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Thursday, July 23, 2020

FAVORITE BABY PRODUCTS

I compiled a list of my all time favorite baby items. Some we used with Grace and saved for baby number two and others I did a ton of research on and recently bought for new baby boy. If any of the items are new it's because we weren't really impressed with what we had before with Grace and wanted an item that better fit our needs!




Dock A Tot: We used this EVERYDAY with Grace. It is 100% worth the money and great for up to 8-9months. I recommend going with a patterned cover and not the pure white. It was a little difficult to get stains out of ours so I bought a solid cover for when baby boy comes!

Portable Bouncer: I didn't have a seat like this with Grace and I wish I did! It's a convenient way to be hands free and keep baby safe and entertained. I love the neutral colors of it and that baby doesn't need to be able to support their head to use it.

Bottles: I loved these bottles for Grace. They are extremely easy to clean, there's only two parts to them! They're also great for transitioning from breast to bottle. Highly recommend. Comes in green or pink option.

High chair: This chair is so easy to clean, you literally just wipe it down. I also love the ease of taking the tray off and putting it back on. It's magnetic so you can easily do it with one hand.

Play Gym: I shared about this product on my Insta-stories. I love the simplicity to it and the fact that the play mat detaches from the arms making it very easy to clean!

Portable Fan: This is a must have! Super easy to clip onto your stroller or activity table. I charge it right in my car with the USB cord provided. It also sits flat so you can use it on any flat surface. We've had ours for two years now.

Bottle Sterilizer: This is a new purchase for baby number two. I'm excited to have one less thing to do and figured with everything going on with COVID-19 it was a great investment. I'll be sterilizing bottles, my breast pump parts, and pacifiers with it!

Portable Activity Table: This was a random find for me when Grace was an infant. We were members at a pool club and always hanging out at my Dad's pool so wanted something to put her in. It is extremely convenient to travel with, folds up like a camping chair, we even took it to my Dad's in Florida with ease. The material can get wet and dries quickly.

Burp Clothes: These are literally amazing. So soft, absorbent, and a great size. I learned the hard way with Grace that you don't need anything fancy or cute to wipe up spit up lol, just something that works. Use Code: Ashley20 for 20% OFF your purchase!

Stroller: We love the Maxi Cosi brand. I have two strollers, the infant car seat and convertible car seats. The strollers are easy to fold up and open, stylish, and fit the infant car seat.

Swaddle: I used these with Grace and fell in love. To be honest swaddling always intimidated me. I never understood how a baby would be comfortable with their arms so tight by their sides. This swaddle is easy to use, simply zips right up, and allows the baby to self sooth with their hands.

Sound Machine: You need this. We use the shusher feature and let it run all of nap time and bedtime. This one is inexpensive and runs on batteries so very easy to travel with, batteries are provided too! My favorite feature for this shusher is it has a timer setting, but you don't have to use it. Most don't give you that option and we like to just let it run.

4 in 1 Seat: There's nothing better than a baby item that grows with them. I love that this seat has a tray for snacks and activities. It also grows all the way to a booster seat! Comes in a teal and pink color.

Portable Bottle Warmer: (not pictured in collage) This warmer is battery operated which makes traveling with it a breeze. I love that it provides specific temperature settings which means no guessing! I had a different brand bottle warmer for Grace and I was always over heating my breast milk. It was a pain to figure out. I'm excited to use this new product when baby comes.
Use Code: therhodetous for 10% OFF your purchase!

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Activities For Kids

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To say I have been slowly using my mind would be an understatement. Trying to figure out what to do with Grace everyday we are in the house has been wearing on me. I decided to set some time aside to share some toys, puzzles, crafts that have been keeping her happily entertained and me feeling accomplished.

A lot of the items are from Target so you can order online for pick up if it's available at your local store!

  10 Easy Craft / Activity Ideas!

10 Ways To Play With Rocks

Rice Sensory Bin

Indoor Tape Race Track 

Rainbow Obstacle Course 

DIY Air Fort 

Cardboard Tube Shakers 

Coffee Filter Butterflies 

Homemade Play Dough Recipe 

Feed The Shark Alphabet Game 

Color Scavenger Hunt w/ Free Printable 

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Easter Decor On Sale

I found some beautiful pieces on major sale! Ranging from 20% off with target Circle to 50% off and free shipping with the code: REFRESH. Majority of the items I found are under $20.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Gift Guide For Him


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Friday Sales

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Taking advantage of Black Friday Sales can be overwhelming, so I did all the hard work and shared my favorite sales below.  Including my favorite items from the Old Navy Sale this year and information on other stores offering discounts. Make sure to check back over the weekend as I'll be adding more stores as sales become available!

BABY




TODDLER GIRL




TODDLER BOY




GIRLS





BOYS





MEN





WOMEN




*Clicking the store name brings you directly to the sale!*

ABERCROMBIE:
50% OFF & Free Shipping

ASOS:
30% OFF with Code: BIG30

AMERICAN EAGLE:
40% OFF & Free Shipping 

BAUBLE BAR:
35% OFF, No Code Needed

MADEWELL:  
30% OFF with Code: GIFTWELL

EXPRESS:
50% OFF & FREE SHIPPING, No Code Needed

H&M:
30% OFF & FREE SHIPPING

J.CREW FACTORY:
60% OFF

LOFT:
50% OFF with Code: INDULGE

KATE SPADE:
40% OFF with Code: TGIBF

30% OFF $250+ with Code: THANKS

SPANX:
20% OFF & FREE SHIPPING, No Code Needed

J.CREW
50% OFF with Code: SHOPFIRST

Up to 80% OFF, No Code Needed

MACY'S:
No Code Needed



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Monday, November 18, 2019

Gift Guide For Her

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My mom is probably the hardest person I buy for each Christmas. All of these items I have either bought for her in previous years or I’m eyeing them for this year. 

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Toddler Gift Guide

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Every year I look forward to creating gift guides. It can be difficult to buy for the people in your life so I hope this helps with the little ones you love so much! I tried to find great gift ideas at all different price points and stores to make sure you had an amazing variety of choices this year.





This year we're getting Grace THIS. I know she will absolutely love it and I can't wait to put our own touches on it. Keep a look out for a blog post on how we paint it!

I also created an Amazon Wish List this year for our family and they loved the idea. I figured it would take the pressure and stress off everyone that wasn't sure what to get her and it seems to have done the trick. I just explained to everyone that it was just a reference and they could obviously purchase whatever they liked for her.

Everything I chose is linked below and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Life Update & Home Tour

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I figure it's about time I shared pictures from our home since we moved three months ago! There's been a lot going on in our lives lately, so I'm excited to share some updates. I linked as many items as I could for all of you that may be interested in any decor or furniture we have. All links are provided after every picture and at the very end of the post.


For anyone that is new, welcome! To catch up on why we moved and where we are now read THIS post. It will answer all your questions.




 Mirrors are from Home Goods



*Storage Unit, Bins, & Large Frames are IKEA, Couch is by Nugget*


Life Update

*Answering The Top Questions From Instagram*

What Does Joe Do For Work?

This is one of the top questions you all asked. Joe is a licensed electrician and I'm so happy to share a huge update on him. He was working third shift and I'm excited to share he accepted a major job offer from National Grid this past July and is now working first shirt Monday-Friday. Making this move was a huge deal for all three of us and I am so happy for him. Which leads into the next top question....

 

Where Are You Moving To?

We have decided to stay in Rhode Island. Joe had applied for this position before we even decided to sell our home so when he was offered the job we couldn't pass on the opportunity. We're both very happy with the decision and excited to buy a new home. We have a specific area in mind we love with good schools, close to the highway, and restaurants/shopping.

 

Have You Started Looking For A House?

We have and wow I forgot how stressful it can be! There isn't a lot listed for sale at the moment and we actually lost out on two homes already. One I loved, but just wasn't ready to take the leap yet (it was two weeks after we moved into our apartment) The second we also loved, the house was on the market for over 300 days, and the day we put in an offer they accepted another, go figure. The great thing is we have time on our side, there's no rush to get out of our apartment, so we're being very picky. 

 

Do You Like Renting?

Yes and No. Renting has its pros and cons, just like owning. I know I wouldn't want to rent for the rest of my life, but the location of our apartment is great and the maintenance team and sales office are very easy to work with.

 

Have You Noticed A Financial Difference Since Moving?

So majority of you know we moved for multiple reasons, which I shared in a previous post (linked at the beginning of this post) A major benefit from selling our house was paying off all our student loans! I truly feel for any of you that have large student loans, it's horrible. So yes, between paying off all our debt and Joe getting a new job it's been a huge benefit for our family.

I want to thank all of you for following along on our crazy journey. It's amazing how supportive and nice this little community can be and I can not thank you enough. I hope by sharing it helps someone feel less alone in anything they may be struggling with.

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