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Babywearing | 18 Things Babywearing Helped Me Do This Past Year

September 22, 2016

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, or read my blog often, you know two things about me. 1. I love hats, and 2., I am obsessed with babywearing. Like. obsessed. I honestly don't know where I would be, or what kind of mother I would be if I didn't have my wraps or carriers. 

The truth is, babywearing has left an imprint on my soul. It's an ethereal experience that has shaped who I am as a woman and mother. It's forever changed me, and for that I am so, so thankful.

Not only has babywearing bettered my experiences with motherhood, but it's also allowed me to do SO much more than I ever thought I could do with a child. If you don't believe me, here are eighteen amazing things babywearing has helped me do in the past year.


1. Help me get my baby to sleep when she was restless/teething/didn't want to sleep alone.

2. Tackle the airport and traveling without a stroller.

3. Go to a Sufjan Stevens concert.

4. Have photos taken for my blog (several times, actually).

5. Go on daily walks in the park, sans stroller, always.

6. Keep my baby near me. Always.

7. Take a trip to the beach with only the things you see in my hands!

8. Wrangle a busy toddler (literally no matter where I go).

9. Visit an orange grove to pick oranges!

10. Go on a mall shopping date with my grandma!

11. Comfort my babe when she wasn't feeling well.

12. Get lots of house cleaning done.


13. Watch my husband form his own bond with our daughter.


14. Tackle Ikea + the grocery store + everywhere else without having to chase my little one or set her in a cart!

15. Breastfeed on the go! (This is a total game-changer you guys).

16. Explore the five-star resort on our vacation!

17. Form a necessary attachment with my baby that will help her succeed now and later in life.


18. Make tons of new mom friends and friends for G to play with!

In twenty years, when I think back on my life and reflect on motherhood, there will be one thing (other than memories of my little babes, of course) that will stand out to me most, and that is wearing my children, keeping them close.

p.s. October 5-10th is International Babywearing Week, and the anniversary of when I started regularly wearing G. Check out your local BWI (babywearing international) chapter for more info on how you can become a babywearing fan too! 


xo. L

Fall Layers With Old Navy + A Fashion Link-Up

September 21, 2016

It's still pretty hot out where I live, but I've been dabbling in some layered Fall looks! The second it hits under 90, I pull out the scarves haha. I like this dress from Old Navy though since it's lightweight and can be easily layered with a duster! Dusters were my major go-to last Fall, so I plan on "dusting" those off (no pun intended) for this year as well!
My Outfit details: Old Navy dress c/o | Old Navy cardigan c/o | Similar hat | Similar shoes | Taudrey necklace c/o





Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is Fall Layers or you can pick any fashion/beauty related post to link up! Come back weekly to visit us!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin'. and our guest host, Brianna of The Brunettes Diary (The first three links in the link-up.)

2. Use the button provided on Larissa or Jacqueline's side bar or link back to the link-up on your blog.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Laura of I do deClaire. Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!
NEXT WEEK: for next week's trend we're featuring black. Thanks so much for linking up each week! Have a fabulous rest of your day!

*Thanks to Old Navy for providing product for this post.


xo. L

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Tips For Reading To Your Toddler (How To Read With Your Kids)

September 20, 2016

*Special thanks to Incredibundles for sponsoring and inspiring today's discussion.
I'm mostly writing this post for those who aren't preschool/kindergarten teachers, and have no clue how to read a story to little kids. (Which was me before I was trained in it) and also my husband who has needed training since having our first baby who inevitably adores reading!

You see, simply picking up a book that has two paragraphs of text isn't going to cut it for a baby that's 16 months old or even a three-year-old. They have short attentions pans and limited vocabulary (for now) so it's important to focus on attainable skills! The books that I am reading to G in these photos are from her Incredibundles box! I can't wait to share more about Incredibundles below, but for now, keep reading for some quick, easy tips for reading to your toddler at home!
Always look at the pictures first. Let your toddler find the things that catch their eye each time you turn the page. G always points to the trees or birds since those are two new words she's learned lately!

Try paraphrasing text when it's a long story. This is an acquired skill for sure, haha. I quickly scan the text and paraphrase it into one or two sentences, just so they understand the main idea. When G was super tiny I completely ignored the text!
Point out colors of items. An example would be "Look at that red car!" versus saying "Look at the car!" It's also something that requires training but definitely becomes second nature after awhile.

Try to point out objects (especially ones that encourage the use of new vocabulary) G always points to certain things because she knows them, but I like to show her new objects and words too, so I let her show me what she wants, then I try to show her a new thing on the page with a new word!
*The tips below are for older kiddos, but so helpful when reading to pre-school aged/kindergarten aged kids!

Ask questions when you're reading to kids older than 3 or 4. Asking questions while you read is definitely important for older children. Some will be super into it and some won't - it depends on your child, but it doesn't hurt to try and cultivate conversation about the story!

Ask OPEN-ENDED questions. An example of this is "why do you think the boy doesn't want to go to bed?" versus, "Did the boy go to bed?" Basically, open-ended questions allow for elaborate answers, and not just yes or now answers. Those don't allow for critical thinking or imagination.

After you're finished reading, ask your child about the story. Ask them to recall the information by inquiring about their favorite part of the story. You can share your favorite part afterwards, then maybe discuss a few things you may have learned if it was a longer story with a plot, etc. Basiclaly any extra conversation about it leads to them really processing and understanding the story!
Note: When reading with kids, every single story doesn't have to be a "lesson" these are just tips for when you are reading with purpose! It's important to encourage them to like reading so let them sit with the book independently too! It's all about balance!
Like I said earlier, the books we're reading in this post are from a super cute little gift package from Incredibundles.com! There are so many little packages you can get for new or expecting parents. They come pre-wrapped with a card and everything so they are ready to be gifted or opened upon arrival!

It's basically a super chic and easy way to not have to go put together your own package. Incredibundles does it for you! In this post we are feature the "Baby's First Books" bundle, but they also have diaper bundles, bath bundles, sleep bundles, and my personal favorite: organic bundles!

These are great gift options for grandparents/aunts/uncles to give as gifts and an amazing way to welcome the new baby into the world!
Hopefully these tips were helpful to you! Let me know if they were in the comments below!

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xo. L

Vegan Pumpkin Protein Smoothie Recipe

September 18, 2016

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KashiPlantPower #GOTOGETHER #CollectiveBias
I'm pretty excited to be sharing one of my favorite vegan treats... I mean, drinks, right now. It just so happens to be Fall themed! A pumpkin protein smoothie. I've been wanting to try out a plant-based protein for quite a while now, so when I was was given the opportunity to shop at Target.com for a Kashi® GOLEAN Plant Powered Shake, I jumped at the chance.

As you know I am a pretty busy lady - I spend many mornings on the go with G, so my breakfasts are usually in a cup. Protein is essential to my diet so anything that gives me extra energy is amazing. Plus the fact that's it's vanilla flavored, mixed with the pumpkin in this recipe... it's basically a little taste of heaven!
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup organic almond milk (it can be flavored or unflavored - I like vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup organic pureed pumpkin
  • 1 organic frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of Kashi GOLEAN Vanilla Vinyasa protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3-4 almond milk ice cubes (or you can use regular ice cubes)

Method:
This is a pretty simple shake with little to no prep. I keep frozen bananas and almond milk ice cubes on hand at all times because I am such a smoothie drinker! To begin, simply gather your ingredients. Pour each of them into a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth! Top with extra cinnamon or nutmeg, and enjoy a little taste of Fall with some added 15-16 extra grams of protein!

I would definitely use this Kashi GOLEAN protein powder in some pancakes for J when he gets back from the gym (he's been going a bit more frequently these days) and you can even incorporate pumpkin into that too! I love that this product is vegan and gluten-free as well to cater to several types of diets.
Coupon Code: You get to try out the Kashi GOLEAN or Kashi Organic products now too! Use this code: TGTKASHI for $10 off one Kashi Protein Powder from either of the two product lines!

I am eager to try out Kashi GOLEAN's Matcha Tea Mantra flavor next! Also, side note: I cannot tell you how much fun I've been having sharing my food journey with you all via Snapchat and Instagram stories. It's been a blast answering questions and sharing great recipes with everyone, so thank you for being so eager to know about it all - I love sharing! Please let me know on here, snap, or insta if you end up trying out this drink! It's one of my favorites right now.

xo. L
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