Thursday, August 27, 2020

Postpartum Padsicles

With my second pregnancy almost over and my little boy almost here, I figured it was time to share the most amazing postpartum secret. I used these after my first pregnancy and they were amazing. Let's be real ladies, postpartum can be painful and not fun. We all need a little soothing down there and that is where these padsicles come in.

The padsicles have aloe vera, lavender, witch hazel all on a pad. It may seem weird but it definitely has a soothing and numbing effect. They are super easy to make. Check it out!

Steps to make the padsicles:

1. Open up pad.

2. Spread aloe vera along the whole pad.

3. Add ½ tablespoon of witch hazel to the length of the pad.

4. Add several drops of lavender oil to the length of the pad.

5. Spread out all ingredients across the pad. This is an optional step. I didn't do it the first time around and they still worked great.

6. Fold up the pad. I folded one end and then added the sticky cover so I could fold over the other side without the goop getting all over the stickiness. Next fold in the sides.

7. Fold up the wrapper and add to a ziploc bag. Put the ziploc in the freezer so they get cold. Pull one out when you need it.

These padsicles certainly made my postpartum life better and I hope they do the same for you! Do you have any postpartum tips or things you have used?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Construction Themed 1st birthday!

In honor of Wyatt being 18 months, I figured it was past due posting his 1st birthday! He has grown so much since then and is doing a ton! 

When he turned 1, he was no longer my little baby but rather an almost walking toddler. He never stopped moving or making noise. 

For his birthday, we had a construction themed birthday. We were planning for about 25-30 people. I wanted everything to follow the theme as you can see in the photos below. I had lots of fun thinking of which foods could be what.

We were grateful for a gorgeous sunny day. We had volleyball, horseshoes and a grass field for the kids to run around in. Wyatt sure had fun in his Batmobile and pushing his walker!

The main event was the smash cake. I made it from scratch because I wanted a low sugar option. The recipe can be found here. It is actually a dog cake but I just left out the milk bones. I really wanted a peanut butter cake since he loves peanut butter. 
Check out the video of him eating his smash cake!

We also made cupcakes for everyone else to eat ("snacks for the crew") and put them in the shape of a “1”.

We had a mix of kids and adults so I wanted to have all different snacks. 
Chocolate donuts - "spare tires"
Cheese balls - "wrecking balls"
Chex mix - "nuts and bolts"
Veggie straws - 2 x 4s
Pretzel sticks - "nails"
Red vines - "cables"
Reeses Pieces - "pebbles"
Whoppers - "boulders"

For the main course, we decided on bratwursts and tri tip steak with corn on the cob and macaroni salad. We also had peppers and onions, mustard, ketchup, and Dijon mustard to put on the brats.
Macaroni salad - "cement"
Dijon mustard - "gold paint"
Mustard - "yellow paint"
Ketchup - "red paint"
Peppers and Onions - "debris"
Brats - "build a brat beam"

The tri tip and corn went so fast but I still managed to get a picture.
Corn - "logs"
Tri trip steak - "rough cut lumber" 

As a memento, I had everyone sign a hard hat.

When everyone left they took a favor or as I called it their days wages. 

What did you do for your son or daughters 1st birthday?

Thursday, August 6, 2020

What's in my diaper bag for a toddler?

Oh diaper bags! Do we really need that extra blanket or outfit? How many snacks should we have? There are so many things we ask ourselves every time we leave the house. I currently have a year and a half year old and another on the way. I decided to show off what is in my diaper bag for one toddler. I will later do another one with a newborn and toddler. 

Check out my video "What's in my diaper bag?"

I have this Diaper Bag and I love it! It has so many pockets and organization places. To add to my organization obsession, I purchased these Mother load bagsThey keep me from not digging through trying to find chapstick or toy at the bottom of my bag.

Here are the items I have in my diaper bag (listed by the pockets/bags):
Food bag:
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Clothes
  • Aquaphor
  • Ziploc bag
Extras bag:
  • Tissues
  • Hand lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby sunglasses
  • Bandaids and neosporin
Clothes bag:
  • Extra outfit
  • Extra shirt for mom
  • More ziploc bags

Do you have something different in your diaper bag?