Some of my favs! {Part 1}

Taking some time today to give a little shout-out to some of my favorite kid brands and gear! My favorite thing about them, aside from being awesome... They were created by other Moms & Dads! Supporting small biz, 'mom & pop' shops is a passion of mine! I hope you will love these products as much as I do! The first one up, Lollacup!


lollacup straw cups on the go
If you watch Shark Tank on ABC, you may recognize this product! I fell in love instantly, with the adorable and brilliant design of this weighted-straw, sippy cup. After seeing it on Shark Tank last year, I immediately went online to Lollaland and placed my pre-order! I felt it was a must-have for my growing baby boy! 
What makes this sippy-cup special? 
It was created by the most adorable mom, Hanna, (who also married her high school sweetheart by the way!) was looking for a way to full-fill a need for her own daughter's sippy cup needs!! It's no valve, weighted straw design allows your little tot to drink from it easily, even when he or she holds it sideways! Plus, it's super cute and made right here in the USA!!! Like many moms out there, I've tried those cups with a million little plastic parts for the straw, plastic that doesn't hold up and designs that are just... old fashion. I love the simple and modern design! Another reason, why this Lollacup appealed to me so much!  A perfect straw cup for my boy & his mom doesn't mind toting it around! It joins us on play dates and in our travels! People ask us about it all the time & I finally decided it was time to give Lollacup the shout out it deserved!

Our 'birdy' sippy-cup remains Jack's favorite cup, even now a year later! It's easy to clean and comes complete with a perfect brush to help keep that straw clean too! I only wish I had learned of Lollacup sooner! Please visit Lollaland today & order one for your kiddos! 

Stay tuned for part 2 of my fav kiddo brands, coming soon! I'll share another creative mom's great idea... turned gifts and cool every day items!!

Birthday week

In this house, as you know, birthdays are MAJOR holidays! I can't tell you when my obsession of celebrating birthdays in a BIG way, officially began; maybe it was because my own birthday felt overlooked some years falling often during Labor Day or the start of a new school year. Either way, I am determined to make the birthdays of my loved ones feel EXTRA special each and every year. I also love the excuse to decorate for a birthday party! So, onto the celebrating!!

Here's a quick look at my hubby's 'Birthday Week' :)

As we counted down on the chalkboard each day, he would find little treats each morning or evening that I knew he enjoyed. A nice chocolate, his favorite drink, or candies he loved. Each day we spoiled him with something different, something small, but a treat to show our love. 

On the actual, BIRTHDAY.....

The morning of his birthday, Jack and I let Daddy sleep in a little & started on his birthday cupcakes! 

We treated him to a breakfast donut at our favorite local eatery & ended the day with a super fun hibachi dinner with friends! 


It was fun to celebrate and surprise my hubby this week for his birthday. Jack really got a kick out of 'planning surprises' for Daddy too! 

Happy Birthday Mike! I hope you enjoyed it!