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Clem’s Favorite Toys (6 Months Old)

I have been wanting to put this post together since Clem was right around 5 months and just starting to hold on to toys and play. With all the sickness and all of the other things going in our lives, this post got pushed to the back burner. But now she’s 6 months old and loving these things even more. So I guess it worked out.

Before I start, I will tell you that these items were all gifted to me by the companies. However, all I was asked to do in exchange was to post an Instagram picture, which I have already done. I was not asked to write a blog post. The only reason I am even writing it is because Clem truly does love these toys and I wanted to share in case anyone was looking for beautiful, quality, small shop toys for your own baby or for a gift. Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of toys are ideal for those first toys. So this is not a sales pitch. This is just me sharing some things that have been in constant rotation around here.

I will start with this amazing lovey from Stella and Lu because it was the first toy she ever “played” with (and you can see in this ^^ picture how much she loves it!) I have shared a bit about this small shop on my blog before because we also have a gorgeous blanket from them. But this lovey has been getting more attention lately. She loves to snuggle it and play with the ribbon. They have so many fabric options and I think the pricing is so reasonable. And I’m not even kidding–the girls who run this shop are probably some of the sweetest people I have ever “met.” They truly care about their customers and their products.

I can honestly see this lovey sticking with Clem for many years, as all my other kids have had lengthy attachments to their blankies. This just happens to be way cuter than what any of my other kids had 😉

Another favorite is Willow the Deer. I had been admiring all of the Cuddle + Kind dolls for months when they reached out to me to ask me to spread the word about their company. I jumped right on it! First of all, yes, the dolls are SO adorable and so, so soft. But more importantly, they are helping out so many people with the sales of their dolls. Each doll is handcrafted by women artisans in Peru, which provides them with a fair income. And with each doll sold, Cuddle + Kind provides 10 meals to children in need. Just recently they reached their goal of 1 million meals! And through the month of April, they are donating one meal for each new follower on the Cuddle + Kind instagram page.

We picked out this beautiful deer (and I have to admit, the ice cream shirt was one of the biggest reasons why haha.) Those pictures above are blurry but I couldn’t help sharing them because this is exactly what Clementine does every time we lay Willow next to her. She smiles and attacks it. I plan to hold on to this doll for her to give to her own child some day.

The toys that probably get the most use right now are our rattles from Bannor Toys. I don’t like to leave the house without a couple of her rattles to switch out throughout the day. They are the perfect size to fit in her tiny hands and of course, they always end up in her mouth.

(This is the classic rattle.)

Of course, in addition to them being functional, they are so aesthetically pleasing. The quality is so good. I also plan to hang on to these to pass down. Ever since I saw the state rattles, I had to have one. They have almost all 50 states to choose from. But I do majorly regret not getting a little heart engraved on St. Louis.

The heart rattle is another one of Clem’s faves. I love that it has her name engraved. We usually take the classic rattle, this heart rattle, and her lovey with us everywhere we go.

And this really isn’t one of Clem’s favorites yet but the other kids have all been obsessed with this wooden camera, also from Bannor Toys. It has the screen and functions lasered on the back of the camera to make it more realistic.

And of course it leads to them imitating me–taking tons of pictures of Clementine.

As much as I would love for Clementine to stay a tiny baby forever, it is so much fun to watch her learn new things. It’s sweet to see her already loving to play with toys.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a happy Easter yesterday. Thank you for reading and allowing me to show off the cutest baby girl 😉  I hope you have a great week!

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Things I’m Loving Right Now

Remember that time that I said that I was going to be starting to blog more often because we had found our routine? Yeah. I guess I didn’t factor in the fact that babies start spending more hours awake during the day as they get older. You would think I would have caught on by now…but I guess not.
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to put together this post for a while. There have been a few “mom items” lately that I feel like I would be lost without and I felt like I needed to share! What better time to post than right before Black Friday when a lot of these shops are running sales? And by the way, this is completely unsponsored! Although a couple items were gifts, no one asked me to write a blog post about their products or share about their sales. I just loved them so much that I needed to share!


First up, my Solly Baby wrap.

When it comes to baby carriers, I am 100% a wrap lover. I love the comfort and the closeness that they provide. Plus they are aesthetically pleasing–and if I don’t have any clothes that fit, at least I can still have something cute to wear! I would be lost without my Solly! With all of the other kids, I had a Moby wrap. And yes, I did really like it. But my Solly, I LOVE it! It is much more lightweight and less bulky than my Moby so it’s so much more comfortable. Clementine hates her car seat. She pretty much screams from the moment I lay her in there until the time I get her back out. So shopping without my Solly is a nightmare…I don’t even attempt it anymore. I tie it on before I leave the house and just slip her in and out as we make our stops. She falls asleep almost as soon as I put her in, so it is a total lifesaver for us.

They are running a Black Friday sale that starts on Thursday and lasts through Cyber Monday. Their newsletter subscribers and members of their Facebook group get early access to the sale! (I’m wearing the blush swiss dot–no longer in stock. But they have so many good colors!)

How awesome is it that Don caught me casually strolling by a brick wall–so candidly? 😉


Next up, my Lily Jade diaper bag.

Last year I won this bag in a giveaway. And after one year of use, I can confidently say that this is by far the best diaper bag out there! Because it is real leather and quality made, it still looks as new as the day I got it. They come with a little insert with lots of pockets. I fill the insert with everything the baby needs and then when I need to leave the baby with someone, I can easily pop out that insert and take the bag with me.

Now I know that a lot of people get caught up on the cost. And I understand that! I know some people just honestly can’t afford to spend that much. But there are others who just don’t think it’s worth the cost. But here’s what makes it worth it to me. We’ve gone through multiple diaper bags over the years. They always have to be replaced because they are poor quality and end up getting destroyed. If I would have invested in a quality diaper bag in the beginning, I could have saved myself from spending so much on poor quality bags. Because it doesn’t look like a diaper bag, it is sure to last beyond these diaper bag years. I have already used it as a carry-on bag!


The bag I have is the Meggan in black. It is huge and roomy! And the best part is that it can be worn as a backpack! Lily Jade is running a sale for 10% off select bags for Black Friday. So if you’re considering one, this is the time to get it! If I was buying one, I would definitely go for the Elizabeth in camel with the jade lining. It is totally swoon worthy!


Okay, I have to share about these life changing leggings from Blanqi! I won a pair of their maternity leggings at the beginning of my pregnancy and I fell in love! The quality is so amazing–they don’t have the pilling that all my other leggings have gotten. And they are so comfortable. I loved the maternity pair so much that I bought the postpartum ones. I have worn them pretty much every day since I had Clementine 7 weeks ago. I know they are pricey but I feel like the price is justified by the quality and the amount of use I have gotten out of them. But good news!! If you are wanting to try them, they have a 50% off sale for Black Friday (that has already started for email subscribers!) I am absolutely buying another pair (because, yes, I have been wearing the same pair for days on end–don’t judge me.)


Have you seen these soothe shirts from Lalabu? They so graciously sent one for me to try out and I love it! The shirt has a little pocket for me to slip Clem in. It’s really convenient when the kids want me to sit with them and play a game or while I’m getting a few things done around the house but she still wants to be close. I love that it makes me feel like I have a kangaroo baby in my little pouch. They are running a sale for the next week with $10 all products on their site. They also have dad soothe shirts which look really fun for dads who want to wear their babies.


I am not big on jewelry. I like to keep it simple for the most part. What I didn’t realize is how much I would love having something with all of my kids’ names on it.


This necklace is from Tiny Tags. I love it because it’s so simple but so beautiful. And I love having all of their names close to me. They were so kind to work with me and my insistence on having all 6 of their full names. We worked it out to put 3 on front and 3 on back. I love how it turned out! It would be such a great gift for a mom/wife/grandmother/etc. Make sure to order by December 4th to guarantee that they will arrive on time for Christmas! (Edited to add: They are having a sale that ends 11/28! Make sure to take a look at their website before the sale ends!) Here’s a closer look at the front and back.


I also wanted to share a few small shops that I have been loving for all things baby–in case you want to snag some deals this weekend or you’re looking for Christmas ideas.
We have been loving our Nuroo swaddle. Clementine loves to be swaddled and I love that these velcro swaddles have been invented. My kids were always breaking out of the swaddling I used to do with a regular blanket. This one is lightweight and perfect for warmer weather or during the day. At night time we like to use our (fleece) Halo sleep sack that we got from our hospital as a gift. Also pictured is our pacifier clip from Ryan and Rose. They are running a Black Friday sale right now and have tons of cute options! (headband from Harper Kate and Co.)


This blanket is from Stella and Lu. They have tons of ready to ship and custom blankets and loveys. I seriously searched their inventory forever before finally just telling them to surprise me because all of the fabric options are seriously that good! We also have a lovey from this shop and we love how soft the fabrics are. It would be such a perfect gift–for Christmas or a baby shower!

Babies in bonnets–there is nothing sweeter. Clem wears her crocheted bonnet from Yarn and Hook Made all the time. She’s starting to outgrow it so I need to order a new one.


If you have seen any pictures I have posted of Evangeline, she’s probably wearing a dress from June and January. We love how simple and fun they are. They can be dressed up or dressed down. I don’t think I even want to tell you that they’re having a Black Friday sale because I don’t want you snatching up anything that I have my eye on 😉 But seriously, sisters in matching dress? Makes me melt!

We also love these swaddle sacks from Mint and Arrows. She has so many good fabric options on her site! And I think she’s doing a Black Friday sale!


Also–these itty bitty baby bracelets from June and Penny. I just had some family members order some more for the girls for Christmas (and then I had to add a few more to their stash as well.) They are the cutest thing ever!


And of course I have to mention our favorite, Tubby Todd. You may have already read my review about their all over ointment for treating eczema, but I just recently discovered that it clears up baby acne as well! Clem’s was gone after only 3 uses! They will also have a Black Friday sale!

And there are too many good headband shops to really go into detail, but I will link you to some of our favorites.

Fancy Free Finery//Topknot Girl//Jack and Andi//Ellia May Designs//Harper Kate and Co//Modern Piggy//Zozu Baby//Free Babes Handmade

Anyway, I hope you stuck with me and got some ideas for Black Friday/Christmas shopping. If you have any questions about any of these products and how we use them, I will be happy to answer anything! What about you? What are you excited about purchasing this weekend?