9.20.2018

OUR FAVORITE NURSERY RUG

I received product compliments of Lorena Canals in exchange for this post. :)

When I find an item that's cute and functional and washable... you can bet I'll be sharing how much I love it, maybe even more than once. That's how we are with Lorena Canals Rugs! Right after we tried one of their rugs for the first time 3 years ago, we were hooked. I just love how they bring a space to life, but most of all how they're washable! With little ones, spills and crumbs are truly inevitable, so the fact that if something gets spilled, ground into or tracked onto this rug, all I have to do is pick it up, throw it in the wash just like I would any regular load of laundry and then dry as I normally would a load of laundry fresh out of the wash.



It's just the best, and not only does it make my life easier as a parent, but it also allows my kiddo to just be a kiddo. Another thing we love as a health conscious family, is that these rugs are about as natural as it comes when it comes to area rugs. Each rug is , eco friendly and hand made and only dyed using natural dyes. They also contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs.

Lorena Canals are loved by regular mamas just like you and me, but also raved about by all of the celebrity moms as well! Lorena Canals was chosen by Vogue recently as a top product for nurseries, and I can completely understand why! It's one of my favorite items in my babies shared space just because it's so functional, but especially because can be cleaned so fast and easy (no need to hire steam cleaners or buy/rent a carpet shampooer). After each wash and dry, it gets so fluffy and super soft, it honestly feels, and looks brand new with every wash!



When new moms ask me what my top favorite and must have nursery items are, these rugs from Lorena Canals are always at the top of my list of recommendations. In the past we've owned an adorable purple flower rug (not currently available), and this sweet gray and white dot scallop rug and loved them both, but this beige and black stripe bereber tassel rug has to be my most favorite of them all. It brings such a look of sophisticated-ness to the room, and lightens the room up since its a nice light neutral color. It surprisingly doesn't show dirt or crumbs hardly at all since it's a nice cream color.



While we've just used Lorena Canals rugs in our little one's space, the great thing about Lorena Canals rugs, is that they make perfect rugs for any room! Kitchens, family spaces, even big bathrooms or entryways! How cute is this rug in Bella and Baby #2's shared space?!


9.18.2018

DOCKATOT LOVE

I received product compliments of DockATot in exchange for this post. :)

One item I've been super excited about for baby boy, is the DockATot! They came out with these with Bella was a few years old, so we never got to use one with her, so this is one of those fun new products that we get to try out this time around!


So you may be asking... What exactly is DockATot? Well, here's the lowdown. DockATot is a multi-functional lounger! Part co-sleeper, part playtime lounger. So basically the perfect items for babies. It comes in two different sizes, The Deluxe (which we chose), perfect for the teeny ones ages 0 to 8 months, and the Grand, which is designed for older babes ages 9 months all the way to 36 months!



It's so soft and comfy, perfect for little ones. Each DockATot is designed in Sweden, and hand made in Europe, tested for breath-ability and is made from OEKO-TEX certified, all natural 100% cotton which makes it the ideal micro climate for babies and toddlers.

While the DockATot Deluxe is designed to keep infants and newborns as comfy as possible, the DockATot Grand, is perfect for toddler bed transitions! Whether your'e going from co-sleeping with your little one and they need that secure feeling that feels similar to you next to them, or you're moving them from a crib to toddler bed (or straight into a twin bed like we done with Bella), the DockATot is the best!


DockATot comes in so many different print options, choosing one was the hardest decision (in a good way). Ultimately I chose white because I'm a lover of simplicity and minimal solids. I love the look of it. I also wanted to make sure we had an extra cover in case our white cover got dirty because with babies spit-up and blowouts happen quite often haha. So I looked through the extra covers that DockATot offers and fell head over heals with the beautiful botanical look of this cover. Making all my fern and forest loving dreams come true. 

You can bet we'll be bring this along with us on trips and vacations when we don't have access to a crib, and baby boy will be so used to his DockATot that not having his crib won't even bother him, which I love! It creates a portable familiarity perfect for babies who are used to a certain routine.

Did you use a DockATot with your little ones? What did you love about it?

9.17.2018

ZUCCHINI BREAD

We grew a ton of zucchini in the garden this year, so with zucchini practically out our ears, I of course made zucchini bread a every few days. This is my go-to recipe and it is so warm and delicious. While it's good by itself, a smear of whipped cream cheese or a pat of butter make it simply divine. So if you've got a ton of zucchini frozen from your garden, or if you make sure to always add it to you farmer's market list, this is the perfect recipe for you.


INGREDIENTS:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini


DIRECTIONS:
Grease two bread/loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes or so. Remove bread from pan. Let cool (or eat warm if you prefer), and enjoy!