Who Says Diaper Bags Have to Be Boring?

One of the fun things about baby #2 is that so much of what we need, we already have, which leaves a bit of room for splurging on the things that matter the most - like diaper bags! I probably used my diaper bag more than any other baby item I owned. Whether it was to doctor’s visits, park trips or dinner dates, a stylish, practical and roomy diaper bag is a MUST. I probably went through about 3 of them with Zane and this time around decided to spoil myself with one that I had been eyeing for a while - The Glam Goldie Backpack from KidzDistrict.

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It checked so many must haves off my list, I can confidently recommend this diaper bag and know you’ll love it as much as I do!

  • It’s a backpack - meaning your 2 arms are free to hold your toddler’s hands, hold your baby, push a stroller, grocery shop … and the list goes on. With Zane I had a few over the shoulder bags and they were just impossible to use when he was younger. They swing when you bend down, get in the way, will give you a back ache, and are just not practical. The bonus? IF you’re a die hard over the shoulder type of diaper bag girl, it comes with a detachable strap so you can easily convert it!

  • It comes in the most BEAUTIFUL colours. These bags will catch EVERYONE’S attention. Whatever your style is, these bags will fit in perfectly. I chose Anthracite!

  • It comes with EVERY necessary accessory that you need. Much more than any other bag I’ve seen. To name a few: a water-repellent changing mat, an insulated, removable bottle holder, a removable compartment for baby food jars, a cell phone compartment, key ring, shoulder bag strap and stroller straps so it doesn’t take up room under your stroller!

  • It has SO many compartments. you can literally fit EVERYTHING you could ever imagine in this bag and still have room. 

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This bag checks off every requirement as a mama of soon to be 2! Click here to visit KidzDistrict and to learn more about the Goldie Backpack!

Pamper Yourself With Dearfoams!

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With a million and 1 things to do before the baby arrives, I’ve been sneaking in some “me” time as often as I can. Thankfully, every moment feels like a pamper session thanks to my new slippers from Dearfoams! My Ashley Cable Quilt Bound Clog style slippers are made with Dearfoams’ StepFoam, their famous memory foam! You read that right, MEMORY FOAM SLIPPERS. Does it really get any better than that?

With my new Dearfoam slippers, even folding laundry can be fun!

With my new Dearfoam slippers, even folding laundry can be fun!

Mom life at its finest: laundry and donuts LOL. But at least I’m comfy in my new slippers!

Mom life at its finest: laundry and donuts LOL. But at least I’m comfy in my new slippers!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I can’t think of a better gift idea than a pair of gorgeous, comfy slippers from Dearfoams! They have styles and colors to please any mom… no matter what her style is! Check out my faves below! They have moccasins, slipper socks, booties and ballerina slippers! They even have amazing styles for men and kids!

Spoil your mom, sister or bestie with an amazing pair of slippers from Dearfoams. You won’t regret it! I already have a Wishlist ready for my hubby this Mother’s Day, and since I’ll then be a mom of two, I think I deserve more than 1 pair (or at least that’s what I’m telling my husband). And make sure to tag me in a picture so I can see which style you chose!!! Click here to visit the Dearfoams website to see all their gorgeous styles!

Weighted Blankets - What's the Hype?

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

If you watch my stories, then you know that I haven’t had a proper sleep since finding out I was pregnant. I’m either too hot, too cold, stressed, overwhelmed, tossing and turning and the list goes on. I asked for your help in my stories for solutions and I got an overwhelming number of responses suggesting a weighted blanket! After reading LOTS and LOTS of reviews online, I decided to try a 15lbs weighted blanket from HUSH.

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Their reviews are stellar, the blanket is gorgeous and looked so cozy , it comes in 4 different weights (10lbs, 15lbs, 20 lbs and 25 lbs) AND their blankets come with a risk free 100 night trial! You can try the blanket for 100 nights, and if you aren’t 100% satisfied, you can return it with no strings attached. Weighted blankets from HUSH turn stress and anxiety into calm by helping to lower cortisol levels and increased serotonin levels.

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

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I won’t lie… I was a bit skeptical. I couldn’t understand how a blanket could really help me stay asleep! But I gave it a try with an open mind. At 9 months pregnant, I wasn’t sleeping longer than 20 minutes at a time and I needed nothing more than to feel rested.

NIGHT 1: I went from waking up every 30 mins to sleeping a solid 4 hours

NIGHT 2: I slept 6.5 hours, which is the longest I managed to stay asleep in 9 months!

NIGHT 3: I was a new woman. I slept 9 hours without waking up once!!!!! - I was now a believer and needed to order a blanket for every room in my home.

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

HUSH weighted blankets should be a staple in every household. It’s incredible to me how something so simple and affordable could be so life changing. Your only regret will be not having purchased one sooner. You have no risk because of their satisfaction guaranteed, AND they’re having a sale right now, so don't wait another second! Get your sleep on with HUSH blankets :)

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The Play Gym Built by Experts!

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Save $10 off your purchase of a Lovevery Play Gym by clicking here

We stumbled upon Lovevery a few months ago and I was instantly attracted to the beautiful design, gorgeous colours, and array of learning tools for babies! The more I found out about Lovevery, the more I knew I needed to get my hands on one of their play gyms!

Made with sustainably-sourced wood, the design is just stunning. It takes 2 minutes to assemble and disassemble so it can be easily moved to any room in your home and taken with you when you go visit friends and family!

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Every item on this play gym was purposely chosen and the detail that went into designing each piece is exactly what you want as a parent! It comes with an Organic Cotton High Contrast Montessori Ball, a Sustainably-sourced Wooden Batting Ring, Organic Cotton Teether with BPA-free Silicone Rings, a System of interchangeable cards to help stimulate every sense and encourage learning and a Play Guide with activities designed by child development specialists.

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There are 5 development zones on the Lovevery play gym that you can cover up or leave exposed to prevent overstimulation and encourage learning! The 5 zones include:

  1. Learning to focus

  2. Making sounds

  3. How things feel

  4. Hiding and finding

  5. Exploring colors

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5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Car Seat

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A car seat for a new parent is such an important accessory and tool. You’ll likely use it as much as any other baby product and it’s not something you’ll want to replace after a few months. The right bucket seat can be used for multiple kids and so I’m here to give you my top 5 tips to choosing the perfect one for your growing family!

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  1. Find one that is easy to install! Nothing will test your patience (and your marriage) quite like installing a car seat that is hard to figure out. The Chicco KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat  has a ReclineSure® Spring-Loaded Leveling Foot that adjusts to your vehicle’s seat angle as well as a  RideRight® Bubble-level Indicator to show when a proper base angle has been achieved so it helps take the guess work out of the installation process!

  2. Find a bucket seat that is light. Newborns and babies sleep A LOT and have a tendency to fall asleep in the car. You will likely just snap out the bucket and carry it into stores to avoid waking up your newborn to put them in a stroller. The Chicco KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat weighs only 7lbs so your back will thank you!

  3. Find one that will grow with your baby, regardless of the size it’s born at. Finding a bucket seat with an infant insert will be amazing for your first trip home from the hospital and for the first month at home. It’ll be even more important if you have a premie! And find one that will accommodate a rear facing baby for as long as possible!

  4. Find one that is safe. Do your research, read up on car seats and make sure they meet all the safety standards of the country you live in! We chose the Chicco KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat because it is lined with energy-absorbing foam and is equipped with a five-point harness that quickly and easily adjusts for an accurate fit, using the one-pull harness adjustment.

  5. Find a carseat that you can easily clean. Messes. Will. Happen. And a lot more often than you think. Having a car seat that can be wiped down will save you time, tears and energy! Our Chicco car seat is made with fabrics that may be spot-cleaned with mild soap and water or machine-washed in cold water on delicate cycle using mild detergent. Most car seats we came across did not have covers that could be put in the washing machine so we absolutely LOVE this feature!

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The Ultimate Bassinet from Chicco

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This pregnancy, I’m trying ALL the products that I didn’t use for Zane and have been so excited about sharing this particular one with you! I got my hands on the Lullago® Portable Bassinet from Elfe Juvenile Products. I never used a bassinet with Zane and relied solely on his crib and play yard, but it was heavy and super hard to move around from room to room. It was also super inconvenient to bring around when we were visiting friends and family. I was intrigued about this bassinet for a few reasons:

  1. It matches my decor and is not an eye sore

  2. It is supposed to easily fold up and fit in a bag that you can carry over your shoulder!

  3. It has a padded mattress, making it much more comfy than a play yard

  4. All the fabrics are removable and washable (which is my dream because Zane had INSANE reflux and I ended up having to throw away so many items that could not be easily washed!

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You can see my full unboxing of this amazing bassinet including assembly in the video below! I am obsessed. It’s SO light weight, the fabric and materials are SO soft, it goes together and comes apart in under 2 minutes and it really does fit in a carrying bag that you can just throw over your shoulder (you can see it in the picture at the top of this post!) I also was pleasantly surprised at the size! A lot of bassinets that I looked at were quite short and narrow. This one gives your baby lots of breathing room and it has mesh sides for lots of ventilation. I can’t wait to use it with the baby in a few weeks! For now I have it set up beside our bed so that midnight feeds are quick and easier for me lol. I intend on brining it everywhere we go. For more information on this bassinet, visit Elfe Juvenile Products by clicking here.

My Necessary Hospital Bag Essential

This blog is sponsored by AfterShokz and PTPA Media. As always, all opinions and views that I have expressed are my own.

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They say that as a second time mom, everything seems to go a bit more smoothly. You’ve learned from your mistakes the first time around, you know what to expect and you know exactly what you need. This is absolutely true when it comes to hospital bag essentials! The first time around, I packed everything but the kitchen sink. I could have literally lived at the hospital for months with what I packed, but there were deffinitly some items I overlooked and I won’t make the same mistake twice! Curious what my unexpected hospital bag essential is? AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! Let me tell you why: They use bone conduction technology so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you.

This means, you can play whatever music you want during labour and you’ll still be able to hear instructions from your doctor or midwife while also being able to drift off into your zone and find the strength to get through labour! I wish I could have had some awesome music blasting while delivering Zane! It definitely would have helped me relax and focus on pushing instead of everything that was happening around me.

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After labour, what better way to relax than to drown out the sounds of the typical hospital environment with your fave beats, but still be able to hear your new little baby cry when they’re hungry or have a dirty diaper? The wireless headphones mean you won’t be tangled in cords or risk getting one wrapped around your baby, so there’s no need to remove them, even while breastfeeding or changing diapers!

Finally, because they boast dual noise canceling microphones which exclude surrounding noise, you can answer all your congratulatory phone calls from family and friends without missing a beat or worrying about them not being able to hear you! With a baby in one arm and an IV in the other, it wasn’t easy holding a phone up to my ear after my son was born to talk to all my friends, but with AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones, I don’t have to worry about that this time around!

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They’re so practical for mom life and you’ll find use for them even when you’re home with your new baby! Breastfeeding can be tough and somewhat isolating - especially at night. You don’t want to start turning on the TV because it will stimulate your newborn, so often you’re in a quiet dim and dark room for the better part of every night. With AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones, you can bring along your favourite podcast, meditate or listen to your favourite song without disturbing your feeding newborn. Because they’re wireless, cords won’t be an issue and you can have both hands free to cuddle and nurse.

I know that the AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones will be a lifesaver during my hospital stay this time and I’m so thankful that I discovered them in time for my delivery! Be prepared to see them in a lot of my hospital pictures!

If you want more information on these must-have wireless bone conduction headphones, CLICK HERE. They make a great gift for anyone in your life and an even better gift for yourself :).

We Took The Purina ONE® 28-DAY Challenge - Find Out What We Thought!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaONEVisibleDifferences #CollectiveBias

As you all know, Rambo is such an important part of our family, so when we heard about the benefits of switching him over to Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food, we couldn’t not take the challenge! We documented the differences that we saw in Rambo during our 28 day challenge, and I’m happy to say that we won’t be going back to our old food! I encourage you to try the same with your dogs! It’s 28 days with nothing to lose and everything to gain! I can’t wait to hear about what visible differences Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food will provide your pets! Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food is natural with added vitamins, minerals & nutrients (*Excluding Vibrant Maturity 7+ Formula) and every ingredient has a purpose! We take such care in choosing good foods to put in to our bodies, so naturally we want to do the same for our pets.

Take your pet from “good” to “great”! With Purina ONE® , you could see visible differences in just 28 days—like strong teeth, vibrant energy, sparkling eyes, and a radiant coat. Make the switch today and save on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at walmart.com/purinaone . What differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential.*

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DAY 1:

Rambo was THRILLED to have new food in the house! He could barely contain his excitement and nearly knocked me over trying to get into the bag! He loved the taste and finished off the entire bowl. Since starting the 28-day challenge, he is so much more excited around mealtime and who can blame him? With the crunchy bites & tender morsels, it’s no wonder he’s loving his new diet!

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DAY 7:

We’ve been doing the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge for 1 week now and already see a HUGE difference in Rambo. He is so energetic now! He used to play for 15 mins and retreat to a bedroom to hide from my toddler but since starting the challenge, he’s giving my toddler a run for his money! This doesn’t really come as a surprise though because the SmartBlend® of nutrition in every bag of Purina ONE® helps support healthy energy in dogs! Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food is made with 0% fillers and 100% nutrition so you can feel great about what you’re feeding your dog!

You can find PURINA ONE® at your local walmart in the pet food aisle!

You can find PURINA ONE® at your local walmart in the pet food aisle!

DAY 21:

Week 3 update! The differences that we see in Rambo have been overwhelmingly positive! He is more regular and his skin and coat look so healthy and radiant. I haven’t seen this sparkle in his eyes since he was a puppy. It’s been so nice having my energetic and happy dog back. I always attributed the changes in him to old age, but I see now that we just needed to switch up his food!

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DAY 28:

The most convincing differences were brought to our attention this week, during our Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge. Rambo hurt his paw and we needed to make an unexpected vet visit (not to worry he was ok! He just needed a little bandage on his paw). Our vet confirmed that his teeth looked incredible, his gums were healthy, his heart sounded great and he was overall doing great for a dog his age! At our past vet visits, we were always told that he had gingivitis and a lot of tartar build up, but there seemed to have been such an improvement this time! The Crunch Kibble and calcium in every Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food formula helps support strong, healthy teeth and gums which is one of the reasons why we were so excited to start this challenge in the first place! We’re thrilled to see such a difference in such a short period of time.

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After completing our 28-Day Challenge, I can confidently say that we saw incredible differences in Rambo and are so happy that we decided to try a new food with him. My only regret is not trying it sooner! I would love to hear about the differences you saw in your pets during the challenge. Comment below or send me an email! Don’t forget that you can make the switch today and save on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at walmart.com/purinaone. What differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential.*

*Save on ONE (1) 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food, any variety, or 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® Dry Cat Food, any variety. While supplies last.