Thursday, January 27, 2011

Football Lover or Not - You Will Love This!

I'm not really into football. Alright, I'll come out of the closet, I hate the idea of football.

Why you might ask?

Because my husband can't focus on anything else while it is on. I don't like that it's supposed to last a certain time, and always goes over. People that are into it, are REALLY into it! Then the players always get hurt. I grew up with all sisters, so that didn't motivate me to watch the game.

Now I have boy's. I do my best to support the game. I even dress my little Isaak in football shirts. He has football socks as well. I'm trying to not be discouraging.

For all the football fans {and people like me that don't get into the game} I found the perfect outfit today for babies!

I love them! I have to say the mix is adorable! I may not like football, but I do like shopping!

Now where to find these:

Football BabyLegs can be worn on their legs or when they are older on their arms. My youngest is almost 3 and he wears them on his arms. You can get them many places, but here's a link. They are around $12.

BabyLegs makes socks too! They're sort of new. They come with 2 pair in a package. You can get them here for $10. Isaak asks to wear them all the time!

My newest find is this onesie! Even I the non football lover love this! You can find it at Bambino Balls for $14.95.

That's not all! Bambino Balls has all other sports in the onesies and BabyLegs carry both soccer and baseball too.

My Baby's Green

New Age Mama is having a $50 giveaway for the store My Baby's Green. I love the look of My Baby's Green. All of their products just look clean, organic and handmade.

Here's just a few of their things I love:

Organizing and Labeling Your Milk

One of my favorite sites {Go Graham Go} is having a great giveaway! 

One of Go Graham Go's readers will win a Medela Breastmilk Labeling and Storage System! This retails for about $16.99 and includes the tray as well as 2 labeling lids and 2 Medela 5 ounce bottles.

 Benefits and Features {found on Medela's site}:
  • Holds up to 6 Medela bottles.
  • Makes it easy to protect, organize and locate milk bottle in the fridge or freezer.
  • Compatible with Medela Pump and Save breastmilk bags (sold separately). 
  • Lids can be used with all Medela polypropylene breastmilk bottles.
 For Another Great Way to Store Breastmilk Go Here!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

i Breastfeed

I have to admit that I know nothing about app's for phones. I got a cell phone when I was pregnant with my oldest 5 years ago, and just have it for emergencies. There seems to be an app for everything now a days. ;)

I got an email from Medela saying that they now have an iPhone/iTouch app, iBreastfeed, is now available for free on iTunes!

You can check their app out here!

Here are some of the features taken right off the site listed above: 

iBreastfeed provides tools and resources to help you successfully breastfeed!

  • Get information on the benefits of breastmilk, breastfeeding and breastpumping tips, breastmilk storage guidelines and instant access to other online resources. 
  • Add your baby’s profile and easily keep track of breastfeeding, breastpumping, sleeping and diaper changes. You can even send the log to your baby’s doctor. 
  • Track activities for up to six babies. 
  • Find breastfeeding- and pumping-friendly locations in your local area, and add your own personal locations.

Finding the Best Swingset for Your Wee One

Swingsets are hard to pick out! Luckily there are places that have choices like CSN|Stores.

The Benefits Shopping Online for a Swing Set:
  • Many places have free shipping with over sized items.
  • Usually you're always picking a swing set out from a picture {in store or online}.
  • There is a bigger selection online.
  • Most importantly, you can view the reviews!
Things to Look For When Purchasing a Swing Set from Ezine @rticles:
  • Decide what materials you want to use wood, metal or plastic for the frame of your swing set. Wood is your best bet, but not all wood is the same quality. Northern White Cedar and Con-heart Redwood are good for strength, resistance to decay and do not require staining to protect the wood. Metal is sturdy but they do not have add-on features. Metal swing sets are cemented into the ground. They are much for permanent. Plastic last a few years and have limited warranties.
  • Measure your space so you know the set will fit. Provide a 6' zone around the swing set. Make sure you trim tree branches and bushes before installing your swing set.
  • It's good to start with a swing set that is a basic wood frame that will allow to add on. 
  • Safety should be a major priority for buying any swing set. Look into the hardware, accessories and attachments.
  • Look for testimonials from manufacturers and reviews from consumers. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How Would You Spend $40 at EcoMom?

I heart EcoMom!
I love that they have a little something for everyone in your family.

Here are my top picks {for today}:
For the baby

 For the child

 For mom

 For dad

A giveaway

My Wee View is giving away a Melissa and Doug Numbers Puzzle or a $40 Gift Certificate to EcoMom (you get to pick).

I would pick the $40 Gift Certificate! I'd probably spend over the $40 too. As you can see, my list is pretty long for this store! ;)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Car Seats

A Few Car Seat Safety Tips:
  • Did you know that car seats are not any good after 5 years? This is when the spacing of my kids became critical. I didn't want to buy all new car seats. You can spend an arm and a leg on infant car seats alone.
  • There is also this rule I didn't know about until my second child was born. Babies/kids are not supposed to have a coat on while in a car seat. Crazy! I went to take my youngest home from the hospital in a thin sweater, a nurse told me that nothing loose should be on him. You're supposed to pile blankets on top of them to keep them warm. The likelihood of people following that rule in Omaha, Nebraska is slim. Think about the people that do not have a garage! My kids complain that they are cold even when I do have them in a coat. It does make sense that I have trouble getting my skinny kids buckled in their car seats when they are bundled up with their coats on.
A Few Things That the Average Joe Does:
  • Many people have more then one car seat for each of their cars! Ya, more expense, but it beats trying to get a car seat out of one vehicle and in another.
  • There are places that recycle old car seat, and give you a discount on other things in the store. Toys R Us/Babies R Us do this. They do not do this all the time, so you have to check their ads. They also do not discount the whole store. Usually it's a discount off something for baby at their  stores.
  • There is also programs in place in most larger cities where you give them an old car seat, and they give you a new one. We did this to get my parents a car seat. They even help you fit it right in your car! We found out about the program through our pediatrician office. The bad part about this is that you don't get to pick a brand/color. 
A Car Seat Giveaway:

The Features Include:
  • Rear-facing: 5 - 45 lbs
  • Forward-facing: 20 - 80 lbs (and up to 53") in a 5-point harness
  • Steel alloy frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • SuperLATCH™ installation up to 80 lbs - no seat belt required
  • Easy-Tite™ adjuster for quick and easy tightening, installs in 1 minute
  • Adjustable head support, reinforced for complete side-impact safety
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam panels on all sidesSafestop® energy-absorbing harness system
  • 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions for proper harness fit
  • Fits 3-across in a mid-size vehicle and offers more shoulder space
  • 3-in-1 infant/toddler full body support cushions
  • Folds flat for travel and storage, includes convenient carry strap
  • 2 recline positions in forward-facing mode

Sunday, January 9, 2011

When to Buy a Bra During Pregnancy

Trying to figure out when to buy a bra is difficult when you are pregnant!

Here are a few tips to go by when you are pregnant:

  • Shop early in your pregnancy for support and quality.
  • In general breasts are tender and enlarge in the beginning. When this happens, this is one of first signs of being pregnant.
  • A good, supportive bra can help to alleviate tenderness.
  • A maternity shop is not needed at this time. Although many maternity shops are helpful with fitting. Shop were you feel comfortable going to get a full coverage bra. 

Here are a few tips to go by towards the end of your pregnancy:
  • Try to wait close to the end of your pregnancy to buy a bra. You'll need a bra that fits after the baby is born. Sometimes this is difficult to be prepared if you go into labor really early.
  • Again the same rule applies as above {supportive is important}!
  • Do not get more then a couple bra's at this time. Your breasts will change after the baby is born.
  • If you plan on breastfeeding, a good nursing bra is important to have.  There are many brands and styles, so be prepared to try on many. 
  • One of my first outings after having my babies was to buy a few bra's. I knew ahead of time what places I liked to shop at. Once you find a brand(s) you like and the size you are; it's easy to shop online. Going out with a new baby isn't an easy task.