First theatre experience at Storybook Theatre in North Hollywood

We took both of the girls to their first theatre play this weekend.  Princess and The Frog at Theatre West was the perfect option. They do cute musicals with a life message that is perfect for kids ages 3-9 but my little Dahlia who is five months old couldn’t take her eyes off of the colorful stage!

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baby's first play

Don’t worry if you think your kids won’t stay still! They don’t need to be super quiet because it’s a very interactive hour.  The actors are great with the kids and have them come up to the stage throughout the play.  Ji couldn’t get enough of her moments to shine. She raised her hand each time the opportunity was given!  She loves to play dress up so understandably she wanted to be an actress for the day.

Stoybook Theatre Box Office

There’s a short intermission and the kids are offered yummy treats like cookies and juice.  Once the play is over the fun continues! The kids have the opportunity to meet the cast, get autographs and take pictures with the characters. It’s such a great place to introduce your kids to the world of theatre!

Princess Autographing

Before we left the house we went over some simple theatre etiquette:

  • We need to be on time
  • We need to go to the potty before the performance starts.
  • No talking unless you are invited to by the cast
  • Applaud at the end!

 

Storybook Theatre is located inside Theatre West in North Hollywood. Location:  3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West 90068

They also host school groups and offer special packages for birthday parties!

See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Shopping with an infant made easy: A Binxy Baby Review

I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

I thought wearing Dahlia on a carrier would make my shopping trips run a little more smoothly but I found a product that makes it easier! If you haven’t heard about the Binxy Baby Hammock then you are not alone. More people need to know about the Binxy Baby Hammock!

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Dahlia is at the age where she wants to explore her surroundings. I want her to see all the colors, textures, sounds and social activity going on around her. The Binxy Baby Hammock allows her to do that while we shop.

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This cute invention comes in different colors and designs to fit your style. It fits standard shopping carts and can hold up to 50lbs and is perfect for babies who are not yet sitting up. We have about one more month of use but the low price was totally worth it. We will be definitely adding the Binxy Baby Hammock to our best babyshower gifts list!

-Ruby

Rapunzel Inspired DYI Flower Crowns + Give Away

Ji’s hair is getting really long. I mean down to her waist long. I’ve been wondering if it’s time to do the first haircut thing but she doesn’t budge.  There’s no way she’s going to do it now after watching the new Rapunzel TV movie. We received an advanced copy of it to review and she has a new favorite princess, so of course, she wants to be just like her now. Long hair and all.
To help her become Rapunzel we sat down and made flower crowns. I’ve always bought them but after making them ourselves there is no way I will do it again. So many possibilities!
1. Pick your flowers. I bought 3 different types.
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2. Separate artificial flowers from the stem.  I forgot to take a picture but you will need to first glue a piece of felt fabric on the headband and then glue the flowers onto that.
3. Let dry for a few minutes and tada! Instant princess!

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Rapunzel, the Effervescent Barefoot Princess with Magical Blonde Hair

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With Original Theatrical Voice Cast Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi Reprising Their Roles!
 
Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Animated Shorts and a FREE Exclusive Rapunzel Replica Journal
Synopsis: After all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, Tangled Before Ever After is a magical movie event!!
Voice Cast: Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) as Rapunzel; Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Eugene, formerly known as Flynn Rider; Eden Espinosa (Broadway’s “Wicked”) as Cassandra; Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna; and Clancy Brown (“Sofia the First”) as Rapunzel’s father, King Frederic.
Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Bring Home on Disney DVD April 11th

Comment below the age of when you gave your child their first haircut and be entered to win a copy! 

Get Some Sleep with DockATot

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Ji was such an easy baby. She slept a lot during the day and slept through the night starting at seven weeks. My poor Dahlia wasn’t as fortunate the first few weeks because all she could take were five to ten-minute cat naps here and there.  She has a three-year-old big sister and our house isn’t exactly a mansion, so quiet time is very rare around here! I was sleepy and she was sleepy! Everyone kept telling me to sleep when she slept, but it wasn’t at all possible because she never slept…. Then, when she turned six weeks old, we received a DockATot to review and I was so excited! Would I finally get to take a nap?

I did!!! Dahlia took her first two-hour nap the first day we tried the DockATot.  I love it because it hugs the babies body and in my opinion mimics a mommy’s arms wrapped around them while they sleep. She slept so comfortably that I couldn’t believe it.

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So, what is a DockATot?  It’s a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger. You can use it for nap time, to place baby in the bed with you and take with you on the road. As a matter of fact, we are planning on taking it with us on our first overnight trip to visit the grandparents. And, it’s not only for infants. It comes in two different sizes. We have the Deluxe for babies 0-8 months, and it also comes in Grand for kids 9-36 months old.  The best part is that it is breathable so if the baby were to turn, they would have plenty of room to breath!

My stylish mamas will also be pleased to hear that it comes in different colors and patterns. We are big fans of pastels, so we chose this pretty teal design.

Nowadays, Dahlia sleeps through the night in her crib. It’s nice and quite at night but during the day when it’s hectic and loud we definitely bring out the DockATot for napping, lounging and tummy time.

A happy baby means a happy mama! I definitely recommend this baby product if you have trouble getting your baby to nap, if you are looking for a safe co-sleeper or if you are looking for a unique baby shower gift.

If you have any questions regarding the DockATot let me know! I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

 

-Ruby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finn+Emma Organic Baby Swag Review

They say that when your second baby comes around you are not as picky or concerned as you were with the first. Wrong! I want the best for my new baby just as much as I did with my first. I want them both to have the healthiest food, environment, clothes and even toys! I’m convinced that everything that they come in contact with has effects on their well-being. So, when I was given the opportunity to review organic and eco safe baby swag from Finn + Emma, I was very excited to do so!

I chose a long sleeve body suit, footed pants, a wood teething rattle, and headband to review. Everything totaled $76 and it included shipping!

The body suit and footed pants are size 0-3 months so they don’t fit my 5-week old yet. Actually, the footed pants are really long and probably won’t fit her until she’s 6-9 months but I don’t mind. The clothes are super soft and will be perfect for her to wear in whatever season we are in once she fits into them.

And, how fitting is the teething rattle! Perfect for a baby that will be taking a lot of photos for the gram! All of their wood toys are made from untreated Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax, and filled with little beans.

They also have a line of muslin blankets in bright beautiful colors, wooden play gyms and corresponding play mats.

If you want the best for your baby and are health and eco conscious check out Finn+ Emma!

-Ruby

 

 

 

First Month of Breastfeeding+Milk Snob Review

I was given Milk Snob cover in exchange for my honest review. All opinion expressed are my own.

 

I can’t believe it’s been one month since I gave birth! Soon, I will post Dahlia’s birth story which was everything I hoped it would be for but for now I wanted to give a quick update on how our first month of breastfeeding has been thus far.

I feel like I didn’t try hard enough with Ji so this time around I want to give it my all. I’m especially adamant about it since Dahlia is a Winter baby and there are lots of viruses going around that I don’t want her to catch. Yes, I’m that paranoid mom that doesn’t want their baby to get sick! I know that she will be even more exposed to germs since big sister is going to school now.

Week 1: Breastfeeding and First Growth Spurt!

The first few days of breastfeeding were great but then on day four my nipples started to crack, and I was in so much pain. I hadn’t realized she wasn’t latching on correctly and was I so ready to give up! The hubby was great and took me to see a lactation consultant. It made such a difference because while there, I sat on a chair and elevated my feet. I hadn’t been doing that at home, and I realized that it helped a lot.  Later that night, my husband went out for groceries and on a secret trip to Babies R Us. He is so sweet! He came back with different nipple shields for me to try to help relief the pain. He wasn’t going to let me give up! The shields were perfect because on day seven she started nursing every 45-50 minutes. She was going through her first growth spurt, and I could have never done it if I was still in pain. She eventually got her latch down on one breast, and it healed enough where I no longer needed to use the shield on both sides.

Keeping germs away at our first check-up with our Milk Snob cover

Week 2: Growth Spurt #2

I started feeling very confident about breastfeeding. I was no longer in pain and loved that I had enough milk supply to get her to sleep 2-3 hour stretches at night. She had another growth spurt on her 14th day birthday and ate by the hour, but even so, I was feeling back to normal and getting my energy levels back.  I even took Ji to the park a few times and nursed in public. I got this!

Week 3: Dahlia’s First Cold

Right when I thought I had this new life with two kids down my poor little newborn catches a cold. I was so nervous about it all week but thank goodness that even though she was congested and had a pretty bad cough she still nursed normally. This week I also noticed that one of my breasts was making an insane amount of milk and the other about half the amount. I started latching her on to one that makes the least milk in hopes that it got the message and started producing more. I’m not sure that it was such a great idea because week 4 got tough!

 

Week 4: Plugged Duct and Growth Spurt #3?!

Did I make a mistake by latching her on to the least productive breast first? She was feeding at one breast per session but now I’m using both and the one that soaked 3-4 nursing pads a day has not leaked at all! I feel so weak, I have the chills and I definitely caught a cold too. I also noticed that my most productive breast has some red streaks and feels engorged on one side. I started to suspect a plugged duct so I jumped into action and started using warm compresses and massaging the area  before each session. By morning I felt better but she started every 30-45 minutes for the next four days. Either my milk supply went down or she is experiencing another growth spurt. I’m thinking and hoping that it’s the latter!

Getting some much needed fresh air

Daddy Duties

Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. It’s especially difficult when you are sleep deprived and have a three-year-old whose new favorite phrase is “I want” and has discovered tantrums. As difficult as it is, I don’t want to give up. I initially gave myself a short goal of six weeks, but after seeing how well and quickly my baby recovered from her first cold, I can’t help but see the benefits and want to continue for as long as possible. However, it has been a difficult first month filled with different physical and emotional feelings and as much as  I wish that I could end this post by saying that all is great and that I am going to continue until she one year old, our breastfeeding future will be foreseen on day by day basis. That’s all I can commit to right now, and I’m OK with that.

Do you have any breastfeeding tips for me? I would love to hear anything you have to share! It can be a quote, a supplement you took, your favorite nursing related product, position. Anything!

I’m currently loving the Milk Snob cover. The material is so soft and it comes in tons of different colors and patterns. You can use it as a nursing, carseat, shopping cart, high-chair and swing cover!

-Ruby

 

 

 

Elena of Avalor Ready To Rule Review + Give Away

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview Aimee Carrero to talk about her new role as the voice of the new Disney Princess, Elena of Avalor. I knew that the show would be a hit with little Latina girls but now I see that little girls of all walks of life love her too! I’ve seen many of Ji’s classmates proudly wearing Elena of Avalor attire and Ji loves her very much too. I know this because we recently received a copy of Elena of Avalor: Ready To Rule to review and Ji has it on repeat! I don’t mind because she’ll ask to watch it in English and then a second time in Spanish.

Princess Elena and Belle

ELENA OF AVALOR: READY TO RULE

 

 

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Synopsis:  Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, “Elena of Avalor” tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Parents will recognize the All- Star Voice Cast too!

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (TV’s “Saturday Night Live, ” “Archer”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (“Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez (TV’s “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (TV’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban;
Jillian Rose Reed (TV’s “Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (TV’s “Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (“Inside Out”) as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez (“Bridesmaids”) as Armando.

Do your kids love Princess Elena too? 

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