Motherlove Diaper Balm

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! Does anyone else’s baby have a red bum almost every day? Ever since Emersyn was little she gets a little red bum at least once a day, especially now since she switched to solids. We have tried countless products and the only one that seems to work is a concoction that the doctor had us make. Only downside is there are so many chemicals in that concoction. Like I have said many times before, I try to be as aware as I can be of what I’m putting on my baby. If you read my blog than you know that I recently tried the Motherlove More Milk Plus. As I mentioned in that blog post, this company has tons of products which also include a diaper balm. I figured if their More Milk Plus works, I’m sure all of their other products will too! When I looked at the ingredients it was a no brainer that I wanted to try the Motherlove Diaper Balm. There are exactly seven ingredients, and of those seven ingredients four of them are certified organic. I was sold; I had to give it a shot!

 

When I received my diaper balm, it was packed so beautifully in a blue drawstring bag. I immediately opened it and started using it on Emersyn’s hiney. The next diaper change her booty wasn’t as red and by the second diaper change there was no more red hiney! Y’all a natural diaper rash cream that works, I didn’t think that was possible.

 

Also, all of the cloth diaper momma’s out there, this diaper balm is safe to use! There is no zinc oxide in this diaper cream so it won’t ruin the fibers in the cloth diaper.

And of course knowing me, I researched this product and found that people have used the Motherlove Diaper Balm to treat thrush!! Several women put this diaper balm on their nipples before breastfeeding and it helped stop the passing of the thrush back and forth from baby to mom. (All of these ingredients are safe to ingest!)

I love that we live in a time where there are safe products for us to put on our babies, and on top of that safe products that works. If you still haven’t checked out the Motherlove website, just simply click this link ( Motherlove) and go explore. There are so many good products and a great staff ready to answer any questions you may have.

**This company is cruelty free!

 

The ingredients include: extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower* (* indicates Certified Organic Ingredients)

 

 

Snuggled Up, Nested Bean Style

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! My daughter has always been a good sleeper. Ever since she was two months old she has been sleeping at least 8 hours a night. We are blessed!! When she was a newborn she would sleep with her swaddle and then she grew too big for them. We exchanged her swaddle for a blanket, I know gasps and oh no’s can ensue. I’ve read countless articles about why this is bad and I’ve seen countless stories of babies strangling themselves, so I axed the blanket at night. I didn’t want anything to happen that was preventable. Emersyn started waking up because she was cold and wanted to be snuggled.

I had seen the advertisements on Facebook for Nested Bean Zen Sack Classic and figured I should give it a try. The Nested Bean is designed to make the baby think that the mother or father’s hand is still near. There is a light weighted area on their chest that resembles the touch of their parent. This helps baby sleep longer too!

My little girl never sleeps in one spot; she gets that from her momma. I will put her down at the front of her crib and somehow she wakes up on the other side of the crib. I love the Nested Bean Zen Sack because I don’t have to worry about blankets coming off and her little body getting cold. She also loves her Nested Bean Sleep Sack. She calms down as soon I put her in her sleep sack. She knows it’s a part of her bedtime routine. As a mom, there are so many sleep sacks to choose from. I would definitely choose the nested Bean every time. The adjustable snaps at the top will allow my daughter to grow with it and the material is soft and breathable.

 

If you’re a mom looking for a sleep sack, go check out their website, Nested Bean !  There are tons of cute designs and this purchase can mean longer naps, sleeping through the night, and more sleep for momma and daddy!

 

Flip, Stick, Tether

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi y’all! I come to you today with probably the greatest invention that I’ve recently discovered. Two weeks ago I was attempting to eat dinner while Emersyn played the game of, let’s see how many times I can throw this toy on the floor. She thought it was so much fun, I on the other hand had the pleasure of constantly picking the toys up. Later that night I happened to be browsing Instagram when I came across a product called, Grapple. The Grapple Toy Tether is a silicone apple shaped toy that you can suction to a highchair, window, table, just about any flat surface!  When the apple flips up there are little tethers that come out that you can strap toys to. I was intrigued and was pretty sure I found the answer to my prayers.  I clicked on their website and read the story of how the Grapple came about. A mom and dad sitting at their dinner table growing tired of picking up toys that their little one would throw on the floor. If this doesn’t describe every family with a baby than I would be shocked.

When we received the product it was super easy to figure out. You simply flip the top of the apple up and unravel the tethers, attach your toys, stick to a flat surface, and bam you have taken away the fun throw and pick up game! I truly and honestly love this product; it has helped make highchair time so much easier. If you can’t tell from the pictures, Emersyn also loves the Grapple!

I believe in small shops and also regular people making a product to solve an issue they are familiar with as a parent. This product came from parents who wanted to find a solution to something that all parents go through.

The cost isn’t bad either, only $19.99 to save your sanity!

If you’re pregnant or currently have a little one go to, Grapple Toy Tether and look around. I promise you will want to try the Grapple out. This will be one of my gifts for every baby shower I go to! Anyone else use and love the Grapple?

 

 

Motherlove To The Resuce

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! I want to talk about something that many momma’s experience while they are breastfeeding, a drop in your milk supply. I noticed mine about two weeks ago. I went from pumping enough milk for the day for my babe down to about 17oz. My first reaction was to panic and take to Pinterest. I searched the best supplements to take for a drop in supply. That is when I came across Motherlove products. I read up about the company and found that their supplements were all made from certified organic herbs, and the reviews were fantastic.  I immediately sent an email about one of their products I saw. To my much appreciated surprise, I got a quick response asking several other questions to figure out what could attribute to my drop.

  • What are the indications that your supply has decreased?
  • How many times are you breastfeeding in a 24 hour period?
  • Have you had a good supply up until this point?
  • Are you working with a lactation consultant?
  • How old is your baby and how many ounces does she get per feeding?
  • Have you night weaned or how many hours are you going between feeds in the middle of the night?
  • Have you checked your pump parts to make sure they are working correctly?
  • Do your nipples hurt when you pump?

All of these questions that were asked helped Motherlove determine which lactation supplement was best for my situation. After I answered those questions, the lactation counselor informed me that their, More Milk Plus, was the best supplement for my drop in milk production. The day I received the pills I immediately took two, she informed me that I should see an increase within the first 24-48 hours. And thank the good Motherlove heavens above I did. I saw on average an extra ounce per pumping session.

This company has so many products to choose from and even better they have a qualified staff to help you choose the best one for you. They have 3 Certified Lactation Counselors on staff with aim to understand the root of the low milk supply issue. “We also work closely with health care professionals, such as IBCLCs, Pediatricians, OBGYNs, in hospitals and private practice settings. We feel that having this dedicated lactation training goes above and beyond and ultimately helps the mom be able to feed her baby!”- Motherlove Lactation counselor

 

They also have an abundance of pre and postnatal products, you can find them here  Motherlove. They have several products for breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth and baby!

 

I’m so grateful for companies like Motherlove, who take the time to get to know the mom before suggesting a solution. The entire time I felt like this was more than just a company trying to push products. They truly care about each mother and I will gladly purchase their products.

BootayBag

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Ever since my daughter was born I have stopped shopping for myself. Honestly, I think I’ve bought a total of 5 new things for myself since she’s been born. The days of jumping in the car and running to the mall or store are over. However, I realized I can still stay at home and get a little something special in the mail for me every month. This is even more convenient than online shopping every month because you don’t even have to think about it, because let’s be honest we would probably forget. I’m talking about the BootayBag. Whoever invented this idea is probably my new favorite person.

You simply go to BootayBag and click on the JOIN icon at the top

You then select which style, whether you like thongs, cheeky, or mix it up, then click HOOK ME UP

 

Honestly, you could set up your monthly subscription faster than it takes your toddler to finish a story they’re telling you.

This company is beyond amazing, from the moment I placed my order until the moment I received it, I had constant contact with someone from the company. Having a mom brain, I accidently typed our address incorrectly and within an hour they messaged me stating it was changed no problem.  They even sent me a Facebook message when my package shipped! And that’s not all, after you receive your sexy little undies post an instagram picture (no, you don’t have to be in them..) and #undermatters and they will donate a $1 to the charity they chose that month. This month my hashtag helped donate $1 to the Melanoma Foundation.

 

Convience, quality, and sexy. Those are the three words I would use to desciribe BootayBag. Honestly, with our busy schedule now and days, half of us are still walking around wearing underwear form five years ago. (yeah, I’m talking to you) And for just $12/month you could get two new pairs! Also, don’t forget to check out their cute little bralettes. You can add those to your subscription too! (extra charge does apply for a bralette) Plus how can you beat $12 for 2 pairs of undies?! Go look at their website and sign up, trust me when that package arrives and you slip on those undies it will be like a whole new you.

 

 

You Know You’re A Mom…

Hi Y’all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I came up with a list that I feel is true for almost every momma out there.

 

You’re probably a mom if:

  1. Your coffee is always cold
  2. You have to heat said coffee up several times
  3. You may or may not have spit up/ milk/baby food on you at some point during the day
  4. Your kid dresses cuter than you do
  5. You spend more money on your kids clothes than on yours
  6. Scratch that you spend more money on your kid(s) than on yourself
  7. You get your hair pulled daily
  8. You have perfected the mom hair don’t care look
  9. You have more baby/kid talk during the day than adult conversations
  10. You have changed more diapers than you thought possible
  11. You have been pooped/peed on (surely this isn’t just me)
  12. Leaving the house involves 30 trips back inside because you forgot something
  13. You use snapchat filters to entertain your kid (okay, it entertains me more)
  14. You are constantly saying, “no, don’t eat that”
  15. The only time you have to sit down and read a book, the book usually involves pictures
  16. Your dinner is usually cold
  17. Your kid/baby shares their half-eaten food with you, and you eat it to show them sharing is caring
  18. You’re constantly hoping that you’re doing a good job, and your kid turns out to be a decent/caring human being
  19. You think your baby/kid does the funniest things
  20. You stare at your baby/kid and wonder how you got so lucky

Genuine Love

Hi Y’all! I had a realization this weekend, my fiancé and I have been on a total of maybe 10 dates by ourselves since Emersyn was born. I say 10 but it’s honestly probably more like 6. This past weekend we had our first night away from baby E, and I don’t just mean a date night, we actually stayed in a hotel away from her. (I missed her like crazy) Paul had bought me Luke Bryan tickets for my birthday and we had a hotel stay gifted to us for Christmas. Paul planned it all out and the weekend finally came. It broke my heart to leave Emersyn behind. I go to work for nine hours and that is the longest I’ve been away from her, but I knew that Paul and I needed this. I realized this weekend that I have been abandoning my fiancé. I have pushed him aside and consumed all of my time with our baby. Now when I say I abandoned him I don’t mean I have completely ignored him, I mean I have stopped making “us” time a priority. I have stopped trying/wanting to go on dates because that means I have to leave Emersyn even more than I already do with work. I have struggled finding the perfect balance between being a good mom and a good partner.

This Saturday we checked into the hotel and went to dinner at this German place in downtown. We sat and talked, we had a conversation without being interrupted by a sweet little girl babbling away (although we did miss her being at the table.) We sat and talked to each other, actually listening to what the other one had to say. While we were at the concert singing and dancing, I just kept looking over at him, in awe that he’s mine. This man, who still to this day gives me butterflies, is standing next to me confused why I keep staring at him. I stood there dumbfounded that I haven’t tried to spend more alone time with him since E was born. I realized I needed to stop feeling selfish for spending a couple hours away from our precious girl and take time for our love. I mean that, when you have a baby your whole world changes, including the love you have for your partner. Your love is what created that little soul and it’s just as important to nurture that love as it is to nurture your child. I never want him to feel like he’s been pushed aside. This weekend we made a promise to each other to go out and spend time with each other at least once a month. I am genuinely excited to be able to go through life with him by my side. I’m also elated that Emersyn and our future little(s) get to grow up in a home where they will see what genuine love looks like, that is so important to me. So to my fiancé, you make my heart skip a beat and my mind race, I love you bunches and I’m so happy you’re my baby daddy.

Wink Naturals Review

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. As many parents may relate, my little love gets diaper rash pretty much every week. We have tried tons of different remedies (including one from the doctor, I’ll share that next week!) I came across an ad for Wink Naturals. I read all about this company and decided to contact them to see if I could review their Bum Balm. There are several things I love about this company. I love that this company uses natural ingredients, as you know from my other posts, I’m very aware of what I put on Emersyn’s little body and I want to be careful what I expose her too. The next thing I love about this company is the customer experience; it is extremely easy to get in touch with them to ask any questions you may have.

While investigating some of the other products they make, I found the Wink Naturals, Cool Gums Teething Gel. Normally, I would never recommend a teething gel like orajel. Usually those teething gels cause the gums to get harder and makes your little one have a lot more discomfort.

A couple of things caught my eye when looking at the ingredients:

  • No preservatives or unnecessary additives
  • Natural and 100% Drug-free. NO Benzocaine or Belladonna in our safe formula!

I figured, I should try it, plus they had a promo going where the two tubes were free, I just paid shipping. (Who could beat a better deal?!)

Like I said before, this company’s customer experience is wonderful! Upon packing out my order the company actually texted me letting me know my product was about to ship. And no this isn’t just an automated text; this was a live person responding to me. I have never had that experience before and I loved it!

Product Review:

Bum Balm- My little girl seems to always have a red bum. Some days are much worse than others, especially since she started getting baby food. I used the bum balm for a week to make sure I had the best possible results. I wanted this to work so badly, and it does, but only for the day to day diaper rash. Unfortunately, when Emmie’s hiney got really bad it just didn’t do the trick. With that being said, every baby’s skin is different, just because it didn’t work for Emmie’s diaper rash doesn’t mean it won’t work for your little ones bum. Plus the company has a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t happy, so there really is no loss in purchasing the product to try.

Cool Gums Teething Gel- This a product we will definitely continue to use on Emersyn. She was a little fussy on Saturday and I think it’s because her gums were bothering her. I put a pee sized amount of the gel on my finger and rubbed her top gums. It seemed to have done the trick! Also, major plus, it smells like mint! I would definitely recommend getting this gel. Like I stated before it doesn’t contain those chemicals that actually cause their gums to become harder making the teething process more painful for your little one.

 

This was my personal experience with just a few of Wink Naturals products. Please feel free to ask any questions about the products that I may not have answered. Wink Naturals offers several other products, you can check them out at Wink Naturals Website.

 

 

MOMents like these

I had the sweetest moment with my baby girl this morning. I was getting ready for work and ususally Emersyn will get up in time for me to give her love before I head out, but today she slept in. (11 hours! Woohoo) I got ready hoping she would wake up so that I could get my morning snuggles, I checked the monitor and she was still sound asleep holding her lovey. I decided to go and pick her up to give her snuggles, maybe slightly hoping to wake her up in the process. (I know, why wake a sleeping baby.)  I carefully slid my hands under her and wrapped her in a blanket, I sat in her glider and just snuggled her. She was still sound asleep. I absolutely love moments like this. I just sat in her dark room with her heartbeat sound machine in the background and rocked her.  Taking in every little feature on her sweet face, tracing her nose and cheeks with my finger. I can’t help but feel this overwhelming love that I have for her. It’s moments like these that I am so grateful to have been blessed with this sweet and joyous little baby. Listening to her breathe and smile in her sleep is worth more than getting to work early. Holding her for even just 10 minutes before I head out gives me all the energy I need for the day. It’s moments like these that I forget about all the times I question if I’m doing this whole parenting thing right. I would trade all of my “free” time for moments like these. I know as mom’s we are in a constant mode of needing to get things done, but I know I can speak for almost every mom when I say that those “things” can wait when it comes to spending even just a few extra minutes with your little loves. Sometimes I wonder why I was chosen to be her mom. This little girl is so unique and shows so much love already. She is such a happy and sweet baby girl and I question how we got so lucky to have her. What did I do right in my life for God to give me her? Emersyn was a surprise baby, her daddy and I had just graduated college and we moved into our first place together.  Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if the stars hadn’t aligned perfectly. I never think about anything good though, I always think about how lonely and sad life would be without her. She is the greatest blessing that has ever happened to us and we pray every day thanking Him for this precious soul we were trusted with. So momma’s hold on tight to your sweet babies and maybe if enough of us ask for it, time will slow down even just for a few minutes.

Please Eat!

Hi Y’all! So I wanted to ask for any advice that y’all may have! My baby girl just turned seven months and definitely does not enjoy eating. We made her green beans first and she didn’t mind them that much but she isn’t crazy about, sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, or carrots. (So basically every food she’s tried!) She will eat maybe one or two bites and be done. I called the doctor and she suggested feeding her as soon as she wakes up instead of a bottle, this way she isn’t full when she eats. Unfortunately, baby E still made her face, like we were feeding her dog food. I have read about baby led weaning but I’m not sure if it’s too late to try that. She shows a lot of interest when she sees us eating, so I figured why not feed her then, but she wants my food and not the pureed stuff. The doctor said by nine months she should be eating 3 meals, and I’m worried we won’t be there in the next two months. Did anyone else have this issue? Any suggestions? If you did try baby led weaning please let me know how it went!