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The royal baby turns 1!

Prince George Birthday Photo

 Photo credit: John Stillwell, AP

It was a year ago that the entire world seemed to be on “royal baby watch,” anticipating the arrival of the offspring of the beloved Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. And, eventually he did arrive, on July 22, 2013 — with nearly as much media attention as the royal wedding itself — as the Prince of Cambridge, George Alexander Louis. Since then, we’ve been watching the adorable Prince George grow, devouring glimpses of him when we could and learning how Kate is a regular mum (Royals, they’re just like us, right?).

With the arrival of his first birthday today, Prince George has captured our hearts again with this sweet photograph released by the royal family, showing the Prince walking, unassisted, for the first time to the public. Happy birthday, sweet George!

Get the look: Prince George’s birthday style

Prince George First Birthday Style

The overalls that Prince George is wearing are obviously being coveted by moms around the world right now. While some sources are claiming they are sold out, we did find an online retailer who has a few pair in stock. The very sweet Petit Bateau Forcing Striped Overalls are actually on sale on Look.com right now for $45. But, if you want a pair, grab them as soon as you can, because they’re not going to last! Some great alternatives include the Petit Bateau Light Denim Overalls ($48, limited quantities) and even Old Navy’s Railroad-Striped Overalls ($17).

Prince George’s little polo-style shirt is simple as can be. In a classic navy, you can easily pick up one at your favorite place to shop for your little guy. Or, it’s likely that he already has one in his closet. We used an Old Navy Uniform Polo ($7) because they are always a steal and fit well. You may want to consider a polo-style onesie to keep it pulled down and smooth under his overalls, like the Ralph Lauren Cotton Layette Bodysuit ($25), which is also monogrammable, a detail that we’re sure the Duke and Duchess would approve of.

For the perfect just-walking shoes, we matched Prince George’s outfit with Pediped’s Original Martin Shoes ($35). These are a bit sportier than the classic British Early Days Alex Pre-Walkers that Prince George appears to be wearing, but they’re also much more practical. To be worn with or without basic navy socks, they do double-duty for any prince, allowing him to cruise in comfort as he’s learning to walk, as well as being stylish. We think the green stitching on the Pedipeds are a nice addition of a pop of color!

What do you think of Prince George’s style?
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things in my diaper bag

Always be prepared

I find that what’s in your diaper bag can say a lot about a person. Mainly, how prepared you are while on the go. Because, really, that is what it’s all about with a baby. You must always be prepared, for virtually anything. Because anything can and probably will happen, at least once. Today, I’m opening up my on-the-go lifeline and sharing the things in my diaper bag.

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The bare necessities

Now, this is obvious, right? If you were to have absolutely NOTHING else in your diaper bag, you’d at least have to have some diapers and wipes! For obvious reasons, I really don’t think I need to get into this one.

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Don’t forget your nursing scarf

If you’re breastfeeding, you’re going to want to have your nursing scarf with you for those on-the-go nursing sessions! I love mine, from Itzy Ritzy. It’s cute and stylish and keeps me perfectly covered up for whenever- and most importantly wherever- baby gets hungry!

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MAM bottles and pacifiers are a must!

I never leave the house with my baby without a pacifier- it is an instant relief when he starts to get fussy in public! He absolutely loves his MAM pacifiers, and actually prefers them to any other brand we’ve tried! Isn’t the little pacifier clip so cute, too? It’s genius because it stops the pacifier from falling to the ground when he spits it out of his mouth! Makes life much easier. He also loves the MAM bottles, which I like to have in my diaper bag just in case it’s an inconvenient place or time to nurse him. They’re perfect for long car rides!

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Spare clothes for when the going gets tough

Again, I feel like this one doesn’t need too much explaining. Babies have blow outs, babies spit up, in a word, babies are messy. This is why I always have at least one extra change of clothes (usually two) and some jammies in my bag. We love Little Me clothes- they make the cutest and softest footie pajamas!

diaper bag musts

For wiping up those messes

The last few things I always make sure to include in my diaper bag are a nice soft blanket, some burp cloths and a pack of tissues. The blanket can be used to wrap baby up in, swaddle for a nap, shield his face if he’s in the sun, to sit on, lie down on, get some tummy time in, and the list goes on! Burp cloths are always a good thing to have handy, as are tissues. These are some necessities you won’t want to be caught without!

diaper bag for mom

Mom needs some things, too!

The diaper bag isn’t just a bag full of things for baby- it’s mom’s purse, too! Therefore, I’ll have my wallet and keys and phone in there, as well as some necessities for me. I always have a water bottle (breastfeeding makes me ravishingly thirsty!), some hand sanitizer (gotta keep those hands clean!) and at least one tube of chapstick. You might find some miscellaneous makeup items in there too, like a powder compact, some mascara and concealer (a mom’s best friend!) and some lipstick. That is, after all, what those small pockets in diaper bags are for!

So, what’s in your diaper bag? Anything I missed?
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striped diaper bag

I will say it over and over again: I do not want my diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. Yes, I am a mom, and yes I am carrying diapers and wipes and extra clothes and whatever else in that bag of mine, but do I need every single person to think of that when they look at me? No. Enter, Ju-Ju-Be. They know that women want a diaper bag to be not only functional and practical, but also stylish and chic. Which is where this gorgeous bag comes in. Their Legacy line is sophisticated and beautiful and just perfect for the modern fashionable mom.

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A spacious diaper bag for all of your necessities

Probably the most important part of a diaper bag is it’s size. Diaper bags should be large, because you really need to have a boy scout mentality while out and about with your little one. Really, anything could happen, and you definitely want to be prepared for it! This bag is BIG, and holds everything you could need or want while on the go! I love that I can fill it with all of my necessities, and it holds everything in without over flowing! In fact, this diaper bag is so big, there’s even room to spare, which I love. It also has the option of being worn over the shoulder if it gets too heavy to hold by hand.

jujube diaper bag

It’s big, but not too big

Yes, it is a large diaper bag, but it still somehow doesn’t seem too big. It fits everything I need without coming off as clunky or massive. Nobody wants to feel like they’re walking around with a suitcase! This is especially important with a baby in tow, as well. The Be Prepared line, pictured above, is their biggest and if it’s too big for you they have a wide range of sizes.

diaper bag on the go

Lots of pockets for easy access

I love the complete functionality of the bag. There are numerous pockets both on the inside and the outside! The side pockets for bottles have a magnetic closure and are insulated- genius! A memory foam changing pad is included, which we all know is super important. The bag itself is Teflon, so stains don’t stick, and the inside lining is antimicrobial. Plus, the entire bag is machine washable. The bag is not only super adorable, but it gives me peace of mind knowing that I have anything I could need with me on the go. This really is the Cadillac of diaper bags! Mom and baby approved!

I was provided with a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag for review purposes. All sassy opinions are my own.
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A summertime tradition

When life gives you lemons… you convince your mom to help you make lemonade for a lemonade stand, of course! These sweet lemonade stand-worthy outfits for kids will surely have her selling out in no time.

Dress for success

Lemonade Stand Style 1. Lemon One-Piece Romper, GAP, $18 2. Local Hat, Tiny Whales, $18 3. Lemons Make Lemonade Tee, kate&james, $20 4. Organic Knot Lemon Print Headband & Organic Lemon Print Shorts, Little Big Dreamers, $14-18 5. Faye Skirt, Peek, $36 6. Mini Boden Washed Summer Sport Shirt, Nordstrom, $21-32 7. Lemonade Ruffle Tank, Crazy 8, $8

Lemonade stand style… all year long

While lemonade stands tend to be a seasonal venture, you can keep these lemonade stand-inspired styles in your little entrepreneurs’ closets all year long. Despite having a distinct summery feel, they can transition into fall with an added layer over or under each piece. How sweet would that lightweight yellow skirt look with a pair of thick, knit charcoal ribbed tights and a chunky cardigan? Or, add a soft, long-sleeved white thermal tee to that handsome yellow gingham shirt for an outfit that he can wear as he plans his next money-making summer gig.

Did your kids have a lemonade stand this summer?
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Does your child like to build with LEGOs and other fun construction sets? Well then, getting them outside this summer and keeping them engaged shouldn’t be a problem with Canoodle!

Canoodle Toy is a building set that connects pool noodles and allows your child to build structures and creative shapes. I had the opportunity to test out the Canoodle Toy this past weekend and it sure drew a lot of attention from the other kids at the pool. Many of the kids came over asking us what it was and if they could help us build!

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Building with Canoodle Toy

The Canoodle Toy comes with tools for connecting your pool noodles. You first start by screwing the noodles onto the screw like tool and then clip the hooks onto the circular shape. This allows you to connect up to four noodles into one round circular shape. the Canoodle Toy sets also come with a tool for cutting the noodles.  By cutting the noodles and making them shorter it is a little easier to build specific shapes, smaller structures, objects or animals. The structure we built was not anything in particular but the kids had a lot of fun swimming around the pool with it and pretending it was their ship.

The noodles may disconnect if the kids are pulling on it, but that was actually part of the fun! The kids have to reconnect it or decide to add on to it.That is another benefit of the Canoodle Toys, the kids have to work together!  I recommend at least 10 or more noodles. We bought ours at the Dollar Tree, so it they were only a $1 each.

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Connect-a-noodle with Canoodle

Canoodle Toy was created to encourage kids imagination, role play, creativity and team work. They definitely bring a new level of play to the basic pool noodle, especially if you have older kids. Not only is this connect-a-noodle toy cool, it’s educational and gives kids lots of creative possibilities.

To celebrate summer and give you an opportunity to stretch your child’s imagination this summer, we are giving away a Canoodle Toy prize pack to one lucky reader!

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stokke steps
When I first got pregnant, my number one goal with all of the baby products I was adding to our registry was that they must fit with our aesthetic in our home. I am not one for crazy baby prints, it’s just not my style. Stokke understands this and makes products that fit in a modern home. When I first saw their new bouncer + high chair system, I was amazed. I mean, what a cool concept, right? A high chair that grows with your child! I was eager to try it out and see what it was all about, and I was not disappointed.
Stokke Steps Natural with Baby Set-22

No need to sacrifice your style for a high chair

Stokke Steps is the chicest high chair on the market today. There, I said it. I love the clean, crisp look of it almost more than the functionality (which we’ll get to). The natural wood frame and the white accessories is something that fits in any home, regardless of the color scheme. It’s simple and clean and is so stylish that you will be proud to have it on display at the dinner table.
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Stokke Steps follows baby from infant to kid

Probably my favorite feature of Stokke Steps is the fact that you can have your infant sitting at the table with you, so as to not miss out on quality family dinner time even from the very beginning! There is a bouncer that is not only great by itself, but can be attached to the high chair, too. This way, your baby can be sitting up with the rest of the family during mealtimes! How genius is that?

The bouncer also works on it’s own as you can just place it on the floor and strap your baby in and baby will be content, bouncing away. Once your little one can sit in a high chair, there is an accessory set that attaches to the chair, with a tray. And when he grows out of that, it becomes just a regular chair that actually holds up to 200 pounds! I tried it out- it really does hold me and is very sturdy.

 

stokke steps with bouncer

Parents will love the Stokke Steps

The Stokke Steps tray is super easy to clean, which is an important aspect for those messy babes! Another thing for parents to love is the 5 point safety harness that straps baby into the bouncer so there is no need to worry about his safety. It is durable and built to last, and something that you will get a lot of use out of, since it grows with your child! This is an investment worth making!

Stokke Steps Walnut with Baby Set-10

Stokke has done it again

This innovative high chair is a must-have for every parent’s registry! I love the look and durability of it, and will be recommending this high chair to my friends- it’s just that good. As far as high chairs go, the Stokke Steps far exceeds any and all of my expectations and is built to last for years to come. The bouncer has been perfect for having our baby sit with us at the dinner table, and freeing our hands so we can all enjoy our meal together, as a family. It is also great for having baby close enough to not fuss while you’re making dinner! We just strap him into his chair and place him in the kitchen with us! It’s pure genius.

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Disclosure:   I was provided with a Stokke Steps high chair to try with my baby boy. All opinions are my own.

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What do you get when you mix a super swank hotel like the London West Hollywood, and a long awaited toy launch from a popular kids show? One heck of a party with tons of celeb moms and dads turning up for the big day. JuliusJrToyLaunch

Fischer Price rolled out their new preschool toys, plus a few really cool books from Random House, for the hit Nick Jr. Show, Julius Jr. If that little monkey looks familiar to you, it’s because he’s related to Julius, the mascot of super cool Paul Frank Industries. Aside from getting a first glimpse at the new products, guests got to decorate cupcakes, pose for silly pics at the Julius photo booth, and create some colorful keepsakes.

Who Did We See?

Hit Preschool Series Julius Jr. Launches All-New Fisher-Price Toy LineSavvy Sassy Moms spied Kyle Richards, James Van Der Beek, Samantha Harris, Melissa Rycroft, Bree Turner and rapper Shwayze checking out all the new toys with their kids in tow. We loved Samantha Harris’ pretty blue frock with a honeycomb print. And can we say that James Van Der Beek has come a long way since Dawson’s Creek. Talk about hot dad.

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Hit Preschool Series Julius Jr. Launches All-New Fisher-Price Toy LineThe toys are as bright and colorful as the show itself and feature all the character including my favorites Clancy the Giraffe and Julius Jr. They are all totally hands for the ultimate in play experience. I can see my toddler playing with these things for a while. And his older brother just might want to get on the act as well. The pop up book Welcome to the Hall of Doors is now making its rotation in our nightly bedtime routine. And because it’s a board book, it’s extra sturdy. My favorite? The super cool Julius Jr. Box Top Guitar which retails for just $22. It’s a small price to pay for all that awesomeness. I can see the living room concerts now. Rock on.

Moms, which celeb mom or dad would you want to have a play date with?
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I am a huge fan of baby wearing. I love it, my baby loves it, and everybody’s happy. Sometimes he’ll cry for apparently no reason, you know the story. You’ve checked all of the obvious culprits of the tears, and still the waterworks just will not stop. This is when I break out the Lillebaby carrier, and almost instantly the crying is no more. It really is like a miracle worker!

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Babies love being worn

It’s true: Babies love being worn. It reminds them of being in the womb, complete with lots of jerky movements and being rocked back and forth. Plus, the closeness to mama (or daddy!) is soothing and the body warmth is just what baby loves the most. I am a huge proponent of baby wearing: I just love the bonding that takes place while wearing my baby. I know he won’t be able to be worn forever, so I take every chance I get to do just that. Plus, it allows me to get things done since it frees my hands, but also keeps my baby happy knowing he’s being held.

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The Lillebary carrier is great for all seasons

Lillébaby just debuted the All Seasons Carrier, which is perfect for cold and warm weather! You just zip the center panel up for warmth and zip it down to reveal a cool, breathable mesh. No need to buy separate carriers for each season, now you just need one! You and your baby are sure to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter and comfortable year round. It’s super lightweight (under 2 lbs) and is machine washable, which is an important feature with anything baby-related, let’s be honest.

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Lillébaby is the most versatile carrier yet

A few of the most impressive features of the Lillébaby All Seasons Carrier are its long carrier life (7-45 lbs), six different carrying positions and an adjustable seat. It is both versatile and comfortable, two things that are very important for a carrier! After walking around all day with my baby in it, neither of us was overheated and we were both comfortable! The extra padded straps and padded waistband made for an enjoyable wear and I love that it comes with an optional lumbar support. This carrier truly has it all!

Lillébaby retails for $135 and can be found online at www.lillebaby.com.

What’s the most important feature for you in a baby carrier?
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Summer is busy time for traveling and many of you might be hitting the road this summer for a family road trip, and if you are you’ll want to check out the latest BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat. The BubblBum Booster seats have been around for awhile, but they just came out with the latest style NEON, which is actually a black & white chevron pattern but they come in a handy neon pink or neon yellow drawstring travel bag.

Watch this video to see the new stylish pattern that BubbleBum has just come out with and I show you just how easy it is to inflate and install the booster seat. I even get a little help from two expert traveling kids!

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BubbleBum Booster Seats

Savvy Sassy Moms puts the inflatable BubbleBum booster seat to the test and shows you just how easy it is to install and safely buckle in your child. The new NEON BubbleBum booster seats have a stylish black and white chevron pattern and come in a reusable neon drawstring bag that makes them perfect for travel.

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The BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat $29.99

Bubble Bum Booster Seats Neon Chevron Print

Bubble Bum Booster Seat New Neon

 

What do you think of the new style of the BubbleBum Booster seats?
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Snuggle baby with a plush blanket

Baby blankets are a popular, go-to baby gift for first time moms. Muslin blankets are perfect for swaddling, but nothing gets more use than a plush baby blanket. Moms can tuck plush blankets around little ones in strollers if the weather gets chilly. If the air conditioning in the car cools down the backseat too much, use a plush blanket — on top of the chest straps, not underneath — instead of strapping in baby with a bulky sweater or coat. Plush blankets are great playmate for little ones, especially once they start rolling, sitting and moving all over the place. A soft blanket often ends up becoming an invaluable lovey for kids at bedtime.

Best plush baby blankets

Max Daniel Designs wrap your baby in luxury

Max Daniel Designs plush baby blankets are lush, ultra-cozy blankets you’ll love to smooth around your baby. The luxurious blankets are beautifully crafted, made in the USA and — every mama’s magic words — machine washable. No one wants to worry about dry cleaning baby’s favorite blanket when it drips in ketchup on Sunday evening.

Max Daniel’s signature lines make sure there’s a blanket for every nursery design. Their lines include Animal Prints, Rosebud & Satin Prints, Blossom Prints and Plus Dot Prints. The plush baby blankets are found in celebrity nurseries and luxe baby boutiques, and it will be tough for moms to stop at just one of the ultra-soft blankets. We love the Lemon Blossom Baby Blanket and can’t stop staring at the Pink Snow Leopard Baby Blanket (Max Daniel Designs, $76 each). Snag at least two — as your baby enters the toddler years it will be almost impossible to keep this favorite blanket in the crib!

In addition to the gorgeous Max Daniel Designs baby blankets, we rounded up seven plush baby blankets we know you’ll love. Any of these blankets would be a cozy surprise for your little one or the perfect gift for your favorite mama-to-be.
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Softest Blanket Ever
Shi Shu Celedon
Bella Blanket
Plush Cream Stripe
Sweet Dreams Blanket
Layette Plush Blankets
Sherpa Stroller Blanket

Softest Blanket Ever (Baby Jak, $56)
Shi Shu Baby Blanket (Shi Shu Style, $88)
Little Giraffe Bella Blanket
(Little Giraffe, $74)
BabyABoo Plush Minky Style Blanket
(CareABoo, $59)
Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket (Berkshire Blankets, $32)
Ralph Lauren Layette Plush Blanket
(Ralph Lauren, $45)
Personalized Sherpa Stroller Blanket (Pottery Barn Kids, $40)

Do you have a favorite baby blanket?
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