Category - Baby

Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” Event Video

This is a sponsored post in an effort to showcase car seat safety initiatives highlighted in the video below.

Three New York City newborns will be making their first ride home in one of America’s safest cars as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event. The program focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared between three newborns and their parents.

Check out the video:

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Protect Baby from Bugs and Sun with Cozy Cover {Guest Review}

This week has been wonderful! I am so excited that the weather has been warm and the sun has been bright and shining in North Carolina. Hopefully this is an indication that Spring is here to stay!

We are spending a lot of time outside. That’s wonderful for the older children, but we just welcomed our newest member of the family into the world last week. I can’t be two places at one time, so she comes outside with us. She’s definitely been getting her vitamin D, but I don’t want her to burn.

I was pretty excited to see the Cozy Cover Sun & Bug Cover when it arrived in the mail. It’s the perfect solution!

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Cozy Cover Out of the Box

Not only does it protect her from the sun, it also keeps the bugs away. We have a pergola attached to our back porch and the wood bees LOVE it. Thankfully they tend to mind their own business if we leave them alone. So far we haven’t had to deal with mosquitos. But they usually aren’t bad until Summer officially starts.

With the weather being so nice out this week, our oldest daughter requested that we eat outside for dinner. I didn’t really want to lay a blanket on the grass or the concrete and lay baby girl down, so I pulled out her car seat and attached the Cozy Cover.

It was so easy to use!

There an elasticized edge around the cover, and it fits snuggly around the sides of the infant car seat. This makes for a great universal fit. We have an Cybex Aton infant seat, and it fits great.

The pullover flap protects the baby from the sun, or even rain. It has elastic at the bottom of the flap so it fits securely over the seat.

There is even a self-supporting canopy to keep the cover away from the baby’s face.

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Her brothers and sister enjoyed having her outside with them, and I had peace of mind that she was safe from the sun and any bugs that might want to feast on her newborn sweetness.

 

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. 

Kohl’s presents Jumping Beans Disney Themed Spring Children’s Clothing Collection

Whether you’re headed to Disney in the next few months or your kids just love Mickey, Minnie, and their friends, you’ll love the new Jumping Beans Disney children’s clothing collection featured right now in Kohl’s stores and on Kohls.com.

We popped into our local Kohl’s on April 3rd, the day the first themed collection in this line was available for purchase. The girls loved the display and spotted some of their favorite Disney characters featured in signage.

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I love the quality of clothes that Jumping Beans offers and this collection is no different. You can tell the fabric is quality, durable and breathable for busy kids-at-play. The prices of the collection are exactly what I would expect to pay and if you have extra discounts {think signing up for Kohl’s emails, Kohl’s card, etc} you can purchase these adorable outfits for well under what you would pay for a non-Disney line.

I can’t wait for them to wear their dresses when we are at Disneyland later this week!!!

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This line is available for kids of all ages, infant, toddler, big boys and big girls. I got each of my girls {ages 4 and 6.5} a dress in their own size. Without additional discounts I spent around $45 (we normally spend $15-$24 when we buy new dresses).

Luckily, we have a Kohl’s that we pass on a daily basis, but if you don’t their website offers the entire line as well. (While supplies last). Head to a Kohl’s near you or Kohls.com to pick up some adorable boys and girls outfits from their New Jumping Beans Disney Magic at Play collection, and keep your eyes peeled for more collections to come.

In the meantime, enter to win a $50 Kohl’s gift card so you can purchase some of this line or other great items featured in Kohl’s stores and at Kohls.com:

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I received a Kohl’s gift card in order to purchase the items I showcased and reviewed in this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

Top 10 Uses for Blankets All Year Long

Not sure if you’ve been following my Instagram posts lately, but today I posted a video of snow…yes, it’s the end of March…yep, I live in North Carolina.

I know it’s been an insane Winter/Spring for everyone around the Nation, and while I’m used to having some snow in the Spring having grown up in Southwestern NY, the weather this year baffles me. Luckily though, my girls have been keeping warm since we received their INSANELY soft, adorable, personalized blankets.

American Blanket Company was kind enough to send one blanket for each of the girls to try out and they were personalized with their names and a heart. LOVE!!!

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With what started as a fine women’s apparel business in 1964, the rich heritage has continued and resulted in the birth of the American Blanket Company in 2012. American Blanket Company’s products are hand made in Massachusetts are are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

The blankets arrived in the most adorable boxed packaging and the girls were very excited to see what their surprise would be. In an instant they pulled their Luster Soft Fleece Blankets out of the boxes wrapped themselves up in the pretty soft pink blankets.

DaddyB and I could not believe how soft these blankets were. Words like “not humanly possible” and “must be against the rules” were a few phrases uttered regarding the amazement of their texture. The embroidering looked well made also, and was perfectly placed in one corner so the girls knew which blanket was theirs.

I would highly, highly recommend American Blanket Company if you’re looking for a gift, yours will be the one that will be talked about and remembered, whether it’s for Birthday, Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Christmas, or for you it’s great that it can be personalized and an amazing quality. Well worth the price.

If you’re thinking you only need a blanket when it’s below zero degrees outside, think again. Here are my Top 10 Uses for Blankets All Year Long:

Top 10 Uses for Blankets All Year Round MommyB

  1. Keep warm during freezing Winter temps or unseasonably cold Spring weather.
  2. Great for cozying up during family movie night or a night in with your adoring spouse.
  3. Perfect comforter for when you have a sick little one {or that sick little one is you}.
  4. Softest picnic blanket on Earth.
  5. Makes a beautiful, memorable baby gift {you can personalize it too}.
  6. Looks nice draped over your sofa or on your bed {especially if you include your family name}.
  7. Works well for blanket forts on rainy days.
  8. Gives a nice, comfortable, place to sit during tailgate events.
  9. Says, “I love you this much” to guests who are visiting who get the pleasure of using a blanket made by American Blanket Company.
  10. A great use for stress relief. Rub the soft, plush, material and melt your worries away.

What are your favorite uses for blankets during any season of the year?

Wanna check out American Blanket Company??

Website: americanblanketcompany.com

Facebook: facebook.com/AmericanBlanketCompany

Twitter: twitter.com/USABlanket

 

We received sample products from American Blanket Company in order to test and review for this blog post. The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are honest however your opinions may vary.

North America’s Leading Children and Maternity Consignment Event – Just Between Friends Franchise

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends.

Have you ever thought about running a business of your very own? Being able to set your own hours? Helping your neighborhood and community? Making some extra cash for your family?

As moms, often times we want something in addition to being a mom and turn to jobs outside the home. As a blogger, most of the time I work from home, but there are opportunities for me to attend media events and work with the community, much like owning your own franchise with Just Between Friends Franchise {JBF}, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. I get to be mommy first and work at my own pace and as much or little as I want, and I really enjoy what each job, {different in it’s own rite}, brings me.

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With the opportunity to turn your passion for helping other families save money, and wanting to step into a role of business owner for whatever reason it may be, Just Between Friends may be the perfect fit for you to become a business owner.

Some benefits to running your own business:

  • Make your own hours – if your children have sports or extracurricular activities that you can’t miss you can plan your working hours and event hours around your family’s needs.
  • Know your customer base – living in the area that you are hosting your consignment events gives you a great advantage of knowing what the best dates for sales will be and how to promote your sales.
  • Help families save money – JBF helps more than half a million families save and earn money every single year and you will be a big part of that!
  • Make extra income for your family – supplement income, save up for vacations that you might not have been able to go on before, or start or build on your family savings.
  • Work with others – Should you decide to run a business with friends, you’ll be working together to help create a successful business and enjoying that relationship that may be stronger

The Today Show calls it “the hottest ticket in town” and you could be the person or people who bring this to your area. Check out this video to hear more about the Just Between Friends consignment franchise.

 

Just Between Friends currently has 138 franchises in 28 states and Canada and expanding. That’s where you come in. JBF is looking a mom, or several moms to be the first to bring this super-successful event to area where there aren’t any.

At this point you may be wondering how it all works:

• Local moms/families/friends run the consignment event twice a year – spring and fall (a few ambitious owners may add in a holiday sale or summer event if they decide to)

• Families in your community sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently-used items their children have outgrown (or never used)

• Consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the price of their sold items

• Other families shop the sales event and generally save more than 50 to 90% off of retail prices

Because JBF is part of a franchise, you have all the tools you’ll need to help you succeed at your fingertips and a great support system to help you build this business. That means you still have the flexibility to put your family first AND enjoy your passion AND help others. JBF is great for any “mompreneur” who is interested in owning a business that will help earn extra money without taking long hours from your family every week.

JBF Franchise Owners WantedHere’s how you can get started:

– The Franchise Fee is $14,900 in the United States and $16,900 in Canada

– The total investment is between $25,000 to $30,000

– Traits of a successful franchisee include:

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing
  • Outgoing personality
  • Goal-driven with a “get-it-done” mindset
  • Management experience is a plus

If you or someone you might know may be interested learn more about Just Between Friends franchise opportunities here:

Click here to fill out a franchise application online

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Let’s not keep this a secret Just Between Friends.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just Between Friends. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. I love empowering families and helping others save and enjoy being a working mom, and wanted to share this information. Your opinions may vary.

Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Carter’s.

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Walking into Carter’s clothing store I always know I’m going to get a great deal on adorable, quality children’s and baby clothing. Whether I have a mailer coupon or a discount from one of my recent visits I typically never pay full price, which is great because it allows me to purchase more items for less money.

Now through March 4, 2014, Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale. Clothing items from Carter’s spring collection is up to 50% off in store. Plus, if you print this coupon you get an extra 20% off your in-store purchase of $40 or more.

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Use Carter’s store locator to find a store near you!

The Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale is the perfect time to stock up on great playwear essentials perfect for mixing and matching! Carter’s spring collection features adorable items for babies and young kids, including graphic tees, polos, woven shirts, shorts, cardigans, tunics & leggings, cotton dresses—just in time for spring!

Here are some of our favorite items from their Spring Collection and more savings that we got just for shopping today:

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To get started on your spring wish list, take a look at Carter’s Spring into Pink collection for girls and Little Mate collection for boys. They have some really cute items for boys and girls at great prices you won’t want to miss out on.

To help you with a little bit of shopping, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $50 Carter’s Gift Card.

Enter here:

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I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Action Baby Carrier Guest Review & Giveaway

There are an overwhelming number of baby products on the market. Before I had my first child, I wasn’t sure what I needed and what I (and the baby) could survive without.

I quickly learned many of the “most have items” big baby stores and some well-meaning parents will tell you that you need are not really necessary. But there is one item I wish I had known about sooner than I did – an ergonomic baby carrier.

I’ve used several brands and types of carriers with my children from the time they were infants until now (they are 2 and 4 years old). By far, my favorite has been soft structured carriers (SSC).

My 4-year-old son is not as big of a fan of babywearing as my 2-year-old daughter. She has always loved being worn and she still does. Babywearing has saved my sanity many times, particularly when she was younger as she liked to be held – a lot. By wearing her, I’ve been able to do things I need to do around the house, play with my son, run errands, etc.

There’s a very popular ERGOnomic carrier that has several versions of its SSC (lightweight, organic, etc.) and I’ve owned several of them.

While I love those carriers, as my children get older, taller and heavier, I haven’t found them to be as comfortable for me.

I’m very excited to have found the toddler carrier from Action Baby Carrier, a small, Michigan-based business that hand makes their quality carriers in the U.S.A.

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Their toddler carrier is 3 inches taller in the body than their regular carrier (similar in sizing to most SSCs), the hood is an inch longer and the shoulder webbing is 2 inches smaller (because they are used mostly for back carries and this offers a tighter fit).

As children get bigger, the traditional SSCs don’t go as high on their backs or across their bottoms. I noticed a significant difference in how secure my toddlers (I tested it with both of them in it) seemed to feel in Acton Baby’s toddler carrier. The kids enjoy being in the carrier and seem to be more comfortable in the toddler carrier than a standard SSC.

Although the carrier is larger, it’s not bulky or heavy like some soft structured carriers. It’s actually fairly lightweight and it folds up to a very reasonable size.

The buckles on the carrier are strong and sturdy. The waist band is generous and is more likely to fit a plus size wearer without an extension. The body of the carrier is well-made and it comes in solid colors as well as prints. The company recently introduced four new fun prints, including the popular chevron pattern, elephants and classic cars. Their prints are classy, not “loud” and many of them are gender neutral.

Because of the additional sizing on the toddler vs. standard carrier, the weight of my children (30lbs and 39lbs) definitely felt as if it was distributed more evenly, which is very important to me as I have lower back issues.

Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is designed for children 15-45lbs (their standard carrier is for 8-40lbs).

The only real negative for me with the Action Baby Carrier is that the chest strap was not as comfortable as I would like and it dug into my arm pits a bit. However, I’m hopeful that as I get accustomed to using this brand vs. others, I will learn to adjust the straps to a fit that works best for me.

Overall, Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is wonderfully made in the U.S. and is reasonably priced ($114 – their standard carrier is $98). The additional sizing makes it a more comfortable fit for the toddlers and those who wear them, including men (my husband found this toddler carrier to be more comfortable than standard SSCs).

Action Baby Carrier is giving MommyB Knows Best readers a one time 10% discount limited offer. Enter the code “mbkb8j7fabc” now through February 28th to save on full-price items only. They’re also giving away one of their awesome carriers to one lucky reader!

Enter here to win:

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Action Baby Carrier provided their toddler carrier for this review, however the opinions expressed are the author’s honest assessment of the product.

Jamie BioAfter a 13 year full-time public relations/writing career, Jamie K. now has the privilege to be home with her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Chocolate regularly “calls” her name, she’s forever going on a new “diet” every Monday and she’s always taking on more projects than one human can manage (this description likely fits many of you!). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.

Save on Family Health products and Win a Trip to FIFA World Cup Brazil with Johnson & Johnson’s HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Is a healthy family on your list for this year? If so I’m excited to announce that one of my favorite family brands, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is sponsoring the FIFA World Cup Brazil. How cool??!!

My girls love soccer and I love that they want to be active and have fun while living active lifestyles. As a mom I want to do as much as I can to encourage healthy habits for them, so we turn to great brands like Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson cares about family, and because it’s not always easy or affordable to be healthy, they’re giving your family some great savings from HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® this month!

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Coupons & Savings

To help usher in a healthy New Year with a fresh start, HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more. Save over $45 by visiting www.HealthyEssentials.com in January and signing up for extra-special HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® coupons and offers.

 

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Want to go to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™? Visit HealthyEssentials.com and see if your wish could come true. Plus, get tips and coupons to save on your favorite products for the New Year.

All you have to do is share a picture or story of a moment of caring in your life and you could scream “GOAL!” from Brazil.

Visit www.healthyessentials.com for more information on this amazing opportunity!

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Twitter Party

I’m excited to join Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies for this Twitter party to talk about HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® for the New Year, resolutions, family wellness and how to score great deals on health and hygiene products!

I encourage you to join me, some fun bloggers, and other families who want to help their family be even more healthy this year with Healthy Essentials at the #Moms4JNJConsumer Twitter Party.

Register here: http://twtvite.com/moms4JNJConsumer

When: Tuesday, January 14, 1 p.m. ET

Use the Hashtag: #Moms4JNJConsumer

Prizes: We will randomly award 15 prizes throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each prize includes an assortment of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products with an estimated retail value of $50.

Prize Eligibility: No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

Also be sure to follow me @mommybknowsbest and these awesome hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @TheMotherhood25

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Babies Love Bumbo #bumbocares

When I think about products that are must-haves for parents I think of things like Diaper Genie, Boppy pillows, Pampers diapers, MAM pacifiers, Snack Trap, and Bumbo {to name only a few of my favorites}. Whenever I shop for friends who are expecting a new baby I check to see if they have these things on their list and if so I usually try to buy them because I know they will get plenty of use and are invaluable to parents.

Both of my girls loved their Bumbo seat, we’ve shared with friends over the years, and in fact we even handed it down to another family a couple of years ago.

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While the Bumbo seat is pretty well-known, their BumboCares program is not as famous. Check out this video to learn more about BumboCares and to see how Bumbo is giving back:

Bumbo Cares Program from Bumbo USA on Vimeo.

BumboCares_SocialMedia_ABumbo is committed to child safety so please be sure to use Bumbo on the floor and make sure your child’s seat belt is securely fastened.

Bumbo is great to travel with, easy to clean, and great for babies and toddlers. The Bumbo seat comes in several colors and also has a play tray accessory. If you’ve never heard of Bumbo I suggest you check them out by heading to their website here: BumboUSA.

One lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader is going to win a Bumbo seat of their very own!!! Enter to win:

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I received product to perform this review, this is not a paid post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

Free Gift at Target with Motorola Video Baby Monitor Purchase

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Motorola.

Do you ever find it a little overwhelming looking for baby gear? Recently, I was shopping for a video baby monitor for a baby shower gift for a friend and while I’ve tried a couple out {old school and new school} I was still really overwhelmed by all the options and functions.

Do I really need this feature, what things can’t I live without in a video monitor? Those are the questions that kept mulling around in my head and I can only imagine the thousands more if I was a new mom. So I figured I’d tell you, in “real mom” words what’s important in a video monitor to me as a mom.

Big Screen – If I’m dropping a good bit of $ on baby gear, I want it to be well worth it.

Remote Control – Yes, I want to be spoiled. Sometimes babies roll from one side of their crib to the other and out of view from the camera. I want “eyes in the sky”.

Night Vision – Speaking of wanting to see different angles, I also want to see my wee one in the dark.

Awesome Range – Not that our house is enormous, but if we ever get invited to live at the Biltmore {hey you never know}, I want my baby monitor to come to the west wing with me, {or at least the other side of the house}.

Room Temperature – Now I’m getting a little “brass tacks” here, but in our house the downstairs feels about 10 degrees cooler than the upstairs so when DaddyB and I are freezing in the winter, the girls are sweating in their rooms. I would love to be able to adjust the temperature in our home according to baby’s room temperature rather than our thermostat.

Intercom – One thing I always disliked about our monitors with the girls growing up is that we could hear them, but unless we yelled up the stairs {no thank-you}, they couldn’t hear us. I love the option of being able to soothe your child when they are a little fussy. Of course being a no-cry momma I always recommend going up if baby’s in distress, but this is a great way to sing or talk to little one as needed.

Of course all monitors being sold these days have wireless options, battery options,

Coincidentally, there’s a great, award-winning video monitor on the market that fits mom’s most important needs, and covers all the key featured I mentioned and more.

Parents, I give you the Motorola MBP 36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP36 Video Baby Monitor

This video baby monitor features:

• 3.5” Diagonal Color Screen

• Video Remote: Pan, Tilt, and Zoom from Parent Unit

• Infrared Night Vision

• Range Up to 590 feet

• High Sensitivity Microphone

• Room Temperature Display

• Two-Way Communication

• Rechargeable Battery (Parent Unit)

• 5 Lullabies and more!!!

For a limited time when you buy the Motorola MBP36 video monitor at your local Target store you get a 3 pack Dr. Brown’s Bottles for FREE!!

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What features are important to you in a video baby monitor? Be sure to click on this link HERE to get your special gift when you purchase this Motorola video baby monitor while supplies last!!!

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I received compensation in return for this post. I don’t have any little babies but was happy to bring the information about this great product to all of my readers. All opinions expressed in the above post are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.