Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Happy Saturday! Can you believe it's the last weekend of May already? We still have 17 more days of school to get through, but thankfully we have an extra day to observe Memorial Day. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kim Walker-Smith: On My Side New Album + CD #Giveaway

Thank you to Capitol Records for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

I have been listening to Christian music my entire life. Growing up as a daughter of a Minister of Music, I've always sort of been in the know when it comes to the latest praise and worship music. I developed a love for worship music as a young girl, and remember listening to praise tapes with my grandmother in her red station wagon. Through the years, Chrisitan music has changed and crossed over into many other genres. The message remain the same, and new artists have emerged.

Bath Time Perfection: Baby Magic and Boudreaux's Butt Paste #review

Thank you to Danielle for the Baby Magic and Boudreaux products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Baby Magic has been around since 1951. The pink bottle is iconic and the smell is the best baby smell. The soap is tear free and dye free. The scent lingers even after a bath. The lotion is easy to apply and leaves baby smelling great with moisturized, but not greasy, skin. 

Traveling With Baby

We saw all the sites on our family vacation to DC earlier this month!
A couple of months ago, I wrote about our upcoming family vacation to DC.  I was in planning mode for our first vacation with our new baby girl.  I wanted to use this post to share with you all how the trip went!

In short, we had an exhausting, exciting, incredibly enjoyable time! It was definitely an adventure, navigating the city, and weather, with our almost 8 month old.  We went into this trip with a tentative schedule, but with the mind set of "be flexible".  The easiest way to achieve this was to make a list of things we definitely wanted to try to do, rather than making a packed itinerary.  We had an idea of our plans for each day, but also just went with the flow!  

Seeing all the sites with our little one was so much fun!
Our girl has never been on a set schedule, which has sometimes driven me crazy.  She breastfeeds when she wants and naps when she needs to.  This worked out incredibly well, because we didn't have to worry about getting back to the Air BNB for naps, and we didn't have to fuss with packing bottles.  With a comfortable nursing cover (and easy to nurse in clothes for myself), a easy-to-transport stroller, and our Tula baby carrier, she was pretty much set!  This experience made me appreciate our lack of schedule a little more because it showed me how adaptable my baby girl can be! 

Stroller nap for the win!
The weather on our trip was crazy!  Daily high temperatures ranged from 54 to 85 degrees! We had sunshine, rain, and cold rain! We used our weather apps on our phones more in the week leading up to our trip, and each day we were there than we ever have! We packed extra layers for everyone! 

When the forecast is 54 degrees and rainy... don't let it get you down! Just grab extra layers and a rain cover for the stroller!
I've decided that traveling with a 7-8 month old can be an ideal age to explore as a family.  She was old enough to enjoy the stroller walks and riding in her Tula, she was easily transportable, and very flexible.  

As far as baby gear, the things I was most thankful for were:
 Our summer infant stroller, the Tula baby carrier, the baby rain jacket from Target, my Copper Pearl nursing cover, and our JuJuBe diaper bag that is WATERPROOF (this turned out to be everything on our rainy days!).  None of these items were provided to me for a review... these are just the most useful items we had for this trip with a babe. 

My people 💗💗💗And our WATERPROOF diaper bag!

The Tula came in handy on rainy days as well!

This stroller was perfect for navigating the metro system in DC! 
DC was a great place to go because it had a lot of free things to enjoy.  That way if we needed to keep walking to keep little bit happy, or leave a public tour at the air and space museum early to find a place to nurse, we hadn't lost any money.  It's also a wonderful place to visit because there are so many incredible things to see! It is a place that I look forward to revisiting as our little girl grows up!

Who knows, maybe she'll even be the president one day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spark Your Child's Creativity with LEGO® STEM Summer Camps by Play-Well

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Play-Well. All thoughts are my own.

Summer vacation is just around the corner. If you're like me, you love having your kids home during the summer, but hate to see them sitting around the house, staring at screens all day. I have been looking for ways to keep my oldest child active this summer... the only problem is, he's still on the young side. When it comes to summer camps, he's not quite old enough to be enrolled in a lot of the day camps that are offered in my area. Recently, I found Play-Well, which offers LEGO-Inspired Engineering Camps for kids grades K-8.

Little Ones Have Fun Learning with the SmartMax My First Animal Train + #Giveaway

Thank you to SmartMax for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Over the years, we have collected a lot of toys. We have a good crop of toys that live at our house, and others have gone on to live at grandma's house, as well as Grammy and Poppa's house. It's always exciting to try out a new toy, and it's even better when it's fun for the kids, but provides them with endless opportunities to learn, play, and explore. Learning through play is important at every age. I always learned best through hands-on activities, and the same is true for my own kids. They're both so interested in knowing how things work, and both love to take things apart, and then put them back together again.