The Birthing Circle – Birth and Babies Fair 2017 Review

The Birthing Circle – Birth and Babies Fair 2017 Review

I live in one of those states where there are really no baby shows or fairs. In fact, I would have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to be able to get to the nearest one. It makes me sad since I wish more women had access to baby shows/fairs/trade shows. So, I was so excited when I ran across The Birthing Circle’s Birth and Babies Fair. If you live around Washington D.C./Maryland then this birth and babies fair is for you, but it is different from your average baby show/fair. Held at the Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick, MD The Birthing Circle’s Birth and Babies fair brings together some of Maryland’s Midwiferies, Doulas, Chiropractic offices, Massage Therapists, Maternity & Newborn Photographers, and more to help you in your pregnancy, delivery, and parenting journeys. Admission is free and it was more of an informational baby fair, but is totally worth the drive to attend. (You can purchase a VIP ticket that comes with a bag full of goodies and extra raffle tickets.) I loved having the opportunity to talk with different Midwife and Doula practices, learn about belly wrapping and home births, and just walk among the vendors soaking up the vast array of knowledge that was in attendance. This fair was not just about babies, but about mothers and birth. One of the fair’s goals, and the goal of The Birthing Circle, is to help educate women and families on their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum options, and to help them find resources in their area. As an individual looking to rock a VBAC this second time around I found this Fair to be so helpful and inspiring. Below are just some of the vendors, my favorites, who attended the fair and what I learned.

Doulas: There were two Doula’s that stood out to me at the fair that I loved chatting with. The first one was Doulas of Central Maryland. The moment I walked up to their booth there were smiles on all of the ladies faces and they were so welcoming. They helped give me a sneak peek on how to wrap my postpartum belly, and also how to use a ring sling as a belly support band while pregnant. (I believe it was Deborah who assisted me.) They infected me with their smiles and kind heartedness, and it carried with me throughout the rest of the day. The other Doula who stood out for me was Alyssa of Bella Rose Birth Services. She as well had an aura of happiness, and love for her profession. While I am already seeing a Midwife, I personally, have not delved into the world of Doulas, but after leaving the fair and speaking with these ladies I am personally looking into using a Doula.

Maryland Families for Safe Birth: As a woman who feels like my C-Section was unnecessary, and that more could have been done to assist me in getting the natural birth I so wanted the Maryland Families for Safe Birth booth really spoke to me. Their goal is to help lower the C-Section rate in Maryland, which is over 33%, and to help eliminate/close any racial gaps in maternity care. I can tell you first hand that in the state of Maryland something must be done to change maternity care. Doctors are not the only ones who can deliver babies, and actually they are the ones that carry the higher C-Section rate. (And with a higher C-Section rate there is also a higher maternal mortality rate.) Women deserve to be able to have access to all maternal/birthing care options and to be able to choose how they give birth, and in the state of Maryland, Maryland Families for Safe Birth is working towards this goal.

ICAN (The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc.): Is an organization that believes in promoting VBAC births, provides support for women who have had C-Sections, and wants to reduce the percentage of unnecessary C-Sections. This is done through educating women or their birth options, and providing peer groups for women to discuss and receive information. When I went up to the ICAN booth there was so much information available for me to read. I walked away with multiple booklets of information going over the myths of repeat C-sections and VBACS as well as how to tell if your hospital is VBAC tolerant or friendly. (I have found many OB offices will say they are VBAC friendly when in fact they are actually VBAC tolerant. There is a difference.) Visiting the ICAN booth just further emphasized how much information was not shared with me by my OB’s office or in my birthing classes.

Other Booth’s and Activities: Since the park, where the Birth and Babies Fair was located, was huge there were so many booth’s and activities. From essential oil, skin care, pharmacy’s, swimming schools, and more there was something for every stage of parenting. There was also a raffle at the end of the Fair. If you purchased a VIP ticket you get a bag filled with awesome samples, and also receive more raffle tickets to up your chances of winning something during the raffle. I was super excited I won a pumping essentials gift basket. Even though I plan on breastfeeding my second child I am aware, from my experience with my first, sometimes things do not go as planned and having the resources already on hand to pump can be crucial.

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So again, if you are in the Washington D.C./Maryland area, looking to start a family, pregnant, or looking for more information regarding your birthing choices, make sure you look up the Birth Circles Birth and Babies Fair.  If you have any questions please feel free to drop them below in the comments!


Lighthouse Kids Company Cloth Diaper Review: If You Do Not Have A LKC In Your Stash You Should

Lighthouse Kids Company Cloth Diaper Review: If You Do Not Have A LKC In Your Stash You Should

If you are a cloth diapering parent I am sure you have run into this issue. You purchase a really cute cloth diaper print and you are so excited to get it prepped and on the bum. You get it on your baby’s bum and within 5 to 10 minutes they poop. I have now dubbed this the approval poop. It means your child approves of your cloth diaper choice. Haha! This happened to a Lighthouse Kids Company cloth diaper I recently received for my daughter. I bet you might be wondering who/what Lighthouse Kids diapers are? If you have already heard of them you probably have at least one of their cloth diapers in your diaper stash by now with hopes of adding more in the near future. If you don’t have one in your diaper stash you should. Lighthouse Kids Company cloth diapers are new to the cloth diaper market having only been around since the beginning of 2017. They already have a strong following on social media, and after using their diapers I can see why.

The Diaper: Lighthouse Kids Company diapers are a Bamboo/Stay Dry All in One and are a little different from other bamboo/stay dry All in One’s currently on the market. These diapers are not pockets, and the main insert does not come out. The main insert is actually sewn onto the diaper creating a tongue. The tongue is a book fold, and the length of the diaper. (You fold it kind of like a prefold.) The main insert has a bamboo side, and on the other side is stay dry fleece fabric. This gives you the ability to decide which fabric you would like touching your baby’s skin. If you have a potty training child and you would like them to feel when they are wet you can use the bamboo side. If you do not want baby to feel wet you can use the stay dry side. It also comes with an extra 2-layer bamboo booster insert you can just slide right in where you need it. The outside of the diaper is made of a water proof TPU, and the inside of the diaper shell is made of a jersey fabric, has a tummy panel to help stop leaking around the belly, and rise snaps to adjust your fit. The fit for these diapers is advertised from 10 lbs. to 32 lbs., but after using them you probably could fit a smaller or larger child in these diapers. It all depends on body type. They also sell their diaper shells as swim diapers. Their swim diapers are just like their AIO except they do not come with inserts or have the sewn in tongue. The swim diapers are also great to use as acover with your own selected inserts.

Absorbency: All in all, depending how you fold your Lighthouse Kids Company diaper, you can get 16 layers of absorbency. (4 layers when flat, 8 when book folded, and if you fold the tongue under you get 16.) Add the booster in and you can have 18 layers. There are many families who use Lighthouse Kids Company diapers for both day time and nighttime use. The second time I got this diaper on my baby’s bum I was able to get over 2 hours of use out of it.

The Prints/Colors: Oh, the prints and colors of these Lighthouse Kids Company diapers. I want to take a moment here to say that the prints on Lighthouse  diapers are unlike any other diaper prints out there. Why? Because they are pieces of art drawn by the owners of Lighthouse Kids Company themselves. Many are watercolor prints which I personally love. The first diaper that lured me in was their siren song print. It is a gorgeous mermaid watercolor print. They also have a monochrome solids collection, and recently released a Moana inspired collection. But there is one… my DISO, Jupiter Song. It is a water-color nautical print with sea monsters, sail boats, and lighthouses on it. It is by far the prettiest diaper I have ever seen.

(Top left diaper is Siren Song and the rest are Voyager from the Moana inspired collection.)

Our Experience: I really like these diapers, and my daughter chooses these diapers a lot when I tell her to pick a diaper out to wear. Because my daughter is a heavy wetter the majority of our diaper stash is full of bamboo diapers. We also do not use the pocket function of any diaper we own. (I am a do not stuff the fluff kind of person.) These diapers fit right in. They are not only slim when worn, but they also do not take up a lot of space when storing. (Don’t know if this is a good thing since you will be able to fit more diapers in your diaper storage container or location. Haha!) My daughter is 2 years old and weighs about 25 lbs. She is currently, depending on how many extra inserts I put in, on either the last rise snap or has all of the rise snaps out. However, her waist snaps are pretty far in. These diapers will easily last her through potty training and probably till she is over 35 lbs. (Due mostly to her height/weight distribution.) The jersey fabric and elastics on these diapers make them very stretchy, but they do not dig into my daughter’s legs or belly. We have had no leaks, and have only received complements on these diapers. I have plans to purchase more in the coming months to add to our new baby’s diaper stash. (Shh! Don’t tell my husband. 😉 )

 

Price: The price for one AIO diaper is in the same range as competing bamboo diapers. For solids, you are looking at a price of $20.99, and for prints $22.99 a diaper. A swim diaper will run you $16.99. Currently Lighthouse Kid’s Company diapers are only sold in 12 stores throughout the United States and Canada. (This includes their website.) I would not be surprised to see this diaper brands growth to explode in the coming year, and I am so excited to see what they have in store for the cloth diaper market.

The Company: Lighthouse Kids Company diapers were developed, and are owned by a working mom/small business owner. Vanessa started out by owning her own natural parenting store, GreenPath Baby, and has since also created Lighthouse Kids Company. Having cloth diapered her own children she took notice of what her own children needed in a cloth diaper, and what others might need in a cloth diaper, and with that knowledge she decided to start her own cloth diaper business. Bam! So now, not only does she still have her natural parenting store, but she also has her diaper company as well. It is hard-working mom’s, like Vanessa, who have a dream and make them happen that inspire me every day to be a better mom/business woman. Lighthouse Kids Company also gives back to their community by donating 5% of their net profit to an organization called Hannah’s Home of South Florida. Through this organization young single mothers can find assistance to better their lives and the lives of their children.

So, if you do not own a LKC diaper yet I recommend you look into trying one out, and if you get hooked you can blame it on me. 🙂

**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received a free product in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child. **


Diono Radian rXT Car Seat Review – The Only Car Seat Your Child May Ever Need

Diono Radian rXT Car Seat Review – The Only Car Seat Your Child May Ever Need

I am just going to say it. Choosing a car seat can be hard. There are so many on the market it can be overwhelming as a parent to narrow one down. Preference is big factor as well. Do you want an infant bucket car seat, a convertible car seat that grows with your child, or a car seat that will go from infant to a booster seat? Cost then factors in. You could spend over $200 purchasing an infant seat, but your child will outgrow the seat causing you to have to spend probably over $200 again to purchase another car seat. Then if you purchase a convertible car seat that doesn’t turn into a booster seat you will need to purchase yet another seat. Then you have to decide how long you want your child to rear face.

My husband and I have been in this situation before, and now that we are expecting our second child we are in this predicament again. What car seat do we get? After much thought my husband and I decided we would use our current convertible car seat for our new baby, and look for a new car seat for our 2-year-old. We are big advocates for rear-facing children in their car seats for as long as possible so we wanted to find a car seat that could rear-face our 2-year old in our vehicle as long as possible. (Did you know rear-facing your children is 5 times safer than forward facing? The Car Seat Lady has a great article explaining why Here)

We also wanted a seat that could be used to eventually forward face, and then also turn into a booster seat. In our search, and after talking with a couple other parents, one of the car seat companies that stood out to us was Diono. We were intrigued by their full steel car seat design, the fact their car seats had 5-point harnesses, were convertible and would last a child from 5 lbs. – 120 lbs., and were slim. (Measuring our vehicle, Jeep Grand Cherokee, we found we would be able to fit three Diono car seats across in our back seat. Another parent I know, who drives a Pontiac Vibe, was also able to get 3 Diono car seats across her back seat.) So, my husband and I dove into the world of Diono car seats. What car seat did we get? We got the Diono Radian rXT.

The Seat: My first impressions of the Diono Radian rXT convertible car seat was that it was a SOLID seat. (I would expect nothing less from a full steel frame seat.) At 30 lbs. the seat is heavier than our current car seat. The second impression was how soft the seat fabric was. I actually have not felt fabric so soft on a car seat before. The harness strap pads are super thick, and the seat sits low so my daughter can more easily climb in and out herself. (Which as a 2-year-old she loves.) Because this seat can grow with your child it comes with an infant insert, and has 5 rise slots for the shoulder straps and 3 buckle positions. The Diono Radian rXT allows your child to rear face from 5 lbs. up to 45 lbs., forward face to 80 lbs., and can be converted to a booster seat that goes up to 120 lbs. This seat will last you a long time due to its 10-year lifespan. The Diono Radian rXT also comes with a safe stop harness for those who would like to forward face their smaller children once they hit the legal age and weight limit. It is also FAA certified, which means you can use it on an airplane, and you can even purchase carrying straps or a travel case so you can take it through the airport. (Did you know not every car seat is FAA certified, and if your seat isn’t certified you might have to check it? I personally did not know. You can read more about FAA certified car seats, and flying with kids on the FAA’s website. https://www.faa.gov/travelers/fly_children/)

Our Install Experience: If you were stumped on what car seat to purchase then just wait till you have to install it. While my husband and I are sure we could have installed the Diono Radian rXT correctly ourselves we wanted to make sure, and since neither my husband nor I are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST), we took our new Diono to a CPST to have it installed. We also figured while we were there we would have our current car seat inspected as well. I am glad we went. After our experience I HIGHLY recommend parent’s take their car seats to be inspected by a CPST. Why? Because there are so many things to think about when it comes to correctly installing a car seat, making sure your child is restrained properly in the car seat, and from our experience a lot of information that is hard to find.

We contacted a local Police Department and set up an appointment with one of their Officers who is a CPST. (Side note: Not every Police Officer or Fire fighter will be a CPST. If you want to take your seats to a Police or Fire Department please make sure you call ahead and ask to book an appointment with one for their CPST’s, if they have one. You can also search on http://cert.safekids.org/ for CPST’s in your area.) During our appointment the Officer inspected our current car seat, and we passed with flying colors. He also checked for items that could turn into projectiles in the car if we were in an accident. One of these items was our rear-facing mirror installed on the back-seat head rest so we could see our daughter. He made sure it was installed correctly and tightly and reminded us to check it often since in an accident it could turn into a projectile if not installed correctly. He also spoke to us about correct shoulder strap, and buckle placement. Then we moved on to the Diono Seat. When we brought the Diono Radian rXT out our CPST was impressed. (I think the words he used to describe the Diono was “Space Ship”. Haha!) He walked us through the differences between LATCH, or Super LATCH with Diono, and seat belt installation. Letting us know that either is fine to use. It just comes down to our preference, but that to use LATCH install the weight of the seat and child cannot be over 65 lbs. If the combined weight is over 65 lbs. then the seat belt must be used to install the seat. He explained to us about the tether, and that we should use it when installing a car seat whenever possible, and he also let us know about the 1-inch movement rule after you think you are done installing. (A correctly installed seat should move less than an inch from side to side or front to back.) He then put our daughter in the seat and he went over how to correctly buckle her into the seat.

Install Hiccup: The biggest issue we ran into when installing the Diono Radian rXT was it braced against our two front seats when installed rear-facing.  Our CPST let us know that due to the types of airbags in our seats, and our air bag sensors, that the car seat should not touch the front seats. He moved our front seats forward to show us how much room we would have to make it so the Diono seat did not brace against ours. The driver and passenger seats were cramped. (My husband nor I would not be able to drive comfortably or safely in either of the front seats.) So, our CPST showed us how to correctly install our Diono Radian rXT forward facing. (By law our daughter is old enough and weighs enough to forward face, but we just prefer to keep her rear-facing as long as possible.) We thanked our CPST for taking the time to inspect our seats and educating us on proper car seat safety, and I went home to ponder my rear-facing predicament.

Research: When we got home I looked through the Diono Radian rXT seat owner’s manual, and my car manual again just to make sure I didn’t miss some information. When I still couldn’t find the information, I needed I went to Diono’s website to see if they had any information on if their car seats are allowed to “brace” in your vehicle. Their site says they can, but you should check with your car manufacturer. So, I contacted Jeep. They did not answer my question. Instead they referred me to Safekids.org and the NHTSA. I could not find the answer to my question on either of those websites. I then went back to Diono’s website to see if I had again missed any information, and found that they sell an accessory, an angle adjuster, that is supposed to give you a couple more inches in space for rear-facing car seats. (I had missed this in the owner’s manual.) So, I purchased one in hopes this would solve my bracing issue. (Even though Diono says it’s OK for the Radian to “brace”, but our CPST said it wasn’t, I wanted to err on the side of caution and find a way to properly install the car seat without it bracing against the front seats.)

Solution: Turns out the angle adjuster was just the ticket we needed. We installed the Diono seat, rear-facing, with the angle adjuster, and it no longer braces against our front seats. Both driver and passenger seats can be far enough back to be comfortable and safe. We also purchased Diono’s Ultra Mat to go under the car seat to help protect our leather seats.

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Overall Thoughts: I am so glad we got this seat. Not only does my husband and I love this seat more than our other car seat, our daughter loves it more. (My husband’s reaction to the Diono Radian rXT was stating, “This seat is no joke.” Haha!) It was slightly more difficult to install than other car seats we have had, but the pros of this seat outweigh the install hiccups we encountered. (Please make sure to read, and re-read, your car seat and vehicle owners manuals before you install your car seats.) Our daughter has more leg room, and is just over all more comfortable riding in the Diono Radian rXT then her other seat. (I mean look at those smiles! She did not smile that much in her other seat.) She loves the fact she can get in and out of the seat herself, and she calls it her big girl seat. Because the Diono is so slim I can actually see over the seat when I am driving. (I also love the fact I will be able to rear-face both of my children which I feel will make it harder for my older daughter to both our newborn. Haha!) The biggest thing we love about this seat though is we feel, due to the seats full steel construction, that our daughter is safer, and we are happy she will be able to use this seat for a very long time. (While we know she was safe in our other car seat the difference to us is huge.) If you are in need of a slim convertible car seat I highly recommend you look into Diono car seats, and their car seat accessories. You might just end up a Diono car seat family just like us.

Price: The Diono Radian rXT retails on Diono’s website for $359.99. The angle adjuster and Ultra mat are not sold on Diono’s website, but you can search for stores in your area that sell Diono accessories via the Diono website. Near where I am located the Angle Adjuster retails for $8.54 and the Ultra Mat retails for $19.40. So over all you are looking at less than $400.00 for the Diono Radian rXT with Angle Adjuster and Ultra Mat. Even less if you purchase them on sale. For a seat that can go from newborn to booster, 5 lbs. – 120 lbs., it will definitely last you for its 10-year lifespan and save you TONS of money.

**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received free product in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child. A big thank you to our CPST for his installation help, guidance, and service.) **


Baby Tula Toddler Carrier Review: Older Children Love Being Worn Too!

Baby Tula Toddler Carrier Review: Older Children Love Being Worn Too!

I love wearing my daughter. Ever since she was born I have worn her in a wrap to keep her close, and to do skin to skin. As she has grown I have continued to wear her so I can be hands free, and of course keep her close to get our snuggles in. I am now pregnant with our second and my growing baby belly has made it difficult to continue to wear her on my front in certain carriers. So, I have switched to carrying her in back carries. This helps her to see the world around her, and she loves it. I was finding though I was having some issues with my daughter in our current soft structured carrier. Being a 2-year-old, my daughter is very active and LOVES to touch things. Haha! She also likes to lean back when in back carries which scares me sometimes. (You know what I am talking about. I see it A LOT with older children in back carries. I try really hard to correct her, and tell her calmly why she shouldn’t lean back while I am carrying her, but you can only do so much with toddlers.) I came to the hard decision our current carrier, which I love, just wasn’t working very well for us in a back carry. I needed a different carrier for a larger child. So I did some research, and decided on Baby Tula’s Toddler Carrier.

The Carrier: The Tula Toddler Carrier is a soft structured carrier designed for carrying children, in a front or back carry, who weigh 25 lbs. to 60 lbs. (They also have other soft structured carriers such as their Standard Tula for children 15 – 45 lbs., and their new Free to Grow for children 7 – 45 lbs.) The Tula Toddler carrier is a light weight carrier with a larger panel helping to keep your child more secure, padding on the sides of the carrier where your child’s legs go to keep them more comfortable, a pouch in front to hold small objects, wide shoulder straps and waist band with padding, and comes with a matching hood. The carrier also allows you to adjust the waist band and shoulder straps to fit your body. This allows individuals of many body types to be able to use this carrier. (My husband also uses this carrier. He just ends up having to adjust the waist and shoulder straps to fit his body after I have worn it.) Other perks of the Tula carrier are they come in so many prints and colors, and some prints come with a mesh panel, their Mesh Coast Tula’s, to help keep baby and wearer cooler in the heat. (The Tula Toddler Carrier I am using in this review is named Olive.)

My Experience: My husband and I both love the Tula Toddler Carrier for our daughter. She weighs 25 lbs., and is at the beginning weight for the carrier. We feel she is more secure in the Tula carrier, due to the larger panel, than our current carrier. I laid the Tula carrier on the floor and placed our current soft structured carrier on top and there was a HUGE difference. The Tula panel was several inches wider and longer than our current carrier. The Tula waist band and shoulder straps were also wider by almost an inch. While the padding on the Tula shoulder straps are not as thick as our current carrier I have found out I prefer a wider padded strap to a thinner more padded strap. (More weight distribution across my shoulders.)

Another plus of the larger panel on the Tula Toddler Carrier is my daughters lean is contained. Even when she has her arms out of the carrier and tries to lean back she really can’t. I have also found, due to being pregnant, comfort wise I prefer there to be no added extra support around the waist since I position the waist strap under my baby belly. (My current carrier has an extra lumbar support that causes my belly discomfort now that I am pregnant.) The differences in the Tula Toddler carrier have made it so I can wear my daughter longer and more comfortably. My daughter also seems to enjoy the Tula carrier more than our current carrier. Every time I have put her up in the Tula carrier she starts stroking my back and arms, and she leans her head against my back. All things she didn’t do in our other carrier.

Price: A Baby Tula Toddler Carrier retails for $169.00 on Baby Tula’s website, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend that much. They do run sales throughout the year, and you can also purchase Baby Tula carriers at many natural parenting stores as well as Target, and Buy Buy Baby. I personally, after using the Tula Toddler carrier, feel it’s worth every penny, but I am also aware not everyone can spend that amount on a baby carrier. That is why it is awesome Baby Tula sells their carriers at so many different stores. Giving us the consumer the ability to purchase a carrier from a small business store or a big box store we might have gift cards to.

I am excited we got this carrier since I feel I will be able to carry my daughter for a couple more years in it, and I want my daughter to get all of the attention and snuggles she needs when her new baby sister gets here. Once the new baby does come though I can’t wait to front carry my oldest daughter again while Dad wears the little one. (Or vice versa.) I also look forward to learning how to tandem baby wear my daughter, in the Tula Toddler Carrier, and our new little one as well. Always remember older children love been worn and snuggled too. Wear all the babies!

I want to thank Baby Tula so much for sending me a Tula Toddler Carrier to review, and for also allowing me the chance to share my new Tula Toddler Carrier love with all of you! Baby Tula has been so kind and has sponsored a giveaway in conjunction with this review. Click the link below to enter to win a Tula Toddler Carrier in Olive!

Click here to enter to win a Tula Toddler Carrier in Olive!

Open to residents of US and Canada. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner to be randomly selected on October 10, 2017

**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received a free product in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child.**

 

 

Rock-A-Bums Cloth Diaper Review: Because We All Have a Little Rock and Roll in Us

Rock-A-Bums Cloth Diaper Review: Because We All Have a Little Rock and Roll in Us

Are you a parent who loves to cloth diaper but finds the prints to be not rock and roll enough? If you are a fan of Softbums diapers then you are in luck. The same company who owns Softbums has a 5 in 1 cloth diaper called Rock-A-Bums. These diapers are different in many ways from their cousins, Softbums, but for a good reason.

The Diaper: Gone are the patented elastic toggle system, and in their stead Rock-A-Bums uses rise snaps on the front of the diaper. This new diaper can be used as an all in one, an all in two, a pocket, just as a cover, or used with their hybrid insert. The inside of the diaper is made of a black polyester material with a waterproof backing. You can get the diaper in either hook and loop or snaps. Unlike their cousins, Softbums Echo and Omni shells, Rock-A-Bums fit starting at around 8 lbs. (So, if your newborn is on the smaller side you may need to purchase a newborn stash or purchase the Softbums Echo shells to start.)

The Inserts: 2 Inserts are sold with the diaper, and are made of a microfiber material topped with a layer of bamboo charcoal material. They also sell hybrid inserts that are made of bamboo viscose. These are great for on the go or even daycare since they can be thrown away and are biodegradable. They do not have a backing that sticks them to the diaper shell so you can layer the hybrid inserts to fit your needs. (I love this since I have a hard time getting the adhesive off my shells from a competitor’s brand.) They make for a very trim diaper. My daughter is 2 years old and 25 lbs. Her Rock-A-Bums diaper fits, with no gaps, on the last rise snap. Like Softbums inserts I was taken a little by surprise at how absorbent Rock-A-Bums inserts are. My daughter can last through a 2-hour nap with both of the microfiber inserts in the diaper. While a little bulkier with the 2 inserts then the Softbums we have not experienced any leaks. Using the hybrid insert we have gotten a much trimmer fit. If you have Softbums inserts they can be used interchangeably with Rock-A-Bums diapers since they can be snapped or stuffed in.

(Rock-A-Bums diaper with two inserts on the left, and the Rock-A-Bums diaper with a hybrid insert on the right.)

Other Accessories: Wet bags. I am a wet bag collector. I probably have more than I actually need. Haha! 20170919_171925One of the things I really like about the Rock-A-Bums wet bags is they have two handles. (This makes hanging the wet bag from a stroller so much easier, and it acts like an extra pocket.) They measure 12″ x 11″, and I have been able to stuff 4-5 diapers in my wet bag. I hope they come out with more solid colors like an Electric Blue. Unfortunately, since Rock-A-Bums do not use the elastic toggle system they do not sell elastic replacement kits, nor do they sell replacement hook and loop kits. So, you are back to replacing your elastics or sending them off to be replaced.

Price: On to the second most important detail. Price. Retail price for a Rock-A-Bums diaper with two inserts on their website is $17.95. Which is slightly cheaper than other all in ones or all in twos on the market. A pack of their hybrid inserts costs $7.95 for a pack of 20, and their wet bags cost $8.00. (All great prices compared to competing brands.)

If you are not a fan of the Softbums toggle system for adjusting the elastics on your diapers, but love the shells and inserts than Rock-a-Bums are a good replacement. Their inserts, while not as soft as Softbums, are still VERY absorbent and took me a little by surprise. The prints are different as well, and I hope they start coming out with Rock band inspired prints. (Gun’s & Rose’s anyone?!) They definitely are more rock and roll then other diaper prints.  (The print my daughter is rocking in this review is called Zanadu.)

So, if you are ready for a no fuss, no mess cloth diaper, make sure you take a look at Rock-A-Bums.

**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received free Rock-A-Bums products in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child.**


SoftBums Cloth Diaper Review: Diapers that grow with your child.

SoftBums Cloth Diaper Review: Diapers that grow with your child.

Who has cloth diapered from infancy? Who has purchased a newborn stash just to have your baby grow out of said newborn stash in a month, and has caused you to purchase another diaper stash to last you till your child potty trains? Let me break down the cost. A good recommendation for a newborn cloth diaper stash is to have about 24 diapers. At an average cost of $15 a diaper that comes to $360.00. (Unless you do shells and flats.) Newborn diapers do not last till your child potty trains because your child out grows them causing you to have to purchase another cloth diaper stash. While you will get some of your money back if you sell your newborn diapers the amount you get back really depends on how good the cloth diaper B/S/T is at the time you want to sell. Say you get 50%, or $180, of your newborn investment back to spend on another conservative 24 diapers, at an average of $20 a diaper, to last your child till potty training you are still shelling out another $300 for your new stash. (I am using conservative numbers since not a lot of cloth diapering families have just 24 diapers per child. Am I the only one? Haha!) A lot of families start cloth diapering to save money. So why not try and save as much as you can?

What if I told you there were diapers that could take you from newborn all the way to potty training? (Average age for potty training in the US is around 2-3 years old.) Causing you to only have to purchase one stash for your child. I have your attention now don’t I? Haha! Well there are diapers that will go from newborn to 36 months and they are from the company Softbums. They have two different diaper shells, along with a couple different inserts, or as they call them Pod systems, that grow with your child and let you choose the absorbency that fits your needs. I had a chance to try out Softbums diapers, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at their ease of use and how great they worked. Below is my review of Softbums Echo and Omni shells along with their Large Dry Touch Pod and One-Size Bamboo SUPER Double-Pod.

The Echo All in 2 Shell: First a little bit about the Echo shell. The Echo diaper shell, Softbums trim fit shell, fits 0-36 month and can fit a child as small as 5lbs. How? Because of their patented toggle system. With Softbums the Echo shell has a toggle system inside the diaper that allows you to adjust the leg elastic to fit your child. The best way to do this is to measure around your child’s leg, in inches, where the diaper will sit. Divide the number by 2, and add 1.5. (Didn’t think you would need to do some math for your child’s cloth diapers, did you? Haha) The number you get, in inches, is how long your elastics should be on your diaper. Taking the measurement actually does work. It took me 2 minutes to measure my daughter and the fit was perfect. If I had not taken the measurement it would have taken me a little while to get the toggles into the right place for the right fit. My daughter is 24 months and 25 lbs. These fit perfectly when measured out and she has tons of room to grow. Other characteristics of the Softbums Echo shell are that they can come in hook and loop or snaps, and the inside is fleece with a waterproof backing. You should only have to wash the shell once before use, but you will have different prep for the inserts. The inserts are sold separately so you can customize your diapers to fit your child’s needs.

 

The Omni All in 2/Pocket Shell: The Softbums Omni shell, like the Echo, fits from 0-36 months due to Softbums patented toggle elastic system. (I measured my daughter the same way I did for the Echo and got a great fit.) The Omni has the same fleece inside with waterproof backing, and comes in either hook and loop or snap shell. Prep is the same, and just like the Echo the inserts, or pod systems, are sold separately so you can customize to your child’s needs. The difference between the Softbums Echo vs. the Omni shell is the Omni shell is also a pocket diaper. So now you have a choice to either lay the inserts on top, snap them in, or stuff them. After having both the Echo shell and Omni shells on my daughter’s bum I can say the Omni shell is a hair bigger. You might still be able to get away with diapering your newborn with an Omni shell depending on your baby’s weight at birth, but if you are like me and make smaller babies than the Echo may be your way to go.

 

Large Dry Touch Pod:  Since you can purchase the Softbums inserts, or pods, separately you can choose what fabric/absorbency you think would work best for your little one, and interchange them between the Echo and Omni shells. The dry touch pods are made of 4 layers of microfiber with a soft microfleece top. (It is actually really soft. Haha!) To prep the dry touch pods, you will need to wash them 2-4 times. Remember to prep them separately from your bamboo pods. I consider my daughter to be a heavy wetter so we own ALOT of bamboo inserts, but the Softbums large dry touch pod really surprised me. It held up almost just as well as all of her other inserts, and she made it through a whole two-hour nap without being soaked or leaking. I have added the small bamboo pod on top of the dry touch if we are out and about just for security reasons. I have actually been using my Softbums inserts with some of my other diaper shells since they work really well.

 

One-Size Bamboo Super Double-Pod: I am going to start out by saying I actually really like this insert/pod. Out of all of the Softbums products I have used the bamboo pod is my favorite. Softbums bamboo pods are made of a layer of Bamboo/cotton blend topped with a layer of bamboo velour. (These inserts/pods are SO SOFT. There is currently only one other diaper I have tried that could possibly match Softbums bamboo pod in softness, but that diaper’s insert is not made of bamboo.) Again, my daughter lasted through a 2-hour nap, and beyond. The bamboo super double pod actually comes with two inserts, the small and the one size, but I only needed to use the one size. Prep is easy since all you have to do is wash it once and you are good to go. Again, I really like this insert/pod, and if you are a bamboo insert fan I highly recommend you try this one.

 

Replacement Kits: Another perk of Softbums diapers is you can purchase replacement kits with directions for the elastic’s, toggle’s, and the hook and loop. No more having to send your diapers out to be fixed when the elastic wears out. (This will save you big bucks if you don’t know how to replace elastics.)

Price: So, the big question is… how much do they cost? Since the Softbums shells are made in the USA their price is slightly higher than other cloth diaper company shells. The cost for an Echo or Omni diaper shell is $21.95. You can get different prints on sale for a little bit less on the Softbums website or at other natural parenting stores if they are running a sale. Since the inserts are sold separately the cost for a shell and insert can vary. The Large dry touch pod retails for $4.95 and the One-size Bamboo Super double pod retails for $15.95. To give an example you could purchase 12 shells, 12 large dry touch pods, and 12 small dry touch pods for around the same price as 24 newborn diapers. (Shells being used at least twice gives you 24 diaper changes.) The kicker is you wouldn’t have to sell them as your child grows saving you money.

In the end, not every child is the same, and the cloth diaper that works for one child may not work for another. Another money saving trick is to know about as many different kinds/types of cloth diapers that are out there before you spend all of your money on one kind that may end up not working for you. (You spend almost $400 on a diaper stash of one kind of diaper to realize they don’t work for your child causing you to have to try and sell them to fund different diapers. This is actually a reason why many families give up on cloth diapering.) So, make sure when you start looking at building a cloth diaper stash that you take a look at Softbums. Like myself you may be pleasantly surprised, and find yourself making a list of all the Softbums you want to add to your stash because your LO must wear panda’s all the time now. Haha!

Want to save even more money?! Use coupon code pibf10off at check out to receive 10% off. 🙂 One use per customer good through 10/20 and Free shipping over $100!

**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received free product in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child.**


MommyCon Orlando 2017 Review

MommyCon Orlando 2017 Review

I just got back from MommyCon Orlando 2017 a couple of days ago and I have been itching to write about my experience. 20170908_153248This year was extra special since my husband and daughter came with me, and because I was a part of the MommyCon Media Team. There were so many great vendors and speakers I was disappointed I wasn’t able to see them all. There was just so much to see and do! Here are my personal vendor and speaker highlights from my experience. 😊

 

Vendors:

Lighthouse Kids Company – I was able to actually meet and chat with Vanessa the owner and creator of Lighthouse Kids diapers. These diapers are newish to the market, and I am predicting they will take off soon. I purchased one of their newer prints and it is gorgeous! These diapers are an AIO with a Bamboo and Stay Dry attached insert. It also comes with a booster. Here is their website. https://lighthousekidscompany.com/

Polyblox Totems – This product is a new take on those ABC blocks we all had as kids. You know the one’s with letters, numbers, animals, etc. (My daughter has them and likes to build walls with them and knock them down like she is Godzilla.) Polyblox Totems come attached in totem form with capital and lower-case letters, pictures, Braille, and more. These are on my wish list for my daughter. http://www.thepolyblox.com/

Safari Ltd. – These toys are so awesome. They are educational toys and figurines of animals, mystical animals, dinosaurs, and more. They are affordable and adorable. https://www.safariltd.com/

The Whole Life Co. – I have been using products from this company for a while, but I have never been able to meet the owners in person before. Whole life products are all natural and they have a product called Aroma doh that my daughter loves. It’s all natural and each different color has a different scent. Makes for great sensory play for children. I finally snagged her the set for her birthday, and grabbed a container of their belly butter for myself. If you are interested in switching to all-natural products Whole life is a great company to look into. http://wholelifeandservices.com/

Sessions: I was only able to make it to two sessions due to eating lunch and meeting vendors, but the two I did make it to were amazing.

Babywearing 101 with Laura Brown of Ergo Baby – This was a really great down to earth talk about beginning babywearing. Laura Brown did a fantastic job of discussing the beginning ins and outs of front carries with many different carriers. (Wraps, ring slings, Meh Dai’s, and structured carriers.) Laura took her time, was funny, and answered questions. I wish she could have stayed longer and had a babywearing 102, 103, and so on classes.

Cloth Diapering 101 with Jennifer Labit presented by Cotton Babies: I am already a cloth diapering mom, but I love hearing stories from other cloth diapering families. A family should never have to make the decision of purchasing food or purchasing diapers. It was great to see Jennifer’s presentation on how cloth diapering saved her family money, and how cloth diapering helps to reduce your carbon foot print. I can attest that cloth diapering has saved my family $1,000 in our first year of using cloth. We will continue to save even more as we go into cloth diapering our second child.

Meeting Role Models: It’s sad, but I live in a part of the United States that does not have many natural parenting/cloth diaper stores in it. To be able to be a part of a natural parenting/ cloth diapering community I follow individuals and stores via social media. So, when I had a chance at MommyCon Orlando to meet some of the individuals I look up too I jumped. All of these ladies are business owners/working mom’s and they prove, as a woman and a mom, you can have it all.  

Abby’s Lane – I did not purchase anything at Abby’s Lane, but I did get to meet the owner Stephanie Daniels. 20170902_131252(I had already hit my personal shopping limit before I was able to go to her booth. Haha!) She has been a role model of mine for a couple of years now and I was totally fan girling when I met her. She is just as gracious in person as she is online and I am so glad I had the chance to talk with her. Abby’s Lane is a great online store for all of your natural parenting/cloth diapering needs. They have a cloth diaper book club, and their online communities are just amazing. https://www.abbyslane.com/

 

Smart Bottoms – Christina Malone is the owner of Smart bottoms, a very popular cloth diapering company. 20170902_093433I again, have been following her business and online cloth diapering community pages for a while, and I have seen her handle business situations with grace and patience. She is just as kind in person and it was an honor to get to meet her. https://smartbottoms.com/

Grovia –  It seemed everyone who went to MommyCon Orlando was there to shop at the Grovia booth! From the moment the vendor hall doors opened there was a line for Grovia. I had to wait hours to be able to go up and speak with the ladies working the booth, and to make my purchase. While I did shop the biggest reason I wanted to go to the Grovia booth was to meet Sabrina Azemar. 20170902_121220Sabrina works for Grovia’s social media team and she is amazing. Her laugh and smile are infectious and it was great to be able to meet and talk with her. The online Grovia community is also one of the best online cloth diapering communities out there. http://www.grovia.com/

Laura Brown of Ergo Baby – I follow Ergo Baby and their new online group “Ergobaby: Love carries on” on Social Media, and Laura is one of the ladies who runs the group. 20170902_092925Laura did the Baby Wearing 101 session at MommyCon Orlando and did a fantastic job. She is kind, knowledgeable, and hard-working. Besides working for Ergo baby she is also a Postpartum Doula, IBCLC student, and a mom. ❤ https://store.ergobaby.com/

If you ever have a chance to attend a MommyCon even it is totally worth it. Not just for the vendors, but also for the sessions and the community. They have changed up their ticket structure for 2018 allowing for different tiers, and they always run scholarship and military ticket programs. (There will be a General Admission tier with no swag bag, a Premium Admission tier with swag bag, and a VIP Admission tier that includes an upgraded swag bag and admission to the VIP session the day before.) This was my media swag bag mixed with my husbands general admission swag bag for this year. 20170909_143553Make sure you check them out at www.mommycon.com.

If you haven’t been to MommyCon, didn’t make it this year, or didn’t get a chance to shop at the Grovia booth you are in for a treat! 20170909_144012Click below to enter to win a Grovia Wacky Hook and Loop Hybrid Shell in “Play”. Contest will run from 9/8/2017 through 9/16/2017. Winner will be randomly selected on 9/17/2017.

Click here to enter Pretty in Baby Food’s Grovia Wacky “Play” Hybrid Shell


ThredUp – Secondhand Clothing Review

ThredUp – Secondhand Clothing Review

I love hand me down clothing. When I was a kid every season my mom would bring down bags of clothes from the attic for my sister’s and I to go through. They would be labeled with a name, age range, and clothing size. It was like Christmas every season. I didn’t care I was wearing my older sister’s clothes.

When I was pregnant many friends offered me their maternity clothing, and when I had my daughter the same friends offered us clothes that no longer fit their children and I sure as heck said yes both times! Clothes are expensive, and unfortunately clothes today are not made the same way as they once were. I have stopped purchasing adult clothing from Target because they do not last and I have ended up with rips, tears, color runs, and shrinkage so many times. It became a waste of my money. (Sorry Target.)

I cannot lie though I love buying new or “new to me” clothes. Being pregnant again, and feeling like I need to spruce up my wardrobe, I have run into the issue of how expensive new maternity clothes really are. (Also, the issue of shopping with a 2-year-old. Haha!) I do not have the funds to spend over $200 on 2 to 3 outfits. (Looking at you Pea in the Pod/Destination Maternity/Motherhood Maternity.) If you are in the same boat I am then I offer a pretty simple solution that I just discovered, but has been around for a while. ThredUp.

About: Some of you might already know about ThredUp, but if you are not familiar, ThredUp is an online consignment/thrift/secondhand shop that sells clothing and accessories. The gist of ThredUp is individuals can request a closet clean out kit for donating or selling/consigning their clothes/accessories. They then fill the closet clean out kit with the items they would like to donate/sell/consign and then they send it off to ThredUp. If you are selling/consigning your clothes/accessories to ThredUp then they will inspect the items and deem how much they are willing to pay you for them. If there are any items you want back, if ThredUp will not take them, there is a fee. You can read about ThredUp’s whole program in their FAQ’s area. ThredUp FAQ’s

What I got: I was desperately in need of more maternity shirts and warmer maternity clothing, but I also wanted to try something different then my normal grey t-shirt look. (I did get one grey sweatshirt. Haha!) Browsing their maternity items, I was able to find 2 shirts, 1 sweater, and 1 sweatshirt I really liked that were in my size. (I was really excited too, because they give you a 40% off coupon code for your first purchase.) All together the total, with coupon and shipping, was $31.17. For 4 pieces of clothing that’s not bad. (ThredUp has a wide variety of cloths for kids, women, men, maternity, and accessories. If you would like to see some of their Maternity wear you can browse their Maternity tops HERE and their Maternity sweaters HERE.)

How my items came: While the post office smooshed my box a little my ThredUp items came in a cute polka dot box with polka dot tissue paper. They also included a nifty pamphlet explaining a little bit about second-hand clothing/accessories and a week worth of daily mantras.

The condition of my items: Before trying on my items I checked the condition of the clothes just in case. There were no stains, no pulls, no holes, or any other blemishes that I could see on any of the items I purchased. All items fit which was a godsend, because I really dislike having to send items ordered online back. Haha!

My overall impression: I will be ordering again! I have no complaints about the process, the items, or the price. I felt it was a lot easier than loading my daughter up in the car and trying clothes on while trying to keep her corralled and me sane.

The greatest thing about buying secondhand clothing is that it is sustainable. Everyone wears clothes, and eventually everyone grows out of their clothes. If you are in an area where there are no second-hand clothing shops, or you have kids and you don’t want to take them to the store with you ThredUp is awesome. (Just make sure you know your size before purchasing.) With ThredUp you also know there is another regular person on the other side of the transaction. Another person owned those clothes and there is a high probability that with your purchase they are recouping some money of their own. Like ThredUp says, “There’s a lot more to secondhand than just clothes.” While not quite the same as shopping at a small business it is the closest I have seen from bigger companies. If you are in need of “new to you” clothes, or clothes for your kids, make sure you look on ThredUp. You just might be surprised at what you find, and the price.

Disclaimer: I did receive a small amount of compensation in exchange for this review. Having said that, all thoughts and opinions are my own, and I really did have a great experience shopping with ThredUp. I am a big proponent of sustainability, secondhand shopping, and saving money.

 

How To Make Disney Mickey/Minnie Ears

How To Make Disney Mickey/Minnie Ears

Like a lot of people around the world I love pretty much everything Disney. Especially Disney World. The best part about Disney World is experiencing it for the first time, and then experiencing it again through your children’s eyes. While I don’t have enough money to be at Disney World every day I do have enough money to bring bits and pieces of the Disney Magic home. One of those ways is through playing dress up with my daughter, and wearing Mickey/Minnie ears. While I have purchased Mickey/Minnie ears from Disney World before I haven’t done it recently. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own, and found out it’s not so hard, expensive, or time-consuming. (You can actually use materials you find around your home to reduce cost!) All it takes is a little inspiration and imagination for you to create any Mickey/Minnie ear design you want.

20170820_173654Here’s how I created my Fall Floral Inspired Minnie ears.

Supplies you will need: 

Glue Gun, Head Band, Ribbon, Foam, Scissors, Flowers or any other fabric, material, or accents you want to use to decorate your ears.

Step One – Create the head band: Since I didn’t have any head bands lying around the house I used a cheap head band I purchased. If the head band is not the color or material you want for your design you can use ribbon to cover it up. For my head band, since it was fall inspired, I wanted the head band to remind me of hay. So, I purchased a woven ribbon to cover my head band. You want to measure out your ribbon to be slightly longer then the length of your head band. Then using your glue gun, you will want to glue the ribbon onto your head band. Make sure to glue the head band onto the middle of your ribbon leaving enough ribbon on both sides, and the ends, to fold over around the head band. You will then fold the ends of the ribbon up, glue them down, and then glue both sides of the ribbon down. Like the below pictures.

Step Two – Bows: If you are doing Mickey ears you can skip this step and go straight to making the ears. Whenever I think of Minnie Mouse I always think polka dots and bows. So, this step shows you how to make a simple bow to add to your ears. You will need a thick piece of ribbon, I used about a 4 to 5-inch-long piece, that will serve as the bow, and a thinner piece of ribbon, about 2 to 3 inches long, that will wrap around your bow holding the pinch in place. You will want to fold the thick ribbon so that the ends meet in the middle over lapping the ends a little bit. Then you want to pinch the middle down creating an accordion look. Taking the thinner piece of ribbon, you will want to wrap it around the middle, and glue it down to holding the pinch in place. You can now glue the bow to the middle of your head band or you can wait to glue it on later with your ears.

Step Three – Ear’s: My daughter has a pair of infant Minnie ears so I based the size of the ears I wanted for mine off of hers. I measured her ears and they came out to be 3 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide. You may want to measure and draw out your ears on paper before cutting them out on the foam, but it’s up to you. (I needed extra practice. haha!) Once you have your foam ears cut out it is time to let your imagination run. (I purchased a couple of hanging garlands from the local craft store that had fall leaves and berries on them.) You want to use your glue gun and cover your ears with your material so no foam is showing. Once everything is set you can wrap the top edge of your ears with more of your ribbon if you like to try to create a more seamless look, or to hide any imperfections.

Step Four – Attach ears, and other accents: Like measuring out the ears make sure to measure out the distance between your ears when putting them on the head band. Using the glue gun, glue the ears into place. After your ears are on you can take a look at your project and see if there are any imperfections you want to cover up, or if you just want to add some accents. I decided to add a couple more flowers around my bow to finish off my ears.

Final step – Enjoy your Mickey/Minnie Ears: If you have no distractions you should be able to complete a set of Mickey/Minnie ears in about an hour. If like me you have kids running around it might take a little longer. After your done enjoy your ears! Whether it be for dress up play at home, or actually taking your ears to wear at a Disney park. Take pride in your creation, and the fact they are one of a kind. ❤ If you have any questions let me know in the comments or show me pictures of your creations!


MommyCon’s Mystery Box: Mom’s Survival Kit Review

MommyCon’s Mystery Box: Mom’s Survival Kit Review

I was really excited when I received an invitation this year to join MommyCon’s Parent Squad. One of the main parts of my blog is to review products for families in hopes of helping them save money. Being a part of the MommyCon Parent Squad is just one of the many ways that helps me to be able to do this.

I was doubly excited when I was chosen as one of the individuals to review their August Mystery box. What are these boxes? They are mystery product boxes curated by MommyCon. They have a generalized theme and cost $19.99, which includes shipping. The actual retail cost of the products in the boxes is more than the $19.99 MommyCon price. (I will get more into this in a moment. :))

The theme for August’s box was Mom’s Survival Kit, and it contained the below products. I have also listed the retail price for the products from the actual product company sites. (All except for the Kind Bar. That price is from Target because I could not find individual bars for sale on the Kind Website.)

Fluf Snack Pack Single – $9.50

Chicken Poop lip junk x3 – $4.00 each which equals $12.00

Motherlove nipple cream 1oz – $10.95

Siliskin cup top – $8.95 for 3 or $2.98 a piece

Kind Bar – $1.49

North Coast Organics Death by Lavender natural deodorant 2.5oz – $9.99

Herban Essentials towelettes 7 pack – $7.00

Total cost for all of the products is $53.91. (MommyCon Box Price $19.99 which includes shipping). That’s a savings of $33.92, and that doesn’t include shipping if purchased online, or gas if purchased in store. What the WHAT! I am a couponer and deal hunter when I shop, and I can personally tell you this is an AMAZING price. Now, granted I am sure not ever mystery box theme is going to have this much savings in them all the time; but it shows how much MommyCon tries to pass the savings on to their customers. They really try to make it worth it.

MommyCon’s Mystery boxes at a price of $19.99 are perfect to give as gifts or as a little something for yourself when you need a little pick me up.

Now for the review of the products…:)

Fluf Snack Pack Single – I am really trying hard to use more reusable snack bags and containers, and these reusable snack bags from Fluf are really nice. It has a place for you to write to whom it belongs to, and it has a Velcro closure.

Chicken Poop lip junk – I like these lip balms. So far, the Coconut one is my favorite, but I like all of them. I currently have 1 in my purse, 1 on my nightstand, and 1 in the bath room. The major plus about these lip balms are that they are all natural. The general ingredients, which might change a little depending on which one you purchase, are Avocado oil, jojoba, sweet orange, lavender essential oil, bees wax, and Vitamin E.

Motherlove Nipple Cream – I have actually used this nipple cream when exclusively pumping for my daughter. I found out that lanolin made my nipples itch, and I just really didn’t like the texture or smell. With MotherLove nipple cream I love everything about it. I love the smell, the texture, the fact that it is all natural, and that it does not need to be wiped off before breastfeeding again. It also won’t leave a weird film on your baby’s mouth after nursing. (Had this issue with Lanolin.) This nipple cream contains extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, and calendula flower

Siliskin cup top – Is a 100% silicone lid that transforms most cups into a spill proof cup. I think it is great for older kids and adults. (I have a 2-year-old and she likes to poke holes, or make straw holes bigger so I do not 100% trust her with my Siliskin cup top yet.) It will fit most cups, but some might be too wide. Also, if your cup or Siliskin is wet you might have a hard time getting the Siliskin to stay, but a quick wipe down and you are good to go.

Kind Bar – I don’t have a picture of the Kind Bar I got in the mystery box because I ate it right after my unboxing video. I am sorry, and not sorry at the same time since it was delicious. Haha! I got the Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Bar, and it is actually my favorite Kind Bar flavor. You can’t go wrong with Kind Bars. You can get bars that are vegan, kosher, and gluten free. They have so many flavors make sure you check them all out.

North Coast Organics Death by Lavender natural deodorant – I have tried a couple natural deodorants for reviews and other then my staple I really like North Coast’s natural deodorant. It’s easy to apply, smells great, and is not harsh on under arms. I always like to remind people that the majority of natural deodorants are not antiperspirants so you will still sweat, but you will smell good. North Coast is no different.  Their website lists their Death by Lavender deodorant as, “…certified organic, certified vegan, certified cruelty-free, certified non-gmo, gluten-free, aluminum-free, soy-free…”, and made of “100% organic coconut oil, 100% organic carnauba wax, 100% organic arrowroot powder, 95% organic shea butter, aluminum-free, natural baking soda, & Organic Essential Oils (Lavender, Lemon, Cypress, Rosemary)”. What’s not to love?

Herban Essentials towelettes – These towelettes are awesome. I received the orange ones, but they also have lemon, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. I keep them in my diaper bag and have been using them instead of hand sanitizer. There are literally 4 ingredients in the towelettes, water, essential oil, tween 20, and radish root ferment. Less is more, and I definitely need more of these.

Make sure you grab yourself or a friend a MommyCon Mystery Box. I do not think you will be disappointed.