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.

Bath Time Essentials For A New Baby

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With a second baby on the way, I am being a lot more particular about the products that I MUST have. I saw super quickly with Zane which products were useful, a waste of money, and which didn’t stand the test of time with a baby. Bath time can be a total bonding experience with your baby or it can be super stressful as a new parent so being fully equipped is SO important!!

I’m rounding up my MUST HAVE bath time products for new and experienced parents alike who are expecting a new baby! These items will also make amazing baby shower gifts!

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  • A light, portable and adjustable bath tub is a MUST. You don’t want one that’s only for newborns because you’ll be replacing it shortly after your baby arrives and one that isn’t specifically for newborns will drive you insane. You will either be constantly holding up your baby so that they are propped up, or you’ll have your baby constantly sliding down the slippery inclined plastic.. I recommend the Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub. This tub is awesome because it grows with baby through three stages: Stage 1: Newborn (0-3 months; up to 15 lbs); Stage 2: Infant (3-6 months; up to 20 lbs); Stage 3: Sitters (6+ months; up to 25 lbs). There are 2 positions that you can place the tub in and then you can completely remove the interior mesh once your baby can comfortably sit. The mesh also provides a type of “grip” that a simple plastic tub won’t provide which is great for newborns. Click here to learn more.

  • An easy to grip, light, ergonomic bath rinser. I love the Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser by Skip Hop. We actually have this one in blue and have used it since Zane was born! It’s designed to keep water out of your baby’s eyes and ears, it’s light, and the one we currently have has lasted us over 2 years already! We actually ordered a second one because Zane loves to help rinse himself off in the bath so now I can get him rinsed off and he can help too! Click here to learn more.

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  • A large and soft bath towel. Don’t make the mistake of getting a small newborn one… it will last about as long as your clean shirt with a new born. I totally recommend getting a larger one that is soft, has a large hood (Zane had a big head that never full fit in the new born towels) and one that is good quality so that it can withstand daily and sometimes 2 times a day baths! For Zane and our new baby, we have always used the Skip Hop Zoo Hooded Towel. It’s soft, bright and vibrant, and great quality! Click here to learn more.

  • A SINK BATH! Before having Zane, I had never heard of these, and I won’t make the mistake of having another baby without using one! The Skip Hop Moby SoftSpot Sink Bather™ is the perfect size for newborns and infants. It allows you to give them a bath in the kitchen or bathroom sink. It’s GREAT for when you’re on the go, visiting your parents or friends houses and accidents happen. It’s also super practical when you’re alone and your baby has an accident. It’s hard sometimes to contain the mess, undress your baby all while trying to fill up a bathtub. With the Sink Bather, you can put your baby right in the sink and use the sprayer or tap to keep them warm and start bathing them immediately! It has a velcro strap so that it can be easily hung to dry, it has neck and head support for babies and a mesh centre so that your baby is cradled. I am SO excited to give it try when our mini arrives in a few short weeks! Click here to learn more.

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  • Toys Toys and more Toys. They will keep your mini’s hands occupied and out of their soapy hair and will give you the time you need to properly wash them. I always recommend toys that move, toys that can easily be disinfected and toys that don’t have a ton of grooves and holes so that you don’t have any moldy surprises. Our 3 fave right now are: Count & Play Bath Puzzle, Zoo Paddle & Go Owl and the Mix & Match Foam Pals Bath Toys (these actually stick to the sides of your tub and will keep your baby entertained and as grow with them as they learn that they can move them around and make different animal combinations!).

If you think I’m missing anything, please let me know in the comments below! You may have noticed that all our products are from SkipHop. We did a massive haul at SkipHop and keep returning to them for our baby products because we love the quality, price and design of all their products. They’re a brand we trusted with Zane and they haven’t let us down! Click here to see their full product line!

The Next Generation of Wireless Headphones: the AfterShokz Trekz Air

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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AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless bone conduction headphones are the MUST have accessory for every parent and fitness enthusiast! They’re light, wireless… but here’s the part that will blow you away: they use bone conduction technology so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you. It means you can go to the park with your kids and listen to your fave podcast or song without jeopardizing their safety - you can bike ride down the street while still being able to hear the cars that are around you, and my personal favourite, you can do a quick nap time work out routine while blasting your favourite beats but still be able to hear your baby cry when they wake up!

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AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones not only make sure that you can hear your favourite songs and podcasts, but they also boast dual noise canceling microphones which exclude surrounding noise - so you can pick up that quick business call and have your colleagues hear you perfectly even when you're in the middle of a playground! They basically allow you to be handsfree to play with your kids and stay on top of “mom duties” at the park, while being able to answer calls and listen to music!

I tested out the AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones this weekend and can't say enough good things about them! For starters, I'm a total sucker for beautiful products, and these headphones are STUNNING. Mine are in a deep matte red called Canyon Red, they feel so lightweight on my ears and it's almost unbelievable that I can put them on and hear everything that is happening in the world around me! They come equipped with a charger and super sleek and gorgeous carrying case too so that they can stay protected when you aren't using them.

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I put them to the test while Zane was napping. Normally, I try to be as quiet as possible while he sleeps because a tired and cranky toddler is no fun at all! So I usually end up doing my stretches and yoga in complete silence... which for some may be great, but I looooove listening to my music. I don't like traditional headphones for a few reasons: 1. I get caught in the cord while moving from pose to pose and 2. I can't hear when Zane wakes up if I have my headphones in! With the AfterShokz Trekz Air, I was able to blast my music, really feel relaxed and "in the zone" while doing my quick workout and the moment Zane woke up, I heard him crying as clear as day. It's really incredible how I managed to survive motherhood this long without having a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones! My only issue now is going to be convincing my husband that they are mine and he needs to get his own!

I am so excited for this summer when we take our walks to the park with my son and soon to be arriving new baby. It will be such a change to be able to relax and listen to a podcast outside while Zane plays, but still be able to hear him call me if he needs help or wants my attention.

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 :).

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Unexpected Diaper Bag Essentials

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When you leave the house with a baby, being equipped with everything you could possibly need could be the different between enjoying your day out, and having to come home early due to a fussy baby. We all know the usual items for a diaper bag - wipes, changes of clothes and DIAPERS! I wanted to recommend a few others that you may or may not have thought of and that will save you in any meltdown situation!

For starters, you need a good diaper bag. With Zane, I started off using one that I found at a regular retail store, but quickly learned that a good diaper bag has several essentials that you can’t find anywhere else.

1 - Stroller clips: A necessary feature is stroller clips, which allows the bag to hang from the handle of your stroller, freeing up the storage compartment underneath for shopping and other bags! Without stroller clips, you’ll be forced to put your bag under the stroller, leaving no room for jackets, shopping bags or groceries. It sounds like something silly now, but when baby arrives you’ll understand what I’m talking about!

2 - Insulated pockets for bottles and food: An amazing feature in some diaper bags (including this one!) is 2 insulated side pockets for bottles or other food. This means you can go to the park in the summer with a bottle of milk or water and it will stay cool! Or you can keep a bottle of water or formula warm. This is a lifesaver when you are somewhere (like the park) where there is no hot water or microwave in sight!

3 - LOTS OF POCKETS: This diaper bag from Elfe Juvenile products has 8 diaper different compartments. It means you can stay organized, find things easily, and most importantly, fit EVERYTHING that you need into 1 bag.

4 - BACKPACK BACKPACK BACKPACK: I can’t stress this enough. When you have a crying baby or one that just needs love, you need your hands free. Having a diaper bag that goes over your shoulder might look cute, but its super impractical. I can’t recommend enough to find one that’s a backpack. And there are so many awesome styles now, that you don’t need to compromise style for functionality.

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Next up on my list are a few teethers from Nuby. We used SO many of their products with Zane and I’m loving being able to discover even more of what they have to offer with baby #2! A teething baby is generally a cranky baby so with the help of the products below, you can help you mini remain soothed while you’re out and about:

1 - Fruity Chews: These unique teethers will help your teething baby find relief. Their unique texture will provide comfort and the small delicate grip is perfect for your baby’s little hands to grasp!

2 - Beaded PaciFinder: Thanks to this, you won’t lose any more pacifiers (or have your mini throw them on the floor!). This Nuby one comes with a silicone teether too so whether your baby needs to be soothed or needs to chew on something to sooth her gums, you’ll have it all!

3 - Happy Hands Teething Mitten: These mittens are perfect for babies that still can’t grasp a traditional teether and that tend to chew their fingers instead! The soft silicone will soothe their gums and you can easily clean it can even be machine washed!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, finding the right pacifier is crucial to a happy baby. I don’t think there’s a logic behind why some prefer one shape over another, so I recommend buying a few different ones, figuring out which one your baby prefers, and then STOCK UP!!! Always make sure to get the appropriate size - the nipple in the bigger sizes will be too big for your mini and will make them gag!

I love these NaturalFit pacifiers from Chicco:

1 - NaturalFit 2-Pack Soft Silicone Orthodontic Pacifier 0M+

2 - NaturalFit® 2-Pack Mi-cro™ Pacifier 0-2m

Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of brining bibs! Lots. Of. Bibs. Babies drool, they spit up and they drop milk and food all the time. Unless you feel like packing 10 shirts, bring bibs! They’re small, light weight and can be easily switched! I love the Cheeky Chompers Neckerbib! They’re reversible, so soft, have easily attachable snaps at the back and come in an array of colours and patterns to match any outfit!

If you have any questions about the products, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below or send me an email! You can find them all by clicking the names of the products, or by visiting the Elfe website!