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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Wish and A Dream

Belle Toddler Dress

If you have been following my blog for awhile you know Emery's love for Belle runs deep. Emery loves dressing up but did not have a Belle dress, so when I saw A Wish and A Dream shop on Etsy I knew this dress was perfect. 

Belle Toddler Dress

All of her dresses are washable (this fact alone sold me!), easy to get on, comfortable and designed to grow with your child. The bow in the back makes it easy to adjust the size. Emery literally wears this all day, pretty sure she would wear it to bed if I let her, haha! 

Belle Toddler Dress

Belle Toddler Dress

Annelise has a ton of variety of princesses and other character dresses to choose from. I have my eye on the "Elsa" dress since we have now moved into the Frozen stage, haha! The Cinderella Pink Dress is also pretty cute! If you order two dresses from her, you get a little bit of a deal. They would make the most amazing Christmas gift! 

Belle Toddler Dress

Belle Toddler Dress

Her "Say Cheese" face is just too much, haha! Also nothing like a transformer tattoo from her cousin's birthday party to add a little pizzaz to her look right? 


Seriously though, if you have a Princess dress up loving child in your household you must check out Annelise's shop. Such amazing quality and so darn cute! Make sure to review her sizing chart, and I would always size up. I almost always buy clothing for my kids in a size up or two (Emery is going on year 3 of some of her pjs) so they last longer. 

What's your favourite Princess?  I do like Belle but I also find Anna kinda funny & endearing. I mostly like how she's into eating chocolate, haha!

<3 Kastles 



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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

DockATot Review



DockATot

I'm sure you have heard all the hype about the DockATot by now. It's a multi-functioning dock that babies can use for lounging, playing, and resting. 

When we first received ours, it was recommended on the website that the dock only be used for co-sleeping. Our bed isn't very big so we didn't use it for co-sleeping. We did use it several other ways. It was an extremely handy item that proved to be quite useful the first few months of Alder's life. 

DockATot

We did use it as a resting place for him to sleep in while supervised. It was so nice to have a safe place to set him in so I could look after Emery. He loved hanging out in it, and snoozing. They have changed the safety regulations for the DockATot in Canada since I received it. I would make sure to read all about it here before purchasing one. Do what works for your family, and what you are comfortable with. 

DockATot

The DockATot is made up of 100% breathable material, it's machine washable (which is awesome, especially when you have a newborn who likes to spit up a lot), hypoallergenic, harmful substances free, the perfect micro-climate (non-heat harboring), and they are made in Europe. There are tons of cute patterns to pick from.

DockATot

DockATot

I think my favourite feature of the DockATot is what a great tool it is for encouraging tummy time. Alder loved hanging out in this and watching his big sister. They can see a little bit more doing tummy time in the DockATot, which helps it to last longer. 

DockATot

We also found the DockATot very handy for traveling. We brought it to the cabin in the summer and it worked out perfect. I used it for co-sleeping there. The bed there had enough room for Alder and I to share. It was also awesome to have it for meal times, as he had a place to relax and play in. 

The DockATot was definitely an luxurious item for us to have, and we really enjoyed using it. If you are in the local area, Max & Maude carries them. 

Have you tried out one of these for your babies?

<3 Kastles 


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Baby Brezza Steri-Dry Sterilizer

Baby Breeza Steri-Dry Sterilizer

Alder has finally been sleeping longer stretches at night, yay! This means that my boobs get pretty full by the time I feed him early morning. According to my lactation consultant anything after six hours means you need to pump to keep your milk supply up. I had no idea! She also suggested giving Alder a little top up bottle right before he goes to bed as well.  Now every night before bed I have been pumping. Which I find kind of a pain having to wash all the parts and then sterilize them. I use to sterilize them in a boiling pot, which I would sometimes forget about. I would always splash myself with hot water, and it just took forever for the parts to dry.

Enter the Baby Brezza Steri-Dry Sterilizer. Definitely a baby item I wasn't excepting to need or love so much!

Baby Breeza Steri-Dry Sterilizer

This awesome little machine not only sterilizes all of my breast pump & bottle parts, it also dries them! You just pour a little bit of distilled water into the bottom try, then pick your cycle. It kills the germs in 8 seconds, and then you can pick a 30, 45, or 60 minute dry cycle. It's super quiet, and I can just leave it and go about my day. It beeps when it's all done. 

Baby Breeza Steri-Dry Steam Sterilizer

The only issue I really have with it is trying to fit all the parts inside and making sure the lid is closed properly. I think you just have to really find a system that works for you and what you are sterilizing. 

Baby Breeza Steri-Dry Sterilizer

It's super easy to use and set up, with a pretty basic control panel. It's a 4-1 machine, as it can sterilize only, dry and sterilize, dry only and it can be used as a storage system. 

Baby Breeza also has a bottle warmer with Bluetooth, which I think would be super awesome and convenient. That's what I really love about all the Baby Brezza products is how they make your life as a parent so much easier. We are just starting on solid foods with Alder, so I definitely have my eye on their One Step Baby Food Maker. 

The Baby Brezza Steri-Dry Sterilizer is available online and in stores at Babies "R" Us. Have you tried any of the Baby Brezza products? Which ones are your favourites? Let me know!

Hope you are having a lovely week so far!

<3 Kastles 





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Monday, 13 November 2017

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller


Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller

Before little Alder came along, Emery and I would go for a walk almost every day. It's such a great way to get some exercise, enjoy some fresh air and hang out with my girl. I knew that when this next baby came along, going for walks with both of my kids was high on the priority list. So finding a double stroller was high on the to-do before baby came list.

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller

 Enter the Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller. This double stroller has been such a hit with our family. 

Emery and Alder can ride together, which they both love. Emery has the option to either sit, or stand on a platform. Alder loves watching his big sister, and Em loves to make him laugh. I love both options because Emery can sit facing me and have a snack, but then when she gets a little bored or Alder gets fussy she can stand up and entertain him.

For Alder, his Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat clicks right in with an audible click. It makes it so easy to transfer him from the car to the stroller if we are out running errands. When he gets bigger, he can sit in the front with a traditional padded stroller seat with a five-point harness, a large adjustable canopy and removable tray with two cup holders. 

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller

It's super easy to fold up, with a one-hand ultra-compact quick fold which makes it easy to put away. The front wheels swivel and have full suspension which makes for a smooth ride. There is also a one-touch brake to the keep the stroller in place when parked. 

One of my favourite parts is the parent tray which has two cup holders, perfect for my coffee! It also has a huge storage basket underneath which you can access from the front or back. When you are lugging around two babies you need a few things, haha, so the large storage space is awesome. 

Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Double Stroller


You can find more information about the Chicco BravoFor2 Standing/Sitting Stroller on the Chicco Canada's website, and more of their awesome products!


<3 Kastles








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Friday, 10 November 2017

Our Newborn Family Photoshoot


Edmonton newborn photographer

One thing I deeply regret is not getting family newborn photos taken when Emery was born. I took lots of photos of her, and did a little newborn shoot but didn't get any photos of us with Emery. I don't think we had a family photo till she was 4 months old. As soon as I got pregnant with our second, I knew we had to get photos taken of us as a family when the baby came.

Enter the amazing Karly Ford. Her work is ridiculously beautiful. Every time she posts a photo on Instagram, I literally swoon. Her style is so unique, gorgeous and you really feel the moment she captured in each shot.

Initially I was nervous having her come to our house because hey it's not perfect, we were running on no sleep and who knew how our spicy little toddler was going to act. It was so silly to worry about it. Shooting with Karly was a dream, it felt like we were hanging out with an old friend. I still can't believe the magic she captured in these photos. These are pictures we will treasure for our whole lives. Thank you Karly from the bottom of our hearts for these photos.

If your in the #yeg area, you need to book her for whatever photo op you have planned! You will not regret it!

Now enjoy this incredible spam of teensy tiny Alder, and a much chubbier Emery. I'm crying over here missing that little newborn. 

newborn photoshoot

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