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.

The Perfect Shirt From Winter to Spring and All Year Round.

Living on the West Coast you never really know what the weather is going to be like and when you do finally figure it out, it can change in a second! I am constantly looking out for clothing I can layer up when it’s chilly and shed when the day warms up. When I came across the Long Sleeve Peplum top from Pink Blush, it was love at first sight. Something that layered nicely, was comfortable, and best of all, nursing friendly!

On a regular day, I will usually throw on a pair of pants, long sleeve shirt and oversized sweater, so when I received this Peplum top from Pink Blush I was over the moon! It is a great piece that is casual enough to wear with jeans to run errands or I could instantly dress it up for a night on the town by adding a pair of heels!

This top is extremely lightweight, sits nicely on the body and has a adorable flirty twirl with the peplum bottom. Wether you are just looking for a new fun top or a nursing mother, this top is so versatile that it really covers a large range of stages, ages and body types! Wearing this top, there are a few ways you can style it up or dress it down, you can easily pair it with leather leggings and brown boots, jean shorts and a large brimmed hat, ripped jeans and a leather jacket, and even yoga pants and gum boots! (Check out the Tulip Field photos below, I told you so!)

Check out Shop Pink Blush for more items to check off your summer wish list and I’ll leave my wish list below as well for you to take a peek!

Blue Lace Mesh Overlay Maternity Gown

Light Blue Destroyed Fringe Maternity Shorts

Sage Green Crochet Accent Kimono

Brown Soft Wide Brim Fedora

Black Solid Sleeveless Maternity Nursing Tank

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I would love to know some of your favourites you found through their site! Let me know below in the comments and have a great rest of the week!

Take care,

Cassandra

LET’S GET WILD – Wild Kratts LIVE Show – Pre Sale on NOW!

If you we’re a big Wild Kratt’s fan when you were younger, your dreams of meeting Chris and Martin may just come true this fall! This October, the Kratt brothers will be coming to us live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the pre-sale is on now, so act like a Kratt and RUN don’t walk!

We are a family of four with 2 young girls, Ezra age 3 and Isla age 8months. Growing up, my husband and I both watched Wild Kratt’s and loved it! Since we discovered the new episodes of Wild Kratts on Netflix, we knew that we had to show them to Ezra right away! Her being a child of adventure, excitement and energy, this show was a match made in heaven! Their new revised episodes of the Wild Kratt’s includes a characterized version of the brothers on their adventures, with short appearances at the beginning and end of the show. Adventure, excitement, animation, animals and multiple episodes to watch.

Ezra is HOOKED.

Hook, line, and sinker.

Now, I’m not going to lie here, when we found out that they were coming to our area and that we(my husband) would have a chance to meet Chris and Martin in person, he got a little bit star-struck. You know, the type of star struck where you know you’re going to see them, but can’t quite contain your excitement, except it shows because your body tenses up because you’re trying to not jump up and down, but also remain calm but forget to blink. Yeah, that’s how excited he is.

If you’re planning on attending, let me know and come say Hello!

Take care, and stay WILD.

Cassandra

 

The pre-sale is on NOW and here are the deets:

Show: Wild Kratts Live 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Ticketing Link: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11005692F22E746F

Event description: WILD KRATTS – LIVE! Is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families.

Wrap me up, Buttercup Baby – Beluga Baby Swaddle + Doll Carrier Review

Since day one with Ezra, we have faithfully used our Beluga Wraps on repeat. Now with our second baby, Miss Isla Jane, I am using these wraps even MORE, having a toddler and a new born is no joke and also ‘no hands’ if you don’t have a Beluga Wrap!

Recently Beluga Baby launched two brand new products; the first being their Oversized Bamboo Swaddles. These things are HUGE. 35 x 35 inches and pure, buttery soft, bamboo goodness. They are the perfect companion, wether it be wrapped around them, cozy in the stroller or the comfort piece your child that cant leave their side while walking around the house. This swaddle is what babies and toddlers dream of.

When we first put Isla in a swaddle I didn’t think it was going to work, as she is a babe who likes to be free and kick around. You know, feel-the-wind-between-her-toes kind of girl. We wrapped her up, criss crossed and zig zagged this little bean and she was as happy as a clam, laid there completely content, smiling away.

One of my favourite ways to use the swaddle, other than swaddling, is to layer with Isla’s favourite fuzzy blanket. She has this white fluffy little thing that she cannot sleep without, but when we are out and she has it in the carseat, it is really easy for her to kick it off. Beluga Baby to the rescue! Because of the amazing four way stretch this bamboo fabric blend has, it easily curves and tucks in to wherever you need and stays put!

We are never without a blanket because the swaddles, much like the classic Baby Carriers are SO compact! They are made of the thin, but durable Bamboo Cotton Blend and can appear large, but fold up SO small that you could fit one in your jacket pocket – perfect for those cooler days!

When Ezra grew out of the Baby Carriers, I was sad and little bit heart broken that the Beluga era had ended, but then, BAM, doll carriers!

The second item that they launched was their amazing Doll Carriers, these came out just in time for baby #2 and for Ezra to start practicing to be a big sister! Ezra’s eyes LIT UP when she saw that she could wear her most cherished dollies around the house and out while grocery shopping. She was ecstatic to have her very own carrier to keep her BunBun close and still be able to carry a bag of fishies while sipping her apple juice. She had no idea what she was in for once her baby sister came along.

Since then, Ezra asks to wear her BunBun to the coffee shop, grocery shopping and even so that she can bring her stuffie’s downstairs but still be able to hold on to the railing. (So cute right?!) Now, when I have to grab a gift for a tiny human, I find myself reaching for one of these three, Practical, Stylish, and Playful. We love our Belugas and are honoured to be part of the pod 😉

A Dock for my Tots : The most dreamy twinning you ever did see.

The Dock A Tot is widely known for encouraging longer naps, portable and convenient size and the great aid they have for transitioning from crib to toddler bed.  When we first received our Grand Dock for Ezra, she was over the moon. Instead of setting up pillows every time she watched a show or when she napped in mommy’s bed, she had her own spot dedicated to her!

There was a few times (and still is) where the Dock will somehow turn into a car, an airplane, or most recently a castle – yeah, go figure out that one. (She balanced the Dock A Tot over the ottoman and the edge of the couch.) She has also slowly began to imitate how we put her to bed, the routine she went through at night and how we would greet her when she awoke in the morning. This was also so sweet because she was going to soon be a big sister and watching her care for her dollies and teddy bear just melted our hearts.

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The Dock A Tot is available in two different sizes, the Deluxe for Infants (0 – 9 months) and the Grand for toddlers ( 9 – 36 months ) . Our Deluxe Dock A Tot arrived a little bit after Ezra’s arrived and to see the look on her face when she opened up one that was miniature size to hers, was priceless! Instantly she knew it was for the little baby growing in my tummy and that it was something very special for her and her sibling on the way.

Ezra is usually really good with going down for her naps and doesn’t have much of a struggle when going into her crib in the afternoon. The day that her Dock A Tot arrived she asked if she could nap in it and naturally, I said “No”. She then persisted and usually I don’t give in to whining with her, but she promised that she would sleep, so we tried it out. She fell asleep within minutes. I’m not sure if it was the struggle of asking to sleep in the Dock A Tot that tired her out or if there really was some special magic sleepy dust in the Dock. There she was, two hours later, air conditioner on, sun shining through the windows and the serenade of her oh so lady-like snoring.

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Fast forward 5 months and here we are with our two girls. We use our Dock A Tot DAILY. I might even go ahead to say hourly. It has been such a blessing in our household to be able to lay down Isla when I need to quickly help Ezra with something, or having Ezra nap in her room and Isla nap beside me, giving me a chance to relax. I have even had her in the kitchen with me, on the floor of course on the carpeted hallway, while I was making scones last week!

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Our Deluxe Dock has been a lifesaver for myself and helped ME get a couple extra hours of sleep in the mornings! After my husband goes to work, I am usually up nursing Isla, but my toddler isn’t awake yet so I usually try and stay in bed until she wakes up. When I am done nursing Isla, she usually will fall back asleep in the mornings, but she has been showing us that she likes to be held upright when falling asleep so this makes it a little bit more tricky and tiring when it is 6AM. I have found that Isla will also sleep longer if I am near her, therefore I usually sleep with my head rested right beside the Dock, but that’s okay, I sometimes miss my own sleep because I’m stuck staring at her beautiful sleeping face. I am nervous about having her directly on the mattress beside me so I just pop the Dock up on the bed beside me and off the dreamland we go! L I F E  S A V E R. There is just something about the coziness of the Dock that surrounds them and offers that comfort of a mother’s arms.

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Here’s Why I Love The Dock

  • Perfect solution to co-sleeping – as I mentioned above, Isla still has her days and nights mixed up, so we are getting 3 hours sleep on a good night! Having the Dock in bed with us has given us a couple extra Z’s.
  • Washable – At first I was so nervous about ordering their beautiful marble cover, but after the first encounter with BBQ sauce and it came right out, my fears are gone!
  • Portable and functional for travelling families – we plan on taking ours on a few over night trips this spring and are so excited to have both for the girls.
  • Interchangeable Covers with a huge selection to choose from. The perfect addition to any nursery, no matter what the theme, style and colour, there is something for every babe!
  • Eco – Friendly – This is something I haven’t really thought about before, but when I was looking in to the Dock A Tot and what set them apart, this was really something that stood out to me. Unlike regular crib mattresses, the Dock A Tot is hypo-allergenic, all natural 100% cotton.

The dock has been a little piece of heaven for my girls as we transition in to this new chapter of life with two girls, sisters and best friends. Having their matching ‘beds’ has been so fun and created a bond even before Isla was born.

We are looking forward to more bonding while enjoying Saturday morning cartoons and taking our docks on trips with us this Winter and Spring!

XoXo

Cass