Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nizo Wear Nursing Bra! Supportive, Comfortable & Affordable! #nursingmom #breastfeeding

*Disclosure: I was sent the product(s) featured in this post in exchange for this review. The opinions are 100% my own.

When I first became a mom, I had no idea how much I would rely on a good nursing bra.  With Savy Preschooler and Savy Toddler, I struggled to find one that was supportive, yet comfortable and more importantly affordable! It's like the companies that make them know nothing about being a nursing mother, except that we NEED them. Savy Baby is the first baby I have that I haven't had to exclusively pump for and I am really loving our nursing relationship.  However, all of those nursing bras that "worked" for exclusively pumping do not work as well for actual nursing. I was desperate, until recently when I was provided the Nizo Wear Serenity Nursing Bra for review.
photo credit: www.nizowear.com
I chose the Serenity model because I wanted something that was comfortable and supportive that I could wear every day.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Experience at MommyCon Chicago! Coming to a City Near You! Save 10% Now! #judgementfreeparenting #mommycon #mommyconchicago

*Disclosure: I was provided attendance to this conference in exchange for this review.  
Are you a mom to little ones or expecting a baby?  If so, I urge you to check out MommyCon! In March, I attended the MommyCon Chicago event and it was so much more than I expected.  I'm a bit of an introvert, so to say I was nervous is an understatement.  Not to mention the fact that I was just getting into the nursing groove with our youngest, Savy Baby and not a nursing in public expert by any means.  MommyCon promised to be a nursing and baby wearing friendly environment so I decided it just might be a great experience after all. Savy Baby and I set off around eight o'clock on a Sunday morning for our very first adventure together. Of course, my Boba 4G came along too!
I can tell you it was a very cold March day but inside MommyCon is was so warm and welcoming. From the moment I arrived and walked through the door through every single interaction, I felt accepted, appreciated and loved by so many moms walking along similar paths of my own.  There were moms of all walks of life.  Moms who were breastfeeding, pumping exclusively, bottlefeeding, and moms of baby's who were past that point. There were moms with crazy colored hair and moms who looked plain Jane.  Mom's who were super green and extra-crunchy and those that weren't.  All of us together as a group, uniting as  moms  all with the same goal and desire: To give our children the very best.  No judgement allowed.
The day was amazing.  It was filled with tons of expert led sessions, such as The Badass Breastfeeder, The Leaky Boob, The Baby Guy NYC, Honest Toddler, and many more!

Friday, September 26, 2014

All NEW Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers! #MC #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

As soon as you find out you are having a baby, one of the first things that comes to mind is diapers.  I mean, every baby needs them and so you start researching. Every single parent has their opinion of the best ones out there. Some parents love the affordability of one diaper but not it's ability to stop leaks, while others have found a more expensive diaper that works, but it's a budget-buster.  

What every parent wants is a diaper that's easy to find, affordable, gentle on their baby's skin and effective at preventing leaks.  If it's cute, that's an added bonus. I'm here to introduce you to Huggies NEW Little Snugglers Diapers
Are they easy to find?  Absolutely!  I just sent Savy Daddy to the local Target store where they were stocked in variety of sizes (Preemies - Size 3).  Also the packaging was nice and bright, so he didn't have any trouble locating them on the shelves! That's a bonus in my mind.  Also, you can easily add these to your Target Baby Registry

Monday, September 15, 2014

Food Spoils: Get Over It! Why I'm Fed Up with Spoiled Food Viral Outrage on #Facebook!

We've all seen it.  The photo of the applesauce squeeze pouch that was already spoiled when someone's kid ate it.  Honestly, it's not these photos and/or stories that shock or bother me.  I mean, it's FOOD, it SPOILS, and sometimes you don't find out until you open it. What shocks me is the absolute ignorance that thousands of people all over social media display when they post and comment on this stuff.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for educating others through social media and I never like to hear that a child got sick.  I think that it's absolutely harmless and definitely helpful to let people everywhere know what happened so that they know to look for it and test out the applesauce before feeding it to their kids.  Also, I believe that retailers and manufacturers should know about these instances so that they can investigate and improve on their packaging, manufacturing and distribution practices to further avoid these instances.
Even if they do all of this, there are cases where this packaged food WILL spoil before it's expiration date. Is it because the manufacturer did something wrong?  Maybe, maybe not.  Is it because some retailer or distributor left the products in a less than ideal climate?  Possibly.  Is it because one package may have gotten a small, unnoticeable air-leak and randomly spoiled? Probably.
Are any of these reasons to completely BASH the manufacturer or retailer all over social media and start campaigns boycotting their products?  I think not.  I mean, do you honestly expect that there won't be instances where the food, that is so convenient for you to give to your family on the fly, will spoil before the expiration date? I hope not.
Let's take a look at the standard manufacturing process:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Life is STRESSFUL! Introducing Hyland's 5 Day Stress Challenge! $75 Gift Basket #Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice.
Let's face it, life is stressful! Stress comes from jobs, family, responsibilities and unexpected events in our daily lives.  Personally, one of the most stressful times of my life is when my kids get sick. To me, having a sick baby or kid is stressful because I would do anything to make them better in an instant and they are just so helpless.  When my kids get sick, I try to alleviate the stress by fully assessing their illness, taking them to the appropriate doctor if necessary, and making sure I have a plan for remedying their ailments.  I also keep a fully stocked cabinet of Hyland's products that I know I can rely on and trust.