The New Omni 360 by Ergobaby 

Disclaimer: Ergobaby provided me with a free product for review. My blog also makes a small commission when you purchase an Ergobaby product after clicking the
referral links. However, all opinions stated here are my own.

When we added another child to our family, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to handle my everyday tasks, take care of my oldest daughter and take care of this new bundle of joy. Babywearing has been a sanity saver for myself as I transition from one kid to two kids. Honestly without it, I don’t think I would get anything done around my house, ever.

I have tried a few different baby carriers since having my youngest daughter and I have found better features at different stages for her. We started with a “Ring Sling”, while she was a newborn and then switched to an Original Ergobaby but forgot to purchase the insert to hold her in the Original Ergobaby at the newborn stages, so we ended up waiting until she was older to use it. I had hoped we would find a carrier that would hold her from the newborn stage into toddlerhood without the fuss and extra cost of purchasing a newborn insert, I also had hoped to find a carrier that was more comfortable for us, when holding the baby as she grows.

Ergobaby has listened to their customers and created an infant carrier that does all this and more. We were recently chosen to try out the new Ergobaby Omni 360 and I honestly, I was so excited because I do love my Original Ergobaby and was curious at what has changed to improve the carrier. My husband and I tested it out, since he will wear the baby on walks or when running errands, I was just as eager to see what he thought.

Ergo OmniMy Husband’s Review: “This baby carrier is more comfortable than the other carrier we have. It has lumbar support and padded shoulders, which is alot more comfortable for me and I think it is more comfortable for the baby as well. She seems to like looking out of the carrier, instead of always being against my chest. This is my favorite carrier and I really like how we can carry her more than one way.”

My review: “I love the dark blue on this carrier, it however won’t hide spit up like the tan carrier. I love the pocket option, to store my cell phone when I’m babywearing. I love the lumbar support, it is very helpful along with the padded shoulder straps. The baby can face out or in, which is great to have these options for her as she grows and gets more curious. I love how it can be used from the newborn stages up until she is a toddler. The carrier is the most versatile carrier on the market, with the ability to carry your child from birth to toddlerhood and in different positions.”

We have even had a few people show interest in the carrier, as we have walked around testing it out.

Searching for a baby carrier can be a daunting task, you have so many wants and few carriers offer everything on your list. I have listed a few key points about the Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier:

  • Ergonomic, forward facing option (and easy to switch!)
  • Adjustable from newborn to toddler (7 to 33 LBS)
  • Lumbar support for extra back comfort
  • Includes detachable storage pouch
  • Crossable straps
  • Padded Straps
  • Forward Front Facing
  • Head to chest facing
  • Hip Carry
  • Back Carry
  • Hip Healthy M-Shape Position for baby
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Washable Material
  • Sleek design
  • Simple, yet stylish deisgn

We really love the Omni 360 Ergobaby carrier, compared to our Original Ergobaby, mostly for the fact it can be used from birth to toddler years, it is padded and offers more support than the Original carrier which provides great lumbar support for the adult carrying the infant. This should be a must on every parent’s registry, new parent or seasoned parent!

Upclose of the Omni 360

When you decide to babywear, you are providing comfort and love to your infant, in the simplest way possible. I think our bond is much closer with our little one, thanks to babywearing.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier, use this link.

HSI Professional Flat Iron Review

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Since having my second child, quitting my job and staying home with the girls, I don’t care how I look most days. You can guarantee if I’m not leaving my house, I’m in sweats, a borrowed shirt from my husband and my hair is not styled (unless you count baby spit up and unwashed hair as a style).

BUT you can bet your arse when I’m leaving my house, damn right I’m going to spend some time on myself, in order to feel my best in public. I still don’t put much effort into my makeup, mainly because I keep myself looking natural. Mascara, lipstick and I’m good to go. When it comes to my hair, I spend sometime there. I either use a waver to create a unique look or I want my hair pin straight and use a hair straightener.

This past week I was headed out with a friend and I knew I wanted my hair straight since it takes me less time to straighten my hair than it would take to use the waver. I was on a time crunch and new that straightening my hair was the way to go. I tried the HSI Professional Glider 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron“>HSI Professional Glider on my hair. I have thick, sometimes wavy/straight/kinked hair. My hair also frizzes up and looks poofy when it is humid outside. Using a Flat Iron is something I have been doing for years, it helps control this mess of hair on my head, quickly.

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The before photo shows how my hair typically looks on a daily basis (out of a bun). I air dry my hair and I don’t add any products. The after photo shows my hair after the us of my HSI Professional Glider 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron“>HSI Professional Glider Flat Iron, without the use of any products. As you can tell my hair looks much smoother and sleeker after the use of my flat iron. If you would like to view a video I created about the product, you can do so here. (I’m not very good at these videos…. my oldest daughter would have done a better job, for sure!)

The HSI Professional Glider 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron“>HSI Professional Glider Flat Iron is 1” thick, has an on and off button with a light on the back of the flat iron to alert you if it is on and ready to use. The flat iron also has a temperature dial to control the heat you may need for you hair. Change your settings, based on the type of hair you have. The flat iron comes with a sample of argon oil to keep your hair sleek and smooth. You will also receive a nice tote bag for storage and a glove to use, so you don’t burn yourself with the flat iron.

The HSI Professional Glider Flat Iron is simple to use, from the very first usage. You can simply take it out of the box, plug it in and make your hair straight, sleek and beautiful! If you need further product reviews, please check out Influenster.

I received this item for free, for the purpose of the review. All opinions are 100% my own.  I received this item through https://www.hsiprofessional.com/collections/straightening-flat-irons-for-hair/products/ceramic-flat-iron-straightener .
Glider Ceramic Flat Iron

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

My husband loves chocolate cake covered in a rich frosting. Once in awhile I will get the idea to bake something, even though I’m not much of a baker. I also love to experiment with different flavors, my husband is normally pretty game for this! Especially peanut butter and chocolate!

I kept this incredibly simple! I used boxed cake mix and packaged frosting for the outer layer, but created a really easy peanut butter frosting for the middle. This would be a great last minute dessert for any party/event you are attending, it’s so simple!

Ingredients: 

  • Chocolate cake, baked as directed for 2 – 8″ round cakes
  • 1 container of chocolate frosting
  • 8 Ounce jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Utensils: 

Directions:

  1. Bake chocolate cakes as directed on box mix. Of course you can make these from scratch, but that wouldn’t make it as simple!
  2. While cakes are cooling, use an electric mixer to whip peanut butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Whip together for 2-3 minutes on medium. I used a piping bag to put the peanut butter whip on the cake, you don’t have too though.
  3. Once cakes are completely cooled, it’s time to construct
  4. Put a bit of frosting on your cake plate or cake stand to hold the bottom layer. Place bottom layer down. (You can even out the top of the cake, but cutting it. This is easiest done when it is on a cake stand and you have the ability to turn it. But it’s not always necessary.)
  5. Next is the peanut butter whipped frosting you created! I used a piping bag to layer it one, but you can use a spatula of course. Spread an even layer across the top of the first layer, once it is on your serving platter.
  6. Place second cake on top. Again, you can cut the top to make it flat and even  or leave it as is.
  7. Place the frosting in the microwave for around 20 seconds, stir well. You dont want it as liquid, just a looser frosting. Dump the frosting on your layered cake and spread around to cover the cake completely.
  8. You can add dollops of the peanut butter frosting on top for decoration. I used a piping back for this, if you don’t have a piping bag you can use spoonfuls or even a plastic zip bag (sandwich bag). Fill up the bag, seal without air, cut corner of the bag that doesn’t have the zipper or closure &. viola! Your own piping bag!!
  9. Grab a fork, you are done and ready to enjoy!

 

Tip- Replace the oil in your cake recipe with equal parts unsweetened applesauce

My Skincare Routine with Burt’s Bees & Grove Collaborative

Do you change your beauty + skincare routine with the seasons? I don’t always get too, but I sure try! 

During the summer, I use fewer products and spend less time prepping for any event. In fact, I don’t even wear makeup unless I know there will be photos taken!

So for me, it’s all about fuss-free natural products that can multi-task.

That’s why I’m in love with this Personal Care Set from Grove Collaborative. Grab your free set of Burt’s Bees cleansing towelettes + lip crayon + body lotion + Grove Collaborative hand cream with your first order of $20. Click this link here! 

Then take a peek at my tips for fresh, flawless summer skin:

  • Sunscreen: I’m a sunscreen devotee. I use sunscreen year round, I use a daily moisturizer with SPF. I love my Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Day Lotion that has SPF 15, I receive it from Grove Collaborative.
  • Cleansing towelettes: Sunscreen + sweat can leave you feeling a little greasy by the end of the day. I don’t always get to grab a shower in the evening, so I grab one of these Burt’s Bees towelettes and wipe off my sunscreen & greasy face when I only one free hand. No rinsing needed!
  • Gloss lip crayon: As I mentioned, I don’t like to wear lots of makeup in the summer, nor do I have the time with two kids to put effort into my looks. Instead, I swipe on this Burt’s Bees gloss lip crayon in Pacific Coast. It gives just the right amount of bright berry color and keeps my lips comfortable and I look put together.
  • Body lotion: Summer body lotion should be light, but also super moisturizing since all that time in the pool and playing outside with the kids can leave your skin parched. Slather on your Burt’s Bees body lotion, which is made with nourishing baobab oil! I use this all year long.
  • Hand cream: I spend lots of time washing dishes, playing with my kids and during the summer months and I feel my hands appear to be drier.  This Grove Collaborative hand cream helps heal my cracked dry hands. I also love the way it smells. The citrus scent reminds me of what Summer should smell like. 
  • Water: My motto this summer is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. To avoid plastic water bottles, I keep a couple of my bkr bottles chilled in the fridge to make my life easier when on the go!
  • Snacks: During the summer I like to keep fresh fruit in the house, to make our snacking healthy and fresh. I cut up the fruit and place it reusable containers, in small portion sizes, so my family can grab it and go!
  • Bonus tip: Since it is so hot outside, I order all my household staples like Seventh Generation Diapers, Seventh Generation laundry detergent, and Method cleaning products from Grove Collaborative. They ship the best natural products (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule.

Don’t forget, this offer from Grove Collaborative ends Sunday August 13th, 2017 so grab your free Personal Care Set now with this link with your first order of $20! You’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service from Grove Collaborative. 

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Testing out a New Dog Harness


We have three dogs in our family, that range in a few different sizes. Our smallest and oldest is our Chihuahua, Duchess. Then our oldest daughter has a dog, my husband adopted for her, that is a Chihuahua and Japanese Chin mixed, Candy Cane. We adopted Elvis, he is a puggle and my furry baby before our baby arrived.

With all of the dogs and our chaotic life at times, sometimes walking them gets pushed aside. To make things easier on our oldest, while walking her dog around the neighborhood, we ordered a new dog harness to keep her dog safer.

When I say safer, what I mean is her dog likes to escape. She escapes under our fence and runs around the block, she has escaped out of a collar while on the leash so the harness is necessary.

The dog harness is easy to use, the mesh harness is comfortable on the dog, there is an adjustable strap that goes around her chest so we can tighten it or loosen it if necessary. The mesh harness is sturdy for a small dog, she is able to run and jump in it as well.

We originally ordered a medium dog harness for Elvis, the puggle, but obviously it was too small for him. When ordering a harness, be sure to measure your dog first, prior to placing the order. Order yours https://babiesrhere.com/products/adjustable-comfort-soft-breathable-dog-harness-pet-vest-rope-dog-chest-strap-leash-set-harness .

I received this item free for my review, I just paid for shipping charges. 

 

 

Summer Skincare with Burt’s Bees & Grove Collaborative

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Summer is winding down but it is still HOT!  It’s August, so finish Summer with this free Personal Care Set from Grove Collaborative. There’s hand and body lotion to heal parched skin, cleansing towelettes to keep grease at bay, and a gloss lip crayon to keep your lips perfect.

When you place your first order of $20 with Grove, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free Burt’s Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Pacific Coast
  • Free Burt’s Bees Cleansing Towelettes
  • Free Burt’s Bees Body Lotion
  • Free Grove Hand Cream
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a Grove customer, don’t sweat — when you use my link to place your next order, they’ll send you a free mint & argan lip balm that leaves lips feeling cool!)

The Burt’s Bee’s Ultimate Care body lotion is so smooth and soft on your skin, your sun kissed skin will soak up the lotion, which is made with Baobab oil. Baobab is known as the Tree of Life, which explains why this lotion breathes life into dry skin as soon as you rub it in.

Don’t forget to show your hands some love with Grove Collaborative’s lovely bergamot orange hand cream ( which smells amazing!!). It’s not greasy, smells amazing and it’s the perfect size to toss in your purse or diaper bag (or beach bag).

You’ll also want to keep this lip crayon close at hand. It’s not sticky yet stays put through sips of margaritas. Not to mention, the Pacific Coast color is the perfect shade for everyone’s lips. 

Burt's Bees & Grove Collab

One of my favorite go to items when I just can’t get a moment to myself to wash my face or I had a very active afternoon outside, I reach for these Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin towelettes. They’re just right for those moments when an actual shower isn’t going to happen but you don’t want to go to bed feeling like you’ve been outside all day. Oh, and they’re Forest Stewardship Certified, which means they come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

And for those days when you can’t bear the thought of leaving the AC to run to the store, you’ll want to check out Grove Collaborative. Grove is a subscription service that delivers natural beauty, cleaning, home, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule.

When you place your first order of $20, you’ll get this free summer set plus a free VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I always love the personal service I get from the Grove team.

Don’t miss out on these end of summer essentials! Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You will receive the Personal Care Set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days. Some of my favorites that add up to the minimum $20 are Seventh Generation diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies. 
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay to place your order.