Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Seasonal Wish List with The Baby Cubby!

H's outfit and book c /o: The Baby Cubby

One of my favorite things when it comes to the change in season, is of course the must have lists I get to make! Now that I have H, I think I love making his must have lists more than I enjoy making mine! 
I also love to shop small! We have SO many amazing companies that are local here in Utah that we cannot get enough of and Hudson's list is always filled with them.
The baby cubby here in Lindon carries products from all of these local companies. Making it easy for us to one stop shop for what we need and want! 
At The Baby Cubby they make it easy to transition from each wish list you will have for your little ones. From before baby arrives when you need all of the essentials like a carseat, stroller, baby monitor, diaper bag, stroller, bedding, and more. To when baby is fresh and new and you need things like soothers, swaddles, and the cutest ever newborn clothes and sleepers. Then comes the toddler stage which we have found ourselves upon this season!! We were able to shop at The Baby Cubby recently to cross a few things off of our list.

1. Hudson's cute hello romper! This romper suits his personality perfectly! He is always walking around days "Hi,hi,hi" to everyone he sees.
2. The coziest beanie ( we also got the CUTEST hat from the same company)
3. This Dracula Book which is perfect for Halloween time. 

Simply put, we love shopping at The Baby Cubby because we feel comfortable there, it's fun, and the products they carry are the best of the best! When asked why their shop is different and why they choose to do things differently this is what they have to say... 

"The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Our Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, we know what it’s like and we are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
The way we do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where we do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday - even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting."

If you live here in Utah and can take a trip to the store you definitely need to! If you live elsewhere then you need to make The Baby Cubby one of your musts for online shopping! They make it easy and of course offer free shipping on orders over $49. 

Do you love making wish lists for the new seasons ahead?! I'm already making our winter/ Christmas wish lists! Woo hoo!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to get the best night sleep possible!

king size mattress c /o: Tuft and Needle
cactus pillow c /o: Le Mouton Sucre
tops c /o: SweeTees
diapers and wipes c /o: Parasol Co.

A good nights sleep. Isn't that something we all crave!? Sometimes it just doesn't come that easy though! Especially for parents of young children. I'll be honest that I definitely have not had enough sleep in the past year and sometimes it really takes its toll. Consistently not getting enough sleep can have an extremely negative effect on ones body, spirit and mind.

I know that as a mom I don't always have the luxury of going to bed when I want, sleeping as long as I want and waking up when I want. My little alarm clock wakes me several times and when its time to get up for the day I am greeted with plenty of "mamas" and slobbery kisses. 

Even if we can't always control our surroundings or circumstances to get a great nights sleep, I realized that there are a few things we as a family can do to get the best nights rest possible! So here are our tips!

Tip #1- A good mattress, okay a GREAT mattress can make all of the difference. I have had horrible back pain since I was pregnant with H and it only got worse after I gave birth. Sometimes I was in such awful pain that I couldn't even pick him up. I went to physical therapy and to the chiropractor which both helped but not enough. Every morning I woke up feeling three times my age. Since sleeping on our Tuft and Needle mattress for two months now, I kid you not, my back pain is gone. I no longer wake up with aches and pains and I go about my day with my busy toddler with ease!

Tip #2 - We have a great night time routine in place for little H. A nightly routine helps him so much when it comes to knowing that its time for sleep. We also make sure that the bed and surroundings are a familiar place. Hudson has a "bubby" (stuffed bunny) that always stays in the bed. We don't take bunny out unless we are traveling and then bunny stays in the bed where we are staying. This helps Hudson be excited to go to bed and see his "bubby" whom he adores! He also has his blanket that is with him every night and nap too. 

Tip #3 - My nightly routine is also similar every single night and it helps my body and mind to unwind and relax. Recently I have been trying to avoid technology before bed. Which can be really hard when during the day I don't have the time to watch my shows or peruse social media. However, I find that on nights that I avoid any technology before bed, I fall asleep MUCH faster. Falling asleep fast is important for me because Hudson does still wake up in the night and I need to catch all the precious minutes that I can!

Tip #4 - Being organized and prepared. Beside our bed I keep plenty of diapers and wipes for Hudson. He doesn't usually need a diaper change in the night however sometimes the unfortunate happens and we end up with a midnight diaper change. There is nothing worse than a crying baby while you run around trying to find a fresh diaper and new jammies. When we were using another safe and non toxic brand of diapers, Hudson was peeing through his pjs almost every night. UGH! I was getting so frustrated. When we started using Parasol diapers the night time wetting stopped! These diapers are the most absorbent we have ever used and any friend who has tried them agrees too! Not only are they super absorbent but we feel good about the products and ingredients that are used to make them. If you want to give these diapers a try too, use code LOVELO for 20% off your first order. You will not regret it but you will be hooked!

Tip #5 - Essential oils. I know, I know, you are wondering if they really work. Well, simply put, they do. I have a daily oil routine for myself and for Hudson but our night time oil routine is imperative to whether we sleep well or not. I have a night time linen spray with lavender and stress away that I spray for naps and bedtime, a roller that I rub on Hudson's chest and feet with an oil called gentle baby and I diffuse a mixture of peace and calming and lavender throughout the night. We all sleep a thousand times better when we help our bodies calm down with essential oils. If you have any questions about oils or how to get your family started, feel free to email me so we can chat more about it! ( lo(at) )

I know that for us we all have a better day when we have had the best sleep possible the night before! It all starts with the right mattress so go check out Tuft and Needle because it truly is the best mattress around! Plus, what could be better than a mattress that arrives in a box at your doorstep! The only thing I can think a GREAT nights sleep! 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nursing after ONE.

Photography: Roxana B Photography
Tank and Tee c /o: Deck and Oar

**Disclaimer: This post is for the breastfeeding mama's out there. It is not meant in anyway to shame any mother of any child. If you have chosen to not breastfeed that is a ok. If you have chosen to wean your baby after a year, wow you did an amazing thing for an entire year! If you are a pumping mother, I am beyond proud of you because pumping is hard work and very time consuming….because of that I have only done it four times ever, so I seriously applaud you. I actually applaud all mama's who are doing what is best for their babes! This is what I feel is best for Hudson, so this is our story!**

When Hudson and I first started our nursing journey I wasn't sure how long we would have a nursing relationship for. However, what was most important to me was making it ONE full year. I wanted to skip out on formula all together, save money, and beyond anything else, I so badly just wanted this nursing relationship and journey to keep going! During our first year I was asked many times "When are you going to stop nursing and give him a bottle?" Or "Don't you think its time for a bottle?" Also "Oh he has teeth now so time to stop nursing." With every comment I grew more and more confused. Why would we stop nursing??? So we didn't.

We made it one whole year! We definitely had our struggles, we had bumps, I had times where I told my husband with tears streaming down my face "I don't know if I can keep doing this but I don't want to give up." However, those hard times seemed to pass almost as quickly as they came and now here we are with no end near in sight. So now the questions are coming again..."He's a year old so why are you still nursing?", "Can't he just have cows milk now?" "When are you going to wean?"

I am grateful every day for our quiet moments together. Hudson always stares at me while we cuddle and he nurses and I love to touch his soft face and fluffy hair. I want to soak in every moment like this that we have because I don't know when it will be the last time.

For those who are wondering what the benefits are of nursing passed ONE year here are a few!

Nutritionally, breast milk in the second year provides 29% of energy requirement, 43% of protein requirements, 36% of calcium, 75% of vitamin A, 76% of folate, 94% of B12, and 60% of vitamin C requirements. Isn't that amazing!? I know that a common misconception is that after a year or even earlier, that breastmilk has no nutritional value. Well, that is simply not true!

How does breastfeeding benefit mom? The more consecutive months you nurse your child, the lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Isn't that amazing?! Like we are talking in the ninety percentile if you nurse your baby after a year and more. This also adds up the more children you have and nurse for a certain amount of time. I find this fact to be so incredible. Nursing Hudson is not only benefiting him so much but it's also benefiting me and my own body.

Last but not absolutely not least. Hudson simply is no where near ready to wean from nursing. I know the day will come when he will be. I don't know if that will be next week, next month or in 6 months. I know my heart will break just a little when that last nursing session comes but I know it will be the right time for both of us. Right now nursing is not only how Hudson gets a lot of nutrients and protection it is also is main source of comfort. For me, I believe, it is best to wean when Hudson is ready to self wean and I can follow his lead.

So if you are a nursing mama and you are wondering if weaning at ONE has to happen then the answer is no! If you and your baby want to continue your nursing journey then nurse on mama, nurse on.


Friday, August 26, 2016


teepee c /o: From the Avenue // mint mat c /o: Gathre// diapers c /o: Parasol// striped bloomers c /o: Archer and Antlers// adventure tee: http://The Wild Kids Apparel

Well my sweet baby H is officially an entire year old! The saying time flies when you're having fun is sure an understatement but the only way to describe the past year of our lives. This year has been amazing, emotional, hard, exhausting, happy, joyful, tear-filled, and full of laughter! Becoming a mother has made me feel so many emotions that I honestly didn't even know existed. There is the kind of joy that makes your entire chest swell with happiness and pride. Then there is this kind of sadness that can make your heart physically ache for the well being of your precious child. Parenthood is truly a miraculous thing. 

Hudson has changed SO much in the first year of his life. It really is unfair just how short of a time they actually are a tiny baby. 

H says SO SO many words that he surprises us with new ones almost daily! He can say "hiiii, bye, mama, dada, papa, night-night, light, what dat?, dance-dance, hot, happy, soft and yay!" 

He signs milk, tree, wind and all done. He is crawling so fast and taking steps while holding on to us with one hand.

He loves to climb, explore, give kisses and hugs, play silly games we've made up, dance-dance, listen to music, get into mischief, snuggle mama, read books and always play/be outside.

Hudson really has the funniest little personality. He is outgoing yet timid, playful but cuddly, full of laughter but quick to cry, he knows when he's being funny and gets a huge kick out of making people laugh. He is so sweet and tender and kind but knows when its rough housing time (dada time). 

There is so much to say about our Hudson boy but this mama heart doesn't know just how to put it all into words. All I can really say is that this boy is SO loved and this year has been the craziest and best adventure I have ever been on! I cannot wait to continue watching this cherished boy continue to learn and grow right before me eyes. 

Below is a video we decided to do instead of family pictures! It is so fun to be able to see Hudson's little personality shine through in this video and it is something we will cherish for ever and ever. 

Hudson's First Birthday from Ariel Hamilton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Smash Cake Recipe!

I had a lot of people wondering about the recipe I used for Hudson's cake smash/birthday cake! Since we aren't giving H any dairy or wheat or refined sugar just yet, this cake is free of all of those! Yet honestly its still really tasty! So here is the recipe….



1 cup coconut flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
10 large eggs
1 cup avocado oil (you can use coconut oil or veggie oil if you'd like)
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla 
2 tsp lemon juice


3 cans coconut milk

Makes two 6" round cakes


1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease pans.

2. In a large bowl sift all of the dry ingredients together and set aside. Separate 4 of the eggs, yolks from the whites and set whites aside.

3. In another large bowl whisk together the 6 whole eggs, 4 egg yolks, oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla. Then whisk in the dry ingredients mixture until completely smooth.

4. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the batter.

5. Dived batter into each prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes. The cake has sort of a spongy texture so I could tell they were done when I lightly pushed on the top and it bounced back out. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting. I set mine in the fridge over night wrapped in plastic wrap.

6. The "icing". You want to put the cans of coconut milk in the fridge over night or longer so that the cream can set on the top. You want to scoop that hard cream off the top and leave the water out. Scoop the cream into your mixing bowl and whip it up on low until it is nice and fluffy! There you have it…Icing! 

7. Keep the iced cake in the fridge until you are ready to serve 

Honestly, this cake was such a good idea! I knew I was giving Hudson something healthy, yet delicious and he LOVED it, especially the icing!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hudson's birthday week! - A letter to my boy

Dress c /o: Brick & Main

Dear Hudson, 

You are turning ONE this week. It's YOUR birthday week! Any mother will understand when I say that this year has been the slowest yet the fastest one of my life! There were days that I wished away, wanting you to be older so you would cry less or sleep more. However, once I realized the days were slipping through my fingers and you were growing far quicker than my mama heart could handle, I was determined to stop time....or at least make it slow down by soaking in every moment. I've tried my hardest to be present, be here now, be in the moment completely. To smile through tired eyes at 4 AM while you nursed in my arms. To kiss your fluffy little head every second of every day. To watch you mind grow just as fast as your little body. 
We have gone through a lot together this first year of your life and it's amazing just how much you have changed in such a short period of time.  I've watched your very first smile, heard your very first giggle and then belly laugh, saw you roll over for the first time, sit up for the first time, try your first food, learn to crawl, learn to talk, say mama for the first time, and so much more. How grateful I am to be able to continue to watch you learn and grow even more.
While watching you grow it's equally amazing how much I have grown too. This calling as your mother has helped me become the person I have always wanted to and do things that I never thought I could accomplish! You make me fearless because of the example I want to so badly be for you.
Three hundred and sixty-five days with you and you have changed me for the better in so many many ways my dear sweet boy... I can't imagine how far each of us will come watching you grow over the next several years. I cannot wait to find out!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Being a Mom + A mama PSA

Me- tee c /o: Mom Shirt Co// hat: Mommy Makes Moccs// watch c /o: Arvo
Hudson - romper c /o: June and January// hat c /o: Little Sun Hat

I just had to hop on this (neglected) blog of mine and let all my mama friends, expecting mamas, friends of mama friends, etc. know about an awesome sale going on right now for my most favourite mama must have!! The baby wrap!! Our friends over at From The Avenue are excited to be opening their shop really soon, right now they are selling their awesome wraps though on Amazon for get this….$13.99. You guys, I have never ever seen a baby wrap for this awesome of a price. They come in three great neutral colours too. You could seriously get all 3 for this price and still not be paying as much as you would else where! It's crazy! So hop on over HERE and check it out! Baby wearing items are NUMBER 1 on my mommy must have list! 
Hudson STILL loves to be worn, in fact I put him in a wrap last night while I was tidying up the house and getting dinner ready. Best investment ever to keep baby close, happy and involved in their surroundings! 
We love to use our baby carriers while we are outside so that Hudson just touch and see everything! This kid is happiest when he gets to be outside learning with his eyes, ears and hands. His favourite thing right now is to point at stuff and have us tell him what it is or what sound something might make.
Sigh….Summer should last forever right?!

I hope you're all enjoying your summer sunshine time!