September 08, 2016


What's in my Diaper Bag

Recently I have had a lot of friends who are first time moms ask me what I carry around in my diaper bag, so I thought I would share with all of you what to put in a diaper bag. As the mom of a toddler and preschooler here is a quick list of what diaper bag supplies I carry in my diaper bag.

 

Diaper Bag - Timi and Leslie Charlie Bag in Teal, $159.99

I love this diaper bag! It is so cute I know I will be be using after the kids outgrow the diaper bag stage, and the size and compartments make it perfect for carrying around their daily essentials.

1. Sippy Cup - Lollaland Lollacup in Brave Blue, $16

As a mom of 2 I usually have 2 of these in the bag at all times, usually empty so I don't have any spills. When we are out and they get thirsty I usually fill with water from a water fountain. 

2. Wipes - Johnson's Hand and Face Wipes, $2.49

We are currently potty training my youngest so I don't have to carry around as many wipes as I did before, but these are great for cleaning hands and faces after a messy meal. Definitely important when considering what to put in a diaper bag.

3. Fruit Pouch - Ella's Kitchen Fruit Smoothie

4. Diapers - Honest Company Diapers

As I stated before we are currently potty training my youngest, but I still like to have some diapers on hand in case he has an accident. 

5. Bib - Bumkins SuperBib, $6.95

This bib is great because it is wipeable and has a pocket for catching food. 

6. Diaper Rash Cream - Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream, $9.95

7. First Aid Kit - Medi Buddy First Aid Kit to Go, $4.99

With 2 boys this is a must, I will also add a few extra band aids to the kit to be safe. Diaper bag supplies should always include a first aid kit. 

8. Toy - Green Toys Twist Teether, $10.99

This is an older toy from the baby years, but still does the trick of keeping them entertained in the car or when we are waiting somewhere. While they would prefer to play with cars, this is a much quitter and safer option. The race cars tend to go airborne and any play with the cars comes with very loud sound effects.

9. Snack Container - Boon Snack Ball, $7.49

LOVE this snack container! Keeps the food from getting smashed and in a pinch can serve as a ball for my kids to roll back and forth to each other. 

10. Socks 

 Socks for mom and kids are great to keep in your diaper bag supplies if you like to go to classes or play centers together.


What is on your diaper bag essentials list? Is your idea of what to put in a diaper different?

August 25, 2016


A Mini Vacation to the Red Sea

One of our favorite things about having a blog is the ability to share stories from our customers with all of you! This fan story comes from Jessie about her adventures traveling with her 5 month old to the Red Sea.

 

I spent half of my pregnancy on bed rest, which means that I had a LOT of time to research travel cribs. Once I had my mind set on the Lotus, I was unable to settle for anything else. My mother-in-law blessed us with our Lotus, and I am so thankful, because we love it! We live abroad in the Middle East and have really enjoyed the ease of traveling with our Lotus Crib. Our daughter is 5 months old, and we recently had a mini vacation to the Red Sea. It was so convenient to set her up in the Lotus pool side by day and cozy in our hotel room by night!  Back at home, we keep our Lotus in the living room for our daughter to play in throughout the day. I LOVE how easy it is to set up and take down, and that its actually light enough to carry other places if we like. Our family will be traveling a lot this summer, and I love knowing that we can bring this with us and that our daughter will have some of the comforts of home, even while we are away. Its compact, light and really travel friendly. We are huge fans. Thank you Guava Family!

 

If you have a story you would like to share please email Jessica@guavafamily.com.

August 18, 2016


Nursery Trend We Are Loving: Animals

One of the hottest nursery trends of 2016 has been animal themed gender neutral nurseries, and we are loving them! If you are looking for some inspiration for baby's (or toddler's) room you have found it:

via Wit and Delight

via Rue Daily

via Style Me Pretty 

via Homes to Love

via Project Nursery 

August 11, 2016


Travel Games for Kids

I am taking my kids on a road trip to a family reunion next week, so have been scouring Pinterest looking for some games to keep them occupied during the 5 hour car ride and in the hotel room. 

Here are some of my favorite travel games for kids and toddler travel activities (and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are a hit!). 

1. DIY Coloring Lap Board

I love this idea from The Measured Mom! Use small magnetic strips to adhere the pad and markers to a cookie tray. Not sure I trust my kids with markers in the car so may pick a few crayons and adhere the magnetic strips to them instead. And since the tray is magnetic I have also picked up a package of alphabet magnets for my son to play with on the tray when he is done coloring. 

2. Color matching Game

I grew on this idea from Fat Vegan Baby, I got paint chips and cut them in half to create a matching game, pairing game, and color game. I think my younger son can pair the paint chips up on his tray and both boys can find all the alphabet magnets that are the same color as the paint chip and organize them on their trays. I am hoping I can turn the chips into a matching game for the hotel room. 

Do you have any good travel games for kids or toddler travel activities?

July 28, 2016


July 22, 2016


Great Travel Toy: DIY Quiet Books

One of my biggest concerns when traveling with the kids is keeping them entertained with things that aren't too loud and that won't easily get lost. Quiet books for toddlers make great kids travel toys. 

I love quiet books, if you are traveling soon or just want an easy activity for the kids check out these cool DIY quiet book ideas. 

Even if your kids don't have a Mr. Potato head at home they will love making funny faces and different outfits. This template from Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows is great. 

via Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

 

These finger puppets and fish bowl from Homemade by Jill are a lot of fun and simple kids travel toys.

The tie the laces is perfect for the kid who is learning to tie his shoes or is even showing interest in tying their shoes. Their laundry one is a fun activity for kids to work on grasping skills, and quiet books for toddlers help with that. (via Pops & Podge)

July 14, 2016


Travel Fun: Airport Scavenger Hunt

Finding fun stuff to do with the kids while traveling can be challenging. As my kids got older I found that playing a game of I Spy or Airport Scavenger Hunt was a great way to pass the time. 

May 28, 2016


Summer Fun at the Park

With the unofficial start of summer right around the corner we are looking forward to afternoons at the park. Here are a few of our favorite park essentials, what would you add to the list?

1. The perfect play/picnic mat. We love this one from Posh Play, it is waterproof and easy to wipe clean.

2. Sunscreen. Definitely one to keep in the park bag, even if applying at home never hurts to have some on hand to re-apply as necessary. (pictured: babyganics mineral based sunscreen)

3. Portable charger, don't get caught out with no phone battery. Especially if your phone doubles as a camera you will want to keep these on hand. (pictured: kate spade portable charger)

4. Sidewalk Chalk is fun for all ages!

5. Don't forget the snacks, we love the squeasy snackers for mess free snacking on the go. 

6. Balls, these are perfect to play with alone or with a friend. Play a game of catch, soccer or one of your own creation! (pictured: melissa and doug tribe kickball)

7. Lotus Everywhere Crib and Fun Shade, perfect for the nap at the park, play spot or just a place to get out of the sun. 

8. Melissa and Doug Bollie Bubbles. A favorite, perfect for the solo trip to the park or a playdate. 

 

May 16, 2016


Inspiration: Summer Baby Shower

Planning a summer baby shower? Here is a little shower inspiration to make the shower unique. 

Who doesn't love s'mores?! Put a twist on this summer classic and have gourmet s'mores at the party. You could also take this idea a bit further and throw a camping themed shower, like this one from Baby Aspen

 

Keep it simple and throw a BBQ, this is a great option if you are throwing a co-ed shower. 

Add an ice cream bar, like this one from Simply Jo, it makes for easy dessert and is sure to be a hit!

 

A mocktail bar cart, like this one from Brit+Co, is the perfect way to keep the party outside. It also serves as great decoration. You could even add a 'guess the gender' element and have a pink and blue drink for them to choose from. 

April 22, 2016


Storybook Baby Shower

Planning a baby shower? Take a look at our Storybook Baby Shower Inspiration for some creative baby shower ideas. This storybook themed baby shower is also a great way to build a 'first library' for baby.

Ask all guests to bring along a favorite book for the nursery with a personal message to baby inside. To prevent duplicates consider a SignUp Genius or Evite where guests can let everyone else know what they are planning to bring. 

Food

Get creative with the food and have several dishes inspired by book titles. Here are a few of our favorites from Kate Aspen.

Decorations

You can get creative baby shower ideas for the decorations, here is a little inspiration:

 

Love this DIY book garland from Martha Stewart.

Invite

And for a little invite inspiration:

 

 

 

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