babywearing, Maxine, Minerva, Soul Mate

Soul Mate: Doll Carriers

We only have a few warm days left before we have to bundle up to play outside. Maxine decided today would be a great day for her and Minerva to head outside to play.

Maxine and Minerva holding hands walking down the driveway. Maxine is wearing a toy in  a red and black carrier and minerva is wearing a black and white ikat print carrier

Maxine suggested that they play with their babies outside, so of course I helped them get their babies uppy back! Maxine chose the Soul Imperial doll buckle carrier. I put the Eclipse Ikat doll meh dai on Minerva. Soul sent them these carriers and they are loved so much around here!

maxine staring at the camera in a black and red carrier that is holding daniel tiger on her back

I think Minerva enjoyed having the baby on her back. Especially since she could hold the doll AND all of her chalk at the same time.

minerva grinning at the camera with a doll on her back in a meh dai

Do the children in your life have doll carriers? I’d love to see your pictures! Tag #BrittBrownMarsh on Instagram and Facebook so I can see!

black and white image of maxine and minerva on a slide

 

close up image of a chest buckle. the buckle reads "soul" and the o is a heart.
This buckle has to be my favorite accent <3

 

 

Family, Parenting, Playtime

Playtime: Mary’s Park Sensory Playground

Minerva turned one on Wednesday, so we decided to go check out the Sensory Playground at Peninsula Town Center.

There is highly interactive sensory and tactile play available. The park is Wheelchair-accessible too! The surface is playground rubber.

There was plenty of seating around the playground and some seating was in a shady area. The playground is surrounded by bushes and secured fencing.

I loved that the Minerva could climb some fixtures on her own. I did have to go after my brave baby at some points, haha!


The gravity bowl was so fun for Maxine once she understood how it worked. Her first go ended with her SCREAMING for me to help her stop. By the time we left, she had been back on several times.

The park was really fun! The bathrooms were a block over from the playground, but there was a drinking fountain in the park so that was convenient. We can’t wait to go again! We will have to check out their play fountain next time too.

Also, there is a smartphone app that goes along with the play area! You can listen to the Hans Christian Anderson stories that the park’s themes are based on: The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.  The stories are offered in 16 languages!

Mary’s Park Sensory Playground is an outdoor playground at Peninsula Town Center that was built in partnership with the Peninsula School for Autism.  

Family, fun, Parenting, Playtime

Playtime: Windsor Castle Park Natural Playscape

Smithfield, Virginia is my hometown and such a beautiful place! Maxine is at an age where she can enjoy playing on her own so I decided to take her to check out the new Windsor Castle Park Natural Playscape.

Maxine has her back facing everyone. She is at the top of the slide and hovering before letting go. The background is very green.

She loved it! I loved that they had a side for younger children. We stayed over there today.

Maxine is walking across small logs in the ground. The background is green and trees

The entire area was beautifully shaded by trees. It didn’t feel as miserably hot as the thermometer read.

Maxine is playing in a large sandbox

Maxine is flying down the slide.

This slide was the perfect size for Maxine and she went on it several times. The other slide on the big kid size is 30 feet!

Maxine is walking in a wide green park

Maxine is climbing a wall.

Max had a blast and we will definitely be back soon!

Baking with Mommy

Baking with Mommy: Pumpkin Cheesecake Monkey Bread

I love to let Maxine help out around the house as much as possible. Her favorite thing to do (besides tossing stuff into the dryer) is bake! Anytime that I am in the kitchen making anything she is right there beside me. Yesterday, a friend shared an article with a bunch of pumpkin recipes and my pumpkin loving self instantly decided that I need to make it ALL. Today, Maxine and I tackled the pumpkin cheesecake monkey bread. I love monkey bread AND I love pumpkin so this was a must.

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All of the ingredients, minus the butter.
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Sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
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ALL THE DOUGH

So when Maxine saw the kitchen setup she was so amazed by all the biscuit dough. She was SO READY  to cut things!

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Bite sized dough :)
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Sugar and pumpkin pie spice covered dough.

I told her the first job she had was to shake up the dough that I already had cut into quarters. She was excited to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE and she kept repeating it while she shook up the bag.

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“I shake shake shake?”
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Filling up the cake pan.

I finally let her cut up the dough pieces with a butter knife and did pretty great with it!  She really enjoyed chopping it up. Her dough pieces were chopped up extra small.

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Maxine cutting up the dough.

Once everything was chopped up and covered in the sugary pie spice mixture, we put all the other ingredients into the pot and whisked it together until everything was mostly smooth. I let Maxine stand at the stove to help whisk. She was so careful! She knows that the stove gets very hot and can burn her if she is not cautious.

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Maxine whisking the pumpkin mixture.
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Daddy helping us pour the mixture over the dough pieces.

When daddy came downstairs, he helped Maxine finish whisking! Then he carefully poured the mixture over the dough pieces. Maxine was sure to stand back so she would not get burned by the hot mixture.

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The mixture poured over the dough pieces.

While the monkey bread was in the oven, Maxine asked no less than 15 times if it was done. I guess waiting for food to bake is the hardest part of recipe for her too! I wish you all could smell how wonderful my house smelled while this was baking!!

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Pumpkin cheesecake monkey bread fresh out of the oven!

After it came out of the oven, I tried to flip it onto a plate but that didn’t work out too well. It fit better on the cookie sheet. It fell apart just a tad but that was absolutely perfect because that is the first part that we ate.

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Flipped too soon!
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Yummy!!

Delicious!! I can’t wait until the next time we bake something. This recipe was excellent and we probably will be making this again very soon.

Family, Maxine, Parenting

Big Changes!

Maxine is turning three soon so we got her a bed as an early birthday gift! She loves all the Peppa Pig things and actually slept in her bed for most of the night Tuesday night. 

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Once I put the sheets and comforter on the bed, Maxine did not want to get out. Fingers crossed that she continues to love her bed! 

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Happy early birthday, Pep ❤️. 

 

babywearing, review

Review: Babylonia Bei Dai (BB Tai)

Babylonia Bei Dai (“BB Tai!”) So we all know that I really enjoy Babylonia. I’ve reviewed the BB Sling AND the BB Slen before. Now thanks to Marsupial Mamas, I got to try the bei dai FINALLY!!  I did not get to use the infant insert that comes with it, but now they have a nifty new way to cinch the panel (Jan 2017).  Right now, I will tell you about using the Pineapple bei dai with a 30 lbs 3 ft tall toddler.

Brittany and Maxine taking a mirror selfie while out shopping at Walmart. Maxine is on Brittany’s back in the bei dai. There are shoes in the background.

So, I am 5’5, 250 lbs, and 29 weeks pregnant. I could tie this bei dai off in the back with a front carry AND I could finish it off tied Tibetan. This is a HUGE DEAL. I come across so many carriers that I can’t even buckle or tie off because they are too small and this bei dai just made me feel like it was made for me. Over the three weeks we had it with us, we used it a lot.

I mean, look at that fit! Maxine is THREE FEET TALL and it fits her this well! She was so comfy in here. Brittany with Maxine in a front carry facing the camera. Maxine is centered in the carrier and Brittany is holding one of her feet. There are green trees in the background.

This carrier is made from Babylonia BB Slen fabric. The panel is Pineapple and the straps are Black Beans. There is not any padding, but it is pretty comfortable because of the wrap straps that are able to be spread. We did mostly back carries with the bei dai because front carries are not as comfortable right now with my bump in the way.  The front carries we did do though? Very nice. I know that without my bump it would be very comfortable because the carrier sits where I normally like it. Back carries were a dream! We back carried in the Babyloni Bei Dai daily.

Brittany and Maxine taking a selfie on a bright day. The sky is blue and Maxine is looking off into the distance. Brittany is looking at the camera.

  I think this carrier would be great for all babywearers and from little babies up through toddlerhood! The infant insert makes it useful for small babies. It looks pretty neat! If you love bei dais, you will DEFINITELY love this! It’s more comfortable than the Fidella Bei Dai (“flytai”)  in my opinion.

Brittany and Maxine taking a selfie. Maxine is on Brittany’s front in a multi-colored bei dai. Maxine is looking past the camera and Brittany is smiling into the camera.

You can purchase the BB Tai here.

A very tired Maxine is on Brittany’s front in a multi-colored bei dai. Brittany is looking into the camera and Maxine is looking past the camera. There are green trees in the background.

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