0 In Baby/ toddler

Fun for the kids – Babbleboxx review

babbleboxx review
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com, all opinions expressed are my own.

If there is one thing I love it’s getting packages in the mail and trying new products. Babbleboxx just sent me their Spring Kids Story box and there are so many cute things in there for the kiddos. Below I am sharing my review of The Kidstory Babbleboxx.

 

1.) Grow and Fit Bodysuits from Fruit of The Loom

Is there anything better than super soft baby clothes? I don’t think so. This a new line of bodysuits from Fruit of the Loom and they are specifically designed to grow and move with your baby. They are made with an ultra-soft, light pique breathable fabric and will help keep our little babe cool when he comes this summer.

fruit of the loom baby bodysuits

Click here to get a 7 pack of bodysuits on Amazon

And this 8 piece set is the perfect gift for any new or expecting mamas

 

2.) Subscription Crate from KiwiCo.

Ok so this is one item I was the most excited about. I have been hearing about Kiwi Crates for a long time and have wanted to try them out. KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate with various age appropriate activities to help enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning. Each crate comes with an activity booklet as well as everything you need to complete the activities or craft.

We received the Tadpole Crate which is for those ages 12-36months. This crate focused on colors and Maxwell had a blast mixing them all together and watching the colors form.

kiwi crate for kids

You can get your first month’s KiwiCo subscription free, just pay $4.95 for shipping and handling. (One free trial per household). And you can cancel anytime if you choose.

 

3.) Shampoo & Conditioner from Snip-Its

We spend the majority of the summer months in the pool and this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for kid-friendly hair. It deep cleans to help clarify hair and get rid of any chlorine. Plus it smells really good and is gentle on your little one’s scalp and eyes.

Snip-its swimmers duo shampoo and conditioner

From May-June you can get The Swimmer’s Duo for $20. And if you stop in to your local Snip-Its salon in May or June, get $3 off a kid’s regular haircut using code “SPRING”. Expires 6/30/2019.

 

4.) Conversation starters/lunch notes

We make it a point to sit down for family dinner at least 4 nights a week (the other 3 nights I don’t get home until later). Some night’s it’s a nice homemade meal and other’s it’s breakfast for dinner (my fave easy go-to). Regardless, I think it’s important for us to all connect and talk about our days. These cute little lunch notes are perfect conversation starters with riddles and facts for around the dinner table.

conversation starters for kids

 

babbleboxx review

 

 

 

0 In Baby/ DIY/ toddler

Emegency Toddler Car Kit Essentials

emergency toddler car kit
This post is sponsored by Huggies but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Picture this – you run out to the store for milk, you don’t bring your diaper bag because you’re just running in and out. You pull into the parking lot at the store and realize your little one had a massive blowout. First of all, we’ve all been there.  I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. If it wasn’t a diaper I needed, then it was something else – a blanket for the park, or a book or a toy to keep my little guy occupied while out in public.  That’s why I created an Emergency Toddler Car Kit, so that I am stocked and ready at all times.

 

Here are my Emergency Toddler Car Kit Essentials:

 

1.) Diapers – because you never know when there will be a blowout and it’s best to be prepared.

 

2.) Wipes – I use them for everything, from messy hands and faces to wiping off my counters. I love Huggies Natural Care Wipes. They’re 99% water based and are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. Click here to buy some or head to your local Walmart.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

 

3.) Diaper disposal bags – I keep these in my car and purse. And they are lavender scented!

 

4.) Hand sanitizer – It’s always a good idea to have on hand when traveling for after diaper changes, before eating or when out in public places.

 

5.) Spare change of clothes – I keep a pair of sweats/leggings, a t shirt, zip up hoodie, pair of socks and hat.

 

6.) Blanket – For the cooler months to keep warm and in the warmer months for picnics and trips to the beach and park. Love this one on Amazon

large indoor/outdoor buffalo plaid blanket

 

7.) Activity book – I have this one for my son and I love that it’s dry-erase. Just wipe clean and you can re-use. It’s a lifesaver when you have to wait somewhere and keep them occupied.

 

toddler dry erase activity book

 

8.) Snacks – because it’s no fun dealing with a hangry toddler.

 

9.) Drinks – love these cups as they are spill proof too!

 

10.) Sunscreen – When the weather gets nicer, we often stop at the park or playground. I love having some extra sunscreen in the car to reapply as needed.

 

11.) First aid kit – Because bumps and scrapes happen. This one is lightweight and compact.

 

Emergency Toddler Car Kit

 

Now you’ll be prepared for any road trips or just when out running errands with your little ones.

You can also check out my post on Must Haves for Your Baby.

 

 

emergency toddler car kit

 

 

1 In favorites/ food/ printables

Twenty of My Favorite Trader Joe’s finds

My Favorite Trader Joe's Finds and a free shopping printable

So if you’ve been following for awhile, you know that I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s. I first became a fan when I was in college living in Boston and I could get a bottle of wine for $2. (I wish my local store sold the 2 Buck Chuck). As I’ve grown into an adult, I love the whole shopping experience there – from the minute you walk through the door being wooed with flowers, free samples, and their variety of seasonal items. I typically hit up my local TJ’s every other week to stock up on my favorites.

Below I am sharing 20 of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds. And be sure to scroll to the bottom and print out my shopping list that I’ve provided for you!

20 of My favorite Trader Joe’s finds

Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken and vegetable fried rice

1.) Mandarin Orange Chicken – turns out, this is the most popular item at Trader Joe’s. I love it for an easy weeknight meal.

 

2.) Vegetable fried riced – I pair this with the mandarin orange chicken and some steamed broccoli for a healthier version of Chinese takeout and a quick weeknight meal.

Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi and chicken apple sausage

3.) Cauliflower gnocchi – another favorite for an easy weeknight meal. I saute this with some butter and throw in their chicken apple sausage for some protein.

 

4.) Chicken apple sausage – love this in the cauliflower gnocchi. My son also loves to wrap them wrapped in crescent roll dough for lunch.

Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

5.) Everything but the bagel seasoning – I recently just bought this for the time as I’ve been craving bagels with this pregnancy. For a healthier option that still curbs your bagel hankering, slice some cucumbers, top with cream cheese and sprinkle some EBTB seasoning! I also hear it’s great on avocado toast.

 

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

6.) Dark chocolate peanut butter cups – ummmm chocolate and peanut butter need I say more? I don’t buy these every time I go, but

 

7.) Spinach artichoke dip – I love having this in the house for anybody that stops in and I can serve it quick with some tortilla chips. I also like to spread it over chicken and bake in the oven for a yummy spinach artichoke chicken bake.

 

8.) Riced cauliflower – Whenever I’m trying to cut back on my carbs, we do riced cauliflower a few times a week. My favorite way to eat it is in a burrito bowl topped with a protein, cheese, salsa and guac. I love the fresh version in the produce section but they also have it frozen too!

 

Trader Joe's Zucchini Noodles

9.) Zucchini noodles – Another favorite carb free subsitute, we do zucchini noodles at least once a week served with marinara and turkey meatballs.

 

10.) Turkey meatballs – We usually make our own, but I love to have these in the house in case I forget to take the ground turkey out of the freezer 🙂

 

Trader Joe's vegan kale cashew and basil pesto

 

11.) Vegan kale cashew & basil pesto – What I love about the T.J.’s version is that it’s not oily compared to other pestos. I love to top it on their cauliflower pizza crust or sautee into some of their pasta and add some fresh veggies.

 

Trader Joe's baby spinach salad

 

12.) Baby spinach salad – baby spinach, cranberries, pecans, blue cheese and raspberry vinegarette ready to serve. I top it with their grilled chicken for an easy lunch to take to work.

 

Trader Joe's ready to serve grilled chicken

 

13.) Grilled chicken – this is so convenient. I love to have this in the house to make salads for work. I get about 3-4 salads out of it.

Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole

 

14.) Reduced guilt chunky guacamole – I never met a guac I didn’t like, but I love this one especially made with greek yogurt.

 

Trader Joe's Roasted Plaintain Chips and Joe Joe's

 

15.) Roasted plaintain chips – these are a huge family favorite in our house for when you want something crunchy.

 

16.) Joe Joe’s – These are Maxwell’s fave! He even named his Elf on the Shelf Joe Joe. When we pick up a box, it never fails, he has to open them and snack on some while we shop.

Trader Joe's Mini Hold the Cone

 

17.) Mini hold the cone – these are perfectly portioned little ice cream cones when you want a sweet treat but not over-do it. And they’re perfect for my toddler.

Trader Joe's Rose Water Facial Toner

 

18.) Rosewater facial spray toner – I find this to be pretty comparable to other well known brands. I love to apply it as soon as I get out of the shower before I apply my moisturizer.

 

Trader Joe's Tee Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner

 

19.) Tea tree shampoo and conditioner – Made with peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus, this smells amazing and it gives your scalp a nice refreshing tingle too!

 

Trader Joe's flowers

 

20.) Flowers – I love their fresh flower selection! My favorites are their eucalyptus and hydrangeas but I also love their other seasonal blooms they have throughout the year. I also love their smaller potted plants like their succulents and lavender. They make perfect little hostess gifts.

 

What are some of your favorites?

Click here to download my free Trader Joe’s Shopping List printable

 

My Favorite Trader Joe's Finds and a free shopping printable

8 In home/ home decor

Spring Porch Refresh

spring porch refresh
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Spring is here and I have been itching to start decorating! To me, I love a well decorated front porch, it gives such a great first impression. This time of year, I feel like the exterior of my home always needs a little pick me up after the cold winter. So I decided to do a little Spring Porch Refresh, adding some fresh greens and pops of color.  I’m sharing the details of my spring porch decor below plus, I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to give you some extra inspiration!

And as always, I’ve linked most of the products so that you can shop them too, because sharing is caring.

To shop just click the thumbnail below my photo

Here is my Spring Porch Refresh

I started with my welcome mat. I layered it with this blue striped mat to give it another element of color and make it pop against the blue.

spring front porch refresh

 

I love this magnolia wreath for the spring and summer months.

front porch

 

I had been looking for a way to add some different dimensions and wanted a vertical sign for the porch. A local shop in my hometown called The Familiar Farmhouse made this welcome sign for me. I gave it a coat of poly so that it could stay outside and sustain the weather.

spring porch refresh

 

I am all about faux flowers for outside. I used to get fresh potted plants every year but let’s be honest – I’m good at keeping my kids and my patients alive. Flowers and plants on the other hand, not so much. I got these pots and faux greenery/fleurs from Afloral and honestly you could never tell the difference. I painted the pots this blue color, it’s called Crashing Waves by Behr.

flower pots

 

spring porch refresh

 

spring porch refresh

 

For more Spring Porch Refresh inspiration, check out some of other bloggers I’ve teamed up with below.

 

spring porch refresh

 

 

 

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