A Seussical Birthday

Today, my little man turned 1 year old! I just can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, it all happens so very fast.
Ryker is my everything, so I wanted to make his first birthday very special. We love Dr.Seuss, so that is the theme that I decided to run with. I made sure that all the food was Dr.Seuss themed, and I pulled different types of food from his books and made my interpretation of them.  To add some nice little details I made label cards and copied pages from the books of where the inspiration for the food came from.
Anyways, enough with the chatting. I’m just going to post all the pics below of how everything turned out. I’m not putting any recipes up on this post as it would make it insanely long, but if you have any questions at all about recipes, how I made things etc., please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or leave me your e-mail and the requested recipe and I would be more than happy to share anything with you.

Treat Bags

Party fun stuff

Barbaloot Truffula Fruit (The Lorax) – Assorted fruit

Thing One and Thing Two (The Cat in the Hat) – Vanilla Cupcakes & Chocolate Cupcakes

Who Roast Beast (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) – Roast Beef Rollups

Three Cheese Tree (Fox in Sox) – Cheddar, Havarti & Swiss

Schlopp with a Cherry on Top (Oh the Thinks You Can Think) – White Chocolate Mousse topped with a cherry

Pink Ink Drink for Yink (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) – Berry Lemonade

Green Eggs & Ham (Green Eggs & Ham) – Green Deviled Eggs and Prosciutto Wrapped Honey Dew with Mint

Ryker’s Cat in the Hat Cake! It was my first attempt at decorating something properly ever.

Happy Birthday little man! I love you with all of my heart!

Learning Flash Cards

We have been wanting to start using some flash cards with Ryker for quite some time and I had been looking around everywhere, but just couldn’t find what I wanted.  Everything was a little to hippie  or new age.  I just wanted some basic cards with ABC’s, Numbers etc., but there didn’t seem to be any at the toy and book stores that I visited.  And everything I found online was shipped from the states, and it would double the price.

So I got crafty and made my own!

 

I had them printed on regular paper and then laminated to endure a little roughness, and spent a little extra time rounding the edges so they weren’t too sharp.  For storage I think I am going to sew some little pouches for them, but another idea is to hole punch the corners and stick a ring through them.

 

Below is the pdf I created, so feel free to use it! I left a little extra space in between each one to allow for some not so accurate cutting ūüôā

 Flash Cards PDF

Everyone Loves a Sale

Ok, time to take a little bit of a break from the cooking and visit my other addiction, shopping!
Since I’ve had a baby I discovered how ridiculously expensive everything can be and how very fast all the little things add up ,so I have spent a bit of time researching how to get some bargains on the most sought after baby and mama gear.
This bargain hunting was initially brought about when I was introduced to a website called Baby Steals on a Facebook mama group that I’m part of and I thought to myself that there must be some competition out there, and there was. Below are the bargain websites that I have compiled for you with the links and I have listed some their highlights. ¬†To get the best deals, you have to check everyday as the products they carry are usually sold on a first come first serve basis. ¬†My suggestion would be just to bookmark them and take a quick gander each day with your morning coffee….if you actually are granted that moment ;). ¬†Also, for all my Canadian friends, these particular sites I have listed do ship to Canada.

1.  Baby Steals   www.babysteals.com 

  • 2 deals a day at 9am & 9pm MDT
  • Both baby and maternity products
  • 40%-80% off till sold out
  • Great brand names – Ergobaby, Babylegs and Mooshu just to name a few

2. Green Baby Bargains  www.greenbabybargains.com  
  • Deals at 9am CST Mon-Fri
  • Have products for parents, babies and children up to the age of 5
  • Use eco-conscious vendors and offer a minimum of 40% off
  • Have a points rewards system “My Rewards” for every dollar you spend
3. Mamabargains  www.mamabargains.com
  • Have 2-10 deals a day – within a 24 hour period
  • It is on a first come, first serve basis, so this site requires a more frequent check throughout the day
  • 40%-80% off baby and maternity products
4.  Eco Baby Buys  www.ecobabybuys.com      
  • Deal every day at 9am EST, first come first serve
  • Offers eco-friendly and organic products which are always at least 40% off
  • Make sure to check their blog as they have a lot of contests and giveaways
5. Baby Half Off  www.babyhalfoff.com  
  • 1 Deal a day at 50% off or more
  • Products that don’t sell out that day get put into the archives, which you can browse and buy from
  • Products for babies, parents and children 10 & under
Update:  
Found a couple of more sites to add onto this list

www.momandtotdeals.com
www.funkytricycle.com

Baby’s First Foods

The topic of baby’s first foods can be super varied on opinion of when to start, what to feed them, and what your baby will actually try so this is just what I have done thus far and plan to do for the future.

With Ryker we had planned on starting at 6 months, but ended up starting around 5 months because, by that time he already had 4 teeth and was grabbing at everything we were eating or drinking.  I feel that your baby will tell you when he or she is ready to start eating food.  Initially I started Ryker out on rice cereal, about 4-8 tbsp to start.  He did like it (somewhat), but it ended up constipating him quite a bit so that only lasted about a week before I switched to making my own foods.

Since the rice cereal was backing him up, I decided to incorporate foods that were full of fiber and more gentle on his stomach such as, pears, peaches, peas, apricots, yams etc.  I was feeding him about 4 oz. once a day.

He is now up to 2 meals a day of pureed foods (4oz. each), I also give him a few sips of water and a teething biscuit in the middle of the day.  He has been finishing all of the food I have been making for him, so that is great, but I am keeping an eye on signs that he is full so that I am not force feeding him.  I want him to be able to develop his own sense of appetite.

I have been creating more textures and flavours in his foods by adding brown rice, cous cous and herbs and spices. ¬†He has had a fairly sensitive stomach so far, so I am introducing everything in stages so I can easily monitor what is working for him and what is not. ¬†Also I will be starting to add in some proteins such as Chicken and Turkey this week (hopefully he likes it). ¬†The 2 proteins I will be avoiding are fish due to the mercury, and soy due to phytoestrogens….don’t really want to mess with either, but that is of course a personal preference.

I will be starting him on some finger foods this week, so I’ll have to let you know how it goes. ¬†We did try Mum Mums already, but he really didn’t like that at all. ¬†I think I am going to bake some pears with a little cinnamon and dice them up for him, as I know he loves his pears. ¬†If anyone has any suggestions and what worked for them, I am open to it.

Pictured below is his breakfast which is a mix of white peach, apples, cantaloupe and cinnamon as well as his dinner which is yams, whole wheat cous cous and dill.  And they are all in my Wean Green Cubes of course :).  I make about 4 days worth of food at a time, so I freeze and thaw as I need to.

And last but not least, when I am wondering about anything baby food related, this website has been a fantastic reference for information and recipes http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com

Wean Green Cubes

I would like to mention a pretty fantastic product that I have come across and absolutely love.  They are the Wean Green Cubes, which are eco-friendly baby food storage containers.  Initially I was a little hesitant about getting them as I felt that $25 for 4 containers was pricey, but I bought 4 and loved them so much that I bought 4 more.  There are many reasons to love this product (I have listed all the features below).  I came across these because I was seeking glass baby food storage containers that were all temperature friendly so that I could freeze and heat up as need because I make about 4 days worth of food in one go.  My freezer has limited space and these cubes store so nicely without consuming too much space.

Features:

  • 30ml, 60ml, 90ml measuring lines
  • Made of durable glass with a silicone-sealed lid
  • Safe & environmentally friendly
  • BPA, PVC, Phthalates, and Plasticizer free
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and sustainable
  • Smart Clips, which lock and secure food inside
  • Stands up to extreme temperatures required to make and store baby food
  • Canadian!
Visit their website here http://weangreen.com

Well Hello There

© Patrick Logan Photograpy

I am a brand new mother of a baby boy named Ryker.  As of November 26, 2010 my boyfriend and I had our entire world changed  for the better and our life is now dedicated to him and I’m trying to figure out this whole mama thing.

My life pre baby was fairly carefree and extremely different from my day to day routines now.  But this stage of my life is a very welcome one, as I had my entire 20s to myself and am ready to give myself over to someone else now.  I will be turning 30 on September 17th of this year so I thought it was time to grow up a little and take a real stab at this whole mother shindig the proper way, the way I was raised.  The problem is, I really don’t have a clue what I am doing! I am also a fairly stubborn person and prefer figuring things out for myself….I don’t know what mothers did before google!

So I will be blogging my experiences with motherhood, cooking, baking, homemaking, rants and raves on products and everyday life

I don’t fully expect anybody to really read this blog, but it will give me something to do other than zone out on the TV for that hour or two I have to myself each day. It is probably better for the old noggin as well.  If you do happen to read it though, I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions!