Mommy by the Sea

January 20, 2015

Formula Feed with Pride : A Mixi Bottle Giveaway

I'm a pretty hippy parent-- breastfeed, babywear, cosleep... I love it all, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate other parents who choose to parent the way they want to. 

I breastfed the Princess to a full year but we supplemented with formula a few times. 
4 ounces of breastmilk + 4 ounces of formula and I was able to stop pumping at 9 months. 

I will admit I have always hated the smell of formula. Breastmilk smells too but formula... or the powder always made a huge mess or I didn't have the bottle ready and I'd rush and it would get all clumpy inside the bottle.. thankfully, Mixie helps with the problem!

Mixie is super cool. It will make formula feeding a breeze.
You can literally prep your bottles hours before you use them! I'm thinking how easy the 2 am bottle would be with Mixie! Check this out.

I received a 4 oz Mixie bottle with a Stage 1 nipple and an extra Stage 2 nipple at one of the amazing baby events I went to last year and since I won't be usig them, I wanted one of my wonderful readers to have it!

Just comment and tell me why you want/need it. I'll pick one winner (via random) and ship it off! You must be a US winner. Thanks and good luck!

January 19, 2015

Family lunch time at Qdoba!

Disclaimer: We were offered product in exchange for this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Days off as a family are few and far between. If we're both home, very often, I'm at the grocery store or he's catching up on some sleep. At least once a month though, we try and make time for just the four of us.  Whether we all go to the zoo, or the mall, or out for a meal, it's nice to get out of the house (and away from the mess!) with all four of us.

We took advantage of my vacation week to head out to lunch and do some shopping one day and we stopped at Qdoba.

Emma calls it 'the Burrito Restaurant' but she loves they chips and queso, so she practically jumped out of her car seat when we pulled up in front of it!

Normally Dave gets his signature burrito but he decided to change it up with one of Qdoba's new Smothered Burritos!

There are three amazingly delicious Smother Burritos to choose from:

·         Tangy Verde: Mild-to-medium Smother is fresh and bright with a tangy kick
·         Bold Red Chile: Medium Smother has a robust toasted chile flavor with a hint of sweetness
·         Smoky Chipotle Cream: The hottest Smother is rich, creamy, spicy and smoky

Dave opted for the Smokey Chiptole Cream Sauce!
Qdoba allows you to completely customize your burrito.

I love that (minus the extra cheese on top) it actually looks like the food advertised!
He actually wouldn't stop eating long enough to take a picture with it...

Emma got her own "tato" with "cheese and salad" on it. She can be a picky eater but she always finishes her entire taco at Qdoba!

I'm not a huge fan of spice but I love Qdoba's quesadillas and the taco salad (with chicken!) is delish!

Our whole meal lasted a half hour from walking in the door to walking out.  With two small children, a formal hour and a half dinner won't do, but Qdoba combines delicious food with quick service and gave us the perfect afternoon lunch stop! I can't wait to spend more family time there!

January 13, 2015

Babyled Weaning with Dr. Browns {and Holiday Bottles!} : GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: We were provided product to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I don't know about you but I feel like I pack on some serious poundage over the holidays... lots and lots of deliciousness everywhere!

While gaining weight isn't always fun, there was something super fun about food this holiday season... my little man started eating real food! We're not huge fans of purees and we go straight to table food for our little man.  It's called baby led weaning, but really, it's just using normal table food in place of pureed beets or spinach.  I'm no doctor so I can't say if it's better or worse, but as a mom, I feel comfortable doing what I feel works best for our family. And, let's be honest, little man loves it! 

He eats chicken, turkey, hamburg, peas, corn, bananas, mandarin oranges, the list goes on and on!
Emmalee loves helping feed Tyler, but is very protective of her food, on her special plates so it's only fair that little man gets his own special tableware too!

Tyler received some of the most amazing tableware from Dr. Browns!
Divided plates, bowls, sippy cups, "flatware", and even some holiday bottles!

I love that I can give Tyler an assortment of food and know that it's his own special plate!

The long spatula spoons also give him the control of the silverware without me worrying about him stabbing himself with a fork!

Before these cups arrived, he was just drinking from a bottle and he mastered the sippy cup in two days with Dr. Brown's amazing design!

And how adorable are these bottles?!

Dr. Browns products are perfect for all stages when it comes to babies and food!
I'm also giving away three Dr. Brown Holiday bottles and 2 double packs of pacifiers for ages 6-12 months!
US winner only -sorry!

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