Stella + Dot Memorial Day Sale

Hello + Happy Friday!
I’m currently loving life down the shore at Avalon, NJ. The boys and I are staying down here a few weeks soaking up the beginning of summer! I’ll be sharing more on that next week, but until then  I’m excited to announce that the Stella + Dot Memorial Day Sale  GOING ON NOW!
There are so many amazing deals to be had – some pieces starting at $7! What?! If you need any gifts, teacher presents or just want to treat yourself {you totally deserve it} be sure to check out the sale!
And for every $50 spent – you earn $25 in Dot Dollars to spend next month!
You can also take advantage of the MAY + JUNE Trunk Show specials {shown below}  when you shop a Trunk Show! Like our Getaway Bag at 50% off!
Please let me know if you have any questions! I have some specials going on, so if you want to order, shoot me an email {andherlittledogtoo at gmail}  and I’ll hook you up!
Happy #MDW !

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Adventures in Toddler Teeth Brushing

Thank you Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ for sponsoring this post. Head to your local retailer to get started on your oral healthcare routine!

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Now that Brooks is two, he’s officially a crazy, wild toddler – and also a sponge. He picks up on anything and everything. He asks a million questions and wants to know the answers to everything – he loves to explore and is so inquisitive about the world around him.

We had Brooks’ first dentist visit a few weeks ago and it went well, but it was a little bit of a wake-up call for me to help Brooks start a good oral health routine. He’s got a full set of chompers and we got to take care of them from the start!

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We’ve been having a lot of success getting Brooks excited about teeth brushing by brushing our teeth together! It’s a fun little mama + Brooks time in the morning and at night – Brooks likes to do what I do and I like to get him excited about brushing his teeth. It’s a win/win! No tantrums {most days} and he usually lets me get in there with his brush to get his back molars a quick little scrub, which is all the doctors said we need! Getting back there is half the battle!

It was a perfect timing when Brooks and I started to get into our teeth brushing routine together that I was able to try out the new toothpaste for myself. I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle to share on the blog and for my kids – I want them to know that looking and feeling healthy is very important – But living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop there…your long term health is important and your oral health is no exception.

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 This new toothpaste was just what I needed in my life because it helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel – keeping my enamel healthy has always been important to me ever since my braces days! It also provides protection against sensitivity and cavities when used twice a day, along with whitening and fresh breath benefits!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Baby + Toddler Mealtime Favorites | Sippy Cup Giveaway

So as I’ve gone through baby led weaning twice {currently in the throws with #2 at the moment} and survived – LOVED IT! Can’t say enough good things about baby led weaning – if you are thinking about doing it, do it! And if you aren’t doing it, change things up – your baby will love it and learn so much in the process!

I want to do another baby led weaning post on how it’s been going with #2 the second time around – it’s in the works, but until then, I thought it would be fun to share our baby + toddler mealtime favorite products that we’ve tested over the years. These are some of our favorite things – check them out and let me know what you think!

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one – this bib is amazing – comes in a million other color options but it’s just SO EASY to clean and wipe down. We literally only use this bib – i have two of the same for the boys – it’s the best. do yourself a favorite and get it.

two – these plates are great – I love them because they are: Made in the USA, Made from FDA approved Recycled Milk Jugs, BPA, Phthalate, PVC and Melamine FREE and Dishwasher Safe. winning all around. 

three – this high chair is amazing because it takes up SO LITTLE SPACE. It just easily attaches to any table and you are good to go. We always travel with this chair because it just folds up – you can also easily wash it. Brooks uses this exclusively now – we don’t need 2 high chairs {don’t have the space} but i need him contained at mealtime. Love.

four – this cup is a new love for us. we just got to try it out with Graham for the first time and he loves it. the handles make it easy for him to use himself – more on this cup {and a chance to win one!} below.

five – these pouches are amazing! we don’t puree anything but some things are messier than others – like soup – and sometimes it’s just easier to put in a pouch for Graham to enjoy on the go.

six – love these mesh feeders. we put smaller food items in it for Graham and also stuff it with ice cubes for Brooks on a hot day. Both boys still love them.

seven – this high chair is amazing. it’s so pretty, I love the wood and the fact that it doesn’t scream baby. both boys have used this and we love it – easily cleaned and pretty to have in my kitchen.

eight – this mat is amazing to take with you when you are eating out with the littles. It also goes under #3 easily to create a clean zone for the mess to be made!

nine – love these forks and spoons – Brooks mainly uses them now but they feed good and the same material as the #2 plates.

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As a Philips Avent Ambassador, I’ve been lucky enough to try out their Avent Natural Baby Bottle + Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump  as well as the Avent Classic+ Baby Bottle{and give some goodies away to my amazing readers!} Today I’m here to share with you a little more about the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup and do a little giveaway too!

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This sippy cup has a angled silicone spout with built-in valve for 100% leak-free drinking. It also helps to develop a natural drinking position, which is great. It comes with trainer handles that have soft touch grips which are are seamlessly integrated into the cup’s unique shape, helping toddlers hold it independently. This cup is made from BPA free material and all parts are dishwasher safe for cleaning convenience – love that!

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These cups have been great for us – no idea what we used with Brooks, not sure we used anything at this age, but these have been amazing and Graham LOVES them! He loves playing with them, chewing on them and he’s really working on perfecting the whole feeding himself with the cup when he’s thirsty. Since he isn’t bottle fed too often, this is a new skill for him – but we are working on it!

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Plus with the heat of the summer right around the corner, little man needs a water bottle!

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Want to win a pack of Sippy Cups for you to try out yourself?

Enter to win:

Philips Avent Penguin Sippy Cup Giveaway

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Now it’s your turn to share – 

What are your baby|toddler mealtime favorites? 

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“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Lamaze Infant Toys Review + Giveaway

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Two decades ago, Lamaze pioneered the idea of creating infant toys in conjunction with child development experts. Today, all Lamaze toys continue to lead parents and babies down a path of fun, healthy play and learning. It’s pretty much why they are some of our favorite baby toys over the years, especially the Lamaze infant toys – they inspire daily discoveries that encourage baby to grow and develop through two levels of play –  delightful surprises that promote together-time between parent and baby, as well as activities that encourage baby to explore and learn on his/her own.

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I was excited when the wonderful folks at Lamaze offered to send Graham a little care package. Baby #2 gets lots of hand me downs – so it was nice for him to have something fresh, shiny and new to enjoy!

Graham had the very hard job of trying out some new toys. Here’s how it all went down:

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First up is the Lamaze Soft Chime Garden – and let me tell you, this thing is COOL!  It is a little garden of flowers that has five smiling faces that light up, chime, and play songs at the touch of baby’s hand. These colorful flowers encourage baby to reach, tug, and bat, developing hand-eye coordination. And my favorite part is that there are three different modes of music to awaken baby’s auditory awareness. It also features crinkle, ribbons, and lots of fun textures for tactile stimulation, which is what Lamaze is really known for in my opinion. You can scoop this up for $28.99 on Amazon – makes a really great baby shower gift!

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Graham loves the music that plays along with this – one of the modes you can put it on is that every time you or baby hits a flower, it makes a noise. I love the cause + effect of this toy. But it plays really fun music too. Another cool feature is that it has a strap on the bottom, which you can attach to a stroller or carseat so little one can go nuts on the go! Love it!

If this goes missing in the next few days – we will know who took it – Brooks is obsessed with the chimes in the flowers too!

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Next up is the Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Soft Book – which is something every little one needs in their life. It’s a interactive soft book, with a crinkly plush owl on the cover. The big flaps are easy for little fingers to cover and uncover and it features stimulating bright colors.

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Each page features a fun peek-a-boo flap and your little one gets to learn about different animals in the forest. It’s a really sweet and fun little book that’s great to keep in your diaper bag or stroller.  Retails for $15.99 on Amazon.

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Graham’s final mission was to test out the Lamaze Freddie the Firefly. This is full of developmental features that capture baby’s imagination and stimulate the senses.  Freddie features a peek-a-boo mirror, ladybug teether, squeaker, crinkly wings, jingle, and clacking rings. My favorite part is the Lamazelink  which attaches to play mats, diaper bags, and strollers for on-the-go fun.  Freddie sells for $15.99 on Amazon.

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Graham particularly enjoys gnawing on Freddie. Ha.

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I’ve been big fans of the Lamaze toys since the beginning with Brooks and it seems like they just keep getting better and better! Even at 2.5 Brooks still loves to explore these toys with his baby brother – got to love that!

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How sweet are my two boys playing together?!

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And because I’m getting very excited for the Memorial Day weekend ahead – and the fact that I’m headed to the beach for 3.5 weeks! Woohoo! I thought it would be fun to share the Lamaze Love.

I’ll pick one winner to win a new Lamaze toy of their choosing!

Just leave a comment letting me know what Lamaze toy – new or old – you would like to win!

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Winner will be notified via email | Giveaway ends Sunday

I received samples fromTOMY – all opinions are my own.

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