DockATot – The Perfect Sleeping Solution for Your Babe

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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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VIIcode O2M OXYGEN EYE MASK *

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask  is a gel-like, over-night  treatment that  helps to firm, brighten, smooth and hydrate your under-eyes by using eco-friendly plant oxygen extracts. It provides continuous wear for up to 8 hours!

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Inside the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Mask is essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, peptides as well as botanicals. Here are some of the ingredients of the eye mask and their properties:

  • Allantoin – has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) – Stimulates cells that bring about collagen production,
    protects from UV damage, is anti-inflammatory, contains 75+ components including: several vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and minerals, has healing properties, and is anti-aging.
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) – soothes dry skin and wounds.
  • Smart Q10 – promotes cell-regeneration.
  • Citric acid – revitalizes skin and helps absorption of minerals
  • Vitamin E – blocks free-radicals that cause skin aging, moisturizes skin.

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VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Packaging

You may apply the masks up to 3 times a week. Three boxes give the best results of treatment.

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So, what was my experience like with the eye masks?

Because of the mask’s ingredients like aloe, the  VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks are cool to the touch. What’s cool is they stay cool on your skin for hours. I have used the masks both during the day as well as at night and I found that they don’t really shift around at all. I move around a lot in my sleep and I haven’t had any problems.

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks have a really soft, gel-like texture and I thought that made them extremely comfortable for me to wear. It’s definitely rejuvenating wearing these. After several hours, the gel dries up and I like that while the gel  is not dry, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your skin when you take the masks off.

After wearing these masks, I have noticed my under eyes feel soft, the puffiness has gone, and very fine lines seem to disappear.

These masks retail for $55 a box.

VIIcode has given me a Black Friday code for their Oxygen Eye Masks on Amazon (<—Link here). 🙂

Use code RQLQ-QPAB5X-89C82H for $5 off. This code expires 11/30/15.

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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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