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Baby Bathtime Essentials

I keep working on a draft post about our favorite baby items, but it’s too massive and daunting for me to get around to finishing, apparently.  It dawned on me that breaking it into smaller pieces would help me actually finish a post, so here goes: our favorite baby bathtime essentials!

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Well, for starters, a rubber ducky isn’t essential… but it’s real cute!

We love the munchkin flexible cup with a handle.  It won’t hurt baby if you drop it on them (not saying anyone would do that…) and it isn’t slippery when wet.  And it has a handle, which just makes it easier.  You can do without it, obviously, but it does make bathtime easier and it’s a cheap addition to your routine  at $4.99 from Target.

I use a brush in the tub to scrub Adella’s little noggin to prevent cradle cap (or “the cradle crap,” as we call it).  It’s $17.30 for a two-pack of Ambassador baby brushes on Amazon (I leave one at my parents’ house for when we visit there).  The bristles are stiff and so far it seems to be high quality.

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A recent addition to our bathtub was this Pottery Barn Kids kneeler pad.  I love that it’s really thick and it SAVES my knees, it has a velcro loop for hanging on a hook or towel bar, and that it isn’t crazy colors like most kids things are.  Unfortunately though, this gray Pottery Barn one is no longer available, but the blue Whale kneeler is still available on Amazon for $15.99, and I like it too.

And speaking of hanging, I hang it from these Puj nubs.  I got them originally to hold our Puj tub (more on that next) but since it’s a 3-pack, I saved them for other things.  One of those things is our whale kneeler.  It holds on strong and is white to match the tub.  I love them!

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Now that AG is bigger, we use this Summer Infant bath seat that I actually got used and just scrubbed the heck out of it.  But it’s only $12.84 on Amazon!  It’s simple and folds up small to store away once they outgrow it, which I’m all about.

We keep this Munchkin Dots non-slip bath mat in the bottom of the tub to keep the seat from slipping and sliding around.  I will say that it’s actually not really a favorite – it doesn’t actually suction to the bottom of the tub, and you have to pick it up and let it dry after each bath time because otherwise it will mildew under there.  It’s not a good long-term solution, but it was cheap and it’s cute and it works for what we use it for now.  Once we outgrow the bath seat, I plan to order these Puj adhesives, which will hopefully eliminate the mildew issues as well as will actually stick to the bottom of the tub.  Any other favorite non-slip products you mamas and daddies out there can recommend?

And Burt’s Bees bath wash is a favorite, but we also like Aveeno lightly scented baby wash.  It’s REALLY hard to find unscented baby products, but AG has very sensitive skin like her mama and we have to try to find them.  Any recommendations?

We used the Puj tub in the sink for the first 2 months of Adella Grace’s life, and LOVED it.  However, our little bitty baby grew into a pretty big baby really quickly, so we moved her to the tub about a month ago.  For newborns, I cannot recommend the Puj enough.  We loved it for travel, too.  So lightweight and easy to pack up!  And so comfortable, AG fell asleep in it a couple of times. :)

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In the future, I also plan to order the Puj Snug faucet cover.  Can you tell I’m a fan of the brand?  I love their modern, clean aesthetic without all the wild and crazy colors.

I love a good bath and so far, so does Adella Grace.  I know bath time will only get more fun as she learns to play…. so parents: What are your bathtime essentials and favorites?

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls


Pizza, Pizza

In an effort to use our leftover tomato sauce from the night before, I decided to put it to use as pizza sauce!  So I bought some fresh pre-made dough from Publix (sorry – no homemade dough recipe here today!), some fresh mozzarella, and some prosciutto, chopped up a tiny Vidalia onion, and went by his mom’s house to pick some fresh basil.  Ours isn’t big enough yet to pick any – starting everything from seed requires some serious patience!  Also, if you don’t have leftover tomato sauce, a quick, cheap and tasty trick I like to use is dumping one tiny jar of tomato paste in a bowl and adding water (a tablespoon at a time) until the texture resembles sauce, rather than paste.  Then just salt it to taste.  Get the best tomato paste you can buy – it’s still oodles cheaper and less wasteful than buying a whole jar of sauce.  I get an Italian brand of tomato paste, with no icky ingredients, for a whopping 79 cents at Winn Dixie.


My grandfather made this little cutting board.  And Nancy’s basil is lookin’ good. :)


Fresh mozz, on a cutting board my Daddy made me from a heart pine board from our house (which was also my grandparents’ house).


Italian colors and Italian ingredients.  :)  I mostly was just playing with my new camera, let’s be real.


Fresh mozz and prosciutto.  #nom

Pre-baked pizza.



Post-baked pizza.


Served with a side of rainbow chard salad, dressed simply in fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and S&P.  Ya know, to compensate for the pizza half of the plate. IMG_0079 IMG_0088

And for a Wallace update… he got a bath.  And he did not like it.


I hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!  Might I suggest pizza this weekend? ;)

Amidst all the excitement of the long weekend, I hope you’ll take a moment to thank a Veteran for their selfless service to our country, and to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might all enjoy this long weekend in the sunshine.  I’m grateful to all the veterans who have served and will serve, and most especially for the many veterans in my own life.   Thank you!