Newborn Must-Haves

 

Newborn Must-Haves

Having a brand new baby can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many books, forums, and even family and friends that are going to give you loads of advice. The main piece of advice that I can give you if you’re a new mom is that every baby is different so find what products work for them.

I compiled a list of products that I absolutely loved as a new mom. They helped me so much during the first 6 +/- months of Avery’s life. Some products I am still using.

  1. DockATot – This is such an amazing product for babies! It is cozy just like the womb, so babies get great naps in here. I literally packed this lounger in my suitcase wherever I traveled. It’s perfect for tummy time, naps, play time… you name it.
  2. NoseFrida – If you’ve ever researched bulb syringe’s, you’d see that many get mold build up in them which is pretty gross. When teething or sick, babies can get runny noses. I love using the NoseFrida because it’s extremely easy to use, it cleans out the baby’s nose, and you can clean it thoroughly.
  3. Pampers Baby Dry Diapers – I LOVE the yellow strip on these diapers! When your baby has peed, the strip will turn blue so you know you need to change them. These diapers are great for overnight. I’ve never had a leak out of them.
  4. Ollie Swaddle – For my baby shower, I received an Ollie Swaddle as a gift from my sisters-in-law. It is such an excellent swaddle! When Avery was a newborn, she wiggled sooo much in her sleep and her hands would keep her awake. Ever since I used this swaddle, she slept so peacefully at night and it kept her calm. It helped a ton with her startle reflex.
  5. Fisher Price Baby Swing – During the day, when Avery was a newborn, I liked to keep her in close proximity to me. This swing was a God-send for me. With the spinning mobile up top, Avery would fall asleep watching it and would nap so well.
  6. Infantino Baby Carrier – I love this baby carrier because it’s extremely easy to use. I never could figure out the cloth wraps. I love how I can put my daughter in this and she’s completely content. There comes a time where some babies don’t want to be put down. Just having your baby in a carrier can help keep them happy. Plus, you don’t have to tire out your arms from carrying the baby around.
  7. Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock – This hammock is amazing for going to the store. It connects to the grocery cart and your baby can sleep in it or just relax while you shop. Since it rests at the top of the cart, you lose hardly any space inside the cart compared to putting a car seat in it.
  8. Comotomo Bottle – I always pumped when Avery was a newborn so I loved these bottles for her. What I think is great is that even if you nurse, I’ve read numerous reviews that these bottles are great because they’re reminiscent of a breast. A lot of breastfed babies have hard times taking bottles. I get so many funny comments about these bottles but I really love them! They’re made from silicone so they’re comfortable to hold.
  9. Desitin Rapid Relief   I love this diaper rash cream! It works incredibly fast. I’ve tried several kinds but I keep coming back to this one.
  10. Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover – This cover is amazing because it can be used numerous ways. You can use it when you’re breastfeeding, you can cover your baby’s car seat, you can also put it on a grocery cart so your baby doesn’t touch the handlebar. I like using this cover during the winter when everyone is sick. I can place it over the car seat, and it deters people from touching my baby. 

What are your newborn must-haves?

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Celebrating International Literacy Day with Incredibundles

Incredibundles Literacy is so important, and I believe you can never be too young to enjoy a good book. That’s why it’s important to teach children to have a love for reading and writing even in their early years. This month, on September 8th, you can celebrate your love for literacy on International Literacy Day! Incredibundles has made it easy for kids to love reading by providing bundles of different books. You can collect classic books, fun toys, and gifts in bundles that are shipped to your or a friend’s door. Incredibundles and Melissa and Doug Blocks Incredibundles is an amazing company that has drastically changed the way people give gifts for baby showers and more. They’ve revamped the baby gift basket by opting for a reusable storage container that is oh-so-cute. You can enjoy award-winning products and books shipped in these wonderful storage containers by ordering them through their website. One thing that I love about Incredibundles is that for every bundle you purchase, they donate to charity and they have several charities that they work with. The Tale of Peter Rabbit book The process for ordering is simple. You can either pick an already made bundle from their website, OR you can create your own bundle. I created my own bundle and I found that purchasing everything à la carte worked wonderfully for me.   SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cups My order was shipped quickly to me and it was packaged beautifully! Everything arrived in a very cute container. There was a bow around the container, bubble wrap to keep anything from shifting around, and there was tissue paper inside with a metal seal on it. Right away, I was impressed with the quality Incredibundles put into the packaging alone. Avery couldn’t keep her hands off anything I ordered for her, as you can see from the pictures. Haha 🙂 That let me know that what I picked for her was perfect. Incredibundles and Peter Rabbit Plush

So what did I pick for her?

Brown Bear and Friends Board Book Gift Set

Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Some of the first books I ever remember from school. I especially remember “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”. I think that book and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” are probably two of the most known and loved children’s books.

SkipHop Zoo Stack Cups

SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cup Set

These all have different sized holes on the bottom so your child can put water in them and let the water pour out. They can also stack the cups as well.

Melissa and Doug ABC 123 Blocks

Melissa and Doug ABC/123 Wooden Blocks Set

I thought these would be fun for Avery to play around with. She can’t exactly make words out of the blocks yet, but in time she’ll be able to. In the mean time, she can toss these around and stack them.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon Illustrations

Harold and the Purple Crayon book by Crockett Johnson

Again, I remember this book from my early years in school. The illustrations will always be fresh in my mind. I love this book and I know Avery will too. I thought it would be fun to read this to her.

Incredibundles Peter Rabbit Plush

Peter Rabbit Plush Jacket Embroidery

Peter Rabbit Plush

To go along with her Peter Rabbit book, I got this beautiful, soft, plush bunny.  I love the quality of this plush. He has “Peter” embroidered onto his coat, as well as some other embroidery. He’s also a decent size. I thought he’d be fairly small, but he is a nice, medium size. Perfect for snuggling. Avery has already tried to poke his eyes more times than I can count. :’D

Good Night, I Love You book

Goodnight, I Love You book by Caroline Jayne Church

A super cute book for putting little ones to bed. It’s one of those classic, feel-good books.

Incredibundles Create a Bundle

The Tale of Peter Rabbit book by Beatrix Potter

My brothers and sisters and I used to read these books and watch the movies they made of them all the time. Our family loves Beatrix Potter books! When I saw this book on Incredibundles website, I had to get it for Avery. 🙂 I hope to keep this book in our family for a very long time.

Incredibundles Gift Set

All-in-all, I had a very pleasant experience with Incredibundles services. I think they’ve done an incredible job finding quality products for babies and children. Everything shipped quickly, was in excellent condition, and my daughter loved all the products. I’d definitely recommend Incredibundles to anyone who is looking to get presents for a baby shower or birthday.

You can check out Incredibundles website HERE and their social media below.

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*These products were sent to me free of charge for a completely honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Find Your Valuables with the Chipolo Tracker

Chipolo Tracker

Finding my valuables has become so much easier since having my Chipolo tracker. As a mom, I’m always feeling scatterbrained and I’m always busy doing a million things. I can never remember where my keys, purse, phone or many other things are. Chipolo has made losing my valuables a thing of the past!

I can connect my Chipolos to an app on my phone. Whenever I lose a valuable, I press the icon for it on my phone and it will play a ring tone on the corresponding Chipolo to help me find it. There’s also a map showing the location of the Chipolo.

So what if I lose my phone? I simply click the Chipolo twice and it will ring my phone even if it’s on SILENT. 😍 Which, if you’re like me happens way more than it should.

chipolo-app

 

Also, If I lose one of my valuables that has the Chipolo on it and someone else who has the app goes by that item, I get an email telling me the location of the item! I think that is so brilliant.

So what do I not love about the Chipolo? I only have two qualms so far.

  1. The Chipolo works through Bluetooth. So if you are out of range, you will not be able to connect to the Chipolo through your phone. The max range for the Chipolo to ring your item is 200 yards. But this decreases with walls, etc. I have only run into this issue once where I went to ring my Chipolo and because it was in the basement it didn’t ring. I figure it’s hard for a lot of cell phones to have service in a basement so it makes sense that it wouldn’t ring.
  2. One of the two styles of Chipolos has a non-replaceable battery. There is the Chipolo Classic and the Chipolo Plus. I have the Chipolo Plus, which has a non-replaceable battery. The battery is supposed to last 12 months. I will have to see how long mine lasts. The reason that the battery is non-replaceable is that with technology ever-changing they’d like you to change out Chipolos. There is a recycling program where you can return your old Chipolo to the company and they will give you up to a 50% discount off a new Chipolo. The price of one Chipolo is $24.99 so you wouldn’t be paying much at all to replace one. You also get a bigger price reduction by buying Chipolos in bulk.

All-in-all, the Chipolo is pretty great! It has saved my sanity more times than I can count. I love that it’s water resistant. It comes in 7 different colors. I have two Chipolos. One of them is in the color “Rose Quartz” and the other one is in “Pearl White”. They look so good with my Diaper bag and keys. I think it’s great that the ringtone is nice and loud too. It’s up to 100db which if you read this chart compares it to a power lawn mower’s noise level.

Check out Chipolo at https://chipolo.net 

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transitioner Blanket + Giveaway

If you’ve swaddled your baby for a while but they’re starting to turn over, you may want to get a swaddle transitioner. I’ve been using the Zipadee-Zip for a few months now, and I love it. My daughter had been swaddled since birth so, naturally, I was worried about taking a swaddle away from her. The swaddle was comforting to her and also it was familiar.

I starting using the Zipadee-Zip when Avery was 4 months old – but that proved to be too soon for her. With teething going on, and so much mental transitioning, she just wasn’t ready for it. I decided to try it months later at 6-7 months and Avery slept wonderfully in it. I would say the biggest thing is to not compare your child to anyone else’s. Do what works for your child.

As far as transitioning Avery when she was older, it was seamless. I’m glad that I waited a bit to use a transitioner with her. Her first night (at 6-7 months) with the Zipadee-Zip she slept with no problems. The nights thereafter, she slept great too.

What I love about the Zipadee-Zip is that Avery has a blanket to keep her warm. I don’t have to worry about the material covering her face or anything scary like that. Because Avery used to take naps with me nearby, I’d let her use a blanket. So she became comfortable with a blanket. At night, that posed a problem. Thankfully, the Zipadee-Zip solved that problem for me. I love that it’s easy to put on to her. I simply put her arms and legs in and I zip it up. If she happens to turn over in the night, it’s no problem because she is able to use her hands and arms to move around. One thing that is great about the Zipadee-Zip is that it helps with the startle reflex in babies. It has a wing design so there is a slight resistance if the child puts their arms out.

I’d definitely recommend the Zipadee-Zip to moms whose children have been swaddled. It’s the perfect way to transition your child to sleeping without the swaddle.

The makers of the Zipadee-Zip also make teethers! My daughter absolutely loves hers. I clip it to her outfit and she’s able to grab it and gnaw on the silicone shapes. There is also a piece of fabric with a snap button on the opposite end of the clip so that I can attach a binky to the teether. Let me just tell you now that I have tried numerous teethers with Avery and she will hardly ever touch them. This one is one of her absolute favorites! 🙂

You can find the Zipadee-Zip HERE. Follow their social media platforms below.

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Also, the folks at Zipadee-Zip are very kind and wanted me to do a GIVEAWAY for my followers. Enter at the link below with your name and email. There’s also a chance for extra entries. 🙂 

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*This product was given to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Shopping with Babies Made Simple Using the LullaBelay

LullaBelay

Shopping with a baby can sometimes be challenging. Unless your baby can sit up well on their own, you have to put their baby seat into your cart and that takes up room where groceries would normally go. Fiddle Diddles has solved this problem with their LullaBelay. This crazy, genius invention is absolutely perfect for shopping trips!

Using the LullaBelay is really simple, but explaining it can be a little bit tricky, so I’ve added an instructional video from Fiddle Diddle’s YouTube channel. To explain briefly, you use carabiners to attach your baby’s seat to the grocery cart you are using. You’re probably thinking “umm.. wouldn’t the cart tip over??”. The answer is “no”, and here’s why… You attach the LullaBelay to the bottom of the toddler seat, and NOT to the handle bars. The LullaBelay actually LOWERS the center of gravity from where it sits! Crazy, I know. So it is completely safe to use. You can read more about the safety tests they’ve performed HERE.

Fiddle Diddles LullaBelay

So, I know the next thing you are probably thinking is “wouldn’t the car seat get in the way of where you’re walking?”. The answer to that is “no”, the reason being is that your baby’s car seat actually fits nicely under the handle bars of the cart. Thus, you are not walking into their car seat as you stroll around.

LullaBelay

I’ve absolutely loved using the LullaBelay. I can actually fit my groceries in my cart. I’ve gone to the grocery store several times without my LullaBelay and am completely frustrated with the lack of cart space I have. When I first got it to review, my husband was a bit skeptical. After a stroll down one aisle in the grocery store, he was sold and was pushing the cart around the rest of our grocery trip. My daughter loved it too because she was so comfortable, she fell asleep in her seat.

I like that you can put a covering over the seat, or you can leave it off and just let the seat hang. I’ve gotten so many looks and questions whenever I bring my LullaBelay to the grocery store with me. People want to know what it is and where to buy it! I feel like one of those cool moms who’s in the know. Haha

If you’d like to purchase a LullaBelay of your own or share it with friends, you can check out Fiddle Diddle’s site HERE. They offer a 3o day money back guarantee!

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*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Make Memories with Growing Roots Subscription Box

Growing Roots Subscription Box

I’m not new to the idea of subscription boxes. In fact, I love them. I think it’s fun having new products sent to my door on a monthly basis – especially when the products being sent are things I’d never think to buy for myself. I can say that I have really enjoyed my Growing Roots subscription box that they sent me. These boxes aim to connect families by building memories and they do just that.

The Going to Bed Book

Spending quality time with my daughter is very important to me, as is having “me”/ relaxation time. I love that there are amazing books in these boxes as well as pampering items for mommies.  As if the whole concept of the box is not great enough, with each box bought, a child in need has a book donated to them. Growing Roots box’s mission is “We believe in empowering families to spend more time together and in the benefits of early literacy.” I think that is so sweet.

Little Flower Relaxing and Detoxifying Lavender Bath Salt

I love that I’m able to build up my daughter’s book collection with quality books. I know these books will be in our family for a long time! I especially loved seeing that there was a Dr. Suess book in my box because growing up, Dr. Suess books and movies were some of my absolute favorites.

Someday book

Each month you receive 4-6 quality items sent to you for $39 + shipping. Something I like about these boxes is that items you get don’t all come from big companies. They come from small shops like ones found on Etsy. I think it’s really cool that Growing Roots Box supports small shops. You can tell a lot of thought goes into their product choices.

Bed Time Chore List

Products I received in my Growing Roots subscription box are as follows:

Ten Apples Up On Top! Book: I adore Dr. Suess books! I think they’re so great for children’s imaginations.

Growing Roots Eye Pillow: Wonderful for keeping cold or hot depending what you need it for. Whether you have a headache or just want to get rid of bags under the eyes, this is great.

Bed Time Chore Chart: My daughter can’t use this yet but I love how it’s designed! A metal sheet on wood with magnets that have chores for kids so they know what to do to get ready for bed. I, personally, am a visual person. I feel like this would make doing night time routines a little bit more fun for kiddos.

Ten Apples Up On Top! book

Someday BookThis is such a lovely book. It’s about a mother who dreams of all the wonderful things her child will do in life.

The Going to Bed Book: A cute book that makes going to bed more fun. 🙂

Lavender Seeds

Lavender Seeds: I love that they included these because I’ve always wanted to make a garden. Lavender is so great for helping people fall asleep. It has a relaxing aroma.

Little Flower Relaxing and Detoxifying Lavender Bath Salt: Firstly, this bath salt smells so wonderful. Secondly, it’s definitely relaxing. I could not wait to try this bath salt and pretty much immediately opened it and poured myself a bath. It did not disappoint.

Eye Pillow by Growing Roots

Overall, I liked what I received. I thought it was a great box. There were pampering items for me and lasting products for my daughter, so definitely nice in my book.

If you’d like to purchase a Growing Roots subscription box of your own, you can do so HERE. Follow Growing Roots on their pages below!

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*This box was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Favorite. Swaddle. Ever. Ollie Swaddle

Ollie Swaddle box and swaddle

My daughter was swaddled from the day she was born until about 7 months old or so. While sleeping in her pack n play, her arms would inevitably make it up to her face and wake her up if she wasn’t being swaddled. My husband and I would never have gotten sleep without the Ollie Swaddle.

I received the Ollie Swaddle as a baby shower gift from my sisters-in-law and then from Ollie Swaddle, and I’ll admit I had heard of it, but I didn’t know exactly what it was. I hadn’t really researched it much. After receiving the Ollie Swaddle and trying it out at the hospital with my newborn baby, I was really impressed! It kept her calm and happy, which made me very happy since my husband was sick with Strep and couldn’t be at the hospital much with me. A. stayed so calm that I actually kept her in my hospital room for the next 2 days and she didn’t stay overnight at the nursery.

What I love about the Ollie Swaddle is that it is stretchy, soft, and has velcro closures on it. It also helps with the startle reflex in babies because it helps contain the baby’s arms and legs. The older that my daughter has gotten, the more she likes to wiggle in her sleep. I’ve tried using other swaddles but she’s like Houdini and wiggles her arms or hands right out! The Ollie Swaddle has helped her keep her arms to her side and not wake herself up.

DockATot and Ollie Swaddle

Another thing that I like about the Ollie Swaddle is that you can use it to transition a baby out of the swaddle by leaving their arms out. There is a stretchy loop that you can use to close the swaddle at the bottom (almost like a tail) and it keeps your child’s feet warm. 🙂 It’s definitely my favorite swaddle and I would highly recommend it! It was a life saver with my baby!

*Disclaimer: Products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All views expressed in this post are my own.

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Latchy Catchy Review + Giveaway

Latchy Catchy

I live in a rental house that has been in the middle of renovations since I moved in. As you can imagine, having nail guns, saws, and drills running during the day isn’t very quiet. My daughter still takes 3-4 naps a day so I need to be able to have somewhere not too loud for her to sleep. Luckily, I’m able to quietly put her in her nursery or in my room and close the door without noise thanks to my Latchy Catchy.

The Latchy Catchy is a cloth door silencer with loops on both ends that attach to your door knobs. It keeps the door latch from clicking and creates a snug fit so your door shuts without waking up your baby. My daughter is pretty great with noises, she can sleep through most things unless they’re too loud. One thing that makes her jump awake is clicking, or clanking (like on a glass). I have no idea why she wakes up to these noises but eating with a fork and glass plate is impossible next to her when she’s sleeping. I hate when she’s sound asleep and the tiniest clank jolts her awake. She doesn’t seem to wake up when I close her door with the Latchy Catchy which is great. Mama needs her to get as much rest as possible. Teething anger is real! :O

Latchy Catchy on door

I love the ease of putting the Latchy Catchy on my doors. As I said, you simply put one loop on the inner door handle and the other loop on the outer door handle. That’s all there is to it!

I have two Latchy Catchys. One is on my bedroom door and one is on my daughter’s bedroom door. Because of the snug fit with the door, the Latchy Catchy helps you be able to completely close the door but you’re still able to easily open and close the door again. No more door slamming, and no more pinched fingers for little ones! Yay 😀

The design I have featured above is “Naptime + Roses”. Super cute name. 😀 I love the floral pattern. I also have an animal print patterned Latchy Catchy called “Sleepy Safari”. It’s a white and gray Leopard print. The pricing for one Latchy Catchy is $14.99 but they have sales all the time which makes them pretty affordable.

You can check out Latchy Catchy HERE.

GIVEAWAY – Latchy Catchy wanted me to give away a free Latchy Catchy to one winner! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post, or leave a comment on my Latchy Catchy post on Instagram. More entries if you follow @LatchyCatchy on Instagram and follow me @Prettylovedblog too, as well as tag friends. 🙂 Giveaway ends July 9th.  Good luck! <3

*This product was provided to me free of cost for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Go Little One Go

Go Little One Go Legging Gift Set - Aqua and Light Grey

So, little A is learning to crawl around and she’s practically there. Since it’s summer and since she slips on the floor with regular pants, I usually put her in a shirt so her bare legs can touch the floor. She’s able to move a lot easier that way. A month or so back, I found a company through Instagram called Go Little One Go who makes anti-slip bamboo leisurewear for babies! I thought that was such a genius idea.

Go Little One Go Legging Gift Set

I want to just say, firstly, that these clothes are buttery soft. I honestly wish they made clothes for grown adults. Haha. The reason their clothing is so soft is that it’s made from an allergy-free bamboo – so it doesn’t mess with your little one’s sensitive skin. There is also spandex in their clothes which makes for a comfortable fit on your baby.

Go little One Go‘s clothing is one size that ranges from 6-15 months, which is the typical crawling stage. A is almost 7 months old, 17 lbs, and this aqua and light grey legging gift set fits her nicely. It’s not too loose and not too tight.

What I love about this set is that A is able to move freely and comfortably on the floor thanks to the silicone safety grips on the leggings. They are so great! I can’t tell you how many times A has been trying to crawl in regular pants on our hardwood floors and she gets extremely frustrated that she can’t get anywhere. It’s frustrating for me because her legs get red and sore on the floor if I don’t have pants on her.

I’m really glad that we found this brand. I think their prices are reasonable for the quality of their products and the folks at Go Little One Go are so so kind. I’m just thankful my girl can be comfortable as she explores the floor! Please check them out and look at their shop. You won’t regret it.

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*These products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Four Green Cleaning Brands That are Safe for the Family

Four Green Cleaners That are Safe for the Family

Since I’ve had my baby, I’ve been wanting to buy more green cleaning products and fewer products with harsh chemicals. It’s amazing how much your mindset changes once you have a little one to look after. You only want the best for them. Not to mention, little kids get into everything. I want to share with you four brands that I love. Their products are all mostly comprised of plant-based ingredients so they’re safe for both humans and pets.

Nature’s Magic

Nature's Magic

The first green cleaning brand I want to mention is called Nature’s Magic. I found this brand while on Instagram (a place where I tend to find a lot of my favorite brands lately :D). I was super intrigued when I read that there were few ingredients and that the ingredients were all natural and safe! They have essential oils in their products, which I think is really nice. There are loads of great benefits to using essential oils. On top of that, the products are powerful enough to actually work. Score!

Nature's Magic Deep Clean

Starting with my absolute favorite product of all of Nature’s Magic’s products is Deep Clean. This stuff smells amazing!! I want to use it everywhere because I just love it so much. I feel like it does work well to clean counters, floors, the stovetop, etc. I’ve used it to mop with a few times. The ingredients are as follows: water, organic almond castile soap, pure essential tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, a blend of other essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Tea tree oil is powerful for getting rid of germs and so is eucalyptus oil.

Nature's Magic Glass Cleaner

Next up, we have Glass Cleaner. The only ingredients in this are water, vinegar, a blend of pure essential citrus oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used to do everything from removing odors to removing stains and polishing. I think this Glass Cleaner works totally fine and gets the job done. I’ve used it on both my mirrors and windows. 🙂 Of course, the smell of vinegar isn’t all that appealing at first, but that goes away fairly quickly — so no worries.

Nature's Magic Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Multi-Purpose. You can use this stuff for dusting, cleaning counter tops, toilets, appliances — anything really. Ingredients in this include water, vinegar, organic castile soap, pure essential rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and grapefruit seed extract. Again, I would say this serves its purpose. It cleans and gets rid of odors, which is nice!

Nature's Magic Wood Polish

Lastly, for Nature’s Magic, is their Wood Polish. You can use this on both wood and leather. I have used this to wipe down my couch and had no qualms with it. I also have polished wood and I think it does a great job. The ingredients in this are water, olive oil, organic castile soap, pure essential lavender oil, a blend of other essential oils and grapefruit seed extract. The only thing I would say I don’t like about this product is the scent, but that’s not that big of a deal.

Mrs. Meyer’s

Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Mrs. Meyer’s is my next green cleaning brand mention. I actually saw an ad on Facebook that mentioned if you spent $20 at Grove Collaborative that you got a bunch of free product. I ended up with a really nice haul of green products that I love. One of them is this Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. I’ll be the first to say that I would not personally have chosen the Geranium scent for myself, but to be honest, I love it! I feel like whenever I use this, it lifts my spirits and the whole house smells great. Ingredients in this include Birch bark extract, Geranium flower oil, Rose flower oil, and Clove flower oil, just to name a few. I think this is a great everyday green cleaner. I use it in my kitchen and bathrooms a lot.

Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure Castile SoapI absolutely am now a complete Dr. Bronner’s fan! They make green cleaning so easy. Not only are their products effective, but they smell and feel incredible. Dr. Bronner’s products are made with certified Fair Trade and Organic Ingredients. I have to brag about these two products because I absolutely love them! Firstly, I want to tell you about Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner — you can use this product for SO. MANY. THINGS. I’ve used it to wash dishes in the sink .. ummm amazing. I don’t know how, but all of the gunk on the plate literally feels like it slides right off. It is an excellent grease cutter which makes dish washing so effortless.  It’s effective and powerful yet you don’t need to use a lot because it’s concentrated. Also, it’s gentle on your skin.

Other uses for this cleaner are general house cleaning, stain removal, dish soap, laundry soap, floor cleaning (including wood!), car cleaning. You can also use this as a scouring paste by mixing it with baking soda. If you want an all-around cleaner, this is the one! I can’t say enough about it. Plus, it smells amazing. Some of Sal Suds ingredients: Siberian Fir Needle Oil and Spruce Leaf Oil (which give Sal Suds its amazing smell), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, and Decyl Glucoside (these three are for grease cutting and cleaning).

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap

The second Dr. Bronner’s product that I can’t get enough of is their 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap. You can use this soap for everything! Here’s some of the things you can use this soap for – washing your body, hair rinse, washing dishes in the sink, laundry, mopping, washing the dog, cleaning fruits and veggies, all purpose cleaner, getting rid of bugs on plants,  and shaving.

I love the smell of citrus. It is such a relaxing scent to me. This soap smells like orange oil and it transforms my showers! I’m not kidding. I can have the most stressful day ever, and as soon as I get this soap out and use it, the smell just takes my mind to happy places and I feel at peace. You don’t need to use a lot of this at a time because, like Sal Suds, it is concentrated. I like how it lathers, I think the scent is to die for, and I feel clean without my skin feeling dried out, which I love. What I think is funny is that my husband, who loves his old spice scented body washes, has used this soap on numerous occasions. He, too, likes the scent and how well it works.

Norwex

Norwex Envirocloth and Cleaning Paste

Last but not least, Norwex! You may have seen some of your friends on Facebook selling these products. I was introduced to Norwex from my friend Jessica who sells it. What is unique about Norwex products is that you only use WATER with them. I know you’re thinking that doesn’t sound sanitary at all. And trust me, I am a germaphobe so thinking of not using bleach on everything makes me stop and wonder if it actually is cleaning /disinfecting everything. These products do work though. They use silver to disinfect as you clean. Silver smothers germs.

I especially love the Window and EnviroCloths. They are made of microfiber and you can use them on anything really. When I first got my EnviroCloth and  Window cloth, I cleaned my entire kitchen. I’m talking microwave, stove, fridge, countertops, and cabinets. It removed grease, dirt, and everything I needed it to and with the EnviroCloth and Window Cloth mixture, you are left with no streaks and nice, shiny surfaces. I would definitely recommend checking out some of their products. They have everything from cleaning products to laundry and body products.

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Are you still with me? I know this has been a long list, but I promise these products are amazing! I am so glad that I switched to green cleaners. They smell much better than ones with a million chemicals and they’re safe for my whole family so I don’t have to be scared if my child or pet get into them. Definitely, check them out!

*Some products in this post were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Also, some links are referral links. 

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Promptly Journals: Document Your Child’s History

I take lots of pictures of my daughter, but one thing that I love to be able to keep up with is documenting her special moments in life. Promptly Journals makes that so simple for me to do. Unlike a lot of journals where you have endless empty pages, the Promptly Journal has tons of prompts so you don’t miss any of the important details month-by-month and year-by-year. Incredibly, you can record in this journal from when you are pregnant until your child is 18!

Included in the Childhood History journal that I got is a family history chart going back a few generations. I love that I’m able to share with my daughter where she came from. My dad and mom have always been huge into genealogy so it’s great that my daughter can get a glimpse into her family history.

Along with prompts and blank pages, there are pages you can paste pictures of your little one. It’s the perfect journal to save as a keepsake. Also, I think this would be an amazing baby shower gift for a friend! It’s gender neutral so even if you are giving this gift early, it totally works.

Promptly journals are wonderfully crafted. I love the quality of them and they also come in a few colors: Grey, Sand, and Ochre. The journal pictured above is in the color “Sand“. Pricing is also really great! You only pay $32 for either a Childhood History journal or an Adoption History journal, which I think is a fair price for a journal that will last for YEARS.

Check out Promptly Journal’s pages below and shop their site. You won’t regret it!

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*Product was supplied to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Wayfair

It’s finally Spring! The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and being outdoors is basically a requirement. I love getting outdoors when it’s warmer and soaking up the sun’s rays but currently, I have no furniture outside. Since I have no patio furniture I thought I’d throw together a wish-list of some great pieces I think would throw the space together. Wayfair has so many great and affordable products for the outdoors. They have products for home decor and pets too which makes decorating any space a breeze.

Here are some products I’d love to have on my patio:

Porto 4 Piece Lounge Seating Group with Cushion in color “Spruce Blue” (<-Link Here)

Lounge seating is perfect for spending time with friends outdoors. It’s basically like bringing your living room outside. 🙂 I love the Coastal look of these.

Beechwood Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow in color “Light Gray” (<-Link Here)

Pillows add an accent or a pop of color to furniture. I love pillows with patterns, especially.

Tub 3 Piece Metal Pot Planter Set (<-Link Here)

Pot planters are great because you can place them wherever you’d like and put so many things in them. You can put flowers, succulents, or even fresh herbs in them! They add life to your space.

Metal Lantern (<-Link Here)

Lanterns make your patio space cozy during the night. You can place them on your table, on the ground or even hang them in nearby trees.

Tailgater 20 Wood Fired Grill (<-Link Here)

My husband and I love to do cook outs, so cooking steaks, burgers, hot dogs, and kabobs are definitely on the menu. There’s something so delicious about the wood-smoked flavor these grills have.

Classic 5 Piece Dining Set (<-Link Here)

 

If you’re going to have a grill, you may as well have an eating area, right? I love tables you can put an umbrella on to keep the hot sun off yourself while it’s scorching outside, or you can have the umbrella off when you’re soaking up rays.

If you’d like to create your own perfect patio space, check out this Patio Furniture Makeover Starter Kit on Wayfair’s website. There are endless possibilities for colors, materials, style and functionality. They truly have it all!

You can also check out Wayfair here:

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Spark Imagination with KidloLand + Giveaway

 

KidloLand App

A month or so back, I was asked by the people at KidloLand if my daughter and I would like to review their educational, interactive app for ages 0-5. I had never heard of KidloLand, but after watching a video on their website about it, I was very interested in trying it out.

If your children are anything like my nieces, nephews or daughter, then they love music and games. When I visit my niece, one of the first things she does is asks for my phone so that she can play games on it. Luckily, I have the KidloLand app on my phone which has made music more interactive and games more educational so I don’t have to feel bad handing my phone over to her. 😀

KidloLand

KidloLand is such an impressive app! They have phonics, learning games, letter tracing, nursery rhymes, stories, and they even teach about colors, shapes, flowers, numbers, and more! There are over 1,000 activities, songs, rhymes and games and there are NO advertisements!! This app has everything your child needs to both be entertained for HOURS (if you wanted :D) and also to learn. I absolutely love it and so does my daughter.

My daughter is only 4 months old, but she loves when I sing to her. She tends to sing with me, which is the cutest thing. When I play nursery rhymes for her on KidloLand, her face lights up and she has the biggest smiles. All of the nursery rhymes on the app have interactive cartoons where you can press on different characters and they do fun things like change colors, spin, dig, fly, or make noises.

KidloLand is such an amazing app, not only for children, but for parents too. There are so many songs and versions of songs as well as cute games that you’ll find yourself giggling along with your child as you explore the app. I would highly recommend this app to parents and aunts/uncles/grandparents of littles.

There are 3 options for purchasing the KidloLand app – $4.99 per month, $24.99 for 6 months or the best value: $39.99 for an entire year. It’s much cheaper than sites like ABC Mouse and there is still tons to do on it!

You can download the KidloLand app for iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id533412119?pt=275891&ct=prettyloved

Download from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.internetdesignzone.nurseryrhymes&hl=en

GIVEAWAY time!! The wonderful folks at KidloLand were kind enough to let me give away a 3 months subscription FREE to THREE of my followers (SO THREE WINNERS!). All you have to do is comment on this post or go to my Instagram, follow me and KidloLand and tag a friend; more tags = more entries. Giveaway ends March 31st.  https://www.instagram.com/prettylovedblog/

*I was given a free subscription to this app in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own and are not altered in any way because of receiving this product.

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Lorena Canals Rugs

Some of the top celebrities, bloggers, and magazines LOVE Lorena Canals’ rugs. It’s no surprise because their handmade rugs are not only gorgeous and functional but they’re also made with non-toxic dyes and are machine washable. Which, lets face it, is a need.. especially when you have children and pets!

Lorena Canals has so many designs and shapes for their rugs. Whether you are sophisticated, or fun-spirited, there honestly is a rug for everyone’s taste. I have one of their white, spotted rugs with scalloped edges called “Little Biscuit White” and I absolutely love it for my daughter’s room. The design is so versatile and cute. 🙂

Lorena Canals rug

So, as mentioned above, one of my favorite things about these rugs is that they’re machine washable! One thing you’ll find as a mother is that you need products that provide functionality. Even the cleanest, neatest children can ruin the nicest things so it’s nice to have a rug you can actually wash.

Along with being machine-washable, Lorena Canals’ rugs are sooo soft! I lay my daughter down on hers for playing and tummy time and I find myself wanting to join her and run my hands all over it. 😀 Wherever her rug is, my dog is also wanting to lay on it. I’ve found him in her room several times sleeping on it. It’s the sweetest thing. But, again, I love that I’m able to wash it after he has laid on it.

There are so many gorgeous designs and patterns for all. I would definitely recommend these rugs to anyone I talk to. The only down to these rugs is that the price point is a little bit pricey. But honestly, for a rug that is handmade, will last forever, and can’t really be ruined from normal use, I think it’s an incredible value.

If you’re interested in checking out Lorena Canals’ rugs, you can find their site –> HERE and their INSTAGRAM –> HERE. They have more than just rugs, you can also find baskets, pillows, and blankets too — all, which are machine washable as well. You’re sure to find something you love!

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*These products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Milestone Baby Cards

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Documenting those first moments with your little one just got a whole lot easier thanks to Milestone Baby‘s milestone cards.

Milestone Baby has a ton of cute cards you can use to celebrate your baby’s monthly and yearly milestones. They’ve got cards for birthdays, holidays and even events like baby’s first smile, and baby sleeping through the night. It makes keeping up with these events so much easier.

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It’s so easy to use Milestone Baby cards. You can place a card that corresponds to the event or date next to your baby and you take a picture of your baby and the card. You can also write a date on the card for a keepsake.

Milestone Baby cards Flatlay

I’ve been loving my Milestone Baby cards. I’m not great at remembering dates and I love taking pictures, so it’s fun to be able to keep up with all the fun events in my baby girl’s life. It’s amazing how fast she’s grown and she learns so fast so there are always new things happening all the time to document.

Milestone Baby also has cards for documenting pregnancy and toddlers. They also have FREE printables for holidays. You can find the free printables —> HERE.

You can find MILESTONE BABY on Instagram @milestonebaby or Shop.milestone-world.com . They have products for all and their products are fairly cheap. 🙂

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*The products in this post were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover

Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover

If you buy any multi-use cover, Copper Pearl’s Multi-Use Cover is the one to buy.

I recently took a trip to see my fam and having a 1 1/2 month old, at the time, with no shots was making me nervous. No one wants to see their precious baby sick — especially if they can prevent it. There’s something about seeing a new baby that draws people in like magnets and that can be nerve wracking. Luckily, with my Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover I was able to put it over my carseat/stroller combo and it kept the crowds at bay. 😀

There is so much to love about this cover. They say it is a 3-in-one use cover, but it’s so much more than that. You can use the Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover as a nursing cover, a car seat cover, a shopping cart cover, and a shade. As you can see above, I placed the cover over my baby swing to keep the sun away from my daughter’s eyes and it has worked like a charm. You can put the cover over the grocery cart seat so your little ones don’t put their hands on tons of germs. Also, if you’re out in public and needing to nurse, this cover will cover from your back to your front, which is great. For the amount of uses you get out of this cover, the price is incredible.

Copper Pearl has tons of patterns to choose from for their covers. I chose a super pretty floral pattern called “Grace” for mine. It’s bright and cheerful for the winter months and perfect for the spring and summer as well.

Copper Pearl’s Multi-Use Cover is so easy to use because it’s made of a stretchy, rayon-blend fabric. There are no zippers, straps, or anything else. You simply pull the cover over yourself, your grocery cart, your car seat, or whatever else you’re covering. It’s so simple to use.

If you’d like to try out Copper Pearl’s Multi-Use Covers or any of their other fabulous products like their sheets, bibs, blankets, changing pad covers and washcloths then check out their website HERE.

Use code PRETTYLOVED for 15% off your ENTIRE order until January 25th!

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*These products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Finn + Emma

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If you’re looking for high-quality,  non-toxic products that contain 100 % cotton, Finn + Emma products are the way to go.

You’ve probably seen Finn + Emma products floating around Instagram. They’ve become really popular and it’s no wonder, because they really are made to last. Baby girl was able to try out Finn + Emma’s Reversible Bib, Footed Pants, and their Muslin Swaddles.

The Reversible Bib, which is made in India, has such beautiful detail. One side is embroidered, while the other has a unique pattern. It’s like getting two bibs in one. The snaps on the bib are lead and nickel free with coconut inserts.

As far as cleaning the bib, it’s very simple because it’s cotton. You just wash it like anything else.

I love the gorgeous patterns on their bibs. They have a few different kinds of bibs to choose from — either reversible or bandana and they’re easy to use as well as take care of.

 

The footed pants are so unbelievably soft and they’re stretchy as well which makes them easy for your baby to wear them for a long time. The age range for the ones I got was 0-3 months. My daughter is in the 94th percentile for height for her age range and she still fits these just fine. I absolutely love the embroidery at  the bottom of them too! And, again, they’re very simple to wash.

Lastly, Finn + Emma’s Muslin Swaddles .. I like that they’re large, which makes them easy for your baby to use them for a long time.  I do wish they were stretchy and a bit softer. I use my Ollie Swaddle religiously. The reason being that my daughter can’t get her hands out, it’s stretchy, and there is Velcro on it. These swaddles don’t have Velcro so you use them just like receiving blankets. I’m just not a huge fan of old fashioned swaddling.

I would definitely recommend Finn + Emma’s clothing items. I think they’re super soft and durable. Finn + Emma have so many other products as well: teethers, play gyms, and mats. Definitely check out their site to see their full product selection.

Recieve 15% OFF all orders $50 and above  by using my referral code :  http://finnandemma.refr.cc/kristin

*These products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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The Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock

Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock

Say hello to your baby-friendly shopping companion! Meet The Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock.

My baby is very young, so she’s only been out of the house a few times — two of those few times have been to the grocery store. Now, I know moms usually have their baby in a car seat that has been placed in the grocery cart. The problem with using a car seat in the cart is that it takes up 75% of your grocery cart so you can’t really do a full grocery haul. Also, some people like to rest the car seat on the seating area of the cart, which isn’t safe at all. Enter the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock.. I’m able to safely strap the hammock (with velcro) to most grocery carts and then clip my daughter into a harness that is in the hammock. The hammock then rests above the cart so I’m able to place groceries inside the entire length of the cart.

What I like about the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock is that you can use it several ways. You can lay your baby in the hammock or if you’d really like to still use a car seat, you can place it on top of the hammock and strap it on so it’s safely secured. The hammock is able to support up to 50 lbs! It can be used for babies up to 6 months who can sit up on their own.

I really love the cute fabric designs of the hammock. It has 2 layers of fabric and the hammock has been tested so it meets several safety tests.

The Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock has been amazing for my little girl. She loves to lay in it and has fallen asleep when I’ve used it so I’m able to shop with no problems. I love that I’m able to quickly attach it to the grocery cart and get her settled in it. It’s really easy to put in my diaper bag as well because it’s not bulky. I just roll up the hammock and it fits nicely in my bag.

I would definitely recommend the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock to moms of young babies. It makes shopping trips so much easier. I think it’s especially great if you have several young children because you can put your baby in the hammock and then place your younger ones in the seating part of the cart. You then don’t have to grab several carts. I have friends who have had to do this.

If you’d like to purchase or learn more about the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock, you can go to their website Binxybaby.com . Recieve 10% OFF using my referral link –> HERE. Also, be sure to check out their Instagram page for giveaways and the cutest pictures of babies in the hammocks – @shopbinxy .

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DockATot – The Perfect Sleeping Solution for Your Babe

DockATot

After having my baby girl, I’ve had to find creative ways to get her to sleep. One thing that has really helped me get her to sleep is her DockATot. I can’t say enough about this awesome handmade lounger.

The day I came home from the hospital, I came home with a very sick husband. I was exhausted and sore  and I needed some relaxation. I took out the DockATot and laid my girl in it. She loved it and immediately fell asleep in it. Afterwards, my pup, husband and I all passed out too.  At night, my husband slept in the living room so he wouldn’t get my daughter and I sick, and I braced myself for a long night. I took out the DockATot and placed it in bed with me so I could co-sleep and keep a close eye and ear on my babe. To my delight, my daughter actually slept really well. She didn’t roll around or cry and she looked really comfortable.  She only woke when she wanted to eat.

The DockATot has  been great for times my daughter is tired. I’m able to put her in it and she zonks out. It’s breathable and made of 100% all natural cotton so it’s soft, yet firm enough to lay her in. It’s made in Sweden, where design and safety are top priorities and it’s also OEKO-TEX certified, so it’s been tested for harmful substances. I got the Deluxe size, which is suitable for babes 0-8 months old but they also have a larger size, Grand, which is suitable for little ones ages 9-36 months old. My daughter loves it because it leaves her a bit of room but it’s also cocoon-like, so it’s reminiscent of the womb. Another great thing about the DockATot is that it doesn’t hold heat, so my babe stays content and comfortable.

Baby in DockATot

What I love is that my baby can use the DockATot for so many things — co-sleeping, nap times, tummy time, playing and lounging. It’s been said that the DockATot is also good for transitioning a toddler to their own bed. Oh! And one of the best things — the DockATot is MACHINE WASHABLE! 🙂 So, say your baby randomly spits up, has a blow out, or what have you — you can wash the cover for the lounger! It’s wonderful. Now, I’ll be honest and I will admit that the price tag is a bit steep.. but it’s a handmade item that can be used for so many purposes. You’re also able to have that peace of mind in knowing that it’s safe and that definitely is a good thing.

I love the DockATot and I know my daughter does too. It’s definitely been a lifesaver for me these past few weeks and will continue to be a lifesaver.

If you’d like more information on the DockATot, or would like to buy one, you can use my referral link –> HERE and receive $10 off!

Follow DockATot on Instagram HERE –>  @dockatot 

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Coolest Phone Case Ever.. Loopy

Loopy

One day, when I was watching a YouTube video, I noticed a vlogger using an awesome phone case. I quickly went to Google it and realized the company who makes it is called Loopy Cases.

Loopy case

I’ve been using my Loopy case for several months and can tell you that it is a game-changer when it comes to phone cases! I got an iPhone not very long ago, and my phone is so slick it falls out my hands all the time and falls on my face when I’m laying down reading emails. I’m sure many of you have had this happen to you and it’s so frustrating! Ever since I’ve had my Loopy, I haven’t had a problem with this.

So, a quick little story about how the Loopy was created.. Three brothers have taken over the operations of Loopy Cases, but it all started when their dad, who had just upgraded to an iPhone from a Motorola RAZR dropped his phone and cracked the screen. Not wanting to buy some expensive, bulky case, he decided to create his own sleek case. He took some duct tape and some wires from a set of headphones and secured them to the back of a thin phone case. This “AHA!” moment led to the birth of the Loopy!

Front of Loopy

I can tell you that  after using my Loopy case for several months, it’s awesome! Here are the things I love about it:

  1.  The loop on the back of it allows me to have a comfortable hold on my phone and I don’t drop it on my face any more. Haha.
  2. The case is sturdy, yet not too thin.
  3. On the front of the case is a protective barrier which is shock absorbing so when I drop my phone on the front it’s got just enough cushion that it doesn’t crack or break.
  4. You can use the loop as a kickstand, which is pretty cool. So, say you’re watching a movie, you’re able to prop your phone up and watch with no problems.
  5. The Loopy Case also allows for one hand use. By comfortably holding the Loopy Case with your middle finger, you’re able to use your thumb to maneuver your phone.
  6. Loopy has a LIFETIME guarantee.
  7. You can fit it in your pocket! No crazy bulkiness.
  8. It’s a boredom buster because you can have fun flipping your phone around your finger.
  9. There are interchangeable loops so your phone can have a different look.

I would definitely recommend the Loopy to anyone. I get compliments on mine all the time because people think it’s a genius idea. The funny thing too is that every one wants to try it out.

If you’d like to buy a Loopy of your own, you can find them HERE. They have cases for several versions of both iPhones and Samsung phones.

*This product was sent to me free of charge for my complete and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

PinkBlush Maternity Review + Giveaway

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Hello lovely friends,

I thought I’d do a fun little maternity fashion post for you from PinkBlush Maternity. So, in case you hadn’t heard the news on my Instagram, John and I are expecting a little girl! 🙂 When I heard the news, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I cried happy tears and had the biggest smile on my face. I’ve had recurring dreams since I was younger that I had a little girl so it’s honestly a dream come true.

This Friday, I will be 28 weeks pregnant and entering my third trimester! Crazy, I know. It’s been a crazy ride so far, but I’m loving every second of it. As far as most pregnancies go, I feel like I’ve had it easier than others.. at least compared to stories I’ve heard. The only things I’d really say I have any issues with are my achy body, feeling tired/lack of sleep, and finding maternity clothes that not only fit well but feel and look good.

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Ever since I’ve become pregnant I’ve been looking up shops through Instagram that carry cute maternity clothing. One shop that I’ve come back to over and over again is PinkBlush Maternity. They have trendy and beautiful clothing pieces that are perfect for women who want to feel and look cute throughout their pregnancy. I’ll admit that since I’ve become pregnant I don’t always feel very glamorous or cute. Having a changing body can do that to someone. Many days I wear yoga pants and large shirts so it’s nice to have a change up.

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PinkBlush Maternity allowed me to review one of their beautiful, chiffon maternity dresses and I couldn’t be more happy with it. What I love about this dress:  it’s made of quality material, has a gorgeous, floral pattern, it fits my curvy body, and it isn’t too short. I’m 5’8 so finding dresses that aren’t very short is somewhat hard for me. Something else I love about this dress is that everything is covered. You know when you buy a dress and the underlining is pretty much see-through or only comes halfway up the dress?! That drives me nuts. The lining of this dress comes all the way down to the bottom and is opaque so you don’t have to worry. You can wear this dress summer or fall because the sleeves are 3/4 length and the dress flows so it keeps you cool.

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PinkBlush Maternity has so many other clothing items if dresses aren’t your thing. They have hospital robes, active wear, tops, and bottoms. You can also find cute shoes, bags, hats, sunglasses and more in their shop.

I wanted to share PinkBlush Maternity with my friends, so we’ve teamed up to bring you a $75 gift card! It can be used on anything on the website. All you have to do is like/comment on my Instagram post about the giveaway. If you like both, then you get 2 entries. A bonus third entry if you share the post on Instagram and tag me and PinkBlush Maternity! 🙂 If you’ve previously won a PinkBlush Maternity giveaway in the past 3 months, you won’t be eligible to win. Good luck to you all! 🙂

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*Disclaimer: All products in this post were sent to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Five Ways to Bring More Positivity into Your Life

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I guess you could say I’ve been on a journey to finding not only myself, but true and lasting happiness and a positive life. I really think happiness and positivity go hand in hand.

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If you ask people who know me, they’ll tell you I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky person. I love having conversations with people about their lives; the really deep parts of their lives that make them who they are. I am usually laughing about something. I love hearing a good joke or lounging around doing nothing but enjoying the presence of others..

Still, I have been working on something that I do struggle with on a daily basis.. and that is POSITIVITY. In my head, it’s so much easier to point out every little thing that goes wrong.. everything that makes me feel like I don’t measure up to others. I know it’s not right, but I do it. I think we all have this struggle at times.

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These last few weeks, I’ve been truly trying to be a more positive person. The reason being is that I haven’t felt as happy as I know I should be. I have a great life, an amazing husband and family, and a sweet and loving dog. I think what really opened my eyes was I had been watching different videos and streams of people who were living their dreams and their main focus was self-love, positivity, and drive! Even if no-one else thought they could fulfill their dreams, they thought they could and they did! This set me out to find different ways to add positivity to my life.

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Now, this is a journey, and I know it will be a continual one but I am feeling more optimistic already so I have wanted to share these tips with you all.

Here are 5 ways you can be more positive! :

Focus on the good.

When you focus on the positive things in your life, you’re likely to have an over-all feeling of gratitude, thankfulness, and happiness. A good way to keep yourself accountable is to write your thoughts down. I like an app on my phone called “Happier”. (I wrote about it on this post.) It helps me make sure to post positive thoughts and to read positive thoughts from others. A journal is also another good way to focus on positivity in your life.

Surround yourself with positivity.

Talk to positive people, read inspirational books or watch movies about what you’re passionate about — whether that be about fulfilling your dreams,  leading a healthy lifestyle, creating crafts, or starting a business.

Meditate.

Close your eyes, breathe in and out slowly and deeply and give yourself positive affirmations throughout the day. Tell yourself “I will have a great day.”, or “I can achieve my dreams.”. You can even be more specific by saying things like “I will make 5 sales today.” or “I can be a great sales leader!”. Meditate on those good thoughts.

Stop comparing yourself.

Everyone has a different journey. I’ve heard this a dozen times now but it’s probably one of my favorite quotes — “Comparison is the stealer of happiness”. Realize that by comparing yourself to others, you’re not boosting your confidence or helping yourself fulfill your dreams, you’re putting a weight on your shoulders. Be confident in what you can do and be your biggest cheerleader! 🙂 You’ll find that life is much easier that way.

Do things you love.

Travel, rearrange your bedroom, go for a walk, or create something beautiful! 🙂 One of my favorite things to do is to go for a long walk with my dog. I love that I can get out of the house, breathe in the fresh air and see the beautiful, colorful landscapes. It’s pretty impossible to not have a positive outlook when you’re doing things you’re passionate about.

The world is your canvas! Color it! 🙂

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Happy 1st Birthday Pretty Loved Blog!!

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Much to my surprise, it’s been a whole YEAR since Pretty Loved was created! (Its 1st birthday! Awww!) It honestly has been so much fun every day creating this blog that time has just flown right by.. So much has happened in one year that I never imagined happening.

First of all, I want to say thank you so much to all of you who have not only taken the time to check out my posts, but followed my blog (630 of you on WordPress alone!) and also left me sweet comments! It really means a lot to me that you take the time to give your thoughts.

I started this blog as a creative outlet and because I am somewhat of a loner and I can say now that I’ve met so many wonderful friends through blogging. I’m truly so happy I decided to carry on. <3

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This past year, I’ve had the chance to be featured on Time Inc.’s new beauty platform MimiChatter.com :

  • The Pinterest-Worthy Candle Jar Makeup Brush Holder You Never Knew You Needed
  • 5 Things I Did to Diminish My Hormonal Acne Breakouts
  • I Tried This 100% Natural Skin Care Line

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I worked with some fantastic brands & companies :

ProducttestingUSA . Tessa Williams . Acure Organics . Jealous Body Scrubs . Apothecary Extracts . Larabar . W7 Cosmetics . Kneipp . Potions Cosmetics . Karnas Design Studio .  EmerginC . Nuxe . Exuviance . Perfectly Posh . Brand Backer. & More!

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I’m currently working an Editorial Assistant internship with GlossyFinds online beauty magazine! You can find my articles —> here.

It’s been so great working with the ladies — they are so fun and enthusiastic!

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Lastly, I’ve hit some awesome milestones!

900 on Bloglovin’ and

3000+ on Twitter

600+ on Facebook

Whatt!?

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I honestly couldn’t have done it without you all! You’ve made my dreams come true.

Just wanted to say again, thank you so much for sticking with me! Here’s to many more years!

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I’m Back!! And I Have a New Family Member!

Hello! Hope all of you are doing well. 🙂 Things have been a little insane on my end. Hence, my not being on here for quite a while. I really hate that. Searching for a new place, loads of packing by myself, moving, and getting said place set up, nannying, and recently adding a new pet addition to my family! 🙂 He’s seriously the cutest!

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Ahh! So anyways, meet Bear. I’m in love with this dog. He’s really sweet and reserved, but also a goofball. He loves getting to know new dogs and he’s very friendly with people and likes being petted and loved on.

My husband and I had wanted a dog for about 6+ years and we’d been moving around a lot and been in apartments and places that didn’t allow pets. So, we really wanted a place we could have a pet and possibly start a family.Bear-1

We had looked at dogs for probably a full year or so until we decided on a breed of dog we really loved and got to know — and that was the Akita. 🙂 Our first thoughts were to get a Husky but I’m super happy with the choice we made. It seems like all the Akitas we looked at were all very sweet and loving and not very hyper, which we liked.

So far, things have been great with him. I’ve started working with him and his crate and trying to teach him to go in it and to sit and lay — as well as come. He’s learned a few commands super quickly so I’m really happy about that. Some things are a work in progress, but it’s been amazing having him in our home!  He’s so fun and sweet.

How have you all been? Any exciting news?!

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How to Spring Clean Like a Boss

how-toSpring! Glorious, Spring! 🙂 It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Unfortunately, with how gorgeous it is outside, it’s not always gorgeous inside my apartment. 🙁

Now, I like cleaning. I like to make sure everything is put away and sanitized. But, after a while, papers stack up, junk accumulates, and I can’t keep up anymore. I lose spots to put papers, and random items. That’s when I know I need to go into hyper-drive and spend a day (sometimes a few) to really get-er-done and organize my place!

I’ve come up with a list of spring cleaning tips, per room, that’ll make it simple when you don’t know where to start. So without further ado..

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THE BEDROOM

* Wash all of your bedding : sheets, pillow cases, blankets. Nothin’ better than clean bedding! 🙂

* Organize your closet : donate old clothing and create a system for organizing with hooks, baskets, shelves.

* Clear off and reorganize nightstands and dust. De-clutter all the junk inside and on top of your nightstands.

 * Throw away trash. Trash can accumulate around the bed, nightstand, etc.

* Re-arrange shelves. Make sure everything has a place in your room.

THE BATHROOM

* Throw out old lotions, creams, products that have expired or you haven’t used in ages.

* Organize cabinets – under the sink, medicine cabinets, etc. and put like products together.

* Wipe down and sanitize all surfaces including the sink and toilet.

* Bleach and scrub down shower/bath.

THE KITCHEN

* Go through drawers and toss/donate utensils, pans, etc. that no longer work well or you have several of.

* Organize cabinets/pantry : create a system that keeps everything organized yet easily accessible.

* Clean appliances : oven, microwave, dishwasher.

* Sanitize all surfaces : counter tops, stove, and around sink.

THE LIVING ROOM

* Vacuum under couch cushions

* Wash/Clean couch pillow cases

* Wipe down surfaces such as tables, etc.

 GENERAL CLEANING

 * Windex mirrors and windows.

* Mop/Swiffer/Sweep/Vacuum floors – around and under furniture.

* Dust – tables, shelves, fans, tv, etc.

You can buy some very cheap and useful organizers and tubs in the dollar bins at Target and also at the Dollar Store or Dollar General. 🙂 I found a ton of great plastic organizers for super cheap! I would highly recommend looking there.

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What I Love to Watch on Netflix

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I feel like, by now , most people can call themselves Netflix aficionados. With so many great shows, a low price, and unlimited watch times, how could you not enjoy Netflix? 🙂 I wanted to share some of my favorite series with you.

Breaking Bad

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This is one of my favorite shows ever. It sounds really bad when you see what it’s about, but it all makes sense. Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has cancer. Not knowing what to do, he decides to team up with an old student of his (a drug dealer) to learn how to make Crystal Meth. That way his family is not burdened with the cost of medical bills and they can have financial stability. What makes the whole story crazy is that he doesn’t let his family or friends know he makes Meth.. Everything evolves from there. I love the difference in characters on here. I feel like every single actor they chose was perfect for their part. It’s funny, dark, and brilliant. The story line is flawless and it gets more and more intense — but in a good way. Walter White is brilliant! You see him turn from timid and nerdy to manipulative and assertive. He truly shows what a master mind he is. I feel like the finale was incredible too.

The Walking Dead

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This show is all about survivors in a zombie apocalypse. I am in <3 with zombie films and shows. I always have been. Not sure why.. haha. Is it creepy? 😀 There are so many characters from different backgrounds in this show but they all work together because they have one thing in common — and that’s staying alive. Of course, in a perfect world, everyone would get along with each other but on here they don’t. It’s interesting seeing where their moral compasses lie. Sometimes they have to do things that are unthinkable like killing their friends because they’re infected. You really see their characters transform.

Bob’s Burgers

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This show is hilarious. It’s about Bob Belcher and his family who own a burger shop. I find the characters are pretty funny. The relationship between the mom, Linda, and Bob remind me of my husband and I. He’s not always sunshine and rainbows and I am always singing or humming and dancing around or excited about things. Tina Belcher, the daughter, is socially awkward and boy crazed. It’s funny seeing her interactions with everyone. The youngest kids Gene and Louise are crazy and they get themselves into some interesting situations. Definitely something to watch if you’re up for a comedy.

How I Met Your Mother

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A story told from Ted to his kids about him and his 4 friends from New York and their many adventures and how he met their mother. This show is one I could not stop watching. In fact, I own 6 out of 9 seasons. I really need to complete my collection. Ted is a hopeless romantic, Robin is a newscaster, Barney is a player, and Lily and Marshall are a couple who have been together for years. As you can see, an interesting combination.. but they’re all best friends. It reminds me of Friends a bit. It’s got its comic parts but it also has very serious parts. Totally made me cry a few times. Haha 🙂 If you’re in college or above, you’ll enjoy this show.

Food Documentaries

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I’ve always had a fascination with nutrition and health so I’m a big lover of health documentaries and videos. The great thing is that Netflix has loads of different documentaries to choose from. These are a few interesting ones they’ve had on there. Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine” and a lot of these films explain how you can use food to, basically, reverse different sicknesses and be your medicine. I’d definitely suggest watching these.

What are you watching on Netflix, currently?

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Five Phone Apps I’m Loving :)

If you’re like me, you like to spend time on your phone in between the mundane moments in life.

Every once in a while I’ll go to the app store and check out the new apps that have shown up. I like to make sure I’m not missing ones that could make my day-to-day tasks a little bit easier. 🙂

I’ve decided to show you 5 apps that I’ve found have helped me every month at some point. So here we go!

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