Favorite Playtime Lounger with Dockatot

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Hello friends! Is everyone out there with the flu or cold? Yes, I think every house in America is sick! We were all sick this last week, thank God it didn’t last long.  A lot of lying around and snuggles, but I’m not complaining about that!

A place Atticus loves to lay around is his new Dockatot Grand. He even took naps in there while being sick and it’s something that really surprised me because he never just lays somewhere and takes a nap, only in his crib.  As soon as I opened the Dockatot box and placed it in the living room floor he jumped right in it.  He loves to play in his Dockatot, reading books and playing with his toys, watching TV while lounging and drinking his milk bottle while laying back. My personal favorite is that it is machine washable! A toddler with hands and mouth filled with food you can expect things to get dirty quickly. And the occasional diaper accident… yes poor boy’s tummy didn’t agree with something. I took the cover off and threw it in the wash, it was like brand new again. Another favorite is how comfortable it is, I wish it came in adult sizes! I love how light and easy to carry it is, with a handle on the side for easy transport around the house or out of the house. It is great to take on road trips or the park. I will definitely use it when I start transitioning Atticus from crib to toddler bed. Atticus used to co-sleep with us in our bed until he was about six months old. I loved co-sleeping with him.  The Dockatot Deluxe is great for co-sleeping with your brand new baby, I totally recommend it to all new moms and dads.  Co-sleeping with Atticus was such a sweet memory that I will cherish forever.

Dockatot is handmade in Europe, designed in Sweden and it has been tested for breathability and is OEKO-TEX certified. It’s made from all natural, 100% cotton, ideal micro-climate for babies and toddlers. I love how there are different cover prints for everyone’s style, you can have different covers and change them as you want. Another accessory that is super cute is the toy arch for the Deluxe, perfect for your little babies to play with and look at while laying back. It’s definitely a must in every baby registry!!

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*I received product compliments of Dockatot.*

Happy weekend my friends!

Love,

Natalia

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Washable Rugs By Lorena Canals Rugs

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Happy new year everyone! I hope the holidays were great with your family and loved ones. This year I want to make it a great one, a happier and healthier one. Small changes in your lifestyle and around you really do help the way you feel and keep a positive mind. One of things I love doing is changing things around my home or adding one thing that changes the feel of the whole room. I believe in quality over quantity and it’s something that I want to live fully this year. Things have to have a purpose or bring joy to my life.

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A new addition to my home is my Lorena Canals Rug and is one with a purpose and sparks joy in my life.  The number one thing I love about the Lorena Canals Rugs is that they are machine-washable! With a toddler running around with food on his hand and mouth or trying to pull cups of tables, this rugs is a life saver.  Also, if you have pets and they think rugs are grass… oops.  Yes, already happened!  I just put it in the wash and it was like brand new! And it fits into a standard washers and dyers. Another favorite is how soft they are, they just get softer and softer.  Of course the design I love!  They have a variety of designs to go with different styles and rooms, kids and adults.  The rugs are handmade in India, designed in Spain, with all natural dyes,  eco-friendly and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs. I would recommend this rug to everyone, parents and not parents.  It is a great addition to a nursery, a kid’s play room or any room of the house.  It is a must have to add to your baby registry.  I promise you would love it! I added to my living room because it’s the area we are most of the day playing, eating, watching TV and “me time” when baby boy is napping.

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Lorena Canals Rugs offer other products additional to rugs.  You can fine beautiful Washable Cushions, Wall Decor, Baskets and Blankets on their website. I think I need a washable cushion from them next!  Am I the only one or cushion gets so dirty in your home?  Especially when you try to put a plate on them and eat while watching TV….

Another great quality about Lorena Canals Rugs is that they give to a cause by giving proceeds to support the Sakula project to provide schooling for children in India.  You can read more about their social mission here.

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*I received product compliments of Lorena Canals Rugs.*

Happy weekends friends! Until next time.

Love,

Natalia

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Let’s be Honest Mamas: Simplified Holidays

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Happy Holidays everyone!  Christmas is just around the corner and it makes me a little sad to be honest.  I want the holidays to feel a little longer, but they never do! I am so happy to be back this month with the Honest Mamas group of beautiful ladies.  This month the lovely Kacie from www.elementsofellis.com asked me and a few other mamas to be part of this month’s Q&A about Simplified Holidays.  I love that title because its something I want for my holiday traditions and overall life, to be simple.  I love the minimal Christmas decor and style and we are pretty laid-back with how much we do the day off.  So, I hope you enjoy reading my answers and make sure to read the other collaborating mama’s posts!  Links are attached at the bottom 🙂

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1. How do you make the holidays less hectic around your home?

Since Atticus was born, we decided we wanted to make the holidays less hectic and more chill.  We agreed not to go to several family houses in one day and that is will be easier (with a baby) to just decide in one meeting place, even if that meant not seeing the whole family.  So far, we have planned all our holidays to be at our house and family to come over.  As of food, we try to keep it simple and not stress with making a feast.  We keep it traditional with a turkey for Thanksgiving and pork for Christmas.  A few sides and one easy to make dessert.  We have kept it minimal with decorations, as you have gathered we are super laid-back on everything haha.  We want to make a tradition of always put up and decorate the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend.  A few Christmas decorations around the house, including fresh garland and greenery.  The one thing we are horrible about are gifts, we don’t know how to buy gifts!  With Atticus so far it has been easy and we know exactly what we want for him.  However, for each other or the rest of the family… not so much!  We are very much the worst procrastinators.  I know even know what I want for myself! LOL.  We feel it is really important to make this a very special holiday for Atticus and we really don’t care if we get something for each other or not.

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2. In a season inundated with receiving, how do you teach your kids about giving?

Atticus is just a one-year old toddler and still doesn’t quite comprehend the act of sharing let alone giving.  Still, this is something we want to teach him.  I would love for him to make his own gifts to give to grandparents and ourselves.  I think is just the cutest, most especial gift to give and cherish forever.

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3. In order to enjoy the holidays, it’s important to be thoughtful with your celebrations and only do the things that make you happy. Are there traditions you’ve said “no” to? How did you make that change/tell your friends and family “no” is a way that didn’t upset them?

We haven’t set any big traditions in stone with family and friends.  The one big one was not going around several houses in one day.  Saying “no” is hard, but the comfort and sanity of my child, and ourselves, is first.  Having one big gathering is more especial to me than being so stressed getting in and out of the car with a bored hungry baby.  Am I right!?

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4. It’s easy to overspend this season. Share your tips for limiting the amount you spend on gifts. (example; making gifts, the 4 gift rule, etc.)

I have noticed I tend to spend more during the black Friday weekend and I want to control that for the years to come.  Again, I need to get better at planning way before the holidays come around.  I know for Atticus so far, we want to get him one “big gift” and a few smaller gifts to go with the bigger gift and books, always books.  I want to get better at the tradition of stuffing the stockings, every year we try to do this!

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5. Preparing meals for the family can be stressful. Do you have a simple meal you prepare ahead of time to help lessen the stress?

We are pretty laid-back with food.  I seasoned the meat one or two days before and keep it in the fridge.  That is the most preparing I do to be honest.  The rest is done since we wake up the day of, like potato salad, bread in the over, rice, mac and cheese.  Food is one thing I want to bring a little bit of my culture so rice and pork shoulder, and probably plantains,  is an always definitely on Christmas day!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love,

Natalia

Collaborating Mamas:

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Stephanie Pollock stephpollock.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com

my outfit:

jeans- Madewell / top- Everlane / shoes- Lotta from Stockholm  / hat- Target / watch- Daniel Wellington

his outfit:

top- Zara / pants- Zara (similar) / shoes- Vans

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