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!

9.13.2018

NO MORE CRUMBS WITH bObsweep

This post is in partnership with bObsweep and I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Let's face it, vacuuming just isn't my favorite thing... BUT with little ones constantly running around and spreading crumbs in their path, vacuuming isn't just inevitable, it's a necessity. Aaaaand since becoming pregnant with baby #2, my energy levels have gone from normal to practically nothing haha, so what did I do? I headed to the internet of course to search up a good hands free robotic vacuum! I wanted something sleek, neutral, quiet and that would get the job done.


bObsweep to the rescue! Our bObi Classic compact cleaner, or "bObi" for short, has seriously been so, so nice to have around and not have to lug the big vacuum out whenever I need to get a few crumbs off the floor. All I have to do is grab bObi's remote, and with the push of a button, she's of to clean all our floors for me!

Bella loves watching her scoot across the floor, she sometimes pretends that bObi is our very own robot dog and loves following her from room to room, and bObi totally makes me think of something the Jetson's might have owned.


One of the nicest things about bObi, and something that really pleasantly surprised us, is just how quiet she is! We can turn her on to clean during dinner, or while we're watching TV and we barely even notice her unless she bumps into our feet like a little puppy begging for crumbs haha. We've even had company over and they barely even noticed her because she's so quiet!


bObi is super light and compact so she doesn't take up a ton of room while cleaning or charging at her docking station, her small size also makes her perfect for slipping under furniture and cleaning under there too. bObi has over 80 sensors to help navigate her way around and underneath furniture as well as keep her away from steep drops such as stairs. She's super user friendly, and only took a few minutes to figure out how to use her to her full potential, you can even schedule cleanings and she will clean your home at a certain time each day if you'd like!

Parents, if you've been looking for a way to make your life easier: to not spend so much of your free time cleaning so that you can spend that time making memories with your sweet little ones, you need a bObi in your life! You can head here to read more about bObi and to get your very own! Happy cleaning friends!

9.10.2018

GIRLS IN SCIENCE

Ever since I can remember, I've been absolutely fascinated with space. As a child, I dreamed of someday going to space and becoming an astronaut, and as a teenager and also as a young adult before I got married, I was planning on joining the air force and hoping to become a pilot (I just loved all things aviation, and still do). So when American Girl unveiled their new girl of the year, Luciana Vega, I was so thrilled to learn that she was interested in space and her plans were to become the first person on mars! And throw in the fact that she was into STEM and getting more young girls interested in space, science, math and more, I couldn't have been more excited to introduce my daughter to her and the world of science.



She's become the perfect tool for teaching STEM to my daughter, and even came along with us for a trip to the science center recently where we learned all about space, and robots (which was one of Bella's absolute favorite parts) and how so many things work in science! Bella had a blast carrying her and learning along right beside her new friend "Lucy".



Bella has loved Luciana since as soon as she laid eyes on her when the box arrived. Her pretty dress, the streak of purple running through her hair, she even loves when I read chapters of the Luciana book to her AND she especially loves the extra accessories that are available for Luciana. The telescope projector is her absolute favorite, she loves turning the lights off and turning it on to reveal the most beautiful and breathtaking planets, nebula, space station, the moon and of course mars! The mini astronaut figure is another favorite of hers and she plays with Luciana and her accessories for hours at a time, all while asking questions about space, the world around her and all about how things work.

I just love that American Girl worked with NASA closely on this doll to make sure everything was correct and so that through dolls and make believe, girls could find out more about STEM projects and learn about science! Way to go American Girl!


9.05.2018

A DAY FOR SCIENCE

I've always loved the science center, when I was growing up, my Dad and Mom would often take us to St. Louis and we'd visit the science center there, so I have any fond memories of watching the stars and constellations in the planetarium, finding out how things work, moving robots and so much more. It was all just so much fun. So now that I have kid(s) of my own, and Bella is going to be 5 this year, I thought it was high time she visited a science center. I'd never been to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh so it was such a fun first time for both Bella and I to visit there, Frank has been before, but it was years since he was there last, so everything was different and new which was fun for him as well. It was the perfect day for a day of indoor exploration and science learning, rainy outside, but perfect inside.


We spent hours, upon hours, upon hours finding so many new and fun things, Bella was especially excited to sit in a "space station" and also launch rockets into the air. And don't even get her started on the robots, I'm pretty sure she could have stayed there all day, moving robot hands, making them talk, and changing their eyes to hearts. We all three played air hockey against a robot arm too and boy was that robot good at air hockey, I mean, I may not be the best at air hockey either haha.

Bella especially loved the pretend sonogram machine since we had just found out about a month or so before our trip to the science center that we were expecting baby #2! She just loved being able to see how a sonogram machine worked which made our recent real sonograms even more exciting for her, because she knew how they worked and what was going to happen!


We learned about waterways, seen fish swimming in tanks, seen an adorable turtle and frog and Bella even held a huge, very real and very alive and very huge roach, ughhh... yes, I made her wash her hands afterwards and I may have been gagging while she touched it, she's definitely more brave than I ever will be.

The planetarium was my personal favorite part of the science center, just because they always bring back so many good childhood memories, and I always love learning more about the planets, solar systems and constellations.

Bella's absolute favorite part of the science center was the children's play and learn area! She is drawn to water and is a landlocked mermaid, so when she spied water play and toys, she immediately ran for it. She played for a good hour, fishing, watching the rubber ducks move through the water, painting with water and more.

If you are near Pittsburgh or traveling through and need a fun adventure, the Carnegie Science Center is seriously the best. I have a feeling we'll be making many more trips there in the future and will have so many more memories made there!