4th Annual Gift Guide for Babies, Big Kids & Grownups

Posted on December 08, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again—time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide where we share what items we are loving for the kiddos and ourselves. We've put together a few of our favorites things for babies, toddlers, big kids, moms and dads. 

 

  1. O-Ball: this all-time favorite of babies always makes our list. This ball will be enjoyed for months and years to come by the littlest ones on your list. 
  2. Melissa & Doug Ring Stacker: We love classic toys for baby, and it doesn't get more classic than a ring stacker. We love the colors of this one, and that it is made of wood. 
  3. Oribel Portaplay: This brilliant jumper and activity center is our newest obsession. It transitions from a bouncer/exercauser to an activity table when baby starts standing/cruising, and then to a regular toddler table. Bonus points: the legs fold up for easy storing and portability. 
  4. Textured Sensory Balls: these will get a lot of use for babies and toddlers. 
  5. Little Tikes Trampoline. Want to keep your toddler active this winter no matter how bad the weather is? This trampoline will do the trick. 
  6. Green Toys Recycling Truck: We love all of Green Toys' products, but this green recycling truck holds a special place in our eco-friendly hearts. It's gender-neutral, super cute, and all babies love trucks and cars. 
  7. Tegu Blocks: Move over Magnatiles, Tegu blocks are all the rage now. They are pricey compared to traditional blocks, but the creativity and imagination they bring out of kids is worth it. They are fun for adults, too! 
  8. Radio Flyer Cruiser: Perfect for toddlers learning to walk, this walker is more stable than others on the market. And when your babe is cruising on his own, this makes a great toy bin. 
  9. IKEA Plush Toys: IKEA's new line of plush toys are designed using kids' illustrations. Check them out to see the actual drawing used to create the toys. We love that they brought kids' imaginations to life, and to store shelves.
  10. Encourage your kids' love of cooking early with KidKraft's awesome play kitchens.  
  11. Play Tent: Who doesn't love a good fort? These play tents make great reading nooks and places for your kids to feel like they have a place that is all their own. 
  12. GOVERRE Wine Glasses:  GOVERRE is a glass, portable, stemless wine glass with a silicone sleeve and a drink-through lid. No more plastic cups, no more spills. Brilliant idea from two fellow moms!
  13. Vitamix: Smoothies, baby food, soup, ice cream, salad dressings. You can literally make everything in a Vitamix. If you have a healthy foodie on your list, this gift will not disappoint. 
  14. Slippers: For the person who has everything, you can't go wrong with a pair of cozy slippers for the moms and dads on your list.
  15. Wine Club Membership: We love our Club W membership. Hand picked wines that match your taste preferences delivered right to your door? Sign us up! 
  16. Record Player: It is hard for parents to come up with hobbies they can do together, at home, after the kids go to sleep. A record player is a great way to unplug, listen to great music. And visiting record stores is so much more fun than iTunes and makes a great date night activity when you can get away. 
  17. The Five Minute Journal: The Five Minute Journal is a physical journal that has been carefully crafted to enable you to be happier in five minutes a day. Even parents can handle that! 

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    Baby Brezza and Little Green Pouch Giveaway

    Posted on November 06, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 24 Comments

    We've got an exciting GIVEAWAY for you! We've teamed up with Baby Brezza, Eat.Drink.Love, and Baby Food Universe to give you the chance to win a One Step Baby Food Maker and a whole bunch of Little Green Pouch products.

    Enter below between November 6th and 13th for a chance to win. 

     
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    Share Your #MyLGP Photos For A Chance To Win A Starter Kit A Week

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

    Little Green Pouch is 3 years old! Over the years, we've loved seeing photos of how families across the globe use Little Green Pouch to make healthy living more convenient, less messy, and better for the environment. 

    To celebrate, we want you to show us how you use your Little Green Pouches. Tag your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram photos of how you use your Little Green Pouches with the hashtag #MyLGP to enter. Each week, we'll choose one random photo to win a Little Green Pouch Starter Kit.

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    10 Must-Have Baby Essentials for Newborns

    Posted on August 29, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

    It's hard to believe, but Baby O is already 4.5 months old! With that in mind, I thought I would share some of our favorite baby gear for babies 0-4 months old. This list includes 10 of our favorite items that you should immediately add to your registry if you haven't already. We didn't include a pack-n-play, bouncy seat, Boppy, or swing since you probably already know you want those. We actually lived on the edge, and didn't use a swing (I know, crazy!). With two adults, a baby, two large dogs, and a cat, we don't have a lot of extra space. Because of that, we are always on the search for gear and toys that will last longer than a few short weeks or months and that O can grow into. You'll find some of those below. 
    1. The O-Ball: I had never heard of the O-Ball until we received one as a gift, but now I see it everywhere. And the consensus among all parents is that it is the greatest thing ever. I totally agree. This was the first toy that O could play with, and he still loves it. So many finger holes to grab on to, a little rattle action, and soft enough to chew on, and smack himself in the face with, without hurting himself.  
    2. WubbaNub Pacifiers: Digging around for a pacifier in the car seat is no fun. Having to wash a pacifier 10 times a day because it falls on the floor and gets covered in dog hair is no fun. These are great because they are easy to keep track of, are a fun "buddy" for baby, and are so darn cute. We have the red dog and the frog. Just an FYI, I've heard certain animals do not lay as flat on baby's chest. 
    3. Lavender Oil: Since he was born, we rub diluted lavender oil on O's feet before bed to help soothe him. I also add some to his humidifier at night. Who knows if this actually does anything, but it smells amazing, and is part of his bedtime routine and helps signal "time to sleep".  
    4. A Wrap and a Carrier: I love both options, and both have their place. The wrap is great when baby is teeny tiny. And for travel. I flew with O when he was 8 weeks old, and the wrap was perfect for walking through the airport and settling in on the plane. And I love it for around the house, too. It took me a bit to fall in love with the Ergo. Even with the infant insert, I never thought I could get him in just right. But now that we don't need the infant insert, we love the Ergo and know we will use it for years to come. We hike all the time, and I love that this fits my husband so he can do some of the babywearing, too. 
    5. The Windi: Okay, guys. Let's talk newborn gas. It's real, and it's fierce. I have friends who post on Facebook how their baby hasn't pooped for days (even a week). There is no way anyone in that house can be getting any sleep. The Windi is made by the makers of the famous Nose Frida, and it is a life saver. It's a little tool that helps relieve built up gas in baby's tummy. It works 100% of the time. Be prepared for more than just gas (especially if your little one has gone days without a BM). We never let it go more than 24 hours! 
    6. Mamas & Papas Snug Seat & Activity Tray: Everyone knows about the Bumbo chair. We opted for this seat instead. Baby can use it from 3 months - 18 months. The padded seat can be removed when baby is older to give him more room. And the tray is also removable. The activity tray snaps on and off, as well, and all of the attachments can be moved around. O loves this! And it's so cute, too. 
    7. Boppy Newborn Lounger: This is one of those short life-span items that I would still recommend. O spent much of his awake time on this his first couple months.  My husband still uses it to prop him up for bottle feedings, as well. Now, if they would just make an adult version! 
    8. Green Toys Teething Twist: When O started the early signs of teething (drooling, chewing on everything), I knew I wanted a teething toy for him. I was so excited to find Green Toys, because their toys are all sustainably made in the USA from recycled materials, and are BPA, phthalate, lead and PVC free. This is important to us, and especially for something intended to be in his mouth. I love watching him play with this and figure out hoe it works. 
    9. Sophie the Giraffe: This is probably a no-brainer, but worth mentioning. Sophie is a great teething toy and so cute!  
    10. Oggie Bear: I love this little nose and ear cleaner. We also have the Nose Frida, which I'm sure we will use when O gets his first cold, but this little guy is great for every day snot and boogers. I haven't used it to clean his ears, yet (I just use a q-tip).
    So there you have it. What are your newborn essentials? I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store, and will be sure to share our favorites for 4-6 months. 
     

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