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Joovy Qool Updated Review

It was time for an updated review on our double/triple stroller now that Annabelle advanced to the big girl seat!

Products in this video:

Joovy Qool: https://amzn.to/2McodRr

Joovy 2nd Seat: https://amzn.to/2FxcL1z

Joovy Snack Tray: https://amzn.to/2LFDvR5

Bench Seat: https://amzn.to/2RMWHzb

Front Adapters: https://amzn.to/2Mcet9Q

Car Seat Adapter: https://amzn.to/2McCcqy

Parent Organizer: https://amzn.to/2Db4puN

Note that this post may contain affiliate links!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Family

McDonald’s Lunch Bunch

I am so excited to be partnering with McDonald’s and to get the opportunity to attend some of the wonderful community events that they put together.

Last week my family headed to McDonald’s for our first Lunch Bunch event! We had such a fabulous time with the staff and other families! Check out what Lunch Bunch is all about below!

What is McDonald’s Lunch Bunch?

Lunch Bunch is a time where you can gather with friends and network of parents to learn more about McDonald’s and its commitment to education, food and giving back in local communities. These events happen quarterly!

The fun family vibes filled the air and we loved getting to chat with the other families there and the staff was phenomenal.

McDonald's Lunch Bunch

Fun for the kids

Lunch Bunch isn’t just for parents. Tripp had so much fun with crafts, balloons and faceprinting. Of course he loved getting to munch on food and play in the play area. McDonald’s is just the perfect family lunch environment.

We have a bit of a shark obsession if you can’t tell! The face painter was SO amazing with Tripp he wasn’t sure how he felt about it but wanted to do it [toddler life right?]. After a few tears and the artist demonstrating the brush and letting him pick colors she created the masterpiece on his face. I was blown away by her patience, understanding and kindness towards us.

Don’t you worry Annabelle didn’t get left out… She enjoyed a few little French fries as a treat for behaving so well!

McDonald's Lunch Bunch

We had a blast getting to celebrate teachers, spend time with our family, and munch on yummy food. Thank you so much to McDonalds for having us and we can’t wait for the next event.

I will be at several McDonald’s events this year so make sure to follow me on Instagram so you know when you can join! Next up, I will be in Dallas for Coffee with Cops! Stay tuned for a recap!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice
Favorite Things

Be Bliss-full

As a busy mom I am always on the hunt for healthy on the go snacks that can also be a little treat. Lucky for me, Jamba Juice has introduced the perfect flavor for a little “bliss-full” treat.

Positively Pomegranate

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice

The Pomegranate Antioxidant Smoothie and Positively Pomegranate Bowl are perfect complements of “bliss” for the daily stresses of life. Jamba Juice is helping bring balance and wellness to the spring with these new products featuring Vitamin C, potassium and protein.

No matter where you are headed or what is on your to-do list you can find your center and find balance in your busy day with these yummy flavors! I love that packed full of flavor and nutrients but taste amazing too!

I absolutely loved the pomegranate antioxidant smoothie. It was so flavorful and hit that sweet spot that I needed for a little pick me up! The best part is is that I didn’t feel guilty since I know how packed full of nutrients it is. I don’t know about you but a guilt free treat is a win in my book! And PS if you can’t tell Tripp loved it too! He was trying to steal it from me the whole time!

Since International Day of Happiness falls this month I thought what a perfect time to bring a little Happiness to someone else and giveaway a treat that brings me such happiness!

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice

Head over to my Instagram post here to check out all the Bliss-full Jamba Juice items you could win!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Fashion

Bootie, Bootie, Bootie

The fabulous ladies of #trendingacrosstypes are back in action with a fun styling of booties! The white bootie trend is here and we couldn’t miss out on style some looks with them for y’all!

Fall Bootie Styled

When we picked these white booties [PS y’all know I have a thing for a good fall bootie] I knew I wanted a bold pop of color to pair with them. On to the the internet I went to find a fun color block sweater. Nordstrom had the answer with this super cute one and I really loved the colors.

Fall Bootie Styled

The sweater is lightweight and with the pinks I knew would transition well into spring [just like the white booties]. What I didn’t realize was that it was a cropped fit… was my postpartum body ready for this? I actually sent Monica a super awkward video of me wearing it because I felt so unsure. I love how it felt and the colors but on body I didn’t know if I could pull it off.

Monica reassured me I looked good and to just rock some high waisted jeans! So I swallowed my fear and decided to go for it because THIS is what this group is about; rocking trends for ALL ages and body types. #styleforanyage

So here I am sporting the crop with a bit of a front tuck and you know what?! I’m so glad I did it because I love the colors and how the whole look came together! I can’t wait to style these pieces throughout winter and early spring! So stay tuned on my IG and see where these looks pop up or follow me on Liketoknow.it!

Make sure to check out Laura and Monica to see how they styled their booties! AND stay tuned for several more exciting collabs we have over the next few months!

Fall Bootie Styled

Have you rocked the fall white bootie trend? Do you love it? What are your favorite ways to style booties? Check out everything from my outfit linked below:

Sweater

Jeans

Booties

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Ginger Cactus Baby Girl Nursery
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Lollipop Baby Camera + Nursery Reveal

I am so excited to finally show you all the nursery! I revealed awhile back that it would be cactus themed but never showed much more! I finally have the majority put together and can’t wait to show you everything. I also did my best to link all the items you see at the bottom of the post!

THE BEST BABY CAMERA

One of the first things I wanted when I found out I was pregnant was the Lollipop Baby Monitor smart and intelligent video-based baby monitor.  

It is WIFI-based monitor such that you can not only use your phone to see your baby’s live-feed indoor, also in your office or outdoor is available to watch your baby.

I love the Lollipop’ name and the soft, rounded contours, and the posable silicone arm! Also, the camera can detect a truly crying baby and has a low false alarm rate! Basically, their technology can distinguish between CRYING and NOISE, which is totally different from the other products on the market claiming .

My favorite features:

  • Audio Mode – The Only Wifi Baby Monitor with Audio Mode for Overnight Monitoring
  • Audio Mode Alarm System – Alarm if there is a network disconnect while using Audio Mode.
  • No Addtional Monthly Fee
  • Push Video Notify – 30s event video, by Crying/Noise/Virtual Wall (Optional: Lollipop Sensor, Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality)
  • High Quality Video – Sony Sensor inside, H.264, 720P, with Made-in-Japan Computar Lens
  • Streaming – In home:LAN rtsp/Away from home:Cloud Streaming
  • Data History – Daily & weekly noise/crying and environment (Optional: Lollipop Sensor) data log
  • Quick Setup
  • Night Vision – Two mode selection – 940nm LEDs invisible for nearing baby, and 850nm for wall mounting
  • Remote Music Playing – Lullabies and smooth sounds built-in
  • Live View Sharing – unlimited shared users for your relatives
  • Mobile Device Requirement – Bluetooth 4.0(BLE) iPhone 4s or Later / Android Phone

In addition to the baby camera [which I loved that I could match the color to Annabelle’s room], I went with a pink/green/black colors group. The furniture in this room is actually a hodge podge of finds. But I will do my best to link similar products!

Why the cactus?

The cactus theme was build off of the glass cactus you see below that was my moms. I thought it was the perfect inspiration piece to build off of and as Annabelle grows I can’t wait to tell her all about her Grandma Jeanne that is in heaven.

Also, I want to note that the pillow and blanket will not be in the crib. I just staged them for photos!

Rug

Lollipop Baby Camera

[Similar] Glass Cactus

[Similar] Wood frame “Annabelle” sign

Fierce Sign FYI this is a printable that Annabelle’s Gaga had framed for us!

Cactus mirror

Glider& Ottoman

Pink lamp shade

[Similar] Lamp

[Similar] Monogrammed blanket

[Similar] Stay Wild Pillow

Sheet

Crib

Nightstand

Dresser

I hope you all loved everything about Annabelle’s nursery. I can’t wait for her to enjoy and grow into it!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

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Grove Collaborative Cleaning
Favorite Things

New Year, Clean Home with Grove

A Clean HomeGrove Collaborative Cleaning

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After all the buzz and excitement of Christmas, January feels like the perfect time to  wipe the slate clean. I’m craving a calm, clutter-free home with lots of space to cook a healthy meal and unroll my yoga mat.

I know I’m not the only one feeling that way! Luckily for us, Grove Collaborative has a special offer to help start the New Year with a clean home. When you place your first order of $20 from Grove using my link HERE you’ll get:Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap

  1. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  2. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray
  3. A Free Grove Collaborative caddy
  4. Free Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges

Plus Free shipping & free VIP trial

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive a free set of walnut scrubber sponges.

I’m all for anything that helps me stay organized in the New Year, which is why I’m so excited about this cleaning caddy. It’s a chic and modern way to keep my most-used cleaning supplies at my fingertips.

The caddy is big enough to hold a few bottles of cleaner, gloves, and microfiber cloths — yet compact enough that I don’t feel like I’m lugging it around the house.  

By choosing versatile and effective products, you’ll have less to carry around and be able to clear some space under your sink. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray, for example, works on countertops, backsplashes, faucets, doorknobs, painted walls, and even wood floors. I can literally clean my home top to bottom with just one product!

The Best Sponge

These Grove walnut scrubber sponges are also extremely versatile. The scouring side is made from crushed walnuts (yes, walnuts!) and is perfect for scrubbing pans or tile. The soft side is made from all-natural vegetable cellulose and is great for wiping down countertops and appliances. Since you get two, you can stash one in your cleaning caddy and one next to the sink.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

Along with my walnut scrubber sponge, I always keep a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and dish soap by my kitchen sink. After all the holiday baking, I’m tired of doing dishes and grateful that Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap makes the job that much easier.

(By the way: if you spend $39, you’ll get a beautiful stoneware tray for free! It’s perfect for holding your soaps and a sponge.)

Another thing that helps me maintain a clean home all year long is Grove Collaborative. Grove hand-selects the best green products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on my schedule. I get helpful reminders when it’s time to reorder, so that’s one less thing I have to think about.

As a VIP, I also get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Once you’ve submitted your order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial so you can check it out for yourself!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here HERE
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

What are your favorite cleaning hacks?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Front door thank you for UPS, FedEx, USPS
Things I Love

Front Door Thank You

The holidays are CRAZY for delivery of packages.  Last year I was inspired by blogger Katey McFarlan and I started a tradition of leaving out friendly snacks to thank them for all of their hard work.  I mean come on I basically order all of Christmas off Amazon so needless to say we get a lot of packages.

Front door thank you for UPS, FedEx, USPS

They work hard and work in the elements so this is such an easy way to say thanks! I received several thank you notes from drivers in appreciation so of course I brought it back this year!

I thought I would have a free download of the graphic I use as a sign.  It is super fun and festive and way better than if I try to handwrite something and I know some of you will appreciate that.

Here is the download for the Door Step Thank you!

What do you do to show appreciation during the holidays?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Family, Fashion, Favorite Things

Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

Please note this post may contain affiliate links. 
I know gift guides are super helpful for everyone and I know how helpful Amazon is for gifts so I thought why not combine the two?! Here is a gift guide that includes something anyone will love! Your one stop shop if you will! Also, make sure to ask friends/family if they have their own Amazon Wish List! I know most moms continually keep a list going!
As a busy new mom of two I need easy and convent! I hope this gift guide provides that and will help you fill up Santa’s sleigh with all of the perfect gifts!

Newborn

 

Baby

Toddler

*Bonus ideas for smaller children: Zoo and museum passes!
Young Children


Teen

College Student/ Young Adult

Mom

Dad 
Husband & Wife
 
Grandma   &   Grandpa

Bestie

Clean Freak

Cook

Baker

Techie

Book Lover

Fashionista

Outdoor Lover

Music Lover

Traveler

Gift for All

What is on your must have list?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

30 for 30: Football, Entertainment, FItness

Top 5 Newborn Products

Top 5 Newborn Products

Please note this post may contain affiliate links or gifted products.

Thanks for checking out the products I love.  Below are a few extra details on the products with links to where to buy! Hope you enjoy!

Haakaa: If you didn’t know the Haakaa Breast Pump is made of 100% silicone and sticks to any flat surface with its suction base. The increased capacity lets you express even more milk at once!

Hatch: If you didn’t know this is a sound machine, night light and a time to rise alert machine all in one!

Ollie Swaddle: If you didn’t know the Ollie Swaddle reduces waking suddenly due to the Moro reflex or spontaneous arousal and helps to maintain supine position.

Ollie Swaddle and DockATot
Swaddle & DockATot

Binxy Baby: If you didn’t know the Binary fits most standard grocery store carts (even a Costco cart at the narrow end)!  It can hold the car seat and support up to 50 pounds in weight.  Ideally used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own.  ***BONUS ITEM*** Lulabu Soothe Shirt:  If you didn’t know this is a “kangaroo” pouch that allows you to baby wear with out the hassle of a wrap or carrier.

Binxy Baby
Binxy Baby

DockATot: If you didn’t know the DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.  It comings in two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months).

All of these products are lifesavers in the newborn days.  Make sure to check out the video on my thoughts on each product and why I love it!

I am getting a lot of questions on the nursery and how the rug I talked about HERE is holding up. The nursery is almost complete (2nd kiddo problems).  The Lorena Canals rug is wonderful.

What are your must have newborn products?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant

Wee Baby Stella Doll

Wee Baby Stella Doll For Big Brother

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

We are so excited for Tripp to become a big brother.  I have been researching ways to help kiddos with the transition of a new baby.  One thing that resonated with me was having a “baby” for the big sibling to “help” do things with when you need to tend to the baby.   Tripp is ALL about helping and having responsibilities these days so I thought a baby of his own would be perfect.

The perfect gift

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

He has been playing with the baby and practicing with him.  He has loved his baby and when baby came home he definitely had a better understanding of being gentle and how to help mom with baby.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

What I love about the Manhattan Toy Company is that they recognize that we are profoundly influenced by the toys we play with.

That in every little pair of hands lies not a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future.

That having a sense of humor means the difference between enduring life, and enjoying it. If it doesn’t contain a wink and smile, it isn’t worth making.

We remember every day that every invention on this earth was dreamed into existence.

We remember that the most powerful thing any of us play with in this life is our imagination.

Now you create your custom wee baby Stella doll.

I think as adults we forget how important it is to use our imaginations.  I have loved watch Tripp playing “pretend” with his baby.  It amazes me how much he knows to do without me teaching him.  Kids really do watch us more closely than we realize.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

These dolls are adorable, durable and a great size.  They make great gifts and the fact they can be customized just takes it to the next level. It is seriously a great first baby doll – that can look just like your child! Check out how you can customize one for a special kiddo in your life today!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger