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THE BEST HEALTHY BABY BOTTLE AND SIPPY CUP

Looking for healthy and natural feeding supplies for your baby or toddler? Find out our favorite products for the baby years, toddler years, and beyond!


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I would like to note that although we are affiliates with Mason Bottle, this is not a sponsored post and we did not receive any free products. We personally use Mason Bottle products and simply wanted to share why we love Mason Bottle so much!


During our struggle with both breastfeeding and colic, I stumbled upon Mason Bottle while looking for a non-toxic, healthy glass baby bottle. I knew I did not want plastic baby bottles due to the health concerns, especially when warming the bottles… but when we found out our newborn son was not nursing efficiently we needed bottles FAST! So we ran to the Navy Exchange and purchased – you guessed it – some plastic baby bottles. Later, we found the perfect glass baby bottle, made the switch, and have never looked back!

I must admit, I was concerned when looking at the prices of most glass baby bottles as majority of them were a bit pricey. It was difficult to swallow the price considering how many you need, they were only good for use as a baby bottle, and are made of glass that can obviously break. I surely didn’t want to think about the expense of replacing those bottles either. Then I found Mason Bottle and everything changed!

I have always loved mason jars for their versatility and we even use the 16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars as our drinkware at home – an idea we got from a friend for cute and inexpensive glassware! As you can imagine, I was very excited when I found a company that was founded on how to use mason jars for baby bottles! Since the companies beginning, they have continued to grow and offer even more ways to use mason jars for infants and toddlers! Among baby bottles, they now offer sippy straw cups, snack containers, silicone bottles and pouches, breast milk storage, and silicone sleeves.

Sure, you can find DIY options on Pinterest for how to make a mason jar baby bottle using other brands of nipples, but those nipples are not made specifically for mason jars. Meaning they could leak, do not have a compatible lid to prevent any spills in the diaper bag, do not have a rust-free mason ring option, etc.

Continue reading for the various reasons why we chose to use Mason Bottle! Oh, by the way, there is a surprise at the bottom of this post you won’t want to miss!

HEALTHY MATERIALS

As I mentioned earlier, the way I found Mason Bottle was while searching for a healthier bottle option – glass. Mason Bottle uses glass mason jars, silicone, and minimal plastic. Although they do use some plastic, this is the part I found amazing, the only plastic used is in areas where there is NO contact with the contents of the jar! The only materials liquid or food is coming in contact with are glass and silicone – the healthy materials! This means Mason Bottle is naturally BPA, BPS, and phalate free! My mind was blown by this ingenuity.

BREAST-LIKE NIPPLE

Many baby bottles are designed with tiny nipples. How does this make any sense when it in no way resembles the overall shape or size of a breast? The natural breast-like shape of Mason Bottle Silicone Nipples are wide and easy for baby to latch onto. Our son did not experience any nipple confusion with these bottles due to the nipples closely resembling the shape of a breast. He was never fussy with these nipples and took to them immediately! These nipples made switching between breastfeeding and bottle feeding super easy!

LEAK-PROOF + ANTI-COLIC

Mason Bottle’s FussFree Ventilation System allows air into the bottle through dual ventilation valves on the nipple. The result is no pesky air bubbles that cause colic or gas. Plus, their integrative design means no leaking and no extra parts to clean!

ZERO WASTED MILK

Have you ever spilled breastmilk while trying to pour it from a storage bag into a bottle? Unfortunately, we have experienced this and when breastfeeding is already a struggle, wasting any amount of breastmilk can be very upsetting. With Mason Bottle, you no longer have to worry about spilled milk! You can pump, store, heat, and feed breastmilk all in the same mason jar without wasting a drop of liquid gold! Using just one jar allows you to save time, money, breastmilk, and potential tears by not having to transfer milk between pumping, storage, and feeding. You can read more about how to pump directly into a mason jar here.

EASY TO CLEAN

I LOVE the fact you can place the glass jars in the bottom of the dishwasher! Between how many bottles you can go through in one day and all of the baby items that are top rack safe only – the top rack can fill up quickly. Therefore, it is so nice to be able to throw the jars in the bottom of the dishwasher and clean more in one cycle! Not to mention, they rinse clean without milk sticking to the glass, there are no gaps or lips in the jar where milk can get caught, and you can easily fit your hand inside the jar to wipe clean – no fancy bottle brush needed!

MADE IN THE USA

Being a patriotic family and all, we love to support and purchase items made in the USA! All of Mason Bottles products are made in the USA to ensure product purity and safety along with supporting fair wages and local business. In addition, Ball Mason Jars are made in the USA with embossed glass rather than painted glass that could contain lead. Not to mention, they are made of extremely durable glass and can survive numerous drops – we can attest to that! Seriously though, even if your mason jar were to break after repeated drops, it costs around $1 to replace it! SO much better than paying to replace an actual glass baby bottle!

MULTI-PURPOSE + REUSABLE

Unlike other glass baby bottles whose only use is for bottle feeding, you can continue to use your Mason Bottle products and mason jars for years to come! From bottle feeding and breastmilk storage to sippy cups and toddler snacks, Mason Bottle is multi-purpose and reusable for even beyond the baby years! Mason Bottle products are compatible with all regular mouth mason jars. This means you can use various size regular mouth jars for different purposes such as:

Something I personally love are the Plastic Ring + Caps! Since the rings are plastic, they will not rust like the metal rings on a mason jar, and the caps keep the tops clean for both baby bottles and sippy cups! For the occasional instance of fine dining in the car, I take the lid off and use it as a bowl for our toddler. This way we can use a fork and knife to cut up chicken and place it in the lid rather than handing him individual pieces with our potentially germy on-the-go hands. He gets to be a big boy eating on his own, and we get to enjoy eating without having to hand him a piece of food every ten seconds – it’s a win-win!

From baby bottles to sippy cups, Mason Bottle has you covered. Mason Bottle’s Sippy Straw Top can be used as a sippy spout for little ones and a straw top as they get older! Simply attach the silicone straw to the underside of the silicone sippy spout and you are good to go – and NO leaking!! The design of the sippy spout allows for a straw top design that does not leak AND your little one cannot pull the straw out! A HUGE bonus when it comes to toddlers! Our son loves his Sippy Straw Top so much, we found him snuggling with it the first night we had it sitting next to his bed. He has never before grabbed his water cup at night that we know of until now! He will even pose for pictures taking a sip and responding with an exaggerated “ah”. We can wholeheartedly say he loves and approves the Sippy Straw Tops!

For the most cost efficient route, you can simply pair Mason Bottle Silicone Nipples with 4 oz or 8 oz mason jars and use the metal rings that come with the mason jars. Optional accessories would include the Cap for Metal Rings and the Silicone Sleeve.


Once you are through the baby and toddler years, your kids can continue to use their Mason Bottle products for straw top drinkware at home or school and snack containers in their lunchbox! You can also use the mason jars by themselves as cups for the kiddos at home, creative crafts, or use the original lids for canning your own jelly! Mason Bottle certainly allows for you to get the most bang for your buck seeing as how there are so many uses for the jars and accessories!

Aside from their insanely versatile accessories, they are just too stinkin’ cute!! I mean really, what is cuter than a little tike drinking from a mason jar?! You have no idea how many friends, family, and others LOVED our sons bottles and flipped out over the fact it was a mason jar! I was asked, “Is that a mason jar?!” more times than I can count and everyone wanted to know where I found them!

We love supporting family owned businesses and Mason Bottle is one of them! You can browse their website here to see all they have to offer. You can also find the surprise mentioned earlier below!


As an affiliate partner with Mason Bottle, we are able to offer a coupon code for 15% OFF of your purchase. Simply use the code THEBLUEBONNETFARMHOUSE at checkout.


Thanks for following along! Happy Feeding!

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THRIFTY KITCHEN APRON HOOKS

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Get more use out of your kitchen aprons with this thrifty hack. Use items you already have to make them easily accessible in your kitchen.

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A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom when I found this horseshoe towel rack. Of course I had to buy it given my dreams of one day owning a horse and all! It makes perfect sense right?

Between college and the Navy, I have been living in rentals and as you can figure all come equipped with towel racks. Therefore, my amazing horseshoe towel rack sat wrapped up in paper in the closet until one day I would have a home where I could use it.

After my husband and I got transferred to our current duty station, I was determined to figure out how I could put my towel rack to use when I unpacked it from the moving boxes. I bought the thing because I loved it; therefore, I wanted to use it.

Of course it took me a while to figure out what alternative use a towel rack could serve until one day it hit me!

A little back story here.

As we were unpacking and hanging things up, I stared at a blank wall in our kitchen wondering what on earth to do with it because it had THIS….. cue horror music

how to hide an unsightly telephone wall jack

That’s right folks, a telephone jack AT EYE LEVEL for a wall mounted phone (or at least that’s what we think it is). Do they even make phones like that anymore??

Why base housing installed this in a home only seven years old is beyond me. And of course the jack is in the worst location possible – smack dab in the middle of the wall – but I digress.

My solution to hiding the phone jack was with a canvas picture my parents gave us as a wedding gift. It was a magical moment seeing the beauty of canvas wall art cover up the ever so dreaded phone jack. No one ever has to know that jack exists… minus the fact I am announcing its existence with this post.

how to hide an unsightly telephone wall jack

Our canvas was looking pretty lonely on the wall by itself and I was unpacking kitchen boxes when I stumbled across my aprons.

Our aprons have always been neatly folded and stored in a kitchen drawer in hopes of being used; nevertheless I manage to forget they are there. So instead of my aprons taking up valuable kitchen drawer space and never being used, I realized I had found the purpose for my towel rack!

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Knowing the aprons would ultimately not get used if it was a hassle to get them on and off the rack, I needed a quick and easy way to hang them. My solution – shower curtain hooks!

As a result of our many moves, we had some extra shower curtain hooks sitting in the linen closet not being used. They were certainly not doing us any good just sitting there and the color of them worked well enough to go with the towel rack, thus a decision was made!

The hooks have a ball at the end of them to hold up the aprons, but other styles of shower curtain hooks will work too. If you have small children who might knock the aprons off onto the floor, then I would recommend using a ring or “S” style hook.

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Our kitchen apron display has led us to wear our aprons now more than we ever have in the last few years. It is a great way to save valuable drawer space as well as a fun way to add functionality and decor into your kitchen!

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DIY CHALKBOARD WINE BOTTLES

Recycle your wine bottles into budget-friendly and versatile decor. All you need is a little bit of wine, cheese, … and chalk!

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If you are like me, then you probably have a small stash of wine bottles and corks in hopes of doing something creative with them one day. These chalkboard wine bottles are a creative and versatile decor option that work great on a wall shelf or fireplace mantel!

I stumbled upon this cute project when searching for some wedding gift ideas. Between the expense of airline tickets, hotel stays, and a rental car, we honestly didn’t have much in the budget for a wedding gift. You can look at it as our main gift was getting to be there to celebrate with them!

After some Pinterest inspiration and some ideas of my own, I ended up pairing these chalkboard wine bottles with a chalkboard serving tray and wedding date pillows for some handmade wedding gifts!

The idea of using chalkboard paint on wine bottles creates tons of versatility in the project. With three bottles you can write initials for bedroom decor or baby showers, his and her initials for wedding showers, “JOY” for Christmas, etc.

In addition, you can swap out seasonal floral to give them a fresh new look all year long! Flowers, branches, dried floral, Christmas tree clippings, etc. Using the same decorative items year round, but simply changing it up a tad for every season, is such a great way to stay in budget with home decor.

Now, this tutorial is going to be rather straight forward, but here it is none-the-less!

how to make chalkboard wine bottles

SUPPLIES

  • 3 Glass Bottles (wine, champagne, cider, etc.)
  • Floral (live, dried, faux, etc.)
  • #28 3-Ply Natural Jute (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chalkboard Paint (This is our favorite paint brand!)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Wax Paper
  • Chalk

PREP + PAINT

The first step is to determine which three glass bottles to use. I say three because of the rule of three; items arranged in odd number groupings is more aesthetically appealing. In addition, I chose to use varying sizes to add dimension; two of the same size wine bottles and one spiced cider bottle.

Remove the labels and any residue from the glass until the surface is free of any gunk. Wash and dry the bottles.

painted chalkboard wine bottles

There are two ways you could go about painting the bottles: liquid paint or spray paint. I had some liquid chalkboard paint on hand from my chalkboard serving tray and decided to use that.

When working with either liquid paint or spray paint make certain to work with THIN coats; otherwise, you will end up with paint drips running down the sides of the bottle – thanks a lot gravity.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate drying time between each coat.

I chose to not paint the bottom of the bottles; therefore, I was able dry them upright on wax paper. The wax paper works great by preventing any sticking to the bottles surface when dry.

DECORATE

Let your creative side shine and start decorating your bottles! I kept mine simple and only used jute to remain versatile for everyday decor, holidays, and other occasions.

Use a hot glue gun when adhering the jute and periodically apply beads of glue while wrapping the jute around the bottleneck.

decorated chalkboard wine bottles

After the decorating is done, grab some chalk and test out your new chalkboard surface! Finish them off with dried or faux floral.

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DIY CHALKBOARD SERVING TRAY

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Learn how to make a custom chalkboard serving tray. This tray is such an easy project and perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift, etc.

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Summer is here and that means pool parties, BBQ, and good company! All of this equals entertaining, and with entertaining comes serving ware.

I was actually searching for wedding gift inspiration when I stumbled upon the idea of these neat chalkboard serving trays. I decided to give it a go and make one as a wedding gift for one of my best friends, in addition to using the tray at her bridal brunch.

In addition to this chalkboard serving tray, I also made chalkboard wine bottles and wedding date pillows for some more custom decor to use as accompanying wedding gifts.

If you need a great gift idea this is it! I fell in love with the finished product and wanted to keep it for myself. Needless to say, I plan to make one for us as well!

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MATERIALS


WOOD PREP

Begin by either finding a piece of scrap wood in your garage, or by cutting a board to your chosen dimensions. I had managed to find the perfect size of scrap board in our garage that was left over from a previous project we had done – no cutting required!

Lay the handles and a few dishes you might like to use on the tray to determine what size would be best.

how to determine the size of a serving tray

Use an electric sander to round all corners and edges of the tray. I wanted to add a unique feature to the back of the tray so I chose to wood burn my logo into the lower corner. If you would like to add a special feature of your own just follow these simple steps below!

how to sand the edges of a serving tray

WOOD BURNING (OPTIONAL)

Print out the image or text onto a piece of paper at the size you want. Lay the paper onto the wood and use a pencil to trace the outlines you wish to display. Press hard when tracing with the pencil to make indents on the wood.

Remove the paper when you are finished and make sure all of the outlines you want are pressed into the wood. Simply trace the outlines with your wood burning kit and you are ready for staining.

how to wood burn a logo on a serving tray
– When our name was still The Navy Home. –

STAIN + SEAL

Select your choice of stain color and apply with a staining rag. We used Minwax in Red Mahogany, but have since found and highly recommend this brand.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat.

Next, use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of polyurethane. I chose to seal the tray in case any liquids were to get on it during food prep, serving, etc.

CHALKBOARD PAINT

Once the tray is nice and dry, apply painter’s tape around the edges to form the area that will become the chalkboard surface.

Using the painter’s tape, create a 1” border along the length of the tray with a 2” border along the widths where the handles will be added later. Be sure to press tape down firmly around all edges to ensure the chalkboard paint will not bleed underneath.

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Time to pop open your can of chalkboard paint and get to painting! I’m not gonna lie, this is when I stir my paint with a stick I found in the yard. But, I am 99% positive this is not recommended. Instead, a clean stir stick does the trick and helps maintain the integrity of the product.

Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of chalkboard paint to your tray within the taped off work space.

When painting at the tapes edge, make sure your brush is lightly soiled with paint and apply with strokes moving away from the tape, not towards. If you paint with stroke towards the tapes edge, you are liable to end up with paint under the tape.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat.

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ASSEMBLING THE TRAY

After your new chalkboard surface is completely dry – especially at the tapes edge – carefully remove the tape by pulling at a slight angle towards the painted surface.

The only thing left is to attach your decorative handles! Mark the locations for your screws, drill small pilot holes, lay the handles in place, and drill in the screws.

You’re done! Look at that beauty! Now you have a fun and beautiful chalkboard serving tray for all your summer festivities!

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