I’ve put together some of the best toys on Amazon. These are toys my kids either have, want, or will be getting for Christmas. Cash is almost 5 and Sawyer just turned 3, so I would say most of these would be a great gift for a child between the ages of 2 and 7. Of course every child is different, but these are all things my kids love!
*Disclaimer. Some of these links are affiliate links.
1. Nature Explorer Kit
2. Kid’s Drum Set
3. Kid’s Vacuum (that works!)
4. VTech Write & Learn Creative Center
5. Retro Play Kitchen
6. Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera
7. Wooden Play House
8. Art Easel
9. 3 Pack of Walkie Talkies
10. Magic Magnetic Blocks
11. Reusable Water Coloring Pads
12. Pretend Makeup Kit
Make sure to click the link because a lot of these come in different color options!
One reason I tend to order gifts on Amazon is because I’m able to read the reviews to see what other’s think of the item. Most of these have 4+ star reviews!
You’ll also usually find the best deals on Amazon, and items tend to ship out quickly.
If you have any other favorite Amazon kids toys I’d love to hear about them!
My review of the kid’s new car seats. Cash is 5 years old and got the MyFit. Sawyer is 3 years old and Capri is 6 months old and they are both in the Chicco NextFits.
These car seats were gifted to us, but we have been fans of Chicco for almost 5 years!
Some links are affiliate links.
You know you’re a mom when you get excited about new car seats. I literally almost cried when Chicco told me they were sending all 3 kiddos new car seats.
Cash had been in his Chicco NextFit since he was 6 months old (he’s almost FIVE!) and Sawyer had been in hers since around 5 or 6 months also (she turns THREE this week!). Both of their seats have held up so well over the years, but between taking them in and out of the car, taking them on vacation, snack crumbs, *potty* accidents, and regular wear and tear I knew it was time for new seats.
Capri had been in her infant carrier that she absolutely HATED. I won’t say the brand but let’s just say I wouldn’t buy it ever again and Capri never looked comfortable in it. She cried almost every single time we left the house. So I couldn’t wait to get her a NextFit just like Cash & Sawyer.
I’m kind of paranoid when it comes to my kid’s safety, so ever since Cash was little I’ve been researching car seat safety. I know that rear-facing as long as possible is very important, so we didn’t even turn Cash around until a few months ago! (At age 4 1/2!)
The NextFit has a rear facing limit of 40 lbs, so since Sawyer is only about 32 lbs she’ll continue to rear face a bit longer, along with Capri.
As soon we put Capri in the NextFit I KNEW her hatred for car rides was a thing of the past. We installed these seats a couple weeks ago and since then I’ve run lots of errands and drove to my parent’s house and back (an hour away) and she has not cried AT ALL! She falls asleep almost every time. She’s super cozy which makes it so much less stressful to take her places.
Since Cash is now forward facing we got him the Chicco MyFit Harness + booster car seat. This seat is awesome because it’s adjustable and he’ll be able to fit in it for a long time. Cash is using it with the straps and back right now, but the back can be taken off as well as the straps so you can use your regular car seat straps. But, of course, I will be keeping him in with the back and car seat straps for as long as possible. (Because *safety first*!!!) He has been loving it so far. No complaints from him, and trust me he’d let me know if he wasn’t comfortable.
I definitely recommend these seats for anyone on the hunt for new car seats.
The Chicco NextFits are so comfortable and you can tell just by looking at them that they are good quality seats.
The Chicco MyFit is a great option for your bigger kids and it’s super affordable.
I can confidently say that I feel like my kids are very safe in these seats.
A couple questions I wanted to answer about the seats:
Q. Are they hard to install?
A. Honestly, they’re pretty easy to install if you know what you’re doing but the NextFits ARE heavy. So, if you plan on moving the seat in and out of cars you might want to take that into consideration. I personally would recommend putting the NextFit in the vehicle you drive the most and then buy a cheaper/lighter seat for the other vehicle. BUT I will say that I have had cheaper/lighter seats for vacationing/ grandparent’s vehicles and even though they’re lighter they’re actually more difficult to install correctly. So that’s also something to think about.
Q. Can you fit 3 across?
A. While I’m sure that you could…I haven’t tried so I honestly can’t say.
Q. Why do you rear face so long?
A. It’s truly the safest option. Rear facing spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body. It also limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint. If you go to Youtube and watch some videos of rear facing vs forward facing you’ll see why extended rear facing is so important.
Here is a link to the AAP’s Car Seat Safety Recommendations
I hope this review was helpful! If you’re looking for a carseat and aren’t sure what to get, Chicco is the way to go! You won’t be disappointed.
And here’s our little video of the kids in their seats:
I put together some of my favorite pieces for my daughter’s fall/winter wardrobe. All these pieces are super affordable and easy to style. Sawyer loves pink, hearts, dresses, and boots…in case you couldn’t tell! But make sure to click each link because most of these items are available in multiple different colors.
[*disclaimer- this post is not sponsored, but some of these are affiliate links.]
Most of these items can be found at H&M, Old Navy, Zara and Cotton On. I feel like all of these places offer such cute items and they’re actually affordable!
I’d love to know if you have another favorite place you love to shop for your little ladies?
When I found out I was having a boy during my first pregnancy I was super excited BUT I knew that shopping wouldn’t be as fun as it would be for a girl. Cash is almost 5 and boy clothes have really gotten so much cuter over the last few years.
Some of the places I like to shop for Cash are H&M, Old Navy/Gap, Zara & Cotton On. He definitely has a say in what he wears, comfort is key for him! His H&M sweatpants  are his favorite pants to wear when it’s cool enough out. And cozy graphic raglans  are perfect for cool AZ winter days. I put together some of my favorite fall pieces from some of my favorite stores.
[This is not a sponsored post but some of these are affiliate links.]
Works just as well as my $70 carrier! But this one is FREE!
This DIY no-sew baby carrier takes less than 5 minutes to make. I made it with 3 old shirts I had lying around. Best part is, it’s super easy to put on AND baby is super cozy in it.
I made one of these with Sawyer and used it pretty often.
You could even use cute shirts with pretty patterns if you wanted to, or stick to all black. The skies the limit. 😉
All you need is:
A pair of scissors
3 fitted shirts. I used cami’s from Forever 21.
Watch below and if you try it let me know! Or better yet, tag me on Instagram so I can see! instagram.com/britt.kav
I always said I would have at *least* 3 kids. I actually always wanted 4. However, after Sawyer (my second child) I decided I was done. I still liked the idea of 3 or 4 children, but I did not want to go through pregnancy/ nursing/ the baby phase / etc. all over again.
So, since I had decided that I didn’t want to have any more we got rid of almost all of our baby stuff that we had saved.
Well, just a couple of weeks after throwing away a big bulk of baby stuff (including our crib), we found out that I was pregnant again. Surprise! I guess God planned on me having 3 babies after all!
While I was a little bummed about some of the stuff that I had gotten rid of, I was excited to shop for a baby again. (I am never not excited about shopping!)
Sawyer is now 2 1/2, so it had been a couple of years since I bought baby stuff. There were a lot of new products that I had not seen or got a chance to use with my other two, so I was excited to try some new stuff out with baby # 3!
When I reached out to my Instagram followers and asked about their *must-have* baby products a large majority of them mentioned the Dockatot. I had seen the Dockatot before (who hasn’t?), but I feel like within the last couple years it has definitely gotten more popular. However, I was honestly surprised to hear people say that it was one of their must-have products. I was always curious about it, and since so many people suggested it I was really intrigued to try it for myself!
We received our Dockatot Deluxe just a couple weeks ago. I have been putting it in bed with me and that’s where I’ll lay Capri down after I nurse her into a deep sleep. It has honestly been the only thing that has made co-sleeping with a newborn feel comfortable + safe. I was always hesitant about co-sleeping with newborns. (They’re so tiny and fragile!) I’ve tried a few other sleepers and bassinets in the past, and honestly the Dockatot along with the Rock-n-Play are the only things my kids have slept in comfortably! I like switching off between the two because it’s nice to switch up her position. I think the Dockatot will make transitioning to the crib (much later on) a lot easier. The Dockatot comes in two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months). You definitely want get the appropriate size for your baby, because the size is what makes it so comfortable for your little one.
Now, I do know there are some similar items to the Dockatot for a lot cheaper. From what I’ve heard, most do not have the bottom support that the Dockatot has. I could see that compromising some of the child’s comfort. I also feel like the bottom support is what makes it more of a sleeper than a pillow. Ya know? And as we usually find out, “you get what you pay for.” So, keep that in mind!
You can get $10 off a Dockatot with my referral link: Dockatot
BINXY BABY HAMMOCK
Another item that I had seen around but never got a chance to try with my other two was the cart hammock by Binxy. I was a little hesitant to try it, because it didn’t really look safe- HOWEVER, let me tell you the honest truth, it really is super safe!! It goes a lot deeper than it looks in photos. (Imagine an actual hammock, but with more support/structure!)
I tried this for the first time about a week ago and I actually LOVE it. It is so much easier to use this than an infant carrier, which is heavy and takes up a ton of room in the cart. It’s truly genius! I usually wear my kiddos out when they’re infants, but there’s almost always a reason that I need to set them down for something (adjust my carrier, go to the bathroom, etc.) so this is perfect for me! It can also hold your carseat for you if you decide you want to bring that also. It can actually hold up to 50 pounds! It can be used until you baby is 6-8 months old. (Up until they can start sitting up on their own.)
You can get 10% off a Binxy hammock with my referral link: Binxy Hammock
The third item that I recently received for baby Capri that I had not used in the past is the Ollie baby swaddle. Now, I am not a huge fan of swaddling. Mostly because I have always sucked at it. Logan was always the one to swaddle Cash & Sawyer, and I usually would have him re-do it if he did it too tight.
Thankfully I was able to easily swaddle Capri with the Ollie, and it took me like 10 seconds. It’s made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating, and it has velcro on the sides. I like that the velcro makes it easy to adjust if needed.
This is SO much easier than dealing with a swaddling blanket. Capri was super cozy in it. She obviously approves as well! I really love the Ollie + Dockatot combo. I received the Dockatot before the Ollie and I would have to lay out a blanket in the Dockatot to swaddle her (which was a pain), but this swaddle makes it so much easier!
You can get 10% off an Ollie swaddle with my referral link: Ollie Swaddle
Trying these new items was really fun and I truly love all 3 of them. I am excited to try more new things as Capri gets older!
While I did receive these items in turn for a review, it was not technically necessary that I leave a positive review! However, I honestly do love all 3 products! Capri is only 5 weeks old, so we definitely have a lot of use left in these items. I will report back if my mind changes on anything. 😉
Use my referral links to get a discount on these items!
Home Hacks to Improve Your Life
Your home should ideally be a peaceful haven you can look forward to returning to, a place where you can unwind, relax and let the stress of the day melt away. Creating a more Zen-like environment reflects harmony, balance and relaxation, often linked to simplicity and minimalism. That kind of atmosphere can offset the stresses of your day-to-day routine and even improve your overall well-being.
Research has shown that there is a link between clutter, high stress levels and depression. If you’re living in a house filled with clutter, all of those “things” are most likely taking joy out of your life without you even realizing it.
You may find your perfect home among Phoenix real estate offerings, and the opportunity to start anew. But no matter how determined you are not to fill it up with junk, before you know it, you’ve got a ton of things again. It’s human nature as the brain gets an immediate boost of joy from buying an object, but it’s only fleeting, which means you end up buying more and more to try and feel satisfied, but it never happens.
That added stress negatively impacts life in multiple ways, such as making you feel fatigued more often, increasing appetite due to higher cortisol levels, and potentially gaining weight. A study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine discovered that people who go to bed in cluttered rooms and are at a higher risk for developing hoarding issues, and are more likely to have sleep disturbances, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.
By utilizing these home hacks, it can help you declutter and improve your life in many ways.
Clear Things Out a Step at a Time
If you have a lot of clutter, just thinking about it can seem so overwhelming that you give up before you even get started. Don’t try and do it all at once. Instead, start small by working on one area at a time, such as a drawer or a closet. Committing just 20 minutes a day for decluttering can make a big difference over time. If you’re having difficult tossing things out, one good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year.
Find a Spot For Every Possession
After clearing out a space and deciding what you do and don’t want, when you put items back, make sure each one has its own ideal spot where it can be easily accessed. If you have clothing or other items that may need altering or repairs, don’t put them back. Instead, place them in a box or basket where they can be dealt with. If you don’t think you’ll ever get around to it, you may want to donate or toss them out.
Change the Mood with Color
Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, think about changing up the mood of a room, or rooms, by using color. Warm colors are said to evoke feelings of happiness and optimism. Yellow is great for a hall, kitchen or dining room, frequently associated with joy and sunshine, while green can be ideal for a main color scheme as it’s calming, helping one to relax and relieve stress. Blue is a serene hue as well, it can lower high blood pressure and slow heart rate and respiration, making it a good color to use in a bedroom.
Once your home is organized, you’ll have to make the effort to keep it that way. Setting aside a little time every day or once a week, to clear out any clutter is a lot easier than having to do it all at once after it’s been allowed to pile up. An hour a week is really all that it should take to maintain a clutter-free, organized home.
There’s something about a clean & organized home that makes me feel at peace. Of course with three kids my house is not always clean. In fact, it’s rarely clean! But following these “hacks” has helped me maintain the mess a lot easier.
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My Birth Story
It’s almost 10 PM, I have been here at the hospital since just after 5 AM this morning, & I figured I should jot down what happened today before I forget anything!
So, yesterday I actually went in for my weekly doctor visit & everything looked pretty much the same as it had the last two weeks; 3 cm dilated + baby’s head was VERY low. Doctor repeated to me what he told me the previous week, “her head is really low, so make sure you don’t wait too long to come in once you start having regular / strong contractions!”
I had been having contractions for the past couple weeks but nothing strong or consistent.
That night (last night) when I sat down to work around 8 PM I started to feel some strong contractions. I texted Logan & told him, but I told him I was going to take a shower & lie down & they’d probably go away.
I ended up falling asleep after my shower. I woke up at 4 AM to some super painful contractions. I called him & told him “it’s time”, & thankfully he was heading out of work & on his way home.
Once he got home we waited for his mom to get there (to watch the kiddos) & we headed out.
The hospital is about a 15-20 min drive for us so I didn’t feel *too* rushed. Logan was speeding & I’d yell “slow down it’s fine!” Then I’d get a painful contraction & be like “let’s get there!!!” 🤣
We got to the hospital around 5:00/5:15 AM.
Everyone at the hospital check-in apparently thought I was far from delivering because no one was rushing. The nurse (who said “we’re all guessing you’re a 5 or 6”) checked me and said “wow you’re an 8! Did you want the natural birthing room?” To which I responded, “no, I want an epidural.” And she just kind of looked at me like “uhh not happening”, but said ooookay…and started wheeling me to the room.
A couple nurses came in my room along with the midwife, Yvonne. When I told them I wanted an epidural they all looked at me like, “are you serious?”
Yvonne basically told me it was almost time to push! She said I *could* get an epidural but it would literally be pointless.
Not gonna lie, I wanted to cry. The contractions hurt, but I could bare them. The thought of feeling a child bust out of my vagina is what scared the hell out of me! I was not prepared for this! Plus- **TMI** I felt like I had to poop…Yvonne assured me that it was the baby that I felt- NOT poop. I did not believe her.
I am all about mind over matter. The fact that I went into this thinking I’d be able to get an epidural really threw me off. I would have done the natural birthing room and labored in the tub if I had known that I was for sure unable to get the epidural.
Yvonne said she was going to break my water and then I could start to push. I was freaking out!
She broke my water, told me to get on all fours, and…well, I had no choice & started pushing.
Dear God it was the worst pain of my life. Like I said, I truly believe a lot of this had to do with mind over matter, and the fact that I wasn’t able to prepare my mind to do this without meds made it worse than it had to be.
I was screaming out the f-word while praying to Jesus to help me. (I’m sorry, Jesus. I’m sure you understand.)
I still felt like I had to poop so I kept pushing Logan down because I didn’t want him to see haha. He would try to look and I’d scream “don’t look!!!” He said I was pushing him into the ground as hard as I could. (I didn’t poop by the way…in case you were wondering. Ha!!) I’m actually laughing out loud right now thinking back on it.
Finally, Logan & Yvonne let me know the head is out. I felt a slight moment of relief until I thought about how I still have to push the shoulders out.
I could feel every little thing. Her shoulders, followed by her body, her legs, & then the chord.
The feeling of pushing the rest of her out was such a relief.
They immediately laid baby Capri on my chest, and she was so cheesy (covered with vernix) and so perfect.
She was born at 6:10 AM. Hardly an hour after we arrived at the hospital!
We did it, baby girl!
Capri Grace. My little wild card.
We were discharged just over 24 hours after delivery, and we are back home and Capri is perfect and healthy and I feel great. (Minus being extremely tired from lack of sleep.)
I am so thankful that everything went so quickly and there were no complications. Yvonne from Premier Care For Women was amazing! I am so happy that she was the one to deliver Capri.
Now it’s time to get back to work and cuddle on this little precious princess of mine.
Baby is due in 3 weeks! My hospital bag is packed and *pretty much* ready to go. This is my third baby, so I think I’ve got this hospital bag down…I’m sure I’m forgetting something though!
– Boppy Pillow https://rstyle.me/n/c3wki2cc7rf [affiliate link]
– Disposable Razor
– Dry Shampoo
– Nipple Cream
– Makeup remover/ cleansing wipe things
– Body wash – Deodorant
– Lip Balm
– Hair Ties
*Brush for baby
3 blankets for baby
– Onesies / Outfit for baby to come home in
– Bows for baby girl (Beanie for boy?)
– Nursing Bras
– Cozy PJs that button up (for nursing)
– T-Shirts (Outfit for going home)
*Stuff for your partner*
– Birth Plan
Letterboard sign for photos
Pump if you plan on pumping instead of breastfeeding.
Newborn Necessities + Everything You Need On Your Baby Registry This will be my third baby, so at this point I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what’s necessary and what I could live without. Some links are affiliate links!
1. Crib [similar crib linked] https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck25cc7rf
2. Swaddle blankets / Muslin Swaddles https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ecc7rf
3. Baby monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ycc7rf
4. Diaper bag/ Backpack http://fawndesign.com
6. Free & clear laundry detergent
7. Onesies https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ncc7rf
8. Burp cloths https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ycc7rf
9. Rock n play https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmhrcc7rf
10. Baby carrier https://sollybaby.com
11. Swing https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmikcc7rf
12. Car seat
1. Breast pump [Free through insurance!] I ordered mine through here: https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/
2. Nursing bras https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmi9cc7rf
3. Breast pads https://rstyle.me/~aqlsc
Must-Have but I haven’t gotten yet:
1. Owlet monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmjscc7rf
2. Dock a tot https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmj3cc7rf Follow me on Instagram! Instagram.com/britt.kav