Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amazon Baby Girl Essentials

These incredibly soft Zoozik banana bibs make mealtime a lot more trendy!
The 100% front and cozy fleece back make these bibs practically and comfortable.
Four adjustable bibs are included in the set.

The delicate rose details make this unique and positively feminine.

This fantastic pillow helps prevent flat head in newborns while keeping them safely and comfortable positioned while sleeping.  It comes in several cute animal shapes.

Every little lady enjoys a luxurious bath.
This Blooming Bath is soft, durable, and fits in most sinks/bathtubs.

This Boppy Newborn Lounger in French Rose is the perfect place to relax!
It has a handle making it easy to carry along wherever Mom goes.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Photo Credit: NNelumba


"My child's laughter is my favorite sound!  
The sound of her deep breathing when I know she's asleep is a close second!"

My spunky little Miss Cupcake struggles to stay asleep at night.  Her curiously gets the best of her, and she pops out of bed each and every time she hears a sound.  We love her to pieces, but it can be exhausting.  We decided to give the LectroFan Fan Sound & White Noise Machine a try.  When it arrived in mail, Miss Cupcake was eager to test it out.  In fact, she immediately climbed into bed and announced that she was ready to take a nap.  To my delight, she napped for a solid four hours without a peep!  Since then,  she affectionately refers to it as her "sleep machine" and asks for it each time she goes to bed.  

The LectroFan Fan Sound & White Noise Machine has ten distinct fan sounds and ten non-repeating white noise sounds.  It is so incredibly relaxing and blocks out the distracting noises that may keep Miss Cupcake awake.  The sleep timer allows me to decide how long the sounds play- I can set it for a few hours for a nap or let it play all night long.  

I was pleasantly surprised by the compact size of this machine, and I love that it comes with a convenient case that we can use when traveling.  This will certainly be going on vacation with us this summer!  I have been so impressed with this machine that I would love one for my room as well.  The white sound is so incredibly soothing.  I tried to borrow Miss Cupcake's machine for a night, but she is quite protective of her LectroFan.  Perhaps if I get her the LectroFan Jr, which includes lullabies,  she will be willing to share this one with me.

Sweet dreams!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's ok to say "No, Thank you!" || Boundaries For Children

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." 
  — Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and statesman 

It's ok to say "No, Thank You!"
One in five girls and one in twenty boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  More than 90% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone who the child knows and trusts, such as a teacher, neighbor, or family member.  Yet, children are often taught that it is always disrespectful to say "no" to an adult.  This is clearly problematic and puts children in a particularly vulnerable situation.  Children who believe that it is unacceptable to place boundaries with adults or that they will be punished for saying "no" are at a much greater risk of becoming a victim. Children should understand that if they feel uncomfortable in a situation or do not want physical affection it is fine to say "No, thank you!"  This means that children have the right to politely deny hugs and kisses from an adult.  Rudeness is not acceptable, but turning down physical affection that makes them uneasy or that they are not in the mood for is a healthy boundary.  Last week I was tickling Miss Cupcake.  She said, "Stop!" In a moment of playfulness, I attempted to keep tickling her.  She politely yet firmly stated, "Please respect my 'no, thank you!'"  I held back a chuckle because it sounded funny coming from a stern faced three year old, but I was incredibly proud of her for politely placing a boundary.  No one is ever obligated to let another person hug, kiss, or touch them in any way that makes them feel uncomfortable.  This may mean that I occasionally get denied a hug from Miss Cupcake. And that's perfectly ok with me.

Secrets aren't safe!
Secrets are a risky business when it comes to children.  An article called "Why we Don't Keep Secrets In our House" describes the benefits of adopting a no-secret rule in households with children.  The article states, "We don't keep secrets in our house, we do surprises."  The difference can be explained to young children by stating that a surprise is something you will temporarily keep quite, while a secret is one you keep forever.  While playful secrets may seem innocent, children should never be asked to keep a secret.  If the issue must be kept a secret, a child should not be involved. Abusers actively seek out children who they believe they will be able to manipulate into keeping "their secret" from others.  Children who have been expected to keep secrets in the past may not be able to distinguish when it is appropriate to tell.  Teaching young children that they can always confide in a trusted adult if something feels uncomfortable and that they are never responsible for keeping a secret is a powerful way to help them self-protect. 

No, he is NOT pulling your hair because he likes you!
How many times has a little girl come crying to a parent or teacher because she has been pushed or taunted by a boy only to be told, "He's only doing that because he likes you!"  This response makes me cringe.  Love is about respect and treating someone with kindness- regardless of their age.  Sadly, many young women and men have inadvertently been taught that to be loved is to excuse mistreatment or domestic violence.  Every nine seconds in the United States, a women is assaulted or beaten.  Nearly twenty people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.  This means that during one year, more than 10 million women and men are experiencing abuse in their relationships.  Many of these individuals choose to stay with their partner despite the abuse.  Teaching children - boys and girls - that being treated badly is a sign of affection is clearly a bad idea.  Instead, children should be taught to treat others with respect and that mistreatment will not be tolerated. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadillas

Miss Cupcake would eat PB&J sandwiches ever day of the week
However, I have been attempting to mix things up and offer more fruits and veggies.
Sadly, the banana that I was planning to give her for her afternoon snack was a bit overripe.  
I quickly decided to improvise and called my little chef into the kitchen.

We had a few extra wheat tortillas left over from last nights tofu fajitas.
Miss Cupcake helped spread creamy peanut butter over the entire thing.
Next, I thinly sliced the bananas and placed it on half of the tortilla.

 I folded the tortilla in half and placed in it a frying pan.
I left it long enough to brown and turn the peanut butter and banana into gooey deliciousness. 

After it had cooled, I used a pizza slicer to make it the perfect size for Miss Cupcake's little hands.

Yummy!  This quick and easy peanut butter and banana quesadilla is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  I confess, I made a second one for myself.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Made For Me Shoes || What Miss Cupcake Wore

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
- Walt Disney

One of the many benefits of living in South Florida is having easy access to Disney World.  When Miss Cupcake first met Minnie Mouse last year she was an immediate fan! Being the little fashionista that she is, she was thrilled when these hand panted shoes arrived from Made For Me Shoes.  These adorable canvas shoes were created especially for Miss Cupcake with her initials and the design of her choice.

These custom shoes paired perfectly with her new striped Minnie Mouse dress and white leggings.  She spent the afternoon twirling around the park pretending that she was performing at Disney World.  I love experiencing the magic of little moments through the wonderstruck eyes of Miss Cupcake.

The details of these hand painted shoes are fantastic!
These will certainly be a favorite in Miss Cupcake's wardrobe.

Made For Me Shoes offers fun hand painted shoes at an affordable price.   
Here are a few other fun designs available on Etsy.  
Be sure to follow along on Facebook to see current designs.


Don't see what you want? 
Ask Made For Me Shoes about a custom design just for you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Nantucket Tall Planter

Miss Cupcake had a fantastic evening planting a fern in our new Nantucket Tall Planter.  This gorgeous planter is available in white, black, and clay.  We chose the bright white to match our other yard/garden decor.  The Nantucket Tall Planter creates an elegant finishing touch to any patio or entrance way. This versatile container has three planting options. Remove the tray and you can plant directly into the planter, leave the tray in and plant directly onto the tray and take advantage of the sub-irrigation system or self-watering effect, you can flip the tray over and place a pre-potted planter on top. Constructed from 100% polyethylene which delivers an amazingly realistic, incredibly strong and remarkably lightweight planter. The weather-proof and ultra-tough construction allows you to enjoy your planter all year long with very little winter preparation. The UV inhibitors within the resin allows for a long lasting fade-free performance. This planter enhances the presentation of your plants without competing with them, perfect for multiple plants and larger arrangements. In addition, Mayne planters are designed to retain the right amount of moisture in the soil and protect delicate roots from daily temperature extremes. This results in healthier plants that require less frequent watering.

We began by adding Miracle Grow Garden Soil into the Nantucket Tall Planter.  This planter has approximately 10 gallon soil capacity.  We didn't need that much soil since we decided to leave the tray in and plant directly onto the tray and take advantage of the sub-irrigation system or self-watering effect.

    This Nantucket Tall Planter will certainly be enjoyed for years to come! It includes a 15-year limited warranty

    I love the classic beauty of the Nantucket Tall Planter, and I truly enjoyed sharing this experience with Miss Cupcake.  She has been learning about gardening at preschool and was thrilled to get the chance to  do a bit of planting.  I will always treasure these little memories that we are creating together!

    The Nantucket Tall Planter would look lovely in any outdoor sitting area or entryway.  

    Our fern is positively gorgeous, and Miss Cupcake is taking her responsibility of keeping it watered very seriously.  She checks the soil daily to make sure that it's moist.  I love watching her sweet little eyes light up with pride as she tends the fern.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    The Preppy Pepper || What Miss Cupcake Wore

    "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel

    I can hardly believe that my sweet little Miss Cupcake will begin pre-k in the autumn.  
    Of course, we've been updating her wardrobe for the occasion.

    This back-to-school outfit is the absolute cutest thing ever! If you want your little girl to be dressed for success, this set from The Preppy Pepper is sure to please. Turquoise Ruffle shirt is accented with an apple sprouting a bow for leaves and the initials of your little cutie. The striped ruffle pants are soft cotton and can be worn with many other outfits all the way through the school year.  We love this monogrammed outfit.

    All appliques' have adhesive backing and are pressed with a high pressure heat machine after design is complete, to ensure proper adhesion of design for long time use. And as always... monogram is FREE!

    The Preppy Pepper is proud to maintain a turnaround time of 3-4 days after order is placed.

    The Preppy Pepper is a small home-based business that is committed to providing high quality, personalized clothing at affordable prices.  Whether your searching for an adorable summer t-shirt or a boutique back-to-school outfit, this Etsy shop has something for your little one!