Confessions of a Co-sleeping Mom with Denver Mattress

I confess, I like to co-sleep + so do my 3 kids. Call me an attached parent, or maybe just trying to get by on survival mode. Probably a little of both. My older two kids sleep in their beds most nights. But, I have fallen asleep in their beds, many nights, too. Of the 4 beds in our house our Organic Crib Mattress by Denver Mattress is by far the most comfortable bed to sleep in. I'm sharing my confessions of a co-sleeping mom + why an organic mattress is important to me with Denver Mattress.

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Honestly, my youngest, Bridger, never slept a night in his crib his first year of life. When I tried, he cried + I just gave up. We were all happier peacefully sleeping in the same room. He spent his first year of life in our bedroom. I realize there are lots of factors that go into infant + children's sleep. But, I started trying to get Bridger to sleep in his crib once we got our new Organic Denver Mattress Crib Mattress + Bridger really does sleep like a baby on it!

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I've slept on this mattress on the floor in my older two boy's bunk bed + I crashed right away! It is honestly so comfortable. And, I really value organic materials so close to my children all night. Healthy sleep is an area of our health that we shouldn't ignore. Did you know that non-organic mattresses have chemicals that babies + children will breathe in all night?

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Confessions of a Co-Sleeping Mom:

I nurse my babies to sleep.

I've fallen asleep in my kid's car beds many nights.

I've slept in my kid's bunk bed.

I love a sleeping baby in my arms.

Sometimes, I still rock my 4 + 6 year olds to sleep. 

Sometimes, all 5 of us squeeze into a Queen bed. 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics supports childhood sleep guidelines.  Read the full article here to see how much sleep your child should be getting daily. 

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I'm always trying to educate myself on ways to create a healthier environment for my kids. Here are some studies to help you learn more about why an organic mattress is a healthy choice for your child:

Sleep Health: Can We Define It? Does It Matter?

Infant Sleeping Environment and Asthma at 7 Years: A Prospective Cohort Study

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Organic crib mattress. Best baby sleep products.

This post was created in partnership with Denver Mattress. I only share products + brands that I truly love + use in my house + with my kids. Thank you for supporting Denver Mattress

Best organic crib mattress with Denver Mattress

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

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Sources:

Organic Crib Mattress: Denver Mattress, Furniture Row

Chamois Fitted Crib Sheet: Pottery Barn Kids

Adorable Cookie PJ's: Kickee Pants

Lovie Blanket: Hudson Baby Company

Lindsey's Dress: Pink Blush

Bridger's Bodysuit: Old Navy

Bridger's Shorts: Salted Sidewalks

 

 

A Clean Kitchen Floor, My Ultimate Goal with bObi

A clean kitchen seems to be the most elusive thing I've ever encountered. I mean, I clean it to only get destroyed again. Now, to truly have a clean kitchen, I think I need a magical unicorn to live with us. But, until then, I'm sharing my tips here for a clean kitchen with bObi.

Tips for a clean kitchen with bObi

Here are my favorite tips for a clean kitchen if you have kids:

1. Never cook anything. I mean nothing. No cooking = no mess, right? If only possible. I start one thing, have to stop, before I know it I can't put things away. And, the tornado already hit. 

2. Don't let your kids eat in the kitchen. I mean, eating = crumbs, spills, total disaster areas. I say, let's just eat outside, even in the middle of winter. Hey kids, snow suit time so we can go eat lunch. 

3. Don't bother sweeping, you're just going to have to do it again in a few minutes anyway. Seriously. I think I've spent 50% of the last six years of my life sweeping my kitchen floor. 

4. Lock the pantry. If they can't get in, they can't destroy the kitchen. #momhack

5. Walk through your kitchen with a blindfold on everyday so you can't see the mess. Hey, out of sight, out of mind, right?

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Ok, those tips sound like a good idea, but they don't really solve many problems. Though, I should try the blindfold trick! Honestly, I've tried about every idea out there + my lifesaver is the bObi.

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Tips for a clean kitchen with Bobi vacuum

Here are the mess makers themselves. Good thing I found a solution to our kitchen floor problem. Because, we need to eat to survive. And, messes are inevetable because cooking + eating are involved with daily life, no getting around it.  

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When Breck was a baby, I tried a robotic vacuum because I thought it was a genius idea. However, I returned it. Breck screamed, cried, ran away from it. He was so scared of it. Like, truly frightened. Also, it wouldn't hold a charge long enough to clean my space + it was so loud I couldn't run it while he was napping. Also, I couldn't think while it was running. It was loud enough that it bothered me as well. So, I gave up on that great idea. But, I've been using the bObi for the past two months, and none of that applies to the bObi. I'm in love. 

Tips for a clean kitchen with Bobi vacuum
Tips for a clean kitchen with kids

The bObi is quiet. It can run it while the kids watch a movie + they can still watch it no problem - in the same room even. bObi is part of our family, her name is Tilly the Trash Picker-Upper. Well, because my kids are obsessed with trash trucks, so her name had to center around that. See those finger prints on Tilly below? Well, Bridger has touched it while it has been running + has never been hurt or scared by Tilly. 

Tips for a clean kitchen with kids and Bobi vacuum

If I can recommend anything to help you with your kitchen tornado disaster problem, the bObi is surely the way to go. 

Tips for a clean kitchen with kids

This post was sponsored by bObi. I only share products I absolutely love + truly use in my home. I am so glad I found bObi because it is a total game-changer. 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

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Sources:

Vacuum: bObi

Bridger's Moccasins: Bird Rock Baby

PJ's: Stuck on You

Sippy Cup: MAM

Tooth Fairy Door: Funny Fable Productions

Square Photos on the Wall: Parabo Press

Photgraphy in the Photos: Kathleen Peachey Photography

Woodland Nesting Dolls: Wee Gallery

Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Apples with Enjoy Life

What's the best way to celebrate Valentine's Day as a family? With chocolate, of course! Chocolate covered apples + watermelon is a fun + cheery way to enjoy enjoy a treat + to have a fun activity as a family. I'm sharing this easy + tasty DIY activity with Enjoy Life Foods.

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When you think of chocolate covered fruit, what do you think of? Strawberries? Me, too. Chocolate covered apples sure don't get enough time in the limelight as one of the best fruits to pair with chocolate. Especially with a hint of lemon, these treats are the perfect indulgence that still feel like a healthy treat!

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Did you know that Enjoy Life Mini Chips are dairy-free, nut-free + soy-free? It's hard to find dairy free chocolate. And, even harder to find soy-free chocolate! This chocolate is also Non-GMO. Actually, the entire line of Enjoy Life Foods is Non-GMO!

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This treat can be enjoyed as a finger food. Or, you can use wooden or red + white plastic tooth picks to make little apple heart pops. Either way, these tasty treats go fast!

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This treat is so simple to make because this chocolate melts perfectly in the microwave. No baking or combining ingredients required. Top with your favorite, creative toppings + enjoy for a family Valentine's Day party!

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Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Apples with Enjoy Life

Ingredients:

2-5 Apples

1 Bag Enjoy Life Mini Chips

1 Small Watermelon

1 Lemon

Sugars + Sprinkles of your choice

 

Parchment Paper

Mini heart-shaped cookie cutters

Optional: Plastic red + white tooth picks

 

Directions:

Wash + dry 2-5 apples. Cut into thin slices working from the outside, in. Cutting from four sides, like a cube. Wash + cut the lemon into slices. Squeeze the lemon juice into a medium bowl. Place the apple slices in the bowl of lemon juice, stir to coat all of the apple slices. The lemon juice helps to keep the apples from browning!

Place the apple slices flat on a cutting board. Press heart shaped mini-cookie cutters into the apples. Snack on the excess apple pieces! I wont tell! Place the heart cut-outs flat onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Wash the mini watermelon. Cut in 1/2. Then, cut into slices. place the watermelon slices flat on a cutting board + cut into heart shapes. Place the heart cut-outs flat onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Pour 1/2 a bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second increments + stir. Continue to heat + stir until the chocolate is completely melted. 

With a spoon or butter knife, drizzle chocolate onto the apple + watermelon hearts. Top with your favorite sprinkles + sugars. 

Enjoy!

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What's better than delicious chocolate covered apples? Enjoy Life chocolate that is 15% off! Order by February 9th to guarantee delivery for Valentine's Day. Use code: CHOCOLOVE15 at checkout.

What is your favorite way to top chocolate covered apples? What creative ideas do your kids come up with?

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This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. I only share products + brands that I love + use. Enjoy Life Foods really are in our bellies + pantry + I hope you will love this chocolate, too. Thank you for supporting brands that bring you fun recipes like this Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Apple recipe. 

 

Eat Freely!

 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

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Visiting Colorado with kids: 7 awesome kid friendly adventures with Toyota

Let's just face it, I'm in the carpooling soccer mom mini van stage of life right now. A Toyota Sienna mini van sure seems like a hot rod to me. I'm sharing what I love about a Toyota Sienna for busy moms like me. Plus, 7 awesome kid friendly adventures in Colorado with Toyota. Let's Go Places.

Toyota Sienna

First, can I say space? I mean, when hauling kids around, it's so nice to have space for the kids, the gear plus some breathing room. The sliding doors are genius, as I can use the remote to open them, or the kids can open them with a press of a button from the inside. Honestly, our favorite thing about the Sienna? The DVD player + headphones. The kids absolutely love it. And, the adults love it, too because everyone is happy + it makes traveling a breeze!

Family travel tips with Toyota
family travel tips with Toyota

The Toyota Sienna is the perfect family car for day-to-day adventures. Or, an excellent option for road trips to make the most out of the beautiful state of Colorado. So, load up the family + hit these must see places in a Toyota Sienna!

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7 Awesome Kid Friendly Adventures in Colorado with Toyota

1. Tiny Town, Morrison, Colorado.

Tiny town is absolutely adorable. I wish I could be a kid here. It is an entire village of tiny houses, miniture stores + more. Tiny Town has a train for the kids to ride + a park, too. This is a must see + very affordable.

2. Westlands Park, Greenwood Village, Colorado. 

I always love a free attraction! Can you believe this park is 25.3 acres? This park is huge! It has something for the babies up to the big kids! There is even a lookout for both kids + adults. Plus, a fun, long slide + huge soccer fields, so don't forget to bring your soccer ball or other sports equipment. 

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3. Old Town Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Colorado is lucky to boast many hot springs. And, Steamboat Springs has a great, family friendly hot springs. There is an amazing kids splash area, that my kids absolutely love. A lap pool, a shallow kids pool + multiple hot pools that vary in temperature. So, there is something for everyone. Plus, A waterslide + climbing wall to jump off into the water. 

4. Bluffs Regional Trail, Lone Tree, Colorado.

Another free activity with beautiful views. This loop takes you up to the top of the bluffs to see the entire Front Range. The loop is 2.7 miles or, 3.5 miles if you also hike the feeder trails + overlooks. Stunning views, yet a doable hike for a visitor that is not quite ready for a 14er. The dirt trail is also perfect for bikes + strollers. Plus, you can head to a great park for the kids afterwards.  

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5. Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, Colorado.

Dinosaur fossils?! Yes, totally cool! This is also a free attraction. Dinosaur fossils were found here in Morrison + preserved. This is a fun activity for both adults + kids as there is also hiking nearby with beautiful views + a fun, interactive Visitor's Center as well. Dinosaur Ridge is the #1 ranked dinosaur track site in the world. 

6. Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Pikes Peak is one of the highest mountains in the U.S. It stands at 14,114' tall + is known as a 14er. There are 58 mountains in Colorado that are 14ers + Pikes Peak is the only mountain with a train to the top. It's a ton of fun for both the kids + adults to take a train up this beautiful mountain. Make sure to book your tickets online ahead of time!

7. Ouray, Colorado.

This beautiful small mountain town is my favorite town in Colorado. It is known as the Switzerland of Colorado. The mountains shoot right up surrounding this quaint town. There is a stunning waterfall, Box Springs Falls, at the end of the town + you can take a trip down the Million Dollar Highway just outside of town, too. There are tons of awesome off roading trails + roads + lots of outdoorsy activities. Plus, don't miss the Ouray Hot Springs, either!

Things to do in Colorado with kids with Toyota
Rocky Mountains of Colorado

All Wheel Drive is a must have for all the places we go in Colorado. Did you know Toyota is the only make of car that offers all wheel drive on a mini van? I just can't say enough about how the Sienna fits our needs as an active family traveling around Colorado.

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One of my other favorite features on the Sienna? The in-vehicle camera. This is a true luxury to me! P24 combines an in-vehicle camera and front-grill mounted millimeter-wave radar for enhanced performance and more functionality. In addition to the three active safety technologies featured in the TSS-C24 package, TSS-P enhances the Pre-Collision System23 by adding a Pedestrian Detection function22, enhances LDA21 by adding a Steering Assist function20 on certain models, and adds Dynamic Radar Cruise Control19. I need an in-vehichle camera for how busy + loud it gets in my car sometimes!

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This post was sponsored by Toyota. All honest opinions here are my own. I only share products that my family + I use + love. Thank you for supporting Toyota

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Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Easy Dill Sauce Recipe with a Quinoa & Brown Rice Family Dinner with Path of Life

I'm always looking to make dinner prep time a little easier. One of my life savers is the brand Path of Life. I love short-cuts, but I still want to eat "clean," natural + simple. Here, I'm sharing how this brand can help make your meal prep simpler. Plus, keep reading for a really delicious Fresh Dill Sauce to round out a full dinner for your family .

Easy family dinner with a fresh dill sauce recipe

Path of Life offers 6 organic + natural microwavable side dishes. I used the Brown Rice & Quinoa variety here. But, there are some other really delicious dishes, like: Southwest Quinoa, Mediterranean Quinoa, Superfood Pilaf + more. They are all ready in 4 minutes. Just pop in the microwave, chop some veggies or throw your sauce ingredients in the blender + multi-task while this dinner side is cooking. 

Dill sauce recipe with quinoa and path of life

I have grown to love cooking. But, I do not love all the dirty pots + pans. Honestly, I often need to clean my stock pot from the night before just so it's ready to make dinner again. I love that the Path of Life microwavable pouches help me have less dirty dishes. Sometimes my dirty pots + pans are my biggest pains. The struggle is real with the dirty dishes in my house day in + day out. 

Easy family dinner recipe. Microwave dinner with fresh dill sauce.

My baby Bridger loved this Quinoa & Brown Rice Blend so much, he was eating it as I took the photos!

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Fresh Dill Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Fresh Dill

1/2 Cup Chopped Leeks

1/2 Cup Macadamia Nut Oil

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds

2 Tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Truffle Salt

Modifications: For a tree nut allergy substitute Macadamia Nut Oil for Avocado, Grapeseed or Olive Oil

Fresh Dill Sauce Directions:

Wash + rince 1 cup of fresh dill. Hey, grab it from your windowsill if this is a herb you grow! Place the dill in your blender. Chop 1/2 cup of leeks, rinse + add to blender. Measure + pour 1/2 cup of macadamia nut oil into the blender. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into the blender. Measure + pour into blender: hemp seeds, brown rice syrup + truffle salt. Blend on medium for 30-60 seconds, then pour into a small serving dish. 

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Easy Dill Sauce with Quinoa & Brown Rice Family Dinner

Ingredients:

1 - 2 bags of Path of Life Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice

1 batch of Fresh Dill Sauce

1 can of Garbanzo beans, strained

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

Optional: sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or sunflower seeds for topping

Optional: dairy or non-dairy cheese for topping

Directions:

Microwave the Path of Life Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice pouch, while blending the Fresh Dill Sauce in the blender. Open + strain 1 can of garbanzo beans. Chop 1/2 head of cabbage. After the pouches are microwaved, let stand. Then, place in a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of the fresh dill sauce + lightly sauté. Or, just stir the sauce in and forget that dirty pan! Plate your dish with the quinoa & rice blend, topped with chopped cabbage, garbanzo beans tossed in the fresh dill sauce + a side of the fresh dill sauce. Top with optional toppings such as: sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese or cashew cheese. 

Enjoy!

Easy family dinner. Quinoa and rice with dill sauce

If your kids are still learning about some of these foods, present the foods in small quantities at first. Allow them to dip the cabbage, garbanzo beans + Quinoa & Brown Rice into the Dill Sauce as they explore the foods. 

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This post was sponsored by Path of Life. I only share products that I truly use + that are in our fridge + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the companies the support this blog + bring you easy new recipes. 

Easy family dinner with fresh dill sauce and quinoa and brown rice

 

Photography by: //  © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

A Great Ski Day at Loveland Valley, Plus 7 Tips for Skiing with Kids

We had a great family ski day this weekend! We left our problems at home + headed to the mountains for some fun. Now, don't let these photos fool you, packing for skiing is borderline torture, but it was so worth it this time! Here are some photos of all 3 kids skiing. Plus, I'm sharing 7 tips for skiing with kids, if you're up for the challenge!

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kids skiing in Colorado at Loveland Ski Area
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7 Tips for Skiing with Kids:

1. Bring a sled. It's a ton of work hauling the kids around the ski hill. Plus, you don't want to tire them out from hiking around the mountain. You want them to use their energy on skiing! Carrying 3 kids, the skis + gear it a lot of work, so the sled does the work for you!

2. Find a ski area that has close parking + a lodge close by. Better yet, scope out the place before you go so you can plan on how you will get the kids + the gear from Point A to Point B. We love having the kids ski at Loveland Valley; the parking is close + the lodge is right at the base of the kids area. 

3. Get the kids dressed + ready in the lodge. When my husband + I ski, we get all our gear on at the car, then take the shuttle to the lift. Get the kids ready in the lodge, even the best days are a little cold, wet + even muddy in the parking lot. We want those kids starting the day out happy, not cold + sad. 

4. Bring extra gloves + hats. We've had to use our extras so many times! We haven't always lost our gloves, but we've misplaced one in the car + it's way easier to use the extras rather than looking around or running back to the car. 

5. Bring lots of snacks!

6. Bring your snow boots + skis. Sometimes it's best to ski with the kids to help them out. And, sometimes its best to run down the hill on foot. It's the worst when you don't have the option of boots, running shoes or hiking shoes when the kids are ready for more independence. 

7. Take a deep breath. Actually, like a million. Packing + unpacking for skiing is SO much work! I mean, borderline insanity. So, plan ahead. Maybe even start packing or loading the car a few days ahead, because it really is such a process!

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Kids skiing in Colorado at Loveland Ski Area

We had a great day skiing as a family! Breck can make turns down the hill now. He is excellent at snowplow. Breck even skied backwards a few times, just like his Dad's favorite trick! Breck can even get his way back to the Magic Carpet weaving through the people all on his own. Breck + Bowan are loading + unloading themselves on the Magic Carpet. They are even working on getting on + off the lift on their own. Bowan is a speed demon + pretty fearless. Breck is learning to play his edge while staying in control. Bridger had a blast. He can stand up on the skis + walk in them all on his own. Bridger took some runs down the mountain + had a great time. The only tears were from me while I was packing for this day! Cheers to more great ski days. 

 

Photography by: // © Lindsey Lee & Co.

 

7 tips for skiing with kids

Sources:

Bridger's Boots: PediPed

Bridger's Snow Suit: Ralph Lauren Polo

Bridger's Hat: Eskimo Kids

Breck's Goggles: Smith

Easy School Lunch Hacks with Oriental Trading.

It's back to school time again, so that means back to packing lunches, too. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut. So, I have some inspiration for you to get back in the lunch packing groove! Put it on a stick! Here are some fun lunch packing hacks to help spice up those school lunches with Oriental Trading

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I know some lunch ideas can seem unrealistic or time consuming, but using a decorative food pick can be a great surprise for the kids! It can be a way to keep fresh food or veggies from getting smashed. And, total mom hack: it can be a great way to add in less preferred fruits or veggies for your child. Say, blueberries are a favorite food, but cucumbers are way down on the list, combine cucumbers with the preferred fruit for a more motivating experience for your child to try something new. 

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

Add a few dips into the lunch so your kids can dip those fruits + veggies. A fun + healthy lunch. Easy to prepare + a great way to add in some less preferred foods. Maybe an inticing dip will be just the thing to help give a new veggie a try?! 

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

Fruits + Veggies to add to a Pick:

Cucumbers

Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Cherry Tomatoes

Radish Slices 

Roasted Potatoes

Baby Corn (Found in a can)

Zucchini Slices

Pear Slices

Apple slices dipped in Lemon Juice

Grapes

Purple Cauliflower

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Dates

Dried Cranberries

Rasins

Olives

Easy School Lunch Hack, gluten free lunch ideas

Another fun, yet simple surprise to add into the lunchbox? Small Notepads! Write notes to your child daily or weekly. Or, let a sibling or grandparent draw a picture or write a note for an extra special surprise. 

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This post was created in partnership with Oriental Trading. I only share products + companies that my family + I absolutely love! I hope you love these ideas, too! What is your favorite fruit or veggie to add to a decorative pick?

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

What a Safe Cupcake Means to Me

You may wonder what a safe cupcakes is? Well, once you live with food allergies, food becomes Safe + Unsafe. Safe food is free from life-threatening allergens. Unsafe food contains or may contain allergens due to the way the food was prepared or handled. We should focus on nourishing, health-giving foods + try to not overdo the sweets. But, let's be honest: desserts are part of our culture + lifestyle + it means a lot to be included in events + festivities with safe food. 

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My middle son, Bowan has spent most of his life with multiple life threatening allergies. He recently outgrew his peanut allergy. But, we absolutely know what it feels like to have a hungry, grumbling tummy even while surrounded by food. Food is about the physical aspect of nourishing our hunger + finding health giving foods to help us survive + thrive. But, food is totally social at the same time. When is the last time you've been to a party or festivity that didn't include food? 

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With the holidays here, I'd like to bring some awareness to the social aspect of food allergies. It's totally ok to not be included once or twice, but to live a life of exclusion is incredibly draining + discouraging. It's isolating. When kids are forming a self-concept + a sense of identity the exclusion from social activities can't help but shape who they are. Yes, there are opportunities to teach, grow + learn. But, more often that not, the experiences can really add up as a huge mountain of emotions for the kids + adults to work though in our already busy, over-complicated, over-scheduled lives. 

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Food allergies have really gotten a bad rap + have been totally misunderstood for multiple reasons. This really strains relationships + ultimately, puts people with food allergies + Celiac at great risk. Food allergies are real + they have to be managed. There are some treatments for food allergies emerging, but they aren't available to everyone. There is no cure for Celiac. The only form of management of allergic disease + autoimmune disease is strict avoidance of the allergen(s) or gluten. That also means trace amounts... Surfaces where the food is handled + prepared... Shared utensils... Unwashed hands... There really is so much to think about with food allergies. I haven't lived this life in vain, I hope to spread awareness to help others down the same path we've traveled. 

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Are you celebrating with someone with food allergies or Celiac Disease? 

Here are some ideas to help keep people with food allergies or Celiac Disease stay safe:

1. Pre-plan the menu, discuss brands of foods + details of the menu.

2. Host the celebration in a place where the food preparation can remain free of allergens. 

3. If an allergen will be present, keep that dish is a separate place, away from the safe food to help prevent cross contamination. 

4. Do the best you can to have as much safe food as possible, to include everyone. A safe dessert can bring everyone together + can set a great vibe for conversation.

5. Have an open mind. Some traditional recipes can very easily be altered to use a gluten-free flour. Maybe use egg replacer instead of egg? Maybe try some seeds instead of nuts? Cooking allergen-free is possible!

6. Learn what the allergies are so you can be an advocate + a refuge. 

7. Allow the person or family with food restrictions to lead the way. If you are unsure of how to cook allergen-free, see what brands of pre-made foods you could buy? Set a plan of how you could decorate or clean up to help support the cook.

8. Let the person with allergies know you care. Lead with love. Sometimes we feel strongly, but we don't share those feelings. I promise that your words will mean the world to the allergic person in your life. 

 

Gluten free vegan cupcakes

If you are looking for a safe dessert for your next event, follow Sit By Me Bakery. Not only are they experts at Allergy Friendly + Celiac Safe, their desserts are to die for even if you have no food restrictions yourself. 

Looking for more insight on food allergies + how to support the people in your life? Watch this video here by No Nuts For Me

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co

 

Bento Box: Hello Cheeky Kids

 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Cupcakes: Sit By Me Bakery

 

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Peanut Allergy Testing: Our Christmas Miracle

Our lives completely changed when my son, Bowan was diagnosed with a peanut allergy + other food allergies at 14 months old. We had to learn a new way of living. I had to take Bowan to specialists + office visits + even ER visits. The diagnosis was devastating + literally broke my heart. Like the Japanese saying goes, that broken space in my heart is repaired with a metal filling, because it will absolutely never be the same. Just last week, we expereinced a food allergy Christmas miracle. 

I'm going to talk a little bit about medical information here, but clearly, I am absolutely not a doctor or allergist, I'm just a mom that's trying to share about my experience. If you are looking for help with allergies, please make an appointment with a board certified allergist.

Almost two months ago, Bowan had a severe allergic reaction to kiwi. It was an unknown allergy + a very scary experience for the kids + I. I administered Auvi-Q to Bowan at home, with his brothers Breck + Bridger watching. Bowan got another shot of epinephrine at the hospital when his reaction became biphasic + started back up again. Because of this reaction, we needed to do some allergy testing to confirm the kiwi allergy. We went to Children's Hospital downtown Aurora/Denver to see the allergy + EoE specialists. Bowan's blood work, indeed confirmed a kiwi allergy. 

Food Allergy story, food allergy testing

Bowan's anaphalyctic reaction to kiwi literally left me with nightmares for weeks. But, it also brought an incredible surprise. All of Bowan's other known food allergies went down. The allergists track IgE numbers of the food proteins that people with allergies react to. The most surprising result of the blood testing was that the peanut IgE dropped. The peanut levels were low enough, that our allergist at Children's wanted to challenge it!

food allergy Peanut oral food Challenge

When clinical allergy testing suggests a patient has outgrown an allergy, the safest way to test this is through an Oral Food Challenge. This is done in a hospital setting, at prescribed doses + at set intervals, to watch for even the slightest reaction. If a reaction does occur, the patient will be treated right away. I knew going into this challenge that we had a 50/50 chance of Bowan passing the challenge. But, I decided it was worth a shot because avoiding peanut is seriously so incredibly hard. I honestly don't think I've ever done anything more difficult in my life. And, I've had three natural childbirths. I will always choose childbirth over food allergies, if I only had a choice! Avoiding a food due to a life threatening allergy seriously wears on the soul + takes so much pre-planning, it is absolutely exhausting. 

Food Allergy: Oral Food Challenge

Our food challenge took place last week on the 9th floor of Children's Hospital Colorado. It was the pulmonary floor. Completely equipped at the highest level to treat any respiratory distress caused from an allergic reaction as a result of a failed food challenge. Ironically enough, Bowan + I stayed on this exact floor 2 1/2 years ago when he was hospitalized for 3 days due to respiratory distress with RSV. Bowan's peanut allergy was confirmed via blood work 2 days before that RSV stay. This recent hospital visit really came full circle. Below is a photo of Bowan riding in the ambulance to Children's downtown. 

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Bowan is such a strong kid. He's been through so much. He's been poked and prodded + had painful allergic reactions. He faced his recent oral food challenge like such a big, strong boy. He was afraid because he knew he was going to eat peanut. Ever since his first exposure to peanut at 14 months, he's spent his entire life avoiding peanut. And, now he was going to eat it. That is a lot to ask of a 3 year old. He did it. And, after all this heartache, he passed. Just days shy of his 4th birthday he at 16.7 peanuts or 5000mg of peanut protein + passed an oral food challenge. 

Peanut allergy: oral food challenge

We experienced a true Christmas miracle! Bowan outgrew his peanut allergy. Only 20% of kids with a peanut allergy will outgrow the allergy. Living with food allergies has never been about the food. It's not been about peanut or almond or wheat or any other food that we couldn't have. Not the food. Not at all. It's been the exclusion, the painful reactions. The extreme medical bills. The extra hours working just to make a dent in the medical bills. The lost time at the appointments. The painful blood draws that a little toddler just doesn't understand. We praise Jesus for Bowan's Christmas blessing, but our walk with food allergies is far from over. 

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Peanut Allergy: food allergy testing
Peanut allergy testing

Here Bowan is learning how to self administer epinephrine from a nurse. 

Bowan Peanut Challenge
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Just 6 months ago, I flew with Bowan + Bridger out to Utah to See Dr. Jones of Rocky Mountain Allergy to pursue Oral Immunotherapy treatment. I took the trip to get Bowan on the waitlist, because honestly, I just couldn't see how I would handle all of the difficulties of sending a son to Kindergarten with a peanut allergy + multiple life threatening food allergies. I was desperate. He requested blood work + we got all of Bowan's IgE levels then. IgE levels can change over time. But, it was so surprising to see that the levels dropped over the past 6 months. A miraculous surprise.

I sure have learned that people living with food allergies are an underserved community. There is still much work to be done. We need to spread more empathy + we need to fund more research. If you can help anyone in anyway, please do. 

 

Photography by: // © Kathleen Peachey + Lindsey Lee & Co. 

 

Teal Allergy Awareness Earrings by: Allergy Mom Depot

 

Other Posts you might like:

Our Peanut Allergy Diagnosis

The Heartbreaking side of life with Food Allergies

10 Tips for the New Allergy Mom 

7 Ideas to make your Holidays Special with Janie + Jack in Dapper Style

Holidays are the perfect time to create special memories + traditions with our kids. It's a great opportunity to create a magic all of our own. I'm partnering with Janie and Jack to bring you 7 ideas to make your holiday season special.

boys outfit style guide with Janie and Jack
boy outfit holiday ideas with Janie and Jack

1. Create a tradition of giving. Find a way to make it personal. Write a list of ideas of ways your kids can to give to others in the community or around the world. Let your kids pick their favorite idea or ideas and work together to give + bless other people. Donate toys to other kids that have less. Create food baskets for families in need. Donate books to places that could put them to great use. Mail packages to military members. Donate to your local school. Work together with your church to help another family. Big or small, this is a great way to teach compassion to our kids this holiday season.

Dapper boys outfit ideas with Janie and Jack

2. Create a tradition around a game or games. Keep the food + clean up out, less stress for all! Involve everyone young + old, find ways to laugh + connect. Game ideas: Go Fish, Uno, wheel barrow races in the living room, Snowman building, creating ornaments, Candy Land, treasure hunts around the house. The ideas are endless!

Dapper Boy Style with Janie and Jack

3. Let your kids do a gift exchange from each other on Christmas Eve. This was one of my most favorite traditions from my childhood. My mom let my brother + I exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, we always gave each other one of our most wanted gifts + it was a special time to spend together. I will always remember those special moments. 

Boys outfit with Janie and Jack

4. Make a handmade gift or many handmade gifts to spread Christmas cheer. Maybe add some personalized art to a photo book? Create handprint ornaments, because those hands will never be that small again. Create a video to email to someone. Write a poem to a loved one. Create potato printed wrapping paper. Create small figurines out of modeling clay. Whatever it is, the time will be special + the gift will be loved. 

Boys outfit ideas with Janie and Jack
Dapper style tips with Janie and Jack

5. Create a memory book, or yearbook, or a list of the top 10 memories from the year. Work with each child to reflect on the year. If they are little, write down your favorite memories from their first or second year. If they are older, talk through their favorite experiences from the year. Maybe they can already write the sentences, or color pictures to record the special events. Keep these yearbooks in a photo box to collect every year. 

Styling a boys outfit with Janie and Jack

6. Make a phone call to someone special. It seems so simple, but we don't make as many calls as we used to. Call a loved one. Hopefully the kids can sing Rudolph or Jingle Bells! I bet that Grandma or Great Grandpa or Aunt will be smiling from ear to ear to get such a special call.

Baby boy clothes with Janie and Jack

7. Dress the kids up for the holidays! Take some photos of them because they will never be this small again + their magic is real! I absolutely love to dress my boys in Janie and Jack for every special occasion. I just love my boys in bow ties, suspenders + sport coats. And, Janie and Jack always has the most incredible selection. I also love that the clothing is timeless + useful even after the holidays are over. Read my post here for style tips to dress your dapper boys. 

Boys holiday outfit ideas with Janie and Jack

Bow ties, wool vests, newsboy hats, leather belts, striped socks, dark denim + a fun sports coat?! I mean, we can't go wrong! These outfits are so festive, yet a few accessories can be swapped out + much of the outfit can be used again for Easter! Plus, the quality is so amazing, Breck's clothing can be passed all the way down to Bridger in the years to come. 

Boys style guide with Janie and Jack

This clothing was provided by Janie and Jack. I absolutely love this brand for dapper looks for my boys. I only share brands and items that I absolutely love + use for my family. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog to bring you helpful style posts like this one. 

What is your favorite way to style your son's outfit for photos?

Photography by: © Kathleen Peachey

Dapper Boy Holiday Style
Baby boy bow ties with Janie and Jack

Smash Cake Photos: Bridger's 1st Year

The first year is full of so many milestones, topping it off with a cake smash seems to be the best way to close out the year. Bridger is ONE. He is so full of joy + love. His life is a gift + I can't wait to see the gifts he brings to this world as he grows. He's so loved by his big brothers, especially when they get to join in on his cake smash fun. 

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Bridger's beautiful cake is from Sit By Me Bakery. This vegan cake is totally delicious. My kids wish they could survive off of this cake alone. 

Vegan smash cake

It's often a misconception that baking without ingredients means taste will be sacrificed, but not here! This cake is free from gluten, dairy, eggs + free from all of the top 8 allergens, actually + it tastes amazing. Hey, it's even a little healthy: this cake is made with apples + bananas. 

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Bridger is my 3rd boy! So, I sure know how fast the first year flies by. I'm so thankful Kathleen Peachey captured these beautiful moments from this first birthday milestone. I feel like this photo completely captures each of the boys personalities. A huge heart + a silly heart + a heart that really wants to eat more of his first cake. With a house full of boys, there is always something going on + these big personalities sure do keep things interesting!

Vegan Smash Cake

I love that Sit By Me Bakery provides stunning cakes that are perfect for any occasion. Yet, full of high quality ingredients that matter to me as a mom. Apples + bananas in here?! Yes, please!

Vegan smash cake

His tiny hands will never be this tiny again. His days are full of exploration + adventure. Maybe the sayings are true, I think boys really might be made to get dirty. Especially when it involves cake. 

First birthday photography

Dear Bridger, I want you to know that you are loved + treasured. We are so thankful to have to in our family. Here you are sitting in the same highchair I had as a baby. You are our sunshine when skies are grey. 

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The great thing about being the youngest brother is that Bridger has two big brothers to show him lots of love. They also teach him lots of tricks. He's on the go + into so many things. But, hey, I guess I'm completely used to chaos at this point.

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I love how this black + white photo pulls me right into the emotion of this moment. 

Vegan cake smash photography

Bridget's Deep, dark eyes pull me in every time. Breck + Bridger have a special connection. Breck is a great older brother. He loves Bridger deeply + can take great care of him. Breck gets very frusturated when Bridger knocks over his trash village. Otherwise, they sure have lots of fun together. 

Vegan cake smash photography

I can feel Breck's gentle love he is showing to Bridger in this black + white photo by Kathleen Peachey. 

Vegan smash cake

It's all in the details. 

Vegan Smash cake

Brotherly love. There's nothing like it. 

Vegan Smash Cake

This beautiful blue is all natural. No artificial dyes here. 

Vegan cake smash

My favorite kind of mess. A happy mess. 

Vegan gluten free smash cake

Dear Bridger, 

Happy 1st birthday to you. 

Love, 

Mommy, Daddy, Breck + Bowan. 

 

Photography by: // © Kathleen Peachey + © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

 

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Sources:

Kids clothing: Janie & Jack

Recycled Spoon: Replay Recycled

Party Hat: Little Blue Olive

Smash Cake: Sit By Me Bakery

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Season of Giving with The Denver Rescue Mission & Toyota

It's the Season of Giving. It's a time when we love to help others + we hope to make a difference. But, sometimes we don't know where we should give our efforts, our time or donations. I recently partnered with the Denver Rescue Mission + the Denver Toyota Dealers Association to help provide meals to the most vulnerable in Denver. I love this mission + the cause. I absolutely know they are making a difference, touching lives + making a huge impact. This is a cause you will definitely want to become a part of. 

Season of Giving at the Denver Rescue Mission with Toyota

A warm meal may not sound like much, but when you live on the streets with nothing but a blanket + the clothes on your back it can make the world of a difference. With winter rapidly approaching + 5,000 homeless individuals in Denver, the need for emergency services is prominent. To help prepare for the holiday season the Denver Toyota Dealers Association donated enough nonperishable food to feed more than 6,200 people through the Denver Rescue Mission. Last year Denver Rescue Mission provided 927,000 meals to poor + hungry men, women + children in the community. 

Season of Giving at the Denver Rescue Mission

The Denver Rescue mission provides meals, shelter + resources to people in need. My family + I partnered with the Denver Toyota Dealers Association + we shopped at Safeway for nonperishable food. We know this will make such a positive impact for so many. It's really important for my family that we look outside ourselves + our own needs + find ways to help others. Over 100,000 meals will be directly affected by the Toyota Season of Giving donation!

Season of Giving with the Denver Rescue Mission and Toyota

Food allergies impact 15 million Americans. Including 5.9 million children under the age of 18. We donated allergy friendly food options because people that are homeless or in need may be living with food allergies. Food allergies can become very expensive when specific foods have to be avoided + medical costs add up. The Denver Rescue Mission also has a food pantry, so people in need can also pick up much needed food for their family. I partnered with the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference to donate much needed allergy friendly resources. 

Donate this Season of Giving with Toyota

Whether it’s the loss of a job or the rising cost of housing, homelessness has complicated causes and devastating effects on men, women and families in our community.

Being homeless often means feeling hopeless, but the Denver Rescue Mission believes we can change this situation for our homeless friends and neighbors by meeting them at their physical and spiritual points of need. The Denver Rescue Mission follows Jesus’ example by walking alongside the people they serve through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional programs, and community outreach.

Donate this Season of Giving with Toyota

The Denver Rescue Mission provides a New Life Program to people that come through their doors. Program graduates overcome destructive habits, maintain healthy community, obtain full-time employment, and provide for their own sustainable housing. While I was at the Denver Rescue Mission, I met a previous graduate of the program that is now the Warehouse Manager. It was quite remarkable. 

Donate this season of giving with Toyota

If you'd like to be a part of this mission, there are many ways you can help. You can donate nonperishable food directly to the Denver Rescue Mission warehouse. You can sign up to serve a meal. You can donate gently used clothing, warm jackets, even furniture or your old car directly to the Denver Rescue Mission warehouse. You can become a change maker + you can donate. However you choose to help, hope starts with you. 

Donate this Season of Giving with Toyota

This project was created in partnership with the Denver Toyota Dealers Association, Safeway + the Denver Rescue Mission. Thank you so much for supporting such a great cause. 

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Photography by: // Connor Tieulie + Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Inspiration: Finding your Blogspiration

We might be bloggers, moms, recipe developers, food photographers, allergy moms, or all of the above. Whatever hat we wear, we need to be inspired. That inspiration often comes from within. We need to believe in ourselves. We also need an opportunity to get our great ideas out + get a little organized. Here are some helpful printable downloads to help make your ideas come to life. 

Printable Downloads
Recipe Sheet
Daily Planner Download
Recipe Print-out
Weekly Menu Download

Weekly Menu Sheet Download Here

Wherever you are at just start. Share your story + share your ideas. You have something to give + people want to hear it. 

The one thing you have that nobody else has is you.

Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.

So write + draw + build + play + dance + live as only you can.

-Neil Gaiman

Download Writing Prompts 1 Here

Download Writing Prompts 2 Here

Download Writing Prompts 3 Here

Download Writing Prompts 4 Here

Thank you so much for attending the FABLOGCON presentation with myself + Missy Voronyak. We hope this session leaves you inspired + encouraged to keep making, keep doing, keep writing + to keep being you. 

 

 

Photo Tools Every Busy Mom Needs with Photojojo

iPhone photography seems to go hand-in-hand with motherhood. Having a camera phone handy is perfect for capturing moments we want to remember. I'm sharing photo tools to help you get the most out of your most used camera, your phone, with Photojojo. Plus a simple + fun DIY project.

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We can just grab our phone + go. Sometimes we really need a few things to keep our phone happy. The Photojojo Everything Everyday Kit can really help us take our photos to the next level. Honestly, it's been difficult for me to find a phone cable that works, doesn't get tangled + holds up. I've been using the Photojojo cable to charge my phone overnight + I absolutely love it. My phone is no good if its not charged, and this cable works so well + the material keeps it from tangling. 

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Something every mom needs in her purse? A personal power bank. I'm so serious. You just never know what's going to happen, and we really do need our phones. Sometimes we need them for super fun things (read this great list here.) And, sometimes we need a portable charging block for times when we make an emergency trip to the hospital with the kids + the phone battery is almost empty. It's really a great thing all moms should carry around in their bag 'o tricks, I mean diaper bags.

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Photojojo is the sister company of Parabo Press, a photo printing company I just love. I told you I had a DIY project for you + I totally do. When you order prints from Parabo Press, they come with these adorable printed thick card-stock sheets. I've kept mine, and I was waiting for an idea of how to use them. Well, I came up with a fun + super easy DIY project for them. Hand print + foot print keepsakes. 

Footprint DIY project

Hand Print Keepsake DIY

How To:

This simple project is quick + easy, but the key to success lies in the prep-work + clean-up. The story of motherhood, right?

Do this project in your bathroom, you'll thank me later! Get the bath water ready. Have baby wipes ready + you can even place newspaper on your floor so the ink doesn't stain your bathroom grout. 

To make the clean + easy hand + foot prints, get your little one undressed just in their diaper or underwear. Place their hand or foot onto the ink pad, then press onto the cardboard. Make sure to evenly apply weight for a clear print. Then wipe off their hand or foot with some baby wipes + then place them directly in the bath!

Oh, and make sure you aren't wearing nice clothes! We don't want any ink stains!

Let the prints dry over night. Then, write the name + year on the back with a permanent marker. Display on a shelf or store in a photo box with other keepsakes.

Printed Photo DIY project

I know you have a lot of pictures sitting on your phone waiting to be printed. Just download the Parabo App + order a free 5" photo book! You'll love it! Also, I know you could totally use this Photojojo Everything Everyday Kit, so just head on over to Instagram to enter to win your own kit!

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This post was created in partnership with Photojojo. I honestly do love + use the products + I only share what I think you will love, too!

Now, tell me in the comments below... How many hundreds or thousands of photos do you have on your phone that you need to print? And, how many times have you desperately needed that power bank?  

Photo Tools Every Busy Mom Needs. Tech tools for your phone
Square photo prints with Parabo Press
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5 Tips for Baby Wearing with Lille Baby

One of my favorite things about motherhood is baby wearing. I honestly love baby wearing + I'm incredibly thankful for the past 5 1/2 years that I've been able to wear my children. If you're expecting, or if you're looking to wear your busy toddler in the grocery store, I'm sharing baby wearing tips for you here with Lille Baby.

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie Baby

1. Start Early. Wether your baby is a day old or a year and a half old, start wearing that little squish. If you have a newborn, start wearing that sweet little baby + try different carriers with the little one. I love wraps with newborns the most. I love structured carriers, like pictured here for toddlers + older kids. If you're trying out baby wearing with a toddler, try different positions, like the side carry or back carry.

Did you know, baby wearing is an excellent opportunity for skin-to-skin contact while at home? You can have your newborn in a diaper, while you are in a bra. Wear your baby in the carrier, and wear a sweater on top of your baby in the carrier!

Baby wearing with Lillie Baby

2. Get a carrier that is comfortable. There are so many amazing carriers available. Moms + babies will want different carriers for different needs, different stages + sizes. Check out your local baby store as they can also get you the right fit for your needs. If you want to wear that baby while getting house work done, I totally recommend a structured carrier, Lille Baby has great back support. Check out the Lille Baby Instructional Videos here

Lillie Baby Structured carrier

3. Wear your baby while getting exercise. One key to motherhood is the ability to multi-task, am.I.right? Bringing baby along for a hike or walk in the neighborhood is a great opportunity for the little one to get some fresh fair, some bonding time + a chance for mom to get some exercise. It can be so challenging for new moms to practice self-care + opportunities for exercise really are important. Even squeezing in a 20 minute brisk walk has great health benefits. 

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie baby

4. Keep your little on safe while they are worn. Make sure their head is always close enough to kiss, never low on your chest. Make sure your baby is always worn facing in, unless you have a carrier specifically designed for outward facing. Check to make sure the straps are buckled or tied correctly. Make sure the airway is always open. Make sure that you "feel" like the baby is very supported. If you ever feel like they could fall or slip out, make sure to adjust the carrier.  

5 tips for baby wearing with Lillie Baby

5. Kiss that little head 100 times while they are worn. Make that 200. When your baby or toddler is in the carrier, you just can't help but kiss that sweet little head. Totally do it. The days are long + the years are short. I promise. You really do wake up one day to a Kindergartner. I did. Wear them while they are little because before you know it they are off to run + play on their own. The stages do come + go + we can't stay in one stage forever. (Thank goodness, I mean threenagers are rough!).

5 tips for beginner baby wearing

This post was sponsored by LilleBaby. I only share brands that I absolutely love, + I love Lille Baby!

Happy baby wearing!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Pour on the goodness with this refreshing yet hearty vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk. Mealtime surely can be full of goodness with this make-ahead chia seed pudding featuring dairy-free flaxmilk. Keep reading to get this recipe that will help you inspire more goodness into your daily routine because your meal is already prepared with this Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk.  

Apple Cinnamon Vegan Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
Dairy free chia seed pudding recipe
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Vegan non-dairy Flaxmilk

Fall isn't just about back to school, it's also about falling back into family routines. Family routines that spread goodness into our homes also help us spread goodness throughout the world. This is where true change happens.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. -Desmond Tutu

Good Karma aims to "pour goodness" on everyday. This simple yet profound mantra is something that we bring into our home, around our table, too. My family + I are pouring goodness into our days by sharing with each other what acts of kindness we chose to do that day that centered on other people, not ourselves. From big to small. From simple to more thought-out. It's about teaching our kids The Golden Rule by also modeling it ourselves. 

Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
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We have a pom pom jar at our house where I add pom poms when I catch my kids doing kind + thoughtful things for each other. Sometimes they even let me know of the thoughtful choices they made, because they are so proud. I love the motivation they get from seeing the jar as it is filled with pom poms because they made great choices. They often tell me the thoughtful things they chose to do for each other or even helpful choices they made out in the community. This has been a great motivational tool for my kids to help practice The Golden Rule on a day to day basis as they pour goodness into our daily routine. 

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Good Karma pours goodness into our mornings with this ready-to-eat Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding. But, Good Karma also pours so much goodness into our lives because it is a great allergy-friendly option for families like ours. Good Karma is free of the top 8 allergens, plus it is vegan, gluten-free + plant-based. So much nutritional goodness in one cheery container. My family is truly thankful to have such a great option for our dietary needs that has a surprisingly delicious taste + creamy texture. 

Apple Cinnamon Vegan Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
dairy free chia seed pudding recipe with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Good Karma wants to pour goodness into your daily routine by giving you a $2 off coupon. You can download the $2 off coupon Here. And, Good Karma will also match your coupon by donating $2 to community organizations that are inspiring + activating goodness everyday, including FARE's The Teal Pumpkin Project, The GrowHaus, + The Gangsta Gardener. The charitable initiative campaign is supporting amazing organizations that are making a meaningful difference in our communities. 

You can download your 1/2 off coupon here

By doing the little things and the big things, by supporting one another and radiating optimism, we bring brightness to every day. We cheer on our friends, are committed to our neighbors and are inspired by acts of kindness. Join us in contributing small drops of positive energy and encouraging everyone to pour on the goodness. 

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk

Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flaxmilk

Ingredients:

4 Cups Good Karma Flaxmilk Original

1 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds

3 Tbsp Confectioner's Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Agave Nectar

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Apples Cored and Sliced

Additional Cinnamon + Confectioner's Sugar for topping.

Directions:

Combine Good Karma Flaxmilk + Chia Seeds. Stir well until combined. Next, add confectioner's sugar, cinnamon, agave nectar + vanilla. Stir into the pudding + divide into cups. Cover + refrigerate over night. 

Enjoy chilled or microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Top with freshly sliced apples + sprinkled confectioner's sugar + cinnamon. 

 

Adaptation for young children/baby led weaning: Combine the Good Karma Flaxmilk, chia seeds, agave nectar + vanilla.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture. Then, add the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon to be enjoyed by the big kids + adults! 

 

Yields approximately 6 small Mason Jars. 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding with Good Karma Flax Milk
Vegan recipes. Vegan ideas for kids.

Pour goodness into your daily routine with Good Karma Flaxmilk. Seek the good that is all around + sprinkle goodness for others to find. Nourish yourself with this make-ahead meal. Download your coupon here for a $2 discount + an opportunity for goodness to be poured into organizations working to do much good around us.

Looking for the delicious vegan Good Karma Flaxmilk in a store near you? Happily, you will find Good Karma in many local retailers across the U.S. I was even able to pick up Good Karma while visiting my mom in a small rural town in Michigan! Click here for the store locater + happy shopping!

Namaste

This post was sponsored by Good Karma. I only share products that I truly use + that are in our fridge + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the companies the support this blog + bring you easy new recipes. 

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Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

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The Ultimate Back to School Sammie with Canyon Gluten Free

It's back to school season across the country + I have the Ultimate Back to School Sammie for you. Perfect for adults + kids alike. It's nut-free + gluten-free, but you'd never know it. It's hearty + sweet. It's fun + cheery. Keep reading for the recipe for your new go-to Sammie with Canyon Bakehouse.

Ultimate Back to School Sammie

Typically, my husband is a hard sell on my recipes. Well, he loved this sandwich + was wanting more. I think you'll love it, too! I'm sure your kids will, too!

ultimate gluten free back to school sammie

The secret ingredient? Grilled peaches. Yep, the grilled peaches give it an unsuspecting kick. Fresh, hearty, sweet, yet not too sweet with the balance of the Canyon Bakehouse bread + the layers of sunflower seed spread. 

Ultimate back to school gluten free sammie

Ultimate Back to School Sammie with Canyon Gluten Free

Ingredients:

2 Slices of Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White

1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberry Slices

1 Fresh Peach, cut into thin slices

4 Tbsp 88 Acres Chocolate Sunseed Spread

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash + slice the peach. Pour olive oil into a frying pan. Turn heat to medium high. place peaches in the pan with a coat of olive oil. Grill + flip so both sides are nice + toasty. Remove from pan + let cool. Make sure the peaches completely cool before the sandwich is packed in a lunchbox.

Next, wash + slice strawberries. Slice extra for snacking. 

Place 4 Tbsp Chocolate Sunseed Spread in a small glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to help it melt a little so it will spread on smooth + evenly. Spread a layer of Chocolate Sunseed Spread on the inside of both pieces of Canyon GF Bread

Next, place the bottom piece of bread on a plate, bread side down. Place a lawyer of strawberry slices on the bread. Then, place a layer of grilled peaches, topped with a second layer of strawberries. And, completed with the final piece of Canyon GF Bread with the Chocolate Sunseed spread. 

Enjoy!

Ultimate gluten free sammie for back to school

What is your favorite sammie to create with Canyon Bakehouse? Have you had a grilled peach sandwich before?

This post was sponsored by Canyon Gluten Free. I only share brands we love + use. Canyon Gluten Free in in our pantry + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting brands that support my blog to bring you fresh, new recipes like this.

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

6 Tips to Create a Dapper Look for your Son with Janie and Jack

I adore their smiles. I cherish their hugs. I admire their hearts. But, most of all I love that they are my boys. I love these little boys with all my heart + the moments, memories + smallness of my little boys passes all too quickly. So, I love to get them dressed up + capture them in photos that will bring me back to these days once these moments are long gone. I'm sharing 6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack.

Little boy dapper style with Janie and Jack
6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack
little boy style: dapper outfits with Janie and Jack

1. Dress your son in a dapper hat.

Girls love to accessorize, But I always say, why can't we accessorize our sons? I love to dress my boys in hats. It's a fun way to add a finished touch to an outfit. And, they can take it off to allow for versatility in photos. They are also a great way to keep the sun out of their eyes so the smiles really shine through. I love hats on my boys + I love the selection of hats Janie and Jack has to offer. 

6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

2. Dress your son in a dapper bow tie.

I think a bow tie is my all time favorite accessory to dress my boys in. It's so much fun to see them all dressed up as a mini man. Bow ties are timeless and a great focal point for photos. The bow tie can be styled to bled in with the outfit or the bow tie could be a pop of color that makes a statement. I love that Janie and Jack offers bow ties for babies as well as my big boys. 

Baby boy styled outfit. Dapper boy outfit with Janie and Jack
dapper boy style with Janie and Jack

3. Dress your son in a dapper sport coat.

Can I just say that seeing my boys in little sport coats makes me so happy? The sport coats really complete the outfit + bring the outfit to more of a formal, traditional level. Seeing my boys all dressed up really is a special occasion that I treasure. I love that each of the sport coats really brought out each of the boys personalities. The sport coats are also so versatile that can be used for many occasions + can be dressed up or down. 

Dapper boy style tips
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6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

4. Dress your son in a pop of color.

Each of my boys had a pop of color in their outfit. And, each outfit had it's own color that tied the three outfits together. Breck and Bowan have similar outfits. Yet, Bowan's shorts gave it a pop of color. And, Breck's jacket brought variety. The three outfits were tied together with the shades of blues and oranges to bring more depth to the photos. 

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Styling a little boys outfit with Janie and Jack

5. Dress your son in dapper shoes

Well, baby shoes will always have my heart. And, do you see how adorable Bridger's shoes are? I could take photos of my baby just in a diaper and these shoes and love them. Janie and Jack offers adorable and delicate shoes for babies that become great keepsakes once they out grow them. I absolutely love the traditional look the shoes bring to Breck + Bowan's outfits. Plus, the shoes are very comfortable + my boys love wearing them. The shoes even work perfectly for Breck to wear to school with his uniform. 

dapper boy style
6 tips to create a dapper look for your son with Janie and Jack

6. Dress your son in mix + match styles.

I love that Janie and Jack provides collections of clothing. It's such a great guide to help style an outfit for your son. It's also a great starting point to help find additional pieces that can be mix and matched for additional outfits. You can find my boy's style collection here.

styling a little boys outfit with Janie and Jack. Lifestyle photography outfits
6 tips for a dapper look for your son
dapper boy style for family photos

This clothing was provided by Janie and Jack. I absolutely love this brand for dapper looks for my boys. I only share brands and items that I absolutely love + use for my family. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog to bring you helpful style posts like this one. 

What is your favorite way to style your son's outfit for photos?

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

3 Gluten Free Family Friendly Lunchbox Ideas with BFree Foods

Time to break free from the boring lunchbox with BFree Foods. Looking for Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, egg-free, nut-free, soy free lunch ideas? BFree Foods has so many options to help you create some awesome lunches. I'm sharing 3 gluten free, family friendly lunchbox ideas with BFree Foods

Gluten free lunchbox wraps for kids

Stuck with the same old lunch ideas + looking for some fun + tasty lunchbox ideas? Here I'm sharing 3 lunchbox ideas that are perfect for both the parents + kids. 

Gluten Free Roll Ups with Sunflower Seed Spread + Jelly + Fresh Fruit

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Gluten free breads, wraps, pitas and bagels. 3 Gluten free family friendly lunchbox ideas

BFree Foods has a large range of products that are all Non-GMO, gluten free, free from the most common allergens + vegan. It's amazing to find pita bread, bagels, wraps, dinner rolls + sliced bread that are gluten free yet taste so authentic. You'll want to try everything!

Gluten free SunButter and Jelly wrap for your kids lunchbox

Gluten Free Roll Ups with Sunflower Seed Spread + Jelly + Fresh Fruit

This twist on the typical lunchtime sandwich is a fun way to brighten up a lunchbox. Perfect for both kids + adults, alike. 

Directions:

Lay a BFee Quinoa + Chia Seed wrap flat on a cutting board. Spread a layer of Sunflower Seed Spread. Next, spread a layer of jelly. My kids like a layer of both raspberry + blueberry jelly! Next, add fresh fruit. Add fruit like: blueberries, banana slices, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds peach slices or apple slices. Add what is in season, what you have on hand, or try something new. For younger kids, or kids that aren't quite ready for lots of texture or large chunks of fruit, cut the pieces much smaller before placing on the tortilla. Next, take a pizza cutter and cut 1 1/2 inch strips down the tortilla. Then, roll up and place in a bento box. Enjoy! 

gluten free  sunbather and jelly wraps kids lunchbox ideas

Add some fresh veggies to pair with your gluten free Sunseed + J wraps! It also pairs well with a dairy free yogurt bowl with swirled blueberry puree + topped with ground flaxseeds + vegan mini chips.

Gluten Free lunchbox

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies

This light + fluffy pita bread sandwich is a hit. I could eat this everyday. A grown ups favorite, yet it can be perfectly modified for the pickiest of kids. 

Homemade Hummus Ingredients:

3 Cans of Chick Peas

1 Can of Reserved Water from the Chick Peas

2 Cloves Roasted Garlic

3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Paprika

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper

Directions:

Drain 2 cans of chick peas. Add to blender. Add addition can of chick peas with reserved water to the blender.

Roast 8 cloves of garlic in a frying pan with 1 Tsp olive oil over medium heat. Continue to turn with a spatula  until toasted. Add garlic cloves to blender.

Juice one lemon. Reserve 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Add to blender.

Add Olive Oil, Paprika, Salt + Black Pepper to the blender. Blend on medium high until a smooth consistency is achieved. Scoop out into a reusable container. Top with a dash of olive oil, paprika + lemon juice. 

Gluten free pita with homemade hummus recipe

Gluten Free Pitas with Homemade Hummus + Fresh Veggies Directions:

Spread homemade hummus onto the inside bottom of a BFree pita. (For kids that don't yet like big chunks of vegetables, stir small diced veggies into the hummus). Next, top hummus with fresh chopped veggies, such as: rainbow carrots, radishes, cucumber, onions, olives + arugula. Spread your favorite salad dressing onto the top inside of the pita bread. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Gluten Free Pizza Wraps

Pizza is always a favorite, but this is a great portable way to bring it along in a lunchbox!

Directions:

Place a BFree Multigrain Wrap onto a pizza pan. Next, spread pizza sauce onto the wrap. Then, sprinkle cheese or dairy-free cheese onto the sauce. (For kids that don't yet like big chunks of vegetables, chop mushrooms, olives, peppers, fresh basil, arugula, + kale into tiny pieces + mix into the cheese before sprinkling on the wrap). For adults that love the fresh veggies, pile them on! Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven + let cool. Next, use a pizza cutter and cut 1 1/2 inch strips down the tortilla. Then, roll up and place in a bento box. Add fun pics to bring some cheer + to keep the roll-ups together. Enjoy! 

Gluten free Pizza wraps. 3 Gluten free lunchbox ideas

Which lunchbox recipe will you try first?

Did you know you can get your favorite variety of BFree Foods from your local King Soopers?

Gluten free lunchbox ideas. Vegan lunchbox ideas.

This post was sponsored by BFree Foods. I only share products that I love + trust, that;s found in my pantry + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog + bring you great recipes, new content + some inspiration. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Lunchbox Ideas: 3 Ways to Create an Allergy Friendly Lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

It's back to school season + that means it's time to start packing the lunch boxes again. It can be easy to get in a lunchbox rut. But, Enjoy Life Foods has new Chewy Bar flavors that can spice up any lunchbox. I'm sharing 3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

These 3 lunch boxes are kid-approved, contain healthy foods + are easy to prepare. Each lunchbox contains a new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bar. They are each tasty + a great addition to any lunch. The perfect grab + go bar for a lunchbox that helps to put more into the lunch for the kids + takes a little off of mom's plate!

Lunchbox Ideas: 5 tips to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

My family lives with food allergies, so we are very familiar with the Enjoy Life Foods brand. We trust them + rely on them. However, many schools, preschools or nurseries may have an allergen policy or may be peanut-free or tree nut-free. I realize that finding free-from food may feel overwhelming + confusing for a non-allergy parent. The Enjoy Life Foods bakery is certified gluten-free + a dedicated nut-free facility. All of the products are free from the eight most common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, fish + shellfish. Plus, Enjoy Life goes above + beyond to keep some other allergenic foods out of the products like: sesame, sulfites, casein + potato. So, if you are ever looking for an allergy friendly snack, Enjoy Life has many options for you!

Lunchbox ideas: 5 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

The new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars

  • are 15% bigger than the original 4 flavors.
  • are Vegan (in addition to following the brand promise of gluten-free, top 8 free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Halal, and made with no artificial ingredients)
  • Feature the new Pure Life Balanced Dry Blend™ flour, which is made from sunflower kernels, cassava flour, sorghum flour and quinoa flakes.
  • Feature real inclusions such as
    • Caramel Blondie - Dairy–Free Caramel Bits and ELF Mini Chips
    • Carrot Cake – shredded carrots, raisins, pumpkin seeds
    • Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed – lemon juice and blueberries
lunchbox ideas: allergy friendly nut free lunch ideas

Here are 3 lunchbox ideas that are allergy friendly + are perfect for the kids and parents alike!

lunchbox ideas: allergy friendly nut free lunch box

1. The Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

2. The Carrot Cake Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Carrot Cake Chewy Bar
  • Seed Mix
  • Dried fruit, such as mullberries
  • Tri-color carrot slices
  • Freeze dried pineapples + peas
  • Carrot dipping sauce: Olive Oil + dill + garlic salt + black pepper
3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

3. The Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar, sliced into small pieces, topped with Sunflower seed butter + sprinkles
  • Tri-colored carrot slices
  • Guacamole (mashed avocado + garlic salt + fresh lime juice)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Toasted coconut flakes (For a coconut allergy, substitute Plentils)
Enjoy life foods candy bar recipe

Happy lunching! What is your favorite chewy bar flavor? Let me know in the comments below!

Excited to try the new Chewy Bars?! I have a discount code for you here. Enjoy 20% off single boxes of the 3 new Chewy Bar Flavors with Code: CHEWYBLOG until September 15th. 

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. Thank you for supporting brands that bring new content to this blog. As always, I will only share products that are really in our bellies + in our pantry. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

 

Cheers,