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Best Toys for 18 Month Olds

Happy Tuesday! It can be hard to figure out what toys to get your child. I rounded up a few of our personal favorites that Ava loves and that I highly recommend. Whether you’re looking for a gift or looking for something new and fun to get your own little one, here are some of our favorites!

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  1. Little Tikes Trampoline: This says its for 3-5 years old, however, Ava has used it just fine (with supervision). She doesn’t bounce on it yet but she likes to stand and hold the handle bar.
  2. Music Set: One of our favorites. This set comes with a Xylophone, 2 Maracas, 2 Egg Shakers, Rainbow Bell Stick, 2 Finger Clappers, Tambourine, Drum Sticks, Wood Sounder, 2 Wrist Bells and a Triangle with a Striker. 
  3. Radio Flyer 4-1: One of Ava’s Christmas gifts that has been perfect for walks. It can be used from 9 months thru 4 years as it can be adjusted for the age.
  4. Shape Puzzle: perfect for learning colors and shapes.
  5. Mega Blocks: We’ve had these blocks for about 6 months now and still love to play with them. Their large size makes them easy to hold and not a chocking hazard. The bag makes them easy to take with us if Ava is going to a family members house.
  6. Baby Doll: Our personal favorite is the New York Doll Collection. The doll comes in multiple ethnicities and is the perfect size for 1 year olds to carry.
  7. Magnetic Drawing Board: By far, the BEST item we’ve ever bought. We take this in the car with us everywhere as it keeps her entertained while running errands or eating out at a restaurant.
  8. Match the Egg: We just purchased these for Ava’s Easter Basket, but they have so many great reviews! I love that it helps teach her colors and numbers. The eggs are a perfect size that are easy for little hands to grasp as well.
  9. Baby Doll Stroller: Perfect accessory for your baby doll. The height of the bar is adjustable as your toddler grows as well.
  10. Little Tikes Basketball Hoop: This basketball hoop adjusts to six heights from 2.5 to 4 feet and helps develops social, motor skills and coordination.

That’s it for now! Do y’all like these type of round ups?! Let me know in the comments!


Toddler Tips: Toddler Car Kit

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Have you ever been on a trip the beach and your kids have gotten car sick? Have you ever been on your way to a friend’s house and your child had a major accident? If you answered yes to either or both of those questions, you’re not alone. ME TOO! But I made the mistake several times and didn’t have any supplies with me….no change of clothes, no diapers, no nothing. Rookie mistake. After a few meltdowns (primarily by me), I created a toddler car kit for Ava and started to keep it in my back seat.

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Here is a list of everything you need to pack a car kit for your toddler to keep them fed, changed, and happy.

  1. 3-4 Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Body Wash – In case they get car sick or get too dirty. We bought Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo
  4. 1-2 Activities – Such as stickers, books, race cars, bubbles.
  5. Change of clothes – We switch this out every other week.
  6. Band Aids – We bought the Band Aid Skin Flex
  7. Neosporin – We bought Neosporin+ Pain Itch Scar
  8. Pair of shoes
  9. [Not Pictured] Trash bag and/or Large plastic bag for any accidents or trash
  10. [Not Pictured] Portable Travel Potty – we just purchased this to introduce Ava to the toilet. She is not ready to be potty trained but as summer rolls around, we will definitely be adding this to the list.

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If you see my Instagram stories today, I’ll show you how I keep my items stored in this bag. I will keep a spare pair of sunglasses, lip balm, and mints. Right now, I’m loving the Listerine Ultra Clean & Ready tabs. They’re chewable tablets that are safe to swallow and give you the Listerine Mint freshness we all love!

Is there anything I’m missing? What other items do you keep in your car for unforeseen circumstances? Let me know in the comments below!

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Spring Workout Capsule

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During the frigid months of winter(ok… 45 degrees counts as frigid in my book) I develop an allergy to working out. I just can’t, and I just won’t, and I know there are a few of you out there who have to agree with me. Spring is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! In a couple months, you’ll find me at Life Time either working out or hanging by the pool.

And let’s be real… nothing makes a workout better than cute gear! Does anyone else get motivated when they buy cute workout clothes?! Me to! I rounded up a few of my favorites that can easily be mixed and matched.

What are some of your favorite colors to wear?! Let me know in the comments below!


We took the 28-Day Challenge!

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We all talk about making resolutions for us and/or our spouse come the new year, but we never talk about changes we can make to help our pets. I’m so excited to share a change we’ve made over the past month with our two dogs, Wayne and Nana.

If you’re like us, your dogs are a member of the family. They provide love, joy and companionship. Wayne wasn’t having the photoshoot today, but head over to my stories and you’ll see him. He’s our 4 year old pug who loves to be right next to you all day. His biggest motivators are treats and belly rubs.

For the star of this shoot, meet our dog Nana. Her name was Athena, but Ava couldn’t pronounce Athena and said Nana, and well, it just stuck. Nana is a Shiba Inu and is full of energy. In true Shiba fashion, she loves loves to wander.

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Walmart has a great variety of Purina ONE® dog food, so we decided Wayne would get the Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Lamb & Rice Formula and Nana would get the Purina ONE SmartBlend True Instinct Natural With Real Turkey & Venison.

Day 1 of the 28-Day Challenge started the first week of February. We saw both of them get more excited around meal time. The bags of food are near the area where they eat, so while we were getting their bowls ready, all they were doing was smelling the dog food bags. I think they knew this was something different than what they had before!

Around day 7 is when I really started noticing a difference in both dogs. While Nana has always been pretty hyper, Wayne seemed to have an extra burst of energy. Did you know the Purina ONE® Smartblend helps support healthy energy in dogs? We went on a walk around the neighborhood, and he made it all the way around without laying down in the middle of the street….typical pug.

Day 21 was yesterday and the results have been fantastic! I mentioned this in my stories, but Wayne’s coat looks so healthy and radiant. Before switching to Purina ONE®, his coat became oily fast.

We still have Day 28 to complete in about a week and will document the final updates we see in both Wayne and Nana. Thus far in the challenge, we are SO excited about the differences we are seeing in both dogs and regret not making the switch sooner! Don’t forget to take advantage of the offer above if you decide to take the 28-Day Challenge for your dog or cat! Let me know if you do so Wayne, Nana, and me can cheer y’all on!