December 8, 2016

Putting the ART in STEAM Learning with Build & Imagine

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I've been talking about Christmas shopping a TON, especially in my savings group on Facebook, but I seriously think I'm done this year.  IN addition to the normal dolls, board games, and clothes that Emmalee normally gets, I've found myself adding a new category to her toy pile: STEAM! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics; all integral things for my little girl to be confident in doing.

Emmalee has always loved art but STEM is a new speciality in her school, right alongside music, library, and gym, and since she's started, everything has become a project.  We mix food coloring in water to blend colors, we have "water discoveries" to see what sinks and floats, and build towers with obscure objects to see what we can create.  I love that it pushes her brain!

Build & Imagine has lots of play sets that encourage kids to think. Each magnetic play set comes with multiple pieces at allows the kid to build and create as they want!


The Draw & Build Dollhouse  comes with four dry-erase markers, one character, four dual-sided panels with wipe-off surfaces, four equilateral triangle building panels, a functioning front door, and a microfiber eraser. It is complete freedom for my girl! The first time she used the set she wanted to just stick to solid colors and patterns, but as she grows older, those pieces may become flower shops, post offices, or a grocery store. 


The pieces are magnetic so they connect to each other in as many ways as your kid can imagine.  Sometimes it's 4 pieces standing next to each other and some times it's a 4 sided home. One of my favorite features is that since they are stand alone pieces, Tyler can be working on one piece while Emma works on the others. 


I love that the Draw & Build Dollhouse can stand alone or it can work with the other sets that Build & Imagine has like:





Emma has used it every night since we opened it and even brought it on vacation with us since it was such an easy to pack toy! I think I'm going to buy the Career Dolls next so she can start customizing her Draw & Build pieces to go with some o those amazing careers!

Which play set is first on your list to purchase?

xo, Heather

December 5, 2016

Gift Chocolate This Year With Harbor Sweets

Disclaimer: I provided samples in order to facilitate this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Yikes! It's been a long time since I wrote last! It's been so so crazy around here.  Between David hitting midterms and me reaching the end of the trimester at school, I've been so focused on everything else. Plus we've been spending weekends doing the fun holiday stuff that ges along with the end of the year! Anyone else feel like there is just too much to do this month? I think every single weekend is booked up already... our yearly vacation to P-Town, an event at Foxwoods, The Nutcracker, my mom's 50th birthday, and a dance performance! I'm already exhausted.

I am super excited though because most of my holiday shopping is already done.  The kids gifts are bought (don't worry, I'll be sharing what they're getting plus I'll have great ideas for your kids later this week!), my husband is done (don't worry, I've got you covered there too!), and my family members are just about done. I love giving great gifts and I really think about them for months so I know that I'm getting something they really want.

My biggest concern this year is all the "extras" that I don't really know what to get them: Emma's teachers, her dance instructors, Tyler's speech clinicians and therapists, the mail lady, you know, the list that seems to grow more every year? I'm super excited to share that I have found a wonderful, meaningful gift that is cost effective for all those extra people... and it gives back to a great cause!


Gather is a flight of six dark chocolate flavors, each infused with wildflower honey and packaged in a beautiful gold honeycomb-shaped box. In addition to it being ridiculously delicious, a portion of sales goes to the Pollinator Partnership, a non-profit that educates and advocates best honeybee protection practices. The best part is that a 6-piece box is $12.50 and 12-piece box is only $18.50. Each piece is delicious, but my personal favorite was the cashew caramel. Yum!


Let's be honest, you're spending $15-$20 on a gift for your kids' teachers, your dance instructors, your co-worker, your neighbor, and all those other last minutes people, and this is a much better gift that you know will be eaten and at the same time, you're giving back to help save the bees.

And since I love them so much, I'm giving you a discount code GATHER4FUN to save 10% off your order!

If delicious, honey-infused candy isn't your thing, Harbor Sweets offers lots of alternatives, including their signature Sloops, which are delicious almond butter crunch shaped sailboats with white chocolate floating in dark chocolate, and their assorted Nordic boxes that include things like Marblehead Mints (dark chocolate delicately flavored with peppermint crunch), Sweet Shells (dark chocolate with a hint of orange crunch), Sand Dollars (creamy butter caramel with a pecan in dark chocolate), Barque Sarah (solid milk chocolate with whole toasted almonds), Friendship Sweets (rich, solid dark chocolate), and, of course, more Sweet Sloops!

With so many delicious options, holiday shopping can be done with just a few clicks. Now the question is, which do I get?

Let me know who you plan on gifting delicious Harbor Sweets chocolates to this holiday season!

xo, Heather

November 15, 2016

The NEW Redesigned LÍLLÉbaby CarryOn Toddler Carrier!

Hooray for a newly redesigned LÍLLÉbaby CarryOn carrier! I love LÍLLÉbaby, and honestly, it's not a secret.  Between older posts, like when we went to Disney and got to try out the Essentials carrier, and instagram posts, like Daddy wearing at Ikea, littles wearing littles, a sleepy boy at Disney, and a regular Target trip, I promise you've seen my LÍLLÉbaby Carriers before!

While both of my kids still fit in the LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE carriers, we've really been grabbing our toddler-sized CarryOns more lately. You can see a comparison of the COMPLETE and CarryOn here, but Lillebaby took all of the feedback they received from their customers and redesigned their CarryOn!



It's easy to see in the above picture how different the fit is! The Donuts and Sprinkles carrier is the newly designed one and you can see that it is not quite as wide and a bit taller than the older model CarryOn. The CarryOn's deeper seat and tall torso (tallest one available) are specifically designed to secure and support children size 2t pants and taller. The new panel is 20.5" designed to support even larger children.

Lillebaby shortened the straps for a closer fit, which you can see here. The newly redesigned CarryOn is the light gray!  You'll also notice that the waist band is more curved. The wider waistband supports larger children and  makes it easier on you. I carried my 5 year old, who is 40 lbs, in it on a walk this weekend with no back pain!



Lillebaby's breathable mesh is perfect for all weather, whether it's a hot day in Florida, or a with a  few layers during a cold day in New England.

The newly redesigned Carry On still offers all the things you love about the Original CarryOn as well!


• Two-way adjustable straps with Perfect Fit Adjusters for near-limitless fit customization
• Three comfortable, ergonomic carrying positions - front, hip, and back.
• Straps may be worn crossed or backpack style.
• 100% cotton border on the torso for added support and durability.
• Our soft, moldable 3D mesh for maximum air circulation and breathability
• Adorable new patterns and color options
• Accommodates children 20 - 60lbs, size 2T pants and taller

It's already love for us and our newly redesigned LÍLLÉbaby CarryOn. I mean, seriously, who doesn't love donuts!?



Did I mention they are launching TODAY? You can head over to Lillebaby's website and grab one now, for only $150!

Be sure to let me know if you grab a Donuts and Sprinkles one, or one of the other gorgeous patterns!

xo, Heather


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