Monday, November 30, 2015

It's never to early to plan for retirement, even for your baby - three steps to show you how

Let's get this this right, retirement is something everyone looks forward to -three simple words, no more work.  One day I picked up a my little brother (the boy I used to baby sit but that's what I call him) from school. I asked him how school was and he immediately said I can't wait till I retire.  From the mouths of babes people. Voya Retirement Readiness has given me the itch to start saving for my little one. 
For me I always feel like I want to plan for Hazel's future.  I want to make sure she will be financially secure with little to no debt. So I guess that means I need to start now. Voya Born to Save conducted a survey asking parents how much they think they overspent on items they thought their baby needed. These things included clothing, diapers, toys, and all that baby furniture. The results are in and above is what they found. 

So let's talk about how we can put away money for these cute little people
Budget: When budgeting your checkbook every month set aside $10 for each child and put it in an account for them. $10 may not seem like much now, but in a year's time you will have $120 put away.
Sell your unused toys: You know those toys that your baby doesn't play with anymore because she is too big now, or she's just plain bored with them? Sell them and put the money you make from them into an account for her!  
They don't need it: Remember all those extra clothes you have just laying around because your baby grew out of everything too fast? Or the multiple number of shoes he doesn't wear? If you don't think you'll use it, and if you've already got enough don't buy it. Instead put that money you would have used into an account for them! 

Saving can seem so tough at times -especially with the holidays in full swing, but never fear, all it takes is one step at a time. Saving money for your little ones might just become your number one investment

If your child was born October 19, 2015 you have the ability to receive a $500 investment from Voya. Registration deadline is December 19th so make sure to enter!  
Thank you to Voya for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to plan for my baby's retirement! 

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Monday, November 23, 2015

sometimes my brain turns to mush

I'm trying to think of a cleaver way to start this post. I've deleted and rewritten three sentences a number of times and I just can't seem to get the right words to form in my head. It seems to be an on going thing in my life lately and now I understand why they call it mom brain. It's a real thing.  I'm not as cleaver as I once was -I guess talking to a ten month old on the daily will do that to you.

Life around here has been busy, I guess it's like that for everyone really. Hazel is WALKING and crawling and saying things. I can't get over this girl. I've been dragging my feet with so many projects that I need to finish, but today I wrote a list and so far I'm pretty pleased with what I've accomplished. Let's just say when Hazel takes a nap or goes to bet I get a little bit distracted by other things on the Internet or my phone, or I've got things to clean up -also, sometimes I go to bed early.  So there's that. It also doesn't help that Brand has been home from school for the past two weeks for a Thanksgiving break. It's nice - don't get me wrong, but I'm out of my routine and need to get back into the swing of things before he goes back so I don't get a big kick in the pants when he goes back to school -he's been a big help with our active Hazel. And when he's home I just want to hang out, the laundry seems to pile up more and so do the dishes.

So here I am, popping in because I need to get back, I've got loads to share. But, because my brain turns to mush and I can't figure the right words to use to form a complete understandable sentence -I'll need some time. Also, it doesn't help that I've got the words in my head and they sound great, but once I write it down I'm like yiiiikes. Third, I forget about the cool stories I have -usually I think about them at night, riiight before I go to sleep, it's unfortunate.

Let's just say happy Tuesday eve.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

ten months old

At ten months old Hazel: 
Can walk

Can crawl
Says "sat" when she wants to know that something is
Loves her doggy and her dolly, she laughs and gets really excited when she sees them.
Tries to say different words -I think she can say phone and shoe.

She loves walking to the front door, getting the key and trying to open the front door. 

She loves walking around the house holding her doggy, and usually takes her most places. 

She loves eating everything mom eats. 

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

pretty soon I won't be able to stop her

There comes a point in time when your baby becomes mobile, this has been Hazel for the past four months. Ever since I can remember Hazel has been on the go, she likes to move and is quite the active little girl. Every day we walk back and fourth between the family room and the living room. We admire the Halloween decorations -we still have them up, mom fail, and we look at the wall outlets -I still need to get those covered. We go in the living room and say hi to a picture of Hazel when she was a baby. We walk to get the key -she knows that she needs me to lift her up so she can get it, and then she knows that the key opens the door and we walk outside. It's a daily routine and it's become just what we do.
Because Hazel is so active and curious about so many things it's important for us to have diapers that allow her to be active and curious. These Huggies Little Movers hug Hazel in all the right places, but that's the thing they just hug. We don't have to worry about anything being too tight or too loose, and she is able to move in all the ways she wants to.  No baby or toddler wants to be slowed down by a diaper that gets in the way -that just holds them back, especially when they are learning and growing,

Huggies Little Movers Diapers are the newest baby moving system and have great a fit, they grip well, and they protect from wetness -and absorb on contact, which means our babies can get the most out of growing and learning new tricks. There are three key features that make up Huggies Little Movers: the driytouch liner absorbs on contact, double grip strips for comfortable movement and a comfortable fit that will last, and also a contoured shape for freedom of movement.

I'm not to keen on my little Hazel starting to be such a big girl. I still remember the day we brought her home -oh how I miss that little-ness of her. She is such a smart active girl now who loves learning about the world. I do really love watching the wonder in her eyes and she sees a dog, or as she walks in excitement to the front door.  Keep learning and wondering little lady and while you grow I'll make sure you've got the best kind of comfort.


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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

those first three weeks

 top: old navy, jeans: f21, flats: toms (old), necklace: mamma and little
We are far past those first three weeks of being new parents and time keeps going by quicker and quicker. But I can't help but think of all things I went through in those first three weeks. They seemed to be the trickiest three weeks of my life, being a mom is tough and there is a lot to learn. I found myself very high strung at times, but over the months -learning the ropes of motherhood, I've learned to not take everything so seriously, to go with the flow, and not have such high expectations for... anything. So, during those first few weeks of having a newborn here are some of the things that I experienced: 
Sometimes it felt like those late night feedings were more frequent than they really were.  Hazel was mostly a 2-3 hour eater, except for those early weeks where it was every hour for a few hours a day -mostly at night.  
At night I would dream about feeding Hazel, and then wake up to her stirring around because she was hungry.  It was so confusing and I think it made me more tired because I felt like I was just up feeding her.
Not getting out of the bedroom until sometimes noon. Oh how those days sometimes stressed me out. Trying to figure out what Hazel's cries were, if she was hungry or tired. I felt so overwhelmed with everything I needed to get done, I really stressed myself out thinking about how I needed to be out of the bedroom way before noon. Little did I know things would get better. 
Learning to swaddle, Brand was very much a pro at the swaddling business. Hazel did not escape a Brand swaddle, I think it was because I was too afraid to make mine tighter... 
Diapers with the wet mark line -all the way. 
Hysterical diaper changes -as in crying, she hated getting her diaper changed -especially at night.  There were several times when she got so mad that she went potty as I was changing her which made her even more mad. It was allll kinds of drama.
I feel like nothing ever can really prepare you for having a baby, and looking back on it, all these little things sure were frustrating, and had me emotional all at the same time, but I would never trade these moments for anything. Not for anything in the world. 
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Monday, November 02, 2015

Madeline's Box pacifier clips

Pacifier Clip: Madeline's Box

Hazel is quite addicted to her pacifier, and has been since the beginning.  We can't leave home without one for it we do I know we might have a melt down. And because she is so attached to her pacifier it's most important for us to have a pacifier clip that works, one that's sturdy, good quality, and of course cute -that's most important obviously. (;  

We've tried a few different pacifier clips, ones that are ribbon and string, and they just weren't cutting it. They broke easy, they got dirty, and collected grit -not something I want in a pacifier clip. And then we found Madeline's Box leather braided pacifier clips. they are sturdy, great quality, and super cute.  They come in multiple colors -so there is bound to be a color for you. Hazel has Golden Arrow and Rosette. But, we also love this one, this one, and this one

I cannot tell you how many times I've had Hazel go without a pacifier clip -bad idea I know, I'm at the sink washing it off more than ever and it's such a waste of time. These Madeline's Box pacifier clips are a game changer, they stay clipped on and they keep Hazel's pacifier from hitting the ground. My favorite part about these clips is that they are clean cut, they don't have frilly pieces, and they are more of an accessory to an outfit. We really love these clips and highly recommend them!


Madeline's Box sponsored this post but all these thoughts are my own.   



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Sunday, November 01, 2015

DESITIN: the best treatment for diaper rash

Diaper rash is practically inevitable. Sooner or later your precious baby will get it, and there is really only one way to treat it, DESITIN diaper rash cream.  Even back when I was twelve and first started baby sitting DESITIN cream is the only thing I've ever used. It works wonders, it is rapid relief and has a maximum relief option. DESITIN works as a rapid relief cream and protects the irritated area from further irritation. Luckily for me little Hazel hasn't had a huge issue with diaper rash, but maybe that's because I like to be proactive. If I see her skin start to get a little pink I apply a little bit of  DESITIN to the irritated area and it works like magic. 


DESITIN cream also comes in smaller sizes that are perfect to put in your diaper bag -because as we know, diaper rash waits for no one. I keep DESITIN in my diaper bag, Hazel's bedroom, and in the bathroom where we give her a tub, it's a must need item for every place where we change her, (it doubles as a distraction piece too!)

Like I say it's always best to be prepared! Visit Target Cartwheel and claim your DESITIN cream coupon today!



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