Beech-Nut® Naturals™ Real Food for Babies™

BeechNut Naturals

Next week we are adding one more tiny seat around the table at the Chase house.  We’ve partnered with Beech-Nut® Naturals™ to sponsor this discussion on the importance of natural foods for every family member.

We’ve made a lot of changes in our household over the last few years concerning our personal nutrition. Several of us have transitioned to becoming vegetarians, some with goals of becoming vegan later, and some just paying closer attention to the foods we choose to put into our bodies. No matter how we choose to fuel our bodies, one thing remains a constant: it must be real food. So it’s probably no surprise that when we are shopping for foods for our tiniest ones we chose Beech-Nut® Naturals™.

 

Beech-Nut® Naturals™ Real Food for Babies™

Beech-Nut® Naturals™ is real food for babies. The jars of fruit & veggie purees are inspired by homemade, made with ingredients just like I’d use at home. It’s 100% natural, nothing artificial.

BeechNut naturals jars

So…. It’s Good For You, But Does It Taste Good?

This is a valid question. We can serve our families the most nutritious, balanced foods, but if they don’t like them it’s going to be a struggle. I have no fears telling you that your babies are going to LOVE several, if not all, of the real food flavor selections of the Beech-Nut® Naturals™ line. With simple fruit and vegetable combinations like Just Sweet Potatoes, Just Apples, Just Bananas, Just Carrots, Just Pear & Blueberry, Just Apple & Kale, Just Carrot, Corn & Pumpkin, and many more. You can already see that you’ll be able to find a few to satisfy your sweet little ones!

BeachNut Naturals Babies

Real Food, Real Values

We feel good about serving Beech-Nut® Naturals™ in our home not only because of the ingredients but also because of the brand’s values. We believe in spending our dollars with companies that have values that align with our own. Here are some statements from Beech-Nut® Naturals™ that make us love them:

 

  • Real food is for everyone
    No matter how big or small.
  • You can’t fake real
    Only authentic ingredients and recipes will do.
  • Less is more
    Just the stuff is all you need. Nothing extra or unnecessary.
  • Nature is always right
    We don’t dare mess with “Mother.” Nothing artificial is added.
  • We make it like you make it
    Just gently-cooked, real ingredients go into our jars.
  • Future generations can be healthier
    Starting kids off with the right nutrition early-on sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

As working or busy parents, we may not always have the time to prepare our babies’ food at home. We’re happy to be partnering with Beech-Nut® to make life easier and taste good. It’s always nice to have a little extra help in the kitchen, isn’t it?

Road Trips Redefined : The Only Three Things You Need On The Road with Kids

If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know we love to road trip. There is not a single road trip that is too long or short for us to venture out on. We’ve pretty much had it down to a science and could get off work Friday afternoon, throw the essentials in a bag, and be out the door for a weekend away in no time. Now that we are planning road trips with a tiny human again, we’ve been rethinking our minimalist packing strategy. How much more will we really need? Thanks to a partnership with Red Tricycle and Amazon we’ve discovered there are really only three things you need on the road with kids of any age.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids edition tablet

After a lot of consideration, we’ve determined that there really are only three things you need on the road with kids. Yes, only three, really! Keep reading to see what they are. I promise it will simplify your packing and ensure a ensure a perfect road trip designed with kids in mind.

Road Trips Redefined : The Only Three Things You Need On The Road with Kids

Before year one you probably can get by with “Oh the baby will just sleep in the car.” If only it were that simple in the few years afterward. Those of you with small ones know that packing the car with the right gear can make all the difference. With our older children, a weekend away would mean a stop at the grocery store to stock up on snacks and then by the library to pick out books to be read on our trip. If the vehicle we were driving had a dvd player, we would also pick out a couple of movies to borrow as well. These movies we would watch over, and over, and over. Yes, we all remember the cross country summer marathon viewing party of Elf. It brought a whole new meaning to Christmas in July.

Entertainment

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet has revolutionized our road trip entertainment options. So much of my previous errand running is totally eliminated. It saves space in the vehicle and it’s portable. I can download their favorite movies, books, and apps at home before we go so that everything is accessible when we are on the road without wifi.  There are 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games to choose from and Fire Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited at no additional cost.

It also comes in this awesome kid-proof case, your choice of color, so you don’t have to worry about sitting right beside them in the car. On top of that the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet comes with a 2-year worry free guarantee. Really, you don’t have to worry!

My favorite part of this tablet is that it’s designed for ages 3-12 so it can grow with the age ranges of our family for years. We can also set up separate profiles on one device and switch users. With most vehicles having the outlet to recharge in the back we can even charge our device on the go so I’m not having to monitor power usage.

amazon Fire 7 Charging on the road

Snacks

Snacks are always going to be important because you never know when traffic will have you stalled or when other that roadside diner looks less than desirable. Also, road trips by definition require snacks. Here are a few snack suggestions and tactics to make this as easy as possible.

Amazon Fire 7 Road Trip Snacks ideas

  1. Do not go to the grocery store for the pre- road trip snack run- AMAZON PRIME will deliver it to your door!!
  2. Get a good mix of fruit, dry snacks – think easy to vacuum up- like cheerios. My favorite is the individual breakfast boxes. Also add in some pouches that are easy to hand out and have hidden veggies.
  3. Add in a few of their favorites that you reserve for luring them back into the car with. After several hours on the road, even I need an incentive to get back in my seat.
  4. Reusable water bottles. We make sure everyone has their own and we refill them when we stop for bathroom breaks. Staying hydrated is super important and this is a great way to keep track when traveling. Reusable bottles are also good for the environment.

Roadside Attractions

Roadside attractions are definitely something you should plan for. You are going to need to get out and stretch your legs or maybe the roadside attraction is just part of a day trip. Either way these make the trip fun for the kids and they are super great photo-ops for your Instagram presence. You know you’ll have to stop for bathroom breaks and to refill your water bottles so why not make it a fun one.

Roadtrippers app Amazon Fire 7

Need some help finding unique spots along the way? 

Roadtrippers.com is one of my favorite sites to help plan your trip and they even have an app in case your route changes you can find new stops along the way.

Roadsideamerica.com has several forums of user suggestions and feedback on what is worth visiting and RoadTripAmerica.com will create a map of all your stops and is available as an to download in the app store for iPhone users also.

Bonus Tip Amazon Fire 7

*Bonus idea: Life is messy.

Before you take off, loop a reusable tote bag around the headrest for trash or for items you need to locate quickly (charging cords, change of clothes, etc. When my other kids were small they hated wearing shoes in the car so once they were buckled in their car seats, I would immediately take off their shoes and put them in this bag that way I wasn’t searching the car trying to find shoes. If you aren’t in that stage anymore it’s still a great way to keep the car tidy when traveling!

In the next week or so I’ll be listing our favorite Amazon Fire Kids apps, video, and book recommendations for various age ranges so be on the look out for that! If you are considering purchasing an Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet for your family (Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet an 8” HD Display, 32 GB of storage and a kid-proof case $129.99 or the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet 7” display, 16 GB of storage, kid-proof case $99.99) feel free to ask any questions in the comments below or on our social channels. I’m happy to share what I know! Feel free to connect with us anytime!

Thanks again to Amazon for providing the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet you’ve see in the pictures above and for sponsoring this post!! We appreciate your partnership in helping us share great stories.

 

The BEST Baby Shower Gift We Ever Gave

Whether you are a brand new parent or have just welcomed a new baby into your family it can be difficult to select the right products from what can often feel like an ocean of options. Our journey with our new #OneTinyHuman introduced us to a lot of new infant products and we are so fortunate to share the ones we love with you. This January Philips Avent launched the NEW Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent. The AirFree vent is truly innovative but I also want to share with you about the best baby shower gift we ever gave.

Avent AirFree

I planned to help a lot with planning Bella’s baby shower but when it came to the gift we would present I struggled. Of course, there was a well curated registry of things her parents had picked out but I wanted to select something REALLY special. Something that would be as much of a gift to them as it was for the baby. I watched the registry options dwindle down as we got closer and closer to the date of the shower.

Finally it came to me!

I remembered being so exhausted the first time I was a parent. Feeding the baby every two hours takes a toll, even if you are taking shifts with your partner. There were times where I didn’t just want sleep but I wanted the comfort of my husband next to me. You know how you just sleep better knowing your partner is there? We decided our gift would be an invitation to take the overnight shift with Bella a few times a week so they could get a full nights sleep TOGETHER.

Sleep is so precious when babies are small. It’s precious to watch them sleep and treasured because those first few weeks because sleep is in such limited supply. The quiet hours rocking her and keeping her on a feeding schedule while they rested allowed them to have a very solid start as a family. It also gave us some of the most precious memories and bonding time we could have dreamed of.

Avent AirFree fuss free

Allowing Bella to take a bottle during these late night hours was the key to making it all work. Selecting the right bottle was not as easy as we thought it. So much changes in a product industry that with each new baby it really can feel like starting all over again. Starting with brands that are recognized and trusted was important to us. For more than 30 years, Philips Avent has been listening, learning and innovating in partnership with parents– all with the mission to help give babies the best start in life. There is a tremendous amount of security there.  Bella took to a bottle with ease and with a few hours of uninterrupted sleep her parents were refreshed and ready to start another day of work and nurturing.

Philips Avent recently introduced something new to help with colic and reduce fussing: The NEW Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent.

NEW Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent

 

avent bottle airfree vent with milk

Stays full of milk, not air

The bottle with AirFree vent is designed to help your baby swallow less air as they drink by keeping the nipple full of milk during feeding. This reduces the amount of air your baby ingests helps with common feeding issues such as colic, reflux & gas. It makes feeding time more comfortable for you and baby. The nipple says full of milk, not air, even when the bottle is horizontal. The unique AirFree vent helps the baby swallow less air by drawing air away from the nipple. The shape of the nipple allows for a secure latch, and the ribbed texture helps prevent nipple collapse, for uninterrupted, comfortable feeding every time.

This means fussing at night is significantly reduced. The nipple is clinically proven to reduce colic and fussing due to the valve to prevent vacuum build-up. As your baby grows there are different flow rates to keep up with your baby’s growth. The Philips Avent Anti-colic bottles can be used with or without the AirFree vent. The AirFree vent is compatible with all of the Philips Avent Anti-colic bottles. This gives moms the freedom of choice to pick what is best for their baby. Moms always know what’s best for their baby.

avent bottle air vent

Easy to clean – wide neck & few parts

With its wide neck and fewer parts, the bottle is easier to assemble and to clean quickly and thoroughly. The bottle design is easy to mix and match tops and bottoms. This way you can progress easily from bottle, to training cup, to sippy cup, with fewer parts. This makes the minimalist part of ME very happy. Fewer things to clean and parts to keep up with mean getting back to snugging your baby or even having a moment to yourself.

Avent AirFree

You can keep up with everything that Philips Avent is doing on their website and social channels here :

• Twitter: @Avent_US
• Facebook: @Philips.AVENT

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Philips Avent via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Philips Avent or Momtrends. 

Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One tiny human meets Santa

Woah, guys… Do you know who this guy is???? I hear he’s kind of a big deal.

We’ve all seen the semi-hilarious first photos with Santa that have taken turn for the worse. As with any first, no one can reallllly gauge what’s going to happen. I mean, this is legitimately the first time your child has seen someone dressed this way. If we’re being honest, that much red and fur combined is a BOLD choice for even the most magical of us. Bottom line, you just never really know how it’s going to go the first time your baby sees Santa.

This year my sister Baileigh, and brother-in-law Aaron had the BRILLIANT idea of inviting Santa over for the babies first visit. Bella, our “One Tiny Human” and our nephew, Harrison had a very special first visit with the man in the red suit and his lady this weekend.

Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One Tiny Human with Santa

These guys have snacks, smell like peppermints, and are super cuddly. I think I like them.

They were so sweet with the babies and spent plenty of time getting know them, not being rushed through the moment. It allowed us to capture a few special pictures like when they were reading to them. We were able to enjoy coffee,  warm cocoa and Christmas cookies while the kids chatted with the Claus couple. It was a huge difference from the traditional mall Santa experiences that we’ve done before.

One Tiny Human and Harrison read with Santa

“Twas the night before Christmas…” read by Santa and Mrs Claus. So precious!

And because no one can resist a picture with Santa we jumped in front of the camera for a quick snapshot too. I think I will always love the magic of Christmas. (I am also kind of in love with Randy’s Christmas pug sweater.)

Family Santa Pic

Time for a family picture. The magic of Christmas is real no matter how old you get.

Family Santa pic with one tiny human

I highly recommend this for a first Santa experience or a 100th Santa experience for that matter. as you can tell, meeting Santa in this way completely put the babies at ease and we all had a lovely time together. We were able to capture some of the sweetest pics that I’m sure we’ll treasure forever.

Have you ever had a Santa come to your house? What was it like when you took your child to meet Santa for the first time ?

Parenting and Childbirth Isn’t like the Movies #OneTinyHuman

Childbirth and Parenting

Our birth story was nothing like we had imagined… I feel like Paul and I always imagined we would be older, financially stable and definitely married before we started this crazy wonderful adventure. I always thought our birth story would start off kind of like the movies, you know; waking the other up in the middle of the night after falling asleep gently snuggled up watching a movie. One of us would say something along the lines of… “It’s time”. After three well timed sweaty, screams of appropriate intensity produces a beautifully pink baby. After that we would start our amazing mess of a life together, just the three of us. Well, at least we got the beautifully messy part right.

Parenting and Childbirth is Nothing like the Movies

Let me tell you how it really went down.

​Paul and I became aware we were pregnant at 17 and 18 years old (18 & 19 when we became parents). We has always been pretty responsible and had talked about one day getting married. We both had been working hard at our school and our jobs. We had about $4,000 dollars in the bank the day we found out our due date of January 3rd, 2017 and had several months ahead of us to wait anxiously, save more money, and actually plan a wedding before January 3rd came around. We thought we were prepared. As it turns out no matter your age or financial status, birthing stories have a way of writing themselves.

Our last OB/GYN appointment fell on our due date.Disappointed to find out I had made very little natural progression on my own, we came to be very excited after hearing that our baby might still be born that day. We were told I would most likely have to have an induction but there was an opening at the hospital that very night. We went in only to find out that I was not only completely closed, and zero percent effaced, but I was also without my OB (she happened to have a family ski trip scheduled that same week).

At 7 pm we went in for our scheduled induction anyway after getting a quick bite to eat (since you can’t eat anything during labor). Checked in, waivers signed and an excruciating IV later, it all went downhill from there… We came in at a shift change so we waited around for a while till we even got checked on. By the time we started the induction process Paul had the Chromecast hooked up to the T.V.  We had the hospital room looking like our bedroom at home, and I nervously visited the bathroom 6 times. I had Cervidil inserted at around midnight to help soften and thin my cervix. With this they have to check your cervical progress every three hours for about 6 to 9 hours. (BTW Ouch!) I started a Pitocin drip at about seven or eight in the morning and from then on out my contractions did not let up. I had visitors all throughout the day. 24 hours after starting the induction process and 10 hours of intense contractions, I was still completely closed, high, and zero percent effaced. Paul and I were devastated with the lack of progress.

Late the next day, I started a drug similar to Cervidil except this one is placed under my cervix and doesn’t have to be checked unless I needed pain medication… which I did. My contraction only got worse. I screamed, I cried, and I fought getting any medication because it hurt even worse to get checked all while have these horrible contractions. Finally I gave in, I got checked to get a dose of Fentanyl for a few hours of sleep. Even though I woke up during every huge contraction, it was worth it after over 24 hours of no sleep and excruciating pain. I ended up getting another dose of Fentanyl (which doesn’t work as well the second time) and maxing out my medication, we resorted to having me take a hot shower for the pain. After throwing up and peeing myself at the same time from all the drugs and pain, 36 hours into our induction, we decided to call it quits. This obviously wasn’t working. They tried to talk us into staying, and trying a few more things. We declined after almost two days of no sleep and only one centimeter dilated.
Early January 5th, we had an ultrasound done to check the baby’s movements due to all the pain medication. We were cleared to go home and that’s what we did. We slept all day and all night. The next day, January 6th, we went in for a checkup, only to find out that after only sleeping I was three centimeters dilated, forty percent effaced, with my water looking like it could break anytime. We were all in shock… She was sure I would go into labor that day or the next! We were ecstatic!

After all that we were still were thinking it might be like the movies… boy, were we wrong. I had contractions all day and all night! Nothing helped with the pain, but I refused to go to the hospital. I was not about to go in only to get sent home, again.
The morning of January 7th, after ongoing contractions, we thought my water finally broken! We called the hospital and headed in! I got all sighed in and got the fluid checked. The nurse and I were sure it was my water. Turns out I had only peed on myself (again) however,  I was in active labor! I was four and a half centimeters dilated and we were on our way to having this baby!

After two attempts at my IV, we started a saline drip and got me on the list for my Epidural! (FINALLY!) After my Epidural, life was a breeze, or so we thought. At five o’clock I was complete, fully effaced, and a nurse accidentally broke my water. They sat me up in hopes that gravity would lower the baby before I started pushing.

The Miracle of Childbirth…. but first…

I started pushing. Two hours later my 3rd OB recognized I had been laboring too long and called for a C-Section. I broke down crying, I felt as though I had failed at the thing my body was meant to do. I just couldn’t do it. Paul talked me down, we asked a few questions and by 9:30, we were in the operating room. Paul got to sit next to me, hold my hand and watch the birth of our baby.

Parenting and Childbirth Isn’t like the Movies. Sometimes it’s much more dramatic.

That is until the unbelievable experience was interrupted by my screams of bloody murder and him getting rushed out of the room. My epidural wore off while their hands were inside of me! They quickly put me to sleep and tried to get our baby out before the anesthesia got to the placenta. Every nurse on the floor rushed to our room, while my poor husband waited uninformed and confused in the hallway. He waited in the hall for ten minutes before he heard that life changing cry for the first time.

Introducing Isabella Rose aka our #OneTinyHuman


Our beautiful, redheaded, blue eyed baby girl was born at 10:06 pm January 7th, 2017 at 8lb 10oz. Our baby struggled to breathe after the C-section and had to spend 6 hours in the NICU. I met baby Isabella Rose Jarrell around five a.m. the next morning.

Childbirth and Parenting
It didn’t matter the labor and delivery nightmare or my fears about a C-section. In the end, we didn’t care that it wasn’t like the movies. We didn’t care how she got into this world. We were just glad that she is here. She is a gift we wouldn’t trade for anything and I can’t wait to share this crazy ride with all of you.

Cute Fam Pic #OneTinyHuman

#OneTinyHuman is taking over the internets – Keep up with her and her parents on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter too.