Cue the Cuteness: Baby Legwarmers by BabyLegs

Striped Baby Legwarmers by BabyLegs make playtime more fun! | reflectivemama.comWhen was the last time an email knocked your socks off? A few weeks ago, I received an email invitation to become a BabyLegs.com affiliate. I was so excited that BabyLegs was interested in Reflective Mama! But I was also a little skeptical… Is this for real? I followed a link in the email’s signature to check out the company before responding. Once there, the first thing I noticed was that they also own Happy Socks, a brand that I am very familiar with. My husband is obsessed. He wears Happy Socks to work everyday. Seriously. EVERYDAY. With the source confirmed to be extremely legit, I was in. Continue reading

First Parents as Teachers Home Visit

Parents as Teachers Home Visits: A free, one-on-one program that guides you in helping your baby reach their developmental milestones.

I planned to write about our first Parents at Teachers home visit before it even happened, especially because of how nervous I felt. I had no idea what to expect, so I wanted to share with other moms in the same situation what actually happens when a school district official shows up at your house for some one-on-one time.

The night before, I voiced my excitement (and anxiety) on Facebook and asked if there was anything I should do to prep for the visit. I quickly received some reassuring responses: Continue reading

Coffee Inspired Design on The Roasterie Tour

The Roasterie Factory Tour in Kansas City | reflectivemama.comThe Roasterie is an awesome local coffee roasting plant in Kansas City that also has a couple cafes around town. A coffee shop connoisseur, The Roasterie is one of my favorite local landmarks. Their Leawood store is great for meetings, while the one in Brookside is excellent for working and schmoozing, which probably why it can be hard to find a seat.

A few years ago, I went on my first tour of the roasting plant when I worked at a day camp. This was one field trip the counselors may have enjoyed more than the kids (I was completely enthralled). Since then, the factory has expanded to include a larger coffee shop on site and an event space. Unfortunately, the new room was not completed until after my husband and I were married. #weddingfail Continue reading

Baby’s First Swim

Baby swimming necessities: bathing suit, rashguard, swim diapers, baby sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat with clasp, baby float, camera, someone to take pictures, and realistic expectations | reflectivemama.com

Before summer even began, I wanted to take Baby for a swim. However, the prospect seemed like a pretty daunting task. I’d have to find and pack the normal swimming stuff (bathing suits and towels), plus the baby swim gear (baby sunscreen, rash guard, swim diapers, hat, baby raft). For the sake of making memories and practicality, I really wanted my husband to come with us the first time, too (aka I needed someone to take a picture).

My original plan was to check out an awesome indoor pool at our local community center before the outdoor pools even opened. I had a couple free passes, and liked that being indoors would protect my little redhead from the sun (and save me from the chore of applying sunscreen to a wiggly baby). My husband was not so into it, and whined advocated that swimming should only happen outside. Continue reading

Do The Work

Do The Work ~ Face challenges head on and conquer them once and for all | reflectivemama.com Beautiful summer days are perfect for long walks with Baby and Sirius, our black lab/Catahoula leopard “puppy” (he’s a solid 60 pounds and almost two years old). Sirius might love our walks the most, but Baby is a champ at chilling in his stroller, chewing on his toys, and taking in the neighborhood sights. It’s great to get outside, breathe in the fresh air, soak up some sun, and fit in a bit of mild cardio. I also use our walks to sneak in some “me time” by listening to podcasts as stroll. One of my favorites is The Jillian Michaels Show. Continue reading