Motherhood | Recipes

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!

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XO

Celeste Wright

 

*Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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Motherhood

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

If you found this post helpful or would like to refer back to it, please Pin this image to your favorite Pinterest board.

 

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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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A Childhood Snack With My Child

By on October 5, 2017

 

One of my favorites memories as a kid was waking up my sister on a Saturday and us driving all the way to Little Tokyo to buy Pocky. I associate Pocky with so many happy childhood memories and it’s so unreal to now enjoy one of my favorite snacks with MY child. Strawberry is my favorite flavor but don’t tell the others, because I love them all! 💘

XO,

Celeste Wright

 

*Thank you to POCKY USA for sponsoring this post.

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Always A Ball At City Hall

By on September 12, 2017

At our city hall you have a 50% chance of spotting a princess. 😉

Happy Monday Friends!

I mean- Tuesday. Happy Tuesday Friends!

After lunch on Saturday we Lila wander around and spent seriously like an hour at this little spot. She loves splashing the fountains and there’s lots of kids and dogs running around so she has a great time just walking from fountain to fountain doing her thing. I love days where we have nothing to do and can just pick a spot to hang and follow Lila’s lead.

Tomorrow I’m sharing Lila’s ‘Montessori style’ closet. So check back for that! Thanks for reading.

Warmly,

Celeste Wright

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Motherhood | Recipes

An Easy Summer Salad

By on September 8, 2017

Hi Friends!

Tonight with dinner I made an easy summer salad that I have been making on repeat all summer. You can whip up a big plate and enjoy it as a meal or you can make small bowl and have it a side dish. I like to make it in bulk and keep it in the fridge for anytime I am feeling snacky. Ingredients for An Easy Summer Salad are from Milk And Eggs. You can get 40% your entire purchase at Milk & Eggs when you click here for the code.

Enjoy! xx

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