Friday, March 27, 2015

Nursing Happens Scarf Review and Promo Code

I breastfeed Nora, she rarely eats from a bottle and I'm seldom sitting at home eating bon-bons and watching soap operas; actually that last part never happens.  My life typically is go go go, whether it is going to the park, church, preschool, my mom's house, grocery shopping or the doctors, something is always happening around here.  I'm not complaining, I get horrible cabin fever and find it easier to keep Pete from driving me nuts if we keep busy and not just stick around home all day every day.  As a result of life Nora has to eat other places than our nice comfy dedicated recliner.  After two kids I've become rather good at not flashing the world while feeding and sometime just don't care to cover while feeding my baby in public, not because of wanting the world to see it all but because of practicality.  Rarely is it possible to see anything so typically I don't see the need for covering once we have a good rhythm going with nursing, I also wear clothes and are a bit more conducive to nursing as well. I do find myself covering to nurse Nora at church the most of all the places we go. I think it is the proximity of people and the relatively quiet atmosphere makes me feel more comfortable to cover.  I cover for my comfort, not for those around me, if I'm comfortable nursing it works better for the both of us. 

Nursing Happens Infinity Scarf in Pink Kiss Chevron

I was given the Nursing Happens Scarf in my MommyCon goodie bag as a blogger.  I've had the chance to wear it a couple times since then and have found it rather useful and that I missed it one day when I forgot it and had to use a blanket.  I started out my nursing journey with Nora using a tent style cover, I've never been a big fan but needed something. We stopped using it around 3 months because she would kick and flail around and send it flying open and me, being unprepared for such events, would be visible to what seems like the whole world.  I just stopped using anything and nursed so that nothing would be visible during our sessions. Nora does like to stop and look around sometimes, especially as she gets older, this cover seemed to allow that a bit more but also keep me covered where I needed it.  Surprisingly it wasn't horribly hot to wear the scarf, no more than any other I have hanging in the closet. I found it easy to throw in the diaper bag if I'm not actually wearing it, no plastic pieces to get bent out of shape.  It also looks good even when I have no plan of nursing Nora, like at work.  Part of me is tempted to get another in a different color because they are just cute and I like wearing scarves. I'm rather partial to the Boho Feathers design, lots of different colors would look great with it!

Check out all of the selection at their website. They also sell a wide selection of reusable snack bags, teething necklaces for mom, wet bags and lots of other fun and cute looking items! Use the promo code: MOMMYCON49  to get 20% off your order.

I received the product for free in order to review and as part of a gift bag, but all comments and reviews are my own and not that of the company's.  The pictures are my own.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kandoo Wipes and Handsoap Review and Giveaway!

Kandoo Wipes were not a big hit in our house for Pete.  Mostly he associated them with baby wipes and wanted nothing to do with them touching his behind! I'm not one to try and argue too much with a 4 year old (nobody wins when it does happen). I thought they'd be useful and help him do a better job on his own, but alas he didn't want to be a "baby". Though I have found them useful for other things such as cleaning up after him if his aim is off when peeing, quickly wiping down the bathroom between cleaning, and wiping off the SprayPal Splatter Shield after I've sprayed off Nora's poopy cloth diapers.  Pretty useful. And if Pete uses them for something, I'm not too concerned with bleach or anything on his hands. So they are useful for things other than the intended purpose I
n our house!

Kandoo Handsoap has been a huge hit in our house! Pete likes that he can see the soap on his hands and loves trying to see how purple he can make them before I finally make him rinse.  He has really gotten better about consistently washing his hands after using the bathroom and before and after meals with this soap.  I also enjoy the berry scent which isn't overpowering but definitely there. I even find myself occasionally using his soap. We all have sensitive skin in this house and frequently get dry skin rashes in the dry winter air, and frequent handwashes can aggravate it.  Pete hasn't had any issues this year, whereas last year at this time he had horrible rashes on his hands from dry skin.

I received the product for free in order to review, but all comments and reviews are my own and not that of the company's.  The pictures are courtesy of Kandoo. 
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Shoes for Pete

Pete didn't want to get new shoes he liked his old shoes, but he had grown to where he was curling his toes under get them to fit and complaining about sore feet every night.


His new kicks! I got a great deal on them with 1/2 off the clearance price.  Now hopefully his feet won't grow too much more until we can get to an outlet mall for a really good sale.

I pulled these little gems out of storage for an upcoming project, his first actual shoes, aren't they so sweet and little!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Breastfeeding.

This is a picture of me nursing Nora in bed - both of us got breakfast in bed.  I absolutely love this picture; it is one of the most beautiful things I've seen  and as a mother experienced.  Granted not every nursing session is this magical, well really most aren't, but every so often I'm blessed to have one that just exudes perfection and reminds me what it is all about and why I put up with the bad.  The beginning with Nora was awful, and I ended up in the lactation consultant's office at the hospital four days in a row over a weekend. One of those days I was there at 11:30 at night because she wouldn't latch on.  In the midst of that I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to breastfeed Nora, and I was heartbroken about not getting to bond with her this way.  It was one of the things I was looking forward to doing again as a mother. Thankfully we figured it out and we were good; for many months we had no issues whatsoever.  All of January I had reoccurring clogged ducts; it was miserable, but we worked through it again, this time with the help of some great friends on a nursing moms group on Facebook and with the lactation consultant.  So for me to be able to post this picture of Nora happily and sleepily eating and me to cuddle with her while eating my breakfast too is just wonderful and glorious.  Breastfeeding isn't the sole way of mothering by any means; mother-baby bonds can be made in so many meaningful ways.  Pete was breast and formula fed, and I still have a great bond and love for that boy and I have a wonderful bond with Nora. 

I was really nervous to post this picture and blogpost for fear of what others would think or say.  Then I decided it was too beautiful not to, and that it might help someone else out there in the internet world on their journey.  I'm not posting it because I want the whole world to see my boob; I'm sharing it to share what breastfeeding means to me and what a beautiful thing it is.  Also the photo credit goes to Phil because he captured just what I wanted after just a few tries and is sheer perfection.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MommyCon!

 

MommyCon Chicago was awesome! Phil and Pete dropped me off at the convention center and they headed out to their activities (another post!). I started out at breakfast for the bloggers and street team members. Yum! We scoped out the Evenflo Feeding Lounge for later in the day, we spotted the new Ergobaby Nursing Pillow, which we ended up trying out.  Nora fell asleep wandering over to Cloth Diapering 101, though she got a rude awakening when they announced the new Bumgenius print and the crowd got rather excited.
Evenflo Feeding Lounge



Cloth Diapering 101

We ogled a Britax Clicktight Carseat for Nora in the vender hall.  It was an amazing carseat, won't lie! We checked out a bit more of the vender hall before heading to a diaper change and trying out Babyganics diapers.
Britax Carseat that we were dreaming about

Diaper change time with Babyganics!

I was really excited to go to the Wrapping 101 class but Nora decided it was time to eat right when we got to the woven wrap part and we weren't able to try it out because she freaked out.  I did learn some basics but I don't think I'll be investing in a woven until I have a better chance at trying it out first.
Wrapping 101 Class

After another stop at the feeding lounge (Nora's personal favorite of MommyCon Chicago) we picked up our Kiinde Foodii and met some other moms in line and had a nice chat. I got a big burger and fries for lunch, and Nora enjoyed the Happy Baby HappyYogis yogurt and fruit snacks. They melted in her mouth and she loved them.  We puttered around and had a great time going to talks and learning new things. I even got to nurse Nora during The Badass Breastfeeders presentation!  Talk about empowering! It was fun to meet up with people that I follow online in various forms.  The whole event was great. One of my other favorite classes was on menstrual reusables though no lying I do gag a bit on the thought but do find it intriguing all the same. Everyone gets a goodie bag too, mine was different than the general admission for being a blogger, but both were great! I got samples, a nursing scarf, cloth diaper, wet bag, and so many other great things that I will post and review about later.


Snoozing in the Ergo

Checking out a workshop

Mommy Daughter Selfie


 It was a great event, I loved seeing so many other women (and men) that find the same things to be important. It is nice to know that you really aren't alone in the journey no matter what your parenting choices.

Nora checking out the Foodii box during a class

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cloth Diaper Wipes

We cloth diaper.  I love it. We did some with Pete only while at home and not at night.  With Nora I'm doing it all the time except at night because I haven't yet figured it out.  I also started doing cloth wipes with her too.  I never even thought of it with Pete, which sounds silly, but I didn't even know about the possibility! I figured "in for a penny, in for a pound" this time around.  I sewed up the cloth wipes I use now while I was having contractions and couldn't sleep the night before Nora was born.  They are two pieces (5 by 5 inch squares) of flannel sewn together with a zigzag stitch.  Very easy and very basic, no real skill needed.  I like that they are thicker and have some weight to them compared to the single flannel style; plus they are easier to sew with two layers!
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I keep my cloth wipes in a conventional wipes container from Pete's diaper days.  I'm actually picky on containers and like Huggies; they have a soft opening to get the wipes out compared to Pampers,  not that I really use either other than for the containers. I'm picky about how they are folded to fill the container; if you fold the wipes properly you can have them pop up just like the store bought ones!
Lay one wipe half way on top of another like the above picture.
Fold the bottom wipe over the overlapping top wipe.

Place another wipe where the first wipe was, and it overlaps the second wipe.

Fold the second wipe over the third wipe and continue until they are all folded over each other.  I have about a dozen wipes in my at home container and about 3 or 4 in my diaper bag.

All fitting nicely in my wipes container.

Wipes Solution:
1Cup Distilled Water
1TBS Dr.Bonner's Castille Soap (I like the citrus one as pictured)
3 drops lavender & tea tree essential oils
 
Distilled water is going to not risk growth like other kinds of water because of the process it has gone through; plus I always have it on hand, and I really don't want to deal with musty wipes.  The tea tree oil will also stop anything from growing in the wipes since I keep them wet all the time.  I've been using wipes since Nora was born, and they take at least a week to get all used up. I have not had a single batch go bad on me with this formula. 
Tada! Finished wipes ready to go to work!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MommyCon Chicago

MommyCon Chicago has sold out!  That just seems crazy to me. Plus it is sad because I was going to host a giveaway for two tickets.  At least I'll get to host a giveaway for another location; luckily for me I'm not too far from another announced location in Columbus, Ohio, in September!  Indiana is the crossroads of the nation and it is nice sometimes.  You can still get half-day, non-gift-bag tickets to Chicago and use my promo code for $5 off.  Just think: hit the museums in the morning and MommyCon in the afternoon.  Sounds like a fun-filled Saturday. 
Remember use the Promo Code KPPN15 to get $5 off your ticket for any location after the presale period!

Now I'm deciding which workshops/seminars I'm going to go to during it. Here is a link to the Chicago schedule if you'd like to see the options and descriptions. Decisions, decisions. There are so many good options that I'm interested in, but there's not enough time.  I feel like all of the options that I have at least scratch the surface of everything offered. Plus some of these presenters are just amazing, and I'd like to attend just to see them in person - totally like meeting a character at Disney but in real life and more pathetic because I'm 26....

 
The hardest time slot to decide on is the 11:15.  I mean Leaky Boob and Wrapping?! I haven't done much wrapping so it would be nice to try it out to see, but then it is something else to buy if I decide I like it since I don't have a wrap. I am way into all things breastfeeding and feeding in general. Really, Nora will probably be the one deciding where we go depending on how her schedule is going that day.
 
I'm super excited. I'm trying to talk Phil into a half day, but he isn't convinced about coming yet.  I think he is scared off by the sheer number of women there and is worried he won't really enjoy it the same.