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On Wednesday my sweet little SweetPea will be one year old. Not until I became a parent did I realize how quickly time can pass. I sware just yesterday I was learning this beautiful little baby and today I sit watching her learn. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings. I plan to relish every moment because I know it will pass in an instant.

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Recently my 11 month old daughter started doing this funny little move where she puts the back of her hands together and then moves her arms outward like she’s swimming the breaststroke. It’s a very cute little bit of motion, but I had no idea where she learned it from.

Until one day she did it while watching television with her Dad and we realized that she was mimicking one of the characters on a children’s show we let her watch sometimes. It was all very cute, and we ooed and awed over her brilliance as only parents can.

But then reality sank in and I realized that my precious little baby had turned from a cooing face sleepily peaking out from the safety of my arm to a fully fledged toddler sponge, ready to absorb any bit of information that comes her way… no matter what it is.

I’d always planned on limiting her exposure to television, and one of the first steps we took was to opt out of having commercial TV and to only watch things that could be acquired without advertisements (DVDs, Netflix etc.), but now it’s time to really step it up and examine what sort of media is right for her and our family. Where I used to happily watch anything that didn’t portray violence or disturbing noises now I have to wonder if the unhealthy female insecurities of my favorite guilty pleasure dramas are going to soak right into my little girl’s brain and have negative affects on her in the future, or if the drunken, thoughtless sex implied by college kids in the latest witty comedy is going to lay a ground work for promiscuity and low self-esteem.

The more I think about it the harder it becomes to figure out where to draw the healthy line. I want to shelter her from things she’s to young to be introduced to, but I don’t want her to grow up naïve of what the world can actually be like.

And in all honesty I think it will be better for all of us to cut back on the drama and entertainment of other peoples fictional lives and focus more on nature and wildlife documentaries that allow us to expand our knowledge and nurture our interest in this planet.

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This is my couch.

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I’m one of those people who likes things relatively neat and tidy. In the morning I  wake up get my Hubby off to work and straiten the house; make the bed, fix the couch, pick up the toys that kind of thing.

So this morning as I was getting around to my weekly vacuuming I decided to build a little fort out of the couch cushions for my SweetPea. She loved it but I kind of wish I would have let them be, because now I know of the unspeakable things living under the cushions in a house with a toddler.

I never in all my years of being responsible for the cleanliness of a house have had to Vacuum underneath the couch cushions! It seems absurd, but now as the mother of a lovely little toddling person I find myself vacuuming the couch once a week and regardless of not letting her eat snacks while sitting on it I still find crackers, cheese, and bits of smushed blueberry in its squishy depths

There is no photographic evidence of the blueberry because I cleaned it up immediately instead of photographing it first, but next time I’ll get it for sure.

What sort of messes do your children make?

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My daughter SweetPea was born with a full head of hair, so much hair in fact that it entered the world a good 30 minutes before the rest of her. Since day one it’s been beautiful, dark and curly.

But a few months after she was born when the squirming and the sweating really kicked in, so did the tangled rats nest on the back of her head. I tried combing it after washing and brushing it when it was dry but nothing worked and everything just made it frizzier and frizzier until I gave up for a few days and she grew the beginnings of little baby dread locks.

I had to find a solution (preferable an organic one). I scoured the internet for a few days here and there and finally found a product I really wanted to try. It was Nature’s Baby Organics Lavender and Chamomile Conditioner made with more than 70% Organic Ingredients, Hypoalergenic, Cruelty Free and Vegan which are some of the most important things to me when it comes to the products I put on my baby’s skin. (more…)

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My daughter is just starting to hit the age where she is able to imitate some of the things I do with my hands and being a big believer in Arts and Crafts I really wanted to start early with fun things like drawing and painting. She had her first finger painting session at about 6 months and it went really well. We both had lots of fun smearing the paint around and she didn’t even put any of it in her mouth, but paints are messy and I was looking for a quick easy project with little to no clean up.

I started out with a box of crayons, but with her little fingers and lack of quardination there was no way my 8 month old baby girl was going to be able to hold a crayon, so I got creative and made these SUPER EASY Pumpkin Toddler Crayons!

You will need:

A Box of Crayons

Tin Foil

2 Cookie Sheets

Scissors

Small Ice or Chocolate Mold

A Small Jar/Cup

To start you’ll want to dump out the crayons and sort them into groups by similar colors. They don’t need to be exactly the same shade because the colors will mix together when you melt them. Preheat the oven to 300 ° (Fahrenheit)

After sorting your crayons you’ll need to peel the paper off of each one. There’s no need for the papers so be a rough* and messy as necessary.

* You’ll break all your crayons later so if you break one now don’t worry about it

Place the jar or cup opening down on the table.

Tear off a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the jar.

Mold the tin foil around the jar.

Lift the tin foil off the jar and place opening up on the table.

With your scissors cut around the opening leaving about a 1/4″ lip on the edge. Be careful not to squish your tin foil cup

Fold the lip against the outside of your cup and use your finger to make a little pour spout on the side. You will need to make a cup for each color grouping of crayons.

Break up the crayons in each color grouping and place them in the cup.

Place the crayon filled cups on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and bake for 7 minutes.

While the crayons are in the over prepare your second cookie sheet with a piece of tin foil and place your mold in the middle of it.

After the crayons have melted remove them from the oven.

Pick up each cup by the side opposite the pour spout and slowly fill each mold with melted crayon.

Warning: Be careful not to touch the bottom of the cup it is very HOT

Allow your Toddler Crayons to cool for 2-3 hours before gently popping them out of their molds

Note: To cool the crayons more quickly place the mold tray in the freezer for 30 minutes

Now you’re all set! Grab your little one and start Coloring!

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment!

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After 8 months of having a child living and breathing on the outside I’m starting to feel like I might actually be regaining some of my individuality, like a sliver of that person I was before I dedicated my life to new life is getting a moment at the surface to breath.

Now don’t get me wrong… I love being a mother and I’ve wanted to be a mother for far longer than I would like to admit, but somewhere in the midst of morning sickness, birth and raising a baby I became a new person and in my new roll as a Mom I very quickly lost the time I used to spend being me.

But at 8 months old SweetPea has become so independent, happily exploring and playing on her own, and I’ve found myself with “freetime” a strange and bizarre concept I vaguely remember from my previous life.

The other day I was able to spend time baking in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes while she happily played with a wooden spoon at my feet for an hour! A whole HOUR! And from that hour I got the most delectable, savory, moist, wonderful scones I have ever been so lucky as to taste. Pumpkin Scones to be exact which you can find here if you’re interested.

When I was pregnant and my Husband and I were talking about parenting and finding the style that paired best with our feelings and beliefs we were instantly drawn to attachment parenting a philosophy that mirrored our own parenting desires and promoted comfort and independence in our child, and I am so happy to be seeing first hand how comfortable and secure we have made our daughter by earning her trust with closeness and reassurance.

As time wears on and SweetPea learns more about herself and her independence I am blessed with the opportunity to rediscover the person I am as a mother and as myself

And the real cherry on top of my parenting Sunday would have to be Yoga! With her new found sovereignty SweetPea will happily crawl about our bedroom happily playing with toys and trying to crawl on top of me while I get to spend 15-20 minutes a day releasing stress and practicing Yoga a pastime I could never consistently fit into those precious hours she spends napping each day.

Thank you so much for reading!

 

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“Woosh woosh” the soft milky bubbles ofAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash jet foamy into my hand and as I breath their lustrous scent in I am instantly transported to the sprawling acres of an orange grove in the peak of Spring bloom dancing delicately with the fragrant scent of vanilla bean spilling forth from a bowl of cool white ice cream on a hot summer day.

I was overwhelmed by the delicious scent of Earth Mama Angel Baby‘s  Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash; it was absolutely intoxicating but that wasn’t enough, I needed more out of my baby soap than just a delicious smelling baby. So I started off by reading the bottle and was so incredible pleased with what I found;

Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is;

Toxin Free

USDA Certified Made With Organic Ingredients

Not Tested on Animals

Not Made From Animals

Artificial Preservatives Free

Artificial Fragrance Free

Everything stood up to my high baby care standards and I felt completely at ease testing out their product on my baby’s precious skin.

So now that I feel comfortable lathering up my little SweetPea let me tell you about my experience.

First things first The Bottle is wonderful! The foaming pump makes it super easy to use one handed and dispenses just enough soap to lather up each part of your baby, and by producing the product as a foam and not a liquid or gel it’s much more efficient and makes for a lot more baths per bottle. I used three pumps of soap to wash my entire 20lb seven month old and Earth Mama Angel Baby advertises more than 300 pumps in a 5.3 fl. oz. bottle which leaves me with at least 100 baths per bottle!

The Foam is thick, bubbly and cuts out the extra step of having to create your own lather and risk potentially taking your hand away from your squirmy wet baby. It works into hair and skin wonderfully and gently washes every inch of your baby leaving a squeaky clean feeling when rinsed away. (But it is important to remember thatAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is not a tear free formula so you need to be extra careful around baby’s eyes.)

My daughter has pretty long hair for her age and it tends to tangle in the back from lying down and sweating. The Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash removed all the sweat and grim from her locks flawlessly, but I did have to pair it with a conditioner to get the tangles out which is true of all the baby shampoos I have tried.

All in all I pulled my baby out of the bath happy and smelling of orange cream ice pops and couldn’t help but nuzzle her neck and breathe that blissful clean baby smell in.

Earth Mama Angel Baby was kind enough to supply me with a complimentary bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash to test and review here on India’s Roses and their kindness has continued with another 5.3 fl. oz bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash for me to GIVEAWAY to one of you!

All you have to do is “Like” my Facebook page by following this link (or clicking “like” over on the right hand side of this page) and leave a comment on this post sharing what gets your child the dirtiest or how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Additional entries will be awarded for each friend who “likes” my Facebook and leaves a comment mentioning you by name, so share the love!

Entries will be accepted until Midnight PST on October 19th, 2011 and a winner will be drawn shortly after.

Unfortunately I can only offer entries to U.S. and Canada Mamas (and Dads). Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your participation. Good Luck!

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