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    Five Favorites: Baby Blankets

     

    Five Favorite Baby Blankets | Oh Lovely Day

    One of my baby things weaknesses is a good baby blanket. But blankets are more than cute, they serve a very important purpose. Sometimes many. After 4+ years, two babies, and lots and lots of blankets, I have my favorites and opinions on the best baby blankets out there, sure to serve every purpose you could ever need.

    Best double-duty blanket: The swaddle scarf/blanket from Coveted Things is really big, so it works great as a swaddle, a scarf, a nursing cover, a stroller or car seat cover, and a photo shoot backdrop. Plus they all have sweet or funny sayings, giving them lots of personality.

    Five Favorite Baby Blankets | Oh Lovely Day

    Best Everyday Blanket: These bright blankets from June and January (formerly Little Hip Squeaks) are one of my favorite everyday blankets because they are super soft, lightweight, breathable, and cute. Perfect for swaddling and to have in your diaper bag.

    Five Favorite Baby Blankets | Oh Lovely Day

    Best swaddle blanket: Aden + Anais are the go-to swaddle blanket for good reason. The cotton muslin makes them the perfect swaddles, but the prints are super cute too. Every parent should have a set of these in his/her blanket arsenal.

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    Best Blanky: Every baby should have a super soft and cuddly blanket and my favorites come from Saranoni. You can get a receiving blanket size, or a smaller lovey, or a full size for mom and baby snuggling. These are a must-feel!

    Five Favorite Baby Blankets | Oh Lovely Day

    Best keep warm blanket: My favorite sweater blanket is by Wren and Rumor. The colors, patterns, prints, and weight is perfect for some tummy time or as a stroller blanket during chilly walks.

    Bonus: Best Lovey: Angel Dear makes the softest and sweetest little lovey blankets for baby. They are great for cuddling, sucking, and comforting.

    So I know that’s actually 6 favorites, not five but I had to include the lovey. It’s not technically a blanket, so I don’t think I broke my Five Faves rules. I also have a blanket from Max and Moose that I love and that is super soft, and Solly Baby just announced that they are releasing swaddle packs, which I’m really excited to try. There are so many great blanket options out there. What are your favorite blankets for baby?

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    How I Organize My Family Photos

    Tips for Organizing Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day

    So you take a million family photos with your phone, am I right? And then what happens to them? Usually nothing. You may dump them into a folder on your computer whenever your phone is full and you need to clean it off, but then you never organize, look at, or display those memories. It’s a shame, and definitely one of the downsides to our phones being our primary memory recorder. Yes, it’s super convenient and we have way more photos of our kids now then when you had to dig out the old point-and-shoot or DSLR, but because there are so many we often neglect organizing and actually printing them. So I thought I’d share a few easy tips for keeping your family photos organized so you can access, print, and display them.

    1. Create a family photo stream.

    One of my favorite ways to share and keep track of our favorite family photos is by creating a family photo stream. My husband and I have one so we can share the best photos that we take on each of our phones whenever we’re out and about or home with our kids. Sometimes I would never see the adorable little gems my husband would take on his phone — with the photo stream we are always sharing and never miss seeing them. It is also an easy way to find and save our favorites instead of sorting through a camera roll with 2000 photos, half of which are blurry, duplicates, or just random pics.

    If you have an iPhone and don’t know how to set up a photo stream, go to your “photos” icon on your phone. Then tap the cloud icon where it says “shared. Next hit the + sign to set up a new shared stream. Invite whoever you want! I have one with my husband and one with the moms from my playgroup where we’ve shared photos of our kids for 3+ years!

    Tips for Organizing Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day

    2. Delete as you go.

    If you are taking 25 photos of your kids in a row hoping to get just one usable image (I know my kids never stop moving so there are so many blurry photos in my camera roll) try to go back and delete the bad and blurry ones. I often “favorite” the best one, edit it and rotate it the opposite direction so it stands apart from the rest, and then go back and quickly select and delete the bad ones. It is a fast and easy way to remove unwanted photos from your phone, that way you aren’t backing up all of those unwanted images when you back up to your computer.

    3. Backup to your computer monthly.

    An easy way to keep your images organized is to do a monthly phone backup to your computer. That way, instead of dumping 2000 photos to a general “phone backup” folder where all of those images get jumbled and lost, you have your memories organized monthly. If you haven’t been doing this, just go back and create monthly folders and then select the images from each month and drag and drop into that month’s folder — it will take a little time but is so worth it in the long run.

    Tips for Organizing Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day

    Organizing my photos has become so much easier since Intel asked me to test out and play around with their new Intel All in One. The screen is HUGE, which makes viewing lots of images at one time much easier. It’s a breeze to set up and use. Plus it has a touch screen (yep, TOUCH!) so I can drag, swipe, and drop photos from one place to another like it ain’t no thang. It’s also really upped my creative output for the blog too, but that’s another post for another time.

    4. Dropbox is your BFF.

    My favorite way to be able to access and backup all of my images is with Dropbox. That way whether I’m on my desktop or laptop, I can find what I’m looking for. And if anything were ever to happen to those devices, all of our memories are backed up online to our Dropbox. It’s also a fun and easy way to share folders with family and friends.

    5. Do something with your favorite photos.

    We don’t have to print out a roll of images anymore, which is nice since most of them were blah photos anyways. But we should print or display our favorites. For vacations, special occasions, and yearly documentation of my kids I like to create coffee table books. I’ve made them for our engagement photos, wedding photos I loved that didn’t fit into our official album, our honeymoon, and other family vacations. I also have one for each year of Charlie’s life (except I’m behind and haven’t done year four even though he’s halfway done with year five already) and plan to do one from Calvin’s first year as well. I really do go back and look at them. I used Blurb to create the ones of Charlie (seen at the top of the post) and loved the quality of my books (spring for the hardcover, large size, and good paper – it’s definitely worth it!) You can get 15% off at Blurb now through the end of July with code SUMMER15. I used My Publisher for the ones below and the image wrap hardcover books have a beautiful quality and make for lasting albums. Right now you can get a free  8.5″ x 11.25″ photo book Classic book through 7/26/15 or 50% off quality hardcover photo books from MyPublisher through 8/3/15 (the ones I made are the nicer, hardcover style). Pinhole Press is another great option (you can make great, smaller books for kiddos too!)

    Tips for Organizing Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day

    I also love displaying lots of images at once with custom photo art from Minted. It’s a fun way to include lots of your favorite photos but still displays them in a clean and stylish way. Canvases are another great option. The important thing is displaying your memories!

    I hope these tips help you get your photos off of your phone and organized so that you can preserve and enjoy them for years to come. Do you have any other tips or favorite ways you keep your family memories organized?

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    Making the Everyday Fun: Summer Edition

    Making the Every Day Fun with Munchkin | Oh Lovely Day

    When you have two little kids, sometimes you find yourself counting down the minutes till your spouse gets home from work. The days are long but the years are short, as they say, and “they” are right. Sometimes the days can be so long. For those of you with kids home for summer break, this can be especially true. My son Charlie had a two-week break from preschool recently. Since I also have a 10 month old who only naps in his crib, I couldn’t exactly take Charlie on fun adventures for the day — we were homebound for the morning and afternoons at nap time. But a four-year old has SO much energy and needs mini-adventures during the day. Basically if we stay home all day he goes a little nuts, and so do I. So I decided to make our everyday activities fun little adventures. This is how I turn a typical day with two little kids into a fun one for all of us.

    Making the Every Day Fun with Munchkin | Oh Lovely Day

    When you need to stay close to home but also need a fun way to pass the time water play is always a hit. I often take our ducky tub, some bath toys, and snacks outside to the yard for a bathtime picnic. I usually put water in the tub, but on this day the afternoon had cooled off quite a bit so I decided to forego the water. And you know what? They had just as much fun! And nothing says fun like a bubble blower — always a kid crowd pleaser.

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    Munchkin’s snack catcher and no bite trainer cup are perfect for our front yard play or on the go for Calvin. And Charlie absolutely loves his miracle cup so he can drink “like a big boy” and I love that it doesn’t spill like a regular cup would.

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    We also love to take neighborhood walks. Calvin just chills out on our strolls, but sometimes Charlie needs something to make it a bit more fun for him. So we’ll pretend the stroller is a roller coaster and have fun going over the cracks and bumps in the sidewalks (LA has lots of tree root sidewalk damage that makes this easy!). I also will create a mini-scavenger hunt / eye spy game where we list off a bunch of things we’re going to hunt for (red car, pink flower, squirrel, cement mixer, hummingbird, etc.) and then we see how many we can find on our walk.

    Making the Every Day Fun with Munchkin | Oh Lovely Day

    Making the Every Day Fun with Munchkin | Oh Lovely DayAnd do you want to know something that makes stroller walks more fun (and easy) for me? This stroller organizer.  It holds 2 beverages, our sunscreen and hand sanitizer, my wallet when I don’t want to take a purse or big diaper bag, a couple extra diapers and has room to spare. Plus it has a wipes holder built-in for easy access and has a flap where you can insert your phone and keep it safe and protected, but still be able to use it without removing it. It’s brilliant and a lifesaver — truly a must-have accessory for every stroller.

    Making the Every Day Fun with Munchkin | Oh Lovely Day

    I wish you all fun summer adventures and help on those ‘long’ days!

    This post is sponsored by Munchkin, but all of the opinions are my own. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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