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How I Am Skipping The Grocery Store Lines With My Toddler

By on November 27, 2017

 

My sweater // My pants // My shoes

Lila’s sweater // Lila’s tights // Lila’s shoes

 

We have all been there.

Well at least I’ve been there. With an overtired and cranky toddler getting pushed around in a shopping cart desperately trying to get each item on my list into the cart. We pass by the crackers, she cries for crackers, I give her the crackers. We pass by the cookies, she cries for cookies, I give her the cookies. And so on and so forth. Before I know it I can’t even see my kid because she is under a pile of snacks in the shopping cart. Then we get into the checkout line and out comes my telephone my kid is so sugar-ified that now she wants to run around. This is just fine for a Tuesday morning at 9am, but the last thing I wanted to do during this busy holiday season.

I have been using Milk and Eggs service instead of going to the grocery store for months now. Their produce is absolutely amazing. I would compare their their fruit and veggies to farmer’s market quality, but with grocery store prices. (Yeah, score!) But really the best part is I take the shopping list off of my refrigerator and after my toddler is asleep I sit down and on my phone or computer I make my order. It’s delivered to my doorstep before I wake up the next morning and I start the day feeling productive with a well stocked kitchen.

I can’t say enough good things about this service, or about not having to to grocery shopping with my two year old. I mean I love shopping with her at the mall, Target, or wherever. But grocery shopping? Skip. If you want to try Milk and Eggs with me this holiday season I snagged you a 40% off coupon- and 40% off groceries, I mean c’mon. When does that ever happen?! Happy Holidays everyone!

Enjoy 40% off your first purchase at MilkandEggs.com when you click this link or copy and paste it in a new browser: http://i.refs.cc/7oLxIJB5      (coupon will automatically be applied to your cart)

 

XO

Celeste Wright

 

*Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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Ways To Promote Toddler Independence

By on November 21, 2017

 

My Dress // My Hat // My Shoes

Lila’s Dress // Lila’s Socks // Lila’s Shoes

 

Hi Everyone!

It’s no secret that my little lady, Lila, is my BABY. I have defiantly been known to be a helicopter parent because I am pretty much that girl’s shadow. Since she is my first and only kid I have been keen on not missing a moment. I mean, not missing a single moment. She spends nearly one hundred percent of her time with me. I rarely will have my mom watch her for any reason. I can’t explain why I feel so attached to her, I just never want to be without her. Does anybody else feel that way?

Now that Lila is in full on kid mode I wanted to share with you ways that I have been encouraging her independence in different ways around the house. It’s hard for me sometimes to stop myself from just doing everything for her.

 

In The Kitchen

  • If I am cooking in the kitchen, I give Lila a special title of “Kitchen Helper.” She begs to be called this and will do anything I ask as long as she is referred to by this nickname. Figuring this out was a game changer in getting her excited to help out.
  • While in the kitchen I will ask her help for getting ingredients out the refrigerator. She can reach even the highest shelf in our fridge so unless something is really far back or blocked by a lot of other items, she can grab things with ease.
  • When the ingredients are being chopped or mixed I try to include her as much as possible while still being safe. Her favorite thing to do is pour pre-measured ingredients into bowl or mix with spoon in bowl.
  • When lunch is getting cooked I will hand her items to put items in trash. She really loves putting things in the trash can and my husband will ask her to do this from all over the house.

 

Mealtime

  • One thing I have never done is fed Lila. You know like put some on a spoon and fly it into their mouth pretending it’s an airplane? Not me. Ever since Lila started eating solid food I put her plate in front of her with a fork/spoon and let her have at it. At first mealtime was pretty messy, but the better her hands got with utensils the less messy it became. Since she has never had help, she doesn’t expect it. She is very independent when it comes to eating and even picking what she is hungry for.
  • I usually will offer two options and let her pick. This makes it easy because she has control over what she is eating while I get to pick what the options are. We do this for snacks and full meals.
  • When mealtime is over Lila will actually ask for a wipe and wipe her own face. It is something she started doing all on her own and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She sometimes needs help with her hands and if she asks I will help her.

Dressing

  • I have shared this before but Lila’s Montessori closet has a clothing rack with all of her available options. The majority of her outfits that she wears inside or outside daily are all created by her. I do monitor which selections go on the rack, but when it comes to picking outfits it is all her. Unless we are taking photos where she needs to be wearing a specific outfit. I really do try to never go against her outfit choices once they have been picked out.
  • Things that she can do by herself while getting dressed/undressed include:
  • pulling her shirt off of her head
  • pushing her arms through sleeves 
  • pulling her socks off 
  • putting her shoes on
  • pulling her shoes off
  • putting shoes in the shoes basket by our front door

Laundry

  • I have shared this before but Lila’s Montessori closet has a hamper where she puts her own clothes in a dirty bin after they have been worn.
  • When the bin fills up she will help me transfer the clothes from bin to washer, washer to dryer, and dryer to bin.
  • We are having a hard time learning how to fold without turning the clothing into scrunched up piles. We will get there! haha. (Tips welcomed!)

 

In The Bathroom

  • Washing hands is something that I do need to watch her do because she is up on a high stool. But she does the water and soap all on her own.
  • Letting me know she needs a new diaper. She will always tell me when she needs a new diaper and even go and get one for me to change her. Potty training is around the corner and that’s a whole new ball game.
  • This is simple but I always let her pick which towel to use when she gets out of the bath. She will pick it before hand and we use it when she needs to dry off.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these simple ways I am encouraging independence at home. We are adding to the list everyday it seems that before I know it I’ll have a little citizen on my hands.

 

XO

Celeste Wright

 

*Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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A Weekend Away At The Jamaica Bay Inn

By on November 15, 2017

 

Hi Friends!

Happy Monday. I have swing music playing in our clean living room with our bags already unpacked and I am feeling like it is indeed a happy Monday. Last Friday we headed west to Marina Del Rey and stayed at the Jamaica Bay Inn- the cutest spot right on the beach. When we arrived to the hotel it was pretty late at night and pitch dark outside so we went straight to our room. Lila was so excited to be in a new place and wanted to explore so badly. I told her in the morning we would make sure to explore every inch of the place but that she had to go to bed. When we woke up in the morning we went straight to our balcony and realized how beautiful the grounds were. The sun was shining bright and you could smell the ocean breeze- it was pretty fantastic.

For breakfast we ordered room service and watched Disney Channel with Lila on the bed. If that’s not vacation I don’t what it is! After breakfast we got dressed and walked around the grounds and then the beach. There was an adorable playground right there on the beach and we had to tear Lila away from it. When we all have worked up an appetite from playtime we took a short walk back to the hotel restaurant. That restaurant became a quick favorite of mine, their fish tacos I am already craving again! After lunch at the hotel we checked out the gorgeous heated pool with a view. Lila absolutely loves to swim and the temperature of this pool was beyond. When we were done at the pool we went back to the room and gave Lila a shower and got her in cozy clothes hoping we could get her to take a nap, since she got all of that exercise at the pool.

Later in the evening we stayed in the room since it was dark outside. What’s up with it getting dark at 4 o’clock these days?? The room was so cozy it was really easy to just hang out and lounge. We brought a small backpack of activates for Lila to do and play with so she was happy just to have music on and coloring with her toys around her.

I definitely did not miss home this trip. Something about those ocean ions just keep your mind at ease. I also loved our morning walks around the hotel. It was such a beautiful place to explore and experience. I already want to come back to just to get those fish tacos and go on a walk through the sand with Lila.

Thanks for reading! If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Los Angeles, look no further!

 

XO,

Celeste Wright

 

*Thank to you the Jamaica Bay for hosting us.

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It’s #NationalBundtDay + Things I’m Thankful For

By on November 14, 2017



Hi Everyone!

It’s #NationalBundtDay! But if you are cake fanatic like me then you might have already known that. 😉 I am spoiling myself today with the cake flavor that I wait all year for, Pumpkin Spice! And our friends, Nothing Bundt Cakes are spoiling YOU today with FREE Bundtinis (bite-sized Bundt Cakes) between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at select Los Angeles locations. If you can’t make it in today. No worries. I’m giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner on Instagram. Click here to enter.

 

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and sometimes it is way to easy to get sucked into the holiday. This year I am doing best to not forget to look my left and look to my right, at the two most important people in my life. Lila is growing so fast that sometimes I want to stop myself from blinking. In my opinion she is at the perfect age. She is so fun to be around and so good at making an ordinary day feel special. I love that about her. She makes a simple trip to the grocery store a special adventure. Sometimes we are pirates looking for the perfect oranges and sometimes she’ll have a brilliant idea where we have to rush to the coffee shop to hide from the bergens.

I will take any excuse to have a relaxing afternoon with my girl. I hope everyone gets to enjoy a slice of cake outside in the sunshine today!

XO,

Celeste Wright

 

*Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for sponsoring this post. All opinions are of course my own. I love this company and am delighted to share them with you.

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Motherhood | Toddler Fashion Favorites

November, I Really Really Really Love You.

By on November 8, 2017

 

Lila is wearing the Caledonian Forest Sash Dress from Tea Collection

House // Big Pumpkin // Star Garlands

 

Can it just be November all year long? I love this month so much. The time change, the beautiful weather, the pep in your step from the cheer of the season. Oh and let’s not forget breaking out allll the sweaters!

I am getting so pumped I every time I look at the calendar for all the holiday parties coming up, and I might have done a little damage over at Tea Collection making sure my little lady has holiday dresses ready for every occasion- casual to formal.

Oh November, I really really really love you.

 

XO,

Celeste

 

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Eczema Relief For Babies And Toddlers

By on November 5, 2017

 

 

Hi Everyone!

If you have been following along for a while, then you already know I spend a good amount of time trying to help Lila fight eczema. We have tried so many different things to help her skin get back to normal over the years and I have definitely learned a few things that do the trick. Recently she had a terrible flair up and it really had me evaluate all the products we were using once again. Below are a few tips that have worked for me and our daily routine for keeping the eczema to a minimum.

 


 

Eczema Relief For Babies And Toddlers

 

  1. Bathe Daily with non-scented products. I am a super fan of this No Fragrance Super Sensitive Bubble Bath. You only need a tiny bit to create a wonderland of bubbles. It’s pretty magical! Bath Drops are good for adding moisture to the bath. Just a drop or two will do the trick.
  2. Before Drying Off After Bath time I mix in the palm of my hand about a quarter size of No Fragrance Super Sensitive Body Oil and a quarter size of No Fragrance Super Sensitive Cream. With that I give my little lady a massage in all of her eczema prone areas. The body oil really adds a lot of moisture to her skin, I can notice a difference if I don’t add it in.
  3. It Is Best To Dress her in long sleeve and pant pajamas so that her whole body is covered and the moisture stays locked in. (Also make sure your laundry detergent is fragrance free and plant based. It took me a long time to figure out that our detergent was irritating my poor baby’s skin.)
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to ask your doctor for a prescription for eczema. We had to do this recently after a big flair up and it helped significantly. Her entire flair up was completely gone in 2-3 days, after I had tried home remedies for about a week on my own. I now can also use the prescription for spot treatment when I need it, but do not use it often. The skin with eczema is already thin and irritated that putting medicine on it isn’t the best way to get rid of it. You really want to baby the skin and pack it with moisture.
  5. Add Cream 1-2 More Times throughout the day. During diaper changes or outfit changes I will always spot treat her problem areas with cream. In my diaper bag I keep a travel size cream so that I can dab some on when we are out and about. I notice a huge difference in her skin and her overall happiness (less scratching and less irritation) when I spot treat on the go or at home.
  6. Remember To Relax. Most eczema cases disappear over time. I find myself stressing out all the time over her red patches, but it is actually very common in babies and toddlers. I have to remind myself to slow down, stay calm, and if I need to feel in control of the situation to just apply some cream. 🙂

 


 

I really do believe that having the right routine and finding the right products can make a huge difference. So much so that I have fully committed to this, No Fragrance Super Sensitive Line. A few of their products even come in gallons and half gallons, so you can save big bucks when shopping for the good stuff. We use this shampoo/bodywash and buying one gallon is equilvilant to buying like 15 bottles. Talk about saving a trip to the store! I find myself using it too because the pump on it is easier than my own body wash and I think it’s good to use the same soap as her since we are always in close contact. I also share the same detergent as her for the same reason.

 

I hope this helps someone else that is eczema prone. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will make sure to answer them.

XO,

Celeste Wright

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Thirty Days Of Books: A New November Tradition

By on November 3, 2017

 

A Year Of Books Blundle from Incredibundles

 

Hi Friends! It’s November. Can you even believe it? The first week of November is my favorite time of year because all the spooky halloween decor goes down and in the blink of an eye there are Christmas trees everywhere! I mean, what is more magical than walking around and seeing everything lit up for the holidays. I love love love it and wait patiently for it all year.

This year is extra special because Lila is in full on kid mode and is ready to take in all the magic the holidays have to offer. Her bookshelf was looking like it could use some love, and I think it’s impossible to feel guilty over buying new books. So for the month of November, we are reading one new book together everyday. I found this amazing bundle of books from Incredibundles and it was perfect for what I wanted to do. The books also came in this adorable reusable storage box. Perfect for organizing, but even more perfect for what I wanted to use it for. I keep all of the books in the box and we open it together, and she gets to pick one out. We read it together, we talk about it, we talk about Thanksgiving and why this month is special, we read the book like ten more times, and then she gets to pick a spot for it on her bookshelf. Fun, right?

It’s only been 3 days and I am already having a blast with it. The first book we opened was Ten Tiny Toes and it’s her new favorite. She wants to read all the time and if we are in the car she’ll just start saying the words from the book. I love it so much! I hope to make this a tradition we do every year.

I chose the A Year Of Books Blundle since it came with 30 books and November has 30 days. You can see all the books it includes in the image below. There is also tons more to check out on their site besides books, I’m obsessed!

To kick off the holidays I am giving away a $50 shop credit to Incredibundles! Entering is easy. Just head to my Instagram, here to enter.

Thanks for reading!

XO

Celeste Wright

 

 

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Pink Play Kitchen For Any Little Lady

By on October 25, 2017

Urban Adventure Kitchen in Pink from Teamson Kids

 

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