Jan 20, 2020

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Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop for unique gifts! Plus it's a great way to help support small businesses! Here are some of my favorite, and unique finds that won't' break the bank and would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for her.

1. Yoda One For Me - Baby Yoda Gift Mug

Baby Yoda is so popular right now, so if your girl is into Star Wars (and baby Yoda), then this adorable mug would make the perfect gift, plus you can fill it with chocolate!

2. Grey Fingerless Gloves With Red Hearts 

These gloves are so cute! The perfect way to keep your love's hands warm and show her you care!

3. Peanut Butter Spoon With Name

How adorable is this? The perfect gift for the peanut butter lover in your life! Pair it with a jar of peanut butter and you are all set!

4. Constellation Bracelet
Jewelry is always a great gift idea for Valentine's day and this constellation bracelet is so unique and beautiful! Plus a great way to show her you pay attention to the details as you will have to know her zodiac sign.

5. Dainty Multi-State Necklace
This necklace is adorable and you can customize it have the states that mean the most to you, like the state you met in and/or the state you got married in.

6. Personalized Ring Dish
How beautiful is this ring dish? I love the teal and gold colors and you can customize it with your initials. It would make a lovely Valentine's Day gift!

7. You're My Lobster Socks
If your sweetheart is a Friends fan, they would love these adorable socks! I want a pair of my own!

8. Portable Jewelry Box
A wonderful gift for the traveler in your life! Bonus: you can add some jewelry to go with it.

9. You're Not The Worst Candle
If your lover has a sense of humor and also likes candles, then this would be the perfect gift! 

10. Message in a Bottle Bath Bomb
Give your girl the gift of relaxation, a bath bomb, and when she uses it she'll find a secret message in a bottle just from you. It's two gifts in 1!


Jan 16, 2020

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Disclosure: The following books were gifted: Benji And The Giant Kite, Stir Crack Whisk Bake, How To Catch series. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here.


We have been reading to our daughter since the day she was born. As a baby, we could pretty much read whatever we wanted to her, but as a toddler, she has started choosing her own books. Here are 15 of her favorites that we often read to her.

1) Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

 

This is a cute story about a girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns pink! It's so much fun to read and makes our daughter laugh each time.

2) Benji And The Giant Kite by Alan C. Fox


This was originally a book I had gotten in exchange for a review, but it quickly became one of our daughter's favorites. It's about a boy who loves kites. She loves the dog and points it out on each page he is on. See this post for the full review!

3) Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll 


Duncan is a dragon who loves to read, but he has one small problem, every time something exciting happens, he burns the book! He sets out to find someone to read to him. Our daughter loves the dragon and feels bad for him when the animals won't help Duncan because they are afraid of him.

4) Goodnight Unicorn: A Magical Parody by Karla Oceanak


Our daughter loved unicorns, and she usually picks this one over Goodnight Moon (which we also have and enjoy reading to her). It's a cute little parody for unicorn lovers!

5) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 

For parents who have to read the same thing over and over again, this is a super easy one to memorize, haha! Our daughter loves this one and will even "read" along with me.

6) A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton


This is such a fun and unique book from Usborne. It features the same story but told from two different points of view. There is a great lesson in this book about how we may see situations differently depending on what side we are on. Our daughter loves the "strange little beast."

7) I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony


Mr. Panda is making something special, but no one wants to wait except for a penguin. A great book to teach little ones about being patient and waiting. I think our daughter loves this one because my husband and I have too much fun reading it and yelling "I'll wait, Mr. Panda!" So much fun to read!

8) Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days by Liza Baker


Our daughter became obsessed with dinosaurs when she was 2, so this quickly became her favorite book as it was the only dinosaur book we had on hand! She loves pointing out all the dinosaurs she sees.

9) Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


The first Harold and the Purple Crayon book, which our daughter loved for us to read to her before she discovered dinosaurs and prefers the Dinosaur Days book.

10) Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Our daughter fell in love with this book when she was one. We believe it was the colorful and cute illustrations that got her attention. We had the hard book version, but she ripped a couple of the pages, so we ended up getting the board book for her as she loved it so much.

We recently added the sequel: Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True to her library and she loves that one too.

11) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin


This book is so much fun to read. Our daughter likes to say the "click clack moo" part with us when we read it. Such a unique and funny story about cows typing to the farmer!

12) Stir Crack Whisk Bake by America's Test Kitchen


I just love how interactive this book is! There aren't flaps or any touch and feel, it's just a regular old board book, but it has you pretend to move eggs into a mixing bowl and frost cupcakes (our daughter's favorite part!), so simple and imaginative! Our daughter loves to also take this one with her to bed and we can see her on the monitor doing the motions with her hands on each page.

13) How To Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace


The How To Catch series is so much fun to read. We have the dinosaur, unicorn, dragon, and elf books, but our daughter's favorite is the dinosaur one as dinosaurs are her current obsession. 


14) Five Little Kittens by Nancy Jewell

Our daughter went through a phase of loving cats, and this was one of the few books we had about cats that she loved! A very simple, but a cute story about five little kittens and their toy mouse.

15) Are You There Little Fox? by Sam Taplin


This is a great series from Usborne, and her favorite was the fox. We also have the bunny, elephant, and unicorn books. Short, but a lot of fun to read with some fun finger trails for toddlers.


You can find all of these books and more in my Amazon Shop!



Jan 6, 2020

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What is a Fleece Liner?

If you are new to the cloth diapering world, fleece liners are just a rectangle shape of fabric made of fleece that many cloth diaper users use to put on top of the diaper, next to baby's skin.

Why?

It makes cleaning up poop a lot easier. Most poop just rolls off the fleece into the toilet, but occasionally you may want a diaper sprayer, especially for the sticky ones, and it just washes right off into the toilet.

The other benefit, it just goes in the wash with the cloth diapers! Totally reusable, unlike those flushable paper liners that are available as well.

And the final benefit, they are cheap and easy to make!



How to Make Yout Own Fleece Liners

Where to get fleece?

First, you will need to get some fleece. My favorite place to go is JoAnn Fabric (used to love Hancock Fabrics, but they closed). They usually have a bin of fabric scraps you can look through. The scraps are sold at a discount too! You could always buy a yard of fleece too, the cheapest is $3.99 a yard I believe,  but your baby's going to poop on it anyway, so might as well just grab whatever you can find in the scrap bin as it will be cheaper.

I have heard from others that Walmart also has some cheap fleece blankets for $3 or less that you can buy and just cut up too. I haven't seen for myself as I personally don't like shopping there.

How much do I need?

How much fleece you need will be totally dependent on how many diapers your baby goes through. Since scraps are so cheap, I would aim to get more than you think you need. Plus they have other uses too!

We gave our baby an empty plastic wipe container and put our extra scraps in there to pull out, she loved it! It's a great fine motor activity.

Cutting

Now that you have your fleece, your next step is to measure and cut! To figure out the size, I took a cloth diaper insert and laid it on top of the fleece. I then drew a rectangle around it with a marker so I knew where to cut.

After I cut my first fleece rectangle I just used that as my stencil for the rest.


All Done!

Yup, that's it, you are all done! You don't need to sew or anything!

The edging that some people put on the fleece liners is just to make them pretty. It serves no purpose. I don't have a sewing machine, so that's mainly why I chose not to, but even if I did, I personally think it's kind of silly to put that kind of effort into something that's just going to get pooped on in the end.