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For the bookworm on your holiday gift list! @TidyBooks

As you can tell from that snazzy button over in my sidebar, I’m a Tidy Books Ambassador. The Book Box and Book Case have been providing great storage for our kids’ books for months, and now I’m happy to introduce you to the newest addition to our Tidy Books collection: the Bunk Bed Buddy!



Simple idea, genius product. That about sums it up. When I was a child, I loved to read at night before bed, as so many kids do. I had shelves around my bed, but that’s not the norm, especially if you’re sleeping in a bunk bed. The lucky kid on the bottom might have a little storage space, but what about the top bunk? Where do they put their books, magazines, diary, alarm clock, water bottle or favorite toy? And where do the treasures go? (Because you know every kid has some tiny treasures they like to keep close by.) Tidy Books knows exactly where all those things belong…right on the wall next to your child! Continue reading


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Cute and Cozy Winter Wear from @Gymboree


I take a trip to Gymboree each year to outfit my son for winter, and I always find tons of things I love. But now that I actually get to shop in the girls’ section too, I think I may be a little dress obsessed! Bright corduroy, soft sweater knits, classic holiday prints – Gymboree has them all this winter. Continue reading


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Holiday Travel Must-Have: Tiny Love Take-Along Bouncer (Giveaway 12/24)


It’s safe to say that my husband and I look at baby gear differently. When I say “How cute!” he says, “How hard is it to assemble?”

But that all changed when our new Take-Along Bouncer from Tiny Love showed up. If you’re traveling for the holidays, you’ll definitely want to know more about this one!

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Tiny Love knocks baby gear out of the park every single time. The Gymini Play Mat, the 3-in-1 Rocker Napper, Follow Me Fiona, FlexiPlay…they’ve all become tried and true favorites of ours. And now, the new Take-Along Bouncer has joined the ranks of our top recommendations for new parents.
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It’s obvious that Tiny Love was thinking about what real parents truly need when they designed this one because it’s incredibly easy to fold, unfold and carry. No matter where you go – be it camping, hiking, picnicking, or traveling just about anywhere, this is the one item you’re going to want to have. It’s even great at home if your house is small, like ours, because it’s so compact and easy to put away.

Unlike a lot of baby gear, this one doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s amazingly functional. There’s no assembly, and not much to figure out. You just take it out of the box and flip it open. One step. Super easy. (Bonus: It’s perfectly designed for sleep-deprived parents who can’t read instructions through bleary eyes.)

And when you need to put it away, it folds up to almost nothing (compared to some gear, at least.) See? Tiny!


I normally wouldn’t buy a new bouncer for a baby that’s 9 months old, but Tiny Love recommends this bouncer for littles up to 25 lbs/12 months. I’m here to vouch for the fact that it will, in fact, hold a 20 lb baby comfortably!


Baby Girl is really mobile right now, so there are times of the day when I can’t put her in it because I know she’ll fight to get out. But it’s a lifesaver when we’re out at an event, like a family reunion or picnic at the park, or even just gardening or hanging out laundry. The semi-upright position lets her look around at her surroundings, and the gentle bouncing motion keeps her calm and happy. She’s even fallen asleep in it.

Because it’s made to travel with you, Tiny Love also includes a bonus carry bag.


With all the other things you have to think about, isn’t it nice to know that Tiny Love just made one thing easier? Just throw it over your shoulder and go!

Buy it!

The Tiny Love Take Along Baby Bouncer in Grey/Red is available at for $31.99. At that price, it makes a great shower gift!

Win it!

One lucky ABCGP reader will win their own Take Along Baby Bouncer! Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. US only, 18 and over. No purchase necessary.


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A few firetrucks, and I’m the best mom ever!


It’s official. I’m the best mom ever. My son told me so.

We’re trying (and trying, and trying…) to get him to stay in his own bed a little more often, so I thought maybe some fun new bedding would do it. He’s big into firemen these days, so I turned to Beyond Bedding.

We already had a set of their twin bedding and it has held up really well for us, so we didn’t hesitate to go back. As soon as my son saw it, he said “Mommy. Why are their firetrucks on mine bed?”

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I said, “Because I thought you would like them.”

Then the hug happened. One of those hanging-around-my-neck bear hugs that doesn’t stop, along with those words any mom loves to hear: “You’re the BEST MOMMY EVER!”

…and guess where he slept the last two nights? Yup. Under the firetrucks.

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I’m sure this is just one of many ways to be the best mommy ever, but if you want to give it a shot, look up Beyond Bedding. They regularly release new baby bedding sets designs, such as chevron baby bedding,  nautical baby bedding, and other modern crib bedding styles. They also offer made-to-order bedding sets and custom teen & toddler bedding designs.

I like the fact that Beyond Bedding has great prices and frequent sales, meaning that I can switch out our bedding more often based on the kids’ changing interests. Like right now, my son is totally into foxes, and trying to figure out what they say. Go figure, right? I’m actually kind of surprised this fox bedding set is still in stock!

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Since Beyond Bedding is an authorized retailer of Sweet JoJo Designs, I never worry about quality. Plus, there are tons of matching accessories available for any set you choose. Since my kids are sharing a small room right now, I’ve been searching for matching bedding sets to use once Baby Girl moves out of her crib. What do you think of these?

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Then they BOTH might call me the best mom ever!

No matter what you decide on, Beyond Bedding offer $7.95 flat rate shipping to the U.S.

Win it!

Beyond Bedding holds monthly contests on Facebook where you can enter to win a new set when you review your current set, or share a set! Click here for more details.

And right now, 10 bedding sets from the Beyond Bedding childrens/teens bedding line are up for grabs! Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. US only. Contest runs 11/29 through 12/20. No purchase necessary.



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Small house? Light Sleepers? Get #SeriousSleep Help with Dohmie


We live in a small house. On purpose. We chose a smaller home because we wanted it to be efficient and cost-effective, and it is. But there were a few things we didn’t really consider when we committed to a more eco-conscious way of living. Like, how to get both kids to sleep at night while my husband and I are both awake and watching TV or talking. Or, how to get our baby girl to nap during the day while her brother is still racing about the house. All of our rooms are close together, so it’s a constant frustration that can leave us all lacking sleep at times. Continue reading


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