Beautiful baby keepsakes for Mothers: MyKeepSet

I am a total sucker for baby keepsakes. There is something about capturing memories about my child that makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. Every year I have made it a habit to make a family photo album for Christmas. I love knowing that I can share these precious moments with my daughter for the years to come.

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Today I am thrilled to share with my readers a sweet new memory keepsake. MyKeepSet is a beautiful memory kit perfect for busy moms just like me. I came across this set recently and am SO impressed by how adorable the design is! The set is perfect to record little one’s pictures and memories from conception to preschool.

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Each set comes with the following:

  • (1) Baby Memory Book Of Firsts with room for a Big front cover picture – guided journal with colorful illustrations

  • (1) 9-inch picture frame box – to safely store & display the Baby Memory Book

  • (1) No-mess Air Dry Material Clay – hand or foot print keepsake

  • (10) DIY picture hanging frames – exciting way to hang the baby pictures

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I found the set really cute and gender neutral and thought it would make a wonderful gift for an expecting mother. In fact,  intend to gift one to my sister in law with some other cute baby items such as a super adorable baby beanie and a board book. I LOVE the DIY paper photo hanging frames and think they are perfect for a birthday party! Of course, the clay hand print keepsake is just precious and every mother should have one if possible! I still have one I use as a Christmas ornament every year.

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Capturing memories in my daughter’s life is one of my favorite things to do, and I love baby books. It is such an amazing gift to pass along to a child down the road or cherish together at bedtime. I think this set is just perfect for baby’s first memories.

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If you are interested in snagging your own MyKeepSet, here is a coupon code just for you!

-Exclusive 15% Off Coupon Code: DWELLINGTREE15
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***I am also thrilled to be giving away (1) sets of MyKeepSet to my readers!
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*I received product in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my very own!
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5 back to school must haves

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Preschool starts for my daughter next week. I can’t believe it. Where did the time go? Anyways, I am really excited for her because I think she will absolutely love it. Plus, I will get a little “Mommy” time, which is equally fantastic.

I’ve been prepping for the school year checking out deals. She is pretty set on fall clothes and shoes, and I recently stocked up at some end of summer sales for the spring and summer. I love a good deal.

For back to school, I knew we would need a few items that would be used daily. These fun items were our picks for the fall. I am sure we will be getting tons of use out of them (we already have!). I also checked out SwimOutlet.com’s back to school sale.

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1. A solid water bottle

So essential for us is a water bottle designed for my daughter. I chose a spill proof and leak proof design that insulates and is very sturdy. The few times I have used a sippy cup or cheaper cup I am always disappointed. Water leaks or the cup breaks. I have found my daughter drinks more water when I have a good water bottle for her, and they always last longer. Try the Nalgene Everyday Kids Grip’ N Gulp or the Gaiam Kids Water Bottle.

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2. Cozy & easy to put on shoes

Can I tell you my pet peeve? Waiting for my daughter to put on her shoes, only to realize she took them off in the car and we are late. I know it takes two seconds, but putting on shoes again and again drives me crazy! I ordered these adorable Frozen crocs so that during the year she can simply slide them on and off. No fuss, happy Mom. I’ve noticed these adorable little crocs are all the rage lately for little ones. I totally get it! Crocs Girls’ Frozen Clog.

3. The perfect lunchbag

I finally found the perfect lunch bag. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bags are great because rathter than remembering to pack ice in the lunch box or bag, you can freeze the bag overnight and it stays cool for up to ten hours! No need for heavy ice packs. I also love the velcro closure. Find it here.

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4. A lightweight hoodie

Kids get hot and cold pretty quickly. I wanted to be prepared for cool fall days with a cute lightweight hoodie for my daughter. This one from Roxy is not only adorable, but super soft and light. I wish they had it in my size! Roxy Girls’ Brooklyn Zip Front Hoodie.

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5. Fun backpack

Last but not least, every little kiddo loves getting the perfect backpack. I remember getting so excited to pick out a new fall backpack. My daughter chose Disney Princesses of course. I love it! Find one similar here.

Are your kids going back to school? What are their fave back to school items that save you time?

*Thank you to SwimOutlet.com. All opinions expressed are my own. I recieved product in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Ten Toddler Products Worth Buying

Baby stuff. Just when you think you have it all figured out and everything nice and organized, those little chubby legs start walking and getting into everything. If you are like me, you might start to wonder what the next stages of “toddler” stuff include. Unfortunately, there is just way too much out there. My house quickly became a cluttered mess of puzzles, stuffed animals, and toys. After almost having a nervous breakdown, we downsized a ton of our stuff. The following items have stuck around with us through the two-year old stage, and each with an important reason. If you don’t want to buy too much crap, but want some ideas for great toddler staples, read on. 

After sorting through stacks, and stacks, and stacks of construction paper, crayons, and art paraphenalia I came across these little gems. Think- crafts that you don’t have to clean up after over, and over, again. These lacing cards are fantastic. They help my little one develop fine motor skills, and she also learns about shapes, colors, and how to lace! I take these with me on short trips where I need to distract her for a bit. She loves to play with the shoe laces or simply look at the different objects. In the future we can make our own lacing cards or increase the difficulty and learn how to (eek) sew. But for the meantime, these rock. 

Ok, I will admit it. I bought this backpack because it had a leash on it. The first time I put it on my daughter she loved it. I imagined her patiently walking alongside me in parking lots with the handy leash keeping her safe by my side. WRONG. She saw that leash and tried to throw it. Sorry Lillian, it doesn’t work that way. But it doesn’t matter because we still both love this backpack. It is the first backpack I have found that fits her little body, and holds a drink and snack on the side pockets. I am teaching her to bring along her snacks, books, and items and how to care for them (and transitioning out of the diaper bag stage). This little backpack is great for this purpose, and she always wants to take it along with her. And no, she doesn’t wear the leash. But if we happen to go to Disneyland in the next year I am covered. 🙂

I SO wish I had this when I started potty training. This simple, magical, I-wish-I-had-thought-of-it device goes off overy 30, 60, or 90 minutes with a fun melody and lights. It fits her tiny wrist, or I simply attach it to my diaper bag. I was setting my phone with alarms and constantly forgetting to reset it, and of course Lillian would have an accident and it was totally my fault! This watch is great when your little one is with family who might be forgetful and not ask if they need a potty break. Even though Lillian has almost mastered potty training, this watch continually reminds us to stop and take a quick break. I LOVE IT! 

I hate to jump on this bandwagon, but these are my favorite “daily” shoes for Lillian to play in. She can get them wet, spill ketchup and mustard all over them (happened today), or frolick in mud in these puppies. I just hose em’ down and we are good to go. Plus they are good for little tot hikes and have great traction. Ok, maybe they don’t look that cute with dresses, but I don’t care. Her little toes get to air out and I don’t have to worry about her slipping and falling everywhere, or ruining cute shoes. 

I am obsessed with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I would read it for her every night if she were that dedicated to one book (she needs variety in her life, I suppose). She does love this book though, as most kids do. It is a top seller on Amazon with almost perfect ratings. Probably because of sentences like this, “A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” “Whee”, said D to E, F, G, “I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.” I like to sing it in funny voices. 

6. Camelbak Kids Bottle Last but not least. My FAVORITE water bottle, hands down, on the market. I really do think she drinks more water out of this bottle than any other one. Also, it is almost indestructable. And 100% leakproof. Like, actually leakproof. Need I say more? It is worth the $12.99. Just stop losing yours like I do mine. (I need to go pick it up tonight in fact, we left it at sushi last week!). 

What am I missing? Share with me your faves!