She has been inseparable with her baby doll and loves pushing her around the house picking up little things she finds here are there. Anytime we go out she also likes to bring her backpack filled with goodies. It’s cute watching her go around the play room and pick out what she wants each time.
She is currently loving bed time routine including shower/bath, brushing teeth, reading stories and having me lay next to the crib and hold her hand. Her absolute favorite book right now is Pop Up Jungle. Ironically enough I had purchased this book back when I worked at TRU. Apparently I have good taste, lol! She also loves cuddling up with her blankets at night. I got the set of 4 so that we could rotate them more often however, she has different plans and requires 2 to sleep with. I’ve tried to give her the slip at night but she will look at me and say, “two peas”.
We have been long supporters of VTech in the kiddos playroom. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to review a variety of their toys and was honored when they reached out again this year.
VTech® Wiggle & Crawl Ball™
Ages 6-36 Months
I’m honestly not sure who loves this ball more, my kids or the cats! The VTech® Wiggle & Crawl Ball™ has the ability to grow with your child which is perfect when you have multiple kids at home. Caity loves all of the playful songs and flashing lights while Parker tries to manipulate the ball and figure out how it moves on it’s own. Now that he is really learning numbers, animals, and songs in school it’s fun to watch him use it to help teach his sister. I was very impressed with it’s durability and overall quality.
VTech® Gallop & Rock Learning Pony™
Ages 12-36 Months
Parker and Caity love anything ride on. Now that we have a open floor plan they race each other around and can play games throughout the whole house. Caity has really starting forming a love for horses and she was so excited when she started hearing galloping. I love that the speaker is facing the child so it doesn’t need to be on the loudest setting. She loves the turn knob that starts songs or hoarse noises. There are also three lights on the mane that playfully teach colors.
VTech® Care for Me Learning Carrier™
Ages 9-36 Months
Caity went right for this one when she saw the boxes in their play room. “PUPPY!” she exclaimed. She loves taking care of her animals, feeding them, and carrying them around. The VTech® Care for Me Learning Carrier™ is pretty much the perfect toy. The size is spot on for 9-36 months and the accessories are safe and age appropriate for the intended audience. It comes with all the key accessories a child would need to care for their puppy. The carrier is very durable and well made. It has several buttons and levers to keep a child entertained and intrigued. This is also a great size toy to travel with and to keep kids entertained in hotel rooms or visiting family and friends.
If you ask the kids what Mommy does in her office they would respond, “doing working”. Although it breaks my heart that I sometimes I have to do work while they entertain themselves I hope they can see that I work hard to take care of my family and try to provide a little here and there as well. Both kids love to bring little lap toys with them in the car. The VTech® Brilliant Baby Laptop™ is a great toy for the car and families on the go staying in hotels and with family or friends. They can choose between catchy tunes, shapes and colors, and animals. Caity loves the mouse that really mimics what she sees me use. For my son who is four, he loves the feature which asks him to find certain shapes, colors, or animals and then applauds when he gets it right.
For me it’s not summertime until you’re wearing flip flops, smell of sunscreen, and have a popsicle in your hand. I’m always looking for ways to give my littles snacks I can be happy about. When the opportunity came up to review the Garden Fresh Fruitsicles from Nuby I was thrilled. Being able to make our own Popsicles with the ingredients I want makes me one happy momma! As always all reviews are my own and I never recommend a product I won’t use with my family. Includes four freeze-and-feed popsicle molds with handles perfectly shaped for small hands and a freezer tray. Perfect for fresh homemade Popsicles. Add diced fresh fruit into each holder and add water or juice to the brim.
The wide popsicle-holder base catches drips as it melts to reduce the risk of messes.
Handles make it easy to keep a hold on for small hands.
Great for teething babies to help soothe sore gums.
The Fruitsicle tray can be purchased on Amazon for $7.99. It is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and recommended for children ages 6 Months +.
Easter is coming up quick and I wanted to share a few things I have gotten for the kiddos Thirty-One Bins.
Buster Boy: Even though Parker isn’t taking a nap anymore he gets quite time every day in his room. We had been eyeing up the Osmo system for awhile and decided to make the purchase after playing around with one in the store. We thought it would be something he could quietly play with and an interactive way for us to work on his shapes, colors, and numbers with him. Since the kids playroom is FINALLY finished I wanted to find some kind of coffee maker for him since he loves helping Rob make coffee. I absolutely love the Melissa & Doug brand and the fact that this set uses k-cups! Crayons and coloring books are always a must for holidays since they are a great addition to our restaurant busy bags.
Little Miss: I love finding cute baby dolls for Caity. She loves playing with them and cuddling with them the way her and I do. I saw the Corolle Mon Premier in a local store and thought it was precious. She can also play with her in the bathtub which is one of her favorites places right now. The large chalk sticks are perfect for spring and spending afternoons outside in the backyard. A fellow mommy, blogger, and beautiful artist just had her first book published, Bloom With Mi. There was no question I wanted to support her AND give Caity a book full of beauty to add to her collection. Check her out over at The Bloom-Print Project.
We decided to fill some eggs in their baskets with Matchbox cars, Piggy Paint, Puffs, and Pepperidge Farms Gold Fish! I know they will snatch a few pieces a chocolate throughout the day but wanted to stay away from too much candy.
This post is dedicated to the sweet mommas I met in Panera this afternoon! They were fascinated with some of our mealtime gadgets so I decided to write up a quick update on what items you can find in my diaper bag now-a-days! These are the items I still recommend after two kids so they have continued to impress me after 3 years of use including hundreds of restaurants, road trips, and a few vacations.
The disposable placemats are great for littles just starting to experiment with table food. The secure on all sides keeping them in place and it gives baby a chance to play are and experiment. Best part is when they are done you can pull it up, wrap up the scraps, and throw it all away. I do wish there was a greener option but all of the reusable placemats we have tried, which is several, never stuck to the table or just made a mess.
A full bib is certainly needed for certain meals little miss enjoys. I like having one on hand for those messy meals or when she is wearing a cute LuLaRoe outfit. I personally like the ones found at IKEA. If your little tends to pull them off you can sew in a button or even use a snap press (found here on Amazon.ca or here on Amazon.com).
We just started using Norwex products and I am smitten with them. Their micro fiber cloths are effective without the need for chemicals. Their travel pack of four Enviro cloths is great to have on hand to wipe a messy face without the need for chemical based wipes. It’s also environmentally friendly which always puts a smile on my face. I just keep a wet bag in our diaper bag to throw them in along with any clothes that are the result of a potty accident or explosive diaper.
The Tiny Bites Food Shears are hands down my FAVORITE product of all times. It makes cutting up food quick and easy. I cut everything from chicken to pizza to fruit. Anything. They are easy to to wipe off until you can wash them. If they get extra messy or we are traveling I like to keep a travel bottle of Dapple in our diaper bag as well. To save money we buy the larger size bottles and just refill the travel size.
Back when Parker was on a bottle I found the Britta Water Bottles to be a life saver. We could fill it up anywhere eliminating the need to carry around bottles of water. Even now when we are gone for the day I like to throw one in the diaper bag to refill their sippy cups.
Caity still isn’t too reliable with a bowl so I like to put her snacks in the Nuby Snack Keeper. She can easily grab her Puffs without the chance of them spilling all over. We also have the Munchkin 360 Cup for both Parker and Caity when we are out. It’s the first cup we have found that truly does not leak so I am comfortable with them having theirs in their car seat. Another perk to theses cups is the lids are interchangeable so once Caity is a little older she won’t need the handles anymore. You can also take them completely apart eliminating the chance of mold secretly growing.
The Munchkin Collapsible Bowl/Go Bowl is great when you have two sharing meals. You can choose how deep the bowl is based on what they are eating. It takes up no space in the diaper bag and has been a life safer on a few occasions when I have forgotten our Nuby Snack Keeper or we are trying to separate food at a restaurant.
Now that both kids are using utensils it’s nice to have the Nuby Travel Set on hand. Parker is old enough to use regular ones but it’s still much easier with a smaller size. I love that they store in a case so I don’t have to worry about completely cleaning them until we get home.
We have also found a new favorite, the Munchkin BRICA Deluxe Snack Pod(found here on Amazon.ca and here on Amazon.com). It works great on shopping carts and makes snack time on the go a little easier for miss Caity while Mommy shops!
For younger kiddos the Booginhead SippiGrip is great to add to your stroller, baby carrier, high chair, and carseat to reduce the number of times you are bending over to pick their sippy up off the ground. Unless you count that as your daily exercise… The you can just say you are working on your bend & snap move 😉 For more items that are helpful with young kids to have in your diaper bag you can check out What’s In My Diaper Bag – 11 Months and What’s In My Diaper Bag – 18 Months.
Last but not least these individual hand sanitizing wipes are nice to have when you are on the go and don’t necessarily have access to a sink and soap. We also use them to clean off particularly dirty tables or shopping carts. I am by no means a germaphobe but everyone has their limits. Especially during the winter months I like to avoid full home plagues as much as possible.