Thursday, July 25, 2013

July Mom's Night In Winners List

Party here

Cake Lingerie Set #1... Carrie Sofko!

Cake Lingerie Set #2... Lisa Hollis Nuckols!

Meg & Aly Infinite Designs Wipes Set... Ashley Santillanes!

Snappi 3 pack... Krys Noble!

Winners will be emailed to claim their prizes within 48 hours. Winners have 48 hours to respond or that prize will be redrawn.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cake Lingerie Review

Cake Lingerie has been so amazing to again send me a set to review... and this time they are giving you the chance to win one of TWO sets! For a chance to win please see this blog post about Mom's Night In.

I received this set to review in June, and let me say, it was PERFECT timing. I was about to go on the first plane trip with my (then) 13 month old. Um... nightmare! Going on a plane trip to Texas isn't a walk in the park even without a one year old... but with a one year old, I was slightly terrified. I did lots of research, figured out a game plan, and picked out an outfit. You can bet that leading up my arsenal was this set from Cake Lingerie.

Rewind... when I opened the box I was amazed. First of all, it arrives and looks like a present. And then I opened it. It was soft, it was smooth, it was pretty, it looked SO comfortable. Just like last time, I was nervous to "de-NIP" something so nice. I'm a mom! I'm used to getting nice stuff *cough cough* diapers *cough cough* for my daughter, not myself. This... this was a treat. A big fat delicious slice of chocolate cake treat. And I don't remember the last time I had a slice of cake. 

So back to the plane trip... I got dressed at ugh 5am. Got the baby ready. Went to Los Angeles International Airport... yeah... LAX. One of the busiest airports in the world. Cah-ray-zee. Per usual. But due to my Ergo and my set from Cake Lingerie... I. Was. So. Comfortable. I was able to get Jilly back to sleep and nursing happily all while trudging through that airport. The one flaw was the rise of the briefs. I am one of those lucky moms who got back to a smaller size post pregnancy. I have breastfeeding to thank for that... and fantastic nursing bras to make it easier and comfortable. Back to the briefs, thanks to my shrinkage I can wear nice jeans. Jeans that are typically low rise and these briefs are more high rise. Not such a big deal with sweats around the house or at night, just not a match for a lot of jeans.

That said, I did wear the set again for the return trip, because you really can't beat that comfort. And the return trip... just as easy, just as comfortable! Even the plane trip was nice and comfy. The baby slept, I read, and neither of us were poked or prodded or bothered by any uncomfortable piece of clothing.

I only wish I had this set when I was a new mom. I would have been SO MUCH more comfortable living and sleeping in the same clothes for 24 (ok, ok 36) hours straight if the foundation of those clothes were this set. New moms have so much stress and are already pretty uncomfortable from various things. This set also would have been perfect for pregnancy. All that swelling, changing, ugh... I can't wait to go back. With this set, the aches and pains of pregnancy will be much easier.

(Shout out to Twinkie Tush diapers, cute cloth diapers that I love!)

Now lets get into some details..

"The Luxury Seamless Maternity/ Nursing Brief is silky soft & built for comfort. This matching mid-waisted brief is made from a super fine knit for an ultra comfortable feel. So soft, you won't even know they're on!"

  • Easy Sizing - S, M, L, XL - See sizing grid
  • Fashionable colours and several designer elements
  • Innovative low T-back for medium levels of support
  • Fabric moulded cups for smooth seamless appeal
  • Side Sling for discreet feeding & shape
  • No itchy garment tags
  • Adjustable hooks & eyes for fitting preference
  • Great elastic stretch & memory
  • Additional side panel support ribbing
  • Mid-waisted matching briefs available
  • Made with unique, silky-soft yarn for ultra comfort
  • 90% Polyester 10% Elastane (excl of trims)
  • Cool machine wash

"The Luxury Seamless Maternity/ Nursing Bra is silky soft & built for comfort. Its carefully positioned double-layered side sling, strength panels and T-back structure are designed to maximise lift and support. The Luxurious Seamless Maternity/ Nursing Bra is ideal during the initial stages of pregnancy, immediately post childbirth and as a sleep-bra, when your breasts are rapidly changing in size & shape. This bra will grow to accommodate your changing bust without restriction."

My Likes:

Comfortable... this felt like satin and silk against my skin. It didn't ride up, it didn't get stuck, it was a pure delight to wear.

Quality... this set took everything I threw at it from the washer to the dryer to baby teeth and stood the test. It still looks brand new!

Ease of Use... The snaps were so easy to do and undo, they never came undone on accident. That has happened in the past and it caused some unfortunate almost embarrassments.

My Not So Likes:

Rise... the rise of the briefs were pretty high and I would have probably preferred to size down. They showed over my jeans unless I scrunched them down and due to the nature of the fabric they didn't like to stay scrunched.

Overall... this set is a MUST for new moms! Try here for a chance to win a set... and here to buy one of your own!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Moon Mom's Night In

This is our FOURTH month for Moon Mom's Night In! Every month I feel like I get to know you ladies more and more. It is fantastic having such a tight knit community of mamas. We hope to see all our Moonie Moms here with us to kick off another night of fun and chat. This month's prizes are from Cake Lingerie, Meg&Aly Infinite Designs, and Snappi! The party will be taking place on the event page here on July 25th at 5pm PST/8pm EST. Please RSVP and fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win!

Please stay tuned in tomorrow for a review on the Cake Lingerie sets being given away this month!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Teething Terrors NO MORE!

So. Let's talk teething. We all have kids... and kids all get teeth. Teething can be frustrating and exhausting for both parents and children. Symptoms range from nothing (lucky LUCKY moms!) to no sleep, barely eating, crying, rashes, fevers, etc. Whether we are stay at home moms, work out of home moms, or anything in between or else, we all hate to see our kids in pain. Our instinct is to fix it any way we can. Luckily for our kids, there are plenty of products that can help!

Teething may begin as early as 3 months (though will all the drooling sometimes it feels like even earlier!). Usually mamas see the first tooth start pushing through baby's gums around 4 and 7 months old. From then on out all is fair game. Some kids slowly gain tooth by tooth, others get them in clusters. First up are usually the bottom front two, usually followed by the two front top teeth. That's where we are at now, and I think we are getting all four lateral incisors are once. Eek! So... here are what I use to help and keep this toothy grin on Jilly's face.

Safety Disclaimer ~ please don't leave a child unattended with their necklace, it may present a choking hazard.

My first line of defense is healing baltic amber. We have a Healing Hazel Polished Baby Amber 12". These come in colors like cognac, multi colored, and honey. Kissed by the Moon purchases our amber from a reliable, trustworthy source to ensure the best for you and your baby!

Baltic amber has been proven to reduce teething pain, calm a baby without resorting to drugs, have anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties, have immune boosting properties, and is recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic. They are attractive and adorable for children and are ideal for natural pain relief. 

Jilly wears this ALL the time. Literally all the time. Bath time, bed time, all the time. Its loose enough that its not choking her, but not so loose that it catches on toys or anything. For the most part she ignores it, but occasionally she puts it in her mouth. Each bead has a knot in between so if for some reason the necklace breaks, only one bead come off, limiting a choking hazard. And on the choking subject, the beads are small enough to swallow if the necklace were to break!

But how does it work? Wearing baltic amber can help with teething pain along with other ailments. The warmth from the skin releases the active ingredient in the Baltic amber, succinic acid. Recent scientific research has proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human body. It improves immunity and the balance of acids when absorbed into the bloodstream, it stimulates the thyroid glands. Ambers anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic, which will help to relieve pain without resorting to drugs. The skins warmth releases healing oils from the amber, a resin, which is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Other ailments? Adults can try Healing Hazel Adult Hazel Amber Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets. Baltic amber is not just for babies!

Next up are plenty of Jellystone teethers! In these pictures, Jilly is rocking the Jellystone Handbag Silicone Teether in purple. We also have a couple of the Jellystone™ Smart Phones but I try and keep one in each car for "emergencies". This cute little purse has a handle so a diva on the crawl can keep her teether handy.

Moms don't have to be left out of the fashion statement with items like the Jellystone Troika NecklaceJellystone Heart PendantJellystone Fiesta Bangle, and Jellystone Owl Pendant. Other Jellystone products can be found here.

Jellystone Designs products are free from BPA, Phthalates and PVC with a soft-feel and texture. These practical products are suitable for modern women with (or without) children. The necklace range includes BPA-free large, chunky pendants and necklaces secured with practical break-away clasps. Our custom-designed clasps separate easily when tugged or snagged. These silicone jewelery pieces not only look great, but also are a non-toxic alternative to regular costume jewelery.

Jilly loves chomping all over this flexible purse teether and I love how easy it is to clean. Just a little soap and warm water, rubbed around like I am washing my hands and ta da! Clean! And don't let your little gentlemen feel left out, Jellystone Skateboard Teether is ready to rock with him! Not a skater boy? Satisfy his sweet tooth with a Jellystone Chocolate Bar.

My final, emergency, line of defense is Punkin Butt Teething Oil. This stuff is amazing. All you have to do is dab a little on your finger and rub it on the gum line. Make sure to use clean hands or something like a q-tip. Don't like medicine? Me either. And I still love this product. With easily identifiable ingredients consisting of essential oils, this is a no brainer.

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Helianthus annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Sesamum indicum (Organic Sesame) Oil and/or Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Essential oil blend (chamomile, clove, peppermint), Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.

Before I ever let this near Jilly, I tried it on myself with a little gum pain. The taste and scent are pleasant and it did have an easy numbing effect. After that, I waited for her next teething "emergency" and decided to try it out. Want to know what happened? A nap. Mommy lifesaver!!!

Which of these have you tried? Which do you want to try?