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

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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.

Winter Photo-shoot

Wanted to share some of my favs from my little ladies photo-shoot as a reminder of how beautiful winter truly is. As we hurry from the warmth to our cars, workplaces or stores it is easy to overlook the beauty of this time of year and only see the negatives. Today as you hustle from your car to your home stop for a second to admire the icicles on the trees and breath it all in. Life is full of beautiful in the most unexpected of places.

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House to Home

I am beyond excited for my bestie who is doing her final inspection on her new home today! I hope everything turns out great so they can move in right away because everyone wants to move when it is -30° with wind-chill! Yes, it came at a bad time of year to move but the upgrade is definitely welcomed and worth braving the cold. A bigger yard and more space for her beautiful family to grow is a great blessing. She on the other hand is not as excited as me because as anyone in her situation knows, moving is a lot of work! Don’t fret buddy, I will help you pack, move, paint or whatever you need. 🙂

Now to find the perfect housewarming gift to make your new house feel like home…

A new outdoor mat

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Energy conserving socket because a bigger house means bigger electric bills!

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 Fold flat colander and grater because there is never enough kitchen space.

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For mom’s office.

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For dad’s man-cave.

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 For the kids.

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Winning Weekend

 

4-peatThis past weekend we traveled to TX to see our college team play in the FCS Championships for the 4th time, making history being the one of only 3 football team to have a successful 4-peat! The game was insane! Totally worth the trip and sleep depravation. Here is the highlight excerpt from Sports News:

After blowing a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz needed a touchdown if the Bison were to join D-III Augustana College (Ill.) and NAIA Carroll College (Mont.) as the only teams to win four consecutive national titles.Unfazed by the pressure, Wentz needed 61 seconds and six plays to travel 78 yards to put the Bison back on top. Wentz threw for 237 yards (15-of-22) and one touchdown, but he did most of his damage on the ground, rushing 16 times for 87 yards.The key play: a five-yard rush for a touchdown with 38 seconds left to make it 29-27.

With that final score, the Bison finished 15-1 and sparked the expected jubilation. The Dakota Dynasty put its mark on the record book and “the thundering herd”, as fans refer to themselves, rushed the field.

Storming the field

Storming the field

 

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New Year’s Style

For my New Year’s Eve Party this year I was looking for a fun party dress and ran across a ton of great finds. Here are some of my fav picks:

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Here are the sites I found them on so you can scope out your own great party dress!    ModCloth  &  luulla

Don’t worry mama to be, I didn’t forget about you! Here are some great styles for you and your bump to ring in the new year. Happy 2015!

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Styles found on isabelleoliver, lilac clothing, and A Pea in the Pod Maternity