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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Toddler Favorites 12 -18 Months

Toddler Favorites 12 -18 Months

Ah, life of a toddler. It's so simple and full of wonder. Luckily we have a big yard for Emerson to run around. Girlfriend has a number of toys, but she has a few favorites. Like the mini bear she's taking for a ride in the picture above.

A few of our [aka Emerson's] favorites include:

LeapFrog AlphaPup Toy: Emerson received this as a birthday gift from her friend Wyatt and LOVES it. It only took her a month before she was "walking the dog." I love toys that also promote learning. BTW - It's currently on-sale for $12.99!

Books: Every morning, afternoon and right before bed time we have to read a few books. She can't get enough. She loves to read to herself [aka look at the pictures] too. Check out a few of our favorite board books HERE.

Mega Bloks First Builders: Dad might have more fun building things, but Emerson  is really good at demolition.

LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket: Another fun toy that promotes learning! We're working on the sharing aspect.

Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Bath Girl Doll: Only the most amazing doll ever! This is her favorite doll to play with. Although it's meant for bath time it's only been in the bath once. The doll can get soaked, smells amazing and you can buy accessories, etc. for it.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup: The only sippy cup you'll need to buy. It doesn't leak and toddlers can drink from anywhere along the edge.

Bobby Doll Stroller: Oh yeah you better believe she has a stroller for her baby doll! She pushes her doll around the living room daily.

Well there you have it a few of Emerson's favorite toys. What toys/games/books do your toddlers love?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chocolate Nut Butter Truffles

Thank you Lara Bar and Costco for inspiring and sponsoring today's post. #LaraNutButter  #Larabar.

I have a confession, I'm addicted to nut butters. You name it I've probably tried it or it's currently one of ten jars in my pantry. It's a habit I just can't kick. From smoothies, to toast, to baked goods I probably eat some form of nut butter everyday...

Today, I have a special treat for you! Not only did I recently discover the best nut butter since sliced bread, but I have a tasty and simple recipe using said nut butter. Are you ready for it? LARABAR is making nut butters! You heard it here first! Costco (North East and Bay Area) will exclusively carry Lara Nut Butter by LARABAR in Chocolate Coconut and Banana Nut.  I can't even contain myself.

After a week of numerous taste tests the Chocolate Coconut nut butter is nearly gone....oops! But this momma loves apple topped with nut butter as an afternoon snack. It's a downfall, but I'm a total snacker and personally I love anything that's a grab and go. Let's face it life gets busy and you just need some that's easy yet some what good for you. Well, let me introduce you to the most delicious Chocolate Nut Butter Truffles.

These babies are perfect as an afternoon snack or post dinner treat. All you need is one! I suggest making a batch during Sunday meal prep. While they'll last up to a week in the fridge you can alway double the batch and freeze half for down the road. Just saying.

Makes 20ish

1 cup LARABAR chocolate coconut chase and almond butter
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut

Using your food processor, combine nut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil.Process until well combined and mixture and be presses into a ball, about 1 minute. Place in small bowl. Cover; refrigerate 15 minutes.

Shape into 20  (1 1/4- inch) balls. Place coconut in a shallow dish and roll each ball ro cover. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Chill about 1 hour or until firm.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pure Love - Why I'm a #WaterWipesMom

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I'm a mom to the sweetest little girl in the world [IMO]. We love her dearly. With that said we're very selective about what we feed her and products we purchase, among other things. Like most first time moms, when I first became pregnant I researched baby gear/products for hours. However it wasn't until we started trying said products that we quickly found out what we liked and didn't like.

While we've tried a number of various baby products recently, based on a recommendation from another blogger, we switched to WaterWipes. Why? My sweetheart has sensitive skin so I was looking for something that wouldn't irritate or leave her skin feeling dry. WaterWipes is both durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes. WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option for your little one.

We keep packs of WaterWipes throughout the house and in our cars. You never know when you'll need to clean a messy face, puke or a dirty diaper. Yup, while puke isn't a regular acurreance in our household it happens and usually when you least expect it. Like yesterday while we were driving from Tahoe to Sacramento Emerson happen to get car sick! WaterWipes to the rescue. We were able to change her clothes and give her a quick full body wipe down [aka, bird bath] without worrying how the wipes would effect her skin. That's a win in my mom book.

WaterWipes is a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

WaterWipes recently released it's Pure Love video, which highlights the importance of skin-to-skin contact between Mom and Baby. Check out the video below, or click this link: Pure Love video.

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