Small Shop Sundays: JoyalTee

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I am super excited about this post as it is the first in my Small Shop Sundays series. As I delved deeper into the world of Instagram, I realized that there’s a multitude of businesses out there that are amazing and that are run by some pretty bad a** mamas! Be it clothing, blankets, shoes, bibs, bows, home decor there is a shop for everything and I found myself wanting to follow them all and questioning how I had never heard of them before. I decided that I wanted to get the word out about as many of these businesses as I could and also about the super woman mamas who created them.

One of the first amazing mompreneurs I wanted to feature is someone that I had heard about through a friend and I found her Line and the basis behind it, extremely cool. I guess you could say that this line is kind of what motivated me to start this series. So let me introduce you to Alix of JoyalTee!!

The Shop: JoyalTee

Joyaltee is a line of upcycled, handmade kids clothes. The main focus being these unbelievably cool harem pants. Whats so cool about them?? These pants are all one of kind and made from recycled t-shirts!!! The large picture from the shirt (logo, band name, picture) ends up on the childs bum which is so cute!! They are so soft and fit perfectly. The pair that I have for my 5 month old (we got the size 6-9mo and they are a perfect fit) were made from a white shirt that Alix and her husband hand dyed and they are gorgeous. The lighter or white t- shirts are turned into these beautiful tie dyed pants. They are also made with a cuff at the bottom so if they happen to be too long, you can easily roll the cuff which is what I have done meaning that my baby can wear them longer!! I don’t just love how these pants look and feel but I love that they are recycled therefore making them eco friendly and sustainable fashion.

The Creator: Alix 

Alix is a WAHM with 2 beautiful babes. This company was started from her love of sewing and her desire to make her own kids cool, funky one of kind clothing. This gave her the opportunity to be creative and allowed her to stay home with her children. Alix studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and has been sewing for over 25years!!

Contact and where to buy:

You can follow JoyalTee on  instagram and they have weekly sales on their joyaltee sale page. You can also check out their etsy account which does sell out quickly!! There will also be an E commerce site coming soon so keep your eye out for that!!

Go follow this amazing brand an get your kids some one of kind super funky pants!!!!

 

Sweet Peach Iced Tea

Although I am very much ready for fall, I am still enjoying some summer goodies. A coffee girl through and through, I started off this summer looking for something else to turn to (after I had already had my 2-3  coffees for the day :/) On a trip to the grocery store I spotted a few boxes of cold brew iced tea conveniently placed at the beginning of the check out line to ensure that I wouldn’t end my shopping trip with out purchasing just one more item. Peach sounded like a fun summer flavor so I grabbed box. I will never give up on my coffee but this is definitely a refreshing alternative. I decided to add some sweetness and keep a large batch in the fridge for easy prep later on. Here is how I make it:

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I start with 6 cups of cold water and add 5 tea bags

let it sit for 5-10 minutes as instructed on the box!!

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while that is sitting I make a simple syrup

*1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar

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Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Then let it cool.

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(the color of my syrup looks dark because I used organic unbleached cane sugar)

Squeeze out the tea bags and add your simple syrup. I add about 1/2-3/4 cup depending on how sweet I want it.

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Store in the fridge. Serve over ice!! Its also delicious to add sliced fruit to your glass. Strawberries and/or sliced peaches are my personal favorite.

*you can also add fruit while boiling your syrup and then strain it if you want a fruit flavored simple syrup.

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Natural Teething Remedies

As if being a baby isn’t hard enough! Lets throw agonizing pain into the mix. On average it seems that most babies start teething around 3-4 months (some as early as  2 and some take longer) So just a few short months after being taken out of your warm, comforting, safe home inside of your mothers womb you now have to deal with sharp teeth busting through your gums. How sad and confusing. No wonder teething is a dreaded phase that all moms would like to skip over!! Babies are fussy, don’t sleep, are sometimes inconsolable, they can run a fever and  they are constantly drooling all over the place and chewing on their hands. I don’t mind the drooling so much its the not sleeping that gets me.  It can make a mom feel a little helpless.

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My children all started around 3 months. My toddler got all of his teeth pretty fast. So it was hard core teething all crammed into a short period of time. I am pretty sure my first babe was the same so we will see how this plays out for baby number three. He is now 4 months and has been teething for month.

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Now comes the questions of remedies. Its becomes a little more difficult the younger they are since most people use over the counter medicines and most of those are not to be administered under 6 months of age. Tylenol is said to be safe in a smaller dosage but absolutely no Ibuprofen until 6 months.

I myself am not a fan of giving my baby tylenol, not to say that you shouldn’t, we just choose to stay on the more natural side of things.I prefer to stay away from medicine unless absolutely necessary and since there are other options when dealing with teething, we turn to those first.

Here are a few natural teething remedies:

  • a frozen washcloth works great. I prefer the wash cloth to frozen veggies at this age. Just soak a cloth and stick it in the freezer. Its not as harsh as a teething toy and softens as they chew on it.
  • I have also used a baby mesh feeder like this one and rather than put food in it, I used an ice cube or frozen breastmilk/formula. If you are concerned with the material these are made of, I have yet to find an organic/natural version (if you know of any comment and let me know!) but I am sure organic cotton or maybe cheese cloth would work just as well.
  • My finger with clean hands of course!! I give him a little gum massage and Ive even used a very small amount of coconut oil on my finger. He chews away and loves it.
  • There are homeopathic teething gels/tablets like the Hylands brand sold here. I don’t use these that often and haven’t given them to my littlest just yet because I haven’t felt the need to although that could change at any moment. They did help when I used them on my other children and I have friends that swear by them!
  • amber teething necklaces… here are my thoughts on them. yes we have one. I was given one as a gift for my second child who is now 3. I loved it. They are beautiful. I think they look  adorable on my boys and may have even helped ease some of that teething discomfort but it is not our main go to method for relief.
  • natural rubber pacifiers are great!!! My son chews on his all day long and since they are made with nontoxic material… I am more than okay with it. We use one by Natursutten and they make teething toys as well.
  • My most recent find and current favorite remedy are these Little Biting Tree  raw wooden teething/nursing necklaces. I love these for so many reasons but the first being that it is worn by the mother not the baby. These mala inspired mama necklaces are free of any dyes, toxins, chemicals and synthetics and they are threaded with pure white cotton. My baby loves chomping on ours and the tassel acts as a sensory toy. I wave it in front of him and he follows it back and forth, reaching to grab it before letting out a cute little giggle. I think these are a must have for every new mom!!

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Rhode Island chicken salad

There are certain foods that transport me to another time and place. Most of these foods are very specific to Rhode Island, where I was born and raised. There are so many things that I can only get on trips back home. The second the plane lands I am thinking about 4 things. NY systems hot wieners, Del’s lemonade, clam cakes and of course….Willow Tree Chicken salad.(among many other things but there are just too many to list them all) Willow tree is usually what I request when my family asks “what can we have ready for you when you get here?” The second I bite into a Willow tree chicken salad sandwich, I am a child again.

With hot wieners, Dels and even my childhood favorite Autocrat coffee syrup, I can have my family mail the ingredients to me. Chicken salad on the other hand does not travel well :/

I had to figure out a way to make it at home. For the days when I am missing my family and craving some Rhode Island favorites. I had a pretty good idea of what the main ingredients are so I had to attempt to make my own.By no means is this exact but I think I came pretty close and with only 4 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked and cooled chicken
  • 2/3 cup mayo (not miracle whip! sorry)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

I started with 2 cups of cooked chicken and chopped it as small as I could get it.

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place in a mixing bowl and add the mayo, brown sugar and Old Bay

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add salt and pepper. Thats it!

How you choose to serve it is up to you. Growing up we ate it on a bun with nothing else on it. It doesn’t really need anything else because it delicious!! Or eat it straight out of the bowl!!

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And if you are ever in Rhode Island, make sure you try all of my favorite foods!