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Introducing The Jennings June Grant!

 


We want to give one of you the experience of midwifery care! We’ve partnered with Bastrop Birthing Center to gift one lucky family the experience we loved so very much with the birth of our baby girl, Jennings June Kloesel. We felt so loved, supported, and empowered during our time with Ellie and cannot wait for one of you to experience it too! You’ll receive prenatal, birth, and postpartum care within the cozy walls of their Bastrop location! 


🀍 To be considered, please reach out directly to TheBastropBirthingCenter@gmail.com . (Ps…To be considered, you must be expecting your baby between the months of October-January. 



8 Months of Jennings June!

 πŸ–πŸ»πŸ€ŸπŸ» months of loving on this sweet girl!

The past eight months have flown by but we’ve truly loved every second of the journey. 


THIS MONTH IN HIGHLIGHTS:
- learned to whisper when we do so first 🀫 
- mimics shaking her head no πŸ‘πŸ»
- pulling up on anything and everything, taking a few steps with her walker, and almost standing on her own
- learned to give kisses and it’s our favorite thing ever 😚 
- learned (and loves) how to play peekaboo πŸ‘€ 
- dances to songs and also when we let her drive the golf cart lol

she’s still the coolest little cucumber in the garden and we are so blessed to be her mom and dad! πŸ₯’

 
 
 

What's In Our On-The-Go First Aid Kit?

 It’s better to be safe than sorry. 🩹Here’s what we keep in our travel first aid kit!

WHAT'S INSIDE?:
- Zipper Pouch: in this I keep a small towel and a bar of castile soap (just in case we need to clean a wound) 🧼 

- Zipper First-Aid Kit
- Instant Ice Pack (just break to activate) 🧊 
- Gauze Pads (2 sizes)
- Cotton Balls
- Medi Scissors ✂️ 
- Zipper-style bandages (to keep cuts closed)
- Kids Bandaids (Welly brand because they are non-toxic)
- Wound wrap for hold bandages in place 🩹 
- Bug bite suction tool 🐝 🐍 
- Tick removal tools
- Quick tourniquet

SEE IT IN ACTION:

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Garden Update: A Few Weeks With Our Vego Beds

 We've had our beds up and going, or growing if you will, for a few weeks now and we wanted to share a few updated photos from the journey. As we've said before, we planted our garden very late so we've already seen a few things struggling. LOL. I mean it wouldn't be a first year garden without some plants dwindling away right? 


We've seen our blueberries struggle a lot. They require a very acidic soil and it's been very difficult to get the acidity up enough for them to thrive. We are hopefully they will come back around but eek, it's been touch and go, and still is, with them.

Additionally, we've had one tomato plant really not survive the transplant. So we replaced it with another one that is now thriving. We have two more that didn't quite look great once transplanted, but they haven't been replaced yet. Are we hopefully or crazy? Hard to say haha. 

Anyway, here's a few shots from around the garden!














This post may contain affiliate links, which means l'll receive a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. Additionally, these garden beds were gifted to us for review. However, all opinions are our own. 

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Tripp Trapp Review: A Few Months Later

I thought it was likely time to deep-dive into a true Tripp Trapp review now that we are a few months into using it. As I posted before in our "Starting Solids/What You Need" blog post, the Tripp Trapp highchair is a bit of a splurge but overall, one we are glad we made. 

WHY WE CHOSE THE TRIPP TRAPP:

- 90/90/90 RULE: 
The 90-90-90 rule for eating refers to the ideal posture for a child sitting at a table. This means their hips are flexed at a 90-degree angle, knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet flat on a surface with the spine upright. When I started researching which highchairs followed this "rule", I noticed there wasn't many. And the ones that did, were all more on the expensive side. I do believe there's ways to adapt some inexpensive option by adding a foot-rest [IKEA], but that wasn't really something I wanted to rig together. Amongst the Tripp Trapp were the Mockingbird, a newer brand called Abiie, and again, a few that could be adapted. 

- THE DESIGN:
Not gonna lie, I did care about the overall look and aesthetic. It's something that sits right in the middle of our open kitchen/living room in our brand new house. Because of that, I did want something neutral and pretty if possible. Obviously this came second to safety and quality but I was vert happy to learn that a hot pink and cartoon covered plastic highchair wasn't in our future. LOL. 

- STURDINESS, QUALITY, ASSEMBLY:
When diving deeper into the Tripp Trapp, I saw a lot of reviews saying the quality was a 10/10 and the sturdiness was unmatched. HOWEVER, many people said assembly was a huge pain. My honest opinion, they are wrong. I put it together with a 5 month old sitting on the mat right beside me playing with the pieces. The only piece that took a bit more reading into was the infant cushion, which I don't think you need and will talk more about below, and getting it to fit through the straps. QUALITY + STURDINESS + ASSEMBLY=10/10 FOR ME. I feel confident Jennings is safe in the Tripp Trapp which is my top priority.

- OVERALL SIZE:
Most highchairs have legs that come out at a 45 degree angle which means they take up a ton of room and are a tripping hazard for anyone walking by. The Tripp Trapp has a very small footprint and is easily moveable. This allows us to tuck it up to the wall when not using it and quickly slide it to the table when we are. 


- LIFESPAN:
The Tripp Trapp is special because it grows with your baby. The adjustable height and footrest means you can use the highchair for years. Had we had the newborn attachment, she literally could've started using it immediately at birth as a "container/bassinet". The Tripp Trapp will last until your baby is 3 years old, which given the price tag, is good to know. 

- EASE OF USE:
We have found the Tripp Trapp very easy to use. The attachments all fit perfectly and having the ability to clip the tray off easily has been a game changer. The straps are a bit confusing at first, but once you figure out how to adjust tightness, there's no issues. 

- CLEANING UP AFTER USE:
This was another thing I saw in reviews as a "con". But I'm here to debunk it. The Tripp Trapp has been very easy to clean after use and I couldn't imagine there's anything better our there. The ONLY PLACE I see that would be difficult to clean are the straps. But again, all good highchairs will have straps, right? Grab some stain spray and it's good as new. 

A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- PRICE:
I'll start by saying this, I justify the price. I did thing it was a splurge at first, and to some it might still be, but once we got it put together, I immediately felt better about the money we spent on it. Additionally, a few months in, I like the ease of use, the look and feel of the highchair as a whole, and the small footprint.

- ACCESSORIES ALL SOLD SEPARATELY:
This is the ONLY downside in my opinion. Each accessory is sold seperatly. So for the $320 price tag, you only get the highchair base. So for us, we purchased the infant cushion [LINKED HERE BUT: not worth it!], the tray [100% you need, LINKED HERE!], and the wipeable cushion we just got a few weeks back which I RECOMMEND 110% [LINKED HERE].


- IT'S HARD TO FIND BOWLS/PLATES THAT STICK:
After a ton of trial and error, I found a bowl that works! This one actually sticks to the Tripp Trapp tray and has different sections. [Amazon ; $11]

OVERALL PROS:
- 90/90/90
- DESIGN + AESTHETIC 
- ASSEMBLY + STURDINESS
- SIZE + SMALL FOOTPRINT
- LONG LIFESPAN (3 YEARS)
- WARRANTY OF 7 YEARS

OVERALL CONS:
- THE PRICE [although I justify this]
- ACCESSORIES ALL SOLD SEPARATELY [aka $$$]
- NOTHING STICKS TO TRAY

THE TRIPP TRAPP IN ACTION:




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What's In Our Outdoor Bag?

Bogg bags are not new, but they are new to me. LOL

It's truly funny the things you learn and want once you become a parent. I started noticing that when Jennings and I would go outside, it would be a battle to try and get everything I needed: sun hat, bug spray, sunscreen, playmat, etc. SO, I decided to splurge on an Amazon version of a Bogg bag. While a "knock-off, it was still a bit of a splurge at $60. I did manage to choose a color that was on sale randomly for $52 which helped a bit. 

I saw the authentic Bogg brand bags at Academy [these will run you closer to $120] and the Amazon version is literally the exact same. 10/10 on quality, color, and size. 

I'll share links to everything below, but here's the bag link [CLICK HERE] because it's too good to wait to share. 

Okay, now to the fun part....what's inside. 

I shared a "What's In Jennings's Concert Bag" post a few months back and it was one of everyone's faves, so I'm hoping this post will be useful as well. 

We are heading to the lake this weekend and I wanted to share all the things I'm packing + some items that are must-haves for outdoors/summer with kiddos!

Here's What's  In The Bag:
all items linked below

- Bogg Bag Dupe [Size XL ; Pink]
- Zip Bag to separate smaller items
- Sunscreen
- Bug Spray
- First Aid Kit [working on a separate post about our at home + travel kits]
- Stroller Fan
- Sun Hat
- Striped Towel
- Pop-Up Tent

Specific For Beach or Lake:
- Swim Diaper [going with a reusable option]
- Swimsuit
- Mesh Bags for Wet Swimsuits

Snacks + Drinks:
- Snack Bin
- Stainless Straw Cup



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