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.

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My First Yoga Class

On Saturday, my friend L and I attended our first yoga class. I have practiced yoga at home, with dvd’s I purchased but I have never attended a public class. This was L’s first yoga experience though. I was excited for L, hoping she would love the the concept of this. Sure, we weren’t sweating up a storm doing a dance class this weekend, but we were still treating our bodies good with something.

I was also nervous. After hearing some horror stories of gassy slip ups when in downward dog, I knew I didn’t want that to happen to me. That would be so embarrassing. I avoided all greasy food and dairy food the day prior. Like hell was I going to give my body the opportunity to let one slip when I was bent over a yoga mat doing downward dog.

L and I showed up early, just to make sure we got a spot. The instructor let us and we let her know that this was our first time in a yoga class. The instructor proceeded to ask L if she was at least 18 and if I was her mother. I’m pretty sure I died a little in my soul. I mean, fuck I just turned 32 a couple months ago and L is turning 26 in a few days. Are you fucking kidding me? L was in absolute shock and nodded yes, she was over 18. I honestly cannot remember what I said, I was absolutely offended and I remember the instructor saying something in the lines of herself being 42 and something like that. Still in shock, I walked into the class, grabbed a mat and proceeded even though I wanted to run to the bathroom and start crying. I just this week was starting to embrace being in my 30’s with two kids and now this bitch thinks I’m old enough to have a child in her 20’s?!

FUCK YOU LADY.

The class was a little empty according to the instructor, so we got great spot in front of the instructor, laid out our mats and took off our shoes. We went through the class with minor hiccups and THANK GOODNESS no gas was expelled. I know L and I struggled with a couple different moves throughout the hour class, but all in all it was very informative and felt really nice on my body, especially after a long week with the little one.

I’m pretty sure I will go back to the Saturday morning class, knowing the instructor who offended me will not be there on a regular basis.

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Namaste Bitches

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 .
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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

Parenting Moments of August

Parenting in 2017 is something I feel I am constantly failing at. I don’t keep up with trends when it comes to parenting. I do what is right for my girls and what is right for our family.  Parenting pushes you to your limits, when everything was just wonderful a moment ago, you are dealing with some sort of shit show (sometimes literally) and just trying to keep your cool and everyone safe.

I would do anything for my girl’s (within reason). They are my world, my reason for getting up (rested or not) every morning and the reason we sacrifice so much, for the benefit of them. Someday’s one child is more difficult than the other and sometimes they are both perfectly perfect. I like to remember the good days, because life is about making good memories, right?

With that being said, let me get something off my chest. Parenting is FUCKING hard. You are damned if you do or damned if you don’t sometimes. This past month has been so rough on me personally. My youngest has been teething, so bad and she isn’t sleeping much, which means I’m sleeping even less(4 hours on average!). She has been cranky, due to the teething and lack of sleep. My oldest started middle school. This in it’s own is so awesome and exciting but at the same time, it makes me so sad. Wasn’t she just 6? Where has the time gone? 

With middle school starting 10 days ago, she is trying to find new friends, fit in and figure out who she is. I get it. I will support her with what she wants to do, but with this she has frustrated me with how lazy she truly is. I know not every child is an athlete and I would never make her do a sport, if she didn’t show an interest. She decided she wanted to try out for Volleyball, prior to even attending this school. She also decided she wanted to try out for Cross Country, even after we explained what it is. On top of that she wanted to attend a program after school called Excel 2, which offers homework help, academics and once those are completed children can participate in a fun, rewarding activity.

As I signed these forms last week, for her to attend, I explained to her I think she is putting too much on her plate. She stated she still wanted Volleyball, but if she didn’t make that she would do Cross Country and then attend Excel 2 on the day’s she doesn’t have practice. (Okay great, she figured it out….good for her for overachieving.)

Well, like I predicted, she HATED Cross Country, because, get this….they RUN!? No shit?! Again, my child, not very athletic but hey she tried. Volleyball tryouts are here. “OMG, YAY, finally you get to try a sport you have been obsessed with for 4 years!” I say and she seemed excited, but not. (Maybe it’s her age, I don’t know) We remind her to look up different terms, head down to the park and see if you can jump in on a game to practice. Hell we will go practice with you, if you ask… 

In the two weeks prior tryouts, she never did. 

She even scored an extra day to prepare, when tryouts we’re postponed, but still no effort. 

Well she could obviously care less all a sudden. I got a text yesterday “Mom I wore the wrong shoes.” Okay, wait, what? You have known about this before school started, how do you not have the right shoes with you?! No answer. “Mom I threw up.” OMG WHAT? Like what are you doing to throw up? Do I need to come get you?! Then she came home from tryouts to tell me it was the coaches fault, because they weren’t instructed to stretch first.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?

So this week, my daughter has stayed up past bedtime (not researching Volleyball bit playing or something). She has been late to the bus, which is literally across our street and she even missed it. 

She has neglected to brush her teeth before school TWICE, because she “didn’t have enough time.” She has drenched the bathroom in water, because why the hell would you dry off on the rug next to the tub? She has then complained about any physical activity regarding sports, walking or the stairs and now it’s the coaches damn fault because she didn’t spend the 45 minutes before tryouts and become productive and stretch. She also found every reason not to go to tryouts today. 

I cant even.

Today was the second day of tryouts. She decided it wasn’t for her, because apparently everyone already knows everything about the game. (I assure they her do not, they probably just watched some informational videos on the subject instead of some stupid cat video on YouTube!)

As a parent who doesn’t want their child to give up so quickly, I let her decide what she was going to do, but I informed her I wanted her to attend because I think it would be idea to go give her best and learn from that if she wasn’t able to make the team, because hey at least she tried. I then informed her I was disappointed she was willing to give up something she wanted so badly because it appeared hard, but ultimately she had to live with her decision.

She replied “Please don’t say it’s my loss, ok?”

My reply was “Okay, but you will be paying us back for all the items you HAD to have us buy you for the tryouts.”

I’m disappointed she didn’t stick it out and at least see if she would have made the team. I’m upset I’ve had to become even more strict on her this week, when it comes to her free time. (Apparently too much free time is a bad thing for her, she becomes lazy, rude and forgets to do the simplest tasks (like brushing her teeth!)). I’ve implemented new rules when it comes to screen time, too much of that is bad thing.

I don’t want to be that nagging mom, I don’t want to be at odds with her, I just want her to take the accountability and responsibility of her own actions. No child wants to hear their parents are disappointed in them. She ultimately decided Excel 2 was best for, (so why the hell did I drop $80 on sports equipment for you, for nothing?!?!). I’m all for academics and tutoring if needed followed by a cooking class, I just hope she sticks with this too.  

Parenting is hard, but these hard days too shall pass. It’s not always going to be sunshine and rainbows. In order to get that rainbow, we need to have a few rough days. And maybe a taller wine glass. 

Click List with Fry’s Grocery Store

I used to love grocery shopping, it was a moment to escape my house (alone preferably), grab a cold tea or coffee and browse aisles and throw together meals in my head or find great bargains too good to pass up.

Since adding our second child to our home, I hate grocery shopping, shopping in general or pretty much trying to corral everyone in the car to run errands. Mostly because I can no longer browse, find amazing deals or stay patient long enough to get the job done under budget. Plus if I buy an iced coffee, I end up having to buy one for my husband or oldest who is with me too.

Whoever thought of online grocery shopping is my hero. The previous grocery stores we shopped at did not have this option, so I would just grin and bare it or send my husband. In the new community we live in, we have a Fry’s Marketplace with a “Click List” option, where I can shop online and pick up my groceries the same day or even schedule it for the next day. This is amazing.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, since I’m such a control freak with most things, but this has been AMAZING for our family. Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself going into the store once in awhile to pick up things we run out of, like milk, bread or produce. But when I need to do a large grocery order I use Click List.

I pour myself a cup of coffee, grab my laptop, the most recent sales ad and I pull up the app on my phone as well (this way I can look at coupons while shopping). I can quickly create a list off of recent purchase, recent sales or I can type something in the search bar. Being the control freak I am and having picky eaters in the house I love how I can specify on my items; “Green Banana’s Only” “Firm Tomatoes” “If unavailable, do not substitute”.

One of the reasons I LOVE this so much is because I’m a numbers person. I can add things or remove things online, once we reach our budget total or I can look for other brands or an alternative if I feel the need too. This has helped me stay on budget, which is so great for a family a four on one income, or any family on a budget.

I can see how this may seem lazy, I’m home with at least one kid all day, how do I NOT have time to run errands. Well, I do. When she isn’t napping or when we aren’t running other errands. But to be honest, this has been such a blessing for me to stay on budget, I would rather pay the cost of a small coffee at Starbucks, for someone else to do my grocery shopping.

I use the “Fry’s Food” app on my phone during the week, to add items we run out of. This way, when I use Click List, the items I know we ran out of are already on there. This helps me avoid rummaging the cupboards and fridge when I’m trying to write my grocery list at the last minute. I’ve also used it when my husband or oldest daughter say they need something, I just open up my app and add it. That helps me from playing 21 questions while writing my grocery list too.

The fee is waived for the first three Click List transactions you do. To keep my sanity, my budget in tack and my weekends free, using Click List is worth the $4.95 fee to me! It is so simple! Shop, reserve your time and order. You get a reminder email to pick up your groceries and you are all set! So simple!Screenshot_20170811-095225

If you use Click List, be sure to check your coupons for special savings events through the store. Sometimes the store will offer exclusive coupons (including free products) for using their Click List option. Totally worth it!

If you don’t have a Kroger brand market near you, have you checked out what your local grocery store offers? See if you can order your groceries online, save yourself the hassle of going into the market and keep yourself on budget. You may be surprised with their promotional savings and get a free trial for doing so!

To see if you have a Kroger brand market near you, click this link.

All opinions are my own.