Meet the Sullivans

April 28, 2016

Friday Favorites

Another week is behind us and it's Friday again, yay!! So, here is a list of five of my favorite things from this week!

Here we go...

I've been doing a Letter of the Week unit with Owen and I really wanted to buy the Do a Dot Art Markers to use each week in our mini lessons. They're $15.99 on Amazon, but then I went to Michael's and discovered there was a 50% off any item coupon on their mobile app! I snatched them right up! We used them last week to help him identify upper and lower case letter Aa, which was easy and fun for him! Hoping to share more of what we're doing in our Letter unit with you as we go along. 

We definitely have a TON of clothes for Luke because we have everything we bought for Owen, but that doesn't stop me from picking up some cute new stuff for Lukey too! I mean, styles change and he deserves some of his own things too, right? I ordered him this adorable reversible sweater from Gap last week. And I had to get something for myself and for Owen too :) Luke has already worn his a bunch of times!

Luke has discovered that he has a 2nd set of hands, also known as feet. He's been quite entertained by them all week so I have been purposefully putting him in outfits without footies and no socks so that he can play with his new little friends. He managed to get them into his mouth yesterday, but judging by the look on his face he didn't like how they tasted.

I made Strawberry Shortcake last weekend and I've been dreaming about it all week. I'm planning to make something else involving strawberries this weekend and I've got lots of great ideas pinned on my Strawberry board on Pinterest.

And that's all for now! Have a great weekend my friends! 

Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife.

April 25, 2016

Our Baby's Bedtime Routine

Some children are naturally good sleepers, and unfortunately my boys are not. When Luke was a brand new little baby we thought we got lucky with a naturally good sleeper, because he slept allthetime, and slept for long stretches at night. By about 2-months old he switched up his sleeping habits and started waking more frequently at night. I've been trying to work on a more consistent bedtime routine for him that will hopefully, over time, help him get to sleep and stay asleep longer. 

Here is our family's evening routine, with a main focus on Luke: 

6PM Keith gets home from work, and Luke wakes up from his last nap of the day. We have dinner together at the dinner table with Owen, and Luke is either in one of our laps or sitting in his bouncy chair near me. Sometimes we put him in his little seat on the table too, which he seems to like!

6:30PM Keith, Owen and Luke play while I clean up dinner. 

7PM Keith takes Owen upstairs for his bath, and Luke hangs with me. I usually lay him on a blanket and talk or sing with him or carry him around while I get things together for his bedtime routine. 

7:15PM Luke usually starts to show signs of being tired by now, so we start his bedtime routine.  

I give him his bath during the day, so at night I wipe his face, neck and hands with a warm washcloth before changing his diaper, and changing him into his pajamas. I prefer zip-up pj's right now since they make for less hassle during a middle of the night diaper change. Then I put him in his Halo SleepSack on top of the pajamas. 

We swear by the Halo SleepSacks and have used them for both of our boys from when they were newborns all the way to when they're ready to use blankets in the beds. It gives me great piece-of-mind knowing that my baby is warm and safe in their SleepSack when I put them into their beds. 

During the winter I use the Micro Fleece SleepSacks, but this Spring and Summer, when it's warmer, I'm using the new HALO 100% Cotton Muslin SleepSack.

Once Luke is all cozy and ready for bed I read him a story and sing a little song. After that I turn on his nightlight, his humidifier, turn out the lights, and turn on the white noise. We use an iHome iPod doc along with an app for the rain sounds in his room. Not only is it soothing for him to fall asleep to, but it also drowns out the other noises in the house. I nurse him in the rocking chair, burp him and give him his pacifier. He usually drifts off to sleep pretty easily. 

Bed time with him is a total breeze! Now if I could just get him to sleep longer at night we'd be golden! I'm currently getting up with him every two hours through the night.

If you have any tips for getting a baby to sleep for longer stretches at night PLEASE share them in the comments below! 

And here are some of the bedtime favorites our family swears by:

Disclaimer: I received the Halo SleepSack featured in this post in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

April 22, 2016

15 Kid-Approved Meals on a Stick

Something has changed in O over the last year, and I'm not mad about it one bit! He can no longer be classified as a picky eater!

He now happily eats salmon, carrots, a variety of fruits, cheese, nuts, milk and all sorts of vegetables. He's even become quite the adventurous eater too, asking to try new and interesting looking fruits and vegetables he sees at the grocery store, and trying new foods we offer him.

BUT... there is always a but, right?... The trouble is getting him to sit still long enough to actually eat all this great food. To help, I've added food stylist to my mommy job description, since making O's food appear fun and interesting it is often the best and most effective way to get him to eat his breakfast lunch and dinner.

Lately anything on a stick is a huge hit and he's been requesting kebobs on a regular basis, so today I'm going to share with you a few of our favorite kebob-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

15 Kid-Approved Meals on a Stick from Meet the Sullivans

I like to makes sure each of O's meals cover all the nutritional bases and contain a protein, some kind of dairy, something crunchy (his favorite!) and at least two kinds of fruits or vegetables. 

15 Kid-Approved Meals on a Stick from Meet the Sullivans Can you see how happy he is with his breakfast skewer? Thrilled! Now, not all of these kebob ideas cover all the food groups, but I balance out the meal by adding some foods on the side. 



And when the meal is all over and done its time to clean the dishes. Not my favorite part. I tell my husband all the time that I fee like I spend 90% of the day in the kitchen either prepping, cooking or cleaning. I can't tell you how thrilled I am each night when everything is cleaned up and the floor is swept, and I can turn off the kitchen light for the night -- the kitchen is officially closed at that point!

There are some things that can make this all a little more enjoyable, like when I have some helping hands to get the work done. O is usually more than willing to pull up a chair and do some scrubbing. He loves to use our Boon FORB Mini Brush to scrub the dishes, and I love having his help! How could clean-up be anything but enjoyable with such a cute scrubber brush? Not only is it adorable, bright and fun, but it also stores its own dish wash soap inside too!

If your dishwasher is anything like mine it is FILLED to the brim with dishes at the end of the day and the majority are children's dishware. To keep them all contained and from flying all over the dishwasher we have our Boon SPAN , which holds all of those toddler sized mini dishes and cups in place. It works  especially well when we have lots of sippy cups, tops and mini bowls to clean.

What are some of your kid's favorite meals? How do you make the clean up a little more enjoyable and easy? Share in the comments below!

Disclaimer - I received the Boon products featured in this post for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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