Friday, August 1, 2014

My Favorite Breastfeeding Necessities Are Belly Armor, Aden + Anias, Chewbeads and Cake Lingerie

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.


August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, so I've rounded up a few must have products for breastfeeding moms.  One great stylish product for moms are Chewbeads.  My son began teething at seven months and has been testing his limits with his teeth lately while nursing.  Have you ever heard of Chewbeads?  Well I was kinda skeptical of them until I was able to test out a necklace and bracelet. I washed them by hand when they first arrived although they are dishwasher safe. Before I allowed my son to chew on them I tugged on all the beads to make sure they were secure and I was interested to see what he thought of them.  To my surprise he chewed on them without hesitation.  He really seemed to like them. I wore them to a baby shower, birthday party, and to church the next day.  I even gave him my bracelet to calm him down while we were in the car.  The jewelry is 100% silicone and is completely chemical-free, heat-resistant and safe.  They create an excellent focus tool for breastfeeding babies and helps them release that sensation to bite while nursing.

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I’m a modest mother that nurses in public and on demand. My current favorite nursing cover is by Belly Armor2.  Not only is it stylish and discrete, it is also 99.9% effective at shielding radiation from cell phones, laptops, and other devices. Made with RadiaShield Fabric lining which is like placing a 1/4-inch thick sheet of aluminum between your baby and your device. The nursing cover is very comfortable with an adjustable strap, contour shoulder flaps, rigid neckline and it is the perfect size, 31 x 33 inches. The rigid neckline allows air flow under the cover while baby is nursing. Now you're probably asking "how do I know that this Belly Armor Nursing Cover really shields electromagnetic waves"? Well I did the cell phone test. First I took note of my cell phone signal, then I wrapped it in the nursing cover and after 30 seconds my signal disappeared. That’s proof enough for me, and it is light weight enough to use during these dreadfully hot months.


If you currently do not have a nursing cover I would recommend Aden + Anias.  When I don’t have my nursing cover, I use my Aden + Anias blankets and just tuck the corners around my bra straps to secure a convent cover to nurse.  Their blankets are over sized and versatile, the muslin swaddles can be used for swaddling, tummy time, as a stroller cover, and more.  They also have the most absorbent muslin burpy bib for baby and generously sized burping cloth for moms.


The one must have product when nursing is a good nursing bra.  When I grew out of my regular bras I decided to invest in a couple of good nursing bras.  Cake Lingerie's nursing bras and sleepwear are made from natural, Eco-friendly modals & cottons They'll keep your body cool and comfortable. With built-in shelf support and drop down cups for easy feeding, the Cake Lingerie nursing bras and sleepwear are versatile. They are designed for different stages of your pregnancy from 0-3 months pregnant to 8+ weeks post natal.

These are my breastfeeding necessities, and it makes nursing so much easier when you don't have to worry about being unprepared to nurse on demand.

Connect: You can connect with Belly Armor on Facebook, Pinterest and/or @bellyarmor on Twitter,
Aden + Anias on Facebook, Pinterest and/or @adenandanias on Twitter,
Chewbeads on FacebookPinterest and/or @Chewbeads on Twitter, and
Cake Lingerie on FacebookPinterest and/or @cakelingerie on Twitter.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quiz Time – What’s Your Car Personality?

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This guest article was brought to you by Edmunds.com. Opinions expressed are of the author.

To most of us, our cars are an important part of our lives, they help get us from point A to point B, they serve as our own concert venue, we eat meals there,connect with family and friends there and it even helps us to see the country. A car is more than just four wheels and doors, it can represent who you are and, for some, can be a source of pride.

Summer is the time of year to head out on the open road with your ride and enjoy the warm weather, but does your car truly match your personality?


The folks over at Edmunds.com, a leading car-shopping site, are dedicated to making shopping for a car easy and understand that it’s important to get the right car for you. To help find that right car, Edmunds.com created a fun quiz that will help you match the car, or cars, that fit your personality. Are you an exciting sports car? A fuel-conscious hybrid? A dependable minivan? Or how about a mix of all three? Take the quiz and find out: www.edmunds.com/quiz

If you want to find out more about your car match (and if it fits your price range), just go to Edmunds.com – you might just find that the right car for you is just a couple clicks away.

A Royal Bash With Fisher-Price

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We celebrated my son’s 1st birthday this past week.  If you are having a hard time deciding on what to get your one-year-old for his birthday you should consider classic toys by Fisher-Price such as the Brilliant Basics Corn Popper, Rock-a-Stack or Baby’s First Blocks they are a perfect gift choice for your little Prince or Princess.


A perfect age-appropriate gift for my son would be the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper.  My son has played more with the Corn Popper than he has anything else. It took him several tries to get the Corn Popper to pop.  Basically it took him a bit to get his coordination together to use the toy properly which makes it a great developmental toy for him.

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Not all one-year-olds will be walking by their 1st birthday so they will need gifts that they can sit-n-play with like Rock-a-Stack.  It is great option for hand-eye coordination.  While the base is rocking back-n-forth baby has to place the rings on the center.  As it gets easier for baby to place the rings on the base then you can focus more on size relationship and make it a more challenging toy.

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Baby’s First Blocks are another great option to sit-n-play with.  It has a handy handle so that when baby begins walking he can tote it around.  My son mostly wanted to take the top off (the part that has the cut out shapes).  He does sit and try to sort the shapes through the correct opening, but it takes a little encouragement.  He would rather all the shapes go through the same opening.

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You can make any child feel like royalty with a fun themed party in their honor.  This year we decided to go with the ELMO theme only because my son LOVES the color RED!  What little one doesn't?

If you are having difficult time deciding what type of theme your baby should have for his first birthday party check out Jenn Sbranti’s tips for throwing the Ultimate Royal Birthday Bash in honor of Prince George.  Jenn is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess where she provides hip and creative entertaining ideas to inspire events for all occasions.


TIPS FOR THROWING THE ULTIMATE ROYAL BIRTHDAY BASH!

Get Inspired and Pick a Theme: The first step in planning a first birthday party? Pick a theme! This will help make planning and decision making so much easier.

Activities are King!: Keeping the little ones happily entertained is the key to a good time for everyone! For toddlers, designate a large, kid-proofed play area to serve as their “Royal Play Zone” filled with age-appropriate toys.

Please Be Seated: Want the littlest guests to actually sit down and eat? Set an inviting table styled especially for them! Start with a kid-friendly table runner lined with colorful toy blocks from Baby’s First Blocks and top each (unbreakable) plate with a pint sized-birthday crown or party hat!

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Smash Cake for Elmo Theme

Let’s Eat (and Smash!) Cake: Every party needs a cake, but a first birthday calls for TWO! You’ll need one cake to serve your guests, and a smaller one for your baby to taste…and smash.

If your baby’s first birthday falls between August and December 2014 you are eligible to enter now through November 7, 2014, for a chance to win a Royal Birthday Package which includes:
o   A collection of 12 classic Fisher-Price® toys
o   a royal-themed party kit for 25
o   A cake from renowned Charm City Cakes bakery
o   And a $100 savings bond so you can celebrate your baby's first birthday in royal style
o   Form can be found here

Connect: You can connect with Fisher-Price on Facebook, Pinterest and/or @FisherPrice on Twitter.


Jambanz Lets You Take Music Everywhere You Go

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.


We are a music loving family. We listen to music in the car, house, backyard, while riding bikes and even poolside for summer BBQs. With Jambanz, the world’s first Bluetooth wristband speaker, we can take the music with us everywhere we go! 
 

It is like the awesomeness of a slapband that takes the portability of a wireless speaker everywhere your wrist does.

 
The speakers on my phone are terrible and I find that I am singing out with my girls to the Frozen Soundtrack as much as they are. I just sync up the Jambanz with my Bluetooth phone and we can all sing loudly while listening to crystal clear sound through Jambanz. No tangled headphone wires for active kids and, safety-wise, eliminates headphone caused hearing damage and distraction from surrounding dangers. 
 
 
It is a one size fits all but it easily fits my 5 year old as well as myself. The slapbands and speakers are interchangeable and available in a variety of colors and graphic design options, giving multiple customized mix-and-match looks. The ability to change the looks and colors is important to my kindergartener so I can imagine it is the same or more so for older kids. It's current colors include tangerine (orange), kiwi (green), and licorice (grey). 
 

Pairing it to your bluetooth device was easy and quick, even for a person like me that sometimes gets confused with technology when I first start using it. Just make sure your Bluetooth is turned on on your device and then turn Jambanz on and it connects on its own. Jambanz comes with a micro USB cable allowing recharging from most USB sources and gives spoken audio prompts letting you know when it’s fully charged, ready to sync and jam. 


I think it looks good on my wrist too! My daughter, who is in the first picture, likes to wear this everywhere with her. Singing is definitely one of her favorite things to do. The Jambanz makes that fun for her in a cool and new way. 


Connect: You can connect with Jambanz on Facebook and/or @JambanzAudio on Twitter.