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    THE LEDGER: AUGUST

    Location: in the heat of summer

    If I could use two words to describe this summer, I’d say coffee + wine. I am such a minimal drinker–as in one glass of red when out to dinner, mayyyybe…I drink coffee on the daily, but summer has me downing two cups–one for each kiddo, just kidding, but not really…I’m exhausted! Harlow sleeps from 8:30 at night to about 4:00 a.m. and then he’s up pretty much every half hour from there on. It’s been a struggle. I used the Ferber sleep training method to get him to sleep in his crib, and it has surprisingly worked really well, but if you could solve the 4 a.m. thing for me, that would be the absolute best!

    Anyway, all these 4 a.m. wake up calls and a full schedule has had me drinking way more wine than usual, but I’m not complaining. I’m actually thinking of it like a vacation, since I can’t  go on a real one right now. Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to come up with a ledger of all the things I’m thinking of doing in August, one thing for each day.

    Well, here goes a whole lotta nothin’…

    AUG 01   Sign up for a wine club. I love the branding of Winc, but the concept of Dry Farm Wines. Have you tried either of the two?

    AUG 02   Find a good dress to get me through to October. I really love the chambray options of this one shoulder dressthis belle sleeved dress.

    AUG 03   Have yourself a spoonful of organic peanut butter or almond butter in lieu of dessert.

    AUG 04    Schedule our yearly physicals, eye exams, and bi-annual dental exams before school starts back up again. Read more

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    EATING CLEAN WITH RAISED REAL

    Location: the kitchen

    A few months ago I was venting to Miles about how I wished there was a deliverable “homemade” baby food service. I have home made all of my babies’ food from scratch since they started on solids. The primary reason for making all my own baby food was in trying to fill a big void in the industry for healthy, nutritious, affordable baby food options, especially for vegetarians like ourselves. I was only able to find one company that didn’t use preservatives, but literally cost so much money, it wasn’t ever an option for us.  So when Raised Real reached out to us a while back and asked if we’d like to partner together, it made perfect sense!

    Raised Real is a service that equips parents with everything they need to home-make organically sourced, PhD developed, nutritionally dense meals in under 20 minutes. One of the reasons we’ve especially loved using Raised Real is because it has so widely expanded our knowledge of compatible ingredients, and furthermore has pushed us to use ingredients we would have never thought to have chosen for our babies on our own. I of course also love the ease of being able to have perfectly portioned meals at my fingertips, yet not having to compromise quality or hours of slaving away in the kitchen.

    I can appreciate the thought and effort that is put into good branding, especially since becoming a parent. The simplicity and organization of each box is extremely appreciated and helpful, not to mention, such a confidence booster! It’s literally mindless to make the food, but you’ll feel like a gourmet chef. Raised Real puts such care into each and every box, it really goes to show just how much care is put into their recipes and even more so an extension of that, our babies’ health & well-being. And there is simply nothing more important than that.
    Not only does Raised Real provide the food, but they have a meal maker specific to their foods! It steams and blends each meal, and, my favorite part, is the extremely easy clean up! Here is Harlow waiting for his next meal. He knows when the timer dings, it’s time to eat!
    Each pre-portioned food package has a corresponding card that gives you all the details and necessary instruction in regards to that particular blend. You’ll find all the nutritional facts and specifics as to how each ingredient is working together to strengthen different parts of your baby’s anatomical development. 

    Another perk in subscribing to Raised Real are the adult friendly emails that accompany each box! For example, in this past box, they sent me an email on how to spruce up the sweet potato blend to make fluffy potato pancakes! Eek! It’s like a Pixar film, throwing in a little bit of love to humor the adults involved, and I really love that!

    It has truly amazed me just how versatile the service is. When I first started reading up on it, I wasn’t sure how friendly it would be for us long term since Harlow had already started eating foods that were less pureed and more textured, but then after receiving my first shipment I realized, not only could I feed it to Harlow, it would be functional for Luca too. The foods can be prepared three different ways: completely pureed, partially pureed, or completely unblended, and you don’t have to prepare any of the foods differently to get the consistency you need. I will usually put two of the same packs in the steamer, scoop out half for Lu, and then partially puree the remaining half for Harlow. One quick steam, two kids fed!

    And you guys, here’s the bananas in the cereal (pun intended) Raised Real includes a baby hotline that comes with your subscription. They provide you with a 24-hour number you can text whenever you need help, have questions, or just need a little encouragement on the parenting front! I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little bit of that.

    Raised Real is offering our readers an exclusive 15% off your first order for any of you who want to try it! Sign up here and enter FOREST15 at check out for 15% off! There is also no commitment so you are free to skip weeks during the month or cancel at anytime so you can remain flexible with you and your lifestyle. Parenting can be really hard, but being able to feed your little ones shouldn’t be. Also, side note, Raised Real is currently offering a free meal maker when you subscribe today, so definitely don’t miss out on that!

    Head on over to my instagram to learn about how you can enter for a chance to win a box of meals & a meal maker! You can also follow Raised Real on Instagram to follow along in all the goodness they are cooking up and spreading around!

    this post was created in partnership with Raised Real, as always, all words and opinions are my own.
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    FOR THE EASTER BASKET

    Location: COTTONTAIL TRAILS

    ^^^A little Easter Sunday flashback to Luca last year! ^^^

    If you know me at all, you know I love all the Holidays. Seriously, if it were socially acceptable to celebrate flag day, I most likely would. I suppose this love of holidays stems from growing up with a mom who celebrated all the holidays. She would make each one special in their own way. There was a magic she created around each one, and honestly, I probably believed in the Easter bunny, Santa, and Leprechauns much longer than most kids, and I just want to create that same magic as long as possible for my own little ones.

    Egg-stravagance, isn’t necessary (see what I did there?!) But really, there doesn’t need to be huge amounts of money spent, and stress on your part in putting it all together. It literally comes down to the smallest gestures–Making your little feel special in a way that is unique to them. Thoughtful, is what it comes down to…The jelly bean trail from their bedroom to their basket, a personalized letter from the bunny himself, the littlest things in their basket they love the most–the most minimalistic gestures make the most maximal impact, this I can promise.

    Here are a few of my favorite current finds for your little bunnies’ baskets! Read more

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    FEBRUARY FAVORITES

    A few favorites from the month of February! We were 15 minutes late to Luca’s field trip today because I totally forgot about it (palm to face) but we quickly threw ourselves together and showed up anyway. Sometimes I think that might just be the most important thing, showing up. So even though I have probably a million and a half other tasks to handle, I really wanted to show up and share this month’s favorites with you, so here I am, and here they are. Read more

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    EASY VALENTINE GIFTS FOR KIDS

     

    1:: Made With Love Onesies | 2:: Tiger Sippy | 3:: Bath Bombs | 4:: Snuggle Puppy Book | 5:: Valentine Mailbox | 6:: Sugar Lip Gummies | 7:: Valentine Card Kit | 8:: Heart Stickers | 9:: Mini Play Doh 

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would put together some quick and easy gift ideas to put together in a little basket for your kiddos. How cute is the wiener dog mailbox?! Now that Luca is older and in a pre-K, he can appreciate all the little things that make each Holiday so fun. Also, the Bath Bombs are a newer brand I came across at Target. Each bath bomb has a little surprise inside, which I know Lu will love! We have the snuggle puppy book, and it has a tune that goes along with the text that Luca and I love to sing while we read along. And everyone knows, you can’t go wrong with play-doh and toddlers! Harlow is still too young to understand, but those onesies are too cute to pass up! Hope this helps get your ideas flowing–What do you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones?

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    FAVORITE THINGS: JANUARY

    Location: On the Cusp of February

    Here we are, already just a few days away from February. January was fast and exhausting. It had us hustling with the rush of the new year, collecting W-2s, and trying to keep up with the crazy weather patterns we’ve been having in San Diego. Sharing a few favorites of mine from the month of January!

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