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March 1, 2013

DIY Wedding Magazine Spring Issue & Giveaway

It’s here! The Spring Issue of DIY Weddings Magazine is now available! 

Stop on by DIY Weddings Magazine to download the Spring 2013 issue right to your electronic device or order your hard copy. I am so excited to have another one of my DIY projects featured. Having received so many compliments about our wedding planner, I decided it would be a perfect project. In this issue, I share our wedding planner binder and other tools I used to keep our wedding planning organized.

I am equally excited to announce that DIY Wedding Magazine and I teamed up this issue to host a giveaway for a complete custom binder. One lucky winner will receive a complete binder including printables, custom cover photo and five pages of personalized labels.

Don’t want to wait? You can purchase an electronic set of printables emailed directly to you or order your very own custom binder over in my Etsy Shop, designsBYmcm. Just for being amazing readers, enter DIYWEDDINGS at checkout to get 20% off your purchase.

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8th Month Favorites

I really do love putting these together. It is so neat to even go back to P’s earlier month favorites to see what products we loved then and are still using now! This month especially, I noticed that all of our favorites are catering to P’s growing independence.

We started P on puree and oatmeal around 4 months after we got the go ahead from the doctor. Since then, we have slowly integrated some bites of solid food here and there. Recently, we had him try Baby Mum-Mum because after 2 months of trying, he still didn’t like Puffs. He loves nomming on these and I love it because it keeps his hands and mouth busy which gives me enough time to catch up on dishes, start preparing dinner or eating dinner myself. They dissolve quickly so I don’t have to worry about him breaking off too much. They are also large so he can pick them up easier.

Even though there were some mixed reviews about the Sassy Mesh Teether, we decided to take a chance. Yet another reason why I don’t like to make decision solely on reviews. We absolutely LOVE this thing, We have put frozen fruit, fresh fruit and even avocado inside. P really enjoys sucking on it and again, makes it safer to try new things. There were a few reviews that stated the mesh was impossible to clean. We got an extra pack because of this but after a month of using it, there is no need to replace it yet. I personally have had no issues cleaning it out, even after fresh banana and avocado.

P started holding his bottle around 4 months. Around that time, we decided to start trying out sippy cups. We have tried several different types and finally found the Nuby Sippy Cup which has become our sippy cup of choice. It took quite a while, about 2 months, for P to really get the hang of it but now I can fill it with a mixture of Tots Motts Apple Juice and water. He only drinks about a quarter of it in a sitting (still playing with it more than drinking it) but he enjoys it and again, it keeps his hands and mouth busy. 🙂

I know that crib bummers are quite a hot topic. If you have a strong opinion against them, then I suggest you move on to the next product. Based on all the crib bumper warnings, I originally returned the Sumersault Geo Turtle Crib Bumper, that matched our bedding, before P was born. I loved that the bumper came separate in our set and decided I could always change my mind later. Around the 24th of January P, my not so little boy, started rolling. He hasn’t stopped since. This kid can move and he does it just as much in his crib at night. That is when I decided that the crib bumpers made total sense for us and we haven’t looked back since. I know there are breathable bumpers but those have no cushion and wouldn’t protect his head etc… at night.

We got the North States Superyard Play Yard in November so that we would be prepared for when P started moving. My mom swears by playpens and I think they are a great way for P to learn to play on his own. It also keeps him safe when I am running around the house doing chores. This one looks adorable in our living room with its bright colors. You can also purchase an expansion pack to make it larger.

Although P has some really cool light up toys, I wanted something a little more simple. The Anatex Mini Rollercoaster is perfect when he is in his room winding down for the night while I am tidying everything up. He loves moving the beads around.

We absolutely love bath time! P has loved the water from day one and has such a blast in his little tub. We have several bath toys but the VTech-Musical Bubbles Octopus seems to be a favorite. We put his shampoo inside to make the bubbles and it works out pretty well. P laughs when they start pouring out!