How I Pack My Toddler Diaper Bag with JJ Cole!

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The diaper bag struggle is REAL for most moms!  And what kind of bag you need and more importantly what goes inside it changes as your child grows.   When you have a newborn baby there is SO much you need to pack-diapers galore, a change of clothes for the many blow outs {heck maybe even an extra top for mom}, nursing cover, butt cream, the kitchen sink…just kidding….sort of.   As kids grow older you need less and less in your diaper bag!  {Thank goodness!} I love the brand JJ Cole as their bags are fashionable, reasonably priced, and they have SO many features which are perfect for staying organized! On this blog post you will read about what I love to keep in my diaper bag for my toddler’s needs!

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Here are some toddler MUST items in my JJ Cole diaper bag:

  • Diapers: 5-7 diapers for my son who isn’t potty trained
  • An extra pair of panties for my toddler girl in case of an accident
  • Wipes {You can never have too many!}
  • Snacks
  • Sippy Cups: I love Nuby’s Snack N’ Sip as it cuts down on items you need and doesn’t leak!
  • Blanket: either for keeping warm or sitting on at the park
  • Foaming Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer–can we say park germs?
  • Sunscreen
  • Toys/Play Packs: I LOVE these things!  You can pick them up at the dollar store or dollar section at Target.    They are perfect at keeping your little one busy when out to dinner.
  • Books: I like to keep a few small books that I usually pick up at the dollar store for keeping them occupied.
  • Tissues: running toddlers = runny noses
  • Band aides: for all those boo boos

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I love that the lining of the JJ Cole diaper bag is colored!  It makes it so easy to find items inside.  Its also important to find a diaper bag that opens up wide like this one does.   I have another bag that does not open very well and it is so hard to find anything inside.

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This morning we were off to take photos with the Easter bunny-I always like to go early and beat the crowds.   I love that this JJ Cole Diaper Bag-Caprice style in gray is in a neutral color and is great to match spring fashion!

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I feel really excited that my life timeline of being a mom is the same timeline of fashion. Don’t you just love that MOM JEANS are back!  High waists are just in style to hide all my mommy imperfections.   The same thing with one piece bathing suits-but that’s a whole other post.

When picking a diaper bag, you want to make sure that it is versatile. I love that this JJ Cole Caprice bag has an arm strap, shoulder strap, and had hidden straps that you can attach that will make the bag fit perfectly on a stroller!

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The front of the JJ Cole bag is perfect for mommy’s stuff-it even has a slot for your wallet, phone, and cards! I like that there is also a smaller pocket perfect to keep your keys.

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I like that the JJ Cole Caprice diaper bag has two side pockets-perfect for drinks-and a large back pocket.   It also comes with a changing pad that can easily be wiped clean or washed.  This bag is also nice that it has SO much room!  You could probably stuff it with so many things.  I am such a minimalist so I only like to bring the essentials, but I will totally be using this bag as a carry on for our up coming family vacation.

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Light weight enough to make my two year old carry some stuff!  Hey its mostly hers anyways right? Jk.

Here is where you can get your JJ Cole Diaper Bag perfect for spring! What is your favorite diaper bag item?

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

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Redlocks Review: Nuby NanaNubs Massager

Redlocks is here reviewing a Nuby product on teething, the NanaNubs Massager!  This product is great for helping babies sooth their sore gums while cleaning at the same time!

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My son is going through the teething phase, he is constantly drooling and in pain-poor little guy!  With recent shocking FDA reports of teething tablets gone bad causing seizures and difficultly breathing {thankfully I’ve never used them} its always great to find a product that helps ease our baby’s sore gums that is SAFE!   The Nuby NanaNubs Massager is great for this!

This Nuby NanaNubs product is 100% soft silicone which is great for soothing sore gums.   It also has soft bristles which helps clean baby’s gums very gently by the unique textured designed bristles.

This super cute banana shaped teether is designed so the peels are handles easy for baby to grasp.   This massager also assists in the eruption of teeth by gently massaging the infant’s gums.

This Nuby product, the NanaNubs Massager is of course BPA free and is available now at Amazon!

How else are you helping your little one with the teething process?

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Review: Mobi Ultra Pulse Themometer

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One of the worst things in the world to a mother is her child being sick!  Instantly you feel a pit in your stomach, your heart is pounding out of worry, and you would do anything to trade places with your little one.  When the Doyle crew is sick we like to cuddle in bed and drink lots of fluids.  Being a mother of TWO under TWO I have had several thermometers and this one is by far the best-the Mobi Ultra Pulse Thermometer.

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I have had digital thermometers that swipe across the forehead, ones that go in the armpit, and even rectal ones (sorry babes) but I am seriously in love with this one!  The Mobi Ultra Pulse Thermometer takes the baby’s temp with one QUICK touch to the forehead OR in their ear just by one click!   This product is FAST and ACCURATE!  Two crucial aspects when fighting with a fussy and sick baby to take a temp.

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Personally I LOVE the forehead option because you can check the baby’s temperature while they sleep without disturbing them.   The Mobi Ultra Pulse also has a Diagnostic Fever Indicator and Memory Log allowing you to focus on caring for your child instead of writing down data like their temperature and the time it was checked. 

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What else makes this product stand out from others?  It has a talking feature, can check your pulse, and has a built in flashlight! This thermometer is really ideal for all ages!

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Not only does this thermometer take your temperature but it can ALSO even check nursery room temperature!! What else can’t this tiny but powerful product do? 

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This product is small & portable and requires no expensive replaceable probes, just batteries that are included!   From now on this is my go to therMOMeter when my kids get sick!  You can purchase your Mobi Ultra Pulse Thermometer at Babies R’ Us

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

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Redlocks Review: Nuby Snack N’ Sip

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Today Redlocks and Shamrocks is bringing you a review on a product that I now say “changed my life,” the Nuby Snack N’ Sip hitting stores this October!   There are so many cups and snack holders out on the market, but this one makes things SOOOO much easier!   I don’t know about you but getting my TWO under TWO in the car is a whole ordeal.   Not to mention all the snacks, cups, and toys that can’t be left behind-according to my two year old!  The Nuby Snack N’ Sip allows you to have one less thing in your hand as it combines a cup and snack holder!

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The Nuby Snack N’ Sip holds 9oz of liquid on the bottom and 4.5 oz of dry snacks on the top!  The snack holder section snaps closed, but is easy enough for a little one to open and closed.   

The cup is NO SPILL: Logan tested, mommy approved!  The straw on the cup is a soft silicone flex straw–my favorite, as I feel it is less dangerous while running and playing with the cup in hand. The no spill valve opens with lip pressure so that the flow rate is totally controlled by the toddler.

This product is recommended for 12 months and up, but in the Doyle house we share EVERYTHING so Kohen-my 7 month old-approves too!

img_7949The Nuby product is of course BPA free and comes is fun colors and prints.   The Nuby Snack N’ Sip is coming to Babies R Us this October!

As I am writing this blog and Logan saw the pictures of herself using the Snack N’ Sip cup she ran around the house looking for it!  She is obsessed! I hope you enjoy this product as much as Logan and I do!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Review: Nuby Silicone Feeding Spoon

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Redlocks is here bring you a review from Nuby their 100% Silicone Feeding Spoon!  This spoon is great for babies experiencing their first solids because it is so soft on their gums.  The spoon is squishy and flexible making it ideal for their tender gums and new teeth.

This spoon comes in bring fun colors AND comes with an awesome hygienic carrying case which is perfect for traveling and eating out!

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The Soft Flex spoon makes it easy to clean excess food from around baby’s mouth, which is great because my little guy rarely comes out of meals unscathed by extra food.  The deep bowl allows you to scoop the desired amount of food for your baby-not too much and not too little!

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The easy grip handle ensures a comfortable, secure hold during feeding-which helps because my little man is always reaching and grabbing to steal the spoon away from me! Not this time buddy! 

The Nuby Silicone Feeding Spoon is also really easy to clean as there are no “hidden” crevices that food can get stuck in.   This spoon is in the right price range and is very affordable!  This Nuby product is also BPA free and available now at Amazon!

Kohen’s is eating some delicious organic apples during this meal, what are your favorite foods to feed baby? Comment below! 

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Pogo Pass: Las Vegas Fun for the Whole Family!

When it comes to raising a family in Las Vegas it can be hard to find fun family things to do.   Not only that all of the activities, venues, and museums can get really pricey!! I have great news for my Vegas friends! Pogo Pass is now open and active in Las Vegas! This is ONE pass that gets you in to several different family fun activities and museums! SCORE!!  Here is a quick breakdown of just how amazing this deal is.

Using my code REDLOCKS, you can get your passes for 60% off! That takes them from $99.95 to only $39.98! If you’re hesitant, let me just break it down for you:

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Cowabunga Bay: One visit: $30-$40 value (fall vs. summer pricing)

Power Up Gaming: 1 visit per month: $6 per visit x 12 months = $72 value

Sprigs Preserve: 1 visit: $5-$18 value (resident child to non resident adult)

Discovery Children’s Museum: 1 visit: $14.50 value

Las Vegas 51’s: 2 games: approx $12 value

Nevada Climbing Center: 1 visit: $10-$14 value

Battle Blast Laser Tag: 1 visit: $8.50 value

Bouncy World: 1 visit: $10-$12 value

Lion Habitat Ranch: 1 entry a $20 value

Rockin’ Jump: 1 hour jump session: $14 value

Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station Bowling Allies: 2 games per location per month: that makes 8 games per month at $3 per game: $24 per month x 12 months: $288 value!! (Pass does not cover shoe rental)

Holy Cow you guys!! That makes the total value of the Las Vegas Pogo Pass…
$489-$518!!!

To order your own Las Vegas Pogo Pass follow this link and enter the code REDLOCKS to get 60% off!

I have been to almost all of these places and we always have a great time!  Have SO much fun at all of these family friendly venues!  I know my family will!  We will definitely be hitting up one of the venues this weekend!

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XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrock Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Recipe: Hidden Veggie Pizza Rolls

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My two year old is currently obsessed with Pizza!  Not going to lie sometimes we told her some meals are pizza when they are totally not just so she will eat them…Sorry Logie!   After a long day’s work the LAST thing I want to do is to spend time in the kitchen and not playing with my children.  😦  I am trying to find more and more recipes that are easy and Logan can help me make! That way dinner is being made and we are spending quality time in the kitchen.   (Hook a girl up if you have some of those meals!)  I have also found that Logan is more likely to eat something if she is helping with the process-even if it may slow me down.   For this Redlocks Recipe I will share my Hidden Veggie Pizza Rolls- this is not a cute “Pinterest perfect” recipe in looks but it is SUPER easy, tastes good, and can hide vegetables inside.  🙂  It took us about 15 minutes to throw together because we were on TODDLER TIME and 20mins to cook! 

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Ingredients:

  • Crescent Dough
  •  A can of Pizza Sauce
  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Organic Chopped Spinach (or any veggies of your choice to sneak in)
  • Other pizza toppings of your choice.

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Roll out dough with rolling pin, make sure to use flour!   I like to lay out some parchment paper for easy clean up.  While doing this step, I cooked the spinach. 

Mix the spinach and pizza sauce together and spread on the dough.   I didn’t let Logie help on this part to keep the veggies HIDDEN!  Shhhhhhh

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Sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese!  Logan LOVED this job!

Lay on the turkey pepperoni and other pizza toppings of your choice.  We keep it simple in the Doyle house. 

Carefully roll up the dough tight (note my not perfect roll…it still tasted yummy…remember I am only a supermom in disguise.)  Cut into slices…again not perfect.. spray your baking tray with Pam, place accordingly, and top with MORE cheese!

Then pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes and have a DANCE PARTY in the kitchen while you wait!  P.S.  If anyone wants to sponsor me in renovating my kitchen I would be all about that…just kidding…no but really, a girl can dream right? 

When the dough is cooked through and cheese is melted voila! A toddler made meal with hidden veggies!   We severed ours with some boneless BBQ chicken nuggets on our Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat!   This plate suctions to the table and is easy to clean!   Available on Amazon and at Babies R’ Us.

That’s all to it!   This was my first time toying with this recipe, next time I might go a “healthier” route and swap somethings out but all is all it was quick and easy!  If you didn’t already read about my quick and easy toddler lunch idea check it out here.

What are some dinner ideas you love??? Comment below with your favorite recipe!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Redlocks Review: Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper

Redlocks is here bringing you a product review of the Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper!

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The Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper supports independent eating as your baby grows and develops into a toddler.   This snack keeper works wonders to hold in snacks as a toddler is running around your house or out and about! I use this product at home, in the car, out running endless errands, grocery shopping, or even at the park.   I also love the fact that the toddler can’t completely “see” whats inside.   So I can mix her favorites with some of my healthy favorites and its a surprise as she snacks on the go.

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It comes in super fun colors and designs! And each part-lid, handle, bowl, comes apart for quick and easy cleaning.

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The super soft lid is perfect for tiny hands to reach in and get their snack.   I don’t know about you but my toddler loves eating snacks out of containers!   This is a great way to make your own healthy snack, but still displaying it in a “fun” way.

The clever design means you can enjoy mess free snacking with fewer spills and waste!  This is also a life saver in the CAR!!!  

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Lets toddlers in, keeps doggies out! 🙂

The Doyle house not only has two kids under two, we also have two crazy dogs!   The Doyle dogs are constantly following around my two year old waiting for her to drop a snack or leave a plate unattended.   With the Nuby Snack Keeper they can’t get the food!

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The Nuby Designer Series Snack Keeper is of course BPA FREE and has a scratch free protective bottom.    This Nuby product is Redlocks and Shamrocks approved as is available for purchase at Babies R’ Us and Amazon!

What is your favorite on the go toddler snack to keep in your Nuby snack holder???

XOXO,

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Breastfeeding a Newborn with a Toddler in Tow: A Whole New Challenge.

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Breastfeeding a Newborn with a Toddler in tow: A Whole New Challenge.

Breastfeeding isn’t easy, any mom can tell you that. However it’s an amazing bonding experience between your new bundle of joy and the mom that can be so relaxing and amazing.   Those “relaxing” breastfeeding sessions are over when you have a toddler that WON’T SIT STILL. I learned this very quickly when trying to nurse my newborn while my then 17 month old was climbing furniture and falling nearly cracking her head on our hard tile floor. If she wasn’t climbing furniture she was darting into another room after I got all “set up” to breastfeed.   Here are some tips I have to keep your older one entertained while trying to nurse.

  1. Give the toddler a job– burping buddy, burp cloth and water bottle retriever, or “mommy hand holder” are my favorite “jobs” for my daughter. Logan is always happy to help with things for Kohen so she loves getting his burp cloth.   She also likes to help burp her little brother by lightly tapping his back-or sometimes not so lightly, lol. Logan also is now trained to hand me any water bottle in sight at any given moment-sometimes helpful, sometimes not.   When those jobs have failed, I have asked Logie to be the “mommy hand holder” to keep me company while we sing songs.

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    “Kohen burped! Skuzzz me Kohen”–Logie

  2. Books, Books, Books!-keep a pile on hand! I have a bunch of books in different baskets, which are easy to grab and move to the couch to read while nursing. I will always read my daughter a few stories to keep her entertained while her little brother eats. Now she is trained to pick out books and bring them to the couch.    She even will pick up the book basket and bring over yelling, “look at me, I’m strong!”IMG_6179
  3. Flash cards to learn ABCs, numbers, or shapes! My proud mommy moment is that Logan knows all of her letters and the ABC song before she is two years old! IMG_6178(You go Logie!) We practiced ABC flashcards a lot while nursing Kohen.  Stop by the dollar store and pick up a pack (or two because when you lose letters Q, F, and X in the couch its hard to complete all 26 letters). Or you can even make your own out index cards.
  4. Count! We practice counting baby’s tiny toes and fingers! We have counting 1-10 down pat!
  5. Master the breastfeed and WALK. Yep ever wonder how that 19 Kids and Counting lady does it? Carry the newborn attached to the boob around the house, it’s not easy but it can be done. Like I said, relaxing breastfeeding sessions are hard to come by!
  6. LAST resort- TV show or movie. I HATE this option because I don’t like my children watching TV, but sometimes it’s all you have.   If all else fails make sure you have your DVR stacked with short shows to bust out the good ole “sit here and zone out kid, so you don’t get into something you’re not supposed to” trick.   I did enjoy playing Logan the old classic Disney movies and we would watch them in 20 minute chunks taking us several days to finish.
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We spend a lot of time on this couch nursing!  To the side of this couch is a toy bin filled with Logan’s toys so she doesn’t have to stop her playing for me to nurse Kohen.

Those are the few tips I have.   Now when I need to feed Kohen I ask Logan if she wants to “help me feed the baby” and she jumps for joy!   She has also pushed Kohen’s screaming and crying face into my breast and said, “Hey! Eat your boobie!” Hahaha

What tricks do you have to keep your toddler entertained while nursing? Comment below with your tricks and tips!

Until Next time XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle

 

Easy and Quick Toddler Lunch- Sushi Sandwiches!

Easy and Quick Toddler Lunch- Sushi Sandwiches! Wait…I mean “circle sandwiches”

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So if your toddler is like mine, they become obsessed with one type of food and want only that.  Then all of a sudden, BAM, they hate it!   I don’t know what it is with their picky pallets that make them change their mind all the time but it drives me nuts!   Logan sometimes is a great eater, then the next week she is not.   I made these Sushi Sandwiches (renamed Circle Sandwiches by Logan) for lunch to sneak in some protein.   They literally took MAYBE FIVE MINUTES to whip up.   I even made them while my crying 5 month old was in my arms.   This is so easy to make you look like a supermom in disguise!  Steps are below!

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Logan holding up a Circle Sandwich

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All I did to whip these up were:

  1. Flatted out a slice of bread with a rolling pan and cut off crust

  2. Lay on a slice of cheese

  3. Lay on 2-3 slices of lunch meat

  4. Roll tight like a sushi master

  5. Slice into individual circles

BAM done!   You could add veggies or maybe mayo or mustard but I didn’t want to press my luck! Bite size sandwiches easy for those toddler fingers to pick up!

Comment below with your favorite quick and easy meal!

XOXO

Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle