Moving from Skip Hop to Learning Resources as we grow

As the grandmother to two very precious children I’ve found my life revolves around them. They are in my thoughts day and night. They’ve opened up a new world of love for me. Things are so different than when my sons were their age. Computers weren’t around so shopping wasn’t as easy then, especially for a working parent, as it is now. From the day I started buying for my infant grandson and for the past 5 years I’ve used Diapers. com as one of my staple shopping sites. The convenience is amazing.

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Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid's Zoo Backpack

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid’s Zoo Backpack

Here’s our latest Skip Hop backpack for time at grandma and grandpa’s house. Unisex, big enough for diapers, sunscreen, changes of clothes for 2 children, snacks, and even room for water bottles. We totally wore out the owl Skip Hop Backpack so it’s nice to have a durable replacement.

Skip Hop

Skip Hop

Besides sticking with the huge, huge collection of Skip Hop we’re moving on with other brands from Diapers. com including Learning Resources. My granddaughter was a reluctant talker and as a former elementary educator I was getting worried. After reading many articles like this one on Child Development Guide I realized that what worked for her brother didn’t always work for her. I needed more games that fit into child development. I wanted to build her vocabulary as well as work on motor skills.

Learning Resources New Sprout Deluxe Market Set

Learning Resources New Sprout Deluxe Market Set

Since both of my munchkins are terrible eaters I looked into articles that might stimulate her food vocabulary and realized that playing tea party and having play picnics would introduce her to new foods in a non-threatening way.

Learning Resources breakfast foods

Learning Resources breakfast foods

lunch with Learning Resources

lunch with Learning Resources

She now knows the name of every piece of food in our set plus she’s pointing them out in the food aisles when we go shopping. She makes me laugh all the time with her combinations of food plus everything must be on a plate in her world and I’m required to use a knife, fork, or spoon or our meals wouldn’t be complete.diapers dot com candy landRight now we’re into games and Candy Land is the easiest to begin with. As soon as big brother goes to kindergarten she’ll get her own Minnie Mouse or princess version from diapers .com.

My next goal is working with matching and math with her. Her brother is a whiz at it but he stiffles her because “I can do it better”. The website Zero to Three has prepared me for what comes next. I hadn’t worked with patterning though we count all the time. Additionally I want to spend more time on her recognizing the numbers and letters.

Learning Resources Jumbo Magnetic Letters & Numbers Combo Pack

Learning Resources Jumbo Magnetic Letters & Numbers Combo Pack

The best job in the entire world is being a grandparent. As much as we love our kids it multiplies once you have new little ones in your life. At least for me, the stress of my job is gone so I can spend more of my time thinking about how to educationally work with them on new things while having fun. And the kisses and hugs (even when sticky) are worth all the money in the world.  —  Marcianate and talia cruise 2016

*thanks to diapers. com for facilitating this conversation

Top Ten Sunscreens for 2015 – eyes, lips, body and face

Welcome to the 2015 version of favorite sunscreens. I’ve done both a Makeup Wars in 2013 on favorites and a Top Ten Tuesday in 2014. You’ll see some products that remain the same and some new ones. We can’t forget any part of our body and I didn’t want to forget children since I go through more sunscreen for them than I do for myself. — Marcia
1435625486_1115290AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50  A lot of Aveeno products have fragrance so when I am sent one that is fragrance free I’m over the moon. I find myself using this for my body all the time. It’s $10.99 but I often find coupons or specials for it. This has become a staple for both my husband and myself.
1435625420_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP CITY SERUM is the one I want for my face. I buy this every summer. This is fragrance free and gentle on my skin. It wears really well under foundation and provides anti-aging benefits and SPF 30.
1435625218_eyecream_510x600SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* is another product that was on last year’s list. This SPF 37 sunscreen is a great undereye protectant. The applicator makes it easy to apply and is cooling at the same time. Supergoop is really a top notch brand.
1435625098_murad-invisiblur-300x259MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD* isn’t a sunscreen per se but with SPF 30 it’s great under foundation. It gives a totally clear sunscreen protection while also blurring imperfections. There are many days I use this and not an additional SPF protect.
1435625029_algenist-tmALGENIST REPAIRING TINT RADIANCE MOISTURIZER with SPF 30* is one of the foundations that I’ve been using a lot lately. Recently a friend blogged about it and how it totally changed her skin so out it came again. I’d forgotten just how wonderful it was. It comes in 4 shades and I wear it in Light. I love getting amazing skincare benefits along with hiding my redness and sunspots.
1435624971_6062_lg_1LATHER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 LIP BALM is what I discovered after I started using the Lather Tinted Lip Balms. I like the spearmint the best but it’s great to try the 3 pack with citrus, spearmint and unscented since I need lip balm in every purse or pocket.
1435624891_balmfamily_510x6001SUPERGOOP FUSION LIP BALM SPF 30 is the one I like when I’m at the pool or splashpad with my babies. Even though I try not to be in direct sunlight, they love it. This squeeze tube comes in 2 flavors (mint and acai) with mint being my fave.
1435624812_1115092 AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50* is one of my main sunscreen for the kids. My granddaughter is 20 months old and she adores running around after her brother outside. I need sunscreen for them and this Aveeno is a pleasure to use. She doesn’t squirm when I apply it on her and it spreads easily. Bright sun or overcast days still need sunscreen and this is a great reasonably priced alternative.
1435624755_broad_spectrum_spf50_mineral_sunscreen_2015MUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN* is new to me and from the minute it arrived I knew it was perfect for my two little loves. This has both UVA and UVB protection in a mineral base and no fragrance.
1435624704_broad_spectrum_spf50_sun_stick.jpg.pagespeed.ce.dats3hfv_sMUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK with SPF 50* is the one I let my grandson use. He loves rubbing the stick on himself and I finally have a way of applying sunscreen on him without a big struggle. Of course I sneak the Mustela lotion on the parts of his body he can’t reach. This is a win-win situation.


* denotes sent for editorial consideration, some products have been personal purchases and repurchases. I am an Aveeno ambassador.