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Monday, September 15, 2014

Our weekend

My babies are growing up. I swear I say this like a few times a month, but time goes by so fast. Even faster if you have kids. Yesterday we converted the crib to a toddler bed and by convert, I mean we just took off the front headboard. It's pretty neat because it can also be made into a full size bed. Mariam started climbing out of her crib last week so I figured it was time and we also moved Layla's bed into her room. Last night was the first night they shared a room. I'm super sleepy today but it went much better than expected.


This weekend we also went to a birthday party on Saturday so Friday evening I took the girls to the mall really quickly and then checked out Marshalls afterwards. I found these adorable Skechers shoes for Mariam.


Mariam's and Layla's outfits for the party.


Have a great Monday!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CHIC

 
I was thrilled to see FHJ Baby made it in print again! The gold wooden "hello" sign from my nursery/home d├ęcor line is featured in this month's issue of CHIC Magazine!
 
A special thank you to Pro-photographer and founder of GO4Pro photography and The Thriving photographer Leah Remillet for including it in her office makeover. Seriously her office is amazing!


 
 
 
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Let's take our kids to a wedding..

Said no parent in their right mind ever! What was I thinking? Oh wait I know what I was thinking. I was thinking that we couldn't find a last minute babysitter and I wanted...no needed to get out of the house, wear grown up clothes and have some semblance of a life outside of family and business. 

My little brother's best friend got married this past Saturday and initially I could of put us down for 5 but thought I would have a sitter. We were just going to cancel, but we checked with the groom and it was fine that we brought the little terrors. Luckily the girls already had dresses and shoes I whipped out of their closets. When we arrived at the reception, I thought they would be distracted by the food and festivities, but that only kept their attention for so long. Before you knew it, Layla and Mariam were running through the dance floor (before the dancing started) and were purposely trying to get me to chase them. I employed other tactics instead of chasing them around like a nut, but H and I often had to take them out into the lobby until we thought they were ready to go back in. The wedding was lovely and I'm sure the girls enjoyed themselves, but this is the LAST wedding they will attend until they get older. Serena behaved fine of course and was super helpful in helping H and I wrangle them. 


Blurry cellphone pics but the best I could quickly muster up. 



Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crazy. Party of 3.


As much as these little rascals drive me crazy, they are incredibly funny as well. Obviously you can tell which one of the girls has the strongest character. Last week was the first week of back to school for Serena and she is really liking junior high so far. I'm really glad about that. Now that she's back in school the girls and I are settling into a new routine--which I'll touch base more on at another time.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

2 years in business!

I can't believe it's been 2 years since I started FHJ Baby while 8 months pregnant with baby number 3. It's been an amazing journey complete with joy, doubt, tears, laughter and sleepless nights. I couldn't have gotten here without the support of some awesome people, my wonderful customers and the grace of God.

I posted a video on my Facebook this past weekend with a few milestones and pictures if you want to check it out. A special thank you to all my readers here as well who have cheered me on or bought from my shop. I have a lot of great things in store for the business so stay tuned!


Also, we are having a labor day sale in the shop today and tomorrow. Get 25% off sitewide by using code: Lab25 at checkout.

Have a great Monday!



Friday, August 29, 2014

Potty Training Success!


You guys, I seriously thought it was never going to happen. Layla is finally potty trained. Hallelujah and can I get an amen! It's such a great feeling knowing she can now use the toilet and not feeling like I'm literally changing diapers all day. Mariam is a poop machine so yes it still sort of feels like I'm changing diapers all day, but not as bad. One down, one more to go!

Mariam has expressed interest in using the little potty seat and successfully went once a month ago. She is still only just a year and a half so I'm not rushing it. I'm no potty training expert as I had such a difficult time, but I will tell you what several people told me. Don't push it. They will get it when they are ready and that's just what Layla did. She is a few months over 3 now and has been going on the toilet successfully for 4 weeks now. They say night time weaning takes a little longer, but as soon as she started going on the toilet, a week later she was dry every time in the morning and we stopped putting pull-ups on her at night. In these past 4 weeks she has only had 3 accidents. Once at night, once in the car, and once at a birthday party, but I made the mistake of not forcing her to go to the restroom and just relied on asking her--in which she would respond no. She was having too much fun to want to stop. 

I tried a few different incentives, but what worked the best was Earth's best organic lollipops. I spotted these at Babies R us in the checkout lane and grabbed a bag.  You can also find them at other stores or at Amazon. Now I wouldn't give her a lollipop every time she went because that would just be too much lollipops, but she would get one sometimes every day for a few days or every other day. I also alternated with little duck scratch and sniff stickers. I'm sure someone might be reading this and raise an eyebrow at one lollipop a day, but they are natural (100% vegan, 100% natural flavors, 100% daily vitamin C, real fruit extract, soy-free, dairy free, peanut and nut free, and has no artifical dyes or colors). We are also religious about brushing our little one's teeth twice a day. Layla also had her first dentist appointment last week and her teeth are fantastic. I definitely recommend using an incentive. Layla was very very stubborn and I had to go through a few different ones before I found one that seemed to aid in the process. 

So have faith my friends if you feel like your child will never be potty trained. That's how I felt. I touched base on it back in May in this post here. There were some instances where it seriously made me question even being able to mother 3 children. That's how insane it made me sometimes.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scrumptious raspberry muffins!


I haven't posted a recipe in awhile so here's one the girls and I tried on Monday. I cook 5-6 days a week so I really should be sharing more but I don't always try something new. Some weeks it will be several new dishes and some weeks it's just a rotation of my usual things. I love baking, but I consider cooking to be a chore sometimes mainly because the girls make it really hard to focus. They constantly trapeze through the kitchen opening drawers, taking out things, or asking for snacks. It really puts a damper on trying to be Alton Brown and most of the time I'm rushing through it so I can get them fed and out of the kitchen.


These are great for an afternoon snack or for a quick to-go breakfast if you're running out the door. We really enjoyed these and will be making them again!

Ingredients

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 rounded cups raspberries
Course sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400F. Put liners in muffin cups or lightly spray with non-stick baking spray.
  2. On medium-low, mix together butter, brown sugar, milk, and egg in a bowl until combined well. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add to milk mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in raspberries.
  3. Divide batter among muffin cups - it's two scoops of a #20 scoop per muffin cup, if you're a scooper like me. Sprinkle tops with course sugar (if using) and bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.