Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31, 2014

This sweet superhero of mine is celebrating her second Halloween this year but it will be her first time to trick or treat and we are so excited (okay, so mama is so excited). When I look at these pictures it amazes me to see how much she has grown and how big she looks. Can we slow down time just a tad?

I took Halloween totally different this year and didn't really go all crazy. Last year I searched for hours for the perfect costume and then searched for hours more for the perfect Ladybug costume that didn't cost an arm and a leg. Whereas, this year I seriously had no clue what she would be until I found this cute little dress at Target (it was in the clothes section and not the costume section). I knew after previously seeing a pink superman costume that a superman one would be cute, but it was nothing I was really out searching for. To say that I love her costume this year is an understatement. I think she's freaking adorable and the fact that I didn't stress over it makes it all the better.

Aren't holidays more fun when you don't go crazy trying to make them perfect? And this is coming from the mama who already has Christmas gifts planned out to a tee. 

But anywho, this superwoman seriously may be the cutest and most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Of course though, there is a chance that I could be a tad bias. Just a tad, though. I am already hoping that trick or treating this evening goes good and that she enjoys the wagon ride and ignores the candy. Babies don't need candy...mamas do! ;)

I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Halloween. Don't forget to check your kiddos candy, supervise them at all times and enjoy the heck out of it! Babies don't keep, kids grow up and candy eventually goes bad...enjoy it!

What are your Halloween plans?

Pumpkin Patch and the Reality of Instagram

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

These are just a few of the adorable images I have of my Little Bug with her friends at the Pumpkin Patch this past weekend. Aren't these babies the sweetest?

It was so nice to spend a weekend doing something fun after being sick the past few weeks. It was nice to get out and enjoy this fall season with my little gal. Unfortunately it was pretty dang hot and didn't feel too "fallish" and the patch was a little too much for me, but it was still fun to get out and be with my friends and our sweet kiddos.

Pumpkin patches are all over Instagram these days along with beautiful fall trees, fall meals and the perfect fall ensemble with Starbucks in hand and a baby in the other. Instagram has quickly become my favorite social network and is where I usually spend my free time. You know, being a bum on the sofa scrolling through and stalking other people's lives for inspiration, ideas, etc...

Let's get real for a second though, Instagram as wonderful as it is, is also kind of blah for some of us. I have days where I stalk my favorite grammers and sometimes envy their photos. They live on beautiful farms in cozy little houses that magically look like they belong in the hottest interior design magazine; they cook dinners that I quite frankly don't have the energy to cook right now; and they do the coolest crafts and skills with their kids. And not to mention their photos are always stunning.

It's easy for us mothers to get lost in the "she's doing it better than me"  mode all because of one silly Instagram picture. It's easy for us to see these beautiful Instagrams and think that these people's lives are always so picture perfect, when in fact, we know that no one's life is really that perfect. Even I myself am I always trying to use new apps and filters just to get my pictures prettier and more "consistent" in terms of palettes. But the truth of the matter is that I live in a rent house with brown walls and no matter how bright I want my photos to be, it just won't happen. I don't have white walls everywhere with white bedding and white sofas. I wish I did, but I don't and that's the reality of it all.

The thing to remember for all of us mothers is that we all have different stories, different situations and different lifestyles. I wish I could whip up fabulous meals and I wish my house was Instagram fabulous but neither of those will happen anytime soon (okay, so I can cook pretty good but nothing amazing). We have to remember that while yes we may have totally slacked at the over the top mom thing that day (you know, we didn't do crafts and work on fine motor skills) that we still rocked motherhood. Even if it consisted of a little too much television but an abundance of cuddles, those cuddles beat any craft any day.

So the reality is that I don't live some fabulous Instagram perfect life. My pictures aren't always stunning and some days I rock motherhood and wife status, and other days I'm just a lazy bum who stayed in her pajamas until 3 pm and ate a package of Oreos.

That's real life. And I'm just a plain ole' real mom doing the best I can.

So before you get lost in that "she's doing it better and prettier than me" mode, remember that she's really not. She just had a good filter, excellent lightening and a kid who wanted to cooperate for that photo.

Your Instagram feed may not always be as stunningly beautiful as someone else's, but your life is...

Any mamas feel me on the Instagram topic?

Dr. Seuss Giveaway Special!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I just love the Dr. Seuss line of products from Bumkins. It has always been one of my favorite diaper/accessory lines around. I am thrilled to celebrate the opening of my new online natural baby boutique with a fabulous Dr. Seuss giveaway! 

I've partnered up with Bumkins to offer you some amazing products in this nifty, galifty little giveaway! One lucky winner (shouldn't we say one lucky baby?) will win The Lorax Snap in One Diaper, a Dr. Seuss wetbag, small reusable snack bags, pacifier clip and a Dr. Seuss superbib set! How amazing is this awesome giveaway?!?!

If you're ready to Go! Go! Go! then make sure you keep reading below to enter. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for entering and make sure to check out our online natural baby boutique. We have all sorts of your favorite products for both mother and baby!

Happy Giveaway! 

A Look at the Brands In Our Shop

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today I want to take a minute to highlight the amazing brands that we are carrying in The Mushy Mommy Natural Baby Boutique. I am thrilled with the amazing brands that we have, many that I have been using myself for quite some time.

Lots of research went into choosing brands to open up with, especially if it wasn't something that I was personally using at the moment. We have our eye out on many other brands and hope that over the next few months we will be able to introduce more brands and product lines.

But enough about all that...let's take a peek...

Easy Halloween Toddler Craft

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This was such a fun and easy craft to do with my Little Bug this holiday. Simply grab some paint, your toddler, a few brushes and a canvas of your choice. We chose this burlap canvas from Wal Mart, however I'm not a total fan of using it. The paint goes on very lightly on the material and you have to go over it several times (especially for the white ghost).

Paint your kiddo's foot, stick it on the canvas and decorate as you choose. If your little one is old enough to really get involved, make sure to let them participate. I gave mine the paint brushes afterwards to paint on the paper plates and she assumed that since I had just painted her foot, that body painting was acceptable.

It. was. everywhere.

Nevertheless, it was fun and it's super cute and so easy. Just my style!

P.S. This was a Pinterest Win!

What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

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