Fave A Day: Hanna Andersson Organic Cotton PJ’s

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I’ve always been particular about what I sleep in, because it definitely affects how well I rest.  There’s just something about donning a pair of soft cotton pajamas that erases the stresses of my day and helps lull me off to dreamland. For my daughter, the same seems to be true whenever I zip her into a pair of Hanna Andersson organic cotton pajamas just after bath time and right before bed. These sweet PJ’s come in a huge variety of colors and patterns, and run all the way from newborn to adult size XL. Hello, Mommy & Me Sleepover! 😉

Why they’re my fave: They’re organic and soft against young skin, but resilient enough to withstand multiple washings and wear. I also like that they don’t have feet. With all the growing that goes on in the first few years, footie pajamas are hard to keep for very long.

Not So Much: The price. One pair typically retails for around $32. Yikes!

Out of the Box Use: The adult version of these PJ tops can actually be worn as separates during the day and look and feel just as amazing as they do in bed.

Go Get ‘Em! As I said, these typically retail for a pretty lofty price, so I always wait for a sale (I bought summer patterns in winter for $10-15). Recently, I made the huge surprise discovery that Costco sells these awesome pajamas for $11.99 a pair! They’re only available at the warehouse store (not online), and not every Costco carries them, so check before you head out.



Fave a Day: Chewbeads

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I first saw this genius mommy jewelry when I was pregnant with The Bear. A new mom was wearing these gorgeous royal blue beads that reminded me of the jewelry my funky and stylish great-aunt Norah used to wear when I was a kid. I complemented her great style and asked where she got them, thinking she’d say they were vintage. When she explained her chic necklace was actually a set of baby-safe teething beads, I rushed right out and bought a few pairs of Chewbeads (two Janes and a Hudson) in my favorite colors (black, turquoise and creamsicle).

Why they’re my fave: Great as a nursing or teething necklace/bracelet, come in a huge variety of colors (and a few different shapes), has a breakaway clasp, no detachable parts and you can pop them in the dishwasher to clean them. And the obvious: they’re safe: Chewbeads are 100% silicone, and contain no BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, or metals.

Not so much: The gap between the beads can be a trap for pulling and tangling your hair when removing. Ouch!

Out of the box use: We use the bracelets to practice counting when I’m not wearing them (supervised, of course).

How much? Chewbeads vary in price, ranging from $12.50 to $36.50.

Go get ‘em! I found the Hudson necklace (normally $36.50) for $10 cheaper on Natural Little One.

Fave A Day: Lily Padz

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Nursing mamas: if you still leak a little from time to time and haven’t tried these, you’re missing out! Lily Padz silicone nursing pads saved me (and many of my shirts!) when I was nursing The Bear back in the glory days of no dirty sippy cups to wash.

These little beauts are ultra-thin, breathable, clear silicone nursing pads that are not only reusable, they’re a zillion times more effective than those little boob maxi pads you have to change every two hours.  They’re completely invisible under clothing, so you can wear them under a bathing suit, thin shirt or evening gown, or walk around bra-less before bed in your favorite vintage ‘NSYNC t-shirt and not worry about leakage. They’re super easy to clean and maintain their stickiness for months.

My only con would be that taking them off after the very first use can be a little like ripping off a Band-aid.  But don’t let that scare you away: you’re saving money, the environment and that cute little silk shirt you bought for Mom’s Night Out (Mojitos and Magic Mike?! Sign me up!).

Normally, these retail for around $23-25, but right now Mommygear is selling them for $19.99. Snatch them up and thank me later!

Happy Friday, Friends!




Fave a Day: IKEA Long-sleeved Bibs

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Happy Fourth, Friends!

So, anyone with a toddler knows how messy mealtime can be, especially after our littles begin feeding themselves. Though there are some great bibs out there to help catch the messies, I’ve found a really affordable one that not only has a pocket to catch stray broccoli, it has sleeves to keep those pristine little cuffs carrot-free! IKEA’s Kladd Prickar (gotta love those Swedish product names) is machine washable, water repellent and super easy to put on and take off, thanks to a touch-and-close Velcro closure at the neck.

What’s more: it doubles as a paint smock and Popsicle shield (Popsicle and straw hat sold separately)!

The best part of all: I don’t even need to scan for sales on this item for you because you can get TWO for $4.99 at your local IKEA store. Thanks, IKEA, you Swedish geniuses.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!


Fave a Day: Episencial Protective Face Balm

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Oh, Episencial, how I love thee.

I could probably dedicate a novel–or at the very least, several blog posts (and already have)–about how much I love Episencial products. They just jive with The Bear’s skin in a way most products don’t. Gentle, organic, healing, protective, edible. Perfect products for protecting and maintaining healthy skin.  I love everything about this company, and even use their Playful Wash on my own face!

Right now, EcoMom is having a Buy Two Get One Free sale on Episencial Protective Face Balm. The product (with SPF 6) is fantastic for protecting sensitive little faces and lips from the elements, and for soothing and healing problem skin. The reason for the stock up sale: Protective Face Balm won’t be on the market much longer, because Episencial will soon be releasing their newer version, Cheeky Salve, which promises to be even better!

You can sign up for a free trial of Cheeky Salve (and all of Episencial’s other products) on their website.

Enjoy, friends! 🙂



Fave a Day: Kidcraft Sling Bookshelf

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If you’ve ever been to our house, you know B and I have hundreds of books in shelves that line our walls. Keeping them there with a toddler in the house has been a challenge lately, but we like keeping them accessible for everyone!

The Bear is starting to take after her parents. With books beginning to take over her play space, we decided to find a better storage solution so that she had a place to put them away at the end of the day, and to cut down incidents of us surfing across the carpet on stray books.

The Kidcraft Sling Bookshelf was our answer. It has a sturdy design, was easy-breezy to assemble and at 28 inches high, is perfect toddler height. Books can be stored forward facing, making it easier for a child to spot and select their favorite. Kidcraft products meet or exceed all safety compliance standards for wood products.


BabyEarth is currently selling this great storage solution for $44.95–30% off regular list price.

Happy savings and happier reading, friends!


Fave a Day: Plan Toys Unit Building Blocks

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There’s something about a good old-fashioned set of real wood building blocks that makes my heart sing with nostalgia and The Bear shriek with glee.

ImagePlanToys® are made from non-toxic, natural materials, and the company uses environmentally safe and sustainable methods to produce their toys. This set of 20 natural blocks contains basic and advanced shapes that encourage your child’s imagination and creativity. They’re a huge hit in our house. Plus, there’s something about the sound of wood blocks clacking together, coupled with baby giggles, that bring a huge smile to my face!

TODAY ONLY: Toyopia is selling PlanToys® Unit Building Blocks for 25% off! Don’t miss out!