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.

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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!

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.

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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.

Quiet Moments In Our Ollie World Swaddle

Sharing some quiet moments with E wrapped all cozy in her Ollie World swaddle.

E is my third baby and I still haven’t perfected my swaddle wrapping technique.  Unless you are continuously wrapping babies, you tend to forget once you have your next child.

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First off the packaging is incredibly sweet and I can see it being a cute way to box up photos to give to your child in the future.  The material is soft and feels light and has a lot of breathability.  It’s made from custom moisture-wicking material so this reduces the risk of overheating for your little babe.  E didn’t seem to mind just laying on it but as you can see she was giving me a look to hurry up and wrap her up in it!

E saying, “Hurry up and swaddle me!”

When using it the first time I used the How To Use page on the Ollie World website to help guide me.

All comfy swaddled up!

The velcro allows this to grow with baby which I feel is a big plus.  I can definitely see why it’s known as the Smarter Swaddle™.  The swaddles I’ve previously used only last past a certain growth month and I would then have to purchase another one to fit my baby.  This is pretty much a “one size fits all” kind of product. It also reduces that tendency of having to re-do a swaddle.  If you’re like me, your swaddle skills can’t be outmatched by a squirmy baby.  If E had to resettle herself, or was startled by her big brothers playing, it didn’t undo the swaddle.

E taking in everything and about to fall asleep!

There is also an opening at the bottom to help with diaper changes.  You don’t have to worry about undoing the velcro or waking up your baby from that sound.  The elastic tie would just need to be undone.

E all swaddled in her bassinet.

The Ollie World swaddles come in three different colors to choose from.  This lavender one is perfect since I gravitated towards purples and pink tones for E.  The other colors are just as gorgeous as the lavender one.

Our verdict?  A definitely must have baby gear item.  It didn’t matter where E was, as long as she was wrapped in this, she was comfy and calm swaddled up in this Ollie World swaddle!

 

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Baby’s First Shopping Trip with Binxy Baby

Shopping was a success thanks to Binxy Baby.  It made our first mama and daughter shopping trip easy!

A shopping trip was needed after spending almost two weeks at home since E has arrived.  It is especially needed since I was on bedrest since 26 weeks/mid-July!  However, I did decide not to be EXTRA brave and only took E with me.  I’m sure this is the first of MANY mama-daughter shopping trips.

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.

My first shopping trips with the boys, as newborns, usually called for lugging the carseat into the store, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space in the cart. When W was born it sometimes called for baby wearing.  That wasn’t always an option because kids don’t cooperate all the time (shocker right?). I’d find myself putting one kid in the cart and either baby wearing or holding a kid while trying to maneuver the shopping cart and shop one handed.  Do-able but sometimes not always the best way to shop.

E’s first shopping trip in her Binxy Baby!

I was excited to try the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock since it meant that I would have both hands free and ample space in the shopping cart to place items.  I’ve seen it pop up on Instagram from time-to-time but by the time I found out about it, W was at the point where he would rather be moving around. This is only recommended for use up until babies are 6-8 months of age and can sit up on their own.

Awake during our whole Target trip!

I decided to break ours in for the first time at Target because #momlife right?  It was easy to place the harnesses onto the sides of the cart.  There is also velcro straps for more security.  Once she was buckled in, E was more than content. The material used for the hammock portion is very strong and sturdy.  You can easily place your baby still buckled in their carseat in the hammock since it holds up to 50 pounds (it’s been safety tested) and has an extra strap to pull over the carseat.

Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.
Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.

For this shopping trip it was easier for me to have E in it this way.  She was awake when we parked and was getting squirmy in her carseat.  I was expecting fussing if I kept her in the carseat.  As we made our way around the store, there was nothing but cooing from E as she took in everything from her hammock.

It’s definitely a girls world!

Although this shopping trip only included one child, I can already see the benefits when shopping with all three of my kids. I can easy have W sitting in the seat and E in herBinxy Baby Hammock.

Binxy Baby – E approved!

Gone are the days of me lugging around the carseat, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space for groceries thanks to Binxy Baby.  I love this floral printed one but they have other options to choose from.  This is definitely a must-have baby gear item!

Want 10% off on a Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock? Click here.

For more information on how Binxy Baby works, click here.

Dreaming in a DockATot

Why I feel that a DockATot is a must have baby item, especially for newborns.

I added the DockATot to my list of must have baby essentials.  I recently gave birth and finally had the chance to see it in action for a week.  I wish I had this with my other children, especially with my second child who was a terrible sleeper, E is comfy and so happy snoozing away in it.

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 not that this post also includes affiliate links.

E sleeping soundly in her DockATot

We received the DockATot Deluxe+ (for babies that are 0-8 months) to use for our newest addition – E.  Our original plan was to use a collapsable bassinet to move from room to room. That proved to be a nice thought but deemed especially hard when you’re running on less than a couple of hours of sleep and adjusting to the newborn life once again.

Having the DockATot completely simplified this.  Anything to make sleep-deprived parents lives easier right?  The multiple handles makes it easy to grab and take it from room-to-room.  I take it up with me at night to use on our bed in the morning while we wait for the boys to wake up.  Once the boys wake up, I march them downstairs, scoop E up, and grab the DockATot to use on the playmat we have in our living room.

The handles on the sides and top make it easy to grab and go.
E snoozing in her DockATot in the morning while we wait for her brothers to wake up.

 

E is completely comfortable in it, whether she is awake or sleeping, but as you can see she loves sleeping in it!

I was excited to use this as it is considered a multi-functional lounger – for co-sleeping and playtime. Right now it’s mostly used for sleepytime.  E sleeps just as soundly on the playmat as she does if it was placed on the bed. The boys love watching E sleep in the DockAtot.  Being able to place this on the floor makes it easy for them to not only watch her but interact with her.

The DockATot can just as easily be placed on the floor.

I was surprised with how soft the material is and the overall craftsmanship.The DockATot, which is handmade in Europe and designed in Sweden, is OEKO-TEX certified, all natural and 100% cotton, and has been tested for breathability.  I love that E never seems to be too hot or too cold in it – always completely comfortable.

I had mentioned previously that this particular DockATot was sold out but the Deluxe+ in Pristine White but is now back in stock.  There is also a selection of other Docks and cover sets to choose from ready for purchase.  You can also purchase accessories such as toys/toy arches and travel bags.

Some of the DockATot toys for purchase on their website

 

Our verdict? DockATot is a must have.  I think E’s smile proves it.

E is all sleepy smiles in her DockATot

Want 10% off a DockATot? Click here.

Please note that the DockATot is not recommended to be placed in a crib or bassinet.  Additional safety tips are listed on the DockATot site.