2017 was a year of change and transition for me personally. My baby became a toddler, I stopped breastfeeding and closed the door on my baby years, we moved across the country to a new home and entirely new weather (which we’re still struggling with a little bit). I feel like I spent a good part of the year (the last two really) in survival mode. My health suffered and I haven’t been well for a while. I’m sharing more about my personal struggles and health journey in a new blog series in the coming weeks but you can see me talk a bit about what I’ve been struggling with in my Instagram Story highlights in my IG profile under ‘Hashimotos’ (and I think you can only see stories when using the IG app).Read More
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As a mother, I cannot imagine a baby not receiving the love and care they need to thrive. I look at my sweet boys and want to protect them and do anything in my power to help them live their best lives. It is a universal feeling as a parent I think. Part of that wish to provide all they need is having the diapers and supplies necessary to keep them clean, dry, and healthy. And if you have a baby yourself you know — those tiny humans go through a lot of diapers!Read More
This time of year presents some styling challenges, especially for those of us living in winter weather. When it comes for dressing for cold weather, layers are key. But how do you dress in layers and still look stylish and cute, rather than frumpy and like something out of The Christmas Story? My go to look is a classic button up shirt, a longer cardigan, a pair of vegan leather leggings, and booties. You can add cute winter accessories (a scarf, beanie, and winter coat) if you’ll be outdoors. This combo always looks pulled together and works for any occasion: brunch with friends, a family holiday dinner, Christmas shopping, a visit to the Christmas tree farm, Zoo Lights, day date with your sweetie, and the list goes on. I wore this on a lunch date and visit to North Market here in Columbus on a super cold day 🙂Read More
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The holiday season is nearly here and as much as I love it and all of the fun it brings, I am not a fan of the germs. Holiday gatherings with family (some of whom inevitably show up sick), cold weather, dry heat, the stress of the holiday season — it is all enough to make you sick. Literally. This is our first fall/winter living in a new state with true seasons, which will mean exposure to new germs, colder temperatures, and probably more frequent sickness (we’ve already been sick a couple of times). So I’m preparing for the holiday season ahead of time this year and I thought I would share a bit about how I do that here in case it helps you prepare for the same. Consider it an early holiday gift 🙂Read More
Holiday jammies are a tradition in our house, and were a tradition for me growing up as well. It is the only time of year we can get all of our kids (and our spouses!) to dress alike without eye rolls — because everyone loves Christmas pjs 🙂 And if you celebrate a different holiday, you can still get in on the cuteness by choosing a winter pattern or matching grey or blue stripes. The only thing I don’t love about holiday pajamas are that they can be pretty pricey. My kids do wear them beyond the holiday, but since they grow out of things so fast, While my absolute favorite pajamas are from this brand, some families can’t spend that much on pajamas, or aren’t looking for long lasting quality so much as just wearing them a couple of times and are looking for a more budget-friendly option. In case you’re in the same boat I thought I would round up some of my favorite affordable matching holiday pajamas for the whole family.
- Black & White winter fair isle pajamas.
- Red & white candy stripe pajamas.
- Christmas lights pajamas.
- Christmas stripe pajamas.
- Snowflake pajamas.
- Family plaid pajamas.
- Elf stripe pajamas.
- Christmas tree pajamas.
And just because I can’t handle how much they’ve grown, here are the boys in their matching jammies from last year. You can find more of my boys in their matching pjs last here in this post and buy some yourself here. These are the best quality and fit pajamas I’ve found, although I do size up for my boys who are bigger than average.
Does your family do the matching jammies thing? Where are your favorites from? And what other family traditions do you love? You can find more of our family traditions in this post and also by following the #fredrickfamilyxmas feed on Instagram.
I don’t often dedicate a full post to one product or discovery, but this one has been such a huge hit and I’ve received SO many questions about it via email and Instagram messages that I feel like it deserves its own post. If you only buy your family one thing this year, it should be a Nugget.
If you aren’t already familiar with the magic that is the Nugget and are thinking “what the heck is a nugget?” then this post is your answer. It is part furniture, part playground, easily portable and washable, safe and comfy, and basically the perfect product for my family. And while it might seem like a gift for your kids (and it is, mine are obsessed!) it is also a gift for YOU. Because once you bring a Nugget into your home, you won’t hear yourself saying things like “stop jumping on the couch! That’s not a toy! No climbing on the furniture!” The Nugget is meant to be jumped and climbed on, but it is also a kid-friendly, comfy, and washable place to sit, sleep, cuddle, read, and relax.
My kids are known to read on it one minute and then drag it into different formations to play. They create castles, perform puppet shows, and build jump ramps, tunnels and slides. It gives them a place to play and focus their energy indoors, which is a lifesaver when the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play. And as a mom of three little boys, I can’t tell you how much this has saved my sanity! My boys no longer destroy my white sofa. They don’t rough house in the living room. They aren’t bouncing off the walls. And they haven’t been bored, because there is always a new idea or creation we can make with our Nugget. The possibilities are endless.
They climb mountains. They slide. They tunnel. They hide. They perform. They fly. They let their imaginations go wild and have fun. My oldest even turned it into a Haunted House for his little brothers around Halloween. He performs puppet shows for them. They all are able to work on their gross motor skills and balance without even realizing it.
Many have asked what room we have it in. We recently moved into a new home, so right now the nugget mostly lives in the front room (which would be considered a living room) because we have no furniture in there yet and the kids love to play on it. Sometimes we bring it into the family room and the kids watch tv on it while my husband and I get the couch. When my oldest son was sick and didn’t want to sleep on his top bunk, we moved it to his room and he slept on it all night (and loved it!). It fits a twin sheet perfectly, so it will be great for sleepovers down the road too. Eventually, it will go down in our basement for movie and game watching and play and I’d like to get a second one to go in the “living room” which we will be turning into a family library. Since we got this one they have released new colors and I’m dying for a grey one with the matching zipper for a more styled space, while our current one in the vibrant blue fits perfectly into a more fun and relaxed room.
Side note: we also love that Ruggish play rug, which is a stylish design on one side, and flips over to be a modern and fun road design on the other. My kids love playing on it and laying on it, and I love that I can flip it over when they are done and make the room look more like a grown up space.
We’ve had ours for almost two months and it is in just as good of shape as day 1. The pillows hold up to all of the jumping and climbing and sitting. I haven’t had to wash it yet, although the covers do unzip and are machine washable. Not a day has gone by that we haven’t used it since we got it, which to me is the best sign of a must-have product. If you have questions or want to learn more, follow Nugget on Instagram, where they answer lots of FAQs!
Last but not least, if you were hoping for a Black Friday deal, you’re in luck! On Black Friday they’ll be doing two things:
1) Bringing back old Nuggets at $209.
2) Sharing a $10-off code while supplies last for all Nuggets on the site.
New Nuggets (the new color releases with matching zippers) will bump down from $229 to $219 with the code. Our Nuggets (the older colors with white zippers) will bump down from $209 to $199 with the code. The code will be released on Nugget’s Instagram feed and it’ll be an as-supplies-last deal. Nuggets go fast, so be sure to follow them for the code. And as always, they have free shipping to the lower 48 states and offer multi-pack discounts ($25 off each additional Nugget in your cart automatically)!
So that’s why we love our Nugget in a nutshell. We hope to add to our Nugget family in 2018 and I’ll be sure to share more on my instagram feed as well, so follow along there to see all the ways my boys love to use it. You can also see past posts on IG under the #thefredrickboysandtheirnugget feed.
Do you have a Nugget already or is one on your Holiday wish list this year?
PS- if you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, click here to see all of my Black Friday deals round-up. And you can find my entire Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 on Pinterest. I’ll be adding more until Christmas!
This post is not sponsored, but Nugget did provide us with a Nugget to try. All opinions are my own. Our Nugget love is real.