Two Easy Busy Bag Crafts

I shared a few weeks ago that my son and I participated in a busy bag swap with our local mommy and me group. To recap- our busy bag swap was where each mom made the same busy bag activity, enough for each participant, and then we swapped with one another.  We walked away with a wide variety of crafts and … Continue Reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads and grandpas  out there! We are starting out with the most beautiful day in Chicago to celebrate dad! This morning the kids and I got up early to cook dad a special breakfast. Super yummy but healthy it was not. It’s okay because today is a holiday for […]

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Busy Bags: Keeping Little Hands Busy

I have recently discovered “Busy Bags”. They are parent filled bags that contain a learning activity to keep a young child entertained while parents do whatever they need to do. They are great for getting chores done or traveling. The materials are inexpensive, and can be played with again and again. You can use a […]


Personalize Your Toddler’s Book with I See Me!

  I recently purchased a personalized book from the I See Me website and am so impressed with the quality and creativity that I had to share. I See Me make a variety of books that you can personalize with your child’s name and date of birth, as well as having a personalized message printed […]


Just getting something off my chest…

Don’t mind me while I get a little something off my chest. And don’t worry, Twitter, you deserve some props too! xoxo, Hollie In case you want to follow us on Facebook – here is our Baby Gizmo Facebook Page. (Not that you’ll actually see our status updates or anything!)

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Kitchen Mishaps, Father’s Day and Lemon Meringue Pie

I don’t like to bake.  You already know that about me.  I’m not good at following directions so baking and I don’t really get along.  When I cook savory meals, I can freelance!  A dash of this!  A splash of that!  I can do a little dance and twirl all while running through a meadow […]


Three things I can’t live without…

By Ashbey Riley of Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films With the birth of your baby, it’s no surprise that you’ve found yourself with yet another new job title: in-house family photographer. You’ve even ditched your old point and shoot and upgraded to a fancy DSLR. Now that you’re comfortable in manual mode, it’s time […]


IAlert – The Car Seat that Alerts You of a Problem

The First Years is introducing a revolutionary new car seat monitoring system that is designed to alert parents of potentially life-threatening situations. Built into The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat (for use from 5 to 65 lbs), the IAlert system monitors a child in the seat and notifies parents or caregivers via their […]


36,000 Kolcraft Strollers RECALLED

Those bad stroller hinges are at it again! This time 36,000 popular Kolcraft Contours strollers are being recalled due to fingertip amputation and laceration hazards! Yikes! Not cool! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Kolcraft, today announced a voluntary recall of about 36,000 Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers […]


Do you have a thumb-sucking toddler, too?

In my 20th week ultrasound picture, I saw it: A thumb in my child’s mouth. It was cute then. It was, as my OB said, something that most babies do when discovering parts of their body in utero. When she was born, she didn’t suck her thumb, but by three months, she did. “It’s just […]


Skip Hop Complete Sheet (VIDEO)

A firm, bare crib is a safe crib. Soft bedding, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals are not to be placed in baby’s crib. What many people don’t know is this recommendation also extends to crib bumpers. They not only pose a breathing risk, but they also no longer serve a functional purpose. Crib bumpers were […]