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.

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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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In Honor of National Breastfeeding Month

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month we our featuring a new item available in our Etsy shop. Nip (Nursing in Public) cards can be added to your order for $1.00 per set of 10 cards. These handy little trinkets are to be given to another mother that is nursing her child somewhere in public as a token of your appreciation for what she is doing to make nursing your baby commonplace. Breastfeeding your child is not some gross vulgar act that should be done shamefully hiding in the deepest darkest corner of the room. It should be the norm done whenever and wherever your baby needs it. Show your appreciation, acceptance and understanding to other moms making breastfeeding in public the new norm and share a nip. 

♥As an added bonus and because we love the message it sends for the month of August we will be including 10 cards free with every purchase! 

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 Promos

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Hey all you breastfeeding mamas, check out these great offers in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week! 

 

http://buybamboobies.com/ has free pair just pay s&h

http://studio-peekaboo.com/store/ 20% off

http://www.figure8maternity.com/ 20% off nursing tanks and bras

http://www.babiesrus.com/

http://www.babiesrus.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2256161&ab=BRU_Header:Utility3:Feeding:Breastfeeding:Home-Page 20% off harmony pillows and all pumps

http://www.needbrands.com/index.php/products/ For the entire month of August we are offering 20% off your Need Brands order. Simply use the promo code NBM2014 during your checkout each and every time you …

http://www.duematernity.com/nursingclothes.html FREE Bella B Baby product with nursing purchase

http://www.bebeaulait.com/ 10% when you enter your email

NursingPillow.com  FREE Nursing Pillow promo code HIP2SAVE just pay shipping

BreastPads.com 10 FREE Pairs of Breast Pads with the exclusive promo code HIP2SAVEBABY at checkout just pay shipping

http://www.hotmilklingerie.com/ Free Shipping

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Here are some sites with great nursingwear but no official Breastfeeding week deals however be sure to checkout their clearance/outlet sections 🙂

http://shop.boobdesign.com/

http://http://www.snugabell.com/products/sale/on-sale-pumpease

www.thedairyfairy.com/shop/

http://www.bravadodesigns.com/

http://www.cakelingerie.com/sale-items

http://www.jellystonedesigns.com/index.php/shop/clearance?page=shop.browse&category_id=11

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Here are some great resources to check out in celebration of Breastfeeding Awarenenss:

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/meetings/2014/world_breastfeeding_week/en/

http://www.llli.org/

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Maternity Shoot

 

prego2Many women hate their pregnant bodies, these changes are not met with feelings of beauty and the glow that other’s talk about is not so much a glow as sweat from lugging around the extra pounds. A maternity shoot with a professional might help you see the new you in a more endearing light. I know the last thing you think you want to do is memorialize this image of the oversized you forever by getting it on film but when you look back you will be glad you did. A few weeks after baby is born and you look down and no longer see anything except the floor there will be a moment of joy then a brief fleeting moment of sadness for the empty womb you so carefully protected for the past nine months. Every women should have at least one great pregnancy picture. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and capture your bump for eternity, you’re going to do a maternity photo-shoot. Now what? Here are some tips to get you that great baby belly shot:

What clothing should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • Wear anything you feel comfortable in and LOVE. Normally you should avoid patterns, stripes and plaids unless you love them and they are a true representation of your personality, however for a maternity shoot sometimes stripes and chevron patterns help to emphasis the baby bump.
  • Pick solid colors: white, black, brown, gray. Avoid bright pink and yellow as the tend to wash you out.
  • Pants – jeans (any color), black pants (yoga pants work well)
  • Necklines – select v-necks, squarenecks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks. Women should avoid manly necklines and stay away from crewnecks.
  • Sleeves – Long-sleeved shirts tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps also work. Women should avoid t-shirt length sleeves as they draw attention to the arms unless they have beautiful, sculpted or very thin upper arms.
  • Fabrics – look for clingy, not necessarily tight, fabrics with a little stretch. Ruched clothing helps with this effect.
  • Shirts – big, white, button-down rumpled man’s shirt. Any shirt or cardigan that opens down the front works well.
  • Tanks – anything clingy, fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue…)

What else should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • You can bring a stuffed animal, flowers, baby shoes or an outfit, ultrasound photo, maternity sash or ribbon. Really anything that has meaning to you and your baby works great.
  • Some more unusual items are wedding veils, belly buds or headphones, henna, native cloth or cultural dress items.
  • Check with your photographer to see what if any props are offered

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What preparations should I make?

  • Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance
  • Wear makeup! Some photographers offer packages that includes makeup, you’ll get the best results if you visit a makeup center prior to your shoot. Check out Make up ideas for photos for a better idea of how to prepare.
  • Don’t wear anything binding to the shoot to avoid marks on your skin. This includes bras with underwires, ribbed socks, sunglasses, hair bands or tight bracelets on your wrist.
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Notice the nails

 

Once you’ve decided to take the plunge just remember to relax and enjoy yourself the photographer will handle the rest!

Here are my favorite shots from being pregnant with Trinity and Ryder:

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With Trinity

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With Ryder

How to announce a new addition

When it comes to announcing a new addition to the family, there are so many cute ideas. I pinned such cute things on Pinterest…but when it came down to it, I didn’t have the time (or the energy) to actually follow through with them. Immediate family and friends were told very simply just by one of us talking to them. Because Ryann was such an excited big sister, she ended up telling quite a few people before we necessarily had planned on doing so. I decided to make these pictures (from my phone because I rarely get on an actual computer for anything outside of work!). We sent these to some relatives that lived out of town and I also sent them to some friends I wasn’t going to be able to talk to face-to-face and didn’t want them to hear from someone else. When we finally decided to announce publicly, I posted these pictures to my Facebook. They aren’t nearly as cute as some of the ideas I’d been looking at, but I feel like they did the job!
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