Forget Candy and Flowers, Get Mom a Memorable Gift That Would Last

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, I just remembered a very unique idea for a grandmom, new mom, mom-to-be or any other maternal figure in your life who loves sentimental items.


Instead of flowers which will wilt, chocolates or dinner which will get consumed or a spa gift certificate for one day of pampering, consider getting something that will stand the test of time and will last?

Also, personalized items, emblazoned with the recipient’s  name or initials are also long-lasting gifts that will be cherished for years to come. Another idea is to upload a collage of your favorite photos of mom or the family and have them printed out on one of the removable personalized wall papers that the folks at WeMontage sell.

 

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Their collages are lifesize and printed on removable wallpaper that you can then frame or put up as is anywhere: the sewing room, an office, a baby’s nursery, a den or living room. It provides a wonderful opportunity to relish in past sacred moments memorialized in photos.

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That’s essential because these days, people don’t really print out photos much. Pics just live for years inside people’s smartphones or in albums of their favorite social media site.

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WeMontage also sells products like canvas wraps, iPhone cases, pillows and more. And even though it’s mad late to get one in time for Mother’s Day this Sunday, you can always show mom the collage and present her with a representation of what’s to come.

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Their products would also make great Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day gifts. And for the new graduate, a collage from kindergarten to graduation would be a very memorable way to celebrate commencement. Boy will your graduate be surprised and excited to see this if you could pull it off!

Let the good folks at WeMontage do the leg work for you and you get all the glory and praise of presenting such an awesome gift! Start making yours here!

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We Found A Fab Place for Your Luxury Spa Babymoon and It’s In Vegas!

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When my baby sister Hawa Jay, one of our blog reviewers and Bellyitch 100 guide model, decided to head to Las Vegas for a Bachelorette Weekend, I accepted the invitation to tag along the girls’ trip to check out some of the destination’s famous amenities and attractions.

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Although Las Vegas, Nevada is more well known as “Sin City”, it is also a very family-friendly destination and ranks as a top destination for families in several guides. We’ve listed it tops in a few Bellyitch Blog posts in the past.

Vegas has a lot of family-oriented hotels like Circus, Circus, for example, which features an amusement park, on site Krispy Kreme and popular chain fast food spots right inside.

It’s also a good baby moon destination because there are lots of vice and smoke-free options in the very active city as well.

There’s the High Roller ferris wheel at The LINQ Promenade which rotates slowly to give you a marvelous 360 view of the city from inside a large cabin, some fully stocked with drinks and food. The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las VONS is fun as is The Wildlife Habitat Flamingo which opens daily from dawn to dusk and has daily Pelican feedings.

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There are also destination hotels that are on the upscale side as well. The Red Rock Casino and Spa, for example, is nestled in historic Red Rock Canyon, famously known for its native American Nevadan reservations.

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The resort is an oasis, equally luxurious as any 5-star hotel you’d find on the strip.

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It is perfect for families with children because you can also find on property a bowling alley, a movie theater, an arcade and other smoke-free kid-friendly options.

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But for mom and dad who want to indulge in slot play or poker, there’s a casino in the lobby – the best of both worlds.

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The Red Rock accomplishes this feat with its completely red-tinted glass entry way, an ode to the crimson shade in its name.

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From the inside, you wouldn’t know if it was light or dark, rainy or clear outside. That’s a good thing if you’re looking to get lost in paradise.

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The color scheme for the furnishings in the lobby and the large center lounge area surrounded by semi-circle staircase is made up of hues of red and complementary colors. The hotel has several bars, a sports bar, a bowling alley, live entertainment facilities, a pool bar and lobby bar.

It’s surprisingly more modern than I would think for an off-the beaten path location but nothing about the resort can remotely be acquainted with shabby. It gives me a vintage updated 1960s spy movie vibe.

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The spot is also a destination for conferences because it has large conference rooms on the third floor with a very comprehensive shipping and business section for their corporate-type guests.

I made my way through the lobby and headed upstairs to the spa for my facial appointment with Ro at The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being. 

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A very friendly spa associate greeted me at the door and pointed me in the direction of the check in. I was running a bit late but they didn’t make me feel bad for arriving a little after my scheduled 11:00 am appointment.

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Another attendant took me back to a locker room area lit with soft lighting. I felt relaxed immediately as I took in the scent of lavender and peppermint oil waffling through the room. Aaah!img_5291

After a long flight into Vegas the day before, and a very very long day of activities and adjusting to the time zone change, a relaxing facial was what I needed.

The attendant showed me how to operate the personal lockers and set my personalized code, standard for day spas; and after slipping out of my street clothes and into one the plush white spa robes and comfy slippers the spa provides, I was ready for ultimate relaxation.

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Before Ro could collect me, I peeked around the corner to check out a brightly lit styling and dressing area.

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It was equipped with individual seated stations with soft ottoman benches, a large lit mirror, equipped with a hairdryer, brush and other hot hair styling equipment for customer use.

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On the other side was styling mirror along the wall and a stand up vanity area.

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The room was divided by a display of the assorted branded products for spa guests to use: hair gel, make up remover, deodorant, hair spray, mouse, cotton bolls and cotton swabs.

When it was time for me to head back, a very friendly and personable Ro emerged and guided me down the hallway where I noticed a supply station fully stocked with personal feminine products, shower caps, towels  and more. Everything you’d need so you can come as you are and be very well taken care of. Loved that!

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To get to my room for my facial, we also walked through an area with a hot tub on the left and what looked like a large whirl pool to the right and another seating area with snacks and water.

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A lot of day spas on the east coast have the showers like they have at the Spa at Red Rock but not the pools and hot springs tubs. Those features set it apart already from a lot of the traditional day spas I have patronized.

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And I’ve been in quite a few on both coasts of the nation, in Europe and the Caribbean.

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Just outside the door to the services room was a serene waiting area with a tea and coffee station.

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A tray of spa-branded water was nestled on the center ottoman, which also was lined with magazines to pass the time while waiting to be called.

Ro did an excellent job. She asked me if I had any issues I was worried about and wanted to work out, then instructed me to ditch the robe and snuggle under the massage bed.

 

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She started by explaining to me the results of her quick skin examination. The results: I have T-zone oily combination skin.

We started with a gentle exfoliation using one of those machine brushes for scrubbing away dead skin and polishing off external residue. Ro followed up with a nice hot steam and then the painful but good part, white head extraction.

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In between, I was treated with a gentle and much appreciated neck and shoulder massage. My hands had been heavily moisturized and placed in a plastic mitt. Ro removed the mitts and gave me a hand and arm massage, before completing the facial treatment and applying sunscreen to my lips.

When done, she gave back my robe which was kept warm for me during my services. What a great touch because who wants to leave that experience and have a draft hit you in your face? A heated robe was right on time.

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It was a very indulgent and comprehensive treatment and I would say worth the $160 value of the service. It is comparable to the prices at spas at The Strip hotels but unlike those hotels, when you leave to return to your room, you’re not thrown back into the very loud and obnoxious sounds of strip life.

You’re still secluded away from the hustle and bustle and noise.

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If you’re in town for a conference, or considering it for a baby moon or a family get away, the Red Rock Canyon location gives you the access to the active Strip but with the serenity of being isolated slightly in the majestic mountain

Your experience will be further enhanced by the spectacular lavish treatment you’ll get from the professionals at The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being. I highly recommend you add it to your itinerary and get fit in for a facial with Ro or one of the other wonderful professionals there. You’ll be glad you did.

A complimentary facial was provided in exchange for this review but all of my opinions are my own and not dependent or impacted on the value of the service. 

Let This Subscription Box Help You Get your Unhealthy Snacking Under Control

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It is an undisputed fact that snacking on high calorie, high fat, sugar and salt snacks does our diets in every time. The average American gets about 23 percent of daily calories from snacks. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), for a man that amounts to 634 calories each day from snacking and 438 for women.

However, it is possible to snack smartly by incorporating a handful of nuts, greek yogurt, berries, raw veggies and humus to help stave off hunger so we aren’t ravenous come lunch or dinner time. But that’s not easy either. In today’s high paced times, people don’t make time to pack healthy snacks and the good stuff isn’t always the most tasty, hence why we go for the junk food!


Fortunately, there is a whole cottage industry of snack subscription boxes available to take the guess work out of finding tasty, healthy and nutritious options for snacking.

We want to introduce you to one such box, which is also one of our newest partners: Urthbox!

Urthbox specializes in sending healthy, delicious and tasty new snacks from local stores and vendors.  Delivered each month, the curated collection is designed to serve as an alternative to unhealthy snacking in the face of stress, busy schedules, and other life struggles and to complement a healthy, fit lifestyle.

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Each month, Urthbox’s team of expert buyers carefully select new products to go into each box, considering the ingredients, source, calorie, nutrition and manufacturing process of each item.  Getting that box each month in the mail is a treat. Customers pick a box from their Classic, Gluten-Free, Vegan dietary options and Urthbox does the rest!

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It’s a known fact that the primary driver of our good or bad health is what we consume. Both childhood obesity and adult obesity largely have to do with the types of foods we consume, especially while snacking. And, with our busier and busier daily lives of career, fitness and family who has the time to make sure the very crucial thing that drives our health is attended to?

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UrthBox is a convenient and subtle way to make sure you have access to healthy snacks for your home, the office or on-the-go.

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You can get a mini box of a little over 6 snacks for the casual snacker. That will cost $12.99 per month. If you fancy yourself (or the person you plan to gift) a “part-time snacker” then a small box of about 12 snacks will cost $19 monthly, which is a 10% savings.

A Happy Snacker gets a 20% savings and over 18 snacks for $29 per month while a professional snacker can count on over 25 snacks in his or her box for $39 per month.

I also dig the Office Box. You can get a generous box for the entire office, serving 5-10 employees each. For the $199 cost, your team can enjoy over 100 full size products.

And for all the boxes over $25, shipping is absolutely free! If you order from us, Get $10 Off an Awesome Vegan Snack Box From UrthBox!

The classic box is all-encompassing in its culinary scope, while the gluten-free box and vegan box embrace dietary restrictions. The diet box is stocked with products good for those who are counting calories or watching their carb and fat intake.

photos: courtesy Urthbox.com

Eco-Friday: Our Latest Organic Kids’ Clothing Crush; You’ll Love it Too!

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Every now and then, we come across a wonderful fair-trade, organic and natural baby, mother and children’s clothing and accessories company that makes us smile broadly. Our latest organic store crush is Wild Dill.

We love Wild Dill so much, we partnered up with it as an affiliate and decided to share the love with our readers.


While “wild dill” sounds like a plant herb, it actually is named for the son, Dylan, of Jennifer, the original owner of the San Francisco-bay area organic children’s clothing store.  In 2014, mom of two Tina Bar jumped at the opportunity to purchase the store when it came available for sale and took it online.

Today, Wild Dill partners with a large range of Fair Trade partners and craftspeople with an organizational mission.

Think indie designers, fair trade artisans and USA based-family businesses.

Wild Dill picks brands that integrate color, pattern and a global perspective; and those that select soft, comfortable fabrics with a focus on organic and pima cottons; handmade and heirloom quality toys made from top quality sustainable wood, soy fiber, bamboo fabric, and organic cotton or other natural materials.

You cannot get any more social conscious than that!

Whimsical and inspired, Wild Dill celebrates “curiosity of childhood, joy of motherhood and comfort of home.” Yes. Love!

Here are our top picks among the ample options available at Wild Dill starting with their Organic Animal Onesies  (above). We imagine they are great for teaching your infant his alphabet early in life by having her wear a letter with an animal whose name start with that letter. Or each onesie could represent the baby’s first or last name and be a monogram-ish item. Eh? eh? Can you see it?

The onesies are pre-shrunk and tagless, made of 100% organic soft baby ribbed unbleached natural cotton. They are are $26 each, a bit pricey for one onesie,  but for a personalized, heirloom quality item, that’s not bad. Also, the purchase supports social good. Portions of each sale goes toward the Tree Planting Foundation, a wonderful non-profit that brings fruit trees to a range of communities worldwide.

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Not just for infants and babies, for little girls, these organic dresses are lovely and start at $30 on sale right now! Sweet!

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These series of dolls are adorable dolls are designed in Brooklyn, New York but finished and created in India from the Hazel Village Woodland collection. Their clothes can be removed and worn on other dolls in the collection. They are wonderfully priced at $44.

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Super adorbs but I really love The Dsenyo collection of handmade dolls hand-stitched by a women’s cooperative in Malawi, Africa.

These fair trade stuffed animals are  made of 100% cotton African batik fabric (an Afrian wax-print textile) with soft jersey knit. They have no buttons so they are safe for kids and proceeds from the sales of these dolls that start at $44 go to Mwayiwathu HIV Support Group. Very very good!

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For mom (or dad), I totally adore this handmade unlined journal made from recycled leather and handmade cotton paper is environmentally friendly and runs $38.

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How cute and stylish are these sets of Scarf bibs? These 100% cotton made in the USA bibs are perfect for your teether who is constantly drooling. They have a velcro closure and are lined with with ultra lightweight yet absorbent cotton flannel  and are perfect for any season. They’ll run you $18.

These long sleeve organic onesies are perfect for cooler temps and start at $10 on sale! baby_book_animal_mockup_insta_grande_b1eceed7-71a5-444c-ab8e-10483a9bc9c1

I love this Baby Animal Memory book which is eco-friendly and made with soy-based ink is also $38. It comes with 2 pre-baby pages for photos, ultrasound and note to baby; 3 pages for when baby arrives including a spot for footprints, a page to place birth announcement and hospital bracelet; 2 your world pages for a photo of home and how much things cost when baby was born; 12 pages of month documenting; 10 pages that include family tree, favorite things, many firsts including holidays, first scribble, etc.; 5 birthday pages; 1 first day of school page and 11 blank pages with embellishment

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Made of 100% organically grown cotton, this trio Organic Rainforest Towels feature exclusive designs that celebrate some of nature’s wildlife: Happy Lemur, Silly Frog and Funny Bird and made of low-impact dyes are large enough to wrap your baby up! The set cost $44 and would make a great baby shower gift!mapamundi

For the nursery and for teaching your toddler to child-aged kid the world beyond the confines of his block, there’s this lovely completely machine-washable World Map Rug, made up of  100% natural cotton and non-toxic dyes. Sadly, it’s out of stock but runs $250 when it is available.

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Another finally, this last item we’d love for a child’s room is this beautiful print by artist Juliet Meeks, which is a magical sleepy narwhal swimming under a starry sky and moonlit night.  The item is on matte slightly textured 100% cotton acid-free paper and digitally printed with archival pigment inks. And runs $28. You can get one with a frame for $75. It would really stand out and stimulate baby.

That’s it! Hope you get a moment to check out their other offerings. You’ll be glad you did. And also, we love Wild Dill so much, we partnered up with it as an affiliate and decided to share the love with our readers so any purchase you make from our clicking one of these links from our site will net us a small share in the sale. Happy Shopping!

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WildDill.com owner Tina Bar and her sons.

You and Baby Will Get Better Sleep with This Inventive Tech Swaddle A Mom Invented

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Innovation around products for moms and new babies never stop. The inventive and creative solutions that are released regularly are truly amazing.

The latest on our radar is a swaddle blanket that takes the guess work out of swaddling a new born and adds technology of “touch” so baby can feel even more secure when sleep. It’s called The Zen Swaddle and it was created by a desperate mom who came up with an ingenious solution for some long sleepless nights.


They do say necessity is the mother of invention and as we’ve learned time and time again, mothers are great inventors! That’s the case here as well.

Back in 2010, Manansi Gangan had just given birth to her second born child  who would only sleep in her arms under the touch of her palm. One day, Gangan discovered that if she placed a beanie baby in the place of her hand, her son slept soundly! It was the perfect substitute to mimic her loving touch. It is said that touch is the way we intuitively connect to our loved ones that we care. Also, there’s plenty of research about the emotional connection babies that are touched often feel compared to those in orphanages with limited access to touch, and how touch impacts development.

In 2011, Gangan took her concept to the design stage and came up with the Zen Swaddle. She put it under rigorous tests, had pediatric pulmonologists review it and made it so it was constructed to 8 times the safety standards before taking it to market.

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HOW DOES THE ZEN SYSTEM™ SLEEP WORK?

The Zen Swaddle® and Zen Sack mimic your touch with lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides.

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As a result, your baby sleeps better feeling your reassuring touch. The company, Nested Bean, reports that moms who have used it say their babies sleep better in 1 to 3 nights.

The Zen Swaddle® is made for newborns thru 6 months. And for those that are too big for a swaddle, yet not quite prepared to quit it altogether, Nested Bean created the Zen Sack™. 

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It is reversible and features a zipper making it super easy to place baby in and take him out.

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And the design is award winning. The Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association awarded the Zen Swaddle with an innovation award for its ingenious design and The Zen Swaddle was chosen as one of the finalists in the competition for ” Swaddles”Snuggliest. Nice!!

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The Zen Swaddle retails starting at $28.99 and the Zen Sack starts at $33.99 and has different designs. And the best thing is shipping in the US is absolutely  FREE! Yes! That’s a deal if you factor in the value of the sleep you and your baby will regain using this system and it works!

Review: Baby Trend’s Hello Kitty Travel System is a Great Investment

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BabyTrend recently introduced a new stroller system with Hello Kitty styling. The popular baby products manufacturer sent me its EZ Ride5 Travel System – Hello Kitty Expressions for a review and from my inspection.

Bottom Line: I think it is a solidly built stroller, with quality construction and durable hardware that will last you a few years and is a good investment because it is mid price range for a stroller system.


What Comes With it: The system includes a car seat and base; and a stroller that can be used as a carriage in baby’s infancy before it can be used in her toddler to early childhood years.

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Assembly:  The stroller shipped to me in a giant box but I was able to assemble it in under 15 minutes without even reading the instructions! Ha! I imagine had I taken the time to read through first, it would have been even easier and taken less time.

The parts snap into shape and no tools are required.  The car seat snapped easily and securely in the base. The car seat accommodates a 5 to 30 pound child (2.2 and 13.6kg) child who is less than 30 inches (76.2cm).

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Installation: It comes with a 5-point safety harness with padded harness covers to protect baby.

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I was able to quickly and securely install it without the base in my car seat.

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To install it with the base, one must take more time to use the anchor. It has a Peek-a-boo cover so mom can check in on baby on the go.

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Once installed, you can check if it is level and at the legal and proper angle using a guide on the side. (see example).

Folding, Travel and Storage: The stroller opens and closes easily with one hand fold.

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Once folded, I was able to pick it up and toss it in the back of my SUV with no trouble at all. The stroller was not too heavy for me at all.

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The stroller has a parent tray with two deep cup holders, multi position reclining seat which adjusts with a simple pull or tightening of a strap behind the seat. I wish it could recline further back in case the kid wants to take a nap.

You can release the break with a simple step on a lever at the back.

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Other features include a covered parent tray with two deep cup holders.  The tray doesn’t snap into place because it is a swing-away and has a snack and/or cup holder. When I was assembling it, because I didn’t read first, I got confused why it didn’t snap into place. snicker Hence, why it’s a good idea to read the instructions first.

It has a large storage basket too.

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Overall, at a decent price point at $199.99 on Amazon, you can use this system for several years, making it a pretty good investment. You may need a second base for another vehicle used to transport you baby. Also, if the pads or covers, which are wipe clean and washable get too worn, you can order replacements.

Cons/Criticism:  I would have preferred for the front wheel to be a bit more sturdy and have more swivel for tight areas. Also, the stroller doesn’t recline as far back as I’d want to allow a sleeping child to slumber comfortably. Also, you need two hands to adjust the straps. Something, a mom may not always be able to do if she’s in a tight spot or on the go.

Otherwise, it’s a solid stroller system.

And this stroller will do very well for some young teen mom or homeless young mother who is about to have a baby at the St. Ann’s Home in Hyattsville, Maryland where I donated the stroller system.

Kelly RowlandGets Really Raw in her New Book About Pregnancy

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So actress and TV cooking show host Tia Mowry  wrote “Oh Baby“. Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels penned “Yeah Baby“.  The new celebrity to come out with a book about pregnancy for the first time is multi-Grammy winning artist Kelly Rowland.

Her book, “Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened)” written with her OB/GYN of 10 years Dr. Tristan Bickman went on sale on Tuesday, April 11.


In it, Rowland shares her candid reactions to pregnancy and motherhood; and dealing with all the surprises that you’re never prepared for until you experience it first hand, even if you read about it before in a book.

The Voice Australia coach discussed the book with USA Today and how she too was duped by the perfect magazine covers with the facade celebs who were fit and trim weeks after giving birth.

The former Destiny’s Child band member wrote: “I just saw a cover that I did for Shape and then I’m looking in the mirror going, ‘Oh, my god this is not the same body. How did this happen?’ And, I had to just keep reminding myself that, ‘You had a baby, Kel.’ But I was hard on myself. I really was.”

And in the interview as with the book, the mom to 2-year old son Titan doesn’t hold back. Nothing’s off the table. Incontinence, vaginal tearing, check! and check!

In the book, she referred to herself looking at her lady parts in the mirror after giving birth”the world’s worst idea!”

Your vajayjay does not look the same for a very long time,” she told openly shared, noting that a friend told her that her husband wouldn’t care. “‘But, I care about it.’ We go to get it all done up and trimmed and waxed and this and that and it’s all swollen and crazy and you’re just wondering what just happened?”

It’s a very raw discussion in the book, it seems. She also talks mom guilt and more. Check out the full interview HERE!  

You can pick up your copy of the book HERE!

h/t USA Today

Not Your Grandma’s Nappy, Review: These Cloth Diapers are Revolutionary

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Cloth diapers have come a long way from the ones your great grandmother might remember.

Case in point: the award winning designed Bambino Mio.


Unlike traditional cloth diapers, the brand sells super absorbent cloth diapers with Velcro fastening to enable a snug fit. And another benefit is that they are better for the environment. Bambino Mio skips on the chemical gels found in disposable diapers and of course because they are reusable, they are more cost efficient than traditional diapers.

Next up for review! These awesome cloth diapers by @bambinomio ! We loved them! Look for the review on the blog today.

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We were sent a pair to review and we loved the design. Our initial concern was about the holes for the legs. We thought they would be bit too big for a small baby or almost premie which is true, so a smaller newborn would need to pick up in size, then they can use the diaper just fine.

We also feared the diapers would leave an indentation or mark on baby’s legs if put on too tightly, but that was not the case for our tests. They fit fine without any sign the baby was uncomfortable and it dint leave any lines or indentations from being too tight.miosolo-lifestyle-all-2015-prints-stack-2

The nappies, as they are called in the UK where the company that makes them originates, come in an assortment of fun colors. The quality appear top notched and pretty durable.


There are two different sizes: the misolo for small babies which is a one piece and the miosoft made of two pieces. At about $20US each, that’s a steal considering how much one box of disposable diapers cost and they only last for about a month. Bambino Mio also sells three packs and an entire kit.

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They also sell accessories like detergent, waterproof mattress covers, diapers pails, potties, and other essentials. Get it on the store website or at our partners at Amazon.com

Review: Here’s Another Very Cute Baby Shower Gift Book

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Novelty books are always a great gift to give a first time mom or a woman who has just announced she is expecting her first kid. I was sent a copy of Norweigian illustrator and animator Line Severinsen‘s new graphic book, “I’m So Pregnant” to check out (retail: $14.99US). It’s a humorous take on all the common and untold unpleasantness of pregnancy.

In the intro to the hard cover book of over 50 pages of illustrations, Severinsen explains, “Like many women, when I became pregnant with my first baby, I was so excited to have the experience of carrying a child…but then, not long into my first trimester, I started noticing how the media and blogosphere continuously painted pregnancy in such a glorious light, completely leaving out the negative things that many pregnant women experienced.”


She said that’s when she grabbed her pencils to start telling her “pregnancy story in an honest way.” But with all the “keepin’ it real” in between the pages of her new book, Severinsen acknowledges it all ends well.

“I like to think that these drawings show that while pregnancy is not always easy (or pretty, or comfortable, or fun),in the end, when you see your baby for the first time, it is completely worth it,” she writes.

I found the illustrations about the sudden appearance of stretch marks, the asinine question one gets at the end, “You’re still pregnant?!”, the screaming for an epidural, the delivery selfie, and the unexpected bowel movement during the pushing stage to be the BEST and funniest parts!”

Overall, the short read is a pleasurable and fun take on pregnancy-hood. It’s on sale now! Grab your copy from our partners at Amazon.com.

Meanwhile, the title reminded me of this parody of rapper Iggy Azalea‘s song “Fancy” called “I’m so pregnant. WATCH:

Purchase of This Backpack Gives Back TWO-Fold to Kids In Need

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We love social good initiatives that help children and families and that’s why we’re happy to report about innovative company whose entire business model is centered on helping kids in need.

Sydney Paige is woman-owned company that makes very sturdy, cute and practical backpacks, school accessories and books and partners with worthy causes to donate a matching product for each sold. That way customers know their purchases will have a philanthropic effect as well.


This month, Sydney Paige is teaming up with an inspiring nonprofit, Rainbow Pack. This organization was started by founder Riley Joy Gantt when she was just ten years old and is dedicated to providing elementary school students with educational tools they need to be successful learners irrespective of their financial circumstances.

It’s a big deal because Sydney Paige is upping the donation match this round from its traditional one purchase/one donation model.

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Sydney Paige has agreed to donate two of their premium backpacks for every bag purchased while Rainbow Pack has committed to fill all bags with their very own ‘homework’ supplies. This is a major twist to Sydney Paige’s Buy One/Give one mantra as they have implemented a Buy One/Give TWO model.

And the packs are also good for another very important thing: the environment. Sydney Paige backpacks are made from eco-friendly materials of 100% cotton canvas, natural leather, nickel free hardware and/or recycled polyester.

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We know because we got a chance to check one out up close and personal: the Guidi Laptop Rucksack which actually helps Matthew McConaughey and his wife, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Camila Alves McConaughey’s nonprofit just keep livin foundation.  This nonprofit works with local non-profits to run after school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools and the results have been incredible! Participants get in shape and gain confidence while also improving their grades, attendance and behavior.

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My daughter GiGi (pictured below) headed off to school with a pack provided complimentary of the company in exchange for the review. Indeed, the material was quality and the hardware was durable. It is light weight and not too heavy. A lot of back packs weigh a lot even while empty but after a child adds their books and perhaps a laptop or other tablet in there, it can be very hard for him or her to carry.

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The price point is medium at $95 but when you consider that the pack will also be used in charity, it becomes worth the investment. When you know that your purchase will actually help another person, and in this case another child, it moves it closer to the basket of other forms of active philanthropy.

It’s definitely a product we can support and get behind! kudos to Sydney Paige, Rainbow Packs, the just keep livin’ foundation and others working to help make positive impacts in the lives of more children.