With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share with you all the Valentine’s that the boys picked out for their friends at school. Our boys absolutely love donuts, I wonder where they get that from.. 😉 so when they saw these darling donut options – they were both sold!
We got these Donut Valentine’s from Ellington Paper Company and could not be happier. Our original plan was to get either a donut or a couple of donut holes for the each child in the boys’ classes but no food is allowed to be passed out this year. So we had to rethink the donut theme after we received the Valentine’s. Instead of giving each child a donut we made a little bag of donut themed goodies for each child! If you still need to get Valentine’s for your little ones, it is not too late! You can place an order and then print them yourself. Below are my top three choices of Valentine’s that you can purchase through Ellington Paper Company’s Etsy shop.
The other day one of my girlfriends asked if I was ready for baby #2 to make his/her arrival. My honest answer? I said welllll I could use about 20 more weeks and I meant it. While I am SO excited to meet this baby I am feeling that the end is nearing and I’m nowhere near “ready.” When I was 36 weeks pregnant with Kylie I had newborn clothes washed, hospital bag list written out, and the nursery clean and crisp. Now? Newborn clothes are still in a bin somewhere in the basement and haven’t thought twice about that hospital bag….#reallife
But with that all said, I have started compiling some things that were helpful last go around. These are all items that made my life easier as a first time mom with a newborn so I will most definitely be using these items again
Tubby Todd products. I absolutely love this brand! Tubby Todd makes body care basics for sensitive skin and I love that it’s made with clean ingredients. Some of my favorite items are; All Over Ointment-love this balm and use it for everything! Also it’s great for eczema prone skin. Hair & Body Wash– pure, hypoallergenic wash that I will use for Baby as well as Kylie! A little goes a longgg way! Love that it’s made with plant based ingredients, too. Everyday lotion– my favorite moisturizer! Lastly, with spring and summer (and hopefully warmer temps coming!) I threw in this sunscreen in my cart. It’s a mineral sunscreen and perfect for all the outdoor activities! Need a shower gift or know of a new mom? This basic set, the Regulars Bundle, or Newborn set would make the perfect gift!
Bath Tub- I recently ordered this newborn/infant tub after a girlfriend recommended it! It’s good up until 6 months of age. What I love about this is that it is so easy to use!
Zutano booties-Kylie wore these nonstop her first couple months! They are fleece and kept her feet so warm. I love the two adjustable snaps to help keep them in place.
Books are such a great way to open up conversations with your children, about any topic! See some of our favorite books to help you celebrate Black History Month with your little ones. The topics range from jazz music and confidence in your appearance to slavery and marching for civil rights. Many of these books are biographies but all are inspiring!
Books Linked Below ABCs of Black History – this book takes you thought the alphabet of Black history and culture Dream Big, Little One – this book features 18 black women who have blazed the trail in American history Hair Love – this book features the relationship between a father and a daughter, where he has to do her hair for the first time A Smell of Sweet Roses – this book is about two young girls who sneak out of their house to not only witness but help change history Trombone Shorty – this book follows Trombone Shorty’s dream of becoming a musician and how, despite the odds, he became an international sensation (this is a favorite of my boys, they like listening to the read aloud on storylineonline) Follow Your Dreams, Little One – this book highlights true stories of black men in American history Henry’s Freedom Box – this is a true story of a slave who escaped by mailing himself in a crate to freedom The Power of Her Pen – this book tells the story of Ethel Payne and her journey from growing up on the southside of Chicago to becoming a journalist, where she was one of three black journalists who were issued a White House press pass Let the Children March – this book tells the story of thousands of children who volunteered to march for civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – this book educates and inspires as it tells true stories of 40 black women in American history (this book is the “older child’s” version of Dream Big, Little One that we mentioned above) The Oldest Student – this book tells the story of Mary Walker, who was born into slavery in 1848 (she learned to read at the age of 116)
I love an activity/craft that is 1. quick & easy to set up (and clean up) 2. where I have all the supplies already 3. and one that all three boys can enjoy! This craft covered all three of those areas and you all have asked for more kids craftities so I figured I would share this.
Steps 1. Tape the paper to any surface. I decided on the floor since all three boys were participating in this together at the same time. 2. Use the painters tape to spell out your message or design. 3. Color away! 4. Once the coloring is complete (making sure that all areas around the tape are colored) then carefully pull up the painters tape on the paper to reveal the design!
The boys had a great time with this activity. I love that all three boys (5, almost 4, and 22 months) were able to have fun with it! I will say that Hunter (5 years old) had a hard time understanding that on this activity it was okay for him to “scribble scrabble” and not worry about coloring on the tape. Once I explained to him what would happen when we took the tape off, he loved being able to scribble as fast as he could!
Today I wanted to share a glimpse into our playroom space aka the mecca of our house! Ha! We spend so much time here and with the pandemic this space has been a lifesaver. While the decor is still lacking a bit (I’ll get there!) this is Kylie’s absolute favorite place in the house to hang out and play!
We keep her “big” item toys here-think ball pit, nugget, trampoline, etc. and we have the smaller piece toys/items (barbies & accessories, etc.) in her room or tucked away in our living room.
Ball pit- our exact one isn’t sold anymore BUT this square one is identical (and same size!) I also love how the circle one looks, too. Here are the balls to fill. Also found this similar one, and balls are included with this one!
Dollhouse-we have this one from Amazon. The accessories are sold separately here and the details of this dollhouse bring out allll the imaginary play! The bathtub with rubber ducky and towels, the pet dog with a bone and doghouse, a bed with pillows and a blanket…it’s so good!
While it’s not a toy, this wood table and chair set has become an essential piece to our playroom. We read books here, color, do puzzles, etc. It’s a must have!
Hands down our most played with item….the nugget! We climb, we jump, we slide, we create, we get alllll our energy out. Well worth the money in my opinion!
Play Kitchen-Kylie (and I) absolutely adore this one. Everything from the neutral colors (gold is neutral IMO), the accessories, and 4.5 star rating! Full disclosure: it takes a good 2-3 hours to set up but once it’s done, sit back and watch the play happen!
Valentine’s Day brings back such nostalgia for me. I vividly remember celebrating in elementary school, making homemade card holders out of construction paper and writing out Valentine’s for my classmates. It’s such a fun holiday for kids and I want to provide Kylie with the same fun memories. I ordered this cute Valentine’s Day bucket for her and will be a fun tradition to use each year (for Valentine’s, cards, etc!). This year, I am putting her Valentine’s Day gifts inside. I got her this book and this adorable baby doll diaper bag.
Happy February everyone! Today’s focus is on the girls in your life – mom, sister, girlfriend, your child’s teacher, any girl – we have brought together a list of gifts that (we think) any girl would like to get. So go ahead and email this post to your significant other, buy for yourself, or buy for someone else!
Personalized Stationery – We absolutely love the work the Ansley does at Ellington Paper Co! We have gotten a number of paper goods through her etsy shop and have loved each and every piece. We are so excited to team up with her for a giveaway! Head to our instagram to see how to enter to win personalize stationery! You could enter to win a custom suite of notecards, enclosure cards, and a notepad (see some of her work below) Lip Gloss Set – It’s no secret that we love Tarte Cosmetics – we think this gloss set would be perfect for any girl! Scrunchies – These scrunchies are not only beautiful but they are so gentle on your hair! Headband – This beautiful blush and pearl headband would easily dress up any outfit! Scarf – The color, the extra large size, the fringe edges… we can’t decide what we love most about this scarf! Sugarfina Candy Set – Who wouldn’t want this adorable candy set?! Fontana Candle – These non toxic candles make a great gift for anyone! Give the gift of a fresh scent and clean air! Clutch – This clutch (it comes in rose gold too) would make a great addition to any closet! Run fast to get this, it’s on sale AND we have a discount code for you! Type in themeridianbliss at checkout to receive free shipping Clay Facial Mask (amazon link here!)- Between the cold, dry weather and always wearing a mask, we know that our skin could use a little more TLC these days! Heart Mug – We have all the heart eyes for this darling heart mug!
When you don’t have a daughter to match with…. you borrow your sister’s!!! We all know how much I love having my boys match (we’ll see how much longer they let me do that), so when I saw these sweatshirts (kids size here) from Pink Lily – I could not pass up the opportunity to match with my sweet niece!
I am typically not a “graphic tee” fan but this one spoke to me! The simplicity of the white sweatshirt with the blush xoxo is so darling. If you are looking for a bolder option they also have a hot pink sweatshirt that is sure to be a showstopper. I love how pretty the lettering is, it is super lightweight, and so comfy. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this sweatshirt will be on repeat – but since it doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day, I know I will be wearing it nonstop year round!