Personalize it with Little Monkey Designs

Little Monkey Designs

I always get asked for recommendations for baby gifts and I feel like over the last few years my recommendations have been getting stale. Yes blankets, insulated lunch bags, backpacks, registry items are always great, but I really love recommending unique items that a family wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.

I was recently introduced to Little Monkey Designs and after scrolling through their web page seeing all the great items they had to offer, I was intrigued as I thought all their items would make amazing gifts and wanted to review one or two … well … here I am to introduce all of you to Little Monkey Designs because I am now a HUGE fan and so will you!

The first thing on the website that caught my eye were the personalized pillows, something you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself, but would make an amazing gift. As much as I love the home decor family pillows, I had to have the personalized birth announcement pillow and had it made with all my oldest son’s information (not picking favourites, but I figured the little one wouldn’t know the difference as this stage in his life, but I am going to have one made for him as well).

Little Monkey Designs Personalized Pillow

 Here’s what I love about Little Monkey Designs Pillow:
– The website was easy to navigate and order
– You can custom colour match parts of your pillow
– The pillow arrived in a timely manner
– The quality is top notch, the fabric is of the highest quality
– It is reasonably priced
– Choice of girl or boy colour
– Locally made
– Makes a nice accent pillow in a family room or children’s room
– Removable pillow cover … just incase you run into a mess!!!
– Simply my son loves it and it makes him feel special!

Little Monkey Designs Pillow

Make sure to check out all the other wonderful gifts that Little Monkey Designs has to offer and if one of the products peeks your interest, use code: babylish at check out to receive 15% off your order.

Happy ordering

Nothing is Better than Family! #StreamTeam


Gone are the days of the traditional “nuclear” family and we welcome the “modern” family comprised of two moms or two dads, single moms or single dads, half siblings, step siblings, adopted siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents … did I miss anything?

My dad has always told me that “family is everything” and he is right! Every day I am reminded of how lucky I am to have the family I have: my husband and two little (crazy) boys, my mom, my dad, my sister, her husband, her two kids, my  brother, his wife, their two kids (our littlest one’s were born one day apart – we were in the hospital together) and that’s just my side of the family. My husband comes from a family of 4 kids and his siblings all have kids. In this large family of mine, each person is uniquely quirky and I love every single one of those quirks.

Want to know how quirky other families are and have a good laugh? Check out this new Netflix series Grace and Frankie staring Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston. What a fabulous show, give it a shot you will not be disappointed.

Here are some titles for the little kids

Little Kids Netflix Shows

1. Curious George
2. Stellaluna
3. Lily’s Driftwood Bay
4. Pound Puppies: “The Yipper Caper”
5. Veggie Tales: “Pa Grape’s Son / Larry’s Cardboard  Thumb”
6. Baby Jake (this is a new one for us, my little guy loves watch baby Jake)

Some titles for the big kids

Big Kid Netflix Shows

1. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
3. Despicable Me (a fan fave – love how family is tied to this movie)
4. Kung Fu Panda
5. Full House (an oldie but a goodie – love rewatching these episodes)
6. Yours Mine and Ours

Titles for the teens and adults

teens and adults netflix shows

1. Fresh Prince of Bel Air
2. Wolfblood
3. The Addams Family
4. Raising Hope
5. Gilmore Girls
6. Party of Five

What are your favourite Netflix family shows?
Sit back and enjoy time with your loved one’s

Chipotle (Yummmm) Guest Review and Giveaway

I’m a big Mexican food fan so naturally when I was asked by a fellow blogger (her blog is a personal fave of mine) to do a joint post, I jumped at the opportunity. I have gone, I have tried and I loved!
Here is Maya’s Guest Review (
About five years ago when I was in New York city for work, a colleague of mine suggested that we go to an amazing Mexican restaurant near our office.  Not knowing the area we were in too well, I took him up on his offer.
I have never heard of Chipotle before, but I was excited to try it out the moment I set foot in the door.  All of the ingredients looked fresh and the aromas were amazing.  I loved that I could order a burrito in a bowl. I have to say, it was one of my favourite restaurants to eat at in New York.  Yes, I just said that, but it’s true.  It was love at first taste.  I was sooooo excited when they finally opened their doors in Toronto and I could take my family there.  To this day it’s one of our favourite restaurants when we want a special “treat”.
Here’s some awesome facts about Chipotle (as if you needed additional persuasion to go and eat there):
  • It’s committed to serving natural and (unprocessed) organic meat
  • Food is freshly prepared in front of the customers in an open kitchen
  • They serve dairy products that are rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) free.
There are four Chipotle restaurants in Toronto so make it a Chipotle night or lunch with your family.  And to help you achieve that, Babylish Advice and Mayahood Blog are giving away FOUR Burrito bucks (each Burrito Buck is equivalent to one free meal good for a Burrito, Burrito bowl, Salad or order of Tacos). The contest is open to GTA residents only! Enter below on Rafflecopter (it’s easy).

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T. and Maya