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Crazy, emotional start to the school year!

Pre-k, First grade and Senior year from home.

 I expected this school year to start a bit different. I expected classes to be smaller, masks to be worn and six feet required between kids but not this. Today I drove in a school line to pick up school supplies and iPad for my first grader. I have a math book, a book with all other subjects, supplies, portable white erase board, “I’m in first grade” hat, iPad, and a lot of questions. San Diego is not allowing in school instruction at this time so here we are.

 My senior started last week. He has two classes vs the normal 5 and does 1 hour of zoom 4 days a week. He does not seem to motivate or even stimulated for school. I am at a bit of a loss. What is he actually going to learn doing school this way? I feel like he is missing out on so much. Academically and socially loosing out during his last year of high school. I just feel like there was another way to go about starting school and this is not the way to do it.

 First, I do believe Covid-19 is real, is scary and should be taken seriously. But why can’t the school set up and at least start with one day a week using all the recommended precautions. My biggest fear is this school year setting my 2 oldest kids back in school. My 4-year-old I can easily teach her the simple things she needs to know, but she is also lacking the social interaction which is super important in child development.

 Second, I do not even know what Wednesday is going to look like for my first grader because the school has not sent any instructions. Everything the school is doing is being sent out at the last minute making me feel so unprepared to start his schooling. The only saving grace is he has the same teacher as last year and she is amazing. When is this all going to end? I want my kids back to a normal life and my life to get back to normal. I never thought about home schooling or really wanted to so this is a lot on me. Many parents I have spoke to feel the same way as my but not all. Some parents are excited at the idea of home schooling their kids.

Thoughts on school in your state.

 As a parent who suffers from anxiety this virus is really bad for me. My anxiety is a lot worse and my panic attacks have increased. I need a schedule and I need to know what the plan is so I can handle my own mental health issues. I really hope we figure out how to live a more normal life and that my entire family can get back to a normal healthy life. To any of the parents out there struggling like myself you are not alone as this is tough. Just remind yourself it will not be this way forever and things will get better.

Hope all your kids have a great start to the school year! Thank you for letting me vent. I would love to hear what other kids are doing in other states. How do you feel about this whole school year. Do you want to home school, return to normal or hybrid school? I wish this never had happened.

In the spirit of making this school year as normal as possible Target has a ton of fun back to school supplies for a good price. Click the button below to check them out.

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Most amazing Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Yummy bundt cake time!

 I have not felt motivated lately. Writing has just seemed hard and life seems a bit off. But at the last minute I decided I needed to do our Sunday sweets after a post on TikTok inspired me. The Sunday sweet for this weekend is a Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake. Apparently people are trying to recreate the bundt cakes made at Nothing Bundt Cakes. I love their bundt cakes, so making this was an easy choice.

 First off what do you need to make these:

  1. Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 3 ounces of chocolate Jell-O pudding
  4. 3 quarters cup water
  5. 1 quarter cup vegetable oil
  6. 1 cup of sour cream
  7. Optional add 1 cup of chocolate chips
  8. Bundt cake pan
chalk board with purple writing saying chocolate bundt cake with oil, sour cream, pam spray, cake mix, four white eggs, and chocolate chips in a yellow bag.

 First off do not follow the directions on the back of the box just use the ingredients listed above. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl except the chocolate chips. After all ingredients are in the bowl or in my case after all my kids added them to bowl blend them together. In the TikTok video she had a hand blender, but we just used a whisk which worked well. After it is all completely mixed add the chocolate chips and mix those all in. We ended up using the mini chocolate chips which were fine but next time I would use the regular size ones. Just a preference but not needed.

After all items were mixed well together we poured it into a bundt pan that we sprayed with Pam. Then popped it into the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. In the video they said 45 minutes, but our oven tends to cook a bit quicker, so we did 35 minutes and it was good to go. I have never made a bundt cake before so if you are new to this when you flip it over and tap it out do it carefully. Some of my cake stuck but it still looked great!

Sunday sweets was a success!

While my Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake was in the oven I realized I put the wrong amount of water in. But it was still moist and very yummy. Next time we are also going to add some ice cream with it afterwards. But it was really good. The Nothing Bundt Cakes are denser, and I am not sure I would compare the two, but I would definitely make this again. The whole family said it was good and half is already gone so I deem this Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake a success. Hope everyone has a great week!

brown bundt cake on a green plate

One more thing! If you do not know what Nothing Bundt Cakes is click the button below to check them out or find a store near you. They are so yummy!

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Dollar Brownies

Sunday Sweets made EASY.

What a week it has been. I do not know why 2020 has been so rough but I am ready for a better year. I will explain more later but my week added up to me picking an extremely easy dessert. Nothing creative was made. I ended up heading to the boxed brownies. I love this kind. They only cost a dollar and are by Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate. So, I am calling them Dollar Brownie’s.

What you need for Dollar Brownies.

1.) Duncan Hines brownie mix

2.) vegetable oil

3.) water

4.) three eggs

* Add something fun to your dollar brownies: chocolate chips, sprinkles, whip cream, marshmallows, frosting or nuts.

Pretty simple to make.

So, like always anyone who can helps in the house. My hubby preheated the oven to 350. My kids and my son’s girlfriend Kiera all cracked one egg into the bowl. Letting a four and six-year-old crack an egg was an experience but there are no eggshells in them, so we are good. Add oil and water and whisk all together. Then you are done. Pour in the pan and into the oven for 35 minutes. Now you have yummy dollar brownies. This is all I could make with the week my family has had.

 Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. In the last week or so we were thrown some stuff that was tough. I could not focus my energy on some things in life due to me needed to take care of things that have come up. But I just could not let my kids down and not make something this week. It makes us all smile. I learned that they do not care what we make we just have to make something and that is what it is all about. So the dollar brownies are a hit!

Button bellow links to the brown mix.

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Oreo Dirt Cup’s

Fun dessert in August.

 Welcoming August with open arms. My son’s birthday is in a week and I am super excited. But today is the first Sunday of the month and our Sunday sweets family dessert day. Today I did not have time to make a new dessert. We have some personal stuff going on, so I reverted back to a fun easy childhood dessert. We are making Oreo Dirt Cup’s! The kids may like this one the best.

What you need.

 So first off as always what do you need to make Oreo dirt Cup’s:

  1. Oreos
  2. Milk
  3. Instant Jell-O Chocolate Pudding
  4. Gummy Worms
  5. Clear plastic cups
black chalk board with blue writing stating Oreo Dirt Cup's. With ingredients oreos, bag of gummy worms, boxes of chocolate jello and a vase with red roses and yellow sunflowers.

Make the Oreo Dirt Cup.

  This recipe is so easy, and the kids loved it. First follow the instructions on the Jell-O box. For me it said use three cups of cold milk. We mixed the milk with the bag of chocolate powder. The kids whisk it and then Daddy finished to make sure it was fully mixed. We then set it aside to thicken.

 Next I gave each kid three Oreo’s is in a Ziplock bag and let them smash it with a meat tenderizer. It does the job and each kid is able to make their own “dirt” for their cup. After this is done, the pudding should be ready just check it and make sure it is thick. We served up equal amounts into four cups. Next our kids poured the crushed Oreo’s on top of the pudding.

 Then we add the worms. Now you can put them in the pudding before you add the dirt, but we add them after. We push the ends in, so they look like they are crawling out. That is it. Now enjoy. These are super easy, cheap, creative, and quickly made. Ideal for kids of all ages. You can get more creative by adding other things to it if you want. Even better you cook nothing. It is hot in San Diego today. Our house is to warm for the oven to be used.

 Looking forward to making some new fun desserts this month. We will be making a birthday cake for my oldest and maybe trying a new cake recipe. The kids will love making him his cake. If you are looking for something to do that brings the whole family together try cooking or baking. This truly has been a lot of fun. I would love to hear about some of your family traditions new and old if you would love to share. Oh and if your looking for a different take on the classic dirt cup click the button below for a Peanut Butter Dirt Cup.

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Kid’s trying new food’s and flavors

My kid’s eating habits.

 I have 4 kids. Aria who is 9 months and tries anything we give her. Harper is 4 and she will try almost anything but may not like it afterwards. Then Gavin is 6 who is our picky eater and also does not eat a lot. Followed by Matthew who is 16 who use to love most foods but not so much anymore. For me I will try just about anything and have a great palate, but my kids are learning. When I came across Fresh Bellies I was so excited. Kid’s trying new food’s and flavor’s is especially important to me.

4 kids; two boys and two girls. Outside sitting on a blanket on the grass wearing pastel colors. They all eat fresh bellies snacks.

Fresh Bellies

 Fresh Bellies is such a great way to introduce fruits and veggies along with herbs and spices at a young age. Even better they not only offer freeze dried fruits and veggies but also offer baby food with amazing food profiles. Their products are not only made with full organic ingredients they also have no preservatives or added sweetener’s. The great thing is the snack bags only use 3 Non-GMO ingredients and are freeze dried only. If you try the baby food out the lids come with a spoon to use making it convenient and healthy.

What did my Kid’s think?

 We all headed to the park to play some ball and run around. This was the perfect time to bring the Fresh Bellies snacks to try out. After everyone stopped playing we all sat down to try them. My husband and I also tried them. We had 6 flavors to try:

  1. Apples and Cardamom
  2. Snap Peas and Cumin
  3. Roasted Peppers, Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt
  4. Mango and Basil
  5. Beets and Thyme
  6. Strawberries and Balsamic

As you can see they do not mix vegetable and fruit flavors so that kids learn to enjoy fruits AND vegetables on their own.

Orange, pink , red, purple, dark green, and light green bags of toddler snacks by fresh bellies in a purple box sitting on green grass.

 We started with the strawberries and they were amazing. The combination of flavors was perfect. Everyone loved this one. I mean most people love strawberries, so I was not to worried about this. Then we moved on to the Mango. Now I am not a huge fan of mango’s, but they were better than the strawberries. All my kids like the Mango and Basil but my 16-year-old finished off the whole bag. Since we already started with fruits we moved onto the apples which was really good. I was not sure of these at first as the cardamom is strong, but everyone enjoyed them. My daughter and I are actually eating a new bag of them now while I am typing.

 Next the veggies. Started with the roast peppers mainly because they were bright, and kids love bright colored foods. Well it was a hit. The kids really like these ones. The pepper is flavorful and even has little roast marks on them. Next up was the beets and this was the only one most of us disliked. Beets are an acquired taste. One of my friends has a foster son who LOVED the beets. Do not skip over them it may have just been my kids so let you kids try them out. I give my kids credit because they tried them and that is all I ask is to try everything. Then last but not least the snap peas. The kids loved them. They tasted just like fresh snap peas minus the crunch. Warning, the peas in the middle may be a little crunchy. They are definitely good.

Fresh Bellies were a success

 So out of all the flavors we enjoyed most of them. They did not last till the next day because they were so good. The freeze-dried snacks we tried are 12 months and up. My daughter sucked on the apple snack and loved them, but I would wait till 12 months. I would try the baby foods for under 12 months. They had great combinations. Unfortunately, my baby girl does no eat baby food, so we did not try them. I am excited to have tried these with my kids. The kids loved them, and they tried new veggies which is a huge thing for us, especially Gavin. It is so important to introduce vegetables and fruits separate to your kid’s so that they learn to enjoy them.

  Before I had my kids try these I checked them out. I always love seeing new food products for kids. I quickly learned that they are the first ever veggie forward all-natural toddler snack and baby food. Since getting kids to eat vegetables is a struggle for many parents I really was pleased that something like this was finally being made. Even more so adding herbs and spices. The earlier kids try different foods and spices the more they will enjoy them growing up. These little kids have brand new palates and us as parents have to introduce all the healthy foods and flavors as soon as we can. Click the link below if you want to check them out and maybe buy some.

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No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

 We are back again with our Sunday sweets. Today I made something that did not need to be cooked. Our home is small, so we had already been using the oven for a Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole and the house was a bit too warm. For that reason, we made Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies and let just say they are delicious.

The ingredients needed.

 As always I tell you what ingredients are needed first:

  1. One stick of butter
  2. Sugar (2 cups)
  3. Quick Oats (3 cups)
  4. Peanut butter (1 cup)
  5. Cocoa (1/4 cup)
  6. Milk (1/2 cup)
  7. Vanilla extract (2 tsp)
a black chalk board with blue writing showing all ingredient needed for a sunday sweets recipe with quick oats cocoa powder butter vanilla peanut butter and sugar all on a grey counter top.

 You will also need a saucepan, a large mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cups/spoons, cookie sheet, whisk, and some wax paper. If you have all of this then you are ready to go.

How to make them.

 We always have our kids help they are 4 years old and up except with the stove part unless it is our teenager. So first off they pour the oats into the large mixing bowl. Then in the sauce pan we put in the butter and melt it. After we melted those we added the sugar, milk, and cocoa all on medium heat. This is then all to be whisked together and brought to a boil for one minute. My husband did the part above and I helped the kids get the peanut butter and vanilla extract measured out. As soon as the minute is up in the sauce pan these ingredients need to be added and everything needs to be mixed together in the saucepan.

 Next we poured the saucepan mixture into the bowl of oats. My kids each took turns mixing that together till everything was fully mixed. Then the kids used a tablespoon to scoop the mixture out in separated spots onto the wax paper which covers the cookie sheet. When this was all done the worst part was waiting for them to cool. The whole house smelled like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, we ate our Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole while we waited. If you click the button below it will link you to the Casserole recipe which was amazing. Try adding Chorizo instead of sausage for a little kick.

 Everyone finished their food and the cookies were ready. They did not disappoint at all. This Sunday sweets recipe was a success. They were not too sweet which I worried a bit about. But I love oatmeal cookies so the oats in them reminded me of that. The peanut butter made them perfect. These were super easy to make and cooled really fast. Make sure you let them fully cool. If they do not fully cool when you store them in the fridge they get really gooey. Make sure to store them in the fridge for the best result if they are not all eaten in the same day. These are great for throwing in the diaper bag for a treat.

light brown mixed with off white colored cookies on white was paper to make sunday sweets which is a chocolate peanut butter no cook cookie

 I always love making Sunday sweets that I had as a kid. It is so much fun sharing things with your kids that you enjoyed growing up. Even more they loved helping. Every Sunday the excitement and involvement in cooking is so much fun to see. Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend and that the up coming week goes great!

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Carlsbad Day Trip

Finding Fairy Doors

 Most people go to Carlsbad, California to visit the beach but our Carlsbad day trip was different. We opted on not going to the beach due to Covid-19. Too many people and not many wearing the mask’s they should. We decided to go on a hunt for tiny fairy doors on a trail in Carlsbad. It was more fun than we thought.

 We got there around 12 and there were very few people on the short trail. As we started walking my teenager spotted the first door. It was perfectly placed on a tree. This tiny little realistic door. It is the cutest tiny yellow door. There was a handle and tiny mushrooms painted on it. Next to the door was tinker bell. Around the door was green moss. You could see my little one’s imaginations running. The excitement was so adorable.

 As we proceed down the trail we came on to another door. This was red and bigger. There was moss, glitter, and purple flowers around it. The detail on the tiny door was perfect. I truly have not seen my kids this excited in months. I should say we do not go many places lately due to this virus, so this was a treat. What was even better is my 16-year-old son said it was pretty fun. This is a huge win for me. In total we found 13 doors. All varying in sizes and absolutely perfect.

 What was so cute is that these doors looked to have inspired other people. There were little birdhouse’s that someone had made on different trees. People had also painted and made their own doors in other places. The original doors we found are part of the Carlsbad Village Fairies. They started popping up in Lancashire, England and now they are in Carlsbad, California. If you would love to read more about how they have come about or buy a fairy door click the button below. They look like so much fun.

Ice Cream was needed

 After this we decided to get some ice cream. Most ice cream placed were closed which was sad because we found one that looked so fun. But my trusty husband came to the rescue. He found Fugu Rolled Ice Cream and Taiyaki. We had the best rolled ice cream. We all got the rolled ice cream except Harper. Her ice cream came in a waffle fish filled with chocolate and her ice cream was ube/vanilla. It was so much fun finding a new place to try.

Finished with Mexican Food

 To top off any southern California trip we had Mexican food. We had to get some. The smell as we walked by was amazing to say the least. If I have not said before I am newly a vegetarian which makes my Mexican food choices slim. But this place had a burrito for me. I got a falco lunch burrito and it was so freaking good. It makes my day when I can find a good vegetarian meal. They even offered a vegan option. Matthew and Geoff got CaliGuey (California burrito) and they loved it so much. I can’t forget  to mention their perfectly made salsa to finish off any Mexican meal.

brown bag from sanchos taco with a burrito from carlsbad day trip

 We had the best day. We kept a social distance 90% of the time. It felt like a normal outing which is so needed. For me covid-19 is putting a strain on my mental health. My kids are also suffering. They miss their friends and just doing normal things. Today truly helped. Thank you to the Carlsbad Village Fairies to letting my kids and my teenager be kids again. Thank you to Fugu Ice Cream for being open when so many are not you saved the afternoon. Our Carlsbad day trip was amazing! Time to look for some other fun and safe San Diego adventures.

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Summer Fun 2020

Summer is different this year.

  The summer fun has been odd to say the least. Last summer we went on lots of fun trips. Now due to covid-19 and living in California all our plans were cancelled. It did not really bother me until this weekend. Memories from last summer and the ones before that start popping up make me wish this would all end soon.

 Last summer was really a ton of fun. It was such a blessing to go on a trip with my oldest son. It was just the two of us. The trip was to Washington, D.C. to tour colleges with TAPS. For the first time in a long time Matthew and I got some much needed one on one time. I was very pregnant, but I felt great. This trip was the best trip for the both of us.

 But on top of that fun trip we also had a weekend away in Los Angeles with the family. Even though it was a short trip and only a few hours away it was well needed. It also was with TAPS. For our family these get away’s with TAPS are truly needed. The trip is full of familiar face’s. It is so refreshing for the entire family.

 If you have not read some of my other posts I should tell you what TAPS is. TAPS organization stands for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The organization is headed by Bonnie Carroll a military widow. They support all family members and friends who have lost someone in the Military. The person who died may have be active duty, reserves, or veteran. It is like a second family to many people including us. If you have lost a military loved one or if you just want to learn more ill attach a button below to their page.

 So, this summer among the other fun things we do, losing out on going to these events has been a bit heart breaking. Even though they offered virtual event’s they just are not the same.

 For me I am siding with caution and staying away from other people. So, we just are staying home. There is only so much you can do at home. There are way too many people at the beaches here in San Diego and basically everywhere. So many people are just going about their lives normal and I wish I could be so carefree, but this virus makes me nervous. So now with the summer half over I am looking for some creative ways to have some fun. I need to have some summer fun with my family.

 Summer Fun 2020 idea’s.

  1. Going to the beach at 7am: A mom in San Diego says if you go really early no one is there and just leave as too many show up.
  2. Putting our tent up on the patio: We are going to set the tent up with sleeping bags and pretend camp from our house. We will make popcorn and S’mores bites.
  3. Build a tower garden: This company in Tennessee called GreenStalk makes a garden tower that we are going to plant things in.
  4. Water play: We will buy a blow-up pool and water balloons. Eat watermelon, make sandwiches and eat popsicles all on our patio. Then we can all have some summer fun from our home.

Taking Summer fun suggestions.

 These are the four things I have come up with so far. I really need to find some fun ideas for summer before it is over. What are your creative ideas for summer fun from home. I need help! Hope y’all have a great Summer.

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S’mores Bites

 Happy Sunday! As always every Sunday we post a blog about our family tradition, Sunday Sweet’s. Today’s choice was inspired by my son’s girlfriend. We chose to make S’mores Bites. Smore’s are so much fun to make but we live in an apartment now so the traditional ones cannot be made there. But with some creativity you can make them, just a different way.

Chalk board with white writing S'more Bites. White poowdered sugar bag, white marshmallow bag, brown and silver chocolate container and blue and yello graham cracker container.

 As always I start here with the ingredients needed:

  • Graham crackers (9)
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Hershey bars (2)
  • Big marshmallows (12)
  • Muffin tin pan

 If you are new to the page our kids all help in making our Sunday sweets except the baby. She is just there for support.

 These are pretty simple to make. First always start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating we let the kid’s smash the graham cracker’s in three separate Ziplock bags. Due to the kids being busy crushing graham crackers my oldest son and I broke the chocolate into the individual squares during this time. But you really just need one bigger Ziplock bag to crush the graham crackers in, but we just have multiple helpers. After they are all fully crushed you need to mix them with the butter and powdered sugar in a small bowl.

 Now you have the base ready. Next, get your muffin tin and put one teaspoon of the mixture into in each muffin part, pressing it down. It actually turned out to be a little more over a teaspoon for us because we wanted more crust. The kids get to help with all of this. It was great because they could all participate. We sometimes have issues with taking turns but not today.  Next, Dad puts the tin in the oven until all the edges are golden. For our oven it took around 10 minutes.

Next we placed a piece of chocolate or two in each section. After that we added a whole large marshmallow to each section before putting it back into the oven.When the marshmallows were lightly brown on top they are ready.

 Let cool for a minute and they are ready to eat. I honestly have more fun making normal smores, but we have to make things work. These S’mores Bites are perfect. If you are apartment living these are for you. They are really yummy, and I would make them again. You can also play around with the type of chocolate you use to make them your own. Have fun trying these out!

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Must have baby items

So many Mom’s ask me what are my must have baby item’s. I have had four kids over the last seventeen years and definitely do have some favorites. One thing I learned after baby number two is there are too many baby products that are truly a waste of money. It makes it so hard to figure out what is needed and what is not needed. One item I tell every mom they do not need is a wipe warmer. Please do not waste your money on this. It is an overall consensus among the moms I know that this item is one of the biggest wastes of money.

 I decided to share what my top 20 must have baby items is in hopes that it will help new Mom’s sort through the millions of baby items sold today. If you click on any picture it will connect you to amazon.com. (I do need to let you know as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases click the button if you would like to learn more.)

1.) Halo Bassinets Swivel Sleeper

 This bassinet although a bit expensive is worth the cost. At night it gets very tiring getting up and down to wake with the baby. This bassinet sits right up to the bed. It protects the baby but with the parent’s weight you can push the side down to easily access the baby. It makes night feeding easier and checking on the baby much easier. The feet of the bassinet easily slide under the bed which allows it to sit right up next to the side of the mattress.

2.) Wonder Miracle Fluffy Swaddle

 There are so many swaddle options, but I found my children really liked these ones. First off they are super soft which I always love. Second off they are so easy to put on the baby which is a must especially late at night. If you can quickly swaddle them back up they quickly are back to sleep. My worry was they would get to hot but this was not a problem in my home. You may want to watch if your home runs warmer. But I absolutely loved them as did my babies.

3.) Iniuniu Large Unisex Baby Backpack

 Where do I start when it comes to diapers bags? I have gone through way too many. But this is the best one and it is built to last. I look for lots of zippers and pocket so the diaper bag can be organized which is a huge deal when you have multiple kids. It is also a backpack which to me is perfect. As a new parent you already have your hands full. Because of that you want a backpack as it makes things so much easier.

4.) Graco DuetSoothe Baby Swing

 My kids loved swings as did I so I could get things done around the house. What is great about this is it is a swing/rocker combo. You can detach the rocker and carry it to another room. Not only did that help me when I wanted the baby right near me it also saved so much room. Baby items can take up a lot of space and this give you two great baby soothers in one. I can not express how much this was a life saver for me.

5.) Ergobaby Carrier Omni 360

 If your baby likes to be held a lot which most do this can be a life saver once they hit the right size. You can wear this in the house and out. It can be used as the baby grows for a long time. You also can purchase the infant insert so when the babies are little they fit. It is a huge help for Moms so that they can get things done and the baby gets to feel the comfort and closeness they truly need.

6.) Nanobebe Breast milk Baby Bottles

 Not all women breast fed and in my book fed is best. But in my case I do breastfed by babies and nipple confusion was a huge concern of mine. These bottles are great for all babies especially breastfed ones. They resemble a breast, are easy to clean and do not create nipple confusion. At least they did not in my case. I was really excited about this bottle and it met all my expectations.

7.) Boritar Baby Blanket

 If you are looking for a good multi-purpose blanket that is not super costly you have found it here. As I said before I absolutely love a soft blanket and this one was my favorite. The blanket is my favorite, I carry it all year long and my babies love it. I use it to sit the baby on at the park, to block the sun and cuddle the baby. I like that as different material on each side.

8.) Shynerk Baby Car Mirror

 For me, the driving with my baby was scary. I always worried if they were ok. I recommend a baby mirror. It gives you piece of mind while driving which is a must. Also, when the baby gets bigger they see themselves in it which is always entertaining. This one fit well in the car and was a great price point.

9.) Safety 1st Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare Grooming Kit

 I always recommend this this to parents. I actually get a new one with every pregnancy. It gives you all the grooming items you need. On top of that it also gives you a thermometer and comes in a cute little zip bag to keep it all together. I love that all the items are good quality and will be needed with a baby. The only thing I do not use is the nose bulb because I love number 10 on my list better.

10.) NeilMed Nasabulb

 So, for many moms you are given a little blue bulb in the hospital and those to me never seem to work. On top of the fact all the snot just gets sucked into it. These clear ones were a miracle to me. First off they suck out everything and you do not have to do it over and over. But second off the tip screws off so you clean it. I was so happy with that feature. It also helps that it is clear so you can see inside.

11.) UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat

 If you are looking for an amazing car seat this is the one. Now it is expensive. It may not be affordable for you but if it is get it. This car seat is very solid and protects the baby. It is easy to carry and the baby insert inside makes the baby amazingly comfortable as well as secure. On top of that it is the simplest car seat my husband has ever installed. This purchase was the best.

12.) UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller

 If you get the car seat above you need the stroller. This stroller folds up and takes truly little room. The car seat snaps in super easy and comes out with the push button on the handle. It rides really smooth as well. It comes with a bassinet you can connect on which I find very convenient but then as they get bigger it has the normal infant seat to click in. These strollers also have added on options such as to add another seat and even a wooden stand board for older kids. This purchase is worth it 100x over.

13.) Medela Pump in Style Advanced with Tote

 In the pumping world there are some new editions but in the 17-year span of being a parent this pump has been the best. It is easy to carry, easy to function and easy to clean. Medela is the best bump out there hands down.

14.) Organic Burp Cloths 5-pack

 For a burp cloth I find the ones that are thicker are the best. These burp cloths are thick, absorbent and a cute design. But the shape is what makes them the best they stay and fit where they need to unlike the normal burp cloths out there.

15.) Baby Monitor with Remote Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera with LCD Infrared Night Vision

 A baby monitor is a must if you have your baby in a crib and you are not there. I have always preferred the ones with the camera so you can see and hear your baby. It is important to have these two functions. What is even better is if they have good night vision. It gives you piece of mind. Many baby monitors are pretty costly but this one has a really good price point.

16.) Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

 Along with a good monitor if you can afford the Owlet Smart Sock please get it. It gives parents a piece of mind. Most parents sleep lightly and check on their baby a ton worried that they are safe and breathing. This monitors you baby and alerts you if anything is wrong. It truly is a blessing!

17.) Shusher Portable White Noise Sound Machine

 The key to getting most babies to sleep is white noise. If you ever notice people shushing their babies it creates white noise to soothe the baby. This is portable, you can bring it anywhere. You can hook it to the car seat and the diaper bag. It can be a life saver.

18.) Pampers Pure Protection Disposable Diapers

 All my babies have been in Pampers from the moment they are born. My last baby has super sensitive skin. There diapers are the best. They fit her perfectly even as she has began crawling all over. Her skin is not affected at all by them. She does not get red or break out anymore. These diapers are amazing.

19.) Pampers Aqua Pure Sensitive Diaper Wipes

 We use these along with the diapers above and the redness has stopped. With other wipes when we wiped her she would turn bright red but with these nothing. The Pampers Pure line is the way to go if you baby suffers from sensitive skin or if you just want the best for your baby in my opinion.

20.) Aquaphor

 Do not forget to buy this. Buy the jar version. This is a miracle ointment. It can be used to heal diaper rashes quickly and gently. Any red or dry spots on a baby put this on it works quickly. If your baby has eczema try this as well. We use this on my baby’s eczema and on my older kids’ skin. I recommend this over most other lotions and over all diaper rash creams.

I hope some of my must have baby items help you out in the future with your new baby. They truly are my favorite baby items that I would not suggest if I did not personal love them.