Monthly Archives: November 2013

Melissa and Doug Play Purse

I adore Melissa and Doug products. The quality is amazing and the prices are totally reasonable. One of my favorite products that my little girl loves is the Pretty Purse Fill and Spill. This great plastic and cloth purse comes with a play cell phone, a key ring, change purse and a compact with a child safe mirror. These objects provide great opportunities for imaginary play!

The great thing about this toy is also how long it has entertained my little one. She received this as a gift when she was 1 and at almost 2 she still plays with it all the time. I don’t see her losing interest in it anytime soon!


Does your little girl love carrying around a purse?


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Play Kitchen

Do you have a small space but want a play kitchen for your little one?

Check out this adorable mini kitchen by Step 2.  The perfect toy for a small space. This kitchen is also great for younger toddlers and babies because it is very low to the ground which allows it to be easily accessed by little ones.


This fun and entertaining toy includes a shape-sorting refrigerator door and a drop-down sink that helps children work on their sorting skills. It also includes a can, frying plan, egg, cheese, milk, orange and apple. These accessories allow for great imaginary play.

My favorite part is the peek-a-boo window that is always a hit with my little girl! Guaranteed hours of fun for you and your baby!

What do you think of this play kitchen?


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Activity Gym Play Mat

Every baby needs an activity gym play mat. Check out my new favorite one!


The Skip Hop Treetop Activity Gym is a super cute play mat that any baby is sure to love. This activity gym has 17 developmental activities for babies and includes 5 hanging toys. The oversize round surface allows plenty of room for baby to roll around and play and it also includes a great tummy time pillow!

My favorite thing  about this is the colors and how great it looks. This is a must have for your new baby!

Do you like activity mats with more bells and whistles?


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Foam Letter Play Mat

Looking for something soft to put under your baby as they sit and play on the floor? Check out this great Foam Alphabet play mat!


This brightly colored and durable mat makes a great addition to any playroom or babies room. Not only is it great to help cushion the floor (especially if you have hard wood floors) but it also help children learn their numbers and letters.

We have gotten hours of enjoyment from this floor mat and for $43.89 it’s much less expensive then any rug you could buy!

What do you think of foam floor mats?


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As a new mom you have so many things to worry about… don’t let swaddling your baby be one of them! Of course they show you how to swaddle your newborn at those wonderful baby prep classes and at the hospital but I just could never get it right!

Then I found the most amazing product… Summer SwaddleMe wraps were a lifesaver. These amazing swaddle blankets come with velcro (the best invention ever) so all you need to do is tuck your baby in the wrap and close up the flaps. You can do it as tight or as loose as you want and easily adjust it without having to take the whole thing off.

Oh and my favorite part is the leg pouch that you can remove when you need to do a 2 a.m. diaper change. So easy to use!

These come in so many great colors and patterns… also in micro fleece, cotton and organic cotton!

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Do you use these with your baby?


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Corporate work environment maternity dresses

At five months pregnant, I have been on the hunt for maternity dresses appropriate for a corporate work environment – I was shocked to discover that you can actually find cute maternity dresses on Amazon! A few of my favorites below, where do you find your maternity clothes – will take any advice!

Plain little black (maternity) dress:

Add a little stripe and a bit of red:

Have fun in black and white with a bow:

I love how the models are always holding their tummies in the photos! I think it will be easiest to go with black and white for work – then accessorize with fun colors. Any fun accessories recommendations? I know LOFT has some fun and colorful pieces as well as JCrew.


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