Friday, April 19, 2013

Travel Necessities

When we first started planning our trip to Holland (We leave one week from today, by the way!!!), I immediately started planning our "travel outfits." We will be traveling for 9 hours with a 3 hour lay-over in Dublin, so comfort is my #1 priority.

My plan is to wear yoga pants, a tank top, a big and warm cardigan and easy slip off shoes. I think I will wear my Sperry's since I can add some socks when we are on the plane. (My feet are always so cold when I fly!) A maintenance/comfy outfit is also key since we will be taking Cam and my main focus will be him.

Speaking of Cameron, we will be putting him in overnight diapers and pajamas for our trip. We will also have lots of quiet toys for him to play with on the airplane as well as Baby Einstein movies on repeat! Pacifiers and bottles will be nearby during take-off and landing, and lots and lots of snacks should keep him occupied if he's not sleeping! We are also bringing a blanket that's big enough to keep him (and maybe us) warm, but small enough to travel with. (It's an LLBean fleece blanket.)

Oh, a couple of big bags will house all of our Cameron's stuff, but less will be more so we won't look like that family...Who am I kidding? We will be that family.



Travel Outfit


Do you have any other traveling tips for us?

We will have our BOB for travel within the airport (and to keep Cam contained during meals and bathroom visits), but we are going to leave the ERGO at home...he's never been a fan, and it will just be extra baggage - literally.




My 30-Day Detox Review



You may know that I did a 30-day detox for the month of February and had a LOT of success with it. I lost 7 pounds and gained an immense amount of energy. I have had so many friends on Facebook and Twitter ask about it, so here's a brief overview of it:
First of all, the detox that I did was not a CLEANSE, but an elimination diet with Arbonne products as supplements. There's a whole package that you can see here.


It includes 2 bags of protein powder, 2 boxes of fizz sticks, 2 bags of fit chews, 2 boxes of detox tea, and 1 fiber boost. You can buy the whole package, or just pick and choose which products are necessary for you. (When you become a preferred client for $20, you get 20% off all orders for a year, plus $350 worth of products for $200 on your first order. You can get a LOT of detox products with this deal!)
The major purpose of the detox is to STOP eating gluten, dairy, soy and sugar and balance your pH level...a lot of foods that we eat are very acidic, so our products are alkaline in order to balance your body's pH levels, they are gluten and dairy-free (and vegan) and replace 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch). After at least 2 weeks, you can start by adding in some gluten or dairy (only one) and see how your body reacts. If you start feeling sluggish again, stop eating products with that ingredient. When I started eating gluten again, I was fine. But when I started eating dairy again, I felt awful!!! So, I have been sticking to almond milk and very little cheese.
So, here's a typical day:
Morning:  Detox tea (caffeine-free) and fizz stick (natural caffeine with the acid and jittery-ness) or coffee (it's very acidic, but if you can't give it up, it's ok! I didn't!)
Breakfast: Shake with a fiber boost (it keeps you full longer)
Snack: 2-3 fit chews or a fizz stick or detox tea
Lunch: shake and raw food (salad, veggies/hummus, etc)
Afternoon: fizz stick or fit chews (I sometimes threw in a gluten-free snack like fruit or veggies/hummus) or detox tea
Dinner: gluten-free, dairy-free dinner (this is the hardest part!)
Night: detox tea
The detox tea is super important - you should have 2-3 teas a day...
Within this jumbled info is a lot more info if you're interested. I have shake recipes, dinner recipes, different daily "schedules," etc...

If you want more information, just send me an email to jess.norden {at} gmail {dot} com. 

I would be happy to send you as much information as I can or even samples to try! (Our protein powder tastes good not chalky and gross like a lot of other ones I've tried.) 

P.S. Like my Facebook page for a chance to win $50 towards your order!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Baby

Mother Nature has been torturing teasing us with a few "nice" days lately, but it's back to 35 degrees today!! Luckily, I got to snap some pictures of Cam outside earlier this week when the sky was the blue, the sun was shining, and the grass was dry!






















- Cam is a drooling machine lately (We are at 5 teeth...I am fairly sure more are on their way!)
- Getting pictures of Cameron is getting harder and harder
- I learned that anything on the ground is fair game for Cameron's mouth: rocks, grass, plastic pieces, acorns, etc...
- The hat that Cameron is wearing was given to him when he was 2 months old (made by a co-worker), and I can't seem to put it away yet.

Happy Friday!!

xoxo,
Jess

Monday, April 8, 2013

St Patrick's Day Photoshoot

Our little Irish man couldn't get through his first St. Patrick's Day without a mini photo shoot! (Sorry, baby!)


That grin...


That hair...

That laugh...

That smile...


Our beyond-lucky life...

Random iPhone Pics




Cameron's #1 (He always has his pointer finger up!) - see in the mirror?


I have a slight obsession with taking pictures of Cam while he's sleeping


Those eyes...


Window clings from the Glasers


First bath, 2 months, 8 months


Helping Daddy make agnolotti


First date with Sofia




Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cameron's 1st Easter

Easter kind of snuck up on us this year...we were totally unprepared with no basket and no plans! However, I found this adorable football one that I thought he could use at Halloween too. ;)

We filled it with his Easter outfit and some fun toys...





His favorite toy...a $1 ball from Walmart!

 Our day didn't go quite as planned since it started off with a bloody nose in the morning, continued with a full-length mirror coming thisclose to falling on him and ending with him smacking the back of his head off the floor...the poor baby was a magnet for injuries that day!

Around 4, we finally got him dressed in his adorable outfit (that we don't have a picture of) and headed off to dinner with my Dad. 

It wasn't the "picture perfect" Easter, but it was perfect to us! We got to spend the day together, eat good food and go to bed happy. 

xoxo
Jess


Friday, April 5, 2013

Cameron: 9 Months

This has been the best month, baby! You are crawling, pulling up, talking (in your own way), eating, drinking and playing like a little boy...as much as I love it, I wish time would slow down!

Weight: 18 lbs 7.5 oz
Height: 29.5 inches
Teeth: 4 (2 top, 2 bottom)

Health: You had your first allergic reaction - to pineapple! We went to visit Auntie Liz and Sofia, and I gave you a piece of my pineapple (like I do with everything I eat), and 20 minutes later, you had hives all over your face! Poor Daddy drove like a Nascar driver to the nearest Hannaford and got some Baby Benedryl which cleared you up in just a few minutes. It was a little scary, but the hives never moved to your mouth or neck, so the doctor said not to worry.

You have also gotten so many bumps and bruises because you are on the move all the time! You don't stop from the time you wake up until you go to bed...crawling, walking along the sofa, cruising in your car, jumping, playing. You are an active boy, that's for sure!

We went to the doctor yesterday for your 9 month check-up, and you got one shot and had to have blood drawn! You did not like being restrained for that part!! Otherwise, Dr. Vogt says you are a perfectly healthy little boy!!

Social: March was a very social month for you! We went to NH to visit Auntie Liz and Sofia for brunch, we had friends over for dinner and have been out and about as much as possible. You still have "stranger danger" but you don't get scared immediately...if you warm up to a person, you will play with them (while still in my arms), but you won't go to anyone you don't know. We are currently working on getting you to stay in the nursery at church, so we will see how that goes. Otherwise, you will be staying home with LouLou on Sunday mornings!

Toys: We haven't gotten you many news toys because you just love to climb on things and eat shoes - yes, you love shoes. Especially shiny ones. You still put everything in your mouth (even dust bunnies off the floor) and love to jump and clap!

Sleep: This has been a great month for sleep (knock on wood). You go down between 7:30/8 and wake up a little earlier than we would like (5:45), but that's ok...we are lucky that you are sleeping through the night! I think you have officially dropped your third nap, so you are taking 2 naps at daycare anywhere between 30-90 minutes (usually closer to 40).

Food: Other than the pineapple incident, you have been doing great with food! You will try most thing we give you. You love chocolate! You are definitely more into sweeter foods like fruit and yogurt, but you still eat most of the dinner we feed you. You have started eating mac and cheese and ham/cheese sandwiches at day care, which is great! Waffles, yogurt bites, cheese puff and flavored corn puffs are a daily snack at home.

Personality: You are hilarious. It's like you know that you are playing with us...you follow us around with your eyes (and with your feet when you can) and you love to play peek-a-boo...you crack up every time! You hate getting dressed or having your diaper changed, so you turn around to get on your belly....it's now a two-man job! You also hate getting into the care seat, but once you are in, you are fine. You are curious about everything, you love tv, and you can entertain yourself for quite a while. We don't leave you alone for even a second because, when we do, you find yourself somewhere you shouldn't be! :) You are sooo cuddly in the morning...I absolutely love it.

Bath: You are officially too big for the baby whale bath tub, so you are taking baths in the big tub!! You love to play around, but you also love to stand, which scares the crap out of me!! Bath time has turned from a relaxing time to a play time.

Milestones: You pulled yourself up on your own for the first time on Saturday, March 2nd, and haven't stop! You clap when we say "Yay" and wave hello and goodbye to everyone (even invisible people). Oh, you are saying Momma!!!!! You say it so much and especially when you want something (gee, I wonder why). When you wake up in the morning, you stand in your crib and say Momma over and over again until I get you. It's adorable. ;)

Schedule: You are waking around 5:45, so I grab you and go cuddle on the couch until around 6 when you finally want your bottle. We watch Looney Tunes while you eat then you just want to cuddle some more. Around 6:15, I finally have to get up to get ready for work and I hate it!! I cherish those times together and I hate to end them early.

I drop you off at day care around 7:15 and pick you up a little after 3:30. We usually go home and have a snack (both of us) while we watch cartoons. Then, we let you loose to play in the living room until dinner time when you go back in your high chair and have dinner with us! After a little more playing, it's bath time then a final bottle and down for the night between 7:30 and 8:00. Now that it's getting nicer outside (and the sun is out much later), we will do some long walks between snack and dinner! You looooove going for a walk.




Feeding yourself


No more baby tub


Pulling up on everything


Your first gash from falling off a chair

No photo shoot this month...maybe we can do that this weekend. ;)

xoxo
Momma

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