A PERFECT PLACE FOR PLAY

Our busy bee of a toddler is on the move everywhere throughout the house and leaving no room unturned. One room in particular, aptly dubbed the “catch-all” room, literally catches all...of her toys. This room is the most central area to our home and therefore also the most trafficked. I originally hesitated when considering the idea of a rug for it until I discovered area rugs from Lorena Canals that are designed to be magical, I mean machine-washable (yes, you read that right). For mamas to messy toddlers, this was like finding a real life magic carpet, or better yet the unicorn to all area rugs!

The flooring in our home is made up entirely of hardwood and tile, which is perfect for cleaning up after a toddler and yet not the most ideal surface for play. Thus, having a rug that was not only durable but incredibly soft made playtime more comfortable for everyone, including the mama that would be cleaning up after.

Every rug from Lorena Canals is not only eco-friendly but also individually handmade using 100% natural cotton and non-toxic dyes. So I feel more confident about providing a safe, soft surface for my little one to roll around on.

One of my favorite features about this rug, other than the obvious machine-washable design, is that it is kid-friendly but without sacrificing style. Available in several sizes and gorgeous styles, these rugs are perfect for any room in the house. This Bereber Beige design seamlessly coordinates with much of the neutral, minimalist decor in our home but I also love many other styles and have listed some of my favorites below.

Additionally, because this rug is lighter weight than many other traditional area rugs, it can easily be transferred throughout the house. Having it coordinate with any room in our home was an added bonus!

Lightweight, soft, and durable, this rug not only provides the perfect place for our little one to play but is the answer to this cleaning mama’s prayers. No longer do I worry about the snacks around the house or the inevitable crumbs that get dropped on the floor. Additionally, this brand offers coordinating cushions, throw blankets, and baskets...all machine-washable. Everything you need to create both a comfortable and clean space with little ones on the loose. Find out more about Lorena Canals here!

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Shared in partnership with Lorena Canals. All content and opinions are my own.

Traveling With A Tot

This past weekend we traveled with a toddler in tow for a family wedding. Coincidentally, it was around this same time last year that we traveled with an infant for the first time. For our trip then, we all fared well enough sharing a room with a portable crib. It wasn’t until a family vacation this past summer however, that we realized Lena had outgrown the portable crib. Now with a toddler, we needed an alternative sleeping arrangement for our stay away from home. Enter the DockATot dock, a multi-functional lounger and co-sleeper.

From packing to unpacking, the DockATot was much easier to transport when compared to the portable crib. The dock, weighing just over five pounds without packaging, is much lighter than the nearly twenty pound portable crib we own. Not only is it lightweight but the On The Go Transport Bag (shown here in Midnight Teal) made traveling with the “tot” a breeze.

Our sleeping arrangement while traveling with a toddler this go around? One king sized bed and one grand sized DockATot. I was previously a little apprehensive about sharing a bed with the little one but the DockATot Grand Dock eased any concern I had by providing a comfortable sleeping space for us all. I slept more soundly knowing that our tot was nestled safely within the dock - thanks to the plush, cocoon-like design with built-in, air permeable sides.

In addition to co-sleeping, we found it helpful as a lounger Lena could play in while getting ready in the hotel room. In the morning, she would entertain herself with toys and books all the while snacking on Cheerios from the dock. Any product with a multi-purpose design is a win-win in my book.

Finally, as a mom I have become more conscious about not only the ingredients in the foods that we eat but also the materials in the everyday items we use. Because the DockATot dock is made of washable, hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials, I felt even more confident in not only using it while we traveled but also using it everyday while at home too! Lena has loved the dock so much that she regularly lounges in it while watching any one of her favorite movies. Plus, the added bonus for us will be having it to prepare for our next transition from the crib to the big kid bed.

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Give Thanks and Gather

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There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing a delicious meal with family and friends. And for that very reason, Thanksgiving might just be my favorite holiday. This year, because of travel plans following the holiday, we are preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in our home. Also because of travel plans following the holiday, I needed a no muss, no fuss dinner set up that would be an easy clean up (especially with a toddler on the loose) and allow us to enjoy more time with our family.

My mom hack for an easy dinner clean up? Disposable (gasp) plates and utensils. I repurposed disposable bamboo plates, made by the aptly named brand, Bambu, and gold plastic utensils, both from Lena’s birthday party last summer. Not only are the plates an environmentally friendly alternative but they offer a more elegant display at the table when compared to traditional disposable options.

Much of everything else for our table set up was repurposed. Rosemary and a little pampas grass from our own garden, little mercury glass votives we typically use for year round decor at the dinner table, and then gold chargers borrowed from my mama. The chargers were originally from Pottery Barn years ago but a similar style can be found from Michaels for only $1 each here.

Finally, my easy clean up set up was made complete with a tablecloth designed from one of my personal most trusted brands, Gathre. We have and continue to use several mats by this brand, everything from diaper changing to play, and now dining! Plus, you can get 25% off mats from their site now for their Black Friday sale!

Get: disposable plates from Bambu here // tablecloth mat from Gathre here // letter board from Letterfolk here