Summer Reading

If you have a toddler in your house, then you are probably familiar with the books pictured above.

If not, check out some of our current faves that make a great gift for ages 2+!

1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  A classic book that kids Love! Beautifully illustrated.

2. Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman’s Book of Things That Go A fun and silly story about a bunch of dogs going to a Party – who doesn’t love that?

3.Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: A classic book that helps to teach the alphabet in a fun and catchy way.

4. Ibaby: Goodnight, Baby (IBaby)– Very cute goodnight story where your toddler can help “tuck” each baby animal in with their mommy.

5. Slide and Find Words – we have this book in many versions (trucks, words, etc) – very interactive – my son loves it!

Burp and Bib

Looking for a new baby gift?  I am loving these burp and bib sets by Rickshaw!

Not only are they made from 100% cotton, the burp cloths are curved to fit next to your neck – genius!

They come in many different adorable patterns, like this one with pretty pink anchors (pictured above).  The set is $44:

http://www.rikshawdesign.com/accessories/anc-bb-pink.html

Mama’s (Sneaky) Veggie Muffins

If you have a picky eater at home or you’re just looking for a delicious and healthy muffin recipe, then check out my Sneaky Veggie Muffins!

These muffins are loaded with Zucchini, Carrots, Applesauce, Raisins, and the best part is, your little munchkin (or husband) won’t even know! 🙂

GIFT MAMA’S SNEAKY VEGGIE MUFFINS:

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • ½ cup carrots, grated ( ~1 carrot)
  • 1 ¾ cups zucchini, grated ( ~1 large zucchini)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 365°. Grease muffin tins, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and applesauce mix well.
  3. Add the raisins, carrots, and zucchini; mix.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; mix (be careful not to overmix)
  5. Lastly, fold in the brown sugar.
  6. Pour the mixture into muffin tin and bake for around 8-12 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minute.

ENJOY 🙂 🙂 )

Pretty Snacks

If you’re like me / have kids, then you KNOW just how quickly a box of plastic baggies can go (I feel like I am constantly buying them)!

The Solution: Lunchskins

They may look like adorable make-up bags, but they are actually re-usable lunch / snack bags.

Created by a group of eco-conscious mamas who were sick of wasting money and resources on plastic bags!

Lunchskins come in a variety of different sizes: Snack, Sandwich, and Sub.

They are Toxin- Free, Dishwasher Safe, and Made in the USA. Skins range in price from $7.85-$10.95

http://www.lunchskins.com

Cheese (cake)!

What goes together better then Strawberries and Cheesecake?!  NOT MUCH, in my opinion! 😉

That’s why I love this creative idea from Hostess with the Mostess!  Perfect little bites to bring to a BBQ or party this Summer!

She only uses TWO ingredients:  Strawberries, and Philadelphia White Chocolate Indulgence:

To see the full tutorial, go to:

http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/06/white-chocolate-indulgence-strawberry-cheesecake-bites/

Embossed

This gift is NOT for everyone, but it IS for the crafty, “Martha Stewart-esq” person in your life!

The Personal Embosser from Williams Sonoma adds just the right amount of personal detail to any gift (or book, or recipe, or anything you can think of to emboss).

Customize it with a monogram, an address, or different sayings (With Love, The Kitchen Of, The Library Of)…

It is $39.95 and can be found here:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/personal-embosser-with-stand/?pkey=cgifts-under-50-dollars

Rockin’ Lullaby

Need a gift for a new Mom or Dad???  Check out Rockabye Baby’s collection of rockin’ lullabies!

Set to the music of Mom or Dad’s favorite: Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bob Marley, U2, Coldplay, Kanye West, (and many more), Rockabye Baby transforms popular rock songs into soothing instrumental lullabies.

It is music to the babies ears (very calming), and DEFINITELY music to Mom and Dad’s ears!

The albums start at $16.98, and can be found here:

http://www.rockabyebabymusic.com

Sudsy Letters

I love a monogrammed gift, and what better way to give some personalization then on a bar of soap?

Pictured above are the Eco Luxury Gift Bars by Carved Solutions, a Vermont-based family-owned “green” business.

They have a huge variety of personalized soaps (and more), ranging in price from $15-$80.  The 4-bar set above is $35, and can be found here:

http://www.carvedsolutions.com/4bar-el-pn.html

Right Foot / Left Foot

If you’re in the market for a toddler gift, consider adding THESE to it – Shoezooz – stickers that go in the inside of the child’s shoe and teach them left from right.

Genius!!!

Shoezooz was created by a mom who was sick of battling her independent toddler about putting her shoes on correctly, so she created a simple way for her to match up the animals (and therefore, put her shoes on the right foot)!

The moisture-proof vinyl stickers are $5.99 for a pack of three, and can be found here:

http://www.shoezooz.com

Pretty Paper

Oh notebooks, you’ve come a loooong way!  Goodbye boring, one colored notebooks – hello girly patterns with custom monograms!

Meet Maybooks (if you haven’t already), the brainchild of Mica May who was sick of boring / ugly notebooks, so she created her own bunch of beauties!

Head over to http://www.maybooks.com, where you can create your own notebook (choose the pattern, color, monogram, and interior).  The possibilities are endless (recipe holder, day planner, gardening journal, and more)!

This is one I created:

Prices start at $17: http://www.maybooks.com

*Great Gift Idea for Teachers, Students, Bride-to-Be, Mama-to-Be*