It’s about that time of year again in my house, to dust off the camping gear. The camping season officially opens Memorial Day weekend, so I like to pull out the gear, make sure everything is in good shape, and take inventory of what I need to restock. A friend of mine asked “what do I need for camping? do I really need all that stuff?” In regards to my sporting goods store sized supply of gear. So, I thought it might be good to share with you, what you need and don’t need if you are new to this whole great outdoors thing! Even if you have gone camping before, things change a lot when you have kids. You suddenly have a whole new person (or people) to consider bringing supplies for. It can start to seem overwhelming when you think about all the things a little one needs. I will help you sort that out though. I’ll also include a list of my absolute favorite gear to make your trip to the wild more enjoyable. If you are an experienced camper, don’t worry. I’ll have a post for you later on too. Lets start with the beginner basics though!

Ah the dreaded fitted sheet! For the longest time I didn't even attempt to fold this laundry monster, I would simply roll it up and stuff it into the bottom of our linen drawer. Problem is now that I'm a mama our limited storage space is even more cramped and stuffing drawers just doesn't cut it.

When looking at houses a few years ago, I remember one house sticking out to me. Not because of the beautiful wood floors or the amazing entry way, no. You should have seen the new front loading washer and dryer they had in their garage! *swoon*. It was red, it was beautiful and it was calling my name. I immediately asked if they would be included and the woman said “No Way. I can’t live without my washer & dryer”. I immediately wondered what was so special about it that she absolutely could not part with it. We tried, oh, we tried to convince her that we needed it more. We Failed.

With a full line fit for any terrain, BOB's strollers look like a dream come true! Their styles range from city sidewalk friendly, to thick wheeled off-road ready -- maybe with thick enough wheels for me to run on the beach?!

You will love this portable crib. Here's why: The Go Crib (which I of course discovered AFTER purchasing my nightmare Pack 'N Play) is the newest and greatest thing to ever hit the portable crib market. Weighing in at 7lbs the Go Crib has no large metal or plastic components and is incredibly compact.

These awesome things are wee little ROBOT butterflies inside a canning jar! You tap the lid and they magically flutter around like a real butterfly! I handed this thing to my girls about an hour ago and they WILL NOT stop staring at it.

We are big fans of Netflix in our house. Not just any netflix service though, instant streaming is where it’s at. It’s cheaper than the standard netflix movie delivery in your mailbox. This service can be made possible by logging into netflix on a computer, on your iPod, iPhone, iPad, wii console & many more options. You are able to watch movies instantly and as many movies as you’d like in a day! It’s a fabulous service. It works great especially when you are out of town. I just log in to the netflix app on the iPad and my daughter has a large selection of cartoons to choose from.

A while back, we introduced you to Alice, a website that allows you to purchase all your home essentials directly from your computer (or iPhone), with automatically applied coupons and FREE shipping! Well, I am pleased to announce that my Alice shipment arrived today!

The crepes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic wrap, up to two days; or frozen, wrapped in paper towels (to absorb moisture when thawing) and plastic wrap and placed in a freezer bag, up to one month. Thaw completely at room temperature before assembling the cake. The curd can be refrigerated, covered with plastic resting on its surface, up to one week. Although the cake is best when assembled on the day it’s being served, it can be refrigerated, assembled and uncovered, up to one day.