December Baby – 16 months

Happy 16 months, little guy!

You are becoming more verbal and mobile everyday. You still mostly jabber, but you can now say 5 words/phrases (Uh oh, mama, dada, go, thank you). You also sign “more” and “milk”. You’re an expert at climbing on and off the couch. Your one year molars are in, bringing the teeth total to 12.

You’re just now getting into the tantrum phase, but overall, you’re a happy boy who loves to laugh and play!

I love you!

– Mommy

16 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Turns the pages of a book – Yes
  • Has temper tantrums when frustrated – He’s just starting this.
  • Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object – Nope

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Discovers the joy of climbing – Definitely
  • Stacks three blocks – Been there, done that.
  • Uses spoon or fork – He’s getting more coordinated.
  • Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., the telephone) – Yes

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Takes off one piece of clothing by himself – Not yet
  • Gets finicky about food – Yes
  • Switches from two naps to one – Not everyday, but more often than not.

December Baby – 15 months

Sweet Boy –

I can’t believe how fast 15 months have gone by. You are so full of personality! Your laugh is infectious, and you have to do everything your big brother does. You love to be outside, and will run to the back door every time we let the dog in or out, even if it’s pouring down rain!  It is so much fun watching you grow up!

I love you!
Mommy

Current stats:

Weight: 26 lb. 2 oz.
Height: 32.5 in.

Pants: 12-18 months, depending on the brand
Shirts/Onesies: 18 months
Shoes: Size 5
Diapers: Size 5
Teeth: 8

Foods:
Likes – cheese, bread, blueberries
Dislikes – green beans

15 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Plays with ball – Yep
  • Uses three words regularly – Not yet
  • Walks backward – Nope

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Scribbles with a crayon – Kind of…
  • Runs – Yep!
  • Adopts “no” as his favorite word – He doesn’t even say “no” yet…lol

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • “Helps” around the house – Yes, he loves to sweep and “unload” the dishwasher.
  • Puts his fingers to his mouth and says “shhh” – Nope

The Life Cycle of Electronic Devices

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We live in a world surrounded by cell phones, televsions, computers, and more.  But, what do you do with your old and broken electronics?  Did you know that every year we generate 50 million tons of e-waste worldwide, and only 12.5% of it is being recycled?  What kind of impact does this have on our environment?  Check out the following infographic on the e-waste problem and what you can do to help reduce it! 

Infographic created by Digital Doc

In addition to recycling services such as E-Stewards and Best Buy, many cities now have their own electronic recycling programs.  Consider these options before throwing away your used electronics.

December Baby – 14 months

Happy 14 months, sweet boy!

You are growing up so fast! You can now kick and throw a ball, which is lots of fun when playing with big brother and the dog!  You’re also becoming quite the little helper…you love to “sweep” with a broom. And, when you hear music, you dance (bouncing up and down). 

You have 8 teeth (4 on top and bottom). You’ll eat almost anything I put in front of you, but you love fruit the most (especially strawberries and blueberries).

I love you so much!

Mommy

14 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Eats with fingers – Yes
  • Empties containers of contents – Been there, done that.
  • Imitates others – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Toddles well – Been there, done that.
  • Initiates games – Not really
  • Points to one body part when asked – Nope
  • Responds to instructions (e.g., “give me a kiss”) – Not yet

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Uses a spoon or fork. – We’re working on it.
  • Matches lids with appropriate containers. – Not yet
  • Pushes and pulls toys while walking – Pushes – yes, still working on pulling

Eat More Veggies with Tommy’s Superfoods {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

This past week, my family and I have had the opportunity to try several different varieties of frozen vegetables from Tommy’s Superfoods.

The products are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten free, low-sodium, and many are vegan. All of them come in microwaveable steamer bags (which is how we heated them), but they can be done on a stovetop, as well. In all of our samples, the vegetables looked fresh (not wilted), and had a good flavor.

Root Fusion (Carrots, Beets, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes) – My one year old and I love sweet potatoes, so we really enjoyed this! Normally, I would expect a pairing of apples, beets, and sweet potatoes to be sweet…but this had a sage seasoning that was deliciously unexpected. I served it with leftover turkey breast, and it gave the meal a bit of a Thanksgiving vibe!

Super Greens (Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale, and Lemon Juice) – No one else in my family likes kale, so I was on my own here. I didn’t really notice a lot of seasoning on this one compared to the others, but it’s hard to mask the earthy taste of kale! I mixed it with a pasta dish though, and it was fabulous!

Vegetable Medley (Broccoli, Peas, and Carrots) – My 5 year old preferred this one. His only objection…”Too many green peas!” Hahaha This was an easy one to serve as a dinner side, because it’s all veggies that we eat pretty frequently.

Cauliflower and Green Beans – This was my husband’s favorite. He loved the cauliflower, and though he’s not usually a fan of cooked green beans, he said these were nice and crunchy.

Asparagus with Uncured Bacon (Asparagus, Carrots, Bacon, and Red Bell Pepper) – The asparagus was cooked well…not soggy like asparagus can get. I thought there would be a really obvious bacon flavor, but I didn’t really notice it at all. Still delicious, though. (The one year old kept sneaking some off my plate!)

The only sample we didn’t try was the brussels sprouts, because we’re just not big fans of them. But, I’m sure we would have been just as impressed with the taste and quality.

Tommy’s Superfoods frozen vegetables have definitely increased our veggie intake, and given us new options for meal times! Visit their website to see all of their products, check out new recipes, and find out where to buy Tommy’s Superfoods near you.

{I received six samples of Tommy’s Superfoods Frozen Vegetables in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

December Baby – 13 months

Happy 13 months, sweet boy! The last month has just flown by with the holidays! We celebrated three Christmases (one with each side of the extended family, and our own on Christmas day).

You have 7 teeth (4 on top, 3 on bottom), and can now feed yourself with your hands. You hate to be spoon-fed ANYTHING! You’re also no longer drinking formula or using bottles!

You can point to what you want, and shake your head “no”. You’re still a huge fan of toys with wheels, as well as containers you can take stuff in and out of.

It’s so much fun watching you grow up! I love you!

13 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Uses two words skillfully (e.g., “hi” and “bye”) – He says “go” and points.
  • Bends over and picks up an object – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Enjoys gazing at his reflection – Not that I’ve noticed
  • Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him – On rare occasion

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Combines words and gestures to make needs known – Just “go”, like I mentioned above.
  • Rolls a ball back and forth – Yep

Save Money with Green Home Upgrades

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Green home improvement is a hot topic these days. With the cost of water rising throughout much of the country and energy policies facing an uncertain future, more homeowners than ever before are showing an interest in energy-saving remodeling projects and upgrades. The following infographic explains energy saving upgrades that will put money back into your pocket within two years.

Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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More than 150 chemicals found in your home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders. The majority of these chemicals are used in routine bathroom cleaning. There are many DIY “recipes” that combine household ingredients to create a natural cleaning solution, and eliminate harsh chemicals. For example, you can combine baking soda and vinegar to create a tile cleaner. The following slideshow displays different recipes and methods for cleaning your bathroom without using harmful chemicals. Try these solutions to help clean your house safely.

How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally by Modern Bathroom, a company that offers sinks, faucets, and wall-mounted vanities.

 

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