Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Freeloader Child Carrier Review

I received a sample from Freeloader through US Family Guide to facilitate this review
My babies loved to be worn and carried in a carrier, but there comes a time when they are just too big/heavy for it. My youngest is 3.5 and weighs about 35 pounds and he's just too heavy for carriers (to make it comfortable for me) and we stopped wearing around a year ago. 

Lately we've been doing more outdoor activities and being more active since the family is all a little older now, and I came across The Freeloader and knew it would be great for us. 

We received the carrier in Coral Reef (black with blue) and I was surprised when I first took it out of the box.

The Freeloader is a carrier meant for older children and instead of them being cradled by fabric, they sit on a seat and then get attached to your back. It's very comfortable and helps distribute the weight more evenly.

The best part is the carrier folds up and you can wear it like a backpack during transport.

Well padded for the child

It even has pockets inside LIKE a backpack.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Motown Museum, Hitsville, USA

I received a complimentary tour for the sole purpose of this post
Motown Museum, Hitsville, USA Review
Motown Museum, Hitsville, USA Review

Hitsville, USA, born from a dream with a will to make it happen. Berry Gordy started Hitsville, USA with $800 borrowed from his family, in 1959. From that time some of the largest acts in history recorded at Hitsville. Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder (who was signed at just 11 years old), The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and so many more.

From 1959-1972 Hitsville, USA ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Berry had said that magic happens at all hours of the day and he wanted the studio to remain open for when that magic strikes. There were 3 phones on the desk to take in the influx of calls, since there wasn't call waiting.

Motown Museum, Hitsville, USA Review

Motown Museum, Hitsville, USA Review

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Car Seat Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety Tips

Car seat safety is so important to me. I've always done my due diligence to make sure each of the three kids learned at a young age that they had to sit in their car seats and buckle up before mommy even turned the car on. Now that Avery is in just a seat belt, she always rides in the back and sits correctly in her seat. But I will be the first to admit that car seats are confusing. Trying to figure out which one is best for what age and size makes my head hurt, and then installing it? I sometimes think you need a PHD to get those things in right. If you are struggling with your car seat or trying to figure out what car seat you should buy, there is no better time than now. Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23, 2017) starts soon and it is a great time to brush up on car seat safety tips and make sure your child is in the right seat, with the right fit and installation. During Child Passenger Safety Week, more than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week culminates in “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE. Car Seat Safety Tips:
  • Check age and size: Find a car seat that fits your child. As children grow, how they fit in their car seat will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows room for growth.
  • Read the manual: Before installing your car seat in your vehicle and putting your child in the car seat, read the manufacturer’s instructions so you know how your car seat works.
  • Test it in your car: Not all car seats fit in all vehicles so test the car seat you plan to buy to make sure it fits correctly in your vehicle.
  • Register it: Register your car seat and booster seat at gov/TheRightSeat so you will be informed if there is a safety recall on your model.
  • Get it checked: Be certain you've installed your car seat correctly by having it checked by a certified child passenger safety technician. Bring the car seat instructions AND the vehicle owner’s manual with you to a car seat inspection appointment!
To make sure you have the right seat for your child, visit, or find a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area. During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. To find events near you, including free car seat checks, visit *According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Foster Farms Freezer to Table in Under 30 Minutes & GIVEAWAY! #FFRuleYourRoost

I received coupons to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
WIN 10 FREE Boxes of Foster Farms Corn Dogs!!

WIN 10 FREE Boxes of Foster Farms Corn Dogs!!

Going back to school was always easy for my family. I had 1 child in school and 2 at home with me still, so the transition was pretty simple. But this year my middle also started school. Having 2 children in school and having to change our entire routine has been a bit... hectic, to say the least. Waking earlier, getting 2 children off to school (my daughter was always easy being as she's 10 already, but getting a 5yr old putz ready is proving to be challenging), hustling with my youngest to the gym before the daycare closes, etc. It's been crazy and a big change and we're all having difficulties adjusting. That's where Foster Farms comes in. Freezer to Table in Under 30 Minutes and helping me Rule the Roost has been a big help. 

Foster Farms can help you “Rule Your Roost” by providing an incredible range of tasty, protein-rich, super easy-to-prepare meals your family will love. Just think about how stocking up on Foster Farms frozen crispy strips, buffalo wings, chicken nuggets and many other frozen chicken products as well as a variety of corn dogs. I chose the Foster Farms corn dogs as a quick and easy dinner solution.

WIN 10 FREE Boxes of Foster Farms Corn Dogs!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MAM Baby and ErgoCocoon GIVEAWAY!

I was not compensated to write this post
MAM Baby and ErgoCocoon Giveaway!!

MAM Baby and ErgoCocoon Giveaway!!

About MAM
MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets

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ergoPouch ergoCocoon Swaddle Sleep Bag

The ergoCocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. Made from skin-friendly, breathable organic cotton for superior comfort, the ergoCocoon is acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for its ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the ergoCocoon has poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag. Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season. For more information visit
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Melbourne, Australia-based ergoPouch was founded in 2009 by Alina Sack.  As a mother, Sack drew on her own personal experiences of sleep deprivation to come up with innovative products designed to help babies and kids get a better night’s sleep.  The award-winning ergoPouch collection includes premium quality baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits available from birth to 6 years of age sizing.  All ergoPouch products are made with natural fibres including Organic Cotton, Bamboo and Merino.  ergoPouch products offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag, and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller. 
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September is #NationalBabySafetyMonth, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family.