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MUST HAVES WITH BABY

ROAD TRIP READY WITH CYBEX SIRONA M

By on April 15, 2018


Road trip ready, beep beep! We are checking off a bucket list item this weekend at Yosemite National Park. This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and this weekend is the perfect excuse to drive up and spend some family time together.
My husband loves to hike and explore nature so for him this is the perfect vacation. Since my husband works a 9-5 inside Los Angeles, he loves any excuse to get away and be with nature. We couldn’t imagine leaving Lila behind on any of our adventures so away we go!

At the top of my To Do list before we leave is installing a new car seat. As a mom every little thing worries me and car seat safety is one of those things. I did some research trying to find the right car seat that would put me at ease, and finally found, CYBEX Sirona M. It’s basically every parent’s dream car seat and the newest addition to the CYBEX Gold Car Seat family. Sirona M uses SensorSafe 2.0 which offers advanced child safety protection.

SensorSafe 2.0 integrates important safety technology into the chest clip of the car seat. SensorSafe 2.0 goes a step further to monitor the well being of the child while the vehicle is in motion. Whether you accidentally leave the child alone in the car or the child unbuckles herself, the essential alert will go off through both the vehicle receiver and the caregiver’s cellphone. There is a small vehicle receiver that is installed in the vehicle OBD2 port and that is what connects to the smartphone. If you are driving the car and can’t access the phone, the app is not required to receive the alerts.

This give me peace of mind to leave my worries at home and enjoy the trip ahead. I never know what’s going on back there with her car seat straps. But now I’m worry free since I will know if anything unsafe arrises in the backseat. I don’t know how I went this long without this family trip must have item.

p.s. At the bottom of this post I have rounded up all of my favorite things that I picked up to get us through this roadtrip.

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Cybex Global. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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backpack //  car storage box  // backseat organizer  // window shade  // water bottle  // twistable crayons  // coloring book  // writing board  // hatchimals  // activity tray table //  look and find princess book  // p is for princess book  // cybex sirona m

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ALL THINGS FEMME

GREAT CARE FOR LESS MONEY WITH SINGLE CARE

By on April 4, 2018

REAL TALK. I don’t think I knew a single thing about healthcare before I was pregnant. But let me tell ya I learned really fast. The first thing I learned? It’s expensive! So ever since I have been on the hunt for more affordable options. When I found Single Care I knew it was a game changer. It was free to sign up and can instantly search nearby locations for prescriptions, dental, vision, and even video doctor visits. It’s been a huge relief to have this kind of support available. Less time for stress and more time for fun!

How Single Care Works

PRESCRIPTIONS:SingleCare partners with pharmacies nationwide to get you affordable prices on your prescriptions.

DENTAL:SingleCare handles patient billing for dental offices nationwide. Reducing the work to see a patient means their partners offer great care at the best possible price.

VISION:SingleCare partners with Walmart Vision Centers across the country to handle billing and to make routine eye care more affordable for consumers.

VIDEO DOTOR VISITS: SingleCare has partnered with MeMD to provide quick, affordable doctor visits through a phone or computer. Members spend less time at the waiting room and more time feeling better.

*Thank you to Single Care for kindly sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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MUST HAVES WITH BABY

OUR FAVORITE SUNSCREEN FOR THE POOL

By on March 22, 2018

One of the best parts about living in California is being able to swim year round. I loved swimming growing up and got to do it often since we had a pool in our backyard. It was one of my favorite things to do and I spent almost all of my free time under water. I remember before every swim my mom would put sunscreen on me and I never understood why I had to use it. I just wanted to swim! Lila loves swimming almost as much as I did and I have learned a thing or two about sun safety since then.

I always make sure to lather her fair skin before we go anywhere but especially the pool. Our favorite for year round application is California Baby’s Sensitive Skin with 30 SPF. It’s a mineral sunscreen that has actually won several awards. It is free of added fragrances, common allergens, and irritants so it’s perfect for allergy-prone, sensitive skin. (Hello, Lila!) The cream applied works as as a barrier on top of the skin instead of being absorbed by the skin like a lot of chemical sunscreens. It’s a diaper bag must have. I like to keep the stick option too so I can just swipe it across Lila’s face in a hurry.

If you want to stock up on sunscreen for summer or try anything else from California Baby you can use code: CELESTE15 for 15% off your entire purchase. No minimum purchase required and code expires 4/16.

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EASTER | FAVORITE TODDLER TOYS

LAST MINUTE EASTER EGG STUFFERS FOR TODDLER GIRLS

By on March 21, 2018
So the Easter baskets are made and I am putting the finishing touches on the Easter eggs for the big Egg Hunt. Since there is always so much candy I thought I would switch it up this year and add a few items for Lila to find that don’t contain chocolate. I found a few eggs at the dollar store that were huge! So I am using those to put some bigger items in. Plus how fun would it be for her to find a giant egg. Right?! Below are some things I putting in the non candy eggs. I hope it inspires you to create some non candy eggs for your egg hunt too.

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OUTFITS FOR MOM | TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

SPRING LOOKS FOR MAMA AND LITTLE

By on March 19, 2018
Spring is here! All the flowers, all the showers, and all the pastel colors. Yippee! Lila is pretty sure spring means eating lots of chocolate rabbits because everyday she wakes up begging for one. I am seriously so happy that it’s the time of year where you can put a bunny on anything and it is acceptable. Lila has loved rabbits since she was a baby and we are a bit bunny obsessed. Feels good to add a few new pieces into her closet too. What are you excited to wear this spring?

Lila’s Outfit:Dress / ShoesPurseLamb Knit Doll

My Outfit:DressShoes

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EASTER

THE PERFECT CHOCOLATES FOR EVERY EASTER BASKET

By on March 15, 2018
In case you didn’t know we are ALL. ABOUT. EASTER. in this family. Easter and well, chocolate. I surprised Lila with an easter basket full of her favorite things: chocolate bunnies, chocolate surprise eggs, and vanilla lollipops. All from See’s Candies of course. Only the best for my little chocolate lover. And the best part?… I can probably convince her to share.
*This post has been sponsored by See’s Candies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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EASTER | TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

TODDLER GIRL OUTFITS FOR EASTER DAY

By on March 12, 2018

Easter is around the corner and I can hardly contain my excitement. Easter has always been my favorite holiday. (Well, second to Christmas. Let’s not be crazy.) Growing up my mom always made Easter a very special day and since my nieces were born it has been so much fun adding more and more magic for them each year. One of my favorite traditions for the girls that my sister in law has made every year is glitter confetti eggs. For like 9 years now she would drain eggs very carefully, let them dry, then fill them up with glitter. Then we would all throw them at each other! (Kinda just like super glittery water balloons.) It is so magical to me and I love that Lila is not only old enough to be active in all the festivities we have planned, but is actually really excited. She wakes up every day asking if it is Easter and I really just want to wow the pants of her on Easter day.

One way I plan on making her day as special is possible is Easter Pajamas! I found the cutest Easter PJ’s ever from Chasing Fireflies and instantly became obsessed. Besides being really freaking cute- you can also personalize them! You I had to get these for her and I personalized them with her name on them. You can see the difference here Wild Bunny Pj’s vs. Personalized. Both are seriously adorable, but I thought personalizing them would be the cherry on top to the cutest pjs. I also got her these Fluffy Bunny Slippers because one they are so perfect- how can you not get them?! And two because she actually really does need slippers, so it was partially a practical decision.

Okay, okay! Now let’s talk about her DRESS. While scrolling through and swooning over pajamas I found the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. I chose the Cottage Garden Dress because it was stunning, but also reversible. So she can wear it to another event in the future and it’s like a whole new dress. Yay! When the dress came in the mail I have to say I was in awe of all the details of the dress. It is even more stunning in person and I am going to find any excuse for her to wear this dress and often as possible. Oh and I’m already crying thinking about the day it doesn’t fit her anymore.

For her Easter basket I went with this  Bunny Easter Basket mostly because of the size. I always jam pack Lila’s Easter basket so full that you almost can’t tell there’s even a basket. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room this year and this one is just perfect. It’s also super soft. I’m obsessed. Since I was already on a personalizing kick, I added her name to the basket too. It’s this one: Personalized Bunny Easter Basket.

So that’s what Lila will be wearing Easter day! I am so excited about Easter it’s ridiculous. Next I’ll be sharing what’s inside her Easter Basket with you so be on the look out for that. Everything is linked below as well as deadlines for orders. Hoppy Easter!

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OUTFITS FOR MOM | PLACES IN PASADENA | TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

PLACES IN PASADENA: FLOAT

By on March 7, 2018

It’s probably no surprise to you to hear that I have a serioussweet tooth. And one of my all time favorite desserts is a root beer float. When Hubs and I started dating we used to go anywhere and everywhere for a good root beer float. When I was in college I discovered Float just a few blocks from campus here in Pasadena. Since my first visit I was hooked! I have since become a regular at this spot and I still love it just as much as day one.

They actually have an amazing menu of creative floats mixing specialty glass bottle sodas with delicious handmade ice cream. From the combinations to the the toppings, I am always amazed at the creativity. Today we tried the Neapolitan and it was seriously the best thing ever! It had strawberry chip ice cream, manhattan vanilla soda, mini chocolate donuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles. And that’s not all. Want to know the best part? Lila got a mini one!  That’s right. Every Monday from 3-6 they offer a Mommy & Me Float. Buy one float, get a mini float for your mini me- free!

Guess you’ll be seeing us here every Monday!

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EASTER

CUTE EASTER BASKET IDEAS FOR TODDLER GIRLS

By on March 3, 2018
Easter is a month away and I am in full blown Easter basket making mode. If they have Easter things at Target then it’s not too soon. Right?! Talking from experience, going in without a plan usually ends up leaving with a lot of ?everything? haha. So this year I am making a list and going in to check off these boxes. I also want to surprise her in the morning with Easter eggs in the living room filled with things like small toys, blind bags, bracelets, bows, little gems… things like that! I know she will love it. Then I’ll have it lead to her basket and that’s pretty much all I have planned right now. I know this month is going to fly by so if you need me I will be at Target staring at all the pastel colored, egg shaped, amazingness. The countdown is on!

 

Baskets

Coloring

Disney Littles Doll

Water Bottle

Wooden Toy

Lip Balm

Fruit Snacks

 

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TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

SPRING INSPIRED TODDLER GIRL OUTFITS

By on February 26, 2018

One of my favorite seasons is spring simply because all the cute toddler clothes! I love Easter and pastel colors so when I see my two favorite things come together and inspire endless collections of little girl clothing, swoon. Lila loves to wear dresses and I love to see her in dresses so it’s a win win for both of us. One of my favorite places to find the cutest dresses of the season is Tea Collection. You can find their styles on their website or at Nordstrom. I love shopping in store because then you can touch the material of the clothing. I love to touch things before I buy them! To save you a trip to the store all of the Tea Collection dresses Lila is wearing in this post are made with super soft,thick cotton. So you really can’t go wrong. 😉

This season I am focusing on growing Lila’s accessory stash. She loves wearing sunglasses daily but I have trouble finding pairs that I like for her. We just got a few pairs last week so I will report back with how they are working out for us soon. For shoes we are currently head over heels in love with Mini Melissa. Lila really doesn’t even want to wear any other shoe. We have a few pairs right now and I have a feeling our collection will growing rapidly because they are so cute! We just got these for our Disneyland trips and I can’t wait to squeeze her feet into them.

Happy Shopping!

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