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This year Emma is finally able to tell us what she wants for Christmas! 🙂
She told Santa that she wants a “bunny toy” lol! I have no idea what a “bunny toy” is! I tried asking her what color it is, what it does and she couldn’t give me details, so I ended up just finding a cute, realistic looking bunny on Amazon and got it for her. Hopefully she will like it! 🙂

Besides the “bunny toy“, here are a few of my favorite things for Christmas this year:

Number 1 on the list HAD to be the Cinemood! This little gadget is amazing and Emma & Owen are definitely NOT the only ones using it, haha! Mom and Dad love it too! 🙂 The Cinemood is a 3 inch portable Smart Projector that is kid-friendly with their easy directional button controls. It projects images over 12-feet, from HD 1080p resolution. No connection to computer or wall outlet is needed, so you can literally take it anywhere! You can even connect Netflix to it! Hello!! Best gift ever?!

I fell in love with the dollhouse from the Hearth & Hand Collection when I saw it online. Seeing it in person made me like it even more, and as soon as the line went live I rushed to buy it online, worried that it would sell out! This dollhouse is gorgeous! I love that it has a classic look and nice colors, definitely not an eyesore, haha!

Emma is such a “mommy”! She loves baby dolls, and loves to take care of them. She “feeds” them and puts them to sleep, it’s adorable! I have been wanting to get her a Baby Alive for a long time, and I can’t wait to see her reaction when she has to change the baby’s diaper hahahaha! To go along with her love for baby dolls, I added a doll high chair and cradle to her list too! I love the ones I found from KidKraft!

This Stuffed Animal Bean Bag Storage is one of the coolest kid things I have ever found!!! Not only do the kids get to have a bean bag to lounge on, it also stores all of their stuffed animals! Now, I will admit that I am not a fan of stuffed animals, at all! Emma and Owen barely have any! But the stuffed animals they do have usually end up all over the house or thrown on the floor.. I seriously LOVE this bean bag and I can’t wait to put it to use on Christmas Day!

 Emma is building quite the dress up clothes collection, so I wanted something cute and practical to store it all. I found this adorable “organizer” (?) to keep everything nice and neat together! It has a mirror on the side and space for shoes or boxes. I love it!

When Emma went to her friend Gracie’s house she fell in LOVE with these Water Wow coloring pads. Emma loves to color! She has a bunch of Color Wonder books and markers, but she was in awe of these Water Wow books! You fill the little brush with water, and the water makes the pages come “to life” with colors! Then when the pages dry, the colors go away, and you can color all over again! So awesome, and super cheap! These keep Emma busy for a long time!

I got Emma a cow Farm Hopper as an early gift and she is all over it, lol! She loves to hop on it and already told me that she wants the pink pig and the gray bunny too! 🙂

What did you get your toddler for Christmas? Did you get any of the same things I did?
Let me know below! 🙂

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So my friend Kari showed me this amazing little gadget she got called the STEVA and I immediately fell in love with it! The nugeni STEVA is an interchangeable cleaning appliance that functions as a cordless high efficiency vacuum or a powerful steam cleaner. Both the handheld steamer and the handheld vacuum snap into the universal mop stock, creating an upright cordless vacuum or an upright steam mop in seconds. It’s so easy to use, and it works sooooo well! The interchangeability allows you to be able to clean almost every room and surface! I use the STEVA every day, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that! I love having this awesome gadget!

Emma and Owen each have their own Baby Keepsakes Savor Box, so when they came out with a wedding one I just had to have it! I love being able to keep all of our babies’ keepsakes organized in one place, and now I am super excited to have my own Wedding Keepsakes Box too since I literally have kept everything from my wedding lol! You can use code “LAURA20” to save on your order of any box!

I have loved Templeton Silver since Emma was 3 months old! Nikki approached me to start repping for them, and now 2 years later I consider her a great friend! Nikki is amazingly talented and just started offering more goodies in her shop, besides the best pacifier clips in the world! She surprised me and made me a gorgeous necklace with Emma and Owen’s monogram, each in beautiful silver discs. I love that I get to keep my babies close to my heart with this pretty monogram necklace. You can use code “EMMA” for a discount on anything in their shop!

I love Mom tees! I feel like I only wear mom tees nowadays haha! My friends from Charlotte + Ezra have awesome mom shirts, and I own a bunch! One shirt everyone seems to love is this Mother HOOD is so Gangster shirt! It’s so funny and I always get compliments when I wear it, followed by WHERE DID YOU GET THAT AWESOME SHIRT?! You can use code “BUMPTOBABY” for a discount on anything in their shop!

I am so mad that Upbra hasn’t been a part of my life forever haha! These bras are perfection and I can’t even describe how great they are in words, you just have to try them for yourself! Their Convertible Bra is a game changer, especially when you have nursed two babies, OMG you need allll the help you can get! I have been looking for a strapless bra that stays up for ages! No more pulling up on your bra, the Upbra is it!

Besides those 5 gifts, the iPhone X is on top of my list haha! That and a desktop computer! 🙂

What’s on YOUR Christmas List this year? Let me know below!

Conagra Brands sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own.

It’s so hard to juggle work, kids and have to figure out dinner for the family every single night – so whenever I can give myself a break and do something easy I jump at the opportunity!

I had the chance to try out Marie Callender’s Delights frozen dinner and pound cake and loaf cake. I was so excited to not have to worry about cooking!


I went to Walmart to pick them up, I got Jaime and I the Baked Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce. It was so easy to heat up, and my favorite part, besides the taste, is how quickly it’s ready!

The turkey meatloaf came with potatoes and greens on the side – does this even look like a frozen meal to you? So good!


For dessert we enjoyed some Pound Cake Loaf Cake. I put it in the fridge the night before to thaw out, then took it out of the fridge before heating up our meals.

We added chocolate spread and peanut butter to the cake, and oh my gosh! It was sooooo yummy!


We don’t usually eat frozen meals, but we were both pleasantly surprised to find out how delicious both dinner AND dessert were!


There are plenty of different Marie Callender’s Delights frozen dinners and desserts available to choose from. Shop at Walmart and use this special Ibotta offer to save 50¢ by clicking HERE!

I was so happy to get a break from cooking a whole meal, which takes HOURS, and just be able to have a quick and easy delicious meal AND dessert for once!


Check out all the different Marie Callender’s Delights frozen dinners and desserts which are available at Walmart, and don’t forget to use this special Ibotta offer to save 50¢ by clicking HERE!

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Can you tell that I enjoyed my meal? Do you enjoy frozen meals from time to time? I’m hooked on Marie Callender’s Delights now!

We managed to visit Santa “early” this year! Last year we rushed the day before Christmas Eve to get a quick picture of Emma with Santa and she was not having it! Jaime and I had to jump in the picture, and even then, Emma was not happy. See above, haha!

This year I was so excited to take the kids to visit Santa because it’s going to be Owen’s First Christmas and Emma actually kiiind of understands who Santa is.

Owen clearly was not phased haha! I wanted to get a picture of him by himself this year since it’s his first time meeting Santa! We usually always get a family picture but this year our photographer was not very nice at all!

Because we didn’t have the best photographer, unfortunately not only did we not get a family picture, we also didn’t get a nice picture of the kids smiling. 🙁

Although you can’t tell from this picture, Emma LOVED Santa! 😍 She was so excited to see him, and she even told him what she wanted for Christmas! 🎁🐰 Which apparently is a “bunny toy”! 🤔 Not sure what she means by that, but I know that Santa will figure it out! 😉

It really stinks that the photographer was not patient at all and snapped their picture as soon as I sat Emma down instead of waiting a minute so she could realize what was going on! 🙄 Oh well…

At least I got some cute pictures from my phone.. Bad quality because it was dark and I had to zoom, but I’m thankful for these! 🙂

How did your kids do with Santa this year? I can’t wait for Christmas with these two!!!

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 phthalates
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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