DockATot Deluxe+ and Toy Arch with Toy Set

DockATot Deluxe+ and Toy Arch with Toy Set


Last summer at this time I was dreaming about the baby girl that was growing in my belly! I have to admit I started on her baby registry very early. One of the baby items I put on my list right away was the DockATot. I had read so many good things about it and I really wanted it. I didn't end up getting it at my baby shower, but my best friend from college who lives out of town got it for me. I'm so very happy she surprised me with it, because let me tell you it is our #1 favorite baby item. 


From the moment we brought Magnolia home from the hospital to this very day we use the DockATot every-single-day and night! It was literally the first first thing we placed her in when we got home from the hospital.


There are many things to love about it and you can read all about them over on their website here. It is lightweight and very easy to move around the house with you. We take it from the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and to the kitchen throughout the day. It's the perfect place to allow Magnolia a safe and very comfy spot to lounge, play, and cuddle.


I'm very conscious about the items we welcome into our home. It's important for me that our home is filled with clean designs and healthy materials. The Dockatot design is beautiful from the simple lines to the sweet covers. All the filling materials are sourced from world-leading suppliers with hygienic and non-toxic properties.


They just recently came out with a new Deluxe+ cover, toy arch and toy sets. The new cover has a spot on both sides (that you can see above) that holds their new toy arch.




Magnolia is absolutely fascinated by her new Mrs. Mighetto Cloud Friends. She loves the crinkly whimsical creatures hanging above her head. Her eyes light up when I put her in it. It really is the sweetest thing.




Our first DockATot was the Deluxe in Pristine White. I know people thought I was crazy for all the white baby items I had selected. Magnolia did have several diaper explosions in the crisp white DockATot and it was very easy to remove the cover, toss it in the washing machine, and then hang-up it to air dry. I would use just a little stain remover on the spot before washing and it always came out looking as good as new.





In hindsight I would have purchased a spare cover sooner, just so I wouldn't have had to wait all day long for it to dry. The existing DockATot Deluxe can use the new toy arch and toy sets with a Deluxe+ cover. Adding the arch and toys is very easy and only takes about 30 seconds. I know as a new mom how important it is to have things that are easy to use!



We just recently went to Salt Lake City with Ryan for a business trip. We took three of her things: DockATot, carseat, and stroller. I'm very thankful that I had the DockATot in the hotel room! Not only did it give her a place to lounge, but it also gave her a bit of comfort and familiarity of home.


The DockATot Deluxe is for ages 0-8 months and Magnolia is just about ready for the next size up! Having the Grand is a baby necessity without hesitation. We will be taking her to the beach in September and the Grand will certainly be going along with us, travel bag and all.


I have friends expecting their first baby often ask me what items are a must-have. The DockATot is always on my top five list.

You can use this link to get a $10 off coupon code for your DockATot.

XO
Wen + Magnolia


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Essential Oil Organization

Essential Oil Organization


I've always loved essential oils and I bought my first Young Living starter kit a few years ago. Life got crazy busy and all my oils were packed away. Just when I needed them the most I had forgotten about the wonderful benefits. I did start using them again casually during our IVF process, and I used lavender and peppermint during childbirth. Now after buying a few new ones and my favorite Joy blend, I've started to diffuse daily, along with applying topically the blends and sprays I've mixed together. I love to add a few drops of Grapefruit oil to my water and it is very refreshing during this summer heat.



I do believe I got out of the habit of using my oils because I had them in a basket hidden away. Now I have them out in the kitchen and it's a great reminder for me to use them throughout the day. After I start brewing the morning coffee I will start to diffuse our oils in the living room while Magnolia is playing. I apply Joy on my heart after my shower and before running errands. My new favorite is Valor and I use it on my neck when I feel tension developing. I drink water constantly. I've always drank a lot of water, but now with breastfeeding I literally carry my water with me from room to room throughout the day. Adding Grapefruit oil to my water adds a nice zing and its helps with weight management. I've still got a few pounds of baby weight to lose so I'll take any extra help I can get!


I shared this sugar scrub that I use every other day or so and it's really the best scrub I've ever used. It's so nice to have exfoliated skin before using self tanner. The best part is I know exactly what is in it and when I run out I can make a new batch in just a few minutes.

I plan to share a few other recipes here soon, like the one I use on Magnolia's skin every night after her bubble bath.

For me, the key to incorporating essential oils into my life is to have them organized and easy to reach. I wanted to share a few photos of our oils in our kitchen. I found the little acrylic organizer at Target in the dollar section! It was only three dollars and what a steal.

Have a great weekend!
XO
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Chocolate Chip Cookies | No Butter & No Eggs

Chocolate Chip Cookies | No Butter & No Eggs


Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness! If I had to pick one food item that I could eat and not gain weight from it'd be CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (and french fries). Ryan finds it funny how much I love them. I also enjoy eating vegan meals, however when I was pregnant with Magnolia I gave up my vegan diet. My very favorite vegan cookbook is Thug Kitchen. All of their recipes are delicious and the ingredients are easy to find and usually already in your kitchen cabinets. I took their Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and made a few modifications. They turned out amazing! I was pleasantly surprised since I didn't use butter or eggs in them.



Recipe

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chilled peanut butter* (or almond butter)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
3/4 almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I always use extra)
1/2 to 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  2. In a large bowl mix together the peanut butter and sugars until it's fluffy. Slowly add in the ground flaxseed, almond milk, and vanilla until a loose batter forms. 
  3. When all of that is mixed up, slowly add the sifted flour mix. Mix until there are no more dry spots. Fold in the chocolate chips, cover, and put in the fridge for at least an hour and for up to two days. 
  4. When ready to bake heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15-18 minutes. 
*I used crunchy peanut butter because that's what we had in our pantry. The recipe calls for almond butter. Also, it's important that whichever you use, peanut butter or almond butter, that it is chilled first. 



I enjoyed mine with a morning cup of coffee! 

I highly recommend the Thug Kitchen cookbook. Ryan even likes my vegan meals prepared from it. 

XO

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Baby Pajamas

Baby Pajamas


I have a special love for pajamas. The cuter the better! During the day I like to dress Miss Magnolia like a mini-me and I prefer to stay away from anything too baby-ish, if you know what I mean. I don't like anything super busy and I really don't care for clothes with words or cartoon characters. When it comes to pajamas I like to be ALL baby cutesy. For pjs I say bring on the unicorns, rainbows, ballerinas, bunnies, and kittens.

Before we found out she was a BOY, and then actually GIRL (if you missed that post check it out here), we used to call her BABY COOKIE! Before we knew the gender we wanted to call our baby something other than "it" and she was our strong little cookie, the one and only embryo to come from our first IVF cycle. I had to get her these adorable Baby Gap pajamas with the cookies and milk on them. They're sold out now, but I've shared some of my other favorite pajamas at the end of this post.

She literally melts my heart!











I laugh when I look this photo. I feel like she's saying, "mom, are you seriously singing me the ABCs AGAIN!?" Truth is I'm terrible at singing, and I barely know three kid's songs. I just sing her the ABCs all the time.









We just recently moved her crib down to our bedroom. She grew too long for her bassinet and I sleep much better with her close to me. Of course I just have to say, when she's sleeping her sweet Jelly Cat Bunny is not with her and neither is the pillow. Bare is best!

Sweet dreams!
XO


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Summer Weekends

Summer Weekends


Our weekends are different now that Magnolia is here, and they are different in the most wonderful of ways. It feels like every thing we do is new and being done for the very first time because we get to see life through her brand new eyes. Moments as simple as walking outside are now full of joy because we show her the green grass, the blue skies, and the sound of birdies singing.

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