Early Black Friday 2018 – Amazon Deals

Here are some 2018 Black Friday Amazon deals you can start shopping now. First, make sure you are shopping via Ebates to save even more on this black Friday! Then start your online shopping!

This set of Adorable Girls Hair Clips (50Psc) for $7.64! What a great deal!

This Diapper Bag Back Pack for only $20.96

Ezpz Mini Mat on sale for on $15.99

Nuk Trasitional Sippy cup! These are the ones we use and they are onsale now for just $5.21

Ummm this nursing cover is only $6.39!!

This awsome trasitional High Chair is onsale for only $89.99 buy it today and it will last over the years.

Going somewhere for the holidays? Grab this check bag carseat cover for only $8.93

A set of silicone bibs $14 or less!

Make sure to check back for more Black Friday deals!

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Best Glasses for Your Trendy Kiddo – Jonas Paul Eyewear

Finding out my oldest daughter needed to wear glasses made me sad and nervous about how hard it would be to get an independent three-year-old to wear them. We were told that she had signs of amblyopia (Lazy Eye) and that also scared me. Little did I know it is very common and her case was mild, but more on amblyopia another day.

When looking for her first pair of glassesEyewear I went with JCPenney’s Optical. We pondered getting those “unbreakable” and expensive ones you see little kids wearing all the time, but I wanted her to feel comfortable in what she had to wear on her face daily. They were having a back-to-school, buy-one-get-one-free deal, so she got a bright pink pair and some brown backups that look like the glasses my dad (her Grandfather) has.

Within the first week we were sending them out for repair and that was the start of what seemed to be my endless hunt for quality glasses for kids that are fun, trendy and don’t break the bank.

I kept seeing ads for a company called Jonas Paul with kids in the cutest glasses. However, when I saw these ads I figured anything that looks that good has got to be out of my price range so I didn’t consider them. At dance camp this summer another little girl came walking in with the cutest tortoiseshell glasses. I asked her mom where she got them and she told me Jonas Paul.

She told me about their process and that they did not cost an arm and a leg! I HAD to try them out for myself.

They are an online company, so for you to be comfortable with your choice of frames they send you a FREE try on kit will all the options. This lets you see the quality of the glasses before ordering and helps you and your kiddo pick out the best fit for her or his little face.

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Once you pick your frames, you go online and pick the color and place your order. When they send you the try-on kit you, get a postcard that tells you how to (very easily) measure the distance between your child’s eyes and poof! You’re done. It’s that simple!

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Our daughter had so much fun trying on all the different frame options. We ended up ordering two pairs because we couldn’t decide on what color we liked best. When it comes to kids having a backup is necessary, but it also gives them some freedom of choice when they get dressed in the morning. Caroline loves picking out what pair she is going to sport for the day.

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We could not be happier with the process and our new glasses! My daughter gets compliments everywhere we go about her glasses now. See all their adorable Trendy children’s glasses options here

Use this code for $10 off your purchase: Michaelson10

Special thank you to Jonas Paul for welcoming us into their affiliate program.

7 Essentials for Pumping Mammas

Being a pumping mom is hard! When I returned to work after haveing my first daughter she went on a “nursing strike.” This meant if I wanted to continue to feed her breast milk, I would have to get to work and start pumping… all… day… long… or so it seemed. Here are 7 of my pumping momma must-haves to add to your registery list or head over to Amazon today and click buy now!

1.Double Breast Pump that is small and efficient — The Pump, you will love it and you will hate it, but it will be your life for the foreseeable future. Having a good pump is key to a pumping mom’s success. When pumping exclusively you will pump every 2-3 hours for the first several months then taper down as the baby grows. This takes A LOT of time, so making sure you can move around and pump will be a lifesaver. I have the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump the second go around, and it is worth the extra money.

2. Double pumping bra store bought or self-made — For my first baby, I pumped exclusively and figuring out how to pump, work, and feed a baby all at the same time was a challenge. I actually took an old sports bra and cut two holes in the front and used that as my more affordable pumping bra. You can use an old bra that has a back clasp as well, making it easy to put on and take off. For my second baby, I ordered a strap that holds both pumps in place. Depending on your size there are many options for hands-free pumping.

3. Well insulated lunch bag — You will be transporting milk to and from work, so make sure you have a well-insulated freezer/lunch bag to keep the milk cool going to the freezer and fridge from your office, as well as some of those cool packs used in coolers.

4. Storage bags — These will save room in the freezer and fridge, and they also hold more milk then bottles and can be dated with a pen or Sharpie. I started pumping and freezing the second I got home from the hospital. As a working mom, having a good supply of frozen milk ready to go when you return to the office is key to being successful at exclusively pumping. I found that the best bags to use were Lansinoh storage bags. They are easy to use and the store, but they are also easy to reseal when you thaw out the milk for use. In addition to Amazon, these are available at Target and Walmart.

5. Storage Bins for freezer — I did not do this with my first baby and wish I had. Find plastic storage bins that fit in your fridge and can be stacked. These maximize the space you have to store and organize your frozen milk.

6. Drying rack — When you are exclusively pumping or pumping during the workday, your baby will go through a lot of bottles. Make sure you have some counter space cleared and a good drying rack for all those bottles and bottle parts needing to be washed and dried daily. This is one thing I dreaded when I found out I was pregnant again — all the bottles to wash — but being prepared will help. Boon makes a great rack that comes in small and large depending on your needs. I have three: two small and one large. We keep one upstairs in the master bathroom and two downstairs.

7. Bottle cleaners — Just as drying space is essential, so are cleaning utensils.  Making sure you have a scrubber small enough to fit all the cracks of a bottle is key to keeping them clean and your baby healthy. Bottles can pick up bacteria and mold easily if not cleaned and dried properly.

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Dental Care for my girls

I am embarrassed to say that the last time I went to a dentist was when I was in my first trimester with Caroline … oh crap. I need to schedule an appointment. It seems like the second I became a mother things that don’t seem as important have been pushed back. Honestly, as I type this it makes me a little overwhelmed to think about it. Maybe we will circle back to that topic in another post, but today I want to talk about dental care for my children.

Caroline went to her first dentist appointment when we lived in Gainesville, Fla. I researched via word of mouth on social media and decided on Kids Only Dental Place. To say they were awesome would be an understatement. The hygienists were excellent, the set up was great, and Dr. Bob was so good with Caroline. She first went when she was two (I believe) and again before we moved (age three).

I was dedicated to making sure I found another good dentist here in Georgia, so I could make sure she goes every six months as Dr. Bob recommended. We found one in the same office building and floor as our new pediatrician. When we went, I had my baby girl with me and they gave her a first exam for free — for the one tooth she had.

One thing that stuck with me, and I have been doing my best to do this, is to brush the baby’s teeth (even though she only has six now) every night after feeding as recommended by our new dentist.

When I came across the 360 Toothbrush by Baby Buddy, I was excited to find a product made for babies and kids that was easy to use AND reached ALL surfaces of their teeth. Not to mention both my daughters love using the 360 Toothbrush!

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We also have the Brilliant Kids Sonic (electric) Toothbrush for our four-year-old. The first time she used it she was so excited. Not only was it pink, but the neck lights up making it a fun experience. We would recommend this 100% and the best part is she wants to brush her teeth now! So, if you have kids you are trying to get excited about their nighttime and morning routine, give this a try. It comes in several colors and has animal character options!

We also use the Baby Buddy Baby’s First Toothbrush with our 9-month-old. It is perfect for cleaning her teeth and for using as a teether. Our daughter enjoys teething on it on her own, but also lets us brush her teeth with it. The silicone bristles feel good on her sore gums as those cutting teeth break through.

Overall, we are big fans of Baby Buddy because this brand has several products meant for the different stages of your children’s dental hygiene journey. (Show stages Chart) So if you haven’t already, make sure to at least try out the 360 toothbrush, and get yourself one while you at it.

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.

 

Then it happened to me…

I have never been a safety obsessed parent. I care about my child’s safety and make sure we don’t put her in harms way, but I tend to not sweat the small stuff. It seems like almost every day if not every hour there is some new parenting rule about how to do it the right way, safest way or best way. Sometimes I wonder how we all survived before ALL these rules came into play…

Anyways, here is my story and word of caution to parents about furniture and tip hazards.

Yesterday, I was getting ready in my bathroom about 3 feet away from my daughter when it happened… Our relatively new Ikea dresser tipped over top heavy on my two year old daughter!!!!!!!

It was not your classic unattended child story, she simply walked up the the dresser pulled out a drawer then another. As I heard something slide off the top I turned to see the dresser crashing down on my baby. Without hesitation I grabbed the dresser, but it was to late. The drawers came crashing down on her. As she screamed and cried I carefully got her out form under the mess. Her arms were red and puffy and the left side of her face already swollen and turing black and blue.

I was terrified but level headed, I quickly asked her to move the areas the seemed injured and to my relief it seemed like other then some serious bruising and dresser PTSD she was ok. OMG! I was shaking but keeping it together for her, I didn’t want her to see I was just as scared. After a few minutes passed we both calmed down sat on the bed and called Daddy to make sure we did not over react and call 911 to take her to the emergency room. She was ok, shaken but nothing broken.

After this happened I started to google Ikea tip over stories and found that some families were not so lucky. Grateful for our relatively happy ending I am terrified of the what ifs… what if I was not there to help her…what if it hit her head just right… ugh.

After reading up on it I found that IKEA (Orlando) should have offered us straps and did not! I am angry and annoyed that they do not do more to assure the safety of their customers and their children at the store level. Of course their corporate office promotes safety but WHY did no one in the store offer us the secure straps as we check out with out two year old in tow?

The top heavy design became apparent to me a few times when using it myself… but I NEVER thought it would completely tip over by just having two drawers open at the same time.

For those of you who shop at Ikea PLEASE make sure to secure your furniture. This is a link to the dresser we have that is still for sale and should be recalled.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20318601/

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xo,

Laurie