This is a long time coming, but as promised, here’s the mommy, baby, and home edition of Nessa’s Loves. Enjoy!
Disposable Placemats – I previously talked about it in my baby’s first year must haves post. My sister in law even grabbed some for my nephew (who is a couple of months younger than Eva). They’re just convenient for a toddler who is learning how to feed themself and easy for clean up. Plus it keeps eating in public restaurants for the little ones somewhat sanitary. Side notes: If you’re going to Chick-fil-a, they have these in stock for the little ones. At some locations you have to ask for it. At other locations they’re in the same area as the napkins and condiments. Random mom tip. 😉
Organic Baby/Toddler Snacks – I can be a bit crazy when it comes to Eva’s food (I’m sure the teacher’s at her daycare think I’m crazy). When she started eating, I started buying organic dairy products, some meats, and fruits and veggies (trying to follow the dirty dozen rule to save some money). I will stand in food aisles and read labels for several minutes to make sure what I’m purchasing is good for her to eat. Not too salty. Not too sweet. I try to stay away for artificial flavoring. When she was first starting to eat, I only gave her homemade baby snacks or organic baby snacks. Now that she’s older, we give her a mix between toddler friendly (of course reading the labels to make sure there’s not too much sugar or salt) and adults snacks (yes, she can have that cookie if she’s good). Everything in moderation. We keep her own set of snacks in a drawer of the kitchen (which she constantly runs to when she’s hungry). Some of which are Ella’s Kitchen, such as Puffits or Nibbly Fingers (which are strawberry and apple granola bars), or Earth’s Best, such as the Sesame Street crackers, cookies, and graham crackers, or graham crackers, or Plum Organic Teensy Fruit Berries.
Toy chest – Eva originally had a crate that her former Nanny made her. Of course, she outgrew the crate and her toys were spilling out of it (she has way too many stuffed animals), so we bit the bullet and bought a toy chest/bin. Originally I wanted a bookshelf and toychest in one; however, after much researching we decided on this. I’m not a huge fan that everything is out in the open, but it makes it so much easier for Eva to see all of her toys and grab them to play plus all the toys get equal playing time. Of course, she still has her favorites.
Blendtec blender – This is my splurge item. After making so many smoothies in the Magic Bullet and replacing the rotar multiple times, I decided it was worth it to purchase a nice high quality blender. We have a Cuisinart blender and it works well, but I wasn’t satisfied that it left my smoothies chunky and at times leaving some fruit whole (ARGH!). I was going to take the Vitamix blender my parents purchased several years back, but I saw a deal for a refurbished Blendtec blender during Black Friday that I couldn’t pass up. I have been LOVING IT. It makes my smoothies sooooooooo much smoother, almost juice like. I’m OBSESSED with it. I make green smoothies or regular fruit smoothies or fruit smoothie bowls almost everyday with this thing. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.
Green Smoothies/Smoothies/Smoothie Bowls – Last year I went on a green smoothie kick and I’m still loving them, especially after I bought my Blendtec blender. It’s such a great way to get both fruit and vegetables into your body. Eva loves them too. She’s been drinking green smoothies/smoothies since she was 1, so she’s gotten used to the semi-grassy taste (which I try to mask with bananas or lemons or other fruit when possible). Side note: Eva doesn’t drink anything but water, milk or mommy’s smoothies. She doesn’t know what fruit juices/boxes taste like, so she’s not familiar with the taste. Salad in a cup or multivitamins in liquid form. I’m still experimenting with several recipes and hope to post a couple here soon. Smoothie Bowls are my new obsession and addition to my breakfast menu. I follow a ton of healthy food/fit instragrammers and saw that some of them were doing smoothie bowls. It’s thicker than a regular smoothie and can sometimes be sorbet like. Top with some granola or fruit and you’re good to go! I’m still experimenting but I’ll be sure to post those recipes soon as well.
Acai bowl topped with banana, strawberry, and granola
Aladdin mason jars – So they’re not real mason jars. They’re insulated tumblers. They’re large enough to put my smoothies into. They’re definitely not travel friendly as they’re wide but when I’m at home they’re perfect. I am able to pour most of my smoothie in one cup and any extras go into Eva’s Take and Toss cups.
LifeFactor water bottle – I’m in LOVE with a glass water bottle as I HATE how plastic water bottles give somewhat of an after taste (even the BPA water bottles). I liked the metal water bottles, but I have yet to find a bottle brush that can really clean the bottle. I previously broke my other glass water bottle, so when I saw that this water bottle had a rubber case, I had to get it. During work days, I use this to store my green smoothies and run out the door. When I’m done, I rinse it out and place water into it for the day.
Fruit infused water bottles. Let’s face it. Drinking water isn’t always fun, so infusing your water with fruit is a nice refreshing change. I take this water bottle with me to work every other day. Combinations I like to put into the infuser: lemon and strawberry or raspberry, strawberry and basil, mint cucumber and lime, lime, and lemon. I’ve even made Dr. Oz’s fat flush water using this water bottle. The best thing about it, no added sugars to your beverage!