There’s nothing more useful than a classic chef’s apron for the holidays—plus, this great utilitarian staple from Raw Materials Design is hand sewn in Seattle and its durable cotton only gets better with age.
Image via Raw Matierals Design.
Kids grow so quickly and maintaining a wardrobe for them can add up! I am grateful when I can find a clothing staple that lasts far longer than expected.
The denim jacket is that for us.
Kids can wear them while there is still room to grow, and when the outerwear gets smaller it looks intentionally cropped and stylish.
Here’s how we’ve taken the denim jacket through all seasons this year:
Spring: Paired with brights and whites, it will keep kids stylish and warm during the breezy spring days.
Summer: Great to take along with you everywhere and neutral enough to work for boys or girls, shorts or sundresses! It’s also good to be prepared when you encounter indoor air conditioners that chill your little ones.
Fall: The denim jacket is a fall staple. It’s lightweight enough for warm days, but easily cozy paired with pants for nippy evening air.
Winter: Denim looks great layered with warm hoodies, gloves, and mittens. And buttoning it up keeps the warmth in.
Having versatile pieces in your kids’ wardrobe that can be worn all throughout the year are a great way to save. The denim jacket has seen more days out and about than any other single article of clothing in my kids’ closets!
~ Kate Brightbill of Style Smaller
Parents are often confused about starting solids with their little ones, and it’s no wonder with all the conflicting information out there! My philosophy for introducing solids (otherwise known as complementary foods) is to follow a “baby led” weaning approach. Keep in mind that there are two very different definitions of “weaning.” In the UK, “weaning” means “adding complementary foods,” whereas in the US it means “giving up breastfeeding.” (I firmly believe both the mother and her baby should continue breastfeeding as long as mutually desired.) If I had my druthers, I would call all of this “Baby Led Feeding” and present an approach that is a combination of the true baby led weaning (handing a six month old a pork-chop or a corn on the cob) and the old school recommendations of starting with only mushy gushy purees.
So when do you start? Your six month old is ready to eat—she is showing developmental signs of being ready to eat like holding her head up on her own, sitting in a high chair, demonstrating interest in what you are eating, and opening her mouth when you bring a spoon to her. But what do you feed her? At six months of age, her iron stores are starting to decrease and this is a great time to try iron rich foods. There is no evidence that shows that babies have to start with rice cereal. The iron in beans, poultry, and meats is actually more bioavailable (meaning that it is more easily absorbed by your body), plus it contains zinc and B12—all needed by your baby.
If you wait until she is ready to eat and mash it up, she will be able to eat it (it’s thought that our ancestors probably pre-chewed meats and fed it to their infants). You also can try organic produce—mashed avocado (a great source of monounsaturated fat), sweet potatoes, banana, steamed mashed carrots, and summer fruits including apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. It might be surprising, but noodles are a good choice for finger foods. Toss the noodles in a little pesto or olive oil for flavor. Provide some dissolvable crackers or cereals for her to explore, avoiding the sweetened varieties. Let her enjoy the foods, get messy, and feed herself. This is all part of the process.
The following foods are choking hazards for children under 3 years, so avoid these when introducing your baby to foods: grapes, olives, hot dogs, pickles, popcorn, nuts, chewy meats, spoonfuls of peanut butter (peanut butter should be mixed with applesauce, smashed banana or spread thinly on bread/crackers), and hard candy. Cut all round food lengthwise. Of course, make sure that if you have a family history of allergies that you consult your pediatrician about introducing highly allergenic foods (nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, fish, dairy, wheat, shellfish). And always discuss introducing solid foods with your pediatrician!
To learn more about introducing solids, check out the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guidelines and this study about meat as a first food.
~ Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Hello Honest friends! I’m Joy Cho—a graphic designer and blogger over at Oh Joy! In collaboration with stylist, Emily Henderson, and The Honest Company, today I’m sharing a fun “Before and After” of my living room to show you how it’s changed pre-baby to post-baby.
Here’s a little sneak peek at the “After,” and you can read more about the process right here. See why we had to make some safer updates once our baby, Ruby, became mobile. Emily is also providing tips on what to pick out that’s a little more kid-friendly from all the options out there over on her blog right here.
And, to get you inspired to bring sturdy and baby-safe items into your living room, here are a few of my favorites pieces that I think combine style, function, and pieces that your child can feel safe around and a bunch more over on our Pinterest board. Enjoy! — Joy
There is nothing more fun than art. Wait, I take it back, there is. EDIBLE art is better than plain old art. And what’s better than chocolate?!
My homemade version is the “healthier” chocolate. I wouldn’t say total health food per se because kids and chocolate still are something that, when combined, often equal total excited, messy, craziness. But it’s better than any processed or store-bought version. (Wink.)
So, I’m not only sharing my recipe with you today, but also my family photos—taken a year and a half ago—of us making chocolate art and freezing it until hardened. The result was better than any shrink plastic arts and crafts—no toxic odors when baking and no questionable plastic. We had edible funky chocolate chips, chocolate hearts, chocolate letters, and more.
Let your imagination run wild!
All you need is a pan, the ingredients, waxed paper, and a frosting/decorating bag.
In a pan on the stove, I warmed the oil until clear. On low, I added the honey, chocolate, and extract. I mixed it together until thick and smooth and homogenous.
Then, I put the mixture into a frosting/decorating bag.
The kids had a blast squeezing their designs on the waxed paper.
I put everything in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before eating (it becomes hard like candy).
That’s it—easy, fun, and TASTES so good (oh, and it’s not bad for you either).
- Juli Novotny of Pure Mamas