April 2019 ~ Interstate Style

Friday, April 19, 2019

At Home with Beech-Nut® Naturals™

Hi Friends! Today, I'm excited to share details on a baby food brand we've known and trusted since Winston was born. With Winston being our first baby, and both Jared and I not having a lot of friends with kids, we really didn't know what brand was going be "best" or "right" for our family in regards to feeding him baby food. What I wound up doing is going to our local grocery store, seeing what was offered, and looking at the ingredients on the label. I knew I wanted real ingredients without any additives or "extras" you might say. I wanted to know exactly what he was eating.
I was initially drawn to the cute honeypot Beech-Nut® Naturals™ jars with the bright green lid. I could see the color and texture of the purees in each jar, and the ingredients list was short and recognizable. So we tried it out... and kept going back for more.
We started Winston on the Stage 1 single ingredient solid food first, and eventually graduated him to the Stage 2 multiple ingredient purees. Winston is 21 months now, and his favorite has been and still is just apple & kale. And while he can also eat more hearty foods than purees, Beech-Nut® Naturals™ has remained part of his daily diet. There are so many reasons why, but I'll share just a few with you.

1. We like give him food he actually likes, that tastes good, and is good for him. All the ingredients in Beech-Nut® Naturals™ are non-GMO, natural, and simply prepared with ingredients like fresh apples and pears. They are pureed cold to protect flavor and nutrients, and it is clear that Winston can taste the difference!

2. It's a great way to get his fruits and veggies. Don't get me wrong, he's a great eater, we are very lucky. But raw veggies can be tough for a teething baby to eat. Because Beech-Nut® Naturals™ are 100% natural and made with real fruits and vegetables, we feel like we're doing the mom & dad duty in giving him the nutrients his little body needs.

3. You may laugh at this, but it's a great way to help Winston learn how to use silverware. We used to feed him each bite, but now we hold the jar and he takes the bites at his pace and gets a little more coordinated each time.


Before he takes a bite, he always does one taste test with his finger. No matter the flavor, it's always the same process. We always laugh so hard.
Beech-Nut® Naturals™ is made with real fruits and vegetables, just like you would use at home. Let me know if you try these out at YOUR home. I always love hearing your thoughts.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xo, Crystal Marie

Thank you Beech-Nut® Naturals™ for sponsoring this blog post.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Favorite Toys from Amazon

Easter is a week away, so I thought this would be the perfect to time to share a few of our favorite Amazon toy purchases. Some of these toys are new and a few are ones we've had for months and Winston still plays with. Perfect additions to any Easter basket. 

PJ Masks Ride On Vehicle 

Winston plays with this PJ Masks Ride everyday! Grandma gifted this to him before he could walk, so he played with the buttons and loved the sounds and slowly grew into riding it. Then, we bought one for one of his best friends. It's a really fun ride that comes in multiple colors. 
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Wonder Wheel 

We keep this Wonder Wheel in the car and take it with us out to dinner to keep Winston entertained. Our friends with a much smaller baby had this one time we were out, and Winston zeroed in, so for $6 it was a no brainer. It makes noise but not a lot, spins in several spots and has a suction cup to stick to tables. Such a great price point.
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Explore & More Toy 

We bought the Explore & More Follow-Me Bee when Winston started to crawl and he'd chased it around so much. Now he's almost two and plays with it even more than before, sometimes just turning it on to hear the music. We have to take this one and hide it away sometimes, because he'd listen to the tune all day long. 

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Little Apps Tablet

This VTech Little Apps Tablet is another favorite we take on the go or keep in the toy bin. There are so many features and buttons to keep your little one busy. His favorite is the piano keys. 
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Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car 

We don't actually own this Laugh & Learn Crawl Car, but this is one of Winston's favorite toy to play with at his friend's house. He loves the interactive dashboard with lights and toys. Comes in pink, too!

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Explore & Grow Busy Gears 

This Explore & Grow Busy Gears toy will keep your kiddos entertained for a long time. Winston loves the music, and of course the lights. 
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Fat Brain Toys Dimpl

This Dimpl toy is in Winston's Easter basket ready to go. It sold out during Christmas time, so I snagged it when it came back in stock. 
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Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Crystal Marie 

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spring Blazers Under $50

There are so many cute blazers in stores right now. I was on the hunt for a couple for some business meetings, and am now loving wearing them out and about with jeans and heels. I'm a big fan of the plaid, and would like to snag a cute striped blazer next. The neutral stripes are perfect for Spring and Summer and will go with so many outfits. 
If you're headed to the office or just running errands, a blazer is such an easy detail to throw on for a polished look.

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