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Friday, July 22, 2016

Baby Eats || Sweet Potato + Apple Purée

Husband and I agree, Greer is hands-down the healthiest eater in our house. Everything she takes in is 100% all-natural. Of course, she is a baby, and what would anyone expect other than the healthiest eats for her? 

Feeding our babe healthy and nutrient-rich food is one of our big musts as her parents. It's important to us that she eats what's best for her growing body. At 5 months and a week, we introduced her to her first solid food, rice cereal. She loved it! Since we have slowly tried new foods. We started with jar purées to determine if she would have any kind of allergic reaction, and now that we have made certain she tolerates basic fruits and vegetables, we are gearing up toward making all of her food ourselves. 

During our pregnancy we decided making our own baby food would be best for so many reasons, including Greer's health and our budget. By making our own purées at home we guarantee that she's getting fresh food and that it's full of needed nutrients. So when Béaba reached out to me about trying  their Babycook at the brink of Greer eating solids, I couldn't resist. It was perfect timing.


So yesterday, husband and I put together our first ever purée, and Babycook made it SO EASY! Part of me was dreading making baby food at home, because of the hassle I imagined it would involve. But y'all, that Babycook is a do-it-all kind of machine. The only thing we had to do was peel and dice up the sweet potato and apple. We added the needed amount of water, put the food in, and pressed a button. Within 15 minutes that food was steamed and ready to be puréed. With a quick dump of the food out of the steamer basket and into the bowl, we blended the food up quickly. No mess, no hassle, and nothing but ease. As a mama with not a whole lot of extra time on my hands, this was a dream.

Best of all Greer girl loved the sweet potato + apple purée! I really can't wait to try out new food combinations for her. And the Béaba cookbook has a ton of inspirations for recipes. I'm most excited to try out their purées for when she's a little older. 


SWEET POTATO + APPLE PUREE 

  • What You'll Need
    • 1 small sweet potato
    • 1 Granny Smith apple
    • Water (to line 3 on the Babycook pitcher)

  • What You'll Do
    • Peel both the sweet potato and apple.
    • Dice them into small chunks. 
    • Fill the Babycook pitcher up to line 3,  then put the water into the Babycook reservoir.
    • Place the chunks into the steamer bowl, which goes into the pitcher. Close the lid. Press the steam button. This takes approximately 15 minutes.
    • Once the steaming is done, use the Babycook spatula to dump the steamer basket contents into the pitcher. Cover with the lid. Blend the food 5 seconds at a time. 
    • Purée to desired consistency. Let cool. 
    • Store the food in the multiportions food storage tray (which can be used for baking too!).
    • Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or put in the freezer.

This truly was such a simple process, and like I said, Greer loved the purée. We got it to just the right consistency for her liking. There were no chunks or uneven texture to be found. Perfect for a seven month who is learning to eat solids. My favorite part of the Babycook, besides the simplicity, is that it will grow with Greer. We can make a ton of meals for her, becoming more complex when she's ready to take on hardier meals. 

If you're thinking about making your baby's food at home, I say DO IT! You'll save money while ensuring your little one is getting all they need in their diet. And if you're going to make the food, make it easy on yourself too. Invest in a Babycook. We are so very happy with ours, and couldn't speak more highly of it.  


Now for a fun giveaway! Béaba is giving away a set of their 4-pack silicone spoons! And y'all we love these spoons! They are soft for baby (think teething pains!), go in the dishwasher, and make it easy for an adult to hold. If you're a parent, know a parent, or are going to be a parent, enter the giveaway for these stylish and functional spoons! You're baby will thank you :)

The giveaway will end Tuesday, July 26 at midnight and a winner will be announced that week. All entries will be verified.

Be sure to use HILLCOLLECTION on your next Béaba purchase to receive 5% off and free shipping on orders of $50+.



This post is in collaboration with BEABA to bring you both the giveaway and the discount code above. By using the discount code on your next order, I will receive a small commission. I was sent product from BEABA in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Some affiliate links were used with this post, which means that I may make a small commission from them if clicked. Thank you for supporting Hill Collection!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Greer Girl || Six Months


S I X    M O N T H S

Today my sweet Greer girl turns 7 months old! I know, I can't believe it either!! Time has been flying. Literally, and that's why I'm just now getting around to her 6 month update. Fingers crossed I can get her 7 month update on the blog next week before I forget her milestones and firsts for this month! 

If I thought month five brought a lot of change, month six knocks it out of the ball park! Greer has learned to roll over, mind you from back to front and she can't figure out how to get onto her back again. She is a teething/gumming machine, yet no teeth have popped through, and she is discovering her voice at the highest pitch possible. She is all things cute, feisty, and drooly at this age. She wins us over with her toothless grin, sugars, and neck nuzzles. 


A month ago today my little peanut hit the halfway mark on her way to a year! It doesn't seem real that six months have gone by, but then again it feels like we've known her forever and six months seems like such little time. She brings an abundance of joy to our lives, and if half a year can be this magical with her, we can't imagine what a full year will feel like. Greer has been changing constantly over the last month, and she's really quite adorable as she takes everything in and learns all the new things. Happy 1/2 Birthday to our girl!


G R E E R   @   6  M O N T H S 

weight: 18 lbs 12 oz
birth: 7 lbs 3 oz

height: approx. 28"
birth: 20 1/2"

head: approx. 16 1/4"
birth: need to find that out




E A T

At five months and one week, Greer tried her first solid food. She was crazy about rice cereal and couldn't get enough. She quickly associated sitting in her highchair with eating solid food, and she conjures up a grin when she knows food is on the way. Since, she's also tried bananas, apples, mangos, peaches, squash, sweet carrots, green beans, peas, and a whole host of combined flavors. She's really enjoying her solids, but also still loves her milk.

During this month her eating schedule has looked like this:
wake-up: nurse
late morning: a little bit of fruit || 2ish oz; topped off with mik
mid-afternoon: nurse
evening: vegetables || 2-4ish oz; topped off with milk
right before bed: nurse





S L E E P

Greer is still a great nighttime sleeper, with the occasional trouble staying asleep due to teething pains. She sleeps from the time she goes down (7PM - 8PM) until about 5 or 6AM the next morning. Sometimes I can nurse her and she'll go back to sleep for an hour to an hour and a half. But, mostly she's awake at 6 or 6:30 ready to start her day.

With such an early wake time, a nap is guaranteed an hour and a half after she wakes. We're still experiencing the 30 minute nap if she is put down in her crib. But, if she's held she can go for a hour to an hour and twenty minutes. It's always changing and napping lengths are rarely consistent. Nap times, however, are very consistent. She sleep every 2-3 hours, with the first nap of the morning being an exception, as she's tired an 1.5 hours later.  Hopefully, we can figure out how to get her longer naps in the crib so that she'll be napping twice a day for about 2 hours. That's the goal.


D E V E L O P M E N T   /   P L A Y

Greer is not much of an independent player. We're discovering that she likes to keep company while playing, and tires quickly of being by herself. She'd much rather be with someone and in on what they're doing instead. She gets that from her mama :) The only activity that can keep her entertained by herself long enough is her jump-a-roo. She really loves pumping her legs and jumping as best she can.

At six months she is comfortable sitting against someone or something, but hasn't managed to sit unassisted yet. She prefers playing on her back, but has become more comfortable with playing on her tummy. We think she's not much of a tummy baby thanks to acid reflux.

Her most recent favorite is her toes. She loves grabbing a hold of her feet and getting them in her mouth. She is reaching for and trying to get a hold of everything. We have to be extremely careful with what is in her immediate reach.

She's still just rolling to her right, and hasn't figured out how to roll the other direction or how to get onto her back again.



R A N D O M
  • She loves all of her daddy's silly faces and noises. 
  • She celebrated her first Memorial Day (weekend).
  • She went strawberry picking for the first time!
  • Bathtime is really fun for her now, and she loves splashing in the water.
  • She tried solid foods for the first time! It seems that peas are her favorite. 
  • She is gumming extra hard on everything she can get in her mouth, yet still no teeth.
  • Still in 12 month pajamas.
  • Being outside is her favorite. 
  • Her Sidda (my mama) is her favorite person.
  • Still working on "let go," "gentle," and "no" with her. 
  • Her nails grow faster and faster the older she gets (or so it seems).
  • She is enjoying her first summer, but mostly stays indoors to avoid the sunlight. At 6 months she can now have sunscreen applied, but before that the doctor said "absolutely not."
  • She helped her daddy celebrate his first Father's Day.


S I X   M O N T H S   P H O T O   C O L L E C T I O N













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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Couch Shopping || My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Sick in the middle of summer. Yes, you heard me correctly. I'm sick. And it sucks. The doctor confirmed Saturday morning that I have a viral illness, which means I just have to wait it out until it clears up on it's own. The head congestion, sore throat, and tiredness are wearing me down. Husband has stayed home the last two days to take care of our girl so that I don't pass it on to her. Being sick as a mama is hard. You carry guilt for not being able to smother those sweet baby cheeks in kisses, and hope they understand why there isn't has much face time as there normally is. I'm hopeful this will pass quickly.

In the meantime, to bide my time, I've been napping, Netflix-ing, and checking out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love a good sale, but I love fall even more, and the N-Sale has all my fall senses going crazy with autumn delight. We're talking booties, vests, throws, and so on. So while I'm nestled on my couch I thought I would share some of my favorite items from the sale! This is a great way to start an early Christmas list, hint hint, Santa ;) If you're a card member you can order now, but if you aren't you'll need to hold out until the 22nd. Not too bad, just three more days!

Now go light a fall candle and let your heart fall in love (see what I did there) with some amazing items! Just click the corresponding numbers below the photos for all the details!


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I hope you found a little something that makes your heart all giddy for autumn! xo
What were have been you Anniversary Sale favorites??



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Monday, July 11, 2016

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus


Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a new-to-the-Hill-House recipe, one that I'm sure many of you have heard of before if you haven't tried it already. Last week, we decided to give prosciutto-wrapped asparagus a try as an alternative to just asparagus. Because, truly, sometimes dinners can become monotonous and boring. And that's why we're always on the search for a way to mix and match old recipes to create new ones. This is as simple as it looks, and it's super delicious. Think bacon-like asparagus. Have I gotten your attention now??



  • What You'll Need
    • 1 lb asparagus
    • 1/2 lb prosciutto
    • Olive oil

  • What You'll Do
    • Wash your asparagus and cut off the ends (about 2-3 inches worth)
    • Cut the prosciutto in half, lengthwise, down the middle.
    • Wrap the prosciutto diagonally around the asparagus.
    • Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. 
    • Add the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes and then flip. Cook until the asparagus is tender and the prosciutto is crisp. 




This side dish is so simple to make, and it's an easy way to spruce up a classic and make something even more delicious than what you're used to serving up. What are some of your staple twists on classics?
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