Posted on December 13, 2017

3-4 Month Old Baby Activities: What Can I Do With My Baby?

Welcome to life as a parent (for the first, second, third, or so-forth time)! The earliest parts of parenting has passed – birth and the newborn stage – and now you have a 3-4 month old baby.

They (hopefully) sleep longer, eat less frequently, and are more alert.

But what are you to do with them now that they stay awake longer?

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Here are a few things to entertain your 3-4 month old baby, because are we not simultaneously novice entertainers and walking buffets?

Nobody tells you this before you have children

  1.  Facetime: Get close, but not too close, find their comfort zone. Your baby loves talking and listening, and you’re their favourite voice to listen to! Stuck on a topic of conversation? Tell them about your favourite movie or show’s plot line. All babies will be different, but if yours starts babbling back to you listen and when they stop you resume. And if you have children let them chat with their sibling. You’re teaching them the art of conversation!
  2. Tummy Time: It’s the bain of every new parents existence… Newborn’s hate it but as a parent you know it’s good for them so you make them do it anyway (prepare to do this a lot in the upcoming years). In the first few months roll a towel or blanket up under their chest to prop their torso up, then lay down beside them and try to get their attention with your face or a toy to make them strengthen their back muscles. The stronger they become the faster they will be rolling, crawling, sitting, and more.
  3. Activity Gym: With 3 children I love the activity gym! Each time you lay your baby down you can change the configuration of the sensory toys. Whether it’s a rattle at their feet so when they kick it makes noise, or a soft ring for them try to grab just out of reach – your baby is learning to grab with their hands, bring their feet up, and tuck in their chin. And having an endless amount of connector rings is a necessity!
  4. Karaoke: Sing it up! I have a weak voice, especially when I hit those high notes… but your baby thinks your singing is the most beautiful sound in the world. So pick a song whether it’s a nursery rhyme or the lastest top 40 hit, and sing your heart out to your little one.
  5. Master Puppeteer: Don’t worry this time you don’t have to get up, you’re going to pass your smooth moves onto your baby. By moving your baby’s arm for them you’re bringing them awareness of that body part – gently bend her elbow and straighten it again. See how they react to the movement, go on and do it for their legs too!

Your baby adores your loving touch, just being near you is a comfort to them.

But it also helps to have a few 3-4 month old baby activities in your back pocket in case they become restless, you know how babies love to do that!

Check out my reviews on baby products like pumps, bottlesstrollers, monitors, and car seats before you go.

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Posted on December 12, 2017

Sweet Sugar Cookies Recipe

I found these cookie cutters (the whole alphabet) at HomeSense and now I’m obsessed with creating sugar cookie phrases!

This is my favourite sugar cookies recipe, it’s quick and easy to make from scratch.

It’s so easy, even I can make it! And I’m not a baker.

Sweet Sugar Cookies For Christmas
A delicious, simple sugar cookie.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 cup butter (softened)
  5. 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let cool on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
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Posted on December 8, 2017

Wrap Up Me | The Lemon Collections

The Lemon Collections

I have a few essential winter items that keep me feeling warm and stylish.

Typically I find myself needing to choose between style, comfort, and function for my clothes – but this wool poncho checks all my requirements.

I’m obsessed with their whole poncho collection! You have probably seen me wearing the brushed wool poncho in my Instagram stories, the girls love cuddling when I wear it.

Pair it with festive wine coloured jeans or go for a monotoned look with black denim. The multi-toned greys in the poncho are versatile to your style.

I’ll pack this stunning, knit poncho in my Christmas Eve weekender bag and pair it with: a long, gold necklace; a classic, long sleeve blouse; a sleek (and stretchy, for the Christmas dinner) pant.

The best part? I’ve partnered with The Lemon Collections to giveaway a Surprise Winter Wonderland package! To enter:

  1. Subscribe to Honey & Betts, you can enter your email in the sidebar or if on a mobile device you will find it at the bottom of the page.
  2. Follow @honeyandbetts and @thelemoncollections

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. It will close on December 14th, 2017. Best of luck! 

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Posted on December 4, 2017

Celebrating With The Whole Family | Christmas At The Keg

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and The Keg and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

christmas at the keg edmonton family dinner

When you have kids the days feel long (especially long with the limited winter daylight), but the years go by quickly.

This year we have so much to celebrate! Matt’s last year of school, a new baby, our health, and looking forward to a new year full of change.

To celebrate the Christmas season we took our daughters with us to The Keg. They were so excited to go to a new restaurant, they chose their own clothes and wanted their hair done.

Dining Tip: I highly recommend a booth if you are outnumbered by your children, it’s easier to divide and conquer when there is a parent at each end of the booth.

Our girls knew right away what they wanted to order, the delicious Keg Mini Burgers which came with their own little appetizers of vegetables and fruit. I really liked they had appetizers because it gave Matt and myself time to relax and look through our own menus. Then their meals came with their choice of ice cream with chocolate or caramel sauce, it was the perfect motivator to eat all their food.

Matt and I started with the Tuna Tacos, with seared rare Ahi – they were so fresh. Then we both ordered our favourite steak: the Peppercorn New York. It is deliciously spicy, and mouth-watering!

We ended the dinner perfectly with sharing the girls’ first cherry cheesecake. They were hesitant at first at the word “cheesecake” but they could not get enough of it once they took a bite. Matt and I had to fend for ourselves to get a taste of our dessert.

I cannot wait to come back with friends and family no matter what their dietary needs, The Keg offers gluten-free and allergy-aware menus! Plus throughout the holiday season The Keg has extended their hours, so if you want to start earlier or later you can at The Keg.

I always look forward to receiving a Keg gift card from my dad, it’s his go-to present for Matt & I. We treat ourselves to a date night, or treat another couple to a double date, or treat our girls to a fancy dinner as a family.

If you’re looking for gift ideas, celebrate Christmas at The Keg by giving a gift card!

Do you have all your Christmas shopping finished?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on December 2, 2017

Christmas Gifts For Beauty Buffs | Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty Skincare Makeup Holiday 2017 Gift Sets

It’s December!! And that means we are so much closer to Christmas!

Have you started on your Christmas shopping for gifts and stocking stuffers?

I am obsessed with Juice Beauty skincare and makeup holiday gift sets – I knew I had to try them as soon as they came out! They are the perfect gift for any beauty addicts, like myself.

And you know I’m a huge supporter of safer beauty and to top it all off Juice Beauty skincare and makeup products are formulated without: parabens, petroleum, silicones, talc, carbon black, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, and many more harmful ingredients.

You can check out the full list of harmful ingredients they do not use in their products here.

Now you know their skincare and makeup are made of the best, healthiest ingredients possible, but let’s get to the good part… how did products perform? Well, let me tell you!

Best of PHYTO-PIGMENTS™ | This gorgeous makeup set includes their ultra-natural mascara, cream blush (Flush), illuminating primer, sculpting foundation brush, and a cute canvas makeup bag. I am head over heels for the primer! It is the perfect first step to creating a flawless complexion with your makeup – it’s lightweight and anti-oxidant rich.

Best of STEM CELLULAR™ | Is it just me, or does winter beat the hydration out of your skin too? This skincare set is perfect for anyone wanting a boost of Vitamin C and luminosity in their complexion. This set is one of my top items on my Christmas wishlist! The set includes the cleansing oil, anti-wrinkle eye treatment, and anti-wrinkle moisturizer. I love using the cleansing oil on a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup, it’s super gentle (eye skin is so delicate) but effective in removing the day’s makeup.

Liquid Lip Trio | These 3 liquid lips are stunning, though I can say the “Blythe” has been in my purse consistently this week so it’s a teeny tiny bit more of a favourite… but I stand confident in saying they are all brilliant! No stickiness, no tackiness, no dryness. They have a serious punch of festive colour and long lasting hydration.

And do not forget to order early in December so that your packages arrive on time, I believe the cut off date for your packages arriving on time with regular Canada post is December 9th!

Do you have any beauty buffs on your Christmas list?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on December 1, 2017

6 Ways Dads Bond With Their Baby | Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.


I love watching Matt with our girls, he’s always been so helpful and supportive. Bonding for a mom and their baby is so important, while we often forget about the dads.

Fathers play a big role in their children’s lives, and parenting doesn’t come easily to most so bonding and developing that infant/parent relationship is crucial even when their just born.

Here are 5 ways for dads to bond with their babies:

  1. Take On Diaper Duty – sure diapers can be gross at first, but eventually you’ll be a pro! Make sure to talk to your baby and make a lot of eye contact. Not a big talker? Narrate what you’re doing, it’s as simple as that!
  2. Be A Part Of The Bedtime Routine – Being consistent with a bedtime routine can set your baby up for longer sleeping stretches, which is every parents goal… right? Choose a part of the routine you want to do! Whether it’s the bathing, dressing, story time, or laying them down for a good night. 
  3. Wear Your Baby – I love how popular using wraps, slings or carriers have become over the last few years! It’s the perfect way to sooth your baby and hold them close to your body, while freeing up your hands.
  4. Baby Massage – Babies are very receptive to touch, so grab a little coconut or olive oil (especially for their very dry skin during the winter) and work it gently into their skin. Take 10 to 15 minutes to massage their feet, legs, tummy, arms, and hands (I like to sing my favourite song on repeat, Adeline finds it very relaxing). Just like diaper changes remember to sing/talk and make lots of eye contact!
  5. Soothe Her Tears – Try picking up your baby and giving them a pacifer, singing, gently rocking them, walking around, holding them close. We always go through the checklist of potential issues – diaper, too hot/cold, gassy, tired, hungry. Once those are all checked all you can do is cuddle and love them, and then go through the list again!
  6. Bottle Feed – Feeding your baby is one of the best ways to receive baby snuggles, is there anything better than baby snuggles? On days that Adeline takes a Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle we track her milk consumption with the uGrow App. That way we can record when she fed and how much she ate.

Adeline takes so well to these bottles! She’s an eager drinker, which results in a lot of gulping and air in her tummy. The Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles have an advanced venting system that are clinically proven to reduce colic and discomfort. Plus their BPA free, easy to clean, and leak free! 

The best part? I’ve partnered with Philips Avent to giveaway a Natural Essentials Gift Set! Enter below!

Philips
Avent December Giveaway

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