By Ashley Devonish | Category: It Worked 4 Me, New Products, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Friday, November 8, 2013
I must say that this product is a must have for children when vacationing, especially when visiting crowded places like theme parks or even Holiday parades.
Its called SafetyTat. SafetyTats are temporary tattoos which you can write your phone number on in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
I even used these on my son when we went to our church’s Fall Festival. It gives me great peace of mind in letting him play on the playground or jump in the jumpy house.
Here are some of the great features SafetyTat offers:
Made with proprietary Tateck waterless peel-and-stick tattoo material
Package comes with 6 SafetyTats and a free non-toxic SafetyTat Pen
Fun and colorful, vibrant on all skin tones
Tattoos come blank so you can customize
When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification
Stays in place even when wet at the pool, beach or bathing
Lasts for up to 2 weeks
Medical grade, hypoallergenic and latex-free
Designed by a Mom of three kids
- Made in the USA
You can get yours here, on sale for $8.00 originally $9.95.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: It Worked 4 Me, New Products, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, October 24, 2013
So I am super excited to announce that we now carry Woombie and Refresh A Baby at www.Mom4Life.com. I found both of these companies at the ABC Kids expo. Woombie is seriously the easiest way to swaddle a baby I have ever seen. I wish I had known about these when my son Dominic was born. He always found a way to escape the swaddle. These would have been amazing. And I will be giving these away as holiday gifts to all my friends with little ones.
They come in original, organic, AIR, convertible and they also have amazing mesh swaddle blankets and mesh onsies.
I invite you to take a look. Tons of colors, styles and sizes available.
It is a portable and user friendly nipple that simply “pops” onto a water bottle and transforms it to a baby bottle. (and I hear that a Sippy cup nipple is in the works!)
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Creating a Home, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe
- 1 Cup of Apple Butter
- 2 Cups of Brown Sugar, packed
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 3 Cups of Flour (or Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
- 1 15oz Can of Pumpkin
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 12-24 Half Pint Jars
- 2 Tubs Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting (or your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting)
Preheat the oven to 375*.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together in order until dough forms.
At this point you can either use 12 Half Pint Jars sprayed with non stick baking spray and 1 bread loaf pan, or you can use 24 Half Pint Jars.
Pour the batter in leaving about 1 1/2 inches at the top of the jars for room to rise.
This will bake in the oven for 45 minutes- 1 hour or until the bread takes shape. I usually do the standard toothpick or fork test, to be sure no dough comes out on the toothpick.
Let these completely cool then serve with Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting.
I typically will use a Wilton 1M tip and cake decorating bag to do the frosting. Garnish with a little cinnamon.
Enjoy! This recipe is so yummy and easy. Makes great gifts too.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, Favorite Lists, Hot New Finds, It Worked 4 Me, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Friday, October 4, 2013
I am so blessed to be able to say that I was successfully able to breastfeed my son for 9 months. At 9 months, my son really weened himself. He was eating more food (he is an amazing eater!) and really only wanted to breastfeed at night. So we did that for a few months and then when we switched to milk, that was it. I can honestly say I loved breastfeeding. That is not to say it was not without its challenges. The first two weeks of breastfeeding was brutal. Everyday I was seconds away from quitting. It is a huge time commitment, very painful (in the beginning) and it can become very overwhelming. So with the help of one of my greatest friends and new mom, Debbie Hester, we came up with a nursing essentials list to help all moms.
- A nursing pillow is super helpful. It props the baby up and keeps your arms and hands free. This one shown above is amazing! It’s the San Diego Bebe Eco- Nursing Pillow. It actually has a detachable privacy cover that you can use if you are out and about or if you have company over and don’t want to expose yourself. They also have a pillow for twin babies!
- Nursing bras/tanks – Must haves in the first several weeks when you are nursing around the clock. You will live in these. My favorites are the Skinies Slimming Nursing Cami which allows you to nurse while still having coverage. And they act as a slimming garment! Who doesn’t need that! Another favorite would be Glamourmom Long Tanks because they are super soft.
- A robe or comfortable lounging clothes with easy access – For the early days when you pretty much nurse around the clock and middle of the night feedings. I think buying something that you use even after nursing is the way to go here. This one is really cute. Its called Steal My Heart.
- Nursing cover – For nursing out in public or discreetly with guests at the hospital/at home. I love the great prints available by Bebe Au Lait.
- Nursing pads – Lilypadz are amazing! They are silicone nursing pads that are reusable and soft. They are thin and breathable but still prevent leaking. If you prefer a disposable kind. The best ones I have found are the Lansinoh Super soft Disposable Pads
- Nipple butter – I did not use a nipple butter but my good friend, Debbie, loves Earth Mama Angel Baby. She especially loves that she don’t have to wipe it off before nursing. And its natural!
- Breast pump – These are great so that you can store milk. Once I went back to work, this was my best friend. Even though pumping was not my favorite thing to do (I found it very boring and tedious) but this pump really did do a great job and I have no compliants. Medela Pump In Style.
- Medela favorites – The Medela Pump and Save bags are great. You can see exactly how much is in the bag. The next is thing from Medela is the nipple shield. This thing saved my life! In the beginning my nipples were so sore that I had to use this shield and it gave my nipples a break. I know some people say once they used it, their babies wouldn’t take the naked breast, but I never had that problem. The last product is probably my favorite. The Medela quick clean bags are amazing. They make cleaning super easy. I would throw all of my pacifiers, pumping stuff, bottles, etc… in this bag, microwave it for like 3 minutes and everything is sanitized. Super easy! and if you travel, you can easily take these with you.
- Quick wipes for breasts – Nuk Breast Wipes are great for freshening up after feeding. They are food grade, so they are safe for baby
- A Mommy Necklace – its keeps the baby engaged and gives them something to play with. I found this helpful the older my son got with nursing.
- A storage caddy – I needed a way to tote around all my essentials so that they weren’t spread out all over the nightstand or living room. These caddies by 3 Sprout are so cute.
- Breast Therapy Pads – Your breast go through a lot! They need some pampering. These are great, can be used hot or cold. The little soft pearl beads feel so soothing.
Finally some last minute tips for breastfeeding: Keep a huge thing of water with you at all times, always have granola bars or snacks around to keep your energy levels up and because sometimes breastfeeding can get lonely and boring, keep your cell phone/Ipad or TV near by.
Breastfeeding really is one of the best gifts we can give our babies. I completely understand what a challenge it can be and I hope our suggestions make it a little easier. And remember no matter how long you are able to breastfeed, something is better than nothing at all!
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Home Crafts, It Worked 4 Me, Surprize Me! | Posted Friday, September 27, 2013
DIY - Colorful shoe soles
I think this is a genius idea especially when your kids shoes get all dirty and scuffed. Just paint them!
The tricky thing about painting the rubber on your shoes is keeping the paint on after a while. With a helpful little sealer (you might already have at home) it shouldn’t be problem.
Gather these supplies and let’s get started
Get neon acrylic paint and a paintbrush.
Tape around the edges of the shoe so that the paint doesn’t get on the canvas. Take your time because this part helps so much when you’re painting.
Start painting your first coat. You may need a thinner brush to paint the spots closest to the canvas.
After a few coats they should look like this! Let it dry.
Grab your Mod Podge and a foam brush. Brush it onto all the spots with neon and carefully avoid painting the canvas.
Let that dry and now they’re ready to wear!
I hope you try this!
originally posted on: http://prudentbaby.com/