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!

Milk Snob

 

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

Hi y’all! I have a confession to make, before last week I was a Milk Snob newbie. I had heard about their products but I never used them.  I contacted the company and they ever so graciously sent me a Milk Snob cover to try out. My life has changed, and no I’m not just being dramatic. This cover has made my life 100 times easier. I was a newbie to the Milk Snob covers but I did use nursing covers before. I have the ones that just covered you in the front and had a strap around your neck. I hated them. I mean what’s the point of a nursing cover when people can see completely in the side?! I never had that issue with my Milk Snob nursing cover; it gave me full coverage along with being a breathable material so Em didn’t feel smothered. To my surprise though, this isn’t JUST a nursing cover, this is a multi-use cover. I made a quick trip to target and went to put Emersyn in the cart when I remembered that my cover also doubles as a cart cover! Thank goodness that we had it in the diaper bag because Emersyn is chewing on everything, and the last thing she needed in her mouth was an uncovered shopping cart. Ew!

 

I really should stop calling it a nursing cover though because there are so many different uses for it. It’s a car seat cover, which allows you to peak in at the top without having to completely uncover them. This cover is also a high chair cover. Germ freaks like me can appreciate this, I used to work at a restaurant in high school and restaurants do not properly sanitize those things! And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it’s also a swing cover! Anything you could possible need, this cover does. I can’t give you enough positive feedback. As a mom I would never recommend a product that I don’t love myself and I can truly say, that I LOVE this product. Another added bonus, it’s affordable!!  Being a momma is expensive, babies need a lot of things and this cover will not break the budget. (Check them out yourself www.milksnob.com)

An even bigger bonus is Milk Snob has so many prints to choose from!! I had a tough time picking which one I wanted. (even more of a reason to order several!) Go check them out, and trust me if you order one, you will NOT regret it.

Milk Snob Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Bite!

Hi Y’all! Ever since I was little I have been a mosquito magnet. It’s insane; I will be outside for 5 minutes and have at least 4 bites. They like my blood and love to feed on me. Yuck!! When we planned our visit to New Jersey I knew we would be outside a lot so on to Google I went. I tried to find the best mosquito repellent for Emersyn that I could find. I know that babies aren’t supposed to have Deet and the sprays aren’t the best because they breathe it in. I wasn’t opposed to the bracelet bug repellents, but Emmie eats everything and I didn’t want her sucking on the repellent. (YUCK) This leads me to the best bug replant I found. It’s called Simba Natural Mosquito Repellent Sticker. These stickers come in a pack of 16 and they have citronella and lemon extract. I was weary that they wouldn’t work because it’s a sticker, but to my surprise they did! Emmie didn’t get bit at all, nothing. (Maybe I should have worn all 16 stickers!) The stickers come in a resalable pouch and the individual stickers are good for up to 72 hours. I will warn you though; the smell when you first open the resalable bag is very strong. However, when you put the individual sticker on your child, it isn’t overwhelming.

 

This is the best option that I found that worked for us, I liked that it wasn’t a spray or lotion that had to be applied to her skin.  Any momma’s find another bug repellent they found works for their little?

Judging Mom

Last night I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of a mom laying with her son in bed. It was a beautiful capture. I scrolled and read the caption that she was actually breastfeeding; I thought that makes the picture even sweeter. Then I scrolled and saw the comments. Some of them were just awful, commenting on how she was thin so she must leave her child with a nanny while she worked out, etc. It broke my heart for the mother in the picture. Not once did that ever cross my mind, I never thought about her weight and what she looked like, I noticed the simplicity and beauty of the photo and the representation it had on motherhood.

In the nine months I was pregnant I gained 29 lbs. I was in the “normal” range and I was happy about that. I had Emersyn and three days later came home to try on my pre-pregnancy pants to see if they would fit, to my surprise I couldn’t get them past my hips. I was devastated as I put my maternity pants back on. But why? My body just gave birth and I had this unrealistic expectation that my body would suddenly lose 29 lbs that took 9 months to gain, in the matter of three days. It took time and honestly I ignored it and focused on my daughter. Flash forward 6 months and I’m now 2 lbs less than my pre-pregnancy weight and I’m proud. With that said there are women who don’t lose the weight right away or ever for that matter and that’s fine. I will never judge a mom based on the weight she gained/lost. I will never judge a mom period. That is not my place. We don’t know what that individual has gone through or is going through. We all have struggles and dealing with negative comments from other mom’s should never be one of them. I’m sure there are still plenty of momma’s who have a few extra pregnancy pounds left or momma’s who can’t keep weight on, but you know what, that doesn’t make her any less of a mom. Being a mom is hard work and the last thing any of us mom’s need to do is feel bad about ourselves. We created life and in some cases adopted life. We are raising tiny people to be decent human beings and how are we supposed to do that when grown moms are making those hateful comments. We need to stick together, there is enough hate in the world that we are trying to protect our kids from. We are a group of powerful women, we are raising the future. I hope that my little girl will grow up to show love to others and acceptance, never hate. I never want to be the reason my daughter learned to have hatred towards others. So please ladies be respectful, understanding and judgment free. We’re all beautiful and in our kids eyes, we are the greatest people, live up to that.

 

Baby Travel Tips

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Hi Y’all. I wanted to write about how we survived a 3 ½ hour plane ride with a 5 ½ month old. (Honestly, it wasn’t that bad!) I found some super helpful tricks and I wanted to share them with you other mom’s and dad’s out there.

Tips and Tricks:

Pacifier holders- Buy some pacifier holders and clip the toys to your baby! This prevents the baby from throwing toys and you attempting to find them on the “clean” floor.

Pacifier clips

Overnight diaper- We packed a couple of night time diapers with us and changed E right before we got on the plane so that the diaper could absorb a lot more and we could try and avoid a possible blowout. (We successfully avoided)

Nursing/bottles- When the plane takes off and you start to descend make sure to either nurse or bottle feed your little one. This will help pop their ears so that they aren’t in pain. Even sucking a binky may help since their jaw is moving.

Toys- If your child/baby is older buy them a new toy so that they can have something they’ve never played with before. I bought emmie, Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center, we stuck it to the window and she had a blast!

Sassy Wonder Wheel

Blanket- I brought a receiving blanket for E and it came in handy. The plane is chilly and this helped her snuggle up.

Car seat carrying case- We bought the J.L. Childress Backpack Padded Car Seat Travel Bag. This specific one was a backpack style and helped us carry it through the airport. Also, I recommend checking it at the gate, this allows for less of an opportunity of getting damaged.

J.L. Childress Link

Clorox wipes- Trust me the plane is not clean and your baby will be touching everything. We made sure to wipe everything down so that if she touched it we wouldn’t have to worry about constantly cleaning her hands.

Ergo Baby- Baby wear! This freed up our hands so much and was a lot easier than lugging E around on our hip. This will also free up the stroller (if you’re bringing one) and you can put bags in it.

Ergobaby

**Breastmilk- you can bring breastmilk through security, they just have to check it if it’s above a certain number of ounces. The flight attendants also took the bottle and heated it up in hot water for us. They were very accommodating you just have to ask.

Relax! Don’t forget to relax; your baby will do just fine. If he/she starts to cry it’s okay. Things do happen and people will understand. Chances are you won’t be the only one with a baby on the plane. The babies can sing the song of their people together!

Baby Booty

 

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Hi Y’all! I’ve had some questions from some other momma’s on what diapers I use. This is a loaded question because we’ve tried many. I have outlined them all below along with my review. What we are currently using is The Honest Company diapers. I absolutely love them and would recommend them to anyone. When I was pregnant I knew I wanted to use the least amount of chemicals on/around Emersyn. (I know, I’m one of those mom’s) I did a lot of research and found that The Honest Company diapers are plant based diapers made without chlorine or bleach processing. These diapers are also made without latex, synthetic fragrances or lotions.  Only downside is, these diapers are more expensive. They do offer a bundle option that costs $79 for six packs of diapers and four wipes. (Normally those wipes are a whopping $4.99 each!) However, they run frequent promotions and often have a discount code. Another great place to buy these diapers is at Target. Target runs a promotion on their Cartwheel app that is usually for 20%. They also sometimes offer a $10 giftcard with a purchase of two boxes of diapers. This makes each diaper. 25. GREAT DEAL! Plus it doesn’t hurt that they have such cute designs for each season. Also, if you do the bundle you can schedule diaper delivery each month! Extremely convienent.

Diapers we’ve used:

Huggies- Little Snugglers: We used these for the first couple of months really liked them. Em didn’t have any blow outs or leaks (until she got older and was sleeping 11 hours at night.) The diapers were thick and had the yellow line to indicate if she was wet or not.

Huggies- little Snugglers

Huggies- Snug & Dry- I was not a big fan of these, I felt like they were thinner than the Little Snugglers and didn’t hold as much, which in turn meant we were going through diapers more often. They would also leave the little gel balls on Emmie.

Huggies- Overnight Diapers- I REALLY recommend these for babies who sleep through the night. Emmie has never leaked out of these and she doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night needing a diaper change. I haven’t switch these over yet and we continue to use these.

Huggies Overnights

Luvs- I would not recommend these diapers, I don’t feel like they hold a lot and we had to change Emmie almost immediately after she went. We didn’t finish using the bag we bought and switched back to Huggies.

Luvs

Pampers- Pampers wasn’t my favorite. The diaper would leave little marks on Emmies hiney and I wasn’t crazy about that. I also think she was sensitive to these and caused her to have a little bit of a diaper rash. Other mom’s love Pampers, so they may just not have worked for Emersyn’s skin.

Pampers

Honest Company- We LOVE these, like I mentioned in the post above, these are plant based diapers. They come in adorable prints and fit Em well. She doesn’t leak out of them and we don’t have to constantly change her. (She does have the occasional blow out but unfortunately those aren’t avoidable, gross but unavoidable.)

Honest Company Diapers

Out of every diaper we used, I would highly recommend, Huggies- Little Snugglers and The Honest Company. What diapers do you all use on your little baby bums?

Baby Takeover

Hi Y’all! I wanted to discuss an important topic today, baby takeover. If you’re a mom or dad you can relate to this all too well. When you’re pregnant with your first it’s just you and your SO. All the alone time, date nights, and snuggles with the dog are uninterrupted by baby.

Then you have said baby and your life quickly flips and becomes all about baby. I have a harder time leaving baby E than Paul does. He admits it, I don’t know if it’s a mom thing or if I’m crazy. (Surely I’m not alone) I feel like every second off of work I should be spending with my baby. When I went back to work I felt like I was missing out on my baby girls’ life. Luckily, I have a wonderful mom (emmie’s Gigi) who watches her so I get snapchats and baby talk frequently, but it doesn’t help the guilt I first felt. How do you explain to a baby that you have to leave but you’ll be back or the fact that you only get 5 hours with them before bedtime. I have the hardest time with this. When I’m home with E I want to be as present as possible, phones away, not watching TV, just playing with my little girl. On the weekends I want to do the same thing. I always said before having Emersyn my man and I would continue date nights and alone time. Which I know is so very important so that you can continue a great relationship with each other. However, after our little girl arrived I found that so much harder to do. Anytime we are out I’m constantly wondering what she’s doing, or what I could be doing with her. I think my fear is I already miss out on so much since I’m at work, that I don’t want to miss anymore of her little life. I have already seen first-hand how fast they grow. First I’m holding this tiny baby and next thing I know, I have a six month old. I love my fiancé dearly and I love time with him but I have struggled with allowing myself to be okay away from Emersyn. I don’t have anxiety that she isn’t being taken care of; I have sadness that I don’t get to be the one taking care of her. We have a date night planned to go to a concert and hotel. (First night away from baby) and I’m looking forward to it, but I already know I’m going to miss her. I think that’s where us mom’s need to find a balance. Allowing ourselves to take a breather and recharge our battery. If you get excited for the babysitter to come over or can’t wait to get out, I’m not calling you a bad mom by any means. In fact leave a comment on how you learned to just relax away from baby!

Utterly Momma

Let’s talk Boobs!

 

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To breastfeed or to formula feed. I’m not going to lecture you on which is better, I personally feel as long as you’re feeding your baby and he/she is happy and loved that’s all that  matters. Early on in my pregnancy I knew I wanted to breastfeed, and I didn’t have the slightest clue what was next. I started reading (my favorite thing to do) and became overwhelmed. “Try this position if your baby doesn’t latch.” “Cracked nipples” “breastfeeding in private,” I don’t feel like I need to go on. The countless articles out there gave me information but I still had no idea what I was doing. I bought the supplies, Medela Pump, Nursing Pads, Nipple Cream, Pumping Bottles, Breast Shield Wipes, Nursing Bras, and the list goes on. Nothing prepared me for what breastfeeding would take until I actually had Baby E. Thankfully now and days each hospital has a lactation consultant that comes in everyday while you’re in the hospital, utilize them! I was extremely lucky that Em had no trouble latching and was a nursing pro (at least that’s what they told me, I still was in shock that I just gave birth to a child.) The hospital made sure I put her on a strict schedule, every 2-4 hours she had to eat. I took that very seriously, so at 2AM when she didn’t want to eat and she wanted to sleep. I began sobbing, frustrated that I couldn’t get her to latch, and terrified that it had been 4 1/2 hours since she ate last. I called for help, I was then reassured by the nurse that she was okay, and she took her to the nursery and brought her back 2 hours later when she was ready to eat. The biggest lesson I learned from that is, if I freak out she can sense it, if she’s hungry she will eat, and breastfeeding is hard but so rewarding. Your body not only created this human being but now your body is providing food so that this little being can survive.  Nights are hard and I found myself frustrated that I was the only one who could feed her in the middle of the night, envious that Paul could sleep. But then I looked down and saw this tiny little face, in awe that I was finally holding our baby, the moment that I prayed for, for so long. I came up with some breastfeeding tips that I have learned along the way. If I don’t have something listed that works for you, please leave a comment so that other mommas can see.!

 

Breastfeeding tips:

Find a position that baby likes- The hospital will teach you all the different ways that you can feed your baby. Don’t be afraid to try them, what works for one baby may not work for another.

Ask for help- If you feel like you aren’t producing enough milk or baby isn’t latching, contact the lactation consultant. My daughter’s pediatrician gave me a script for me to make an appointment with one. They are there to help, no question is embarrassing.

Stay hydrated and eat enough- If you don’t stay hydrated or eat enough calories your body can’t make the milk your baby needs. I believe the rule of thumb is 8oz of water after each feeding on top of your normal water intake.

Fenugreek- I contacted my OBGYN on things that I could take to increase my milk supply so that I could start a freezer stash and found that the fenugreek capsule seemed to help. (plant-based)

Pump- This may not be for everyone, but this gave baby E’s daddy a chance to feed her. She was two weeks when he finally got to feed her and it helped him feel a part of the process.

Wake Baby Up- Nursing is naturally calming and soothing to your baby, make sure they don’t immediately fall asleep before they finish nursing, otherwise they will be back up again in an hour or so and the cycle will continue.

I have linked the breast pump and nursing supplies that I use below:

Medela Breast Pump

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads

Nursing Bra

Medela Bottles

Medela Quick Clean

A picture of my little love to end the post!