Graco® 4Ever™ All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat in Rockweave Review with BuyBuyBaby

Last fall we went through our first big transition with Isla, moving her into her own room. Our biggest concern with this milestone was being able to hear and see her, we (I) wanted to be able to give her the same attentiveness as if she was still in her bassinet beside us. Even though we knew she is safe and content, there was always that uncertainty and constant asking yourself ‘is she okay?’ ‘I should check on her’ ‘Why isn’t she making any sound.’ As parents ,we rely on these fun and trust worthy gadgets called Baby Monitors. We made our way out to buybuy BABY and found the perfect monitor for both girls and you can find out which one and read my full review here.

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buybuy BABY has one of the largest selections around for any and almost all of your parenting and baby needs.

Need a cute outfit for a baby shower gift? They’ve got you.

Need a new change pad? They’ve got you.

Need a walking aid for you toddling toddler? They’ve got you.

Need one of those booger-sucking contraptions? They’ve got you.

Need a new monitor to watch your sweet babe as they sleep? They’ve got you.

Need a new carseat? They’ve got you by the hundreds!

Isla was just shy of 14 months when we decided to transfer her out of her bucket seat and into a ‘big girl’ seat. When we started our search for Isla’s next car seat we looked at every brand out there and after going over all the buckles, cushions, straps and anchors, we landed on the Graco® 4Ever™ All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat in Rockweave  by an overwhelming response and recommendations from readers, friends and family.

Finding a new car seat is never easy, as a parent looking for a new protection device for your tiny human, you want to make sure you do your research. There are so many things to bring in to consideration, here are a few we thought of: Size, if we are looking to have more children in the future can we fit three seats across the back seat or how will it sit when we graduate to forward facing? Expiration Date, car seats can last anywhere from 6-10 years? Investment, car seats can be quite pricey, you really want to make sure your doing your research. Do they need 2 cup holders? Is this colour worth the extra $50? Weight Limit, will it work out over the next year to be able to transfer this car seat over to my youngest? And the list goes on.

When we arrived at buybuy BABY, we sat our Isla in a few handfuls of carseats and from there it was confirmed the Graco® 4Ever™ All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat in Rockweave would be the one that outshined the rest. This seat checked all the boxes and was the perfect fit for our growing little Isla, you should’ve seen her, she looked like she was sitting on a thrown and was loving it! Want to know the best part, if you are a new parent, this seat will last your from infancy, toddlerhood and onto the cusp of preteen years! This means that you will be able to transform your Graco Seat 4 times to fit your child’s safety needs, Rear-Facing, Forward Facing, High Back Booster Seat and Backless Booster Seat (something that not a lot of other convertible seats offer). Incredible!

Graco 4Ever Features:
  • 5-point Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness features a 1-hand, no re-thread harness system
  • 10-position headrest ensures a proper fit
  • Steel-reinforced frame provides strength and durability
  • 10 Year expiration date
  • 2 cup holders (perfect for water bottles and snacks!)
  • EPS energy absorbing foam
  • Easy-to-read level indicator
  • 6-position recline in both the rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Washable Cover 3 piece cover
  • Versatile 4-in-1 design: rear-facing, forward-facing, high-back booster, and backless booster

We have had our Graco4Ever Rockweave for about 3 months now and absolutely love it, and so does Isla! The foam inserts are super comfy and great for longer car rides when Isla drifts off, the cup holders have solid bases and are great for snacks, water bottles and small toys. We do a lot of car sharing with my in-laws and we have to switch over car seats often when Grandma watches the girls, luckily the Graco4Ever has one of the easiest installations and doesn’t take a lot of time at all!

At the end of the day, after searching the internet, trying out different seats in store and testing out the Graco for the past 4 months, I couldn’t imagine going with any other seat for Isla. it was such a breeze being able to try literally every car seat out there when we visited buybuy BABY. I know that I am not alone when I say, the Graco4Ever is one of the best convertible carseats out there and we are excited to grow with it over the years to come.

I hope you found this post informative and that it has helped you when choosing your first or next seat for your little one. Leave me comment or any questions about the Graco® 4Ever™ All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat in Rockweave? I’d love to chat!

(PSSSS If you were wondering why Isla was laughing so much, here’s your answer…)

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Love this guy so much!

Holiday Subscribe Guide 2019

 

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It’s no surprise here that the shoppers of today are looking online before they walk into a store. VIP accounts, pre-sale options and subscription boxes have taken us all under their wing and along for the ride to the post office and at home for a fun unboxing. Even though we know what we’ve purchased and tracked the shipment up until the minute it arrives at our door, there is always an element of anticipant, just like Christmas morning when you are opening up a gift that is just for you!

So I’ve got an early Christmas present for you all, a list. Not just any list. A list full of hobbies, sports teams, baking, tea drinking, mountain climbing, DIY’s and even something for your cat. But beware, this list may be a dangerous one that may entice you to purchase one, or 5 of these boxes just for yourself.

Below is a list of FORTY unique subscription boxes that I have carefully hand-‘clicked’ for you and everyone on your list. It’s a long one, so let’s get started!

The Gourmet Baker – The Innocent Baker

Stand back and let the Innocent Baker do the work for you. A subscription box that delivers the full set of non-perishable ingredients right to your door, aiding you to become the 5 star baker you knew you always were! This box is perfect for a quick treat/dessert for special occasions or something fun and stress free to do with your children( Just maybe not the delicate pastries haha)!

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The Market Shopper – Locally Obsessed

A monthly mystery box of specially curated collection of locally made items in the Fraser Valley to Vancouver area. Items included vary from beauty, home decor, accessories, cards, food, crafts and more. What a great way to support the creatives in our city and pour back into our community!

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The Teacher : Snail Mail Stickers

Looking for a way to keep your toddler busy for 2 hours, a teacher needing more incentives for the classroom or working on your next holiday cards? This is the subscription for you! Snail Mail Stickers sends out a monthly package of unique stickers that are theme related to each month. Perfect gift for a Teacher, Craft Guru or Child, could you imagine the look on your child’s face when they get their own mail every month?!

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The Gentleman : King Portland

This brand was developed by three creatives inspired by the pace and street style of their city, reflected by people creating its totally unique aesthetic. This company has a few different options to choose from, SOLEly sock subscription and up to their King Collection that includes all 12 items offered per quarter. The perfect subscription for a business man on the go or someone who just adds a little extra something nice to their everyday attire.

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The Vegan Beauty – Petite Vour Beauty Box

Looking for a way to be inspired and nurture mother earth through beauty? Here’s your box! Inspired by a box of petit fours, elegant and assorted French pastries, they adopted the name for their box of little luxuries swapping the letter “V” for vegan. The most convenient and affordable way to discover covetable, clean, and cruelty-free beauty.

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The Tea Sipper : Tea Sparrow

Looking to try new teas but don’t know where to start? Know someone who absolutely loves tea and has a dedicated time to sip every day? This is the box for them! They have a large variety ranging from herbal, to fruity, to nutty, and back to black. Tea Sparrow taste dozens of teas each month from around the world, with no affiliation to blenders, and chose the blends that inspire them most to share with you. They take pride in delivering a variety of world-class blends to your door every month!

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The Busy Body – TheraPLAY

Have an energetic toddler or little one that is just starting to discover new textures and tastes? The TheraPLAY box is here for you! These toys help develop important sensory motor skills & stimulate the senses. Engage your child in fun, silly sensory play! Items are therapeutic & can be calming or help manage anxiety, they are curated for children with autism/ sensory needs in mind, but suitable for children of all abilities! Each month’s box is carefully curated by a licensed occupational therapist and includes a description card inside.

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The Detective – Deadbolt Mystery Society

Looking to add some edge to your Friday night in? Grab a couple friends and a bottle of wine and dive in to your very own at home Escape Room! Complete with clues, edgy story line and guaranteed anticipation and excitement, this box is the perfect for a rainy night or winter evening!

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The World Traveler – Globe In

Have someone who loves to travel the world, is invested in supporting local artisans and filing their home with unique and hand made pieces? GlobeIn helps their customers discover amazing goods in distant lands from the comfort of their home. Through their delightful, useful and vibrant goods, they offer their customers the means to feel well-traveled and culturally experienced. For their artisans in the developing world, they give their business global reach as they connect them with customers to share their extraordinary creations and inspiring stories.

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The Creator – Hue Dough

A children’s sensory dough that’s soft + natural + made with essential oils. Let’s change how playdough is used in the family home with this natural art material. #HueDoughYou and add a touch of imagination.

This sensory dough is wonderful for open-ended play + imagination + natural play + fine motor skills  + sensory development. You’ll even find it’s great for adults to destress and unwind. Grab yours HERE.

The Health Nut – Naked Snacks

Need a new salad topping? Post gym snack? On the go mom? Hangry toddler? Well, Naked Snacks has got you covered. With an incredible variety to choose from, you really can find something for everyone in the family. Explore wholesome indulgence! Start enjoying healthy snacking straight to your door. Gifting the Naked Snacks subscription ensures that no one will ever go hungry!

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The Loved Grandparent – Generations Box

A Canadian subscription box sent lovingly for that elder generation in life. Memories of cooking with Grandma, fishing with Grandpa? Whether it’s a Grandparent or a parent or another special Elder in your life, This box is for them, It will let them know that you are remembering those special moments you shared. When you can’t be there and want to show them you care, our boxes will surprise them with your chosen package! What an amazing and personal gift for the loved ones in your life.

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The Canadian Beauty – Canadian Beauty Box

The Canadian Beauty Box combines makeup, beauty products, and lifestyle items all sourced from popular and emerging Canadian companies. This Winter their box is full of products that focus on keeping you hydrated! Each box includes 5-8 full size beauty products like face masks, lip gloss, body scrubs, eye shadow, and more. All boxes have a retail value of $140+ and ships free within Canada!

Use Code : SGCBB for 20% off and FREE shipping Canada wide!

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The Cat Lover – Meow Box

Looking to make sure that your special feline friend has a very Meowy Christmas? Well look no further, this box is jammed packed with treats, toys and other fun items that your cat will love! MeowBox is the original subscription box for cats, shipping fun toys and yummy treats to your doorstep every month, or bi-monthly. Each item is thoughtfully selected or designed to win over the most finicky feline.

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The Independent Girl – Girls Can Crate

Have an independent sassy little soul sista? Looking to encourage core values, confidence and building a leader-like personality in your little girl, I present to you, the GIRLS CAN Crate. Each month you’re daughter will receive a new box focusing on a new confident, problem solving woman who made history! From Marie Curie to Bessie Coleman, Irena Sendler to Florence Nightingale, Patsy Mink to Malala – GIRLS CAN! CRATE inspires girls to BE and DO anything by introducing them to fearless women who made the world better. GIRLS CAN! Let’s make sure they know it!

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The Cyclist – Street Team Cycling

Wether your cycling to work, around the block or delivering for a restaurant, the Street Team has got you covered! This subscription box comes fully equipped with everything you need to keep you going on the road.

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The Curious Child – Lovevery

Their goal is to help every parent feel confident. Their play products are designed by child development experts and distilled to their simplest, purest purpose: to be exactly what children need at each stage. Along with their Play Kits, Play Gym and other items, their most coveted product that grows and develops with your child is their Block Set. Check out their website and the many options they offer in aiding your little one reach their greatest potential!

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The Fashionista – Frock Box

Looking to spice up your wardrobe or know someone who loves to try new things, likes to keep up with the trends and have a personal stylist to help them with these choices? I bring to you, the Frock Box! A specially curated styling subscription box that takes your measurements, body shape and colour scheme and delivers a package of new and fun items to your door monthly. Take the middle man out and do your try-ons at home and just send back whichever items don’t fit just right, free of charge!

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The Explorer – Hike Wize

From the mountain tops to River banks, the Hike Wize subscription box will prepare you for every exploration  your heart desires. Warm fuzzy socks, energy bars, water bottle and more to keep your energy up and your body comfortable to be equip you in reaching your adventure goal! Four times a year they will send hiking essentials to your doorstep. They hope to not only deliver hiking gear needed for the perfect day hike, but to deliver a little bit of confidence for your next adventures!

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The Crafter – Home Made Luxe

CRAFTASTIC is what this box is!! Ever seen those beautiful at home DIY Pinterest projects that everyone seems to be making? Well craft lovers, here is your secret weapon, a subscription box that delivers everything you need to make the most up to date and modern artwork for your home. The best part? it’s all delivered to your door!! You don’t even need to get out of your pajamas!

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The Crafter (Children’s Edition) – myFUNvelope

Myfunvelope is a Canadian craft subscription box for kids ages 3-9. MyFUNvelope is available in both French AND English. Every month your child will rush to the mailbox to receive their MyFUNvelope. They will discover and have fun with FOUR unique craft projects that follow a fun monthly theme. They will also receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activity/idea for hands on building that is fun and sometime hilarious!

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The Ultimate Fan – Fan Chest

42! 26! 21! HUT! Here’s the ultimate sports fan subscription box coming in hot! The Fan Chest holds an incredible amount of unique and one of a kind items of officially licensed sports gear that is delivered right to your door. This box is such an easy solution for sports fans and is just a click away!

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The Moustache Man – Meraki Box

The Meraki box is a bi-monthly subscription box delivering specially curated items that are relevant to each season, ranging from bath bombs, coffee, mugs, beeswax wraps and market bags! Check out their most recent subscription box that was made just for men; the Movember Box. This is their first subscription box for men and includes everything you need to look and feel your best!

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[Use code STUMBLINGGRACE15 for 15% off your order of any subscription box!]

The Gainer – Fit Snack

Just finished up at Yoga or sweating it out after your morning work out? Fit Snack is here to help you fill up, regain your energy and chalked full of nutrition and the delicious healthy stuff! Fit Snack was created to offer access to healthy, on-the-go snacks for people looking to live active, happy lifestyles. Each month, the Fit Snack duo curates a nutritionist approved snack box featuring the best brands on the planet, trainer certified workouts, and tips for healthy living, right to your doorstep.

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The Builder – Brick Loot

Young or old, LEGO has always been an amazing way to go on adventures and let your imagination let loose! It is also a great quiet activity that someone of any age would love! Brick Loot is the creation of 9 year old Parker Krex (now 15). He has a deep love for LEGO and has accumulated a massive collection. Along with your regular LEGO sets, there are also Brick Loot exclusive sets and additional pieces that are included in your subscription!

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The Great Brit – Great British Tea Break

Enjoy a break from work like a true Brit with a monthly box containing over 10 tea break essentials! Take a well deserved tea break with a classy mug, 8 assorted teabags and a selection of sweet and savoury snacks loved by every Brit. In the United Kingdom we love ‘Elevenses’, the tradition of stopping work for tea and a snack at 11am. This box provides everything you need to raise a mug with us Brits at 11am whatever time zone you are in.

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The Glam Squad – Kinder Beauty

Each Kinder Beauty box is packed with $75-$165 worth of carefully-curated, cruelty-free & vegan skincare, makeup, hair-care and/or accessories. You’ll get at least two full-size products in each box, and every month we’ll help you discover new brands to fall in love with that are delivered right to your door! A portion of all sales benefits some of our favourite animal rights and environmental causes.

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The Dog Lover – Woof Packs

Do you have an excited little puppy or an old timer that you’re looking to spoil this holiday? Look no further because Woof Packs has every item you’ll need to put under that tree! They deliver natural treats, fun and engaging toys, delicious chews and cool accessories to your door. Every month, they build your pack around a new and unique theme. You’ll always receive two toys; one plush and one rubber, two all-natural Canadian made treats and either a tasty chew or accessory. (Hopefully your loyal companion doesn’t sniff it out before Santa comes!)

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The Wizard – Geek Gear

Got an HP fanatic in the family? A friend who is all in with Gryffindor or someone tangled up in Gillyweed? This box will definitely blow your mind and make you feel like you’re walking the halls of Hogwarts. GeekGear is a UK Subscription box company based in Central Scotland bringing you an amazing monthly shipment of magic! With the variety of subscriptions we offer, there is something for everyone!

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The Coffee Snob – The Roasters Pack

Each issue, we feature three great roasts from three artisan roasters. The independently roasted beans can make a month’s worth of coffee! Free shipping on coffee that has been specifically roasted for your order. Sealed and packaged at the source in our valve bags for the optimal level of freshness.

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The Believer – Believers Box

The Believer’s Box is a monthly subscription box for Christian women who believe in giving back.  Each monthly box is designed to strengthen your Christian faith and support those in need. Each box contains Christian-inspired jewelry and accessories, as well as other handmade and handpicked items to celebrate your Christian lifestyle.

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The Spicy One – Raw Spice Bar

Their mission is to give you the best possible flavour experience and always at a fair price. By sourcing high quality, whole ingredients they own the entire process, from sourcing, toasting, grinding and blending. They are are able to deliver the freshest, ready to use flavour kits directly to your door!

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The Man – Luxury Cigar Club

This subscription service is unlike any other cigar box on the market. Each cigar found in one of our boxes is personally smoked, and hand selected by one of the owners before it ever enters the box. They pride themselves in providing the highest value on the market, and strive to provide the best customer experience possible. Luxury cigars delieverd to your door every month!

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I had such a blast putting this together for you and really did come across so many gems and boxes that I didn’t even know existed! I really hope that this post helps you out this Holiday Season and instead of spending time pushing your way through busy crowds at the mall I hope you’re able to find something on here, click a few buttons from the comfort of your home and be done all your shopping! And the best part about subscription boxes? It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Take care,

Cassandra

[PS: If you have a box that I missed or something super unique you think needs to be added on here – let me know!]

Endy – Canadian Made Mattress 6 Month Review

Well, the verdict is in and we are in LOVE with our Endy, honestly and whole heartedly. For the past 6 months I have been receiving questions asking if what I have been sharing about our Endy experience really is as good as it sounds, and yes, yes it is!

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It has been 6 months now and we have been sleeping better than ever, waking up refreshed and recharged for whatever the day had in store for us. We received our Queen size Endy mattress, Queen size sheets and pillows in the Spring this year and the change has been incredible. I used to toss and turn throughout the night, uncomfortable, overheating and completely unsupported. We had your typical box spring mattress, complete with a foam topper and a sunken in dip where Mackenzie and I each slept. This is one of the areas that we have seen a huge improvement in our sleep, each night when we go to bed, the mattress has regained it’s shape and is ready to give us a seamless night’s sleep.

Throughout the past 6 months, my sleep and body have both been shifting, not only from sleeping on the Endy but also transitioning from having Isla. Our mattress has played a big part in supporting me as I shift throughout the night and change positions to find a new way to sleep. In addition, I have had to readjust my pillows to a firmer comfort for more support in my neck and I was so glad that I didn’t have to go out and purchase new ones to do this. The Endy Pillows have been so great and storing the extra pieces has been so simple! They are small pieces of foam, you can store them anywhere in your bedroom. Easy Peasy!

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[Endy Hack : Storage bag for excess Endy Pillow inserts can also be used as a small airplane pillow or toddler pillow.]

I still remember the first time we opened our Endy Mattress, Ezra was ecstatic, watching it unfold and form was magic before her eyes; before all of our eyes. After the mattress was ready to go, we dressed it up with a set of Endy’s silky soft sateen weave sheets and finished up with their customizable pillows! When we were going to bed that evening I remember taking out half of the inserts that were in my pillow and Mackenzie keeping every little piece in his, talk about opposites!

The morning after our first night on the Endy, I did notice that I had felt the mattress was a little bit firm for my liking, but we were also switching  from a 10 year old pillow top princess mattress so there wasn’t much to compare it to. I was a little nervous about this but I had read reviews and also heard from other friends who have an Endy and had heard that because the mattress is so supportive, medium firmness and also just something new that you’re sleeping on, it could take a couple days for you to get used to it. Well, it did! After about 2 nights, I was hooked. Excited to go to bed each night but also excited to wake up, knowing I would be refreshed and ready for the day because I had a restful, comfortable and soundless sleep! (unless one of the girls woke up…lol)

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I would definitely recommend this mattress to people, not only because of the comfort and great experience we’ve had with our Endy, but also because of the company. They have been so helpful along the way, figuring out if Endy was the right fit for our family, which mattress to go with and GUESS WHAT?! If you end up not being satisfied with your mattress, you have up to 100 days to not only return for a full refund but Endy will also com and pick up the mattress from your home! If that doesn’t give you the confidence to give the Endy a try, you’re missing out!

Icing on top: If you or someone you know is looking to catch some extra Z’s use code “STUMBLING50” for $50 off any size mattress! (code expires March 31 2020)

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Disclaimer: We received our Endy mattress from Endy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Good Night Sleep with BuyBuyBaby|Motorola Baby Monitor + Hatch Baby Review

When we first found out that we were pregnant with our second baby we were ecstatic! We started to plan, prep and figure out what we were going to do with the bedrooms in our home and how to prepare Ezra to stepping into the role of a big sister.  We started potty training, moving in to her big girl room and finally, into a big girl bed. For most of these transitions Ezra did great and now we just had to wait for the biggest transition, becoming a big sister!

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Baby Monitor : Motorola Baby Monitor Review

When we brought home our sweet baby girl Isla, we knew that one day we would not only need a monitor for both of the girls rooms, but one that had video and a could reach a good distance. The monitor we currently had would constantly cut out and lose connection after you went farther than 5 feet. Very frustrating!

We began searching for a video monitor and had quite an extensive list of what we were looking for. Having to use this monitor for 2 children and already been through the ringer with a ‘half-working’ one, we knew that it would be worth it to invest in a quality monitor that we knew we could depend on.
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Baby Monitor Checklist:

  • Wifi Connection
  • Long Range of Distance
  • Video / 2 Cameras
  • Speak option
  • Battery Life

We made our way out to buybuy BABY in Langley, where we came across the Motorola® 5-Inch HD Video Baby Monitor with Wifi and Two Monitors, this one stood out right away! First because it came with TWO cameras and secondly that it had WiFi, which meant it could be accessed almost anywhere! (Such an added bonus, especially if you have a newborn or are a nervous nelly like me when you leave your kids at home haha!)

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We ended up going home with the Motorola Monitor and I couldn’t wait to set it up! Being able to see and hear both girls all night long and not worry, we were in for a good night’s sleep and everyone in the family was excited about it. The first night went great, Isla woke up once to nurse and Ezra slept through the night. There was a moment where Ezra tossed and turned, but  taking a quick peek at her and seeing that she was tangled in her blanket allowed Mackenzie to quickly go in when she look a little bit rested, untangle her and tuck her back in, then slip out quickly.

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Later that week we also had a chance to go out for a date night – something we hadn’t done in forEVER, and while we were out, we had the comfort of being able to check in on the girls through the Hubble App on our phones. (This App also has a zoom feature – crazy!)

At the end of the day, this will always be the right choice for us because we were in need of a monitor that had two cameras, Wifi because soon we will both be at work during most days and lastly, the range that this monitor has is amazing.

Sound Machine : Hatch Baby Review

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The other I found helpful, especially when transitioning your little one into a ‘big kid’ bed or in our case, switching seasons, is the Hatch Baby. We chose this sound machine for Ezra because we finding that it was challenging for her to stay in her bed until it was a decent hour to get up. (Unfortunately the sun comes up at 5AM in the summer and Ezra assumes it is time for breakfast haha)

If your child is old enough to understand bedtime and routine, I would really encourage you to bring them with you and explain to them what the Hatch Baby is before purchasing. Let them play with it, touch it and try out the different colours and sounds. Something that is being brought into their room that is going to change colour and make sounds can be a big change for them.

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Why we chose Hatch Baby:

  • Has an OK-to-wake function
  • Can control it from your phone
  • Soothing sounds and colours
  • It’s simple
  • All the controls are hidden
  • It’s pretty and neutral – fitting in to any nursery decor

Hatch baby is one of those products that are so simple to use that even your toddler will know how to work it! It is accessible from your phone, can play a variety of relaxing sounds, create presets for bedtime, dinner time and other notifications and also create a completely custom colour for your little one to really make it their own.

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Ezra is one of those toddlers who likes organization, routine and being told what to do – even though it feels like half of the time she disregards this completely. This is why bringing the Hatch Baby into her routine was perfect! I think that the Hatch Baby will be something that we use with Ezra until she outgrows this final stage of transferring into her big girl bed and then use it through and through with Isla, reaching each milestone of dreamland and conquering it with a soothing sound, warm hue and just the right touch to help her rest easy.

buybuy BABY Nursery+Baby Registry + One-on-one Customer care

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If you are in the market for a monitor or a sound machine, I would suggest making your way over to a buybuy BABY near you, their staff were so helpful when we were trying to decide and answer any questions about why A was better than B etc. Did you know that buybuy BABY’s in-store experts offer FREE one-on-one personal shopping appointments and are available to answer questions and help parents shop for everything they’ll need. buybuyBABY also offers an amazing assortment of items from top brands, for every style and budget, I really appreciated this about buybuy BABY with myself being on Maternity leave and my husband being the only source of income, you can imagine that our finances are not very high at the moment and I know that a lot of parents are usually in this boat, wether it be their first or third child.

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If you are interested in finding out more and keeping up to date on exclusive sales and in store deals, make sure you sign up for their email list to always be in the know! Wether it be for you or someone you know who is expecting, their amazing staff is always ready to help and put together something beautiful to welcome your little bundle of joy into this world.

If you have any questions that I didn’t cover in this post, please reach out and ask! I would love to help you also achieve a better night’s sleep with the comfort of knowing your little one is sleeping safe and sound.

Take care,

Cassandra

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This post was sponsored by buybuy BABYCa. All text and opinions are my own.

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[WILD & THREE] – A modern jungle themed 3rd birthday party.

I feel like I have already touched on this in past birthday posts, but being a teacher, I am a planner, and when a planner is pregnant with her first child, she plans. ALOT. When we brought Ezra home, our sweet baby girl, my ovaries were exploding with love for this babe and my mind was exploding with cute baby clothes, DIY’s for her nursery and most of all, BIRTHDAYS! All the birthdays I was going to throw, that I was going to plan and go all out, that I was going to shout it from the rooftop how much I loved this little girl of mine! Right then and there I had mapped out what I wanted to do for her first 3 birthdays, and thankfully all that ‘pinning’ didn’t go to waste, because I never changed my mind on any of the themes!

Check them out here: Ezra’s First Flamingo and Tea for TWO

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Wild + Three Birthday Highlights

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Leading up to Ezra’s birthday my thoughts were scattered everywhere, my first initial thought for Wild+Three was a rock and roll, leopard tights and air guitar theme. I then started to plan and research the theme and there wasn’t really much to go off of to really encompass the exact theme. I decide to shift gears, keeping Wild+Three but shifting the theme to a colour scheme of dark green, gold, white and leopard print, LOTS of leopard. (We all know I love my leopard print, so this worked out perfectly.)

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I wanted to steer away from the classic ‘Jungle Theme’ birthday party and put a modern twist on it. I love the idea, but it just wasn’t screaming ‘EZRA’S BIRTHDAY.’ To start a vision board for an event or party that I am planning, I’ll always look for a colour scheme first, then from there I can find different foods, decor items and dessert table layouts that I want to incorporate or tweak so that it fits just right! In this case, Dark Green, Gold, White and Leopard. To make this Leopard theme really stand out, I made a special request that everyone come wearing some sort of leopard print on them! (This was SO fun – some people went ALL out!)

As I started to embark on the weeks ahead of assembling, creating and accumulating, I was reminded of something I had written way back in my post for Ezra’s first birthday, I’ll leave it below to help you out when you’re planning your next party!

“PLAN//PREP//PREVENT

After planning and writing everything down on paper, I went through the stores I would need to go to, compared prices and made a ‘To buy’ list, ‘To do’ list and a ‘To make’ list. Having it all jumbled on to one piece of paper would’ve driven me crazy. Having separated each task into three lists gave me some sanity in picking and choosing what I wanted to do that day and not be overwhelmed with a list 30 items long. I looked through the things I needed to make and chose to start on the most daunting task first. ” – Ezra’s First Flamingo

The day before Ezra’s WILD+THREE was a bit eery, everything was done, there was nothing to pick up or make and we were just putting things in it’s place to make for an easier set up in the AM. We had a few friends and family helping out with pickups of balloons and cake, but other than that we were able to sit back and relax before the chaos ensued.

DECOR

The bulk of the decor was completely our own doing, my husband was the mastermind behind the balloon garland and I put together the golden birthday jungle animals. We did however ask the talented Creations by Sonia to create some custom pieces for decor, labels and invitation and she nailed it! (I love using giant rolls of craft paper to create a theme related backdrop. you can paint it, cut it or just write on it!)

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DIY PROJECTS

  • Binocular Craft
  • Balloon Animals (If you had a child at the party, you were the animal maker haha)
  • Golden Jungle Animals + Party Hats
  • White Wooden Backdrop : My husband made this piece for Ezra’s second birthday as the backdrop for her Tea for Two dessert table – I love how simple it is and how you can easily transform it to fit so many different themes!

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FACE PAINTING 

We set up a spot at the back of the yard that we knew would be in the shade most of the day so that our amazing Lisa(the beautiful face behind Rainbow Faces Face Painting) would not burn and her beautiful paints would not melt away! As you can see below, there was quite a demand for leopard print, but Lisa had also prepared to do a Zebra, Tiger and Unicorn with bright colours and glitter!

SNACKS // BEVERAGES

I really wanted to embrace the raw and whole fruits of the jungle so I decided to have tons of bananas, apples, watermelons and pineapples covering the table – I think the parents and children both loved this! I also had a really fun time coming up with different names for each of the food items in the trail mix bar and also other snacks on the table like ‘Giraffe Food’ or ‘Gorilla Lunch’ (KD that was supposed to be bananas). For beverages we had green coloured lemonade for ‘Swamp Water’ and ‘Crystal Falls’ for water.

The Trail Mix Bar was definitely an ‘A-HA’ moment for me. I was racking my brain on what fun ‘food’ could I serve for adults that wasn’t candy of Kraft Dinner, and then it came to me, Trail Mix! This also fit in perfectly with the theme.

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DESSERT // TREATS // FAVORS

I wanted Ezra’s cake to be simple on the outside but SO fun on the inside so I thought of what she loved, strawberries and the colour red. Little Acres Home Bakery was amazing at capturing the exact vision I had of layers of strawberry throughout the cake and a simple flat white on the outside. I decorated the outside with green ferns and then on the top I had some smaller golden animals and a ‘3’ cake topper from Little Sprout Creations. Little Acres Home Bakery also created a beautiful custom set of cookies fitting the Wild+Three theme perfectly. Guests kept asking me if they were allowed to eat them because they were so beautiful!!

Kizzy’s Macaron’s are a staple for EVERY event that I plan, Kira does SUCH an amazing job at curating the perfect flavour and colour for every crazy vision I give her and she always goes above and beyond. As for the favors, those were another DIY that Creations By Sonia helped me to achieve! Small baggies filled with animal crackers – the perfect toddler goodie bag (I also thought of the parents when I was planning this one, that way they don’t go home with a bag of junk lol!)

We are so thankful for everyone who came out to celebrate our big WILD and THREE birthday girl. She had grown into such a character and has so much love to share, every time someone arrived at the party Ezra would throw her hands in the air, jump up for a hug and wished each person a happy birthday! (Still to this day she sings Happy Birthday when we are grocery shopping, at bed time and even when she’s on the potty.)

I hope you enjoyed every fine detail that went in to celebrating one of the brightest lights in my life! Please let me know if you try any of these DIY’s or have your own Wild+Three party – I would love to see what you create!

Take care and have fun creating,

XO Cass

Details from Ezra’s WILD + THREE Modern Jungle Themed Birthday Party:
Photography : Myself
Leopard Scrunchies – Mommy + Me Set : Haven Ohlee (Custom request)
Face Painting : Rainbow Faces Face Painting
Kenz Shirt : Mens “Fox Brown” Kindred Clothing
Jungle Macarons : Kizzy’s Macarons
Peacock Chair : Moreno Home
Door Mats : Monkey Fly Memories
Letter Board : Letter Peddler
White Divider Plate : RePlay
Isla’s Custom Bonnet : Fawn + Lace
Invitations/Signage/Food+Favor Bag Labels : Creations by Sonia
Large Jungle Animals : Various dollar stores
Balloon Garland : My sweet loving HUBBY!! (with some guidance from Little Rose Company – Thank you!)
Leopard Romper(Ezra) + Leopard Dress (Isla) and Leopard Tee (Mine) : H&M
Trail Mix : Walmart
Balloon Animal Kit : Party City
Tattoo Bar : Amazon
Animals Print Balloons : Party City
Greenery : Dollorama
Letter Balloons : Party City
Plates : Party City
Mixed Candy : Party City/Winners

At Home Teeth Whitening; Brightening my smile while binge watching Netflix

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If you know me, you know I’m not shy, you know I don’t hide from ANY sort of social interaction, but if you asked me what is one thing that makes me uncomfortable, it’s my smile. Not necessarily my hamster cheeks that puff out when I smile REAL big, or the crooked grin I often give, but the many yellow-tinted chompers that hide beneath. Being a mother, or just a working human in general,  you can imagine that each day has a couple cups of coffee in it and on the weekends, a couple glasses of wine. My teeth have taken quite a blow over the last couple years and try as I might, every whitening toothpaste out there hasn’t made a dent on brightening up this smile.

[Make sure you scroll to the very end for an awesome giveaway and my before and after teeth whitening pictures!]

When I found out about Smile Brilliant I thought it was too good to be true. An at home and CUSTOM teeth whitening kit? I’ve got to hear more. As I went through their website, I discovered that this was a brand new way of whitening teeth and for what you get and the precision it offered, it was a fraction of the cost that most whitening kits on the market were. You are whitening your teeth 5x faster and for roughly 70% less!

One thing that made me a little bit nervous was the gel and that it does offer caution to sensitive teeth, there is an option to order desensitizing gel you apply after each session and their online staff is more than helpful! My experience I worked with one of their amazing online customer support and she was with me EVERY step of the way, answering every question I had about pregnant/nursing mothers who wanted to try it, as I was expecting Isla and planning on whitening my teeth.

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The process was fairly quick after I received my materials to create my imprints. I did them that night and sent them off and received my Smile Brilliant custom whitening trays within a couple weeks. (and guess what?! You don’t have to have perfectly straight teeth to use these trays! They are completely customizable, even for that one tooth that kind of sticks out a little bit on the right, Smile Brilliant has got that covered; literally!)

Guys, I was nervous. First of all, I thought I completely messed up the initial molding of my teeth and thought ‘there’s no way that this is going to feel good when it comes back’ but it DID! Smile Brilliant put together such a comfortable set of custom whitening trays for me that I sometimes forget that I am whitening. I’ll be in the middle of chores around the house, folding laundry, unloading the dishwasher, fluffing the cushions (haha. jk.) and feeding both my babies in-between.

Each of the whitening sessions can take anywhere between 45 minutes up to 3 hours for a session, depending on sensitivity and how intense of a session you are wanting, everyone has their own goals. Wether you are looking for a touch up or a full revamp, you can go anywhere from 2-3 sessions a week and up from there, but it is best to stay consistent if you are looking for a bigger change.

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For my personal journey with teeth whitening, I have only tried it once and that was when I was 17 with Crest white strips right before high school graduation. It hurt, but I did it because I wanted to have those pearly whites. Even after the painful sessions I did not achieve the beautiful smile I was hoping for. Now when I made my order with Smile Brilliant, I know my teeth are sensitive and I also have quite a bit of sensitivity through nursing Isla. The first thing I made sure to order was the desensitizing gel and have started with 45 minute sessions and have been whitening every 2 days, I find that that has been my comfort zone. It is suggested to whiten right before bed to reduce the amount of drink/food stains right after a session and to allow time for the desensitizing gel to soak in.

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Overall I am so excited to have this option literally at my fingertips in a matter of seconds. This is more than I could have ever asked for when I think about teeth whitening. Being a mother is busy, you’re always on the go even when you feel like you’re resting, you’re most likely nursing your baby or folding clothes while sitting, this is the exact reason I love the custom at home whitening kit. Even though I may feel a little dull, diluted and on the sleepy side of the spectrum, my girls constantly keep me smiling and with Smile Brilliant I’m smiling bigger and brighter than ever before!

My crooked smile: Before + After (6 Sessions)

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Take care and happy smiling friends!

If you have been thinking about getting yourself an at home teeth whitening kit and have any questions please reach out! I would love to answer any questions/concerns you may have or direct you to the amazing team I worked with when ordering my own!

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This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All text and opinions are my own.

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The Canadian ‘Bed in a Box’ – Endy Mattress Review

The day that our Endy mattress rolled in, Ezra was yelling out the window so loud, that our entire street could probably hear that we were about to experience the Endy. ‘Mommy! Mommy! The bed man is here!!’ Jumping up and down with excitement as the mail man awkwardly walked up to our door to deliver the BOX. Yes, you read correctly, a box. In fact, a box that is about 1/4 the size of the actual mattress. When I first saw the mattress being unloaded, I assumed that it was the box for the pillows, but then three more smaller boxes made their way to our door as well. I thought that the size must be wrong, so I double checked, nope. It’s correct and all accounted for. We brought the mattress inside, and there, the magic happened and the great story of the ‘Bed in a Box’ unfolded. (Literally)

Knowing that we were about to witness something amazing, we made sure we set up our camera to capture the moment. During the unboxing you’ll see both of my daughters make short appearances, but mainly Ezra just jumping in circles around little Isla. Notice how Isla doesn’t budge, even when Ezra jumps close to her! The mattress isn’t even fully inflated yet and it is already showing one of its amazing qualities, the ability to sleep soundly, even if your partner is moving around in their sleep!

[Check out our unboxing video below]

Since I shared about trying out the Endy mattress, I have been receiving questions, “Is it comfortable?,””How long did it take to set up?,””Do you REALLY like it?,” and many more.  I thought that it would be best to put together a review for my first 30 nights with Endy! If there is anything I missed, please do reach out and ask or leave a note below!

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The First Night:

I was so excited and practically giddy to get in to bed that night, but I’ve got to admit, much like a new pair of shoes, this mattress seemed awkward and too structured after the first sleep. When I woke up in the morning I did have doubts if this was going to be for us or not, but then the second night happened, and the third and the fourth and the rest is history! I was sold!

The mattress we had before Endy has lasted us for 9 years. NINE YEARS. At that point, I loved a pillow top mattress, something super soft and that I just sunk right into. Fast forward 9 years later and it is quite the opposite. I notice when I don’t have a good night sleep I am all bent out of shape the next day because of it. Sleep is SO important to me and my husband, with two girls under the age of three, you can imagine that a full nights sleep is quite rare in this household. I usually don’t ever count on a good night’s sleep, with midnight and 4am nursing sessions, toddler night terrors and a husband who snores, there’s just no way. Now add a run down mattress into the mix of that. Cheque Please!

We have been seriously considering shopping for a new mattress and that’s where Endy came in! After receiving our Endy, I could not believe the IMMEDIATE change in my sleep. After my midnight nursing sessions, I was falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was sleeping through snoring and I was waking up refreshed! One thing that I was so drawn to with Endy was the Mattress’ Comfort Foam. On the Endy website you can find more information like this: “The foam has a unique open-air cell structure that provides the perfect balance of comfort and support, plus temperature control, pressure relief, and reduced motion transfer. The foam’s open-air cell technology also enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night.” For me, temperature is something that I have always struggled with, my husband is a heater and I like to be a little bit cold when I sleep so I can curl up in my blanket! But now with our Endy, it’s no longer a problem!

Pillows + Sheets

Along with the mattress, we also tried out a set of Endy pillows and sheets. These pillows were another home-run for my husband and I, they offer support, breathability, comfort and are completely customizable. My husband is part of the snoring squad so he prefers a dense pillow when he sleeps to elevate himself and stay upright in the night, whereas I prefer almost next to nothing in my pillow. When I was customizing my pillow, I removed a little bit more than half of the inserts to make it ‘just right’ for a good night sleep! When you first open up the pillows, do not be alarmed, they are jam-packed with teeny tiny shredded pieces of bamboo charcoal memory foam. You can adjust and customize your perfect pillow by removing handfuls of the foam and placing it in the storage bag that comes with the pillows. The sheets have also been such a positive change for us, comfort, style and tech; all in one finely crafted set. The Endy Sheets are made from 480 thread count, 100% sateen weave cotton, and available in 6 sizes.

Endy as a company has been amazing to order from. The shipping was so easy and the box literally just showed up on our doorstep! It was a little bit heavy trying to get it up our stairs to the 2nd floor, but we made it! Then from there we just opened the box, unwrapped and unrolled and watched the mattress take shape.

100 Night Trial:

The company has a great 100 Night Trial, this means that if you sleep on it and it just isn’t the right fit for you or your family, you can simply call up Endy and they will come and take it away and give you a full refund. They also have a 10 year limited warranty, so if you experience any manufacture defects, you’re covered! The 100 night trial alone is enough for me to jump on board and try it out, that a company is so confident in their product and passionate about their mission that they would provide policies like this. It must be the Canadian Blood!

If you are looking to bring your own Endy home today, make sure to use code: STUMBLING50 to receive $50 off any size mattress! If you are still on the fence about ordering from Endy and don’t have someone nearby that would offer you to take a test-sleep on, there are two easy options to fix this – The 100 Night Trial AND Endy just partnered with Urban Barn, so you can also try it out there, but be careful, you may need to bring someone with you to wake up from your best sleep ever.

Good Night and Sleep Tight!

XO Cass

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This post was sponsored by Endy. All text and opinions are my own.
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