Teething. We’ve all been through it, but to actually think about the whole process of cutting teeth still makes us cringe. This week we’re sharing signs and symptoms of teethers and listing what has worked best for us when providing sweet (and icy cold) relief to our little ones.
Signs of teething
Lots of drooling
Trying to bite or suck on absolutely everything (and we mean everything)
Load up on bibs
If your little one has started to drool while teething then you’ll want to stock up on bibs. And when you think you finally have enough…buy more. We’re talking puddles people. Be prepared!
Wet a few baby cloths and throw them in the freezer for a few hours. Your little one will find relief from sucking and biting on the cold cloth.
These are the obvious teething tools. From chew rings to chew beads, there are lots of options and hopefully you can find one or two that works for your little one. A few of our favourites are the Zoli Chubby Gummy Gum Massager Teething Sticks (especially helpful for the back teeth) and Lifefactory silicone sensory teether rings.
This is something you likely already have on hand so it’s an easy grab when teething strikes.
Ice water bottle
Fill a sippy cup with a few tablespoons of water and place the cup upside down in the freezer. Your baby will appreciate sucking on the ice cold tip of the cup.
If cold and hard things are serious soothers for teething pain, it might as well taste good too. We love the simple combo of organic plain yogourt and strawberries and our babies can't get enough of them.
Hard teething biscuits
Love Child Organics founder, Leah Garrad-Cole, features a recipe in her cookbook, It All Begins With Food, for hard teething biscuits. It’s essentially like a mini breadstick for babies and the texture is hard enough to provide pressure and relief for sore gums. With only five ingredients, and free from eggs and dairy, these biscuits are a cinch to make and prefect for even the gummiest of babes.
Cold or frozen cucumber sticks
At one point during the early teething days this was one of the only remedies Georgia was willing to take. We peeled a cucumber, cut it into chubby sticks and put the sticks in the freezer.
What teething tools have worked best for you?
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
Last weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada and besides eating copious amounts of turkey and pie (ssooo much pie), we also took a moment to think about this past year and everything there is to be thankful for.
So this week we just wanted to say thanks. As first-time mamas, we’re basically figuring things out as we go. We’re doing what we feel is best for our babes and every ounce of us goes into nurturing and loving our tiny, incredible humans. With all of the negativity and division in the world, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for all of the amazing mamas who have simply said, “you got this.” Sure there’s been judgement and those who feel they know what’s best when it comes to this whole parenting thing, but at the end of the day, we’re focused on the positive. Thank you for the virtual high fives. Thank you for a simple double tap on a post. And thank you for taking the time to visit jacandlinds.com to see what’s on our mind from week to week. It’s amazing how sometimes a complete stranger can know exactly what you need to hear.
We’re honoured to be part of such a loving and supportive community. We had no idea this unofficial club existed until a little over a year ago and we’re so grateful to have found all of you! While there’s been sleepless nights, tears (more so us than our little ones) and lots of moments of uncertainty as we figure out what works best for us, there has also been immense joy, pure bliss and indescribable happiness.
Our babies have given us a brand new perspective on life. They remind us every day that life is about moments. It’s about taking the time to tell someone you love them. It’s about not sweating the small stuff and truly living your best life.
So please, keep the love coming. And we promise to do the same. Let’s continue to lift each other up. To remind one another that we’re not alone and while a tiny square on an Insta feed can come pretty close to perfection, there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. And no matter what, at the end of the day, you got this.
xo Jacqueline and Lindsay
A new month means a new checklist! Here’s what’s topping our to-do list in October.
Get yo’ self a PSL
We realize the whole pumpkin spice craze isn’t for everyone. You either love it or you hate it. We sisters are all about the love and we’re game to try anything with a shot of pumpkin spice. If you have yet to get your fix, now’s the time to snag some PSL goodness.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Make a donation, sign up for a run or walk, check out the many products being sold to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation and wear all of the pink.
Thanksgiving is just days away for us Canadians and we can’t wait to gather with family and friends for good times and good food. If you’re hosting, it’s time to get the menu nailed down. If you’re attending a dinner, don’t forget a gift for the host! A bottle of wine, a candle, baked goods or even offering to bring something to contribute to the meal will be greatly appreciated.
Take a moment to give thanks
While you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving feast, take a moment to share your gratitude with loved ones. We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for.
World Teacher’s Day
October 5 is World Teacher’s Day. Our mom is a retired teacher and as far as we’re concerned she’s the best teacher (and mom) in the world. Show some love to the amazing men and women who dedicate their time and effort to giving your children the best education possible.
Layers for you
This time of year, it’s all about the layers. It can be cool one moment and warm the next so make sure you’ve got a few staple pieces in your closet to throw on. Our fall go-tos include light sweatshirts, loose cardigans, cozy shawls, a good trench and a sporty bomber jacket.
And for your littles
And the same goes for our babies. Make sure your little ones have a few sweatshirts and hoodies, light jackets that are safe in the car seat, and a cozy toque big enough to cover those tiny ears on cooler days.
A trip to the apple orchard is a must this time of year. We look forward to this annual tradition even more now that our little ones are here. For those perfect fall days, bring a picnic basket and make a day of it!
What’s on your checklist this month? Happy October!
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
Like most people, I hate feeling rushed in the morning. The more I can get accomplished at night, the calmer my mornings can be and the more time I can spend with my little one before I’m out the door for work. So once my baby goes to sleep, my evenings consist of power cleaning and prepping for the next day.
I like to shower at night so it’s one less thing to think about in the morning. Right now, I’m loving soaps from Saje and Rocky Mountain Soap Company.
The kitchen needs to be tackled every night. My husband is a huge help and often takes the lead. If he’s loaded the dishes into the dishwasher, I’ll put the clean dishes away. I’ll also take this chance to fill up my baby’s bottles/cups with milk and water for the next day so they’re easily accessible.
My refrigerator and microwave get a good wipe down with a multipurpose spray every night. We have stainless steal appliances. I love the look, but boy oh boy do they collect fingerprints!
I like to wash my floors every night. My baby is a really good eater but at some point in the day, food lands on the floor. Usually because my son has thrown it there! I like to mop around his highchair, the dining room and kitchen every night. I love Method and Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. (Yes, I get excited about cleaning products. Anyone else? Just me?) I’ll also wipe down his highchair.
I always give my breast pump parts a good soak and make sure they’re sterile and ready for the next day. I pop them into my pumping tote along with some bottles to fill up while I’m at work.
I have lots of baskets to store my son’s smaller toys. His toys inevitably end up all over the floor everyday, so I toss them into their baskets and wipe down his play mat.
I do at least one load of laundry every day and I try to put away as much as possible. My usual routine is to throw laundry in the washing machine at night. If I have time, I’ll move it to the dryer. If not, I dry them the next morning. In the evening, I try to put away the laundry I cleaned the night before. I fully admit, this does not always happen, and I sometimes end up with a pile of clean laundry kicking around longer than I would like.
Before I go to sleep, I choose my outfit for the next day. I know this sounds kind of silly but it really helps me save time in the morning if I know exactly what I’m wearing.
I sometimes have work to do at night after my son falls asleep. And some nights, I hit a major wall. I’ve come to realize that on those nights, the most important thing I can do is go to sleep when I’m able and not stress if something was not cleaned. As parents, it’s easy to forget how important it is to take care of ourselves.
I usually end the night with a couple YouTube videos or a Netflix show. Right now I’m watching Gilmore Girls…again. That show never gets old!! I’m also loving Briana K and Hayley Paige’s YouTube videos.
And that’s it! Stay tuned for my morning routine!
We can’t believe it’s September already! While we’ll miss the dog days of summer, we’re pretty pumped for changing leaves, crisp mornings and pumpkin spice everythang! Check out what we’ll be getting up to this month with our September checklist!
Who doesn’t love a little wardrobe refresh? From cozy cable knits to your favourite fall footwear, stock up on a few staple seasonal pieces. But before you hit the boutiques, do an inventory of your closet. If you’re like us, we have clothes stashed away that haven’t seen the light of day for months. Decide what works and what’s got to go. There are so many local charities who would happily accept your lightly-used threads.
What’s for dinner?
It’s a tossup between what we love more: fall fashion or fall food! There’s delicious soups, hearty stews and don’t get us started on the break-out-your-elastic-waistband-pants Thanksgiving feast! If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’re loving It All Begins With Food by Leah Garrad-Cole. Written by the founder of Love Child Organics, this cookbook is loaded with healthy, hearty and oh-so-good recipes for all ages.
Layers make any room feel a little cozier. Blankets, cushions and area rugs are all great additions for fall. Area rugs also provide a little extra warmth on those cooler days.
Set up a study area
Back to school is in full swing and while we’re holding on tight to our babies while they’re still babies, we know lots of parents have been prepping for the big day. Select a designated space in your home where kids can focus on school work. A few key elements to ensure maximum production are excellent lighting, comfortable seating and minimal noise.
Purge and organize
Your closet isn’t the only space where you can run inventory. It doesn’t take long before kitchen cabinets, bathroom drawers and toy bins fill up with odds and ends you no longer want or need. Once you’ve purged to your heart’s content, it’s time to get organized. Storage solutions come in so many shapes and sizes so find what works best for each space in your home.
Fall colour swaps
Lindsay has a slight obsession with throw cushions and is constantly swapping in new favourite patterns and palettes. The current pale pink, white and teal combo will no doubt be switched out for slightly warmer hues and soft textures. It’s a simple switch to welcome in a new season.
Soak up the final days of summer
In the final few weeks of summer, we’re taking advantage of the warmer temps and getting outside with our babes whenever we can.
What’s on your September checklist?
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
We were so excited when we discovered our little city offers a beautiful wood-fired community oven surrounded by a bountiful garden and orchard. With our picnic blankets packed, we caramelized our shallots, shredded our mozzarella, sliced our mushrooms, seasoned our sauce, rolled our dough and headed to the Park Avenue Community Oven (PACO) for a pizza party al fresco. (When we say we, we mean Jacqueline’s husband Craig Flinn, but you better believe we were there for moral support and official taste testing!)
This local culinary treat is run by amazing volunteers who are there to guide you through the entire wood-fired oven experience. Stainless steel countertops, large pizza peels and running water is all on-site to assist you while you prep and cook your pizza. Surrounded by lush gardens, there’s also plenty of space for outdoor games.
Craig reserved the oven and with the help of a PACO volunteer named Bernie, we had a truly magical night in Downtown Dartmouth. Craig outdid himself, using all fresh and local ingredients to create the most amazing pizzas!
For dessert, we indulged in ooey, gooey s'mores, warmed to perfection in the wood-fired oven!
It was a perfect night to get outside for good food and great company. We’ll definitely be back!
To book your own memorable meal, visit PACO's website today!
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
When our babies first started solids we were all over it. Food prep was in full swing, pureed everythang was wrapped and stored in the freezer and we were well-oiled baby food-making machines. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner covered. And then came the snacks. Three meals a day is no longer sufficient for our growing babes and we now include two snacks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) into our daily routine. Check out a few of our go-tos for snack time.
Watermelon has been a favourite summer treat. To cut down on the mess, we place a few chunks into our handy Boon silicone pulp feeder. We prefer the silicone feeder over the mesh feeders as they're far more durable, easier to clean and our little ones love chewing and sucking on the cover, making them a great aid for teething.
Lindsay’s baby girl LOVES bananas, but we like to dish them out in moderation. Did you know bananas can be one of the leading causes of constipation in babies? Applesauce, bananas and cereals (ABC) are all constipation culprits so don’t overdo it with this potassium-rich fruit.
Yogourt fruit pops
This has been a favourite summer treat and they’re so simple to prepare. It’s essentially a frozen smoothie pop. We found the most adorable round moulds on amazon.ca that are perfect for little mouths. Yogourt with strawberries or blueberries are two of our favourite combinations.
Kiwis are an excellent source of fibre and full of nutrients, such as potassium, and loaded with antioxidants. Jacqueline's son loves kiwi and it's an awesome snack to take along for day trips.
Three cheers for the avocado! This nutrient-dense food contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and our little ones love them.
Banana and egg pancakes
Low on prep and high on flavour is our kind of snack! Mash a banana, mix with two eggs (and vanilla for a little extra sweetness) and you’ve got yourself a yummy breakfast or a late morning snack.
What snacks do your little ones love?
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
Fun fact: peaches are at their peak in July and August and we’re loving all of the sweet and savoury dishes we can make with this juicy stone fruit. We’ve never met a flatbread we didn’t like and we’re so excited to share one of our favourite recipes that features the OH-SO delicious peach! It’s super easy to make and packs a serious flavour punch.
The great thing about flatbread is you can be as generous as you like with the toppings, so our measurements are merely suggestions.
2 fresh peaches, cored and cut into wedges
Cooked chicken breast, shredded (a store-bought rotisserie chicken also does the trick!)
A handful of spinach or arugula, torn
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
2-3 slices of prosciutto
1 tablespoon dry rosemary
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 400C.
2. In a small saucepan, bring oil and chopped garlic to a boil. Immediately turn heat to low to avoid burning and cook for five minutes. Remove pan from burner and set aside.
3. Lay flatbread on an oiled baking sheet. Brush the flatbread with a generous amount of garlic oil.
4. Top flatbread with chicken, peaches, prosciutto, spinach or arugula, goat cheese or feta and rosemary.
5. Place flatbread in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with remaining garlic oil before serving.
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
And the milestone moments just keep on coming! We can’t believe we’re already sharing tips to prepare your home and your toddler for those first steps. That’s right! We’ve got little cruisers on our hands and we are in full-on proofing mode. We’ve had some mommas tell us they didn’t bother making many changes once their babies started to walk. While we completely understand not wanting to give your home a total overhaul and mess with its feng shui, we both decided to do a bit of reorganization. Check out what has worked for us in this new and exciting phase with our little ones.
Movin’ on up
Cleaning products, which often find a home under the sink, were moved to upper cabinets. Vases, little trinkets and other possibly-poke-an-eye-out items were all moved to higher ground.
One of our first purchases when our babies started shimmying about was a foam play mat. We love the grey and white tiles from Skip Hop. Besides the fact that the soft colour palette matched our décor perfectly (winning!), we love how the tiles can easily move around our homes and the area can be as big or as small as we like. With a new-found confidence on their own two feet, a foam mat has provided peace of mind when our babes take a tumble.
From coffee tables to fireplace seating, we’ve tackled those hard edges with (you guessed it!) more foam! There are so many options when it comes to covering corners and edges. Many products come in different colours so those protective coverings don’t have to be such an eyesore.
This mobile freedom seems to put a little one’s curiosity and desire to discover at an all-time high. We’re all for exploring the world around you, but we’d rather leave outlets and plugs off the radar for now. We’ve peppered our homes in everything from simple outlet covers to larger casings for those wall warts that need to be plugged in 24/7.
This is another one of those peace of mind products we feel are worth every penny. From a simple click and slide to a more flexible custom build, do your research and find one that works best for your home and lifestyle.
There are lots of ways to prep your little one for this next step (pun intended) in life. A great way to build your baby’s confidence and balance is to start her out by cruising along the edge of furniture. Place a favourite toy on one end of the sofa and encourage her to shift along the couch cushions to get to her destination.
Music encourages movement
Our babies absolutely love music. As soon as they hear a beat, they’re ready to sway, bop and shake (they got it from their mommas). Dancing encourages them to bend their knees and move up and down, which helps with balance and stability. So play that funky music!
It’s been so nice to get outside this summer and our little ones are loving frolicking in the fresh air. We’ve quickly discovered that no two babies are alike and one size certainly does not fit all. Lindsay struggled to find shoes that slipped on easily and fit her baby's feet comfortably, so she was so excited when she discovered Jack & Lily. This Canadian company offers the cutest kicks in a variety of styles and colours. Their sturdy yet lightweight shoes, mocs and boots feature non-slip rubber soles (perfect for travelling tots!) and are designed to promote healthy foot development. The only downside: they don’t come in adult sizes!
We’re so excited to partner with this awesome brand and we want to share the love with you! Head to www.jackandlily.com and save 25% off your next order with the code HAPPYFEET. Your tot’s tootsies will thank you! You can also check them out on Instagram and Facebook @jackandlilyshoes.
xo Jacqueline & Lindsay
And just like that I have a toddler. I can’t believe my beautiful baby girl is already one year old. To mark the occasion, we invited family and friends to Georgia’s first ice cream social. It was the perfect theme for a hot summer’s day and we had a blast turning our home into the cutest little ice cream parlour. Check out the details for this sweet celebration!
I’m obsessed with pastels at the moment so ice cream was the perfect theme for a pretty colour palette. Soft pinks, yellows, greens and white with pops of metallic and sparkle peppered décor and tableware. Honeycomb ice cream cones, tassel garland, rose gold balloons and pale purple daisies were a few of my favourite finds when setting the scene. I also shrieked in delight when I discovered Indigo sells ice cream-themed accessories as part of their summer stock. A fun indoor/outdoor throw cushion and beach towel featuring frosty sweet treats were both added to our ice cream social inventory. We also thought we’d put the one million and one pictures we’ve taken of our baby girl to good use and filled frames and walls with strings of pictures from the past 365 days.
An ice cream party wouldn’t be complete without an over-the-top sundae bar featuring oh-so-tasty toppings and fun and festive tableware. Guests were asked to SNATCH a cone, cup or waffle bowl, SCOOP their desired ice cream flavours, SPRINKLE with their favourite toppings, SAVOUR the sweet, sweet goodness and finally, SAVE room for birthday cake. Our toppings included gummy bears, vanilla cake bites, cookie crumble, whipped cream, confetti sprinkles, Skor bites, marshmallows, caramel and chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries to top it all off. We used a mini deep freezer to hold the ice cream and ice cream treats. To make it look a little less industrial and a lot more parlour-esque, we wrapped the freezer in bright blue wrapping paper and added black letters on the front. It was a simple DIY that fit in perfectly with the rest of the décor.
Once guests had their dessert of choice, everyone was encouraged to head outside for lawn games galore. Chris built beautiful wooden games for our engagement party, so we were excited to break those out and use them once again. Giant Jenga, ladder golf, washer toss and horseshoes were great party games for the young and the young-at-heart.
The cake was the only element where I drifted away from our theme. A nickname like Georgia Peach demands a peach birthday cake and Hello Cupcakes did not disappoint. The adorable two-tier stunner was accented with pale peach and white frosting and the cutest handmade sugar peaches on top.
Upon exiting our little ice cream parlour, each party-goer was given a small tub filled with “1”-shaped sugar cookies. With the help of vistaprint.ca, each tub featured a custom-made ice cream truck sticker with a little note of thanks.
It was the perfect day and I’m so thankful to everyone who came to celebrate our sweet baby girl. Now what will we do next year?!
Jacqueline and Lindsay are sisters and new moms living on the East Coast of Canada.