Month: September 2014

photo feature on 100 layer cakelet

when i was pregnant with lake, alex and i both decided that this would most likely be our last baby.  having three babies (or three children for that matter) seemed utterly overwhelming and impossible in a city like los angeles.  so throughout the pregnancy we talked about a lot of milestones being our “last.”  last ultrasound, last katz visit, last maternity jeans purchase.  and it was honestly quite sad.  i loved being pregnant!  so we decided to do a photo shoot with our little family of three plus one giant belly to always remember what i looked like and how we felt.  so we turned to the lovely and incredibly talented amy stone.  she captured who we all were at that time perfectly.

today those photos are being featured on 100 layer cakelet.  one of my favorite blogs for baby and family inspiration.

here are a few of my favorites.  head on over here to view the full blog post on our session!

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homemade popsicles

I know I know, all you Minnesotans and East Coasters are happily skipping through fallen leaves, enjoying your pumpkin spice lattes (hot not iced), and pulling out your cute hoodies and booties.  But for all of us here in LA who are still trying to survive the hottest part of summer in 100+ degree heat, here is a quick, fun, easy way for you and the kiddos to cool down.  Homemade popsicles!  Plus they are an easy way to sneak in some veggies!  I like to use strawberries, spinach, and a squeeze of lemon for a bit of tartness.  You could also add milk or yogurt for a creamier popsicle.  Basically any smoothy will turn into a yummy, healthy, frozen snack.  Just pop them in the freezer!

my favorite popsicle molds are these from zoku: zoku classic popsicle molds

strawberry spinach popsicles

1 lb strawberries trimmed

large handful spinach stems removed

juice of 1/2 lemon

splash of water to blend

puree all ingredients in blender.  pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  will last in freezer for up to one week.

 

 

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the honest truth

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i love everything about the mission behind the honest company.  and  i love to support affordable, accessible, natural products for our home.  the honest company has come so far so quickly.  i remember when adam was a baby they were just getting started and the products were hard to come by.  they seemed overly expensive due to shipping costs and distribution was too slow to provide for a new mother in need of supplies.  now, they are everywhere from target, nordstroms, amazon, and my neighborhood gelsons.  for the most part, their prices are on point with other natural brands (if not cheaper) and there are a few products that we couldn’t live without in our house.  that being said, there are also some products that haven’t worked as well for us.  so here is my list of honest products that we love and others we hope they improve soon.

honest products we couldn’t love more:

StainRemover

the stain remover is my absolute favorite, could not live without, send to every new mama, honest company product.  it removes everything from breast milk to spaghetti sauce.  the price is unbeatable and there is nothing that this stuff can’t tackle!  plus it smells great and the bottle seems to last forever despite the fact that i use it every. single. day.

 

Shampoo

we’ve used the honest company shampoo + body wash exclusively for both kids since lake was a newborn.  it’s lovely.

 

SwimDiapers

we love the honest swim diapers and their adorable patterns.  they wash nicely and most experts agree that reusable swim diapers are more successful in holding in anything you don’t want getting all over the pool.  plus with the high price of disposable swim diapers you actually save money by using these cuties.

 

toothpaste

we’ve tried every type of toddler toothpaste on the market and adam has very clear favorites.  honest toddler toothpaste is the clear winner for him and me.  he loves the taste and i love that it is all natural has no sweeteners, artificial flavors or dyes.

 

Laundry2

we have pretty sensitive skin around our house, so i’ve always been very picky about our laundry detergent.  the honest laundry detergent is chemical free, rinses clean, and actually cleans clothes really well.  i bought it when i washed lake’s newborn clothes for the first time.  which is basically my favorite thing to do in life.

 

Detangler

you’ve all seen adam’s curls.  they aren’t easy to manage.  the honest conditioning detangler works wonders.  and smells great.

 

On to my not so favorite products:

 

dishwasher

the honest dishwasher gel is the worst culprit of all.  i totally support natural cleaning products, especially when it comes to washing your dishes.  but this dishwasher gel simply doesn’t work.  when we moved into our new house and washed dishes for the first time we both proclaimed how terrible our new dishwasher was, until we realized that we had recently switched to the honest dishwasher gel.  when we switched back to our regular dishwasher soap our dishes were sparkly clean.

Diapersi’m sorry.  i really want to use and love the honest company diapers.  the patterns!  the plant based layers!  i’ve tried them on numerous occasions and i just don’t think they are as soft as my favorite pampers swaddlers.  apparently they soften as babies wear them but the pampers just seem more comfortable.  alas, i am stuck with big bird.

 

Sunscreen

i’ve used this all spring and summer and want to love it, but it’s just very greasy.  i prefer california baby super sensitive or vanicream spf 30.  that being said, it is very effective and has no chemicals so it’s safe to use on babies under 6 months.  it’s a nice option, the others just blend easier and feel more comfortable on your skin.  the honest company recently released a spray sunscreen that i am tempted to try for myself, but i think it’s best to keep spray sunscreens away from the little ones.

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traditions

in 1996 a boy I had a crush on made me listen to a band called Dave Matthews Band. it was in some sort of cool muscle car that I would never be able to name, but that’s what boys drove in my high school if they didn’t drive a red pickup truck. little did I know at the time, when I bought the CD at the mall the next day, it would be the beginning of a 15+ year sibling obsession in our family. my first dave concert was at Alpine Valley in the summer after my freshman year of college. the next year my little brother who just graduated from high school came with me. each and every summer no matter what was going on or where we were we would go. and as our younger sister and brother became old enough we would take them too. before long it included cousins, friends, boyfriends, then husbands and wives. when I moved to LA they would come visit me for California concerts. as luck would have it my new brother in law was a huge fan also, and rivaled the number of concerts we had all been to. so he started joining us as well. the last time I joined them all in alpine valley i was 3 months pregnant with adam and my sister was 8 months pregnant with amelia. it was true dedication. this year, thanks to some convincing from my brother, all the siblings are here for the last concert of the tour in Irvine. so tonight we will carry on the sibling tradition. all of us together listening to our favorite band.