4 Year old (boy) Gift Guide!

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Argh, guys!?  Can you believe it is already December 11?!  Where.  Did. This. Year. GO!?  This afternoon when the boys wake up from their naps, we are going to Ya’ll know I love a good gift guide.  And as much as I love viewing them, I love curating them even more!  So, without further ado, here is your gift guide for your 4 year old boy!  Sorry. Trust me, I wish I and more girl experience…maybe some day?! 😉 OH, and I literally am pulling items from my Amazon account because if it can’t be “Primed,” it won’t be on time!  You’re welcome 😉

  1.  Electric powered air hockey table ($38.99)- My boys LOVE to play air hockey, so we thought it would make a fabulous appearance under our tree!  It will be joint gift for the three of them 🙂screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-2-56-45-pm
  2. Lite Brite ($24.99!)- This was actually Scott’s idea and what an amazing idea it is!  Our Zachary will LOVE this and it will for sure be a great flashback for all of us!  This baby is in and out of stock and is clearly making a comeback this year!  LOVE it.  Can’t wait to play with it myself…screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-2-58-24-pm
  3. Playdough Star Wars AT-AT Attack with Cans ($10.50)- I like a good balance of toys, art items, etc. so I was thrilled to see this sweet play dough set!  They boys will be very happy to see this under the tree and then (hopefully) to play with it all year ’round!screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-16-58-pm
  4. Iggy Pect, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist- I LOVE teaching the boys (early) of the many things they can do when they “grow up.” (Please don’t happen too quickly!!)  I also love a good book or two under the tree…
  5. Marble Run- Our kids are absolutely obsessed with their marble run. So, for Christmas we are getting them an expansion pack as a joint gift.  Guys, this baby will keep your littles entertained for hours. Trust me, from prior experience.   Even the 2-year old LOVES it.  screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-08-02-pm
  6. Playskool Heroes Star Wars Millennium Falcon ($23.79)- OK, so we have this already, and I had to share because I have yet to meet a 3-6 year old who wasn’t completely obsessed with this play set.  Our boys STILL play with this super often!  We love it.  screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-12-06-pm
  7. ETI Toys Construction/Gears Set- I feel like with the whole “STEAM” push, I like to provide the littles with fun toys and games that echo this.  They will be learning a ton in school and it is always nice to support at home! We got this particular set for Zachary as he has a penchant for building anything.  Cant wait to see what he creates!screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-14-12-pm
  8. “Hulk Hands” ($8.97)- Another favorite in our household, these babies are wonderful for role play and the boys LOVE them.  They have them for different characters, but the Hulk ones are by far our favorite 🙂screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-16-31-pm
  9. Avengers Throw  ($14.22)- Our kids LOVE to snuggle…especially when there is a TV involved lol.  I love getting them their own individual throws with their favorite “theme” on them.  We have an Avenger lover, Lego lover and 2 year old.  LOL!Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 3.21.13 PM.png
  10. Comprehensive Art Set- I am being vague because I have yet to choose which one will be under our tree, but I am planning on buying one of these sets because the boys are really getting into art and I would love to have a large comprehensive art kit handy! I kinda can’t wait to use it either… lol

OK!  Well, I hope you like my list!  As always, please feel free to share your own thoughts and thanks for the blog love!  My inspiration…

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With their Advent calendars (Star Wars Lego, Lego and Thomas, for reference)

 

THE Best Gifts for your LEGO Lover!

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Aright.  Ya’ll must know by now that we have QUITE the Lego Lover in our house…

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With that said, I wanted to share the best gifts I could find for your Lego lover, and I truly thought outside the box 🙂  Zachary has or will have all of these after the holiday! I cannot wait to see his face!  Oh, an all are Amazon or Prime available to get in time for the Holiday!  Oh, and any of those lucky ones like us who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, I included all sorts of price ranges!  As aways, thanks for the blog love! xo

  1. Brick Mug (from $12.95)- I was OBSESSED with this when I found it and can’t wait for when Z opens this baby on Hanukkah!screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-14-45-am
  2. Lego Blanket ($19.99)- Z loves a good snuggle so I was STOKED when I found this!  It came the other day and is adorable and super soft. Great purchase, great price and great find for under our tree!  Not sure if this exact one will ship for Christmas, but I LOVE the Lego Movie one and is sure does!screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-16-21-am
  3. Lego Classic Creative Brick Box- We bought one of these for Zachary’s school as a play toy donation for the classroom and he LOOOOOVES it. So, we thought we would get him the medium one for at home as it comes with all different color bricks, gears, wheels, etc and it gets him on the “creative” Lego train! Love these. They come in Small ($14.99), Medium ($20.99) or Large ($46.99). What a great gift for a Lego novice or expert!screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-21-26-am
  4. The Lego Ideas Book ($13.99)– So, I bought this book for Zach a few  months ago after seeing it at a local school and he LOVES it.  Like SLEEPS with it. He insists that we read a page or two each night and I couldn’t be happier that I got him it!  Here is a warning: don’t be fooled by the price; it is HUGE and Hardback.  screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-22-09-am
  5. The Lego Minifig Book ($26.49)- After seeing how much Z enjoyed the above book, I decided this one would be a fabulous Hanukkah gift!  It is about the same size (enormous) as the Lego Ideas Book  and I am stoked myself to look at this history of the mini fig!  Nerd alert 😉screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-25-07-am
  6. Lego Pencil box- I LOVE this simple pencil box that features the Lego design and it is a perfect stocking stuffer at only $7.87. If you are looking for a “bigger bang,” I might even like the one below more, although it is a tad pricier ($29.95). Super into it. screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-29-03-am
  7. Lego Stationary Organizer ($8.91)- Also an amazing small gift (or Hanukkah night gift!), this cool organizer can fit all sorts of cool things, including brick or mini fig collections!screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-34-29-am
  8. Lego Coloring book- Did you know there are Lego coloring books!?  I did not!  Well, there are and there will surely be one in Zachary’s stocking this year!  I particularly LOVE this one (and it is only $6.50)!screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-36-09-am
  9. Lego Backpack ($50)- Zach has this and carries it everyday for school.  It is safe to say both he and I LOVE it.  I love how roomy but light it is and it cleans well. It has two SUPER cute (stud) pockets and it was the BEST purchase!  It is too cute too…Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.00.05 AM
  10. Homemade Lego Table- OK OK, this one might be a reach, but I’m in the process of making for my boys and I NEEDED to share my great idea/hack!  So, we have one of those IKEA tables that everyone has (small square).  You can buy one like it here (only $35.99 with four colorful chairs included) or use what you have at home.  THEN, you simply need to buy baseplates and super glue them to the table!  I am putting the baseplates on the legs of the table too, using a serrated sharp knife to cut the baseplates. I know.  Awesome idea, right!? And how cool would THAT look under your tree?!

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Okie dokie! I hope you liked my list…I know your credit card did not 🙂 OR, I hope you found it helpful!?  Please feel free to share your own Lego-lover gifts!  Happy holidays!

PS:  The Lego set in the last picture is a NY Yankees Set the kids LOVED to do with the handsome dude in the pic 🙂  It is sold in many team themes!  Get one!  

 

Gift Guide for the Breastfeeding Mom

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Hello hello!  So, you all know that I am an extended breastfeeder and a huge proponent of breastfeeding (if possible) in general, so I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorite gifts for your favorite breastfeeding mom!  Here ya go!  Oh, and ALL of the gifts can be bought on Amazon (most are even Prime!) because if you are a milky mom like me, you are on Amazon quite often 🙂

  1.  Milk Snob Infant Car Seat and Nursing Cover ($36)– Guys, I saw this on Shark Tank and could NOT believe how awesome it looked.  THIS is the best and would be an amazing gift for any breast feeding mom (including yourself lol!)

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  2. Barefoot Dreams Luxe Milk Long Jersey Robe ($143)- I feel like EVERYONE needs a good robe.  And this one, appropriately named, by Barefoot Dreams (my favorite robe company go-to) would be the PERFECT gift for any mom or breastfeeding mom!screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-36-35-pm
  3. Neck and Back Massager-  Guys, I don’t know about you, but My back and neck get super sore from nursing, especially when G was little and was doing it around the clock.  This massager allows you to still sit and nurse (no hands) and would make any nursing mama super happy!  Best part- it is heated (!) and does Shiatsu!Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 9.06.18 PM.png
  4. Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump  ($18.37)– This is a SUPER poplar one on the forums I visit often and it seems like EVERYONE loves it!screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-3-17-25-pm
  5. Happy Mama Women’s Nursing Hoodie ($26.23)- OMG, you guys.  This is a steal! I found this on my search for the perfect gifts and SOOOO wish I had had it when the babies were younger!  Maybe next time? 😉  And you cannot beat the price!  screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-34-58-pm
  6. Aiden and Anais blanket set (from $34.95 for 4)- I use these ALL. THE. TIME. and for SO many purposes! Breast feeding cover, car seat cover, blanket, snuggler, etc!  I cannot recommend these blankets enough. They are entirely different from the Milk Snob in both weight and size (these blankets roll out to a large square)   The weight is perfect and they wash well!screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-54-39-pm
  7.  This Hysterical shirt ($19.99)- I LOVE it.  It speaks for itself 😉screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-52-36-pm
  8. Milkies Milk Saver ($25.67)- I hear amazing things about these and they are also self-explanatory 🙂 screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-58-32-pm
  9. Breastfeeding breacelet and teething necklace combo- ($16.97) Another total bargain, this set is great for any mama, especially a breastfeeding one, who can use the bracelet to which side they are to nurse on.  The necklace is wonderful for teething.  My G loved
  10. Boobie Beanie Breastfeeding Hat ($14.95)- OK, I could NOT leave this out.  It.  Is.  Hysterical.  Gag gift anyone?! Or not?  No judgment 😉

Anyway, hope you enjoyed my list!  Here is my final word of advice:  Grab something for YOURSELF, milky mama!  My inspiration:

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Quesadilla casserole 

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Guys. I don’t often post recipes here but this one I had to share. And, I can in fact take credit for this one!  So. A few years ago used to buy these McCormick spice packets that would make certain dishes like chicken and dumplings and this yummy quesadilla casserole. McCormick no longer makes the spice packets so I had to come up with my own recipe. Here it is!  Simple, easy, healthy and a great winter comfort food. You will need: 

1 pound of ground meat (I used turkey this time and it was fabulous)

16 ounces of tomato sauce from a can (I used 2- 8oz small. For added tomato chunks, you could use one can of sauce and one can of diced tomatoes evenly)

One can of corn, leave a bit of juice in 

One small can diced mild chiles

One small onion, diced

One can of black beans, drained.

6-10 inch flour tortillas

One bag shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Half a package of taco seasoning

1.  Chop onion and fry in large pan until soft and aromatic. Season with salt and pepper.  Add ground meat until cooked. 

2.  Add corn, sauce, black beans, and chiles. Stir until combined. 

3. Add half packet of taco seasoning. Stir and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. 

4. Grease the bottom of the casserole dish. Scoop one third of the mixture into the bottom of the dish and spread evenly. Please two flour tortillas overlapping onto the first layer of mixture and press down. 

5. Add second third of mixture. Top with half of cheese and two more tortillas. 

6. Add last third of mixture and rest of cheese. 

7. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Let sit for ten minutes before serving. 

8. Enjoy!!

My Holiday Gift Guide for the 18m-2yo

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Hello Hello!  Tis the season, eh?  OK, I will be the first to admit that I am OBSESSED with “curating” these gift guides.  Not only am I a sucker for online shopping and wish lists, but it helps me organize my gift giving too!  As you know, I have a 23 month old so this list is dedicated to the wonderful age of 18months- 2 years!  I tried to include a variety of items for different genders and price ranges.  Oh, and as always, these gifts can be “Primed” for your convenience.  Enjoy!

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  1. Oball Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway ($53.50)- I already bought this for G and it will be featured under our tree this year!  Get the 3-pack set of cars ($18.44) to go with this and you are good to go!  Can’t WAIT to see his face when he discovers it!screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-3-10-12-pm
  2. Melissa and Doug Fruit OR Food Cutting Set ($15.99 and $14.99 respectively)- Guys, my kids LOVE these sets and it is a go-to gift that I give and have received wonderful compliments on.  These super cute sets help your little work on both fine and gross motor skills and are guaranteed to be a blast!
  3. BINGO Daubers (from $10.95)- I know, I’ve waxed poetic about these babies on the blog before and I cannot recommend them enough.  My kids LOVE to play with these and they are good for ALL ages.  I kinda love crafting with them too… img_4685
  4. Melissa and Doug Dress-Up Costume- This link will give you MANY options, including chef, doctor, veterinarian, etc. And prices are as low as $15.94!  Giving your child the gift of dress-up imagination and play is one of the best gifts you can give them.  These costumes inspire creativity and will be SUPER cute to watch your little parade around in!
  5. Play Kitchen set- I feel like this is the PERFECT age to gift your child a play kitchen, and imagine that baby sitting under the tree!  I like the following two choices (although the link will give you more options) of the Little Tykes one (a steal at only $46.39!!!) or the one we have- Step 2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen ($76.79).screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-3-24-21-pm
  6. A Micro Scooter!  We got Gabriel a Thomas the Tank Engine one ($42.49) and again, I cannot wait to see his face light up when he sees it under the tree!  Of course you need a helmet with it that is equally cute (we got the Mickey Mouse Club House one).screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-3-28-28-pm
  7. A Playdough Set!  Non toxic and always fun, these Playdough sets are fun for the whole family!  I particularly LOVE this cookie shop one ($11.99) and the generic “Fun Tub.” ($11.99)
  8. Crayola Super Art and Craft Kit ($28.86)- I feel like every kid at this age needs a good all-purpose craft set to start their “creative” lives with.  I LOVE this one because it has everything you could think of and is still less than 30 bucks!screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-3-35-42-pm
  9. Melissa and Doug Puppet Sets- ($14) Guys, I cannot with these. I LOVE these puppet sets and so do my kiddos!  Another go-to gift item, these are always received happily!  My three favorites are the FARM SET, PALACE PALS SET, and STORYBOOK FRIENDS SET.
  10. Sesame Street Manners Book Set ($8.95 for 8 books)- You guys didn’t think this former teacher would create a gift guide with no books, eh!?  I like this set because it focuses on teaching manners starring the sweet Sesame Street characters and we ALL know that the learning of manners can NEVER start too early!screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-3-44-21-pm

Oooookie Dokie! I think that is it for now!  Please feel free to add your own!  Coming up next will be my gift guide for 4 year olds!  YAY!  I LOOOOVE the holiday season!  Greetings! xo