My End of Summer Favorites

 

Hey Mamas!  I feel like I dropped the ball these past few weeks. We were away for the whole month of August visiting my family in the Caribbean and it felt so good to disconnect for a bit. Nothing like family time and, of course, the ocean to recharge your batteries. It was so needed.

I’ve got a few posts in the works for the fall — from skincare must haves to tips on flying with two kids under 3 (it’s as hard as it sounds) — but, for now, you have to check out a few of my end of summer favorites:

 

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I cannot write this post without mentioning the amazing climbing set we got Liam from Wiwiurka. Their toys and activity sets are beautiful and incredibly fun for kiddos from 6 months to 3 years old.

This climbing set is the perfect toy for the end of summer, especially as we start to transition indoors and scramble for things to do. It keeps Liam busy even on his wildest days!

Not only are Wiwiurka climbing sets safe and sturdy, they are also a fantastic way for our littles to develop motor skills: by providing challenges for spatial awareness and climbing, the frame supports gross motor development, concentration, self-confidence, autonomy, and achievement.

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it felt to watch Liam so empowered, beaming with pride when he mastered the climbing set for the first time. I can’t wait to watch Noah do the same!

 

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After we renovated our porch this summer, it became a space we use often. I usually have my coffee outside with the kids when we wake up, and Liam loves to sit out there with the dogs to play throughout the day. The issue is that he isn’t very good about closing the door behind him and the bugs became a problem. We needed to find a solution that would pretty much ensure that the door was always closed, despite the constant going in and out. Easy Screen Doors was the perfect solution for us! As a bonus, the dogs can go in and out as they please as well – and we always get a nice breeze!

 

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Caboosee solves a diaper struggle every mom is familiar with: the “sniff and leg peek”. With the Caboosee, one can peek into the diaper from the top without having to undress the child. Brilliant! It actually looks like a two piece outfit too, which is super cute. I already want more designs!

 

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This headwrap, by Love by Moon Co., was my go-to in the Caribbean heat. It’s versatile enough to wear anywhere, and best part is it never slips. Check out the tons of colors and designs available!

 

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We are obsessed with these name puzzles by Graham Crafts LLC. They make amazing birthday gifts for toddlers, too! Liam learned to recognize his name because of his puzzle, and that is totally enough of a reason to get one for your little one, too 🙂

 

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This busy board by MiKoss is made of eco materials and is perfect for ages 2-3.
The various locks, beads, doors, chains, buttons on the board teach a child to press, open, and turn different things. It develops creative skills, fine motoric capabilities, visual memory, logic, coordination of movements, and innovation. We were happy to bring this busy board with us on the plane as it kept Liam busy during a good chunk of the flight.

 

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These Savvy & Sorted chalkboard labels are perfect for mason jar labeling, but also for many, many more things. In fact, I keep discovering more things to label around the house, from clothing bins to party favors to our very own spice cabinet. My husband has been using them for his meal prep containers, which is brilliant, because of how easy to clean they are: the labels are removable, reusable, and waterproof/dishwasher safe. Amazing, right?

 

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Yes, I have a problem with linens. I love comfy pillows and sheets! This summer, I got my hands on this beautiful linen/cotton pillow set by Let’s Organic Co., and let’s just say nights have been beautifully peaceful ever since.

 

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Our sheets needed to go, so I was happy to stumble upon Peru Pima on Amazon, a luxury brand that sells its 100% Peruvian cotton sheet sets to hotels such as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Hilton by Doubletree, and more. Their secret? A unique percale weave that creates a matte finished fabric that is crisp and cool to the touch.

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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