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Ten Items Used Daily With 6 Month Old

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One thing I learned from having a newborn is to not get sucked into all the products that are marketed towards infants. Trial and error is the TRUE way to find products that will work for your little one. Here are a few of our favorites in our household. 

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Companies spend loads of money to market their products to new parents. I've have fallen victim to many of those marketing tactics and purchased many products that just don't work. Sure, they might work for other families but they just weren't a good fit for us.

I've shared with you some newborn essentials that were crucial to the first few weeks of LadyBug's life. I also took you along with us for a day-in-the-life style post at 3 months old. There you can find loads of other products that worked in our household for the younger days.


Now at six months, LadyBug is sitting on her own and truly exploring the world around her. Because of this, previous items she has either outgrown or is showing no interest in. For example, the Rock 'n Play sleeper has made its way to a friend's house for her to use with her newborn. And the swaddles are a thing of the past.

As for now, here are ten products that we HONESTLY use every. single. day.


1. Banana Toothbrush ($7.80)
LadyBug really started showing signs of teething around 4 months. We tried many items but having the banana toothbrush around has been amazing. When we are out of the house, I can attach a pacifier clip and not fear it being dropped on the floor. We haven't tried freezing it yet, but the packaging says the banana toothbrush is safe to freeze.

2. Stacking Cups ($3.46)
These are by far my favorite purchase I have ever made for LadyBug. And at under $4, I couldn't be happier with how much use we can get out of these plastic cups. They can be used for stacking, naming colors, there are animals on the bottoms of the cups to practice animal sounds, they can be used in the water or in the sand, they are easy to clean... They are just the best things ever.

3. e-cloth Chemical-free Nursery Cloth ($11.99)
Toys get super slobbery in our household. I love being able to quickly wipe down LadyBug's toys with a chemical-free cloth often. It gives me so much comfort that she is not sticking chemicals in her mouth right after I put the effort in to wipe them clean. Not only do I use the nursery cloth, but I use the highchair cloth daily.

4. Books (various prices)
Books are a big deal in our house. Even if LadyBug is simply chewing on them rather than reading them - I'd rather have my house filled with books vs. toys. One of LadyBug's favorite books has been Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley. I have it memorized, as most parents do after ready one book over and over again, but it leaves an opportunity to learn animal sounds, count, and so much more.

5. Wubbanub Pacifier ($13.95)
I followed all the 'rules' when it came to breastfeeding - waiting so many weeks before introducing a bottle or pacifier, feeding 8 or more times in a 24 hour period, feeding on demand, etc. Because of this, I believe LadyBug didn't have much interest in taking a pacifier which made some car rides miserable. Once we introduced the Avent Soothie pacifiers, it was something that would satisfy her instincts to suck. The only downside was that she would lose the pacifier while sleeping and that's when I bought a Wubbanub. The stuffed animal that is attached allows her to grab it much easier in the crib at night.
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6. Munchkin Silicone Feeder ($11.29)
I started introducing these to LadyBug when she was 4 months old and I would fill them with breastmilk then freeze them. We would use these outside during the summer when it was super hot and I believe it helped her with the beginning stages of teething. At 5 months, I started filling them with pureed fruits and veggies and freezing them. It allowed me to introduce her to new flavors all while letting her be in control (we are following Baby Led Weaning vs. Traditional Weaning for food introductions - let me know if you want to learn more). Now we use them filled with 'P' fruit purees to help keep her regular - if you know what I mean! :)

7. Milkies Milk-Saver ($29.95)
This is one of those products I have used since day one. The milk-saver has allowed me to create a freezer stash that I can use in the future for LadyBug. This has also saved me countless nursing pads because I collect about 0.5-2 oz on the opposite side I am nursing on. Read more about the product in my newborn essentials post.

8. 4Moms Infant Tub ($59)
This is another one of those products that we have been using since day one. We used it in the kitchen sink then placed it in the traditional tub when she got a little bigger. I love that the water will constantly circulate because little ones typically tend to relieve themselves when they are comfortable, or cold, or just whenever they feel like it!!

9. Milkies Milk Trays ($21.95)
I never used these for breastmilk because I had a hard time getting the frozen sticks out of the tray, but I love using these for homemade purees. Stick the purees into the mold, freeze, pop out and store in ziplock bags. I then would break off a quarter and place into the Munchkin silicone feeder - super simple.

10. Plastic Measuring Cup Set ($6.80)
These are not only great toys to play with but I like to allow LadyBug to explore them in her highchair while I am cooking. It allows me to be handsfree for just a moment and it's a fun household toy that it safe for her to handle.

Have you tried any of these products?
What products have worked for your little ones that I didn't share?
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The Most Delicious High Protein Zucchini Muffins

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Protein packed, no added sugar, and vegan optional zucchini muffins are a treat to have with a cup of coffee or to freeze for a raining day. Or if you're like me, you make a large batch to freeze so when the thick of summer hits, the oven doesn't have to be turned on.

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What does carrot cake, beet brownies, and zucchini muffins all have in common? Hidden veggies! And they are delicious to say the least. But just because these baked goods have a little hidden nutritious element doesn't make them a guilt free treat. There's still plenty of sugar and they usually lack protein.

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Now, you can have your cake and eat it too. I mean, now you can enjoy one, two, or three of these no-sugar added high protein zucchini muffins without hesitation.

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While the dark chocolate chips are completely optional, and allows you to purchase both dairy-free or vegan brands, they are 100% necessary in my household. Dark chocolate is good for you anyways, right?! I truly believe it has it's own portion of the food pyramid.

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Zucchini is such a summer staple and you can find it all over ever farmers market. Or if you're lucky, you'll be growing some big boys in your backyard. With all the fruits of you labor, you can make several batches of these muffins and freeze them for a raining day. Or just when it's too hot to turn on the oven.

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Eat these no-sugar added high protein zucchini muffins for breakfast to keep you fueled for hours, eat them after a workout to help your muscles recover, or just eat them for dessert. There's no wrong time of day to eat these muffins since they are naturally sweetened with extra ripe bananas.
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No Added Sugar High Protein Zucchini Muffins

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients
  • 1 very ripe Banana (I use a frozen banana that I thawed)
  • 1 cup Zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Kodiak Power Cake Mix
  • *optional: 1 scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 cup Oatmeal, blended
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • *optional: 1/4 cup Nuts, chopped
  • *optional: 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray muffin tins
  2. Mix all wet ingredients together, including the zucchini, with a spoon, electric mixer or stand mixer
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
  4. Combine dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients
  5. Stir in optional items such as nuts and chocolate
  6. Equally portion out batter into a 12 count muffin tray
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Cool on cooling tray until you can't wait any longer

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Do you prefer zucchini muffins or zucchini bread?