Cricket’s Circle

One of our most common questions via email is from expectant parents and they all ask the same thing: “What do I register for?” We’ve heard it from new and veteran moms and to be honest we wonder it, too! With so many new and long standing companies creating  innovative products, keeping up with it all can be daunting! We’re teaming up with Cricket’s Circle today to share our must have registry list! Did you know that there are SIXTY-EIGHT popular baby bottles on the market today? 68. Cricket’s Circle narrows each registry item to a top three popular choices and even gives you the pros and cons to each. Here’s our picks!
cricketscircleMustela PhysiObebe: Are you sick of us talking about Mustela yet? Sorry we’re not done! It really is the very best. We love this product because if you want to wash down a baby without doing a full bath this is the product for you. I love having this on hand for vacation, camping or any other place that bathing might not be AS easy to get to.

Honest Hand Sanitizer: Have you read what’s in your normal hand sanitizer? It’s frightening and it contains chemicals we definitely don’t want on our hands or our children’s! That’s why we love Honest’s Hand Sanitizer! It’s safe, really light and easy to spray. Spray down stroller carts, carousel rides, airplane seats etc. No surface is safe!

Boon’s Naked Collapsible Tub: Boon is known for it’s flawless design and their tub is no different. It is collapsable which makes it easy to store, which if you’ve ever had a bulky bath tub you know is important!

Ubbi Steel Diaper: We love this pail. It’s sleek design makes it a beautiful and functional fixture in any nursery. You might consider a diaper pail to be an unnecessary item, but changing 6-7 diapers a day in a small space? You need this.

Keekaroo Changing Pad: This is a new product that Jenna loves!  It was a new purchase for her with baby #3 and she has LOVED it. It’s so soft and cozy for their newborn tiny bodies and easily wipes off when they pee everywhere!! Less laundry is key. Love love love this one.

Pamper’s Swaddlers: Gasp. You might be surprised to hear that we prefer these for our tiniest babes. Between the three of us we’ve tried them ALL. Nope, not the most eco-friendly and for sure not as cute as some, but they hold in even the most disastrous blow-outs and are ultra soft. As babies get older moving to more eco friendly options is so great, but Swaddlers are our pick for newborn babes.

Ergobaby Carrier: A carrier is crucial for any new mom, especially a mom of multiple children! It’s the only way to ever have two hands! Cotton or jersey wraps are great in the beginning for their tiny bodies but as they get bigger Ergo is a must!

MamaRoo: If you’re on the Internet at all you’ll know the MamaRoo is a favorite amongst Moms. With all it’s adjustable settings it’s pretty much the Cadillac of baby swings. Worth every penny!

The Honest Company Laundry Pods: Changing our laundry detergent to items with less toxins has been something on our minds and this is how to do it! Love this product and love that it is safe for the whole family and you aren’t sacrificing that deep quality clean you might think you get with harsher ingredients.

What items would you add to our registry must haves? Check out Cricket’s Circle if you need more ideas, we are loving its easy navigations and searchable registries. We never get tired of hearing what products our favorite celebrities love and Cricket’s Circle is overflowing with them!

beach towels!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Before we head out to celebrate and so our gratitude for those who have come before us and currently protect us here in the States we couldn’t help but share a little Summer kick off post! All our boys are out of school and the local pools open today as well so it feels like Summer to us! We love collecting fun and bright towels for these warmer months. Leave them in the trunk for impromptu splash pad trips, park picnics or even just little make shift blanket for the cold nights.
beach towels!

1. Clovelly Sunny Life Towel // 2. Pendleton Towel // (on sale!) 3. Tamarama Rainbow Towel // 4. Gradient Blue // 5. Luxe Bronte Towel // 6. Scallop Stripe with pocket // 7. Stars Towel // 8. Polka Dots // 9. Zig Zag Towel  with pocket //10. Southwest Stripe


 

design life kids

There are so many amazing brands for kids out there, we’ve shared a lot of them and still haven’t even scratched the surface! We always wanted to find a one-stop site that had them all in one place and Design Life Kids is it! They’re offering 15% off your purchase now through June 2nd! Enter “DLKSMALLFR” at checkout!

Here’s some of our favoritesDesign Life Kids1. Cool kid bikes are hard to find and this one blows them all out of the water. Its a 3-in-1 strider that grows with them, and its made of recycled materials. Awesome!

2. These amazing girl hangers to spruce up their closet or to use as decor to show off an heirloom pieces from a blessing day, or home from the hospital outfit.

3. Are we still shopping for our kids? Nope! That is what we love about DLK, they curate truly timeless pieces that can grow and room-hop and be loved forever. These vases in particular.

4. This minimal cherry light fixture would be so great in a cluster or standalone for any nursery.

5. We love the notion that every item in your home should bring your joy or function or both, styling your home down to your matches definitely doesn’t hurt.

6. These Stick Hooks are such graphically interesting pieces to add to any space. They spark  our imaginations just looking at them.

7. We are obsessed with this bar cart/coffee table/toy storage/arts and crafts holder, so many possibilities!

8. Is this Dollhouse for real? Yes.

And here’s how we’re incorporating some favorites into our own lives:

Nicole framed these modern initial prints for her living room. Sunny and Dash love seeing their letters each day! And we love the modern take on a family portrait.

Design Life Kids

 

Jenna is loving shopping for Lolly and couldn’t resist these tops! Milk De La Milk // Fiskur Tank // Jus D’ Orange

 

Design Life Kids

 

Emily is all about Summertime and this crazy soft Gimme A Beat tank is a perfect warm weather addition! This Empty Pools print t-shirt and Garcon tank will be well loved this Summer too!

Design Life Kids

 

Their site is such a treasure trove, go get lost and don’t forget to use the 15% off coupon! (“DLKSMALLFR”) Have an awesome weekend!!

Design Life Kids

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pirate party ahoy!

Our next party on Zurcher’s brand new party site is here! Pirate Party ahoy! Our boys have a pretty good gig over here, we’re thinking and you can find all the available products right here on this party’s shop page!Pirate Party Ahoy!

SWORDS // HATS // PATCHES

Pirate parties are such a classic and we can’t help but love the simplicity of it all. Black and white, stripes, gold coins and a hearty argggh or two, done an done!Pirate Party Ahoy! PENNANT // PIRATE FLAG // SODA // HATS // BURLAPPirate Party Ahoy!Pirate Party Ahoy! Pirate Party Ahoy!

FLAGS // FIGURES // PIRATE BOOTY

Pirate Party Ahoy!

PAILS

Pirate Party Ahoy! Pirate Party Ahoy! ADDITIONAL SOURCES

Striped Plates // Black Plates // Black Cups //Striped Wood Utensils

 

Luggage Free + Packing Tip For Kids!

By Jenna.

With busy lives, a lot of kids and hectic work schedules I’m always looking for ways to cut corners to make life easier! It never ceases to amaze me the geniuses out there in the business of convenience, making my job as a Mom a little easier! Enter, Luggage Free!Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.35.00 PM

I don’t know about you, but lugging strollers, carseats, suitcases and people through LAX is my idea of a personal hell so when I found Luggage Free I knew I had to test it out for our recent family trip to Hawaii.Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.07.55 PMLuggage Free is a door to door shipping service that will literally come right to your door step, take your luggage, golf clubs, skis, bikes, pack and plays, ANYTHING (besides your actual children) and ship them to your destination!Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.18.37 PMTheir courier service called and set up an appointment to pick up our suitcases and when we arrived in Hawaii two days later they were waiting for us at the hotel! It was A DREAM to simply take the children, car seats and carry-ons with us. I can’t tell you how much time and headache it saved me. Also it was surprisingly nice to be done with the packing process a couple days before the flight so I could focus all my nervous travel jitters on buying sanitizing wipes for the entire airplane #germaphobe vs. over-packing sundresses up until the last second #shopaholic. If you’re traveling solo with kids, this is an absolute must.Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.31.56 PMInitially I was worried that such a service would be money better spent at Matsumoto’s, but honestly after calculating out what our airline would have charged us for baggage it was comparable. The extra money it cost over the airline luggage fee was definitely worth it for added convenience – check out their pricing here. I would and WILL use Luggage Free service again it was just too good, and I had to tell you guys about it. Check out Luggage Free here and book the service for your upcoming trip.Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.25.33 PMAlso to add here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way for making packing with kids easier!Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 6.38.20 PM1. Don’t pack in outfits. Some people like to pack in outfits, but I find it easier and less limiting to pack in clothing category. So I like to have shirts, pants, shorts, onesies etc…that can be interchangeable and coordinate pretty well with each other so I’m not freaking out when outfit #1 goes for a dip in a mud puddle or something weird.

2. Don’t let the baby clothes takeover. With little baby things I like to do Ziploc bags for each category. Baby clothes are small, but mighty. It’s amazing how messy and out of hand a few onesies can get. Put them in separate zip locks based on their categories and you’ll thank me!

3. Don’t listen to them about over-packing. There isn’t such a thing especially with kids. Have a backup, a second backup, third-string, guy in the wings, etc… you can never have too many clothes with kids and DEFINITELY over pack their underwear/diapers.

4.  Bring Toiletries. I know you can find a pharmacy at your destination but the fact is that you won’t and your kid definitely won’t need a Band-Aid while you’re out and about, but more like when you’re just getting cozy on the beach. Pack Band-Aids, sunscreen, medicine, essential oils, whatever you need to get you through. I always spend a fortune at pharmacies on vacation with stuff I have at home and it drives me nuts!

5. You will never, ever, ever, ever have too many snacks. This is perhaps more of an airline/roadtrip tip, but kids are hungry. Always. But they are always MOST hungry while: 1. Swimming 2. At the park 3. While traveling. And unless you want to keep buying them $4 Vitamin Water, I suggest you come prepared!

Hope this helps with your upcoming family vacations and I can’t wait to do a recap of our Hawaii trip soon! It was the PERFECT place for our family. Where are you going this Summer?