a mom’s best friend – bobsweep

IMG_2923IMG_2930I’m sure by now everyone knows about robotic vacuums but what everyone doesn’t know is just how AMAZING they actually are. Call me dramatic (which I very well am) but this bobsweep has actually changed my life as a housewife. As a mom of 3 kids under four years old you can imagine how many daily tasks I have to keep up with… laundry, the girls room, our room, living room, dishes, more laundry, and oh meeting all the immediate needs of my children! Whew! It sure does feel overwhelming at times. Vacuuming is something that typically gets put on the back burner for me, especially so in our current home because its a split level. To get our vacuum, I have to trek downstairs then haul it up and back down the stairs. All have to do is bend down and press play, and I get to sit and watch him clean. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, quite literally!

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We run our “bob” every single day, sometimes twice a day. It is pretty shocking (and a little gross) just how much he picks up every time he runs. Our regular vacuum NEVER made our floors look nearly as clean. I’ve become a little dependent on Bob, and we even refer to him as our fourth child, ha! So I’m going to break it down into a few main reasons why I think your household would love a bobsweep as much as ours does:

1. Time Saver – Aren’t we all looking for ways to cut down time on household tasks?! Well, these vacuums are a practical way to do that!
2. Cleaner Floors – This may seem obvious, but I have to emphasize again how thorough our bob is. It does such a significantly better job than I have ever done!!  It takes the satisfaction of vacuum lines to a whole new level.
3. One less task for mom to do – As I mentioned above, we all know we have our hands full during this stage of life with little ones, and I think we can all agree that having some help around the house is a wonderful thing.
4. Motivates you to pick up often – For bob to have his full effect I have found that I like to do a quick pickup around the house so he can get as many rooms as possible. Since I usually run him during nap time and after the kids go down for bed that means I’m picking up much more frequently than I normally would and its so satisfying pressing “play” and having him clean while I just sit.

I could go on and on about how much I LOVE our robotic vacuum so please ask me any questions you have about them! Oh – and one last essential detail is that it HAS A MOPPING FEATURE.  As if you needed another reason to treat yo’ self with a bobsweep! You fan find my exact mode from Target HERE!

 

xo,

Anna

toy organization with delta children

I did a playroom tour post a month or so back and am excited to share a few changes we’ve made featuring Delta Children. We can all agree that the more organization the better, when it comes to the mess that is our kids’ toy situations, am I right?! My husband and I are always trying to minimize while also making a space for them that encourages creative play and fun. Two pieces that have really helped with this are this beautiful white bookshelf and toy chest from Delta Children.

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We tried a few different solutions for the kids books (i.e. bins, baskets) but both were just too hard on the books themselves. I love that this bookshelf is the perfect size for children’s books and also is a great way to display and store some of your favorite toys. The toy chest is the absolute perfect place for dress up clothes. I love that their hidden but easily accessible for the girls.

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Both pieces are great quality and a huge perk is that they were easy to assemble AND very affrodable! The bookshelf took about 20 minutes and toy chest 30 minutes or so.  We also have a Delta mini crib and have been so pleased with that as well. I highly recommend that you check out Delta Children next time you are needing kid friendly furniture items!

 

xo,

Anna

 

 

anchored east – a stylish + functional diaper bag

I think we can all agree that diaper bag backpacks are a must once you have more than one baby. There was just no way I could comfortably get from place to place with lugging a heavy bag on my shoulder. I’m beyond thankful for the diaper bag backpack option and it’s just a major plus when they’re beautiful as well. Tonight, I’m sharing with you the lovely diaper bag backpack bag by Anchored East.

IMG_9960IMG_9953IMG_9964I’ll get right to the point and share what makes it so great:

  • Stylish + Sleek design – The beautiful grey and leather combo is one of my favorites. It can go with any outfit whether that be casual, dressy, and even athletic gear.
  • GREAT Price – For many of us getting a 100 dollar diaper bag is a stretch on the budget, and so many of them exceed that by a lot. Anchored East sells theirs for just $49.99 you guys! Such a steal.
  • A Bounty of Pockets– If you’re a mom you KNOW how we can never have enough pockets. This bag can is very easily organized, and I also love how the opening is wide enough to access each pocket easily. I’ve used diaper bags that don’t have water bottle pockets, and it just did not work for me, thankfully Anchored East thought of adding two good size ones to this bag!
  • Comfortable -Another big priority for me in a diaper bag is how comfortable it is, and as you can see, the back and straps have ample (breathable mesh) padding.
  • Lightweight- The first I tried this on something I immediately noticed was how it felt like I wasn’t wearing a bag at all. Anytime I can add less weight to carry is always a huge plus! I mean I think a toddler in one arm and a car seat in another a good enough workout, right?
  • Easy to Clean – I’m not sure if I’m the only one who struggles with this or not, but everything I own is a magnet for dirt and stains! We, as moms, tend to be so hard on our diaper bags and I am so thankful when cleaning something is a simple process. Not only is it wipeable but also waterproof, and who doesn’t need that with the constant spilling of little water bottles?! It also comes with a cute chevron changing pad which is very easy to wipe down as well!

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I also have to point out the beautiful detailing throughout the bag, I just love it and know you will too! You can find it on Amazon HERE! As always, thanks for stopping in. Please shoot any questions my way; I’d be more than happy to answer them!

 

xo,

Anna

family fun with educational insights + learning resources

This Christmas I wanted to focus on getting new toys and games that we could play as a family and also had an educational focus. The girls are getting to the age where they can start to understand simple board games, and it’s so much fun! While researching I kept coming across products made by Educational Insights and Learning Resources. They sent us over a few toys to try, and we have adored them both!

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The first one I want to share with you is The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game. This game is simple enough for Maddie Mae who is 2.5 and is not the most focused person I know, haha! Caroline picked up on it immediately. We’ve been playing it just about every single night since we’ve opened it. The basics of how to play are this:

  • A player spins the spinner
  • Pick up the color of acorn that the arrow lands on with the Squirrel Squeezer
  • The first person to fill their log with the five colored acorns wins IMG_2206IMG_2212As you can see in the pictures, this is so good for fine motor skills. The girls had to work pretty hard to pick up the correct color of acorn and also to place it in their logs! It wasn’t too tricky where they were getting frustrated though which can sometimes be the case with certain games. IMG_2193

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Besides being fun to play and a great way to bond as a family, there are also various developmental benefits as well!

  • Reinforces color learning
  • Develops strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills
  • Encourages social skills and turn-taking
  • Practices memory and attention skills
  • Color matching game for all ages
  • Designed to teach matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills
  • Great first board game for a child
  • Quick, fun game that can be played continuously in a short time
  • Easy setup and cleanup

You can find the game on Amazon here!

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The second product I wanted to introduce you to is a building focused toy called Gears! Gears! Gears!. I’ve mentioned before that we are big MagnaTile lovers and I knew the girls would love to have something similar for a little variety. I cannot rave about these enough, you guys! The girls played with them for three straight hours when we first opened them and have logged several hours since. These also are an excellent activity to encourage family bonding. Chris likes to build windmill structures, and the girls get so excited to “turn on electricity for the city.” If your kiddos aren’t quite at the age where they are ready for legos these are perfect! They also grow with them and highly encourage imagination at any age!
Here are a few of the amazing benefits and features:

  • Learning Style: Visual, Tactile
  • Skill Development: Counting, Sorting, Matching, Patterning, Problem Solving, Cause & Effect, Critical Thinking, Sequential Thought, Spatial Relationships, Creativity, Fine Motor, Eye-Hand Coordination, Visual Processing, Color Identification
    Includes:
  • 66 Colorful gears (blue, green, orange, red, purple), 36 square pillars, 31 six-way axles, eight pillar connectors, eight interlocking bases, two crank handles, one plastic storage tub, and activity guide.

 

These are a just a few of the incredible selection of educationally focused toys made by Educational Insights. Take a look through their website here!

I would love to answer any questions you might have about either of these so feel free to ask away and as always, thank you for stopping by!

 

xo,

Anna

play room tour

When we first moved it wasn’t in the budget to get exactly what we wanted for the girls play room area. We settled with some garage sale storage bench finds and inexpensive bins which worked for the time but it started getting too unorganized too often. The girls didn’t have a good system to put toys away therefore they would dump out EVERY storage bench and bin and when cleaning up they’d just throw everything together and it was a nonstop mess that I couldn’t handle anymore! So for Christmas we decided to invest in a system that will minimize the mess. We also put away a bin full of toys in storage that we will cycle through every other month or so. I’m excited to share the girls fun little space with you!

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Gold Bins – Target Dollar Spot // Wooden Boxes JaneMarie Handmade

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I searched high and low for the best option for toy organization that was both cost effective and functional. This cube storage wasn’t particularly my favorite but my research continued to lead me back to them. The game changer that caused me to go this route was finding these gorgeous wooden cube boxes. They add in such character and it’s a huge plus that they hide the toys so well. You can find them at JaneMarie Handmade! They are beautifully made by Halleigh and Brittney and also can be done in varying sizes and stains.

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Mountain Peak Bookends

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One thing we really wanted to incorporate was a comfortable reading spot. I was thrilled to have found these gorgeous floor pillows made by Elizabeth at Ochre Nest. Not only are they extremely comfortable but she hand painted the watercolor plaid which I was extremely impressed by! They’ve been well loved by us all in the short time of owning them. We love to cozy up as a family and read together or watch the girls play.

IMG_2066IMG_2082IMG_2059IMG_2062IMG_2038IMG_2031Previously we had a Teamson kitchen and Caroline was ridiculously rough on it and took off all the doors. I found this darling one on Craigslist for 50 dollars and couldn’t believe I ended up with it because the seller said she had over 20 emails of interest! It’s incredibly well made so I don’t think Caroline can take this one apart even if she tries, ha! What is a cute play kitchen without absolutely adorable play food?!  I could barely handle these boxed donuts and produce. You can find these items and several more made by Jennifer at Play Food Creative!

How do you organize toys? Have you found a method that you love or have you given into the mess all together? I always love to hear of new ways to organize and keep things simplified!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Anna

 

lorena canals washable rug

If a washable rug isn’t one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of than I don’t know what is. As I’m sure many of you know kids are ROUGH on everything. I noticed that our rugs had half the life in them once my kids starting walking and crawling. We ended up just throwing away a few of ours because having them cleaned was more expensive than buying a new one! I was absolutely thrilled to come across Lorena Canals gorgeous selection of washable rugs.

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The soft pink polka dot was the perfect addition to my girls’ shared room. It was subtle but delicate and lovely, exactly the theme I was going for. You can find the same style but in a grey here!

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Not only is Lorena Canals selection absolutely beautiful but they are so soft. As you can see, Caroline very much approves of the comfort level! It’s so incredibly convenient to just toss this in the washing machine when it starts getting a little dirty. I can’t recommend this brand of rugs enough. Grab your coffee and take a look through their amazing designs and styles here!

holiday looks with janie and jack

This post has been sponsored by Janie and Jack. All opinions are my own. 

I would describe our kid’s style (for the most part) as subtle and versatile. As much as we can, we move away from the loud, bright, distracting clothing and try to stick with pieces that won’t go out of style anytime soon. Janie and Jack hit all the marks when it comes to our favorite types of children’s clothing. They are classic, timeless, and sharp. You are guaranteed to get lasting quality and so many compliments when wearing them. I was thrilled to work with Janie and Jack and put together holiday styles for the kids this year.

For Jack ,I went with the corduroy suspender pant paired with the cutest little plaid bodysuit and layered it with the wool toggle coat in brown and wingtip crib shoe. I mean come on, can it get any cuter than this handsome look in a teeny tiny 6-12 month size?! No, the answer is no, it cannot!

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Bowtie

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For the girls, I couldn’t help myself and went with the full matching outfits. I love doing this for two reasons: 1 – It is extremely cute and 2 – If I really love a clothing item it’s nice that when Maddie grows out of one size she will get to wear it in the bigger size as well.

 

I have been absolutely loving the blush and cream combos right now. These outfits are perfect for a subtle holiday look that can also be worn into the Spring as well as Fall.

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Velvet Purse // Hunter First Classic Rain Boot // Shimmer Rose Sweater

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Velvet Leggings  // Faux Fur Mittens

Now I have to share pictures of all three of the kids together because well.. I’m a mom I cant help myself. Also, I love the look of how the outfits compliment each other!

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Head on over to Janie and Jack to see their gorgeous selection and find the perfect holiday outfit for your little one! Be sure to let me know what you find!

xo,

Anna