Teething Favorites & More

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hi GUYS! It's been ages since I've posted for really no good reason. Well there is a good reason, she's about YEY high (puts hand at lower thigh level) and says "uh-oh!" like it's her job.

Anyway, I really really wanted to put together a post (no sponsorships involved) that has our favorite teethers/teething ideas/products, etc to help any mama or dad out there with a teething baby. As we can all agree, TEETHING IS THE WORST! Our poor little humans have to suffer through it and we have to suffer alongside them, trying to remedy this terrible part of human evolution before it's time to move on to the next things like growing pains, puberty, and hormones. YIKES!

So, no fluff, guys. Here's a round-up of 5 of our favorites.

  1. This NUBY teether - truth be told this 2 pack thing must be new because we got ours as a single. We have the one with the two prong like things, not the other guy. I swear, Emma is not impressed by many teething toys but this one she'll sit and "chew" on for a while.
  2. Bannor Toys SAFE Wooden Teether - we love this one because it's a different kind of teether so it feels different on her little chompers. It's made with smooth, non-toxic, non-splintering wood. We have the giraffe and a pink lovey to tie onto it :-)
  3. Happy Baby Teethers - OK I know the jury is out on whether or not teething biscuits/wafers are a good idea because there is a certain school of thought that says if baby can choke, baby will choke...and I totally get it. For us, these happened to be a lifesaver. Emma got to chomp, give her gums some massaging, and get a little snack, but yes, I was always right there watching her eat it. TRUTHFULLY, my dogs probably ate more of these than she did.
  4. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder - we did not use this to "feed" at all. Mama (thats me) loads this thing up with frozen pre-cut mango, peas, peaches, strawberries, etc, and let Emma go to town. If this list was in order of our favorites, this would be #1. 
  5. FROZEN WASHCLOTHS - there is not a link for this...well actually there probably is but this was another thing I used to do in the beginning stages of teething for Emmie. I would get the little baby sized washcloths (since they are thin), soak them and then fold and freeze them.
That's it for now, hope you are all having a great start to your week. Over here we are all SICK! Dad, Mom and baby. Womp, wompppppp....

Leave me a comment if you found this helpful & remember - sharing is caring, share with your friends and show me some love on my IG +Shannon Koehler 

:-) Happy TEETHING!

Emma's Nursery with Lorena Canals Washable Rugs

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Emma's nursery has been a work in progress from the time we move in just a few weeks before she was born. I'm a gal who loves her neutrals and natural elements, so although I wanted some pink, I wanted it as un-pink as possible, if that makes sense...and yes, I know she will soon be picking out her own bright pink paint for her room. Either way, our dogs have made Emma's nursery their room to and when she naps, they (specifically Cole, our black lab) nap. I love it and think it is super cute but I also hate how dirty the rug gets. I never knew there was such a thing as a washable rug. It's eco-friendly and made with non-toxic dyes and 100% natural cotton, and the best part is that you can THROW IT IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE!

I know, I didn't think that was a thing either. But it is. And it will change your life. Like I wrote on my Insta, I legitimately spill coffee SOMEWHERE at least once a week. Unfortunately, it sometimes lands on her poor sweet rug. I can now just throw it in the wash and it's good as new. Also, I am sure you are now wondering how soft/plush it can be if it's that easy to throw in the washer and dryer. Well, it's actually still really soft and although it's not super-thick it's thick enough for a rug and keeps Emma's little belly and toes nice and warm when she's practicing crawling. 

Link to the rug we have, here --> Lorena Canals Washable Rug - Hippy Soft Pink

Thanks to Lorena Canals for sponsoring this post.

Nap Strikes, Nap Protests, and Nap Success with DockATot

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hi guys! Long time no nap (insert crying emoji)...

As you may have seen on my IG, baby girl is not always a fan of naps. If I can get her to sleep, her naps range from 15 minutes to an hour...but they average about 30 min. 

A lot of you recommended things for me to try (which I am so grateful for!) but seriously, nothing seemed to work. Even if I lay with her, rub her back, etc, she has a hard time. I also learned that if she doesn't nap well, she doesn't sleep well at night. Great, right? (Is this normal?!)

Recently, I got a DockATot and found that it actually works for her. She will take naps in it and she seems to have an easier time going and most importantly STAYING asleep. She also lounges in it sometimes while she hangs with me or watches Chloe's Closet (she loves it...haha!)

I have the DockATot Grand, which is for babies 9-36 months. I got it for her as she's already reached nearly 6 months and is really long, the deluxe didn't seem like it would fit her for much longer. It's nice and breathable and made of 100% cotton. She nestles in there and although every baby is different, she really doesn't roll around and it keeps her pretty snug in place. So although she still isn't the perfect napper and it still takes a little coaxing, this has made it so much easier for both of us.

Sidenote: it is also a good co-sleeper when we sneak Em into bed!

Have you tried DockATot? What do you think? What other nap tips can you give me and Em?


Easy, cozy lunch & JORD Watches - Unique Gifts

Monday, November 14, 2016

Some of you might have seen on Instagram my post that we are pretty excited that it is officially grilled cheese & tomato soup season! We love a simple, homey, lunch like that especially when the weather is cold and football is on. Grilled cheese and tomato soup doesn't exactly need a recipe but it is worth telling you that our FAVORITE tomato soup is the Tomato Bisque from Trader Joes...it is so good and creamy. We used to use Campbells as well (which I still love) but it's a little thinner. Might be better for kiddos, though, who are exclusively using for dipping :-)

I also wanted to give my review of JORD watches. We got it in the mail and were immediately so impressed with the packaging (it would make a great gift). It came with all the bells and whistles, nice little wood box to store the watch, lovely little herringbone pillow, basically all you'd have to do is throw it in a bag with some tissue paper for a gift. JORD really has some of the most unique mens wrist watches (and watches for women, too)Anyway, the watch is awesome. We got the DOVER watch in Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood. Kyle and I both love it. It looks sleek while still being made with wood. Sometimes you find they can look bulky or strange that way. Anyway, hop on over to www.woodwatches.com and pick one up for the man in your life, or for you!

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From Pregnancy to Parenthood - What I learned in the First Month as "Mom"

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hi guys!

By no means am I claiming to be an expert on the first month with baby, but my experiences might help a mama to be or a mama in the thick of the first month.

Emma turns 1 month on Friday and the last couple weeks have been a cuddly, messy, haphazard learning experience for Kyle and I (and Peanut and Cole). Some of our friends visited the other night and all we could say is that nothing can prepare you for the whirlwind that is being a first time parent. There is such a learning curve, and every baby is different. Reading 100 books could not have prepared us for the 8 lb 12 oz baby girl we now call our own.

Here are 5 things we've learned in this first month as a first time parent:

1. Even if you feel crazy, you probably aren't - The first week with Emma I thought I might actually be going insane. Our family collectively slept probably 3 hours a night, and between learning to latch, understanding how to deal with her needs and what different cries could mean - we were all going a little nuts. For us (ok, ME) the worst was over after week 2 and my emotions are MOSTLY back on track. Sleep deprivation is not getting any easier, but when I look back from week one to this week, I realize how far the 3 of us have come. So if you are crying because your dog looked at you the wrong way, or because you can't find a frame for a print you want to hang (hypothetically), or because of ANYTHING, you will get through it - I promise. I also think it's so silly that openly discussing PPD or PPA is taboo in our society much like any other mental illness. The truth is, it's very common - and there is no shame in it! Would you go to the doctor to fix your broken arm? Then go to the doctor to help you if you feel you can't overcome the "blues" alone.

2. You have to work as a team - There have been many times I say that Kyle does this parenting thing better than me. He is calm, cool, collected - while I'm over here just trying to find a hair tie on day 3 of not showering, crying at a commercial for pampers. The truth is, I couldn't do it without him. My hat is off to moms who do it on their own - the word strong doesn't even begin to describe you. Work with your partner on sharing responsibilities, and on managing new roles. Give each other a lot of grace as you both learn how to be a parent to your new ball of love. Figure out a schedule that works for you, depending on work, responsibilities, etc so that neither of you feel like you are doing it alone.

3. Breastfeeding is hard! Before Emma was out of the womb and on to the boob, it was hard to imagine it being difficult to do. I was so naive to how difficult it really was so for any first time mom - you aren't alone if you feel like you might be failing at it. For me, this was a huge emotional hurdle to overcome. Pregnant me was happily registering for my medela bottles and getting my breast pump all ready so that once Emma was born I could breastfeed, and pump for Kyle to use to feed her. Postpartum me was asking friends to pick up nipple shields, Mothers Milk tea, and crying over not knowing how much she was getting when I nursed. If you feel like you and your babe aren't getting the hang of it yet - don't worry, and know that it is harder than it seems! At least it was for me. And if you don't want to breastfeed, can't, or whatever, I think that's cool too! Happy, fed baby is the most important thing. It's easy to be discouraged when the usual post on social media on breastfeeding makes it look so easy. The truth is, usually, it's not.

4. Forget the cute clothes (and headbands...) for now - Let's just focus on getting through changing the diaper and getting on a onesie without getting pooped or peed on, shall we?  Emma did NOT like getting changed the first 2 weeks or so (ok, she HATED it), but she's gotten a lot better. My point is, you'll be ready to break out all the cute things you've purchased over the last 9 (10...) months, but you may need to wait a little before actually using them. Not too mention, the headbands might be too big for your little girl's head!

5.  Don't be surprised if you don't yet feel like "mom" - The second your baby comes out, and as far as I'm concerned for the 40 weeks that precede that moment - you are a mom, you're the mom, you're mom! I didn't instantly feel like I am a mother and this motherhood thing is still settling in. Yes, I know I am a mom but it takes a while to adjust to your new role and really feel like you own it. So don't be surprised if you don't feel like you fit your new role yet. You will, and I will. Your husband? He probably doesn't quite yet feel like "dad" either. Give him some time to adjust to his new role, too.

Ladies, we can do it, this whole motherhood thing! Being a first time mom for the first month in my experience is...HARD! Way harder than I thought! Go hug your mom, seriously. Doing this job is hard.

E-mail me if you need support or simply if you want to remind me that I can do it, too ;-)

Happy mom-ing,


Welcoming Baby Emma

Monday, August 8, 2016

Can you believe Emma is already in her 4th week here? On Friday, baby girl turns 1 month old. Seems like the day she was born was just yesterday in one sense, but so far away in another!

Kyle and I have been adjusting to our new role as parents and we are so thankful for everyones support and love! We couldn't do it without our friends and family, and all of the instal-blog community of mommas and dads who remind us we aren't ACTUALLY going crazy (are we?).

Here are some hospital photos below of Em when she was just one (!!!) day old!

Tomorrow I'll be posting how to get through your first month and essentials for first time moms. Anything else you guys want to see related to bringing home baby, pregnancy, or anything else?

Xoxo! Love,

Shannon, Kyle and Emma!

^my favorite photo of all time! Legit my background on every device I have!

Moving, Nesting & Waiting on Baby Girl

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Moving, Nesting & Waiting on Baby Girl


If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that we’ve moved into our first home and we are working on getting it all set-up. Moving when you are 9 months pregnant…is…a lot. We had tons of help from our families and friends and seriously could not have gotten everything set-up without them – but I have to admit it was frustrating to not be able to help in the way I normally would. That kind of sounds like I’m lying but I’m really not – it would be nice to be ABLE to move around and get stuff done. Seriously I CAN’T EVEN BEND OVER TO GET SOMETHING THAT DROPPED! Dropped a nail? Oh well. Someone will get it later. Need to pick up anything lower than my knees? Nope, no cigar. 


Guys, the “Nesting Instinct” is for.real. First, we are doing painting and minor things (minor things that are still…expensive!), but a clean home is a happy home so we partnered with Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble to get our move-in essentials. Paper towels and toilet paper get eaten up around here (terrible, I know, we’re working on it) so we stocked up on those and other essentials like Tide Pods (we were using baby detergent on our own stuff before we went to the store because it was all we moved with…baby comes first!!!), Febreze (hello – 2 dogs in the summer time!) and the all essential Swiffer. I’m not normally the most tidy person but with baby K on her way I’ve become a crazy person and started washing everything from onesies to shower curtains with baby detergent, and I’ve been cleaning the floors, windows, and dusting like never before. Kyle loves it…if only it would last!

On a baby budget, it's all about the #cleanhomesavings - thanks Walmart! 

Get your products here: http://www.walmart.com/collection/New-Home-Clean-Collection-/47208359