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About the author  ⁄ Nicole Yontz

A SoCal girl transplanted to the Arizona desert, Nicole Yontz is the go-to girl for all things gear. She shares her home with her handsome husband, their two daughters (Audrey & Abbey), two dogs, one fish, and countless dust bunnies. When she’s not busy testing out the latest and greatest in gear on her darling little guinea pigs, you will often find her getting a pedicure as she does every single week. Because there’s no law that says you can’t.

Fall is upon us and with it comes Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year. I may or may not have been stashing away sibling costume ideas way before our second child was a twinkle in my husband’s eye. Never one to keep things to myself, I’m sharing with you my adorable ideas for Halloween costumes for siblings — twos, threes and beyond!

For twins and pairs

Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas

I have two little girls at home,  which means unicorns and rainbows are all the rage around here. This adorable costume duo is from Pottery Barn Kids, a name known for high-quality and gorgeous everything and their Halloween costumes are no exception. This adorable Baby Unicorn Costume ($69) comes in sizes from 0-8, and the complimentary Rainbow Costume ($39) is available in sizes 2T-8.

The Best Dinosaur Halloween Costumes

If I saw these two come up my driveway I would definitely break out the king size candy bars I keep hidden behind the door. Pottery Barn Kids does this comfy and cozy T-Rex Costume ($79) in sizes 0-8, with the Baby Dinosaur Egg Costume ($49) exclusively for the littlest trick-or-treaters in sizes 6-24 months. Dinosaur lovers, don’t feel like you’re limited to our short-armed friend, T-Rex. Pottery Barn Kids has you covered when it comes to dinosaur costumes — don’t miss the cute Triceratops Costume ($79) and Pterodactyl Costume ($79), if those are your kid’s favorites.

Triplets, trios and beyond

Triplet Halloween Costumes

Step right up to see the greatest (and cutest) show on earth! This sideshow circus trio can be found at Chasing Fireflies, the destination for elaborate, detailed and gorgeous costumes and dress-up clothes. Chasing Fireflies sizes range from 0-24 months up to adult, and even carry a line of family and pet costumes so everyone can get in on the theme, even Patches. Come one, come all! Circus Ringleader Costume ($84), Circus Strongman Costume ($64), Lion Cub Costume for Baby ($69)

Finding Nemo Costumes for Kids

Set your sights on the ocean blue with our swimmingly adorable friends in their Clown Fish Costume ($69), Pelican Costume ($55), and a not-so-scary Baby Shark Costume ($39) all from Pottery Barn Kids. Have more littles to add to the mix? Check out the adorable Puffer Fish Costume ($55) and Angler Fish Costume ($55) for what would be the sweetest set of aquarium friends in the world. Mom and Dad can get in on the fun as fishermen or beach babes and your family will win first place in any costume contest!

Do your kids like to match their costumes or are they more individuals?

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The Baby Cubby Logo

Building a registry can be exhausting. And, if you’re a first-time mom, it can be downright overwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a seasoned mom at this point, or because of my complete and utter obsession with all things baby, but I am often called upon by family and friends for help with this monumental task. At the very least, I often get texts saying “Where should I start and where can I find adorable and unique items for Baby?” Usually, that answer has to come in two separate spaces… until now. Introducing a new store that has become a one-stop-shop for adorable, unique, registry must-haves: The Baby Cubby.

The Baby Cubby is a fairly new online retailer for all things baby — from strollers to mobiles to bath toys, The Baby Cubby has you covered. I recently got a chance to online shop my little heart out and I was not disappointed. Their selection was large and varied from big names like Tea Collection and 4moms to smaller names like Oemi and Tubby Todd, with free shipping over $49.

However, after learning about their brick and mortar store in Utah’s Provo-Orem area, I might just have to make my first trip out to Utah and skip shipping all together! In-store purchases are offered perks like drive-up ordering, 10-minute massages with minimum purchase, a play area for kids, and they even offer iPads you can use to research prices for price matching (they even price-match with Amazon!), ensuring you’re getting the lowest price possible. Why am I not on a plane yet??

What also sets The Baby Cubby apart is that they strive to be more than just another baby gear store. They work hard to not only bring parents the best gear available today (and, with the research to hunt it down behind each item!), but they’re also passionate about engaging their customers into a community they can trust and rely on… for baby gear and beyond.

Nursery must-haves

Nursery Must-Haves to Register For

Every nursery sees tons of poop — it’s a fact of life — so why not have a stylish and functional diaper pail? My choice for must have diaper pail (and I’ve had a few) is the Ubbi. Easy to load, easy to clean, easy to lock, but the best part is that your favorite 10-gallon trash bags will work perfectly with this diaper pail — no need to buy specific refill bags. (Money saver!) The Baby Cubby carries the powder-coated steel Ubbi diaper pail in three of the most popular colors, perfect to accent any nursery. (Ubbi Diaper Pail, $80)

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A nursery is more than just a place for Bay to sleep and be changed. It can also be beautiful and unique, just like you and your baby. Adding a special few touches here and there can make all the difference. Wall decals are an inexpensive and easy way to add art to the room without the cost of framing. The Baby Cubby has so many different wall decals, it’s difficult to choose just one… or since they are only $20 a pop, go for more than one! Each wall decal is printed on fabric and comes with a bio about the individual artist. I picked this one not only because it matched my nursery, but it’s also one of my favorite verses. So sweet. (Fabric Wall Decal, $20)

Mom must-haves

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Just because your diaper bag is filled with crumbs and Butt Paste doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful on the outside! My pick for the registry must-have for moms is this beautiful mini tote by Petunia Pickle Bottom, a name that is well-known in the baby world for having high-quality, gorgeous bags with pockets galore and a wipes case. Although this bag does come in a larger version, the mini size just feels right — big enough to carry the essentials without being obnoxious. And the pattern. OMG the pattern. It’s beautiful for year-round carrying. In fact, I carry this bag even when I’m not with the kids and have had more than a few young and obviously non-child-having ladies just fawn over my bag — you should see their faces when I tell them it’s a diaper bag. The Petunia Pickle Bottom Mini Tote comes in several patterns to suit your fancy, or go for the full-size tote, The Baby Cubby has them both. (Petunia Pickle Bottom Mini Tote, $120)

Baby must-haves

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If there’s one thing a baby needs its cozy, comfy pajamas and I have yet to find anything cozier or comfier than Kickee Pants. Lucky for us, The Baby Cubby carries a huge amount of Kickee Pants footies and blankets. Kickee Pants are made from 95 percent viscose bamboo and five percent spandex, making them stretchy and oh so soft. My favorite thing about Kickee Pants, aside from the fact that have no shame in saying I want to wear them myself, is the sweet little patterns and details like tush flaps, ruffles, and attached mittens. (Kickee Pants Footies, $32)

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The one thing to remember when doing your registry is to not only register for things you need now, but for items you will need in the future, as well. Yes, while your infant might not do much besides sleep and be cute when she’s born, one day, she will be splashing and playing with the best of them, and that’s when bath accessories like the Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover and the Skip Hop Light Up Surfers Bath Toy will come in handy. The bath spout cover keeps little heads safe when they inevitably knock into the spout, while still giving access to the shower diverter. The Light Up Surfers magically light up in the warm water keeping Baby entertained all bath long. (Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, $13, Skip Hop Light Up Surfers Bath Toy, $10)

All this and so much more can be found on The Baby Cubby online store, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the Utah area, you will find The Baby Cubby store in Lindon. (Please let me know how that massage is!) Also, be sure so swing by their blog for some really amazing resource guides like how to pick a jogging stroller, diaper bag or breast pump. Make sure you follow The Baby Cubby on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too!

 What do you think is a home run registry must have?
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Backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. New clothes? Check. Now what about a snazzy new lunch box? Long gone are the days of the plastic box with Snoopy on it. Now kids want pizzazz, they want style, and apparently, according to Pinterest, a lunch that looks like art instead of food. Whether it’s the traditional lunchbox, or something to properly display R2D2 made of carrots and celery, I’ve got the perfect, super cool, lunch boxes kids love — and you’ll love them just as much.

3 Lunch Boxes Kids Love... and Parents Do, Too.
Ore Originals

There’s something to be said for a traditional metal lunchbox. They’re lightweight, no frills, hold everything, and if we’re talking about the Retro Metal Lunchbox from Ore Originals, then add absolutely adorable to the mix. This Birds are Butterflies pattern is one of eight designs to choose from, but this one was the favorite of my little butterfly lover. Pair it with a matching water bottle, snack containers and utensils, and you’ve got everything you need for back-to-school cuteness (Ores Originals Birds and Butterflies Retro Metal Lunch Box and Water Bottle, $28).

Bentology Lunch Boxes for Kids
Bentology

Of all of the lunch boxes currently on the market, the Bentology is a happy medium between a traditional lunch box and a full-fledged bento-style box. This modular plastic box comes with five interior containers (three with leak resistant lids) that you can add or subtract to fit your liking, plus a perfect place to put your utensils. For kids, Bentology Kids come in so many fun colors and patterns, the hard part will be to pick just one. For moms, Bentology is made of recycled material here in the USA and is BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave safe. I personally found the size and weight to be perfect for my 6-year-old to handle. But, to my surprise, when I had my book club over recently, three of the five girls said they also use Bentology for their own lunches because of the perfect portion sizing! Looks like I might have to steal my daughter’s lunch box (Bentology Bento Kit, $40).

Which Bento Style Lunch Box is Right for You?

Planetbox

While on vacation recently with my best friend, she casually mentioned, “If you every do a post about lunch boxes you must include PlanetBox. My kids are obsessed.” Flash forward a few months — here we are, and boy, was she right. According to the word on the playground, this bento-style lunchbox is the Cadillac of lunch boxes. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s also worth it. PlanetBox lunch boxes are made of high-quality stainless steel and warrantied for five whole years, meaning they’re built to last. They’re eco-friendly and, despite the high price tag, will save you money in the long run. Each little well is the perfect size for portion control and since it’s made of stainless steel you can stay goodbye to a stained and stinky messes — even if you haven’t checked it in three days.

PlanetBox has three different sizes to choose from with tons of carry bags to fit any style. Want to personalize even more? Go for pre-printed decorative magnets that you can change daily. You can even design your own. The only downside I saw was their weight, so keep that in mind for your smaller kids — I would say that for age six and below this might be a tad much to carry daily (PlanetBox Rover with Sleeve, $68).

 Which is your child’s favorite lunch box?
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It’s a parenting fact of life that some kids just don’t like drinking water. For some reason, who knows why, there is just some aversion to it and it makes you crazy. This is my 6-year-old. We have gotten to the point where she gets dehydration sores in her mouth and UTIs too often to mention, all from not being properly hydrated. So, what’s a mom to do? One day, I was handed the Gululu Interactive Water Bottle and something miraculous happened — she actually drank water. And drank. And drank. Until I had to forcibly cut her off for the day, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Gululu Interactive Water Bottle for Kids
What’s a Gululu?

The Gululu Interactive Water Bottle is an ingenious BPA-free, kids water bottle that makes developing healthy hydration habits fun and easy. They do this by incorporating a small screen with a cartoon character who moves, laughs, cries and plays simply by shaking, patting, rubbing and drinking from the bottle, even making sounds (loud enough to hear but not loud enough to be obnoxious). The more you drink, the more it does. Having only been playing with this for a few days, we’ve seen her cry when she sits for awhile without being used, she gets dizzy when you drop or shake it, rubbing the bottle on one side makes her jump and she’s even ticklish. And yes, I did say “she” because there are three characters to choose from. My daughter chose the adorable pink fish and named her “Bella.” We are deep into this at this point. (She even visits Bella on the charging station.)

The parent’s app

This is an obvious home run for the kids, but Mom and Dad, Gululu also went out of their way to make the app as functional as possible for you too. The initial set up was so easy and worked perfectly, which usually is the hitch with products like this, but not Gululu. Once it’s downloaded and connected to your phone via its own Wifi connection, it will have you enter specifics for your child, including birthday, weight, and gender, giving you a personalized hydration goal for your child. For my 43 pound 6-year-old, the goal was 40 ounces daily, which sounded like a lot to me, yet she now exceeds this daily. Once your child’s bottle is connected to the Wifi, it will send you their drinking totals via the cloud so you’re always in the know. The Gululu app not only tells me accurately how much water she’s drinking, but also at what time, and will keep a 7-day record. Parents, don’t think your kids can pull a fast one on you either by watering the plants with their water bottle, oh no, IT. KNOWS. 

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My one concern was this bottle being at school and having it be a distraction, but through the app you can set a school timer which will turn the bottles interactive features off during school hours, on at lunch, and then off again until school ends. It even has a bedtime timer where the moon rises and Bella will put herself to sleep. If your child has a friend with a Gululu bottle, shake them next to each other and the characters will jump screens and play with each other. You can also, share progress and encourage friends to meet their goals via the app.

The details

Each Gululu Interactive Water Bottle is 13.5 ounce, BPA-free, completely waterproof (I tested it), shockproof, 6-year-old kid-proof and has a rubbery feeling outer shell which is easy to hold for small hands. The spout comes apart in two pieces for full and complete washing and they are also replaceable — no chance for hidden gunk and grossness you find with other water bottles. And with the lid on, the bottle is 100% leak-proof. The Gululu sits on a dock for completely wireless charging, so no ports to worry about on the bottle itself. They say the bottle will last 2-3 days on a full charge but I think my kid plays with it a lot so we find we have to dock it every night, which is fine and has become her thing at bedtime. Gululu Interactive Water Bottles comes in five colors, three characters, and endless possibilities.

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I really can’t say enough good things about this water bottle and the instant impact it had on my daughter’s hydration levels. It’s not gimmicky, it’s not flimsy, it does everything it says it’s going to — even the box and story booklet that come with it is fancy. You’re going to love it! Gululu Interactive Water Bottles are available for pre-order now through their Indiegogo campaign. Get it quick before they run out!

You can win your own Gululu Interactive Water Bottle in our Savvy Sassy School Days Giveaway!

Which Gululu feature impresses you the most? For me, it was the school and sleep timer!
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This year my 6-year-old changed schools from a Montessori school to a traditional academy. One of the reasons for our switch was that we really wanted her in a school that requires uniforms as a dress code. Hallelujah, parents! No more arguing about whether or not cat pants match shirts with mice on them because everyone knows cats and mice are friends, therefore, matching. Uniforms are just one more way to take the hassle out of the morning rush out the door. So after I signed her name on the dotted line I knew French Toast would be my next stop for everything we would ever need to outfit her for a successful school year.

You can win a year of uniforms from French Toast in our #SavvySassySchoolDays Giveaway!

 

French Toast is a one-stop online uniform retailer that has everything you need, in every color style and size, from 2T up. Easily search for your uniforms by color, style, and even by school or zip code. And everything you buy from French Toast comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and no hassle returns — it’s really a no-brainer. In addition to all that greatness, French Toast also offers fundraising programs for your child’s school and if you sign up for their email list you will receive discount codes on a weekly basis for keeping up on their uniform needs throughout the school year, too. Now Mom is happy, kids are dapper, all it right with the world.

French Toast Uniforms Make Back-to-School Easy

Easy all-in-one

This is the adorable dress (2-in-1 Pleated Dress, $15) that my daughter picked out to wear for the first day of school if that tells you anything about how much she loved it. The entire outfit comes in one piece and is easy to get on and off, making it impossible to mess up, even on the most hectic of mornings. The cute layered look consists of a starched cotton button up shirt attached to the softest cotton blend sweater material, and then a polyester skirt that is pleated all the way around. Keep in mind that my daughter is a petite size 5 in everything else and this outfit is a size 6, so French Toast seems to run on the small size — good to note when ordering. 

Uniform Styles for Back-to-School
All in the details

The one thing that I have noticed about everything we’ve ordered from French Toast is that they have an eye for sweet little details, and this dress (Pleated Hem Jumper, $14) is no exception. From the short pleats that go all the way around, to the dainty little bow at the drop-waist, it’s all cute as can be. The surprisingly lightweight jumper is made from Crinkle No More cotton and polyester blend fabric, which makes it easy to care for and no ironing!

Where to Get the Best School Uniforms for Girls
Pretty perfect

This one, I have to admit, is my personal favorite because again with the details. From the adorable Peter Pan collar on the white cotton shirt to the perfect pleats and side-zipper on the polyester skirt (Front Pleated Skirt with Tabs, $11-13), topped off with the seriously soft and cozy sweater (Pom Pom Zip-Up Sweater, $17) with fun little pom-poms dangling from the zipper, it’s all just so well done. Thankfully, this skirt does have an adjustable waist which is pulled to its maximum in the back, meaning we will be able to fit this skirt for the foreseeable future.

Even if your child doesn’t require uniforms, French Toast has a ton of non-uniform styles to choose from, too. Because when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good… and she looks like she feels great in her new uniforms. Here’s to a great school year!

What kind of uniforms does your school require?
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It’s that time again, moms! Back-to-school is upon us and I, for one, could not be more excited. However, with going back to school comes early bedtimes, which leads to early mornings and the inevitable rushing out the door. While I can’t get your kids dressed and out the door for you, I can introduce you to one product that will make at least one part of the morning rush that much easier. Moms, meet Beddy’s.

Beddy's Zippable Bedding for Kids

Manic mornings

Nothing makes a room look clean quickly or creates everyday good habits like making your bed every morning. I do it, my kids do it, it’s just what happens when you get ready for the day. But the struggle is real. No, they don’t go off skipping happily to their rooms to make their beds while telling me how much they appreciate how hard I work to instill good life skills in them during their impressionable young years. It’s more like the five stages of grief, but with more sobbing and yelling. And then, when the 6-year-old upgraded to a loft bed… forget about it.

Finding Beddy’s was a sanity-saver. Not only is it beautiful, high-quality bedding, but my daughter was actually excited to make her bed and it was soooo easy to do — just zip and go.

The Cutest Zippable Bedding for Kids
Zip ’n go

Beddy’s is the dream child of two lovely ladies out of Utah, Angie and Betsy, who knew there had to be an easier way to fight and win the battle of the bed. And, if this story sounds familiar, then you probably watch the show West Texas Investors Club where they absolutely killed it and won investment money for their ingenious product. Beddy’s is an all-in-one bedding set that includes your comforter, fitted sheet and top sheet in a one piece design that zips together for quick and easy bed making. The easiest way to explain it is to think of it like a sleeping bag attached to a fitted sheet, but on steroids.

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Right off the bat, I was blown away by how luxurious the materials were. From the super soft minky fabric used for a top sheet to the cotton used on the outside of the comforters, it was all so posh. Now, I’m one for details when it comes to this type of thing and as much as I searched for somewhere they has skimped, I came up empty. Every ruffle was perfect, every trim was impeccably sewn, even the inside of the fitted sheet, you know, the part you never see, was lined in a coordinating fabric to match. Mind. Blown. And don’t get me started on the throw pillows that have a zipper on the back for easy washing. The throw pillows on my bed don’t have zippers!

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How it works

First thing I did was, of course, throw it in the wash where it came out softer and fluffier than it was before. (Good to note: If you have a small washer like me, the comforter does completely zip off on both sides so I was able to wash the top and the bottom in separate loads.) Then up the bunk bed ladder I went. Like I said, putting the Beddy’s on your child’s bed is as easy as putting on a fitted sheet, and it really was. (Or as easy as putting a fitted sheet on a bunk bed can be, amirite?) Next, I laid the top comforter on top and zipped it up. There are two zippers, one on each side so it doesn’t matter which side you use as the in-n-out side, it’s all accessible. Lastly, I threw the adorable matching pillows up to my 6-year-old to style to her liking and I was done.

We’ve had the Beddy’s on the bed for about three weeks now and I have yet to have the “go make your bed” fight since. I’m so impressed by the product all around, and as some of you know, I’m pretty picky. I’d have to say, if there is one drawback at all it’s that my 6-year-old now has nicer bedding than I do and while nobody has yet to thank me for those life skills, at least the sobbing and yelling is down to a manageable level, and I can handle that.

Beddy’s bed sets come in sizes to fit toddler mattresses, twin, full, queen and even twin XL, which is perfect for dorm rooms! Matching throw pillows, bed skirts and blankets are also available to match any Beddy’s set you fall in love with.

Which is your favorite Beddy’s collection?
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4 Easy Playroom Makeover Ideas

A playroom seems to take the brunt of the mess and clutter, which, to be honest, is why we have a playroom in the first place, right? But if the idea of zhuzhing up your old boring playroom sounds too time-consuming — and expensive — just know that it doesn’t have to be. Take one of these playroom makeover ideas or take all. Whatever you choose, your playroom will be new and inviting once again… which hopefully means the rest of your house will be, too!

Fun Playroom Storage Ideas That Kids Will Adore

Everything in its place

First things first, get storage for all the things. I love cubbies as much as the next mom, and in my opinion, the more the better. My no. 1 piece of advice for a tidy and organized playroom is to have plenty of easy-to-access storage so that everything will have a place — puzzles with puzzles, cars with cars, etc. This way, when you’re asked where her favorite dinosaur is, you know right off the bat. Nothing is really lost until Mom can’t find it, right? Cubbies come is all different sizes and colors but my favorite are these P’kolino Mess Eaters. In our playroom, I used these cubbies just the baby toys, which sets her stuff apart from the big kids and makes it easier to find her own toys. 

Playroom Runs That Will Last for Ages

Small rug, big change

Nothing changes the overall look of a room like a new rug, but having rug in a playroom is a tricky thing. On the one hand, it will protect your underlying rug or floor from stains and messes. On the other hand, it will be covered in those stains and messes in the blink of an eye. If only you could wash your area rug… A Ruggable is a two-piece rug system that allows you to separate the top portion of the rug from the bottom rug pad so that it can then be easily tossed in your standard washing machine for cleaning (the 8×10 size is equivalent to one load of laundry). On top of that genius, you’re also not forever married to a rug design that might not fit with your decor next month or next year — just purchase a new cover and, boom, new room. From dogs to kids to messy husbands (sorry, Babe!), nothing gets by the Ruggable. Available in a variety of designs, from modern to shag, Ruggable comes in sizes from runner to 8×10.

4 Things You Need for a Playroom

Have a seat

Creating a comfy area where your child can sit, relax, watch their favorite show, or read a book is a must in any playroom. When picking great playroom seating, look for chairs that are kid-sized, but not so small that they will be quickly grown out of. You’ll also want to make sure that they are actually comfortable, and most of importantly, easy to clean. We love the Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair because they are made right here in the USA from recycled materials, come in three different sizes and tons of colors to accent your playroom, and have a washable slipcover for easy cleaning.

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Add special touches with your wall decor

Giving some attention to the walls is another easy way to quickly change the look for your playroom. Some great ideas for wall decor are these cute little clothes pins that I used to hang some of my favorite drawings from the kids. The best thing about this type of set-up is the pictures can be changed easily, and often, for a fun revolving display. If you want to add a splash of awesome to your playroom, the stuffed animal heads from Project Nursery are just too cute and too fun. Or, my personal favorite, beautifully framed pieces from Minted, based on your child’s personality and name to give your playroom a personal touch.

How are you planning on sprucing up your own playroom?
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Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You’ve had so much coffee in the morning that you’re now smelling colors, but not enough water during the day that you’ve become the dreaded “wilted flower.” Instead of playing the never-ending guessing game of how much coffee and water you’ve had throughout the day, now there’s the new Ozmo Active Smart Cup that will help you track and control both your water and coffee intake in one sleek, high-tech spot.

Ozmo Smart Cups Tracks your Coffee and Water Intake

How the Ozmo works

The Ozmo is a 16oz BPA-free cup that syncs with its own app (iOS and Android) to wirelessly track and record your caffeine and water intake. This high-tech cup comes in four colors and can be used with, or without, the Ozmo app but I recommend the free app since you can customize your daily intake goals to fit your life and activity levels.

How to use Ozmo to track water and coffee intake for the day

First thing in the morning, I filled my Ozmo cup with my coffee and when I was done, rinsed and filled with my water, refilling it throughout the day. The completely spill-proof lid made it a cinch to throw in my diaper bag for on-the-go convenience. When I was slacking on my water drinking, the cup vibrated to remind me to take a sip! While I was certainly excited about this feature initially, it became a double edged sword as I used Ozmo. The vibrating alert was a nice reminder and got me drinking more water. However, there is (so far) no way to turn this feature off and while I was out of town, my husband wandered around for two whole days wondering what in the world was making that noise. 

Pros and cons

Aside from not being able to turn off the reminders (which I’m told they are working on for the next update), this is a pretty great cup if you’re looking for help with meeting your hydration goals. At $79, it’s definitely on the pricier side for a water bottle, regardless of the abilities, and the external size is quite large for the small internal 16 oz capacity. It’s understandable since there is a ton of tech at the bottom of the cup but don’t expect this to fit into your car’s cup holder and for sure not on your stroller (definitely not dishwasher safe). But if you’re the type of person that just needs a little helpful reminder, then this will be worth the money. You body and skin will thank you!

The Ozmo Active Smart Cup works via Bluetooth and syncs to both iOS and Android operating systems, as well as, Fitbit and Apple Health and retails for $79.

Thanks to Ozmo for sending us a cup to test out! All opinions are our own, as always.

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Picture this: You’ve just sat down at the beach and are starting to relax — toes in the sand — when you hear it. Yes, moms, I’m talking about the dreaded call that says your little one is now soaking wet and, of course, needs to go potty. The rest of the story is one that we all know well — pull and stretch to get her out of her suit, which is now a soggy ball on the disgusting bathroom floor, then stretch, pull and yank the now freezing cold and germ-covered suit to get it back on. Repeat in 20 minutes.

Fasten Swimwear is a Moma's Beach Dream Come True

If this whole song and dance sounds familiar then you’re going to love Fasten Swim, the swimsuit for girls that makes it so easy to conquer the bathroom in an adorable and germ-free way. Developed by a two moms on a mission, Jill Slater and Alexis Castellano, Fasten Swim has hidden magnets that hold the bottom of the suit closed for swimming, but that easily open for going potty and changing diapers. Say it with us… “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

Fasten Swim Makes Beach Potty Trips SO MUCH EASIER

Mom! I need to pee!

It never fails that once her body hits the water my 6-year-old will have to pee, like clockwork. So, trust me when I say that we were able to give Fasten Swimsuits a really good try and in my fully honest opinion: Yes, yes, double yes. My first concern was that the magnets wouldn’t be strong enough — cannonball after cannonball — and she would end up flashing us at some point in the day. To my surprise, the magnets are really pretty strong, but just in case, they have also added snaps on either side of the suit to reinforce the magnets.

When it came time to go potty, all it took was a quick pull on the front of her suit and the bottom portion flipped down and stuck to the back of the suit via a small magnet at the top of the back of the suit. They thought of everything here! Don’t get me started on the beach-side diaper change on my wiggly 1-year-old. Easy peasy.

Fasten Swimsuits for Girls Make Beach Diaper Changes Easy
It’s all in the details

Fasten Swimsuits are 84 percent poly and 16 percent Spandex and are thick, two-ply high-quality fabric. The waist belt of the suits contains three strong magnets on the front, two snaps on the side, and a magnet on the back of the suit to hold the bottom up while using the potty.

As far as sizing, like they mention on the site, I would recommend going one size up. For the 18-month-old I went to a 2T and it was perfect. My 6-year-old, however, is on the smaller, thinner side, so I was a little over ambitious in ordering her a size 6. As you can see, it was a bit baggy and the shoulder strap kept slipping. On the upside, the quality is incredibly good so I can see her wearing this suit again for next year (at least), not to mention it’s her new favorite suit… because butterflies.

Fasten Swimsuits range in size from 6-months-old all the way up to girls size 10 and they carry enough colors and patterns to suit any style, not to mention a line of matching hats, headbands and cover-ups!

Through August 31st, Fasten Swimwear has been kind enough to offer our readers 20 percent off their order with the code SAVVYSUMMER, which is good on all regular priced items.

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The price tag on a nice diaper bag just seems to keep going up and up, which means it had better last well beyond the baby years. But, what exactly will you do with that bag when not filling it with diapers and sippy cups? Today I’ve come up with a list of six bags that are not only gorgeous and useful diaper bags, but go above and beyond to become other essential bags for your everyday life.

6 Diaper Bags That Do Double-Duty

1. Diaper bag to camera bag

Kelly Moore makes absolutely gorgeous bags. Originally designed to be used for storing your DSLR camera, they also make for amazing diaper bags. Adjustable dividers, pockets, real leather — oh my! I gave the amazing Pilot Backpack a test spin (because I love me a good backpack) and I actually ran out of stuff before I ran out of storage spots. The canvas is thick and durable, and the leather is so soft. My favorite was the front pocket credit card slots, which eliminated having to carry a wallet and, for the first time, my husband has asked to borrow the diaper bag when I was done with it. Sorry honey, you’re going to be waiting a long time.

Diaper Bags That Go From Diapers to Gym
2. Diaper bag to gym bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom has long been a name synonymous with quality diaper bags, which mean this bag will well outlast the years it will be used. So, what then? My favorite of the bunch is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender. It is super roomy with tons of space and a frame that holds its shaping, making it perfect to go from diaper to gym bag in a pretty little second. Yoga to crossfit, you may just skip the diapers all together and go straight to the locker room!

 Double Duty Diaper Bags That Dads Will Love, Too
3. Diaper bag to book bag

There are great diaper bags and then there are diaper bags that have both moms and non-moms alike stopping you in the grocery store just to ask where the heck you got that amazing bag — the TWELVElittle Unisex 3-in-1 Tote is the latter. (Seriously though, I get stopped once a week, at least.) Super roomy without being hugely obnoxious, this tote can be worn three different ways and will be your new best friend. The exterior is water-resistant and has two large insulated pockets, one slip pocket, and one small zipped pocket. Don’t forget about the bonus hidden zipper pocket at the bottom for dirty items… I’ve used it several times to stash my wallet while out. The inside is accessed via one huge zipper opening at the top, is completely water-resistant, has four deep pockets (two of which are elastic for secure keeping), one zippered pocket and a logo changing pad. The overall size of this bag is perfect for even the largest laptop and everything else you could ever need for a day at school.

Diaper Bags That Make Awesome Carry-Ons

4. Diaper bag to carry-on

If you’re a mom who hits the skies for work or travel often — with or without kids — the Sons of Trade Tactical Tote is a lifesaver. As a diaper bag, it is the biggest and best of the bunch. The brother brand to Petunia Pickle Bottom, Sons of Trade bags have an outdoorsy unisex style that shows its self in both function and appearance. The bag is made from super-thick canvas, making it last whatever adventures you’ll take it on and with its ability to stand up as a deep tote or fold over as a backpack, you can really take this bag anywhere. And, true to its Petunia Pickle Bottom roots, there are pockets and parent-friendly features everywhere. When you’re done using it as a diaper bag or if you’re traveling sans-kids, it easily fits a 17-inch laptop and all of your must-have travel gear as a carry-on bag.

 

6 Diaper Bags You'll Love AFTER You're Done with Diapers

5. Diaper bag to super organized overnight bag

The organized part of my brain is obsessed with the Hatch (Anti) Diaper Bag. But while this is obviously a pretty fantastic diaper bag, my first thought was this would make an excellent overnight bag! The Hatch (Anti) Diaper Bag comes with a changing mat and three zippered pouches stitched with “THIS, “THAT” and “THE OTHER,” which to me is undies, jewelry and makeup! The exterior of this navy blue beauty is wipe-able nylon with a relaxed black leather strap. If the three removable pouches aren’t enough, there are plenty of other additional pockets throughout the bag. Overnight with ease and never lose track of another item with this bag in tow.

Diaper Bags That Are Awesome on the Beach
6. Diaper bag to beach bag

Having some sort of large tote is a necessity, especially one that can take you from the beach to the pool and beyond. The Day Tripper from Birdling Bags is my favorite bag for everyday excursions where a typical diaper bag just won’t fit the bill. Made from durable, water-resistant canvas with plenty of pockets for your phone and other necessities, the Day Tripper also comes with a water-resistant snap-in nylon pouch and an optional shoulder strap for versatility.

What will you do with your diaper bag when you’re done with diapers?
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