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

{Milestone Cards} + A Six Month Update

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

It’s no secret that I love to keep track of my baby’s monthly growth and development. Even now, as I type this my blue-eyed beauty is moving her left hand every which way, while staring in amazement. It’s something she has been doing for months now, but each time is like the first for her.

As a busy mom of two, I tend to capture a majority of those major milestones using my camera phone. At the end of the month you can find me scrolling through the photos on my iPhone, in effort to remember why I took each one. Unfortunately, it’s not the most effective system.

Milestone Cards

This idea of capturing baby’s major milestones came from Gemma Broekhuis. She was a mother on a mission, determined to capture her sons first year. She wrote his milestones down on makeshift cards and photographed her son with each one. By using photographs, Gemma realized how easy it was to grasp these moments. She also knew how easy it would be to forget. So, she set out to make her idea into a reality for parents around the world. In May of 2012, the first sets of Baby Cards by Milestone were ready. Now her cards are available to parents across the globe, spanning 40 countries and in 22 languages.

These cards are revolutionary in my efforts to give baby #2 a detailed record of her beginnings. Every parent knows it is always the first child who has the most detailed record of their childhood. Not because they are loved more, but because life seems to get busier and busier. So instead of spending time writing moments down, you just live in them. Unfortunately, we do tend to forget the current moments as time marches on to create new ones.

This is why I feel these Baby Cards by Milestone are revolutionary! These cards are so much more than a month to month update. While cards for months 1-12 are included. This box of 30 cards offers photo opportunities for several major milestones, from the first time baby rolled over, to first food, the first time baby stood, and everything in between. It’s all laid out for you. Just date the card at the bottom and your baby it ready for a quick photo op. No more scrolling through your iPhone trying to remember why you took that photo!

So whether your expecting your first or your fifth baby, consider these cards an important aspect for capturing his/her first year.

How do you capture your baby’s first year? I would love to hear all about it!?

Baby Girl – {Sixth Month Update}

  • January 13th was the first time I dressed you and big sister in matching outfits. You both wore a puppy dog sweater dress with matching leggings and socks.
  • January 19th was your first baby story time experience at the library. We stayed for both sessions and you fell asleep during the second.
  • You have found your voice! The second week of January you began screaming while on your play mat one evening.
  • You are pushing yourself up with your hands when you are on your tummy.
  • January 29th, I dressed you both alike for a second time. Matching puppy dog sweaters, heart leggings, and socks.
  • One of my favorite moments from the last few months is when you are sitting on my lap, facing me, with your little hands touch my face and you have a big smile as I coax you to say mama! I just know you will eventually say it first! 🙂
  • You love to grab toys I hold in front of you. You have been doing that since Christmas!
  • You roll over to reach for toys in close proximity to you!

Copyrighted By Boldly Bravely You

One, Two, Three : Don’t Blink

One, Two, Three…

There it is and just like that it’s gone. I feel like that is just how much time has past, but not in years. In seconds… Time is the tabistry of life. A fabric I am deperserately trying to cling to with every fiber of my being.

One, Two, Three…

That is how many seconds it took for you to go from baby to toddler. And within a matter of a few short months you will be leaving three behind forever. The visual in my mind is difficult to shake… I picture you waving good-bye to three and as you head down a dust road to greet number four. Leaving three to fade into the background, becoming a distant memory.

One, Two, Three…

While I feel as though there is something magical about each stage of life, I feel like 3 has been my favorite thus far. Or maybe 3 1/2. Either way, I love this number! A number that represents so much growth and development.

I love all the cute things you say!

  • “I will go wiff (with) you!”
  • “Yes, Imam.” (I am)
  • “I NOT!” (You sound as though you have adopted a sophisticated European accent when you say this. It’s too cute!)
  • “I’m free” (I’m three)
  • “I wuv you!” (I love you!)
  • “Not for now.” (When you don’t want to do something.)
  • “You tell me! You tell me now!” (When you ask a question I do not know the answer to. Ex. What is her name? As we pass a random little girl in the grocery store.)
  • “I have to stir my witches potion, mommy!” (As you stand on the step stool at the counter, donned with your superhero mask and cape, while stirring the eggs.)
  • “Minnie and Mickey live in Forda and Calfona!” (Florida and California are two of the first four states you learned.)
  • “I do it myself!”
  • “Oooo, that’s spooky!”
  • “Cuddle you Mommy.”
  • “What it taste of?” (What does it taste like?)
  • “Mmmmmm, that’s tasty.”
  • “That’s yummy for my tummy.”
  • *Dramatic Sigh* “I’m tired. I need to rest.”

I love the sweet songs you sing!

  • “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” You started singing to your baby sister when she was in my tummy.
  • “Go, Cubs, Go.” Daddy taught you this song over the summer. One day at preschool you began singing it to your teachers.

A few books you love! When you love a book you stick with it for weeks and even months on end.

  • For months following your third birthday, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was a must read.
  • The Day The Crayons Quit
  • What Makes a Rainbow
  • Scaredy-Cat Splat – Halloween books are your all time favorite!
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
  • Dr. Seuss ABC Book – Just within the last few weeks, you have memorized a majority of the content in the book. It’s amazing to listen to you!

Goodbye Three…

Honestly, I could spend days adding to this post. Writing down every tidbit that makes you, my adorable girl, one amazing three year old! We have had a great year, haven’t we!? You have become quite the inquisitive, creative girl. Adventure fills your soul. It’s this sense of wonder and excitement that feed your need for exploration! How you love to be on the go, just like your mama!

So while I am over here, making the all preparations for your fourth birthday bash, just know how much I have loved three! All the beautiful, messy moments of it. Of course I will always enjoy planning your birthday‘s! They are beyond special. But all the little moments of your life that make up an entire year are truly the best parts. So three, forgive me. I just want to hold on to you a little longer.

Unfortunately, time is inevitable and it never seems to slows down. So I will do my best to savor these last few months of three. Savor it, as you continue down the road to four. Another wonderful year coming to a close, but a new adventure just waiting to begin.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

 

Update : {Five Months}

My sweet baby girl, how can it be five months already? I know I say it time and again, but these updates are coming all too quickly. Time moves like quicksand. I barely have time to grasp one moment before it’s gone, slowly fading from my rearview mirror…

Sweet little one, we love so much! Do you know that? Do you know how much your big sister loves to play with you?

Baby Girl – {Five Month Update}

  • Saturday, December 17th was your first family Christmas. You wore the same adorable outfit as big sister did for her first Christmas! You were perfectly happy! This was your first visit with your Great-grandparents and they loved you! Great-grandma even holding you for a quick photo.
  • Christmas Eve was your first time at Church and you very well! I feed you and you slept through most of it.
  • Big sister helped you open your Christmas Eve gift – purple footy pajamas with a monkey on them.
  • Christmas Day was a lovely First Christmas for you! I placed you in your activity seat and big sister helped you open your gifts. Your favorite gift is a teething book, “Guess How Much I Love You” that Santa placed in your stocking!
  • Sing – your first movie on Christmas Day. We feed you before we left. I held you in the theater and you fell asleep about 20 minutes into it. Then you woke up for a short time. You fussed for a moment or two, so I feed you and you went right back to sleep. Your first movie was a success!
  • In the last two months you have been moving all over your play mat and often times moving off of it.
  • Wednesday, December 28th you cut your first two teeth, the bottom two front ones!
  • Saturday, December 31st at 1:00pm you rolled over for the first time from tummy to back! I was able to snap a photo after your second time rolling over, but you haven’t allowed me to capture it on video.
  • January 3rd at 9:30am was your first cloth diaper experience.
  • When I tickle your neck, you give a deep belly laugh! It’s too cute!

Monthly Stickers: {AppleEyeBabyShop}

Personalized Swaddle Blanket: {Audrey’s Bear}

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You