Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


  So Wordless Wednesday unfortunately needs a few words to describe this picture. No babies were harmed in the above photo. It's just a little representation of whats going on around our house this week. The boy is sick, miserable, and now trying to get into trouble at every turn. Hopeful this little bit of trouble means he is on the mend!

     Happy Halloween everybody. Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and fun day. (Oh, and keep your babies away from those iPhone cords haha)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Boogie Wipes- A Review

                            

       As a child who grew up with severe allergies I know what its like to walk around with a chafed, red, raw nose. Its certainly not fun. As a Mom who knows that cold and flu season is approaching I'm certainly not looking forward to seeing my boy with the same affliction. For this reason I was excited to try Boogie Wipes. Boogie wipes were created by two Moms frustrated with chasing their children around and trying to rid them of crusty snot with a dry tissue. 

    Boogie wipes are gentle saline wipes for the nose. They are made with vitamin e and contain no alcohol to help you avoid that terrible raw nose. They come in four different scents: original-fresh, magic menthol, great grape, and simply unscented. While I personally am not a huge fan of the grape scent, I can see where it might make nose wiping and blowing a little more fun for a small child. Boogie wipes come in several different sizes. They can be purchased in a 90 count canister (great for the classroom), a 30 or 45 count pack (perfect diaper bag size), and soon they will be coming out with a 12 count of Boogie Blasters (pocket size). 


This size is just a sample size with a single wipe.

   The Boogie Wipes website even has a "gross facts" tab that I (as a nurse and a Mom) found fascinating. Did you know that: 

1 out of every 4 people pick their nose at least once a day.
1 out of every 5 people pick their nose at least five times a day.
Wow!


    Boogie Wipes is also currently promoting their "Save the Sleeve," campaign. It’s a fun, interactive way for kids to learn to put their boogies in a Boogie Wipe and not on their sleeves!  You can learn more at SaveTheSleeve.com.  You can also take the pledge and receive your very own I SAVED MY SLEEVE free badge kit!

    I recognize that Boogie Wipes are another thing to place in your already crowded diaper bag or purse, however, I now believe they are a necessity. I have been guilty in the past of reaching for my  regular box of wipes to try to fix a snotty nose.  This is just not sanitary. Hands that have touched dirty diapers, then touch the diaper wipes packaging, from there the germs are transferred right to your child's face if you use those wipes. Boogie Wipes help me keep my family healthy and clean!



  If you would like to learn more about Boogie Wipes as well as receive free coupons and samples become a member of the Boogie Bunch. On November 5th, I will be participating in  a, "It's in the Bag Giveaway." I believe that Boogie Wipes should be in every Moms bag! Please come back and visit on November 5th to enter to win yourself a $25.00 supply of Boogie Wipes. 


   The ironic part of this post is that I wrote it last week and my boy is NOW sick. Off to use my Boogie Wipes and attempt to rid us of some boogies. Wish me luck!

Disclosure: I received a product to review for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Boo at the Zoo

   This weekend the temperatures dropped here in Nola. Last night my family bundled up our little baby rooster and attended Boo at the Zoo which was sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines. My family was lucky to win our tickets in a giveaway from The Experimental Mommy. If you haven't checked out her blog yet you really should. It is full of tons of great reviews, giveaways, recipes, craft ideas, and local Nola knowledge. So without further adieu, check out our Boo at the Zoo experience.

 Getting ready!

       For those of you who don't know, my little boy can be kind of a handful when tired or off his schedule. Despite this little challenge we were determined to make it to the event and have a good time! I'm happy to report that we showed up at 5 on the dot and were thrilled to see people directing traffic so that parking was very easy. It was a bit crowded so we were happy that the zoo limits ticket sales so that the event does not become overwhelmingly packed.
I love that this event benefited The Children's Hospital and the Audubon Zoo! Both great causes. 

First stop was the elephants. The elephants were the closest I had ever seen. If you wanted to pet one you had the opportunity. So fun for children and adults alike. 
 The head of the rooster costume was not a hit with Weston.
 Pictures by the fountain are always fun!
We got to hang out with our favorite little cowboy and his family.

 Carnival just came out with their new Fun Ship 2.0 concept. In its honor they had a huge display of carved pumpkins, in the shape of a cruise ship, that lit up to music.  
We loved seeing all of the really amazing carved pumpkins displayed. Check out that hamburger on the left. 
 We headed over to the Dinosaur Exhibit which was free with entry to this event. 
We fed our baby rooster to the T-Rex while his little cowboy friend looked on in horror. haha. 
Weston and his BFF Riyan. Lots of fun photo ops at this event!
 Trick or Treat!
Give us something good to eat!
Not sure if you can see in the picture but Weston's favorite thing was the toothbrush he received trick or treating. He gnawed on it for a while. 
Enjoying the music with our friends!

All in all we had a great night. Thanks to Audubon Zoo, Carnival Cruise Lines, and The Experimental Mommy for a fun family night! These special times, with our baby boy, at events such as this are memories that will last a lifetime. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Totseat-A Portable HighChair

     
     One of the best parts about moving to New Orleans has been experiencing the amazing cuisine that this colorful city has to offer. Unfortunately, several of the smaller restaurants around the city lack high-chairs (I'm looking at you Green Goddess). Prior to finding the Totseat, by TrendyKid, a restaurant without a highchair would have been a deal breaker for us. Now that we have the Totseat we can head out to any restaurant without fear of the dreaded highchair-less dilemma.

A little taller than a can of coke!

   When I received the Totseat my first thought was, "Its the perfect size." The Totseat is extremely compact and even folds up into its own little travel bag. This is a must when you are already traveling with so much baby paraphernalia. My second thought was, "I wonder how easy it is to use?" I have to tell you, I was so pleasantly surprised at how quickly I took this product out of the packaging, placed it over the chair, and installed my baby (for lack of a better description). I also love that this product is completely machine washable. My messy little man can do his worst and then I can fold the Totseat in its little carrying sack, cart it home, and throw it in the wash.



    The first time I used the Totseat was when I had some friends over for an afternoon play date. We only have one highchair so little Aila used the Totseat for snack time. She seemed happy and comfortable, and was able to enjoy snack time right along with the rest of us. The Totseat was a really great way to have an extra highchair on hand without having having to buy another bulky, expensive, baby item. The Totseat can be used for any child that can sit unsupported from age 8-30 months.


Weston and Aila enjoying snack together with the help of the Totseat.

     It is important to note that the Totseat is not a booster seat. It does not change the height at which your child sits. This means that depending on the height of the table, your child may not be at the level they would need to be at to eat from the table (as they would in a high chair). That being said, in a restaurant situation, if I can have Weston well secured in the Totseat, I then have my hands free to hand him little morsels of food. Another important point is that the Totseat does not have a five point harness. One of my wishes for this product line is that future generations will have a five point restraint. While this is by no means a deal breaker, I would certainly not place my child in the Totseat and then walk away. This product is for use with supervision only.




    In summary the Totseat is portable, washable, and easy to use. The Totseat can be used for any child that can sit unsupported from age 8-30 months and can be used on almost any adult sized chair.
The Totseat retails for $34.99.


UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winner,
Raquel S. 



Disclosure: I received a product to review for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Coffee Talk


   This is my first time attempting to participate in a weekly link up like this. Coffee talk, put together by Natalie Blair of OHEMGEE, is just a bunch of fun questions to get to know one another better. Then you can bounce around to some other amazing blogs and get to know those bloggers as well. So happy Thursday morning everyone, lets have our coffee (cause looord knows this mama needs it) and talk. 


1. Let's talk about ink: Do you have tattoos? How many??

Nope. Not a single tat. Want to know why? Well its simple, bribery. My Aunt Lori told me that if I stayed ink free she would continue to take myself and my best friend on grand summer vacations. The result was a tattoo-less teen that happily visited Hilton Head, New York City, the Bahamas, and Palm Beach. By the time I was an adult I just no longer really wanted one. 


2. Let's talk about hair styles: Bangs, do you have them, want them, or trying to grow them out? What about side bangs? 

For a large part of my childhood I had bangs. I'm not sure I ever was able to keep them straight, un-clumped, and degreased. Rocking the bangs is an art form for sure and I just never mastered it. 


3. Let's talk about work: Without getting specific with a company name, what do you do? What did you want to be when you grew up when you were young? 

I am a NICU nurse turned temporary stay at home Mama. I started college thinking that I was going to pursue political science (um, yeah...I hate politics) or physical therapy. It was my boyfriend at the time (husband now) who convinced me to go to nursing school. His logic? Finish a four year degree, when your done if you want to be a nurse great, if not you can do anything you like. Turned out I loved NICU nursing and worked full time for six years. 


4. Let's talk about friends: Do you find it easier or more difficult to meet new friends as an adult? Do you have what you'd consider 'blog friends'? What about IRL (in real life) friends?

As a Mom I would say its definitely easier to meet friends. I have an instant conversation starter because no matter what kind of people we are we have something in common, Motherhood. 

I am a newer blogger so I'm working on forming blog friends. As far as IRL friends I am so lucky to have an amazing list of women that I get to call my friends. They know who they are, and I hope they know they are loved and appreciated!


5. Let's talk about Social media: Android or iPhone? Twitter or Facebook?

IPhone all the way! Love, love, love my IPhone. 

Twitter and Facebook are both musts for a blogger.


    Don't forget to visit OHEMGEE and check out all the other awesome blogs linked up for this mornings Coffee Talk!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bumpidoodle- A Review

                              

       This week Weston had the pleasure of meeting his new friend, Toby the Turtle. Toby is a Bumpidoodle. What may you ask is a Bumpidoodle? It's basically a stuffed, bean bag-esque toy, that has a personality as large as it's size. Bumpidoodles are for cuddling, sitting on, playing with, and overall just plain fun.  You can choose from two sizes, floor cushion (30” L x 10” H, 30” W)  and bitty pillow(15” L x 7” H, 15” W). We received Toby in all of his full sized glory.


     If turtles aren't your thing I guarantee there is another type of Bumpidoodle that will warm your heart. Some of the newest additions to the Bumpidoodle family are Benji the Bear and my personal favorite, Olive the Owl. Weston loves to lounge and sit all over Toby the Turtle. He really seems to know that this pillow/toy belongs just to him.


    My favorite feature of the Bumpidoodles is that they have a cover that zips off and are machine washable. This is so important to me as a Mother. Stuff happens: vomit, dust, food, spit, and diaper explosions. This washable cover is a lifesaver (and a toy saver for that matter). I have piece of mind that whatever happens to Toby we can just throw him right in the washer!

You can check out all of the Bumpidoodle family and follow them at:


You can purchase Bumpidoodles on their website or on amazon.com for $29.99. They can also be found at Target and Meijer stores near you!



Disclaimer:I received a product for free to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Adventure

    In honor of fall, we took a drive from our little city out into the country to ride a hay ride (although there was no hay) and pick out our pumpkins. We met our friends for this adventure and had a picnic. It was a great day which can be better described in pictures than words.


















   

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