Things have been pretty crazy around here recently. Between a 5-day trip back to New England for a wedding & an impending 10-day trip to Connecticut, New York City & Chicago I feel like I’m just trying to stay afloat. Here is a round up of some of the things that are currently helping me stay sane in their own ways.
bObi PET ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER & MOP by bObsweep. If you keep up with me on Instagram you may have seen glimpses of our robotic vacuum named Tammy (after Tammy Taylor from Friday Night Lights). In all honesty I didn’t have the highest expectations of robotic vacuums, but I kept hearing great things about the bObsweep vacuums so I wanted to test it out myself. My husband was even twice as skeptical. Before we set her off on her merry little way we actually swept & mopped to ease her into our household of 3 humans, 3 cats & 2 dogs. Immediately after we cleaned we put her to work & after about an hour her collection pan was completely full of dirt & hair. We were stunned. We put her to work 4 days out of the past week and holy moly. Our floors have been immaculate & my husband (yes, he does the sweeping & proudly self-identifies as “Cinderelly”) was able to skip his weekend sweeping routine. He even asked me if I would personally email the company to let them know how fantastic this vacuum was, I’m not even joking. My dining room table is currently covered in stuff (10 pound bag of organic sugar, a Target sack with a blanket inside, baby bibs, junk mail, who knows what else…), there are two piles of laundry on the floor in Buddy’s room, & our windows are riddled with kitty nose smudges but our floors are sparkling clean & I don’t have to rinse my feet off every night before I crawl into bed (yes I do that) so I’m a pretty happy mama.
FIRST COMES LOVE by EMILY GIFFIN. For probably the past year or more I have read pregnancy, birth & baby books exclusively. I was craving a fiction read & decided to turn to my favorite author’s latest release. It’s been the perfect book to enjoy while traveling or to read a chapter before bed. The story is about two sisters as they navigate their lives & aspirations after a traumatic family incident. Emily Giffin’s books are some of my favorites: I always feel like I can relate to the characters somehow & her storytelling ability makes them hard to put down. If you haven’t read her first two books, Something Borrowed & Something Blue, I highly recommend those as well (in that order). They are two of my favorite books of all time.
HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY ICE CREAM. A friend gifted us this ice cream maker when we got married & I finally gave it a go whipping up some blackberry ice cream that I found on Pinterest. OMG. It was fantastic. I decided to go with a custard-based recipe, it required a few extra steps but I was willing to make that happen for added creaminess. I top a bowl of it with either some dark chocolate candies or chocolate fudge & it makes the perfect summer treat. I've made t a goal to make more homemade ice cream this summer.
SUDIO VASA BLÅ WIRELESS EARBUDS. Buddy is still napping in the Solly Baby Wrap one to two times a day. While he’s napping I try to get work done but often times the podcast (Up & Vanished Podcast people, get to it now!) or music I am listening to wakes him up. Headphones attached to my computer would be too constricting, but these wireless earbuds do the trick! I am able to move about freely, enjoy my podcast & get some work done all while Buddy is sleeping undisturbed on my chest. They are amazing at the gym too. The Bluetooth has wide range so I don’t have to keep my phone in my hands or attached to me, which is so liberating. Sudio is offering 15% off of their amazing products with the code “brittanyviklund” (no “c” in “Viklund”).
BABYGANICS MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN. We use all of the Babyganics line of products, but now that it’s summer, I was pumped to learn that they make a mineral based, SPF 50 sunscreen. Sunscreen can be full of yucky stuff that I don’t want being absorbed into my son’s skin, so finding a sunscreen that’s made with plant-based, organic ingredients & none of the nasty stuff like PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles helps me feel good about protecting his sensitive baby skin. We grabbed this travel size pack that also came with the natural insect repellant since I rarely use a bottle of sunscreen before it expires.
Thank you to bObsweep & Sudio for providing their products; they truly have been game changers for us.
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