Label Love {Snoozebaby}

5 May

Snoozebaby

Snoozebaby Sweet Dreaming Baby Blanket with Tags Sensory Toy

 

The nice folks at Snoozebaby, a company based in the Netherlands that brought their products to the US market last fall, sent me some fun goodies for our baby girl, who is due in July. The Snoozebaby product line consists of four product categories: To Sleep, To Play, To Travel and To Nurse. New items are launched twice a year, all of which have unique sensory tags/labels that vary in size, color and material. While little ones are playing with the labels, their fine motor skills are also being stimulated. The Sweet Dreaming Comfort Blanket which is made of velours and a 100% cotton jersey, has 12 labels and is super soft. Not only will BG be able to cuddle with it, if she’s anything like her big brother was when he was a newbie, she’ll be fascinated by the variety of shapes and fabrics of the labels. The Easy Changing Pad can hold four diapers along with wipes and like the Sweet Dreaming, is incredibly soft. The two snaps enable you to fold the pad into a small package making it even easier to fit into your diaper bag and the 12 labels will surely serve as a welcome distraction when trying to change my squirming babe’s diaper. I tried this out with my son and even though he’s 2+, he was still taken with the labels…though only about half of his body actually fit on the pad. One thing I’m wondering though, is considering the nice fabric and the not-so-nice dirty diapers I’ll be frequently changing, will I constantly be washing the pad? We shall see! The Trendy Wrapping Wrap Blanket is really cool. It features a foot bag, hood, press buttons and handy gaps, making it easily adaptable to a stroller or car seat. Definitely looking forward to trying this one out. I can already picture BG in this blanket, snug as a bug! Once our little girl arrives, I’ll be able to give these lovely Snoozebaby products more of a hands-on test and I’ll definitely report back.

Favorite Things: Dubble Trubble Organic Kids Detangling Spray

28 Feb

Dubble Trubble Cool Cucumber Detangling Kids Hair Product

Hair products for toddlers?  Yes, indeed.  When you have a curly girl like my little lady you need a little something to tame the mane.  Dubble Trubble’s organic kids product line, available exclusively at Target, makes a great detangling spray in an awesome cucumber scent that has become our favorite hair product.  The smell is light, it feels weightless yet prevents curls from frizzing.  We use it on both wet and dry hair.

Dubble Trubble’s Cool Cucumber Detangling Spray retails for $4.99 per bottle, and is on sale March 9-April 5, 2014 at Target (buy 2 get 1 free).

Boppy Designer Challenge {Contest}

14 Nov

Our friends over at Boppy just let us know about an awesome contest they have going on, November 11th-20thThe Boppy Designer Challenge.

Boppy is asking moms (and dads too!) to help them design the next Boppy Slipcover via their Facebook page. The ideas will then be voted on by the Facebook community and the top 2 will become Boppy Designers! They will receive $1000 ($500 cash and a $500 Target Gift Card) and will get to work with Boppy’s in-house Creative Department to design the next patterned Boppy Slipcover. Their names and images will be on the packaging and the slipcovers will be sold online and in Target stores nationwide!

The best part is that no design experience is necessary!

Voting will last until November 27th so get to designing and good luck!

boppy design challenge target contest

Favorite Things: Crayola My First Washable Crayons

13 Sep

My little one is now 18-months so he’s beginning to show more interest in coloring and drawing. Hopefully he’ll fare better as an artist than his parents!

We got a lovely care package in the mail from Charlie’s Grandma (a.k.a. GMoo) that included a package of Crayola My First Washable Crayons.  He was obsessed with them immediately…though he did mistake them for bubbles at first.

The crayons are the perfect size for his little hands and easy to grip. They’re also great to just toss in the diaper bag so we can take them with us when we travel.

Charlie (with a little help from our nanny) drew me this sweet picture today. Fridge art for sure.

Crayola Washable Crayons

Caprese Skewers {toddler snack}

27 Aug

toddler snacks - tomato and mozzarella salad on a stick

People love to eat things on a stick or skewer – kids included.  So when my sister-in-law served these charming caprese skewers as an appetizer for a summer party on the deck they were gobbled up in minutes by both kids and adults.  To be honest I have never thought to cut up string cheese sticks to use for an appetizer, but it’s a pretty genius idea when there are slim pickings in the fridge.  It’s also a nice way to serve a healthy vegetable to toddlers; combine tomatoes with their beloved string cheese sticks and get them to eat a tomato salad on a stick.  Serve them at any event with kids – a family BBQ, picnic or kids birthday party.  They would also make for a great snack for school (parents take turns bringing snacks for the class at my daughter’s pre-school), or a fun addition for a school lunch.  Just be sure not to refrigerate the tomatoes, which makes them lose their taste.

Individual Veggies & Dip {toddler snack}

8 Aug

veggie and dip cups - great toddler snack

Encourage little ones to eat their veggies with a fun presentation for a healthy snack.  Using plastic or lucite shot glasses, serve individual servings of veggies and dip.  To make these healthy and cute snacks:  Place a few tablespoons of your favorite creamy dip in the bottom of the cup (I like to make a simple yogurt dip using Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper); next add a few cut veggies, such as baby carrots, red pepper slices and blanched asparagus tips.  They can be made in minutes if you have the veggies already prepped in your fridge.  They are also a great appetizer for kids birthday parties and even family holidays.  Make a large batch for a party up to 4 hours in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hip Bibs {Baby Gift Idea}

18 Jul

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July is turning out to be a huge month for baby gift giving in our family – from new births, to baptisms – we are blessed with lots of beautiful babies to buy for.  I just received my fairly large order from my favorite source for adorable and durable bibs: Baby Sophia Gifts.  There is an array of fun fabric choices for both boys and girls and the bibs can be personalized with names or monograms.

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I have found that the way these bibs are cut is very comfortable for my kids (who often wore the bibs all day during their teething months) and the fabric cleans up nicely if you rinse out the baby food with a little dish soap before it dries.  My babies are drool machines, but they rarely soak through these thick bibs.

The sweet potatoes rinsed right out of this bib!

The sweet potatoes rinsed right out of this bib!

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