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Happy birthday, to our sweet Eleanor! You have taught us so much in this last year.  You have taught us how to love and nourish, and not to want and need. You have taught us how to live life to the fullest. We feel so, so blessed to have you as our own. We love you, baby girl.

Here’s to many more!

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health // earth mama angel baby

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When I was pregnant with Eleanor, I was really good about NOT drinking coffee.  Matter of fact, I didn’t drink any coffee, not one bit. I drank a small amount of tea, and mostly I drank warm water with lemon.  When I did drink tea, it was usually by one of my favorites, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics.  Earth Mama Angel Baby, makes safe, zero toxin, organic herbal products, that support mama and baby.  I absolutely love all of their products.  It’s one of those companies you just know puts a lot of love into making their products just right.

Recently, I was able to try 4 of their teas.  Monthly comfort tea, which let’s be honest, we could all use.  Morning wellness tea, which is a wonderful tea for those queasie times. Heartburn tea, which we all know during pregnancy can be a total nuisance, but I have also been drinking this if I get heartburn know, and it’s wonderful.  The last one I tried was Peaceful mama tea, great for easing that busy head we can often get while pregnant.  Again, I’m really enjoying drinking it now at night, to calm my head before bed.

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One of my favorite things about Earth Mama Angel Baby, is that they have many wonderful gift kits for mama’s.  Aren’t you always looking for the perfect thing to buy an expectant mother? I am! Your problem has been solved.  This is one of my favorites, probably because I had a C-section, and would have enjoyed any of these products.

Earth Mama is a wonderful company, and definitely  one that this mama supports. They truly care and love all of the mamas and women around the world.

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Life Lately

We hope everyone is having a lovely week. We went on a Monday night date, to kundalini. It was fun! It’s always fun when your partner wants to partake in your new found activity. Ha!

Life has been busy lately. We really hope you are all enjoying all of our different snack and drink options. We are starting an all natural beauty segment, when this ends.

Here is what we have been up to lately, via iPhone…

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We went to Earth day, and enjoyed lots of fun, organic goodies.

Eleanor climbs into everything these days. No boundaries for this one.

We gave Eleanor her first whole banana. She was in heaven! And yes, it was a huge mess. ha!

Eleanor makes more faces then I will ever be able to capture. Not that I thought for a second our child wouldn’t have a personality, but it’s beyond! She is freakin’ hilarious!!

Crawling everywhere, and peeks at me when she wants to do something naughty, to see if I’m looking. It takes one to know one, Eleanor. haha!

Chatbooks sent us a nice photo album to have, full of pictures of Eleanor. Love having all of those memories in one place.

Daddy and Eleanor dancing at a little gathering we attended for some friends. This picture was actually taken by a photographer at the gathering, and was sent to us. I love it so much!

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health // earth’s best

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are continuing our healthy, eating/snacking series over here, with a little love towards our little ones.  We can’t forget about them!

When we had Eleanor, I said I would make her food, when she was ready for solids. I said a lot of things, but…Well, I attempted it once, and to be honest, it wasn’t for me or her. (don’t judge. ha!)  So my quest began for the perfect, organic, baby food.  There weren’t many options, that I found and felt comfortable with.  However, the one we kept reading about and seeing was Earth’s Best.  So, that’s who we started with. Eleanor loves her options, and there are many to choose from, so, that’s who we’ve been with since day one!

Earth’s Best has a simple mission, “Earth’s Best Organic provides “better for baby” products with the freshest, purest ingredients, so parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.

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Eleanor had a chance to taste a few of their newer products, and she was thrilled with them.  Luckily, we don’t have a picky eater over here, so we are pretty lucky there.  Another thing we love about Earth’s Best, is the variety of items we have to choose from.  We like to give Eleanor choices.  This way she can learn the taste of different foods.  I am still fully breastfeeding, so her meals with Earth Best tend to be a very small lunch, and a larger dinner. We also do give her avocado and banana. She really is a wonderful little eater.

Lastly, if you get a chance and of course have little ones, try Earth’s Best snack crackers, Those are her favorite, of course!

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Earth Day

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This past weekend we celebrated mother earth. Dave took Saturday off, which is a rarity, so we got to hang with daddy all day!  We enjoyed all of the activities that were happening in Alameda Park, for Earth Day. One of the great things about Santa Barbara, is there’s always so many different activities for families to enjoy!

There were lots of kid activities too, which was nice.  Eleanor had the chance to play the drums, which she loved.  She loves her music! We took a semester off, but she will be back to her music class in a couple of months.  It’s been such a great investment for her.

We listened to lots of live music, and snacked on lots of healthy goodness.  It’s always nice to just throw a few blankets down, relax, and listen to some good tunes.  I also had the chance to check out one of my favorites, Sun Potion.  They had a booth and were offering 20% off all of their products, so I totally scored!  If you know me, you know I love my herbs!

We tied up the weekend with a children’s concert on the UCSB campus, where Eleanor got to enjoy a little fun, with some of her tiny friends.

Hope everyone is having an epic week!

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Almost One!

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Where does time go? Eleanor is going to be ONE next month, and I’m kind of freaking out!  This is coming from the mouth of someone who didn’t even have children on her radar a few years ago.  I love this little human more than she will ever know.  Eleanor has made me a stronger, selfless, more laid back person, I even knew existed within me.  She has been my BIGGEST teacher so far in life.

Eleanor, is a strong willed, independent, full of personality, little child.  She LOVES music, and she loves playing the ukulele.  She loves the beach and the water.  Everyday I look at her and wonder how Dave and I got so lucky.  It was really hard for us to get pregnant, so, she by far, made us both BELIEVE miracles REALLY do happen.

It’s amazing how your own child can really make you a better person.  Not that I didn’t feel I was a good person before, but, I definitely feel I’m more dedicated to life now.

Thanks, Eleanor! We love you to the moon and back!

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9 months!

 

 

 

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Time flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe Eleanor Reed is going to be 9 months in a couple of weeks.  She definitely has a strong personality, which I’m so grateful for.  She’s strong, independent, and funny.  She loves all foods, but sweet potatoes are her favorite.  She started music class at a wonderful little music school here at home.  Eleanor loves the ukulele! We feel so blessed to have such a fun, loving little girl. And her hair!!! Need I say more.

We are off to Mexico in a few weeks, this will be Eleanor’s first time to Mexico. Sayulita has a special place in our hearts.  We’re excited to show her where mommy and daddy like to relax.

Love the print above from hellomaypole.  It really is a great reminder to slow down and let your little one be who they want to be, not who we want them to be.

 

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015!

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Holiday cards

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We just sent out the last of our holiday cards.  If you’re anything like me, I always order more than one style, because I’m indecisive.  This year I went a little overboard and ordered 4 different styles.  My go to company always seems to be Tiny Prints.  They have a wide variety of choices, and their staff is unbelievably helpful.  Right now they are offering 30% off until the 14th.  After that, you can get 10% off until the end of the month.  If you’re a last minute person, no worries, they have New Years cards that are great too!  We ordered a few for those folks you forget about, because you know after you have a baby you forget EVERYTHING!!! Ha!

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Family Photos

We decided to have a quick little family photo session the other night.  A friend  snapped some quick photos of us at the beach.  We planned on having professional photos taken, but decided, why not just do this.  So we did.  The pics are cute.  I’m sure if a professional looked at them they would find a million things wrong, but we like them.  We aren’t picky when it comes to certain things.  Life is too short to sweat the small things, right?!

Here are a few of the shots…

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A visit to the pumpkin patch

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We did our annual visit to the pumpkin patch this year.  Except this year we had miss Eleanor, so It was extra special.  The day was actually pretty humorous. First let me start by telling you, that back in the day if I had a day like this, I would have gone ballistic.  These days it takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. A LOT! I think it has something to do with having a baby.  Nothing ever seems THAT important, unless it has to do with my child and/or her health.

So, we started the day with some pancakes at home, daddy went to a meeting in the morning, came home and was off for the rest of the day, so needless to say, we were stoked!  I got Eleanor ready.  Dressed her in a super cute outfit, that somewhat matched mine, I showered AND washed my hair (its the little things, I tell ya), and, I pulled out the fancy camera.  We were ready, and in a timely manner.  Haha! Off we went.

Oh, and did I mention the pumpkin patch that we go to is 45 minutes away.  (we’re kind of particular with our pumpkin patches:))  We arrive and I get Eleanor out of her car seat and hand her to my husband.  He says “OH MY GOD, she has had a massive blowout, and it is all over her clothes”.  I’m like “Great!”  Mother of the year, totally forgot a change of clothes, and it was all over her outfit.  So we quickly jumped out to take pictures, with the winds probably 20 mph which, well, for lack of a better word “sucked”! It was the biggest catastrophe, but at the same time we had so much FUN!  Eleanor was laughing, Dave and I couldn’t stop laughing about the whole thing, and really, it turned out fine.  We got back to the car to strip Eleanor down, change her diaper (yes, I remembered that), and strap her back in her car seat, with just a diaper on.  She was in 7 heaven.  She loves having just her diaper on.  We were on our way back home, just like that! Oh, and Dave grabbed some hay and pumpkins, while I did the poop change. WHEW!!!

Here is the really great part about it.  If you really knew me, you’d know I’m not the most put together mother.  I’ve winged it since day one, and it works, for all of us.  I’m not one of those mothers that has a full day planned out for my little one, we fly by the seat of our pants, and we like it.  Eleanor has a schedule that works for her, and that works for me.  It’s ALL good!

I love this new little life of mine.  It’s so fun, and I feel so blessed to have this tiny little human next to me at all times.

Love you, little miss Eleanor, and daddy, love you too!  You’re the best daddy a little girl could ask for.

Hope you enjoy these funny pictures from our day at the pumpkin patch.

IMG_3832 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor, in the awkward hold because of the blowout. Haha!!!^^

IMG_3790 (2)^^^The entrance to the corn maze^^^

IMG_3865 (2)^^^We asked a stranger to take a photo, and this is what we got.  We’re not picky.^^^

IMG_3811 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor in the corn maze^^^

IMG_3777 (2)^^^Another attempt at a photo, but you know, that d*** wind.^^^

IMG_3763 (2)^^^That face^^^

IMG_3753 (2)^^^Eleanor loved all of the pumpkins^^^

IMG_3716 (2)^^^My two loves^^^

IMG_3886 (2)^^^Good ol’ Solvang pumpkin patch^^^

IMG_3861^^^ This is so funny!  This was our attempt at a family selfie.  FAIL!

 

 

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