About – Phil & Teds is bases in Wellington, New Zealand. They are still a relatively small business but they have been in business for over 20 years making baby gear. Phil & Teds sister businesses are Mountain Buggy and Mokopuna.
Looks – Phil & Teds has a really sleek, sporty look to their brand that translates to their products. We have the Gray Marl color which I absolutely love. I am all about neutral colors. They also have the below color options to choose from as well if you want a little more color, or a different neutral. You can get a neutral stroller these reversible seat liners to brighten up the stroller or change it up from time to time.
Quality – I have never EVER used a stroller with quality as amazing as the Dash stroller. Being a mom, aunt and sister I have used plenty of strollers and this stroller seriously glides, it really is amazing. I took it out for the first time to Old Navy shopping with my babes and my mama. I kept telling my mom how smooth it was. You can easily steer around all the obstructions in the way but with the suspension you really could run about anything over. It’s perfect. Also, the fabric on the stroller is so high quality and the color makes me not so worried about stains from the babes. I have used the stroller for about a year and have no stains spills or have had anything break down. It has been such a nice thing for this mama of two to use.
Practicality- The stroller is pretty large when it is folded up with both of the seats and would take up a lot of your trunk space if you have a small car, But If you have a SUV or Crossover you would be just fine on space. I keep it in my SUV all the time so I always have it when I need it. It is so nice to have the adapters for my carseat on the stroller so I can just take baby boy from the car in his carseat and clip him right into the stroller to run errands. It isn’t a really heavy stroller which is nice for me to lift it in and out of the car without help from the husband. It is super easy to fold up once you get the hang of it. I watched the AMAZING tutorial for the Dash Stroller on their Youtube channel – HERE. The multiple ways you can use and set up this stroller is what really sold it for me. While Wes was young I used the carseat and below seat almost all of the time but now that Wes is bigger Indie and Wes switch off in the top and bottom seat (pictured above). We absolutely love our Dash Stroller and highly recommend it to anybody with two kids. It is also perfect for a one child family because seats can be added on as you add to your family.
About – Lost my name is personalized baby book, I seriously think it is genius. The books title is Lost my Name and the story is to find your child’s/children’s name. I love having these sweet books and will continue to get my children these books as we have more. They also have a spot up front to right something to your child so it really can be such a keepsake book for those littles of yours.
Look/Quality – We got Indie and Wes the Hardcover Lost my Name book, I wanted them as keepsake books for them so I wanted them to be able to handle Indie’s Toddler reading right now but be able to have for a long time to come. They have helped up so well besides the beating up they have gotten from reading so often and taking them on vacation with us. (reading before bed every night) They are so bright and fun to read and the way the book leads you to finding each of your children’s name is just pure genius. We love our Lost My Name books.
Soft Cover Keepsake
We ordered the Hardcover book
You write a dedication to your little one
It is a super easy and fun process personalizing the book for each of your little ones
About – The Nested Bean carries Zen Sleep Swaddles and Sleep Sacks for Newborns to 12 month olds. Both of these products have a light weight pad on the chest and sides to simulate a mothers touch helping your baby sleep. The first night we tried the Zen Sleep Sack, I did see a change with Wes’ sleeping. He would ONLY sleep in bed with me previously and when we put him in the Zen Sleep Sack he would sleep in his own bed. Wes loves to be held and snuggled all the time so I think the design of the Nested Bean is just what Wes needed to give him that extra comfort to sleep in his own bed. I think it definitely gives him the feeling of his mama’s touch.
We still have a lot of work to do to get Baby Wes sleeping all night but the Nested Bean has helped so much already. Check out their site to learn more about the Nested Bean and how it is helping other mama’s and babies get a better nights rest. Nested Bean also has a 60 day money back guarantee so there is no reason not to give it a try!
Looks – The Zen Sleep Sack come in a lot of different colors and designs below. They come in size 3-6 months and 6-12 months. It also comes in different fabric types.
Quality – The fabric is amazing on both the Zen Sack and Zen Swaddle. They are extremely soft and high quality. They are a good weight for heat but not too much heat for your little. The Sleep Sacks are also machine washable a HUGE plus. The Sleep sack also has a two way zipper for easy peasy diaper changes
About – Phil & Teds is based in New Zealand. They are still a relatively small business but they have been in business for over 20 years making baby gear. Phil & Teds sister businesses are Mountain Buggy and Mokopuna. All of their products are top notch and of the best quality. For the babies we have a lot of the Phil & Teds products listed below:
Looks – I have the Gray Marl color for my Carrycot which matches my stroller. I love the neutral gray color with the marled look, I leave the Carrycot in our family room and it doesn’t stand out in a bad way being a really bright color, or crazy design. Also the fabric is SOOO high quality, I can tell such a difference in the fabric of my Phil & Teds stroller and my previous stroller I had for Indie. There really is no comparison.
Practicality- Indie loves the Carrycot too, she loves to snuggle up in it and watch her shows if I am holding baby brother.I have already had to wash the fabric in the Carrycot because Indie has gotten chocolate and marker in it. I loved how easy it was to wash/dry and put the fabric back on the cushion. It has a handle on the top and is lightweight making it easy to carry from room to room if Indie needs me, if i’m cooking dinner or getting in the shower.
Why you need this – You need the Phil & Teds Carrycot if you are having another baby for sure. With Wes being my second baby I definitely can’t hold him as much as I did with Indie (my first) because I have a crazy toddler running around. It is so nice to put him in the Carrycot and take him from room to room following his sister. It is the perfect nap time spot for Wes also, where he is comfy and safe. I can’t wait until we can take Wes and Indie for walks when it warms up. I will be able to let Wes fall asleep in the Carrycot and take him inside without having to wake him up when we get home. The Carrycot can unclip from the stroller, making it easy to bring him inside. I highly recommend the Phil & Teds Carrycot.
I have lived in Utah my ENTIRE life and I have never been out to Antelope Island. Park and I have been talking about going out there since last winter but Friday we finally made it happen. It was beautiful, the weather couldn’t have been any better and the bugs were at their lowest. (I hear you usually get eaten alive in the summer) Park and I were like little kids when we pulled up over the first hill on the island and there were like 15 bison. Excited is such an understatement. We drove all over Grand Teton National Park to see a bison. I guess all we needed was to go 25 minutes from our house to see one. Anyway, we highly recommend going out to Antelope Island if you are in the Utah. JUST BEAUTIFUL! Now about my cute fall maternity dress!
I have been in need of maternity clothes bad, like really bad. I bought a couple shirts last pregnancy but just bought bigger shirts mostly so I could wear them after I wasn’t pregnant anymore. That just hasn’t been able to work this time around. This mama is so much bigger this time around 🙁 This pregnancy has been so different, which is good in some ways but other ways it is awful. I feel like baby boy has been getting bigger faster than Indie girl, making it really hard for me to find anything to wear. I have been looking for maternity clothes that I don’t feel frumpy in and that are stylish and it is so hard. Being pregnant is hard enough but thats what led me to find Pink Blush.
About – Pink Blush is a small family run and operated business that provides the latest and greatest trends for women who are pregnant. They also have products for baby, non-pregnant women. It’s a lot like my little family and running our own small business which makes me love them anymore. They offer amazing products from dresses to jeans, shirts to cardigans. Their products are well priced and they have amazing sales. Follow their social media channels at the links below.
My Dress – My first Pink Blushmaternity dress (which is linked here and below) is the prettiest pink/mauve color. It is the perfect color and design for fall. I loved it from the first time I saw it on their site. My dress fits like a dream, and I feel dressy but casual enough to wear it every day. (and I really have worn it everyday) It has also been the perfect weather for a dress this fall and I’ll continue wearing my dress through winter, just with the addition of tights!
About – The Gathre Mat is a bonded leather play mat for on the go or just to be used at home. It can easily be thrown in your diaper bag, beach bag or used under your high chair. You can learn more about their Gathre family at this link. Also, make sure to follow them on Instagram for giveaways, discounts or even just for the stinkin’ cute images.
Looks – The Gathre Mat comes in so many colors and sizes. They offer such classy and timeless colors and I seriously love them all. Our little family went with the Wine Gathre Mat, which is definitely my go to color right now. It matches my style perfectly making me want to carry it with me everywhere we go. It’s light weight and can fold up so nicely so it can be packed around anywhere you may need it. If its not in my diaper bag it is in our Jeep, we hit random Jeep trails and its nice to have a go to place to sit where we end up at the end of the trail.
Quality – The Gathre Mats are made of bonded leather and are extremely soft. The bonded leather also makes it really easy to wipe clean after any type of mess. You can tell they are made really well and are high quality. Where ever we tend to use our Gathre Mat it seems to get extra dirty or sandy so the wipe clean easily feature is extra handy and nice.
Practicality- You honestly may need one in all 4 sizes, Maxi, Midi, Mini, and Micro. All Mats have a specific purpose and are super nice to have around all the time. One thing I would think about is if you plan to use your Midi or Maxi in the sun a lot or just where there isn’t shade I would suggest getting a lighter color that won’t bake in the sun. It will burn your bum if you leave a dark color out in the sun to long.
About – Mountain Buggy has been around since 1992 and was started by a Father in New Zealand. He wanted a product that worked well for those in the city as well as those in the mountains. When I was pregnant with Indie, I was at Nordstrom and a mom came in with a double stroller and I was obsessed It had a perfect seat for a toddler and bassinet for a newborn. I kind of stalked the lady to get a name of the brand on the stroller and saw Mountain Buggy. Since then I have loved everything that Mountain Buggy has. Next purchase will definitely be that stroller for Indie and our next baby!
Looks – The Mountain Buggy Pod comes in three colors Chili (Red), Lime (Green) & Flint (Gray). We have the Flint color because I am all about neutral colors and design. I also like to buy products that are gender neutral so I can pass it down to my next baby whatever the gender may be. You can’t go wrong with any of the colors you choose they are all beautiful color and there is one that works for every style and taste.
Function – This product can be used indoors or outdoors you just need a table or counter to attach it too. It has non-slip grips that keep it attached to the table really well. It also is easy to attach to the table and it is really sturdy. It has clamps that attach to the table/counter but it doesn’t ruin the table/counter. At first I was nervous that it would just slip of off the table but as soon as you see it in action you can tell it isn’t going anywhere. I felt really comfortable putting Indie in it because I wasn’t nervous about it falling. It also comes in a little bag with handles and so it is super easy to take with us when we travel or even when we take it to our Stock & Barrel shop and use it on our work bench. You can even take it to the park and use it on a picnic table. Take it on a house boat in Lake Powell. Really wherever you need a highchair, this works perfect for your traveling high chair.
One of my favorite activities is buying Indie girl clothes. Really though! Who doesn’t love buying clothes, and mini clothes are even better. I am always searching for a new baby store to get Indie some unique clothes that aren’t cheesy. I always tend to go for the neutral designs. Oh… and if i see a Romper there is no stopping me from buying it. (GIVE ME ALL THE ROMPERS) A lot of the clothes I find out there in the baby world are super bright colors or crazy patterns. While I think babies look adorable in them, they just aren’t how I tend to dress my Indie. Sometimes its really hard to find the clothes I have in mind in the typical baby stores for Indie girl and that is where The Patchery comes in.
Jenny who is SO sweet runs The Patchery and I seriously think it is genius. It’s a fun easy process and they have so many clothes patterns and fabrics to choose from. They offer baby clothing ages 0 Months – 18 months. They also offer patterns for older children, sizes 2T to 9/10. It is perfect for the mama who has something in mind for the babies but can’t find it anywhere, which is so me. Here’s there process:
Then pick the pattern you want (this is where I picked the Romper)
Some patterns they offer
Etc, SO SO many options
Next you pick the fabric. They have 5 fabric collections that work great for baby boys or baby girls. They have the neutral prints for me and colors prints if that’s what you are looking for. You then get to pick where you want the fabric that you decided on,
I had the front and back prints matching and the leg and arm colors a coordinating different color. You can decide what fabric you want in the following places.
Leg Cuffs &
Last you pick what size you want, the quantity and you check out
It is such a fast fun process and you will probably get completely hooked like I am. Definitely go check out The Patchery. Design a couple items and buy some or ALL of them.
Where to Buy – You can design and purchase those designs – HERE
Use coupon code “WHITNEY” for 50% your first month
About – Lindie & Becca some of the sweetest and most adorable mama’s that started Little Poppy Co bow subscription company. It is seriously so much fun to get a new set of bows every month and the subscription is only $11.99. What is up with that, it’s amazing? That is a killer deal because in the past I have spent $12 or more on one bow alone. They show up in a little pink mailer and it is sure a happy mail day when they get here each month.
Looks – All of Little Poppy Co bows are adorable, I seriously haven’t gotten one that I didn’t like since I started the bow subscription in September. They offer a mixture of felt bows, and fabric bows each month in the three pack set. Another thing I love is they match the bows with the time of year or holiday. I’m all about matching the season and holiday!
Quality –Little Poppy Co uses the most high quality nylon elastics. They don’t stretch out after Indie has worn them multiple times. Some of the other bow companies have used low quality nylon that have stretched out and have been so thin that they slide of Indie’s head, which is SOOO frustrating. I was really impressed with the quality of the fabric bows as well. They stay looking pretty even after being worn and used a lot!
Where to Buy – You can buy them on their site HERE.Use coupon code “WHITNEY” for 50% your first month.
About – I’m so excited to be starting with Copper Pearl Bandana Bibs for my favorite baby accessories list. Copper Pearl was started in 2015 by some pretty mama’s Stephanie and Kristin. They are both so sweet and helpful so if you have any questions about their products definitely reach out! They offer a whole array of baby bandanas for both boys and girls and also nursing covers. Their baby bandanas are definitely a must-have baby accessory for your littles. Not only are they ALL so adorable but they are so functional. For the teething baby or eating baby!
Looks – The bandana bibs come in a lot of different colors and designs. There are specific packs for baby girls, packs for baby boys and also gender neutral packs. It was super hard to pick a pack for Indie but i finally decided on the blush pack for Indie. Go check them all out HERE. Just a warning you will have a hard time deciding.
Quality – All of their bibs are really high quality fabric and so so soft on baby’s neck. I have purchased other bandana bibs for Indie and I wasn’t as happy with the quality, and looks. They also wouldn’t lay flat and would go up in her face. Copper Pearl‘s bibs all have cute patterns on the front and on the back is a really soft fabric. They lay really nicely and don’t bunch up around Indie’s face. The snaps are also super easy to use so you can get the bib on and off quick, perfect for a squirmy baby.
Purpose – The bibs are not only used as cute baby accessories but the are so great for a slobbery baby. A teething baby needs a Copper Pearl Bandana Bib for sure. Indie has only gotten one tooth so we haven’t used it much for her slobbering and drooling yet. But In our case Indie is a super messy eater, so these bibs are perfect to keep the mess off her cute clothes. Honestly what babies aren’t messy though, so everyone needs the perfect everyday baby accessory 😉 One problem with the Copper Pearl bibs is they are SOOO cute so I hate when they get messy!
Where to Buy – You can buy them on their site HERE. or on Amazon HERE.