Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teething Bling Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I have a few diamond necklaces that Jon has bought me. There has been one that I've worn the entire year since I got it Christmas 2010. I love it! But Emerson was starting to pull it. So it had to come off. I love wearing necklaces so I was looking for a better option. It might not be diamonds, but I came across Teething Bling. For the next 2-3 years I WILL be wearing this necklace. 

I received the Spice Pendant and I love it. It will truly go with everything

My pictures just don't do it Justice
Mine seems to be more red/brown than orange like this one.
I LOVE this necklace. The Pendant is firm, yet still soft and flexible. This is used as a great distraction while nursing or for your baby to chew on with they're teething. 

The necklace is quite long. It hit me right below the breasts. So I tied some knots in the cord and now it hits right where I want it too! And it still looks quite cute! 

If Emerson grabs it hard and pulls (which I'm sure will happen a time or two) it has an easy break away clasp
I've heard from other bloggers that their child chews on this and never leaves teeth marks. So it's a durable product. 
I will use it for years to come AND it looks stylish!

They also have bangle bracelets, and sets with one necklace and 2 bangles.

They even have men's ties that have a squeaker and rattle inside!! HOW awesome is that?

Price: $23.99 for a necklace! Definitely worth getting 2-3 to switch them out from time to time! 

Overall: *****
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Teething Bling in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Teething Bling for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway

February Instagram Photo a Day Challenge

I'll be participating!
Here's the list for each day

Truly Sanctuary Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I LOVE coming across website that have unique clothing items. I hate when a baby has the same clothes as THOUSANDS of other children. When Avery starts going to school I want her to have unique clothes, not something that 3 others in her class will also have!

It's a bonus if the items are handmade! That's where I fell in love with Truly Sanctuary. They have handmade unique clothes for Babies, Kids and Adults!

We received 2 baby onesies for review! We got the You Are My Sunshine and the Bee Yourself, but it was very hard to pin it down to just those 2.

These are both gender neutral. I LOVE the bee one!! It's so adorable. 
And the Sunshine one is really great too. I love the different fonts used. 

We got both of these in the 3 month size. They fit Emerson perfectly. Because of his cloth diapers they fit really great. They are a little long and because they're stretchy they'll fit for a couple more months for sure!

I think they're both really great for spring, but I don't think they'll last that long. Maybe I'll get onesie extenders for them. Then they will last that long. 

But right now they're super cute with pants and a zip up sweatshirt over them. They are super soft and the sizing is dead on. 

When I washed them, they didn't crack like a lot of screenprints do. The bee has been washed 3 times now and the sunshine twice and they both look brand new. That's a great product! Some things crack the first them they're washed and that's just nasty, especially if you paid a good amount for the item.

Here were some other choices of mine

And I LOVE this one! Dirty Dancing is the BEST

There are other great ones as well.
I would love this for Avery, but it's only up to a 4T
Of course I could get this one!
There are so many great items!!!
Price: The Onesies are $14.99. Toddler shirts are $16.99 and the Women's tee above is $25.99! They also have Men's and youths as well!

Overall: ***** LOVE the quality and they're super cute!
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Truly Sanctuary in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Truly Sanctuary for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway

Newborn Cloth Diaper Celebration: Cloth Baby Giveaway *CLOSED*

Cloth Baby you have seen featured here a couple times now. The Merry Fluffy Christmas giveaway, a review and now another giveaway!

Our Papoose diaper is still going strong. I LOVE that diaper. It's pretty much bullet proof. It's great for at night!

The Wipe solution is still great. It smells good and is lasting a long time. I'm sure we'll easily get 6 months out of it. 
And the wipes are holding up very well. They are Tiny Tush so I'm sure they'll last our diapering days no problem.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Newborn Cloth Diaper Celebration: Should you invest in Newborn Diapers

Yes and No. I know, I know, but hear me out!

Yes you should buy newborn cloth diapers, they are cute, affordable, fit perfectly and you can still get 1/2 or more your money back. 

No, if you're expecting a baby that's around 8 pounds or so, then I would just buy one size, use disposables for the first week or 2 and then use the OS diapers. 

Emerson was fitting in OS diapers at about 8 pounds. We never had any leaks with them EVER. Still haven't to this day and he's 10.5 pounds and 1 month old now. 

Yes the newborn diapers fit great, right from the beginnings. They had the stump cutout which was nice for letting it dry out and fall off. But honestly half his newborn diapers don't fit anymore. But since we had such a large rotation and none of them have stains I can get probably 3/4 of my money back and I won't be out hardly any money at all. So for me it was worth it for those aspects. 

But he has outgrown quite a few of his newborn diapers as of right now. I don't reach for them nearly as much. 

What newborn worked the best and longest. For us our Work At Home Mom diapers have lasted the longest. They are still fitting with ease. Our Smartipants Newborn is still working like a charm, but it's a little big on a smaller newborn. I would recommend the Wild Mountain Mommies as well. This one still has a few pounds left in it! Fuzzibunz XS is another good one. They claim 12 pounds and I'm sure that's accurate as Emerson is still easily in them!

The Rumparooz Lil Joeys were outgrown a LONG time ago. I feel they are too trim in the crotch area and they just don't fit that great. The GroVia NB AIO stopped fitting as well. 

It's great to find what works for you! If you want to invest in newborn cloth then do so. Especially if you're expecting a smaller baby. Avery was 6lb 10oz and she grew slowly, so newborn would've been great for her. Emerson was 7lb 6oz and grew FAST (10.5 pounds at a month) so newborn cloth wasn't really the best option for us. 

What OS worked from the beginning for us. Oh Katy, Best Bottom, GroVia AI2, and Fuzzibunz have been the best. 

Use newborn or don't use newborn. Entirely up to you!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

LilyPadz Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I have to say that when I came across LilyPadz I was quite intrigued. Basically they apply pressure to the nipple so you don't leak. 
Leaks are embarrassing right? Sometimes even with a pad on you can still leak. 
Well this creates a suction type barrier so you don't leak!
I was sent the Starter Kit which includes 1 LilyPadz set, 1 Lily Wash and 1 Lily Wipes (24ct)
Wipes on left, Pads in middle, Wash on right and an organza storage bag as well
 The pads come stuck to a plastic insert.
 Wipes (there are 24 total) and the wash
So I was very intrigued when I saw this product. HOWEVER, they didn't work for me. 

You flip it inside out so the tacky side is facing you, then you push in the middle and push it against your nipple, basically push your nipple in, then take the edges and smooth them out over your skin. So now it's flipped right side out and your nipple is contained and pressed inside the pad. 

When there's pressure on a nipple it won't leak. So in theory this should work. It worked for me all day, no problem. Even when I pumped the other side didn't leak (YAY), but when I woke up in the morning I noticed there was some milk in it. I sat up in bed and IT LEAKED EVERYWHERE. If I was wearing a cloth pad it wouldn't have been bad because it would've been absorbed. But with this the seal must have broke when I sat up and my shirt and bra was SOAKED!

I tried it a second time, thought it was user error. Well same thing happened. It was at night and when I sat up in bed, yep HUGE leak! 

So I can use these during the day, but not at night. But at this point I no longer leak at all, so I really don't need them. I'm bummed they didn't work for me!

The wash was super easy to use though. You just pump out a squirt and handwash the pads and then rinse them. SUPER easy!
I love the organza bag they come with, great for in the diaper bag or even just wherever you store your pads. 

I didn't try the wipes. 

Price: The Started kit is $36.95. You can also get the starter with 2 sets of pads for $49.95. Normally 1 set of pads is $22.95

Overall: *** 1/2. They just didn't work for me. I don't leak that bad so I'm sure for a woman who leaks really bad these definitely wouldn't work. 

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from LilyPadz in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to LilyPadz for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vote for your Favorite Sakroots Prints for the New Rainboots and you could win a pair!

Sakroots SHOEDOWN Contest!!  Vote & Win. Go to http://sakroots.thesak.com/shoedown and vote on your favorite sakroots Artist Circle rainboots for Spring. Vote as many times as you'd like and then enter your email address for a chance to take home the winning pair!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Newborn Cloth Diaper Celebration: Emotibums Review & Discount

One thing EVERY cloth diaper user needs if fleece soakers. Whether it be soakers, shorties OR longies Emotibums has you covered. She makes them all and she does an amazing job. 

We received a custom pair of her longies to try out on Emerson. 
We chose the Cherry with Sky and the Glee face
Love her Logo Ribbon!
 I thought they looked so tiny when I got them
 Glee face!
 Extra protection in the wet zone.
 So cute!
 They're so precious!

 Guess they weren't as small as I thought!
These pictures were taken when Emerson was 4 days old. They fit him better in the length now that he's a month old (tomorrow, EEK). But they still fit really well in the waist. I'm pretty sure we'll get the winter out of them. They have a bit of growing room in the waist and length. Eventually I'll probably have to use trimmer fitted diapers under them so the booty has a bit more room, but that's fine with me. 
I also use these over pockets too. If a diaper leaks it ensures that we don't get soaked!! YAY

I love these. They are adorable, her fleece is super soft and she offers custom sizing which is PERFECT! We received the size small which is the smallest she makes. She also does Medium and Large and again custom! So you can get these for your 7 year old if you'd like too!

She has many different color choices and also many different faces!
They're all so adorable!

Price: Small are $18! Large are $22! Very reasonable!

Overall: *****

Emotibums is offering 20% with Free Shipping to the FIRST 5 ORDERS. Just email her and let her know that I sent you and she'll make the adjustment! 
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Emotibums in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Emotibums for allowing me to review this product and for offering a discount code

Picasso Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

So for a while now the HOT look has been feathers in the hair. You all know what I'm talking about! I received the Candyland feathers from Picasso to try out. 

It came with 2 pink, 2 blue and a grey. 

They were SUPER easy to apply. There's a video on the website here that shows how. 

There is a little plastic loop on the end. You put your hair strand into that (a small 1/2" chunk or so) and then pull it. Then you slide the feather up to your scalp and clamp it down with pliers. THAT'S IT! When you want to remove them you just clamp with pliers the other way. Reinsert the plastic loop and reuse it!
I didn't quite get the placement right. Figuring out where to put them was the hardest part!
They can be curled or straightened up to 180 degrees! Pretty cool item. They have a TON of color packs to choose from too!

After I applied them, I just cut them (up and down, not straight across) and they're good to go!

My second choice
and my third
Price: The 5 packs are $19.95! 12 packs $29.95 and 25 packs $59.95

Overall: *****

Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Picasso in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Picasso for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Newborn Cloth Diaper Celebration: Baby Belle Bottoms Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

Baby Belle Bottoms is a store that carries a lot of diapering items. They have diapers and covers, inserts and liners, Laundry and diaper supplies, Elimination Communication items, potty learning, babylegs, nursing pads and more. 

I received a GroVia AI2 diaper in the owls print for review.
She sent me the Shell and 1 soaker pad
 The inside is a mesh material
 Insert snapped in
 Smallest Setting
 Medium Setting
 Largest Setting
Fits Emerson on the Smallest setting perfectly

 The last diaper left the red marks, it wasn't this one!
It fits his thighs great.
I've been using this diaper a lot. It works great for us. It's perfect for night time because it's a OS diaper so it has more coverage and contains any leaks. We haven't had a leak with this diaper and the insert holds a lot! Emerson is still quite the super soaker. 

2 nights ago I went to change his diaper after 3 hours and it was DRY... I put this GroVia AI2 on him and when I changed him 3.5 hours later it was soaker but didn't leak at all! YAY GroVia. 

I love the diaper. It washes up nicely. The velcro tabs STAY on. I love GroVia's velcro. It's so different but is SUPER sticky and stays. 
I have an old GroBaby (what they were before via) AI2 diaper and the tabs are still super sticky. That diaper is 2.5 years old and it still works wonderfully. The GroVia has a larger cut on it and will last a lot longer size wise I think. 
Plus the owls are SUPER CUTE.

If you went solely with this system I would recommend 8 shells and 24 pads. That's 3 changes per shell (but you can swap them out to let them air dry) and a total of 24 changes which should last 2-3 days.

Price: The Shell is $16.95 and 2 pads are $17.95. It comes out to $17.45 per change which is good because when you use a pocket diaper you spend about that anyway! Plus with this system it takes up less space in a diaper bag and wet bag so it's great for traveling. 

Overall: *****

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Baby Belle Bottoms in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Baby Belle Bottoms for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tommee Tippee Review

I did a review for Tommee Tippee just earlier this month on their pump. Well shortly after that review I started pumping 6oz at a time and since the bottle that was included was only 5oz I needed to transfer the milk to another bottle in the middle of a session. 

So I contacted them about reviewing their 9oz Bottles. I could use it with my pump and not have to take a break to transfer milk!

They quickly obliged, sent my 3pack of bottles and a 2 pack of Pacifiers and I had them just 2 days later!!! Talk about fast shipping!

 They are 6-18 month though

I love these bottles. At first I didn't care for them because the flow was a little fast for him (it is with the 5oz bottle too) and he collapsed the nipple often. BUT after more use he's gotten used to them. It's still a bit of a faster flow, but he doesn't choke like he did. AND he's figured out the nipple so it doesn't collapse. So now I'm just loving them!
And it's super nice to just pump and then feed right out of the bottle at his next feeding. 
Now about 2 weeks after receiving these bottles my supply went down and now I only pump 2oz at a time, but it's still nice to have 4 bottles that are compatible with my pump. And they're still good for using formula with as well. 

The pacifiers are 6+ month so we haven't even tried them yet, they have quite a big nipple. But I'm sure he'll love them in a few months. They are Tommee Tippee after all!

Price: 3 9oz (or 5oz) bottles are on sale for $17.99 (instead of $19.99) at Babies R Us. And the Pacifiers are  $5.99

Overall: *****
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Tommee Tippee in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Tommee Tippee for allowing me to review this product