One of my college friends Courtney introduced me to a great little company called Monat. She sent Emma the Monat Junior Line and I instantly fell in love!

First of all, all 3 products smell AMAZING! That was the first thing I noticed before I even used the products.

Emma’s hair is wild! I try to use different products on her hair, but I’m always afraid of using something that is not safe for kids, or something that could possibly damage her hair.

 

Luckily for me, Monat has a long list of No’s in their ingredients.
What does that mean?
Well Monat’s products have:
No parabens
No sulfates
No DEA/MEA
No phthalates
No PEG
No phenoxyethanol
No glutens
No sodium chloride
No harsh salt systems
No harmful colors
No harmful fragrances

Monat Junior products are naturally-based, vegan, ecofriendly, cruelty free and sustainable as well.

 

After using the Monat Junior Shampoo and Conditioner on Emma’s hair, I instantly noticed that her hair looks so shiny and feels super soft! It dries smooth and again, smells soooo good!

I have noticed a big difference with the frizz and volume of her hair when we use the Monat Junior Shampoo and Conditioner combo.

 

Besides an awesome kids line, they have lines for all types of hair. Products focused for hydration, volume, hair loss, maintenance, kids, women, men.

When you enroll as a Monat VIP you get big benefits! 15% off every order, free shipping on orders ($84 or more), access to flash sales, can earn free products every month with the 3 and Thank You referral system and a free only for you product ($25 value) with every flexship. For the month of December you receive the replenish masque for nourishment AND another free surprise product. All of these benefits come with placing 3 flexship orders in a life time in turn for all of those deals. You can push the orders out until you need more products.

 

If you become a Monat VIP you get a free only for you product ($25 value) with every flexship. If you become a VIP in December you get two free products with your order. The Replenish Hair Masque and a surprise gift from the Monat Santa!

Not only are the products amazing but also the business opportunity. Being that the company is only three years old Monat is still in momentum. So if you are interested, it looks like it’s a great time to join the company for extra income. 🙂

Here is Courtney’s Information:
Facebook Page // Website // Instagram // E-Mail

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I cannot believe that it’s December! It’s almost Christmas time! It’s also so crazy to think that my little guy is going to be celebrating his First Christmas! How fun is that?!

Emma was only 3 months when she had her First Christmas so she didn’t really understand what was going on. Last year she had just turned 1 and although she was super excited to get presents, I don’t think she understood much about it either. But THIS YEAR! Oh man, I’m so excited!

I put together a little Christmas List for Owen based on his age and likes. For reference, by the time Christmas rolls around Owen will have just turned 10 months.

The Lovevery Baby Playmat is GORGEOUS!!!!! Seriously, the pictures don’t do it justice! Both Owen and Emma LOVE it. It’s super colorful and beautiful. The Play Gym includes everything you need from batting to teething to learning to focus for your baby’s first year of play. The mat is “broken up” into 5 zones, and each zone on the Play Mat reveal or conceal to prevent over-stimulation and promote learning. Emma’s favorite part is that it converts to a Play Fort! With a Play Space Cover included, The Play Gym becomes a cozy space, where Emma loves to sit in and read, and play hide and seek with Owen.

I saw the Little Tikes Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone at Target the other day and thought it would be such a great gift for a little guy! There are three sports in one: Basketball, Soccer and Bowling. It makes over 75 sounds and phrases and three mode buttons on backboard grow with your child: Learn (teaches colors, numbers and shapes), Move (lights and sounds encourage movement) and Games (teaches child to follow directions). The Basketball hoop is adjustable which is great because they toy can “grow” as Owen grows, there’s a light up backboard that makes sounds when shots are made. Best of all, the toy center folds up for easy storage and comes with 3 balls: basketball, soccer ball and bowling ball.

I talked to one of my Boy Mama friends and she said that her sons loved these Melissa & Doug activity boards! It’s basically an activity board featuring doors to open, close, and explore. Each hinged door fastens with a different lock or latch which is great to build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills. It’s recommended for ages 3 years and up, but I think that as long as you don’t leave your little ones unattended while playing, they will love keeping busy with theses!

I liked this Laugh & Learn First Words Crawl-Along Train because I am all about educational games! I will be very honest and tell you that talking toys usually drive me nuts haha, but as long as they are teaching my kids something, and not just making annoying noises, I am down! 🙂 You can buy additional educational blocks [1//2//3//4] for the train as well, which is great because you can always change it up and keep your child learning!

Both of my kids are obsessed with Little People, so when I found this Little People Animal Rescue Playset I snatched it right away! 🙂

When I saw this Learn And Zoom Motor Bike I knew I wanted to get it for Owen! The Learn And Zoom Motor Bike transforms from a toddler tricycle into a two-wheel ride on bike. It has an interactive toddler activity panel that features lights, buttons, rollers and gears that introduce objects, colors, shapes and even talks about road safety. It has 2 modes of play including sing and learn mode and ride-on mode.

The Grapple has easily become one of my favorite things ever! I don’t know why every single kid loves to throw stuff on the floor, but let me tell you that I don’t like picking up toys 20 times in a row, lol! Grapple suctions to most smooth surfaces allowing your baby to enjoy their toys without dropping them out of reach. They can throw their toys all they want, but they are still always within easy reach!!! You just secure your baby’s favorite baby toys onto the suction toy holder using the three tethers. The tethers and exterior of the Grapple are made with food grade silicone – which is soft and safe for babies to chew on. The plastic leaf at the top is a clip that lets you secure your Grapple to a diaper bag, baby carrier, etc. Seriously, the best!

While talking about babies throwing everything on the floor, The Munch Mitt is basically the only teething “toy” that stays clean for more than 5 minutes because it’s secured on Owen’s hand! Read my full review HERE!

grabease utensils are the safest way for toddlers to start self-feeding because grabease are designed to give toddlers the opportunity to eat independently with a proportional tool for their natural hand grasp and motion with a choke protection shield. They have an ergonomically designed handle for a more natural hand feeding motion, and I love the choke protection barrier because it makes it safe for baby to self-feed. grabease utensils are awesome for baby led weaning to toddler eating. The grabease utensils are one of my favorite new finds!

Lastly I HAD to get Owen his own LeapFrog My Pal Scout! Emma has the LeapFrog My Pal Violet and Owen loves it and tries to take it from her. I love that you can set it for the puppy to say your child’s name! The kids really love that! By knowing each child’s name, the Scout Violet sing songs with their names, spells their name out and greets them. Too cute! Press Scout’s paws for lullabies, learning songs and activities with numbers, animals, food and more.

I think that Owen will love all his Christmas gifts this year! I will admit though, that it’s hard trying to figure out what to get your kids for Christmas! It will be much easier when they can just tell me what they want! Lol!

What are some of your favorite gifts to give to your little ones? Let me know below!

If you follow me on social media you’ve probably seen me with a Venti Starbucks cup full of a pink colored drink.

Every time I post a picture of myself with that pretty pink drink people ask me what I’m drinking, and when I tell them it’s a Pink Drink, they ask me what it’s called, haha! But yes, that pink drink IS called Pink Drink! 🙂

I tried the Pink Drink one day because I had gone to Starbucks to try that Unicorn Frappuccino – remember that nonsense? Yeah.. I wanted to try it, not even going to act like I didn’t want to, ha!

Anyway, I went to Starbucks to get a Unicorn Frappuccino and they were completely sold out, so the barista suggested I try either the Pink Drink or the Pokemon Frappuccino (which did not sound good at all) so I just said fine, and got a Pink Drink.

OH. MY. GOSH!

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I was instantly hooked. The Pink Drink was so sweet, so refreshing and so so sooo delicious!

The Pink Drink is the Strawberry Acai Refresher made with Coconut milk, plus scoops of strawberries.

From that day on I started drinking the Pink Drink almost daily!

 

One day a friend tagged me on a post of an article talking about moms who swear that the Pink Drink helps them with their milk supply with the main reason being that it’s made with coconut milk and we all know that coconut helps boost milk production.

I thought that it was an interesting article and decided to try it for myself, and what do you know? It works! I know that everyone is different and every body reacts differently to different things but when it comes to me – the Pink Drink DOES help me make more milk!

How do I know?

Well, since I pump at work every day I know exactly how much milk I pump per session. I usually have a Venti Pink Drink every morning (weekdays), so I decided to skip a day, not drink the Pink Drink and see what happened, and I kid you not, I made 1oz less than I usually did on my second pump session.

I went back to normal, having my daily Pink Drinks, and whenever I would run late for work and not be able to go to Starbucks to get my Pink Drink I would ALWAYS make 1-2oz less! Crazy right?

So for me – the Pink Drink DOES help with my milk supply!

If you are a mama who pumps and are trying to boost your milk supply, why don’t you give the Pink Drink a try? Like all things you take or do to help boost your milk supply, I’m sure it will take a couple of Pink Drinks to notice a difference, but in my opinion, there is nothing out there more delicious than the Pink Drink that helps with milk supply.

 

Have you had the Pink Drink before? Yay or nay?
Let me know below! 🙂

So you know that since I work full time I have to pump – ew. I seriously hate pumping and dread it every single time, every single day whenever I have to do it.

Well, as much as I hate it, I do it. I do it because if I am blessed to make breastmilk to nourish my baby, then you bet I’m going to do whatever it takes! Being a mom is a selfless act, but being a mom who breastfeeds.. Oh man I think we have a secure spot in heaven, haha!

Anyway, since we are on the topic of pumping, I wanted to talk about a little (literally) pump that makes having to pump every day easier.

It’s called the Motif Duo.

The Motif Duo is a little breast pump that weighs less than 1 pound. SERIOUSLY! Not just that, but the Motif Duo also has a built in rechargeable battery, so you can pump anywhere! No need for an outlet, as long as your pump is charged! This is my all time favorite feature, not having to worry about finding an available plug is awesome.

Here are some of my favorite features of the Motif Duo:

  • The Motif Duo’s closed system prevents backflow through a protection filter – that means that your milk won’t get in the tubes which is a huge pain to try to clean! 🙁
  • The single pumping option allows you to breastfeed while pumping if you want, all you have to do is remove the second set of tubing and use the port cover to close the second tubing connection.
  • The motor is super-silent so I can pump basically anywhere I want!
  • The large, backlit LCD screen lets you keep track of battery life and record how long each pumping session lasts.
  • You can find your perfect comfort level with 10 expression levels & 10 massage levels to choose from.
  • Like most pumps you have the massage mode which helps stimulate let-down by mimicking baby’s nursing pattern and the express mode that works to express milk from the breast as efficiently as possible.
  • The Motif Duo also has a memory mode which allows you to customize your pumping session by saving your favorite settings for later use. 🙂

When you purchase the Motif Duo, the following comes in the box:

1 – Double electric breast pump, 2 – 24mm breast shields,
2 – 180mL milk collection container sets,
2 – Nipples, 2 – Valves, 2 – Bottles, 2 – Tubing and 1 – Power Adapter

I would definitely give the Motif Duo a 10! 🙂

Look at this awesome freezer stash I have thanks to a great pump. 🙂

Click HERE or HERE to purchase your own Motif Duo.

If you click HERE you can also see if you qualify to get your own Motif Duo through insurance! 🙂

Do you pump? What breast pump do you use?
Let me know below! 🙂

 

 If you have been to Disney with a stroller before you know how hard it is to keep track of it! Tile

No matter if you take a picture of where you left it before you go on a ride, when you come out you go to that spot and often find that your stroller was moved by a cast member to another place to make space for another stroller!

HOW FRUSTRATING!!!

So there you are at Disney, looking through a sea of strollers who all look the same, and unless you want to buy a $12 balloon to attach to your stroller you have to walk around and look into every stroller that is the same brand as yours, same color as yours, and trust me when I say that it gets super frustrating QUICK!

Let me tell you about the best thing I ever attached to my stroller – Tile! Tile is the world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracking device.

I left my stroller outside It’s Tough to be a Bug but apparently now it’s on the other side of the area we last saw it! With Tile I can easily track my stroller and see where it is without having to walk all over the place and getting frustrated. After all, I’m in the “Happiest Place on Earth”!

Tile is a great little device and it’s so affordable.

 The Tile app is amazing! It connects you to the world’s largest lost-and-found community, where friends and strangers work together using the Tile app to find everything that matters.

The Tile app is super easy to use, can you believe that the Tile community locates 2 million lost items daily! Tile even helped locate a lost stuffed panda – you can read that adorable story here and watch the super cute video below!

Here are some of the things you can do with your Tile app:

  1. Ring your thingsFind lost items with your phone. If your Tile is within the 100-foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.
  2. Find your phone. Can’t find your phone? Double press your Tile to make it ring, even if it’s on silent.
  3. Last place seen. Keep your Tile app running in the background and it will remember the last place and time you had your item.

We love Tile so much in our family that we each have a Tile Slim in our wallets. And the Tile Style is already in my Christmas Wishlist – it’s so pretty!

I am so glad I have my Tile! What are some things you would put a Tile on?
Let me know below! 🙂

I am so excited to share these adorable Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place with you! 🙂

If you know me, you know that I LOVE matching outfits! Before kids I always matched my husband (then-boyfriend) – he was never a fan, LOL – and now that I have kids if I can’t get away with matching with the whole family I try to at least match the kids!

These matching Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place are not only cute (and accurate), they are also super affordable!

These matching shirts are only available online, so make sure to grab them while you can!

Check out our matching Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place below and check out who the REAL Boss is! 🙂

Who are the Bosses in YOUR family?

Let me know below! 🙂

So this is such an old story, I wrote it on September 1st, which is over 2 months ago! But even though I’m “late” posting it, I wanted to share it in case anyone is looking for a cute and different idea when it comes to taking their kid’s pacifier away. 🙂

We took Emma’s pacifier away!

“Peta” – what she called pacifiers, it’s a short way to say “chupeta” which is the Portuguese word for pacifier. Remember I’m Brazilian haha?

Ok, now we got peta out of the way so I can use it throughout the post! 🙂

Emma will be TWO in just a few days!! What the heck right?!
If you’ve been following along since she was in my belly I’m sure you’ll agree with me that time just went by so fast!

Due to her upcoming second birthday I really wanted to take her pacifier away. My original plan was to try to take it away when she was one and a half, but because Owen was about to be born, I didn’t want her to go through that big change on top of all the changes that were coming along with her baby brother’s arrival.

I went to pick Emma up from my mom’s house after I got out of work and noticed that she had a little cut/bite mark or whatever it was on the upper lip, and my mom told me that she was sure it was the pacifier rubbing on it. So I thought about it and decided that this was it! She didn’t need a pacifier anymore! After all, she is about to be two and I just didn’t want her to have it anymore. How “mean” right?

I felt determined so I called my husband and told him what we were doing!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Paci Fairy, or throwing the pacifier away, cutting the tip off, “mailing” it to other babies, but have you heard of the Build a Bear idea?

I took this idea from my friend Amber and I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s the cutest idea!

So basically you take your little one to Build a Bear along with their pacifier and have them put their pacifier inside the bear. The idea is that any time they want their pacifier or ask for it you give them the bear. Isn’t that the sweetest idea you’ve ever heard of?!

So to Build a Bear we would go!

Emma took a little nap with her peta for the last time, and when she woke up (super grumpy might I add) I got her dressed, got a pink peta and a purple peta and off to Build a Bear we went!

We get to Build a Bear and she was super excited! She kept saying wow, and just looking at all the bears and clothes, and accessories, and pretties and oh my goodness! I was very overwhelmed, so I can’t even imagine how she was feeling!

Little Miss could not make her mind up! She liked an animal, then didn’t like them anymore – she just couldn’t decide!

After a while of going back and forth through each stuffed animal, Jaime and I decided to just narrow it down to the 3 that she seemed most excited about, and the 3 that he and I liked the most too of course! Haha.

The 3 choices were a Rainbow Bear, A Pink Purple Blue Kitty and a Pink Princess Bear.

Super cute choices right?! 🙂

Emma ended up picking the kitty! Which is even cuter in person!
(I’m not gonna lie, I hate stuffed animals.. They take so much space, but I kinda love that Princess Bear and I MIGHT go back and get it for her haha!)

So kitty cat is was!

Right away Emma was not interested in the whole stuffing process because as soon as the lady started up the stuffing machine it made a super loud noise and it freaked her out LOL!

She watched from kind of far away, with her pink pacifier in her mouth while I held her purple one as her new kitty cat was being stuffed.

Then, it was time to give her pacifiers away and put them in the kitty cat.

She cried.

I’m convinced that she mostly cried because she was already grumpy and because she was overwhelmed being in the store. She didn’t really understand what was happening yet.

She refused to put her pink pacifier in the cat, so I put the purple one in and then she threw the pink one to the lady, lol! We kissed a little heart, which also went inside and the lady sewed the kitty cat up.

Just like that, pink peta and purple peta were gone.

After we went to the computer to make kitty’s certificate, we named her “Peta Cat” and took her home.

Emma got Chick-fil-A to celebrate and even got to ride on a carousel too! She was so excited to go on the horsies, and she really did like sitting on it and going up and down and round and round until we were on that carousel for so long that she started to whine and ask to come off haha. I whined too! It WAS such a long ride!

At bed time she cried. She asked for her peta and told me to open the kitty cat haha! I laughed inside because how stinkin’ cute is she?!

We gave her Peta Cat, told her that her peta was inside and for her to hug it tight and go night night.

We kissed her good night and closed the door behind us.

She cried some more, called for Mommy and Daddy then asked for milk. So I had Jaime make her a bottle of milk and I got her, and brought her to bed with me, gave her milk and just cuddled her! I held her and sang to her until we both fell asleep.

Jaime took her to her crib and she woke up crying a few times asking for her peta.

The next night she asked for it again. And the next night, and the night after that.

It took a few days for her to realize that there would be no more pacifier. She was even clever enough to ask for a GREEN PETA! Since only the pink and purple were in the cat, she knew there was a green one at my mom’s house so I made up a story about how her Vovó (my mom) had to give the Mama Duck her green pacifier so Mama Duck could give it to the baby ducks lol. There are always ducks in my mom’s neighborhood so that was the story I thought of in 1 minute as she cried asking for her peta.

Taking the pacifier away from Emma was sad! But definitely something that I needed to do. I’m so proud of her and of her self control. Can you believe that she never tries to take Owen’s pacifier? I love my girl!

Did you have to deal with taking your little one’s pacifier away?
Share your story with me below! 🙂

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