Expecting a baby this year? A new little one is an exciting addition to any family! Babies change your life in a great way. They also can need quite a lot of gear for such a tiny little one. We've put together a fabulous giveaway for new moms or moms-to-be, featuring several products that help keep baby close, fed, cozy, and diapered! Some of these brands are our personal faves for nursing and diapering essentials, and also make great baby shower gifts! Enter to win this collection of featured prizes for mom and baby!
Get ready for the most delicious snack ever! Combine two of America's most popular snacks, and what do you get? Chocolate covered goldfish! Make these chocolate-dipped goldfish for your kids, or for yourself. Granted, moms will probably eat most of them. All you need is melted chocolate (in a pot or microwave, take your pick) and a handful of goldfish. Dip each goldfish cracker in melted chocolate, let it dry, and enjoy!
During pregnancy it can be hard to feel beautiful (or even just normal!) but well fitting and fashionable maternity clothing can go a long way to boost your confidence and make your feel more comfortable in your ever changing body. I recently discovered PinkBlush Maternity which is a line of beautiful, feminine maternity & nursing clothing and I received one of their maxi dresses for review. I am in love! I was very impressed with the quality and comfort of their clothing and with all the gorgeous styles to choose from. I am going to be ordering again soon!
The WellieWishers are American Girl's newest collection of dolls, designed for girls ages 5 years old and older. These 5 friends each love dressing up, putting on shows, stomping in mud puddles, and being a good friend. We had the chance to check out the WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. Each WellieWishers doll comes in a darling outfit that coordinates with their whimsical Wellie boots. I love each doll's beautiful detailing and these dolls are just as well made as the classic American Girl dolls, with similar hair, faces, and features.
One of my favorite things about having daughters are the many opportunities for spontaneous dress up and accessorizing. My girls couldn't be more girly. They love all things glittery, pink, scented, and furry. Even my 18-month-old has shown a specific delight in shoes. I love accessorizing my girls, while remembering to remind them to value their inner beauty. Nevertheless, dress up is always lots of fun, even for moms! The other day my daughter wanted to make a crown out of roses. She helped cut them from our rather out of control front rose bush and watched with anticipation as I crafted her rose crown. This DIY homemade rose crown was surprisingly easy to make! We designed this crown of real roses just for fun, but this would be stunningly beautiful for accessorizing a flower girl or birthday girl on her special day. Of course, my daughter was over the moon to be able to wear "real roses" on her head!
A lot of things are about to change for our family this fall as I am thrilled to announce we are expecting a new baby girl! There is a lot to do as far as setting up a nursery and making arrangements to make the transition from one to two kids as smooth as possible. I have been putting together a little “New Baby Wish List” as I consider what items I'll need for our new baby girl! A lot of things will be re-used from her older brother but there are some items I'll need to re-stock and other items I'll want to have new and just for her (especially since she'll need some sweet pink in her life!). Here are a few of my favorite must have baby items for my new baby to give you some ideas for your own baby wishlist or baby registry!
Mommy Life can be all consuming and very rewarding as we navigate life with our precious little ones. Especially during the baby and toddler years, mealtimes take on entirely new meanings, getting out of the house can become mission impossible, and feeding, dapering, nurturing, cuddling, and disciplining can leave little time for much else. Mommy Life is a short and yet very demanding stage of a woman's life. I have 3 kids from preschooler to baby; I'm living a life defined by kids activities and feeding schedules. I'm lucky if I get my makeup on or eat a well rounded meal but it's worth it to give my kids the structure and security that each of us moms strive to provide. Check out our video #MommyLife Episode 1 - Cuddles, Messes & Giggles. Mommy Life is so busy but so worth it!
DIY Sensory Snow is a fun way to have a snow day any time of the year! Homemade play snow is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and encourages hours of sensory play time. Bright out your DIY play snow on scorching summer days for some snowman-inspired fun. We made snow cupcakes and a snowman and had lots of fun sculpting our homemade snow into fluffy white balls.
Don't have anything to do on a rainy day? This is a wonderful way to keep little ones interested in a sensory board book! Read a sensory texture book or make your own by adding fabric or textures to a baby board book you already own! Kids love reading and starting at a young age encourages kids to love books; what's better than a sensory baby book that you can read and feel to explore different textures too?!
Everyone can easily have a backyard herb garden. I enjoy growing herbs each spring and summer to use in recipes; rosemary for chicken, cilantro for guacamole, basil for pasta with pesto, and mint for lemonade and mojitos. Herbs can quickly add up in cost when you buy them at the grocery store and it's a lot more efficient to buy an herb plant at your farmer's market than purchasing herb cuttings. Pesto requires a lot of freshly chopped basil, one of our family's favorite summer recipes, and a basil plant will grow all summer long if cared for properly. Here are some awesome ideas for crafting your own unique herb garden that are customizable for your yard or patio orientation, available space, and gardening ambitions.
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.