DOCKATOT GRAND REVIEW: A Year Later

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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How to Throw a Watermelon Party

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Hello, Sweet melon lovers! I am so excited to share this watermelon party with you. I was brainstorming summer themed birthday parties for Helen’s first birthday and Watermelon hit the sweet spot. Today I will show you how to throw a DIY Watermelon party. 

You can throw a Beverly Hills style party on a SAHM budget by picking elements to best show off your theme. Are you ready to plan? Grab a pen and take notes!

 

STEP 1. PAPER PRODUCTS

Starting with the Invitations and a welcome Watermelon sign, let your guests know what the party is all about. Keep with the watermelon theme by making thank you cards and guest party favors to coordinate.

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How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

 

STEP 4. THE SWEETS

Sweeten the theme by coordinating the cake or cupcakes with pink and green buttercream. 

I love this recipe for making two 6 inch cakes and cutting them to make four layers. {Lemon Cake Recipe from MyCakeSchool.com} Only fill the 6″ cake pans half way; you’ll have left over batter as the recipe makes more than two six inch cakes. 

Speed it up by using store bought cream cheese frosting and tinting it with Americolor Food Gel.

*Tinting Tip* A little goes a long way. Split icing into two bowls. Mix the color gel in two separate prep bowls before adding color to the icing. Squeeze one drop of each color and mix with a mini spatula. Swipe a small amount of the mixed color onto the mini spatula and stir into one bowl until well mixed.  Add more color to your preference.

*Americolor Mixing Guide* Watermelon-: 1 Deep Pink, 1 Red; Rind: 2 Leaf Green, 1 Sky Blue

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STEP 5. COORDINATED OUTFITS

DIY plain white T-shirt’s with RIT DYE in Kelly Green and Fuchsia to coordinate with your party theme. For this Watermelon Birthday Party, we dyed tee’s from H&M (@hm #handm) to match Helen’s outfit.  {Bubble romper from @melissasmithdesigns and rose gold bow moccasins @freshlypicked}

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STEP 2. DIY PARTY BACKDROP

A great way to brighten the walls is with a photo banner, pink and green tassel garland, watermelon painted number or letter.

To best display the watermelon party theme, your feature wall should be above the buffet table. You can create additional zones like a photo booth area or photo wall on the path guests will use to flow to the food.

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STEP 3. TABLESCAPE

Set the table with watermelon paper plates, cups, pink and green utensils, and napkins. Add confetti or paper watermelon cutouts to the a solid color tablecloth to pump up the color. Pre-pour watermelon punch; add a straw and watermelon garnish to set the scene.

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How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

 

STEP 4. THE SWEETS

Sweeten the theme by coordinating the cake or cupcakes with pink and green buttercream. 

I love this recipe for making two 6 inch cakes and cutting them to make four layers. {Lemon Cake Recipe from MyCakeSchool.com} Only fill the 6″ cake pans half way; you’ll have left over batter as the recipe makes more than two six inch cakes. 

Speed it up by using store bought cream cheese frosting and tinting it with Americolor Food Gel.

*Tinting Tip* A little goes a long way. Split icing into two bowls. Mix the color gel in two separate prep bowls before adding color to the icing. Squeeze one drop of each color and mix with a mini spatula. Swipe a small amount of the mixed color onto the mini spatula and stir into one bowl until well mixed.  Add more color to your preference.

*Americolor Mixing Guide* Watermelon-: 1 Deep Pink, 1 Red; Rind: 2 Leaf Green, 1 Sky Blue

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STEP 5. COORDINATED OUTFITS

DIY plain white T-shirt’s with RIT DYE in Kelly Green and Fuchsia to coordinate with your party theme. For this Watermelon Birthday Party, we dyed tee’s from H&M (@hm #handm) to match Helen’s outfit.  {Bubble romper from @melissasmithdesigns and rose gold bow moccasins @freshlypicked}

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Simple, Handmade Coffee Notecard

Happy Friday!  What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.

BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!

I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!

Grab your supplies and join the fun!

 

 

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Explosion Box: Handmade Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.

Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.

The Explosion Box How-To

Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.

You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).

*Photo Tip*

To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.

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Starting Out

The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.

Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.

Decorate before you glue.

 

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Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

 

 

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