Slick Sugar Belly Banter Milestone Stickers

Belly BanterNo doubt you’ve seen the onesie stickers to mark each of your baby’s “month birthdays.” Well, Slick Sugar takes things a step further with their own Belly Banter Milestones stickers. These circular stickers are easy to apply and easy to remove, allowing you to save them for your baby’s scrapbook, memory box, or other crafty keepsake. These onesie stickers announce some of your baby’s proudest moments for all of your family and friends to see, like crawling, sitting up, rolling over, and first steps, to name just a few.

Slick Sugar also offers sets of 15 Belly Banter onesie stickers for the month birthdays (unisex, boy, and girl), holidays, and even a set for the expecting mom. The milestones set I received for the purpose of this review includes an array of cute and clever sayings on 15 belly stickers. A few examples are: “This is how I ROLL,” “I can SIT,” “Catching some Zzzzz,” and “giggle.” The milestone stickers announce first steps, sitting, crawling, rolling over, first words, first haircut, sleeping through the night, fruits and veggies, road trip, and more.

Each sticker is 4” and it can be easily adhered and removed to your baby’s clothing. Once you apply the sticker, be sure to snap as many adorable photos as you can muster. Capture your baby’s firsts with these stickers and your camera, and then arrange the sticker and corresponding photos in your baby book or scrapbook.

I also received an adorable yellow peace sign onesie from Slick Sugar with my own set of Belly Banter milestone stickers. These stickers would make a great gift idea for any baby shower or as a sweet little gift for no particular reason for the mom-to-be.

The Belly Banter Milestones Sticker Set and other styles in the collection retail for $14.99. For more information about Slick Sugar and Belly Banter, check out http://slicksugar.com/shop/category/belly-banter.

 

Baby and Toddler Sippy Cups and Water Bottles

Hello Kitty sippy cupIt’s pretty exciting when your child meets new milestones, whether it’s a first smile or being able to roll over, walk, or hold a bottle. When your little one graduates from baby bottles to toddler cups, sippy cups, and even kiddie water bottles, this can also be an exciting milestone. So many different colors and styles of baby cups and toddler cups are available, waiting for the moment when your babe is ready for his or her “big kid cup.”

Philips AVENT offers a wide array of kiddie cups and baby bottles to suit just about every need when it comes to drink ware for kids. The Philips AVENT Toddler Straw Cups (one-pack and two-pack, 9 oz. or 12 oz., ranging from $4.99 to $9.99) come in a variety of colors and designs, and they are perfectly adorable for your little ones. These 12-oz cups are designed for toddlers age 18+ months. Moms will love how the twist top keeps the straw clean and connected while kids will love how much fun it is to do the twisting. These toddler cups can be easily disassembled and are fully dishwasher safe. Perhaps the best feature is that these straw cups for kids are also leak-proof and easy to clean, not to mention easy for your child to hold and use independently. The pieces of this cup are also fully interchangeable with the complete Philips AVENT product line.

I received an adorable set of two Philips AVENT Toddler Cups Straw Cups in a beautiful bright pink color with a super cute bunny in a sailboat design. Next to the bunny’s sailboat is a teeny sailboat with a little mouse. The bottles themselves show measurements for US ounces as well as ml / cc. The straw is detachable and easy to replace, as well as bite resistant due to its silicone composition.

Philips AVENT also offers a sippy cup known as the Toddler Spout Cup (sold in one-pack and two-pack, 7 oz. and 9 oz., ranging from $4.49 to $8.99). I received a green cup with a cute bunny and kitty design, though blue and pink cups are also available. This cup holds 9 oz. and is rated for ages 12+ months. I love that the cup has two handles, making it easy for kids to drink and hold the cup. This spill-free sipper has a hard spout with a flip-top lid to ensure the parts touching your child’s mouth remain clean. This cup is also easy to clean and assemble, while also interchangeable with other Philips AVENT cups and bottles.

AVENT Drinking CupThe Toddler Natural Drinking Cup by Philips AVENT ($6.99) is the ideal way to help your little one transition from a sippy cup to an adult cup. I received a red cup, which has no spout and no straw – it is fully designed to help your child learn how to use a regular cup or glass. This 9 oz. “first grownup cup” has a lip-activated valve that releases the liquid when your child wants to drink. What a clever design! Who would have thought it possible to teach children how to drink from a regular cup without having to chance big spills or breakage with your regular cups and glasses! This product is also orthodontist recommended and it allows kids to drink from all the way around the rim of the cup, not just in one place. A plastic lid is included for good hygiene, and the cup also has handles for easy holding. True to the Philips AVENT way, this cup is also interchangeable with others in the product line.

These Philips AVENT products are BPA free, sturdy, and durable for little hands. Get yours at Babies R Us, Walmart, Target, Meijer, Fred Meyer, and Amazon.com. For more information about Philips AVENT baby products, visit www.philips.com/avent.

SIGG brand won’t leave you wishing for a cute and stylish, functional water bottle for your little one. SIGG crafts attractive, made-to-last water bottles for toddlers through adults, with an adorable collection of bottles for kids, with cute designs like the Hello Kitty SIGG water bottle I received for the purpose of this review. The lovely Hello Kitty is on the front and back of the water bottle, surrounded by a few clouds and pretty red balloons on a pale pink water bottle. The bottle’s cap is black and hot pink with a flip-top that reveals a turnable spout. Removing the lid reveals a sturdily constructed metal bottle that is eco-friendly and 100% recyclable. All materials in this SIGG bottle for kids are also BPA free.

SIGG kids’ bottles are available in a wide array of colors and designs featuring popular characters and toys like Barbie, Hot Wheels, and more. Choose from .3 and .4 L bottles, and even teen bottles and those for adults. SIGG products are Swiss-made in the highest quality using a single piece of aluminum to create a bottle without a seam that is leak-proof and durable. Be sure your entire family gets the recommended eight glasses of water per day with these fun and functional water bottles! For more information about kid bottles and other SIGG products, check out www.sigg.com and http://www.sigg.com/ch-shop/en/kids.html.

 

Comparative Review of Four Baby Bathtubs, Bath Seats, and Rinse Basins

Baby in BathIt’s no secret that babies are messy creatures. From the messes they make in diapers to the many times they spit up or empty their stomachs completely, moms and dads have come to expect an emergency bath here and there. Even if baby has a particularly good few days or a week, they still get to enjoy a regular bath time here and there, even from their earliest days as a newborn. That’s why it is so important to ensure you have a good baby bathtub, bath seat, sling or other piece of baby bathing equipment.

Here are four different pieces of baby bathing equipment to help you keep your infant happy and clean. Check out the pros, cons, and details of each baby bathtub, baby wash basin, and baby bath seat or sling to help you decide which one might be best suited for your little one.

Babies R Us Bath Sling

This product retails for less than $8 and it certainly has gotten its fair share of use in our home. We received this item as a gift at our baby shower and it has held up at home and on vacation. The bath sling reminds me of a hammock or other comfortable, flexible piece of furniture that has some ‘give’ to it. We have used this bath sling seat from Babies R Us since day one with our baby girl, and it has served us well.

You can buy the sea creature bath sling at Babies R Us or online at Babiesrus.com.

Pros of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Very portable – fits in just about any crack or crevice in a fully packed car

-Comfortable for young babies

-Fairly secure, even for newborns without head control

-Extremely affordable

-Cute sea creature designs

-Made of breathable mesh

-Can use for up to the first year of life

Cons of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Still need access to a bathtub or shower stall

-Still need a basin of some sort to fill with water and baby soap

-Baby will inevitably pee or poop on this and it is a bit of a pain to take the fabric off the sling frame for washing.


Different Options in Baby Thermometers – Summer Infant 3-in 1 Family Thermometer and EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer

Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family ThermometerA baby thermometer is an essential healthcare item for your little one, even if it is the kind of thermometer that can read temperatures for everyone in the house. Pediatricians typically want you to use a rectal thermometer for babies, although underarm thermometers and ear thermometers have also been popular. Pediatric doctors seem to agree that the rectal temperature gives the most precise reading when it comes to checking your child for fevers. Depending on how high the grade of fever, sometimes every moment counts, so be sure to follow your doctor’s advice when taking your little one’s temperature.

Many different types of baby thermometers are available on the shelves of baby superstores and online at places like Amazon, Baby Supermall, Drugstore.com, and others. A good three-in-one thermometer like the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer is a great option to keep the whole family in check. This thermometer is suitable for use on babies from birth on up, and it has three different ways to record a temperature. This thermometer has five-second rectal, six-second oral, and seven-second underarm thermometer heads.

A cool fever alert glow feature notifies you without delay if your little one has a fever. The screen actually turns red and shows the temperature reading; otherwise it remains green. The clever design of this green and white, compact thermometer allows the different thermometer heads to stay inside a storage compartment on the back of the unit.

When using the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer, you might be as impressed as I was when you see that the device knows which thermometer head you have attached. When you take someone’s temperature, you will hear an audible beep letting you know the reading is complete. The device’s memory also stores up to the past 10 temp readings. Also, users can choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius, depending on their preferences.

The Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer calls for two “AAA” batteries, which are included. You can find this product at your favorite baby stores and Target, as well as Amazon.com, Diapers.com, and other popular online retailers. For more information, check out www.summerinfant.com.

A new technology allows you to scan someone’s temperature quickly and easily with no mess and no fuss. The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer registers an accurate temperature with a simple swipe of the forehead. This product is made in the USA and requires no probe covers since it reads your temp right from the forehead. This device is especially convenient for use on sleeping children or someone with an ear infection, but the temporal artery temp scanner is also a snap to use on yourself.

The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer also reads both degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius, and comes with a 9-volt battery. It also has a protective cap to keep dust, hair, and other debris from collecting on the sensor. A combination of red LED lights and a beep sound indicate that the temperature has been properly scanned. Impressively, this device takes 1,000 temperature readings per second so it can select the most accurate. This product also features a patented arterial heat balance.

As a little bit of background, the temporal artery connects to the carotid artery, which means there is a direct connection to the heart as well. The temporal artery has a constant blood flow, making it suitable for accurate temperature measurement. The forehead is a comfortable, convenient, and safe place to scan your family’s temperatures. According to product documentation, the temporal scanner will pick up on a changing temperature much sooner than a rectal thermometer, with a lag time of 60 to 90 minutes on infants up to one year of age and even a difference of several hours on adults.

To use the EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer, simply press and hold the button, lightly swipe across the forehead, release the button, and read the temperature. In my experience, this seems to be almost too easy, so sometimes I worry a bit whether I’ve correctly captured my temperature. I also wonder what the margin of error might be if one person holds the button just a bit longer or a bit shorter than the next, but the device’s quick start guide covers all of these concerns in its troubleshooting section.

All in all, the temporal artery thermometer has been a great aid in quickly reading our temperatures, giving us a great indication of whether we are running a bit hot, cold, or just right. To be honest, my husband and I both love this device and look forward to using it for its ease of use and immediate results.

I received one Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer and one EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer for the purpose of this review. I truly appreciate each product for its own offerings and I like having both thermometers at my disposal, especially with a new baby in the family. I would highly recommend either or both of these products, depending on your family’s needs.

 

Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case and Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies

Kushies Nursing PadsThe Kushies brand offers a lot of really cool products for moms, babies, and kids. As a new mom, I have come to appreciate many of the convenient and clever products this brand provides, such as swim diapers and now the reusable nursing pads and a cute and convenient carrying case for them so you never have to worry about where they’ve gotten shuffled off to…. These products by Kushies make it easier for a new mom to get used to breastfeeding and keeping her clothes safe in the process.

In addition to nursing pads and products, Kushies is the leading online retailer of washable diapers, and also sells layette, bibs, and countless other products for babies and toddlers. I received one pack of six washable nursing pads and one Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case for the purpose of this review. The case is an adorable white zip pouch with light pink polka dots. It is cylindrical once expanded, but easily folds down to a small circle when not in use. This clever case makes it easy to store both wet and dry nursing pads separately, thanks to the convenient double-sided pouch. Each side zippers separately and the interior compartments feature a waterproof liner.

Kushies DiapersThis cute case is the perfect size to toss into your diaper bag, purse, or carryon bag, and it is discreet enough that the world doesn’t have to know you’ve got your nursing pads tucked inside. The exterior of the case is soft and smooth while the interior is also smooth despite being waterproof. The zippers zip almost the entire way around the case, probably just about as far as you can go without disconnecting completely. Kushies nursing pads fit neatly inside the case, making it ideal for travel as well as home use.

Also, there’s some more good news for busy moms. You can simply toss this case in the washer and dryer on low when you are ready to wash it. No need to hand-wash this product separately, so feel free to throw it in with your baby clothes or socks and undies.

Meanwhile, the Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies are decidedly well-made and very soft to the touch. They each feature precise stitching around the outside perimeter and a single seam on each side of the pad. Kushies reusable nursing pads are 100% cotton flannel, featuring four layers of ultra soft fabric. The washable nursing pads are contoured to fit the shape of the breast for a discreet look underneath your favorite tops or dresses. These products are also machine washable and dry-able.

Something I’ve noticed with all washable nursing pads that I’ve tried so far, no matter what brand, is that they seem to stick to your nipple following a feeding or pumping session. This can be very minimally uncomfortable until you separate the two, but it really isn’t a big deal once you know it’s coming. I have found certain brands of disposable nursing pads also seem to stick.

I really like these reusable nursing pads and the way they fit inside my bras. I haven’t decided yet if I prefer the disposable nursing pads or the washable ones. I like that the disposable ones don’t leak as much, whereas the washable cotton nursing pads seem to become saturated and leak through to my bra every once in a while. I do love that there are no sticky peeling papers to remove from the washable nursing pads.

At any rate, I am definitely a fan of both Kushies nursing products – the washable nursing pads and the adorable case to keep them in. To learn more about where to buy, visit www.kushiesonline.com and for general information and special offers, check out Kushies on Facebook at facebook.com/kushiesbaby.

By the way – Life Love Beauty readers can enjoy 10% off their purchases by using the code lifelovebeauty2012 on any order from www.kushiesonline.com.

 

A Sweet Place for Tummy Time and Lots of Fun Indoors or Outside – Oilo Play Blanket Review

Oilo Play BlanketThis designer play blanket features a soft, sateen fabric on one side and a durable, cotton duck surface on the other, similar in feel to a soft cotton canvas. Stylish and great for snuggling, this blanket is 40×50-inches and comes in an array of colors and gorgeous patterns so you can choose your favorite or one that best suits your baby. I received the Modern Berries Play Blanket in Spring Green from Oilo for the purpose of this review. When it arrived, it looked so pretty and stylish in the box that I almost hated to take it out – but I am so glad that I did.

Baby plays with Oilo BlanketThe play blanket is exquisitely made, featuring a two-inch flange around the edges of the blanket and a lovely blend of stripes on one side and the modern berries, like polka dots from afar, on the other. The spring green pattern is absolutely stunning and looks beautiful for any baby or tot to enjoy. I really like the pattern and the colors, a limey green and white, which together look modern, fun, and perfect for any setting. Another thing I love about this Oilo Play Blanket is that it is big enough for baby and mom or dad (or grandma / grandpa) to sit together as well.

This blanket makes a great tummy time blanket, and we have enjoyed using it frequently with our three-month-old. Our little one happened to spit up on the blanket the very first time we used it (of course). So I am also happy to report that it was easy to launder the blanket and the blanket held up perfectly in the wash. We line dried it according to packaging instructions and the play blanket is just as good as new.

Even celebrities love the Oilo brand. Christina Applegate and Rachel Zoe did their nurseries in Oilo, and Oilo was also featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during last year’s Mother’s Day Show. It’s no wonder this brand and its stylish offerings are getting noticed by high profile people and by the media. These products are so pretty and modern that they just make you feel good having them in your home.

Oilo StudioYou can order your own Oilo Play Blanket for your little one or as a gorgeous gift for your next baby shower. This blanket retails for $65, a reasonable price to pay for quality and stylishness that will last far beyond the years until your child outgrows a play blanket. For more information about this and other Oilo products, check out www.oilostudio.com. You can also get product and company news and special promotions by liking Oilo on Facebook at facebook.com/oilo.

 

Fabulous Products from Sue Devitt

Sue Devitt offers many fabulous products in her makeup and skincare lines. Her high performance and technologically advanced products feature anti-aging ingredients, minerals, vitamins, pro-vitamins and nutrients. These products have seen the fashion runway and are worn by the stars, but they are perfect and ready to be used in your own day-to-day makeup routine. I had the pleasure of receiving the following items for the purpose of this review.

Luxury Lash Mascara spoils your eyelashes with Sue Devitts’s signature Microquatic (TM) complex. This formula pampers your lashes with intense hydration. Sit back as your mascara takes the lead with vitamins, Orchid Extract, and beeswax, providing your eyelashes with ultimate moisture for flexible and strong lashes. Advanced Microsphere technology ensures that every lash is coated with this mascara formula made of hydrolyzed keratin protein, film formers and clay derivatives designed for long, full, shiny, luxurious lashes.

Get intense color with ultra-rich pigments to make your eyes pop with every use. I received this product in the shade of Black Chocolate which worked perfectly with my blue eyes.

Splurge yourself with color and comfort with Color Luxury Lipstick. Let this product cover your lips in a sweet shade of pink or red as it treats your lips to a wealth of benefits. This stick will protect and refresh your lips with Sepilift Complex, an anti-aging and firming ingredient. Your color will stay bold while Orchid Extract and Vitamins A and E offer emollience and antioxidants to protect from free radicals.

Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer is a terrific product to hide blemishes and imperfections on the face. Target dark circles and wrinkles with the light-reflecting properties of photo-luminescent microspheres. Like the previous products, this product also features the benefits of Orchid Extract and Vitamin E in addition to Lipobelle Soyaglycone and Imperata Cylindrica.

Lipobelle Soyaglycone is a soy active that helps to increase collagen production and prevent skin degradation, perfect for the area around eyes. Imperata Cylindrica is a botanical unique to Australia that is key to the hydrating benefits of this concealer. On top of all the other skin benefits, this products also provides skin with SPF 20 to protect the face from a small dose of sun.

To find more great products from the makeup and skincare lines of Sue Devitt visit the website. Products are available for sale in a variety of stores as well as online.

 

Summertime Baby Must-Haves- Swim Diaper and Wet Bag Essentials

Summertime brings trips to the beach, to the pool, to the lake, and so many wonderful opportunities to take your little one for a swim or a quick dip. (In super supervised situations only, of course.) A few very cool baby summer essentials can make those swimming trips even better yet – like an adorable swim diaper and a wet bag to keep those wet items contained!

Kushies brand makes a lot of truly wonderful baby items, I’ve found. I really enjoy the clever and creative approach to caring for little ones and making sure they have great items for every turn in life. I received the Kushies on-the-go wet bag with bonus pouch, as well as an adorable orange swimsuit diaper, for the purpose of this review.

The baby’s swimsuit diaper is very cute in a bright orange color with a blue and white trim and tie. Every detail, even down to the green Kushies tag with footprints and seashell and starfish designs, is completely too cute for words. The orange swim diaper has a breathable mesh interior and terry crotch liner with expert stitching all the way around. The swim diaper by Kushies has gusseted legs for comfort and security. The swim diaper’s exterior is 100% nylon and the interior is 100% polyester. The diaper flaps fold and attach so easily to the Velcro on the front of the swim diaper, and the blue and white waist ties offer a secure fit and form a nice bow to keep your little one covered up in the water or on the beach.

The Kushies swimsuit diaper is machine washable and dryable, making it a great item to add to your baby’s summer fashions. This clever product is available in sizes small, medium, large, and X-Large, ranging from 6lbs to 50lbs. The Kushies swimsuit diaper retails for $11.99 and you can find it in lots of colors at www.kushiesonline.com.

When you and your little one are done swimming, just tuck your swim diaper safely away inside the Kushies on-the-go wet bag. This product is 10.5” x 13,” making it the perfect size to store baby’s swimsuit, swim diaper, dirty bibs, or soiled and rinsed outfits or cloth diapers until you can launder them at home. This wet bag is a great way to keep items separate from the rest of your diaper bag contents, segregating the mess to one contained spot.

The on-the-go wet bag I received is very cool with a fun and trendy abstract pattern. The colors look lovely together, chocolate brown, sky blue, and a series of greens on a pale background. The pattern features circles, wheels, rounded squares, rectangles, and a distressed look here and there. The bonus mini wet bag pouch is great for smaller items and has a fun ovals and dots pattern on a chocolate brown background.

Both wet bag and bonus pouch have their own drawstring to ensure your wet items stay separate from your dry ones. The large bag has a small bead with button to ensure the bag stays closed even in the bumpiest of rides in the diaper bag. The inner texture of the bags feels a bit waxed, providing extra reinforcement against spills. I really like these bags and the great function they provide.

Kushies products are proudly made in Canada. For more information, check out www.kushiesonline.com.

 

ShrinkxHips Ultra Review- Shrink Your Hips After Pregnancy

ShrinkxHipsWho knew there could be a product that actually helps women get back to their pre-pregnancy size without dieting or exercising? ShrinkxHips Ultra by UpSpring, Ltd. is a compression belt that is designed to help women narrow their hips back to their pre-pregnancy size, if not smaller, by taking advantage of the eight-week window following childbirth. I’ve received my own ShrinkxHips Ultra belt to try for the purpose of this review and I am glad to share my results so far.

I ended up starting my trial of ShrinkxHips Ultra a little later than intended since I had a C-section at the birth of our daughter. I didn’t want to irritate the incision or cause problems with it healing, so I waited until about five weeks post-partum to try it out. The ShrinkxHips belt is very cleverly designed and easy to use, in my opinion. It has different sets of Velcro to allow you to first properly position and fasten the belt across your hips and then adjust the tightness and compression to your desired strength with two separate Velcro straps for tightening.

The idea behind ShrinkxHips is that the hormone Relaxin stays in your system for eight weeks following delivery. This is the hormone that causes your joints to become looser and more flexible, and also your hips to become wider during pregnancy. By taking advantage of the eight-week window of opportunity using this product, women have been able to shrink their hips back to their pre-pregnancy size, and sometimes even smaller, getting back into their normal jeans and non-maternity clothing much sooner than expected.

ShrinkxHipsThe ShrinkxHips belt provides constant and even pressure to the hips so you don’t really feel it all at once. In fact, I think this belt offers a nice level of support for my hips, making them feel snug and comfortable for the most part. I will admit, it is not easy to breastfeed while wearing these, but it can be done. Whenever running to the bathroom, the belt also must come off. It is easy enough to put it back on, though, and I believe it is worth doing since I’ve already seen some positive results.

I’ve measured my hips only last week when I started using this product, so I am not actually sure where they were before that. I don’t know how wide they were after our daughter was born and I’m not sure what my measurements were last year before I got pregnant. I am willing to bet I am between one and three inches from my ideal hip size – and that is one inch less than I would have been without this product! I have indeed lost an inch around my hips in the one week I’ve used this product. This was my first pregnancy so I have nothing to compare it to, so I can’t say how much my hips would have shrank back on their own by normal course of nature. I also don’t know exactly how much father I have to go, but I will be thrilled if I can get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans sometime this summer. My only worry is that I couldn’t take advantage of the full eight weeks.

The recommended wear time is up to 12 hours with the Ultra belt, but I usually try to wear mine 6 to 8 hours. I even wore it overnight once, but couldn’t get super comfortable so I may not try that again – we’ll see. So, I would say even in the short time using ShrinkxHips Ultra, not even the full recommended amount, I have shrunk my hips at least one inch from where they were a week ago!

The ShrinkxHips Ultra kit also contains a Hip-Check measuring tape and Success Chart so you can keep track of your progress. I definitely appreciate this, as I do like to see results and keep myself motivated no matter what my workouts and measurements entail.

I did a little research and a lot of people on Amazon were complaining about the edges of the ShrinkxHips belt rolling up. This actually doesn’t bother me as I prefer that over having it dig into me. I don’t really see it being an issue. One thing I will say is I do sort of have a hard time finding the perfect place to put the belt across my hips. Sometimes I fear I have it too low while others I think it may be too high. At times I do feel it squishes my still-shrinking belly, but if only I had a shrinking belt for that too! All in all, I really have no complaints. In fact, I am thrilled that my hips are an inch smaller in only one week of use, not even using for a full 8 – 12 hours per day. If this post-partum hip shrinking device works as advertised, even with a shortened time span, I will be so thrilled to have my pre-pregnancy frame back!

ShrinkxHips Ultra retails for $54.99 and ShrinkxHips Basic sells for $29.99. You can get your own ShrinkxHips belt at Amazon.com, Babies R Us, Target, a pea in the pod, Destination Maternity, and Diapers.com. For more information about ShrinkxHips, check out http://www.shrinkxhips.com.

 

Great Baby Grooming Items by Japonesque Baby

Japonesque BabyWhen it comes to baby grooming gear, few things are cuter than a set of kangaroo manicure nail scissors and a matching file, at least if you ask me. I instantly fell in love with the little orange kangaroo scissor sheath with matching tethered joey baby nail file. I received this adorable baby grooming item (Safety Nail Scissors & File) along with an almost-as-cute hippopotamus Gentle Grooming Baby Brush and dolphin Safety Nail Clipper & File set. It really is hard to decide which is the cutest, but I think the kangaroo takes the cake for me.

Kangaroo Safety Nail ScissorsJaponesque Baby makes a lot of adorable baby items beyond these grooming goodies. In fact, the baby collection is just a very small subset of this online beauty retailer. Since we’re on the topic of baby grooming, you can find monkey and giraffe safety scissors, a ducky nail clipper, an alligator comb, and even a penguin nail clipper. In case you were wondering, I am still sold on my kangaroo nail scissors, thanks.

The nail scissors and file are specially designed for your baby’s delicate nails. The handles are plastic and easy to use while the stainless steel blades offer great precision and safety thanks to the rounded tips. The little nail file with the baby kangaroo (joey) is great to smooth and shape your little one’s nails, and especially for use on newborns before you should be using scissors anyway. The kangaroo case really makes this set a must-have in my opinion – I just can’t get over how cute it is!

Hippo Grooming BrushWho doesn’t want a hippo hair brush? This pink hippo Gentle Grooming Baby Brush has a clever design that lets you twist the product to hide or reveal the brush’s soft bristles. These bristles are so soft, ensuring your little one’s scalp is safe and sound while you can gently groom your baby without any pain or pulling. This item really has a clever design and for that I highly recommend it for diaper bags or just as an everyday use baby grooming item. As your little one grows, she is sure to love this cute pink hippo hair brush.

Dolphin Safety Nail ClipperLast but certainly not least, the Japonesque Safety Nail Clipper and File in blue dolphin style has a very clever and utilitarian fin – that is how you clip baby’s nails! The file is cleverly tucked on the dolphin’s belly, making this an all-in-one grooming godsend. To use this baby nail clipper, simply pull down on the dolphin’s nose to remove the covering and reveal the nail clipper. This clipper is constructed with safety and precision in mind, leaving your little one’s nails nicely trimmed and tear-free. The nail file on the dolphin’s belly makes it easy to smooth out your baby’s nails from any rough edges.

These grooming items are truly adorable and I would highly recommend them for any baby shower gift basket or wishing well. I received each of these items for the purpose of review and look forward to using them with our little girl.

For more information on Japonesque baby products including those reviewed in this article, please check out http://japonesque.com. You can order these products online at Amazon.com or Drugstore.com.

 

Overland Equipment Sierra Bag- A Diaper Bag That Grows With Your Family

Overland Diaper BagAs a new mom, I am still getting the hang of all this kid and baby stuff – products, tricks of the trade, and the best way to do things, so many things… Packing and organizing a diaper bag is something I thought would come naturally, but truth be told, it hasn’t. I received an Overland Equipment Sierra Bag in a pretty wheat (beige-tan) color for the purpose of review. This bag has a lot of functional spaces and pockets, making it a cinch to pack for your baby, toddler, or older child as you go somewhere out of the house.

First of all, the bag is a great size – you can fit all of your baby essentials as well as a snack for yourself, water bottle, and some other small items you want to take with you. The bag has two adjustable straps in a pretty chocolate brown color and enough pockets to make you smile as you dream up where you’re going to put everything. The interior of the bag is spacious and has one thin, zippered mesh pocket, also in chocolate brown. You will find plenty of room for baby or kid blankets, diapers, wipes, toys, a few changes of clothes, wet bag, and so much more. The main compartment zips securely to prevent anything from falling out and getting lost, a huge win.

Overland Diaper BagOne side of the bag’s exterior has a flap style pocket with Velcro closure, tucking away a wealth of other wonderful pockets. This flap pocket is home to a soft, fleece-lined pocket (great for your phone), another slightly smaller pocket, a rounded pocket, a pen pocket, and a zippered mesh pocket, as well as a larger slot style pocket behind the other pockets. This flap pocket also has a tethered clip that would be great for attaching you’re a pacifier, your keys, a baby toy, a change purse, or a dozen other items. This flap pocket with other hidden pockets is a great place to organize your baby items or your personal items once your little ones outgrow needing a diaper bag.

The other side of the Sierra bag has a wide and deep slot style pocket that will fit lots of different items, such as your baby’s snacks for easy access or bibs, hats, and socks, or other items you need to quickly be able to reach. You can also keep a checkbook, a note tablet, and other personal items here for fast accessibility.

The other ends of the bag each have a bottle pocket that is perfect for your baby’s bottles, sippy cups, or a water bottle for yourself.  These pockets are relatively deep and certainly wide enough to house just about any kind of bottle, thermos, or container.

The fabric of this bag is sturdy and durable, made with 840D junior ballistic nylon and 1680D ballistic nylon for the exterior and 210D ripstop nylon inside. I haven’t had any spills yet, but the bag itself feels as though it would easily withstand rain, snow, and even spilt milk.

The bag has a leather patch that says OverLand Equipment Since 1981, ironically the year I was born. I can see why this company is still in business producing quality products for individuals and families of all ages and sizes. I see this Sierra bag as a multi-purpose diaper bag, allowing you to use it for your baby or young child, but not being tied to that. You can easily pack this bag up for a picnic in the park, a trip to the gym or yoga class, or even as your go-to tote bag for anytime you’re on the go.

The Sierra bag by Overland Equipment is available in wheat, blackberry, or denim and retails for $85. It measures 11.75″ x 19.75″ x 5.5″. You can get your own at OverlandEquipment.com, Amazon.com, and a number of other retailers. For more information about Overland Equipment or the Sierra bag, check out www.overlandequipment.com.

 

CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner Review

Total Care shampooAs a beauty website editor, I was asked to be one of the first few people to review a new and exciting hair care product line – CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. CLEAR products were designed with the scalp in mind, as the scalp accounts for 99% of your hair’s natural strength and beauty. I’ve been using the CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy products off and on for the past two weeks or so and I’ve enjoyed my experience thus far. I’m glad to share my personal review of these products.

I received one bottle of Total Care shampoo and one bottle of Total Care conditioner for the purpose of this review. From the moment I first used CLEAR hair products, I fell in love with the fragrance. It is a somewhat subtle yet alluring scent that reminds me of a variety of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner with that unbeatable fragrance that lingers long after you’ve washed your hair. Some of the key ingredients include sunflower, almond, soybean, coconut oils, aloe vera, and Vitamins B5, C, and E.

Another thing I love about this scalp-focused shampoo and conditioner team is how my hair feels after I’ve shampooed and conditioned with these products. I found no matter if I dried my hair with the blow dryer or let it air dry, my locks were still soft, smooth, and very manageable. In fact, I love how soft and smooth my hair is even when I haven’t had time to style it, and I just take a second to toss it back in a hair clip or ponytail. CLEAR shampoo and conditioner leave your hair feeling ultra soft and touchable, making it a great product duo to use before a big date, anytime or all the time.Total Care conditioner

The CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo has a smooth texture and a shiny, shimmery appearance. It lathers beautifully and the fragrance envelops you in the shower or bath. CLEAR Scalp Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Daily Conditioner has a creamy texture and leaves your hair silky and smooth no matter if you blow-dry it, towel dry it, or allow it to air dry.

CLEAR hair care products contain Nutrium 10™ technology, which is a cocktail of 10 vitamins and nutrients that leave your scalp nourished and protected. Studies show these CLEAR products restore and maintain natural moisture balance in the scalp when used regularly. The CLEAR product line includes six shampoos and five conditioners – Total Care for all hair types, Damage & Color Repair, Volumizing Root Boost, Strong Lengths, Moisturizing Dry Scalp, and Complete Care for dandruff prone hair and scalps.

I recently saw travel sized CLEAR hair care products at my local CVS, but you can also buy these products online or at your favorite mass market retailer. These scalp-focused hair care products retail for between $4.99 and $5.99. For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/clearhaircare.