September 12, 2014

Big & Little Brother Gift - Step2 Ford F150 Raptor

I checked out the Step2 Ford F150 Raptor and created my Big and Little Brother Gift as a Step2 ambassador. Thanks to Step2 for sending the Ford F150 ride on toy my way! 

There is no question that becoming an older sibling can be tough.  I've often worried about the nearly 6 year age gap between Kayla and Blake and wondered how that will play out.  So far it's been amazing. But our age gap is more of the exception rather than the standard.  So I have several friends with 2-3 year olds that becoming older siblings.  Which of course got me thinking about big & little gifts.  When my friends over at Step2 let me know they were about to release this super cool Ford F150 inspired ride on toy I knew it would make the perfect big & little brother gift

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September 7, 2014

4moms mamaRoo - Win It!

When I started thinking about baby gear while pregnant with Blake (which was almost immediately) I didn't have too many I-Must-Have-That-Or-Else items in mind, but at the top of my list was the 4moms mamaRoo.  On one of my first "oh I'll just browse" shopping trips I spent a few minutes playing with it and checking out the settings.  What struck me was how unlike a traditional swing it actually mimicked a lot of movements we make as parents while endlessly trying to get those babies to sleep.

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If you have a baby arriving in the near future or are currently all babied up and looking for a way to get your hands free and give your back a break then you just might want to check out this 4moms mamaRoo giveaway.

September 2, 2014

Modern Marvel - Nook LilyPad Playmat

Thanks to Nook for sending us the Nook LilyPad playmat to check out.  It's probably the most stylish modern playmat for babies I've seen to date! 

So in case you've missed it, lately I've been ever so slightly fixated on nursery decor and all things cool for baby.  Which is precisely why when I discovered the brand Nook Sleep Systems via my Instabuddy Numi Numi Design I was all excited.  They make funky looking mattresses, crib mattresses, changing pads, pillows, nursing pillows and this beauty...

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August 27, 2014

The Ultimate New Dad Gift - Intel 2 in 1

Thanks to Intel for giving me the chance to try the Acer Aspire Switch 2 in 1.  I think it makes the perfect gift for a new dad and here's why #Intel2in1

When you think of baby gifts, I'm going to imagine that blankets, strollers, and teeny tiny outfits fill your mind.  If the man in your life if like the one in mine, then these things make his eyes glaze over.  Knowing that 90+% of the things making their way into our home in the last few months would make a woman's ovaries quiver and put a man to sleep, I was looking for the perfect gift to give Craig as we started our journey on this crazy adventure called parenting for the second time.  

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August 26, 2014

5 Tips for Cord Blood & Cord Tissue Collection

I'm so excited to work in partnership with Cryo-Cell to bring you these 5 tips for cord blood and cord tissue collection.  They are helpful tips for storing your cord blood collection kit and what to do in the hospital.  

As you probably know by now, our highly anticipated arrival has arrived.  The funny thing about childbirth is that it's one of life's (slightly scary) unscheduled surprises.  You know, unless of course it is scheduled in which case it's still exciting and maybe still slightly scary. A few weeks back I told you that we would be banking cord blood and cord tissue with Cryo-Cell.  This was my first time going through the process and while it's pretty straightforward, I've got a few tips for you to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

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August 20, 2014

5 Tips for Introducing Your Dog to a New Baby

Thanks to I and Love and You for sponsoring this post so I can share how to introduce your dog to a new baby.  We love I and Love and You's dog treats.  #Furreal

It is no secret that our family is quickly expanding.  Two years ago we added Charger and last summer someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to get a second dog.  Okay, maybe that someone was me.  I got the vibe that Charger really needed a buddy and my best efforts at wrestling with him on our living room rug were not quite the same as a canine companion.  Enter Stella.  She was found on the street pretty much dying of parvo, was turned over the local animal shelter here and beat the odds.

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Stella is forty-something pounds of feisty, survivalist pitbull-mutt.  She loves to play, pretty much isn't afraid of anything and is a sad eyed, melt in your lap pile of mush when she's tired herself out.  She gives Charger a total run for his money and they are truly like siblings.  With baby Blake entering the picture (OMG this house is getting smaller by the day) introducing a new baby to two loving, but high energy dogs has been very much on my mind.  Therefore, I thought I would share a few tips for introducing your dog to a new baby.

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