Saturday, July 31, 2010

Green Salve

This stuff is just AMAZING!!! It's doing WONDERS for Logan's skin!!! Check it out here!

A more in depth review to come!!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

BabyBond Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a Baby Bond "Couture" cover.  Now I have spent 4 years breastfeeding without a cover.  I prefer to be without one because:
  • It draws more attention
  • My children hate being covered
  • It's too warm sometimes
  • I don't eat under a blanket and they shouldn't have to either
  • It's just a hassle to fuss with a cover
and my favorite reason is that in my opinion- using a cover gives the impression that you believe you are committing an act of shame and confirms societies opinion that it's something that should be done in private.  While this is probably NOT your reason for using a cover, the anti-nurse-in-public folks out there are likely to interpret it that way.  Nursing without a cover says, (again, my opinion), that you are not ashamed and that breastfeeding your child is a beautiful and natural thing.

With that said- I don't really have money for lots of nifty nursing tops so nursing in public for me works 1 of 3 ways:
  1. Wear a tank top under a t-shirt and then lift the t-shirt from the bottom and go over the top of the tank top.  This keeps my belly covered and the top of my breast.
  2. Wear just a t-shirt and go from the bottom of the shirt.
  3. Wear a tank or shirt w/a lower neckline and go over the top of the shirt.
The problems with these methods are that sometimes it's too warm for 2 shirts and without the 2 shirts, either my breast or stomach are exposed and I feel naked.

The Baby Bond has been an amazing product for me though!
 Ignore the bra strap and the sling ;) I had already taken him out of the sling when he decided he was hungry.  Also, I look like I'm sleeping but I promise I'm just looking at him.
I'm LOVING how discreet I was able to nurse in my tank top!
We got a side shot just to show that a little bit of boobage MAY be visible but someone would have to be really staring at me to notice it.  Please excuse the horrid pic as Ed is no photographer! :P

I had planned on getting more pictures at my friends wedding however with the extreme heat, my little one didn't even want to nurse much because he was so uncomfortable.  When he did nurse, it was inside in the a/c and later in the night when my camera batteries had died.

I'm completely in love with it! The "Couture" can be worn in 2 ways- as a sash to cover you while you go over the top of the shirt or as a belt to cover your belly while you go from the bottom of the shirt!

Did you catch that? ;) It covers YOU.  Not the baby!  The baby isn't covered at all so no fussiness or overheating.  Plus, my little guy is free to socialize with me while he eats!
I don't feel that it really draws that much extra attention (people kind of stare at me and my babywearing paraphernalia anyway...)because they are solid colors.  This means I can literally put it on before I even leave the house and then I don't have to worry about holding a baby and fumbling with it later.  It just looks like a sash or a belt and doesn't really stand out unless someone is really looking at you!

Another great thing about it is the soft t-shirt like fabric.  It's really comfy and doesn't feel like it's even there!  I'm so happy that I was able to go out wearing just a tank top without having to worry about the whole top of my breast hanging out!

This is a HUGE benefit to my fellow babywearers if you ask me!  I've nursed from the bottom of my shirt while my little one was in the sling and that was a pain in the tush!  Getting my shirt back down afterward was just as awkward and sometimes not as easy.  For this reason, I really prefer shirts that allow me to nurse from the top but I really hate how exposed that leaves me! Often times I find myself covering my breast with a prefold diaper or some other random object I pulled from the diaper bag.  The Baby Bond completely eliminated that!

I managed to find yet another use for this brilliant product!  We had gone out for a bite to eat and our cloth wipes were a bit too wet and leaked out of the diaper bag onto the seat of my pants as I was carrying the bag! Thankfully I was about to sit down when it happened so I was the only one who noticed but when I realized I needed to use the restroom I quickly grabbed my Baby Bond and threw it around me like a belt and pulled it down to cover the enormous wet spot on my tush! I figured it was better that everyone thought I was making a weird fashion statement than for everyone to think I'd had an accident.   So while it wasn't the intended purpose, it definitely saved the day!

I will say that the first time I used it, I was "alone" (sans Edward) at a bridal shower and I hadn't thought to put the cover on before hand so I tried to get it on one handed.  I don't suggest that at all! Play with it at home first and get used to using the Baby Bond so that you are comfortable with it before you venture out on your own like that.  I ended up having my friend (the bride-to-be) hold Xander for a moment while I threw it over me.  It wasn't a big deal, I just wish I had planned better for it.

Our Baby Bond now has a permanent home in our diaper bag.  I won't leave my house without it!
I definitely recommend this!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

AWOL and upcoming review/giveaway!

WHEW! Between playing around with WordPress and life, I didn't have nearly enough time to post to my blog.  I am here and hopefully things will get back on track!
In the near future I'll be hosting another great giveaway for a Baby Bond nursing cover of the winner's choice!  Not only will a lucky reader get a nursing cover, my readers will all be able to take advantage of a great discount code so keep your eyes peeled for that!!
For more information on the BabyBond, please visit their website It's a very unique product that allows mama to remain covered without having to cover the little one!  My review will be available shortly!

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

We Have a Winner!

Eileen said...
I tweeted

 Congrats Eileen!! Send me an e-mail (pengwins13 at yahoo dot com) and we'll work out the details!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

An hour left!

The Inspired by Finn giveaway will end in a little bit less than an hour :) Good luck!!

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Inspired by Finn giveaway ends 7/2

Don't forget that the @Inspired by Finn #giveaway is ending today!  Winner receives a $20 coupon code for @Inspired by Finn!

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 I'm playing around with WordPress right now, I might move my blog.  Just wanted to give everyone a warning :) If I decide to move it, it won't be until after the Inspired By Finn giveaway ends.

Turns out WordPress has a pretty nifty feature that allows you to import your blogger blog so you don't lose any of your previous posts by switching.  I just need to see if I like the features and the format of WordPress.  I've been pretty happy overall with my Blogger blog so it's going to take some really nice extras to convince me to switch.  I'm importing my blog so that I can go ahead and see what it will look like.

It will definitely be nice if I can get a background that will stick 100% of the time and not only when it feels like it...

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