I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Day.  As a mother of premature twins, I know first hand the effects on a preemie baby.  My girls were premature and as a result, left more susceptible to illnesses like RSV.  What is RSV?  RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common seasonal virus contracted by most children by the age of two and the leading cause of hospitalization in children under one – yet many parents haven’t heard of the illness.  Respiratory Syncytial Virus usually presents mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but can lead to serious infection.  Premature babies can have serious consequences with RSV.  It is highly contagious and is not only spread by coughs and sneezes but can live on surfaces, hands and clothing.

My twins were premature.  The picture below is my little Reagan in the NICU following her birth.  That winter, the girls contracted RSV and Reagan ended up hospitalized because of it.  While Riyan was able to work through it without hospitalization, it left her lungs more vulnerable as well and both girls have battled croup, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.  It is heartbreaking watching your baby gasp for air.

With a new baby in our home, we are once again on RSV alert.  Preventing RSV depends greatly on staying informed, educated and taking action when necessary.  What can you do?  Contact your pediatrician has persistent coughing or wheezing, a bluish color around the fingernails or mouth, rapid, difficult or gasping for breath or fever.  These symptoms can be signs of RSV.  Early detection is important.

Since RSV has no treatment once contracted and is highly contagious, prevention is key.  It can live on surfaces and skin for hours and is spread through coughing, sneezing and touch.  Prevention tips include avoiding crowds and sick people during peak season, washing hands and keeping bedding and toys clean and never let anyone smoke around your baby.  After the twins battle with RSV, I am very diligent about hand washing in our home.  Our kids and guests have to wash their hands when they come in the house.  We don’t want to go through that experience again, nor do we want other families to have to either. 

November 17th is World Prematurity Day and it is a good time to learn the risks associated with with premature birth and how we can protect those born too soon.  Something as easy as washing your hands can protect a little life.

You can learn more tips including how to talk to your pediatrician about RSV and view data regarding the illness in your area, as well read real stories from real families at www.RSVprevention.com.

Learn more by clicking on the infographic below!

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Since the addition of our sweet new daughter, Quinn, I have been having a blast dressing her up in all things girly.  And what does a girl need?  SHOES!  Baby shoes are a weakness I hope I never recover from – I mean who can resist cute little teeny tiny shoes?  One of my favorite stops for baby shoes?  Jack & Lily!  Both Kinsley and Quinn’s first pair of shoes were Jack & Lily shoes! 

Jack & Lily is committed to the development of high quality baby footwear. Lovingly designed with a baby’s sense of touch in mind, our footwear uses the best ‘Lamb Touch’ leather available. Jack & Lily owners have been in the leather business for 25 years and have perfected the art of sourcing out quality materials that ensure healthy and comfortable feet, while keeping up with the latest fashions. With more than 200 combinations of contemporary colors and distinct styles to choose from, Jack & Lily is proud to be providing ultra-soft, fashionable shoes for babies and toddlers throughout the world.

Jack & Lily have four types of infant and toddler shoes, Originals, My Boots, My Shoes and My Mocs.

  • Originals are hand-crafted with breathable, ultra-soft, premium cowhide leather and a suede sole that is flexible and skid resistant. A gently elasticized ankle provides comfort while making them easy to put on and stay on! They are washable by hand or machine.
  • My Shoes are hand-crafted with breathable, premium leather and our signature durable, soft, flexible, rubber sole. Additional features include suede lining, 3 MM’s of cushioning for the sole and ankle. Velcro makes it easy to put on and stay on. A true soft-sole shoe that can be used outdoors or indoors.
  • My Boots are hand-crafted with breathable, premium leather and our signature durable, soft, flexible, rubber sole. Additional features include an ultra-soft, non-allergenic faux fur lining and 3mm cushioned sole. A true soft-sole shoe that can be used outdoors or indoors
  • My Mocs are and-crafted from leather and premium materials. My Mocs offer form and stability while providing a little more wiggle room in the moccasin-style soft sole.

Jack & Lily has expanded their line with the new addition of My Mocs.  I recently had the opportunity to try an adorable pair of “Bouquet Brown” My Mocs with Quinn. 

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The Bouquet Brown My Mocs feature three embroidered flowers on a rich, chocolate brown leather.  Aren’t they the cutest?

IMG_0177IMG_0179Sometimes it is difficult getting shoes on babies and toddlers.  The strap across the top of the shoe makes it easy to slip on baby’s foot and there is ample room for even the chubbiest of toes! 

IMG_0176With soft, skid resistant soles and flexible leather, My Mocs are the perfect shoe to transition to walking. 

IMG_0175Quinn is only a few weeks old and has a little bit more growing to do before they fit but they look adorable on her already.

IMG_0203I can not brag enough about Jack & Lily.  The quality is fantastic and I have never been disappointed with any of their shoes. 

Jack and Lily offers their shoes in sizes up to 30 months.  They even have a handy sizing chart so you can obtain the perfect fit.

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You can purchase the Bouquet Brown My Mocs on their website for $28.

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I received the below mentioned product free of charge to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own.
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With winter just around the corner, now is the time to start preparations to prevent the spread of germs. I have teamed up with America’s Tooth Fairy and Vilah Bloom to provide my readers with some awesome tips on avoiding germ transmission and a giveaway for a Vilah Bloom Diaper Bag Clutch!

The America’s ToothFairy Kids Club is a free club developed to promote healthy smiles for all kids! Join the America’s ToothFairy Kids Club and receive educational activities, tips and personalized letters from the ToothFairy!  Each month, Kids Club members, their parents and caregivers receive educational activities that encourage healthier living for the entire family!  Each newsletter also includes tips and ideas for parents and caregivers that help you keep your child’s smile happy and healthy!

Vilah Bloom was born out of the necessity to provide modern, on the go moms a chic and truly functional alternative to the diaper bag. Designer and founder Jackelynn Garrett wanted to put a new spin on the traditional diaper bag by reinventing the popular coined phrase, “fashion meets function”. In doing so, a stylish diaper bag that dispenses wet wipes was created.

 
Tips on avoiding Germ Transmission:

  • Avoid spreading harmful bacteria to babies by washing pacifiers in warm soapy water; never “clean” a pacifier or bottle nipple by placing it in your own mouth.
  • Invest in a new toothbrush at least every three months and after every illness to avoid lingering bacteria and germs
  • Bags have one-hand wipe dispensers to avoid germ transmission!

With these tips in mind, I would like to introduce you to Vilah Bloom’s stylish clutch and tote style diaper bags with built in, one hand wipe dispensers to help prevent germs from spreading!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

We have been in the market for a new stroller for our newest daughter due to arrive in just six weeks. I have been researching stroller styles that will fit the needs of both a newborn and my toddler grandson if necessary.  I have had my share of big, bulky strollers in the past and having to collapse and lift those beasts into the car while wrangling three little ones?  No, thank you.

What we needed was something lightweight and compact – something like an umbrella stroller – that I could collapse and pick up easily but still had all the features of big stroller.  I recently had the opportunity to review the GB Ellum Stroller in Raspberry and well, she is a dream! Check it out…

strollerThe GB Ellum is a stylish full size stroller.  But get this – because it is lightweight and compact, it feels like a lightweight stroller.  I can collapse and lift this sweet little gal into the car with one hand!  It’s a win already, I am telling you.  And the cute raspberry flowers?  Swoon!

IMG_0527Let me share with you all the cool features about this stroller!  When the box arrived, it was much smaller than I expected. I thought for sure I was going to have a zillion parts to assembly.  I opened the box and was very surprised to see that other than the attaching the wheels, it was completely assembled! I was able to get it put together in under five minutes.

Since we are waiting on baby Quinn to arrive, Kinsley plopped one of her dolls in the seat and we took it for a spin. The stroller has 360 degree wheel base so it is easy to push and glides and turns very easily with only one hand.

IMG_0537One of my favorite features is the canopy.  After raising six kids, one of my biggest complaint has been the small canopies.  How many times have you pulled a canopy down and found it short coming, only to have to throw a light blanket over the top – and of course the blanket hangs down, catches a wheel and spins into a wadded, dirty mess on the ground?  The canopy on the Ellum?  Fantastic!  The canopy has a see through area so I can check on baby easily. It also has a section that unzips and expands to allow more coverage over baby. Genius!

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Oh the reclining seat!  My last stroller reclined with a rod I had to pull up and it would always disconnect from the stroller and I would constantly have to take it apart and reassemble. The GB Ellum seat reclines via a toggle.  I just reach under and adjust the toggle to obtain the seat height I want.  So easy and reliable! 

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The seat also features the coolest padded back for comfort.  It has a three point harness and padded straps.  Underneath is spacious storage for the diaper bag with a detachable cup holder on the side.

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Another feature I love and didn’t have with the bulky strollers  – an adjustable foot rest! It can go down and straight out so it’s great for any size kiddo. It also goes upward when approved car seats are attached.  Yes, you can attach certain car seats to create a full travel system.  The GB Ellum converts to a travel system with following infant seats: the Graco Snugride Click Connect 30, 35 or 40 and the Chicco Keyfit and Chicco Keyfit 30.

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But the best part?  Collapsing this stroller is as easy as 1-2-3!  It folds down easily and quickly without needing two hands…and it stands by itself so it doesn’t fall over when collapsed. It took me a couple tries to figure it out but once I did, easy peasy. I just kicked up the lock on the axle, reach down and pull up on a strap in the seat and it collapses like magic.

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After it is folded, I can easily lift it with one hand and fit into the car.  I have a big SUV with plenty of space but the Ellum folds so compact, you could fit it with no problems in any size car.

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The GB Ellum is perfect for city strolls and shopping and it will hold kiddos up to 50 pounds!

I am pleased with this super cute lightweight stroller and can’t wait to take little Quinn for a spin.  I love how the GB Ellum stroller just makes everything so easy for a busy mom (and grandma) like myself.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a compact lightweight yet full sized stroller.

The GB Ellum comes in two colors, raspberry and fusion and is available at Babies R Us for $219.99.  Right now, it is on sale for $189.99!!

Bringing a new baby into the family is an excited time!  It can also be expensive.  Fortunately, there is a slew of resources out there for free baby products – if you know where to look.  Everything thing from magazines to samples, it pays to know how to get free stuff for baby!
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Baby Registry

Many stores offer free baby packages when you register with the store.  Items may include baby wipe samples, pacifiers, magazines, coupons, etc. You can register online but free items must be picked up in store.  Many stores also offer additional percentages off items that were not purchased from your registry.

Free for Shipping

These items you can get free for shipping using a code. 

Mother & Baby Items

Sites that offer free items for mom and baby.

Diaper Rewards

Many diaper brands have reward programs where you can collect codes for free stuff.  Sign up and watch for the codes on packaging.

  • www.huggies.com
  • www.pampers.com Pampers Gifts To Grow Codes to get started: PRWELCOMEU10PTS (10 points), DM13PA4NRWPRE14 (50 points), JOINNOW4REWARDS (50 points), TWIT58FA76DY014 (5 points), FBTNSK8FA876014 (10 points), NL9SEPTFALL13PA (10 points)

Formula

  • www.enfamil.com$250 in free gifts for mom and baby.
  • www.similac.com Similac StrongMoms membership is free and includes: Up to $329 in membership benefits, Expert nutrition guidance and support from pregnancy through baby’s first year and A free $35 Shutterfly pregnancy journal photo book when you enroll.
  • www.gerber.com Gerber Nutrition Kit includes samples, coupons and more.

Books & Magazines

Discount Codes

Stores and sites that offer discount codes.

  • www.simplewishes.com Hands Free Pumping Bras.  Codes: “WIC” for 15% off, “SIMPLE50″ for 50% off, “SWBOGO” free special edition bra with purchase of signature bra, “MILK” for $9 off and “SIMPLE50″ for 50% off.

Giveaways

Giveaways for baby items are everywhere.  You can find a database of giveaways at Online Sweepstakes.  Cloth Diapering mom can take advantage of the weekly cloth giveaway list located at www.change-diapers.com.  Parents Magazine always has giveaways listed here.

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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It’s exciting to watch when your baby transitions from a stationary infant to an active baby!  The first time they roll over, crawl and take those first steps – these milestones are filled with joy…and challenges. Because of the new movement, baby’s diaper can shift as they move causing leaks and an incorrect fit.

Just as your baby is changing, so should their diaper.  As a parent, you want your baby to be comfortable and dry throughout the day, whether it be at home or on the go.  Huggies understands that baby’s needs change as their little bodies grow and have introduced the new and improved Huggies Little Movers Diapers for those little ones ready to take on the world.

Huggies Little MoversThe Huggies Little Movers diapers feature new double grip strips that provide double the grip and a stretchy Snugfit waistband for the perfect fit and flexibility through all baby’s twists and turns.  Little Movers stay in place as baby moves thanks to the contoured shape and with the improved Leak Lock design, baby has the best protection and security against messy leaks.

Side by SideHow would you like to win a year supply of Huggies Little Movers diapers?  Now is your chance!

Target is offering the chance to win a year supply of Huggies Little Movers diapers! To enter, visit here and uploading a photo or video of your baby’s best moves. To enter, you’ll need to create or login to your existing Huggies account. Plus, when you enter, you will automatically receive a $2.00 Target coupon for Huggies diapers. Score!

I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stonyfield. I received coupons to facilitate my shopping trip and a promotional item to thank me for participating. unnamed Kinsley is an incredible picky eater.  If she had her way, she would eat two foods forever – pizza and burgers.  Since she is so picky, getting a balanced diet into her is a constant struggle. Not to mention the times when we are out and about and there are golden arches calling her back to her mother ship.  Recently I have discovered a powerful tool to put in my arsenal of mommy tricks – if her food comes in a pouch, she will eat it.  yogurt A couple weeks ago, we discovered Stonyfield’s Organic Yogurt Pouches.  These pouches come in three stages, YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKid!  They are the first refrigerated organic yogurt pouch available. These convenient re-sealable pouches come in many flavors including Strawberry Beet Raspberry, Pear Spinach Mango, Blueberry and Strawberry Banana. All of the Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches contain pure organic ingredients and never any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. I was excited to try the YoKid with Kinsley and the YoToddler with my grandson, Liam.  Unfortunately, I was only able to find the YoKid in strawberry at our local market.  (You can check your area to see if there is a retailer near you on the Stonyfield website).  I will be scouting the stores on our next trip into the city but for now, it was time to test on the toughest of critics – my picky eater. IMG_0173So what did Kinsley think of her strawberry YoKids pouch?  She gobbled it down in no time and when I asked her how it tasted, I got a thumbs up! IMG_0182Nutritious and delicious?  I think we have a winner!  Although I hadn’t purchased YoKids before now, I keep them stocked up in the fridge for her to grab when she wants a quick snack.   I am over the moon that she loves this organic snack and is getting healthy food in her little growing body – without all the icky stuff like high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.  The Stonyfield pouches are great to send in lunches to preschool or daycare and the portability makes them perfect for early morning soccer games or trips to the park.

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You know how when you find the CUTEST little outfit for your baby boy and you are just SO pleased because lets face it, baby boys get the short end of the fabulous wardrobe selection at pretty much every major clothing establishment. (Have you ever walked into say, Target and seen rack after rack of super cute baby girl clothing and then a couple of shirts with like, a boat on them for boys? argh!!)  Next you wind up seeing that cute outfit on every baby boy around because, well, it’s the one cute outfit available!  So annoying.  So, when Raya from Clever Birds contacted me about reviewing a couple of baby boy bodysuits I was like HECK YES… I mean I was very excited to be allowed the opportunity to test and review clothing from Clever Birds.  

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The designs I received are adorable.  One was sports themed and the other had a Giraffe.  The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the package was how soft they were.  SO SOFT!  The body suits are made of Cotton Micro Blend and also designed and printed in the USA.  I quickly chased down my 12 month old son and dressed him in the giraffe body suit.  I noticed right away how much I love the shaping around the leg.  A lot of onesies are really baggy at the leg area on my son but these fit so perfectly!  

IMG_2980[1]The quality seems really nice.  I love the fact that the designs are unique.  I browsed around their website quite a bit and found so many things I want to have.  Not only for my baby but for my 5 year old as well.BVY422A3PI_grande

I mean, look how cute!

Clever Birds sell a variety of products.  Bodysuits, Bibs, Burp Cloths, Blankets, Beanies, and Toddler Tee’s.  The products I received were 6-12 months.  The length (unsnapped) is 19″, Width 9″.  It fits my baby perfectly and he is almost 13 months.  Overall, I am so pleased I was able to try out these cute bodysuits from Clever Birds.  I can see how their products would make super cute and UNIQUE baby shower gifts that any mom would treasure.

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You can find Clever Birds products at their website, BedBathandBeyond, BuyBuyBaby and Target.

 

 

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Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time in a new mom’s life.  It can also be an expensive one.  Using coupons can help trim the cost on baby products but with a new bundle of joy demanding attention, who has time to collect and clip coupons?

Our friends at ShopperIncite has created a new FREE Shopping Planner for New Moms that is packed full of money saving coupons and offers, all in one convenient location! 

I recently had the opportunity to check out the Shopping Planner for New Moms for myself.  This handy little booklet is full of savings and fits perfectly in my purse for when I need it.  No clipping!

005This addition had over a dozen valuable coupons equating to about $18 dollars in savings for the coupons alone.  There is also promo codes, like free shipping and percentages off an order, for my favorite companies. Check out the coupons and deals below:

Coupons
$2 off 2 Lansinoh products
$1 0ff 5 Gerber Graduates Grabbers
$1 off 5 Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Purees
$1 off 3 Graduates Puffs
$5 off 1 Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump
$2 off 1 Lansinoh mOmma Bottle with NaturalWave Nipple
$2 off any size Bio-Oil products

Promo & Discount Codes from Zulily, Amara, Baby Einstein, Crane, Primo, California Baby, Jenny Craig, Dolphin Organics and more!

006The Shopping Planner for New Moms is more than just a coupon book. The last half of the booklet has a meal planner that can accommodate 9 weeks of meals with shopping lists. It is also filled with daily doses of tips, tricks and easy-to-make recipes. 

You can sign up for your FREE Shopping Planner below.  The planners ship quarterly, with the next one shipping in April. The more moms that sign up, the more coupons they will be able to provide in future planners! 

I received a Shopping Planner for New Moms to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own.

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Welcoming a new baby into the family is a joyous occasion.  Mom and baby are showered with gifts in anticipation of the big arrival but often times, the daddy-to-be is left watching from the sidelines. Now, daddies everywhere can spoiled with the selection of gifts for expectant fathers from Daddy & Co.!

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Daddy & Co. (formally DaddyScrubs) is dedicated to providing dads in every stage of fatherhood a way to proudly proclaim, “I’m the Daddy!”.  With their line of apparel, gifts sets, books and more, Daddy & Co, has everything for the frantic first time dad to the more experienced dad. 
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