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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!

You can either click the picture in the photo or shop the links below!

  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

This post has been sponsored by Healthy Essentials. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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.

For Mom:

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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We took the 28-Day Challenge!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaONEVisibleDifferences #CollectiveBias

Save on ONE (1) 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food, any variety, or 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® Dry Cat Food, any variety. While supplies last.

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.

Purina ONE® is encouraging dog and cat owners to try the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge, so we decided to head to Walmart and seee what differences we saw in both dogs from switching to Purina ONE®

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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!


DIY Get Well Soon Basket

Katelyn Melton

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Abreva, Emergen-C, Lipton, Robitussin and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDayTips #CollectiveBias

Whether we like it or not, cold and flu season is in full swing. Today on the blog, I’m excited to share a simple DIY Get Well Soon Basket with items from Kroger Co. It’s an easy and thoughtful way to show someone you’re thinking of them. The first steps is finding a cute basket  or bucket that will fit everything you’re wanting to put in your basket. Some ideas for starters are crackers, warm socks, a blanket and/or a magazine. Those are the items that make the basket cute. Then, we get to the cold and flu season essentials such as:
1. Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment – Proven to heal cold sores & shorten the duration of pain, itching, burning, tingling.

diy get well soon basket

2. Lipton Daily Support Herbal Tea– An excellent source of Vitamin C, this herbal infusion helps support your body’s natural defenses.* Carefully selected botanicals are blended with green tea and natural essential oils that make every cup delicious. The Lipton Wellness range, made with carefully selected botanicals and blended with essential oils, helps make wellbeing a part of your everyday routine.

3. Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM – The liquid-strength of Robitussin® soothes on contact and provides cough relief for hours. The real honey you want, the powerful cough relief you need, and it’s also gluten free, has no artificial colors  & is a True Source Certified Honey.

diy get well soon basket

  1. Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold – Theraflu offers powerful relief without the prescription. It temporarily relieves these symptoms due to a cold such as:
    – minor aches and pains
    – headache
    – nasal and sinus congestion
    – cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
    – minor sore throat pain
    – temporarily reduces fever

Remember, Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM should not be used at the same time.

diy get well soon basket

While you’re at Kroger Co., stock up on the same essentials for you too as Kroger is a destination for all your flu needs!

Now that you have your get well basket finished, throw a big bow on top and add an Get Well Soon card!

For more tips and tricks, head here or search the hashtag #SickDayTips

Theraflu-(c) 2019 the GSK group of companies or its licensor. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use all products only as directed. Read label and follow directions.

Abreva, Emergen-C, Robitussin – Use only as directed. Read label and follow directions.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.