Find a Forever Friend with Blabla Kids

Blabla Kids has cute contemporary hand knit designs that can easily turn into a forever friend for your children.

When I was pregnant with E, I tried my hand at making stuffed toys for the boys.  The 3 I made ( one for each of the boys and one as a gift to a friend’s child) showed me just the tiniest glimpse of what it takes to make a toy by hand.  Since then I’ve gravitated towards a lot of handmade toys for the kids.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post includes outbound links.  

I came across Blabla Kids through Instagram of course.  Fellow mamas have talked about these adorable knitted dolls and I had to check it out for myself.  What I love is that their dolls are handmade, the yarn used is certified safe and non-toxic.

Meet Picchu, the alpaca! She loves taffy.

One of the other factors that attracted me to Blabla Kids was the fact that they promote fairtrade and sustainability.  If you check out their About Us section, they mention that they’ve been working with the artists that craft their items for 15 years! There are even some photos showing the process of how a doll comes about.

When Picchu arrived, I immediately noticed how soft she is.  You can tell how each part of the doll is carefully considered and crafted.  These are the kind of toys that I can see making really great gifts.  I also see them as something a child holds onto forever to maybe even pass down to their own child or relative.

I love all the little details they’ve added to make Picchu one of a kind and unique.  The pink cheeks, the blue added for the eyes, and the white yarn for the hair are some of touches I love.  E was very interested when I first showed her Picchu.  I slowly introduced her and E even reached out to grab her.

Of course all the excitement of meeting her new friend wore her out and she fell asleep with her new alpaca friend by her side. I love that she’s taken to it and is so interested in it! It’s a doll I hope E cherishes forever and maybe even pass down herself.

Be sure to check out Blabla Kids to see their cute knitted dolls and other equally adorable items!

Why and Whale Surprise Pack – A Review

Finally had a chance to unbox our Why and Whale surprise pack!

I was excited to see the goodies that E received in the Why and Whale surprise pack.  I never did kid subscription based boxes with O and W so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  

First impressions? The packaging is SO FUN.  O and W were immediately attracted to it.  I also love how the items are carefully wrapped with some fun paper confetti inside.  Luckily for my husband, I was able to keep it all contained in the box.

Woodmouse & Thistle

I’ve never heard of this brand so it was fun to have something I’ve never heard of in the box.  This cardigan is so cute! E won’t be able to fit into it for maybe a few more months but I love that.  The material is so soft and it’s really well-made.  I’ve tucked it away in her closet for safe keeping until then.

Natursutten

E has been gnawing on her fist for almost a month.  We’ve been using teething necklaces but I wanted to try a teether toy.  We got rid of our teether toys awhile ago so I was already looking into getting a Natursutten one. This one not only got approved by me but E as well.  You can see how eager she was to get her hands on it!

Tubby Todd


I was really excited to see these products in the box.  I’ve been meaning to get some to try out since I’ve heard good things about their products. I like that there are two different products – an all over ointment and natural baby fresh spray.  Both very appropriate items and the type of products ideal for a child in E’s age range.

I love that there were a variety of items in the box. The products were items from brands that I was both familiar with and unfamiliar with but I love that.  You can discover new brands this way.  Everything in the box was very much on trend.  The one I chose was specifically geared towards E’s age but I can imagine, since you can get boxes based on age, that these surprise packs are filled with fun things for older kids as well.  These would also make good presents to give.  I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to get a monthly surprise in the mail?  Be sure to check out Why and Whale and order a monthly surprise pack for your little one!

Special Moments with Under Lucky Stars

I love giving unique and meaningful gifts. Under Lucky Stars hit both when it came to finding the perfect gift for my husband.

My wedding anniversary is coming up and I’ve been searching for the perfect gift for my husband.  Being that my husband is a graphic designer, I always try to choose anniversary and birthday gifts that revolve around that genre.

I love giving him unique and meaningful gifts.  I really wanted something different other than the usual design books or other art related things I normally get him.  I found Under Lucky Stars and knew that it was the perfect present to give my husband this anniversary.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  

 

Under Lucky Stars was kind enough to let me choose a star map of my choice. They create a map of the stars above the location of a special date and time for you.  You can choose any date of significance to you – the birth of your child, first date, first kiss, etc.  This makes it so unique and a very meaningful gift! You can commemorate and freeze that special moment and have it showcased somewhere in your home.

I couldn’t wait until our anniversary day to give this to my husband (as with any gifts I get him) so he got to open this early.  The reaction on his face when he saw it was enough to tell me that I did a good job with this anniversary present! The days before I gave it to him I was trying to figure out a good spot for it.

Finally found a place for it.

After moving it around to various places in our home, I settled with the space above our bed.  Since moving in, almost a year and a half ago, we have been trying to figure out what to place over our bed.  He was happy enough placing it there.  I’ve been admiring it since he placed it up there.

D + J

I’m thinking our next set of posters should be of the kids’ birthdays.  I’d love to compare and contrast how different the stars look on each of those specials days.  Check out Under Lucky Stars to commemorate and freeze your own special moments.

 

Bath Time with the Aqua Scale

We’ve added some ease with the Baby Patent Aqua Scale 3 in 1 Digital Baby Bath.

One of the items we did not receive from our registry was a baby bath tub.  My husband and I decided to forego getting one as we both thought we could easily bath E in the sink.  This turned out to be somewhat of a problem when you have 2 other kids to account for and a suddenly squirmy baby.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  

l reached out to Baby Patent about their best selling AQUA SCALE™ and since it has arrived, bath time has been much easier.  Giving her a bath without a tub was easy when E was still a newborn but now that she’s packing on some weight it’s been much more difficult trying to hold her in one arm and bath her with the other.

O was intrigued with the tub!

There are built-in arm rests where your baby can rest their arms comfortably and also provide support for them.  It also includes a removable support post that goes between your baby’s legs for added safety.  It is only recommended to be removed around 6 months of age.  I really like the support post because it helps with making sure your baby doesn’t slip down.  There is also an anti-slip pad that runs along your baby’s back and makes it easier for your baby to have even more support while in the water.

O and W testing the tub out.

So not only are able to give your baby a bath but you can monitor the temperature and weigh your baby!  You do need 2 AAA batteries in order to operate these features (batteries not included). The boys were trying to test the weight feature with Elmo and were surprised when the numbers appeared on the screen.  I’m most excited about this since I love tracking the kids’ growth monthly, especially during their first year, to include in their emails that I send (we made each other the kids email addresses when they were born so we could email them updates, photos, and videos for them to read when they get older).

Of course being judged as I bathe their sister.

We’re still getting use to bath time here now that there are 3.  My husband usually handles the boys and I focus on E and we do this at the same time but in separate bathrooms.  However, the boys insisted on watching to make sure their sister was okay in her new tub.

“Why am I in here again?”

E still is decided whether or not she likes bath time but having this AQUA SCALE™ sure has made it easier for me giving her a bath at night!

Finding that Perfect Holiday Gift with Jord Watches

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With so many different design options for both men and women, you can’t go wrong with giving this as a holiday, anniversary, birthday, or just-because present.

As each anniversary, birthday, and holiday approaches, I feel like I’m always at a loss when it comes to choosing a gift for my husband.  He isn’t a materialistic person and always replies, “I don’t need anything.”  I’ve always stuck with clothing or something that pertains to one of his interests (mostly video games).  That hasn’t stopped me from trying to find a unique gift for him as each special occasion approaches.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

This year I wanted to opt out of the article of clothing and graphic design book bundle I usually give him. I did want it to fall under unique. He recently decided he wanted to change up his wardrobe to not only fit for work but also on the casual side.  Accessories were on his list of must-haves and I knew a watch was needed.

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Jord watches immediately came to mind.  I knew he would appreciate it’s uniqueness and the craftsmanship with each watch.  I chose the Dover in Koa and Black since I felt it would go best with his style.

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When it arrived, I took a peak and absolutely love that it came in a beautiful wooden box.  It also included cleaning accessories.

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I’m the type of person that loves giving gifts and I have a hard time waiting to have people open them.  O and I had wrapped it up and set under our tree but I couldn’t help but ask him to open it up early.  Good thing I did because since opening it, my husband has been wearing it non-stop.

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He’s also been getting compliments on how unique of a men’s watch it is.  If you are planning on purchasing one for yourself (they make women’s watches too!), Jord also has a guide to measure your wrist.  You’re able to indicate your wrist size so once your watch arrives, all you have to do is slip it on!

Be sure to check out their beautiful wooden watches!  In the spirit of the holidays, Jord has graciously given me an instant coupon code to share with you, just click here and purchase your favorite!


Wooden Wristwatch

Breastfeeding with Bamboobies

So far I’ve been able to continue my desire to breastfeed  with E.  I never had the chance with O so with W it was a whole new concept for me.  I had to learn so much while also caring for a toddler at the time and often felt overwhelmed.  I was also going through a constant rotation of breastfeeding related products (lactation aids, pump equipment, clothing) trying to find that perfect mix.  Luckily this time around I feel like I have a better grasp in navigating through trial and errors of breastfeeding – this includes product preference related to breastfeeding.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received samples for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post includes outbound links.

Goodies from the Bamboobies!

I reached out to Bamboobies as I heard so many good things about their products from friends and from people on my social media feeds.  I was honestly expecting a nursing tank to try but I was surprised with a box of goodies to try!  I’ve been using their products for about a month now and have been very happy wth everything.

First off, the Bamboobies Nursing Tank material is INCREDIBLY SOFT.  I have tried other brands and they do not come anywhere near the comfort level of these tanks.  The material is also very breathable.  I like the fact that it fits long.  While you’re recovering and your body is changing once again, having that extra length feels comfortable. I’m not a fan of shirts that ride up or are to short for your torso so the length of these tanks are great. There is also a scallop detail at the bottom which I love because let’s face it, some nursing tanks are just plain.

LOVE the scalloped bottom

 

The Yoga Nursing Brahhh is also just as soft as the nursing tank and is also made of breathable fabric.  The extra pad support is great. I love that strap extenders were included to adjust to personal preference.  Sometimes I feel that these types of bras can either fit too lose or tight on me.  I have never found a yoga-type bra that had this great of a fit or was this comfortable.  It really has helped while nursing and while wearing on walks with the kids. I have that support without sacrificing comfort level.

The Multi-pack Nursing packs included 3 regular pairs and 1 pair of overnight pads.  I’ve used disposable pads and have either felt like they weren’t effective and/or have been itchy.  These are pads are absorbant and do not show through shirts when you wear them.  The overnight ones really do help with heavy leaking and are thicker than the regular pads to give you that comfort.  Again, the material is so soft! Added plus of course is the fact that they’re washable.

boob♥ease 100% Organic Nipple Balm

The boob♥ease 100% Organic Nipple Balm has been a lifesaver.  It doesn’t contain lanolin which has pesticides so it’s safe for ingestion as baby breastfeeds.  E doesn’t mind it at all.  It’s smooth to the touch and easy to apply.  Other products I’ve used always felt too greasy or thick.  What makes it even better is that it’s a non-toxic certified organic balm.

They also included a nursing shawl.  I have yet to use this outside of the house but have tucked it safely in my nursing bag for emergencies.  Like their nursing tanks, the material is incredibly soft and breathable.  I also love that you can convert it into a scarf and a carseat cover.  This is perfect for anyone that isn’t comfortable with bright colors or printed nursing covers.  I like that I can throw this on and it looks like a non-postpartum article of clothing.

I really wish that I knew about Bamboobies while I was nursing with W.  I would have purchased their products then but I’m definitely sharing their products with friends who are expecting!  Definitely a must-have when it comes to postpartum and breastfeeding.

Babywearing With Our LÍLLÉbaby Wrap

I’ve been baby wearing since my first child so it was only natural to continue baby wearing for me.

Even before E arrived, I knew that I wanted to baby wear once again. There is something I love about that closeness you get while doing so.  I feel like it’s not only comforting for babies but mothers as well.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

I couldn’t help but gravitate towards blush and lavender tones during this pregnancy. That’s what happens when you have your first girl I suppose! So this Tie the Knot wrap by LÍLLÉbaby in blushing pink was a must for me.  I love that the material is incredibly soft and light enough that you can feel that your baby isn’t overheating.  No wonder E just instantly gets comfortable and falls asleep as soon as she’s tucked in!

Love having her so close and hearing her little snores.

We took a family walk around the neighborhood a few days ago and I decided to babywear E rather than in her carset-stroller since it was cold out.  One of the things I love most about this wrap is the fact that there is elastic to tie the ends.  Other wraps that I’ve used in the past don’t have this option.  You end up dragging the ends on the floor while you’re situating the wrap around yourself.  So being able to tie the ends so appeals to the germaphobe in me!

It’s been awhile since I last used a wrap but luckily LÍLLÉbaby included illustrated directions.  You can also find instructional videos on their site based on what type of carrier you’ve chosen.  I haven’t babyworn in awhile so I looked at both the illustrated directions and video for reference.  Once you remember the steps, it’s pretty easy to get down and adjust according to your comfort and baby’s comfort level.

Pocket in the front to put your phone or a paci.

I love that there is a pocket in the front.  Something that I never had with previous wraps that I’ve used.  It’s so convenient! I’ve found myself tucking my phone in there and a small burping cloth.

I loved being able to go on our weekly family walks again.  Being able to baby wear and use this LÍLLÉbaby wrap made it easy to not only have E close but push a stroller with W and direct O as we walked. She was snoozing the whole walk but that didn’t stop me from peeking in on her.

Our verdict?  Yes to this as a must have baby gear item. I’ve been using this around the house now that I’m slowly getting back to my routine of housework and chaos control manager.  E always falls asleep once she’s situated in whether at home or out and about.  It makes it easy for me to get things done but have her close if she doesn’t want to be in her bassinet or lounger.  This definitely helps because with 3 littles, I need all the hands I can use!

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