Toto Knits Shop

Monday, November 17th, 2014

For Halloween, Gigi was Cinderella {I talked her out of ANY Frozen character…she wasn’t one of the 30 we saw down one street}, yet she wouldn’t let anyone see her beautiful dress because of how chilly it was that night. It was our first cold night of the season here in Charlotte, NC and we had an outdoor Halloween party to go to before trick or treating. Miss G wore her favorite hooded sweater over her costume and she left it on all night long. I think she got more compliments on the sweater vs. the costume!


The Ethically knitted with organic cotton blanket cardigan from Toto Knits Shop is by far one of the most gorgeous pieces Gigi owns in her extensive wardrobe. As a 3 year old, she even knows it’s her favorite and asks for it over anything else. This beauty is meant to be worn open, almost like a blanket draped over the shoulders, but it’s made conveniently with a smaller button inside and a large decorative {but usable} wooden button on the outside for complete closure. The reason she loves it so much is the cozy feel! It’s so comfortable, so soft, the perfect material and style for Fall and Spring, and even for warmth in the Winter months.

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It’s a piece that is almost essential for a little girl like G in our climate here in the South. It gets used almost daily. Toto Knits Shop makes exceptionally clothing! Want to know more about them?

Founded by Erin Brennan Allan, Toto Knits is a line of organic cotton knitwear ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. Working closely with Mary Wambui- who oversees the knitters- Erin designs fun and funky pieces that children and adults alike will love.

The knitters are paid by the piece which allows them to work as much or as little as they like. It’s all about putting family first- especially for moms. This makes our work fun- we love what we do and we hope it shows.

Each piece is made by hand and signed by the knitter. There’s more than one story behind each piece- the design, the materials and the craftsperson who made it each speaks volumes of its provenance. Toto Knits are ideal gifts for baby showers, birthdays, christenings for the ethical shopper- what better way to have fun while shopping responsibly!

Changing lives for women in Kenya!

Check out all their collections, you will be in awe at some of the gorgeous outfits, gifts, and more!



BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from Celebrity Baby Trend ExpertRachel Florio-Urso.

SoapBox Soaps

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

You know what I love most about this time of year??? The SMELLS! So many different smells that mesh together to make me feel so warm, comfortable, and cozy…even when it’s super duper cold outside! Our area is suppose to get hit with HIGHS in the 40s by week end, that’s uncalled for this time of year. BRRRRR. No worries, I’ll have my smells to keep me going.

Halloween Soap

Wood fires, crisp leaves, baking pies, burning candles, cinnamon oils diffusing, crockpot meals a-cookin’, and the array of sweet, savory smelling seasonal soaps! Heavenly!


As to not make you droll, we are focusing on the soaps today, not the foods. Let’s talk a minute about “Black Soap”. Heard of it? I have a smile on my face just thinking about how good it smells. My bar of Black Soap from Soapbox Soaps is two rooms away but I swear I can smell it now! A mix of activated charcoal, essential oils, shea butter, and sea salt make for an aroma filled beauty of a bar! It’s delightful! I actually leave my bar of Black Soap on the counter in the bathroom so it’s the first thing you smell when you walk in. Who would have thought that it would be an air fresher too!!

Soapbox Soaps has an array of bar soaps, liquids, and bundles to keep your body and hands, and your home, smelling divine during any season. Yet of course, my favorite season to enhance and activate the senses is right now!!

Snag the Autumn Harvest Bundle for $20 now!! Includes: Cinnamon Spice Bar Soap, Black Bar Soap, Tea & Ginger Body Wash, Mandarin Hand Soap

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This is a company and a brand on a mission, with a purpose, with a movement!!

SoapBox Mission
SoapBox Soaps is dedicated to making a difference through everyday effort.

There are millions of people both home and abroad that do not have access to soap, clean water, or even crucial vitamins that they need to survive. Without proper hygiene, these people run into major health problems that can lead to something much worse.

So when you purchase our soap, you’re helping us extend the right to be clean to someone who desperately needs it. We’ll donate soap, a month of water development, or a year’s worth of essential vitamins to someone in need.

Hygiene and health are human rights, so join the SoapBox movement and help us make the world right, one bar of soap at a time.

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

katebaby jammies

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Love new brands!!! Love promoting them! Love them even more when my niece, at only 11 months old, is in love with them too!! was welcomed into the world this year and we’re so happy they joined the world of organic jammies, clothing, gifts and beyond!!

Made from organic cotton, the katebaby pajamas are divine to say the very least. I’m definitely an advocate for organic clothing but it’s hard to fill a whole wardrobe, gets pricey and it’s hard to come by for an entire family. If anything, stick with organic in the nighttime clothing department. You want your children to be ever so comfortable when sleeping, and organic cotton brings on the most cozy nights sleep! My niece will be 1 two days before Christmas. She has been rocking the above Sun Blossoms zipper footie and oh my goodness does she look adorable in it!

What else does katebaby have for us to drool over?





One more PJs, oh I’m in love with the PJs…



I do love this season, especially when you see the little ones running around in super cute pajamas like the ones at katebaby!

Head on over and Like katebaby on Facebook, join the 4K and growing!!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Pure Stella Skin Care

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Brought to you right from our lovely Charlotte, NC, we bring to you today luxurious in a bottle! If there was ever a time that you would want to wear a clay mask all the time, everyday, no matter where you go…this would be the time, and Pure Stella Skin Care would be the place to buy said clay mask! A Detoxifying Clay Mask to be exact – French Green and Bentonite clay that will remove toxins and tighten skin, which is extremely noticeable right after that first use.

Let’s be honest, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a no makeup, barely use soap and water on my face, type of gal. And my sister’s heart dies a little every time I mention that fact! She’s the makeup artist, the esthetician, and she can’t even use her own sister to play “dress-up” with. Poor honey. YET, when I find something natural and lavish for skincare, I do find myself at least trying it out {for the benefit of my skin} and in this case, falling in love.

Pure Stella Skin Care is all handmade and ships to you directly from our lovely city of Charlotte, NC. The owner, Stacey Rex, is a gem and a new friend that we cannot wait to support and watch succeed! Every product I’ve tested was pure luxury on my skin. I created a comfortable, almost long forgotten, routine recently using this skin care line day after day. The clay mask is definitely a favorite for me. After a long 16 hour day of endless going going going, I never knew how much a clay mask could be enjoyed for realization and skin treatment. And again, handmade and all natural made with: French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils.

Head on over to Stacey’s Etsy shop and try this line for yourself! I highly recommend the Sea Salt Body Scrub as well, check out HERE all the benefits from the ingredients in this amazing scrub. All products are free from fillers, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, silicones, preservatives, artificial fragrances and dyes. Nothing better!

Cheers to supporting local artisans and small businesses!!!

Dapple Baby {GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

{guest post by our newest maternity editor, Emily}

My husband and I are recent transplants to the Charlotte, NC area. We moved into a rental home that had not had anyone in it for a few months. Needless to say, it needed to be cleaned from top to bottom!

My goal in life has always been to have a clean home that does not smell like dog, even though we have two of them, so I have always been skeptical of all-natural/chemical free cleaners. However, we recently found out that we are expecting our first baby and that changed my entire view on the items I was using in my home. So, to clean our new rental, I decided to try Dapple’s new line of all-natural cleaners.


I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well they work! The first thing I noticed were the scents. Their products were either unscented or had a light scent that did not bowl you over or give you a headache while cleaning. The bathtub and tile cleaner made the bathroom shine just as well as, if not better than, the bathroom cleaner I was using. The dish soap and dishwasher pods cut through grease really well (and this is from a lifetime Dawn user!). Also, the laundry pods clean our clothes without making them smell all flowery…which is perfect for the baby’s clothes.

The best part of using these products is, as I use them throughout our new home, being able to feel good about preparing my home to be clean and chemical free when our Baby Seamus arrives in a couple of months. Instead of a lot of chemicals that I can’t pronounce and that I can’t decipher what side affects they may cause, I am using cleaners that utilize natural cleaning agents derived from minerals and items such as coconut, palm, and corn.

Any mom can and SHOULD feel good about using these products in her home!

There’s something for every situation your baby, and your home, can throw at you available in the Dapple line of cleaning products.

GIVEAWAY: Dapple is giving away a sample of the Laundry Pods, Laundry Booster Pods, and Dishwasher Pods to one lucky BabyElan {daily} winner! (US only) Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!

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BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.