Category - Baby

Keep Your Sanity During Holiday Travel

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

Travel during the Holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Add some children (maybe even a bitty baby), maybe a pet, inclement weather, traffic, construction, and the stress level can be almost unbearable. Trust me, I’ve been there!

Here are some tips on how my family stays sane during Holiday travel, {hope they come in handy!}:

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It’s electric! Boogie Woogie.

{great now I have that song stuck in my head} Seriously though, we’re not HUGE screen time parents on your average day, but a 4+ hour trip, especially those longer than 10 hours call for some sort of electronic play, at least in our car.

This can be tricky though for several reasons, but here are a few tricks to keep a handle on the situation.

1. Charge EVERYTHING up before you leave. The night before or the day of your trip get your charge on.

2. Bring extra batteries. I recommend Rayovac Alkaline batteries because they’re a trusted brand name AND hold charge just as long as their competitors plus they’re a lower price, great for energy sucking travel toys. **

3. Set time limits on electronics (don’t let the kiddos play on screens for several hours on end or you’ll have crabby kiddos).

** Rayovac has some great coupons available for even greater savings on their already low priced products! Head to the Rayovac Facebook page to unlock them!!

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Baby Love

1. If possible, it’s best for someone to sit next to baby. It’s easier (and safer) than stopping the car or trying to reach back.

2. Plan for several stops for feeding and changing.

3. Consider buying a car-safe musical toy or mobile to keep baby entertained on the ride. Bring some extra batteries just in case!

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Game Plan

Decide ahead of time what games and activities you’ll bring or use to keep the kiddos occupied.

1. Of course this varies by age, but we like to bring mini dry erase boards for them and us to write words, draw pictures, and do math problems {bonus points for fun learning}.

2. Other great activities for kiddos are counting cars (choose a color and get counting), car bingo (find great printables on Pinterest), I spy, and any versions of animal, mineral, vegetable (we use nouns – person, place, thing).

3. Plan to stop at interesting places along the way. It can be planned (preferably) or impromptu, but this will give the whole family a break and if it’s an activity something fun to do, and if it’s just a beautiful scenic rest stop something to talk about on the rest of your trip.

 

What tips and tricks do you use to keep your sanity during Holiday travel?

 

Whatever you come up with for your family’s travel plans, just make sure you enjoy it. Not every second will be the most fun or memorable, but taking the good from what can be mundane is what truly builds up our family time.

Safe travels this Holiday season!!!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Black Friday Deals at Rack Room Shoes

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes.

Attention Black Friday shoppers, I know there are a good bit of you who read my blog. You won’t want to miss this! Rack Room Shoes has  several Black Friday Deals and they’re all listed here.

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Some reasons I love Rack Room Shoes are:

They offer on-trend footwear with a wide selection of name brands for all the people in my family. Rack Room Shoes has several different styles to choose from including comfort, dress, casual and athletic shoes.

Rack Room Shoes is known for it’s everyday “Buy One Get One 50% Off” promotion on all styles and their Rack Room Rewards® program allows customers simple, instant savings including member’s only perks; exclusive discounts, coupons, and $15 in rewards for every $200 spent in the store.

Check out these great Black Friday shoe sales Room Shoes store:

Pre-Black Friday Deals

(NOW – November 25)

• Every SHOE on sale plus Rack Room Shoes everyday BOGO 50% off deals (Charlotte only)

• Bonus Buys at $19.98 – over 100 styles!

• Scratch and Win Giveaways for the first 100 customers to make a purchase

– Prizes include Free Shoes for a Year, Free Pair of Shoes, $100 gift card and $10-25 promotional gift cards

 

Home for the Holidays Getaway – the perfect family getaway, on Rack Room Shoes!

Enter in-store November 27 and November 28

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Allow Rack Room Shoes to send you and yours on the perfect family getaway! The Holidays are better with family and friends, so enter for your chance to win the merriest of merry holiday getaways!

• Fly home, or fly away up to 10 family members (friends are family, too!)

• Your home, or a home away from home

• Elf shoes for your helpers (or human size shoes for the entire family)

• Holiday dinner with all the trimmings

• $5,000 to stuff your stockings

a $25,000 value!!!

 

Cyber Monday

Online only special – December 1st

• Save $10 off $50 + FREE shipping

 

So mark your calendars and start saving on great footwear today! Don’t forget to get your Black Friday shoe sales at Rack Room shoes!

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes, any opinions expressed in the post are my own honest thoughts. I would not be promoting Rack Room unless my family already liked using their products and services. Your opinions may vary.

Britax Pinnacle 90 Giveaway

Hi readers. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway and in the spirit of my recent posts and volunteering in my community, A’s school, and church I’m in the giving mood and Britax has so graciously given me one of the Pinnacle 90 car seats to give to a lucky MommyB Knows Best reader.

If you missed my review with images and car seat details check it out here – (Britax Pinnacle 90 and cool features), there are some amazing features, great for holiday travel!!

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Now go win one! Good luck!!!

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Saving Time and Money with Shelf Scouter – Digital Pantry Review

This is a compensated post in partnership with Shelf Scouter.

I’m a list maker. Are you a list maker? I make lists for all sorts of things, to-do for work, projects I’m working on at home, groceries, and the lists go on… and if I forget my list… back in the BC era {Before Children}, I used to be able to memorize everything on my lists at any given time, these days I’m lucky to remember one thing on my grocery list.

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My shopping trips turn into a game that looks something like me going down every.single.aisle in the store looking at all the products trying to remember if we have them in our pantry or not, only to get home, unload, and find that I have “multiples” of what I already had at home and missed out on the staples I really needed. Not to mention it’s a chore to grocery shop in the first place. Unfortunately we’re not as close to the grocery as we used to be in our old house, but there are ways to save some stress when I “miss my list”. Engineer turned mom-trepreneur, Lindsay Fairman and her team of women recently launched Shelf Scouter, a free website/app to assist busy families in shopping for everything – a digital pantry of sorts. I love checking out sites like Shelf Scouter, anything that can save me time and brainpower – count me in!

 

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Shelf Scouter offers streamlined shopping, shared lists across multiple mobile devices and the ability to conveniently order products online in addition to purchasing locally. Quite simply, Shelf Scouter adds up to being the smarter way to shop.

How to Shelf Scouter Works

 

ShelfScouter Getting Started

  1. Sign up {for free} at ShelfScouter.com by entering standard information.
  2. Check out their informational tutorial to help you get started.
  3. Choose items by searching through Suggested Products, or use Shelf Scouter’s search tool to find specific items on your list.
  • Start adding in all your grocery needs whether it’s stuff that you’ll put in your fridge, pantry, cupboards, or really anything items you can buy in stores or online that your family needs.
  • Shelf Scouter’s product pantry has a growing list of items that you can put in one of your customizable shopping categories named “shelves“. If you want to make shopping even easier, check out Shelf Scouter’s weekly emails for “bins” or preloaded groupings of similar products. How cool is that?!

 

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Shelf Scouter also makes it easy to add items that they don’t have in their product pantry by using:

  • your smartphone. Shelf Scouter’s mobile app features a product scanner to look up items. If the product is not currently in Shelf Scouter’s system you can save the product’s information by adding it in. Next time you use the website or app you can easily access it for your next shopping list.

 

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  • MommyB email exclusive. If you mention MommyB Knows Best you can send Shelf Scouter a photo of your grocery receipt and their support team will fill your pantry for you. (Offer valid now through September 24th, 2014.) Sign up now.

 

Best part of Shelf Scouter? 

While Shelf Scouter alleviates the hassle of writing paper lists, they also have another time saver that may also help save money – online shopping. Purchase your pantry items through online services from the comfort of your home or on the go. You can currently purchase your items through Amazon.com or Walmart.com while Shelf Scouter continues expanding to other retailers. You get to select your items, compare prices, and use your own accounts for security and savings. Looooove it!!!

 

ShelfScouter Shopping List

 

 

The website/app even recommends similar products {which is so helpful}:

 

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Shelf Scouter boasts additional features in the future that will make this website/app even more handy for busy list-making people.

If we’re anything alike you’ll like the functions of Shelf Scouter and enjoy watching the features grow as you use it. Ready to start filling up your digital pantry shelves?!? Head to ShelfScouter.com to set up your free account, watch the helpful tutorial, and start making the most of your precious time. Also, don’t forget to like Shelf Scouter on Facebook and follow on Twitter for more updates.

What features of Shelf Scouter could you use for your family’s shopping needs??

 

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest words. Your opinions may vary.

Fall Footwear Trends – Models Wanted

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes, all opinions are my own.

If you’ve started Back to School shopping you may have noticed some of the fun trends that are out this Fall. It really seems like each season is so different and this Fall has a lot of fun looks especially when it comes to footwear.

Some trends you’ll see and that your kids may have already asked for include:

For the Girls

  • Canvas – bright solid colors or patterned canvas are both in this season
  • Cowboy Boots & Western Styles – though there are some parts of the country these never go out of style, they’re extra hot right now
  • Combat Boots – these can be seen in traditional colors, bright colors and even patterns too

For the Boys

  • Boat Shoes – come in easy to slip-on styles
  • Converse – even more new styles and colors this season
  • Low-Rise Boots – for a dressier look

Now that your mind is on the recent trends, maybe you’re thinking of your trendy family, and if not trendy then surely good looking family!

Rack Room Shoes is looking for models in their Models Wanted contest. That means you and your family!

 

Fall Footwear Trends and Model Search

About Models Wanted

As part of its popular Models Wanted contest, Rack Room Shoes has spotlighted real customers – instead of professional models – in all of its seasonal advertisements over the past decade.

Every year, the family footwear retailer hosts the much-anticipated Models Wanted contest, inviting families to enter for a chance to participate in a glamorous photo shoot and be featured on the retailer’s website, advertising inserts and display signage in more than 385 stores nationwide.

All Models Wanted winners receive five-star treatment, including professional hair and makeup and chauffer services at the photo shoot.

Throwback

To commemorate the program’s 10th anniversary, Rack Room Shoes brought back participating individuals and families from the last 10 years to return to the set as Rack Room Shoes models.

Rack Room Shoes reached out to former Models Wanted families and individuals last year through emails and social media posts and invited them to enter its “Models Wanted 2014: Anniversary Edition Contest” for the chance to be selected as models again. Fans on Rack Room Shoes’ Facebook page then voted for the families they’d like to see featured for a second time.

Each winning family was also given $5,000 from Rack Room Shoes to donate to the charity of their choice.

Enter your family

Rack Room Shoes is currently in search of families to be the next Models Wanted participants. Winners’ photos will be showcased throughout the retailer’s 2015 seasonal advertising campaigns, displayed on the website and social media channels, in newspaper ads and in-store signage!

For 2015, Rack Room Shoes is inviting Rewards Members to enter at rackroomshoes.com/modelswanted

Here’s how to become a Rack Room Rewards® member: rewards.rackroomshoes.com/dashboard

The Model Swag Bag:

• Professional photo & video shoot with experienced photographers

• Spa-like hair, make-up & wardrobe treatments

• Rack Room Shoes gift cards

• Commemorative book & DVD of your family’s experience

• Shoes from the shoot

Now accepting entries through September 8, 2014.

Enter the Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted contest today!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

Mealtime is definitely one of Lil’ C’s favorite times of the day. Of course as parents we want to make sure our children are comfortable and have everything they need to have a successful meal. Since Lil’ C is 4 she’s not quite a baby in need of a highchair but sitting in the dining table chairs doesn’t quite sit up to the height of her plate without the assistance of a booster seat.

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We’ve been trying out the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus for a couple of months to review all the features and in order to tell you more about our likes and dislikes about the product. Since we are using the booster for Lil’ C we don’t use the included tray, but it’s a great option for a smaller child.

We like the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus because:

  • It comes in four accent colors: Berry Blue, Galactic Grey, Flashbulb Fuchsia, and Gumball Green
  • There is a 3-point harness option for buckling your child in
  • The seat seems very durable in the months we have been using it and even through our move.
  • It’s super easy to clean, we just wipe messes away and the straps are removable for easy washing.

 

Things that we don’t love about theBoost Plus:

  • The price point is at the higher end for boosters
  • May not fit all dining room seats
  • Depending on your dining room chair it may be difficult for the child to seat themselves in the booster

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All-in-all I would say this is a great booster option especially if you are going to be handing it down to younger siblings/family members or friends because the quality is great and well worth the retail price. Check out more details on Prince Lionheart’s website: princelionheart.com

 

I received sample product in order to give you an honest review of theBOOST plus seat. Your opinions may vary.

Win the Wrestling Match with your CarSeat

Sweat dripping down your brow, crushed and pinched fingers, and indistinguishable shouts of frustration are pretty much the three ways I would typically describe the process of installing a car seat. That is before our family got the Britax Pinnacle 90.

(Images are for review purposes only, the seat was not fully installed and we did not drive the vehicle in the pictured modes.)

 

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I have been praying for a car seat like this. One that I don’t turn down carpooling so I don’t have to take the car seat out or leave a little dirtier than I like because of the hassle that installation is, not to mention the worry that when we reinstall the seat it may not be as tight or secure as it was before we took it out of the minivan.

See, Pinnacle 90 car seat has a cool feature called the ClickTight Installation System. Basically, no matter what “mode” the car seat is in, you can easily install and uninstall the car seat without having to deal with the difficulty of threading the seatbelt or figuring out how to use the Latch System.

When it comes to safety the ClickTight Installation System does one better. Before we would try our hardest to get the tightest fit for the car seats with as little wiggle room as possible, (according to safety standards), but never quite knowing if we had the seat quite right. Britax has taken out all the guesswork with this system so each time you install your car seat, no matter what vehicle you put your child in, you know the installation is safe and exact each time.

Installation in three easy steps:

Step 1
Simply squeeze using thumb and finger, where indicated, to reveal the ClickTight Technology. What makes BRITAX ClickTight Technology so unique is that the belt path has been exposed and is right in front of you. This eliminates the “blind reach” around the seat into a potentially small belt path. It also means that you don’t have to figure out how to route your vehicle seat belt through the seat (i.e. long belt paths versus short belt paths, etc.).

Step 2

Thread the seatbelt over the armrest and under the seat opening. Connect the seat belt and remove slack.

Step 3

Then push it closed. The click tells you you’ve installed the seat securely.

See it in action:

 

What are three ways you would describe installing your child’s car seat?

Find out more about the Britax Pinnacle 90 and how Britax’s advanced technology makes parents fall in love with their products rather than end up a sweaty, frustrated mess: BritaxUSA.com, Facebook, & Twitter

 

 

I am a huge fan of Britax as a company and have been even before I began working with them on reviews and projects. My family used Britax products for several years and believe Britax is a quality brand.

I received a sample product for review purposes for this post . All opinions and thoughts in this post are my own honest words. Your opinions may vary.

Cocoonies Baby Product Guest Review

I have big babies.

They have all been over 8 lbs, and 2 were 9+ lbs. I keep hoping one of these days I’ll have one of those sweet, tiny 7 lbs babies, but I doubt that will happen. A girl can wish though!

One of the things I love about big babies are their kissable cheeks and those precious rolls. I could just eat them up! Infancy is really the only time rolls are cute, but boy are they so sweet.

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But with those rolls, comes weight. Add an infant carseat to the mix, and you might as well be carrying a ton of bricks in the crook of your arm. Ouch! Those infant seats look light, but looks can be deceiving. I’ve actually had bruises on my arm from carrying my babies around in their seats.

That’s why I am so thankful I was introduced to Cocoonies. The Cocoonies Handle Cover provides just the right amount of padding to be comfortable and not bulky. They come in a variety of colorful fabrics to dress up your infant carseat. There are straps that go around the edges to make sure the Cocoonies Handle Cover stays in place. You can even add a plastic hook to the ribbon loop to hang a toy to entertain your little one while they stay in their seat.

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Recently, they also introduced Strapletz. Strapletz are great because they provide comfortable padding near the baby’s neck, covering the infant seat straps. Both Strapletz have ribbons so that you can attach a small toy on one side and a pacifier on the other side. And they come in coordinating fabrics, so you can match the Cocoonies Handle Cover.

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Cocoonies and Strapletz make great baby shower gifts. They add a pop of color and style to the infant seat but are functional too. If you are searching for just the right baby shower gift or hospital present for a friend or family member, look no further than the Cocoonies and Strapletz coordinating set. You won’t be disappointed in the quality and your friend will thank you for saving their arm.

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Beautiful, Comfortable Lingerie for Nursing and Pregnant Moms {Guest Review}

Pre-babies, I was a lingerie snob. I got my first bra from a well-known lingerie store, and just never went anywhere else. The styles were great, the fit was good. I didn’t have any reason to look somewhere else.

But when I got finally got pregnant, I was at a loss. I assumed that it would be easy to find a nursing bra that was both stylish and functional. Boy was I wrong. I was sadly disappointed when I was pregnant with my first child to find that stylish nursing bras were hard to come by. I bought a couple from the Lactation Consultant, and added nursing tanks into the rotation.

Nursing tanks became my norm. For four years now I’ve basically worn nursing tanks everyday. While they are comfortable, there is no support. It was time to look for new nursing bras. But where?

I was excited when I learned about hotmilk lingerie. But could nursing bras actually be stylish and functional? Honestly, I was doubtful, but hoping they would prove me wrong.

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I was impressed by the website. They really are beautiful, and dare I say it? Sexy.

Just because you are hugely pregnant or in the no-sleep phase of life with a newborn, doesn’t mean you can’t wear sexy lingerie under your comfy clothes. You can even get underwear to match!

The quality is great. And they are oh so comfy, which is super important whether you are pregnant or nursing.

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First Light

  • 3/4 Soft Cup with side sling support
  • 100% cotton lining
  • Microfiber shell and embroidery detailing
  • Flexi-wire
  • Sizes: 10/32B – 16/38F

Black Front and Back

Eclipse Black

  • Full B-H cup with A-frame support
  • Lace and Mesh Shell
  • 100% Cotton lining for breathability
  • Feminine detailing of satin bows and diamantes
  • Wire-free
  • Wider bra straps on the larger cup sizes

6 Rows of Hooks

  • 6 rows of hooks on the back adjuster to allow the bra to grow with you

I love that these don’t have underwires. I’ve never been able to find an underwire nursing bra that is comfortable for me. But I’ll also admit that my nursing chest is not small. The six rows of hooks are great because it can grow with you. You can wear the bras while your pregnant and continue to wear it while you lose the baby weight.

It’s been great wearing bras that actually fit me again. The bonus is that they don’t look like plain and frumpy nursing. They are stylish and sexy.

Not sure about buying bras online? I completely understand! I’m definitely someone who likes to try things on before I buy. That’s why I love the Your Fitting Room tab. The FAQ page was excellent for answering the questions I had. Especially the “when should I buy a nursing bra?” question. Hotmilk has a generous 30 day return policy. Just make sure you don’t remove the tags.

If you’re in the market for nursing bras that you can wear while you’re pregnant and then while you nurse, I highly recommend Hotmilk Lingerie. You can check out their website for yourself: hotmilklingerie.com

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review of the Cozy Cover. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide from Pregnancy and Up {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve been doing some “screen shopping” for my own mother and mother-in-law. If you haven’t started your shopping here are some ideas for expecting moms, athletic moms, tech moms, moms who love pretty things, and more. {And if you’re the mom who loves something in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide be sure to pin or share with those who’ll be shopping for you this year.}

Make sure you read the whole post, there may be an awesome giveaway at the end as well!!!

For Mommy to Be:

Mother's Day Gift Guide 9Months Sparkling Wine

 

9Months, is the first of its kind, non-alcoholic beverage dedicated to pregnant women.

9Months is a way for expecting mothers to be part of the celebration and never feel left out of a toast or celebratory “cheers!”

Their high quality non-alcoholic sparkling beverages are from grapes grown in southern Australia. 9Months comes in two delicious 100% natural (no added sugar) flavors, Sparkling Red and Sparkling White (NEW flavors coming soon!).

Senders are able to personalize bottle gift tags (It’s a Boy!; It’s a Girl; Congrats!).

For more information please visit their website at 9monthslove.com

For the Active Mom: 

Mothers Day Gift Guide - Urban Halo

Urban Halos are the latest fashion trend for the casual sports-minded woman and on-the-go mom. Who says fashion can’t be comfortable and stylish? Give her a gift that accentuates her natural beauty this Mother’s Day. These headbands are great for complimenting an outfit or pulling hair back for a stylish run.

Choose from several styles, solid, print, and glam on their website: myurbanhalo.com

For Nostalgic Moms:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Not Just Any Old Day

Not Just Any Old Day offers gorgeous, one-of-a-kind datesake jewelry that feature a signature inscribed calendar marking a special date. Birthstones adorn your choice of Rose Gold, Silver, or Brass.

Gift one to mom on Mother’s Day to help her keep her child’s birth date close to her heart…always.

Order your Not Just Any Old Day jewelry here: notjustanyoldday.com

For the Mom who Loves Pretty Things:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Tracy Tayan Designs

Imagine moments of your life crafted in silver, memories reflected in copper and a smile stamped into brass. Tracy Tayan Designs offers hand-crafted, personalized jewelry that is inspired by you. All designs are customized and hand stamped, creating a unique timeless keepsake. Choose from a selection of beautiful designs or create your own inspired design.

Check out Tracy Tayan Designs shop here: TracyTayanDesigns

For the Technology-loving Momma:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Jabra Talk

This Mother’s Day get your mom a gift she’ll adore. Jabra TALK’s Bluetooth® headset gives moms hands-free, HD* sound quality – for the ultimate in crisp, clear sound without confusion or disruptions.

Offering streaming multimedia, Voice Announcements™, can connect to 2 Bluetooth® devices simultaneously and many more features allowing mom to catch up with friends about their day, make doctors appointments, or thank Grandma for birthday gifts.

To check out the Jabra TALK and other products head here: jabra.com and purchase yours at Best Buy or T Mobile.

 

Which gift best fits the mom in your life?? 

Tracy Tayan Designs and 9Months are giving away their awesome products to one lucky reader!! Enter here to win:

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This gift guide is a sponsored post in partnership with the above brands. Any opinions posted above are my own, honest thoughts, your opinions may vary.