Friday, July 12, 2013

Woombie Air and Mox Mittens Review and Giveaway


The Woombie Air is one of the coolest swaddles I've ever seen.  It was designed by a nurse with both safety and comfort in mind. It's perfect for all seasons and allows for proper ventilation.  So no matter what season your baby is born in, the Woombie Air will come in handy.   Heat can easily escape allowing for your baby's body temperature to be properly regulated.  The Woombie Air Swaddle is easy to use and safer than swaddling with a traditional blanket.  

I have always swaddled my babies and I truly believe that it has helped keep them calm and relaxed after coming into this crazy world.  The Woombie Air Swaddle is just going to make my job that much easier.  I plan on using this little gem from my moment my little man is home from the hospital.  


Mox Mittens retail for $14.  They are available in several colors and sizes that range from newborn to 36 months.  These are definitely going to come in handy once my little one makes his arrival.  Clipping their little fingers nails can sometimes just make them sharp.  These Mox Mittens are a great way to keep your baby from scratching himself.  I love that they are long which will make it more difficult for your little one to wiggle them off like a traditional mitten.  

Now for your chance to win a Woombie Air and a set of Mox Mittens!!!


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*Images courtesy of Woombie.com

*Mox Mittens and Woombie Air provided for purposes of this review.  My opinions are, as always, my own. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pregnancy Week 29: 3 Hour Gestational Diabetes Testing and Thigh Cramps

Hey everyone!! I'm recapping week 29 today, as I am now 30 WEEKS PREGNANT!! 10 weeks left to go.  I still can't believe how close I am.  While 10 weeks is still ahead of me, I feel like my due date is right around the corner.  


Since we sold our house, I have no where to nest.  We can't move until we close but it's pointless to prepare for baby in this house.  I have slowly begun to get things for him together.  I will wash his clothes and things as we get closer to his arrival.  For now, I am concentrating on getting the things together that I will need for him in the first few weeks.  Over the next few weeks, I'll get my nursing essentials together and get ready to pack my hospital bag.  I tend to procrastinate but since there is so much confusion going one with moving and everything, I will probably be prepared way in advance.  

I went this week for my 3 hours Gestational Diabetes test.  That test was pretty bad.  The drink made me nauseas and I felt like I was going to puke for the entire 3 hours.  Thankfully, shortly after returning home from the appointment, my doctor called to let me know everything was normal. However, she did mention that I am now anemic, my iron levels are really low.  I am now having to see a nutritionalist and take iron 2x a day.   I'm building up to taking it 2x a day but so far I'm tolerating it.  Iron supplements have made me sick my entire life, so taking them while pregnant leaves a lot to be desired.  

I'm still 141 pounds so I haven't gained any weight this week.  I am actively exercising several times a week and walking at night.

I have a new symptom this week.  I have been having thigh cramps daily.  It has actually been hurting to walk up the stairs.  It's very strange.  My lower back was hurting this week again.  The braxton hicks contractions are getting more intense and are no longer going away after resting or laying down.


Symptoms:
Acid reflux
Shortness of breath
Restless legs
Thigh cramping
Braxton Hicks 

Cravings:
Ice (low iron, always does this to me)
Chocolate

Here is this weeks video:



Thank you so much for checking in with me this week!!

10 weeks left to go!

Kristen
xx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Giveaway!! Baby Journey's Comfy Cozy Tub & Towel Warmer: A Little Luxury For Our Little Ones



Baby Journey's Promise to you:
"Our innovative products offer safe and insightful solutions to make everyday parenting easier so you can focus on what matters most...your baby"


The Comfy Cozy Tub & Towel Warmer set is the perfect gift for every new mom.  This tub grows with baby.  The sling cradles newborns and the extra large tub will accommodate your child up to 2 years old.  The detachable legs adjust the height of the tub so you can reach baby easily.  

The towel warmer is a little bit of added luxury that can be used for the entire family.  It can warm a full sized towel in 10 minutes.  It also warms hooded baby towels, onesies, and blankets safely.  It is also equipped with auto shut off, so that is one less thing a new mommy or daddy has to remember.  




As a mother, I have had many tubs.  I had a sling tub to bath my newborn in when they couldn't be submerged in water.  I had a regular baby tub and when my son's out grew that, I had a tub that was inflatable.  This set eliminates the need for multiple tubs and as it grows with baby, mommy's are happy  they don't need to make additional purchases.  

I love this tub! Now that I am expecting another little man in just a few months, I won't need to pull out an additional tub for him.  I can simply use the sling to bathe the newborn and retract it when it's Declan's (my one year old) turn.  When there is so much baby gear everywhere after a new baby comes home, an item that can be used on two of my kids is awesome.  Anything that can make my life easier, I greatly appreciate.  This has already been an amazing tub and Declan loves it.  I can't wait to use it with our newest addition in just 10 weeks!

The Baby Journey Comfy Cozy Tub & Towel Warmer set make the perfect baby shower gift and can be purchased at Babies R' Us, Buy Buy Baby, and Baby Depot.  

But here is your chance to win this for yourself or as a gift for someone you know who is expecting or trying to conceive.


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Thanks for entering!!

Kristen 
xx


*The Baby's Journey Cozy Tub and Towel Warmer set were provide to me for the purposes of this review.  This was not a paid review and my opinions are always my own.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Juppy Baby Walker: Help Your Baby Walk Without Hurting Your Back

Don't break your back to help your baby walk, let the Juppy Baby Walker do the work. 



To be honest, when I first saw this a few months I thought it was gimmicky and something that was totally unnecessary to purchase.  Fast forward to now, I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant and my 12 month old still needs help walking.  Bending over is no longer as easy as it once was and my back hurts twice as quickly.  

The Juppy Baby Walker is like a harness for baby, helping to teach them balance while building their confidence in walking.  It has 2 straps that adjusts for heights between 4'11 and 6'11.  The straps have plush hand grips to insure your comfort while helping baby walk.

For me, the Juppy Baby Walker has been amazing.  It has helped Declan walk, while easing my discomfort that caused me additional lower back pain.  While it's not something we pull out all the time.  We have been using the Juppy around the house and walking to the mail box.  He loves it and you can tell he feels like a big boy and he's proud of himself.  


Thank you so much for reading and checking out my thoughts on the Juppy!

Kristen
xx


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

June's Review In Photos

I wish I was better about doing this every week, but here are some of my favorite pictures from the month of June.  I hope you enjoy!


Declan's first birthday! He loved his cake!


Declan's Cake!


My baby is 1!


Me and Dax at his end of the year program.  Of course, I cried.  My little guy is growing up way to fast!


Kiddy pool action.


My handsome boy.


Nap time with my littlest man.


Silly faces.


Besties!

Thanks for checking out my month!

Kristen
xx

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pregnancy Week 28: Cravings and Symptoms

Hey everyone!!  It's time to recap week 28.  I am now 29 weeks pregnant and only have 11 more weeks to go.  This momma is totally starting to get pumped!

I went to the doctor this week for my glucose tolerance test and to receive my Rhogam shot because I an RH negative.  The glucose tolerance test is when they give you a sugary drink and make you sit and wait for an hour.  Then at the end of the hour they draw your blood.  For those of you who don't know, if you are RH negative, I am because I have a negative blood type,  you need a shot around 28 weeks.  I'm not a doctor, so I won't go in to the specifics, but I had to get mine this week. 

 After taking the glucose tolerance test, I was notified that I had failed.  =( So sad.  I now have to go back to take the diagnostic test for Gestational Diabetes.  That test is 3 hours long.  I'm not looking forward to that at all.  Diabetes doesn't run in my family, so fingers crossed I just failed the test and the results from the diagnostic test will all be normal.  

My heart burn has continued to get worse this week.  Without a Zantac, I am having trouble eating and drinking just about everything.  My restless legs are now manageable, check out my post on how I've been dealing with them.  

I am up to 141 pounds now.  I'm going to have to start watching what I've been craving.  LOL  I've actually been stress eating with all the stuff going on with selling our house.  It has gotten a bit out of control and I have got to get a handle on it.  



28 weeks and 2 days.  I'm wearing a Coobie Bra. They are seriously the most comfortable things to wear while pregnant! I live in them!!


My new BUMP NEST body pillow.  This is seriously the BEST pregnancy body pillow I have ever used and I've used several. 


Sad and snuggled with my Bump Nest pillow.  I just failed my glucose tolerance test.  

Check out this weeks video:




Thanks for checking in withe me this week!

Kristen
xx

Friday, July 5, 2013

Getting Relief From Restless Legs With Zensah and Mama Mio Lucky Legs


Since I became pregnant, I knew it was inevitable that I would get restless legs.  I have had restless legs as a symptom of pregnancy in all of my previous pregnancies and I knew this one would be no different.  

From the moment the restless legs began, I was on a mission to find some relief.  After doing some research and trying a few things I found a system that works for me.  

I have been applying Mama Mio's Lucky Legs every night.  After letting it dry for a minute, I put on my Zensah compression socks.  I immediately feel the compression from the socks and after a few minutes I begin to feel a tingling cool sensation from the Lucky Legs.

Since I have been using this system, I can actually relax and stop kicking my legs all over the place.  While, this hasn't eliminated the problem all together, it has made a significant difference and made my nights much more comfortable.



Lucky Legs "revive tired legs"
I have been using Lucky Legs any time that my legs feel achy and tired.  I love the cooling and tingling sensation that this gel gives to your legs and feet.  Lucky Legs has a spearmint scent and is made with Yarrow, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, and V-tonic which helps to promote circulation and repress water retention.  That is something that any women in her third trimester can truly appreciate.  



Zensah Compression Socks are knee high compression socks.  Zensah uses graduated compression that will enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow.  These socks were designed for athletes but work amazing at combating the restless legs of pregnant women.  

I highly recommend the use of compression socks to help get some relief from restless legs during pregnancy.  If you have the luxury of going to bed prior to your restless legs beginning, I suggest doing that.  But with 2 little ones and legs that get restless prior to their bed time, it isn't in the cards for me. 


Kristen
xx

**Disclaimer** I am not a doctor! This is simply what has worked for me.  I am making no medical claims.





Monday, July 1, 2013

Transition From Formula to Milk Is A No Go! Oh No!

Good morning everyone! So, almost 2 weeks ago we celebrated Declan's 1st birthday.  Shortly after that, we started mixing his formula with regular milk in hopes of easily transitioning him completely on to milk. Well, we've had no luck there, at least not yet.

Declan has been refusing to drink the milk on it's own.  We have had to repurchase formula just to mix it with milk to get him to drink it.  We are contemplating putting him on a toddler formula and continuing to mix it for a few more weeks until he is down to just milk.  He is quite a pill.  He is very particular and stubborn. 


Any mommy's out there have any tips or tricks to make the formula to milk transition easier??

Thank you!!

Kristen
xx




Friday, June 28, 2013

Pregnancy Weeks 26 and 27: Symptoms and Cravings

Hey everyone!! Today I'm recapping week 26 and 27 of my pregnancy, again where has the time gone.

I didn't want to have to recap 2 weeks together but life happens.  We put our house on the market so I spent week 26 cleaning and getting the house ready and week 27 showing the house.  I didn't have time to film an update much less right a blog post.  Things have been crazy around here.  But fortunately, they are settling down now.  We received several offers on our home and now we are under contract.  Talk about stress.  I am so stressed now about having to move just after having the baby.  But things are still in the early stages.  We might be possibly moving out of the state so that has added to the stress.

Everything has pretty much remained the same over the last 2 weeks.  I feel like the baby might have gotten a bit lower, possibly to make room to grow more.  His kicks feel lower and are in general more intense.  He is such an active little booger.  He moves around so much.  When Declan wakes up in the middle of the night, the baby is up with him.  I have a feeling that's not such a good sign for my future.  

My restless legs are finally getting some relief.  I will post all about that in a few days.  My heart burn is just plain awful.  It has literally gotten so bad this past week that it has caused me to vomit.  It has been quite miserable.  

Symptoms:
Increased Urination
Shortness of Breath
Restless Legs
Heartburn

Cravings: 
Tomatoes
Chocolate

Check out this weeks video:




Thanks for checking in on me this week!!

Kristen
xx


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our House Is For Sale!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

So I know I've been MIA for a while over here, but I've been really trying to keep up with my other blog and both of my youtube channels.  

It has been a crazy couple of weeks for me.  We put our house on the market sort of suddenly.  I never expected to be selling my home at 7 months pregnant but here we are.  Two weeks ago or so, we found out we could possibly be moving.  We decided that it was best for us to go ahead and get our house market ready before I had progressed to far into my pregnancy. 

So after cleaning, organizing, and making our house ready to be shown it went on the market.  In less than 24 hours we had appointments set for people who were interested.  I was totally overwhelmed, because I wasn't expecting any interest so quickly.  Five days after putting our house on the market, we have accepted an offer and we are ready to move forward with our life.  

At this point, I am so happy and relieved, but at the same time I am scared for what the future holds for me and my family.  I am not one who handles change very well.  I like what I am used to and it takes me a while to warm up to the idea of new things.  I wasn't even used to the idea that my house would be on the market and now we are under contract to sell it.  Craziness!!

Once I have more information on our possible move, I will share all the details.  

A new bumpdate will be up tomorrow night!! 

Thanks for reading!

Kristen
xx

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pregnancy Week 25: Symptoms and Cravings


Hey everyone!! It's that time again, time for another weekly update.  I'm recapping week 25 and seriously can not believe it.  I just checked my What to Expect app and it says that I only have 14 weeks left to go.  That is so hard for me to wrap my mind around.  Seriously, where has the time gone.

This week has been pretty crazy for me since we have decided to put our house on the market.  I know, perfect timing to do that as I'm moving into my 3rd trimester.  But it just worked out that way.  Next week starts the crazy work to get everything ready so I'm doing my best to get as much rest as possible.

I have been pretty tired this week and usually by 1 pm I've been needing  a nap.  The last day of school was this week so I am trying to get both of my boys on a schedule that will allow mommy to nap too. 

My hot foot sensation, that I previously got on my right side, is now back.  I am still dealing with the heart burn a night but it has been showing up more frequently during the day.  Zantac is my best friend these days.  I have had some lower back pain this week.  This has been more of an ache and less of the sciatic pain.  With each passing day, I am noticing that I am more out of breath than the day before.  I suppose that means the baby is getting big.  =)

Check out this weeks pregnancy vlog:



Symptoms:
Hot foot sensation on my right side.
Lower back ache
Feeling pressure on and off, but mostly when I stand for too long.
Loads of Braxton Hicks contractions, regardless of how much water I drink or how much I rest and relax.
Feeling more exhausted.
Heartburn
Restless legs

Cravings:
Fruit
Chocolate
The scent of anything lemon.

Weight:
Total weight gain is 11 pounds.


Thank you so much for checking in with me this week!

Kristen
xx

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pregnancy Week 24: Symptoms and Cravings

It's week 24's recap! I can't believe it.  I'm getting closer and closer to my 3rd trimester.  It will be here before I know it! I'm slowly but surely beginning to prepare for baby and getting more excited for his arrival with each passing day.

My restless legs are continuing to get worse and I'm beginning to experience being out of breath, a lot.   Even though I'm still in my second trimester, feeling exhausted is becoming a normal part of my afternoon.  Summer break is rapidly approaching, so I hope to get both kids down for a nap at the same time so mommy can get some extra rest.

I developed a  rash a few weeks ago and was told that it is heat rash.  I do not believe that it's heat rash because it's getting worse and it's very itchy.  It's only located on my chest but has slowly begun to move down to my tummy.  I'm going to bring it back up to my doctor again this week and hopefully get a more accurate answer as to what is going on.

I didn't gain any weight this week, so I am only up 10 pounds as of now.  The baby is moving so much and he has started to stick his feet and elbows out and we can see it.  At night he bounces around and my tummy looks like it's dancing to a mariachi band.  

Check out this weeks pregnancy vlog:


Symptoms this week:

Acid Reflux
Restless Legs
Increased Urination
Increased Exhaustion

Cravings:
Chocolate

Thanks so much for checking in with me this week!

Kristen
xx

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zoe B Orgnanic The Anti-Plastic Dishes

zoe b organic the anti-plastic dishes.  


zoe b organic was created by Valerie Lecoeur, a "green" mom.  With our children's future in mind, she set out to create products that were better for our planet.  
"Now you can serve grilled cheese and the planet at the same time" zoe b organic


Immediately these dishes appealed to my eyes.  I absolutely loved the way that they look.  I am naturally drawn to anything modern and I love the shape and bright color of each piece in the set.  


These very hip dishes are not your typical children's dishes.  These are not made of plastic.  They are uniquely made of corn and they don't contain any BPA or phthalates.  This is sure to make any mom happy.  In a day where we are looking for bottles and pacifiers to be BPA free, shouldn't we also be looking at the cups, bowls, and plates that our children drink out of and eat off of.  

My son LOVES this set of unique dish ware.  If these are clean, he wants to use them.  I appreciate that they are safe for the dishwasher.  

If you're interested in purchasing this set for your child or for an eco friendly baby gift you can do so by clicking here.  I highly recommend this mom started company.  I definitely will be needing more as my youngest is now eating table food and with the popularity of this set in my house I think I will be ordering the plate, cup, and bowl set of 3.  

I hope you all enjoyed this review. 

Thank you for reading!

Kristen
xx


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pregnancy Week 23: Symptoms, Cravings, and Baby Movement

Wow! I know I have said this before, but I can't believe that I have completed week 23.  To be honest, I am excited but I am actually starting to get nervous.  With each week that passes, I grow more and more excited to meet my newest little man but I am also nervous how I am going to handle being the new mother of 3.  I think I manage 2 quite well and worry that 3 will be a challenge.  

I watch some amazing women on youtube who are mom's of more than 3 and they are my heroes.  In the coming weeks, I will be looking to them for motivation and inspiration.  My fear is that there won't be enough of "mommy" to go around.  This fear is something I can't seem to control but I'm working on it.

Symptom wise everything has mostly stayed the same.  My heartburn and acid reflux are still going strong.  I have continued to treat it with Zantac and Tums Smoothies.  I have been on the hunt for the Alkazelter Chews but I haven't been able to find them yet.  My restless legs are still driving me nuts and have been starting every night at around 6:30.  That makes it impossible for me to go to bed prior to them becoming restless.  I'm going to talk to my doctor about any treatment options at my appointment later this week.  

New symptom, I have a rash.  I have a rash on my chest and just at the top of my tummy.  It itches and it's pretty uncomfortable.  It looks similar to my youngest son's eczema rash but I'll have to show the doctor this week.  After my regular body wash stung my skin in the shower, I am switching to Aveeno for now.  

I haven't gained any more weight this week.  So I am still at a total weight gain of 10 pounds.  I am still craving fruit, but lately I have started to want chocolate.  Unfortunately, that gives me heart burn, which you think would deter me but it doesn't.  I still eat it.  I tell myself baby wants it!

The baby has started moving around so much more! Amazing!!

Here is my weekly video:



Thanks for checking in with me this week!

Kristen
xx

Monday, June 3, 2013

Boba Family: Boba Carrier 3G Review and Giveaway



Images courtesy of Boba Family.


*Disclaimer:  I did receive a Boba Family Baby Carrier  for purposes of this review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  My loyalty is to my readers and always will be. 


I have long understood the importance of baby wearing.  With my first son, I did it purely for bonding, and that on it's own was an amazing experience.  When my second son came along, he had collic.  It was suggested to me by his pediatrician that wearing him in a baby carrier or wrap would help to soothe him and keep him calm.  Since I would have tried anything, I started the journey of baby wearing and I was amazing.  I would wear him around the house and suddenly I was able to get dishes, laundry, and vacuuming done.  When I started wearing him out in public, I was able to take my time shopping and get more things accomplished.  He was relaxed and in what I called "his happy place"

I recently received the Boba Carrier 3G and think it's amazing.  

My thoughts:
It was really hard for me to choose a color because Boba Family had so many great color choices.  But I ultimately went with the Glacier.  I like the fact that it was gender neutral and that my husband would enjoy the color as well.  He doesn't particularly like to wear patterns.  

(Glacier shown below, image coursety of Boba Family)


The Boba 3G Carrier fit like a dream.  It was so easy to strap on and get my 11 month old into.  He enjoyed sitting so close and loved the effortless piggy back ride.  I was extremely comfortable using the Boba 3G to carry Declan around.  I have tried other carriers in the past that felt awkward and lacked support. This was a pleasure to  use for both me and my little man.  The padded straps fit my shoulders perfectly and didn't dig into my skin. 

I found that adjusting the straps was extremely easy, which was a huge bonus considering my husband and I will switch back and forth.   The rear clip is military grade, so I know it was going to keep my little man safe.  This will fit moms and dads from 5'0 to 6'3.  I'm 5'1 and it fits great.  

The Boba 3G is all about accommodating a toddler but I should mention that it will also accommodate a newborn without an insert.  There is a detachable hood, which I haven't used yet but it will come in handy when I'm nursing and on the go.  

The carrier does have 3 pockets but they are a bit small.  But you can fit a debit or credit card and a small set of keys.  The pockets aren't perfect but they work.  It also comes with detachable foot straps but my son's legs don't fit into them just yet.  

Overall, I have loved the Boba Carrier 3G and recommend it to other parents looking for a soft carrier for their baby or toddler.  

I have to apologize for the lack of personal photos, but I am currently 6 months pregnant.  I will be doing a future post with new baby on baby wearing.  

Where to purchase:



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tweedlebug Boutique: The Most Adorable Hospital Hats For Babies

Tweedlebug hospital hats are quite possibly one of the cutest things I have seen for a newborn.  Show your new bundle of joy off in style with these precious hats.



Tweedlebug Boutique hospital hats are your traditional style hospital hats with a little added style.  They are individually handcrafted in the USA, so each hat is unique.  Which is exactly what all of our little angels deserve.  What makes these hats ten times more special is that they were invented by a mommy for her daughter and now she is sharing her incredible idea with us all.


This hat has the same look at your traditional hospital hat but with an added bow and pink ribbon detail.  This is the perfect way to show off your new baby girl from the moment she is born.



This hat is blue and white stripes and couldn't be more perfect for welcoming your little boy.  Since most hospitals have the same hat that they use for boys and girls, the Gavin hat is sure to make your little boy stand out.  


These hats are a great gift idea for newly expectant moms.  I know I can not wait to see my new little guy wearing the adorable Gavin hat.  Tweedlebug Boutique offers ten different styles of hats, to check them out and purchase one for yourself or a friend please click here.

Thank you guys so much for reading!

Kristen
xx


*Disclaimer:  I did receive both the Gavin and Harper hat for purposes of this review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  My loyalty is to my readers and always will be. 



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pregnancy Week 21 and 22: Symptoms, Cravings, and GENDER REVEAL

Hey guys! These last 2 weeks have gone by so quickly. It's actually starting to make me nervous! The faster the weeks go, the closer I am to being a mommy of 3.  The transition from 2 to 3 babies has me a bit terrified.  Most of my friends say it was the jump from 1 to 2 that was difficult but I handled that pretty well, at least I thought so.  

I have continued to have most of the same symptoms over the last 2 weeks.  My restless legs are getting worse and the are actually keeping me up at night.  I have started to have more frequent more intense Braxton Hicks contractions. I had them at the end of my first pregnancy, then I had them early on around 12 weeks with my second.  This time, I started getting them around 19 or 20 weeks, but over the last 2 weeks the are very regular.  I would usually get them if I didn't drink enough water or if I was doing too much and needed to rest.  This time they are happening in the middle of the night and waking me up from a dead sleep.  The doctor said that is pretty normal considering I'm having my babies so close together but still being woken up by any pain during pregnancy will make you worry for a minute.  

My ultrasound results came back and everything was normal as expected.  Everything is good with baby.  This kid moves SO MUCH! This baby is the most active of the 3 pregnancies that I have had.  The movement has gotten greater with each pregnancy.  This has made it more difficult for me to fall asleep at night.  So between having an active mover and having restless legs falling asleep has been quite a pain.  

Here is my video from the last two weeks!



Well, I've made everyone wait long enough.  We tried to have a cake made and we had the baker cancel and no one else could make it in time.  I ended up just looking in the envelope.  It really did drive me nuts that my husband knew and I didn't.  Anyway, for all of you who are wondering.....

It's a....
BOY!!

We are all very excited! We were all expecting a girl but we are now convinced that my husband just doesn't make them.  Now for the shopping and preparation to being.  This little guy will be a totally different season from Declan so he will need some of his own new stuff.  September will be here before I know it.  I think I'll have to wait until August to find more fall clothes for baby.  

We are still on the fence about names.  We have thought of a few but we can't seem to agree on one.  We were trying to stick with a "D" name but we are open to everything now.  If you have any super cool, unique names that you are willing to share please leave a comment below.

Thank you all for reading and checking in with me for the last two weeks.!

Kristen
xx


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MAMA MIO Pregnancy Essentials Kit Review

All I can say is "YES, YES, YES"! This kit is a pregnancy must have.  


First here is a little information on Mama Mio, incase the brand is new to you.  Mama Mio was founded in London by four beauty experts.  Mama Mio has a wide range of products that not only cater to your needs during pregnancy but your skin care needs at any time in your life. Bonus, Mama Mio donates a percentage of all sales the a cancer support charity.  I always love companies who give back.


The Pregnancy Essentials kit retails for $28.00 and contains three must haves by Mama Mio for pregnancy.

Products Included:
Boob Tube Bust and Neck Firmer 30ml/1 fl.oz
Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter 30ml/1 fl.oz
Lucky Legs Rapid Relief for Heavy Legs and Feet 30ml/1 fl.oz


I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and using these products daily has been a real treat.  I only wish that the Mama Mio fairy would coming in and refill my bottles nightly so I would never run out.  I am crazy over the smell of the Tummy Rub and find myself using it more than I need to just because the smell is so amazing!

These products are loaded with naturally good ingredients so I can feel extra good about giving myself my nightly rub down.  Mama Mio products are free of colourants, parabens, petrolatums, phthalates, sodium laurel and laureth sulphates, all synthetic fragrances and xenoestrogen.  

Boob Tube "aim North, not South"
This neck and d├ęcolletage cream is made with CoQ10, Avocado Oil, Fenugreek, Shea Butter, and Milk Thistle.  I love that Milk Thistle is an ingredient.  I just love saying it.  I have been massaging Boob Tube down my neck and on to my breasts every night for 2 weeks now and I HAVE noticed a difference.  I have noticed that my skin is firmer and that despite the continual growing of my boobies,  I have noticed improvement in my stretch marks from my previous pregnancies.  I recommend Boob Tube to all women, pregnant or not.  I will continue to use this product even after my pregnancy.  

Tummy Rub " say NO to stretch marks"
My current obsession! This tummy butter is rich in Omega 3,6 and 9 with added elasticising Shea Butter.  Tummy Rub has a rich and thick consistency that leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.  I have been using this every night for 2 weeks and like I said, I'm obsessed.  The scent is simply divine and relaxing.  My tummy has never felt better.  I highly recommend Tummy Rub to any one who is looking for added comfort and trying to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy.    

Lucky Legs "revive tired legs"
I have been using Lucky Legs any time that my legs feel achy and tired.  I love the cooling and tingling sensation that this gel gives to your legs and feet.  Lucky Legs has a spearmint scent and is made with Yarrow, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, and V-tonic which helps to promote circulation and repress water retention.  That is something that any women in her third trimester can truly appreciate.  


The Pregnancy Essentials kit can be purchased here on the Mama Mio site.  This set would be a thoughtful gift for an new mother to be.  It would make a great addition to a new mommy gift basket or even a baby shower gift.  These are also travel friendly and would be a great item to pick up to take along on your baby moon.  

I couldn't choose a favorite because I enjoy them all but if I could only get one it would be the Tummy Rub.  I look forward to each and every use and the scent sends me over the moon. I highly recommend this company to any woman pregnant or not.  I look forward to trying more items from Mama Mio and bringing you more reviews in the future.  

Thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoyed the review.

Kristen
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Disclaimer:  I did receive the Pregnancy Essentials Kit for purposes of this review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  My loyalty is to my readers and always will be.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pregnancy Week 20: Symptoms and More Strange Cravings

Wahoo!! I am officially half way done with my pregnancy!!  Now the count down can begin! 20 weeks and counting.  We are so excited!!

This week I have gotten so round.  haha  I have grown out of all of my regular clothes.  My jeans zip no more.  I have been wearing a belly band and using a rubber band to hold my pants together but that isn't working anymore.  

I have still been loving the smell of wood and Snuggle fabric softener! When I'm doing laundry and am using so much Snuggle and breathing so deep when I'm switching my laundry from the washing to the dryer.  

I'm on a fruit kick this pregnancy.  I am loving pineapple, apples, grapes, raspberries and pretty much any other fruit I can get my hands on.  

My heart burn is killing in full effect and it's obviously uncomfortable.  I'm managing it with Tums and Zantac.  Still everyday at 3 pm, I'm really nauseas.  I'm hoping this ends soon.  

I have had some serious restless legs going on this week.  I had this with my other pregnancies so I was expecting it.  It drives me nuts every night when I'm trying to sleep.  I just have the constant urge to move my legs.  =(

Weight 128
Total Weight Gain: 6 pounds

Here is my video for 20 weeks pregnant.



Thank you guys so much for checking in with me this week!!

Kristen
xx

Monday, May 13, 2013

You! Lingere Frosty Strawberry Maternity & Nursing Bra Review and Giveaway

Recently I was presented with the opportunity to review the Frosty Strawberry Maternity & Nursing bra by You! Lingerie, I jumped at the chance.  You! Lingerie is a fashion forward company who creates stylish nursing bras and tanks for today's modern momma's.  

 Image courtesy of You!Lingerie

I can totally recommend the Frosted Strawberry bra to anyone looking for a stylish, super soft and comfortable bra to nurse in.  

Check out my video review! 




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You! Lingerie carries a wide variety of styles and sizes of bras along with very cute nursing tanks.  I am looking forward to trying more from this brand and wearing this beautiful bra while nursing my little nugget.  

Thanks for reading!

Good luck to all who entered!


Kristen
xx


Disclaimer:  I did receive this bra from You! Lingerie for purposes of this review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  My loyalty is to my readers and always will be. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pregnancy Week 19: Symptoms and Cravings

This week went by so quickly.  I knew it would since my anatomy ultrasound was on my first day of week 20.   I'm so looking forward to sharing more on that with you all.  I still do not know the gender yet because I wanted to find out with my son.  We were supposed to have a cake made and the baker canceled on us due to a personal issue.  Not quite sure what we will do now.  =(

I've continued to have a headache and backache this week.  My sciatic nerve pain has also continued and it's starting to interfere with my daily activities.  I've also noticed that I've had an increased need to pee.  =)  I'm now getting up at night to use the bathroom, whether Declan wakes me up or not.  

My "morning sickness" is back!!! It has hit me everyday this week at 3 pm.  So, I'm back on the preggie pops! 


I have started to retain water this week at different times of the day and depending on what types of foods I've eaten.  Obviously, foods and meals that are higher in sodium cause me to retain more water.  

HOLY HEARTBURN!! I can not live without Zantac 150 and Tums Smoothies! They are my new best friend and I have to take them every night before bed if I don't want to wake up in heartburn pain.  

I have started to really show this week! This makes me excited that my belly is really popping out! I'm excited to wear more of my cute maternity clothes! Be on the look out for an upcoming maternity outfit of the day!

Symptoms:

headache
backache
braxton hicks contractions
nauseas every day at 3 pm
increased urnination
water retention


Weight:

I've fluxuated between 125 and 127 all week long.

Cravings:
Fruit
Anything crunchy
LOVING the smell of wood and Snuggle fabric softener!

Here is my pregnancy vlog for week 19.



Thank you all so much for watching and reading and checking in this week!

Love you all!!
Kristen
xx

Monday, May 6, 2013

Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tummy Control Tank Review

Nursing tanks are something that I think every nursing mom should invest in.  Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tanks have come highly recommended and I recently received the opportunity to review one.  

(Image courtesy of Glamourmom)


The Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tummy Control Tank is unlike any other nursing tank that I have previously owned.  It has a really supportive built in bra which I can totally appreciate.  There is a place for your nursing pads and a clear large space to nurse through.  I tested nursing pads on the tank and they adhered nicely and stayed in place.  It has the traditional clips and they were easily undone with just one hand. 

This tank also features a tummy control inner panel.  I found this to be the most desirable feature of the tank.  The tummy control panel helps with posture while also controlling any extra post baby belly that you might have.

This tank does feel a bit restrictive when you first put it on, much like a pair of Spanks, but once you're used to wearing it it is very comfortable.  I could tell a noticeable difference in my own waistline while wearing this tank versus not wearing it.

I highly recommend the Glamourmom Tummy Control nursing tank to anyone nursing mom who desires a little extra support.  I know that I am looking forward to wearing this tank while I'm working on getting my shape back and I am excited to try more from the brand.

This tank, along with several other styles of nursing tanks, can be purchased at Glamourmom.com

For more information and to see me wearing the tank, watch my review video below.




Thank you so much for reading!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Kristen
xx