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Only 6 days left until baby girl #2 arrives! I’ve finally finished up my shopping and since I’m constantly getting asked what are my must have baby items I thought I’d put together a round up of some of my favorites. Scroll to bottom of post for all the must have baby necessities links.

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1. Breastfeeding or not, a Boppy pillow is a must-have! I’ve used it with both Joseph and Olivia, and I will definitely be using it again.

2. A cute Boppy cover is essential!

3. This bassinet with removable baskets will be perfect to keep the baby girl close to me while I sleep and work!

4. When you live in Florida, you’re almost always in and out of air conditioning, so I use muslin wrap blankets in case they get cold. They’re light enough to keep them wrapped all day and they can also be used later on as a favorite blank, just like Olivia does.

5. When Joseph was born he had extremely sensitive skin. I probably should have played it safer with Olivia because her skin was even more delicate. Caring for her sensitive skin was a full-time job. This time, I plan on being prepared with products like the ones I was sent in the Honey Buns Baby Kit. The Honey Buns Baby Kit products were designed specifically for babies, but they’re also perfect for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. I’ve already tested the Honey Buns Royal Jelly Baby butter on Olivia and I. It’s an amazing product and it leaves her skin so so soft! For more info on the Honey Buns kits, click here.

6. A stylish and roomy baby bag is another must have! This striped baby bag comes with a bottle holder, changing mat and small detachable clutch.
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7. Olivia loves her binky! Within the first couple of days of bringing her home, I must have went through a dozen of them because I kept losing them until I finally bought her a pacifier clip. I’ve been hooked on them ever since! There’s so many cute options with matching headbands!

8. These Born-Free muslin and terry cloth bibs are perfect for babies with sensitive skin. I bought mine at Marshall’s, but you can also find them here.

Boppy Pillow | Boppy Pillow cover | Bassinet | Swaddle Blanket | Honey Buns | Baby Bag  | Paci Clip Gift Set | Bibs

What are some of your favorite baby necessities?

Disclosure: Honey Buns Baby Kit was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own.


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With baby girl #2 due to make her arrival on April 12th, I’ve been busy adding the finishing touch to her nursery, washing all her pretty pink clothes and organizing the older kids belongings so that grandma and grandpa know exactly where everything is. One of the questions I get asked the most about parenting 6, almost 7 kids soon, is how I keep it all together. It certainly takes a whole village to raise them, but when it is just me and the kids I heavily rely on a routine. I wasn’t always that way with my older kids, but as my crew became bigger, and my work load a little busier, I realized that a routine was essential in making sure things go smoothly for me and the kids. Scroll down for tips on establishing five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

A solid bedtime routine for me is essential and only works if the kids entire days schedule is on point but I’m realistic in knowing that that is not always easy to maintain. However, I’ve found that as long as you can at the very least stick to it on most days, you’ll be fine and on days that you can’t, simply try to use their favorite items of choice to create the same environment. Since I’m in total nesting/baby mode, I decided to share my top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

1. Pick a bedtime that works for you and your baby. Everyone has their ideal bedtime, but for me it’s whatever works for YOU. I remember when I worked retail for many years and my boys bedtime was always on the late side. That worked because I got to spend more time with them and we all got to sleep in a little later. Now that I work from home, their bedtime is much earlier, giving me and my husband some much needed time to ourselves. Push aside all the advice and do what works for you!

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2.***Whether you’re breast feeding or bottle feeding, finding the right bottle is the most important part of any bedtime routine when your baby is born. I’ve tried dozens of bottles but I always went back to what worked best for all of my kids;Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners! As babies feed, the soft disposable liner inside the bottle gently collapses (like the breast does naturally when breastfeeding) to prevent air from mixing with the milk and getting into baby’s tummy. Another plus: I’ve bottle fed and breast fed with all of my kids and the Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple has a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps the baby latch on naturally, promoting easy switching between breast and bottle. It’s priceless!

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start

The liners (my favorite part) are pre-formed, pre-sterilized and are easy to use. Simply match the liner size (4oz or 8oz) to the size of your bottle, place liner into Nurser bottle and fill it with milk or formula. You can recycle and use again or discard after each use. Either way, they’re super convenient to take along with you in a baby bag on the go. The air-free feeding that the Playtex Baby Nurser® provides help to reduce colic in breast and bottle fed babies, and I couldn’t praise these bottles enough, they really do work and it’s the biggest reason I just bought them again for my seventh baby! FYI: Playtex also makes the equally amazing VentAire that we’ve also used and they too provide complete tummy comfort.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
3. Make bedtime something they look forward to. Include a book, song or playing with a stuffed animal. This can be applied as soon as the first night you get home with the baby. The sooner, the better! Your baby will recognize and look forward to the routine you create for them. Each one of my kids liked the whole package so we started with a bath, followed by having them select which stuffed animal they’d like to be cuddling up to that night while we read. To include older kids and babies: simply bring along their feeding pillow and blanket so you can prop them up. Also make sure to include them in the bedtime routine with their siblings. The idea is to do the same thing every night at the same time to ease the all too common bedtime meltdowns.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
4. Save the last bottle for bedtime. It’s the perfect time to cuddle and that last bottle can be the start of your very first nightly routine. Just make sure to lay the baby down before they’re completely asleep so that you don’t disturb them as you lay them down and they learn how to put themselves to sleep.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
5. Keep an extra binky nearby. If you have a binky using baby, keeping a spare on the nightstand can be a lifesaver! There have been nights where I find myself crawling all over the place looking for a binky, and the longer it takes you to find it, the more awake baby gets. It can make or break the rest of the night. Keep a stash and thank me later! During the day I use a paci clip and even keep them on for the first month or so where the baby isn’t able to move much. **Once baby can roll over and starts grabbing things utilize clips during the day to keep binky off the floor

There you have it! My top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start! Looking to give Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners a try or gift them to an expecting mom? Target now has a Cartwheel offer with 15% Off All Playtex Baby Bottles starting 4/2-4/8.


We have a date! On April 12th, I will be having baby girl number 2, and right now I’m all about everything girly. I’m outnumbered with five boys, but there will now be three girls and I’m totally going overboard on anything pink, which is why I was so excited that I was sent the Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent . I was little hesitant at first, and I thought this would be painfully long to put together, but it was by far the easiest (and cutest) play tent I’ve ever built. For me, that’s saying a lot because I’ve bought my fair share throughout my mommy years. As soon as the tea party tent was up, I placed a little faux fur rug that Olivia loves and off she went!

Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent

To say I love the Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent  is really an understatement! My favorite part besides the adorable little details like the scalloped edged tie-back door and mesh windows for ventilation and easy viewing, is the fact that the tent is big enough for even mom and dad to get in there! It’s perfect to take to the beach or a park, a cozy bedroom corner or for a living room camp out for hours of imaginative play! I can’t wait to see how much fun they’re going to have playing in it.

For more info on the Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent visit PacificPlayTents.com


After six kids you’d think I’d have a solution for picky eaters but I don’t. Instead I’ve learned that it’s more import an tot teach them to make healthy decisions in the foods they eat and in the process have fun with it. For the most part this works with serving certain foods in creative ways but on days where we need a little more encouragement I turn to must have products like the ones below. Below are some Snack Time Fun & Favorites!

We’re a big family, so portability plays a huge part in my decision making process when I buy stuff for the kids. This Snack In The Box is the perfect way to turn fruits, vegetables or favorite cereals into snacks you can eat on the go, making healthy snacking options easier for everyone.

We’ve all seen and bought juice packs, obviously. Just about every kid loves them. Joseph loves the little box and straw, and I love that they also made Drink In The Box  possible for fruit infused water or just plain old water. I even used them a few times myself!

I’m always looking for way to introduce new foods to the kids. Even if they turn their nose up at it, we keep finding new ways to serve them in the hopes that the kids will discover and love something new! Last week, Joseph discovered his love for brown rice (weird, I know lol) and I was so excited to make him a variety of dishes with the brown rice. This Learning Resources Healthy Foods Magnetic Set allows kids to independently mix and match different healthy foods in a fun and visual way! Joseph was naming all of the different fruits and veggies, then adding different items to them. When we sat down to eat, he said “can I add the peas now?” I love it!

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Incorporate the classic breakfast favorites with the new game Pancake Pile Up (available at Target). My kids love seeing how high they could stack ‘em and it makes Joseph giggle when they crashed. It makes a great gift!

I pack just about everything but the kitchen sink when I go out with my little ones, so when I saw this Collapsible Bowl, I squealed with delight! These modern looking bowls are perfect for camping or when you’re out for dinner and want a give a small amount to the toddler (that’s what I used it for) and they’re small enough to stash in just about any bag!

Transtioning between a bottle and a sippy cup can often times be hard on kids, but in our case I found it was more of an obstacle between the sippy cup to a regular cup because it meant possibly making a mess just about anywhere Joseph went.The TOMY Mickey Mouse Sippy Cup (available at Walmart) is a game changer! So cute, easy to use, mess free and Joseph loves the big boy look of he cup.

Look mama no hands!

These are just a few of the times that made the entire month of February, which happens to be National Snack Food Month, a lot more fun and educational! How do you make snack time fun?

**Products were sent for review, but all opinions are my own.