Baby’s first Moccasins

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Freshly Picked Moccs

Freshly Picked Moccs/ Photo by Jill Shaw

Freshly Picked Moccs

Freshly Picked Moccasins./ Photo by Jill Shaw

Freshly Picked Moccs

Freshly Picked Moccasins./ Photo by Jill Shaw

 

We recently have had the pleasure of trying out Freshly Picked moccasins for our baby boy and I am delighted to inform you he loves them! I wrote a while back that I was debating on whether to put shoes on him or not since he was learning to walk. My apprehension was that he stumbled in shoes and was naturally more free to roam barefoot. Well the response to recommend Freshly Picked was overwhelming and I now can see why.

The Style

We chose a gray moccasins because baby has so many gray and silver clothing but honestly it is a color you can style with so many clothes. They are very nicely paired with skinny jeans as to not take away or cover up any part of the design. These designer  moccasins are 100% handmade leather.

The Functionality

The moment we put the moccasins on baby boy he took off! It was so easy to slide them on his little feet but what is even better is that he couldn’t just yank them off! haha. Every other shoe unless it has laces (in which he yanks also) he literally pulls off with such easy. I love that they are so comfortable on him that he doesn’t automatically want to take  them off. He is walking a lot now therefore it was important that what he was wearing didn’t impede with his pace. Fortunately Freshly Picked passed that test also. Seriously, it was almost as if he wasn’t wearing any!

The Sale!

Freshly Picked is having an amazing Cyber Monday Sale, all season are 25% off for 24 hours starting at 10 am MST! I have also partnered with them to give one lucky follower of mine a FREE pair! The giveaway runs November 28th through December 3rd. Here are the rules:

1. Must subscribe to my blog angelicacastaneda.com

2. Must follow me on Instagram @angelicacastaneda_

3. Must follow Freshly Picked on Instagram @freshlypicked

4. Tag 1-3 max friends in the comments on the original giveaway post for additional entries.

The winner can not have won a giveaway from Freshly Picked in the last 60 days. U.S. participants only.

Goodluck everyone!

*This post was sponsored by Freshly Picked. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own as always.

Love,

Angelica

My Favorite Skin Care Regimen

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Osea Malibu

Osea Malibu; my favorite skin care line.

When I was younger, I didn’t really care about my skin care. I was quite blessed in that department. I had clear, tight, healthy skin despite hardly ever drinking water. 🙈 I’ve come a long way from those days. I am 28, a mom, and don’t sleep anywhere near as long as I used to in my early 20s. I’m sure most moms can relate. So I realized if I wanted to remain having healthy skin, I needed to put attention to it! That’s where I found Osea Malibu.

They are a California-based company that focuses on Vegan, Non-Toxin, Cruelty-free, Non GMO, plant-based products. I never used to care what ingredients were in creams if I ever did get any. Now all those play a factor. Of I want to teach  my son about what’s important I have to lead by example right moms?

So my favorite ones right now are as follows; I’ll put them in order as I use them.

Ocean Cleanser

It is a very refreshing, lime, juniper and cypress cleanser that is very rich in minerals. It gently removes make up along other impurities. It is for normal and a combination of skin types. I use this cleanser every night. I love the smell of it also by the way.

Atmosphere Protection Creme

It is a lightweight moisturizer with Vitamin E, Avocado, Shea Butter, and organic Algea. It not only hydrates, but also protects collagen (my favorite part.) My second favorite part is that is leaves a matte finish so I used at night after I use the cleanser and in the morning right before I put on my make up.

Sea Minerals Mist

This is a hydrating mist that I use right after moisturizing. It is also rich in minerals and also soothes sun burns and break outs. This is one of the products that help stimulate new cell growth as well.

Ocean Cleansing Mudd

This one has peppermint, tea tree essential oils, seaweed extract very rich in iodine. All these are antiseptic, meaning they reduce and prevent acne. I don’t suffer from acne but do benefit from its balancing of oily skin. I don’t use it every day, probably about 3 times a week but you can absolutely use it everyday if you’d like to reduce oil or acne for sure.

See how far I’ve come from just taking off make up with a wipe and putting on coconut oil? haha. Honestly I want to have beautiful skin in my 30s, 40s and 50s. And what I do now will immediately impact it. I love all what Osea Malibu represents. I am of the belief that you get what you pay for 99% of the time. and I believe their skin care products are worth every penny. Take a look at their site. They have awesome sample selections to get you started. They also have beautiful gift sets like this one that is perfect for the holidays.

Osea Malibu gift sets

Fabulous gift seta from Osea Malibu

*This post was sponsored by Osea Malibu. As always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Love,

 

Angelica

How and WHY I re-introduced baby to cereal

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Getting Gerber Cereal at Target.

Getting Gerber Cereal at Target.

Feeding my baby Gerber Cereal

Feeding my baby Gerber Organic Cereal Oatmeal.

Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal

Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal

You can get your Target Discount on Gerber cereals HERE.

Hi mamas! I want to talk about iron today. As you know, baby boy is about to turn the big ONE soon therefore his iron test is upon us. I am dreading it. He is such a milk monster and the pediatrician is beginning to make statements such as, “breast milk starts losing its nutrients after 9 months…” yeah don’t get me started on her. The point however is that from 6-12 months, you really want to ensure baby has a sufficient amount of iron to prevent anemia for example. Now I will admit, when baby turned 4 months and was given the green light to introduce him to solids, I threaded lightly. I was so apprehensive that he would self wean off breast milk that I probably went too slowly. I wanted to mix everything with breast milk instead of water and I hated to pump so it didn’t occur as often as it probably should. So here we are, facing iron again. So what did I do? I got off my high horse and went and bought Gerber Organic Oatmeal again. Except this time, I was going to take it seriously.

So off to Target we went!

Gosh I love that place. We spent a looong time there. I love having a reason to go and coming out with 20 more. HA! I know exactly where to go and where to retrieve our cereal. So there we were, the isles clear, clean and pretty much saying welcome! You know you feel the same way at Target! Now while there I also picked up some Gerber organic fruit puree for the oatmeal cereal as baby is older and loves variety now. By the way, make sure you use Target Cartwheel to receive additional discounts! It’s extremely easy to use, I love it.

Breakfast time!

When we got home I was excited for breakfast time! I know I get excited to try new things. As a mom, I take pleasure in seeing my baby’s reactions. I remember when he took his first bite back at 4 months and I am excited to see them again now. Baby loves it! He stretches his arm when he wants more and I just find it adorable!

Mixing Gerber organic puree with Gerber organic oatmeal cereal.

Mixing Gerber organic puree with Gerber organic oatmeal cereal.

Recommendations

Remember mamas, feeding baby Gerber Cereal twice a day will provide him or her with 90% of the daily recommend iron that their little bodies need. The American Academy of Pediatrics backs this for iron rich cereals like Gerber Cereals. Keep also in my mind that cow’s milk isn’t recommend until they are one so mix with breast milk or formula only (aside from fun puree if they are in the sitter stage.) Furthermore keep also on mind adult cereals do not contain the same amount of iron that baby needs so it is important you give him or her the correct iron rich ones.

All in all better late than never right? Don’t skip cereal just because you hear others do. Educate yourself for your little ones. And go get get yourself your favorite Gerber cereal! Make sure you get your Target Cartwheel discount HERE. Tell me in the comments below which is your favorite!

 

Love,

 

Angelica

How and WHY I reintroduced baby to cereal

How and WHY I reintroduced baby to cereal.

Teething Relief Essentials

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Teething Essentials

Teething Essentials

As you probably have heard, the FDA has recently issued a warning against the use of homeopathic teething gels and tablets as they were found linked to seizures, lethargy and muscle weakness. You can read it for your self directly from the source here. Our pediatrician informed us from the beginning that regular teething pain relieving gels such as Orajel were a big no-no. Companies such as Hyland’s dispute this however my concern and skepticism remained. Naturally as a new mom I found myself searching and researching for the best non medicated alternatives and these products  found my baby not only enjoyed but found relief of his teething pain and or assisted. Trust me, poor little man knows as he has 10 teeth now! And we have tried practically all teethers out on the market, lol.

Before we dive in I want to say that drooling is just plain crazy during teething so bibs are a must. I have bought and we’re gifted tons! However recently I found the cutest shop, Red Bunny Designs, where the owner makes adorable bibs and burp cloths among others. They are excellent quality. They are handmade with very soft materials. I love how thick it is unlike the thin ones you find at the large chain stores . I seriously am never getting another one from elsewhere. Check them out, I really recommend them. P.s. makes a great baby shower and holiday gift.

Red Bunny Designs Bib

Red Bunny Designs Bib

Now for teething products, first and foremost the cold is your friend, or I should say their friend. I have discovered in my research that you should always keep teething products in the fridge and not the freezer. Please always remember that.

My first ones are these really cute bear-shaped teethers. Why do I love them? Because of the crystals inside that are function so that they remain cold for a longer period of time after you have taken them out of the fridge. Best of all, it has a sleeve that you put on so that baby’s hands don’t get cold holding it. You can get it here. And YES $6 is worth it.

Next is Sophie the giraffe. Man on man does he love Sophie. She is one tough teether let me tell you. She’s taken a lot of abuse lol. Something about the texture and smell but it does wonders. I would buy her many times over. You can get her here. And no the imitations don’t work the same. Of you fancy her with a cute book, you can get that also here.

Up next is a silicone, non-toxin, BPA free teething necklace. It’s funny because my son only has an interest in it when I’m not wearing it. Silly boy. But he munches on it for a while. Due to him not caring for it worn, I opted for a basic yet stylish one like this one.

Last but not least his vibrating strawberry. The vibration is very soft and gentle on his gums. He still loves it and has been using it since he was 4 months old! You can get it here.

On a last mention, a cold wash cloth works wonders when they are smaller. Baby boy loved it until he was around 6 months.

What did not work for us? The munch mitt, the silicone keys, and the rings.

What does your baby love? Tell me in the comments below.

Love,

Angelica

Teething pain relief essentials

Teething pain relief essentials