Twistshake Review

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Twistshake products are very high quality and easy to clean! They are by far my favorite bottles to use for Maizy. You can also purchase these bottles in many different colors and sizes. The bottles come with little removable snack holders that can also be used to carry formula.ย  We have really enjoyed using these because of all their different features. They also come with a removable filter that allows you to be able to put fruit in the sippy cups and catches the formula chunks.

These bottles truly make our lives easier! My husband an I both agree that they are our favorite to use. Its obvious that baby girl loves them as well. If you are familiar with using bottles, you probably know how often they have to be cleaned and sanitized! I can assure you that TWISTSHAKE has been the easiest to keep clean! Another amazing thing is the price of the bottles! Very affordable. We truly love them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kadi

OpalBoulevard Review

OpalBoulevard is a shop which makes beautiful handmade bows! The bows are high quality, adorable and affordable! The bows can be made with either a nylon band or an alligator clip. Another awesome feature is the sizing of the bows. You can choose “regular” or “newborn.”

Theses handmade bows have beautiful detail and patterns! My baby girl wears them to church, around the house, on the go and even when splashing around in the water. They are also a huge life saver because she doesn’t constantly pull these off. The nylon bands don’t bother her like other thick headbands. They look so cute on! We love these bows so much. I highly recommend them ๐Ÿ™‚

At checkout, use the code “MAIZY” for 10% off!

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Thank you for reading!

Love,

Kadi

College Mama

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I decided to write about being a college student and a mother. A little bit of background on the subject, I am a senior in sociology at Southern Utah University. I have one semester to go! Thankfully, its a light load. I will finish up my degree in the fall. I am taking research methods and finishing my senior capstone. Being a mother in college is not easy but its worth it! When I got pregnant with Maizy I had just begun a semester. I went through an entire semester pregnant, gave birth during a semester of all online courses then completed a semester with a beautiful growing baby by my side.ย  Currently, I am taking an online summer course and volunteering. Next, I will complete my final semester which will give me a bachelors degree. Being able to complete my associates degree before Maizy was born, was very helpful. I’d like to talk about some tips which have helped me along this journey.

Tips:

DONT GIVE UP

Sometimes giving up seems easier than reaching your goal. Just know YOU CAN FINISH! You can do hard things! Having my husband really helps me strive to keep going because I have his support. He helps me get through the hard days and tells me I can do it but also didn’t pressure me to finish. I think it’s very important to have someone who supports you and helps you through it! That’s probably the biggest reason I have got this far in school.

TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME

It’s so easy to look down the long road of schooling and get overwhelmed! I’m guilty of wanting to quit because I didn’t think I could do it but when I take one day at a time and keep a positive attitude I know I can finish!

College with a baby can be difficult but having an end goal and taking one day at a time during the semester has really helped us!

PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE

Each semester we have planned out our daily class schedule. This is very helpful to do in advance when having a baby to take care of. Last semester, Jason was able to clear his schedule to watch Maizy during my class. This was extremely helpful. I try to get most of my courses online and independent study so I can be with Maizy. We have also found it helpful to take turns with Maizy while doing our homework in the evenings. Depending on our study schedule, we either keep Maizy busy with activities and toys or just take turns taking care of her. Let me tell you, being a parent in college has helped me learn to multitask better.

SUPPORT

I have already talked about this a little bit but having support from organizations within your institution and support at home is very helpful. Jason and I are both in college so it helps that we can support each other along the way. I am thankful for the love and support he gives me. It relieves stress and helps me get through the hard days.

I am so close to the finish line and sometimes I get overwhelmed but I know I can do this and you can too! Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, Kadi

 

Baby Painting

Since Maizy was a tiny baby, I have searched through pinterest to find the perfect art projects to do with her. Before she was really strong I did several hand print projects with her. There are so many different projects to do which can be found by searching through pinterest. The baby hand print projects are great holiday gifts and house decorations.

I want to talk about a specific activity we have tried two times. We got the idea from pinterest. You put little dots of paint on a piece of paper then carefully put the paper in a zip-lock bag. It’s fun for babies and lets them experience sensory activity. She enjoyed spreading the paint around. On the plus side, it was mess free!

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The first time we did this paint activity, Maizy was about 6 months old. She had just learned to sit up on her own and was learning how to control her hands during that stage. The first time, It seemed as if she was more focused on the texture of the paint under the bag.

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The second time, she was about 9 months old. This time she could sit up on her own, crawl and control her hand movements. This time, she figured out how to spread the pain around very quickly. I could tell that she was more focused on getting the paint spread around and seeing the colors mix together.

I love these activities because it helps Maizy explore sensory, art and have fun. Also, it was really neat to see how much she grew, learned and developed in only 3 months. I highly recommend doing these fun little activities with babies. Its a blast!

Thank you for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, Kadi

Bedtime Routine

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I have been wanting to share a little bit about our bedtime routine for Maizy. Since the very beginning ofย  her life, we decided to create a bedtime routine for her. We began by giving her a bath, putting her down around the same time every night and feeding her right before bed.ย  We found this to be very helpful for all of us! It worked great for her and helped her get to sleep fairly easy. For the first several months we would put her to sleep then put her down in her bed to continue sleeping.

Maizy’s Pediatrician suggested we begin putting her in her own room at 4 months old but I just wasn’t ready at that point so we decided to wait until she was 6.5 months old before beginning to sleep train her. The sleep training attempts failed a couple times before it worked because I just wasn’t ready. the best advice I can give is wait until YOU are ready and feel that your baby is ready. Once I was ready, it worked out wonderfully. I had a hard time being away from her at night but it truly helps us all sleep better when she is in her own room.

When we decided to have Maizy sleep in her own room, we still stuck to her bedtime routine which usually consists of feeding her a meal, giving her a bath, getting her in her pajamas, reading to her and giving her a bedtime bottle. Some other main things we make sure to do is turn on her sound machine and fan. Unless she is sick, she always falls asleep by herself in her crib and sleeps well through the night. When she doesn’t feel well, I usually rock her to sleep then lay her down.

Overall, we feel that having a bedtime routine has been helpful for all of us. Obviously having a perfect bedtime routine is not realistic but we do the best we can. I feel like having a routine at bedtime has also helped getting ready for bed more enjoyable and even fun most of the time. I plan to blog about our sleep training journey and what worked for us as a family. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading!

Love, Kadi

 

9 months of Maizy

The last nine months have easily been the best months of our lives. Parenthood is special, beautiful, messy and hard all at the same time. Being a mother is my favorite calling in life because I have a happy little girl who helps me become more of the person I want to be. The last nine months have also been a bit sleepless! Even when Maizy sleeps all night, mama doesn’t. I tend to wake up throughout the night to make sure she is doing okay. I’m hoping someday soon I can sleep through the night as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Maizy is a happy girl who loves eating, playing in water, going outside, pulling herself up on things and being silly. I will admit, the first two months were hard because she was colicky. Jason and I agree that the newborn stage was the most difficult for us but also amazing at the same time! Being a parent has shown us a whole new kind of love and its a special feeling.

Over the last 9 months, we have snapped several photos of Maizy. Photos are important to me because they document so many precious memories. When I look back on the pictures, I can’t believe how much she has grown and changed. Creating Maizy and watching her grow and develop has been incredible, I feel very blessed to be her mother and to be a parent with Jason.

Here are a few precious memories from the last 9 months!

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Thank you for reading!

Love, Kadi

Ecopiggy

Ecopiggy is a company that sells natural and organic children’s products. Ecopiggy has a variety of great products. Maizy has the Calmies Eco Teether and the Rubbee Blocks. These products are made from all natural rubber. They are really helpful for teething. Maizy loves them and constantly has them in her mouth to help her with teething. Both of these are great quality and babies love them. I highly recommend all of these natural childrens products!

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Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, Kadi