Modern Maddox Review + Giveaway


Teething  is in full force over here! 

Anything and everything is going into the moody toddler, we now refer to as Emilia the barbarian’s mouth!

Let me tell you, hell hath no fury like this miserable little lady, when you take something out of her mouth and tell her NO! 

I’ve known Sam from Command and Pamper for a while now. I’ve loved following along with her on her blog and Instagram! She’s the sweetest mama to her handsome little guy Maddox.

Not to long ago she started up Modern Maddox, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! 

She makes teething necklaces for Mamas that you’ll actually want to wear, even if you’re out without your babe. I loved the idea of having something with me that Emilia could easily nibble on, without me having to be worried about it being thrown on the floor or getting lost along the way! 

She has so many designs and colour combinations, I dare you to only fall in love with one! (She also just released her newest designs for spring…. Swoon!) 

Her newest design idea made my eyes light up! 

She’s created a teething bracelet for both mamas and minis that also doubles as a teething ring! (Hello, another opportunity to match!)

Emilia is forever stealing my bracelets and trying to wear them. She puts one on, smiles and does her signature “oooooh woooooow!” Let’s just say when she received the bracelet Sam sent us to review, she was pretty excited to have the first addition to her accessories collection! ( if she’s like her mama, it will be a pretty big collection… Sorry Mike !)


The soft silicone beads are perfect to sooth her little gums (and save my jewellery collection from little teeth marks!)  for some extra relief we put it in the freezer for a while, the cool beads helped to calm her even more! 

The bracelet is created around a thick sturdy cord. I have no fear of it snapping causing the beads to come loose. The quality is great and the colour combinations make it so easy to find one to match every little outfit for your fashionista! 

To see all of the other gorgeous designs Sam has created visit her at her etsy shop:

Follow along with the latest shop news, giveaways and designs on her shop instagram page :

Sam has been awesome to work with and she’s extended her generosity to all of you! 

For your chance to win one of these bracelets head over to my Instagram page! (

Another amazing mama, with another amazing small shop I’m so honoured to share with you all! 

xo, Fran

(I was provided this product for the purpose of review at no cost of my own. As always these opinions are true and my own.) 


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are one of my biggest weaknesses.

If you know my kids, you know they’re following right in their sweets obsessed mama’s foot steps!

Every once and a while store bought just isn’t doing it for me anymore, then it’s time to whip up some of these classic beauties! 

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 2 Cups chocolate chips 
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (softened, not melted)
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 Cup brown sugar

Pre heat oven to 350

  1. In a bowl whisk together flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl beat butter with both sugars until fluffy. Beat in salt, vanilla,and eggs until well combined. Add your flour mixture, stir until just combined. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  2. Drop Tbsp sized balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. (Spaced at least 2 inches apart)
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft n the centre. (8-10 minutes)
  4. Let cool on a wire rack

These cookies come out so soft and chewy!

They are my ideal chocolate chip cookies. When these beauties are in the oven, the house smells like heaven and everyone is just waiting for the “ding” of the oven timer! 


xo, Fran 

What this mama wants this Valentines Day! (It’s probably not what you think…)

I have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of Valentine’s Day.

Yes the gifts and fancy dinners are nice, but I feel like you should show your other half love on a daily basis. Not just pour it on thick once a year!

I’ve been married for 8 years this June and my idea of romance has definitely changed! 

So when Mike asked “What do you want for Valentine’s Day? ”

I can definitely think of a few things!

  • Put the toilet paper roll on the actual holder and not just on the counter.
  • While I’m definitely impressed by your amazing dish balancing skills in the sink, how about loading the dishwasher?
  • Don’t run away to do “something” when you notice Emilia red faced grunting in the corner. How about you take care of this “special” package.
  • Take over home work duty (I I I I I i i i i i im losing my mind…) 
  • Pick up the laundry off the floor and kindly place it in the basket 2 inches beside it.
  • Please refrain from rolling your eyes when I want to watch 2 hours of COPS . I like it and if that’s wrong I don’t want to be right! 
  • Complement my car karaoke. I know it might not be great, but Frankie says I’m a good singer!
  • Buy me something from Victoria’s Secret (you know what I like… those two piece button up flannel pjs… Rawr!) 
  • Commend my amazing achievements in fitted bedsheet folding! (Thanks Pinterest!)
  • Speaking of Pinterest, look at everything I show you when I’m browsing and enthusiastically agree with me when I say I’m going to do that project next! (I won’t….. Well I might…no, no I won’t..)

 If you do these things I’m guaranteed to have a fantastic day full of love! 

(I’ll also take that chocolate you were planning on buying, I love chocolate!)

Happy Valentines Day! 

Wishing you lots of love on that day and everyday that follows!

xo, Fran