I’m Nicole, a stay-at-home mom to a sweet little girl and wife to a wonderful educator. I’m also an avid Barbie collector (I have over four hundred!), and I love to read fiction, memoirs, and books on decluttering and organization. It’s important to me to eat together as a family every night, where we make sure to express gratitude for three things everyday. I spend most of my time with our daughter reading books, going on walks and doing Legos. I do probably 95 percent of our shopping online. I try to make it a priority to carve out 20-40 minutes a day to get some me-time by exercising, whether running, dancing or yoga.
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I live on coffee and can’t always get to the coffee shop for my daily latte. On those days, these tiny pods are a lifesaver! I just pop one into my Nespresso machine and 30 seconds later I’ve got the necessary fuel to “try” and wake up as fast as my little one. She’s a morning person and I am not.
If you haven’t tried compression socks yet, you’re missing out! I love these in particular, since they come in a variety of actually fun patterns (compression socks don’t have to be boring). I’ll wear them while running, or even just overnight, and they help a lot with calf pain.
I have always loved planners even if I don’t always keep up with them. I particularly love this one because it focuses on gratitude and the dates and pages are blank – so it never ‘expires’. And it comes with stickers! Who doesn’t love stickers.
I love this smart watch because it tracks my steps, exercise and sleep! It’s also cheaper than and Apple Watch and still links to my phone for texts so I can be hands-free for running around with our kid.
If you’ve ever tried to comb a curly-headed toddler’s hair, you can probably understand why I love this stuff. You just spray it in, and it makes it SO much easier to comb out tangles. Best of all, you just leave it in the hair, so it keeps our little one’s mane nicely conditioned too.
This year we all have been using a lot of hand sanitizer! I love this sanitizer in particular for two reasons: it’s not too harsh on the skin, and it comes in perfect, portable packaging. We just leave these next to the back door, and grab one whenever we head out.
A lot of books try to tackle tough topics for kids with (no pun intended) mixed results. But we love “Mixed: A Colorful Story” because it is simple, and does great job of showing that hurtful labels can go away when we take the time to get to know each other.
For those of us who know the struggle of doing yoga while you compete with your little one for space on your mat, this child-size yoga mat is for you. Your child can finally do child’s pose on their OWN mat. They might even be convinced not to use you as a human jungle gym while you attempt a downward dog.
I ended up buying an extra of these “Extra” Barbie dolls, one for me to keep in the box and one for our daughter to play with. What child doesn’t love any animal dressed as a unicorn? It’s a pig-a-corn! The clothes on these dolls are also “Extra” cool!
We started reading the first Zoe and Sassafras book through a library app and decided we should buy the series. We began reading chapter books for bedtime stories this year and the chapters were short. Zooey helps magical animals that only she and her mom can see. I like finding books with female role models because it’s so important for girls to see themselves as the heroes of the story. These books also made me laugh out loud a few times!
I originally bought this cheap t-shirt when our daughter wanted us to be Pete the Cat and Grumpy Toad for Halloween. But I and ended up buying a few more colors. It’s a great basic top for exercising too!
I loved Amelia Bedelia as a kid, so when I found these books I was so excited. This particular book was also about voting. We spent a lot of this election year doing at-home canvassing and writing cards to voters.