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On Love Languages

Jake and I are two opposite people. SO DIFFERENT. My therapist and I laughed about this as she was telling me that we often marry people different from us…but not usually quite as different as Jake and I are.  We have super different love languages and it’s taken us a while to figure out how to maneuver this. His love language is acts of service (I’m honestly not quite sure what his secondary one is) and mine are words of affirmation and presents.

So, for his birthday this past weekend I gave him presents that I knew he would like. He likes practical presents, like underwear and socks. Earlier in the week Evie had done some projects for presents for him, and she was very proud to hand them over. Her card was a big piece of paper that she had painted special for him. As she painted she would repeat “making daddy’s birthday” “he’s gonna love it!” Since he doesn’t really care about birthdays or holidays, I knew he wouldn’t put too much stock into it – but I’m an ESFJ and special days are a big deal to me. I am compelled to do these things. For his card from me, I made him a card with my cricut, which I affectionately call my craft robot. Here is where my mind fuck came in. I love words. I’m a words of affirmation person, and I’m just a wordy person in general. Take this blog post – someone else could probably write it and make it half as long.  BUT! I digress. My husband is not a wordy kind of guy. As I was thinking of what to write in his card (something funny? heartfelt? mushy?) I remembered to think of my audience. So I ended up writing two short sentences and signing the card. When I gave it to Jake I told him that I just thought he’d like a shorter card better. He actually smiled when he read it and said “I do, thank you. It’s refreshing.”

YOU GUYS. I’ve been friends with Jake for 10 years and we’ve been together for 8. How am I just now thinking about what HE would like in his card? Sure, I think about the type of gift he wants, the cake he might want, etc etc. But this totally blew my mind. Of course he doesn’t want some long drawn out message from me, he’s not into that! He feels loved when I show him through small acts, like making the coffee the night before or making him a snack when he gets home from work.

[Insert explosion noise here] Mind blown. Give Jake what he would want to receive instead of what I want to receive. DUH. SO SIMPLE. I must be really self absorbed to have never considered this before!

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Baby Lotion Review

Okay! It’s been a while since my last review. I wanted to have the chance to use this product for a few weeks before I did a full review.  This baby lotion is the brand Botanical Therapy. So far, we love this lotion. Because it’s wintertime, we are all suffering from some dry skin. Evie had developed these weird scaly patches on her skin. I decided it was time to start using lotion again, specifically after bath time when her skin would absorb it quickly. Within days of using, the scaly patches were gone. Yay! Here’s what I like about this particular brand as opposed to others I’ve tried:

  • No crazy smells – there’s almost no scent to this lotion. It seems suitable for even super sensitive skin.
  • It’s not greasy or oily
  • It absorbs really quickly, which is great. I use it on my hands and it doesn’t feel like it’s just sitting on top of my skin. I hate that feeling.
  • A little goes a long way
  • This one is superficial, but I like the bottle it comes in!

After trying the lotion, I’m excited to try some of the other products in the line. We will be ordering the shampoo when Evie’s current shampoo runs out. They also have a calendula stick that I’m intrigued by.

Ignore the green face! She had just eaten a green smoothie popsicle 🙂

#babylotion #botanicaltherapy #jolimoli.com


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Kids Pillow Review

So we added another Milo and Gabby product to our home. We got their kids pillow! We have their toddler pillow already, which I believe is ages 1-2? Their kids pillow is 2+. Since our toddler pillow hangs out at Evie’s preschool all week, I wanted to get her another pillow for her bedroom. The kids pillow is way bigger, and much softer than the toddler pillow. It’s super squishy and cozy, yet still very breathable. I’ve felt grateful to it this past weekend since Evie has had a cold, and being able to make sure her head is propped up for easier breathing has been essential. As with all the Milo and Gabby products, the different sizes of pillows have different designs on the pillow cases. They do have a lot of the same characters, but each size has a unique take on the character. We got Cleo the fox for the pillow case and I die it’s so cute. Next I think we’ll get Lola ballerina. (We have the Lola 3d comforter) As always, I highly recommend the Milo and Gabby products – they feel really high quality and are well made. Plus, the 3d characters give the product a little something special.

Now, on to the cute kid pictures! [The older Evie gets, the harder it is for me to take pictures of her because she always ends up being a BLUR]

 

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Kinderspel Slip-on shoe review!

I bought Evie some shoes, which were meant to be a birthday present…but I got impatient and gave them to her early. The good news: she LOVED them. The bad news: they’re still maybe a half size too big. She can fit into a different pair of size 6 shoes she has, but these are a little wider and seem to run a little bigger. They come in two sizes: M and L (size 6 and 7.5) They definitely seem like they’d work for a wider foot as well, but that’s not a concern for Evie. She’s got a narrow little foot!

The best thing about these shoes is probably all the funky patterns they come in!  I love owls and the owls on the shoes are really fun and colorful (perfect for toddlers!) There are lots of other fun prints like penguins, cheetahs, flowers, etc. They seem incredibly well made, and the canvas feels really sturdy. The bottom is rubber and has a print of bird on the bottom. Evie hasn’t noticed that yet, but I think it’s just darling. I was really surprised by the amount of padding in the sole! It’s almost feels like a foam bottom? Memory foam -esque. These shoes are definitely higher priced, but Evie has slow growing feet and wears her shoes for a really long time. I tend to get her nicer quality shoes that I feel will last. I think she’ll probably be in the shoes by the end of the year, and I’d be surprised if she was out of them by May.

Wearing my socks and her shoes. She loves them!

#kinderspel #slipon #toddlershoes #babyshoes

 


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Innobaby Snackbox Review

     We LOVE this snack container. I got it because you can never have too many snack containers with a toddler (you have to bring food everywhere!) It has a movable divider, or you could take it out all together to have just one snack inside. However, it’s not a divider that seals at the bottom, so you won’t be able to keep a dip or anything on one side. I love having fruit on one side and crackers on the other.
What surprised me about this container was how perfect it would be for ME, an adult! I go to school and my classes are during dinner time. It’s great for my snacks. It keeps them cool for a long time, and it opens and closes basically silently. Also, the seal on the lid is super strong, so nothing is going to leak into my back pack (or diaper bag.) I’m totally neurotic about my foods touching, so I love this little box.
The size works well for us. I’d actually like to expand our collection of this container, because we only have one, and so I’m washing it all the time!
Side note is that it is only 11 ounces. So, it would work as a lunch container if you removed the divider, but for a big burly man, you might need something a little larger. 😉

#innobaby #bento #keepinsmart


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Toddler Comforter Review

Okay! We’ve had our new toddler blanket for about a week now..and it is love! I’m rapidly becoming obsessed with all Milo and Gabby products. I want them all!

Some of the things I love about the comforter:

  • She will actually use it! [BIGGEST THING I LOVE] I’m guessing it has to do with her blanket being a bunny character instead of just being a normal blanket? So there’s an increased chance of her actually keeping the blanket on with this particular comforter. WIN!
  • It’s really lightweight but still warm. E is cutting a tooth right now so there have been many nights where I’ve crawled into bed with her to comfort her, and we share the blanket. I can personally vouch for the warmth of this thing.
  • It’s also really breathable, which is important for a blanket on a small child’s bed.
  • The size. I was unsure of the size when ordering. I felt pretty concerned that it might be really small and not something that would grow with her. Immediately upon opening it, I realized my fears were unfounded! It’s a great size. She’ll be able to use this comforter for many years before becoming too tall for it.
  • The 3d features. This bunny has ears and a tail that are 3d, which I think is REALLY fun. There are also 4 paws, which have paw prints on the bottom.
  • The top of the comforter is a solid color, and the underside is a print. Included on the print are outlines of some of the other Milo and Gabby critters. I love that!
  • There’s a little lovey attached to one of the feet. It’s soft and squishy. 🙂

The quality on this thing definitely checks out. Lola Bunny has been getting a lot of love, and I don’t think she’s going to be showing any signs or wear or tear anytime soon. Absolutely perfect for a rambunctious toddler.

There are two other characters available in the 3d comforter. One is a tiger and one is a dinosaur. I was REALLY torn between the bunny and the dino. Ultimately, Evie is more into bunnies than she is into dinosaurs, which was the deciding factor for me.  I’m thinking next character we add to our home zoo is going to be a dinosaur. 😉

#toddlerblanket #miloandgabby #toddlercomforter


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Toddler Pillow Review

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I’ve been wanting to get Evie her own pillow for a while now. She loves ours in the big bed, and she is going to need one for her preschool this Fall. There’s tons of different toddler pillows out there and it was a little overwhelming. I ended up choosing a Milo & Gabby Toddler Pillow [mostly because of the ADORABLE pillow cases they make.]

Things I love about the pillow: It’s very breathable. Evie definitely is a belly sleeper, so the idea of a pillow felt a little bit scary. I stuck my face all up in it and could breathe just fine. It’s got a Tencel pillow case that it comes with, which is very soft and also environmentally friendly. Apparently Tencel is also naturally anti-bacterial which is pretty cool, considering that toddlers are basically tiny germ monsters.  My favorite thing about it is probably the size. It’s the perfect size for little toddler hands and arms, and squishy to boot.

Moving on to purely aesthetic reasons, Milo and Gabby makes the CUTEST pillow cases in the world. They have a little zoo of animals to choose from.  I was really torn between the Koala (Olive Koala), the dinosaur (Dylan Dinosaur) and the squirrel (Lucy Squirrel). I ended up choosing Lucy because I loved the color and her tail is adorable. In the future I’ll probably get a couple of different animal pillow cases to swap out when one is in the wash.

Evie loves Lucy and keeps telling me “new pillow! new pillow. new pillow!” I think having Lucy with her at preschool might make nap time there feel a little less foreign. Of course, there might be a problem with all the other kids wanting Lucy too!

 

Edit: I forgot to mention that there’s different sizes of pillows that go along with different age ranges. So they have baby, toddler, and kid pillows. Having a fairly petite toddler, the toddler size will work well for her for a long time. The characters for the pillow cases are available in all the different sizes.

#miloandgabby #loveib # kidspillow #toddlerpillow