Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sophia is 10 Months

SOPHIA is TEN Months OLD!!!!!

Weight: 21 lbs.
Height: 29 inches.

Avocado, Hummus, Sweet Potato, all greens, (green beans, kale, spinach, peas, if its green she LOVES it!), water, like drinks a few baby Poland springs a day!

Having her Diaper Changed...She usually escapes and takes off naked!

{Sleeping} Still going up around 7:30 and in bed by 9. Sleeping until 9:00 or so in the morning, it's Great!! I've heard a few people say you wont get lucky like that with #2 so enjoy it. She will take 1 long nap around 10:30-11 that lasts about an hour and a half….and sometimes another long nap, or a few cat naps in the afternoon.

It really has been a BIG month, it is amazing how much they can pick up! Sophia has mastered waving Hello and Bye Bye, pulling up and standing all the time, talking up a storm, trying to walk, she also speed crawls all over the house! She has also just started doing "Kiss" and making the Mauh sound every time we say it! She catches and throws mini beach balls, all while saying baall, baaaalll. I can not believe how much she has changed this month. I am really excited to see what 10 months brings, because 9 months ROCKED!!!

{Movement} She is a crazy crawler!! She now lifts her knees off the ground and even gets up in the standing position on her own!!! She cruises along all of the furniture!!! She is always on the move!

{Eating} Eating has been really easy. She is not a picky eater, she nurses throughout the day and likes to have whatever we are having. Some of her favorites being guacamole, hummus and Sweet Potato!

{Teething} No new teeth. Still has 4!

{Talking} Saying, Dadda, Ball, Momma and lots of single letter sounds when she is just babbling throughout the day! I think Ralph was ecstatic that her first word was Dadda....but it quickly gave way to her favorite activity BALL!!! She plays catch, roll and throw all day! 

It has been a very busy summer, we have been spending time at the beach house, going to play groups, cookouts, birthday parties, Sophia's christening, baby movies, museums, zoo's, picnics ...Really, you name it we have done it! I am SOOOOO Excited that the air is getting cool though....I can't wait for FALL!!! Last year Sophia was brand new ;) the holidays were so magical but I can only imagine what they will be like this year. She will be able to pick her own pumpkins at the patch, get her own apples, go trick or treating, open her own presents, try cake on her 1st Birthday,  have Nonni's Thanksgiving Dinner!!! I really could do on an on! We are so excited!!

Happy 10 Months Baby Girl!
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Go Anywhere Booster Travel seat Review & Giveaway

Sophia and I love to go to lunch, it has kind of become our thing to break up the day! One thing that I notice is how dirty the restaurant high chairs are! They really do need to be wiped down after every child. I remember saying not to long ago how I wished I could bring Sophia's highchair from home with me. HAHA Obviously not going to happen but that is where the Go Anywhere Booster Seat from A Parent Company comes in. 
I received this product free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.
We received this lightweight booster seat for review and have completely fallen in love! It is so small and light weight and converts into a lightweight carrying case on the go! And I have to be honest, I got rid of our high chair at home!!! After having this booster for just 3 days I knew the big bulky high chair had to go! Oh how I love that Sophia sits at the Table now with Ralph and I! It is such a special time for us as a family! The chair is safe and comfortable, Sophia LOVES it! I can tell in her eyes that she feels like a big girl! The design is perfect too!

Sophia has a blast throwing her food around, and the true test would be how well it cleans when she is done... well it is super easy to clean and wipes up nicely!

Here is Some Info on this amazing Go Anywhere Booster!

The Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat weighs just 1.5 lbs. and is the only seat to comply with ASTM standards. It features a five point restraint harness, two sets of adjustable straps to secure to almost any chair.
Ideal for traveling and everyday use. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, the Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat folds up easily into a messenger bag style with handle and shoulder strap. 12 inches x 4.5 inches x 11 inches (folded), 12 inches x 18.9 inches x 11 inches (open). Maximum weight 40 lbs. Recommended for 12+ months, but suitable for a child who can sit unaided.
 Founded by Phil and Vanessa Carrington, A Parent Company came into being because they found a product that wasn’t available in the U.S., but should be. They are parents, they travel and like many parents today, they want safe, functional, compact and hip baby gear that is aesthetically pleasing to them as well as our children.
Go Anywhere Booster Seat: While the booster seat was designed for travel, it is also used as an everyday feeding seat. It is more affordable, hip, compact and discreet than a full blown highchair.
A Parent Company is Giving one of my lucky readers their VERY own Go Anywhere Booster travel seat!!! Good Luck Everyone....Winner will be chosen on September 15th!
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You can purchase your Go Anywhere seat on Amazon HERE for $36.99 You can also purchase the Go Anywhere Booster Travel Seat from A Parent Company's Website!!!! 

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Buttons Diaper Review

 Buttons Cloth Diapers have won Sophia's Daddy over (Us Too!!) We have been sorting through lots of cloth diapers through the past few weeks. Trying to weigh in on ones work best for Sophia and our Family. From the day they arrived on our door step I was sold! I'm a sucker for detail (love the stitched button on the back) and presentation, and they called delivered like a beautiful Birthday present! Take a peek...

I loved the Bold color, Ralph loved the design (specifically the button in place center) and Sophia loved how comfortable they were! Another Huge reason why we fell in love with Button's cloth diapers were, it's a family business! We Love to support family's, here is the back story, "Buttons cloth diapers were born at home. As a husband and wife team, we designed our diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone - the way it should be. We believe in keeping our lives simple, even when it comes to diapering. Our company is based in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington, where our family enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, and splashing in puddles. Our diapers are CPSIA certified, which means they are safe for your baby and good for the environment."
We got the larger insert, Sophia is a growing girl. What I think is fabulous is these diapers grow with your baby, right into toddler! Which saves money not having to buy the "next size up". Ralphs favorite feature as I mentioned before is the two snaps. I didn't realize how much the microfiber inserts shifted and cause leaks until I had the Buttons Cloth Diaper to see the difference. Sophia is very active and she is always on the move!

Overall we think Buttons Cloth Diapers are a 10!!!
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Bazzle Baby Bib II Review

I love Baby Fashion...I have been having so much fun with my little Dollie! She loves to shop too! I have done away with most of Sophia's bibs because frankly their ugly! I hate the way bibs look on baby's, and its hard to see their outfits! The reality of the matter is, baby's do NEED them!! Sophia has been teething like crazy so I've been making her these puree veggie pops (will share the recipe soon!) and they make a HUGE mess!! After Sophia ruined yet another adorable outfit I knew it was time to bust out her bibs again. I was so excited when I was offered a Bazzle Baby Bib for review! They are so trendy and cute...did I mention SUPER absorbent! They are made with a great quality fabric and really do the job. All while looking Super Fly too! ;)

Sophia LOVES to have cold water during her bedtime routine! She picks out (throws) books on the ground and I read while she drinks her water. 10 out of 10 I'm changing her jammies after story time. Yes its painstaking, especially when she is half asleep by the end, but now we can Rock our new bib! Currently Sophia is obsessed with Super Hero's, hence her new SuperGirl PJ's...it even has a cape!

What the Peeps at Bazzle Baby Bib had to say, "The newly designed Banda Bib II is truly the most functional product a parent could own for a dribbly baby.  Banda Bibs work like a bib, by drawing moisture away from clothes and skin, but look really fashionable, actually part of the outfit.  The Banda Bib II features double stud fastening which allows them to grow with baby and quality fabrics ensure they can be washed time and again and stay looking great." Sophia and I couldn't agree more!!! Sophia looked Super cute in her Gray chevron Bazzle Bib. As you can tell from her nursery we are WICKED chevron fans!!!

You can Purchase your Bazzle Baby Bib HERE

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GloDose Review

I love products that are made to make your life easier. GloDose being one of them! What is GloDose you ask??! "GloDose® is the mom-invented medicine dropper that makes administering medicine easier. When it comes to innovative baby products, it's still mom who knows best. With a soft glow, parents can accurately measure the medicine dosage with the lights off, leaving baby to stay comfortable and start getting healthy again." Being a first time mom, I learned VERY quickly how valuable NOT waking a sleeping baby REALLY is!

I love that the GloDose illuminates just enough for you to see what you are doing but not wake your sleeping baby or toddler! More importantly it is accurate! Its so important to not over medicate your most precious gifts! Plus the GloDose is SUPER easy to clean! This is definitely a MUST HAVE item in your house!!

Benefits of using GloDose®

  • No light disturbance... No more disturbing your child at night by turning the lights on!
  • No leaving the room to measure.
  • Your child peacefully returns to sleep.
  • A safer way of dosing at night, which lowers the risks of underdosing or overdosing.
You can Purchase your GloDose HERE

Shaidee Sun Cover Review

Sophia and I are out a lot! This being Sophia's first summer I want her to experience everything! One thing I know for sure is we need to be safe! I have very fair skin and I always practice sun safety. I'm an avid sunblock user and want that same protection and then some for my baby girl! We have been using badger sunscreen all summer long but I never really can tell how long before I need to reapply and still don't feel comfortable having Sophia be in the hot sun even with it on! We love to go on walks, especially in her baby Bjorn and Moby! She is a wicked snuggle and loves the comfort of being close to her momma! I tried putting hats on her to block the direct sunlight but she wasn't having it...she is more of a bow fan ;) Insert the BEST invention ever HERE, The SHAIDEE!!! This genius invention that is designed to wrap right around you with a very secure Velcro and keep your baby sun free! WooHoo!! Sophia loves it and I don't even feel it on!!

What the Peeps at Shaidee had to say,
"Shaidee ™ is a revolutionary new product designed for anyone concerned with protecting their baby from the harmful rays of the sun. Shaidee™ is a patent pending product that is “sun SMART cool GEAR™”! It is a lightweight, sleek “visor” that fits easily around any person carrying a baby in most models of front baby carrier or sling.  It also works with car seats and most strollers - it is a multi-use item!"

"Shaidee™ is manufactured in Canada using antimicrobial medical grade foam and Quick-Dry bird-eye mesh with 3M wicking designed to keep you cool and comfortable. Shaidee™ has been third party certified to comply with the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act! In other words, Shaidee™ is Sun SMART Cool GEAR™ for you and your baby!"

We also received the bug net....It will definitely come in handy when we go to Maine this coming week!!! I refuse to put those harmful chemicals on my baby so this was the BEST solution! It will keep them away and wont harm her!!

We went to the park today and it was Super Sunny!!! So much so that Sophia was unable to open her eyes while on the swing! I also hated the fact that she was in direct sunlight with no shade! Well Shaidee certainly has multiple uses!!! All I did was wrap it around the swing using the Velcro straps and problem solved!!! Sophia LOVED that she was able to open her eyes and enjoy swinging for another 30 minutes! I was happy that my baby was protected from those harmful rays!!! Later she ended up falling asleep...I sat in the swing and she napped away. Although it started to get buggy because we are near the wooded area. Our Bug net kept her Bug Bite Free!

Shaidee™ can be purchased online  through partners, and in select boutique retail stores across North America. Go Get yours TODAY!! :) We are so happy we have ours!! Don't forget to follow them on Facebook!

Munchables Review

We LOVE Munchables!!!!!!!  To really understand how valuable these necklaces are you need to know the background of the mastermind behind this brilliant invention!! Here is what the peeps at Munchables had to say, "The idea for Munchables began when my baby boy, Aiden, began teething and I needed a teething necklace for him to munch on. My mommy friends and I searched the internet for an affordable solution. We found many crafty pages suggesting that a necklace be made with wooden beads sewn inside a strip of cloth. After a trip to the fabric store and the craft store plus a few hours of planning and sewing, we all had functional teething necklaces; however, they lacked any aesthetic appeal – my husband jokingly forbade me to wear them out of the house!"

"Shortly thereafter, one of my girlfriends purchased a silicone teething necklace and I was sold on the concept; however, I was shocked at the average sticker price – and I was sure other moms were too. As a mom on maternity leave, I wasn’t willing to shell out for a pricey necklace. I thought it would be wonderful if any mom, for the price of a few Starbucks trips, could purchase one of these essential pieces of mommy bling. So I started an investigation to see if it was possible and I discovered it was! I sourced Munchables directly from the manufacturer and launched my business from my kitchen table. And the rest is history!"

I'd say so, I'm officially obsessed with these trendy teething necklaces! Sophia has been a little teething monster for the past 3 months and these necklaces have saved me and more importantly HER! Everyone that has experienced a toothache knows how important relief is, I wanted Sophia to have that same relief but don't want to medicate her! The necklace works to soothe and massage her gums, and it works like a charm!!!

I received the Love Bug necklace in a beautiful Aqua color! These run for $19.99 and are worth every penny! The Love Bug necklace is a beautiful quality and extremely durable!

Munchables jewelry products offer mothers a practical, convenient way to ensure teething relief is always at hand. Babies will appreciate the soft, flexible nature of child-safe silicone. Mothers will value the convenience of always having a toy within reach – no more searching . These trendy, easy to clean pieces are essential for every mother.

  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning (top-rack)
  • Baby safe (food grade silicone)
  • Non-toxic (BPA free)
  • Exceeds US product safety standards

Munchables offers two main product lines of chewable accessories:

For Babies
Designed to be worn by caregivers, this line offers practical, convenient jewelry pieces that ensure teething relief is always close at hand.

For Kids
Created specifically to be worn by kids, this fun line offers a range of fashionable accessories that double as chewable sensory tools.

Read more about Muchables in an article published by a local paper by clicking HERE.

If that wasn't reason enough to fall in love well here's another... Muchables is giving away an exclusive Heart Pendant Necklace which is ~76cm long (30") and weighs ~14g. It is beyond adorable and is specially designed to allow baby's to gum it on their molars which the typical teething rings do not allow! ENTER now via raffelcopter!!! Winner will be chosen on September 1st!!!

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Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway

I love cloth diapers, not only are they environmentally friendly but they keep Sophia away from the harmful chemicals used in disposable diapers! There are so many cloth diapers on the market so it is hard to choose which ones will work best for you and more importantly your baby! I was offered a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper for review and completely fell in love! We choose one from the Picnic collection, there are three series to choose from and tons of awesome patterns!!! Sophia was given this one:
I'm a sucker for design and this one definitely tugged at my heart strings! I love that Sophia has a bit of flare peeking out of her cute dresses! And on these hot summer days, it becomes an outfit all in its self! Diaper and Butterfly headband and we are out to play!

Sophia is a mover! One thing I worry about is leeks with certain cloth diapers that are an all in one! This diaper definitely withstands a mover and shaker like my little So! The diaper is Super absorbent and washes really well!!

The adjustable buttons allow the diaper to grow with us, we love that!! When we received our Real Nappies, Sophia out grew the "shell" in 3 weeks! Baby's grow so quick, its nice to have a diaper that will grow with them!

So why choose Glow Bug?
*Price - Glow Bugs are almost half the price of other brands. Buy now all the diapers you will ever need and NEVER buy diapers again!
  • Fashionable Prints - Get your baby in the hottest cloth diaper prints!
  • One Size - ​Fit Babies from Newborn to Potty Training so You NEVER have to Buy Diapers Again!
  • Design -  Not all cloth diapers were made equal. Glow Bug diapers are the ultimate diapers when it comes to the design features!

  • You can purchase Glow Bug Cloth Diapers on their website.

    Glow Bug is generously offering a pocket diaper to one of my readers. 
    Winner gets to choose if they want boy, girl or gender neutral cloth diaper!!
    Giveaway ends September 1.
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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Kinderfeets Review

    Sophia and I are pumped to have the opportunity to review another bike from Kinderfeets!! These bikes are beautifully designed and really help Sophia find her core balance! This has been great as she is now in the process of learning how to walk! This bike is Kinderfeets Tiny Tot is a 2-in-1 bike! It was super easy to build and Sophia loves that she can decorate it with chalk! Being able to personalize your own bike is so FUN!!
    We received this product free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

    Some background info about this Amazing Bike, "The patented Kinderfeets Tiny Tot is a 2-in-1 bike that easily converts from a tricycle to a 2-wheel balance bike! Designed for "tiny tots" ages 12 to 24 months, Kinderfeets Tiny Tot starts off as a tricycle and when needed it easily converts into a 2-wheel balance bike. It's the smallest 2-in-1 balance bike on the market!"

    Sophia picked up how to use this bike, seriously as soon as we sat her on it! She even goes backwards when she reaches a wall! Even more exciting, when she is ready it will convert into a 2 wheel bike!!

    What does Kinderfeets mean?
    The name is derived from the Dutch words for “children” and “bicycle” but the Dutch word, “Fiets” has been changed to “Feets” as a play on words.

    How do you ride a Kinderfeets?
    Learning to ride is very intuitive. Sitting on the Kinderfeets, kids first walk the bike forward. As they go faster, they stride with feet off the ground for longer periods of time, ultimately being able to pull both feet off the ground and coast with their feet on the pedals. At first they tilt to one side or the other and their feet catch them like training wheels. Very quickly, balance becomes second nature and they can coast with their feet on the pedals. Braking is done by putting both feet down to stop.

    How long does it take to learn?
    Most children are able to walk/ride the first time they sit down. They will be able to coast with their feet on the pedals after a week or two. Each child learns at his/her own pace.
    We just ordered our helmet so we wont be hitting the "streets" for a few more days, but that hasn't stopped Sophia from cruising all around the house!!!

    So what makes Kinderfeets bike better than any other balance bikes?!? Besides the sheer fact that they are so flippen adorable, well they have washable seat covers, chalk board finish colors, no-air tires, adjustable seat level and foot pegs for cruising, not to mention comes with the chalk! Get Crazy and design something funky! You ROCK Kinderfeets! Check out our other Kinderfeets review HERE!

    The holidays (I know, I know) but its true, are Quickly Approaching!!! Now is the perfect time to snag the Orginal Kinderfeets for $109 with Free Shipping!! Whoo Hoo! Have a smaller tike, get the 2 and 1 for $89!! There are so many colors to choose from, you can purchase the Orange one Sophia received HERE or her Pink one HERE

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Critter Covers Review

    Crib Critters and Toys have done it again!! Remember a few months back when I raved about the amazing crib toys Sophia received?!? Well this spectacular company decided to up their ante and came out with CRITTER COVERS!!! Sophia was sent one graciously for review and can I please tell you...they are ADORABLE! They come adorned with Little Lady bugs and cute flowers & are SUPER absorbent! You all know I've been around the block when it comes to cloth diapering! I have had countless companies send us cloth diapers and there are a select few that remain in Sophia's Diaper drawer. These will definitely be one of them!

    Critter Covers Cloth Baby Diapers - by Crib Critters - Adjustable Reusable Pocket Cloth Diapers

    What the peeps at Crib Critters and Toys had to say,
    "Pocket Diapers are the next best thing to disposable diapers. And Critter Covers are the perfect pocket diapers because they are eco-friendly, healthy and more economical than disposable diapers.
    Critter Covers reusable cloth diapers fit all baby sizes thanks to the adjustable snaps that grow with your baby. Each cloth diaper includes one starter microfiber insert. Additional inserts in bamboo or microfiber are also available.  Featuring a pocket opening with elastic and elastic along the legs, Critter Critters are proven to prevent leakage. Our high quality cloth diapers have TPU laminated polyester outer with PUL inner. PUL is a polyester/polyurethane laminate fabric, waterproof, stretches, lint free, hypoallergenic and the film is breathable (no diaper rash). Our styles include several printed patterns for boys or girls and gender-neutral. Please see all styles of Critter Covers by Crib Critters on Amazon.
     8 Reasons Why Your Baby Should Be Wearing Critter Covers:
    ♥ They are washable
    ♥ They are waterproof
    ♥ The film is breathable (no diaper rash!)
    ♥ They stretch with complete recovery
    ♥ They are hypoallergenic
    ♥ They are lint free
    ♥ They are abrasion resistant
    ♥ They are solvent laminated

    Purchase you CRITTER COVERS Here!!! and I Can't lie... Sophia will Definitely be sporting the Spiderman one too!!!! It will match her new Spiderman Headband ;) We think Super Hero's Kick Butt and are def for Girls Too!! :)

    Go check them out on their website and Facebook!!

    Pletuko Review

    Sophia is on the Brink of Walking!!! How did we get here so fast!?!? I thought crawling was this great adventure for her, she got bored quickly. She flies around the house and has begin to lift her knees and stand up on her own. The latest...She cruises FAST walking along all the furniture and is balancing well! We are so close.
     I knew it was time to get her first pair of walking shoes, but where to start? When Pletuko offered us a pair of their shoes for review we were elated! I have heard fabulous things about their baby shoe line. It took us a while to pick a favorite! Even though we love to be stylish we were more drawn to the benefits, it was just an added bonus that the shoes are to die for! Sophia went with the Snails!
    What the peeps at Pletuko had to say, "In the past, high-top baby shoes were recommended for ankle support; however, pediatricians nowadays do not recommend them, because the baby could hardly wiggle his ankles. "

    "Instead, orthopedists now recommend soft sole baby shoes, which mimic walking barefoot, which is the healthiest and most proper way to learn walking and balancing."

     Pletuko baby shoe descriptionBaby Flexible ShoesSoft rubber sole baby shoes
    Baby Shoe description by PletukoKK baby shoes sole by Pletuko
     Why Pletuko’s soft sole baby shoes?    
    • As parents, we all know, babies love to put everything in their mouth. Pletuko’s soft sole shoes are made in Europe from premium, non-toxic leather that has passed both, the EN71 test (toxic element test), and AATCC test (dry and wet crocking test), so they are safe.

    •Walking barefoot is dangerous – slippery surface, sharp objects, stinky mess… Pletuko’s soft sole shoes have textured, flexible, soft rubber sole that gives your child the “sense” of barefoot walking, yet the comfort and protection their little feet need.

    Sole is slip resistant. Your walking infant will be twice as stable and comfortable than if he was walking barefoot. 
    Sole and top are hand-sewn, which provides ultimate quality and durability.

    •Pletuko’s soft sole shoes have no laces to untie or trip over. We use Velcro or Zipper Closure, which allows adjusting, and are easy to put on and off.

     •Pletuko’s soft sole baby shoes are accepted and recommended by pediatricians, as well as the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

     •We carry the most diverse fashionable styles from europe for boys and girls.

     •Once your baby tries these shoes on, he won’t want to take them off.
    I can attest to that last statement!!! Sophia Cries when I take off her new Shoes!!!! She LOVES Them!! Instant cries when they come off!!
    You Can Order Sophia's Shoes HERE or see the whole range HERE
    You can check them out on Facebook  !! Don't forget to Hashtag your kiddo's Rocking their Pletuko at #pletukokids
    We received these shoes free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.
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