Monday, April 28, 2014

The Cloth Diaper Experience.




Today, we started to cloth diaper.
Mayzee is 8 months old and we have tried every disposable diaper on the market.
Honest Company to Pampers to Seventh Gen, and yet we always seem to have a severe reaction that causes blisters and pain.
I soon found myself sitting with my baby and just wanting to give up.
Why was nothing working? Why did she have to have a reaction to everything under the sun?

Cloth Diapering seems so scary to someone who has never done it. The entire process seems so overwhelming to me right now. I struggle with the idea of being able to do it.
In all reality, it's really simple.
I actually think I may enjoy it.

There are so many diaper companies and brands, that it can be hard to figure out what works best for you and your little one. I still feel overwhelmed with that part, and look forward to investing and trying more brands and styles that will work for us.

What is your favorite cloth company? 

Share any tips and experiences with me, because I am all ready to learn and go at this!

Laters,

Heidi

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Matilda Jane: It's a Wonderful Parade Review


It's that time again!
Matilda Jane Clothing has come out with their new collection, "It's a Wonderful Parade" and it is stunning.
I've worked with Matilda Jane before and honestly they are one of my favorite companies. It was started by a Mother who wanted to bring her artistic talents and unique design to life by creating clothing that was interchangeable and fun. 
When it came time to sell the clothing, Denise DeMarchis decided that a team of "trunk keepers" would be the perfect way to allow other parents to create  entrepreneurial success and manage their everyday life by building their own home-based businesses.

The new collection "It's a Wonderful Parade" is filled with fun and whimsical pieces, that your children can come to life in. It is perfect for Spring and has that pop of color that makes your child stand out.
The clothing ranges from baby to adult, so it allows you to find something that will work for your family. I am beyond in love with this Bitty Ballerina Top, and honestly need to get it for May. 

It comes in sizes from 3 months to 18 months and is only $36.00.
It's made of a soft knit bodice with a vintage floral print, a full woven skirt covered in circus animals. Adorable.






We got 3 pieces to test out and needless to say, just like our other Matilda Jane items, they are the GO-TO items in the closet.


First we got the Cloudy Puffer Tee. This tee is 3/4 length sleeve and made of the softest cotton. It fits perfectly and is true to size. This is Lily's favorite shirt and she makes sure to point out the puffed sleeves to everyone she sees. This tee can be purchased for $32.00 and goes from sizes 12 months to 14. 


Next, we got the Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings. Again, made out of unbelievably soft material and stretchy for those growing legs. These are made to fit at the ankle and so when you get them, don't think they are too short. They are meant to be that way. These are perfect for bringing out warmer tones in any ensemble and have a beautiful coral tone to them. They can be purchased for $36.00 and come in sizes 12 months to 8.


Finally, we got the Love Bug Knot Top. Matilda Jane knot tops are my absolute favorite tops. They always have a whimsical feel and allow your childs creative mind come to play in their wardrobe. 
With its red flutter sleeves and lace eyelet trim makes this an elegant and fun top for any occasion. 
It can be purchased for $44.00 and comes in sizes 12 months to 8. 

Here is Lily, rocking her outfit





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*AOAMM received product in return for our review. We were not paid for this post and all thoughts are that of AOAMM and not the company*

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baby's on Broadway Reviews : Cybex Solution X-Fix


Baby's on Broadway Reviews: Cybex Solution -Fix



I love car seats. I am a total guru when it comes to researching them and finding the perfect one that fits our lifestyles. It came to be a struggle to find a booster seat that was sturdy and durable and yet safe.
We purchased a well name brand booster and off we went. It was cheap and always leaned to one side, no matter what we did. There was no stability and it always made me sad to see my little one fast asleep with her head bobbing forward because there was no way to rest her head back. 
I hated that booster, hated it.

I got the chance to try out the Cybex Solution X-Fix that sells at Baby's on Broadway in Little Falls, MN and I can't rave about this seat enough.
It was super easy to install *almost as easy as the Nuna Pipa, thanks to the Rigid Latch technology. 
The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System offers enhanced safety and stability and easy one-click installation.
Using the rigid LATCH System, the seat simply snaps into the vehicle's lower anchorage points. The connectors can easily be folded away, so that the seat is also compatible with cars not equipped with LATCH.


The seat has Linear Side-Impact Protection, which is huge for me. I find it hard to purchase a seat that does not have thisThe Linear-Side-impact Protection System (L.S.P. System) systematically absorbs the force of a side-impact collision in a linear series of reaction through the use of the shoulder and head protectors. At the same time, the body's kinetic energy caused by the impact is absorbed at a very early stage and the head is actively led into a safe position
Last but not least is my FAVORITE feature on this booster. It has a 3-position reclining headrest, which is what helps your childs head from falling forward. Now this is huge with my kids, their little heads are always bobbing forward when they drift off and this feature stops that and protects their necks. The CYBEX patented 3-position reclining headrest guarantees optimal protection in the case of a side-impact. This revolutionary technology safely shifts the balance point of the child's head slightly back and prevents it from falling forwards when the child is asleep. In the case of a side-impact collision, the child's sensitive head remains within the safety zone of the seat, ensuring optimal protection. Furthermore, our patented 3-position headrest offers a more comfortable sleeping position for a safe and peaceful journey.

The CYBEX Solution X-fix high back booster seat has received numerous awards from the most renowned European consumer testing institutions. Now available on the US market.
This seat goes from 33 to 100 lbs and 38-60 inches and 3 years or older. It comes in beautiful and fun colors and is made with soft and cushy fabric. It is sturdy and safe and that is one thing that I wouldn't trade for anything else in the world. When you look at the Cybex X-Fix next to our other booster, it really does show a huge difference in quality and safety. 

The Cybex Solution X-Fix can be purchased at Baby's on Broadway at
47 East Broadway, Little Falls MN 56345 or by calling Adelle at 320.639.2229



Sunday, April 13, 2014

MiracleSuit Review




I hate swimsuit season. I dread walking down the isles of Target to find either bikinis or one piece swimsuits, that would suit my grandmothers sense of style more so then my own. 
I honestly just feel depressed when it comes time to go to the pool or the beach. I had a baby 8 months ago (and 3 years before that, and another year before that) so my body has what I like to call a 
"Perma-Roo"
A Kangaroo pouch that comes from carrying your unborn children.
And no matter what swimsuit I put on (especially when wet) it is the main focus and just unfaltering. 

I came across the Miraclesuit and HAD to try. 
The swimsuit company has a pretty inciting slogan
"Look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds"
Say,What? So I looked through the NUMEROUS options and styles of swimsuits and selected two gorgeous options.

and


First, let me say that the swimsuits look EXACTLY like the images. There have been times when I ordered clothing online and thought it looked completely different when it arrived. I was so happy with the look and style of both the Miraclesuits

Shipping was fast and the swimsuits came on hangers and in a bag. 
I was so excited to slide on my Pin Point Rialto, and it did NOT disappoint. 
I felt so good about myself in this. It sucked in my tummy and made me feel confident. I WANTED to go to the beach and the pool, because I felt good about myself. I had self confidence in a swimming suit and that was a first since having children.

It fit perfectly though, it hugged my body and my curves. I am in the process of working out and losing weight (Down 10 lbs, YAY!) and I do feel like if I lose anymore weight, the swimsuit won't fit me the way its meant to. I have 5 to 10 more pounds to lose and then I might have to get a smaller size.

The wide range of style options that MiracleSuit has available, is insane.
There is a style and a fit for everyone.

I can't talk up this company enough. They empower us as women to feel good about ourselves and embrace our body.

Please be sure to check out MiracleSuit
and
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*I was provided with a product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts written are that of AOAMM and not that of the company*

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top 5 Must Haves for your newborn



May was our third baby. We've used an abundance of baby products over the course of the last 5 years and I put together a list of our Top 5 Must Haves for your newborn. These were life saving products that my husband and I feel every new or experienced parent needs to invest in. 

1. Mamaroo by 4moms.

Oh, you magical little thing. May had severe acid reflux and was an inconsolable newborn, to the point  of driving us to tears. We tried everything from gas drops, swaddling, warm packs, medications, etc and the ONLY thing that soothed our baby, was the 4moms Mamaroo. With the option to play your own MP3s or choose from one of the 5 pre-installed tunes, was a magical feature that left us (and her) delighted. The 6 different movement choices rocked all of our worlds. We packed away her traditional swing and made the Mamaroo her go-to gadget. The incline/recline feature was extremely helpful the older she got. This product is so compact and lightweight that we would throw it in the back of our small vehicle and travel with it. It helped our baby relax and sleep and be able to digest her meals easier. Love you 4moms. 
Mamaroo can be purchased by visiting 4Moms.Com (or if you're local, by stopping at Baby's on broadway in Little Falls, MN.)


2. Aden + Anais Bamoo Dream Blanket.
Luxurious, Muslin, Comfort. All words I would use to describe Mayzees "chewy" blanket. We own two different designs of the Bamboo Muslin Dream Blanket from Aden + Anais. We purchased them before May was born and 7 months later, they are still her favorite items. The soft muslin fabric only gets softer with each wash (do not use fabric softener!) and is heavy enough to provide maximum warmth. We won the swaddles as well (another product I recommend) but the dream blanket was used to swaddles, snuggle and become a security for our baby. 
Aden + Anias Dream Bamboo Blanket can be purchased at www.adenandanais.com

3.Snuggle Me Sleeper by Taggies.
We co-sleep (and by co-sleeping I mean sharing a bed and or a room with your child) Mayzees reflux was bad enough where she couldn't lay down flat or she would erupt in horrible screaming fits that prevented her (and us) from getting any sleep. The Taggies Sleep and Play was a lifesaver for us. It traveled with us from room to room and place to place. Easy to fold and pack away when need be and sturdy and safe when in use. Loved the vibration pack that would lull by sleepy baby into a peaceful dream oasis and the incline was enough to allow her to sleep without throwing up or gagging and screaming. She is 7 months old and still uses it for naps. 
Taggies Sleep and Play can be purchased by going to kidsii.com/taggies

4. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles.
Tommee Tippee saved our lives. When Mayzee was diagnosed with a severe milk allergy, we had to stop breast feeding and switch to Nutramigen. May refused every bottle we gave her and no matter how hard we tried, she would not eat because she couldn't take the nipples. We tried Tommee Tippee and instantly she latched and ate an entire bottle. Since then, we have still tried other bottles and each time we are faced with the same result, "no thank you."
They help reduce her gas, allow her to feed without screaming and becoming frustrated that she can't latch and are very easy for her to hold. The wide base and long extended nipple I think is what did it for her. It mocked my breast perfectly which allowed her the comfort and ease of what she knew. It helped the transition of breast to bottle for us and I am forever in their debt.
Tommee Tippee can purchased at Amazon.Com or local Target retailers.


5. Pipa by Nuna
What is this thing and where did you come from? First off let me say that we have used a lot of infant car seats. Graco, Chicco, Safety First, Evenflo, and Baby Trend. All of which are great and have fantastic safety features and different price points for everyone's budget, but the Nuna HANDS DOWN wins it.  The safety features on this infant seat are out of this world. 

-Side Impact Protection
-5 Point Harness
-5 Second Install Base with added support leg. 

The comfort that this seat brings is phenomenal. Made with Oeko-Tex fabric and is plush and cushy. Perfect for your little one and makes sitting in this seat enjoyable and comfortable, a MUST! The fabric keeps your little ones cool in the heat and warm in the cold. LOVE.


Lightweight and easy to carry, which is a must with 2 toddlers in tow. Compared to other big named seats, this one is the lightest that I've used.  The seat is only 7.7 pounds and made out of top of the line plastics. 

Comes in 
Scarlet (which we own)
Night
Sand
Navy (exclusive at Albee Baby)
Blackberry (coming soon)

Built in dream drape with a hidden magnetic hold has been a feature that we use on the daily! Living in Minnesota we deal with snow, wind,rain,heat whenever Mother Nature feels like giving it to us. This protector allows us to go for walks, bring the girls into school all without getting baby wet/cold/hot, etc, and stores nicely away in a hidden compartment when not in use. 

Screen window allows for monitoring without openings the sun shade and awaking them by the bright light. I can take a quick peek and allow her to sleep as we are doing our weekly shopping. 

My Husband was the one that said this seat has to be in the must have list. 
This is my infant seat of choice.

You can purchase the Nuna Pipa at ShopNuna.Com
(or if you're local by visiting Baby's on Broadway in Little Falls, MN)



*I was not paid for this post nor was I given any of the products to facilitate this post. All thoughts are that of AOAMM and do not reflect the companies listed above*


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spa treatments for a year?! MAM says so.

 Looking for a reason to love MAM even more?

MAM is looking to give one lucky person spa treatments for an entire year!
Yeah, you heard me.

Read below to find out how you can enter:


Parenting can be hard, but your unbridled love for your children drowns out all fears and tears. Share with us what makes your little ones so special, your hopes and dreams for their futures and the joys of parenthood by posting a video, photo or letter on facebook.com/mambabyusa. Eligible entries will be considered for a grand prize of a year’s worth of spa treatments, valued at $2,500. It’s MAM’s way of celebrating you for the love you share.  Enter here: http://bit.ly/mamsharethelove.  Deadline to enter: April 15, 2014.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Basq NYC Review




Finding the right skin care line is essential to any woman. I love to keep my body looking as good on the outside as I feel on the inside, but with pregnancy that can be impossible. I gained 40+ pounds and welcomed a new little "family" of stretch marks to my mid-section. I used "butters" and "cream" that I purchased in bulk from our local retailers and never saw a difference. My skin was left battled and scarred and even though I am working out, my mid section is just...floppy.

I heard about Basq and when I actually got the chance to use their products, I was stoked. Basq is a high end line of skin care products and I couldn't be more impressed. 


The Toning oil is my favorite. I've noticed a huge difference on my thighs and a bit but not much in the mid section (that I'm afraid will probably always be a little loose) 
The smell is delightful and smells clean and powerful. It doesn't leave a oil/greasy residue on my skin or hands and quickly soaks into the skin. It has just become part of my nightly and morning routine. 
The packaging is great. Nice glass bottle and impressive detail. Easy pump for quick applications is a must and that's what it provided.



The Advanced Stretch Mark Cream is another great product. While I haven't seen a decrease in my stretch marks (I didn't expect to though) it feels good that I am preventing any further ones from arising. I use it on my arms, legs, thighs, and even breasts. Also smells great and doesn't leave that sticky feel that certain butters can do. 
Not a fan so much of the packaging though, it had a sticker on a plastic jar and looked a little cheap to me. I feel if it was a glass jar or the label was similar to the glass bottle it would have looked like a more high end product.
I love Basq. I simply just love Basq. 
Spending the money on a skin care line that is favored by many women, (including celebrities) and that actually works, is a chance I am hoping you will take. I always find it hard to purchase something (especially skin care products) without being able to test them or use the "Try Me!" samples at the stores, but I such a Basq believer, that I want you all to be too! Make it a part of your daily routine, you won't be disappointed.

To learn more or to purchase, visit Basq HERE.

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*I was provided a sample for my review. I was not paid for this post*