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Updating Outdoors: A Review of the Brylane Home Wood Gazebo

Brylane Home Wood Gazebo

We spend a lot of time outdoors in the Spring-Fall.  With two girls that would rather be playing outside than spending time indoors, it's only natural that we'd want to spruce up our outdoor setting.  Each year we add a new project to our house - to better it and make it more updated and more us.  In the past, we've updated landscaping, built a wooden deck for our patio, installed container garden beds, and turned our backyard into a toy sanctuary. This year has been all about updating our back deck sitting conditions.  We entertain friends and family a lot, so we needed an area that welcomes guests and makes every day sitting a pleasure outside. One thing that has been a complete eye sore this year was our patio umbrella.  It normally sits over our table to provide us with a bit of shade since we don't have any trees or anything else … [Read more...]

A Cat That’s Going Green: Eco Friendly Cat Litter from Swheat Scoop

Cat with Swheat Scoop

This is a sponsored conversation about eco friendly cat litter on behalf of Swheat Scoop.  All opinions expressed are my own. As a family that's been on a going green journey for over 4 years now [oh that fateful day that we decided to use cloth diapers while I was pregnant with Sophia], I've changed a lot of things in our household.  We use way less paper products and many more chemical-free products all over the house now.  One area that I hadn't really thought much about has to do with the 5th member of our family... Roxy! Roxy was my first child - as a graduating Senior in high school, I found her looking for a home and I took her into ours and she's made it through adding 3 more additions to our family since - Rob, Sophia, and Moreaya!  I once read a quote that your pets are your babies until you have babies and then they become … [Read more...]

Get Organized with the Brylane Home Shelf with Drawers

Inside Storage Shelf

I've featured BrylaneHome.com on SEBG quite a few times and today they're back and I'm sharing a review of the 5 Tier Shelf with Drawers. My home office is overrun with stuff - giveaway prizes, items waiting to be reviewed, toys that mysteriously appear, and even more stuff.  My desk is always cluttered and it just makes for a complicated and clustered work area.  I needed an organizing shelf that didn't take up a lot of space, but that would hold the random items that take over! Of course, there's a bit of assembly, like with any piece of furniture.  I was able to assemble the shelf by myself very easily and fast - I had it together within 15 minutes. My favorite thing about the 5 Tier Shelf is the Fabric Drawers that are included. There are 2 sizes - 2 large fabric drawers on the bottom and 3 on the upper half.  They really … [Read more...]

Welcome to Sophia’s Cafe – a Review of the Step2 Best Chef’s Play Kitchen

Step2 Review Kitchen

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion. My girls got a lot of my hand-me-down toys.  Sure, they were vintage, but they just kind of lacked the technology and smoothness of modern day toys.  When I had the chance to upgrade the girls' Play Kitchen to the brand new Step2 Best Chef's Play Kitchen, I jumped at the chance.  Speaking of jumping - that's what the girls did too when the Play Kitchen box arrived at the door! Forget the idea of waiting on Daddy to come home and assemble the Play Kitchen - they wanted it right then and I totally don't blame them - I was excited to see it too!  The Best Chef's Kitchen came in 3 major pieces and was very easy to put together with a few screws [included].  While I was assembling the … [Read more...]

Natural Colored Cotton Clothing for Your Little One – Debest Baby

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This post is brought to you courtesy of Debest Baby, who provided one of their adorable natural cotton onesies to Jamie of Momma Without a Clue  for review.  All opinions expressed are 100% Jamie's own. When a baby company goes above and beyond to keep our little ones healthy, they automatically earn credit in my book. That's why I was thrilled to be able to review a piece from their clothing line. You see, Debest uses naturally colored cotton to create beautiful clothes that will not only last for years, they're free from harmful toxins, bleaches, and dyes. For my baby girl, we received the "Blossoms In Bloom" short-sleeve bodysuit. This organic onesie is heavier than most of the other brands she's worn, but in a breathable kind of way. The natural cotton color is a gorgeous background for the little cherry blossom print, and the … [Read more...]

Doctor On Demand: A Doctor That’s Always a Phone Call Away

Dr on Demand Emergency

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of the Doctor On Demand App.  All opinions are my own. I count myself lucky that my family is pretty healthy in general.  I hardly ever have the need to visit a doctor and occasionally have to take the girls in for sick visits, but I still count myself lucky.  On those occurrences that we do have to make a doctor's office visit, I'm usually completely stressed out - waiting and worrying how long it will take to actually get an appointment, taking 2 kids into an office where so many germs are floating around, dealing with 1 or 2 sick kids in public when all they want is to be held by Mom at home, and don't even get me started on the worry about how much it will cost. But what about those times that they're sick on the weekends?  Holidays?  Vacations?  Moreaya actually ran a super high fever … [Read more...]

Cloth Wipes and Paper-Less Towels from Gina’s Soft Cloth Shop

Rainbow Wipes

A few weeks ago, I featured Gina's Soft Cloth Shop during the Relish Reusable Event.  She gave away a fantastic selection of cloth wipes and paper-less towels and today I'm giving you a closer look at the items that you can find in her Etsy Shop! I received a package of a variety of cloth wipes and paper-less towels free to share with readers through a review.  The package was honestly a bit breathtaking.  I know, I know - it's a super weird thing to say about cloth wipes - but the variety, the colors, the soft textures - they were just beautiful! Within the package, I got to see almost all of the cloth products that are for sale in Gina's Soft Cloth Shop. 2 packs of 5 OBV wipes [20] 1-plyorganic little wipes (rainbow colors assortment) [2]  2-Ply Organic Birdseye Dishtowels (ivory edges) [10]  1-plyOrganic Birdseye … [Read more...]

Deliciously Simple French Toast [made with Almondmilk]

French Toast Almond Milk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Before I share this delicious and simple French Toast recipe with you, I want to share with you just how we became family that loves Silk Almondmilk. When Sophia was diagnosed with a dairy allergy in January of this year, we were all in shock. Here we were with a 3 1/2 year old that consumes dairy every single day and we were all of a sudden supposed to stop that?! I was overwhelmed with just how much dairy was in almost every single food she consumed. I was nervous that as a pretty picky toddler she would struggle to replace her dairy favorites with dairy alternatives. One of the first brands we tried was Silk. I knew their reputation and I was happy that I could find their products right in the main grocery store where we … [Read more...]

Making Homemade Baby Food: As Simple as ABC’s

Simple ABC Baby Food

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today's discussing about making homemade baby food.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Sophia was ready to start eating solid foods, I read a lot about making homemade baby food.  I knew the pros - it's cheaper, healthier and fresher, and just really all around better.  But it didn't seem easy.  I was a first time Mom and I needed all the shortcuts I could get so we bought organic jarred baby food. Then Moreaya came and it was her time to start eating solid foods.  Although you would think I would have been busier... since I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old, I challenged myself to make homemade baby food the 2nd time around.  You see, I had started reading even more and realized making your own baby food is actually really simple.  I would even venture to say making homemade baby food is as … [Read more...]

Green Kid Crafts: Summer Edition

Green Kid Crafts Summer

Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Y'all know how I love Green Kid Crafts, right?!  Well, I'm excited to share with you some crafts that have been keeping my girls busy this Summer! The latest box from Green Kid Crafts that the girls have received is Interesting Insects - and it's been a BIG hit.  This box came with 3 pretty time consuming crafts, which are perfect for our family because it's so much better when a craft lasts longer than 5 minutes, right?! Within the box, the girls received a fun new chart to track their boxes from Green Kid Crafts - each box will now come with a sticker so they can see the crafts, at a glance, and remember what they've worked on.  Interesting Insects fit perfectly in our lives right now … [Read more...]

VTech Safe & Sound: Perfect Video Monitor for Toddlers

VTech Video Monitor Review

I received a VTech® Safe & Sound® Pan and Tilt Video Monitor to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed, including the opinion that this it is the perfect video monitor for toddlers, are my own. Do you have a Video Monitor? I bet if you don't you think "I'd love to have one, but I really don't need one."  And I bet if you do have one, you think "There's no way I could live without our video monitor - it's a must-have for parents."  I have been on both sides of that question.  We didn't have one when Sophia was a newborn, I felt like audio was enough and I just couldn't justify one with our budget when I kept convincing myself that audio was enough. Then I got our first video monitor and I figured out why people love them so much, but it still had it's drawbacks.  It had to be plugged in at all times and the screen was … [Read more...]

Presenting Aluminyze: A New Kind of Art to Preserve Memories

Aluminyze Portrait

Thanks to Aluminyze for sponsoring this conversation and for the portrait that helped facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. There are so many ways that families can choose to preserve family memories - printed pictures, digital frames, canvas prints, and one of the newest forms, to me, is on aluminum plates. Aluminyze is a totally unique and revolutionary form of artwork for your walls... or desk or phone or... well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I chose to have a picture printed from our recent family beach vacation to cherish the memory and have a more recent photograph of the girls in our home. I ordered our print easily on the Aluminyze.com site.  I simply uploaded a picture from my iPhone [although they suggest you use higher quality images, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of my plaque … [Read more...]