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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 || FOR BABY

Holiday Gift Guide For Baby 2017 - Great list of items perfect for Baby's First Year

We have been busy getting ready for baby #2 – who happens to be due Christmas Day! So this is kind of a combo Baby Registry + Christmas List for baby! These are some of our favorite items + must haves for baby’s first year. A Holiday Gift Guide for Baby:

Holiday Gift Guide For Baby 2017 - Great list of items perfect for Baby's First Year

1+ Dockatot // I did not have a Dockatot when Gracie was a baby, but I cannot wait to try one this time around! I’ve only heard great things about this product!

2+ Newton Mattress // We are so excited about this mattress for Donovan! It’s a mattress that allows air to flow freely through it, as the middle is made of 90% free air! You can actually WASH it, too!

3+ Hatch Baby // We LOVE the Hatch Baby Rest sound machine. It hooks up to an app on your phone so you can easily adjust sound and lighting right from your phone. The lights can change colors + you can set timers! White noise is a must for baby’s first year – and this is the best sound machine out there! Read my review here.

4+ Zooby Car Monitor // This baby monitor rocks! The camera is actually inside the stuffed animal. It hooks on the headrest of the car so that you can see baby in the car without turning around. You just look at the screen on your dashboard that it comes with! Genius! + way better than those car mirrors. Plus, you can bring it inside or when you travel!

5+ Delta Crib // We love this classic white crib from Delta. We just got ours + still have to build it, but the reviews are awesome!

6+ Pacifier clip // We love the Loved By Sophia Claire’s leather braided pacifier clips. Perfect for keeping baby’s pacifier close by + off the ground. These are so great to stock up on!

7+ Smart Noggin Toys // I just found out about these amazing toys and they are a MUST-HAVE for baby’s first year. Each of their toys encourages baby’s early milestones (even from birth!) and guides parents through activities that promote healthy brain development!

8+ Baby Bullet // This thing is genius! You can make + store fresh and healthy food for baby so quickly! I loved making Gracie’s food + I can’t wait to make Donovan’s food when he’s big enough!

9+ Como Tomo Bottles // I plan on breastfeeding baby #2, but it’s always great to have bottles on hand. We plan on stocking up on these Como Tomo bottles because they prevent colic + mimic breastfeeding!

10+ Cresent Womb // This baby hammock looks awesome! I plan on getting one for the new baby. It supposedly reduces factors associated with SIDS + creates a safe sleep environment.

Holiday Gift Guide For Baby 2017 - Great list of items perfect for Baby's First Year

Safer Skincare with Young Living Makeup || Savvy Minerals

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

I recently met this amazing entrepreneur, Wendy, online.

She sells oils, home products, + now makeup through the company Young Living.

Since I am 30 weeks pregnant, I am constantly evaluating what I am putting in my body + ON my body. So when Wendy started talking to me about this new makeup Young Living has, I was instantly hooked.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

The makeup that is being sold at stores like Target, Walgreens, and Sephora is FULL of harmful chemicals + products including parabens, talc, bismuth, LEAD, mercury, and mineral oil. It’s actually pretty disgusting that they are even aloud to sell those things.

I should always be conscious of what’s going on my body, but I think I am extra sensitive + heightened to it lately because I am pregnant + want to make sure I am only doing what’s best for the baby. That’s one reason why I LOVE Savvy Minerals. I know it’s only pure + quality ingredients going on my skin.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Things you will NEVER find in Savvy Minerals: talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colorants, or cheap synthetic fillers that are usually found in other leading brands.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

What I LOVE about Savvy Minerals

+ My favorite thing EVER about this line is the misting spray. At first when I opened this, I thought it was one of those sprays you spray on your face after you do your makeup to “set” it. But NO- you actually spray a few pumps onto your makeup brush before you pick up the mineral makeup. This is a game-changer! The spray helps give the foundation more coverage + helps nourish and freshen the skin. It’s amazing.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

+ The foundation. Ahhh.. this foundation is the best. It’s super easy to put on – just sprinkle a bit in the lid, use your brush (with the misting spray) to circle a few times in the lid and blend into skin. What I love is that if you need more coverage, you just repeat this until you build the perfect foundation. I have really sensitive skin and I swear this actually has helped my skin. My complexion feels brighter after wearing this.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

+The Diamond Dust – Omg this stuff rocks. It’s a veil that you apply after your foundation and it helps to bring highlight to the skin. It also helps blur blemishes and wrinkles while giving the skin an airbrushed look. I LOVE this. At first, I thought it might make my face look glittery, but it really works magic. It’s my favorite step.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

+The Savvy Brushes- These brushes are SO high quality + they feel incredible on the skin! I love how each brush has a set purpose – and it’s labeled right on the brush. I need that because I used to only use one brush for everything just because I would get confused with all the different sizes LOL.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

+ The lipgloss! I never wear lipgloss. It dries my lips out like instantly. But this one actually MOISTURIZES. And the color is PERFECT.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Would I recommend it? 

Well, considering I’ve already recommended it to tons of people… YES – I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Throw all your other makeup away because you don’t need any of it anymore. This makeup is all you need + it’s good for your skin. You don’t have to worry about the toxins sitting on your face all day.

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Safer Skincare with Savvy Mineral Makeup by Young Living!

Want to try Savvy Minerals? 

You’ve got to try this stuff. And- you have to meet Wendy. She’s the best + so educated in this world! She’s also the perfect color matcher. She looked at one makeup-less photo of me, and got my makeup color PERFECT.

To order: just email Wendy

You can also message her on Facebook or her Instagram! She’s the sweetest + would love to help ya!

 

My Other Favorite Young Living Product

Thieves household cleaner. Holy moly. Want your house to smell like Christmas? You’ve got to try this cleaner. It seriously cleans almost anything and it smells sooooo good. Once again, I am pregnant + have been super careful with what I clean with. Wendy let me try a sample of the Thieves Cleaner + I am hooked for life. I love using this on our windows + glass. It works great in the bathroom. You can also use a capful in the washing machine or dishwasher! For most all-purpose cleaning, dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. That breaks down to one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate = about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each) for about 88 cents a bottle. That’s cheaper than most all-natural cleaners on the market.

 

 

Toddler Tableware || Re-Play Review!

Want to know one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom?! The crazy amount of mix-matched tableware that accumulates. Whenever you need a cup, you can’t find the matching lid – or the straw. Nothing goes together when you need it to + nothing stacks because it’s all different brands. It’s not the worst pet peeve, but it really does drive me crazy.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

Recently I discovered the perfect solution. This tableware is the BEST – I am obsessed with it! It’s called Re-Play Recycled.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

WHAT IS RE-PLAY

Not only is Re-Play the CUTEST, most functional tableware for toddlers, it’s also made from RECYCLED milk jugs! All Re-Play dishware is available in a wide variety of colors and sets. From snack stacks and no spill sippy cups, to divided and flat plates.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

WHAT I LOVE

There are so many things I love about Re-Play.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

+The types of things they offer – You can get divided plates, flat plates, cups with tops or without, snack stacks, bowls, utensils, and even TOYS.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

+The durability- The thickness and durability of the products is amazing. Wait until you feel them- it’s such high quality. They claim that you can even run over our divided plate with a car without causing damage! WHOA.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

+The colors! There are tons of colors on the site. We got the Sorbet collection, but they have a wide variety of colors including black and white!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

+The snack stacks! These little snack cups come with lids + are the perfect size for carrying a snack in your purse or the car. They actually link together too, so you can stack a whole bunch of them! This is so great for traveling.

+The organization – ahhhh… my nightmare dishes cabinet is finally put-together and SOOOO organized. You have no idea how happy I get when I open this cabinet and realize everything I need is right there. No more searching for the matching lid because everything can be mixed + matched.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

WHAT GRACIE LOVES

Gracie is also obsessed with Re-Play! At least once a week, she requests to have a “picnic-party”. This is where we get out a few sets of Re-Play and set up a picnic in the living room for her stuffed animal friends. It’s adorable + she seriously loves it.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

Doing these picnic parties is actually quite the learning experience too. Not only is she learning to “share” with her stuffed animals (hehe), she also LOVES to match the colors together!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

Gracie’s favorite plate is the divided plate. She usually doesn’t like her food to touch, so we like to use the dividers to separate her different food items for her meals. I think using these plates has truly helped her eat more. She loves seeing all the different options we give her in each cubby.

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

She also loves the no-spill cups! These are the only cups she uses now. We have the ones without the lid which we will start practicing with soon, but for now – we for SURE need the no-spill ones! LOL

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

The Best Toddler Tableware! Re-Play Recycled Review!

WHERE TO BUY

Purchase your Re-Play HERE.

CHEERS!

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