Some baby toys can be short lived and others are timeless. I prefer the timeless ones, since they are often unique and beautifully made. I also appreciate toys that don't make a noise, which in today's day of technology can be hard to find. Can you believe my 2 year old already knows her way around a smart phone and Amazon Fire tablet? She already has her favorite apps and baby games and she quickly learned how to swipe screens. On the other hand, some of her favorite toys are our high quality Eco-friendly Green Toys and handmade stuffed animals. Pebble knit toys fall into the category of timeless baby toys and the creation of these beautiful baby toys even provides sustainable work for rural woman in Bangladesh. Pebble toys are hand knitted, made using fair trade practices, and come in many darling designs!
If you are a child of the 90's you definitely remember gel pens. They are still around and so much fun to use! Gel pens have also improved a lot! Remember writing on black paper with "milk" ink? I had a chance to try out a really colorful set of 60 gel pens that glitter and non-glitter hues as well as multi-color marbled inks. These pens write smoothly without blotches or ink skips. I've already used them numerous times with coloring with my daughter. She loves all the color choices!
With just 2 weeks left until my due date things are getting a little crazy around here. We've already had one false alarm where we thought maybe Baby Girl was coming a little too early. Thankfully she's stayed put a while longer but the false alarm (and the fact that my first baby came fast and early) made me realize I really need to get things in gear and be prepared! I'm so relieved to have my baby girl's nursery completely finished and ready to welcome her home but now I need to get myself and my hospital bags ready to dash out the door if necessary. With my first baby I definitively over packed so this time around I've scaled it down to the things I really will use and yet I like to be well prepared so I didn't go completely minimalist. Here's a look at what I have in my ready-to-go hospital bag the second time around and some tips for packing a hospital bag for yourself.
We keep life pretty low key these days. With 3 little ones, a week can easily fly by just watching the babies and going to the park. We also like to visit Nana's house and see friends. I enjoy life as a stay at home mom, even if it seems very baby saturated and I'm lucky if I'm able to eat a full meal due to all the interruptions. My sister-in-law recently joked that once you finish serving the kids their food, they've already finished eating and need to be wiped, and your own dinner is already cold. Yep. If you're a mom you can probably relate. I know these days won't last forever and will actually fly by pretty quickly, so I'm soaking up the sweet moments with my babies. We mix it up, you should definitely try my Pumpkin Spice smoothie recipe featured below!
Babies are already so snuggly and what's better than a cozy baby in a soft Organic bamboo sleeper? This darling zZippy sleepsuit from Bebe Bamboo is already a go-to favorite sleeper in my baby's wardrobe. My 8-month-old loves lounging around in his zZippy sleepsuit, exploring the floor and crawling under the table, and curling up in his crib at night. Some of my favorite features include the bright pattern, soft bamboo material that has held up well through several washings, and the two-way zipper!
Remember the days when choosing organic and safe for your baby meant blah designs and dull colors? You no longer have to make that choice thanks to Finn + Emma. Now it is easy to choose the best for your baby and the environment in clothing, toys and gear without having to sacrifice style; Finn + Emma's cute kids' clothing designs are adorable! I was very impressed with Finn + Emma's selection of clothing styles, darling wooden rattles, and even play mats and knit dolls!
I've been cloth diapering for 4 years now. I've run the full cycle, from putting teeny tiny cloth diapers on my newborn with every riser row possible snapped together, all the way through potty training my toddlers. I've washed more than a hundred loads of cloth diapers; stripped my cloth diapers, deep cleaned them, and bleached my cloth diapers in the sun. I've dressed my kids with cloth pull ups at night, used cloth diapers as Eco-friendly swim diapers, and used a cute cloth diaper cover in the place of bloomers under my baby's dress. Cloth diapers are very universal and pretty awesome for saving money and living an Eco-conscious lifestyle. Here are five of my personal perks for using cloth diapers! Also don't miss our $50 gift card giveaway below! Ends 9/30/16.
Melody Ellison is the newest BeForever American Girl Doll. This sweet doll comes with her own story, family, and community that includes all African Americans. Melody Ellison introduces girls to civil rights issues and the social climate of the 1960s. Her story reflects the changing face and history of the nation during that important historical era. With her classic look, outfits and accessories that are specific to American Girl, Melody is an instant classic that helps young girls personally relate to important historical events of the past.
I'm almost 30, can I believe it? I don't feel particularly old but I am realizing life is short, the years go quickly, and it's important to treasure every moment especially during the super intense baby and toddler years. I'm sure I've gained a few wrinkles over the last few years caring for 3 young children, a husband, and a home. I've also learned it's important to consider what I put on my skin and I've had run-ins with chemical filled products in the past. I have dry skin but yet still seem to get some acne even at 30 years old, except when I'm pregnant (win!). I had a chance to check out a skincare regimen from Le Mieux Cosmetics and I'm definitely impressed. My makeup routine is fairly basic out of necessity; and lets be honest, I put on my makeup at 11 am this morning with my 3 young children clamoring for my attention.
Can you believe it's already September? Our family is enjoying the brisk weather and we have already picked out some pumpkins from Nana's pumpkin patch! Our biggest pumpkin is bigger than my little 8 month old! Time goes so fast! What are you excited to do with your family this fall? I love some of our traditions; baking muffins, going to the pumpkin patch, and enjoying that first pumpkin spice latte. Yum!
Five Perks of Cloth Diapering + $50 Giveaway | 9/30
Cloth diapering can be very cost effective for your family and even helps reduce a lot of household trash. Here are five of my personal perks for using cloth diapers + $50 gift card giveaway!
September To Remember Giveaway Hop | 9/28
Can you believe it's already almost Fall? We are celebrating the changing season with our UnBe-Leaf-Able September To Remember Giveaway Hop featuring Sudsy Dough moldable soap!
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.
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