How To Get Rid Of the Pacifier: 4 Steps To Success

SOME babies will use a pacifier for months regularly and then not ever miss it.

MOST babies are NOT like that and it takes some time and going in with a strategy to make the pacifier disappear and stay gone. ❤

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Pediatricians vary on the best time to phase out the pacifier and every baby and family is different with how long they choose to use it. Talk to your doctor about their recommendations of when to stop using a pacifier.

I’m here to offer an easy step by step guide how to kiss the pacifier goodbye when ready.

  1. Start cutting use out during the day while baby is awake.
  2. Start cutting use out at nap time.
  3. Start cutting use out at night. 
  4. Be consistent (if possible) with bedtime routine – bath/pajamas, book, sip of water or snack, brushing teeth etc. Once a good routine is established, it makes it easy to have a new “last thing” before sleeping 🙂 

Also, determine how flexible/strict you are going to be and how attached the babe is. As you can see from the picture above, our baby LOVED his pacifiers. We phased out the pacifier before our son was 13 month old over about a 2 week course going step by step every few days with the 4 steps listed above and it went smooth. He had pretty much just been using it for naps and at bedtime most days by the time he was 1 year old. For you, it could be a slow process over a few days, weeks, or months or possibly there is a desired deadline(before age 18 months or 2 yrs or 3 yrs or a designated cut off that you’ve been aiming for). It may instead be a simple and quick change to use the four steps above and within a few days or weeks the pacifier has left the building.

Pacifier use has research that supports use to decrease risk of SIDS, help baby self soothe, ease discomfort, and satisfy the innate suck reflex. (article here)  There is also research that recommends to start to wean baby from pacifier use after 6 months to reduce the evidence of otitis media (ear infections) and dental issues. (article here) Some pediatricians recommend weaning use by the child’s first or second birthday. Again talk to your doctor for their recommendation.

What worked for you when you phased the pacifier out or is this a current struggle for any of you guys?

Would love to hear from you!

<3, Hope

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BBQ Chicken Wrap: Quick 6 Ingredient Lunch or Dinner

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HELLO easy BBQ chicken wrap! Whenever I have leftover chicken I am ALWAYS thinking of a quick meal to put together that keeps everyone full and happy. Try this crunchy, sweet and savory wrap. Serve warm or cold! If your looking for a quick way to make some chicken, check out Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken. Pair with your favorite chips or veggies! This wrap works great also with The Best Roasted Red Potatoes and Onions!

Alright lets get started on this chicken wrap!

So first, gather your ingredients.

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Layer the chicken and cheese.

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Add the peppers and lettuce.

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Wrap all those yummy ingredients tightly.

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Cut in half and enjoy!

Easy Chicken wrap

Easy 6 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Wraps

Makes 4 Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4 Burrito sized tortillas or wraps
  • 2 cups cooked chicken – shredded or diced mixed with your favorite BBQ sauce
  • BBQ sauce to mix with the chicken ( I used about 2/3 cup, but personal preference to how much sauce you like!)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese – chopped or shredded
  • 2 bell peppers – chopped
  • 1 cup romaine or spinach – cut into strips

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the cooked chicken with BBQ sauce.
  2. Place ½ cup of BBQ chicken in a line on the tortilla.
  3. Top with ¼ cup cheddar cheese.
  4. Layer roughly 1/3 cup chopped bell peppers and 1/4 cup romaine or spinach on top.
  5. Roll up the wrap, cut in half and enjoy!

Note: Depending on the size of the bell peppers you might have more or less than 1/3 cup per wrap, so just equally divide the chopped bell peppers into four servings .

Happy cooking ❤ Hope

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Being You: 4 Ways To BRING IT ON

Happy beautiful day internet world.

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Been thinking about the direction I want my life to go to and my past. Ive been feeling curious if anyone has felt the same.

  1. I am DIFFERENT from where I was 5 years ago.  I think before I talk and am more respectful to those around me.
  2. Friendships CHANGE. It is inevitable. I have been struggling with not beating myself up for not making old friendships a constant priority. TRUE friends can pick up where they left off and we will reconnect when we can.
  3. I am RESILIENT. A bad day at work or a rough day with the baby does not get to me anymore. I have a support system of friends, family, and coping mechanisms to help take a step back.
  4. I feel GRATEFUL for every single day. Not everyday is promised and I have been doing the best I can to cherish the day to day, even if there is not AMAZING things happening every day.

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SO, I challenge you to consider these 4 things:

  1. Accept that with time we are DIFFERENT than who we once were and that is NOT a bad thing.

  2. Friendships may CHANGE but true friendships will have flexibility.

  3. Be RESILIENT and do not sweat the small stuff. This too does and shall pass.

  4. GRATEFULNESS helps keep you centered. Try to make today the best day it can be.

What helps center you? How do you cope with rough days? Thoughts of friendships changing with time or phases of life? I would love to hear from you.

Hope ❤

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Best Sippy Cups: Organized Review With Links

Best Sippy Cups

Finding the best sippy cup can be quite the task. I am NOT proud to admit that I bought lots of types only to discover that my toddler preferred the ones listed below. With this quick summary, you should be on  your way to finding the best sippy cup so you do not have to waste MONEY on items that are not child friendly. Note: This post has affiliate links for easy shopping.

1. Munchin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Pink/Green, 7 Ounce, 2

  • Pros
    • Easy to clean and assemble
    • Easy for the child to use
    • Fits most cup holders
    • Does not spill when child is drinking from it
  • Con
    • If your child throws the sippy cup against a hard floor, it can spill a bit

*Best sippy cup if child does NOT throw the sippy cup on the floor often, easiest to use. *This is our personal favorite.

2. Hard Spout Gerber Graduates by Nun

Gerber Graduates 10 Ounce Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup, 4 Count, Pink/Purple

  • **Best sippy cup for age 12 month+ if child is throwing sippy cup, as it doesn’t spill.

3. OXO Tot Transition Straw Cup

OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles, Pink, 6 Ounce (2 Pack)

OXO TOT Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles, Teal, 6 Ounce (2 Pack)

  • Pros
    • Easy for the chid to use
    • Leak proof with drinking from and if dropped
    • Has a cover to shield the straw
  • Con
    • Though easy to clean and assemble, it does takes longer than other sippy cups as it has more parts

Hope this article helped narrow down the shelves and rows of sippy cups to pick you favorite! Overall we love the first two the most, but the third is also great for kids who prefer straws! I prefer

❤ Hope, nonstopmomlife.com

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To The Woman At The Bridal Shower

To the woman at the bridal shower

…that offered to hold my baby while I ate, thank you. I had told you he had colic. You said I still needed a break.

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To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for asking to hold the baby a second time considering the first time I said, “I’m fine” but was actually sleep deprived and exhausted. You knew I was pretending to have it covered. I’m glad you reasked and I said yes. You did calm him down so well and I was able to eat and drink some water.

To the woman at the bridal shower, who I didn’t know before that day and whose name I cannot even remember, thank you. I went to the bridal shower with my two month old and was so nervous he was going to be loud and take attention away from my best friend who was getting married.

To the woman at the bridal shower, you don’t even know how a simple gesture made such a big impact and I will always remember. Thank you.

To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for lending a hand to someone who was a new mom and this was her first time around more than a few family members. I was nervous going into that day but you made me feel comfortable and powerful.

Thank you. 

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I will never how you reassured me so effortlessly that I was doing well and why you were so sweet and kind to help someone you didn’t know. I hope I can be this woman to another mother. Another stranger or another friend that didn’t know she needed help. This is what it is all about. Supporting one another and lifting each other up. ❤

Love,

A new mom that was impacted

❤ Hope

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A photo of my friend and I on the day of her bridal shower

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Hey You Right There: Choose Your Own Adventure

This is my first post of a series of weekly thoughts. I’m interested to hear if anyone has thought about these things as well. Feel free to comment, I’d love to start a conversation! ❤

I just have been feeling so warm and fuzzy from you all. Thank you for supporting me and thank you for supporting each other!

The sun is shining bright, birds are chirpping, it’s another beautiful summer day!

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Today’s thought is this: We choose our own adventure and outlook.

I once heard someone complain about the birds chirping in the morning and how they hated that they wake them up. I feel so different! Note, I can sleep through a thunderstorm no problem. BUT regardless I LOVE hearing those birds chirp first thing in the morning and was amazed how the same thing that brings me joy was something that they disliked.

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Is today going to be a good day? Do you want it to be? Or do you want to sulk about something instead? Not everyday can be the best day of your life of course but I challenge you to be mindful of one day and a time. Not just working for the weekend, enjoying something each and every day. Maybe it’s a walk after work or early morning coffee before work and reading a good book. Or maybe it’s calling a friend to catch up or spending quality time with your significant other, family, or a close friend. Or journalling or organizing something. What gives you peace and recharges you?

All the best,

Hope ❤

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Vegetable Feta Quinoa Salad

This is one of my favorite recipes. My mom actually introduced me to quinoa and making salads with it AND I am forever grateful for this. I have made this salad with lots of combinations. Pick your favorite vegetables, about 2 cups and add it to this salad. My current favorite combination is broccoli, bell pepper, and red onion. I like to use feta but you can also use mozzarella or parmesan if desired.

First gather your salad ingredients

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Then combine ingredients and mix your dressing together (olive oil and spices).

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Toss ingredients together and enjoy!

Plated Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups romaine, baby spinach, or mixed greens
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • ¼ cup red or white onion
  • ½ cup feta
  • 2.5 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Combine the greens with quinoa, bell pepper, broccoli, onion and feta.
  2. In a separate small dish, mix the olive oil, oregano, basil, salt and garlic powder until well combined.
  3. Toss salad with dressing and then enjoy!

Sound good? Have quinoa in a salad before or looking forward to trying it? Let me know, would love to hear from you! Comment below!

Happy cooking! ❤ Hope

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