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6 Must-Haves to Freshen Up Your Morning Bathroom Routines [+ a Cottonelle Coupon!]

6 Must Haves Freshen Mornings

This conversation about 6 must-haves to freshen up your mornings was inspired by a collaboration with Cottonelle.  All opinions are my own. Now that Sophia is attending Pre-K every day, my morning routine has definitely changed.  Honestly, this Summer I pretty much stayed in my pajamas until lunch time.  It's one of the biggest perks of working from home, let me tell you!  But now that I have to get up and get 3 of us girls ready, I had to really give my morning routine a fresh makeover and today I'm showing you the 6 must-haves that freshen up my morning bathroom routines - and could help you freshen up too! 1.  A fabulously light moisturizer. It's my one beauty secret - Trader Joe's Moisturizing Face Lotion that costs less than $5 a bottle!  It's light and gives me the smooth feeling I need to get my day started. 2.  Mineral … [Read more...]

How To Jump Start Your Child’s Digestive Health with Florastor Kids [+ giveaway!]

Jump Start Child's Health

I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Florastor and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own. Both of my girls were amazingly healthy eaters when they were really little.  Sophia's favorite food was a green one - broccoli.  Any time we had it, she always asked for more.  Moreaya was the same way with peas.  Then something happened, the same thing that seems to happen to all toddlers - the color green and food just doesn't work well together any more and you struggle with getting them to eat anything healthy it seems. [I know I'm not alone here!] So, what do you do when picky eating actually becomes a problem?  Putting your child on a multivitamin is always a great first step, but there are other issues that can arise because of dietary neglect on the picky … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide

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This post covering The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. I remember over 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Sophia and in stores registering for my Baby Shower.  To say I was overwhelmed with the choices in the baby aisles would be an extreme understatement.  I was shocked about the sheer number of baby gadgets and gear and had no clue what to do in the bottle and pacifier aisles. Who know there were so many types of baby bottles!? If you're a Mom or Dad, or a soon-to-be parent, you're not at all surprised by that statement, I'm sure.  I would wager a guess that you've been standing in one of those aisles, just like me, completely and totally overwhelmed with the choices. Sure - choices are good because we all want what's best for our baby, but the thing is - how do we know which baby … [Read more...]

Kids + Electronics + SIMPLR™ = No More Worries for this Mom [+ $150 Amazon GC Giveaway - 30 Winners!]

NEW Amazon Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf SIMPLR™. There is one thing that's certain as a parent of two young toddlers - things will get broke.  Actually things will get broken, spilled on, dropped, sat on, and dunked in toilets.  I know there's plenty of ways to ruin everything in your house, but you get the idea.  I can't tell you how many things I've just chalked up to "It happens with kids." A few items that I don't want to add to that column are our price-y electronics.  Sure, I know they are just stuff, but they're stuff that we've invested quite a bit of money in so I try to take precaution.  We have covers on our iPhones and iPads, rules that they are only to be used sitting down, and rules of now food or drink near them, but hey, I know I can get a little lax on those rules sometimes. Which is why I'm … [Read more...]

One Baby Carrier – 9 Different Ways to Carry: HIPSTER Baby Carrier Giveaway – WW

HIPSTER-Carrier-Giveaway

Have you heard? There's a new way to carry your baby. One carrier, nine different ways. No more achy arms. No more sore backs. Allow us to introduce you to the MiaMily HIPSTER baby carrier. This innovative new carrier is suitable for children ages 3 months to 3 years old (and/or 44 lbs) and consists of a back supporting belt with an integrated seat for your baby that's designed to help you carry your little one significantly longer, more comfortably and effortlessly. Unlike other carriers or wraps on the market that can be confusing to put on, with HIPSTER you'll be wearing your baby in a matter of seconds. It's ergonomically designed to help minimize the cause of back pain when holding a baby. We tend to hold our little ones by resting him or her on our hips, twisting our spine out of alignment. With HIPSTER, your baby’s weight is … [Read more...]

Making Homemade Baby Food: As Simple as ABC’s

Simple ABC Baby Food

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today's discussing about making homemade baby food.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Sophia was ready to start eating solid foods, I read a lot about making homemade baby food.  I knew the pros - it's cheaper, healthier and fresher, and just really all around better.  But it didn't seem easy.  I was a first time Mom and I needed all the shortcuts I could get so we bought organic jarred baby food. Then Moreaya came and it was her time to start eating solid foods.  Although you would think I would have been busier... since I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old, I challenged myself to make homemade baby food the 2nd time around.  You see, I had started reading even more and realized making your own baby food is actually really simple.  I would even venture to say making homemade baby food is as … [Read more...]

Innovation Appreciation – Freemie Freedom Breast Pump Giveaway – US

Freemie Giveaway

Welcome to the Innovation Appreciation Giveaway Hop!  Have you ever found a product that's so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That's what the "Innovation Appreciation" giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes - YES!!! We're celebrating those products who have made our lives a whole lot easier - even in the crunchy world!  I am so excited about the product I'm featuring too because I know it could really make a difference for lots of women! The Freemie Freedom Breast Pump system is a huge advancement in electric breast pumps as far as innovation goes.  This unique system makes pumping easier and much more discreet for women - especially those … [Read more...]

VTech Safe & Sound: Perfect Video Monitor for Toddlers

VTech Video Monitor Review

I received a VTech® Safe & Sound® Pan and Tilt Video Monitor to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed, including the opinion that this it is the perfect video monitor for toddlers, are my own. Do you have a Video Monitor? I bet if you don't you think "I'd love to have one, but I really don't need one."  And I bet if you do have one, you think "There's no way I could live without our video monitor - it's a must-have for parents."  I have been on both sides of that question.  We didn't have one when Sophia was a newborn, I felt like audio was enough and I just couldn't justify one with our budget when I kept convincing myself that audio was enough. Then I got our first video monitor and I figured out why people love them so much, but it still had it's drawbacks.  It had to be plugged in at all times and the screen was … [Read more...]

Presenting Aluminyze: A New Kind of Art to Preserve Memories

Aluminyze Portrait

Thanks to Aluminyze for sponsoring this conversation and for the portrait that helped facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. There are so many ways that families can choose to preserve family memories - printed pictures, digital frames, canvas prints, and one of the newest forms, to me, is on aluminum plates. Aluminyze is a totally unique and revolutionary form of artwork for your walls... or desk or phone or... well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I chose to have a picture printed from our recent family beach vacation to cherish the memory and have a more recent photograph of the girls in our home. I ordered our print easily on the Aluminyze.com site.  I simply uploaded a picture from my iPhone [although they suggest you use higher quality images, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of my plaque … [Read more...]

Take a Stroll Through Murphy, NC with a Summer Infant Stroller #3DLiteStrollerTour

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Thanks to Summer Infant for providing a Summer Infant Stroller for the Stroller Tour to facilitate this post and to Jamie from Momma Without a Clue for this review! There's nothing I like more than going for a walk at the end of the day with my family. It helps bring us closer together, winds the kids down so they're ready for the bedtime routine when we get back home, and is just a peaceful way to end our hectic days. Recently. we were sent a 3D lite Stroller from Summer Infant to review, and not a moment too soon I might add. While my baby girl is still little compared to other 15 month-olds, toting around 18 pounds on my hip gets heavy after a while. Of course, I could let her walk since she's perfected the toddle-toddle-wobble, but the goal of our evening walks is to relax. There's just something less-than-calm about having to … [Read more...]

Four Stages of Swaddling

Summer Infant Swaddles Giveaway

I received product in exchange for this post about the Four Stages of Swaddling.  All opinions expressed are my own. Is there anything lovelier than seeing a beautiful, new baby swaddled up so comfy?  Perhaps it's because my mind goes back to how much better my girls rested as newborns when they were swaddled or perhaps it's because it seems like it's been so long since my girls were ever that little! It seems that swaddling babies is pretty common knowledge to parents these days.  The nurses at the hospital taught us how to swaddle both of the girls and I know for a fact it helped them sleep so much better, especially in those first few weeks of life.  For that reason alone, I'm a huge promoter of swaddling which means if I get invited to a Baby Shower - you can about bet my gift will be some type of Swaddle Blankets! Summer … [Read more...]

No-Cry Solution Book Reviews: Picky Eaters & Potty Training

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Thank you Elizabeth for the books to help with this review.  Special thank you to Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes for this review. Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful. Out of the eleven book offered from Elizabeth's website, the two books above interested me the most. Our 5yr old daughter has always been a picky eater after having reflux issues as a baby, and developed texture issues from the delay. We also have a 2yr old that I've been wanting to potty train and the less issues the better in getting to a successful road of yet another potty trained … [Read more...]