Hooked on the Joovy Nook

Disclaimer: I have no judgement on any other mother for the highchair they use; however, my personal style has always been very anti highchair. They’re unattractive, they’re bulky, they’re heavy, they get stained & stinky, and they ruin basic ambiance of your home. With twins I imagined double the disaster until I was introduced to the NEW & IMPROVED Joovy Nook. 


vail twins jovy nook

We’re huge fans of Joovy at this house. We’ve got the Joovy Boob glass bottles, the Joovy Moon Room playpen, the Joovy Spoon walkers, and now the Joovy Nook High Chairs! Joovy, in general, is known for it’s clean, modern lines, and functional designs. Well, they obviously did their homework before creating the Nook!

Chic design

The Nook we chose has a white frame and a black “leatherette” chair. I believe classic black and white combos can pull everything in a room together and I have a pop of black and white in every room of my house. So, the chairs don’t distract from the aesthetics in my otherwise pulled together home. I love that these chairs aren’t mind-numbingly colorful. Why do most baby gear manufacturers use neons and primary colors as though every new parent wants their home to look like the Big Top Circus? Bleh!

cannon vail joovy nook


Big, bulky, heavy high chair times two?! No, thank you! I don’t have room in my kitchen OR dining room for high chairs. But, the Joovy Nook is SUPER DUPER lightweight and it folds up, and unfolds with one hand! I literally can be bouncing a twenty-pound baby boy on my hip while unfolding my Nook with the other hand to get ready for feeding. It’s pretty legit! I pull them out for feeding, wipe them off, and fold them back down to store away next to my buffet. When guests come over, I store them in the pantry.

joovy nook folds up

Safety first

Another thing I’ve always been queasy over regarding high chairs is the number of falls and head injuries. Many new parents mistakenly position the high chair next to the table not realizing that babies can push off the side of the table with their feet. Well, not only does the Nook have a 5-point harness, but the backs of the chair are high enough that even IF the babies could push off the side of the table (although I never position them that way) the backs of the chair and the padding would protect their precious heads. Plus, the base of the frame is super sturdy and sticks to the floor for added protection.

cannon vail joovy nook highchair

Cleaning is a cakewalk

Traditional highchairs get oogy stains and stinky super fast. Imagine yogurt, carrots, bananas, and spit up bits and pieces sitting overnight? Gross! Either you’d have to wash the cover every meal or at least every day. The leather of the Nook is similar to a high end luxury vehicle and it’s not only designed for comfort; it’s designed to be easy to clean, I wet a sponge and wipe down the seats (after my dog licks all the crumbs out). The straps became messy pretty fast from the boys teething on them with food still in their mouth, but my mother suggested a toothbrush in the grooves and that’s worked like a charm. I only have to do that every week or so.

The only problem with the Joovy Nook is that it can’t fit in my car to take with me to friend’s houses, restaurants, and grandma’s. The boys love their highchairs and I have so much fun feeding them knowing that their safe & comfortable during feeding time.

Get your Joovy Nook at Joovy.com

Stay gold, 

Chelsea Vail


Be Prepared with JuJuBe

Before I became a mom I had somewhat decided that diaper bags weren’t really my scene. There’s nothing sexy or chic about toting a sticky, stained bag around that’s stuffed with diapers, bottles, formula, snack foods, and likely covered in dancing monkeys or giraffes riding choo-choo trains (insert gagging sound here). I’m just not that kind of mom. I preferred carrying my Louis Vuitton Artsy purse and imagined I’d just use that to tote what I needed. 

Enter twins.


Yikes! I didn’t know at that time I’d be a mom to twins! This requires much more gear than even my LV artsy could hold and I’ll be damned if I let that bag become stained or ratty. So, my first few months as a mom I carried a diaper bag I’d been given as a nanny. It wasn’t the Prada diaper bag carried by the mom, but it got the job done. Even though that bag worked just fine for my one child client, it was NOT working for me and my twins.

My first outing was to their two week pediatrician appointment. My mother was with me. We stocked the bag full of pacifiers, clth diapers, wet bags, nursing cover, changing pad cover, wipes, bottles, breastmilk , blankets, coats, baby wrap, and rattles. Heavy, much? If you think that’s too much stuff to pack for one outing you obviously don’t have twins. Trust. It’s WAY more necessary to have “stuff” when there’s two.

Sure enough, one baby starts fussing while the other is being examed so I start nursing. Then the other one starts screaming. I needed the pacifier, but it had gotten lost in the abyss of a diaper bag I used to carry. I was getting frustrated so I told my mom just to fix a bottle. Now, where did we put the bottle? Breastmilk? There was zero organization! No pockets?

Not only was it difficult to find anything I needed with the former bag, it wasn’t stylish. I never wanted to wear it or even carry it. I always stuffed it under the seats of the stroller and most of the time I didn’t even do that. I left it in the car instead and decided I’d would rather walk back out to the car to get what I needed than carry that bag.

Enter the Jujube First Lady! Total game changer!


It’s super chic and goes with my style…classic black and white striped!

It’s made from a wipeable material so there’s no need to worry about sippy cups leaking or bottles spilling over.

There’s an opening in the bottom of the bag to dump crumbs. Yep…that exists!

Wear it as a satchel/sidebody, a purse, a handbag, OR a backpack! Plus, the strap is padded for shoulder support.


Leave your purse in the car or at home. This baby has a front pockets for license, rings for keys, and a place for your phone and essentials.

There’s tons of pockets, compartments, and nets to contain EVERYthing you could ever need, or want, for baby.

My favorite part is the matching changing pad trifold that can be pulled out for changing babies in the back of the car or sketchy changing tables in public. Did I mention all of this stuff is wipeable AND machine washable?

Zippers! I didn’t realize how much the zippers matter but my other bag buttoned closed, which means things go flying out in betweek the bottons and the buttons were a pain to snap.


Before I was a mom, I’d overhear other moms saying, “I love my JujuBe.” I had no idea what they were talking about, but now, that’s me! I love my Jujube! I tell everyone how much I love my Jujube because I don’t think there’s anything like it out there. Jujube or bust.

Stay gold, 

That Girl

Kangacare Lil Joey’s

A friend of mine had a baby a few weeks ago. I’d put both of us in the “green mom” category so when I started thinking what to bring to her when I visited her and sweet Ellory, I thought through what was in my “my boys are too little for” closet. No need to go spend money and waste resources, right? I spotted the bag of Lil Joey cloth diapers by Kangacare and my heart dropped a little bit. The teeny tiny diapers my brand new, sweet smelling babies wore the first few months of life would now only cover a thingh most likely. Sigh!


If you read my birth story you know I didn’t have much control over what went down the first 11 days of life for my babies. When mom nearly dies on the operating table, the staff doesn’t call her to discuss her stance on cloth versus disposables. I’m aware how silly it makes me sound, but one of the hardest things for me as a new mom was meeting my babies for the first time in the NICU and smelling the powdery chemicals from the disposable diapers they were forced to wear. I could feel the plastic in my hand under their bums and it broke my heart that my precious newborns were sitting in sodium polyacralate, dioxins, propylene, tributyltin…blach! My baby born with a pneumo-thorax (hole in his lung) was being exposed to chemicals that cause respiratory distress?! My sweet twins, born to me after years of battling endometriosis and infertility issues were sitting in the very dioxins my fertility doctor told me were responsible for my struggles?!

My heart sank.

The nurse even gave me a toxic diaper as a koozie for the water she gave me in a BPA laden plastic container

The nurse even gave me a toxic diaper as a koozie for the water she gave me in a BPA laden plastic container

When the boys were released to me I put them in organic diapers right away. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough of the Lil Joeys to cloth them full time. But, when they started getting diaper rash and red, flaky, chapped booties from the ORGANIC disposable diapers, I knew cloth was the only way to go. I started putting coconut oil on the butts to fix the damage and putting them only in cloth and things cleared right up! I’ve never looked back.

Cloth is SO much better for your babies, but way better on your pocket book and mother earth. The Lil Joey’s come in 2pks for less than $30 so a good starter kit of these will run you about $200-300 depending on how often you want to do laundry, but they’ll wear these diapers everyday for about 12 weeks so you’ll save hundreds of dollars in the meantime.

Lil Joeys clyde Whole Heart

I loved the prints the Lil Joeys come in! My favorites were the Clyde and the TokiDoki. I wasn’t sure what TokiDoki even was until I visited the Kangacare booth at the ABC Expo and the moms there were acting like John Lennon had stopped by the booth. They were going nuts over this print! In fact, apparently I’d been living under a rock because these designs were in high demand in diaper bags, shopping cart covers, blankets. Everyone wanted some TokiDoki.

vail twins in toki doki

When friends and fans ask me what I consider a must have after having twins, cloth diapers, especially Lil Joeys, are in my top five! I’m so glad I was able to start cloth diapering them right away and limiting the pollutants entering their sweet new bodies. I am confident my babies are strong and healthy and will continue to be this way as long as I’m able to continue limiting their exposure to environmental toxins.

Stay green, 

That Girl

Baby on a Budget

It’s true I’m a wee bit obsessed with baby gear, and have been since WAY before my boys were born; however, most of this gear is not considered a necessity. I even had some mom-troll comment on one of my posts one day, “Seems like you have to be a millionaire to have a baby these days”. I chose not to respond at the time, but here’s what I would’ve liked to say, “Actually, all it takes to have a baby is an egg, sperm, and a vagina”. But, tthat may have been considered rude, even though it’s true, lol. 

You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a baby. Here’s how to avoid breaking the bank when you’re preggo.



Formula is not only lacking in nourishment and high in unnecessary toxins, but in pales significantly in comparison to breastmilk and it’s expensive! The sticky, stinky powder will empty your pockets so fast it’ll make your head spin, plus you’ll need bottles, nipples, warmers, bottle cleaner, etc. Something like 97% of the female population can breastfeed successfully so only 3% of you may have trouble. No need for fancy nursing covers either. If you’re shy, say goodbye…and walk away to somewhere peaceful and private. Otherwise, sun’s out? Boobs out!


breastfeed, sideline, that girl

A babywearing wrap can be as cheap as $40! Know what’s even cheaper? Fabric. It cracks me up when I’m out in public tying on my ACK Wrap or Happy Wrap and someone comments, “Wow, they didn’t have things like that when I had my babies.” Yes, they did! All over the world people have worn their babies using not much more than a bed sheet or cut of fabric. Tie your baby on and there’s no need for a fancy schmancy stroller.

Cloth Diaper


Yes, there’s some money up front and it’s suggested to have about 24 diapers to start with, but you could get by with less than that at first and build your way up to more. You’ll just have to do laundry a bit more until baby is using less diapers per day, but the upfront costs of cloth will save you thousands down the road. Get a starter kit of 24 diapers plus diaper pail liners and wet bags from ShopWholeHeart.com

Feed the Baby What You Eat

Jarred baby food costs about $.50 for one little jar, but you may go through 3-5 per day, which adds up to $1.50-2.50 a day, or averaging about $40-60 a month. Yikes! Make your own for a third of that price or, even better, just feed baby from your plate. Around six months baby can start eating soft foods and doesn’t need purees. Mash up that banana, potatoes, avocado, egg yolk, or bone marrow delicacy you’re spreading onto your toast points! Studies show babies who ate what the family ate before two years of age are far less likely to be picky eaters.


Hand me downs from...somewhere

Hand me downs from…somewhere

Facebook is your friend! Join local garage sale pages, or swap sites, and post every few months asking for hand me downs. Trust me-people don’t want to go through that big box marked for Goodwill and price everything out to sell you individually. They just want it out of their house. I’ve gotten stuff from Baby Gap, Janie and Jack, even Feather4Arrow for FREE!!!



You do NOT need expensive organic soaps and lotions. Babies aren’t dirty and their skin produces natural oils to moisturize and protect. For bath, fold up a towel in the kitchen sink, fill it a little ways with warm water and wash baby off with a washcloth and natural oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil) every few days.


The best toys for babies and toddlers are “real world” items found around the house. Commercial toys are often overstimulating, which can actually stunt imagination and development rather than enhance it.

  • Create a sensory board using plywood and attach things such as sandpaper, buttons, locks, zippers, old calculators, ribbons, cotton, or various fabrics with different colors and textures.
  • Create a “sandbox” with a large rubbermaid container and cornmeal (safe to injest).
  • Use kitchen utensils like spatulas, ladles, measuring cups, or measuring spoons to play in sand or water.
  • Make shakers with old pill bottles and fill with beans, rice, coins, or beads.
  • Save toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, ribbon, bubble wrap, yarn, egg cartons, and milk jugs. All of these things allow for open ended, creative play.


I won’t lie to you and say I didn’t splurge on the top of the line baby gear for my babies. I did. My stroller cost more than most people’s first cars (I’m embarassed to admit that); however, at the end of the day it’s not about the stroller, the diaper bag, or the clothes a baby had. It’s all about the love they received!

Stay Gold, 

That Girl


Binxy Baby: My Newest Obsession

Anyone who says newborn twins are tough has never dealt with four month old twins. In my opinion, newborn twins are a cakewalk. Six month and up twins are a cakewalk, but this 3-6 month area is funky town! They’re too alert to sleep through car rides and outings anymore, but not quite alert enough to stay chill for an extended period of time. They’re too big to be held or worn simultaneously, but too small to sit up on their own. This makes “quick trips” to the store or shopping damn near impossible. In fact, after one trip to HEB where they both melted down half way through the store I considered sitting in a center aisle and rocking back and forth until someone came to my aid. 

Luckily, I discovered the Binxy Baby! Life is good again!


The Binxy Baby is a shopping cart hammock that clips onto the shopping cart and allows baby to lay in it peacefully kicking and cooing while you shop. At first I didn’t think I needed this product because my stroller had such a great storage space underneath; however, let me walk you through a trip to the grocery store using a stroller instead of the Binxy Baby.

First, you start with both babies in the stroller happily browsing fruits. Baby A begins to fuss, but no need to fret because you packed your ACK Wrap so you decide to wear Baby A and utilize his seat for more groceries. Problem solved right? Nope. Then Baby B decides to scream. You try a pacifier and every other trick in the book but it doesn’t work. baby B now wants to be held but you can’t hold him because you’re wearing Baby A. So, set Baby A down to grab B? Nope. There’s no where to set A because his seat is filled with food now. Let the rocking back and forth in the center aisle commence.

Another issue with using the stroller is the bending down to place groceries, bending down to put them on the…the…thingamajig I can’t think of the name for because I’m sleep deprived to pay for them, and then where do you put the bags to make it out to your car?

Vail Twins Binxy Baby

Now, let’s walk through a trip with the Binxy Babies. Pull up to the store and park next to the doohickie where carts are stored. Grab a cart and snap the Binxy Babies onto the sides. Put Baby A in one and walk around to put Baby B in the other. Into the store you go! Now you’re browsing veggies and Baby A freaks out. Pick him up and soothe him or wear him. Baby B starts to panic. No worries, just set Baby A back in the hammock and grab Baby B. Repeat as necessary until shopping is complete.

I can also attest to the fact that my babies are significantly happier shopping in the Binxy Babies. I think they like being out of the hot carseats, but they also like laying face up at an incline so they can observe things around them. Not to mention they get ogled and flirted with by all the old ladies and passersby.

The hammocks take up the whole top of the cart when you need two, but the fabric is stretchy and allows you to easily drop groceries in between the two and into the cart. The bags can go underneath or hang on the sides, but I always ask for assistance getting out anyway so that I can load the groceries and start the car while the attendant loads groceries in the trunk. Never turn down free help when you’ve got twins right?!

Vail twins, Binxy babies

I will cherish these Binxy Babies and will gladly pass them on to another twin mom when my boys sadly, but surely, outgrow them.

Stay Gold, 

That Girl

The Tranquilizing Tranquilo Mat

I won’t lie. I’ve totally been guilty of jiggling a stroller, or bouncy chair, to calm a baby with one hand while quickly trying to jam half a sandwich in my mouth with the other hand. I’m the mom running  around HEB wearing a baby and bouncing while pushing the other in the stroller, refusing to stop as I grab groceries and toss them into my cart. I probably look like I’m auditioning for Supermarket Sweep circa 1993. And, my phone battery is almost always drained since I toss it into the carseat next to my babies with a white noise app on. Whatever works, right? Wrong.

I’m desperate for a Tranquilo Mat!

I first spotted this unicorn at the baby gear expo I attend every year in Vegas and everyone was buzzing about it. In fact, after returning from the expo and contacting the designer, I learned they were so hot they couldn’t keep up with production at that time. But now (FINALLY), they’re available to desperate mamas like you and me who get lady boners for products that calm fussy babies quickly.

Here’s why the Tranquilo Mat is my jam!


  1. Vibration

Most parents find themselves gently jiggling babies instinctively to keep them calm, but did you ever wonder why that works? When babies are inutero, being toted around day and night, they’re being gently jostled and vibrated when mom walks, climbs stairs, drinks water, eats, breathes, etc. The Tranquilo Mat gently vibrates to mimic the feeling of the womb, which sends baby instantly into a hypnotic state, triggering the calming reflex.

2. White Noise

I’m a bit of a white noise nut! I have THE Cadillac of white noise machines in my bedroom (curtesy of my best friend who knows me well), a white noise machine in the nursery, white noise apps on my phone and I’ll be damned if I’m caught traveling without a machine as well. I’ve always slept better when background noises are drowned out and babies are no different. Ever notice how they can sleep in a noisy restaurant with no problem, but a dog barking or car horn can wake them up instantly? White noise tends to drown out those startling, sudden sounds, but also mimics the womb, which is super comforting for the first three months of life especially.

3. Flexible & Portable

A mat like this is worthless if it can only be used one way because, let’s be honest, babies are unpredictable and moms need multipurpose devices cause our diaper bags be overflowin’ as it is. If it’s goin’ in my bag, it better play many roles. The Tranquilo Mat is super duper thin, folds up easy and can be thrown into a diaper bag or purse without taking up coveted space. It’s flexible too so you could wrap it around your babies lap in a carseat or stroller, or wrap it around baby’s back while they’re in a carrier or sling. Does your baby need tummy time, but fuss constantly throughout? Try sliding the Tranquilo Mat underneath the activity mat or blanket you’re using and watch baby calm with the push of a button.

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4. Machine Washable

The cover on the outside can be tossed into your washer/dryer for convenient cleaning and sanitizing and the inner cover is water resistant and wipeable so your baby’s spit up or accidents won’t leak through!

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Use the Tranquilo Mat for:

  • car rides
  • strollers
  • tummy time
  • bouncers/rockers
  • reading
  • sleep/naps
  • babywearing
  • visits to the doctor
  • colic/gas
  • fussiness for who the hell knows why

Get your Tranquilo Mat here and tell us why you love it.

Stay gold, 

That Girl