About Gurlimonster

Laura is a work-at-home mom with a passion for children. She wants the best for her children -- which requires the best equipment -- so she came on board as our lifestyle and family editor with a focus on product reviews for new parents... you know, baby stuff. She's not as much "geek" as the rest of us, which makes her our voice of reason.
27 03, 2020

Storytime with Gurlimonster – Episode 5

By |2020-03-27T04:09:14-06:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Kids, Videos|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzsR9wDKI6Y In this episode of Storytime with Gurlimonster, Laura Reads: Counting in the Garden - https://amzn.to/2xvhXBa The Very Hungry Caterpillar - https://amzn.to/2UDvGO6 No, David - https://amzn.to/3byeKiD Laura Sings: I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee I'm a Little Teapot Laura Signs: I Love You, Ball, Stop, All Done, Help

26 03, 2020

Storytime with Gurlimonster – Episode 4

By |2020-03-25T22:10:09-06:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Books, Kids, Videos|

https://youtu.be/2lj2tMwUcGM In this episode of Storytime with Gurlimonster, Laura Reads: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit - https://amzn.to/2UAw4wF Rain, Rain, Go Away - https://amzn.to/2QNPoWd Raindrop Plop - https://amzn.to/2Ui0xRe Laura Sings: I Had a Little Turtle Row, Row, Row Your Boat Laura Signs: Stop, Ball, Please, More, Thank You

25 03, 2020

Storytime with Gurlimonster Episode 3

By |2020-03-25T21:15:48-06:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Books, Kids, Videos|

https://youtu.be/zJPrwXSo2uo In this episode of Storytime with Gurlimonster, Laura Reads: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - https://amzn.to/2QK7jwT Yummy, Yucky - https://amzn.to/2y7n1Mg The Best Mouse Cookie - https://amzn.to/2JfJnxg Laura Sings: Five Little Ducks 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Children Laura Signs: Stop, Ball, Mama, Daddy, Eat, All Done

24 03, 2020

Storytime with Gurlimonster Episode 2

By |2021-05-04T00:48:12-06:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Books, Kids, Videos|

https://youtu.be/eciMY6xejw0 In this episode of Storytime with Gurlimonster, Laura Reads: The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun - https://amzn.to/2UAotOE You Are My Sunshine - https://amzn.to/397HjlC Goose Needs a Hug - https://amzn.to/2UeXhq0 Laura Sings: The Itsy Bitsy Spider Skinnamarink Row, Row, Row Your Boat Laura Signs: Ball, Stop, Help, Sleep, I Love You! The links above are affiliate links and will help Laura make [...]

23 03, 2020

Storytime with Gurlimonster Episode 1

By |2020-03-24T21:16:45-06:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Kids, Videos|

https://youtu.be/HFnm5XZZQ2s In this episode of Storytime with Gurlimonster, Laura Reads: What Makes a Rainbow? - https://amzn.to/2xdyZDz Planting a Rainbow - https://amzn.to/33CAbwm Steam Train, Dream Train Colors - https://amzn.to/2WAteKN Laura Sings: Open, Shut Them I Had a Little Turtle Rockabye Baby Laura Signs: Stop, Ball, Drink, Eat, Water, & Milk

12 01, 2017

Best Baby Swing – Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker

By |2020-04-07T21:29:00-06:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

If you search on Amazon for a baby swing, you will find more than 41,000 results. There are so many to see! How do you even start to find the best baby swing? My go-to criterion is always finding something with dual purpose. If I can buy something that accomplishes more than one goal, then I think I'm really getting my [...]

21 08, 2016

Best Baby Floor Seat for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |2020-04-07T21:30:53-06:00August 21st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

When we started having babies, I knew we would need some essential items. We looked for a floor mat, Jumperoo, and floor seat. We've already covered the floor mat and Jumperoo here on eciov, so now it's time to talk about the best baby floor seat. Bumbo was a household name -- everyone seemed to have one -- but one of [...]

21 01, 2016

Best Kids Play Mat – Tadpoles ABC Floor Mats

By |2020-04-07T21:32:47-06:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Life was so easy when my son was in the “potted plant” stage. He was happy to sit on a blanket and play with the toys that he could reach. If he couldn’t reach a toy, he would just play with his toes. I didn’t have to worry about him venturing off somewhere if I needed a few seconds to [...]

7 01, 2016

Favorite Toddler Car Toy – VTech Car Carrier

By |2020-04-07T21:34:30-06:00January 7th, 2016|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Christmas has already come and gone, and a new year has arrived. We spent a quiet Christmas at home this year, and our son got to “open” his presents all day long. Since he’s 13 months old, he still didn’t quite get the excitement of presents. By the last gift, he finally tore the paper on his own and actually [...]

23 11, 2015

Best Baby Bottle Drying Rack for Most People

By |2020-04-12T21:50:04-06:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Baby bottles are a necessity for almost any family with an infant. Whether you’re a full-time bottle user or only need them every once in a while, you’ll want a place to wash and dry bottles, cups, pumping parts, etc. We don’t have a lot of counter space, so I knew we would need something that was compact. The ones [...]

30 10, 2015

Best Baby Jumper for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |2020-04-12T21:52:14-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

Once my son was about four months old, he wanted to stand up all the time. Since my husband and I run a business from home, we didn’t have the ability to hold him up all day -- nor did we think that would be healthy for his development. That meant it was time for us to find the best [...]

8 07, 2015

How Do I Stop Swaddling My Child?

By |2020-03-13T21:11:54-06:00July 8th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Posts|

It’s no secret that I loved swaddling my baby from the time he was born. He slept well and didn’t startle himself awake. He was also born in the late fall, so the swaddling kept him snug and warm during the cold nights. Eventually, I knew that I would need to stop swaddling my son, but I found very little [...]

22 05, 2015

Stackable Cooling Racks: A Great Space Saver

By |2020-03-13T21:15:52-06:00May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Eats, Likes, Posts|

When I was in college, I had a full kitchen in my dorm. It allowed me to cook whole meals instead of the typical college diet of microwavable foods. It also meant I needed an entire set of kitchen items: pots, pans, baking sheets, and dishes. Since the freshman kitchens had limited counter space, I set out to find compact kitchen [...]

30 04, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |2020-03-13T21:15:30-06:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: Eats, Likes, Posts|

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen [...]

24 04, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |2020-03-13T21:17:59-06:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll [...]

7 03, 2015

Best Casserole Carrier for Potlucks

By |2020-03-13T20:59:26-06:00March 7th, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts|

When I was growing up, we’d attend potlucks at least once a month. I loved it! It was like eating at a free buffet. Of course, the best part was the dessert table. My mouth waters just thinking of it! It was always fun to decide what to bring to the potluck and to see what deliciousness was waiting on those [...]

19 02, 2015

Best Baby Swaddler

By |2020-03-13T20:51:37-06:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

To swaddle or not to swaddle… that's always a debate for new parents. I decided to swaddle my newborn based on my ridiculous amount of research and conversations I had with other parents. However, I had no idea that wrapping your kid in a burrito would be this complicated. My friends gave me five different swaddlers before my son was born—not just five blankets; they [...]

10 02, 2015

Best Baby Nail Clippers as of February 2015

By |2020-04-12T21:54:35-06:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Kids, Likes, Posts|

After bringing our first baby home from the hospital, I was in constant awe of how tiny and perfect his body was. He had the softest skin and hair, adorable toes and fingers, and perfectly shaped nails on each digit. However, it didn’t take much time before these adorable nails started growing out of control. Sometimes his nails would naturally peel [...]

3 02, 2015

Best Crossbody Handbag or Purse

By |2020-03-13T20:28:28-06:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Likes, Posts|

In June of 2013, my husband and I were downtown Denver making our way to Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies home game. We parked in one of the nearby garages, put the tickets in my purse, and began walking the six blocks to the field. Between the car and the front gate, the tickets were gone. We think someone [...]