Monday, November 5, 2012

Couture Clip Luxe Toy Holder

Olivia is just entering the stage where she is learning to grasp and hold onto her toys.  She is absolutely in love with her Sophie the Giraffe and a few other rattles.  However, her grip is not very tight yet and she drops her toys all the time.  This poses a problem when she is in her carseat, riding in the ergo, or in the stroller.  If she drops her toy on the ground, that's it, game over.  Thankfully, I was sent a Couture Clip Luxe Toy Holder for review.  This came in great handy for our girls trip to the Oregon Coast!

We were sent the Couture Clip Luxe Toy Holder in Pink Organic Cotton.  It came packaged on a lovely card with a logo, ready for gift-giving.  

It has a little, linen label (say that five times fast!) and the tether is hand stitched onto the strap for durability.  The fabric is a beautiful organic pointelle knit cotton.  It's super soft!  

The clip has soft plastic teeth on the inside which is super nice because then it doesn't damage any of the cute clothes you hook it onto and helps to grip better so the clip isn't pulled loose.

Sophie is right at home with her new Couture Clip.  She didn't want to get lost.

Olivia and Sophie played in the carseat nicely without being thrown overboard (or out the window, if you have an active toddler.)  This is also great because you don't have to reach around in the backseat for the toy your baby has dropped, enabling you to keep your eyes on the road!

Sophie got to go on walks on the beach with Olivia and I without the risk of being washed away with the tide or being stolen by a hungry seagull.  They really will eat anything!  Pardon the picture of Sophie looking like she is at the gallows.  It was worth it not to lose her.  It doesn't look quite so odd when your child is actively chewing on the toy instead of sleeping. Hehe!

Sophie got to go with us to Cannon Beach, Oregon and see the famous Haystack Rock.

At the end of each day, Sophie was with her girl Miss Olivia.  They had a great time on vacation and thanks to our Couture Clip Luxe Toy Holder, Sophie made it safely home to Idaho!  

If you have a Sophie (or another loved toy) that needs Couture Clip for a friend, you can get 25% off now with this coupon code BML25. The toy holders come in organic cotton, faux suede, knit cashmere and upcycled knit cashmere and range in price from $20-$29.  Couture Clip also makes luxe binkie holders, bows and pouches for gift-giving.   Show them some love and stay up-to-date by following on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!  Thank you Couture Clip!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Farm Rich Snacks and Appetizers

With two boys in football and a massive amount of calories being burned on a daily basis, our grocery bill is sky high!  We don't have a lot of time before practice and games after school, so I need something quick and nutritious to feed these hungry kids and tide them over until dinner.  

I received two coupons for Farm Rich Snacks and Appetizers to try out ($6.99 value.)  I chose to get the Breaded Mozzarella Sticks and the Stuffed Pretzel Bites.  

While I was gone one evening, my husband saw the Mozzarella Sticks and decided to make them for the boys.  Needless to say, I didn't get to see the look on their faces but he said they devoured them in no time. They were nice enough to leave me a few to try and I will say they were delicious, even when reheated.  The Mozzerella Sticks have 180 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving with a serving size of two sticks.  

Yesterday, I made the cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bites for the boys after school.   I think I ate just as much as they did, it was hard to stop!  Jesse said "Mom,  I like them!"  Jake said "They're really good."  As you can see, Jesse was a little more enthusiastic about having his picture taken.  Jake, not so much.  The Stuffed Pretzal Bites have 110 calories and 3 grams of fat for a serving size of three bites.  Now just try to eat one serving!

The Farm Rich Snacks and Appetizers we tried were super yummy and made for a great after-school snack!  And at less than $6.99 a bag, I didn't feel like I was blowing our grocery budget.  
Full bellies + good prices = happy Mama!   

Farm Rich also offers Mozzarella Bites, Breaded Mushrooms, Italian and regular Meatballs, Mini Quesadillas, Mini Pizza Slices, Philly Cheese Steaks, Turkey Meatballs, Jalapeno Poppers, Queso Cheese Bites, Marinara Stuffed Mozzarella Bites and Original/Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.  That is a huge selection!  

Farm Rich is on Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow them for all the latest news from your favorite snack company.  They have graciously offered one of my readers a giveaway for two free coupons for their snacks and appetizers (maximum value $6.99.)  Thank you Farm Rich!

The product for this review was provided to me by the company.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hip Huggers One Size Pocket Diaper

This beautiful, purple One Size Pocket diaper from Hip Huggers is the newest diaper I have received for review.   It is part of their Rockin' Baby line which features lovely fluff hand-painted with super cute designs.

Our diaper has black angel wings on the back.

They are even flecked with glitter.  Love!!!  For those of you that are wondering, the glitter hasn't washed off even after multiple trips through the washer.

The inside of the diaper is lined with a soft polyester that doesn't pill and keeps baby dry.  It has a soft bamboo soaker pad that really holds the moisture!  Livvy wore her diaper for 4 hours with no leaks whatsoever!  The soaker was really wet when I took it off her, but her skin was dry and the diaper did not leak.  

Hip Huggers diapers can be machine washed and dried which is a definite bonus for us busy moms.

It has two levels of snaps for the rise adjustment.  And has overlapping wings for skinny babies.  Even with the soaker in place the diaper is still very trim and her pants fit great over it.  I cannot say this about most cloth diapers!

Livvy wears hers on the smaller setting.  She is about 15 lbs and 28 inches long, so you can get an idea of how the Hip Huggers fit.

Her little angel butt is so cute!!!

You can see all of the lovely Rockin' Baby designs HERE.  Hip Huggers also carries designs in Minky ($7.50), Slick Styles ($7.50), and Supreme Double Gussets ($10).  The Rockin' Baby Line retails for $8.50 for the wetbags and basic diapers and $11 for the Supreme Double Gussets.  You can also purchase cloth wipes, t-shirts, extra soakers, leggings, hankie bibs and hair bows from their Facebook store.  

Our Rockin' Baby Hip Huggers diaper fits Olivia wonderfully and we are so glad we got the opportunity to try them and tell everyone how great they are!  Hip Huggers is generously offering a giveaway to one of my lucky readers.  All you have to do is go "like" their Facebook page and tell them that Baby Mama Loves sent you!  Be sure to let her know what Minky or Slick Styles diaper you would choose if you win.  Thanks Hip Huggers!

The product for this review was provided to me by the company.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fuzzibunz Elite One Size Pocket Diaper

The choice made to cloth diaper our daughter was an easy one.  Disposable diaper costs are rising, not to mention the time it takes for one, let alone thousands, to break down in a landfill.  My husband and I did not use cloth diapers with our older sons, but in the last few years, they seem to have become the "in" thing to do.  Getting into it, I looked for easy-to-use diapers and my sister, who has cloth diapered her son for two years, was a big help.  She loves Fuzzibunz.  When I got the opportunity to review one, I jumped on it!   

I was sent the Fuzzibunz Elite One Size Pocket Diaper in Strawberry to review. It retails for $15.95, which is a great price for a cloth diaper.  Since it is a pocket diaper, it needs to be stuffed with the inserts.  

It has a super-soft Microfleece inner that surprisingly does not pill when washed.  I hate the feel of the pilly fleece inners on Sunbaby pockets. Each Fuzzibunz diaper comes with two buttery-smooth minky doublers.  I love these so much better than the microfiber and I think it will help cut down on the "stinkies" that microfiber often gets.  It also comes with extra elastic in case the one in the diaper happens to break down.

The diaper is fully adjustable on the inside with elastic at the waist and leg openings. There are little numbers at each buttonhole on the elastic.

The numbers on the elastic correspond to the numbers on the chart, which according to the size of your baby, make it very easy to find the right fit!

Each diaper has a serial number, so you can register for your lifetime warranty on the snaps!  Since the snaps  are the first thing to go usually, this is awesome.

The diaper fit great around her waist and thighs.  She actually was able to wear it for about 4 hours with no leaks the first time we tried it.  Just remember, the key to preventing first-time leaks is proper prepping.  I washed my diaper once and the inserts twice.  I then tested the inserts for absorbency by running water over them to see if it absorbed or repelled the moisture.  

Love the Fluff butt!

Livvy was very comfortable wearing her Fuzzibunz Elite.

Look at how great she can hold her little head up!

Livvy loved her photo session!!!  Isn't she the cutest?
Thank you Fuzzibunz for making an awesome diaper that feels soft, doesn't leak and looks adorable on my baby! 

You can become a fan of Fuzzibunz on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, and visit their website for more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest news!  

The product for this review was provided to me by the company.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beanie Designs Review and Giveaway

Winter is just around the corner and Olivia still doesn't have much hair.  She definitely needs an adorable hat (or two or three) to cover her little noggin, so we were very excited when Beanie Designs sent us one of their lovely infant hats to review.  

We chose the Organic Cotton Cream Stocking Hat with Flower in an 18-36 months size so it will be sure to fit her all winter.  It is absolutely beautiful!  

The baby beanie has this adorable triple-layer crocheted flower and braided tail with a tassle.  It's okay to fake a ponytail since she doesn't have a real one, right?  Right?  

Beanie Designs baby hats come in newborn sizes through 24 months and toddler sizes 2 through ten years.  They are 100% organic cotton and so soft!

It looks so sweet on her and it's comfortable too.  The band doesn't cut into her head or leave any pressure marks on her.  We had lots of fun playing dress up for Winter! 

Beanie Designs has themed hats such as a pumpkin, cupcake, different fruit and animal hats, even mohawk-style hats and baby headbands.  Their products are perfect for a photo shoot or everyday wear.  The average retail price is $26 for one of their adorable crocheted creations.

You can follow them on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook, as well. As an added bonus, Beanie Designs Facebook fans can win a $75 gift certificate by participating in discussions, liking statuses and sharing their thoughts on their page.  The most active fan wins!  

Beanie Designs is offering a giveaway of one of their hats for my readers.  Thank you Beanie Designs!

The product for this review was provided to me by the company.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hamster Buggy Bags

Having two older sons in football this fall, we are very busy.  My husband and I have tons of gear to pack across fields and parking lots to get to the bleachers where they play.  Having a baby, we also have baby stuff to carry too.  The stroller is the most effective way to get her and her stuff to where we need to be but tends to get bogged down with the diaper bag, blankets, water bottles and camera bags.  Loading up the stroller can be dangerous because the likelihood for it tipping backwards is very great when the back end is weighed down by all of our gear.  

This is where the Hamster Buggy Bags have come in great handy!  They evenly distribute the weight of our stuff, keeping our stroller steady and our daughter safe.  

They come in a pack of two, one for each side of the stroller.  

Each of them folds into it's own little bag with a carrying handle. 

You simply attach each bag to the stroller frame with the three fully-adjustable straps.  If the bags are empty, you can leave them attached to the stroller when you fold it up.  If they are full, you can detach the bag using the clips on each strap, so you don't have to unpack the bag every time you are done using the stroller.  The Buggy Bags fit on just about any kind of stroller, even older models such as my 8-year-old Graco.  Although I have found that I need to unclip the strap in the middle so I can fold the stroller with the bags attached.  No big deal, and I am sure that it is only because my stroller is ancient and gargantuan! 

Each Buggy Bag has a long, adjustable strap for slinging over your shoulder.  It has a small zip pocket on the outside perfect for your cell phone and keys, as well as a large outer zipper which gives you access to the entire interior of the bag.  The inside also has a small mesh pocket for little things you may want to keep separate, such as binkies or snacks.  Each bag can hold up to six pounds of supplies per the manufacturer.  The bags would also be very helpful on shopping trips, allowing you to stuff them with your purchases, keeping your stroller frame free of shopping bags and safe from crowds.  I plan on using them with my stroller on our October shopping trip to the Oregon Coast and next year on our trip to Disneyland.  

The Hamster Buggy Bags were invented by a U.K mom whose stroller was always tipping backwards due to the weight of all she would pack into it.  They get their name from the actual rodent hamster cheeks because they can be stuffed full with all you need for an outing with your baby.  They have received multiple awards, including the Gold Award for Best New innovation at the Mother & Baby Awards in 2010.  You can become a fan of Hamster Buggy Bags on Facebook to stay updated on this fabulous product.  The Hamster Buggy bags are available to U.S.-based customers at One Step Ahead for $49.95.  

The product for this review was provided to me the PR Firm.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hulabye Happy Changer Review and Giveaway

My daughter is a little wiggle worm.  Whenever I lay her on the changing table, she either tries to push herself backwards off of it by using her feet to scoot or she rolls from side to side with her legs in the air.  This makes for a difficult diaper changing experience to say the least, not to mention dangerous!  I was so happy when I stumbled upon the Hulabye Happy Changer because it looked like it could be the answer to my problem.  

I told the folks at Hulabye that my daughter's nursery was pink, aqua and white and that they could send any color, pattern and fabric type they wanted.  Upon opening my package, I noticed it was beautifully wrapped and would have made a ready-to-give present perfect for a shower or a new momma.  It looked so pretty, I almost hesitated to unwrap it!  Almost. 

I love that there are instructions with illustrations incorporated into the gift wrapping as well.  They show you exactly how to use the Happy Changer so there is no confusion.  For the purpose of the review, I was sent Soft Pink in the Minky Solids Collection.  

The Hulabye Happy Changer is a vest of sorts that Velcros around your changing pad which you then lay your baby on top of, slip their arms through the holes and velcro back around their waist.  The Happy Changer keeps them in place on the changing table rather than rolling around or reaching down to their diaper area.  If you've ever had a child that does this, you know the potential for a hazardous situation in the event of a messy diaper!  

The Velcro closure on the front is quite adjustable and seems like it would also fit a toddler as well as a smaller baby, too.

The Velcro panel on the back is a huge strip and is very sticky.  

The wide panel allows it to fit best on all 16" contoured changing pads per the manufacturer.

You can see that Hulabye did a fantastic job of matching our little girls room!  I really love how super soft the vest is!  And guess what girls?  It's Machine washable!  Gentle cycle is best and tumble dried.  Just make sure you attach all Velcro pieces so as not to snag other items.

When I put the Happy Changer on the changing pad I found that it fits perfectly.  There was no slipping around or detaching.  

Livvy didn't mind one it one bit.  I really think she felt safer with it on.  Like a big hug!  I felt comfortable using both hands to change her with, as opposed to holding her in place with one hand and changing her with the other.  The Happy Changer definitely made our changing experience easier!

Now she can't roll side to side or wiggle her way off the back end of the changing table.

The Hulabye Happy Changer is a must-have product for any mom with an active baby!  It is available in five different flannel prints retailing for $36.  Hulabye also comes in three different Minky solids for $42 or three Minky prints for $44.  You can check out their website, become a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Hulabye has been generous enough to offer one of my U.S. readers a Happy Changer in a flannel print of their choice.  Thank you Hulabye! a Rafflecopter giveaway  
The product for this review was provided to me by the company.  All opinions expressed are my own. Others who may use the product may have different opinions.