Runchkins – Kids fashion delivered to your door!?!?

If you know me well you know a few things – 1) I’m not great at creating my own stylish outfits, 2) I love StitchFix and 3) I love dressing my kid in adorable “mini me” clothes.

So when I heard about Runchkins, basically StitchFix for kids, I thought, “I HAVE to check this out.” I know what you’re thinking….why does she need fancy clothes for her little human that will outgrow them in 3 months anyway? Well I mostly did this just to check it out, I was crazy curious to see what they might come up with and yes, I’m a sucker for adorable boutique type baby clothes. Plus I figured the $20 styling fee was worth it even if I only keep one item.

My review? It’s an adorable idea but I’m not in love (like I am with Stitch Fix!!). The clothes just didn’t work for R. I’m kind of not surprised since she’s related to me and I struggle to find clothes that fit right. The outfits were pretty cute though! We had a fun fashion show 🙂

20160619_154333

This one didn’t work at all, it has elastic in the legs which just doesn’t work for R (she’s still got her baby thighs hehe). I also just purchased something similar recently so although I love the look I wasn’t upset about it not working.

20160619_154044

When I opened the box I LOVED these shorts, so cute! But they didn’t fit at all! If you check out the pic you can see the right side of the shorts have crept up her leg. Ugh, I know how she feels 😉

20160619_153553 (2)

Although cute it was actually too big. Sure I could keep it for future but I wasn’t totally in love. She did love the pockets, I too love pockets!

20160619_153136

This dress was not good. It’s actually odd, it’s long but a little short for a maxi AND the shoulder straps were way too long so if adjusted the length would have been even more awkwardly short. If it had fit I would have kept it though, it was really cute and fun!

20160619_153305

The shirt wasn’t really my style but I actually thought this one was so adorable! I was also in LOVE with the skirt. She wore it today and it was a hit! She looked so grown up in it too! I kept the skirt but not the shirt, I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d rotate through her closet since I don’t normally like screen printed shirts.
The shoes….I love the idea of these shoes because they are hand made in South Africa but who thinks white shoes for a toddler is a good idea? They are also elastic in the back and R has always had those types of shoes cut into her feet:

20160619_154152

20160619_152953

The last outfit was very cute! A navy dress with birds on it. Love it, has enough detail to make it interesting, and she loved it! That’s how you know it’s a good purchase! I kept this one for sure!

If you want to check it out? Here is my referral link. Give it a try, worst that can happen is you pay $20 (styling fee) to have a fun fashion show with your little one. Totally worth the fun!

Sugar

When R was a little baby Matt and I watched the Katie Couric movie, Fed Up. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about the obesity epidemic in America and how sugar in processed food is a huge cause. A portion of the movie talked about how all of this sugar affected children too. This part especially stuck with us.

So as R is growing up I try to be incredibly conscious of the processed foods and added sugars that are in the food I feed R. My friends probably think I’m a little crazy but I’m hoping  that I can teach R how to make good choices with food.

Now don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy going out to eat. I just make sure that when we are eating at home we make sure to stick to healthy eats. Here is an example of a daily menu for R:

Breakfast: One egg, plain greek yogurt, and blueberries – The only whole fat greek yogurt I’ve found consistently is Fage so we go with that. I never even realized how much sugar is added to the flavored yogurts! Now we use greek yogurt for everything (it replaces mayo, sour cream and cream)

Lunch: Half a PB&J sandwich, avocado and fruit – I use “healthy” bread, although bread really isn’t healthy ha, All Natural Peanut Butter, and homemade Jam (I LOVE making my own) so the peanut butter and jam have no added sugars and bread has very little

Snacks: Cheese stick, hummus & veggies, freeze dried fruits

Dinner: This one varies a lot, just depends on what we are eating but this is where we try to get her most of her veggies and meat (my kid will definitely never be a vegetarian ha)

Costco is also a great place to find healthy, no sugar added, and organic snacks for the little ones. They have an apple sauce R is obsessed with, fruit leathers,blueberry seed bars, and more. Unfortunately they tend to rotate through all of these goodies so you never know what you’re going to get on any given trip. I also try to make fun snacks to have on hand too. In the picture there are blueberry oatmeal muffins, they use honey, and broccoli cheese balls that are deliciously yummy! Plus the homemade jam, I’ll share that recipe soon!

So I’m no where near perfect. We love Mod Pizza, Chipotle and lots of other eating out but that’s why I try to focus on eating healthy when we are at home. It’s all about balance, the 80/20 rule. I’m better at sticking to it for R than I am for myself, but I’m getting there 🙂

What are your favorite healthy snacks for the kiddos?

 

Out to Eat

I would consider Matt & I to be some what foodies and this is definitely a trait we’d like to pass on to R. So I’d say we indulge often in the going out to eat fun 🙂 But as R has gotten older, taking her out to eat has gotten a bit more difficult. So one day I went on over to my trusty Pinterest and searched for “restaurant bag”. There weren’t a ton of ideas but this is the one I enjoyed the most: Restaurant Kit

The next day I went to Target and found the perfect bag. Deciding what to put it in was the hard yet fun part. I wanted enough things so that I wouldn’t have to change it out often (I’m lazy) but not too many that it’s too heavy for R to carry herself.

So here is my bag:

20160512_124546

It has two large compartments that have smaller compartments inside. Check it out:

 

In the end I included quite a few things that R loves. Here is my list:

  • Color Wonder paper that I cut down to fit on a small clipboard
  • 4 Color Wonder markers (I choose markers so that crayons didn’t melt in the car)
  • 3 mini puzzles
  • 1 magnet board with alien magnets
  • Reusable sticker books (thank you to my MIL for getting these for our trip to Hawaii!)
  • A set of lacing cards
  • Mini books (also thanks to my MIL)

So…..quite the array of items to keep her occupied and happy. So far we’ve used it twice and it’s been great! I don’t pull it out right away. We start with just letting her be and then when we can tell she’s getting antsy, that is when it break it out. I love that it’s all contained in such a nice and compact way too! R also LOVES the bag. She gets excited to carry it and knows that fun is coming when we pull it out. So far I’d call this one a success!

What are your tricks to keep the kids occupied while out and about?

 

Growing up with Color

R is a toddler that tends to catch on to things pretty quickly. She’s always been great at recognizing things, especially animals. So when we started working  on  colors and it seemed to be going  nowhere Matt and I were *kind of jokingly* worried. We both have color blindness in our family, and although rare in girls it’s not impossible.

So being the determined person that I am, I wanted to keep working on colors. I made up a very simple activity. Pulled out my trusty, and rarely used, scrapbook paper in all the colors  of the  rainbow and used a 2.5″ hole punch to make 3 circles out of each color. Then I taped one circle of each color to the wall, in rainbow order of course (ROYGBIV anyone??).

The exciting part was next. I put tape on the  back of the other circles and mixed them  up so they weren’t in the same order as the ones on the wall. And guess what?!?! My little genius matched up all the colors! Very proud momma moment! We are still working on learning their  names but this activity definitely made Matt and I feel much better. Plus, it’s always so exciting when your little one finally gets something you’ve been working on.

img_20160511_091922

But this whole thing got me thinking….what would it be like to live without color. Our world is so vibrant and to not be able to distinguish between all of it…well  I can’t even imagine. I know those who are color blind know no different but I’m definitely glad R will grow up with the ability to see all the color in the world.