Time Warp

O M Goodness! It’s been a while…EEK! So pretty much 3 years since the last post and a ton has happened yet day to day goes on basically the same as always. I thought I would do something a little different. Today I would like to share a couple of AMAZING products that my BFF has so kindly shared with me. Honestly they have been a lifesaver but also a few have become almost an obsession and an expensive one at that so not sure if I should thank her or bill her 😉 but as the name of the site implies we discuss all things besties share and here are a few I can now not live without.

  1. TULA anything and everything! The blankets for sure were the best thing I ever found to swaddle my babies and lets talk softness… they feel like butter! The carriers, wraps, and everything else is also pretty fabulous.
  2. Dot Dot Smile – These are the CUTEST everyday dresses and oh so soft. Added bonus the are perfect for twirling. 🙂 Get yours here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/dotdotsmilebykimbovee                                        kenny
  3. Monat- Seriously saved me from shaving my post baby balding head. So many mix and match options for all hair problems and now instead of falling out my hair is actually re-growing and healthier than ever. Friends don’t let friends go bald!
  4. LipSense- No lipstick on your coffee cup and no reapplying…Enough said.
  5. Animal Land Bemidji MN – Okay so this one we kind of discovered together. Brit has family around Bemidji and it has a ton of cool stuff for kids so she agreed to go for a day trip with all the kids. We wanted to do a zoo so we looked up the area and found this animal park. It was a pretty big shock when we got there and were rang up by a lady holding a skunk. Once inside a few animals were just out wondering around which were tame and we were able to get close enough to pet. The last pen had a big gate and said Enter. We thought it was just a way to get closer to the tiger cage but in reality it turned out to be a deer habitat. They came from every direction to eat the apples we had bought upon entering the park to feed the animals. It was the highlight of our day for sure, the kids loved it and keep asking to go back! I highly recommend making a stop there if you are in the area.
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What’s In My Bushka Bag – *The 1 Year Old Winter Edition

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1. Honest Company Diapers and Wipes
2. Aquaphor Healing Ointment for chapped skin and diaper rash
3. Angle Baby Lotion to combat winter dryness
4. Learner cup spill proof with 360º drinking edge
5. Banana teether/toothbrush
6. iPlay universal bottle topper incase I forget a cup
7. Pouch food for an easy/clean snack on the go
8. Halo sleep sack in fleece and aden + anais 4 layer dream blanket
9. Bumkins sleeved bib to prevent messes
10. Complete outfit long sleeve and pants for winter
11. Outerwear cold weather gear extra hat and mittens

Let’s talk car seats

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One of the most important purchases you make for your child is their car seat. With so many brands available how do you pick the right one? Do you get the base or just use the buckle? Convertible or booster? So many options! My advice turn to The Car Seat Lady. This lady breaks it down and helps parents protect their precious cargo! Watch her videos on YouTube or follow her on FB.

Some tips to get you started via The Car Seat Cop aka Holly Wagner:

1. Don’t buy a used car seat.

2. Research one that’s right for your car and read the manual.

3. Find a certified child passenger safety technician to help install it and show you how to use it.

4. If you cannot find a tech in your area, go to http://cert.safekids.org.

5. Make sure the seat is rear-facing until the child is 2.

6. Adjust the chest clip to armpit level; at abdomen level, organs can be injured in a crash.

7. Make sure straps are snug and straight.

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Janusz Liberkowski is a name I have not forgotten when it comes to the car seat struggle. His heartbreaking story about loosing his daughter in an automobile accident and inspiration to save other children from this misfortune has stuck with me every time I buckle one of my kids in. He was the winner of American Inventor on ABC and though he had partnered with Evenflo to bring his invention to market this has yet to be accomplished and the partnership has since ended. He called his safety seat the Anecia Survival Capsule after his baby girl. Here is what the prototype looked like:

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The show revealed the product after some tweaking in the finale to look like this:

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To see it in action check out this YouTube video (sorry I couldn’t find one in English but you don’t need to hear it to see how it works).

Not sure about all you but I would be interested in testing this possible life saving invention out!

Here is an update to this post from last month, a new company has released  a prototype for a potentially lifesaving addition to the standard car seat. Check out all the details on their site Carkoon.

Ready to Pop

One of my favorite gifts to bring newbie parents in the hospital is Champagne. When our first child was born we brought a bottle with us and had the nurses put it in the fridge. After her birth we celebrated with intimate family and friends. It truly was a special way to welcome our new addition and one of my favorite memories of her birthday.  IMG_2154
This is one of the cutest bubblies I have found to bring the parents (especially if they have a girl). It is Barefoot brand and the little foot is just too precious. They also make mini bottles which are great if you don’t want to bring glasses to the hospital so everyone can have their own “baby” bottle.

Here is the gift tag I tie on the bottle. Enjoy 🙂

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Ryder’s Baby Shower

I walked into the backyard last night to a wonderful surprise!

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I was extremely happy to see that the baby shower party favors we gave to our guest served their purpose. We wanted to give them something that would be a reminder of Ryder and the joy that day meant for us. We ended up giving out the cutest little elephant shaped seed paper in a coconut plant liner with planting instructions all tied up in beautiful blue ribbon.

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I took what leftovers we had from the shower and planted them in our yard. What grew was better than I ever could have imagined! One year later out popped an amazing surprise, forget-me-nots. A bittersweet reminder of the day our family and friends came to meet the newest member of our family and how fast the time goes. No longer that little baby everyone snuggled and gushed over at his shower, today he is a rambunctious one year old on a mission to pick all those beautiful blue blossoms that for an instance brought me back to a time that feels like just a day ago and a lifetime ago all at once.

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A rush of sadness came over me as I realized how quickly we do forget the babies our children once were as they become the little people we know and love. This tiny reminder in my garden will always be there to tell me to forget-me-not mommy as I was, I will always be your baby. Remember me on that day small and helpless taking up a spot in your heart you didn’t know was empty until you met me. Love me now for the amazing little man I’ve become. I hope they come back every year, a reminder of a beautiful time I never want to forget.