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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat + Giveaway

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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

Are you already shopping for Christmas gifts this year? I know I am. It is literally the only way we stay sane during the holidays and it allows me to space out our spending over a few months and not just all at once. I know we are just getting to talking about fall festivities and fun, but Christmas is definitely already on my mind.

As we are redoing our basement to make it more functional and play-oriented for Ollie and our new baby on the way, I have been on the hunt for something that would help encourage imaginary playtime. There are tons of options out there for girls. Tea sets, kitchens, dolls to place house, you name it… however, I sort of feel like the options for boys are much imaginary-oriented. I want Ollie to have all of the dreams possible at hand and truly believe that helping facilitate imagination at playtime encourages this.

The Happyville Smart Mat by PlaSmart was just the special toy that I had been looking for, and would make a great Christmas gift for someone in your family!

The Smart Mat is a soft multi-purpose play mat made from coated EVA foam, suitable for kids of all ages. The first thing that stood out was the Smart Mat’s large size. I was so excited to see in real life what ground an 78″ x 46″ play mat would cover. For a mom with one very active toddler and another on the way, this is great for the future siblings to share without climbing all over one another. It is also great for moms who want to keep their baby on a clean, defined area, because this serves as a great alternative to spreading out a blanket. It is also super suitable for playrooms, story time, snack time, picnics, the beach, backyard, and even classrooms.

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

The play mat offers a fun colorful space for imaginary and small world play. There are roads, a school, a car wash, fire stations, hospitals, and PlaSmart’s headquarters to visit through the Happyville “town”. Ollie, who is 15 months now, is loving taking his trucks all over town for a little visit, and I am so encouraged to know that there is so many years of play with this mat. As he gets older, he will be able to create “worlds” of his own, with people and storylines to navigate through the “town”. He will also be able to work on driving on the roads… which is definitely something that we have not quite picked up on yet.

The great news is if you plan on taking the Smart Mat on the road with you this holiday season, you’ll be glad to know that it is durable yet light weight. Plus, you can wipe it down to clean after each use super easily. And with a little boy who always find a way to make a mess, spill water, or step on a puff and allow it to crumble all over, that’s a major plus! Also, because it is so lightweight, it is easy to roll up for storage when not in use, and I do not have to have the husband’s help carrying it from floor to floor in our home even with this growing pregnant belly, weighing only 2 pounds!

Enter to win one for yourself below!!

PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

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PlaSmart Happyville Smart Mat

Fashion For Your Fall Workout with prAna Clothing

Thank you, prAna Clothing, for sponsoring this post, Fashion For Your Fall Workout. I was selected for this opportunity by prAna Clothing; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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* Use the code MMHBF17 to get 15% off your prAna purchases through 11/17/17 *

Working from home, I am all about comfy clothing. I know there is a ton of research that says you should wake up every morning and put on work clothes regardless of your working arrangements to keep you productive and active throughout the day. Honestly, this does not work for me. I like the idea of it, but the days that I put on my jeans, or even glance at a more formal attire, and then sit in my home office, I am uncomfortable and antsy the rest of the day. Do not get me wrong. I wake up and shower every morning before I even manage to drink my first cup of coffee; however, post-shower, I slip into a fresh pair of yoga pants as I am checking my first round of emails and hopping on my first conference call.

I also have noticed that the days that I put on my workout gear, I am 1000 times more likely to make it to the gym or complete that in-home workout. With this upcoming pregnancy, I am not only about comfort but something that I will feel pretty in to head to the gym, Starbucks, Target, and beyond. I also need something that looks fashionable for my video calls. I can definitely yoga pants all year around, but I want to make sure I am not frumpy on top for those chats.

That being said, I was ecstatic when I got the opportunity to try out some of prAna‘s new fall styles. prAna is a brand made for the adventurers and explorers of the world, which totally sounds like our lives. They strive for folks that lead active and sustainable lifestyles and hope to achieve the goal of providing items that you can put on in the morning and confidently wear all day long. Their clothes are versatile, stylish, and sustainable and they provide accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, and every day.

I have chatted about how much sourcing your clothes are important before. It can make such a big impact to invest in sustainable clothing like prAna provides. It’s pretty inspiring that prAna maintains the integrity of its products by sustainably sourcing all the materials and being fair trade.

prAna Clothing

Deedra Sweater Tunic

The first thing I thought of when I saw this beautiful chunky sweater was sweater weather! I refuse to turn the heat and air conditioner off and on during the fall months. Being in the midwest, we could easily have the heat blasting in the morning with the air conditioning pumping at full force by the afternoon. It is something that really did not become an issue until I started working from home. I need something to throw on those chilly morning that would be comfortable to wear all day long.

The Deedra Sweater Tunic is so soft and warm! I think it’ll be the perfect cozy pullover to keep on hand for the entire winter when my house turns into Antarctica or those days when I head to the gym in a tank top but need something to keep me warm until I pop into the heated room full of treadmills. It is mid-weight knit which basically just means warm, but not too heavy, as it is woven from an organic cotton blend. It has a good sized v-neck to pull over my top knot that I live in in the winter time and dropped hem tail to cover my booty in my leggings. I also love the side vents as it will continue to grow with my pregnant belly without me having to worry about it stretching!

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Caraway Tight

As you probably know by now, I am all about yoga pants of any shape and size. I really like how you can either pair them with fall and winter boots or throw on some tennis shoes and look stylish either way. So when I saw the option to try out these Caraway Tights, I was so happy to add them to my fall fitness wardrobe!

Theses performance tights have moisture wicking properties and are high-rise compression pants. I am still able to fit into them 17 weeks pregnant and they are super warm. As I get bigger throughout my pregnancy, I will be able to fold down the waistband a bit, and then reuse the high-rise part as we head into post-delivery recovery. The pants are also designed with a flat lock construction and a triangle gusset for added durability, complete with the wide waistband and hidden mesh pocket.

Even though I am a short gal, the length was pretty right compared to most pants. I have a bit of length at the bottom that I will be able to easily tuck into a boot or ensure my ankles are covered during a workout.

prAna Clothing

I am looking so forward to this season of pregnancy and working out. I am excited that these two pieces from prAna are going to keep me comfortable and warm. They are suitable for workouts and perfect for my work-from-home position. Like many other popular, high-quality active lifestyle brands, prAna is on the pricier side and, admittedly, my first thought was “this would be out of my price range”; however, I realized that the pricing is largely due to the that they are sustainably sourced material, and this is super important to me. I believe that the fair treatment and pay of those involved in the production process allows us all to make a difference in others lives. I like to keep in my mind that there seems like little we can do one a day to day to help make the world a better place. Choosing to invest in a few pieces I know will last rather than many that may not is worth it the ripple effect of others.

So, I really recommend you check prAna out! Now’s a great time because you can save 15% on you prAna purchases using this code:

Save 15% with MMHBF17

The code is good through 11/17/17 so get your orders in now and start looking fabulous!

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Eating with Silicone Food Mats (A Comparison)

Thank you, Happy Monkey Mat, for sponsoring this post, Eating with Silicone Food Mats. I was selected for this opportunity by Happy Monkey Mat; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Eating with Silicone Food Mats

A few years ago, I wrapped up my Friday Night watching Shark Tank when EZPZ debuted. I sat there in awe of the design but honestly, I did not know the reason why this was so important for moms out there with littles. Fast forward to our lives now, and Ollie loves picking up his plate at the dinner table. As we moved to solids, I purchased this thing called the EZPZ Mini Mat. Now, I’m obsessed with these silicone food mats and I tell everyone about them because they are life changing, at least they were for us.

Basically, the EZPZ mat, and many others like it, is a placemat and plate/bowl all in one. It is designed to make mealtimes easier, less messy and way more fun! It is made of food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC and phtalate free. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and super easy to clean. And, they come in all sorts of fun colors!

We own three silicone sticky-style tableware now for Ollie and I love all of them for very different reasons.

EZPZ Mini Mat

EZPZ Mat

My first purchase was the EZPZ Mini Mat. It fits perfectly on Ollie’s high chair tray and is great as Ollie is learning how to use a fork and spoon. He grasped the concept of the fork/spoon really quickly but as the traditional plate would slide around his tray, he would inevitably knock food on the floor. He would try so hard to put the food on the utensil and you could just see the mass amounts of concentration he was using. The EZPZ Mini Mat helped us with this!

I was highly disappointed that it wasn’t but seconds before my child realized that he could pull up the sides of the Mini Mat and release it from the table. But for the most part and as long as we are at the beginning of dinner time, Ollie is not necessarily tempted to pull on the plate, and does not lift when suctioned to the table properly. You do have to make sure that the edges are all on the table – if a little is hanging over, it won’t stick well. To help with suction, I have learned that by wiping the table and bottom of the mat with a damp cloth before putting it down and pressing along the edges, the suction is better.

EZPZ Mat

EZPZ Mat

Happy Monkey Mat

Happy Monkey mat

Since the release of the EZPZ mats, others have been popping up everywhere. When I saw that Happy Monkey mat on Facebook, I knew I wanted to try this one out. It is larger than the one we own from EZPZ, similar in size to the original EZPZ, and had more and bigger compartments for food and seemed like a good investment to “grow into” as Ollie eats more and we add another addition to our family soon.

When we got it in the mail, I was a bit disappointed by the size. Not that the product description was wrong, I just did not read it carefully and I instantly realized that this mat would not fit on our high chair tray. Regardless, we busted the Happy Monkey mat out for dinner time, opted for a no-tray dinner, and pulled Ollie up to the table with us.

He loved it! He looked like he felt so much more included at the table and did not once drop any food or utensils on the floor. It has honestly been an even bigger game changer. This top notch baby placemat tray is made of premium quality, 100% safe silicone (FDA approved, BPA free) as well. It is thick and sturdy, but a very flexible premium quality washable placemat can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water, while you can also place it in the dishwasher.

Most importantly, because the mat is larger and heavier, Ollie has not even attempted to pull up the sides of this mat! The large bowl features a 11 oz. capacity is perfect for serving the main meal as Ollie grows. The 3 other, separate compartments feature a 4 oz., 4 oz. and 3 oz. capacity are ideal for serving fruits, vegetables and desserts alongside the main course! This is huge compared to the EZPZ Mini Mat with a 4 oz. main tray and two 2 oz. side compartments!

Happy Monkey mat

Happy Monkey mat

Happy Monkey mat

Nuby Easy Go Suction Bowl with Lid and Snap-In Spoon

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Finally, I found Nuby Easy Go Suction Bowl with Lid and Snap-In Spoon on a clearance special at Aldi’s a few weeks ago. Although the silicone mats are great, I really needed something that helped me out with a quick snack that didn’t get our dinnerware dirty during the day. Something that would be great for chopped grape or oats or other small snacks/creamier mixtures.

The Easy Go Suction Bowl and Spoon is perfect for daycare, travel, or any on-the-go occasion as well. The bowl is conveniently sized just right for dry cereal or other baby foods and features a suctioned base that keeps the bowl in place during feeding. It also features a lid that seals tightly to keep food fresh during storage. The spoon makes a perfect travel companion because it snaps onto the lid of the bowl for easy storage. It is dishwasher/microwave safe and can stand up to the rigors of everyday use.

Because of the smaller base, Ollie figured out how to pull up this one the easiest. The suction does well, but really is designed for smaller fingers. Both the bottom of the bowl and the tray needs to be super clean and I have even found that it works better on our wooden table than his plastic high chair tray. On the plus side, it is still serving our purpose of no-sliding plates and bowls. It is helpful for Ollie to keep his plate in one place when using utensils.

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Guidance Guide :: Real Reviews by Real Parents

Although I like each one for different reasons, I honestly believe that the Happy Monkey mat has been our favorite of the three! This surprised me as popular as the EZPZ mats are, but it goes to show you that regardless of the popularity, there may be others out there that work better but cost less. Now does this mean I wouldn’t like the EZPZ mat in its original size? I don’t know, but why pay $10 more for a mat if I am happy with the one I have!

Happy Fall Y’all

Thank you, The Rustic Nest, for sponsoring this post, Happy Fall Y’All. I was selected for this opportunity by The Rustic Nest; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Happy Fall Y'All

Happy Fall Y’All Sign | Pumpkin Lantern

As we headed home today from our travels this past weekend, I cannot be more ready for fall. It is finally starting to feel and look like the seasons are changing. I anticipate seasons a lot, but typically fall and winter are not as highly anticipated in this house. We do not like the cold all that much; however, this season has been different. I could not wait for our upcoming weeks, and the activities that they hold. Quickly we will be surrounded by our neighborhood with our annual yard sale, trick-or-treating, chili cook offs, and more. Fall is so great for us to be outside with our neighborhood and loving on each other well.

So today I am embracing the fall season. I have a few key essential oils in my diffuser and the whole house smells like Apple Pie. I am giddy with my fall decor this season as well. My newest addition is this lovely sign from The Rustic Nest.

We have a “landing spot” in our kitchen. I think everybody does; however, our landing spot drives me nuts. The only thing that lives there, or suppose to live there, is our coffee pot. But when the area is cleaned up, it looks so empty. My goal was to find the perfect decor to place there so that it would no longer be a landing spot for pantry groceries that never made it to the shelves, mail, keys, and other mismatched things. I knew that my new sign from The Rustic Nest would be perfect.

We live in our kitchen. I am cooking something up constantly and beyond that, it is a place for us to chill in the evening. It easily flows into our living room where Ollie plays after he gets home from daycare and it is open to our dining room as well. I will show you the before and after on Friday; however, let’s just sit in how perfect our “landing spot” looks for now.

I found the pumpkins in the empty lantern for $7 at WalMart and matched with the wood grain of my Rustic Nest “Happy Fall Y’All” sign, it is adorable. We have been keeping a good effort to keep this spot clutter free and I cannot thank Niki from The Rustic Nest enough for helping with this.

Her shop is filled with adorable simple decor items for fall this season. I love the Pumpkin Patch sign and the quote from Anne of Green Gables. The best part about it all is that you have a chance to win a sign from her shop! Head on over to our Instagram in the next 48 hours to find out more. Keep it for yourself or gift it to a neighbor that needs a bit of happiness in their life. You will definitely enjoy it either way!

Today I had to go shopping with all 3 of my kids and my husband. 😩😩😩 It was awful but we survived and let's just say I'll never do it again. On a happier note, this sign is listed in the shop, link in bio @therusticnest13 or www.therusticnest13.com #falldecor #fallsigns #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

It's Friday Eve guys! I'm celebrating with a little 🍹🍹🍹😬🤷🏻‍♀️ It's been a baaaaaaaad week. 1st I took my kids to the dentist only to find out they no longer accept our insurance. SERIOUSLY?! I think that deserves a little phone call BEFORE the appointment don't you 😡🙄 Then Max - my Kindergartener - decided he didn't want to go to school anymore. I had to force him to go...like peel him off me kicking and screaming. Just rip my heart out and stomp on it okay?! So with all of that being said, I'm celebrating big time that this week from hell is just about over 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Who's with me 🙋🏻••• On to more exciting things like this sign, it's listed in my shop, the link is in my bio or head to www.therusticnest13.com #fallsign #falldecor #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

NEW SIGN ALERT!!! I just listed this beauty in the shop 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼•www.therusticnest13.com• #pumpkinpatch #thepumpkinpatch #pumpkinsign #falldecor #fallsigns

It's October already?! Time flies. Sign is listed in the shop! 🍁www.therusticnest13.com🍁 or click the link in my bio. #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables #fallsigns #falldecor

Here is a little bit more about Niki, the owner of The Rustic Nest:

How did you get your shop started?
I bought a Silhouette Machine in 2013 to make various things for my own home. I started putting sayings on vintage windows that I had found at flea markets to give as wedding & housewarming gifts for friends & family. That turned into signs for my own home as well as gifts for others. Everyone always said “wow, you should sell those” so I decided to open up a shop!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part about owning a shop is all the “business” stuff like taxes and legal stuff. Not my strong suit because I just want to do the fun stuff like create the signs!!

What is one thing unique about you?
This is such a hard question! All of our signs are handmade from real wood! We do all of the work here from our home. My husband cuts and occasionally sands and from that point its all me! I design the signs, stain, cut stencils, paint, distress, wax and package up signs! I am also slightly obsessed with crochet lace and love to incorporate it into my signs whenever I can.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part is that I get to be here at home when my kids get home from school, on their days off and when they are sick. I love being here for them whenever they need me.

How did you get your shop name?
When I was trying to come up with a shop name my best friend said she thought it just HAD to have the word “Nest” in the name because it made her think of home. I loved that idea so my husband and I brainstormed over dinner one night and it just came to us! All of our signs are rustic in nature so it fit perfectly!!

What is one way that you keep organized?
I have a list for everything! I am a total freak about being organized because I can’t function without it!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Up to this point I haven’t been very good at it! My youngest just started Kindergarten this year so I’m trying really hard to work all day while they’re in school so I’m not working as much while they’re home.

Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

Thank you, The Flipping Holder, for sponsoring this post, Food Pouches and Juices Boxes with the Mess. I was selected for this opportunity by The Flipping Holder; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Food Pouches and Juices Boxes without the Mess

I would have never ever thought I could just hand over a food pouch to my little one in a million years and let him roam the house freely with it. Just typing those words makes me imagine blackberry and purple carrot all over my white rug. But then I was introduced to this — The Flipping Holder. The Flipping Holder is simply a case for food pouches and juice pouches/boxes that flips according to its use.

The Flipping Holder is different than any other pouch holder product I have seen because of a few reasons:

  1. It holds both food and juice pouches in one unit (not at the same time obviously).
  2. It is one solid piece, which means no clasps for kids to figure out how to open and nothing to break off.
  3. It literally works with every baby food pouch that I have tried including Plum Organic, Aldi’s Little Journey Brand, Happy Family, and Earth’s Best. It also is suppose to work with reuseable food pouches (although I have not tried this yet personally).
  4. We have not made it to the juice stage, but with a flip, it would work with all major brands of juice pouches and juice boxes.
  5. It has super easy to hold handles which makes a closed loop. Super important if you plan on tethering to a high chair or carseat.
  6. Its design needs minimal washing – our little one eats off of the pouch spout, not the holder, so no need to wash between uses unless there is a bit of food dribble (and we definitely have that from time to time but its super rare.

LOVE: The functionality! We cannot get enough of popping in a food pouch in the morning for our little one and letting him go. No more wrapping him up in a IKEA bib full body wrap and locking him into a car seat to turn around to still a mess everywhere. It is literally changing the way we eat our morning yogurt!

LIKE: I am super grateful that it requires minimal washing in between uses but if you find that you do need to wash it, The Flipping Holder is 100% top rack dishwasher safe.

BUMMER: After a week of use, my guy has realized that he can shake it upside down and still make a bit of a mess. It’s harder and less frequent, but happens. The Flipping Holder has been a life changer but I will understand that it isn’t 100% fool proof either. Obviously, there has to be a way to get the food out somehow.

Overall, I love this product, and I cannot say it enough about it to my friends and family. It has changed the way we do eating on the go and food pouches in general. I am super excited that as we move into juices after the age of two that we will have continued use for this item for a long time. What do you use to keep your little ones clean during snack time?

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

The Flipping Holder

Here is a little bit more about Leah, the owner of LCeeeDesigns and The Flipping Holder:

How did you get your shop started?
This business started as an idea in 2013. I always had an interest in bringing ideas to life, but typically in the context of crafts and sewing. In the spring of 2013, my son and I travelled by plane to visit my sister. He was 1 year old at the time, and I purchased food pouches believing they’d be perfect food for the plane ride. Unfortunately for the person sitting next to us, it turns out he was very good at making squeezy messes instead of eating. For months I avoided food pouches until the idea struck to create a holder that would make pouches much easier for toddler hands. My husband and I created an initial idea – a cup with a lid. However, our son was able to open it and still make a mess. Over the next couple of years we worked on other ideas until this final design stuck. In 2015 we had prototypes in hand and by mid-2016 we had manufacturing and sales underway.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The biggest challenge has been learning the countless necessities required in launching a product and running a business. You need so much more than an idea: manufacturing, materials, packaging, shipping and other logistics, websites, social media accounts, business formation documents, tax details, etc. Small business requires a breadth of knowledge that is beyond what I learned in college or even in my other employment.

What is one thing unique about you?
Besides running this business, I work full time in a professional role as an attorney. Thankfully, I am supported by my stay-at-home husband and my three sons.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Hands down, the best part is hearing from parents who have found the Flipping Holder to be helpful and stress-reducing. We recently received a warm message from a customer whose daughter with Cerebral Palsy could finally eat by herself like her little brother because of this holder. Those kind words and true connection with a fellow mom meant the world to me.

How did you get your shop name?
My shop is LCeeeDesigns, which started as an Etsy store selling breastfeeding and pumping related products. LCeee is based on my first name, Leah Ceee, which is an acronym for my grandparents’ names (Lois, Edward, Arthur, Helen, Christian, Edward, Ethel, Elizabeth). Specifically about our product, Flipping Holder was chosen because it reflects the holder’s functionality – upright is holds food pouches and flipping it over it holds juice boxes and juice pouches.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My running “to do list” notebook. I must write things down to remember them.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Not easily 🙂 I have come to learn that balance is more about seasons of life. We just welcomed our third son and in this season, my time is heavily family focused. There are other seasons where I am able to put more emphasis on the business. And yet other seasons where I am consumed by my full time employment. One key for me, however, is that I read my sons their bedtime stories every night, which ensures I have at least that time dedicated to them no matter how busy I am.

The Flipping Holder

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Thank you, Fox Family Boutique, for sponsoring this post, Montessori Learning with a Toddler. I was selected for this opportunity by Fox Family Boutique; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

If you have been around Bahorich Abode long, you know that we love anything that is truly intentional in nature. One area of our lives that strive to be intentional is our love of learning around the home. In a previous career, I taught middle school English literature and now I spend my days motivating employees to continue their love of learning throughout their careers. It is obvious that exploring, adventuring, and continuing to learn new and exciting things is important to us.

Because of this, we are continually searching for ideas that interest our little Ollie, capture his attentions, and meet his individual needs and curiosities. There are many reasons why we are encouraging Montessori learning in our homes, but the love of learning is definitely one of them. Montessori creates such a flexible learning environment with a child-centered learning environment and reality oriented through science, math, and things like daily chores. Although Ollie won’t start traditional Montessori schooling for another year, we are definitely allowing him to learn through Montessori-like activities at home.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Toddlers love to tinker and we have become big advocates for open-ended play, developing gross-motor skills, and providing ample opportunities to explore their surroundings. This is why I have fallen in love with busy board. Busy boards help develop your child’s logic and fine motor skills, and not to mention, they captivate them for a long time. Busy boards help with color perception, coordination of movement, imagination, perseverance, exhibiting own activity, and skills using simple locks, velcro, and zippers.

“It follows that at the beginning of his life the individual can accomplish wonders – without effort and quite unconsciously.” Maria Montessori

The unfortunate thing about busy board is either they are expensive, massive, or take time to build on your own. So I knew when I found Fox Family Boutique, her design was perfect.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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LOVE: Beyond the Montessori learning that is happening when Ollie plays with it, it is so compact! It fits perfectly in his on-the-road bag and we plan on toting it with us when we fly to Disney World in a few weeks. It is a great size for him to pick up and it does not have to be mounted anywhere like the larger ones do.

LIKE: The quality is amazing. The handcrafted wooden piece is so sturdy and well designed. I love the different colors and activities that Fox Family Boutique was able to include in such a compact busy board.

BUMMER: Some of the locks are still hard to open for Ollie. All busy boards are definitely to be used with adult supervision; however, these locks are still a bit tricky for our 14 month old and if we are not careful, I could see a pinched little finger. It hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I am just a bit cautious. I do like that the locks are a bit difficult because this means it will grow with him a bit. So maybe the bummer is more of a growth opportunity for us.

Fox Family Boutique is one of two shops that owner Tatiana has. Her and her husband’s shops are their family business. Tatiana focuses on her busy boards over at Fox Family Boutique, and her husband’s focuses on puzzles and crafts made of wood over at Master Wooden. They have three small children, twins boys who are 4 years old and a girl who is 3! They implement their ideas together with their children. Their children help decide what they need for development, what they like to play, and what interests them, which helps with the designs in the shop. How neat!

Residing in Ukraine, it is very difficult to make a living for many folks, especially for those that have such a big family. Tatiana works at home with my husband. They have assistants, as the business is developing and growing and they are not always able to keep up with the volumes, which is amazing for them! All their work is handmade which limits their volumes. In every board or puzzle, they put their souls into, and they love their shops and their customers.

Beyond the intentionality of their shop and why they work each and every day, it is such an honor to help support them from around the world! Their busy boards and puzzles (which Ollie loves as well) are so well priced and well-made.

I am so excited to share with you a 10% off coupon for their shop. This is a great gift for those looking for a different and unique gift for their little ones for the holidays and beyond. We cannot get enough of ours. Use the coupon code BLOG10 for a discount to either of their shops!

Ollie loves his wooden puzzle as well. It allows for spacial learning and it is so colorful and cute. My favorite is the little elephant inside the elephant puzzle. I think it is so perfect!

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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Surviving Your First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

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Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

It’s hard to believe that my baby boy is 15 months old. I’m trying to come to terms that he is basically now a toddler now and exploring his independence. It seems like just yesterday I was struggling with pregnancy whoas.

If you’ve ever been pregnant before, chances are, you may have had to deal with pain of nausea throughout your pregnancy. Thankfully with Ollie, I had very little morning sickness. However, I did deal with it from time to time when I drank my morning coffee too fast or a certain smell would hit me. I didn’t really throw up any, but in those moments, I had a constant feeling of nausea. Thankful, I had Sea-Band Mama! by my side during pregnancy. Sea-Band Mama! is the leading brand in morning sickness relief, and you can relieve your nausea in a safe and natural way. The Sea-Band Mama! has been specially created to help soothe and calm your tummy during pregnancy so that you can start enjoying this special time again.

A Little Bit More about Sea-Band Mama!

Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. It is recommended by midwives and pregnant women around the world, and the Sea-Band Mama! acupressure wrist band provides a natural choice for effective morning sickness relief. And even more recently, JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) recommended acupressure and Ginger as solutions to relieve morning sickness. An Italian study has also found that morning sickness was reduced in 70% of women who used Sea-Band acupressure bands.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

They also make a Sea-Band Mama! Ginger and Spearmint Roller, which uses concentrated plant extracts in the form of essential oils. Aromatherapy is well known for relaxation as well as the relief of many ailments and the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the body’s olfactory system, transferring a signal to the limbic system thus triggering the release of natural chemicals that relieve tummy upset. It is a blend of Lime, Spearmint, and Ginger essential oils that have been diluted and hand blended into this unique roller. To use the roller, simply apply to your wrists, temples or chest in the morning or as required and feel the calming and settling properties take effect. It smells so great.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Lastly, Sea-Band Mama! now has Ginger Lozenges! Natural ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to counteract the pain associated with stomach upsets. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it acts quickly to neutralise stomach acids and soothe tender tummies. A sick momma should take one lozenge in the morning or whenever required throughout the day (not exceeding 10 per day).

Sea-Band also makes bands for travel and motion sickness that work really similarly to eliminate the nausea feeling from boat, train, and automobiles!

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Where to Purchase

Sea-Band Mama! is available to purchase at CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band Mama! in your area, visit: sea-band.com/where-to-buy-in-the-usa for the full list of locations.

Surviving the First Trimester with Sea-Band Mama

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie’s Playroom

Thank you, Whimsical Imaginings, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Whimsical Imaginings; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Over the next few months, I am slowly going to start showing you all of the great things that we have done in our home! Our very own fixer upper has taken way longer than I could have ever imagined; however, it is finally starting to be pieced together in perfection.

Today I wanted to highlight Ollie’s Playroom. When we first bought our home, I just knew that this would be a nook just for me. I pictured a beautiful white long desk with a Circuit and a reading chair. It was going to be the spot for me in the house. Of course, none of that happened. Before we even managed to begin remodeling our upper floor, we were blessed with a pregnancy and this space quickly became the place where our little would play for years to come.

BEFORE ::

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

AFTER ::

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Square Organizer | Square Storage Cubes | Height Ruler | Photo Frames | Happy Camper Sign | Essential Oil Diffuser | Soft Building Blocks | Shape Sorter | Other Odds ‘n Ends came from Target Dollar Spot

We have always been firm in the thought that our house did not need to be overran by toys. We are fairly minimalist parents in an American-abundance-of-things culture. We have struggle with how many toys, what type of toys, and where to they all go. I honestly think that this space is ideal for a solution to that struggle.

The space itself is a bonus landing-like area at the top of our stairs. It is surrounded by entrances to all of our bedrooms and a full bathroom. In similar homes in our neighborhood, this space is closed off with a wall and is a very small 4th bedroom for the homes; however, I am so glad it is merely an open space in our house. It is currently perfect for morning routines. We wake in the morning and shut our baby gate at the top of the stairs. We close all of the extra bedroom doors and bathroom door, which allows baby Ollie to run free in between our master bedroom and his play area. After we are done, it is the easiest place to tidy up quickly in the entire house. All of the toys are limited to the small area and find their way back into the bins.

Some of my favorite things about this room is the wall decor. I wanted to be so intentional around making sure that the decor in this space meshed well with our whole home feel but allowed a bit of whimsy, education, and childish factor. One of my favorite pieces is our family portrait that was designed by Whimsical Imaginings. I discovered Serina’s shop on Etsy a few months back and knew that her designs would fit perfectly to what we already had selected for these walls. I could not have imagined it any better.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

She worked with me to make sure that aspects of our family was highlighted in the photo that she painted for us. Note the Mickey in Ollie’s arms? So ideal for us and our Disney loving home! I truly will treasure this piece for many years to come!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Whimsical Imaginings is giving you a 20% off coupon to anything in her shop! Use TAKE20 at checkout to gain your discount!

Here is a little bit more about Serina, the owners of Whimsical Imaginings:

How did you get your shop started?
I actually didn’t have any plans to start a small business. I was approached by a friend who knew I was a painter when she was unable to find paintings that suited the vision she had for her nursery. So I painted her some custom canvases, and it sort of snowballed from there. I had many other people approach me afterward, so I started with just local orders. I set up my etsy shop after a year or so, and didn’t really have anything listed for the first year. I eventually went back to it, and now it is what it is!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I think most of the hard part is over now that my shop is more established. At first it’s just a bit of a learning process trying to figure out shipping and pricing, and it’s a lot of time to get things listed.

What is one thing unique about you?
This is a hard one! I guess maybe that I’m most happy when I’m home and painting. I love being alone, and I have to paint. It’s my stress reliever and I just feel most myself when I’m creating.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Right now it’s that it allows me to be home with my three babies. I’m just so thankful for my shop because I’m able to spend my time with them while they’re little.

How did you get your shop name?
I actually came up with it because my oil paintings (which is my most favourite medium) are super whimsical. I’ve always been told that I have quite the imagination, and so the two things sort of just came together to make the name whimsical imaginings.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists! I have people contacting me through instagram, through Facebook, and through Etsy, so it’s necessary. I have to write down what I need to do and when, otherwise it’s so easy to forget things.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I actually feel like they sort of blend together. They’re not really separate. My kids are involved in a lot of what I do. They often paint beside me, and tag along when I make post office runs!

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Intentional Home Decor

Thank you, Grace for Grace, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Grace for Grace; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Although it feels like we have been in our home forever, honestly, it’s only been two short years. In those two years, we have remodeled 85% of our home from top to bottom. We have travelled a lot. Oh, and we welcomed baby Ollie in our lives. It has been a busy two years to be frank.

Now that we are settling a bit, I am still trying to get our decor under control in our home. I have managed to create quite a collection in our spare bedroom of great items that I have found on clearance over the past 24 months, but have not found a perfect place for each item just yet. I have most recently been taking each room bit by bit and seeing what needs to be done to make sure they are “completed”.

One thing that’s been consistent throughout our home is the intentionality of our decor. Yes, it is a bit Hobby Lobby-inspired. Yes, the majority of it came from a clearance end cap at Target. And yes, I would love it if Joanna Gaines walked in my front door and adored my style (since I feel like she’s my inspiration for everything). However, as I am placing things around our home, I want it tell a great story of our family, what we believe in, and where we would like to go. I want the essence of our walls to tell our guests who the Bahorich’s are.

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GraceforGrace

So when I stumbled upon these adorable hand-lettered wooden hymn signs by Grace for Grace, I knew that their work would be ideal for our home. Each sign is personally designed by couple, Tyler and Jordan, who love God and people. They love showing their love through their beautiful handmade crafts to brighten homes all over the country. They initially started their business to help pay for their wedding and are loving every second of it.

We chose “Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee” as it is one of my favorite hymns. If you know me well enough, I have a deep love for David Crowder and his music. I am so thankful for his commitment to sharing the Gospel through his songs. I was introduced to this hymn through his music (not a traditional hymnal at church like one would think) and have loved it ever since.

It’s a great reminder to us as we try to be intentional in our lives and live out the Gospel that we may (and probably will stray); however, our prayer has to be to bind our wandering hearts to our Lord. This piece of decor is so important for me to see on a daily basis, as well as a great reminder to our guests that we host often. I just love it.

Tyler and Jordan can design any hymn, which is great for you to be intentional with your home decor. They hand write the portion of the hymn that you love over the piece of music it belong to. How cool!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Hop over to my Instagram page in the next few days to find out more about our giveaway with Grace for Grace!

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Here is a little bit more about Tyler and Jordan, the owners of Grace for Grace:

How did you get your shop started?
Tyler and I have been together for almost 2 years, and we actually started our shop by making each other crafts for holidays/anniversaries. We both love crafting and noticed that our friends and families were interested in the things we were making, and it has turned into a really fun way to raise money for our wedding.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Since Tyler and I are both very involved in church, work, and school, it’s really hard for us to find time to work on these crafts together. Tyler feels bad if I do most of the work and vice versa, so we try to do as many of them together as we can.

What is one thing unique about you?
All of our skills are completely self-taught, so we are constantly growing and improving.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
We have a lot of fun creating these crafts, so it’s awesome to be able to raise money for our wedding by spending time together and doing what we love.

How did you get your shop name?
We knew that we wanted our shop name to reflect our love for God, and Tyler suggested GraceforGraceShop based on John 1:16. God loves us SO much that He shows us continuous grace, and we like to try to share His love with others.

What is one way that you keep organized?
It’s a little tricky sometimes since we receive through a few different platforms, but we keep all of them on a Google Doc that we update frequently.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Thankfully, our family life overlaps with our work life because we craft together and often employ the help of our family members.

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

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Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

As Ollie is learning and growing, we continue to try and be intentional with his development the best we know how. Life is all about balance with the good and bad; however, with Ollie’s health and learning, we want the very best for him. When I looking for great things to gift Ollie for his birthday, I knew that a letter puzzle would be the perfect thing as we grow into his second year of life.

When I found Smiling Tree Toys, I just knew that their products just resonated our family’s beliefs. Smiling Tree Toys isn’t just a family business; it’s a defining part of their family. They keep the personal, the passionate, and the eco-handmade touch in every aspect of Smiling Tree Toys. From sustainably harvested American hardwoods, to their homegrown organic camelina oil/beeswax finish, to natural cotton drawstring bags made-in-the-USA, they ensure every aspect of Smiling Tree Toys is respectful of and gentle on mother earth and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Their wooden name puzzles are a timeless and classic gift that Ollie is loving to play with and learning in the process! Made of natural maple letters, it contrasts with the walnut base, and it is something that it honestly going to last him a lifetime! They also give back which is another way of our intentionality reaching beyond just our little home. Smiling Tree Toys donates to Peace Corps development projects in honor of every purchase. How neat is that?

Our Spell Well Name Puzzle is so well made and sturdy. It will honestly ask a lifetime. I know it is something that we are going to continue to use as Ollie further develops his eye and hand coordination, learn letters, and spelling of his name. It was the perfect gift for his birthday and I am so glad that I found Smiling Tree Toys.

Looking to get your little one a great item for his or her upcoming birthday? Use the code “BAHORICH15” for 15% off their Spell Well Name Puzzles this weekend only! Also, use #SMILINGTREELOVE to tag your Smiling Tree moments on Instagram to enter their monthly giveaways!

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys

Learning with an Infant with Smiling Tree Toys