Bento Box Packed Lunch

December 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

Hi babes!

We have been using this bento lunch box for Angelo for a couple months now. It’s been used for school and outings out the house, because I have a picky eater and half the time he doesn’t want anything that isn’t in his comfort zone.

Stuck On You are the creators of this super amazing bento box. Angelo was able to pick out his own color and art design to have on it.

There are two different compartments that can be used with it. The sand which style one and the original format. We use both very frequently!

On this day we are heading out to grandmas and will be out for awhile. I have packed a quick lunch for both kids with the original format compartment.

I used up two compartments for grains because both kiddos will be eating out of this, hot dogs for protein, grapes for fruit, and used up the vegetables compartment for some apple juice. Included with the lunch box is a cooler pouch as well.

Using this almost everyday has been superb! Its a great size and holds up perfectly. The bento box closes up tightly so no spills occur what so ever! Defiantly a A+!

I love this the most because it will be used for many years from here on out. Angelo is in pre-k at the moment but starts kinder next year. Like I mentioned above he is a picky eater so I pack him breakfast and lunch every day along with his snacks and this has been great to keep each food separated in its own little square.

Head on over to Stuck On You and create your own guys! You won’t regret it!

Xox,

Dee

Disclaimer: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.

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DIY Candy Cane Reindeers

December 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

This was a super easy project! Angelo had fun and we bonded through the craft which was the best part!

I am going to list the supplies needed to create these DIY candy cane reindeers down below!

MATERIALS:

  • Candy canes
  • Pom pom balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Goggly eyes
  • Clear glue

I purchased all my materials from CVS and the Dollar store.

DIRECTIONS:

Start with wrapping each side of the pipe cleaner around your finger creating a swirl to represent the reindeers horns. Then wrap the pipe cleaner at the top where the candy cane curves and twist both ends of the pipe cleaner together. Then, add two goggly eyes (smaller sized) and your reindeers fluffy pom pom nose!

This was such a quick craft, literally just two steps!

I hope you enjoy making these yourself at home for the holidays with your littles.

Much love & happiness<3

Xox,

Dee

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

December 1, 2017 § 2 Comments

Hey guys!

So lets talk Christmas!!! My favorite holiday of the year!!!

I am so excited to get this up for you guys just because I’ve always dreamt of having a little girl of my own someday and purchasing all these cute little girly things and such! I did a Holiday Gift Guide a few years back for Angelo and had so much fun doing it.

I’m going to start off with my picks for Scarlett and then follow on to my big boy Angelo!

SCARLETT’S CHOICES:

Sherpa Bunny Plush Rocker

This is the cutest thing ever! I always wanted a rocker for Angelo when he was little but never got around to purchasing him one. This one is from Pottery Barn kids and its a cute little bunny. I’ve been obsessed with bunnies, piglets, swans, and flamingos lately so this was love!

Imaginarium Discovery 5 Way Activity Cube

Angelo lovedddd this as a kid and he still plays with it himself at the age of 4 1/2! It was only right this were added to Scarlett’s picks. She loves this wooden activity cube. It keeps her entertained for quite sometime.

Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin’ Lily Baby Doll – Brunette

I knew I wanted to get Scarlett a baby doll for Christmas. I want her to have a collection of different ethnicities. We already opened this up only because her grandmother ended up purchasing her this one for her birthday because it reminded her of Scarlett haha. Its probably the little brunette hair with the side clip because thats how I usually keep her hair out of her face. This was a hit she carries and feeds her baby doll all on her own all the time. I plan on getting her other dollies with different ethnicities to complete her collection.

SmarTrike 7 in 1 Folding Trike – Grey

This was on the top of my list and I’m so happy I decided to step into Toys R Us on Black Friday and find this gem! It’s so perfect and close up so easily. It already comes assembled you just have to click in a few pieces and you’re good to go! It is travel friendly and comes with its own little mesh bag to pack it away and stroll it to your car. This is great for walks, park dates, and even for the malls.

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen – White

This kitchen has been the most popular play kitchen for kids since forever. It is the perfect size and comes in various colors. We are getting Scarlett the white colored one just because the kids share a play nook area and its perfect for the both of them. I plan on decorating this kitchen with little wooden baskets and play kitchen appliances. Kidkraft is one of my favorite toy brands. Their stuff is mainly wooden toys and the quality is amazing!

Janod Little Miss Vanity Set

This was a mist for me for this little babe! She discovered my vanity drawers filled with makeup that I have. I have over 6 drawers tall filled with makeup and she goes through every. single. one. everyday! She lost a couple lipliners, lord knows where they are and just recently she watched me put lipgloss on and I put a bit on her lips what was that for now she wants to open all my lip products haha. I just can’t she’s such a girly girl. I don’t mind because I waited for these moments all my life! I was on the hunt for a makeup set; wooden of course and big enough to not be much of a choking hazard because I know these types of toys are meant for older little girls. I’ll be watching her while she plays with them so I wasn’t worried when I found this set. I’m going to keep it close to my vanity drawers and probably empty one out and make it hers with these wooden makeup toys. They are super cute and I’m sure any little girl would love this set!

Leap Frog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

This had been a favorite for a while now. It is the cutest little picnic basket set with platters of food and everything else you would need for a picnic. It teaches colors and shapes. She can play hours with this and even Angelo likes to play along with her.

ANGELO’S CHOICES:

Nabi Hot Wheels 7″

This gift was a spare of the moment gift. We walked into Toys r Us on Black Friday and snagged this for just $40! Last year Angelo broke the screen to his ipad he’s had since he was about 2 years old. I honestly didn’t mind fixing it because he was becoming a bit addicted to it so we left it that way. His grandparents had bought him one of these when that happened just to have for him when he goes over to their house. He loves it! It has educational apps and also can be used with internet and so forth. I love the parental mode on it. I can literally set it up to shut off after an hour of use if I wanted to. For $40 it was a steal and my husband couldn’t wait till Christmas to give it to him so he’s already using it haha. Toys R Us actually has it on sale right now for $50! (Press the link on the name of product for this deal)

Operation Board Game

This year I want to stock Angelo up with lots of boardgames. He’s asked for this one for quite sometime and enjoys playing it during therapy sessions. He’s going to be so excited to have one of his own at home.

Scientific Explorer Jr. My First Outer Space Science Kit

Angelo’s fascinated with Science and outer space. This seemed like a cool kit because I also plan on getting him a telescope to keep in his room since he has a big wide open window.

My First Super Science Kit

Another science kit I know he will enjoy! These are all great because they teach in the process of playing! I linked this one from Michaels because you can use a 50% off coupon online!

Imaginext DC Super Friends Batman Batbot Xtreme

This is something he’s wanted for awhile but I could never bare to spend $80+ on it. It’s Christmas so why not I guess haha. Its basically almost as tall as him and its batman. He loves batman at the moment so I know he’ll be excited upon receiving this.

Safari LTD Deep Sea Creatures

Mentioned these in my instastories a few weeks ago. They are great quality figurines with realistic features from each animal. Angelo has enjoyed pretend playing with these. He is obsessed with sea animals so he was super excited to get these. They are handcrafted by hand coming from a family owned business. They offer plenty of other animals a long with foods etc. You can check them out at www.safariltd.com for their list of figurines.

Angelo’s list is pretty short because this kid has so many toys! We still aren’t finished with his list, but we might keep it short. I’ll be adding to it throughout the week so keep checking in!

I hope I’ve helped some of you with our Holiday Gift Guide this year for a toddler and kid.

(All the links are provided for each item upon clicking on name)

Xox,

Dee ❤

The Nutcracker STARRING Scarlett – 1st Birthday

November 15, 2017 § 6 Comments

Over the weekend we celebrated my girls first birthday and baptism. I have been planning this birthday since I was pregnant with Scarlett because;

1.I like a head start

2.The theme required a lot of time to plan.

Scarlett’s 1st Birthday was a Nutcracker Party! Christmas is my favorite holiday and growing up I loved the Nutcracker ballet play. I knew I wanted something based off of it so I went to Pinterest. Sure enough it was a thing and I saw a few birthday parties based on the theme. One thing for sure was the decor all had to be created by me and only a small range of brands carried Nutcracker related birthday stuff.[Table skirt Festejos Party Rentals]

I did my research and found a boutique party shop who sold a line of gorgeous The Nutcracker Play related party supplies, but to my luck they were all international buyers and most of it all was sold out or just not available yet. I took myself to Etsy and sure enough I was able to find everything I needed for the kids table I wanted to create.[Backdrop CK Creative Studio] [Cake pops Lu belle Cakes – Nutcracker custom cookies Sweet Posh Cookie Co.][Cake Lu belle Cakes]

The cake table consisted of a beautiful fondant cake made out of almond cake and cream cheese filling, red velvet ballerina cake pops, Nutcracker Play inspired custom cookies, and a variety of Spanish sweets (mini tres leche, parcha mouse, and coconut bites). Everything tasted delicious![High chair Tutu skirt/ ONE banner/ Hobby Lobby – Wooden Pram Homegoods]

My vision for this party was a stage lookalike background with red velvet curtains, a dress up corner, a candy bar/goodie bag section, and a kids table set up for hands on activities.[Plates and party hats Celebration Lane – Cups Cranky Cakes Shop]

The activities I had in mind for the children were to create their own cookies and make their own holiday ornaments. We only got through the kids making their cookies because it was a big hit. We also booked a magician for entertainment which stole the show! He was A M A Z I N G! He brought in a live bunny that he incorporated in his magic show and did twist balloons for all the kids. It was a great hit for sure![Tree cones Homegoods – White wooden table Festejos Party Rentals][Nutcracker goodie boxes Oriental Trading]

All of the Nutcrackers and tree cones used were purchased from different stores like Ross, Homegoods, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Dollar Store, and Target. Everything else was already owned by me or created with the help of my husband. All the furniture used were rented out pieces.[Wooden dolly pram Homegoods – Scarlett’s dress eBay – Scarlett’s crown eBay]

Scarlett’s outfits were definitely my favorite to pick out and put together. We did a dress for her entrance at the party and then changed her into a leotard tutu once the magician arrived. Honestly, her dress was never apart of the plan and it was definitely a last minute purchase. You wouldn’t believe how much I paid for that dress and how beautiful it made my girl look. I found it on eBay one night. It was in the perfect color and said it would arrive on time so I bought it! It only cost me 15$ ya’ll!!!! (I’ll provide links to it down below). Then her leotard was from @Dollcakevintage on Instagram. Her gold crown was from eBay, only cost me a 1$ HOLLA ATCHA GIRL! And her ballet shoes were from Amazon.[Leotard tutu Doll Cake – My red jumpsuit Forever21]

I enjoyed creating this dream come true for my little babe. I know its over the top for some but thats just me. I love being extra ecpecially when it comes to my kids.

The guest tables were decorated with vases full of red flowers, floating candles, gold mason jars, and nutcrackers. Gold charger plates with gold and white paper plates in the canter with a pink napkin and candy cane. The tables were covered in white linens with sparkly pink runners and white chair covers with red satin sashes! I didn’t get to picture them but I’m sure I have a picture somewhere and I’ll update the post when I find it.

If you have any questions or I miss anything you’d like to know info on just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Xox,

Darivett ❤

All About my Frankie ft. Jord Watches

October 22, 2017 § 7 Comments

Hello ya’ll,

I have been dying inside to talk about this super unique time piece! If you love watches you definitely NEED a Jord Watch in your collection. 

I don’t have quite a big collection of watches but I do have a few favorites and none are the same. The Frankie is a 100% natural, hand finished wood watch. It has a sapphire crystal big face with a ebony band. 

What attracted me the most to this watch was the c o l o r. I don’t own anything like it. Then, the way it’s made out of pure wood, it is so light on the wrist that you forget its even there. I’ve received so many compliments while wearing it out! Since it does have a big face; meaning the glass itself is wider; it sticks out like a thumb and the biggest W O W factor to people is the fact it is all natural wood.

I wore out my Frankie to the pumpkin patch with my kiddos. I wore it out with a vintage floral print skirt from Zara known as “couch floral” for this seasons Fall 2017 fashion trend, paired with a white button up off the shoulder blouse and some suede blush toned heeled strappy flats. The watch tied my look together with my gold tone jewelry. I was/am o b s e s s e d with it!

Another thing is the craftsmanship of delivery of this watch. It comes in a wooden box with a color pen incase of touch ups, a cleaning cloth, and moisture beads to care for the watch when not in use. The box itself is also made out of pure wood. I was so amazed upon delivery opening it up because you can just smell the pure wood.

I wore my Frankie one more time recently and that was last night for a Halloween party. I was a devil angel and I am not one to walk out the house without some type of accessory. My Jord paired with the rest of my costume went so well! 

Nonetheless, you can wear this baby anywhere! And because I am sooooo overly obsessed with this baby, Jord watches has offered to let me host a giveaway for you guys to have a chance to win $100 towards any Jord watch of choice. + even if you don’t win by entering you still receive a $25 credit to use on their site.

To win just follow these simple steps:

1️⃣Follow myself @deearivett & @jordwatches on Instagram 

2️⃣Enter using this link provided https://www.woodwatches.com/g/deearivett

Or head on over to my Instagram account and follow the link in bio! 

The contest will close tonight 10/22 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on December 31st. Good luck!

Xox

Dee 
Find my watch here: Frankie in Ebony and Gold

Disclaimer: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Breakfast Routine with Silikids

September 26, 2017 § 10 Comments

H e l l o!

Thought I’d share some of Scarlett’s favorites for breakfast each day. We keep it pretty simple most days because I am always on the quick go in the mornings on the week days with trying to get Angelo to school on time. 

Scarlett loves scrambled eggs and she’ll have them if I make them for myself B U T for the days I don’t have enough time to whip some eggs up I stick to these two cereals.

  1. Nestum 5 cereals 
  2. Nurturme Organic Quinoa Cereals quinoa + bananas 


I’ve used Nestum ever since having Angelo. It was one of his favorites for the rich yummy flavor. It has like a sweet vanilla smell to it. I usually can find this at Publix

The Nurturme quinoa + banana is something new I picked up about two months ago. She LOVES this stuff! The best part its organic and a much better alternative to giving your baby rice cereal. If you didn’t know the board of pediatric has redone research on the health benefits of baby rice cereals and its no longer recommended to be given to babies. They have discovered a high in arsenic to be available in rice cereals so I decided to just plain cut out the rice cereals and stick to other iron fortified cereals like oats, barley and wheat. 

When I came across Nurturme and quinoa I was very surprised and decided to give it a try. Its worked out well for us and they offer different mixes of flavors like quinoa + apple, quinoa + sweet potato + raisin, and a protein packed option as well. You can find this brand at Target!

Since both these products are liquid based in the process of prepping. I was on the hunt for the perfect bowl to use. Something with a sturdier bottom and easy to clean. A lot of those plastic bowls keep most residue still on it even if you hand wash it. Thats where Silikids comes in the picture. They kindly sent over some of their products for me to try and they honestly came at the right time because like I said I’ve been lookong for the perfect bowl.

Silikids is a company of silicone based childrens tableware and cups/sippys but their stuff is pretty unique. 
I have been using the Silibowl for breakfast time very frequently. The bowl brings a lid that can be used as a plate and a lid to store away left overs. The lid has a air tight squeeze which leaves food fresh. The bowl can be used in the microwave and it is dishwasher safe as well. 

Also their Siliskin Sippy Cup is such an amazing invention!! This sippy cup can be used by both Scarlett and Angelo. The top of this sippy cup is a stretchy silicone material that can be used over cups of multiple sizes. Which leaves the bottom portion accessible for a bigger kid to use as a regular cup! How freaking A M A Z I NG is that!! It’s a 2 in 1 cup and perfect for home or traveling. Once again it is dishwasher safe, 100% silicone, and can be boiled to sterilize.

Once Scarlett gets a bit older her breakfast routine will start to change and I’ll keep you guys updated on that!

Ciao.

Xox,

Dee

Products Mentioned: (click for links)

You can find Silikids on Instagram @gosiliproducts


Disclaimer: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.

All F R E S H with Little Spoon

September 19, 2017 § 8 Comments


Hi ya’ll!

 I’m so excited to finally share my thoughts on The Little Spoon freshly home delivered baby blends.

Few weeks back we were able to give The Little Spoon a try for 14 days. I say 14 days because thats the longest period their fresh blends could stay refreigerated unless if you store them in the freezer. I wanted to start trying their different baby blends asap because come on the mixtures of different foods on the label just looked too good to wait! I’ll be honest I’m very picky with what I feed my kids and I try EVERYTHING before they do. AND MAMAS I AM NOT JOKING WHEN I SAY EVERYTHING TASTED AS LABELED!! The colors were so rich you can definitely just tell through the packaging.

P R E S E N T A T I O N:

I’ll start off with the packaging these recipes are stored and delivered in. Each recipe of freshly made baby food is poured into a clear 4oz. container, air sealed (not heat pasteurized), and each top has a little spoon attached. I loveeeed this set up! It was such a breeze to just snap open and get straight to feeding Scarlett. The little spoon attached is quite small so when at home I would use our own just because it would get the job done a little quicker, but for on the go it can’t get better than that. Each container comes with a detail explanation of whats inside on its label along with detail pictures of each fruit or veggie used.

R E C I P E S:

Like I mentioned before the recipes taste just as described. They are full of color and some have a great texture to them. Scarlett had a few favorites starting off with sweet potato, apple, red bell pepper & turmeric and beet, banana, & mango. She found a love for bell peppers thats for sure. 

One of the recipes caught my eye and that was the chia mango and coconut milk. It never crossed my mind to feed Scarlett chia seeds so early. I throw them in my own smoothies and yogurt and sometime on Angelo’s. She loved this mixture together. One of Scarlett’s favorite fruits are mangos. She loved this mix so much I want to try making it myself. 

T H O U G H T S:

Overall, Little Spoon is a great alternative for that on the go/ working parent. This is an awesome way to still feel like you are feeding your baby wholesome organically made foods. They are literally doing all the work for you! Even providing you with a spoon in case you forgot because you are so busy trying to pack a diaper bag and not forget your kids at home on the way out! Haha. 

Did you know in order for these organic food pouches or just pouches in general to last a lifetime on shelves without rotting they need to heat press the pouches which kills pretty much all the nutrients our babes need and just leaves an extremely high in take of sugars. I just learned this myself.

I am a stay at home mom to two kiddos and my life is still a hot mess at times. I try my hardest to prep meals for Scarlett at least every week but there are times where I just can’t even squeeze that in and I lean towards food pouches. THIS is b e t t e r than food pouches ladies! 

You can visit Little Spoon on Instagram to request an invite!

Xox,

Dee




Disclaimer: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.