence, RI
Monkey Joe's, North Attleboro, MA [indoor inflatable jump houses]
Kidz Wurld, North Attleboro, MA [indoor play place for 0-8yo]
Boston Children's Museum, MA
Providence Children's Museum, RI
Providence Children's Museum, RI
A Trampoline park
An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA [bookstore]
     -Be sure to check our their Event section
Pea Poddery, Cumberland, RI [paint your own pottery]

I can't wait to see what we can cross off this list by the end of the summer!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Free Printable - Baby Shower Game (boy)



I made this baby shower game printable for a friend's shower that I recently put together. It was a "woodland" theme baby shower with a lot of natural elements. I was inspired by the baby name race games that I saw on Pinterest but wasn't too impressed with the printables to choose from, so I went ahead and made my own. I printed it out on white cardstock. You can download it for free below, enjoy :)

(to download click the "pop-out" button in the top right corner of the document)

Monday, August 8, 2016

What We Use: Around The House

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Recipe: Lactation Oatmeal



I've had MANY struggles during my time with breastfeeding. My  #1 trouble is not making enough milk, which was evidenced by his lack of weight gain. Since he had a nursing strike early on at around 2 weeks, we have been mainly pumping since. Pumping just doesn't get your body making milk like a nursing baby would, and it's a lot of work. One thing i'm doing to help my milk supply is eating foods that are known to help increase milk production (known as galactagogues). After searching through a bunch of recipes, I put together a few different ones and made one that I liked. To me, it tastes very similar to Maple Brown Sugar oatmeal. I've been putting the dry ingredients into zip lock bags and making a couple at time, to last me a few days. Easy on the go snack to grab before work too. Oatmeal should basically be a nursing mom's staple breakfast!

Gather up ingredients, most you probably already have. The Brewer's Yeast I purchased from Amazon and you really can't taste it in there at all, I know the taste can be a common complaint.


Here is the recipe:



Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl then add hot water until you get the consistency you like for oatmeal. Once mixed, I then add a drizzle of syrup (or honey) on top. You can also add almond milk, dried fruit, or nuts. Enjoy each morning for breakfast or for a quick snack throughout the day.