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Saturday, January 19, 2019

STEM Books for Babies #BabyUniversity #nevertooearly #childrensbooks


Many researchers and educators agree about the importance of giving children opportunities to investigate ideas in a variety of ways, spaces and places--and the earlier the better. With that said, this month we have been on the hunt for children's STEM books that support this philosophy.  As we began our search, we came across a fantastic board book series from Sourcebooks' Baby University. Their motto is 'STEM for the Youngest Among Us!' and we couldn't agree more. It's never too early to start exposing babies and young children to the sciences and mathematics. From the ABCs of Math to Quantum Physics, Baby University covers just about every STEM subject you can think of. We've chosen a few of our favorites to share with you below and hope that you love them as much as we do!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Explaining Foster Care Adoption thru Storybooks: Elliot by Julie Pearson #adoptionpicturebooks


Some of you may know that our family has begun navigating our way through the adoption process. We've decided to adopt through the foster care system, which is as exciting as it is daunting. With as many questions as we cross off the list, it still manages to grow longer rather than shorter. One critical question we're focusing on this week is:

How do we help our children feel secure in their foster care adoption story? 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2019 Valentine's Day Gift Guide: DERMAdoctor kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads #skincare #skinbrightening


This Valentine's Day, give the gift of brighter, smoother, firmer skin! Skincare products are easily one of our favorite topics to discuss and this holiday, we've found a winner: DERMAdoctor kakadu C intensive vitamin C peel pads with ferulic acid & vitamin E. If you're looking for a luxury skincare gift for yourself or others, this is the one to choose. Containing the power of Kakadu plum, it delivers one of the richest natural vitamin C sources known on Earth to your skin. Whether it's a battle with hyperpigmentation, acne, skin tone, or fine lines and wrinkles, I expect that you'll love these peel pads as much as I do.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Magical Tales Black & White Gymini #babygifts #learnandexplore


Baby gifts are hands down my favorite kinds of gifts to shop for. I love researching products that promote baby's development. This year, I found a trendy 2-in-1 play mat that offers loads of interactive fun. Whether you're looking for a baby shower gift or hunting for the ultimate tummy time experience for your own baby, you'll likely love the Magical Tales Black & White Gymini play mat as much as we do! This 2-in-1 play mat provides opportunities for baby to develop gross and fine motor skills, senses, cognition, language and communication. As an added bonus, it's stylish, too!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Travalo Fragrance Pump #travelgifts #stockingstuffer



If you're looking for a unique stocking stuffer this season, the Travalo travel fragrance pump is the perfect answer! We love it for both men and women. Perfect for travel and handy to toss in a bag for work, happy hour, or anywhere the day may go. This travel fragrance pump is incredibly easy to use and we love that it comes in a variety of colors. Buy a few different colors and travel with options, keeping each fragrance color-coordinated! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Three French Loves Gift Baskets Overseas #winebaskets #overseasgifts


We love giving gift baskets during the holiday season! They're a fantastic, effortless way to give an upscale present that sends that special sentiment you're looking for. Trying to put together a quality gift to ship overseas, or even to another state can be difficult. Recently, we came across GiftBasketsOverseas.com, a site with a phenomenal gift basket selection that ships to over 200 countries across the world. I wish we had known about it sooner! It's the perfect way to send heartfelt gifts to loved ones across any distance. We chose to gift their Three French Loves to USA wine basket to our red wine lovers. Learn more about it below, then head over to browse their entire selection!

Friday, December 7, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: IELLO Board Games for All Ages! #giftsforkids #familygifts #gamenight


Board games are a long-held holiday tradition in our family. They're a fantastic way to pull kids away from their screens, create family bonding time and promote critical thinking skills. We can't think of a better way to create lasting memories. On our hunt to find the best board game gifts this year, we came across IELLO, a toy company with some of the most intriguing games we've seen in a long time! Whether you're looking for children and family games, party/card games, or games of strategy, IELLO has a wide variety of really cool games to choose from. Check out three of the games we're gifting this year below!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Raw Spice Bar #stockingstuffers #cookinggifts #subscriptiongifts


Every holiday season, we struggle to find the perfect gift for my father-in-law. This season, we are excited to say that we have nailed it with the help of Raw Spice Bar! Any cook in your family is sure to love it. Raw Spice Bar offers global spices, spice subscriptions and spice gifts that are freshly ground and salt-free. Whether you're looking for creative stocking stuffers to meet each person's unique tastes, or a gift subscription of spices that change seasonally, Raw Spice Bar is a fun, festive gift that will stand out above the rest.  Check out three of our own stocking stuffer picks below!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Bring the Family Together with Sequence Board Game! #familyfunnight #familygifts


If you're looking for a classic game this holiday that's easy enough to play with the whole family, but challenging enough for all ages, we highly recommend SEQUENCE board game by JAX Games! It's one of our long-time favorites and it's making its rounds in popularity again for good reason. Whether you're playing one-on-one or with a group, you'll have a good time trying to out-play your opponent. Apply a bit of strategy to each move you make! We love how the dynamic changes based on how many players join in the fun. It's always one of our top picks for game night.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Scale #giftsforthehome #bathroomscale


One of the gifts on our Christmas list this year is a bathroom scale for our in-laws. They just moved into a new home so we've been on the hunt for a sleek, modern scale with a few helpful gadgets. This week, we found the new EatSmart Precision Tracker Digital Bathroom Scale and it's exactly what we were hoping for!