Great 1st Birthday Gift- LeapFrog My Pal Scout and Violet

LeapFrog My Pal VioletLeapFrog My Pal Scout
Here is a great 1st birthday gift idea for you: Leapfrog’s My Pal Violet and Scout are cute and fun. LeapFrog does a great job of making electronic educational toys that kids love to play with!  You can plug these puppies into your computer (cable and instructions included) to personalize them with your child’s favorite things.  They will say your child’s name, favorite color, favorite food, songs and much more.  You can press the night time button on the foot once to play music for 2 minutes, or twice for 5 minutes.  Violet was a big hit in our house and was the favorite stuffed animal that my youngest slept with for a couple years.  The recommended ages for this are 6 months to 3 years.

What Moms Love Weekly

I love it when Fridays come quickly! This has been a fun week jumping on our new Springfree trampoline {did you enter to win one?}.  The kids have gone to bed worn out every night {smile}.  This week I am loving “I love you mommy” whispered from a toddler who makes it her favorite phrase of the week.  I am also loving teaching tweens life lessons that I know will help them long after they leave home, eating strawberries by the bowlful, yummy new smoothie recipes {recipe to come}, and a fresh haircut for a little boy that makes him look a little bigger {this one is bitter-sweet}.

How about you? What are you loving this week in your mom life?

Here are some favorite finds this week and the theme is baby.  Even though my youngest is 3, I cannot seem to get over baby things.  Love ‘Em!

1. phil&teds Nest Sleep System– Have ever wanted to leave the baby with Grandma for a bit or not have to take a big & bulky bed with you when you travel?  I sure have and I love the idea of this portable bed.  It has it’s won bag that you can bring along baby’s stuff in too and travels easily.  Sure wish I had one for all of our travels with baby in the past!!

2. aden + anais dribble bibs/burp clothes– I heart aden + anais swaddling blankets and now these dribble bibs.  These are great for the dribbliest of droolers.  They are so soft and snap around baby to cover them fully.  They also double as shields for moms shoulder when carrying around a bound-to-spit-up-when-you-least-expect-it baby. They come in a sweet assortment of baby friendly designs and colors.

3. Skip Hop ABC Zoo Activity Gym– I love Skip Hop products and this ABC Zoo Gym is too cute! There is so much for baby to look at and play with and this would be perfect for tummy time to build up those little baby muscles.

4. Jones Design Company Name Prints– Go ahead and ooh and ahh! These name prints are ADORABLE and so stylish for a modern baby nursery too.  I want one for each of my kids and I absolutely LOVE the damask cat print!  So sweet!

5. Bella Tunno Laminated Bib in Miss Thing– Baby bibs have come a long way from “I love my aunt” painted across the front. Bella Tunno makes some of the cutest laminated baby bibs with ribbon velcro neck closures.  The bibs have a pocket to catch stray peas that little ones might drop {they eat their peas right? Wink}.  I love this Miss Things bib but it’s a hard choice.  Since these bibs are so cute you won’t be so anxious to get it off baby to reveal the cute outfit underneath.


Freckle Box: Personalized Lunch Boxes with a Surprise Inside

When I saw the above picture of these lunch boxes, that can be personalized, I thought they were really cute but when I looked closer and saw the chalkboard surface on the inside I thought it was genius.  I love the idea of tucking a note inside my kids lunchboxes and these cute Freckle Box lunch boxes make it so easy to do.

There are so many great ways to personalize these!  You’ll be sure to find one that you like.  Check out all of the other great items to personalize for your kids at Freckle Box too!

Right now Groupon has a great deal for Freckle BoxSpend $19 and get $40 worth.  Here’s the fine print:

  • Expires Oct 10, 2012
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per order. Online only.
  • Extra fee for shipping; starts at $5.95.
  • Extra 2 days of processing time for personalized items.

Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post. I only recommend what I use and love!

Lego Cleanup Genius! Loving the Lay-N-Go!

Okay, so if you have kids I am guessing you have Legos (assuming your kids are old enough)?  Don’t we all have a love/hate relationship with Legos?  We love them because our kids build incredibly imaginative things with them.  We hate them because they never stay in one place and you can find a Lego just about anywhere (dryer anyone?!).  Enter the Lay-n-go.  This amazing bag lays flat as a play surface and then when you are done you just pull the zip cord to close up the bag with all of the Legos inside. There’s even a pocket to tuck away the string.

When I came across the Lay-n-Go online I could not believe how brilliant it is!  This is truly a mom and dad invention that parents with kids that play with toys needs (um, that’s pretty much all of us isn’t it?).  The Lay-n-Go doesn’t just work for Legos but just about any toy with multiple pieces that you can imagine.  Imagine cleaning up your toy room or living room in less than 20 seconds!

The Lay-n-Go comes in two sizes, a 5 foot size and the lite version which is 18″.  The larger size is perfect to use in rooms where you want easy cleanup.  We loved the smaller size for in the car travel and for bringing legos from the bedroom to the kitchen table for play time.

These would be fantastic for classrooms (in school or at home)!  Bring out the blocks and put them away in a snap.  Kids will love the quick clean up too!

Watch this video here of how easy it is to set up, close and take with you.

To Purchase either the Lay-n-Go or the Lay-n-Go Lite you can find them at the Lay-n-Go store.

You can stay up to date with Lay-n-Go by Liking them on Facebook or Following them on Twitter.

So what do you think?  Would the Lay-n-Go be a lifesaver for you and your kids?

Disclosure: I was sent a Lay-n-Go Lite to test out.  As always, my opinions are my own.


TOMS Ballet Flats: Uber Cute

TOMS shoes just got cuter!   Introducing TOMS Ballet Flats. They just came out today I’m pretty thrilled about them!

I look forward to purchasing a pair.  It may be hard to choose which color though because they have an amazing variety to choose from.  If they are as comfortable as the classic TOMS shoes they will quickly become my favorites!

Remember that for every pair of TOMS that you purchase, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need.