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Our Favorite Natural, Baby Bubble Baths

January 6, 2017

Natural Bubble Bath

This is not a sponsored or affiliate post. All opinions are strictly my own. I paid for and tested these products myself, nothing was sent for review.

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

I’ve been wanting to do a post about our favorite bubble baths for awhile. I feel like it’s been a “trial & error” thing for us and I’m hoping that my wisdom might benefit some other parents out there. Also, I may or may not have simply been looking for a reason to snap some photographs of my sweet babies in the tub together. 😉 I know these days won’t last forever.

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

So let’s start with the basics. When it comes to bubble bath, I use it as a wash and a shampoo. I think it’s silly to buy separate bubble bath and shampoo for babies/toddlers. It shocks me that baby shampoo is usually priced higher than bubble bath, by the way. As far as I can tell, they do the same thing and function the same way. But anyway, I digress…

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

When I’m looking for bubble bath for my babies, I’m looking for four qualities:

  • It has to be natural, preferably organic.
  • It has to be moisturizing and easy on their sensitive skin. As I’ve written about previously, my babies have sensitive, dry skin — just like their Mama.
  • It has to smell delicious, and I prefer lavender, because we usually do baths at bedtime and lavender soothes (if not them, at least me!).
  • It has to create a lot of bubbles — what fun is a bath without bubbles!?

With that in mind, here are my top 5 choices for bubble bath, starting with my favorite.

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

1. Honest Shampoo + Body Wash — It surprises me that an Honest product finds itself at the top of my list. The truth is that I’ve always wanted to love The Honest Company. I love what the brand stands for. However, I haven’t had the best luck with the products. The diapers always left my babies with diaper rashes, and the dishwasher detergent didn’t effectively clean my dishes at all.

So, I was hesitant to give Honest another try, but I’m grateful that I did. Their baby Shampoo + Body Wash is my absolute favorite. It meets all of my must-haves and it creates the best bubbles and scent of them all. Note that, I am referring to the Shampoo + Body Wash. Honest also makes a bubble bath that is more expensive. I haven’t tried that one, and I don’t see any point in spending the extra money, when this stuff works great.

2. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath — Aveeno is a close second. I love this stuff and it also meets all of my must-haves. The reason I rank it second is simply because the fragrance is a little bit more mellow, and… give me all of the the lavender, please.

3. Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Body Wash — I love Burt’s Bees. It’s the natural brand that I use the most and have been supporting the longest. It was what I used when Roman was a tiny, little baby. (Remember this!?)

I’d love to rank this higher on the list because I love the brand so much, but the truth is that it doesn’t meet a couple of my wishes. It doesn’t come in lavender fragrance and it doesn’t bubble up well. Other than those things, it’s a great product, so I still recommend it, depending on your needs.

4. California Baby Calendula Bubble Bath — This is another brand that I’ve come to love and trust over the years. One of my favorite part’s about this bottle is that it comes with a bubble wand inside for blowing bubbles, so fun. California Baby offers a whole selection of bubble baths in different fragrances that claim to do different things. I’m interested to try their “Overtired & Cranky” formula one of these days.

My gripe about this product is that it doesn’t seem to be carried by many of places that I usually shop. I usually fail to plan ahead end up running out in a pinch to grab something at my local grocery store or Target. But if you’re good at planning ahead, this is a nice choice.

5. Shea Moisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Bubble Bath — This one shows up last on the list, simply because we’ve only been using it a short time. I actually starting using Shea Moisture products on my own hair recently and I really love them.

I was initially drawn to the products on the shelf because the label so proudly declares that the products are natural, organic, and sustainably-produced. They’re also pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce and strive to be sulfate-free, paraben-free, and more, whenever possible; and never test on animals. Basically everything that I’m looking for when I shop — yes.

We just started using the bubble bath, but so far so good. The drawback is that the bubbles are minimal. While the scent is not lavender, it is quite delicious! It’s definitely a product and a company to keep on your radar.

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath


Okay, friends. That’s all for this bubble bath roundup. If you have any recommendations that I’ve left off the list, please let me know. I hope that you’ve found this post helpful, and if you know someone else that might find it helpful, I do hope that you’ll pass it along. xo

Natural Bubble Bath

Natural Bubble Bath

My Little Sugar Plum Fairy // Goodbye Christmas Tree

January 3, 2017

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

I took our Christmas tree down on Sunday. I knew it would be difficult. If you’ve ever done it, you know that it’s a “pain-in-the-ass” task. What I wasn’t expecting, however, was how emotionally difficult it would be.

Aside from the usual magic of a Christmas tree and all of the beautiful, warm memories that are created around it; this year’s tree represented something bigger and deeper for me. It became a symbol for what I am capable of, for the life that I am capable of creating for myself and for my children.

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

Several times while I was unwinding the lights, and pulling the sparkling balls from the branches, I found myself crying. It halted me at moments; but I coaxed myself–remembering that it wasn’t the sad ending of one thing, but rather the beautiful beginning of many things.

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

Sugar Plum Fairy // livelovesimple.com

I snapped these photographs of Marina in front of the tree a few weeks before Christmas. I’m so grateful to have them, to freeze those precious moments in time. That cute, little tree–that sweet, baby girl.

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Merry Christmas // 2016

December 24, 2016

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Christmas 2016 // livelovesimple.com

Merry Christmas to you & yours, with love from me & mine. I hope that your celebrations — whatever they might be — are filled with every joy, magic, & warmth. xo

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Christmas 2016 // livelovesimple.com

A Lamb & A King // Living Nativity 2016

December 23, 2016

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Hello, friends! I hope that this post finds you well, wrapped up warm & happy in the magic of the Christmas season.

This is the first year that Roman really “gets it.” That makes the wonder of the season all the brighter for me. Gratefully, consumerism hasn’t taken hold of him. He understands that he will be receiving Christmas presents, but that is not the focus of his attention. Mostly, he is thrilled by the Christmas decorations on the homes that we pass, catching glimpses of Santa, carols on the radio, and hearing stories of how magic reindeer can fly.

He’s also taken the sweetest interest in the story of baby Jesus (or “baby Jeeza” as he calls him), and the little family gathered there in the manger. I am so grateful that our church family has taken such care to teach the children of our congregation all about that story and the true meaning of Christmas.

Last week, we had a “Living Nativity” at church. Marina was a lamb and Roman was one of the Three Kings. It was a lot of fun and a memory that I will cherish deep in my heart forever. I couldn’t beliebe how well Marina “performed.” Roman did quite well too, all up until he had to give a present to the baby Jesus. It seemed that Mr. Roman was quite attached to that present himself and things got a little hairy after that. Hello, three-years-old, you’re so sweet & sour.

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After the performance, we enjoyed fresh bakes goodies in the fellowship hall, surrounded by friends. It doesn’t get much better. ♥

Autumn Splendor: The Gift of No

November 29, 2016

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

The autumn that is ending has been one of my favorites to date. It’s always been my favorite season, full of magic and warmth, but this one was more illuminating & empowering than any that have come before it.

This past summer was a tumultuous one for me. Through all of that, I prayed hard for a sign from God. Then one day, I looked behind me and I saw this. There it was, loud and clear, exactly what I needed: Slow down. As summer came to a close, the tumult began to fade and peace set in. I had my sign.

And so,

slow down,

I did.

I took the autumn “off” in a lot of ways. I rested. I reflected. I prayed. I walked slowly through nature. I took photographs. I laughed. I cried. I listened. I shared.

In the silence of what came next, in the reflecting, I found wisdom.

I realized that there are two types of people in the world: people who are afraid to say no and people who are not afraid to say no.

I spent my entire life being the former, always afraid to say no; afraid to disappoint; afraid to upset — even when it came at my own expense. And then, one day, I said enough. What a thing it is to feel empowered to say no, any time, any place, to any one. It is a gift, a gift to myself and now I will walk happily through the rest of my life carrying no in my hands, never afraid to use it whenever I need it.

And most importantly, now, when I say no, I never, ever feel guilty. For my no is my gift to myself and I trust myself to know well-enough when it is the right time to say it.

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

livelovesimple.com // autumn walk

I hope that you are well, friends. Here in northern New Jersey, autumn is quickly turning into winter. The bright, warm colors in these photographs are quickly fading, even in my memory. Winter has never been an easy thing for me, as you well know if you’ve been reading here awhile. Yet, this week all of the autumn decorations have been coming down and in their place Christmas has been popping up and bringing fresh hope with it.

Last night, the children and I were driving home. The sun had set and Christmas lights were glowing brightly in the front yards that we passed. Candles were burning warmly in the windows. I felt a surge of warmth in my heart, a deep, profound gladness for all of the people sitting safely & happily inside of their homes. Most of all, I felt an overwhelming gratitude for my own multitude of blessings. Perhaps this winter will not be as cold as the ones that came before it. Perhaps magic will live on and shine bright. Perhaps peace & love will reign supreme. ♥

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