Preschool Art + {Lucy Darling}

*This is a sponsored post by Lucy Darling. All opinions are my own.

There we were. The week of Spring Break in the midwest and what did we have to show for it? Giant mounds of snow and children off their daily schedules. Every kid friendly place was completely overcrowded, as parents were trying to find things to do!

Luckily, I had a plan. I stopped by Hobby Lobby the week before, picking up a series of art supplies for the occasion. In the midst of all my glorious planning, I had one of those awesome mommy moments! Come on ladies, you the ones?! In this case, I forgotten to pick up washable paints. Oh well, (said no mother ever), acrylic it is!

Materials

  • Painters tape (I used electrical tape because it’s what we had on hand.)
  • Foam brushes
  • Washable paints (If you remember)
  • Canvases
  • Stickers (To add a design. They didn’t attach to the canvases well.)

We forged ahead! Creating both a beautiful mess and timeless masterpieces that will forever hold the beauty and vibrance of the day. But, these pieces weren’t created simply to past the time. They were created with a purpose in mind. In fact, I have been saving all her preschool masterpieces for this occasion!

Decorating

I have always felt the best home decor are pieces that both inspired and brightened our day. What could be more inspiring than our children’s art work!? With that in mind, I set out to find the perfect pieces to do just that.

Last Fall, as I was picking my daughter up from preschool, she handed me two beautiful pieces of her art work. It was these brightly painted pieces that I knew just had to be displayed. So, I was beyond thrilled when I found a print by Lucy Darling! Lucy Darling’s vibrant girly print was perfect to compliment my preschoolers creations.

Lucy Darling

When I learned I would have the opportunity to work with Lucy Darling to review one of their beautiful prints, I practically jumped at the chance. It was their that I found the inspiration needed to begin decorating the girls playroom.

When it came to selecting a print, I wanted something that was both vibrant and relevant to our family. After combing through dozens of options, I finally settled on their 11×14 Honeycomb Love (Girl) Art Print. Why, you ask? Well, this particular girly print is donned with the phrase, “You Are Loved.” This sweet and simple phrase is written in every children’s book by Nancy Tillman. Who is a favorite of mine! In addition, I tell my babies daily, “You are loved and I love you!”

Haily Meyers is a graphic design artist and the mastermind behind Lucy Darling. Her inspiration began when she was expecting her first child. She created baby sticker sets to express her happiness during this new chapter of her life! After sharing her designs with those closest to her and receiving an outstanding response, she decided to open an Etsy Shop. Haily build her business from the ground up and it has grown from there! She designs quality products in the USA, with both mothers and baby’s in mind! Her prints are made from recycled materials with eco-friendly, soy based inks.

I would love to hear how you store your preschoolers art work? How did you decide to decorate your home? Is it pure style? Or family driven?

**I purchased the frame for my print from Target. I purchased the frames for the art work from Hobby Lobby.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

In Twenty Minutes Everything Will Be Ok

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about our morning routine. Well… I wouldn’t call it a morning routine, so much as a chaotic mess. Anyway, I was discussing with her one specific morning where both my children were visibly unhappy with everything. I couldn’t do anything right and I am surprised we even made it out the door at all.

Shortly after I finished my overly dramatic story, another mother chimed in with her own chaotic tale. Because of course, what is motherhood without at least a few of those. Her story began where all great motherhood stories do, with poop! The short version of events goes something like this.

“Child A poops in the tub. Child B sees said poop and proceeds to throw up on the floor. All while Child C is crying somewhere in the background.”

In that moment, she calls a fellow mommy friend who gave her some of the best advice.

Step back,

                     take a breath,

                     in twenty minutes everything will be OK.

And it was.

In twenty minutes, she had cleaned up both the poop and the puke. The baby was no longer crying. Everything was OK. In a child’s mind the gears shift rapidly. What rocks their world one minute is no longer important the next.

Yet, as adults, sometimes those moments tend to linger throughout our day. Well, for me anyway. Sometimes shaking off the craziness of the morning rush isn’t so easy. I ponder about the recent events, wondering how I could have done it differently. Maybe if I hadn’t raised my voice? Gotten my toddler up sooner? Allowed her to have that peanut butter sandwich she requested for breakfast? Just left the baby in her sleeper without feeling the need to dress her?

The list go on and on…

Most of the time, I am probably too hard on myself. I mean, aren’t we all at one time or another? Motherhood is that crazy, beautiful mix of fun and messy. But sometimes its those messy parts that trip us up a bit. When our children have moved on to the lighthearted fun, we are still stuck in the mess, wondering “how to do it better.” 

Parenting is hard, y’all! But that’s just it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the messy, that we miss all the beautiful fun. I don’ know about you, but I hate to miss those moments! So the next next we have a messy moment, I am going to-

Step Back, Take a Breath, because in Twenty Minutes Everything Will Be OK!

Tell me about your recent messy parenting moment? Were you able to move on quickly or did you spend time pondering the recent events of the day?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

DockATot : {A Review}

*This is a sponsored post by DockATot. All opinions are my own.

Once our sweet baby girl began napping and playing on the living room, I was nervous. Unlike the first time, we now have hardwood floors. It just seemed so uncomfortable, all that moving and playing about. Not to mention sleeping there.

DockATot

Lisa Furuland is the creator and visionary behind DockATot. Like many innovated designers, her creative genius began with the birth of her first child. Lisa’s desire and drive to find something snug and comfortable enough for her newborn son lead her to create the DockATot Deluxe (0-8 months) and the DockATot Grand (9-36 months).

The DockATot is a multi-functional item for babies and toddlers to lounge, rest, and play during both back and tummy time with supervision. It was also created with quality and comfort in mind. The DockATot was designed in Sweden, brought to life in Europe, and is OEKO-TEX Certified.

The DockATot allows my babe the ability to have both play and nap time in a snug, comfortable spot. I love having the ability to get a little blogging done, while knowing she is napping safely and comfortably at my feet. Having this product for nap time has been a life saver for me! Nap time on the floor after some big play, never lasted long and trying to transfer a sleeping baby from floor to crib was proving difficult. The DockATot has given my babe the comfort needed for a long nap! Ensuring me the ability to get things done!

As a mother, I love how it was created with us in mind. It arrives in an easy to use carrying and storage case. The case is the perfect transporting solution for those summer vacations, as well as the ability to keep it dust free while storing it for the next babe.

Do you have a DockATot? What are your solutions for nap time on hardwood floors?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

Finn + Emma {A Review}

      *This is a sponsored post by Finn + Emma. All opinions are my own.

As a mother of two, I am always on the go. Getting everyone ready and out of the door on time is a huge challenge. And if I am being completely honest, we are late more often than not. Getting dressed has recently become one of those major hurtles. My preschooler, with her “I do it myself!” attitude, goes through several different options before selecting the perfect outfit and hair accessory. By the time I have gotten both of us ready, I am completely exhausted, with little time left on the clock.

{Finn + Emma}

So when it comes to dressing the baby, I prefer something simple and easy to put on. That’s why I love clothing by Finn + Emma. Not only do they make clothing easy for the busy parent, they also do it with quality, comfort, and style in mind. The material is so soft and cozy for my sweet baby girl, making it easy for her to move about.

Sizing

My six month old is in the ninetieth percentile for height and weight. Which often leaves me fumbling through her closet each morning, trying to find an outfit that will fit. I decided to air on the side of caution and request a 9-12 month instead of a 6-9 month outfit. The 9-12 months does fit, with plenty of room to grow. The pants are a tad long, so I can easily cuff them at the ankles. I am happy to report the waist is a perfect fit, even with her cloth diapers! The kimono style shirt fits perfectly and is easy to adjust. While the 9-12 month outfit will grow with her, I do believe a 6-9 month would fit her perfectly at this moment.

100% Organically Grown

Finn + Emma is a company committed to creating products that are not only comfortable and stylish, but safe as well. Their clothing is made from 100% organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes.

Finn + Emma is a company who stands with their employees. They manufacture in fair-trade settings, with the focus on social and economic independence for local people, especially women.

Gift Boxes

When I was given the opportunity to work with Finn + Emma, I was thrilled to say the least! All of their products looked so amazing, I knew the task of deciding what to review would prove difficult. Aside from a wooden teething rattle from the fairytale collection, I was stumped. So I decided to take the guess work out of the equation and allow the company to decide for me. Their gift boxes come complete with an outfit and toy, making it the most lovely gift for any new baby.

Teethers

As the mother of two little girls, I adore all things fairytale. So I knew the village wooden teething rattle was a must for my babe. The gift box itself, also contained a toy. A teething ring to be exact. Both teether’s were made in India, with indian hardwood and a non-toxic vegetable seed wax finish. The doll attached to the teething ring is made with organic cotton yarn and stuffed with sheep’s wool.

As a mom, I love knowing that what she is putting in her mouth is completely safe. My little one absolutely adores both wooden teethers! They have become her new favorite toy!

What are your favorite clothes and toys for baby? What is your idea of the perfect gift to welcome a new little bundle of joy?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

3 Must Have Items For Surviving Those Baby Blowouts

I love clothes! Especially for my girls. I can find a cute outfit practically anywhere I go. But keeping those outfits clean can be a challenge, especially when you encounter those baby blowouts!

Luckily, I have 3 must have items for my diaper bag to help keep those outfits in excellent condition for future baby’s.

3 Must Have Items

  1. Extra Outfit

Aside from the basics (diapers and wipes), extra outfits are an essential part of the diaper bag! I typically have an outfit and two sleepers in a range of sizes, because they grow so fast. So once you have your sweet babe all cleaned up and in a fresh outfit, you can begin step #2!

2.  Soap

There are several stain removing products on the market. While I am sure some of them work wonders, I prefer to keep it low-cost and simple. This is why I use a $1-$2 bottle of clear hand soap from my local grocery store.

*(I have used hand soap with a purple tint before. While it did remove the initial stain, I do feel it left a purplish hugh in it’s place.)

*EXCEPTION – If you don’t have any soap in your diaper bag, use whatever hand soap is in the public restroom. It’s better than no soap at all.

Just run the now greenish outfit under cold water. Next, apply a few quarter sized helpings of soap to the stains and scrub for a minute or to. Finally running the outfit under cold water again.

3.  Plastic Bag

I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten to put a few plastic bags in the diaper bag! Ugh! Nothing makes a blowout worse then having no place to put that dirty outfit.

The day I originally planned to write this post, I had just pulled into the Panera parking lot, when I realized my babe had an extreme blowout. I took her to the tiny public restroom and got her cleaned up. Thank heavens I had those spear outfits! Unfortunately, I did not have my hand soap or plastic bags.

So there I was, sweating in a small restroom, using the pink soap from the dispenser, as my babe was smiling blissfully in her car seat. Then I had to carry my baby and her soaked, dirty outfit to the front – sweating all the way mind you! Thankfully, the employees were kind enough to get me a plastic bag! I am very grateful!

*Note to self – Never forget these 3 Must Have Items*

*Side note – I wash all their clothes in cold water, on a delicate cycle.

What are your must have items for keeping those outfits in excellent condition after a blowout? I would love to hear your tips!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You