Author: Vanessa Alvarez

Vanessa Álvarez is a Chicagoan who is a fan of the written word and of anything that makes life easier. She is mamá to a spirited little one who teaches her lessons she enjoys [re]learning. She’s an avid fan of salsa—the kind you eat.

I thought I had seen, tested and used nearly every style, type, and model of baby bag on the market. But then along came Ameribag’s ergonomic diaper bag and it was as though I could hear angels singing. This must-have baby bag is parent-friendly, stylish, and designed for supreme comfort. I...

The Joovy Caboose Ultralight doublestroller allows for multiple seating styles without a whole lot of hassle. This tandem model never compromises sun protection for any child no matter where and how they are seated. If you are searching for a double stroller, the updated Joovy Caboose Ultralight is a model to...

After acknowledging all the signs, I knew it could no longer be avoided. It was time to potty train. I have to admit potty training was one of my top five fears when it came to becoming a parent. But my little one was displaying all the signs—physical, emotional, and...

Like many of you, I’m a mom who is always looking to find products that are made of the most natural and organic ingredients, that are safe for the environment and gentle on baby’s skin. Bathtime Baby products check all the needs off my list. Specifically, the Bathtime Baby line is paraben-free, glycol-free,...

The Mickey Mouse Melamine Set from Kids Preferred has all the necessities needed to have a successful mealtime experience for you and your little one. We opted for the Mickey Mouse set, as he is a favorite, but there are many options of characters so kids can enjoy mealtime and be...

The sweetness of childhood For weeks my son requested a guitar. According to him, he needed that guitar to play for mama, papa, and basically anyone who would listen. The issue was not getting the guitar, as there are so many to choose from, the issue was that I did...

“Let’s go, mama!” And just like that our Bixbee Rocketflyer Backpack ($29.99) was ready for takeoff. This toddler-sized bag makes travel a breeze, allowing your little one to keep all his or her favorite things within easy reach. Features I loved The padding: This bag is thoughtfully constructed with little...

Oh, how my toddler and I love books: words of inspiration, laughs, and learning. For our family, there was something extra special about this I See Me book, which was full of words of love. The entire I See Me collection uses sweet words, personalization, and vibrant colors to share...

Lassig’s mini duffle bag is a super-cute bag that can and should be used for many purposes. The company graciously provided me with a sample for review, and since then, my toddler and I have been packing it for a host of occasions: swim time, an overnight, and most recently, as...