I know many of you can relate to feeling the “decorating itch” in your own homes. After the Christmas decorations went down I was feeling a little tired of how our living room was looking. Enter Lorena Canals Rugs and this space was instantly transformed!
Our living room space is really a multi-functional space for our family. My kids run and play with toys in this area (we always have baskets of their toys in the area). We also use this space to watch movies or Football on Sundays and after the kids are in bed my husband and I like to tuck the toys away and light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the quiet with a glass of wine. I love that the Lorena Canals rug can transform the room and works with both this being a place my children play and also a sophisticated spot for adults only.
Additionally, to update this room we’ve added in some new mantle decor. The space is feeling fresh for the new year but I still don’t feel like it is completely finished as we want a new couch. We’re still on the hunt for the right one!
In the mean time one thing I am confident that fits the space perfectly is this amazing Lorena Canal rug. What initially drew me to this brand is that these rugs are machine washable (say what!?). You mean my kids can spill oatmeal and milk on it and I can just toss it in my laundry machine? Count me in! The variety of rugs they offer is truly so amazing and I had such a hard time narrowing it down. I loved so many of the rugs they have available!
In addition to these being low maintenance and easy to clean rugs, Lorena Canals also donates a portion of their proceeds to the Sakula Project and provides schooling to children in India. The rugs are made in India and designed in Spain and they are made of all natural dyes, handmade, eco, and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs. Since this area of my home is a spot my children lounge or play in often, this was very important to me!
*While this rug was gifted to me all opinions are my own.*
In our house we go through different style cups and sippy’s pretty frequently. We have two very different children who are at different “phases” of cup needs.
I’ve used Nuby products for my children for a few years now and I know their products are made to withstand two very active toddlers.
Marley has just transitioned from a bottle and has strictly been using a straw “sippy” cup. I was excited to introduce her to the Nuby 360 Wonder cup. I couldn’t believe how fast she started using it! This cup is BPA free, durable and comes in so many adorable designs for boys or girls. We obviously went with #pink. You can find these cups at Babies R’ Us!
Kellan has also used many different style cups throughout the years. He has recently started his fall soccer league and I really wanted to upgrade him to, what I liked to call, his “big boy” sippy cup. In truth, this is Nuby’s flip-it cup and it’s awesome! He loved the shark design and the flip-it lid. I love how durable it is and also how it really feels like the “next step” up in his cup game. I mean, who does this kid think he is looking like a 13 year old?!
There are so many decisions we as parents make each and every day regarding our kids. While not all of those decisions are controversial, many decisions we make can leave parents divided.
One hot topic is how much screen time is too much? Before I was a parent I was of the mindset that “my child will watch TV/iPads when he or she is 10”. This just isn’t realistic in this day and age, screens and phones are everywhere.
Marley fell asleep watching her favorite, Bubble Guppies.
Therefore, we try to set realistic standards for our kids. Marley is 15 months and Kellan is 3 and they both love their “screen time”, this includes TV watching, iPads, playing on our phones and watching DVD’s in the car. We do our best to limit our kids to certain time periods and time frames that they can use these different devices.
I’ve been on the hunt for educational iPad apps that I could feel good about letting my kids play with and watch. Enter KidloLand , this application has been a lifesaver for me! It’s full of educational games, stories, songs, puzzles, and so much more! Kellan is obsessed with trucks and cars and there are tons of games that are great for his age. I was so surprised at how quickly he picked up on the games, his favorite game involves playing the role of a fireman and helping put out fires.
Not only has Kidloland been great for him, my daughter loves to dance and sing along with their nursery rhymes. There are endless choices for them, and I don’t have to have #momguilt as they play around on the iPad because they’re not just watching random videos but actually learning!
Now I may be in the market for another iPad! 😂
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