Drywall has started in the basement the crew was able to hang all the sheet rock in one day. Today they come back and start taping and mudding. Seeing the walls up and the spaces finally is so exciting!! It makes it more real. There is still so much left to do but it doesn't discount how exciting this stage is!!
Over the last few years I've either been pregnant or have been toting around an infant, and the latest baby gear and trends have been on my radar. This year I have a bunch of friends and relatives having babies.
One of my favorite Atlanta events is the Baby & Child Expo. If you're a new to be mom it is certainly not to be missed. If you're a seasoned mom and love keeping up on the latest and greatest offerings in the baby products and services you definitely want to attend this event.
Desiree the event organizer always finds the best brands and local businesses available in Atlanta. Not to mention there are TONS of prizes to be won.
If you're contemplating the VIP ticket...DO IT! It is worth the $$ and there are so many perks that go along with that ticket.
Atlanta Baby and Child Expo
What: THE premier event for expecting and new parents in the Southeast.
We bring in the ultimate in parenting and baby products and professionals.
It’s an elite experience, intimate in setting and not overwhelming. It’s
a party for YOU, the expectant, the new parent, the grandparent and the
supporting cast of family and friends.
When: May 11th, 11am-3pm (VIP ticket holders get early entry, starting at
Where: Fox Theatre Ballrooms, 660 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
This event features a Maternity Fashion Show, Red Carpet Photos of
attendees as they enter, a Stroller Trial Track, Cravings Corner and so
Another treat from the Graco Event thrown by Meghan Cooper, of JaMonkey.com was getting to experience a night’s stay at Country Inns & Suites in Buckhead.
My whole family enjoyed a complimentary one night stay at the hotel. Check in was super simple and our room was very nice. We were greeted with a Country Inn & Suites goodie bag, my 6 year old son claimed the slippers right away. I was super happy to see that the hotel had provided a portable crib for my littlest one.
While I was down at the party my husband and kids enjoyed the free wifi on our tablet and smart phone.
The party was held in a meeting room close to the lobby and breakfast area. The chairs we sat in were super comfy. The food at the party was provided by TGIFridays another company owned by the same parent company as Country Inn & Suites. YUMMY!!
My family also enjoyed the 24 hour cookie bar in the lobby. How genius is that? Cookies anytime – SWEET!
Our stay was pretty short so we didn’t get to enjoy the Read It & Return Lending Library. I absolutely love this feature offered by Country Inns & Suites. If you don’t finish the book during this stay you can return it on your next stay.
Our stay concluded with a super yummy breakfast. Their “Be our Guest Breakfast” offered hot options; like breakfast burritos, eggs, potatoes, and waffles. They had the standard cold options; cereal, fruit and pastries. Everyone in our family could find exactly what they wanted for breakfast, an easier task than breakfast at home that’s for sure. I enjoyed their gourmet coffee bar the most .
Although our hotel had an outdoor pool most Country Inns & Suites have indoor pools. That would have been nice for our 6 year old as he absolutely LOVES swimming. I look forward to future stays where we can experience their pool feature.
Over all I was very impressed with Country Inns & Suites and all they had to offer. Being a family of five and traveling with kids it can be difficult finding a hotel where you feel comfortable as a family. I highly recommend Country Inns & Suites for traveling with your family.
We have a bunch of family events coming up next spring and summer, I will be checking our route for Country Inns & Suites along the way. Good news they have an app for that!
Our one night stay at Country Inns & Suites was complimentary but all the opinions are my own.
We have a first grader this year! I can hardly believe it. Homeschooling him is a learning experience for both of us. I think we both enjoy the time together and the growth.
I felt like I really needed to do a school themed photo shoot for his first grade pictures. I had fun styling the shoot and think these pictures turned out pretty good.
Last Thursday night I had the opportunity to gather with local Atlanta Mom Bloggers down in Buckhead for a party with Graco. The party was hosted by Meghan of JaMonkey.com. I had so much fun meeting other area blogging mommies (and some of their adorable babies) and chatting all about our kids, blogging, and car seats!
Meghan shared with us the all new Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 car seat. I was super excited to learn more about the only rear facing car seat on the market that is designed for newborn up to two years old (4lbs – 40lbs). I was mostly curious how a two year old could sit rear facing and still have room for their legs.
Graco did an amazing job addressing that issue. Their 8 reclining positions allow you to adjust the seat to best fit your child and allow them to comfortably sit rear facing without their legs being cramped. Adjusting the position of the car seat is super simple just press the buttons on each side and slide to the seat position you want. When their feet do touch the seat they have designed a handy kick plate that pulls up to protect your seat. (This is my husband’s favorite feature!)
That isn’t the only cool feature that I really loved. The harness system, ‘The Simply Safe Adjust ™’, makes it super easy to adjust the height of the shoulder straps and head padding section as your child grows. No more rethreading the straps!! WOOT WOOT I love that it makes it easy to ensure you’re keeping your child as safe as possible at all times! No excuses!
Having two young kids, a 20 month old and a 1 month old, this car seat is amazing. If I’m traveling with only one of my young ones I can easily adjust it to fit either child with the super simple seat & strap adjustments. For that purpose this would be a terrific car seat for my husband’s car, additional bases can be purchased too.
The car seat is exclusively available at Babies R Us and retails for $219.99.
The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.