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Best Gift For Kids This Holiday Season

This Post is Sponsored by Fisher Price & Walmart but all Opinions and Ideas are my Own.

I know we are all gearing up for the holiday season and if you are anything like me then you are frantically trying to think of gift ideas for your kids, nieces and nephews and other little ones this season. One goal I have this season is to give back to families and children who are less fortunate and I will be on the hunt for something great to gift kids in need as well.

Walmart happens to be one of my favorite places to get our holiday shopping completed because the prices can’t be beat! One toy I will be gifting for my sweet niece this year is the Think & Learn Rocktopus by Fisher Price. This toy seriously provides ENDLESS entertainment for kid’s ages 1-4. Marley is nearly 2.5 and Kellan is 4.5 and they both love playing with “Mr. Rock” as we call him!

The tunes are interchangeable and your child can choose to increase the speed of the music or slow it down. My kids loved this feature! They also love that the eyes light up and the tentacles, bright lights and singing are always a hit! We have so many impromptu dance parties with “Mr. Rock” and I must say these kids have MOVES.

This is a perfect gift idea for the little ones in your life this holiday season. Dancing and singing along as well as interactive learning are a rare combination in toys these days. I always love a toy that actively tries to engage my child in the learning process. There are three learning modes on the Rocktopus:  Math, Music & Game. My son loves the math feature while my daughter prefers the music!

Below is a picture of the 15 different musical instruments that are included with the Rocktopus. I love that they are different colors as well because sometimes my kids like to only put the green ones or the purples ones on so this is a great way to reinforce color recognition.

It is very rare that my children do not fight over a toy but thanks to “Mr. Rock” they are able to play together to create music they both like. They take turns switching out the instruments and have fun following the directions given to them by the toy.

I’d say this is hit! Head to Walmart this holiday season to shop the Think & Learn Rocktopus and let the little ones explore their musical side while also learning!

To see all my gift selections for this holiday season, please click here!

Updating Your Home Office On a Budget

Update your Home Office with a few simple tips & tricks

I’m excited to finally share my office room reveal with you guys! There weren’t too many major changes in my office space that were done but I think the changes we made have been great updates to the space. I spend A LOT of time in this room so feeling comfortable and at peace while I am in here was important to me.

The first thing we did was give the space a fresh coat of paint. We went with Beach Glass by Benjamin Moore. I love this peaceful color. We also have our bedroom painted this same shade so our upstairs space feels cohesive.

The next thing we did was draw inspo from one of my favorite pieces in the room, the Oh Joy! Rug by Lorena Canals. This is one partnership that I am so excited about! We have a Lorena Canals rug in our living room and it’s by far my favorite rug in our house. I love that it is easily vacuumed or it can be thrown into the washing machine! The same holds true for the new line by Oh Joy! We went with the cloud design (called Happy Day) because I loved the neutral colors and fun design. I also felt this was a design I could move around if I ever want to put it in a different space in our home.

In addition to that we updated the window treatments, grabbed this new desk from Target, and just added some additional décor and items we already had to complete the space. I really feel like you can update any space by changing up the textures in the room. I also love just moving items from room to room to switch up the look of each room. I took a metal basket I wasn’t using, a tray, and my lamp and created a small end table next to the couch. One other thing that was very important was hanging my kids art that they make. I know they always feel very excited and proud to give it to me so displaying it something I always want to do. We have some framed in our playroom and I have some hanging in my space. I’m sure this isn’t for everyone but it makes me happy to see their creations everyday!

Updating your home office doesn't need to be expemsive! Sharing a few tips & tricks!

Top 5 Must Have Items for Traveling with Kids

Some (not all) of these products were gifted to me in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. All thoughts are my own.

We recently got back from our Florida vacation! I am ready to go back already but I figured I would share my top 5 picks for traveling with two kids under 5 in the meantime. These simple items were all things I was glad I bought or prepared ahead of time. I’ll be sharing more of our vacation this month, with posts about our Disney trip and our experience at Legoland!

1.Dockatot and Travel bag- I’ve talked about why we love the Dockatot in this post and it proved to be amazing for traveling. We loved having Marley nap in the Dockatot and I really think she slept so well while traveling because of this comfort. The travel bag was amazing for keeping it clean during travel and it was easy to check. The straps were the perfect length to throw over our shoulder or carry by hand. Such a worthwhile investment if you plan to travel with your Dockatot. The additional carry bag is only $60 which I found more than reasonable. This will definitely not be our last time using this!

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2. Snacks- This one may seem simple but it was seriously KEY to our kids happiness while we were traveling. I over packed on snacks and I’m so glad I did. I also packed some small suckers for the kids on the plane and this helped with their ears. Some suggestions include- crackers, protein bars (we love this brand), fruit gummy snacks, and pretzels. Literally, our snacks went wherever we did (plane, restaurants, beach, and the amusement parks)

3.Penguino Travel Boxes- I let the kids open these special boxes before we left for vacation. The boxes were packed full of fun items to keep the kids busy while we were on the plane or eating at restaurants. We had everything from coloring and stickers to a small container of molding putty. Our kids loved the creative items included in their boxes and it was curated specifically for their age and gender.

  #musthavetravel #travelwithkids

4.Cheap sippy cups- Before we left for vacation I stopped at target (obviously). I picked up two $3 sippy cups and told myself if we left them behind it was fine. I chose cups that had straws and were easy for us to pack, they also had a cute Disney character on each. The cups actually made it home with us! It was so nice to be able to pour juice or water in them to keep the kids hydrated in the hot Florida sun.

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5. TSA Pre-Check Boarding- If you have the extra funds for TSA pre-check I HIGHLY recommend it. It costs $85 a person and you just apply online and then go to your local airport to finish the registration. It is good for 5 years and kids under 13 fall under you so no need to sign them up separately. This cut down IMMENSELY on wait time for us at airports. Also it was amazing not having to take shoes off or electronics out of our bags. With two kids and plenty of bags and backpacks, this expense was well worth it. Especially if you are flying into or out of a very busy airport like Orlando International. I can’t tell you how glad we were that we took the time to apply for this.

#travelwithkids #babycantravel