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Sol Republic’s Shadow Wireless Earphones are great for a Multi-tasking mom (WIN IT $99)

As an active mompreneur who is constantly fighting the

battle of the bulge, I try to squeeze working out regularly into my very busy

and hectic schedule.  I usually mix it up

with Zumba or Barre classes, outdoor and treadmill running, spinning and doing

exercise Apps or DVDs when the gym is closed and it’s too late to go out for a

For most of my activities, I don’t need much equipment to

get moving other than exercise clothes and a comfy pair of sneakers. The only

other must-have is a powerful headphones because the pulsating bass and beats

of music help the time working out go faster. And nothing can ruin a good work

out than being stuck with mediocre earbuds that deliver poor sound quality.
I usually stick with Sol Republic buds and was geeked when

offered a chance to check out that brands new Shadow wireless headphones.
I’ve seen others on people that appear heavy and bulky. No

thanks. But surprisingly these were very lightweight and fit comfortably on the

base of the back of my neck.
To test them out, I used them while running outdoors, on a

treadmill, while doing jumping jacks and while spinning. The collar stayed put during

those rigorous movements. I like the freedom of not having wires to get in the

way and tangled up while running and breaking my stride.
A few times when not balanced they did slip but I chalk that

up to user error.  All other times they barely

shifted. They could be worn all day around the office and used in lieu of those

wireless blue tooth ear pods that have one looking douche bag’ish.
It has a mic because it also operates as a phone.
I imagine these headphones could be used also by a new

mother who may not want to wander too far away from her baby to answer the

phone. With her smartphone within range, when paired with Shadow, her hands are

free and baby doesn’t get tangled in the wires of a traditional ear buds. Sweet!
I  tested out the

range while spinning at the gym. I was able to stream music from my iPhone

sitting which on a table across the room plugged in and charging.  That was a lifesaver because otherwise the

smartphone’s battery would have died and I’d be music less for the rest of the

work out session.
Each side has a section that houses either the battery and

volume and controls. Press on a tiny dot and when you see the flashing blue

light, you know it is on and ready to pair with any device that picks up Bluetooth

objects. When the batter is low, a guy tells you in your ear that the battery

is low to charge.
The manufacturers, based in San Francisco, California,  claim the buds are rain & sweat resistant and they fold neatly up and can be carried in a pocket or in your purse, wristlet or sports fanny pack.
Even after hearing that guy, I was able to use the headphones

for another hour for a total of about 6-8 hours before having to recharge it.
And as I’ve come to expect from this brand, the sound

quality was superb.
I think Sol Republic’s Shadow is worth the $99 investment

and you can pick one up  in Steel Black and Rich Grey at Best Buy which is the only retailer offering it now. Others will beginning in June. 
But you don’t have to wait that long if there is no Best Buy near you. Sol Republic is letting us give away one of these Shadow wireless earbuds to one lucky Bellyitch reader.
Simply enter below now thru midnight next week Wednesday, May 20. Open to US entrants only. 

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Eco-Friday REVIEW: BlueAir ‘Sense’ air purifier for baby’s nursery


I am a big believer in minimalist home design and having as little furniture in the house as possible, partially because it limits the amount of surfaces that can accumulate in-home allergens.  Also, I live in a designated “Tree City” which means my town is full of very old historic trees that are great to look and live around but make for a horrible Fall and Spring allergy season when tree pollen becomes a problem.
I have used in-home air purifiers to also limit the irritants that trigger allergies.  Everyone in my home suffers from  allergies, unfortunately.
Given my family’s history with allergies, I was elated to be sent a unit and get an opportunity to test out BlueAir‘s innovative and award-winning air purifier “Sense.”  (retail: $450). Sense filters the air and has an ion particle-charging process that is said to remove 99.97% of harmful airborne pollutants from the room faster.  I tested it out in different sized rooms in my home.
I could control the level of filtration with a wave of my hand over the black motion-sensor control top. That was neat! With other systems, you may forget when it is time to change the filter, but this unit has a red alert that you can’t miss when passing by. To change, I will need to flip it on its side and remove the filter and change it every 6 months.


It’s also eco-friendly and is built with 100% recyclable materials and the makers say it uses less energy than a light bulb to run. With a family of five, our energy bill can get up there so knowing this unit won’t add too much to that cost was great!
It comes in an assortment of soft colors (white, brown, pink, blue, gray) to match any room or baby’s nursery design.  The feet is soft so it won’t damage the hardwood floors in my home. I also loved the fact that the system looked attractive and would not stand out in the room but was attractive and blended in perfectly. I’ve read on the manufacturer’s website that the wraparound grill design also helps create 90% open area to maximize airflow. Aaaah! Perfect.
Maneuverability of the Unit
 It was easy to carry from room to room because of the handles on the side. It wasn’t too heavy to lift either. My 10 and 12 year old could lift it and help me move it from room to room.
Does it work?
To me, each room the unit was in felt cleaner and even smelled cleaner. The kids noticed it too. You could breathe easier in the room and it was less stuffy. You could definitely tell the difference and that’s why after testing it out in different rooms in the house, we decided to leave it permanently in the children’s room.
I know it is hard to tell if a baby is suffering from a little cold or allergies, but one thing parents can do to limit allergens is to use little linen and reduce the amount of stuffed animals just sitting around. If you must use them, regularly clean them and put the stuffed animals in the freezer to kill bacteria and dust mites. The other thing they can do is have an air purifier unit like BlueAir‘s The Sense in their baby’s nursery.
The Price
The unit costs $450 which is lower than this brand’s older and previolusly models but is in the middle range of other units of this quality  that also claim to purify, clean and circulate air in a 150 sq ft room 5 times per hour. The replacement filters run about $100 and I wish that price would come down a bit because that can be a bit hefty twice a year cost. It’s a good investment if you have allergy sufferers in your home. You cannot put a price on their comfort.
You can also check out a product video here:

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Review: Kwena’s crocodile oil is great cure all for a pregnant belly,babies and entire family

I believe in the power of a massage. For babies, a gentle massage after a shower is great for several reasons: 1. It feels good and can calm a baby; 2. It reinforces a bond through the touching aspect of a massage connects the parent with the baby and works on strengthening connections; and 3. It lifts and enhances mood through the aromatherapy aspect of the massage if it is done with a fragrant emolient infused with calming scents like lavender, jasmine, mint, lemon or chamomile.
There are various products out there but I recommend going with an all natural balm with minimum chemicals.
I was sent all the way from the Nile in South Africa a few vials of some wonderful crocodile oil in a salve made by Kwena.
Used by the ancient Egyptians, crocodile oil is extracted from the fatty tissues of crocodiles and has been used as a preventative and treatment for a number of human ailments.
The mixture of the oil with grapeseed oil, beeswax  and tea tree oil is the perfect blend and texture for moisturizing hands and other body parts. It was mildly fragrant but not too overwhelming and the absence of excess chemicals means it likely wouldn’t irritate baby’s skin.
The moisturizer was not sticky but silky to the touch and could easily be incorporated into a daily moisturizing routine by a pregnant woman who is fighting stretch marks or trying to prevent new ones form forming in her second pregnancy.
It is said this ancient oil can heal several other skin conditions including burns, cuts, sores, sunburn, lacerations and lesions, ulcers, blisters, irritated skin, diaper rash, insect bites, razor burns, sports injuries, sore muscles, arthritis, sprains, stiffness, joint pain, gout and can help with rapid healing of viral and fungal infections like ring worm and athletes foot, warts, dandruff, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema!
The name Kwena  is Sotho-Tswana for crocodile in Southern  Africa. No testing is done on animals and the oil comes from crocodiles farmed for other purposes.
Kerns sells their salve for $32 a 30 ml vial and all orders over $55 are free an shipped internationally.
And it only takes a little bit to do the trick which is good given it’s a bit costly.  You can certainly nurse it. I did with my one 15 ml sample jar which is lasting me several weeks and I still have plenty left over. Good stuff. Highly recommend!
If you can afford to get your hands on this exotic and rare find, you should.

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Review: The ‘Kid Lid’ protects your laptop from baby and toddler users

In this digital era we live in, chances are most babies will find themselves in front of a laptop viewing an educational  DVD or cartoon while resting on her tummy on a play mat before the age of one. By the time an infant gets to toddlerhood, he would have become a pro at online games. It’s just the world we are living in now.

But babies and kids’ love for laptop videos can be costly if they bang on the keys or spill food or drink inside of it.

Enter the Kid Lid. This innovative product, which retails for $29.99, is essentially a cover for the keyboard portion of the laptop.

The latest iteration of the invention which launched and got funded on Kickstarter last year folds up easily for storage and portable carriage. It also comes in Black. That was the color of our complimentary review copy ($39.99).

Created by a company called Mogolo, The KidLid can be wiped cleaned or placed in the dishwasher even, and is made up of BPA-Free Poly Carbonate plastic. It covers laptops that are 13 or 15 inches in sizes and comes in white, but the black and watermelon colors are also available in the fold up variety. An elastic velcro strap helps keep the lid in place.

I love it and found it to be perfect and functional! Check out a video on the product:

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GRACO Modes Stroller Travel System Review & GIVEAWAY)

Baby and children’s product manufacturer Graco

sent Bellyitch to review one of its newest stroller systems, the Modes Click Connect 3 in 1 Stroller Travel System  (valued $482) which can

accommodate a newborn to a toddler. It’s versatile, grows with baby and literally can be the only stroller you’d

ever need.

off, we start off with a pretty good base product.  Over 12 years ago, I got my first Graco infant car seat and it was

wonderfully constructed, safe and durable and lasted me through several years. It truly is the industry standard

for those seats.  It appears Graco has improved upon older models and taken the best part of stroller systems to come up with this latest product. Here is my review:
·        It took me about 5 minutes to take out all the parts in the box

the stroller shipped in and within 15 minutes I had assembled all the parts

myself with no tools whatsoever.  It was super easy! Most of the parts snapped in easily and the instructions

were quite intuitive.·      From the hospital, a baby will spend most of its time inside the

infant seat. No need to disturb baby when you are going from car to the mall.

Simply snap the stroller into the buggy part of the stroller and go. If it will

be used as a buggy for a brisk walk out in the neighborhood, simply lay baby inside

the carriage part and you’re off. As baby grows out of the infant seat, the

back part easily adjusts and can be used as a toddler and pre-schooler

stroller. The back reclines for those moments when a small kid falls asleep. No

more toppling over or neck strains as with traditional umbrella strollers.·

The stroller easily collapsed with a pull of a lever in the back

and quickly snaps into place with one hand. It can be removed and added into

the trunk with one arm. This is important for when out alone with baby and not spare hands to help you out. The front wheels easily swivel for taking tight corners which is good for maneuvering around crowded and cramped areas.

·      The canopy was made of pretty durable material, not flimsy at all so it looks like it could withstand the test of time. I liked the fact

that my sample was a dark navy because it made it unisex and can be used or

gifted to a mom expecting a baby or either gender.


The height is perfect for me who is just 5 foot 3 and my husband

who is 6 foot 3 to push and not have his shins hit up on the base.


The boot is very spacious and ample. I was able to stuff into it an

entire diaper bag, a spare blanket, a jacket and had room to spare.


The wheels were sufficient though they could’ve been a bit more

rugged so to withstand the test of time or being pushed through dirt, gravel, sidewalks

with cracks in them and other gritty terrain, occasionally.


a perfect gift for a soon to be or brand new mom because it would be all they’d

need for baby for a very long time.
And this year, we’re giving away our review edition to a deserving mom-to-be or new mom.
Check the blog tomorrow morning for details on the giveaway!

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REVIEW: Get Dreft’s new stain remover for hard-to-remove food & poopy diaper stains


Since the launch of this blog, I’ve always advocated that one of the first things first time moms-to-be do after having their baby shower and being gifted loads of infant clothes is to sterilize the clothes by washing them in detergent like Dreft.
The gentle cleanser has been around for ages even before newer brands entered the market, of late. It is void of all the harsh chemicals that can cause irritations on a a newborn’s skin.
That being said, I was thus elated to learn that Dreft has come out with a few new products that make it easy for new parents to clean hard-to-get out stains from baby’s clothes.  We tested out a review sample (valued about $25).
Its new Dreft Laundry Stain Remover detergent works well as a soak for those times when baby’s bottom explodes from trying out carrots for the first time or has a bad reaction to a new formula. You just need a small cap-ful of it to do the job. When washed, the yellow stained onesie we soaked for about an hour before washing came out quite free of any semblance of a stain.
For other stain lifting job, we tested the Dreft Laundry Stain spray travel sized sample and just spritzed on a few splashes on a red dress with some peas stains on it. This option is better because soaking a red shirt for too long could dull the color of the top. After a couple of rigorous rubs before tossing the entire dress in the wash worked to eliminate the baby food stain. The sample size of the spray is also portable and could be whipped out to pre-treat leaky poopy diaper stains without having to soil your hands with the excrement while out and about.
Finally, for treating stains on the go or while visiting grandma or relatives away from the home, the convenient pen is the best. During a shopping mall outing when our 6 month old baby tester threw up a little after a bottle feeding, leaving a yellowish stain on his bib.
To clean it, we immediately wiped the milk with a washcloth then used the Dreft Portable Pretreater Pen pen to rub across it for a few strokes and schucked in in the diaper bag.
About a few hours later, after we got home from holiday shopping, we hand washed the bib and could see the stain was gone for the most part.
Good job!
What a God send I wish I had when my little ones were that age. Think about picking it up for your baby’s hard to remove stains!

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REVIEW: Get thru holidays with Dr. Ross’ Defy Vitamins

Women often lose themselves caring for their family and others that they often forget to nurture & care for themselves.

This cold and flu season, women, including pregnant, nursing and new mothers, need to make sure they stay healthy all around.
One way to do that is to take a daily multi-vitamin & if possible essential oils and oral supplements.I tried out Dr Ross‘s new DEFy multivitamin complex tablets and the Omega 3 Fish oil ($58 bottle) for a few weeks and could immediately notice the difference in my energy level.
Amazing to rediscover the importance of a daily multivitamins because, again, I make my kids’ take their daily chewable, yet I don’t normally take one myself.
Now I do.
The 30-day supply package comes with a chewable tablet & oil soft gel pill. The chewable is a bit chalky & I take it with water to erase the taste which is otherwise still decent.

I love that they come in convenient pre-packaging so you can just chuck it in your bag or pocket before you head out.

The supplement is suitable for pregnant and Breastfeeding moms and with each purchase of a bottle, Defy, sends one to a bottle to a woman in need
Very nice! Social Good is Good.
Defy Vitamins  rocks! Get it at the company’s website or from our Amazon affiliate HERE!

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In recent years, I got into herbalism and began studying up the value of natural herbs as nutritional supplements to my diet. It meant that breakfast also came standard with having to take several tablets and pills. Same with lunch and dinner, sometimes.


Some pills needed to be taken at different times of the day.

So while I am not an elderly person who would necessarily need a pill reminder box for various medications to ailing conditions, I could very easily see the need for one as a multi-vitamin pill popper! Keeping track of what you’ve taken can be challenging.

That’s why I was pretty geeked to get the offer to sample out Style RX  very pretty and feminine tapestry covered pill boxes.They were created by mom of a 4 year-old girl Dawn Gibel who realized when she was pregnant that she struggled to remember to take her daily prenatal vitamins.
She needed a way to keep them with them separated in each cube during her long morning and afternoon commute. Throwing them in a plastic baggie or tucking them away in a pocket could get them lost, contaminated or forgotten.
They very feminine printed boxes are small enough to slip into a purse, laptop sleeve or diaper bag, keep in the car’s center console or on the kitchen counter. The magnetic closure keeps medication secure inside. And if you purchase an additional case for $5, you can interchange it for extended use or while away on longer trips.


Each box costs $34 each and come in  two uniquely designed patterns printed on cotton canvas.
I love my set and recommend them to breastfeeding and expecting mom or for veteran moms like me who just need to keep track of all her various herbal vitamins. You can also get them for your elderly mom, grandmom or other relative who take multiple vitamins and would love to be able to track them in a pretty box!
Get them at InspiredbyDawn.com and select specialty gift shops OR you can win a box too by entering below.
Now thru November 25th! Open to US residents only! Good Luck!

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REVIEW: Use Moji360 to ease pregnancy discomfort

Pregnancy brings all sorts of pain in your muscles and joints as your body changes to accommodate a growing fetus. One of the most common discomforts come from sciatic nerve. It can be painful. Also, as your weight shifts, and baby gets bigger, there is a lot of pressure on your back.
Getting a partner or friend to massage your aching body is a way to go, but for those moments when you are without a massage partner, having a tool on hand to help alleviate discomfort is essential.
I was quite geeked to get an opportunity to try out the dynamic Moji 360 handheld massager which is used by actual physical and massage therapists.
As a runner and a gym rat, I find that extended long runs or workouts leave my muscles totally sore. Using Moji 360, and following the instructional videos at http://GoMoji.com/videos, I learned how to manipulate the device to ease up pain on my own.
The Moji360 is unique, compared to other massage sticks out there because it has many omini-directional stainless steel spheres embedded within it.
I can apply different amount of pressure, or use the larger spheres on big areas and smaller ones to get  deep tissue pressure on small knots in my neck.
During a long family road trip recently, I was able to use it on my hubby who got a stiff neck sitting for a long time during long stretches of driving.
Post massage, you feel the difference, for sure, like you really did loosen up some knots, broke up some scar tissue and increased circulation in tight areas.


Sometimes, when I will be sitting at my office desk all day, I would slip the Moji 360 massager along the back of my chair with the balls facing towards my back and will rub my back against it whenever I needed a little mini massage to keep me going.


All of these uses can work for moms-to-be as well. You can use it before, during or after a work out or whenever you just want a little massage. It comes with a full year warranty, as well.
The device retails for $49.00 and you can get it from the company’s website, find a local retailer or pick up one at a slightly discounted price via our Amazon affiliate . The company sells a mini massager, a foot massager and a lower back massage device as well.
Get it! Go Moji!
See it in action here:

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