Wednesday, April 12, 2017

enjoying time outside with your toddler + a giveaway

While half of the country is snowed in from their six more weeks of winter - which I'm sure is feeling a whole lot more like six months - Hazel and I are over here playing outside in the swimming pool. If you aren't too fond of us right now, just wait till summer time and you'll feel much better because we will be the ones stuck inside.  Either way, you'll want these Tug Boats for your tub and pool adventures in any weather. 
I know I'm always saying it, but Hazel loves to be outside. This morning I reintroduced her to the swimming pool and our sensory bins - all of which we haven't played with since last summer because we've been a the parks all winter long. Anyways, I think we've refound Hazel's love of the swimming pool and being in the backyard. As soon as I turned on the water and started cleaning the patio with the hose I thnk she started to remember how it all worked. She was ready to help me fill up the pool -with a little bit of cleaning first - and this year she is able to get in and out of the pool all by herself. No-help-needed. Not sure how I feel about that one. 

Hazel loves playing with these cute Nuby Tub Tugs Bath Toy - I know they are bath toys, but they are so versatile and totally usable in the pool too! They are super soft tug boats that float easily in the water. I especially liked that they were very sturdy and always stayed afloat. Also, perfect if you're wanting to help your little one develop better hand-eye coordination.  These cute interactive faces on each boat made it especially fun because it was almost as if they had come to life. My favorite part about watching Hazel play with these tug boats was when she made them talk to each other. Her conversations started like this:  

In a high voice: Hi how are you? 
In a low voice: Oh I good. What are you doing?
In a high voice: Oh, just swimming in the water. Seee! As she swims the high-voiced tub boat around the pool. 

They are BPA Free and available here, on Amazon.  They also squirt water from their mouths which makes it especially fun when you're playing with a friend or a parent! 
How do you enjoy outside time with your toddler? What are your favorite toys to play with in the water?

Head over to my Instagram if you are interested in winning a set of tug boats for your toddler!!!
Giveaway starts tonight (4/12) and ends Friday night at midnight (4/14).
Good luck! 

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I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

from the mouth of Hazel

 March 2017, Two years old

For a long while now I've been wanting to start a monthly--let's see how long this lasts--post about all the new things Hazel is saying. She's a pretty smart girl and I'm loving the things she is coming up with as of late.  And sometimes the things she says make me take a step back and think, is that what I soundd like?! I don't know, but let's be real. It's the cutest thing when your toddler starts to talk, their little voice is the cutest thing in the world... I know, because Hazel's IS the cutest voice in the world.

Me:--obviously trying to sleep--
H: Mom what are you dooooing?! 

H: Where is Sparkle today?! -Sparkle is our elf and she still sometimes asks this question even though she knows Sparkle went back to the North Pole with Santa. 

H: How you doing mom? 
Me: I'm good Hazel. How are you?
H: mmmmmm good. 
H: How dreaming mom? -because we usually ask if she had any dreams...

H: Mom, guess whaat?!
Me: What Hazel?
H: Mary is here! 

H: My name is Winnie the Pooh and I like honey!

H: Can I have some milk, awesome?
Me: Do you mean, also?
H: Also.

Me: Hazel do you want to play toys? 
H: Yeah, sure. 

H: Say sorry to me. 
M: Why do I need to say sorry?
H: Because that wasn't nice.

H: Do you want to go to Target?
Me: Sure! 
H: Okay, do you want to go now or later?

H: You need to say sorry or you go to time out. 

H: We both sharing!

H: She has baby in her tummy!!
Me: No, that's her chest. 
H: Oh that her chest. 

H: I have baby in my tummy like Aunt Liz. 
Me: Oh, you do?!
H: No, it's just playdoh!

H: Ohhh that's too saaaaaad.
What are your kids saying that have you cracking up? Hazel's newest word... why. And I'll just let you feel sorry for me now because I'm over here trying to figure out why Gran lives at her house, and why birds fly. 
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

plan the perfect park date with your toddler

The park might be our second home, fact. Everyday Hazel asks to go to the park at least once, and if I say not today she responds with a very so sweet pleeeeeeeeease.  This girl is already learning how to get me to say yes and she's only two. What a trickster.

We love playing at the park, especially with the great weather we've been having - unfortunately coming to an end soon - but, we've been trying to take advantage of it as long as we can. We have found some fun new parks that we love to visit at least once a week. Hazel likes to come up with names for these parks - mostly they are named after the people who live nearby. For example, this park in the photos is called Gran's park, because it's near my mom and dad's house. Anyways, since we are such pros at playing at the park (haha!) I thought I would give some fun ideas on how we enjoy our time there.

1. Play With Your Toddler - Don't just sit around on the bench, get up and enjoy the weather, the cool breeze. Chase your toddler around the park, play with them, go down the slides with them. Quality time with parents is something children always remember, the one-on-one play is so special and really helps build your relationship. And all the running around gives you a nice workout too!

2. Bring Snacks and Water - We love taking this Snack N' Sip cup to the park with us. It's light, easy to carry, and has the perfect spot to keep your snacks. I especially love that it is two-in-one, that way you just have one thing to bring with you. You don't have to worry about lugging around a bunch of cups and bowls. I also really like the no spill feature, perfect for little toddlers who can sometimes make a mess. Hazel really likes that she can easily get into the snack part, and it's fun for her because it's like the snacks are a little hidden treasure in her cup. It's also really easy to wash and take apart. 

3. Let Them Explore on Their Own - I know, I know. I said play with them. You can do both! In fact, it's also good for them to explore the world on their own as well. Let them play in the sand, or walk along the walkways and try to balance. Obviously, you don't want them to wander too far away, but give them a bit of space. 

4. Teach Them About The Park - When they come back from exploring, ask them what they saw. Point out different birds or plants that you see, tell them about the animals that live in trees or the bushes nearby. Remind them that this is the animals home so we need to treat the park with respect. 
We love being outside! What do you like to do when you play at the park? What kind of snacks do you bring?

For more products and other information visit Nuby on their sites below

I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

healthy homemade popsicles for kids

healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
Spring has sprung in Phoenix, and we are all loving the weather here.  With the warmer more cool weather comes the time to enjoy being outside, and the time to enjoy some nice cold healthy treats. When Hazel first saw this popsicle mold she was anxious to use them and kept asking me if we could make popsicles. At first, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a good recipe and consistency that would work. But, we've found a new favorite flavor and are excited to share it with you. 

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Bannan Popsicles

You'll need: 
Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicle Mold
A Ripe Banana
Apple Juice - sugar-free 

1. Mash the ripe (peeled) banana with a fork.
2. Cut strawberries.
3. Mash and mix strawberries and bananas together. 
4. Place strawberry banana mixture into popsicle mold, fill it up three-fourths of the way. 
5. Spoon in apple juice until it is just below the top part of the mold cavern. 
6. Place popsicle handles into the molds, and place popsicle mold into the freezer. 
7. It should take about 5 hours to freeze to a soft mold. (If you are looking for a hard popsicle mold you may need to let the popsicle mold stay in the freezer overnight.)

healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
I have so many good things to say about these popsicle molds. Two of my favorites of which are the handle and the base of the popsicle stick. The handle is perfect for Hazel's little hands to hold, she never had a problem picking the popsicle up and never dropped them because they are so perfect for her little hands. I also love the curved base of the popsicle stick. None of the popsicles fell on the ground and there were no drips, except for inside the little base area where it's meant to be caught.  I also love that we can make our own popsicles recipe. We can control what goes inside them, and decide how much sugar we want our little ones to eat. There is nothing better than a healthy homemade popsicle that you child loves to eat! 

I also love these because they are reusable, you're not wasting paper, or popsicle sticks, it's helping reduce unnecessary waste, which makes it an even better product. 

If your child isn't quite as old as Hazel, you could always use this popsicle mold for your teething baby. Puree your baby's favorite food, or just scoop some baby food into the molds. It's perfectly simple and will surely help ease your little one's teething pain.  

This popsicle mold is BPA free, dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe. Buy yours on Amazon or at Bed Bath and Beyond

healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
For more products and other information visit Nuby on their sites below

I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 


Monday, February 20, 2017

a condensed version of my weekend

It practically rained all weekend. And for Phoenix it was quite an exciting time, we love the rain because it doesn't happen too often. Hazel especially loves it, she loves to put her rain boots on and jump in the puddles. It's all purely instinct becasuse I really don't know where she learned it. haha! Don't you remember all that from your childhood though? Splashing in the rain, running around like a wild person because it's raining? Haha! Sounds silly, but that's what I remember. I mean it was rare because my mom was afraid we would get sick or struck by lightning, but when it did happen... maaaaaan. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dear Hazel,

You're 2! I cannot believe how fast these past two years have flown by, especially this last one. You have grown so much this past year and you are such an amazing little girl.

You love playing with baby dolls especially the new doll you got for Christmas, we call her Snacking Sara - even though she isn't the "real thing" that doesn't matter to you. You love to hold your babies, you pretend to feed them, you change their clothes-usually you just take their clothes off and then say naked baby! It's the cutest thing ever. Your new thing is getting the baby plate and grabbing one of your old baby spoons to pretend to feed the baby. What you think Snacking Sara? You say after you feed her. 

You are so interested in knowing everyone's names. When we go to the store you'll sit and ask me, what's that's name? To which I say what's their name? I don't know.  But on the off chance the person is wearing a name tag or I do know their name I can tell you. 

You love having people over to your house and you get so overly excited when someone comes to play. You call your family your friends and always ask when your friends are going to come over to your house. 

You played in the snow for the first time, the day after Christmas, and you loved it. Prescott has become an exciting name to you and every time you think about something we did in Prescott you think about the snow. The other day we went to Hobby Lobby and you said and the snow will be there? Oh the things you remember, my sweet girl. 

You've started saying the sweetest things to me, just the other day you gave me a big hug and said did you know you're my best friend?! You sure do know how to melt my mommy heart. 

You have a big girl bed now, your daddy was instant that you move into it as soon as possible. I was more okay with holding off because I knew that meant you were growing up and you would no longer be my baby. For me it meant that you would no longer need me to rock you to sleep, and I sure do miss that.  You love your big girl bed, and were so excited to sleep in it the first night. The first few weeks daddy and I would find you just sitting in your bed with Maggie and Dolly.

You know so many words and speak full sentences--sometimes you need help with your grammar, but it's cute and sometimes I don't want to correct you. You love being with older kids and playing with them, because you think you're just as big. You've often times got your own agenda for doing things but you are becoming such a good listener I can't believe it. Just the other day I said Hazel, please put that back. and you responded. Okay mommy. My eyes practically bulged out of my head I was so surprised by your response -in a good way. 

You've started asking if you can drive the car - it's terribly cute - mommy I drive the car? I hand you the key, say sure! you say kay thanks! And then you hop in the car and put the key in the ignition. You can't turn the car on yet - thankfully - but I imagine you'll learn that soon enough. 

You absolutely love playing with play-doh, crafting, painting, and just creating things. You love to cut with your scissors and you'll often ask me where my scissors go? Because you want to cut the paper and the string. 

You're the smartest girl I've ever known, and you're so curious about everything. You're starting to remember all these stores we go to and the things that we've gotten from them. We got horsey from... what's that's name? 

I love keeping you busy and doing fun things with you, you love to help me bake and cook dinner. The other night you did as much cooking as I did, it was so nice to have you help me with everything. 

There are so many things that you do, it's so hard to remember them all and write them into this little space. I cannot believe all that you are learning and doing, it makes me so happy to see you learn and grow. To see that you are such a smart girl and that all our hard work is paying off. 

You're growing too fast, and I'm trying to soak in all these moments of your precious little life. I love you so much Hazel girl, you're my favorite girl ever.

xo, Mommy 



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