Yes, yes, I know. This is a day late.
And yes, yes, I know.
I owe y’all a real post. And soon.
I’ve got about 8 in the works. Really I do.
In the meantime…
1) The Most Lovely Building Blocks Ever
I wanted to give blocks to the nieces and nephews – plain ol’ blocks, no batteries, long-lasting, imaginative-play-inspiring, classic fun. I over-researched this. (Shocking, I know.) I wanted high quality, hardwood blocks that would last, were beautiful, and were safe (meaning splinter-free, chemical-free, and chewable). I found them at Smiling Tree Toys via Esty. Not the cheapest blocks out there, but lovely, and personalized. Read about Smiling Tree – a family business with a fabulous philosophy – you’ll love them, and their toys.
2. Sanity-saving, color-changing alarm clock
I only regret I didn’t buy this a year ago. My son is an early riser. Some kiddos like to sleep until 7am (or later!), but not mine. And I like mornings, but I really feel like waking up when the clock reads 5:xx can make for a harder day for me, and for the sleepy little dumplings, who don’t go to bed until much later than they should. Enter the Onaroo Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock and Night-Light. This clock can do everything. In fact, it can do so much, that it is a little confusing. But there are a few features I am currently loving. 1. It emits a soft yellow glow that replaces a night-light. 2. It has a digital AND regular clock. 3. It announces the time at the press of a button (my son LOVES this!) and 4. It is programmed to turn green when it is okay for my son to creep into my room, and pinch my nose to wake me up. (Yes, he really does this. I thought it was hysterical when he did it to his father. But now? Not so much.) It works like a charm, and Pickle loves announcing, “It’s GREEN!” Downside? It IS a bit confusing to use, and is pretty expensive for an alarm clock. But hey, those minutes between 5:45 and 6:20am? They’re worth a lot.