Nuna LEAF Curv {Soothing Babies Naturally}

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

ow that it seems the months are creeping up on us, I’m beginning to start to stock up on all things BABY! Since my youngest is three and a half, there are so many new products out there or things I wanted to try, but never got a chance to, so I’m anxious to be bringing all these new fun things into our home as our family anxiously awaits our second little princesses’ arrival!!

One product I absolutely fell in love with while browsing a local baby boutique with Dana for an event recently was the Nuna LEAF. I’ve had several bouncers, swings, and baby accessories between my other two, but something about this seat had me sold from the get-go!

Nuna LEAF Curv Cinder

Some of the features of the Nuna LEAF and LEAF Curv are what seriously draws my attention to this over any of the others :

  • Organic cotton insert. Meaning this fabric is SUPER soft and safe for those new prices bundles!!
  • Evolved with baby, can use up to 130 lbs! Even my bigger kids (almost six and three year olds) love lounging in this seat!
  • Can be easily locked for feeding or other purposes. I love that this swings naturally to soothe baby, but can easily be locked and used for other things such as feeding two – a bang for your buck!
  • No need for batteries or cords, which means no buzzing or crazy noises – all natural! I love that this can give baby exactly what they’re used to, a natural and soothing environment with no added and unnecessary extras!
  • Ease of use. The based pops up so easily (I was shocked I was able to put it together myself without daddy’s help!) and can be stored easily when not in use if necessary.

If you find yourself browsing Nuna’s website, you’ll see there are two different models as mentioned above. The only difference? The shape of the base. We have the Curv, because I love the sleek and modern design, but the LEAF gives you all the same amazing features with just a tad bit different look (as shown below.) The LEAF also comes in a few more color options while the Curv is more gender neutral/basic colors.



Even though our family has already gotten some use of this, I cannot wait to give our newest little princess a comforting and natural spot to rest when she arrives! My older ones love having reading time in it and I already am guessing we may have to invest in a second one once the baby comes since it seems to be such a hit in our house! I love that Nuna makes life so much more simple without having to deal with batters or plugging things in, yet we get the same type of product and use out of it as any other swing.

If you want to find where you can purchase a Nuna of your own, head to the Store Locator to find a retailer near you!

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Monday, January 12th, 2015

written by our first time Mom – Emily

Well, we are at T – 16 days until our baby Seamus is due to arrive and he does not seem to be in a hurry to go anywhere. With our house ready for him and the hospital bag ready to go, Brian and I have started to focus on little things we can do before our little man arrives. For instance, grooming the dogs, preparing freezer meals, and even planning our spring garden.

I am so excited for our garden this year. We were in an apartment last year, so we were unable to plant, plus our plants will start being ready to pick just as Baby Seamus is ready to start on solid foods. The garden is great because I can use fresh from the garden veggies and make my own baby food. For a frugal (well let’s face it – cheap) person like myself, the idea of giving my baby the freshest food possible at the lowest price possible makes me very happy.

To add to my happiness, Squooshi allowed me to sample their reusable food pouches. I love the idea of food pouches as they allow for healthier snacks with very little mess, but with the price at least $1 -$1.50 per pouch, your grocery bill can really add up. Squooshi allows you to fill the pouches yourself and then easily wash them in the dishwasher, so you can reuse them again and again.

The pouches come in 2 sizes, 2.5 ounce and 4.5 ounce, and a variety of adorable designs, such as a monkey, bird, and walrus. The Squooshi starter kit also includes replacement caps (because we all know those caps are the first thing kids lose!), sipping caps, and food labels to help you keep track of contents and dates. This is such a great product that allows me to provide nutritous food to my child while keeping my grocery bill in check, because with Squooshi, you just “FILL. EAT. WASH. REPEAT!”

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Bluebee Pals

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

In.awe. Lily the Lamb has not left Gigi’s side since she arrived last week. Lily the Lamb has been singing Christmas songs for hours daily since she arrived last week. Lily the Lamb is a HIT {Gigi named her Izzy, Lily the Lamb is the product name}…the biggest must have to hit this house in a long time. Meet Lily the Lamb {AKA Izzy} and learn why I’m in awe at the technology behind bluetooth and Bluebee Pals:



I’m not a big bluetooth person, I haven’t used it much, really have no need for it. I had no idea what I was missing, OR how easy it is to use. Our lamb Bluebee Pal {Izzy} is my first full on experience with bluetooth. I can’t say enough how in love we are with this interactive plush toy and the joy it brings our daughter {and sons} everyday. She was very simple to get connected to the iPad. A simple on/off switch on the back, connect button on the ear, make sure bluetooth is on, all set! Pandora was our first stop with Izzy – add the Kids Christmas channel and you have a singing holiday lamb! It’s beyond adorable!


Lily the Lamb answers your calls, she reads you stories, she interacts with app after app. And of course, she’s a beautiful stuffed animal to be your child’s best friend! This couldn’t be more perfect for a holiday gift! Technology amazes me, and this tops the cake for 2014!

Here’s some facts about Bluebee Pals:

  • Advanced technology includes lip synchronization allowing the animal’s “mouth” to move while singing, reading your favorite storybooks or learning apps.
  • Embedded Bluetooth Enabled Speaker 
  • Super Soft Plush Fabric
  • Connects to any Apple or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities (smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops).
  • Use as Hands Free Telephone with built in Speaker and Microphone
  • Rechargeable Battery with USB Micro-charge Cable Included  (Adapter not included).


Izzy {Lily the lamb} was our pick! Which one would be yours?

Bluebee Pals

They are brilliant, modern, fun, and cherished! They are Bluebee Pals and they are available at Toys R Us!

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Baa-Baa-Barn {B. Toys}

Friday, December 12th, 2014

This will be our niece Scarlett’s second Christmas but first official one. Meaning, she was born on December 23rd so Christmas was a bit complicated last year! She will be at such a perfect age to truly enjoy the holiday this year. Her cousins cannot wait to shower her with gifts and watch in her delight! Over the past year, my sister and I have focused on adorable clothes for her and basically forgot that the poor girl needs some toys! Christmas 2014 will be all about the toys for SJ…starting with our favorite go to toy brand, B. Toys.


No joke when I say this is our go to toy brand for gift giving. It’s the first aisle I go down at Target when I have to buy a gift for a young child. Our kids have owned almost every toy they offer! We adore B. Toys and their high quality products. The newest fun we’ve had the privilege of trying out with G and SJ, the Baa-Baa-Barn above.! Little critters and a portable barn for them to frolic in; the littlest girls in our life are having so much fun with this one! With lights and sounds, balls and farm animals, simply add the imagination and you have yourself an afternoon full of fun!




The above are examples of the beauties we’ve been able to pass down from one child to the next, and now on to our niece thanks to the awesome quality and overall fun the B. Toys brand offers! I delight in looking back at pictures of past birthday parties where the kids were opening up a cherished B. Toys gift or we gifted one to another child. You just can’t go wrong with these toys! From toys you can use on the beach to a full fledged {pretty perfect} easel, puzzles, remote control vehicles and so much more! Find that beloved aisle at your local Target and just browse this line. You can’t miss the unique designs and colors, they stand out!

Check out all the products B. Toys has to offer HERE.

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Watch and Roll

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

I know I’ve mentioned before, but let me repeat myself since the anxiety is high right now – our family has the terrible threes, NOT the terrible twos. Twos are a piece of cake…threes, not so much. G is 3 1/2 going on 16. Need I say more. Love her to pieces and truly enjoying our one on one time this holiday season while the boys are in school, but boy oh boy does she bring Terrible Threes to a whole new level. Regular everyday errands can turn quickly into nightmare outings. Throw in potty training and I’m not even sure why we leave the house most days. This is child #4 for us, so we know the tricks, and we’ve invented some new ones to get us thru the next year. The key is to keep her busy, the entire time we are out and about, or traveling. She gets her own shopping list, own shopping cart when available, own purse filled with distractions. We sing songs, we play eye spy games…I’m exhausted by the time we get home! Our new favorite errand running tool for a busy, active, overly energetic and drama filled 3 year old – the magnificent Watch and Roll.

The iPad has become a staple on outings for all the kids as well. Of course it’s perfect in the car on long trips, but it comes in so handy in the grocery store cart, in the stroller at the mall, etc… The Watch and Roll gives us an easy, portable, and safe carrying case that can go with us anywhere, and it’s made with the kids in mind! With a carrying handle and a back strap to attach to carts, strollers and car seat head rests, you get some peace as your days take you from store to store to store especially during this crazy holiday season.

My key word on almost all baby and kid products is: Versatile. The Watch and Roll has versatility down! Throw some educational apps on the tablet, place it nice and snug in the Watch and Roll, and off you go for a stress free day! Hands free watching for the little ones so they can snack or hold their favorite blankie while you get that list done! There’s toy loops attached as well for the younger babes that need a teether or toy available at all times. Oh it’s awesome! We are in the day and age where technology is everywhere, and it’s hard to get away from. Yet for parents, as much as we may want to escape the technology age…it’s a lifesaver as well! And the Watch and Roll just makes it that much easier to venture into the crazy world with little ones in tow!

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