October 1, 2014

DIY Pattern Block Bookends - Target Toy Emporium

I made my DIY Pattern Block Bookends with a great toy from the Target Toy Emporium. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias

I think it goes without saying that I am eternally excited about toys.  It is physically impossible for me to make a trip to Target without a stroll through the toy aisles.  Which is precisely why I did a double take on one of my recent trips to the mothership when I saw a few amazing brands on the shelf that have never been there before.  Think Hape, Mindware and Magna Tiles.  Yes, Target now has a new selection of high end toys in their Toy Emporium online.  So of course I had to bring some home. And of course that led to some DIY pattern block bookends.  Obviously.

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September 29, 2014

Super Easy Doc McStuffins Slumber Party

I created my easy Doc McStuffins slumber party and cereal treat Doc McStuffins cake as part of a sponsored post.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias

We recently discovered the joy of Doc McStuffins.  Call us laggards.  I know that at almost six, Kayla is kind of on the old side to be a Doc McStuffins fan, but honestly, I'm a fan.  With all of the change going on in Kayla's life over the past couple of months, from starting kindergarten, learning a completely foreign language and making space in her home and her heart for a new brother, she's done pretty well.  In fact, she's done way better than I ever did when faced with similar challenges at her age.  So it seemed appropriate to celebrate everything and nothing and just throw some extra attention her way.  Enter my super easy Doc McStuffins party.  Because seriously, who has time for anything super hard these days? Not this girl.

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September 27, 2014

Fantasy Football and Aspire Switch - Better Together

Thanks to Intel for giving me the chance to try the Acer Aspire Switch 2 in 1.  It's just perfect for fantasy football season! #Intel2in1

The holiday season is quickly approaching, but we're already in the midst of what I think is Craig's favorite season of all.  Football season.  Or actually FANTASY football season.  If you ask me, it's a clever scheme by the NFL to get millions of people to watch games they otherwise would have no interest in. Evil genius.  Last year I watched Craig spend hours consulting his tiny phone screen to see his stats and stress over whether he would crush his friends in a true show of manly non-athleticism.  This year things are a little different.


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September 25, 2014

The Cutest Personalized Baby Blankets - Atkinson Drive Gifts

Thanks to Atkinson Drive Gifts for sending the cutest personalized baby blanket my way.  I adore the alphabet swaddle and it's just perfect for newborn photos!

Picking a baby name is tough.  Or at least I thought it was.  I know couples who struggle whittling down their list of twenty baby names and I am impressed.  Craig and I had the hardest time coming up with just a few baby boy names that we liked.  Names are a tricky thing and isn't there always the "that strange guy from middle school was named ____" factor?  So when we actually settled on a name I knew I wanted something special to celebrate it...and declare us committed.

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September 12, 2014

Big & Little Brother Gift - Step2 Ford F150 Raptor

I checked out the Step2 Ford F150 Raptor and created my Big and Little Brother Gift as a Step2 ambassador. Thanks to Step2 for sending the Ford F150 ride on toy my way! 

There is no question that becoming an older sibling can be tough.  I've often worried about the nearly 6 year age gap between Kayla and Blake and wondered how that will play out.  So far it's been amazing. But our age gap is more of the exception rather than the standard.  So I have several friends with 2-3 year olds that becoming older siblings.  Which of course got me thinking about big & little gifts.  When my friends over at Step2 let me know they were about to release this super cool Ford F150 inspired ride on toy I knew it would make the perfect big & little brother gift

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September 7, 2014

4moms mamaRoo - Win It!

When I started thinking about baby gear while pregnant with Blake (which was almost immediately) I didn't have too many I-Must-Have-That-Or-Else items in mind, but at the top of my list was the 4moms mamaRoo.  On one of my first "oh I'll just browse" shopping trips I spent a few minutes playing with it and checking out the settings.  What struck me was how unlike a traditional swing it actually mimicked a lot of movements we make as parents while endlessly trying to get those babies to sleep.

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If you have a baby arriving in the near future or are currently all babied up and looking for a way to get your hands free and give your back a break then you just might want to check out this 4moms mamaRoo giveaway.
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