Category - Baby

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.

Baby in Carrier using Cocoonies MommyB

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.

Cocoonies Stylish and Functional Cradle Comfort MommyB

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.

Cocoonies and Strapletz Baby Review MommyB

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. 

Get Healthy Savings, Earth Day Recycling Tips, and Donate A Photo

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood and J&J Consumer Companies Inc.

If you’ve been keeping up with my HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® posts you know there have been some great deals and initiatives. This month is no different, lots of great savings, ways you can help the environment, and opportunities to help raise awareness for charitable causes.

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HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 by visiting Healthy Essentials in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers.

While you’re there, check out some of these fantastic deals:

  • Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream
  • Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
  • Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits. Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product)

In addition to the great savings, you can be more active in your community by supporting Earth Day:

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You can help support and protect a clean environment. Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you: Earth911

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle: Care To Recycle

And take part in the wonderful initiatives sponsored by Donate A Photo:

The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Again make sure you get the great savings on Johnson & Johnson products, and do your part to donate to causes that will help our planet and the people in it. 

 

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.

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.

Cozy Sun and Bug Cover Review

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.

Kohls Jumping Beans Disney Collection #magicatplay

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!!!

Disney Jumping Bean Childrens Clothing Line Kohls #magicatplay

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.