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Sand Gone Review

I love summer vacation, the “B” family and I just got back from a great vacation at Myrtle Beach. I know most of you will disagree with me but personally I’d rather spend my time at the pool rather than the beach. I’m not a huge nature person so the sand and salt water just aren’t my thing.

Unfortunately for me Little Miss A loves the beach, so I put on a happy smile and enjoy taking her, even though I know I can expect sand coming out of my ears for days. Or maybe not…with Sand Gone.

I found Sand Gone on another mommy blog and thought with my love *eye roll* of all things sand, that I should try it out. Tiffany Smith, creator of Sand Gone has two children of her own and was nice enough to send a sample my way.
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Storks & Signs Unlimited Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

storks and signs logoWith all of the babies being born this time of year what better way to tell someone congratulations than a fun surprise? You can surprise the family with a party, you can congratulate them by making meals after the baby comes, or you can welcome the baby with the cutest yard sign ever.

Storks & Signs Unlimited is a great company that was started by Jamie Hidalgo in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, and has expanded to include areas in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, California, and even Kansas!

These signs are an amazing way to help welcome ¬†a new baby (or 2,3,4…) into the world and put a smile on new parents’ faces. One of my very close friends welcomed a darling daughter to her family this month and with the help of Storks & Signs Unlimited I was able to have a surprise sign made up in Baby C’s honor. (Yes her new baby is a C as well.) Read More

Bebe Au Lait Review

Bebe Au Lait LogoBaby C has completed her first review ūüôā Hooray!!

Like most babies, little Baby C is not a huge fan of baths (yet). She’s not a huge fan of being naked and cold and wet, until it comes to hair washing time, and then she’s in heaven. We are currently giving her sponge baths on the kitchen counter, but that’s going to change soon since she has her very own “big girl” belly button. Hooray for her first milestone! So of course we have the baby wash, washcloths, and water, but we also have the Bebe Au Lait Hooded Infant Bath Towel.

Since this is our second child we’ve accumulated about 10 cute hooded towels, but this Bebe Au Lait towel is my favorite by far. In fact, I’m sad when we have to wash it because then I can’t use it. When I gave Baby C her bath using this towel was the first time she didn’t cry during bath, it could have been the fact that mommy is faster at bathing than Daddy B,¬†but I really think it was the comfort and warmth of this towel. Read More

Nuka Maternity Spotlight

Nuka SpotlightTrying to find maternity clothes that you know everyone won’t be wearing? You may want to check out Nuka contemporary maternity clothes clothing line. Nuka was created by Julia Noik, a graphic artist turned fashion designer. Nuka focuses on soft, luxurious, modern pieces that look and feel great for mom-to-be. The line has grown from vintage inspired tees to fun maternity essentials and even includes some hand-dyed items.

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Bellies and Babies Review

Bellies and Babies LogoBellies and Babies offer a wonderfully relaxing experience for any mom understanding that pregnancy is a beautiful occasion that needs to be enjoyed. (Would you please tell our husbands this?!?)

Bellies and Babies facilities are located in Charlotte, North Carolina run by Angie McInnis, who’s original goal was to create and celebrate pregnant women by offering comfort during their pregnancy. This desire has spawned to include not only mom but also dad and baby in the massage process. Read More

MommyB and Me Tips: Make Way for Baby

MommyB and Me With Baby C on the way at the end of March we’ve been telling Little Miss A lots about what to expect; the baby’s going to cry a lot, she won’t be able to do a lot of big girl things like you, she’ll sleep in mommy and daddy’s room when she comes home…and so on.

I feel it’s really important to prepare her as much as possible now and since she’s almost 3 she really understands a lot of it.

She’s been taking good care of her dollies, bottle feeding them, burping them, and of course diapering them.

Since I’m having a c-section I also told her that I would have a “boo-boo” on my tummy so when I came home from the hospital she’d need to be extra careful and that I couldn’t play with her like normal right away. Speaking of hospital,¬†unfortunately¬†in North Carolina (and perhaps other states, I haven’t really researched because it wouldn’t matter for me anyway,) there is a ban on all visitors under the age of 18 due to the H1N1 outbreaks. This could mean, and probably will mean that Little Miss A will not be able to visit me in the hospital. Once again, since I’m having a c-section that means at the very least I’ll be in the hospital for 2 days, away from her. Of course it makes me super sad, being that I’ve only left her overnight once and she was with DaddyB.

So trying to be the pro-active mommy that I love to be I started thinking of things I could do to help her prepare even more, especially with me being in the hospital. Here’s a list of a few fun things to do with your kiddo(s) whether or not you’ll be away from them to get them excited about the new arrival.

MommyB and Me Baby TipMake a paper chain– I love these paper chains! You can use them to decorate anything and also they’re great for countdowns. I decided that I’d cut some strips of pink and purple construction paper, about an inch/inch and a half thick and Little Miss A could decorate them with stickers and markers. She was more excited that I thought she’d be, and the best part is she can count down to the day Baby C will come home from the hospital (so long as my darling husband and family members remember to do this with her while I’m in the hospital, hint hint.) ¬†You can also buy some paper chain kits, but I figure why waste the money, and home-made is so much better in this case.

Make a Video- We also plan on making a video or video chatting as a way for Little Miss A to be able to meet her little sister, in case the hospital regulations don’t lift before Baby C is born. I don’t want Miss A to think that I’ve gone and left her and now all of a sudden I show up at home with a new baby, the end. She loves video chatting with her grandmom and papa so I know she’d love the video as well.

Siblings, depending on their age, can also help you decorate baby’s room, pick out clothes or stuffed animals, talk to the baby, and kiss your belly. Really, everything depends on your child, try to pick something they love, music -make a song up about them and the baby, art- have them draw a picture for the nursery door, so many options! This will help big brother/sister bond with baby before they even arrive and feel like they’re a part of the process.

Do you have any great tips for me or other expecting parents out there to help their child feel included???

Be Nice Review

Be Nice ReviewI find it so hard to get my 64 ounces of water especially now that the cold weather is here. I’m just not interested in H2O even though I know it’s good for me and this little baby that’s growing inside me. Well, I found a product that makes getting my daily requirement of water much easier. Be Nice Prenatal packets are not only a more flavorful¬†way to enjoy your water, but they also include essential vitamins and DHA. You can drink Be Nice before, during, and after your pregnancy to get the benefits of this all natural product. Read More

Expressiva Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Expressiva Spotlight Giveaway LogoExpressiva Nursing Wear is great for moms who want to nurse their child discretely and look good in the process. From tops and bottoms, to night wear, and accessories. Expressiva has your nursing needs covered, literally. One of the reasons I love Expressiva is that their prices are pretty reasonable in regards to nursing wear. They have a great selection and many different colors to choose from as well.

Expressiva Spotlight and Giveaway TopExpressiva invites their customers to use¬†their¬†rating system, which I found extremely helpful in deciding which size shirt to buy. The Pleated Scoop Neck that I got as a generous fit and has some great reviews from moms who’ve already worn it and tried it out. I love that!

While you can’t buy Expressiva clothes in stores, their customer service and sales departments are very on top of all their orders, plus their return policy is very mom friendly. Not pregnant or nursing, but know someone who is? Expressiva offers gift certificates from $25 to $200 making this a wonderful present for any expecting mom.

Expressiva Giveaway Gift CertificateBuy any great Expressiva products here:http://www.expressiva.com Expressiva is also giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $35 gift card to anything in their online store. Read More

Lullabelly Review

Lullabelly ReviewSet up the “perfect classroom” to prepare your unborn infant’s brain for listening and integrating language sounds. If you’re looking for an innovative and comfortable way to bond with baby and share your favorite music, look for Lullabelly, a prenatal music belt.

Lullabelly has done its research in regard to the learning aspect of this great product. It has been found that music being played to an unborn child helps to stimulate intellectual development, engage attention, and encourages learning, language, and memory, all within the womb.

Aside from the many developmental aspects there are some key elements that make Lullabelly stand out. The incredible comfort, pleasing look, and flexible mobility of this product are great bonuses for any expectant mother. Read More

The Prenatal Picture Review

The Prenatal Picture ReviewEver wonder what your unborn baby will look like? Who’s nose he’ll have or if she’ll have a head full of hair? With today’s amazing 3d/4d technology you can find all these things and more out about your little one. ¬†Coming from a time where mothers had to sense the gender of their baby and find out only on their labor day going to being able to see the most intricate details of their child’s fingers and toes and watch their baby suck their thumb in utero. What amazing progress we’ve made!

The Prenatal Picture allowed me and my family, DaddyB, and Little Miss A, the opportunity to take a peak at Baby Girl C and we were in awe. We confirmed that Baby Girl is indeed a baby and a girl, but even more than that we got to see her yawn, open her eyes, and mostly hide from us using her hands AND her feet. Read More