Le Lait Baby | A Trendy, Modern & Gender Neutral Baby Line

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When we were pregnant with Edith we were on the lookout for cute, modern and gender neutral clothes but it seemed everywhere we went all we could find were blue or pink clothes or yellow with ducks. Basically we couldn’t find anything that we really liked and wound up picking up a lot of white onesies, some greys and browns and we ended up being gifted some of those dreadfully yellow and white with duck rompers (sorry to those who gifted them!)

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When pregnancy came around a second time and once again we chose not to find out the sex we ran into the same problem again. This time however we knew we were having a summer baby and just like Edith, our first summer baby, we ended up realizing that these babies don’t actually wear a lot of clothes so instead of stocking up on boring old white onesies and the ugly ducklings (we hadn’t planned on baby #2 so all of Edith’s baby stuff was gifted away) we just waited until after the birth to buy anything.

The thing is I never realized how much I actually needed to prepare for baby by purchasing them clothes before they were born. With Edith I just felt frustrated and we ended up just getting stuff because we felt like we had to. With Alder we basically didn’t do any preparation before he arrived and it made the whole pregnancy feel a little less exciting. Now if only Le Lait Baby could have existed before both of my kids were born.

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Le Lait Baby was created by two childhood friends who just like myself ran into the problem of not being able to find cute, trendy clothes for their kids that were also comfortable. Besides creating clothes made of seriously the softest fabric they also have created a completely gender neutral line (!!!) I know who else is excited?

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Le Lait Baby’s gender neutral line features trendy, modern and comfortable clothes for little boys and girls. They have everything from rompers, to onesies, to separate tops and bottoms and even accessories for the super trendy baby out there. Their line runs from 03-06 months to 18-24 months and I am hoping that maybe one day they will come out with a toddler line because my three year old was a little jealous of her baby bro’s super cute Single Milk Drop Sleep and Play romper.

So whether you are on the lookout for gender neutral baby or simply really beautiful baby clothes and accessories for your little one or for the next baby shower you attend look no further because Le Lait Baby has you covered.

Disclaimer: Le Lait Baby provided us with Alder’s romper. We received no compensation for this post. 

Spontaneous Seattle Trip + OXOTot

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Hello from Seattle friends! Alder, Edith and I took a spontaneous trip up to Seattle to stay with our friends from Germany who are here housesitting. It is the first trip I have taken by myself with the kids but luckily Neil took the bus up on Friday after work so we could see a bit of Seattle together and so I would have a driving partner.

Luckily OXO Tot sent us a few goodies that have made our road trip a bit easier.

First up is this travel potty. I know you’re thinking wow Edith is finally out of diapers! Nope she is still all about the diapers and we don’t push it (that’s for another post) but she does have an interest to go on the potty sometimes especially since her friends do/are starting to. That being said she will randomly request to use the potty so it has been a lifesaver to have this super easy travel potty. Plus it folds up and can be used as a seat cover if she wants to use the “big potty” somewhere.OXOTot

Next up is this OXOtot On-The-Go Wipes dispenser. Seriously it makes carrying wipes so much easier and they don’t get all dried out. We just keep ours in our car diaper station and it’s been perfect.

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Oh and I can’t forget the to go cup with cover. Edith and Alder love their snacks so of course we have to pack like a million of them for road trips and this container makes it easy to keep their snacks available but also not have a huge mess in their carseats.

We actually came up to Seattle to help a friend out so we haven’t been doing many Seattle things. We have been cooking, walking the dog, a bit of cleaning, and playing. Today is our last day and with Neil finally here we might try and get in a few fun Seattle things (TBD). What are your travel essentials? What are your favorite Seattle things to do?

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*Disclaimer: While OXO Tot was kind enough to send us these items we did not receive any additional compensation for writing this post. If you have been following us for awhile you know we are huge OXO Tot fans.

Small Outdoor Spaces | Water Table | Little Tikes

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This is post #2 in a series about small spaces with Little Tikes you can read my first post here

While a sandbox might not be on every parents list of desired outdoor items a water table should be. Water tables easily provide hours of fun for littles and it is a great way for them to cool off. I really don’t know why we didn’t get one sooner. In previous years we used an old plastic tote box for Edith to splash around in and a small kids pool but in our new space we couldn’t have the pool and a standing water table just seemed like a much better idea for both kids.

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This Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table™ is great because it’s the perfect height for both Edith and Alder to play. It also comes with a cup, a little net, and some super cute water animals. If Alder could he would probably spend all of his time playing at the water table. I mean as soon as I open our sliding door he is making a beeline for the water table and has a meltdown if he doesn’t make it before I shut the door.

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The only thing that I wish that this water table had was a little sun umbrella but we have made it work by putting it in a shaded spot on our balcony. I do love that it has a little drain in the bottom which makes it easy to change the water.

I have a feeling this water table will be something we use for years with both kids.

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Do you have a water table? 

Disclaimer: Little Tikes provided with us this sandbox at no cost. We did NOT receive any compensation for this post.

 

 

Small Outdoor Spaces | Sandbox | Little Tikes

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little tikesWhen we were searching for a new home last year I was as bit disappointed when my desire for a yard would not be fulfilled. A yard has just become such a desire when you have too little ones who like to spend their time outside running around. While we didn’t end up with a yard we do have a decent sized balcony and have gotten a little creative to make it work for us.

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Our balcony is home to a variety of things and while it doesn’t look perfect it keeps the kids happy and therefore it keeps us happy. One of the items that has been entertained this summer has been a sandbox. Now I know what you are thinking a sandbox on a balcony? Yes, it’s there and while I don’t love all the sand it keeps the kids entertained for hours.

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The sandbox we have is the Cozy Coupe® Sandbox and when the cover is on it looks just like those little cars that kids love so much. I have to say that is a big selling point with this sandbox – the cover that is. We live in Oregon so while summers are usually pretty dry we do get a good amount of drizzly/rainy days throughout the year so the cover keeps us from having a mud box.

While an afternoon in the sandbox always requires a bath it’s worth it to see these two littles having so much fun. Overall this sandbox has been such a great addition to our small outdoor space. Do you have a small space? How do you make it work with your kids?

Side note these kids love the sandbox with or without sand. How cute is this little monkey?

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Honest Co. Haul + Whole Foods The Honest Pop Up Shop

honest co 6 When I first heard about The Honest Company* I was a bit skeptical. I went through the process and got my free diaper and wipe samples and while I wasn’t a huge fan of he diapers I instantly fell in love with the thick cloth like wipes. Since I didn’t love the diapers I didn’t continue with a subscription even though I loved the wipes. A few months later I tried their Essentials Bundle free trial and I really liked the healing balm and the shampoo and conditioner. After that I decided that the $35.95 per month for the five essentials (including wipes!!) was a good deal so I became a subscriber. Fast forward two years and we are still subscribers and now Honest is finally available in stores so I can get wipes whenever I want! honestco rwt ig

One of the stores you can find Honest in is Whole Foods which is great if you’re like me and basically live there. Right now Whole Foods in the Pacific Northwest (and maybe other areas- let me know if you’re not from the PNW and have seen one at your store) are hosting Honest Pop Up Shops and with that you can chat with reps from Honest Co, the ones I met were super nice and informative and had a desire to hear your likes and dislikes. Not only can you meet some of the Honest team members but you also can save 30% off all Honest products which I have been informed is the best deal you’ll see in retail stores.

That being said I ended up picking up a package of diapers because while we try to cloth the majority of the time with two we do find ourselves turning to disposables about 40% of the time. I really wanted to give them another try as well. I also picked up wipes because, duh, I love them. I picked up a little hand sanitizer for the diaper bag because while I am not big into hand sanitizers sometimes it’s nice to use. I also decided to pick up the deodorant. Now I have been eyeing it every time I go to order my bundle since it’s been released but even with the 25% off I get for up to three add-on items I didn’t know if it was worth the cost. Well I finally bought it and I’m testing it out right now. In addition to what I purchased which for full disclosures sake I received a $20 Whole Foods gift card to go shopping with I also received the cute Honest Tote which you can buy online and I just love it and I received a travel sized healing balm and that super cute succulent.
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Moving on from what I purchased at Whole Foods I also recently received our Essentials Bundle and I thought I would share that as well. We get our bundle every 6-9 weeks depending on what we need. When you go look at your bundle you can change the date and just keep pushing it out until you need your order which makes it really easy and I love that I don’t have to get a box every month. So this order I got:honest co 3glass+window cleaner: this is a new product for us and I haven’t used it yet.

multi-surface cleaner: this time I ordered just the concentrate since we already have a bottle we are finishing up right now.
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4-in-1 laundry packs: because they are my favorite.

oxy boost: another item we order regularly because it works great.
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wipes: duh.

bug spray: this was a new item that I ordered since we are doing a lot of camping this summer. I used to this past weekend and it seemed to work!

soothing bottom wash: since I’m too lazy to make my own cloth wipes spray I just use this and I think it works fine.

Do you use Honest products? What are you favorites?

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Disclaimer: All links are affiliate links. If you decide to give Honest a try and want to click my link – thank you! Also I was provided with a $20 Whole Foods gift card and a few free products but I was not required to purchase any Honest products or write a review. As for the Essential Bundle we buy that with our own dollars. 

Weekend at the Coast | Out & About in JJ Cole Style

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Happy Be-lated Mother’s Day! We spent our Mother’s Day Weekend at the coast playing in the sun, sand and surf.

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We lucked out and the weather at the coast was just perfect. We rented a house in Arch Cape which is about half way between Manzanita and Cannon Beach. We actually spent Mother’s Day Weekend at Cannon Beach last year as well; I guess we are starting a new tradition. This year however we ventured a bit further south to Manzanita Beach after hearing so many recommendations from co-workers and friends. I have to say it lived up to the hype and the beach was beautiful. We didn’t spend much time in town but there seemed to be a good number of restaurants, cafes and little shops.

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We may have forgot to put Edith in more water appropriate clothes and a change of clothes. Oh well she had a blast but requested a warm cup of “coffee” (steamed non-dairy milk) post wading.

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After our morning visit to Manzanita Beach we headed back to the beach house for lunch and an attempted nap. Since napping just wasn’t going to happen we packed the kids up and headed into the downtown of Cannon Beach in search of chocolate and a spot to lay out and relax on our new JJ Cole® All-Purpose Outdoor Blanket.

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While we searched for chocolate Neil tried out the JJ Cole Agility Carrier.

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Once we finally got our hands on a box of chocolates we headed to the park across the street and unpacked our blanket to sit on. We shared our box of chocolates, read a few books, played a game of tag and then it was time to pack up. We walked around town a bit before finally heading back to the beach house for dinner.

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We ended our evening with a sunset visit to the beach. We seriously rented the best place that was just one block from the access to a super quiet beach. Our first night we went down to the beach as well and it was super windy so Alder hid in the carrier but the second night he was all about digging into the sand.

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For more photos check out my post on RWT and on our Instagram.

*Disclaimer: We were provided product for this review. As always all opinions are our own.

JJ Cole items featured in our post:

JJ Cole Heather Caprice

Heather Caprice (find it at Babies R Us): This has become our primary diaper bag because we just love the style, the color and the size. I knew we would love it because if you remember a few years back we had a JJ Cole bag that we used until we wore it out. This bag has two huge insulated pockets on the side, a great zippered pocket on the front where I store my keys, phone and mom things. On the other side there is an outside pocket that holds the changing pad. In the center is a big zippered section that has four pockets inside perfect for holding diapers, books, changes of clothes and snacks. The only pockets I don’t get are the two mini ones on the front; what are they for? I guess I could store lipgloss in them but not much else. P.S. If you want to see an updated ‘What’s In My Diaper Bag’ post let me know in the comments below.

JJ Cole Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket

Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket (find it at buybuyBABY): This blanket is my new favorite thing. The blanket is 100% Polyester with PVC Coating which means you don’t have to worry about a damp ground or even better taking the beach home with you. When we left the beach we just shook it off, folded it up and off we went. That’s another thing I love, how easy it is to fold up and carry. The cool thing is that it actually has a stiff square that you use as as guide when folding which allows you to get the blanket back into the same shape as when you took it out of the package. Now if only I could find tents and sleeping bags that do the same thing – tell me I’m not the only one that can’t see to get my tent back into the bag without a huge struggle.

JJ Cole Agility Carrier

Agility Carrier (find it at Babies R Us, buybuyBABY, Target, Amazon): I had no idea until recently that JJ Cole even had a babycarrier so I was excited to try it when the opportunity came along. So what did I think? Well I wanted to like the carrier but honestly it just didn’t work well for us. First I think that while the carrier can hold up to 35 pounds in my opinion as a certified babywearing educator I really think that for both the wearer and the positioning of the baby 15-20 or so pounds is the ideal max weight. I also had trouble with the fit of the carrier because it is sized and actually it fit Neil just a bit better than it fit me. I wonder if I went up a size (I tried a large) if it would work but I think that it might have been just a bit too big in an extra large. The thing I would say with this carrier is that it’s better for younger babies and it is something that you want to try on first for size before buying. That all being said it was well made, the fabric was soft, it was easy to put on because basically it was like putting on a shirt and the back panel is a nice feature that adds a bit more support.

Gear | BOB Revolution Flex

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We tend to be a fairly active family or at least we try to be so when it came to gear that made our “must have” list for baby #2 a BOB Dualie was at the top of the list. You might be saying but don’t you have the Orbit double stroller as well? Well yes we do but this stroller is completely different and used for an entirely different purpose. The BOB is the stroller we take out for family walks on the bike path or nature paths and the stroller I take on a run – these are two things that our Orbit just isn’t great for.

Since we already owned a single BOB (you can read my post about that here) and loved it so we knew we would also love a double and we do. We chose to go with the BOB Revolution Flex Dualie because we love or single Revolution so it only seemed natural. One feature we didn’t love with our single though was that you couldn’t adjust the handle bar and that is where the Flex comes in – it has a 9-position adjustable handlebar which makes it customizable to both our heights and makes running with a double BOB easier.

So you might be wondering do you actually run with the BOB Dualie? Yes and No. When I am not taking a break from running due to minor knee pain (working with a physical therapist right now) I do run with it because otherwise I don’t have a lot of opportunities to get in a run. Neil doesn’t run with the BOB at all. I wish I could say that I love running with the Dualie just like I did with our single but I don’t. I don’t hate it but it is super hard; extra weight + postpartum running + needing to use two hands to push = super hard. While it is super hard I am still doing it and when I am not running we are getting out for almost daily walks with the Double – although right now we need a new tube for our tire. Side note we had the same issue with one of the tires on our single that it keeps losing air – anyone else experience this?

Overall thoughts: We love our BOB Revolution Flex Dualie and it is absolutely worth the investment. While it can be a challenge to run with that is really more about the weight of your children and fitness level as well as the course you are running. As for walking it’s a breeze and is actually really run to push. We purchased a carseat/snack tray add-on so that we could use the Dualie with both kids before Alder was big enough to ride in the seat and we also purchased a drink caddy <– a must have IMO. Side note did they change the drink caddy drink holder size? They seem to be significantly deeper than the one we have for our single and thumbs up to that!!  One down (about accessory only). I wish that carseat/snack tray adapter could be used without a carseat in it because Edith loves the snack tray but Alder is no longer using a carseat in the BOB so I guess we will try to sell it so we can buy a double snack tray.

Do you have a BOB? What do you think of it? Which model do you have and why? 

Wondering which model is right for you BOB has this nifty quiz you can take.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a BOB Revolution Flex for review purposes. (Side note we would have purchased this stroller ourselves if we had not been gifted one). We were not required to write a positive review and we did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. We purchased the carseat add-on and handle bar caddy ourselves.

Newborn Favorites | Baby #2

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I can’t believe I am saying this but Alder is officially 2 months old today! Seriously where does the time go? It’s passing faster than ever and part of me wants time to slow down just a little but a little part of me can’t wait for Alder to get a little bit older so he can play with Edith who everyday begs him to play with her. I just love watching Edith and Alder grow and how the interact with each other. Edith loves to dote on Alder and he is starting to really take to her and will smile and (almost) laugh at her.

Anyways on to the point of this blog post. Back when Edith was a newborn I did a few round up posts of must haves, nice to haves and unnecessary items; you can find those posts here and here. We didn’t have to go through the trial and error process this time so we were able to pretty easily figure out the items we would really need. One unfortunate thing about moving cross country and not necessarily planning on baby  #2 is that we basically had to buy most everything brand new.

Here are our favorite newborn items for baby #2:

aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket: these are actually one of the baby items that we did keep, although I’m sad to say a few ended up getting tossed after a few major blowouts.  These are one item that are not just for newborns but are also great for toddlers and I have to say I really like them for a light blanket to throw over me in the car or to even wear as a scarf. While we didn’t purchase any of these this time around I think we might have to get a few more because we only have two and I LOVE them so much.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: So I don’t love this specific bouncer but we found it back in January at target for $18 and couldn’t pass it up. We also didn’t even start using it until last week just because Alder wasn’t a fan at first but now he is really enjoying the vibration setting. The only problem is that once the vibration setting turns off he often becomes restless or if he is sleeping he wakes up.

Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Ring Sling: It’s no secret I love babywearing and I am thrilled to have a little baby again to wear. We have tried a number of styles of carriers but currently Alder and I are both loving the ring sling. I find that ring slings are one of the best carriers for newborns because it holds them nice and snug and securely.  The trick is learning to use one and after that it’s easy.

Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Arc Co-Sleeper Bassinet: When Edith was born we used a pack n’ play in our room for the first few months and then attempted to transition her to her own room. As you can see I say attempted because in the end she just ended up co-sleeping with us. That being said we knew this time around what worked best for us was co-sleeping/bedsharing and so we went with the Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper and it has been amazing. I am seriously kicking myself for not buying one of these when Edith was a baby.

Boppy Newborn Lounger: This is one item that we loved when Edith was a baby and I actually didn’t think we needed to buy one this time around because I thought Alder would just grow out of it too quickly. Well Neil convinced me that we needed to buy one and I am so thankful he did! This has been such a lifesaver and honestly even when he “grows out of it” we will still be using it because Edith LOVES to use it as a seat. So it has a longer life than just an infant lounger.

Ergobaby Swaddler Blanket: I love the idea of swaddling with a muslin blanket but when it comes to actually doing using it I end up having to re-wrap at least twice before getting it right. That’s when a nifty swaddle blanket that does all the work for you is nice. We have used a few different styles and so far Alder likes the Ergobaby one the best. I’m sad to say however that he has grown out of his small/medium sized swaddle and we just might need to get the medium/large.

Orbit Baby Double Helix Stroller Frame: Now we have done a lot of debating around a double stroller and we have been loving our Orbit Baby. It’s been a bit of a transition using a double stroller because well it feels like I’m pushing a bus but this stroller has been great for us. Now it’s a little on the expensive side and probably isn’t something you’d gravitate towards unless you own the car seat as well but it really has been awesome. Edith loves this stroller and I love how easy it is to put together and to move Alder from the car to the stroller base.

Orbit Baby G3 Infant Car Seat Plus Base: Okay so of course since we have the stroller we also have the infant car seat. Now I know this car seat is expensive but I’m telling you it’s amazing. I was seriously skeptical of this car seat at first; I mean what really makes this car seat any better than the one we used with Edith? Let me tell you it’s 10x better than Edith’s old car seat, this isn’t to say that her car seat isn’t a good and safe one just that the Orbit Baby is superior. So why is it better? Installation is so much easier and you can get it more accurate. The swivel feature that it has on the car seat base makes it so much easier to get Alder in and out of the car and when he falls asleep it’s so much less of a disturbance.  The car seat has a deep-cradle design which is a little bit of a different design than your standard car seat and I just like the way Alder sits in it better and he seems more comfortable. It is BFR-free. It is easy to clean and we know this from personal experience (blow out what?) I also love the sunscreen(Side note we have used two other brands/styles of car seats over the years and most recently was using Edith’s old car seat for Alder in my parents rental while my parents were visiting and so I was really able to compare the two.)

What are your favorite newborn items?

Disclaimer: we have been working with Orbit Baby and the stroller and carseat were given to us; as always all opinions are our own.  Affiliate links included in this post.