Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Modern Momma: What to Register for PART 3: The Essentials

The last part of our 3 Part 'What to Register for".... this time we are going over the essentials! If you missed Part 1 & Part 2, click HERE!

Registry part 3- the essentials

Teethers and pacifiers
I like a combo of both wood and rubber teethers. When Mac was super little he just wanted to bite his swaddles until he got bigger and ha more hand eye coordination for bigger things. As for pacifiers you never know which ones your baby will like so I tell people to register for all kinds. Better for other people to buy them at 7$ a pop rather than you...

Aden and Anais Swaddles
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm OBSESSED with them. Swaddles, a blankie to play on, breastfeeding cover. You name it, it can do it! And don't forget to buy a dream blanket while your at it!

First Aid kit
Essentials in an essential.

Blooming bath
I was so excited to get this for Mac! It's a huge spongy flower that fits in your sink. When your done with the bath just throw it in the dryer. Even my husband loved it and made him not scared to give Mac a bath in it.

Sound machine
I think any will work and this is more about what price point and look your going for. Mac had a bear that hooked on his crib but I found this one and liked it! Easy for on the go or just at home!

Crane humidifier
What a lifesaver! When baby's sick just throw some essential oils in it. And it comes in such fun colors! Happy little humidifier if you ask me.

Angelcare baby motion and sound monitor
I received just the sound monitor since they didn't have the motion one out yet when I had Mac. I feel like these are all about price points and how much of a spaz parent you are. I never really used mine. We live in a ranch style house so you can hear the baby from everywhere. Plus for me if it was gonna happen it was gonna happen.

Changing pad
I feel like for us it was mainly for looks in the nursery. Cheap ones will work just as good as the expensive ones. We have a diaper station in most of the rooms. No way in hell am I going to run to the opposite side of my house when my kid has a blow out to change a diaper. Wherever I am, that's where he's getting changed.

Water bottle nipple/sippy adapter
This could have gone with feeding but after I found this product a couple months ago I feel like everyone should have it!! It screw on to most water bottles. It's perfect for formula feeding while out and about. No need to bring extra bottles. Easy for taking to the beach or if you go to the mall and forget the sippy. I seriously can't get enough of this one!!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Finally releasing this months #ATECraftNight info!! 

***NOTE: Due to an upcoming crazy schedule, this will be the LAST Craft Night until FALL, so don't miss out!!

We will also be welcoming back the lovely LUXE WAGON this month! 

Let's say goodbye to the summer in style with this fun summery craft! Paypal or email athundercarson@gmail.com to reserve your spot today! Limited spots available! Open to the public!


Sunday, June 29, 2014


Recently worked on a project with RIT DYE and ELMERS GLUE... they have partnered up, and created some super AMAZING and INNOVATIVE results! For those of you that don't know, Elmer Glue 'Blue Gel' actually resist Rit Dye, which means you can use the glue to make designs on your fabric before you dye it, and then once its dyed you will still see your designs!! It's a pretty awesome concept!

I decided to make a super easy kid friendly teepee that cost under $40! I PROMISE you can make this, and the kids will have fun creating their own designs! 


Rit Dye 'Pearl Grey'
Elmers Glue Blue Gel
1 White Bed Sheet 'Queen Size'
5- 1"x2"x8' Strip Boards(Home Depot)
Staple Gun
Wood Beads*optional*

How To: 
Preparing Your Sheet:
1. Lay out sheet, and use Elmers Blue Gel to draw designs on sheet, and let completely dry.
2. Pour your Rit Dye into the sink(or bucket) and start dipping your sheet.
3. Once your sheet has reached the desired color, remove, rinse, and let dry.
(if using wood beads, throw those in the dye as well, and just let them soak)

Putting Together Your Teepee:(Takes 2 Sets of Hands)
1. Arrange your strip boards in a teepee formation, and with one set of hands holding the sticks, the other set should be wrapping the twine around the sticks weaving the twine in and out of each board make the twine tight and the sticks stable.
2. Lay sheet around the outside of the standing teepee and tie the corners of the sheet together in the front/top of the teepee. If I plan on keeping the teepee in one place for a longer period of time, I then like to reinforce the sheet with a staple gun, but not completely necessary. 
3. For some extra character I strung my dyed wood beads on remaining pieces of twine and dangled from the front of the teepee! 


I used my teepee at the most recent #ATECraftNight...

GORGEOUS Teepee photos by Balee Images!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Um Yum: Pesto Tortellini Skewers

Sharing a super easy appetizer recipe that is delicious, and pretty to look at! I made these at June #ATECraftNight, and they were a big hit! I love apps that you can make a head of time, and can be served hot or cold!

Pesto Tortellini Skewers:

-Tortellini (Frozen or in Dairy Section)
-Small Container of Pesto
-Olive Oil
-Parmesan Cheese
-Wood Skewers

-Boil tortellini, ***but make sure not to over cook***Very Important!!!
-Once done, rinse and let cool, then add 2-3 to each wood skewer
-Put a few teaspoons of olive oil & a few teaspoons of pesto on a plate, and roll each skewer in it
-Put the remaining pesto in a side dish for dipping(a little pesto goes a long way)
-Sprinkle on parmesan & serve cold(or hot!)

I also made mini individual bowls of 'Cucumber Tomato' salad and you can find the recipe HERE!

Photos By: Balee Images

Modern Momma: What to register for: Feeding

The second blog post in our 'What to register for..." series! If you missed the 'GEAR' portion, part one, check it out HERE! Now our Modern Momma is bringing you part two, feeding! From bottles, to breast pumps; who knew there was so much that you would need?!?!

Baby Registry Part 2- Feeding

Medela Freestyle breast pump
Hands down my fave one! On the pump it has a clip to put on your pants while pumping. I used to pump and wash dishes all at the same time. Plus it's hospital grade so you know it's worth the money.

Simple wishes pumping bra
I liked this the best while pumping in stead of getting a normal looking bra for pumping or the straps that come with the pump.

Lansinoh breast pads and breast milk storage bags
Everyone has different pads that they like. These ones are cheap and good enough for what they do. As for the bags I liked these more than my Medela ones. These hold 7oz. When Mac started drinking more milk it was just easier to dump milk into these because the Medela bags only hold 5. I liked the Medela bags because you could clip them right on your pump and they were a harder plastic but the Lansinoh work just fine and lay really flat when freezing them.

Medela bottles
These were all Mac liked at the beginning. I think Mac took really good to bottles right off from the start because we introduced bottles within the first week we were home. I did register for Lifestyle glass bottles but he wouldn't drink out of them until he was around 6 months. You just never know what your baby will like.

Munchkin bottle cleaner
Cheap and no fuss! Enough said.

Boon lawn or grass drying rack with stem and twig
I had the grass with Mac and I absolutely loved it. I upgraded to the lawn for baby #2 for all the pump parts bottles and sippys that will be put on it. The stem and twig hold up the nipples an extra parts. So cute to look at on the counter

Aden and Anais Burpy Bibs
Once you have these regular bibs are a thing of the past. You can use these as burp cloths when your baby is tiny and it has a snap on the back so when they are sitting up eating regular food the use them a regular bibs. Love me a good multi purpose item!

Ikea Antilop highchair and tray
If you want to be able to wipe down without having to deal with set cushions an food getting stuck in crevasses this is your chair! I take Lysol wipes to it and it comes out sparkling clean each time! We also have a Chicco caddy hook on high chair. I used it when Mac first was able to sit up to eat and food got all over it. It's a pain to take off the seat to wash it so that's when we bought the ikea one.

Boppy Pillow
I really liked mine. Mac used to sleep in it when I curled it and and he would use it as a pillow when he was older. Don't forget to get a waterproof cover for it!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June #ATECraftNight: Bohemian Beaded Necklaces

Sharing this months #ATECraftNight photos!!! If you asked me what my ideal atheistic to design with would be, this is definitely it... soft, fresh, bohemian; I just loved everything about this 'teepee' craft night's theme!! We had a huge turnout and everyone loved our special guest Luxe Wagon Mobile Fashion Boutique!

Big SHOUT OUT to the local vendors that do such an amazing job, and help keep me sane planning a party once a month!! Couldn't love you guys more!
Photos: Balee Images
Flowers: Thode Floral
Mobile Fashion Boutique: Luxe Wagon

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