Summer is quickly coming to an end, and it makes me extremely sad, so I have been trying to do as many fun things with the kids as I can.

That also means spending individual time with each little one. 🙂

While Owen is satisfied just spending a lazy day cuddling with Mommy, Emma likes to do fun things!

We have had countless play dates, but I also like to take her places.

Yesterday I finally took her to this Children’s Museum by the house after one of my friends invited us to join her and I am so glad we went.

I wish I took my camera! Get ready for some bad (but adorable) iPhone shots!

Emma (and I) had such a great time that I ended up getting an annual membership so we can go back all the time!

Emma LOVES to color! I thought it was funny that with all the cool toys around and different things to do at the Children’s Museum she ran to the table with colored pencils and started to draw.


There are so many different rooms throughout the museum, it was so hard to get a lot of pictures though because I kept running after her, haha!


There’s a library in the museum as well, and I took Emma there after we were done playing! She got her own library card and loved picking books to take home for us to read.


We had such a great girl’s day out! I really enjoyed spending alone time with my sweet girl and I know that she liked it too.

I’m excited to go back with her so we can play even more!

What are some fun places to take a toddler? Let me know below!

Ever since we moved into our new house I looked EVERYWHERE for the perfect gate to block off our playroom.

We needed two main features for our gate.
We needed a gate that didn’t require us to drill holes to set it up, and we needed a gate that was large enough for the space we needed to block off.

Thank goodness for North States! I was able to talk on the phone to a North States representative who was amazing, and helped me figure out the perfect gate and extension pieces I needed to make our new gate fit perfectly!

I received the Easy-Close Gate and I was thrilled!

The Easy-Close Gate truly is the perfect addition to our home! Because of the place where I needed a gate to be, I couldn’t drill holes, so having pressure mounts worked amazingly well! The gate pressure mounts easily by using tension knobs to secure the gate in place.

I also love that it’s not an eye sore, the Easy-Close Gate looks very nice. The crisp white finish of this gate complements our home décor, while its heavy-duty steel construction is built to last!

One of the things I wanted the most was to block off our kids’ playroom so the dogs can’t go in there, and check out the instant solution to that problem:


Needless to say, Cooper and Zoey are not happy about it!

Emma on the other hand, was VERY happy about her new gate!

We installed it in the afternoon while she took a nap, and when she woke up (check out that bed head) she said “Wowwwww! Pretty!” and told Cooper and Zoey “NO!” haha.

The Easy-Close Gate shuts firmly yet easily with one simple push, keeping your child safe and secure. The gate swings open both ways for added convenience and offers a triple locking system for peace of mind.

To keep the gate open for multiple pass-through, simply use the hold-open feature to prevent the gate from closing.
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I am so happy with our new gate, that I am giving one away very soon!
Keep an eye out for the giveaway that will be happening on my Instagram. 🙂
Get a head start and make sure to follow North States’ Instagram page.

Thank you SO MUCH North States for our perfect, new gate! We are so thankful and happy!

Tranquilo Soothing Mat

I often talk about how much I love the show Shark Tank, so any time I get the chance to try out a product that was featured on the show I get super excited!

Check out the Tranquilo Mat!

The Tranquilo Mat is a portable, soothing, vibrating mat designed for use anytime, anywhere. The Tranquilo Mat folds, so it allows you to comfort your baby in your arms. The Tranquilo Mat is lightweight and compact, it can easily be rolled up and placed in a diaper bag. The Tranquilo Mat is versatile and can be used independently or in conjunction with other soothing methods.

The Tranquilo Mat is CPSIA safe. Phthalate, BPA and lead-free. The 100% cotton cover is removable and can easily be laundered. The water resistant sleeve can be wiped down with a cloth. Make sure to not submerge any part of the mat in liquids! The Tranquilo Mats were designed to be water resistant only for added safety to protect the electronic components from any baby mess, but it is not for use underwater.

There are three levels of vibrations that can be customized to baby’s needs. Two heartbeat modes provide waves of sounds and motion similar to what baby experienced in the womb. The Tranquilo Mat is battery operated and cord-free, which I love! No cords all over the place!

Owen’s favorite setting is the medium vibration, and he also really likes the heartbeat 1. He likes to lay on his Tranquilo Mat, but he prefers to have it touching him when he lays side ways.



I have also been using The Tranquilo Mat during tummy time! Owen HATES tummy time, but the vibrations and heartbeat sound from his Tranquilo Mat seem to calm him down, and he doesn’t fuss as fast! Just a tip for anyone whose baby doesn’t love tummy time either, the Tranquilo Mat has really helped me out!


Owen loves his Big Sister, check out how adorable this moment was. Owen was relaxing on his Tranquilo Mat while his Big Sister Emma “read” him a story.


The Tranquilo Mat is now one of my new Baby Favorites Item! I am so excited to have it, and I wish I had it as soon as Owen was born, it would have definitely made nap time easier for me. 🙂

Would you want to give The Tranquilo Mat a try? I bet you would love it!

Here is my Instagram Roundup for the Month of June!

 Tank Top (Use code EMMA15) | Shorts (Use code EMMA10)

I Woke Up This Cute Set in Blue

I Woke Up This Cute Set in Pink | Hair Bow

Sophie Teething Ring | MamaRoo | Onesie

Car Seat | Hair Bow | Minnie Mouse Plush

Blanket | Crib Sheet | Crib | Rug

Savor Box | Hospital Hat | Moccasins (Use code EMMA15) | Little Lamb Lovie

Nursing Bra | Leggings | Owen’s Outfit | Glider | Curtains

Emma’s Shirt (Use code EMMA15) | Hair Bow

Romper (Use code EMMA15) | Moccasins

Tank Top (Use code EMMA15) | Hair Bow | Shoes

Tank Top (Use code B2B)

Carrier | My Glasses | Emma’s Bathing Suit

Romper & Headband (Use code EMMA15) | Glasses | Rocker | Playmat

Munch Mitt (Use code MALARKEY15) | MamaRoo

I cannot believe that we are trying to potty train over here!

While we are not ready for regular underwear yet, we are using Pampers Easy Ups to help us get started.

Pampers Easy Ups are so easy to pull up and down just like real underwear, which makes running to the potty a breeze! 🙂

Pampers Easy Ups look, fit, and feel like real underwear, and the Hello Kitty designs make Emma extra excited to wear them!

This year, Pampers Easy Ups were awarded the 2017 Best New Product Award, voted on by 10,000 parents who tried and chose it as the best. Make it 10,001 parents because I agree! 🙂


I keep Emma’s Easy Ups in the bathroom, right next to our favorite Pampers Sensitive Wipes. I like to have them within reach so after Emma goes to the potty I can clean her up and put a fresh Easy Up on!


Emma is so excited to be a “big girl” and wear what she likes to call “Hewo Kitty Cat Undiwear”! And although Pampers Easy Ups aren’t technically underwear, they have a 360° stretchy waistband for an underwear-like fit that’s easy for your toddler to pull up and down. Easy Ups are also very soft, like cotton underwear. And in case you have to tear the Easy Ups off, they tear easily at the sides.


One of the features I love about the Easy Ups is that they are the only training underwear with Pampers exclusive Extra Absorb Channels™, which provide outstanding protection against leaks during the day AND night and Dual Leak-Guard Barriers™ around the legs that prevent the leaks that can happen when they are on the move.

I’m so glad to have Pampers Easy Ups (and Dum Dums lollipops) to help me with potty training. I’ll have to keep you updated on how things go over here! 🙂

Do you have any tips and/or tricks when it comes to potty training? I’d love it if you could share them with me below!

This post is sponsored by Pampers but all opinions are my own.

Before I became a mom I said that I didn’t think that I would ever give my kids food from pouches because I was so scared at the fact that I couldn’t see what was inside.

Well mamas, there’s no need to fear if you get Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches! When it comes to caring for your baby, transparency is everything. That’s why Happy Baby created Clearly Crafted™ Pouches! Their new clear packaging lets you see each delicious recipe, in all its vibrant color. This is goodness you can see. 🙂

When I heard that Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches are now available at Walmart you know I had to make a Walmart run to get some!

Our Walmart only had the Apples, Kale and Avocado pouch and the Pears, Squash and Blackberries pouch in stock. These yummy pouches are flying off the shelves!

Emma couldn’t wait to eat one of her Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches, so we hurried up, checked out, and as soon as she got in the car I gave her one. 🙂

She LOVED it and kept saying YUMMY! 🙂 I love how easy it is to give her a healthy snack with Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches!


We are on the go more than ever now that it’s summer! So I love how I can just throw some Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches in our bag and know that if Emma needs a quick snack we are good to go! 🙂

One of the most important things to me is making sure that my kids are well fed, and that what they are eating is nutritious.

Flip any Clearly Crafted™ pouch and you’ll find the full recipe right on the back, including exact amounts of every organic ingredient inside.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to get some Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches for your little one! 🙂

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I’ve said it so many times, bath time is a favorite at our house! So of course I am always looking for the best products to use with Emma, and now Owen too.

The first Natemia product I ever got was their Hooded Bathrobe. I loved that it had cute little ears on the hood, and I was very excited and curious to try out the bamboo texture.


The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how SOFT the hooded bathrobe was! Right then I knew that I needed the rest of their bath time products!


Emma LOVES wearing her hooded bathrobe! Not only after the bath, but around the house, and after she gets out of the pool too!

So, why Bamboo? Well, Bamboo is hypoallergenic, bacteria resistant and is very easy to wash. It’s resistant to odors too. Bamboo is perfect for babies with sensitive skin or skin conditions.

I ended up getting the Bamboo Washcloths and the Bamboo Hooded Towel, and they were just as soft as the bathrobe. 🙂


I use the washcloths during bath time, but also to clean up spit up. Owen is still little so he tends to spit up after feedings, it’s nice to have these washcloths handy. And because of how soft they are, I know that the constant wiping of his little face won’t irritate his soft baby skin. Bamboo baby washcloths last longer, even with daily use and washing.


The hooded towel is large and it absorbs water three times as fast as ordinary cotton, so it dries baby quickly while also keeping her warm and cozy. 🙂 And I love the little ears on the hood too!

Natemia products are adorable, great quality items and definitely my favorite!

We also own their Extra Large Bamboo Swaddles and their cute bibdanas too!

Make sure to check them out, I promise you’ll love them! 🙂