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

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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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Favorite Toddler Toys | Must Haves with Baby

Flashcards Are Fun

By on October 17, 2017

 

123 LEARNING BOOK | ABC FLASH CARDS | KID’S TABLE AND CHAIRS

Hi Everyone!
Everyday for about 20-30 minutes I attempt an educational activity with Lila. Her favorite activity hands down is flashcards. She has a few different sets but I am always looking for something new for her. I found these cute ones from Stuck On You and was sold when I saw that you could personalize them. I customized her name on the cards/card carrier and picked out the pink option. She loves them so much and they are the perfect size to throw in the diaper bag. I will be taking these everywhere from now on.
Since I was already getting the flashcards I also added to my cart a learning book. I thought it would be a good thing to have to take a restaurant or have saved for a rainy day. The book is super cute and it has already gotten a lot of love from Lila. Stuck On You also has other activities, personalized books, bags, lunch boxes, drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and tons of other options.
I hope you enjoyed my latest find!
Warmly,
Celeste Wright

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Montessori | Must Haves with Baby

Lila’s Montessori Floor Bed / House Bed

By on October 10, 2017

 

Housebed from: Sweet Home From Wood

Mattress + Sheets + Drapes from: Tomorrow

Lila’s Tutu from: Plum NYC

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago I shared with you that we decided to add a bed to Lila’s room and it has been working out great. She absolutely loves her bed and tells me thank you everyday. It’s one of the sweetest things hearing her run into her room in the mornings and yell, “Mom! Mom, I just love my bed!” (my heart melts.)

This AMAZING house bed is from Sweet Home From Wood and I cannot say enough good things about it! She is basically a house bed fairy and has something for everyone. The photos on her site are so darling. I wish I could visit every room featured!

We just got it in the mail yesterday afternoon. I built it by myself and it took about thirty minutes. It was super easy to build, but I also had a tiny cheerleader that wanted it built immediately. The decor shown isn’t permanent. It’s just what I already had in her room. I will be decorating a bit over the next week or so and then giving a grand tour.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments below so I can answer. XO

 

Warmly,

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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Falling For Fall Fashion

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Clothing Rack from Alluring Company

amber skirt leotard with long sleeves from Sugar Plum Lane Baby // deer skirt leotard with long sleeves from Sugar Plum Lane Baby // grey gingham romper from Sugar Plum Lane Baby // pumpkin romper from Sugar Plum Lane Baby // clementine ruffle leo from Remie Girl // “bonjour” overalls from Lily and Beau + 20% entire shop with code: CELESTE20// print harem romper from Hallmark Baby // swing dress in marigold from June and January

 

Hey Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you an update on Lila’s Montessori closet. Since October is creeping up on us I decided to swap out some of her blush pieces for a few pieces that are a bit more, fall. I love pumpkin colors on Lila!  I wanted to get a few key pieces that would work paired with pieces she already has in her closet as well as on their own.

Since it probably won’t get cold here in Los Angeles until later this year, I decided to get her a few rompers and dresses that she could wear on a warm day but could easily pair with tights and a sweater if it gets cold. The amber skirt leotard with long sleeves is Lila’s favorite piece on her rack and she wants to wear it everyday. We also got these Mini Melissa shoes that I am really excited about! What are some of your fall favorites?

 

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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