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DOCKATOT GRAND REVIEW: A Year Later

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

I blogged about buying a DockATot for Baby Hels last year (see it here) and how I planned to use it for her as an infant. Helen loves to be held. She snuggles and cuddles and laughs and plays. But, from the time she was born, she did not want to sleep on her own at night. We tried. EVERYTHING. No one slept. She cried in the bassinet. She cried in a swaddle. She cried in the swing. There was no sleeping situation that where the crying stopped or even slowed down unless she was being held.

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.comDockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

Now this wasn’t the case all day. She would play on the floor, and didn’t mind being held by friends and family. It wasn’t necessarily a crying problem or even a sleeping problem. It was an only sleeping at night when being held problem. So, for the first 3-4 months I held her every night. I slept propped up in bed at night, banished the husband to the other room and stripped the bed of blankets. I was super worried about safe sleeping and after researching, decided our ultra firm, bare mattress was safe to bed share, supervised, with only me in the bed at arms length, before she could roll.

I started swaddling her and placing her in the middle of the bed. But soon she started to move and roll. It was time to ditch the swaddle. She started crawling on top of me and the cycle of only sleeping on top of me continued. It was sweet at first, then it was exhausting. We decided to try the DockATot. And it worked. We transitioned her into the Dock in the middle of our bed. It was snug, so she started to sleep through the night in the Dock.

Helen is small, but she was getting older. As we reached the year mark, she started climbing out of it again and sleeping on me (see the pattern here, haha she loves mama). I wasn’t sleeping well- I’m a side sleeper and she would cry if she wasn’t sleeping on my chest. It’s not conducive to great sleep.

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

THEN, DockATot had a rare 500K Followers Instagram sale. They don’t go on sale often, but I was on the mailing list and got an email a few days before that they would be celebrating 500,000 Instagram likes by offering 50% for the first 500, and 25% off on ALL products. I kept thinking about it. I kept debating. So much so that I had the DockATot Grand in my cart and didn’t pull the trigger at the 50% off mark. I missed out. It was driving me nuts. So, at 11pm when I was restless and couldn’t stop thinking about how good of a deal it was and that it was unlikely to happen again, I couldn’t pass it up. I grabbed my phone and ordered the Dock Grand in the beautiful En Via La Rose print.

We started with it in our bed once again. *It takes up a lot of space. We have a King size bed, Husband complained. The climbing out continued and it was time to make a change. Helen needed her own place to sleep. It was going to be a transition and would probably result in a lot of crying. I had been dreading it for months. Years. I couldn’t handle the thought that she might cry all night for weeks on end and never adjust.

My husband assured me that she would adjust and if not, we try something else. We moved her unused bed into our room with the plan to move it into brother’s room after we were sure the nighttime crying had subsided and it wouldn’t wake him too.

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

We put the new DockATot Grand in her bed and put her down for the night. I checked on her every 5 minutes. She cried for about 30 minutes. Then she was asleep. On night two she fussed less than ten minutes. Too short of a time to even calm her. Night 3 was a win also.

I am happy to say that we have successfully moved Hels from our bed to her own and I know that having the comfort of her DockATot helped ease the transition.

If you want more information on the DockATot or think it’s the right fit for your family, you can click any of the links in this post to head over to the Dock website and check it out. There are hundreds of other reviews as well.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of sweet Helen, because everyone loves those!

 

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

DockATot Grand Review: A Year Later at StampinFool.com

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Vote Now: Stitch Fix January 2019

It’s here! My January Stitch Fix box has arrived and now it’s time to show off the goods. Drop a comment with your fav from this box and head over to my Instagram Stories to vote on each piece.

First up is a black and white striped sweater with brown weathered elbow patches. I love black and white so this is a favorite of mine.

Next up is this printed back with ivory arrow pattern blouse. It’s comfortable, but can be dressed up for work.

I’m not going to lie- I’m not a fan of red or burgundy, BUT this cardigan is amazing. It’s comfortable, has pockets (eek!!) and looks great with jeans. I wouldn’t normally jump, but for this cardi I’m thinking KEEP.

Lastly, a blue and red floral faux wrap dress. It’s a little short for my body, but the pattern is nice.

Want to hear more about Stitch Fix. And I’m glad, because I have a lot of great info for you. I will be showing off the pieces of clothing I received, reviewing them, and talking an little bit about why and what I love and didn’t love.

I kept seeing Stitch Fix show up in my Pinterest feed and knew I needed to try it out. I wanted to be a part of all the buzz, and I am certainly glad I did. Let me answer your most pressing question, can I afford it and is it expensive.  My answer is YES and YES.

For the first part, can I afford it: the answer is yes you can afford to have a few nice pieces of clothing- if it is in your budget.  Don’t expect to get a $20 shirt.  And if you are on a really tight budget and don’t have and extra $100 wiggle room, this may not be the box for you.  I understand, I’ve been there. All things considered, most of my Stitch Fix pieces are around $38.00- $50.00.  I usually shop at Target on the clearance rack, so this is sticker shock, BUT, when you find a really nice piece of clothing, like a silk blouse, that will last for a long time and looks unique, it makes it worth the price.

Secondly, is it expensive? If you are used to shopping at Goodwill and Target or catching bottom rack sales, you are going to jump at the price.

Okay, so there you have it. I am happy enough to keep going. Part of it is strategic. You get the $20 styling fee credited to your order (you paid it when the box shipped) and then you get 25% off if you buy all 5 pieces, so sometimes, it is cheaper to buy them all & get the discount.

Make sure you note to your stylist that you were keeping them for a gift, or keeping them for the price not that you loved them. Leave feedback. Specific feedback for the best picks and Pin your favs because your stylist can send you items that you’ve pinned!

Drop your thoughts in the comments.

Stampin’ Fool’s: Best of 2018

Now that 2018 is over and we are moving on to 2019, I wanted to re-share a few favorites from 2018. While I am excited for what 2019 will bring, I’m also a little bit nostalgic and want to savor the best of our 2018 here at StampinFool.com.

I’ll leave you with the top 5 posts from 2018, starting with the biggest project to date, the guest bathroom makeover! 

1. Guest Bath Makeover

The guest bathroom makeover from The One Room Challenge was by far my favorite project of 2018. It was time consuming (six weeks) to pull everything together, but I am so happy with the results and judging by the number of comments and page views, you were impressed too. Check out the reveal- it’s truly wonderful!

One Room Challenge: Guest Bath Reveal!

2. DIY Faux Marble Fireplace

A quick and easy update to the fireplace to brighten it up for this #PinterestChallenge.

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

3. Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, an excuse to buy myself something sweet, ha. This roundup has something for everyone, mom, friend, sister, and yourself. It’s a good go to for birthday gift ideas as well. 

Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Under $50

4. How to Throw a Watermelon Themed Party

This summer sweet Helen turned 1 year old and we threw the cutest Watermelon party. All of the details on how, where to buy, and what to make are in this post. Plus sweet pictures from her first year and our tie-dyed shirts.

How to Throw a Watermelon Party

5. Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

The all time top post on this blog is the Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial. While it isn’t decor or motherhood related, it is instructional and gets a lot of traffic. If you haven’t checked it out, give it a read, you may just learn something. It’s a simple and inexpensive craft to do with your kids or as a stress reliever for yourself. Enjoy!

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

There you have it, the top 2018 posts. Thank you for following along, for reading and commenting and sharing in our life. I hope you have enjoyed 2018 and will stay around for 2019!

XOXO, 

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