JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
This post was written in exchange for a wood watch from JORD; however, all opinions are my own.

My husband works hard. He is our provider. He is an incredible father and shoulder to lean on. He is hands down Asher and my best friend and our number one cheerleader.

Thus, when JORD reached out to me about a potential collaboration opportunity with their unique men's wood watch line, I could not have been more thrilled as I knew just the man who would love this well deserved gift.

When "Dada's" cool new watch arrived (in the most beautiful packaging may I add), little man and I set to work putting together a little "thank you" dinner to share with our favorite guy.

I typed up a short and sweet gift-themed note from Asher and I to set alongside the new wood wrist bling that read "We are so grateful for the TIME you invest in our family". Then I went about ordering Ryan's favorite take out and set it out with a bottle of red wine to finish it off.  Then it was time for the little guy and I to eagerly await his arrival home from work.

Needless to say, I think our main squeeze was pleasantly surprised. And it felt so good to give back to a man who gives so much to our family day-in and day-out. "Dada" even let Asher try the watch on (and I must admit we are grateful for the microfiber cloth that came with it to wipe off all of those tiny fingerprints). Who knows, maybe someday it is a piece that Ryan can even pass on to our little guy who is so blessed to learn about love and life from this incredible man of ours.

Interested in hosting a little "thank you" dinner of your own for your favorite guy?

I've teamed up with JORD for a giveaway in which one lucky follower can earn a $100 E Gift Code toward the watch of your choice. Not only that, but all entrants will automatically receive a $25 E Gift Code as well. So really - everyone's a winner!

I absolutely love the way the Conway Walnut & Jet Black watch looks on my man's arm. That being said, there is such a wide variety of wooden watch options to choose from to suit any man's style.

So are you ready to put an extra wide smile on that special guy's face? Enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below. The giveaway will close on October 15th at 11:59pm.  All gift codes must be redeemed by December 31st, 2017. Good luck!

Enter here: Giveaway

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Our Toothbrushing Routine & Sing Along

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Now that Asher finally has some teeth, we are trying to be more on the ball about ensuring those little food crushers get brushed each morning and evening. While he certainly enjoys licking off all of the toothpaste, the actual brushing part is kind of hit or miss, and actually brushing his "teeth" and not just whatever the toothbrush seems to come in contact with while in there is another feat all on its own.

Alas, while we have certainly not perfected the art yet, we are working toward ensuring it becomes a more solid routine for our little guy in his day. To help him become a toothbrushing whiz, there are a few things we have been implementing.

1. We do it each morning and night. Practice makes perfect better right? Night time is an easy one for us as its just incorporated into his bedtime routine. Mornings are still a little trickier depending on what we have going, on and because he is still nursing when he wakes up, but we usually try and do it right before or after breakfast.

2. We model toothbrushing for him. He loves to watch mommy and daddy brush their teeth. Often in the morning, one of us will brush our teeth while the other helps him do it so that we can do it together. He thinks this is just the bees knees.

3. We let him try it on his own. While this often consists of him just inhaling the toothpaste, he is able to move it back and forth a bit on his own now. And he loves to hold the brush under the running water afterwards and help to put it away. Slowly but surely in practicing these seemingly little things, it is helping him to build independence.

4. We read stories about it. I'm all about using books to reinforce concepts whenever possible. When we first introduced toothbrushing we read Asher the one pictured below (it comes in English as well and is called  "Brush!, Brush!, Brush!). We continue to read it here and there at night to point out all the important steps in the process.

5. We sing about it. When we first started setting up our toothbrushing routine with him, I knew wanted a song that we could sing each time he brushed to engage him. I wanted one that was easy to remember and that would help remind him of the basic steps.What's more, I wanted a song that could be sung in English or Spanish. All of those prereqs were hard to come by, so in all honesty, I gave up the hunt after a few days and just created my own on the fly - and it stuck.

And now for our toothbrushing sing along debut... (disregard our terribly tacky bathroom that has yet to receive some reno love.)

I typed up the lyrics in both English and Spanish as well here, if anyone wants to use it. And yes, if you do, you are obligated to send me your sing along debut as well ;) (but really..I'd love it!).

Happy brushing!