June Instagram

6.30.2015

Here are all my Instagram photos from this past month. Follow me to see more @themamagazette !


Happy Monday!

6.29.2015

Mars is 1 year, 4 months, 2 weeks, and 1 day old.

The best toys and activities for Mars are always the ones that don't cost much money. After dimsum today, we walked over to a party store and got him a red balloon. The smile on his face when we handed it to him was priceless. Then, we went to the pet store and he ran around with his balloon while watching the puppy training class and pointing at guinea pigs. 

A couple of days ago, we bought one of those big bubble wands for a dollar, went into the backyard and blew bubbles. It made Mars so happy! He kept trying to chase them down. It was so much fun for him, and so much fun for us just watching him.



Here, a bubble just popped in front of his face:


Astronaut baby:





Have a good week!

Good Things: The Kupp

6.25.2015


I'm pretty obsessed with baby products. There's something so satisfying about a high-quality item that is well designed and so functional at the same time. When The Kupp reached out to us, I was beyond excited to try it out because it's exactly the type of baby item that I like to have for Mars.


It's eco-friendly and made of food-grade silicone and glass. Yes, it's BPA-free, lead-free, cadmium-free; completely 100% toxin-free and all that good stuff. Check 

It's designed by a mom who has three kids and knew what she needed in a cup so it's mom and kid approved. Check 

It's easy for small hands to hold and Mars loves drinking from it and playing with it. Check 



I gave Mars some milk in the green Kupp this morning and he absolutely loved it. He has been copying everything that we do, so drinking out of a cup definitely made him feel independent like a big boy. He knows to tilt his chin up when drinking from glasses... but still learning how much to tilt exactly. Because of this, there was milk everywhere... but it's ok, we only cry over spilt breastmilk.




I'll be honest... There were moments when I felt super nervous about him dropping and shattering the glass. He drank from it and then tried to dangle it from his high-chair. It's his new favorite game...dangling things from the high-chair. Soon, it happened. He dropped it on the floor, but the Kupp landed on its side and didn't break! That was a huge relief. 




Overall, I really like the Kupp and love the materials that it's made of. It feels and looks so much better than plastic! I also think it's a fantastic way to teach kids how to be careful and independent. If you don't want to clean up spills, then it might be too advanced for a toddler that's Mars' age. Plus, I would hate to see what would happen if he dropped it and it landed on it's top and not on the protected silicone sides! For now, I'm going to put it away in a safe place, but once Mars gets over his dangling-over-the-highchair phase, I will definitely bring it back out and even buy more in all the other cute colors they offer. 

What other baby cups have you tried and loved? Feel free to comment below to share your positive experiences! I'd love to hear more from you :)

(Green Eco Kupp c/o of The Kupp, but all opinions are my own :)
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Zoomars Petting Zoo

6.17.2015

I've been pretty MIA these days over here on the blog. We are visiting my family in Southern California, I'm taking Early Childhood Education classes online, and we just had a busy weekend for my niece's 5th birthday. Today is our last day here, though, so I'll be back and with some fun things to share (spoiler alert: The Kupp is waiting for us at home and I can't wait to try it out and let you guys know how it goes!).

My niece's party was so much fun. It was at the cutest petting zoo and Mars had such a wonderful time petting the guinea pigs and feeding the llamas! 


My sister topped a plain cake with Sheriff Callie toys from blind bags. Genius!


I made this sign for photos but strangely, the kids weren't into it. Mars liked it though!

The guinea pig pen was the best! It was away from the hot sun, and Mars had so much fun petting and feeding them.




It was such a cute space for a party.

The little cousins as sheriffs.

5 Favorites: Books for Babies 9-12 Months Old

6.10.2015

Here are my picks for our top five favorite books for babies 9-12 months! I started this series a few weeks ago because a lot of parents I know are unsure of what books are appropriate for their babies at different developmental stages. As a teacher, I've always emphasized how important it is to foster a love for reading at a young age, so that's how I came up with doing these! I hope you've found it helpful, as this will be the last one in the series! I figured by one year, babies are more responsive and it's easier to figure out what books he/she likes or don't like. If you've missed any of the previous posts, you can click the links below! I've had fun putting these together, I hope you've enjoyed them as well!

This was a Christmas gift and by February, Mars had already destroyed it! He LOVES the pop-ups and movable parts so much that he just couldn't help himself! Bonus: you can sing it too!

Mars loves pushing the buttons that accompany each page in this book! He even started mimicking the sounds!

These are silly little books that are fun and can keep (almost always, I said ALMOST!) the attention of a 9-12 month-er. 

We actually don't have this exact one, but I can't find our version on the web. It's essentially the same thing, except ours has a bunny and doesn't have the "say a prayer" page. Anyway, this book is so much fun! Mars LOVES to brush the little bunny's (in the link it's a bear) teeth, give him a bath, and put on his PJs. The best part, is when he makes the mama lean in for a kiss on the last page! 

Hands down, this is Mars' absolute FAVORITE book of all time! It was from his Uncle as a birthday gift, and since then, we don't go a night without reading it. We started off by putting his hands on all the fuzzy tactile parts, but now, he flips through the pages himself and touches everything that can be touched, and pulls on any levers that can be pulled. He loves this books so much, that we ended up buying Tails, a book by the same author. 

Happy Friday!

6.05.2015

Mars is 1 year, 3 months, 3 weeks, and 1 day old!

Hello from Southern California! We are here visiting my family and it's been so relaxing. Mars is really enjoying playing with his cousin, and because of the hot weather, he's been splashing around in water a lot and he loves it.

Last night, my sister and brother-in-law invited me to go to a cocktail reception at Chanel and it was fun to dress up and go out without the baby. I posted some pictures from the event on my Instagram. If you're not following me on ig, feel free to stop by and say hi! @themamagazette


 




5 Favorites: Books for Babies 6-9 Months Old

6.03.2015



Hi everyone! I'm back this week to recommend some of Mars' favorite books when was around the 6-9 month stage. This was such a fun time for us because he was getting better with his fine motor skills and starting to learn how to turn the pages in his board books. He also loved books that were tactile, so he absolutely loved feeling all the different textures in his feely books!

A super cute sensory book introducing basic first words to baby.

This is a lift-the-flap book that Mars loved playing peek-a-boo with!

This was the time we started teaching Mars baby sign language and this book was a helpful reinforcer of the signs we'd learn during the day.

This is a classic book that I think every baby should have! Not only is it fun and tactile, but the book is bound using a plastic comb, which I find is a nice change for babies to be exposed to.

These are some of my favorite books! They are pocket-sized, which means they travel easy and are good for small hands. They are also very basic and easy for babies to understand. My husband thinks the drawings are "creepy", but I think Diaper David is so cute! He causes mischief (much like his older self in the "No, David!" series, but the last page always has him doing something sweet, and it just reminds me of my little guy!

Check out my other baby book recommendations below! Enjoy!


May Instagram

6.01.2015

Instagram from May (and one from June)!


On 35mm: Outside

6.01.2015

This is an example of what happens when you take a wonderful rare film, forget about it for about five years, and then use it completely wrong because forgetful...again. Fuji Natura 1600 is an incredibly fast film that was only sold in Japan for a while, and meant to be used with the Fuji Natura camera, which has a super-wide aperture of 1.9. These little point and shoot cameras cost about $700 and up on eBay nowadays, and I've pretty much given up on trying to acquire one. However, when I came across the film in Taipei a few years back, I couldn't pass it up. My plan was to use it with my LC-A, which is f/2.8, but since I sold it a while back, I just decided to put it in a regular camera and see what the results were. And.... these are the results!



Fuji Natura 1600

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