Sunuva


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Autumn is in full swing here in the midwest, and yet I find myself looking at swimwear for my kids. While it’s no longer beach weather here, there are invitations to indoor pool parties & vacations being planned. And the suits from this past summer are now too small, and too worn out! I loved the swim wear we received form Sunuva a year ago, so I was thrilled when they launched their newest line of kids swimwear.

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Archer wore his first Sunuva suit and rash guard set for two summers, so I had zero hesitation about outfitting all three kids this time around. The quality of the product is fantastic: it will stand up to any adventures your little ones pursue. And even better? All Sunuva swimwear protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays. With UPF 50+ protection, you can let your kids romp safely. Elle was thrilled about the feather swimsuit and matching Kaftan dress. There is just the right amount of whimsy to compliment her personality.  When the temperatures took a jump this past week, the kids headed out very excitedly to test out their new duds. The thing I love about Sunuva is their swimwear is the perfect play wear. Whereas sometimes suits are flimsy and cheaply made, all Sunuva pieces perform, protect, and last.

 

 

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{monkey swim short,  monkey rash vest}

This week, with temperatures starting to fall, I’ve stored the suits for trips to indoor pools & not giving up  hope for a mid-winter vacation in the sun. Sunuva goes beyond just offering quality clothing; they’ve curated collections that represent a variety of little personalities. (They even have a siblings line!) It’s fitting that the entire concept behind the line was developed by 2 mothers, isn’t it?

 

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{Neon Strip Rash Vest, Neon Strip Swim Shorts}

 

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the swim wear was received for this review.

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Jessica Stone {Stylist at Salon Re:}


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 During my first pregnancy, amidst all the anticipated physical changes, one caught me by surprise: my normally straight hair became curly… and I had no idea whatsoever how to do it. I did what any new mom might do: I put it in a ponytail and managed to forget about it. Three babies later, my hair is still curly and I’ve learned to fully embrace it. My go-to salon just wasn’t cutting it anymore (literally, ha), and a friend recommended trying to get an appointment with Jessica Stone at Salon Re:. The eco-friendly salon is based in Grand Rapids, MI, and starts where many overlook: the health of your hair (not just the style.) Jessica has been cutting my hair for a couple of years now, and I love the natural and un-fussy results. It’s perfect for my daily look! So when Elle started talking about cutting her long (long!) hair, I immediately booked an appointment at Salon Re:.

 

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8 inches on the floor later, I have an incredibly pleased 4 year old (and I am equally thrilled.) The thing about Jessica is that she listens to clients (whether you’re 4 or 40) and she turns your ideas and suggestions into a cut that works. Quite honestly, I’ve used my daughter’s hair color as an example for what I want. (Seriously, look as those natural highlights. Elle has no idea how good she has it!) Instead of throwing a hair magazine in my lap, Jessica takes my (sometimes vague and far-fetched) ideas and creates a natural looking style. Clients leave with a great cut and color that compliments their natural texture, with easy-t0-follow tips for maintaining the look between appointments. Jessica has a background as a makeup artist, allowing her to give you the perfect bridal/night out/birthday/just because/the-one-time-there’s-not-spit-up-in-my-hair look.

 

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 Jessica now cuts all 3 of my kids’ hair, as well as mine. It’s no small thing to trust someone with your hair, and Jessica does a flawless job. Oh, and the salon has cake. Every. Day. CAKE.

 

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Want to try out Salon Re: for yourself? Give Jessica a call and receive 20% off your appointment when you mention our blog. 

 

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Not Just a Dot {Children’s Book by Loryn Brantz}


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Some of my best memories as a mama involve reading to my kids. I love seeing and hearing stories through their perspectives, and exploring the world in an entirely new way. While our shelves are stocked with some of the go-to classics in children’s literature, it’s equally thrilling to find new books. And something about this time of year makes me want to curl up with my kids and read all the more.

 

 

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Author and illustrator Loryn Brantz released her latest children’s book this month, Not Just a Dot. I was first introduced to Loryn when her book, Harvey, the Child Mime, came out. I’ve been a fan ever since. Not Just a Dot takes the perspective of a dot, a dot that feels very small and unimportant. Throughout the pages, the reader interacts with the dot, and sees just how useful it really is. And, in the end, we realize how similar we are… how if you are far enough away, we’re all “just dots.” I love the aesthetic of the book; Brantz uses simple and modern illustrations that capture a child’s eye throughout. And the message of the book is too important to overlook. It’s easy for a child to feel unimportant, or even useless, in our communities. (If we’re being honest, an adult can feel the exact same way.) But, we all can do something, can’t we? 4 or 40, 2 or 20, 6 or 60, we are all vital members of our neighborhoods.

 

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This book has sparked great conversation in our home. With the start of a new school year (and now 2 kids in school!) we’ve had the opportunity to talk about how we matter. Drew and I have been able to challenge Graham to notice the kid on the playground who doesn’t have anyone around him, and invite him to join in a game of tag. We’ve compelled Elle to be bold and make new friends as she starts a new preschool. Our children, though small, can make a HUGE difference in someone else’s life… and we hope it’s a positive one. Loryn Brantz does a stellar job of bringing families around a fantastic book with an even greater message. We all matter. We all can make an impact.

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We are giving away a copy of “Not Just a Dot” to one lucky reader! Keep up with Loryn Brantz on Facebook (and let us know that you are) to enter.

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the book was received for this review.

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Handmade is Haute


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My love for handmade clothing stems directly from the fact that I’m terrible at sewing. As in, “I’ve been taught three separate times to sew and can’t still thread the darn machine” terrible. (I’ve complained about this before, so no need to go into it again.) Regardless, I love finding shops that offer hip handmade clothing from designers who think outside the box. Handmade is Haute is my latest find. This sweet boutique offers a fresh take on children’s fashion; all the while producing incredibly practical clothing.

 

 

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Black pants, in some form, are a wardrobe staple. No matter your age, they’re a great piece. As the summer temps cool into autumn evenings, Archie has been living in the black harem pants. Priced under $15, you can afford to get all of your kids a pair… or three. Made to order, the pants are as comfortable as they are cool. They stand up to washing (and to Archie’s constant movement), and I’m a huge fan of that. Plus, they are adorable! (Tee on Archie is from Love Well Handmade.)

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Not stopping with clothing, Handmade is Haute offers a sweet line of organic baby swaddle blankets. Whether you’re in the market for your littles, or shopping for the perfect gift, these blankets are lovely! I love the ease of the entire line, and it’s no wonder: shop owner Rachel Low lives in Hawaii. As a mama to three, she has turned her passion for sewing into a stunning business. We love supporting mom-run shops, and Handmade is Haute is no exception!

 

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{Imanimo}


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One of my favorite maternity lines, Imanimo, wows this mama of three again with their stellar line of maternity/or clothing line!  Although my days for carrying babies is over, I can still appreciate stylish pieces that dress mama’s to be fabulously as well as highlights this beautiful gift of pregnancy!

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Imanimo (“soon” in Japanese) was conceived by two young, stylish and busy moms – Eli Korman and Tal Caspi. Their international career in fashion and personal experience as mothers made them realize that women experience their pregnancy as a period of femininity and youth. Thus, they look for maternity fashion that is practical, young and fashion forward, or as clients put it “I am looking for something that I would wear regardless of my bump…”.

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My third baby just turned 1, craziness!  However, I couldn’t help order some of the smallest sizes in Imanimo to pounce around with my three boys comfortably.  I’ve been wearing Imanimo’s apparel for a few years now and I can definitely tell you every dollar is worth it!  The clothes wash well, are incredibly comfortable, and timeless.  Right now, I am absolutely loving their Emily Tunic in white and Bella dress in tangerine.  I have worn Imanimo while pregnant, post partum, and now!  The pieces hang lovingly around the body, incredibly soft, and always bring loads of compliments.  I am still working on the remaining pounds I gained with all three kids, so these newest pieces couldn’t be more perfect.  I wear my Emily tunic paired with leggings and red and black cheetah Saint Laurent flats, love!  The Bella dress, well, nothing needs pairing with this magical piece.  I wear alone with simple sandals.  This is actually my favorite piece to wear around the house.  My husband loves the color on me, I can do downward dogs in it, and I feel pretty wearing it.  heart heart….

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{Emily Tunic Dark Blue}

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Right now, Imanimo has an amazing deal happening on their spring/summer pieces.  For those who are expecting or looking for comfortable, beautiful, and well crafted pieces, make a run for the Imanimo website.  They offer international shipping free for orders over 100$.  Kudos to one of my all time favorite maternity lines!!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Tunic and Dress was received for this review.

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Murchison-Hume


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This summer revolved around one all-consuming task: moving to a new home. We packed up our house of 8 years for a somewhat bigger, but much more dated, new space. To say it needs a little work would be generous. Laughable, really. And while I’d love to go all HGTV on this place, I need to start small. The thing is, we’re living in the home in the midst of renovations, so it has to be livable above all else. That means keeping dirt, dust, and grime at bay.

 

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Murchison-Hume has become my ally in the move. This charming cleaning brand makes good on their promise to safely & effectively clean your home. Created by two parents who were concerned about the cleaning products they used in their own home, Max and Peter Kater merged their professional expertise to found Murchison-Hume. Their standout product? The Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner. Living in a house with three boys (one of whom is potty training), I can so very appreciate this cleaner. Without using any harsh chemicals, the cleaner eliminates odors and other gross boys-have-used-this-bathroom evidence. In fact, I keep it on the shelf above the toilet to, um, freshen things up daily.

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Murchison-Hume truly is a one-stop shop for cleaning products. Unlike many all-natural brands who focus on a couple of products, this line offers everything! From travel essentials to a bag butler (!), there is something for each part of your home. They also offer refills of your favorites. With a classic look that is anything but dated, Murchison-Hume is my new go-to cleaning company. Whether you’re in the midst of a move (I’m sending you all my good vibes, thoughts, prayers,  & wine emojis) or looking for the perfect housewarming gift for a friend; try them out, the house will thank you.

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{Little Adi + Co. }


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As a mama of three boys I am constantly on the look out for hip and creative pieces for my young lads. I am so encouraged by the loads of designers, mostly mamas themselves, who courageously design out of the box apparel for little ones. A company that I am totally psyched and a bit obsessed with is Little Adi + Co!

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Little Adi + Co. is designed and created by Adrianne Betz, a Fashion Designer that took the leap and followed a dream of being an entrepreneur. Completely inspired by her son and the frustration of not finding much in trendy clothing for babies/toddlers (especially boys) is what spurred the creation of Little Adi + Co. Growing up in a small little beach town, living in NYC for most of her twenties, and ultimately now raising her family back seaside is what inspires Little Adi + Co.’s  self-described ‘urban surf’ influence. Little Adi + Co. is proud to be made exclusively in the USA and our tees are manufactured & screen-printed by hand in Los Angeles, CA. All made to order garments are produced and sewn in Charleston, SC and Anaheim, CA. 

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When I first set eyes on the brilliant Made in the USA brand Little Adi + Co. I quickly set eyes on their adorable handmade organic wave printed bummies! I’ve seen plenty of girls crawling and stumbling across floors in little rompers so I was super stoked to see modern edgy designed bummy shorts for boys! My youngest, Dean Morrissey, has been flaunting the “wave” printed bummies all summer thus far! The black and white print nearly goes with everything in his wardrobe so these have definitely been a staple piece for my little Dean Dean. They are soft, super easy to put on and off, and look ever so stylish on my little man. I love pieces that are hip, practical, and easy to clean. This pretty much sums up Little Adi + Co.!

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In addition to the adorbs “wave” printed bummies, my little man has been sporting the “If Found Return to Tribe” tank. Seriously, this is a brilliant piece to have a child’s wardrobe. The heather grey goes with anything and with this hot weather is a perfect piece for your little one to wear. I love that my little man can wear this piece in cooler weather by simply throwing a cardigan around it. SCORE!

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I am in love with the entire line of Little Adi + Co. and hope you will give it a try too! They have an assortment of bummies to choose from and perfect tees and tanks to pair with too! Take a look and I am sure they are not to disappoint! Kudos to this fabulous brand!

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Lily Jade Baby Bags


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My view on diaper bags has changed dramatically in the six years since becoming a mama. When Graham was born, I took my diaper bag everywhere,  full of everything we might possibly need. It was the first thing on my registry and I proudly wore that thing wherever I went. The problem was, I didn’t really like it. It was, well, to diaper bag-y. Three kids later, I need something that can work as an all-in-one, something that I can take with me on our adventures! Designer diaper bag maker, Lily Jade, solves this problem with an incredibly chic line of diaper bags that look anything but. You know, the type of bags that you will carry long after you have legitimate reason to. This brilliant line recently expanded to a new product: the Baby Bag. (Cue angels singing.)

 

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Shortly after I finally ditched my old diaper bag, I fell in love with a leather tote. This bag goes everywhere with me; doubling (tripling?) as a work bag, diaper bag, and purse. It’s best feature, however, is also it’s downfall. It’s so big! Things get lost all the time, and I’m left digging through to find the one thing I need. Enter: the Baby Bag. This insert fits inside most bags (it comes in two sizes), and has pockets for everything you need. Each pocket is easily accessible, and eliminates the problem of you having to bypass old receipts trying to find your Costco card. Or library card. Or anything but old receipts.

 

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{my go-to, time tested bag}

 

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As I move towards not needing a diaper bag (eep!) I appreciate that the Baby Bag fits inside my normal bag. It transforms my old standby bag – at a very reasonable price – and keeps both my and Archer’s stuff organized. Plus, I can grab the Baby Bag and transfer it to my gym bag, or any other bag, without having to repack. I might just keep it after I’m done with diaper bags… it’s ideal for work! Each Lily Jade diaper bag comes with a Baby Bag, or you can buy the Baby Bag on it’s own. (It’s on sale!)

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As much as I love the line, I love the story behind the company even more. Designed by Meggan Wood, Lily Jade was created out of a passion for functional fashion. Like so many expectant moms, Meggan found herself in the midst of her baby registry, unable to find a suitable bag. Instead of settling, she created her own bag, one that she would carry long after diapers and bottles were a part of her daily routine. She took the best of both worlds: a designer bag with everything a diaper bag should offer, and brilliantly put them together.

Lily Jade is in the midst of a HUGE sale! They’re currently making room for their latest designs, and you can snag a bag for a great price!

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 This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

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Birdling Bags


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As did so many people in West Michigan, we spent the majority of our Fourth of July weekend near water. From family reunions to sneaking away to the beach just the five of us, the weekend was full & quite lovely. Getting away with 3 kids, however, is not so easy. With one still in diapers (and requiring a nap), it can take a bit of planning to get out the door… even for impromptu trips. Needing all the help I can get, I was thrilled when Birdling offered to send a weekender bag just in time for the holiday.

 

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See, I’m a bit of a bag connoisseur. Or maybe labeling myself as a “critic” is more honest? I love bags of all sizes, but they need to really work for my family if I’m going to keep using them (and recommend them to others!) So when I heard about USA made Birdling Bags, I was eager to learn more. What looks to be a heavy-duty canvas weekender is really a mom’s dream come true. I do not exaggerate. The interior of each bag is carefully divided into three neat compartments. In other words: your bag will stay how you packed it.  You don’t have to dig past your husband’s swim trunks to find the baby’s diaper. Or shove aside sandy tennis shoes to locate the sunscreen. Each item will stay put and amazingly (miraculously?) separated. Plus, each bag is made from durable water repellant canvas that will combat even the toughest of elements (i.e. your kids). The classic look will entice the manliest of husbands to carry it around.

 

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Pack confidently and travel boldly this summer, my friends. Birdling has your back (and your stuff.) I had to laugh when I discovered that a “dirty laundry” bag is included with the weekender. That is the one thing I always forget when traveling! Created by two moms (obviously!) & adventurers who understand the trials of packing for weekends away with kids, Birdling was developed out of a love for family and organization. I love how sweetly even the company’s name refers to family life; they encourage you to adventure from your “nest” making many memories along the way.

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Birdling is offering all DMLI readers 10% off their purchase! Use code “Mommylovesbirdling” through Thursday, July 17, 2014 for this exclusive offer.

 

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OXO Tot’s First Bites


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Goodness gracious, how feeding baby has evolved since my oldest was born six years ago. The daunting task of starting solids basically meant a trip down the supermarket’s “baby” aisle to load up on plastic containers (not jars!) full of blended fruits and veggies. I remember asking a friend if she ever thought of making her own baby food, and her response was basically, “you could, I guess… if you really want to.” I didn’t. I was too intimidated! After Elle was born, I dabbled in making my own baby food. By the time Archie graced us with his presence, I was immersed in it. I loved consulting cookbooks and recipes, but came up wanting for the right tools to make much more than puréed fruits and veggies. (Let’s just say ice cube trays and zip-lock baggies were on a regular rotation). That dilemma, my friends, is solved. DMLI favorite OXOtot has a growing line of products designed to make your life easier when it comes to feeding your baby.

 

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When OXO Tot asked us to participate in their OXOtot’s First Bites Campaign, we were thrilled. I worked with my friend, Jen, a local blogger and mom of two sweet girls. Jen’s second daughter, Olivia, is just starting to experiment with foods and agreed to be our guinea pig  official baby food tester.

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OXOtot has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to feeding accessories for kids. Even before my first daughter was born, I registered for several items from their ever-expanding line of well-made (and attractive!) baby products. After trying a few more items for feeding my second daughter, I am totally sold! Anyone who has fed a kid (or seen the mandatory ‘first-food’ pics on facebook) knows that feeding time can be a very messy time! The OXOtot Roll-up Bib comes to the rescue! Perfect for rolling up and tossing in the diaper bag, or using at home, the bib rinses off perfectly and catches any spills that would otherwise stain clothing.

The OXO Food Mill was a totally new product for me, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. With my first I just mashed food up with a fork. Not anymore! The Food Mill perfectly pureed everything with very little effort and was a breeze to clean. I’m also looking forward to trying it out for making jams and jellies and riced potatoes! Yum!

I have come to expect quality, well-made products from all of the OXO lines, and these items lived up to my (high!) expectations!

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{Feeding spoons/Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers}

 

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I agree with Jen that OXO Tot hits this one out of the park. While perfect for creating simple first foods (Olivia is partial to peaches and bananas) the line grows with the needs of your baby. Graduating from one-ingredient meals? Try Baby Guacamole (from DLMI favorite cookbook, Baby Love):

 

Ingredients:
1 Avacado

1/3 lime

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped well

1 tablespoon red or yellow onion, minced

Directions:

- Remove pit from onion and scoop flesh out of peel

- Place on a cutting board, and squeeze the juice from the lime onto the avocado.

- Sprinkle avocado with cilantro and onion

- Place in OXO Food Mill until completely blended.

(careful, your older kids are going to eat this up, too. Might be best to double the recipe!)

 

 

Thank you OXOtot, Jen, and Olivia. Make sure to follow Jen on her Creating Chaos Blog!)

 

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OXOtot is offering 3 winners a chance to try all of these featured products, along with their brand new Seedling High Chair!

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{Erbaviva}


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Erbaviva, one of the chicest of brands, brings an assortment of authentically organic skincare products for little ones, momma’s to be, and beyond. Now that we are in full swing summer season it’s even more imperative we protect and nourish our skin and our precious little ones!

 

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{In the defining spirit of voyagers, Robin and Anna were among the very first to seek out and source the highest quality organic ingredients possible for their original organic baby skincare line in 1996.  Desiring the healthiest, safest and most natural products for their newborn, the couple developed distinctively pure products, consciously crafted with ultimately nourishing living herbs and botanicals and free from harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other unhealthy additives. Erbaviva was born.}

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I was first introduced to Erbaviva six years ago after the birth of my first son. I was looking for a product that would protect his cheeks from the cold wind of NYC at the time. I was given the Baby Lip and Cheek Balm and loved how I could keep it in my pocket and how easy it was to apply. Filled with rich shea butter to emolliate skin and organic essentials oils of lavender and chamomile to calm of soothe, this is magic! Now, with the birth of my third son, I was given the opportunity to try something new from this fabulous brand, their adorable cotton washcloth! As you mama’s know, we can go through loads of towels, cloths, blankets, and the like with the amount of spit up, explosions, and more. It’s so nice to have a cloth that is certified organic to be set aside for quick mouth clean up swipes, or a nice bubbly bath for the bambino! Washcloths are also such a wonderful gift for new mothers too. This cloth, for only $12.00 would make a wonderful add on gift to a package. It pairs well with Erbaviva’s baby soap and body wash.

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{Your baby deserves the best when it comes to comfort and quality. Erbaviva is excited to introduce a line of organic towel goods to their already beloved baby line. Consciously crafted for newborns’ and babies’ highly absorbing and delicate skin, the Organic Cotton Baby Bib, Baby Hooded Towel and Washcloth are expertly formulated exclusively from nature. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes and chemical additives and never tested on animals, your baby will be in good hands with these pure nurturing essentials.}

 

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In addition to Erbaviva’s new organic washcloths, they’ve added a hooded towel, bub, and three-piece-set to the gamut as well! Oh, they are so precious thanks to their plush organic cotton, and cutesy illustration. Head on over to Erbaviva’s website for high quality organic goodness for the skin! I’ve got my eyes on their awaken body oil and spray! Kudos to this fantastic brand!

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Funbites


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I’m not going to lie; I was sick of making school lunches. Done. Over it. Excited for a summer free of packing lunches (among other things.) And yet… here we are in July and I’m still making lunches. Granted, I don’t have to pack them, but still.  I love so much about being a mom, and I really think I do an ok job at it, but the lunches! And Pinterest hasn’t helped boost my confidence.

 

 

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Amazingly, my skills and lack of creativity needn’t hold me back. Funbites helps families turn the most boring meals into little works of art. Using BPA-free plastic molds, food is sliced by the curved edge and then popped out using the matching popper. It’s simple and easy enough for your kids to do. Go ahead, let your little creative genius’ loose in the kitchen and make them a part of meal time.

 

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Funbites recently released six new molds. It’s easier than ever to add some flair to meal time! My two older kids have had a blast this summer shaping their “boring” sandwiches into animals, plants, and much more. Graham even designed a spaceship (and ate it up so quick that I wasn’t able to snap a photo!)

 

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 Funbites is offering all DMLI readers a 20% discount on their entire order. Use code “BTSFun” for this great deal!

 

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Funbites is giving one reader the chance to win a mold of their choosing! Tell us what color you’d pick & why! Follow Funbites on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so.

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Nica Nica by Veve


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Is it just me, or does handmade children’s clothing just keep getting better and better? I mean, I look at photos of my siblings and I growing up, all in matching handmade outfits… and, well, they’re not that cute. But today? I happily fill each of my children’s closets with handmade items. And thankfully, I don’t have to be the one to make the clothes. Nica Nica by Veve is my latest find. This shop makes handmade girls’ clothing modern & hip, while still embracing the sweetness of childhood.

 

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This brand new shop was created by sisters with an impeccable eye for fashion. Owning the idea that children’s clothing need not compromise trend, each piece is carefully produced with attention to detail. And yet, they are remarkably comfortable pieces to wear. Both my niece and my daughter have pulled on the bloomers without complaint… and these are two girls who will not. wear. shorts. Bloomers are on trend this summer; the cute style is easy to move around in, and looks so sweet paired with your child’s favorite top. Nica Nica by Veve offers a variety of versatile prints made from high quality cotton material.

 

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Stay up to date with this stellar brand as they update their designs, host sales, and release new pieces!

 

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Nica Nica by Veve is offering one reader a pair of black & white polka dot bloomers (your choice of size!) Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and let us know that you did so.

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{Shusha Toys from Form-Ost}


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I’ve recently taken the plunge into homeschooling my three boys. It’s a bit crazy because this year had been quite the adjustment going from two to three. Between juggling my two eldest school schedule and changing and nursing my infant, I had been completely overwhelmed. The thought of keeping all three home everyday all day and educating them did not make sense, at the time. However, once I trusted what I felt led to do, I haven’t looked back once, yet! It has been a joy, a slower pace of life, and really rewarding. One of things I have to keep my home stocked with to entertain and teach my boys with is toys! Thanks to the company Form-Ost we can stock our toy box with exceptional wooden toys from Russia such as Shusha!

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Form-Ost is a US company with German “roots”. Our mission is to offer the US customers products which can be described as “Gute Waren” (“good goods”) according to Wilhelm Wagenfeld, disciple of Bauhaus art school and one of the most important German designers of the 20th century. “Gute Waren” are not just well-designed products. These are beautiful yet simple and functional pieces, which don’t need any surface decoration.

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Form Ost sources products mostly from small European manufacturers and produces their goods in tiny batches. I was thrilled to see them bring Russian brand Shusha to the US for parents like myself to purchase! If you’re an instagram junkie you will see many photos of Shusha wooden toys being played with creatively by children. My favorite is the “Make a Portrait” play face! This fantastic box by Shusha allows your child to pick from tens of details to make a unique portrait. My boys love drawing so it was a different way of creating silly faces using the 44 “smiles”, “eyebrows”, “noses”, “hairstyles”, “eyes”, “mustaches” and an oval blank “face”. We’ve created robbers, clowns, monsters, and more using the array of pieces.

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Aside from the cool factor, Shusha’s toys are made from natural birch plywood and non-toxic plants. There are no magnets so we used a backing for the pieces to keep our pieces on for photos and to hang on our walls. When we are finished playing and creating silliness we store the pieces and face in the linen pouch provided. Folks, this is seriously too fun!

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Since having this toy, we have played with it numerous times and have also used it to tell stories to my boys too. We’ve created characters, storylines, and plots, while playing with the “Make a Portrait”. What’s best is the fact that this toy is made so well it will easily be passed down to generations. Shusha toys are definitely a keeper! We are super stoked that these toys can be purchased online and highly recommend you do so! I will include two links to purchase these fantastic toys. They have a great selection of different wooden Shusha toys to purchase. Kudos to Form-Ost for manufacturing them!

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anne b | The Made Collection


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That I love a good handbag is no secret. So a cute bag that is part of a great cause? Sign me up. DMLI favorite anne b. kicks off a brand new campaign TODAY, and it’s all for a great cause. Self-taugh seamstress (and the creative everything behind anne b.) Sarah Burroughs has a desire to teach women in her community how to sew… and this is not your grandmother’s sewing class.

From Sarah: 

“I believe that in our modern world, sewing has become a lost art. As a self taught seamstress, I want to help change that. That’s why I’m using Indiegogo to help raise funds to start a sewing school here where I live in Salt Lake City called, called Made.  

This school will be set up like a gym—where anyone can buy a membership, take individual classes, or bring in their own projects. It doesn’t matter if they have advanced sewing skills or if they’ve never even touched a sewing machine, anyone can come and learn stitching, mending, alterations, clothing construction, accessories, or home decor. Whatever you want to make — we’ll make it happen.”

You guys, I need to move to Utah. I love the concept behind this campaign. You’ll love it, too! By supporting anne b. backers will receive a bag from the MADE Collection. These cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers. Sarah works with local refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses to help in the production of the bags. She trains and mentors these women to ensure the best quality. All remaining proceeds will go towards funding the Made school.

 

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Designed as a makeup bag, I use my Sierra Cosmetics Bag for way more. I began by throwing a few essentials in it and using it my diaper bag. I eventually just started it out alone… no diaper bag needed. It’s the perfect size, and with interior pockets it keeps my go-tos organized. I love the monochrome prints against the contrasting leather bottom.

 

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Let’s help Sarah reach her $10,000 goal by July 25. Once the campaign reaches $7,500, men’s dopp kits will be amiable for pre-order. (See? This is something even the guy in your life will support. Everyone wins.) Sarah and her crew are working hard to fulfill all orders within 4-6 weeks after they’re placed. And, if you’re near Sarah, check out the amazing classes she offers. It’s folks like Sarah, that believe in working towards a greater good, that are the true heart in the fashion industry.

 

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Don’t miss anything from Sarah and anne b. Follow along:

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Once you become a campaign supporter, help spread the word! Support Sarah and her work using the following hashtags:

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Nohi Kids Organics


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Dressing your kids for summer weather is the best, isn’t it? Bright colors and bold prints paired with easy sun dresses and comfortable shorts makes for a breath of fresh air after a long winter. Nohi Kids welcomes summer by offering a line of children’s clothing that is as fun to wear, as it is good for the environment.

 

 

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Elle’s summer color seems to be purple. She asked her aunt to dye a portion of her hair purple, and she’s been looking to coordinate ever since. While pursuing Nohi’s dress selection, she opted for the Tank Sash Dress {Spring Tree}. It boasts just the right amount of purple, which suits her choosy tastes. The organic cotton dress fits like a favorite tee; it’s soft and moves with your child. I love that it can be worn as a dress this summer, and as a long shirt over leggings this fall. And like all Nohi clothing, it’s machine washable.

 

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Nohi Kids has equally stellar options for your little guy and baby. With bold colors and modern prints, each piece is comfortable and entirely wearable. Made from top quality organic material, the entire line can be worn (and worn again) and passed down from child to child. The company is focused on kids, after all, right down to their name.

“In the Maori language, nohi nohi means, “to be small”. In Japan, Kodomo Nohi, one of the most popular national holidays, is a day to celebrate children. And, in Hawaiian, Nohi means brightly colored and vivid. So, I suppose a Nohi Kid is a bright, vivacious little thing just oozing with personality!” -Nohi Kids

Not only are they producing top notch clothing, they are committed to eco-friendly manufacturing. Nohi Kids maintains a personal relationship with their manufacturer, someone who is known for their integrity and attention to detail. They’re even committed to giving back a portion of their profits to various charities benefiting kids. They drew me in with their adorable clothing, but have gained a dedicated new customer through the way they conduct business!

 

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Ever Bamboo


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  My house smells. I thought a bit about a creative, yet undeniably witty way to open this post… but I figured I’d just be real. From gym shoes to not-so-fresh produce that gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator, the smells abound. Oddly, my problem isn’t those odors. It’s the other odors, the ones that are supposed to get rid of the bad ones? Those are what I can’t stand. Ever Bamboo seems to get me (and I know I’m not the only one, mamas!) With all natural bamboo charcoal deodorizers, Ever Bamboo products eliminate the odor issue, not add to it.

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  Ever Bamboo created an entire line of household products that are simply amazing. Using charcoal from the sustainable and rapidly growing moso bamboo, each product can last up to one year (and then be recycled.) The bamboo effectively absorbs the moisture (odor!) from wherever you place it to eliminate unwanted smells. It also works to dehumidify the room it’s placed in. I use the closet dehumidifier and deodorizer in our master closet to keep my clothes in top form.

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{In the closet and in the refrigerator. Discreet, yet oh so effective! Now, if only it could organize said spaces…}

 

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  But the product I love the most? The fridge and freezer deodorizer. You guys, it’s amazing. What was once the epicenter for, um, scent, is now quite the pleasant environment. By absorbing food odors, this magical natural deodorizer helps to keep food fresh! Ever Bamboo products work well in rooms, closets & drawers, even gym bags. To ensure they last, re-activate your Ever Bamboo products by placing them in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours (per side) every 1-2 months. What’s more, all charcoal from these products can be mixed in with gardening soil at the end of it’s lifespan.

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Stop adding to the smells in your house! Naturally purify any odors confidently this time around. You can find out where to buy Ever Bamboo products near you. Rest assured that the smells will be gone, not masked.

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Ever Bamboo is offering one reader a gift pack featuring their best sellers! One winner will receive the “Room, Closet, Mini, and Shoe” multi-pack ($40 value!). The prize pack includes the Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, a Closet Deodorizer, Mini Deodorizer + Dehumidifier 3 pack, and a Shoe Deodorizer 2 pack. Follow Ever Bamboo on Facebook and Twitter to enter, and let us know that you did so!

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{Tootsa MacGinty}


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I know many moms who are choosing to wait for the gender reveal until the arrival of their bundle of joy.  One of the things that can be a tad bit difficult is finding gifts and clothing for kids that are gender neutral.  I thoroughly enjoy finding lines that can be worn for either sex and Tootsa MacGinty is just that and so much more!


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Tootsa MacGinty is a young company where everyone is passionate about what we do. We take pride in sourcing the best fabrics, getting the right fit and designing graphics and motifs in colors that work well together. Parents appreciate our age appropriate designs and how they stay looking good wash after wash. Supremely practical, our mix and match collections are ideal for layering to suit the temperature and changes in weather, with a range of fabrics, patterns, prints and plains, allowing you to be as creative as you like putting outfits together.

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Tootsa Macginty continues to impress with their classic take on play clothes and I just adore the entire line!  Realizing that kids should look like, well, kids; Tootsa MacGinty creates an updated look of classic and vintage feeling children’s clothing.  Each piece allows the kids to move freely without being constricted by their outfit.  In addition their clothing is designed with an attention to details and constructed to last.  I am over the moon excited with their newest pieces and had to experience them first hand.

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My eldest has been scootering the walkway of the Hudson River in Tootsa MacGinty’s customizable dumbo harem jeans.  They are lightweight and made from 100% cotton.  They come with a drawstring pouch filled with colorful iron on patch embroideries designed by illustrator Jennie Maizels. With the help of adult children can customize these lightweight jeans with a plane, dove, rainbow, London cab, star and ice cream.  So cool!  He’s worn these pants on cooler days paired with their West End cross-stitch sweatshirt / Charcoal (Taxi).  This is definitely one of my favorite pieces.  Love the cross-stitch taxi featured in the front.  RAD!

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My second son has been rockin and loving Tootsa Macginty’s shorditch skinny reversible sweatpants.  These are lightweight, great for summer, and fully reversible showing either a thin or wide stripe.  Hans’ favorite color is yellow so he was super stoked with the yellow details.  He proudly wears these shorditch pants with Tootsa’s newest and coolest Westminster popover jacket!  By far my favorite piece, this hoody features stow away pocket, plastic zipper for easy slip on and offs, and more.  This piece is perfection!

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My third son, baby Dean Morrissey has been rocking the coolest baby 100% cotton denim unisex dungarees!  These stylish blue striped classic overalls are magic on my chunky monkey.  I love that for warmer days he can wear with a tank and for colder days with their coral fade cotton cable knit.  Each piece is made with the utmost construction making Tootsa MacGinty pieces investment pieces!  My goal is to save them for our grand kids one day.

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I could literally go on and on about Tootsa MacGinty clothing but think it’s best for you to experience their collection yourself.  Check out their site and get those pieces quick, as they become favorites among many!  We heart you Tootsa Macginty!

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Navy Perl


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Summer is in full. swing. We are in the process of taking advantage of longer days, sunshine, and warmer temps. No one is digging this more than Elle. Having just turned four, she is loving the new-found freedom of bare feet and sun on her shoulders. Another change she’s making as a four year old? Accessories. This lady has always had a rather demanding sense of her own style, and lately she’s all about enhancing her outfits. This, coupled with the fact that she has such long hair, makes Navy Perl the perfect shop for us.

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Navy Perl makes a sweet assortment of handmade turbans. These headbands are great for women and girls alike… and even babies! With a simple knot closure, they’re the perfect accessory (Elle approved.) The array of prints is as versatile as the way you can wear them. From trendy to classic, there is a print for every personality, and every outfit! I love the ease of this style, and Elle loves how comfortable they are to wear.

 

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And let’s not forget the boys! Navy Perl has the sweetest line of bowties. Really, is there anything cuter than a tot all dressed up? With an easy-to-use-so-you-don’t-have-to-pin-your-toddler-down velcro closure, these sophisticated duds are perfect for any occasion. Plus, the velcro closure is adjustable, meaning it can fit anyone from a 6 month old to your husband! Boom.

 

 

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Just in case you’re not sold, Navy Perl offers an ARRAY (an array, you guys!) of Saltwater Sandals for both women and kids. After buying my kids a few pairs, I’m excited to try them out for myself. These sandals are the quintessential summer sandal and Navy Perl has them in stock!

 

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{Jujubunny Shop}


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10365436_730680806955367_7980781131778517960_oDiscovering brands and shops is more for me than finding apparel for my kids.  I find myself inspired by the art and heart that goes into each piece as well as the photography and environment in which they are displayed.  A shop that curates this beautifully through their photos and chosen pieces is Jujubunny Shop!

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Jujubunny Shop carries fantastic pieces from Korea, Europe, and all over the world.  Many of the designers I have never heard of which makes it even more exciting perusing their site.  The carry the most beautiful girl pieces ranging from dresses, skirts, cardigans and more.  Seeing these fanciful pieces only grows my desire to adopt a girl one day.  In the meantime, I am focusing more on boy apparel, seeing that I have three of them at home!  My little man has been wearing from Jujubunny shop, their bene bene pajama set and it is way too cute to be worn just to bed!  This outfit gets scores of compliments and the fabric is out of this world amazing.  Sadly, this piece is no longer available but Jujubunny shop carries more pieces from this brand, which I am sure, it equally amazing.

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When our little bene bene pajama set arrived in the mail I was joyfully surprised it was delivered from my neighborhood!  The shop owner lives in very close proximity.  She is a delight to work with so I am certain your interaction with her will be pleasing.  In addition to the pajama set, we were blessed to receiving from Jujubunny the stylish and super comfortable Bien Bien slip ons!  This is a must for any mom who juggles to get three boys out the door in a timely fashion.  These hip shoes come in either ivory or black and wear wonderfully in this season.  My second son Hans has been wearing them often.  love!  Jujubunny carries an awesome assortment of shoes for kids.  I seriously want to buy them all!  I highly recommend you take a look!

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Jujubunny is a unique shop in the sense that many of the products they carry you cannot find in other American shops (or at least I cannot).  They are priced well so that you can get beautiful imported pieces for a wonderful price.  Check out their sale section too! They update their site daily with new pieces so definitely keep checking their site for more cool and trendy pieces.  Kudos to you Jujubunny!!

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Sunuva


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Autumn is in full swing here in the midwest, and yet I find myself looking at swimwear for my kids. While it’s no longer beach weather here, there are invitations to indoor pool parties & vacations being planned. And the suits from this past summer are now too small, and too worn out! I loved the swim wear we received form Sunuva a year ago, so I was thrilled when they launched their newest line of kids swimwear.

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Archer wore his first Sunuva suit and rash guard set for two summers, so I had zero hesitation about outfitting all three kids this time around. The quality of the product is fantastic: it will stand up to any adventures your little ones pursue. And even better? All Sunuva swimwear protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays. With UPF 50+ protection, you can let your kids romp safely. Elle was thrilled about the feather swimsuit and matching Kaftan dress. There is just the right amount of whimsy to compliment her personality.  When the temperatures took a jump this past week, the kids headed out very excitedly to test out their new duds. The thing I love about Sunuva is their swimwear is the perfect play wear. Whereas sometimes suits are flimsy and cheaply made, all Sunuva pieces perform, protect, and last.

 

 

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This week, with temperatures starting to fall, I’ve stored the suits for trips to indoor pools & not giving up  hope for a mid-winter vacation in the sun. Sunuva goes beyond just offering quality clothing; they’ve curated collections that represent a variety of little personalities. (They even have a siblings line!) It’s fitting that the entire concept behind the line was developed by 2 mothers, isn’t it?

 

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{Neon Strip Rash Vest, Neon Strip Swim Shorts}

 

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Jessica Stone {Stylist at Salon Re:}


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 During my first pregnancy, amidst all the anticipated physical changes, one caught me by surprise: my normally straight hair became curly… and I had no idea whatsoever how to do it. I did what any new mom might do: I put it in a ponytail and managed to forget about it. Three babies later, my hair is still curly and I’ve learned to fully embrace it. My go-to salon just wasn’t cutting it anymore (literally, ha), and a friend recommended trying to get an appointment with Jessica Stone at Salon Re:. The eco-friendly salon is based in Grand Rapids, MI, and starts where many overlook: the health of your hair (not just the style.) Jessica has been cutting my hair for a couple of years now, and I love the natural and un-fussy results. It’s perfect for my daily look! So when Elle started talking about cutting her long (long!) hair, I immediately booked an appointment at Salon Re:.

 

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8 inches on the floor later, I have an incredibly pleased 4 year old (and I am equally thrilled.) The thing about Jessica is that she listens to clients (whether you’re 4 or 40) and she turns your ideas and suggestions into a cut that works. Quite honestly, I’ve used my daughter’s hair color as an example for what I want. (Seriously, look as those natural highlights. Elle has no idea how good she has it!) Instead of throwing a hair magazine in my lap, Jessica takes my (sometimes vague and far-fetched) ideas and creates a natural looking style. Clients leave with a great cut and color that compliments their natural texture, with easy-t0-follow tips for maintaining the look between appointments. Jessica has a background as a makeup artist, allowing her to give you the perfect bridal/night out/birthday/just because/the-one-time-there’s-not-spit-up-in-my-hair look.

 

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 Jessica now cuts all 3 of my kids’ hair, as well as mine. It’s no small thing to trust someone with your hair, and Jessica does a flawless job. Oh, and the salon has cake. Every. Day. CAKE.

 

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Want to try out Salon Re: for yourself? Give Jessica a call and receive 20% off your appointment when you mention our blog. 

 

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Not Just a Dot {Children’s Book by Loryn Brantz}


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Some of my best memories as a mama involve reading to my kids. I love seeing and hearing stories through their perspectives, and exploring the world in an entirely new way. While our shelves are stocked with some of the go-to classics in children’s literature, it’s equally thrilling to find new books. And something about this time of year makes me want to curl up with my kids and read all the more.

 

 

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Author and illustrator Loryn Brantz released her latest children’s book this month, Not Just a Dot. I was first introduced to Loryn when her book, Harvey, the Child Mime, came out. I’ve been a fan ever since. Not Just a Dot takes the perspective of a dot, a dot that feels very small and unimportant. Throughout the pages, the reader interacts with the dot, and sees just how useful it really is. And, in the end, we realize how similar we are… how if you are far enough away, we’re all “just dots.” I love the aesthetic of the book; Brantz uses simple and modern illustrations that capture a child’s eye throughout. And the message of the book is too important to overlook. It’s easy for a child to feel unimportant, or even useless, in our communities. (If we’re being honest, an adult can feel the exact same way.) But, we all can do something, can’t we? 4 or 40, 2 or 20, 6 or 60, we are all vital members of our neighborhoods.

 

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This book has sparked great conversation in our home. With the start of a new school year (and now 2 kids in school!) we’ve had the opportunity to talk about how we matter. Drew and I have been able to challenge Graham to notice the kid on the playground who doesn’t have anyone around him, and invite him to join in a game of tag. We’ve compelled Elle to be bold and make new friends as she starts a new preschool. Our children, though small, can make a HUGE difference in someone else’s life… and we hope it’s a positive one. Loryn Brantz does a stellar job of bringing families around a fantastic book with an even greater message. We all matter. We all can make an impact.

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Handmade is Haute


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My love for handmade clothing stems directly from the fact that I’m terrible at sewing. As in, “I’ve been taught three separate times to sew and can’t still thread the darn machine” terrible. (I’ve complained about this before, so no need to go into it again.) Regardless, I love finding shops that offer hip handmade clothing from designers who think outside the box. Handmade is Haute is my latest find. This sweet boutique offers a fresh take on children’s fashion; all the while producing incredibly practical clothing.

 

 

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Black pants, in some form, are a wardrobe staple. No matter your age, they’re a great piece. As the summer temps cool into autumn evenings, Archie has been living in the black harem pants. Priced under $15, you can afford to get all of your kids a pair… or three. Made to order, the pants are as comfortable as they are cool. They stand up to washing (and to Archie’s constant movement), and I’m a huge fan of that. Plus, they are adorable! (Tee on Archie is from Love Well Handmade.)

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Not stopping with clothing, Handmade is Haute offers a sweet line of organic baby swaddle blankets. Whether you’re in the market for your littles, or shopping for the perfect gift, these blankets are lovely! I love the ease of the entire line, and it’s no wonder: shop owner Rachel Low lives in Hawaii. As a mama to three, she has turned her passion for sewing into a stunning business. We love supporting mom-run shops, and Handmade is Haute is no exception!

 

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{Imanimo}


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One of my favorite maternity lines, Imanimo, wows this mama of three again with their stellar line of maternity/or clothing line!  Although my days for carrying babies is over, I can still appreciate stylish pieces that dress mama’s to be fabulously as well as highlights this beautiful gift of pregnancy!

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Imanimo (“soon” in Japanese) was conceived by two young, stylish and busy moms – Eli Korman and Tal Caspi. Their international career in fashion and personal experience as mothers made them realize that women experience their pregnancy as a period of femininity and youth. Thus, they look for maternity fashion that is practical, young and fashion forward, or as clients put it “I am looking for something that I would wear regardless of my bump…”.

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My third baby just turned 1, craziness!  However, I couldn’t help order some of the smallest sizes in Imanimo to pounce around with my three boys comfortably.  I’ve been wearing Imanimo’s apparel for a few years now and I can definitely tell you every dollar is worth it!  The clothes wash well, are incredibly comfortable, and timeless.  Right now, I am absolutely loving their Emily Tunic in white and Bella dress in tangerine.  I have worn Imanimo while pregnant, post partum, and now!  The pieces hang lovingly around the body, incredibly soft, and always bring loads of compliments.  I am still working on the remaining pounds I gained with all three kids, so these newest pieces couldn’t be more perfect.  I wear my Emily tunic paired with leggings and red and black cheetah Saint Laurent flats, love!  The Bella dress, well, nothing needs pairing with this magical piece.  I wear alone with simple sandals.  This is actually my favorite piece to wear around the house.  My husband loves the color on me, I can do downward dogs in it, and I feel pretty wearing it.  heart heart….

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{Emily Tunic Dark Blue}

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Right now, Imanimo has an amazing deal happening on their spring/summer pieces.  For those who are expecting or looking for comfortable, beautiful, and well crafted pieces, make a run for the Imanimo website.  They offer international shipping free for orders over 100$.  Kudos to one of my all time favorite maternity lines!!

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This summer revolved around one all-consuming task: moving to a new home. We packed up our house of 8 years for a somewhat bigger, but much more dated, new space. To say it needs a little work would be generous. Laughable, really. And while I’d love to go all HGTV on this place, I need to start small. The thing is, we’re living in the home in the midst of renovations, so it has to be livable above all else. That means keeping dirt, dust, and grime at bay.

 

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Murchison-Hume has become my ally in the move. This charming cleaning brand makes good on their promise to safely & effectively clean your home. Created by two parents who were concerned about the cleaning products they used in their own home, Max and Peter Kater merged their professional expertise to found Murchison-Hume. Their standout product? The Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner. Living in a house with three boys (one of whom is potty training), I can so very appreciate this cleaner. Without using any harsh chemicals, the cleaner eliminates odors and other gross boys-have-used-this-bathroom evidence. In fact, I keep it on the shelf above the toilet to, um, freshen things up daily.

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Murchison-Hume truly is a one-stop shop for cleaning products. Unlike many all-natural brands who focus on a couple of products, this line offers everything! From travel essentials to a bag butler (!), there is something for each part of your home. They also offer refills of your favorites. With a classic look that is anything but dated, Murchison-Hume is my new go-to cleaning company. Whether you’re in the midst of a move (I’m sending you all my good vibes, thoughts, prayers,  & wine emojis) or looking for the perfect housewarming gift for a friend; try them out, the house will thank you.

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{Little Adi + Co. }


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As a mama of three boys I am constantly on the look out for hip and creative pieces for my young lads. I am so encouraged by the loads of designers, mostly mamas themselves, who courageously design out of the box apparel for little ones. A company that I am totally psyched and a bit obsessed with is Little Adi + Co!

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Little Adi + Co. is designed and created by Adrianne Betz, a Fashion Designer that took the leap and followed a dream of being an entrepreneur. Completely inspired by her son and the frustration of not finding much in trendy clothing for babies/toddlers (especially boys) is what spurred the creation of Little Adi + Co. Growing up in a small little beach town, living in NYC for most of her twenties, and ultimately now raising her family back seaside is what inspires Little Adi + Co.’s  self-described ‘urban surf’ influence. Little Adi + Co. is proud to be made exclusively in the USA and our tees are manufactured & screen-printed by hand in Los Angeles, CA. All made to order garments are produced and sewn in Charleston, SC and Anaheim, CA. 

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When I first set eyes on the brilliant Made in the USA brand Little Adi + Co. I quickly set eyes on their adorable handmade organic wave printed bummies! I’ve seen plenty of girls crawling and stumbling across floors in little rompers so I was super stoked to see modern edgy designed bummy shorts for boys! My youngest, Dean Morrissey, has been flaunting the “wave” printed bummies all summer thus far! The black and white print nearly goes with everything in his wardrobe so these have definitely been a staple piece for my little Dean Dean. They are soft, super easy to put on and off, and look ever so stylish on my little man. I love pieces that are hip, practical, and easy to clean. This pretty much sums up Little Adi + Co.!

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In addition to the adorbs “wave” printed bummies, my little man has been sporting the “If Found Return to Tribe” tank. Seriously, this is a brilliant piece to have a child’s wardrobe. The heather grey goes with anything and with this hot weather is a perfect piece for your little one to wear. I love that my little man can wear this piece in cooler weather by simply throwing a cardigan around it. SCORE!

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I am in love with the entire line of Little Adi + Co. and hope you will give it a try too! They have an assortment of bummies to choose from and perfect tees and tanks to pair with too! Take a look and I am sure they are not to disappoint! Kudos to this fabulous brand!

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Lily Jade Baby Bags


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My view on diaper bags has changed dramatically in the six years since becoming a mama. When Graham was born, I took my diaper bag everywhere,  full of everything we might possibly need. It was the first thing on my registry and I proudly wore that thing wherever I went. The problem was, I didn’t really like it. It was, well, to diaper bag-y. Three kids later, I need something that can work as an all-in-one, something that I can take with me on our adventures! Designer diaper bag maker, Lily Jade, solves this problem with an incredibly chic line of diaper bags that look anything but. You know, the type of bags that you will carry long after you have legitimate reason to. This brilliant line recently expanded to a new product: the Baby Bag. (Cue angels singing.)

 

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Shortly after I finally ditched my old diaper bag, I fell in love with a leather tote. This bag goes everywhere with me; doubling (tripling?) as a work bag, diaper bag, and purse. It’s best feature, however, is also it’s downfall. It’s so big! Things get lost all the time, and I’m left digging through to find the one thing I need. Enter: the Baby Bag. This insert fits inside most bags (it comes in two sizes), and has pockets for everything you need. Each pocket is easily accessible, and eliminates the problem of you having to bypass old receipts trying to find your Costco card. Or library card. Or anything but old receipts.

 

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{my go-to, time tested bag}

 

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As I move towards not needing a diaper bag (eep!) I appreciate that the Baby Bag fits inside my normal bag. It transforms my old standby bag – at a very reasonable price – and keeps both my and Archer’s stuff organized. Plus, I can grab the Baby Bag and transfer it to my gym bag, or any other bag, without having to repack. I might just keep it after I’m done with diaper bags… it’s ideal for work! Each Lily Jade diaper bag comes with a Baby Bag, or you can buy the Baby Bag on it’s own. (It’s on sale!)

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As much as I love the line, I love the story behind the company even more. Designed by Meggan Wood, Lily Jade was created out of a passion for functional fashion. Like so many expectant moms, Meggan found herself in the midst of her baby registry, unable to find a suitable bag. Instead of settling, she created her own bag, one that she would carry long after diapers and bottles were a part of her daily routine. She took the best of both worlds: a designer bag with everything a diaper bag should offer, and brilliantly put them together.

Lily Jade is in the midst of a HUGE sale! They’re currently making room for their latest designs, and you can snag a bag for a great price!

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Birdling Bags


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As did so many people in West Michigan, we spent the majority of our Fourth of July weekend near water. From family reunions to sneaking away to the beach just the five of us, the weekend was full & quite lovely. Getting away with 3 kids, however, is not so easy. With one still in diapers (and requiring a nap), it can take a bit of planning to get out the door… even for impromptu trips. Needing all the help I can get, I was thrilled when Birdling offered to send a weekender bag just in time for the holiday.

 

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See, I’m a bit of a bag connoisseur. Or maybe labeling myself as a “critic” is more honest? I love bags of all sizes, but they need to really work for my family if I’m going to keep using them (and recommend them to others!) So when I heard about USA made Birdling Bags, I was eager to learn more. What looks to be a heavy-duty canvas weekender is really a mom’s dream come true. I do not exaggerate. The interior of each bag is carefully divided into three neat compartments. In other words: your bag will stay how you packed it.  You don’t have to dig past your husband’s swim trunks to find the baby’s diaper. Or shove aside sandy tennis shoes to locate the sunscreen. Each item will stay put and amazingly (miraculously?) separated. Plus, each bag is made from durable water repellant canvas that will combat even the toughest of elements (i.e. your kids). The classic look will entice the manliest of husbands to carry it around.

 

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Pack confidently and travel boldly this summer, my friends. Birdling has your back (and your stuff.) I had to laugh when I discovered that a “dirty laundry” bag is included with the weekender. That is the one thing I always forget when traveling! Created by two moms (obviously!) & adventurers who understand the trials of packing for weekends away with kids, Birdling was developed out of a love for family and organization. I love how sweetly even the company’s name refers to family life; they encourage you to adventure from your “nest” making many memories along the way.

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Birdling is offering all DMLI readers 10% off their purchase! Use code “Mommylovesbirdling” through Thursday, July 17, 2014 for this exclusive offer.

 

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OXO Tot’s First Bites


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Goodness gracious, how feeding baby has evolved since my oldest was born six years ago. The daunting task of starting solids basically meant a trip down the supermarket’s “baby” aisle to load up on plastic containers (not jars!) full of blended fruits and veggies. I remember asking a friend if she ever thought of making her own baby food, and her response was basically, “you could, I guess… if you really want to.” I didn’t. I was too intimidated! After Elle was born, I dabbled in making my own baby food. By the time Archie graced us with his presence, I was immersed in it. I loved consulting cookbooks and recipes, but came up wanting for the right tools to make much more than puréed fruits and veggies. (Let’s just say ice cube trays and zip-lock baggies were on a regular rotation). That dilemma, my friends, is solved. DMLI favorite OXOtot has a growing line of products designed to make your life easier when it comes to feeding your baby.

 

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When OXO Tot asked us to participate in their OXOtot’s First Bites Campaign, we were thrilled. I worked with my friend, Jen, a local blogger and mom of two sweet girls. Jen’s second daughter, Olivia, is just starting to experiment with foods and agreed to be our guinea pig  official baby food tester.

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OXOtot has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to feeding accessories for kids. Even before my first daughter was born, I registered for several items from their ever-expanding line of well-made (and attractive!) baby products. After trying a few more items for feeding my second daughter, I am totally sold! Anyone who has fed a kid (or seen the mandatory ‘first-food’ pics on facebook) knows that feeding time can be a very messy time! The OXOtot Roll-up Bib comes to the rescue! Perfect for rolling up and tossing in the diaper bag, or using at home, the bib rinses off perfectly and catches any spills that would otherwise stain clothing.

The OXO Food Mill was a totally new product for me, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. With my first I just mashed food up with a fork. Not anymore! The Food Mill perfectly pureed everything with very little effort and was a breeze to clean. I’m also looking forward to trying it out for making jams and jellies and riced potatoes! Yum!

I have come to expect quality, well-made products from all of the OXO lines, and these items lived up to my (high!) expectations!

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{Feeding spoons/Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers}

 

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I agree with Jen that OXO Tot hits this one out of the park. While perfect for creating simple first foods (Olivia is partial to peaches and bananas) the line grows with the needs of your baby. Graduating from one-ingredient meals? Try Baby Guacamole (from DLMI favorite cookbook, Baby Love):

 

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1 Avacado

1/3 lime

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped well

1 tablespoon red or yellow onion, minced

Directions:

- Remove pit from onion and scoop flesh out of peel

- Place on a cutting board, and squeeze the juice from the lime onto the avocado.

- Sprinkle avocado with cilantro and onion

- Place in OXO Food Mill until completely blended.

(careful, your older kids are going to eat this up, too. Might be best to double the recipe!)

 

 

Thank you OXOtot, Jen, and Olivia. Make sure to follow Jen on her Creating Chaos Blog!)

 

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OXOtot is offering 3 winners a chance to try all of these featured products, along with their brand new Seedling High Chair!

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{Erbaviva}


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Erbaviva, one of the chicest of brands, brings an assortment of authentically organic skincare products for little ones, momma’s to be, and beyond. Now that we are in full swing summer season it’s even more imperative we protect and nourish our skin and our precious little ones!

 

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{In the defining spirit of voyagers, Robin and Anna were among the very first to seek out and source the highest quality organic ingredients possible for their original organic baby skincare line in 1996.  Desiring the healthiest, safest and most natural products for their newborn, the couple developed distinctively pure products, consciously crafted with ultimately nourishing living herbs and botanicals and free from harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other unhealthy additives. Erbaviva was born.}

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I was first introduced to Erbaviva six years ago after the birth of my first son. I was looking for a product that would protect his cheeks from the cold wind of NYC at the time. I was given the Baby Lip and Cheek Balm and loved how I could keep it in my pocket and how easy it was to apply. Filled with rich shea butter to emolliate skin and organic essentials oils of lavender and chamomile to calm of soothe, this is magic! Now, with the birth of my third son, I was given the opportunity to try something new from this fabulous brand, their adorable cotton washcloth! As you mama’s know, we can go through loads of towels, cloths, blankets, and the like with the amount of spit up, explosions, and more. It’s so nice to have a cloth that is certified organic to be set aside for quick mouth clean up swipes, or a nice bubbly bath for the bambino! Washcloths are also such a wonderful gift for new mothers too. This cloth, for only $12.00 would make a wonderful add on gift to a package. It pairs well with Erbaviva’s baby soap and body wash.

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{Your baby deserves the best when it comes to comfort and quality. Erbaviva is excited to introduce a line of organic towel goods to their already beloved baby line. Consciously crafted for newborns’ and babies’ highly absorbing and delicate skin, the Organic Cotton Baby Bib, Baby Hooded Towel and Washcloth are expertly formulated exclusively from nature. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes and chemical additives and never tested on animals, your baby will be in good hands with these pure nurturing essentials.}

 

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In addition to Erbaviva’s new organic washcloths, they’ve added a hooded towel, bub, and three-piece-set to the gamut as well! Oh, they are so precious thanks to their plush organic cotton, and cutesy illustration. Head on over to Erbaviva’s website for high quality organic goodness for the skin! I’ve got my eyes on their awaken body oil and spray! Kudos to this fantastic brand!

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Funbites


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I’m not going to lie; I was sick of making school lunches. Done. Over it. Excited for a summer free of packing lunches (among other things.) And yet… here we are in July and I’m still making lunches. Granted, I don’t have to pack them, but still.  I love so much about being a mom, and I really think I do an ok job at it, but the lunches! And Pinterest hasn’t helped boost my confidence.

 

 

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Amazingly, my skills and lack of creativity needn’t hold me back. Funbites helps families turn the most boring meals into little works of art. Using BPA-free plastic molds, food is sliced by the curved edge and then popped out using the matching popper. It’s simple and easy enough for your kids to do. Go ahead, let your little creative genius’ loose in the kitchen and make them a part of meal time.

 

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Funbites recently released six new molds. It’s easier than ever to add some flair to meal time! My two older kids have had a blast this summer shaping their “boring” sandwiches into animals, plants, and much more. Graham even designed a spaceship (and ate it up so quick that I wasn’t able to snap a photo!)

 

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 Funbites is offering all DMLI readers a 20% discount on their entire order. Use code “BTSFun” for this great deal!

 

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Funbites is giving one reader the chance to win a mold of their choosing! Tell us what color you’d pick & why! Follow Funbites on Facebook to enter and let us know that you did so.

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Nica Nica by Veve


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Is it just me, or does handmade children’s clothing just keep getting better and better? I mean, I look at photos of my siblings and I growing up, all in matching handmade outfits… and, well, they’re not that cute. But today? I happily fill each of my children’s closets with handmade items. And thankfully, I don’t have to be the one to make the clothes. Nica Nica by Veve is my latest find. This shop makes handmade girls’ clothing modern & hip, while still embracing the sweetness of childhood.

 

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This brand new shop was created by sisters with an impeccable eye for fashion. Owning the idea that children’s clothing need not compromise trend, each piece is carefully produced with attention to detail. And yet, they are remarkably comfortable pieces to wear. Both my niece and my daughter have pulled on the bloomers without complaint… and these are two girls who will not. wear. shorts. Bloomers are on trend this summer; the cute style is easy to move around in, and looks so sweet paired with your child’s favorite top. Nica Nica by Veve offers a variety of versatile prints made from high quality cotton material.

 

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Stay up to date with this stellar brand as they update their designs, host sales, and release new pieces!

 

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Nica Nica by Veve is offering one reader a pair of black & white polka dot bloomers (your choice of size!) Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and let us know that you did so.

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{Shusha Toys from Form-Ost}


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I’ve recently taken the plunge into homeschooling my three boys. It’s a bit crazy because this year had been quite the adjustment going from two to three. Between juggling my two eldest school schedule and changing and nursing my infant, I had been completely overwhelmed. The thought of keeping all three home everyday all day and educating them did not make sense, at the time. However, once I trusted what I felt led to do, I haven’t looked back once, yet! It has been a joy, a slower pace of life, and really rewarding. One of things I have to keep my home stocked with to entertain and teach my boys with is toys! Thanks to the company Form-Ost we can stock our toy box with exceptional wooden toys from Russia such as Shusha!

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Form-Ost is a US company with German “roots”. Our mission is to offer the US customers products which can be described as “Gute Waren” (“good goods”) according to Wilhelm Wagenfeld, disciple of Bauhaus art school and one of the most important German designers of the 20th century. “Gute Waren” are not just well-designed products. These are beautiful yet simple and functional pieces, which don’t need any surface decoration.

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Form Ost sources products mostly from small European manufacturers and produces their goods in tiny batches. I was thrilled to see them bring Russian brand Shusha to the US for parents like myself to purchase! If you’re an instagram junkie you will see many photos of Shusha wooden toys being played with creatively by children. My favorite is the “Make a Portrait” play face! This fantastic box by Shusha allows your child to pick from tens of details to make a unique portrait. My boys love drawing so it was a different way of creating silly faces using the 44 “smiles”, “eyebrows”, “noses”, “hairstyles”, “eyes”, “mustaches” and an oval blank “face”. We’ve created robbers, clowns, monsters, and more using the array of pieces.

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Aside from the cool factor, Shusha’s toys are made from natural birch plywood and non-toxic plants. There are no magnets so we used a backing for the pieces to keep our pieces on for photos and to hang on our walls. When we are finished playing and creating silliness we store the pieces and face in the linen pouch provided. Folks, this is seriously too fun!

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Since having this toy, we have played with it numerous times and have also used it to tell stories to my boys too. We’ve created characters, storylines, and plots, while playing with the “Make a Portrait”. What’s best is the fact that this toy is made so well it will easily be passed down to generations. Shusha toys are definitely a keeper! We are super stoked that these toys can be purchased online and highly recommend you do so! I will include two links to purchase these fantastic toys. They have a great selection of different wooden Shusha toys to purchase. Kudos to Form-Ost for manufacturing them!

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anne b | The Made Collection


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That I love a good handbag is no secret. So a cute bag that is part of a great cause? Sign me up. DMLI favorite anne b. kicks off a brand new campaign TODAY, and it’s all for a great cause. Self-taugh seamstress (and the creative everything behind anne b.) Sarah Burroughs has a desire to teach women in her community how to sew… and this is not your grandmother’s sewing class.

From Sarah: 

“I believe that in our modern world, sewing has become a lost art. As a self taught seamstress, I want to help change that. That’s why I’m using Indiegogo to help raise funds to start a sewing school here where I live in Salt Lake City called, called Made.  

This school will be set up like a gym—where anyone can buy a membership, take individual classes, or bring in their own projects. It doesn’t matter if they have advanced sewing skills or if they’ve never even touched a sewing machine, anyone can come and learn stitching, mending, alterations, clothing construction, accessories, or home decor. Whatever you want to make — we’ll make it happen.”

You guys, I need to move to Utah. I love the concept behind this campaign. You’ll love it, too! By supporting anne b. backers will receive a bag from the MADE Collection. These cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers. Sarah works with local refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses to help in the production of the bags. She trains and mentors these women to ensure the best quality. All remaining proceeds will go towards funding the Made school.

 

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Designed as a makeup bag, I use my Sierra Cosmetics Bag for way more. I began by throwing a few essentials in it and using it my diaper bag. I eventually just started it out alone… no diaper bag needed. It’s the perfect size, and with interior pockets it keeps my go-tos organized. I love the monochrome prints against the contrasting leather bottom.

 

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Let’s help Sarah reach her $10,000 goal by July 25. Once the campaign reaches $7,500, men’s dopp kits will be amiable for pre-order. (See? This is something even the guy in your life will support. Everyone wins.) Sarah and her crew are working hard to fulfill all orders within 4-6 weeks after they’re placed. And, if you’re near Sarah, check out the amazing classes she offers. It’s folks like Sarah, that believe in working towards a greater good, that are the true heart in the fashion industry.

 

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Don’t miss anything from Sarah and anne b. Follow along:

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Once you become a campaign supporter, help spread the word! Support Sarah and her work using the following hashtags:

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Nohi Kids Organics


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Dressing your kids for summer weather is the best, isn’t it? Bright colors and bold prints paired with easy sun dresses and comfortable shorts makes for a breath of fresh air after a long winter. Nohi Kids welcomes summer by offering a line of children’s clothing that is as fun to wear, as it is good for the environment.

 

 

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Elle’s summer color seems to be purple. She asked her aunt to dye a portion of her hair purple, and she’s been looking to coordinate ever since. While pursuing Nohi’s dress selection, she opted for the Tank Sash Dress {Spring Tree}. It boasts just the right amount of purple, which suits her choosy tastes. The organic cotton dress fits like a favorite tee; it’s soft and moves with your child. I love that it can be worn as a dress this summer, and as a long shirt over leggings this fall. And like all Nohi clothing, it’s machine washable.

 

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Nohi Kids has equally stellar options for your little guy and baby. With bold colors and modern prints, each piece is comfortable and entirely wearable. Made from top quality organic material, the entire line can be worn (and worn again) and passed down from child to child. The company is focused on kids, after all, right down to their name.

“In the Maori language, nohi nohi means, “to be small”. In Japan, Kodomo Nohi, one of the most popular national holidays, is a day to celebrate children. And, in Hawaiian, Nohi means brightly colored and vivid. So, I suppose a Nohi Kid is a bright, vivacious little thing just oozing with personality!” -Nohi Kids

Not only are they producing top notch clothing, they are committed to eco-friendly manufacturing. Nohi Kids maintains a personal relationship with their manufacturer, someone who is known for their integrity and attention to detail. They’re even committed to giving back a portion of their profits to various charities benefiting kids. They drew me in with their adorable clothing, but have gained a dedicated new customer through the way they conduct business!

 

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Ever Bamboo


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  My house smells. I thought a bit about a creative, yet undeniably witty way to open this post… but I figured I’d just be real. From gym shoes to not-so-fresh produce that gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator, the smells abound. Oddly, my problem isn’t those odors. It’s the other odors, the ones that are supposed to get rid of the bad ones? Those are what I can’t stand. Ever Bamboo seems to get me (and I know I’m not the only one, mamas!) With all natural bamboo charcoal deodorizers, Ever Bamboo products eliminate the odor issue, not add to it.

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  Ever Bamboo created an entire line of household products that are simply amazing. Using charcoal from the sustainable and rapidly growing moso bamboo, each product can last up to one year (and then be recycled.) The bamboo effectively absorbs the moisture (odor!) from wherever you place it to eliminate unwanted smells. It also works to dehumidify the room it’s placed in. I use the closet dehumidifier and deodorizer in our master closet to keep my clothes in top form.

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{In the closet and in the refrigerator. Discreet, yet oh so effective! Now, if only it could organize said spaces…}

 

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  But the product I love the most? The fridge and freezer deodorizer. You guys, it’s amazing. What was once the epicenter for, um, scent, is now quite the pleasant environment. By absorbing food odors, this magical natural deodorizer helps to keep food fresh! Ever Bamboo products work well in rooms, closets & drawers, even gym bags. To ensure they last, re-activate your Ever Bamboo products by placing them in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours (per side) every 1-2 months. What’s more, all charcoal from these products can be mixed in with gardening soil at the end of it’s lifespan.

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Stop adding to the smells in your house! Naturally purify any odors confidently this time around. You can find out where to buy Ever Bamboo products near you. Rest assured that the smells will be gone, not masked.

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Ever Bamboo is offering one reader a gift pack featuring their best sellers! One winner will receive the “Room, Closet, Mini, and Shoe” multi-pack ($40 value!). The prize pack includes the Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, a Closet Deodorizer, Mini Deodorizer + Dehumidifier 3 pack, and a Shoe Deodorizer 2 pack. Follow Ever Bamboo on Facebook and Twitter to enter, and let us know that you did so!

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{Tootsa MacGinty}


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I know many moms who are choosing to wait for the gender reveal until the arrival of their bundle of joy.  One of the things that can be a tad bit difficult is finding gifts and clothing for kids that are gender neutral.  I thoroughly enjoy finding lines that can be worn for either sex and Tootsa MacGinty is just that and so much more!


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Tootsa MacGinty is a young company where everyone is passionate about what we do. We take pride in sourcing the best fabrics, getting the right fit and designing graphics and motifs in colors that work well together. Parents appreciate our age appropriate designs and how they stay looking good wash after wash. Supremely practical, our mix and match collections are ideal for layering to suit the temperature and changes in weather, with a range of fabrics, patterns, prints and plains, allowing you to be as creative as you like putting outfits together.

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Tootsa Macginty continues to impress with their classic take on play clothes and I just adore the entire line!  Realizing that kids should look like, well, kids; Tootsa MacGinty creates an updated look of classic and vintage feeling children’s clothing.  Each piece allows the kids to move freely without being constricted by their outfit.  In addition their clothing is designed with an attention to details and constructed to last.  I am over the moon excited with their newest pieces and had to experience them first hand.

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My eldest has been scootering the walkway of the Hudson River in Tootsa MacGinty’s customizable dumbo harem jeans.  They are lightweight and made from 100% cotton.  They come with a drawstring pouch filled with colorful iron on patch embroideries designed by illustrator Jennie Maizels. With the help of adult children can customize these lightweight jeans with a plane, dove, rainbow, London cab, star and ice cream.  So cool!  He’s worn these pants on cooler days paired with their West End cross-stitch sweatshirt / Charcoal (Taxi).  This is definitely one of my favorite pieces.  Love the cross-stitch taxi featured in the front.  RAD!

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My second son has been rockin and loving Tootsa Macginty’s shorditch skinny reversible sweatpants.  These are lightweight, great for summer, and fully reversible showing either a thin or wide stripe.  Hans’ favorite color is yellow so he was super stoked with the yellow details.  He proudly wears these shorditch pants with Tootsa’s newest and coolest Westminster popover jacket!  By far my favorite piece, this hoody features stow away pocket, plastic zipper for easy slip on and offs, and more.  This piece is perfection!

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My third son, baby Dean Morrissey has been rocking the coolest baby 100% cotton denim unisex dungarees!  These stylish blue striped classic overalls are magic on my chunky monkey.  I love that for warmer days he can wear with a tank and for colder days with their coral fade cotton cable knit.  Each piece is made with the utmost construction making Tootsa MacGinty pieces investment pieces!  My goal is to save them for our grand kids one day.

{Third son Dean Morrissey wearing Tootsa MacGinty’s denim dungarees}

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I could literally go on and on about Tootsa MacGinty clothing but think it’s best for you to experience their collection yourself.  Check out their site and get those pieces quick, as they become favorites among many!  We heart you Tootsa Macginty!

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Navy Perl


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Summer is in full. swing. We are in the process of taking advantage of longer days, sunshine, and warmer temps. No one is digging this more than Elle. Having just turned four, she is loving the new-found freedom of bare feet and sun on her shoulders. Another change she’s making as a four year old? Accessories. This lady has always had a rather demanding sense of her own style, and lately she’s all about enhancing her outfits. This, coupled with the fact that she has such long hair, makes Navy Perl the perfect shop for us.

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Navy Perl makes a sweet assortment of handmade turbans. These headbands are great for women and girls alike… and even babies! With a simple knot closure, they’re the perfect accessory (Elle approved.) The array of prints is as versatile as the way you can wear them. From trendy to classic, there is a print for every personality, and every outfit! I love the ease of this style, and Elle loves how comfortable they are to wear.

 

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And let’s not forget the boys! Navy Perl has the sweetest line of bowties. Really, is there anything cuter than a tot all dressed up? With an easy-to-use-so-you-don’t-have-to-pin-your-toddler-down velcro closure, these sophisticated duds are perfect for any occasion. Plus, the velcro closure is adjustable, meaning it can fit anyone from a 6 month old to your husband! Boom.

 

 

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Just in case you’re not sold, Navy Perl offers an ARRAY (an array, you guys!) of Saltwater Sandals for both women and kids. After buying my kids a few pairs, I’m excited to try them out for myself. These sandals are the quintessential summer sandal and Navy Perl has them in stock!

 

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{Jujubunny Shop}


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10365436_730680806955367_7980781131778517960_oDiscovering brands and shops is more for me than finding apparel for my kids.  I find myself inspired by the art and heart that goes into each piece as well as the photography and environment in which they are displayed.  A shop that curates this beautifully through their photos and chosen pieces is Jujubunny Shop!

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Jujubunny Shop carries fantastic pieces from Korea, Europe, and all over the world.  Many of the designers I have never heard of which makes it even more exciting perusing their site.  The carry the most beautiful girl pieces ranging from dresses, skirts, cardigans and more.  Seeing these fanciful pieces only grows my desire to adopt a girl one day.  In the meantime, I am focusing more on boy apparel, seeing that I have three of them at home!  My little man has been wearing from Jujubunny shop, their bene bene pajama set and it is way too cute to be worn just to bed!  This outfit gets scores of compliments and the fabric is out of this world amazing.  Sadly, this piece is no longer available but Jujubunny shop carries more pieces from this brand, which I am sure, it equally amazing.

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When our little bene bene pajama set arrived in the mail I was joyfully surprised it was delivered from my neighborhood!  The shop owner lives in very close proximity.  She is a delight to work with so I am certain your interaction with her will be pleasing.  In addition to the pajama set, we were blessed to receiving from Jujubunny the stylish and super comfortable Bien Bien slip ons!  This is a must for any mom who juggles to get three boys out the door in a timely fashion.  These hip shoes come in either ivory or black and wear wonderfully in this season.  My second son Hans has been wearing them often.  love!  Jujubunny carries an awesome assortment of shoes for kids.  I seriously want to buy them all!  I highly recommend you take a look!

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Jujubunny is a unique shop in the sense that many of the products they carry you cannot find in other American shops (or at least I cannot).  They are priced well so that you can get beautiful imported pieces for a wonderful price.  Check out their sale section too! They update their site daily with new pieces so definitely keep checking their site for more cool and trendy pieces.  Kudos to you Jujubunny!!

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