Monday, October 28, 2013

Keepin' It Real Mondays

Well, the fact that I'm posting this on Monday at 10 pm is probably a good Keepin' It Real start already.

Every Saturday morning the three of us make pancakes together. Pancakes for Evie, coffee for mama. I guess Evie was just needing more Pumpkin Spice in her life, ya know?

Saturday, October 26, 2013


A few weeks ago, I was talking to my daughter's pediatrician about my thoughts on vaccines, and why I've made the decisions I have. I found myself struggling to explain the research I had read that led to those decisions.  I felt like I wasn't prepared to defend myself.  I kept wanting to shout "I have degrees too! I can read medical journals too!"

Now don't get me wrong-I'm not stupid. I know I'm not a medical doctor. But I'm the one ultimately responsible for Evie's care, so I take the decisions pretty seriously. I'm the one that has to live with the consequences.

I am the type of person that has to know everything there is to know about a subject before making a decision. When I became a mom, this trait became magnified exponentially.  Something as simple as choosing a sippy cup had me weighing every option for hours (Glass? Stainless steel? BPA-free plastic?) Forget choosing a car seat. Cut to me full-on reading consumer reports, customer reviews, and grilling the 17-year old employee at Buy Buy Baby for an hour.  It's insane. 

Do any of you ever feel as though you have to be an expert on everything? The vaccination debate! How much television is too much?! Fluoride-toothpaste or non-fluoride? Homeschooling or traditional school? How high should a fever be allowed to go? At what point do you give Ibuprofen? OR AT ALL!? 

It's daunting. I often feel like I have to be a medical doctor, Nutritionist, Educator, Dermatologist, Scientist, and child development expert all at the same time.  I guess it's just the pressure of it, you know? I don't believe anyone can make a better decision for my child than I can, and really, it's no one's responsibility as much as it is mine.  I'm just not the type to blindly trust our pediatrician, dentist, WebMD, whatever.  I trust them, but not as much as I trust myself. But I am not an expert. So I have to become one. On every subject. It's exhausting! Am I the only one who feels this way?!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Keepin' It Real Monday

Evie and the Altoids.

Anyone else have toddlers that are just little weirdos?

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some pictures from a month or so ago of Evie sleeping with a tin of Altoids. Well, the other night, she was sick, so Kemi went to Walgreens for some ice cream for her (I KNOW! He's such a softy!) and came home with ice cream...and Altoids. And my beautiful little weirdo chose the Altoids. And I know what you're thinking. "Oh, she doesn't actually eat them." YES. She does. By the handful. It really is a problem! She insists on carrying that tiny tin around, opening and closing it, eating a few, trying to ration them out to herself like some kind of tiny addict. And then she spills them. Altoids go flying, she's get it.  After one evening of pulling Altoids out of the couch cushions, dusting them off, putting them back in her tin and declaring them "all better!" I looked at Kemi and made him swear no more Altoids. Never ever again.

Notice she's choosing Altoids over pancakes. Also note that half of them are in her lap.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Paint With Ice

I was on fall break all last week, so decided to try to make up for some working mom guilt by fulfilling all my Pinterest-Mom dreams. First up was a colored ice cube thing I had seen.  I let Evie sit on the counter and put the dye in the water herself, which, to be honest, was almost more fun for her than the painting itself.

It was a super easy, fun project...and practically free! I made two trays of ice so we can do it again. It would be a nice project to keep in the freezer in the summer to pull out when you're looking for a quick and easy way to entertain the tots.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Keepin' It Real

Kid fit in Target.
Evie has started laying down on the floor of stores when she doesn't want to leave.
So, that's fun.

Does it look like she's rolling her eyes at me? Yeah, I thought so too.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eight Months

"Though He slay me, yet I will trust in Him..."
Job 13:15

Today marks eight months since our girl went to Heaven.

It still seems so surreal in so many ways.
My grief sneaks up on me, and that lump still forms in my throat and my eyes start to sting when I'm reminded of Celeste.  I'm thankful for these reminders though, because I'm happy to think about my girl. Even though it hurts me, even though it stings and makes me feel tired and old and makes my eyes burn, it is my blessing and joy to think about my second daughter, and especially to think about the day I will hold her again.  I have one foot in Heaven and my thoughts are never far from you, my sweet girl.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Delia's Shower

I was honored to  host my sister's shower a few weeks ago along with my mom.  Any day now she will be welcoming her second little girl, and I can't wait! I'm so excited to see this little one! 

Delia didn't want us to fuss too much since it was her second shower, so I kept the decorations light. I really liked how these little pom pom clouds turned out though! 

The youngest guests made themselves comfortable around the cookies ;)

My mom didn't hold up her end of the "keeping it light" plan and went all-out by making from scratch these amazing french macarons!

Too bad they weren't any good. Yeah, right! Evie ate eight. That's not an exaggeration.

Sophia decided to give the new baby some of her old baby toys :)

Four Generations!

New baby Salas should be here any day!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Keepin' It Real Mondays

Evie was given a second-hand drum set.  I know what you're thinking...who would part with such a gem?!  Right....

Yes, I allowed this magic "music" maker to come into our house. And for now, it will stay because, she loves it.

I mean, it's just too cute, right?! By the way, if anyone wants their "turn" with the drum set, I give us, oh, maybe four or six more weeks?!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Toddler Must-Haves

I can't stop making these lists, you guys! I really like hearing product recommendations from other moms. We all know the elusive no-leak sippy is like the holy grail, ya know? Tried and true product recommendations can be awesome!

1. Bumgenius Freetime
I didn't think I would like this one, I really didn't. Nothing could replace my beloved BG 4.0's, but the Freetime has won my heart. Somehow, it is trimmer for Evie than the 4.0's. Love.

2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar
These are Evie's absolute favorite treat, and I don't feel bad about giving her 1/2 because it's got almonds, dates and peanut butter.

3. Nose Frida (the "snotsucker")
When your kiddo is all congested, this is where it's at. Evie HATES it when we're doing it, but we hold her hands down and I tell her it's okay and it'll make her feel better while Kemi sucks the boogies out. And it totally rocks her world after. Gosh, parenthood is super-glam.

4. Everyday Shea Shampoo and Body Wash
This body wash from Whole Foods is the cheap version of California Baby. Nuf' said.

5. Libbey 6.5 oz Glass Bowls
We started using these when Evie started on solids, and haven't stopped. I've bought a second set, in fact. I make her lunch the night before, and use these little jars to contain for yogurt, one for frozen blueberries, another for peas, one for leftover spaghetti, you get it. Love them. Couldn't do a day without them.

6. Kitchen Scissors
These are my all-time best secret weapon for living with a toddler. You cannot be taking out a knife and cutting board to cut grapes in half every single time. That's where these babies come in. I cut up ALL Evie's food with kitchen scissors and it makes my life 100% easier...quesadillas, chicken strips, steamed carrots, apple slices, cheese...truly everything.

7. CJ's Butter
This is the only diaper cream that matters. I use it preventatively. It's safe for cloth diapers, and I also put it in Evie's hair sometimes!

8. Safe Sippy
This sippy is awesome! I love that it's stainless steel, so it's super safe.  The valve really prevents it from leaking, and Evie uses it really well on her own.

9. We Belong Together by Joyce Wan
Evie's all time favorite book.

10. Clif Bar Twisted Fruit
I don't give these often, but Evie loves them. This is the closest she really gets to candy, and it's a great thing to keep in the diaper bag if things go really south in Target, ya know?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Around the Interwebs

I think this would be an awesome (and cheap!) family costume

Kemi really wants these for Evie for the winter

I made this for dinner Sunday night and it was AMAZING.

I CANNOT stop listening to this song. Where have you been all my life?

I still love stripes.  Classic.

I'm on break next week from work and I think I will check this out from my local library :)

Little guy with autism explains stimming. Love him.