Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review #102: Replay Snack Stackers

Replay Snack Stackers
I love any type of snack container that protects the snacks from turning into crumbs while in the diaper bag. After trying many different brands that would either dump out in the bottom of the diaper bag or end up crushed, I purchased a replay snack stacker. Now it is a staple in our diaper bag. Easy to fill, never leaks, and can be stacked with more sets for more snacks or longer days. Also, like all replay products, it's made from recycled milk jugs making it better for the environment. Overall, it's a wonderful product that we love to have around!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review #100: Sage Spoonfuls Reusable Food Pouch

Sage Spoonfuls Reusable Food Pouch
We were so excited to get these reusable food pouches from Sage Spoonfuls and the Guidance Guide last week! It has been crazy hot here over the last week so we made some fruit slushies to help keep my son cool. To say he loved them is an understatement. The pouch was easy for him to hold, even right out of the freezer. There are two tabs on the top corners that do not affect the contents when being held. It was very easy to fill, with a strong zipper-like closure. They are even dishwasher safe, so we were able to toss them in for a quick clean. Overall, they are wonderful products we are happy to use again and again!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review #99: Baby Greeters Pacifier Clips

Baby Greeters Pacifier Clips
I purchased our first Baby Greeters Pacifier clip with our first set of Tula accessories. Baby Greeters was happy to make it in a matching fabric for me and I was instantly hooked. Since then I have owned at least 5 different ones. They have a strong metal clip on one end and an elastic loop on the other. They use super thin elastic, which is wonderful because it doesn't bother the baby's face. I have had some of our clips now for over 2 years & they are still wonderful and sturdy!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Donating Hair to Wigs for Kids

Donating Hair to Wigs for Kids


About 6 months ago, Dawn started talking about wanting to cut her hair and donate it. Her biggest concern was that she wanted to make sure it would still be long enough to pull back when she wanted it back so we decided to wait until after the summer was over. Over that 6 month period, we researched different donation companies and their requirements. Dawn made a pro & con list for each company and decided on donating to Wigs for Kids for multiple reasons. Dawn is a Brownie for the Girl Scouts of America, so she was very excited to learn that Wigs for Kids and the Girl Scout have a collaboration that any active girl scout who donated earns a special badge. Dawn also really liked that all the wigs are given to kids, and not only kids with cancer but also kids with other hair loss conditions such as alopecia. The only downfall was that each wig costs $1800 to make, even if the recipients do not pay for them. This point just made Dawn a bit more motivated and she has also added a fundraiser to go with her donation to help offset part of the cost of one wig.


Today was donation day, Dawn was very excited but also very nervous. She has had incredibly long hair for as long as she can remember and she honestly loves her hair very much. However, the kind and giving little girl she is, she was determined to donate her hair. She didn’t show any real signs of nerves until we arrived at the hair salon. She was incredibly shy and quiet but would nod at me with approval when I asked her if she was sure this was what she wanted to do. After a bit of measuring and adding of elastics to the top end of the iconic braids, the hairdresser quickly cut off her braids and laid them on her lap. Dawn's initial reaction looked like she may start to cry, but with one reminder from the hairdresser about how happy she is making another little kid, she was all smiles. They then finished cutting her hair and styled it with a braid crown and a bow. She was able to pick a toy out of their treasure chest and we were on our way home.


On Monday, we will mail her braids to Wigs for Kids with her Girl Scout paperwork. In about a month she will receive her donation badge and a thank you letter from Wigs for Kids. In the meantime, she will continue to share her story and hopefully inspire others to do the same because it takes over 20 donations to make a full wig for a child!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Review #98: BapronBaby

Bapron Baby



BapronBaby baprons are owned by one mom who had the amazing idea to improve upon the typical baby bib, specifically for baby led weaning toddlers and babies. The design is simple with large holes for the arms and a simple tie behind the back. My two year old HATES bibs of any time. The tightness around his neck makes him go into a sensory meltdown but this bapron was a winner. He had no problem putting it on and left it on for the entire meal. Its so light & loose I think he actually forgot he was wearing it. However, I did not forget. Especially when it came time to clean up and his entire body wasnt covered in mac & cheese! The owner is wonderful and even sells adult and child aprons too!

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review #97: Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer Wagon
We love this radio flyer wagon! Not only is it perfect for family photos but big sis loves pulling her brother around the neighborhood in it. Only downfall is that the classic wagon does not have any seatbelts, so you need to be careful with younger(or daring) children. Made of metal, this is one of those products that will stand the test of time!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Review #96: Sassy Seat Doorway Jumper

Sassy Seat Doorway Jumper
My son loved this door jumper when he was just about to start walking. I loved that it was something easy to bring to grandparents houses. There is a very strong spring clamp to attach to the doorway, a spring for bouncing, an extra padded seat and even some toys to keep him entertained. It's really easy to change the height too!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Heritage Museum and Gardens



This summer our family invited to visit Heritage Museum and Gardens. This location is a little piece of beauty on Cape Cod. It is popular with locals and tourists and it is like nothing else I have ever seen. Despite living only 20 minutes away, I had never been before this summer, therefore I was very excited to get a chance to go and review it to share with you all!



Upon entering there is a museum with antique cars. PJ loves cars, so this was awesome for him. He loved checking out all the old cars and definitely loved the one you can climb on. The staff on site were all wonderful at explaining about the cars and the entire location. 



As you then walk down the path toward the gardens, there is a large sign helping you identify what flowers are in season and where they are located. There is also a cafe with food and alcohol for sale. Beyond that, we found a fun little garden maze and the beautiful lighthouse!


Round the corner on the paved walking trail and you will find the most breathtaking view of a man-made waterfall into a beautiful lily pad pond with frogs and turtles. The kids loved running on the large field leading up to it.

 

Next, down the path, we found a garden walkway with some local artist exhibits and a wonderful bench to relax. Only a few steps further down the path was a water fountain and the most beautiful hydrangeas.


We then headed through more stunning flowers, all labeled, to the carousel. Carousel is included in admission and there was no wait, allowing the children to ride until their heart's content. From the museum near the carousel, you can see down to Heritage Hidden Hollow. 

The Hidden Hollow is a child's dream. With a giant tree house, blocks, building sets, pretend kitchen, art center, and even an outdoor amphitheater with dress up costumes for the children to pretend to put on shows. 


On our way back we passed the labyrinth, a path around the lake and even a large stage where shows are held. We stopped for lunch on our way out, the food was wonderful! Overall, we cannot wait to go back and look forward to many more visits!



Thank you, Heritage Museum and Gardens for the complimentary passes!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review #95: "That's not my" Series by Usborne Books

"That's not my" Series by Usborne Books
A little over a year ago I was introduced to Usborne Books and the first book we purchased was "That's not my Panda" It's a simple touch & feel book describing a panda through the touching of the book. Since then we have also purchased "That's not my truck" "That's not my hedgehog" and "That's not my penguin" All the books are well loved by my children and have wonderful craftsmanship, having been tossed, thrown, and stepped on; they are all still in great condition. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Cozy Coupe Makeover

The Cozy Coupe Makeover


At the beginning of the summer, we decided it was time to makeover my daughter's old cozy coupe to give to my son.  I knew I wanted to customize it to match my father's antique 1955 Chevy BelAir so I set out to do one of the most fun DIY projects I've ever done.  I hope this tutorial helps others looking to do the same!


Supplies: 
-Spray paint in determined colors(make sure it is specified to work on plastic)
-Painters tape
-Trash bags
-Zip lock bags 
-New decals





Step #1: Tape up anything you don't want to be painted including Little Tykes emblems, the steering wheel, and the tires. 











Step #2: Apply base paint color. I started with the white as the white section would be easiest to tape up. 











Step #3: Tape up anything you want to keep the base paint color. I used trash bags to cover larger areas. Apply the second color.










Step #4: Repeat taping anything you want to remain the prior color with trash bags to cover large areas for any subsequent colors and applying spray paint. 









Step #5 Apply new decals & enjoy your like-new cozy coupe! I purchased ours from www.TheToyRestore.etsy.com








I highly recommend this project. It was very easy and simple to bring an old ugly toy car to look brand new!