Step Aside Amazon it’s Target’s Turn!

So June 17th is Target’s big flash sale version of “Prime Day” and they did not disappoint this year with their deals! After yesterday’s somewhat frustrating Amazon Prime Day, I was excited to see Target is also having a sale. As an affiliate, I got a sneak peak and was able to share some of my favorite Target Flash sale deals and steals with you. Enjoy and happy shopping!

Here are a few of our favorite finds for Parents:

Greco Gear sale- 20% off Graco car seats, strollers & more + additional 10% off today only. Valid 7/17 Only.

Disney Tangled the Series Rapunzel $2.99

PJ Masks Gekko-Mobile Ride-On (Target Exclusive) $17.49

Pie Face Sky High Game $7.74

Toy Deals- 25% off Little Tikes, NERK & Disney Princess toys. One day only. Valid 7/17.

Pillowfort – 30% off. Tuesday only. Valid 7/17.

There are so many other great deals on household items, adults and kids clothing so if none of this is on your list check out the rest of the sale on their website.

 

A Mom’s Guide to Amazon Prime Day!

Ok Mamma’s get excited, today is AMAZON PRIME day!

If you are not a Prime member no worries you can have a 30-day free trial.

It is hard to say what deals are out there and we will update our social media as we find the best deals for parents. Out the gate there are a few subscription discounts worth checking out.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, 7 Ounce, 2 Count $7.97 (Normally $12.99)

Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller- $62( Normaly $99.99)

This is our go to travel stroller and a MUST have! It is sturdy, lightweight and does well on Europeon roads. Grab yours today at this amazing price.

LILLEBaby Six-Position Ergonomic Baby Carrier, $77 (normally $130) 

This Amazon Choice baby carrier has over 1,100 positive reviews. Users love it for it’s flexibility: you can wear this carrier 6 different ways and it converts to fit a newborn, an infant and then a toddler.

Here is a link to all the BABY deals up on the site now!

FreeTime Unlimited – only $2.99 a month and 30 days free

Endless Fun for Kids. Peace of Mind for Parents.

FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription that gives kids access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games on compatible Fire, Android, iOS and Kindle devices. Plus, kids can enjoy hundreds of hours of fun with ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kid’s skills available on compatible Echo devices.

Starting at $2.99/month after the free one-month trial, FreeTime Unlimited gives kids unlimited access to a world of content to explore and parents the confidence that all content is age-appropriate.

AMAZON TWITCH– Free 30 days

Twitch is great for the gamer in your family. Prime members get exclusive benefits on Twitch, the worlds leading social video service and community for gamers, video game culture and the creative arts. There will be a free daily video game starting today exclusive for Twitch Prime members!

*ihustleforher is an Amazon affiliate*

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

First timers at the ATL Children’s Museum

Most large cities have some sort of children’s museum, so when we moved to Georgia, I was excited to visit the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. For the size of Atlanta the museum is small, but it was recently remodeled so all the exhibits are in great shape. When we walked in, the girls gravitated toward the most adorable pretend diner set up. It was so authentic, even I was having fun playing pretend behind the counter! Next to the diner is a market where the kids can grocery shop, and beyond that is a farm. Caroline also was obsessed with an indoor tree house set up.

At the center of the museum was a cool climbing thing. For the smaller kids it was easy to get up but difficult to get down. I saw several children get stuck and Mommies having to go in after them. Luckily, Caroline is not into taking risks so I didn’t have to go in after her. There was a giant globe in the center that the kids could climb up into and have a view of all the fun attractions below.

While we were there, there was a cute little educational performance with songs and audience participation. Other cool features were the craft and engineering labs.  In the engineering lab helpers built an airplane with the kids, and in the craft room the children did an art project. There was a sign-up sheet by each door, so if you want to make sure you get a spot, stop by and sign up when you arrive.

On the second floor there was not much, but they have some very cool piano stairs that make the journey up a good time. The lunchroom and vending machines are on the second floor, but there’s no restaurant or place to purchase non-vending food. This is nice because you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on food, but if you forget to bring lunch you’re out of luck.

I recommend visiting the museum if you have children between 18 months to 6 years of age. There were some more advanced hands-on learning for older kids, but since mine are 9 months and 4 years old, we stuck mostly to the “play pretend” areas. They also have some cool kinetic sand, and a little baby spot where you can sit your baby down to play and get some hands-free time in a baby-safe space.

 

Tip- Arrive when they open on a weekday and park next door in the parking garage. There were tons of spots and it was a short walk to the entrance.

 

The Brilliant Kids Sonic Toothbrush!

We got the opportunity to try out The Brilliant Kids Sonic Toothbrush by Buddy Baby and it was nothing short of amazing!

Not only is it a great toothbrush for reaching all the crevices of your littles teeth, it is fun for them to use. The morning after we tried it out Caroline came running into our bedroom with her new toothbrush in had ready to brush her teeth. The fun led colored lights, pink color and vibration makes it exciting for kids to use.

Check out this adorable video of Caroline using her new toothbrush!

About the product:
  • Sonic Vibration Technology
  • Flashing LED Light makes brushing FUN!
  • Easy to hold handle
  • Lights up and vibrates every 30 seconds until 2 minutes of brushing are complete!
  • Softer more effective brushing with greater plaque removal. Battery operated.

If you are not looking to spend $38.49 on the sonic make sure to give their 360 toothbrushes a try. They have both children and adult sizes. The 360-toothbrush head is soft and reaches the entire surface of your tooth and gums.

 

Bluum Box #2 – Review

Our second Bluum box arrived and it seemed like only a week or so after the first, but as with all mail surprises, we were super excited to open it up and see what goodies were inside.

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Like our last box, this one had four surprise items inside wrapped up in cute red-heart tissue paper. With this box, we received an email with an explanation of the items. The only downside was it came in the a.m. on the day the package arrived, so it was kind of like a spoiler. However, this also was a plus since the box does not come with any product info, so the email helps by giving a short explanation of each product. The only con of the email is that it is not a linked to the product sites, so if you want to buy more or look at the product’s company site you have to search yourself. Since the description is in an email, it would be more convenient for the consumer having a hyperlink to just click on for more info.

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In the box was:

  • Lil Sparkle Silicone Bib by Make My Day:  This is super cute and functional. I have used it every meal since we got it! Unlike cloth or plastic bibs this one is real easy to wash and reuse even when it gets messy. The only con is the clasps were hard to do when Ella was in her highchair. After a few uses though, I got the hang of putting it on her. We would recommend this bib! I found an adorable teal one with pearls on Amazon here!
  • Baby Newspaper by People Toy Company: This is a baby development toy that looks like a newspaper and makes crunchy, crinkly sounds. It’s super cute and what baby doesn’t love a crinkly toy?
  • Press & Listen Book by Wee Gallery: This is a cute book about music. Our baby and our four-year-old love it. Ours was called Toot, Toot, Boom!
  • EZ Grip Teether Rattle Innobaby: This attracted Ella the most when we first opened the box. It is a small teether with a rattle. I like it so far, but like most teethers, it doesn’t keep the baby’s attention for more than a few minutes. The rattle does help, though.

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Overall, we liked this box and the products a lot and are excited to see what’s in the next one!

 

Our First ATL Botanical Gardens Trip

Summertime can be rough in the South. The hot, humid weather, rainstorms, and bugs can be enough to keep you inside with the AC blasting and your kid’s favorite Netflix show on repeat. However, when family is in town, I am always excited (and motivated) to take them around my new city. I had yet to visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Midtown and knew it would be perfect for these visitors, and I wasn’t wrong.

Right now, the gardens have a collection of giant living sculptures throughout the property as a part of their “Imaginary Worlds” exhibit. These living sculptures – ranging up to 26 feet tall and 21 feet wide – include an enchanting Mermaid, a gigantic Camel, storybooks, a huge dragon, and much more.

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The property was beautiful and the skyline views reminded me of being in NYC’s Central Park. We spent most of our time looking for the living sculptures and in the green houses that were filled with so many beautiful orchids of all shapes and sizes. One was almost the size of my head! I never before have seen such a variety of orchids. They were stunning.

The beautiful, unique walkways accommodated my tandem Graco double stroller for the most part. We went on a Friday just after 10 a.m. to avoid the summer heat. It was busy with a few camp fieldtrips, but overall not too crowded. I overheard a couple talking about the last time they visited on a weekend and how it was much more crowded. So, plan a visit on a weekday if you can, and if it’s summertime arrive when they open at 10 a.m. to avoid the heat.

We walked around and had lunch at the onsite restaurant. The food was fabulous and they had a variety of coloring sheets to keep my four year old entertained. After lunch, we tried to walk around some more but the heat was getting the best of us, so we headed out and made one last stop at the gift shop. Surprisingly, that was also fabulous! They had many unique gifts and some nice home décor. They also had some great kids’ stuff and fun educational books.

One thing we did miss somehow was the kids’ garden. I was bummed about this since I’m sure Caroline would have loved it. Even more reason to go back when it cools off in fall! They have several themed events throughout the year and host a “Cocktails in the Garden” event Thursday evenings. During winter holiday season, they decorate with Christmas lights, one of my husband’s favorite things, so I plan on taking him and the girls this year since he couldn’t join us for our first visit.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is on our list of must sees if you are planning a family trip to Atlanta!  We love our new city and cannot wait to explore more of its awesomeness and share it with you all.

Photographer tip: Come ready to shoot! Their bridge, canopy-covered walkways, and city backdrops make this a perfect destination for photographing your little ones OR to do your next family session.

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Baby Essentials: 0-3 Months

It is hard to create just one list of my favorite baby items, so I have decided to start breaking them down by age! Here are some of my must haves for babies 0-3 months old. I added my affiliate links to this post for convenient shopping.

Little Remedies – Gas Relief Drops

There is nothing more stressful than a gassy newborn! Nursing and formula-fed newborns all experience gas to some degree. Imagine ingesting milk for the first time and requiring your body to digest everything Mom has eaten or the formula contents for the first time in the first few months of life. Having Little Remedies on hand is a must! We used this for gas but also as a distraction from crying with our first and second baby. You will not regret this purchase.

 

Baby Bouncer

Newborns babies require 24 hour supervision and sometimes you need to be able to just put them down so you can be hands free (if they will let you). Bouncy chairs will be a life saver in the first three months! These chairs provide you with a safe place to sit baby while you cook, shower and do whatever it is you need to be hands-free for. Most newborns will sleep for hours in these things, especially if you have one that vibrates. These chairs are portable AND affordable so make sure you have one before baby arrives!

Nursing/Car Seat Cover

Nursing covers have come a long way and I could not imagine not having one of these right now! Now moms can pick from a variety of soft and stretchy covers that are multi-functional. You can use them to nurse, as a car seat cover and fashion accessory. Having one of these covers has made nursing on the go less stressful. My youngest daughter even gets excited when I pull it out because she knows it’s time for some milk! It is adorable.

Boppy Pillow

This nursing pillow can be used for so much more than nursing. I used a Boppy with both girls for nursing and bottle feeding. I also used it just to hold the baby on my lap more comfortably. As your baby grows you can use this pillow to help support them in sitting up or just lying in bed with you slightly elevated for their comfort.

The Baby Registry: I wish I did this with my First!

When you have a baby, there are LOTS of things you need to do and  get to be prepared. There are so many options these days for moms and dads that it is hard to know where to start. One of the best ways to do that is by throwing a baby shower and starting a registry.

Target is always a good “go to” for baby stuff, so with both my girls I registered there, especially for the friends and family who like to visit a store to shop for your impending little love. Surprisingly, I had not jumped on the Amazon Prime bandwagon until after my first daughter was born, so it did not even dawn on me that I could create a registry through them.

With my second baby, I made the smart move and created an Amazon Baby registry and I’m so glad I did.

Here’s why:

You can register for basically everything and anything on Amazon! There is no need for multiple registries for this stroller, that carrier, and those diapers because Amazon has it all.

You customize your page and provide baby info and a welcome message to your friends and family.

Amazon tracks who sent you what AND you get the shipping addresses to send a thank you note. No more looking all over for Aunt Susie’s address – it’s all right there. Amazon also has a tracking system you can use to mark off which thank you cards were already sent.

Amazon makes it easy and simple to return items without having to save shipping labels and letting the buyer know.

Overall, Amazon will become your BFF, if it’s not already as a busy momma, so embrace it from the start and register.

What are you waiting for? Start yours now!

Flyebaby – Infant In Arms Inflight Help

When moms and dads think about traveling with an infant, they often break out in cold sweats and anxiety. However, the reality is if you are prepared, traveling with babies doesn’t have to be a nightmare. One product I used with my first daughter and just used again with my second helps make playing with an “infant in arms” a tad less stressful and more manageable.

The FlyeBaby is a super convenient inflight baby hammock-style seat that attaches to the tray table in front of you and secures around your waist. This seat makes it possible to have some hands-free time on the plane, but it also provides a place for your baby to sit facing you, making it easy to feed them (if they are on solids), play with them, or just let them relax and sleep (if you’re lucky enough to have a baby who knows how to relax).

Overall, our experience using the FlyeBaby with both children was great. The seat is made of cloth with Velcro and buckles, so it folds up into a small case that fits well in my bag. When I got on the plane, I secured the seat to the tray table and let it hang there until we reached cruising altitude. Like baby carriers, TSA does not allow you to use the FlyeBaby during takeoff and landing.

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I absolutely recommend getting one if you plan on flying long distance with an infant in arms. Even if your baby won’t sleep in the Flyebaby, they can sit up and have room to stretch out, not to mention it helps free up your hands! This product is not as helpful on shorter flights because of the set up and take down required, but if you are going overseas (and don’t have the bulkhead bassinette) or on a flight that is more than an hour, I say give it a try.

Some things to consider and tips about the product: The Velcro is color coded so you know what connects to what, but make sure you take it out and try to figure out how it works before you board the plane. It’s simple, but traveling – especially with children – is stressful, so having one less thing to worry about is helpful. Secondly, the seat attaches to the seat in front of you, so be considerate. Just like a kicking toddler or kid, having a bouncy baby in this seat might be an annoyance to the passenger in front of you. Also, if your airplane has armrest tables it will not work, but this is less common unless you are in first or business class.