Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6 Valentine's Day Gift ideas For Mom

If you're anything like my husband and still have yet to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the carrier, grower and bearer of your adorable genetic material, let me propose 6 simple yet amazing gift ideas for you. 

For Valentine's Day we tend to keep things pretty simple around these parts and by simple we're talking flowers, chocolates and love letters from my husband and three sons.  While I really do love each of those things, I can't say that I would hate it if a much larger, romantic production or, say, a limitless shopping spree and spa day was sprung on me. 

The sole fact that you, the reader, is even here, checking out this gift guide, speaks volumes. It shows you care and want to surprise that special mom in your life with something that lets her know she's on your mind. And that's pretty awesome. What's even better is that this kind of gift guide is also great for birthdays, Mother's Day and yes, even that random Wednesday when you may or may not need to say "I'm sorry."

Think of things moms like and then buy them lots of that stuff. I'll give you some hints: moms like quiet things, sparkly things, things they can do by themselves, for themselves and even eat themselves without their children begging for bites. Things that make her feel extra special. Pretty things. Things that smell nice. 

Things moms don't like: underwear that doesn't have a crotch or looks like a doily that takes thirteen minutes to climb into and out of and homemade "coupons" for "free massages" that leave her wondering just who that gift was intended for in the first place. Things that require her to feed and water them in addition to her small children. Just saying.. 



Being a mom isn't the nicest smelling profession. Between the diapers, the sports equipment and the rotten milk sippies found in the darnedest of places, being a mom STINKS sometimes. Do you know what doesn't stink? This amazing Capri Blue Volcano Candle.

As an avid F-word user, this is a Mug I wouldn't mind drinking my thrice-reheated morning coffee from. How f*&^ing fantastic is that?

Even though we moms may not want to spend every waking moment with our darling children, the truth is we would love to wear them everywhere we go and show them off to complete strangers at Target and the grocery store. This custom Necklace from the Miracle Links line at Kay Jewelers is the perfect piece to do just that. 

Champagne. Need I say more? And yes, spring for the fancy kind, especially if she's a fan of the bubbly.

Being an adult isn't all it's cracked up to be especially when it comes to getting the mail every day. Bills, bills, bills and the occasional registration packet for pre-school can leave a mom feeling down in the dumps. But when mail includes, say, a Subscription Box, you just might find her skipping down the driveway!
 
I don't know what it is about being a mom (yes, yes I do) but clothes never fit the same after having babies. Furthermore, going clothes shopping isn't always the party it once was. Do you want to know what always fits great after having a baby, provided you know the right size to buy? Shoes. And these Flats never disappoint. Not to mention that they're one thing that can't be ruined by spit-up or stray peanut butter laden fingers. 

Now go on, check out these ideas and I know you'll find the perfect gift for her! Happy Shopping!



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Baby's First Valentine's Day: Stuff We LOVE!



With love in the air and Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a festive little list of some of our favorite baby products from some of our favorite brands in celebration of the day! Each item featured comes from a brand we absolutely LOVE and if there's anything we're about this Valentine's season, it's spreading that love!

First up is the Quinny Moodd Stroller. We've been long time fans of the Quinny brand, as our affection for them started with the Quinny Buzz Xtra and blossomed with the addition of their colorful South Beach Collection Zapp Xtra. Excellent maneuverability and quality come to mind when we think of Quinny and the Moodd stroller is no exception. It's the perfect blend of style and function with it's two reclining options, automatic folding and unfolding capability and bright bold fabric options. 

Next up you'll find Just Born's Cotton Deluxe Swaddle and Luxury Sparkle Blanket. I equate each of these things to changing out of jeans the minute you get home from an outing, even if it's 11am in the morning. Sure, any swaddle or blanket would do but each of these items goes above and beyond the standard of quality for baby items. The Luxury Blanket features a soft, plush fabric that's perfect for snuggling at home or on the go while the Cotton Deluxe swaddle comes in a sweet heart print that's sure to help your baby sleep safely and soundly. 



LLama LLama I Love You and Eric Carle's Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar are two of our most favorite books to bring out at the start of February. Not only are they classics but also must-have staples in any child's early library. With rhyming story lines, durable pages and a size just perfect for tiny hands, these books are perfect for the tiniest readers.  



The NEW Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is a convertible car seat that provides optimal child safety and comfort from 9-70 pounds. With Air Protect technology and CosiCushion premium fabrics and padding, both forward- and rear-facing children are guaranteed maximum protection. Our youngest rides around in this seat in the Herringbone pattern and it's hands down one of my top three convertible car seats on the market. One of my favorite features is how the seat pad unsnaps and removes easily from the seat frame for a quick, easy and thorough cleaning. It fits children rear-facing starting at 9lbs. and keeps them cozy up to 40lbs. When they're ready to forward face, it safely fits children up to seventy pounds.



Last but not least, the Monogrammed Jellycat Bunny from our friends at Peekawhoo has been a long time love of ours from the very beginning. It is a gift that I have given to so many of my girlfriends whether at baby showers, births of their babies, first birthday's and beyond. All three of my boys have their very own bunnies that they sleep with each night and take with them on overnight trips and I've loved watching them grow alongside their favorite lovies. In fact, I'm totally that creepy mom who sniffs and rubs the worn ears of their lovies long after they've fallen asleep with them each night. I can't help it! 


You can connect with our favorite brands just like we do 
on their social media channels listed below. 

Quinny - FB - Twitter - Instagram
Just Born - FB - Twitter - Instagram
Maxi-Cosi- FB - Twitter - Instagram
Peekawhoo - FB - Twitter - Instagram 

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day with your little ones this year?





Monday, February 1, 2016

8 Cold Weather Essentials for Your Tot

Well, we've survived our first big blizzard of 2016. If there is anything I have learned as a parent who has seen six snowy winters with small humans it's that the secret to their (and therefore your) happiness is: 

  • OVERALL WARMTH
  • DRY FEET AND HANDS and 
  • PLENTY OF WINE FOR AFTER BEDTIME. 

Therefore, I've gone ahead and compiled a short list for you of some cold weather essentials we wouldn't be able to survive a winter without. I promise you, some of these might even pacify the pickiest of kids who refuse to put on torturous things like gloves and/or boots.

God speed my parents friends- remember, with each snow day that passes, you're one day closer to Spring. At least that's what I've been chanting to myself since last Friday... 




StrideRite Made2Play Sneaker Boot: If there is anything more difficult to squeeze your toddler into than gloves, it's boots. I don't know what it is about boots but my kids are incapable of shoving their foot all the way down on the first, second and third tries. These Made2Play Sneaker boots by StrideRite eliminate the hassle of shoving your child's foot into a clunky, heavy boot by bringing together a flexible lightweight sneaker and seam-sealed, fleece-lined upper designed to keep warmth in and water out. What's even better is that these "snoots" are so flexible they can easily be folded up and tossed into any bag for on--the-go fun. Available in many colors and even a couple of fun character prints, be sure to head to StrideRite to learn more about them. 

Kid's Snow Bib: If I learned anything at all from six winters as a parent, it's that snow bibs are greater than snow pants in all of the ways. Okay, maybe not so ideal when someone inevitably shouts, "I have to go potty!" but the less ways for snow to creep into someone's pants, the better. We love these snow bibs but the truth is, any snow bib will do whether it's a $70 Columbia brand suit or $15 suit from OshKosh. We've tried them all, trust me. 

SnowStoppers Waterproof Mittens: Hands down, no pun intended, these are the greatest waterproof mittens ever invented for kids. The best part about them is the extra fabric sleeve that reaches nearly to their elbows, making sure snow stays out and warmth stays in. I tell all of my mom friends that their kids need these mittens, that's how much I love them. Plus you don't have to scream at your child, "EVERY FINGER HAS A HOME" when putting them on because they're mittens and not stupid motherf*&^%ing gloves. (no? just me?)


Kid's Merino Ski Socks: One surefire way to ruin any fun snow day is wet feet. We've found that merino ski socks are the best at keeping little feet warm and dry and do you know what little warm and dry feet like to do? Not come inside three and a half minutes after they walked outside. Winner winner, chicken dinner. 

Lucky Bums Plastic Torpedo Sled: Lightweight and easy enough FOR THEM to drag back up the hill once a pull string is attached. Need I say more? 

The Ultimate Ideal Multiple Snowball Maker: We love it. I mean, my kids love it. Although I can't say who has used it more- my husband and I or the kids themselves. It's great for the ones who just can't quite perfect the art of snowball making on their own just yet. Gives them a bit of an advantage ;)


Original Turtle Fur Fleece Head/Neck Shell: Whether they're throwing snow, rolling in it or making snow angels, snow inevitably finds it way down the backs of my kids jackets and the minute it hits their warm chubby necks, you'd think they were melting in a pit of molten lava. Toddler scarves? Forget it. Turtle Fur is the way to go. It might look like we're headed out on an Alaskan Frontier adventure when my boys leave the house for snow play but one thing is for sure, once they're dressed they stay warm AND dry the entire time they're out there. This is a must-have. 


Monogram Knit Hat: Of course your child doesn't need a monogrammed knit hat for the winter months but this hat from Bridier Baubles The Monogram Shop is one of my absolute favorite winter pieces. The best part is that it starts getting use during the chilly Fall months and keeps our tiniest head warm clear through the winter ones. 





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