MUST-HAVE TODDLER & BABY DRESSES

A friend of mine introduced me to a children’s clothing brand my girls are now truly living in. Loving these pink gingham dresses so much, we actually have them in two different colors! It’s blowing my mind that Naiya and Sadie are almost wearing the same size, but that’s another story. Today, I’m sharing where to snag these looks as well as some similar looks we’re loving too.

MAMA STRONG: THE YEAR OF THE MOTHER

2020 Is The Year Of The Mother. We’ve had to learn how to balance the impossible without being able to safely leave our homes. Many days have felt nearly impossible since mamas never get a day off yet we’ve made it through. I designed this “Mama Strong” sweatshirt for all of the amazing mamas out there to wear as a BADGE OF HONOR this year and always. I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds to March of Dimes’ ‘Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention And Support Fund.’ 

NAIYA’S (QUARANTINE) THIRD BIRTHDAY

I blinked and we officially have a three year old!  I’m sure I sound like a broken record at this point but I truly can’t believe how quickly time is FLYING by with my girls.  Also, the growth between ages 2 and 3 is truly mind-blowing!  Last year at this time, Naiya was a baby who had just started nursery school and this year, she’s a non-stop talking tiny person (who is home with us all day during this global pandemic but of course, that’s another story!). Sharing photos today from our special, low-key birthday weekend together and a Naiya update below too. It wasn’t the birthday celebration we would have planned but since Naiya was smiling the entire time, it was definitely one for the memory books. 

7 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES TO SHOP NOW

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I usually fill this space with light, family-driven style content. However,  the events we’ve all witnessed over the past week with the murder of George Floyd have moved me to tears.  Amidst a sea of thoughtful, moving, gut-wrenching posts which have flooded social media, I’ve tried drafting a number of blog posts that simply couldn’t do all that is happening right now justice. I’ve come to realize it’s time for me to simply listen and continue to educate myself and my children.

20 TODDLER ACTIVITIES (FOR YOUR QUARANTINE SANITY)

Los Angeles mom blogger, RELish By Arielle, shares quarantine activities for toddlers

Throughout the quarantine so far, I’ve kept a running list of the toys and crafts that have kept Naiya happy and entertained (and me sane!). Most days, I’m literally not sure what I’d do without them. Sharing our top 20 picks out of everything we’ve tried so far. It’s our hope that your toddlers will love them too (and that you’ll get at least five extra minutes of “me” time while they’re busy playing)! All of the product images below are clickable and I’m linking to everything at the bottom of this post too. Hope you’re all safe, healthy and hanging in there!