Friday, October 24, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Oball Push Car

Oball's toys are a-w-e-s-o-m-e. They have this soft rubber-like mesh that is super easy for babies to hold. 


I love the car by Oball because it can be easily grasped AND pushed around with its rolling wheels once your baby is sitting and interested in more interactive toys.

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It was one of those days...

...when I let my toddler eat at least a third of the blueberries in the container while trying to grocery shop.

AND

...when I wore my shift inside-out for an hour long walk with another mommy friend.

Today ended with a nice long bath. And luckily a sleepy baby. 

Here's to tomorrow and wearing my shirt right-side out. 


31 Days of Toys: Marble Run

Here is a unique toy for your pre-k kids {and up} that offers multiple options - a marble run. This one is recommended for ages 4+. 


Not only does this provide multiple construction opportunities with the blocks but also requires some critical thinking in order to be able to create a functional marble run. I love the problem-solving involved with this type of toy.

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Sophie the Giraffe

If you have a baby {or are expecting} and you've have no idea what this giraffe is then put it on your Christmas list. 


This rubber, squeaky, multi-purpose toy is a hit with babies, especially those starting to teeth.

It's unique shape is perfect for little hands to hold and has the best areas to chew {Little Lady's preference was to suck on her snout...a real good french kiss}. 

She may be expensive but she's worth every penny. 

Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Dollhouses

There are an endless supply of dollhouses. And let's be honest...you can't go that wrong in selecting one. Here are a few attractive options:

Go all out with a full sized dollhouse by Hape





For the creative DIY-er check out this post by on "6 Ways to Make a Cardboard Dollhouse"


If you want to get super crafty with your sewing skills give this fabric dollhouse tutorial a look


And lastly, another fun idea is to go gender neutral with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House. 


Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*

Monday, October 20, 2014

She had a birthday!

We celebrated Little Lady's first birthday yesterday. Here's a little recap:




Menu:
Prosciutto and melon balls
Candy corn
Fruit trifle bowl
Pineapple, mandarin oranges, with whipped cream top {looked like candy corn shots}
Celery and carrots with ranch dressing
Pumpkin cheese ball
Pretzel dip
Rosemary biscuits
Pumpkin roll cake {the biggest hit}
Red velvet cupcakes

And I must give credit to my step-mother who flew in from out-of-state to cook half of the food and mailed a bunch of decorations. My mother-in-law also provided decorations. Without these ladies this party wouldn't have been half as nice. 




And party favors for the kiddos that I made: 


Our little girl is such a joy right now. Walking EVERYWHERE, getting into EVERYTHING. Life with a toddler sure is interesting. 

We love you, Little Lady! Happy First Birthday! 

31 Days of Toys: Baby Dolls

There are so many awesome baby dolls out here, but one of my favorite brands {Manhattan Toys} has a fantastic baby doll called "Baby Stella". There is also a "wee" version that is smaller and perfect for your older infants and young toddlers.

Baby Stella:

{Note: I seem to only be able to find the "Wee Baby Stella" locally at our Walmart. Strangely, it's not even on their website. Not sure what's going on there.}

I love the magnetic accessories like the bottle and paci. So easy for even the young babes to do. This doll can definitely grow with your baby. 


They even have boy dolls {yes...playing with dolls is good for boys too!}



Check out the other toys featured on my series "31 Days of Developmental Toys"


*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated or asked to write this post. There are NO affiliate links. Images via Amazon.com, Ikea.com, and Diapers.com*